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Bob Scammell – Alberta Outdoors
Ever since Thomas Wolfe’s “You Can’t Go Home Again” was published posthumously in 1940, debate has flourished on the possible philosophical meanings of the title.
Enough! I say. You can too go home again, so long as memories and memory joggers of home remain.
This year I was physically unable to accompany Herself on our annual visit with her sister Caroline on the family ranch west of Pincher Creek, so son John came to stay with me in Red Deer and we made a last nostalgic one-day visit to my home haunts in Brooks and vicinity.
I grew up in Brooks, and left in 1955 when I was 17 for Edmonton and the University of Alberta and eventually Dalhousie Law School in Halifax. Population of the town of Brooks in 1955 was around 1750; now it is a city, soon to hit 15,000 persons.  Full Story >
Just a few words... by Jon Nesbitt
Birthdays
Tuesday, July 22 – Marlene Kipta
Wednesday, July 23 – Marilyn Donald
Thursday, July 24 – Brad Metcalf
Saturday, July 26 – Karen L. Davy
Sunday, July 27 – Leslie Lyster
Monday, July 28 – Susie Martens
Patrick Davy
Tina Cochran
Sherry Furet
Tuesday, July 28 – Jack Harbinson  Full Story >
Life as I know it! by Colleen Crawford
The power went out for two hours the other night. Two hours at the end of the day when all that I had hoped to accomplish was done. The two hour power outage felt like ‘life’ was forcing my hand. Making me sit still and enjoy the moment. It was good. Two hours was long enough.
Yesterday, our telephone, cable and Internet connections were down all day.
Thankfully we went for an early morning walk. I always forward my calls from our home phone number to my cell phone when we leave the house. It is just something that I have gotten into the habit of doing during my daycare hours.  Full Story >
Life as I know it! by Colleen Crawford
I stood at the bottom of the mountain and gazed at the climb ahead. It didn’t look so steep when I set out to conquer this mountain, when I stood in the foothills and stared up at the mountain in the distance.
I started my trek, over estimating my endurance, my physical and mental stamina and set out like a dreamer thinking “I can do anything I set out to do!”
I started walking towards the foot of the mountain which was becoming larger and larger with each forward step. “Oh no. What have I gotten myself into?”, was the thought that kept creeping up into my subconsciousness.
“I can’t do it!” “It is too steep and too big and too tall!” “I am not good enough to finish what I have started!” “Why in the world did I invite so many people along with me into this unknown land?” “Who in the world do I think I am???”  Full Story >
Picked up in passing by JAMIE NESBITT - Bulletin Editor
Tilley again to raise
issue of incorporation
Brooks Bulletin, March 16, 1939—A record attendance turned out to a session of the Tilley Board of Trade held in the school of that village Tuesday evening, March 14, when matters of importance to the whole community were brought up for discussion.
Most interesting of the questions talked over was the matter of incorporation of the hamlet of Tilley into a village. A unanimous vote greeted a resolution to that effect.
This is the second time within the past two years that this question has been brought to the attention of residents of Tilley and it appears that there is every indication that the busy place will soon be an organized village. Since the last occasion, it is believed that the small majority who over-ruled previous organization have changed their views.  Full Story >
Sports Talk by Bruce Parker
 There is still plenty of baseball to be played but the boys from Brooks have already made a name for themselves at the Little League Canadian championship taking place in Calgary.
 Imagine the surprise of big city teams that expect to roll over a team from a much smaller community only to learn their opponent knows how to play the game. I’m sure this was the case for at least some of the players on Team Quebec and Calgary West.
 Well, these boys coached by Jason Wandler, Jason Bartram and Chris Savage do know how to play the game. In fact, the Brooks Lutes Timber Mart Badlands Bombers earned the right to attend the tournament by beating some pretty good teams from Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.
 To be honest, I was unsure what to expect for the boys from Brooks so was pleasantly surprised when they recorded their first win against Quebec. Surprise quickly went to thrilled when the Bombers defeated the Calgary West team in their second game of the tournament.  Full Story >
Tory track record shows torching Trudeau may work - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by TIM HARPER
Sometimes it’s just tough to toss out the old playbook.
After all, the dog-eared tome has served so well, because it is now common knowledge that Michael Ignatieff didn’t come back for you and Stéphane Dion wasn’t a leader.
So, surely, Justin Trudeau must be in over his head. It has been decreed.
The fact that this playbook is still being used means Conservatives, somewhere, somehow, must believe that this game is still worth pursuing and the desired results are out there.
It is too early to suggest the tactics, widely derided, will not ultimately get the Conservatives to where they want to go.  Full Story >
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