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Father’s Day is almost here and it’s time to celebrate all the dads out there by sprucing up dad’s domain – the garage. 

So this year, give dad the gift of a garage makeover. Not only will dad love having an enviable garage, mom will appreciate having everything in its proper place.

A recent survey done by Gladiator GarageWorks found that most Canadian women would like to have a garage that was an “organized oasis” (59 per cent), whereas men’s visions of a dream garage are more diverse: “organized oasis” (33 per cent), “wicked workshop” (27 per cent) and “auto shop garage” (22 per cent).

Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started on your dream garage:

• A family project: This is a great gift for dad, but it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family, and let everyone have input. To make dad feel special, give him a chair, a favourite beverage and let him sit back, relax and supervise.

• Purge: De-cluttering the garage is an important first step. You need to know what’s essential and what has just piled up that should be donated, sold or thrown away. What items do you use the most? The least? Grouping by seasons, frequency of use and/or by activity will help create order and make it easy to access what you’re looking for quickly.

• Everything in its place: To help with storage, consider a modular system like Gladiator GarageWorks, which can be customized and adjusted easily as your family’s needs and interests change over time. Use bins, hooks and cabinets to create place for everything from golf clubs to cleaning supplies to dad’s prized tool kit. A handy garage blueprint estimator to get you started is available online at http://www.gladiatorgarageworks.com.

• Sky’s the limit: If you think you’re short on space just look up. There’s lots of room above eye level for shelves and hooks to maximize your storage options.

This thoughtful project will make dad smile from ear to ear, and best of all it’s something the family can do together on a warm spring day.


†Resource: (Ipsos ASI, February 2010 among 1011 consumers across Canada)


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According to the 2009 Active Healthy Kids Canada report card, Canadian children and youth received a failing grade for physical activity levels. With kids spending as much as six hours a day online, playing video games and watching television, parents should be making a conscious effort to get themselves and their children outside to increase their levels of physical activity.

“A family camping trip is a great way to not only be active with fun activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming but it is also a way to address the nature deficient behaviours that urban children in particular experience when they do not have opportunities to connect with our natural environment,” says Dr. Mark Tremblay, director of healthy active living and obesity research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada.

“That’s a real shame in a country like Canada that prides itself on its access to the world’s biggest and most interesting playground – nature.”

“We’ve been helping families and friends get together to socialize and connect with nature for as long as we’ve been making lanterns and stoves,” says Pat Gray, director of marketing at Coleman Canada. “Opening doors to physical activity, camping is the original social networking!”

Families can get the most out of their camping experience by spending time together and having fun  – not struggling with campsite set up.  For first-timers preparing for their initial foray into the woods, the Coleman family camping package, which includes a family-sized Sundome tent, two sleeping bags and two chairs, is a great place to start.

More information regarding the Active Healthy Kids Canada report card can be found online at http://www.activehealthykids.ca. More information regarding family fun and camping can be found online at http://www.colemancanada.ca.


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Cherhill comes alive!

The population of Cherhill swell  Community Hall. 

All past and present members, leaders, sponsors and 4-H families are encouraged to come out and catch up! The breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Then the parade begins at 10 a.m. and loops through town twice. This year the staging area will be in the north end of the sports grounds. If you operate a business or club you’ll have a great time showing off your float. All float entries are welcome.

The 4-H club will have their Life Skills Achievement Day displays set up in the Community Hall for everyone to enjoy. From 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. you can see the woodworking, photography, vet science, small engines, and quilting projects from this year.  Be sure to buy your ticket on the 4-H Quilt delighting in 50 years.  

Following the parade the free kids’ games and baseball tournament starts at the sports grounds. Face painting, bouncy slide, money pit and assorted children’s games will run till the ball games end. There will be a free kids’ ball game at noon for those 13 and under. Family ball games will run in a round robin. We still need one more team, so get your family together for a fun ball game. Teams in costumes are encouraged! Call Steve Hoyda to register. A concession is available till the end of the ball games. 

During the afternoon the Cherhill Community Church will be offering information, activities and a chance for everyone to look around our historical church.  

The Community Hall doors will open again at 5:30 for the Family Fun Days Steak Supper and Dance! With live music from the Vern Stocking Band that does a terrific job entertaining the kids.

The Community Involvement trophy and other awards will be presented. There will be numerous door prizes to give away for boys, girls and adults. There will also be tickets for both a 50/50 draw, and a grand prize draw.  Tickets are just $10 a person, and six and under are free.  

Mark your calendars for June 26. The place to be with your family is the  Cherhill Family Fun Days and Cherhill 4-H Multi Club’s 50th  celebration!

For steak supper and dance tickets call Diane Lovich at 780-785-2689 or Kevin Lovich at 780-785-3507. For information about the ball games, call Steve Hoyda at 780-785-3287; about the parade call Sharron  Aasland at 780-785-2825; and about 4-H call Dorothy Carlson at 780-785-2506.

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Rosie’s Omelet

2 eggs, scrambled

2 green onions, chopped

2 slices deli ham or left over ham roast, chopped

1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese

1 tbsp salsa

3 slices of tomatoes

Dash of hot sauce 

Mix the first 4 ingredient in a bowl. Spray your frying pan with oil. Pour mixture in pan. Let cook for about 3 minutes turn over and let cook for 3 more minutes.

Before folding over add salsa and hot sauce. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato slices and serve with toast. Very nice breakfast.

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An old prospector shuffled into town leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon to clear his parched throat.  

He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitch rail.  As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. 

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, have you ever danced?”  

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did dance… never really wanted to.” 

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna dance now,” and started shooting at the old man’s feet. 

The old prospector – not wanting to get a toe blown off– started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet.  Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied. When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air. The crowd stopped laughing immediately.  

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels. 

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man’s hands, as he quietly said, “Son, have you ever licked a mule’s ass?” 

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No sir…but… I’ve always wanted to.” 

There are a few lessons for us all here: Never be arrogant. Don’t waste ammunition. Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.

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Keeping it real…


The Scenario: you walk into a store and hand the cashier a $20 bill in exchange for some groceries. 

The cashier takes your note and looks at it, and then tells you, “Sorry, I’ll need another $20. I think this one’s a fake.” 

Perhaps you’ll blush, especially if there are other people in line, now beginning to give you subtle looks heavy in meaning. You might also feel confused because you thought your money was good. 

But if you had checked all your cash, immediately after accepting it from an ATM or some other person, you wouldn’t be in this situation. 

Did you know? 

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), criminals passed on $3.4 million in fake money in 2009. Given that there’s over $50 billion worth of real cash in the wallets and tills of this nation, that may not seem like much. But consider this: 

• Every fake bill you accept is money out of your pocket.

• When businesses lose money to fraud, the cost is often passed on to         you, the consumer.

• Our bank notes are also national symbols. Keeping our cash supply        real is a matter of pride.

Cash tip 

Older notes (ones without the metallic stripes) are less secure than newer ones. Only accept older bills if you know how to check them. 

A job for the Bank of Canada 

The Bank of Canada is always working to improve the security features of our bills. In fact, the Bank will be releasing a new series of polymer notes starting in 2011 to keep us all a few steps ahead of fraudsters. The Bank also works with retailers, the police, and your local banks to fight fake cash. 

A job for you, too

Don’t forget to check your cash. Canada’s most recent bills (the ones with metallic stripes) have security features you can touch and see in seconds. In the above scenario, a few seconds to check with just your eyes and fingers would have saved you valuable money. Those two senses work way better than any machine out there! 

Here’s how to check the security features in our money: 

• Touch the raised ink on the bill.

• Tilt the bill and look for colour changes in the metallic stripe and dashes.

• Look through the bill by holding it up to the light, and check for a ghost image and puzzle number. The dashes form a solid line.

So what do you do if you suspect that someone’s trying to hand you a fake bill? Refuse it and ask for another one. 

What if you discover your cash is no good when trying to spend it? Unfortunately, the Bank of Canada will not exchange a phoney bill with a real one. That’s how we make sure fraudsters aren’t rewarded. 

It’s better to hand the suspect note to the local police. They’ll send it to a special division of the RCMP to formally determine if it’s fake or real. Real money will be returned to you. Whatever you decide to do, don’t try to spend cash that you suspect is fake. It’s a crime to knowingly do so. 

Cash is a convenient way to pay for what you buy. Just remember to check all notes before accepting them, so we can keep our cash real.

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History in the jeans…

Royal Alberta Museum launches 

Piece by Piece: The GWG Story

Edmonton…Cowboy King. Red Strap. Scrubbies. Its signature-brand jeans may not be available anymore, but the Great Western Garment Company (GWG) is fondly remembered by generations of Canadians. 

The Royal Alberta Museum’s new virtual exhibition presents a colourful, evocative and nostalgic look at GWG’s clothing, producers and customers. This online exhibition was developed in part by the 

Royal Alberta Museum and the Virtual Museum of Canada, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. A host of national partners also provided funding and expertise. The exhibition can be viewed at: http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/virtualExhibit/GWG/en/index.html.

Founded in Edmonton in 1911, GWG became Canada’s largest work-wear manufacturing company and a cultural icon. After nearly 100 years of operation, GWG manufacturing moved to Bangladesh in March 2004.  

Visitors to the virtual exhibition will get the inside scoop from former employees through a collection of interviews; trace the evolution of the jean jacket; find out why new jeans used to be as stiff as cardboard (until Scrubbies came along); and see original advertising images, including the controversial Bum Jeans TV ad from 1980. The website also features curriculum-based programs for junior high and high school students, emphasizing themes of immigration and globalization.

In creating this virtual exhibition, the Royal Alberta Museum depended on the assistance and expertise of the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Alberta Labour History Institute, D. Active Productions, and Catherine C. Cole & Associates. 

Funding was provided by The Virtual Museum of Canada, Alberta Francophone Secretariat and Young Canada Works. 

The project would not have been possible without the assistance of the many former GWG and Levi Strauss workers who agreed to be interviewed and provided information, artifacts and photographs. 

Initial research was funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, the Alberta Museums Association, the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Cultural Capital Community Arts Program, the Edmonton Community Foundation and the University of Alberta.

For information on the Virtual Museum of Canada, visit http://www.virtualmuseum.ca; for the Royal Alberta Museum, visit http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca.

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