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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.

Three women, the middle one holding a decorated violin at a Revive the Roxy event.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – April 17, 2024

A bid and a vote – two ways to support the Roxy

There are two winning ways to support efforts to revive Coleman’s Roxy Theatre — a violin auction and a vote for the project in the Next Great Save. Bids are at your discretion and votes are free!

 Jennifer Batiuk, left, and Stacey St. Jean, right, joined Pat Rypien, fundraising director for Crowsnest Cando, on the red carpet to kick off the auction Saturday at Country Encounters in Coleman. Their donation of violins crafted by their grandfather, Ovila St. John, sparked a unique project that will aid in the restoration of the historic theatre.

These one-of-a-kind violins, personalized by local artists, are now up for auction. The distinctiveness of the violins can be viewed online, with bids accepted until May 15.

 The story of the violins and further contest details will appear in next week’s issue of the Breeze. | Photo by Shannon Peace

Collage of photos at Castle Mountain Resort ski hill near Pincher Creek on front page of April 10 issue of Shootin' the Breeze

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – April 10, 2024

That’s a wrap

The vibes were good and a bit of fresh snow was welcomed as Castle Mountain Resort wrapped up its season over the weekend with a retro theme. “It was a tale of two seasons,” says Cole Fawcett, sales and marketing manager for CMR. “The first half of the year was challenging with low snow and high temperatures, but the back half was exceptional and we had the busiest March in history.” He also noted that the resort’s recent investment in snowmaking equipment paid off as it prevented prolonged closures in December and January when the weather didn’t co-operate. The hill is now closed but season pass holders have until the end of the month to renew at this year’s rates. | Photos courtesy of Castle Mountain Resort

Young men practise lifesaving techniques on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – April 3, 2024

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. | Photo by Brenda Shenton

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

Front page of Shootin' the Breeze newspaper

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

Front page of March 6, 2024, issue of Shootin' the Breeze. Northback donation to LRSD.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – March 3, 2024

$75,000 Northback donation aims to fight food insecurity

Northback Holdings CEO Mike Young and community relations advisor Daina Lazzarotto give Raegan Lazzarotto a big thumbs up for her role in bringing awareness to food insecurity at Livingstone School. Raegan and Daina came up with a plan that led to an ongoing annual donation of $75,000 to support nutrition programs in the Livingstone Range School Division. A presentation was made Monday at the school and students were offered bagged takeaway snacks and yogurt to celebrate.

Photo by Shannon Peace

Figure skater dressed on black on front cover of Feb. 28 Shootin' the Breeze

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Feb. 28, 2024

Preparing for Boots & Bling

Jane Christensen, 14, lands a single axel during her practice routine for Pincher Creek Skating Club’s upcoming rodeo-themed carnival, Boots & Bling. “The seniors will each be performing a solo,” says head coach Kim Civiero. “There will also be some group numbers.” The show begins at 2 p.m. on March 23 at the MCC Arena and will include a raffle table and sales of 50-50 tickets. Admission is by donation.

Photo by Dave Lueneberg

Woman and grandson slide down a snowy hill at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Feb. 21, 2024

That was fun, Grandma!

Eleven-month-old Roan MacKinnon enjoys a trip down the Halton Hill with grandma Diane Bowen-Oczkowski, Monday afternoon. There were warm temperatures but still lots of snow on the ground for Family Day activities.

Photo by Dave Lueneberg

Brenda Shenton, a woman wearing a two-tone blue jacket and ski pants, walks in the snow on frozen Beauvais Lake.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Feb. 14, 2024

A beautiful day for a winter walk

Brenda Shenton enjoyed a stroll on the frozen surface of Beauvais Lake last Wednesday.

Winter Walk Day is a Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE) Alberta event that encourages Albertans to be more active outdoors and to be active travellers.

As an MD of Pincher Creek resident, Brenda typically comes to town and joins the combined Winter Walk and Jersey Day crew, but she tried something different this year.

Photo by Shannon Peace

Toddler enjoys a bun and a bowl of chili at the Chili Bowl Festival in Crowsnest Pass

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Feb. 7, 2024

A perfect bowl on a chili day

Crowsnest Allied Arts held its annual Chili Bowl Festival this past Saturday at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery.

Volunteers Lesley Gurney and John Kinnear serve up tasty chili in top left photo, while Judy Cooke, front, and Sue Mitchell help folks find a favourite among the donated pottery bowls. At right, one-year-old Jordan Brown enjoys his first taste of chili.

Photos by Karen Tamminga-Paton

Two girls using a flashlight to read a book at Canyon School in Pincher Creek

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Jan. 31, 2024

Shining a light on literacy

Grade 1 classmates Madelyn Blatz, left, and Olive Schnell read a book by flashlight during Flashlight Friday. Canyon School also celebrated National Family Literacy Day at the same time on Jan. 26. Students from kindergarten to Grade 6 have started the One Book, Five Schools project.

Photo by Dave Lueneberg

Five women pose with curling brooms and rocks

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Jan. 24, 2024

Clean sweep to victory

Sixteen teams and six days of competition, and it was an all-ladies rink that took the title at this year’s Town and Country Mixed Bonspiel at the Pincher Creek Curling Club.

Creekview Dental, led by co-skips Hayley Smith and Jessie Kilkenny, doubled Justin Zoratti’s foursome 4-2, stealing one in the sixth end to take the championship in Saturday’s A-event final. From left are Shelby Speight (spare), Jocelyn Metzler (lead), Jessie Kilkenny (skip),  Jessica Brauer (third) and Hayley Smith (second).

Alex Ingram, Shop Local for Christmas colouring contest winner, with his glittery winning entry.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Dec. 27, 2023

It’s all about the glitter!

“See Mom, it’s all about the glitter!” exclaimed six-year-old Alex Ingram in reference to his winning entry in Shootin’ the Breeze’s Shop Local for Christmas colouring contest. He was rightly proud of his efforts and happily accepted gift certificates from Your Dollar Store With More to go shopping for art supplies.

Photo by Shannon Peace

Laurel Francis — a black woman with a big smile — shows a grey and white bunny puppet at the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village Christmas Market in Pincher Creek, on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze newspaper.

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Dec. 13, 2023

Unique gifts at KBPV market

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village was bustling on Saturday as shoppers made their way through the museum’s exhibit buildings filled with vendors, like Laurel Francis of the Francis Everett Farm, offering unique products as tempting to buy for yourself as for those on the Christmas shopping list. This year’s event featured 16 different vendors from throughout the region with baked goods, arts and crafts, paintings and photography all up for sale. | Photo by Shannon Peace

Toddler with soother in his mouth holds a red balloon that reads "I love Your Dollar Store With More" on front page of Dec. 6 Shootin' the Breeze Pincher Creek

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Dec. 6, 2023

Delights at the dollar store

Jaxon Paradis was as excited about his balloon as he was about the array of colourful merchandise that surrounded him. When the doors of Pincher Creek’s newest downtown business opened Monday morning, more than a dozen people were waiting in line to check out Your Dollar Store With More. The store remained busy all day and stayed open late to allow as many customers as possible to celebrate opening day. | Photo by Shannon Peace

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Nov. 29, 2023

Husky hustle

Pincher Creek’s Austin Kaupp gets control of the puck as he storms down the ice toward the opposing net. Austin and the U13T3 Huskies played in back-to-back contests over the weekend against Okotoks and Cochrane, nabbing a win and a tie to improve their regular-season record to 2-0-2.| Photo by William Cockerell