It only hurts for a little while

Yes, I will once again pretend to act very brave and not shy away from getting my free annual flu shot, which is now available. It’s well worth that tiny little needle prick to get an extra boost to our delicate immune systems, and hopefully keep us away from those flu bugs that start to invade the airwaves about this time of the year.

Yes, I will once again pretend to act very brave and not shy away from getting my free annual flu shot, which is now available. It’s well worth that tiny little needle prick to get an extra boost to our delicate immune systems, and hopefully keep us away from those flu bugs that start to invade the airwaves about this time of the year. It is only the little duffers who might get a treat following the needle, but everyone will receive the warm and assuring smile from your nice nurse, who will try to be gentle after you roll up your sleeves.

Alberta Health and Wellness have now extended the publicly funded portion of the program to include children two to four years of age and adults from 50 to 64. Officials claim that the vaccine is very important for younger children and seniors, as well as those who have certain ongoing medical conditions, and for the staff who serve them on a regular basis. Please watch for flu shot clinics in your area, or for more information call the Ponoka Community Health Centre at 403-783-4604 or get in touch with your doctor.

Congratulations to the Ponoka News

I was ecstatic when I heard that the super staff at the Ponoka News had won one of the 2008 Ponoka Chamber Of Commerce business awards last week. These congenial ladies are dedicated each week to preparing your community newspaper, as well as supporting and promoting countless activities for the town and county all year round. It is great to have the opportunity of working with them at the Ponoka News in a minor role, as they have kindly encouraged me to continue to write my column and a little history each week.

Congratulations to all the other business and individual award winners, and to the Ponoka Chamber of Commerce for spearheading and promoting these and many other community participation events annually. You should all be very proud of your efforts, inspiration, and keen dedication.

Did you pay your ticket?

I see that our provincial Government is now targeting some 650,000 Alberta drivers who have continued to ignore their unpaid parking tickets. Apparently letters will be sent out in December giving the culprits 14 days to pay up this multi-million dollar tab, after which those reckless drivers still in the bad books will not be able to register their vehicles or renew their licenses.

If payment arrangements haven’t been made within a month, these folks could also be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, which could hold back income-tax refunds and GST rebates if there are still arrears. In extreme cases, bank accounts could be garnished and property seized. Hopefully, this severe province-wide crackdown (which nailed another 2000 speeders and traffic offenders in a recent 24-hour blitz in Edmonton), will continue, not only to get all of us to pay attention, slow down, and drive safely, but to also get the bad apples ones off the road for a long time.

How about some all in fun girlie wisdom?

*Women over 50 don’t have babies because they would put them down and forget where they left them.

*A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills…she had 14 kids but doesn’t really care.

*One of life’s mysteries is how a two-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain five pounds.

*The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you are doing, someone else does.

*The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

*She gave up jogging for her health when her thighs kept rubbing together and set fire to her knickers.

*Amazing how you hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes?

*The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

*She read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying and driving to fast. Are they kidding, that was her idea of a perfect day.

*Did you hear about the lady who had an affair with a trapeze artist, but he dropped her?

*The man walked past the local post office and a middle aged gent was at the back counter methodically placing ‘love’ stamps on a large pile of bright pink envelopes with hearts on them. After he sprayed them each with a sweet smelling perfume, the curiosity got the best of the onlooker. “What are you doing?” he asked. “I’m sending out 1,000 perfumed ‘I love you’ notes signed ‘guess who’ he replied. “But what on earth for?” the puzzled man inquired. “Because I’m a divorce lawyer,” he answered with a smile! Lets keep cheering for an extension to fall, and have a great week, all of you.