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Editor Kim Lowder Contributors Sue Stark Joyce Lee (Tourism Dawson Creek) Ad Sales - (250) 262-9107 Cher 250-262-6390 Mailing address #4, 1913 - 96 Ave., Dawson Creek, BC V1G 1M2 250-262-9107 email: mobile:

It’s a Wonderful Life! Schoo l ’s Back - W hat i s your Sub j e c t ? By Sue Stark I love back to school time, in fact I still love buying school supplies! No I don’t have anyone in school, but who said you had to stop buying the cool stuff?  It’s one of those” being 12 “things for me… Every August I stock up on the coolest pencils, erasers and stuff…for my office.  I love it!  For most of us back to school does mean a routine – summer holidays are over  – even those that have no kids in school…we too seem to be ready for school….do you agree?  We seem to buckle down and get in a routine – it’s awesome really and I want to ask you now that school is in what is your subject? Whether you are in school or not there is one subject that should be your focus.  That one subject you should excel at.  Sure there are many classes in life,  Kindness 101, Recycling 102 , Friendship 300, but the one class that you should be all in for – both semesters  is  You  #101.  This is your most important class – the most important subject you will ever study YOU.  What you learn and understand about yourself, that is where your power lies to be the best Parent, Friend, Boss , Wife, Husband , Lover THE BEST YOU, that you will ever be….it starts with your understanding and awareness of yourself.

Awareness of Self. Look at that for a moment – those three words…what does that mean to you? There are many lessons in life –but here’s the highlight for your notes…they can only be learned through awareness.  That is the goal of the class you are starting with me today – the class I am calling YOU#101 – to raise your awareness of yourself. You see we all are here to learn something, some things seem difficult – and some seem easy.  So class there is my first question to you.  In our life lessons, where will we learn the most?   From the lessons  that are easy? Or the ones that seem to be hard – and hard on us? Your homework for this month is to think of the hardest thing in your life right now – the one thing in your life that you resist the most  - then – reflect – and understand – that this is your greatest lesson right now! We’ll talk about your greatest lesson – and how you are going to tackle that next month so in the mean time – re read this lesson today – and ps the real homework…is the reflecting part!

Love Sue xO big hug

September 2012

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...” - Dr. Seuss


September Round-up from the Dawson Creek Visitor Information Centre

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Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm (from either location) •  Alaska Highway House will be open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 ow quickly the seasons pm change! Where did the •   Pioneer Village will be closed summer go? as of September 4th. May, June, July and August were hot and busy!  Our park- Just a reminder that some of ing lot has been full of vehicles of the businesses along the all descriptions all summer and Alaska Highway will be also be we had 3 staff serving customers closing for the season at varidaily at the Visitor Centre infor- ous times in September.   mation counter.  We were hopping!  What a treat to meet so If you are traveling north, make many folks from all over the sure you come into the Visitor world.  The Visitor Centre is the Center and pick up our handy little brochure that lists all the seabest place to be! sonal and year-round businessThe Visitor Centre is getting a es, where the fuel stops are, disnew roof!  In September, con- tances and many other services tractors will begin work on com- of importance to travelers from pletely replacing the aged roof Dawson Creek to Delta Junction. with brand new cedar shakes. The Visitor Centre will be closed Of special note: The Military to the public during the renova- Vehicle Preservation Association tions and we will be serving you Convoy returned from their epic from our temporary location at journey up the Alaska Highway. Judging from the smiles, photos the Alaska Highway House. and stories, everyone had a great Watch for winter hours!  adventure.  From Dawson Creek, September is the month that they will be making their individumany business transition to win- al ways home.  We enjoyed hostter hours (don’t worry, winter is ing them while they were in our community and hope they will be still a long way off!) •   The Visitor Centre will be open back for the 75th Anniversary of


the Alaska Highway. Fall is such a wonderful time of the year here in the Peace River Country and along the Alaska Highway. The nights are getting longer and cooler and there is a smell in the air that is hard to describe that signals the change in season and soon the leaves will be changing color. Autumn sunsets can be spectacular! What a sky we have. It’s like an amphitheater stretching from horizon to horizon.  The sunsets are followed by the most amazing night sky full of countless stars and the chances of seeing northern lights increase every day/night. Please be careful and keep a sharp watch for wildlife when you are driving.  It’s harvest season and the animals are taking advantage of easy food.  Dusk is a favorite time for wildlife to be close to the roads and they can be hard to see. If you are traveling up the Alaska Highway this month, be prepared to be awed!  Make sure you drop into our Visitor Centre to let us help you plan your trip.


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Across 1. The Smiths’ “Girlfriend in a ___” 5. Barbershop items 10. Sheep cries 14. Throw___ (rant) 15. Beverage imbibed in Brest 16. D-I connectors 17. Calif. city 19. A fisherman may spin one 20. Marx-like 21. More depressing 23. Care for 26. Card game for two 27. Candidate for a Tony 32. Ride a lawn tractor 33. Drawn-out tales 34. Brit’s discharge 38. Draft beasts 40. ____ ease (anxious)

TV Trivia

42. Catamaran 43. Bierce, notably 45. Israeli seaport on the Gulf of Aqaba 47. Single, in Paris 48. Strong censure 51. Dash gauge 54. Birthmark spot 55. Longfellow chief 58. The vowel sound in “dude” 62. 1967 Montreal attraction 63. “The Battleship Potemkin” director 66. Last name in fashion 67. Safari beast 68. Veteran, perhaps 69. Hide-and-___ 70. The fifth letter of “garage,” but not the first 71. Legendary Memphis

Music Trivia Name the Artist

Do you remember this weekly sitcom? If you are stumped on this we’ll tell you in the next issue. Last Issue: All in the Family

“What will you risk for what you believe? ....and what is your belief worth if you will not risk anything in its defense?” - Michael Kube-McDowell

1. Billie Jean 2. Every Breath You Take 3. When Doves Cry 4. Sexual Healing 5. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll 6. Don’t You Want Me? 7. Tainted Love 8. Like a Virgin 9. The Message 10. Beat It 11. Sweet Dreams 12. Sweet Child O’ Mine 13. Call Me 14. Celebration 15. Super Freak Part I 16. Another One Bites the Dust 17. You Shook Me All Night Long 18. Walk This Way 19. Whip It 20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Music Trivia Answers In Next Issue

September 2012 recording company Down 1. Juanita’s house 2. In the blink___eye 3. Coin grade higher than fine 4. King of the Huns 5. Ont. channel 6. Gusher fluid 7. “Coming of Age in Samoa” author 8. “It’s c-c-c-cold!” 9. Conger, for one 10. Traitor 11. “A fellow almost damned in __ wife”: “Othello” 12. Lace tip 13. Kipling’s ___ Khan 18. They have pH’s of less than 7 22. W. Point, e.g. 24. River in the title of a 1957 Alec Guinness film 25. Holed out in two under par 27. Interfraternity council prez, e.g. 28. Name of theatrical fame 29. Actor Wilson of “Shanghai Noon” 30. George Bush, as a collegian 31. Writings by David 35. Home to the dormant volcano Haleakala 36. ___ consequence (insignificant) 37. First-column bingo number 39. “Good job!” 41. War vehicle 44. Concluding passage 46. Attire with a top hat 49. Observers. 50. Fed. securities 51. Loses fur 52. Mischievous sprite 53. A Lee’s creator 56. Ritz lookalike 57. Teen’s ‘No way!’ 59. Waiting room cry 60. Prefix with byte 61. Widely used operating system 64. Suffix with depend 65. Masonry pin The great truths about life, that adults have learnt: -Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. -Wrinkles don’t hurt. -Families are like fudge . . .mostly sweet, with a few nuts. -Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside. -Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. Great truths about growing old: -Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. -Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get. -When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there. -You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. -It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. -Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. -Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

August Answers


Serve this saucy twist on a comfort food classic

(NC)—As the temperatures begin to drop and Jack Frost creeps in, cravings for warm, hearty comfort foods emerge. While most Canadians turn to traditional mainstays when the weather gets colder, why not jazz up mealtime with an Asian twist on an old comfort food favourite. Loaded with tender beef, fire roasted tomatoes and hearty root vegetables, the braised beef short rib recipe below is a perfect way to add a little excitement to your dinner table and keep your family toasty on cool autumn nights. With only 15 minutes of prep time required, this dish is the ultimate fix it and forget it meal. Braised Beef Short Ribs

Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes Ingredients

2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil 2 ¾ lb (1 ¼ kg) beef short ribs, cut 2” thick and in portions with 2 bones each 1 can (540 mL/19 oz) Aylmer Accents Fire Roasted Tomatoes 1 bottle VH Medium Garlic Rib Sauce 3 cups (750 mL) water 2 cups (500 mL) chopped, peeled carrots 3 cups (750 mL) chopped, peeled potatoes 4 tsp (20 mL) corn starch Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. In batches, sear beef until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. When beef is browned transfer to large pot along with the fire roasted tomatoes, the garlic rib sauce, and 1 cup (250 mL) water. Bring to boil; cover and place in preheated oven, cook for 1 hour. Remove pot from oven; stir in carrots, potatoes and 2 cups (500 mL) of water. Return pot to oven; cook for another 1 ½ hours, or until meat and vegetables are tender. In small bowl stir together corn starch and ¼ cup (50 mL) water. Pour mixture into pot; bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook until liquid has thickened to sauce consistency. Serve. For more recipe ideas visit No time to cook? No problem. Ready in five minutes, VH Steamers Kung Pao Chicken is the perfect solution for busy weeknight meals. Grab one in the frozen aisle of your local grocery store.

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September 2012

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(NC)—For years we have been told that deep frying is bad for you, but new research published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition suggests that deep frying actually retains more antioxidant capacity in some vegetables compared to boiling or pan frying. In fact, some vitamins such as A, D, E and L, and beta-carotenes (found in yams), lycapene (in tomatoes) and luteinzeaxanthin (in spinach) actually require fat in order to be absorbed by the body. But don’t rush into a fast food restaurant just yet. “Most commercial restaurants use oils high in trans fat and fatty batters,” says Noel Gallegos, a deep frying expert at T-fal Canada. “This is why our company has designed deep fryers that are safe and easy to use at home so you can ensure a healthy outcome using the right oils and proper method.” Unlike a skillet or pot, a deep fryer has an immersed heating element that keeps oil at the ideal temperature throughout the cooking process, Gallegos says. This forms a barrier so only a small amount of oil penetrates

the food to create a crispy crust. T-fal steps to perfect frying: Step 1: Selecting the right oil: Opt for healthier oils that are low in saturated fat and have a high ‘smoke point’ such as—like peanut, soybean and palm oil which have compounds that won’t breakdown at high temperatures. Step 2: Oil temperature: The key to minimizing fat absorption lies in reaching and maintaining the right oil temperature which for most foods is roughly 375°F. Any cooler than 325°F will result in foods soaking up to three times more oil. Step 3: Remove excess: Always blot cooked foods on a paper towel to remove excess grease before eating to keep calories and fat as low as possible. Step 4: Filtering & conserving your oil: Oil can be reused up to six times if properly cleaned and stored in an air tight container. Quality units feature built in filtration and storage systems that remove food particles and automatically drain the oil to keep its healthful properties.

Canadian foods are wholesome and safe “I understand there is a lot of concern out there for some consumers when they are buying food in the store. They want to make sure there isn’t anything in there that they shouldn’t be feeding to their children. I am a shopper myself, but I also know how much scrutiny Canadian farmers are under when they produce their food so I know what high standards are in place, not just on the growing part but also in the transportation, in the processing,” says Critcher. “And I know when I buy a Canadian product that I’m getting a good, wholesome, safe food.”

(NC)—British Columbia farmer Irmi Critcher knows that some consumers have concerns about their food, but she says that as a farmer she’s confident she’s getting safe food at the grocery store.

Critcher says that farmers have a broad toolbox available to them now to help protect their crops from pests or diseases. But she says farmers are very environmentally conscious about what they are using on their fields and they assess their crops and then use their best judgment about how to protect their crops.

September 2012

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden

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Finding the perfect used car

By Scott Neil (NC)—The new school year means new classes, new friends and, for many students, a new commute. Most students have to hit the road before they can hit the books, so finding a reliable car on a student budget is the semester’s first lesson. Whether you’re a student heading to your first new home-away-fromhome, or looking for a cool but reliable way to get to class, there’s still time to find the perfect used vehicle. Here are some practical, simple tips to help you find the perfect car on a budget, as well as a list of the most reliable used cars under $10,000: • Always ask the seller for the Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) and request a copy of the vehicle’s CarProof Vehicle History Report. • Have a professional inspection

done by a licensed technician. This can help avoid unanticipated problems and expenses later on. • Arrange the test drive when the engine is completely cold to get a better idea of how the car starts, regardless of how long it’s been parked. • Count the miles and the time. Vehicles today are built to last longer than vehicles built decades ago. You may need to consider some maintenance when a vehicle has accumulated over 100,000 kilometres. Kijiji Canada’s Top Five Back to School Cars for Under $10,000: • 2005 or 2006 Honda Civic: Sporty, fun, and reliable, this has been a top seller in Canada for over the past 10 years, so there are lots to choose from. •  2005 or 2006 Mazda3: A great

alternative to the Civic, but a bit more stylish. • 2007 or 2008 Hyundai Elantra: A few years newer than most of the other models on the list, the Elantra is a reliable, comfortable, and predictable car. •  2004 Ford Mustang (V6): More attitude and character than most cars at this price point. • 2007 or 2008 Pontiac Vibe: While GM retired the Pontiac brand, the Vibe is a still a versatile hatchback with lots of space. Scott Neil is the head of vertical business at Kijiji Canada. He is responsible for the strategy, operations and development of vertical businesses at the company, including Canada’s most visited car site, Kijiji Autos.

Smartphone devices becoming a classroom staple (NC)—Remember when the most high tech gadgets in the classroom consisted of compasses or rulers? A lot has changed in the last several decades, and children and teens now have access to computers, tablets and smartphones to help them learn in-and-out of the classroom while staying connected with family and friends. Stephanie Lancaster, data girl at Rogers, says that while laptops and tablets will continue to be popular options for students, the latest smartphones are the real hot items this year. She adds that new smartphone models have comparable features to laptops and tablets because of their large, high definition screens, fast LTE network speeds and high-quality cameras. “Whether students are keeping track

of their class schedules, recording class notes or staying in touch with family, the smartphone is one of the core gadgets students want for the new school year,” says Lancaster. Easily sharing content wirelessly to their laptops and computers at home is what students truly love about smartphones, she adds. When choosing a phone, there are countless features to decide upon such as screen size, weight, content apps, keyboard, and accessories, to name just a few. For students who wish to easily sync with Microsoft Word for note taking or word processing, a Windows Phone – like a Nokia Lumia 900 – is right up their alley. Some of the popular smartphones for back to school include the HTC One X, Sony Xperia Ion and

Samsung Galaxy S III, all of which operate on the Android platform. Students seeking a smartphone to double as a music player should look for a model like the HTC One X, which comes with Beats Audio Music hardware integration or the Sony Xperia Ion that provides access to Sony Music Unlimited. To keep family members connected through their devices, Lancaster explains there are shared plans available to simplify billing and save on costs. With a Rogers Family Plan, families can add up to five members to one plan and can share data with unlimited voice and text messaging. Whether they choose a laptop, tablet or smartphone, kids will be hitting the books and heading back to school with connected gear this fall.


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Invest in your children’s future (NC)—You work hard to provide for your family and to make sure your children have every opportunity to climb the ladder of success. A post-secondary education is one of the best ways for them to reach their potential. In fact, a study by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada showed that 70 per cent of all new jobs in Canada require post-secondary education.

National Child Benefit Supplement, you are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond program. The government will deposit $500 into your child’s RESP when you open the account, and adds $100 every year they are eligible until your child is 15 years old.

The government also provides a Canada Education Savings Grant, which matches 20% of the “The study also showed that on first $2,500 of contributions in average, university graduates RESPs each year. Families with earn $1.3 million more over their average or lower incomes receive lifetimes than workers with only a 30- 40% on the first $500 contribhigh school diploma,” says Peter uted annually, so even small Lewis, a vice president with the amounts add up in a hurry. The Canadian Scholarship Trust challenge, if your budget is limitFoundation (CST). “With benefits ed, is in finding the right options own.” like these, the value of a univer- to make the most of your sav- When weighing your options for sity education is clear. But given ings. RESPs, the first thing to do is to how expensive university can be, “If your budget is limited, then speak with a knowledgeable proit’s so important to start saving group plans are a good choice,” fessional. In choosing the right for your children’s education as says Lewis. “In group plans, the RESP provider to manage your early as possible.” investments of many people are money, consider how comfortSimply opening a Registered pooled together. This gives the able you are risking the money Education Savings Plan (RESP) fund manager more leverage to you invest. Some providers aim account can be a valuable early grow your investment than an for higher returns but in bad step. If your family receives the individual would have on their times lose money, while others

emphasize consistent, steady growth. It can also be helpful to look for additional benefits the provider might offer. CST, for example, distributes $75,000 in graduate scholarships to members of their plans every year. It’s also important to consider the size of the organization, and their history of delivering returns for their clients.

Canada: the third country to put its technology into orbit (NC)—There are many satellites from more than 50 countries orbiting the Earth. But one stands out for its unique place in Canadian history. In the early 1960s, only two countries built satellites — the United States and the former Soviet Union, the two superpowers. This changed on September 29, 1962. The launch of Alouette 1 made Canada the third country with a homegrown satellite in space. Understanding the ionosphere In 1959, NASA invited countries to submit ideas for space experiments. Canada suggested studying the ionosphere. Back then, long-distance radio signals were bounced off the ionosphere. But the aurora borealis caused interference. So understanding the

ionosphere was important to a vast, northern country needing reliable communications to unite its far flung people. However, the instruments needed were too big for existing satellites. So, Canada would have to build its own. Getting a space program off the ground John H. Chapman, from London, Ontario, is the father of Canada’s space program. He assembled a team of scientists, engineers and other experts who could build a satellite capable of mapping the global structure of the ionosphere. They enlisted Canadian companies to help with design and manufacturing. Spar Aerospace, for example, made a “roll-up” antenna that was later used on many American satel-

lites. The team produced two lence continues to open doors satellites, including a backup into the most high-profile missions — including the Mars later launched as Alouette 2. Science Laboratory, which landThis hard-won expertise led to ed on the red planet on August 6, more Canadian “firsts”. The first 2012. Also next year, Chris domestic communications satel- Hadfield will become the first lite — Canada’s Anik A1 — helped Canadian to command the television reach the North. International Space Station. Canadian RADARSAT satellites can see through clouds and are Alouette 1 exceeded all expectaused for disaster relief and envi- tions and was shut down after ronmental protection. Eight ten years. But not only will it orbit Canadian astronauts have been for another 1,000 years, its legato space. Canadarm, adorned cy lives on, too. Today, the with the Maple Leaf, was essen- Canadian Space Agency is headtial to space shuttle missions and quartered in the John H. this robotics technology is still Chapman building. From there, used on the International Space Canadians coordinate our country’s space program to expand Station. knowledge of the universe, improve quality of life for Exploring new frontiers Canadians and make life better Canada’s reputation for excel- for all of humanity.

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