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March 9, 2012 Strathmore Times

March 9, 2012 Strathmore Times

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March 9, 2012 / Locally Owned & Operated / Volume 4 issue 10 / Strathmore / TIMES / Alberta
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Siksika Idol
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The senior girls Spartans hosted a home tournament on March 2 and 3. After starting with a lossthe girls were able to pull together and dominate the rest of the tournament. All three of the Strath-more High School basketball teams are off to zones this weekend.
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Seniors who have been strugglingnancially to stay in their own homemay get a helping hand from the prov-ince. On March 5 discussion began when Seniors Minister George Van-derBurg brought forward the SeniorsProperty Tax Deferral Act to the prov-ince.“What we’re going to do is we’regoing to enable Albertans to defer their property taxes, part or all of it,so they can stay in their home longer,”said VanderBurg, at Sagewoods grandopening on March 2. The example VanderBurg gave is if the property tax is $3,000, the prov-ince will pay that to the municipality and upon death or transfer of the titlethen the municipality will pay backthe province with an interest rate that will be set by the Treasury Board.In the case of a death, the moniesowed to the province will be takencare of through the person’s estate; it will not fall upon family members toclear up the debt.“There are so many of our parentsthat are house rich, and cash poor andto be able to have a couple of hundredextra dollars…is pretty important,”said VanderBurg.“Municipalities will be worried who’s going to pay the bill. The prov-ince will pay the bill on behalf of thesenior, and the senior will have theequity in their home that they’ll lever  with the province.” VanderBurg expects the program tocost $1.5 million initially and could bein place by 2013. The program will beequity based. Basically the homeown-er will enter into a home-equity loanagreement with the province, provid-ed the owner has 25 per cent equity intheir home. There are still a number of details to be worked out with the proposed law.
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The goal or this year’s Kits or Kids beneft con-cert was to raise $3,000 or Free the Childrenorganization. Organizer Brooklyn Davidson saidon March 6 she believes the approximate total is$4,700. Students showed o their various talents,and there were plenty o singers, dancers andeven belly dancers.
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The Minister o Seniors, George VanderBurgstopped to visit the Meadowlark Senior CareHome on March 2. VanderBurg, along withlocal politicians, had a chance to meet withowner Debbie Wakelam and discuss some oher concerns.
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Strathmore TMS March 9, 2012 www.StrathmoreTimes.com
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 A few months ago Mayor Steve Grajc-zyk donated a Flames jersey, signed by the current roster, to the Strathmore As-sembly of Youth (SAY) to rafe off. SAY,formerly known as the Youth Council,has nally gotten everything in place andtickets are now on sale.Grajczyk had purchased the jersey andhad been looking for a group to donatethe jersey to.“They don’t work with a whole bunchof money, they more work in an adviso-ry role and having some money allowsthem to get some tangible results not just give advice, which is kind of nice for them,” said Jill McDonald, teacher advi-sor for SAY.“We are going to use it to try to imple-ment some of the solutions the kids havecome up with, maybe something relatedto vandalism, and hopefully some guestspeakers for the group to try and kind of improve their research.” There are nine students involved inSAY, ve from Strathmore High School,and four from Holy Cross Collegiate. Thepurpose of SAY is to provide youth inputto town council, so either help them seesome of the issues that youth are facing,or provide a different perspective whensolving problems in town.“They are working on some vandal-ism issues, so maybe a dedicated spacefor grafti, also talking about having anartist come in and dealing with some of the really prone-to-grafti areas in town,put up some murals or something,” saidMcDonald.“They are also doing some work onrecreation and trying to provide somethings for kids to do in town other thannothing, because that is the commoncomplaint your hear is there is nothingto do.” Anyone purchasing tickets must beat least 18 years old, and the draw willtake place on March 19. Tickets are beingsold for $5 each and can be purchasedat Strathmore High School, Holy CrossCollegiate or by contacting strathmoreas-semblyofyouth@gmail.com.
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Strathmore Rural Fire andStrathmore Town Fire De-partments as well as RCMPand MS were called toagle Lake Feb. 25 whena pair o fshermen ellthrough the ice in their truckwhile attempting to leavethe lake ater a day o fsh-ing. The pair escaped withonly cold, wet eet but sadlya pet dog was presumeddrowned in the truck. Highwinds and blinding snowmade locating the truck onthe ice difcult and danger-ous or the frefghters asthey hoped there may be achance they could save thepet, but by the time they ar-rived at the scene the cabo the truck was completelysubmerged.
 
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 The Amphitheatre at Siksika High school was packed withamily and riends supporting the student contestants romthe area in becoming the frst Siksika Idol last Wednesday,Feb. 29. Twenty-our perormers took the stage and all did a tre-mendous job. It took a lot o courage and practicing to stepout o their ‘comort zones’ and showcase their talents. The evening began at 6:30 p.m. and two hours later all 24contestants had given it their all. The judges had a hard timepicking a winner rom the entire group.In the end there was a three-way tie between three youngladies. April Minde who sang Taylor Swit’s ‘Tear Drops onmy Guitar’, Shayna Leather who sang ‘Lights’ by Savior andfnally Mikayla McHugh Sharp who sang ‘Country Strong’ by Gwyneth Paltrow. All three girls had to give an encore perormance and theaudience broke the three-way tie by applause.Mikayla McHugh Sharp won over her two senior competi-tors. She was gracious in her acceptance o the very frstSiksika Idol trophy. Sharp also let the evening with a mini-recording session with one o the high school students.Sharp said thank you to all her ellow competitors and to theaudience or coming out. She also thanked the judges and wished everyone a good night.Guy Morin recently took the position as Vice Principal o Siksika High School. He said that it was an exciting “new  beginning” or Siksika students and looks orward to havingthem showcase more o their talents in the near uture.
Manny EvErEtt
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Once again the entire Standard School student body showed their true colors, wearing PINK on Feb. 29 to recog-nize and show support or the anti-bullying day.Every seven seconds in Canada, a child is bullied. Thisalarming statistic uels the passion that is behind the now an-nual events held across Canada or campaign Pink Shirt Day.Students across Canada show their support by wearing pinkto symbolize that bullying o any kind will not be tolerated.In this age o technology “cyber-bullying” is becoming ar too prevalent in today’s society. Twittering, Facebook andcyber texting are quickly becoming avenues or major bul-lying. RCMP have said they are able to “track” such eventsi they are made aware o the problems. The ip side o social networking is that young people are beginning to usecyber space to look ater each other, becoming “digital frstresponders” said Sr. Victoria Police Ofcer Darren Laur.So what kind o bullying happens online? A popular sortis various kinds o polls such as: Who’s the ugliest student,sluttiest girl? Students want to show o, or are seeking vali-dation, love, drama or want to get even. Fighting events are becoming group events and students are inormed instantly on their phones to attend and “cyber-texting” is ar more e-fcient than word o mouth.Long gone are the days o “sticks and stones may break my  bones but names will never hurt me.” The power o wordsand innuendos are oten more hurtul and have a lasting e-ect on youth.Next it would be good to see all schools and even busi-nesses participate in some way to continue to show supportor the cause. For more inormation go to pinkshirtday.ca.
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Siksika Nation held itsfrst ever Siksika dol onFeb. 29. The event show-cased just some o thetalent these young peoplehave to oer. Top: Thethree fnalists out o 24contestants April Minde,let, Shayna Leather andMikayla McHugh Sharp.Right: Vice Principal GuyMorin awarding winnero Siksika dol MikaylaMcHugh Sharp with thevery frst Siksika dol tro-phy. 
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