Chautauqua Friday, January 20, 2006

Sharing traditional values with today’s communities

2006 Vol. 5, No. 2

VOTE...JANUARY 23 Health Region supports Smoke-Free Places Act Smoking in public places is an important health issue. The David Thompson Health Region supports smoke-free environments as a way to help restrict the negative health effects caused by smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. On January 1 the Smoke-Free Places Act came into effect in Alberta. The Act sets a minimum standard for all of Alberta and prohibits smoking in any public place or workplace in Alberta that is accessible to people under 18 years of age.

Blaine Calkins Campaigns in Alix area Residents in Alix were fortunate to have a couple of opportunities to meet the Conservative candidate, Blaine Calkins. Blaine was out in Alix on Saturday, November 26/05 to do a walkaround the community, meet the business owners and he attended a Meet-and-Greet at the Seniors Drop In. Blaine came out to Alix again on Friday, January 13th to do another walk-around Alix, knocking on doors. He stopped in at the Seniors Drop In to chat with the constituents there. Blaine also meet with constituents in Mirror, Tees and Clive.

Existing smoke-free bylaws that restrict smoking in all areas take priority over the new Act. However, if local bylaws provide less protection from second-hand smoke, the Act prevails. It’s the responsibility of individual businesses and organizations to find out what the smoking bylaws are in their municipality. The Smoke-Free Places Act is enforced under the Provincial Offenses Act. Peace officers and special constables employed by the province or municipality have the ability to enforce and ticket for infractions of the Smoke-Free Places Act. People or businesses found to be contravening the Act face fines of up to $500. “We are pleased that the Province has taken this step to help protect minors from exposure to second-hand smoke,” said Gail Foreman, tobacco reduction specialist with the David Thompson Health Region. “Tobacco products in all of their forms, from cigarettes labeled ‘light and mild’ to cigars and spit tobacco (snuff and chew) are harmful to human health.” For more information about the Smoke-Free Places Act, please visit www.smokefreeplaces.com. For more information or assistance with quitting any form of tobacco, please contact your local Community Health Centre, AADAC office or the toll-free Smokers’ Helpline at 1866-332-2322.

From the early age of 16, Wyatt Scott (above) has been intriguing audiences around the country, with his mysterious magic abilities and unforgettable charisma. His diverse entertainment combined with quick wit, will leave audiences hungry for more. Wyatt has entertained at hundreds of venues nation wide, and has the ability to captivate audiences, and keep the evening fun and upbeat.

Wyatt stuns the crowd with his perilous fire juggling, and if you're lucky you may even catch his fire eating too. Wyatt uses comical magic that will have spectators laughing out loud, and wondering just how he did that! And if you though that magic was just for kids, you will be pleasantly surprised with Wyatt's risqué Houdini rope escape routine. Always entertaining and guaranteed to create a buzz wherever he goes, Wyatt will astound and amaze everyone he performs for. This past September Wyatt traveled to Los Angeles to perform and compete, among some of the top magicians in North America. He performed his Chair suspension illusion and took an amazing second place award in the Stage competition at the 73rd annual PCAM Convention. If you would like to learn more about Wyatt or any of his students check out his website www.wyatt-scott.com Tickets are still available at Alix Home Hardware and the Candy Bouquet to see Wyatt perform at the Alix Community Hall on Jan. 21st. For more information call 747-2444.

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

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FROM THE EDITOR’S COMPUTER Time flies when you’re having fun! That saying is certainly true because I can’t believe how fast time has flown by...it has been four years since I took over entertaining you twice a month with a little newspaper called The Chautauqua.

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Please support your local businesses.

During the past four years I’ve managed to put out a paper, when I’m supposed to, despite numerous challenges, including technological malfunctions, crazy schedules, and other major and minor headaches and glitches along the way.

cent loss and Atkinson family.

As well, during the past four years, the newspaper has undergone a few changes - layout, number of pages, readership, area covered. The most recent change being this month with the change in layout.

As I enter this new year of providing the residents of the various communities I serve, I look forward to sharing more of the changes and challenges ahead - both good and bad with you all. Sorrow shared is halved, and joy shared is doubled.

I’ve had the opportunity to share with you the many and varied achievements and accomplishments of both individuals and communities. We’ve rejoiced and celebrated together lots of good times.

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We’ve also shared in the sorrow of local tragedies and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawksworth family on their re-

Nothing stays the same. Seasons come and go. Life goes on. We have a choice to continue to grow and improve ourselves, or stagnate.

Not to worry, not to fret, All is well, but not just yet! - English verse

The Chautauqua 403-352-3837 (cell) Box 249 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 Email: [email protected] Items may be submitted at Alix Library Sorry...NO FAXES ACCEPTED Owner/Editor: Beth Richardson Display Ads: $4.00 per column per inch Classifieds: $4.00 (up to 25 words)

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Subscriptions are available Cost: $26.00 for the year (24 issues) Payable to: Beth Richardson (Chautauqua) Please submit your name and mailing address, with payment to: The Chautauqua Box 249 Alix, AB T0C 0B0

VILLAGE OF ALIX

Office 747-2495

Emergency 747-2929

FCSS/Recreation 747-2030

Mayor Marlene Kortzman 747-2652 Deputy Mayor Mel Henderson 747-2127 Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish 747-3300 Councillor Patrick Lynch 747-2413 Councilor Larry Yarwood The Village of Alix Office Hours are:

REMINDERS TOWN HALL MEETING January 31st, 2006 in the Alix Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. Dog Licenses are due. All dog licenses purchased after January 31, 2006 will increase to $50.00 per license. The fee before January 31st is $25.00 for unspayed or neutered animals and $15.00 for spayed and neutered animals. Business Licenses are due. Business licenses fees are $20.00 for local business and $50.00 for out of the area businesses. All local business is a business with a Alix mailing address. Tax Installment Plan anyone on the tax installment plan please contact the Village Office to find out what your postdated cheque amounts are for the first 5 months of 2006. Cheques are due on the 28th of each month beginning with the month of January. Anyone not on the plan

Monday to Friday

747-2159

8:00 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

who wishes to join must do so by the 28th. You are required to attend the Village Office to fill in the necessary forms. Also, all taxes owing to the Village must be paid in full prior to joining the plan. Congratulations to the Alix Gator Inn (Amy’s Restaurant) on your very proactive and progressive move to be open at 5:00 am to service the activity in the area. Good luck. Congratulations to Jeanne’s Pizza Pantry on your interior renovations. They are great. Thank you for your responses to the questionnaire. The results will be available at the Town Hall Meeting.

Update on Water The Hwy 12/21 Water Committee has tendered for the construction of stage one of the water project. This is the 8.5 km water line from the junction of Hwy 21 and 12 east of Alix. Construction is anticipated in April/May of this year.

A general meeting was held Tuesday, January 10 in Alix, to update all Councils of the Hwy 12/21 Water Committee progress. A general meeting was held January 12, 2006 in Castor. 15 Municipalities were present. Consultant John vonDoesburg presented the options of formulating a large water commission and the funding formula. Reeve Terry Engen from Lacombe County represented the Hwy 12/21 Water Committee. He presented our water situation and stressed the urgency for the Village of Alix. Please be assured that the Village of Alix and neighboring communities are the Provincial Government’s first priority regarding our water needs. We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to MLA Ray Prins for his continued efforts and support. Thank you to Rahr Malting for their continued support by supplying the Village with additional water at a very reasonable rate.

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VILLAGE OF ALIX

TOWN HALL MEETING Invitation from: The Village of Alix Council When: JANUARY 31, 2006 Time: 7:00 P.M. Where: ALIX COMMUNITY HALL To Be Discussed: - Water - Streets - Development – Residential/Commercial/Industrial - Multi Use Facility Project - Minimum Tax Bylaw - Results of questionnaire

Everyone is encouraged to attend. Mayor Marlene Kortzman 747-2652 Deputy Mayor Mel Henderson 747-2127 Councillors: Mary-Louise Lapish 747-3733 Patrick Lynch 747-2413 Larry Yarwood 747-2159

Chief Administrative Officer Ken Gwozdz 747-2495

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4928 - 50th St. 403-747-3233 Box 69 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 [email protected] http://alixpublic.prl.ab.ca READ with the ALIXGATOR

Librarian: Beth Richardson

WHEN IN QUEBEC Our travel evenings begin again on Jan. 21 at 6:30 pm at the Library. Potluck supper followed by some sharing time. Everyone welcome to join us. LIBRARY CARD FEES: $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 investing in the future of Alberta through a legacy donation to the library. 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. BOOK SALE - We have a number of gently used books for sale at the Library. We also accept book donations. BIG BOOK SALE FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER! ONLINE CATALOG http://alixpublic.prl.ab.ca Select Catalogue. 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). ______________ WHAT’S NEW To keep up to date and find out what’s new at the library, go to http://alixpublic.prl.ab.ca

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. - Aristotle (BC 384-322)

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

New Books Strangers by Lisa Jackson - There is only one way to find out if Mitch is Chelsea's long-lost flame, but can she live with herself in the morning?...Try as she might, Kaylie can't erase the memories of Zane...memories that have nothing to do with protection. After Hours by Lynn Erickson - Nick trails Portia...at first to betray her, then to protect her...Portia rails against trusting him, but desire has a mind of its own Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund grant, in honour of Alberta’s centennial, has presented a number of books to local libraries which encourage Albertans to be more inclusive, understanding and more open to discussing diversity in their communities. Traplines by Eden Robinson - A world in which fast food, banged-up cars and the grunge of modern adolescence barely camouflage the dark extremes of sex, fear, and desire - and the longing for love. Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die: death stories of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist, and Zen masters - valuable guidance in he form of 108 stories recounting the ways in which masters have confronted their own deaths...provides inspiration and nourishment to anyone truly concerned with the fundamental issues of life and death. Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World by Jan Goodwin - Militant Islam is changing the way millions behave and how nations are governed; its impact on women is devastating...this book brings to life a world in which women have become pawns in a power game. Making it Home: Real-life Stories from Children Forced to Flee - Children living all over the world speak about their experiences of being forced to flee their homes; about becoming refugees. Our Bodies, Ourselves: the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective - Everything you need for making key decisions about your health...a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

NOW AVAILABLE AT ALIX AGENCY Shop for quality women’s fashions in the comfort of your own home.

for the Trucking Industry

New Year Specials!

PERMITS FOR OVERWEIGHT & OVERDIMENSIONAL

Beth Richardson

788-3835/352-3837

Alix Community Services Coordinator: Glenna Carlson 747-2030 Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 to 12:00.

The new year has started off slowly, but I’m sure will pick up. I was visited last week by a young man and his mother. He gave me some money that was earned by him and his friend by shoveling walks. They decided to donate the money to charity. This just confirms my belief that our younger generation has good hearts. So next time you see a young person doing something good, let them know. Drivers’ Ed: I am once again trying to set this up through AMA. If you have a young person interested, let me know. They require a minimum of 10, so please register ASAP. Food Services Course: This is a course put on by Health and Safety. I don’t have all the details yet, but hopefully I will next week. Blood Donor Clinic: Canadian Blood Services will come out if there is an interest, so please phone me if you are willing to donate. If there are any courses you would like to have, please contact me.

Health Facts INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATIONS The DTHR walk-in flu clinics are now complete, but the influenza vaccine is still available by appointment. Appointments can be made by contacting your local community health centre. What did you think? Fax your comments to (403) 341-8632 or email us at [email protected] To subscribe, visit: www.dthr.ab.ca/news/healthfacts.

Times Have Changed! • • • • • • • • • • •

Memory was something you lost with age An application was for employment A program was a TV show A cursor used profanity A keyboard was a piano A web was a spider's home A virus was the flu A CD was a bank account A hard drive was a long trip on the road A mouse pad was where a mouse lived And if you had a 3 inch floppy . . . . you just hoped nobody ever found out! - Author Unknown

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ALIX COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

ALIX HOME HARDWARE Colours for Living Check out our new Paint Chip Display Rack. Larger individual colour chips

Colours are grouped into: *Relaxing *Comforting *Inviting *Alluring *Enriching *Energizing Colours have heart-stopping appeal to make you fall in love with your home all over again! We offer Match-Rite Colour Analysis and can match any sample (fabric or whatever). Don't forget our Beauti-Tone Paint has a No Quibble Guarantee.

Help is Close to HOME

Alix Chamber of Commerce Marilyn Sutley Alix Farmers’ Market Debbie Cowan Alix Fire Department Jim vonHollen Alix MAC School Rod Phillips Alix Public Library Beth Richardson Citizens on Patrol Steven Duffin Community Services Board Glenna Carlson 747-2030 Neighbourhood Network Luc Bailly 788-2996 Alix Food Bank Eve Keates 747-3119 Alix Preschool Jill Hillman 747-2099 Alix Agricultural Society Wanda McKendrick 788-2274 Parelli Natural Horsemanship Group Wanda McKendrick 788-2274 Alix Curling Club Glenna Carlson 747-2107 or 747-2030 Alix Figure Skating Club Mary Borgens 747-3787 Alix Lions Club Curt Peterson 747-2584 Alix Minor Hockey Karen Novakowski 747-2296 Carroll Club Lillian Fair 747-2974 Haunted Lakes Golf Club Russ Slattery 747-2652 Haunted Lakes Pony Club Carina Forsstrom 747-3013

Benylin Cough Syrup

Time for Tots Ramona Gartner 747-2154 1st Parlby Creek Scouts Beavers: Murray Meldrum 784-2407 Cubs: Gord Peters 784-2978 Scouts: Rob Coxen 784-3427 Group Chair: Carla Kenney 784-3055 1st Parlby is the only Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the Clive, Tees, Alix and Mirror area. Ripley Community Hall Connie Barritt Stanton Community Hall Diane Gessleman Three Links Society Lacombe Foundation Women’s Institute Irene Guynup United Church Women Jean McDermand

747-2363 782-4118 747-2794 747-2352

If any other groups or organizations in Alix would like to be added to this list, please contact Glenna at 747-2030 or Beth at 352-3837.

GORDON C. SAVILLE

$4.99

Brita Filters

747-2217

9:30 a.m.

$15.99

Rexall 2-Ply Bathroom Tissue 8 rolls $1.99

Railway Avenue

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Alix MAC School Write-up/Pictures submitted by Rod Phillips As a community project, Alix-MAC was asked to design and build a bull which will be unveiled at the minor hockey tournament on Jan. 7/8th. From there, the bull will make its way to the lake where tickets will be sold to see when the spring melt comes and the bull falls in.

I'd like to thank the people who made the bull and did a lot of the work in getting it done. Thanks to our senior high Art students, especially Krystle Janiszewski, Jenna Van Oosten, Holly Boice, Amy Torringa, Amber Stang and Nicole Lapish for the design, drawing and painting. Thanks to Josh Plunkett and his family for the building and cutting. Also helping with miscellaneous tasks and initial priming were Josh Metcalf and Travis Stanyer. I thank all those students involved as I think they did an awesome job and have represented the school extremely well as we endeavor to work with the Village to promote Alix and Alix-MAC.

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Michelle Johnson (right) has now joined the Alix MAC staff, working as an Educational Assistant in our grade 3/4 classroom.

Ryan Mehle who won our first inaugural CanWest Spelling Bee. Ryan won on the 8th round of competition against 13 other students from grades 4-8 and will now go to Calgary in February for the next level of competition. Ryan is a solid academic student who has a well-rounded vocabulary and I'm sure he will represent our school well. Congratulations to Ryan and good luck.

Highlights from FAMS Jan. 12, 2006 meeting ENVIRONMENTAL ALMANAC

submitted by Marie Payne Treasure’s report: Balance in Casino Account the same at $296.88 Fundraising account $13,014.37 In December the FAMS bus was used for one Sr. High Basketball trip, a band trip and two ADAAC trips. The board has concerns regarding the low bank balance and not running short of funds before the next Casino fundraiser. A motion was made to request written proposals for bus trips longer than 5 hours prior to booking the bus. The board will review these longer trips on an individual bases. Users may be charged higher fees for these longer trips. Trips related to school curriculum and school team sports have higher priority than entertainment trips. We hope that the transportation costs can be recovered by the user fees. User fees can stay lower when the bus is filled with riders. The next meeting is the Annual Meeting, We invite anyone with interest to come and join us for the evening FEB. 8 at 7 p.m. in the ALIX MAC Library. Come see all the events and trips sponsored by FAMS this last year and help us decide how to use our limited funds for the next year. Nominations for the Vice Chair will be held at the Annual meeting. Watch for a dazzling fundraiser in the coming months. We will be selling raffle tickets on a sparkling prize. Robert Forsstrom is welcomed as a new board member. The minutes of the FAMS meeting, as well as valuable parent information, can be viewed on the Alix MAC website http://www.wolfcreek.ab.ca/ax/.

By Bud Bargholz Alix Weather for December, 2005 • • •

The high temperature was on the 22nd at +12.8. The low was –27.7 on the 6th. We only had 7.1 cm of snow. Since October 1st we have had only 20 cm of snow. The normal for this period is 65 cm. It’s been pretty dry.

Review of 2005 The low temperature for the year was –41.4 on January 13th. The high temperature was 34.2 on August 1st. Precipitation totaled 654.5 mm or 25.7 inches of water. This consisted of 178.9 cm of snow or 70 inches. We got 475 mm of rain or 18.7 inches. Worst Blizzard in Canadian Railway History January 30 to February 8, 1947 - a ten-day blizzard buried towns and trains from Winnipeg to Calgary, causing some Saskatchewan roads and rail lines to remain plugged with snow until spring. Children stepped over power lines to get to schools and built tunnels to get to the outhouse. A Moose Jaw farmer had to cut a hole in the roof of his barn to get in to feed his cows. I hope everyone had a good Christmas, and I wish everyone a great new year.

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Alix Minor Hockey on the Ice! Submitted by Kim Helfrich and Rhonda Brandon Back in September at our Community Registration Night, we were a little uncertain about how many teams we would be able to put on the ice this year as there didn’t seem to be much interest. As a result of some marketing and recruiting done by current players, parents and the coaches we have this year, we have three teams on the ice. Our Initiation/Novice team of 14 kids includes Raye Meyn, Mellisa Guest, Jonathan Allan, Kyle Snethlage, Shane Bernard, Bradley Fulford, Justin Verveda, Marshall McIntosh, Tanner Buelow, Spencer Helfrich, Tyler Gaudet, Jarrett Brandon, Kory Brooks-Poloway, and Talen Anderson. Coaches are Jason Helfrich and Clarence Verveda. These kids have practice twice a week, and some games scheduled through March, including hosting a tournament so come on out and support the boys. Watch for details at the arena. We’d love to see you!

Santa joins the Alix Minor Hockey players on the ice, showing off his skill, and impressing the players.

Our Atom team is playing league this year with many games all over North Central Alberta. They are doing well and have 12 players this year. The team consists of Pierce Sorenson, Jordan Marshall, Jordan Holmes, Michael Verveda, Travis Verveda, Jonathan Verveda, Zack Tindal, Lambert Novakovski, Layne Smith, Austin Letendre, Tanner Shapka, and Tyler Wagner. The coaches are Grant Novakovski, Mike Tindal, and Trevor Wagner. Alix is hosting a tournament and would love to have some community support for this tournament. See you there! Third, our Midget team had a struggle getting out of gate, but the heart of this team makes up for its small numbers. They are playing their hearts out every game, and we are proud of the effort they have put into this team. The team includes Colton Menage, Clay Atkey, Alex Atkey, Derrick Pennoyer, Steven Dahl, Kaleb Henry, Josh Cote, Philip Hicks, Billy Healing, Kelly Gramlich, Chris Duffin, Garrett Gramlich, and Terry Besuijen. They are coached by Jordan Pennoyer, Brad Calder and Brendan Atkey. The Alix Minor Hockey Association would like to thank Marilyn Sutley and Community Savings for a generous donation of $100 to each of our teams this year. It’s this kind of community support that we need to succeed and grow. Thanks Marilyn and staff!

Santa paid a visit to the Alix Arena before Christmas, giving the Alix Minor Hockey team players a chance to let the jolly old elf know their special Christmas wishes. Kory Brooks-Poloway (above) chats with Santa. Special thanks to Josh Plunkett, from the Alix Minor Hockey Association, for sharing the joy of the Christmas season with the players and taking time to join them on the ice.

Volunteers are needed for Minor Hockey… The Alix Minor Hockey Association would like to thank Karen and Grant Novakovski for the time they have spent on the executive as they have stepped down from their posts as President and Vice-President. We need these positions filled as soon as possible, as well as either Social Convenor or Registrar as they are currently held by one person. If you would like to see the hockey program in Alix continue to grow and succeed, please contact anyone of the following executive members to volunteer. You do not need to have a child involved in hockey to be a part of our team! Please join us. Kim Helfrich, Treasurer

747-3932

Leanne Elder, Secretary

747-3817

Farmers and Ranchers are you wanting to… • • •

Ensure farm health and safety? Protect and improve the environment? Access up to $30,000 in incentive dollars?

Then come to a voluntary, confidential and FREE workshop near you! For more information call:

Elaine Lysons Ponoka, AB PH: 403-783-8245 [email protected]

www.albertaEFP.com

Farmers Develop a FREE environmental plan for your farm!

Attend an Environmental Farm Plan Workshop in your area and learn how to develop an action plan that gives you the tools to enhance your farm operation.

County of Lacombe Workshop I Workshop II Alix

Jan. 30 Feb. 6 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Workshop I Workshop II Lacombe

Feb. 1 Feb. 8 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Call Elaine or Don Lysons to register: 403-783-8245 or 588-8245

www.albertaEFP.com

Rhonda Brandon, Registrar/Social Convenor 747-000 Tyler Holmes, Arena Board Liaison, 747-3175 Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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Letter to the Editor I read The Chautauqua on Jan. 5, 2006 and read that the Hall Board was requested to hand over the control of the Hall to the Village Council. Well, I don’t know what Council meeting our Mayor and Councillors were at, but I handed them a letter stating that we, as a Hall Board, resigned as of Dec. 20, 2005. What they don’t say is that Nov. 21st was my first Hall Board meeting, and we were trying to get some things in order that needed to be done. On Nov. 22, Candice Hewlett and I went to a Council meeting and they were told that I was chairperson, and they asked us to get our Hall in order. I asked Council to give me a year to get some things in the Hall done, and I would start right away in doing what needed to be done for Council. It was done even before our next meeting. We told them that we planned many things for the Hall for 2006. We got a letter back from Council stating we had our year to get things done. Then on Dec. 15th we had a Hall Board meeting at Candice Hewlett’s house. A Village Representative asked if they could have the bookings. We outright said no. So on Dec. 20th I went to another Council meeting and told them that we were doing a good job of doing the bookings and that we would not give them up. They told me that they had some complaints, and I told them I would look into it. I also told them that 75 percent was booking and 25 percent was cleaning. We weren’t just keeping the Hall clean for them. I asked them for an answer now, instead of later, because this was going on for too long and to give us our year to get some things done for our Hall. But that didn’t happen, so I handed them our letter that night which was Dec. 20th. We resigned as a Hall Board. They didn’t ask for our letter. That’s my recollection, if they will let you read the minutes. Deb Cowan

Women From Across Canada Meet in Alberta

In January, Albertans are going to see changes on their electricity bills totalling up to $28 depending on their provider. The first and most substantial increase may be on the bill’s energy charges. This increase is due primarily to the high cost of natural gas, and could range between $0 and $20. All over Canada electricity rates are rising. In Alberta’s competitive electricity market, rates differ between energy providers, but are comparable to those of other jurisdictions in Canada where power is generated using natural gas. The second increase will be to the charges for transporting electricity, known as transmission charges. Previously, consumers have not seen the full transmission charge as part of it was

The View From My Window By (Peeping) Thomasina

Submitted by Gloria Coates In June 2006, Alberta Women’s Institute (AWI) will host the triennial convention of Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. More than three hundred women from across our nation will gather in Red Deer to discuss organization business, plan programming for the next triennium and discover some of the wonders of Alberta. Women’s Institute instigated by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless in Stoney Creek, Ontario, in 1897, is an organization for “women of all ages who achieve change through personal growth, communication and education” (our mission statement). It spread throughout Canada (Alberta in 1909) and now, under the umbrella of Associated Country Women of the World, has evolved into the largest rural women’s organization in the world, with more than 6,000,000 members in over 90 countries. Caring, dedicated and enthusiastic women throughout the world carry on the proud tradition of learning, sharing and improving the quality of life “For Home and Country” (our motto). Every branch of Women’s Institutes in Alberta is involved in making this a vibrant and successful convention. Each province gets this opportunity approximately every thirty years, so we offer a warm welcome to the delegates and plan to showcase Alberta in the most exciting ways possible. For more information on the Alberta Women’s Institute group in your area contact: Alix WI: Irene Guynup 403-747-2794 Bashaw WI: Flo Rider 403-883-2729 Kanata WI: Yvonne Stewart 403-742-4277 Lacombe WI: Helen Williams 403-782-4906 Leslieville WI Sharon Sztym 403-729-2625 Red Deer area Roberta Peters 403-749-2433

RAY PRINS, MLA LACOMBE PONOKA Electricity in Alberta

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“bundled” in with the per kilowatt hour (kWh) energy charge. Now customers will see the full cost of transmission as a delivery charge on the bill, and may see an increase between $0 and $8 on the transmission charges depending on the energy provider. While it may take some time, it is expected, as the energy charge bill component no longer reflects the cost of the transmission, that competition among generators will partially offset energy rates accordingly. The new transmission billing structure will help to ensure a more transparent electricity bill and allow the consumer to see more clearly where their money is going. The changes to the transmission charges are not being cause by planned expansion of the transmission infrastructure in Alberta. Upgraded transmission is required to support new generation to meet future economic needs and population growth, and new transmission is being planned and will be developed soon. As

There was many a day I was all prepared to observe the to and froing on the street, but I was hindered by the heavy obscuring mist. I could tell you what I thought I spied, but I may inadvertently reveal what could be called an untruth as I am not sure what I saw. Then just when I thought I’d have a chance to reveal some choice tidbits of information with you, the heavenly dome opened up its store and released its load of filigreed icy particles upon us. So, I’ll leave you with the vision of Jack Frost’s artistic renderings upon the structures and flora of our street. When the heavenly orb graced us with its presence, the street took on a delightful bejeweled appearance. The greatest marvel of technology is that if it breaks down, we can fix it; if it has flaws, we can debug it; if it doesn't work at all, we can ignore it; and if it works well, we can make it work better. No one has as yet figured out a way to debug the human factor. It is the most complicated aspect of any technological system, yet it's the one that gets the least attention, is least discussed, the least researched, and perhaps the least understood. -- Fine (1982, p. 209). In Information technology : critical choices for library decision makers / edited by Allen Kent and Thomas J. Galvin. New York : M. Dekker, 1982.

this much-needed transmission is built or upgraded, consumer bills will be subject to minimal increases in delivery charges. However, these increases will not appear on consumer bills until after the transmission infrastructure is operating in 2010. Restructuring has continually benefited Albertans by providing new investment and expanded choices for consumers. As choice breeds competition, an important element of Alberta’s restructured electricity marketplace is the freedom for customers to choose the energy provider and products that best suit their needs. If you would like more information about Alberta’s electricity market or your opt i o n s , c h e c k o u t www.customerchoice.gov.ab.ca, or call the Department of Energy, Public Information Centre at (780) 427-0265. If you have any questions or comments on any issue, please call my Constituency Office at 782-7725 or Toll Free at 1-800-565-6432. By mail to 4960B Hwy 2A Lacombe, AB T4L 1J9 or [email protected]

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Alix I am proud to be a community member of Alix for a couple of reasons. First, Alix has great activities for kids. To expand, Girl Guides, Scouts, kids Club, and Skating. Second, we often celebrate holidays with parades or other things. To explain, days like, beach day, Christmas, Easter, Canada day often have parades. Third, Alix has a great school. To describe, Alix has awesome teachers. Finally, Alix is a great place because it has activities I am proud to live in Alix for a couple of reasons. To begin with, I like to go to Alix MAC School. To define, for kids, we the teachers are really nice; they make sure you are safe, doing okay, and having a good time, and most of all celebrate learning something. Also, at Alix MAC School we have a group of people that plan lots of field trips. To exholidays, plain, we go to West Edmonton Mall, Rocky Mountain House, and the Collicutt Center in Red Deer. Next, I like and Alix has Alix because it has lots of fun activities. For example, it has a beach and every summer we have beach days, a great family day, and lots of holiday celebrations. Above all, I am proud to live Alix because at our school, Alix MAC school. School we have lots of things to do and join. To describe, we have things like band, art, volleyball, hockey, badminton, floor hockey, amazing race, basketball, and school council. As a result, I am proud to live in Alix because I like to go to Alix MAC School, field trips, and in my town we have lots of fun activities and lots of groups Alyssa Taylor to join. By Jamie Kullman, Grade Five

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Mirror Community Sat., Jan. 21 Robbie Burns Tea & Bake Sale at Mirror United Church at 2:00 pm. Everyone welcome! Sat., Feb. 11 Valentine Tea & Bake Sale at Mirror United Church at 2:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Mon., Feb. 13 Annual General Meeting at the Library at 7:30 pm, with regular monthly meeting following. Mirror Library is sponsoring two Writers Guild Workshops with out-of-town instructors being hired. Sat., Feb. 25 for adults (17+) from 9 - 4 pm at the Library. Cost $45, lunch included. Sat., Mar. 4 for youth (12 - 16 yrs) at the Library. Cost $36, includes lunch. Please register with Heather at the Library, or call Gale 788-3835. Sat., Mar. 11 Youth 9 - 16 years are invited to come to the Library at 10:30 am to form a Youth Advisory Council. Come see what it’s about! Old Tyme Dance at the Mirror Community Hall 4th Saturday of the month. Door and Cash Bar open at 7 pm. Dancing 8 - midnight, lunch to follow. $10/person (includes lunch). Everyone welcome. For more information call Jean 788-3787 or Bev at 788-2119. _______________ Jolly Seniors contact is President, Ken Oliver 788-2490. Coffee is on every weekday morning at the Friendly Inn Suppers - 1st. & 3rd. Wednesdays of each month @ 5:30 p.m. at the Friendly Inn. Floor Curling held Thursdays at 1:30 pm at the Community Hall. Pancake Breakfast - 2nd Sunday of the month. 9 - 1:00 p.m. @ the Jolly Seniors. Birthdays celebrated the 2nd Wednesday of each month. ________________ Mirror Alliance Church Sunday School 10 11 am. Morning worship 11 - noon. Phone: 788-2204. Mini Youth Group Friday Nights at the Alliance Church at 7:00 pm. Ages 4 to grade 6 welcome. Mirror United Church Sunday services at 9:30 am. Sunday School classes during the regular service. Children of all ages are welcome. Phone: 788-2363.

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Please return the Mirror United Church “Travelling Basket” to Gale (788-3835) as soon as possible. Thanks. Mirror Seventh - Day Adventist Church (corner of 52 St & 51 Ave, north) Saturday Sabbath times: Sabbath School 9:45 am - 11 am. Church 11:15 - 12:15. Cliff Buelow 7882296. Pastor Morris 747-3971. ______________________ Mirror Guiding groups invite all girls ages 5 and up to join our groups for adventure, challenge, friendship and fun. Sparks, Brownies and Guides meet Fridays after school at the United Church. 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Tees Hall. Beavers: Murray Meldrum 784-2407 Cubs: Gord Peters 784-2978 Scouts: Rob Coxen 784-3427 Group Chair: Carla Kenney 784-3055 1st Parlby is the only Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the Clive, Tees, Alix and Mirror area. _________________ Rec. Society contact is Marlene Neis 7882166. Museum Society contact is Don Wilson 7883836 or Roger Laforce 788-3094. Meetings are the 1st Mon. of the month at 7:30 pm. Mirror & District Skating Rink Committee meets 2nd Tuesday of each month. Neighbourhood Network Luc Bailly 788-2996 _______________ Friends of the Mirror Library Society contact Gale 788-3835 or Heather 788-3044 Library hours: Tues 9:30 - 12:30 pm Wed 7:00 - 9:00 pm Thurs 1:00 - 5:00 pm We now have a great ongoing Book Sale with prices ranging from $0.25 to $2.00. Come in and take a look! ______________ Mirror Legion Br. 189 Suppers the last Saturday of the month. Meat Draws - Saturday at 4 pm. Executive meetings Looking to start or 1st Monday of the expand your own month at 7:30 pm business? Regular meetings Having trouble finding 2nd Monday of the someone willing to take a month at 7:30 pm. chance on you? Darts - Tuesday eveWe make loans up to nings. $125,000 to small businesses in our region.

The Legion is open on Thursday and Friday 5 pm, and Saturday 2 pm. ________________

For more information contact (403) 788-2212 or 1-888-788-2829 East Parkland CBDC

EVENTS IN TEES Parlby Creek Brushkateers Art Club For information call Irene 747-3556 (evenings). 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Tees Hall. Contact info: Beavers: Murray Meldrum 784-2407 Cubs: Gord Peters 784-2978 Scouts: Rob Coxen 784-3427 Group Chair: Carla Kenney 784-3055 1st Parlby is the only Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the Clive, Tees, Alix and Mirror area. Tees 50+ meet Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm at the Tees Hall. Tees Agricultural meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8 pm at the Tees Hall. To Rent the Tees Hall call Gerry or Karen at 784-3660.

BASHAW RCMP Motor Vehicle Collision A 20 year old male from Mirror, Alberta died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision which occurred in Mirror on January 14, 2006 at approximately 3:50 am. A second 18 year old male also received moderate injuries. He was transported via ambulance to Lacombe Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. Charges are pending against the 18 year old male. Speed and alcohol were factors in this collision. Road and weather conditions were not factors. RCMP from Bashaw and the RCMP Criminal Crash Investigation Team are continuing the investigation. Kiss a frog and it may well turn into a Prince, or so the legend goes, but there is one little fact that everyone s h o u l d know...some folks are tall and thin, while others are quite short and stout, some are very quiet and barely say a word, while others like to laugh and shout, some are very nicely tanned, while others are just as pale as a ghost, but how you look is not important, it’s what’s inside that counts the most.

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FAMILY MATTERS Keep Anger Under Control In my work with individuals and couples, I see many people who have a difficult time expressing and managing angry feelings. Let’s take a look at what causes people to become angry and how they can respond to stressful situations more productively. What Is Anger? Many people think that anger is caused by hormonal changes or brain activity. This is only partly true. Researchers have found that while hormones play a role in an angry response, there is always a cognitive (thinking) component. Some people think that humans are innately aggressive or warlike. While our behavior is sometimes hostile toward others, anger is not part of our basic nature. Frustration may lead to aggression, but it is not inevitable. Some people respond to frustrating events with anger, while others don’t. Anger is only one response to frustration. In many cultures, people are taught to respond to frustration in other ways. Since Freud’s day, psychologists have disagreed about the value of venting feelings. It may surprise you to know that today’s research shows that expressing anger often results in more irritation and tension rather than feeling more calm. Why Expressing Anger Can Be Bad for You Giving vent to anger can produce the following kinds of harmful effects: • Your blood pressure increases. • The original problem is worse rather than better. • You come across as unfriendly and intimidating. • The other person becomes angry with you as a result of your behavior. Physical Effects of Anger •





Heart. Researchers at Stanford University have found that of all the personality traits found in Type A patients, the potential for hostility is the key predictor for coronary disease. The combination of anger and hostility is the most deadly. Stomach and intestines. Anger has a very negative effect on the stomach and has even been associated with the development of ulcerative colitis. Nervous system. Anger is bad for you because it exaggerates the associated hormonal changes. Chronic suppressed anger is damaging because it activates the sympathetic nervous system responses without providing any release of the tension. It is a bit like stepping down on a car’s accelerator while slamming on the brakes.

Why We Get into the Anger Habit Anger is our response to stress. Many times we feel anger to avoid feeling some other emotion, such as anxiety or hurt. Or we may feel angry when we are frustrated because we want something and can’t have it. Sometimes, feeling angry is a way of mobilizing ourselves in the face of a threat. Anger may be useful because it stops (blocks) stress. Here are two examples: 1. You are rushing all day in your home office to meet an impossible deadline. Your daughter bounces in after school and gives you a big hug as you furiously type on your computer. You snap, “Not now! Can’t you see I’m busy?” 2. You have just finished taking an important exam. You have studied for weeks and the result is very important to your career. You fantasize all the way home about dinner at your favorite Italian restaurant. When you get home, your husband has prepared a steak dinner for you. You yell, “Why don’t you ask me before you just assume you know what I want?” This explains why people often respond with anger when they experi-

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ence the following kinds of stress: • Anxiety • Being in a hurry • Being overstimulated • Being overworked • Depression • Fatigue • Fear • Feeling abandoned or attacked • Feeling forced to do something you don’t want to do • Feeling out of control • Guilt, shame, or hurt • Loss • Physical pain What to Do Instead of Getting Angry Here are some constructive things can you do to reduce stress— instead of becoming angry: • Beat a pillow with a tennis racket. • Cry. • Do relaxation exercises. • Get physical exercise. • Listen to your favorite music. • Make a joke. • Play games. • Say it out loud. • State your needs assertively. • Take a nap. • Tell a friend about it. • Work. • Write about it. New Responses to Stress An angry response often results when we are unhappy with someone else’s behavior. Here are some other responses you can choose instead of flying off the handle: 1. Set limits. Let’s say a friend hasn’t returned a book you loaned to her. Now she wants to borrow another one. You could say, “I’m not going to be able to lend you this book until you return the first one.” 2. Don’t wait. When you realize that you’re feeling annoyed by a situation, speak up. Don’t wait until your annoyance escalates to anger. 3. Be assertive. Say in a positive way what you want from the other person. For example, say, “Please call me when you get home,” rather than, “Would you mind giving me a call when you get there?” 4 Ways to Stop the Spiral of Anger 1. Call a time-out. This is a very effective technique for breaking the sequence of behavior that leads to a blowup. It works best if it is discussed ahead of time and both people agree to use it. Here’s how it works: Either person in an interaction can initiate time-out. One person makes the time-out gesture like a referee in a football game. The other person is obligated to return the gesture and stop talking. 2. Check it out. If anger is a response to personal pain, it makes sense to ask the other person, “What’s hurting?” 3. Make positive statements. It may be helpful to memorize a few positive statements to say to yourself when your anger is being triggered. These statements can remind you that you can choose your behavior instead of reacting in a knee-jerk manner—for example, “I can take care of my own needs,” “His needs are just as important as mine,” and “I am able to make good choices.” 4. Be prepared with a memorized response. Here are a few statements and questions which will help deescalate anger: • What’s bothering me is... • If it continues like this, I’ll have to _______ to take care of myself. • What do you need now? • So what you want is... Carla Heintz is a Family School Liaison & Wellness Worker with Wolf Creek School Division. To speak to the liaison worker, call (403) 747-2778.

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VILLAGE OF CLIVE

Friday, January 20, 2006

Clive is Alive

Clive Village Office 784-3366 Clive Mayor: Marvin Wieler Website: www.clive.ca

Tot Skate Fridays until March 3 - 3:30 pm. Another session will be offered starting on Feb. 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Leslie Kasner 784-2019.

Council meetings are the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Town Office.

Joy of Dance non-competitive dance school starts Tuesday, January 16, running every Tuesday to April 10, for children ages 3 to teens at the Clive Legion Hall. Phone Sonja Zacharias 784-3140 for details and registration.

Community Sign on Hwy 12 to have an event put up call 784-3414 Clive and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) 784-3277 Fax 784-3273 Coordinator: Bonnie Wildeman Monday 9 - 3:00, Thursday 9 - 12 Clive Public Library Tracey 784-3131 (Located below Village Office) Tuesday 9 - noon, 5:30 - 8:30 pm Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 pm Story Time - Wednesday afternoons from 2 - 2:30 pm at the Library. For children 3 - 5 years old. There is no charge. Thrift Store Tuesdays 1:30 - 5:00 pm

Volunteers are needed.

Neighbourhood Place Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 4:00 pm. Call 784-3171. Co-ordinator: Mikki Newell Clive Community Spirit Van To book call Shauna 784-2109 R-Own-Food Co-op Contact Shelly Gray 784-3199 for more info. Block Parents contact Jane Redekopp 784-3356 for more details. Clive School 784-3354 Principal: Ian Rawlinson

Secretary:

Sue Boston

Clive Ag Society meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Referee Room at the Clive Arena. Cam D'Andrea 784-2660. Clive Senior Circle Contact Albert Wagner 782-2409 Meet Mon. at 1:30 pm Clive Lions Club meets 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month, 7:30 at Clive Community Hall. Gene Rowley 372-2437 Clive Legion meet 1st Thurs. of the month at 8:00 pm. Kara Woods 784-3727 Clive Multi 4-H Laura van Dijk 784-2205 Clive Hall Bev Krochak 784-3964 Clive Meeting Room Anita Gillard - 784-3987 Fire Department Monte Zaytsoff 784-3997 Clive Historical Society Louise Bell 784-3414 Chatelaine Club (Westling) meets 3rd Tues. @ 7:30, Westling Hall, Becky Wagner 784-2823 SOS Moms & Tots Playgroup Meet Tues, 10 am at Clive Baptist Church, Shelly Gray 784-3199 1st Parlby Creek Scouts meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Tees Hall. Beavers: Murray Meldrum 784-2407 Cubs: Gord Peters 784-2978 Scouts: Rob Coxen 784-3427 Group Chair: Carla Kenney 784-3055 1st Parlby is the only Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the Clive, Tees, Alix and Mirror area. Clive Baptist Church Ron Orr 784-3252 Clive Christian Fellowship Gord Rowland 784-3141 Clive United Church Shealagh McClelland 784-3367 Saron Lutheran Church Rev. Art Henkelman 343-6836 Clive Curling Club Bev Krochak 784-3964 Clive Skating Club call 784-2019

Greyhound Agency is available at Clive Village Foods to meet your freight and travel needs. Clive Curling Club Men’s Night Mondays at 7 pm. Ben 782-6144 Mixed & Ladies Night Wednesdays at 7 pm Laura 784-2205 Please note these are non-smoking events Public Skating Sundays 4:45 - 5:30 pm. Stick time only 5:30 - 6:15 pm. Interagency/Service Provider Meeting 2nd Thursday of each month from 12 - 1 pm. To add items to the agenda contact Mikki at 784-3171. Youth Centre is open the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the basement of the Clive Legion. 8-13 yrs from 6:00 - 7:15 pm. 14-18 yrs from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. For more information call the Youth Coordinator, Dawna Rodney at 357-1770 or 783-2795, or Heather Northcott at 784-2164. Quest, a program for youth, is every Friday night at 7 pm. All Jr. High age youth are welcome. Contact Scott 784-2016 for more info. 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 782-2409. Lutheran Church services will be held at 10 am. Regular Sunday School and Youth Group at 10 am. For further information contact Bonnie Marcil at 784-3489. Clive Christian Fellowship for Sunday School times and information contact Pastor Rowland at 784-3141. Youth Group for grades 7 - 12 has started. For more information contact Bev at 782-7711. 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. Clive School events Jan 24 - Winter Activity program Jan 27 - Gr. 4 to 9 report cards, X-treme assembly Jan 30 - No School for Students: Staff meeting/PD Jan 31 - Start of Semester 2 Jan 31 - Winter Activity program Feb. 7 - Winter Activity Program Gr. 4 to 9 Feb. 9 & 10 - NO SCHOOL: Teachers’ Convention Feb. 17 - Student Assembly Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL: Family Day

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. – Franz Kafka

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CLIVE FCSS By Bonnie Wildeman Thank you to all community members for your generous support of the Christmas Food Certificate and Santa’s Anonymous programs – donations were up over last year and money is spent in our local community area. The Clive School also donated over eighty books that were distributed through the FCSS office-we live in a great community that proves the Christmas spirit is alive in Clive! New to Clive! Clive Parent Link – There will be two sessions/month serving parents of children 0-6 years. The first parent/play session is set for Thursday Jan. 19 at 9:30 am at the Legion Hall. On Jan. 25 the first Library time “Snowmen and Snowflakes” – early literacy session will run from 1 - 2 pm. Geared to children 2 and up. Everyone is welcome. Facilitator for the program is Jan Pocock. For more information call 782-6023 or the FCSS office.784-3277 Mark your calendar now to attend our 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening on April 28th! All community members are welcome! Did you make any resolutions to get more organized this year? Come out on January 16 to learn about Personal Directives 7 - 8:30 pm at the Clive Legion - it’s not just for seniors!!

Sargent District Events Sargent Community is holding their Annual meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2006 starting with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. at the Sargent Hall. Anyone interested in helping with planning this years' activities are welcome. For information: call George (President) at 784-3654. Thanks to the participants and audience who attended the Sargent Christmas Concert which was well received, in December. Sargent Ladies have started their quilt making project and raffle tickets for the quilt draw on Mother's Day Tea in May are now available. Please contact Marie if you wish to get tickets, at 784-3444. Sargent Ladies meet the first week of each month. Info about this group may be directed to Marsha (President), at 784- 446. For Sargent News items, or events, please contact Cecelia at 784-2170, or Marie at 784 - 3444.

The Rain Author Unknown One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my daughter spoke up from her relaxed position in her seat. "Dad, I'm thinking of something." This announcement usually meant she had been pondering some fact for a while, and was now ready to expound all that her six-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear. "What are you thinking?" I asked. "The rain," she began, "is like sin, and the windshield wipers are like God wiping our sins away." After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond. "That's really good, Aspen." Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little girl take this revelation? So I asked, "Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?" Aspen didn't hesitate one moment with her answer: "We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us." I will always remember this whenever I turn my wipers on. In order to see the rainbow, you must first endure the rain!!!

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Bashaw Adult Learning Council To Register: 780-372-3648 Yoga This twelve week course will provide instruction for yoga postures as well as breathing techniques to both relax and energize the body. Date: Started January 10 (12 weeks) Time: 7:00 p.m. Drop Ins welcome "The Truth about RRSP's, RRIF's and the Annuity...are they for YOU?" Planning for Retirement can be overwhelming and confusing whether you are 24,42 or 64! You may find yourself wondering....What are RRSP's, RRIF's and the Annuity in SIMPLE terms? How do these apply to MY own situation? How do I know what's best for ME? Is this the ONLY way I can save for retirement? What are my options? Come and join us in a relaxed atmosphere for an informative discussion on YOUR OPTIONS for saving for your financial future. Everyone Welcome! Date: January 23 Time: 2 - 3 p.m. Cooking on a Shoestring How to stretch the most for your food budget while preparing simple, nutritious meals. Over the course of three lessons, you’ll learn some secrets of a Master Chef. Learn how to shop and get better value for your food budget. Weekly hints to save you money. Design simple menus that give you a balanced meal and learn what to do with those leftovers! Date: Jan 25, 31, Feb 8 Time: 7:00 p.m. Fee: $40 Introductory Old Tyme Fiddle These classes are for anyone who is a beginner interested in learning to play the fiddle. Our instructor has many years of experience in teaching and playing the fiddle. Date: Starts January 26 (10 weeks) Time: 7:00 p.m. Fee: $80 Color Confidence Choosing and using color to update and renew your home or office space. Whether it's your entire home, or just one room, learn how color can help bring the right energy and feeling to any area. Arlana studied Fashion Design at Fullerton College in California where she won an award for excellence. Date: February 11 Time: 1:00m - 4:00 p.m.. Fee: $20 Gourmet Cooking Under the direction of Certified Chef De Cuisine, Peter Graham C.C.C., you’ll help prepare a different full course gourmet meal each week. Along with the hands on experience, Chef Peter will give you helpful hints and tips to make sure your gourmet meal is a success for any occasion. Date: February 15, 22, 28 Time: 7:00 p.m. Fee: $70 "Taking the Confusion out of High Return Guaranteed Funds" Do you want a Higher Return on YOUR investment? Most of us like SIMPLE, SECURE and GUARANTEED investments. Let me show you how you can have ALL of the above! Whether you are young and just getting started or already retired and looking to make the most of your savings, you won't want to miss this presentation! Everyone Welcome. Date: February 21 Time: 2 - 3 p.m. Chip Carving –Intro Learn the basic techniques of this ornate style of wood carving. No talent is necessary. Just follow the lines of the pattern with your knife. You’ll be covering the following topics in this introductory course: how to hold the knife, sharpening, transferring patterns, two sided chips (canoes), three sided chips (triangles), order of cuts, ridges, straight line chips, laying out borders. Chip carving is easy to learn, relaxing and affordable. Fee includes equipment rental and supplies. Date: February 24 Time: 6:30 p.m. Fee: $50 Chip Carving –Project Use the skills you learned in our introductory class, or if you already know how to carve, come to class to complete a project. Several projects to choose from. Fee includes equipment rental and supplies. Date: Feb. 25 Time: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $40 Dealing with Difficult People Do you deal with rude, irate, impatient, emotional or aggressive people in your life? Knowing techniques that work with difficult people can make all the difference - especially in your life, but even in theirs! This Red Deer College course will help you develop strategies that are practical and specific to the difficult people in your life. Date: Feb. 25 Time: 9 - 4 p.m. Fee: $25

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Bashaw Happenings 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 372-3631 for more information. Bashaw Youth Centre open Monday - Friday 1:00 - 9:00 pm. Phone 372-4048. Do You Have Jobs or Tasks Suitable for Youth? Happy Gang Seniors Centre Crib Thursdays 1:30 pm Shuffle Board & Bingo alternate every Wednesday at 1:30 pm 500 Mondays 1:00 pm Meetings - 1st Tuesday of each month @ 1:30 Contact Shirley Poirier at 372-2018. Meals on Wheels To book your meals call Marj or Christine at 372-4074. Bethany Lifeline BDSS offers this service to residents of Bashaw and surrounding areas. Women’s Institute meetings 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. Contact: Flo Rider 403-883-2729. 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. TOPS every Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am at the United Church. Contact: Robin Baker at 788-2689. Bashaw Preschool Reading Program 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 11:15 am at the Library. Natural Health Practitioners - Ann Wakelin, Brenda Ball & Robin Bennett. Janet Thomas, therapeutic and relaxation massage therapist. To book an appointment call CLR Healing Center 780-372-HEAL (4325). For pedicures, waxing & reflexology at CLR call Rita Reich at 372-2129. Catholic Church Mass Time Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Bashaw Saturday evenings 7:30 pm Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm Eucharistic Adoration - First Fri. of mon. 1 pm Office Hours: Wednesdays 780-372-3645 Bashaw Pentecostal Church (5020 48 Ave) Services: 11:00 am 1st Sunday of month: Potluck Supper at 5 pm, followed by service at 6:30 pm. Prayer & Share: every Wednesday at 7:30 pm. St. Peter’s Anglican Church Services 9:00 am 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sunday. 9 am 4th Sunday in Alix. Phone: 403-783-4329.

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Ellice Free Methodist Church 14 km west of Bashaw on #605 Services 11:00 am Sundays. Phone: 780-372-2402. Zion Lutheran Church 9:30 am Sunday Service, 10:30 am Sunday School. St. Peter’s Lutheran (4 miles N of Bashaw on Hwy 21, 6 miles W on Hwy 53) 11:00 am Sunday service with Sunday School. Phone: 780-372-3845. United Church 11:00 am Sunday Service with Sunday School. Phone: 780-372-3891 Legion Bingo Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.

Bashaw Medical Clinic Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Physician: Dr. Koen Call 372-3740 for further information. Bashaw Bottle Depot Wed. & Sat. 9 - 5 pm. Bashaw School has a complete workout/ weight room available for public use. For more info, contact the school at 372-3800. Wildrose Fitness Centre (Co-Ed Gym) Next to True Value. Open Mon. - Thurs. 7 am - 8 pm. Fri. 7 am - 4:30 pm. Sat. 10 am - 8 pm. Closed Sundays & Holidays. Phone 372-2030.

Bashaw & District Chamber of Commerce 4th Tuesday at the old Provincial Building Majestic Theatre meeting 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Town Council Meetings 1st & 3rd Tuesdays The Town of Bashaw has a website that can advertise your upcoming events. The Bashaw & District Food Bank located at Neighbourhood Place. Anyone who is in need of assistance is welcome to access this service. Bashaw Art Club For more information 780372-4341. Neighbourhood Newcomers If you are interested in joining, or finding out more information, please call Neighbourhood Place at 3723633. Rattles & Rascals a parent and tots program that is intended to give children and families the opportunity to interact with each other. The program runs every Wednesday morning from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Community Centre (Preschool Room). Drop in fee of $2 (children under 1 year free). For more information contact 372-4074. Bashaw & District Preschool Classes run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 11 am. For more info/to register your child, please call Marj or Christine at 372-4074. Children and Parent Skill (CAPS) Enhancement Boxes are available for loan FREE of charge. Please call 372-4074. Bashaw Well Child Clinics 3rd Tuesday of each month. For appointments, please call Camrose Public Health at 679-2980. Bashaw RCMP Victim Services Contact Constable Lisa Ruddell 780-372-3793. Bashaw Thrift Store Tuesday & Fridays. We are looking for VOLUNTEERS! Please contact Joan at 372-3650. Bashaw Skating Club contact Karen 3722447 for more information. Bashaw Daycare - Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm. Contact 372-2053.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR !! Personal Directives & Power of Attorney Workshop Feb. 1, 1:30 pm at the Bashaw Community Centre. Sponsored by the Bashaw Women’s Institute. For more information contact Flo Rider 883-2729 or Irene Jarvis at 3722406. Everyone welcome! Bashaw Ladies Curling Bonspiel Feb. 13 19th Bashaw Men’s Curling Bonspiel begins Feb. 27th. P.L.A.Y. VAN - For a one time $10 Family Registration Fee you and your family can have access to borrow toys for 2 weeks and books and videos for 4 weeks. The P.L.A.Y van will be at the Bashaw Community Centre on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Contact: Camrose Family Resource Centre at (780) 672-0141 or Bashaw & District Support Services (780)372-4074 for more information. The Unstoppable Virus I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1965. Symptoms: 1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. 2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! 3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. 4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. 5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. 6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. 7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." 8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE." IT IS CALLED THE "C-NILE VIRUS. - Author Unknown

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TOWN OF BASHAW COUNCIL MINUTES

...you are never going to get caught up. You will never get on top of your tasks. You can get control of your time and your life only by changing the way that you think, work, and deal with the never-ending river of responsibilities that flow over you each day. - Brian Tracey Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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JANUARY 2006 SUN.

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COPS meets @ 7:30 pm @ Fire Hall

Vicky Barclay

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Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH

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Norm Stone

Council Meeting

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Daphne Schultz Patty Lyle

John Buscholl

Blue Box pickup

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Larry Smith

Kendel Guynup

Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH

Time for Tots 10 am @ Alix E-Free

Marketing Committee meets 7:30 Village Office

Drop-In Birthday 2:30

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Tyson Beebe Gord Stevens Joanne Schmidt

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Eunice Matier Pearl Wilton Kyle Stevens

Jake van Ringen Lloyd Smith

WI meets at 1:30 pm

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FAMS meeting 7 pm @ School Library Lions Club (dinner mtg)

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Ruth Forster

Karen Mack

Blue Box pickup

Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH

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Blue Box pickup

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Alix Ag. Society

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Diner with Commercial Kitchen + Laundromat Business & concrete-block building plus land. $59,900.

Barry Amundson

Time for Tots 10 am @ Alix E-Free

Lions Club meeting

Medical Clinic Monday & Wednesdays 9:30 - noon

Friends of Alix MAC Society (FAMS) Annual Meeting

Appointments: 747-2130

Feb 8, 7 pm at the School Library

For further information on upcoming events visit

Initiation/Novice Game Feb. 4 vs Bashaw at 10:00 am

Retail Commercial Building 1,700 sq. ft. per floor plus double attached garage plus shop plus vacant lot. $69,900.

Waste Transfer Station Hours

Shop on prime development land 6,000 sq. ft. plus additional land. $110,000.

FOR SALE

FARMS

Farm with shop & 3-bedroom mobile home. 40 acres. $171,000. Farm land/Recreational Land 115 acres. Fenced & cross-fenced. With cabin and flowing creek. 1/2 mile south of Alix. $189,900. ACREAGES

Hobby Farm with great Commercial Potential 10+ acres. 3-bedroom home, double garage, outbuildings, fenced. On Highway 12. $159,900.





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Linda Walker

Blue Box pickup

Wayne Sommers

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Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 10:00 - 6:00 pm

FOR SALE: Buffalo meat - roasts, steaks, sausages, smokies, burgers. Freezer packs $60 - $100. Gov't inspected. MFL Ranch Bison 747-2500. MISCELANEOUS

Curb-side Blue Box Recycling Service is available in Alix. Albertan’s Recycle 2001 at 747-2057 or 350-7394 for details. REAL ESTATE FOR RENT

HOUSE FOR RENT Near Tees. Call 7472136 after 5:00 pm.

Magician Wyatt Scott and Sambuka 7 pm Alix Community Hall

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Seniors’ Drop In Mon. - Sat. 1:30 - 4:30 pm

ALIX BOTTLE DEPOT Mon., Tues., Wed. 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sat. 11 - 4:30 p.m. 747-2794

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ross & Kris Guynup invite you to share in a celebration of their marriage at an open house and dance on Sat. February 11 at the Alix Community Hall. Cocktails at 6:30 pm – Dance & midnight lunch to follow. “Toonie bar.” Wade and Carolyn Bryant of Alix, AB along with Ed and Marian Hildebrand of Olds, AB are pleased to announce the engagement of Franshesca & Paul on Nov. 27, 2005. We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. ACTION always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. - Frank Tibolt

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Sharing traditional values with today’s communities Call Marlene Buckland 749-2568 if interested. Delburne Ag Society Meets every 2nd Wednesday. Contact Curtis Rusaw 749-2153 or Corinne Hansen 749-2139. FCSS Contact Laura Biggs 749-3380.

Delburne Drop In Centre Crib Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Carpet Bowling Tuesday Evenings Music & Dance 2nd, 4th, 5th Fri. 1-4 p.m. All Welcome. Contact Bill & Betty Wittemore at 749-2035

Bingo every other Thursday. Delburne Light Horse Association Contact Darlene Schlag 749-2506 or 391-2731 Newcomers to Delburne Please stop by Neighbourhood Place for your Welcome package.

The Royal Canadian Legion Open Fri. & Sat. at 5:00 p.m. All Welcome. Contact John McLeod at 749-2277 or John Pisko at 749-0002.

Alberta Association of Landowners for the Protection of Agricultural Land (AALPAL) Local contact is Eileen Murray 403-749-2279

Ladies Auxiliary to the Legion New members wanted!! Meet 2nd Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm. Call Hazel Bysterveld 749-3796 or Flora Carter 749-2080

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 391-6775.

Anthony Henday Historical Society Meets the 2nd Thurs of every month at 7:30 pm at the Museum; the public is welcome. Contact Audrey Nicholson 749-2436

Lab Services every Wednesday morning from 9-12 at the Elnora Health Center. For more information or an appointment call 773-3636.

ELKS Meeting: Meets 2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Contact Thorville Dyck @ 749-3011. ELKS Senior Bus to Red Deer every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Call Bob Manning 749-3792 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meets every Wednesday at the Library. Contact Debbie 749-3050. Delburne Library Tuesday 1:00 - 4:30; 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 4:30 pm Saturday 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Delburne Neighborhood Place (403) 7493380. Coordinator: Roanne Bryant. Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 am - 3 pm, Closed Friday & Saturday. PAC - Parent Advisory Council Meetings on first Wednesday of the month. Contact Terry Davidson at 749-2477 for more info. Economic Development Group Contact Debbie Bobocel 749-3606. Delburne Minor Hockey Meeting 1st Thursday of the month Call Peter Lawrence 8864143 or Karla Unger for info 749-2702.

Village Council Meetings 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Village Office at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Contact Debbie Bobocel 749-3606.

Delburne 4-H Beef Club For more information please phone Deb Wells at 749-2651.

Delburne Chamber of Commerce Contact Darryl Rinehart 749-2015.

Junior Forest Wardens Our group is unique and the 4 key areas are: Outdoor skills, Ecology, Forestry & Leadership. For children ages 6-18. Call Deb Jackson @ 749-2429 for more information.

Karate Classes Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Delburne Community Hall. New members welcome. Contact Jan Temblay 749-2228.

Delburne Bottle Depot is set up to take your returnable bottles and donate the money to the Delburne Food Bank.

Delburne Pottery Club Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am located at the rear of the Curling Rink. Contact Laura Wright 749-2136.

Family School Wellness Worker - Elsie Ramsden Cell number is 304-6842 or Delburne School 749-3838 or Neighborhood Place 749-3380.

Dip & Dab Painting Club Do you enjoy acrylic painting? Members welcome to join our club at no charge. Meet once a week.

Delburne Moms & Tots For parents and their children. Meets at the Old Moo's Loca-

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tion every other Wednesdays from 10 am till 11:30. Contact Linda Attfield at 749-2975 for dates or more info. Healthy Families - Home Visitor Judy Scott 309-8222. Her role is to offer support to parents with new babies. 4H Coal Trail Riders (Delburne) Contact: Janice at 749-3153. Can Skate, Seniors & Synchronized Skating Call Lynne 749-2588 or Tasha 749-3771 Citizens' Watch to volunteer call Dorothy Dorsey at 749-3817. Delburne Playschool Tues and Thurs from 9 11:30 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church (basement). Phone Tracy Jackson 749-3059 or Mary Chaffin 749-2949. Cumberland Hall to book the hall for your next gathering, please contact Ada & Gerry Linneberg at 749-2525. Delburne United Church Sunday Service 11:15 am, Sunday School 11:15 am. Friendship Group meets the 3rd Mon. at 7:30 Great Bend Ladies Aide Meet 3rd Wednesday of each month. New Members Welcome. Contact Blanche Wells @ 749-2453. Great Bend Sewing Circle Meet 2nd Wed of month at Great Bend Church of Christ Learning Center at 2 pm. Sunday School Great Bend Church of Christ. For more information, call Marilyn at 7493949 or Glenna at 749-2106. Delburne Gospel Church 27th Ave & 22nd st. Pastor: Rev. Paul Meier. Sunday Worship & children's Sunday School: 11 am. AWANA: School age children's group: Wed 6:30pm. Bible Study Group: Tuesday 7:30 pm ____________________________________ Business Licenses expired as of Dec. 31/05. Businesses will be charged a penalty if they have not renewed their licenses by Jan. 31/06. Please be advised that businesses can be fined for operating without a business license. Contact the Village Office for more information. Dog Licenses expired as of Dec. 31/05. Dog owners will be charged a penalty if they do not renew their licenses by Jan. 31/06. Dog owners can be fined for not licensing their dogs. Contact the Village Office for more information.

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DELBURNE UPCOMING EVENTS Delburne & District Curling Club Monday - Ladies Tuesday - Seniors Wednesday - Men's Thursday-Super League Drop-in Curling Friday nights at 7:00 pm. Fun for Everyone! Call Louise 749-3898, Jerry 749-3733 or Brian 749-2290 if interested.

Jan. 27 - Junior High Skiing/Bowling Day Jan. 31 - Semester Break (No School) Feb. 1 - JH & SH Report Cards Feb. 7 – Grad Photos Feb. 10 – No School Feb. 20 – Family Day (No School) Feb. 23-24 – Teacher Conference (No School) AMA Sessions Due to the anticipated large student enrolment for the February 2006 session, we are planning to run another session beginning April 24th, 2006, pending sufficient enrolment. February Session will run February 6, 8, 13, 15, 27 and March 1. April Session will run April 24, 26, May 1, 3, 8 and 10. When registering for classes, please indicate if you would prefer classes in February or April. In-car sessions will be scheduled so as to not interfere with preparing for and writing final exams. Please call 342-6730 for further information or to register. You may also contact Bill Soder directly at 347-0132 or 350-8375. Delburne To Host Provincials! Congratulations to the Delburne Peewee Outlaws who will host the 2006 Provincial Hockey Championships March 10-12! The first organizational meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30pm at the Arena. Everyone welcome to be a part of this great weekend! For more information please call Richard at 749-2954, Terry at 346-0859 or Shelley at 886-4143. Tire Recycling The Delburne 4-H Beef Club is collecting used tires for recycling. If you have any scrap tires you would like to have picked up, please contact Ben Farrant at 749-2267 or Craig Pisko at 749-2654. Year memberships to the Harvest Gym are $40.00 which expires August 31, 2006. Please see Robin in the school library office for new or renewing gym memberships. Delburne School student memberships are $10.00, non Delburne School students $40.00. Students must be 14 years or older and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older after 5:00 pm.

Many people struggle with snow shoveling their walks in the winter months. If you would like to help and get a winter job or need the assistance call Neighborhood Place! Adult Recreational Volleyball Every Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Delburne School. Drop-in fee $1.00 which goes to purchasing volleyball equipment.

PINE LAKE HAPPENINGS Pine Lake Hub Carpet Bowling - 1st Tuesday of every month afternoon & evening, Mondays for the rest of the month. Pine Lake Parents & Tots For parents and their children ages 0-6. Meets at the Pine Lake Hub. Contact Roanne at 886-2414 for more info. Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people. - Zig Ziglar

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

MUSINGS By Kevin Burns Ethics Win in the Long Run John thought he was doing the right thing as a high-level manager for a multinational company. Something just didn't sit well with him though, in regards to seeing financial statements that over inflated his company's actual earnings. Funny thing was, his bosses had taken bonuses from the company in the previous year based on figures that were inflated. It looked like the company had performed better than it actually had and there was a payoff to the boys at the top for a job well done. The bonuses were ratified and the accounting overlooked by the board of directors. This didn't sit well with John. Something inside of him said that this was just plain wrong. He approached his superiors about this. "There were people who told me when I brought this up, 'You better keep quiet about

that.'" said John. "It becomes part of the culture where numbers become more important than the truth." John wanted to have none of that. So he chose to report his bosses to the corporate securities watchdog organization. He got no response. Soon after he was laid off. John chose to call the media and let them know what was going on. In his heart and his gut, these practices just seemed wrong. This got me to thinking. John has a conscience and he has ethics. There may come a time in our lives when we are faced with an ethics question. The funny thing about ethics though, is that we never really notice our personal ethics until they come into conscious conflict with something we don't agree with. We know what the "right thing" is. And I am not speaking of what the right thing may be for shareholders, management or someone likely to benefit from a shady practice. The "right thing" is a set of values instilled in each of us. We know right from wrong. We know about honour and integrity and we, for the most part, will usually not do the thing that hurts others. We understand our own values and ethics.

We can watch the evening news and see the individuals and companies that hide the real truth with some sort of fabrication of the truth. Eventually, though, these people and these companies will be found out. There is a groundswell of ethics upon us these days. Those who tell lies are being found out and those who point out the liars are going to bed at night and sleeping soundly knowing that they did the right thing. One of the things you can almost bank on is that if you tell one lie, you will have to tell a hundred more lies to keep the first lie alive. The one thing that never seems to come back and bite us on the behind is the truth. If you have integrity and honesty, you will conduct your daily dealings, both personal and professional with ethics. Ignoring your ethics makes for a life of constantly looking over your shoulder. Kevin Burns is the world's only Instigational (Leadership) Speaker and author of over a half-dozen self-help books and CD's. More info can be found at www.kevburns.com.

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Elnora Jottings Write-up/Photos Courtesy of Pat Buckland Well, a new year has started. I hope you have a successful year full of blessings and good activities to help us grow and become better people. I think that each year we all try to become less judgmental, kinder, more aware of others’ needs as well as our own. It’s like starting with a clean slate each January 1st. I sincerely hope you are able to accomplish your goals and dreams, too. Congratulations to Amy (Thompson) Porr and Tom Porr who were married December 24th at the Ya Ha Tinda. The setting was perfect for their beautiful ceremony, at which Dr. Justin Kerr of Three Hills officiated. Amy’s sister, Julie, sang a song just for Amy & Tom. Other than family members, friends Keith & Leslie (Cooper) Shand, Hazel Roth, and Shannon Kerr were present. After lunch they headed home, stopping to do some quadding on way. They spent Christmas with family, then on Boxing Day, headed out to Shuswap Lake in B.C. They got back New Year’s Eve to spend it with family and friends. The community is saddened by the passing of Kathy Kober of Trochu on Thursday, January 5th. Her Memorial Service was January 11th at St. Paul’s United Church with lunch served at the Baptist Fellowship Centre in Trochu. Kathy will always be remembered as a very active participant in anything she did and very organized. She was always bright and cheery and she will be missed by all. The Elnora School has had a busy time. The girls basketball team is having a great season. They played two league games against Bowden and River Glen in Red Deer, winning both with very impressive scores of 42 - 14 and 48 - 24. Way to go girls! Their coach, Debbie Silbernagel and assistant coach, Shalynn High are doing a great job! On December 2nd the Jr. High students went to Red Deer College to see “The Sound of Music.” On December 13th, the school had their successful Christmas Gift Fair. On December 20th, the school and staff attended their school Celebration Meal at the Elnora Hall and it was really good! The Elnora School Christmas Concert on December 22nd was a huge success again this year. Hard work really pays off! The Boys and Girls Club went to see “Zoo Lights” at the Calgary Zoo on January 3rd. They had lots of fun with games and learning experiences such as a maze, snow man bowling, igloo building, a play ground to wear off some energy at, and of course walking around looking at all the lights in the zoo. The animal houses were closed, but all the cages and trees were lit up. Portable fire warmers were everywhere so that people could warm up. They really had a great time.

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Condolences go out to the family of Ruth Marquerite (Walters) Polay who passed away in Red Deer on January 6th. She was 89 years old and from what we heard at her Memorial, she was a very active and talented lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Condolences also go out to Pat Nicholson and family on the passing of Teresa (Roselle) Nicholson on Tuesday, January 3rd at the age of 44 in their home in the Clive area after a lengthy illness. She Local 4H members participated in the 4H Bonspiel in Elnora and her siblings had FIRST gone to school in Elnora and Delburne. Kyle Lawrence - Delburne Beef Jason Johanson - Red Deer West Condolences to the family of Sara Swanson, Shayln Weisenburger - Coal Trail daughter of David & Connie Swanson and sisRiders ter to Claire, from Huxley, who was killed in a SECOND car accident on January 9th. She was the granddaughter to Margaret Swanson, and HarAlex Clutton - Red Deer West old & Angela Meding of Trochu and niece to Billijo McIlroy - Red Deer West Bev & Prophet Hillson as well as Lynda & Ashley Brown - Elnora Chip & Stitch Brian Swanson and Ron & Elizabeth ThompTHIRD son of the Elnora area. We can’t even imagine Jacob Lougheed - Red Deer West what her family is going through right now. Kasie Buckland - Coal Trail Riders Our prayers are with you all. Morgan Jackson - Elnora Chip & Stitch The Elnora beginner computer course started They all had a great time and a lot of fun. January 10th with 12 people in attendance, learning how to manage this intimidating maThe Elnora School Gym was very loud and chine. The class will be every Tuesday night busy with the Spruce View Basketball team at the Elnora School starting at 7 p.m. You taking on the Elnora Team. It was a very have to be over 60 years of age and be pretough, hard fought game, and at one point the pared for a lot of fun! Denyce Smart, the inscore was 32 - 32. Elnora lost by 2 points structor, is doing a great job and really enjoys 34 - 32. All the girls played very well and teaching this course. Once you catch on, it’s both teams were evenly matched. Elnora’s really a lot of fun to operate a computer! team wore red or yellow shells, so that either The Elnora Curling Rink was busy on January 14th with five 4-H Clubs represented in the Red Deer District Curling Bonspiel. Those clubs were: Elnora Chip & Stitch Club, Rangeland Beef Club; Red Deer West Beef Club; Delburne Beef Club and the Coal Trail Riders Club. They played 3 - 4 end games as there were 8 teams with 3 members per team. The winners are as follows:

The Elnora team goes against Spruce View.

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all red were playing or all yellow - two complete teams. For a small school like ours, the Elnora team is very impressive with the great talent they have on their team! Way to go girls! We’re all very proud of you! CARPET BOWLERS are needed in Elnora! Please call Mary Logan at 773-3133. This is a fun and relaxing activity and any one of any age can play. Dave & Marj Muir of Delburne are very proud of their grandson, 12 year old Colton Smethurst, son of Terrie and Duane Smethurst of Red Deer. He has his 1st degree Black Belt in Karate and competed in Quebec and made the Canadian Team. Three competitors from Canada competed in his division in the World’s Karate Championships in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He won Silver against a competitor from England in continuous sparring in 12 & under - 2nd in the world!!! It’s hard to imagine all the hard work that went into his sport! Congratulations Colton!”

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Elnora Happenings

May 13 - Spring Market/Arts & Craft Sale - so start on those items now!

Jan. 23 - Shop ‘til you drop day to Red Deer. Call Betty at 773-2374 for more info or to put your name in to go.

Karen Scott at 773-3556 will be taking bookings for the Elnora Community Hall and the Elnora Ag Centre.

January 23rd - ELECTION DAY - BE SURE TO VOTE!!!! Very Important!

Rural Boys and Girls Clubs meet Thursday afternoon and evening. Call April Irwin at 773-3171 for more info.

Jan. 25 - Elnora Ag Society Meeting at Hall Jan. 26 - 28 - Elnora Ladies Bonspiel - call Steve at 773-3933 or Karen at 773-3556 for more info. Jan. 30 - Opportunity Identification Committee meets at 7 pm at the Health Care Centre. Jan. 31 - Annual Community Gab Session at the Elnora Hall Feb. 1 - 4 - Men’s - Farmer’s Open Bonspiel

Legion Happy Hour Dinners - first two Fridays in Dec. Elnora Library: (phone: 773-3966) Mondays 9:00 - noon Wednesdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm Thursdays 7:00 - 10:00 pm Elnora Community Bus to Red Deer every 4th Monday. Contact Betty for more info 773-2374. Sensible Eaters meet Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Health Care Centre. Call 773-3105 for info.

Feb. 11 - Youth Bonspiel Feb. 13 - Marketing Focus Group Meeting at Health Care Centre Feb. 24 - 26 - Elnora All Niter Curling Bonspiel March 1 - 4 - Senior’s Bonspiel March 8 - 11 - Mixed Bonspiel March 18 - Grannies Bonspiel C o l t o n Smethurst competing (above, kicking) and with his silver m e d a l (left).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” (Doug Larson)

Sometimes, the circumstances of our lives can leave us feeling like we are being blown and tossed about like leaves on a rising wind and the category five storms that are in everyone’s extended forecast may cause many people to lead their lives with a sense of dread and foreboding at what might eventually come ashore. What when we remember that the winds of change rage most fiercely just outside the eye, we have only to take a small step into the very centre of the storm to find a sense of calm. - Unknown

Open AA/Al-anon meetings 1st Monday of each month, at Elnora Anglican Church @ 8:30 pm. Elnora Drop-In Monday Cribbage 7:30 pm Wednesday Carpet Bowling 7:30 pm Thursday - Boys & Girls Clubs 1st Friday Potluck noon 1st & 3rd Friday Jam sessions Lab Hours Wednesdays 9 - noon at the Elnora Community Health Centre.

March 18 - Dinner Theatre at the Elnora Hall Baby Immunization Clinic call 773-3636 A sign in the Bank Lobby reads: "Please note that this Bank is installing new Drivethrough teller machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts. After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE procedures have been developed. Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender." MALE PROCEDURE: 1. Drive up to the cash machine. 2. Put down your car window. 3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN. 4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw. 5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt. 6. Put window up. 7. Drive off. FEMALE PROCEDURE: 1. Drive up to cash machine. 2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine. 3. Set parking brake, put the window down. 4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card. 5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.

6. Attempt to insert card into machine. 7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car. 8. Insert card. 9. Re-insert card the right way. 10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page. 11. Enter PIN. 12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN. 13. Enter amount of cash required. 14. Check makeup in rear view mirror. 15. Retrieve cash and receipt. 16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside. 17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook. 18. Re-check makeup. 19. Drive forward 2 feet. 20. Reverse back to cash machine. 21. Retrieve card. 22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided. 23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you. 24. Restart stalled engine and pull off. 25. Redial person on cell phone. 26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles. 27. Release Parking Brake. - Author Unknown

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A Different Perspective By James Strachan Fundamentalist Option “If Jesus Christ is not your personal Savior and Lord, then you are going to hell.” I’m sure many of you hold this particular Christian belief; it is a common one in this part of the world, although many within the Christian fold would not agree with it. People will argue far into the night about this statement. “There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. To believe otherwise is to be infidel (unbeliever).” For this belief, we have seen that many Muslims are prepared to die and kill, as an expression of faith, although the majority of Muslims would not support such a radical faith-stance. “Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” For millennia, Jews have recited this simple statement of faith, and gone to war to defend it. They have died by the millions at the hands of others because of it, and more recently, have taken up arms against their neighbors because of it. This sacred trinity of faith statements, uttered with passion, makes up what I call “the fundamentalist option.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fundamentalism as “…a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles.” The crucial words are “strict” and “literal,” words that leave little room for application, negotiation, or toleration. And yet, the adherents of these three religions all claim to come from the same ancestor, our common father, Abraham! The fundamentalist option is exclusive, insisting on its own beliefs as the only correct belief. This stance leads immediately to “the fundamentalist process,” by which all others outside the “correct way” are excluded, rejected, and looked upon as fair game for conversion or condemnation. Such a process divides and separates the various churches, as well as dividing the wider religious community, which seeks to nurture a spiritual life among diverse neighbors. In the longer run, this leads to “the fundamentalist outcome,” which is, at its mildest, the process of distancing oneself from those who are ‘different.’ “You stay with your kind; I’ll stay with mine.” If this outcome is a bit stronger, it can become suppressed hostility. “We are better than ‘they’ are; ‘they’ are untrustworthy.” Such an attitude evokes hostility and ultimately, conflict. It evokes pictures of ‘Christian’ snipers aiming at physicians who perform abortions, or Palestinian children throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers, who are shooting back with rifles, or both Muslims and Christians in Indonesia, killing each others children in the name of God. Our world desperately needs people who will tolerate diversity, who will live with neighbors who are not like themselves. We need more communities where alternate lifestyles and beliefs are celebrated as part of God’s many-splendored giving. In our part of the world, in central Alberta, we have that possibility. We live in a diverse religious and cultural setting. A number of different languages are spoken in our midst, including a couple of Aboriginal languages! Any fundamentalism that pries us apart must be rejected. Celebrate my beliefs, different from your own. Celebrate your neighbor’s race or culture, different from your own. Embrace the differences. If someone’s culture, or beliefs, or the way they practice their faith, is to be judged and condemned, then that is for God to do, for that is God’s prerogative. Our prerogative is to be grateful for the abundance of perspectives, for the many ways that humans have come to see and know God. It is for us to let God’s light shine through us. It is for us to look for God’s light in our neighbors, and be grateful.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

It Pays to Advertise

Are You Fiscally Fit?

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!”

By Dawne Adkins, Director of Marketing, Community Capital The Value of a Dollar I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. It seems there is such a build up to the holidays and then, very quickly, it’s over and we’re back into a routine. For many of us, that routine involves spending money – on bills, on groceries, gas for the vehicles and so on. How much thought do we generally put into those expenditures? For myself, not a lot because those are things that must be paid. It’s the “disposable money” or the “leftover money” or the “undesignated money” that I tend to focus on because that’s where the choice comes in. Whether you’re a child with a small allowance, a teen with a parttime job or an adult working full-time we all are faced with choices around how to spend the extra money. We comparison shop, we wait for sales and generally do whatever we can to stretch those dollars as far as possible.

- Rulon Hillam

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Often the first thing I do when looking at a potential purchase is look at the price. That helps determine whether or not I’m going to continue to consider the item. The one place I don’t necessarily have to look at the price is in the dollar stores. How wonderful to already know the price before you even walk into the store! To go in and only spend a dollar on the one thing I’m looking for…except I don’t generally just spend a dollar, do you?



That’s where the challenge is! How many times have you said to yourself or even out loud, “it’s only a dollar!” Remember that “only a dollar” can add up very quickly. Psychologically we often feel a dollar or a loonie is not a big deal, sometimes even that it’s not real money. That is where our budget can get away from us – at what point do those dollars add up and become real money? Something to think about…



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, visit www.communitycapital.ca or email [email protected] for more information.



Healthy Alberta www.healthyalberta.com Osteoporosis Bone loss is a part of the aging process. But too much bone loss can lead to a disease known as osteoporosis. This disease in turn can increase your risk for fractures. Participating in physical activity is an effective way to slow this process. Activity stimulates bone to keep its density and helps improve balance, co-ordination, and muscle tone. These benefits can help prevent falls that may lead to fractures. Osteoporosis Canada Nuts to Good Health! Nuts and seeds contain plant chemicals that can improve heart health and lower blood cholesterol levels. Reap the benefits of nuts and seeds by enjoying a small serving (30 grams) as a snack or sprinkled on a salad, hot cereal, or into yogurt. Keeping portion sizes small will allow you to enjoy the benefits of nuts and seeds while keeping your energy (or calorie) intake in check. HealthyOntario.Com Visualizing Portion Sizes Controlling the portion sizes of foods will help you manage your calorie intake and body weight. Compare the portions of foods on your plate to simple visual cues such as dice, balls, or even the palm of your hand to understand right away how much you're eating and how balanced your approach to eating is. Baylor College of Medicine, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research

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The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. -Anonymous Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. -Ann Landers If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. -Andy Rooney We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. -M. Acklam Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. -Sigmund Freud I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. -Rita Rudner A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. -Robert Benchley Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. -Franklin P. Jones If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. James Thurber If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. -Unknown My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. -Joe Weinstein Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! -Anne Tyler Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. -Robert A. Heinlein If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!' - Dave Barry Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them. -Phil Pastoret My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. - Unknown

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KOREAN ADVENTURER By Alan E. Johnson Run Away! Coming to Korea to teach English can be a pretty scary thing to do, when you think about it. The temptation to head for home is pretty strong when things get a little overwhelming, and some people find that they can't take it. There are many stories floating around, and there is a web site called "Prisoners of Wonderland," where foreigners can post their impressions, good or bad, and talk about schools. The founder of the site writes with some humour about her own experience with Wonderland, and how she left them so precipitously. Among foreign teachers in Korea, the act of breaking your contract is called "doing a runner." Wonderland is a fairly large franchise over here, and I have worked at a few of them. They have a reputation as the worst of a pretty bad lot among some circles, but I did work at one that helped me learn to be a better teacher. I also worked at one that made me question my sanity. I remember being frightened to death when I first ventured to Korea, wondering on the flight over if I had made the right choice or not. Landing in Seoul, and then Daegu, being driven from the airport by my employer to the apartment I would share with another, I was almost in a daze, trying to take in as much as possible without overloading my brain. Jet lag. My new room-mate turned out to be an American named Phil, who walked around with a little cloud of gloom permanently raining on his parade. He wasn't at all shy about sharing his depression and paranoia and anger with anyone who came his way. As if trying to teach children a new language (with no training) wasn't bad enough, I had to deal with this individual every day, at home and at work. There was almost no escape. There were two other teachers at the school, also Americans. The man, whose name was Duncan, was a giant of a fellow. He had barely a month left on his contract, and was counting down the days until he could flee. His room-mate was a woman named Jolene, and she seemed nice enough for the two weeks that I knew her. One day Duncan came to work with the news that she had left, just like that. I came this close to following her example, as Phil continued to gloom about. But then, things slowly did get better for me. Phil moved out to share an apartment with his Korean girlfriend, and I got a new room-mate. An Australian named Dave. He became my friend, and we shared many adventures together with the new teachers that arrived in ones and twos after that. By the end of my first year as a teacher, I had started to get a handle on teaching, and was enthusiastic about returning as soon as I could secure a new contract. The schools that I have taught at since then have been good enough, for the most part, and I am looking forward to another couple of years here, at least. From August of 2003 until August, 2005, I was a teacher at Pohang Wonderland, which was not a bad school, if it hadn't have been for the director. He was a micro-manager, who couldn't resist in meddling with every aspect of the school. There was a high turnover of Korean teachers, and the foreigner who greeted me when I first arrived had many tales of how silly some of his decisions were. He had a habit of using a Korean expression, "Guh, juggy..." which is kind of like saying "uh, you know..." all the time. He said it so often that we took to calling him "Juggy."

I tried to keep a good outlook, and I did manage to keep my sanity intact, and even grew to like the school, especially the kids. I had some friends, and I had a pretty good time leading the lifestyle of a foreign teacher in Korea. Just before the end of my first year there, one of the other foreigners was replaced by a young woman who I will call Malena. She was fresh out of school, and the experience of teaching in Korea (and dealing with Juggy) became too much for her. She determined to leave as soon as she could. About three months into her contract, she decided to leave on a Saturday night, right at the end of the September session. Most directors pay for the flight over, so Malena decided to leave without collecting her pay for that time, reckoning it would be a fair trade. At that time, I was working Saturdays at a GnB school in another town. Malena called me as I was on the bus home, told me her plan, and asked for some help. I told her to be ready when I arrived by cab, which we would use to go to the bus station. We didn't experience any trouble, and she got safely away. the adventure left me feeling a little energized at actually having helped someone "do a runner." Little did I know that I would be doing some running myself before too long. After I left Pohang, I began looking for another school, preferably back in Daegu, the Korean city I was most comfortable with. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure the job I wanted before financial concerns made the choice I had to make almost inevitable. I had a recruiter, who is like an agent representing teachers to prospective employers. His name was Andy Kim. Can you dig it? I knew that you could. He found me a GnB school in Yeongcheon, which is a small town about an hour east of Daegu. I had worked in a GnB school, as I said, but I had never used their materials, which I deemed substandard. Their program relies mainly on rote memorization, with little thinking going on. It seemed to me to be a fairly dull experience for the children, with no real language skills to be gained at all. I told Andy beforehand that whatever materials I would be asked to use would have to be heavily supplemented, if not disposed of entirely. He pointed out that most schools have to accept whatever their head office gives them, and that I would have to live within those restrictions. I had said that I would never work at a GnB school, and I found it ironic in the extreme that I had to accept this position, money matters being what they were. An air ticket was couriered to me, and soon enough I was at the school. I gradually became aware that the director had even less of a handle on things than the most pointy-haired boss Dilbert ever had to work for. The school was filthy, and the kids were allowed to make it even dirtier. There was graffiti on the walls, trash on the floors, spilled food in the corners, and little or no organization that I could see. I did not have to use GnB materials; I had to supplement what the Korean teachers were teaching with whatever I could think of to make what the kids were "learning" a meaningful, enriching experience. Every day I had to conjure up a new lesson seemingly out of thin air. I scrounged as best I could from the school's meager resources, internet ESL sites, and friends. The director was not much help, as he was putting a lot of time and effort into opening a new school for kids studying for the ESL exams. It turned out a lot of his money was going there, too.

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Andy was on the phone to him almost constantly, asking for his recruiter fee and reimbursement of the air fare, which he had fronted. I had been under the impression that my director had bought the ticket, and had left the return stub in his care. Things went along like this for about a month. I became more and more desperate for teaching material, and Andy became desperate for his money. He communicated his troubles to me, and asked me if I was interested in leaving the school if he could find a new set up for me. Upon consideration, I told Andy that the school would still remain acceptable to me, as long as my pay arrived on time. As mercenary as it must sound, I was only in it for the money, the conditions of the school and my continuing frustration at the lack of curriculum notwithstanding. When I did not get paid on time, the decision to run away was easy to make. My director had given me a payday, and then reneged. He stated that his new school was taking a lot of capital to set up, and asked me to be patient. I have experienced many different types of schools, and many different kinds of directors, but they have always managed to pay me on time, whatever faults they may have had. I was naturally more than willing to listen to Andy's plan. The missed payday was a Friday, and the funds actually showed up by the following Tuesday. On Wednesday I was gone. Andy had spoken to me on the phone over the weekend, saying that he had some schools in mind, and that I might even be able to move to one in Daegu. I began the work week thinking that I might have some time to prepare for the move, and I began to gather boxes and pack. During Tuesday's classes, Andy called with the news that a school director in Daegu was willing to hire me, and that he would arrive the next day to help me move. Making sure that Andy would bring a truck along with him, I went home and spent about six hours putting everything into bags and boxes. I tried to bring as much of my things home from the school as possible, without sparking any curiosity about why I was doing so. I did in fact leave behind an umbrella, some slippers, and some teaching materials. Andy arrived the next morning just after nine, and we spent an hour bringing everything down to the truck. I was a little on edge, wondering if some spy wouldn't report to my director. I was anxious to avoid any kind of nasty scene. Just as we finished loading, it started to snow, and before too long it was coming down thick and fast. The truck driver noted that in Korea, it was good luck to move during a snowfall. It sounded a little... off to me, but I clung to any positive outlook about the situation. We drove out of Yeongcheon without a glance backward, and without leaving behind any message at all. I had considered wiping the contract on my bum, and leaving that behind, but thought the better of it. I received a couple of phone calls from the school, which went unanswered. I was having lunch with Andy when my (now former) director called, spewing venom and lies about me. Andy feigned ignorance over my whereabouts, and enquired if the man was interested in hiring a new foreigner. Pretty cheeky, I thought. And so I am back living in Daegu, where I wanted to be all along, working at a school with a fairly good program. The kids are serious students, for the most part, and I think I am going to enjoy working here. I count myself pretty lucky, and am grateful for the providential string of events that led me to this place. Here's hoping that a turn has been made, and the bad experience of Yeongcheon will slowly recede into the past, only to be remembered in this innocuous piece of reporting.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

Horror-scope Aries: This will be a rewarding week, but unless they are giving out awards for arrogance, you're not likely to receive any. Taurus: Conversations with friends could lead to interesting events this week: fistfights or a good boot in the rear. Gemini: This is a good week for you to check out ways to make extra money...check out 'work.' Cancer: Hobbies and creative courses would do you some good. Forget about yourself and join something worthwhile. Leo: You will impress others this week, but be careful lest they find out you don't know what you are talking about. Virgo: This week your intuition will be telling you that you just can't lose. The main thing to remember...don't fight fate. Libra: Your thoughts should be on the week ahead, instead of all the stupid things you did last week. Scorpio: Take part in activities with those who have similar interests. But...you are only interested in yourself. Sagittarius: Watch where you are going. Too many more bruises and people will think you’ve taken up boxing. Capricorn: An unusual person may come into your life. They'd have to be unusual to have an interest in an egotist. Aquarius: You have stamina and will stop at nothing to reach your goals. Wake up! Only the last part is true. Pisces: Your senses are telling you that you are on the verge of something big, but your senses are senseless.

Journey Down The BoomTown Trail By Daniel Harrison

BOOMTOWN TRAIL DEVELOPMENTS Some folks may wonder what the BoomTown Trail project is all about. Our goal is to create increased economic activity along the Highway 21 and 56 corridor, with an emphasis on tourism and culture. To that end, we have been seeking funding for projects that help us create new opportunities. One of these efforts has born fruit, with four new projects funded. Rob Renner, Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, has announced that the Highway 21 Initiatives Society, which administers the BoomTown Trail project, has had four new projects approved for funding. Operating under the ministry’s Regional Partnerships Initiative, the projects are: Supersignage: Funds will be provided to complete the approval process to install highway markers with the BoomTown Trail identity featured, and to create additional BoomTown Trail feature signs. This will significantly increase the visibility of the BoomTown Trail as a tourism destination and an alternative north-south route. Mainstreet: Developing architectural guidelines for restoration of BoomTown architectural treasures and an inventory of examples of authentic “Boomtown” buildings. Opportunities may emerge for communities to partner for regional mainstreet restoration initiatives. Raising the profile of this unique form of architecture will attract tourist and

media attention. Shared Services;: A project to inventory recreational facilities available in BoomTown communities and to better coordinate and publicize events. There is an opportunity to create a forum for communities to discuss other shared service opportunities. BoomTown Bucks: Funding will allow for extensive community consultation towards creating a souvenir gift certificate that can be used anywhere on the trail and circulated like currency. This also works to strengthen the identity of the BoomTown Trail both locally and with tourists. Total project funding for the four projects is $128,400.00, over the two to three years. These projects will add new excitement to the project and create new value for the BoomTown Trail brand. Stay tuned for upcoming developments. Visit our website at www.boomtowntrail.com for more information, and watch for the latest BoomTown Chronicle in your community. Men are like… Bank Accounts. Without a lot of money, they don't generate much interest. Chocolate Bars. Sweet, smooth, and they usually head right for your hips. Coffee. The best ones are rich, warm, and can keep you up all night long. Coolers. Load them with beer and you can take them anywhere. Horoscopes. They always tell you what to do and are usually wrong. Mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion. Parking Spots. The good ones are already taken and the ones that are left are either handicapped or extremely small. - Unknown

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delegates and plan to showcase Alberta in the most exciting ways possible. For more information on the Alberta. Women's Institute group in your area contact: Alix WI: Irene Guynup 403-747-2794. Bashaw WI: Flo Rider 403-883-2729. Kanata WI: Yvonne Stewart 403-742-4277. Lacombe WI: Helen Williams 403-782-4906.

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