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Spotted sandpipers, unlike other hard-to-recognize shorebirds, can be easily identified by their spotted chests and teetering gait. (Photo by Myrna Pearman)

Myrna Pearman: Spotted sandpipers at Sylvan Lake

On one of my early morning kayaks on Sylvan Lake in late…

  • Jul 24, 2021
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Space nuts are hard to crack

I admit it; I’m one of those space nuts. Now, notice the…

  • Jul 24, 2021
Job search

Job hunt: It starts with your cover letter’s first paragraph

You may recall in an earlier column I stated whether requested or…

  • Jul 22, 2021
Local band Hot Diggity Dogs is set to perform in Red Deer today. (From left) Allan (bass) and Herb Quartly (rhythm guitar) and Gary Hiney (drums) with Doug Quartly (banjo) and Mel Downing (lead guitar). Allan, Herb and Doug are band mates and brothers. (Contributed photo)

Live music: Get together at Springfield Crossing in Red Deer

Several Red Deerians of Springfield Crossing area are gathering in the neighbourhood…

Local band Hot Diggity Dogs is set to perform in Red Deer today. (From left) Allan (bass) and Herb Quartly (rhythm guitar) and Gary Hiney (drums) with Doug Quartly (banjo) and Mel Downing (lead guitar). Allan, Herb and Doug are band mates and brothers. (Contributed photo)
If your garage has become nothing more than a glorified storage closet, it might be time to declutter. (Contributed photo)

Living Space: 10 items to toss from your garage in the next 30 minutes

If your garage has turned into the glorified dumping ground for anything…

  • Jul 24, 2021
If your garage has become nothing more than a glorified storage closet, it might be time to declutter. (Contributed photo)
More compact than a drawer full of drivers, this precision driver stores bits in the handle. (Photo by Robert Maxwell)

Houseworks: Canadian precision screwdriver unlocks electronics for repairs

Do-it-yourself repairs don’t have to be limited to just your home, property…

  • Jul 24, 2021
More compact than a drawer full of drivers, this precision driver stores bits in the handle. (Photo by Robert Maxwell)
A well landscaped yard consists of both hard and soft landscape materials. (Black Press file photo)

Gardening: Here are some backyard landscaping tips

A landscaped yard provides extra living space, adds value to the property…

  • Jul 22, 2021
A well landscaped yard consists of both hard and soft landscape materials. (Black Press file photo)
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

Health: Walking in wooded areas beneficial

Mae West, the American movie star who rarely lacked for lifestyle advice,…

  • Jul 20, 2021
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones
Treena Mielke

Family: Enjoying summer in my backyard

I see from the calendar that summer with all its sun drenched,…

  • Jul 20, 2021
Treena Mielke
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Bring out the garden hoses

Another week of extreme heat warnings. Sweltering, muggy, skin-burning, sweat-sucking, thermometer-exploding temperatures…

  • Jul 17, 2021
Harley Hay
This oil is one option that works for finishing outdoor wood without taking on regular stripping and sanding work for re-finishing. Apply at least two coats initially. then another coat each year. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)

Houseworks: Simple outdoor wood finishing

Q: How should I seal and protect a cedar planter I just…

  • Jul 17, 2021
This oil is one option that works for finishing outdoor wood without taking on regular stripping and sanding work for re-finishing. Apply at least two coats initially. then another coat each year. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
This popular paint shade has some secret superpowers. (Contributed photo)

Homes: What white paint can do for your space

White paint is having a years-long moment in the spotlight, and its…

  • Jul 17, 2021
This popular paint shade has some secret superpowers. (Contributed photo)
Job search

Job search: Addressing your cover letter to right person vital

A well-written cover letter, which is non-negotiable if you’re a serious job…

  • Jul 16, 2021
Job search
Research has found that shaking tomatoes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. substantially increases yields. (Gaeil Farrar photo)

Gardening: Shaking them up helps pollinating process

When the growing season is short and the produce takes a long…

  • Jul 15, 2021
Research has found that shaking tomatoes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. substantially increases yields. (Gaeil Farrar photo)
Opinion

Unvaccinated workers: Can you ask not to work with them?

So far in Canada, more than 40 per cent of the population…

  • Jul 14, 2021
Opinion
The Town of Sylvan Lake wants to create a community-led and driven Hub to support the health and wellness of the residents. (File photo)

Town of Sylvan Lake is building Health and Wellness Healing Hub

The Town of Sylvan Lake wants to creat a community-led and driven Hub to support health and wellness

The Town of Sylvan Lake wants to create a community-led and driven Hub to support the health and wellness of the residents. (File photo)
Treena Mielke

Family: Good Samaritans push car to safety

It started out as a clear blue and green summer day, and…

  • Jul 13, 2021
Treena Mielke
Gary Boyle is known as the backyard astronomer. (Contributed photo)

Backyard astronomy: Embracing summer nights

It was this time last year that Comet Neowise graced our skies…

  • Jul 10, 2021
Gary Boyle is known as the backyard astronomer. (Contributed photo)
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Happy to accept challenge from reader

So I got a note from an astute reader from the thriving…

  • Jul 10, 2021
Harley Hay
Make your outdoor space feel a little more spacious than it actually is. (Contributed photo)
Make your outdoor space feel a little more spacious than it actually is. (Contributed photo)