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Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

An unforeseen final practice at the Big Hill Pool gave members of the Cochrane Piranhas summer swimming club a chance to say goodbye to an old friend. With the new pool shut down briefly, a quick…

Taking Early Learning Outdoors

A unique preschool is starting up this fall thanks to a pair of dynamite ladies. Lori Toma and Laura Spruyt have partnered up to bring education outdoors. The pair piloted 'Growing Roots Forest Play'…

Miss Lions Rodeo Contestants have Busy Schedule

A love of rodeo and their Western heritage were the driving forces for the two contestants vying for the title of Miss Cochrane Lions Rodeo. Karmyn Brown, 22, of Springbank, and Jesse Miller, 17, of…

Bearspaw Bench Exhibition Thrives at Cochrane Fair

It's called an old tyme fair, but the Bearspaw bench exhibition and fun events are as fresh and vital today as ever and offer something for everyone. Now in its 49th year, the fair continues to…

Show and Shine For Great Cause

A long standing Show and Shine is coming back to town this Saturday (August 19) at Spring Hill RV Park. The 11th Annual Spring Hill Charity Show & Shine always draws a large number of participants…

Get Ink'd and Flash Your Pride

A fundraiser that is occurring at a new local tattoo shop is encouraging patrons to flash their pride. Rebecca Pare, Co- Owner of Sink or Swim Creations Tattoos and Permanent Make up, says even…

52 Stories: Susan Flowers

There is no one that knows more about Cochrane's social issues than Susan Flowers. Susan has been an amazing advocate for supporting individuals and families of all ages throughout the Cochrane…

Lumberjack Show a Must See at Cochrane Fair

There's much folklore about lumberjacks and a fascination with their rich heritage that forms part of the fabric of Canada. Thanks to the Cochrane Fair and event sponsor Spray Lake Sawmills, we're…

Cool Sliding on a Hot Summer Day

Jackson Triggs Lay says you ain't seen nothing yet. The response to the 2nd annual Bow Ridge Slip n Slide has pretty much established the family-friendly activity as 'must do' casual summer fun in…

Another Ride Under His Belt

Cochrane's Eric Diggins couldn't help but notice the smoke in the air on Sunday Aug. 13 when he was cycling on day two of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. That, though, didn't prevent the team he…

New Floor will be Penny Pretty

In February 2013, Canada quit minting pennies, yet it is believed a few billion of them are still kicking around.the country. Many are simply gathering dust in jars and drawers and at the bottom of…

Come Slip Slide Away Your Saturday

There is no longer any question mark behind the word "annual" for Bow Ridge Slip n Slide. The 2nd annual event that offers fun for literally all ages goes this Saturday, Aug. 12, from 12 noon to 4…

Showband Returns from Netherlands with Gold Medal

For a young musician, it's hard to match the experience of being part of the Calgary Stampede Showband. Jared Smith, 18, a graduate of the Bow Valley High School, is about to enter his third year…

Bring Your Heritage to the CommUNITY Picnic

The Cochrane CommUNITY Picnic hosted by the Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee will celebrate diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusivity at the annual event. The event being held at the Cochrane…

52 Stories: Rick Deans

When it comes to great people in Cochrane there is no way I could leave this guy out. I have always felt at ease talking to Rick Deans, whether it is our shared passion for hard rock music, fast…

Countdown Begins for Canada's Largest Faith Festival

The countdown has begun for what is fast becoming known as the ultimate faith festival experience and it's happening right on our doorstep. The No Greater Love Music Festival, Canada’s largest…

Markets Take Us Back in Time

A western themed market will be held every second Thursday evening starting next week (August 10). Not to be confused with the Cochrane Farmers' Market, organizer Mick Gee, says the markets are not…

Busy Weekend Ahead for Songstress Sydney Mae

The August long weekend is a popular time for music festivals and Sydney Mae will be performing at the two of the biggest in Alberta. Tomorrow, Aug. 3, she returns to the Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ),…

Copithorne Family receives Master Farm Family Award

CL Ranch has been operated by the Copithorne family for over 100 years and they've received many well-deserved honours in that time. They now have one more to add to the mantel. Marshall and Teresa…

52 Stories: Sandra Robin

This week's 52 story has led me to Sandra Robin. I met Sandra a few years back when she volunteered at one of the coldest Light Ups to date and through my news reporting job our paths have continued…

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