That's Life - August 30, 2017

We still have just over three weeks of summer left so get out there and soak it up. And speaking of soak, the Labour Day weekend usually marks the closure of our area outdoor pools. Acme closed last Saturday while Carbon and Trochu will wrap things up on Monday, September 4. I am told that the splash parks in Three Hills and Trochu will remain open while weather permits.

It’s back to school next Tuesday, throughout the Golden Hills School Division. Keep a watchful eye as our students head back. And drive with care and caution. I’m sure the RCMP will make sure you are driving with safety in mind.

Prairie College is hosting a Show and Shine, on Campus, on Saturday, September 2, from 9 am to 3 pm. There’s prizes, barbecue, bands, motorcycles and lots of vehicles of special interest. What a great way to welcome back their college students and roll out the welcome mat to the newcomers. Vehicle registration is $15 and a hamburger or hot dog with chips and drink is $5. Funds raised will go toward upgrading water lines, power systems and the tops of the steam tunnels that lie just beneath the campus sidewalks.

Now, all of this back to school thinking has pulled me back down memory lane. It was the tail end of summer in 1967. I remember it like it was 50 years ago.

I was working hard on my skateboard techniques. I didn’t own a skateboard because my parents thought they were too dangerous. “Kid, you could break your arm on one of those things,” said Dad.

So, I was happy to borrow one that belonged to the neighbours. They had 10 kids and two skateboards. These were steel wheeled units, nothing fancy like they make today. I was working on my cool slalom style, using crab apples as my space markers. Just a little tip here, steel wheels against cement really don’t provide grip. Yes, I fell hard and broke my left arm, in two places. I walked into my first day of Grade Eight with a big white cast on my arm, ready to be signed by all. I haven’t been on a skateboard in, let’s see, 50 years.

Tools For School

Helping kids build a stronger future should be important to all of us. Tools For School is an annual program, operated by Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services, that helps provide all students with the essential tools to be successful in school.

Due to the fact that school supply lists have become very specific, you are asked to consider making cash donations. Donations can be left at the Acme Village Office, the Village Office or Grocery Store in Carbon, Linden Village Office, Three Hills Sandstone/IDA Pharmacy and Balkwill’s Pharmacy, in Trochu.

For a tax deductible receipt, please make your cheque payable to: Kneehill County - FCSS (Tools For School). To access the program, please call Kneehill Regional FCSS at 403-443-3800.

Three Hills Community Discovery Night and Barbeque is set to go Wednesday, September 6 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Three Hills Curling Rink. Be sure to enjoy a hot dog, by donations, in support of KidSport.

Discovery Night is where you can sign up for a sports group, get information about local and regional services, agencies and clubs or join a volunteer organization or find out about volunteer opportunities. Everyone is urged to come out and discover what your community has to offer.

That’s Life.