Friday, January 14, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Those were the days: Four Masted Barque rounding Cape Horn 1928 - Captain Irving

Fred Eaglesmith 10 years on. Are you a Fredhead?

Fred Eaglesmith and his band performed at the Grandview Stage, near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on July 14, 2009.


End of pandemic. What's next?

Op Ed by Helge Nome

The Covid pandemic is all but over, thanks to the virulent Omicron variant that has now all but displaced the Delta variant as the main infective agent.

The result is far less severe disease and more rapid recovery from infection. Nature has done its thing. What's the point in killing your host or severely demobilizing him anyway? If the object is rapid and sustained spread to a maximum number of hosts?

So, like in 1920, it is time to move on to the good times, maybe? Like the "roaring twenties"?

History has a tendency to repeat itself, so I expect something like that will happen because of post pandemic pent up energy being released.

Just as well, because we are going to be heading into severe weather challenges as atmospheric gases move in unpredictable ways above our heads, driven by changes in ocean currents and absorbed energy from Sol.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Fred Eaglesmith on Grandview Stage

 Veteran Canadian singer/songwriter and storyteller Fred Eaglesmith had a captive audience on Grandview Stage, southwest of Rocky Mountain House on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. The informal lawn setting, mosquitoes, and unfulfilled threat of showers, fitted right in with Fred's style: He is a somewhat irreverent commentator on the status quo, in both prose and song and his followers are self proclaimed "FredHeads" (rhymes with "deadheads"). Present among the locals at the performance where people from Australia and one group had traveled from Vancouver to spend a night with Fred and his band, who were supported by the Ginn Sisters from Texas. Fred commented on everything from life on the farm ("I shot my neighbor's dog") to Brian Mulroney's $300,000 wad of cash, and how heavy it must have been to carry it out of the hotel. ("Why didn't he just accept a cheque instead?)

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Friday, December 31, 2021

Good news from South Africa

Average number of new infections reported each day in South Africa falls by more than 4,700 over the last 3 weeks, 20% of its previous peak

COVID-19 infections are decreasing in South Africa, with 10,336 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 44% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on December 16.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Message from Harry Covid

"Hi, My name is Harry and you are my host. I feel the same way you do: Live a long life and reproduce to the best of my ability. Let's get along and treat each other with respect.

I don't want to kill you and my offspring inside your dying body, so I have decided to stay away from your lungs and hang out in your airways instead. That way I can quickly jump from one of you to the next one without putting you into isolation in a hospital, because you can still breathe without much difficulty.

I'm OK, you're OK. We get along."

Reply: " That works for me too Harry; gives me time to figure out how to get along with you so that you can fit in with all the gazillion other critters that live inside me. Welcome to the family"

You wish : ) Hazing project aims to frighten Edmonton's urban coyotes from the streets

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

More indications of pandemic petering out

Deadly floods left this German town in tatters. Now, it's trying to climate-proof itself

Caroline Neighbourhood Place has served the community for 21 years.

Report by Helge Nome 

Back in the 1990ies there was a call for government services to be decentralized and more control to be given to local people. In 1998-99 representatives from the Diamond Willow Child and Family Services Authority, which served Central Alberta in those days, approached people in the Caroline area with the idea of setting up an independent local organization to serve people looking for support from government and private programs in the human services field.

The offer was accepted, a board was formed under the umbrella of the Village of Caroline Council, and a coordinator, Dallas Logan was hired. Her base was the Village office in Caroline and the greeting to prospective walk-ins was: "You are in the right place, how may I help you?" The idea was for people to be able to walk in off the street and inquire about programs and services available, rather than being bounced around between agencies, trying to find a way to deal with a concern.

The official opening of Caroline Neighbourhood Place, based on a funding commitment from the Alberta Government, happened on October 27, 2000 on the front steps of the Village office.

Since then, Caroline Neighbourhood Place, under the direction of a volunteer board, has operated out of several local venues providing a range of services to the community:

Persons have access to support through walk-ins, phone, email and receive assistance with resources and materials for whatever their situation may be. Hosting of various community workshops and presentations, including the annual Volunteer Appreciation event. Publishing the "Around Caroline" monthly newsletter and lately, Covid 19 resources and financial support for the Caroline Meals on Wheels program. The "Santas Anonymous" and "Adopt a Family/Senior" programs are also run by Caroline Neighbourhood Place.

Not long after its establishment, Caroline Neighbourhood Place became a not-for-profit society operating under an independent board and established cooperative relationships with many local groups and individuals including the Village of Caroline (its mother duck), Caroline School, Asoekwin Friendship Centre, Clearwater Family and Community Support Services, Rocky Community Learning Council, Shepherd's Food Bank in Caroline and others.

Since 2013, Sara Turchet has ably managed the affairs of the society and is currently based in an office in the mini mall next to ATB Financial in Caroline. This office space is also available to other community groups to serve the local community on an as-needed basis.

Pre-pandemic Caroline Neighbourhood Place team. Front: Sara Turchet, coordinator. Back, board members: Carrie Bergevin, Mary Bugbee, Charles Pearn, Leslie Detta, Helge Nome.