Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Canada Day Alberta

Rob Bernshaw
Rob Bernshaw, Columnist

In recent weeks Alberta has been inundated with rain in all areas of our great province(from north to south and east to west). Some areas such as southern Alberta were very hard hit where some people have lost their life under the raging waters, while others lost a lot of what they hold near and dear as it disappeared under the swirling waves.

Alberta Government continues to respond to flooding emergency (Update 18)

*Please note: new information is bolded

Current situation update

  • A provincial state of emergency was declared in the Town of High River on Friday, June 28.The province has assumed responsibility for emergency operations, programs and services in High River.
  • 11 confirmed states of local emergency, down from 18 on Thursday.
  • 19 active local Emergency Operations Centres in southern Alberta, including municipalities, First Nations, and private industry (Fortis).
  • Government of Alberta will be working with municipalities to compile a list of municipal employees with technical expertise.
Information line for Albertans affected by flooding
  • From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, affected residents can call the Government of Alberta Call Centre at 310-4455 to ask questions. Volunteer agents will forward calls to the appropriate program area and provide information.
Emergency funding for displaced Albertans
  • Starting Sunday at 1 p.m., residents of Calgary and Canmore can access pre-loaded debit cards. Details are available online or by calling 310-4455 toll-free.
  • Residents of Exshaw should attend the Canmore pre-loaded debit card processing site for support.
  • People are encouraged to be patient and if possible wear appropriate sun protection as lines may be long. More information on emergency relief benefits.
  • Preliminary estimates indicate that over the first three days approximately 10,250 people were supported through the distribution of 4,100 payments totalling $10.25 million.
  • The Vulcan Distribution Centre for pre-loaded debit cards is closed. The Nanton processing site is open Sunday, June 30 from 8:00 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Affected low-income Albertans can also go to any Alberta Works office to get additional information and support through an emergency needs allowance. Please call the toll-free contact centre at 310-4455 for Alberta Works office locations.  Note: Alberta Works offices will not be offering pre-loaded debit card assistance at this time.
  • If an evacuee is unable to physically go to a pre-loaded debit card processing site, a family member can represent them. This person must take additional documentation for the person they represent. Please call 310-4455 for details.

Chocolate Lab found in Pincher Creek

A female chocolate Labrador dog was found in downtown Pincher Creek late in the evening of June 29.  If this is your dog, please call Susan at 403-632-6716.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Flood the Grain Truck

Courtesy of Gazette Grande

Cheadle Lions in association with the Foothills Lions Club are going to “Flood the Grain Truck” with gently used clothing, at the Strathmore, Alberta July 1 Celebrations in Kinsmen Park, downtown from noon to 5. Please mark each bag with what it contains, for example: Boys – Size 6, Ladies – Size Medium, this will help save a lot of manpower at the distribution centres.

All donations will go to the Foothills flood relief area.

For more information please contact Lion Marlene Risdon at 403-660-3650

Annual Pincher Creek Cricket match planned for June 30, 2013

The Pincher Creek 2013 annual Cricket Match is planed for Sunday, June 30 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Lions Park ball diamond in Pincher Creek.  Everyone is invited to come play or watch, and to gather at the Bright Pearl restaurant after the game.

For more information contact Frank Wood at 403-627-3147 or Moira Robbins at403-627-4598

Related story: 2012 Cricket Match

Two vehicle collision on Highway 3 near Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

An accident closed Highway 3 close to the highway 785 junction for about an hour early in the afternoon today, June 29.  Two vehicles were involved in the collision.

One vehicle was a truck pulling a holiday trailer, and the other was a recreational vehicle.  Pincher Creek Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance responded.

There were nine people involved with the accident.  Two people were transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Health Hazard: Certain Prince brand Tahini may contain Salmonella bacteria

Ottawa, June 25, 2013 - A public warning issued on June 24, 2013 has been updated to include additional product, importer, and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and UNFI Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Prince brand Tahini products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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

Doug and Sally Connelly to celebrate 50 years of marriage


You’re invited to help celebrate Doug & Sally Connelly’s 50th wedding anniversary. A casual get-together will take place in the Lundbreck Hall on July 6 from 2-5 p.m. No gifts please.

Missing teen found in Ft. McMurray

Press release

The 14 year old youth who was reported as missing June 28 in the Fort McMurray area has been located safe and sound. The 14 year-old male was located in the Waterways area of Fort McMurray over the weekend and returned to his residence. The RCMP wish to extend their appreciation to all those who called in with information to assist in finding him.

Beach volleyball season is almost upon us

Some of last year's Beach Volleyballers
J. Davis photo
The Town of Pincher Creek Recreation Department will be hosting Beach Volleyball again this summer.

Planned for Wednesday evenings starting at 7:00 pm at Juan Teran Park, it's a drop-in, non-competitive, free activity.  The first outing will be on Wednesday evening, July 17.

For more information contact Caitlin Kerr at the recreation office, 403-627-4322.

Re-entry information for High River residents

High River residents will be welcomed back into their community, in a staged manner, beginning Saturday, June 29, at noon.

To ensure a safe and orderly return, residents will first enter the High River Welcome Centre, a ‘one stop shop’ to provide residents with information and resources to support their return.

We understand all residents will be anxious to visit the Welcome Centre, but we are requesting that only those residents from Sector 1, in the northwest corner of the city, visit the centre on Saturday, June 29.

Crestview Highlights - June 27, 2013

Submitted by the Residents of Crestview Lodge

Greetings from Crestview Lodge
    June 14th we had some Cowboy poets drop by to entertain us all. Cathy K. decorated our place in such a great manner that the pictures of the branding, roping and ranching brought us all back to our early years on the ranch with our young families. The Divine Bovines entertained us with their renditions of good songs from the cow’s point of view. The gals were very funny, with their swaying tails and ears. They gave us all cow ears to wear with tags, of course, and the other props they used brought lots of laughter too. One of our resident’s eldest sons, Noel Burles sang some great old songs for us. Yodeler Rod Erickson also entertained us with great songs and humor.

MLA Pat Stier comments on flooding

MLA Pat Stier
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Stier, Letter to the Editor

On Thursday, June 20, 2013, Alberta was forever changed by the floodwaters that ravaged our communities. Out of pure coincidence, I was attending a meeting of the Oldman Watershed Council in Lethbridge when news of the flooding reached me.

I headed immediately to our constituency office in Nanton, where I spoke with the Canadian Bureau of Insurance. They have provided us with a contact number for those of you now dealing with damages to your homes. Call Centre for Consumers 1-800-377-6378, they can help you locate your insurance provider, discuss damage coverage and any other questions you may have.

Waterton recovers from storm damage

Clearing debris on the Akamina Parkway
Parks Canada photos
Parks Canada press release

Most facilities at Waterton Lakes National Park that were damaged by the July 19, 2013 storm have been repaired and re-opened, in time for the Canada Day long weekend. This includes all campgrounds, and most trails and roads. Work to repair the Akamina Parkway, which sustained the heaviest damage, will start the week of July 1.

The Akamina Parkway is still temporarily closed because of dangerous road conditions. This closure includes all trails from the parkway, and applies to hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and vehicles. 

Alberta Integrated Traffic Unit Summer Safety Campaign for Alberta roads

C. Davis photo
On the eve of this long weekend, RCMP and Sheriff traffic officers are at the ready to kick off this Summer Safety Campaign for Alberta roads.

In an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions on Alberta roads this summer, Integrated Traffic Units are gearing themselves up to apprehend impaired drivers and deter traffic violations such as speed, occupant restraints and distracted driving. RCMP officers and Alberta Traffic Sheriffs will be conducting check stops and patrolling Alberta roads. 

Athletes of the day June 28, 2013: Pincher Creek U-16 Soccer Team

Season champs: Pincher Creek's U-16 Soccer team
Cindy Jackson photo
Pincher Creek's U-16 soccer team won Gold after defeating Crowsnest Pass and Elkford at the season end tournament held in Crowesnest Pass on June 22.  In addition, Pincher's Levi Anderson was named MVP of the tournament.

Holy Spirit School Board recognizes St. Michael's School athletes

At their June 26,2013 meeting the Holy Spirit School Board recognized the achievements of athletes in their school division, including the following from St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek:

SW Junior High Athletics Association Meet

  • Alex Russel - 2nd - Girls Bantam 200m.
  • Emily Wittkopf - 3rd - Girls Midget 1500m.
  • Eric Grier - 1st - Boys Bantam 100m, 200m, 800m and 1500m.
  • Jordan Hochstein - 2nd - Boys Bantam Javelin Throw.
  • Ethan Richards -1st - Boys Midget 100m.
  • Bruce Kirby - 1st - Boys’ Midget Triple Jump, 3rd - Boys Midget Long Jump.
  • Michael Svab - 2nd - Boys Midget Long Jump. 
  • Matthew Duncan - 3rd - Boys Midget Discus Throw.

South Zone Senior Track and Field Championship Meet

  • Justine Jorgensen - 1st - Girls Junior Triple Jump.
  • Josie Naumczyk - 2nd - Girls Intermediate 4kg Shot Put.
  • Elise Wocknitz - 3rd - Boys Senior 1500m.
  • Kory Geddes - 3rd-Boys Senior Javelin Throw

The Noise and Electric Mayonnaise perform at St. Michael's School

Electric Mayonnaise rocking the St. Michael's stage
T. Lucas images
Toni Lucas, with Mr. Krizan

St. Michael's School gymnasium held their Rock Band Concert on Friday, June 21 in Pincher Creek.  On the list of featured performers were the St. Michael's Middle School Rock Band The Noise, a 15 person ensemble.  They took to the stage first and were followed by the Senior High Rock Band, Electric Mayonnaise.  Electric Mayonnaise featured 9 regular performers and special guest student, Amelia Woodard.  For the last song of the day Electric Mayonnaise backed special guest singers (and school staff) Lynn Wocknitz and Tina Delinte who shook it all loose and showed off their pipes with Sweet's version of Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round.

Tina Delinte and Lynn Wocknitz 

"I was impressed with the improvements I saw in the group members over the course of the year," said Rock Band Teacher, and gig sound man, Mr. Krizan.  "They all did well, but I have to say that we were so fortunate to have Jared Pittman as a lead player in the senior group, because he is such a natural player, and it was so easy for the rest of the group to follow him.  We'll be looking to fill his shoes next year as he is graduating this year.  Congratulations to him and Katelynn who is also graduating."

The Noise kick it up a notch
"We had a lot of fun preparing for and bringing this concert together, and I am very proud of every one of the rock band members," enthused Krizan. "I would like to thank them for their participation and hard work. Great job students!"

Mr. Krizan 

Krizan thanked the school administration, Bill Torvi for the donation and loan of equipment, the Friends of Saint Michael's, an organization that helps raise funds for school needs and projects.  "Furthermore," said Krizan, "I would like to thank the Saint Michael's School community which supports us by attending functions that we play at."

The Noise

The Noise: Grades 7-9
Sadie Bannick - vocals
Bryce Conley - drums
Benjamin Cooley - guitar, vocals, and keyboard
Junior Courchesne - guitar and vocals Aaron Fitzgerald - bass
Jaeger Hann guitar and vocals
Tyler Hay - guitar and drums
Legacy Krampl - vocals
Bradin McClelland - guitar and vocals Dexter Obrique - vocals
Romel Obrique - guitar
Jaslyn Robertson - keyboard
Sara Saulnier - keyboard
Chaz Vance - drums
Colter VanEe - guitar and vocals

The Noise played Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins, Wild Thing by The Troggs, Try by Pink, Lullaby by Nickelback, We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister, and Rockin' In The Free World by Neil Young.

The Noise

Electric Mayonnaise, Grades 10-12
Landon Hochstein - bass
Ross Giroux - drums
Sammy Scott-Parkinson - drums
Sonja Shirdel - guitar
Celia Tienkamp - guitar
Jared Pittman - guitar
Nolan Weatherill - guitar
Rubert Palao - vocalist
Katelynn Russell-Waye - vocalist
Amelia Woodard - keyboard, vocalist

Electric Mayonnaise played Rock 'n Roll by Led Zeppelin, Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top, Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams, Sweet Child of Mine by Guns and Roses, Where the Street Have No Name by U2, Peace of Mind by Boston, Back in Black by AC\DC, The Kids Wanna Rock by Bryan Adams, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, School's Out by Alice Cooper, and backed Lynn Wocknitz and Tina Delinte during You Spin Me Round.

A special treat was the performance of a medley that was put together by the Mr. Krizan and the students.  Called 'The Medley' it was a combination of Anastasia by Slash, The Metal by Tenacious-D, Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden, Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions, and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.  This flowed well together and was carried off with flair.  The concert was a very entertaining time, and a great way to kick it loose at the end of the school term.

Matthew Halton High School holds 49th Annual Academic Awards ceremony

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek held  their 49th Annual Awards Celebration on Tuesday, June 25 in the school's gymnasium.

Principal Sandy McDuffe acted as the Master of Ceremony during the event.  The academic awards are given out for students that take classes at Matthew Halton or partner schools including Alberta Distance Learning Centre, NAPI Outreach School, and other Livingstone Range School Division Schools.

Everyone was asked to rise and Miss Alexandra Morgan lead everyone in a beautiful rendition of O Canada, then the awards were handed out, as follows:

Work Ethic Recognition List 
Presented by:  Mrs. Tanner and Mr. Petluk

^ Grade 7 recipients:  Brook Balazs, Tanner Brady, Eryka Bruder, Emma Dietze, Lucille Gerrand, Reed Hale, Jillanna Hammond, Kendra Tregillus, Dakoda Bruder, Karlie Duffield, Leigh Erickson, Mackenzie Hardy, Monica Simpson, Kaycee Wyatt, Teigen Cryderman, Mckayla Woods.
T. Lucas photos

Health Hazard Alert: Certain Umnitza brand Baby Cereal products may contain mycotoxin

Ottawa, June 27, 2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Wonder Berry North America are warning the public not to consume certain baby cereal products described below because they may contain mycotoxin HT-2.

Distribution : Alberta, Ontario, Québec

There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

One of the affected Umnitza products

The affected products have been distributed in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

The importer, Wonder Berry North America, Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Click here for more information.

2013 Blue Weed Blitz to be held July 13

Pincher Creek Watershed Group's Blue Weed Blitz will be held Saturday, July 13 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Starting location:  Grier-Buhrmann Ranch on the Christie Mines Road
5429 Rg. Rd. 1-1

Happy Travels

Rob Bernshaw, Letter to the Editor
(Rob is a regular columnist here at the Pincher Creek Voice)

I am  not sure what the future holds for me as I go forward but I do know I am enjoying the ride and meeting many wonderful friends along the way.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Students met challenges at Canyon Sports Day

Carl Tetachuk, Devin Albert, Kyle Spieght, Taite Jessen and Hunter Austring
Grade 6 Boys Standing long jump winners
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Canyon School held their Sports Day for grades 4-6 on June 24 at St. Michael's field in Pincher Creek.
"Despite the rain, it has been a good day," said Kirby Dietze. He explained that some of the events have been modified so that it is not a true track and field event. One example of that would be that the students threw softballs, rather than shot put balls. "This is still a great time to see students excel in ways that we don't always see in school, and it was a lot of fun."

Government continues to respond to flooding emergency

*Please note: updates will include only new information

Current situation update

  • 12 confirmed states of local emergency.
  • 21 active local Emergency Operations Centres in southern Alberta, including municipalities, First Nations, and private industry (Fortis).
Information line for Albertans affected by flooding
  • Affected residents can call the Government of Alberta call centre at 310-4455 to ask questions.
  • This line will serve as a central flood recovery information line where volunteer agents will forward calls to the appropriate program area (i.e. temporary housing services) and provide information.
Flooding stories
  • Albertans are invited to share their stories and photos about their experiences in the flooding. Stories can be read on the website.

Bear and cougar awareness information session answered many questions

Toni Lucas - Alberta Parks Conservation Officer Matias Voramwald gave a lecture about back country safety on Wednesday, June 26 in the Provincial Building on Main Street Pincher Creek.  The lecture was called Bear and Cougar Awareness, and drew a diverse group of people.

One woman admitted that she was afraid of encountering a bear and did not want her daughter to grow up with the same fears, so they were both there to learn more.  Some attendees were experienced with wild animals, some were not.  They were all there to learn more.

The information session was filled with facts about how to identify grizzly and black bears, and cougars if you do see an animal.  It also covered how to identify tracks and scat if you think an animal is nearby, as well as a host of other information.

Voramwald covered the differences between defensive and predatory attacks from bears.  The difference is important, as the way you react can diffuse or escalate conflict between you and the animal.  If you are facing a defensive bear, you want to make yourself as non-threatening to the animal as possible.  If the bear sees you as a threat against whatever the bear is protecting, be that food, territory or cubs, things could escalate quickly. He suggested that if a bear doesn't appear to have noticed you, back away, being aware of the bear, and not making eye contact.  If it has noticed you, do the same while making soothing noises.

"There are usually no defensive attacks with cougars," said Voramwald who explained that cougars are primarily a predatory animal.  During a predatory attack the animal is considering that you may be food.  "You want to do everything you can to convince that animal that you're not a food source," This included eye contact, being loud, making yourself appear larger and not taking your eyes off the animal until you've reached safety.

The talk included suggestions to develop habits to make yourself safer while in the back country.  "Awareness is key," said Vormwald.  Making noise tends to be the best deterrent as the animal can hear you coming and you don't startle it.  Often it will leave before you ever see it.  He also suggested bear spray, bear bangers, and bear screamers.  All of these deterrents also work on cougars.

Voramwald recommended that the Pincher Creek Municipal Library has an excellent resource called 'Staying Safe in Bear Country', and said that the SRD website was filled with excellent resources to educate people further.

Related link:  Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Related story:  Seminar focuses on Bear and Cougar awareness

Children's World Daycare has an uplifting day

Standing: Lisa Kaupp, and Marie Stuart, with assistants
Shelby Kleinhans and Morgan Grineage
T. Lucas Photos

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Children's World Daycare in Pincher Creek arranged a special treat for staff and kids on June 27.  As a staff appreciation gesture, Lisa Kaupp, Marie Stuart and Beverly Four Horns arranged for everyone to gather on the lawn west of the daycare, and brought out balloons for each staff member.

Looking for a Gasoline Powered Irrigation Pump - solved

Jack Krusche, Letter to the Editor*

Picked up my mom from the hospital. (Luckily went in due to a swollen painful elbow - 1 day before the flood.) Drove around Calgary trying to get into Elbow Park. Amazing scenes like a NY meets Godzilla movie. Finally got there via Glenmore and down the hill. Police on intersections. Our old yellow house flooded to top of basement.


By Jack Krusche*

Every day
at least 20 complete strangers,
come by my Mom's mucky flooded house.
Pretty young ladies in yoga outfits and sneakers,
tough young men in work boots,
elegant businessman in jeans and brand new gloves,
Moms with kids in tow;
They all ask, ever so politely:
"what can we do to help"?
I look at their naive daintiness
yet willing and eager desire, to
'do something.'

Rocky Mountain 4-H Swine Club holds awards evening

Rocky Mountain 4-H Swine Club
Standing: Blair, Gloria, Alyssa, Sheila, Tyson, Lewis
Seated: Chaz, Levi (missing Nelz)
Submitted by Rocky Mountain 4-H Swine Club

The Rocky Mountain 4-H Swine Club held their our awards evening at the Waterton Dam on Wednesday evening, June 26, 2013.

Out and About: Group Group Youth helps with yard work at Crestview Lodge

Ria Choe, Contributor

Group Group Youth members spent an enjoyable afternoon recently volunteering with yard work at Crestview Lodge.

Crestview was looking for help to spread woodchips under and around their new trees, which are part of the Crestview Lodge Hobby Club's recreation area project.

Related story: Crestview Lodge recreation area project update

Voluntary Restriction on Backcountry Travel and Random Camping Information for areas south of the Red Deer River to Waterton.

The public is being asked to exercise extreme caution in the Backcountry and avoid travel on trails as much as possible.  Due to recent flooding, there are numerous washouts and natural hazards and many trails will be impassable.

As assessments are conducted roads are being opened and closed so conditions can change rapidly. Please obey all road closure signs and barricades. Along open roads, random camping spots may become available as ground conditions improve. Many campgrounds are also open - the public is encouraged to use the formal campgrounds as opposed to random sites where available.

This message applies to the Livingstone Porcupine Area and the following Public Land Use

  • Ghost
  • Kananaskis Country
  • McLean Creek
  • Sibbald Creek
  • Cataract Creek
  • Willow Creek
  • The Castle Special Management Area

Avoid use of backcountry trails until further notice.  The landscape has already been severely damaged by flooding – more damage will occur if these trails are used in this condition. Staying off the trails now will help them recover faster in the long term.

For more information:

Check the kiosks in your area and the follow websites for more information:

MD of Pincher Creek announces Disaster Recovery Program assistance


Disaster Recovery Program
Assistance to Residents
Affected by
Recent Flooding

The Government of Alberta has NOT yet announced a Disaster Recovery Program for the recent flooding event, which is designed to serve as a safety net by providing financial assistance for uninsurable losses and damages caused by flooding.

As a resident of the MD of Pincher Creek if you sustained damage to your property or primary residence as a result of flooding on or about June 19 and 20 of this year, you may be eligible to receive compensation.

Program information is available from the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 main office at 753 Kettles Street, Pincher Creek or on our website at

Please ensure your insurance company has been contacted. For further information, or to receive an information package, please contact:

Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
Phone: (403) 627-3130

Significant park closures in effect for Kananaskis Country

Due to the extreme flooding in southern Alberta, most of the provincial parks in the Kananaskis Country recreation area will be closed this long weekend to keep the public safe. There has been significant damage to much of the area. Roads, trails and the ground are unstable and pose safety risks.

Area closures in Kanasaskis Country include popular recreational and campgrounds such as:

  • Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
  • Evan Thomas Provincial Recreation Area, where Kananaskis Village is located
  • Elbow Sheep Wildland Provincial Park

An online map is available for a complete picture of the Kananaskis area closures.

Free youth workshop to be held at Waterton Lakes Opera House

Linda McRae
Mimosa Arts photo
On Saturday June 29 musician Linda McRae will present a free youth workshop at Waterton Lakes Opera House.

This workshop is designed to provide an open forum in which participants can express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. The focus is on building trust and self-esteem through conversation, storytelling, poetry, songwriting, and creative writing.

For more information about Linda McRae's youth workshops visit

Upcoming Canada Day Celebrations in Pincher Creek and Waterton

Canada Day, Monday July 1, 2013

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, 1037 Bev McLachlin Drive, Pincher Creek.

Free admission for the day.  Gates open at 10:30 am, flag raising ceremony and dedications at 12 pm.  Day runs until 3:00 pm.  There will be balloons, face painting, dino bouncing tent and 70' obstacle course for kids.

Music and entertainment provided by Pincher Creek Multimedia. Historical cabin tours and a concession.

Waterton Lakes National Park

In celebration of Canada’s 146th birthday on  Monday July 1st, entry to Waterton Lakes National Park is free.  Canada Day events begin with a decorated bike parade. Meet outside the Waterton United Church at 10:00 am with your decorated bicycle. The parade starts at 10:30 am.

Following the parade, there will be a flag raising ceremony. Free cake and lemonade and a $3 BBQ will be provided. Families can also pick up their free copy of the 2013 Xplorers booklet.

At 8:00  pm there will be evening programs at the Falls Theatre and the Crandell Theatre.

Pincher Creek Dolphins take First Place for Net Points at Lethbridge Meet

Chris Davis with Kelly Cooley, Hannah Nazarek, and Kim Jorgenson

Pincher Creek's Dolphins Swim Club participated in the Lethbridge Orcas Swim Meet on Saturday, June 22, ultimately taking First Place for Net Points.

Dolphins medalists included Sarah Sommerfeldt (6&U G Silver), Tyler Sommerfeldt (8&U B Gold), Taylor Liscombe ( 9/10 G Bronze), Maeran Hinch (9/10 G Bronze), Ben Cooley (11/12 B Silver), Jarret Plante (11/12 B Gold), Ryan Plante (13/14 B Silver), Chris Alexander (13/14 B Gold), Hannah Nazarek (17&U G Bronze), and Coach Ardelle Layden (18&O G Silver).

The Dolphins also achieved 69 Personal Best times, including many which were huge improvements over earlier times.

Road Hockey Festival and Minor Hockey Registration to be held June 29

Scene from last years Road Hockey Fest
C. Davis photo
Road Hockey Festival

Pincher Creek's Third Annual Community 4 on 4 Road Hockey Festival will be held on Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Memorial Community Centre Arena.

Registration for this event and waiver forms can be obtained  at Parent Link or Westwind Interiors.  There is a $5.00 per player registration fee.  Completed forms with registration fee can be dropped off to Parent Link 688 Main Street.  Registration cut off is June 27, 2013.

During the Road Hockey Festival there will also be a Free Hockey Equipment Swap where you can bring your old hockey equipment and have it be put to good use for someone else.

Minor Hockey Registration 

Registration for Minor Hockey will also be held June 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the arena lobby and late fees will apply after this date.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TransCanada reopens to public traffic

Government of Alberta press release

Travellers can now access two lanes of the TransCanada Highway as part of an interim solution to open this national highway and provide residents with access in and out of the area.

One lane will be open on both the east and westbound sides of the highway, where gaping holes and rushing flood water existed one week ago. Speed limits will be reduced to 60 kilometres per hour in the area.

Emergency funding for displaced Albertans

Alberta Government press release

Resources have been mobilized to deliver pre-loaded debit cards to people in flood-impacted communities using a staged roll out. The immediate priority is assisting people who are relying on reception centres serving evacuated areas.

“We will ensure that every Albertan who remains displaced is supported and we are working to help those most in need first,” said Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction. “Due to the scale of flood damage, our first focus is providing financial assistance to those in the evacuated High River area.”

Piikani Nation Youth Council hosts 2nd annual Aboriginal Day Powwow

At the 2013 Piikani Aboriginal Day Powwow
C. Davis photos and video
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Piikani Nation Youth Council hosted their second annual Aboriginal Day Powwow at the Piikani Arbor on June 21 and 22.  Calling it the "Honouring  Our Youth Powwow", the event brought many from neighboring nations to meet, compete, and socialize for two days.

Crestview Lodge recreation area project update

John Sinnott in the middle of planned patio behind Crestview Lodge
C. Davis photos
C. Davis and T. Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Crestview Lodge Hobby Club (CLHC) requested gravel from both the MD of Pincher Creek and the Town of Pincher Creek councils recently.  The club was formed by tenants of Crestview Lodge and is a separate entity from the Pincher Creek Foundation, which is the administering body for Crestview Lodge.

Originally the CLHC asked for 5 loads of gravel delivered from the Town of Pincher Creek to create a foundation for the paving of a patio section in the new recreation area being built south of the lodge. A similar request was made to the MD of Pincher Creek and to local gravel and trucking companies.

Halton graduand Lane Crawford going to Germany on Rotary Club exchange

Umzug nach Deutschland: Lane Crawford
C. Davis photo
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Matthew Halton School graduand Lane Crawford is packing his bags for Germany, with the help of the Rotary Club Youth Exchange program.  "We pay for part, Rotary pays for part," he explained.

"I finished, today was my last day," he said Monday, June 24 of his schooling here in Pincher Creek.  Although he will be graduating High School here, he'll be back behind a desk again next semester as part of the program.  "I just go to school.  I do grade 12 again, but the marks don't really matter.  I'm there to meet people my age. I'll just travel around, and learn the culture."

Heritage Acres 2013 Annual Cookout a big success

Heritage Acres
C. Davis photos
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Heritage Acres held their 2013 Annual Cookout on Saturday, June 22.  More than 250 people attended, according to General Manager Bill Kells.  The event was blessed with good weather, despite the flooding going on in other parts of southern Alberta.  Planned horse demonstrations didn't happen , but those in attendance seemed to be enjoying the various exhibits that were open.  Every year the facility shows a marked improvement in quality of displays and customer experience, and this year is no exception.

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