Going for the heart

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JIM SINCLAIR/Independent editor

There are a lot of things going on around here that someone like you would know more about than someone who’s been away for a while.

But for some people, even if they were last here many decades ago, this part of the country has held a lasting appeal.

Take someone who lived in Calgary until the age of 13… someone with grandparents in North Battleford SK. Trips to NB happened for this kid at least twice a year, in summer and at Christmas, and they always seemed to follow a different route through the “Heart of Alberta.”

There were other relatives who farmed near Castor, who would host other family members for as long as a week.

There were cub-scout trips to Drumheller and all kinds of journeys to different towns in this area for one reason or another, not to mention the runs up to Edmonton and back.

British Columbia was the home of this kid from 1966 to 2011 although 12 years were spent in the B.C. Peace Country (kind of like an honourary part of Alberta).

Moving to Stettler one thing is clear – only the technology of the pickup trucks, and some of the buildings, may have changed. Some of the things people are concerned about are probably different but a lot of them will likely be the same as in years gone by.

One thing around here has stayed the same since 1905 – the name of the Stettler Independent. The paper is joined this week by a new editor who is grateful to Aubrey Brown and the staff for the warm reception.

Here’s looking forward to the coming weeks, months and years of getting to the heart of the matter in the “Heart of Alberta.”