Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Athletes of the Day, October 31, 2012: Bantam Chinooks

2012-2013 Bantam Chinooks
C. Davis photo

Pincher Creek's Bantam Chinooks looked like real contenders out there on the hometown ice last weekend.

On Saturday, October 27 they defeated Picture Butte by a wide margin.

On Sunday, October 28 they played another home game against Kainai, which proved to be a hard-won victory for the Chinooks.

Their teamwork is exceptional, and they regularly demonstrate great passing plays, particularly in front of the opposition net.

The Bantam Chinooks are scheduled to host Coaldale at Pincher Creek's Memorial Community Centre arena Saturday, November 3, starting at 3:45 pm.

2012-2013 Bantam Chinooks

#1 Jeremy Kretz
#30 Matthew Duncan
#2 Chaz Vance A
#3 Jacoby Provost
#4 Tyson Goodreau
#5 Keiran Douglas A
#9 Nic Jordan
#11 Jessen Luco
#12 Whyat Bruder
#14 Bryce Conley
#15 Sam Gerrand A
#16 Bryce Brown
#17 Haylie Klyen
#18 Emily Wittkopf
#19 Ethan Richards
#25 Zach Krampe
#26 Austin Kristjanson
#27 Connor McLeod
#28 Colin Lincez

Head Coach: Randy Wittkopf
Assistant Coach: Steve Jordan
Assistant Coach: Kent Goodreau
Manager: Jennifer Crook

Pincher Creek's United Church celebrates 128th Anniversary

Chris Davis

In 1884 a Sunday School for children of all denominations was opened in Pincher Creek. In 1917 Methodists and Presbyterians in Pincher Creek combined their congregations, creating a united church well in advance of the official formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925.

A community dinner was held in the church basement, and there was also a silent auction, a bake sale, and a history display, followed by a talent show in the sanctuary.  Reverend Brent Woodard thanked Harriet McCollister for her hard work organizing the dinner.

The meal was wonderful, and plentiful, and the dining area was packed with smiling faces enjoying good fellowship.

Scott Korbett
Scott Korbett acted as Master of Ceremonies for the talent show, and he dipped into his apparently bottomless bag of corny jokes to keep the crowd entertained between acts. The first hymn of the evening was the welcoming "Come in, Come in, and sit down".  Korbett gave a brief history of Pincher Creek and then Caroline Johnson told of the history of the church, and of the building it currently resides in.

"One hundred and twenty years ago in 1892 the Presbyterians of Pincher Creek built a one-room church on this site," Johnson said.  "It cost $400.  There was also a Methodist church in town.  It was built in 1886 and we seem to have lost track of the old Presbyterian building but the Methodist one today is the Lion's Den.  In 1917 the congregations of the two churches united to become a United Church.  The Presbyterian building was used for the services and the Reverend Wilkinson was the minister, and he was the former Method minister. During his time the congregation was growing so it was decided to call for tenders for the construction of a suitable new building to be located on the same site. A story is told that, because of the lack of space, the Sunday School students were marched up the street to have Sunday School in the Methodist building.  Well, you can imagine what happened.  A lot of them escaped on the way and it wasn't very successful."

Reverend Brent Woodard
The new building consisted of the present sanctuary and the basement that was down below, which was then used for Sunday School.  According to Johnson the choir loft and pulpit were originally on the other side of the sanctuary and the north entrances to the building were used for access to the sanctuary and the basement.  About 25 years later the congregation had grown again, and the building was expanded with 10 new Sunday School classrooms, an office, restrooms, and a church parlour to the south of the sanctuary.  "The newly completed addition was dedicated on October the 4th, 1953."

Caroline Johnson

"The next major renovation was in 1978," Johnson continued.  "when the sanctuary was reversed."  Johnson said the last major renovation was started in 2006 when an elevator and wider staircases staircases were installed, a new foyer was constructed, and the bathrooms were updated.  She said Scott Korbett was the chairman of the renovation committee for that project.

"It has to be said that although our church is a really impressive building, what really counts is the people in it," Johnson concluded.

Mary Kaytor, who is the present organist for the church, gave a brief history of the United Church Women (UCW).  "We're not 128 years old as an organization," she said, "but you'd better believe that the women were behind the scenes as the churches were being built."

"Our UCW started here January 4, 1962."

"At this time the congregation of the church was very large as, when we read the church bulletin there were 41 members that were on the executive of the just about everybody here (now) would be on the executive.  So you can imagine what the membership was.  It was just a different time, wasn't it?  There were more women at home, they weren't working out of the home."  She said the ladies of the church back then catered for many functions.  "They were a very busy group, and there were a lot more people to do it in those days."

Kaytor said the UCW was much smaller now, with many people still helping out but fewer coming to the meetings.  She extended the invitation for ladies to join them every 4th Monday of the month.  She said the thrift shop, which has been running in the church basement since the 1980's, is the main UCW initiative now, raising over $20,000 last year.

Bessie Carlson gave a brief history of the choir.  She delved into the church histories. "In 1954 it reads 'From the Old Testament days to the present singing has been the universal and spontaneous form of praise, over and over again, it is commended.  We are inspired by our choir music, as were the Iraelites    by their psalms.'  In the year 2000 the last sentence reads 'We were inspired by our choir music then and still are today.  We are aware that the history of the choirs in our United Church dates back to the late 1800's and are blessed in that we have two choirs still a part of worship today'."

"My introduction to church music took place out at Mountain Mill where my family attended services.  Mrs. W. D. McDowell, and I believe her name was Emma, she was Janet Main's grandmother, she played the organ.  The same instrument that they still use today.  Mrs. McDowell was quite small in stature and to a pre-schooler looked awfully old.  I guess I'm probably viewed the same way by our youngsters today.  On moving into town we attended Sunday School, and probably with Mom's encouragement, it was time to join the junior choir."

"We would-be choristers were asked to sing the C-major scale.  It was a little rough when you don't know what that is.  I must have passed, because I've been with the choir ever since."

Entertainment for the evening included the Peace Folk Singers, Reverend Brent Woodard and his wife Sally Woodard, Adam Sundberg, Megan Sundberg, Emma Burnham, Eleanor Mackenzie, Amelia Woodard, Caroline Johnson, and of course the whole congregation.

Province wins two international awards for emergency alert system

Government of Alberta

Alberta’s emergency public alerting system, Alberta Emergency Alert, has received two awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers for its innovation and use of technology.

“We have a tremendous emergency alert system that uses the latest technology, media, and social media to alert the public to emergencies,” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “This international recognition demonstrates our government's clear commitment to safe communities.”
Alberta's Emergency Alert system was upgraded in 2011 to make use of the latest technology to send out critical, life-saving information to Albertans over the internet, radio and television.

The program received two awards on October 30 at the International Association of Emergency Managers conference in Orlando, Florida. The organization described Alberta's system as unique in North America and innovative globally by empowering communities to issue alerts and enabling hundreds of local emergency managers across the province to quickly get emergency information directly to the public. It also noted that Alberta’s system uses technology, specifically through its use of social media, to share public safety information during emergencies.

Social media has become an essential way to share critical information and alert Albertans to emergencies. Alberta’s emergency alerting program has more than 25,600 followers on Facebook and another 19,000 followers on Twitter. Social media alerts are easily accessible and reach more people quickly, ensuring their safety and security when minutes count.

The International Association of Emergency Managers,, is a non-profit international educational organization dedicated to promoting emergency management. It represents professionals from around the world whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

To subscribe to Alberta Emergency Alert or get more information visit

Alberta resumes use of Agriflu influenza vaccine

Health Minister Fred Horne has announced the province is resuming use of the Agriflu influenza vaccine today following news that Health Canada has lifted its suspension of the vaccine.

The province suspended the use of the vaccine on October 27 until a safety review by Health Canada and the vaccine manufacturer Novartis could be completed. The Health Canada suspension was a precautionary measure following a voluntary suspension of the Agriflu vaccine in Europe after white particulate matter was found floating in one batch of the vaccine.

“The Health Canada review has re-confirmed that the Agriflu vaccine is safe and effective to use as part of our influenza immunization program,” said Dr. Martin Lavoie, Alberta’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We have been assured by federal officials that the suspension of the vaccine was the result of one batch of vaccine that contained protein flakes and that this batch never left the manufacturing plant. Now that the suspension has been lifted, we can make the Agriflu vaccine available through public health clinics, physicians and pharmacists.”

“It’s important that all Albertans get the flu shot, not only to protect themselves but others in their family and their community who may be vulnerable to severe complications from the flu,” said Minister of Health Fred Horne. “I strongly encourage everyone to take the time to get immunized as soon as possible so more Albertans can stay healthy this year.”

Agriflu is one of two injectable vaccines offered through the province’s influenza immunization campaign this year in addition to a nasal spray vaccine available for children aged 2-17. Agriflu makes up about 22 per cent of Alberta’s total vaccine supply.

Albertans can contact HEALTHLink Alberta at 1-866-408-5465 for more information on Alberta Health Services Immunization Clinics, visit or contact their physician or pharmacist.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Phone scammer is claiming to be LRPS officer

Lethbridge Regional Police are warning the public about a phone scam where the caller impersonated an LRPS officer in an attempt to solicit funds.

On October 30, 2012 police received a complaint from a local resident who was contacted more than a half dozen times over the past two days by a caller claiming to be an officer with the Lethbridge Regional Police Service.

The caller provided a fake name and fake badge number and told the man that he had won $2 million from a lottery sweepstakes several years ago, but had been defrauded the money. The caller claimed an investigation was underway, arrests had been made and police were trying to return the winnings to the man, but he would have to pay $35,000 in order to get them. The man was also warned not to tell anyone about the money or it would compromise the investigation.

No banking or personal information was disclosed and the man did not forward any funds.

Police advise the public that this is an advance payment fraud. Claiming to be a police officer or associated with law enforcement is not a new tactic and has been used in the past in other jurisdictions in an attempt to lend credibility to the scam.

In a real investigation where money is seized, the owner would be notified by police but officers will NEVER request money in advance for any reason.

Police remind the public never to send funds to strangers and always be wary of prize pitch schemes where you are asked to send money up front in order to claim your prize.

Anyone else who may have been contacted in this manner is asked to contact police at 403-327-2210.


Lethbridge Regional Police looking for gunman who shot out tires

Lethbridge Regional Police are seeking the public’s help to identify the person responsible for a case of mischief earlier this year where the tires of several vehicles were shot out.

On April 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm a 2009 or 2010 black Ford F150 was captured on video surveillance driving into the parking lot of a business along the 1700 block of 31 Street North in Lethbridge with the barrel of a firearm sticking out of the driver’s side window. Tires on three company trucks were subsequently shot out.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact police at 403-327-2210 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also text “232” plus your tip to 274637 or submit a tip online at Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.


24 For Life thanks Sponsors


The organizers and players involved with the 24 For Life charity hockey game want to thank all the sponsors that have helped them more than achieve their original goal.  Money raised to date is over $27,000 with contributions still coming in.  The funds will be donated by the Windy Slopes Health Foundation to the Pincher Creek Hospital for heart and stroke equipment.

The Windy Slopes Health Foundation thanks everyone who participated and donated.  Here is a list of the people, businesses, and organizations that donated more than $50.00:

ABC Brochure Distribution
Alberta Hotel
Allied Distributors
AML Pipefitting Ltd.
Angel Garner
Anthony Watson
Antony Irving
Bert & Macs
Betty Ozar
Bill Gladstone
Blake Schulz
Bob Dyrda
Breckenridge Family
Calvin McLeod
Care By Marilyn
Carolyn's Cutting Corner
Castle Ford
Cheryl Fumon
Cheryl Inman
Cody Johnson
Colin Gower
Cralyn Property Management
Crossfit Pincher Creek
Crystal Glass
CUPE Local 927 
Cycle One Consulting Ltd.
D.A. Electric
Damberger Trucking
Dan Crawford
Danny Hirsch
Darkhorse Electrical Ltd.
Darryl Holte
Dave Magnus
Dean Kennedy
Dean Kersey
Deborah Stewart
Denise's Bistro
Dexter Oilfield
Doug Matchett
Douglas Matchett
Earl Edwards
Economy Cleaners
Ed Sinnott
Eileen McGlynn
Eldred Lowe
Ellen Decock
Esty Nickle
Evelyn Obst
Fountain Tire
Four Winds Real Estate
Fox Theatre
G&K Walter Farms
Gary Aldoff
GEL Consulting
George Gillespie
Ginny Pelletier
Glen McMurray
Gregory Watson
H&R Block
Harold Brown
Hermin Janik
Hornberger Trucking
Hymmer Inc.
Jacar Energy Service
Jake Waibour
James Garner
Janet Jones
John Hayden
John Kyes
Keith Fitzpatrick Landscaping
Kelly Cooley
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kettles Maintenance Ltd.
King Edward Hotel
Lloyd Sproule
Lori Grall
Lorna MacKinnon
Lorne Mitchell
Lundbreck Mobile Estates
Mark Burles
McRae Holdings
Melody Garner
Mirror Mirror
Monster Fitness
Monty French
Nadine Baldwin
NBM Welding
Norse Construction
North & Company Law Office
Pat Seerey
PC Coop
PC Credit Union
PC Vet Clinic
Phil Hasselman
Pincher Creek Agencies
Pincher Licence and Registries
Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 496
Providence Salon & Spa
R.A. Electric
RBC Pincher Creek
Rexall Drug Store
Richard Brown
Rob Dalik
Rocky Mountain Dealerships
Rod Gower
Rod Kettles
Roland Milligan
Rose McLeod
Roxane Baalim
Roy Smyth
Ryan Diduck
Salvage Solutions
Savitree Houldin
Simply Catering
Snodgrass Funeral Home
Spectrum Wireline Service
Stauffer Ranches
Steve West
Sudsy's Superwash
Sure Glass
Sutton Real Estate
Tervita Corporation
Tim Hanson
Tom Gillespie
Tom Quinlan
Twin Butte Country General Store & Restaurant
UFA Petroleum Pincher Creek  Greg and Angela Walter
United Safety
Westcastle Motors
Westwind Interiors
Whittington Family
Windyview Mechanical

Beaverlodge theft of cattle

On October 25, 2012 a resident reported to the Beaverlodge RCMP that sometime during June, 2012, 32 heifers were stolen from a pasture area located in Goodfare, AB.  The cattle have two brands, the first brand is located on the right hip and the second is located on the right rib area.  The heifers have an approximate value of $48 000.

The RCMP are seeking the public's assistance to locate the cattle or identify any individuals that may be involved with this offence.

If you have any information regarding this investigation please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP Detachment at 780-354-2955.  If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via internet at  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.

Dragons beat Hawks in Senior Girls volleyball action

JV Hawks vs Dragons
C. Davis photos and video

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Matthew Halton's SV and JV Hawks volleyball squads hosted their St. Michael's Dragons counterparts on the evening of October 29.

The JV sets were technically forfeited due to a lack of eligible players, but they were played anyway.   The Hawks did fairly well against the Dragons, who are a little more serious about their volleyball, but in the end the Dragons won all three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-12, and 25-20.

SV Hawks vs Dragons
The Senior Varsity sets played out in a similar fashion, with the Dragons winning all three by scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-10.

The games were lighthearted and fun, and the competition was good natured. Volleyball tends to come in second to basketball around here, which begins in just over a month, so the vibe at this game was pretty laid back.  It might be a very different story when we see most of these same athletes face each other on the basketball courts.

Christmas Decoration Roundup

November 19 to December 10

Cleaning out your Christmas Closet? Updating your Xmas Décor?  Bring those extra decorations to the Christmas Decoration Roundup.

Non-perishable food for the Food Bank will be accepted along with gently used Christmas decorations.  These will be collected at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village at 1037 Bev McLachlin Drive in Pincher Creek.  This is to help everyone in the community have a Christmas.  Artificial trees are welcome.  Please drop off your donations by December 10 for distribution, during office hours 9 am to 4 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more information call Toni at 403-627-3684.

Bantam Chinooks win a mild one and a wild one at home

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Pincher Creek's Bantam Chinooks played two home games this weekend, the first on Saturday, October 27 against Picture Butte, and the second on Sunday, October 28 against Kainai.

Here are the stories of those two very different games, with videos at the end.

Bantam Chinooks vs Picture Butte
C. Davis photos and video

Bantam Chinooks versus Picture Butte:

The Bantam Chinooks Saturday afternoon game against Picture Butte was a rather one-sided affair, with the Chinooks establishing their dominance early on and maintaining it throughout the game.  The Chinooks were in fine form, demonstrating some great passing plays, particularly in front of the Picture Butte net, and their teamwork skills were rather impressive.  The Chinooks also had an advantage on the bench, having almost twice as many players as Picture Butte.

Athlete of the Day, October 29, 2012: Beyonce Crowshoe

Beyonce Crowshoe

Beyonce Crowshoe is a multitalented athlete.  Today she's being recognized for scoring her first career goal in a hockey game played by her team the Atom 2 Chinooks against Kainai on Sunday, October 28.   Her coach Kayne Evans said she stepped over the blueline and blasted one past the opposition goalie.

Beyonce is 10 years old, and a student at Canyon School.

She's involved in hockey, curling, swimming, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and figure skating, and has a tendency to climb to the top of any sport.

She was  recently named the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta (ISCA) Athlete Player of the Month.

She was a participant at the 2012 Southern Alberta Games.  Her team won the U17 relay and she also earned 4 Gold swimming medals in the Girls 9 and 10 100 Meter Freestyle Girls, the 100 Meter Individual Medley, the 25 Meter Backstroke, and the 50 Meter Breaststroke.  She has participated in every Southern Alberta Summer Games since 2009, setting records and regularly placing in the top two for her age categories.

She won Gold at both the Pincher Creek Dolphins swim meet and the Claresholm swim meet last summer.  She was Dolphin of the Year in 2010, after bringing in the most points for the club at swim meets.

She has qualified for the Alberta Summer Swimming Association Provincials three years in a row, achieving Swim Club records for Backstroke and Breaststroke. She currently ranks 6th in Alberta in her age group for short breast stroke.

She's been bowling for 3 years, and has won a Girls High Score trophy.

Related link:  Aboriginal Sports Athlete of the Month Beyonce Crowshoe

Cutthroats on the flanks of the Livingstone Range

David McIntyre, letter to the Editor

The following letter, modified slightly for public presentation, was written to the MD of Pincher Creek, and copied to Premier Alison Redford, ESRD Minister Diana McQueen, the MD of Ranchland and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass:

Staff and volunteers from Cows and Fish, assisted by fisheries biologists and others, delivered a Living with a Cutthroat workshop on a headwaters tributary of Todd Creek (Willow Valley) on Thursday, October 18th. The educational field day—it attracted roughly 40 participants—showcased Alberta's threatened westslope cutthroat, this province's only native trout, a species that, once ranging as far east as Calgary and Lethbridge, is now found on only 5% of its former range.

The attached picture looks southwest across the Livingstone Range into the headwaters of the Crowsnest River, part of the Oldman Watershed. It's here that ESRD's plans to clearcut the Todd Creek headwaters, home to the threatened cutthroats, … the cherished, logo-depicted landscape the Oldman Watershed Council chose to represent its headwaters ideal.

The group met at the Willow Valley Schoolhouse and spent most of the afternoon on the spectacular eastern flanks of the Livingstone Range, where, beneath the world's greatest concentration of migrating golden eagles, the threatened cutthroat trout still swim, their backs against the wall of the iconic, knife-edge mountain range. (Two movies were recently filmed in the same area.)

Castle logging opponents take Alberta Government to court

C. Davis photo

Five individuals who were involved in last winter’s Castle logging protest, plus the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, are taking the Alberta Government to court over the continuing clear-cut logging in the Castle area, southwest of Pincher Creek, AB.

The Applicants are arguing that the logging licence is invalid for a number of reasons, including the lack of effective consultation, and because the Castle is considered a core grizzly bear habitat.

The case will be heard in the Court of Queen’s Bench on Thursday, November 8, 2012, starting at 10:00 am. (Calgary Courts Centre, 601–5 Street SW, Calgary, AB).
The full day has been set aside.

Mr. Clint Docken, of Docken & Company, will represent the Applicants.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

The following are some tips for having a Safe and Happy Halloween, provided by the Wood Buffalo RCMP

  • Safety in numbers: Don’t go trick-or-treating alone, go with a parent or a friend.
  • See and be seen: Wear reflective stripes or stickers and carry a flashlight.
  • Stay in well lit areas: Don’t take shortcuts through dark or deserted areas, and only go to houses that are well lit.
  • Stranger safety: Do not accept invitations into homes or vehicles from people you don’t know.
  • Street safety: Use the sidewalks and cross the street at designated areas such as marked cross-walks.
  • Candy, Candy, Candy: Never consume any of your goodies while trick-or-treating, make sure a parent or guardian checks your treats to ensure they are safe to eat.
  • Safe areas: Stay in your own neighbourhood and know where the safe places are, such as a Block Parent, if you need help.
  • Costume Safety: Wear make-up instead of a mask to allow for better visibility. Wear comfortable, weather appropriate shoes, and make sure your costume is not too long, to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • Animal Safety: Don’t approach animals while in costumes, especially ones you don’t know.
  • Motorists should keep in mind the increase in pedestrian traffic when traveling the roadways on Halloween. Likewise, trick-or-treaters should be mindful of the vehicle traffic, and obey all laws and rules of the road. 

  • The RCMP would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Strong wind alert issued for Fort Macleod area (ended)

Note: This alert has ended.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Last day for Co-op's Haunted House


Tuesday, October 30 is the last day for Co-op's Haunted House, located at the Ranchland Mall.  It will be open from 4:00 until  7:00 pm.

Atom 2 Chinooks: Road Warriors

Atom 2 Chinooks
C. Davis file photo

Coach Kayne Evans, Contributor

The Atom 2 Chinooks hit the road this weekend for a pair of games in Warner and Standoff.

Atom 2 Chinooks vs Warner:

First stop was Warner where they faced the South County Sabres in a great game consisting of lots of end to end action by both teams. The first period saw Warner get a goal from Peyton Poncelet.  The start of the second saw Connor Stuckey get one back for the Chinooks at the 13:19 mark assisted by Nicklas Crook.  These two hooked up again just over a minute later and Stuckey had his second, Chinooks lead 2-1. At the 11:18 mark Poncelet had his second of the game and it was all tied up 2-2.  Matthew Austin scored at 10:15 to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead.  At 6:40 Nico Charette tied it up again for the Chinooks assisted by Christopher LeBlanc.  It was all tied up going into the third.

The third period was end to end action with both goalies, Jace Barnett for the Sabres and Tristen Blood for the Chinooks, making numerous saves to keep the game deadlocked at three.  Then at the 7:39 mark Abi Cryderman fed the puck to Christopher LeBlanc and he buried it for the 4-3 lead and the eventual game winner.  The next seven minutes was very intense as the Chinooks shut down the Sabres with good defense and puck movement.

Final score Chinooks 4 – South County Sabres 3

Atom 2 Chinooks vs Kainai:

Sunday saw the Chinooks travel to Standoff to play the Kaiani Chiefs.  The size of the Chiefs was somewhat intimidating to the smaller Chinooks and Kainai jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Caleb Evans got them on the board with 1:22 left in the period assisted by Abi Cryderman.  It stayed 2-1 until the 15:42 mark of the second when the Chiefs scored again to make it 3-1.  Evans and Cryderman hooked up again this time with Abi scoring the goal and it was 3-2 Chiefs.  Then the Chinooks used their speed and playmaking to put some points up on the board.

Tristen Blood found the back of the net assisted by Nico Charette, followed by another goal by Nick Crook assisted by Tristen Blood. Still in the second Charette tallied, assisted by Crook. Caleb Evans scored assisted again by Cryderman. At this point it was 6-3 Chinooks, and they kept pouring it on.  At the 7:28 mark Beyonce Crowshoe scored the first goal of her career and it was one she should never forget.  Picking up the puck in her own end she rushed end to end stepped over the blueline and blasted it past the Kainai goalie who didn’t have a chance.

Abi Cryderman scored again three minutes later with the assist going to Crowshoe. Tristen Blood followed that up with his second of the game assisted by Nico Charette. Kainai netted one at the twelve second mark and going into the third period the score was 9- 4 Chinooks.  Kainai managed one goal in the third and the Chinooks really played well defensively again, Christopher LeBlanc was in net and made numerous outstanding saves in the victory.

Final score Chinooks 9 - Chiefs 5

Out and About, October 23-29, 2012

T. Lucas photo

Don't forget to to check out Co-op's Haunted House at the Ranchland Mall.  Terrified screams have been reported at that location.

Happy Birthday Okley Kipling.  The big 5!

C. Davis photo

KBPV is on the road (again)

 Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) with help from volunteers and J-Bee'z Contracting gets ready to move the historic Cyr School from its craftily hidden location behind King's Restaurant, which is slated for demolition.  The school will be installed and restored on the KBPV grounds.

T. Lucas photo

T. Lucas photo

Owen Barclay (right) with Grandma Elliott at the 
United Church dinner on Saturday.  Story soon.
C. Davis photo

DJ Frankenstein doing his thing at the Senior Huskies
hometown debut

C. Davis photo

"10 minutes for singing so good!"
Alyssa Barbero with MC Bob Westrop at the Sr. Huskies debut

C. Davis photo

Senior Huskies fans
C. Davis photo
Gage keeping score
C. Davis photo

Tyler behind the Zamboni wheel
"He's a restless young romantic, wants to run the big machine" ~ N. Peart
C. Davis photo
A shout out to the Town employees at the rink for making a young man's day way more interesting.

Alyssa Barbero singing 'O Canada' at the Senior Huskies
hometown debut

C. Davis photo

Watch the birdies
T. Lucas photo

Hockey shorts, October 26-28, 2012

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
  • Season schedules from now to February 2012 for the Bantam Chinooks and the Midget Huskies have been posted on the Minor Hockey page (click here).
  • Respect in Sport deadline looms: All parents will be required to take 'Respect in Sport - Parent', prior to November 1, 2012. You can access this by going to the Hockey Alberta website (click here)
  • The Pincher Creek Ref clinic will be held Saturday, November 3 from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, November 4 from 9 am until about 1:30 pm in the Pincher Creek MD basement. Register online at ehockey (click here).

SheNooks vs CNP Wolves
C. Davis photos

^ Pincher Creek's SheeNooks hosted the Crowsnest Pass Wolves on Sunday evening.  A SheeNooks goal in the last 5 seconds of the third period 5-4, but with rented ice time still remaining they played on.  The SheeNooks are scheduled to be back at Pincher Creek's MCC Arena next Sunday, November 28, from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm.

Good ice is cold ice:
The newly installed heating system at the MCC Arena is quite nice to have, thanks Town of Pincher Creek.  However, as the rink men discovered at the Senior Huskies game on Friday evening, too much of a warm thing can lead to problems with the ice.  They're looking for a happy medium.  In the meantime, let's remember this: hockey is a winter sport.  When I was a kid we didn't have all these walls and roofs and toasty concession areas.  We had hot dogs on a stick over a brazier, maybe, and hot chocolate in a thermos with mirrored glass inside (that all too often shattered enroute).  We had to walk to and from the game through three blizzards and a pack of wild dogs (uphill both ways of course) and for a puck we used a slice of frozen meatloaf.  Pads, masks, and helmets?  Crazy newfangled ideas, all of them.

Atom 1 Chinooks vs Coaldale:

Pincher Creek's Atom 1 Chinooks had a rough go of it against Coaldale on Sunday, October 28, losing by a wide margin.  It's never as much fun to lose as it is to win, but the Atom 1 team kept their chins up, they gave it their all, and they improved as the game went on.  The Coaldale team was basically playing on a different level and a reseeding may be in order.  

Trinity Tanner  scored the final goal in the game with just 20 seconds to spare, ably assisted by Logan Deley. Jaxon Hammond spent the first two periods in net for the Chinooks, and he's really starting to move like a goalie. Cade Ames has really been working on his skills, and it shows.  Rylan Bruns scored twice, unassisted, breaking the no-score blues for the team and lighting their spark a little when they needed it most.  Bruns also took a solid hit to the face mask in the first period and just kept on truckin'.  Alex Comeau put in a huge effort, particularly defensively.  Christian Berthiaume, Easton Fitzpatrick, Wes Krampe, Sam Jordan and Michael Kaupp showed a lot of true grit out there despite the tough opposition and a few bumps and knocks.  Coaldale was a very strong team.  

Peewee Thunder undefeated in 6
The Crowsnest Pass Pee Wee Thunder team includes three players from Pincher Creek, #6 Josh Conley, #13 Cameron Little, and #18 Taite Jessen. This is our Pee Wee team this year, Pincher Creek.

 The team is off to a great start, undefeated in 6 exhibition/seeding round games:
#19 Logan Amos
  • October 13 Exhibition game vs Coaldale Cobras, 8-0 win for the Thunder (an assist for Taite Jessen).
  • October 20 Exhibition game vs Picture Butte Hawks, 12-1 win for the Thunder, Spud League Seeding Game Player of the Game #6 Josh Conley (a goal and an assist for Josh Conley, a goal for Cameron Little, and a goal and an assist for Taite Jessen).
  • October 21 Exhibition game vs Taber, 13-0 win for the Thunder, Spud League Seeding Game Player of the Game: the entire Thunder Team (2 goals and an assist for Cameron Little, 2 goals for Josh Conley).
  • October 26 Exhibition game vs Foremost/Bow Island Rebel Flyers, 4-0 win for the Thunder, Spud League Seeding Game Player of the Game #19 Logan Amos ( a goal and an assist for Josh Conley, a goal for Cameron Little).
  • October 27 Exhibition game vs Elk Valley Wild, 4-2 win for the Thunder, Player of the Game #10 Colby Snider (a goal and an assist for Taite Jessen).
  • October 28, Exhibition game vs Lomond, 6-1 win for the Thunder, Spud League Seeding Game Player of the Game #12 Jarrett Kress (a goal for Taite Jessen, three assists for Josh Conley).

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Atom 1 Goalie Jaxon Hammond

Athlete of the day, October 29, 2012: Tristen Blood

Tristen Blood, Atom 2 Chinooks
C. Davis photo

Tristen Blood is a member of Pincher Creek's Atom 2 Chinooks, wearing #11.  He's versatile, playing goal and forward, and his improvement over last year has been impressive.  He's 9 years old and in grade 4.

He was goalie for the Atom 2 team on Saturday, October 27, helping them in their 4-3 win against Warner.  On Sunday he played left wing and got 2 goals and 2 assists in their 9-5 win against Kainai.

St. Michael's School 2011-2012 Sword and Shield Academic Awards

Principal Mr. Don Kuchison
C. Davis photos
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

St. Michael's School held their annual Sword and Shield Academic Awards ceremony on the evening of October 23, honouring the achievements of students during the 2011-2012 school year.  Principal Mr. Don Kuchison acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which began with a prayer.

Principal Kuchison said he had been impressed to see the number of students being awarded.  "For a small school we have a lot of students who focus on academics and make academics very important in their lives, and that is reflected in your awards for this evening."

Awards were presented in several categories, including Subject Area, Religious and Christian Practice, Honor Roll and Principal's List, Highest Academic, and Grade 12 awards.

Following the ceremony and a benediction those in attendance were invited to mingle in the lunchroom, where a selection of delicious desserts was offered.

Grade 6 Honor Roll students
Grade 7 Honor roll students

Grade 8 Honor Roll students

Grade 9 Honor Roll students

Grade 10 Honor Roll Students

Grade 11 Honor Roll students

Math Awards: 
Grade 6- Payton Burnham
Grade 7 – Michael Svab
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff
Grade 9 – Justine Jorgensen, Tessa Roy
Math 10C – Amelia Woodard
Math 10-3 – Ross Giroux
Math 20-1 – Elise Wocknitz
Math 20-3 – Gabriel Rainford

Science Awards: 
Grade 6 – Payton Burnham, Alexandra Russell
Grade 7 – Tyler Hay
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff
Grade 9 – Justine Jorgensen
Science 10 – Amelia Woodard
Science 14 – Ross Giroux
Science 24 – Trey Provost
Chemistry 20 – Elise Wocknitz
Biology 20 – Elise Wocknitz
Physics 20 – Elise Wocknitz

Social Studies Awards:
Grade 6 – Olivia Citrigno
Grade 7 – Michael Svab
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff
Grade 9 – Justine Jorgensen
Social Studies 10-1 – Amelia Woodard
Social Studies 10-2 – Robbie Smith
Social Studies 20-1 – Catherine DeCock
Social Studies 20-2 – Jared Pittman

Middle School English Language Arts Awards:
Grade 6 – Olivia Citrigno
Grade 7 – Isabelle Charette
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff

Sr. High English Awards:
Grade 9 – Justine Jorgensen
English 10 – 1 – Emilie Charette
English 10-2 – Ross Giroux
English 20-1 – Catherine DeCock
English 20-2 – Jared Pittman

Middle School French Immersion Awards:
Grade 6 Math – Natalie Krizan
Grade 6 – Science – Natalie Krizan
Grade 6 – French Language Arts – Natalie Krizan
Grade 7 Math – Isabelle Charette
Grade 7 – Science – Isabelle Charette
Grade 7 – Social Studies – Calvin Cooley
Grade 7 – French Language Arts – Isabelle Charette
Grade 8 – Math – Ashtyn Duncan
Grade 8 Science – Ashtyn Duncan
Grade 8 Social Studies- Ashtyn Duncan
Grade 8 French Language Arts – Ashtyn Duncan

Religious Studies and Christian Practice Awards: 
Grade 6 – Olivia Citrigno
Grade 7 – Darci Ouellette-Wallin
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff
Grade 9 – Tessa Roy
Religion 15 – Emilie Charette, Amelia Woodard
Religion 25 – Emilie Charette, Angela Svab, Amelia Woodard
Religion 35 – Janelle Downing-Baker, Elise Wocknitz

High Academic: 
Grade 6 – Natalie Krizan
Grade 7 – Michael Svab
Grade 8 – Whitney Holoboff
Grade 9 – Justine Jorgensen
Grade 10 – Amelia Woodard
Grade 11 – Elise Wocknitz

Grade 12 Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries:
Roaring Lions Club Scholarship – Jasper Woodard
Pincher Creek Rotary club Scholarship – Katrina Holoboff
A.E. Sinnott Memorial – Morgan Downing-Baker
Knights of Columbus Humanitarian – Kristen Williams
Governor General’s High Academic Award – Jasper Woodard
Biology 30 Award – Jasper Woodard
Physics 30 Award – Jasper Woodard
Social Studies 30-1 Award – Jasper Woodard
Social Studies 30-2 Award – Jonathan Van Gool
Pure Math 30 Award – Jasper Woodard
Applied Math 30 Award – Courtney Allred
English 30-1 Award – Jasper Woodard
English 30-2 Award – Jonathan Van Gool

Grade 12 Rutherford Scholarships:
Morgan Downing-Baker
Micah Pura
Kristen Williams
Jasper Woodard

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