The Basement

So, the government put the call out this week, a reminder to anglers to get the fishing shacks off the ice by March 15th.  So, thousands of fellas will lose their second homes and go back to the garage, if they have one.

When I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s, the fellas had dibs on the basement.  There were four concrete walls.  The ringer washer, the hose and the tubs were in one corner along with a credenza where we kept our pickles.  It smelled of dill, garlic, crab apples and cloves.

We had curtains for partitions, old couches and chairs and a couple of dusty, old area rugs.  We had a record player and a radio.  We called it the "rumpus room". 

We wore shoes in the basement because the floor was cold.  

Some of us had hockey nets and sticks and tennis balls to take a few shots.  Some had ping pong tables and model trains and electric race car tracks.  

Whatever happened to the basement?

Highway #2 Overpass

It has happened again.  A semi-trailer unit with a load too high hit the Highway #2 overpass while travelling along the Trans Canada Highway on Moose Jaw's north side.  It happens frequently.  

I don't know how much money the repairs add up to but it's safe to say hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

Reaction to the story on DiscoverMooseJaw.com is colourful to say the least.  

One man named Matt, obviously a trucker, wrote:  "I came through there with an oversized load not long ago and didn't realize I was a bit too high but the flashing lights and the big screen that says "LOAD TOO HIGH - EXIT NOW" sure caught my eye quick..."

Another guy, Kip, writes, "Time to start increasing fines for not paying attention and knowing their load heights".

Agreed, Kip, and perhaps 100% restitution would be in order.  I'm sure we taxpayers have paid more than our share for repairs.

The Groundhog Lied

As I recall, Canada's most famous groundhog predicted an early spring.  Wiarton Willie was wrong.  Shubenacadie Sam got it right.  At least he was honest - no false hope from Sam.

Groundhog Day was February 2nd.  It's March 5th and we're just about to climb out of the deep freeze after one of the coldest months of February on record and a blustery start to March.

It's interesting to note, while the Old Farmer's Almanac predicted temperatures last month would be slightly above normal, they also called for four cold snaps.  It turns out those cold snaps just kind of joined up and never went away.

The Almanac's March forecast calls for below average temperatures with above average snowfall.  And, while April will start with some warm sun and rain showers, the Almanac is also predicting a "snowstorm" between April 20th and 26th.  

I'm sorry.  I just thought you'd like to know.

Norway to Moose Jaw

She arrived late Friday night and she's been busy ever since, attending events, talking with children in our schools and today she'll take to the skies out at 15 Wing.

Linda Otnes-Henriksen, the deputy mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Norway, is visiting Moose Jaw for what they're calling the "Moose Summit".  You know the story by now.  We're on a quest to make our Mac the Moose the tallest in the world after the folks in Stor-Elvdal stole that title by building a bigger moose.

It's a lot of fun and the locals are pointing out it's the publicity we're getting that makes it all worthwhile.  Deputy mayor Otnes-Henriksen says the same thing.

"Even in Norway, not everyone knows where Stor-Elvdal is so it's really placed us up there...it's just been amazing...We really just got on board with this and played along...it just turned out to be such a good story and everyone seems to love it," she said.

"Moose Truce", "Moose Summit"....it's all been very "A-Moosing", hasn't it?

PRISM Awards

So many wonderful women - people making a real difference - enhancing the quality of life for all in the community of Moose Jaw.

The annual PRISM Awards were dished up on the weekend.  PRISM - an acronym for "Perseverance, Role Model, Influential, Successful, Mentor."

You can see the full list of winners on DiscoverMooseJaw.com today.

Nominated in the Lifetime Achievement category, local businesswoman Vicki Watson wrote a nice piece on social media yesterday, offering congratulations to the winners and the nominees.  She wrote, "...I am reminded of how lucky we are to have such a close community."  Hear, hear, Vicki.

It was the way Vicki started her Facebook post that I found most remarkable.  She said, "Had a great night out at the PRISM Awards with my family and teammates..."

That, right there, tells me why Vicki has had success in business.  She refers to her employees as "teammates".

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