Sunday, September 30, 2012

KBPV gala bash a smash: Who knew Prohibition could be so much fun?

Wild Night at the Waldorf gamblers place their bets
Josh Davis and Toni Lucas

On the evening of Saturday September 29 Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) presented 'A Night at the Waldorf', a 1920’s Prohibition themed fundraising gala. Over 100 attendees enjoyed an evening of dinner, followed by dancing, mock gambling, and “illicit drinks”. This theme was enhanced by volunteers and members of the Windy Hollow Players, who dressed in full period costume to perform a variety of theatrical roles.

Flappers: A style that deserves to return
C. Davis photo
Almost everybody came dressed up.  The ladies looked marvellous, many of them garbed in fine flapper-style, some looking every bit the gun-moll.  Prohibition-era gangster was a popular look among the menfolk.  Delicious and dapper in turn, this was one event that made for a great date night.

Out and About, September 24-30. 2012

Detail from artwork seen at Livingstone School

Dynasty, Cooper, and Halton's Hawk at the
Drive 1 4 UR School event

It seemed like there were mascots everywhere last week. Above and below, some examples of their popular public appearances. Despite the heat, these purveyors of pride and community spirit put 100% into it. Have you hugged your mascot lately?

^ Clover the Mustang pig was spotted at the recent Bantam Mustangs home game, which proved to be a big victory for the home team.  Clover was sporting a stylish custom fitted mustang jersey for the event. You can read about the game by clicking here.

Bruce Buckingham at the recent Bantam Mustangs game,
torn between two mascots.
Feel the love: Livingstone's Sabe and a fan

Sabe high-fives Livingstone Principal Mrs. Terri Donald as
she completes her Terry Fox run on Friday

Senior Mustangs Head Coach Peter Brannen high-fives
the St. Michael's Dragon after the big Bantam win on Saturday

Minor hockey begins: Atom players at the MCC Arena,
practicing in advance of the 2012-2013 season

Water bomber returning to Pincher Creek Municipal Airport

Terry Fox Run: Matthew Halton students

Terry Fox Run: Matthew Halton students

Terry Fox Run: Matthew Halton students

Terry Fox Run: St. Michael's School students

Terry Fox Run: Brandon of Canyon School
For our story on the Terry Fox Run held at local schools click here.

Beatletude: artwork at Livingstone School
Sarah Valiquette, artist

Jackie Therriault and Kevin Fitzpatrick entertained at the wildly successful  Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village "Wild Night at the Waldorf" Gala held on Saturday night.  Full story soon.

Sam Pollack ran the "Wild Night at the Waldorf"
horse betting table
J. Davis photo

Pat Walsh and 'Sgt. Joseph Sloppy' 
at the "Wild Night at the Waldorf" Gala

Detail from artwork seen at Livingstone School

Detail from artwork seen at Livingstone School

Detail from artwork seen at Livingstone School
Mountains obscured by smoke from BC wildfires
(looking south toward Lundbreck. Sept. 28)

Paving work on road to landfill continues, on schedule

South of Cowley

South of Cowley

C. Davis photos unless otherwise indicated

Teen cyclist collides with vehicle in Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek RCMP

On September 27, 2012 at approx. 4:45 pm Pincher Creek RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services were dispatched to a vehicle vs cyclist collision.

A vehicle traveling north bound on Highway 6 at the intersection with Main Street had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection. A 13 year old riding a bike east bound on Main Street proceeded through the intersection without the right of way. Witness reports taken after the fact indicated that a group of approximately five youth had been riding their bikes near the intersection, not paying any attention to the traffic.

Despite the vehicles attempts to avoid a collision, the 13 year old cyclist hit the front end of the truck.

The 13 year old was transported to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle had no injuries.

Cyclists need to be aware that they are not considered pedestrians according to the Traffic Safety Act and need to obey the rules of the road, as if they were a motor vehicle. Children should be reminded to wear their helmets at all times and to dismount their bicycles when crossing roads making sure they are using the crosswalks and waiting until its safe to do so.

Bantam Mustangs bring it for home game win against Claresholm

Mustangs #41 Ben Riviere on his way to another touchdown
C. Davis photo

Josh Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Saturday, September 29, was a great afternoon for some football, as the Bantam Pincher Creek Mustangs faced down the Claresholm Raiders on the Matthew Halton field. The gorgeous warm weather only served the highlight the bright talent on the field, as the Mustangs pushed forward to a victory on what is quite likely their last home game of the season.

Mustangs #16 Kyle Knowlton heading for a touchdown
J. Davis photo

From the beginning of the first half, the Mustangs worked together to organize a solid defensive front. The Mustangs spent the first quarter denying the Raiders yardage and keeping the game on their own terms. The talented #41 Ben Riviere scored his first of four touchdowns just minutes into the game, securing the Mustangs an early lead. Later in the second quarter he would make another successful run to the end zone. 1 point kicks were made on both major scores, making the Mustang’s lead at the end of the half 14 – 0.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspends licence to operate for XL Foods plant

Including ongoing recall updates of XL Foods products

September 30 (evening) update
September 30 (morning) update
September 28 update
Click here for list of recalled XL Foods products.

CFIA Statement on E. coli O157:H7 Investigation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) priority is maintaining the safety of the food supply. CFIA actions were and continue to be guided by science-based evidence and a commitment to protect public health. To this end, the CFIA has taken and is continuing to take comprehensive action to respond to the E. coli issue.

Effective immediately, the CFIA has temporarily suspended the licence to operate Establishment 38 - XL Foods, Inc. All products currently at this plant are under CFIA detention and control. These products will only be released after being tested for E. coli O157:H7. The company has also expanded its voluntary recall of raw meat produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5. The CFIA will continue to immediately alert consumers as additional products are identified.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Celebrating the spirit of Terry Fox

(Uncle) Terry Fox at Matthew Halton High School
C. Davis photo

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Students at local schools assembled last week to celebrate the spirit of Terry Fox, the young Port Coquitlam man who attempted an inspirational run across Canada in 1980 after losing a leg to cancer in 1977.  As most people are aware, that run was cut short after 143 days when the cancer spread, ultimately claiming his life.  His run was called the "Marathon of Hope", and his mission to raise awareness and money for cancer research has been commemorated with a Terry Fox Run every year since 1981, and has spread to over 80 countries.

Canyon School
C. Davis photo

I was a teenager in a Quebec High School when Terry's run began in Newfoundland.  At the time, at first, it raised very little attention.  It was an oddity in the nightly news report.  There was very little attention paid to him until after he'd passed us by, and I can't recall discussing it with any of my classmates at the time.  Soon after, however, the story of his effort blossomed into a full-on media storm, and we became aware, as the rest of Canada did, that something very special was happening.

Matthew Halton School
C. Davis photo
 The shock when he had to stop hit the national consciousness hard, and later when he died there were real tears from so many of us who had never met him but had been deeply touched by the power of his vision, by the strength of his conviction, and by the magnitude of his accomplishment.

Livingstone School
C. Davis photo
To see so many young people in our community affected by Terry, and respectful of him, many of them the same age I was when Terry was making his run, was a little overwhelming.

St. Michael's School 
J. Davis photo

Canyon and Matthew Halton Schools held their Terry Fox events on Thursday, September 27.  Canyon students walked down Main Street and back.

Matthew Halton School's pre walk/run assembly had a very special guest, Terry's uncle, also named Terry Fox.

Friday, September 28, 2012

United Church to hold St. Francis' Blessing of the Animals service this Sunday

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

St. Francis of Assisi
Detail of painting by Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca
Wikimedia Commons image
The United Church of Canada - Pincher Creek, located at 972 Police Avenue, will be holding a St. Francis/Blessing of the animals service this Sunday, September 30, beginning at 11 am. The service is expected to take about an hour, with food and visiting in the basement afterward.

People are welcome to bring pets to be blessed, and children can even bring a favourite stuffed animal.

October 4 is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 – October 3, 1226), founder of the Franciscan Order, patron saint of animals and nature, a fan of troubadours, a friend to lepers.  He preached to the birds and called nature the mirror of God. The Blessing for the Animals is observed on the Sunday closest to October 4.  Various faiths have adopted the practice, and October 4 was later also chosen as World Animal Day by ecologists.

Sermon to the Birds
My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.
          -Saint Francis of Assisi - c1220
Related link:
Pincher Creek United Church Pastoral Charge

Sermon to the Birds
The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi, by Father Candide Chalippe
Wikipedia: World Animal Day
Wikipedia: St. Francis of Assisi

Showdown in Lundbreck: Sabres vs Dragons Girls Volleyball

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Livingstone Senior Girls Sabres
C. Davis photos
The Livingstone Sabres Girls JV and Senior volleyball squads hosted their St. Michael's Dragons counterparts on the evening of September 27.  Six set of thrilling play ensued.  The crowd was treated to some great head to head action between closely matched opponents.

JV Dragons vs Sabres
First up were the JV squads.    The first set saw the Sabres take an early lead, up 17-9 before the first time-out was called.  The Dragons brought their game up, slowly closing the gap, but not enough.   The JV Sabres took the set 25-22, with a successful serve ratio being one of the deciding factors.

The JV Dragons came on strong in the second set, getting ahead and staying there despite a big effort from the Sabres squad near the end.   The Dragons finished ahead 25-18.

JV Sabres vs Dragons
In the third set the JV Sabres took an early lead, but the Dragons tied it up 10-10 about halfway through.  Then it was 13-13...  The Dragons started to pull inexorably ahead, gaining and maintaining a 6 or 7 point lead before the Sabres rallied near the end, but it wasn't quite enough.   The JV Dragons won the set 25-22, to take 2 of 3 sets.

The Senior Sabres Girls took an early lead in their first set against their Dragons opponents.  They were ahead 12-3 at one point, with the Dragons in disarray.  The Dragons never quite recovered, even though they put in a better showing in the declining minutes of the set, and the Sabres took it 25-17.

Sr. Dragons vs Sabres

The last two sets were mirror images of each other, with the Senior Sabres coming on strong, and in particular delivering some mighty fine serves that proved to be very difficult to return elegantly, if at all.  The Sabres crackled out there, taking both sets by scores of 25-19, going home with 3 straight in their pockets.

The Livingstone School gym was an interesting factor in the game.  It's a smaller room and brooks no errors, forcing a tighter, more controlled style of play.  It didn't seem to give either team the edge, because these girls are used to playing at each other's schools, but it certainly added a certain vehemence to the action. The ceiling is right there, ready to volley a wayward ball right back atcha, for example.

Sr. Sabres vs Dragons

The Senior Dragons were visibly disappointed with the evening's results, but really they shouldn't be.  The consensus from onlookers, including this one, was that we were treated to an evening of exciting, well-played volleyball, the kind that happens when two opponents are evenly matched enough to make it a real challenge for both. There was some great teamwork displayed on both sides of the net, and some great sportsmanship too.

The Senior Girls Sabres rocked the serve, and once they're on a roll, look out!

Note: A special thank you to Lundbreck's James and Mary Butler for their help with the video on this one.

Alberta's fallen police and peace officers remembered

Addition to memorial honours recent fallen Community Peace Officer Rod Lazenby 

Albertans are invited to the 14th annual Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day to pay tribute to the province’s police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

The ceremony takes place on Sunday, September 30, at 1 pm on the Alberta Legislature grounds.

“These officers died while serving Albertans and making our communities safer,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “There is no nobler action than sacrificing oneself for the greater good.”

This past summer, Community Peace Officer Rod Lazenby became the 97th police and peace officer since 1876 to give his life in the line of duty in Alberta. His name, etched on a bronze dove, will be added to Alberta’s Pillar of Strength monument.

Families, friends, and the public are invited to join Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell, Minister Denis, and members of the provincial law enforcement community to commemorate the men and women who died serving Albertans.

The ceremony takes place near the band shell at the southeast corner of the legislature grounds. It starts with a parade near the bus terminal on 107 Street just south of 99 Avenue, traveling south on 107 Street toward the ceremony site.

This day coincides with the national Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony held at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Champs Mushrooms brand Crimini Mushrooms

Certain CHAMP'S MUSHROOMS brand SLICED CRIMINI MUSHROOMS may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Champ's Mushrooms are warning the public not to consume the Champ's Mushrooms Sliced Crimini Mushrooms described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Click here for a list of affected Champ's Mushrooms brand Sliced Crimini Mushrooms that are affected by this alert.

These products have been distributed in Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed in other provinces as well.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The manufacturer, Champ's Mushrooms, Aldergrove, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Energy Nuggets

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Energy Nuggets described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The public warning issued on September 26, 2012 has been expanded to include additional products.

Distribution: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon

Click here for a list of Energy Nuggets affected by this alert.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Energy Nuggets

This recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various parties to identify and recall all affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importers are voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

MD Council notes from September 25 meeting

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 met on Tuesday afternoon, September 25. In attendance were Reeve Terry Yagos and Councillors Bjorn Berg, Helen Cyr, and Rod Cyr, as well as CAO Wendy Kay, Development Officer Roland Milligan, Director of Operations Leo Reedyk, and Development Officer Assistant Tara Cryderman.

Burmis-Lundbreck Corridor Public Hearing
A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm at the Municipal District Administration Building regarding Bylaw 1228-12, known as the Burmis-Lundbreck Corridor Area Structure Plan.

Agricultural Fieldman appointed
Shane Poulsen has accepted an appointment as Agricultural Fieldman for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9.

Foundation contract awarded for new MD Building
Council unanimously agreed to award the foundation work subcontract for the new MD administration building to AGRA Foundations Limited. The 2-story, 17,000 foot building will be built on MD land at the corner of Waterton Avenue and Macleod Street, Pincher Creek. Scott Construction (Alberta) Ltd. was previously awarded the contract for Construction Management services and made a recommendation to accept the AGRA bid, in the amount of $151,218.

Notices of Conservation Easement
Reeve Terry Yagos excused himself from council chambers for conflict of interest reasons as council discussed a Notice Prior to Registration of Conservation Easement that applied to his own property.
The Notice Prior to Registration says, in part, the purpose of the easement is "for the purpose of the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Conservation Values of the Property", citing the "ecological, scenic, aesthetic, and open space values of the Property, including flora, fauna, wetlands and soils". The parcel in question is near Lee Lake.

Development Officer Roland Milligan told council that the notice was standard practice, and that while the MD could register an objection "the easement may still be registered". "It's just nice to have our consent," he said. He recommended council acknowledge the notice and waive the 60-day notice required prior to registration, which they did.

A similar Notice of Conservation Easement for a small parcel of land owned by the Leskosky family got the approval of council as well.
Both notices were filed by the Alberta Land Trust Society,

Revisiting Road Closure Bylaw
A road closure bylaw that passed first reading, received a public hearing, and stalled when Alberta Transportation rejected it and Council could not find a solution that was acceptable to a majority of councillors at their September 10 meeting was revisited at this meeting. 

Council documents state one adjoining landowner had expressed "strong concerns" at the Public Hearing held on May 10, 2012.

A new bylaw was prepared (1230-12) with wording that Alberta Transportation based its objection on removed.

Councillor Bjorn Berg expressed concerns about the way Alberta Transportation has handled the matter. "It's my view that we should ask Alberta Transportation in to talk to council to see what their policy is going to be about road closures. We've never had any other advisor from Alberta Transportation do this."

I want to table this until we get this individual here," Berg concluded, before making a motion to that effect, which passed unanimously.

MD Council agrees to new Joint Funding contract with the Town of Pincher Creek
Council unanimously agreed to contribute $30.00 per capita annually for Joint Funding projects with the Town of Pincher Creek, who will also contribute $30.00 per capita annually.

Raises for Reeve and Councillors deferred by a year
According to Council documents, "Earlier this year Council appointed three people to sit on a Council Renumeration Committee, to review current rated paid to Council for their service to the community.
That committee recommended renumerative raises of $50 to commence this year on November 1, with additional raises of $50 every November up to and including the year 2015.

Councillor Bjorn Berg suggested the raises be deferred until next year, which council unanimously agreed to.
The Reeve will recieve a $50 raise on November 1, 2013 to $600.00.
Councillors will receive a $50 raise on November 1, 2013 to $400.00.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's Going On, September 28 to October 2, 2012

Hustle Back Into Hockey Camp
September 28-30
Click here for more information

Fox Theatre 
September 28 - October 4
(No debit.  All transactions are cash only.)
  • House At The End Of The Street - 7 and 9 pm
  • Hotel Transylvania - 7 and 9 pm           
  • MATINEE Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm
Alberta Culture Days
Free admission and events at Provincial historic sites and museums
September 28 - 30
Click here for more information

Pincher Creek Legion 85th Anniversary
September 28 and 29
Click here for more information

St. Michael's French Immersion Baking For Books fundraiser
3-7 pm on Friday and 10 am-4 pm on Saturday at Walmart

Pioneer Market
Friday, September 28, 11 am - 2 pm at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Silver Reins Start Up
Horse Levels 1-7, reining, jumping, young horseFriday, September 29, 2 - 8 pm at the Ranchland Mall
Click here for more information

Drive one 4 UR School event
Friends of St. Michael's,  Matthew Halton Booster Club, Castle Ford 
Saturday, September 29 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ranchland Mall.  Click here for more information.

Food Bank One Day Food Drive
Saturday, September 29
Click here for more information

Ride the Red Rock sneak peek at Waterton Lakes National Park
Saturday, September 29, starts at 9 am.  Click here for more information.

Bantam Mustangs vs Claresholm 
Saturday, September 29, Noon at Matthew Halton Field

Wild Night at the Waldorf
Saturday, September 29, 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Click here for more information

MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 By-election for Division 3
Monday, October 1.  Click here for more information.

Children's World Daycare Society AGM
Tuesday, October 2, 7 pm at the Ramada meeting room.  Everyone welcome.
Click here for more information.

Oldman Rose Society Come and Go Sharing Session
What bugs you?
Did you have trouble with your Roses this year?
Bring your rose problems to the Oldman Rose Society's Come & Go Sharing Session, at the meeting room of the Pool Complex on Main Street, Tuesday, October 2 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

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