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Volume 4 • Issue 4 September - October 2014



THE K IN KFC Kay Kerr Story


AFRICA Unveiling Malawi ISSN 1929-2112 1929-2112 ISSN

Heather V. Gunn


Quantum Healing Hypnotherapist

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Green Expo

The second annual Green Expo is taking place this September at Exhibition Park

Beauty From the Inside Out

Ginger Malacko talks with Renae Peterson about her program to help young women understand and develop their own beauty

Unveiling Malawi

U of L student, Jillian Berthelet, takes on her life changing journey to Malawi

Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy

Heather Gunn discusses the benefits of this very intriguing modality in caring for your health and well-being

Becoming Vegan

We meet with Anita Virginillo, who shares with us her life as a Vegan.

The “Kay” in KFC

Ryan Uytdewilligen introduces us to the delightful long time Blairemore resident, Kay Kerr, who helped “the Colonel” with his recipe for success

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From The Publisher It doesn’t seem long ago that summer came to southern Alberta, now here we are in the throes of one of the most colourful seasons of the year. Fall to me, has always been a bitter sweet time of year. It is Jean Van Kleek Photography: Jen Alston beautiful, but also a harbinger of the winter to follow. I’ve learned to try to enjoy it while it is here, and not think about what comes next… which is a good idea with most things! This fall, Exhibition Park is hosting its second annual Green Expo, providing environmentally friendly businesses the opportunity to showcase their product to consumers. The Galt Museum is busy as ever with their “Treasures + Curiosities: The Sequel” starting September 26 through January 11th as well as the “Night at the Museum Shopping Event”, annual beer & wine tasting and much more throughout the season. Ryan Uytdewilligen, our roving reporter, had a chat with longtime Blairemore resident, Kay Kerr, who was instrumental in making KFC’s gravy part of the Colonel’s famous recipe. He shares her fascinating story with us this issue. The University of Lethbridge has been offering a Malawi, Africa field study course every other year since 2008. Jillian Berthelet tells us about her experience there, and how it enriched her life. We cover a wide range of topics this issue, from a variety of interesting businesses and people in our community.


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The Green Life Expo showcases a variety of products and programs that help make our lives better, greener, sustainable and more energy efficient.

By: Jenna Easter

This October 18th Exhibition Park will again be partnering with Lethbridge College to bring the Green Life Expo to Lethbridge. The Green Life Expo showcases a variety of products and programs that help make our lives better, greener, sustainable and more energy efficient. Exhibition Park will also be partnering with the City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Department to host the Green List Awards this year; but we have made few changes including changing the name to the Green Seed Ceremony. The Green Seed Ceremony will be an opportunity for people in the community to recognize organizations, businesses, youth & individuals for their Green efforts over the last year.

You will be able to submit your recognition on line on the City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling website as well as Exhibition Parks website; we will also have ballot boxes setup at City Hall and the Wednesday & Saturday Farmers Markets. Visitors to the Green Life Expo will have the opportunity to speak with Exhibitors who sell energy saving products and promote the greenest programs that are beneficial to the Environment. Green Life Expo invites all businesses that have products or services that are Green Friendly, Organic, or Recycled into new products. Exhibitors will be accepted on how their products will assist in the reduction of pollution, how their product is made, if their product is enviro-friendly, or healthy to consume.

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The Girl can Cook How a Lethbridge College Alumna has been spreading the joy of cooking

Cinda Chavich’s second cookbook, High Plains: The Joy of Alberta Cuisine, received more awards than she could have hoped for, including being named the best cookbook in Canada in 2002 – but it also shed light on a growing problem. “I was constantly meeting people at book signings who would say ‘It’s such a beautiful book, but I can’t cook,’” Chavich says. She realized that she could write the most beautiful cookbook in the world, “yet the average person wasn’t going to cook.” So this tenacious 1981 Lethbridge College Communication Arts graduate set out to change that. Her next two cookbooks, The Girl Can’t Cook and The Guy Can’t Cook, focused on three themes to encourage non-cooks to brave the kitchen: sustenance (recipes for easy, everyday meals), decadence !"#$%"&'()'%*++'),'-'./)+"'0$11"!'%-!(234'-10')5&"!6-1#"' (recipes to mark occasions ranging from Thanksgiving to an important football game). The cookbooks were a hit. “I really believe people should just cook,” she says. “Find something you love – I don’t care if it’s chicken nuggets or 7-+"'8'5*('910'-'.-2'()'#))7'(/-('-('/):"'52'2)*!&"+;';!):' scratch. Look at something in season at the supermarket, 5!$1<'$('/):"4'0)'&):"'!"&"-!#/4'-10'910'-'#)*%+"');'.-2&'()' cook it. Getting people cooking is the most important thing.”

Much of the work Chavich has done since the days she was editing the Endeavour and working nights and weekends at the Lethbridge Herald'/-&'5""1'()';*!(/"!'(/-('",)!(4' to encourage everyone to cook, eat, travel and drink well. Chavich, an award-winning writer who now works as a fulltime freelance journalist and photographer for newspapers, magazines and online publications around the world, provides deliciously descriptive stories of good cooking and good eating – most of which involve local foods. Whether she’s writing about making your own mozzarella for Maclean’s or building a better burger for CBC’s Alberta@Noon (where she was radio food columnist for many years), Chavich says her goal remains to “continue to raise the bar as one of the country’s premiere (!-6"+'-10';))0'.!$("!&4'-10'()'910'1".'%*5+$#-($)1&'-!)*10' the world to tell Canadian stories.” Chavich got her start at the college in part because the University of Regina – her hometown – didn’t have a journalism program. “I went to journalism school because I loved newspapers,” she says. “I still love newspapers.” And the college was the perfect place to hone her skills. “It was great to be in a small college that just focused on newspapers,” she says. “We put out the Endeavour every week and went out and learned very, very practical skills.” After leaving Lethbridge, Chavich embarked on a journalism career that has literally taken her around the world on assignment – although she has covered food, eating, travelling, dining and wining in Alberta and western Canada more than any other region. She has had reporting jobs for the CBC and reporting and editing jobs for the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald, where she worked as a feature writer, food editor and wine writer. She moved from Calgary to Victoria about a year ago and most recently has been writing about food and travel for Victoria’s city magazine, Boulevard, as well as freelancing for publications around the world. She came to food writing while she was at the Sun when the previous food writer left. After volunteering to add that beat to her other duties, “I approached it like every other journalism job,” she says. “I asked a lot of questions and went and interviewed people and hung around in chefs’ kitchens and took cooking classes at night and covered everything I could to become a food expert – which I am now.” Chavich turned to freelancing in 2000 following the “brutal” nine-month strike at the Calgary Herald. In the end, the move

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Cinda Chavich’s asparagus risotto

Find something you love – I don’t care if it’s chicken nuggets or kale – but find a way to cook that at home by yourself from scratch.” Cinda Chavich !"#$%%&'()*(+",'-"!.%$%/",%$"+$%' "0$!#%--*!('&"-' *-#') *!(1"23 " it was a challenge. “I went from nothing – nothing – to where I '4"(!5"63- "27"5!$8*(+"47" '*&"!.19"-,%"$%)'&&-:";<"5$! %"'&&"47" books during that period. I didn’t imagine I’d be writing for the Globe and Mail or Wine Spectator or Maclean’s. But I had to pitch and I had to sell myself and I was just very tenacious.” That resolution and commitment to hard work could be noted early in her career, said D’Arcy Kavanagh, a recentlyretired Communication Arts instructor and former Herald )!&&%'+3%"!#"=,'>*),?-:";=*(/'")'4%"*( !",%$"@$- "(%5-$!!4" as a young reporter with a sharp mind and a strong desire to learn,” Kavanagh says. “She excelled right from the start – and continued to excel there and elsewhere. As a freelancer, she has /!(%"$%4'$8'2&7"5%&&"*("'" !3+,"@%&/:9 Kavanagh adds that he uses two of her cookbooks and he credits her with leading him to discover where the best pie in Canada is to be found – close to home at the Broxburn Café near Coaldale. “After reading her article in the Globe and Mail about places to @(/"+$%' "0*%"*("A&2%$ '1"<")7)&%/"!3 " ,%$%"'(/" $*%/" ,%"0%)'(" 0*%19",%"-'7-:";B." ,%"),'$ -:"<"C3*)8&7"+! "'")!30&%"!#")7)&*(+" buddies hooked on riding there and chowing down on the pecan pie. Now there’s a group of Lethbridge College cyclists who regularly go out there on what is now called ‘the pie ride.’ I think about Cinda every time I see that pecan pie before me.”

1 pound asparagus D")30-"" "" &!5E-'& "),*)8%("2$! ," 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil F"4%/*34"" !(*!(1"@(%&7"),!00%/" 1 ½ cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice ½ cup dry white wine G" %'-0!!(-"" @(%&7"),!00%/"#$%-,"$!-%4'$7 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese salt and freshly ground black pepper

Trim the tough ends from the asparagus, discarding the 2! !4" ,*$/"!#"%'),"- '&8:"=3 "!." ,%"'-0'$'+3-" *0-"'(/" $%-%$>%:"=3 " ,%"- '&8-"*( !"FHDE" !"FHGE*(),E&!(+"0*%)%-:" Set aside. Heat the broth to boiling in a small pot. In a wide sauté pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender but not brown, about eight minutes. Add the rice and stir for one minute, until all the grains are coated and shiny. Add the wine and stir until absorbed, about one minute. Add a ladle of hot broth (about 1/2 cup), along with the chopped rosemary. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed, stirring often. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time until it’s absorbed, and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. Add the asparagus stalk pieces and continue adding the broth until the rice is almost cooked, about 10–15 minutes longer. The rice should be al dente (still -&*+, &7"@$4I"'(/" ,%"$*-! !"-,!3&/"2%"&!!-%"'(/")$%'471" not gummy or dry. Add the asparagus tips and continue cooking until the rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy, adding broth as (%%/%/"'(/"- *$$*(+"!# %(1"#!$"'2!3 "@>%"4*(3 %-"&!(+%$: Stir in one cup of the Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in shallow rimmed bowls, topped with the remaining Parmesan and a grinding of pepper. Serves two heartily as a main dish, or four with other courses. Recipe from The Girl Can’t Cook, which along with its follow-up The Guy Can’t Cook, is a perfect handbook for all of those “just starting out” cooks at and after college, and anyone who wants to enjoy more fresh, local, healthy food by cooking from scratch.


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At the Mocha… by Jean Van Kleek Photos by Chris Yauck Photography Marc Gedrasik

Red Seal Executive Chef

Mocha Cabana has a slogan “ Not Far Away… Just Far Enough”. It is the perfect slogan to describe this cafe that makes you feel like you have travelled to a European bistro, yet you still feel like you are home. It’s the sense of comfort, belonging and enjoying that makes you feel this way, and is the primary goal of the Mocha Cabana team. They are all about community. This restaurant supports local producers whenever possible, which in turn helps ensure freshness as well as keep our local economy healthy. One of the added benefits to supporting local producers is that many in southern Alberta avoid the use of pesticides,antibiotics and hormones, providing a healthier product for the consumer. Everything is made from scratch at Mocha Cabana, from fresh baking and homemade soup to their signature fresh ground Blacksmith Blend coffee. This restaurant is also cognizant of the variety of its patrons, and makes available vegetarian options as well as gluten

Katie Bretherick Red Seal Sous Chef

Bobby Foot

Journeyman Chef

Brendan Grossberndt 3rd Year Apprentice

Sarah Hall

free. The Mocha team is led by Jaclyn Geddes and Angel Harper, both accredited Canadian Society of Nutrition Managers (CSNM, www.csnm.ca) who understand the nutritional needs of their customers.

Mocha Cabana is a proud supporter of the Lethbridge College Culinary program. Many students have apprenticed here, continuing on to careers in the industry. The entire culinary team at Mocha is comprised of Lethbridge College graduates and apprentice students. Part of working at Mocha Cabana is to create a fun

3rd Year Apprentice

Jesse Navratil

2nd Year Apprentice

Ashleen Wiebe

1st Year Apprentice

A venue where friends and family can gather,

where conversation is encouraged, and laughter always welcome

environment for staff and guests alike. Every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 9pm they present “Locavore night”. The culinary team each rotate through on these two nights and are challenged to use their imagination to create a three course meal with all local ingredients. These are great nights to come out and try original creative meals not found on the menu! These two nights, the Mocha Cabana is also host to some of the best musical talent southern Alberta has to offer. This is part of their commitment to showcase local artists and add to the enjoyment their guests receive during their visit.

Mocha Cabana resides in the historic building that eighty years ago was home to Arthur Bell’s Blacksmith Shop. As you enter the door, imagine

yourself back to a time where the sounds of the Farrier's hammer could be heard as he pounded and shaped the horseshoes for the horses standing in stalls that occupied the very front of the building. The owners of Mocha Cabana believe it is important to maintain the integrity of our downtown history and are involved in downtown revitalization. They also believe it’s important to give back to the community they live in and support local charities through donations and product.

In fact, If there were one word describe Mocha Cabana, it would be “Community”. A venue where friends and family can gather, where conversation is encouraged, and laughter always welcome.

Everything is made from scratch at Mocha Cabana, from fresh baking and homemade soup to their signature fresh ground Blacksmith Blend coffee.

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Joanna Tonks

1st Year Apprentice

Ashley Leis

1st Year Apprentice

Brian Robertson Chef Enthusiast

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Beauty From the

Inside Out By Ginger Malacko Photos by Mark Orenstein, Dejourdan’s Photographics

“I felt that a piece was missing.

It is internal beauty that captures the world.”

Beauty is a subject that fills volumes,

whether books, blogs, or the glossy pages of envy-inducing fashion magazines. We love to debate it, philosophize about it, and even sometimes rebel against it. But it remains an important part of our identity, especially when you’re a teenage girl trying to grow up under an impossible standard of outer beauty and an enigmatic idea of inner beauty.

As a young woman working in the business of beauty pageants, Renae Peterson knew a lot about beauty, Renae Peterson poise, and confidence. But while she found positivity in the messages surrounding her, there was a great deal that wasn’t being communicated. “Those externalities blessed my life,” says Renae. “But I felt that a piece was missing. It is internal beauty that captures the world.” Quirk - 14

Now with two daughters of her own, Renae wishes that she had been better educated in her youth to trust her intuition, connect to her own values, and to know where her true beauty comes from and what it has the power to accomplish. She began to think about what she would want her daughters to know, and an idea ignited inside of her.

Despite being a busy mom and full-time home care nurse, Renae drew upon her pageant experiences, her observations as a medical practitioner, and a keen mind for research, and created Beauty From the Inside Out, an eleven week course that teaches girls ages 11-17 to navigate the conflicting ideas of inner and outer beauty. While many modeling/self esteem programs cover one or the other, Renae has developed a unique curriculum that teaches girls about being a whole person.

The classes are designed to help these young women understand and develop their own individual beauty. Poise, etiquette, hair and makeup are tools used to present themselves in a positive and authentic way. Self expression is encouraged

In learning to be honest and forgiving within this powerful relationship, the girls learn to approach other relationships with more integrity. through leadership and public speaking training and by learning to be aware of their own body language. Media deconstruction helps the girls to disconnect from unrealistic expectations and connect with their values. And overarching all of this, is the empowerment to make choices and create relationships that will make them happy and work for their good. One relationship that Renae feels compelled to highlight, is the relationship between mother and daughter. Parents are encouraged to support their girls throughout the program and a special mother/daughter hair and makeup session and photo shoot is part of graduation. In learning to be honest and forgiving within this powerful relationship, the girls learn to approach other relationships with more integrity. “Having grace for one another has become a lost art,” says Renae and much of the course is focused on helping the girls to become more conscious and more connected, with themselves and with others.

It’s a process of changing perceptions that Renae is continually amazed by. The girls often come to the first class with a demeanor known in the medical profession as a ‘flat aspect’ which Renae describes as having no spark. Fearful of rejection and uncertain of themselves, so many young women are burdened by the message that they’ll never be beautiful enough. It is Renae’s mission to help them to re-imagine the concept of beauty, to see their limitless potential and re-connect with their true selves. And it’s the simple, yet empowering concepts that the girls respond to most, such as shutting down negative thoughts and feeling entitled to say no.

We all look back on youth with some regret, especially for things that we wish someone had told us. For Renae Peterson, the mistakes and misconceptions of her past have inspired her commitment to help other women who are making their way through life. Renae likes to call it a heart journey.

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Unveiling Malawi through the

EYES OF PUBLIC HEALTH By Jillian Berthelet

We were there for 4 Marianne Bron and Ellen Gross man weeks and visited 11 primary schools. On our visits to the schools we distributed repellent treated mosquito nets, which are recognized as one of the most effective strategies to prevent Malaria. The nursing students on the trip performed blood pressure screenings and The University of Lethbridge has been offering the we travelled with VCT counselors who executed on-site Malawi field study course every other year since HIV testing. We worked with grade 7 students and 2008. The objective of the trip is to participate conducted 5 programs about Malaria prevention and initiate culturally relevant health and 6 programs about HIV/AIDS prevention. promotion techniques surrounding Malaria Some days we were working with groups of and HIV/AIDS in Malawi. The field study 13 students, and others we were working experience gave us the chance to explore with 30 plus. Since language acted as a traditional cultural practices, different major barrier, we used song, dance and societal beliefs and values and discover drama to demonstrate our message to the the intricacies that arise from these in children. We would invite the children to terms of global health and health help us create a presentation about our topic, promotion. Prior to departure, myself and which would later be presented to the rest of 13 other students contributed to fundraising the grade 7 students, the teachers, and some of activities, which led to an incredible amount of the younger children in the schoolyard. At the $21,707.The money went directly to the purchasing end of the presentations, we would present the and distribution of 2000 mosquito nets within Malawi. children with the mosquito nets we had purchased. In the Larissa Knutson afternoons, we gave nets to pregnant women and women with As a public health student, one of the most valuable lessons learned on the children under 5, through a list of most vulnerable women that was trip was that health is multidimensional and can be shaped by culture, provided by the community nurse. history, the environment, politics, and in Malawi’s case, the spirit of the people. In the face of hardship and extreme poverty, Malawi has a rich and Due to such amazing fundraising efforts, we were able to provide nets for vibrant culture filled with dance, music, and an incredible sense of most of the students we worked with. For larger groups however, we were community. I found the people’s kindness and resilience to be truly only able to give nets to maybe half of the students, which proved to be admirable. one of the hardest moral issues on the trip. We were challenged everyday Malawi may be a tiny and relatively unknown country in central subSaharan Africa, but the people’s remarkable spirit and sincere hospitality are the reason Malawi has been deemed the “warm heart of Africa.” Malawi is home to over 16 million people and is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Being in Malawi was a very humbling experience. The most beautiful memories of Malawi will forever be in my heart and mind. I will never forget pulling into the very first school and having hundreds of children screaming and chasing our van throughout the yard with excitement.

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by the allocation of scarce resources and were ultimately taking a necessity away from a vulnerable individual. Everyday there were feelings of guilt and resentment about our western lifestyle and the way we live our lives on this side of the world.

We visited mostly rural schools and would travel through unfinished dirt roads, small villages of mud huts and broken down buildings. We understood that seeing a child walking on the street without shoes was not unusual, and having one meal a day was actually quite good for some of the children we met. When we arrived at the schools and finished introductions, our host Aaron would ask the students in each school how many people had been sick with malaria and without fail, every child in every class raised their hand. Not being able to give a net to one child meant that they were not given the chance to potentially overcome the deadly disease. As we lined up to present the nets to children and pregnant women, I could not help but think that something so simple, costing less than $15, could be the difference between life and death for a young child or mother. As we conducted the programs throughout different regions of the country we began to question the work we were doing. It was an emotional experience because we were making strong connections with people and then leaving them at the end of the day in a situation that is obviously not ideal. I felt, almost every single day, extreme helplessness. The only thing that made the helplessness feeling disappear was watching the children perform the songs, dances or drama about the health issue to the rest of their classmates. While working with the kids, it was amazing to see what ideas they had, the songs they came up with on the spot and their willingness to let us into their lives for the day and share with us a piece of their culture. I found myself speechless many times because despite any language barrier, we were all coming together as one group for one common goal, which was to get the important messages across.

Being in Malawi was a very humbling experience. The most beautiful memories of Malawi will forever be in my heart and mind. I will never forget pulling into the very first school and having hundreds of children screaming and chasing our van throughout the yard with excitement. Although many of times we felt a bit like zoo animals-being stared at and talked about every where we went-we were never in danger and really the children just wanted to talk and be around us. They were the most intelligent, beautiful and kind spirited kids I have ever met. At the schools, there would be children crowding the buildings and climbing on the windows just trying to get a peek at “The Canadians.�

I will never really know the true effects of the work that we did in Malawi, but I can be grateful that I got to witness the process of the programs and see the student’s learning and engaging in the performances. I realized how important the mosquito nets were once we saw hundreds of community members and women and children come to greet us and meet us in hopes of receiving a net. Although the results of our work are not immediate and are not easy to see right away, I know that the children will always remember when the Canadians came to visit their school and they will always connect that with the reason we were there and the topics that we discussed. By

working directly with the children and using alternative techniques like song and dance hopefully made it easier for the kids to pass on the information they learned to their families and community.

As a public health student, experiencing the country of Malawi first hand has led me to better understand the type of work that needs to be done in order to create real social change and improve health. Community development and formulating partnerships with real people is the only way to produce real change. The biggest difference and the one aspect I personally found the hardest to grasp was the lack of opportunity and resources that they need to achieve everything they are capable of. At times I feel as if we just came and went without truly making any difference, but I must try to understand that we can only do as much as we can and be thankful for what we have. Despite unfavorable conditions, Malawians share a beautiful and vibrant culture that is full of song, dance and based on an incredible sense of community that is truly admirable. I do believe if our nation adopted some of the same values, we too could be a country known for our warm hearts. There are a few ways to help if interested. Micro credits/loans are a great way to help people in developing countries build their own businesses and help them get the important tools they need. You can also contact Jean Harrowing at the University of Lethbridge if you would like to make a donation for mosquito nets to Aaron Maluwa in Malawi. Spread the Net is also a great way to contribute to the allocation of mosquito nets to people in developing countries.

http://www.kiva.org Kiva Micro Credit Organization harrjn@uleth.ca Jean Harrowing University of Lethbridge http://plancanada.ca/spreadthenet Spread the Net

Jillian Berthelet and Candace Douslin

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QUANTUM HEALING Hypnosis Therapy Editor’s Note:

Heather Gunn is one of those type of people you meet whose sense of passion and grace is apparent from the moment she enters the room.

As a single mother of three in her late twenties, Heather began her journey to help people regain health. In 1982, she received her diploma in nursing, joining the Canadian Forces shortly thereafter to fulfill a lifelong dream to serve the Country she loves so much. After 9 years in the Canadian Forces, she remarried, following her husband to the U.S. where, at the age of 50, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, continuing on to her Master of Science degree. Her credentials also include Legal Nurse Consultant, a designation that means her nursing expertise can be called upon in court during trial. Now in her 35th year of nursing, Heather has worked in a variety of specialties and sub-specialties including hospice and end-of-life care in the U.S. and Canada. She has also worked as Director of Care at the long term care facility in Fort MacLeod. She currently teaches nursing at Lethbridge College.

There were two pivotal experiences during Heather’s career that led her to the discovery of wellness that she now embraces. While stationed in Ottawa with the Canadian Forces, she met a psychic healer who worked with the RCMP to help find missing children. Through taking courses and attending seminars from this individual, she realized the mind is capable of doing exponentially more than we give it credit for. She practiced these healing techniques on her own family with great success. The other pivotal experience came during her time with hospice and end-of-life care. As Heather says, “Never do you find out more about living, than from those who are dying.” Helping people transition between life and death was one of the most rewarding times of her career, and one of the most educational. She learned that without any particular medical reason, some people hung on to life and some let go before expected. This experience confirmed what she already knew… we are more in control of our health and well-being than we realize, and we have the power inside us to heal. This is where her journey throughout the years in health care has led her, and in true Heather style, she is very passionate about the wonderful, health-enhancing results she has witnessed .

Through the years, rather than focusing on the dis-ease that we perceive to be within us, Heather has searched for an effective healing modality that targets the real root of our problems. She is dedicated to the highly effective Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy, developed over 45 years by world-renowned regressive hypnotherapist and psychic researcher, Dolores Cannon. Quirk - 18

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Following an in-depth discussion and a trusting connection between the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy practitioner and the client, the client then describes those concerns that may have been negatively affecting an otherwise potentially happy life.

In an effort to truly know oneself, it is human nature to desire a comprehensive, meaningful understanding of our life’s purpose, our relationships with other people, and the origins of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health challenges. Finding the most effective approach to this endeavour can certainly be complicated and elusive. Healing is so much more than the suppression of troublesome symptoms. Symptoms simply tell us that something is wrong. Once we learn to listen to those symptoms and to the messages that they send, we can find the answer to the underlying root of the dis-ease we are facing. Research tells us that the mind-body connection is much more powerful than we can imagine. For instance, worldwide the most common time for a heart attack to occur is around 9:00 a.m. on a Monday morning and stress, worry and emotions can cause stomach ulcers. Does this not tell us something about the impact of our thoughts and emotions? Indeed, it shows the connection between thoughts and emotions and the biological make-up of our bodies. Through his research in cloning human muscle cells, Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, a cellular biologist at the University of Wisconsin, found that it is our beliefs and emotions that affect our cellular behaviour, not our genes, as previously believed by the scientific community. The bottom line is we do have a choice in how we conduct our lives and how to respond to those challenges that can make living a most difficult task. The question is: what choices have you made in the past and what changes must you make today in order to effect a healthy mind, body and spirit?

The human brain typically functions at frequencies on four levels: the beta level (thinking, talking), the alpha level (very relaxed, state of meditation such as daydreaming), the theta level (very deep state of relaxation where memories and sensations are held), and the delta level (deep sleep). I use regressive hypnotherapy (specifically Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy, developed by past–life regression hypnotherapist, author and psychic researcher, Dolores Cannon – www.dolorescannon.com) with intuitive work and an exploration of the individual’s past. Combined with a 34year career as a registered nurse, this approach has proven to be the perfect catalyst for personal growth, expanded awareness and healing in adults of all ages. Following an in-depth discussion and a trusting connection between the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy practitioner and the client, the client then describes those concerns that may have been negatively affecting an otherwise potentially happy life. The practitioner then guides the client into a deep state of relaxation at the theta level (deeper than the alpha level that is typically reached with traditional hypnosis). The theta level paves the path for the client and practitioner to journey to a long-forgotten yet extremely important place and time that has impacted the client’s life in untold ways. That journey is enlightening, enriching and unforgettable. Dolores decided to label it The Subconscious as it is a part of every person’s mind that absolutely exists, laying just below the level of our conscious mind, observing and taking in information. When contacted, there is simply no question about its ability to answer questions about an individual’s current life, or about any of their past lives. After developing and refining her technique over many years, replacing time-consuming and tedious induction methods with an approach that involves the use of voice, imagery and visualization,

Dolores established her Quantum Healing Hypnosis (QHHT) technique. This technique enables direct contact and communication with the Subconscious of the individual for answers to questions and can also provide the basis for instant healing.

Exploration offers the individual greater understanding of life through expansion of their perspective of the world in which we live. No matter how far back the individual goes (often as far back as one or more past lives), regressions offer the individual a more holistic sense of their interpersonal relationships and of the lessons to be learned within the constructs of those relationships. The individual is able to connect with a very deep, intimate part of their past, enabling a clearing of those negative energies that stunt growth and cause dis-ease. Time and time again, I have witnessed a healing brought forth purely by the individual grasping the fact that the body is attempting to communicate illness through symptoms. Once those symptoms are recognized as messages of discordance and dis-ease from a very deep place within the individual, the proverbial “aha!” moment occurs and healing follows. It really is an incredibly wonderful thing to watch. Your subconscious mind never forgets. It stores everything that happens to you. It knows everything about you and it knows what you need in order to make this life one in which you make a difference through learning and applying lessons learned in a helpful, healthful way. The subconscious is the deeper, ninetenths portion of the mind’s metaphoric iceberg of knowledge. The one-tenth portion of the mind is what we know as the conscious mind which tries to be logical about everything and, in so doing, often stands in the way of true happiness, health and fulfillment. The conscious mind thinks it “knows everything” and, no matter what your body tries to communicate to you, the conscious mind makes every attempt to “protect” you, believing that logic is the only answer to life’s dilemmas. Once temporarily placed to the side, the conscious mind’s absence allows the subconscious to reflect on how you can heal and regain or retain a state of health, without having to repeat illness and dis-ease over and over again.

Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for traditional medical care. It should be thought of as an effective adjunct to the care provided by the healthcare provider. An adjunct that is, indeed, capable of giving the individual an avenue through which true, lasting healing can occur. Once the concept of personal responsibility in the healing process through the subconscious mind is received, explored and understood, the individual is capable of healing far beyond expectations.

Life reflection is like reviewing your journal wherein you remember insights and life lessons that may have faded from your awareness. Through this process, forgotten wisdom is regained. This directs you toward physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing while inspiring you to make better life decisions, thereby enabling a richer, more rewarding life, today.

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Taking a Natural Approach to

The “Change of Life” I think one of the most difficult topics to discuss is menopause – even though it is a normal body process – simply because its related symptoms come in so many forms that people do not realize that they are experiencing menopausal related symptoms. It is a subject that is close to every woman’s heart at some point in her life. Menopause was also a concern that was brought to my attention the most this past year. But who wants to take the risk of conventional HRT (hormone replacement therapy)? No one wants to, but many women feel they must, despite the risks. Why? It is because no one has pointed out or shown them any other alternatives. But we do not need to be afraid. We need to be educated. You can treat menopause symptoms naturally. Menopause is a natural part of life. It isn’t a disease or an ailment. Balancing symptoms is possible. Negative symptoms and suffering do not have to be a part of menopause.

Taking a natural approach: Taking responsibility for one’s health during menopause is as important as at any other time. And while menopausal symptoms may be inevitable, I recommend easing into menopause by stop smoking, limiting alcohol, exercising and eating properly. We all know how important a role diet plays in overall health, and the same can be said for the menopausal woman. And without a doubt, exercise is one of the most important alternative therapies available to the menopausal woman. Because regular exercise can help with general physical and mental health, this alone might be all a woman needs to do to feel better during the change. I find that in many cases, menopausal symptoms were quite easy to remedy. Natural vitamins, minerals, lifestyle changes, along with sauna therapy and perhaps other detoxification procedures are usually quite sufficient to rebuild the glands enough to stop the most annoying and dangerous of the menopausal symptoms. Not everyone is so lucky though. There has been, and continues to be, much scientific interest in the ability of phytochemicals and botanicals to offer safe relief from many of the symptoms associated with menopause. Estro-G 100™ is a patented proprietary blend of three herbal extracts (Phlomis umbrosa, Cynanchum wilfordii and Angelica gigas Nakai) and three organic medicinal mushrooms. EstroG-100™ has been clinically studied and has demonstrated its benefits in addressing several of the common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, nervousness, and difficulty in maintaining a positive outlook. These ingredients provide an alternative to isoflavones and black cohosh; and only pure water is used in the extraction process. Quirk - 20

Because regular exercise can help with general physical and mental health, this alone might be all a woman needs to do to feel better during the change.

Understanding mushrooms: Some of the misconceptions about mushrooms are that they carry little nutritional value. However this is further from the truth. I have outlined the benefits of these therapeutic-graded mushrooms in a previous article. Mushrooms have been used as food, medicine, poison and in spiritual practices right across the world for thousands of years. Apart from being a low calorie highly nutritional food source, mushrooms carry unique compounds such as for example an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine. And imagine that 5 little button mushrooms would contain more potassium than an orange!

But how on earth can mushrooms have such a broad spectrum of effects on us? Science tends to break things down into parts, to isolate nutrients and active ingredients, when in fact it is the whole energy, the combination of all of its parts that our bodies recognize and integrate. Mushrooms contain neurotransmitters very similar to our own and that may be part of the reason we resonate so harmoniously with the mushroom kingdom. Red Reishi mushrooms grow on hardwoods such as maple, oaks, and elms. They are very rare to find in the wild so most reishi sold today is cultivated commercially. Red Reishi is a powerful immunomodulator and is beyond stress relief. The legend of Reishi tells that since ancient times, this mushroom was reserved for emperors and royalty. Its main uses are for memory, stress insomnia and energy & stamina. Cordyceps on the other hand is a most fascinating mushroom. Cordyceps are thought to bridge the gap between the

hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands. This mushroom relieves adrenal exhaustion while at the same time increases energy and libido. The Chaga mushroom is one of the most powerful healing fungi found on earth and is considered “the Diamond of the Forest”. It is a powerful antioxidant and one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid. It may be time to expand your awareness with mushrooms. Take advantage of the remarkable benefits of the combination of healing herbs and mushrooms and consult a naturopath or a natural health care practitioner to outline a natural menopause program. You’ll be well on your way toward hormonal balance.


Priscilla Peltier is a natural health care practitioner at Nutter’s who writes on health & nutrition and has a passion for the latest research in natural health & diet.

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“Enhancement of the adolescent musculoskeletal system using low-level mechanical vibrations” (Vibration Therapy) Abstract: “Here we examined the potential of extremely low-magnitude, high-frequency mechanical stimuli to enhance the quality of the adolescent musculoskeletal system.”

Summary: “This 6-week study demonstrates that short daily periods of extremely lowmagnitude, high-frequency mechanical signals have the ability to increase bone volume ... as well as enhance type I and type II muscle fiber areas... This study suggests that non-invasive and non-pharmacological low-level mechanical stimuli can be effective in producing beneficial structural changes in the adolescent musculoskeletal system, which, if maintained during adulthood, may serve to decrease the incidence of osteoporotic fractures and sarcopenia later in life.”

Physical wellness requires teaching, just like learning a language that will be used throughout our entire lives. They also require unstructured time to develop their imaginations and spontaneity and to learn to entertain themselves. Two years ago, ABC News reported on a special program being implemented at Naperville Central High School where students could take part in a dynamic gym class at the beginning of the day and had access to exercise bikes and balls throughout the day in their classrooms. The results were astounding! Those who participated nearly doubled their reading scores and math scores increased 20-fold. (Research has shown that after 30 minutes on the treadmill, students solve problems up to 10 percent more effectively.) A growing body of research suggests a connection between physical activity and positive factors such as: - greater attention in the classroom, - faster cognitive-processing speed, - increased on-task behaviors, - better performance on standardized academic tests at school (The focus on higher achievement in standardized academic tests has been the whole point of cutting back on time spent on school physical education.) Vibration Trainers could easily be fitted into classrooms taking much less space than an exercise bike and with far more profound results from a minimal time spent. On a Vibration Trainer the brain is being tricked into believing that you are losing your balance. It then activates all the muscle in your body in a very rapid reflex response – 30 to 50 times faster than running. Ten minutes on the Vibration Trainer is the muscular equivalent to running for an hour with all the ensuing health benefits! : - more toned muscle - denser and stronger bones - increased blood circulation - decreased stress hormones Vibration Trainers involve the whole body not just the 40% of the muscle (the “voluntary muscle”) that you can access in a gym. And it is the only type of exercise, along with sprinting, that involves the Type I as well as Type II muscle fibre. When you consider that 50% of the heart muscle consists of what is called Fast Twitch Fibre which can’t be accessed by usual gym exercises or moderate running, then you

realize that following the usual exercise guidelines concerning running and gym training only trains 50% of the heart muscle – not ideal for a long life. There is a great need for schools to collaborate with outside sources including parents, local governments, health advocacy groups and politicians to get the support they need. We need to bring the fun back for our kids. We need to be empathetic to that and make them know that they don’t have to be the perfect athlete, just be moving and healthy. It doesn’t require more class time, rather, it optimizes time available. In elementary school these times could be recess, before and after-school programs as well classroom activity breaks. These would include “brain break” exercises before the transition to another subject or lessons that include movement. This creates education that teaches lifetime fitness skills instead of a primary focus on sports, which the vast majority of students don’t carry into their adult lives. This type of viewpoint does not assume the importance for children of a critical threshold of activity or fitness. Instead, it emphasizes the significance of establishing a physically active lifestyle during the pediatric years. This is best achieved by exposing children to the enjoyment of physical exercise early. Look at existing workplace laws and then compare them to the lack of legislation requiring children to get physical activity breaks at school. What people seem to forget is that children are at school six or seven hours a day, and spend most of the time sitting at their desks. This doesn’t make sense at a time when adults in the workplace are now being advised to set a timer to remind themselves to stand up every 15 minutes. Treadmills have been designed for the workplace to house a computer so that the user can work while walking on a treadmill. Even for the physically fit and active it can be fatally dangerous to spend the amount of time that we typically spend sitting at our jobs. How much worse, then, is it for the young, developing bodies of our youth? By not teaching our children how to live a healthy, well-balanced life, we rob them of their well-being. Physical wellness requires teaching, just like learning a language that will be used throughout our entire lives. They also require unstructured time to develop their imaginations and spontaneity and to learn to entertain themselves.

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People choose a vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons; some of which include weight loss, increased energy, and a general feeling of wellbeing. Many entertainers and Olympic athletes have made the switch to help maintain the stamina needed for optimal performance. For others, the health benefits are secondary to the decision not to support the way we treat the animals we consume, and to slow down the impact our consumption has on the environment; such was the case for Anita.

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Anita formed a Vegan Potluck group together with several other local vegans almost 3 years ago, who get together the first Sunday of every month. The potlucks vary, they may have a guest speaker, show a documentary, food demos, various presentations, picnics and more. Whatever the case you can always be assured of amazing food!

Anita also mentors people who are interested in becoming vegan or wanting to learn more about it, by having one on one or group sessions discussing veganism and addressing questions & concerns. She will take them shopping to help them make food choices & teach them how to prepare the food. For many it may seem like a daunting endeavor and they quit before ever giving it a fair chance, but those who are committed tell her time & again that it is the best decision they have ever made. Anita says she concurs; in making the decision to become vegan, her actions & beliefs were finally in alignment and have created much peace, harmony & balance in her personal life.

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When friends and family saw the changes in her appearance and energy level they started asking her what she was doing differently. She shared her new found knowledge with them and many of them have made the switch. She never pushed her lifestyle on anyone, but as with anything that seems to be working for someone, others become curious as to how they got there. Anita is very passionate about the changes becoming vegan have made in her life and it is contagious. She has also become an outspoken advocate against animal cruelty of any kind.

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Anita says," Believe me I love food just as much as anyone else, and I have never once felt deprived on a vegan diet. In fact, my options have actually expanded. I experiment with so many new ingredients, flavors from various ethnic groups. I am constantly in my kitchen experimenting with new food ideas, which have gained in popularity and I have been asked to do numerous catering jobs from people wishing to explore new food alternatives from the usual fare". Thankfully, over the years grocery stores have started carrying a variety of products that make these food choices much easier.

For more information you can go to Lethbridge Vegan Potluck on FB, or if you would like to get involved in animal rights go to Lethbridge Animal Rights Effort on FB.

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It was eight years ago Anita Virginillo had a life changing experience after reading the book Diet for a New America by John Robbins. The book discusses how animals are used & abused in the production of food. It also addresses the environmental impact of a meat & dairy based diet and most people do not know that a meat based diet contributes more greenhouse gases than all modes of transportation combined. This book made a huge impact on Anita. She decided that day to become a vegan and hasn't looked back. At first it wasn't easy, veganism wasn't particularly common, especially in southern Alberta. Grocery shopping was difficult and dinner with family and friends often awkward, but she embraced this new found lifestyle knowing it was the right decision for her.


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As summer comes to an end, many of us start to dread fall, the harbinger of things to come. Although the trees are beautiful as they change colour, we know it is a sign of the inevitable change of seasons. It doesn’t have to be that way anymore, fall can be embraced even into November and beyond, weather permitting. There are so many options available to increase the length of time we enjoy the outdoor space of our homes. The evening air is cooler, which can be a wonderful respite from hot summer nights. If it’s get too cool, there are many options for heating your outdoor space. Firepits of every kind and variety have become a staple in most yards.

Your lawn can also use some care to prepare for winter. Fall overseeding helps to maintain a green lawn throughout the winter. By overseeding heavily enough with cool-season grass, you should be able to achieve a nearly solid green lawn all winter long. The best time to overseed is six to eight weeks before the first hard freeze. If you notice bare spots once the seeds begin to germinate, seed those areas again. Bear in mind, however, that if cold weather comes early, the grass that comes up following the second seeding may not have time to develop a strong enough root system to survive winter. But it's worth a try. Rake up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Large leaves in particular, especially when they get wet, can compact to the point where they suffocate the grass below. So it's a good idea to routinely rake or blow them off the lawn or, better yet, use a mulching mower to shred them into fine pieces. Put the raked leaves in the compost pile or use as a mulch. Whatever you do, don't waste fallen leaves because they're an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can also add them to flower beds to put a winter blanket on your garden.

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You can also build a custom stonework outdoor fireplace designed specifically to suit your space. Fall is also a great time to think about changes to your home and yard. With cooler temperatures, it’s more comfortable to work outside and start working on projects to improve your living space. Is your yard not currently fitting your needs? Could be time to think about less lawn, more pathways and stonework. It’s an excellent time to design flower beds and retaining walls. There are also things that should routinely be done in the fall. Things like cleaning out the gutters and downspouts on your roof. Take a weekend to gut out the garage and make room for your outdoor furniture and garden tools. Touching up the paint on your home and fence is also a great idea for this time of year. Many people don't realize that fall is actually the best time to plant trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. A bonus is that they are usually on sale at garden centers, all the more reason to plant. Planting in the fall gives roots plenty of time to become established before the next growing season begins. As long as ample water is provided, fall is an ideal time to plant both evergreen as well as deciduous shrubs and trees. In fact, autumn is actually the best season to get many hardy plants into the ground. So if you've put off starting a new bed or missed getting those trees in last spring, you can still do so any time between mid-August and about six weeks before the first killing frost (in most of Canada, that means well into October and sometimes beyond).

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Some people have opted for outdoor rooms that are enclosed with screens and awnings. Awnings are now available with radiant heaters that help take that “edge” off and warm you up in the evening.

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Fall is a great time for thinking about a hot tub. What better way to relax as the sun goes down earlier in the evening, and look at the stars from a warm, bubbling therapeutic vantage point.

Some vegetables are ideal fall plants. By planting them in late August you will have a hearty garden come October. Some of the vegetables that do quite well in cooler temperatures are leafy green vegetables, broccoli, carrots, peas, kale, spinach and brussel sprouts. Shallots can be planted after the first frost.

So, welcome the fall! It can be a time rejuvenate your home, plan the future of your outdoor space while still enjoying it a few months longer.

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Don’t risk the chance that an undiscovered defect could turn into an expensive repair or worse yet – a chimney fire. Bernie Huizing The job of the chimney sweep is to remove soot, blockages and built up creosote critters may have been using your chimney making it unsafe to use without from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper. This cleaning will clearing out the accumulated debris from nesting activity. help create a safer operation of your system during CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) says that the heating system. It takes only a Ideally, before the start of the The fireplaces should be cleaned when 1/8″ of sooty buildup small accumulation of creosote burning season during the is evident inside the chimney and flue system. If any glaze glazing to create the potential for is appearing in the flue, cleaning should be done even if a chimney fire. Creosote is a summer or early fall is a highly flammable substance that great time to get your chimney there is less than 1/8″ of build up. Any time an accumulation of soot and creosote occurs it builds up inside your chimney or inspection and / or chimney appreciable can be enough to fuel a chimney fire that may damage the liner as a result of burning wood. cleaning. chimney and even spread to the roof and home. Furnace The rate of accumulation can be higher if you practice poor burning practices or have flue systems also require cleaning, so don’t neglect regular cleaning of those a burning appliance or stove that is not working venting systems. well. Different types of wood create different Ideally, before the start of the burning season amounts of creosote when burned. Pine causes a during the summer or early fall is a great time rapid build up of creosote and should be avoided as to get your chimney inspection and / or a regular source of wood. Creosote can also reduce the draw of the fireplace and chimney cleaning. Before you think about reduce efficiency. building a fire or starting up your furnace because the weather has changed, is the time To be sure that all of your systems are in working order and operating as they to call your chimney sweep. Maybe you forgot should, it is recommended that homeowners get an annual the early cleaning before starting to use the chimney inspection. Most homeowners opt to have a fireplace, stove or furnace? Don’t wait until next Chimney Cleaning done every year as well, especially if they year, we can do your chimney cleaning or use their fireplace on a regular basis. Other venting systems inspection any time of year. connected to furnaces and stoves should also be cleaned on a regular basis to maintain a safer operation. Fireplace, stove, furnace and heating appliance systems are important to your home and family’s safety and not an area to neglect or cut corners on. Don’t risk the chance that an undiscovered defect could turn into an expensive repair or worse yet – a chimney fire. This depends a lot on how much you use your fireplace or stove. The National Fire Protection Association says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.” So, even if you don’t use your chimney a whole lot – birds, squirrels, raccoons and other

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The“Kay”in KFC

By Ryan Uytdewilligen Photos by Chris Yauck

“All Aboard” were the words Kay Kerr remembered Colonel Sanders yelling out when he wanted her and his wife Claudia to join him for a ride in his Cadillac. This surreal and almost unimaginable memory belongs to one of southern Alberta’s most seasoned and influential residents who helped change Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants as we know them today.

Kathleen “Kay” Kerr was originally from Saskatchewan, but moved to Blairmore with her newlywed husband in 1939. “My husband was from Blairmore and his family was there so it was just made sense to move there for me” remembers Kay. Besides all of her travelling, she has stayed in the small Crowsnest pass town ever since.

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Kay and her husband John didn’t waste any time and began to build the famous Turtle Mountain Hotel in the 1940’s. “We built it from scratch and put in a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a dance hall because there were not any other places in the town to do these things.” On top of the hotel, John

owned and operated one of their four Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, which were becoming increasingly popular across North America. Colonel Harland Sanders had worked hard, developing his famous eleven herbs and spices chicken recipe in Louisville Kentucky and eventually franchising it in the late 1950’s. Kay helped out in the Turtle Mountain hotel kitchen and noticed there was a big problem with the way the gravy was being made.

“It took half an hour of stirring and mixing to make the Colonel’s gravy which caused a back up in the kitchen. When there was a shift change, there would be no more gravy. And since people wanted fresh, hot gravy, the only solution was to find a way to make it quicker.” Kay would spend many hours and nights, trying different recipes to match the Colonel’s gravy in a shorter amount of time. When Kay thought she got the taste close enough, she knew business

Besides all of her travelling, she has stayed in the small Crowsnest pass town ever since.

and efficiency would improve immensely in their restaurants. She managed to get the time down to two minutes.

“The key was granulated flour. It was easy to blend and would explode and bulk up in such a quick amount of time” says Kay. “So I showed it to a KFC owner in Calgary and he said you have to send this to the Colonel.” After returning from making commercials in Hollywood, Colonel Sanders himself received the call from Kay and invited her out to Louisville to test it out. Once there, Kay remembered he was impressed by the little time it took to make, but felt in needed more black pepper to match his. Kay tinkered with the recipe until Sanders felt it matched so the recipe was incorporated in all the chains and the rest was history.

Kay became friends with Sanders and his wife, and even stayed at his home when she first came out to present the gravy. “He was always such a nice man who was generous and made people laugh. When we would ride in his car, people would crowd around the vehicle and he would pass out little cards with his picture on it for everyone.” Kay would become part of the KFC group and attend a yearly meeting in Toronto which Colonel Sanders himself would also a part be of until his death in 1980.

made it a better place. For her achievements, she has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. But she will most likely be known and remembered by the public for her gravy recipe that revolutionized and sped up production at KFC. Today there are over eighteen thousand KFC locations thanks to the Colonel’s recipe and Kay’s contribution. Though it is known as a southern United States recipe, we can be proud that someone so close to home helped make this cultural food phenomenon so finger licking good.

She also became an important figure and helping hand in her own community. Kay recently donated many of her antique belongs to the University of Lethbridge Drama program. Kay says “I had never got the chance to go to university so anything I could do to help with other people’s education makes me feel good.” Among her donations, Antique KFC items could be found as well as a roll top desk, vintage camera, and red velvet couch. It is likely that if you see a U of L play in the future, you will see a set piece that belonged to Kay. Kay is now 94 years old and resides in the Blairmore senior lodge where she reflects back on her achievements with great fondness and humility. From her days operating the famous Turtle Mountain hotel, up to her recent local donations, she has remained a public figure who cares about her community and

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Most smokers, even those who really enjoy it, will say they have tried to quit at one time or another. Like most types of addicts, cigarette smokers are aware of the dangers to their health, jobs, families and bank account. So why not just quit? Because it is an addiction, and a very difficult one for most to let go of. Some, albeit very few, are able to quit cold turkey. Others have used prescription drugs, nicotine patches, gum and sprays to successfully beat the habit. For many, however, none of these avenues worked. These options (except the prescription drugs) provide nicotine but don’t involve the physical act of smoking, which many smokers will tell you is one of the things they enjoy the most. Enter, the E-cigarette and vaping. The e-cigarette provides nicotine through a unit that is inhaled like a cigarette, producing a vapor created by Propylene Glycol. While there is still nicotine involved, absent are the 4000+ other carcinogens in traditional cigarettes. Although there is still controversy surrounding the e-cigarette, many doctors endorse the e-cigarette as a method of smoking cessation. In fact, the TV show “The Doctors” stated: “While we don’t promote the e-cigarette for those who aren’t smokers, we see this as a potential remedy for smokers of cigarettes.” Ross was a two pack a day smoker for many years. He began having major health issues because of it. He knew he had to quit and tried every other method without success. He started “vaping” 8 months ago, has had no desire for a cigarette and hasn’t looked back since. It was because of his own experience he became committed to helping southern Alberta become “smoke free” by opening up Lethbridge’s first e-cigarette store, “VapeXcape”. The store provides over a hundred e-juice flavours manufactured by professional labs as well as a large variety of accessories. The staff at his store are well-trained and will assist in finding the e-cigarette that’s right for you and your lifestyle. They will show you how to use it, as well as how to care for it to keep it working optimally. When comparing the price of “vaping” to traditional cigarettes, there is no comparison. The e-cigarette provides a healthier choice, at a fraction of the price. The 30ml bottles of e-juice they sell are equivalent to three cartons of cigarettes, and cost 5-10% the amount. Ross has already had many success stories from customers in the short time he has been open, and is looking forward to continuing to help people kick the habit “one butt at a time!”

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Saddle It Up!

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Remember simpler times when small local stores were the norm not the exception, each with a characteristic flair, meticulous eye for detail and pride in their product? For instance, the local butcher, baker and shoe repair? These people honed their skills often with knowledge that was passed down from generation to generation. Thankfully, there are still some stores like that in our community. Even better, there are some new stores just like this opening their doors.

Saddle it Up is one of those stores that takes you back in time, but even further… to the “old west”. As soon as you walk through the door you can imagine serious cowboys choosing just the right gear to go to work with their horse. The aroma of new leather permeates the air and you are surrounded by what even at a glance you can tell is premium craftsmanship. There was a fellow visiting the shop who you would recognize instantly as a horseman. He introduced himself with a healthy handshake and said “Hi, I’m Brian Marshall”. His eyes had that look in them akin to a guitar player discovering a vintage Les Paul or Fender. It’s all about the admiration of quality, and what hand crafted quality can do for you when you are ready for it. This cowboy said knowledge is what makes the difference. He added, “When you know better you do better… and when you are in the zone there is a certain quality you expect and won’t settle for less”. He said, “For instance, look at all of the saddles, they are made from Herman Oak leather”. He then went on to explain, “Herman is the name of the company, and Oak is the tanning process that creates the finest saddle skirting you can buy. Herman Oak is a company that has been around since 1881.” The leather crafters who custom design these saddles make their own tools for their work, much like an artist creating their own brush or tools for painting. Quirk - 32

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Angela Bucklaschuk and Dacey Androkovich are the proud owners of this new venture. Angela grew up on a farm and always loved horseback riding. She since worked at a veterinary clinic for several years where she met many other horse people who couldn’t find the right supplies they needed. She and Dacey decided to create a business that would bring exactly the equipment they were looking for to the Lethbridge area. Though they have only been open a short time, many cowboys have come in just like the one I met who shared his fascination with their store to me.

Saddle it Up is one of those stores that takes you back in time, but even further… to the “old west”. As soon as you walk through the door you can imagine serious cowboys choosing just the right gear to go to work with their horse

“Saddle It Up” offers many services to assist their customers. They offer mobile tack services, if you can’t make it to town, they will bring the store to you. If there is a saddle in store you like, you can bring your horse in and they will fit it to the horse. They also repair saddles, clean oil and condition and sell used tack as well as take in used tack depending on condition. You can custom order a saddle that fits your needs knowing it will be a high quality saddle made only in the US or Canada by those who know their craft. If you are having an event you would like Saddle It Up to take part in, they will be there. For trail riding or pack trips, they also offer wall tents, spike tents, cook shacks, tipis, stoves pack & saddle panniers and much more. If you are looking to purchase hide, they can help you with that too. The list is endless of what they have to offer. The cowboy I met there said, ”these saddles are engineered to a standard… not a price.” The prices at Saddle It Up are competitive and they have product that is affordable for everyone without sacrificing quality for price.

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This Fall AT THE Harvest Festival

A cap, a chair, figurines... a sickle and teletype machine... 33s, old currency, a player piano too? Uniforms, dresses, and more, just for you! It is not just movies and books about wizards that prove so popular sequels must follow: in 2010, in preparation for the exhibit Treasures & Curiosities, people from the community were invited into the collections vault at the Galt Museum & Archives to choose an artifact or two with some significance to them. Reflecting on the previous exhibit, Curator Wendy Aitkens says, “People found exploring the collections intriguing, and the exhibit was so well liked that we decided to repeat the fun.” Galt Hospital

were turned over to the museum. This included a bell originally from the 1883 steam boat Alberta which transported coal from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat. Treasures & Curiosities: The Sequel starts September 26 and runs through January 11, 2015. The official opening (open to the public) takes place Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 pm— the final day of Lethbridge Arts Days—when some of the participants in the project will share their personal stories and reasons for choosing the artifacts.

Night at the Museum Shopping Cemetery Tour

Regular programs reflecting the exhibit include family activities during Saturdays at 1:00 (weekly program) and Top 8 of 2014 (drop-in daily from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, December 27January 4); presentations at Wednesdays at the Galt for ages 55+; and special topics during Thursday evening programs for adults (the Galt is open until 9:00 pm every Thursday).

“Once again, people participating in 2014 are making all kinds of connections to our artifacts.” says Aitkens, “Some artifacts triggered memories of childhood music lessons, cartoons, doing farm chores, making homemade ice cream, involvement in sports such as baseball and swimming and in local theatrical productions, and reflections on the significance of preserving local trees.” Did you know the collection at the Galt has been growing for half a century? 50 years ago, the community felt the need to preserve its objects, stories and memories. City Council invited first the Lethbridge Foundation and then the Lethbridge Historical Society to start gathering artifacts, documents, maps and photographs which reflected the history of the city and the surrounding areas.

Fall happenings also include the annual Beer (& wine) Tasting, Harvest Festival, Cemetery Tours by Flashlight, and Night at the Museum Shopping Event. A screening of the film Hatsumi, as well as a Galt Babies Party and a VIP Party for recent donors and sponsors are planned. Other current exhibitions at the Galt reflect the contributions of Lethbridge and area to the First World War effort; early advertising of beauty products; social trends of the 1970s and 80s; and the women of Legacy Ridge. And don’t miss the three-day 3 Dimensions Sculpture Show as part of Lethbridge Arts Days September 26-28!

“Once again, people participating in 2014, are making all kinds of connections to our artifacts.”

Film Screening - Hatsumi

Early objects such as a clock originally owned by Michael Popson in 1886, a phonograph manufactured by Thomas Edison in 1913, a sad iron and a piece of horse harness used near the end of the 19th century, and a 1910 clothes wringer, all came from donors in the Family Programs community. The city had been storing several items significant to Lethbridge and these Treasures & Curiosities artifact - Popeye

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New Beginnings for NASH By Ginger Malacko

Since its humble but hopeful beginnings in 2009 the NASH Project has rescued countless animals, which have in turn, rescued countless people, making this a southern Albertan treasure that is becoming a respected member of the larger community. Quirk - 36

Sally Time stands still for no one, man or beast, and our friends at the NASH Project aren’t wasting any of it. In the weeks since we last checked in with the organization’s president, Cedar Santana, the project has expanded in leaps and bounds. This homegrown project rescues dogs and horses and trains them for a number of therapies, helping children and adults with special physical and emotional needs. And now they will be able to help more people than ever before.

The first great change coming their way is a new home at Chinook Meadows in Coaldale. The facility will open September 15th, and with a new home and base of operations, the NASH Project will be offering a host of new programming.

Among several additions of note, will be their extensive efforts in public education, with dog training classes open to the public, including a basic course for kids and their pups, and a course especially for pitbull owners. The NASH Project will also be hitting the classroom, offering dog safety classes to local schools, making the community safer for all dogs and their neighbors.

NASH will also be working with schools to set up equine therapy for at-risk kids, providing riding and care classes as part of an adjusted curriculum. And for those families who are interested in recreational riding, but don’t have the option of owning a horse of their own, there will be a horse leasing program available, with a weekly lesson thrown in for good measure.

Since its humble but hopeful beginnings in 2009 the NASH Project has rescued countless animals, which have in turn, rescued countless people, making this a southern Albertan treasure that is becoming a respected member of the larger community. Now a member of the Canadian Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Service Dog Alliance, the NASH Project has begun a new working relationship with Wounded Warriors, pairing more PTSD trained dogs with veteran soldiers. NASH will also be providing PTSD programming for kids dealing with trauma from an accident, violence or the loss of one or both parents.

This is a long list of exciting new happenings, but as always, for the operators and volunteers, the real value is in the individual stories they are privileged to witness every day. And there is no story that better represents the magic that happens at NASH than the story of Catherine and Sally.

Katharine Hockney, a resident of Taber, knows the irreplaceable worth of a well-trained service dog. For nine years, faithful Ted has helped her live a busy and community-minded life, despite the difficulties of PTSD and Parkinsons Disease. When it became clear that Ted was ready to retire, Katharine searched for a replacement dog for two years. She was turned away by one agency after another, told that a dog to suit her needs would cost in the range of $60,000.00. When Katharine lost hope, her community stepped in and Cedar was approached by several Taber residents who wanted to share Katherine’s story. Cedar reached out to her network of heroes and found Sally, a shepherd cross who was rescued by Angels of Hope in Saskatchewan, and donated to the NASH Project. Sally immediately took to the training and is well on her way to becoming Katharine’s new companion. They have already started working together and Sally will be placed permanently in her new home late this fall. The value of such an animal is priceless to Katharine, but it comes from the trainers at NASH with a price tag of zero dollars. “If we can’t help our local people, we’re not much of an organization,” says Cedar. “This is a great example of being able to save lives in order to save lives.”

It’s easy to see why the NASH Project has garnered so much support from the surrounding area, and with their fall fundraiser coming up, there is plenty that the community can do to assist with the fall/winter programs. The new NASH facility at Chinook Meadows will host an auction, dinner and dance on October 4th, complete with a horse show and dog show. Tickets will be available in multiple locations. Details of the event, ticket locations, and all available courses will be posted on the NASH website.

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Last week I bought a newer vehicle. And as any pet lover does, I considered my dogs when purchasing the unit. The rear has its own air conditioning and although there are bucket seats in the back, they have easy access to get comfortable in the cargo area. I thought they would love this new ride! Not so much. It wasn’t familiar, they had a routine in the old SUV. Shani would turn her head around with her long nose between the head rest and the window to look out the back… she would ride for miles like this. Bella would be sprawled across the bench seat, or have her head out the window catching the breeze. It’s been a week now and it’s still all I can do to get Shani to Shani go inside… and once there, she won’t move…glued to her seat.

Some changes are beyond our control, some changes we desire and create.

I found myself thinking, we are all much the same. What is familiar makes us comfortable even if it may not be ideal. I’m adjusting to the new vehicle too. There are a lot more electronics to figure out than the old one. And I knew every sound my old one made, why it made it, and what it needed. Sometimes we stick to the familiar because it doesn’t force us to grow, and we often fear change even if it is for the better. Whether it’s relationships, work, or personal challenges we will often deny the need for change until circumstances force us to. It is often said that the only constant is change. Life is fluid. Some changes are beyond our control, some changes we desire and create. All changes, ideally, need to be made the best of. I hope Shani learns to enjoy the back seat!





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