29 January 2012

Fishing Alberta With Paul C

It is now the time of year when the ice is thick and more people come out to catch perch. They are a small pan fish that grow slowly and trophy ones are more than fifteen inches long. Catching a perch over 2 lb. mark is a fish to have stuffed and mounted on your wall.

Many years I have spent searching for a good perch lake that was isolated in northern Alberta. 10 years ago Crooked lake near Fox Creek was a blast to fish and I always took my limit of perch (15) over ten inches long.  I miss those days.

Perch can be caught using a small lure, wee 5 (left) or wee 6, using live bait maggots, meal worms and trout worms.
          
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Sometimes minnows work but they are not consistent. Three maggots works quite well but I recommend hooking at one end so the body will twist.

Fishing with 4 lb. test line works quite well because you can feel and see the bites. Perch sometimes pick up the hook which makes a small loop and that is the time to set the hook. Perch is always fun for the kids to catch because they bite quite easily.

Last weekend I did an afternoon trip to Cross Lake located north of Westlock. Here is a nice perch.

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They have cool colours to their bodies. This trip, the bigger perch were biting one inch off the bottom. I normally fish a foot off the bottom but in this case I was only catching small perch up higher.

Remember to be careful on the ice as these photos of trucks that have gone threw the ice at Wabuman (left) and North Buck lakes last week demonstrate.


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Ben Gazzara, method actor, dies in New York at 81 - CTV

Scientists win battle over oilsands monitoring - Edmonton Journal

Super Bowl Sunday Grilling - Edmonton Sun
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On Needing Advice

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Dear Abby,

I have never written to you before, but I really need your advice. I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me.

The usual signs; phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with 'the girls' a lot recently although when I ask their names she always says, just some friends from work, you don't know them.
I try to stay awake and watch for her when she comes home, but I usually fall asleep.

Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just did not want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to finally check on her around midnight, I hid in the garage behind my golf clubs so I could get a good view of the whole street when she arrived home from a night out with "the girls."

When she got out of the car she was buttoning up her blouse, which was open, and she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them on.

It was at that moment, crouching behind my golf clubs, that I noticed a hairline crack where the grip meets the graphite shaft on my Taylor Made 460 driver.

Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the golf store?

Signed,

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Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.

2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.

3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.

4) Never ask your 3-year-old brother to hold a tomato.

5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

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The Flora Of Thailand

Area travellers Doug and Helen have a great eye for the beauty of Thailand during their visit to that country. Shots like these sure help to add some brightness to our winters. Notice the fly on the twig in the top centre of the lower picture.

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Edmonton family killed in B.C. crash - CBC

Canadian authorities bust child porn ring - CNN

Roseanne Barr in Green Party presidential race - CTV

Protesters rally on campus after being blocked - Edmonton Journal

'Selfish' killer drunk driver jailed three years - Edmonton Sun
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Hold That Applause

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At a U2 concert in Ireland, Bono, the lead singer asks the audience for some quiet, and then he slowly starts to clap his hands.

Holding the audience in total silence, he says into the microphone, "I want you to think about something, every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies."

A guy in the front row yells out in the silence, "Then stop clappin' ya friggin' arsehole!"


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* The truth can't hurt them anymore.

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* Caffeine may alter women's estrogen levels.

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City Council Trail Beautification Out-Of-Step With Residents

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As members of council blindly push ahead with the beautification of the St. Albert Trail, poll respondents once again contradict council's views. A solid majority think council should abandon the program.

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Groundhog Day prophecies mixed on winter's end - CBC

Famed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee dies - CNN

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Epcor power rates up 36 percent from February 2011- Edmonton Journal

Too many motorists are driving while distracted - Edmonton Sun
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Three Best Friends

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Stanley died in a fire and his body was burned pretty badly.

The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best friends, Cooter and Gomer.

The three men had always done everything together.

Cooter arrived first, and when the mortician pulled back the sheet,
Cooter said, 'Yup, his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over.'

The mortician rolled him over and Cooter said, 'Nope, ain't Stanley '

The mortician thought this was rather strange.

So he brought Gomer in to confirm the identity of the body.

Gomer looked at the body and said, 'Yup, he's pretty well burnt up.

Roll him over..'

The mortician rolled him over and Gomer said, 'No, it ain't Stanley '

The mortician asked, 'How can you tell?'

Gomer said, 'Well, Stanley had two assholes.'

'What? He had two assholes?' asked the mortician.

'Yup, we never seen 'em, but everybody used to say, 'There's Stanley with them two assholes.'


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City Taking Action On Third-Party Infrastructure Maintenance

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Proactive plan will support infrastructure’s functionality, safety and appearance

The City of St. Albert is taking a number of steps to improve the maintenance of third-party infrastructure throughout the city.

Third party infrastructure includes, for example, electricity, natural gas, cable, telecommunication systems, and other privately owned structures which are typically located within City road and utility right-of-ways, easements and trails. The infrastructure is permitted by virtue of either franchise agreements with the City as part of a new subdivision development, or other administrative approvals.

“The City is going to take a proactive and collaborative approach and work with companies to ensure they address the upkeep, maintenance, and repairs of their infrastructure,” says Guy Boston, General Manager of Planning and Engineering.

The City will immediately work with companies that own such infrastructure to annually discuss inspections, preventative maintenance plans and expectations the City has for the appearance and maintenance of the infrastructure. Administration presented the plans as information to City Council during last night’s council meeting.

Actions on other recommendations will follow once a foundation has been established with third-party owners. The City will look to:

· develop a public awareness campaign that will report infrastructure that is in a state of disrepair;

· investigate various public reporting mechanisms;

· consider negotiating infrastructure upkeep terms and conditions as electric and natural gas franchise agreements come up for renewal and investigate other mechanisms of upholding engineering standards for infrastructure being constructed as part of new subdivision development;

· investigate the potential of developing an administrative policy framework to receive, investigate and notify situations of unkempt infrastructure to third-party owners.

The City will continue to perform upkeep of public (city-owned) infrastructure and monitor it against its own set of standards.


A Long-Term Plan For City's Cultural And Recreational Future

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Council receives Cultural and Recreation Master plans

Plans for the long-term sustainability of arts and culture and opportunities for recreational activities in St. Albert were presented to City Council last night and referred for full debate by Council February 21, 2012 (Recreation Master Plan) and March 5, 2012 (Cultural Master Plan).

In December 2009, Council approved a business case and $150,000 to develop the Cultural Master Plan and Recreational Master Plan for the next 10-15 years.

“The Draft Cultural Master Plan presents opportunities to develop St. Albert as a centre to nurture and generate artists and a creative culture and to promote St. Albert as the botanical arts city,” says Kelly Jerrott, Director, Cultural Services.

“The Draft Recreational is a plan to ensure community heath and well being, strengthen community development and invest in recreation infrastructure to sustain the future of recreation in our city,” says Monique St. Louis, Director, Recreation Services.

In summer 2010 the City contracted consultant RC Strategies to engage working committees, City staff and Council, as well as community members to develop the Recreation Master Plan. Lord Cultural Resources was subcontracted by RC Strategies to develop the Cultural Master Plan.

A Public Consultation Process was conducted during October and November 2011. The draft plans have been available to the public on the City’s web site, and comments were collected through online surveys. Open Houses were held in early November to provide stakeholders and residents with an opportunity to meet and discuss the draft plans. Sessions were also held with City staff to discuss the plan, and provide comments from a corporate viewpoint to facilitate collaboration between departments.

Based upon the feedback and comments received during the public consultation process, some revisions were made to the draft plans to better reflect the current and future needs and aspirations of the community.

To provide comments on the final Master Plans, please send input to: Monique St. Louis, Director, Recreation Services, mstlouis@st-albert.net or Kelly Jerrott, Director, Cultural Services, kjerrott@st-albert.net. To view the Master Plans, visit www.stalbert.ca/recreationmasterplan and www.stalbert.ca/culturemasterplan. As well, watch for information through the City of St. Albert’s Facebook and Twitter accounts: www.facebook.com/cityofstalbert; www.facebook.com/StARecreation; www.twitter.com/cityofstalbert; www.twitter.com/StA_Recreation. Deadline for comments on the Recreation Master Plan is February 16 and for the Cultural Master Plan March 1, 2012.

Upon approval of the draft Recreation and Cultural Master Plans, Administration will develop five year implementation plans and present it to Council through the 2013-2015 budget process.

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The Boss Man

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For all those guys who are King, until their wife gets home . . .

Walking into the bar, Jim said to Charlie the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one, I just had another fight with the little woman."

"Oh yeah?" said Charlie. "And how did this one end?"

"When it was over," Jim replied, "she came to me on her hands and knees."

"Really? Now that's a switch! What did she say?"

She said, "Come out from under the bed, you little chicken-shit."


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Woman Says Neighbour’s Windows Are Melting Her Car

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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — A SoCal woman says the energy efficient window installed in a neighbour’s condominium is melting the plastic components on cars parked in her carport.

Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius.

“The side view mirrors were melting,” says Patron. “Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.”

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