That's Life - July 12, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and had a chance to take in the Three Hills Canada 150 Summer Celebration.

It’s always interesting when writing-up the results of these events. For example, over the last week the Rob Naylor Splash Park saw over 1,200 visitors during the heat wave. That’s a lot of people experiencing a lot of enjoyment in our community. People drive to here, during the summer months, just to have their children enjoy the splash park, new playgrounds, camping facilities and aquatic centre. The big difference with the Rob Naylor Splash Park is heated water. That keeps them coming back.

Many of us will be taking a few days, here and there, to get a little rest and relaxation. Some will enjoy a stay-cation, in their own backyards. Some will venture out.

The Rocky Mountains are an attraction that many of us just cannot get enough of. The Canada 150 Celebration includes free entry to our National Parks. Banff is a destination of choice by many and now even more tourists than ever. The only problem is parking. They don’t have much. In fact, the last time my wife and I visited Banff, we couldn’t get out of our car because we couldn’t find a place to park. We were staying in Canmore so we just left Banff behind.

Smart money might see you park in Calgary and take a shuttlebus to Banff. Sure, it cuts your freedom to move around Banff, once you’re there, but check out he Banff Transit “Roam Buses”.

If venturing into British Columbia be sure to check road and air quality conditions due to the great number of wildfires. As most of you know, the Province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the thousands of people who have been forced to evacuate their homes, businesses and communities.

Recently our weather has been extreme. From the tornado of June 2 to Monday’s electric storm and downpour, we are learning the importance of keeping informed.

Your safety is important to us. If your home still has power and you have the internet, go to weather.gc.ca for alerts in your area.

It is extremely important to listen to local radio stations for updates and emergency alerts. Sunday evening was a prime example of a tornado watch for communities in Kneehill County. Three Hills was clearly on the list. Thankfully we were spared, again.

High winds and lightning can easily result in power outages. Keep a battery operated radio on hand, in your home, at all times. And yes, learn more about emergency preparedness. Know the risks. Make a plan. Get an emergency kit. Have a list of resources at your fingertips.

Enjoy your summer. Be safe.

That’s Life.