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Dane’s Lemonade Stand – Young Dirt Bike Enthusiast Raising Money for Autism Aspergers Friendship Society

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As the city gears up for a scorching hot August Long Weekend, one young man is preparing to give back to his community. Dane, a 9-year-old from Calgary will be spending his long weekend helping OHV riders at Mclean Creek Provincial Recreation Area cool off for a good cause. 

Dane and his family are heading out to Mclean Creek to camp, dirt bike, and to set up his lemonade stand, where he’ll be selling refreshments for $1 a cup to raise money for donation to the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS). “He just has the biggest heart,” says Maria, Dane’s mom, “He is the first one to help out when someone needs it.” 

Dane was diagnosed with level two autism just over 3 years ago, and his family has been a member of AAFS for the last year. “They’re just amazing,” says Maria, “they give opportunities to these kids and really make them feel like they are a part of something.” 

The idea for lemonade stand started when Dane, 7 at the time, told his mom he wanted to buy her a house. What originally began as a fun idea quickly became a very meaningful project for Dane. Seeing it as an opportunity to support her son’s creative ambitions and teach a valuable life lesson on the importance of giving back, they sat down together and decided AAFS would be the most suitable place to donate to. 

AAFS launched in 2004 with the support of the Autism Calgary Association. The organization was founded to provide tailored social and recreational programs to kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) where they could be supported and understood, and flourish as members of the community. 

AAFS facilitates a number of activity programs seven days a week, including sports, community outings, club nights, outdoor pursuits, and many more. Acting as a major resource for over 700 member families, AAFS believes in “placing faith in our youth, fostering their independence, and making a difference for those who need it most.” 

After delaying this year’s lemonade stand during the early summer because of COVID-19, Maria says Dane can’t wait to get out to Mclean this weekend. “For him, the lemonade stand is the world,” she says, “anyone who knows him knows he loves camping, he loves dirt biking, and he loves his lemonade stand.”
If you’re heading out to Mclean this long weekend, bring a few extra dollars and swing by the lemonade stand to beat the heat and help Dane support a great local organization. 

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Update – August 5, 2020

An update from Dane’s mom Maria says the lemonade stand had a record year, raising a total of $346.90! “The weekend was hot and the guests who stopped by were kind, caring and compassionate,” says Maria.
Along with friends, family and riders, the Alberta OHV Trail Riders group contributed to the success of the stand by offering key chains to any member who made a donation of $10 or more.
 

 

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Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

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EDMONTON — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship.

Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 6 of the East final Thursday night and go back to the Cup Final for the first time since 2015, where it’ll face the Dallas Stars. Injured captain Steven Stamkos, who wouldn’t even stand near the trophy then out of superstition, walked on to the ice to accept it along with the Lightning’s entire travelling party.

“It didn’t work last time, so we tried obviously touching the trophy this year,” alternate captain Victor Hedman said. “That was a no-brainer for us. We’re not superstitious but obviously didn’t touch it last time, so this year we did. That’s the end of it. We won one trophy and now we’re going for the next one.”

Stamkos, Hedman, Alex Killorn and Ryan McDonagh were the first players to shake deputy commissioner Bill Daly’s hand inside the NHL bubble that has had zero positive coronavirus test results. It mattered to the team’s leaders to have Stamkos there even though he hasn’t played since February.

“We wanted all the team captains up there and wanted Steven a part of it,” McDonagh said. “He’s been a huge part of this run even without playing. Definitely a special moment for that group and then to get the whole team involved: great moment.”

Players and coaches screamed with joy after taking a team photo with Daly. That came minutes after they streamed on to the ice to celebrate Cirelli’s goal 13:18 into overtime.

Tampa Bay ended each of its three series victories in overtime. Winger Patrick Maroon, the only player in the final in back-to-back years after winning with St. Louis in 2019, deadpanned, “My finger nails are gone.”

Only New York lasted more than five games, pushing the Lightning to their limits before their talented core got them into the final.

“We got close,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We could see the mountain top, but we couldn’t get to the mountain top.”

Now the Lightning are four wins from that mountaintop despite being without Stamkos all post-season and missing top centre Brayden Point for two games against the Islanders. They can thank defenceman Hedman for scoring his ninth goal of the playoffs, Nikita Kucherov for playing 28:22 and Andrei Vasilveskiy making 26 saves while his teammates peppered Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 48 shots.

And Cirelli, who came back from an injury scare to score the Lightning’s biggest goal in years.

“The emotions are so high,” Cirelli said. “We worked all year. Our goal is to be playing for the Stanley Cup. We’re here now. I think it’s every kid’s dream to be in this situation. I think we’re excited and we’re ready to go.”

Cirelli appeared to injure his right knee on a collision with Islanders captain Anders Lee in the second period. He returned in the third, and coach Jon Cooper said Cirelli was “doing it basically on one leg.”

“Trying not to disclose injuries but it was pretty clear on that,” Cooper said. “For him to come back was pretty remarkable.”

Tampa Bay is trying to win its first championship since 2004. It’s the first time in franchise history the Lightning didn’t play a seven-game series in the conference finals.

It wasn’t easy getting to this point against an opponent willing to rope-a-dope, block shots and wait to pounce on chances. The Islanders got their break in Game 5 to prolong the series when Tampa Bay defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk fanned on a shot to pave the way for Jordan Eberle’s double-overtime goal, but they were on the wrong side of it Thursday.

“We had a chance to win,” said Varlamov, whose 46 saves were a single-season playoff careeer high. “Disappointing, of course. We want to go to the final and I think we had a chance to go to the final and play there, but we lost. Season’s over.”

NOTES: Hedman’s ninth goal tied him with Bobby Orr and Brad Park for the third most among defencemen in a single post-season. … Tampa Bay improved to 10-1 in one-goal games and 6-1 in overtime this post-season. … With Point back after missing Game 5 with injury, Carter Verhaeghe was scratched. … Adam Pelech was ruled unfit to play, and Noah Dobson made his NHL playoff debut in his place with the Islanders again dressing seven defencemen. Dobson, who last played in exhibition action in late July, became the first player born in the 2000s to dress for the Islanders in a playoff game.

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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Western Conference-champion Dallas Stars is Saturday night.

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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press


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Alberta limiting asymptomatic testing of COVID-19 to priority groups

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EDMONTON — Alberta is shifting priorities for asymptomatic testing of COVID-19 to reduce wait times.

The province’s chief medical health officer says testing is no longer recommended for those with no symptoms and no suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says voluntary asymptomatic tests will continue to be offered for priority groups.

Those groups include school staff, health-care workers, residents and staff in congregate settings, the homeless and those travelling.

She says Alberta was the first province to offer voluntary asymptomatic testing to all residents in May.

But she says asymptomatic cases are rare, as there are about seven positive cases out of 10,000 of those tests.

The province reported 146 new infections and 1,483 active cases on Thursday. Outbreaks have been declared at 10 schools.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2020.

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