Tait’s 8 for Nov. 14

Eight things that might help you through this Friday …

•Sending good thoughts to the Salvation Army who kicked off their Christmas Kettle Campaign with the Hope in the City Breakfast on Friday at the Delta City Centre Hotel. This year’s $545,000 fundraising targe twill help almost 47,000 Edmonton with food hampers,  Christmas assistance, counselling, senior programs, and summer camps in 2015. 

•It’s a big night Friday  for  385 high school students at the Fantasyland Hotel. They who received a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) or Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Scholarship this year from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  A total of 90 students from across Alberta also will receive their certificates. 

• Congratulations to the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation in raising $30,000 at their annual (sssshhh!) silent and live auction at the Italian Cultural Centre last week. Lo-Se-Ca does great work for people with disabilities from their St. Albert office. And, speaking of St. Albert, mayor Nolan Crouse was the MC for the evening as well as auctioneer. Way to go, Lo-See-Ca and Nolan!

•Really nice to see how the Edmonton Oilers honored military personnel at Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. And for coach Dallas Eakins to address the team in the afternoon — on a game day — shows how valued soldiers are.

•Christmas lights up  yet? This weekend? Which brings us to a good discussion point: when should folks put up their Christmas lights?

•So very sorry to hear the passing of Scott Jackson after battling cancer. Scott worked camera for CBC and Aquila Productions in Edmonton. He was one of the best  and will be greatly missed. 

•Great to see retired Edmonton Oiler Jason Strudwick heading up a new hockey program at the Royal Glenora Club. Jason loves Edmonton, and keeps adding to the community.

•Most thoughtful tweet from Eric Alper: “Respect your elders because they studied without Google and Wikipedia.”

Have a good weekend, folks!


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