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• Patrick wasn’t made a saint until the early 17th century, hundreds of years after his death in the year 461. March 17 is the anniversary of his death and is his religious feast day.

• Although we think of the color green when St. Patrick is mentioned, blue was the first color to represent the hero. In 1783, The Order of St. Patrick was founded, the senior order of chivalry and fellowship of knights. The Order of the Thistle already used green for their uniforms and the Order of the Garter used dark blue, so the Order of St. Patrick used a shade of sky blue. Military uniforms were of “St. Patrick’s Blue” and during the time of King Henry VIII, and the flag of Ireland was a gold harp on a blue background. The harp remains as the country’s national emblem today. • Between 1846 and 1900, about 2,873,000 people emigrated from Ireland to America, making it the second largest nationality group of immigrants, second only to Germany. The most predominant occupation of those newcomers was that of skilled weaver.

SHORT STUFF This week there’s no shortage of short things! Take a look at a number of items containing the word “short.” • Randy Newman’s 1977 Billboard top hit “Short People” described his subject, “They got little baby legs that stand so low, you got to pick ‘em up just to say hello.” Who is classified as a short person? The term “short stature” refers to any person substantially under the average height for a person of the same age and gender. Pediatricians use a measurement called standard deviation that compares the height of different children. A child’s height must be more than two SD’s below average height in order to have short stature, and 95% percent of comparable children are taller.

• In 2010, about 34.7 million U.S. residents claimed ancestors from Ireland. What were the most common Irish surnames of these folks? The last names of Murphy, Kelly, and O’Sullivan are considered the top three “most • Do you know the difference between IRS Irish.” Other common Irish surnames include forms 1040A and 1040EZ? Form 1040A is Walsh, O’Brien, Byrne, Ryan, O’Connor, the “short form” while 1040EZ is the “easy” O’Neill, and O’Reilly.

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• Ireland has had its influence on geographical limited to taxpayers with less than $100,000 locations in the U.S. Seven communities in taxable income who take the standard are named Shamrock, including locations in deduction. However, the easy form is only for Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. Sixteen those with no dependents. other towns are named Dublin, sharing the name with Ireland’s capital. North Carolina • A short sale on the stock exchange means is home to the community of Emerald Isle, that the seller does not actually own the population 3,655.

• St. Patrick’s Day often brings beer and taverns to mind, but that tradition didn’t start in Ireland. The Irish Parliament declared the day a religious holiday in 1903, meaning that all the pubs were closed. In 1970, that bill was overturned and the day became a national • holiday rather than a religious observance. • The tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America, not Ireland. New York City was home to the first parade, held on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized the celebration to honor the Catholic feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. Today, New York’s parade is the largest in the world with more than 200,000 marchers along the Fifth Avenue route. Close to three million spectators observe the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats.

• Canada’s longest-running parade is in the city of Montreal, where it first took place in 1824.. • The three-color Irish flag – orange, green, and white – was created in 1848, and is symbolic

shares he/she is selling and has to borrow them before being able to deliver. When the share price falls, the short seller buys them and returns them to the lender, resulting in a gain on the deal. If someone calls you short, he/she might be referring to your height, but could be telling you that your demeanor is abrupt, discourteous, or unfriendly. A short presentation doesn’t always refer to its duration. It might mean it was succinct and concise.


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March 11: in 537, the Goths laid siege to Rome. In 1958, a U.S. B-47 bomber accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb near Florence, S.C. The bomb didn’t go off because of its safety features. March 12: in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of America. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio “fireside chats.”

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March 13: in 1868, the impeachment trial of President of the country’s politics. The orange stands for Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate; he was the Irish Protestants, green for the Catholics, eventually acquitted by one vote. In 1925, a law went and white represents the hope that peace be into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of reached between the two. evolution. March 14: in 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation. In 1964, a jury in Dallas found strip-club owner Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy. March 15: in 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included his erstwhile ally Brutus. In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.

• Have you ever heard of the trifolium dubium? That’s the name given to the shamrock by botanists. The early Celts referred to the shamrock as the seamroy, and considered this three-leafed clover a sacred plant with mystical properties. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to first-century Irish pagans. During the 17th century when the English began seizing Irish land and prohibiting the use of their native language and Catholic religion, many Irish started wearing the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage.

March 16: in 1836, the independent Republic of Texas approved a constitution. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre was carried out by U.S. • The Irish word lobaircin means “small-bodied troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. March 17: in 461, according to tradition, St. Patrick - the patron saint of Ireland - died in Saul, where he had built a church. In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine found a missing hydrogen bomb that had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. Answer to last week’s question: This week in 1972, Alabama Gov. George Wallace was shot and paralyzed while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Maryland. This week’s question: In 1790, who became the first U.S. secretary of state?

fellow,” and has been modified a bit to the English word “leprechaun.” These little imps date back to the early Celtic beliefs in fairies, those tiny men and women with magical powers, who used those powers for either good or evil. Leprechauns were seen as grumpy little men, whose duties were to mend the shoes of the other fairies. We’ve all heard of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Folklore claims that the little men have great treasures stored in crocks, and use trickery to protect it from others. If a leprechaun is captured by a human, he has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. In 1959, Walt Disney Studios released the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which gave us the image of cheerful and friendly leprechauns, but in Irish folklore, they are cantankerous and mischievous.

• Indiana’s University of Notre Dame is home to the Fighting Irish, a team that played its inaugural game in November of 1887. In 1918, Knute Rockne took over as head

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“LIFE OF PI’’: Director Ang Lee’s stunningly visual version of the Yann Martel novel earned him a recent Oscar nomination for the film, which also was in the best picture race. A young man (played in his teen years by Suraj Sharma) and a Bengal tiger become wary lifeboat mates after a shipwreck, then develop into partners in survival as their unique adventure evolves. Gerard Depardieu and Rafe Spall also appear, but Sharma, Lee and the visual-effects team clearly own the film. ***

“HITCHCOCK’’: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are typically credible as legendary “master of suspense’’ Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, in director Sacha Gervasi’s docudrama, but the bigger interest is the movie’s detailing of the complications - financial and emotional - the famed filmmaker ran into while making his classic “Psycho.’’ Scarlett Johansson plays actress Janet Leigh, she of the shower scene. Jessica Biel appears as “Psycho’’ co-star Vera Miles, with Michael Wincott as killer Ed Gein, whom Hitchcock envisions himself engaging in conversation. *** “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS’’: The title guardians are some of the most famous characters ever, who band together to save the world’s children from an overdose of fear aimed by the so-called Bogeyman (voice by Jude Law), in this enjoyable fantasy. Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy - respectively voiced by Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers’’) - try to prevent the intended fright from taking hold. *** “SMASHED’’: A young couple, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Emmy winner Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad’’), struggle to get a handle on their drinking in this well-played drama honored at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The wife has an especially hard time making the journey toward sobriety, which forces her to come to terms with personal and professional dilemmas. The impressive cast also includes Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help’’), Mary Kay Place, and spouses Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace’’) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation’’). DVD extras: “making-of ’’ documentary; audio commentary by Winstead and director and cowriter James Ponsoldt; deleted scenes; Toronto Film Festival footage. *** “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE’’: It didn’t get as much theatrical distribution as most of his films, but Sean Penn remains a singular acting force in this unusual mix of personal drama and revenge tale. The star plays a retired rock music legend who decides to patch things up with his father, but after traveling from Ireland to New York on that mission, he finds his dad has died ... before completing his targeting of a former Nazi war criminal, which the son then takes up. Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson (daughter of U2’s Bono) and music icon David Byrne also star for director Paolo Sorrentino. *** “THE MOB DOCTOR: THE COMPLETE SERIES’’: Rarely is an entire television show available on video before the end of the season in which it’s aired, but that’s an indication of the short life of this Fox drama about a surgeon (played by Jordana Spiro) indebted to a Chicago underworld leader (William Forsythe). That forces her to take on some assignments she’d prefer not to have. Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights’’) and Zjelko Ivanek also are in the regular cast. **

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Classifieds go in all four papers: Vernon, Shuswap, Kamloops & Kelowna Wanted Buying Unwanted Guns 250 832-2982 Wanted: Purchasing old Canadian & American coin collections & accumulations. Old gold & sterling! Private, Prompt & Confidential. Shuswap 250-548-3670 shop or barn space in Ver non / Ar mst rong area large enough to get a school bus in. Needs to have a min 10 foot high door, and must be at least 36 feet in length. Call Trevor 250 550 4272 Unwanted Firearms Do you have unwanted firearms? Safe and secure removal. Have proper license to handle firearms. Will pickup at your convenience. Call 250-870-6672 (Kelowna). Looking to Purchase Vintage Costume Jewelry, Watches & Pocket Watches, War Medals & Buttons, Coins, Sterling Silver Cutlery & Tea Services, Silver & Scrap Gold! CASH DOLLARS PAID! Vernon, Call Mick 250 307-8486 Part Time Salespeople Wanted. Tidbits Shuswap and Kamloops papers call 250-8034664 or 250-434-1888. Tidbits Vernon and Kelowna papers call 250-550-4271. Looking for set of Harrows, will exchange for firewood or cash. Call 250-547-6747 (Cherryville)

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Turn-key family daycare business opportunity for quality childcare owner/operator. All equipment, supplies and materials to run a profitable business immediately. Contact Rita at 250-679-4420 (chase)

Cow feed. Reasonably priced round bales. Call John (250) 5402475 (Lumby).

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double bed good quality new cond. Includes new cover, bedding and quilt. New $800 asking $375. Futon w/bunk over, beautiful wood and metal like new. Can be used separately. $220 Call 778-4893040 (shuswap) New Jim Bowie hunting knife $70. New Pellet rifle $70. New Red Rider BB rifle $70. Rifle scope for either rifle $25. 3 Way Stereo $70. Various country western LP’s and 8 Tracks. Belt buckles best offer everything must go! WANTED: Old wooden alarm or other clocks working or not. Bob (250) 5497015 (Vernon). Brown/beige Ashley 2 cushion love seat - like new, very comfortable, $195 obo. Lady’s golf bag & clubs, $35 obo. (250) 448-7823 or (778) 363-0757 (Kelowna). NEW Queen Bedroom Set. Queen bed, 9 drawer dresser, n/s, landscape mirror. Solid Wood. $679! (Kamloops) 250.434.2337 2 Pedestal office desk. 30x60, new condition! 4 drawer, arborite top & adjustable keyboard holder. Call 250-8364634 or 250-253-1520 (Shuswap) Farm Raised Beef. Grain fed, no additives, CWF by the side. $3.25 lb. Call 250 307 3430 OR 250-546-6494 (Armstrong) Collector’s Dolls (new), some in boxes ($25-$150). Pictures & frames ($5-$25). Monkeypod wooden dishes ($5-$25). Silver Tea Set ($50 obo). Call (250) 765-6240 (Kelowna). 350 egg Sportsman Incubator $225 as new. 10” compound miter sliding saw. New $100. Trials play cupboard new $50, Bird house $25. call 250-838-0959 (Enderby)

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Bedroom suite - Queen box spring & mattress. Bookcase headboard, 6drawer dresser w/ mirror, 4drawer upright dresser, blonde color, all w/glass covered tops. $350 obo. (250) 859-5176 (Kelowna).

Global Hydronics Stove. Capacity 40005000 sq feet. Great for shops, buildings, etc. $2000 or best offer. Call John (250) 5402475 (Lumby).

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2 Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft. One 80” scale $150. One 106” old-timer $100. Flight box with starter & other misc support items $20. Call (250) 763-4602 (Kelowna). Moving out sale! 1986 350 4plex Honda 4 wheeler $1200, Honda Rototiller exc cond. $800, 22 ton wood splitter $1100, 4 wheeler loading ramps used once $300, Oak Dinette set $300, Pacific Energy wood heater like new $1100, Craftsman II snowblower 10.5/20 electric or pull start exc cond. $1000. Tons of stuff including weed eater, table saw, power saws, Husqvarna products, rocking chairs, deep freeze, air tank, couch, electric motors, drill press, numerous tools and more! 250-319-9829 or 250-255-1780 (Pritchard)

Sport bike rack, trailer hitch mount. like new cond. Holds two bikes. Paid $120 asking $75 obo. Dufferin billiard table, 4 1/2 x 9 slate. Leather corners, ball legs, felt top. Balls, racks & cues $1200. (Kamloops) 778-470-0106 Oval white kitchen table w/extra leaf, 4 chairs w/blue fabric seats & back. $50 obo. (250) 859-5176 (Kelowna) Keurig gourmet coffee

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2 female Pom’s. 1 is 4 months old (teacup size) $450 and 1 is 2 yrs old, very gentle and loves kids. $300 Call 250-573-4734 or 250-517-8638. (shuswap/Kamloops)

John Deere 855 4x4 compact tractor. Front end loader, 47” snow blower, 7’ rear blade, roof canopy, 24 HP. Mint condition. Only 363 hrs. Always garaged. $17,500. 250454-6756 (West Kelowna) 55 Buick Special. 4 dr hrdtop. Red & black. Rebuilt motor w/264 engine nail head. $10,000 in chroming.

Renovation Keith’s Door Service & Minor Reno’s: Specializing in the installation of Doors and Windows, locks, deadbolts, and weather stripping. No job is too small! (Vernon) Call Keith anytime 250.260.7878

5 bdrm, 2 storey home in W Kelowna for sale. Ross Rd. Lg fam rm. 2 full bth + 1.5 bth. Dble attached garage + sgl detached garage w/wkshp (wired 220). Deck w/canopy. New windows + furnace. 250-769-7559. White Amana machine in box $75, (W. Kelowna) Smokey mountain. dishwasher (built-in style), best offer. Call Mandolin & case $175, 3 bdrm suite furnished 1940’s complet maple $325 Mel, (250) 768-7170 p/month. 1 waterfall bedroom suite bdrm suite furnished (West Kelowna). w/newer mattress. great $275 p/month. People Ridgid Pressure shape $475, Paddling on social assistance Washer - Gas motor dry suit w/fleece welcome. Call 250Subaru 6.0Hp 170. (Clinton undergarment (mens 459-2387. 3000psi 2.6 G.P.M. large) barely used $450. area)

Like new (Less than 6Hrs on unit). Asking $375. (250) 766-0686 (Winfield).

NEW Small Faux Leather or Microfiber Sectional Sofa w/ ottoman. 5 colors available. $469 only! (250) 434-2337 (Kam) Evergo Oxygen Machine. Never used. Paid $6,500. Willing to sell for $3,000 or closest to it. Phone (250) 5422812 (Vernon).

Call 250-832-1863 or khjohnis@gmail.com 8 piece dining rm set $225, Green Velvet love seat $50, Pull out trundle bed $50, 2 Rose colored Cocktail swivel rockers $30 each, Bistro set $50, Canon Laser Printer combination (almost new) $150, drop leaf table with 2 swivel chairs $125, (250) 260-4912 (Vernon). Office Chair on Casters, low back & arm rests. $18.00 Phone 250542-4919 (Vernon)

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Automotive 2004 Pontiac Sunfire. 189,000 km’s. Runs well, new master clutch and recently a new fuel pump. 5 sp and great on gas! Asking $1650. Call 250-803-4603 (shuswap)

1999 Arctic Cat 580 Powder Special Snow Machine. $2195 obo. 2 bdrm mobile hm in West Kelowna Trail Park Mobile Villas. $24,900 obo. (250) 7682269 (Westbank). 1st class club golf cart all Pets enclosed w/6 batteries. 2 month old Golden Good used Scooter and Retriever pups (1 male, used walker like new. Call for more details. 1 female). Call Mel, 250-832-7321 (250) 768-7170 (Shuswap) (West Kelowna).

& leather seats. Asking $23,000. Call Ron 250-765-0112 Kelowna. 2008 Chev truck tow mirrors $25, 2008 Chev Uplander Van tow mirrors $25, 2007 GMC truck tow mirrors $25, 2007 Tonneau Cover for GMC truck $500. Call Cliff at 250542-1449

205 Hornet 5th wheel. 27’ fully loaded, winter skirting. $12,500 obo. Electric bike $500 obo. 250-832-7321 (shuswap)

1990 Jeep YJ. 4 cylinder, 5 spd, standard, soft top roof, good condition. New brakes, completely everything, complete new exhaust system, good tires (new new), new windshield and rear window. (Vernon) Asking $3895 250-308-7795 OR 250-542-3911

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2009

Asking $4,200 Yamaha Virago OBO Only 1400 Asking km’s. Exc $4,200 cond. OBO Only 1400 Great starter km’s. ExcBrenda cond. bike. Call Great starter at 250-836-2997 bike. Call Brenda at 250-836-2997


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Tip Week Dealing with Slander

What should you do if someone is angry with you? Have you ever had someone defame you, criticize you, or otherwise put you down behind your back? How did you deal with it? Perhaps they posted something negative on Facebook or Twitter or tried to assassinate your character via their blog or some online website. Maybe they used passive-aggressive tactics at your workplace, school or church, causing politics and division within an otherwise harmonious environment. Whatever the situation, I want to encourage you - before you respond - to consider whether it’s worth confronting the person spewing the venom. Does this person’s character lend any credibility to what they’re saying? Although some folks enjoy juicy gossip, most know whose words can be trusted and whose should be taken with a grain of salt. Sometimes addressing a situation affords it a dignity it doesn’t deserve. It may be best to just walk away and trust that people are going to see the gossip for what it is. For those times where you must step up and defend yourself, may I encourage you to NEVER do it via email or text? The best way to address any conflict is to go to the person - calmly - and confront them face-to-face in a humble and gentle manner. People are far more reasonable and less likely to engage in sensational nonsense when they have to look their target in the eye. Although difficult, this is the best method to confront slander. If you have to, bring a second or third person

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with you - but not at first. Otherwise, this may be seen as intimidation and cause the situation to escalate instead of defusing it. If you absolutely cannot confront someone in person, the next best response is a written letter (not an email, but a well-thoughtout physical letter). Unlike a personal confrontation, a letter’s tone could be more easily controlled, even purposefully made devoid of emotion. However, there is no predicting the reader’s mood when the envelope arrives. Even humble attempts by the writer can be misunderstood thereby creating further and escalating slander by the reader. Not to mention it can take forever to formulate what you perceive as the perfect letter and can end up granting even more power to the very person who is defaming you. Regardless of how you address conflict, it’s never fun. I hope this week’s Tip will help you navigate the path of least resistance, so you can return as quickly as possible to the harmonious environment you previously enjoyed.

Helpful Tips

Trevor Cairns publishes Tidbits in Vernon & Kelowna, has lived & done business in the Okanagan for 10 years and calls Vernon home. Tip of the Week is practical tips and tidbits (pardon the pun) that Trevor has personally found helpful. Agree or disagree but please take what you will and consider it a gift from Tidbits – The Neatest little Paper Ever Read®. Trevor wants to hear what you think of Tip of the Week! Email him at trevor@ tidbitskelowna.ca.

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