Chautauqua Friday, January 6, 2006

Sharing traditional values with today’s communities

2006 Vol. 5, No. 1

IT’S TIME FOR SOME FUN IN ALIX! Coming in January! Entertainment for the Whole Family!


COMING TO ALIX! February 18, 2006 Yuk Yuks Sponsored by the Alix Lions Club

March 8, 2006 Alix MAC Drama Class Dinner Theatre April 22, 2006 St. James Gate Sponsored by the Alix Lions Club

May 12, 2006 Bullarama Sponsored by the Alix Arena Association

Magician Wyatt Scott and Sambuka Sat., Jan. 21, 2006 7 pm Alix Community Hall Advance Tickets Door Tickets

$15.00 $18.00

Available at Alix Home Hardware & Candy Bouquet Event Sponsored by the Alix Lions Club

If you have a favourite act/entertainer you’d like to see perform in Alix, please contact Holly at 747-2444.

Come join in & meet new people!

Concession includes the following…







Details of upcoming events will appear in the Entertainment News column

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

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FROM THE EDITOR’S COMPUTER Happy New Year! For some people this is a time of resolutions and “this year I AM going to do…” Often the intentions are good, but the body just doesn’t want to do/accomplish what we resolve to do. Another year of resolutions bite the dust. Maybe we’re looking at this the wrong way. Maybe it should be a time to reflect on what you really want to be doing in your life by going back to the way things were at an earlier stage in your life. There has been a resurgence of ‘classic’ music...rock, country and others. Can you believe the popularity of the 1950s Christmas ditty “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” this past season? How many times have you wished you could only be on one or two committees or boards so you could devote more time and effort to them, instead of the six or eight you’re involved with now. Rather than learning a new hobby or skill, why not dust off an old hobby or revisit a previous skill. Instead of resolving to ‘change’ why not resolve to ‘rediscover’ some aspect that used to be a part of your life. Happy New Year!


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The newspaper is FREE because the Advertising is NOT! Please support your local businesses.

The Chautauqua 403-352-3837 (cell) Box 249 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 Email: [email protected] Items may be submitted at Alix Library Owner/Editor: Beth Richardson Display Ads: $4.00 per column per inch Classifieds: $4.00 (up to 25 words)

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

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

The very best of Holiday Wishes to all our friends in Alix & Area Sincerely, Mac & Arlene Gauthier Accounting Management Services

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


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:

Welcome to Glen and Nettie Pico the new owners of Lakeside Condo Estates on Main Street. Thank you to the Alix Beauty Salon for the cheerful Christmas music during the holiday season. Projects Update The 49th Street Sewer Project will be tendered next month. The As-Built Drawings for Main Street and Railway Avenue will be completed next month; however both streets will not be tendered in 2006. Council is considering different options for alternative resurfacing of these streets as the Village is not in a financial position to reconstruct both streets next year. Water Update The Village of Alix has joined a regional water committee being

Monday to Friday


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

the East Central Water Services Group. To date 18 municipalities are part of this Committee that is working towards forming a water commission. This Commission will be purchasing the Stettler Water Treatment Plant. The Commission will service municipalities from Mirror, Alix and Rahr Malting to Consort. The Village of Alix water crisis is first priority with the government in Central Alberta. The immediate solution to the crisis is an 8.5 kilometer waterline tying into an existing water line from the Stettler Water Treatment Plant. The tie in will be at the junction of Highways 12 and 21. The target date for the installation of this line is May 2006. We are working very closely with Alberta Environment, Rahr Malting, Lacombe County and our neighboring regional partners to secure sustainable water.

Town Hall Meeting Council encourages you to attend the Town Hall Meeting being held on Tuesday, January 31, 2005 in the Alix Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. Alix Community Hall The Alix Community Hall will no longer be run by an independent board. The Village of Alix Council requested the Community Hall return to the control of the Village. This change will take effect January 10, 2006. Questionnaires Please drop off your questionnaires at the Village Office in the mail slot, or during office hours on or before January 6th, 2006. The results should be ready for the January 29th, 2006 Town Hall meeting. Thank you to everyone who took the time to hand in the questionnaire.


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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] 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.

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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 The Things We Do for Love by Kristin Hannah - Nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of an act of kindness...and the emotional revelations about what it means to be a family... Fire Storm by Iris Johansen - Kerry will have to reach deep into a past that already came close to destroying her as she has to fight fire with fire... Trace by Patricia Cornwell - Kay Scarpetta must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak...and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear...

Board Members Wanted - We are looking for individuals interested in sitting on the Library Board.

See Jane Run by Joy Fielding - Can Jane remember her past in time to stop whatever it is that is happening to her, whatever made her lose her memory in the first place, whatever is trying to destroy her and her family...

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!

Final Scream by Lisa Jackson - Someone doesn't want Cassidy to uncover the chilling truth...a cold-blooded psychopath who is only waiting to hear her final scream...


Upside Down by John Ramsey Miller Awaiting Massey is a chilling surprise, and an assassin with a secret mission, a secret motive, and the perfect plan... 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

ALIX HOTEL wishes to THANK all of the sponsors of, and participants in, our Annual Santa’s Anonymous Fundraiser.

We had the BEST year ever this year thanks to everyone’s generosity! A Healthy Happy New Year to all from Roberta & Staff of the Alix Hotel

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard Vigilantly watching her back, Lily doesn't see the lethal peril directly in her path...or that loyalty has a price... 50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber Considering that I'm married to Cedar Cove's private investigator, you might think I enjoy mysteries...but I don't, especially when they involve us! White Hot by Sandra Brown - When the police determine her brother's suicide was actually a homicide, Sayre must battle her family as she confronts a powder keg of old hatreds, past crimes and a surprising plan of revenge... First Team by Larry Bond - The Team is now faced with the fact that important material has fallen into the wrong people's hands...and they are preparing to wage the single deadliest attack ever on US soil… The Last Juror by John Grisham - Men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by a killer exacts the ultimate revenge...

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

Hopefully your Christmas was good. I could not believe the generosity of this Village this year. Between the fundraisers and private donations there was about $2,000 given to the Food Bank and Santa’s Anonymous. This does not include all of the food and toys that were also given. Pat yourself on the back. I hope to have some courses running in the new year, so stay posted. Have a Happy New Year. I will be back in the office Jan. 10th. The FREECYCLE Network was started to provide an electronic forum to "recycle" items they no longer have a use for rather than throwing them away. The Lacombe County Freecycle is found at http:// groups. lacombecountyfreecycle Members do not need to live in Lacombe County.

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. — Theodore Rubin

Western Financial Group Alberta Registries Agent Alix & Clive Agencies, Alix, AB Alix & Clive Agencies in Alix, AB requires a parttime Alberta Registries Agent. This position will require a well-organized individual with excellent communication and customer service skills. Preference will be given to candidates with Alberta Registries certification, and/or Alberta Level 1 insurance licence, although we are willing to train the right individual. Alix & Clive Agencies is part of Western Financial Group, a leading provider of insurance and financial services in the towns and small cities of Western Canada. Over fifty-five offices provide more than 200,000 customers with insurance, investments and agency banking. If you are interested in employment with one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, please forward your resume in confidence to: Alix Agencies Box 459 Alix, AB T0C 0B0 Please note that only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The company offers competitive salaries and benefits as well as an employee share option plan.

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...because we live here.

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ALIX HOME HARDWARE After Christmas Sale!!! Up to 50% off on remaining Christmas Stock

Let it Snow! We have crazy carpets, toboggans & flying saucers.

Stay Warm! We carry a full line of Tough Duck winter wear.

Happy New Year!

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

Branch office in Alix, Thursdays at Community Savings

Breaktime Cookies 0.99 Simple Pleasures Cookies 1.99

Time for Tots Jeannie Oppeboen 747-2157 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

747-2217 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.


9:30 a.m.

Bear Paws Snacks 2.49 Chewy Granola Bars 2.29 KML Fig Bars 0.69

Railway Avenue

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Alix MAC School Write-up/Pictures submitted by Rod Phillips The Senior Band played at the West Edmonton Mall Friday, December 9th. The students played very well and represented the school and the band program very well.

December 13th, our Kindergarten class made popcorn and sold it to the students in the school. They were able to raise $93.00. They had a lot of fun and the money they raised will be donated to Santa's Anonymous. A great job by our littlest ambassadors to the school.

Mrs. Jen Fournel bagging some popcorn (above, left). The Kindergarten kids selling to students (above, right). A great thanks to Mirror School for lending the popcorn machine so that we could do this event for a really good cause. Miss Kandace Turnbull has taken over the teaching duties in our grade 2 classroom from Mrs. Stacey Sim who has gone on maternity leave. Miss Turnbull has been into the school a number of times as a substitute teacher. However, we are very much looking forward to her coming in to take over Mrs. Sims' class on a full-time basis. At the end of January, Mrs. Tracy Chalmers will be leaving on her maternity leave and will be replaced by Miss Jackie Hirney. Miss Hirney has been a substitute teacher for both the Wolf Creek and Chinook's Edge school divisions. Again, we are very much looking forward to her coming in to take over Mrs. Chalmers' grade 3/4 class on a full-time basis.

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Friends Of Alix MAC need your support Submitted by Marie Payne Warm wishes for Safe Holidays and Happy New Year from the FAMS board. In November we advertised an annual meeting and due to many unfortunate circumstances only 3 people attended. This Society has provided the students of Alix MACC School with subsidized transportation and funding for a variety of events, speakers and field trips since its conception in March of 1997. The 2005-2006 board now consists of: Pam Hiron, Michelle LeBouthillier, Cathy Mehle, Elaine Meehan, Kitty Parlby, Marie Payne, Rod Phillips and Stacey Sim. We extend an invitation to all parents and guardians of students of Alix MACC School to come to our meetings and be active participants in the decisions made by FAMS. Your contribution is valuable and extremely necessary for the continuation and planning of programs and activities that FAMS will fund in the future. Our next meeting will be Jan 12, 2006 at 7 pm in the Alix MAC Library. In November we approved sponsorship of the traveling Art program in November and another in May for a total of $107. We hope you took the opportunity to visit the school Library to view the exhibit. Also $950.07 was spent on transportation costs for the month of November which included 2 volleyball team trips, a Music band trip and an AADAC trip. We are planning a stunning fundraiser in the New Year. Watch for up coming information. We need your assistance and support to hold a successful annual meeting. We will be calling another annual meeting sometime in February. If you are interested in having a voice on FAMS please come to the next meeting on January 12, 2006 in the school Library at 7 pm or the annual meeting.

Alix Gator Inn (Amy’s Restaurant)

IS NOW CATERING TO THE OILFIELD INDUSTRY Effective January 2, 2006 the Alix Gator Inn hours of business will be

Monday to Saturday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Our restaurant is pleased to have the opportunity to serve all crews working in the area.

My expectations are that both teachers will do an excellent job and will be welcome additions to our staff and school.

Seismic, pipeline, drilling, servicing, welding and construction industry workers are welcome to enjoy a home cooked meal in a casual atmosphere.

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VILLAGE OF ALIX COUNCIL MINUTES Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Village of Alix Council, held on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. in the Village of Alix Council Chambers. Present:

Mayor Marlene Kortzman, Councillors Mel Henderson, Patrick Lynch and Larry Yarwood.


Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish.

Resolution #665/05 is in regards to the use of the Alix Public Library. Administration reviewed the Alberta Libraries Act and Regulations relative to Resolution #665/05 and recommends that the authority lies with the Library Board as indicated in the Act. Resolution #690/05:

Also Present:

Ken Gwozdz, C.A.O.

Call to Order:

Mayor Marlene Kortzman called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M..

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda: Mayor Marlene Kortzman called for additions/deletions to the agenda.

Unfinished Business:

a) Paul Conrad & Associates - Alix Arena Association The Alix Arena Association requested Council to proceed with hiring of Paul Conrad & Associates to perform a Community Services Needs Assessment and Facility Development Strategy for a Multi-Use Facility in the community.

Approval of Agenda: Resolution #679/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Resolution #665/05 be amended to read as follows: “With consent of the Alix Public Library Board, the Village of Alix supports the use of these facilities for students at Alix MAC School to utilize from December, 2005 to January, 2006 in the mornings and February 2006 to June, 2006 in the afternoons, Monday through Friday. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that the Village of Alix Council accept the agenda with the following additions:

Resolution #691/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Administration proceed with the following:


New Business:

g) IDA Subdivision h) Regional Water - East Central Alberta Water Services Group CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

1. 2.


a) Alix Community Hall Board - 7:15 P.M. 3. Mrs. Debbie Cowan representing the Alix Community Hall Board arrived at 7:20 P.M. Mrs. Cowan disagrees about giving up the giving up the bookings for the Alix Community Hall. Mrs. Cowan has done what Council has requested; minutes, treasurer’s report, advertising in the newspaper.

New Business:

That Paul Conrad and Associates be retained to undertake a Community Services Needs Assessment and Facility Development Strategy for the community of Alix to start immediately. That $40,000.00 and $15,000.00 respectively be allocated in the 2006 budget for this capital expenditure. That we invite a representative from Lacombe County Council to be involved in the planning process of our Multi-Use Facility. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. a) Rescind By-Law #G25

By-Law #G25 is contradictory to the current RRSP and Local Authority Pension Plan. By-Law #G25 does not include LAPP.

Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish arrived at 7:26 P.M. Resolution #692/05: Issues about bookings and cleaning need to be addressed.

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the Village of Alix Council rescind By-Law #G25. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Mrs. Cowan has asked for a chance to make changes. b) A.N.T.S. Mrs. Cowan advised the Council that the Hall Board resigned by written letter and left the meeting at 7:45 P.M. Financial:

a) Accounts Payable - Cheques #1891 - 1926

Resolution #680/05:

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the Accounts Payable for December 20, 2005, in the amount of $29,236.07 be accepted for information. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #681/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that two (2) computer monitors (flat screens) for Administration be approved by Council. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Minutes: Resolution #682/05:

Chief Administrative Officer’s Report: Resolution #683/05:

The A.N.T.S. organization has worked diligently on the Nature Trail for a number of years. They have requested the Village to take over the Lake Bank Restoration Project. Resolution #693/05:

c) Policy #42 - Funding to Groups Policy #42 is a Public Funds Being Used By Groups As Appointed By Council. In order to prepare budgets for projects and be fiscally accountable to the different organizations/residents. Administration is recommending the deadline to submit budgets be moved from January 31 to October 31.

a) Regular Meeting - December 6, 2005 Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the minutes of the regular meeting of the Village of Alix Council, held on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, be accepted as presented. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. a) Capital Projects - Main Street & Railway Avenue Reconstruction

Resolution #694/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Policy #42 be amended as submitted. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #695/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that Policy #42 be sent to all organizations that pertain to this policy on an annual basis. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Resolution #574/05 be rescinded and that Administration investigate alternate methods of re-surfacing (coal-mix) for Main Street and Railway Avenue for the next meeting. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

d) Policy #41 - Snow Clearing Policy #41 allows the Village Public Works Department to have the flexibility to remove snow where needed due to weather conditions versus following a scheduled routine.

b) Year End - Staff Resolution #684/05:

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the Village of Alix take over the Lake Bank Restoration Project as per the request from A.N.T.S. pending budget approval. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that $50.00 be given to each staff member for year end. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #696/05:

Moved by Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish that Policy #41 be approved as submitted. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

c) Bookkeeper - Authorization for Community Savings Alix Branch e) RR 23-0 Improvements Requested (Lacombe County) Resolution #685/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that the bookkeeper be approved to access documentation at Community Saving Alix Branch and that a policy be prepared in this regard for the next meeting. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. d) School Requisition

Resolution #686/05:

Discussion ensued regarding upgrading Range Road 23-0 on the north east corner of the Village to provide access to Industrial zoned land. This road is in Lacombe County. Resolution #697/05:

Moved by Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish that Administration proceed with setting up a sub account for the School Requisition. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that the Village of Alix Council request Lacombe County to include RR 23-0 in their local Road Improvement Plan for 2006. The Village of Alix is concerned that without road improvements to RR 23-0, the Industrial lands at Pt. NE 36-39-23 W4 will be un-developable. The Village of Alix greatly appreciates the County’s consideration in this regard. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

e) January 3, 2006 Council Meeting f) Alix Community Hall Board Resolution #687/05:

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the January 3, 2006 Council Meeting be cancelled. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. f) Staff Holiday Carry-over

Discussion ensued about the letter of resignation from the Alix Community Hall Board. Resolution #698/05:

Resolution #688/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Brenda Knight, Wendy Menage and Don Gibson be allowed to carry over 2005 unused holidays to 2006 as per the Personnel Policy. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #689/05:

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the Chief Administrative Officer’s Report be accepted for information. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish that the dissolved Alix Community Hall Board bring in the books, bookings, bank account, keys and all other materials relevant to the Alix Community Hall, to the Village Office by January 10, 2006. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. g) IDA Subdivision of Land

Resolution #699/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that: 1.

Business Arising from the Minutes:

a) Resolution #665/05

The Village of Alix offer to purchase IDA property at the same price as it was sold to them. Continued next page...

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That Administration proceed with surveying, subdivision of east and west lots of IDA Store to be sold as commercial property. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

the FCSS/Recreation Co-ordinator take the accumulated hours of T.O.I.L time up to December 31, 2005 in the month of January, 2006. Further, that any future overtime hours be approved prior by the Chief Administrative Officer in the time sheet. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

h) Regional Water - East Central Alberta Water Services Group e) Sewage Lagoon Repairs - Cell 7 Mayor Marlene Kortzman discussed the water meeting at Castor, Alberta regarding a regional water system. Resolution #700/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Mayor Marlene Kortzman be the Village of Alix representative for the East Central Alberta Water Services Group. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #701/05:

Repairs to Cell 7 of the sewage lagoon were made last year by a contractor and to be paid by Rahr Malting Canada Ltd. Resolution #709/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the interest on the sewage lagoon (Cell 7) expenses be waived as advised by Village solicitors. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #710/05:

Moved by Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish that this Council meeting go past 11:00 P.M. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Council recess for 5 minutes at 9:45 P.M. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Mayor Marlene Kortzman called the meeting back to order at 9:51 P.M. Committee Reports:

a) C.A.E.P

In Camera: b) Communities in Bloom Resolution #702/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that Council go “in camera” at 9:52 P.M.

Resolution #711/05: CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #703/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the Village of Alix Council come “out of camera” at 10:52 P.M. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Moved by Mayor Marlene Kortzman that the 2005 allocated budget for Communities in Bloom be set aside for the Downtown Revitalization Project to be used for trees. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. c) Mayor’s Dinner

a) Village Property - Medical Services Building Contract Resolution #704/05:

Moved by Councillor Mary-Louise Lapish that Administration contact Main Street Medical Services to inform them that the Village of Alix is soliciting other Medical Clinics to utilize these facilities. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Resolution #705/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that Administration expand the search for alternate medical services. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

d) Lacombe Regional Solid Waste Resolution #712/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the Village of Alix Council approve the Lacombe Regional Solid Waste Authority requisition for 2006. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. e) F.C.S.S.

b) Land Lease Agreement - Persona Communications Resolution #706/05:

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that the Land Lease Agreeement be amended to include the following: 1. 2. 3.

Resolution #713/05: Correspondence: Resolution #714/05:

Persona Communications Inc. Is responsible for payment of tax levy each year. Persona Communications Inc. Is to pay the Village of Alix for grass cutting each year. This agreement shall not be assignable without written permission from the Village of Alix.

c) Newspaper Articles Resolution #715/05:

Resolution #707/05:

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the purchase of Lot 8, Block H, Plan 5676 A.E. be tabled until the next regular meeting of Council pending more information from Administration regarding ownership of adjacent lot. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. d) Personnel

Resolution #708/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that a letter be sent to the Tees Agricultural Society stating that the Village of Alix did not have any events on August 1 weekend and that we will continue to work together with our neighbors. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. b) Neighborhood Network - Letters of Support

Also, the 2004 tax levy be paid by Persona Communications Inc. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. c) Offer to Purchase - Lot 8, Block H, Plan 5676AE

Moved by Councillor Larry Yarwood that the Village of Alix Council accept the Committee Reports (a) through (e) for information. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. a) Tees Agricultural Society

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that the Village of Alix Council accept Correspondence items (a) through (c) for information. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Adjournment: Resolution #716/05:

Moved by Councillor Patrick Lynch that this regular meeting of the Village of Alix Council be adjourned at 11:21 P.M.. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

________________________ Mayor

___________________________ Chief Administrative Officer

Moved by Councillor Mel Henderson that subject to a legal opinion that

RAY PRINS, MLA LACOMBE PONOKA 5,500 More Apprentices Working in Alberta in 2005 The number of apprentices in Alberta has increased by 5,500 in 2005. This is great news for Alberta as there are now more than 45,500 apprentices in the province, an increase of nearly 95 per cent since 1995. The Alberta government is spending $22 million this fiscal year, which is a $5.7 million increase over 2004-05, for all apprentices to take their technical training. This money is already flowing to technical institutes and colleges such as Red Deer College and others throughout the province that deliver apprenticeship training programs, as well as programs that promote apprenticeship. In the long run, this is the best way to address the demand for skilled labour in Alberta. The government is doing its part by putting the dol-

lars in place to ensure that all apprentices new and existing - get their training, when and

where they need it. Apprenticeships are work-based training, with a combination of 80 per cent on-the-job training and 20 per cent in-class instruction at a post-secondary college or technical institute. The Alberta government works with employers, industry and the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board to create flexible technical training options that work for both the employer and the apprentice. In the past five years, the Alberta government has provided approximately $80 million to support expanded training opportunities for apprentices in this province. 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]

Winners of the Alix Community Credit Union Coloring Contest: 0-3 years 4-6 years 7-9 years

Bobbi Henderson Justin Verveda Willie May Sauer

The View From My Window By (Peeping) Thomasina Many joyful expressions of good tidings to you and yours as we begin this fresh time of beginnings and determinations to enrich our lives in new (or old) ways. My determination will be to be more vigilant of the to-andfroings on our fair boulevard. I was a wee bit let down by the lack of frozen filigreed particles upon the ground, but I am enjoying the unseasonably tepid climatic conditions. I see many other residents are too as they alternate between apparel choices.

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Alix I am glad to live in Alix for a couple of reasons Alix has a great school that provides good activities for kids to play. One day we got silly string and shot it at each other. Alix has a Band Society We get to learn new songs and play instruments I like Alix because it has a lake to go swimming in. I like swimming in the lake because it’s deep. I like Alix because it has a beach. The beach has a park by it. It also has bathrooms there. It has a concession with great food and drinks and it is fun to play in the sand. I like swinging on the swings, too. I like making sand castles and wrecking it after words.

Alix Mac School I love Alix-MAC because it is a great place. First, I like Alix-MAC because it has lots of nice people and it has a great school with nice teachers. To expand, the school is great for kids and you get friends really fast and the teachers make you feel welcome when you come. The teachers will help you if your having trouble in your work. It has lots of kids that will help you with your work in school, like my friend Emma. Further, I know when I came here I felt like I was welcome and I was. I would be very upset if I had to leave Alix-MAC School.

By Grace. B Grade 5, Alix MAC

Truth hurts – not the searching after: the running from!

Justine Jensen Grade Five, Alix MAC School

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Mirror Community Mon., Jan. 9 Friends of the Mirror Library Board Meeting at 7:30 pm at the Library.

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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.

Sat., Jan. 21 Robbie Burns Tea & Bake Sale at Mirror United Church at 2:00 pm. Everyone welcome! 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. Please return the Mirror United Church “Travelling Basket” to Gale (788-3835). 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

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!

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. Congratulations to Eugene Hunt

Thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas Draw. Winners were: Peggy Archibald - Marble Crib Board (donated by Don Baden) and Lynda Oakey - Afghan (donated by Gail McNair). _______________ Mirror Legion Br. 189 Suppers the last Saturday of the month. Meat Draws - Saturday at 4 pm. Executive meetings - 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 pm Regular meetings - 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. Darts - Tuesday evenings. The Legion is open on Thursday and Friday 5 pm, and Saturday 2 pm. ________________ Transfer Station Hours Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 - 6 pm ________________ Lacombe County Administration: Terry Hager Tim Timmons 782-6601 782-3820 (fax)

At the Dec. 12th Legion Meeting, Bev Gallagher, D is tr i c t C o mmander, presented Eugene Hunt, President of Legion Br. 189, with a medal for his contributions to the Legion in Mirror and the community. Photo courtesy of Luc Bailly

How To Install a Poor-man's Security System: Go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men's used work boots - a really big pair. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine. Put a dog dish beside it. A really big dog dish. Leave a note on your front door that says something like: "Bill, big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition - back in 1/2 hr. Don't disturb the pitbulls; they've just been de-wormed." - Author Unknown

Agriculture: Keith Boras 782-6601 318-3311 (cell) Keith is the contact for Mirror inquiries. Councillor, Div. 2: Bill Knight 784-3633 ATB Ruth - 788-3056

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Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. - William A. Ward

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FAMILY MATTERS How People Change What Is Happiness? If you are thinking about changing your life for the better, one way to start is by identifying your goals. You are probably hoping to find some version of happiness or emotional well-being. That might look like any combination of the following: • A sense of freedom • Self-esteem • Self-confidence • Happy to get up in the morning • Working toward goals • A sense of purpose in life • Satisfying relationships What Is Unhappiness? If you are thinking about changing your life, you may be experiencing some combination of the following elements: • Feeling sad, lethargic or depressed • Feeling afraid • Abusing or being addicted to alcohol or drugs • Feeling lonely • Anxiety • Problems with relationships • Not getting what you want in life; feeling frustrated in working toward goals • Not caring enough to have goals How Will You Change? When you decide to change your life, try the following ideas. 1. Explore your feelings. Keep a journal, talk to a trusted friend, work with a professional counselor.

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2. Envision your future. Write in a journal, make a collage, do a guided visualization, talk to a friend or counselor, research the possibilities. 3. Explore wishes and dreams. Keep a journal, talk to a trusted friend, work with a professional counselor. 4. Be open to new ideas. Take a class, travel, say yes to things you may have avoided in the past. 5. Look for kindred spirits. Avoid people who make you feel bad about yourself, seek out those who make you blossom, reach out to those with similar interests and dreams. 6. Try something different. Deliberately buy new items, try different brands, shop at different stores, do the opposite of what you usually do, see different movies, read different kinds of books and magazines. 7. Set goals and targets. Learn how to set useful goals, follow through, evaluate progress regularly, reward yourself for achievement. 8. Take one step at a time. Divide your goals into tiny pieces and do one small new thing each day, starting now. 9. Look for lessons. Remind yourself that experiences are not good or bad; they are simply lessons. How to Overcome Your Resistance to Change Have you ever noticed that when you think about changing your life, you feel resistant? Many people say that they not only feel resistant, but they actually do things to keep their lives familiar. They do things like start a diet and then eat a candy bar on the first day, or quit smoking and then sneak a puff. There are some things you can do to make yourself less resistant. Here are six effective strategies: 1. Eliminate clutter. Clutter can be viewed as a sign of uncertainty. Accumulating “stuff” might be stopping you from committing to an important thing. If you keep a lot of half-started projects around, it makes it difficult to zero in on the really important things. 2. Start small. Thinking of your overall goal can be overwhelming. So manage your resistance by choosing one small part of it and attacking it today. Let’s say your goal is to lose 20 pounds. That can certainly seem like an impossible thing to accomplish. It will seem more doable if you tell yourself, I’m going to lose five pounds by (date). 3. Disprove your disempowering beliefs. In Reinventing Your Life, authors Young and Klosko suggest that you identify the beliefs that keep you from succeeding. They offer a way to dispute those beliefs by asking, “Is there really an evidence today that this belief is true?” They suggest making a list of the evidence. 4. Remind yourself of all of your available options. You always have alternatives and the power to choose among them. 5. Take responsibility for what you want. Look for signs that you are blaming your situation on others or not admitting past mistakes. Acknowledge them and move on. 6. Visualize the future. Author Barbara Sher suggests one way to do this: Write an imaginary press release about yourself. The date is today’s date, two years in the future. The press release is announcing the most extraordinary event you can think of. It doesn’t matter whether this event seems only vaguely possible to you. The important thing is that it is exciting to imagine. When to Seek Professional Help Sometimes it makes sense to find a professional counselor to work with as you work through the change process. Here are some ways to know when that would be appropriate: 1. You’ve tried several things but you still have the problem. 2. You want to find a solution sooner rather than later. 3. You have thoughts of harming yourself or others. 4. You have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another disorder that are significantly interfering with your daily functioning and the quality of your life. For example, you have lost time from work, your relationships have been harmed, your health is suffering. These are signs that you may need the help of a trained, licensed professional. 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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Clive is Alive

Clive Village Office 784-3366 Clive Mayor: Marvin Wieler Website:

Tot Skate started Dec. 9th for ages under 6. 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


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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. 9/06 - School resumes Jan. 11 - Parent Meeting concerning the Health Unit on Human Sexuality from 7 - 8 pm. Parents will have a chance to see the materials used and discuss concerns. Jan 16 - School council meeting Jan 17 - Winter Activity program Jan 24 - Winter Activity program To stop the rumor that I have ceased operations, it is false. It is business as usual. Jan 27 - Gr. 4 to 9 report cards, Xtreme assembly Jan 30 - No School for Students: Staff meeting/PD Jan 31 - Start of Semester 2 Jan 31 - Winter Activity program

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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

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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.

Bashaw & District Chamber of Commerce 4th Tuesday at the old Provincial Building 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.

TOPS every Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am at the United Church. Contact: Robin Baker at 788-2689.

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.

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.

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.

Legion Bingo Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.

Tiny Tots offers an opportunity for fun, friendship, socialization, and support for both adults and children from 0-4.

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.

Bashaw School has a complete workout/ weight room available for public use. For more info, contact the school at 372-3800.

United Church 11:00 am Sunday Service with Sunday School. Phone: 780-372-3891

Bashaw Elks meet 1st Wednesday of the month at 8 pm at the Bashaw Community Centre. For more info contact Leon Braseth 780-372-4437.

Bashaw Preschool Reading Program 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 11:15 am at the Library.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR !! 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.

I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need, that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been. - C. Hoppe

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 Daycare - Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 6 pm. Contact 372-2053. Bashaw Skating Club contact Karen 3722447 for more information.

T&D Custom Tubgrinding

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.

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Trent Deleeuw 780-372-2478 Doug Chitwood 780-372-2348

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Healthy Alberta The Healthy Lunch Checklist A healthy lunch helps to bridge the hunger gap that builds between breakfast and supper. Lunch also contributes to your overall energy (or calorie) and nutrient intakes. Make the most of your lunch by including whole-grain products, vegetables and fruits, milk products, and lean meat or meat alternatives. Take it easy when it comes to packing up the less nutritious foods such as cookies, chips, chocolate, and soft drinks. Canadian Health Network Alix, Mirror, Tees, Clive, Haynes, Bashaw

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Health Facts

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Stettler Hemodialysis Unit Open The Stettler Hospital and Care Centre’s new six station hemodialysis unit opened on December 20. The unit will eliminate the onehour commute Stettler patients had to make, three days a week, to Red Deer to receive hemodialysis therapy. For more information, contact Peggy Hearonemus, Site Leader, at (403) 742-7403. Winter: Double Up and Bundle Up Frigid temperatures can be dangerous, so always dress for the weather. “Bundle up in layers so you can add or remove layers as weather conditions or exertion levels change,” advises Dr. Martin Lavoie, DTHR Medical Officer of Health. Choose waterproof and wind-repellent materials for outer layers, boots, coats, snow pants, and gloves. Wool or spun polyester, like fleece, will stay warm when wet. Avoid cotton. Top it all off with a hat because you lose more than half of your body heat through your head. Check weather conditions and forecasts before you go and dress accordingly. People with heart or other chronic health conditions should consult their physician about exposure to the cold.

Diner with Commercial Kitchen + Laundromat Business & concrete-block building plus land. $59,900. Retail Commercial Building 1,700 sq. ft. per floor plus double attached garage plus shop plus vacant lot. $69,900. Shop on prime development land 6,000 sq. ft. plus additional lot. $112,500. FARM LAND

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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Darren, Pam, Taylor & Nikki Hiron would like to say Thank You to everyone who has shown so much caring & compassion. We are truly overcome by everyone’s generosity, and are so grateful to have such loving friends and family. We can’t begin to list names, because there are so many, but we do thank each and everyone of you, and you’re in our thoughts as we recover, and we will see you all again soon. Until then, love from the Hirons On behalf of Alix Fire Department & Bugtussel Bar, we would like to thank the community for the generous support for the Hiron Benefit held Dec. 17th. A generous amount was raised for the Hiron family to help them in their time of recovery. Thank you! Thank you to Corrie at Alix Beauty Salon for the lovely hair care package I won in her Christmas Draw. Thanks, Dee Vert FOR SALE

Shop for quality women’s fashions in the comfort of your own home.

New Year Specials! Beth Richardson

Bashaw Adult Learning Council To Register: 780-372-3648

FOR SALE: Buffalo meat - roasts, steaks, sausages, smokies, burgers. Freezer packs $60 - $100. Gov't inspected. MFL Ranch Bison 747-2500. Australian Shepherd Cross Puppies 8 weeks old. $25 each. Call 403-788-2234 MISCELANEOUS


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

The Truth about RRSP's, RRIF's and the Annuity...are they for YOU? Jan.23 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? If you are looking for clarity on this topic, then you won't want to miss this presentation! Come and join us in a relaxed atmosphere for an informative discussion on YOUR OPTIONS for saving for your financial future. Everyone Welcome!

read the stock market. An introductory discussion for those who want to begin to learn about investing.

Taking the Confusion out of High Return Guaranteed Funds Feb.21 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.

Yoga 12 weeks starting January 10 7 - 8 pm $60 This twelve week course will provide instruction for yoga postures as well as breathing techniques to both relax and energize the body.

Seniors Benefit Programs Presented By Corina Cole, hosted by Glenda Buelow Mar.21 2 - 3 pm. Whether you are 65 plus or simply inquiring about future benefits that may be available to you or a family will be sure to find Corine Cole's presentation both interesting and informative. Presentation topics: Optical/Dental Assistance for Seniors Program ~ Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors Program ~ Special Needs Assistance for Seniors - is a program based on income that provides financial assistance to eligible lower-income seniors who are having financial difficulties. (Income Threshold: Single $21,350 and under or Couple $33,900 and under) Leaving an Inheritance to Your Family and Charity...not the tax collector Mar.21 7 - 8 pm. Learn how to leave all your money to your children, benefit your favorite charity and wipe out taxes. You've worked hard during your life time to acquire all that you have. Most people spend more time planning their next vacation than they do on their estate planning. Invest some time into YOUR plan and take in this presentation. Everyone Welcome! Introduction to Investing Mar. 11 2 – 5 p.m. or Mar. 13 9 - 12 p.m. Learn about the ‘language’ of investing, what are the opportunities to earn income, the difference between dividends, registered investments, etc. How to

Daytime Wait Staff wanted at the Bugtussel Bar. Call Val at 747-2705

Introductory Old Tyme Fiddle 10 weeks starting January 26 $80 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.

Beginner Guitar 4 weeks starting January 18 7:00p.m. $50 Introductory guitar and learning to play by ear. For those who have always wanted to learn! Cooking on a Shoestring Jan 25, 31 & Feb 8 $40 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! Gourmet Cooking Feb 15, 22, 28 $70 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. Color Confidence Feb 11 1 – 4 p.m. $20 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.

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1 Happy New Year’s! Vicky Barclay





COPS meets @ 7:30 pm @ Fire Hall

Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH











Norm Stone

Council Meeting

Pancake Breakfast Alix Drop In

8 John Buscholl



Daphne Schultz Patty Lyle

Blue Box pickup


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

12 Tyson Beebe Gord Stevens Joanne Schmidt

13 Eunice Matier Pearl Wilton Kyle Stevens

14 Jake van Ringen Lloyd Smith

WI meets at 1:30 pm FAMS meeting 7 pm @ School Library

Paper Deadline

Lions Club (dinner mtg)




Ruth Forster

Karen Mack

Blue Box pickup

Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH

Joan Fletcher

18 Time for Tots 10 am @ Alix E-Free

19 School Council meets at 7 pm at the school library

20 Brian Dewald


Chamber of Commerce @ noon United Church


23 Larry Yarwood Debbie Cunningham

Blue Box pickup

24 Linda Walker Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH



Keisha Ryan Doug Howitt

Barry Amundson

Time for Tots 10 am @ Alix E-Free

Lions Club meeting


21 Magician Wyatt Scott and Sambuka 7 pm Alix Community Hall


Paper Deadline

Council Meeting

29 Carolyn Bryant

30 Blue Box pickup Alix Ag. Society

31 Floor Curling 7:30 pm ACH

Medical Clinic Monday & Wednesdays 9:30 - noon Appointments: 747-2130

For further information on upcoming events visit www.villageofalix.c a

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

Some shopping... some wrapping… at the Alix MAC White Elephant Sale in December. The Christmas Elves were busy preparing and the students had fun shopping for that perfect gift for someone special. Photo courtesy of Alix MAC

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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.

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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 ____________________________________

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.

Light Horse Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting will be on January 14, 2006 at Richard and Janet Schlags

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.

Delburne & District Curling Club Monday - Ladies Tuesday - Seniors Wednesday - Men's Thursday-Super League Friday - Mixed

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

Call Louise 749-3898, Jerry 749-3733 or Brian 749-2290 if interested.

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


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Delburne Centralized School Phone: (403)749-3838

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.

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.

By Kevin Burns It’s Not Over Until We Say So When I first saw John, he came up the walk in front of my house. He seemed to be favouring his right side. A tool belt was slung over his right shoulder and he seemed to be holding the belt in place with his right arm. I had called the phone company to do a little work in the new house and John was the repairman assigned the task. Once in the house, he let his tool belt down. It was then I realized that he seemed to have little or no use of his right arm. His limp seemed more pronounced now. He introduced himself and asked what the job was to be done. Once we found our way to the telephone panel in the basement, and he began to eyeball the mass of wires, we began to talk. We found out we had a mutual friend, one

PINE LAKE HAPPENINGS Pine Lake Hub Carpet Bowling - 1st Tuesday of every month afternoon & evening, Mondays for the rest of the month.

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)


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


But I am very sure of one thing. My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing Sometimes life seems hard to bear, When I picture Christ on the cross Full of sorrow, trouble and woe He went through the valley of It's then I have to remember death; That it's in the valleys I grow. His victory was Satan's loss. If I always stayed on the mountain top And never experienced pain, I would never appreciate God's love And would be living in vain. I have so much to learn And my growth is very slow, Sometimes I need the mountain tops, But it's in the valleys I grow. I do not always understand Why things happen as they do,

who happened to be the best man at his wedding. He told me of his difficulty using his right side. John had suffered a brain hemorrhage over ten years ago. It left him paralyzed on his right side. His doctor, a friend, cried upon having to tell John of his future. "You'll likely never walk again," were the words that thundered through John's head. But he walked. "You'll probably never walk without the use of a cane," he was told. "I've never used a cane," said John with pride. "You'll never be able to climb a telephone pole or a ladder," he was told. "I've just passed my ladder certification," John said beaming. "And since I can use a ladder safely, I've gotten my own territory. This is what I enjoy." John seemed at peace with himself. Although the prognosis for his recovery was not good, John battled through to prove the experts wrong. This got me to thinking. It's not over until we say it's over. There are going to be many "experts" in our

Forgive me Lord, for complaining When I'm feeling so very low. Just give me a gentle reminder That it's in the valleys I grow. Continue to strengthen me, Lord And use my life each day To share your love with others And help them find their way. Thank you for valleys, Lord For this one thing I know The mountain tops are glorious But it's in the valleys I grow! by Jane Eggleston

lives who will say that we have not or will not ever have the ability to do something. The only tragedy that occurs is when we agree with them. We can do, be and achieve anything we desire; as long as we have an unstoppable commitment in our hearts to do what we believe is possible. The only thing that will ever get in our way of realizing our dreams are the excuses we put in front of us. There is so much in this world for us to experience. The reasons we stop are because either we don't believe that we can do it or we've bought into someone else's point of view. John taught me so much about resiliency: the ability to bounce back from adversity. He is living proof that others will never know us as well as we know ourselves. Today is the day we remove all of the reasons and excuses for not having what we say we want, and understand that we are the catalysts of our own lives. 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 at

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Elnora Jottings Write-up/Photos Courtesy of Pat Buckland Condolences to Denyce Smart, Elnora’s hair dresser, on the passing of her Grandmother, Annie Jensen of Lethbridge. Annie passed away on December 5th and Denyce was very close to her. Condolences to Bud and Ellen Jewell on the passing of their brother-in-law, Earl Wahlund of Stettler. Earl’s wife is Milly, Ellen’s sister. Earl passed away early on December 18th in Stettler. The evening of December 12th was busy with the Lifestyles Group meeting to continue planning the New Year’s Eve dance in Elnora. Hope you all will get your tickets so you can bring in the NEW YEAR in style! Two showers were also held that night. A baby shower for Lacy Rosine and Trevor Bellerive’s baby daughter, Kylie Bellerive Rosine was held at the Lousana Drop-In Centre with approximately 30 people there to wish the family well. Casandra Edwards handled the games of ‘Baby Bingo’ and ‘How many jelly beans in the baby bottle.’ Linda Dahl won that one, guessing 100 jelly beans. Grandma Jones (Trevor’s grandma) was there as well as Grandma Green (Verna’s mom & Trevor’s other grandma). A delicious lunch followed and everyone had a great time. The other event was a Bridal Shower for Alyssa Warren, bride elect of David Sherwin, held at the Elnora Hall. Approximately 15 people were there and enjoyed entertainment by Leslie Armstrong on the piano. Alison (Kidd) Southworth grew up with Alyssa, so she gave some ‘growing-up together’ humour in her speech to and about Alyssa. Alison also presented the beautiful gifts to Alyssa after which there was a delicious lunch served. Alyssa and David will be married on January 21st and we all wish them the best.

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came for the gift exchange and the program narrated by Betty Boulton called “A Fall Hat Review,” was hilarious. Betty had talked 8 ladies into modeling hats using the titles of Miss Ajax, Tide & Water (cleaning lady); Miss Lampshade; Miss Pie Plate, and many more. They first used it for the Traveling Gavel in November and again at this Christmas Party and it was a hit. Each Royal Purple member brought a guest, so there was a good turn out for their Party. A delicious lunch was served after all the fun. Referring to the “Hat Review” program, it was borrowed by Marta Boulton and was a success again at the December Blood Donor Services Christmas Party held in Red Deer. Betty Boulton recruited another 8 ladies and did it at the Trenville’s 100th Christmas Concert. It was originally called “A Summer Hat Review,” then “A Fall Hat Review” and at the Trenville Christmas Concert, it was called “A Winter Hat Review.” Now we just need the “Spring Hat Review!” A Christmas party for the Hogadone Woman’s Institute was held at the Elnora Drop-In Centre on December 14th. They had a Turkey Christmas Dinner for approximately 18 people, after which they played cards and had a great time. The evening of December 17th was the Trenville’s 100th Christmas Concert held at the Trenville Hall. All the children in the area must do something for it, so the audience was treated to a talent show of poems, readings, musical numbers and much more. Proud parents and grandparents were in the audience. Santa along with Mrs. Claus were there to hand out gifts and everyone received a candy bag donated by the Elks. The evening was relaxed and enjoyed by all. It’s really something to see a community strong enough to last 100 years, let alone having a Christmas Concert the way they did 100 years ago and it’s successful every year! Congratulations to the Trenville Community!

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All the best in 2006 to everyone, and may we all be more understanding and forgiving rather than angry; more giving and considerate rather than selfish and disrespectful; and be kinder and to those less fortunate than ourselves. Keep those stories coming. Call me at 7732282 with anything you want put in the paper. The Elnora Ag Society had their Annual Supper and Meeting in early December and the new executive are as follows: President - Denise Roberts - 773-3984 Vice Pres. (1st) - Cindy Cameron - 442-2471 (2nd) - Karen Scott - 773-3556 Secretary - Shirley Murphy - 773-2385 Treasurer - Pat Buckland - 773-2282 If you have any information or questions, please feel free to contact the above or any of the Directors. Congratulations to the Thompson family in Elnora. Barb (Thompson) Butler gave birth to twins on December 10th, with both babies weighing a little over 5 lbs each and born early. Barb & Tyler live in Winnipeg, now, so Pat and Ralph Thompson have been making several trips out to be with them. Tyler’s parents are helping out, too. The babies names are Benson and McKay and an exciting addition to their other 4 children. Frank and Audrey Smith have had a very busy holiday season. Their daughter, Karen and husband, Peter and their 5 children from Regina were at the Smith farm for a visit during Christmas. Then their son, Pat and wife Jennifer, and their 4 children were up from Calgary for a visit. There was a lot of activity in the Smith home for a few days!” The New Years Eve supper and party at the Elnora Drop-In was a lot of fun. Approximately 45 people enjoyed a delicious supper, after which the Gaetz Valley Minstrels played great dance music for us. The musicians were Eli Goddard, Steve Potter, Myrtle Swinston,

I usually don’t report on funeral/memorial services, but I really need to share the service for Frank Johnson on December 12th. Archdeacon Derek Hoskins officiated and much to everyone surprise, Rev. Catherine Holland ‘busted the funeral’ as she put it. She has been friends with the Johnsons for so many years and we were all so happy to see her again! David Muir gave such a wonderful Eulogy honoring Frank’s life and he told so many interesting stories about Frank and their friendship. His reading of a poem called ‘Tale Care of Your Friends’ by Baxter Black, meant so much. There must have been about 600 people there - standing room only before the service started. It was a wonderful service, for a memorial, and it showed the tremendous support for Jean and her family. The Royal Purple held their Christmas party on December 8th at the Elnora Community Hall. They sang Christmas Carols, Santa

Marianne Weis, Hazel Schmelky, Roy Weis and Andy Faechner at Elnora Drop-In

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Elnora Happenings Jan. 9 - Marketing & Promo Committee meets at 6:50 pm at the Health Care Centre. Jan. 30 - Opportunity Identification Committee meets at 7 pm at the Health Care Centre. Karen Scott at 773-3556 will be taking bookings for the Elnora Community Hall and the Elnora Ag Centre. Rural Boys and Girls Clubs meet Thursday afternoon and evening. Call April Irwin at 773-3171 for more info. Gaetz Valley Minstrels perform at the New Year’s Party in Elnora Bill Warner and Rose Partridge. Also 61 years ago very nervous Charlie Hodgkinson proposed to a very special young lady, Doris Cheek and it was also her birthday on the January 1st. They have been married 60 years, now. We also sang happy birthday to Doris and to Dan Richardson. Winners of the spot dances were Jean & Denis Weldon and Jim & Bonnie Potter. Winners of the door

prizes were cousins, George Buckland and Eugene Buckland. A great time was had by all and hopefully there will be a party next year!

A couple lived near the ocean and used to walk the beach a lot. One summer they noticed a girl who was at the beach pretty much every day. She wasn't unusual, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for one thing; she would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around furtively, then speak to them. Generally the people would respond negatively and she would wander off, but occasionally someone would nod and there would be a quick exchange of money and something she carried in her bag. The couple assumed she was selling drugs, and debated calling the cops, but since they didn't know for sure they just continued to watch her. After a couple of weeks the wife said, "Honey, have you ever noticed that she only goes up to people with boom boxes and other electronic devices?" He hadn't and said so. Then she said, "Tomorrow I want you to get a towel and our big radio and go lie out on the beach. Then we can find out what she's really doing." Well, the plan went off without a hitch and the wife was almost hopping up and down with anticipation then she saw the girl talk to her husband and then leave. The man walked up the beach and met his wife at the road. Well, is she selling drugs?" she asked excitedly. No, she's not," he said, enjoying this probably more than he should have. Well, what is it, then? What does she do?" his wife fairly shrieked. The man grinned and said, "She's a battery salesperson. "Batteries?" cried the wife. "Yes," he replied. "She sells C cells by the sea shore." - Unknown

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic Red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but over bearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. Also, a brother, Consideration for Other People. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still know him pass this on, if not join the majority and do nothing. Have a NICE Day!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “If you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.” (Erik Russell)

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 Tuesday nights from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Library. We all want to be healthier, right??? Call 773-3105 for info. 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 1st Friday Potluck noon 1st & 3rd Friday Jam sessions Lab Hours Wednesdays 9 - noon at the Elnora Community Health Centre.

Letter to the Editor Tornado Book Helps Charities The printing of “A Rainbow Means Hope: Chronicles of the 2000 Pine Lake Tornado,” has been a huge success. This book, now in its third printing, was published by the Elnora/ Pine Lake History Book Committee. As we said in the beginning, all proceeds would be given to charity. So far we donated $10,000 to STARS, $5,000 to Search & Rescue, $5,000 to Victim Services, and $1,000 each to four fire departments. These books are still available by contacting: Ellen Jewell Box 534 Elnora, AB T0M 0Y0 Cost is $20 + $3 postage. It has been very difficult getting media coverage for small groups such as ours, but I thought the public would like to know what we have done to help charities. Thank you, Ellen Jewell

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A Different Perspective By James Strachan Narnia My recent viewing of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe brought back happy memories of reading the story to my children over 35 years ago. Recently I discovered that my eldest daughter still has her original copy of the book from her childhood. Rarely has such a bookish person as Clive Staples Lewis come along who can tell the Christian story in such a winsome and gripping manner. Indeed, more than simply telling the story of evil rampant, and the power of love to defeat evil, Lewis has framed it in a manner that captivates children. He introduces them to evil’s reality in their own world, at their own level. He also demonstrates at the visceral level love’s conquering power. Too much of contemporary Christianity, in my view, misses the point about evil, and about love. Evil is portrayed as “the Devil” – a person and a power outside human control, who does things to us and through us, but who never is us. When confronted with the consequences of evil in action around us, we can always say, with the Rev. Mr. Leroy of the “Church-of-What’s Happenin’-Now;” “the Devil made me do it!” Lewis makes it plain that evil blossoms where envy and greed and anger fester. And those are human traits. Similarly, many churches portray the Creator’s love as something that is withheld from the human race until we make it through various hoops. Some of these are the appropriate intellectual acceptance of a specific set of beliefs, or a particular way of behaving, or dressing or worshipping. Sometimes churches require people to honor Jesus in romantic or unrealistic ways. In Lewis’ tale, Aslan, the saviour sent to help and save the humans and all of Narnia – asks only that the creatures around him trust him. This is a more earthy and whole-person response than simple acceptance of doctrine or living style. It involves taking risks in the living of life and the facing of evil. Aslan, the Lion in Lewis’ tale is non-human, powerful and gentle. And long before the humans in the story are able to stop being afraid of him, he loves them deeply. Their trust is born out of the Lion’s love, rather than the Lion’s love being given because they have “believed in Him.” We know from our Judeo-Christian scriptures that the One God loves all his creatures, and longs for their responsive trust and obedience. He/she embraces, and does not hold us distant until we have knuckled under and “believed” in some superficial way. And the Lion is a giver. Central to Lewis’ story is Aslan’s self- giving. When one of the humans – young Edmund – falls afoul of the White Witch and is set to die by her hand, Aslan takes the boy’s place, is humiliated and dies in place of the boy. It is a clear portrayal of the selfgiving of the Christ for his wayward followers and indeed all humankind. However, churches make so much hay out of “once-for-all” of Jesus’ death on a cross, that the next important step is left out of the divinely ordained process: living in the Kingdom of Narnia – and of God – involves pouring out your life for others, and often in their place and on their behalf. Exhausted parents can grasp this, and so can wide-eyed children in a darkened movie theatre. But a lot of us lean heavily on Christ’s cross, rather than picking it up and making it our own with joy and power. At the movie’s end, the Lion walks away from the people of Narnia. They understand that he will return again and again, as he is needed. They don’t know how or why this happens; only Aslan knows. The final line of the story is a powerful theological reminder to all of us Christians: “Aslan is no tame Lion!” It is unfortunate how frequently those of us in churches try to “tame” the Lion of Judah, the Christ of our faith. We lay out the rules by which he or she must act. “He can save you only if…” “He can love only those who…” The God who loves and saves us is not a tame lion who does as we bid. He comes and goes on his or her own terms, and not on the basis of rules set up by humans in churches. In my understanding, that is grace, and grace is what the Christian story is all about. Thanks be to God!

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Shift Happens! I Spent $5.2 Million on a Gift Basket I was at a Christmas fundraiser and they had a fun casino where we were given about 500 K to gamble with and hopefully make more money. At the end of the night, we got to bid on items with the money we had made. I had built quite a pot of money by that time counting in about 3.5 million dollars. Ahh, good ole blackjack. Now as the bidding started, I had already eyed what I wanted to bid on. When the first few items like a cheese board went for 1.75 million dollars, I knew I was in trouble. Heck the basket I wanted had, not only a cheese board, but a cheese knife, some chocolate, wine and various other goodies. I then started my negotiation process, trying to get extra money from whoever wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about the whole thing as I obviously was. So once I had collected donations from several other people, I knew then I had to be an aggressive bidder to get what I wanted. Surprise to me, I soon found there were others who were just as passionate about the same basket as I was. So to say the bidding became a stressful, aggressive yelling match is an understatement. I found myself (someone who is normally not that competitive) turning into a fierce negotiator that you would only find on the NY Stock Exchange bidding floor. So why is it we ‘adults’ turn into competitive sharks when given the chance? Are humans wired to be competitive or do we just fall into it when the situation presents itself? I never thought I’d become a sporting mom, but found myself at my 5 year olds first swim meet, when she was in the “Turtle” division, screaming at the top of my lungs as she frolicked her way down the lane to the other end of the pool. What is the down side of competitive behavior? Out-of-control competition is simply ugly. Parents, adults, and young people may lose their perspectives when the stakes of the competition are high. The mildestmannered father or mother may scream like a maniac at the finals of the local soccer tournament. Or, children may be allowed to exhibit displays of disrespect toward adult officials that would never be tolerated at home or at school. The context of the competition seems to excuse or suspend normal expectations of civility. For myself, this unusual outburst of aggressive behavior is always a surprise, as I have always tended to fold when the stakes heated up. I have always just wanted everyone to get along. I have, however, found myself lately sticking up for myself more than ever before, which of course causes friction and conflict. Something I have always preferred to avoid. As a cute quote I recently read stated, “As I get older, am I sticking up for my values more, or is it I just don’t give a shit what others are thinking of me?” (Sorry for swearing) See, I obviously still care cause I apologized for it. So let’s bring this into a context that I am passionate about, how will competitive behavior serve you as you embark on a new year of (todo’s)? • First and foremost are you willing to do what ever it takes in 2006 to go after what you REALLY want? • Are you willing to put those undones down on paper? • If you do that, are you then OK with telling others what your dreams and goals are? Will you then please email me with your list of Goals for 2006? [email protected] Have a wonderful Holiday Season and here’s to all of us reaching our goals and dreams in 2006. Short Tip: If you have not sent out your Holiday Cards yet, just remember the lines are much shorter come May 1st. Call it an early 2006 Christmas Card.

Friday, January 6, 2006

It Pays to Advertise 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!” - Rulon Hillam

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

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are You Fiscally Fit? By Dawne Adkins, Director of Marketing, Community Capital Happy New Year! Ah yes, a New Year! A time for reflection and resolutions often followed by guilt; I didn’t accomplish anything last year, I spent too much at Christmas, I don’t have enough money saved, how am I going to afford (fill in the blank) this year and the list goes on. First, take a deep breath and stop being so hard on yourself. Many of us have regrets at this time of year, but if you take the time to reflect on your past choices and learn from them, this year can be better! Most New Year’s resolutions fail because they are too broad and unrealistic – I want to lose weight, I want to get out of debt, I want to save money – Wow, what lofty goals! Break them down into smaller, more attainable pieces – “I want to figure out how much debt I have” rather than jumping to getting out of debt. Small steps that you can easily reach will set you up for success and encourage you to take the next step. Maybe your next step is to look for outside help. From there you might want to look at your spending patterns. Getting out of debt this year is not impossible but it will be very difficult if you leave it at that and don’t have a plan to actually do it! I recently saw a preview for a new show in the United States called “Til Debt Do Us Part” – in essence a reality show about helping couples tackle their debt. So, as you approach this New Year possibly feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, just know that if there’s an entire new program about it, you are not alone! Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of courage and power to take control of your situation! I wish you all a wonderful, productive start to 2006! 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 or email [email protected] for more information.

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KOREAN ADVENTURER By Alan E. Johnson 400 Million Years of History Hong Kong has been in the news again lately, with tales of civil disobedience against the Chinese government and protests at the World Trade Organization meetings dominating the coverage. On Sunday, December 4th, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in favour of more democracy, demanding the right to vote for all of the members to the legislature. Currently, only a few members are subject to popular vote, and activists are demanding that full rights be given. It is the Beijing government that receives the main brunt of their displeasure, being seen as frightened of just what might happen if "democracy" spreads to the mainland. More recent demonstrations against the lowering of trade barriers at the WTO have seen South Koreans taking the lead. Many of these demonstrators are veterans of the struggle for democratic rights here in Korea, and are well versed in anti-authoritarian activities. (How's that for alliteration?). Anyway, a story in the "Korea Herald" highlighted calls for these protesters to be investigated upon their return to Korea. Exporting their "talents" doesn't seem to sit too well with some people, I guess. I'd like to complete my Hong Kong tales with an examination of a couple of museums, one of which I visited, and the other I just didn't have time for. The Hong Kong Museum Of History was opened in 1975, with the mission to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Hong Kong. It occupies an area of 7,000 square metres, and comprises 8 different galleries. There are over 3,700 exhibits, 750 graphic panels, dioramas, multi-media programs, and special audio-visual and lighting effects. "The Hong Kong Story" outlines the natural environment, folk culture, and historical development in a life-like manner. As you move from one gallery to another, the physical environment around you changes to reflect how Hong Kong has grown over the years. The first gallery is devoted to the "Natural Environment," and describes the "Landform and Climate" as well as the "Flora and Fauna." Rocks and fossils are used to describe Hong Kong's topography, and a description of the vast geological changes the island has experienced are shown. An example of the ecosystem in microcosm follows, which introduces Hong Kong flora and fauna of 6,000 years ago and their relationships with the natural environment. The next gallery, "Prehistoric Hong Kong," features artifacts of stone, pottery, and bronze. Several activities using these artifacts are described, giving the observer an idea of what life must have been like 6,000 years ago. The next gallery is called "The Dynasties: From The Han To The Qing," and shows how the local people were supplemented by migra-

tions from the north, and how the economy developed along with the surrounding areas. Important exhibits include two stelae (large stone monuments): the "Shiyishuishan Boundary of the Li Family" from Lantau Island, and the "Foster benevolence over Indo-China; Tributes and Taxes circulate from afar" stone tablet from Fat Tong Chau. Moving on to gallery #4, "Folk Culture in Hong Kong," we see the colourful costumes from the four ethnic groups of Hong Kong and South China. There is a life-size replica of a fishing junk, the reconstruction of a salt field, and three traditional buildings, which highlight local marriage customs, the celebration of a birth ritual, and a lantern festival. There is a reconstruction of the Hakka peasant's dwellings, but the most eye-catching is the festive activities of the Taiping Qingjiao ceremony, including the "bun mountain," which is a 60foot high bamboo structure covered with buns. The idea was that young men would race to the top in order to grab a bun. The higher the bun, the better the fortune for the holder and his family. Gallery #5 held the most interest for me, being an examination of the "Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong." Visitors are shown what happened to bring about the confrontation between foreigners and Chinese that resulted in the British takeover. On display are two historically significant monuments: the Napier Column from the Hong Kong Cemetery and the Fountain Arch originally erected in Possession Point. There is also a reconstruction of one of the forts the Chinese built to repel the British, and a film narrates the events that led up to the war, as well as the war and its aftermath. Gallery #6 highlights the "Birth and Early Growth of the City," and it attempts to recreate the various structures and shops that must have been in existence at that time. There are tea shops, tailor's, pawnshops, a post office, a bank, and the waterfront. Gallery #7 is designed as an air raid shelter, since it describes the "Japanese Occupation." Through the display of relics, historical photographs, and videos, visitors can learn about the Battle for Hong Kong in 1941, the harsh conditions of life under Japanese rule, and how resistance to the Japanese was organized. One interesting relic is exhibited for the first time: the wooden plaque of the Governor's Office of the Captured Territory of Hong Kong, previously installed outside the HongKong Bank in the Central District. The last gallery, "Modern Metropolis and the Return to China," traces the history of Hong Kong's postwar development into a modern metropolis, and how Sino-British negotiations returned sovereignty of the island to China. I spent a whole morning touring the exhibits, and barely scratched the surface of everything that is there. I also saw that there were more exhibition halls, one of which was showing exhibits regarding artistic depictions of Hong Kong life. Time was an increasingly impor-

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tant factor in deciding what I could see and what I would have to save for another time. One place that I wanted to see, which was on the eastern side of the island, was the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense. The museum was converted from the old Lei Yue Mun Fort, which was built in 1887 by British forces to defend the eastern approach to Victoria Harbour. It was very sophisticated at the time, and saw much fighting during the Japanese invasion. It was used by the British as a training ground until 1987. Part of it has been developed as a park, and the old fortifications were converted into the museum. It covers a vast area of 34,200 square metres, with three main areas: the Reception Building, the Redoubt, and the Historical Trail. Since the fort was designed and built to be as difficult for enemy forces to get to as possible, a way had to be found to open it up to the public. An adaptation of a medieval structure called a Belfry Tower provided a spectacular demonstration of the rawness and simplicity of the site. A Belfry Tower was a large wooden structure on wheels that could be pushed close to the castle walls, where soldiers would be able to climb up, cross over to the wall, and overwhelm the defenders. The footbridge gives visitors an overview of the precipitous terrain, so much so that extra railings were provided to give them "psychological security" while crossing from the Reception Building to the Redoubt. The Redoubt is the highest point in the museum, which is built inside the original walls. These walls are covered by a unique tensile structure designed to protect it from further weathering. Besides a view of Victoria Harbour, there are exhibits devoted to the history of Hong Kong's coastal defense from the Ming (13681644) and Ming (1644-1911) periods, right up to the occupation of Hong Kong by the People's Liberation Army after the transfer of sovereignty. The Historical Trail features displays of various types of armaments used to defend the island, including artillery pieces and torpedoes. One of the features that I particularly wanted to visit was the Military Cemetery, in order to visit the graves of those who died to defend the island, including the Canadians who were killed in December, 1941, but, I ran out of time, and had to return to my teaching position in Korea, with the portions of the island I missed left for another time. In my next few columns, I will be describing places closer to home, during a five-day drive I took from Alberta to Texas. I hope you will enjoy them. A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug." His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all of his beer. - Unknown

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SMOKE FREE PLACES ACT IN EFFECT Effective January 1, 2006, the Smoke Free Places Act is in effect in Alberta. The Act requires that ALL public places and workplaces accessible to persons under the age of 18 years be smoke free.

Friday, January 6, 2006

Partridge in a Pear Tree Source Unknown There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do Leaping Lords; French hens; swimming swans, and especially the Partridge who will not come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

The following places must be smoke-free if minors are permitted access: • Restaurants, banquet halls, entertainment facilities • Healthcare facilities • Public and private schools and school property • Common areas in residential buildings (hotels, motels, apartments, condominium buildings) • All offices and government buildings • Work vehicles • Enclosed public places including parking garages • Day nurseries • Reserved seating in sporting events or entertainment venues

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for you Catholics. It has two levels of meaning, the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code words for a religious reality. Which the children could remember:

It is the responsibility of individual businesses and organizations to find out what the smoking bylaws are in their municipality, and to ensure that they have the proper signage displayed. Fines will be issued to anyone not complying with the regulations set forth in the Act.

For more information, contact your local municipal office, or call 3104455. Visit the website at

Questions to ponder… Source Unknown What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today? What if God couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him yesterday? What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the Rain? What if God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day? What if, God took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today? What if, God took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger? What if, God didn't send His only begotten Son because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin? What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart? What if, God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others? What if, God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him? What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service? What if, God met our needs the way we give Him our lives??? MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS

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The Partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testaments. Three French Hens stood for Faith, Hope, and Love. The Four Calling Birds were the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Five Golden Rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Bible. The Six Geese a-laying stood for the Six Days of Creation. Seven Swans a-swimming represented the Sevenfold Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy). The Eight Maids a-milking were the Eight Beatitudes. Nine Ladies Dancing were the Fruits of the Spirit. (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control). The Ten Lords a-Leaping were the Ten Commandments. The Eleven Pipers Piping stood for the Eleven Faithful Disciples. The Twelve Drummers Drumming symbolized the Twelve Points of Belief in the Apostles Creed.

So there is your history lesson for today.

The Cow The only cow in a small Alberta village stopped giving milk. The people did some research and found that they could buy a cow just across the border in Saskatchewan for $200. They bought the cow from Saskatchewan and the cow was wonderful. It produced lots of milk all of the time, and the people were pleased and very happy. They decided to acquire a bull to mate with the cow to produce more cows like it. They would never have to worry about their milk supply again. They bought the bull and put it in the pasture with their beloved cow. Finally the cow came into season. However, whenever the bull came close to the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull and he could not succeed in his quest. The people were very upset and decided to ask the Vet, who was very wise, what to do. They told the Vet what was happening. "Whenever the bull approaches our cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. An approach from the side... she walks away to the other side." The Vet thought about this for a minute and asked, "Did you by chance, buy this cow in Saskatchewan?" The people were astonished, since no one had ever mentioned where they had bought the cow. "You are truly a wise Vet," they said. "How in the world did you know we acquired this cow in Saskatchewan?" The Vet replied with a distant look in his eye, "My wife is from Saskatchewan." - Author Unknown

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18 Feb 2006 - 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.

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