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The Old Man

Two medical students were walking along the street when they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart. He was stiff legged and walking slowly. One student said to his friend: “I’m sure that poor old man has Peltry Syndrome. Those people walk just like that.” The other student says: “No, I don’t think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome. He walks slowly and his legs are apart, just as we learned in class.” Since they couldn’t agree they decided to ask the old man. They approached him and one of the students said to him, “We’re medical students and couldn’t help but notice the way you walk, but we couldn’t agree on the syndrome you might have. Could you tell us what it is?” The old man said, “I’ll tell you, but first you tell me what you two fine medical students think.” The first student said, “I think it’s Peltry Syndrome.” The old man said, “You thought - but you are wrong.” The other student said, “I think you have Zovitzki Syndrome.” The old man said, “You thought - but you are wrong.” So they asked him, “Well, old timer, what do you have?” The old man said, “I thought it was GAS - but I was wrong, too!”

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POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very selfconfident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

Aquarius. Jan 20 - Feb 18 Aquarius - The Water Bearer. Often simple and unassuming, the Aquarian goes about accomplishing goals in a quiet, often unorthodox ways. Although their methods may be unorthodox, the results for achievement are surprisingly effective. Aquarian’s will take up any cause. They are honest, loyal and highly intelligent. They are also easy going and make natural friendships. If not kept in check, the Aquarian can be prone to sloth and laziness. However, they know this about themselves. They are often quite artistic and poetic.

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Must-See Sporting Events for 2012!

So the Calgary Flames plan is now clear. Clear as mud in my opinion. With the addition of Michael Cammalleri last month, the Flames ownership and management team sent a strong message to their fans. The business plan is more important than the long term hockey plan. How many times have we heard Flames president Ken King or someone in the organization spew the words “once you make the playoffs, anything can happen.” Funny how these intelligent hockey minds don’t realize (or admit) that no number eight seed has ever won the Stanley Cup. Isn’t winning the Holy Grail the ultimate goal? Since when do organizations aspire to “sneak” into the playoffs? Sure getting into the playoffs does help the bottom line and the so called business plan. However, I do have to ask the question? Why does this Flames ownership group (who are some of the wealthiest men in the city) care about making a few dollars instead of winning a Stanley Cup? For the real stakeholders in the team (the fans), this really is a sad mystery! Flames general manager Jay Feaster made four very strong and passionate points last summer when the interim tag was removed from his title. His plan and his vision were to create “Meritocracy” within the organization. The team had to get out of “cap jail.” It was time to eliminate the trend of no trade or no movement contracts. Last but not least, the Flames had to stop trading away assets. In my books, that is a pretty solid plan! So let’s recap what Feaster done in his first year as Flames general manager. Has he created Meritocracy? Yes. For the first time in a long time young players like TJ Brodie, Lance Bouma, Roman Horak and Leland Irving have been given a chance to play. Granted, some of these promotions were based on injury while some based on Merit. Are the Calgary Flames in cap jail? In the early going, Feaster did a nice job creating some salary cap flexibility for the team. Robin Regher, Ales Kotalik, Damon Langkow, and Nik Hagman were all moved. The Flames got cheaper and younger, but they were not better. So throw that plan out the window. The Flames went on a shopping spree picking up Blake Comeau on Page 14

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waivers and trading for Blair Jones and Cammalleri. A quick ten million was added to the Flames cap hit and all of sudden the organization is back in cap jail. The Flames still boast one of the oldest rosters in the NHL with a salary cap hit of over 64 million dollars. Feaster wanted to eliminate the trend of bad contracts with no move or no trade clauses. The big three signings in the off season were to Curtis Glencross, Alex Tanguay and Anton Babchuk. Two of these contracts included limited no move clauses and the deal with Babchuk was just a bad contract. Lastly, the Flames had to stop moving assets. Last year at the trade deadline Feaster acquired a “broken down” Freddy Modin for a 7th round pick. Feaster admitted at the time it was a bad trade. To dump Kotalik from the books he had to sacrifice a 2nd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres. While many feel the Cammalleri trade was a good hockey trade, did Feaster really have to throw in a 2nd round pick to the Montreal Canadians? The Habs were desperate to get Cammy out of their dressing room. A couple of GM’s I talked too were stunned the Flames gave up a 2nd round pick and took on the additional salary. Some in the media will say “what’s the big deal”, it’s only a 2nd round pick? Considering half of the players in the NHL are first and second round picks, I would suggest it’s a very big deal! 14 players on the Flames current roster fall in this category. 6 of them are 2nd round picks, including Cammalleri. Trading these assets away was a dangerous trend started by Daryl Sutter and now continued by Jay Feaster. This is no way to build for the future! So as the NHL trade deadline approaches on February 27th, it’s very clear the Flames have become a buyer instead of a seller. This is a now team that only has one goal in mind. Squeak into the playoffs because if you can do that…… “Anything can happen!” For Feaster’s sake and the Flames, I hope they do make the playoffs. If they don’t, then this season will become an epic fail! About Jock Wilson:

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Valentine’s Section

The Art of Kissing

Every now and then a quarrel breaks out down at the barber shop. Lines are drawn, challenges leveled and, with any luck, somebody walks out with very few blood stains. All over a seemingly innocent discussion: What is the greatest sport on earth? Some say “football”. Some say “baseball”. Canadians say “hockey”. The rest of the world says “soccer”. (Actually, they say “football”, too... but they mean “soccer”.) I say: “kissing”. Yes, kissing is the greatest sport on earth. Allow me to explain just a few of the reasons. Kissing is the most versatile sport around. There are so many types of kisses to choose from – at least one for just about any occasion. There is the quick peck on the cheek kiss, the peck on each cheek kiss, the peck on your nephew’s cheek kiss while grabbing the other cheek flab with your hand, the wildly passionate kiss, the elegant kiss on the hand, the dreaded kiss of death, the “Hey you! Kiss this!” and even the Florida town of Kissimmee (founded, no doubt, by early Italian pioneer kissers). The Art of Kissing Is Easy ~ Kissing is easy to transport. It really doesn’t matter where you are. You can kiss: at the gym, in the boardroom, in the space shuttle, even in Alaska from June through September. Kissing requires so little equipment, which means you can do it even when not prepared for the occasion, and even when you have to travel light. This makes it the ideal participation sport for businessmen, world travelers and marsupial groupies. Kissing always livens things up. Try this: the next time you are in an oh-so-booooring meeting that seems to last oh-so-foreeeeever, why not just kiss somebody? Go ahead; try it. See how it livens things up? Kissing is 100% biodegradable, so when you kiss somebody, you help the environment. Kissing is safe to do in a moving vehicle, as long as you are not driving. Kissing is non-fattening. This is perhaps the best news of all, because dieters now have something to keep their mouths busy while not eating, and smokers can quit smoking without having to chew candies until they a) need to diet, or b) induce diabetes. Kissing is organic, low in sodium, preservative-free, low in saturated fats and does not contain dozens of delicious ingredients that cannot be pronounced, like javelchromopntheoremicherbicidic acid. Most kisses are not tested on animals, but who am I to stifle your sense of adventure? You can kiss just about everyone: your boyfriend, your aunt, your wife, your veterinarian, the Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick and your pet. Don’t try kissing them all at the same time, though... especially not your girlfriend and your wife. Kissing meets the toughest safety regulations of any national or international sporting organization. Kissing has a tremendous safety record, except for the occasional locked braces Extreme Kissing NOT Recommended ~ The only recorded deaths involving kissing are by third parties, usually wives, husbands, spurned lovers and other spectators who somehow get past security and storm onto the playing field like that well-dressed gentleman at the Superbowl. We do NOT recommend “extreme kissing”. For instance, don’t kiss an on-duty garbage truck; it is considered dangerous. Don’t kiss a metal fence-post in sub-zero weather. Don’t kiss any electrical outlets!!!! Are you paying attention? This one is important. Don’t kiss the vacuum cleaner if you want to retain all your vital organs. It’s OK to kiss sandpaper, just don’t use your tongue and don’t kiss a chainsaw; we feel this one is self-explanatory. But overall, kissing is so great that it makes baseball, hockey, football and soccer seem like bush league sports. Next time you hear a brawl at your local barbershop, just go in and give everyone a kiss. I guarantee that you will win the argument hands down. Local Online Classifieds & Awesome Weekly Deals! And if not, at least you will make some new friends to argue with. Page 16

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LOVING YOU Loving you is missing you, When you are away. Loving you is excitement, When you come home at the end of the day. Loving you is laughing, At the silly jokes you tell. Loving you is looking after you, Whether you’re sick or well. Loving you is watching you sleep, Warm and cozy by my side. Loving you is knowing you’re there, And in you I can confide. Loving you is sharing a life, Where every day is new. Loving you is trusting, That you really love me too. Loving you is family, On those special days of the year. Loving you is our similar dreams, That we hold dear. Loving you is happiness, That we share this life together. Loving you is the magic in knowing, That WE are forever and ever! BY PATRICIA MULLIN

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Family Page ~ Single Parents It is not easy being a single parent; sometimes you wonder how you can cope with it all but you are not alone. One of the most striking changes in family structure over the last twenty years has been the increase of single parent families. Due to high divorce rates and adults choosing not to marry, this is currently the fastest growing family form in North America. More than half of all children will spend some of their lives in a single-parent family. For the first time in history, children are most likely to live in a single parent family for reasons other than the death of a parent. Incredibly one in four children are born with their mother’s not married; usually teenage mothers and being a single parent can be hard and lonely. There is often no other adult with whom to share decision-making, discipline, and financial responsibilities. The full burden of finding responsible childcare, earning a living, and parenting falls on one individual. Here are a few simple tips you help you and your children survive and create positive experiences for all of you: Find stable, safe childcare. Establish a home routine and stick to it. Apply rules and discipline clearly and consistently. Allow the child to be a child and not ask him or her to solve adult problems. Get to know the important people (teachers, coaches, friends) in the child's life. Answer questions about the other parent calmly and honestly. Avoid behaviour that causes the child to feel pressed to choose between divorced parents. Explain financial limitations honestly. Most importantly you must learn to be happy with yourself. Thinking of yourself as a successful single. Have a positive state of mind. You will grow in self-confidence as you see success each new day.

Find time to spend with your children each day. • Read together • Prepare meals together • Ride a bike or walk the dog together • Build in family fun weekends or trips • Go camping, fishing, or hiking • Attend a sporting event • Go to a museum • Visit friends or relatives • Strong families are committed to one another. • Discover and encourage your children’s activities and interests.

Family members value spirituality.

Remind children that you are there for them.

• Work together to solve problems • Show each other appreciation • Tell your children that you love them • Say thank you when they complete family chores • Leave notes of appreciation for your family

• Discuss your family views on spirituality. • Practice your family’s view on spirituality whether it is appreciating • nature by hiking or camping or attending organized religious activities.

Communication skills are good in strong families.

• Use “I” statements when working through problems. For example, “I get worried when you don’t come home on time. I need you to call if you won’t make your curfew.” • Ask your children about their day using questions that require more than a oneword response. For example “What was the best part of your day today?” • Avoid interrupting one another and really listen when others are talking. • Turn off the television and eat dinner together. • Use crises and stress as opportunities for growth. • Work on handling your own stress in a positive manner to provide a model for your children. • Use community resources to get help. • Encourage one another throughout a crisis. • Talk about what will be learned from the experience and how that can strengthen the family.

Most importantly stay strong and always remember tomorrow is another day full of promise and all the best the world has to offer. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger Take care of yourself and your family. The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.

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For the second time since 1982, this musical family will once again perform on the stage in the Chestermere hall. Lloyd Kunkel and his family were well known to the Chestermere cabin owners and the surrounding rural population in the sixties and seventies. His Drylanders band which included two of his brothers, played for dances in the old Chestermere hall and they headlined the first big night to celebrate the opening of the “new” complex in the early 80’s. This was no local boys-with-guitars entertainment – he and his band played regularly at the Palliser Hotel and were featured entertainment for the ’88 Olympics in downtown Calgary. They also played occasional back up for Tommy Hunter, and for a time had Ron Barge (better known as Buckshot –you big kids remember him!) playing keyboard as part of the band. They played all the local venues including Carseland, Strathmore, Indus and Irricana as well. Following a dream twenty five years ago, the Kunkels have created a family entertainment centre in southern Alberta, in a restored old barn, now complimented by a small lake, a large fully serviced RV park, and summer cottages. About ten years ago, son Trevor, his wife and two sons joined the operation. Known as The Great Canadian Barn Dance, they serve a “great Canadian roast beef dinner” (the Kunkel men cook, carve and serve the beef) to over 10,000 people each year and entertain 20,000 or more with their barn dances and musical programs. The entertainment is comfort music for the soul – old time western. Think “Sons of the Pioneers” with the lively addition of Lloyd’s talented grandsons and a generous dose of the old Kunkel humour. Son Trevor, who as a teenager in Chestermere was a national championship water skier, is now a versatile singer and entertainer. Lloyd is now the proud patriarch of three generations of Canadian talent. He is also an ambassador for Alberta tourism and has traveled frequently to the US on behalf of Travel Alberta and other groups. Now they are coming home to Chestermere, three generations of the Kunkel family, for one performance only on Saturday, April 21st in the Chestermere Recreation Complex. Tickets for the dinner, show and dance are available from; Audrey: 403 272 9280 Jen:403-272-3764

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I am a Grapefruit How do you do? My name is Gracie Grapefruit, and I am one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados” (you know, along with the magnificent Harrison’s Cave and the Morgan Lewis Mill, just to name a few!). When Europeans first discovered us, they called us the “forbidden fruit,” likely because they simply didn’t know what we were! As far as I know we weren’t around when Adam first took his big bite back in Eden. Actually we’re a naturally occurring hybrid subtropical citrus, a cross between the Jamaican sweet orange and the Indonesian pomelo. We cluster like grapes do, thus our modern name, grapefruit. Earlier, we were known as the shaddock or shattuck, based on the legend of one Captain Shaddock, who supposedly brought pomelo seeds to Jamaica and bred the first fruit. Our fancy botanical name (which I quite like, by the way) is Citrus x paradisi. We grow on evergreen trees that can grow almost 50 feet in height. Grapefruit tree leaves are dark green, thin, and reach about six inches in length. We were brought to Florida in 1823 by Count Odette Philippe, where we gradually became an important crop. An early pioneer in the American citrus industry, wealthy entrepreneur Kimball Chase Atwood, founded the Atwood Grapefruit Co. in the late 19th century. Florida’s Atwood Grove became the largest grapefruit grove in the world, and is the site where the world’s first pink grapefruit was discovered, in 1906. We didn’t become the citrus superstars we are today until 1929, with the advent of Ruby Red. Today, red grapefruits have become the symbolic fruit of Texas, where for decades “inferior” white grapefruit were ruthlessly eliminated. With usual Texan bravado, some of my bright Lone Star cousins today sport names like Ruby Sweet, Texas Choice, and my favourite, Reddest. We are an excellent source of lots of nutrients and phytochemicals that help make up a healthy diet. We’re a good source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like grapefruit help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms. Our pink and red variants boast those lovely colours, thanks to something called lycopene, a very beneficial antioxidant that may be helpful against various forms of tumours. Eating grapefruit can also help reduce free radical damage associated with inflammatory conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have also shown grapefruit helps lower bad cholesterol levels. Research presented at the 228th national meeting of the American Chemical Society suggests that drinking just three 6-ounce glasses of grapefruit juice a day reduces the activity of an enzyme that activates cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke. And if this wasn’t enough, we contain large quantities of something called spermidine, which may be related to aging. It’s known to be needed for cell growth and maturation – as cells age, their spermidine levels fall. Scientists have shown that by feeding spermidine to worms, fruit flies, and yeast, their life spans are significantly prolonged. And when human immune cells were cultured in a medium containing spermidine, they also lived longer. Maybe Ponce de Leon should have been looking for a grapefruit tree when he stumbled all over the Caribbean and Florida looking for the Fountain of Youth! And for those of you concerned about your weight, we form the core of something called the Grapefruit Diet, based on the assumption our low glycemic index helps the body’s metabolism burn fat. Bend and stretch! I’m sure you already know we can be tart or sweet (like a lot of people you know, right?!). Regardless of how you like us, there are lots of ways to enjoy our healthy taste – try some of the recipes I’ve included here, you’ll see what I mean. Be well, my friends, Gracie Grapefruit

Now, make sure you rinse me under cool water before eating me, even though you will probably not be eating my peel, since cutting into an unwashed fruit may transfer dirt or bacteria that may reside on my surface to the edible flesh. I’m usually eaten fresh – you can slice me horizontally and scooping out sections of the halves with a spoon. To separate my flesh from the membrane you can either cut it with a sharp knife, a special curved-blade grapefruit knife, or a separate with a grapefruit spoon. If I have seeds, you can remove them with your spoon before you eat me. . You can eat me like an orange or add a little tangy spark to your green salads. Instead of your morning glass of OJ, have me instead. You’ll love me with cilantro and chili peppers to make a unique salsa or how about a salad with a tropical flair, combine my chopped pieces, cooked shrimp and avocadoes and serve on a bed of romaine lettuce. Nothing could be easier or more welcoming on a fall morning than a simple broiled grapefruit with brown sugar."

Broiled Grapefruit 2 grapefruit, cut in half 6 Tbsp. brown sugar

Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the rack about 6 inches from the element. Place the grapefruit halves, cut side up onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with about 1-½ tablespoons of brown sugar each. Broil until the brown sugar has melted and began to bubble, 3 to 8 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before eating – you don’t want to burn your mouth.

Pink Grapefruit Sorbet 6 Florida grapefruit 1 Cup sugar 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the peel of one grapefruit. Coarsely chop the zest. In a food processor bowl or blender container, combine chopped zest and sugar. Cover and process or blend until zest is very finely chopped. Squeeze enough juice from the grapefruit to make four cups juice; pour into a mixing bowl. Add zest mixture and lemon juice. Mix well. Freeze the grapefruit mixture in a 2- or 4-quart ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Makes one quart or eight (half-cup) servings.

Orange And Grapefruit Salad 8 large oranges, cut 8 pink grapefruit, cut 8 large basil leaves, chopped ( For a dessert, substitute mint for basil) Simple Syrup: 1 cup sugar 4 cups water In a saucepan, bring to boil sugar and water, then stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool. To remove grapefruit an orange segments from the fruit, cut away all the peel and white pith with a small sharp knife. Hold the fruit over a bowl and, with the knife, cut along each membrane to free the citrus segments, allowing the juice to drip into the bowl. Pour cold syrup over fruit segments, add basil Chiffonade and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve in martini glasses with raspberry syrup and sugar on the rim of the glass.

Fresh Grapefruit Salad 4 grapefruits, peeled and white pith removed 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice 3 (1/4 ounce) envelopes Knox unflavoured gelatine 1/4 Cup cold water 1/2 Cup boiling water 1/4-1 Cup sugar, to taste

Peel the grapefruit over a large bowl to catch juices, removing all white pith. Cut along both sides of the membranes dividing grapefruit sections, letting segments fall into the bowl. Squeeze the membranes with your hands to extract all possible juice. Remove any seeds that fall into the bowl. Juice one lemon to yield 1/4 cup juice; add to grapefruit segments. Set aside. Measure 1/4-cup cold water into a 2 cup measuring cup or small bowl. Add gelatin and stir to soften. Add boiling water and stir to dissolve. Add sugar to taste to gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved. The amount of sugar you add will depend upon the tartness of the grapefruit. With the tart yellow grapefruit, I add about 1 cup of sugar, but with the sweeter red grapefruit, I may add as little as 1/4 cup. Add the gelatin mixture to the grapefruit segments and juices, tossing gently to combine well. Pour into a 9-inch square Pyrex dish and refrigerate 4 hours overnight.

Just Remember to check with your healthcare practitioner about consuming grapefruit juice if you're taking pharmaceutical drugs. Certain pharmaceutical drugs combined with grapefruit juice become more potent. Compounds in grapefruit juice, including naringenin, slow the normal detoxification and metabolism processes in the intestines and liver, which hinders the body's ability to breakdown and eliminate these drugs.

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Parent Link Centers are Provincially funded to support parents and caregivers by providing early childhood development programs and services that are uniquely designed to meet the unique needs of children and families in Alberta communities. Each centre offers parent education programs, programs for young children to learn and play, information and referrals, family support services (such as lending libraries, resource exchanges, family counseling, etc.) and developmental screening to support optimal child development. Parent Link Centres are all about connecting parents to parents and resources in their home community. To access developmental screening or for information about other Parent Link Centre programs and services in S.E. Rocky View call Community Services at 403-207-7060.

Are you interested in a Montessori education for your child?

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Sched When we think of child development we often limit our observations to Contac u e r physical development. We must remember that infants, toddlers, and classr le a for mo ! oom children are also developing socially, emotionally and intellectually. ation m r o f v n i i s Over the next few months we will be presenting a series of articles to it! help you recognize and understand the ages and stages of your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development during the first five years. Remember these are only guidelines. Each child is unique and develops differently and at different times. Personality, learning style and family background can all play a part in the learning process. Keeping this in mind, there are, however, some general similarities that can help track your child’s progress. Kidz 1st Network Parent Link Centre offers developmental screening so that you may understand these stages of development and access information for early intervention if this seems appropriate. You also may Contact Trina Lloyd at 403-901-0516 or want to use the information to help you plan activities and responses to your child’s development that will enable him or her to develop to his or her full potential. Month 1 – Baby will look at you and watch dangling things or mobiles for a short time. She will make small, throaty sounds like ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah.’ Your baby will respond to loud noises with a sudden start. She enjoys being talked to and cries when hungry or uncomfortable. She will calm when comforted. Month 2 – Baby recognizes familiar voices and people and smiles in response to their smiles and voices. Baby can turn his head to both sides and follow objects with his eyes. Baby may be able to roll from side to back. He moves his arms and legs and bicycles with his legs when excited. He is fascinated by his own hands and holds his head up (with the occasional ‘bob’), when held at your shoulder. Month 3 – Baby raises her head when on tummy and plays with her hands by clasping them and bringing them to her mouth. She will gurgle or coo and stop sucking to hear sounds around her. She turns her head to follow moving objects, voices or music. She uses her voice in response to adult talk and smiles when others talk and smile. She responds to familiar people and may stop or start crying according to who holds her. The following are some ideas to help you encourage your child’s development. Comfort, play with, and teach your child by providing the appropriate motor and sensory stimulation. Your voice is an important part of your baby’s development. Babies find comfort in familiar voices and learn to respond with their own coos, gurgles and squeals of delight. Talk, sing or coo to your baby during activities such as bathing, feeding, dressing, and changing baby’s diaper. Finger plays (Round and Round the Garden), games of peek-a-boo, gentle bouncing on your knee (Ride-a-horse), singing songs and saying rhymes all contribute to your baby’s development. You are your baby’s first friend and your relationship with your baby will be a big influence on future social relationships. Get to know your baby, how they like to be handled; firmly or lightly, quickly or slowly. Massage her legs and arms, gently move your baby’s legs and arms while playing and talking with her. Most importantly respond to baby’s crying. It is his only way of communicating his needs. Hold baby close, look at her, smile and tell her how wonderful she is! JELLYBEAN Valentine’s DANCE For grades 4 – 8

Grades 1 – 3 are welcome with parent supervision

Friday, February 10th 7 – 9:30 pm Chestermere Rec Centre Main Hall Cost/ $5.00 at the door Concession available and parent help needed!

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Chestermere Rocky View Little League & T-Ball

Chestermere Outdoor Soccer Registration


Ages 3 – 12 February 8th 2012 6 – 8 pm

Ages 4 – 14

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KIDS Section Preschool Gymnastics Classes (ages 2-6) WINTER REGISTRATION BEGINS JAN 1, 2012!!! Classes run Monday evenings and Tuesday all day! To register email

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Kids Are Funny! A mother took her 9-year-old daughter to church for the first time. The church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. All was quiet until the little one started to sing in a loud voice, “Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you...” A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children fell to discussing the dog’s duties. “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster. “No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck.” A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.” Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child. Smiling sweetly, the Sunday School teacher said, “Bobby, when I was a child, I was told if that I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that.” Bobby looked up and replied, “Well, Ms Smith, that explains what happen to you.” A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead. ‘How do you know that the cat was dead?’ she asked her pupil. ‘Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,’answered the child innocently. ‘You did WHAT???’ the teacher exclaimed in surprise. ‘You know,’ explained the boy, ‘I leaned over and went ‘Pssst!’ and it didn’t move.’

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“Now, Joey, is that REALLY what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked. “Well, no, Mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

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Registration Monday, March 5 6:30-7:30 pm at the Playschool (615 Westchester Road) One-day and two-day/week classes for 3 & 4 year olds. Children must be 3 or 4 by Dec. 31, 2012. • Government Subsidy Funding Available •

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Questions and Answers Q ua l i t y In s t r u c t ion

QUALITY INSTRUCTION IN SPORTS FOR YOUTH JETS BASKETBALL - Next Session -Summer Camp 2012 JETS BADMINTON – Currently Running. STARS VOLLEYBALL – Register Now for our 10 week program running Monday nights from March 19- June 4 Session Times: Gr. 1-3: 5:30-6:30, Gr. 4-5: 6:30-7:30 Gr. 6-9: 7:45-8:45 Location: Wheatland Elementary School in Strathmore.

Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Don’t delay … register today! For More Information: Check out our website at, email us at, or call Pat or Debbie Fule at 403-934-4599. JETS (Just Enjoy The Sport) ATHLETICS has been offering yearround sports programs and summer camps to children in the Strathmore area for the past 17 years. All of our programs are designed to keep children active, to develop their athletic abilities, and to build self-esteem in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Sportsmanship, fitness, and skill development are emphasized and all children are encouraged to participate, regardless of their abilities. Coach Pat Fule has over 30 years of coaching experience, has worked with children of all ages in a variety of sports, and constantly adapts his lessons to meet the individual needs of our participants. Please check out our website atwww. for more information.

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#1 Hoops is a new basketball program in Strathmore. The program will teach not only the basic fundamentals of basketball but the way to act on and off the court. Every child will receive one on one training and no one child will be treated differently no matter their skill level. This program is designed for children of all levels from kids who just love the game to kids that one day would like to play university basketball.

Location: Strathmore high school Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Dates: Registrations and payment in full are due by March 1, 2012. Late registrations will not be accepted.The starting date will be March 15th and it will run for 9 weeks. This program is designed for boys and girls grades 3 to 7. I will be at REVS on Feb 8 To register please contact Shantelle at from 3:30-7:30 so you can 660-3896 or register that way too.

Head Coach: Shantelle Gieck. Cost of the program: $94.85 The program includes a reversible jersey, water bottle, and basketball.

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1. The Moon 2. In a dictionary. 3. Shadow. 4. Everyone on the boat is married. 5. A candle. 6. A fly. 7. A telephone.

“ J u s t E n j o y The S p ort ”

1. It’s been around for millions of years, but it’s no more than a month old. What is it? 2. Yesterday is always before today; but there is a place where yesterday always follows today. Where? 3. Each morning I appear to lie at your feet. All day I will follow no matter how fast you run. Yet I nearly perish in the midday sun. What am I? 4. While walking across a bridge I saw a boat full of people. Yet on the boat there wasn’t a single person. Why? 5. My life can be measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick; fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I? 6. Who spends the day at the window, goes to the table for meals and hides at night? A fly. 7. What asks no questions but receives lots of answers? A telephone.

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Strathmore Children’s Festival The Strathmore Children’s Festival was an idea that was born last June when a Strathmore teen lost his life to a drug overdose. The town was affected in an enormous way and sparked many questions about the youth in the town and their extracurricular activities. The youth answered back with their own concerns about how they were being viewed in society. The town itself seemed divided, which made the Children’s Festival seem like a great idea. What if we had a day focused entirely on youth? What if the town came together to showcase what we do have available for them in terms of sports clubs, entertainment, professional services and retail? Upon hearing about our ideas, Encana stepped forward as a title sponsor to ensure this event could occur and be open to everyone, meaning no admission, and lots of family fun. Encana is very community-focused and believes in the power of our youth. They have been our number one supporter all along. Prairie Strathmore has also been an amazing support. They are new to the community but more than willing to make this event happen. Between now and March 10, 2012 we are committed to lining up all the local children’s “stuff” we can find. If you are interested in participating in the festival please do not hesitate to contact (403) 923-8983 or email

What is YELL?

Youth version of Town council representing the youth population in Chestermere and SE Rockyview. Yell has the ability to influence decisions on topics and issues that are RELEVANT to youth.

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• Have a strong reputation in the community • Come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and lived experiences • Are united in their desire to make a difference.

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“I Am an Animal Rescuer”

I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand. I have hugged those that are vicious and afraid. I have climbed under stairs and porches to save puppies and kittens. I have driven an hour with an injured animal to the vets in the middle of the night. I have fallen in love a thousand times, and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count. I am an Animal Rescuer. My work is never done, my home is never quiet, my wallet is always empty - but my heart is always full.

The Bear and the Rabbit A bear is chasing a rabbit through a forest. They find a bottle and decide to rub it. A genie pops out. He says, “I will grant each of you three wishes.” The bear says, “I wish all the bears in the forest were females.” *poof* It’s done. The rabbit says, “I wish for a motorcycle.” *poof* It’s done. The bear says “I wish all the bears in this country were females.” *poof* It’s done. The rabbit says, “I wish for a lifetime supply of carrots back at my house.” *poof* It’s done. The bear asks himself why the rabbit is wasting his wishes on stupid small things? Oh well. “And for my third wish, I wish that all the bears in the world were female.” *poof* It’s done. The rabbit says, “For MY last wish, I want the bear to be gay.” And he rides off on his motorcycle.

Until one has loved an animal , a part of one’s soul remains unawakened . ~ Anatole France

We are an all animal rescue group located near Gleichen and show our animals in Calgary for adoption.

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FOSTER HOMES NEEDED! Puppy & kitten season is upon us & we need homes available for pups & kittens, with & without mums. We are always in need of foster homes for our rescued hearts to provide them with a safe, nurturing environment until they find their forever homes. We cover all necessary costs & are available to support you through the process anytime. We need you to provide care, attention & love in helping prepare these animals for their new families! If you have been thinking about fostering, please contact Debra at the info above. Email:

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Old English Mastiff Puppies


Gentle Giant Acres is proud to announce Dyna & Chopper’s first litter of 10 puppies

Through owning this beautiful breed, we have learned the Mastiff is the gentlest of giants. One has been in our family for 3 years and the other for 1.5 years. They are a soulful breed and very much a family dog. They are extremely affectionate and loyal. Because of their large size it is very important to establish from a puppy that YOU are the pack leader. This breed can reach weights up to 230+ lbs. This breed will grow for 3 years. Mastiffs were used on the front lines during World War II. They are a working dog and love to do just that. We put the mom and dad of these pups in the 2010 Christmas parade in Strathmore. They pulled a sleigh of toys for the kids. They are great with kids and other people. They are the top of their breed.

All 10 puppies were born Dec. 1st, 2011. They are CKC registered. They have had their first set of shots, de-wormed and micro chipped. They are ready for their new homes on February 1st 2012.

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Increase the laughter, excitement and joy in your home by adopting a cat People are social and we all highly value our interactions with friends and family. While you might not think the same of cats, people who have more than one can attest that having multiple cats can make everyone in the household - two-legged and four-legged - a little happier. Cats need stimulation, friendship, companionship, play and exercise, and these are all things that a second cat can help provide. Adopting two cats can be twice the fun. Emily Armitage, spokesperson for the Anti-Cruelty Society, estimates that cats are surrendered to shelters at up to twice the rate as dogs, depending on the time of year. More litters of cats are born than dogs, so shelter staff must work even harder to find each kitten a “furever” home. There are a lot of good reasons to adopt two cats. While cats are often misunderstood as solitary beings, cats are extremely social. They get lonely when left by themselves, and cat owners often report that a cat will mourn the loss of a feline friend. But before you add a new pet to any home, you need to be prepared. Take a minute to make sure you and your family are ready. These are the top 10 things you should consider before you adopt a cat: 10. Scratching is a healthy form of exercise for cats. When you adopt a cat, pick up a scratching post, or other items, to give your new pet a healthy place to “work out.” 9. Visit your veterinarian to get advice on parasite controls for fleas and ticks. Prevention is the best cure. 8. Make sure everyone in your house is prepared for the new pet. In fact, make the visit to the shelter a family affair, so that all members of the family can help pick an appropriate cat - or cats. Everyone needs to be on board to provide the best quality of care. 7. Make a catcare budget. Litter, cat food, scratching posts, veterinary care, perhaps a little catnip - add this all up and you’ll see that cats are far from expensive pets, but these are costs for which you should be prepared. 6. Stock up on supplies before you bring the cat home. This will help your cat feel at home from the first moment they arrive. In addition to a scratching post, you’ll need a litter box (be sure to show your new kitty where it is), cat litter, food and water bowls, cat food, toys, perhaps a cat bed and grooming tools like a brush, toothbrush and nail clippers. 5. Cat-proof your home. Did you know that cats can swallow loose string or tinsel, and that they can cause stomach or bowel obstructions? Cats are sometimes attracted to power cords and will chew on them - resulting in a powerful shock. Kittens have also been known to swallow paper clips. 4. Call your veterinarian to ask for health tips. A quick consultation with your veterinarian before the cat arrives and a visit soon after you adopt the cat will give you the information you’ll need to keep your cat healthy. 3. Include your cat in your home emergency plan. If there is a fire, flood, storm or other disaster, your new pet needs you to be a hero. 2. Pick a cat with a personality that matches your own. According to animal behaviourists, round-faced, long-haired cats are often more mellow in personality, while short-haired cats with triangular faces can be a bit more active and fun, although there are always exceptions to this rule. Take the time to get to know a cat to make sure it will be a good fit. 1. Mark your calendar to visit your veterinarian twice a year for a wellness checkup. Cats are often perceived as selfsustaining. But, many cats do not show obvious signs of pain, discomfort and other symptoms when they are ill, so you may not realize you have a sick cat at home until it’s too late. Bottom line? Two cats will bring you twice the fun, but it’s up to you to make their lives healthy, safe and happy.

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How does the guy who drives the snowplough get to work? If the 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why does it have locks on the door? Why is a bra singular and panties plural? You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff? If a firefighter fights fire and a crime fighter fights crime, what does a freedom fighter fight?

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Maureen is the plant lady and has learned a lot about them over the six years of cleaning, repotting, maintaining and caring for plants of all kinds and sizes. She also sells centerpieces and plant arrangements for gift giving and corporate functions using unique hand decorated pots and all the sprays used to care for them - all natural and chemical free. If you have a plant question Maureen is your girl. She will be sharing her expertise with us every month and expanding our awareness of the world of plants.

Croton This plant is very attractive with its colourful leaves. The leaves are shiny and leathery. There is an endless variety of foliage colours, with spots, splotches, stripes, and bands of pink, red orange, brown, white and green. Leaves are brightly coloured when young. Then darken as they mature. Pinch regularly and remember to wear gloves as the sticky white sap is slightly toxic. They don’t like to be moved. They will react by losing their leaves by the dozens when they are not happy. When they are young they will adapt, as they get older they need to be settled.They like bright light. Plants kept in low light are not as colourful. Keep soil evenly moist. They like humidity. Avoid cold drafts. Jade Jade plants grow in a tree like form. They are easy to grow in homes and offices. Their leaves are shiny, dark green and plump. They seldom grow more than 24 inches or 60 centimeters tall. Plants more than ten years old may flower in the winter. Allow the soil to become almost dry between watering. Fertilize every two weeks from spring to fall. This is a good plant for the office, as it needs only four hours of indirect sunlight. This plant is supposed to bring good luck. African Violet These pretty little house plants do not like to touch clay pots. Their leaves will fall off if they have to rest upon the clay sides. They like to be watered from the bottom. They do not like to get their leaves wet. You can use a soft small paint brush to brush the dirt off the leaves and get them clean. They have round hairy leaves that need gentle care. These plants do not like direct sun. They are happy to be a little neglected. African Violets are so delicate; looking like little doilies, they always make me think of my mother. These plants are definitely one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy these plants. The African Violets always make me think of my grandmother, and we can all use a bit of luck with the jade plant. Crotons are bright, cheery, plants that remind us that spring is coming. A garden requires patient labor and attention . Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. ~ Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle . ~ Francis Cabot Lowell

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LIFE Lines This monthly column by Jody Brown, is designed

to help you make better connections and live happier lives. Sometimes we just need to ask the question. Joanne (Jody) Brown is an NLP Master Practitioner and advanced Master Hypnotherapist with a Diploma in corrections. You can learn more about NLP and hypnosis techniques on her website at or contact her at Authentic Being Consulting #403-983-2230.

Dear Lifelines: I can’t seem to get motivated at work. I don’t enjoy it anymore but need to tough it out for the money. I feel like I’m trapped. Any ideas? Trapped Dear Trapped, Few of us can say that we haven’t experienced what you are going through right now. It might seem like an impossible challenge when you just focus on how much you hate your job and how you feel you are being forced to stay there for financial reasons. You might find yourself making excuses not to go to work, needing sick days, maxing out on your holiday time and generally looking for any reason to avoid work. As one might predict, if this type of behaviour continues you will quite possibly compromise your position and soon be out looking for another job because your boss noticed your lack of motivation, too. Not surprisingly, it’s best if you can avoid this outcome. It’s generally ideal to end your employment on your own terms and on a positive note, allowing you the ability to plan ahead in your search for another job and still be able to acquire positive references from your current employer. Perhaps start by weighing the pros and cons of your current job. You have to remember that going to a job that you hate every day will have an impact on your health and wellbeing. It might end up costing you a lot more in the long run if you need to take sick days, mental health days or find yourself in the position of unexpectedly losing your job altogether. In your list, try to think back to what attracted you to the job in the first place – the income? the job perks? the camaraderie with your co-workers? Just what has changed so that it is no longer a good fit? Focus on what you need to change in order to get a new job or more desirable position within the company. Perhaps you feel comfortable enough to ask your employer if there are any opportunities for subtle changes in your position. Can you change locations or alter your hours? Can you take on new or additional responsibilities that you might find more rewarding? Can you eliminate some of your less desirable tasks by taking on these new responsibilities? Perhaps you can take some training that will get you out of the office and challenge you in more exciting ways, allowing for you to add

a few more features to your resume. More and more employers and progressive companies are looking at innovative ways to help retain employees by keeping them happy and healthy. Searching the net might provide you additionally with ideas as to what other employers are doing in order to be competitive. As you look around, you might be inspired by other job prospects or ideas that could propel you into a more suitable workplace scenario. Additionally, it’s a real disservice to yourself if you ignore how you are feeling. You have acknowledged that you need a change and now it’s time to do something about it. Imagine what you would be doing if you could do anything you wanted. What would your ideal job look like and where would it be? Would you be working with people, in a team environment, or isolated and working independently? There are many career questionnaires online that you might want to check out if you are not sure about options. Once you decide what your ideal job would be, go after it step by step. Do you need to get additional training? How much of a budget do you need? What is stopping you from getting that job? If you take the time to chart your course to your ideal destination, you will get there and it will be on your terms. In having that plan it might provide you with the inspiration and distraction you need to get through some challenging and less-desirable work situations. Best of Luck! “Nothing great has ever been achieved withLifelines. out enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love, Health, Human Touch & Self-Massage! By Cynthia Barnesky

How do we that we really love and care for one another? It is known as touch, and the art of touch is self-massage. Studies show that without self-massage or massage, we humans will become ill; babies will lose weight, have a hard time growing up healthy, and will have a hard time developing healthy relationships with themselves and others. This touch can be from a loving parent, taker, sibling or any other person who is looking after the baby. As adults, without the tender caring touch, the body’s immune systems become compromised and we will also become ill, depressed, confused and the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies start to break down. Self-massage or massage is not just a touch; it is a way of showing love, caring, healing, and appreciation for yourself and others. Without self-massage or massage we cannot become the healthy, happy and loving human being we should be. Self-massage or massage is touch with a healing twist to it. For many humans without family, friends, or partners, there is always a way of having the greatest healing art of touch and this is though self-massage or massage. When we give our own self a massage, the body, mind and soul take a big breath of fresh air, helping to maintain, and prevent illness. All it takes is to learn some simple techniques that can be used on oneself or shared with someone you care for. So go ahead and share the great art of touch and show them and yourself just how much you really care!

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One evening a Husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, “Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in ‘Slim Fast’. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!” His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn’t let such a comment go un rewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. “What the heck is this?” he said to himself as a little “dust” cloud appeared when he shook them out. “Sandy!”, he hollered into the bathroom, “Why did you put Talcum Powder in my underwear? “ She replied with a snicker. “It’s not talcum powder; it’s ‘Miracle Grow’!”

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WHAT IS COLON HYDROTHERAPY (COLONICS) AND THE BENEFITS TO YOUR HEALTH? COLON HEALTH EMPHASIZES PREVENTION OF CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS RATHER THAN CURE. WHAT IS A COLONIC? Come see us at the Colonics are the instrument controlled intestinal bathing of the colon for cleansing & therapeutic purposes, using warm, filtered, temperature & pressure regulated water. A colonic is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas, and accumulated fecal matter. Unlike an enema, it does not require the retention of water. You are not involved in March 31st & April 1st the evacuation process. There is no discomfort, no internal pressure, just a steady gentle at the Strathmore Civic flow of water in and out of the colon. At the same time, an abdominal, massage is given to Centre! stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone and peristaltic wave action.

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DETOXIFICATION - The colon along with the lungs, kidneys & skin are responsible for eliminating waste from your body. Colonics help remove stagnant fecal matter – eliminating bacteria, toxins, gas, mucous, cellular debris and an environment for parasites. REJUNVENATION - Reshapes: Over time, the natural shape of a problematic colon will become distorted, causing even more problems. The gentle water action and massage techniques will help eliminate protruding pockets of waste and narrow, spastic constrictions. After a series of colon hydrotherapy treatments, the colon may gradually begin to resume its natural shape. Exercises: Toxic debris build up weakens the colon and impairs its function. Gentle filling and emptying of the colon can improve muscle tone & peristaltic activity (natural muscular contraction), which aids efficient removal of waste material. RESTORATION - Promotes the return of normal, regular bowel movements. Restores proper pH balance to the body & provides a favorable environment for bacteria & micro flora for digestion. CLEANSES - Prevents toxins from a congested colon being reabsorbed into the bloodstream and being sent back to the liver for processing but allows for a route for all the toxins to be removed. HOW MANY COLONICS DO I NEED? The number of treatments will always vary with the individual and his/her condition. Often the waste is so hard and well lodged in the colon that it may take a series of colonics to sufficiently soften and loosen this accumulated fecal material. Some people may not have startling results for the first few treatments. This is why a series is necessary and advisable. Experience has shown positive changes at the third and fourth colonic. The suggested starting series would be a minimum of four colonics preferably over 7 to 10 days. Depending on the person, their health and their goals – the number of sessions and the time interval between may vary greatly. This will be assessed individually. Colonics are not proposed as a cure-all, but an important adjunctive approach to your overall health. They are most effective when employed in combination with healthy lifestyle choices. Good colon health is as much a function of the quality of food we eat, as our elimination status. A holistic nutritional consultation can be very helpful. A healthy colon is vital to living a life free of degenerative disease. If optimum health is your goal…..Colon Hydrotherapy could be most beneficial to you. Colon Hydrotherapy is not intended to replace the relationship with your primary health care providers and our consultation is not intended as medical advice. NO MEDICAL CLAIMS are expressed or implied, either directly or indirectly. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

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Health & Beauty Curves® of Strathmore Reinvents as a "Curves Complete" Club!

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Losing weight isn’t easy. It takes real commitment to make the necessary changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle. And, for most people, it takes a plan. That’s why Curves, has developed Curves Complete, a simple, easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that combines the three keys to taking off weight and keeping it off: diet, exercise and motivation. Curves is the only place you can get all three, and Curves of Strathmore wants you to try it FREE for one week. "For many women, managing the simple logistics of sticking to a diet and exercise plan is what defeats them," says Brigitte Lessard, Strathmore Curves Owner. "Meal planning and preparation, shopping, designing an effective and age-appropriate exercise plan, coping with everyday emotional highs and lows - it can be overwhelming. Sometimes it seems easier to stick with the status quo. That’s why our new Curves Complete program provides a foolproof plan for dealing with all of these diet challenges - and helps keep women on track for success."

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Research shows that up to 95% of dieters regain their lost weight, and then some. It’s not because there’s something wrong with them, it’s because there’s something wrong with conventional weight loss plans. To lose weight and keep it off, you need three secret weapons. Curves wants to coach you through these steps. "Personal coaching is the heart of the program," said Lessard. "All Curves Complete participants receive a Health Assessment and a 15-minute, personalized, weekly coaching session with a certified Curves Coach that includes a weigh-in, progress assessment, goal review and monthly body measurements to track results. That extra accountability is very motivating, and the coaches help you develop simple, practical strategies for getting and staying on track."

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Vitamin D The fact that vitamin D prevents cancer is now so well known that even some conventional physicians are beginning to recommend it. Vitamin D prevents 77% of all cancers, after all. That’s as close to a “cure” for cancer as you’ll ever get (and it’s free, too, since you can make it yourself!). But did you also know that vitamin D prevents heart disease? In fact, most people suffering from heart disease are chronically deficient in vitamin D. By correcting their vitamin D levels (through sunlight exposure or by taking vitamin D3 supplements), people can simultaneously halt cancer and prevent heart disease, too. Ways to get your dose in winter As evidence of the health benefits of Vitamin D continues to grow, running out and catching a few rays of sunshine has never felt healthier. However, here in the northern hemisphere, the days of sunshine are a few months away and it’s time for Canadians to start looking elsewhere for their daily vitamin D fix. In the past, vitamin D was known to reduce the risks of osteoporosis, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Now there’s strong data to suggest it’s a formidable weapon in the fight against cancer. The big questions are, how much vitamin D do we need and what’s the best way to obtain it? The first question is a bit trickier than the second. In its latest news release on the subject, Health Canada recommends adults 19 to 50 need 200 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day – that includes pregnant and lactating women. Everyone over the age of 50 is advised to take a daily supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D, and parents are told to give children over two years of age two cups of milk a day (one cup of milk has 100 IU of vitamin D). However, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1,000 IU a day and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors goes as far as recommending 2,000 to 4,000 IU a day. How to get your daily D-dose In addition to being able to pop vitamins into our systems via a tablet, our bodies create vitamin D when exposed to UVB rays from the sun. Generally, doctors recommend that 10 to 15 minutes outdoors at least twice a week in summer without sunscreen is adequate. Catching some rays is simple in summer, but the sun becomes so weak in Canadian climates in fall and winter that our bodies don’t get much UVB exposure (even when they aren’t bundled up against cold weather). Some health experts generally advise against going to tanning salons, but in winter time this is a potential option for people looking to boost their vitamin D level – as long as they do their homework. Special lights used to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder also won’t help in the vitamin D department. That’s because they don’t emit UVB rays. A tanning bed with medium-pressure lamps that generate UVB rays is one way to help the body make vitamin D during months when the sunshine is weak. (Al Grillo/AP) Source:

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WANT TO HAVE SMOKY EYES? The trend for smoky eyes has been a big style for quite a while and shows no sign of going away. The key for perfect smoky eyes, as always, is proper blending. You need to make sure that the colours are blended together flawlessly. It is very important to pair light base colours with rich dark colours. Some examples of this are: a soft gold base with deep purple on top; champagne base with bright blue; or a peach base with green hue. Have fun! Submitted by Shirra Turner The Newsy Neighbour

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Monthly Book Review by Derek Donais My review column is in its second year with the Newsy Neighbour. Please continue to join me each month as I explore a new read. I’ve had the opportunity to review worthwhile books by many local or regional Canadian authors, as well as some great international works. As always, my passions are fantasy and sciencefiction, but I am always on the lookout for more non-fiction, especially from local writers. I hope to build on the many bright spots and successes of 2011. MetalMagic: Talisman, the revised Canadian edition, was released in November, 2011 and I’m happy to announce that the sequel, MetalMagic: Revelation, should be available sometime in February, 2012. Thanks to all those who’ve supported the Newsy Neighbour and read my reviews over the last little while—and here’s to another year filled with promise! Yours in Truth, Derek Donais —Martin was beginning to despair—it was taking too long. He knew now the summons hadn’t been heard, but he had no idea why, or what he had done wrong. He also knew that the three men behind him, outside the ring of standing stones, were growing increasingly anxious and probably suspected what he already knew in his heart.—

This month’s review deals with the novel, Sky-Water Blue, an epic fantasy written by local author Keith Jones. I received this book some time ago and promised to give it a review. It has proven to be a rather difficult book for me to critique. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the story; I felt that it was a solid plot with some very original ideas. The only issues I had were with its presentation. Overall, the book flowed fairly well and included a number of strong points. It wasn’t polished to the extent that I would have hoped, however. The author does a good job weaving the two main plot lines together. The first involves Elias, a master mage, and his apprentice, Martin, and their connections to the race of ancient sky and earth dragons. The master mages of Teneram are able to communicate with the dragons and to call on them for aid if need be. Rakis, a former pupil of Elias, has discovered a means to subvert the fire-water dragons through dark, blood-magic. Rakis kills Elias, leaving Martin as the sole individual remaining who can summon the sky and earth dragons to assist in defeating Rakis and his evil plot. Making this feat all but impossible is the fact that Rakis’s dark magic has placed these guardian dragons into a deep, unbreakable slumber. The second main storyline concerns Melanie and Haristen, who are actually the daughter and son of the last Queen of Teneram. During a coup at the beginning of the novel, the Queen is killed when the palace is overrun and an attendant must flee with Melanie and Haristen, whose real names are Annalise and Davidan. The attendant manages to find a place of temporary safety for the siblings and they are brought up as children to common parents, their true identities kept from them. As Rakis devolves further and further from his humanity and into demonic madness, his dragons and mercenary legions scour Teneram, looking for survivors to eliminate or enslave. Against overwhelming odds, Martin, Melanie and Haristen must find a way to counter the evil mage’s spell and release the guardian dragons before Rakis destroys everything. There is a good deal of action and excitement at various stages in the book and Jones interlaces several other, minor characters quite effectively throughout these two main plot lines along the way. Again, the book is enjoyable for the most part, as long as the reader can put up with the previously-mentioned lack of polish. Specifically, I am referring to lapses in verb tense and grammatical errors. A slight tendency towards point of view ambiguity is also present. Still, fans of adult fantasy tales will find Sky-Water Blue a mostly entertaining read. Page 44

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HOME GAME Thank You!!

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MY FAVOURITE – FABULOUS – FANTASTIC AND FUN STUFF The world is truly a fantastic and fabulous place, and being aware of what is happening around the world is one of my sister’s favourite pastimes. She calls me all the time telling me of all the weird and incredible happenings going on all around us that we are not even aware of. Space weather is one of those things, and what’s really interesting is that everything the sun is doing affects us each and every day. What is Space Weather? Much of space weather is driven by energy carried through interplanetary space by the solar wind from regions near the surface of the sun and the sun’s atmosphere. For much of the Space Age, the sun, Earth and the space in between have been studied separately. Yet scientists have long suspected that our planet and its star form a connected, dynamic system. A wide array of technology is used to monitor space weather. Ground-based telescopes, radar and supercomputers are used alongside these spacecraft to provide a picture of current and future space weather conditions. To the unaided eye, space appears to be a vast, dark void, and the sun a tranquil sphere of light. But in fact, space is not empty because Earth’s orbit lies within the atmosphere of our dynamic sun. Our Solar System has the cosmic equivalent of wind, clouds, storms, and hurricanes called space weather. The solar wind pushes and stretches Earth’s magnetic field into a vast, comet-shaped region called the magnetosphere. The magnetosphere and Earth’s atmosphere protect us from the solar wind and other kinds of solar and cosmic radiation. As the solar wind flows past the magnetosphere, it acts like a cosmic generator, producing millions of amps of electric current. Some of this electric current flows into Earth’s upper atmosphere, which can light up like a neon sign to create the mysterious and beautiful aurora. Magnetic storms shake-up Earth’s magnetic field and they produce huge amounts of power – a million mega-watts! That’s enough to power Canada for a couple of days. Most of this energy and radiation flows out into space, but we do see effects near Earth’s surface. Besides causing beautiful auroras, these storms can disrupt satellite broadcasts and even damage electrical power systems. Like meteorologists who check temperatures, winds, and pressure to predict the weather on Earth, scientists monitor the sun and our space environment to forecast the weather in space. They monitor the solar wind as it blows toward Earth to see if it is carrying foul weather, and they measure the energy flowing into Earth’s upper atmosphere and the distortion of magnetic fields near the ground. From these bits of information, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts whether our space weather will be mild or wild. There’s no need to run for cover from space weather. Storms from the sun do not directly harm life on Earth – but they do affect the way we live, particularly since we rely so much on modern technology. Magnetic storms can pump extra electricity into our power lines and pipelines, causing blackouts and fuel leaks. In March of 1989, an immense area of Sunspots large enough to contain 70 Earth-size planets had come into view around the eastern edge of the sun. Created by intense magnetic fields, the giant Sunspot group suddenly brightened and expanded to cover hundreds of thousands of square miles. This solar eruption, called a flare, was accompanied by a huge burst of electromagnetic radiation and a large coronal mass ejection, or CME. The radiation, mostly in the form of X-rays, traveled at the speed of light and was detected on Earth about eight minutes after the flare erupted. Carried along by the solar wind that blows continuously away from the Sun at speeds of up to several million m.p.h., the energetic particles from this CME happened to intercept Earth in its orbit around the Sun, generating huge sheets of electrical current above Earth’s surface. These currents produced magnetic field changes below Earth’s surface, and led to a complete collapse of the Hydro-Quebec power grid. Storm damage was estimated to be around $50 million. Sooo, the next time you are basking in the sun and feeling its warmth upon your face, remember: it is probably the greatest power in our tiny little universe. Kathryn Hartwell Page 46

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BIG COUNTRY Senior Sports Society Zone 2

Big Country Senior Sports Society is the ideal mix of sport, competition and fun. It’s a challenge for your Mind, Body and Spirit. It’s the basis of community and friendship. We offer something for everyone—get involved at any level, from athletic competition to strategic activities to arts, crafts and creative writing. You can join online at or by contacting your Membership Director: ZONE 2 - Nancy Brazier Chestermere, AB 403-569-6612 SUMMER GAMES ACTIVITIES


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For activity information contact your Activity Director: ZONE 2 - Brian Wood Chestermere, AB 403-272-1338 We do not cease playing because we grow old. We grow old because we cease playing!

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The Fee Will Be $20.00 Return. This service is for the County of Wheatland. To reserve a ride call before 9.00P.M. Thursday. For Strathmore: Carol (403) 934-4106 Ruth (403) 934-3106 For Standard: Marie (403) 644-2147 Lil (403) 644-3873 For Rockyford $ Drumheller: Francis (403) 677-2278 Irene (403) 677-2235 This is a perfect opportunity to leave your car at home And meet new people. In order to ride the bus, you do not need to belong to A senior club.

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What does your body language say about you? As we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world, yet when conversing face-to-face, it’s not only speech we verbalize that matters. Body language is truly a language of its own. We all have quirks and habits that are uniquely our own. What does your body language say about you? And what can you learn about others by becoming aware of what some of the signs mean? I thought it would be fun to list some of the well-known signs that body language experts study and recognize. It is said that when talking to a person, the information that we receive can be broken down as: 10% from what the person actually says. 40% from the tone and speed of voice. 50% is from their body language. HEAD Lowering one’s head can signal a lack of confidence. If someone lowers their head when complimented, they may be shy or timid. Touching or tugging at one’s ear can indicate indecisiveness. Sincere smiles encompass the whole face (noticeable in the eyes). A false smile usually only engages the lips. Tilting one’s head can symbolize interest in something or someone. Overly tilted heads can be a sign of sympathy. Closing of eyes or pinching at the bridge of one’s nose is often done when making a negative evaluation. When a listener nods, this is usually a positive message and relays that they are interested and paying attention. However, excessive nodding can imply that the listener has lost interest but doesn’t want to be rude. Touching/rubbing one’s nose may indicate doubtfulness or rejection of an idea. Sticking out one’s chin toward another may show defiance. Resting a hand on one’s cheek is often done if they are thinking or pondering; and stroking the chin can mean the person is trying to make a decision UPPER BODY Pushing back one’s shoulders can demonstrate power and courage. Open arms means one is comfortable with being approached and willing to talk/communicate. Folded arms show that there is a sort of barricade between them and other people (or their surroundings) and indicate dissatisfaction. Resting one’s arms behind their neck shows that they are open to what is being discussed and interested in listening more. Pointing one’s finger can be construed as aggression or assertiveness. Touching the front of the neck can show that someone is interested and concerned about what another is saying. Hand movements that are upward & outward signify positive and open messages. Palms that are faced outwards towards another indicate one’s wish to stop and not approach. If one’s fingers are interlaced or if the finger tips are pressed together, it usually shows that a person is thinking and evaluating. If offering ideas to other people, many times the sides of one’s palms are

close together, with fingers extended. LOWER BODY Putting your hands on your hips can show eagerness and readiness (also, at times, aggression). Hips pushed forward, while leaning back can show that one feels powerful (also can be a suggestive gesture). A wide stance - where one’s feet are positioned far apart - signifies more power and dominance. When one sits with legs open and part, they might feel secure in their surroundings. Crossed legs can mean several things: relaxed/ comfortable, or defensive - depending on how tense the leg muscles are. When you cross your legs towards another person, you are showing more interest in them than when they are crossed away in the other direction. A confident and powerful position is the “Figure of Four Cross” when one’s ankle is atop the other leg’s knee and the top leg is pointed sideways. Bouncing your foot if your legs are crossed can show that you are bored or losing patience. EYES The lowering of the eyes can convey fear, guilt or submission. Lowered eyebrows and squinted eyes illustrate an attempt at understanding what is being said or going on. A lack of confidence or apprehensiveness can be displayed when you don’t look another person in the eyes. One tends to blink more often if nervous or trying to evaluate someone else. If you look directly into another person’s eyes you are displaying self-assurance. Wide eyes show more of an interest in a subject or person. If you are irritated with a comment made by another during a conversation, a common movement is to take a quick glance sideways. Staring at someone can be an aggressive gesture or suggest that the one staring feels dominant. Recalling a memory is usually done by looking up and to the right. Looking directly upwards can indicate that one is thinking. Eye contact is normally broken if someone feels insulted by another

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We taught you some new words in last month’s issue of the magazine. These are some of most beautiful words in the English. language, apparently! We will have more new words for you to learn in the next issue of the Newsy Neighbour as well. Halcyon: Happy, sunny, care-free. Harbinger: Messenger with news of the future. Imbrication: Overlapping and forming a regular pattern. Imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation. Imbue: To infuse, instill. Incipient: Beginning, in an early stage. Ineffable: Unutterable, inexpressible. Ingénue: A naïve young woman. Inglenook: A cozy nook by the hearth. Insouciance: Blithe nonchalance. Inure: To become jaded. Labyrinthine: Twisting and turning. Lagniappe: A special kind of gift. Lagoon: A small gulf or inlet. Languor: Listlessness, inactivity. Lassitude: Weariness, listlessness. Leisure: Free time. Lilt: To move musically or lively. Lissome: Slender and graceful. Lithe: Slender and flexible. Love: Deep affection. Mellifluous: Sweet sounding. Moiety: One of two equal parts. Mondegreen: A slip of the ear. Murmurous: Murmuring. Nemesis: An unconquerable archenemy.

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Ridiculous and Weird Facts About the Human Body Did you know that you may not have felt real empathy until you graduated from high school? Or, that your brain is the consistency of tofu? The following 50 ridiculous and weird (but true) facts about the human body can prove how little you might know about yourself (even if you are a surgical technician).

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