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contents Summer 2011

Dinner on the Grill

46 Detours

The Day I Brought Crazy Home

Columns 34 Financial Insights Clearly for You Critical Illness

44 Family Photo by Britta Kokemoron location in Nanton

The Motherload The End of the Line

36 Stargazing

A Cosmic Teapot

22 Pet Matters

Warm Weather Care for Horses

20 Health Matters Acupuncture

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On the cover: Jordan Procyshen of the Okotoks Dawgs baseball team, at Seaman Stadium, by Neville Palmer

Features Story: Good Dawg 16Cover Jordan Procyshen Zoumer 06Matts A Life of Hobbies No. 2 08Experiment Silver Bullet Eden Valley: A World Away In 12Our Own Backyard Trick Pony 36One Trick Rider: Madison MacDonald Contest Winner: 32Fiction Seventy-Two

Editor’s Note

Youth has no age


–Pablo Picasso


t’s hot. You are out on the back porch with some ice tea, trying to relax, when that one fly just won’t let you be. It lands on your forehead, your leg, your finger! That’s it… so at just the right opportunity you reach over, grab a magazine and - thwack! Done. Peace. A rolled up magazine makes a great fly swatter on short notice but hopefully this issue we can give you several other great reasons to pick up routes magazine! In August a few things come to mind, like checking out Longview “Longstock” Music and Arts Festival or the brand new Canadian Country Weekend (Fort Macleod) with some big names like Gord Bamford, George Canyon and Terri Clark. If your quiet nights this summer include stargazing – check out James Durbano’s article on what you can find, and learn about, in his regular column, Stargazing. As our page count grows, there are more opportunities to highlight more awesome things in the foothills, like the many service groups that put in countless volunteer hours for our communities. So new this issue: Routes Salutes, our first salute going to Soup Sisters, find out what this service group is doing for your community and how you can get involved. Our main features, coincidently, all came together around young people. Our cover story about Dawgs baseball superstar, Jordan Presychen, is only 19, and well on his way to the big leagues, and trick rider Madison Macdonald follows her dreams to the big screen. As well, writer Mary Savage takes the reader into the life of young people living on the Eden Valley Reserve, and captures the spirit and compassion of one RCMP officer who is helping to renew their passion for learning and bring them hope for their futures. So whether it’s watching fly balls at Seaman’s Stadium, swatting flies as you read your favourite novel or magazine, or stargazing while the summer flies by, take some time to thank a volunteer, lend a hand, and of course, enjoy the sunshine.

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Summer 2011 Issue #10 Publisher Routes Media Inc. Executive Editor Sandra Wiebe Copy Editor Pat Fream Art Director Sharon Syverson Photographer Neville Palmer Columnists Dr. Shannon Budiselic James Durban Pat Fream Dr. Viktoriya Ivanova Dave and Heather Meszaros

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I just finished reading your newest issue! Congrats! For someone like me, new in the country and in High River, it is a good way of getting to know the area and the culture. -Naghmeh Rezvani, High River

I LOVED the Travelling Mabels issue last month. The conversation, pictures and history of the group was AMAZING... I adore Routes Magazine. -Kimberly Epp, Black Diamond

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Routes’ Short Story Contest winner! Phil, a professional in the banking industry in Calgary, recalls growing up in rural Alberta in this poignant story titled Seventy-Two. Routes awarded Phil a $1,000 and a Routes subscription. Routes judges wish to thank all the writers who submitted their literary masterpieces for our consideration.

Contributors Pat Fream Veronica Kloiber Britta Kokemor Jaime Quinlan Mary Savage Phil Taylor Peter Worden Sandra Wiebe Advertising Rae Jamieson Routes Magazine 19 – 3 Ave. SE High River, AB T1V 1G3 Ph: 403.880.4784 Subscriptions: 1 year: $14 2 years: $24 3 years: $36 (please add GST) Routes magazine is published seasonally, four times per year. We print 13,000 full colour, glossy copies. They are distributed throughout the foothills region of southern Alberta via Canada Post admail, local retailers and by subscription. We want to hear from you. Please post comments on stories at Printing by McAra Printing For permission to reprint articles, excerpts or photographs, please email Copyright 2011 All rights reserved.

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Contributors Pat Fream writes from her sunny hilltop home near DeWinton, where bluebirds, hawks and bunnies abound. Aside from writing, editing and driving kids to sports, Pat enjoys any minute she can get with her husband, coffee with friends, and long walks with her Golden Retriever. Pat has a communications degree and two decades of writing experience.

Neville Palmer enjoys creating great images for clients of alltypes but particularly enjoys the challenge of working on location. He has been working as a professional photographer for more than 20 years with his worked published in magazines, calendars and cards and used by music artists for CD covers. He is always looking for great light and loves working with people that get a kick out of life.

Sharon Syverson has been the Art Director for routes magazine since the very beginning. Aside from designing, Sharon enjoys camping with family and friends and participating in many outdoor summer activities. It brings her great joy to watch her 5-year -old play little league baseball while her 2-year-old discovers the many wonders of the great outdoors. Sharon and her family have made their home in the foothills area for over 10 years.

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After a forty-five-year career, Rae Jamieson took an early retirement from The Sovereign General Insurance, where he was an assistant vice president. Besides working as Routes’ sales manager, Rae also offers soft skills training to businesses through Jamieson Motivation Inc., and website design for small to medium-sized businesses. Rae, his wife Sandi and teenaged granddaughter Tremaine, have lived in Okotoks for the past 9 years.

Mary Savage is a curious creature when it comes to human beings from all walks of life. She is fascinated by the everchanging social landscape, so it comes as no surprise she was keen to explore the world of Eden Valley for this issue. Regardless of race, build or status you can find her, among the crowd, listening to someone’s life story because we all have one to tell – even though some are more interesting than others!

Peter Worden is both a big fan of Dawgs baseball in Okotoks and of inquiring about roadside items in High River and elsewhere. This summer, you’ll find him front-row at Seaman Stadium’s Friday night games and likely living in an Airstream trailer down by the river. Peter is a regular contributor to Routes and publishes the world’s smallest newspaper in Nanton, called The Experiment.



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Silver Bullet By Peter Worden Photo by Sandra Wiebe

More sleuthing than experimenting, Peter traces the life of one of these iconic camping units.



ontrary to what trailers are best known for doing (trailing), Airstreams have a weird way of hooking their owners as much as the other way around; and with good reason. These mirrored cylinders of Americana have shuttled NASA astronauts to launch pads; been pods of presidential reprieve in wartime; housed Matthew McConaughey and Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. McDreamy (while he built his hilltop home and wooed Meredith - so I watch Grey’s…). They’ve been on display in swanky hotels and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; been transformed for every imaginable purpose (one example, a “beer” stream microbrewery); and a boast-able 60 per cent of Airstreams ever made (since the fleet’s birth in 1936) are in use and on the road today. With this in mind, I figured there was a good chance the 1966 Airstream Tradewind model sitting in back of Goldenview Storage, a highway-side storage lot in High River, would, if investigated, make for a cool experiment. What memories of what summer adventures trail it? Fortunately, tracing the ownership of a particular Airstream is simplified somewhat thanks to the nature of its enthusiasts. As Glen Lockwood, the man whose name is on the current registration papers explained, it has passed from fanatic to fanatic to fanatic.

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Lockwood purchased it five years ago. Before him Terry O’Neil, a Calgary man, owned it since 2001. And before that, another Calgarian, John Martin, was the owner. Tracking down each of them, the trailer’s history went something like this: Forty-five years ago the 24-foot Airstream rolled off a production line in Jackson Centre, Ohio; it was the Golden – or rather Aluminum – Age of the Airstream*. After being hand-assembled and shipped to Calgary by rail, it was purchased by Martin at an Edmonton Trail lot. A SAIT professor, Martin’s summers were miniature sabbaticals taking the trailer and his family on lengthy trips across Canada. When he hadn’t used it in nearly a decade, he sold it to O’Neil, who bought it for his family – a “cultural icon” he called it, the “Cadillac of trailers.” For a short time he had two, his other severely hail-damaged on a maiden voyage to Mt. Rushmore. The silver lining to his tarnished silver lining: it was subsequently set as a serial killer’s home in the 2003 slasher film, Hitcher II. Our trailer in question also dabbled in television; a production company cast it beside a campfire in a Ford truck commercial. Soon it made its way to High River and onto the hitch of Lockwood who, from an early age, was fascinated with the sterling cylindrical capsules. “You knew you’d hit the big time if you had an Airstream,” he remembers.

From Martin to O’Neil to Lockwood, the selling spiel was the same. “It was never about the money,” explained Lockwood. He gave an assortment of sordid stories of Airstreams gutted and mistreated. As often as not, old ones are well cared for Space Age units, and others, full of rotted panel boards and mouse urine. “It had to go to someone who was going to appreciate what it was – someone who would keep it going.” During this experiment, I mentioned to Lockwood my personal hunt (bordering on obsession) for an Airstream; flying around like a possessed magpie inspecting shiny rigs in Drumheller, Victoria, Missoula and High River. I was even having Airstream dreams! Since seeing the 1966 promotional video that he insisted I watch, this makes sense. “Building dreams is our business,” says the narrator in a classic, grainy commercial voice. But aside from bikini-clad models demonstrating how light-weight the frame is, the allure and nostalgia, I discovered, is what truly drives the Airstream. And a hint of that sits quietly in storage, waiting for its next adventure.

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Matts Zoumer: By Sandra Wiebe Photos by Neville Palmer


A Life of Hobbies

Look up and all around and you’ll find the Zman’s work everywhere. From the caricatures on ceiling tiles in the Twin Cities Bar in Longview, and on business windows all over Calgary during Stampede, in carvings, on walls, and even in his self published books.

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A Matts' Bucket List: Matts started his ‘bucket list’ in the early ‘60s, with one rule: when checking off one thing, another must be added! “It’s so I always have 100 things to do, so I am never done, never content,” he said. “I’m happy but I never want to be content.” Done are: • Owned a ’53 GMC pick up. • Participated in a rodeo with wild horse racing and as a steer wrestler. • Wrote a book. To do: • Learn to type (with more than two fingers). • Learn to speak Spanish. • Learn to play the bagpipes. • Ride around the world on horseback, visiting every horse culture. No highways. • See one of his 62 money-making ideas come to fruition.

round here, most people know Matts for his murals, most recently, East Longview Hall, the colourful depictions of the ranching lifestyle can be seen for miles. Matts also loves to sketch, draw, carve, chainsaw or otherwise, turning anything into a work of art. “I just can’t stand white walls,” he told me as we sipped coffee together one afternoon. He was wearing the same wellworn cowboy hat he had on the first time I met him. In fact, I’ve never seen him without it. Along with his gentle persona, that is as much a part of his distinct character as is his bushy, walrus moustache. Born in Edmonton, Matts always felt a calling to the cowboy lifestyle and moved from place to place all along the Cowboy Trail, including Sundre and Priddis, and for the past 10 years, Longview. He spoke of moving again, going south – 30 kilometers south that is. “I think I have one more move left in me, but this area is home.” At 57 years old, he has held over 46 jobs to which his good friend remarked: You’re either the most interesting person in the world, or the most unstable individual I’ve ever seen. “What makes me happiest is doing, it’s a fire that needs fuel.” Matts has a real passion for learning. One of those past jobs was being a physical education teacher, where he said, “The biggest job is to instill the love of learning.” Matts’ love of learning is evident in his latest creative venture, a western historical novel (set in the Pekisko area), with the details based on facts of the era in which the story is set. While preparing a sample for the East Longview Hall, he found the project to be a history lesson. “I had depicted cowboys doing strictly ranch work in my original draft and the history of the east Longview area, as I learned, included more farming activities. There is a strong distinction, yet strong ties between the cattlemen and the farming community of east Longview.” Another of Matts’s art projects, fueled by his creative mind, is turning a seven-foot plaster Greek urn into a lingerie wearing, big busted trashy bar maid – complete with a moving arm acting as a lever to dispense beer. Everything Matts touches becomes a one-of, a unique piece. But don’t go looking for Matts’s work in any art gallery. “What makes be happy is doing something - seeing something, creating it, then selling it.” A one-of-a-kind himself, Matts won’t refer to himself as an artist, “My whole life is a hobby – I just get paid for some of the things I do.”

What makes me happy is doing something seeing something, creating it, then selling it.”

Left: Matts in front of a his mural in downtown Okotoks. Where to view the Zman’s work in the area: See caricatures by Matts on page 6. East Longview Hall (completed October 2010). Boot Hill Gallery, Okotoks. Ceiling of Twin Cities Hotel bar, Longview.


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A World Away…


In our own BackYard By Mary Savage Photos by Neville Palmer

Imagine a world without computers, cell phones or television. Wi-fi and social media are foreign concepts, leaving radio as your connection to the world – with a dicey signal at best. Imagine a place where dreams and aspirations for a better life simply don’t exist. This is your lot in life, set against a backdrop of substance abuse, illiteracy and social detachment. We like to think this kind of life is only found in faraway places – remote Third World countries – not in Alberta and certainly not in our back yard. Well, think again.

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solated and detached, the 550 residents of Eden Valley Reserve, located just 27 kilometers west of Longview, are essentially oblivious to the world around them. Many are born into a life of poverty, substance abuse and violence. Their reputation fuels the isolation and, without a doubt, Eden Valley has become the black sheep of the Stoney Indians. Most of the band members gave up years ago, but life in Eden Valley hasn’t always been dark and distant, and if given a choice, many residents would opt to create change – if only they knew how.

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Two years ago and a couple of hours south, in the district of Brocket, RCMP Constable Donny Vanderrick was minding the desk when an opportunity arose to relocate to the Turner Valley detachment. The relocation would take him into another world; one he was all too familiar with; life on a reserve. Vanderrick, of Cree decent, knew what it meant to grow up in a world of

Constable Donny Vanderrick (pictured on the right in Red Serge) drills the newly formed Eden Valley Cadet Corps in their school. Constable Jason Barber (pictured left).

racial discrimination, poverty and abuse, so when the opportunity crossed his path, it strengthened his resolve to help. “I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog and I have always been attracted to difficult situations. Eden Valley was where I needed to be – it was exactly the type of job I wanted,” explains Vanderrick. When the reserve was established in 1958, it was a combination of Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda descendants and it grew to become a vibrant, culturerich community that celebrated and embraced its history. Folks from neighbouring communities would attend ceremonial events, rodeos, cultural camps and members of the band were well respected there was a sense of belonging to society and they were proud people. In the early 1990s, as elders passed on, many traditions

was renewed between the Stoney Indian band and the federal and provincial governments; Eden Valley needed help. The CTA called for two Aboriginal RCMP members to work full time on the reserve. The goal was to unearth the underlying issues causing the crime and develop education initiatives targeting youth. Vanderrick was up for the challenge. “When we first arrived, the band office was neglected, the ice arena was falling apart and most of the houses were badly deteriorated – none had house numbers. The school and wellness centre were the only two buildings that were structurally sound. Computers and cell phones didn’t work because there was no signal – they were truly isolated from society,” Vanderrick recalls. The apathy among the youth was especially concerning. “The first time we spoke to the Grade 5 kids, we asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up and we were met with blank stares – they didn’t know they had choices,” says Vanderrick. Much of Vanderrick’s own tumultu-

The first time we spoke to the Grade 5 kids, we asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up and we were met with blank stares – they didn’t know they had choices.” were lost – giving rise to a life of illicit activity, drug abuse and heightened isolation. Gone were the days of respect, fellowship, preservation and safety. Band Leaders moved and took up residence in Morley, a sister reserve. Buildings fell into disrepair, cultural values disintegrated and Eden Valley gradually became the outcast. Over the past decade, Eden Valley has received its share of press, but rarely with a positive spin. The majority of attention has focused on missing people, deviant behavior and crime. But the saddest story is found among the children who have accepted this way of life, and since roughly half the residents are under the age of 19, the prospects of a brighter future appear remote. During the spring of 2009, a Community Tripartite Agreement (CTA)

ous youth was spent in inner city housing projects, but there were a few people who gave him hope. When police or social workers arrived at the door, Vanderrick knew things would be okay again and he never abandoned his hopes for a better life, in fact, he aspired to become a police officer one day – given their positive presence amidst his dismal environment. Convinced he was not smart enough to attend university; Vanderrick’s IQ test told a different story: he scored 140, just eight points shy of Mensa. The only member of his family to finish high school, he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies, and was accepted into the Masters program in Inter-Cultural Education, but after a year he returned to his goal of becoming a policeman. He spent five years working at the Edmonton Remand Center where he was the only Aboriginal employee, and by the age of 35 he was an RCMP Constable.


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(Sidebar) -30Photo cutline: Pictured above: Mary Ellen Lefthand (glasses), Jasmine Lefthand, Shay Lefthand, Jory Lefthand (drummer),Vance Dixon (grey hoody),Logan Dixon (ball cap), Louis Williams (teacher) Seth Leon, youth co-ordinator Name of their Band: Back to the Blanket (a term referencing the return from residential schools) [WILL FILL THIS IN BETTER WHEN I HAVE THE IMAGE


Turner Valley is the third posting for Vanderrick and suffice to say his childhood experiences serve him well in this role. “I always wanted to use the policing prevention model to provide the youth with a role model: it gives them hope. I didn’t have a role model until I was about 22, but if I could do it, they can too,” explains Vanderrick. And so began the challenge to revive Eden Valley, but before they could educate the youth, decrease the crime rate or start to rebuild the community, Vanderick and fellow Constable Jason Barber had to first earn the residents’ respect. “The people on the reserve knew we were coming and the members of counsel were hopeful for a turnaround. The residents never tried to run us off their land because we spoke their language – the language of poverty,” explains Vanderrick. “We were there to make the community safer and we weren’t leaving.” Most reserves have their own Public Works Department, but not Eden Valley. They had one person behind a desk to handle inquires and the reserve’s only fire truck was in storage at the Morley

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reserve, so Vanderrick and the Disaster Coordinator had it returned to Eden Valley. When 25 people showed up to be trained for firefighting, not one had a valid driver’s license. Driving off the reserve can result in thousands of dollars in fines for everything from no license, insurance or plates, to no seat belts. “If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can’t get a job and without a job, how do you pay off the traffic fines? One of the biggest reasons they don’t have a driver’s license is that they can’t read. It’s a real catch-22 and the whole system has to change,” he explains. When Vanderrick started, 60 people were on warrants and many were afraid of jail time – causing them to hide. He and Barber hosted a series of presentations that explained the legal process. “A lot of warrants had been issued because they missed their court dates and they missed the court dates because they didn’t have a driver’s license,” he says. A Fine Option Program was instituted – giving violators the opportunity to work off their fines with community service work. Youth were encouraged

We held the first-ever Career Fair in March and we had representatives from the military, the RCMP, firefighters, nurses, S.A.I.T. and Mount Royal University.”

Left: Back to the Blanket Band, (left to right) Jory Lefthand, Shay Lefthand on drums, Louis Williams, Logan Dixon. Above: Shay Lefthand on guitar. Left: Jory Lefthand on drums.

For all the successes the Constables and community have spearheaded, Eden Valley is still plagued with its share of tragedy. A short time after the School of Rock was established, the sewer system backed up and destroyed the majority of instruments – instruments that were part of a personal collection owned by a teacher. Running gear and personal belongings were also destroyed. Insurance coverage only paid for the major appliances – not the instruments, running gear or personal affects.

A fundraiser is currently being organized to raise $15,000 to help rebuild these programs. To donate, visit the Scotia Bank in High River or Okotoks and request the Eden Valley Kids Trust or call the Tyrrell Clarke Gallery at 403-601-2181.

to get learner’s permits, and a Driver’s Education Program was offered. According to Vanderrick this led to a paradigm shift in the youth. “They now realize getting a driver’s license gives them identification, independence and ultimately they can apply for jobs off the reserve.” Next, Vanderrick and company tackled education issues. When they started, there was a staggering number of children not attending school. “There were days when only three or four children attended and few parents encouraged it. There was a high drop-out rate, high absenteeism rate and high illiteracy rate,” he adds. According to Statistics Canada (Census 2007) less than five per cent of the Eden Valley residents, over the age of 25, graduated from high school. There is an old expression among the Native culture that echoes back to the days of hunting buffalo stating that a good hunter meant a secure future. “They don’t hunt buffalo today, so we have a new expression: Education is our Buffalo. You can make all the money in the world, but it may not last. If you get an education, no one can take it away from you – it will always last,” he says. Other initiatives are now available to help residents rebuild their lives. “Our Adopt-a-Cop program is designed for families with a high likelihood of criminal activity, so we go to their homes and talk with the families. We offer support groups for family violence and we meet weekly to talk about various situations,” adds Vanderrick. After two years, Eden Valley has changed and the residents have started to embrace a better life. “We held the first-ever Career Fair in March and we

had representatives from the military, the RCMP, firefighters, nurses, S.A.I.T. and Mount Royal University,” explains Vanderrick. One of the grade school teachers started the School of Rock to promote musical appreciation – another first for Eden Valley. Interest is high, though to qualify, students must attend school daily. Previously, there were no guitars, amps or instruments on the reserve – save for a few ceremonial drums that were rarely used. Another first is the newly organized Cadet Core for Grade 12 students. The program fosters a sense of pride, independence and team building skills, and like the School of Rock, students must attend school daily to participate. Another teacher started a running group and a chess club – most of which she has done in her spare time. The school principal and his wife also revived the long lost art component of beadwork and traditional outfits. Coincidentally, Vanderrick’s wife, Tyrrell Clarke, is a successful local artist and together the couple owns a gallery in High River. They too have hopes and dreams for the youth by way of offering a venue to display future artwork and a meeting place for workshops. Today, when you visit the Band Office, it’s like stepping into another world. The walls have been freshly painted, there’s a food bank, a youth centre and an employment-training centre. There are new mailboxes as Eden Valley now has its own postal code: T0L 2R0, meaning residents no longer travel to Longview to pick up mail. A new security system and two security guards have been added and the Band Manager’s office is no longer vacant. “It’s the first time, in years, the Band Manager has moved back to the reserve,” adds Vanderrick. And down the road, the Public Works Department is gradually growing a fleet of services vehicles. Back in the classroom, most of the seats are now filled with children who, for the first time, have future aspirations – however big or small – they now exist. One year later, when Vanderrick asked them what they want to be when they grow up, the children came forth with confidence and words like ‘lawyer, doctor and nurse’ filled the room.


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Cover Story

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By Peter Worden Photos by Neville Palmer

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Ask Jordan Procyshen where he’d be if he’d never heard of Dawgs baseball and he will tell you – probably at home on the couch. Entering the academy five years ago, he was a self-described short, stubby kid with no athleticism, just “a mind for the game.”


aseball culture in Alberta is changing dramatically. For a long time Alberta fielded no top prospects, no first-rounders, no Chris Reitsmas and no Jim Hendersons. All of a sudden six Alberta players are on the junior national team, and 18-year-old Jordan Procyshen is one. At his first tryout five years ago, coaches made an instinctual and fateful decision to move Procyshen from his position at shortstop to backcatcher. “They already knew,” he said, recounting the story like it was magic; as if his coaches were clairvoyant, seeing something he didn’t or couldn’t. “That’s how good they are.” Procyshen (sounds like “precision”) has been a catcher ever since. In high school he was called up to college-level games. He spent last summer travelling the globe with the Canadian junior national team. The week before this interview, he was training in St. Petersburg, Florida and before that in Orlando (for the second time) practicing against the Blue Jays spring squad with the likes of pros Aaron Hill and John McDonald (who even played a little). “You don’t think you could be in high school playing against major league players,” said Procyshen. This summer he’ll play in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, North Carolina, Columbia and, if all goes to plan, championships in Seoul. Come fall, he’s off to Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado on a near-full scholarship as a catcher. So when it comes to his coaches’ day one decision, he’s understandably humbled and appreciative. The Dawgs are a two-part program: an increasingly well-respected academy of young up-and-comers, and perhaps better known (at least locally), the Western Major Baseball League summer collegiate team. By dint of experience on both, Procyshen is the club’s proud – if unintentional – ambassador. Last summer, the collegiate team needed a catcher and Procyshen fit the bill. July 16, a night game, with the lights shining down, he went to bat in front of 2,200 local fans. “The atmosphere was completely different than the 30 parents we had at high school games,” he said, laughing. But if there ever was the ideal place for a young Alberta player to get a semi-pro start, Okotoks is it. Head coach David Robb said fans there respect the team and, it would seem they are happy enough simply having one. “Here, even if the opposition hits a homerun fans clap because they just like to see the homerun,” he said. During a series in Lethbridge last summer, fans harped mercilessly on both teams, shouting at the coaches in the dugout and riling players on the field. Teams like Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are minor league affiliated and their professional background, Robb believes, lends itself to ragging on the players.


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In 2005, a bitter falling out with Calgary Vipers team over the use of Foothills Stadium in Calgary meant the Dawgs had to suspend

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their 2006 season. They moved to Okotoks and resumed in 2007 at the brand-spanking-new $8-million Seaman Stadium funded by Don and Doc Seaman.

“They expect the players to be good,” he said. “They’re getting paid for it. So it’s a ‘I paid my money,’ sort of thing.” By comparison, the most angst-ridden experience for a Dawg at home field is when the announcer calls for a “beer batter” – a gimmick whereby if a batter strikes out, beer at stadium kiosks goes on sale for half-price. No player wants the undue pressure. The team interacts with fans between innings, playing Are you Smarter than a Dawg and letting kids run the bases after the game. In Grade 11, playing with a bunch of college guys, Procyshen flourished in the forgiving home field atmosphere, took the audacious out-of-town fans in stride and benefited from the team’s jock-like camaraderie. Older teammates imparted wisdom like, if a pitch hits a batter, calmly walk up to the mound because in college, players may take it personally and charge the pitcher. Over the rest of the season, he batted a formidable .300. I met Procyshen in the video conference room of the Duvernay Fieldhouse, a $2-million indoor complex dominated by a full-size turf infield adjacent the Dawgs’ Seaman Stadium. Above a row of lockers is plastered a life-size photo of an impromptu Dawg-pile on the pitcher’s mound – the first of back-to-back-toback championships. “Basically, the town loved us,” said assistant head coach Brett Thomas, explaining how the team came to Okotoks in 2007, and won the first three summer seasons which spurred and solidified the reputation of

You don’t think you could be in high school playing against major league players.”

It was the first season for the academy and the Dawgs won


the championship. They won again in 2008 and again in 2009. Almost instantly they became the top-drawing collegiate baseball team in Canada averaging 2,000 fans per game.

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its year-round academy. Today the place has six batting cages, movable mounds, a clubhouse, a workout area with flat screen TVs and the latest software for video analysis. “It’s pretty well the best in the country,” says Thomas, one of six full-time coaches when most programs can barely support two. Outside, giant shovels are busy carving out two new fields. Twenty Dawgs players attend Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, six of whom moved from out of province – one from Florida – specifically to attend the academy. From its first pack of Dawgs graduates, a telling 11 have gone somewhere to play college ball. Raised in a southeast Calgary suburb, Procyshen explains how and why he moved to Okotoks himself. He grew up a Blue Jays fan, and the year he was born (1993) was the same year the Jays won back-to-back World Series. Asked how it feels knowing he might realistically play for his dream team one day, he responded with the same pragmatic and humble approach his coaches have imbued in him since the day he came in a shortstop and left a catcher: “It comes down to a lot of factors. One team just has to decide that they want you.”

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hether you are a backyard horse enthusiast, or a barrel racer in training, ensure your horse is safe from the hazards of summer with a few helpful reminders. As temperatures soar, horses are prone to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Ensure your horse has continual

access to fresh water and provide a mineralized salt block to refuel electrolytes. Avoid riding or training during the hottest times of the day and become familiar with signs of dehydration. A skin pinch test may be performed by lifting skin on the shoulder and ensuring that it snaps back to position quickly. Pressing on your horse’s gums, then releasing, tests capillary refill – the ideal being that the gums return to their original colour in less than two seconds. UV rays pose an elevated hazard to pink or lightly skinned horses. Like people, they can experience painful sunburns, and horses can also develop squamous cell carcinoma of skin surrounding the eye. To reduce your horse’s risk of UV exposure, fit it with a UV-rated fly mask during peak sunlight hours. Although commonly associated with consumption of lush spring grass, horses can still develop laminitis on summer pasture. Laminitis is inflammation of the sensitive soft-tissue structures of the hoof, caused by over consumption of nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) present in lush grass, or grass that emerges after drought. Ponies, Cushing’s horses (horses

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The Ruminants June 3 Gitter’s Pub Roots and Country Swing. [HR] Parade and Discovery Days June 3 - 4 Diamond Valley This two-day family event begins with a fun run on the Friendship Trail. Saturday begins with pancakes and a parade in Black Diamond followed by a Merchant’s Festival in Turner Valley. [DV]




in your town Shuffleboard Club April – September 1 Bob Snodgrass Rec Centre (curling rink) Built on wellness, sociability, and physical activity, the High River Shuffleboard Club is looking for men and women of all ages to join in on one of the 10 available courts, Mondays 9:30 am and 7 pm, and Tuesdays 7 pm. Call for details regarding tournaments in June and August or to join the junior program (ages 12-17) Ph: 403.652.7552 [HR] Egypt - Gift of the Nile May 13 – July 10 Okotoks Art Gallery Organized and circulated by the Royal Ontario Museum through its Travelling Exhibitions Program, the OAG presents an exploration of this ancient civilization. [OK]


Neepin Auger: New Beginnings June 2 - July 4 Bluerock Gallery Artist's reception: June 4, 5-7 pm. Artist's talk June 11, 2-4 pm. Neepin's paintings speak to her life of growing up and living between two cultures - her aboriginal heritage, and her big-city upbringing. [DV]

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Rotary Soap Box Derby June 4, 9 am Crystal Ridge Drive Local businesses and families sponsor drivers and their carts. Ph: Mark 403.938.3160 [OK] Planes, Trains, and Elevators Day   June 4, 10 am - 5 pm Nanton Full day of events including: Lancaster engine run, Western Canada Model competition, and special tours of elevators and museum. Enter the $100 draw on completed passports. Kids get in free to Garden Railway. [NT] The Forest Show June 4 - July 9 Leighton Art Centre A juried exhibition organized by the Alberta Society of Artists for the UN International Year of the Forests, this show is a celebration of forests, showcasing their ecological, economic and social functions in everyday life. [MV] Vintage Chicks Sale June 10, 4 - 9 pm / June 11, 9 am - 5 pm ($3) Priddis Community Hall Repurposed, vintage, collectibles, unique art, and home décor are just some of the treasures to be had at this sale. Concession will be open and venue is wheelchair accessible. [PS]

Lorna MacLauchlan June 11 Carlson’s on Macleod Featuring vocalist and pianist Lorna MacLachlan with Rich Harding (saxophone), John Hyde (bass), Robin Tufts (drums) and Keith Smith (guitar). [HR] The Travelling Mabels June 12, 2 pm ($25) East Longview Hall CD release concert. Ph: 403.558.2415 [LV] Pernell Reichert June 17 Gitter’s Pub Razor sharp folk for the road. [HR] Nanton Garage Sale June 18, 9 am Main Street Browse for bargains and unique gifts along Nanton's Main Street, which will be filled with garage sale and sidewalk sale tables. [NT] Spirit of Okotoks Weekend June 18 Ethel Tucker Park After the annual Okotoks Parade, make your way to the park to enjoy the Children’s Festival with music, crafts, face painting, balloons and much more! Also around town is the Big Rock Block Party. [OK] Father’s Day / Train days June 18 - 19, 9 am - 5 pm Aspen Crossing Train displays, children’s train rides, live entertainment, pancake breakfast and Father's Day Buffet. [MS]

Andrew Scott June 10 Gitter’s Pub Energetic and captivating. [HR]

Nature Walk with Julie Walker June 25, 10 am - 3 pm ($50) Leighton Art Centre Learn about what grows in, around and under different forests and what each forest type requires to grow healthy. This day hike will appeal to artists, gardeners, hikers and naturalists alike. Bring appropriate footwear, lunch, sketchbook and cameras. [MV]

Millarville Market June 11 – October 8, 9 am - 2 pm Millarville Racetrack Southern Alberta’s largest outdoor market (over 170 vendors) is open every Saturday. Weekly draw at 11 am for $100 market gift basket. Parking $2/car. No dogs allowed. [MV]

Linda Anderson Stewart: Passion for Petals June 25 - July 26 Bluerock Gallery Artist's reception June 25, 5-7 pm. A celebration of flower petals in an extravagant and luscious watercolor with unexpected depth and texture. [DV]

July Millarville Races July 1, 8 am ($5) Millarville Racetrack The 106th annual event has a concession, beer gardens, and pari-mutual betting, as well as foot races and a money hill for kids under 12. Vendors open at 10 am. [MV] Turner Valley Triathlon July 1 Turner Valley This 3rd annual sprint and Kids of Steel triathlon is a family affair – a great way to start your Canada Day celebrations. [DV] Black Diamond Festival and Fireworks July 1 Black Diamond [DV] Birthday Bash and Canada Day Alley Party July 1 Gitter’s Pub [HR] Canada Day Celebrations July 1 Okotoks So many activities around town from a Walk with the Mayor, BBQ Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony, petting zoo, bounce castle, Dawgs ball game. [OK] Heritage Walking Tours July 2 and August 13, 2 pm Okotoks Join Karen Peters of the Okotoks and District Historical Society for free guided walks of both the Okotoks Cemetery and the Heritage Walking Tour. Each is approximately 1.5-2 hours long. [OK]

John Rutherford July 5, 6:30 pm Rotary Performing Arts Centre John Rutherford is a singer/songwriter based in Calgary. Rutherford fuses rock, jazz, folk, roots music and singer/songwriter traditions creating music that is distinctly his own. [OK]

Golf 4 Wellness Tournament July 21 D’Arcy Ranch Golf Course Hockey Night in Okotoks is the theme of the 8th annual event to be hosted by Don Cherry. Last year, Golf 4 Wellness raised $95,000 for healthcare in the Foothills. [OK]

Treeline July 8 Gitter’s Pub Country Rock. [HR]

The Avenues July 22 Gitter’s Pub High energy foot stompin’ music. [HR]

Ranch Supper Club July 9 – October 1 Lynnwood Ranch Every second Saturday this summer is ranch time! Bring the whole family for hayrides and ranch activities. [OK]

Foothills Theatre Company / Dewdney Players July 22 - 24, 29 - 31 Olde Towne Okotoks Plaza E: [OK]

Locomotive Ghost July 15 Gitter’s Pub [HR] Alberta and Group of Seven Exhibit Launch and Western Chic Fundraiser July 15, 8 pm - midnight ($25) Okotoks Art Gallery A tent-covered exhibit launch for Alberta and Group of Seven, and a members’ exhibit - Connecting to the Seven, held on the front lawn of the Okotoks Art Gallery. Take in iconic art, sultry harmonies, food, drink and a silent auction. [OK] Canadian Society of Artists Exhibition July 16 - August 27 Leighton Art Centre On the Scene - The Canadian Landscape is an exhibition representing the Canadian Landscape from across our vast country. Its membership is made up of some of the top artistic talent in Canada, spanning several decades. [MV]

Strawberry Festival July 23, 10 am - 5 pm Kayben Farms ($8/person $25/family) A sweet time! [OK] Marv's Rock & Roll Classic July 24 Black Diamond This 4th annual event features a car show ‘n’ shine and live music by Marty Antonini. Fun for the whole family. E: [DV] Turner Valley Dog Days July 30, 10 am - 3 pm Royalite Millennium Park A charity fundraiser featuring fun, information and pet-friendly activities in support of the High Country SPCA. [DV] Mya De Ryan: The Fish Rubber July 30 - August 30 Bluerock Gallery Artist's reception July 30, 5-7 pm. Exquisite fish rubbings, an ancient Japanese folk art, lifted into fine art with consummate skill. Mya renders her artwork with a contemporary sensibility. [DV]

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happenings Shaela Miller August 5 Gitter’s Pub Alternative/Country/Roots, Mille is engaging and fresh entertainment. [HR] Millarville Rodeo August 5 –7 Millarville Racetrack Friday night is family night with free hot dogs and pop from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and a dance at 8 pm. [MV] Longview Music Festival August 20 - 21 This annual fundraising event will feature 14-plus bands and numerous venders including local artists such as Bernie Brown and Gail Gallup. This event is all about singing, dancing, beer gardens and unbeatable Longview hospitality. Admission is a donation to Heaven Can Wait. E: [LV] Steve Pineo: “Dead Elvis Day” August 12, 8 pm ($20) Carlson’s on Macleod This 4th annual event features Pineo’s vocals, along with Kit Johnson, Tim Leacock and Kelly Kruse. [HR]


Festival of the Arts August 13, 10 am - 3 pm Royalite Millennium Park Outdoor fair exhibiting local crafts, art and music. [DV]

Canadian Country Weekend August 12 - 13 Fort Macleod This 1st annual event features Terri Clark, Ian Tyson, George Canyon, Gord Bamford and more, while showcasing some local up-and-coming artists. [FM]

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Spirit of the Hills August 14, High Noon New Oxley Ranche Works by invited artists and artisans for sale. Ticket price includes an authentic southern Alberta meal, all ingredients sourced locally and for sale at the event. Musical entertainment on all day. [CH] Wild Pink Yonder August 19 Black Diamond Trail riders raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research pass through Black Diamond. Come wearing pink and sponsor a rider or volunteer. [DV] Summer Music Festival August 20 Olde Towne Okotoks E: [OK] 104th Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair August 20, 8 am - 5 pm ($5) Millarville Racetrack [MV] Minto Cup August 20 - 28 Okotoks Centennial Arena See fast action lacrosse as Okotoks plays host to the four best Junior A teams in the country in this legendary week long tournament. The Minto Cup was first awarded in 1901 to the number one professional lacrosse team in the nation. For the past 50 years it has been the top trophy awarded in Canadian Junior A lacrosse. [OK]

Sean Burns August 26 Gitter’s Pub [HR] Harvest Festival August 27, 10 am - 5 pm Kayben Farms  Celebrate the harvest! [OK] Foothills Highland Games August 27, 8 am - 11 pm Foothills Composite High School Evening Ceilidh starting at 6:30 pm. [OK] Saddle Strings and Heartstrings August 27 Longview Dust off your saddle, boots and horse, rope up your posse for the 6th annual trail ride in support of the Foothills Fetal Alcohol Society. [LV] Heidelberg Youth Chamber Orchestra August 28, 7:30 High River United Church Gift of Music Concert Series Society is delighted to welcome back this brilliant youth orchestra. Program includes works by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Louis Gouvy. [HR] Okotoks Pro Rodeo September 2 - 4 Okotoks Recreation Centre [OK] Chilli Cook Off and Country Fair September 3 Olde Towne Okotoks Lion’s Club Community Breakfast at Lion’s Campground and Chilli Cook Off. E: [OK] For event submissions email to: [OK] Okotoks

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Canadian Country Weekend August 12 &13 – Fort Macleod

This first annual event has signed some of the biggest names in Canadian country music, including: Terri Clark, Ian Tyson, George Canyon, Gord Bamford, One More Girl, and Trevor Panczak. Other performers include upcoming Canadian talent – an array of country performers who had to qualify for their place on the stage at auditions held in High River, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat this spring. In addition to great music, this festival is offering something for everyone, including hayrides, horseback riding, beer gardens and camping. For a sneak preview of some of the main stage talent, plan to take in the ‘showcase weekends’ at the Roadhouse in High River throughout the month of June. For tickets and more information visit the festival website at Photo by Neville Palmer

Longview Music &August Arts Festival 20 & 21 – Longview Some call it ‘Longstock’ (the Longview version of Woodstock) but most music and art lovers call it good old fashioned fun for a good cause! The Longview Music & Arts Festival is an annual fundraising event, featuring 14-plus bands and numerous venders including local artists such as Bernie Brown and Gail Gallup. By all accounts this event is all about singing, dancing, beer gardens and unbeatable Longview hospitality. Admission is a donation – proceeds going to Heaven Can Wait – Animal Rescue Foundation in High River. For more information contact Eva Levesque:

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estled at the foot of the mountains, Rolling Hills is carved into the undulating landscape of its namesake. The town sits a little over an hour’s drive south, and west, of The City; a place we go when we have to buy a new truck, or maybe catch a plane for that once-in-alifetime vacation. The highway splits Rolling Hills in two and makes us unique in these parts since we have a paved main street. Our side streets are gravel, and in the hot, dry days of summer, the dust lays down a fine layer on the newly washed laundry that hangs in everyone’s backyards. Rolling Hills proudly boasts a population of seventy-two. We know that’s true because it says so on our sign, ‘Welcome to Rolling Hills - Pop. 72’ – black letters on a white background. The sign sits on the east edge of town; that way, strangers know where they are if they’re heading west to the mountains and need to find themselves on one of those detailed maps that show almost everything. At one time, there had been talk that we should have a sign on the west side of town, to keep us balanced. Then Ernie Davis pointed out that most of the traffic through Rolling Hills comes from the east. People pass through town and drive on west up the highway to the T-intersection. From there, they turn right to head to Lone Pine, or left to Whispering Pass, making a big circuit back to The City. The drive is pretty popular for anyone looking to get out into the country on the weekend. The only traffic to speak of passing through Rolling Hills from the west is coming from either Lone Pine, or Whispering Pass. Those folks all know where they are; a sign wouldn’t tell them anything new, and we didn’t want to spend town money for something that wasn’t needed.


For as long as anyone can remember, the town has never had a ‘Pop.’ less than seventy, and has never broken eighty. Technically, with a ‘Pop. 72’, we’re not big enough to be a town, but it sounds better than being a village. We have sat in quiet permanence for more than a hundred years. Rolling Hills sent two native sons to the Great War in 1914. They both came back in 1918, and kept the town’s population at seventy-three. In 1939, we sent five brave souls into action. Four never came home, but over those terrible years, three new lives began in Rolling Hills, and our numbers stayed above seventy.

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Graphic Illustration By Sharon Syverson

It’s been ten years now, since Sharon and Jimmy Hendrickson were expecting twins. For a while we thought we might break into the eighties, and the town had a kind of eager anticipation. But then, before the twins arrived, Mr. McCloskey died of heart failure at the age of ninety-four, and young Brad Williams drove his snowmobile into a tree and broke his neck. Brad was a real tragic event. The whole town turned out for the funeral, all seventy-seven that were left, and everyone talked about what a shame it was to lose someone so young. But, when the Hendrickson twins came home after being born in The City, our ‘Pop.’ was still firmly lodged in the seventies. Four years ago the Mayor, Willy Simmons, brought the matter of our sign to town council. What Willy wanted to talk about was the number on the sign. He wasn’t concerned about our size, mind you, but Willy is a stickler for detail and he figured our welcome sign should be accurate. He said that our population changes every once in a while; that he’d done a head-count himself, completed the night before while sitting at his kitchen table with a cup of mint tea. Willy had written down every house, listed who lived in each one, and added up the numbers. Excluding dogs and cats, we had seventy-three folks in Rolling Hills. But the sign said seventy-five, just like it had right from the day it was first erected, back when we truly had a ‘Pop. 75’. The matter was brought before town council, which is just Willy and Walter Hanson, the secretary-treasurer. Willy has been Mayor forever, but Walter is pretty new to council, this being only his fifth term. Everyone figures Walter’s sights are set on the Mayor’s office once Willy decides to step away from public life. Willy hasn’t exactly been shy about saying that he’s grooming Walter for the job. Anyway, what Willy wanted to do was to make sure our welcome sign was always accurate, sort of a standing testament to the character of all us Rolling Hillites. There was no issue with the seven in our “Pop.”. After all, we’d been in the seventies for so long that nobody could ever see it changing. But Willy wanted to change the second number whenever something happened that altered our numbers. He and Walter debated the matter, made a ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ list, and figured the suggestion made

sense, given that being truthful is pretty important. Then came the challenge of putting the plan into place. Neither Willy, nor Walter wanted to be out there painting a new number on the sign on a January day. Not when the wind whips up and drives the temperatures down to fifty degrees below freezing. They agreed it was likely that the paint would freeze, and manual dexterity would be hard to come by.

ing Hills welcome hug. We were all excited that someone had come to Rolling Hills from The City, instead of the other way around. While we don’t talk about it much, we worry that one day The City is going to swallow us up, like a sponge soaking up milk spilled on the kitchen floor, and that Rolling Hills will just disappear. So far, it hasn’t happened, but we were happy having Janet come our way, all the same.

Now, Willy’s a pretty creative guy, especially when he puts his mind to a problem. A couple of days later, he and Walter got together for an emergency council meeting. Willy suggested putting a peg on the sign, above the second number, and then painting the numbers 0 through 9 on little individual white wooden squares. Each one would have a hole drilled at the top that would slip over the peg. Then, whenever somebody died, or was born, or whatever, Willy could go out and change the number, slick as a whistle. The proposal received unanimous approval. Ellen Johansen painted the black numbers onto the squares using a stencil. Ellen is Willy’s daughter, but she didn’t take any money for doing the work. Willy won’t stand for nepotism on town projects and, besides, Ellen likes doing that kind of artistic project.

The third time the number was changed was six months later, when Janet left, telling Dougie that she couldn’t stand living in a place where everyone knows everything there is to know about everyone else. There was no ceremony that time. Willy made the switch in the middle of the night after Dougie called to let him know that the sign was going to be wrong in the morning. Dougie said that Janet left a bit before midnight, and that he’d have called earlier, but he needed to sit for a couple of hours trying to get comfortable with the idea of her being gone.





Since Willy placed the first digit, and we became accurate at seventy-three, the number on the sign has been changed three times. The first was when Mrs. Olsen went to sleep in the rocker on her porch, and didn’t wake up. The second time was when Dougie Watts brought Janet, his new bride, home from The City. Both of those were major events, and changing of the number became a bit of a ceremony.

Mrs. Olsen was laid to rest on a dreary October day. The clouds hung low over the peaks and a cold wind told us that winter was going to sweep down on us soon. Willy was dressed in funeral black, from his boots to his Stetson. He stoically lifted the number three off the peg, and slipped the number two in place. It was pretty moving, as we all watched that little white square swing back and forth a few times, then settle quietly, signaling a change in our town. A lot of us thought it rivaled the graveside service for emotion. When Dougie brought Janet home, the whole town came out to cheer. It was bright and sunny, just like you’d expect a day in mid-June should be. As bride and groom stepped down from Dougie’s 4x4 pickup truck, there was Willy, wearing his white Stetson, his blue jacket with the silver loop stitching, and an official smile. He put the black three back up on the sign with a flourish. Willy had taken the two down before the newlyweds arrived, figuring it might remind folks of Mrs. Olsen. Willy didn’t want to diminish anyone’s memory of her, but this was a happy day for Dougie, and Janet, and the town. Willy said it was more symbolic that way, anyhow, with the three going up on a blank slate, so to speak. There was a potluck dinner in the church basement, and Howie Martin brought out his guitar and sang some real romantic ballads for the young couple. Everybody clapped everybody else on the back, shook Dougie’s hand, and gave Janet a big Roll-


Alice Jackson was out on the morning in question, walking Rufus. Rufus is an aging border collie that’s gone blind in one eye, and only hears out of one ear, but he still manages to get Alice out every day. Alice likes to walk out past the sign, and then turn around and walk back to town, just at dawn. That way, she’s walking west when the sun pops over the horizon and it doesn’t get in her eyes. That way, she doesn’t have to wear sunglasses, or a hat with a big brim. Alice noticed immediately that we had slipped back to ‘Pop. 72’. Willy had let Walter know about Janet’s leaving; since it would impact the sign, that made it official town business. Alice is Walter’s sister and she had sat in his kitchen, drinking coffee, and pumping him for information. As far as she knew, no one had died, and she wanted to know what was going on. Walter hemmed and hawed for a bit, but no one can resist Alice for long when she puts her mind to finding out about something. Inside of ten minutes, she knew the story. Now, Alice is like the Rolling Hills town crier, which is why we don’t need a local paper. Within the hour, the whole town knew why we had slipped back to ‘Pop.72’. It was a topic of conversation for most folks for the best part of two days. Betty-Lou Morrison, over coffee and apple pie down at Ruby’s Cafe, said she had thought something was up the afternoon of that fateful day, when Janet called to cancel her appointment for a cut and blow-dry. No one blamed Dougie for what happened. He’d done everything he could, and was pretty responsible by informing the mayor when the dire situation became irreversible. No one felt they should blame Janet either, since these things are personal. But, that said, we can’t quite understand how anyone could drive away, see the welcome sign in their rear-view mirror, and just keep going.


Phil Taylor was raised in a small town and now lives and works as a banker in Calgary, Seventy-two was the first contest he has entered as a writer. He is continuing to work on a series of short stories set in Rolling Hills, with several continuing characters. He hopes that ultimately they will form a published short story collection.

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Clearly For You:

Financial Insights

Minimizing the

‘Critical’ in Illness

By David and Heather Meszaros

“You have cancer.”



hese are three words no one ever wants to hear, but sadly far too many do. In 2008, Jeff was diagnosed with colon cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy he was declared cancer-free, but later the cancer returned. Jeff ’s doctor in Regina sent him to Calgary for a second opinion and the oncologist advised Jeff that with chemotherapy alone, his life expectancy was less than one year. There was an alternative surgery available at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. If Jeff was a suitable candidate, the doctors there would remove the right side of his pelvis, amputate his right leg, and remove a portion of his bowel and lower spine. The surgery would cost approximately $200,000. Radiation, chemotherapy and consultancy fees would amount to an additional $100,000. Most provincial health care systems will cover out-of-country treatments if a Canadian doctor refers you to an out-ofcountry clinic. However, Jeff ’s Saskatchewan doctor refused to provide a referral because the surgery only offered a 30 to 50 per cent chance at an enhanced fiveyear life expectancy. Jeff and his wife Kerri felt they had no choice; certain death within a year, or a 50 per cent chance he could enjoy a few more years with his wife and four-yearold daughter Maya. The couple did what anyone would do in their situation; they sold their home to raise the money and give Jeff a shot at life. Friends and family rallied and helped raise funds as well. After spending $25,000 in referral fees at the Mayo Clinic, Jeff was told he was a suitable candidate for the treatment. The surgery was scheduled. Last winter Jeff returned home after more than 27 hours of surgery and four months of treatments at the Rochester

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Mayo Clinic. He is now in rehab and his doctor is very optimistic. The family is celebrating their good fortune, not dwelling on the financial cost. A Critical Illness Policy would have saved Jeff and his family tremendous financial stress. For example, with this policy, if you are diagnosed with one of 24 major illnesses, and you survive 30 days, you are given a tax-free, lump sum of money based on the policy benefit. Many clients ask us “how much insurance is enough?” We strongly suggest you have at least one year’s worth of gross income plus one year of mortgage payments. The cost is easily affordable and provides a priceless level of security. If you are lucky enough to never use this policy, all premiums paid will be returned at death. Don’t take a chance that your treatment may not be covered. Protect yourself and your loved ones today. For more information on Critical Illness Insurance or any other investment, contact David or Heather at 403-652-3233.

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From the Horse’s Mouth

One Trick Pony -

Ten Trick Girl By Pat Fream Photo by Bill Lawless


he’s only 5’2” – maybe 120 pounds, so perhaps the horse doesn’t notice the pint-sized girl standing on his back, encircling his neck, hanging sideways off his flank while he gallops full speed around the packed arena. But the crowd notices and they cheer zealously. And after a hearty applause, and a lick to catch ice cream drips, mothers everywhere lean over and tell their young riders don’t try that at



Madison MacDonald was only five when she tried that at home. She found an old trick saddle in the barn her family was renting and she took it as a sign – she was meant for the sport. “There was this piece of land where I always rode Snowball, my Shetland pony, and whenever we hit this one strip my horse knew the way home, so I could let him go and I could practice doing tricks,” said Madison. “Cars going by would honk and even pull over – they must have thought this little kid was hung up on her horse.” Of course her dad was never far behind. Madison practiced religiously, trusting her pony to stay the course while she taught herself to do acrobats on his back. While her own imagination was fertile enough, she had plenty of visual inspiration to draw from, having grown up watching a wild west show produced by the events company her parents own (Silver Moon Productions). “I would go and watch the shows and tell my parents ‘I want to be a trick rider’,”

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said Madison. “They didn’t believe me until I just started doing it, then they could see I meant it.” If they didn’t believe her at first, they certainly believe in her now, says Madison as she describes how over the years her hobby has unfolded into an allconsuming passion that wouldn’t be possible without the endless commitment and support of her parents. By Grade 2, Madison was taking trick riding lessons and practicing every day. When she was 10 she performed for her first audience of a few thousand at the Calgary Stampede Aggie Days. After that she was hooked. “You do one show and hear the applause – you will forever be a performer,” she said, adding, “it’s the coolest thing ever.” Today, at age 18, Madison is a professional trick rider, performing at numerous rodeos in Canada and the U.S. and training under world famous equestrian gymnast Tad Griffith, out of Los Angeles. “Tad is the best there is, he’s my hero,” she said, explaining how lucky she is that Griffith took a shine to her and has invited her not only to train, but to perform with him at numerous U.S. events. She is also a five-sport rodeo girl, competing in barrel racing, team roping, break a-way roping, goat tying, and pole bending. Over the past three years Madison has consistently placed in the top ranks in High School Rodeo and she has made it to High School Nationals in pole bending three times. “I love the rodeo life, and if I thought I

For trick riders, the success of their performance is heavily dependent on the horse; the two are a team, and their connection is critical. “Last winter I got this new black and white horse named Vegas and I had a horse psychic come out and ask him if he likes doing the trick riding. If he didn’t like it – I wouldn’t want to put him through it – I’d probably sell him or keep him but get another one for trick riding,” said Madison. “The psychic said that he does enjoy the trick riding, and she said that even more than that – he loves me. That made me happy.”

could make a living at it, I would skip university and just hit the road for rodeos,” she laments, but instead she plans to study education and become a junior high science and physical education teacher. While she’s enrolled at Mount Royal University beginning this fall, Madison doesn’t rule out the possibility of doing some of her post secondary education in the U.S., where she could be closer to Griffith who has offered her stunt roles in some upcoming movies he has landed. “I’ll get at least one semester behind me in Calgary, but then I’m booked to go to Texas with Tad for the Fort Worth Stock Show in January and February,” said Madison, adding that the group will perform at 40 shows in 20 days. Asked how she will manage to juggle university, trick riding, friends and family, Madison pronounced it challenging, but a path she’s glad to be on. “It’s all been just so amazing... riding, working with Tad, all that my parents have done; I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Last fall, Madison worked as a stunt double on the Heartland set near High River. She was well suited for the role thanks to her trainer and hero Tad Griffith, who has appeared in such movies as The Mask of Zorro (Antonio Banderas), Wild Wild West (Will Smith), and The Patriot (Mel Gibson). In addition to performing in several U.S. events with Griffith, Madison hopes to have opportunities to perform with Griffith’s entourage in future film productions.

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(south of High River) This second known historic buffalo jump site in Alberta. A flash flood in 1952 below the jump in ‘Squaw Coulee” exposed many layers of artifacts and bones. In 1958 a dig revealed that the buffalo jump was in use for more than 1,500 years.

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I The Cosmic Teapot By James Durbano

*asterism – a group of stars in the sky that form a distinctive and memorable pattern. There are many asterisms in the sky, such as the Big


Dipper, the Little Dipper, and the Northern Cross, to name a few. Asterisms are similar to constellations but they lack the ‘official’ status that their constellation cousins enjoy. Official decisions regarding the sky are made by the International Astronomical Union and in 1930 this organization divided the sky into 88 official constellations with precise boundaries.

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f you’ve always been fascinated with the stars, but never knew how to begin your exploration of the night sky, this is your opportunity to get started. This summer, grab a friend and go spot the cosmic Teapot and Milky Way – most visible in the foothills’ summer sky in June through August. Playing connect-the-dots with eight of the brightest stars in the constellation of Sagittarius forms the Teapot, an asterism*. Find these stars low in the southern sky, just above the horizon. This group of stars is best seen on a moonless night from rural locations, since it requires both a dark sky and an unobstructed view of the southern horizon. When observing the Teapot, you will undoubtedly also see our galaxy, the Milky Way (a faint patch of light that arcs across the sky) rising up from the Teapot as if it were steam emanating from the spout. The Milky Way is comprised of millions of stars located in the spiral arms of our pinwheel-shaped galaxy too far away to be seen individually with the unaided eye, but collectively the light from these stars can be seen quite easily when you are far from the obscuring lights of the city. If you were to aim a pair of binoculars at the Milky Way, you would actually see many of those distant stars as individual points of light, which makes for a rather breathtaking and memorable experience. For observers in the Northern Hemisphere, the brightest part of the Milky Way is just above the spout of the Teapot. This part of the Milky Way is known as the Great Sagittarius Star Cloud and it marks the direction to the center of our galaxy. Observing this part of the sky with binoculars will not only reveal a myriad of stars, but also many deep sky objects, such as the Lagoon Nebula and the Trifid Nebula. Stargazers mark your calendars! The best dates to observe the Teapot and the Milky Way are June 25 to July 2; July 25 to August 1; and August 23 to 30.

James Durbano is an astronomer who specializes in education and public outreach activities. He has been keeping an eye on the sky for more than 25 years and enjoys sharing the wonders of the universe with others. He is the founder of the Big Sky Astronomical Society and operates a small business called Astronomer 4 Hire.

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Warming hearts... one bowl at a time By Pat Fream Photos by Julie Vincent


f you like delectable soup – with a heaping helping of soul on the side, I highly recommend you join the Soup Sisters movement. Soup Sisters was founded by Calgarian Sharon Hapton in 2009 with the simple philosophy that compassion can be whipped up in a pot and ladled into the lives of women and children who are abused or distressed. The goal... to bring comfort.

Bring it on Sister This past March, Soup Sisters launched its first group in southern Alberta in the warm spacious kitchen of Pat and Doug Lothrop at Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat (west of Turner Valley). On a Sunday afternoon, 20 women gathered and under the deft tutelage of Divine (Okotoks restaurant) chef Darren Nixon, three different kinds of delicious soup were carefully prepared for the area’s chosen recipient, Rowan House Emergency Shelter. The event, which began with a glass of wine and snacks, peaked with the boisterous sounds of happy people chopping and mixing, and culminated with a sit down gathering where all could enjoy friendship and a sampling of our efforts.

A Simple Gesture – A Profound Wave Just months after Soup Sisters took off, its male counterpart, Broth Brothers was launched; a program with the same philosophy but supporting homeless youth in transition from street culture into mainstream society. Like Soup Sisters, Broth Brothers aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and family violence. Today, in cities, towns, and rural communities across the country, kitchens are brimming with savoury soup scents and compassionate hearts as dozens of Sisters and Brothers groups gather to make huge vats of nourishing comfort soups for women and youth in distress.


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A Complete Dinner on the Grill

Do you know the difference between grilling and barbecuing? Did you know most backyard "barbecues" are really not barbecues at all?


By Clayton Foster

Barbecue means slower cooking over low heat (180° - 300°F) for long periods of time, usually at least an hour, but in some cases all day. A grill, on the other hand, has ‘souped-up’ heat and is usually gasfired. The air is supplied from below the grill itself, it moves past the grill at the set heat rate (the higher the temperature the faster the air moves past), and finally out the back of the lid. This means when using a grill you need to consider that you will be cooking things hotter and faster than on a barbecue, hence food can burn and dry out quickly. You may be thinking: well then barbecuing is better, and although many would agree, it does take more time and a bit more consideration of such things as what wood to use, to smoke or not to smoke, direct or indirect heat. Unlike a gas grill, the heat on a barbecue is controlled by the amount of air allowed in and out by dampers at the top and bottom of the unit. This can take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of a wood-fired barbecue, most tend to stick with it because of the results. Brisket (flank steak) or ribs do well in a barbecue. The long cooking time lets the meat absorb the smoke and rub flavours, and the result is tender, tasty meat. Another plus to barbecue is that you can baste the meat throughout the cooking process, while with grilling, the sauce must be added at the very end or it will burn. Don’t want to mess around with barbecue briquettes? Use your gas grill as a barbecue by placing the meat on the side of the grill with the heat off, and the gas on under one or more of the remaining burners. This will allow better control of the heat from one side to the other and reduce the chance of flames under the meat.

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Grilled Baconlate Chocohip C s Cookie

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Dry Rub Ribs

Dry Rub Ribs

Planked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Ingredients: 4 lbs pork side ribs ½ cup smoked paprika 3 tbsp salt 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp curry powder 2 tbsp ground coriander 2 tbsp garlic powder 2 tbsp dry mustard 2 tbsp dried oregano 1½ tbsp roasted ground cumin 1 tbsp dried thyme 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp onion powder ½ - 1 tbsp cayenne (optional or to taste) Method: • Mix all above ingredients together. • Rub meat sides of ribs with enough spice mixture to coat. • Let sit for 20 minutes while barbecue warms up to 350°F. • Place on grill, skin side down (don’t remove silver skin/membrane). • Cook the ribs for approximate 45 minutes (indirect heat) until they read 140°F. • Pull off the grill and let rest under foil for about 10 minutes. • Finished temperature should be around 150° - 160°F. • Left over spice rub should be transferred to a tightly sealed container and stored in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. TIPS: -To ensure the ribs don’t stick to the grill, rub half of a raw potato on the grill prior to placing ribs on it. - Place ribs on once side of the grill with the burner off, creating indirect heat to avoid flames and scorching. Use a wood smoking packet on flame side for extra flavor.

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Planked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs Inspired by Ted Reader Ingredients: 1 cedar plank, soaked in water

(up to 4 hrs)

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 tbsp Dry Rub seasoning


8 slices thick-sliced bacon ½ cup bourbon barbecue sauce Method: • Preheat grill to medium heat. • Evenly coat chicken thighs with seasoning spices. • Tightly roll the thighs up like jelly rolls, starting at the narrow end of each thigh. • Take one slice of bacon and spread it out on a flat work surface. • Wrap the bacon tightly around the chicken thighs. • Evenly space chicken thighs on plank. • Place plank on grill and close lid. • Plank-bake chicken for 15 to 30 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure plank is not on fire. • Meanwhile, prepare bourbon barbecue sauce. Baste bacon-wrapped chicken thighs liberally and cook 10 to 15 minutes longer so that meat is sticky and cooked through. • Remove from grill and serve immediately.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Ingredients: ¾ cup bourbon ½ cup chopped onion 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 cups ketchup ½ cup vinegar 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed ½ cup molasses ½ tsp smoked pepper ½ tbsp salt ¼ cup tomato paste ½ tsp hickory powder ½ tsp Sriachhi sauce, or to taste Method: • Combine onion, garlic and bourbon in a 3-quart saucepan, sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. • Add all remaining ingredients, bring to boil. • Simmer uncovered until reduced and thickened, about 15 to 25 minutes. • Add more bourbon if a stronger flavour is desired.


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The Motherload: Family

The End of the Line By Pat Fream

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ou a lacrosse player Pat?” A fair question from a gym colleague, given that the back of my t-shirt shirt read: Eat, Sleep Play Lacrosse. “No, it’s a hand-me-down from my kid. I just pay for the sport – I don’t play.” Donna laughed. “Really, I’ve never heard of a mom in the hand-me-down line-up.” I blushed. “It’s not that rare... I know a few...” Actually I don’t know many; maybe none who are in the line-up behind boys. But this little peculiarity has become common in our house – especially since my youngest son (14) grew a foot overnight and became estranged from drawers full of perfectly great clothes. At first, when Tom brought me his too-small pile, I put them in a bag, ready to ship off to charity. But then a few items caught my eye: Levi jeans – good as new! Is that my size? A big comfy hoodie, track pants with Fream stitched on the pocket, several t-shirts and sport shorts. I was beside myself – finally an upside to being the shortest in the house. I squirreled away my new clothes like a pirate stowing newfound treasures; sly grin on my face... all mine. A few days later my son did a double take when I walked through the door. “Those my old jeans?” He inquired suspiciously. “Maybe, why,” I stalled. “Nothing.” He said. “They look pretty good – can’t even tell they’re boys’.” Whew, I was in the clear. My kids were my toughest fashion critics. That week we went shopping to replenish Tom’s nearly empty drawers. My credit card was having a vigorous workout when we hit a great sale. Items were well picked over, there were few left in his size; but the deals were too good, and the brand was ‘sick’ (teen speak for wonderful). We managed to find a few shirts, but everything just fit; at the rate the kid was expanding – he’d be out of most of it in a month. Normally we bought things

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slightly big for maximum wear time; a hangover from my humble roots. Tom shuffled out of the dressing room in a striking purple t-shirt. I stood behind him in the mirror reaching up and running my hands over the soft cotton, taut across his broad shoulders. When I moved to his side, eyelevel with his armpit, our reflection said it all – purple was our colour. We walked out of the store with several great bargains. “Remember, no putting them in the dryer to speed up your turn,” Tom said wryly. “Of course not, I’ll hang everything. But go ahead – get big!” I said, hugging our shopping bag. It’s good to be at the end of the line.



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The Day I Brought


Crazy Home By Veronica Kloiber

My old dog died last weekend... If you were to talk of death in degrees of perfection, his was damn near.

welve years ago, as I was finishing my first year in college I decided I needed a dog. Heading to the city pound under the guise of creating a photo assignment, I found myself clutching a bunch of papers with ”Adopted At Own Risk” stamped in red across each sheet. It so happened I was the proud new owner of the most bizarre dog I had ever encountered. All skin and bones, wound tight on all types of crazy. Walking by pen after pen I nearly missed him all curled up around himself. He opened eyes so blue if you stared too long they became white. We locked gazes. No sooner had I crouched to get a closer look, an explosion of dog rose up in a frenzy of shrieking and howling. Looking back I wonder if I adopted him just so he’d stop making that awful noise. Driving home listening to him bash about in his dog crate I

wondered if bringing crazy home really was my best decision ever. Twelve years later I’m in the waiting room at the vet’s the morning after a long weekend. It is busy and I stand back waiting my turn in line knowing what I have to say will alter the mood here for the worse. “I need to make use of your cremation services,” I say, followed by a sniffle, a snort and a noise so embarrassingly sad as I try to keep the sobs in. Sobs that bubble up and out as I try to suck them back, creating a wet push-pull. I reach for a tissue and spin out the door before the tears take over and leave me crippled, blinded and blubbering. Around back I open my truck to unload my lifeless dog. Here is the animal that has shadowed me through the past years but for some reason I cannot look at him. Ingrid arrives and opens her arms wide. I sob. She gives me a hug for anyone

who’s lost a companion. For anyone who has whispered a secret in their horse’s ear. For everyone who’s spent the afternoon, warm cat in a warm lap, fully appreciating you can’t take it with you. She hugged me and I knew it was going to last as long as I needed. She hugged me to say come back anytime if you need another. Driving home I have nothing except memories and the weight of time. So much has passed since I brought crazy home. Jobs have come and gone, boyfriends; I married, had a child and always at my heel there he was. I realize more than his death, I’m feeling the rush of time. If so much can happen in a dog’s lifetime, the blink of a blue eye, how fast the next lifetime will pass. In the crate he came home, he died. He died in his sleep, in his house. He died. A near perfect end to a near perfect life.

Veronica Kloiber is a freelance writer and graphic designer. She lives in Black Diamond with her husband, her son and two not so crazy dogs.


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