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Even though the federal election on May 2 had ended, there was still one more election which took place in the Strathmore-Brooks constituency this past week. On May 7 Wildrose Alliance members hit the polls yet again to vote in who they want to lead the constituency for their party. The potential candidates were, longtime political enthusiast John Bland, and newcomer Jason Hale. The polls closed at 5 p.m. and at 6:20 p.m. it was released that Hale was the successful candidate. We were confident. With the work that my team and myself have done over the last few months, and the response we were gettingwe were confident, you dont want to seem over confident, said Hale. It shows that the members of the WildRose party, theyre onside with a new face, and new energy. This works hand in hand with our young new party. My family, as I stated before, were a grassroots family in this constituency, and Im very honoured to have the support of the members behind me. Constituency President Don Weisbeck said in a press release its great to have Hale representing the Wildrose Alliance and possibly be the next MLA. It is heartwarming to have a candidate that is prepared to represent his constituents, said Weisbeck. The residents of this riding, and across the province, will no longer tolerate sending Yes men and women to Edmonton. Weisbeck said he thanked Bland, who was certainly a candidate that would make an outstanding representative, and indicated he hopes Bland will lend his experience to help prepare the Wildrose Alliance for the upcoming election. Right after I heard I phoned John and I thanked him for running and said I really enjoyed the experience, and learned a lot through it, and am hoping that we can count on his support as I continue, said Hale. Hale said the immediate future for him is clear, theyre going to continue working, campaigning and building their team and support for the provincial election.

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Spring concert in StandardManny everett Times Contributor Everything was coming up roses when Standard School held its Elementary Spring Concert to a packed house on May 5. The students put on a superb performance with their songs, which centred on nature, creation and new growth - fitting after the long, cold winter the area had this year. Carol McKay and Barb Gregory, who volunteer their time to provide the school with a music program, organized the concert, selecting the songs and then teaching them to the various groups. The evening started and ended with numbers sung by all the K-6 students as one choir. They began the evening en mass singing Sing-A-Ling-A-Ling and Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows. The Kindergarten class had four numbers of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little White Duck and Never Smile at a Crocodile. The littlest ones of the performance are always a great hit with the crowd, as some sing with the music and some sing to their own tunes. Grade 2 student Marley Gregory and Grade 4 student Maren Everett sang The Rainbow Connection. Next came the Grade 1&2 class singing Skip! Skip! Shoo, Fly, Shoo, Mockin Bird Hill and Thunder and Lightning. A sister duet of Erin and Emily Bertsch (Grades 4 and 6) singing Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, entertained the crowd. Both girls take music with Shelby Gregory and sing in the Music Festival in Drumheller. The Grades 3&4 class sang The Ash Grove with the descant being sung prettily by three of the young girls in the class. They then sang When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along and How Beautiful is the Rain. Catrin Thomas, a Grade 7 student who has been coming up the ranks with her music ability, lulled the crowd with the beautiful music of Where the Sea Meets the Sky. A new addition to the performance this year was a show choir consisting of teachers, students beyond the elemen-

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tary grades and members of the community who love to sing. Under the direction of Ed Yu ( Jr. & Sr. High teacher) they performed Singin in the Rain, St. Louis Blues and Danny Boy. It was a nice change of pace from the regular performance and it was obvious that the group was having some fun and enjoyed what they were doing. Grade 9 student Lyndsay Goebel sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Anyone who has been going to the concerts at Standard School can tell how very much her talent has grown and matured over the years. The Grades 5&6 class sang Clouds, Everythings Coming Up Roses and The Snow Begins To Fall. The evening ended with the entire group singing a beautiful song with a gospel feel Take Off Your Shoes and the song made famous by Louis Armstrongs What a Wonderful World. At the end of the evening tokens of appreciation were given to McKay and Gregory for all the devotion and care they have given in making the schools music program such a success.

Raising money for our troopsShannon LeCLair Times Reporter Many people raise money for a charity that means something to them, that has affected them in some way. The Legion previously had done a Shoot for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer until they decided to help an organization that hits a little closer to home for them. The first Shoot, it went to the Breast Cancer Foundation, and then we thought, were a military organizationit should go to them, said Legion President Jenny Schumann. It has just grown in leaps and bounds, weve actually got people phoning us and asking us when its going to be. The proceeds raised from the shoot will be going to the Calgary Family Military Resource Centre, to help support military families in need. Everyone who comes, they all dress in yellow, or in red, to support the troops. Its just such a fun day, some people they go all out, said Schumann. The real winners are the families, the Calgary Resource Centre is the real winner at the end of the day. Last year the Strathmore Legion donated over $2,500 to the Calgary Family Military Resource Centre. Schumann said that when she was in Winnipeg she told members of the Legion what the Strathmore Legion has been doing, and they too will be having a charity dart shoot to raise money for their family resource centre. The shoot takes place on May 14, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and games starting at 11 a.m. They accept 44 teams, and have about 20 signed up to date. Its a $30 fee, and three people per team any combination. To sign up, or to find out more call either Jenny Schumann or Betty Ann Fountain at 403-934-5119. To donate items for the silent auction call Irene Knappe at 403934-2020.

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Strathmore students take part in one act festivalShannon LeCLair Times Reporter Anyone who was at Strathmore High School, SHS, on May 5 might have seen some of the students dressed up or getting their make-up done. The students were heading to Airdrie for the evening to take part in the Zone 5 One Act Play Festival at the Bert Church High School. Its awesome to see what other schools are doing. Its a great opportunity for our students to see what other high school kids are doing, said Paula Richardson, SHS drama/dance teacher. Rather than doing a big production this year, I chose to focus on the one acts, to see if we could get some students to go. I think its going to be an awesome experience. Richardson said its a really good process for the kids because they will see different groups and see what the other high schools are doing. She said often they get to see professional work, but not really much of what the other schools are doing. Deanne Bertsch also teaches drama/ dance at SHS, and had sent a number of her students as well. Her dance and drama students all spent a day at the Mustard Seed in Calgary working with the homeless and wrote their production for the One Act Festival based on their experience. We kind of felt like the homeless people that we met were all there because of bad circumstances and bad decisions, but most of them just had bad luck, said Bertsch. We talked a lot about how life is such a fine balance and its easy to go off that tightrope of life. So that (was) kind of our metaphor for the show. Weve called it a balancing act. The students do a show every semester in their classes, but this is the first show she has ever written with them. Bertschits hard to tell if James McMaster is smiling or serious as he shows off his make up for the One Act Play Festival.

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had taken a class called Devising Theatre, and had loved it so much that she wanted to share it with her students. She said some of it has been a little tough, trying to get students to write their own pieces to perform, but said the students have written some beautiful pieces. The students will present their performance to Strathmore on June 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. at the SHS theatre.

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Annual food drive helps out Wheatland Food BankShannon LeCLair Times Reporter The month of May is often a really tough time for the Wheatland Food Bank, and for the past few years the Jesus of Christ Latter-Day Saints, LDS, church has been running a food drive to help them out. This year students from Strathmore High Schools, SHS, Student Leadership Council, SLC, will be helping with the drive. The food bank said they are always short during the month of May so we felt itd be a good time to do a food drive, said Brooklyn Davidson, a member of the SLC food drive team. Were just taking on the Hillview area. The LDS church is doing the rest of the community. Some of the students knew about the church food drive and had wanted to help out the community in some way. The SLC contacted the church to see how they would be able to help out, and were assigned the Hillview area. Flyers are being distributed in the area, informing residents of what will be happening, and allowing them a chance to prepare to help out. The SLC will be collecting non-perishable items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other items the food bank is usually in need of. They can just leave their food out on their doorstep, and well just come pick it up so we wont have to hassle them, said Davidson. During the Halloween food drive, students were able to fill the back of an SUV thanks to all of the support from residents, and Davidson said they are hoping to collect at least that much again. This involves the whole community, and SLC would really like the community to help out. Were happy to be doing it, and hope to be doing it again next year, said Davidson. The SLC will be collecting donations from Hillview residents on May 14, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to help out can leave the items, with the flyer, on their doorstep and someone will stop by to pick it up. The whole town will be canvassed, and the hope is to be able to provide enough food to the food bank to fill it up until fall.

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ARe yOu A neW CAnAdiAn CiTizen living in STRATHMORe?The Town of Strathmore honors new Canadian Citizens at our Canada Day Celebrations. If you are a new Canadian Citizen, living in Strathmore, and are planning to be in town on July 1st, we would like to hear from you. Contact the Town of Strathmore at 934-3133 and ask for Tammy. We need to hear from you by June 24th, 2011.

SPRing yARd WASTe diSPOSAl - MAy 1 TO 31, 2011To facilitate the removal of yard cleanup, a waste bin is being placed at the recycle facility yard. All spring yard cleanup material can be placed in this bin. 1. No commercial or residential garbage may be put in this bin. 2. No demolition or construction rubble may be put in the bin. 3. All tree and shrub trimmings can be placed in the designated chipping pile. 4. All grass, leaves, and compostable material can be placed in the compost pile. Recycle facility hours effective April 1st to Sept 30th: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ReCyCle FACiliTy PHOne nuMBeR: (403) 934-0087

COMe JOin THe Fun!!!The Town of Strathmore is looking for food vendors for The Canada Celebrations in Lambert Park on July 1st. If you or your organization is interested, please call Tammy at the Town Office (403-934-3133) for further information.Every Spring as the weather warms up, the Town of Strathmore starts the following activities. POTHOle PATCHing During the Spring, potholes develop on paved streets and lanes. STReeT CleAning From early May to the end of September, paved streets are cleaned. You can assist the Town by removing your vehicles from the street, and by sweeping gravel off your driveway before the sweepers arrive. In most residential areas, the cleanup is posted on large signs that are placed beside major traffic routes. TuRF MAnAgeMenT The Town controls weeds on civic parklands from May to September, by mowing, aerating and using herbicides and fertilizers. Large warning signs will be placed at roadway entrances four days prior to herbicide applications. Yellow warning signs will be placed immediately after herbicide application. STReeT RePAiRS From the middle of March to the middle of October, repairs are made to Town sidewalks, curbs, streets and lanes that were excavated by utilities during the winter. line PAinTing From the beginning of May to October, crosswalks and road markings will be painted. *SAFeTy TiPS Please protect yourself, your family as well as Town crews and contractors. Drive safely around construction sites and watch for workers or equipment that could move suddenly in front of you. Ask your children to keep a safe distance from construction sites and street sweepers. Drive cautiously near street sweepers. They move slowly and stir up dust reducing visibility, especially at night. Ride bicycles and motorcycles slowly on loose gravel.

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Irrigations fate has been decidedor has it?shannon LeCLair Times Reporter The irrigation committee has officially been dissolved as many of the councillors feels they have reached the best solution to bringing residential irrigation back. Even though the committee wasnt originally going to be given the chance to speak, Councillor John Rempel made a motion to allow Bob Carver, irrigation committee member, a few minutes to once again present the committees case to council. Carver expressed two points. The first concerned the changes to the water utility rates, which he said has made irrigation seem even more attractive to residents. The second thing he wished to discuss was the report from Jesse Parker, Director of Engineering and Operations for the town: the amount of water being used by the town to water the parks and what the town is required to pay. Carver said the irrigation committee feels the town should pay the bill for the parks being watered. Parker said not all of the parks have access to irrigation, and for some of them there is only a little bit of the park actually being able to be watered through irrigation. Tension was high, with members of the gallery speaking out of turn. Bob Carver doesnt feel like council has actually made a decision, and has instead passed the buck to irrigation users to find a solution. He said he doesnt know how an individual is to know what they have to pay We have no idea what they mean. I know what they think they mean, they would like to see somebody coordinate it for them. Well Im sorry, but they are the coordinators, said Carver. How can you say that a group has to put up this much money without specifying what an individual has to put up. Councillor Rocky Blokland made a motion that the town reinstates the irrigation for 2011, with 80 per cent of the operating costs coming from the users and 20 per cent from the town, by June 15. The users portion works out to approximately $80,000. Even if 650 residents with access to irrigation were to sign up at $100 per person, they would still be shy of the $80,000 mark. EPCOR COntRaCt As part of the EPCOR operations and maintenance contract, every five years out of the 20 years the contract is brought to council for a pricing review. Its an opportunity for the town and EPCOR to review the scope of the work, and look at any pricing changes which might impact the pricing of the contract. In 2010 there were a number of changes to water and wastewater utilities in town, including the decommissioning of the former water treatment plant and the commissioning of the east Calgary waterline and the wastewater treatment plant. Due to the significant changes, over the past year town administration and EPCOR have worked on a pricing exercise for the utilities included in the EPCOR contract. After lengthy meetings, consultations and number crunching the figure of $2,270,734 was brought to council for approval. There were some savings, despite the exuberant number. CitizEn Of thE MOnth Every month a Citizen of the Month is to be nominated. Last month no one was named so at the May 4 council meeting, Councillor Rocky Blokland brought forth his recommendation for April. Blokland nominated Sheila Crispin as the citizen of the month for April. Blokland said he nominated her because she is a tireless, endless motivator on the projects she believes in, especially making the downtown area beautiful. Councillor Dave Hamilton also gave his citizen of the month for May. He picked Robert Breitweiser. Hamilton said Breitweiser is a dedicated member of the Communities in Bloom and Hamilton wants to reward him for all of his hard work in the community. StREEt SwEEPing COntRaCt Street sweeping was to begin on May 2. Due to the snowfall the week prior, it threw them off a little. The equipment was sitting in Sudbury, Ont., at the time of the council meeting, the equipment had been held up by weather out east. Jesse Parker, Director of Engineering and Operations for the town, said the last he had heard, the company would be bringing equipment up from the states to be in town. Street cleaning is now set to begin on May 9.

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Habitat development continues to growshannon LeCLair Times Reporter Essentially every year we try and donate some money to the PHD and lend equipment, said Lariviere. The PHD is a habitat initiative based on the partOn April 27, the Partners in Habitat Development, PHD, were presented with a cheque for $5,000 from the Wheatland nership of different organizations, including the Western Irrigation District, WID. The organizations Conservation and Wildlife Association. We fundraise throughout the community all year long, we work together to establish, and enhance, wildlife have a couple of main events for suppers. A lot of the money habitat within irrigated regions of southern Alberta. Theres a lot of habitat thats kind of incidental that we raise at these suppers we put into conservation, said because of seepage and whatnot that would disClint Bench Times Ad 3.75 x 5:Layoutfor the Wheatland Con- Page 1 Bow Lariviere, Environmental Chair 1 4/28/11 1:09 PM appear because of more efficient canals and pipeservation and Wildlife Association. lines. So were trying to see if we can mitigate for some of that loss through projects along canal right of way and pivot corners on farmers land, things like that, said Rick Martin, Wildlife Projects Manager with the Eastern Irrigation District and PHD member. Since 2002, since the inception of the PHD program in Strathmore, the PHD has been a sort of umbrella corporation to work with the districts. PHD works in the community with the landownThe ers and directly through the irrigation districts, and Grand Opening of Lariviere said it was easier for them to coordinate Bow Bench Retreat! through them. The main idea behind the PHD is to have everyDrop in and learn what Bow Bench Retreat has one working together as a group instead of differto offer, ponder the list of classes and workshops ent groups all doing the same thing, just separately. available! Sign up for a class, workshop or mini retreat It costs money to do the types of things were and learn something new! doing. If everybody works together it makes it a whole lot smoother, said Martin. Refreshments from 10 am to 3 pm. Bring a friend, or family PHD will put trees on any landowners property and enjoy the beautiful scenery looking down over the Bow if they have land they cant use and want to do River Valley while you spend time discovering all that Bow Bench Retreat has to offer. something with. The one thing the PHD does request is that its fenced off so cattle cant trample Quilts by local artisan Lorraine Stangness of Country Creations it, or eat it. will be offered for sale as well as products from Scentsy, Stella What we have found is an awful lot of landown& Dot, Partylite, and Arbone ers like wildlife and want wildlife habitat, an awful just to name a few! lot of them dont know what to do and then they dont have time to do it. So by this partnership, Bow Bench Retreat were able to fund summer students to help actu403.934.3491 ally put it in the ground, said Martin. [email protected] The students will research what types of tree suit 2 k South of Carseland the area, and berry producing shrubs. They arent

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doing farmyard improvements; they are here for wildlife purposes. The first PHD project within Strathmore was in 2002, and since then 32 additional projects have been completed. A total of 53,000 trees and shrubs, and 14 kilometres of fencing projects have been established in the area. There are another 10,000 trees and shrubs to be ordered in 2011. The WID and the Wheatland Conservation and Wildlife Association have been two of the main supporters to the PHD in Strathmore. This year they will be adding a new partner to the program with a project planned for the Severn Dam and associated wetlands in cooperation with Wheatland County. Were always looking for interested landowners that want to get involved, said Erwin Braun, General Manager for the WID. If people are looking to get involved they can join their local Conservation and Wildlife Association, or to find out more about the PHD program, contact the WID at 403-934-3542.

SponSorShip opportunitieSSponsorship is always greatly appreciated and for some organizations its one of the only ways they can keep things going. The Strathmore and District Agricultural Society is a non-profit organization, and to be able to keep offering great things to the Town such as Heritage Days, they rely on the continued support of their sponsors. This year the Ag. Society has a new sponsorship package out to help entice sponsors, while showing all of the different ways to get involved. General Manager for the Ag. Society Darcy Ledene said, people can give them money, which is great, but if they dont activate it and make their sponsorship work for them, than the value isnt there. I didnt really want to do a package, but the demand was there to do it. Its there, but Im working with every sponsor to make sure that its what they need and what they want, said Ledene. Even though its written in a sponsorship package were 100 per cent flexible in making it work for the company. The Ag. Society is dedicated to making sure they work personally with every sponsor to ensure satisfaction. The Ag. Society can do their part but Ledene said the sponsor also has to engage their staff, and company and activate it correctly. Without the help of corporate sponsors, an event like Heritage Days wouldnt work. The minimum sponsorship is $500 upwards to $25,000 or more. Ledenes concern and goal in creating the package is allowing smaller independent businesses a chance to be able to help out, without breaking the budget. Whats important to the company is whats important to Ledene and the Ag. Society staff, and they want to make sure everything works out the best way possible for all parties involved. Ledene said his goal is to bring sponsorship back up around the $200,000 mark where it had been, a few years ago, and knows it may take some time. Sponsorship packages are available online at People can also call the Ag. Society at 403-934-5811, or email [email protected] net. Darcy Ledene signed on with the Ag. Society the middle of last July. Previously he had worked in the financial industry for 11 years, and brings the asset of fiscal responsibility to the table. He has lived in Strathmore for the past seven years, and has made sure hes been an integral part of the community. Ledene has been planning and executing different events for his entire adult life and loves seeing patrons and sponsors have a good time. Ledene said his career change is a step in right direction.

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Strathmore choir heads to provincialsshannon LeCLair Times Reporter The Strathmore Childrens Choir has only been around for three years, and on May 7, they had their second chance to go to Alberta Provincial Music Festival choral competition. It was a lot of fun, the kids had a great time, said Loralee Laycock, musical director and owner of the Strathmore Childrens Choir. She said there were three contestants in their class, the 12 and under provincial national class. Laycock said that is when the adjudicator recommends a choir to provincials with the idea that if they win, they forward on a recording of the performance to the national committee to decide who the best choir in Canada is. Calgary, Edmonton and

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the Strathmore Childrens Choir were the three who were recorded. The group from Calgary won. We really went up for the experience. We figured this is only our third year as a choir, we werent expecting anything except to go up and learn and listen to other kids who were also singing in choirs, said Laycock. Its a really good experience for the kids in our choir to see other people in other places who are doing the same thing that they do and loving what they love to do. It was good for them to see what they could accomplish one day if they keep working really hard. Next year the group plans to start a Grade 7 to 12 choir for students who may want to continue singing after elementary school. Laycock said they are just going to start it and see what happens.

Brentwood elementary School sent 73 students to edmonton on May 7 to participate in the Alberta Provincial Music Festival choral competition.

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Brentwood choir share provincial experienceshannon LeCLair Times Reporter Brentwood Elementary Schools senior choir was in Edmonton on May 7 to take part in the Alberta Provincial Music Festival choral competition. There were 73 students participating from the school. It was really fun, and we had a great time. Its fun to just travel there, sing, and we got to go to McDonalds too, said Logan Schoepp, one of the choir members. I liked everything, everything was really fun, said Brooklyn Shea, another choir member. There were nine choirs from all over Alberta. There were supposed to be 10, but one of them had to drop out. Brentwood sang ninth and their singing level was high. I thought we did really good, if not amazing, said Ayden Fisk, choir member. I think everybody else did as well as we did, said Caleb Stone, choir member. Kathie Zakresky was the accompanist, and had said to music teacher Carolyn Steeves that the choir had done really well. Sydney Taylor said one of the worst parts was waiting to sing. All of the choir members answered with a loud, resounding yes, about going back again next year, if given the chance.

Helping Strathmore be a little more litter freeStaff from Chinook Credit Union decided they really wanted to give back to the community. On May 4, they could be seen along George Freeman Trail, collecting litter along the side of the highway. This was the first time the company had organized a highway clean up, but they all said it is something they plan to do again next year. Shannon LeClair Photos

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: BY-LAW # 11-16The purpose of Bylaw #11-16 is to amend Land Use Bylaw #89-20 by amending Section 61 as follows: Section 61(4)(b)(i) of the Town of Strathmore Land Use Bylaw #89-20 is hereby amended to read: (b) No person shall allow: (i) A Commercial Vehicle or a Recreational Vehicle in a front yard for longer than 24 hours in any 168 hour period, except as noted in Section 61(4)(c) and Section 61(4)(d); The following text is added to Section 61(4) as 61(4)(d):

(d) The provisions of Section 61(4)(b)(i) may be relaxed at the discretion of the Development Authority during the usual camping season, being the period from the Friday of the Victoria Day long weekend in May through and including the Monday of the Labour Day long weekend in September of each year, provided the requirements of Section 61(4)(b)(ii) are satisfied. A copy of the proposed Bylaw may be inspected by the public during regular office hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday at the Strathmore Municipal Building. Please contact the Planning department at 403-934-3133 if you would like an opportunity to review and provide input on the proposed amendments prior to the Public Hearing. The Public Hearing will be held at the Council Chambers, Strathmore Municipal Building, 680 Westchester Road, on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011, commencing at 7:30 pm with procedures in accordance with the Town of Strathmore Council Procedural Bylaw #07-11 and amendments thereto. Any person or group of persons, or person acting on his or their behalf, who claims to be affected by any or all of the proposed bylaws may present suggestions or concerns by making a submission to the public hearing. Written submissions to the Public Hearing or the name of any person wishing to make an oral presentation at the Public Hearing must be received by the Planning and Development Department prior to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 as outlined in Bylaw #07-11 and amendments thereto. If your written submission is not received by this time, please provide fifteen (15) copies for distribution at the Public Hearing. Each person wishing to address Council at the Public Hearing shall complete their verbal presentation within five minutes. Please note that written submissions will become public documents once submitted to the Town, unless otherwise requested. Tammy Henry, M.PL, RPP, MCIP Director of Planning and Development

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Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where youve spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails they use to get around. Draw a line of chalk or sprinkle baby powder across the spot where the ants are entering your home. Talcum powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is a natural ant repellent. Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden and around the outside of your house. Ants are repelled by the scent given off by the grounds; and incidentally, so are cats. Leave the peelings in areas of known ant activity. Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on, and therefore avoided by the ants. Sprinkle cinnamon, mint, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves or garlic whichever one you happen to have in the area where youve seen ants and along your homes foundation. Bay leaves can also be placed in cabinets, drawers and containers to further deter those pesky critters Take 2 tablespoons of borax, 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and boil it for 3 minutes. It will reduce down and become clear and thick when it cools. Place some in a small lid or just place some dime-sized blobs wherever you see ants. They love this stuff and within a few minutes you will have a cluster of ants consuming their last meal. It will not kill them right away but the idea is for them to take it to their queen and it will kill her, then most of the ants will disappear. (Keep away from pets and children). Kill ants by making a solution of about a tablespoon boric acid a little sugar and water. Soak a cotton ball into the solution and place the cotton ball in the path of the ants. Make sure the cotton ball stays moist. The ants will be drawn to the sweet solution and take a drink. Apply boric acid outside your home around the foundation. This will help to kill ants on their way in. (As an insecticide, boric acid acts as a stomach poison for ants, cockroaches, silverfish and termites, and is most commonly used in a bait formulation containing a feeding attractant or as a dry powder. The powder can be injected into cracks and crevices, where it forms a fine layer of dust. Insects travel through the powder, which adheres to their legs. When the insects groom themselves, they ingest the poison, which causes death due to starvation and dehydration 3-10 days later. As long as the material is not allowed to become wet, its continuous presence ensures that hatching insects are exposed and die as well. Many insecticidal formulations contain a desiccant to protect the boric acid from air- borne moisture. These formulations can be effective for more than a year).

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Letters to the editor

Irrigation issue a major concernTo the Editor In the three and a half years that I have been a Town Councillor, I can think of no other issue which has caused more angst and emotion than residential irrigation. The issue seems simple start the pumps that are in existence and begin pumping water from the WID canal (which runs through Strathmore) to residents for their use in the summer months. The concept of using irrigation water rather than potable one is environmentally sound, and has always been supported in theory. The issue becomes complicated when one takes into account: In 2009, Council of the day decided to suspend the use of Irrigation, based on the fact that all Strathmore property-owners (approx. 4200) were supplementing the irrigation system and that, in that year, half of all the money the 627 users paid had to be returned because the system performed so poorly (infrastructure issues resulting in numerous breaks and low pressure). In early 2011, in an effort to determine exactly what kind of support for this system existed amongst the potential 1100 users (approx. number of residences with access to irrigation), Town Administration invited those users to deposit $100 with the Town of Strathmore, as a clear indication that they were interested and willing to invest in this system. 94 commitments were received by the cut-off date of April 15. In an effort to clearly support the possible future use of Residential Irrigation, previous council recommended and agreed to the formation of an Irrigation Committee. Clearly, this dedicated group spent many hours analyzing many aspects of water use in Strathmore. Many, many man hours were spent by Town staff in an effort to assist their efforts. The result was the 2010 Residential Irrigation Advisory Committee Final Report and Recommendations. There are areas of this report I do not agree with. The whole concept of negative-option billing (a practice in which goods or services are provided automatically, and the customer must either pay for the service or specifically decline it in advance of billing) is currently outlawed in the Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, and was the subject of a Parliamentary Bill in early 2011 (abandoned because of the federal election but destined to resurface). As well, using 2011 as an assessment year will not provide new information the system is old, was not installed correctly and is in need of a great deal of funds (approx. $800,000 to repair and rejuvenate, and two or three times that to replace). It was my hope that this committee would provide Council with a plan for the future, and secretly even hoped that they would offer to take the system over as a Cooperative. Personally (I do not speak for other Council members), I would support turning all rights and equipment pertaining to irrigation over to such a group, who would also then have the opportunity to access environmental grants etc. No such offer has been made. As a Councillor, I must avoid being swayed by the vocal minority. It was evident that the proponents of residential irrigation at our last Council meeting (May 4) were not happy with Councils decision that this system be user pay, in spite of the fact that this was one of their own recommendations. Although the threats and insults I have received from some proponents of irrigation are hurtful, I was voted in as a Councillor based on a number of promises including fiscal responsibility. Potential irrigation users make up approximately 26 per cent of the residences in Strathmore and I cannot believe that the other 74 per cent want their tax dollars going towards a project that they cannot use. P.S. - Rain barrels are a reasonable alternative to using potable water for gardening and are available at a very reasonable price at the Towns Recycle Yard. Councillor Bob Sobol, Town of Strathmore

Safety concerns Pet Expos No. 1 priorityTo the Editor We would like to take this opportunity to respond to some questions we have had as to why the public was not allowed to bring their pets into the Strathmore Pet Expo. This was really not our decision to make. There are many regulations in place to protect the public and the animals in these situations. We were very fortunate that the Town of Strathmore and the wonderful folks at the Civic Center worked with us to even allow the vendors to bring their animals in. The vendors had a legal waiver which they had to sign as they were responsible for their pets and ensuring their pets were current on all vaccinations, medical checks, etc. Our veterinarian was consulted over any concerns before approval was granted. Health Services was very accommodating in educating us on what we could and could not do and I ensure you all the guidelines given to us were followed. We were fortunate to have Teresa Fuchs, from animal control on hand should we have any situations arise. We know that most pet owners are responsible and are in control of their pets. However, in a different environment with other animals and large crowds of people they could become frightened or stressed. For their protection and the protection of everyone it is necessary to maintain a level of control. We are very thankful that to the Town of Strathmore for allowing us to host and showcase this event. We have done a lot of research in the past few months and were told by other venues and municipalities that they could never allow such an event to be held as various factors including allergies and liability issues forbid them from allowing animals into their facilities under any circumstances. The Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton & Vancouver Pet Expos also do not allow the public to bring their pets. Thank you again to everyone for your understanding and most of all for your support. See you next year! Melissa Crispin-Piche and Melissa David

Kevin Sorenson Re-Elected to 41st ParliamentFrom the office of Kevin SorenSon Kevin Sorenson expresses his thanks to voters in the Crowfoot constituency for their strong electoral support on May 2 in Election 2011. I am truly grateful for this vote of confidence and promise to continue to do my utmost as the Crowfoot Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, Sorenson says. I look forward to representing the people of Crowfoot in the 41st Parliament under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The challenges in minority parliaments are huge and we have looked forward to governing from a majority position. I am privileged to have this opportunity in my career after having served in the Official Opposition in my early years as your MP and in the previous three restrictive minority parliament situations. Our Conservative government intends to continue to build on our efforts to protect and create jobs; help hard-working Canadians and their families; grow Canadas economy; reduce the federal budgetary deficit and eliminate it; and strengthen Canadas criminal justice system by placing the rights of victims first. Our efforts are aimed at delivering more for seniors, more for families with children, and more for our communities. While the economy remains our priority, I want issues including the scrapping of the failed and costly long gun registry and changes to the Canadian Wheat Board brought forward soon, Sorenson says. For the fourth time in a row the Crowfoot constituency has registered at the top of Elections Canadas list for the strongest percentage of electoral support for a candidate. The five-time elected MP for Crowfoot takes it all in stride saying, It is an honour to represent constituents with such a strong political voice. All across our vast geographical constituency - from the larger towns to our most remote corners - we share the same fiscally and socially responsible views. We have a firm understanding of the kind of local communities and neighborhoods we want to build to raise our families. We recognize our shared values across our province and we want to contribute a measure of our success and Alberta know-how in Canadas federal legislature. That is my job and I pledge to continue to serve with hard work, dignity and integrity.

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Festival of Music 2011Shannon LECLair Times Reporter The Festival of Music is an annual event designed to lend opportunity especially to music students and their teachers to perform, sharing their talents with their families, friends and the community. Although it not a competition, this program supports striving to do our best, and to enjoy and appreciate our own level of accomplishment at any age and at any stage of learning. Over the years the program has had the opportunity to present many artistic genres, vocals, instrumentals, dance, solos, ensembles, etc. The number of participants on the program has been as many as 56! Dues to the element of time, it has been the experience that approximately 30 35 participants is most appreciated. The program also provides exposure for the teachers and others involved in musically affiliated endeavors in our community and surrounding area, and an opportunity to get to know each other in our mutual questthe LOVE OF MUSIC ! The evening is enjoyed in an organized yet relaxed atmosphere with entertainment for everyone!. This year the Festival of Music will be held on Thursday May 19th at 7:00 pm at the Strathmore Alliance Church. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Admission is free, with an opportunity to donate nonperishable food items to the food back or monetary donation towards a much needed Arts Centre in Strathmore. Anyone wishing to be on the program please contact Kathie Zakresky 934-5477.

At 1:40 a.m. on March 22 a fire raged through a home at the corner of Briarwood Road and Briarwood Crescent in Strathmore. Four neighbouring homes were evacuated for the safety of Keeping the the occupants due to the severity of the fire and wind direction. The occupants of the residence community clean where the fire started were not home at the time. A second residence next to the first, was damOn Saturday May 7, the Stanaged by the fire. dard 4-H Sheep Club tookpart in a huge highway cleanup. A total of 34 people (21 kids and 13 adults) cleaned up the perimeter of the highways between the 561 and the 564 on the 840. Great to see the kids care about their communities and their environment and learning some lifelong skills of being great stewards of the places where they live. Blake Reinhardt (l), Cassidy Reinhardt, Adelle ellis, Kylee Hebbes and Landon Hebbes .

Manny Everett PhotoMoms were celebrated once again by the Gleichen Fire Department at their annual Mothers Day breakfast on May 8. Left photo: Barb and Richard Clarke (Fire Chief) presenting mom and grandmother, long time resident Ivy Bogustie a picture of the local water tower which she was instrumental in bringing to Gleichen. Her son Richard Bogustie and granddaughter Allison were part of the presentation. Right photo: Rick Clarke giving his mom (Barb Clarke) her Mothers Day breakfast at the arena in Gleichen Sunday morning.


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Gleichen keeps their Mothers Day tradition goingManny EvErEtt Times Contributor It might not have been breakfast in bed, but the Gleichen Fire District treated moms with a breakfast fit for a queen on Sunday morning at their arena. The Gleichen Fire Department Volunteers served up pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, eggs, hashbrowns and toast to a number of hungry moms and their families. They have been putting on this breakfast every year for the last four years, which was started by a dispatcher for the department Barb Clarke. The fire department members share the responsibilities of cooking the breakfast and serving and welcoming moms to this event. The breakfast is free to moms and family members have to pay for their meal. There are many sponsors and donors for the event to help cover the costs. Barb Clarke and Jerry Heine (Officer) made everyone welcome as they came into the arena. All moms were presented with a coffee mug and Lindt Chocolates to take home as well as entering their names into the door prizes for the morning. There were door prizes for every mom with a ticket by the end of the morning. The main door prize was a gold necklace and charm with mom engraved on it. All the doorprizes were donated by local merchants and merchants from Strathmore who have contributed for the last couple of years. Richard Clarke (Fire Chief) also donated some of his beautiful framed photos for some of the door prizes. Barb Clarke makes all the baskets herself and is dedicated to making this a great event. In the middle of the morning, a special presentation was made to a special mom, Mrs. Ivy Bogustie, for all of her community work that she has done through the years. Bogustie was instrumental in bringing the water tower to then the Town of Gleichen. She is also actively involved in the cemetery and memorial committees in town. The presentation was made to her by son Richard Bogustie (who also happens to be a volunteer fire fighter for the community), grandaughter Allison and Richard and Barb Clarke. The presentation included not only the kind words of thanks to Bogustie but a framed picture of the water tower for her to take home, taken by Clarke. It was a fabulous morning with a great breakfast and wonderful event that has been getting bigger every year.

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Waiting to welcome new studentsTrinity Lutheran Christian Academy held the first of their two open houses, welcoming parents to see what the school has to offer. Principal Harold Warr (l), Vanessa Vetterl, Sheila Nuefeld and Judy Milbak, were just some of the staff members waiting to greet parents.

the corner of Briarwood Road and Briarwood Crescent in Strathmore. Four neighbouring homes were evacuated for the safety of the occupants due to the severity of the fire and wind

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direction. The occupants of the residence where the fire started were not home at the time. A second residence next to the first, was damaged by the fire.

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Exceeding their goalShoppers Drug Mart held their Mothers Day Pink Gala on May 5 as a way to appreciate mothers, while raising money for the Weekend to end Womens Cancers. Deb Munk and Cherly Polzin are taking part in the walk and their initial goal was to raise a minimum of $2,500. Already the woman have raised over $5,000 through their fundraising efforts at the store, with approximately $1,000 of that raised during the gala.


Holy Trinity honours membersThe Holy Trinity Christian Academy made a couple of presentations during their service on May 4 at the school. Principal Harold Warr presented David Limb for the exceptional number of minutes read during the recent Reada-Thon. Limb read for 1575 minutes over a 10-day period. The second place person was Stephanie Limb with 1451 minutes and the third place in minutes read was Breanna ediger with 1260. The total minutes read by the school was an amazing 16,400 minutes. A portion of the funds raised through this read-a-thon was put toward the purchase of an ActiveBoard for a classroom in the school. Ward then congratulated teacher Sheila Neufeld for receiving a nomination for an excellence in Teaching Award. The nomination came from a parent and was endorsed by Mr. Warr with his recommendation. Finally, Warrs class was the recipient of an ActivBoard. Student Vanessa Bolinger won the Aggie Days poster contest for Division 2 students and with her win the school

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Busy spring for Crowfoot Multi 4-H ClubShaylene Magwood Crowfoot Multi 4-H ClubCrowfoot Multi got right back to work after the Easter break, having their general meeting on May 2. We elected people to thank the judges and lead our Achievement day. Our Madam Chairpersons are Billi Comstock, Kaylen Morgan, Alicia Magwood and Toni Comstock. The thank-you to the judges will be presented by Kaity Stewart with many more people bringing gifts. Sponsors will be thanked by Sydney Berreth. And our thank-you to the project leaders for Archery will be Matthew Link, Dog Agility will be Sonia Pagenkoft, Scrapbooking is Kendal Russel and finally Sewing will be Shaylene Magwood. Our thank-you to the parents will be done by Dontee Baptiste and for our general leader will be thanked by Rebecca Madden and Sonia Pagenkoft. The 4-HY exchange group for our club had a meeting at May 4, at 7 p.m. hosted by Margo Comstock. There they assigned positions for their meetings to come. On May 7, our club participated in a high-way clean-up off of the 13 mile corner. After cleaning up 27 kilometres of ditches, they later had a hot dog lunch. A reminder that our Achievement day will be on May 14 at the Lammles building in Strathmore. Set up will be on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The day will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday; you must have your record book completed, a display with our theme of 4-H goes to the library and any of the projects you have made(archery with their arm guards, sewing with the projects they made for the year as well as scrapbooking) and Dog agility must have a crate for your dog. There will be no place to sit so you should bring a lawn chair to sit in while the demonstrations are going on. There will be a potluck so please bring enough for the people and a little bit extra just to make sure the judges are fed. The next meeting for the exchange group was on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Magwoods house.

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Standard Sheep Club gives back to the communityduStin wolfS Standard 4-H Sheep ClubOn Saturday, May 7, the Standard 4-H Sheep Club participated in the highway clean-up. We picked up garbage and even had some fun (there are a lot of mice out there)! After the clean-up, we had lunch and held our monthly meeting outside the arena. Sheep shearing will be on the weekend of May 14 and you can take your sheep to either Palssons, Ellis or Millettes. The show and sale will be on Saturday, June 11, at the Rockyford Arena. Show time is 9 a.m. and the sale will start at 3 p.m. Set-up will be on Thursday, June 9. The District/Club Heifer Show will be held on Sunday, June 26, in Strathmore. Landon Hebbes gave a report on the Regional Funday that was held in Strathmore. Sounds like everyone had a good time. The 4-H on Parade sheep show will be on Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. in the Producers Tent at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Provincial Sheep Show/Provincial 4-H Beef Heifer Show/Summer Synergy will be on July 13-15 in Olds. The sheep mini show will be on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. before the meeting. The steer/heifer mini show/grooming clinic date still needs to be arranged by the members. For the next meeting, please bring any ideas you have (along with the price) for our wind-up party and also bring your diaries to go thru and make sure its all up to date. See you on June 5!

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Happening?Royal Canadian Legion For information regarding hall rentals, darts and crib, please call 403.934.5119 Strathmore Elks Lodge #491 meets 3rd Tuesday at the Strathmore Curling Club 6:30 pm. Steak Supper at 7 pm. New Members welcome. Call Greg 403-888-6155. MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays 9:30am 11:30am at the Strathmore Alliance Church. Babysitting available for ages 0 - 6. For more information call Jennifer at 403-934-5799 or visit Strathmore Parent and Tot Playgroup, meets every Thursday at 9:30 - 11:30 am. in the Strathmore United Church Basement. For more information call Tammy at 403-983-7284 or Ali at 403-934-2089. $1 per child Strathmore District Health Services Auxiliary Meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month @ 1:30 pm, (excluding July & August). Lower level Conference Room at the Strathmore Hospital. New members welcome. For more info please call 403-934-4436 Strathmore & District Chamber of Commerce meets the third Monday of the month @ 7:00 p.m. All members welcome. Check web page for meeting location. For more information call 403-901-3175 or Come Fly With Us 903 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Sqn. Meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm at the blue building and Quonset on the Ag grounds. Boys & Girls welcome between 12 & 19 years. Call Joanna Howard at 403-983-5796 for more information. HIV Edmonton providing support, education and advocacy for those infected with, affected by or at risk of HIV and AIDS for 25 years. Go to or call toll free 1.877.388.5742. TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly Want to Lose Those Unwanted Pounds?? Need support to reach your goal? We are here for you! We meet every Thursday at 6:30 pm @the Anglican Church. Contact Melissa @ 403-901-1566 or Lynne @ 403-934-4359 to join our journey to a fitter you. The Hope Bridges Society Board meetings held the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at #3-236-3rd. Avenue. Please visit our website at or contact us at [email protected] Meals on Wheels is available in Strathmore. For information or to obtain this service please contact Wheatland FCSS at 403-934-5335. Strathmore FASD Parent Support Group at the Strathmore United Church. For more info call Pam @652-4776. Strathmore Caregiver Support Group This is an opportunity for caregivers to find support and benefit from interaction with others in a similar situation. For more information or to register call Amy Yaneza at 403-361-7176. Sunday School for All Ages: Lord of All Lutheran Church offers Christian Education opportunities for ages 3 years to adult, on Sunday Mornings. All are Welcome! For more information please call Margo Sevick 403-901-2044 or call the Church Office at 403-934-2374. Wheatland Conservation & Wildlife Association (Your local fish & game club). Meetings 2nd Thursday every month, 7:30pm at the Clubhouse. Call Larry at 403-934-4388 for more information. Wheatland Rural Crime Watch. Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each Month. Featuring guest speakers. For more information call 403-934-4055. Strathmore Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday at the Strathmore Civic Centre at 6:45 pm. Strathmore Country Gardens Club Meetings at least once per month. Tours, guest speakers, workshops and much more included in a membership. $20 single, $30 family. For more information visit or phone Linda Pekrul 403-901-0017. Free Tree for all New Born Babies Attention all infants remind your parents to register your birth so a tree can be planted commemorating your birth in the Chinook Credit Union Birth Forest in Strathmore. Registration Forms are available at the Town office, Chinook Credit Union and Health Unit. (A Communities in Bloom Project)


Whats happening is a free weekly community calendar. if you are a non-profit group and have a special event you would like to promote, please email your information to [email protected] or call 403-934-5589 or fax 403-934-5546 and we will include your information on this weekly Community page. Due to space restrictions, please keep information to a minimum.

Strathmore Masonic Lodge #53 meets the first Monday of each Month at 7:30 p.m. Call Glen at 403-901-6038. Website: Adult Competitive Volleyball at Crowther Memorial Junior High in the gym every Wednesday from 7-9 pm Contact is Lavern Lein 403-934-4646. Strathmore Regional Victim Services Society needs community members to be Advocates (volunteers). Training is provided. Contact Victim Services through the RCMP Detachment at 403-934-6552 Strathmore Homeschool Familes. Any Strathmore and Area familes that are homeschooling are invited to join our Yahoo Group. groups. Healing Rooms, open for prayer Mondays from 7 to 9 pm. at the Harvest Healing Centre at 115A-3rd. Avenue in Strathmore. Everyone is Welcome. Strathmore Full Gospel Church Were a Pentecostal Bible based family church that has something for all ages. Call 934-2225 or visit SENIORS 50+HAPPY GANG, General Meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 1:15. For more information call 403-901-2377. Strathmore Musical Arts Society, If you love music and musicians and have a special soft spot for the Blues, you would enjoy being part of this group. Call 403-934-4196 or 403-6807721 to get on our phone or email list and be notifies about meetings and upcoming events. Kidz 1st Network Parent Link Centre, We offer programs for children (0 6 yrs.) and their parents (caregivers) Strathmore Drop-In Program Stay & Play Mondays 10:00 12:00 and Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 and 4:30 to 8:30. For a list of all other programs, please visit our website at: All programs are free. Please call 983-0016 for program details.

Upcoming Special a social get together for those 55+ to prepare and have a group lunch and take home a second portion. Cost is $5.00 per session from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays ~ May 27, June 3. To register call Betty-Anne, Volunteer Coordinator with Bridging the Gap at (403) 901-7811.

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TasTy, healThy & BudgeT Friendly Programis a social get together for those who want to learn and exchange information with Greta Kubis, Community Nutritionist. Sessions are from 1 to 2 pm on Fridays ~ June 3 - Weight Management with Medications.Sessions are FREE, but pre-register by calling Growing Families Society at (403) 361-7216.

auThor Talkat the Strathmore Municipal Library, Saturday May 14 1-3pm. Join Calgary landscaper and author Laureen Rama to learn about simple steps to creating an eco-friendly yard. Laureen will be available to sign her new book Eco-yards: Simple steps to earth-friendly landscapes. For more information please call the library 403-934-5440 or visit our website at

Thursday May 19, @ 7:00pm. Strathmore Alliance Church. Call Kathie Zakresky at 403-945-5477 for more information.

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Saturday, May 28, at noon. In front of and sponsored by Rockys Bakery & Hidden Secrets, 126/128 2nd Ave. Strathmore.

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sTraThmore high sChool ParenTs sPonsored grad BanqueTis looking for Grade 11 Parent Volunteers to help during dinner on May 28. Please contact Janet at 403-934-3517 or email at [email protected] if youre interested. is holding a bottle drive on Saturday May 14, 8:30 noon and Friday, June 3, starting at 6:30pm to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Call David Airth 403-934-2503 if they wish to help or email [email protected]

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June 4 at Speargrass Golf Course. Proceeds directly benefit the children in the Public Alternative Montessori Program at Wheatland School. Tournament will be followed by a prime rib dinner, entertainment, silent auction, and prizes for everyone regardless of golf skill! For more information please contact Trina Lloyd at 403-901-0516.

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FirsT annual home Based Business Trade FairJoin us in making this fundraiser for Relay for Life a success. And see what home-based businesses are here in town. June 4th 2011 from 10 - 3 at the Ag grounds Quonset. For more information please call Kristel Lang @ 403-901-1309 or email her at [email protected]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 (doors open at 5pm), at the Strathmore Civic Centre. No Age Limit!! Deadline for entries is July 15 @ noon. Call Judi at 403-934-5737 or 403-361-0808

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Yard & GardenStrathmore TimeSYou dont need a green thumb to enjoy a great-looking yard and garden this spring. Just look at our Yard & Garden guide. Bursting with great ideas and valuable advice regarding all things green. Check out the local businesses for great plant selections and yard ideas. Let them plant the seeds of inspiration.

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some perennials that can be added to the garden: * lavender * ornamental grasses * asters * chrysanthemums * irises * poppies * milkweed * goldentufts * anemones * columbines * daylilies * peonies * hostas Once perennials are in place, there is relatively minimal maintenance that is required. The tune-ups that may be needed are some deadheading to promote new and stronger growth and some cleaning up after winter before the new blooming season takes place. Once the early spring season arrives and the ground is not too muddy or rain-soaked, clear out any leaves and debris that have gathered around where perennials are located. Gardeners can also till the mulch or soil in these areas to aerate the planting beds.

Lets Plant in the Shade

One of the most common questions we are asked at the Garden Centre and our Garden Shows is What can I plant in a shaded area of my garden? There are many shade loving plants to choose from to emphasize leaf colour and break up the monotony of green in the garden from spring through fall. Other attributes to look for include colourful branches and berries in winter. Here are the Favourite Five of the perennial, shrub and annual groups suited for shadeLadys Mantle- Spring blooming with chartreuse flowers. The tone of the lime green foliage stands out from other green leaved plants. Children would be interested to see water droplets bead on the leaves after the rain. Height 45cm Spread 45cm. Garden Astilbe- Feathery flowers with colours ranging from pink, red, white rose-purple and peach give a wispy texture in summer. Prefers a moist soil and depending on the cultivar height ranges are 30cm-60cm and spread 40cm-75cm. Hosta- The king of the shade garden. Its difficult to pass by this perennial without adding a new and different Hosta to the collection. Its no wonder, with so many different colours in solid or two tone variegated leaves to choose from. This plant creates the best mounding structure in the shade garden. Height ranges from 50-120cm to spread 60-150cm Coral bells- This is a wonderful plant to edge along the garden bed with a varied choice of leaf colour from chocolate-purple to silvery leaves with darker veining. Height ranges 30 cm60cm and spread is 30-45cm. Globeflower- Globe shaped attractive orange flowers from spring to summer. Prefers a moist soil. Height-90cm spread 60cm

PerenniaLS: These perennials create varied leaf texture and colour.

Dogwood- This shrub is the perfect all season contrast plant. The Ivory Halo in summer has variegated foliage with sharp white margins on each leaf. In fall the flaming red leaves of Red Osier and Siberian dogwood come alive. In winter the twigs provide interesting contrast with reds, yellows or purples to stand out against the snow. These shrubs range in Height and Spread from .75m to 2m Burning Bush- Each cultivar of the Euonymus genus is uniquely different from the other. The Turkestan has bright pink seedpods. The Winged Burning Bush has a bright florescent fall colour. Some have variegated leaves with ivory margins like Ivory Jade or Golden Prince. Height ranges from 0.5m to 1.75m and spread 1m Hydrangea- These round large flowers in various shades of white or pink tinged are irresistible in the shade garden. Hydrangea prefers moist environment. Annabelle and Pee Gee Hydrangea are the hardiest for our area. Height 1m and spread 1m. False Spirea - The fern-like leaves have a tropical look with striking fall colour and will grow anywhere in moist or dry shade. The flowers are airy white plumes. Give this one lots of space to grow. Height and spread 2m Viburnum- This family of shrubs have berries that attract the birds, vibrant fall colour and white flowers in spring. Heights range from 0.6m to3m and spread from 0.6m to 2.5m

ShrubS: Providing larger structure and interest in many ways with foliage, flowers and berries for the birds

Gardening is often seen as an art form to men and women with a green thumb. Once the landscape is designed, homeowners may not want to change much from year to year. That is where perennial plants can be an advantage. Designing a landscape and keeping the garden looking beautiful can take a keen eye. It also may require a lot of time and commitment. If home gardeners have to replant items year after year, gardening can become timeconsuming and expensive. Turning to perennial plants and flowers to serve as the anchor for a home garden can make the process easier. Perennials are plants that live indefinitely. In terms of flowering plants, perennials will bloom every year. In essence, they have the staying power of shrubbery but are more delicate in nature and often appealing to the eye. There are perennials for every season, soil type and sun exposure. Perennials come in a wide variety of blooming flowers or attractive foliage. Chances are if a homeowner wants to add perennials to the garden, there is a variety available that will fit his or her needs. Here are

Perennials are a gardeners friend

Using shears, cut down any dead grasses, stems and stalks from spent perennials that overwintered. Remove any dead wood and broken branches. Be careful not to trim spring-blooming shrubs because some flowers bloom on year-old stems and this can cause the plant not to flower. Perennials that arent flowering as well as they used to or have dead centers may need to be divided to promote stronger growth. This should be done in early spring before the plant blooms or late fall before the winter arrives. Dividing plants and replanting not only grows the garden, but also it is a healthy revitalization for the plant. Gardeners who prefer to take a laid-back approach to gardening may appreciate the ease with which a beautiful and easy-to-maintain landscape can be created with perennials.


Begonias Tuberous- These large double flowers add the Wow factor to shaded areas in the landscape, planter or hanging basket. Bright Colours of red, yellow, pink and orange. Coleus- Vibrant hot, bold red, orange or lime-green leaves added to the shade planter or shade garden. Lobelia- Both mounding and trailing habits work well in the garden or planter. Multiple, profuse blooms in White, blue, lavender and lilac. Pansy- Large flowers in an array of colours from blue, rose, orange, purple to white or yellow and blotched mixes. This plant will put up with some cooler weather and even light frosts lasting well into fall. Bacopa- Grows in both partial shade or sun but tends to dry out in full sun. Numerous white single flowers cover the entire plant. Trailing 20 cm

annuaLS: Add a splash of colour to a planter or fill in perennial bed

Your shade garden need not be a challenge. Instead, create your shady nook to read and reflect or a nice restful area to sit and relax away from the hot sun. Make it your own retreat and enjoy! Jennifer Seafoot Eagle Lake Nurseries Garden Centre

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