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Giants ready for big challenge

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Written by Dale Woodard for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:34

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Zach Goruk warms up during a recent Lethbridge Junior Giants practice. The Giants will be hosting the Canadian Junior Little League Championships July 18-27 at Spitz Stadium.

The Lethbridge Junior Giants believe they have a leg up in the arms race. As the Giants get set to host the top Junior Little League teams from across the country at the Canadian Junior Little League championship running July 18-27 at Spitz Stadium, they do so feeling confident they have the pitching staff to make them hometown heroes.
“Certainly our strength is our starting pitching,” said Giants head coach Rick Solberg. “We feel we have as good of starting pitching that we’re going to see at nationals. We rely on Zach Goruk and Liam Leech from last year’s Intermediate team that went to the worlds. We have Ty Penner, who went to the Cal Ripken World Series. So we have kids that are pitching with lots of experience. Our bullpen is having some issues because of arm troubles, but 12 of our 13 kids can pitch. So in a week-long tournament we’re going to have to rely on everybody in the pitching staff, not just the big three, to get us set up and hopefully if we make the playoffs, we’ll have the pitching set up and we’ll be in good shape heading into the final four.”

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Shakespeare comes to life

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:36

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Maria (Mary Chisholm), Sir Toby Belch (Milo Smith), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Deedra La Douceur) and Feste (Garrett Bishoff) hatch a plot to get even with Malvolio.

Shakespeare In the Park promises several wonderful nights as they present Shakespeare’s “A Twelfth Night” this summer. There are a lot of familiar faces, some new faces, a new vision and a new director.
John Poulsen, who is co-directing the production, which runs in Galt Gardens most Thursday and Fridays with producer Kate Connolly, is excited to bring one of Shakespeare’s beloved comedies to life.
The cast includes University of Lethbridge students, community members and members of several local community theatre groups.
“I’m on the (Shakespeare in the Park) board and I value cultural activities and I value Shakespeare and I like Kate,” said Poulsen, excited about the production which opened July 4.

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City rockers earn honours

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:14

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From front, Jerry Arnold, Dennis Goshinmon and Ron Sakamoto. Arnold and Goshinmon, the surviving original members of the band the Checkers, were presented with a Canadian Recording Legacy Award recently on behalf of the band, with Sakamoto doing the honours.

Back in the 1950s and early ’60s, the Checkers broke out of Lethbridge and became one of the first Lethbridge rock bands to tour in Canada.
They have been recognized for their groundbreaking career in music by Mel Shaw, president of Canada’s Recording Legacy (which predated the Juno Awards), a career which included touring Canada even before bands like the Stampeders and the Guess Who.
A few tears were shed as Mayor Chris Spearman and promoter Ron Sakamoto presented surviving original members Jerry Arnold and Dennis Goshinmon with the certificate for Mel Shaw’s the Recording Legacy Award honouring their achievements, June 17 at the new recording studio in the University of Lethbridge. The remaining two founding members, drummer Garry Fabbi and bassist Wes Kucheran, are dead.

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Lee Duck's legacy lives on

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:03

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Judy Chan and her mother May Lee look at old photographs of Lee Duck Cleaners.The family is celebrating 100 years in Lethbridge.

Family reunions are not exactly a rare occurrence; however, celebrating a centennial anniversary along with 100 family members is an event that doesn’t happen every day.
The Lee family will celebrate 100 years in Lethbridge with family members who now span the globe on July 7 and 8.
“I found out that my grandfather came to Lethbridge in 1914 and this being 2014 it would be 100 years. Last year I started making plans for a big family reunion,” explained Judy Chan (nee Lee).
“We had talked about doing a reunion a couple years ago but things just didn’t jell; then I found out 2014 was the 100 mark of his arrival to Lethbridge. As soon as I sent out an email to the family saying 2014 is the 100-year anniversary of Grandpa being in Lethbridge, everybody replied.
“I’m third-generation Canadian and then there are our children and grandchildren, so I’ve seen five generations here all because he came to Lethbridge. That’s quite a milestone,” she continued.

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65 years of weaving

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Written by Anne Sulz for the Sun Times   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 18:43

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Galt Museum curator Wendy Aitkens with a loom that is part of the exhibit celebrating 65 years of the Lethbridge Handicraft Guild.

Saved soup can labels were used to pay for the first loom purchased by the Lethbridge Handicraft Guild.
“It was purchased for $165,” said Frances Schultz of the guild, who spoke on the topic of “Warp and Weft” at the opening of the exhibit at the Galt Museum celebrating 65 years of the guild in Lethbridge, attended by about 85 people. “That’s a lot of labels,” she said, “as they probably only received a few cents per label.”
Now the guild has eight floor looms plus a number of smaller looms. “These were purchased by earning money, not by saving labels. I think once was enough!” Their largest loom was purchased with a government grant.

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Lots of live music besides South Country Fair
16/07/2014 | Richard Amery for the Sun Times

To quote East Stage artistic director Gillian Moranz, the South Country Fair is “like Christmas, New Year’s and all of your birthdays rolled into one.”
As a result, the two main original live mus [ ... ]

Athletes should meet certain standard of behaviour
24/09/2013 | Dave Sulz, Sun Times

Welcome to the latest edition of “Athletes Behaving Badly.”
In the spotlight this week is Von Miller, the Denver Broncos’ outstanding linebacker. Miller has already had a rough summer. The Nation [ ... ]

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