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Does City's $tarbucks Agreement Allow For Expansion?

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Hi,

Tonight I tried to post comments on the Gazette's site but they are not allowing posts to the Starbucks affair (after submitting my comments it stated they had to be approved by the moderator).

Here is the article I posted to prove Crouse is wrong on his whole rebuttal that the City does not own a Franchise but a license.  He is trying to defuse the situation but here is more information.

I heard from a member of the Library Board that Council (or Councillor Bracko in particular) requested that the Library look at bring a Starbucks to City Hall.  See the following links

Council Minutes for October 17th, 2011

Library Board Minutes November 2011

I had a lengthy conversation with the Library Board member and their understanding was that the City had the ability to bring additional Starbucks locations into the City based on the terms of the Servus Place agreement.

Just some more information to post and get out there since it is public domain but did not raise any attention anywhere.

It would be appreciated if you could add this to your Starbucks posts.

Regards,

Phil Chatwin
St. Albert

SINC SAYS:

Well Phil, if the story you heard is true, we could be in for a lot more city-owned $tarbucks in the future. The shocking part is the National Post's report yesterday of that master license agreement costing $5 million that was never disclosed. For a supposedly business-friendly council, expanding city-owned $tarbucks outlets to multiple locations within the city, in direct competition to local small business would just be so wrong.


Reader Interest Swells As Starbucks Issue Grows

There's a buzz in the air in St. Albert as word spreads of the depth of the investigation by the National Post into city council's handling of the license agreement for its Starbucks outlet in $ervu$ Place. The issue was resurrected when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation bestowed a runner-up Teddy Award to the city for wasteful spending of tax dollars.

Rumours are flying in every direction about possible back-room deals that may have been kept secret from the public Involving much more taxpayers money than council admitted to spending.

And reader interest here on St. Albert's Place has been growing steadily over the past few days, culminating yesterday with 1,349 unique visitors and some 1,692 hits. The difference between those two numbers (343) reveals that this site was accessed more than once by those readers, likely to post or read items in our Live Chat area, or to check for updates.

Taxpayers posting here are angry at council and many are calling for the resignation of mayor Nolan Crouse.

Here is a look at the actual numbers as gathered by SiteMeter this past week for St. Albert's Place On The Web.
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Sorry Saga Of $ervu$ Place Refund Is Over

READER RESPONSE:

Don,

Look what I got this morning. I have to give credit where credit is due, Don.

At least this guy is trying to provide customer service. A lot of other folks at the City of St. Albert could learn a lot from Mr. Ballash.

Cheers,

Jim

From: Jack Ballash
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 10:17 AM
To: Jim Starko
Subject: Servus Place

Good Morning Mr Starko,

Thank you for your patience in getting your refund back to you. We hope to see you back at Servus Place.

Best Regards

Jack Ballash
Programs & Services Manager
Servus Credit Union Place


SINC SAYS:

Progress is always a good thing Jim.


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READER RESPONSE:

Hi Don,

The picture of the car carrying a "body" hit pretty close to home.

Some years ago I bought a wooden cigar store indian for my dad's Christmas present. Since I had no way to ship it carefully, I had wrapped it up, called my dad in August of that year to come from Kamloops and bring his truck.

After he had left, I was thinking of calling an RCMP buddy in Stony Plain to tell him to pull my dad over as there was a "body" in the bed of the truck.

I thought better of it in the end as my dad had no knowledge of what he was taking back with him. To give him credit, he did not unwrap it till Christmas.

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Mayor: No Comment On National Post Story

Starbucks deal now in the eye of national media

The National Post is running a story today on the Starbuck's fiasco at city hall. You can read the story here on the National Post website.

It contains comments from councillors MacKay and Brodhead as well as some rather revealing comments by Ray Davidson, owner of the Booster Juice at $ervu$ Place that would seem to contradict the official city line.

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More telling and much more intriguing is Mayor Crouse's refusal to even comment on the story when asked by the National Post.

Now comes the question that is on the minds and lips of many residents of this city who smell a rat. What has city council got to hide?

Yesterday on this site, we asked questions of each member of city council in an open letter to them. Only two members of this council chose to respond to our request. Interestingly enough, the two councillors who did respond were the same two councillors who voted against the motion for the city to get into business with Starbucks.

Coincidence? Many think not. Both councillors carefully avoided the question about a supposed nine-year long back room deal to move the Starbucks into its current location by paying a huge fee to the former occupants of the space using city tax dollars.

Try as I might to cull that information from the two local newspapers who at the time I think ran the information I recall reading, I can find nothing. The former Saint City News site has been taken down and when one tries to access their old URL, 'saintcitynews.com', one is transferred to the current St. Albert Gazette website. The Gazette site has no information on the deal that I can find.

Other residents have approached me to ask me to keep digging as they too recall reading about the back room deal. Sadly, no one who called me was willing to go on record or give their names for publication for fear of reprisal. Most claim that vital information, possibly involving a higher amount than the original $280,000 investment in the Starbucks, is being intentionally withheld from taxpayers.

The National Post needs to dig much deeper into this story and is in a far better position than St. Albert's Place On The Web as far as having the resources to get to the bottom of the deal. From what we can determine, the deal may be cloaked behind an in-camera meeting and city council has been admonished not to speak about the rumoured deal and keep the information secret from the very citizens whose money was used to make the deal.

Keep digging please, National Post. Something stinks to high heaven about this whole Starbucks fiasco and the public has a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.

Meanwhile the next question that needs to be asked is, will mayor Nolan Crouse be forced to resign over the mess? A 'no comment' to a national media outlet simply doesn't cut it with local taxpayers.


Alberta Primetime To Feature Teddy Awards

Program begins tonight at 7:00 p.m.

A St. Albert's Place reader emailed us to advise that the Teddy Awards will be a subject of discussion tonight on
Primetime Alberta.

Alberta Primetime is a daily current affairs show airing weeknights from 7:00 p.m. MST to 8:00 p.m. MST. Airing across Alberta on CTV Two Alberta, it can be viewed on the following channels:

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Calgary SD: Shaw Cable Channel 13
Edmonton SD: Shaw Cable Channel 9
HD: Shaw Cable Channel 216
Bell Satellite TV: Channel 267
Shaw Direct Classic: Channel 351
Shaw Direct Advanced: Channel 23
Telus Optik TV: Channel 13
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Sadly for the mayor and council who thought they got away with it, this story has grown legs and may continue to haunt them for some time to come.

READER RESPONSE:

Mayor's 'Threats' Re: $tarbucks Are Not 'Facts'

Don,

To answer your question yesterday, the Mayor’s response to the City of St. Albert being nominated for a “Teddy” Award in the municipal category, signifying excessive government waste, is exactly what you said it is – a not-so-well thought out, hastily thrown together defence and is typical of Mayor Crouse.

Mayor Crouse resorts to name calling and threats in his defence of the Starbucks decision, calling the Canadian Taxpayers Federation “misinformed” and “irresponsible.” I submit that it is, in fact, City of St. Albert Mayor and Council who were “misinformed” and “irresponsible” in making the decision to purchase a “Starbucks corporate license” for $ervu$ Place in the first place, for all of the reasons you so correctly point out.

You will notice in his statement that Mayor Crouse also has to resort to threats in defence of Council’s decision – threatening to raise residential property taxes in lieu of the Starbucks decision.

The Mayor also says in his statement that “There are several businesses within the facility. Starbucks is not in direct competition with any of the businesses for their main line of business and the City did in fact consult with the other tenants.”

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As Global Morning News correctly pointed out this morning, these statements are a direct contradiction to a statement made by the owner of the Booster Juice franchise in $ervu$ Place, who says that he was not consulted about the Starbucks “Corporate License” going into $ervu$ Place and he estimates that the Starbucks “Corporate License” costs his Booster Juice franchise up to 20 per cent of its previously earned revenue.

The Mayor is also quoted in a St. Albert Gazette article shortly after the Starbucks issue blew up in his face as saying that City Council made a mistake by rushing into the Starbucks decision. It sounds like he has now changed his tune, yet again, doesn’t it Don?

You can’t have it both ways, Mayor Crouse. Name calling and threats are not facts. The facts relevant to this whole Starbucks fiasco at $ervu$ Place speak for themselves.

Jim Starko
St. Albert

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Mr. Starko is a former City of St. Albert Councillor.


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A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he talks for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes.

The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened.

The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn't talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums still hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, he put his wife's teeth in by mistake and he couldn't shut up.



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The series Unmarked started with an innocent hiking date near Seattle:

"We had this fantastic time; it was early in our relationship and everything was super happy," Chalmers says. But later, a friend pointed out that the hike had been right where serial killer Ted Bundy disposed of his victims.

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

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A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

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Best of all, it's all free thanks to our advertisers. Enjoy and please, tell your friends.

$tarbucks 'Honoured' By Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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To further drag the name of St. Albert through the mud, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has named the city as a runner up for a Teddy Award for the worst outright waste of tax dollars by a municipality.

The reason you ask? One word: $tarbucks.

Yep, that's right, we are now recognized nationally for a stupid decision to put a city-owned $tarbucks in $ervu$ Place to "compete with taxpaying St. Albert small business". Here is a partial list with our nomination in the red box:

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Incidentally, is this city-owned project point 21 on the business friendly action plan? Frankly, most residents would likely agree city council deserves the 'honour'. You can see the entire list of the Teddy award winners here. And here is a look at the video of the awards.



The Mayor's Response To The Teddy Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 07, 2012

Statement from the City of St. Albert In Response to the Canadian Tax Federation’s 14th Annual Teddy Waste Awards Nomination

“The Canadian Tax Federation’s inclusion of the City of St. Albert decision to licence a Starbucks operation at Servus Credit Union Place is misinformed and irresponsible,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “They did not do their research, and the facts do not support their comments.”

Here are the facts:

* The City of St. Albert did not purchase a Starbucks franchise. Starbucks does not franchise. The City of St. Albert (the people of St. Albert) has a corporate licence.

* The $280,000 investment includes capital as well as the licence fee. The operation is operated on a for-profit basis and is a good use of taxpayer money with the return on investment being reinvested in the facility to reduce its deficit – the other option would be to increase taxes for taxpayers.

* The City reviewed many other options and ways to meet the need for a coffee shop within Servus Place based on the strong interest from patrons. Starbucks was the best fit.

* The Starbucks operation does pay taxes, including GST and property taxes.

* There are several businesses within the facility. Starbucks is not in direct competition with any of the businesses for their main line of business.

* The City did in fact consult with the other tenants.

Nolan Crouse
Mayor
City of St. Albert

SINC SAYS:

An interesting attempt to respond
available on the city's website, but the release raises more questions than it answers, I'm afraid. Namely these questions:

1. Could the term used in the release against the CTF, "
misinformed and irresponsible" not be viewed as applying to council's decision as well to gamble taxpayers money on a business investment? Note the threat to increase taxes in the opening statement. Has this council never heard of cutting costs as a viable alternative?

2. Is a "license" not essentially the same thing as a franchise? Does it matter even an iota what you call it?

3. Is the term "good use of taxpayer money" gambling on a business venture with no guarantee of success really the right thing to do with our tax dollars?

4. If there was in fact "strong interest from patrons", why was there such a public backlash over the city's decision? Could that be because the majority of residents never use $ervu$ Place?

5. Would someone at city hall please explain to taxpayers how a tenant (the city-owned Starbucks) in a city-owned building pays property taxes? No tenant directly pays property taxes, that is usually the responsibility of the landlord (in this case the city). Further, will the city charge itself rent and property taxes in a city-owned facility? Does the city pay itself property taxes on city hall as well as $ervu$ Place for example?

6. Does the Starbucks have a proper business license issued to itself by the city? And did the city pay itself for that business license?

7. To the best of my knowledge, all municipalities are exempt from paying the GST. Does the city-owned Starbucks have to pay GST? If not, why is it paying GST?

8. Is Starbucks not in direct competition with the Tim Hortons right across the street? I should think the Tim Hortons outlet has paid for its business license, made a substantial investment in the community with a new building and the property it sits on, created more jobs than Starbucks, and will indeed pay property taxes for real, will it not? Considering the city had to issue development permits for the Tim Hortons project, how could council not have known about a potential competitor prior to making its decision to buy the Starbucks license?

So folks, what do you think? Have more questions than answers been raised by this release? Or does this look like a not-so-well thought out, hastily thrown together defence?


An Open Letter To Mayor And Council

Mayor and Members of Council:

I am sure that all of you have, by now, heard the news of St. Albert's status of runner up for a municipal government tax waste award by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
 
The 'Teddy" award was based on this council's decision to purchase a Starbucks license in Servus Place and operate a city-owned business that competes for clientele with already established local businesses who pay taxes and license fees to the very city that now competes with them.
 
I'm very sure that council is also very aware of the public backlash and continued objections to the city's involvement in such a deal by a majority of residents.
 
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The public will be more interested to know members of council’s reaction to the news, and left to wonder if council has any plans to revisit the decision in the light of the terrible national publicity this has generated. Do mayor and council have any such plans, or is the prevailing attitude to ignore the rejection of such actions by its citizens and do nothing?

Further, when council forecast an annual profit, if I recall correctly, of some $80,000 for the Starbuck's, did council first deduct the amount they will pay a former tenant to vacant the premises now occupied by Starbuck's? If memory serves from what I read at the time, and I cannot recall where, that amounts to about $700,000 dollars over the next nine years or so, totalling about that same profit amount annually? St. Albert's Place intends to file a FOIP request later today regarding this arrangement to attempt to confirm exact figures.

 
The public would also like to know how council's new 20-point business plan figures into the equation. I have watched all council meetings since they became available online and do not recall seeing or hearing any discussion, nor can I find anything in council minutes where council as a group developed the plan and voted on it as official city policy. 
 
Am I wrong in that conclusion? And if not, why has council not been part of the development process of this plan and properly authorized it by majority vote for implementation?
 
If this process has not taken place, I submit the plan is possibly not fully supported by this council, nor should it be city policy, until it has passed council's scrutiny.
 
St. Albert's Place on the Web would be most grateful for the opinion of every member of council on these two subjects.
 
Thank you for your consideration and time.

Don Sinclair
St. Albert's Place On The Web

SINC SAYS:

This letter was emailed to each member of city council yesterday afternoon just after 5:00 p.m. and we will print all responses for our readers.

Replies to date:

Councillor Cam MacKay:

"Thanks for the inquiry. While I fully support economic development initiatives within the city of St. Albert, council nor I, cannot take credit for this proposal. The Mayor has worked hard to come up with a 20 point plan to outline a vision from now until 2040.

Many of the initiatives outlined in the bullet points are already underway or will arrive at council for approval in the future. While it is somewhat ironic to be critiqued by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for expanding city operations in the business community, the desire to enhance the business climate in St. Albert is genuine. I hope some of the proposals lead to some much needed success within our city."

Councillor Malcolm Parker:

Don, in response to your letter to Council, my comments are:

"1. As you know, my position on the Starbucks operation was against the city operating a retail business. As a matter of principle, I believe it is not within the city's mandate to become involved in private enterprise as this is the role of entrepreneurs willing to risk their investment in time and money. However, Council followed due process and the majority voted in favour of the motion so under our democratic system it was appropriate to accept the results of the vote.

2. I had an opportunity to read The 20 point Economic Development Plan and provided my input. I am a strong proponent of Community Economic Development and during Council's planning sessions, Economic Development was identified as one of Council's goals with the 20 point Plan a priority to achieve this goal by promoting growth in the commercial and light industrial sectors. Council's goals and priorities will be on a Council Meeting Agenda in the next few weeks, at which time discussions, presentations and debate will occur."


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The F16 Fighter Versus The C-130 Transport

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A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by. The jet jockey decided to show off.

The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The F-16 pilot radioed the C-130 pilot and asked what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!'

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The C-130 droned along for about five minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?'

Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'

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These great questions and answers are from the days when 'Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.

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Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?

A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.
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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

Not from St. Albert? Not to worry, there's plenty for you too.

A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

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$ervu$ Place Response Spurred By St. Albert's Place

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Yesterday, and the day before, local resident Jim Starko wrote about his bad experiences at $ervu$ Place. He writes again today about how things have gone since:

Lo and behold, Don,
 
Someone from the City of St. Albert must be reading St. Albert’s Place on the Web!  LOL.
 
I received a phone message, albeit on my brother’s phone, from a Jack Ballash (sp??), who sounds like he is a supervisor over at $ervu$ Place.
 
He was apologizing profusely for the city’s “error” in deducting money for my membership that had been cancelled on February 2 and for the “run-around” I got from the staff over issuing my refund.  Again, he said that their on-line “system” had been down when I cancelled the membership, although I still have the computer-generated receipt saying it had been cancelled effective February 2 (good system). 
 
However, he also said that the staff should have been able to give me a cash refund last week when my brother went down to get the refund and he doesn’t know why they didn’t, but if I want to come in, they have my cash refund waiting for me.  He also left his personal phone number and said that if I had any further questions and/or concerns to make sure that I contacted him directly.

Unless I really miss my guess on this one, somebody from the City has been reading your website and they "clued" in to who I am and somebody told somebody to clear this one up SAP before I caused more “trouble” for them. 
 
The kid – he was about 18 years old according to Bob - (dude) on Sunday had absolutely no intention of doing anything and told Bob that I would have to come down to $ervu$ Place myself and fill out the forms and get my refund cheque sent to me in a couple of months – that this Fiona, who I talked to earlier, didn’t have the authority to issue me a cash refund.
 
Obviously, someone fairly high up in administration got to the supervisor, Jack what's his name, and told him to clear it up SAP, ‘cuz he phoned personally and left his direct number.  I really find it hard to believe that they at $ervu$ Place clued in to anything on their own.  Don’t you?  Not bloody likely.  It just ain’t happening.
 
I guess they didn’t want me writing a letter to the Gazette. LOL.
 
I realize it’s just a small thing, but it’s so symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with this city – and especially everything that’s wrong with the operation over at $ervu$ Place.  They can’t get a hot tub fixed for two months?  C’mon – there’s just a bunch of incompetents over there trying to pretend they’re running the place.  I know how long it takes to get a hot tub fixed.  I owned and operated a fitness centre, albeit a smaller one, for five years, so I know all about it.  There’s only about a million companies out there who do these sorts of repairs.  Give me a frickin’ break.
 
I’m sure it’s starting to get just a little bit uncomfortable over at The Big White Elephant, ‘cuz big brother’s watching!!  LOL.
 
Thanks for your help.
 
Cheers,
 
Jim Starko
St. Albert

SINC SAYS:

We're glad to have been of service Jim. As our readership continues to grow, we now provide a valid option to the local press for residents to gain attention to their concerns about this city without waiting for home delivery.

PS:

The Don,

Simply amazing how that works when a Councillor and the City Manager start asking questions, isn't it?  LOL. See the Tweet below.

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SINC SAYS:

Yeah, Jim, they hate to see their pet White Elephant, money-sucking hole bad-mouthed, don't they?

$ervu$ Place Woes Noticed All The Way To Thailand

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Don,

My girlfriend used to work at a bank and would like you to pass on some info to Mr. Starko.

If he goes to his bank and has them send a declaration on his behalf to request refund of the electronic payment that was wrongly taken from his account, he should have his money back in a week or two.

If the account it was taken from is joint then both account owners need to sign the declaration, saying that the payment was not authorized. Helen thinks it's called a pro forma declaration.  There is a time limit of either 60 or 90 days from when the payment was made. Worth checking into.
 
Hope this helps,
 
Doug in Thailand

SINC SAYS:

Thanks for that Doug, but as you can see, the issue is solved. It's amazing to think that the inefficiencies of $ervu$ Place are even noticed over in Thailand via the reach of St. Albert's Place.



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Hey! Wasn't This Us?

Hey! Wasn't That Us?
Several readers have asked that we run this poem again as they enjoy the memories, so here it is:

A little house with three bedrooms,
one bathroom and one car on the street.
A mower that you had to push
to make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall
we only had one phone,
And no need for recording things,
someone was always home.

We only had a living room
where we would congregate,
unless it was at mealtime
in the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms
or extra rooms to dine.
When meeting as a family
those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set
and channels maybe two,
But always there was one of them
with something worth the view.

For snacks we had potato chips
that tasted like a chip.
And if you wanted flavor
there was Lipton's onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because
my mother liked to cook
and nothing can compare to snacks
in Betty Crocker's book.

Weekends were for family trips
or staying home to play.
We all did things together --
even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips
depending on the weather,
no one stayed at home because
we liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate
to do things on our own,
but we knew where the others were
without our own cell phone.

Then there were the movies
with your favorite movie star,
and nothing can compare
to watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics
at the peak of summer season,
pack a lunch and find some trees
and never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together
with all the friends you know,
have real action playing ball --
and no game video.

Remember when the doctor
used to be the family friend,
and didn't need insurance
or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you
or what he had to do,
because he took an oath and strived
to do the best for you.

Remember going to the store
and shopping casually,
and when you went to pay for it
you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe
or punch in some amount,
and remember when the cashier person
had to really count?

The milkman used to go
from door to door,
And it was just a few cents more
than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters
came right to your door,
without a lot of junk mail ads
sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name
and knew where it was sent;
there were not loads of mail addressed
to "present occupant."

There was a time when just one glance
was all that it would take,
and you would know the kind of car,
the model and the make.

They didn't look like turtles
trying to squeeze out every mile;
they were streamlined, white walls, fins
and really had some style.

One time the music that you played
whenever you would jive,
was from a vinyl, big-holed record
called a forty-five.

The record player had a post
to keep them all in line
and then the records would drop down
and play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,
just like we do today
and always we were striving,
trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived
still seems like so much fun,
how can you explain a game,
just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards
between bicycle spokes
and for a nickel, red machines
had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier
and slower in some ways.
I love the new technology
but I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we
and nothing stays the same,
but I sure love to reminisce
and walk down memory lane.


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* 3-year-old swallows 37 magnets and survives.

* Woman takes in best friend's five orphaned children, refuses benefits.

* I've fallen in love with the Statue of Liberty.

* U.S. spending on pets passes $50 billion.


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THE corporate necktie could join corsets, top hats and coattails as a thing of the past with the workplace moving to more casual dressing, according to a recent poll.

The rise of “creative industries” is driving the trend, the telegraph.co.uk reported, with almost three-quarters surveyed saying ties would become obsolete within 20 years.

Just under a quarter of those surveyed by DealJungle.com - a UK deals site for small business - even put the tie’s demise in under a decade.

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Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa hot coffee and spend 10 minutes to start your day with St. Albert's only daily news site.

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A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

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This Place Is For the Birds

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The Sad Sack Saga Of $ervu$ Place Continues

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Yesterday local resident Jim Starko wrote about his bad experiences at $ervu$ Place over the weekend. He writes again today about how things have gone from bad to worse.

Don,
 
More on this sad sack saga . . .
 
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does!
 
So, the female employee I was talking to tells me that if I come down to $ervu$ Place in person, she can issue me a cash refund up to $50.00, which would cover the amount withdrawn from my bank account due to the city’s error.
 
So, my brother happens to be going there today.  I give him my cancellation receipt, my membership renewal letter, the name of the female employee I was talking to yesterday and my membership card and ask him to get me my cash refund.
 
Well, of course, the female employee I was originally talking to is not working, so he talks to some other “dude” employee of $ervu$ Place.  The “dude” tells him that the female employee doesn’t have the authorization to issue a cash refund up to $50.00 – that she would have to get her supervisor’s authorization.  And, of course, there are no supervisors working on Sunday. 
 
Anyway, the “dude” further tells my brother the reason this error was made by the city in the first place is that their “on-line” cancellation service “wasn’t working properly” and they didn’t receive my cancellation notice (which I sent on February 2) until a few days ago (this is now March 4) and that they would issue me a refund cheque - which should take about  TWO MONTHS!!
 
Now, Don, THAT’s performance.  Pfffffffffffffft.  If I couldn’t run a business any better than that, first of all I’d be out of business and, secondly, I’d give up.  No wonder $ervu$ Place will forever be subsidized by the taxpayers of St. Albert.
 
Jim Starko
St. Albert


SINC SAYS:

It sounds like management at $ervu$ Place leaves much to be desired, doesn't it Jim? And administration should fire their IT guy. Anyone who leaves an internet service to citizens not functioning for two months deserves to be kicked you-know-where.

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Roads treacherous because of heavy snow - Edmonton Journal

Koe and Koe dominate at the Brier - Edmonton Sun
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Rocko Vaugeois (Vocals,guitar,bass and drums)

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- has returned as a resident St. Albertan who had spent many years on the west coast working as musician, recording and touring artist and as a very respected session drummer. Rocko's career has put him on stages all over the world and St. Albert has bragging rights for the fact that Rocko was the leader of the renowned band One Horse Blue who still get a lot of air play across Canada for the many hits they wrote when he lived and often rehearsed in his ma's garage in town. The band released 5 albums, creating 15 top ten singles.They were named BCCMA group of the year, five years running 1990-95. In 1993, received a Juno nomination for group of the year. Visit his website.  

Shaun - is a very highly spoken of guitarist on the local jam scene. So many guitarists respect his set up, tone and play style. Shaun packed it in for almost 30 years and has returned on fire by his wife's influence. His style, whammy bar use and tone has been heard on a lot of stages in the past two years to very open ears. Shaun currently appears at a lot of open jams as a corner complimentary guitarist and is doing select shows with Big Daddy and The Blueshounds.

Jeff - I'll let this link speak for itself.

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British Hospitality

British Hospitality
An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own. He wanders around, seeing the sights, and occasionally stopping at a quaint pub to soak up the local culture, chat with the lads, and have a pint of Guinness.

After a while, he finds himself in a very high class neighbourhood with big, stately residences, but no pubs, no stores, no restaurants, and worst of all, no public toilets.

He really, really has to go, after all those Guinness.

He finds a narrow side street, with high walls surrounding the adjacent buildings and decides to use the wall to solve his problem.

As he is unzipping, he is tapped on the shoulder by a London Bobby, who says, "I say, sir, you simply cannot do that here, you know."

"I'm very sorry, officer," replies the American, "but I really, really have to go, and I just can't find a public toilet."

"Ah, yes," said the bobby, "Just follow me".

He leads him to a back "delivery alley", then along a wall to a gate, which he opens.

"In there," points the bobby. "Whiz away sir, anywhere you want."

The fellow enters and finds himself in the most beautiful garden he has ever seen. Manicured grass lawns, statuary, fountains, sculpted hedges, and huge beds of gorgeous flowers, all in perfect bloom.

Since he has the cop's blessing, he unburdens himself and is greatly relieved.

As he goes back through the gate, he says to the bobby, "That was really decent of you, is that what you call 'English Hospitality'?"

"No, sir," replies the bobby, "that is what we call the French Embassy."


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* The world's oldest vacuum cleaner.

* Zamboni driver charged with impaired driving.

* Warning over watermelon-sized pine cones.

* New roller coaster rips arms off crash-test dummies.

* Man calls 911 to report being invisible.


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The current mayor of Pray in Paradise Valley, whose population is largely outside its center, is inviting a new hand in running the rustic town that aside from its recently modified post office, has all but stopped in time.

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Welcome To SAP And Good Morning!

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A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

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This Place Is For the Birds

Our fishing columnist Paul C has been busy taking courses to learn more about the new camera he got for Christmas. As you can see by this super shot of a
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No Wonder $ervu$ Place Loses Money

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Don,

Get a load of this one!

Some time ago – when I had my second hip replaced and was recuperating, I purchased an annual membership to $ervu$ Place because I thought I might do some walking on the track in the winter months.

I guess I thought wrong. I have never used the membership – not even once – so I decided to cancel it last month. I cancelled it online on February 2 (I still have my online confirmation of cancellation in my hand) – almost a full three weeks PRIOR to the stated February 23 “automatic” renewal date in the letter that was sent to my home, reminding me that my membership would be renewed automatically on February 23 and, oh, by the way, the cost of the membership was going up.

Well, you guess it. Lo and behold, you can imagine that I was not surprised one iota when the $37.63 monthly membership fee was debited to my bank account yesterday (March 2).

So, I phoned $ervu$ Place to ask about this. Guess what? The woman on the other end of the phone tells me, “A mistake was made.” No kidding! I wonder how long it took them to deduce that? But, the best part is she also told me that they could not refund the money directly electronically to my bank account as they had withdrawn it, but I would have to come down to $ervu$ Place in person (when I have a minute), complete the forms and – get this – it will take about TWO MONTHS for them to cut me a cheque for my refund because of their error!

Well, Mayor Crouse and the rest of Silly Council, you wonder why this facility is losing money. What a joke! I rest my case.

Jim Starko
St. Albert

SINC SAYS:

Jim, $ervu$ Place appears to be a mess in terms of operating efficiency, not to mention poor participation by most local residents. Consider the losses it sustains each and every year since it opened. And now there are rumblings about the city possibly spending millions on that white elephant again. This while we taxpayers are still facing payments on it for another 10 years at least. If they try that, there will be a rebellion by taxpayers.


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Shaun Cooney (Guitar)

Jeff Lisk (Percussion and drums)

Rocko Vaugeois (Vocals,guitar,bass and drums)

Rocko
- has returned as a resident St. Albertan who had spent many years on the west coast working as musician, recording and touring artist and as a very respected session drummer. Rocko's career has put him on stages all over the world and St. Albert has bragging rights for the fact that Rocko was the leader of the renowned band One Horse Blue who still get a lot of air play across Canada for the many hits they wrote when he lived and often rehearsed in his ma's garage in town. The band released 5 albums, creating 15 top ten singles.They were named BCCMA group of the year, five years running 1990-95. In 1993, received a Juno nomination for group of the year. See his music list.  

Shaun - is a very highly spoken of guitarist on the local jam scene. So many guitarists respect his set up, tone and play style. Shaun packed it in for almost 30 years and has returned on fire by his wife's influence. His style, whammy bar use and tone has been heard on a lot of stages in the past two years to very open ears. Shaun currently appears at a lot of open jams as a corner complimentary guitarist and is doing select shows with Big Daddy and The Blueshounds.

Jeff - I'll let this link speak for itself.

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It's An Obsession You Know

It's An Obsession You Know
A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children.

"You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, (from Toronto) Mary, he said, "You are obsessed with eating. You've even named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second Mom, (from Montreal ) Ann: "Your obsession is with money. Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turned to the third Mom, Joyce (form North Bay): "Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother, (from Newfoundland) Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand, and whispered, "Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he's talking about. Let's pick up Peter and Willy from school and go get dinner.



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* 6 reasons why weighing yourself is a bad idea.

* Could you sleep in this half-graffitied space?

* Where are the happiest U.S. states?

* Driving instructor, 84, not slowing down.


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Unique Owl Sculptures Made From Tiny Wood Chips

Unique Owl Sculptures

Sergei Bobkov, a school teacher from Krasnoyarsk, Russia has patented a unique technique of creating sculptures from wooden chips.

Sergei gradually developed his own methods to prevent wood chips from crumbling. He puts them in water for several days. Most of the time the artist prefers to work with cembra pine, however, some elements are better made of willow or beech.

From a 2-3-inch long bar the artist makes 100 to 150 wood chips. Then the chips are carefully rolled to form a feather. Sergei says that wood chips are a rather flexible material. Finished works of art do not need any special care, however, they do need to be protected from dust and direct sunlight.

Before creating his works of art, Sergei studies the anatomy of an animal along with its habits, so that he can create a perfect replica using his amazing technique.

"It's not too interesting to do what other can, to create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring." says Bobkov.

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Not from St. Albert? Not to worry, there's plenty for you too.

A great way to put a smile on your face before you begin your day.

Have an opinion, gripe or grin to share? Use our Live Chat feature below to share it with other readers. Try our frequent recipes. Give our puzzles a whirl or a game of hangman. Check out our outstanding linked photos. Got a story or photo to share? We love your stuff from any location. Go ahead, send it in. We dare you!

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Scene And Noted This Week In $t. Albert

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* While the mayor and council are busy driving relatively harmless bong shop businesses out of the community, the RCMP are well aware of the real drug problem that does exist here in $t. Albert. This week they arrested a trafficker who was dealing in large quantities of ecstasy containing the chemical responsible for five recent deaths in the province. Looks like council is barking up the wrong tree when they think keeping out a bong shop will end the drug problem that does exist in $t. Albert. They are far off track. Ask any bar owner just how rampant drug use is in this community. You won't like the answer.

* According to folks who pay attention to such things, the Tim Horton's across the street from $ervu$ Place was doing a booming business during the games held on the weekend. Too bad, as that is our loss as taxpayer/owners of the $tarbucks franchise inside the white elephant.

* Rumours are swirling that council may be asked to drop about $14 million into $ervus$ Place in the not too distant future. We can hardly wait for the uproar when they bring that item to the table. The large majority of residents who never use the facility, but have about another 10 years of tax levies to pay for it, will oppose this one, hands down.

* And finally a local parent in Hinton for a hockey tournament yesterday, tells us this. "
Boy do people here not like us St. Albertans! (in Hinton for hockey tournament). All the parents notice it. Great city image Crouse!" No need for any further comment. That statement says it all. Welcome to $t. Albert. The image of snobbery and over the top expense precedes $t. Albertans wherever they travel.

Saguaro National Park In Arizona

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We took some friends into this park and snapped these three shots while we were there.

Kelly Boyd
Arizona

SINC SAYS:

Thanks for the shots Kelly, man those things are big. Kelly, a resident of Entwistle, AB. and avid St. Albert's Place reader, spends his winters in the south.


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First Time Sex

First Time
A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night to meet, and have dinner with her parents. This is such a big event, the girl announces to her boyfriend that after dinner, she would like to go out and make love for the first time.

The boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacist to get some condoms. He tells the pharmacist it's his first time and the pharmacist helps the boy for about an hour.

He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. At the register, the pharmacist asks the boy how many condoms he'd like to buy, a 3-pack, 10-pack, or family pack. The boy insists on the family pack because he thinks he will be rather busy, it being his first time and all.

That night, the boy shows up and meets his girlfriend at the door."Oh, I'm so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!" The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl's parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head. A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down. 10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy.

Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, 'I had no idea you were this religious.'

The boy turns, and whispers back, 'I had no idea your father was a pharmacist!



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* Marine credits karma for $2.9 million jackpot.

* Drugs, border violence at Arizona national monument.

* Girl eats 4,000 washing up sponges.

* Reverend's three daughters perform exorcisms.

* Book appointments for sex and put spark back in marriage.


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Liam lives in England and has a cat. As all people owned by cats know, warm, feline-posterior-sized electronic devices are irresistible to cats worldwide, and the DSL modem/router thingy provided by his Internet service provider, Be, is no exception.

The problem is that this particular router doesn't work very well with a cat on top of it. He made a joking forum post that featured a photo of his cat communing with the router and pleaded for a decoy router so he could keep his cat happy but also have functional Internet.

Astonishingly.... the company complied.
But only if he sent them more pictures of his cat.
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