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Friday, December 20, 2013

NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve

NORAD staff volunteers will be tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. Track Santa’s progress at www.noradsanta.org.

As it has done for the past 57 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be tracking Santa Claus on his annual Christmas Eve flight as he delivers presents to boys and girls around the world. The moment radar detects Santa’s lift off, NORAD begins tracking him using satellites 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites can detect Rudolph’s bright red nose, which gives off an infrared signal, with practically no problem. Once Santa is detected flying over North American airspace, Canadian NORAD fighter pilots, flying CF-18, take off out of Newfoundland to intercept and welcome Santa to North America.

Then at numerous locations in Canada other CF-18 fighter pilots escort Santa while he makes his deliveries throughout Canada. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD commander-in-chief’s operations

“hotline.” The director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. Since 1958, NORAD staff, family and friends have volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, NORAD now tracks Santa using the Internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s

The Sears Roebuck poster with Santa’s misprinted phone number.

whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website. Live updates start at 1 a.m. Christmas Eve. To track Santa with NORAD, log onto the website at www.noradsanta.org.


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No JMNews ‘til New Year In order for our staff to enjoy the Christmas holidays with their families, Java Mountain News will not be published on Dec. 27 or Jan. 3. The next issue if Java Mountain News will be on Jan. 10, 2014. We would like to wish our readers and advertisers all the best this holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2014. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours! In operation from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, & New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

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Horoscopes

‘Tis the season

December 16 - December 22, 2013 You’ll be easily fired up when it comes to other people & any sense of them trying to control what you do or of them leaving you with obligations while they go free. Where you’ve been able to rely on somebody in the past you may suddenly find yourself in a position where you can’t. Matters can require a serious approach. From now ‘til Feb., you need to reflect upon long term plans you’ve considered since early Nov. It’s been difficult to make things solid since Sept./12 & the causes of this will fade away during Feb. This has encouraged you to wonder why. Looking for clues can result in revelations & answers. It’ll be out of the ordinary situations that’ll provide the most pleasure. This may also be usual circumstances, that you normally find boring, taking on a sudden turn of events. Setting out to please other people can prove difficult so please yourself & they will soon let you know what they expect from you. Many people will want your attention & this can include those you haven’t seen in a long time appearing back on the scene. At the same time there’s much you need to take care of on a personal level so you’ll need to find a balance between what others want from you & the time you have available to fulfil their wishes. You’ll need to focus on being well organised on a daily basis to manage all that’s necessary. Phone calls or other forms of communication at times can easily distract you when you should be concentrating. There’ll likely be a lot of running around & some may come up unexpectedly. Rest properly – your health is sensitive. This should be one of the best festive periods you’ve had in a long time. There’ll be much to enjoy as well as a lot of love in the air. Watch your spending as you may be inclined to spend more than you plan on the spur of the moment. At the same time though, you may find something you have wanted for a long time. You won’t be inclined to agree to or accept circumstances that don’t suit you. Don’t be afraid to speak up. The response you get from others may not be what you expect. You’ll enjoy family get-togethers, which can include people who haven’t been part of your celebrations for a long time. You need a rest to put to one side all the serious things you’ve had to consider this year. You may want to hide away from it all but there’ll be lots of things to do on a lighter note, likely involving many conversations. This can prove refreshing mentally if you ensure you get some rest as well, getting you ready for next year.

Lizsa Bibeau

Mommyisms ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Also it’s the season of giving. Among many things that the Christmas season represents, including Santa Claus, Hanukkah, and the birth of Christ, I try to teach my children to be thankful for all they are blessed with and to give to the less fortunate. In past years, we had donated to the food bank, the Salvation Army, and gifts for our local Christmas bureau – to sponsor families. This year, we sponsored a family for Christmas. Upon explaining this to our children and getting them excited to share their blessing for a small family, Zachary asked me if he

Friendships may have an interesting turn of events or you may meet new people through friends or situations involving a group of people. Oddly enough there may be some distant connection to new people. Focus on your finances will be wise & perhaps necessary. Consider whether you need some things you are inclined to buy. You’ll be busy & this includes lots to think about where you & your situation are concerned ‘til Jan. 12. Establishing personal peace & harmony is more important than it’s been for 8 years, including reviewing the past & perhaps returning to the past in some way. It’s all about finding what suits you. You very likely need a good rest & for this reason it’s wise to set a pace with social activities that you can manage. There are likely situations that aren’t clear & where you need to wait for things to surface. This’ll begin from mid-Jan. Those extra indulges can see you gain weight easily so be selective. Social activity’ll likely involve you with a bigger group of people than is normally the case. It should prove very enjoyable. Amongst it all will be some people who have an interesting agenda. They may be able to hide this from others but you’ll tune in. Don’t feel you have to spend more money than you’re comfortable with.

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could use his money (from his piggy bank) to also buy a gift for the child – as his money is just sitting there. He melted my heart. Over the last few weeks, I had been slowly picking up items for the Christmas hamper and adding them to our gift-wrapped box, trying to get everything a mother and baby would need to help them through the season as well as a few treats they could use, too. The day arrived when we met our adopted family and brought over the Christmas hamper filled with items from a list we were provided as well as a few extras. The kids were all smiles and excited to hand the mom a gift bag of small gifts and a poinsettia, while my husband carried the large (and very heavy) box on his shoulders. We were greeted with smiles and tears; it was quite emotional and I wasn’t prepared for it. After many thanks, hugs, more tears, and smiles, we all made our way back to the car, and took a breath as to not cry again. Zachary and Aubrielle got to see first-hand how one person can make a difference in another person’s life. ‘Tis the season for giving. Merry Christmas!


AROUND TOWN • SABRINA WEEKS & SWING CAT BOUNCE will perform at the Fireside Bar Dec. 20 & 21 at 7 p.m. Eat, drink & be merry with the group for a last hurrah before Christmas. All the stores are open late that last weekend, so stop by after shopping before heading home. • AT THE NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY CENTRE: NSCC VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PIZZA LUNCHEON, Fri. Dec. 20, 12 – 2 p.m. • THE B3 KINGS will perform their annual Christmas concert Fri. Dec. 20, at Saint Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. Doors: 7 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32/adults & $20/youth at Kamloops Live Box Office, 250-374-5483, www.kamloopslive.ca. • Western Canada Theatre presents Pacific Theatre’s production of C.S Lewis’ classic, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – magic for the whole family during the holiday season – Dec. 11 – 22 at Pavilion Theatre. Tickets: Kamloops Live Box Office, 250374-5483, www.kamloopslive.ca. • HAYRIDE & BRUNCH WITH SANTA at The Rainbow’s Roost, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults/$15.99, seniors/$12.99, children (4 – 12)/$10.99. • AT THE BLUE GROTTO, 1 – 319 Victoria St., Dec. 20 – 21: Bluesfoot; Dec. 27 – 28: The Goods. Jan. 3 – 4: Kingpins, Jan. 9: Burlesque Show. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Call 250-372-9901. • 16th annual WILDLIGHTS FESTIVAL at the BC Wildlife Park, Dec. 13 – Jan. 5, 5 – 9 p.m. (except Christmas Day). More than 600,000 lights & 360 rope-light sculptures, Wildlife Express miniature train, animal encounters, Uncle Chris the Clown, lazer light show, & more. Adults/$11, seniors/$9, Kids (3 – 17)/$7, Kids 2 & under/free. • THE BAND PERRY, with special guests Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell, are bringing the We Are Pioneers World Tour to ISC Fri. Jan. 10. Tickets from TicketMaster. • COMEDIAN BRENT BUTT will be at Sagebrush Theatre Sun. Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., for the Almost a Movie Star comedy tour. Tickets at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, kamloopslive.ca. • FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE, with special guests Dallas Smith and Chris Lane, will be at the ISC on Fri. April 11. Tickets from TicketMaster. • UNPLUGGED ACOUSTIC JAM SESSIONS, on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Jan. 6 & 20), hosted by Jim Marshall at the Alano Club, 171 Leigh Rd., 8 – 10:30 p.m. All acoustic instruments are encouraged to join in, & song selection will be on a rotation basis. Call 250-376-5115. • THE BIG LITTLE SCIENCE CENTRE, 655 Holt St. (Happyvale School), open Tues – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily hands-on fun in the exploration rooms & interactive science shows Sat. at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Robotics Club & Girls only Robotics Club, Register at the centre or mail registration with payment to BLSC, Box 882 Stn. Main, Kamloops, V2C 5M8. Call 250-554-2572. • GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meetings Thurs, 10 a.m. at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. Call Wally, 250-679-7877, or Sunny, 250-374-9165.

RIVERFEST ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP Rockin’ River Music Fest has an- a three-day admission!” he stated. nounced its first confirmed artists “Pay for the whole order and get for the 2014 lineup. They include the tickets immediately for ChristRascal Flatts, Terri Clark, Gord mas or take advantage of our EZ Bamford, and Hey Romeo. Pay payment plan (http://bit.ly/ “This is just the start to an amaz- EZ-Pay) and break up your puring lineup that will include an ad- chase over a few months.” ditional 16-plus artists!” related Get your festival news, tickets Riverfest organizer Kenny Hess. and camping here: http://bit.ly/ He went on to state pre-an- Riverfest2014Tix. nouncement pricing has been held Riverfest takes place Aug. 7 over until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1. through 9 at the Mission Speed“This is a savings of up to $40 off way in Mission. OPERATION RED NOSE HAS RECORD NIGHT IN DONATIONS The third weekend of Operation Red Nose (ORN) showed how generous Kamloops is by setting a record for highest amount of donations raised in one night. On Saturday, Dec. 14, ORN received $3,696 in client donations, most raised in one night of ORN in Kamloops. The service was able to provide 119 rides on Friday night and 152 rides on Saturday night. Operation Red Nose is a fundraiser for PacificSport, supporting amateur athletes in Kamloops. Since starting in Kamloops in 1997, PacificSport has given almost $250,000 in athlete travel support, $30,000 in coach travel support and a variety of equipment bought to help support athletes and their training. PacificSport supports 120 athletes and 33 local sport organizations. Operation Red Nose is seeking volunteers for New Year’s Eve. Volunteer applications are located at the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops RCMP, Volunteer Kamloops, Desert Gardens Community Centre or by contacting Katie Klassen, ORN program co-ordinator, at 250-320-0650 or kklassen@kamloops.ca. To use the ORN service on the weekend or New Year’s Eve to get you and your vehicle safely home, call 250-372-5110 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

INDECENT A teenage girl walking to school in Brocklehurst Tuesday morning got an unwelcome surprise. Kamloops RCMP are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a teenaged girl walking to school at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The girl was in an alleyway at Desmond Street and Gellrich Avenue, behind the Brocklehurst Shopping Centre, and saw a man walking in front of her. As she approached the man he fully ex-

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EXPOSURE posed his genitals to her. The teen ran away and alerted police. The suspect did not speak to the girl. The suspect is described as a Caucasian, about 6 feet tall, very thin, with a full beard, and wearing a black toque, black hoodie, black jacket, and black boots. Police ask anyone that may have information to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).

In operation from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, & New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Applications to Volunteer Kamloops, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops RCMP and Desert Gardens Community Centre. For information or to volunteer, call 250-320-0650

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• CHRISTMAS WITH THE KAMLOOPS HERITAGE RAILWAY SOCIETY, Dec. 19 – 22. Hop on board the 2141 & enjoy all the festive decorations & lights with all your favourite Christmas characters, including Santa Claus! Enjoy hot chocolate & goodies in the vintage dining car. A fundraiser to help restore the 2141 steam locomotive. Reservations required. Tickets from Kamloops Live Box Office, 250374-5483, or Kelly’s Kaboose the Railway Store, 250-377-8510. • B3 KINGS CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Dec. 20. Doors at 7; show at 7:30 p.m. A must see over the holiday season. Tickets: $32/ adults & $20/youth from Kamloops Live Box Office, 250-374-5483. • CANDY APPLE WORKSHOPS at The Gourmet Kettle weekdays from Dec. 20 – 24, & other dates throughout the holidays. Cost: $10, includes supplies. Fun for the entire family! Large groups & alternate dates can be arranged. Call 250-377-0997.

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Here’s a map of must-see Christmas light displays throughout the city so you and your family can take self-guided tours of the displays.

• PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT. Need a break? Looking for a night away from the kids? Looking to get the last minute Christmas shopping done? Kamloops Gymnastics & Trampoline Centre presents an opportunity to drop the kids off for a night of gymnastics fun, movies, games & more, Dec. 21, 5:30 – 10 p.m. Cost: $25/first child, $15/an additional child, & $50/family of 4 children. Dinner provided. For ages 3 – 14. Register online.

• CHRISTMAS AT THE KAMLOOPS GYMNASTICS & TRAMPOLINE CENTRE, Dec. 23, 24, 27, 30 & Jan. 2 & 3. Small & Tall Drop-In 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 14 months – 5 yr. Holiday camps for preschoolers (3 – 5 yr.), 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. $11/camp per child. Holiday camps for school ages (5 – 13 yr.), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Children 7+ swim 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. $30/camp per child.

• ALADDIN – THE PANTO, presented by the Laughing Stock Theatre Society, Dec. 24 – 31, at Sagebrush Theatre. Fun for the whole family. • JR. TENNIS CHRISTMAS CAMP, Dec. 27 – 28, 12 – 3 p.m. Participants will learn fundamental tennis techniques while making new friends & having fun. Cost: $50/person. Registration required (#221932). Call 250828-3500.

You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus ... Congratulations on the Birth of Christ


New Year’s Eve activities around town • NEW YEAR’S GALA at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre. Tickets: $89.99 & include a special performance by world-renowned Bollywood act featuring Shiamak Dance Troup Vancouver in the Theatre, plus Kamloops’ own BlackDog Blue in the ballroom, a deluxe dinner buffet, party favours, & champagne to ring in the New Year. Room & ticket packages are available; call 250-828-6660. • NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS at The Plaza Hotel, Victoria St. Welcome 2014 in style with a very special celebration featuring live music from Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce & a delicious Fireside dinner buffet along with bubbles & party favours at midnight. Tickets: $75 from the front desk. Room & ticket packages are available; call 250-377-8075. NEW YEAR’S EVE at Fireside Steakhouse & Bar. Welcome the New Year with spectacular & dazzling ambience at the Fireside Steakhouse & Bar. Four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Mike Swann, live entertainment by Margit Bull &Sweetgrass. Tickets: $55 at the Plaza Hotel. • NEW YEAR’S EVE BULLARAMA & DANCE at the North Thompson Agriplex. Buck in the New Year with an indoor professional bull riding & country cabaret dance. Family area & beer gardens with food vendors on site. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dance (19+) starts after the bull riding. Shuttle buses from Kamloops & back. Tickets are $80/shuttle/bull riding/dance package. $50/ bull riding/dance. $30/bullriding. Kids 12 & under free! Call 250-371-7654. • NEW YEAR’S EVE with Black Listed at Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse $15/advance tickets or $20/at the door.

• NEW YEAR’S EVE AFFAIR at Hoodoos at Sun Rivers. Enjoy 4 dinner stations, a dessert station & a glass of champagne at midnight. Dance the night away to a DJ’s groovy tunes! $60/person. Call 250-828-9404. • NEW YEAR’S PARTY at the Kamloops Curling Club. Cocktails start at 6 p.m.; prime rib dinner at 7 p.m.; & champagne at midnight. Music by Earthbound. Call 250-372-5432. • NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL at Hotel 540. Join the Kamloops Fusion Rotaract Club at Hotel 540. Cocktails at 7 p.m.; dinner at 8 p.m.; champagne toast & balloon drop at midnight. If you don’t have a mask, there will be some for sale at the door. Tickets are $60 & include dinner, champagne toast at midnight, DJ & lots of fun. They are sold individually or you can reserve tables of 8. Attire is cocktail attire. A 19+ event. Call 250-574-5285. • NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE SERIOUS DOGS at the Blue Grotto. Champagne & snacks at midnight. Advance tickets are $15 from the Blue Grotto & Long & McQuade. Ages 21 & over. • NEW YEAR’S FAMILY DINNER & DANCE at the Rainbow’s Roost. Featuring live music & entertainment for the kids. 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Adults/ $35, children/$15. • NYE’14 at On the Rocks. Ring in the New Year with DJ Kudos! Champagne toast at midnight. Advance tickets: $20 at the bar. 19+ event. • SPIKED PIG DINNER at the Noble Pig Brewhouse at 6 p.m. Dinner/ $60 including beverage pairings, tax & gratuities. Only 60 tickets available. Limit of 4 tickets per person. No holds. Purchase tickets at the bar during business hours.

• NEW YEAR’S PARTY at the Colombo Lodge Italian Cultural Centre. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m., with dancing to follow. Espresso & champagne, door prizes & a midnight snack. Tickets: $50/members, $65/nonmembers, $25/children. Call 250-319-9231. • NEW YEAR’S EVE at Harper Mountain. Bring the family for night skiing & tubing on with fireworks a few minutes after 9 p.m. (Early enough for the kids to enjoy!) Regular hours & rates for skiing apply. Tubing is by reservation, either 5 – 7 p.m. or 7 – 9 p.m.; $14/person for 2 hours including tax. Call the lodge: 250-573-5115 ext. 1. No need to book skiing. Lodge is open with hot food, & cold drinks & hot wine too! • NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS, the biggest night of the year at Sun Peaks Resort! The festivities kick off with the First Flight Big Air Invitational in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park, followed by the Kids Glowstick Parade on the village platter, followed by the famous Torchlight Parade. The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks show against the mountain backdrop! • Thompson Valley Activity & Social Club (TVASC) presents LET’S DANCE, a Ukrainian New Year’s dinner & dance, Jan. 11, at Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Cocktails: 5:30, dinner 6:30, dance to follow from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (doors open for dance at 7:45). Music by Al from Copper Creek. Ukrainian polkas, waltz, country & rock. Door prize, 50/50 raffle, spot dance. Dinner & dance: $20/members, $35/ non-members; dance only/$10. Must reserve tickets by Jan. 3 from Carole, 250-554-7078, Francoise, 250-372-3792, Zonia, 250-3720091.

Going to the Lower Mainland for the holidays? Treat them to dinner at Langley’s

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Blazers end six-game road trip with 3-3-0-0 record

The start of a six-game road trip in the prairies didn’t start out well as the Kamloops Blazers were downed 5-2 by the Brandon Wheat Kings last Tuesday night. The Wheat Kings got on the scoreboard 1:37 into the game on an odd man rush to make it 1-0. Both teams traded a few chances in the period, but the score remained 1-0 after the first period. The Wheat Kings had the shot advantage at 8-7 in the period. The Blazers got back into this one in the second period tying the game early in the period on an odd play. Josh Connolly’s shot was stopped by goaltender Jordan Papirny, the puck landed on top of the net, was popped off the top of the net by Aspen Sterzer and went off Jesse Shynkaruk and in. For Shynkaruk, it was the first goal of his WHL career. The Wheat Kings came back less than two minutes later to make it 2-1. Again, the Blazers came back as the young players contributed with the second goal for the Blazers. Carson Bolduc and Eric Krienke forced a puck out front to Nick Chyzowski. Chyzowski’s shot was stopped, but Krienke got to the rebound first to make it 2-2 6:09 into the second period. The Wheat Kings took the lead back on the next shift then added to the lead to make it 4-2 for the Wheat Kings after two periods. The Blazers had a good start to the third period and owned the puck at times outshooting the Wheat Kings in the period. It wasn’t enough though as the Wheat Kings scored a goal on a breakaway in the third period and went on to a 5-2 win over the Blazers.

Cole Kehler, who made his first career WHL start, stopped 26 of 31 shots in the loss. The following night, the Blazers won a thriller as they beat the Regina Pats 4-3 in a shootout. The two teams combined for three goals in the final 1:23 to send this one to overtime as Shynkaruk was the lone goal scorer in the shootout. The Blazers were the better team early on in this first period getting chances and having a lengthy five-on-three power play, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Chase Souto had the best chance as he was left alone in front of the net, but shot wide on goal. The Pats scored first on their teddy bear night midway through the period for a 1-0 lead. The goal seemed to tilt the puck to the Pats’ side as they were the better team in the late stages of the first period, but the game remained 1-0 through one period. It only took 1:49 into the second period for the Blazers to tie this one up as Cole Ully set up Matt Needham for a one-timer off the rush with Needham getting his sixth goal of the season making it 1-1. The Blazers had their chances to take the lead as Souto had two breakaways in the period but couldn’t convert. The Pats took the lead back with just over seven minutes to play at the end of a power play. The Pats got to a rebound and put it past Taran Kozun to make it 2-1 heading into the third period. The Blazers really couldn’t get much going in the period until desperation set in during the late stages of the hockey game. Ully dumped a puck in with just over a minute and a half to go as Kozun went to the bench for an extra attacker. Needham won a puck battle to Ully as he just stuffed it on goal coming on from behind the net and it squeaked in to tie the game 2-2 with 1:23 to go. The Blazers didn’t stop as Needham found the rebound on a shot by Ully and put it home to give the Blazers their first lead of the hockey game with 53 seconds to go. The Pats came back the other

way and a centring pass off the rush went off a Blazers defender and under Kozun to tie the hockey game with only 35 seconds left. Overtime solved nothing as this one headed to a shootout. Kozun stopped all three shooters he faced, while Shynkaruk scored on his first WHL shootout attempt to lift the Blazers to a 4-3 victory over the Pats. For the Blazers, it was a huge win as it ended a dismal 0-11-1-1 streak and is the second win on the road for the hockey club this season. Kozun finished the game with 39 saves for the win. The Blazers had a big night from their top players as Needham and Ully combined for seven points in a 4-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders last Friday night. For the first time in a long time the Blazers scored first in this one. Aspen Sterzer came in on the rush and fired a shot far side beating goaltender Nick McBride for a 1-0 Blazers lead 6:29 into the game. The Blazers were surprised as former Blazer goaltender Cole Cheveldave didn’t start in this game. The Blazers were good in the first period and took their 1-0 lead into the second period. Prince Albert tied this one up on a shot from the point. They had the Blazers pinned in their

zone and a shot from a clearing attempt beat everyone to make it 1-1. The Blazers got a big boost shortly after playing four-onfour hockey. Needham scored two goals 21 seconds apart as Ully assisted on both of them lifting the Blazers to a 3-1 lead early in the second period. The Raiders had some life near the end of the period as they were awarded a full two minute fiveon-three power play with 1:24 to go in the period. The Blazers’ penalty killers did a great job blocking shots and preserving the 3-1 lead going into the third period. With 36 second left in the fiveon-three power play, the Raiders got one back early in the period to cut the Blazers lead to 3-2 25 seconds into the third period. The Blazers did a great job the rest of the way playing with the lead in the third period for the first time since early November. With 41 seconds to go, the Blazers added an empty net goal as Needham’s shot hit the post and Luke Harrison was there to clean it up for his fourth goal on the season as the Blazers went on to win 4-2. Kozun played terrific in goal making 39 saves for the win.

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Storm back to their winning ways at the Christmas break

The Kamloops Storm are back on their winning streak after three wins in three nights last weekend. Fri. Dec. 13, saw the Storm outscore the Wranglers 5-2 in 100 Mile House. Brock Balson opened the scoring for the Storm 3:34 into the game with a power play goal. Max James gave the Storm a 2-0 lead less than 10 min-

utes later. Mitch Friesen made it 3-0 1:20 into the middle frame before the Wranglers got on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in 1:19, including one on the power play while Josh Rasmussen was off for cross-checking to make it 3-2 Storm after 40 minutes. Luke Gordon gave the Storm another two-goal lead 2:06 into the third. Then Bobby Kashuba scored an insurance goal halfway through the final frame to give Kamloops the 5-2 win. The Storm outshot the Wranglers 35-25 on the game. Liam McLeod stopped 23 of 25 shots he faced. Both teams were 1-for5 on the power play. Sat. Dec. 14, saw the Storm play host to the Summerland Steam and come away with a 3-2 overtime win. Summerland opened the scoring 3:29 into the game,

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and it looked like the Steam would take the lead into the dressing room but Gordon scored on the power play with 2:44 remaining in the first period to tie the game 1-1 after 20. The score remained tied throughout the second period and for 22:51 of the third period before the Steam managed to get another one past McLeod to take a 2-1 lead. But 2:31 later, Daniel Buchanan tied it up to send the game into OT where James proved to be the hero, scoring with 1:55 left in the extra period to lift the Storm to a 3-2 OT win. McLeod stopped 34 of 36 shots in the win. Sun. Dec. 15, the Storm shut out the Sicamous Eagles 4-0 in an early evening home game at the Sports Centre. After a scoreless first period, Kashuba opened the scoring with his first of two goals 2:32 into the middle frame, then 2:20 later, Rourke O’Briain gave the Storm a 2-0 lead, which they took to the dressing room with them after 40. Stefan Wood made it 3-0 Storm with a power play goal 4:50 into the third period. Then, with five minutes left on the clock, Kashuba scored his second goal on the night to give the Storm the 4-0 win. McLeod stopped all 29 shots he faced in

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the shutout win. The Storm sit firmly atop the league standings with a 28-5-0-1 record and 57 points, five points ahead of the second-place Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay conference’s Neil Murdoch division. In the Doug Birks division Okanagan/Shuswap conference, the Storm are 21 points ahead of the second-place Wranglers and 25 points ahead of the Chase Heat. The Eagles are 31 points behind while the Revelstoke Grizzlies sit in the basement 40 points behind the Storm. The Storm wrap up the first half of the season this weekend with a pair of away games; inSicamous against the Eagles on Fri. Dec. 20, and in Chase against the Heat on Sat. Dec. 21. The puck drops at 7 p.m. both nights. After the Christmas break, the Storm finish off their road trip in Revelstoke on Fri. Jan. 3, when they face off against the Grizzlies. The Storm’s next home games, their first of the new year, will be the following weekend; Sat. Jan. 11, against the Kimberley Dynamiters in a 7 p.m. game, and Sun. Jan. 12, against the Eagles in a 5 p.m. early evening game at the McArthur Island Sports Centre.


BLAZERS OFF ‘TIL DEC. 27

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The Blazers won for the first time on a Saturday night this season defeating the Blades 3-2 in Saskatoon last Saturday, Dec. 14. The Blades had the early jump in their step, but the Blazers kept pace as the first period featured the two teams combining for 35 shots. The Blades got the first goal on the power play as a quick shot in tight beat Kozun for a 1-0 Blades lead midway into the game. The Blazers evened this one up on the next shift as Ully picked up his own rebound and scored his 13th goal of the season to make it 1-1 only 38 seconds later. The Blazers took the lead a minute later as the trio of Nathan Looysen, Eric Krienke and Carson Bolduc combined for a goal. Bolduc was set up nicely in the high slot and beat goaltender Troy Trombley high on the glove side for a 2-1 Blazers lead. The second period tightened up a bit, but the shot totals continued to climb with shots after two periods tied 32-32. The Blazers had two power plays in the period but couldn’t get much going. The Blades best chance was a shot that hit the post and went wide, and the game remained 2-1 Blazers heading into the third period. The Blades tied the game up 1:17 into the third period on the power play. Ryan Rehill was sent to the penalty box seven seconds into the period taking a cross checking minor penalty and the Blades took advantage. A one-timer beat Kozun to make it 2-2 early in the period. Both teams had their chances in the third period, but the Blazers’ young guns came up big once again. A great shift in the offensive zone by the line of Krienke, Looysen and Bolduc allowed Bolduc to put a shot towards the net that beat Trombley with just over 12 minutes to go to give the Blazers a 3-2 lead. From there, the Blazers did a great job playing with the lead as they got pucks deep in the offensive zone and defended well to hang on for a 3-2 win over the Blades. Kozun won his third consecutive start with 38 saves in goal. The Blazers saw their three game winning streak end last Sunday night as they fell 5-2 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in the fifth game of a six game road trip through the East division. The Blazers, who were playing their fifth game in six nights, took a lot of penalties in this one giving up a season high 11 power plays to the opposition. With the Blazers forced to kill four consecutive penalties in the first period, the Warriors outshot the Blazers 18-7 in the period. The Warriors scored first on an offensive zone faceoff at the start of a five-on-three power play. The Warriors won a faceoff and sniped a shot top corner to make it 1-0 Moose Jaw. Despite the penalties, the Blazers only trailed 1-0 after one period. The penalties continued in the second period. After Souto was hit from behind, he responded by challenging the player to a fight. There was no penalty for the hit and Souto was tagged with an instigator penalty, which meant he was lost to the club for almost the entire period. The Warriors enjoyed five more power plays in the second period and made it 2-0 with a power play marker 7:29 into the period. The Warriors scored again 1:25 later at even strength beating Kozun high for a 3-0 Warriors lead. The Blazers got one back shortly later with Ully scoring on his own rebound, but the Warriors replied on a turnover and beat Kozun short-side to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead through two periods. The parade to the penalty box finally ended in the third period. Needham got the Blazers to within two scoring his 10th goal of the year with just over five minutes left, but the Warriors added an empty net goal to make it a 5-2 final. Kozun had a busy night through two periods making 26 saves on 30 shots. Cole Kehler was brought in for the third period stopping all 10 shots he faced. The Blazers finished the six-game East division road trip with a 6-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos last Tuesday night. The Blazers got off to a good start in this one taking advantage of a

five-on-three power play midway through the first period. The Blazers scored twice on the power play as Ully buried his own rebound for his 15th goal of the season and Sterzer scored 41 seconds later with his 14th goal for a 2-0 Blazers lead. The Blazers looked good the rest of the period despite losing their captain, Needham at the end of the period after blocking a shot. The Broncos pushed hard in the second period, and the Blazers couldn’t muster much of a push back after a long and gruelling road trip. The Broncos were able to beat Kozun with a quick shot 3:35 into the second to cut the lead to 2-1, then tied it up on the power play midway through the period away to make it 2-2. The Broncos took the lead towards the end of the period as the Broncos outshot the Blazers 22-6 in the period and took a 3-2 lead headed into the third period. The Blazers had a push back in the third period with forward Mitch Lipon having the best chance to tie things up. He grabbed a turnover in the offensive zone and sniped a shot that goaltender Eetu Laurikainen got a piece of to keep it a 3-2 game. The Broncos took a 4-2 lead midway through the period off a faceoff then added another goal shortly after to make it 5-2. The Blazers replied on the power play with defenseman Connolly scoring his seventh goal to make it 5-3, but the Warriors finished the scoring with a late goal for a 6-3 final. There were plenty of fights in this one as Ryan Rehill was in two fights, Sam Grist and Eric Krienke also got in to tilts for the Blazers. With the loss, the Blazers finished their road trip with a 3-3-0-0 record on their six game road trip. The Blazers now are off until Dec. 27 when they play their seventh straight game on the road in Kelowna. The hockey club returns home for a game on Dec. 29 when they host the Vancouver Giants.

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‘Tis the season to think local The holiday season is a busy time, so it’s easy to get side-tracked and let our good environmental habits slide. There are a number of simple ways to stay green during the holidays, including purchasing homegrown produce and meats. Here are some reasons on why you should go local this holiday season: • Environmental benefits: Transporting food uses a lot of energy – when we reduce the distance food travels, we help the environment. • Food quality: Food grown locally is fresher and often tastier. • Community development: Buying locally keeps money circulated within the community allowing growth in the local economy. One easy way make your holiday meal a little greener is to visit a farm or market in your community and purchase a locally

raised, free-range turkey. Then dress up your bird with a delicious stuffing made from primarily locally grown ingredients, such as this chestnut stuffing.

ROAST TURKEY WITH CHESTNUT STUFFING This recipe is for a 3 to 5 kg turkey 250g /1 cup diced onion 150g / ½ cup diced celery 100g / 1/3 cup butter 500g / 4 cups bread cubes To taste: salt and pepper 2 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped thyme 1 tbsp chopped rosemary 3 crushed garlic cloves 250mL/1 cup chicken stock to bind 200g/1½ cups chestnuts roughly chopped

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Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add onions, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Add chestnuts and bread. Stir for one minute. Remove and place into a mixing bowl. Add the stock to bind and finally the chopped herbs. Add salt and pepper according to taste. TO PREPARE YOUR TURKEY: Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Remove the giblets from the turkey’s cavity. Wash the turkey cavity under the tap and drain. Fill with the chestnut stuffing and tie the legs to secure the stuffing. Brush the turkey with oil and season the turkey well with salt and pepper. Place stuffed turkey onto a roasting tray and place into oven. See the meat doneness chart for times - a 3 to 5 kg turkey will take approximately 2 to 2½ hours to cook. Your turkey should always have an internal temperature of 170°F (77 °C) when cooked. – NC

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The halls are decked, the presents are wrapped, the cookies are baked, but you’ve still got those stockings to stuff. Don’t resort to lumps of coal just yet, let the editors of Canada's online shopping information destination, RedFlagDeals.com, lend a holiday hand. Here are five easy suggestions for affordable stocking stuffers: • TAKE A COFFEE BREAK: Gift cards to coffee shops or fast-food restaurants can come in small denominations of $5 to $10 and will be appreciated in January when the leftovers run out. • FANCY FOODS: Candy canes won’t cut it with the gourmand on your shopping list. How about some imported vanilla extract, killer hot sauce, high-end olive oil, or loose leaf tea? • HIT THE JACKPOT: At $1 to $5 each, holiday lottery tickets already feature festive decorations and are easy to pick up at a convenience store/gas station to avoid yet another trip to the mall. Plus, if they hit the jackpot it’ll be a merry Christmas indeed. • GREAT GADGETS: For the techies and gamers, this is a good opportunity to load up on rechargeable batteries, USB flash drives, chargers, controllers, memory cards, and other accessories. • STICK WITH THE CLASSICS: From practical oldies-but-goodies like toothbrushes, socks, and lip balm to less-practical but appreciated items like Christmas ornaments, chocolates, and bubble bath there's no need to break the bank to bring a smile. – NC

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in recent months. Three types of Life at Home LED 70-count outdoor Christmas lights should not be used by customers, as there are concerns the lights could have loose or exposed wires and pose risk of electric shock, electrocution or fire. The lights affected by the recall were sold in strings of white, blue and multi-colour bulbs. In Western Canada, the lights were sold at Extra Foods, No Frills, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Real Canadian Superstore and Your Independent Grocer. Consumers can return the lights for a full refund, without receipt, at the customer service desk at any of the Loblaws chain stores. As well, customer service representatives can be reached at 1-800-296-2332, or by email at customerservice@loblaws.ca.

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The history of Christmas traditions

• The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on Dec. 25 was in 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on Dec. 25. • No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible.There are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. A very early Christian tradition said that the day when Mary was told she would have a very special baby, Jesus was on March 25, and nine months after that is Dec. 25! Dec. 25 might have also been chosen because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called “Saturnalia” and “Dies Natalis Solis Invicti” took place in December around this date – so it was a time when people already celebrated things. • Christmas had also been celebrated by the early Church on Jan. 6, when they also celebrated the Epiphany and the baptism of Jesus. Now the Epiphany mainly celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, but back then it celebrated both things! Jesus’ baptism was originally seen as more important than his birth, as this was when he started his ministry. But soon people wanted a separate day to celebrate his birth. • The Christmas candy cane originated in Germany about 250 years ago. They started as straight white sugar sticks. A story says that a choirmaster was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. So he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! As he wanted to remind them of Christmas, he made them into a ‘J’ shape like a shepherd’s crook, to remind them of the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus at the first Christmas. Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added and they were flavoured with peppermint or wintergreen. • Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles (The word carol originally meant to dance to something). • One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men: frankincense, gold and myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship. Gold was associated with kings, and myrrh was a perfume that was put on dead bodies to make them smell nice.

CHRISTMAS HAMPER DONATIONS NEEDED Christmas Amalgamated is seeking donations of new toys, games, and clothing as well as for food items for Christmas hampers. The following food items can be included in a basic Christmas dinner hamper. All home-baked and canned food items must be prepared in an Food-Safe approved kitchen. If you are adopting a family, ensure there is enough food to feed the entire family for their Christmas dinner. (Extras can be included.) • One turkey or turkey certificate ($25 value); • potatoes (3 – 5 lb.); • stuffing (1 – 2 package); • vegetables (2 tins, or fresh if delivered immediately); • soup (2 tins); • juice (1 large tin);

• Jell-O or pudding (2 packages); • cranberry jelly (1 tin); • oranges (1 dozen); • apples (1 dozen); • Christmas cake; • a mixture of nuts and candy; • tea and/or coffee; and • bread/buns.

• All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other. Most children around the world believe in a Christmas gift bringer. It’s often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but in Germany it’s the Christ Kind, in Spain it’s the Wise Men, and in Italy it’s an old lady called Befana. • St. Nicholas was a bishop who lived in the fourth century AD in what is now Turkey. He was a very rich and kind man who had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. Because of his kindness Nicholas was made a Saint. St. Nicholas is not only the saint of children but also of sailors. Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on Dec. 6. In Holland and some other European countries, children leave clogs or shoes out to be filled with presents. They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas’s horse, they will be left some sweets. • By the 16th century in Europe, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas had become very unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, he became Father Christmas, a character from old children’s stories; in France, he’s known as Père Nöel; in Germany, the Christ Kind. In the early USA his name was Kris Kringle. Later, Dutch settlers in the US took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became Sinterklaas or as we now know him, Santa Claus.

Local restaurant identified as Norovirus source Interior Health Authority officials say a downtown Kamloops restaurant was the source of the norovirus bug that struck more than three-dozen staff at Royal Inland Hospital last week. The staff became sick after attending a party catered by Dorian Greek House, according to Dr. Rob Parker, IH medical health officer. He said despite precautionary measures and extra cleaning undertaken by Dorian’s a second party hosted by the restaurant last Friday resulted in another group of patrons falling ill last Sunday. Dorian has been closed temporarily while it hires a company to give the restaurant a full cleaning. Twenty-six elective surgeries at Royal Inland were postponed last week – but hospital officials say operations are back to normal. Norovirus causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, but adults usually recover within a couple of days.

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