That's Life December 22, 2010

Each Christmas, for over 30 years, The Capital turns the pages of our Christmas issue over to the Grades 4, 5 and 6 students of the Three Hills School and the Grade 5 and 6 students of the Prairie Christian Academy.
They are responsible for drawing What Christmas Means to each and every one of them. The Grade 6 students write stories about their most memorable Christmas.
What a wonderful experience it has been for me to work with the students, staff and administration of these great schools over the years.
With about 140 children in the program, there's a lot of work that goes into producing an issue such as this. I'd like to offer special thanks to our son Jay, our Production Manager, for the seemingly endless hours of work he has put in, not just on this issue, but each and every issue and special supplements that we produce throughout the year.
They say that the newspaper business gets into your blood and I can tell that Jay has caught the bug. I'm proud of the fact that Jay is an integral part of our company.
I owe a great deal of thanks to my wife, business partner and best friend Terry. She keeps me in line, is a tremendous manager, and a great graphics person.
While I was doing my best to deny that computer technology was about to change our industry forever, Terry was taking computer courses, preparing for the future. Thanks to Jay and Terry, The Capital has been fully digital for a number of years but this year we launched our new website at
Through our website you can check recent stories, watch video of regional activities. You can shop the real estate listings, check our events calendar, classifieds, church services, current weather, special sections and more. In the new year we'll also have the approved minutes of every Council meeting from Kneehill County, Three Hills, Trochu, Acme, Linden and Carbon. Social networking will also become part of our website.
Our staff are amazing people who have provided tremendous support in every way. Thank you Barb Widmer, Amy Nakaska, Debi Moon, Candice Cullum and David Nadeau. On the Sears-Hometown Store side of our business, I would like to thank Cheryl Holm, Mel Stevens and Faye McGhee. As most of you are aware, our store size doubled in 2010 and Cheryl, Mel and Faye are the cream of the crop in customer service and product knowledge.
2010 will always be remembered by me as the year I became the Mayor of Three Hills. That's not something you would easily forget. I feel extremely privileged and honoured to work alongside my fellow Councillors Harold Leo, Al Campbell, Terry Lee, David Nadeau, Ron Howe and Vernon Wiebe. I would also like to thank Town CAO Jack Ramsden, the department managers and staff at my new second home, the Three Hills Town Office.
2010, it's been quite a year. I look forward to 2011 with great anticipation as our province continues to recover from the effects of a world recession. It took a while to feel the effects but we felt them and continue to do so but the future looks bright.
I thank all of you who have given me support and encouragement. I wish you all peace and harmony, good health and prosperity now and all though the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year one and all.
That's Life.