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What Does Apex Mean To You?
the next few of turns ahead ... the payback from my weightless, rhythmic flowing movement mirrors my effort made. Push more By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters get more, or sit back and enjoy the ride. Either way, I am living in Apex plays an integral role in many people’s lives. This place truly an amazing moment! I stop to catch my breath and let my body recover. While I glance around the pristine landscape, I sense is special and means something different to everyone. For the young athlete, it is a unique training ground catered to peace and tranquility with the biggest grin my whole body could their pursuit of an Olympic Dream. For the young person, it project. I am ‘one’ with my self, my skis, my world ... I feel like I is playground both day and night, which we know will last for must be related to Ullr, or perhaps he is watching. a lifetime. For the young family, it is a safe place to pursue an What does Apex mean to you? Wishing you a great March ahead! active outdoor lifestyle with your children. For the retired person, you can take it all in at your own pace, especially mid-week when everyone else is working or in school. For the home owner, Apex is your backyard to explore and your daily adventure awaits you just outside your door. For the resort worker, this is one of the best places to be employed, as you can hopefully schedule in a ski break into your work day or even ski to and from work. Plus, your co-workers are like-minded in pursing the best powder days Apex has to offer, and the customers are happy soaking in the atmosphere of this best kept secret. For the working class, Apex is the weekend retreat to escape the work week, to release the stress, to relax and rejuvenate for the next week ahead. A place Published by Okanagan Matters Publications to join with friends and family. ‘Staycations’ were made for ‘Apex’. email@example.com | 250.490.6951 For me personally, Apex is all these things and much more. As soon as I arrive at my cabin, the weight of the world instantly lifts. I always take a deep breath in when I get out of the car and I visually and audibly take in the environment ... I have arrived. I find a deep inner peace and a gentle smile on my face every single time. It is likely obvious that I love winter, just as I do all the other seasons. But, there is something about winter and playing outdoors in the snow that invigorates me. It’s that clean, calm, crisp, quietness that rejuvenates me to the core. Then, fly down a slope of untouched powder with all my senses aligned, thinking of nothing more than
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March 2019 Special Events: March 1-3 ~ NorAm Mogul Event - Come out and watch some amazing mogul skiing, just a few minutes walk from the village. March 2, 9, 16, 23 ~ Live Music at the Gunbarrel Saloon - The best place to meet your friends and celebrate good times at Apex! March 6 & 13 ~ Ladies Day - Join us for a day on the slopes with our expert instructors, plus enjoy lunch with a glass of wine. March 9 ~ Vertical & Vintages - Featuring Naramata Wines & discounted lift tickets. Visit Eventbrite.com before the tickets are gone. March 16 ~ Retro Day - Wear your best old school ski and snowboard outfits, while riding the slopes and taking in the après good times! March 21-24 ~ Tech Open Round 3 Finals - Slalom and Giant Slalom Races. Come and cheer on our local athletes. March 25-26 ~ BC Cup Slalom Races - Join in watching this exciting competition, as the athletes hit the gates for the fastest times. March 27 ~ Mens Day - Meet at Snow School at 9am. Join in a day of fun on the slopes, plus lunch with a beer! Prizes to be won! March 30 ~ Slush Cup - This is an annual dare to ride into the slush pit with hopes of getting to the other side without getting wet! March 31 ~ Dummy Downhill - Create your own dummy to fly off the aerial site! Sign up for this fun annual event in the Apex Office. March 31 ~ Last Day of the Season! - Thanks for joining us at Apex Mountain Resort. We look forward to seeing you next season.
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Season Of Growth By Caitlyn Michael, NP Junior Racer Throughout the race season, I’ve learned a lot from coaches, race experiences, and fellow racers. While it’s obvious that physical preparation is necessary for racing, I’ve also learned how to prepare myself mentally for a race, such as knowing how much alone time I need to take to calm my nerves, warming up with my friends, and pre-skiing the course to know which technique to use where and where the fastest line is. I also find it helpful to go through the course in my head a few times before the race, just to double check that I know how to do it. Having my dad as my coach is very helpful, because he can give me one-on-one coaching and he writes my training schedules. He can tell me what I should be doing to get ready for a certain race, or what not to do so I don’t work myself too hard.
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Something I’ve had a hard time with is positivity. I’m trying to be more positive about the outcome of races, even if I didn’t do as well as I had planned. If I don’t do well in a race I know that I can be disappointed, but I also understand that it’s all racing experience. I look for what I could have done better, so that next time I can remember what worked well and what didn’t. I’m hoping to get a top-10 finish in at least one of my last few races of the season. I have races in Salmon Arm this weekend and at Sun Peaks two weeks later, so I’m hoping to use what I’ve learned in past races and do well (hopefully, a top-10 finish).
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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update Mexico Spring Break Loppet ~ Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Mexico Spring Break Loppet at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre on Saturday, March 30th. It will be a fun and challenging ski event. All participants over 19 years of age are eligible to win the main draw prize of a Trip for 2 to Mexico (includes hotel and airfare)! For more details, please visit nickelplatenordic.org. Early AGM Announcement ~ The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Penticton Community Centre at 7:00 pm in Room 7. All Nickel Plate Nordic members are eligible to attend and there will be draw prizes for those who attend, including a backpack valued at $180 generously donated by Swagman.
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3-4 yr. olds: 300 m
12-15 yr. olds: 2 x 3 km
Full Distance: 2 x 7 km classic
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8-11 yr. olds: 3 km
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Racing Momentum To Nationals By Fred Albrechtson, NP Junior Racer The weekend of February 9th and 10th was spent racing at the Canadian Western Championships in Kelowna. The competition consisted of a 1.1 km skate sprint, 10 km classic, and a 3x3.3 km skate relay. The sprint was set on a rather flat course, making it harder for smaller guys like myself, rendering me a top 20 finish. The classic 10 km was where I had redemption, leading the pack for the first lap and finishing with a bronze. The skate relay was also very successful, ending with an Alberta team in first and BC claiming the silver and bronze - my team had a great race and finished third. The season has been phenomenal and will go down as one of the best, creating a great momentum I will carry into the Canadian National Championships in Gatineau, Quebec.
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I would like to thank some of the many sponsors and supporters who have given me the perseverance and reason to endeavor the tough times: Revelstoke Nordic; Nickel Plate Junior Racers (especially the dedicated coach, Chris Garwah); Nickel Plate Nordic Centre; Jerome Jang; Naramata Snowshoe Group (Mark, Tom and Natalie); Jeff Ellis and Kikkan Randall; Geoff Waterman; Jakroo; Torq Fitness; Fresh Air Kelowna; Podium Imports; One Way Nordic; Mike and Val Sigges; Earl Raulstone; and everyone else who has supported and cheered me on throughout this season. Thank you so much!
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Fred during the 3.3km skate relay at Western Canadians at Telemark Nordic.
Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon
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TRY FREESTYLE ~ If you are an experienced skier and want to learn about Freestyle in a fun and safe way, this is the perfect opportunity to “Try Freestyle.” Each youth will leave the program with professional coaching and a fun intro to the elements of Freestyle skiing. “Try Freestyle” is a half day of coaching at no cost for participants. SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd - 8:30 am meet at Brown Bag Lunch Room (under Gunbarrel Saloon) for Registration, sign waivers and meet the coaches. • Ages 8-17 - Morning Session 9 - 11:30 am • Ages 6-10 - Afternoon Session 12:30 - 3 pm WIND UP PARTY’S ~ Our FUNdamentalz Jumps & Bumps 11 week program ends on Saturday, March 16th and our Freestylerz program ends Saturday, March 22nd. We will be having a super fun last day to wrap up the season with these awesome skiers. SPRING BREAK CAMPS ~ Registration for our Spring Break Camps is up on our website and there is still room to sign up! FUNdamentalz, Freestylerz and an All Girl Mogul Camp are on the agenda for the 2 weeks of Spring Break! NEWS Apex Performance Team & Freestylerz Team travelled to Vancouver Island last month for Timber Tour & Super Youth Challenge #2 at Mt. Washington. Despite really cold and icy conditions, not normal to the island ski hill, the athletes performed really well. It was a very successful event. At the Timber Tour, Friday’s single mogul event brought in some serious medals. In the U14 category, Apex Performance Team took home 4 medals. On the girls side, Leda Walker won gold and Sharon VanSchalm won bronze. On the boys side, Grady Parsons won gold and Brandon VanSchalm won silver. In the U16 category, Alex Henderson took the gold. The team had a podium sweep in the boys U18 category, with Ethan Phillips coming first, Nate Parsons second, and Cole Patton in third. On the U18 girls side, Nozomi Emura won a silver medal. Saturday’s Slopestyle event also brought in a few podium performances. Ethan Phillips brought home a bronze medal in the U18 age category, Alex Henderson & Ainsley MacDonald both took the bronze medal in U16 and Sharon VanSchalm took bronze in the U14. The final day was Big Air, along with a big blizzard, our performance team once again performed very well. Bringing home more medals was Alec Henderson landing another gold medal and Ainsley MacDonald landed a silver medal in U16. Both Sharon VanSchalm and Ethan Phillips earned bronze medals. On the Super Youth Challenge courses, Apex Freestylerz girls did amazing! Friday was slopestyle and both U8 girls Lillian McCaughey (1st) and Francesca Farcau (3rd) were on the podium. Emelie McCaughey (U12) also earned a bronze medal. Saturday was moguls and this time Francesca Farcau won a gold medal and Lillian McCaughey won a silver medal. Big Congratulations to Apex Freestyle Club Alumni, Brayden Kuroda, for winning a double gold in Moguls and Aerials at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
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Silver & Gold At Canada Winter Games
Apex’s own Brayden Kuroda brought home a pair of gold medals in Freestyle Skiing from the Canada Winter Games held in Red Deer, Alberta from February 15th - March 3rd. The 18 year old who is a member of the BC Mogul Team competed in the aerial and mogul events at Canyon Ski Resort outside of Red Deer, taking the top spot in both.
By Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Apex Freestyle Club Alumni
I have been in the top 16 in both singles and duals at the past three NorAms. My best result in the NorAm’s this season was last weekend at Steamboat Springs, Colorado where I placed 8th in singles (top Canadian girl) and 9th in duals. At Canada Winter Games, I earned a silver in aerials. I was very Kuroda was in second spot after the 3 jump qualification round surprised at how well I did in this event. In the summer, I was in the aerial event and laid down both jumps in the final round to unable to train any of my airs on water ramps, due to a hip and capture the gold medal. Aerials is not an event that he usually knee injury. So, I came into this event with no expectations. In the competes in; however, in order to increase participation, the event finals, I believed in the limited training I had done during the winter was opened up to interested mogul and slopestyle athletes. After and put down two very solid jumps that I am proud of. only 2 days of training, Kuroda scored an impressive 121.65 points In the moguls event, I earned gold with a score of 80.79. I was in in the final round to put him into first place above second place the start gate with so many thoughts in my head. I stopped and Alex Mysko of Barrie, Ontario who scored a 119.57. said to myself, “I’ve got this, just go out and do it!” For the rest In the mogul event, Kuroda skied a solid qualification run scoring of the run, I just thought about that. It was probably the best run 83.89 points putting him in first place just above his teammate of my life. I used the passion that I have for mogul skiing and the Sam Cordell who scored a 82.63. The top 8 skiers moved onto the excitement from the crowd in my run. I was so excited when I got one run final round to determine the 3 podium spots. Skiing last to the bottom of the course. in the final round, Kuroda watched from the top of the course as 2 I recently placed 5th in single moguls at the NorAm Tour at Apex. athletes from Quebec, Olivier Lessard scored an 83.76 and Jean- Then, I am back to Quebec for Senior Nationals on March 23rd. Christophe Nadeau with an 83.13 moved into first and second place. Kuroda kept his composure and put down his best run of the event scoring an amazing 86.81 securing his second gold medal of the games. Kuroda has been competing on the NorAm Mogul Tour this season with 4 top 10 finishes, his best a 4th place at Stratton, Vermont. Kuroda will compete at the Apex NorAm before heading off to Japan with his dad/coach Kenni, who have been invited to the Emperor’s Cup in Sapporo. This mogul competition is part of the Miyasama Games, the second largest annual winter games in the world. This year is the 90th Anniversary and the Kuroda’s will attend the opening ceremony reception where the Emperor of Japan will open the games.
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Apex Ski Club Update By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director It was a busy race month at all club levels! From Carvers to U16/18 have had a very busy and successful month of training and racing around the province. A Big Thank You to Apex Mountain Resort for helping us host the Southern Nancy Greene Race in early February. The hill was in impeccable shape. This is the last month of skiing and boy it’s a busy one for the Club. Teck Open will be hosted by Apex and our Club later in March, followed by a FIS Slalom. Busy times for everyone involved. The Annual Family Race will be at 1 pm on Sunday, March 10th on the Okanagan Run. This is when kids can take on Mom and Dad. It’s always a fun time! Apex Carvers Springs Camps will be running both weeks of Spring Break from Tuesday to Thursday. Be sure to register online at apexskiclub.com.
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Molly Raymond 1st and Sammy Lawlor 2nd at Zone Race in Revelstoke. U14 Recent Race results from Zone Revelstoke Race: Ladies ~ Mollly Raymond 1st, 3rd, 2nd; Sammy Lawlor 2nd, 2nd, 3rd; Sienna Blaser 4th, 4th; Nicole Rogers 11th, 9th; Hannah Droppo 13th, 13th, 13th; Kinga Gerloczy 12th, 14th; Tia Santoro 20th, 20th, 16th; Asia Borg 19th, 19th, 18th; and Amy Clark 25th, 28th, 25th. Men ~ Tal Exley 1st, 2nd, 2nd; Max Gainey 6th, 5th; Erik Gillerstedt 17th, 20th,17th; and Dano De La Mothe 16th, 19th.
Heming Sola and Noa Rogers members of Team BC at Canada Winter Games.
U12 Recent Race results from Zone Revelstoke Race: Ladies ~ Mady Seddon 1st, 2nd, 8th; Eva Wyse 2nd, 5th, 6th; Marie Droppo 17th, 15th, 16th; and Alexis Duncan 20th, 22nd, 20th. Men ~ Balint Gerloczy 3rd, 4th, 4th; Gavin Santoro 7th, 7th, 3rd; and Cullan Bray-Webb 8th, 5th, 8th. U16/U18 SG Kimberly Provincial Teck SG Top Ten Results: Ladies ~ Noa Rogers 7th and Ana Large 9th. Men ~ Heming Sola 3rd HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Heming Sola! Heming took a Gold in the Slalom and a Bronze in Ski Cross at Canada Winter Games recently held in Red Deer, Alberta. Not only is this huge for Heming, but Team BC hasn’t had a gold in alpine racing in many years. Noa Rogers had a great performance at the games. Rogers came 7th in the Slalom. Awesome results for these U16 athletes! Have a great month of March folks. Some of the best skiing of the year is upon us!
Heming Sola wins Gold in Slalom & Bronze in Ski Cross at Canada Winter Games.
What’s New At The Edge? By Chad Henderson and Colin Mottershead The last month of the ski and board season is here! 31 days left to get as much snow sliding as you possibly can. February proved to be the turning point for great conditions and March is sure to continue this trend with more powder days on mountain. The Edge has had a fun season serving up everyone’s favourite lunch specials and treats to get you through the day. The “Edge Event House” has an exciting March lined up with a list of events and fun local nights planned. Starting on March 9th with the “Peak of Laughter” comedy evening featuring Matt Baker and friends. This event sold out in only a couple days last time around, so be sure to come by “The Edge Bistro” to grab your tickets for dinner and a show. Saturday, March 23rd will be “The Best Damn Après Ski Ever!!!” with “The House” opening early at 2:30pm to host your favourite food and beverage specials. Be sure to keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more events and another Locals Night, as we closeout the 2018/19 ski and board season. Enjoy the snow and let’s “Get Our Edge On!!!”
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Saturday, January 19th ~ The day had finally arrived! Friends Robin and Michelle and myself (Graham graciously bowed out) would attempt to summit Little White. We checked the weather which appeared to be favorable, sunny with wind gusts and minus 4-5. We drove up Carmi, turned left on the 201 and then to the Greyback FSR, where we turned left again. We drove another 5-6 km, where we decided to start our adventure. Strapping on our packs, mine way too heavy which I would soon regret, we clicked into our skis and were off breaking trail down a logging road. Our first challenge was a short, but steep, drainage which we had to cross. This proved to be a bit tricky, at least for myself, especially with the, “way too heavy pack” that threw me off balance and into the snow with the slightest backwards lean. Nonetheless, we made it without too much difficulty and continued on more logging roads and cut blocks and another small drainage.
Breaking Trail Upon arriving at the uppermost cut block, we were greeted by treeline and a long steep climb. At this point, I wished I had my snowshoes and almost decided to stay back and let Robin and Michelle carry on, as I knew they were much more accomplished skiers than I and I knew the return trip back down was a bit beyond my skill level. But, my desire to make the summit, knowing I would be rewarded with spectacular views, pressed me on. Robin lead us strenuously, switch backing back and forth for about a half hour before we reached the summit of what is roughly the SW ridge, below Crawford Lake and below the summit of Little White. Here, we decided time wise, Little white summit would have to wait for another adventure. The views did not disappoint! Okanagan Lake and the Bennett bridge from this vantage point were awesome. Cliff bands and snow encrusted trees added to the splendor.
Little White the day it beckoned me. I sent the picture above of Little White I had taken that day, in all its sparkling glory, to a few friends to garner interest in an attempt to make our way to the summit. Except, it would be on Nordic cross country skis rather than snowshoes. In short time myself and three friends met to discuss our plan of attack. We checked Google earth, and again, not knowing how far Greyback FSR was plowed, plotted a couple starting points. There would be some “unknown” to this adventure until we actually got there.
Okanagan Lake and Bennett Bridge in the distance.
After a quick lunch break, it was time to tackle the, for me, dreaded return downhill. The words of advice I received were, “if you are heading for a tree, fall down”. DUH!! On the way down, I choose my lines wisely by long traversing lines where possible. Robin and Michelle being so much more accomplished skiers than I made it look so easy. I must have picked myself up out of the snow at least 7 or 8 times and most of this due to the “way too heavy pack” throwing me off balance at the slightest backwards lean. I was happy to survive the steep treed section and reach the cut block unscathed. From here on, it was smooth sailing all the way back to the start.
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Women Face Unique Financial Challenges, But There Are Ways To Overcome Them By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. In most ways, financial management has little to do with your gender - the markets, interest rates and the economy generally function without considering whether you’re a man or a woman. However, women can face unique financial considerations and challenges at all stages of their lives - whether they have children or they don’t, and whether they are married, single or divorced.
Just The Facts: (Source: RBC Dominion Securities, April 2017) • Today, the average Canadian woman is expected to live until age 83, while for men it’s 79. A few lines left in the snow on the way back. • Women comprise 60% of Canada’s population over 75, and Once back, we gathered some wood for a roadside fire. Once the 73% of those living in senior’s residences. Further, 89% of fire was hot enough, we enjoyed “pie iron” grilled sandwiches. This women living in senior’s residences live alone. (Stats Canada 2011) was a first for me and for those that don’t know what a “pie iron” is; • Women tend to leave the work force for periods of time more it is a wood handle with long steel rod attached to two pieces of cast frequently, earn less and have lower pensions than men. iron that clamp together. You make your favourite sandwich and it • Whether due to single parenthood, caring for children after gets clamped between the two pieces of cast iron. This is then divorce, or for supporting aging parents, the role of primary or set in the fire and rotated and checked continuously. This takes sole caregiver still falls with women more frequently than men. a bit of practice, but when perfected is “tasty toast!” Very yummy! Washed down with a few beverages, it doesn’t get much better! Unique Challenges ~ Longer life spans mean many women will Alas, all good things must come to an end. But, not really. On need to fund longer retirements, manage all household finances the drive home, we were treated to an amazing “almost full super and family wealth independently, and potentially pay for more moon”. A most excellent adventure and one I will do again, perhaps ongoing healthcare. To maintain a comfortable and worry-free this year yet and perhaps on snowshoes and hopefully with Joe. retirement, many women will need to save a higher percentage of their earnings, fund more of their retirement income with their After all, originally, it was his and my idea. savings and possibly work later in life. Total time, less driving time, was 5 hours. Distance was 9 km. The Solution ~ Get involved, know your finances and have a plan.
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Whether out of necessity or desire, many women have long ago taken their finances into their own hands, or are equally involved with their partner, but many women have not. Additionally, there remain many couples without a plan to address the numerous paths their lives may take, or the unique challenges that one of them may face. With all that in mind, it’s particularly important for women to look closely at their financial and personal needs and goals in light of the above - with or without a spouse, caring for children or parents or living alone. It’s also important to be engaged in your or your family’s finances, and prepared to make both expected and unexpected financial decisions long before, as well as into, retirement. If you’re single, and without a financial plan, it may be time to look at your goals, needs and risks, and put one together. If you’re part of a couple and leaving the finances up to your partner, it’s a good idea to take an interest, meet your partner’s advisors, get educated and ensure that you’re aware of all aspects of your plan. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. ApexMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 11
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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Hello once again everyone. Welcome to the weird and whacky little corner of this publication. We know you have a choice in what columns you read, but we can’t for the life of us figure out why you keep coming back here. Seems a little masochistic, if you ask me. But then again, I keep writing it. Huh ... I wonder if we can all get a group rate on some therapy. I’ll look into it. Anyway, we are now diving headlong into our LAST ski month. Really? Man. That was a short winter wasn’t it? I mean I really feel like I was only like 3 or 4 weeks away from really getting my ski legs this year. Just about had it all dialed in. I am horrible when it comes to self-discipline around staying active. I mean, I convince myself I’m going to try hard, hit the treadmill, really get the heart racing ... right after I finish this doughnut. But then, after you have a doughnut you have to wait like 30 minutes before exercising ... or is that swimming? Or is that 30 hours? Better not do it, just to be safe. I’d hate the ‘Old and/or New Wives’ Tales Police to come slap me with a fine. Notably, the ONWTPD (or Police de Contes de Femmes Anciennes ou Nouvelles in our other official language) are the only PD I seem to get heat from. I once got carded for just hanging around near a ladder. I wasn’t under it or anything! The tyranny I live under. Speaking of living under things, this month we get to turn over rocks looking for a man in green with lots of gold. No no, this isn’t the latest breed of Soundcloud rappers with blinged out grills. I’m talking about the Fae folk. The leprechauns! I love the idea of leprechauns. Relatively harmless tricksters who seem to amass a lot of wealth. Huh ... Actually, that sounds like the garbage YouTube channels my kids are into. ‘Hey look at my Lambo and watch me put salt in my mom’s sugar bowl’. Holy crap! Leprechauns are real! And, they are horrible 20 somethings still living with their parents, pulling 12 year old pranks on YouTube! Let’s go through the checklist. They seem to have way too much money (Check). They play pranks and tricks on people (Check). There are lots of rainbows and unicorns (Check). On no! My dreams have been shattered. The worst is, they don’t just show up around St. Patrick’s Day! No, they are 24/7/365. We have been searching high and low and unfortunately we have found what we were looking for. Curse my Monkey Paw-esque wish. I’ve found what I’ve been searching for, yet it tastes like ash in my mouth or more in this case, feels like salt in the eye. Sometimes our world is too cruel. Well. thanks once again for following my crazy ramblings. To my count, we have one more issue before we take some time off. We will see you in April. Take care and have fun!
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Injury Prevention or Neuromuscular Training Programs - Why Are They Important and Do They Really Work? By Shandia Cordingley, BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist Lead Physiotherapist Canada Snowboard Speed Disciplines
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As the snow finally flies at Apex, most of us would agree, we really don’t want to miss out because of an injury! Everyone knows warming up prior to our favourite activities is important, but what should that warm up really entail and is it really worth your time? Well, the science tells us Injury Prevention or Neuromuscular Training (NMT) Programs do in fact reduce the incidence of injury by up to 70%! So, besides trying to avoid missing out on the fresh powder, why else should athletes, coaches, parents and teachers care about injury prevention? Many readers have heard of the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, one of the major ligaments that contribute to the stability of our knee joint. Unfortunately, injuries to the ACL are one of the most common knee injuries sustained as a result of sports participation, especially in athletes 12-25 years old. A sizeable portion of all alpine skiing injuries, up to 50%, are ACL injuries. Other sports such as soccer, basketball and football are also high risk sports for ACL injuries due to the demands of cutting, jumping and dynamic landings. Interestingly enough, snowboarding has a relatively low risk of ACL injury until the elite levels. Approximately 70-85% of all ACL injuries are non-contact (no one is around the athlete) or indirect contact (when the athlete is hit off balance and injured on landing). An ACL injury is devastating and significantly impacts a person’s function and quality of life. Those who suffer an ACL injury will often require costly reconstructive surgery, be away from sport for a minimum of 9 months and take up to 2 years to return to preinjury performance levels. In addition to other potential sequelae, those who have sustained an ACL injury are 4x more likely to show signs of moderate osteoarthritic changes later in life. Young females tend to have a higher incidence of ACL injury then males and over the last 15 years, some countries have seen the number of ACL surgeries increase by 70%. It is not all doom and gloom though! NMT programs train the link between the muscular and neurological system to optimize fundamental movement patterns in sport. Research has shown incorporating these types of speciﬁc programs or ‘dynamic warm-ups’ can reduce all ACL injuries by 50% and non-contact ACL injuries in females by 67%. In addition to ACL injuries, NMT programs also reduce the incidence of all knee injuries (meniscus, patellar tendinopathy) by 50% and lower extremity injuries (ankle sprain, calf strain) by 22%. FIFA11+ is a common NMT program designed specifically for soccer. Implementing the FIFA11+ prior to all practices and matches, through an entire season, reduced all lower extremity injuries by 58% and ACL injuries by up to 80%. A study out of the UofC compared a 12 week, school-based NMT program to the ‘standard’ warm-up practice of a 10 minute jog and 5 minutes of stretching. They found implementation of the NMT program reduced the overall incidence of sports injury by 70%! Beyond reducing the incidence of injury, research shows that NMT programs are also performance enhancing! Faster sprint times, higher jumping, better fitness, and less practice time missed all resulting in improved individual and team performance. In addition to strength and aerobic components, a successful NMT program must also include plyometric, agility and balance drills that match the demands of the sport. The biggest beneﬁts for ACL injury reduction comes from a NMT program that includes lunges, a hamstring exercise, calf raises and at least 5 landing/
stabilization drills that can be tweaked to match your sport (drop landings, ski hops, lateral cuts). The programs only take 15-20 minutes and can replace the ‘standard’ warm up. Dosage and compliance matter with greater than 30min/week resulting in the largest reduction of injury. For all you ‘weekend warriors’, even consistently doing two NMT sessions per week before an existing workout routine, in addition to prior to participating in your sport of choice, can still be beneficial. I have provided the links for some of the best, evidence based, online examples of NMT programs below. There is also a fantastic FREE app, GET SET - Train Smarter, developed by the International Olympic Committee to help reduce sporting injuries. It provides exercise ideas for 51 different sports that you can incorporate into your workouts and/or NMT program. It is important to perform these programs and exercises properly. Our clinic’s physiotherapists are available to educate individuals, parents, teachers, and coaches how to implement an individualized NMT program into their regular routine, rehab program or team practices. Despite the overwhelming evidence that NMT programs do work, adoption and adherence remain low among young amateur and recreational athletes. Perhaps if we called them ‘performance enhancing programs’ we would get more buy in from coaches and athletes alike. Unfortunately, we can’t prevent 100% of injuries, but the evidence clearly shows with education, awareness, and a little bit of work, we can reduce the incidence of these devastating injuries by up to 70%. So, in my opinion, taking 15 minutes to implement a specific NMT program before your activity of choice seems like time well spent! FIFA 11+ - www.footballfedvic.com.au/fifa-11plus/ || FIFA 11+ KIDS - footballmed.net/11kids-warm-up-programme/ || Netball KNEE - knee.netball.com.au || AFL Footy First - www.aﬂcommunityclub.com.au/index.php?id=906 || PEP - Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance - www.aclstudygroup.com/pdf/pep-program.pdf || UofC Study, video of exercises used - www.facebook.com/uofcsiprc/videos/956466954541030?sfns=mo
Shoulder Injuries By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician I often contemplate why there are straps on poles. They are a hazard, in my opinion. I’d rather replace a pole any day than a shoulder. One tenth of all alpine skiing injuries go to shoulders and 22-41% of upper extremity injuries. Whereas in snowboarding, the shoulder injuries account for 15% of all injuries and 20-34% of upper extremity injuries. Making both sports to be fairly comparable in terms of incidence of shoulder injuries. Let’s walk through some of the most common injuries that are seen up on the hill when it comes to the shoulder. Broken Bones ~ Fractures of the humerus or clavicle bone can occur when you fall with a force onto the arm. Like when hitting a tree. Fractures can present with an immediate deformity and are super painful. X-rays are diagnostic and can pick up even hairline or small fractures. Dislocation ~ The ball comes right out of its socket. The shoulder is a shallow joint, making it susceptible to dislocation. It is super painful until the shoulder is relocated. Sometimes this can be done in the field, but often needs medical assistance. If dislocation becomes a repeated event, tossing the pole straps, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma and Surgery are all steps to consider. Soft Tissue Injuries ~ The rotator cuff is susceptible to injuries. The rotator cuff consists of four tendons that surround the shoulder joint. These tendons act as stabilizers and control smooth joint movement. Strains of these tendons impact movement and lead to pain. It’s that outstretched arm on falling or during a direct blow that rotator cuff injuries are sustained. Afterwards these types of injuries create nagging persistent pain and weakness in movement. Like any injury sustained on the ski hill, early treatment improves outcomes. Don’t just brush it off, pop another ibuprofen and head up the hill. Injuries also often occur when we are skiing or shredding beyond our comfort. With all of these tight tree runs on Apex, keep in mind that trees don’t move.
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Let’s think about the mechanism of injury. Shoulder injuries typically occur when we try to break our fall. It is natural to extend the arms. Going against the intuitive extension, tucking the arms inward will reduce injury to the shoulder. The severity of injury often correlates to the force or velocity. The faster you go, the harder you fall. Keep your speed in check and look at the gaps, not the trees. Outside of ditching your poles, if you are a skier, there are other steps you can take to keep your shoulders intact. Consider practicing falling. Getting on the trampoline with your kids. You can also try taking it to the mat in a martial arts class. Learning how to fall safely can help you react appropriately on the hill. Above all, have fun out there. Snow is finally here!
Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma using Ultrasound Guidance. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. A great tool in my clinic for deciphering what is occurring in the References: McCall D, Safran MR; Injuries about the shoulder in skiing shoulder region is a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Ultrasound works and snowboarding; British Journal of Sports Medicine 2009;43:987-992. by using sound waves to produce images of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ultrasound can show sprains, strains and tears in the soft tissue. Musculoskeletal ultrasounds have come a long way. Images have gotten clearer. Colour doppler can be added to look at presence of new blood vessel growth - often occurs when the body Steady residual income with a management focussed on catering to your property. is in hyper healing mode - termed “neovascularization”. I primarily use my ultrasound machine to guide my injections to accurately bcvpm.com place the needle at the site of injury and away from unwanted BC Vacation Property Management John Redenbach 250-498-0942 areas. It can also be used to look for tears, calcifications and Krista Redenbach 250-498-1750 tendonopathy. If you are a person who feels pain with movement 1M liability coverage included - See contract details. of the shoulder, images can be taken while doing that particular movement to see if there is any injury there. ApexMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 15
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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner “Don’t regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” But as we grow older, we find it can bring many health challenges. I do see more and more people being more aware and health conscious and doing things to try to stay healthy. There are the obvious things we hear about all the time; exercise regularly, eat healthy food, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, don’t drink excessively, etc. Yet, there is another simple thing that has enormous health benefits that so many people continue to ignore, especially seniors. Massage. It’s easy, inexpensive and convenient, yet has so many positive effects, especially for seniors. Massage dates back thousands of years and is used to help the body heal. Massage increases your body’s circulation, which helps get rid of toxins which, simply put, is releasing pockets of waste build-up in the cells. Massage has also been known to help reduce inflammation and increase mobility, which will help people with arthritis, which is the number one condition that people 65 or older contend with. Stats Canada has found that cancer is the leading killer in adults aged 40 and up. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “there is evidence that massage therapy helps people with cancer physically and emotionally, and it can improve their quality of life. People often use massage therapy to help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. It can also help reduce pain (such as headaches and low back pain), anxiety and stress. It improves circulation and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Studies have shown that massage therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and depression. It can also help with problems sleeping (insomnia), improve sleep quality and reduce nausea”. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.
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Spring Events To Get Excited About! By Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company This time of year is always the hardest, I mean, would the Spring just get here already or what?! And boy, does it seem to be lasting this year. With such a mild start, I think we all thought it was going to remain that way ... and then it hit and it just hasn’t stopped. Don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic for the ski hill. And, I was happy to get a few powder days in myself, but I am ready to feel that warm sun on my face and see all this snow in town melt once and for all. To give you some things to look forward to get you through the rest of the winter, I have put together a list of ‘must do’ local events to plan, train, volunteer, save up for and get excited about! March 13 - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) at the Cannery Brewery from 6:30-9:30 pm ~ Tickets on sale at hoodooadventures.ca March 23 - The Elevator Race ~ Multi-sport Race ascending from Penticton to Apex Mountain Resort. Paddle, Road Bike, Snowshoe Run, Mountain Bike, Nordic Ski, Alpine Ski. elevatorrace.ca March 31 - The 3rd Annual Ski2Tree Race ~ Multi-Sport Race descending from Kelowna Nordic Centre to Downtown Kelowna, with Nordic Ski, Snowshoe, Run, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Run, Paddle. ski2tree.ca April 6 - Chute Lake Lodge Live Music ~ Sarah Osborne and the Moonfruits make a unique stop on their national tour at this rustic lodge venue for a full night of amazing music! Tickets and accommodation deals available by calling 250-496-5262 April 12-13 - Fest of Ale ~ Heralded, as one of Penticton’s best spring events! Join 70 craft brewers and 5000+ craft brew enthusiasts at one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Sip on a selection of over 200 quality crafted beers, ciders and cask ales in the unique indoor/outdoor venue. Enjoy great food, live entertainment and more! festofale.ca May 25 - Half Corked Marathon Finish Line ~ “Party! at the Finish Line” is a relaxing afternoon of entertainment, food, wine, friends, and family. Everyone is invited to come and cheer on HCM participants as they cross the Finish Line. oliverosoyoos.com June 8 - The Penticton Beer Run ~ This is a beautiful, gentle 10 km course showing off some of the best vistas in the South Okanagan. The flat or gentle downhill route is easily managed by running or walking, as you enjoy 7 brewery tastings and 5 eateries before you hit the finish line! pentictonbeerrun.ca
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
Apex residents joined in an Area ‘I’ financial presentation on February 24th to go over community financials and provide feedback. The feedback gathered will assist me in working on service levels for Apex community residents. Thank you to everyone who attended. I understand it was a first for residents and I look forward to next Subrina Monteith year’s presentation. I appreciate all the Director of questions and discussion on services RDOS Area ‘I’ provided by RDOS. One idea that I am working towards is creating a new service that would support the Apex Fire Brigade in equipment and training. Stay tuned for more opportunities for feedback before the service is created.
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RDOS Budget Meeting held in the Longshot at Apex on February 24th
The Apex Waste Transfer Station is slated to be complete by Winter 2019. We are currently looking at awarding the construction and purchase of a pre-fabricated metal building. We will next tender for the construction, which will occur this summer. Other contracts we Pine Fire Wood! Trim ends of various lengths & diameters. will be issuing for are maintenance of the site, snow clearing and For pick up info ~ 250.295.7911 ext 100 waste transfer. For delivery info ~ Brian Coyne - 250.295.0606 or I have created a Facebook group called “Apex home owners and Henry Tebrincke - 250.502.7421 residents Area I”. Join the group to be informed and engage in conversation on topics for homeowners. We are located 18 km east of Princeton, close to Bromley Rock. I continue to attend APOA meetings to learn and share with the How Are The Roads To And From Apex? executive. Some good discussion and ideas have been exchanged. Argo Road Maintenance is the road contractor for Apex Mountain I will attend the upcoming APOA AGM and look forward to meeting Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the more residents of the Apex community. highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca dangerous road conditions, please call Argo at 1-800-663-7623.
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APOA Update By the APOA Board As you have read previously in this column, the APOA has been actively involved in the provincial consultation process that is driving changes to forestry regulation in BC. Last November, the Chief Forester (i.e. the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource and Rural Development) announced the Ministry will be recommending changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act. We are hoping the first round of changes will happen during the current legislative session, which means within the next few months. In announcing the purpose of the upcoming changes, the Chief Forester stated one of the goals is to “restore the social contract and public trust in forest management”. Repairing that broken public trust is going to require more than a minor tweak to how forestry is undertaken and managed in BC. In the Okanagan and throughout BC, it is well understood that local governments, property owners, recreation and other forest users have been carrying much of the social and financial costs that are the side effect of industrial-scale logging. When poorly managed road building and clear-cutting increases the amount of silt in a stream, it is the local community who pays for the required upgrade to their water treatment system. When spring runoff occurs earlier, faster, and harder due to the cumulative impact of decades of clear cutting across multiple watersheds, it is the cities, towns, regional districts, and residents downstream that experience the increased flooding. And, when popular recreation areas are constrained and degraded by virtually continuous clear-cuts, it is the local tourism industry and recreation users that ultimately lose out. The Carmi Intensive Recreation Area’s trail system just east of Penticton is the latest victim. We do not yet know if these anticipated regulatory changes will be soon enough and substantial enough to finally start protecting the ever-shrinking Apex and Carmi Recreation Areas. As recreation users and property owners, we sure hope so. We will be providing more details at the APOA AGM on Sunday, March 24th at 3 pm in the Apex Mountain Inn Meeting Room. We are seeking any members interested in joining the APOA board to please put their names forward. At this point, our board will only consist of 4 people for the next term. Please consider joining us. Be sure to join us in supporting our Apex Fire Brigade Society Fundraising Event held at The Edge Event House on Saturday, March 16th in the evening. See you there!
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A Glance At Our Night Sky
Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.
The Harvard Women
Beatrix Potter was interested in the natural sciences and wanted to be a botanist. However, in 19th Century England it was nearly impossible for women to break into science, so she became a famous writer of Children’s books. There were some women who overcame the obstacles of that time and became renowned scientists, such as Marie Curie. However, not all institutions were hostile to women, so some had the opportunity to make an indelible mark on modern astronomy. In 19th Century astronomy, women mainly worked as computers and data analysts. Back then, the word “computer” meant someone who spent their time doing calculations, by hand. Today, although computers still do all those calculations, the word now means something completely different. Until quite recently, astronomical images were recorded on glass photographic plates. They were insensitive by modern standards, and required exposures of many hours to record usable images. After processing, these plates were passed to the usually female data analysts, who carefully extracted the desired information, and meticulously searched the plates for other things that had been caught by accident, such as previously unknown comets, asteroids and exploding stars. Back then observations were made mainly in two ways. The telescope could be used as a giant camera, recording images of the sky on the glass photographic plates. Alternatively, a diffraction grating would be put before the plate, often over the front of the telescope. This would split the light from each star into
its constituent colours, just as we see when we pass light through a glass prism, or simply look at a rainbow. On these plates, each star image is smeared out into its constituent colours. From these, the data analysts would establish the temperature of the star and its composition. By comparing any given star with its neighbours, its brightness could be measured. Over time, the women analyzing these plates came to understand photographic plates and their limitations, and became highly skilled at extracting information from them. To do this, they had to learn some astronomical science, and over time, their work taught them a whole lot more, leading them to ask their own science questions and becoming researchers in their own right. In most places, this evolution received little encouragement or was even deterred, but at other places, such as the Harvard College Observatory, things were different. The result was women making important and fundamental contributions to astronomy, some of which are still at the core of astrophysics. For example, Henrietta Leavitt discovered a special class of variable stars, called Cepheids, after the first one to be discovered, Delta Cephei. These stars cycle periodically in brightness, and the time taken to cycle tells us how bright that star is. So, we can look at a distant galaxy, find a Cepheid or two, measure their cycle time and how bright they look, and from this calculate how far away that galaxy is. She gave us a ruler to measure the universe. One of the big efforts went into coming up with a system for classifying stars. After Williamena Fleming and Antonia Maury collected and tabulated a huge number, of observations, Annie Jump Cannon assembled them into the system we still use today. Then Cecilia Payne showed that this system was simply arranging stars in the order of descending temperature. These women, together with others, made significant contributions to astronomy and are recognized for them. Next New Moon ~ March 6. Next Full Moon ~ March 20.
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Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. Please email for more information. Spring group social classes commence: Penticton ~ Starts April 11th - 8 weeks • 6:30 - Romantic Night Club 2 Step, Level 1 (Learn to dance the slow songs.) • 7:30 Salsa, Level 2 (So exciting, hot moves) Summerland ~ Starts April 12th - 8 weeks • 6:30 Single Rhythm Swing, Level 2 (The most fun you will ever have.) • 7:30 Rumba, Level 1 (Sultry Latin, great for beginners) Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered. Register early for your place on the dance floor by calling Brian at 778.516.7272. (Snap a picture for your convenience.) Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!
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Retro-Tunes Entertainment ... The Name Says It All Singer/DJ, Grant Henderson has entertainment in his blood. His beginnings in stage presence began in drama classes in high school. Grant became a DJ in 1978 working in Vancouver’s downtown scene and earned a reputation of excellent song selection and flawless mixing. Many people claim that, “with his voice, he should be in radio”. Being a good DJ is much more than playing one song after another. Anyone can do that. It’s the DJ’s job to set the mood on the dance floor. A good DJ observes the crowd, plays more of what they dance to, and remains always open to requests. Grant’s policy on music requests is simple, “If I’ve got it, I’ll play it.” Lighting can play a critical role in setting the mood on the dance floor. Although Retro-Tunes plays only the hits of yesteryear, their lighting system consists of an impressive array of modern LED fixtures and Laser lights. Naturally, a water-based fog machine also helps to further enhance the lighting effects. Grant’s real talent, however, is in his voice. Nothing beats live entertainment and Grant loves to sing at almost any gathering. “A live singer brings an energy to the room that is difficult to obtain with recorded music”, says Grant. Grant sings a variety of Country, Soft Rock, and Classic Rock tunes. How can Retro-Tunes Entertainment make your event even better? Call 778-531-8557 and ask Grant today!
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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Discover more ways you can contribute and make a difference at www.volunteercentre.info under “browse opportunities”. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Gathering where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next Gathering scheduled for March 27th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. RSVP by March 22nd to email@example.com or 1-888-576-5661. The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain injury Society is looking for volunteers that are interested helping out with the following: Creative Art Program; Baking Group; Pole Walking; Community Connections; and Bowling. Volunteers are also wanted to help out at Annual events, such as BBQs, Christmas events, bike tours and fundraising. Contact Carolyn Huston at 250-490-0613 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Penticton Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament is a notfor-profit organization hosting Duplicate Bridge Tournament June 10-16, 2019. Bridge players and their families come from all over the world to play. The Tournament held annually at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre boasts more than 3000 attendees. Hospitality and Reception Volunteers are needed to help out from June 10-16. Orientation provided. There are 3 shifts a day. It is desired that volunteers help out with more than one shift during the week. Everyone welcome to volunteer: Youth, All Groups (Wheel Chair Accessible). This is an exciting opportunity to greet the public and be an ambassador for the community. Please contact Betty Hunt via email at email@example.com, if you would like to volunteer. The Hoodoo Adventure Company is looking for volunteers help out at events and activities, various roles available. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-492-3888. The Salvation Army is seeking four volunteers to help at upcoming event! Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm - Irish Stew Dinner - held at The Salvation Army Church (2). Duties: Dish washing and putting away the dishes. There are more opportunities from the Salvation Army for Volunteers: These are ongoing opportunities Greeters - Thrift Store, Fitting Room Attendant - Thrift Store, and Lobby Host - Food Bank. Contact Rose, Volunteer Coordinator at 250-492-6494 or email PentictonVolunteerCoordinator@shaw.ca. The Canadian Red Cross is seeking emergency management program volunteers for Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos and equipment loans program volunteers are needed for Oliver and Princeton. Find job descriptions for both programs at www. volunteercentre.info under “browse opportunities”.
Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ Saint Motel | Album ~ EP | Track ~ “My Type” For those who know me, I have travelled, worked and skied at many mountain resorts. Apex is just “My Type”. With the great groomers to the steep runs to hardly any line ups to the awesome people, making this a place you want to return to again and again. March is a great month. I met “My Type” this month 19 years ago and she brought me here. Happy 17th Wedding Anniversary Myleen! You are “My Type” and will always be! Hopefully, you will find your type this month too. Ski you later! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he ﬁnds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. ApexMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 21
Great Cabin Recipes Easy Roasted Mushroom Risotto By Dee Martens Spring has sprung! Okay, maybe not ... so that means that we have room left for one more hearty, delicious recipe (before all we crave is fresh, bright food). This one-skillet oven risotto is simple to prepare, comes without all of the constant stirring and is topped with crisp mushrooms - this meal just can’t be beat. To begin, position the cooking racks in your oven so that one sits at approximately 1/3 of the height of oven, and place one on the bottom; preheat to 350°F. Next, in a medium sized bowl, toss 1lb. of sliced shiitake (or cremini) mushrooms, 3 cloves of peeled and mashed garlic, 6 sprigs of thyme and 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes in ¼ cup of olive oil. Distribute mushrooms evenly on a baking sheet before sprinkling with ½ tsp of salt. Roast mushrooms on bottom rack for 25 minutes, ensuring to flip them once after 15 minutes. While the mushrooms are roasting, heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a large Dutch oven, cast iron skillet or oven-proof heavy pan. Add one medium onion, diced finely, and cook until translucent (3-5 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of Arborio rice and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice grains begin to change, turning translucent on the edges (roughly 2 minutes). Once slightly softened, add 1/2 a cup of white wine and bring rice to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the pan is almost dry (about 2 minutes). Once the rice parts nicely when a spoon is dragged (gently) through the middle, add 2 ½ cups of chicken stock and bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover and bake in the oven until the liquid from the stock is almost entirely absorbed, but the rice is still firm in the centre (17 minutes). Return the pot to the stovetop and set the heat to medium before adding ½ a cup of chicken stock. This time stir the rice mixture constantly, until the rice is tender but still a bit crunchy (roughly 2 minutes). Remove the rice from the heat and stir in 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan, 2 tbsp. of cold butter, and ½ a tsp. (or the zest from ½ a small lemon) of finely grated lemon zest. If needed, add a little bit of warm water, so that risotto is thick but still easy to dish. Top the risotto with crispy mushroom mixture, freshly grated parmesan and fresh parsley. Drizzle with olive oil for the perfect finish and, if you love citrus, this risotto also pairs well with a lemon wedge! If you’re missing the protein in this dish, add cooked, cubed chicken when you add the parmesan for a delicious way to incorporate more flavour and nutrition.
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Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer! By Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ can assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Call for your free quote today. Below is a recent renovation, where an interior wall was removed and custom hand-made handrails and spindles were installed. Before removing any interior wall, you must check to see if it is a load bearing wall. Not sure? Give me a call and I will let you know.
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Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 7 By Zoe Mallach In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over some years, all humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and saved those who did not. Here is the 7th Chapter ... Jessie slowly opened his bedroom door with a creek, poking his head out and gazing the hallway for any moment. Noticing no shadows moving, or floorboards grunting under his father’s weight, he looked behind him towards Kyle, Walter, and Acer, all with a shine of determination in their eyes. Jessie nodded with a smirk, and stepped out into the hallway. The wooden floorboards were a deep shade of spruce, with walls the colour of white, covered with family photos. Jessie closed the door behind him, and came face to face with a full head photo of his mother. Her watchful and piercing green eyes matched his forest ones, with dirty blonde hair cascading down the sides of her face. His eyes started to fill with tears, but Jessie quickly recovered, and strolled down the hallway silently. All he needed to do, no - had to do, was just get to his father’s office, into his desk, and to the safe with a large sum of money. Enough to start something good. Something great. It was about 2:00 pm, so that meant Ryan was required for a daily meeting or at the office in central Crewmann. Either way, Jessie’s dad wouldn’t be at home. Jessie smirked, turning the corner with ease and without worry. But the smirk was slapped off his face, when he came head first into the person he most despised and least wanted to see ... his dad, Ryan Nieve. A shudder ran down Jessie’s spine, and he crossed his arms with a sharp glare and scowl over his normally soft features. “Aren’t you supposed to be at the office for a meeting or something.” Jessie groaned, stepping to the side and trying to get past his dad. But a strong arm blocked his way. He looked up to his father with a look of critical and annoyance, pushing against Ryan’s arm. His oil black dragon sat on Ryan’s shoulder, a look of pure hate shooting like laser beams towards Jessie, who only scoffed. “Yes, I should, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t have that troublemaker you call a friend over.” Ryan snapped. “I heard voices.” “It was just me in there. I was talking and agreeing with myself about how you are a horrendous and abysmal excuse of a human.” Jessie shoved his way past his father, a small feeling of relief when Ryan followed him towards the kitchen. “You should really get to the office. I don’t know what they would do without you.” Jessie said with as much sarcasm as he could muster, and opened the pantry for a box of cookies. Ryan stood behind him, leaning against the counter and slightly shoved his dragon off his shoulder and onto the smooth marble surface. “Now that’s just rude.” Jessie said venomously, taking a box of original Oreo’s out of the pantry and turned to his father. “Your mother would not appreciate this behaviour. She would ...” “Mom wouldn’t be too proud of you either, you know. With the way you’ve been treating me, you might as well just live at the office. You would be much more useful and less despicable there.”
“You know how she died?” Ryan said coldly, no feeling or emotion behind his words. Jessie nearly dropped the box of cookies, paralyzed and unable to register what his dad just said. “Your mother was skiing with me; you were at home, being babysat by a local teenager. She was going too fast and hit a tree. I didn’t know what to do. Snow became a dark shade of red, and branches became sharp knives.” Ryan said these words with no emotion, a dead face that has never seen the light of day for many years. He never faced Jessie, his eyes were down. “She was buried in an icy grave by a spruce that day. Her dragon died with her, both in that pit of despair and despondency. She would be unhappy with both of us.” A single and small tear rolled down the side of Ryan’s face. His dragon rubbed against his side. “So we should just stop whatever this is.” Ryan gestured in between him and Jessie. “It’s what she would have wanted.” Jessie looked down. Unable to speak or move, a new light shining down on his father. He was just as broken as Jessie. He heard Ryan’s footsteps click out of the kitchen and out the front door. As the door closed, Jessie heard a quiet and small sob; another shudder ran down his spine. He didn’t move until he heard the car start. Jessie’s eyes felt puffy and red, tears threatening to fall. “He thinks that this is going to change things, but it won’t. I may see him in a slightly brighter light, but he is still in the dark.” Jessie thought as he scurried to his father’s office as he tried hard to not breakdown. “This just gives me more motivation to do this.” As he went through the large doorway, Jessie instantly focused on the dark oak desk in the middle of the room. Running behind it, Jessie ripped open the bottom drawer, only to find nothing. But Jessie knows his father, and too well for his liking. Placing his hand on the bottom of the empty drawer, Jessie felt the smooth wood downwards, until he felt a lip in the wood. His fingers gripped it, and pulled up, to show a sliver fireproof safe. Jessie smiled in triumph, but the smile faded when he continued to study the safe; a finger pad for a 4 digit combination gleamed like a pearl in an old clam. Grimacing, Jessie observed the desk, looking for 4 numbers on a piece of paper, but his eyes went to a photo of his mother. His eyes wielded with more tears, his heart racing, lip quivering, and hands reaching out to the picture frame. Her smiling face was etched into his brain, her warming figure drawn in his mind. Jessie smiled slightly, a nostalgia feeling of happiness and warmth filled his body. Jessie flipped the frame over, and noticed a 4 number code written on the bottom in messy writing. 9295. His mother’s birthday. “Clever”, Jessie said to himself, plugging in the code. A sharp click sounded, breaking the slight silence, and Jessie opened the safe. Inside were wads of money, family heirlooms, and family photos. Jessie quickly swiped a few stacks of cash, possibly taking about $100,000. It wouldn’t even make a dent in his family’s fortune, but it was plenty enough for him and Kyle to start anew with a business and an apartment. Jessie stood up, closing the safe and drawer, and placed the photo back on the desk. Holding the cash, Jessie walked out of the room in triumph, and closed the glass doors behind him. He ran back to his room, and opened the door fast, startling Kyle and the two dragons occupying the room. Jessie lifted his hand, showing the money. Kyle’s eyes went wide, along with a big smile. “Are you ready to do this?” Join us for the ﬁnal chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the April 2019 issue of Apex Matters. If you would like a copy of earlier chapters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. ApexMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 23
Come & Celebrate Apex Mountain Resort’s “Retro Day” on March 16th Wear your best old school ski and snowboard outfits, while riding the slopes and taking in the après good times! Photos courtesy of Apex Mountain Resort and www.leightruslerphotography.com