November 2012 Chatter - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

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November 2012 Chatter - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

A m o n t h l y v o l u n t e e r - d r i v e n p u b l i c a t i on f r o m t h e Re d w o o d M e a d ow s C o mm u n it y A s s o c i a t i o nChatter in the WoodsNovember 2012 Volume 19, Issue 10READ THE CHATTER ONLINE AT WWW.REDWOODMEADOWS.AB.CAInside this issue:Babysitters list p. 27Classifieds p. 2Council Update p. 3Environmental Ideas p. 13Fitness p. 23Kindergarten News p. 26Nutrition p. 16Redwood Calendar p. 5Sustainable Redwood p. 12Volunteer Profile p. 19Redwood Meadows and the TsuuT’ina Nation celebrated their relationshipin a flag-raising ceremonylast month. Read about it on page 3.Whether you’re ready or not, Christmascraft sale season gets into fullswing this month. The ever-popularKananaskis Country Christmastakes place Nov. 17 and 18 at RedwoodHouse and the Redwood GolfCourse Clubhouse, the same weekendas the Bragg Creek Artisansshow and sale at the BCCA.On a different note, you might beinterested in taking part in SustainableRedwood’s first-ever No ImpactChallenge, running Nov. 25 to Dec.2. Kick off the event with a screeningof No Impact Man on Nov. 23.Also in this month’s Chatter, learnhow to fight colds and flu with goodnutrition, and prepare yourself toget out on the cross country skitrails with some excellent informationon gear.Thanks to all who came out to makethe RMCA’s Halloween brunch onOct. 28 such a success!Strong Community Support Makes Recent Firefighters’ Ball a Huge SuccessShow of hands. How many of youlive in the best village, town, city inthe country? Let’s face it, we all do.But in late October did our communityever appear to rise aboveeveryone.The Redwood Meadows Firefighters’Association (RMFA) held itsfourth ever bi-yearly Ball on October20 at the Bragg Creek CommunityCentre. This year’s proceedswill be handed over to the town tohelp offset the costs of our new rescuetruck.-There were a lot of our firefightersworking their butts off, putting incountless hours to make this ourbiggest and most successful BallContinued on page 4


CHATTER IN THE WOODSis a monthly, volunteer-managedpublication of the Redwood MeadowsCommunity Association and is distributedvia email to residents of RedwoodMeadows and the surroundingarea. The Chatter is also availableonline atwww.redwoodmeadows.ab.ca.Receive a link to the Chatter on thefirst day of each month by emailingus at:thechatter@redwoodmeadows.ab.caA limited number of printed copiesis available from the Chatter boxes atRedwood House, mailboxes and atthe BCCC in Bragg Creek.Contact the EDITORIAL TEAM atthechatter@redwoodmeadows.ab.caAdvertising Rates:Business Card $25.00/monthQuarter Page $35.00/monthHalf Page $50.00/monthFull Page $95.00/monthPayment is required with youradvertisement.Discount rates are offered for sixmonthor one-year commitments.Deadline for each edition is the 15thof the month prior to publication.Chatter in the Woods assumes noresponsibility for the content oraccuracy of articles printed.Submitted articles must be signed.CLASSIFIEDSSUITE FOR RENTRedwood Meadows. Bright, roomy, studio, frpl; furnished, largewindows, private entrance, park, wifi, no smoking/pets. Matureperson. Nov 1 st . $750/month incl. util. 403-999-1353.WORK CLOSER TO HOME PERMANENTLY!Seeking local data entry experts and trained/licensed LPNs to joinour new family-centered Bragg Creek medical clinic on a casual orPT basis. Successful candidates must have excellent pc skills and attentionto detail, and prior healthcare and/or medical clinic/practicebackground; recent EMR/EHR work experience is an asset. Pleasereply in confidence to careinthecreek@gmail.com with your resume/cover letter, noting the job applied for in the subject line.ATTENTION BANDED PEAK PARENTSBanded Peak Parent Council meeting will be held on November 28,2012 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Babysitting provided. Be all that you canbe! If you have any questions, please call Michelle Douglas (Vice-Chair Parent Council Banded Peak School) at 403-949-8449.FURNITURE FOR SALESingle “mates’” bed with 6 drawers, bookcase headboard and 4-drawer dresser. Solid pine with light stain. Made in Canada. Excellentcondition. Home in Redwood is smoke- and pet-free. $250 Call403-949-3583.FOR SALEHot Tub: Polar Spa, 7-person, 27+ jets, 2 valves, 3 pumps, strobelights mint cond. 2+-yr. warranty left. Not used 2 years. Steps, cedarshell. Pd $9,684. Asking $3,200. Large rectangle trampoline, Coveredmint cond.- $125 Basketball hoop – portable and strong metal, extendable- $35. Call 403-999-1353, fm_27@ymail.comMISCELLANEOUS BUILDING MATERIALS FOR SALETreated Decking 2x6x12 $7 each, treated decking 2x8x10 $10 each,treated decking 2x8x12 $12 each, insulation R2015 (2x6) $30 bag,insulation R1215 (2x6) $24 bag, sill gasket 2x6 $7.50 roll, glue PL400$ 4 tube, plate poly 16” $25 roll, insulation stops $1 each, 3/8 H clips$10 box, misc. and assorted lumber: 3/8 OSB, 3/4 spruce plywood,LVL & 2 x 10 header materials.All located here in Redwood Meadows – Save on the shipping/Delivery from Calgary! Perfect for Renovations!! Please call Vic todiscuss pricing and any questions you may have. Cell 403-660-8620.The Chatter is printed by the Bragg Creek Business Centre:403-949-33312 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


TOWN COUNCIL NEWSTsuu T’ina Flag Raised in Redwood MeadowsTown council was happy to see so many Redwoodresidents turn out for the raising of the Tsuu T’inaflag in our community on Sunday, October 14.Tsuu T’ina cultural advisor Hal Eagletail emceed theevent with the perfect mix of humour and seriousness.He told a legend of how the Tsuu T’ina Nationcame to be and how the town of Redwood Meadowswas conceived. He also described the meaning of thesymbols on the Tsuu T’ina Nation flag, which nowflies at Redwood House, flanked by the Canadianflag and Alberta’s flag.Hal’s father, Elder Fred Eagletail, offered a TsuuT’ina prayer, while his brother, Tsuu T’ina CouncillorIvan Eagletail, also spoke at the event. Federalrepresentative George Arcand, local MLA BruceMcAllister, and Redwood Mayor John Welsh alsoaddressed the crowd in the parking lot at RedwoodHouse. Tsuu T’ina drummers performed as the threeflags were raised.The flag-raising event is seen as a key process in continuingto develop and improve the town's relationshipwith Tsuu T'ina Nation.Later in the month, a number of councillors attendedthe Redwood Meadows Firefighters’ Ball, a fundraisingevent. We are fortunate to have such a fantasticand well-run fire department in our community, andCouncil would like to thank each and every memberof the volunteer crew for their remarkable commitmentto service.This truly is a great community and we look forwardto continuing our work to make it the best it can be.Please remember that you are free to attend any andall council meetings, which take place on the firstand third Wednesday of each month. Novembermeetings are scheduled for the 7th and the 21st.Redwood Meadows Town CouncilCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 3


Local Musicians and Businesses Pitched in to Help Firefighters’ BallContinued from page 1ever. The RMFA, led by Captain/EMT Gary Robertson,really came through with a great effort. A specialthank-you has to go out to Global Calgary’smorning show traffic guru, Leslie Horton, who emceedthe event.Local musician Mike Lownsborough and his bandthe Beverly Thrillbillies donated their time androcked the joint with their rockabilly sound until thewee hours of Sunday morning. And we got an outstandingdeal on the catering by local restaurant TheSteak Pit and assistance with the bar from DIRTTEnvironmental Solutions and Big Rock Brewery.What would an auction be without a great auctioneer?Danny Rosehill from the Olds Auction Martprovided his tongue-twisting skills for the night.The night would not have raised the amount ofmoney that it did without the people and businessesthat helped us make it the best show this town hasseen all year. Final numbers are being crunched, butby first accounts, this has been the most successfulBall that we have held.We enjoy a great amount of support from our community,and I think a big part of that is making peoplerealize that Redwood Meadows EmergencyServices is their fire department. Without the communitywe serve behind us, we’re nothing morethan another municipal service. We like to think weare more than that, actually an integral part of thecommunity of the best town in Canada.Rob Evans,Redwood Meadows Fire Chief4 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


REDWOOD HOUSENovember 2012Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat123KindermusikFitness 9amYoga9:30am /4:30pmYogaWorkshopFitness 6:30pmWorkshop6pmTKD 6:30pm6pm45678910RMES 9amFitness 9amMom & Tot FitFitness 9amKindermusikFitness 9amYoga 6:30pm9amCoffee &WR Bridge 1pmTKD 6:30pmPlaygroupMuffins 10amFitness 6:30pm9:30amFitness 6:30pmZUMBA 6:30pmCouncil 7pmTKD 6:30pmRMCA AGM7:30pm11121314151617BC ChurchTown officeMom & Tot FitFitness 9amKindermusikK-CountryK-Country10amPrivatefunction 2-6pmclosed forRemembranceDay9amPlaygroup9:30amHCQ 10amFitness 6:30pmCoffee &Muffins 10amZUMBA 6:30pm9:30am /4:30pmFitness 6:30pmTKD 6:30pmXMAS CraftSale PreviewWine & CheeseReception6-9pmXMAS Arts &Craft Sale10am—5pm18192021222324K-CountryFitness 9amMom & Tot FitFitness 9amKindermusikFitness 9amRMES 9amXMAS Arts &Craft Sale10am—5pmYoga 6:30pmTKD 6:30pm9amPlaygroup9:30amFitness 6:30pmCoffee &Muffins 10amZUMBA 6:30pmCouncil 7pm9:30am /4:30pmWR Bridge 1pmTKD 6:30pmRMSC FILM“No ImpactMan” 7:30pmRMESFundraiser 7pm252627282930PrivateFunction12-5pmNO IMPACTCHALLENGESTARTSTODAY!!!Fitness 9amYoga 6:30pmTKD 6:30pmMom & Tot Fit9amPlaygroup9:30amHCQ 10amFitness 9amCoffee &Muffins 10amZUMBA 6:30pmKindermusik9:30am /4:30pmFitness 6:30pmTKD 6:30pmFitness 9amCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 5


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Kananaskis Country ChristmasSaturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 1810 am to 5 pm.Vendor space still available at the Redwood Meadows clubhouseContact Val Brown at 403-991-2092 or by email: vlb@live.caThe Chatter welcomes your letters, articles,advertisements and notices of interest to ourcommunity members in Redwood Meadows,Brag Creek, and the surrounding area.Send to: thechatter@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca.Deadline for submissions is the 15th of themonth prior to publication.All articles submitted must be signed by theauthor to be considered for publication.The Chatter teamCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 11


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ENVIRONMENTAL IDEASNovember's Your Month to Lessen your Impact on the EarthLast year at this time I wrote about the joy of BuyNothing Day and the freedom of possibly celebratinga Buy Nothing Christmas. No, I didn't opt for a fullonconsumption-free Christmas, but I tried to choosegifts more judiciously and give them to family andfriends out of a desire to give, not a feeling of guilt orobligation. This year, I'm putting my money wheremy mouth is and taking the No Impact Challenge.And you can too! Sustainable Redwood is holding itsfirst-ever community challenge, running Nov. 25 toDec. 2, and all you have to do is register. (Go tohttp://bit.ly/RMNIW.)In preparation – and as fodder for this column – I'vebeen looking at the No Impact How to Guide andfeeling both optimism and trepidation. Each day ofthe eight-day challenge addresses a different aspectof living lightly on the Earth, and some of the proposedchallenges look more intimidating than others.As a glass-half-empty kinda gal, my initial reaction tonew ideas is often “But how will that everwork?!” (which is why I married a problem-solving,glass-half-full kinda guy.) Take, for instance, thetransportation challenge, which suggested I walk mykids to school. Walk my kids to school?! Are you kiddingme? We'd have to leave the night before andcamp somewhere along Springbank Road.And then there was: Hop on my bike or scooter to getto work. Are you kidd...? Oh, wait. I already do that,blessed as I am to work close to home. (Yes, I am thatweirdo you see riding my bike on the snow to RedwoodHouse with weights and a mat in my backpackand a sound system in a reusable shopping baghanging from my handlebars.)Okay, so I might be able to get through that day.How about you? Can you carpool for one day? Forone week? Can you work from home? There are lotsof options.There are also lots of options, ideas and suggestionsto get you through the other seven days of the challenge,in which you'll be asked to limit your consumption(one month before Christmas?!), reduceyour water and overall energy use (Does this mean Ican't shower for a week?!), give back to the community,and take a day off. I mean really take it off – nocars or electronic devices, just unplugged fun.Curious? If you're reading this on November first,then you have another three weeks to prepare yourselffor the Redwood Meadows community challenge.As a start, you could check out the blog by NoImpact Man himself, Colin Beavan, who chronicledhis family's attempt to live in a very environmentallyfriendly way for an entire year. Beavan and his familylive in the middle of New York City, by the way,not the easiest place on Earth to go off the grid.I found inspiration in the first few paragraphs ofColin's blog, when he said that he was often asked byearnest people for his how-to-save-the-planet directions.“'What can I do?' they say,” he writes. His answer:“Just get started.”And, really, that's all you need to do. No one is goingto think less of you if you start the No Impact Challengeand only get as far as bringing a reusable coffeecup to work. You have to start somewhere, and thisis a great opportunity to do that, with a lot of supportthrown in to keep you going.The hardest part might be getting your family andfriends on board. It's so much easier to tackle a challengewhen you're not doing it alone. So talk to yourfamily, convince your friends, then sign up for thechallenge and get ready to take it on.Ann Sullivan"It’s a fact of human psychology that we deny or atleast don’t think about problems we believe we can’tdo anything about. Think old age, death, and climatechange. But once you show people they can make adifference, they'll look at the problem in a wholedifferent way." —Colin BeavanCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 13


Looking Toward a Great Season at the Redwood Meadows RinkPreparations for the winter season on the Redwoodice rink are well underway. The Zamboni has beenserviced and is ready to roll and the far side of therink has been sealed to prevent water loss. Jim Evans,our public works guru, has just finished buildingboards for the mini ice rink. Having an enclosedrink will greatly reduce water loss duringflooding and create a finer skating surface for thekids.As per tradition, community volunteers will assumeice maintenance duties. The core group of volunteers,aka the Zamboni Brothers, certainly have theirwork cut out for them this year. Earlier last month,the Bragg Creek Hockey Association approachedRedwood Meadows townsite to rent ice time. Aftercareful consideration and a desire to help our neighbouringcommunity, Redwood Meadows has decidedto host Bragg Creek Hockey for two eveningpractices per week as well as five Saturday gamesover the course of the season.In order to make this happen, BCHA will providesome of its own volunteers to help with ice maintenance.This temporary solution will allow BraggCreek Hockey to work out a plan for the future withthe Bragg Creek Community Association.In order to accommodate the inevitable influx oftraffic during the Saturday games, a slightly largerparking area will be plowed out and strict parkingcontrol measures enforced to minimize any congestionalong Manyhorses Park. Either way, residentscan expect a little hustle and bustle on these particularSaturday mornings. Everyone is welcome tocome watch some great hockey and enjoy the concession,which will be open from 9 am to 2 pm ongame days.Please look for booked ice times, which will be postedat post boxes, at the rink, and on the website athttp://www.redwoodmeadows.ab.ca/about/assets/outdoor-ice-rink/.Finally, a few more volunteers are still needed tohelp with ice maintenance. If you are interested inhelping out, and possibly even becoming one of theZamboni Brothers (or Sisters!), please contact Wandaat the townsite office (949-3563) as soon as possible.Wanda UrbanowiczCongratulations to our good friend and Right to PlayAthlete Ambassador Martin Parnell onbeing awardedthe Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal!Martin received the medal from Prime Minister StephenHarper on October 9.Join Martin at the Redwood Meadows residents’reception and sales preview eveningKananaskis Country ChristmasFriday, November 16 from 6 to 9 pmat Redwood Housefor the launch and signing of his new book,Marathon Quest.“After the 250 marathons,I wasn’t really sure what to do next …”14 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


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NUTRITIONRest and Good Nutrition Will Help Fight Bugs During Cold and Flu SeasonIt’s here, the dreaded cough, coldand flu season. As I write this, Ihave a bit of a sore throat, a littlecough and a desire for a warm cupof tea, sniff. However, these feelingsaren’t full blown yet, and I plan to run this precursorof a cold right out of my head.The common cold is a virus responsible for lost daysof work, school, and general pleasure in life. Thispesky virus spreads through the air (sneeze) andcontact (touching almost anything), and a compromisedimmune system allows it to get you in itsclutches to wreak havoc on your otherwise healthyand happy life.There are many ways to boost your immune systemand prevent the common cold and other ailmentsfrom infiltrating your system.Let’s start with prevention. Drinking enough waterto flush toxins, transport nutrients and hydrate thebody is a great first step in building the immune systemand preventing a cold. Restful sleep is also importantto maintain the body’s ability to repair itself,and frequent hand washing is a must in communicabledisease prevention.As for nutrition, the usual prescription of vitamin Cis well researched in its ability to keep the cold virusat bay. Eating lots of colourful fruits and vegetableswill ensure you get good amounts of vitamin C andother antioxidants too. However, chugging orangejuice may actually do more harm than good becausejuice is often loaded with sugar without the fibre.Sugar is known to depress the immune system bymaking your white blood cells (protectors of thebody) less effective. Vitamin C is commonly knownto be in citrus fruits and orange and yellow vegetables,but greens, broccoli, beet greens, parsley, peas,and kale also contain lots of vitamin C in addition toall their other health-promoting nutrients. Lemonand garlic stimulate detoxification and also act asimmune system boosters.If you are in the throes of the common cold and reliefis what you seek, then here is the short version:Go to bed. If this simply isn’t possible, here are a fewsimple tips to make you feel better: Brew and drinksome homemade ginger tea (see recipe below);chicken soup IS good for the soul; eat small mealsmade up of all those things mentioned above to helpyour body fight.For relief of a sore throat, gargle with a glass of waterand a few drops of tea tree oil three times perday. After one day your sore throat should begone...this is my personal experience!The common cold is more than a nuisance because itmakes everybody miserable. Take care of yourselffirst and try to nip that misery-making virus in thebud through good lifestyle practices and optimalnutrition. Now I’ll try to give myself a dose of myown advice!Yours in Health,Cathleen FisherHolistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Presenterwww.fitnutrition.caGinger TeaAdd a roughly chopped knob of ginger to amedium sized pot of water, bring it to a boiland simmer for 10 minutes. Remove fromheat and add the juice of half a fresh lemonand a little cayenne pepper. Ginger has antioxidantand antimicrobial properties, whichstimulate the immune system. Lemon is alkalizingto the system; an alkalized system willnot harbour invaders. Cayenne pepper stimulatescirculation, making us sweat and movetoxins out of the body. And, this tea tastesnice too. To entice children into drinking it,add some good quality honey, but not toomuch because it is a sugar and sugar depressesthe immune system, which would counteractthe effects of all your efforts.16 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


Redwood Updater Brings News to YourInboxFeel like you’re missing out on news and eventsin your community? Sign up for the RedwoodMeadows Updater by emailing:communitynews@redwoodmeadows.ab.caYou can also keep in touch by checking outRedwood’s Facebook page.Or follow the town on Twitter @RedwoodMeadows.CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 17


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VOLUNTEER PROFILEImagine this. You wake up on a crisp morning inRedwood Meadows and walk to the local passivesolar greenhouse to pick up a few veggies for anomelet breakfast. You spend the morning attendingan environmental film festival at Redwood House.Next, you hit the safe, recreational trail to BraggCreek to grab a bite to eat for lunch. You stroll backhome in time to hop on the Redwood biodiesel busto catch a Flames game (in this dream scenario thereare no NHL lockouts).Does it seem impossible? Not to Sustainable Redwood,the local environmental committee, and itsleader Shana Barbour-Welsh. “It may sound cliché,”she says, “but this truly is about ensuring that ourchildren and grandchildren have a healthy world tolive in and a quality of life where their needs can bemet without compromise.”Shana (pronounced Shay-nuh) and her husbandJohn moved to Redwood with their twins, Mairennand Darian, and their dog Harriet “mostly to getaway from the busy city and to raise our kids theway we remember being raised – no fences, friendlyneighbours, close neighborhood schools and aboveall, nature.”Redwood Meadows has also made it easy for Shanato enjoy some of her other interests. They includecycling, running, and cross-country skiing.She also loves anything artsy, from silversmithing topainting. It was here that Shana earned her Master ofScience degree in Sustainable Development, whichspurred her to start SustainableRedwood.She says committee memberswork together nicely,and they are great at brainstormingideas. MemberAnn Sullivan agrees, andsays “Shana is one of thehardest working people Iknow when it comes to sustainabilityand environmentalissues. She’d never takethe credit for all the workthat Sustainable Redwooddoes, but without the timeand effort she puts in, somany ambitious projects,-Earth Hour, Earth Day, and the Friday night film seriesat Redwood House, for example, would neverget off the ground.”The committee’s next big project, at the end of thismonth, is the No Impact Challenge. It’s an easy wayfor residents to try to limit waste, drive less, and getin the environmental game. Go to noimpactproject.orgto register to participate.Or, if you’d like to help Shana make any of the otherdream scenarios a reality (except, of course, preventingNHL lockouts email her and the committee atsustainableredwood@gmail.com.Faith McLeanCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 19


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Ujamaa Grandmas — Sustainable Redwood’s Charity Focus for 2012This year Sustainable Redwood chose to supportUjamaa Grandmas with funds raised through localevents such as the Friday night film series and EarthDay. Read on to learn more about the work done bythis group of Calgary and area women who donatetheir time and talents to raise funds and awarenessin support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.The SL Foundation supports 200 grassroots projectsin sub-Saharan Africa, an area that has 68% ofworldwide HIV infections and 90% of global childHIV infections. Projects have been initiated by resourcefuland dedicated Africans to assist orphansand other AIDS-affected children and supportgrandmothers, the unsung heroes of Africa, whobury their children and then care for their orphanedgrandchildren.Projects help to meet immediate needs such as supplyingnutritious food, health care, transportation,home visits, adequate housing and bedding, as wellas school fees and uniforms. Longer term needs arealso addressed, such as parenting and businessskills; micro-credit loans; bereavement counselling;Sustainable Library in RedwoodSustainable Redwood has created a new bookand film library with titles that focus on currentand pertinent issues related to sustainability.Titles can be signed out from Redwood HouseMonday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.Loans will be based on an honour system, but ifitems are not returned, fees will apply so thatwe can purchase a replacement.HIV awareness training, and counselling and supportgroups for grandmothers.The SL Foundation’s fundamental objective is toprovide assistance to those most in need by puttingmoney directly in the hands of communities andfrontline organizations. Each initiative is visitedbefore funding and then on a regular basis by African-basedfield representatives. Overhead is keptlow so that 90% of contributions support projectwork in Africa.Ujamaa Grandmas raises funds through a variety ofevents and awareness through a speaker’s bureau.We have just completed a successful Bags, Babiesand Beyond sale, the culmination of a year of handcrafting.Find out more about us atwww.ujamaagrandmas.com. Join us and/or considerstarting a group in Redwood Meadows!For additional information on the Stephen LewisFoundation see the websitewww.stephenlewisfoundation.orgUjamaa GrandmasBook loan: 2 weeksFilm loan: 3 daysIf you have any related books or films youwould like to donate to our library, pleasecontact Shana at shana@barbourwelsh.comor phone 949-2490.CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 21


Harvest Time Reminds us to Give Thanks to GodMost of us have little or no part in any form of agriculturebeyond the weekly grass harvest from ourlawn. Most of the food that we buy “fresh” yearroundis found in a supermarket, and because of thiswe have difficulty imagining it as anything otherthan a packaged product. Despite this, there is stillan annual event known as “the harvest.”Because most of our vocations are not agricultural,we do not get to enjoy as vivid a picture of reapingthe rewards of our labour as those engaged in suchactivity. However, we do on occasion have opportunityto reflect on and to realize the fruit of ourwork. That could be anything from a simple paycheque to an exponential increase in the worth of amultinational company.Though we have not much seasonality in our work,we still in some ways get to experience times of harvestthroughout our lives. Especially at this time ofyear, we like to fancy ourselves in part as nostalgicfarmers with the token trappings purchased fromlocal farmers’ markets.So while we are in such a mental disposition as this,let us direct our focus in this way: “But you shall rememberthe Lord your God, for it is He who is givingyou the power to make wealth...” (Deuteronomy8:18)The context of this verse is just before God led thepeople of Israel into the Promised Land. In lookingon the rich blessing He gave to them, He cautionsthem not to look upon it in pride, boasting in themselves,as if it were by their own strength they gainedit, forgetting the One from whom it was abundantlygiven; Who delivered them out of slavery, leadingthem through the wilderness to finally enter intotheir inheritance.This is the posture that I encourage us to have forourselves. We need to recognize that every goodthing is a gift of God, and it is He who gives us theability to generate wealth.So let us direct our hearts back to Him in this season,and for everything with gratitude let us be thankfulfor His countless blessings in our lives, and for thisbeautiful land of opportunity we are so greatly privilegedto call home.Finally, just as the Israelites remembered their deliveranceout of Egypt by the mighty hand of God, letus give thanks for the atoning work of Christ Jesus,who by His work on the cross, has given us freedomfrom sin and abundant life. We have 10,000 reasonsto shout out with joy, “Thank you, Lord Jesus!”Timothy HarderBragg Creek Community Church22 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


FITNESSDream Your Olympic Dreams into RealityLast month my daughter and I heard Olympic goldmedallist Kerrin Lee-Gartner speak about her pathfrom young girl dreaming about the podium toyoung woman standing on the podium.Lee-Gartner said several things that really hit homewith me. I hope they also meant something to thedozens of young girls at the event whose own Olympicdreams could still come true. (At 46, I think myOlympic hopes might be behind me.)Here are some of Lee-Gartner’s tips:• Treat sport the way babies and children do—likeit's play!• Believe in your dreams. Her sister dreamed ofbecoming a nurse, her brother an artist, Kerrin anOlympic gold medallist. Each child's dream eventuallycame true.• Be nice to yourself. Treat yourself the way youwould treat your best friend—with positive selftalk—becauseself-criticism is some of the harshestcriticism you’ll get in life.• Have fun; have passion; have pride.Lee-Gartner also said she was so shy as a young girlthat she never looked at anyone above the knee. Itook that to mean that you don’t have to be outgoingand assertive to have inner fortitude and strength ofcharacter. Keep working toward your own dreams!Ann SullivanCHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 23


Prepare for Cross Country Ski Season with the Right EquipmentHere are some tips to get you ready for the upcomingcross country ski season, courtesy of FloraGiesbrecht, head coach and program director for XCBragg Creek.CLOTHING (adapted from a handout from University ofCalgary Outdoor Programs)Dress in Layers using 3 Ws:1. Wicking layer next to your skin, e.g., polypropylenelong underwear or wool (NOT cotton!)2. Warm layer – fleece or wool works well. A vest iswill keep your core warm. It is better to dress inmultiple thin layers, rather than one bulky layer,as you can regulate your temperature better.3. Wind layer on top. An outer shell or pants thatwill block the wind.Carry a small pack with food and water. Haveenough room to carry extra layers.Be warm but avoid sweating – take off layers asneeded and make sure your outer layers are breathable.Being damp is what will make you cold, especiallyif you have to stop moving.Velcro strap above the heel; fiddle around withthat as it can make a big difference on whetheryour heel lifts out or not.• Don't wear a thick sock when you try on boots. Ifyou don't have some already, get a pair of syntheticsocks designed for cross country skiing andwear them when you are trying on boots.• Also, if you have any inserts or footbeds, bringthem when you try on boots.There are basically three styles of ski boots: classic,skate, and combi (combi can be used for either technique).They all fit differently. Skate and combi bootsare taller and stiffer and have more ankle support.(Combi boots tend to be more like a classic boot thana skate boot). A classic ski boot flexes at the toe box(more like a running shoe).SKISThere are two types of track cross country skis: classicand skate. Classic skiing is when your legs areparallel to each other and you ski in a track and yourContinued on next pageFor your hands, mitts are warmer than gloves. Youcan use the 3 W’s on your hands as well; start with athin glove or mitt (not cotton), then a warm mitt, anda windproof over mitt. Instant hand warmers (e.g.,Hotshots) are good if your hands get really cold.For your feet – again use the 3 Ws; wicking, warm,then your boots are the wind layer. It’s better to havetwo thin socks than one pair of bulky thick socks. It’sbest to use one ski sock layer and then if your feet areprone to getting cold, get a “boot warmer.” (It’s a layeryou put over your boots that’s designed for skiboots and bindings).Ski Equipment for track skiing (on groomed trails)BOOTS• Getting a good fit is very important. When buyingnew equipment, I always recommend startingwith the boots.• If possible, don't be afraid to walk around in themfor 20 minutes before purchasing. They should fitlike a running shoe and fit right away. Make surethere is no heel lift. Some boots (Salomon) have a24 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


Continued from previous p ageskis require both grip and glide. Skate skis do nothave a grip zone, and the skis are out to the side. Iwill discuss what to look for in classic skis.Length of the ski is a start (as tall as your outstretchedwrist), but camber is far more important indetermining whether a ski is right for you.A good seller of skis will ask for your weight and/orget you to stand up on the ski and perform a “papertest or measure camber with a special device.There are two types of classic track skis (waxable,and waxless (crown skis). Waxable skis tend to befaster and more springy. Waxable skis can be used ina larger variety of snow types but require some workto prepare. Waxless skis tend to be less expensive,wider and good for all trail conditions except icysnow. All skis need to have the glide zones waxedregularly (approximately every 50k). Look forwaxing tips in next month’s Chatter or online atwww.xcbraggcreek.ca.BINDINGSThere are two main binding systems for track skis,NNN and SNS, and more recently Salomon Pilot (2bars instead of one). Make sure that your bootsmatch the bindings (if you buy skis with bindings).SKI POLESWhen buying ski poles, you don't need a huge basketfor most track skiing.Make sure the poles have adjustable straps. There isa huge range in pole technology and price (generally,more expensive = lighter). But lighter poles are notmore sturdy. If you fall on them, they can break. So ifyou are looking to spend a lot of money, spend it onthe boots and skis and get a basic pole.Poles should be between your armpit and the top ofyour shoulder for classic skiing, between you chinand nose for skate skiing.For more info and retailers, visit xcbraggcreek.ca.CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 25


The Little SchoolhouseOctober News 2012A few snowfalls, icy roads, and the need to weartoques and mitts mean that winter is just aroundthe corner. While the beginning of October wasbeautiful with weather still warm enough to wearonly sweaters, it definitely feels like fall as this articleis written. But that means October brought allthings fall to the Little Schoolhouse.The celebration of Thanksgiving meant crafts involvingturkeys and a nice long weekend to spendtime with friends and family. October also broughtthe investigation of the changing environmentaround us and what it all means.Each class had a great Halloween party at whichstudents wore costumes and sang songs for parentsand siblings. The Kindergarten and Junior Kindergartenclasses had a wonderful experience of visitingthe Redwood Meadows Fire Hall as part of theircommunity helpers theme. It was a great time foreveryone – thank you to the Redwood MeadowsFire Department for inviting us to visit.The Kindergarten class also started their readingprogram and it has been very exciting to watchthem gain confidence as they read to us. Little Rainbow,the take-home monkey, also started its roundsin October. Each child gets a chance to have themonkey spend time with his or her family. A journalthen chronicles their adventures together.November will bring “Penguin Palooza” to the Kindergartenclass as they embark on a study of animalsin winter. The children will not only study thehabitat and behaviour of penguins, but also of bearsand owls. Sounds like an excellent time for a fieldtrip to the zoo!The Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten classesstudied Canadian Classics and Faery Tales inOctober. Each class had the opportunity to writeJack and the Beanstalk themselves as a group project– what fun! In November the three- and fouryear-oldswill study the Inuit. The Glenbow Museumhas offered to lend the school a Museokit tolaunch the Inuit unit and spark interest in theminds of our little children.November 10th is The Little Schoolhouse’s fundraiser– Little Schoolhouse Rock. Starting at 7 pm,there will be live music, appetizers, and a silentauction at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Allproceeds will go to the programming at the LittleSchoolhouse and to future building opportunitiesso please come out and support our local preschooland Kindergarten.Tickets are available at exec@thelittleschoolhouse.ca- everyone is invited to join us. More information isavailable at www.thelittleschoolhouse.ca.There is still an opportunity to donate silent auctionitems so please let us know if you have somethingto donate.The Little Schoolhouse offers classes in Bragg Creekfor 3-year-olds (Pre-Kindergarten), 4-year-olds(Junior Kindergarten) and Kindergarten. The Kindergartenclass is held on Tuesdays and Thursdaysfrom 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, the Junior Kindergartenclass is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridaysfrom 9:00 – 11:30 am, and the Pre-Kindergartenclass is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 –3:00pm.Registration for Kindergarten, Junior Kindergartenand Pre-Kindergarten is ongoing.For more information about our programs and howto register, please check out our website atwww.thelittleschoolhouse.caCarmen Ryan (Parent)26 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012


Redwood Meadows Babysitters ListName Age Courses PhoneAlexandra Sargent-Laskin 13St. John's Babysitting & HomeAlone Safely949-4424Aly Mohun 15 Red Cross Babysitting 949-4944Anita Doglioni Majer 11 St. John’s Babysitting 949-4120Brian Goerzen 12 Red Cross Babysitting 949-0054Chiara Schmid 12 Red Cross Babysitting 949-2006Chris Thornton 13 Red Cross Babysitting 949-4968Kathleen Griffin 14 Red Cross Babysitting 949-2428Kathryn Gibbesch 25Nanny; CPR, babysittingcourse587-433-8252Keely Anderson 12 Babysitting Course 949-8287Logan Schnell 13Lucy Talman 17Natasha Black 14St. John’s Babysitting, HomeAloneHome Alone BabysittingCourse and First AidAlberta Safety CouncilBabysitting Course (YMCA)949-2825949-3785949-3337Quintavan der Lee13Home Alone, Red CrossBabysitting Certificate949-3510Rachel Holloway 15St. John’s Babysitting, HomeAlone courses949-0074Sabrina Gosselin-Epp 12 Babysitting Course 949-2090Scott Goerzen 14Red Cross Babysitting Certificate;backcountry emerg.workshop949-0054To have your name added to the babysitter list, email thechatter@redwoodmeadows.ab.ca.CHATTER IN THE WOODS, November 2012 27


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