That's Life - October 11, 2017

We often talk about putting our community on the map. Well, many of you will agree that Gordon King did just that.

Gordon passed away on October 1, 2017, at the age of 104. He served on numerous committees throughout his years. Some included the Community Centre Board, the Hospital Board, the Golden Hills Lodge, and the list goes on.

Gordon was a proud member of the Three Hills Elks Lodge #190. He was initiated on December 12, 1942. I was proud to attend his 70-year Service Pin Award presentation in 2012, as Mayor of the Town of Three Hills. 2012 was also the 100th Anniversary of Three Hills.

Gordon held the Exalted Ruler position of the Lodge in 1947-1949. He was District Deputy of Alberta District #5 in 1960-1961.

As of his day of passing, Gordon was the longest living Elks member of the Order, at 104 years of age and 74.89 years of service and a Life Member. That is amazing and that has, again, put Three Hills on the map. Thank you, Gordon.

This week’s issue of The Capital contains two very special sections. One is the Municipal Election Profiles from pages 10 to 16. The Capital gave all candidates, within Kneehill County, the opportunity to send in a 150 word profile and photo, for publication, at no charge, one time only. It was the responsibility of each candidate to submit his or her information by 5 pm, Thursday, October 5th. We hope these profiles give you an opportunity to get to know a little bit more about your candidates. We wish each and every candidate the best of luck in the Monday, October 16, 2017 election.

Inserted in this week’s issue is our 2017 Fire Prevention issue. This issue provides photos of the six Fire Departments within Kneehill County all with their crew rosters, quick stats and an activity summary of the past year.

What an honor it is for us to work with our firefighters, each and every year, to present this special issue to you. We offer special thanks to our many advertising supporters as they recognize the importance of providing these unsung heroes with the recognition they deserve.

Last but not least, I would like to comment on the recent death of a gas station owner, right here in Alberta. This man died as the result of a “Gas and Dash”. This is the second death, in Alberta, in a very short time. My wife and I travel to British Columbia on a regular basis. That province is “Pay at the Pumps”. British Columbia has been incident-free for the last 10 years due to this legislation. The Province of Alberta must implement “Pay at the Pumps” in order to save innocent lives.

According to Three Hills RCMP, they have dealt with numerous “Gas and Dash” incidents within our detachment area. One Three Hills location has seen about 40 of these crimes over the past three years. A slow down, at some locations, is attributed to “Pay at the Pumps” Some also allow payment to the clerk and that’s where the trouble continues.

An investment in the required “Pay at the Pumps” hardware is a small price to pay for saving a life and a definite deterrent against needless crime.

That’s Life.