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Red lily beetle discovered in Brooks
A threat to gardens and green spaces has been discovered in Brooks. The red lily beetle, which also trades under the names lilioceris lily, scarlet lily beetle and lily leaf beetle was discovered in Brooks last week by provincial insect research technologist Shelley Barkley. “I received a call last week from an Eastbrook-area resident about the possibility. I have a large collection of lilies myself so I was doubly interested.” Lily leaf beetles have a voracious appetite and can destroy healthy lily plants. Native lily and Fritillaria species, as well as ornamental varieties, are susceptible to red lily beetle infestation, however day lilies are not attacked by the pest.
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Brooks native works first CFL contest
Brooks native Travais Anderson has come a long way from officiating football games in Brooks. Anderson was on the sidelines July 18 as a minor official for the first home game of the Canadian Football League expansion Ottawa Redblacks. “Walking out of the tunnel on to the field for the game was amazing. The stadium was sold out (24,300 spectators) There was a buzz of excitement in the brand new building that was so happy to finally have the CFL back in Ottawa. Walking onto the field we could see the teams, for CFL greats, and commissioner Mark Cohon. Even the Prime Minister was in attendance. Oh Canada was followed by a fighter jet flyby, then the game was on,” said Anderson.
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Brooks man preparing for Enbridge cancer ride
Like many people, George Hillier has been touched by cancer. Because of this, he will be taking part in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer Aug. 9-10. The Lords Cove, Newfoundland native will be one of just over 2,000 riders that will travel from Calgary Olympic Park to Okotoks along a scenic route. Riders have a choice in taking part in a camp complete with entertainment or staying in a hotel. Hillier, who has been a resident of Brooks for 15 years, said he will camp because he believes it will be a neat experience that will allow him to bond with other riders. While he is not a cyclist and knew nothing about the ride until this year, he decided he wanted to help make a difference in finding a cure for the disease. Hillier found out about the ride in late January and it only took a couple of days to decide he wanted to get involved.
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Strathmore man to seek federal riding seat 

County planning commission approves crematorium 

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