Chautauqua Friday, December 18, 2009


2009 Vol. 8, No. 24

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to the residents of Bashaw! Council and Staff Town of Bashaw

May the message and the spirit of Christmas touch your lives with peace, your hearts with joy! Donna Peterson, Trustee Wolf Creek Public Schools Season’s Greetings from the ‘Chicken!’

The Staff at Elnora Motors wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Commercial Janitorial Services

wish you the merriest of holiday seasons and all the best in 2010.

May the Goodwill & Joviality of this celebratory epoch linger in your being. (Peeping) THomasina

and best wishes for 2010! Dale, Rena & Staff Bar Diamond Farm & Ranch Supplies

Wishing everyone a Magical Christmas!


Lori and Carol would like to thank everyone for another wonderful year. Warmest wishes for a beautiful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year.

Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year! From Mayor Dale Brown and Councillors Gina Armstrong and Dave Robb

The Board, Staff & Volunteers of Alix Public Library

Season’s Greetings

Special Holiday Greetings to our Patrons in Alix, Clive, Mirror, and area. For your Honey and Jam needs, call us: 403 784-2170 or come and see us! Marshall & Cecelia: STIRLING FARM HONEY (Clive)

Carol Fletcher


It is this time of year that gives everyone at Royal LePage Central great pleasure to wish you and your family good health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and all of the Best in the New Year from Barb and the Staff at Alix Hotel

May the Joy of the Season warm your Hearts all year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A Little or a Lot, Delburne

from Doug, Sandy and staff at Diamond Z Industries and Alix UFA.

Connecting the Communities of Alix, Bashaw, Clive, Delburne, Elnora, Haynes, Lousana, Mirror, Pine Lake, Tees & Trochu

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Have you missed an issue of The Chautauqua? Previous issues of The Chautauqua are available if you missed one. Current issues are available online.

May the blessings of this special time of year reside in your hearts today and for always.

Subscriptions are available Cost: $30.00 for one year (24 issues) $58.00 for two years (48 issues) Payable to: Beth Richardson (Chautauqua) Please submit your name and mailing address, with payment to:

Thank you to everyone who supported The Chautauqua this past year. I look forward to working with you in 2010!

The Chautauqua Box 249 Alix, AB T0C 0B0

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Season’s Greetings from Bill & Marlene Neis! Licensed, Bonded Livestock Buyer

Box 249 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 Email: [email protected] Alix United Church has

Community Cookbooks

Specializing in feeder cattle

for sale which would make a great Christmas gift.

Vold Jones Vold Representative CELLULAR: 350-6241 PHONE/FAX: 788-2166

403-352-3837 (cell)

Box 161 MIRROR T0B 3C0

Merry Christmas and the Best for the New Year. from the Alix Lions Club "We Serve"

For more information call Jean 403-747-2347

The original Alix history book, Pioneers and Progress, is available for sale in a softcover format. $50.00 each. Makes a great gift for any occasion. Call 403-747-3233 or 403-747-3119 for copies.

Boxed Christmas Cards

When you are finished with the newspaper, please recycle it. Thanks! Sorry...NO FAXES ACCEPTED Owner/Editor: Beth Richardson Display Ads: $4.00 per column per inch Classifieds: $4.00 (up to 25 words)

DEADLINE - ads and articles 2nd & 4th Friday of the month Printed by the Red Deer Advocate

The Newspaper is FREE because the Advertising is NOT!

Please support your local businesses.

50% off Clarence, Trish and the Staff wish you a safe and joyous holiday season.

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS May this wondrous Christmas season and coming New Year fill you and yours with meaningful joy and happiness. Together with my wife Pauline and my Constituency Assistant Cheryl, we extend season's greetings and our warmest holiday blessings in celebration of this joyous season.

CAROL FLETCHER (403) 350-0881 MLS CA 297928 HERITAGE CHARACTER HOME. Original casings, trims, arches, restored cabinets and hardwood floors. Large open kitchen, traditional bright formal dining room and living area that features polished hardwood floors and a wood stove. Main floor bath features new fixtures and tiling. Original staircase lead to the loft area, partially finished basement, additional bedroom, spacious bath and rec area. New concrete basement in 1972, total main floor restoration, and new wiring, new plumbing, throughout. Exterior renos include new roof, new windows, new deck. Located on 3 landscaped lots complete with garden shed, and single car garage. Great value property!

RAY PRINS, M.L.A. Lacombe-Ponoka Constituency 101, 4892 – 46 Street Lacombe, AB T4L 2B4


Season’s Greetings!

We can let circumstances rule us or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. - Earl Nightingale

Bashaw Sports Centre

Happy Holidays

Alix Hotel

Thank you for your patronage in 2009.

Delburne Hardware Byron, Vina, Garry and Kelly Thank you to my loyal clients, to help your families wellness...naturally. God's blessings to you & yours this holiday season!! Brenda Ball, CNHC CLR Healing Center Bashaw 780- 372-4325 (1-877-372-0102)

Wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My passion is waiting for my courage to catch up.

MLS CA 286586 DRASTICALLY REDUCED! If you were thinking of building a new home, take a look at this one. Have the convenience of a brand new home without any of the hassle. Beautiful open concept floor plan and lots of closet and storage space. Home boasts hardwood floors, bay windows, soaker tub, and many other desirable features. Kitchen has alder cabinets, black appliances, and a large dining area with bright garden doors leading to a beautiful deck area. There is a detached double garage, home is situated on large corner lot, has fenced dog run and concrete sidewalks have been poured. Basement is partially developed and has two large bedrooms, as well as a large recreation room.


New Year’s Eve With

“Double Vision” Party Favours, Champagne Come Out and ring in the New Year!

- Unknown

Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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Alix FCSS 4928 - 50th St. 403-747-3233 Box 69 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 [email protected] READ with the ALIXGATOR

Librarian: Beth Richardson

LIBRARY HOURS TUES: 9:30 - 4:30 pm WED: 3:00 - 5:00 pm 7:00 - 9:00 pm THURS: 10:30 - 4:30 pm SAT: 10:00 – 2:00 pm

The Library will close for Christmas Dec. 22/09 and reopen Jan. 5/10. Have a safe and SuperNet and High Speed Internet We have three public access computers which can be used free of charge. LIBRARY CARD $5 - individual and $10 family. You can use your library card at virtually every public library in the province. The Lois Hole Library Legacy Program - Grow Your Library - You can help make a difference by making a legacy donation to the library. Contact the library for more info. REMINDER Anyone with a library card from Alix Public Library who resides outside of Alix corporate limits, within the County of Lacombe, is asked to please supply the library with your legal land description. Thank you for your cooperation. Board Members Wanted - We are looking for individuals interested in sitting on the Library Board.

happy holiday. Free Library Card Monthly Draw Next draw will be January 28. Sponsored by the Village of Alix Lois Hole Grant. ONLINE CATALOG Select Catalog. To request titles or to check your library account, you need your 14-digit barcode from your library card and a PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number).

By Glenna Carlson HoHoHo! Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great Christmas! If you need to access the Santas’ Anonymous or Food Certificate you must apply ASAP. If you want a Food Hamper, the cut off is Dec. 17th. There has been a good response to our call for help to fill these hampers, but we still need more. If you can help us, please phone Glenna or Eve. I will include the list once more. turkeys eggs pancake mix & syrup cranberry sauce hot chocolate bacon salmon or ham flakes bread &/or buns margarine salad dressing salad packages potatoes vegetables candies cookies juice or pop Stove Top stuffing Xmas oranges laundry baskets (these are what we use for the hampers)

WHAT’S NEW To keep up to date and find out what’s new at the library, go to and click on “What’s New.”

If you missed the Toy Run, you can still drop off your toys at my office or at Home Hardware and Alix Drugs. See you in the New Year!

My phone number is 403-747-2031. Tue., Wed. & Thurs. 8:30 - 3:30 pm.

BOOK SALE ongoing all year long. Come browse through the selection.



Just in…


9:30 a.m.

Unique gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast Butane BBQ Lighters: *Fish *Fishing Rods *Rifles *Shotguns


ALIX: recreational 13.2 acres with cabin, 1 mile from the lake. $175,000 ALIX: 1 block of 8 treed lots $199,000. ALIX: 6.5 acres walkout bungalow w/wrap-around deck ready October 1, 2009 $315,000

We thank you for the opportunity to serve you in 2009 and look forward to serving you in 2010. May your Christmas be rich in old traditions, and sweet with memories new. Curt, Donna and Staff Home Owners helping homeowners

BASHAW: 2 acres 1 mile from town with 2bedroom mobile and shop. $125,000 ALIX: 3-Bedroom Bungalow with suite across from school. $139,500 ALIX: Huge bi-level 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, on 4 lots with double garage. $247,500. ALIX: Huge bungalow, huge attached garage, huge lot close to lake 5-bed 2-bath, fire place $285,000 MEETING CREEK: treed 4.6 acres with view $99,000 COMMERCIAL

ALIX: Commercial building best buy on 2 corner 50 ft. lots, complete with 2 bath and double attached garage. $137,000.

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VILLAGE OF ALIX COUNCIL MINUTES Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Village of Alix Council, held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. in the Village of Alix Council Chambers. Present:

Also Present:

Mayor Curt Peterson, Councillors Gordon Christensen, Rob Fehr, Cathy Perry and Jason Helfrich.

Resolution #325/09:

Moved by Councillor Helfrich that the Village of Alix Council table this item until the next budget meeting. CARRIED c) Home Show Booth

Resolution #326/09:

Lyle Wack, Chief Administrative Officer and Recording Secretary.

Moved by Councillor Helfrich that the Village of Alix purchase this item from the 2009 Budget. CARRIED d) Outdoor Skating Rink Request

Call to Order:

Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Resolution #327/09:

Moved by Councillor Christensen that the Village of Alix Council approve the request of residents to build a skating rink on green space within 47A Avenue Close for public use. CARRIED

Committee Reports:

a) Mayor Peterson – None

Amendments /Deletions to Agenda: Mayor Peterson called for amendments to the agenda. Approval of Agenda: Resolution #319/09: Unfinished Business New Business

Moved by Councillor Christensen that the agenda be accepted with the following amendments: Add: Add:

b) Deputy Mayor Christensen – Lacombe Foundation

b) Main Street Rehabilitation Concept ) Museum Budget Revenues c) Home Show Booth d) Outdoor Skating Rink Request CARRIED

c) Councillor Helfrich – None d) Councillor Perry – None e) Councillor Fehr – None


a) Accounts Payable – November 26, 2009

Resolution #328/09:

Resolution #320/09:

Moved by Councillor Perry that the Accounts Payable for November 26, 2009, cheques numbered 20090988 to 20091015 in the amount of $62,159.93 be accepted as information. CARRIED

Moved by Councillor Fehr that the Committee Reports be accepted as presented. CARRIED


a) Alberta Transportation – ISF Funding


a) Regular Meeting – November 18, 2009

Resolution #321/09:

Moved by Councillor Helfrich that the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Village of Alix Council, held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 be accepted as presented. CARRIED

b) Alix Hotel – Santa’s Anonymous Fundraiser c) Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks & Wildlife Foundation – 2009 Municipal Recreation/Tourism Area Program d) Citizen and Immigration Canada – Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism Resolution #329/09:

Business Arising From the Minutes: None. Unfinished Business:

a) Humbke Utility Request

Resolution #322/09:

Moved by Councillor Fehr that the Village of Alix Council forward a letter to Mr. Humbke denying his request based upon the advice from the Village Solicitor. CARRIED

Moved by Councillor Perry that the correspondence items (a) through (d) be accepted for information. CARRIED

Chief Administrative Officer’s Report: Resolution #330/09:

b) Main Street Rehabilitation Concept


Resolution #323/09:

Moved by Councillor Perry that the Village of Alix Council proceed with the concept submitted by MPE Engineering subject to Federal approval. CARRIED

Resolution #331/09:

New Business

a) Regional Assessment Appeal Presentation

Resolution #324/09:

Moved by Councillor Fehr that the Village of Alix Council acknowledges the benefits of establishing a joint Assessment Review Board that recognizes local autonomy and provides a consistent, skilled approach to administering assessment complaints;

Moved by Councillor Perry that the Village of Alix Council accept the Chief Administrative Officer’s Report as presented. CARRIED

Moved by Councillor Christensen that this regular meeting of the Village of Alix Council be adjourned at 8:35 P.M. CARRIED

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council agrees to join with the City of Red Deer and other central Alberta municipalities to provide regional assessment appeal services to its residents. CARRIED b) Alix Wagon Wheel Museum – Budget Request Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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Alix MAC School submitted by the staff of Alix MAC School Congratulations to the recipients of our SPUR Award (Students Promoting Understanding and Respect). They are the members of our Students' Council and have done tremendous things this year. An enthusiastic group whose leadership is readily apparent.

back L-R: Robert Saunders, Dustin Rider middle L-R: Karolan Phillips, Mackenzie Fournel, Taylor Hiron front L-R: Rhianna Congdon, Demi Love ON A MUSICAL NOTE by JoAnne Henry, Band Director The school concert bands rigorously rehearsed for our Christmas performances. To help us get ready, the Junior and Senior Concert Bands had a very successful full day band clinic at the Red Deer College on Oct. 26th. We met with professional clinicians all morning where we learned specific skills on our instruments and then we had a guest conductor in the afternoon that helped us put together a musical selection. The clinicians and guest conductor were pleased with our student’s behavior and ability to learn. They even extended an open invitation for us to come work with them at the college anytime! Congratulations, concert band students! We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to FAMS and the

BOSCH UNIVERSAL PLUS $629.00 NOW on SALE for $499.99! On Display and May Be Purchased at Bar Diamond Farm & Ranch Supplies, Alix

403-747-3236 403-747-2954

Band Parents Society for making this day at RDC possible. We came away with improved musical skill and knowledge on our instruments. Thank you to Norma Clark for hauling instruments to and from Red Deer! As well, I would like to thank Tanya Meston for all her work with the band “Mom’s Pantry” fundraiser. It was very successful. Thank you to staff and parents for supporting band! Another important fundraiser for the band program is the Coat Check in Red Deer on Saturday, December 19th. Thank you to all parents, students and community members who have volunteered their evening/night to work and support our band program. Thank you to Del Reiss for taking the time to organize parent volunteers. The money from both “Mom’s Pantry and the coat check will go toward instruments, repairs, transportation fees, band clinics, concert tickets and band tours. THANK YOU!!

Bill’s Waterwell Services Ltd. Well Drilling, Pumps & Repairs


30 years experience in Central Alberta

Come see what's new at UfA and Diamond Z Industries! We now accept debit and credit cards for all purchases.

Our Christmas Hours will be: Dec. 24 6-6 Dec. 25 10-4 Dec. 26 8-6 Jan. 1 8-6

Alix Lions Club

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!


The Mitten Tree

A Time for Me, Christmas Special Come in...relax...and get pampered! Full Tip Set Sculptured Set Manicures & Pedicures Pedicure with Gel Toes Gel Toes

$45 $50 $35 $50 $35

Call Karen 403-872-2296 Evening and Weekend Appointments

bring in new or newly crafted mittens, scarves and/or hats then drape them on The Mitten Tree

Located in

Hair by Jennifer on Main Street, Alix All items donated will be gathered and issued to those in need in Alix and surrounding communities. Contact Numbers:

Lion Mary Flexhaug 403-747-3167 Hair by Jennifer 403-747-3942

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Neighbourhood Network News The Neighbourhood Network is proud to support, inform and encourage the children and families of Alix and Mirror. We offer referral, information and a safe, confidential environment. We invite you to find out more about the services and resources available at the Neighbourhood Network. Please drop in, phone or send us a email. We are at: 403-747-3522 [email protected] In Alix at: 4905 – 50th Street (Next to the Home Hardware) Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9 – 4:30

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Sally’s Kitchen in the

Alix Hotel

New Year’s Eve Special Steak & Shrimp - $14.95

In Mirror at: 5019 – 50th Avenue (In the Mirror Business Centre) Wednesday’s 1 – 4:30 Funded by the Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority

ON THE PROWL: Alix Lions Club!

Celebrating at home? Order 2 large pizzas and receive a free 2 litre of Pepsi


Submitted by Lions Club Members Our motto is: "We Serve" and we welcome any suggestions of needs in our community. Do you have any? We also welcome anyone who is interested in joining us in the service of others. More hands and ideas make light work and more things possible. We need you! Call Mary 403 747 3167. ____________________ The Lions Club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, fellowship at 6:30 followed by meeting at 7:00. Alix Curling Club Candace Wilton Alix Figure Skating Club

ALIX COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Alix Chamber of Commerce Lesley Grose Alix Fire Department Cody Marshall 403-747-2332 Alix MAC School Rod Phillips 403-747-2778 Alix Public Library Beth Richardson 403-747-3233 Citizens on Patrol Terry Fehr 403-747-2787 Community Services Board Glenna Carlson 403-747-3021 Alix Food Bank Eve Keates 403-747-3119 Alix Preschool Jill Hillman 403-747-2099 Alix Family, Community & Support Society Patrick Lynch 403-302-7499 Alix Agricultural Society Wanda McKendrick 403-788-2274 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Group Wanda McKendrick 403-788-2274


Alix Lions Club Tom Aspden 403-788-2084 Community in Bloom Linda Walker 403-747-2125 Alix Minor Hockey Terry Fehr 403-747-2787 Alix Neighbourhood Network Bonnie Dubeau 403-747-3522 Alix Youth Centre Dee Benjamin 403-747-2559 ANTS (Alix Nature Trail Society) Arlene Nelson 403-747-2466 Alix Wagon Wheel Museum Eve Keates 403-747-3119 Carroll Club Lillian Fair 403-747-2974 Haunted Lakes Golf Club 403-747-2330 Alix Trophy Club Randy Barclay

Haunted Lakes Pony Club Carina Forsstrom 403-747-3013 Time for Tots Ramona Gartner 403-747-2154 1st Parlby Creek Scouts Beavers: Lisa Sharp 885-0113 Cubs: Benjie Gray 784-3199 Scouts: David Ross 885-4340 Group: Carla Kenney 784-3055 1st Parlby is the only Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the Clive, Tees, Alix and Mirror area. Alix Girl Guide Groups Gale Richardson 403-788-3835 Marie Payne 403-784-3444 Ripley Community Hall Connie Barritt 403-747-2217 Stanton Community Hall Women’s Institute Irene Guynup United Church Women Jean McDermand

403-747-2794 403-747-2352

To be added to this list, please contact Beth at 403-352-3837. Thank you.

Alix, Mirror, Mirror, Tees, Tees, Clive, Clive, Haynes, Haynes, Bashaw Bashaw Alix,

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VILLAGE OF CLIVE COUNCIL MINUTES Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Council of the Village of Clive, Province of Alberta, held on November 23, 2009 in the Village Office at 18:00 Hours Present:

Mayor Gillard, Councillors Gray, Henry, Steringa, and Karen Kane, CAO.


Councillor LesStrange

Also Present:

Lionel MacPherson

Meeting to Order:

Mayor Gillard brought the meeting to order at 18:00 hours.


Additions: Deletions:


Moved by Councillor Henry to approve the agenda. -CARRIED-

Minutes: RC-09-301:

Reports: RC-09-302:

Business Arising:

9b). Bank Statement None

Subdivision: RC-09-305:

Parkland Regional Library - Survey: Consultation Session - School Zones: RC-09-306:

Community Bulletin Board: Moved by Councillor Steringa to approve the minutes of the October 26, 2009 Regular Council Meeting. -CARRIEDMoved by Councillor Gray to accept the CAO’s report for information. -CARRIED-


Parkland Regional Library Representative: RC-09-304:

Moved by Councillor to accept the above concern regarding 52nd Avenue paving for information. -CARRIED-

Moved by Mayor Gillard that Councillor Henry represent the Village of Clive at the Consultation sessions on School and Playground Signage and Time Changes. -CARRIEDMr. Les Strange was unable to attend therefore his presentation will be heard at the next meeting.

Meeting Resumed:

Mayor Gillard reconvened the meeting at 19:28 hours.

Financial: RC-09-307:

1. Accounts Payable Moved by Councillor Steringa to approve the Accounts Payable in the amount of $36,408.14 cheques number 9552 through 9483 inclusive, with the exception of cheque number 9473 ($890.00). -CARRIED-


The CAO reported that the Village Engineer met with the owners of Lots 7 and 8 Block 16, plan RN48 to assess the situation regarding the drainage in their yard. The Engineer will submit a full report in writing.

Council reviewed Parkland Regional Library’s survey and answered the questions. The survey will be sent in to Parkland Regional Library.

Recess the Meeting: Mayor Gillard recessed the meeting at 19:24 hours.

Old Business: Concern 52 Ave. Paving:

Moved by Councillor Gray to recommend for the subdivision of Lot 38, Block 25, Plan 072 8754 subject to the conditions listed on Parkland Community Planning Services subdivision report of October 20 File No. CLI09401. -CARRIED-


Board Reports:

Moved by Mayor Gillard to appoint Councillor Gray as the Village of Clive representative on the Parkland Regional Library Board. -CARRIED-

2. Bank Statement Moved by Councillor Steringa to approve the Bank Statement for the month of October as presented. -CARRIEDCouncillors attended and reported on the following meetings: * Councillor Henry: - Environmental Committee * Councillor LesStrange - Absent * Mayor Gillard - Central Alberta Economic Partnership * Councillor Gray - none * Councillor Steringa - Clive Fire Department

New Business: Crosswalk 50th Street:

Parkland Community Planning:

A crosswalk at the corner of 50th Avenue and 50th Street from the outdoor rink across to Rooster’s Roadhouse was discussed.

Correspondence: RC-09-309:

The CAO will look into getting this work done in the spring. Playground zone signs will also be looked into.

In Camera: RC-09-310:

Council reviewed the subdivision report issued by Parkland Community Planning Services for the proposed subdivision to create two residential parcels, Lot 38, Block 25, Plan 072 8754. The subdivision application is to create separate titles to each half of a duplex.

RC-09-311: Adjournment: RC-09-312:

Moved by Mayor Gillard that the in-office correspondence as listed on the agenda be received and filed. -CARRIEDMoved by Councillor Henry to go In Camera to discuss Legal. -CARRIEDMoved by Councillor Henry to revert to an open meeting. -CARRIEDMoved by Mayor Gillard to adjourn the meeting at 19:48 hours. -CARRIED-

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EVENTS IN TEES PJ’s Plantation would like to thank everyone who visited our firstever Haunted (Green)House! The response and donations for our community’s Christmas Hampers was amazing! Thanks especially to all the volunteers who helped decorate and perform in the Haunted House: Joanne Kotowich; Dr. Dee McLean; Kathy, Ellen and Anna Pedersen; Benjie, Shelly, Jesse and Simon Gray; Keith, Carrie, Cody, Cheyeene, and Kyle Knight; Irene McIntosh; Gord and Cathy Sim; John vanNieuwkerk; Amy Thorn; Dave Bunch; and Jeremy and Caleb Fowler. They all did an excellent job of making it a memorable experience for everyone. We had a lot of fun! Peter and Jody Fowler

Clive Community Focus Submitted by Louise Bell Rooster’s Roadhouse Dec. 19 Rojos Dec. 26 Karaoke Dec. 31 Tickets $20 (includes midnight lunch, party favors) Featuring Rooster in the Hen House. Come on out and bring in the New Year! Safe rides home. The library will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5 for the Christmas season.

The Rack Pack Upcoming Events: All proceeds go directly to The Alberta Cancer Foundation •

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New Year’s Dance Dec.31st at Tees Hall. Live music with “Haulin Notes,” includes midnight lunch and party favors. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more info call Susanne @ 403-7842215 or Laura @ 403-784-2205.

Digital Scrapbooking at Nebraska Hall set aside an evening of training on how to Digital Scrapbook. Bringing your laptop is optional. Each evening will have a lesson and a digital download for you to install at home. Come have fun and learn from others. $15 each evening, prepay for all six evenings and receive an additional CD of digital content. January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, 7 - 9 pm. Call Julie Robertson 403-391-7898, Pam Unger 403-783-2087 or Sue Tees 403-784-3796. Come create with the Parlby Creek Brushkateers No experience necessary - any medium. Mondays 1 - 4 pm at the Tees Hall Annex. Instructor: Donna Marie Orr. Info: Irene 403-747-3556 or Dot 403-7842286. Tees 50+ meet Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm at the Tees Hall. Tees Agricultural meetings 2nd Tuesday of the month 8 pm Tees Hall. For bookings of the Tees Hall, Annex or Rodeo Grounds call Nicole Dunham 403-784-3427. 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Tees Hall. 1st Parlby Creek Contacts Beavers: Lisa Sharp at 403-885-0113 Cubs: Benjie Gray at 403-784-3199 Scouts: David Ross at 403-885-4340 Group: Carla Kenney at 403-784-3055

Parenting Autism class at the Library January 16 10 - noon. Free admission, phone by Jan. 7 to reserve your spot. Presented by Kitty Parlby. Clive Heritage Tapestries are available and would make an excellent Christmas gift. Call Louise 403-784-3414 or Avis 403-784-3973. Pioneers and Progress reprints are now available in softcover from the Village Office for $50.00. Anyone interested in investigating Low Income Adult Housing please contact Ron Orr at 403-784-3335 or 403-784-3252 for form an active coalition to pursue this project. Clive Hotel has a High Speed Internet Café in the front lobby. Bookings available for quarter, half or full hour. Meals on Wheels Orders are placed once a month and a minimum $30 order is required. Meals are delivered to Clive. For more information (ordering and costs), contact Dianna, Clive FCSS Outreach 782-6637. The Clive Lions Club is looking for new members! If you have an interest in your community and enjoy the fellowship of membership, please join us now! Call Dave at 341-0134 or Vic 318-7363. Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The Village of Clive has a website at If you wish to have an event posted on the site, please email the details to [email protected] Also on the site will be the Valley Spotlight, Council minutes, bylaws and more.

Sargent District Events

Haynes Happenings The Haynes Community Society would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped at, cooked for, donated food, prepared food, and sent with a neighbour, and attended our Annual Turkey Supper this fall. Anyone who helped before, during, and after, it was greatly appreciated! It was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without the community’s support. Thanks everyone! Haynes Community Society presents Dinner Theatre Show featuring Yuk Yuks March 20, 2010. $45 each. Call Karen at 403-784-2864. Hall Rentals - Brenda Brayford 403-784-3474.

By Cecilia Stirling and Marie Payne Sat. Dec. 19/09, a Christmas Concert will be held at the Centre starting at 7:30 p.m. Please share your talent with us that evening, sing a song, do a skit, read a poem, play an instrument, dance, or what have you! Santa will be visiting, and also bring candy, and other goodies! For info: call George 403-784-3654 January 30, 2010 is our Annual Meeting and Potluck at 6:30 p.m.. Meeting to follow. Please join us as we plan for the 2010 activities. Thank you!! Newsy items, or events can be phoned into Cecelia (403) 784-2170, or Marie (403) 784-3444.

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Clive is Alive New Fitness Facility in Clive in the Clive Hardware Building (5906 50 St). Contact Dawn for membership information and hours of operation, at 403-506-5935. Clive Fire Dept. is looking for new members. If you would like to develop skills in this field, call the village office. Greyhound Agency is available at Clive Village Foods to meet your freight and travel needs. Clive Seniors Circle Join them on Monday afternoons at 1:30 pm for friendship, floor curling, shuffle board, pool, cards or carpet bowling. All activities are at the Meeting Room. Contact Albert Wagner for more information at 403-782-2409.

Friday, December 18, 2009

VILLAGE OF CLIVE Clive Village Office 403-784-3366 Mayor: Anita Gillard Deputy Mayor: Luci Henry Councilors: Pete Steringa, Dave LesStrange and Shelly Gray Website: Council meetings are the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Town Office. Community Sign on Hwy 12 to have an event put up call 403-7843414 Clive and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Outreach worker - Dianna Souveny 403-704-0145.

Lutheran Church services will be held at 10 am. Regular Sunday School and Youth Group at 10 am. For further information contact Keith Wagner 403-782-6436.

Neighborhood Revitalization Association (NRA). If you have any questions, or need information on this association, please call Louise at 403-784-3414.

Clive Christian Fellowship for Sunday School times and information contact Pastor Rowland at 403-784-3141.

Clive Public Library Sandra Ward 403-784-3131 (Located below Village Office) Tuesday 12:30 - 7:30 pm Wednesday 10:30 - 5:00 pm Thursday 10:30 - 5:00 pm

Clive Baptist Church Kids’ worship (age 5 to gr. 6) at 10 am. Sunday School (Jr., Sr. high and adult) 10 am. Regular worship service at 11 am. Children’s Church (ages 2 - gr. 2) at 11 am. Youth - Friday nights at 7:00 pm. Ron Orr 403-784-3335. Clive United Church worship service at 10:00 am. Contact Shealagh McClelland 403-784-3367. ____________________________

Clive School Principal: Corrine Thorstainson Dec. 19 - 31 January 5

Christmas Holidays Project Keep Straight presentation by Red Deer Rebels and the Red Deer RCMP Federal Drug Section 10 a.m. Clive School Gym

Thrift Store Tuesday afternoons 1:00 - 5:00 pm Clive/Tees Neighbourhood Place Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 - 4:00 pm. Call 403-784-5696. Block Parents contact Tara Breitkreuz 403-784-2452 for more details. POP Parents of Preschoolers Playgroup facilitator Shelley Pelletier Clive Ag Society meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Referee Room at the Clive Arena. Denise Unwin 403-784-2270. Clive Lions Club meets 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month, 7:30 at Clive Community Hall. Clive Multi 4-H Hanne Giles 403-784-2262 Clive Community Hall Tracy Hallman 403-784-2156 Clive Meeting Room Anita Gillard 403-784-3987 Fire Department Monte Za ytso ff 403-784-3997 Clive Historical Society Louise Bell 403-784-3414 Chatelaine Club (Westling) meets 3rd Tues. @ 7:30, Westling Hall, Margaret Ronald 403784-3621 Westling Hall Lisa Bierens 403-7842574 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Chautauqua A11

RAY PRINS, MLA LACOMBE PONOKA Christmas Greetings As this Christmas season once again is upon us, we need to reflect on the many blessings that surround us. Like no other time of year, the holidays help us to focus on our relationships with family and friends and to be truly grateful for all we have. It is also a time to reach out to those in need and to lend a helping hand. This past year has been one of many changes and challenges - both for the province and for individuals within the Lacombe-Ponoka Constituency. We have just completed another full session in the Legislature and as your M.L.A. I want to assure you that I am committed to all my constituents and will continue to work hard on your behalf. I appreciate hearing your views, concerns and input on the many issues that we face in rural Alberta. Many tough decisions were made over this past year and as we approach 2010, I am confident these decisions have set the course for a more secure future in Alberta - our province.

It Pays to Advertise

As you celebrate this Christmas season, it is my hope that you will remember God's greatest gift of all - his son Jesus Christ. On behalf of my wife Pauline and myself, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

A lion met a tiger as they drank beside a pool Said the tiger, “Tell me why you’re always roaring like a fool?” “That’s not foolish,” said the lion with a twinkle in his eye. “They call me King of all the beasts, it pays to advertise!” A rabbit heard them talking and ran home like a streak, He thought he’d try the lion’s plan, but all he did was squeak! A fox came to investigate and had dinner in the woods – The Moral is “Never advertise unless you’ve got the goods!”

Redefining Health Throw Away Your Scale Health is not a numerical concept and cannot be defined using statistics. Human beings, however, tend to want to quantify well-being into easily understandable figures. We feel compelled to ascribe numbers to every aspect of wellness, from the qualities of our food to our fitness levels to the physical space we occupy. As a consequence of social pressures, we turn our attention away from health and focus instead on the most contentious of these figures—weight—checking our scales to see how we measure up to our peers and role models. Yet each of us is equipped to gauge our relative healthfulness without any equipment whatsoever. When we have achieved a state of wellness, we feel buoyant and energetic. Some of us are naturally slim, while others will always be curvy. No matter what our weight, we can use the cues we receive from our physical and mental selves to judge how healthy we really are. When you throw away your scale, you commit to a lifestyle that honors the innate wisdom that comes from within your body and within your mind. It is logical to examine how you feel while considering your health—a strong, fit, and well-nourished individual will seldom feel heavy, bloated, or fatigued. If you have concerns regarding your weight, remind yourself that at its proper weight, your body will feel buoyant and agile. Movement becomes a source of joy. Sitting, standing, walking, and bending are all easy to do because your joints and organs are functioning as they were meant to. When you are physically healthy, your mind will also typically occupy a place of well-being. Mental clarity and an ability to focus are two natural traits of whole-self health. Surprisingly, promoting this type of easy-to-discern wellness within yourself takes no special effort outside of satisfying your hunger with nourishing, wholesome foods and moving your body. The numbers you see on the scale, while nominally informative, can prevent you from reaching your healthful eating goals by giving you a false indicator of health. You will know when you have achieved true health because every fiber of your being will send you signals of wellness. When you choose to listen to these signals instead of relying on the scale, your definition of well-being will be uniquely adapted to the needs of your body and of your mind.

- Rulon Hillam

To advertise in the Chautauqua call 403-352-3837 or email [email protected]

Alternate meanings for common words: •

Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

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Mirror Community Thurs., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 pm at Mirror United Church. A time for coffee, Christmas goodies & fellowship will follow the service. Everyone welcome. ____________________

MIRROR 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Homecoming & Centennial Celebration Scheduled for 2012 For more information call (780) 372-3816. _______________________ FREE Public High-Speed Internet Access At Mirror Community Connections Located in the Mirror Business Centre (with ATB Financial and the Post Office) Mondays 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Wednesdays 10:00 - 4:30 pm Fridays 10:00 - 4:30pm. (Closed 12:00-1:00 pm for lunch) _______________________

Friday, December 18, 2009

Guiding News by Gale Richardson The Dec. 1 meeting saw 3 Sparks, 2 Brownies, 1 Guide and a Guider enrolled. They each made their promise, received their enrolment pin, program book and a badge scarf. Dec. 2 the older girls helped serve and clean up at the Seniors’ Christmas Supper, and all the girls were there to provide entertainment with poems and songs after the supper. Dec. 8 was the Christmas meeting. The girls made a gift for their parents. Have you ever melted an old 33 1/3 record in the oven? As the girls’ eyes popped, their comment was, “That’s way cool!” Then they made a totally healthy snack - an edible Santa. Merry Christmas and see you in January! and Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Phone: 403788-2204. For Youth Group times and ages, contact 403-788-2204 or check

Mirror School Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Christmas Holidays Mirror Youth Program runs every Monday and Wednesday from 7 - 9 pm at the Mirror Skating Rink. Youth ages 12 - 18 are welcome to drop in. __________________ Old Tyme Dance at the Mirror Community Hall 2nd Saturday every OTHER month. Door and Cash Bar open at 7 pm. Dancing 8 11:30 pm, lunch to follow. $10/person (please bring lunch). Everyone welcome. For more information call Jean 403-788-3787 or Joan at 403-788-3049. Mirror Curling Club is starting Curling and we are looking for new members. Bring your own team or we will find a team for you. 10 years to 80! Adult membership $60.00, Youth $30.00. For more information phone Sandy 403-788-3026 _______________ Jolly Seniors Coffee is on every weekday morning at the Friendly Inn Suppers - 2nd Wednesdays of each month @ 5:30 p.m. at the Friendly Inn. Floor Curling held Thursdays at 1:00 pm at the Community Hall. Pancake Breakfast - 2nd Sunday of the month. 9 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Jolly Seniors. Birthdays celebrated the 4th Wednesday of each month. ________________ Mirror Alliance Church Morning worship

Mirror United Church Sunday services at 9:30 am with Sunday School available for children of all ages. For information call Gale at 403-788-3835. We extend a warm welcome to anyone who may be looking for a church home. There is a time for coffee & fellowship after service. Go to We also have a new email address: [email protected] Mirror Seventh - Day Adventist Church (corner of 52 St & 51 Ave, north) Saturday Sabbath time: 10:00 am. Prayer Meeting: every Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the church. All are welcome to attend. Cliff Buelow 403-788-2296. Pastor Ron Henderson 403-782-6190. ______________________ Mirror Guiding groups are looking forward to all new fall programs. Sparks ages 5 & 6 (ECS/Gr. 1) Brownies ages 7 & 8 (Gr. 2 & 3) Guides ages 9-11 (Gr. 4,5,6) Pathfinders ages 12– 14 (Gr. 7,8,9) Rangers ages 15+ (Gr. 10,11, 12) Join us for adventures, challenge, friendship, and fun! Meeting time is Tuesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. For information, or to register, please call Gale 403-788-3835. Mint Cookies are here! Make a great stocking stuffer! 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Tees Hall. 1st Parlby Creek Contacts Beavers: Lisa Sharp at 403-885-0113 Cubs: Benjie Gray at 403-784-3199 Scouts: David Ross at 403-885-4340 Group: Carla Kenney at 403-784-3055

RAILWAY LIQUOR STORE Hours: Monday - Thursday: Noon - 8 pm Friday - Saturday: Noon - 10 pm Sunday: Noon - 6 pm

5207 - 50 Ave. Mirror 788-3747

News from the Friends of the Mirror Library Society By Gale Richardson The Library will close for Christmas Dec. 22 - Jan. 4, reopening Jan. 5th. Advance Notice: we have received our longawaited Casino dates. They are May 25 & 26 and we will need volunteers to help. New books, both for children/youth and adults, are appearing on the shelves. come in after the holidays and have a look. Lots of “new” slightly used books are out on the shelves for sale - 25¢ each, $2 for a bagful or $5 for a box - pretty cheap reading for the long cold winter months! We are able to provide Interlibrary Loan books to our patrons. Give your requests to Heather. ________________ Rec. Society and Community Hall Meetings held 1st Tuesday of the month. Contact Lisa Hawksworth 403-788-3890. Museum Society Contacts or appointments: Ernie Schafer 403-788-3625, Bill Neis 403788-2166, Ken Ivey 403-788-2388. Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. Mirror & District Skating Rink Committee meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm. Mirror Volunteer Fire Department meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. ________________________ Friends of the Mirror Library Society Library hours: Tues 9:30-12:30 Wed 7:00-9:00 pm Thurs 1:00-5:00 pm Librarian: Heather Beamish 403-788-3044 Board Chair: Gale Richardson 403-788-3835 ______________ Mirror Legion Br. 189 Meat Draws - every Saturday at 4 pm. Executive meetings - 1st Monday at 7:30 pm Regular meetings - 2nd Monday at 7:30 pm. The Legion is open on Thursday and Friday 5 pm, and Saturday 2 pm. ________________ Food Bank Donations Needed Urgently

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Friday, December 18, 2009

The Chautauqua A13

The Impossible Dream Right in Front of You When it comes to the things we want, there always seems to be an endless list. No matter how many times we get something off that list, we add new things to replace it. In life, this drama of wanting and getting and wanting is all part of the dance. The things we want motivate us to get up and get them. And yet, at the same time, we can torment ourselves with our wanting, especially when we want something we can’t have or can’t find. It is in cases like these that it might be fruitful to entertain the idea that maybe what you really want is right in front of you. Maybe you are using this desire you can’t fulfill to distract you from truly engaging the blessings you already have. It may seem like that doesn’t make sense, yet we do it all the time. It may be easier to see in other people than to see it in ourselves. We have all heard our friends wishing they were more this or less that, and looking at them we see clearly that they are everything they are wishing they were. We know people who have wonderful partners and yet envy you yours. We wish we could give these people a look at their situations from our perspective so that they could see that what they want really is right in front of them. It’s not too far-fetched to consider that we might be victims of the same folly. It can be scary to have what we want. We get caught up in the chase and forget to enjoy the beauty right in front of us—like a child who never wants the toy she has in her hand but always the one just out of her reach. Take a moment today to consider the many things you are holding in the palm of your hand and how you might best play with them.

Everything You Do Matters The Ripple Effect In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe that the only way to initiate profound transformation is to take extreme action. Each of us, however, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world. Should the opportunity arise, the recipient of a good deed will likely feel compelled to do a good deed for someone else. Someone feeling the effects of negative energy will be more likely to pass on that negative energy. One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness. Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible. A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of positivity. Source:

Notes from The Chamber Christmas Bucks program look for businesses displaying the signs downtown and have fun entering for some Bashaw bucks. Watch the Bashaw Star for the weekly winners Santa Parade, Dec 19/09 being organized by Doug, Don, & Allen if you have input call them. Register your float at Stephanie's or Home Hardware today. Upcoming AGM and Elections of Officers in January 2010 would you like to serve your chamber please let Peter know as we volunteers to fills some positions on the board. Come out and volunteer to help at these events. It is only with your participation that they are a success Something New... If you have a farm in the district and want to become a chamber member email us for the brochure [email protected] We have great benefits like health insurance and natural gas pricing to help your bottom line. The Bashaw Centennial Committee now has posters for your business if you'd like to display one please let us know. Call Peter 780-372-3600 Say connected with the Chamber... get the information first, attend your meeting. We meet every 4th Monday of the month @ the Tourism Building 7:00 pm. New members welcome.

Accept life daily not as a cup to be drained but as a chalice to be filled with whatsoever things are honest, pure, lovely, and of good report.

Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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Bashaw Community Bashaw Bus Society Shuttle every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 9:00 - noon. Trips to Camrose are offered on the 2nd Monday and the 4th Friday of the month. Call Marianne at 780-372-3631 for more information. Bashaw Youth Centre open Monday - Friday 1:00 - 9:00 pm. Phone 780-372-4048. Happy Gang Seniors Centre Crib Thursdays 1:00 pm Shuffle Board & Bingo alternate every Wednesday at 1:30 pm 500 Mondays 1:00 pm Meetings - 1st Tuesday of each month @ 1:30 Meals on Wheels call 780-372-4074. Bethany Lifeline call 780-372-4074. Women’s Institute meetings 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. Contact: Pres. Lynne Lord 780-372-4401. Fire Department Meeting 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month Royal Purple Meeting 2nd Tuesday at 8 pm Bashaw Elks meet 1st Wednesday of the month at 8 pm at the Bashaw Community Centre. For more info contact Leon Braseth 780-372-4437. Bashaw Historical Society meeting the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Neighborhood Place. Contact Pam at 780 3722031.

Friday, December 18, 2009 Adoration Weekend Mass: Saturday 7:30 pm Please check the answering machine for change in Mass times. 780-372-3645 Parish Office open on Mondays 10:30 to 4:30 Ellice Free Methodist Church 14 km west of Bashaw on #605 Services 11:00 am Sundays. Phone: 780-372-2402. St. Peter’s Anglican Church Sunday service will be held at the Bashaw Valley Lodge at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month with the Rev. John McKay officiating. Everyone welcome. There will be no other Sunday services at the church for now. For further information call Rector’s Warden at 780-3724468

Stephanies A Family Restaurant Where You’re Always Welcome and the Coffee is Always On! 1/2 block east of Main St. on Railway Ave., Bashaw


Bashaw & District Preschool For more info/ to register your child, please call 780-3724074. Bashaw Well Child Clinics 3rd Tuesday of each month. For appointments, please call Camrose Public Health at 780-679-2980.

Zion Lutheran Church 9:30 am Sunday Service, 10:00 am Sunday School.

Bashaw RCMP Victim Services Contact Constable Lisa Ruddell 780-372-3793.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (4 miles N of Bashaw on Hwy 21, 6 miles W on Hwy 53). 11:00 a.m. Sunday Service on the first and third Sundays.

Bashaw Thrift Store Tuesday & Fridays. We are looking for VOLUNTEERS! Please contact Joan at 780-372-3650.

United Church 11:00 am Sunday Service with Sunday School. Phone: 780-372-3891. Website: Email: [email protected] Bashaw Community Church 11:00 am Sunday Service and 11:00 am Sunday School with Pot Blessing Lunch to follow. Bible Study Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. 5019 48 (Jarvis) Ave. Contact Daniel Friesen 780-3724215. Legion Bingo Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.

Bashaw Ag Society meeting the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Ag Grounds. Contact Penny 780-372-3087 or the Ag office at 780-372-3079.

Bashaw & District Chamber of Commerce Meetings are the 4th Monday of the month at 7 pm at the Tourist Booth. Phone/Fax: 780372-3932. Email: [email protected] Website

4H Beef Club meets 1st Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Majestic Theatre meeting 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

TOPS every Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am at the United Church. Contact: Louise Hogg at 780-372-3776.

Bashaw Centennial Committee Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:45 pm at the Bashaw Tourism Building .

CERTIFIED NATURAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS - For an appointment please call Brenda Ball at CLR Healing Center at 780372-HEAL (4325). Certified Natural Health Consultant, Certified Colour/Sound (tuning forks) Therapist, Reset Practitioner/Instructor, Advanced Theta Instructor, Certified Lymphologist, Reiki Master, Tong Ren Therapist. Donna Pearson, L.P.N., Certified Basic & Advanced Footcare by appointment only call 780-372-2191. Felicity Weymer, LPN; Registered Massage Therapist: for an appointment call 403-741-8778.

Town Council Meetings 1st & 3rd Tuesdays The Town of Bashaw has a website that can advertise your upcoming events.

Catholic Church Mass Time Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Bashaw Weekday Mass time: Tuesday – 3 pm - except 3rd Tuesday @ 7pm 1st Friday of Month 1 pm (Mass & Eucharistic

Bashaw Art Club 780-372-4341.

Bashaw Daycare Monday - Friday 7:30 am 6 pm. 780-372-4074. Bashaw Medical Clinic Physician: Dr. Koen Call 780-372-3740 for clinic times. Bashaw Skating Club contact Karen 780372-2447 for more information. Wildrose Fitness Centre (Co-Ed Gym) Next to True Value. Office hours: Monday Friday 8:00 - Noon (except holidays). ACCESS CARD SYSTEM active 5:00 a.m. midnight every day. Phone 780-372-2030. Bashaw Bottle Depot Wed, Thurs, Sat. 9:00 - 4:30 pm Bashaw Library (in the Community Centre) Open: Tues - Fri 9:30- 4:30 pm (closed 12:301:30 for lunch). Thurs Night 7-9 pm. Free internet access, books, movies, & more!

The Bashaw & District Food Bank located at Bashaw and District Support Services. Anyone in need of assistance is welcome to access this service. Please call 780-372-4074 to have a hamper arranged. Bashaw Home Support Program Routine housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry. For more information call BDSS at 780-372-4074.

Neighborhood Newcomers please call Bashaw and District Support Services at 780372-4074

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Friday, December 18, 2009 Regional Suicide Prevention Council, East Central Loss, especially loss of a relationship, is one of the most common factors preceding the suicide of a young person. Camrose Mental Health Clinic 780-679-1241 Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642 Canadian Mental Health Association 780-672-2570

The Chautauqua A15 FOR SALE


FOR SALE: Microwave $10, bathroom vanity & sink $25, dining room table (with 2 leaves) & 6 chairs $300. Call Gale 403-7883835

For Rent: Large 2-bedroom house overlooking Alix Lake. Vaulted ceiling. Bath and 1/2. $900/mon (includes utilities). Available Jan. 1, 2010. Call 403-747-3806 or 403-304-0146.

BUFFALO MEAT: 1/4, 1/2, whole, freezer packs, various individual cuts. Gov't inspected. MFL Ranch Bison 747-2500.

For Rent: 1-bedroom home in Bashaw. Comes with washer, dryer, fridge and stove. No yard work. No pets. Phone: 780-3723787.



50% Off select Clothing! New Winter Arrivals (not included in sale)

Open Saturdays in December

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Fashion Carousel Main St, Bashaw

Call Karen Barwell 403-755-9926 [email protected]

Coming Events - Bashaw Santa Claus Parade and Fireworks December 19 on Main St. Bashaw Legion Hay Rides at 3 pm Santa Parade 5:30 pm Fireworks at Valley Lake (sponsored by Town of Bashaw) Christmas concert 7:30 pm at Majestic Theatre Come together this holiday season! Stephanie’s, along with the Community and Businesses of Bashaw, are having an Olde Fashioned Community Dinner. Join us as we come together as one Big Family to Celebrate the Christmas Season. Festive turkey dinner, homemade mulled cider, homemade pie, carolling and a good Ol’ fashioned “Get Together.” Everyone welcome. No charge for meal or festivities. Handi-van transportation available. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Doors open at 2:00, dinner 3 - 7 pm at Stephanie’s A Family Restaurant. Bashaw United Church Advent and Christmas Services: December 20 – Advent IV: Stories & Music for Christmas December 20 – A Service of Solace: 4 pm December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 8 pm December 27 – Christmas I Catholic Church Mass Times Christmas Morning - 9:00 am Holy Mass New Year’s Eve - 7:30 pm Holy Mass Bashaw Christmas Cash Promotion - weekly draws, final draw Dec. 24.


Elnora Motors (2005) Ltd. Elnora, Alberta PH: 403-773-3622 FAX: 403-773-2236 2007 GMC 3/4 Ton 4X4 X-Cab, 110,000km. $18,500.00 2006 GMC CrewCab, SLT, 96,000 km. $22,900.00 2005 GMC 1/2 Ton 4X4 X-Cab 190,000 km, $14,500.00 2009 Buick Allure CXL 35,000 km $22,900 2008 Buick Allure CXL 46,000 km $21,500 2007 Buick Allure CX 84,000 km $14,900.00 2005 Pontiac Pursuit, 65,000 km, CD, Cruise, $7,500.00.

For Rent: House near Tees. Available immediately. Call 403 747 2136 after 5:00 References needed. CARDS OF THANKS

We would like to thank the Delburne Fire Department, our friends and neighbhours, for all the help and kindness shown to us at the time of our house fire. A special thanks to the passerby who came in to alert us; he shut off the power and gas, and even rescued our dog from the burning building. We will be eternally grateful to everyone. Ken & June Campbell THANK YOU We would like to thank Stettler Hospital and home care for their compassion and care for Wayne before his passing. We would also like to thank the Bashaw Funeral Home and Pastor Jim Sturgeon for Wayne's service. Also, the Hickling Ladies Club, Mirror Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for the lovely lunch at the service. A special thank-you to all of our family, friends and neighbours for your support, food, flowers, donations, phone calls, cards and visits. It means so much to all of us at this sad and difficult time. The recent snow removal by the neighbours is also greatly appreciated. Eunice Matier and family

Sally’s Kitchen In the

Alix Hotel Is looking for a Food and Beverage Server Shifts: nights, weekends, split shifts and holidays Please drop off a resume Attn: Mona or Barb

Stephanie’s Blue Moon New Year’s Masquerade This party won’t happen for another 19 years! Wear your best blue moon costume and come join the fun. Thursday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 7:30 pm, Dinner 8 pm. $50 per person includes 4 course meal (10 oz prime rib, own Blue Moon Delight) Prizes for best costume, games, live entertainment, party favours and champagne. For more info call Stephanie’s A Family Restaurant 780-3723920. 'Purls Nite Out' (Knitting Group) Thursdays 7:30 - 9 pm at the Bashaw Library. Coming soon… Bashaw Book club. This Ain’t No Sunday Morning Thursday evenings at Bashaw United Church. For more information call 780-372-3891. Coats for Kids gathers donations of gently worn or new winter outerwear, coats, snow pants, toques, and mitts. For more information call 780-372-4074.

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Money is a very personal issue any age. Traditionally schools leave it for home; at home is prepared Money is anobody very personal issue to face any or teach age. it. A classic catch-22. Traditionally schools leave it for home; Thereatishome no time like the nobody is present preparedto take care of to your face financial or teach future. it. A classic catch-22. It's a New Year, choose to get yourWouldn't ducks initafeel rowgreat in 2010! to get your ducks in a row?

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Friday, December 18, 2009










Time for Tots 10 am ACH

Wayne & Ruth Forster

Drop Off Nativity Sets at Alix E-Free

Blue Box pickup


Youth Centre open

Council Meeting

20 Pancake Breakfast ACH Jam Session ACH

27 Tanya Bach Colby Barclay




Jean Bargholz Talayna Gartner

Jonah Barclay Time for Tots 10 am ACH

Chamber of Commerce noon @ United church

Youth Centre open




David Dewald Ken & Marilyn Sutley





Youth Centre open

Public Viewing Nativity Display at Alix E-Free

Paper Deadline Public Viewing Nativity Display at Youth Centre open Alix E-Free Square Dancing 7 pm



Brenda Brayford Darren Dewald

Boxing Day Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve



Time for Tots 10 am ACH Youth Centre open


Time for Tots 10 am ACH

Blue Box pickup

Youth Centre open


Happy New Year New Year’s Eve



Ron McIntosh Kendal Guynup


Tyson Beebe Gord Stevens Joanne Schmidt

Norm Stone

Blue Box pickup

Time for Tots 10 am ACH Drop In Birthday 2:30

Robin Gilliat

Paper Deadline

Youth Centre open


Eunice Matier Kyle Stevens



Council Meeting



Vicky Barclay

Blue Box pickup

Jam Session ACH




Blue Box pickup


Pancake Breakfast Drop In



9 Daphne Shultz

Youth Centre open Square Dancing 7 pm



Joan Fletcher Ruth Forster

Lloyd Smith Jake van Ringen


Youth Centre open

Waste Transfer Station Hours Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 10:00 - 6:00 pm

A.A. (c) meets Sunday evenings at 8 pm at the Alix Senior’s Drop In Centre. Bob 747-2757

Seniors’ Drop In

Medical Clinic

To book the Alix Community Hall contact the staff at Home Hardware.

Mon. - Sat.

Appointments: 747-2130

Any other concerns call Dave Dewald 747-2826 or Cathy Perry 304-6413.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Village Office Holiday Hours: Closed at Noon Wednesday, December 23, 2009 until 8:00 am Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Closed Friday, January 1, 2010

Business Licenses: 2010 Business Licenses are due by January 31, 2010. After January 31st , 2010 all business licenses increase to $100.00.

Village of Alix Reminders

Dog Licenses: Altered - $17.00, Unaltered $27.00. All dog licenses must be purchased by January 31, 2010. After January 31st , 2010 all dog licenses increase to $50.00.

Tax Penalty: All tax accounts remaining unpaid after December 31, 2009 will be subject to an 18% penalty. Payment can be made in person, by mail or dropped off at the Village Office in the brass drop slot to the right hand side of the door. Tax Installment Plan: the Village offers a monthly payment plan for the payment of taxes. To be eligible you must make application at the Village Office prior to January 15, 2010 and tax balance must be zero as of December 31, 2009.

Coffee With Council Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Alix Community Hall 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Council is seeking your input on future: • campground operations • possible recycling change to a blue box program • and any other matter that you wish to discuss

Alix Bottle Depot Mon., Tues., Wed. 11:00 - 5:00 pm Sat. 11:00 - 4:30 pm 403-747-2794

Jam Session Live Entertainment “Old Time Country & Western”

Alix Community Hall 1st & 3rd Sunday $2.00 Admission (proceeds to Alix Community Hall) Bring your instrument, come out and dance, or just enjoy the entertainment

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2nd Section Delburne 4-H Beef Club New members welcome. For information call Lee-Ann at 403-749-2267 or Randy at 403-7492051.

Adult recreational Volleyball Wednesdays Adults only, $5.00 per month drop in fee. Call Tracy at 403-749-3181 for info. Anthony Henday Historical Society Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Museum; new members welcome. Contact Ray at 403-749-3813. Can Skate, Seniors & Synchronized Skating Call Kathy 403-749-3445 or Keri 403-7493112 for info. Chamber of Commerce meets at the Soda Shop. Contact Leah at 403-749-2133

Delburne Library Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tues. evening 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Delburne Light Horse Association Darlene Schlag 403-749-3558 or 403-391-2731

Cowboy Church 2nd & last Wednesday of month, 7:00 pm Elnora Drop In. For more info call Verna at 403-749-3186 Cumberland Hall to book the hall for your next gathering, please contact Ada & Gerry Linneberg at 403-749-2525. Delburne Ag Society meets 2nd Tuesday of the month. Contact Curtis Rusaw at 403-7492153 or Corinne Hansen at 403-749-2139. Delburne Community Hall For bookings please contact Amy at 403-749-3353. Contact Louise

Delburne Drop In Centre Play Crib on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Carpet Bowling Tuesday 1:30 pm Music & Dance every 2nd, 4th & 5th Fri 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. General meetings are held the third Thursday @ 10:00 Evening Old Time Dance 1st Sat of each month at 7:30 p.m. All Welcome. Contact Bill or Betty Whittemore at 403-749-2035. Delburne Family Chiropractic Dr Dale Spielman is extending his hours to better suit demand. Tues and Fri 10-6 Call 403-749-3800

FCSS 403-749-3654. Family School Wellness worker Candice Wilton - available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the school Footcare Clinic 1st Wednesday of month. For appointments call the Elnora EHC at 403773-3636. Location: Elk Haven . Cost: $20 Great Bend Ladies Aide Meet 3rd Wednesday of each month. New Members Welcome. Contact Blanche Wells at 403-749-2453. Great Bend Sewing Circle Meet 2nd Wednesday of month at Great Bend Church of Christ Learning Center at 2 pm. Harvest Gym 403-749-3838.

Delburne Minor Hockey Meeting 1st Thursday of the month. Call Dale 403-749-3243 or Karla 403-749-2702 Delburne Neighborhood Place 403-7493380. Coordinator: Jayne Harrison. Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm,

Coal Trail Riders 4-H Horse Club Club contact Jayne at 403-749-2586

Delburne Curling Club Smith at 403-749-3898

Delburne Gospel Church Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Bible study Tues at 7:45 p.m. Kids club for 5-11 yr olds, Thur. 7-8:30. Call 403-749-3176

more info contact Bob Manning at 403-7493792.

Delburne Moms & Tots 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Delburne United Church. Contact Linda at 403-749-2975 or Jayne at 403-749-3380 for more information. Delburne Pharmacist Services - Alix Drugs provides a full prescription service for customers and Shannon Glover is able to deliver to Delburne and area residents. Call 403-3916775. Delburne Playschool Tuesday's and Thursday's from 9-11:30 in St. Michael's Catholic Church (basement). Call Jane 403-749-2048 or Jayne at 403-749-3059 Delburne Pottery Club - inexpensive to learn, fun group, excellent instruction. Call Norma at 403-747-2926. Delburne United Church Worship service and Sunday School every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. For more info call Judy Walker 403-749-3776 or Carol 403-749-3856 Economic Development Group New members welcome! Come and express your ideas! Contact Karen 403-749-3606 ELKS meet 2nd Monday of the month at 8 pm sharp. Contact Roy Jamieson 403-749-2058 ELKS Senior Bus to Red Deer travels every 2nd & 4th Thursday from Elk Haven. For

Healthy Communities Initiative New members welcome! Call 403-749-3380 for info. Junior Forest Wardens Regular meeting nights Thursdays at the Lousana Hall For more info contact Deb Jackson at 403-7492429 or Karen Fegan at 403-749-2054. Karate Tuesday and Wednesday at Delburne Hall. Contact Jan 403-749-2228 Lab Services Every Wednesday morning from 9-12 at the Elnora Health Center. To make an appointment call 403-773-3636. Ladies Auxiliary to the Legion Meet 2nd Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm. For more information call Jeanette 403-7493787 or Flora 403-749-2080. Newcomers to Delburne Please stop by Neighbourhood Place for a Welcome package. Overeaters Anonymous Tues. 1:00 & 7:00. Contact Marilyn 403-749-3949 The Royal Canadian Legion Open to the public Fri. and Sat. at 5:00 p.m. Hall Rental available. Meetings last Wednesday of the month. New members are always welcome. Contact John McLeod 403-7492277 or John Pisko 403-749-0002. St Columbia Anglican Church services are the 1st Sunday of the month at 9:30am. Holy Communion with Rev John McKay 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays Lay reader 9:30am Morning Prayer Contact Jean Johnson @ 403-749-2411 School Council (PAC) Contact Tracy Jackson 403-749-3059 for more information.

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UPCOMING EVENTS The Delburne/Ardley Royal Canadian Legion Branch 142 and Royal Canadian Ladies Auxiliary are holding an Honors & Awards presentation at the Delburne Community Hall January 16th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm. All Legion and Community members are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Dave Cota at 403-749-3960. The Economic Development Board is looking for more members. If you are interested, please call Karen at 403-749-3606. The Delburne Municipal Library invites you to view their new website at Citizens On Patrol (COPs) Is a program aimed at reducing crime in our community through active participation of our citizens in crime Prevention. Together, we can make a difference and live in a safer community. Volunteers are needed for one night a month each. To volunteer for this program contact Kathy at 403-755-3604, Mattie 403-749-3679 or Bev 749-2424. “BABY STEPS” Pregnancy Support Program You are welcome to join Baby Steps if you are pregnant: -You would like to learn more about eating better for your baby and you -You have questions about your pregnancy, labor and your health - You would like some extra support during your pregnancy Contact the Elnora Community Health Centre @ 403-773-3636 Women's Outreach services are available in your community! Appointments can be made for the 2nd Tuesday of every month. For more information or referrals call Neighbourhood Place @749-3380 or Jaclyn @ 347-2480 Dance @ Delburne Drop-In The fourth Saturday of each month. Everyone is welcome. 7:30 - 10:30 pm. Music by: Gaetz Valley Minstrels. $7.00 per person. Pooled lunch. For info call: 749-2035 or 749-2451 Carpet Bowling Tuesdays @ 1:30 p.m. at the Delburne Drop In Centre. We are in need of some new players so please come any Tuesday. Floor curling could be played if enough are interested. For more info. call Flora @ 749-2080 or Joan @ 749-3060 _________________________

Village News It is that time of year again. Just a reminder to property owners that you are responsible to keep your sidewalks clear of ice and snow within 48 hours of a snowfall. Property Taxes: The Village offers a 4% tax discount on taxes paid prior to January 31st, 2010. Discounts are calculated on the previous years’ taxes, not including Local Improvement Charges. Taxes may also be paid by monthly tax instalments. Automatic debit is available, as is the monthly instalment plan. To qualify, you must have a zero tax balance as of December 31st. Deadline is January 15th, 2010. Business License expire December 31, 2009, new licenses must be purchased before January 31, 2010 to avoid a $10.00 penalty. Dog License expire December 31, 2009, new licenses must be purchased before January 31, 2010 to avoid a fine and penalty.

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Delburne Centralized School Phone: 403-749-3838 Dec 21 Elementary Christmas Concert 7 pm Dec 23-Jan 5 Christmas Break Bell Times School Begins at 8:40am Lunch from 11:40am-12:20pm School Ends at 3:15pm Things are in chaos at the North Pole! Gas prices are so high and the economy is so bad that Santa desperately needs one million dollars just to deliver all of the toys. Then one of the elves has a brilliant idea. Santa should go on the new game show that will test his wits with the help of some gifted grade six students. Join us for Delburne Centralized School’s Elementary Christmas production of Is Santa Smarter on Monday, December 21st. The Dress Rehearsal will start at 12:30 pm and the Evening Performance will begin at 7:00 pm. Admission to both performances is a donation to the Delburne Food Bank. Breakfast program We are always in need of volunteers for this worthwhile program, if you can help out please call 403-749-3380 Harvest Gym memberships: time to renew your old gym memberships as they expired on August 31st, 2009. Memberships are $50.00 for adults and $10 for students 14 years and older attending Delburne School. Members under 18 must be directly supervised by an adult. If you would like to buy a new membership or renew please see Robin in the Library Office from 8:00 am-4:00 pm during school days. For more information call 403-749-3838. ________________________________

A Practical Joke It’s a marvelous, wonderful, wise, loving, practical joke. Christmas! The nativity. There’s God, down through the centuries, listening to the prophecies about the Messiah. Some of them were wonderful and beautiful and spoke the mind of God. Others thundered away about the Conqueror, the one who’d come in on a white horse, with sword and shield, a leader that would be better and tougher than King David. So God gave them the gift they so badly needed. But not the gift they expected. It was King David II they wanted. It was a tiny baby they got. What a hoot! They wanted power. So God gave them the power of weakness. They wanted a conqueror. So God gave them love that conquers all. That must have been good for a heavenly chuckle or perhaps even a belly laugh, if a belly laugh is possible for a God who is spirit. It was not the laughter of derision. It was the laughter of a loving, gentle parent waking up long before the kids on Christmas morning, waking up in anticipation of the face of the child when that special gift is opened, the child who receives so much more than it ever dared ask for in the letter to Santa. And the laughter of God is the laughter of a pleased-as-punch parent who receives the Christmas thank-you hug of a delighted child. The joke comes back every year. From “Sermon Seasonings,” by Ralph Milton, Wood Lake Books, 1997

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The Delburne Municipal Library (Located on Main Street, Next to Little or Lot) Open Tue & Thurs 10-1pm & 3-5pm, Wed & Fri 12-5pm, Sat 10-1pm One Year Family Memberships are only $10!

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MARY ELLEN'S MUSINGS............ The Season for Sharing This is certainly a winter to tell grandchildren about! “I remember back in ’09...” It’s like the stories heard at grandparents knees which expand with each telling!

The Wii Is Coming!

For interest’s sake I questioned the Silent One with regards to the deepest snowdrift he could remember, and it seems all they ever did was work. No exploring the white wilderness to see if it was really true that: “Walking on snowdrifts was dangerous . . . You could fall in and nobody will find you until spring . . . so DON’T walk on snow banks!” (That was what I heard every time I went outside at my childhood home). When, or if, one fell in - sure breathing was a bit tricky for a few minutes - we all survived!

The Wii is coming to the Municipal Library!! Compete with your friends, or play on your own. Either way, get ready for some awesome fun!! Until January 2, 2010! Games include: Guitar Hero III, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Dance Dance Revolution, and many more!

I’m glad we’re having ourselves a more traditional winter. We need to toughen up and remember what being a true Albertan really means. Like being snowed in for three weeks – never mind running out of groceries and fuel for the lamps and lanterns, but having to hitch up the old team to see the livestock got fed twice a day and how about keeping the fire going in the old tankheater keeping the water tank thawed until every animal had its fill? Good times? Depends on how you remember them. The joy is in the telling.

Something’s Happening Saturday’s!

This being the season for sharing, I’d like to share the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Whatever does a partridge in a pear tree have to do with the season? And what about those leaping frogs, and swimming swans and ladies milking, what’s with that?

Check Out What’s Happening For FREE!

Kids aged 2 to 8, Come Join the fun at the Municipal Library every Saturday from 12-1 pm! Be entertained with Puppet Theatre, Story Time, Crafts, and Cyber Games! (All kids must be accompanied by a parent) After School Cyber Mystery Club! Calling all Mystery lovers aged 5-18! After School from 4-5pm every Tuesday, come on down to the Municipal Library for some super sleuthing! Play mystery cyber games, magic tricks, mystery board games, solve mystery stories, read mystery books, and write your own mysteries for others to solve! Each week will challenge you to work together and use your creativity and brainpower to gain mystery-solving skills! Seniors Computer Basics

In England between 1558 -1829 Roman Catholics were not permitted to openly practice their faith. This catechism song was written for young Catholics with two levels of meaning; surface and hidden. Each element in the carol has a code word that youngsters could easily remember. -The partridge in the pear tree is Jesus Christ. -Two Turtle doves were the Old and New Testament. -Three French Hens stood for faith, hope and love. -Four Calling birds were the four gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. -Five Golden Rings recalled the first five books of the Old Testament. -Six Geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. -Seven Swans a-swimming were the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophesy serving, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership and mercy. -Eight Maids a-milking were the 8 Beatitudes. -Nine Ladies dancing were the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. -Ten Lords a-leaping were the 10 commandments. -Eleven Pipers piping stood for the 11 faithful disciples. -Twelve Drummers drumming symbolized the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

Learn all about e-mail, web surfing, Word document, and basic computer skills for FREE! Every Saturday from 10-11am, or prebook a time more convenient for you! All ages are welcome! It’s never too late to learn!

Keep this in mind the next time you hear The Twelve Days of Christmas, may it bring you extra good cheer and appreciation of our freedom to worship openly.

The Library Needs Your Support!

An Indiana candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness for his Saviour, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols; the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

The Municipal Library has undergone some serious expansion and we need you to participate in enjoying this beautiful facility! Take advantage of some of our FREE programs, buy a membership (now only $10), READ a book or magazine, or just stop by and have a coffee or tea! We’d love to see you!

What does the Christmas Candy Cane signify to you? Anything special? For it really has special meaning:

First he formed a stick of pure white, hard candy symbolizing the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. The hard candy symbolizes the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God. The candy was formed into a “J” to represent Jesus, who came to earth as our Savoir. Turn it over it represents the staff of the Good Shepherd. The candy was somewhat plain, so the candy maker stained it with three small red stripes, representing the stripes of the scourging Jesus received prior to His crucifixion for our healing. The large red stripe represents the shedding of His blood on the cross for our salvation. If you get one that also has a green stripe, this represents the gift of everlasting life – Jesus gift to us from the Cross. May this blessed season shower you with an abundance of the precious things in life: Health, Happiness, Enduring Friendships and the great Freedoms that are ours. Mary Ellen Williams is from Delburne, Alberta where she has written a number of books including So, This is Chain Lakes and Dreamcatchers. To find out more information, contact Blue Ridge View Publishers at 403-749-2047 or email [email protected]

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Community Engagement Site Delburne Telehealth Seminars: Registration 1 week prior to event is a must! LOOKING FOR A COURSE NOT YET OFFERED? There are endless possibilities… • Access agricultural expertise. • Take an art class. • Keep in contact with family via email. Talk to Nora to suggest a possible course. To Register: Nora Smith at 403-749-3838 [email protected]

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Great Bend News If you need to book the hall contact Dalora Wilton at 403-877-2004 or Lynn Williams 403-749-2212

LOUSANA EVENTS Lousana Drop In Centre Carpet Bowling Sundays at 7 pm Floor Curling Fridays at 7 pm Contact Goldie Lee at 749-2369

PINE LAKE HAPPENINGS Pine Lake Hub Community Centre Carpet Bowling 1st Tuesday of every month afternoon & evening, Mondays for the rest of the month. General Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Pine Lake Parents & Tots meets every other Wednesday from 1011:30 at the Pine Lake Hub. A time for parents and their children to get together share stories, do activities and learn new strategies. Contact Roanne at 403-886-2414 for more info. Holy Trinity Church Service Sunday mornings 11:15 a.m. Ghost Pine 40+ Club Potluck Supper and Meeting 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Lake Hub. Pine Lake Singers meet Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Lake Hub.

The Morning After the Night Before Author unknown

The Village is pleased to honour Elmer Klein. For many years, Elmer has delighted kids of all ages as “Santa.” It all started in l978. Just for fun Elmer showed up at Bill Cosnick’s family Christmas and that was the beginning of a Klein Christmas Tradition. Elmer and Vicky, his wife, have been surprising area children and parents since. Many of those visited have no idea who brought their children a gift and a memory that has lasted a lifetime. Many of these children now have children of their own and have asked Elmer to carry on this tradition for their family. There has only been two Christmas’ that Elmer was unable to be Santa. In one evening the Klein’s have travelled a record distance of 98 miles. Asked why he is still doing this Elmer replied that this was his contribution to the community. He has expanded in recent years to being the Santa for the Delburne Playschool children. Elmer’s family moved to Nevis in l948 and then to the family farm in l949. Elmer is married to the former Vicky Sager and they had three boys, Emery, Blue and Gage. We want to thank Elmer not only for the smiles he has put on hundreds of children and adults faces, but also for the time he has sacrificed away from his family to make others experience the Klein Family Christmas Tradition. THANK YOU ELMER and Merry Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas When all through the house, Nothing was stirring, Especially my spouse. My spouse was zonked out After spending the night, Wrapping the robot With its laser light. We’d had a big supper Where we both dropped our diet, Then an hour in church Telling Junior, “Be quiet!” The robot was big, It had batteries included. All over its frame Deadly weapons extruded. Wrapping was hard, Guns poked through the paper, And my spouse cut a hand, On the robot’s steel rapier. So my spouse had a scotch, Then a hot rum or two, And the robot got wrapped Though a ray gun stuck through.

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The robot, we thought Was a most fitting gift... A good Christmas trifle To give Junior a lift. Junior’s asleep now. The child’s tired right out. He threw a huge tantrum, We’re not sure what about. Yes, a robot’s the right gift To give to our sleeper To remind him of Jesus. It’s called the “Peacekeeper.”

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Community of Elnora Sundays - Community Sunday School & Adult Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. at the Elnora DropIn Centre. Curling Club Regular Mixed Curling runs from Monday to Thursday evenings. Seniors runs Mondays. Call 403-773-3683; 403-773-3551 or 403-755-1605 for more info. Membership fees - $45.00. You can also register on line at Carpet Bowling Wednesday afternoon at the Elnora Drop-In Centre at 1:30 p.m. Call Mary Logan at 403-773-3133 for more info. Quilting Call Joan Roberts at 403-773-3658 for more info. Ladies Volleyball Wednesday nights at the school gym Museum Development Committee meets the 1st Tuesday monthly

Elnora Happenings December 23 Cowboy Church special lantern Holiday Communion Service at the Elnora Drop-In at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome for this very special event. There won’t be a service on December 30th, we think. December 29 Volunteer Appreciation supper put on by the Brahma Rama Committee. This is for all the dedicated volunteers that make the Brahma Rama such a successful event in Elnora. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with a Roast Beef supper following at 7 p.m. and a social to follow. December 31 New Year's Eve Party at the Elnora Drop In Centre. Supper at 6:30, Dance at 8:00 to the Gaetz Valley Minstrels. No liquor will be served. For ticket information phone June at 403 749 2161. January 3 Curling starts with a Potluck and Fun Spiel. Call Cheryl at 403-773-3551 for more info. January 4 Regular curling starts with Seniors on Mondays. Call Hazel at 403-773- 3130. Regular Mixed Curling runs from Monday to Thursday evenings. Call 403-773-3683; 403773-3551 or 403-755-1605 for more info. Membership fees - $45.00. You can also register on line at

Something new for those who would enjoy worship in an atmosphere of informal fellowship BOOMTOWN TRAIL COWBOY CHURCH - held at the Elnora Drop-In at 7 pm the second & last Wednesday of each month. Everyone welcome. For more info please call 403-749-2047 or 403-749-3186. Village of Elnora website:

Louise Higgenbottom at 403-773-3570 will be taking bookings for the Elnora Community Hall and the Elnora Ag Centre. Rural Boys and Girls Clubs meet Thursdays at Elnora Drop-In from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. If you have any ideas about how to encourage the youth of Elnora to be involved in positive activities, events or pursuits, please come and help out with your own talents. Neighbourhood Place Contact April at 403-773-3171. Elnora FCSS Contact Helena Smith at 403-773-3920 Elnora 4-H Beef Club contact Helena Smith at 403-773-2249 Elnora Play School will be on Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 am in the basement of the Elnora United Church, led by Charmaine May from Trochu. For more info, call Terrina at 403391-0244 Parents & Tots Playgroup Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Anglican Church Basement. Call Tatiana Gregory 403-773-2126 for more info. Elnora Library: (phone: 403-773-3966) Wed. 4:00-8:00 pm; Thurs 4:00-8:00 pm; Fri. 10:00 - 2:00 pm Website: Email:

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Elnora Community Bus to Red Deer every 4th Monday. Contact Betty for more info 403-7732374. Sensible Eaters meet Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Health Care Centre. Call 403773-3105 for info. Open AA/Al-anon meetings 1st Monday of each month, at Elnora Anglican Church @ 8:30 pm.

March 25 Flower & Bench Show Committee Meeting. Call Ellen at 773-2127 for more info. More volunteers - any age - welcomed.

Elnora Drop-In Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 1st Tuesday 1st Friday 1st & 3rd Friday 2nd & 4th Fridays

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Skating lessons Please call Becky at 403-773-3500 for more info.

The Annual Golf for Cancer Call Jim/Chick at (403) 773-3191 to register your team.

Lab Hours Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 - noon at the Elnora Community Health Centre.

Cribbage Whist Carpet Bowling Boys & Girls Clubs Meeting Potluck Jam sessions Tea & Visit

7:30 pm 1:30 pm Cost is $2.00. 1:30 pm 3:30 - 8:30 pm 10:00 am noon call 403-773-2265 for more info

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Trochu & District Dec. 15 - Jan. 1

Forest of Lights at our Arboretum

Jan. 15 & 16

Torch Run and Carnival weekend

AA Meeting Wednesdays 7:00 pm 403-442-2162 Communities In Bloom 1st Monday 7:00 pm @ Library 403-442-3173 Huxley 4H Beef Club 3rd Monday 7:30 pm 403-442-2052 Huxley Community Association 1st Tuesday 7:30 pm 403-442-2678 Huxley United Church Women 2nd Thursday 7:30 pm 403-442-2340 Kneehill KidSport 2nd Tuesday 7:30 pm 403-443-0793 St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary 3rd Tuesday 7:00 pm 403-442-3130 Take Off Pounds Sensibly every Thursday at 8:45 am 403-442-2447 Torrington Lioness Club 2nd Mondays 8:00 pm 403-631-2236 Torrington Lion’s Club 1st & 3rd Monday’s 8:00 pm 403-631-2236 Torrington Tourism Action Society 3rd Monday 7:00 pm 403-6312255 Trochu Arboretum Society 4th Tuesday 403-442-2111 Trochu Catholic Women’s League 4th Wednesday 403-442-3820 Trochu Chamber of Commerce 3rd Thursday 6:30 pm 403-442-2703 Trochu & District Museum 3rd Thursday 7:30 pm 403-442-3935 Trochu Elks 1st Tuesday 8:00 pm 403-442-2572 Trochu Fire Department 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 403-442-2217 Trochu Library Board 1st Tuesday 403-442-2458 Trochu Lions 2nd & 4th Mondays 403-442-3061 Trochu Neighbourhood Place 3rd Monday 5:00 pm 403-442-2839 Trochu Royal Purple 2nd Tuesday 8:00 pm 403-442-2685 Wimborne Ladies Club 1st Tuesday 403-631-2494 Wimborne & District Fish & Game Association 1st Wednesday 403631-2383

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Your Community Needs You Winter is the season when we hear a lot about charitable donations for campaigns like United Way’s Coats for Kids™ and families. Winter can be tough for those less fortunate. It is also the time you will see creative initiatives such as decorating a workplace Christmas tree with mitts, socks, hats or scarves. Later, the tree “decorations” get donated directly to social agencies that provide the clothing to special community members. Look through your closets and pick out some of the winter clothes you do not wear anymore and are in good condition. Find a charity that gives clothes free to those who need them. Tips • Develop a list of local charitable agencies that are running low in winter clothes and boots. Differentiate the agencies that give clothes away free and directly to those who need it most versus agencies that sell reused clothes to the public. • Initiate a conversation with your colleagues and friends and come up with an idea to capture their attention and involvement. • Make a poster or send electronic information around to make folks aware of what you are collecting and remind them a couple of times to bring the stuff in. • Make it more than a one-time event. Winter goes on for months in Alberta so continue collecting during January, February and March. Did you know? The action words in the three R hierarchy are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Giving to your community will reduce old clothes going into the waste stream and they will be reused directly by people who need them the most. Together, we can make a difference. Share one or two things you do to be green on the One Simple Act website ( Add Your Voice. ___________________________________

The day we flew kites by Frances Fowler "String!" shouted Brother, bursting into the kitchen. "We need lots more string." It was Saturday. As always, it was a busy one, for "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work" was taken seriously then. Outside, Father and Mr. Patrick next door were doing chores. Inside the two houses, Mother and Mrs. Patrick were engaged in spring cleaning. Such a windy March day was ideal for "turning out" clothes closets. Already woolens flapped on back yard clotheslines. Somehow the boys had slipped away to the back lot with their kites. Now, even at the risk of having Brother impounded to beat carpets, they had sent him for more string. Apparently, there was no limit to the heights to which kites would soar today. My mother looked at the sitting room, its furniture disordered for a Spartan sweeping. Again her eyes wavered toward the window. Come on girls! "Let's take string to the boys and watch them fly the kites a minute." On the way we met Mrs. Patrick, laughing guiltily, escorted by her girls. There never was such a day for flying kites! God doesn't make two such days in a century. We played all our fresh twine into the boys' kites and still they soared. We could hardly distinguish the tiny, orangecolored specks. Now and then we slowly reeled one in, finally bringing it dipping and tugging to earth, for the sheer joy of sending it up again.

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Friday, December 18, 2009 What a thrill to run with them, to the right, to the left, and see our poor, earth-bound movements reflected minutes later in the majestic skydance of the kites! We wrote wishes on slips of paper and slipped them over the string. Slowly, irresistibly, they climbed up until they reached the kites. Surely all wishes would be granted. Even our Fathers dropped hoe and hammer and joined us. Our mothers took their turn, laughing like schoolgirls. Their hair blew out their pompadour and curled loose about their cheeks; their gingham aprons whipped about their legs. Mingled with our fun was something akin to awe. The grownups were really playing with us! Once I looked at Mother and thought she looked actually pretty. And her over forty! We never knew where the hours went on that hilltop that day. There were no hours, just a golden breeze now. I think we were all beside ourselves. Parents forgot their duty and their dignity; children forgot their combativeness and small spites. "Perhaps it's like this in the kingdom of Heaven," I thought confusedly. It was growing dark before, drunk with sun and air, we all stumbled sleepily back to the houses. I suppose we had some sort of supper. I suppose there must have been a surface tidying-up, for the house on Sunday looked decorous enough. The strange thing was, we didn't mention that day afterward. I felt a little embarrassed. Surely none of the others had thrilled to it as deeply as I. I locked the memory up in that deepest part of me where we keep "the things that cannot be and yet they are." The years went on, then one day I was scurrying about my own kitchen in a city apartment, trying to get some work out of the way while my three-year old insistently cried her desire to "go park and see ducks." "I can't go!" I said. "I have this and this to do, and when I'm through I'll be too tired to walk that far." My mother, who was visiting us, looked up from the peas she was shelling. "It's a wonderful day," she offered; "really warm, yet there's a fine, fresh breeze. It reminds me of that day we flew kites." I stopped in my dash between stove and sink. The locked door flew open and with it a gush of memories. I pulled off my apron. "Come on" I told my little girl. "You're right, it's too good a day to miss." Another decade passed. We were in the aftermath of a great war. All evening we had been asking our returned soldier, the youngest Patrick Boy, about his experiences as a prisoner of war. He had talked freely, but now for a long time he had been silent. What was he thinking of -what dark and dreadful things? "Say!" A smile twitched his lips. "Do you remember -- no, of course you wouldn't. It probably didn't make the impression on you it did on me." I hardly dared speak. "Remember what?" "I used to think of that day a lot in PW camp, when things weren't too good. Do you remember the day we flew the kites?" Winter came, and the sad duty of call of condolence on Mrs. Patrick, recently widowed. I dreaded the call. I couldn't imagine how Mrs. Patrick could face life alone. We talked a little of my family and her grandchildren and the changes in the town. Then she was silent, looking down at her lap. I cleared my throat. Now I must say something about her loss, and she would begin to cry. When she looked up, Mrs. Patrick was smiling. "I was just sitting here thinking," she said. "Henry had such fun that day. Frances, do you remember the day we flew the kites?"

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Lifestyle changes help prevent and manage diabetes Diabetes affects nearly three million Canadians. In Alberta, more than one in every 20 people has diabetes. It is estimated that 90-95 per cent of all diabetes cases are Type 2, which happens when the pancreas does not produce enough insu-lin or the body does not effectively use the insulin it makes. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood, although increasing numbers of children in high-risk populations are being diagnosed. Only 5-10 per cent of people are Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in childhood and occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in complications, including diseases of the heart, kidney, and eyes as well as nerve damage. Recognize the signs and symptoms The first step in preventing or delaying the onset of these compli-cations is recognizing the signs and symptoms of diabetes: • Unusual thirst • Frequent urination • Weight change (gain or loss) • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy • Blurred vision • Frequent or recurring infections • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet Healthy lifestyle changes for everyone Research shows lifestyle changes can help in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes. The changes below are options for all people, not just those at risk of developing diabetes. • Be more active: add 30 minutes of moderate walking every day. • Eat more whole grains, beans and lentils, fruit and vegetables, and low-fat milk products. • Reduce weight, if overweight. Overweight people are at risk of developing diabetes.

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Here are some tips to help keep your family and home safe from fire. Ensure that every member of the family knows the location of the fire extinguishers in your home and how to use the unit. Make sure your unit is fully charged. There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless, making it a silent threat. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm every year. Replace your batteries when you turn back your clocks for daylight savings. Every family should have an escape plan in case of fire. Talk about your plan and practise it at least once a year.

Tips for fire safety in every room of your house: Bedroom • Install at least one smoke alarm outside or in every bedroom. • Check electrical appliances regularly. • Bedrooms should be non-smoking areas. Living Room • Always use an appropriate-sized fireplace screen. • Do not overload electrical outlets. • Never leave lit candles unattended. Kitchen • Check kettles and toasters for damaged electrical cords. • Never leave your cooking unattended. • Keep a pot cover nearby in the event of a stove fire. Basement and Attic • Remove all flammable materials from the basement and attic. • Do not store propane indoors. • Have a professional check the furnace yearly. Garage and Workshop • Remove garbage, paper products, oily rags and wood shavings regularly. For more information, visit

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Are You Fiscally Fit? Dawne Adkins, Director of Marketing, Community Capital

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Money Language for Couples Community Capital is excited to be working with Family Services of Central Alberta to provide a new program: Money Language for Couples. This program is open to couples who wish to learn more about the financial language they are speaking and how that impacts their decisions and relationship. We know that finances is the number one reason couples split up so it stands to reason that the better your understanding about finances the stronger your relationship. There is no right or wrong language to be speaking, the key is to know what connection you have to money and, from there, examine the connection your partner has. It is very likely these connections will be different. This insight will allow you to better communicate with each other when it comes time to make big financial decisions but also help you understand the motivation behind the day to day financial function of your household. Money has a great deal of emotion associated with it and represents power and control in our society. When that power is more balanced in a relationship everyone benefits. Achieving that balance is hard work! Change is always a challenge because there is an element of fear there: what if things get worse, what if this doesn’t work, what if I lose out? All of these are valid concerns and are often what prevent us from making changes even if the current way isn’t working. At Community Capital, we believe: Change is good! For more information, please contact me or call Family Services of Central Alberta at 403-343-6400. Community Capital is a non-profit organization based in Central Alberta that is committed to helping people make better financial decisions. Call 403-340-1323 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Healthy Alberta The Link Between Breakfast and Obesity About two-thirds of Canadian adults are overweight or obese. While there are no easy solutions for preventing obesity, recent research suggests that eating breakfast can make a difference. People who eat breakfast are less likely than "breakfast skippers" to overeat at other points in the day. In addition, choosing a nutritious breakfast that contains foods from at least three of the four food groups can help to rev up your metabolism and make you a better calorieburner! Holiday Stress The holidays are a fun time of the year, but can also be quite stressful. There's so much to do and so little time to do it in! A great stress buster at this time of year is to take a bit of time for yourself to be physically active. The activity - whether a brisk walk, shovelling the drive, or a snowball fight - will give your mind a break and leave you feeling invigorated. For tips and information on active living, healthy eating and much more, visit http:// Delburne, Lousana, Pine Lake, Elnora, Trochu

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