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VIDEO: OLA School Report

2014 12 18 danicaOur Lady of Angels School Reporter Danica Voshell. Photo By Andrew Nakonechny


There was a lot of school news to share during the Morning show on Thursday.  Danica Voshell from Our Lady of Angels school came in to talk about the events going on.





James Mowat school Report

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Thursday morning not only marked 1 week until Christmas but also 2 more days left of school before Christmas Break!

Our Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse Student reporter was Sophie Seminutin from James Mowat School.  Here's what's happening for the rest of the week.

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Christmas Friday Office Dance Song

Christmas is fast approaching and that's the theme for the Friday Office Dance song.

So which Christmas favourite will get your final Friday and weekend before Christmas started?

Brenda Lee--Rockin' around the Christmas Tree 



vs

Michael Buble--Jingle Bells




Vote on Facebook, Twitter #DanceFS, text 780-996-6704 or call 780-998-1079.

holiday recipes blog

It’s the holiday season! This is a time for giving, family, and food. I don’t know about you, but I like to partake in all the festive goodies. For all of you adventurous folks, I think it would be a good idea to share a favourite seasonal recipe. With a culturally diverse community such as Fort Saskatchewan, I’m going to include recipes from different cultural backgrounds.

This next recipe is from MIX 107’s own Aylisa Eldridge. Her Grandmother made these for her when she was young. Now, her parents make them for her children.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Total Time:

Prep Time:    15 MINS

Cook Time:   15 MINS

Ingredients:

Yield:  40 pieces

Units: US | Metric

Directions:

1.     Melt together butter, peanut butter, and butterscotch chips on very low heat until mixed, stirring constantly. Cool for a bit (so as not to melt the marshmallows).

2.     Stir in mini marshmallows.

3.     Pour in a greased 11" x 13" pan.

4.     Refrigerate and cut into small (1-1/2") squares.

I’m going to invite you to send me your holiday recipes through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will post a different recipe each week until the end of January. 

Interviews with the Families First staff

I went to the Families First Holiday Tea on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. After I had a quick bite to eat, I politely asked 3 of the staff members if they would grant me an interview.

The first person I interviewed was Lori-Ann Huot. She specializes in working with the Angel Whispers Baby Loss Support program that tends to families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death. A lot of the other programs provide tip sheets, but because Lori-Ann works one-on-one with families, she doesn’t use them.

Lori-Ann loves working with Families First – “it’s a great organization”. The hardest part of her job is dealing with grieving families because it is so emotional. On the contrary, the part she enjoys the most is the difference she makes in a family’s life. Lori-Ann likes making a difference in parents’ lives, so future generations can also benefit. This, she feels is her greatest contribution.

 




I interviewed Jodi Heidinger next and her role is the Family Violence Prevention Program Co-ordinator at Families First. There are tip sheets available that list indicators of family violence for those directly affected, as well as information for those who work with people impacted by family violence. The tip sheets also provide information to front-line workers such as nurses and service providers who go into the individuals’ homes about dating violence and elder abuse.

Jodi absolutely loves working at Families First! She says the hardest part about her job is when there is nothing she can do to help a family. There are a lot of really courageous families that entrust them with their stories and confess to her that they are experiencing some really hard times. Jodi admits that she deals with a lot of hurt and a lot of pain from families on a daily basis. “We always want to lead with our heart but we can’t always do that” says Jodi.

There are a lot of really great things Families First can do for families. Jodi enjoys hearing peoples’ stories and connecting with families. Jodi does a lot of collaborating among other agencies in the office. She also has an opportunity to work a lot of different community partners in and around Fort Saskatchewan.

Jodi loves working with families; she gets to know them on a really personal level. Those families come back and help us run programs and they become volunteers.
Jodi feels that her most important contribution is that she helps to grow healthy families. The work done is always with the intent to make families stronger.



Lastly, I interviewed Heather Boonstra, Executive Director for the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society. She is responsible for providing direction to the team and the staff. She also is responsible for looking for new funding opportunities, maintaining and creating new relationships with people in the community. Heather loves working for Families First; she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The hardest part of her job is when she can’t make everything better for the families she works with. Heather says it is hard not to take it home with her at the end of the day. But there are so many other highlights of the job that keep her going.

The thing that Heather enjoys the most about her job is the people she works with, such as colleagues and clients. Her office is right at the front door, when people come in she can say hello. She has toys in her office so children of all ages can come in and play.

Heather feels that community support helps people feel connected and it brings people hope. Hope is very important in peoples’ lives; if nothing else Families First can always give families hope.

Win Ferguson Christmas School Report

2014 10 08 emilyWin Ferguson School Reporter, Emily. Photo By Andrew Nakonechny


School is slowly winding down for the Christmas break so there's a lot of fun activities happening this week.

Emily was in studio this morning for her Christmas School Report for Win Ferguson School.

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If you're curious about School Christmas Concerts, you can find the list on our Polar Patrol Page

Santa Claus has come to CO-OP in Fort Sask

2014 12 15 santa coopSanta Claus has booked time out of his busy schedule to spend it with you at the CO-OP. Photo by Tony Stacey



Santa Claus has come to town!

Join the jolly big man himself at CO-OP Station Square in Fort Sask each day from 3pm to 6pm until December 19th.

You can have your photo taken and it's absolutely FREE.


Mix 107 will then post the pictures on our Photos With Santa link at www.fortsaskonline.com

Check out the latest photos HERE.

Don't forget to mention the special code word at the till to recieve FREE Sugar Cookies. (While Supplies Last)

CODE WORD: RUDOLPH

Hope to see you at the CO-OP.

Video: Gates and Stead perform at Mix 107

2014 12 12 braden and kenKen Stead (left in blue) and Braden Gates (right in green) had the Mix 107 studio in a festive mood. Photo by Tony Stacey

Good friends make great music.

When Braden Gates and Ken Stead get together anything goes. These two guys love music and love performing.

On Friday, December 12th both musicians were in the Mix 107 studio to talk about their upcoming Christmas Concert benefiting the abolishing of human trafficking in Canada. They played several tune live on air including a really neat version of Little Drummer Boy which you will see and hear below.

Yes, you read that right. Human trafficking happens in Canada but the awareness of this issue is not prominent. Everyday people come into this country and are placed into the sex trade, marriage, or labour. It is often referred to as "Modern day slavery". Many of the victims are new to western culture and are unaware of our laws or the charter of rights and freedoms so they become easy targets of abuse.

You can support the Facebook page here

https://www.facebook.com/ACTAlberta?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite

Here is a video of Braden and Ken playing their rendition of Little Drummer Boy.



Check out www.bradengates.com and www.kenstead.net  for more info and music by these two talented individuals.

Holiday Recipes Blog

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It’s the holiday season! This is a time for giving, family, and food. I don’t know about you, but I like to partake in all the festive goodies. For all of you adventurous folks, I think it would be a good idea to share a favourite seasonal recipe. With a culturally diverse community such as Fort Saskatchewan, I’m going to include recipes from different cultural backgrounds.



This first recipe is from Joanne Norton here at MIX 107.

 
Perfect Whipped Shortbread

 
Ingredients

  • ½ cup of salted butter
  • ½ cup of hard margarine
  • ½ cup of icing sugar
  • 1½ cups of flour
Instructions

1.     Whip the margarine, butter and icing sugar together well. You can use all butter for sure, then it is shortbread for the purist.

2.     Once it looks all deliciously creamy, resist from eating it by the spoonful, and get your flour ready.

3.     Start the mixer and slowly add in the flour, until it has all been added in.

4.     Then you can proceed to let your mixer do all the work for you and whip it for 6 minutes. You are wanting lighter than air shortbread here.

5.     Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet. Top with sprinkles or a piece of Christmas cherry.

6.     Bake them in a 275 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes you want to dry out shortbread in essence, not bake it, thus the low temperature.

7.     (If you have a warm kitchen or live in a warm climate, cool the cookies in the fridge then bake. They won't flatten out)

Serves 12

I’m going to invite you to send me your holiday recipes through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will post a different recipe each week until the end of January.

VIDEO: Fort Elementary School Report

2014 12 12 fortelemChase and CJ from Fort Elementary School. Photo By Andrew Nakonechny


One more week left for school until Christmas Break so we've entered the season of School Christmas Concerts.

Listen every weekday morning at 8:10am to hear the latest School Calendar, in partnership with the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse, with the list of School Christmas Concerts coming up.

Friday we had our Reporters from Fort Elementary school, Chase and CJ, share their school report.



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