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June 2012

Local Photographer Helps Cancer Patients By Sandy Baker hotographer Heather Brown is no stranger to adversity. About a year ago she lost her family home along with her lifetime of photographs to a fire and in 2009 her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. But these events have only served to strengthen Brown’s commitment to family, photography and community.

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Last fall Brown, owner of Aurora Dawn Photography, joined a group called “Shoots For A Cure.” The group helps cancer survivors and their supporters to celebrate life with charitable photography sessions. Any individual that has been diagnosed with cancer or completed treatment within the past twelve months qualifies for a Shoots for a Cure Session. Sessions are available to document the fight before or during treatment or to celebrate the victory when treatment is completed. “What inspired me to join this group was not only to help people cherish

those moments with their loved ones, but also on a personal level because of my mother`s breast cancer diagnosis. The group supports all cancer patients,” she emphasizes, “not just those with breast cancer.” Originally from the Okanagan, Brown has made Fort St. John her home for ten years now. Though she says the local weather can prove challenging at times, she still prefers to do most of her photo sessions outdoors in natural light. She also has a studio set up in her home that she uses mainly for newborns, small children and special occasions. She also enjoys going on-location for photography sessions.

ly pets. It wasn’t until she had her first child that she realized how precious those memories were. Brown started Aurora Dawn Photography about a year ago, and has enjoyed putting her talent and love of family to work. “The first year has been amazing meeting new clients and now being able to watch their families grow,” she says. Although she does all sorts of photography, Brown has decided to focus mostly on Families, Couples, Pets, Boudoir and Seniors.

In honour of Aurora Dawn Photography’s first anniversary in June, Brown is offering a number of specials and a select few free phoA mother of four, Brown says she tography packages, including Birth has always been creative. She enjoys Photography and Grad 2013 packplanning weddings and birthday par- ages. Phone (250) 785-0906 or email ties and making gift baskets. But her auroradawnphotography@live.ca passion is photography. Since she for more information. was a little girl, Brown says she has To learn more about Shoots For A had a camera in her hand and in Cure photo sessions go to www. everyone’s face, including the fami- shootsforacure.com


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Interesting Words lacuna (lah-kyoon’-uh) n. 1: a blank space or a missing part; gap. 2: a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure. opprobrium (op-probe’-ree-um) n. 1: disgrace rising from shameful conduct; infamy. 2: scorn; contempt. 3: the cause of such a disgrace. paronomasia (pair-on-oh-maiz’-ee-uh) n. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; pun. second banana (seh’-kund buh-nan’-nuh) n. a comedian who plays a supporting role to a top banana; broadly, a person in a subservient position. factotum (fak-toe’-tum) n. an employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities. retral (ret’-tral) adj. 1: at, near, or toward the posterior. 2: moving or tending in a backward direction, or contrary to a previous direction. pule (pyool) v.i. to whine or whimper. vitiate (vish’-ee-ate) v.tr. 1: to reduce the value or impair the quality of. 2: to corrupt morally; debase. 3: to make ineffective; invalidate. foofaraw (foo’-fa-raw) n. 1: frills and fancy finery. 2: a disturbance or to-do over a trifle.

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Lots of fun in Dawson Creek in June!

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. - Christopher Morley

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s the summer season comes into full swing, it’s hard not to notice the increase in recreational vehicles on the roads and in the campgrounds.  Summer is time for adventure, relaxation and excitement!  Flip-flops, cameras and campfires are the just a few of the joys of the season.

Tourist in Your Own Town” Adventure Kit.  It’s filled with goodies like the Dawson Creek Visitor Guide, the Downtown Walking Tour map, coupons, maps and such, everything you need to explore the area.

Everyone can take part in the “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” activities happening during the month of June.

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•   Get your special event calendar and scavenger hunt sheet.  We have Whether you are stopping here on highlighted the activities, festivals your trip up the Alaska Highway or and events for the month and created looking for fun things to do with a fun scavenger hunt for you. your summer company, or just want- •  Make sure you come to the Visitor ing to explore your own backyard, Center on Friday, June 15 for the Dawson Creek has lots to offer. “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” Start your month with a trip to the Open House and BBQ.   Dawson Creek Visitor Centre in the Mayor Mike Bernier and several Train Station Museum.  We are on City Councillors will be joining us Alaska Avenue one block north of for a fun filled day.  We will also be the Mile O Post.  Our friendly staff hosting Museum tours. is trained to help you plan your sum- •   Get started collecting stamps for mer fun! the Staycation contest.  You could be

This and so much more is happening in June in Dawson Creek!  Bring On •  Pick up your Dawson Creek “Be a Summer!

More events in Dawson Creek in June! DCSS Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical! June 7th, 8th & 9th 2012 ~ 8:00 PM 11:00 PM at Unchagah Hall Dawson Creek Secondary’s Musical Theatre 2012 class is thrilled to present “Legally Blonde: The Musical”! This is sure to be an amazing show, so don’t miss out! Tickets are $18 from Simple Pleasures and Shoppers Drugmart. Dawson Creek Athletic Association Cash Scramble June 9th & 10th 2012 ~ 8:00 AM 9:00 PM at the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club. An annual two day long fundraising golf tournament with cash prizes available to participants. The Dawson Creek Canucks will be helping the DCAA host the event, and will receive a portion of the money raised. Registration is open to both teams and individuals. Anyone interested in playing in the charity event is

urged to call Shearer at Brown’s Cheverolet 250-782-9155. Jonny Cash and Roy Orbison Show June 16th 2012 ~ 7:00 PM at the Pouce Coupe Legion Jonny Cash and Roy Orbison Show with Gary Kehoe and Dereck Siteman with a dance set to follow. Also featuring Jim Reeves and Marty Robbins. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets available at Pouce Coupe Legion and Hug a Mug for $15 each. For info contact Bob at 250-719-9540 or the Pouce Coupe Legion at 250-786-5144. National Aboriginal Day Celebrations With the Nawican!    June 21st 2012 ~ 10:00 AM 5:00 PM at the Nawican Friendship Centre, 1302 102nd Ave., Dawson Creek. Everyone is welcome! Special performance by Bev Lambert.

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re you avoiding eggs because of concerns about cholesterol? Experts agree that dietary cholesterol, like that found in eggs, has little effect on blood cholesterol levels. It’s the saturated and trans fats found in processed and packaged foods that tend to increase blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. “My patients often ask me if they can eat the whole egg, including the yolk,” says Dr. Peter Jones, a Canadian nutrition expert and director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. “They are always glad to hear me say that yes, they can eat the whole egg since this nutritious food does not increase blood cholesterol levels. In fact, if you throw away the yolk, you are disposing of many important nutrients.” Dr. Jones explained that the full nutritional value of an egg is divided between the yolk and the white. The yolk provides almost half of the protein and riboflavin, and is one of the few foods naturally containing vitamin D. The yolk also gives us all or most of the iron, zinc, vitamins B12 and A, folic acid, and thiamine found in an egg.

there is no relationship between eating seven or more eggs per week and the increased risk of heart disease or stroke. • Eggs have always been a sound choice for a well-balanced diet, because they are low in saturated fat, contain only 70 calories per egg and have no trans fats. Plus, they are packed with 6 grams of high-quality protein. Dr. Jones reminds us that if you’re concerned about cholesterol and want to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, the best place to start is by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Choose nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and reduce the amount of saturated and trans fats in your diet. More information, including recipes, can be found online at www. aneggadayisok.ca. www.newscanada.com

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Serve a toasted almond ice cream float Created by Chef Jenny McCoy, cofounder of Cisse Gourmet Baking Mixes and formerly of Craft restaurant in New York City, for the Almond Board of California, this ice cream float is a slightly grown-up and gourmet version of everyone’s childhood favourite. The rich flavour of toasted almonds in the ice cream makes for a perfect pairing with the dark, earthy flavours of old-fashioned root beer. Makes 1 quart (1 L) Ingredients 1 cup (250 mL) almonds, finely chopped 6 egg yolks 1 ½ cups (375 mL) whole milk 1 ½ cups (375 mL) heavy cream ¼ tsp (1 mL) fine sea salt ½ tsp (1 mL) almond extract ½ cup (125 mL) plus 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar, divided

More fascinating facts: • Scientific research confirms that the cholesterol in eggs has very little effect on blood cholesterol levels in adults. This is true even for people with high cholesterol levels. • Clinical studies have shown that

How do you know if you have sensitive skin? Research shows that nearly 60 per cent of Canadian women say they suffer from sensitive skin. Does this include you?

Moisturizer for example, and see if you notice a change. Blushing If your cheeks are flushed and you If you’re not sure how to evaluate it, aren’t embarrassed it could mean take a look at these signs and sig- that you are reacting to something you put on your skin. nals: Dry Eyelids The eyelids are some of the most sensitive skin on the body—so if you have dry or flaky eyelids this could be tell-tale evidence. Even if you don’t put a product directly on your lids a reaction could show up there.

Burning Even if your skin looks fine, it might not feel that way. Stinging or burning after you use a product could indicate a negative reaction. More information can be found at Facebook.com/simpleskincare.

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4 bottles old-fashioned root beer Preheat oven to 350(F (180°C). Spread almonds on a baking sheet and toast until deep golden and fragrant, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place yolks in a large mixing bowl; cover with plastic wrap and set aside until ready to use. In a medium saucepan, bring milk, cream, salt, toasted almonds, almond extract, and ¼ cup (50 mL) of the sugar to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep at room temperature for 15 minutes; return to a rolling boil. Whisk remaining sugar into bowl with yolks until smooth. Gently temper yolks by slowly adding hot almond cream, while whisking constantly. Once completely combined, strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large metal bowl. Place bowl of ice cream base over another bowl of ice water and stir until cool. Freeze mixture in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions until ice cream has a smooth, soft-serve-like texture. Store in freezer for 4 hours before serving. To serve, fill four tall glasses with two or three scoops of Toasted Almond Ice Cream each, top with root beer, and serve immediately. More recipes can be found online at AlmondBoard.com. www.newscanada.com


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Across 1. Eastern bishop’s title 5. Netman Lendl and others 10. Rat-killing brand 14. In ___ (mired) 15. Toss 16. Elbe tributary 17. Office hours 19. Christen 20. Artoo-___ (“Star Wars” droid) 21. Moved unsteadily 23. “___ et orbi” 26. Pulitzer winner Welty 27. Not planned 32. Joey of Broadwav 33. Make ___ of money 34. Put off 38. Got bigger 40. Kramden of “The Honeymooners”

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42. Look (through), as a book 43. “Poor Richard’s” book 45. Act self-satisfied 47. Sept. follower 48. Cause of an out 51. Sentimental sort 54. Org. overseeing fairness in hiring 55. “Chinatown” director 58. Night prefix 62. ‘The Witches’ director Nicolas 63. Acts 66. Out of the weather 67. Modern music holders 68. Initials on a cross 69. Old salts 70. Spanish girls 71. Greenish-blue color in printing

80’s Trivia 1. Who was the lead singer of Genesis before Phil Collins stepped into the role? 2. What 80s rock band trio agreed to bleach their hair blonde in order to do a chewing gum commercial? 3. Like what was the very first video ever to play on MTV? 4. What late 80s pop sensation band had their Grammy revoked for allegedly not singing the vocals on their album? Answers:

Do you remember this weekly sitcom? If you’re stumped on this we’ll tell you in the next issue! Last Issue: The Odd Couple

1. Peter Gabriel 2. Police 3.“Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles 4. Milli Vanilli – (Girl, you know it’s true!)

June 2012 Down 1. Texas ___ M 2. Mold-ripened cheese 3. Diamond sacrifice 4. Did lunch 5. O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance 6. TV channels 2-13 7. Lacking imaginativeness 8. De ___ (from the start) 9. Bjorn Borg’s homeland 10. Fait accompli 11. One-named singer born with seven names 12. Abalone 13. “I ___ vacation!” 18. Spanish pie 22. Airpipe, e.g. 24. Quantum physicist Niels 25. Period ending about 9000 B.C. 27. Women’s links org. 28. Jazzman ___ “Fatha” Hines 29. Show off, as one’s biceps 30. Handel’s birthplace 31. Place side by side 35. “Everything will ___” (“Don’t worry”) 36. Doily fabric 37. Shorebound newts 39. Bulb figures 41. Execrate 44. Goatee’s location 46. Grayish-white mineral 49. Set a top in motion again 50. Like an idol 51. Small herring 52. Alley Oop’s girl 53. Derisive smirk 56. French Foreign Legion uniform hat 57. Certain golf club 59. Manhattan educ. inst. 60. Buddhist monastery 61. “Love ___ the air” 64. Govt. agency 65. Submissions to literary agents: Abbr.

Canadian Words Loonie - The Canadian one dollar coin. Toonie - following on the popularity of the loonie, in 1996 Canada introduced the toonie or “twoonie,” a two-dollar coin. Timmy’s - Tim Horton’s or, “Timmy’s” as it is popularly known has spawned a lexicon all its own. Toque - Pronounced toowk (rhymes with “duke”), this woolen, winter hat that fits tightly to the head is known by this name exclusively in Canada. Serviette - Serviette is the French word for “napkin” but is used in English-speaking Canada as well as French-speaking.

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An elderly woman went to her local doctor’s office and asked to speak with her doctor. When the receptionist asked why she was there, she replied, “I’d like to have some birth control pills.” Taken back, the doctor thought for a minute and then said, “Excuse me, Mrs. Glenwood, but you’re 80 years old. What would you possibly need birth control pills for?” The woman replied, “They help me sleep better.” The doctor considered this for a second, and continued… “How in the world do birth control pills help you sleep?” The woman said, “I put them in my granddaughter’s orange juice, and I sleep better at night.”

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“Mister, why doesn’t this cow have any horns?” asked the young lady from a nearby city. The farmer cocked his head for a moment, then began in a patient tone, “Well, ma’am, cattle can do a powerful lot of damage with horns. Sometimes we keep’em trimmed down with a hacksaw. Other times we can fix up the young ‘uns by puttin’ a couple drops of acid where their horns would grow in, and that stops ‘em cold. Still, there are some breeds of cattle that never grow horns. But the reason this cow don’t have no horns, ma’am, is ‘cause it’s a horse.”

3 guys were riding in a car: a hardware technician, a systems analyst, and a programmer. The systems analyst is driving and when they come to a steep hill he finds that the brakes have failed and the car is accelerating out of control. So, the driver pumps the emergency brake, downshifts the gears, and rubs the wheels’ rims against the curb. He finally wrestles the car to a stop. The three climb out and assess the situation. Hardware tech: “Let’s try and fix it. I’ll crawl under the car and take a look. “ Systems analyst: “No. I think we should get someone qualified to fix it, a specialist in brakes.” Programmer: “Why don’t we just get back in and see if it happens again?”

Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, “Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?” “Outstanding,” Fred replied. “They taught us all the latest psychological techniques - visualization, association - it’s made a big difference for me.” “That’s great! What was the name of that clinic?” Fred went blank. He thought and thought but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, “What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?” “You mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s it!” He turned to his wife. “Rose, what was the name of that clinic?”

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Living room video calling is revolutionary The latest technology is bringing the video chat out of the home office and into the living room. New devices can even turn an HDTV into a large-screen video phone—and it is revolutionizing the way we keep in touch. Video calling has traditionally involved a computer plus the installation of a call service like Skype or Google Talk. This form of communication was a true advancement, giving phone calls the added benefit of a visual element. With the growth of smartphones and integrated software (like iPhone’s FaceTime) these services have greatly expanded. The TV phone appears to be the next step, taking video chats off the computer and on to the biggest screen in the home. Indeed, In-Stat Research predicts that the number of people using video call-

ing from the living room will increase from 1.5 million today to more than 16 million by 2015. “The demand for high definition video calling will be driven by the growth of HDTVs, the fastest selling consumer electronics product in history, and the availability of high speed Internet,” says Matthew Shoemake, a wireless technology expert and CEO of Biscotti TV Phone. “The explosive growth of video calling is punctuated by the massive acquisition of Skype by tech giant Microsoft for $8.5B. These trends add up to a new era of personal video calling.” Shoemake is forecasting that as many as 25 per cent of homes will be making hidefinition video calls every day within the next three years. www.newscanada.com


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Jim and Mary Lou Beattie, local peace country pioneers By Sandy Baker

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estled on a hillside overlooking picturesque Williston Lake and Mount Gething, Jim and Mary Lou Beattie’s property seems to be an idyllic retreat in an increasingly busy world. And, for the most part, it is. But Jim and Mary Lou still dream of Goldbar Ranch on the Peace River where Jim grew up, now covered by the 1,700 square kilometer lake created when the W.A.C. Bennett Dam flooded the valley in 1967. Jim was born in Hudson’s Hope on May 5, 1936, the youngest of eight children, along with his twin brother, Robert. He grew up on Goldbar Ranch at Twenty Mile, so named because it was 20 miles upriver from the portage around the Peace Canyon. Jim’s father homesteaded the 1240 acre property in 1914. He raised and sold both cattle and horses, and the ranch had two huge gardens that supplied the family and produced enough vegetables for trading with the prospectors and trappers who lived along the river. Jim says the best part

about life along the river was the abundant hunting and fishing and the time spent riding horses. He doesn’t have such fond memories of the gardening, “I didn’t like digging all those potatoes and carrots,” he admits. Jim met his future bride in 1961 when he went to the old Providence Hospital in Fort St. John for treatment of a gangrened thumb. Mary Lou had recently arrived from Ontario and worked at the hospital as a Lab and X-Ray Technician. She says that the old hospital was a bit of a shock at first. “I couldn’t believe the equipment they had in 1960,” she says, “It was something else. It was just a house made into a hospital, but the sisters did their best with what they had.” The couple fell in love and married in 1962. The present-day hospital opened the same year and Mary Lou continued to work there for a short time. Jim and Mary Lou lived in Fort St. John for three years before moving back to Hudson’s Hope. They had three children – Barry, Karen and Cheryl.

The original four dormer log home at Twenty Mile was built in 1920.

Jim and Mary Lou in front of their present home overlooking Williston Lake.

Jim worked the ranch with his brother Bob until the dam flooded the rich land that had been his family’s home for over fifty years. “It’s not a very good feeling,” he says, “when they give you a date to be out and they’re going to burn down your house and all your buildings.” There were two dozen buildings in all and Jim says he remembers where every one of them sat. As part of their buy-out from BC Hydro, the Beattie family received the 172 acre parcel on the 12 Mile Road beside Williston Lake where they now reside. At the official opening of the Bennett Dam, B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett himself promised Jim’s mother Elizabeth that power would be brought to their new property for free. Sadly, it took years of letter writing and campaigning before the promise would be fulfilled. In 1995, almost 30 years after Goldbar Ranch was flooded; the Beattie’s finally got power to their land. When asked what he thinks of the proposed Site C Dam, Jim replies, “Not very much. The people of Charlie Lake

Events happening in Fort St. John in June FSJ Motocross Race Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the Fort St. John Motocross Track This event is family friendly, with racers between the ages of 4 -45. Rider’s Register: 7-8 am, Rider’s Meeting: 8 am, Practice Starts: 8:30 am Races Start: 9:30 am, Canteen Available, Cost: $5.00 Drag Racing Saturday, June 16, 2012 - Sunday, June 17, 2012 the Northern Lights Raceway Racing begins at 11am both days. Fort St. John North Peace Museum Yard Sale Saturday, June 16, 2012 9 am – 3 pm at the Fort St. John Museum. We will not be accepting large appliances. Please take them to

electronic recycling. Please ensure your donations meet Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety for Garage Sales. Contact: 250-787-0430 5th Annual Chilli Bowl Bash Saturday, June 23, 2012 6 pm – 9 pm at the Potter’s Guild 10324 94 Ave - Side Door Entry Come on over to the Potter’s Guild to enjoy our 5th Annual Chili Bowl Bash! Participate in our 50/50 Draw, Silent Auction, Pinata, Door Prize and entertainment! Tickets: $30.00 - Chilli dinner and you take home the bowl! Tickets available at Artpost from 9am -12pm weekdays, Potters’ Studio from 10am-1pm Saturdays and The Hairbin. Only 100 Dinner tickets will be sold for this event!

Get yours today before they are all gone! Furrows in the Sky: A Book Presentation by Jay Sherwood Sunday, Jun 24, 2012, 2 pm at the Fort St. John Museum. Come and join Jay Sherwood at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum for a presentation on his latest book – a biography of Gerry Andrews. Gerry Andrews was a school teacher in the Peace Region, a forester, a soldier, and British Columbia’s longest serving Surveyor General. Andrews surveyed by taking aerial photographs of the terrain. He described this process as “ploughing photographic furrows up and down the sky at 16,000 feet.” Copies of this book are available in the Museum Gift Shop.

and Fort St. John are in for a surprise. They don’t know how much dust there is. The dust will go all the way to Charlie Lake and Fort St. John.” Jim points to the example of Beryl Prairie and Hudson’s Hope, which are miles away from the reservoir but are still affected by dust from the eroding shores. “If you leave your clean vehicle one day it will be covered in dust by the next day.” Jim also thinks slides will be a problem alongside the area flooded by Site C, due to the clay soil in the area. Mary Lou says the worst part about Site C Dam is that, “There won’t be a river anymore. It will be a mess a lot of the time for years.” Despite that, Mary Lou says she would never move back to Ontario – just too many people living there now. And, with Beattie Park and Beattie Drive major features of nearby Hudson’s Hope, the Beattie family name will be around this country for a long time to come.


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An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. “You don’t want to try these techniques at home.” “Why not?” asked somebody from the audience. “I watched my wife’s routine at breakfast for years,” the expert explained. “She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, ‘Hon, why don’t you try carrying several things at once?’” “Did it save time?” the person in the audience asked. “Actually, yes,” replied the expert. “It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven.”

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Do’s and don’ts for day trips with kids

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amping trips are the quintessential summer activity for Canadians. But sometimes, hitting the road to sleep under the stars is not an option. For many families, making the most of a beautiful weekend means getting out of the house for a couple of hours and heading to a local park, beach or lake. Here are some dos and don’ts to ensure your mini-getaway goes off without a hitch:

to protect little ones from the sun. •  Do pack a lunch and splurge on dessert. Packing a picnic is a fun and economical summer activity that leaves room for treats like ice cream.

•  Don’t forget •  Do pack strategically. Bring the variety, so there is something for essentials, and pack frequently used everyone to enjoy. You might find items last for easy access throughout multiple uses for various items you bring. For example, inflatables such the day as the Sevylor Sharkglide Towables • Don’t forget nap time. Fussy kids are fun for boating, but easily dounever have a good time, so finding ble-up as a place to relax and enjoy the right spot for their nap is the sun and beach. important. Take a look at some of the Coleman products to assist with • Do bring a wagon. Long walks and this, like the Road Trip Beach Shade hikes can be fun for adults, but

tiresome for the kids. •  Don’t forget to play it safe. The summer sun can be deceivingly strong even when it’s cloudy. Remember to bring a hat and sunscreen for much-needed protection. More information is available online at www.colemancanada.ca. www.newscanada.com

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Charity BBQ • June 1 • 5pm Drop by the Visitor Centre for a BBQ dinner. Proceeds are going to the SPCA

The Energetic Amazing Race • June 1 • 6pm

Registration now available! Forms available from the Visitor Centre

Events throughout the month of June

Taste of the Town

Restaurants will feature dishes that use local ingredients on specific days in June. Contact the Visitor Centre for a list of participating restaurants and their menus.

Local Attractions Discounts

Various local attractions will feature discounts throughout the month. Receive your coupon book at the Visitor Centre.

Go to a Sports or Cultural Event

Pick up a list of events from the Visitor Centre. Take your picture at 3 events to be entered in a draw to WIN a gift certificate.

Plan Your BC Vacation

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Shopping Passport Come by the Visitor Centre anytime throughout the month of June and get a shopping passport. Collect stamps and enter a draw for a prize.

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Truly original ideas for Father’s Day

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his year, why not skip the tie and golf shirt and give dad a gift that he will truly appreciate. Whether he loves cooking, sports, outdoor activities, or spending time in the garage, here are a few ideas that will be sure to put a smile on his face this Father’s day. The Foodie: If your dad is the king of the grill or loves whipping up new recipes in the kitchen, get him a new cookbook. If he has a tablet, load it up with cooking apps that offer exciting and fresh ideas that can help your dad achieve complete kitchen mastery. The Sports Fan: Shopping for the sporty dad can be a bit tricky, but also presents you with an array of options that can be fun and exciting. Depending on what he’s into, with a satellite radio dad can catch live play-by-play action from the NHL, NFL, CFL or MLB. Healthy and Active: Get him something

that he can use during his runs, bike rides or workouts. Check his equipment and gym bag to see if anything looks worn out or dated and replace it for him. If he has been talking about wanting to try out something new like yoga or a boot camp, think about getting him a visitor’s pass or a gift certificate so he can check it out. Driver: If you dad has an agonizing commute or spends most of his time on the road, he’ll appreciate a gift that will keep him entertained while driving. Whether he’s into music, comedy, or needs updates on his favourite sports team, a satellite radio is the way to go to help ease his traffic woes. For example, SiriusXM tells us that they broadcast more than 120 different channels, offering something to suit everyone›s listening taste – like CNN for dads who like to stay on

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Put ‘together time’ back into your busy day

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ith work responsibilities and e-mails increasingly spilling over into our home time and the demands of after-school activities, homework and housework, it’s hard to squeeze quality family time into an overloaded day. Yet, according to author and family expert Kathy Buckworth, the demands of our fast-paced, digitally connected lives shouldn’t stop us from finding time for family togetherness. “One of the secrets is finding opportunities to connect with our kids or spouse in the context of our busy, mobile, plugged-in ways,” says Buckworth. She offers five ways of putting the family back on the daily agenda: • Take two minutes out of the crazy morning routine to sit and snuggle with your child.

• Use mobile electronics to help to inspire a cuddle. Download a favourite movie, show or video game onto a tablet and snuggle up to watch or play together. • Bring cozy things on the go. Make sure clothes are soft and fresh-smelling and bring along your kids’ favourite blanket when you leave home so you’re ready to get cuddled in unexpected moments. • Make cooking time, together time. Take advantage of your slow cooker to have dinner slowly simmering while you relax and snuggle with a child. • Create a reading space and cozy up to share some fun stories. For more tips and cuddle moments visit: getsnuggled.com. www.newscanada.com

top of the news, ESPN for sports fans, The Foxxhole for comedy lovers and commercial-free music from oldies to country to jazz and blues. If your dad’s vehicle is not equipped with a satellite radio that you can just activate for him, there are various models available that are easy to install on your own. More information is available online at www. siriusxm.ca.

Simple and Sweet: Gifts don’t have to be extravagant; they don’t even have to cost a penny. Oftentimes, the best gifts are a simple sign of appreciation. If your dad spends the majority of his time in the garage with his tools – take some time and clean the place for him. You can’t put a price on being thoughtful. www.newscanada.com


The Flipside News June 2012  

News and Entertainment for Northern BC.

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