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

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Well, here’s hoping you haven’t destroyed your retinas by looking directly at Monday’s solar eclipse.

I keep hearing newscasts about the “once in a lifetime experience.” Truth be known, they happen, somewhere in the world, every 18 months.

We will experience a “Total Solar Eclipse” right here, in 2024. That gives us seven years to order our next set of over-priced, over-rated, protective glasses. Or, ask a welder if you can wear his welding goggles.


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The next General Election will happen on Monday, October 16, 2017. Nomination Day will be Monday, September 18, 2017.

To become a candidate, you must be at least 18 years of age on Nomination Day, a Canadian citizen, and you must have been a resident of the local jurisdiction for the six consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day.

Make sure you check “A Guide for Candidates”, provided by Alberta Municipal Affairs, to see if you are not eligible, for some reason.


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It has been, and continues to be, a terrible year for our friends and neighbours in British Columbia. Reports indicate that it is their worst wildfire year since 1958.

My wife and I were lucky, in the early part of July, as we travelled to the west coast and back without running into any smoke. But that has since changed.

Our desire to return to the coast has been delayed, not only by wildfires but by the unseasonal heat.

Staycationing has played a major role in our summer. The Reynolds Museum,

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