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Winter 2009

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Nanton’s Olympic hopeful pushes for Gold

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Jazz, blues, roots, or country, it’s all here in the foothills.

Born into poverty and sold into a geisha house

Finding Roots: Nanton 16

as a young teenager, Ichimaru became one of

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13 Cover Story

Olympic bobsled hopeful Lisa Szabon pursues her dream with a home-town advantage.

17 Arts and Entertainment

Special films - New Year’s Activities - Music Christmas Concerts - Ballet

24 Shopping

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28 Food

Featuring two Route 40 Soup Co recipes - perfect for holiday guests. 

34 Detours

Peter Worden’s unexpected Experiment

Nanton’s Olympic hopeful pushes for Gold

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Kids say the darnedest things and look cute doing it.

First in a series of looking at girl time a little differently.

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On the Cover: Lisa Szabon photographed at Canada Olympic Park at the base of a bobsled run. By Neville Palmer

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ike starting a new job, a new book or a new friendship, I find the thrill is in the possibilities and the anticipation in the unknown path that lay ahead; the things I will learn, the people I will meet. This is the beginning of a new year. Routes is celebrating its first year in publication, a feat that could not have been achieved without the support, knowledge and creativity of all those who worked so hard to bring it into existence. Birthdays often come with presents, and I have a gift for you, our readers. Find the details about our birthday bash on pageX. Nanton is the feature town this Routes issue as we reveal a bit of its history and insight into its growth. Another Nanton feature highlights one of its assets, the Lancaster Air Museum. Writer Michelle Greysen introduces you to Karl Kjarsgaard, a man with a different kind of passion, striving to honour Canada’s military past and its heroes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself swept away by Kjarsgaard’s passion for another exciting new beginning as he orchestrates the recovery of an aircraft bomber. Routes will follow his journey and celebrate with him as he brings this treasure home to rest in the Nanton museum. Great beginnings lead to hard work and our own definitions of success. I see greatness, hard work, commitment,

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From left to right: Sharon Syverson, Jane Russell, Pat Fream, Sandra Wiebe, Gina Orr, Melanie Collison.

and the heartbreak of set backs in Lisa Szabon’s efforts to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Join me in cheering on one of our own as she strives for this goal in boblsed. Read about how her hometown of Nanton rallied behind her to ensure her dream could be realized. Wrapping up this issue in Detours is Peter Worden’s conversation with the ghost of a newspaper editor’s past and a look at the future of Peter’s own newspaper dreams. Keep in mind the Dr. Seuss motto: a dream is a dream is a dream, no matter how small! Enjoy this coming holiday season with good friends and good food (get a few ideas from Route 40 in the food feature). Be it a new career, a new love, passion for food, history, or a dream of Olympic Gold, may you find inspiration in these pages to start your new year with passion.

Sandra Wiebe Executive Editor/Publisher

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winter 2009 Peter Worden is the founding editor and proud slinger of the Experiment, a small newspaper in the small town of Nanton. He was editor of his university newspaper (2004), reported for two years in Lloydminster, and most recently interned with Alberta Views magazine in Calgary. With speculation of the newspaper world’s imminent demise, Worden at times despairs his vocation as a newspaper reporter is as timely as a career in the fur trade. This is Michelle Greysen’s third feature story for Routes. She enjoys working and living in southern Alberta where she owns a unique antiques store in Nanton, Inktiques. Michelle is writing a book on the Halifax 57 Rescue project and the man behind the story, Karl Kjarsgaard. Watch her publishing company website for updates and release information - and while there view her recent released poetry book, First New Forbidden True, available at the store. Pat Fream is a freelance writer who has been writing for various Alberta businesses and publications for more than 18 years. In addition to her penchant for words, Pat is passionate about fitness, travel and all things related to her husband and three kids. Although work and activities often take her to the city, Pat enjoys acreage living in the DeWinton area, where soaring hawks, rolling hills and the distant Rockies are a constant source of awe and inspiration. Sheila Sepkowski is a freelance writer and photographer. She has written for weekly and daily newspapers across Alberta. Sheila enjoys being behind the camera creating portraits and landscape images. She has lived in High River with her husband, two children and two dogs for the past 10 years.

Melanie Collison is a freelance journalist who paid her dues for 19 years in daily newspapers. She writes about everything from the High River Highland Games to environmental progress in the oil patch. In addition to magazine and newspaper work, she’s a speech writer, editor and photographer. To recharge her spirit, she plays bass clarinet, writes a little music, and larks about in the sunshine with her four rescue dogs under the guise of a meeting with her colleagues.

Winter 2009 Issue Publisher: Routes Media Inc. Executive Editor: Sandra Wiebe Art Director: Sharon Syverson Photographer: Neville Palmer Copy Editor: Pat Fream Contributing Photographer: Jane Russell Sheila Sepkowski Contributing Graphic Design: Jane Russell Adele Malo Feature Contributors: Melanie Collison Pat Fream Sheila Sepkowski Peter Worden Contributors: Bob Dunlop, Sandra Locken


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Adventure Feature

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Follow this group of women as they head into the wild for some out-of-the-ordinary girl time. Story and Photos by Sheila Sepkowski

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t’s interesting how a thought and then a comment can lead to an idea that takes root and grows into something deliciously fruitful. For me, this notion seeded itself over a coffee with a friend, and a discussion about my need to do something unusual and exciting. It turns out I wasn’t the only 30-something woman yearning for some radical form of adventure. I was surprised to learn how ready other women my age were to seek adventure. So we started throwing around ideas: heli-hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, bungeejumping. In the end, we settled on ziplining. It felt exotic enough for the adrenalin rush we were all craving. Of course, we had to travel somewhere with a bit of a geographical grade, as a zipline on the prairie would be like base-jumping off a house: short-lived. We found Banff Zipline Tours, located about a three-hour drive from High River between Field and Golden, BC. The chatter in the truck heightened as we arrived and were greeted with stunning views of the Kicking Horse River winding its way through the Rocky Mountains. After struggling into diaper-like harnesses and donning bright yellow helmets, we set off for the first of three dual ziplines ziplines, where pairs could careen down the mountain together. The first and second lines descended 120 and then 100 meters. These, I later realized, were

fun but were merely a warm-up for the third and most exhilarating ride through the mountains I have ever taken. The previous two platforms were simply a step or two; for this last line we were lead by our guide to a 75-foot steel tower - ascending several meters on a suspension bridge-like walkway. On my way up, I couldn’t ignore the feeling of walking the plank. From the top, this line extended 500 meters down the side of the mountain and across the river. I must admit to being a little disconcerted sitting in my harness willingly pulling a cord that would release me into the abyss. However, once I was free of the tower and sailing past the tips

of trees, my apprehension melted away and was replaced by the glorious weightlessness of flight and the sudden feeling of inclusion into a world I didn’t think I could ever join. For me, as well as my four -fellow adventurers, this rapid departure from the normalcy of life, from nine to five jobs, diaper changes, and chauffeur duties, showed me that taking a break can mean more than locking yourself up in the bedroom for a few precious hours of rest, or sitting in a movie theatre. It allowed a taste of the diversity life has to offer and exposure to the ingenuity of human beings; something we are never too old to enjoy. Admittedly, this little excursion has taken hold and grown into an everincreasing hunger for an experience quite out of the ordinary. With the zipline under my belt, I look forward to another challenge. Ice-climbing anyone?

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Carlson’s on MacLeod

The Broken Stone #4, 17 Elizabeth Street Friday nights are open mic night and Saturday nights are booked with accomplished musicians like bluesman Darren Johnson, and other “coffee-house” acoustic music. Broken Stone is also a fully licensed venue and offers a full menu of appetizers and flatbread pizzas.

The George Traditional House 101 - 31 Southridge Drive Sample one of 20 varieties of draught beer as you enjoy the likes of Greg Doucet, Al Barrett and Claymore in a relaxing, upscale pub atmosphere. Live music on Fridays from 10 pm - 1 am. No cover charge. Full menu available until 1 am.

BlACk DIAMoND The Stop

115 Government Road Accommodating up to 50 people, The Stop brings in many types of musicians - blues, alt-country, jazz, prairie roots - you name it! Live music every two weeks (schedule may vary), cover charges may apply. The Stop serves healthy breakfasts and lunches with made-from-scratch soups, baking and claiming: “The Finest espresso in the Foothills.”

Black Diamond Bar and Hotel 105 Centre Avenue S. The Black Diamond Hotel has been hosting jams for over 20 years; the last three have been hosted by Diamond Bob Flynn, fielding blues, rock, country, … everything! Saturday jam sessions from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am. Enjoy a full menu - lunch, dinner and snacks until late. 10

loNGVIEW Twin Cities Hotel and Saloon 136 Morrison Avenue Heather and Pat Case host the popular classic country jam, Saturdays from November through May, 4 pm to close. Full menu including great burgers and chicken-fried steak is available.

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129 3rd Avenue SW Situated in a historic building, Carlson’s has a unique ambiance comprised of recycled treasures, fine art and comfy seats by a cozy fire. The music mix includes jazz, blues and a taste of country with John Brooks, Amos Garrett, Tim Williams and many more great bands - often performing to sold out crowds. Carlson’s also serves up light lunches, fine wines, single malt scotches, and specialty coffees.

Gitter’s Pub 112- 4 Avenue SW Gitter’s vision is “to become recognized locally and beyond, as a superb venue that features and promotes musical talent on stage, radio and the internet.” This intimate venue showcases singer/songwriter talent in the vein of The Bluebird Café in Nashville. Open mic night is every Thursday from 7:30 pm to close, live bands every Friday night and “Hair of the Dog Jam” with Steve Loree and Chance Callison - on Saturdays starting at 4 pm.

NANtoN The Auditorium Hotel 2011 20th Avenue The Auditorium is a cavalcade of quality original music and entertainment in one of the last genuine funky old bars around. This venue boasts no cover charge, great home cooking, the best jukebox ever, and live music every weekend.

BRAGG CREEk Powderhorn Saloon 7 Balsam Avenue Ben Rose hosts Sunday jam session at this newly renovated pub. Drop by for the “Fab Powderhorn Burger” and live music every weekend.



Cougars Sports Bar and Grill 117 Sunset Blvd Eva Levesque of the Travelling Mabels hosts Sunday jam sessions from 5 pm – 10 pm. Cougars supports a variety of new local talent like rap/hip hop artist Chase Hummel, and serves great food including steak sandwiches and wings.

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FLYING HIGH on a slippery slope With a big push from hometown Nanton, winter Olympic hopeful, Lisa Szabon sets her sights on gold. By Pat Fream Photos by Neville Palmer

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hooked!” said Szabon, currently ranked fourth on the Canadian Bobsleigh Woman’s Team. “What I love is the combination of adrenaline, the small margin of error allowed, and the mix of focus, brute strength and finesse required to make the run successful. All of this and it’s over in less than a minute.” Szabon is no one-time thrill seeker, she is a disciplined athlete, a driven training machine, the jewel Olympic hopeful that Nanton loves to brag about. Formerly a competitive volleyball player and champion swimmer, Szabon was recruited by Bobsleigh Canada while attending SAIT in 2002. After competing locally for her first year, Szabon progressed to the America’s Cup circuit, and in 2007 she represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Europe and took third place. In February 2009, while competing in Whistler against another Canadian pilot – a race that would determine which of the two would advance on the Canadian team for the rest of the season, Lisa’s bobsled broke in half.

“While going down the track, I didn’t notice anything was wrong until we exited the final corner and the sled was all over the place, going up the outrun,” said Szabon. Turns out, the articulation pin that held the front and back end of the sled together was broken completely in two. What held the sled together at the end were two small bolts designed to stop the nose of the sled from over-rotating. “Who knows what could have happened had those last two bolts let go,” said Szabon. Forced to forfeit her first place position in the race-off and abandon her spot on the World Cup circuit, Szabon returned to Nanton – disheartened and uncertain of her future in bobsled. This would not be an easy fix, the sled was 30 years old, and by most standards, 15 years past its expiry. A new, top quality sled would cost up to $80,000. Szabon didn’t have that kind of money. When Nanton chiropractor, George Liscombe heard the plight of the town’s bobsled athlete, he was moved to champion her cause.

“I never forgot when Canada’s triathlete Simon Whitfield won the silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. In his speech, right after he thanked God, he thanked a group of businessmen in his hometown for their financial support,” said Liscombe. Inspired by the power of community spirit, Liscombe decided to lead Nanton in a rally behind its own bobsled athlete. He founded the ‘Nanton Community and Athletic Society’ and set his sights on a new sled for Szabon. Three phone calls later, with a challenge to others to match his own donation, Liscombe was already at $10,000. “Nanton – what a great community!” said Liscombe. “I went to speak to clubs and organizations and everyone I talked to came on board!” Within six months, the little town with the big spirit hit its target. Nanton raised $80,000, and Szabon got a brand new sled and runners. “I was in complete shock when I learned that the people of our town raised enough to help Lisa by a new sled,” said Lisa’s mother, Gail Szabon. “To know

that so many people believe in and support our daughter is overwhelming for me. I have learned so much about the benefits of living in a rural community.”

To know that so many people believe in and support our daughter is overwhelming for me. I have learned so much about the benefits of living in a rural community.

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t’s minus 20º C and all that separates the athlete from the frigid air is her one-piece spandex body glove but she doesn’t feel the bitter cold because her mind is a finely focused lens, locked on the task at hand. With nervous energy mounting, she surveys the track one last time and then gives her partner the affirmative nod. In perfect sync, the pair lunges forward, throwing the full force of their tandem weight into a torpedo-shaped steel sleigh, launching, on the fly, into front and back tomblike seats. A swish – then gone! Careening down a winding tube barely four feet wide and laden with hardpacked ice. Speed exceeds 145 kilometres an hour, and in the 50 seconds it takes to blast to the bottom, their job is to stay the course – watch the sides – pilot this speeding bullet! For some, this scene depicts a worst nightmare scenario; for Lisa Szabon of Nanton, it’s an adrenalin rush she can’t get enough of. “The first time I took a run down the hill in the pilot’s seat, I loved it! I was

Last year, Szabon finished up her rookie season as a pilot, placing 12th overall on the World Cup circuit. Today she is a force to be reckoned with, training for at least three hours a day, every day. Her sights are set on gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. “With a town like Nanton going to the wall for me I feel as though I’m unstoppable,” said Szabon. “The Games aren’t just about me; they’re about small towns everywhere that believe in their athletes, especially Nanton.”

Bobsledding, Luge, Skeleton... Surprisingly, there are quite a few differences between these sports, in terms of the sleds, participants’ equipment, and skills required to navigate down the icy courses. Here are just the more obvious differences: Bobsled: Athletes sit upright. Teams of two or four. Bobsled is canoe-shaped with sled-like with runners. Luge: Athlete lays down face up, feet first. Performed solo or in teams of two. Luge is a smaller sled riding on sharp edges.



Skeleton: Athlete lays face down, head first. This is a solo ride. The sled is a flat metal sled with steel runners. Runs on a bobsled track. The main thing these sports all have in common? A need for speed!

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Finding Roots

Neville Palmer captured Nanton’s northwest through a small window, thick with the dust and dirt of decades past. The three elevators pay tribute to the region’s past and to a town that rallied to save these prairie icons. They are now a self-sustaining, accessible

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Graced by 180 degrees of mountains and big sky prairies, this small town holds onto its ranching past By Melanie Collison as it looks to a strong future.



small town under a big sky, Nanton enjoys one of the mildest climates in the area thanks to frequent chinook winds soughing out of the Porcupine Hills. Straddling the Alaska-Mexico highway at the crossroads with Highway 533, Nanton was established and named by the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) in 1903. Erecting grain elevators attracted the farm trade and a cluster of agricultural services that has evolved into this self-reliant and optimistic town. The rail is long gone, but the hardy locals have survival bred into them. With a spin of the kaleidoscope they’re turning their history into their future. “Linked to the past … connected to the future,” is more than just the slogan of a highway stop that has established itself as a tourism destination. The grain elevators have been fully restored. Antiques stores abound; each with its own specialty. Fittingly, transportation is a theme, with the busy Ultimate Trains/Big Sky Garden Railway centre and the renowned Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum. Restaurants dot both the north and south arms of Highway 2, but food has a broader economic impact in the thriving family-run agrifood sector that’s grown up alongside traditional agriculture.

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Paradise Hill Farms is expanding its greenhouses. Sun Prairie Mills grinds organic flours, and Mountain Top Foods is planning larger premises for its prepared meats plant, and hopes to hire up to 50 people. “Ranchers are the salt of the earth and the backbone of the economy,” says John Blake, mayor for nine years. He’s following in the public service footsteps of his rancher grandfather, who arrived 15 years before the CPR. Ranchers support retailers like Cowboy Country Western Store and Cattleman’s Corner and craftsmen like Ralph Nelson. Nelson, a retired rancher, shapes cold rolled steel into custom spurs and bits and decorates them with intricately engraved silver. Change is coming. Nanton (pop. 2,124) is named as a growth node in the Calgary Metropolitan Plan despite its limited water supply. “We have a plan for what the town will look like. Water usage is critical, [we have to] teach people not to waste,” Blake says. The town is promoting one residential subdivision, a private developer is planning a second, and a swath of land east of the highway is slated for industrial use. Blake says the town needs businesses that can provide good-quality jobs.

dec All growth is subordinate to town council’s insistence that commercial activity remains concentrated downtown and no generic car-dependent suburb suffocate Nanton’s small-town identity. “We’d like to do it slightly differently than other towns because developers change the complexion of a town and we’d like that not to happen,” Blake says. “We want people who are in it long-term. We want you to come and live here and be integrated into our culture rather than the other way around. We like people who show up and get involved and bring their ideas and their labour.” And the locals do show up. They show up to run the sports programs, the recreational centre, and the Saturday night rodeos. “Nanton is the friendliest town in Alberta,” says Barbara Curl, co-owner of Mosaic Art & Gift. She and husband Paul Canfield moved to Nanton five years ago. “We love it here,” says Canfield. Relative newcomers like Laura Snell and James Durbano agree, choosing Nanton as a good place to raise their family. Snell is a teacher and Durbano an astronomer, instrumental to the Big Sky Astronomical Society and the observatory that opened in 2008. According to Pam Woodall, owner of the quirky Because I Said So, local musicians such as Lance Loree, the musical son of an old ranching family, have also helped to put Nanton on the map. “Nanton has become a destination for musicians,” says Woodall. “It’s on the way to everywhere.”

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Tim Williams & The Highwater Jug Band December 4, 8 pm - tickets $20

Carlson’s on Macleod Juno nominee, blues-based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Tim Williams has made Calgary his home for more than a decade. As a 40-year veteran of the folk scene in North America, Tim still finds inspiration from his original Californian coffeehouse roots to blues, bluegrass, and ’50s rhythm and blues and far, far beyond. [HR]

Foothills Music Society Christmas Concert December 6, 7:30 pm

Holy Trinity Academy Band members from across the foothills region perform as part of the award-winning concert band under the direction of Kathie Van Lare and jazz band under Martin Kennedy perform. [OK]

Heather Blush & The Uppercuts December 11

The Olympic Torch is coming to High River January 18, 2010. High River has been selected to host an Olympic Torch Celebration as it travels to Vancouver. Mark your calendars for this memorable occasion. Watch for details in the months ahead.

Nanton Auditorium Hotel This Calgary based trio of best friends knocks the socks off every new audience they meet. Their sound can be described as somewhere between the “Adult Alternative” styles of Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer, and old “Ella/Louis-style” vocal jazz/blues. Heather’s voice is often compared to Norah Jones, Maria Muldaur, and Joni Mitchell. With “Captain” Steve Hazlett on drums and “Cannonball” Shane Sutherland on the upright bass, this trio packs a punch and leaves a lasting impression. 403.646.2746 [NT]

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The Gift of Music Concert Series: Corpus Christi Male Chorale December 13 High River United Church The Corpus Christi Male Chorale is touring throughout Canada and the United States to great acclaim under the directorship of Daniel Bensler. The chorale sings a wide variety of secular and sacred music and has produced two recordings. The High River United Church Adult Choir is thrilled to perform with the chorale this Christmas, as a special fundraising event for the Rowan House Emergency Shelter. 403.652.3158 [HR]

Highway 3 Roots Review with John Wort Hannam, Leroy Stagger and Dave McCann December 17, 7:30 pm -tickets $15 For more information: [HR]

Alien Rebels December 18

Nanton Auditorium Hotel The Alien Rebels’ sound has elements of rockabilly, surf, country, folk, Latin and jug band music; a band not to be defined but experienced. 403.646.2746 [NT] [HR] = High River

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happenings Paul Rumboldt Christmas Concert December 20, matinee and evening performances

Carlson’s on Macleod Paul Rumboldt is an accomplished musician, a gifted songwriter, and a captivating performer. A fixture in the southern Alberta musical community, he has worked with such notables as Cindy Church, Nathan Tinkham, Amos Garratt and Dave Hamilton. Paul’s intricate song styling and his incredible voice make this one Christmas event not to be missed. [HR]

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Amos Garrett December 31 Carlson’s on Macleod They don’t make musicians like Amos Garrett any more - playing those six strings in a way that leads listeners to unexpected musical conclusions. Amos is always a surprise and always worth your time and attention, especially a live performance! [HR]

New Year’s with Dave McCann December 31 18

Nanton Auditorium Hotel Alberta songwriter Dave McCann and his band Firehearts (formerly The Ten-Toed Frogs) will be performing live in Nanton to help bring in 2010. Keep track of who’s coming on the Auditorium’s Facebook page. 403.646.2746 [NT]

Wales Theatre Screening a prominent Canadian, foreign and/or independent film for one night showing. Call 403.652.4844 or visit for details on upcoming films. [HR]

Jaydee Bixby: Cowboys and Cadillacs January 30, 7 pm - tickets $25

jan Olympic Torch Relay January 18, 12 noon

Snodgrass Recreation Complex Watch the torch being lit and participate in the celebration as the torch stops on its way to the Vancouver 2010 Games. [HR]

Murray McLauchlan January 21, 8 pm - tickets $35

Bragg Creek Community Centre Come see this true Canadian icon in an intimate setting, one night only. All proceeds go to the Bragg Creek Community Association. 403.949.4277 [BC]

Rita Chiarelli January 22 - 23, 8 pm

Empress Theatre Singer-songwriter Chiarelli has been dubbed the goddess of Canadian blues but she is equally comfortable delivering her original material, crooning an Italian folk song or wailing R&B or an Elvis Presley tune. [FM]

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Beneath the Arch Concert Series: UCalgary String Quartet January 30, 7:30 pm

Flare & Derrick Community Hall The U Calgary String Quartet repertoire covers a wide spectrum of music and the members of the quartet have had a broad range of performing experiences, including performances at folk music festivals, and dance/music productions. As the resident string quartet at the University of Calgary, it has commissioned and premiered works by U of C Composition faculty, graduate students and alumni. 403.933.5811 or 403.933.7040 or [TV]

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:30 pm Highwood Memorial Centre $25.00 + gst (students/seniors) $35.00 + gst (adults)

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Highwood Memorial Centre This Drumheller born country musician was the runner-up on the 2007 season of Canadian Idol. In 2008 he signed with Her Royal Majesty’s Records and went on to release his debut album Cowboys and Cadillacs. Call the Town of High River Culture Centre 403.652.4668 or find us on facebook. [HR]

Empress Theatre Singer-songwriter Alex Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba and resides in Smithers, B.C. Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of true Cuban music. [FM]

John Rutherford February 5

Carlson’s on Macleod John Rutherford is a member of several bands recording and performing on a regular basis. A guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Rutherford also plays ukulele and features a vintage banjo-ukulele as part of his roots/blues sound. [HR]

The Gift of Music Concert Series: Brenna Corner and Michèle Wheatley-Brown February 6

High River United Church Mezzo-soprano Brenna Corner has been working in Edmonton and surrounding areas as an actress and musician. Currently, Brenna is studying classical voice with world-renowned soprano Tracy Dahl. Pianist Michèle Wheatley-Brown runs a piano studio in High River. She examines and adjudicates throughout Canada. [HR]

“If you haven’t been to Carlson’s you haven’t been to High River”

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David Myles February 6

If you don’t feel your best you don’t get the most out of life. Pain, loss of motion or strength can dramatically reduce your ability to work or play.

Bragg Creek Performing Arts Centre David Myles is a fresh force on the Canadian entertainment landscape and his most recent release “On The Line” showcases his creativity, vocal versatility and musical dexterity. The CD is a stylish blend of jazz, blues, gospel, pop and folk influences. David is fearless in his arrangements - from Hammond Organ, to double bass, to an outstanding horn section - he enjoys an acoustic palate that marries rich and elegant with animated and imaginative. [BC] [HR] = High River

[BC] = Bragg Creek

[OK] = Okotoks

[TV] = Turner Valley

[FM] = Fort Mcleod

[NT] = Nanton

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Arts & Entertainment

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening Nightâ&#x20AC;? performed by Windmill Theatre Players Spring 2010



happenings Crystal Plamondon: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torchâ&#x20AC;? CD Release Party February 13, 8 pm - $20

Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Macleod In her new CD, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torchâ&#x20AC;?, Crystal aspires awaken the memories and emotions of the listener as they relate to the passion in her voice and soul.This album truly showcases her vocal abilities with eight English songs and two French Edith Piaf songs, and an original Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen selection. [HR]

Ballet JĂśrgen - Cinderella February 17, 7:30 pm - tickets $35, students/seniors $25

Highwood Memorial Centre This ballet by Bengt JĂśrgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. JĂśrgenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choreography takes us through the misfortunes and fortunes of Cinderella and her stepsisters. 403.652.4668 [HR]

Rankin, Church & Crowe February 27

Bragg Creek Performing Arts Centre Folk, country, jazz, and contemporary are blended with a confident ease that makes for richly textured harmonies and a welcoming rapport that invites audiences in, and makes them want to stay with these singer songwriters. Raylene Rankin is best known for her part of the Rankin Family and the Rankin Sisters., Cindy Church has a strong reputation as a vocalist and a writer. Susan Crowe brings her voice, unquestionably the darkest of the three, providing a kind of harmonic shade to this musical geometry. [BC]


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[HR] = High River

[BC] = Bragg Creek

[OK] = Okotoks

[TV] = Turner Valley

[FM] = Fort Mcleod

[NT] = Nanton

For event submissions email to:



April 16th & 17th

Bobsnodgrass Recreation Complex Friday 5:00PM - 9:00PM Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM free admission, entertainment & plenty of give aways For more information: call 403-652-3336 or visit


Northern Lights with Debra Rasmussen February 20

Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Macleod Debra Rasmussen is a Canadian jazz vocalist of The Northern Lights Quartet band from Calgary. Each of the quartet members is an educator or promoter of jazz. Rasmussen was the driving force behind the establishment of the Mongolian Jazz Listening Library with Arts Council of Mongolia. [HR]

Highwood Memorial Centre Opening Night is the story of an unusual evening at the theatre. Ruth Tisdale has lucked into a pair of tickets to the opening night performance of a new Canadian play, and she drags her husband Jack to the theatre as a way to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Jack however would rather be at home watching the seventh game of the World Series on television. [HR]



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RAISING HALIFAX LW170 Canadian military history enthusiast reaches to great depth to preserve our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage and works to bring it home to rest in Nanton.

By Michelle Greysen Photos by Neville Palmer

History Feature

Below: Part of Kjarsgaard’s endless fundraising efforts included the sale of a limited-edition signed print, donated by Canadian artist Michael McCabe titled “Invincible Item,” of the Handley Page Halifax B. Mk. III, LW10 of RCAF 2 Squadron. After countless research hours the signatures on the print are those of the 11 crew members who flew the LW170 into combat over 0 years ago. Kjarsgaard personally criss-crossed the country to visit each of the aged men for their signatures and to record their stories.



esting on the Atlantic Ocean floor, more than 1,700 metres deep, is the renowned Handley Page Halifax LW170. In her day, the valiant Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft executed some 28 bombing missions, including prep missions for the D-Day invasions of Normandy in 1944. When the aircraft sprung a fuel leak while on war patrol 200 kilometres northwest of Ireland in 1945, her crew was safely rescued, but the ill-fated aircraft was lost to the great sea. Nearly seven decades later, thanks to modern day treasure hunter and aviator, Karl Kjarsgaard, the great bomber will see daylight again, as she is rescued and honoured with a new resting place in Nanton, Alberta.

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Karl Kjarsgaard has a passion for preserving and honouring Canadian military history. His detailed plan to recover the Halifax LW170 bomber has been on the radar of many supporters since his first successful raising of a British Halifax bomber in 1995. From 240 metres below the surface of Lake Mjosa in Norway, the Halifax NA33 now sits restored in the National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario. Following that successful raising, Kjarsgaard, as project manager in 1997, recovered a RCAF Halifax from a bog in Belgium with the purpose of providing a formal burial for the three airmen trapped in the unsalvageable wreckage. A steadfast dedication to Canadian military history and this country’s combat heroes now has Kjarsgaard well under-

This will be the only real McCoy for Canada, a true combat plane, with Canadian history, Canadian crew and Canadian pride.

way to his most significant recovery to date - that of the Halifax LW170. Flying over 70 per cent of its WWII missions in this aircraft, the submerged LW170 is the only restorable combat Canadian Halifax in existence. “This will be the only real McCoy for Canada, a true combat plane, with Canadian history, Canadian crew and

Canadian pride,” said Kjarsgaard, founding director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) dedicated to preserving the Halifax and its international heritage. In Kjarsgaard’s view, bringing this significant artifact home to Canadian soil is paramount to all Canadians. “We must know where we came from to know where we are going,” Kjarsgaard also laments that history should be preserved and lessons learned - the losses of war need not be repeated. Kjarsgaard never loses sight of honouring those who paid the greatest sacrifice with their lives with his dedication to raising the LW170. His mission is to create a monument to the Canadian soldier - past and future. “In all of the adversity and complications of our quest for the Halifax Project I have always tried to emulate and follow in the footsteps of my heroes of the RCAF and Bomber Command. Such great examples of courage, honour, excellence, and sacrifice in this giant Canadian sword of Freedom, the Halifax,” said Kjarsgaard. “If these young men could weather such hardships as this, for all of us, we must continue on no matter the cost or effort.” The future home for the celebrated Halifax LW170 is in the world-class Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum, also home to the rare Lancaster Mk.10 FM159. The museum houses almost 3,600 sq. m (40,000 sq. ft) of hanger and display space of aviation history and the site of Canada’s Bomber Command Memorial Wall, honouring the more than 10,000 Canadians who gave their lives serving with Bomber Command 1939 - 1945. “Karl has enriched our museum by being a first class supporter and proponent of our goals and activities,” said Dan Fox, past president of the museum. “He is constantly spreading the word to any and all he comes in contact with, including members of parliament, senators, military personnel, etc. Since he became a director of the Nanton Air Museum last April, he has aided us in our efforts by offering his opinions and advice based on his considerable experience in the aviation field.” The museum is a loyal supporter of the Halifax 57 Project with funds designated in support of Kjarsgaard and a future display of both the Lancaster and the Halifax bomber; a world-class unique opportunity for the facility. Fox refers to Kjarsgaard as a “mover and a shaker”, noting that when he goes after something, things happen. “Karl is a great patriotic Canadian and is not ashamed to show it. He has done more to promote the memory of wartime veterans than anyone I know.” To follow this historic mission visit the ongoing progress reports at the Halifax Project website: www.57rescuecanada. com. Coming soon: the book about this incredible mission, also written by Michelle Greysen.

Left: The Lancaster Museum is the site of Canada’s Bomber Command Memorial Wall, honouring the more than 10,000 Canadians who gave their lives serving with Bomber Command 199 - 195. Kjarsgaard was so impressed by this act of remembrance that he moved from Ottawa to work alongside the people responsible for constructing it.


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Photos by Jane Russell Beautiful home décor is all about balance: light to dark dark, hard to so soft, absorbent to reflective. Reflective su surfaces urfaces can add light and space to any room. At Christmas consider touches uches of metallic with no Christmas detail detailing, ling in silver or brass - yes, it’s coming back! Start in the kitchen, where reective hardware on the cabinets adds a touch of glint, or a high-gloss ceramic or stainless steel colander on the island catches your eye and the light, when you enter the room. Also touches of whimsy can be added with kitchen accessories.

Stainless Steel Colander by Bugatti, $115 A Touch of Italy 94 Elma Street, Okotoks 403.938.0488 Decorative Fish by Zodax, $70 Homeworks Custom Interiors

In the bathroom, mirrored accessories can add a bit of shimmer to a dark corner and become the jewelry to the room. Clock by Mati, $99 Homeworks Custom Interiors 79 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks 403.938.9348

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Mirrored Pencil Holder, imported, $3.49 Crystal Candle Holder, imported, $41.99 Hallmark Rafters 371, 201 Southridge Drive, Okotoks 403.995.0953 winter 2009 winter 2009

In the main living areas reective surfaces can be any thing from mirrors to toss cushions done up in a high-sheen silk.

Toss Cushion cover, imported, $45 Pixie Hollow Book Shop 417-1 Street SW, High River 403.649.8800

Stainless Steel Statue, $462 Willow Creek Forge 2112- 20 Street, Nanton 403.646.2244

Mirrored Table, imported, $250 On a Lark 18 North Railway Street, Okotoks 403.995.0352

During the holiday season, many of the reflective surfaces you choose for your home can be used to carry our décor through the dark days of winter. By removing the garlands and the decorated tree you still can have a reflective, bright room that will brighten your space throughout the winter. By Alison Laycraft

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Professionally Speaking


Aside from the common cold, back pain is the most common reason people in North America miss work. If your back is achy for a couple of days a year, no big deal, but if you have persistent back pain that limits your ability to work or play, you should probably get some treatment. By Bob Dunlop

Medical sites on Google tell us that there are over 50 million providers of different sorts of treatment for back pain, varying from ridiculous to sublime. Regardless which of the many treatment options you choose, you need to be an informed and engaged back care consumer. The following points could apply to many sorts of health care services, but are primarily intended to help you navigate the muddy waters of modern back care. Understand your back problem Picture your back, its joints, muscles, nerves, etc., as a set of interlocking gears. If one of the gears is not turning properly it automatically affects the other gears. Long standing back pain is usually caused by a dysfunction in more than one part of the complex machine that is your back. After reviewing your history and performing an examination, your practitioner should be able to tell you, in terms that are meaningful to you, why your back is not working the way you would like. Don’t settle for one-liners like “your hips are out” or “you have arthritis”. Expect a clear description of what tissues are causing the discomfort, what factors are contribution to your problem, suggested treatment, and reasonable goals/expectations for the outcome.


Bob Dunlop holds kinesiology and physical therapy degrees and a masters degree in exercise physiology. He has served Canadian athletes at a number of major international games including the 1998 winter Olympics and the 2000 summer Olympics. Bob has practiced in the Okotoks/High River area for over 12 years with clinics in Nanton, High River, Okotoks and Claresholm.

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Take responsibility for your recovery Back pain is usually caused by a number of factors, including: posture, muscle balance, injury history, fitness, job demands, and genetics. Although it might seem ideal to go and have someone “fix” your back problem, in most cases, key components of effective and lasting treatment include regular specific exercise, along with changing old habits. Education regarding ongoing self-care, and a comprehensive home program should

be the centerpieces (or – should be at the centre) of any quality treatment program. The ultimate goal of treatment should be to see you maintaining a strong, durable back with minimal need for ongoing treatment. Avoid the back care buffet While it’s true that effective treatment for complex back pain often requires the skills of more than one practitioner, the disciplines you engage must be complementary and coordinated. Pick a practitioner you have confidence in to advise you on the spectrum of appropriate therapies and coordinate the services you require. Loading up on a number of different approaches at once can be expensive, ineffective and perhaps even dangerous. Medicine and special testing Medication and/or special testing may be appropriate but are rarely the whole answer. Anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants can be quite useful in helping to control symptoms, but they rarely repair the problem. Pain should be viewed as a clear signal that something needs to be addressed.

Something Old

Something New

Something You!

Shop in your own jewelry box of outdated rings, necklaces or heirloom pieces and create new pieces that will resonate with your personality and current style. By Sandra Locken Confidence Any aspect of buying jewelry requires a level of confidence in a professional jeweler. Word-of-mouth referrals are one of the best ways to find a jeweler who does excellent custom design work. Ask to view examples of their work before enlisting their services. Once you’ve found a jeweler, look for professional designations such as Graduate Jeweler (G.J.) or Graduate Gemologist (G.G.). Ask if he or she belongs to industry associations such as the Canadian Jewelers Association, the American Gem Trade Association, or is an alumni from learning institutes such as the Gemological Institute of America. Ask questions - most jewelers are excited to talk about their education and training.

Creative Control You may have an idea what you would like your custom designed piece of jewelry to look like, but what sort of control do you have over the creative process? The jeweler should ask you questions about your lifestyle, where you intend to wear the piece, and she might ask to see your current jewelry to get a good idea of your style. She should offer handdrawn designs or create renderings from computer jewelry design software, in order for you to choose from several different jewelry designs. After selecting a design, ask to see a wax rendering of your jewelry. You will be able to see how a ring will look on your finger, or how a pendant hangs on a chain (or lays on your chest).

Patience and a Sense of Adventure You may be looking at several weeks from start to finish, depending on how long it takes to choose the design, the intricacy of the piece you choose, the number of alterations, and the time it takes to create the wax model.

An X-ray reveals the state of your bones, but does not necessarily correlate with pain complaints. In other words, there are people with terrible looking X-rays who have no back pain, and people with perfect looking X-rays who have terrible back pain. Even advanced tests like MRI or CT scan are only appropriate for a small percentage of back pain sufferers. In my 20 years of clinic practice I have seen many people overcome severe back dysfunction. Their willingness to be active, dedicated partners in their own recovery is often the most important factor in their successful outcome.

Image provided by The Gold Works, Calgary. Sandra Locken is the owner of Sarini Fine Jewellery in Vulcan. She is a Graduate Jeweler with 18 years in the jewelry industry, and is a member of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO), the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and an alumni member of the Gemological Institute of America.

As with all good things, the investment in custom design jewelry is well worth the extra work it takes to bring an idea to reality. Remember to ask if there are any special care instructions, and consider insuring your new piece of jewelry.


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Curry Orange Infused Ruby Beet and Cardamom Soup Ingredients: Food

1.8 kg (4 lbs) organic red beets 1 large white onion (softball size), chopped 5 large pieces of celery stalk, leaves removed zest of 1/2 small orange (careful to not include any of the white pulp of the skin)

salt and pepper to taste 125 ml (1/2 cup) orange juice concentrate cream or milk cilantro plain yogurt

10 ml (1 1/2 tsp) of cardamom (grinding your own from a whole is much more flavorful)

20 ml (1 1/2 Tbsp) mild Pataks 250 ml – 500 ml vegetable stock Curry Paste

Roasted Tomato and Chorizo Stuffed Turnovers Ingredients:

4-5 links of Chorizo sausage

(available spicy or mild, made from turkey, bison, or beef)

1 medium red onion 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 large red tomatoes or 3-4 Roma tomatoes 1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped 5 ml (1 tsp) oregano 5 ml (1 tsp) basil 15 ml (1 Tbsp) chili powder

10 ml (2 tsp) sugar salt and pepper to taste 375 ml (1 ½ cups) grated smoked cheddar or Gouda 2 packages of frozen puff pastry - thawed overnight in the fridge (available at most local grocery stores or bakeries, some are pre-rolled some come in blocks)

1 egg 250 ml (1 cup) water

Prep time: ½ hour to 45 min - filling should be done the day before. Roast sausage in oven at 375º F until cooked, approximately 12-15 minutes depending on the type of sausage. Let cool and then dice into ¼ inch pieces. While sausage is cooking roast whole tomatoes in the oven for approximately 45 min. Sauté red onion until soft and slightly browned then add garlic, chipotle pepper, spices and sugar. Lightly puree roasted tomatoes in a food processor. Mix above ingredients together and let cool. Once cool, add grated cheese. Mix water and egg in a bowl for egg wash. Flour your work surface and roll out previously thawed puff pastry, cut in 2 ½ to 3 inch square pieces. Spoon mixture in the centre of each square, then lightly brush the bottom and right edges with egg wash. Fold into triangles and press edges with a fork to make a light pattern. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet with 1inch spaces between each turnover. Bake at 375º F until tops are flaky and golden brown, approximately 12-15 minutes. Serves: 8 -10

Photos by Neville Palmer

Chef Mark and Lanny Klaudt are the owners of Route 40 Soup Company in Turner Valley and have a combined 30 plus years experience in the food and service industry. They proudly choose to serve only non-genetically modified



Recipes by Mark Klaudt, chef and owner Route 40 Soup Co., Turner Valley.

foods and food grown without chemicals or fertilizers. Along with




producers, like-minded

restaurant owners, they are paving the way for change in the way we eat and how we live our daily lives. This change begins with education and carefully choosing products and suppliers while keeping in mind how and where the food is grown or produced. They are also a member of Slow Food Canada (


Prepare beets by trimming, washing and cooking until the skin can be rubbed off when submerged in ice-cold water. This can be done the day before. In an 8 to 10 litre pot over medium lightly brown the onion. Add celery stalk, orange zest, cardamom, curry paste and cracked pepper. Sautee until celery softens. Add prepared beets and enough vegetable stock to the same level as the vegetables in the pot.  Simmer for about 1/2 hour then puree in blender or with a good hand blender.  Add organic orange juice concentrate and salt to taste. To serve: Add some milk or cream and a little fresh cilantro and yogurt for garnish. Serves: 6

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When I


y son showed no trace of fear as he hoisted himself up on the nurse’s chair. Under any other circumstance, enticing cooperation for a needle would call for artful negotiation if not blatant bribery. But on this day, Thomas wore the expression of a proud soldier, armed with the admiration of his two older siblings who said he was “the bravest” for getting his vaccination first.

“Hi honey, what’s your name?” asked the young nurse. To which he rattled off his full name, age, phone number, and a story about the time he had to pee in a pop can because we were driving on a freeway and he couldn’t wait. The nurse smirked at me while skillfully managing to hide the sharp instrument her hands prepared on the side. “Wow, you’re a talker, and bright too,” she continued, breaking skin

SayCheese Submit your cutest kids photo by email to

The staff favourite will be printed in the next issue and runner-ups will be posted on the routes blog.


Kid P h for win oto ter 20 09

While taking some family photos this past fall, my nephew Carson walked out into the wheat. He was wearing a cowboy hat that I had brought along. This picture is special to us because that hat belonged to my grandfather who was born to settlers in the High River area and spent his life farming. My Grandpa is not with us any longer, but I am reminded of him when I look at this picture of his great grandson standing in a ripe field of wheat. -Shannon Bos

By Pat Fream


with only a minor flinch. “What do you think you want to be when you grow up?” She asked, dragging out the distraction. Thomas paused, sufficiently puzzled, “I don’t know… a man I guess.” Then he turned to me and asked, “Are there other choices?”


A listing of some family events in our local area... Get out there and have fun! Big Rock Singers December 6, 7 pm - Tickets $15

Foothills Centennial Centre The Big Rock Singers present their annual Christmas performance with special guests, The Okotoks Men’s Chorus and The Tinnitus Handbell Choir. Tickets available at Sobeys Okotoks and High River, The Foothills Centennial Centre or from any Big Rock Singer member. There will be a concession, raffle and door prizes. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Call 403.995.1213 [OK]

Skate with Santa December 13, 2:30 pm

Okotoks Recreation Center - Piper Arena Santa is coming to town early this year. Santa will be out on the ice handing out candy canes. This event is Free. Preregistration is NOT required. For more information call 403.938.8953 or www. [OK] [HR] = High River

[BC] = Bragg Creek

[OK] = Okotoks

[TV] = Turner Valley

[FM] = Fort Mcleod

[NT] = Nanton

For event submissions email to:

New Years Family Celebration December 31, 6 pm

Everyone is invited at attend the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. There will be skating on the outdoor rink, hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee will be served and conclude the evening at 8 pm with a fireworks display. Call Hazel at 403.933.7808 [TV]

Olympic Torch Relay January 18, 12 noon

Snodgrass Recreation Complex Watch the torch being lit; participate in the celebration as the torch stops on its way to the Vancouver 2010 Games. [HR]



eaturing Arts and Craft and Merx jewelry

114 & 118 3rd Ave SW High River, AB


Dolphins Water Polo February 6, 8 am start (all day event)

Bob Snodgrass Pool The High River, Okotoks and surrounding area water polo team, the Dolphins will be hosting teams from Calgary, Innisfail and Edmonton. This Olympic sport isn’t often seen in our area - so come out and watch as our team takes on this strong competition! Due to facility size the tournament is limited to our Atoms (ages 8-11) and Bantams (ages 12 -13). 403.995.4372/heather@realtorsfirst or [HR]

CDReview Calum Graham: Sunny Side Up

This collection of acoustic guitar songs is Calum’s first CD project that includes five original works plus a few recognizable favourites. At just 18, Calum is a selftaught rising star, dedicated to performing and composing. Watch for Calum playing at events and venues in the area and visit his website for songs, photos and news.


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Office Solutions Foothills Concierge Service Resources, support, and practical help for your lifestyle and business needs. Ph:403-603-8666 InkMagic International Ltd. Affordable, compatible inkjet cartridges. Use ‘RoutesMag’ coupon to save 10%. Ph: 403-602-0166

Graphics Giddy Up Design Graphic Design, Corporate Logos, Buiness Branding, Print and Page Layout 403-601-9800 /

Sport Hillbilly Arms Gunsmith Services Repair & refurbish firearms. Sell, supply and mount scopes and accessories. Dan: 403-646-2509.

Travel Travel/Business Opportunity Travel for Free.....No Really!! Call Shari at 403-477-2273

It Works! Lose inches of FAT as quick as 45min. Visit: Call Tracy: 403-554-4945 Nikken Wellness - Products that address daily health concerns. A business that will change your life. 403-862-0724

Wedding/Event Planning Personal Shopping House Checking Renovation Consulting

HIGH RIVER • Self Storage Bays Ranging from 5’ x 10’ to 10’ x 30’ • Secure Outdoor RV Parking / On Site Management

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Willow Creek Forge and Gallery BLACKSMITH IRON SHOP Blacksmith owned & operated. Offering Canada’s biggest selection of traditionally hand-forged iron items representing 12 blacksmiths. Western artists, CDs, books, western home accessories, rawhide lampshades & antiques in a heritage building. Blacksmith classes. Custom work. CGTA Retailer of the Year. Stampede International Creative Blacksmith Winner.


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Now on exhibit : Listen Up! Musical Memories of the Highwood Archives • Library • Gift Shop Special events • Programs ***FREE ADMISSION*** Please call for hours of operation. 403-652-7156


. What is the name of one of Japan’s famous Geisha’s whose kimonos are on display at a local gallery?


Enjoy our fun, hands-on family discovery room and fascinating exhibits.

$50 per issue/ $10 for one year

The Garbage Bin Guys Commercial, residential or acreage garbage bin delivery and yard clean up services. Call: Kim 403-333-8460



Located in downtown High River in the former CPR station



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Entering our 2nd decade investing in kids in the Foothills

Photo by Les Quinton

Serenity Bear Contracting Decks, garages, basement development, millwork, cabinet building. Call Heather 403-601-6967 /

Evolution Energy Healing Helping you take control & reconnecting to your truth. Life coach and progressive angel card reader. Lisa: 403-312-3149

Foothills Concierge Service

Photo by Della Dickie



Museum of the Highwood

Photo by Bar U Ranch


Home-Based Businesses

unique shops • trendy eateries • christmas light up • music • artisans We invite you to take a leisurely scenic drive just 30 minutes southwest of Calgary, down Highway 22, to the


Black Diamond is noticeably void of big box stores and fast food restaurants. Instead, we offer something more original. Here, not far from Calgary’s doorstep, you can slow down the pace and find everything you need. Black Diamond features a historic restored downtown, one-of-a-kind shopping, friendly merchants and an abundance of great food. Unique gift ideas along with our annual Town Christmas Light-Up and renowned Diamond Valley Christmas concert put the joy back in the holiday season. Visit our website for details. Here in the foothills, an old fashioned experience in modern day style awaits. Come, visit often. Or better yet, find a neighborhood you like and move on in.

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On a Lark...

By Peter Worden


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f you could fold back the past 100 years, creasing the broadsheet of time so that 1909 lay overtop of 2009 – if you could do that – you’d find a couple of poor-ish newspaper editors getting on famously at the Alberta Hotel. Side-by-side barstools, this is the intersect of continua where Peter J. Worden, modern-day editor of the Nanton Experiment, meets from time to time with the ghost of *Bob Edwards, editor of the old Calgary Eyeopener “Newspapers have changed in the past 100 years,” said Worden, “and not for the best. There’s no satire; hardly any humour. Most have agglomerated into only a few big companies. Even papers as old as Bob. In small towns they are a dying lot.” Worden is publisher, editor, reporter, photographer, delivery boy and responsible for office morale at the Experiment. His newspaper launched in response to a spade of closures throughout 21st century Alberta – in particular, Nanton’s downtown news office, which closed April 6, 2009. “It’s a shame for a 100-year-old newspaper not to have an office,” said Worden. The ghost of Edwards, once editor at a newspaper in nearby High River, circ. 1905, nodded in affirmation. “I recall paying a nickel once for a newspaper in Nanton. It was a fine yarn, but what about that quiet water-tower town do you find so fascinating exactly?” asked Edwards. Then, clearing his throat for a sobering pronouncement, Worden replied, “There’s no town closer-knit, that values history, indulges quirky experiments, reads the paper and is willing to give a young guy a shot in all of Alberta – maybe the whole of Canada – than Nanton.” “Incidentally,” asked the ghost of Edwards, “is the Auditorium Hotel in Nanton still around?” “Yep,” said Worden, and the two of men cheers’d.

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Many in Nanton are familiar with the Experiment as the newspaper onesixteenth the size of a regular paper and comprised of fictitious journalism (not unlike this article). To date it has published articles about dogs running red lights, examples of absurd residential development, and one ballsy rebuttal to a Sun Media lawyer when threatened with legal restitution unless Worden changed its name from the Nanton News Experiment to simply the Experiment.

“It’s funny,” said Worden. “Newspapers in the 21st century expect to be taken seriously and people naturally don’t take them seriously. News is biased and bogus anyway so readers seem to respect that at least the Experiment is upfront about it. That alone lends itself some kind of skewed credibility.” “Impressive,” said Edwards. “Newspapers are shutting down across Alberta and your playing card-sized publication is trying to grow.”

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The ghost of Edwards dismounted his barstool, paid the bartender a quarter for his whiskey, scribbled a note on a napkin and shoved it to Worden, then bid goodnight. Worden paid the bartender the full amount of Edwards’ drink ($8) and opened his napkin. It read: “One hundred years from now only the papers that made any difference will be remembered.” Worden tucked it into his breast pocket and went home.

The Nanton Experiment is a -inch newspaper published “semi-occasionally” – a throwback to the late, great Alberta editor Bob Edwards. To pick up a copy visit one of the Experiment’s flagship tavern locations in Nanton: the Auditorium Hotel, Blu’s, or Rumours. You can also go online at:

*Throughout his life, Bob Edwards used humour and satire to advocate social change. Sympathetic to the poor, he spoke out against political corruption, exposed swindlers and fraudulent real estate salesmen, and favoured law reform, relaxed divorce laws, and Canadian nationalism. In his time he was the best-known journalist in the Canadian West. –(source: Hugh A. Dempsey


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