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Holiday 2019

November, 2019


Local Wildlife

How local wildlife is reacting to urban sprawl and what to do about it

When Lucas Wilfred Finnamore-Smith lived in the Spruce Grove area, there was a burrow of foxes just past the tracks. He, and… Read


Sandyview Farms

Bratwurst and more… It’s a deli…It’s a restaurant

While residents in the Capital Region today can enjoy the convenience of the all-in-one shopping experience provided by supermarkets in their municipalities,… Read


Holiday Treats

Cook up some of these timely gifts from the Kitchen

Need a treat for a neighbour or perhaps a holiday pick-me-up for a teacher or friend? We all know that when it… Read

Bird-Friendly Yard

Making winter more tolerable with a bird-friendly yard

The sight of birds flying south is a familiar one in these parts, a sure sign that short days and shivery weather… Read

From The Editor

This is the time of year when those warm and fuzzy feelings really come out. You can’t underestimate the magic that comes with the season of giving and how the forthcoming holidays provide opportunities to share some good times with friends and family.

Those warm fuzzies include animals, such as the household pets that give us additional joy. But as much as we’d like to include wildlife into that category, because a lot of them come across as adorable, we’re all better off leaving those creatures alone and appreciating them from a distance. That’s a bit more challenging these days as civic sprawl has taken over much previously untamed territory, meaning that those animals are more likely to find food and refuge in our communities. We look at the concerning
wave of urban wildlife on page 6.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of that wildlife, especially those of the avian variety. We offer one solution via our photo essay on winter birds, which runs down what species are prominent this year. As a bonus we show how to accommodate those winged wonders in your backyard on page 21.

Additionally we hope to provide some food for thought with our look at an extraordinary deli called Sandyview Farms (page 18), our rundown on the world’s most popular coffees (page 14) as well as some delicious baking recipes (page 9). Finally, we look at a couple of Spruce Grove institutions, namely City Hall (page 16) and Oilers legend Grant Fuhr (page 26).

Happy holidays!