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Planting gardens on the May long weekend likely started when the family was all home making the job of planting a large garden easier. Many garden seeds can be planted as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Tomlinson: Tackling myths and truths of spring gardening

Garden tips that were once shared within families are now shared on…

Planting gardens on the May long weekend likely started when the family was all home making the job of planting a large garden easier. Many garden seeds can be planted as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Harley Hay

Hay: Ridiculous things people do

It’s amazing what some people will stuff into their pants. You know,…

  • Mar 26, 2022
Harley Hay
Mayor Ken Johnston spoke to participants at the CommUnity Power of One event on March 19, 2022, at Red Deer Polytechnic. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Johnston: Uniting our community

Hello, once again Red Deerians and thank you for taking the time…

  • Mar 25, 2022
Mayor Ken Johnston spoke to participants at the CommUnity Power of One event on March 19, 2022, at Red Deer Polytechnic. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
A look at Rover’s Scout Cabin in 1979. (Photo from Red Deer Archives)

Dawe: History of the Scout cabin

There has been a considerable amount of media attention recently on the…

  • Mar 23, 2022
A look at Rover’s Scout Cabin in 1979. (Photo from Red Deer Archives)
Pines neighbourhood resident Willie Derkach often cleared away snow for his neighbours on Patterson Crescent over the winter. After storms, he would often use his gas-powered snowblower to clear the crescent twice in one day. (Photo contributed)

Letter: Will you choose kindness?

On March 15, 2022, your publication titled “Red Deer resident keeps his…

  • Mar 19, 2022
Pines neighbourhood resident Willie Derkach often cleared away snow for his neighbours on Patterson Crescent over the winter. After storms, he would often use his gas-powered snowblower to clear the crescent twice in one day. (Photo contributed)
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Hay: Scout hut brings back fond memories

“Ahh-kee-laa! Dib dib dib! Dob dob dob!” A bunch of young males…

  • Mar 19, 2022
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Treena Mielke

Mielke: The familiar feelings of travel

One week! That’s all it took for me to discover what lies…

Treena Mielke
West of the Fifth Winter Poker Run held Feb.26, 2022, raised thousands of dollars for rural Wetaskiwin County Schools. Facebook/ ‘West of the 5th Poker Run’.

Central Alberta poker run raises thousands for rural Wetaskiwin County schools

West of the Fifth Winter Poker Run raised thousands of dollars for four rural area schools

West of the Fifth Winter Poker Run held Feb.26, 2022, raised thousands of dollars for rural Wetaskiwin County Schools. Facebook/ ‘West of the 5th Poker Run’.
Opinion piece

Russian invasion of Ukraine 101: A brief history

Hundreds dead, thousands wounded. On February 24, Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, declared…

  • Feb 28, 2022
Opinion piece
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Scary movies can scare the pants off of you

Some people just love to have the pants scared off of them…

  • Feb 26, 2022
Harley Hay
Bluebirds will start showing up in Central Alberta within the next few weeks. (Contributed photos by Myrna Pearman)
INSET: ‘Get to Know Bluebirds: A Guide for Young Nature Lovers’ by Myrna Pearman is available online.

Myrna Pearman: Bluebirds will start showing up in Central Alberta within few weeks

Readers of this column will know that I have spent much of…

  • Feb 26, 2022
Bluebirds will start showing up in Central Alberta within the next few weeks. (Contributed photos by Myrna Pearman)
INSET: ‘Get to Know Bluebirds: A Guide for Young Nature Lovers’ by Myrna Pearman is available online.
Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle.

Backyard astronomy: Dodging a solar bullet

For the most part, this past Feb. 15 seemed like any ordinary…

  • Feb 24, 2022
Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle.
Lettuce starts grow under lights powered by the new solar panels. (Contributed photo)

Bedding plants: Starting the right way

Everyone can start bedding out plants. How healthy the plants are is…

  • Feb 24, 2022
Lettuce starts grow under lights powered by the new solar panels. (Contributed photo)
Mielke column

FAMILY: The Year of the Tiger

In Chinese astrology 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. I’m not…

  • Feb 22, 2022
Mielke column
Polytechnic institutions house countless options for professional development, continuing education and personal interest training, says Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO of Polytechnics Canada. (Contributed photo)

Businesses critical to success of lifelong learning

One of the most surprising impacts of COVID-19 has been the reshaping…

  • Feb 22, 2022
Polytechnic institutions house countless options for professional development, continuing education and personal interest training, says Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO of Polytechnics Canada. (Contributed photo)
An art fan tours the Perceptions of Promise exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary on Jan. 10, 2011. The Glenbow Museum is believed to be the first major Canadian museum to offer free admission — permanently — thanks to a multimillion-dollar legacy donation from the family of Calgary businessman and philanthropist, the late JR Shaw. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Jewel in Alberta’s cultural crown’: Shaw family donates $35M to Glenbow Museum

Much of the money is to be used to cover general admission costs in perpetuity

An art fan tours the Perceptions of Promise exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary on Jan. 10, 2011. The Glenbow Museum is believed to be the first major Canadian museum to offer free admission — permanently — thanks to a multimillion-dollar legacy donation from the family of Calgary businessman and philanthropist, the late JR Shaw. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Dakota Dillon gives annual flowers a good watering at Parkland Nurseries on Friday. Garden centres across central Alberta are ready for a customer onslaught as more people find their green thumbs during the pandemic. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Best practice to propagate perennials

Perennial plants die back to the ground in the fall and regrow…

Dakota Dillon gives annual flowers a good watering at Parkland Nurseries on Friday. Garden centres across central Alberta are ready for a customer onslaught as more people find their green thumbs during the pandemic. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
Harley Hay

Harley Hay: Flying by the seat of our pants

Have you got ants in your pants today? Flying by the seat…

  • Feb 11, 2022
Harley Hay
Opinion piece

Health: Debunking common heart health myths

February is Heart Month, a time to bring attention to the importance…

  • Feb 11, 2022
Opinion piece
Linda Tomlinson

Gardening trend continues this year

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association was formed in 1922 to support and…

  • Feb 11, 2022
Linda Tomlinson