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trek also does a number on a motorcycle. Luckily, Ranson’s bike — a Suzuki DR650 nicknamed Skelly — held out, only needing minor Almost six months and 30,000 kilometres later, mechanical repairs along the way. Dave Ranson finally got to see “Skelly is tired. There are some penguins. a number of little things that Ranson rolled out of need attention but no major Riverside Motorsports in problems,” Ranson said. “I St. Albert on Aug. 25 to need to ride 3,100 kilometres embark on his Prairies to more to Buenos Aires, where Penguins motorcycle ride I will ship me and the bike to raise funds for spinal to Canada. I have grown cord injury research. And, attached to Skelly and want to on Saturday, he reached his bring it back with me.” final destination — Ushuaia, Knowing he was so close Argentina, the southernmost to the finish line, though, ;Xm\IXejfe point in South America and Ranson was careful in the last GiX`i`\jkfG\e^l`ej the gateway to Antarctica. few days not to push Skelly “(Saturday) I took a fivetoo much. hour tour to go and see an island with thousands “For the last two days, we have been in very of penguins. It was a great way to see them up cold and wet conditions, but the end was so near close,” Ranson said via email. “There may still be I didn’t even feel it. I had to be careful not to rush more opportunities to see penguins before I get to the last few kilometers, I was so excited,” he said. Buenos Aires.” “I thought about my wife as I reached the city — The timing was perfect, too, he added. she has made a big sacrifice to allow me to make “Other than my Christmas break, the timing it this far.” of everything worked out perfectly,” he said, In fact, Ranson has been in contact with “especially because my wife’s birthday was the day Wanitta and the rest of his family constantly I made it to the end.” throughout the whole trip via the Internet or Ranson came back to Canada to celebrate satellite. He has also been updating his blog and Christmas with his family, and his wife Wanitta his Facebook regularly. met him as he passed through Belize back in “Having people October. interested Half a year and and 30,000 kilometres will take its toll on any human, but that kind of

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The weather may have been chilly, but the generosity of St. Albertans warmed the hearts of local firefighters last week. With temperatures hovering in the â&#x20AC;&#x201C;20 C range the whole time, St. Albert Fire Services members spent four days and three nights perched on the roof atop Fire Station No. 2 on Boudreau Road as part of their annual Rooftop Campout fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, finally touching down on terra firma Saturday afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get the sympathy donations that way. That kind of furthers our cause,â&#x20AC;? said firefighter and organizer Adam Colameco. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole point is to show people that we suffer a little bit, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the least we can do to prove our point for the cause.â&#x20AC;? The weather this year was significantly colder than it was in 2013, when daytime highs hovered around the freezing mark. Colameco said they were able

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the boot drive at Safeway the weekend before and a few turns as waiters at Eastside Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, firefighters have raised about $45,000, besting their goal of $40,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year, we think to ourselves, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Surely itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to come to an end. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our fourth year now, and this is surely going to be the year it goes down a bit,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But every year, it all seems to come through in the end.â&#x20AC;? And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not done yet. Firefighters will continue collecting donations at the Fire and Ice Family Day Festival at Lacombe Lake Park on Monday, and they currently have a silent auction going on their website at www.stalbertfirefighters.com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be really close to $50,000 by the end of it all,â&#x20AC;? Colameco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set ourselves a tight goal this year,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past, we made it a little so we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set ourselves up for failure. This year, $40,000 is a big number for us, so to reach that, just within the Rooftop (Campout) is good.â&#x20AC;?

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As the City of St. Albert wraps up the 2013 fiscal year, things are right on track, according to a report to city council on Monday. At their Standing Committee on Finance meeting on Monday afternoon, councillors heard from administration that the City should finish the year with a surplus of about $1.25 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a variance of about one per cent on the approved 2013 budget of $126 million and on track with thirdquarter projections that pegged the surplus at about $1.1 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be within one per cent of a $100 million budget is always easier for council to deal with,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Nolan Crouse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And to be on the right side of that is also easier for council to deal with.â&#x20AC;? Manager of financial operations and reporting Brenda Barclay told the committee that most City departments were under budget by four to 24 per cent, but some wound up going over budget. The infrastructure services department, which oversees public works, was over

budget by $1.9 million, mainly due to snow removal costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was the third-most snowfall in the last 50 years,â&#x20AC;? Barclay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were two residential and two collector (snow clearances) versus two collector and one residential clearing in 2012. Nine days a month had snow. Similar high costs were experienced by other municipalities.â&#x20AC;? As well, revenues in the community and protective services department were down due to traffic cameras being out of service and staff vacancies. However, the planning and engineering department collected about $1 million more revenue than expected thanks to more permit fees, specifically for condominium projects and the new Costco warehouse store on St. Albertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north end. In total, the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenues were $2.17 million higher than forecast, and its expenses were about $900,000 higher than forecast. A more detailed report on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final year-end financial position will come to the Standing Committee on Finance on March 10, which will include recommendations on what to do with the surplus money.

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A gift from some local artists is keeping some special kids warm during this chilly winter. Last week, the St. Albert Quiltersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guild handed over 30 quilts to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heart Society, bringing their total donation to 70 quilts over the past year. The quilts are handed out in â&#x20AC;&#x153;comfort bagsâ&#x20AC;? to young cardiac patients and their families as they come into the Stollery Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Edmonton, along with a stuffed animal and information for parents on how to cope with the situation. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heart Society vice-president Tina Krieger knows full well how comforting a quilt like this can be. Kriegerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17-year-old daughter recently underwent her seventh open heart surgery, having battled congenitive heart disease since birth. The family relocated to St. Albert from Saskatchewan nine years ago to be closer to the Stollery, and the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heart Society helped the family cope through a number of those operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She still has every one of (the quilts),â&#x20AC;? Krieger said of her daughter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re given the quilt the day youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in pre-admission, which is the day you sit and wait for hours to be taken down to the surgical room. For my daughter ... hospital linen isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the warmest, softest material, and this is a blanket of warmth. She takes it right down to the operating table.â&#x20AC;? Krieger added that the quilts stay with her daughter as she rests in the intensive care unit and later as she is able to get around in a wheelchair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hides the hospital robes and keeps her warm,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always meant the world to her. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an absolute stranger that has made her something that give her comfort and warmth and makes her feel loved.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Quiltersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guild president Liz Henderson said that knowing the quilts will make a difference to young patients and their families is a good feeling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Krieger) was saying that even sometimes, when parents are sitting in the room waiting for their children to come back from surgery, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sometimes wrap themselves in the quilt,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just such a comfort.â&#x20AC;? Henderson added that she thinks that comfort comes from the personal touch.

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becoming full partners in that system,” said Horne in a news conference. The agreement includes four years of predictable funding for pharmacists, said Horne, as well as a new compensation framework and a new dispensing fee structure that’s “simplified to a single, across-the-board fee regardless of the cost of the drug.” Horne said the dispensing fees are included in the $1.1 billion that Alberta Health spends on drugs annually, alongside the $55 million invested in broadening pharmacy services. “That makes Alberta a top investor in pharmacy services that deliver front-line health care,” he said. A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Alberta Health and the APA will “ensure better co-ordination” between pharmacies and

government on public health programs, such as the annual flu shot campaign, said Horne. APA president Ali Damani said it was a “historic day” as the agreement marked the first update to Alberta’s pharmacy agreement since 2003. “This agreement means Albertans can expect a whole lot more at no charge from pharmacists,” said Damani, adding pharmacists will now “be at the table with other health care providers going forward.” Pharmacists currently renew prescriptions, administer injections, provide patient care plan assessments and assess and modify prescriptions based upon individual patient needs.

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With the perfect mix of Russian and a desire for travel in her blood, 26-year-old Edmontonian Janelle Lane is one of the few Canadian volunteers at both the Sochi 2014 Olympic and the Paralympic Games. But volunteering does not come cheap. Lane has taken a two-month leave of absence from her job as an Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development videographer and information officer, plus had to pay $2,000 for airfare and insurance to get there and back. Accommodations and meals are supplied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Russian needs work,â&#x20AC;? says the multilingual Lane, who found the volunteer process was easy through the Sochi online site.

But being picked as one of 160 Canadian volunteers was a different story. There were several psyche interviews, online testing, as well as both English and French interviews over Skype. In October, she learned she would get the chance to go to one of the largest sporting events in the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I got the email that said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Welcome to team Sochi,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; it was such a relief. I dropped all my winter plans and booked the flight the next day to get over there.â&#x20AC;? On arrival in Sochi, Lane was assigned to be a press assistant for the Olympics from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 at the Sanki Sliding Centre, located in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia, 60 kilometres northeast of Sochi. The venue is where the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events are

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and between people in general have changed, and how that affects how they relate to one another,” Elliott said. This is Elliott’s third turn as director for a St. Albert Theatre Troupe show, and she’s balancing those duties with her studies in the communications program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. “It’s a lot on my plate, but I’m used to that. I somehow seem to thrive on the stress,” she said with a laugh. Same Time, Next Year premiered on Broadway in 1975, and a film adaptation was released in 1978. But Elliott tries not to let other adaptations affect how she directs a play. “I base a lot on my actors. I go off where they are and how they are, and build shows up from there,” she said. “It being done before is great, because people can have a recognition of what the show will be about and draw some attention that way, but I usually try to keep our interpretation independent.” Same Time, Next Year runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. from Feb. 13 to March 1 at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre (47 Riel Dr.). Tickets are $50 each, $45 for seniors (including dinner) and are available through the St. Albert Theatre Troupe’s website at www.stalberttheatre.com, by calling 780-222-0102 or emailing mark@stalberttheatre.com.

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