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Written by Dave Sulz, Sun Times   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:38


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Cory Medd of Two Guys and a Pizza Place is just one of the many local business owners whose hard work has been recognized by the public in the annual Best of the Best survey.

The annual Academy Awards showcase is still a few days away, and moviegoers are anxiously waiting to see who claims the hardware honouring the best of the silver screen.
Locally, however, the winners for “Best Performers in Business” have already been determined, and unlike at the Oscars, it’s the public that determines the outcome.
The results of the Lethbridge Sun Times’ Best of the Best for 2014 have been announced, and this year, the annual survey recognizing the best local businesses shattered all previous highs for votes received, with a whopping 97,295. That’s far beyond the more than 31,000 votes received in 2013.

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Focused on photography

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:27


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At left, Constance Sherriff, left, and club president Lorelei Hoffarth display some marketing materials for the Lethbridge Photography Club’s annual PhotoFusion event, taking place March 4 and 5 at Casa.

If an image speaks a thousand words, then members of the Lethbridge Photography Club will be talking volumes during an annual showcase of their work March 4 and 5 at Casa.
“Each evening will feature slide shows created by our members of their images put to music,” says Lorelei Hoffarth, president of the Lethbridge Photography Club.
“We have a wide variety of themes from flowers and landscapes to animals and portraits.”
The annual PhotoFusion event is being held in the Community Room at Casa, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m., and the show, which is expected to run about two hours, starting at 7 p.m. both evenings. The event features free admission and is open to everyone.

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Fiesta takes bite out of poverty

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:03


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Catholic Central High School teachers Maria Zappone and Mark Nixon are looking forward to the school’s annual Mexican Fiesta Feb. 28, which raises money for Mission Mexico.

You need not speak Spanish to understand the word fiesta, or to enjoy the party. On Feb. 28, Catholic Central High School (East Campus) will be hosting its 16th annual Mexican Fiesta.
The event, which is open the community, is much more than a celebration for staff and students; the Mexican Fiesta is a fundraising initiative benefiting Mission Mexico. For the past 15 years Catholic Central has been providing aid through work trips and almost $300,000 in donations to a small Mexican town, Cuernavaca.

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Bears face uncertain future

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:54


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Bear expert Charlie Russell will speak Saturday at the University of Lethbridge about bear behaviour after observing the animals for decades.

Grizzlies and black bears in southern Alberta face a grim future if public perception of them doesn’t change soon, according to local bear expert Charlie Russell.
“These are wonderful, beautiful animals that are trying their best to get along with us,” says Russell, a Pincher Creek area author and photographer who has been studying bears in Canada and Russia for more than 50 years.
“It’s almost like bears have been deliberately given the reputation of being highly ferocious animals because then it’s easier to justify hunting and killing them.”

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Sports events pay off for community

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:51


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Susan Eymann, executive director of the Lethbridge Sport Council, shows a poster featuring the mascot of the 1975 Canada Winter Games which were held in Lethbridge.

By now most individuals are well versed in the benefits that come along with participating in a sporting activity. What is often overlooked, however, are the benefits a community reaps through sport. The City of Lethbridge, never one to underestimate the value of sport, learned early on that hosting large-scale sporting events further increases the value of sports within the community.
Susan Eymann, executive director of the Lethbridge Sport Council, an organization dedicated to attracting sporting events to the region, explained the benefits of hosting provincial, national and international sporting events are far-reaching, with the impact felt far beyond simply the participants.
“The benefits of hosting sporting events affects sport development, in that the people who come to town to compete could be mentors, not just for the athletes but the coaches, the officials and the volunteers,” said Eymann.

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