That's Life - September 13, 2017

To elect or to acclaim? That is the question. And that question will be answered following Nomination Day on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Nomination papers must be filed, for the October 16 Municipal General Election, between the hours of 10 am and noon. Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by noon on Tuesday, September 19.

Check this issue for Notice of Nomination Day advertising, as required by Section 26 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Next week’s issue of The Capital will list all of the names of candidates for seats on Kneehill County, Village of Acme, Village of Carbon, Village of Linden, Town of Three Hills, Town of Trochu and for trustee positions in Wards One through Five, for the Golden Hills School Division #75.

The new surface is on and the all-new Three Hills Tennis and Pickle Ball Courts should be open for play this Friday afternoon.

Crews were busy at the new outdoor skating rink, at Three Hills Kinsmen Park, pouring concrete, on Tuesday, September 12.

Remember! No skateboards, rollerblades or bikes are permitted on the tennis court surfaces.

I recall my days at Buffalo Lake when a buddy of mine caught some young teens on the tennis courts, with their bikes.

He asked them to follow the rules and not ride on the surface. He was blind-sided by a heaping helping of disgusting language and disrespect. My friend went home, got a padlock, returned and locked the teens into the courts. That certainly changed their tone when he said, “Wait here, not that you have a choice. I’ll be right back with your parents.” A little harsh? Perhaps, perhaps not.

Gerri Tullikopf is wild about pickle ball and she is going to be working hard at building an active league in Three Hills. Check her column, on page 10 of this issue.

Did you know that Pickle Ball got its name from the name of the inventor’s dog? It seems that good old Pickles would run and grab the ball every time he and his wife hit the ball back and forth. They really got in shape by chasing the dog. As for the game, they had a lot of fun and they’re probably billionaires by now, so there’s that.

Lately all we’ve seen on the news is wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes and let’s not forget about North Korea and the raging opioid crisis. I think it’s time I shared a little comic relief that I received today from a fellow community newspaper publisher.

A husband and wife, who worked for the circus, went to an adoption agency. The social workers there raised doubts about their suitability.

The couple then produced photos of their 50-foot motor home, which was clean and well maintained and equipped with a beautiful nursery.

The social workers then raised concerns about the education a child would receive while in the couple’s care.

“We’ve arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin, and computer skills.

Then the social workers expressed concern about a child being raised in a circus environment.

“Our nanny will be a certified expert in pediatric care, welfare, and diet”.

The social workers were finally satisfied. They asked, “What age of child are you hoping to adopt?”

They replied, “It doesn’t really matter... as long as the kid fits in the cannon”.

That’s Life.