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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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Japanese Garden a city oasis

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

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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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White Cowbell Oklahoma and The Trews hit the stage
19/11/2014 | Richard Amery for the Sun Times

This is the week for testosterone-powered, dirty, loud rock and roll due to a lot of really excellent loud shows happening throughout the week.
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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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