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Proud to be included on list of Diamond Jubilee honourees

It’s quite an honour indeed to be in such august company in October. Pardon the pun, but it was indeed an honour to be with so many kind and good people last week at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal presentation ceremony at the Red and White Club.

It’s quite an honour indeed to be in such august company in October.

Pardon the pun, but it was indeed an honour to be with so many kind and good people last week at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal presentation ceremony at the Red and White Club.

You will see a Lindsay Seewalt story listing area recipients on page 18 but don’t go there until you’re finished page 2. And if you do don’t tell anyone.

There were about 25 medal winners from this federal riding and it speaks so well of Cochrane and the community involvement of its citizens that about 12 were from this wee village by the Bow.

Considering this riding includes Canmore, Banff and Airdrie, that many are from Cochrane is something to be proud of.

It’s interesting that 10 years ago marked the first Queen’s medal celebrating 50 years on the throne and at that time two of the recipients were a father and son and the father lived in Cochrane.

This year history repeated itself when Bob Head, retired RCMP acting commissioner and living in GlenEagles and very involved with the Parkinson’s Society won the awards.

And Bob and Beverly’s son, Tim who is an RCMP superintendent in British Columbia also was awarded the medal this year.

So again a father and son with the father living in Cochrane.

And, the Manitoba farm kids also did very well.

There was Sheldon Kennedy former NHLer and now a very powerful voice for victims who was born and raised in Elkhorn.

Also, Russ Jasper, who couldn’t attend the local ceremony because he had to be back in Manitoba, received his Sept. 26 award at a Vet’s convention; and of course, the Cochrane Eagle publisher was born and raised in Arrow River, Man., which is about 35 miles from Elkhorn.

Our town was so small we didn’t have a town drunk — we had to take turns.

It was a great group and a great honour to be associated with them.

Why are there no warning lights going east on Highway 1A up the hill?

As you approach the new intersection at the top of the hill going west there are lights that flash when the traffic signal is about to turn red but going up the hill you’re on your own.

Now if it makes sense to have such a convenient warning light for traffic going west, why not for traffic going east.

Is there a difference? Pray share that logic with us.

Why do we not applaud eulogies at funerals or memorial services.

Is there anything tougher to do than stand before a group of people who know the deceased as well or better than you do and yet you have to give a talk.

And it’s not that you always have to say nice things but with some people one must refrain from being totally honest.

Yet people do it and do a tremendous job. They share and they make us all feel a tad more comfortable and when they’re done we sit on our hands.

A standing O might well be a tad tacky, but polite applause for a job well done should be the least we could do.