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• Many children the world over hear a song about the night sky long before they learn to talk. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was published by Jane Taylor and her sister, Ann, in England in 1806. Their second book of children’s poems, Rhymes for the Nursery, includes the poem, The Star, written with five verses. Only the first verse is widely sung, with an occasional addition of verse two.

• The tune for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is actually older than the poem. It originated in France, first seen in print in Paris in 1761. The tune was first associated with a French song, Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman, which is translated Ah! Will I tell you Mommy. It is still popular with French children.

• Another “tune” that came from Paris was the quiet buzz of neon lights. Georges Claude, a chemist, engineer, and inventor was a pioneer in the development of neon lighting.

• Neon gas was first discovered in 1898. The word neon was chosen for the gas from the Greek word “neos” which means “new gas.” • Two predecessors to neon lights were the Geissler Moore tubes that used pressurized gas

▶ Charles Fenerty of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the first person to use wood fibers to make ▶ Alert, on the tip of Ellesmere Island, is the paper. His father owned a lumber mill, and when northernmost permanent settlement in the he toured a paper mill where paper was made world. It has a population of about five, centered from rags, he noticed many similarities in the around a weather station located there. It’s 817 two mills. He started experimenting in 1839 and km (508) miles from the North Pole, and 2,092 produced paper from wood pulp in 1841. km (1,300 mi) from the nearest city of Iqaluit. ▶ Canada’s oldest independent brewery, the Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New

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Tidbits Penticton-Summerland ARIES (March 21-April 19): Risky business is not show business. Sometimes you like to walk on the wild side and push your limits - but in the week to come, you would be wise to avoid strenuous escapades like rock-climbing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Party animals on the prowl sometimes growl. With fun-loving Venus in your sign, you may have numerous opportunities to socialize in the week ahead but a heavy work load could cramp your style. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Strive to be a voice, not an echo. You might have a tendency to adopt other people’s opinions as your own in the week to come. You can’t take it for granted that those opinions are based on due diligence. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A satisfying job and financial security might be your priority in the week ahead. Family and social life could take a back seat to career, as you focus on realizing your ambitions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Focus on achieving NIGHT LIGHTS (continued): ambitions, not on group consensus. Interpersonal relationships could be a in tubes with electric volts to make colorful lights. When neon was discovered it proved bit challenging early in the week. Be as straightforward as possible to avoid alienating to be a more lasting gas for tube lights. Neon those you value the most. was in short supply until Georges Claude’s VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pay attention to company, “Air Liquide,” began producing what is going on in the outside world. In the large quantities. Claude made his first neon upcoming week, tune into the news, the radio light in 1902 and first displayed his invention or TV, and you will find guidance for your job at the Paris Motor Show in December, 1910, Say You and career problems right there in plain sight. with two 39 foot long (12 m) bright red tubes LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You won’t be able to of neon light. make permanent plans with temporary people. You may be frustrated in attempts to stand up • Claude received his first patent for neon for yourself. The week ahead isn’t a good time lighting in Paris in 1911 and another in the to invest your money or your emotions. United States in 1915. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Buck up. The more you talk about the drama and demands • (There is some historical evidence that Perley G. Nutting, a physicist who started the Optical in your life, the more you reinforce them. Society of America, displayed the first neon In the upcoming week, simply get on with your jobs and refuse to dwell on the nagging light at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in negatives. 1904.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Beautify • The first commercial neon sign was sold your surroundings. Harmony around you will to a barber shop in Paris in 1912, by Jaques reflect the harmony within during the week Fonseque, an associate of Claude. ahead. You might take a few minutes to make a difference by improving work conditions. • When red and blue tubes of neon lights were CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The secret installed decorating the Paris Opera House to success in the week ahead is to focus your in 1919, the colors became known as “Opera energy on building up something new rather Colors.” than tearing down something old. You may feel that your private space is threatened by • Claude sold the first neon sign in America, others. actually two, to a Packard Car dealership in AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Having a few Los Angeles in 1923. The price: $24,000! Neon adventures may be good for you. Remain quickly caught on in the advertising world. cautious, however, and don’t neglect duties. If you are thinking of beginning anything long- • The “liquid fire” signs began dominating outdoor advertising displays in American lasting or important, hold off until this week cities from Times Square in New York to Los is over. Angeles. Las Vegas quickly became a city PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The love of your filled with neon on the borders of signs and life may be difficult to find, but once found, will be impossible to forget. During the buildings, architectural accents and even neon upcoming week, you may experience a few animations. Fully Licensed - Freshly Made Sushi Daily - Free Delivery to Penticton trials and tribulations but will be rewarded for • Today, many of the first neon signs and displays your efforts.

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in Las Vegas have become part of the Neon Museum. The Museum has three components: the Downtown Gallery, the Neon Boneyard, and the Las Vegas Signs project.

• By the way, Georges Claude was imprisoned from 1945-1949 by the French government for collaborating with the Germans in World War II.

(NC)—According to research commissioned by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association in 2012, 78 per cent of Canadians feel they receive fewer telemarketing calls than they did prior to signing up for Canada’s National Do Not Call List (DNCL). Here are five facts you may not know about the National DNCL: • Registering on the National DNCL is free and takes only a few moments to complete. • Canadians have already registered more than 11 million phone and fax numbers on the list. • 10,000 telemarketers are registered on the list. • Registered charities, political parties and candidates, newspapers seeking subscribers and businesses with whom you have an existing relationship are exempt from the National DNCL rules, but consumers can ask to be put on these callers’ internal do not call lists. Market research companies are also exempt and are not required to maintain their own do not call lists. • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has collected approximately $2.5 million in penalties for violations of the telemarketing rules. Anyone wanting to register a phone or fax number on the National DNCL can go online at www.lnntedncl.gc.ca, call toll-free 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866580-3625) or call via TTY device 1-888-DNCL-TTY (1-888-362-5889).

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Q: My 4-year-old Red-boned Coonhound has been obedience trained; we’ve done everything we can to train him off-leash. However, he still breaks free from his lead, leaves the yard and runs off, returning half an hour later. We’ve never had a dog behave this way before. What’s your solution? A: Pet writer Kim Campbell Thornton suggests: “Work with a good trainer on teaching a reliable ‘come.’” Thornton, author of “Careers with Dogs” (BowTie Press, Irvine, CA, 2010; $24.94), adds, “Perhaps this dog isn’t returning, or you’re not there to call the dog. It doesn’t really matter. You have a hound dog that is ruled by his nose.” Charlene LaBelle, author of “A Guide to Backpacking with Your Dog” (Apline/Blue Ribbon, Crawford, CO, 2004; $12.95), agrees. “A hound’s instinct is to run, and you know that’s the case with your dog,” she notes. “So, be sure that your dog is wearing an ID tag and is microchipped. The reality, which you may not like, is that leash equals love.” Also, make sure that in addition to a dog tag and microchipping, you register with the microchip provider. You indicated that your dog breaks free from his lead. If you literally mean he regularly breaks from his leash or harness, you need to fit him with another. This problem shouldn’t happen repeatedly.

• Claude’s patents were good but they did not stop others from “taking off” from his work. Charles J. Wamser created his sign company with neon technology that was slightly different from Claude’s patents.

• Wamser’s company, Sheet Metal Products, Inc., was started in a rented garage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started mass producing signs in the late 1920s. His company, now named Everbrite, is still a worldwide leader in the lighting and branding of companies.

• Many of the “neon” signs that dotted the landscapes in North America were not all neon. People use the name “neon” for lights of all colors but actually neon lights are red. Other gases used with neon produce different colors. Argon is most widely used, along with mercury and phosphor. There are now over 150 colors that can be produced. • Neon signs were most popular in the 1950s. By the 1960s neon lights were being replaced with

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Chicken Enchiladas Chicken Enchiladas are the ultimate in family-favorite dishes. Chicken breasts are poached in a highlyflavored liquid; then the liquid does double duty as a sauce when mixed with salsa verde and whipping cream and spooned over the chicken-filled tortillas. Use the freshest tortillas you can find for this dish since older ones tend to dry out and crack even though they’re moistened in the flavorful sauce. We love La Tortilla Factory brand. Look for their low-fat, lower-sodium tortillas.Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 2 enchiladas) Total: 1 Hour, 52 Minutes Ingredients • 4 cups cold water • 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns • 5 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges • 1 (7-ounce) can salsa verde • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 cup chopped seeded tomato • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas • Cooking spray • 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup) Preparation 1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan using a slotted spoon; let stand 10 minutes. Shred the chicken, and set aside. Drain cooking liquid through a sieve over a bowl; reserve cooking liquid. Discard solids. 2. Combine reserved cooking liquid and salsa verde in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 30 minutes). Reduce heat to low; stir in whipping cream. Place pan over low heat. 3. Preheat oven to 400°. 4. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Add tomato and next 5 ingredients (through cream cheese) to chicken; toss. Dip each tortilla in sauce mixture for 10 seconds. Fill each tortilla with about 1/3 cup chicken mixture; roll up. Arrange filled tortillas, seam side down, in an 11 x 7inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon sauce over tortillas; top evenly with cheddar cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light JANUARY 2012

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Community Events Summerland Happy 10th Birthday NeighbourLink! May 2nd thru May 12th. You are invited to celebrate all week with special events such as the Party on Main St., Dinner at Santorini’s, Fraud Alert! & the Sweet Moments Fundraiser. For more details see the NeighborLink poster on page 8. Pink Party May 4th SHOPPERS DRUG MART: LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER FOUNDATION fundraiser-Helping women with cancer. Car wash, makeovers, raffle, bake sale & BBQ, refreshments, gift baskets & much more… Saturday 10-5 Tickets $10 (includes cosmetic coupon & your donation) V.E. DAY Candle Lighting Ceremony - Sunday May 5th, 1:30pm at Canyon View Cemetery. Candles $3 Social gathering to follow @2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #22; Turkey Supper @5pm. Supper tickets $10 @ the Legion

Penticton The Youth Symphony of the Okanagan presents: Horizons. May 5th 2pm @ Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street, Penticton. In their 24th season, the Youth Symphony Spring Concert. TICKETS: $15 Adult, $10 Youth/Senior, $5 Child (12 & under) Available from YSO musicians or at the door; Also at the Penticton Academy of Music, the Vernon Community Music School, and the Kelowna Community Music School. Call Jasper at 250-4930475 or Tim at 250-317-6245 for more info. Scotiabank MS Walk The Scotiabank MS Walk will be taking place in Penticton on Sunday, May 5th. Check-in time is at 8:45am with the walk starting at 10:00am at the Sportsplex. Walkers and rollers can choose from a short 3km route or a long 5km route. Be sure to bring your sunglasses and personal water bottles. At the finish area, enjoy lunch, snacks, fun and entertainment! For more info call: Cyndi Ternovoy at 250-462-0997

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• As in fashion, many things of old come back to be popular again. In 1999, the Route 66 Corridor Restoration Act, helped to put neon signs of old back in the public eye. Many of the monuments to the past, including the neon signs that dotted Route 66 were restored and reinstalled. • Artists and historians have not only helped to revive the “retro” looking neon signs in cities and along highways, but “Neon Art” is now considered at art form.

• Not only can you see old neon in the museum in Las Vegas, new and specialized neon art is on display in Los Angeles. In 1981, the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) opened, being the only museum in the world to specialize in neon as an art. • Whether you prefer your night light in a small electric bulb or out in a city looking at the fancy displays or on a camping trip looking at stars and the moon in the sky, these all provide wonderful lights in the dark of night.

“Headrests are designed to work alongside the seatbelt so that when an accident occurs it prevents the head from twisting backwards, which subsequently results in whiplash,” explains Mauro Convertini, an insurance and claims expert at Aviva Canada. “Drivers can sustain an injury from an incorrectly adjusted headrest even at speeds as low as 15 kilometres per hour – the same speed as the average bicycle.” According to an Insurance Bureau of Canada study, only 14 per cent of drivers on the road have their headrest in the proper position. And whiplash being the most common soft tissue injury incurred during auto collisions underlines the importance for all passengers to ensure their headrest is adjusted properly. Aviva recommends that drivers follow three simple steps in order to prevent injuries associated with improper headrest position: 1. The top of the headrest should be in a straight line with the top of your head. 2. Position the centre of your headrest so that it is slightly above the top of the ear. 3. Ensure that the distance between the headrest and the back of the head is between five and ten centimetres. Especially for families with multiple drivers: be sure to assess and adjust the headrest every time you get into your vehicle. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.

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“JACK REACHER’’: The driving force behind one action franchise with “Mission: Impossible,’’ Tom Cruise aimed to launch another with this enjoyably tough melodrama centered around novelist Lee Child’s title character, an ex-military man trying to determine whether a former Army sniper is at the heart of several Pittsburgh murders. Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day’’), Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall and filmmaker Werner Herzog also star for director-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for his script for “The Usual Suspects’’ and also co-wrote “Valkyrie’’ for Cruise. ***

“MAMA’’: While she was making the award-season rounds for “Zero Dark Thirty,’’ Jessica Chastain projected a much different screen image as the rather Goth heroine of this horror tale from executive producer Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth’’). She plays the girlfriend of the uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones’’) of two children who vanished after their father killed their mother, and when they’re located several years later, very spooky doings accompany their return. Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse are effectively eerie as the youngsters. DVD extras: “making-of ’’ documentary; audio commentary by director and co-writer Andres Muschietti and producer and co-writer Barbara Muschietti; deleted scenes. *** “SAFE HAVEN’’: Sincere performances, lovely scenery and other familiar elements of other Nicholas Sparksbased films - and a few new twists - factor into this drama, another trademark Sparks tale of a complicated romance. A woman (Julianne Hough) on the run has to face her past and consider her future when she is drawn to a North Carolina widower (Josh Duhamel). Her new neighbor (Cobie Smulders, “How I Met Your Mother’’) tries to help her work through her maze of emotions. Lasse Hallstrom, who also guided the Sparks-inspired “Dear John,’’ directed the film. *** “ROOKIE BLUE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON’’: The Canadian cops - including Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), who ended the previous season on suspension for her romance with colleague Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) - get back to business in this round of the drama, coming to home video just before Season 4 of the series begins May 23 on ABC. William Shatner guest stars in the first episode, which finds the rookies greeting a new war veteran peer (Peter Mooney) who has a past with Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan). Gregory Smith, alias the show’s Dov Epstein, also directed one of the stories. *** “STEEL MAGNOLIAS’’: The Robert Harling play fueled a movie version that has remained much-loved, thanks in large part to its all-star gathering of actresses, and it also fuels this Lifetime remake that unites many AfricanAmerican performers. A Louisiana beauty shop remains the prime meeting place for the characters played by Queen Latifah (also an executive producer of the film), Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show’’), Alfre Woodard and actress-musician Jill Scott. *** “THE ORANGES’’: Two New Jersey families are brought closer together in a way they never anticipated in this comedy about a May-December romance, with Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl’’) and Hugh Laurie (“House’’) playing the couple. The news does not go over well when others eventually learn of the affair. Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Adam Brody and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development’’) also star. ***


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