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Red Deer Rustlers stacking up the wins


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From the Red Deer Senior AA Rustlers


The Red Deer Senior Rustlers move to a 6-0 record after back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday.

The Red Deer Senior Rustlers sit atop the North Central Hockey League with a perfect 6-0 record after a pair of 7-2 wins over the Whitecourt Wild and Bonnyville Senior Pontiacs on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively.

The Rustlers kicked off the first of back-to-back games Saturday night at home with a 7-2 win over Whitecourt, the team’s last game at the Penhold Regional Multiplex until December 8.

The squad hit the road early the next morning to face the Senior Pontiacs in Bonnyville, and, after a delayed start time due to a broken-down bus on the way to the game, skated to an identical 7-2 victory.

Assistant Captain Jonny Li lead the way offensively over the weekend, with two goals and an assist in each game.

“This is the first time we’ve had to play on back-to-back days this season, so coming away with four points feels pretty good,” Li said after Sunday’s win. “Today was definitely a bit of a test for us, as we came in cold with little to no warm-up, but nobody used that as an excuse and everyone came out hard right out of the gate.”

Aaron Dyck put up back-to-back wins for the Rustlers, with 18-save and 28-save performances on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. He and Brett Bothwell both hold identical 3-0 records so far this season.

Up next for the Rustlers is a pair of road games on Friday, November 9 against the Wild in Mayerthorpe, and Saturday, November 10 in Camrose against the Daysland Northstars. Puck drop is 8:15 p.m. for both games.

Photos courtesy Dennis Berg 

For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact [email protected], or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Holiday Mental Health – It’s Okay if it’s not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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The stores are stocking up on red and green everything, the shelves are lined with ornaments and dancing reindeer and you can’t ignore it even if you want to – the holiday season is nearly here. 

For many, Christmas means celebrations, decorations, rum and eggnog and time with family. From sledding and snow days to hanging the lights and putting up the tree, there are lots of things to love about the holiday season.
However, for others, there are lots of reasons why it might not be the most wonderful time of the year, and that’s okay too. 

While the claim that suicide rates spike during the holiday season has been repeatedly misused and ultimately disproven as the “holiday suicide myth” (1), the holiday blues are a very real phenomenon. In the midst of the celebratory season, feelings of anxiety, isolation, depression and grief can be overwhelming, particularly when combined with additional stressors such as strained personal relationships and financial uncertainty. Not everyone is looking forward to Christmas, and in the midst of the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many people without employment and unable to travel, the emotional toll of this holiday season promises to be increasingly complex. 

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division released a statement regarding coping with the holidays during these unusual and uncertain times. 

“The pandemic has disrupted many yearly holiday traditions and has increased collective anxieties and social isolation. As we look for alternative ways to spread joy and take part in new ways of celebrating the holidays, Albertans must focus on their mental health during an already busy and often overwhelming season.”

According to the CMHA, these are some simple but useful ways to maintain your mental health during the holidays. 

Focus on what you can control. Like the food you eat, the time you have a shower or the media you consume.  

Anxiety is normal. During times of crisis it is normal to feel increased anxiety. Acknowledge those feelings are valid. 

Limit your consumption of media. Allow yourself time to focus on activities you enjoy instead. Reading, listening to music or meditating are all great ways to de-stress when you are unable to attend regular holiday festivities. 

Remain connected to your body. Exercising regularly, getting outside, eating well and resting will support positive mental health. 

Be open with your support system. Identify supportive people you can connect with if you begin to feel overwhelmed or lonely. 

Reach out for help. If you or a loved one needs help, call 211 (Alberta only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642. 

As the holidays arrive amid the fog of the ongoing global pandemic, remember – it’s okay to feel confused, frightened, and uncertain of the future. You are not alone, and there are always resources available to help you and your loved ones through these complicated times. Be gentle with yourself and others, ask for help if you need it, and above all, be kind. 

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The Results have Convinced Me

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The Results have Convinced Me

I have been diabetic for a while but have never cared much about monitoring it. Finally, my doctor got upset at me and suggested I pay more attention and referred me to a Family Nurse to help me get focused. The nurse was very understanding and she listened to me. She made suggestions. However, I wasn’t really convinced this would make any difference. She asked me to write down everything I ate or drank and take my blood sugars regularly and write them down. I started to see trends and the errors in my ways. I decreased my intake of sweets and pop.

My A1C went from 15.8 to 7.1. I got more involved in activities. Now I walk 10,000 steps almost every day. The walking seems to help me keep everything else in line. And then the nurse suggested that I start doing regular blood pressure readings and I saw my blood pressure improve. An average reading for me now is 122/54. My doctor is really happy. My pant size decreased also. I was forced to retire a few years ago due to back issues, but I find when I exercise regularly I have much less back pain. I no longer needed pain killers.

You can see how I have become convinced that I can make a big difference in my health through my lifestyle choices. I would highly recommend anyone not paying attention to their diabetes to see a Family Nurse.

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