Reflections

Reflections
By Bonnie Hutchinson
 
New 5-Second Rule
 
As you’re reading this, the snow may have melted.
“It’s November, right?” I muttered, looking at an inch of snow on the ground. The thick falling snow obscured everything else–except the pathetic frozen patio flowers. Headline (I’m not making this up): “Forecast snow he said, weeping.”
Sept. 13. Sigh. It was the perfect context to stumble across a story about the 5-Second Rule. I heard a 5-Second Rule years ago. That rule says if you drop food on the floor, but pick it up in less than five seconds, it’s okay to eat it. Germs won’t have time to do anything bad.
I have never believed that 5-Second Rule, even though two health practitioners have told me it’s valid. The idea of eating food dropped on the floor is just too gross for me. I expected the story called “The 5-Second Rule” to be about that. But it wasn’t.
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This 5-Second Rule was discovered by Mel Robbins when her life was spiraling downwards.
Through a series of unfortunate events Mel wasn’t working. Her husband’s pizza restaurant had won awards and looked successful on the outside, but he was working long hours just to keep it afloat. They were struggling for money and had to accept a loan from her dad to pay their mortgage.
Mel had begun drinking in the evenings. Her confidence and self-esteem were at an all-time low.
She didn’t want to get up in the mornings. When the alarm went off she felt dread and kept pressing snooze. Her family’s mornings became frantic. Her three children didn’t have essential items in their school bags and would miss their school bus. Mel thought she was failing her kids, and felt even worse about herself. Every night Mel would say, “Tomorrow I will get up on the first ring of the alarm.” She knew if she could just do that, her whole day would be better. Yet no matter how good her intentions were, come morning she would press snooze again.
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Then one evening on TV, Mel saw a rocket being launched into space. She heard the countdown: “5-4-3-2-1 launch!” “That’s it!” she thought, “When the alarm rings tomorrow, I will say 5-4-3-2-1 and launch myself out of bed.”
It worked! And the next day and the next after that.
Mel couldn’t quite believe that something so simple was helping. However, she started to say 5-4-3-2-1 before everything she wanted to do: finding work; not arguing with her husband; drinking less. Her husband noticed the positive changes and asked her what she was doing differently. He tried the 5-Second Rule and it worked for him too. Then their friends started to use it and they also found it powerful.
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When Mel did a TEDx talk, she mentioned the 5-Second Rule towards the end of her talk and it went viral. People tweeted and emailed her their victories as a result of using the 5-Second Rule.
Mel decided to research why it was effective.
When someone has an idea to do something big or small (start a business, get off the sofa), there’s always a moment of hesitation. In that moment your brain tries to talk you out of it, coming up with problems or reasons not to take action.
Then you feel defeated and stay in your comfort zone. However, when you have an idea or intention and then start counting backwards from five to one, your brain cannot talk you out of it because you are counting. Even your clever brain can’t do two things at once.
Then, because you start to move, the prefrontal cortex is activated. Rather than slipping into default mode doing your old behaviors, it supports you in creating new ones. By happy accident, Mel discovered a powerful cognition technique that breaks the habit loop.
I read Mel’s story on the day I looked out at the snow and felt like crawling back into bed instead of working on the report I’d been struggling with for four days. The report is now done. I even like it! I highly recommend the new 5-Second Rule:  “5-4-3-2-1 Launch!” You’re welcome.
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If you have comments about this column or suggestions for future topics, send a note to Bonnie@BonnieHutchinson.com. read more

Family Fest offered fun activities while creating awareness

Family Fest offered fun activities while creating awareness
Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development Coalition Family Fest launch held on Sept. 14 at the Community Centre was a huge success with parents, children and guests enjoying a slew of fun indoor activities, including one-year-old Maxwell Jaunich who was fascinated with the ring obstacle course.
By Lori Larsen

Families came out to the Camrose Community Centre and enjoyed a day filled with fun activities sponsored by the Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development coalition and Camrose Family Resource Centre-A Parent Link Centre in partnership with Camrose and District Support Services, on Sept. 14.
The event  launched an initiative to supply families with a series of information, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9 after Thanksgiving weekend.
“The Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development Coalition decided to put on this event to give families an opportunity to engage in activities together,” said Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development Coalition coordinator Jolene Doig. “We also want to bring awareness to our coalition, the importance of early childhood development, and share information and resources about building resiliency in our families and communities.”
The Community Centre was filled with families playing games and various other activities while members of the coalition and Family Resource Centre and volunteers from various other organizations manned the activity centres and shared information and resources from Simple Connections Stronger Families.
A total of 232 adults and children enjoyed indoor games, a free lunch and entertainment by Brian Dumont, who performed an upbeat concert featuring a variety of children’s songs. The centre was literally humming with energy.
“The Simple Connections Stronger Families toolkit was developed by YLLMyHome in Lloydminster, in partnership with the Alberta Health Services Addiction Prevention Unit,” explained Doig. “It is designed to be used by families and anyone working with families. Simple Connections Stronger Families provides all the information and encouragement a family needs to build resiliency.”
The information included in the Simple Connections Stronger Families package includes suggested activities, checklists and information behind protective factors families can explore to build resiliency and skills to have in place in their “family tool kits”.
“Having the resiliency in place before something traumatic happens like the death of a loved one, loss of a job, a break up, or even a move, will help ensure families are more prepared with the disruption that can be caused by a sudden or life-altering change,” explained Doig.
“Building resiliency as a preventive measure, even at a young age, helps equip children and their families with the skill sets to continue with the strong foundation of the relationship between them, others around them and their community.”
The coalition asks residents to stay tuned for further information on strategies and activities on resiliency in families, that is yet to come. For further information on the Camrose and Area Early Childhood Development coalition, visit their Facebook page or contact Doig via email at  j.doig@camrosefrc.com or at the Camrose Family Resource Centre phone 780-672-0141.
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Finding inspiration and strength through expression

Finding inspiration and strength through expression
Contributors to the Finding Our Inner Strength magazine, Victoria Hertz, seated left and Tiffany Heidt, seated right are joined by Family Violence Action Society program director Sherlyn Dobos, standing left, and participant Diane McLaren, standing right.
By Lori Larsen

In a conference room adorned with bright sunflowers, powerful art pieces and a group of smart, sensitive and supportive women, a celebration of healing took place during the launch of the August Finding Our Inner Strength magazine.
The magazine, administered and supported by the Family Violence Action Society (Camrose), and Camrose and Area Adult Learning Council and funded by the Alberta Status of Women, is a compilation of stories told by six women sharing their compelling journeys through adversity to the healing process. The stories are complimented by photographs of works of art, in some instances supplied by the authors of the stories, and others courtesy of participants in the Expressive Arts group for women who have experienced trauma or abuse.
Program facilitator and participant in the magazine Diane McLaren explains how the idea for the magazine came about and morphed into so much more than the glossy pages of the finished product.
“I have been facilitating Expressive Arts for four years and there is a process we do at the end of each group called harvesting. We reflect upon the art we have created during the session to create deeper awareness and explore possibilities for ourselves.”
McLaren stated that the group would also reflect on how they saw their lives change as a result of being part of the group. “Not that a person would always make a huge change in their life after a nine week group, but often the women would report discovering new possibilities and different ways of looking at the challenges in their lives.”
McLaren described the concept behind the nine-week Expressive Arts program as having participants explore a variety of creative mediums such as body movement, journal entries, writing and visual arts, as a way of exploring their challenges and possibilities and deepen their self-awareness rather than to learn art techniques or build skills in the arts.
“Generally there are  two types of people interested in this, although everybody is there for healing purposes. Some people will come because they have always loved creating art. Some come because they have always wanted to try art but it has been intimidating to them so they want to try it in a nonthreatening environment where there is no focus on the product they produce.”
McLaren explained that often when people are creating art they move out of thinking about problems in the same old way and into a more creative mindset of “flow” which allows for new possibilities and solutions to come forward to be implemented.”
After hearing incredible stories of how the participants of the Expressive Arts program experienced shifts in their lives, McLaren realized the value of sharing their stories with other women who may be reluctant to start their own healing process, afraid of what they might uncover, and spearheaded the pilot magazine project.
“It is so beneficial to know there is a place  where they can start healing and actually see some shifts. It is not hopeless.”
Participant and contributor to the magazine, Tiffany Heidt spoke about the impact the entire process had on her healing and her life. “It helped me develop into where I really needed to be to help myself and made me realize what I needed to work on most so I could be the mom I wanted to be.”
Heidt recommended the program for anyone wanting to discover more about themselves. “Even if you don’t think you are good at art, try it. It will open up a doorway for you to see something new about yourself. It helped me see another side of me that I didn’t know was there both artistically and emotionally.”
Heidt referred to the magazine displayed at the front of the room and smiled. “The magazine speaks for itself.”
The magazine pilot project took place over eight-weeks, five hours for each weekly session. The first four weeks involved the writing process and the second four weeks was dedicated to creating art pieces in response to the participants’ writing.
At the end of the eight week pilot project the participants brainstormed on a title for the magazine settling on Finding Our Inner Strength, a reflection of their journey throughout.
McLaren gave kudos to the contributors of Finding Our Inner Strength. “It is really risky to write something and put yourself out there and took a lot of courage and bravery to do this.”
She plans to see these types of projects continue as part of her role at Camrose Adult Learning Council. “It is definitely has all the components of a literacy project and is worth continuing. I believe many people with various backgrounds could benefit from a project such as this, or any organization that may be interested in conducting a project such as this with people sharing similar interests. It is very adaptable to any group.”
Copies of the Finding Our Inner Strength magazine will be available in waiting rooms throughout Camrose and at the office of Camrose and District Support Services (second floor, Camrose Community Centre, 4516–54 Street.)
For more information on programs available through CDSS or Family Violence Action Society visit the website at www.camrosefcss.ca/, email at cdss5@teusplanet.net or telephone at 780-672-0141. If you are interested in participating in a future group such as this or would like to arrange to facilitate a similar experience with people you serve through your organization, contact McLaren at dmclaren@cable-lynx.net. read more

Circle of Hope assists female cancer patients

By Murray Green

Four local women in business have created a brand new, non-profit workshop for female cancer patients, with support from the Cancer Clinic as well as other local women in business.
“Before I moved to Camrose, my mom was a cancer survivor back when I was in high school. She went through a program that talked about cosmetics and hair, and other things that women go through when they have cancer,” explained organizer Ashley Meadahl.
“It was a great workshop held in Ontario and seemed to be in the bigger cities. We don’t have anything like that out here, so it is something I always wanted to do.”
A workshop will be held on Sept. 22 in Camrose at the Ramada Inn.
“We will have topics such as skin care, makeup, head scarves, post surgery options, knitted knockers, nutrition, survivor stories and a yoga demonstration,” said Meadahl.
“We started talking to other business owners and added them to put on a great workshop for women. The workshop that mom went to was between 45 minutes and an hour long. We wanted to do more than that and ours will be about three hours long. We wanted to cover and go more in depth to help people.”
Presenters include  Amy Prichard, Brenda Swanson, Denise Nadeau, Dorothy Morton, Katelyn Harte, Lisa Borin Miller, Lori Falk and Tanya Fox.
“The workshop space, refreshments and snacks are kindly donated,” said Meadahl.
To reregister, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/circle-of-hope-workshop-fall-2018-tickets-48611087070 or Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/.

Farmers’ Market gives back to groups

By Murray Green

The Rose City Farmers’ Market will be passing on donations from customers and some of their proceeds to give back to the community this fall.
While the market’s practice of giving free tables to nonprofit organizations and school groups raising funds will continue, Rose City is locating other avenues in which to give. The needs of The Open Door came to their attention and the market executive agreed to raise money for its programs.
During the month of September, when farmers’ market customers make a purchase at any vender, they will be encouraged to donate a dollar towards The Open Door.
In return, the customer receives a draw ticket to enter for a chance to win a full-size patio set. The more purchases made, along with a $1 donation each time, the more chances to win.
“The market is asking customers to be generous and funds will be matched up to $400,” said Lori Blades, of the Rose City Farmers’ Market.
The draw will be made at the 14th anniversary of the market on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. After the draw, a donation will be made to The Open Door.
“The Rose City Farmers’ Market invites everyone to help them give back to the community.”
The market is held at the Duggan Mall every Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Chester Ronning hosts fall events

By Lori Larsen

Chester Ronning Centre (CRC) offers residents of Camrose and area a lineup of events to expand the mind and bring about some new awareness.
On Sept. 23, from 2 until 3:30 p.m., drop by the Camrose and District Centennial Museum (4522-53 Street) and view an exhibit developed by recent Augustana graduate and CRC research assistant Gavin Wilkes. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is necessary. The event, co-hosted by Augustana Alumni Association is free and open to the public.
The “Post-Truth? Facts and Faithfulness” conference held at The King’s University (9125-50 Street NW, Edmonton) will run Sept. 19 and 20. This year’s I.S. Conference will feature a breakout session led by Janet Wesselius, associate dean (teaching) and associate professor of philosophy at the University  of Alberta, Augustana Campus. For more information visit kingsu.ca/isconf for info.
Join 2018 distinguished visiting fellow Dr. Molly Worthen–associate professor of history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Camrose Public Library (4710-50 Ave) for her presentation on the role of evangelicalism in current North American politics. Dr. Worthen, is an historian of American evangelicalism and regular contributor to the New York Times and other major media outlets. The free session is open to the public and no RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served.
The seventh annual Spirit of the Land Conference will take place on Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. This year’s conference will examine ‘storytelling’ and the links between place, space, and the stories we tell and share. Guest authors will share some of their work and speak to their own process of writing and storytelling. Thus far poet Alice Major, and graphic novelist David A. Robertson are among confirmed guest speakers. The conference is co-hosted by the Spirit of the Land Initiative and the Aboriginal Students’ office. Information regarding registration will be available on the Chester Ronning website at aug.ualberta.ca/ronning.
An Academic Workshop–Tolerance and Inclusiveness in Rural Canada will be held in November, co-hosted by the CRC and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. The workshop is organized by CRC research associate Dr. Clark Banack and will bring together scholars from across Canada.
For more information on any of the CRC events and announcements, please visit the website at aug.ualberta.ca/ronning.

Walk A Mile stepped up to giving

Walk A Mile stepped up to giving
Men from Camrose and area joined in the march to raise awareness on the serious causes and effects to men’s sexualized violence against women, during the 2018 Kick‘n Country Parade. Funds were also raised for the Camrose Women’s Shelter.
By Lori Larsen

Walking the 2018 Kick’n Country parade in high heeled red pumps may have been a challenging  feat for some feet but was a total success at creating awareness for children and women impacted by the long-standing effects of domestic violence and raising funds for the Camrose Women’s Shelter.
The 2018 Walk A Mile Campaign raised $25,000 with 55 walkers taking to the parade for the cause.
“We could not be more thankful to the 55 walkers who showed up, endured the pain and made the goal,” said Camrose Women’s Shelter executive director Nora-Lee Rear.  “Their hard work, diligence in recruiting pledges, and determination, made this one of our best years yet.
“For 2018, the shelter decided to dedicate funds raised towards supporting all our programs. The pledges will go towards supporting 165 women and 172 children, in reaching their goals of living a life free of violence and abuse.”
The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, and the Walk a Mile event, gives men an opportunity to show their support by raising awareness within their communities, and beyond, on the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.
The Camrose Women’s Shelter is a not-for-profit organization running an emergency shelter that provides a safe, supportive place for women and children who are escaping domestic violence, in a crisis situation or who may be homeless.
The shelter averages 400 women and children from Camrose and surrounding areas each year seeking shelter and refuge
In partnership with the Family Violence Society, the Camrose Women’s Shelter will be presenting the Breakfast With the Guys event, booked for Nov. 7. The event will feature speaker Mariann Rich, who speaks from the heart about her sister, Shirley, who was murdered by her husband of 27 years in the rural community of Unity, Saskatchewan in 2014.
“Shirley’s siblings don’t want to dwell on how she died, but rather on why it happened and how it could have been prevented.”
For more information on the Camrose Women’s Shelter visit the website at camrosewomenshelter.org/. read more

Taw tributes Stompin’ Tom Connors

By Murray Green

There is no one better suited to perform a Stompin’ Tom Connors tribute than his son Taw.
“Singing my father’s music makes me very proud. I’m proud not only to sing his songs, but to help continue his legacy and to bring memories, and happiness to some of the people out there,” said Taw.
The music of the Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors will return to Camrose in the historical Bailey Theatre.
“His songs reflect the history and people in this country and I want to share that with everyone again,” he added.
The Camrose show will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. “When I was younger, I was a fan of my father’s music just like everyone else. However, I wanted to raise my children first before I pursued my music and lived a life on the road,” Taw explained. “In 2011, I was supposed to go on tour with my father. Not necessarily to play on stage with him, but to learn and see how things operated first. My daughter got sick (seizures), so I couldn’t do it. By the time I could go, my father had passed away.”
Taw looks, sounds and acts like his father. “Both my daughter and wife said that I have to go on tour. It’s what I always wanted to do. It’s been a dream of mine,” revealed Taw. “I sang at a long term care facility and there was an Alzheimer’s patient that seemed to have his memory jogged by my father’s songs. He thought I was my father and it helped him with his long term memory. I thought if that isn’t a sign that I should be doing this, then I don’t know what is. Since then, I’ve been doing this for the last three years.” 
Stompin’ Tom played at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose.  “My music is a lot like his, but not identical. I like writing about Canada and I released a CD in 2016. When I go on tour, I throw in a few of my songs as well,” Taw said. “I have never been to Camrose, or Alberta for that matter, so I’m really looking forward to this tour. It will be an honour to play at the Bailey Theatre because of the history and to play in Camrose where he has many fans. I will keep playing my father’s music as long as the people will have me.

Gong Show held at Bailey Theatre

By Murray Green

Remember the show on television that had a giant gong and it was rung whenever a bad performer got on stage?
Infinite Imagination, the group of uncanny theatre performers that will act out on a moment’s notice, are presenting their rendition of the Gong Show.
This is a talent search competition based on the classic television show hosted by Chuck Barris.
Three local celebrity judges and all sorts of different performing acts are the only people between one giant gong.
If the performers don’t live up to the expectations, they get gonged. If they make it through without getting gonged, then they get scored and somebody will be declared a winner at the end of the night.
Camrose’s version of the Gong Show will be at the Bailey Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
If you have an act to enter, contact Infinite Imagination online on Facebook or email infiniteimaginationtt@gmail or contact Mike Hicks at 780-608-6371.

Galenza promotes local curling

By Murray Green

The Rose City Curling Club named Roger Galenza as the programming coordinator this fall.
Participation in curling has dropped dramatically from its glory days in the ’70s and ’80s, though it seems to have leveled out recently.
“We can no longer rely on traditional league play to fill our curling rink and must seek out new ways to promote this sport in our community to help increase the RCCC revenue,” said director Neil Bratrud.
The programming coordinator will help with creating family leagues, junior leagues and learn-to-curl clinics. The program coordinator will expand curling in the community of Camrose and to offer more recreational opportunities to the population.
“Roger has done a lot to build up our Little Rockers program and promote curling for us and we want to expand on that,” added Neil. “He is the right man for the job and he will reach out to adult and youth curlers to build up our programs again.”
It is Galenza’s mandate to promote the RCCC and the Camrose Academy of Curling Society to schools, businesses and other possible organizations or groups. To also develop programming to support the promotion of learn to curl clinics, rookie leagues, drop in sessions, family leagues, fun leagues, corporate leagues and doubles leagues.
“The RCCC, in collaboration with the Camrose Academy of Curling Society, is looking at implementing some significant summer curling camp programming starting in the summer of 2019 and hopefully carrying on with these in the future,” said Neil.
The summer camps plan to market extensively internationally and will include very high end instruction and hopefully recruit high end participation and provide more credibility and a lot of profile to the CACS.
This use of the RCCC facility will also continue to generate additional rental for this facility for the city.
Over the curling season, the RCCC executive will track the added value by increasing membership growth in youth programs, fulfilling the creation of the new leagues and polling new members to see where they heard about the RCCC new leagues.
“The value-added benefits that the community will get back from the program coordinator’s work is adding family-friendly activities, increasing the available youth programs promoting physical activity and a recreational activity for adults,” continued Neil.

Police warn do not fall victim to scammers

By Lori Larsen

Camrose police continue to warn residents that if something sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is, and to not allow yourself to fall victim to the many scams that have the potential to rob you of your hard-earned money.
Recently, one Camrose resident did just that and unfortunately was scammed out of $9,500.
“The woman (victim) came into the police station on Sept. 11 to report that she had been victimized by a scam,” explained Camrose Police Service crime prevention/community relations officer Kelly Bauer.
Bauer related the woman’s story. Sometime in the spring while the senior woman was working on her computer, a message popped up on the screen indicating that her computer was contaminated with a virus.
“According to the woman, the message included a phone number to call to have the viruses removed. She called the number and allowed a male, who she indicated had a heavy accent, to remotely access her computer to fix the problem and then she paid him for his services.”
Bauer went on to explain that the woman recently received another telephone call from what she thought to be the same male who had previously fixed her computer. Once again, she indicated the caller had a heavy accent.
The male caller stated that their computer company was making corporate changes and he was offering to refund her $500, but in order to process the refund he needed her bank account information. “Unfortunately,” noted Bauer, “She provided him with her banking information, something we tell people to never do.”
The male caller then asked her to stay on the phone while he completed the refund. The next thing the caller told the woman (victim) was that he made an error and accidentally credited her account $5,000 instead of the $500.
The woman (victim) stated the male caller was very concerned that he would lose his job over his mistake, so asked her if she would purchase $4,500 worth of Google cards to make up the difference.
Bauer reminds everyone that when someone requests payment be made in the form of cards such as Google or iTunes, it should automatically be a red flag that the call is a scam.
“The caller was playing on the woman’s (victim’s) emotions to get what he wanted,” added Bauer.
When the woman stated that she was willing to help, then the caller (scammer) created a sense of urgency, asking her how long it would take her as he didn’t want his boss to find out. The woman (victim) immediately drove to a store, purchased the Google cards and called the male back providing him with the activation codes.
“It wasn’t until the next day when the woman said the same male caller (scammer) called back stating the activation codes didn’t work and requesting she purchase another $4,500 worth of cards that she realized something was wrong and hung up the phone. Unfortunately, it was too late. When the woman checked her bank account the next day, she discovered the scammer had not credited her account, but rather withdrew $5,000, which meant she was scammed out of the $4,500 in cards and another $5,000 from her account.
“If there hadn’t been a maximum withdrawal amount set up on the account, the scammer would have likely cleaned out her savings.”
Although empathetic to the woman’s situation, Const. Bauer  cannot stress enough how people need to be vigilant in not giving out any personal information, unless to someone they know well.
“Scammers are very creative in tricking someone into believing that they are someone you can trust. This scammer ‘helped’ her with her computer virus and gained her trust even though that in itself was a scam.
“Months later, the scammer resurfaced, wanting to refund the woman’s money and was able to obtain her personal banking information. But this scammer didn’t stop there. He then used what is referred to an overpayment scam where he made her believe that she owed him money. He created a sense of urgency that he would lose his job so that she wouldn’t stop to actually check her account balance or have time to involve a friend or family member.”
Bauer further stated that even the employees at the store where the woman (victim) purchased the cards warned her that she may be involved in a scam. “She still continued to purchase the Google cards, believing she was doing the right thing.”
Bauer strongly reminds citizens that scams are still very prevalent and to be extra cautious.
“We always need to be aware that there are ‘unfriendlies’ out there!”
He provides the following tips to help citizens from becoming being scammed.
1. Never allow someone to remotely access your computer. Do not provide your computer’s IP address to anyone. Always go to a local reputable store to have work completed on your computer.
2. Never, never, never give anyone your personal information over the phone. No person has the right to ask for your bank account information. If someone does, they are absolutely planning on taking your hard-earned money.
3. If someone asks you to purchase any type of gift card, iTunes card, Google card, Steam card, etc., it is definitely a scam.
“There were several warning signs in this complex scam that were not recognized,” added Bauer.
“If it seems too good to be true–if someone is offering to unexpectedly refund money, it is a scam. If someone is asking for your bank or personal information, it is a scam. If someone is asking you not to tell anyone else, to keep it a secret, it is a scam. And finally, if it is a limited time offer telling you that you must act now and they are creating a sense of urgency, it is a scam.”
 On a final note, Bauer said that all types of people fall victim to scams, no matter age or gender, but nearly all that do say the same thing: “I should have known better.”
“It’s as simple as what we teach our children. If you are speaking with someone you don’t know personally, consider it “Stranger Danger.” Victims play a key role in these scenarios, but we all have the ability to stop ourselves from becoming the next victim.”
For more information on crime prevention or preventing being the victim of a scam, contact Constable Bauer at 780-672-4444.

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with Isaak

By Murray Green

The Camrose Arts Society will be presenting Paul Isaak at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
It will be a free event to help celebrate Alberta Culture Days this month.
Paul is a captivating, one-man, theatrical variety show with 25 years of stage experience performing all across North America and has shared the stage with such artists as John Mellencamp and the Beach Boys.
He combines skillful juggling, quick wit, and audience participation into a hilarious, on-stage spectacle sure to delight crowds of all shapes and sizes.
Although this concert is free and open to the public, attendees must have a ticket to watch his performance.
The father of three children, Paul is constantly surrounded by moments of laughter and joy. His goal is to bring more mirth to a world that often overlooks the joy in everyday living.
Paul combines skillful juggling, quick wit and audience participation into a hilarious on-stage spectacle.
His comedy is always appropriate for all ages. He is an expert at captivating students with his energy and enthusiasm, and empowers volunteers to become the stars of the show.
Tickets are available at the Lougheed Centre or at the Chuck MacLean Arts Centre.

Schultz sets new heights in high jump

By Murray Green

It was a good summer of track and field for local high jumper Taylor Schultz. She set her personal best ever by leaping 1.63 metres.
“After high school track season ended in June, I continued to train twice a week with my coach in Leduc and started training for long jump, triple jump as well as high jump to prepare for the Alberta Summer Games,” explained Taylor.
She came in first in high jump with a leap of 1.60, placed fourth in triple jump and came in seventh in long jump.
“I then went to Calgary for a qualifying track meet for the Legion nationals. I made the standard, along with three other girls from Alberta,” shared Taylor. “The standard for high jump was 1.58, so I made that. A week later I was told I was on Team Alberta, so that was awesome. Two of us were in high jump.”
Then Taylor returned to Calgary for a qualifying track meet for the Tri-Prov Track and Field meet that features athletes in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It was held in Sherwood Park.
“We were put up in hotels in Edmonton to compete in Sherwood Park. I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to. This is not an excuse, but it was really hot out and I jumped at 3:30 p.m. the hottest part of the day after being outside all day.”
That made her more determined to do well at the Legion nationals in Manitoba.
“I wanted to finish on a high note. Last year, my personal best was 1.62, but an ankle injury slowed me down and I was trying to get back to that height. My best mark of the year was 1.60, so I felt good that I was pretty consistent.”
After the drive to Brandon, Manitoba, she was worried about the weather because it was 42° C every day.
“I was extremely lucky because I was scheduled to jump at 9 a.m. and it was still cool. I hit my personal best by jumping 1.63 metres to place fourth at nationals on Aug. 10 to 12. Last year, I was 10th at nationals, so I was extremely happy. That was a big one for me,” said Taylor.
That mark has her excited about next year. “It does inspire me and all I want to do is get better. It makes me hungry to do better, knowing that I can. The girl from Calgary won the event, so it is good for me to compete against her because it shows me where I need to be.”
The indoor season begins in December. Until then the Grade 12 student will play volleyball and basketball to stay in shape.
Taylor wants to continue with track and field after high school.

Augustana Vikings soccer action begins

Augustana Vikings soccer action begins
Augustana goalkeeper Cari Kilmartin knocks the ball out of harm’s way during an attack from the Concordia Thunder. Kilmartin stopped 16 of 24 shots in the home opener.
By Murray Green
Soccer
The Augustana Vikings women’s soccer team were shut out 6-0 by the Concordia Thunder on Sept. 8 to open the regular season.
The men’s team lost 3-0 to Concordia on the same date. Vikings goalie David Lowe stopped eight of 11 shots on goal.
The Vikings take on King’s Eagles on Sept. 22 at home with noon and 2 p.m. start times.
After road games against NAIT on Sept. 23, the same two squads play in Camrose on Sept. 29 at noon and 2 p.m. Augustana goes on a away tour with stops in Concordia on Sept. 30, Keyano on Oct. 13 and 14 and at Kings on Oct. 20. The regular season wraps up in Camrose on Oct. 21 against Grande Prairie  at noon and 2 p.m.
Cross-country running
Catherine Alcorn and Mackenzie Grove of the Vikings led Augustana to sixth and seventh place showings in the first race of the season.
They were followed by Tayla Koerber, 20th; Emily Lyseng, 22nd; and Lina Lim, 23rd.
At Concordia, Noah Day of the Vikings led his team with a 13th place finish. He was followed by teammates Nathanaell Tabert and Joseph Sartison in 14th and 15th place in the men’s eight kilometre event on Sept. 8.
Braeden Kelly crossed the line in 21st and Timothy Shapka placed 28th for the Vikings. Augustana placed third in both the team of three and four categories.
The running teams have several grand prix races at Grande Prairie and Lethbridge on Sept. 22 and Lakeland on Sept. 29 prior to hosting a meet on Oct. 13 at Stony Creek Centre. Provincials will be on Oct. 27 hosted by Lakeland.
Golf
A North Regional Tournament will be hosted by Concordia on Sept. 22 and 23. Provincials will be on Sept. 29 and 30 in Red Deer.
Hockey
Augustana crushed Portage 7-1 on Sept. 12 in an exhibition game. Ryan Groom led the offence with two goals. Single markers came from Trevor Posch, Reed Gunville, Paul Lovsin, Jordan McTaggart, Carter Danczak and Jarod Hovde.
Curtis Skip started the game in net and allowed one goal on eight shots. Zach deGraves stopped all nine shots he faced. Augustana out shot their opponents in each period and 43-17 in total.
The Vikings travel to Concordia on Oct. 5 and to host the Thunder on Oct. 6 in a return match to begin the regular season.
Volleyball
 The women’s and men’s Vikings open the regular season away on Oct. 12 and then play their first home games on Oct. 13 at 6 and 8 p.m. against the Concordia Thunder.
Basketball
 The women’s and men’s Vikings open the regular season at home on Oct. 12 at 6 and 8 p.m. against the Concordia Thunder.
Curling
 The Vikings will be at the fall regionals on Nov. 23 to 25 in Red Deer. The winter regionals are on Jan. 25 to 27, 2019 at MacEwan (Avonair). Provincials are set for Feb. 22 to 24 with Olds hosting the championships.

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Football season opens with an exciting game

By Murray Green

The École Camrose Composite High School Trojans lost their season opening game against the Ponoka Broncs 25-15, Sept. 7.
The Broncs, led by a strong running game, wore down the Trojans defence in the end. ÉCCHS opened the scoring with a Drew Loosemore touchdown followed by a Noah Seagal field goal to take a 9-0 lead.
Ponoka completed a pass for a touchdown to limit the Trojan lead at half time 9-6. Ponoka came back to score early in the second half with a touchdown pass to take the lead for the first time, 13-9. Loosemore found the end zone again at the end of a long drive to take the lead back for the Trojans 15-13.
The Trojans pinned the Broncs deep, but the Ponoka running back scampered free and ran the ball 105 yards for the go ahead points in the fourth quarter to make it 19-15.
A Ponoka field goal attempt was blocked, but the broncs were able to scoop the ball up and score taking a 10-point lead to end the game.
“Trojan standouts were quarterback Loosemore who ran the ball in for both Trojan touchdowns and threw for 172 yards hitting seven different receivers. Denton Robertson had three catches for 91 yards and contributed on kick returns for 42 yards,” said coach Adam Belanger. “Trojan halfback Jason Bennet lead the team with six tackles, followed by linebacker Terryl Sherman and lineman Jesse Doutre with five each.”
The Trojans have two more home dates. Camrose hosts on Sept. 27 against the Sylvan Lake Lakers and Stettler Wildcats on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Away dates are on Sept. 21 in Drayton Valley against the Warriors and Oct. 4 in Rocky Mountain House.
OLMP Royals
In the Alberta Six Man Football League, Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals play in Provost before opening at home on Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. against Vermilion.
OLMP hosts Cold Lake on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the other home date. The Royals play road games on  about Sept. 28 and Oct. 19. Playoffs will begin on about Oct. 25 or 26.

Lunty wins Regina Marathon for ninth time, sets the pace

By Murray Green

Brendan Lunty has done it again. He captured the Queen City Marathon for the ninth time since 2005.
After placing ninth in the Edmonton Marathon, Camrose runner Brendan Lunty hit his peak this year at the Regina Marathon to win the event on Sept. 9.
He paced himself in second place for the first half and then pulled ahead to win with a time of 2:44:45.
Brendan set the Regina course record in 2014 when he crossed the finish line in first place with a recorded time of 2:34:35.
He also came in second in 2016, won in 2015, won in 2013, won in 2012, won in 2011, was third in 2010, won in 2009, was second in 2008, won in 2007, fifth in 2006 and won in 2005.
The marathon had 376 runners with 145 women and 231 men entered this year.
The Queen City Marathon was conceived in the winter of 2000, when some local runners were doing a lap of Wascana Lake and discussing the fact that, of all the provincial capitals in Canada, Regina was the only city that did not currently have a marathon event.
Brendan still runs about 200 kilometres a week to stay in shape for marathons.

El Camino has had one proud owner

El Camino has had one proud owner
ONE OWNER Morris Lanuk purchased his 1968 Chevrolet El Camino off the lot in Calgary and has treasured ever since. He had to rebuild it after an accident, but it is as original as possible.
By Murray Green

Morris Lanuk of Camrose has taken care of his 1968 El Camino Chevelle like a member of his own family, since he bought it  off the car dealership lot in the Shaganappi area in Calgary 50 years ago.
“My son and I restored it. He (Danny) is a mechanic, so he did the motor and I did the welding,” he proudly said. “They were supposed to colour match it, but the code was off a little bit. I have a picture of me standing beside it, and originally it was a wee bit darker. It is close and it looks nice.”
Chevrolet El Camino is a coupe utility vehicle that was produced by Chevrolet between 1959-60 and 1964-87. Unlike a pickup truck, the El Camino was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body.
“I did the work right from scratch and built a rotisserie for it to do the welding underneath. We did everything except the paint job and the upholstery. I fixed the radiator and he fixed the transmission. All of the parts are matching,” said Morris.
Introduced in the 1959 model year in response to the success of the Ford Ranchero coupe utility, its first run lasted only two years. Production resumed for the 1964-77 model years based on the Chevelle platform and continued for the 1978-87 model years based on the GM G-body platform.
“The engine is a 396, but not the original. We had an accident and put a different motor in. This motor actually sat for years since shortly after my son was born. When he was apprenticing for a mechanic, he took parts from the original and rebuilt it. Previously, it had 350 horsepower, now it has 402,” shared Morris.
Although based on corresponding General Motors car lines, the vehicle is classified and titled in North America as a SUV. GMC’s badge engineered El Camino variant, the Sprint, was introduced for the 1971 model year.
“I’m not going to sell it, it will go to the boys.”
Chevrolet introduced a longer El Camino in 1968, based on the Chevelle station wagon/four-door sedan wheelbase 116 in. (2,946 mm), overall length: 208 in. (5,283 mm); it also shared Chevelle Malibu exterior and interior trims.
“Originally, I was going to buy a half ton. When we got to Calgary my brother-in-law was a fleet manager and couldn’t sell me the vehicle. He put me on to the boss’ son and he, in turn, showed me this car. I bought it and have had it ever since,” added Morris.
In 1968, the interior was revamped including cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats and deep twist carpeting. All-vinyl strato bucket seats and centre console were an $111 option. Power front disc brakes and positraction were optional.
A new, high-performance Super Sport SS-396 version was launched. The Turbo-Jet 396 had 325 bhp (242 kW) or 350 bhp (260 kW) versions.
“I go to local car shows like Camrose and Round Hill. I came in second three times and the last time they said the reason why I didn’t win was because it was a little dusty.”
A three-speed manual was standard with all engines, and a four-speed or automatic was optional. In 1968, the SS was a separate model (the SS-396).
“It goes and runs good. I don’t drive it a lot. The only time is to go to the car show.”
El Caminos also featured air shocks in the rear, as well as fully boxed frames.
The 1969 models showed only minor changes, led by more-rounded front-end styling. A single chrome bar connected quad headlights, and a slotted bumper held the parking lights. read more

Prepare for winter driving

By Murray Green

Mother Nature has given us a warning. Winter weather can start early–especially in Alberta. Be prepared for the next snowfall.
But the best advice might be to put on winter tires to avoid problems on the road.
“Putting winter tires on your vehicle improves traction and control in frost, snow and icy conditions. It shortens braking distances by as much as 25 per cent,” said Randy McCrea, downtown Fountain Tire owner.
“Be sure to install four winter tires–never mix different types of tires on one vehicle. Check your tires regularly for wear and pressure. Cold weather can bring down your tire pressure and worn or damaged tires make it harder to drive safely.”
The easiest way to know a tire has been designed specifically for severe snow conditions is to look for the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol right on the tire.
“All-season tires are not the same as winter tires because you can start to lose grip at 7 C,” said Randy.
“Winter weather can be unpredictable, but some extra preparation and caution can help you stay safe.”
Check the weather forecast. If it looks bad, delay your trip if you can.
Clear ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors and roof.
Slow down and stay in control. Many winter collisions happen because drivers are going too fast for road conditions.
Don’t use cruise control on wet, snowy or icy pavement–it reduces your reaction time and vehicle control.
Steer gently on curves and in slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration and sudden gear changes can cause you to skid. If you do skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to steer too far though or the car could spin.
It takes longer to stop on slippery roads so make sure there’s extra space between you and other vehicles. Focus on the road. Put down the phone and don’t drive distracted.
Pay attention to the road surface. Asphalt in winter should look grey-white. If it looks black and shiny it could be covered in ice. Remember that shaded areas, bridges and overpasses freeze earlier than other sections of road.
Use your vehicle’s full lighting system in poor visibility and whiteout conditions. If conditions become dangerous, pull over safely and wait for the weather to improve.
Winter driving rules apply no matter what kind of vehicle you’re driving in the winter, but there are a few extra things truck drivers should do.
Clear your vehicle of ice and snow, including the top of trailers. Check your lights regularly along your route for ice and snow build up and steer gently on curves and in slippery conditions. Sudden moves can cause you to lose control or jackknife.

Grab your partner for 50 years

By Lori Larsen

Several members from the Camrose Rose City Swingers Square Dance Club joined over 300 people from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario at the 50th (anniversary) Square Dance Convention held in Lacombe, Sept. 1 to 3. At least 15 of the Camrose Club members played significant roles in assisting with organizing and ensuring the event went off without a hitch.
Included in the contingency representing Camrose and surrounding area were vice chair couple Helen and Wayne Lowther. Wayne recently retired from the position of president of the Alberta Square and Round Dance Federation after 19 years of service. “I enjoyed it,” smiled Lowther. “But clubs, like ours, would never happen without the support of not only the dancers, but all of the executive and volunteers.”
Also attending the convention were general chair couple, Loretta and Norm (Alberta representative to the National Square and Round Dance and caller) Demeule from Ohaton.
The Camrose Rose City Swingers Square Dance Club has been a long-standing couples’ organization that is now 45 members strong and welcomes anyone to come out on Friday nights from 7:30 until 10 p.m. at Mirror Lake Centre (5415-49 Avenue) and join in on a great way to meet people while getting some fun, physical exercise. The club also holds workshops and rounds.
For more information, visit club website at www.centralalbertadancing.com/camrose/index.html.

Fall tune ups fluid checks

By Lori Larsen

Albeit a little too early for most Camrose residents, the first snowfall has people thinking about winterizing their vehicles.
Engine oil
Checking your engine oil to ensure proper levels is only part of the process of maintaining your vehicle’s health. The correct type of oil should also be used.
“Most vehicles use 5W20 or 5W30 all year round,” noted Quick Lane Tire Auto Centre manager Glenn Lyseng. “Diesel engines use 10W30 or 0-40 synthetic rated for diesels.”
On the same token using an oil with a viscosity lower than recommended for your vehicle may not provide sufficient lubrication and protection for your car’s engine.
Oil filter
Having the proper oil filter in winter months is also crucial for the performance and maintenance of your vehicle. “We use filters built to Ford specification,” noted Lyseng.
Higher quality oil filters are better able to withstand increased pressure on the filter that may occur in winter weather. Filters with too fine of a filtering screen may not allow thicker oil to pass through as easily.
Check with your local mechanics to ensure the best type of oil filter for your vehicle.
Battery
Colder temperatures cause more draw on your vehicle’s battery as well, therefore affecting their overall performance and lifespan. “Batteries typically last four to seven years before they need replacing.”
During your winter tune up have a licenced mechanic inspect battery cables, hold-down brackets and trays.
Fluids
Check and top up or have your mechanic check and top up all your vehicle’s fluids including windshield wiper, transmission, coolant, brake and power steering.
Proper maintenance of your vehicle will assist in getting through another winter of harsh and unpredictable Alberta weather.

Peewee Buffaloes win third straight football game

By Murray Green

The Camrose Buffaloes peewee team are 3-0 so far in league play after a convincing 38-14 victory over the St. Albert Raiders, Sept. 9.
 The peewee Buffaloes were pushed by the Raiders, who were the first team to score points against the Buffaloes this year.
The peewee Buffaloes are at home against Wetaskiwin at noon on Oct. 14. Away games are on Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 21. Camrose home games are played at Kin Park.
The Camrose Buffaloes bantam team are 2-0 so far in league play.
The bantam Buffaloes are away on Sept. 22, 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 21.
The atom Buffaloes are 2-2 after a 3-2 win over Stony Plain and a 4-1 loss to the Rams on Sept. 9. The next away games are on Sept. 16 in Edmonton.

Kodiaks host showcase series

By Murray Green

The Camrose Kodiaks are currently making some tough decisions on the last roster spots.
Camrose ended the preseason with a 4-2 loss to the Kindersley Klippers on Sept. 8.
The Saskatchewan team led 3-1 and 4-1 prior to the final period. Kyler Kupka garnered both tallies for the Kodiaks.
Goalie Griffin Bowerman made 28 of 32 saves in the Camrose net.
After the Kodiaks opened the Alberta Junior Hockey League with two games at home, they now travel for four games. The next home game is on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. against Sherwood Park in the Encana Arena.
However, Camrose will host the showcase series of games on Sept. 28 and 29. That means the away game against Grande Prairie on Sept. 28 will be played at the Encana Arena as well.
Bear facts
The Kodiaks are ahead of the rest of the junior hockey world when it comes to reducing the number of 20-year-olds on the roster. Camrose currently has four senior players.
The Canadian Junior Hockey League’s board of governors announced an initiative to reduce the number of 20-year-old players allowed to compete, starting this season.
The three-year plan will change the permitted active roster of nine players in their last year of junior eligibility.
Beginning with the 2018-19 year, CJHL clubs will begin to reduce the number of 20-year-olds that will be permitted by one, until the maximum number allowed reaches six, by the commencement of the 2020-21 season.
The reduction of senior players will allow for the development of younger players.
On another note, Canada’s National Junior A championship is set for May 11 to 19, 2019, in Brooks.

Diabetes sessions

By Lori Larsen

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is providing free sessions on diabetes management to Camrose and area residents on Thursdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 22 from 1 until 3:30 p.m. at the Camrose Community Health Centre (5510-46 Avenue).
The sessions will provide residents with information on working to manage pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
 Diabetes The Basics is offered as a four-part group session led by AHS professionals sharing their expertise, providing information and encouraging discussions that can help participants better manage their condition.
The session will be offered to people at risk of developing diabetes, as well as those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
Participants of the sessions will learn, what diabetes is, foods that affect blood sugar blood glucose monitoring and control, medications for diabetes, what to do during an illness, how physical activity affects blood sugar, and the importance of foot care.
Registration for the sessions is required as date and time are subject to change. For more information and to register to attend, telephone the Alberta Healthy Living Program Central Zone at 1-877-314-6997.

Births and Deaths

Births
- To Amanda and Aaron Leckie, of Camrose, a son on September 4.
- To Leah Richaud and Curtis Watson, of Forestburg, a daughter on September 7.

Deaths
- Alma Falk, of Camrose, formerly of Ferintosh, on September 8, at 93 years of age.
- Douglas Allan Lede, of Camrose, on September 8, at 51 years of age.
- Chuck Moran, of Camrose, formerly of Highland Creek, Ontario, on September 9, at 73 years of age.
- Louise Jane Clasper-Luchak, formerly of Edmonton, on September 12, at 49 years of age.
- Herbert Thomas Foster, of Tofield, on September 13, at 67 years of age.
- Marie Adele Olson, of Camrose, on September 13, at 68 years of age.