That's Life - February 12, 2020

It is an honour to recognize our Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary.

Since January 1, 1944, Three Hills has been home to the Mounties.

As the years go by, the list of Commanding Officers lengthens. To the best of my ability, through letters from past members and history books, I have listed as many of those Commanding Officers as possible. I’m sure many of you will remember some of these names.

The first was Cst. Pittman, followed by Robert H. Simmonds and James Dennis Toews.

Since my sources did not give the names in order, I will simply list the names as provided. They are; Bob Wall, Bill Lee, Keith Sutherland, Don Vogen, Ray LaValley, Gary Osectski, Al McLeod, John Moller, Gene Kowalczyk, Kurt Tugnam, Mercer Armstrong, Bill Laidlaw, Greg McKinnon, Joe Sangster, Gabriel Graham and at present, Shawn Morgan.

Some of the community programs the RCMP have conducted over the years include crime prevention and workshops in our schools, seniors seminars on fraud and senior abuse, Victim Services, Citizens on Patrol, Auxiliary Officer program, Block Parents, Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Crime Watch.

Check the full page ad on page nine of this issue to learn more about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Now, on to Valentine’s Day. You might think it’s just another reason to buy chocolates, flowers, dinner or diamonds for your beloved. Let me bring you up to speed.

According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his Judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. You might want to think about that if you forget about your loved one on Friday, February 14.

It’s different in our house. Every day is Valentine’s Day. That’s what happens when you love each other. For those of you new to town, we’re the old couple that hold hands when we walk about town, and we walk a lot. No, we’re not just holding each other up - well maybe just a little bit. Happy Valentine’s Day.

And don’t forget to spend some quality time with your family on Family Day. This year Family Day is on Monday, February 17 and the Town of Three Hills invites everyone for free swimming on Monday from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Three Hills Aquatic Centre and Free Skating from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Three Hills Arena. That means getting off the couch.

That’s Life.