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The Drumheller Mail - - IN THE VALLEY 2017 - Adreena stan­dard­ • 403-644-3995

The av­er­age lif e sp an of a p et dog is 10-13 ye ars, and t he av­er­age life­span of a stra y dog liv ing in t he w ild is 1-2 ye ars. Af ter 3 years, lo­cal le­gend Elvis has found a home. His new Fur-Mama Donna Chris­tine said, “Elv is loves his new pals Sno opy and Buddy . He even likes the two cats. He is a lov­ing dog and a wonderful ad­di­tion to our lit tle g roup.” And f ur­ther states that, “He is wel­come to stay as long a s he w ants us .” This in­cred­i­ble story is one of hope, faith and per­se­ver­ance. Elvis has gone through his shar e of ob sta­cles, weather, h uman k ind­ness, s ome un­for­tu­nate h uman unk ind­ness, and has over­come them all g ain­ing his not ori­ety along t he w ay. Carolyn Larson Fawcett shares:

“It ha s b een just over 3 ye ars now sinc e I first sa w wha tI thought was a black wolf in t own by the new hall. Yes­ter­day I fi­nally got t o ac tu­ally p et and c ud­dle the in­jured stray dog I ha ve been feed­ing and me di­cat­ing v ia f ood when needed for the past years. T raci Ras­mussen, Cor­rie Preece, A ARCS and I tr ied f or months to c atch him t o ge t him med­i­cal a tten­tion. A s we s oon learned Elv is, a s T raci name d him, had a unique gait be­cause he is miss­ing one of his hind feet. We have kept a close eye on him daily via a cr it­ter cam Mike and T raci have gen­er­ously let me us e. I am so happy and grate­ful to all those that ha ve dona ted f ood, p osted Elvis sight­ings and all t hose that looked out f or him. I am over joyed that he fi­nally has a place he feels saf e enough t o st ay ar ound (for t he mo st p art af ter all he is a very free spirit and has claimed our t own als o a s his home). H e seems ver y com­fort­able w ith his new liv ing ar range­ments whic h makes me t hink he w as a f arm dog in his pr evi­ous lif e. H e ha s house man­ners , but pr efers t he out­doors, is go od with k ids, and is now pr otect­ing his ne w f am­ily from coy­otes and an­nounc ing vis­i­tors upon ar­rival. I am s o beyond grate­ful to Donna Chris­tine for op en­ing her home and he art for this very spe­cial boy and g iv­ing him a plac e he f eels safe. Fi­nally, af­ter all this time he will get a me di­cal and his v ac­ci­na­tions. God is Good.”

It is time s like t hese t hat we must r emem­ber t hat, like Elv is, we should never give up. Did you know…

In C anada, S anta out sources his elves, since 1982, C anada has housed Santa’s Post Of­fice, which em­ploys mail­room elves courtesy of Canada Post. Close to 200,000 vol­un­teers’ hours ar e sp ent r eceiv­ing and r eply­ing t o over 20 mil­lion le tters f rom all over t he world. There’s room for ev­ery­one on t he Nic e L ist! S anta’s p os­tal elves are ready to help Santa an­swer let­ters in mor e than 30 lan­guages, in­clud­ing Braille! Write to Santa at, Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H OHO, Canada.

A limb ha sf allen f rom t he fam­ily tr ee t hat sa ys, g rieve not for me, re­mem­ber the best times, the la ughter, t he s ong, t he go od life I lived while I was strong. The Nazareth L utheran Ch urch is once again pro­vid­ing the Mem­ory Tree to honour the loved ones we have lost. Cheques are to be made payable t o N azareth L utheran Church and all dona tions are is - sued t ax r eceipts. D ona­tions can be re­ceived up t o De­cem­ber 20. P lease mail your che que t o, Yvonne W ay a t B ox 12, Sit e 1, Stan­dard, AB, T0J 3G0, or to Carol Callaghan at Box 26, Stan­dard, AB, T0J 3G0. The funds re­ceived from dona tions t his ye ar w ill b e des­ig­nated t oward im prove­ment projects in t he V il­lage of St an­dard. Over the years, the Mem­ory Tree pro­ceeds have been do­nated to c eme­tery b eau­ti­fi­ca­tion, t he new Ceno­taph, the Mem­ory Lane project, and f or b eau­ti­fi­ca­tion in our Vil­lage. Thank you to all who have con­trib­uted in t he past and present.

Con­grat­u­la­tions t o t he Mem­ory L ane C ash C al­en­dar w in- ners!!! And t he w in­ners ar e… Jackie and J an­ice Jensen, Olha & Igor Makarchuk, Leah Hard­man, J. C am­mart, All an Pra ud, Blair Ras­mussen, Shar ona S eme­niuk, Art Tel­lier, Sub­hash Kapoor, Rey­burn L ar­sen, John Jens en, B en Arm­strong, Kim Gr egory, D al­las Sticker , D anyela T iede­mann, Joan H olm, Alan L ar­sen, T&C Chris­tensen, Ro dger Hamilt on, Louise We­len, Olha & Igor Makarchuk, and D ean Mck ay. The Mem­ory L ane c om­mit­tee would like t o e xpress t heir g rat­i­tude t o all who sup­ported the cash cal­en­dar fundraiser!!! Vil­lage Of­fice Re­minders…

The v il­lage of St an­dard offic e hours are Mon­day to Fri­day 9 – 4 p.m. The offic e will be closed for Christmas hol­i­days from De­cem­ber 23 t o J an­uary 2. If you ha ve an emer­gency please call, 403 899 3476. A re­minder…

Feel­ing the rush of t he sea­son start­ing? H ere’s a w ay t o e ase into it – “Re store and Re lax”, an up­com­ing yog a wor kshop a t t he Stan­dard Li­brary De­cem­ber. This work­shop will in­clude gen­tle yoga and some restora­tive pos­tures be­fore a long yog a rest to leave you feel­ing ready for any­thing the sea­son br ings. F or da tes and mor e in­for­ma­tion ple ase c all Gina at 587-968-1511. All fit­ness lev­els wel­come.

This is A dreena r eport­ing f or the V il­lage of St an­dard. P lease sub­mit ne wz it ems t o t he st an­dard­ , phone 403-644-3995 or stop in at the li­brary. Have a great week friends!!!

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