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Share your pink shirt photos for a chance to win
Due to the on-going pandemic and to minimize risk, the City of Wetaskiwin is running a Pink Shirt Day photo contest on its community engagement site in support of anti-bullying and healthy relationships for Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb. 24. All Wetaskiwin and area residents are invited to enter, as well as City employees. Visit https://haveyoursay.wetaskiwin.ca/pink-shirt-day for more information.
NorQuest partners with City of Wetaskiwin to launch Wetaskiwin City Academy
The City of Wetaskiwin and NorQuest College have entered an agreement to deliver tailored training solutions to City employees through the establishment of the Wetaskiwin City Academy . This innovative partnership will allow the City of Wetaskiwin to build on employee knowledge to enhance service delivery to the local community.
A Heritage Moment
Still blushing from Valentines Day? We have the archaic trick to beauty and health stored in our collection. Blush or rouge has been colouring complexions for over 3,000 years and not primarily to doll up the ‘fairer’ sex, but to make one appear healthier. The Egyptians rubbed ochre on their cheeks while the Greeks used crushed mulberries or Alkanet root to achieve those rosy reds. Romans went a step further and applied lead compounds to enhance a ghostly sheen followed by a layer of red vermilion to accentuate the facial features. Little did they know the danger of pesky toxins contained in both grooming rituals would ultimately cause the deterioration of the integumentary system and send one into madness. Europeans in the middle ages took a different stance on the cherry chops when it came to de rigueur. Etiquette dictated that the aristocracy be pale to imply their absence from fieldwork to the degree that ‘The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine,’ suggested using leeches to remove redness. When Giulia Tofana entered the Italian Renaissance cosmetic scene, her powdered makeup products called Aqua Tofana promised even skin tone and strawberry cheeks. To the dismay of over 600 men whose wives purchased the arsenic, belladonna, and lead-laced items, the lethal beauty ointment was merely a disguise for a timely and unnegotiable ‘divorce’ if the wives heeded the instructions of Lady Tofana! Coincidently, this particular Toronto produced blush set reads as follows: “Dear Madam, Don’t expect best results for Lady Esther Rouge unless you carefully follow directions shown in my Rouge Guide, Cordially, Lady Esther.” Let us hope this turn of the 20th century cosmetic led many a person to confidence and not to the funeral home! —Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum
COVID-19 grant deadline extended
The City of Wetaksiwin and the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce have extended the deadline for a grant to relieve some of the expenses of a small business requiring a third-party qualified legal service or accountant/bookkeeper to help them with COVID-19 applications.