Musings from the Morning
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A serving kind of Friday at Boston Pizza in
High River raised a bunch of money
for The United Way in High River. I was
a part of the festivities with other staffers
including, Jody, Steph and Mike! Good Times
and fun. A shout out to BP's Servers who
gave up their tips for charity.
The Hospital Foundation Laid Back Luau
went Saturday. Thousands of dollars raised later
and all were smiling. Seen there Saturday Mcing
was Jody Seeley, I mastered the CD's and we even
had a dancer! Congrats to all at the Foundation
on another great night of fun and raising funds
for our wonderful community!
It Really IS The Happiest Place On Earth
We have a celebration going on at AM 1140. Our very own Sean Emmett got engaged yesterday!
And he did it in-style in front of the Princess Castle in Disneyland
We are so excited that there is a woman in this world who agreed to be with our Sean.....just kidding buddy! We are thrilled that one of our family members has found their true love. Sean popped the question Oct. 14 in Disneyland.
awwwwww....the first kiss after she says YES!
The newly engaged couple - Sean & Katie....nice work on the diamond!
Thanks to some of the crew from Disneyland for taking some pictures for us all to feel like we were apart of their special moment.
Congratulations Sean and Katie!! We wish you all the best and much happiness together! Love your AM 1140 Family.
Musings from the Morning
Happy "What do I do with the left overs
Tuesday"? Turkey n' eggs? Turkey and
? It's the time of year my Mom and Grand
Mom's shone through history. They made
it taste better with each meal. Our
generation not so much. Have you ever heard
this around your house? Hey throw it out
let's get a pizza!! We had some left overs but
we didn't host the dinner so there wasn't that
much except for some Nephla noodles, which my wife
loves and ate up yesterday. Best of luck with
your left overs. There is always GOOGLE when
you need something quick!
Musings on the week
What a great week it was! This week, 1 year ago!
The opening of the arena and the first game in it
happened this week last year. The guy on the left
dropped the puck. His name is Tom Kowell. Tom
and his family call High River home as he travels
all over North America dropping pucks and
controlling NHL games. He took the first weekend
off of the NHL last year to drop a puck for less
than 200 fans and two teams to celebrate the
opening of the Bob Snodgrass Arena. This past
week he dropped the puck with a REF CAM on
his head. The game had over 19,000 fans and
was played between Montreal and the Leafs at
The Air Canada Centre. I bet Tom Enjoyed the
High River experience more.
Happy Thanksgiving, be safe and with family and friends!
Musings on a Monday
The Firemen's Gala went on Friday and my pal Dean Vincent
received his 30 year pin.(Middle)
Jody Seeley kept everyone in order M/Cing and doing
an awesome job while looking stunning.
Congrats to Len Zebedee (Fire Chief), he received
his 40 year pin and was honoured to have his son
Cody and the wives of the whole crew present him
Up High In The Sky
My pilot, Kris Hlebechuk, and his crew getting ready for lift off. Photo by Lisa Taylor
It's always been on my bucket list — to ride in a hot-air balloon. So imagine my excitement when I was told I would actually get to cross it off my list at the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival.
Excitement soon turned to fear though as I realized one of my dreams was about to become a reality.
I was supposed to go up in a balloon last night, but because of the strong winds blowing through High River, the media flights were cancelled. A little disappointed, but at the same time relieved I wouldn't have to face my fear of heights, I went home to bed.
The next morning I was awoken by my boss, Jody Seeley, telling me to get my butt over to the launch point for the balloons because I had another chance to go in one.
So I threw on some clothes, jumped out of bed and raced over to the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre, still wearing the same hairstyle from yesterday because I didn't have time to shower.
The launch point was a buzz of excitement, as pilots and their crews scrambled to get their beautiful hot-air balloons up and running.
The new "Tamo" balloon flying over High River. Photo by Lisa Taylor
I stood there like a nervous wreck, not really being able to say or do much because I was frozen with fear.
I kept thinking, what if the balloon catches on fire? What if there's a hole in it, what if it runs out of propane?
I occupied my mind by watching all the action happening around me.
I couldn't believe how massive the balloons were. When you see them up in the sky, they look so tiny. It's not until your standing right next to one that you realize just how huge they really are.
Soon it was time to hop in the basket and get ready for lift off.
My pilot, Kris Hlebechuk from Alaska, hit the burner and a bright orange flame shot up into the middle of the rainbow-coloured balloon.
I didn't even feel the lift off at all and had to look down to realize we had left the ground because it was so smooth.
We got up a little higher and I couldn't focus on anything except trying to stop shaking so much in fear.
Kris, who seemed quite amused with me, told me it was fine and that I could move around in the basket all I wanted and it wouldn't affect it.
I finally started to loosen up, and began to enjoy the ride.
Some of the balloons landing in a farmer's field outside of town. Photo by Lisa Taylor
It wasn't scary at all. I don't know how else to describe it other than feeling a sense of weightlessness — like you're sitting on a cloud, floating gently along with the soft breeze.
From the basket, I could see all of High River, and even my house.
It was pretty neat to see how far our town has come and all the progress we've made since the 2013 flood.
I could see for miles, and realized just how beautiful our province is with the big, blue mountains standing in the distance behind the golden prairies.
I was quite amazed by my pilot who effortlessly guided the balloon across town. He knew exactly how fast we'd go at different heights and seemed to expertly navigate through the sky.
Our landing spot was a farmer's field, and I started to tense up again as we prepared to touch down.
However, I had nothing to worry about as our landing was flawless. I was expecting it to be quite bumpy, but it wasn't at all.
Pilot Kris Hlebechuk expertly landing the balloon. Photo by Lisa Taylor
Going up in a hot-air balloon was completely worth it, and I highly recommend you try it too!
It feels good to face your fears and do something spontaneous.
For those of you that missed the balloons this morning, there wll be a special "Night Glow" event tomorrow (Sept. 26) at 8 p.m. right beside the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre.
The hot-air balloon competitions go until Sunday and end with an awards ceremony at noon at the Stampede Stage downtown.
My first balloon ride! Video produced by Lisa Taylor
Afterwards, all the balloons had to be deflated and put away until the next flights. Photo by Lisa Taylor
Musings from the Morning
Jeff Robson and Marlene Waghelstein dropped by today
from the Grassroots Rodeo Series to tell us about their
Finals weekend Oct 4th and 5th in Calgary. Details below!
The Balloons are here in High River. Look up,
up, up and enjoy the colors of the Heritage Inn International
Balloon Festival this week in High River.
Alberta Culture Days in Nanton begin Friday and
include merchants sales, activities through town
and bus trips to the Colony just out of town.
In Longview a "FREE" Travelling Mabels Show
is set to go at the Longview Hall at 8pm on
Friday among other events.
In High River various events are planned,
see highriver.ca for details.
Musings from the morning
Jamie Kinghorn from the Heritage Inn International Balloon
Festival was in today. Wednesday to Sunday look to
the skies in High River for a ton o' balloons. Friday night
at 8pm the Bob Snodgrass ball diamonds will be
GLOWING with all of the participants of this years event.
The balloon flights and Glow all depend on weather, check the
Facebook page out for updates on flight take off locations
through the week.
(photo courtesy Balloon Festival facebook page)
Culture Days in Nanton will be featured Friday through
Sunday this weekend on the Art Walk and all over town.
There will be a fly-in at the High River Airport this
weekend along with The River City Classic Car Show
happening on Sunday through High River and at
George Lane park.
Musings from the Morning
The Hambling Farm hosted Meal in the Field last week
and a good meal it was. We caught the Hambling's just
after that crazy snow and they all seemed in a pretty good
mood despite the snow. Weather as Ryan said, "is a part of
farming". Our sponsor host for the event was Crop Production
Services in High River. The George Traditional House from
Okotoks provided the incredible eats.
Yesterday we made our way to the Lorne De Paoli
Family Farm and feasted compliments of our sponsor
Rocky Mountain Equipment on the fantastic meal
from the George Traditional House. Again, a great day
good food and friends made for an awesome time.
Thanks to all of our sponsors this year, here is
to good weather moving forward to wrap up
harvest in Southern Alberta.
Habitat for Humanity Raise's The Roof In Okotoks
Habitat for Humanity was in Okotoks today for Raise The Roof Fun Run/Walk today!
The morning started with everyone stretching and getting ready at 9:30 for the 10am start in Ethal Tucker Park which is beside the Okotoks Public Library.
A 10k run or a 5k walk around the river area was the options and after the race each participant received a medal.
This great organization is non-profit and their mission is "To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty."
Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta has served more than 250 families, building more than 170 homes.
Today's event also showcased a family from Calgary who received a home from Habitat from Humanity in 2010.
A BBQ, door prizes, and music was also at Ethal Tucker Park today.
If you want to donate, volunteer or know more about Habitat for Humanity..
Click here to go to the Canada Habitat for Humanity Site
Click here for the Southern Alberta Habitat for Humanity Site
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