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Japanese Garden a city oasis

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:05

Photo by Richard Amery
Lindy Rollingson, executive director of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, by a pond that is just one of the serene features of the Lethbridge tourist attraction.

If you want to get away from it all, you don’t have to go too far — just go to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden on Mayor Magrath Drive.
It is an oasis of peace and serenity in the middle of Lethbridge, bordered by the Henderson Lake Golf Course and Henderson Lake, and is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in Canada.
“This is one of the most beautiful places in Lethbridge and it is right in the middle of Lethbridge. A lot of Lethbridgeites don’t even realize this is here,” said executive director Lindy Rollingson, noting the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden was recognized as the No. 21 Japanese Garden out of 320 in North America by Sukiyaki Living magazine and was rated the No. 2 garden in Canada by MSN.
“So that is pretty special to us,” she continued.
“It has to be experienced,” she added.

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Volunteers paint the town

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:02

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Chris Vokey, left, project co-ordinator with Project Paintbrush, and Kelsey Ronne, project assistant, are ready to get rolling on another season of Volunteer Lethbridge’s program which does household painting for citizens who are physically or financially unable to do the job themselves.

It’s that time of year again when landscaping, gardening and home renovations take centre stage. However, for a large portion of Lethbridge residents, seemingly simple tasks such as freshening up a coat of paint are beyond their capabilities. For the past 11 years, Project Paintbrush has dedicated the time and effort of countless volunteers to ensure those in need are able to get their painting projects completed.
“We paint houses, fences and garages for seniors and those with special needs who both physically and financially can’t do it themselves. We do it with the help of volunteers and donations from businesses throughout the community,” explained Project Paintbrush co-ordinator Chris Vokey.

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Travelling back in time

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:05

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Doran Degenstein, executive director at Fort Whoop-Up, looks over one of the facility’s displays. The fort is open for another season, with the official summer opening set for June 1.

After a couple of tough summers due to flood-related damage, Fort Whoop-Up staff are optimistic about another season of spreading the word about southern Alberta history. While the Fort is already open, the official opening is June 1.
“The biggest thing is we’re not as focused on doing flood-related work. We’re able to work on training our staff and focusing on being a historical site instead of a flood zone,” said Fort Whoop-Up executive director Doran Degenstein.
Last June, rising flood waters forced an army of volunteers to relocate and safely store 40,000 items and staff to completely refurbish the fort.

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44 years of do-si-do

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Written by Anne Sulz for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:52

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Ed Wagstaff is retiring after 44 years of square dance calling, most recently with the Lethbridge Flying Eights Club.

After 44 years of calling “allemande left,” “do-si-do,” “promenade” and other square dancing moves for square dancing clubs, Ed Wagstaff, caller for the Lethbridge Flying Eights Club, is retiring.
He says what he’ll miss most is the fun, camaraderie and many friendships he’s developed over the years. On the cusp of 80, Ed says he’s still “healthy and happy . . . 44 years of square dancing and calling has probably helped . . . and not smoking.” He quotes a Mayo Clinic study about square dancers that indicated, on average, they live 10 years longer than other people, have stronger weight-bearing bones and sharper minds.

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Relay celebrates life

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Written by Dale Woodard for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:47

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Scott Paterson, division revenue development co-ordinator of the local Canadian Cancer Society, is preparing for another edition of the annual Relay For Life, taking place June 13 at the Victory Church complex just east of Lethbridge.

Celebrate, remember, fight back. The ongoing battle against cancer will continue June 13 when the annual Lethbridge Relay for Life takes place at the Victory Church in an overnight event from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
And as the teams ranging anywhere from 10 to 15 members take the track for the 12-hour relay, they do so celebrating the brave patients battling cancer, remembering those who have lost their lives to the disease and fighting back against the illness year round.
This is the 12th year the Relay For Life has taken place in Lethbridge.

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Halloween a treat for live music fans
29/10/2014 | Richard Amery for the Sun Times

With all of the live music happening this week, you’d think some special event was happening. Oh right — Halloween.
So everybody and their dog has live music before and during Halloween night.
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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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