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Vol. 1 No. 7:08 July 8, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Big climb: Climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, is daunting for anyone, but for Spencer West, it was especially challenging. West, who hails from Toronto, Canada, is a double-leg amputee. Climbing to the top of the mountain, which is 19,680 ft. above sea level, sent a strong message: believe in yourself and believe in others. West explains that he completed most of the climb on his hands, hoisting himself up the mountain and putting tremendous strain on his shoulders and arms. His climb raised money for Free the Children, a Canadian charity that provides drinking water to Kenyans.

Rotten lunch: A young Scottish school girl was told by the local town council to stop posting photos and critiques of her poor-quality school lunches on her blog. However, Martha Payne has turned this negative into a positive. The town has reversed its decision, and Payne is now working with the Argyll and Bute Council to provide more nutritious meals. The blog and the censorship controversy went viral, and people started sending the youngster money. She has raised more than $120,000 (US), which Payne is giving to a charity that helps feed children in Africa. Martha’s dad, Dave, insists that his daughter is unfazed by the attention.

Not smart: A teacher at a school in Vaxjo, Sweden is probably wishing he hadn’t bet his students’ money to pass his exam. The teacher told his students he’d pay them $14.85 if they passed the exam, but they’d have to pay him $29.75 if they failed. Michael Fardigh, a Vaxjo municipality education official, called the teacher’s action “highly inappropriate behaviour.” The teacher was suspended and faces possible dismissal. How did the students do on this exam? Of the four who accepted his challenge, one passed, one failed, one didn’t show up because of illness, and another never turned in the exam.

Unusual visitor: In Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, most visitors to the city are of the two-legged variety, so folks were surprised and worried for the safety of a 450-pound yearling moose that wandered in. The distressed animal ran through highway traffic and ended up in the parking lot of an auto parts store. Employees managed to corral the beast by closing a fence gate. According to Tom Biglin, a District Fish and Wildlife officer from the nearby city of Calgary, the biggest worry was the possibility that the moose would be struck by a vehicle. Moose are big animals and can cause serious damage to both themselves and a vehicle. The animal was tranquilized and then transported to the wild where it was released.

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Quotable Quotes


“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.”
Herb Caen
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
Chief Seattle



  1. What does it mean to ‘douse the glim’?
  2. Finish this quotation from Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth …..”
  3. Who invented Teflon?
  4. How many months in the year have only 30 days?
  5. Do identical twins have the same fingerprints?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


 July 2024

Red Deer

59th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 23
Location: Alberta Springs Golf Resort
Details: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer, this event includes various challenges, prizes, a Prime Rib Dinner, Silent Auction, and Awards Program. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome.
For More Information: Contact Gerry at 403.343.8813. Entry deadline is July 16.

Seniors’ Dance

Date & Time: Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Location: Red Deer Legion Branch #35
Details: Join the fun at the seniors’ dance.
For More Information: Visit the Red Deer Legion website.


Senior Drop-in Bowling

Date & Time: Every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
Location: Ambassador Bowling Centre, 5020 – 50 Street, Lacombe
Details: Seniors (50+) are invited to stop by for fun. $10 fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, coffee/tea, and snacks.
For More Information: Call 403.309.6387

Music in the Park

Date & Time: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Echo Stage, Lacombe Memorial Centre
Details: Enjoy performances by Blueprint on July 10 and Misery Mountain Boys on July 17. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets for a great atmosphere and wonderful entertainment!
For More Information: Visit lacombepac.com.

Blacksmith Workshop Series

Date & Time: Ongoing in 2024
Location: Lacombe Museum
Details: The Blacksmith Workshop Series is back for 2024!
For More Information: Email [email protected] or call 403.782.3933.

Pup Art Fundraiser

Date & Time: July 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: Lacombe Performing Arts Centre
Details: Join us as our favourite pooches get the chance to release their inner artists, creating original abstract paintings. 12 x 16 canvas: $30; 9 x 12 canvas: $25.
For More Information: Visit lacombepac.com/events for details and to register.

Sylvan Lake

The Sylvan Lake Open Water Swim

Date & Time: Saturday, July 20 at 12 p.m.
Location: Sylvan Lake
Details: Perfect for triathletes wanting to practice their 2km race pace the week before Calgary 70.3 or Ironman Canada. Featuring a 4km, 2km, 500m and kids’ swim.
For More Information: Visit rnrpremierevents.com.

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library Summer Program

Date & Time: July 2 through August 24
Location: Sylvan Lake Municipal Library
Details: Join us at the Library this summer for challenges, crafts, games, and prizes!
For More Information: Visit the Library’s Facebook page or website for complete programming details.

Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Aquarius winners with the luckiest number being 2.

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Aries (March 21 - April 20)

A serious discussion on relationships could help define what you want and what you are willing to give. You may feel upset, but you need to talk. Lucky numbers: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 48.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Conversations and sharing plans and ideas could be very fruitful now. You should be able to make yourself more clearly understood and also comprehend the concerns of others. Lucky numbers: 4, 14, 24, 28, 40, 48.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Relationship harmony is most important. Your mate may seem more understanding, supportive, and affectionate. Show that you are available to play and have fun together. Lucky numbers: 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 19.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

You may feel a need to be seen and acknowledged. Lucky numbers: 4, 17, 22, 27, 41, 44.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

You may finally be able to visualize the steps necessary to fulfill your long-term goals. This could be a very good time to use good logic and to think strategically. Lucky numbers: 13, 15, 24, 25, 30, 35.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

Personal subjects might be the topic of discussion now. Reminiscing and daydreaming about the past may be occupying your free time. Lucky numbers: 10, 23, 27, 34, 46, 47.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

Your determination should help you push through obstacles and deepen your understanding of emotions. Achieving your goals may be most important to you now. Lucky numbers: 6, 17, 22, 24, 37, 38.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

You may find that you are better able to express yourself boldly and confidently. Getting the approval of others may seem less important to you now, resulting in the freedom to act on your own intuition. Lucky numbers: 4, 17, 22, 27, 41, 44.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

You may finally be able to visualize the steps necessary to fulfill your long-term goals. This could be a very good time to use good logic and think strategically. Lucky numbers: 13, 15, 24, 25, 30, 35.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Communicate your enthusiasm, share your plans, and be receptive to others’ points of view. Your optimism will create links you may have overlooked. Lucky numbers: 2, 16, 23, 32, 35, 48.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Your determination should help you push through obstacles and deepen your understanding of emotions. Achieving your goals may be most important to you now. Lucky numbers: 6, 17, 22, 24, 37, 38.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

You may be in the mood to try out and learn from new ideas. Perhaps you need an escape from your usual routine. Discovering alternative ways to achieve your goals will be important. Lucky numbers: 8, 12, 19, 23, 31, 44.

Did you Know?


Camera competitors: Japanese-made Canon cameras are very popular among consumers. A competing brand is Nikon, made by another Japanese company, which also manufactures other optic devices such as binoculars and microscopes.

Irish terms: The Irish use some interesting words. A banshee, for example, refers to a feminine spirit that wails to warn of an impending death. And most people know that a leprechaun is a mischievous elf.

Low-cal pop: The first diet soft drink – a ginger ale called the “No-Cal Beverage” – was introduced in 1952 by Kirsch. The first diet cola came out in 1959.

Bed in a car: John Lennon of The Beatles once owned a brand new Rolls Royce Phantom V, which he bought in 1965. It had a radiotelephone and a portable fridge, and the back seat could fold into a double bed.

Penned name: William Shakespeare, who died in 1616 at age 52, wrote many works during his lifetime. Today, there are only six known specimens of the famous playwright’s signature, all on documents that are in the care of institutions.

On the Lighter Side


To belittle is to be little.

I run, but I never walk. I have a mouth, but I never talk. I have a bed, but I never lie. What am I? A river.

Teacher: “When crossing the Delaware River, why did George Washington stand up in the boat?” Johnny: “He was afraid that if he sat down, someone would give him an oar to row.”

We all often have the feeling that time is running out. The only person who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.

A father was reading his son the story of Lot in the Bible. He explained that Lot was told to take his wife and flee from the city, but his wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. The little boy looked aghast. “What happened to the flea?” he asked.

Trivia answers:

  1. Put out the light.
  2. living.
  3. Roy J. Plunkett.
  4. Four.
  5. No.

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Please note this issue was published sometime over the past 10 years. Jokes, Trivia, Stories and Quotes may be time specific or reference maybe made to events which are no longer relevant.