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Rick Hansen Relay Dance
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The Rick Hansen Relay Dance is sweeping the nation! Okanagan Falls Recreation hosted a Youth Leadership Program during spring break, where five up and coming community leaders learned the Inspiration Dance, made a video and posted it on youtube.com. Pictured from left to right are Kate, Callista, Kelsey, Joseph and Amanda. Watch for them out in the community sharing the dance and teaching the steps during the month of April. They also welcome invitations to visit your group as part of their commitment and support to the event. The Rick Hansen Relay hits Okanagan Falls and Oliver on May 5.
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Oliver Easter Egg Hunt The 2012 Oliver Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Oliver Community Park on Saturday April 7 from 10amnoon. Children aged 3 to 12-years-old and their families are encouraged to come down to enjoy craft stations, face painting and the Easter Egg Hunt where children will be divided into age groups and sent out to different areas of the park to find coloured eggs of all sizes. Each age group will also be looking for one special “golden egg”, which the lucky finder will trade in for a special prize. “We had so much fun at the event last year and have added more eggs to our supply in anticipation of more
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Downtown Osoyoos children attending this year”, says event coordinator Carol Sheridan. “There will also be a basket decorating station, a station to make bunny ears and a chance to get a photo with the Easter Bunny.” Children will be instructed on how many eggs they can bring back from the fields and will then trade those eggs in for an Easter treat bag. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunt is by donation,
however families are asked to pre-register their child at the Oliver Community Centre to ensure enough supplies are available on event day. Children must be accompanied by an adult to the event. Participants should come prepared to be outside in any weather, as the event will run rain or shine.
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6 CONTENTS • APRIL Clif Antypowich talks crokinole and Parkinson’s 6 Kiwanis Clubs busy in April 11 Paint, Brush and Wheel exhibit at Osoyoos Art Gallery 16 “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” - Anne Bradstreet APRIL 2012
CLIF ANTYPOWICH talks crokinole & Parkinsons
Osoyoos Flea Market turns 10 Win passes to Oliver Theatre
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ON THE COVER
Clif Antypowich of Oliver at the 4th annual Provincial crokinole tournament. Photo by Alta Dawne Photography
REPORTER & PROOFREADER
BRIAN HIGHLEY has run international campaigns with Adbusters magazine and published the OK Sun newspaper in Osoyoos. He is of course writing this, and feels strange referring to himself in the third person.
ANDREA DUJARDINFLEXHAUG has been living in the South Okanagan and writing for newspapers for 25plus years, ever since she graduated from the Journalism Program at Langara, VCC
CONTRIBUT0RS MAXINE BOXALL has lived in Osoyoos with her husband Chris for the past 3 years. She joined the Osoyoos writers group a 1 ½ years ago. She worked in the computer industry for 25 years prior to coming to the Okanagan.
JORG MARDIAN is a Certified Kinesiology Specialist, Myoskeletal Therapist, Fitness Trainer and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. He specializes in injury/pain therapy, functional fitness, weight loss and holistic nutrition.
BERNIE BATES is a writer, cartoonist, poet and entrepreneur of native heritage, who grew up on a ranch. “I was the only kid I knew that could play cowboys and Indians all by myself!”
DEREK HIGHLEY is a Class A Member of the PGA of America. He is TPI Certified and is a full time Golf Instructor teaching over 1,500 lessons annually.
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IN THIS ISSUE Spring is here! Our end of the Earth’s axis is tilting towards the sun, and our part of the planet is receiving a little bit more energy. These astronomical happenings are having an effect on us here in our little corner of the globe. The days are starting to get longer and longer, and many of us here are in the mood to rejuvenate, and get our spring cleaning underway. Still, maybe some of us are concerned with filing our taxes on time, or a bit preoccupied with the beginning of the Stanley Cup playoffs - except, of course, for Toronto Maple Leafs fans, who need not worry about hockey until next season. Well, much like the sun at the centre of our solar system, this issue of the Okanagan Sun is here to help infuse readers with the invigorating themes that go along with springtime. April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month and, as such, we meet up
with crokinole player Clif Antypowich. Clif’s battle with Parkinson’s may have affected his shooting finger, but his efforts to bring the game back to life in BC go unhindered. BC Arts and Culture Week takes place between April 22 and 28. The province-wide celebration of all things arts and culture turns a spotlight on the vital contribution that the arts make in learning and in life. During that week, stop by the Osoyoos Art Gallery and check out the Osoyoos Young Artists Show. Turn to page 15 to see what is currently on display in the gallery. We also check in this month with the Kiwanis groups in Osoyoos and Oliver to hear about their activities in April. Congratulations to Beverly Adamack, Investment Advisor with Credential Securities in Oliver. Beverly won the Okanagan Sun door prize at the Chamber of Commerce Business Promoting
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Clif Antypowich KING OF
crokinole By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
he last time the Okanagan Sun published an article about Osoyoos resident and crokinole enthusiast Clif Antypowich was about five years ago. His enthusiasm for the Canadian game of crokinole proved to be unmatched, and Antypowich worked hard at bringing the first official Crokinole Tournament to B.C. in 2009, more specifically to the South Okanagan. This spring, when the Sun phoned Antypowich to do a follow-up article, he and his wife Joyce had moved to Oliver, where the annual tournament is held. But there was another more significant change in Antypowich’s life. The voice at the other end of the phone call sounded so different, not the clear and unhindered voice that had spoken to us before. Antypowich had developed voice problems, and several other physical symptoms that he said were associated with a condition that afflicts over 100,000 Canadians, Parkinson’s disease. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is 66-year-old Antypowich’s passion for the game of crokinole, which was invented in Canada over a century ago (see history in adjoining article). Signs of his love for the game are evident in his home, from the photographs and scrapbooks, to the officially precise maple crokinole table Antypowich painstakingly made several years ago. The game has taken on a different significance for him though, now that he is dealing with the physically
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challenging neurological disease of Parkinson’s, which can affect each person who has it in a different way. More commonly known is the symptom of tremors which he doesn’t have to lack of mobility, which Antypowich does have in his left arm and leg. Antypowich has always been an exuberant and active man, enjoying physical endeavours such as his 2005 climb with Joyce up Mt. Rainier to the 10,000 ft. level in 2005. “That’s as high as you can go without a guide,” he says. But it was in 2007, while training for the Victoria Marathon with his daughter, that Antypowich first noticed symptoms of weakness that he couldn’t explain in his left foot and left arm. They just wouldn’t work right. But despite this “very small” impediment at the time, he says, he did manage to finish the 26 ¼ miles event. However, when he returned home, Antypowich went to see a specialist in Penticton for evaluation, who gave him the unwanted diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “And I didn’t like it, so I asked for a second opinion,” recalls Antypowich, who had the diagnosis confirmed by a Kelowna specialist. In his typical persevering and persistent style, Antypowich then went to Vancouver for a third opinion, which only confirmed the first two. “It’s a big robber of a person’s life. It takes your movement. It’s very slow,” says Antypowich, who describes Parkinson’s as “a screw turning ever so
slowly.” “They say by the time you’ve got symptoms 60 percent of your brain cells are gone,” he notes. Although he has a lack of use of his left arm and hindered ability of his left leg, Antypowich can still walk, climb stairs and drive his car. “That’s the amazing thing. I can drive fine.” “My mind is good but my speech has been affected. That’s been recently,” he explains, with facial expressions such as smiles not possible anymore. Antypowich also finds he needs help with getting dressed from his wife Joyce. “I really feel for her because she didn’t choose this. She’s been a wonderful, wonderful wife.” There is no cure for Parkinson’s and research continues. Medications are available, and Antypowich continues to work with a UBC doctor to find one that is helpful for him. The Parkinson’s Society of Canada recently has been emphasizing the importance of exercise for Parkinson’s sufferers. “Exercise is one of the best things for Parkinson’s,” says Antypowich. “But it’s the hardest thing to do, because you’re stiff and you’re slow and I lost (lose) my balance, balance is bad.” The game of crokinole that Antypowich remembers from childhood, and that has held a revived interest for him in these later years, has taken on even more importance. “It gives me something to work for, and it’s non-
profitable but it’s got Canadian history to it. I wanted to do something for the community I live in. I worked hard in bringing the game back to life in B.C. We have established a B.C. Provincial Tournament, and now we draw world class players.” The 4th annual championship was held in March in Oliver. Antypowich’s efforts to promote crokinole do take alot of work, and he acknowledges he has slowed down a bit. “Last year because of my failing health, I asked for help and the Mayor Pat Hampson suggested that Oliver Parks and Recs would do it,” he says. “So it’s in conjunction with doing this one this year.” For his dedication and commitment to bringing the championships to Oliver, last year Antypowich received a Certificate of Recognition from the Town of Oliver. Whereas two years ago Antypowich placed 17th in the world along with his partner (one away from the finals), he is now at the lower end of the competition rankings. Although Antypowich recently lost the use of his ‘shooting finger’ in playing the game, he still enjoys playing the game as best he can. Antypowich also retains his sense of humour, noting that he has joined celebrities such as Billy Graham, Michael J. Fox and Muhammed Ali, who also have Parkinson’s. “They all have it and now I’ve got it, so I feel like I’m with the elite of the world,” he says. Locally, there is a Parkinson’s sup-
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port group that Antypowich attends as often as he can, although he admits at first he wasn’t too excited about being there; and seeing others more progressed in the disease than himself. But he says he came to realize that “you become more comfortable with those people than you do with other people.” He adds, “You’re all in the same boat.” These days, as well as helping with the annual tournament, Antypowich takes joy in also coaching new players. In March, one of his young protégés Quinn Erzinger of Penticton excelled in the Oliver event. There are two things that remain steadfast for Antypowich, one being his family of wife Joyce, his two daughters and five grandchildren. The other is his zealous contribution to the Canadian game of crokinole. “That’s been my salvation,”he acknowledges.
An invitation from the Osoyoos Parkinson’s Support Group
The Osoyoos Parkinson’s Support Group welcomes anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partner. This condition involves the care partner and is a long journey. Support is available through information, sharing of common experiences and knowing you have been understood. Parkinson’s B.C. provides books, DVDs, a monthly newsletter packed with information and invitations to excellent workshops and consultation by telephone. Group meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Osoyoos Health Unit, 87 St. Osoyoos. (formerly Sagebrush Lodge) 1 to 3 p.m. For more information phone Maureen at 250 495- 7978 The Parkinson’s motto is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The 2012 Theme is GET OUT GET MOVING.
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My Passion For The Game
By Clif Antypowich
hen people ask me even have their own family why I like the Crokinole tournament at their family regame so much I like tell union, trophy and all. By the them it may be because it's an mid 50's, television seemed historical Canadian game that to have an effect on the time was invented in the 1800's. families spent playing toThe earliest known crokinole gether, so crokinole began to board was built by Eckhardt be played less and less. Near Wettlaufer of Sebastopol, Onthe end of the century, it was tario (near Tavistock), as a fifth almost just a memory. birthday gift for his son Adam. Today the game is back It is very easy to learn the gaining in popularity the basics, and even the young world over. I know of events can enjoy playing in 15 minbeing held in the USA, utes or less.That being said, Australia, Asia and several understand that to become a countries in Europe.This master of the game could take time around it appears to a lifetime. have taken on a bit more of So we have a game that a competitive nature, with brings family or friends totournaments held in many of gether with no restriction on these countries. gender or age. It's a game that I have many exciting perteaches simple math, angles, sonal memories, including strategy, memory and dexterhaving had the opportunity Photo Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug ity, helps develop eye-fingerto play against three differbrain coordination and helps teach good sportsmanent players who have won the world championship. ship. It is still a thrill to watch a game come together shot The game has a very interesting history. It took on after shot, and sometimes 20 after 20! Or perhaps my a life of its own very rapidly. By the early 1900's, it had biggest thrill is playing crokinole with my two- yearfound its way into most homes in Canada, as well as old granddaughter, and seeing her little fingers flick in many countries of the world. I recently met a famthe discs across the board and sometimes even manily that are fourth generation crokinole players. They age to hit the 20 hole!
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One of the main choices for a possible splash park in Osoyoos is Jack Shaw Gardens. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug The Osoyoos Splash Park Committee met for the first time last night announcing their commitment to move forward with the fundraising and planning for this new project. This project has been on and off the table in Osoyoos for a number of years now and is now officially moving forward. Councillor Mike Plante comments “Families have been pushing for this splash park for a long time. In only a few months of being on Council I have had an incredible number of businesses and volunteers stepping up to ensure this project moves forward. The Town of Osoyoos has also made the commitment to make a substantial investment to move the Splash Park forward. Everyone is eager to collaborate which is fabulous!” The Park is part of a big picture plan to attract and retain more families in the Osoyoos area. Gerald Davis, Directory of Community Services and
the committee will be doing public outreach to ensure that children, families, businesses and residents all the opportunity to share ideas and support the local splash park. Cheryle King, President of the Osoyoos Rotary Club comments “We are pleased to be leading the fundraising for the Osoyoos Splash Park and are open to receiving support from other organizations and volunteers.” The Osoyoos Rotary Club is involved in a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year such as the Rotary Golf Tournament. These events raise thousands of dollars for local causes such as our new Splash Park. If you have an idea for the splash park you would like to share or would like to get involved please contact Jim King at 250.495.7751, firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Sloan at 250.485.8430, email@example.com
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All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Good Friday, April 6 through Easter Monday, April 9. Branches will close during their normal operating hours proceeding Good Friday, and will resume operation on Tuesday, April 10 or their normal hours thereafter. During the closure, all book bins will be locked and items are not due over the closure period. Any items damaged or missing as a result of being left outside of branches will be the customer’s responsibility.
Kiwanis Clubs Busy In April By Donna Kelso
he Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos has been busy recently selling Purdy’s Easter chocolates. The profits from this endeavour are used to support the ‘Terrific Kids’ and ‘Next Step’ projects. Thank-you to everyone who purchased chocolates! Our next event with be helping with the Osoyoos ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ on Saturday, April 7. Our part is judging the ‘Bike & Trike’ portion of the Easter parade, presenting prizes to the participants and taking them in the parade. All children interested in participating are asked to be at Smitty’s parking lot with their decorated bike or trike, April 7 by 12:15 p.m.. This allows time for judging and awarding prizes before we join the parade as it passes our location. The parade will be leaving the Sun Bowl Arena at 1 p.m. sharp, so we have to be ready to join as it passes Smitty’s. We would like to invite any interested ‘Terrific Kids’ to walk with the ‘Terrific Kid’ banner in the Easter parade. With the current teacher situation in
the schools we have been unable to recognize any ‘Terrific Kids’ in Osoyoos this school year, but we invite any student who has been recognized as a ‘Terrific Kid’ in previous years to join us. Meet us at Smitty’s parking lot at 12:45 p.m. April 7th to walk in the parade with the banner. Come out and
be recognized for your accomplishments! April also brings the fourth annual “Kiwanis One Day”. This is a day that Kiwanis International encourages all Kiwanians worldwide to participate in service to their communities. In previous years this event was
Kiwanis One Day In Oliver By Peter Morrow Kiwanis One Day is just around the corner! Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service usually held the 1st weekend of April. This year the date has been changed to April 21st. This one day is designated by Kiwanis International as a day when all the Kiwanis service clubs around the world come together for a day of community service. The Kiwanis Club of Oliver, together with as many of the Club sponsored groups as possible will be doing a morning of community service in the downtown Oliver area. In Oliver, Kiwanians and Aktion Club members along with scouters, air cadets and possibly others will be found at various clean-up projects around the downtown area, particularly on the riverside bike path. The areas are those determined by Town Council. Each Kiwanis One Day shows the community that Kiwanis and their sponsored groups wish to give back to their community. This activity is a fun day with those involved and ends up with a barbecue in the Kiwanis Park in Oliver. It seems that the hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks are the order of the day and very much appreciated by our young citizens.
held on the first Saturday in April, but this year April 21 has been designated ‘Kiwanis One Day’. In looking for a way to serve Osoyoos, the Kiwanis Club learned that there is a great interest in western novels, but a very real shortage of this type of book at our local library. Members of the Kiwanis Club will be collecting western novels, new or gently used, to donate to the Osoyoos Library. If there are any armchair cowboys (or cowgirls) out there who have some of these books that they are no longer using, we would be happy to help you clean off your bookshelves. You could drop them off at the library yourself, at Curves or call 495-7701 or 495-6796 and we would be happy to pick them up. Please share these unused books with someone who would enjoy reading them. We will present all collected books to the library on April 21. The Kiwanis Club and the Osoyoos Library greatly appreciate your donations.
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Meet The Oliver Sagebrushers The Sagebrushers have been a very active club for 50 years or more. One of the original members of the group Evie New still paints with us today. The Sagebrushers meet every Tuesday morning at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre from 8:45 to 1 p.m. The club hosts many workshops within the year, including all mediums. We do have professional artists such as Larry Jackson from Regina teaching watercolours, Robert Wood from Gainsborough Gallery in Calgary teaching oils, Dale Mathews of Summerland teaching watercolours and Leza Macdonald, now from Olive,r teaching the appreciation of art. Our own members Janice Cornett-Ching, Marion Trimble, Evie New, Sandy Boblin and Arlie Richards teach as
well , imparting the skills and knowledge they have learned to the club. Many events are presented by the Sagebrushers. We participate in the WOW Trade show every February, Art at the Owl in April during Arts and Culture Week, the Fall Art Show and Sale in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape in October, the Arts and Crafts Sale in November as well as smaller shows at the Quail’s Nest. An exciting venue, the Quail’s Roost Art Gallery has become a major project for our members. The Gallery is located on the mezzanine floor of Rustico Farm&Cellars Winery, Highway 97 and Road 16. Bruce Fuller has graciously provided the space for us, and after six months we found it beneficial to expand. The Gallery is open
from May to October , however it may be visited during the winter months when the winery is open. We will be celebrating our first Anniversary of the Gallery at Rustico in May. The winter of 2011 became a mural panel painting project for the Downtown Enhancement committee. We were approached to do murals for the empty storefronts. The unveiling took place in March, with much appreciation of the quality of the paintings. This led to another project, the mural on the south facing wall of the Field's building. A core group came up with the design which met approval and the work began. Under the direction of Project Manager Leza Macdonald we could be found very early in the summer months, due to the intensive heat by 9 a.m. The latter weeks in October found us wearing hand warmers in our gloves. The mural was dedicated with great pride to the Community on October 29. On January 2012 a new project began with Children’s art lessons. The ages of the children range from 4 to 19 . The children are divided into age groups. Leza Macdonald is an excellent instructor teaching the appreciation of art. The semesters run for six weeks, with a reception and art show on the final day to enable the parent, grandparents and public to view the creations, and to encourage the young participants. The Sagebrushers are a very dedicated club who enjoy bringing art and beauty to our community. We welcome new members whether they are beginners or advanced artists. As well as our many projects, we do have social activities and fun. For enquiries phone Sally Franks at 250-498-0104.
Spring Is A Feeling, Not A Season By B. H. Bates
ake a deep breath, feel the warmth of the spring sun on your back. Walk an old forgotten path and reminisce of summers past. These days when the sun lingers just a little longer at your step, take the time to enjoy the birth of another year. When time meant nothing to this old man, who now stands in my shoes, I once rode the winds at my whim. I cared not of things like spring. I didn’t notice the blades of grass as they grew beneath my feet. I was young and cared not of these simple pleasures as I strolled the pastures of summers past. But now age has taught me to put my face to the wind and listen for an old familiar friend. The sound of a young bird as he calls out to love. These are things that age has taught this old bull, who now walks just a little slower. Wander and behold nature’s gifts, take time to ponder what the horizon has in store for you and yours. Rustle from your winter’s cover, stretch and spread your wings. Don’t waste another moment of this wondrous, splendid spring. Even with eyes closed, the nose knows. A whiff can transport me back to my days as a boy. When old men would burn the dead fields to make way for the new. Right to this very day a breeze can freeze time in the mind of this weathered man-child. Beloved memories come flooding back – pictures flicker, children’s chatter – I’m home once again, long before I became this man - back to a time when I held my mother’s hand. I was safe and life was free, long before spring meant anything to me. Stop and smell the flowers is a wonderful sentiment indeed, but the true empowerment begins in spring. When night’s cool breath still lingers, yet tiny green shoots reach skyward to embrace the promise of better days. This is what inspires me. Long before the flowers wave in all their glory let’s not forget their hard earned
fight for life itself. Not many days have passed since winter’s grip held us fast and close to the home fires. When our days were just different shades of gray. Now, when luck deems, we see glimpses of blue, then a radiant ray of hope lays claim to the frozen lands. This is the time to dig in brown earth with both hands. Rake away the last dead leaves, clean away what winter has left behind and prepare your world for a fresh new start. Hold soil in your hands, till the earth, turn away from the gloom and prepare your little corner of this world. It is at hand, the promise we’ve waited for like a child on Christmas morn. Rejoice and revel in the light. Old feelings will come and call your name, “it’s time to move on.” Gather close those you hold dear. Reconnect with friends both young and old whether near or far. I promise you this: your heart will fill with such a joy that you haven’t felt since you opened a brand
new shiny toy. Go ahead, call out to someone now – I’m sure they’ll feel the same way – it’s a funny thing this thing we call spring. All too soon the sun will have had it’s way and burn the flowers that once fluttered in the winds of spring. Hot and dry will be the call of the day. When the shine has left the new shoes and all that remains is dull and worn. I beg you to stop now, breath and behold the unfolding scape. Please, I beg you, before it’s too late. Look now for new signs of life at every turn and enjoy them to the utmost, my loves. The clock is ticking and it’s bringing a new beginning, so my friends, don’t hesitate. Grab the hand of a loved one or two and walk. Chatter will fill in the spaces between your steps and before you know it you’ll be standing on a new horizon. Enjoy the view, embrace this day, for it will never be the same – never, ever again. This thing, this feeling we call spring.
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Is it a Pitch Shot or a Chip Shot?
By Derek Highley
I get asked this question quite a bit during short game clinics. "What is the difference between a pitch shot and a chip shot?" Well, the easiest way to think of it is, swing mechanics aside - a chip shot has more ground time than air time, and is more of a low running shot, while a pitch shot has more air time then ground time, and is more of a mini version of a full swing. Now, as far as the mechanics for each shot, the main difference between the two is “wrist hinge”. With the chip shot there really isn’t going to be much wrist hinge at all, for all intents and purpose your chipping stroke is not much more then a putting stroke with a lofted club. That is assuming that your current putting stroke does not have a bunch of wrist hinge in it, and if it does … well … that’s not good, and I’ll have to get another article together for you. With the pitch shot we introduce a bit of wrist hinge, and the amount of hinge plays a role in the distance control of the shot. The more wrist hinge the farther the shot will travel. To control the height of your pitch shots play around with the ball position. If you place the ball “back” in your stance, the ball flight will be lower and have the most roll. Positioning the ball in the middle of your stance will produce a shot with a bit higher/mid trajectory with a little less roll, while a ball positioned forward in your stance with produce the highest lofted shot with the least amount of roll out. Prac-
tice varying the height of your pitch shots using this technique; you want to avoid at all costs getting into a habit of trying to lift the ball up into the air. If you want a higher shot, use a more lofted club and move the ball forward in your swing; keep the same swing technique. Knowing what height of pitch shot to play depends on how much green you have to work with. For example, if you have 30 or 40 feet of green between you and the hole, you may be able to put the ball back in your stance and hit a lower, running pitch that may only have to fly halfway to the hole and release the rest of the way. This shot can be done with a sand wedge or even a pitching wedge. This is the more favorable type of pitch shot, as it is the easiest and allows the most room for error. Some situations may call for a higher, softer pitch shot. Situations where you have to go over a bunker, water or to a pin that may only be a few steps onto the green. A lob wedge is best utilized for this shot. While this is a prettier shot and may draw a few oohs and aahs from your playing partners, most would agree that this shot is one of the harder ones to play. Most often you are better off simply avoiding this shot. But if you really feel a need to pull out your best Phil Mickelson impersonation, do yourself a favour and practice the shot a few times before breaking it out on the golf course.
Good luck with both of these shots.
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The chip is a much easier shot and I feel really underutilized. The chip is a low shot that is only in the air for a pace or two, and then rolls most of the distance to the hole. To effectively play this shot position the ball in the middle to back of your stance. Make sure that your weight remains on your forward leg. This will help you stay steady throughout the shot. There is no weight shift for this shot. Once you feel comfortable with this setup, play around with the clubs you chip with. The lower lofted club, a 7 iron for example, should be used for long chip shots, while shorter shots may call for a more lofted club like your pitching wedge. Both the pitch and the chip are “stroke saving” shots, meaning there is no better way to lower your scores than by getting very skilled with your short game. One key to remember is hitting slightly down on the ball with both these shots, which is what makes the ball go up into the air. If you're constantly "sculling" or “chunking” these shots, you're most likely trying to help the ball up in the air, commonly referred to as "scooping" or "flipping" your hands. This is the biggest killer of most short games and trust me, no matter how often your partners tell you this, I promise, your poor chipping and pitching is NOT because you are "lifting your head or looking up"!
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Osoyoos Art Gallery host Jerry Albo in front of the paintings by his wife, wellknown local artist Sandra Albo. The Painters & Potters Spring Show entitled 'Paint, Brush & Wheel' continues until April 14. In celebration of Arts & Culture Week in BC, the Osoyoos Young Artists will exhibit their work from April 21 to May 5. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
Osoyoos artist Sandra Albo is the featured artist for the month of April at the Oliver Art Gallery on Main Street. She has 12 large paintings that can be seen on the entrance feature wall, which can be viewed by passersby. Albo will be in attendance at the exhibit on April 4, 22 and 25. Those days will feature light snacks and coffee for anyone who wishes to get to know the artist, who will also be painting on location on those days. Oliver Art Gallery's hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The Osoyoos Potters have some of their new creations on display in the 'Paint, Brush & Wheel' exhibit at the Osoyoos Art Gallery. The group meets regularly in the back of the arts building, and welcomes new members and visitors to drop by during studio hours. Look for their annual Osoyoos Potters Mother's Day Plant & Pot Sale on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the gallery.
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arah closed her eyes as she took a sip of the rich dark espresso. She savored the flavour for a moment before swallowing. She slipped the small chocolate that came with her coffee into her mouth. Once it had started to melt she pressed it to her palate and used her tongue to spread the smooth cream around. Everything is wonderful here, she thought. The chocolate, the coffee, this little café, the entire city of Paris was fantastic. The week had flown by. This last day had to be prolonged and each moment imprinted in her memory as returning was unlikely. Her attention was drawn to a French man walking towards the café. All the men here were gorgeous, she thought. She wasn’t sure if it was the cut of their suits, their pointy toed shoes, or just the way they carried themselves that sent shivers running down her back. Thinking she should have eaten it before the chocolate, she took a bite out of her Croque Monsieur. A ham and cheese sandwich had never tasted so good. “Excusez-moi, Madame, may I share you table? The café is very busy today,” said the man Sarah had been admiring moments before. “Sure, no problem,” she mumbled, covering her half-filled mouth, hoping no bits of bread had been propelled his way. “Are you visiting from America? April is a popular time for Americans to visit Paris,” he said as he sat down. “No, I’m from western Canada, Penticton, it’s close to Vancouver.” She took another bite and tried not to look directly at him. The waiter brought the Frenchman’s lunch and as he began eating he asked, “Do you mind if I talk with
you? I don’t get much chance to practice my English and it’s getting rusty.” “I’d love to talk with you. Your English is great, you should hear my French! No, you wouldn’t want to,” she laughed turning to face him. “Where did you learn to speak English so well? My name is Sarah by the way.” “Hello Sarah, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is Jean-Pierre.” Sarah noticed his well-manicured fingers as she shook the hand he offered. He continued, “I actually lived in New York for a year a long time ago. I was on an exchange with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” “An exchange?” Interested, she moved a little closer. “Yes, the Louvre sent some paintings and artifacts over for an exhibit and I accompanied them. I was their keeper while they were away.” “Wow! Really? You work at the Louvre? It was the whole reason I came to Paris,” Sarah said. “I’ve worked there since I finished university, but tell me about you. Is this your first time to France?” “It’s my first time anywhere! I wouldn’t be here either but I entered a contest sponsored by ArtNews magazine and I won first prize, a week in Paris all-expenses paid. The prize included a museum pass so I’ve tried to see them all. I’ve been to the Louvre of course, and the Orsay. I loved the Impressionist paintings there. The statues, the original Thinker statue at the Rodin Museum was amazing. The only problem is that the trip was just for one, so I haven’t been able to share my joy and excitement. And to tell you the truth, you’re the first person I’ve really talked to all week. Tomorrow I go home.” “That’s too bad, and it’s a shame you
didn’t come here earlier in the week for lunch, we could have talked every day,” Jean-Pierre said. “So what are you doing with your last day? What do you want to see?” “Well I’m going back to the Louvre to see if I can get a closer look at the Mona Lisa. It was so crowded the other day I could hardly see her. The picture I took has someone’s elbow in it. Is there ever a time that museum isn’t busy?” “Of course, right after closing it’s very peaceful,” he said pushing his plate away. “That’s great for you Jean-Pierre, but not for me!” “Well, maybe it IS good for you TODAY! Working there has its privileges. I have to run, but here’s my card. Go to the information desk on the main floor at 5:45; get them to call me. I will meet you there and once the hordes leave I will show you Mona Lisa. Au revoir, see you later.” With that Jean-Pierre was up, had his bill paid and was off before Sarah had finished looking at his card. If it wasn’t for that card Sarah would have thought she had dreamt the whole thing. Was she really going to have a private viewing of the Mona Lisa? Wow! Unbelievable! She felt like doing a victory dance. She had to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’d run back to the hotel and email the girls she worked with at city hall. No, she thought, the news might be more interesting by later that evening. She decided she would go to the hotel though, have a rest, a shower, definitely change into something more appropriate than jeans and sneakers and even put on a little makeup for this special occasion. This was turning out to be a great last day!
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Sell Investments for the Right Reasons It’s important to understand which investments to own, and when to buy them. But you should also know when it’s time to sell an investment — and why. Unfortunately, many people sell investments for the wrong reasons. Some people want the money to purchase so-called “hot” investments, even if they aren’t appropriate for their needs. Others own investments that have lost value, and fearing further losses, they decide to sell — thereby violating the oldest rule of investing: “Buy low and sell high.” These types of behaviour can lead to at least two major problems. First, if you’re constantly selling investments, you’ll likely incur fees, commissions and taxes that can erode any returns you did manage to achieve. And second, by frequently selling off your investments and buying new ones, you’ll find it difficult to follow the type of consistent, long-term financial strategy that’s essential to help you work toward your goals. If you shouldn’t sell investments to find quick gains or to avoid losses that may not even occur, when should you sell? You might want to sell: If your goals have changed — You bought certain investments because you thought they would help you make progress toward your objec-
tives. But over time, your goals may change, so in response, you may need to sell some investments and use the money to purchase new ones that are more suitable for your new goals. For example, early in your career, you might have benefited from owning investments that offered high potential for growth, but as you near retirement, you may need to shift some — but certainly not all — of your growth-oriented vehicles to incomeproducing ones. If the investments themselves change — You might have bought a stock because you liked the company’s products, business plan or management team. If any of these factors change significantly, though, you might need to re-evaluate your ownership of this investment. If you need to rebalance your portfolio — You may have decided that your investment portfolio should be composed of specific percentages of stocks, bonds and “cash” instruments. But due to changes in the value of your investments, these percentages can shift somewhat, resulting in a portfolio that no longer reflects your goals and risk tolerance. If that happens, you’ll need to rebalance your holdings, which may require you to sell some of your investments. If an investment has chronically underperformed — Sometimes, an investment simply doesn’t perform as well as you had hoped. When
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Salmon Filet with Saffron Sauce Buerre Blanc
12 oz. fresh spring salmon 8 oz. white wine 4 oz. whipping cream ½ cup butter ½ tsp. saffron threads (rehydrate in warm water) ½ tsp. shallots ½ tsp. grated ginger ½ tsp. maple syrup
Note: Clarified butter is pure butterfat. It can be heated to a higher temperature than whole butter without burning or breaking down because the milk solids, which scorch easily, have been removed. Because it has some butter flavour, clarified butter is often used for sautéing, sometimes in combination with a vegetable oil to further raise the smoking point and also to make a roux. 1 # of whole butter yields approx 12 oz. of clarified butter.
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Melt butter is a heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Remove pan from the heat Skim the surface foam Pour or ladle off the clear butterfat into another container, being careful to leave all of the liquid in the pan bottom. Discard the liquid.
Sauté shallots and ginger in clarified butter in pan. Add rest of ingredients (excluding salmon) and reduce to sauce
consistency. Add butter and maple syrup last. Season salmon and sauté in butter for 3 minutes per side.
White Chocolate Mousse Au Cognac
Escallops of Veal with Granny Smith Apples
You could use pork or chicken or pheasant (if available) 2 tbsp. vegetable oil ¼ tsp. shallots 10 oz. veal (sliced thin and lightly pounded) 2 oz. white wine 190 grams white chocolate 4 oz. concentrated apple juice 4 oz. whipping cream 1 apple (sliced thinly) ¾ cup heavy cream 1 ½ oz. calvados (or increase apple juice) 1 egg yolk salt & pepper 1 pinch sugar ½ tsp. gelatin 1 cup flour 2 tbsp. water 1 tbsp. cognac
Melt white chocolate over a bain marie. Whip cream and set aside. Soak gelatin in cold water Over bain marie whip egg yolk, water and cognac until light and fluffy. While still whisking add gelatin and allow to cool to room temperature over ice. Fold egg mixture into whipped cream and strain chocolate quickly through strainer into cream and egg mixture. Fold together and pour into shallow pan and refrigerate. Garnish with fresh raspberries, strawberries or kiwi. Frances of Osoyoos Home Hardware has a product called a “Simmer Mat” from New Zealand. It can be used to melt chocolate without a water bath or a microwave.
Pepper veal 1st (don’t salt). Dredge veal in flour and place in pan with hot oil. Cook 5 – 6 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add shallots to hot pan and sauté 2 minutes. Add calvados (watch – flames very high). Deglaze pan with apple juice and white wine. Add cream and reduce to proper consistency. Add apple slices to warm and arrange on plate. Salt to taste.
Sautéed Scallops on Salad Greens 8 scallops (cut in half widthwise – always remove muscle membrane from side of scallop or will toughen when hits the heat) 1 tbsp olive oil pinch of finely chopped shallots 2 oz. balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. butter fresh ground pepper mesclan lettuce or kale Sauté scallops in olive oil (almost smoking – don’t overload pan) remove from pan. Add shallots to same pan and sauté for approx. 1 minute. Deglaze pan with the balsamic vinegar and allow to reduce. Mount with ice cold butter to keep from separating. Arrange salad greens and scallops of plate and pour dressing over. Note: You could place scallops in oven for a minute to keep warm .
Apr 6: James Keelaghan on stage at at Medici’s in Oliver. Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years. Doors at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Apr 7: Osoyoos ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ Town Square 8:00am Apr 7: Oliver Easter Egg Hunt at Olliver Community Park. 10:00am noon. Rain or Shine. Pre-register your child with Carol 498-4985 Apr 13: Speaker Michael Newman at Medicis. Hear about the work that World Neighbours Canada does in Central America. Free admission. 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm) Apr 14-21: OOOyster 1st Annual Oyster Festival. The Oliver/Osoyoos Oyster Festival showcases sustainable oysters together with the awardwinning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. Event listings at oooysterfestival.ambergoodwin.com Apr 14: Opening reception at Burrowing Owl Guest House for the Oliver Sagebrushers‘ exhibit ”Art at the Owl” 1pm - 3pm Apr 14: Soroptimist Spring Fashion Show. Osoyoos Golf & Country Club. 9:00am-noon. Tickets $20 at Imperical Office Pro or Boutique de Sonia. Apr 21-May5: Osoyoos Young Artists exhibit at the Osoyoos Art Gallery Apr 22: Oliver Community Arts Council presents the Penticton Concert Band at 2:30pm at the Oliver Alliance Church. Tickets are $10 at Sundance Video and at the door. Students 17 and under are admitted free. Apr 25: The Double O Quilters Guild hosts an Open House from 9am to 2pm at the Oliver Community Centre Hall. Apr 26: Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild 35th Anniversary Tea and Open House 10am-2pm Oliver Community Centre Hall Apr 28: Osoyoos & District Arts Council Fund Raiser Dinner & Show Laughing Out Loud! at NK’MIP Conference Centre. The Arts Council celebrates BC Arts and Culture Week in the third week of April every spring.
Every Monday Alcoholics Anonymous meetings 7pm. St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Every 3rd Monday Osoyoos Arthritis community group meets at 1pm Osoyoos Health Centre. Everyone welcome. For info call 495-8041 or 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at 1pm in Osoyoos Health Unit. Maureen 250495-7978 Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday Kiwanis Club of Oliver meets at noon at the Community Centre. For info call Rosemary at (250) 498-0426 Third Tuesday Soroptimist Osoyoos meet at McKia’s restaurant at Best Western at 6pm (no meetings July and August) Contact Doris at 250495-4428. New members welcome. Third Tuesday Women of Oliver for Women (WOW) 250-498-0104. First & Third Tuesdays Osoyoos Quilters meets at Anglican Church Hall at 9am. For more info call 4954569 First and Third Tuesdays The Oliver Royal Purple Lodge # 63 meet at 7:30pm at the Oliver Elks Hall. For info call Annie at 498-2170. Every Tuesday South Okanagan Toastmasters meeting at 7pm at the Best Western. Call Greg 495-5018. First & third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club meets at 7pm in meeting room above the Art Gallery. New
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Artisan Market at Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House A Saturday market for true artisans is starting soon on the grounds at Medici's in Oliver. Please contact us to express your interest if you are a creator of hand-crafted original works. Limited space! Don't wait! Come and see us at Medici's 522 Fairview Rd. or phone 250-498-2228.
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to the position of Business Analyst and will be helming the new Self-Employment Program. You can reach her at email@example.com or 250.493.2566 ext 209. Check www.cfokanagan.com for the most up to date information. Bonnie Hayes is getting ready to move Sears in Oliver to the Oliver Place Mall on May 1. The move will allow for an expanded line of appliances, bed sets, tv and more. The popular All ‘Round Outfitters store is also moving to the new location. Sears will occupy the former Home Hardware location at the mall. The Greyhound depot will not be moving with Sears, but rather will be partnered with Napa Auto Parts in Oliver at 34414 97th Street. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is hosting a community event during National Volunteer Week 2012 on Thursday, April 19. Learn how to create your ultimate volunteer experience with Donna Davis, registered counsellor and celebrate volunteerism in our community. Oliver-Community Centre 4pm to 6pm. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following new members: Orion Kendrick, Sage Brush Nursery, Oliver firstname.lastname@example.org Barry Davis, Davis-Ward Centre for People Excellence, Regina SK. Carmon Tomé, Artist & Photographer, Oliver. Nationally recognized and awarded photographer Carmen Tome also loves to paint. As an artist who has been described as a mad scientist, she enjoys expressing each image with a diversity of mediums in the flow of the moment. Her work is featured at the Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, the Oliver Art Gallery, Lloyd’s Art Gallery in Penticton and the online store, Sioppa. Luke Whittal, nHarmonix Music & Media, Oliver nHarmonix produces online media (podcasts,blogs,social media, photos, and short videos) and have studio facilities for small to medium sized recording projects. Doug Eisenhut, Eisenhut Insurance Agencies, Osoyoos Alberto Veintimilla, Underfoot Flooring, Oliver Shawn Robinson, Gold Star Fencing Ltd., Okanagan Falls The next Business Promoting Business event from the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Royal Le Page office in the Southwinds Crossing Shopping Centre in Oliver, Wednesday April 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring a door prize and promote your business.
The Dogtown Coffee Co wants to thank our customers and community for the tremendous show of support throughout our first month of business. We are open Tuesday through Friday 7:30am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm. Check us out online at www.dogtowncoffee.ca for more info on our menu and coming events. Osoyoos Gelato is reopening April 5. Spring hours are 12pm - 6pm Wed - Mon, closed Tuesdays. Valanne Style on Main Street in Osoyoos is getting the store ready for their reopening April 4. The maxi dress is very popular this year... Eastside is getting ready to reopen May 1 in Oliver. New manager Dianne is excited to open and invites everyone back between the new hours of 11am to 9pm. Although Eastside no longer carries cigarettes or lottery tickets, their famous slushies, ice cream, floats and hotdogs remain. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre is opening April 16, and coordinator Barb Few is looking forward to an exciting summer with three new helpers at the centre. Stop by and pick up the brand new printed brochure. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce analysis of the 2012 Federal Budget has been prepared by Chief Economist Tina Kremmidas. For a breakdown of the Canadian Chamber’s Top 10 barriers to competitiveness for Canada’s businesses and how we can connect to solve them, please visit www.chambertop10.ca Andrina Iliffe is the new face at reception at Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen and has the position of Project Assistant for CFOS. You can reach her by calling 250.493.2566 ext 201 or emailing email@example.com. Karen Chamberlain is moving from the loans department
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Happy 10th Anniversary to the Osoyoos Flea Market. Anna Petrin and the rest of the Community Living volunteers invite customers and donators to a celebration at their Main Street location on Saturday, April 28 during regular hours. Coffee and cake will be served as a thank-you, and of course they will be open as usual from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 25-member group raises money for the Southern Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living, to assist persons with developmental challenges. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
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250-485-8081 1-800-335-2606 MLS® 131459 Building Lot at its finest. Lakeview, close to town, flat, easy to build on. Quiet cul de sac. $229,000
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MLS® 136066 Lakeview, golf course view, golf course subdivision. Over 2,500 sq ft built in 1994. So much for such a great price. $400,000
11710 La Costa Ln
22 - 9410 115th St
MLS® 110412 3 Bdrm, 2 bath home at Desert Rose Estates. Fantastic views. Complex is 55+ gated community, outdoor pool. $270,000
Lot 5 Mule Deer Dr MLS® 133516 Below appraised value and priced to sell!! Beautiful 3.08 acre building lot in Regal Ridge!
MLS® 130277 The view is what will sell this unit. Level entry, no age restriction. Pets and rentals welcome. Longterm lease. $200,000
6216 97th St
9307 62nd Ave #109
MLS® 134148 Fabulous lot near downtown. Awesome views of Osoyoos Lake. Services are at lot line. Connection fees apply.
5223 Lakeshore Dr
MLS® 130584 Flat bare strata lot with low monthly fee of $20/mth. Services on the lot, small hook up fees may apply. 55+ $129,000
3317 36th Ave
MLS® 135972 Townhouse offers 3 large bedrooms on top floor. Fireplace, patio, garage. Finished basement with full bath. Low strata fees. $300,000
MLS® 135679 Rebuilt in 1997 after fire, in law suite in lower level 3 bedrooms up, 2 bedrooms down, large enclosed sunporch. $400,000
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6416 Nighthawk Dr
8504 78th Ave
Right downtown. Walk everywhere. Near Catholic Church & Post Office.
MLS® 134740 Families, pets & rentals allowed in this 6 unit complex just a block to beach.
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Vintage character home amongst the orchards. Offered for sale for the first time, built in 1929. 1700+ sq ft, large .60 of an acre. Lovingly cared for. $400,000 110 Chapman Road
3410 Lobellia Drive
3 Spruce Crt
MLS® 136116 Award-winning landscaping featured in Sonara Garden near Haynes Point in Osoyoos. This one wont last! $529,900
MLS® 131434 Care free ownership.Provides profit. Two bed lake front 690 sq ft ready to enjoy.
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Gentleman’s acreage to its finest point. Horse ready, solar cabin, custom built high-end home. Lakeviews that will sweep you off your feet.
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MLS® 132645 Older vintage home needs TLC. .34 of an acre. Lakeview. Very desireable area.
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MLS® 134631 Over 1,700 square feet of upscale adult living. Features golf and lake views. Call Barb to view 250-485-8081 $300,000
MLS® 133519 3.2 acres in Regal Ridge. Paved driveway and drilled well. Panoramic views.
MLS® 132214 Build your own chalet on this great .41 acre lot overlooking the lodge. Quick access to chairs. MOUNT BALDY $179,000
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Waterfront apartment in Casa de Lago complex. Desire quality, granite, high end finish? Furnished end unit with outside balcony.
MLS® 133615 Inground saltwater pool. Solar powered, fenced backyard In-law suite. Granite kitchen. Lots of extra parking. $549,900
32-4231 Oleander Dr
MLS® 132474 Lake front complex, low density, multi-family. Pets allowed. No rentals. 2 bed, 2 bath Indoor pool. $280,000
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MLS® 131063 Enjoy life overlooking Osoyoos Golf & Country Club. 3600+ sq feet. Backyard stretches out onto the driving range.
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Garden Talk With Lloyd Park Rose Time Now is the time to choose and plant your roses. Make sure you prune back to an outside bud 6 to 7" above the graft. You should plant to the graft but do not bury it. If you plant your roses too deep you will find they will send up wild growth from the understock. Roses will grow in heavy clay type soil. If your soil is light or sandy use at least one third peat moss. The best fertilizer for initial planting is bone meal. Use 1/2 lb/ per bush, mixed in the soil you have taken out of the hole. Polyanthus and Floribunda roses should be planted eighteen inches apart. The average height of these roses will be 15 to 18". Hybrid's Tea or H.T. roses should be planted 2 feet apart and will grow about 24 to 30" in height. Grandiflora roses should be used in the back of the bed because they grow to a height of 3 to 4'. Plant these roses 30" apart. Fruit Trees If you have not planned your fruit trees do it now. The most important thing about planting is to dig a really man-sized hole. It should be about four feet by five feet. Mix 2 lbs. of bone meal per tree, then add peat
moss or compost to your present hole. Stake all of your fruit trees well, regardless of size. If you don't stake your new trees you will find the wind will whip the new root growth off and you tree will not grow properly. One important thing to watch is to give the best drained area to your cherry trees. If you have wet soil all winter raise a good size bed and plant your cherry tree there. Peaches should have a protected area, maybe in the center of your orchard or up against the house, barn or shed. If you have not sprayed your tree with dormant spray, you can still use Cygon 2E by painting an inch ring for every 1 inch caliber of the tree. This should be done about one foot above the ground for the best results. Peach leaf curl is a spoor which comes out of the ground and affects the new leaf growth. It is important to use a dormant oil and lime sulphur spray in January and February, but another good way is to sprinkle Bordo Powder on the ground as soon as the weather warms. This often gives you better control. Hanging Baskets If you did not manage to save your geranium or fuchsia basket
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from last year you should be thinking about starting it now. There are two methods, either buy plants and replant at home or take them to your favorite greenhouse or nursery and have them do it for you. It takes 5 to 6 weeks to grow a good basket in the greenhouse. The first week in June is a good time to plan on hanging your baskets outside. If you saved your basket from last year you should be feeding now with 20-20-20. 1 tbs. to a gallon of water every week. This product is probably the best to promote good flowers for all-summer blooming. Sunny Baskets This following is a list of some of the items to use in a basket for a sunny spot. Ivy Geraniums, Lantanas, Neppetta, Trailing Lobelia, Nasturtiums, Schzanthus, Petunias, Marigold, Upright Geraniums, Lotus, Ice plants and certain Fuchsias. Shady Baskets The following can be used in shade. Trailling begonias, fuchsisa, neppetta, ivy, lobelia, geraniums, petunias and impatince. Mixture for Baskets]One third sand, one third peat, one third soil is a good basic mixture for the average basket. Feed after planting with 20-20-20 half strength 1/2 tbsp. to a gallon. This will insure you of good blooms for all summer. Annuals Some of the hardy annuals that will stand some frost are as follows: Snapdragons, stocks, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, pansies, violas, carnations, petunias and allysum. There are many new varieties in this year...too many to mention. Try a bigger planting of annuals and think out a new colour theme for your garden. Mass plantings always stand out when you are driving around. Try this at home and you will see the striking result it will make.
Okanagan Historical Society Goes Digital By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
he Oliver-Osoyoos Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is slowly but surely getting in tune with the computer age, in an attempt to make the records of the past last well into the future.. They have enlisted the help of UBC-Okanagan students to digitize all of the past physical copies of the reports, with the 75th edition printed last fall. The OHS’s main project, the annual OHS Report, includes original stories about local history and pioneers. Like many other print publications, it has experienced a decline in physical sales, and the possibility of e-books was brought up by president Larry Shannon at the Branch’s annual meeting recently. “It’s a whole new world,” he commented during the OHS’s annual meeting on March 25, a world that he said the Society is ‘trying to adjust to.” In that regard, the OHS has enlisted UBCOkanagan to digitize an index of all the reports save for the latest ones, so a researcher can click in a search word and get a list of articles. However, a smaller number of the reports will continue to be printed, with the next one due out in the fall. If anyone has a last minute idea for a fresh look at local history, they can still submit an original article to Oliver/Osoyoos OHS Editor Kev Favrholdt at email@example.com by the April 30 deadline Guest speaker for the meeting was Osoyoos Museum Curator Ken Favrholdt, who spoke on the topic of ‘150 Years of The Port of Osoyoos.’ He took the members on a brief look back at the total of eight custom houses (plus one temporary one) that served the Osoyoos area through the years. He also spoke about the new Customs House online exhibit which can be viewed at www.osoyoosmuseum.ca Favrholdt reported that in May a student from UBCO will be coming to work for the summer at the museum, and interviewing pioneers and old-timers in the area on a digital recorder for posterity. If anyone can think of possible interviewees, he asks that they contact him at the Osoyoos Museum at 495-2582. In another grant project, all of the past issues of the Osoyoos Times microfilm will be scanned onto digital format, to make for more advanced use by researchers. Favrholdt also reported that there will be new efforts to put interpretive signage around town in conjunction with the Town, as well as plans to publish a walking tour booklet for visitors of Osoyoos sites. Plans are also in the works for a new museum exhibit on the history of Osoyoos from 1861-1946 which has not been “well represented” thus far, he notes.
Planning is also taking place on an ongoing basis for the new museum which will be housed in the Osoyoos Home Building on Main Street in the future. “It’s a big shell of a building that we could do alot with,” noted Favrholdt. The public referendum last year for this move was successful, and the Building Centre is due to vacate the building within five years. This gives the museum time to plan, renovate and fundraise, as well as hire consultants, etc. Favrholdt noted that a meeting is planned with architects “very soon.” Oliver Archivist Lyn Alaric was not able to attend the meeting, but did send along a report on behalf of the Oliver & District Heritage Society. The report noted that its president Michael Newman and the society were ‘streamlining operational functions” at the presently closed Oliver Museum, and taking inventory and assessing the relevance of present collections . They also plan to do renovations such as upgrading wheelchair access and community space on the main floor. The O&DHS’s goal is to “reopen the museum ASAP.” The Archives continues to remain open, and has a new website at www.Oliverheritage.ca Past issues and the latest issue of the OHS Report are available in the gift shop. In other OHS news, the group is moving ahead with plans for highway signage at the historical Testalinda site near Oliver, as a marker of the First Nations crossing, Testalinda School and major slide. The OHS in conjunction with the Oliver & District Heritage Society is trying to identify who is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, but have restricted access because it has been blocked off by private interests. In this regard, a letter will be drafted and sent to local RDOS directors Allan Patton and Mark Pendergraft to emphasize the society’s position that it thinks it is important to preserve access to historical areas and sites. The same public access has been blocked on the Golden Mile Trail, with the RDOS looking into that. The new slate of officers for the Oliver-Osoyoos Branch were elected for 2012: President Larry Shannon, Vice-president Gayle Cornish, secretary Mary Englesby and treasurer Mary Roberts. Delegates to the Executive Council of the OHS include Ken Favrholdt, Gayle Cornish and Larry Shannon. Anyone who is interested in helping preserve and record the history of the local area is encouraged to join the Oliver/Osoyoos Branch or attend one of the twice yearly meetings. For more information please phone Larry Shannon at 498-2452.
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Live, whole food concentrates have the unique advantage of supplying the body with enzymes and cancer-preventing phytochemicals like carotenoids, indoles, isothiocyanates, isoflavones and phytosterols. These substances do not exist in any vitamin or mineral tablet. Additionally, whole foods provide vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polypeptide hormone precursors and other nutrients that support the vital life force needed by all cells for optimal health. One of the keys to the magic created by plant life is chlorophyll, the molecule responsible for the green colour of plants. Chlorophyll converts sunlight into energy through a process called photosynthesis. The chlorophyll molecule is similar to the heme molecule of human red blood cells. Instead of iron, the central element of chlorophyll is the mineral magnesium. If it's a green plant, it's high in chlorophyll and, hence, magnesium. The chlorophyll of most plants fights bad breath, detoxifies a long list of toxins that cause cancer, fights infections because of its antiseptic properties and optimizes the digestive system both in terms of nutrient absorption and waste elimination. Magnesium has a profound alkaline effect, a factor tremendously important in both disease prevention and treatment. Acid accumulation in the body contributes to arthritis, inflammation, weight gain and other disease conditions. Some other ingredients that are most effective in green energy formulas are spirulina, chlorella, aloe vera, bee pollen, Siberian ginseng and of course chlorophyll. Spirulina is a whole food and considered by most experts to contain the highest nutrient density of any of the blue-green algae. If you are a vegan concerned about getting adequate amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B12, spirulina may be a terrific addition to your diet because it fulfils these and many other daily nutritional needs. Chlorella is an ancient green alga that has survived on this planet for over two and a half billion years. It is best known for its ability to detoxify the body from heavy metals such as mercury and numerous other body pollutants. It is a highly popular food supplement in Japan where millions use it to boost vitality. Bee pollen's health benefits have been known for thousands of years and are something that has been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine. It contains 22 amino acids, carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, polyunsaturated fatty acids and enzymes. It also contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper and potassium. The major benefit of bee pollen appears to be for the immune system. Bee
pollen also helps in our ability to cope with stress, increase our energy as well as our stamina. Aloe vera has had a long and respected tradition of healing. It can be used topically to heal burns, acne, oily skin and other injuries to the skin, as well a internally to aid digestion and reduce inflammation anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a source of over 100 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytochemicals that have now all been documented to promote health and prevent disease. Aloe vera is known to help boost the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, and may have a place in the treatment of any infectious disease and cancer. Siberian ginseng is known as an adaptogenic herb or one that adapts to the needs of the individual as opposed to just being a stimulant. It is basically very effective in helping the individual deal with stress, fatigue, immune system impairment and stamina. Siberian ginseng also improves oxygen utilization because of its trace content of germanium, and helps the body detoxify from various poisons, especially those derived from its own metabolism. Fortunately, products containing all these foods and herbs can be found in a concentrated great tasting liquid form. “Energize and Detoxify” with liquid greens -- a great spring tune-up. Drop into Bonnie Doon Health Supplies for a free booklet titled “Superior Greens, Herbs and Foods for Life” by Dr. Rona or call 250-495-6313 for more information ref: Dr. Zoltan Rona www.mydoctor.ca/drzoltanrona
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Losing Weight Doesn’t Mean Losing Fat
By Jorg Mardian
A lot of people are in the business of losing weight and many of them are pretty good at it. However, they generally lose weight from lean muscle mass as well as fat, and that’s the biggest difference from someone doing it right by losing body fat only. Why? Because when you’re focused on losing weight, you only look at the numbers and not what the number represent. So initially it may seem like you’ve achieved more by losing more weight, but in the long run you’re actually on the yo-yo cycle. Straight up – losing weight is NOT equivalent to losing body fat. So if you’re one of those people who hits the treadmill for endless hours and think you’re losing fat, you couldn’t be more wrong. The treadmill has become synonymous with fat loss, and sadly it’s what most people resort to when they begin their fitness regimen. To add fuel to the speculation that it’s effective, you will actually lose some weight for an initial period of time. However, since you’re not building muscle, this phenomenon is temporary and you’ll hit a wall pretty fast in weight loss. Conversely, when you incorporate strength training into your fitness regimen it’s not uncommon to see temporary weight gain, which causes many females to abandon this regimen as useless. So then it’s back to the cardio machines, because they cause weight loss which equates to fat loss, right? Not a chance. In professional circles, cardio alone is tantamount to lean muscle loss. Now I know many females will say, “So what if I lose some lean muscle mass? I’m a female, I’m not supposed to have that much muscle, and at least I’m losing weight, right?” That may be partially true, especially if you’re in the obese category, and you have a lot of weight to lose. But as you slim down, like most, this way of thinking becomes proportionally wrong.
and increase your body fat, but it also makes you susceptible to serious diseases such as Diabetes type 2, as well as other serious metabolic disorders. Combine this with a diet lacking in whole foods, not getting enough rest and too much stress, and it’s easy to see why the rate of diabetes and obesity has exploded in modern times. Preventing serious metabolic disorders is serious business, which is why effectively losing body fat is a big part of achieving optimal health. Lean muscle gain is achieved by performing compound movements using challenging loads to stimulate your muscles. You don’t want to go too easy, say perhaps heavy enough that you can perform between 6 to 12 reps without compromising your form. You want your body to be under tension for at least 20 seconds to as long as 2 minutes to maximize muscle activation. You also need to perform the exercises with enough intensity to elicit fat burning hormones, so you can build lean muscle and burn fat at the same time. Your body weight may actually not change much at all, but you will dramatically improve your physique. Rather than focus merely on what the scale says (though it is part of the process), shift your focus on losing body fat and gaining lean muscle mass as an accurate measure of your health, fitness and physique.
What’s so good about lean muscle mass? Having lean muscle mass looks great, and it’s also been shown to greatly improve insulin sensitivity. Lack of insulin sensitivity not only causes you to gain weight
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Our extensive menu features most meals for under $10 or up to $19.95 for a New York Steak and Lobster. You can depend on Dale or any of the eight year-round staff to give you “old school service” every day of the year, with a chef on duty until 11:00PM seven days a week. Come savour fresh, homemade food served by well trained staff in our warm, friendly and comfortable establishment! Eat in or take out.
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