February 2nd, is a highly anticipated date
for Groundhog Day enthusiasts. Fortunately, for us, an early spring was predicted as no shadow was seen was by Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie. This winter’s crazy weather is apparently throwing off the forecasting techniques of the tiny band of furry meteorologists we use to predict how much winter we have left. While Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Quebec’s Fred beg to differ on the subject , I am the side of the newest (and only female) member of the team, Manitoba’s Winnipeg Willow, who apparently broke the tie in favour of the veterans when she reported that she had seen no shadow. I saw my shadow, but I don’t think it counts. If you are viewing this paper in full colour then you might be a subscriber.. unless the toner ran out. The company that I ordered it from cancelled the order because they were out of stock. This was last minute, so now I am finding a new source. One these days everything will run smoothly? If you want to receive a copy of the news directly in your inbox... email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all those who braved the weather and came out to the January dinner! We appreciate your support and enthusiasm! Thanks to our cooks Peggy, Cecilia ands Eva, a special thanks to Anje for making that delicious pudding dessert, and to Joan, our faithful bartender! Thank you to Harry Clemitson for drying dishes and to Skip Jones for cleaning up. All volunteer help is SO appreciated! Special birthday wishes to our treasurer Joan Senger on February 3rd.
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Registration for Westwold Elementary School Registration will be limited to students residing in the school/program catchment area. To be eligible for Kindergarten attendance in Sep 2013 a student must be 5 years of age by Dec 31, 2013. At time of Kindergarten registration, please bring your child’s original birth certificate, care card and proof of residential address. For other grades, please also bring your child’s most recent report card on the following dates: Monday, March 4th/ Tuesday, March 5th / Wednesday, March 6th/ Thursday, March 7th 9am -12 noon
The Westwold Community Hall Tuesday February 12, 2013 Time: 5 pm . to 7 pm. Cost: Donation
Proceeds to the Westwold Church and Cemetery
MEMBERSHIP: Hard to believe, but a few members have yet to pick up their 2013 cards! Time goes so quickly, we sometimes think we have paid for something but it was the year before! Please check your membership card........you might be surprised! Mark your calendar! Our February Birthday Dinner is February 16th and we are featuring Home Baked Ham with scalloped potatoes and all the fixings. Still 6:30 p.m. and only $10! 1
Community Events & Local Information
Please remember to get your event listings in by the 20th of each month By Email: email@example.com Phone: 250 375 2426 In Person: At the Legion or you can mail: WestMont News c/o Christina Norwood 5669 Kam-Vernon Hwy, Westwold B.C, V0E 3B1 WESTWOLD ST. LUKE’S CHURCH SERVICES Services Sunday 10am. Call Sherry 375-2274. FALKLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS first Saturday of the month 5pm. Call (250) 375-2429. ANGLICAN CHURCH every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Call (250) 379-2358 StrongStart BC Early Learning Program School-based program for 0 - 5 year old preschool children and their parents or caregivers. At Falkland School. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12. FREE Monday Night Crafters: Westwold Legion Hwy 97 7 pm Mondays. Everyone welcome! For more information contact Sharon at 250-375-2580 WESTWOLD GENERAL STORE & CAFÉ Open 10am -5pm Phone (250) 375-2565 MONTE LAKE STORE Phone: (250) 375-2304
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USEFUL LOCAL NUMBERS Sunday Morner's Ollie 379-2751 Falkland Library Diana McCarthy 379-2705 1st Responders Joan Berg 379-2291 Monte Lake Outdoor Club Larry Racine 379-2575 Canadian Legion Joan 375-2325 or 375-2216 Welcome Wagon O.J. Boissoneault 379-2829 Food Box Program Jackie 375-2482 Westwold Hall Rental Patricia Miller 375-2281 Westwold Livestock Assoc.Marilyn Clemitson 375-2367
Bookmobile Schedule The Bookmobile now loans video games in Wii, Playstation 3 and XBox 360 formats, as well as music, magazines, DVDs and of course.. books! March 6 & 27 April 17 May 8 & 29 June 19
Monte Lake Store - 10 -10.30am Westwold School -10:45 – 1pm www.tnrdlib.ca 1-250-376-3526 Zumba with Sue Tuesday 6:30pm Thursday 6:30pm Call Ang 250-309-3387 @ Falkland Elementary School 2
THE CATBIRD SEAT by Eva Harvey
Big events this month......February 2nd, Groundhog Day and start of Vernon Winter Carnival. February 10th, Chinese New Year (Gung hay fat choy!). February 11th, Family Day. February 12th, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) February 14th, St. Valentine's Day. February 16th, Westwold Legion Dinner.February 16th & 17th, Variety Club Telethon. Heart and Stroke Campaign all month.Wow! On January 29th, it was announced on Radio NL that somebody in Kamloops had seen 10 male robins! Well, those boys are going to be out of the gene pool because it is WAY too early to return home! Notice........no girl robins. Hmmmm. The other day I was up at the dump.....excuse me, TNRD Recycling Depot, and was admiring the way folks were flattening boxes, washing containers, separating glass etc. for recycling. I have always considered myself the Queen of Recycling, but Jackie said there are a lot of recyclers in the valley who can give me a run for my money. They are to be congratulated for the effort they put into recycling! I suddenly realized that most of the recycling was plastic or cardboard. That explained why we didn't have garbage dumps when I was a child........plastic hadn't been invented and we burned paper and cardboard in our wood stoves. Food scraps went to the chickens, who in turn gave us lovely brown eggs. Glass jars were valued.......many companies used heavy jars for their products that we could reuse for home canning. We saved the gallon cans that peanut butter, lard, honey etc. came in and would use them for lunch buckets, storing rice or whatever else we didn't want the mice to get into!
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Please contact instructor Greg Willison for more information at 250-379-2511. Learn new skills, develop confidence and gain strength and flexibility!
February 2013 Our recycling skills are improving constantly, and we are way ahead of Japan, where their answer to the garbage dilemma is to put the day's garbage on a scow and dump it into the Pacific Ocean! No wonder there's an island, made of plastic debris, twice the size of Texas floating in that beleaguered ocean! Of course, our capital city, Victoria, still dumps its raw sewage into the ocean. Must be a thrill for the folks living in Puget Sound! Speaking of thrills, the ice fishermen are once again having a glorious time on Monte Lake! There are dozens of people there during the week and hundreds on the weekend! Ah, winter!
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Meet Your Neighbours
Interviewed by Jane Aulis Woolman The first time I met Christina Norwood several things struck me about her, other than her delightful British accent; I was immediately aware of her genuine warmth, her quick wit and her zest for life. I had the pleasure of talking to Christina the other day and asked her about her life as a businesswoman, wife and mother. “While in University I took German and Business Studies, which is a strange combination for someone so interested in technology, web and graphic design and SEO (search engine optimization). I started my own business here in Westwold but with two small children I prefer to work part time so that I can spend as much time with my kids as possible. Most of my work is in Kamloops but I do have some clients here as well. This past year I’ve learned that I just can’t “balance” everything; there aren’t enough hours in the day. If I tried to have balance I wouldn’t be very good at my career, being a wife or mother, so when I have a lot of work I focus on that but then I miss out on what my kids might be doing and that’s hard. I’ve recently become more physically active and I try to include my kids in that too and that’s always fun for us. “My husband was always driving through Westwold and one house in particular always caught his attention. When that house came on the market we were fortunate enough to be able to buy it…..it was just meant to be. Westwold is a beautiful valley that offers the space between neighbours that I didn’t have in the South London, England, and being centrally located between Kamloops and Vernon, and not too far from Kelowna, where my husband does a lot of work, it’s the perfect location for us. The people are friendly and it’s a strong, supportive and reliable community; people are always willing to lend a hand here. Shortly after we moved to Westwold we were at the Legion and saw a copy of the WestMont news. Eva Harvey was also at the Legion and we got talking about the paper. I offered to help; my way of contributing to the community, I suppose.. I don’t ever see us leaving this valley
Happy Birthday 3 Joan Senger 6 Jim McGroarty 8 Renee Wear, Sydney Fox 12 Sherry Simpson 14 Val Pringle 16 Samara Ash 17 Robyn Formanski 20 Kristyn Tebbutt 22 Francis Norwood 23 Tess Maher 24 Drew Cooper, Erica Jones 28 Jackie Cook, Shelley Stark
c because we are so happy and at home here, and I would love for my boys to grow up in Westwold because of the community it is.” In this day and age it’s refreshing to speak to someone who is so upbeat and positive, and her beautiful accent, twinkling eyes and captivating smile aren’t too hard to take either. Christina is a woman who wears many different hats, but I must say, she wears them all equally well!
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The Pritchard 4H Club is once again collecting Ivomec jugs and other boxes for a 4H fundraiser. If anyone has jugs and boxes, please contact Danny Speller at 250-375-2268 or Joanne Beltrametti at 250-375-2202 so we can arrange for pick up. Ivomec pays the 4H club for each box and jug. Thank you!! Nolan Smailes Pritchard 4H Club Reporter The winner of the Early Bird Draw, a FREE 2014 Legion membership card, is RENEE
WEAR! Good going, Renee! She was also the FIRST person to enter the draw!!
Linda’s Tax Tips Here is some information to help you understand your Tax return. Tax Credits Tax credits are deductions you may be able to claim when you complete and submit your income tax return. Tax credits can be based on income, investments, training or education, activities you’re involved in, expenses you incur or the work that you do. Refundable and Non-Refundable Tax Credits Tax credits can be refundable or non-refundable. Refundable tax credits will reduce your taxes owing and if the credit is higher than the combined federal and B.C. income taxes you owe, you’ll receive the difference as a refund. For example, the B.C. training tax credit is a refundable tax credit. If you owe $1,000 in income taxes and your B.C. training tax credit is $2,500, your taxes owing will be reduced to zero and you'll receive a refund of $1,500. Non-refundable tax credits will only reduce your B.C. taxes owing to zero, but won’t provide a refund even if the total of the credits is higher than your B.C. taxes owing.
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For example, the political contributions tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit. If you owe $100 in income taxes and your political contributions tax credit is $500, your taxes owing will be reduced to zero but you won’t receive a refund of $400. Basic Tax Credits Some tax credits are available to everyone as long as the credit is applicable to the person’s particular situation. For these basic tax credits, you apply for the credit by completing the related line on your income tax return and attaching any required supporting documents. The deadline for making contributions to your RRSPs for the 2012 tax year is Friday March 1, 2013. That gives you just 1 month. Cont on Pg 7
Good Heart, Bad Heart
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FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY DINNER FEBRUARY 16TH, 2013 6:30 pm $10.00 EACH HOME BAKED HAM with scalloped potatoes, veggies, fresh salad, bun, dessert, and coffee.
Birthday members eat free! EVERYBODY VERY WELCOME!
Contintued from page 6... Unless you are in the lowest income tax bracket, this is one of the most important things that you should start doing now in order to save taxes this year. BC HST Credit (BCHSTC) A non-taxable BC HST credit is paid quarterly with the GST/HST and low income climate action tax credits, to offset the impact of the HST on those with low incomes. This will be discontinued due to the elimination of the HST. The final quarterly BC HST payment will be issued in January 2013.
Westwold Community Hall News
Our Annual Auction & Dance will be held on April 20th, 2013 Lee Dinwoodie will be here again. More info next edition!
Pastor Gerald Smith
The month of February is designated heart month and our ears and eyes are filled with information for a healthy heart. Canvassers are looking for donations for heart research and media ads tell us how to care for our heart. This information should be heeded, and not just in February, but on a daily basis. It could be boiled down to two concepts; input, output. The input of food and drink and output of muscular exertion helps determine a healthy, or unhealthy heart. Good heart. Bad heart. These well known facts are given to us by government, nurses and doctors, but ultimately the decision is ours. We’re told: Live hard die young, Live smart live long. I would also like to consider the heart in a different light, a spiritual light. The spiritual heart is very much like the physical heart. It’s health depends on input and output. What we put into our heart, what we hear or watch, affects the output of our heart; good or bad. If we consume unwholesome food we end up with a bad physical heart. If we watch or hear unwholesome input we end up with a bad spiritual heart. There is a saying, “You are what you eat.” The same is true spiritually. “You are what you take in.” Doctors rely on medical journals to find ways we can develop healthy hearts. Spiritually, we have God’s Journal, The Bible, to provide us the way to a healthy heart that will last eternally. Jesus teaches us in Luke 6:45 “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.” Whether physical or spiritual, the input to a heart has a great influence on the output. Therefore, may you find healthy input for both of your hearts. God bless and Happy Valentine’s Day. p.s) I hear tell that that a little chocolate is good for the heart, it is a sweet input. 7
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