Home by Thomson Luxury Living in The Ranche at Heritage Pointe : grand prize in the Calgary Health Trust’s Foothills Hospital Home Lottery

That’s the ticket for luxury living
Foothills Hospital Home Lottery marks 20th anniversary with $2.5-million house

By Andrea Cox

Nestled against rolling prairie overlooking a pristine pond is a ticket to life in one of the city’s most prestigious areas.

A $2.5-million home by Thomson Luxury Living in The Ranche at Heritage Pointe is this year’s grand prize in the Calgary Health Trust’s Foothills Hospital Home Lottery.

“This is a really big year for us, ” says Sally Flintoft, CEO of the Calgary Health Trust. “It is our 20th anniversary – the 20th year that we have done the Foothills Home Lottery.”

The lottery has raised more than $50 million in those 20 years, supporting programs that improve patient care at the hospital.

“We wouldn’t have been able to raise that kind of money by donations alone,” says Flintoft.

“It’s huge. The homes are a very important piece of our fundraising plan and this year, the home is particularly phenomenal.

“It’s our biggest and best yet.” Described as a grand urban loft, the house features a vaulted ceiling in the great room, with floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the sweeping views of the countryside.

It blends a luxurious pairing of organic materials and sleek, elegant finishes.

Curved edges and geometric lines add an element of both discovery and intrigue to the overall floor plan.

A rich combination of materials – from exposed brick to natural stone, as well as chocolate and caramel-coloured woods – creates a radiant warmth.

Industrial design elements reflect the urban loft theme enhanced by custom-crafted, handforged wrought iron detailing.

The kitchen is the central hub, as well as a stepping-off point for the grandeur of the home – which includes the open two storey selection of rooms ranging from the dining area to the study and great room.

Thomson Luxury Living, which is the custom homebuilding arm of Calbridge Homes, is proud to partner with the Calgary Health Trust, says Larry Thomson, principal at Thomson Luxury Living.

“It’s a way of giving back to our community where it counts the most and it’s a cause that our entire team rallies around each year,” he says. Proceeds from the lottery have been used to purchase leading-edge equipment, such as an interventional radiology suite for diagnostic imaging.

The money has also gone toward a PET/CT scanner, Novalis radio surgery technology and Stryker i-Suite.

It has also helped support trauma health care, the bone marrow transplant program and the Stephenson Cardiovascular Centre.

“The thing that is so special about the Foothills Hospital is that it’s the reach is far greater than just Calgary,” says Flintoft.

“It is the tertiary hospital for southern Alberta. The catchment area is enormous and the programs that are there are really the life-saving programs, from neonatal to brain injury.

“So these funds are really having a huge impact in the outcomes of patient care.”

The second prize show home, also built by Calbridge, is in Evanston and is valued at more than $900,000.

There’s also a range of vehicles to be won, including cars from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen, along with boats, motorcycles and ATVs.


Wrough iron fence for dog

Building Your Dog Friendly Backyard
A look at several different fences that could contribute to building a dog friendly backyard.

As a dog owner, keeping your pet safe and secure is priority number one! For pets who love spending their days enjoying the outdoors, a fence is a necessity. The options for dog fencing on the market today range from structural fencing to in-ground electrical wire fencing to electric wireless fencing- most of which can be self-installed by you. Here we take a look at the pros and cons of dog fencing options.

Structural or conventional fencing comes in a variety of forms: pressure treated lumber, vinyl, wrought iron or chain link to name a few. A physical fence can provide peace of mind when containing a pet; however there can be restrictions in planned neighborhoods as to what type of fence you can build. Additionally you should consider if your dog would be likely to jump over a fence or attempt to dig under the fence.

These fences consist of a buried electrical wire that is connected to a main transmitter in your home or garage, and a receiver collar worn by your dog. The wire is run from one end of the transmitter, buried underground along the perimeter of your property and then connected again at the other end to the transmitter. It necessitates digging your yard to place the wire underground and possibly cutting through your driveway.  Basic maintenance will be needed if there is a break in the wire or the wire becomes exposed.

This system has a signal field (anywhere from 2-24 feet) that you will set, taking into consideration the temperament of your dog. This signal field is the area where your dog will be corrected either through a tone or static correction (that you select), deterring them from leaving the wired fence boundary.

These fences come be found in two forms. One that forms a circular boundary around your property and one that allows you to customize the shape of the boundary based on the unique features of your property.

A wireless fence works by transmitting a radio signal from the base station in your home to the desired fence boundary. As the name implies, there are no wires to bury, so no digging necessary.

If your dog crosses into the “trigger zone” at the edge of the fence boundary, he or she will receive a tone or static correction (that you select) through the collar receiver. This will encourage the dog to move back into the safe area or roaming area inside the fence boundary. This “trigger zone” can range from 2 feet to 12 feet.

Wireless fences will encounter limitations in certain environments. For example, you might not reach optimal performance if your home has aluminum siding. Other obstacles are extensive heavy landscaping or if the home sits on a densely wooded lot.


Carnival : Mardi Gras day in New Orleans 2012

Mardi Gras day in New Orleans 2012

The Zulu Mardi Gras parade rolls past an ornate wrought iron balcony in downtown New Orleans February 21, 2012. Huge crowds gather along parade routes to soak up the last day of the carnival season before the beginning of Lent.

A member of the Krewe of Iris tosses beads to the crowds beneath the oaks on St. Charles Avenue.

Several parades that were cancelled by bad weather yesterday rolled with today’s scheduled ones, creating nearly nonstop parading on the historic Uptown route.

Reigning as Rex, king of Carnival, Hardy Fowler waves to the huge crowd gathered at St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street.

The drum major, center, and majorettes of Dudley High School from Greensboro, N.C., lead the school’s marching band in an energetic sashay during the Krewe of Mid-City parade.

With the branches of an ancient oak tree in the background, a masked and hooded rider is led down Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Thoth parade.


The wrought iron gates of Landsborough’s Peace Memorial Park weren’t enough to keep them from ripping up the turf

Hoon rampage rips up sport field

Anthony Brand

HOONS have gone on a rampage at a Coast sporting field, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The wrought iron gates of Landsborough’s Peace Memorial Park weren’t enough to keep them from ripping up the turf with a vehicle on Friday night.

The ground is home to the Landsborough Cricket Club and maintained by volunteers in conjunction with the council.

Cricket club life member David McIntyre said the offenders removed the bollards from in front of the fence and drove through it before smashing through a separate piece of fencing on their way out.

“They lifted the bollards and drove straight through the fence,” Mr McIntyre said.

“They then proceeded on to the ground and drove all over the grass, ripping up a lot of the turf.

“As they left they drove through another part of the fence.”

Mr McIntyre said the vandalism was a slap in the face for volunteers who worked tirelessly to maintain the once-immaculate turf, mowing the ground themselves.

“When I saw the damage my immediate thoughts were with all the volunteers that help to keep the ground in such great shape,” he said. “We’ve had so much support from those volunteers and to see the damage done is very disappointing.”

Early estimates put the damage bill at more than $2000, with the club having to dig into hard-earned fundraising dollars to foot the bill.

“We don’t know exactly how much it will cost at this stage,” Mr McIntyre said.

“They’ve done at least $2000 to $3000 worth of damage – maybe more.

“Along with ripping up the grass, they ripped up the artificial turf on the wicket as well, which adds to the cost and we’ll probably have to replace that too.”

The damage comes in the middle of the cricket season, forcing matches to be moved to other fields.

“It means the ground will be out of action for some time,” Mr McIntyre said. “We’ll get it back as soon as possible but in the meantime the matches will be shifted to other grounds. We’re not sure where yet.”


The Fairley Cemetery : the theft of a 125-year-old wrought iron fence

George County investigates theft of 125-year-old wrought iron structure from historic cemetery

By Beverly Tuskan

The George County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a 125-year-old wrought iron fence that borders the Fairley Cemetery.

“A graveyard is supposed to be a place of rest and peace, but not this past week, as thieves interrupted that by stealing the fence from around the cemetery,” Sheriff Dean Howell said.

The cemetery sits just off Lela Mae Road in the Benndale community on a 1,000-acre tract that is leased by the Draughan/Fairley Hunting Club.

As part of the lease agreement, Howell said, it is the responsibility of the club to maintain the cemetery.

“This is the first time that the fence has been removed,” Howell said. “They (thieves) had like a portable hacksaw, a saws saw, to cut up the fence and made off with it.”

According to sheriff’s detectives Don Hartley and Billy Colburn, the thieves ripped the wrought iron fence right out of the ground, leaving only the cemetery gate. The gate has been cemented into supporting posts.

Hartley said the metal structures were likely taken by thieves with the intention of selling them at a scrap yard, a common source of income for methamphetamine users.

Colburn said local scrap dealers have been notified, and patrols have increased around cemeteries.

Howell said owners in the scrap or secondhand business are required to obtain photo identification of a seller.


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