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Walk around any university or college campus in Canada and you will see students carrying a variety of electronics – laptops, netbooks, MP3 players, and smartphones to name a few.  

Are the newest gadgets on the scene – eBook readers and tablets like the Apple iPad going to be the next big thing? 

 Will we see bulky textbooks and heavy backpacks replaced by tablets loaded with digital textbooks?

The answer is “not yet”, according to technology editor Andrew Lau at RedFlagDeals.com, Canada’s largest shopping information website.  

“We devote a lot of coverage to computers and electronics offers and to deals for students, but at present, eBook readers and tablet computers don’t offer a sufficiently polished experience for educational use.”

Simple functions like flipping between pages quickly, bookmarking, highlighting, and taking notes in margins are anywhere from cumbersome to impossible on eBook readers.  

“Some of the functions are there, but simple things like having a few books open at once or having sticky notes on important pages aren’t things you can do with a digital copy and eBook reader”, explains Lau.  

“And perhaps most importantly, most textbooks are not readily available in digital formats yet.”

For the time being, you’re probably better off with an affordable ultraportable laptop and looking for deals on used textbooks.



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Q: Why does my dog eat grass?

A: Speculations abound as to why dogs eat grass. 

One common theory is my pet must be sick and needs to vomit. In a study of 1,500 dogs that had eaten grass at least 10 times in the past year, only nine per cent were reported as being ill before grass consumption.

The truth is that we have no idea why dogs eat grass. It would appear that grass-eating is a normal behaviour for some dogs. According to a survey of over 1,000 dogs, 68 per cent were reported to consume plants on a weekly basis – grass being the most common at 79 per cent of plant material consumed. 

This survey found no relationship between sex, breed, diet, fiber content in the diet, nor the frequency or type of plant eaten. However, the survey did reveal that younger dogs more often consume plants than older dogs.

Q: Is it normal for my dog to vomit after eating grass?

A: Yes. This survey found that one in every four dogs vomited after eating plant material. If your dog doesn’t vomit, then depending on the amount consumed, the grass may irritate the colon causing a soft, mucous- and grass-filled stool. Their stool will return to normal once all grass has been passed.

Dr. Jeffrey Person practices at the Delton Veterinary Hospital and co-hosts the listener call-in show Pet Talk, heard every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on AM630 CHED.

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Make it a 4-H summer

Long, hot days, sunny skies and endless amounts of fun are the things that make people look forward to summer. 

And, for 4-H members, there are even more reasons to anticipate the season: the exciting events such as camps, livestock shows, regional and provincial events, all taking place in July and August. Some of these fantastic opportunities being held by 4-H over the next few months, include:

Provincial Horse Classic – July 28 to 30, Olds College, Olds, open to 4-H horse project members, is a chance for members to show their knowledge of horses. 

Members get together to compete and learn more about horse hippology, oral marketing and new this year, challenge marketing. There will also be time for socializing and fun activities! 

Participants between the ages of 16 and 19 will also have the chance to receive award trips to the National Western 4-H Horse Classic in Denver.

Provincial Judging Competition – Aug. 6 and 7, Lakeland College, Vermilion. 

What does it take to be a good judge? For 4-Hers at Provincial Judging Competition it takes focus, analysis and strong decision-making skills. These will be put to the test on Aug. 7 for a jam-packed day of livestock judging classes. Participants will be competing for the chance to attend various judging contests throughout North America. For more info call Stacy Murray at 780-674-8214.

Provincial Horse Show – Aug. 10 to 12, Olds Agricultural Society Fair Grounds, is the first of what will become annual Provincial Horse Shows. 

Horse members in the four to seven levels will be given the chance to compete in a variety of events. For more information contact Linda Gooch at 403-534-3823.

Key Member Training – Aug. 20 to 23, Lakeland College, Vermillion. Throughout the spring and summer key members are chosen as youth leaders in their 4-H districts. Members who exhibit acceptable leadership skills submit their resume and cover letter to their district council and through an interview process are given the role of key member for one year. At key member training, they get the chance to learn more about their role and are given valuable information on how to succeed as key members. 

The event is a great way for key members to expand their skill set and network with other key members. For more information contact Leila Hickman at 780-853-8115.

Details on these and other 4-H summer programs are available by visiting the Alberta 4-H website at http://www.4h.ab.ca.

People Developing People (PDP) (4-H members, ages 13-15) July 18 to 23, Alberta 4-H Centre

Club Week (4-H members, 15 years and older, as of Jan. 1) July 20 to 25, Olds College

People Developing People II (4-H members, ages 13-15) July 25 to 30, Alberta 4-H Centre

Intermediate Camp (ages 12-14) Aug. 2 to 7, Alberta 4-H Centre

People Developing People Plus (4-H members, 14-16 years) Aug. 15 to 20, Alberta 4-H Centre

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Hello everyone,

My name is Missy and I am a five-year-old female Chihuahua cross looking for a new home. 

I am a friendly little girl once I know you but I was rescued from a puppy mill and so I can be nervous of new people and new situations. 

I bond very quickly and very strongly with whomever is looking after me and loving me and sometimes I can be a little bit snippity with other people if they bother me while I’m being cuddled by my owner. 

I have never bitten anyone but I would not be suitable for a home with young children. 

I need a quiet environment with calm, sensible people who know about toy breeds and their needs. 

If you want a little girl to love and cuddle with then I’m for you. I will be your loyal friend forever. 

I am spayed and have all my shots. Please call NASAP at 780-922-0250 and ask about me. 

I’m longing for a forever home where I can really belong. 

Bye for now,

from Missy

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The Clint Zemlak Fundraiser, held at the Holden Community Hall on Friday, June 25, was a resounding success. Clint, a 34-year-old husband and father to four young children, will be travelling to Costa Rica to receive treatment for multiple sclerosis (CCSVI).

The fundraiser consisted of a variety of activities including the Tofield Men’s Chorus kicking off the evening with a medley of rousing tunes. 

A crowd of over 300 people attended in support of Clint and his family, and they enjoyed a beautiful supper for which all the food was donated. 

The crowd was kept busy and entertained by a 50/50 draw, a raffle and both silent and live auctions. Terry Cartier, an auctioneer from Vegreville, kept the audience laughing and entertained as the evening went on. 

Two young men, Josh and John Hrabec, won the hearts of all in attendance by volunteering to have their heads shaved. The total raised by these two boys’ efforts was $1956. Great job boys!

The communities of Holden, Ryley, Tofield, Viking, Vegreville, Ardrossan and Camrose can be very proud of their efforts in supporting Clint in his journey for wellness as it was a very successful fundraiser! May God bless each and every one who assisted in so many ways.

—-Our note of thanks—-

Two small words don’t seem to say enough on how we feel towards our family, friends and communities for all their support. To see all the people at the fundraiser was amazing! Thanks to all who travelled near and far to come and show their support to us.  We would like to thank all the people who put their time and effort into organizing such an amazing evening. Thanks to all who supplied and cooked the supper — it was delicious! Thanks to all who donated the items for the silent and live auctions and also thanks to Terry Cartier for auctioneering and for his great sense of humour. It is hard to thank all who were involved by name but please know that we are greatly honoured to have all this done for us. Thank you so much!

We are definitely blessed to have the communities of Holden, Ryley, Tofield, Bruce, Viking, Vegreville, Camrose and Ardrossan to pull together to help support us.

We will be travelling to Costa Rica on July 27 and we will keep all your prayers close to our hearts. Thanks again for your support, prayers and well-wishes — it means so much!

Clint, Donna, Sidney, Ethan, Grayson and Ashton Zemlak

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Albertans are  reminded that simple precautions can help protect them from catching and  spreading illness or disease.

Every summer, Alberta Health and  Wellness records outbreaks of illness linked to large gatherings such as tournaments, festivals and even family barbecues. 

Infections have ranged from  mild respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses, to more serious diseases such  as bacterial meningitis.

“Every summer, we see cases of  communicable disease associated with large social gatherings,” said Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s  Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

“As we have often said, there are simple precautions individuals can take to protect themselves and their  families from a wide variety of illnesses that can spoil our enjoyment of Alberta’s beautiful  summers.”

To keep yourself and others healthy this summer:

Avoid  sharing water bottles, lipstick, cigarettes and other items that can transfer germs  from one individual to another. 

Wash  your hands thoroughly before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and especially  before eating. 

Cough  or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. If you use a Kleenex, discard it  immediately and wash your hands. 

If  you are not feeling well, stay at home and prevent spreading the infection to  others. 

For more information on disease prevention, visit http://www.health.alberta.ca and click on Health Information – Diseases and Conditions.

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When Father Albert Lacombe and Métis helpers constructed a chapel in 1861, they only foresaw it serving as the church of the St. Albert Mission until a more impressive structure could be built. 

Yet the little log building, now called the Father Lacombe Chapel, remains. It is Alberta’s oldest surviving building. 

Once the centre of the French-speaking and Métis communities in the area, the chapel had many uses over the years. Join us Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. for Restoring the Past, a one-hour talk by historic building restoration expert Jim Nakonechny on the work that was required to restore the chapel to its original appearance after it was named a provincial historic site in 1977. Along with the talk, crafts will be available for children and refreshments will be served.

Operated by Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Father Lacombe Chapel is located adjacent to St. Albert Catholic Parish (7 St. Vital Avenue), just off St. Albert Trail. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through to Sept. 6. Admission is by donation.  

For more information call 780-459-7663 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).  

For information on all of Alberta’s provincial historic sites and museums, visit http://www.culture.alberta.ca.

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