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Arts council anxious over grant funding

Budget: Recommendations a concern for non-profit organizations. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Though district council has yet to approve grantin-aid requests for 2014, proposed grant funding cuts have already raised the ire of at least one community organization. In a presentation at last week’s council meeting, Eagle Valley Arts Council (EVAC) president Carla Krens questioned where council’s priorities are. She commented that council can consider spending $50,000 on Christmas lights/decorations, yet cut grant requests for local non-profit organizations. She was referring to recommendations made back in November by council’s select finance committee, which has been deliberating the 2014 budget, including grant requests which total more than $64,000. According to minutes from the committee meeting of Nov. 20, the district has only $37,650 for grants (one per cent of taxes). Subsequently, the committee wound up cutting several of the requested amounts, including the arts council’s request for $3,500. The committee recommended reducing that amount to $2,000. Krens explained the district grant, to be used for operations and programming, is matched by the BC Arts Council, meaning a $1,500 cut will actually amount to $3,000. “We feel that asking for a mere $3,500 to facilitate a fully operational arts centre in a 90-year-old building, which is a landmark in our history, is not too much to ask,” said Krens. Couns. Suzanne Carpenter, who was absent from the Nov. 20 meeting, said she felt council needs to support the EVAC’s grant request. “It seems like it’s the one place we can go in the winter and have entertainment so I would like to support Ms. Krens in her endeavours,” said Carpenter. Coun. Fred Busch, who also missed the Nov. 20 meeting, reminded Krens that council has yet to make a final decision on grants. “So I think there is some very good hope that will be reconsidered,” said Busch. Coun. Don Richardson said he understands the importance of the arts in the community, but See Council on page 3

Birthday boy: Sicamous Eagles general manager Wayne March was in the spotlight Friday night as friends and fans wished him a happy 70th birthday. The celebration not only kicked off the game, but also Sicamous Snow Days activities that continue into March. See more Eagles action on page 8. Photo by Lachlan Labere

Fate of Literacy Alliance again in question Funding cut: Shuswap residents encouraged to write local MLA. By Barb Brouwer

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Jennifer Findlay has a writing assignment for the Shuswap. “We need polite letters reminding funders how well we do so they don’t forget about us,” said the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap (LASS) outreach co-ordinator Friday. Findlay says she had hoped that after last year’s struggle to restore provincial funding for literacy co-ordinators, the issue would have been resolved. But, once again, Decoda Literacy Solutions, the agency that receives funding from the Ministry of Education and

disburses it to literacy groups throughout the province, has only $1 million to spend. It takes $2.5 million annually to properly fund the 102 literacy co-ordinator positions in the province. Mike Leland, Decoda’s director of communications, says the organization usually receives notice of funding in December but has yet to hear from the province. “We are working with the ministry; we’re angling for it, but the budget hasn’t been set yet,” said Leland Monday. “The ministry has been totally co-operating. We’ve been in talks with them and we were very optimistic.”

Leland says Decoda officials have asked groups to go to their local MLAs and make them aware of the importance of literacy and the good things they do in the community. For Findlay, that meant a meeting with Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo. “I met with him to talk about all the programs and literacy issues,” Findlay says, describing Kyllo as being super supportive. “He was surprised by some of the statistics and really valued and honoured the work that we do and all the community partnerships, volunteers and how it links to other donations.” Findlay says the $30,000

LASS receives is leveraged for other grant opportunities, in-kind contributions and community donations, effectively tripling their budget. “We can make a lot of good things happen, but if we don’t have the guaranteed coordinator funding, everything falls apart,” she says, pointing out that last year, LASS’ funding was initially cut just two weeks after then-MLA George Abbott presented a premier’s award and a speech about how critical a literate workforce is to the economy. On a positive note, Findlay says the Select Standing ComSee Planning on page 3


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More than 500 vehicles pulled over in road check More than 500 drivers wound up making an unexpected stop in Sicamous during an RCMP commercial vehicle check. The traffic stop, primarily focused on commercial vehicles as well as vehicles pulling snowmobiles, was conducted Jan. 14. Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Dave Dubnyk says daylong initiative involved 16 enforcement officers, including 12 RCMP from Sicamous, Revelstoke, traffic services, the integrated safety road unit and police dog services from Kamloops, as well as officers from Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement and from WorkSafe BC, who focused on logging trucks. Dubnyk says most vehicles stopped were found to be compliant, though there were a number of commer-

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cial vehicles with defects. He said several violation tickets were issued. The following is a breakdown of the numbers: • 550 vehicles checked, • 23 commercial vehicle defects detected, • Five commercial vehicle log book infractions detected, • Two commercial vehicle insecure loads detected, • 1 roadside screening performed, • 1 driving prohibition served, • Three drug seizures, • Nine violation tickets issued for various infractions, including no driver’s licence, no insurance and vehicle defects, • Nine notice and orders issued for repair on personal vehicle defects, • One concealed weapon seized,

• 16 logging truck inspections resulting in 17 non-compliance orders issued.

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• Jan. 20, 5:07 p.m., Sicamous RCMP received a request from the Calgary Police Service to check on the well-being of a local person. The person was found to be OK. • Jan. 20, 7:54 p.m., police responded to a neighbourhood dispute. • Jan. 21, 6:38 p.m., police received a request to check on well-being of a local individual. Officers attended, spoke with the individual and there were no issues. • Jan. 22, 9:28 a.m., officers were asked to assist in a report of a single-vehicle incident where a vehicle went into a ditch. • Jan. 22, 3:13 p.m., police and a special constable from BCSP-

January 30 & 31 - Literacy Awareness & Unplug and Play Week - Read with the Eagles, Sicamous Rec Centre. 9:30 am. January 31 - Parents & Tots Snow Days fun. Eagle Valley Community Resource Centre, 10am - 2pm. February 1 - Lions Pancake Breakfast & Build a snowman. 11am February 1 - Family Story Time - Sicamous Library Branch 11 am February 2 - Jam the GM Children’s Book Drive, Eagles Game, Sicamous Rec Centre. 2pm. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays Active After School Kidz. Ages 5-12 - to register or for more info contact Recreation and Wellness #250-8362477 or Every 1st & 3rd Wed. - Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m. Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided,

CA visited a local residence to check on the health of horses and a dog. No follow-up was required. • Jan. 22, 4:52 p.m., police received a report of threats. • Jan. 24, 2:25 p.m., two pickup trucks, one white and one black, both with Alberta plates, were reported to be passing unsafely on double solids, tailgating and driving erratically. • Jan. 24, 4:06 p.m., police received a request from an individual wanting to turn in ammunition for destruction. • Jan. 24, 11:55 p.m., a man called 911 to report a break-in. The call was cut off. Officers attended the caller’s residence, but could not see any attempt of break-in and were unable to locate caller or homeowner that evening. The following day, officers

12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Wednesday Arts for Everyone. 10 am - 3 pm. For info contact Juanita at 250-836-3019 or Gail- at 250-836-5472 Every Wed. Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks - 3:00 pm. Brownies - 4:00 pm. Girl Guides - 5:30 pm. New members welcome Every Wed. Lunch by a donation at the Seniors Activity Centre, 1091-Shuswap Avenue at 12 noon. Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-4041 for info Every Wed.-Sat. United Church Thrift Store 10:00 am to 3 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesday - Eagle Valley Photographic Arts Club meets at the Red Barn at 7 pm. Everyone Welcome. Every Thurs.- Crib and darts 7 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99. Everyone welcome. Every Thurs. - Sicamous Crokinole Group meets at 7pm at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre - upstairs for more info and to join call Dave Reed @ 250-836-3652 Every Thurs.-Ladies shuffleboard at the Royal

spoke with the home owner, who said he woke up and thought he heard someone trying to break in. No foul play was discovered. • Jan. 25, 12:14 a.m., Sicamous RCMP received a request from Vernon RCMP to check the well-being of a local resident. Sicamous officers were unable to find the individual. Vernon RCMP later called to say they found the person and all was well. • Jan. 25, 1:33 a.m., police found a person in breach of court-ordered conditions. • Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m., police received a request from BC Ambulance to assist with a patient. • Jan. 25, 9:29 p.m., fireworks were reportedly being shot off from a local residence. Officers attended three false alarms in this reporting period.


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Eagle Valley offers safe sledding options By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Fluctuating avalanche conditions shouldn’t prevent snowmobilers from enjoying the backcountry in the Eagle Valley. Last week, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC), the avalanche danger in the Eagle Valley’s popular sledding areas – Blue Lake, Eagle Pass, Owlhead and Queest – dropped from high to low. However, Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club general manager Gord Bushell says all of the mountain areas can be enjoyed at any time, even when the danger rating is extreme, provided rider stick to the meadows. “Just because the avalanche rating has gone

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from considerable to high, you can still enjoy snowmobiling, especially in the Shuswap, because our trails that go to our cabins are very safe – you don’t have to worry about any kind of sliding or anything like

that going to the cabins in the alpine area,” says Bushell. “It’s when you go past the cabin and you get into the extreme areas, the mountain areas where you have to make the choices yourself.”

Bushell says the club makes sledders aware of the day’s conditions and any CAC advisories at the trailheads. “We also make sure everybody has their beacons and probes, and we have beacon checkers to make sure the beacons are all working at the bottom of the hills,” said Bushell. Despite recent avalanche conditions, Bushell says the number of people using the local sledding areas is up. And to date, there have been only four incidents requiring search and rescue, and despite one where injuries where involved, all turned out OK. As for those who might be tempted to venture into more unstable terrain when avalanche conditions

Planning difficult without commitment Continued from page 2

mittee on Finance has recommended the $2.5 million be included in the budget annually so literacy groups don’t have to “beg, borrow and plead every year.” “We can’t plan longterm because we never know if we’re going to have funding,” she says. “And the work needs to be valued. It’s not like

we’re raking in the big bucks; we do it for the community because we believe in it.” Findlay encourages Shuswap residents to show their support by writing letters to Kyllo at greg.kyllo.mla@leg. or in hard copy to Greg Kyllo, MLA, East Annex, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4, with a

copy to Education Minister Peter Fassbender at educ.minister@gov. or PO Box 9045, Stn Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C., V8W 9E2. As well, Findlay says people can email their letters to her at admin@shuswap literacy. ca and she will forward them. “Time is of the essence as the final budget

decisions will be made at the beginning of February,” Findlay says. “If we can secure annual provincial funding for community literacy coordination, this should hopefully be the last time we need to go through this type of letter-writing campaign.” For more information, call Findlay at 250-833-2095.

Council has until March to complete budget Continued from front

explained a lot of the grants were reduced. Later in the meeting, district administrator Heidi Frank explained the finance committee’s purpose is to come up with preliminary recommendations for which council can then seek public input. Resident Pam Beech questioned why the committee is agreeable to giving the Summer Stomp Committee a $7,500 in-kind grant. “It’s still money, it’s still worth value to them,” said Beech. “I guess whether you’re giving it in kind or cash, it’s still coming out of somewhere, there’s somebody working for free for the district for that. It doesn’t look

great, and the public is wondering.” Coun. Terry Rysz, speaking as deputy mayor, explained counicil, in doing the budget, is tasked with finding a balance between fiscal and social responsibilty. “We can give out another couple hundred thousand dollars in grant in aid if we want to, but boy there’s going to be people screaming if we jack up their taxes,” said Rysz. “So that’s where we stand as a council. We adjust the pie for every specific group, the amount that we give them and help them get on their feet.” Rysz emphasized that the finance committee is still fine-tuning the budget, including the grants portion.

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are bad, Bushell says it’s up to people to use their own discretion. “That’s a decision everybody has to make and is why we try to educate them… And the Canadian Avalanche Centre has really been pushing hard and focusing on that,” said Bushell. Logging is currently going on at Queest and there are restrictions for recreational use on logging roads. For more information, visit www.sledsicamous. com.




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ocal officials could hardly contain their enthusiasm after hearing that WestJet will begin offering direct flights between the Okanagan and Fort McMurray, Alta. in the spring. “We have a lot of buyers in Fort McMurray looking at Vernon’s residential market to live here for the lifestyle,” said Kevin Poole, Vernon’s economic development manager. And there is logic to that excitement. After all, oil patch workers and executives could bolster a lagging construction industry by placing orders for new homes. Through their sizable incomes, they will support families and that means groceries, new vehicles, trips to restaurants and signing kids up for sports and cultural activities. Those children will also take up spots in schools that struggle with enrolment. However, becoming the suburbs for Fort McMurray isn’t the ideal answer to the North Okanagan’s economic challenges. What we need is a concerted focus by government leaders to encourage a strong financial climate that creates jobs here, instead of sending spouses and children north. That is not only better for the overall health and well-being of individual families, but for the community as a whole. There is a lot of talk about establishing industrial land, whether it is in Spallumcheen, Lumby, Coldstream or parts of Vernon, but the time for talk is over. There needs to be an effort to reverse the career options of leaving town or accepting a minimum wage position. There’s no question that some benefits will spin-off from direct flights between the Okanagan and northern Alberta, but there has to be more to the valley’s long-term survival, and that means keeping parents and young people here so they can establish positive futures. -Vernon Morning Star



Mayors in tug of war over transportation

By Tom Fletcher News Columnist

Premier Christy Clark has set off a storm of protest by imposing a referendum on new Lower Mainland transportation improvements, timed with the province-wide municipal elections on Nov. 15. Even if you don’t live in Metro Vancouver, you’re not immune from this longrunning saga. Provincial and federal governments use your tax dollars for the big stuff, including the SkyTrain Canada Line to Vancouver airport and the South Fraser Perimeter Road, a new truck route to port facilities at Tsawwassen. Clark has promised a bridge replacement for the George Massey tunnel under the Fraser River, which may or may not be tolled like the Port Mann bridge. The patchwork of Lower Mainland tolls is a growing political liability for the B.C. Liberal government,

and if further tolls are avoided, major works elsewhere in the province may be delayed as the budget is eaten up by the big cities. Clark announced the Massey replacement in a September 2012 speech to the Union of B.C. Municipalities. In the same speech, she also pledged to complete the four-laning of the last 240 km of the TransCanada Highway from Kamloops to the Alberta border. The province’s cost was estimated at the time to be $650 million over 10 years. Time will tell if that promise is kept. Transportation Minister Todd Stone inherited the mess left behind by former minister Kevin Falcon, who took transit authority away from Metro Vancouver politicians. He appointed a board of experts and set up a toothless “mayors’ council” to rubber-stamp their decisions, after forcing through the Canada Line ahead of a long-promised transit exten-

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parochial squabbling, getting their pet projects done and then suddenly developing the urge to rein in spending once it’s time to dig deep for their neighbours. Lower Mainland taxpayers are weary and confused by all this reorganizing and in-fighting. Many likely believe that it is their regional government that has imposed the Port Mann bridge tolls, when in fact that is a provincial highway project over which they had no say. Clark has made it clear there is no going back from a November referendum on new regional transportation financing tools, a promise explicit in the B.C. Liberal election platform. She hopes it will increase the dismal voter turnout for local votes. If it does that, it may be worth it. Right now, civic elections are dismal affairs, with voter turnout and awareness of local issues drifting from bad to worse.

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and alive with life forms – we need only to gather and use them. Nature also has an amazingly powerful toolbox and medicine cabinet to restore damaged places back to a healthy state – we need only to learn about them. We make our own garden beds, so-tospeak, but it’s whether or not we want to lie in them is the question we may want to ask ourselves. Perhaps a great New Year’s resolution for 2014 would be to embrace the motto of ‘I will do no harm’ to this precious planet in the universe known as Gaia, and that we all call home.

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will simply become unthinkable or unconscionable to use toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that would damage and destroy all the micro and macro inhabitants that rely entirely on a healthy ecosystem to survive – just as we do? Nature provides us with all the knowledge and methods we need to sustainably manage our plants, water needs and soils – we need only to observe from it. Nature provides us with an amazing abundance of free organic and nutrient-rich materials to use in so many wonderful ways to keep our gardens and farms healthy


The word “heart” and “earth” are interchangeable and perhaps there’s a reason for it, or at least a message in it. In her book, Working With Nature – Shifting Paradigms, Heide Hermary, author and creator of the Gaia College, writes, “Our societies have entered a period of intense change. As we become aware that our actions are affecting the equilibrium of our planet, it becomes clear that many things need to be done differently. More and more consumers are willing to pay a premium for goods and services that are guaranteed to embody ecologically-sound practices, and more and more producers and service providers are able to meet those needs. “For businesses and consumers alike, this involves a shift in values. We are not talking about a little change in pricing, but a paradigm shift – a shift in fundamental, underlying values, a shift in what we value most in life. Our current land management practices are based on the as-

achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind and distance does not affect it. Mr. Watson proposed an arbitrary figure of 99 monkeys and said that one more, the so-called ‘100th monkey,’ would then provide the critical mass of consciousness necessary to trigger this effect on the others. So what this phenomenon means is that if enough minds tune in to each other, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone. Marla Spivak, a bee expert who recently spoke on TEDtalks said: “Every one of us needs to behave a little bit more like a bee or insect society, where each of our individual actions can contribute to a grand solution – an emergent property – that’s much greater than our mere individual sum of our actions.” So what will be the driver of large-scale change to stop using poisons and harmful substances on our gardens, lawns and farmland? Our purchases of organic and natural products, including the seeds that you sow, that will send a clear message to those companies who manufacture toxic and deadly products that we refuse to use them? Will it be a profound paradigm shift in our values as Heide talks about? Or perhaps the 100th monkey trigger, where it

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sumption of mankind’s superiority over nature. Somehow this world view then resulted in a perception of nature as imperfect and in need of improvement.” Perhaps it’s also a consciousness shift to make positive changes in our gardening and farming practices. A phenomenon discovered in the 70s and written about by biologist Lyall Watson, goes something like this… Japanese primatologists were studying wild Macaques monkeys in the ’50s on the outer islands and mainland, and had been feeding them an introduced sweet potato, but they didn’t like them when dropped in the sand, until a monkey on one of the islands eventually solved the problem by washing them in a stream. This cultural innovation and social improvement was gradually learned by almost all of the others in the troupe over a period of six years except for just a few more, then suddenly – almost overnight – it was all of them. It was as though the added energy of those last couple of monkeys somehow created an ideological breakthrough, and it didn’t stop there. The learned habit of washing potatoes then jumped over the sea to the isolated colonies of monkeys on the other islands just as quickly. Thus, it was discovered that when a certain critical number

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About once a month, Isabel Stadnicki receives a telephone call from a man in Arizona, a treasure hunter seeking pertinent information. The caller will run through a list of ques-

tions, which Stadnicki answers to the best of her ability and, when they’re done, he’ll say, “the cheque is in the mail,” and the call ends. This anecdote represents an atypical request of Stadnicki’s unusual abilities. More commonly she is sought out as sort of a

medical problem solver, who uses her 30plus years of training in parapsychology to heal mind and body. “I don’t like the word ‘psychic’ and I don’t wish to be referred to as a psychic. It’s intuition,” says Stadnicki. Seated comfort-

ably in a sunroom in her Sicamous home, on a road that shares her family name, Stadnicki holds in her hand what looks like a small weight on a chain – her pendulum. Beside her are shelves packed with books, binders and other items and, laid out on a table in

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Midgets move to playoffs

Possession: Sicamous Jr. B. Eagle Nicholas Astasiewicz pushes a Revelstoke Grizzly forward out of the way for possession of the puck during Friday’s home-ice contest that saw the Eagles earn a 6-5 win in overtime. Tyson Taylor potted three of Sicamous’ markers, including the tie-breaker in overtime, while singles were scored by Astasiewicz, Matthew Maetche and Nathan Grieve. On Saturday, the Eagles wound up on the losing side of a 5-3 tally versus guests the 100 Mile House Wranglers. Maetche, Hayden Orton and Stephen Hawco scored for Sicamous. Photo by Lachlan Labere

The Sicamous Midget Jr. Eagles wrapped their regular season this past weekend with commanding wins of 9-3 and 9-0 in Clearwater. This brings the Eagles’ season total to nine wins and three losses, finishing second place in Tier 4. However, due to BC Hockey regulations because it is a combined team, with players from North Okanagan and Revelstoke, the boys have been moved to Tier 3 for playoffs. As this decision was just made by BC Hockey, the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association had to seed the team in the Tier 3 playoffs by their win percentage. Sicamous’ win percentage of 75 per cent had them tied with Kelowna’s Tier 3 team. However, the Eagles’ two wins from this weekend sealed the

deal, putting them in second place in Tier 3 as well. Knowing this may happen, the team attended the West Kelowna Tier 3 tournament in early January. The boys lost in the semi-finals 4-2 to the Vernon Tier 2 team, who went on to win the tournament. During. the tournament, Sicamous went 2-1 in the round robin play, and two weeks ago won 4-1 over the West Kelowna Tier 3 team. Sicamous’ coaches are confident that if the boys continue to play the way they have been, they should do very well in Tier 3, and can make a good playoff run. The ultimate prize would be the boys winning playoffs and advancing to Provincials in 100 Mile House in March. Samantha Dunnett, President of Sicamous

Minor Hockey, says the boys have even more to be proud of as this team has not received one high-risk player warning this year, and is the least penalized team in the Midget Tier 4 league, and fourth least penalized team in all of Midget for OMAHA. The boys should be very proud of how far they have come, says Dunnett. They had a short bench to start with – 14 skaters and two goalies – and have been plagued with injuries this year, but have overcome it all. The Midgets start their playoff run this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Sicamous versus Summerland. Game 2 will be in Summerland on Saturday and, if needed, game 3 will be back in Sicamous on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Come down and cheer on the boys.

Interest in paranormal piqued by bond between twin sisters Continued from page 7

helped. Stadnicki picks up a piece of dark red glass, stressing its importance as it is linked to the brain, or “computer brain” as she calls it. She uses the red glass to reprogram the brain, when and as needed, through her practice of colour therapy, or chromotherapy, in which light and colour are used to help balance energy lacking in the body. “The brain is the most fabulous computer of them all and you are the programmer,” says Stadnicki. “Consequently, if you know someone who is forever kicking the gong on the wrong side, bitching, bellyaching, whatever, they are programming their brain with negativity. And they will just continue to get worse and sick and sick.” Stadnicki picks up

another piece of glass, light blue in colour, and explains how this colour was used to treat someone who was losing her eyesight. Another shade, salmon in colour, she says used to treat a bed wetter. She says each specific shade represents an energy and, when a person comes to Stadnicki for help, she will find which energy is missing. She will then prescribe a colour that the patient must be exposed to for a certain length of time in order to get well. “You have to know… that every organ in the body has its own energy level. You have to pick out the missing energy and you have to match it up with the rainbow colours,” says Stadnicki. “So we’ve managed to, in times past, get rid of parents’ frustrations with bed wetting, sometimes in as little as two or three weeks, simply by putting coloured bed

sheets and pyjamas on.” Longtime friend and author of, Art of Healing: A Biography of Isabel Stadnicki, Paul Chelli describes Stadnicki as a “medical dowser” who uses natural remedies to heal

would relate to that terminology much better than ‘psychic,’ which is so broad, it encompasses way too much.” Stadnicki says there is nothing mystical or mysterious about what she does, which is, sim-

The brain is the most fabulous computer of the all and you are the programmer. Consequently, if you know someone who is kicking the gong on the wrong side… they are programming their brain with negativity.

people. “You know how water dowsers find water and they locate wells and whatnot, well, she does that medically on the body by using a pendulum,” Chelli told the News. “And it’s quite common, it’s been around for centuries… probably older people or farmers

ply put, helping people find answers. Born in Enderby in the mid-1920s, Stadnicki had three brothers and two twin sisters. She says her interest in parapsychology – a study of psychological phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance and telekinesis – was kindled by

the twins, who in later years came to reside in Grindrod. “They were both young marrieds, and Grindrod was like a lot of other places, six people on a party line, and the women had nothing better to do than you-know-what,” laughs Stadnicki. “So these two, when they had something to say to each other, they got in the habit of doing it mind to mind. And that stimulated my curiosity.” Between 1945 and 1949, Stadnicki trained to become a nurse. In 1948 she met Jan Stadnicki. The two married the following year and bought a small farm near Sicamous. A turning point for Isabel was when she came across the book, How To Make ESP Work For You, by Harold Sherman. Thinking of her sisters, Stadnicki picked up the book and soon after attended a

Body, Mind and Spirit workshop in Little Rock, Arkansas. Later that year, acceding to Chelli’s book, Stadnicki attended a series of lectures on parapsychology at the Okanagan College campus in Salmon Arm. The lecturer, Andrew Schneider, agreed to host future lectures in Sicamous, which led to the formation of a local meditation group. Over the course of their meetings, would share a number of strange, unexplainable experiences. “There are people around here who can do all kinds of weird and wonderful things, it’s just we don’t talk about it,” says Stadnicki, explaining her unusual passion led to something of a falling out with her church. “I had to leave the church eventually that I had supported for God knows how many years because I didn’t

have a place to hang my pointy hat and park my broomstick…,” laughs Stadnicki. “You’re talking about the love of God, you’re talking about sharing love with people, and it has nothing to do with, I mean, we’re all human beings and if we can share our love, our knowledge, our food, our homes – we’re in big trouble right now if people will not get busy to learn and share. And I don’t care which way you crumble the cookie, just don’t get hung up on words.” Stadnicki is an honorary life member of the Canadian Society of Questers, an organization of individuals who seek enlightenment through investigation of the paranormal. The Shuswap Chapter of Questers meets in Salmon Arm on the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Downtown Activity Centre.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, your tendency to say what you feel can come across as being impolite. Many, however, appreciate your honesty and unwillingness to mince words.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may find that someone you thought was weak is much stronger than they appeared. This person may not need as much of your assistance as you initally thought.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A loved one needs some help, Taurus. This week you will have to figure out a way to assist this person and still tend to your own pressing affairs.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, analyze any problems you may have by breaking them down into smaller tasks. Then you can tackle one thing at a time and come to a happy resolution.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, focus your energy on someone important. This may be a friend, family member or even a romantic partner. Brush up on your relationship skills in the meantime.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, your children or the youngsters in your life will be the center of your universe this week. Make the most of this time and enjoy kids’ carefree natures.

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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, spend a little time this week plotting your next getaway. You tend to be happiest when you’re on the move and exploring. Everyone needs an escape now and then. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Enjoy some local culture this week, Libra. Take in a concert, an art show or a theater performance. Just enjoy anything that will educate and entertain at the same time.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 This week may be a little boring, Aquarius. Make the most of your down time, as you could use a few slow days to recharge your batteries and plan your next move. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You are bubbling with energy, Pisces. Make the most of this energy by exercising, partying or taking a day trip. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS JANUARY 29 Oprah Winfrey, TV mogul (60) JANUARY 30 Christian Bale, Actor (40) JANUARY 31 Justin Timberlake, Singer (33) FEBRUARY 1 Heather Morris, Actress (27)

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DARYL FREDERICK HUGHES Daryl Hughes, loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, son, and friend, was born in Regina, Sask. on May 25, 1952 and passed away at home, in Sicamous BC, on January 22, 2014 with his family by his side. He was an RCMP Officer for almost 36 years. He practiced his job fairly, with good judgement, and common sense. He always made a point of becoming a part of the community in which he lived. These included Kelowna, Keremeos, Dawson Creek, New Hazelton, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and Revelstoke. Family was the priority in Daryl’s life. He shared love, humour, strength, and kindness with those around him. He is remembered as an animated story teller and great listener. He kept us laughing and smiling around dinner tables, fires, and soaks in the hot-tub. Daryl embraced life as an avid outdoorsman who found peace and happiness while fishing and hunting the beautiful waters and lands of Western Canada. If you spend any time on Shuswap Lake, Daryl will be with you. Through the years he delighted in travelling throughout Canada with his family as well as Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Oregon Coast with his wife. We love you and miss you greatly. The path you walked in life is an inspiration to all of us. You live in our hearts and minds forever. Just as you wanted, we will have as much fun as possible in our lives. As you always said, “It’s A Beautiful Thing.” Daryl is survived by his loving wife DonnaLynne, cherished children Jenna(Jordie), Tyler, Jarrett(Colleen), grandchildren Triton, Toby, and Lincoln, parents Fred and Beatrice Hughes, motherin-law Evelyn Koch, sisters Dianne and Darlene, brothers Stacy and James, numerous sisters-inlaw, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his father-in-law Ernest Koch. Daryl requested no public funeral service. There will be a private celebration of life when the sun begins to warm the lake. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Shuswap Hospital Foundation at 601 10 St NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4A8 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent through Daryl’s obituary at

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