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hank you for picking up this copy of Okanagan Sun Magazine, the monthly publication for the communities of Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. This magazine is free to you, thanks to the support of our outstanding advertisers. In these pages, we celebrate success stories from our region and focus on all that is positive and unique about life in the South Okanagan. We ask that you support our advertisers. By advertising here, they are supporting the strong community ties that this publication hopes to foster. This month, we are reprinting an article from a now defunct national magazine called The Family Herald. The article, published way back on June 13, 1957, featured our local garden guru Lloyd Park. It is reprinted with kind permission from Peggy McKeever of Victoria, BC, with whom I had the pleasure of speaking some weeks ago. Peggy remembered Lloyd with such warmth, you wouldn't think that more than 55 years had passed since the article first appeared. Fast forward to 2012: If you prefer to read magazines on your iPad or tablet, the Okanagan Sun is now specifically designed to accommodate your device. Just go to www.oksun.ca to check out the current issue, as well as complete back issues of the magazine, on your tablet. This October, New York City was walloped by severe storm damage and flooding, crippling the
transit system and leaving millions without power. In this issue, reporter Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug takes us along for her travels to the Big Apple earlier in the month. Who could have predicted that the subway system she describes as being "open 24 hours a day, seven days a week" would be at a standstill by press time? Still, what is being described as the worst storm since 1821 will be no match for a city with such resilience. We also check in this month with the Adams family of Osoyoos. By now, most people in our area know that Teagan Adams recently became the youngest entrepreneur to pitch an idea on CBC's popular show Dragon's Den. Congratulations Teagan! We hear from his mother Chantelle about what lead up to the show, as well as her family's year of service. Congratulations also goes out to Julie Van Dusen of Oliver. Julie won passes to the Oliver Theatre simply by visiting www.oksun.ca and entering our contest. The November contest has already kicked off, so get your entry in today! Also, just a reminder that the December and January issues of the Okanagan Sun are combined, so if your club or group has anything to share for January, let us know by December 15th. We'd love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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RONDA JAHN is a certified yoga instructor. She has been involved in graphic design and Geographic Information Systems for over 10 years.
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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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CHANTELLE ADAMS is a professional motivational speaker and Top School Motivator. She is the founder of Foundations For Success Speaking and Training Services. NOVEMBER 2012
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Masters of Trivia Are Coming There is an incredibly popular phenomenon afoot in the UK that has both, a healthy and thirsty following, in Canada and the Unitd States: The Pub Quiz. The phenomenon really started with the Trivial Pursuit board game. Now, instead of 3 to 5 people around your dining room, you have 3 to 5 on a team and a whole room full of teams. Get rid of the dice, the wedges and the board and you have Team Trivia…or the PUB Quiz. We’re going to try 30 to 50 people in a room divided into teams. We’re going to have 3 rounds of quizzing and see who comes out on top. We have prizes, great snacks and beverages and a curiosity to see if there really is anyone in town who knows more trivial nonsense than I do. This promises to be a great night of interactive fun. This is hopefully a start to a monthly, at least for one month, series of team Trivia Quizzing. We’ll see who’s out there: let’s see what they can bring in here. The Masters of Trivia. Team Trivia a la pub quiz style, debuts at Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House on 522 Fairview Rd. in Oliver, Friday night, November 2nd. There is a small ticket price. Get ‘em’ early and get a spot for your team. Enter as a solo and we’ll find you a team. Call us at 250.498.2228. Contributed by David Badger
South Okanagan Concert Society 2012-2013 Concert Lineup
ast year at this time the South Okanagan Concert Society was reassuring citizens they could look forward to world class concerts despite the massive fire that consumed the local high school and auditorium. Switching to the temporary venue of the Oliver Alliance Church, a concert series was specifically designed to take advantage of the acoustics in a smaller, more intimate setting. It was a huge success. This year, while construction of the new auditorium is underway, the concert society has again shaped a series to bring delight to a community rising above its grievous loss. Flex pass tickets are on sale now at Beyond Bliss (Oliver) and at Imperial Office Pro (Osoyoos). The four admission pass costs only $60. The four admissions are entirely flexible and can be used together or in any combination. Single admission is $20. Young people 17 and under are welcome to attend the concerts free. All the concerts will begin at the new start time of 7:30 pm. Here’s what we have in store for you! On Friday, November 2 the stunning soprano, Tracy Fehr, will offer a programme to showcase her classically trained lyric voice. Expect operatic arias, German lieder, arrangements of African-American spirituals and musical theatre hits. Dennis Nordlund will provide the piano accompaniment. Friday, November 30th a complete change of pace will occur when the 2011 Canadian Grand Master Fiddle champion, Daniel Gervais, performs. He has been playing violin since age 5 and moves comfortably from fiddle styles to classical violin. No wonder one of his CDs has the title “Endless Possibilities”. Some familiar faces appear for the Friday, February 8th concert, Duo Rendezvous. Jasper Wood, violinist, has enthralled the audience before and when he joins with the charismatic Daniel Bolshoy on classical guitar the outcome will undoubtedly be musical magic. Last year Daniel’s virtuosity and his charming ability to communicate with the audience created a coterie of new local fans. The series will conclude on Thursday, March 7th, when the Concert Society takes a firm step out onto a limb. This concert is like no other. Woody Holler and his Orchestra are purveyors of western swing. They love to explore the crossover between jazz and western and produce “gypsy jazz from the saddle”. Raised on cowboy songs and later trained in classical voice and opera, Woody’s voice plus violin, guitar and bass create arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. This is a series guaranteed to chase away any winter blues with music, music, music!
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Oliver Art Gallery Co-op Artist Of The Month
he Oliver Art Gallery is happy to announce Dave Nicholas, as their Feature Artist for the month of November 2012. Watercolour artist Dave Nicholas, is a longtime resident of the Southern Okanagan. He originally moved to the area in 1965, to teach art at the Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver, where he stayed for some twenty years and then moved to the Osoyoos Secondary School. During that time and since, Dave has been showing his watercolour paintings in both group and one-man shows throughout Southern B.C. and all the while teaching classes in watercolour and design in a number of Okanagan communities. Dave studied art at the University of B.C. and over the years has taken workshops from internationally recognized watercolour painters. More recently, Dave has shown his work at the Tumbleweed Gallery, the Red Rooster Gallery and is presently an owner/ Naramata Vineyard by Dave Nicholas of his studio in Penticton where he lives with his wife, Angela. Come and see Dave’s works, at the Oliver Art Gallery, 6046 Main Street, Oliver during the month of November, open Tuesday – Sat-
urday, 11:00AM – 4:00PM. There will be a Kick-off Reception for Dave’s art on Friday, November 2, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. Everyone is welcome.
“Community with Every Cup” member at the Oliver Art Gallery. Dave’s watercolours explore the varied landscape of the Okanagan Valley and have in particular an appreciation of the distinctive hues of the dry interior landscape as changes occur from season to season. Dave prefers to do much of his work on site and likes using watercolour because it lends itself so nicely to “plein air” work. Each season of the year brings fresh challenges for the out-of-doors painter with changes in weather and temperature and needs to alter technique to meet the changing conditions. The Okanagan is a painter’s paradise of sky blue lakes, rolling hills of orchards and vines, sweeping banks of clay and low slung mountains to act as backdrop to the changing scenes. Dave, now retired from teaching, works out
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Food Network Chef Anna Olson Visits Osoyoos
Photo Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug President Mat Hassen accepts a cheque on behalf of the Osoyoos Museum Society from Pastry Chef Anna Olson of the Canada Food Network. The donation was from proceeds of one of Frances Sologuk's popular Cooking Classes at Osoyoos Home Hardware, where Olson prepared some of her favourite recipes.
By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
hen you break an egg to cook with, do so on a flat surface, not on the edge of a baking bowl. This gives a straighter edge to the broken eggshell, which makes for easier separating of the yolks from the whites, and avoids so many small pieces of the shell ending up in the bowl.
Buy unsalted butter for baking, that way you get slightly more milk solids for your money, and you can control the amount of salt in your recipe. These are just two of the useful tips dispensed by Food Network Canada’s wellknown prestigious pastry chef Anna Olson of the show ‘Bake,’ who spent a late October
evening baking her delicious desserts at a cooking class in Osoyoos. “I could introduce Anna as a celebrity chef, but she’s much more than a chef,” said Frances Sologuk of Osoyoos Home Hardware, and organizer of the popular classes at the store. “I think Anna portrays over the television her heart, and that is why I’m not
introducing you as a celebrity chef. I would like to introduce Anna Olson as an entrepreneur who has a passion and a heart for what she does.” This was Olson’s first time to the Okanagan, where she was in Kelowna as a keynote speaker for a food and beverage convention. While there, Olson made a whirlwind visit south to Osoyoos, where she was treated to a grand tour by Sologuk and company. “I really didn’t know the tour that I was in for,” said Olson as she greeted the class, “so it was such a luxury to have the beautiful drive from Kelowna, stopping in a few wineries, having lunch at Hester Creek, that was delicious, and to just get a sense of the vistas and what this area has to offer, and its’ true potential.” I love seeing the farmgate stands, the fruitstand signs all along the roads, so easy to access and such beautiful views.” Olson, who is also a Kitchen Expert for Home Hardware, prepared some of her recipes from her sixth book ‘ Back to Baking,’ with the appreciative class being treated to taste tests, from Sweet Potato Soup (smooth and savoury) to Maple Pecan Chocolate Squares (decadently delicious) to Morning Glory Yogurt Loaf. (See recipes in Judy Harvey’s column in this issue) Olson lives and cooks in Niagara, which she notes shares a lot of parallels with the Okanagan. They are “the only two regions in Canada where you can grow the tender fruits and really embrace the full sense of the viticulture, the wines that are able to be produced with such variety and with such consistency and high quality.” “There is this inherent appreciation for cooking with the local ingredients, the flavours that naturally go with the wines, that sense of terroir that the French like to be so proud about.” Along with Olson’s food preparation for the class, there were wine pairings with local winery Jackson-Triggs, featuring their high quality Viognier and dessert Riesling. The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with that in mind, Olson offers a basic tip for holiday bakers: freeze your cookie dough now, along with recipe directions, to save time later. Dough freezes better than prebaked cookies.
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Amateur photographers in BC are invited to enter our 2012 Nature & Water Photo Contest. We are looking for striking digital images of BC's water, wildlife and plants. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to have professional photographer Graham Osborne review a portfolio of five images and provide critical feedback, and receive a framed version of the winning photo. The contest is now officially open and closes December 7th. Public voting will begin Dec. 11 and end Dec. 14 with the grand prize winner announced Dec. 19. To enter and for more information visit www.naturetrust.bc.ca
Annual SOAICI Silent Auction At Oliver Place Mall By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
he eighth annual Silent Auction of the South Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living (SOAICI) will be held at Oliver Place Mall at the end of November. The public is invited to check out the items up for bid from Monday, November 26 to Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. The former Dollar Store in the mall will be the site where brand new items, from attractive gift baskets as well as a variety of gift certificates from local merchants to Christmas present ideas will be available to bid on. “It’s a lot of fun,” says SOAICI Fundraising Chair Bill Dean, with features such as the popular Christmas money tree and five-dollar stocking stuffers also part of the mix. All of the monies raised from the auction will go towards a new transportation bus for SOAICI’s close to 65 clients in Oliver, Osoyoos,
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The SOAICL Silent Auction will be held at the Oliver Place Mall from November 26 to December 1. Proceeds will all go towards funding for a new van for its clients. Photo contributed Okanagan Falls and Keremeos. The present 12-seat bus does not have enough room to accommodate the needs of SOAICI’s clients and their accompanying support workers, and as a result they “are being left behind,” notes Dean. The new Spirit LP low floor bus will seat 21 passengers, convertible to 17 passengers plus two wheelchairs. It is equipped with a ramp and is roomier than the present one, which will be traded in. Anyone who wants to give a monetary donation for the new van is asked to contact SOAICI’s CEO Richard Little at 250-498-0309 ext.102. Tax receipts are available for donations of $25 or more. If you are a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school then you may be eligible for the Violet Richardson Award from your local Soroptimist organization. Applications are available at www.soroptimist.org deadline is December 1, 2012. For further information you may contact Bev Anderson 250-495-7700.
It’s baaccck! The Osoyoos Soroptimists’ popular Dinner and a Fashion Show “Chez Femme” returns Saturday, December 1 at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos. With all the glitz and glamour of an opening night, Chez Femme invites you to step into a celebrity world of sparkle and light to enjoy a sit-down dinner followed by a show of fashions and accessories that capture the special style of the Holiday Season. Chez Femme Tickets are $40.00 and are on sale from November 1, at Rudy’s Flooring on Main Street in Osoyoos. With seating limited and reserved, Chez Femme event co-ordinator Wendy Zelter suggests you get your tickets and reserve early. “Before the last-minute rush of the Holidays,” she says, “make a date with us at Chez Femme for an evening full of things women like best: fine food and fashion!” “And shopping,” adds Zelter’s assistant, Bonnie Sveinson. “We will present a special cast of gift-sellers in a plazastyle setting in Sonora’s lobby.” After an absence of several seasons, the Osoyoos Soroptimists are proud to present Chez Femme: Dinner and a Fashion Show once again. “Chez Femme was a favorite event of the season. We look forward to seeing all our friends again on December 1st,” says Doris Walton. “And we’ve got some surprises for everyone, too.” Proceeds from Chez Femme, Dinner and a Fashion Show will be directed to the numerous Soroptimist Charities here in the South Okanagan.
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The Silence By Gail Prior I lived beside a lake with water crystal clear, nestled south on Salt Spring Island. I see myself there, where I stood many times, in the crisp pre-dawn listening to the silence. The lake slumbers 'neath a blanket of mist. Fish are feeding, dimpling the surface, rings overlapping rings. Comes the dawn breeze, gently lifts the mist, carries it into the trees, on the far shore, revealing the timid doe drinking in the shallows. She lifts graceful head, tests the breeze, looks all around, slowly turns and fades into the bush without a sound. The stillness suddenly torn By a raucous raven call. It echoes, re-echoes, re-echoes and is gone. Again the silence, so complete, so profound I can almost hear the sunrise. That seems so long ago.
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Photograph By Gail Prior She stared at the photograph. Yes, it was her, with her long red hair and dancing blue eyes, holding a small dog. He stood beside her, with his dimpled smile and brown eyes that could twinkle every time he smiled. The wide gold wedding ring figured prominently on her hand. The words, “Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder” rang in her memory. Yet, something other than man had separated them. How long had it been? The photograph appeared faded. When had the smiles changed to misty memories? She thought about the child they should have had, but hadn't. How old would he have been now? She smiled fondly at the dog in the photo and remembered all their “walkies.” He would scuffle along the trails beside them as they walked along, holding hands, feeling the joy and contentment of just being together on a sunny day. Their years of laughter suddenly echoed in her ears. Wasn't it only yesterday? No. The little dog and the man were long gone. When had the smiles changed to tears? Now, long years later, she could not remember. Had time rewritten it all? Where was he now? Did he ever think about her? Glancing in the mirror, she saw an older, grayer-haired woman with faded blue eyes that no longer danced. Were regrets part of the aging process? Was it only later that one knew what one loved? With a sigh, she shut the photograph back into her cupboard of keepsakes, vowing not to open it or the door in her heart again. The sound of the shutting cupboard door echoed into the silence...
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Adams Family Values By Chantelle Adams
n June 2011 I gave each of my four kids a toonie, and a challenge to turn that two dollars into more; using their own creativity and then give that money to charity. I wanted them to see the power their actions could have, and that they could use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. Lemonade Stand with a difference The kids were ages nine, eight, four and four at the time of the challenge. My oldest son came back first, with the idea to do a lemonade stand, but he said he wanted to charge one dollar per glass. I thought that was a little high and started to ask him to reconsider his pricing, when he said that he would make his lemonade stand different. He would go through all the toys and find good toys - but ones they don’t play with much anymore - and for every lemonade sold, customers would get a free toy. We held the first lemonade stand at Osoyoos Elementary School, and made $80 in one lunch hour. I was amazed! Tate decided he wanted to do a magic show, and was excited to learn some new tricks. He is very shy, and so I wasn’t sure if he would be able to pull it off. But we worked every day for weeks, mastering 15 magic tricks, so that he would have enough for a whole show. Tate made invitations for his friends, and decided admission
would be by donation. The day of the show arrived and he was nervous but excited. We had a full house of his friends and their parents there to support Tate and all the kids in their efforts. Tate did an amazing job in front of everyone, and most were shocked to see him so confident in front of such a big crowd. When I asked him how he did it when he is usually too shy to even speak in class he said, “Well, I did it because I knew I was helping the kids in Africa.” By this time, they had decided that they would work together on a project and put all the money raised together to make a bigger impact. They chose to build a school in Kenya with Free the Children. The goal was $9,000, quite a lofty goal for four young kids, but they decided this would be their summer of service. They held more lemonade stands and magic shows, and the two youngest helped as well, and also did bottle returns. By the end of the summer, they had raised $1,800 and were ready to step it up a notch. They did bake sales at their school and had charity birthday parties. They inspired other kids to also have charity birthday parties, and some even gave up some of their allowance to help. They held a spaghetti dinner and each of the kids helped set up for the dinner, and they put on a special talent show. Teagan gave a speech about why they were fundraising, and how they had raised the money thus far, Tate did
some magic tricks, Tanner showed off his break dancing moves and Serinity sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Teagan continued to spread the word and spoke to the Osoyoos Rotary Club, schools, School Board offices, Parent Advisory Council meetings and even at the Social Justice Film Festival Society. After Christmas, Teagan decided he wanted to use his talents to do something more than just lemonade stands to contribute to the school building efforts. He wanted to start his own business. So he came up with an idea for a trading card game similar to Pokemon, with a positive twist. He went to work designing a game which has been adapted several times as he tried to get it just right. He came up with the name, Doogoods, and that it would be a card game that would inspire kids to do good in their homes, schools, communities and world. He would have little creatures and a challenge on each card, and kids could collect points for completing the challenges. At this time, I was presented with an opportunity to travel to Kenya where the school is going to be built. My husband Justin, Teagan and I were going to travel there with a colleague who was going to be filming a documentary, and we would be able to cut the costs of the trip due to the nature of his trip. They were to go in April but the trip fell through. But we believe strongly that one day our
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Teagan Adams, interviewed here by Marji Basso for Eastlink TV, shares with the public his fundraising efforts to build a school in Africa through “Free the Children” organization. “Teagan is such an inspiration to not only his peers, but to younger and older generations alike,” Basso said. “I have been fortunate to see the invaluable assests that our local youth bring through initiatives such as our ambassador programs, LINK at the high schools, Youth Cares, scouts,and cadets to name a few. When children learn that their efforts make a positive change to those around them, our communities become the overall benefactors.”
The person who was going to help us take the trip was the co-director with me of the Early Entrepreneurs Experiment, where we give $100 of seed money to a classroom or family with a similar challenge that I had presented my kids. And to change that money into $500 by using their own creative business ideas. Together with 18 classrooms or families, they would have $9,000 which is the amount needed to build a school. We decided to approach schools to see if they would be interested. Oliver Elementary teacher Marji Basso got her leadership group involved and they held a move-a-thon, and raised the money in one event! Quigley Elementary in Kelowna School District participated and
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turned their $100 into $1600! This contributed to the school in Kenya in a big way. Teagan had kind of forgotten about Doogoods until February, when I heard about Dragon’s Den auditions being held in Kelowna. I came to him and said he should go and audition. The family loves to watch Dragon’s Den each week together. Even just auditioning would be such a great experience. Teagan got right to work making the cards look better, and designing little characters out of model magic for his display. He went to the audition, where all the presentations he had been giving about the fundraising efforts paid off. He delivered a fabulous speech in front of two television producers. They said that he would only hear from them if he was chosen to film in Toronto. A call from Dragon’s Den One day in April, I got a phone call from a producer from Dragon’s Den. We were so excited, since Teagan had been chosen to film in Toronto, and they wanted him there in two weeks. We contacted a family friend who is an amazing artist and asked him for his help in making the Doogoods Cards look more professional for the big day, and did he ever deliver! He kept them exactly like Teagan’s drawings, but just added colour and depth to them. They were wonderful! We also got a giant card printed and then we were set. We booked our tickets and were off! He had such a great time, and said it was even better than going to Disneyland. They were so good to him, and his producer was amazing. She walked him through everything, and let him have a couple of dry runs. She even gave him a private tour of the set. Teagan loved meeting the five business icons in person, as he had watched them so many times
on t.v. He said, "Mom, they are just regular people,” which made being the youngest to ever pitch on the show easier; because he saw them as just regular people who had done some cool things. Everyone was very nice to Teagan, minus one comment from Kevin about Teagan’s singing. He knew he wasn’t a ‘singer’ but wanted to do something for the entertainment factor. He got all the Dragons doing one of his Doogoods Challenges: Arlene got Chizam, the Doogood of teaching someone something you are good at; and Teagan suggested that she could offer him some marketing advice. Kevin got Adulade, whose challenge is to give someone a compliment... he struggled a bit with this, and had to be coached by Arlene. Jim got Beamer, Teagan’s first Doogood he ever created and his challenge was to give someone a smile; he had the best smile! Teagan’s pitch aired on Dragon’s Den on CBC on Halloween night. He was asking for $30,000 for a 50 percent stake in his company, and although the Dragons couldn't see their way clear to invest in this way, Teagan did not leave emptyhanded. Each Dragon (again minus Kevin) gave Teagan $500 towards the cause, and Arlene donated an hour of marketing advice. Also, Jim offered to talk to his people in the colouring book business. It was an amazing experience all around, and one that Teagan will never forget! As for the fundraising, the kids had reached and surpassed their goal by raising $11,000 in just under 1 year... pretty amazing to think that it all started with just two dollars, and a challenge to use their talents to make the world a better place! Honourary guests at ‘We Day’ Because of the kids' efforts
Doogoods By Teagan Adams I am a 10-year-old boy who loves mountain biking, building LEGO Mindstorms, climbing mountains and of course changing the world! I live with my mom, dad and three sibling: Tate, Tanner and Serinity in Osoyoos, B.C. Over the past 10 months, with the help of all my brothers and sister as well as family, friends and community, we have raised over $11,000 to build a school for deserving kids just like me in Kenya, Africa and Nicaragua, through Free the Children. This has been an amazing experience, and I am so grateful to all who helped us reach this goal to help kids get an education. In an effort to raise more money, I came up with a business idea, Doogoods. I even had the opportunity to pitch my business idea on the national t.v. show Dragon’s Den, airing October 31, 2012. Doogoods are collectible cards that teach kids social responsibility; to act locally, think globally and make a big difference in their home, school, community and world. Each card highlights its own Doogoods creature with its name at the top, and its Doogoods challenge at the bottom. When a child collects this card and does the kind deed, they receive the amount of strength points listed on the card. Kids will be creating a habit of doing good while having fun. I decided to create Doogoods because I used to love collecting Pokemon cards; at a certain age, most kids do. When a kid gets bored of it, a new younger kid is ready to take their place. Parents don’t always like Pokemon because of the battling. That made me think... collectible cards + doing good equals awesome idea. I also thought that, using Doogoods could help raise more money towards the school building in Kenya and Nicaragua. I hope that with Doogoods, I will raise enough money to build more schools all over the world, and to help educate thousands of kids. Because of this passion, 20% of all Doogoods profits will go to building more schools around the world with Free the Children, whose founder is my hero, Craig Kielburger. So, you won’t just be spreading goodness all over your school, home and community, but you will also be spreading goodness around the world. It is time to start changing the world!
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Free the Children wanted to award them by making them honourary guests at their annual event ‘We Day.’ They also gave Osoyoos Elementary School 20 tickets to attend. We had the privilege of attending ‘We Day’ at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 18, which brought together 20,000 young people to celebrate and encourage social change. Desmond Tutu, Demi Lovato, Magic Johnson, Spencer West along with my boys and I made for an amazing day! Teagan and Tate had front row seats to the event, and were called out from the stage by found-
ers Craig and Marc Kielburger for their efforts in raising $11,000 for schools in Kenya and Nicaragua. ‘We Day’ airs on November 11 ‘We Day’ will air on CTV on November 11... they will combine the events in Vancouver and Toronto for one amazing show on this day. At ‘We Day’ we were inspired to continue raising money for the schools through the Early Entrepreneurs Experiment, and also through Doogoods, where 20 percent of all proceeds will go to more school building projects. But we also brought home bags
which are to be filled with pennies (which are going out of style anyways). One bag amounts to $25, which is enough money for one person to have clean water for the rest of their life. Tanner, our five-year-old, has always been fascinated and saddened by the plight of those in Africa when it comes to water. How they have to walk for hours and carry water on their heads, and then it is still unhealthy to drink; and they have to boil it and they must do this every day several times a day. Then he sees how we just turn on a tap and there it is. He is quick to shut off the water when I leave it running when I brush his teeth, and has always wondered how we could get water to those in Africa who go without so much. He wanted to send some in the mail. I asked how he would do that, and he said that we could just put it in a box and mail it. This is dear to his heart and so when we told him what this bag was for, he raced around the house looking in our couches, in his piggy bank, in our junk drawers, in our vehicles... everywhere he could think of in search of pennies. Then he called family asking them to save their pennies for him, and he went to neighbours to ask for their pennies to help those who need water. So, the older brothers smiled and said, “Looks like we need to help Tanner with his project”... they are excited to help Tanner do great things with something he is so passionate about. He is going to take the bag to his kindergarten class, and took it trick or treating. We are excited to see where this next year takes us. The kids are excited and ready for any new adventures that come their way; and what adventures they choose to create. They have seen the power that kids can have to change the world, and they are ready to continue making a difference!
This is an article about my visit to New York City during the early part of October. On October 29, the city was hit hard by one of the most severe hurricanes the city has ever experienced. At press time, it had caused at least 10 deaths, extensive flooding, wind damage and major electrical outages in the city. Much like other challenges this city has had to face over its many years, New York will once again recover and carry on. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg commented on October 30 in a press release that “ we will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times, by standing together shoulder to shoulder ready to help a neighbor, comfort a stranger, and get the city we love back on its feet.”
y first impression of New York when I rode on the airport shuttle to the B&B was that it is a city of many neighbourhoods, with their own distinctive ethnic backgrounds and flavours. The visitor can go from seeing the Jewish section with its bearded Hasidic men garbed in traditional black suits and hats; to a Chinese area of stores, restaurants and bakeries; and on through the sights and sounds of ‘Little Italy,’ all in one short trip. New York is a place that has character coming out of its pores, a long and varied history of immigration and settlement dating back to the 1700’s. It is a city that recognizes its past worth by remembering and preserving, and also carrying on into the future with thoughtful city planning. The Landmarks Preservation Commission and other groups have had the foresight to preserve its heritage, especially its architecture, from being torn down, and other facets that make New York the unique city that it is. Its myriad of architectural styles are as varied as its people, from the early Georgian and Gothic influenced buildings to the Arts and Crafts and Victorian styles used for residential architecture, New York has it all. Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, one of New York City’s five boroughs, was first settled in the late 1600’s by the Dutch, and its Bedford-Stuyvesant area is in the heart of Brooklyn. It is predominantly an African-American community , where tall and elegant brownstone houses rule the tree-lined streets. Sankofa Aban Bed &Breakfast stands unobtrusively among them, a restored 1880s brownstone that has been in owner Debbie McClain’s family for four generations. Inside, its old mahogany-hued wood framing and creaky steps lead up to three floors of quaint guest rooms. Every Friday night at Sankofa Aban, McClain hosts oldtime Jazz Nights,held on the main floor in a narrow old-style salon room, evoking memories of the soulful and intimate jazz scene in this area of town during the 1940s to 70’s. Local African-Americans along with guests of the B&B are treated to some old jazz favourites sung by vocalists such as former Broadway singer Gayle Turner. Backing her up is an ensemble of
professional jazz musicians, who come by the brownstone to perform after their main gigs elsewhere. It is one of those experiences that you wouldn’t get in the city centre. A short few blocks away from the B&B is the nearest subway station, and the busy intersection of Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue. There, old brick- lined shops with wellworn signs and no-frills hair salons mix with more modern storefronts such as Subway and Radio Shack. The people here, and indeed, throughout the whole of New York City, seem to be used to having tourists in their midst throughout all seasons. From getting lost multiple times in the subway or on the streets of NYC, there is no reason not to ask any New Yorker for directions or help, it is there at every turn. The Brooklyn Bridge On a warm and sunny day in New York, a popular thing to do for tourists and locals alike, is to walk, bike ride or drive across the 1.8 km long famed Brooklyn Bridge, than spans over the East River linking Brooklyn with Manhattan. With its Gothic arches and steel cables, millions of visitors over the years have been drawn to this 1869 structure, and its impressive view of Manhattan. It took 14 years to complete this link (designed by architect John Roebling) between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and years later it was designated as a national monument. The Subway The subway system was begun in 1904, and it has grown to include 24 lines, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is extensive, inexpensive and convenient, and a much
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used mode of transportation, by both tourists and residents. New York city planners have always been in tune with the small land mass of their city, and its residents are encouraged (and do) use public transportation rather than clog up downtown streets with their own vehicles. The subway stations themselves are easy to find, with big signs and green painted railings on street corners, and stairs leading into the depths below city streets. The subway system itself is a bit more challenging. Just when you think you have mastered it, one finds that…you have not. But it is worth learning to use, at about $2.50 a ride.
about 9/11. He gave me one, and spoke emotionally about how he had been on his way to work at the site when the tragedy happened. In the booklet, he described how he had lost his job, yes, but was thankful to survive. The site is an emotionally charged place for many people, and instinctively, I hugged him and said a few heartfelt words. Andrea’s Top Five Things To Do In NYC 1)Watercraft Tour The Hop on Hop Off bus includes a water tour by catamaran, and is worth taking, to gain a different perspective of NY and surrounding
I think that the subway system is simple to use, once you get the hang of it. But some visitors, like me, did get lost on it. Thank goodness for the helpful directions of New Yorkers. On one occasion, a concerned local woman even sat with me on the train, explaining in detail how the ‘usual’ route may change due to maintenance or simply from being a weekend day, and practically went with me to get off the train at the right stop. She would have been dismayed if she had seen how that particular trip ended; with ‘yours truly’ still getting off at the wrong stop, and walking through unfamiliar environs 12 blocks or so back to the B&B. Hop On Hop Off Bus The Hop On Hop Off bus has become a popular form of touring around major cities in North America. In New York, it is especially so, simply due to the vast number of sites to see. Grayline Tours provides two day passes which can be purchased online ahead of your trip, and are only $68 each. It covers Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Harlem, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and everything in between. There is a good view to be had from the top of a double decker tour bus, with a guide giving information throughout. Highlight of the Tour There was one hop off spot on the bus tour that this visitor was not going to miss, and that was the 9/11 site. A project in the making, from the ruins of the ashes is arising a new beacon of hope, the 9/11 Memorial, located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex. A tribute to those who tragically lost their lives on Sept.11/01, it features two huge waterfalls and reflecting pools, set within the footprints of the original twin towers. The Memorial Plaza holds more than 400 trees around the pools, and provides a contemplative space in the midst of the busy city. It is a work in progress, as is a planned museum, and can be accessed by visitors. It was at the site that I met a man distributing photo booklets
Photo Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
area. There are a variety of water tours to choose from, with nighttime views of the lights of Manhattan especially intoxicating. There are certain sites that evoke a feeling of the ‘wow’ factor when you get to see it up close and in person. The Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris is one of them, and the immense 152 foot high Statue of Liberty is another. She can’t help but evoke a sense of awe when you see her in person, with her arm perpetually stretched out, holding her torch and lighting the way to all who come her way. A gift of international friendship from France, the Statue of Liberty has served as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, since October 28, 1886 when it was dedicated on Liberty Island. Many visitors take the watercraft that charge a fee, but some don’t realize that the Staten Island ferry is free. It has been in operation since 1905, and runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The 25-minute ride goes from Staten Island to a berth at Lower Manhattan, and offers some of the same views of New York Harbour, including the Statue of Liberty, that the other watercraft do. 2) The Metropolitan Museum Of Art ‘The Met’ is the centerpiece as far as museums in New York. It is not to be missed. It is the largest art museum in the U.S., with three floors, and several million pieces of works of art from all over the world on display. I took it all in (as much as I could) with cultural relish, particularly the medieval section and European artwork of masters such as Renoir and Matisse. It would take about a week to see most of the Met, and there are often new acquisitions coming in as well. There is everything from Drawings and prints, to medieval arms and armour, to an American Wing, to Asian, Greek, Egyptian and Roman art, sculptures and statues,, as well as contemporary artwork on display (and much more). 3) Broadway Show A Broadway show is a must! Do what we did and buy tickets at about half price the day of the show at one of the designated kiosks. There are a wide variety of shows to choose from to suit all tastes. We went to Mary Poppins, and sat in the balcony of the Art Nouveau grandeur of the Amsterdam Theatre. Yes, the show was ‘the thing,’ but the surroundings impressed me more, with the Amsterdam being the oldest surviving Broadway venue (built 1902-1903). Once the home of the Ziegfeld Follies, it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 4) Empire State Building The Empire State Building rises nearly a ¼ of a mile into the sky, is recognizable worldwide, and holds the distinction of having the highest observation deck in New York. We saw it both during daylight and evening hours, when it was lit up in red,
white and green in honour of Columbus Day. It is regularly lit up in various multicolours to commemorate important events and causes. We decided to forego the visit to the top of the Empire State building to stretch our money, but we later regretted not going up it. It is a $40 fee, but really, some things should not be missed and this is one of them. Maybe a return trip is in order, in fact, New York is the kind of place where a visitor would need to return time and time again to see all that it has to offer. 5) The Subway:
It may seem strange to recommend a ride on the subway of NYC, but it is worth the small ticket price, and does give one a sense of the city and its people and how they commute and interact on this mode of transportation. Not only does the New York subway take one into the inner workings of the city’s transportation system, but into the paths of New Yorkers. This is the part that impressed me the most about my trip, New Yorkers proved to be the most friendly and helpful people that this traveller had ever encountered.
Andrea’s Top Five NYC Tips • Keep plenty of American change on hand. Dollar bills and coins (yes, they do have their version of loonies) come in handy for a small tip, subway fare and other small change items (some subways give change). By the way, if you use the bus system, in some cases you need to first venture into a subway station to buy a MetroCard. Next time, we would buy a multi-day pass for convenience and savings. • Taxi rides are not as expensive as we first expected. After spending most of the trip taking the subway to save money, a few shorter trips in a taxi were welcomed. You can use a credit card to swipe through a machine right in the back of the cab, with suggested tip outlined as well. Just make sure you aren’t shy about flagging down one of New York’s taxis (like a local restauranteur advised us), and also stand at a street corner in plain view. • There are free walking tours (and bus and bike tours) available if you are on a budget. They are provided by volunteer guides who want to share their knowledge of the city with visitors. They request donations for their efforts. For more information, go to www. freetoursbyfoot.com • Don’t be afraid to ask for directions. New Yorkers are only too happy to give them. But of course always carry a map anyways, and it also helps to have access to a computer and plan out directions each night you are there. • This may seem obvious, but be sure to take comfortable walking shoes, because New York is a place where you will inevitably need to walk, as it is the ultimate walking city.
Photo Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug
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Even With Low Rates, You Can Invest For Income With interest rates holding steady at an all time low, many investors feel complacent about investing for a return. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, as an individual investor? If you need income from your investments, then the continuation of ultra-low interest rates may be a matter of some concern, particularly if you own certain types of fixedincome investments, such as term deposits or Guaranteed Income Certificates (GICs). While GICs guarantee to protect principal and offer flexible interest payment frequency, they are not risk-free. With low interest rates, you risk losing purchasing power. Still, fixedrate vehicles may well have a place in your portfolio. If you’re even somewhat dependent on your investments for income, you may need to broaden your search. Here are a few ideas to consider: •
Build a bond ladder. Long-term bonds, by their nature, are more subject to interest rate risk than shorter-term vehicles. In other words, interest rates are more likely to rise during the life span of a longer-term bond — and when rates go up, the prices of existing bonds will fall. To help lower this risk, you may want to build a “ladder” of bonds of varying
maturities. Then, if market interest rates are low, you’ll still have your long-term bonds earning higher rates, but if rates rise, you can take advantage of them by reinvesting the proceeds of your maturing short-term bonds. But remember to work with your financial advisor to evaluate whether a bond ladder and the securities held within it are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances. Consider dividend-paying stocks. You can find companies that have paid dividends for many consecutive years — and in some cases, increased their dividend payout each year. In the past year, companies in the S&P/TSX Composite have paid $43 billion in dividends, and expected to pay out a record amount in 2013, according to Bloomberg data. (Keep in mind that the S&P/TSX Composite is an unmanaged index and is not available for direct investment.) Of course, stock prices will fluctuate in value, and you may receive more or less than your original investment when you sell. Historically, dividend-paying stocks have been less volatile than non-dividend-paying stocks. Be aware, though, that companies can lower or discontinue dividend payments at any time without notice. Past per-
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formance is not a guarantee of future results. Refinance your mortgage. Today’s low rates are good news for borrowers. With tougher standards in place, it may not be as easy to refinance a mortgage as it once was, but if you qualify, you may want to think about refinancing. You may be able to save quite a bit of money on your monthly payments — and lower payments can translate into a greater cash flow. Plus, if you don’t need all the savings, you can put some of the money into a Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) or another retirement savings vehicle. Ultimately, an extended period of low interest rates is just one more factor to consider in creating and adjusting your investment strategy. Work with your financial advisor to help ensure low rates won’t affect your income needs. Member – Canadian Investor Protection
MATTHEW R TOLLEY (250) 495-7255 #3-9150 MAIN STREET OSOYOOS, BC V0H 1V2
By Derek Highley
epending on what type of golf course you usually play, this shot can come in handy for a variety of situations. For instance, if you play at a course that has thick rough around the greens then this is the shot you need to pop your ball onto the putting surface. If you play on a more links style course then this shot would come in handy when you stray off course and into the long fescue grasses, and need to chop your ball back out into the fairway. Generally, when you are presented with a difficult shot during your round, your first thought should be to get the ball out of trouble and back into play without compounding your problems. This tip will give you a little bit more confidence when you are faced with potentially difficult shots from thick lies. Fortunately, the type of shot that needs to be played to help you deal with these situations
is one that many golfers are already very adept at playing – “a slice.” Thank goodness you say, “I have that shot!” Believe it or not, when you find your ball in the long rough, the swing you need to make to get you out of trouble is similar to the swing that most often has put you in that situation. When your ball is sitting down in heavy
rough, you need to cut it out using the same out-to-in swing that causes that dreaded “banana ball.” Here is the best way to chop your ball out of heavy green side grass or long rough. Open your stance so that your body is aligned left of your target, then aim your clubface right of your target (open clubface). The more you “open” the clubface at address (pointing right - for right- handed players), the farther left you need to aim your body. Your open stance will set you up to swing the club on an out-toin path relative to your target. Now, position the ball a bit farther back in your stance as compared to a normal pitch shot, and this will encourage a more descending blow. The combination of an out-to-in path combined with a steeper angle of attack will create a “chop” like swing, perfect for getting the ball up and out of the rough and safely onto the green.
November 2: The South Okanagan Concert Society presents Lyric-Coloratura Soprano Tracy Fehr at The Oliver Alliance Church. 7:30 pm. A delightful variety program with operatic arias, art songs, African-American spirituals and musical theatre. November 3: Harvest Dinner Dance & Silent Auction. Sonora Centre in Osoyoos. Doors at 6pm, dinner at 7pm. Partial proceeds go to Osoyoos Spalsh Park, Osoyoos Secondary School Dry Grad and Osoyoos Royalty program. Tickets $30 at Imperial Office Pro, Pharmasave, Osoyoos Child Care Centre and the Sonora Centre. November 3: Covert Farms presents the Head Smashed-in Pumpkin Jump & Moonlight Run. $5. 4pm. Bring your pumpkins for composting, but we’ll have some fun with them first! www.covertfarms.ca November 8: Internationally renowned dog behaviour expert Cesar Millan brings the Trust Your Instincts Tour to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. Doors open at 6:30pm. Visit www.cesarmillanlive.com for more information. November 10 - Dec 22: Osoyoos Art Gallery Festive Treasure is an annual event at the gallery. It is a show and sale of art works by local Osoyoos and area artists. Paintings, pottery, woodcrafts, cards, textiles, jewellery and more. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, noon to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. Admission is free. November 14: Osoyoos Concert Series presents David Myles at the Mini Theatre, Osoyoos Secondary School. Tickets at Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos or Sundance Video in Oliver. November 15: 3rd Annual Nk’Mip Festival of Trees. Trees are on display at the resort. November 18: The fall meeting of the Oliver/ Osoyoos Historical Society will be held in the lower level of Oliver United Church at 2 p.m. The newly published 2012 Okanagan Historical Society annual report, full of original stories about South Okanagan history, will be available for purchase.There will also be a guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. November 28: Osoyoos Coyotes take on Kelowna. 7:30pm at Sun Bowl Arena. November 30: The Osoyoos Festival Society present Christmas LITE UP and Santa Claus Parade in downtown Osoyoos. Festivities start at 5:00pm and the Santa Claus Parade at 6:30pm. November 30: Oliver Parks and Recreation Society present Christmas Light Up. 5:00pm. Music, fireworks, treats and decorations. November 30: 2011 Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion Daniel Gervais at The Oliver Alliance Church. 7:30 pm.
Every Monday Alcoholics Anonymous meetings 7 pm St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Every 3rd Monday Osoyoos Arthritis community group meets at 1pm Osoyoos Health Centre. Everyone welcome. For info call 4958041 or 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at 1 pm in Osoyoos Health Unit. Maureen 250-495-7978 Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday Kiwanis Club of Oliver meets at noon at the Community Centre. For info call Rosemary at (250) 4980426 Third Tuesday Soroptimist Osoyoos meet at McKia’s restaurant at Best Western at 6 pm (no meetings July and August) Contact Doris at 250-495-4428. 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 9 am For more info call 495-4569 First and Third Tuesdays The Oliver Royal Purple Lodge # 63 meet at 7:30 pm at the Oliver Elks Hall. For info call Annie at 4982170. Every Tuesday South Okanagan Toastmasters meeting at 7 pm at the Best Western. Call Greg 495-5018. First & third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club meets at 7 pm in meeting room above the Art Gallery. New members welcome! Please contact Don at 250-495-6108 First and Third Wednesday Osoyoos Royal
Purple Lodge #240 meets at 7:30 pm at Osoyoos Elks Hall. For info 250-495-6748. First Wednesday and second Thursday O’s Own Writers meet at 10 am (Wednesdays) at 7:30 pm (Thursdays) above the Osoyoos Art Gallery. New members welcome. Last Wednesday of every month Osoyoos Reiki support group 7 pm at Holistic Desert Connections 250-495-5424 Every Thursday Bingo at 1pm Osoyoos Senior Centre First and third Thursday Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos meets at noon at Cactus Ridge Retirement Residences. For info call Donna at 495-7701. Second Thursday Multiple Sclerosis group meets from 10 am - noon in the basement of the Community Services Building in Oliver. Call Cathy at 250-495-6866. Thursdays The Rotary Club of Osoyoos meets at McKia’s Restaurant in the Best Western Hotel at noon. Visitors are welcome. Every Thursday Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers drop-in at Oliver Community Centre between 10 am and 3 pm. Info call 498 6649. First & Third Thursday Osoyoos Lake Lions Club meets at 7 pm at Jack Shaw Gardens Building. 250-495-2993 Every Thursday Oliver & Osoyoos Search & Rescue. 7 pm at Oliver SAR hall. www.oosar. org. Every Friday night, Osoyoos Elks invites you to play Bingo. Doors open at 5 pm Bingo starts at 7 pm.
The Okanagan Gleaners Annual Sock Drive is reaching this year to Bulgaria through Mission Without Borders. The last Sunday to donate items is November 24. Donation barrels have been placed in churches and businesses from Osoyoos to Vernon by coordinators Chee and Ellen Wong. The Gleaners welcome volunteers to gather at Park Drive Church in Oliver on Saturday morning, December 1, to sort thousands of socks, toques, clothing items and blankets knitted by many folks in the Okanagan Valley. Questions: call Chee and Ellen at 250-4854028.
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The Ministry of Finance wants to assist businesses prepare for the return to the provincial sales tax (PST) on April 1, 2013. If you have questions about the new PST, you can call toll free 1-877-388-4440 or email your questions to CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca. Registration for PST will commence on January 2, 2013. Businesses will receive a letter in December 2012 with information on how to register. Additional information about the return to the PST can be found at www.PSTinBC.ca.
Do you have a chair to sell or even something as big as a car? There is a new local place to do just that, for free online, on Facebook page ‘Osoyoos and Area Buy, Sell and Swap.’ It was started by Osoyoos women Bianca Rosin and Melissa Martins , who had seen the Penticton version and decided Osoyoos residents could use one as well. So far they have 310 members, and they welcome anyone local with anything to sell (or buy or swap) to join their page and post the information, plus a photo of the item. They advise reading the rules of the page before posting to avoid confusion. The advantages are that it might seem both a little easier and safer to sell or buy an item locally than on ebay and the like. Although the members are mainly from Osoyoos, Oliver and Willowbrook, Rosin says they will include people further afield if they are willing to deliver items. Perry Tompkins is the new Pharmacist and manager at the Remedy’s Rx pharmacy on Main Street in Oliver. Perry takes over from Larry Perehudoff who has recently retired. The popular 2,100 sq.ft. independent pharmacy is located in the centre of downtown Oliver. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following new members: Desert Hills Development in Oliver. Brian Wensley, Realtor with Royal Le Page South Country Realty. Denise Bowering, Owner & Personal Trainer at Frequency Fitness in Osoyoos. Cliff Bristow with Gallager Lake Resort in Oliver.
Award For Innovation To Community Futures
Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen recently received the 2012 Minister’s Award for Innovation for their Economic Gardening Program. Economic Gardening provides sophisticated market research for growth oriented businesses. The program started with a grant from Western Diversification and the Southern Interior Development Trust in 2010 and has worked with 70 small businesses, providing them with marketing lists and detailed market strategies. The program has identified 58 new markets and/or products for businesses in our region.
New Trx Training At Breathe Studio By Kelsi Bissonnette A CHANGE is as good as a REST. There is a term popular now in the fitness industry called “Muscle Confusion.” It is key to keep your workouts different all the time. This way your body does not plateau, and you experience increased fitness levels each week. Results start to show. Also, you do not experience boredom, and you are excited for your new challenge at every workout. Every single time I teach a class, I do not do the same workout. Let’s keep it real…… hard work is tough but after you are finished I doubt you say, “Man I wish I hadn’t done that.” Yes, you are happy when it’s over, but you want that sense of wellness and those positive endorphins again tomorrow. Something different to try is our latest class at Breathe Studio: The TRX Suspension Trainers. The TRX is a challenging workout that WORKS, here’s why: When you look at the function of the body, no part of the body is an island unto itself. Try to pick up a pen off the floor using just your hand. It's impossible. Even simple movements simultaneously engage the legs, core, shoulders, arms and neck. The body is an interconnected chain of muscles. Every movement we perform is a whole-body movement. That’s why TRX Training uses tools and movements that challenge the entire body in every plane of motion. The TRX Suspension Trainer is the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight, to perform hundreds of exercises. You're in control of how much you want to chal-
lenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. The TRX delivers a fast, effective total-body workout, helps build a rock-solid core, increases muscular endurance, but most importantly it benefits people of all fitness levels, from professional athletes to seniors. If you are adding in a new workout, progressions are important so that you are continually challenging yourself. With the TRX, every exercise has three progressions to follow. You build each week and see how much stronger you have become, which feels great. Some clients will be on a different progression, and that is the beauty of modifications, because we are all at different levels all the time. We all have past injuries or conditions we need to work through, and listening to your body is the most important thing when working out. That doesn’t mean ‘I feel tired I am going to stop’, but more I feel joint pain or I am having problems breathing, I need some recovery time. At the end of the day, if you decide to try a new workout like the TRX, talk to your instructor or trainer and get comfortable with the equipment. It is very normal to feel fear about trying new things; just remember everybody at the class is in the same boat. And if you are a creature of habit and like to do the same workouts every week, just remember you will see better results if you change it up! Well Wishes Kelsi ~ Breathe studio www.osoyoospilates.com
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Why Is Nutrition Crucial To Fitness Success? By Jorg Mardian
s a trainer, I routinely have great success with clients, having taken off thousands of pounds collectively over the years. You might think most of this stems from merely working them hard, but in fact, it’s proper training methods that lead to longterm success. If workouts are not scaled to client fitness levels, if they don’t keep interest, or if they lead to plateaus, then failure is imminent through lethargy or injury. Under my tutelage, most clients hit their workout with a good amount of consistent intensity, making great muscle gains and los-
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ing body fat for quite awhile. But then something strange happens; they hit a plateau. It’s no mystery to me that many feel their initial success is “good enough,” and so they start to let up. This might be three months, a year or even two years later, but eventually their private or work life becomes a primary focus again, rather than their own health. I mention this point because in fitness, each level we achieve should build on the level below it. And the foundation of all our fitness or sports related success is based on sound nutrition. When we cut that crucial link, there is an inevitable failure to thrive and the client regresses. It’s a simple formula: if you don’t eat right and you don’t train properly, gains will disappear. Food acts like a drug and many treat it like an enemy. But what we really have to watch for is too many sugars and carbohydrates,
which bring our body into a state called “hyperinsulinemia,” (chronically elevated levels of insulin), wreaking havoc with fitness and wellness levels. As such, I advocate proteins and vegetables in abundance, with nuts and seeds, some fruit and fewer starches and no sugar. This is really your supermarket perimeter diet, and contains as few food labels as possible. These foods are “clean” (healthy) for the body and should be eaten in smaller quantities and more frequently per day to keep blood sugar and energy levels stable. It’s a natural, caloric restricted eating plan that works because it supplies the body with all the needed nutritious elements it cries out for as you train. Think of it like stocking a fire. Given the right amount of fuel, it will stay under control and supply your needs by burning hot. So getting back to lack of motivation, eating like this keeps you well and optimizes your performance in the gym. It also propels you faster towards your weight and fat loss goals, keeping that spark to succeed at optimum levels. In the end, why attain mediocre shortterm results when long term excellence is within your grasp?
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Anna Olson, Home Hardware’s Kitchen Expert, from Thurs. - St. Fri. - Jacob’s Sat. Nov. 5 - 6 - 7 Ontario, spent a few hours at Osoyoos Home Hardware last Monday. Frances had been trying to arrange this event for the past few years, and it finally came together. We were all in awe to be in the company of this tiny dynamic lady. She has written five cookbooks and teaches all over our wonderful country. She is a regular on the Food Network starring in her own show Bake with Anna Olson . Next month she will be travelling with her husband to teach in Asia. This was her first trip ever to the Okanagan. Frances and her sister Virge made it as special as they could. Pencils were fairly flying over the page with all her many suggestions. Holiday baking recipes from Anna can be found online at www.homehardware.ca/recipes. Check it out – great web page! Anna was assisted by Sean and Shannon Pelker of the Lake Village Bakery, at the Cottonwood Mall in Osoyoos. Shannon mentored under Paul Cecconi of the Local Lounge and Grill in Summerland. She competed internationally and won gold in a competition in Norway. What talent we have in our little part of the world. Sean and Shannon will be doing a class in the Spring at Home Hardware. Classes resume in April. Keep your eyes open for further information. She made the most wonderful Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk which is perfect for this weather.
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Jackson-Triggs did the wine pairing for this class. Their Viognier is a great match for this soup, which exhibits an Asian flair with the lime juice and coconut milk. Their tasting gallery is open all year except for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Next month we will share Anna’s recipes for her wonderful sweets. See you then! Frances at Osoyoos Home Hardware carries all of those Kuraidori products you see Anna demonstrate on t.v. They make wonderful Christmas gifts – check them out.
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Garden Talk With Lloyd Park In this monthâ€™s instalment, we bring readers a reprint of an article that first appeared in a publication called Family Herald in June of 1957. It is reprinted here with kind permission from Peggy McKeever
By H.P. McKeever
f everyman resolved to leave the earth a little more beautiful than he found it, a few generations of human race could create a paradise. Such is the philosophy of Lloyd Park, twenty-four-yearold operator of a shrubbery shop in Victoria, who spends his time making gardens. Fourteen years ago Lloyd got his first job selling rhubarb door-todoor for a neighboring market Gardener. Later, when his route expanded, his pennies purchased an old bicycle. To complete his scheme, he "pestered the life and soul" out of a carpenter customer to make him a trailor for the bike. "The greatest gadget ever invented," quotes Lloyd in retrospect. "It gave me two hours more every day after school. Enlarged my range. Very soon I had even less interest in school. Daytime to me was just so much wasted energy trying to sit still until I could start delivering my vegetables." From vegetables, Lloyd Park's subsequent operations expanded to include bedding plants and small shrubs. What mathematics he missed at school were compensated for by the unique, if unprofessional, system of bookkeeping he carried in his head. Between times he worked in his friend's nusery, Absorbed every syllable of advice and vowed he would one day own his own business.
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At 18, a year after he quit school Lloyd Park kept his promise. With his savings he bought an old truck and, with $100 capital, launched an enterprise he called Growers Wholesale. "Thereafter it was a question of stretching a piece of string as far as it would possibly go" says Park. "I bought small consignments, paid cash, and stipulated I could not extend credit . The day's surplus cash went towards more stock the next day. Like this, I gradually worked up a good clientele of cash customers.â€? Park has planned and laid over 200 gardens in and around Victoria. Each was composed in his mind beforehand after discussions with the homeowner. Unless otherwise specified, they comprise a section for vegetables, another for lawn and a third for flowers. But no two gardens were the same. "My policy is to take soil tests before a sod is turned" Park advises. "That way I know where I am. Vegetables the same. A good treatment of fertilizer compensates for soil deficiencies with maybe an additional thought to such elements as lime and nitrogen. But light is
every bit as important. The habit of most people is to cram their gardens. This cuts down light and gives little room for cultivation, another important feature. If anything, too, I lean towards organic fertilizer. My dictum is to have as many worms as possible working in the soil. Chemical fertilizer is just a wee bit harsh on worms. "To reduce maintenance I try to omit complex lawns that need a lot of hand-trimming. The same goes for too many flowers that bloom only for a short time, long hedges, any of those flowers and shrubs that need special soil or protection in frost, and a lot of fixtures and ornaments where grass will have to be trimmed by hand at the base. With planning, even the largest garden can be a pleasure instead of a continual chore." Starting from scratch on a new home, Park begins at the door. Plants and shrubs should guide the eye to the entrance of the home. Shrubs should not be all the same height, since the good ones emphasize the others. Minimum planting distance from the house should be at least 12 inches with all windows left clear. If the door if off-centre, large shrubs at each corner give a balancing effect. Likewise, low and long homes look better without shrubs that have pointed outlines. Two-story homes are particulary suited to trees, though Park says trees are never wasted. They provide shade, hold moisture, and more than compensate for the trouble of raking leaves. Leaves are also invaluable in the compost heap and provide excellent fertilizer the following year. Clumps of Perennials Any garden looks more attractive with house walks, he believes. And the shorter the better. Beds at least two feet wide ought to be left between the walks and the main lawn for flower borderings. Clumps of iris, columbines, delphiniums, phlox and campanulas make an excellent all-season combination for house walk borders, he has found. Next to flowers in bloom, Park strives for the best lawn that can be made. Apart from the obvious drawbacks like weeds, he says too much slope is the major pitfall of people in a hurry. Taking plenty of time in preparation yields dividends. To make a lawn, Park never digs less than 15 inches. Soil containing a lot of clay, holding considerable water, is the most difficult type. In this case, Park digs in large quantities of humus, plus a proportion of sand and coal ashes to help break the clay. A fourinch layer of the best top soil procurable is then spread over the top, levelled and raked. He uses a roller with care, when the ground is dry, to keep grass plants well underground. He doubts if rolling does more than take bumps out of a lawn and says a lot of rolling is not necessary if the patch has been properly prepared. Most seeding is done in autumn or very early spring. Grass grows well in cool weather, wheras weeds prefer to withold growth until warmer days. Seed Lawns in Fall "If you plant good quality seed, and start a good growth of grass in the fall, weeds won't get breathing space the following spring," says Park. "I always roll the ground slightly after seeding. Seed should be kept moist, never buried too deep." Park sows one pound of seed per 150 square feet, broadcast care-
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fully to avoid spotty growth. He advises watering only as fast as the moisture can be absorbed by the soil, in the early morning if possible. Seeds and seedlings are easily washed away, while watering after sundown invites disease attack. Grass plants dry slowly. Strips of sod alongside walks prevent splashing on newly laid lawns. Lawns adequately fertilized before seeding will not require further treatment for several months, Park says. Another good plan is to mix a complete fertilizer with fine soil five to ten times its own volume and spread over the new grass two to three months after growth has been well established. Park urges care with weed killers and says there is much to be gained from the advice of the local supplier. For crabgrass, the plague of most lawns, potassium cyanate is the most effective means of control. For quick blooms Park recommends a mixture of the less expensive annuals such as zinnias, asters, cosmos, petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, sweet peas, pansies, and salvia. These require no special culture and take the raw look from a new building. Biennials like hollyhocks, evening primroses, forget-me-nots, canterburybells and foxgloves can be introduced meanwhile, in preparation for the following year. So can iris, peonies, coralbells, clematis,
liatris, phlox, and many others. Customers' favorites among the perenials are chrysanthemums, tuberous begonias and gladioli. "In this business you learn something more every day," says the young man who plans to convert the upper portion of his shop into a reading lounge for customers. "The knowledge I gleaned years ago is sadly outdated and outmoded by I don't know
how much more information these days. New species of everything appear with amazing regularity, so that would almost need an encyclopaedia beside you. Anyway, that's not my job. As I mentioned in the beginning, when it comes time for me to leave this world I'll know my work made at least one ugly spot beautiful. That will be my reward."
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