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Piikani Nation elders Peter Strikes with a gun, in regalia, and Jeannie Provost at Piikani Nation Secondary School feather blessing ceremony

Shootin’ the Breeze – June 12, 2024

This week’s headlines:

Pincher Creek funds community recreation facilities

Pincher Creek council passes two new bylaws

Pride flag at Pincher Creek library targeted for second year

New Crowsnest Pass bylaw stirs controversy, residents raise concerns for freedom of speech

Heritage Acres Victory Garden grows hope for another year

Health Canada ends Paxlovid coverage, Albertans to pay over $1,400 per treatment

Athletes place well at trace and field zones

Registering personal and business security cameras could assist RCMP with criminal investigations

Young ranchers show great work at achievement day

Timber Trails members impress judge

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village seeks community support to preserve Pincher Creek’s firefighting history

Ranchers left their mark with hard work and perseverance

Farmers market set to return with local delights

Plus the best local options for Father’s Day shopping and events, community notices, job opportunities, service directory, obituary for Henry Doell, Coffee Break puzzles and general information for Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass and Piikani Nation.

This red fox vixen had a successful morning hunt, returning to the den with a starling and a Richardson’s ground squirrel. The kits have been spied cavorting in the spring sunshine and will soon learn to hunt. Foxes are omnivores that eat fruits and vegetation along with birds and small mammals. According to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a red fox can hear a mouse squeak from 100 feet away. Many of this week’s articles and photos tie in with it being Canadian Environment Week.

Shootin’ the Breeze – June 05, 2024

This week, we celebrate remarkable community achievements and important initiatives.

From Crowsnest Pass CAO Patrick Thomas’s recognition for his outstanding service and dedication to the new funding applications for drought preparedness in MD of Pincher Creek, this issue brings your attention to all major developments.

Also, discover the exciting scavenger hunt designed to showcase hidden gems and popular spots in honour of Recreation and Park Month, celebrate the success of the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in Pincher Creek, and join the movement towards sustainability with our upcoming reuse and recycle fair.

Stay informed and connected with our community’s latest news and events!

Kayaker attempts to stay upright going over whitewater rapids

Summer paddling opportunities

Paddling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Pinch-O-Crow Creekers have a fun lineup of paddling activities planned for the summer.

Founded in 1995, the club arranges kayak trips, summer camps, pool sessions and clinics in the region.

“We’ve got 18 different river runs ranging anywhere from a Grade 1 to a Grade 4, covering about 200 kilometres in the MD of Pincher Creek, so we’re really quite fortunate to have all of that here,” says Chuck Lee, manager and founder of Pinch-O-Crow Creekers.

The club kicked off the summer season back in May with its Three Rivers Rendezvous event at PEAKS Campus, near Coleman.

The annual May long weekend event saw paddlers from across the province gather for several days of camping and kayaking on some of the region’s lush rivers.

Money raised by the event supports the club’s youth programs and its youth instructors.

Throughout the remainder of the summer, Pinch-O-Crow Creekers have two main types of summer camps.

The first is the FUNdamentals Kayak Camps for ages seven to 10, where kids will head out to the lake for a three-day program that will focus on the joy and freedom of kayaking.

The second is the Developmentals Kayak Camp for ages 10 and up — a five-day program that enhances skills and emphasizes the importance of staying safe on the water.

“Kayaking has become super popular over the last couple of years,” Chuck says. “As a volatile sport, it’s very important that anyone looking to head out to the river gets some proper lessons and gets a better understanding of what the hazards are.”

In addition to its youth programs, the club has a number of options for adults looking to learn or build upon what they know.

“We have different clinics on the weekends for adults and for families. So we can either book you as a family for a clinic, or we’ll have some adult sessions that we’ll set up and run for a group of adults,” Chuck explains.

Outdoor sessions are available for club members exclusively. An annual membership costs $30 per person or $70 for a family of four. An additional $5 per person is required to cover insurance and other membership fees.

To learn more about the summer programs, clinics and camps offered by the club, or to register, visit the club website at pinchocrowcreekers.com.

Anyone interested in learning more or signing up can also reach out to Chuck Lee at pinchocrowcreekers93@ gmail.com or 403-628-2336.

Take river safety seriously

As spring’s heat entices crowds to rivers for water activities, hidden dangers lurk beneath their tranquil surface.

The 2020 Alberta Drowning Report identified rivers as a leading location for drownings, and in 2017 there were 52 water-related fatalities reported across all water locations. With major rivers in southern Alberta and rising temperatures, river safety is paramount.

Before entering a river, consider risk factors like flow rate, currents, undertows, rapids, drop-offs, temperature and debris, just to name a few.

The “scout, assess and decide” strategy is a good one to remember and follow: Scout the river for conditions and hazards, assess the danger level, and decide if it’s safe. River conditions can change rapidly, so be aware.

Additional measures include:

Essential safety devices

Life-jackets and personal floatation devices are essential for water safety. While they serve similar purposes, there are key differences.

A life-jacket is designed to swiftly turn you onto your back if you are face down in the water. They are more buoyant, and available only in specific colours (red, orange and yellow).

PFDs come in various styles and colours, with a limited ability to turn you in the water.

Whichever you choose, know they are mandatory on waterways, so ensure proper wear and sizing for everyone.

 

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Preparation

Prepare in advance and carry a mandatory water-safety kit on board any watercraft you use. Include water and snacks, sun protection, a cellphone in case of an emergency and, of course, your life-jacket or PFD.

Don’t forget to tell someone your trip route and when you plan to return.

Buddy system

Even if you think you are a strong swimmer, rivers contain hidden hazards that even the best swimmers can struggle with. Use the buddy system. Never swim alone, and always stick to designated safe places.

Active supervision

Children must be actively supervised at all times when in or around water. This means being within arm’s reach in addition to wearing a PFD or life-jacket.

The Alberta 2020 Drowning Report indicated that all drownings for children under the age of five occurred due to distraction or to supervision being absent.

 

 

Get trained

Enhance your swimming abilities and consider taking a first-aid course. It is never too late to learn to swim or improve your technique. The Life Saving Society has various swimming programs available, from parent-and-tot to adult lessons, lifeguarding and first-aid courses.

Stay sober

Lastly, refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs while on the river. Stick to non-alcoholic beverages, stay hydrated and comply with legal and safety requirements.

For current river conditions in your community, visit rivers. alberta.ca on the web.

For more information on river safety, check out redcross. ca/training-and-certification/ swimming-and-water-safety-tips-and-resources.

 

 

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Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 29, 2024

A steer and its keeper’s time to shine

Achievement day is the pinnacle of the 4-H year and both the Timber Trails and Foothills beef clubs celebrated this tradition on Monday. Timber Trails member Carter Grose showed Batman, his project steer, at the Lynch-Staunton Feed Lot. Watch for results and photos from both clubs in next week’s issue of Shootin’ the Breeze.

Submitted photo — Eliza Grose

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Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 22, 2024

Spring augments the lure of the road

Whether the wheels be on a bicycle, skateboard, motorcycle, scooter or motor vehicle, spring is the time the dust gets brushed off and enthusiasts of all kinds take to the road. Both in town and on area highways, please be alert to the seasonal increase of wheels on the pavement and paths as riders search for serenity and beauty along the Eastern Slopes.

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Tyson Kehoe, missing from Fort Macleod, male with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Missing: Tyson Kehoe of Fort Macleod

UPDATE: Fort Macleod RCMP reported May 17 that Tyson Kehoe has been located and is safe.

May 16 original post:

Tyson Thomas Kehoe is missing and Fort Macleod RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate him.

The 36-year-old man was last seen in Fort Macleod on May 11. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark sweater, and was carrying two reusable bags — one red and one blue.

Kehoe has short brown hair and brown eyes, stands about five feet four inches and weighs about 150 pounds.

If you have any information regarding Tyson Kehoe’s whereabouts, please contact Fort Macleod RCMP.

If you would like to share information anonymously, please submit your tip through Crime Stoppers.

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If you see a crime in progress or need police assistance in an emergency, call 911.

Please contact your local RCMP or Crime Stoppers with information about any illegal activity.

Connect with area RCMP:

Pincher Creek RCMP

Crowsnest Pass RCMP

Piikani Nation RCMP

Fort Macleod RCMP

Cardston RCMP

Waterton RCMP

Other Alberta detachments

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Anonymous reporting through Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers allows tip sharing to a centralized law-enforcement database without disclosure of personal information.

The best tips include as many details as possible. Who? What? Where? When? 

An ID number and password are provided to follow up on tip status or add further details.

FAQ

Cash rewards of up to $2,000 may be available for tips leading to an arrest. Tips used to solve more serious crimes like murder, sexual assault, drug and weapon seizures, and human trafficking will have higher payouts than those related to less severe crimes like vandalism and petty theft. 

Call in your tip

Submit tip online

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Online crime reporting (under $5,000)

If you are the victim of a property crime, such as theft or vandalism under $5,000, online reporting is available 24/7. 

You will receive a reference number and can follow up by email or phone.

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Young man takes photo of aurora borealis lights in the night sky

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 15, 2024

Brilliant lights in the night

Sebastian Parker admires the northern lights seen over the town of Pincher Creek on Friday, May 10. According to the Weather Channel, auroras were seen across Canada and much of the United States, thanks to the most extreme geomagnetic storm since 2003. The channel’s website states, “This is likely the most widely seen aurora event of the modern technological era.”

Photo by Mia Parker

Dog looks through barrier fence at Pincher Creek Humane Society

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 8, 2024

Crisis at the shelter

Pincher Creek Humane Society’s shelter is filled beyond normal capacity, and Bella and her friends are in need of more support from volunteers and donors. With a recent increase in surrendered animals, PCHS president Kelly Lepine is calling for more responsible ownership practices such as fixing and chipping to keep pets out of the shelter system.

Front page of May 1, 2024, issue of Shootin' the Breeze with Ayden Lucas steer riding

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 1, 2024

Going pro in rodeo

Ayden Lucas of Beaver Mines made his Kananaskis Pro Rodeo debut Friday morning in junior steer riding. The 15-year-old athlete moved up to the pro rodeo circuit this season with a first performance at the Medicine Hat rodeo earlier this month. He has been riding steers since he was eight and, in 2022, was invited to the junior world finals in Las Vegas after placing in the top 15 in the world in rookie junior bulls and rookie junior bareback.

 “He drew a tough steer,” his dad, RJ Lucas, says of Friday’s ride. “His ambitions for this year are to get qualified for the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and to eventually move into novice bulls when he meets their criteria, which will be in 2026. I’m very proud of him — he’s worked really hard to get to this point and shows courage in a sport most grown men are afraid to try.”

Mugshot of Shaine Smith

Piikani RCMP ask for assistance locating Shaine Smith

Piikani Nation RCMP have requested public assistance to locate Shaine Smith, 33, of Lundbreck. He has a history of fleeing from police and operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner, and is bound by a Canada-wide driving prohibition.

A Piikani RCMP officer attempted to stop Smith on April 24, at about 1:45 p.m., and he fled at excessive speeds.

Smith was located a second time and RCMP say he intentionally drove at the RCMP cruiser, swerving at the last second before colliding with the officer.

His disregard for others on the road is a large concern for RCMP.

 

 

Smith is wanted for the following offences:

— flight from police

— two counts of operating while prohibited

— dangerous operation

— breach of probation

Smith is described as

— about 5 feet 10 inches tall

— 170 pounds

— brown hair and blue eyes

 

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He is currently believed to be in possession of a 2004 gold-coloured Chevrolet Malibu with Alberta licence plate BWV 8504.

If you have any information regarding Shaine Smith’s whereabouts, please contact Piikani RCMP at 403-965-2000.

 

Alberta Crime Stoppers welcomes anonymous tips at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at p3tips.com, or through the P3 Tips app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Please contact your local RCMP if you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity. If you see a crime in progress or an emergency, call 911.

Tips can also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, through the P3 Tips app (available from Google Play or the Apple Store), or online at p3tips.com. Your anonymity is protected and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – April 24, 2024

Double duty at Ascent

“I’m a dentist, not a chef!” you may have heard Dr. Regan Evanson exclaim as he flipped burgers alongside Dr. David Baker at Ascent Dental last Wednesday. The clinic welcomed its clients for a customer appreciation event and chamber of commerce members to a mix-and-mingle. The dentists braved the chill and handily barbecued 200 burgers to go along with tasty potato salad (among other sides) and Italian sodas. The house was full as Ascent Dental celebrated Oral Health Month.

Women's hands place on top of one another

Sheltering hope

In Pincher Creek, an emergency shelter stands as a beacon of hope for women grappling with the realities of domestic violence and crisis.

Established by the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association, this refuge extends its hand to those navigating the darkest corridors of family violence, providing essential support and sanctuary for women and children.

The need for such a shelter was recognized in 1988, following a forum on family violence issues sponsored by Matthew Halton High School. In 1992, PCWESA registered as a non-profit organization and, five years later, the shelter opened its doors in Pincher Creek.

Since then, this haven has offered hope to women experiencing violence within their families.

The shelter’s operations are finely tuned to offer a lifeline to those in need. When a woman seeks assistance, a carefully orchestrated process unfolds. A simple phone call sets in motion a chain of support.

 

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“Women can access the residential program of the shelter by calling the shelter to request space. We have criteria that we use to determine if we would be a fit for women who are calling to request space,” says the shelter’s executive director, Lori Van Ee.

In crisis situations, women and children can stay at the shelter for up to three weeks.

“We are only an emergency shelter that provides safe, accessible shelter for 21 days, while women and families are seeking more long-term housing,” Lori tells Shootin’ the Breeze.

Asked about times of high demand, Lori says the association stands ready with contingency plans to ensure that no one is turned away in time of need.

“If we cannot accommodate any individual or families, we would always ensure that they are able to get to another safe shelter. In an emergency, we could utilize the cots that we have at the shelter, that were donated to us by Matthew Halton High School, until we were able to find space elsewhere for the women and/or families,” she says, underscoring the community’s unwavering solidarity and support.

 

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The safety of occupants is paramount. Lori emphasizes that security measures, including round-the-clock staffing and surveillance systems, safeguard residents from potential threats, ensuring their peace of mind as they navigate the path to healing.

Beyond providing a safe haven, the PCWESA runs several projects to empower women to rebuild their lives beyond fear.

“We provide education to individuals and families accessing our shelter on domestic violence, safety planning and how family violence affects children,” Lori explains.

“We assist women in accessing different resources and services to meet their needs and achieve their short-term goals. We offer various programs within the shelter to help individuals and families become more confident and improve their well-being.”

Currently, the shelter operates three programs: residential, outreach and child support. The residential program aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for women and their children, while the outreach effort assists women in setting goals that will enable them to live more productively and independently.

 

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Through community outreach and advocacy efforts, the shelter team strives to raise awareness of domestic violence and its far-reaching effects, collaborating with local stakeholders to amplify the message of prevention and intervention.

The child support program facilitates age-appropriate activities for children staying in the shelter, as per the PCWESA website.

Lori is undeterred by the absence of designated funding for southwestern Alberta in the 2024 provincial budget.

“I am happy for the shelters that were able to receive the funding,” she says. “This funding allows those shelters to operate at a greater capacity, being able to support more individuals and families who are seeking their services.”

The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter continues to be a support system, providing vital support and sanctuary for those in need, as they journey towards healing and empowerment.

 

 

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Woman looks down at photo of her daughter and a heart-shaped rock in her hand.

Finding hope through the language of hearts

In the quiet corners of Betty DeCecco’s world, love weaves itself into the fabric of everyday life in the most unexpected of ways.

Since her daughter, Debbie DeCecco-Orleni, passed away in 2009, Betty has found herself navigating the expanse of grief, her heart aching with the weight of memories and the void of loss. Yet, amidst the shadows of sorrow, a glimmer of hope emerged.

Betty’s life changed when Debbie died of breast cancer in May 2009, leaving her heartbroken. Betty was passing her days when a glimmer of hope emerged, unfurling in the tapestry of dreams.

On a December night in 2014, Betty had a dream in which she found herself enveloped in the ethereal embrace of her daughter’s presence. Debbie’s voice, soft as a whisper, echoed through the realms of slumber, urging Betty to seek solace in the symbolism of hearts.

“I still remember that dream. Debbie was there. She told me, ‘Look for hearts, and you will see me,’ ” Betty shares, her voice breaking with emotion.

 

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Though the dream faded with the morning light, its message lingered, etched into Betty’s heart like an indelible promise. She started decoding the message of how she could see hearts. Years passed by and again, in December 2019, she had the same dream. Unable to shake off the message, she felt even more restless.

More years passed, and Betty searched, her eyes scanning the world with hope. Then, on a crisp October day in 2023, she stumbled upon a heart-shaped pebble nestled among stones scattered along the roadside. Shocked, yet inexplicably comforted, she knew this was no mere coincidence — it was a message from her beloved daughter, a beacon of love guiding her through the darkness.

Since that fateful day, Betty’s world has become a tapestry of hearts as she finds them everywhere — in spilled soup, in the crystalline embrace of winter’s first snow and even in fallen leaves. Each heart-shaped apparition is a whispered assurance from beyond, a testament to the enduring bond between a mother and her daughter.

Betty found solace in the presence of these tokens.

 

 

Heart images

Do you see what Betty sees?

 

“They were not mere coincidences but cosmic affirmations of my daughter’s love,” Betty tells Shootin’ the Breeze, while showing the pictures of hearts she found everywhere.

In the embrace of each heart, Betty found the courage to confront her pain and to unravel the tendrils of sorrow that bound her heart.

In the last year, Betty has shared her journey with her near and dear ones. Some have offered solace, while others remain skeptical, unable to fathom the depths of her experience. Yet, in the warmth of Betty’s presence, even the most hardened hearts soften, touched by the rawness of her emotion.

“Many people told me that it’s just coincidence, but I know that even though she is gone, she is still communicating her love in this way,” Betty says.

And so, in the quiet corners of Crowsnest Pass, among the hearts Betty has kept saved in the form of photos, a mother finds peace in the midst of pain. Her journey is not about closure but continuation, a testament to the timeless bond between a mother and her daughter, forever etched in the hearts of those who dare to believe.

 

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Pincher Creek Women in Business group snowshoeing

Empowering entrepreneurs

The women of Pincher Creek are poised to drive the region’s evolving business and leadership scene, and Pincher Creek Women in Business is at the forefront of this transformation.

Established in 2018 under the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, this group is dedicated to supporting women in their professional development, empowering them to steer their ventures toward success.

“We realized that most new businesses in our area are being opened by women. So, we developed the Pincher Creek Women in Business group to help support women in business, to help educate them and help them with networking,” says committee chairwoman Jill Bruder.

The initiative stemmed from recognizing women’s growing participation in the region’s business landscape, as highlighted by the chamber of commerce board of directors. Leaders like Marie Everts and Cassie Ducharme laid the groundwork for this transformative endeavour, igniting a movement that continues to empower and connect local women.

With over 400 women participating, the group has become a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment. Unlike traditional organizations, Pincher Creek Women in Business has no formal memberships or registration processes; the ethos here is simple — anyone, regardless of her stage in business or industry, is welcome.

 

 

“We started very, very small with zero budget, just trying to see what was needed in our community,” Jill explains.

“Our committee is completely volunteer-driven, and we use people’s contacts to find presenters. We do not have a formal registration process. We just open this up to any woman who wants to come.”

The group hosts events throughout the year, ranging from seminars on navigating difficult conversations in the workplace to workshops on leveraging social media for business growth.

They have even delved into more light-hearted activities like snowshoeing and outdoor yoga, ensuring that gatherings are informative and enjoyable for all participants.

Beyond the networking and educational opportunities, the group aims to foster mentorship and support for women at all stages of their careers. Recent events have facilitated open discussions on the challenges of entrepreneurship, allowing women from various backgrounds to share insights and experiences.

 

 

“We have everyone from house painters to nail technicians to bankers to hotel managers, and everything in between,” Jill notes. “Our goal is to provide a welcoming place to support women, educate them and provide networking experiences for people in all levels of business.”

Looking ahead, Pincher Creek Women in Business is poised to further engage with the next generation of women entrepreneurs, recognizing the importance of nurturing young talent and providing opportunities for exploration and growth.

As it gears up for its upcoming event — Perogies, Planning and Partnership —the group reaffirms its commitment to supporting women in business and creating a thriving ecosystem of empowerment and connectivity.

The event, scheduled for April 11, promises not only to build perogies but also to forge new local partnerships, symbolizing the essence of what this group represents: collaboration, camaraderie and community spirit.

Angela Parnal will be leading the charge, showcasing the spirit of collaboration and partnership that defines Pincher Creek Women in Business.

 

 

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Diana Smith and Trevor Clinton with Golden Garbage award at St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek.

Golden Garbage reward inspires tidy spaces

In a world where cleanliness is paramount, instilling the value of tidiness and respect for one’s surroundings in children is more crucial than ever. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this fundamental lesson often falls by the wayside.

Recognizing the pressing need for awareness among children, one school in Pincher Creek is leading the charge in fostering a culture of cleanliness, thanks to its caretaker, Trevor Clinton.

When Clinton was hired by St. Michael’s School in 2017, he quickly noticed a concerning trend. Despite the newly renovated and modernized facilities, students were disrespecting areas of the school, with little regard for cleanliness or the learning environment. Garbage littered the floors, chairs were left haphazardly and personal items were strewn about.

Amidst this, one class stood out for its cleanliness. Seeking guidance, Clinton approached Manon Thauvette, the teacher of that class. She shared her simple yet effective strategy: allocating 10 minutes at the end of the day to pick up chairs and 10 things that can go into the garbage.

Following Thauvette’s lead, Clinton rewarded this class with a box of 50 Timbits and told them to tell others what they did to earn the reward.

“I gave the Timbits to that class and told them they got them because their room was able to be cleaned quickly and properly. I could see that they cared about their learning space and their learners. I also told them to tell everybody why they got those Timbits,” Clinton says.

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Moving forward, he started picking a class weekly that was doing a good job of picking up their stuff, and what began as a humble endeavour soon blossomed into a schoolwide trend.

With the support of principal Karen Schmidt (the school’s associate principal at the time) and funding from the school, Clinton introduced the Golden Garbage Can reward program. Each week, a class demonstrating exceptional cleanliness and respect for their learning space would receive a reward, initially a box of Timbits.

The impact was immediate and profound. Students eagerly participated in keeping their classrooms tidy, motivated by the prospect of recognition and reward. As word spread throughout the school, a culture of responsibility and pride began to take root.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic presented unforeseen challenges. When schools reopened, neither the school nor Clinton had enough budget to reward students on a weekly basis. Undeterred, Clinton expanded his efforts beyond the school walls, garnering attention and support from parents, local organizations and businesses.

Donations sustained and expanded the program. What began as a simple gesture of appreciation evolved into a movement, uniting the school and its community in a shared commitment to cleanliness and respect.

 

 

Trevor Clinton and Barb Schram of Cowley Lions Club

Barb Schram of the Cowley Lions Club presents a cheque to Trevor Clinton to support the Golden Garbage Can program.  Trevor is grateful for this support and for other donations from the Knights of Columbus, Friends’ of St. Michael’s, Pincher Creek Co-op, The Hut and Epicure.

Photo courtesy of St. Michael’s School

Six years later, the program has expanded to reward three winning classes per week — one each from elementary, junior high and high school — but it is not limited to other learning spaces.

“It has become very hard to reward just one class because of the competitiveness throughout the school. So after getting some funding from the Knights of Columbus and going to some other businesses and clubs in town, I chose to step the program up this year,” Clinton shares.

“Now, we reward elementary classes with the Golden Garbage Can, the junior high with the Golden Dustpan and the high school with the Golden Broom rewards.”

Clinton says parents have praised the initiative for instilling valuable life skills in their children and fostering a sense of community.

Looking ahead, Clinton envisions further growth and impact for the program. Expansion to include additional classes and recognition for individual efforts demonstrates his unwavering dedication to creating a positive learning environment.

Clinton recognizes the long-term implications for the school and its community beyond the immediate benefits of cleanliness and organization.

 

Three young men pull a fourth from a swimming pool on a spinal board.

Future Lifesavers

River Clark, left, Adam Noel and Lincoln Sommerfeldt pull Alex Yagos from the water on a spinal board during a training session at the Pincher Creek swimming pool.

The young men are working toward Bronze Cross status, which, once achieved, allows them to move forward to attain National Lifeguard certification.

For more information on courses available at the local pool, call 403-627-2565.

 

Three young men pull a fourth from a swimming pool on a spinal board.

 

 

Dancers perform Cats on front page of March 27, 2024, issue of Shootin' the Breeze

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – March 27, 2024

Cats comes to life

Megan Bruder leaps purrfectly into character as the rest of the feline cast prowl and creep into place during the final number of Turning Pointe Dance Studio’s annual Evening With the Stars Gala, held Saturday at the MDM Centre in Bellevue. Along with Megan, the pre-primary/senior production of Cats included Vienna Coulombe, Kataly Forget, Ava Harry, Presley Houda, Jane Huska, Tannis Huska, Jorja Oberholtzer, Ryleigh Oberholtzer, Zophie Pawlowski, Mary Rast, Paige Rast, Georgia Rygaard, Sasha Shenton, Skyler Siray, Kenzie Stewart, Lily Stewart and Olivia Yeske. The three-act Gatsby gala highlighted competitive solos, duets and group choreographies by Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek dancers. Watch for more in next week’s issue of the Breeze.

Photo by Teri Harrison

Rhett Bevans and Mrs. Meservy from Spring Glen Elementary School skate together with a pilon between them.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – March 20, 2024

Schooling on skates

Grade 2 student Rhett Bevans and Grade 1-2 teacher Mrs. Meservy enjoy some ice time March 14 at the Memorial Community Centre arena in Pincher Creek. It was the second day of skating lessons for Spring Glen Elementary students in grades 1 to 3.

Photo by Dave Lueneberg

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Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – March 13, 2024

Tub time!

Mira, a one-year-old bernedoodle from Crowsnest Pass, became the first paying customer at Pincher Creek Humane Society’s new dog wash station, and it sure looks like she’s enjoying herself. Also posing in the photo are Sasha Whaley and her sons Desmond and Cameron.

Photo by Dave Lueneberg