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Canadian Parents for French Host Le' Magicien’

by Deanna Mitchener started and I needed to wait on the
The Canadian Parents for French "After I finished University I thought I
(CPF) sponsored bringing in a musician would give myself two years to try this
at Westhaven School on January 27. magician stuff out and follow my dream,
Denay McMorran, a spokesperson for it has been 31 years. Yes, I do have my
CPF, said, "Our group decided to doves and they are a part of my acts all
sponsor bringing in Marc Tardif, a the time. I have a story that goes along
magician, for the students. During his with this turtle dove. We found him in
performance he does both French and our backyard and he was very tame, so
English, so all students can understand." we adopted him. Now I have both white
Tardif is a facilitator, illusionist, stage doves and a turtle dove in my shows. My
performer, and does close up magic so dream as a child has come true and I
students were in for a real treat watching encourage everyone never give up on
his show. The show was one and a half your dreams," said Tardif.
hours long and left everyone wanting Marc and his wife used to work at the
more of his sense of humor and Edson pool as lifeguards about 35 years
interaction with the students and his ago. Marc now lives in Victoria B.C. and
pets. tours all over the country.
Marc said, "Most of my performance Janet Wilkinson said, "I am just so
was done in French and I translated pleased that we are able to bring in such
between 25% and 40 % to English so all quality acts like today to our school. The
students could understand what was kids just loved the show. A lot of the
happening." students were asking me how he did his
Every magician wants a dove in their tricks, I told them I hadn't a clue. It sure
performance and was no exception. "I would be nice to know but then that Marc Tardif performed his magic at Westhaven School on January 27 to a
was only six years old when I first would spoil the magic of the show.”
packed gymnasium. photo by Deanna Mitchener

County residents gain deeper understanding

of water well management

On January 26, Wildwood and area county residents sources such as livestock pens, septic systems, completion eliminates intermixing of water bearing
learned about risks to their groundwater and ways to manure piles and chemical and fuel storage. Shallow formations with different water qualities and prevents
protect their water wells at a free water well wells and wells located in gravelly or sandy soils are aquifer depletion.
management workshop hosted by Yellowhead County at higher risk of contamination and may need greater 6. Water sampling: Well owners should do a
and presented by the Working Well Program, with setback distances or special protective measures. standard coliform bacteria test twice a year (more
technical expertise from Alberta Agriculture and 2. Landscaping: The ground around a water well often if the well is less than 50 feet deep) and a routine
Forestry, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta should be mounded and landscaped to ensure that chemical test every two years.
Health Services and licensed water well drillers. surface water does not run towards and pool around According to Guy Hancock, Alberta Environment
According to Ken Williams, from Sagewood the outer casing of the well. and Parks, when having a new well installed it is
Communications speaking in regards to the Alberta 3. Eliminating well pits: In the past, well pits were critical that owners select a reputable driller and know
Environment and Parks' Working Well program, many installed to provide a frost free location for the what features to ask for. For example, make sure the
Albertans have old wells they don't know what to do pressure system. Provincial regulations now prohibit drilling contractor does a full pump test and calculates
with, or they don't know how to properly maintain the construction of wells pits as they increase the risk a recommended pumping rate for your new well. “It is
their existing wells. This may be putting their of contamination to groundwater and can be a deadly also a good idea to have the drilling contractor plug
groundwater at risk of contamination. “A properly safety hazard. A licensed water well contractor should any old or unused wells while he is on your property,”
constructed and maintained water well is one of a be hired to upgrade a well in a pit. adds Hancock. “Surface water draining down through
landowner's most important investments,” offers 4. Water well drilling reports: Licensed water well old wells can contaminate the aquifer tapped by your
Williams. “This workshop helps people understand contractors are required to submit drilling reports to new well.”
how groundwater works, and teaches them about their Alberta Environment and Parks. This report includes Landowners can also learn more about maintaining
well and how to properly maintain it.” important information that will help well owners their water wells in the booklet Water Wells That Last,
Participants learned about a variety of water well manage and protect their wells. available on-line from Alberta Agriculture and
construction, siting, and maintenance topics 5. Single Aquifer Source: Constructing a well so it Forestry at or by contacting the
including: draws water from more than one aquifer might Alberta Environment and Parks Information Centre
1. Setbacks: Alberta legislation requires minimum increase the gallons per minute, but it also puts toll free in Alberta at 310-3773 or ESRD.Info-
setbacks between water wells and contamination groundwater at higher risk. A single aquifer
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