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VOLUME 25, NUMBER 8, DECEMBER 2016

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Season's Greetings

Oncore Keith Bonnah General Manager, Programs & Services Well, that festive time of year has come around again. The lights are shining bright and hearts are filled with cheer and goodwill! For many, this means time with family and friends and sharing of gifts and love. We would like to take the opportunity at this special time of year to thank all of the people who contribute to Oncore Seniors Society and help make a better life for all of the folks we support. We are very fortunate to have gracious and generous community partners. We connect with numerous agencies and entities every day

such as CSI Kamloops, Kamloops This Week, Safeway Canada, City of Kamloops, CMHA, ASK Wellness, Province of B.C., Kamloops Food Bank, our local Farmer’s Market, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and many, many more. It is an honour and pleasure to collaborate with our local partners to find solutions to difficult issues, and it is a comfort to know that help is usually just a phone call or two away. We hope that Santa has a special treat for the kind elves at Rotary who have been working hard to help deliver a roof to someone in desperate need! The United Way helps us in many ways and always goes above and beyond, with days of caring, financial support, and is always there for us in a pinch! We would also like to thank our staff whose dedication and professionalism are second to none and make it a pleasure to come in to work.

Advocacy group receives gratitude and support into a report. Allen explains the report is not considered to be scientific, as certain criteria are needed in order to meet this classification and the costs are higher. The report did help the Council on Aging to better understand what concerns local seniors have and where they would like to see support. “We were surprised to get such a variety of issues,” Allen said, but noted that as a whole, the core issues brought up were anticipated. One of the big issues was that many seniors outlive their doctors, and it can be hard to find a new one. Allen also noted many of those involved in the consultation were not aware a nurse practitioner could do many things a doctor can.

By Cavelle Layes A Kamloops advocacy group has received gratitude and support after giving local seniors a voice. The Interior B.C. Council on Aging Society continues to set its goals high and are working towards political action. Isabelle Allen, a chair and one of the original founders, said the Council on Aging now has eight board members and many new members joining. Allen said they are happy to be gaining numbers, noting each member comes from a different background and provides unique insight. The Council on Aging was formed in March of 2014 when a group of Kamloops locals decided there was a need for a clear voice for seniors. One of the biggest steps forward has been

consultations that began last year with mini testing groups. The Council on Aging was able to get a student from TRU, trained in research methods, to

conduct consultations which were designed to find out what issues Kamloops seniors really face. The student then compiled all of the data

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.� ~ Martin Luther King

Photos by Jared MacArthur People came in droves to Riverside Park on Nov. 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day. The Royal Canadian Legion was in charge of the ceremonies, encouraging veterans, retired and currently serving, Legion members and their families and the general public to attend. Top left: Standing to remember; bottom left: Canadian Services; top right: Standing Guard; right centre: Kamloops Pipe Band leads the parade; bottom right: Kamloops Mounted Patrol pays their respects.


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as early as January 2018 and that the tax revenues will be modest when legalization first takes hold. In the first three years, it expects the number of cannabis users aged 15 and over to grow by more than half a million, rising to an estimated 5.2 million in 2021. It estimates that 98 per cent of cannabis sales would come from those who consume at least once a week or daily. Some are now questioning whether the federal government will not be able to apply a tax without pushing the price of legal marijuana significantly higher than illegal marijuana, which will ultimately boost the illicit markets’ profits. The range of issues associated with this subject are far reaching and I believe that before the government moves towards full legalization, efforts should be made to educate Canadians about the implications this will have for our country and whether the legislation will be effective in protecting our youth.

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This holiday season, I sincerely hope all Kamloopsians can enjoy the company of good friends and family. I feel very fortunate to spend many a Tuesday with a wonderful group of community-minded people. I am simply often in awe of the skills, qualities, and life experiences of my council colleagues. One by one, let me show them some well-deserved love. Mayor Peter Milobar is the second youngest person on city council but we look up to him for his wisdom and sharp intelligence. Peter provides council members a lot of freedom

at meetings to represent different issues and ideas. His steady style has been a big ingredient to his rock solid leadership. Many of us on council consider coun. Pat Wallace to be an incredible example and mentor. Pat combines that historical memory with a great energy and drive. She is incredibly warm with an everpresent twinkle in her eye. She has served our province at the highest levels and remains humble and so accessible. Coun. Tina Lange and I were both first elected in 2005 and I have a special place in my heart for her. Tina is bold but is also a great team player. She has worked so incredibly hard for her family and for her community. She has been true to her values, is wicked smart, articulate, and has done

so many incredible things she won’t ever talk about. Coun. Marg Spina has this wonderful way of expressing herself that is both caring and bold. Known for her incredible advocacy for seniors, people with special needs, and people struggling, Marg is actually an incredible booster of so many different worthwhile Kamloops causes and organizations. She loves coming up with innovative ideas. I am in awe of the research that Coun. Denis Walsh puts into his council work. It’s sometimes hard to see the typed words on a sheet, in amongst all the notes he takes. Denis often takes a contrarian and questioning view. It’s not an easy role but it is crucial to ensure a more thorough look at issues. See "Council kudos" page 11

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Inappropriate use of antibiotics Health Matters Missagh Manshadi, B.Sc, Pharm Pharmacist/Owner

There are definitely benefits and miracles about the use of antibiotics. A few days ago my eight-year-old son had an earache with puss and blood and after treating him with antibiotics for few days, most of the symptoms have disappeared. However, most of the more common infections do not require antibiotics. For example, colds and flus are generally caused by viruses, and antibiotics cannot kill these viruses. As result of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, and in some cases, farmers using antibiotics to treat their livestock, we see the greater number of people are resistant to

common antibiotics and bad infections such as Clostridium Difficile and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Also, we see more people with more gut problems. Two million people each year in the United States encounter some kind of bacterial resistance, and at least 23,000 people die from these infections. There are few steps we can take to help try and solve these problems: 1) Common ailments and infections such as cold, flu, bronchitis, sore throat, sinus infections and even earaches are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics. Healthy individuals can wait few days and see if symptoms disappear. 2) When we consult health-care professionals about infections, do not pressure them to give antibiotics. 3) We should finish our antibiotics for our infection and not share it

with others. 4) Incorporate daily foods that have a high level of probiotics. This includes fermented vegetables and kefir. There are also lesseffective, but still good, commercial probiotics. They can be expensive and they are sold in pharmacies and health food stores. 5) Consult with your pharmacist, one of the most accessible healthcare professionals, and see if you actually need to see a doctor to get antibiotics or not. 6) Limit commercial meat products that you do not know where it comes from. 7) Hand washing is very good and helpful. However, do not overuse hand sanitizers. Some bacteria are good for us and can make our gut and immune systems stronger. I hope this article will help you reflect on this important problem.

Debt of gratitude Continued from page 1 A huge debt of gratitude goes out to the many volunteers who give their best on our behalf. We rely on volunteers to help us reach out to our seniors, from friendly visitors, to tax preparers, to snow angels. These are all individuals who dedicate and give their time and talent to help those who not only need and appreciate it, but would be in different difficult circumstances without the help. Thanks to all and to all a good night!

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before you accept your recommended treatment? A recent article in Medscape (March 18, 2016) is titled “The Best Decision May Not Be What the Guidelines Say,” which explains the point. Fortunately, thanks to organizations like the Cochrane Group, which evaluates medical treatment outcomes with no bias, and simply weighs the statistics of benefits verses risk, there is now a very helpful tool for making your best decision. It is called Patient Decision Aids and it is available free on the website thennt.com. NNT stands for “NumberNeeded-to-Treat” to help one patient. It works like this. Let’s say, for the blood pressure pill example above, you go to www. thennt.com and click on therapy reviews for your problem and you find that the NNT is one in 100, and of those 100 people, 24 are harmed by the drug’s side effects. In other words, for 99 out of 100 people taking the drug, there is no

protection against a heart attack, and, 24 out of those 100 people suffer effects like dizziness, impotence, brain fog, fainting, broken bones, etc. Now what would your decision be about the recommendation? Would this help you? Would you begin to look for other, safer solutions to lowering your blood pressure and protecting your heart? If, after you get a diagnosis and a recommendation, your research shows that it would be too great a risk and doubtful benefit, what is your next step? Doing nothing is not a good option. This is the time to become better informed about the safer, more effective options. An effective way to change your health is to start with a change in your diet. Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” Perhaps if we would follow his recommendation this article would be superfluous. It is most likely that your diet is what earned

re-gifting Joan pulled a red and green quilted vest and a cherry red scarf from her backpack just in case she got chilled on the rivers trail. A less-fortunate woman cast a shadow as she came up the bank behind the bench. She wore only a light-weight hoodie. Joan smiled as she would to any friend. “Hi, the sun’s sure nice, isn’t it.” She shuffled her bulky hips to make room on the bench for the stranger. “Nobody ever smiles at me,” the shivering woman mumbled. “Nobody sees me or ever talks to me.” Blowing warm breath into her cupped hands, she looked at Joan cautiously. The woman’s admission touched Joan, so she kept talking. “You could use a scarf,” she suggested. “It’s cold in spite of the sun; here, let me put this around your neck.” Nodding, the woman allowed Joan the privilege of warming her neck with the scarf. It

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was highly unlikely such strangers could connect like girlfriends, but it didn’t enter Joan’s mind to behave any differently especially when she saw tears on those cold rosy cheeks. “Do you have a jacket?” Joan asked, as she pointed to the plastic bags in the metal grocery cart teetering on the bank. “No, but…I’ve got papers.” The woman unzipped her thread-bare hoodie, grabbed a corner of the newspapers folded over her chest and proudly showed off her extra layer. “That’s good. It can’t be enough though; you’re freezing.” Joan held her vivid vest up and guided the stranger’s arms into it. A bit of a scramble ensued over the giving away and the giving in, but Joan won out, and the stranger thanked her sincerely. See "What’s your name?" page 27

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‘Tis the season to be organized! Everything Organized Shawn Ferguson

I love this time of year. I get to spend time with loved ones that I haven’t seen all year long and because of that, I want to make the most of that treasured time. With so much to do it feels better to be organized and have my tasks completed ahead of time so I can enjoy time with my family and friends

rather than rushing around like a crazed elf! The proverbial ‘todo’ list at this time of year is different for everyone, but it’s almost guaranteed to be the longest list of the year so pull out the calendar and make sure to do something on that list every day. Along with everything else, there is the dreaded gift buying, which is normally the least liked due to crowds and lineups. I’m always amazed how grumpy people become when stressed, tired and hungry! Some walk into the department store and just start looking for

that perfect gift for everyone all at once and never know what they are looking for specifically. This means seeing everything this store has to offer, which can quickly become overwhelming. I recommend making a well-thought-out gift list…whether that list is made from different colour pens, glitter glue or simple pencil scratch on a napkin. If you have a plan determined before you arrive, you will have a much better chance of finding the perfect gift as opposed to grabbing the 12th thing you see because your brain in yelling at you to tuck and

roll to get the heck out of there! I keep a list of names with little notes about that person. What they like or collect, hobbies, music, colours and words that come to mind when I think of them. I also add their wish list to the bottom of that list to give me ideas when I head to the store. The great

thing about my notes is that I can refer to them as I’m walking through the stores and items start to jump out at me a lot faster. I am way less stressed and I can get in and out of the stores faster, which leaves me more time to do what I love — everything! Of course, don’t forget that gifts from the heart

and hand are always more meaningful. Whether that be a basket filled with homemade goodies, a hand sewn apron or a piece of furniture that has been refurbished, those gifts will last a lifetime in our hearts. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

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“When you feel yourself becoming angry, resentful or exhausted, pay attention to where you have not set a healthy boundary.” -Crystal Andrus I ought to write about Christmas. But frankly Christmas has become something I’m conflicted about. Perhaps I’m a scrooge. I’m not too fond of how early Christmas advertising, displays, and shopping began this year — only two days after Halloween. Along with this came screen after screen of Christmas movies demonstrating how romantic and idyllic our Christmas should be. After a month of frenzy with three more weeks to go before the big day, the real message of Christmas is well hidden amongst wrapping paper, bows,

baubles and garlands. And I try to live up to media hype and the imperative to shop, shop, shop; I’m exhausted and anxious already, worrying I don’t have enough time to do what is expected of me for Christmas, to say nothing about the effort to be more environmentally and fiscally responsible. I choose to be a kind, generous person not just at Christmas, but wonder what the best way is to do this. At the same time, I want to protect myself from burn out and disillusionment. I lack balance and boundaries, current buzz words. I suspect more is spoken about lack of boundaries and balance than any other issues in today’s fast-paced, disconnecting world. We have social media and I would be the first to admit that as a person who lives alone, the instant gratification of messages and texting can sometimes remind me there are people out there who love me. The only other issue that may trump (excuse the expression) our struggle with boundaries is love. Hey! But wait a minute, service to others, generosity and love are Christmas themes? In our culture of materialism, we get caught believing love and generosity are defined

by giving objects and transitory pleasures — for me, things I can not always identify: Thingamajigs, doohickeys and whatchamacallits. But there is another kind of generosity that not only gifts oneself but others as well. People in pain enter my space nearly every week. Though I understand I must take care of myself so I have both psychic and physical energy to give to others, I have trouble setting boundaries. I want to help and start immediately to empty my pockets of compassion and life helping skills, thinking I can magically find the one right thing that might make them better. Last month, with the largest super moon since 1948 and a myriad of meteorite showers all during the fall, I became aware of how nature holds space for us. Darkness is held by the light of the moon and stars. The river holds water to keep the earth wet and sustaining, and wind chases tree branches and clouds, clearings our heads of preoccupations. The greatest gift of all costs nothing monetarily and is like the light of stars, the sustenance of a river and the clarity of the wind. It is an open heart and a willingness to hold space for others to be heard.

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Merry Christmas to one and all. I hope the holiday season finds you surrounded by family and friends, and that you will be able to pause in the busy moments and focus on the heart and soul of Christmas, whatever that means to you. Consider visiting a senior in your life over the holidays — often limited mobility makes the holidays a lonely time, so try and share it with someone who would love the company! Or invite the new neighbours in for coffee — they might not have anyone to share the season with either. As December rolls around we would like to take a moment to say “Thank you” to all of our

volunteers throughout the year, and especially for last month. Our Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale was a big success, and everyone had a marvellous time. Thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard with this event. It’s been such a busy year for fundraising and it is heartwarming to see new faces. Your volunteer efforts keep us up and running, allow us to offer many different events and activities at low cost. As a way of saying thank you, the North Shore Community Centre is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. We are pleased to have musical

entertainment by the ukulele group. Please join us if you have volunteered at the Centre in any way. Other events this month include a free concert by the German Choir on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. Our Christmas Community Dinner will take place on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. featuring turkey and all the fixings. Gordie West will be entertaining. Tickets for this wonderful evening of great food and awesome entertainment are only $15 each, and must be purchased in advance at the front

desk. Many thanks to all of our entertainers throughout the year who give their time and talent to entertain us! There will be a Blue Christmas Service hosted by the United Church on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and all are welcome. The North Shore Community Centre will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 30 for the Christmas break. Please check with your activity coordinators if you are not sure of the end date of your activity. We wish everyone a safe holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

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Desert Gardens Ladies’ Auxiliary by Shirley Lunan Season’s greetings! We had another great year thanks to all of you for coming into our gift shop. I will have the gift shop open on Saturday, Dec. 24 for your last minute shopping, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gift shop will be closed from Dec. 25

to Jan. 3. I would like to thank Marian, Lois, Alice, Margie, Joyce and Penny for all their help at the Christmas sale. Hope to see you all again in the New Year. Merry Christmas from all the volunteers that work in the gift shop.

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Christmas dinner will take place on Dec. 7. The SCC Christmas dinner will take place on Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. — turkey dinner with all the trimming for $13. The best buy in the city! Please reserve your seat(s) by 5 p.m., Dec. 9. Call 250-372-5110. Dec. 16 will be the SCC Annual Membership Christmas Social, Ribbon Cutting and Tour. Christmas refreshments and goodies will be served. If you are a member of SCC, we welcome you to attend this social. At this time, we would like to thank everyone for their contribution, support and volunteerism at our wonderful Centre throughout the past year. We appreciate all of you! SCC will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from Dec. 23 to and including Jan. 2. All at the Seniors’ Community Centre wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and All the best in the New Year, 2017! We look forward to seeing all of you on Jan. 3, 2017, with the resumption of all programs.

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It appears the countdown to Christmas has begun. We are not sure where the year has gone, therefore, we must be having fun. Seniors’ Community Centre (“SCC”) at Desert Gardens is all about just that — fun, laughter and socializing. Firstly, we at SCC would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the Youth Appreciation following the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Service. Our sincere thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 (“Legion”) for providing the food and hot chocolate and allowing us to be of community service. Also, we thank our valuable volunteers who help make this such a success. We look forward to working with the Legion in future years. The annual Old Time Fiddlers Christmas dinner and dance will take place on Dec. 3 — cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing. Ticket are $40 each. For more information, call 250-319-3680. The Hub International hosted

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Changed the furnace filter? Home Maintenance Tips Lyle Killough, Homewell Services Co. We are well into the home heating season. Temperatures are dropping as we slide into winter, and in most homes, the furnace is on. If your home is heated by a forced air furnace, regardless of whether it heats using electricity, oil, natural gas, propane, coal or wood, there is a fan built into it. This is what creates the “forced air” part of the furnace. Sitting just in front of the fan there should be a filter, whose job is to protect the fan and the heat exchanger (the part of the furnace where the circulating house air is heated). We tend to think that the filter is there to improve the indoor air quality, and it does, particularly when it is nearly new, but the most

important thing that the filter does is to protect the furnace from the humans in the house. We are dust generators. We constantly shed skin, and all but a few of us shed hair. We wear out our clothes, towels, bedding and carpets by constantly breaking little tiny fibres off of them. Our shoes track dirt into the house, and we like dust-generating activities including things like keeping hairy pets and doing renovations. This dust floats around on the air currents in the house for a long time until it gets sucked into the return air duct and goes speeding toward your expensive and important furnace. Without a filter, the dust will build up on the heat exchanger and reduce its efficiency. A fan with a blanket of dust stuck to it needs more electricity to move air, plus it could cause the fan to become unbalanced which can lead to noisy operation

and bearing failure. This sounds scary and costly, but the fix is inexpensive and easy; remove the dust with an air filter before it causes problems. Unfortunately, the dust is still potentially causing problems even when the filter traps it. As the dust builds up in the filter, it becomes harder to move air through it. Clogged furnace filters have been blamed for premature failure of furnaces due to increased heat build-up in the furnace resulting from reduced air movement. If your furnace cannot move as much heated air as normally, you will pay more to heat your home as well as face the possibility of expensive repairs. Given the likelihood of increased maintenance and operating costs caused by a clogged filter versus the low cost of furnace filters, it makes sense to change the filter regularly and save money.

Inspiration for bathroom design The Flooring Expert Matthew Wells, Nufloors Kamloops

Bathrooms are often one of the most overlooked areas of the home. We spend most of our creative energy and money on the kitchen and living room but there is no reason the bathroom cannot be just as stylish. From getting ready for work in the morning to helping your little ones prepare for bedtime, a lot of time is spent in the bathroom. In addition, one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home is updating the bathroom. Potential homebuyers tend to focus on the kitchen first before

making a swift beeline to see the bathrooms. Let’s explore one great trend that you may want to consider for your bath area. One of the hottest trends in bathroom design is wood inspired tile. While hardwood looks amazing and goes almost anywhere else in your home, it is not a good fit for the bathroom because of the fluctuating moisture levels. Tile is ideal because you don’t have to worry about water damage and you’ll still receive the warmth associated with wood flooring. Additionally, if you choose to put a heat mat underneath your tile then you’ll never have to worry about cold feet again! Pairing the wood tile with an off-colour grout, such

as grey, really makes the tile stand out and gives the room a modern flair. If you are inspired by a wooden design but are a little more cost conscious, then vinyl plank is your next best option. Vinyl plank comes in a variety of wood styles and has the waterproof feature that makes it perfect for bathrooms. Another benefit that goes along with vinyl plank is labour costs — installation for vinyl plank is more cost effective than if you were to go with tile. Regardless, both tile and vinyl plank look fantastic in a wood inspired bathroom. As always if you have any further questions do not hesitate to stop by. On behalf of Nufloors, have a fun and safe holiday season!

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Seniors group plans to reach out to rural areas Continued from page 1 She explained when surgeries are needed, a nurse practitioner can make recommendations to doctors, but for minor ailments, a nurse practitioner can handle the job. Some will also make house calls. Allen said the Council on Aging has applied for funding to be able to offer this sort of consultation on a larger scale, and with more scientific test results. The Council on Aging intends to reach out to more rural areas such as Chase and include them in the test results down the road. The Council on Aging members believe seniors in rural areas may offer their own set of concerns that should also be addressed. The improved tests would ensure there is enough information included to consider them valid, and the findings would be presented at the Seniors Symposium in June. “People want to know what the consultations found out and what can be done,” Allen said, noting the consultations have drawn a lot of interest. In fact, she said, the last Seniors Symposium drew out a large crowd interested in the results of the report. “The seniors want the

testing to be valuable and meaningful,” Allen said. “They want to see they are valued and people are listening to what they want. What they really want, not just what is assumed they need.” “Sometimes the assumptions aren’t what they need, but the seniors accept it,” Allen said. She explained that in some situations, government pushes for funding for seniors care homes, because they believe this is what is wanted by the senior community. However, many just want to be able to access the items required to help them continue to live in their own homes. The testing also highlighted some other areas of concern Allen said — issues that seem to slip through the cracks. “It is hard for instance, for low-income women who didn’t work outside of the home and don’t have a pension,” she said. “These women can’t find housing.” This is an issue that often comes up, as many of the women were housewives and their husbands have since passed, leaving them with nothing. The Council on Aging hopes to get a number of TRU students to help them conduct further, more detailed testing in

the near future. “We have experts on our Council, but not the type that can make the testing valuable and scientific,” she explained. If the Council on Aging could produce a scientific study, the results could be presented to the government, and really be used to help give local seniors a voice. Since its formation, the Council on Aging has been asked to reply to many different types of policies on behalf of local seniors, and speak to the ministry on the subjects. While the Council on Aging does not offer services to seniors, the society targets policies on their behalf. “We don’t pretend to represent everyone,” Allen said, “but most on the board are seniors and have experience.” “We hope that it is going to open windows that haven’t been open before,” she said. “We want to change the image people have of our seniors. They are not just people in need, they can be resourceful, they have been out in the world working and have all kinds of skills.” The Interior B.C. Council on Aging Society is always listening to feedback from the community and is still accepting new members.

More council kudos Continued from page 4 I often think of Coun. Ken Christian as “ObiWan KENobi.” I have leaned on Ken for his advice and experience many times. We always have thoughtful conversations. It makes sense that Ken has topped the polls for council and previously for the board of education. He inspires confidence in his goodness and his well-reasoned decision

making.   Coun. Donovan Cavers works so diligently to represent important, sometimes underrepresented, views around the council table. His healthy, green lifestyle is inspiring to me. He is probably one of the best natural campaigners I have ever encountered. Coun. Dieter Dudy has been such a wonderful and

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Book Review

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“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

By Marilyn Brown

The Life of Elves

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By Muriel Barbery Translated from the French by Alison Anderson Europa Editions 2016, Fiction, 258 pages Available in book stores, in eBook format, and through the TNRD library system No idyllic setting stays peaceful forever. The Life of Elves begins with the circumstances of two orphaned infants: there is Maria, who speaks with animals, born in Spain but raised by a loving peasant family in Burgundy, France, and Clara, found on the steps of a church in the mountains of Italy and nurtured by a small group of powerful grannies of the village, the girl whose music tells of living stones and other wonders. At first neither girl knows the other. They live in a post-war pastoral setting, the land

fruitful and responsive to the respectful labour of people. As the gifted Clara plays her first piano composition titled, “For his sins, the man was German,” Raffaele Santangelo, the handsome Governor of Rome, arrives. Clara senses his black heart and foresees war. Forces of evil gain strength and threaten the lives of the people who cherish the earth and its life-force. At the same time both children receive support in developing their unusual abilities, including

the skill of “seeing” and understanding each other, even from vast distances. Maria and Clara become the catalysts for resistance, galvanizing the human and elfin worlds. The Inner Elfin Council and the Council of Mists join forces with the elements of nature, and humans. The Life of Elves reads like an extended allegory, with a narrator regularly inserting messages to the reader. Unfortunately, the narrator’s presence is sometimes intrusive, instead of allowing the reader to filter meaning from the actions of the characters. Nevertheless, the imaginative story is never stronger than when it describes the love people have for each other. For example, as the men face the terror of an enemy about to tear apart the land they and their families are rooted in, one of the peasants, Eugene, puts into words his love for his wife Lorette. The emotion is so powerful, one wants to weep. In fact, it is the interactions of people who love each other that carry the story. The story of Maria and Clara will continue with a second book on its way. Muriel Barbery wrote The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a thoroughly charming novel, also translated by Alison Anderson. Barbery is a professor of philosophy and lives in France.

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“Christmas...is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” ~ Freya Stark

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By Jessica Messerer-Trosin Cappeau and himself. Silent Night Three weeks after “Silent Night” was written in writing the poem, the 1816 by Father Joseph Mohr in carol was performed Oberndorf, Austria as a poem. at midnight mass on Two years later, Mohr decided the Christmas Eve and poem would make a good carol became instantly popular with the to be presented at the Christmas people and the church. Eve service. However, shortly afterward Because he didn’t have any music Cappeau joined the socialist to accompany the words, he asked movement and the church his friend and church organist, discovered Adams was Jewish, Franz Xaver Gruber to come up and the church denounced with a melody. the song, claiming it unfit for Legend says the church organ church services. was rendered unusable at that The French people continued time — either by mice or by rust, to sing the song and some years depending on the source — so later the song was brought to the Gruber wrote the music for guitar. U.S. during the Civil War by John That evening the pair sang the Sullivan Dwight. song in front of the congregation. Dwight’s English translation Eventually the song spread of the poem resonated with the across Europe before it was people in the north: “Truly he translated into English by John taught us to love one another; his Young about 40 years later. law is love and his gospel is peace. Since then the hugely popular Chains shall he break, for the slave song has been adapted into more is our brother; and in his name all than 300 different languages oppression shall cease.” and dialects. Legend says this song is also responsible for a 24-hour ceasefire O Holy Night! during the Franco-Prussian war In a small town in France a in 1871. man named Placide Cappeau de Supposedly a French soldier Roquemaure was commissioned by a local priest to write a poem for suddenly jumped out of the trenches and began singing the Christmas mass in 1847. first verse of “Cantique de Noel.” On a bumpy coach ride to Paris, After finishing all three verses a the poet wrote “Cantique de German soldier emerged from his Noel,” using the Gospel of Luke as hiding place and began singing his guide. Martin Luther’s “From Heaven Deciding just the words were Above to Earth I Come.” not enough, Cappeau enlisted his The fighting stopped for 24 hours friend Adolphe Charles Adams to honour Christmas Day. to write accompanying music. Although he was Jewish and didn’t All I Want For Christmas Is My believe in the words of the song, Two Front Teeth Adams went to work and came In 1944, second-grade teacher up with music that pleased both

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What’s Going on? Sahali Mall Market: Brought to you by Visions Farmers Market Society. Shop for locally produced meats, eggs, baking, heirloom seeds, prepared food, crafts & more every Saturday from now till Christmas, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sahali Mall, 945 Columbia St. For more information: Visions Farmers Market Society, Andy Balogh, 250-577-3810, met.marketplacebc.ca/ market/visions-farmers-market-society. Cookie Walk at Kamloops United Church: Too busy to bake? Once again Kamloops United Church would like to do your Christmas baking for you! The measuring and stirring has commenced and orders are being processed. Until 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. You can place an order, either by using a paper order form, by calling the KUC office, or online by visiting the Kamloops United Church website. This year you can pre-order from an array of six varieties, for only $5 per dozen. Dec. 9 is Cookie Walk day, and all preorders will be ready for pick up in the church hall at 421 St. Paul St., between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call Kamloops United Church at 250-372-3020, or visit the website kamloopsunited.ca. "Let's Dance," sponsored by the TVASC (ThompsonValley Activity and Social Club) will take place on Dec.10 at the Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Music will be performed by Reflections. The event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10. For more information contact Francoise at 778-220-8010, Norma at 250-299-7221 or Zonia at 250-372-0091.

“A Dickens’ Christmas,” Dec. 3 and 4 at the old Courthouse Cultural Center, 7 West Seymour St. Here, against a Victorian Holiday background, juried vendors will have everything from toys, gourmet foods, textile, (weaving, quilts) jewelry, photography, pottery, fine art and craft, holiday décor and much, much more. This Christmas marketplace, hosted by members of the Courthouse Gallery dressed in period costumes, is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, handicap accessible, free parking at B.C. Lottery Corporation. Visit: Kamloopscourthousegallery.ca. (1967) Norkam Secondary 50th Grad Reunion: The reunion is being held at the Dunes Golf Course in Westsyde, Kamloops, May 20, 2017. There will be buffet dinner and music by Stan Bailey. If you are interested please contact Lynda at 250-5799781 or Karen at 250-579-8762. Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in May.

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Nov. 2 to Dec. 24 is “Almost Christmas” at the old Courthouse Gallery, 7 West Seymour St. The Gallery/ gift shop is brimming with handcrafted work that is perfect for gift giving. Weaving, pottery, glass art, paintings, photography, basket weaving, jewellery, First Nations Art. Again this year, “Tiny Tidings” small, one of a kind art works for stocking stuffers or token gift items. Free parking, handicap accessible. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit: Kamloopscourthousegallery.ca.

Food-Bank Christmas They wait in line for the doors to open, strange food in a box handed out with a smile And inside a holiday gift wrapped in red paper and the children look Hungry from Syria, the new language tumbles from Canada’s mouth – no scarves like home but around chilly necks

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They bow to Mecca five times a day and the new country is patient with customs and beginnings They search the offering from the Food Bank, an unexpected joy of cookies, gingerbread and love

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Snow Plow A young woman was driving a car when she became lost in a snowstorm. She didn’t panic however, because she remembered what her dad had once told her. “If you ever get stuck in a snowstorm, just wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it.” Sure enough, pretty soon a snow plow came by, and she started to follow it. She followed the plow for about forty-five minutes. Finally the driver of the truck got out and asked her what she was doing. And she explained that her dad had told her if she ever got stuck in a snow storm, to follow a plow. The driver nodded and said, “Well, I’m done with the Wal-Mart parking lot, do you want to follow me over to Best Buy now?”

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Youth justice system in Canada The following is part of a series of informational articles aimed at increasing public awareness about the services provided by the Kamloops Victim Services Unit. The Unit offers a variety of information and services, at no cost, to any victim or witness of crime or trauma. All Unit members have received specialized, comprehensive training in victims’ issues, the criminal justice system and crisis intervention techniques. The Unit is located at the main Police Detachment at 560 Battle St. Victim Services operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be accessed by calling 250-828-3223. In Canada, anyone between 12 and 17 years of age is considered a youth and may go through the youth justice system if they commit a crime or are accused of committing a crime. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is the federal law about the youth criminal justice system, and provides responsibilities for young people who commit a crime. The YCJA holds youth responsible for their actions and ensures youth receive fair and proportionate treatment for the crime they have committed. Measures taken against a youth consider society’s values, programming and services that address actions and situations that led to the offending

behaviour, and reparation of the damage or harm to the victim and community. Sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender and language differences are respected. Parents have an important role, as they need to be informed about the justice process and encouraged to support their child in addressing the offending behaviour. Under the Act, a parent includes any person who is under a legal duty to provide for the youth, or any person who has custody or control of a young person. Parents have the right to be consulted when a youth is arrested by police and the right to be involved in every stage of the legal proceedings. Parents cannot be held responsible for crimes committed by their children, however, under the Parental Liability Act, a parent can be held responsible for losses or damage to property (up to $10,000) caused by their child’s criminal actions. Parents are not held responsible for these costs if they can show the court that they exercised reasonable supervision over the youth and made reasonable efforts to prevent or discourage them from committing crimes. For more information on the Youth Criminal Justice System, please see the website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/ justice/criminal-justice.


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How about a tie, or a pair of socks, just like last year? Or, how about a will kit and a free copy of Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” Planning Sheet? Let’s face it, Murray probably has more ties and socks than he’ll ever need. And if he’s a collector of any sort, you can bet his house is full of it. I had a distant relative. One day she mentioned her fondness for chickens and roosters. So, everyone started buying her chicken and rooster “things” for her birthday and Christmas. Before you knew it, her condo was full of chicken knick knacks. It looked like a henhouse! So, as Christmas approaches and the commercial madness ensues, consider something completely different: get Murray a will kit and Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” Planning Sheet. The will kit’s so cheap it could almost be considered a stocking

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almost always will be) a dispute regarding who decides on Murray’s cremation or funeral matters. This often leads to family feuds and hard feelings during an already stressful time. I’ve seen these feuds divide many families forever. Now, what about the second idea: Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” Planning Sheet? Well, if Murray takes five minutes to fill it out on Christmas morning, he will probably spare you and the rest of the family an incredible amount of stress when his time comes. Among other things, the planning sheet asks about Murray’s birth place, his B.C. medical health number, and his parents’ names and birthplaces (including his Mother’s maiden name). It asks if Murray wishes to be cremated or buried, what should happen to his ashes, and if he’d allow a viewing. This is stuff Murray probably knows by heart, but you may have no clue. And, it advises him to get a few specific documents together and send them to the funeral home. If Murray takes five minutes to complete Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” you won’t have frantically wade through

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stuffer, but if Murray’s world is a bit more complicated, you might consider giving Murray a gift certificate to a lawyer or notary public. And, whether you have a tight budget or money’s no object, Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” Planning Sheet won’t cost you a cent. And it will eventually bring a smile to everyone’s face. I’ll mail it to you or you can download it at drakecremation.com. If you’re like my wife, you might be thinking, “Drake, you are so macabre sometimes!” Well, maybe these gifts won’t “light Murray’s fire” on Christmas morning, but let me explain why Murray (and you) might eventually consider them to be the best gifts you ever gave to him. First, let’s consider the will. Most people think a will is about Murray’s stuff — who gets the La-ZBoy, or the money stuffed in Murray’s mattress, etc. While this is true, most people don’t realize that the will gives the name of the executor, and the executor is the one who decides exactly what happens to Murray when he dies. So, if Murray dies without a will there may be (translation:

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Handy Kitchen Tips

December 2016

Salmon Arm Seniors Drop-In Society

Put a lemon wedge in the water while boiling your eggs. This will make the eggs really easy to peel once they’re cooked.

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Go to supercook.com to generate a recipe for what you actually have in your kitchen. This may come in helpful when there’s more month than there is money­–especially in January after all the Christmas bills arrive.

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Medically Incorrect A man goes to visit his 85-year-old grandpa in hospital. “How are you grandpa?” he asks. “Feeling fine,” says the old man. “What’s the food like?” “Terrific, wonderful menus.” “And the nursing?” “Just couldn’t be better. These young nurses really take care of you.” “What about sleeping? Do you sleep OK?” “No problem at all, nine hours solid every night. At 10 o’clock they bring me a cup of hot chocolate and a Viagra tablet...and that’s it. I go out like a light.” The grandson is puzzled and a little alarmed by this, so he rushes off to question the nurse in charge. “What are you people doing?” he asks, “I’m told you’re giving an 85-year-old man Viagra on a daily basis. Surely that can’t be true?”

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Recipes of the Month

Reprinted with permission and in loving memory from Eleanore Moore’s cookbook “Family Favourites, Past & Present”

Holiday Treats 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp milk

In a small bowl mix together the flour and baking powder. Cut in the butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse oatmeal. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, add the milk, and stir into the flour mixture. Mix as for pastry, put into 9” x 12” cake pan, and pat down with fingers. Cover with raspberry jam.

“Oh, yes,” replies the nurse. “Every night at 10 o’clock we give him a cup of chocolate and a Viagra tablet. It works like a charm. The hot chocolate makes him sleep, and the Viagra stops him from rolling out of bed.”

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Carpet Bowling 1-3 pm Writer’s Circle 2 pm Library

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In a mixing bowl combine the flour and icing sugar. Blend in the margarine. In 17 the palm of your hand roll into small Farmer’s Market balls, about the size of a walnut. Place 10 am - 1 pm on ungreased cookie sheet and press down lightly with a fork. Bake in slow Christmas Dinner oven 325°F for 12 - 15 minutes or until 24 lightly browned. Watch carefully during the last few minutes. Cool and ice with Christmas Eve a small amount of butter frosting. Decorate with a piece of glazed cherry 31 or pecan.

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Yield: approximately 1 1/2 dozen cookies, but I usually double or triple the recipe. Note: I use Parkay Margarine in this recipe as it seems to make better cookies.

Chocolate Squares Melt in a double boiler: 1/2 cup margarine 1 cup peanut butter 6 oz chocolate chips

Add: 1 cup unsweetened coconut, medium shred 2-3 cups miniature marshmallows Put in a greased 8” x 8” pan. Store in refrigerator. 16 17 Christmas Bazaar Hike: Meet 10 am @ Elks Hall Yield: 16 to 20 squares @ Strawberry 9

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These cookies will melt in your mouth hence the name. Best part of getting a Christmas parcel was always Mom’s baking and these favorites were a must.

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Jam Squares

Topping: 1 egg beaten 2 cups coconut 3/4 cup white sugar 2 tbsp melted butter or margarine Combine the above and spread over the jam. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Cut while warm. Yield: 15 - 20 squares Note: These squares freeze well. This was always dessert for many, many family Christmas dinners.

Carrot Pudding 1/2 lb. butter 1/2 lb shortening 2 cups white sugar 2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 6 cups flour 2 tsp salt 4 tsp soda 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp nutmeg 2 cup raisins 2 cup currants 4 cup carrots (grated) Grate the carrots and set aside. Cream butter, shortening and sugars. Mix well. Add grated carrots. Add slightly beaten eggs. Add currants and raisins, then the flour, spices, salt and soda. Mix all together lightly. Put in greased quart sealers. Boil 3 hours. Serve hot with Brown Sugar Sauce and ice cream/ whipped cream or sauce of your choice. Yield: Makes 6 quarts.

Brown Sugar Sauce 1 cup brown sugar 3 tbsp flour 2 cups boiling water 2 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla Mix sugar and flour; add boiling water and cook until it thickens. Remove from stove and stir in butter and vanilla.

1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 egg, well beaten

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Congratulations to these members who were Open Open just elected to the Zone CLOSED League Bowling Open 9 am - 3 pm 9 am noon 8 executive committee WHY Bingo 6 pm Games Morning 10 am - 2 pm 9 am - noon Bingo 1 - 3 pm at our annual general meeting on Oct. 20: 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Linda Haas, president; Open Open Crib Tournament Open 9 am - noon 9 amOpen League Bowling 9 am noon 9 am 3 pm Heather Sinclair, second - noon 1 pm 10 am - 2 pm Genral Meeting Bingo Games Morning vice-president/registrar; 1 pm 1 - 3 pm Russ Reid, director. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Phil Maher continues Open as first vice-president Open Open CLOSED League Bowling 9 am - 3 pm 9 am noon 9 am noon and Sharon Green as WHY Bingo 6 pm Games Morning 10 am - 2 pm Bingo 1 - 3 pm treasurer. James Roberts will complete Russ’s term 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 as secretary. Open Open Open League Bowling 9 am - 3 pm Christmas Day Open 9 am - noon 9 am - noon We are grateful for 9 am noon 10 am - 2 pm Bingo Games Morning all the volunteers who 1 - 3 pm support our organization, promoting wellness of mind and body through THE MERRITT SENIORS ASSOC. physical, mental and and O.A.P.O. Br. #168 social activities. The DECEMBER 2016 Calendar of Events - The Connector © 1675 Tutill Court • Phyllis Riley, President entire Zone 8 thanks Bruce Dahling for his SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 dedicated service over three terms as Zone 8 director, his work as Floor Curling 1 pm Rummoli 7 pm former registrar, and his willingness to help all 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 those who were “learning Executive Meeting Hall 11:00 am Seniors Christmas 10 am Carpet Bowling the ropes.” Floor Curling 1 pm Bingo 1 pm Seniors Exercises Dinner Monthly Meeting 1 pm Duplicate Bridge 10:30 am We offer special 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Whist 7 pm 7 pm Cribbage 2:30 pm Rummoli 7 pm congratulations to Bob 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Reid, who was awarded the Joe Siebert award Hall 11:00 am 4

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for outstanding service to Zone 8. Bob has served as president, slopitch coordinator, and continues to be active in hockey. Not only do many people take part in the 55+ BC Games, some of the participants go on to shine in the Canada 55+ Games. In Carpet Bowling, seven teams, who had to have won gold or silver in their home provinces, two from B.C., three from the Yukon and two from Ontario, competed in August in Brampton, Ont. Following the AGM, members and guests enjoyed a great Chinese buffet at the Lotus Inn restaurant. At this fundraising lunch, Zone 8 benefited from the support of those who took part in the lunch, bucket auction, shared pot, candy guess, and silent auction. Congratulations to Heather Sinclair who outbid everyone in the silent auction and got the candies with the closest

guess, to Ed Collins who shared the pot, and to the bucket auction winners, Bill, Brian, Zelda, Pat, Maureen, Isabel, Jeanette, Shirley, Brian, Carrie, Linda, Lorrie and Marie. A huge thank you to everyone who donated items. The money raised will help with our operational expenses in 2017. Our next meeting takes place on Feb. 16 at Moccasin Square Gardens. We thank the Tk’emlups Indian Band for welcoming us and allowing us to hold our monthly meetings in their facility. In the meantime, we encourage all folks 55+ to consider making 2017 the year to enjoy the excitement leading up to and taking part in the 55+ BC Games, close to home in Vernon. We wish all those 55+, and those who can’t wait to be 55 so they too can take part in the exciting Games, a happy and safe holiday season. See you next year!

Women’s institute update Overlander Women’s Institute had a very busy month in October with their Rural Tea at Heffley Creek to help raise funds for rural women in Africa and the purchase of a solar panel well pump. Another event enjoyed by our members was a workshop, including competitions for the best green tomato mincemeat, quilted squares and the painting of cloth bags. Dave from the North Kamloops Public Library joined a meeting in October to help educate our members on how to get the most out of our tablets and smartphones with all sorts of apps — there were plenty of questions for Dave. In November we had our annual bake sale — special thanks to Jason

Caine at Your Independent Grocer at Northhills Mall who allowed us to have our table in front of his store. As in past years our Christmas bake sale was a success. We want to thank the community for their continued support as this allows us to make donations to local charities that focus on women. As we head into December we are gearing up for a busy month. On Dec. 7 we will be cooking our annual holiday turkey and ham dinner for Families First and Babies Head Start. We will be having our next general meeting on Dec. 9 and our Christmas luncheon on Dec. 16. For more information about WI or upcoming events please contact Cathy at 250376-9810.

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all of his stuff looking trying to answer these questions when he dies. I predict you will forever thank Murray for filling out this little stocking stuffer. So, if you’re wandering aimlessly through the

mall this year looking for the perfect Christmas gift for Murray, remember the will kit/lawyer gift certificate, and Drake’s “Easy as 1-2-3” Planning Sheet. Murray may or may not fully appreciate these wonderful

“surprises” on Christmas morning, but when he’s gone you will realize just how important these gifts were. And it sure beats another pair of socks, a tie or a chicken and rooster knick knack any day!


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take in the minutes after the fall are very important to establishing your right to assistance for your losses. Here are a few things to do if you are involved in an unfortunate slip or trip and fall, causing injury: • Get medical attention • Inspect the area where you fell to determine the hazard that caused your fall. • Identify witnesses. • Take photos of the hazard and area of the fall. • Notify a manager or person in charge, fill out a report and get a copy. • Request a copy of surveillance footage, if available. • Contact a lawyer to discuss the facts. The law governing slip or trip and fall accidents in B.C. is the Occupier’s Liability Act. An “occupier” of a premises is the person in control of the land or building where others may attend. They have a duty to take care that the

premises is reasonably safe for people attending at that location. This includes stores, offices and private residences. This does not mean, however, that the occupier has to be perfect. Regular inspection and maintenance of the premises may be enough for the occupier to avoid liability. This depends on the hazard that you encountered which caused the slip or trip and fall, and if that

could have been easily prevented. The law in this area depends on the specific facts of each case. A lawyer can help you to understand the wide range of issues that arise with Occupier’s Liability matters and if your facts support a claim. If you would like advice or for more information regarding such matters please contact Chahal Priddle LLP at (250) 372-3233 to set up an appointment today.

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investments did in 2016, ask yourself some key questions: How did your investments do relative to their performance in past years? If there was a big difference, what might have accounted for it? Were your returns relevant to your longterm goals? In other words, if you have already established a return rate you’ll need to reach your goals — and you should indeed set such a rate — were your actual returns “on track” to help you make progress toward your objectives? And, just as importantly, were your return expectations realistic, based on your investment mix and the market environment? Investment mix – If you are a diligent investor following a well-designed strategy, you probably started out in 2016 with an investment mix that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and short- and long-term goals. But over time, your investment mix can change, even without your having done so on

purpose. If you owned a certain percentage of an asset, such as growth stocks, and those stocks appreciated in price substantially, they could take up a larger percentage of your portfolio than you had intended, thereby exposing you to a higher risk level than that with which you are comfortable. So now that the year is coming to a close, examine your investment mix to see if it needs “rebalancing.” Contribution levels – Are you taking full advantage of your group RRSP or other employersponsored retirement plan? Specifically, if you got a raise this past year, did you boost your contributions to your plan? The more you invest now, and throughout your working life, the less likely it will be that you have to play “catch up” in the years immediately preceding your retirement. Mistakes – We all make mistakes in every walk of life — including

the way we invest. In looking back over 2016, can you spot some investment mistakes you might have made? Did you temporarily “bail out” on investing immediately after the “Brexit” vote, only to find, a few weeks later, that the markets had soared to record highs? Did you act on impulse and buy a so-called “hot” stock that turned out to be inappropriate for your needs and risk level? While mistakes like these might be costly in the short term, they can ultimately prove invaluable — if you learn from them. We’re just about ready to turn the page on the 2016 calendar. So, as you review your investment decisions for the past year, try to determine what worked, what didn’t — and what you can do to improve your results in 2017. Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Member – Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.


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Vigilance Spiritual Thought Rev. David Schumacher In his brief letter to Jude, the apostle Paul writes, “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 20) A man and his young son were climbing a mountain. They came to a place where the climbing was difficult and even dangerous. The father stopped to consider which way he should go. He heard the boy behind him say, “Choose the good path, dad; I’m coming right behind you!” Choose the good path. There are many paths you can choose to follow in this world, the paths of wealth and prosperity, power, popularity, success, work, recreation, and whatever else, but there is only one true and sure path that will

get you safely to the top of the mountain, and that’s Jesus. In fact, He says it Himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Jesus is your ticket to eternal life, to God’s presence in your life, and to the meaning of life. Choose the ‘Jesus’ path. Invest your life, your heart, your soul in Him, because His road is guaranteed to get you safely up the mountain, and if your family is coming up right behind you, you’d better be on the best path! So, by praying in the Holy Spirit, as Paul advises, ask the Lord, your God to help you follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Ask Him to help you to maintain, in your own life, daily devotional time with Jesus and prayer time with Him. Ask Him to help you take the time to learn about your faith and about Jesus’ specific principles on the kind of life He would have you lead.

Get to know your Savior in your mind and in your heart. Jesus says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man abides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) First graders were asked to draw a picture of Jesus in their Sunday school class. Their finished products contained some interesting theology. One child depicted Jesus in the form of a brightly colored rainbow. Another presented Him as an old man coming out of the clouds. An intense little boy drew Jesus with a remarkable resemblance to Superman. The best snapshot came from a little girl. She said, “I didn’t know what Jesus looked like, so I just drew a picture of my dad.” When you’re vigilant in your faith in Jesus, people will see Him in you.

There are 12 reindeer pulling the sleigh? Did you know that according to the song, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, Santa has twelve reindeer? Sure, in the introduction it goes “There’s Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen...” That makes eight reindeer. Then there’s Rudolph, of course, so that makes nine. Then there’s Olive. You know, “Olive the other reindeer used to laugh...” That makes ten. The eleventh is Howe. You know, “Then Howe the reindeer loved him...” Eleven reindeer. Oh, and number 12? That’s Andy! “Andy shouted out with glee.” The proof is in the song!

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Thompson Valley Orchestra celebrates its 20th season this year under the leadership of Music Director and orchestra founder Norris Berg. The orchestra has recently “moved house” from its long time Aberdeen location. Thompson Valley Orchestra (TVO) is pleased to be performing in its new concert location in the Brocklehurst area of the North Shore at Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Rd. We know our patrons will appreciate the large, well-lit building with flat parking lot

there. Our first concert, A Festive Christmas, will feature some of your favourite seasonal music wrapped up in some wonderful orchestral arrangements. From traditional holiday songs such as White Christmas, to carols and Christmas music from around the world, Thompson Valley Orchestra will get you in the mood for the holiday season. And what would the Christmas season be without bells ringing? Our special guests, The Bells of Note, will be there to ring in some Christmas cheer! We will also have some Celtic

music touches with Celtic harpist Neil Burnett, and cellist Christina Zaenker, who perform as the music duo, Crossbow. And, as the icing on the cake, we will have a vocal solo by talented young singer, Alex Mittelsteadt, singing Schubert’s Ave Maria. Don’t miss this exciting concert event. Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Kamloops Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Rd. Tickets at the door: $15 Adults, $5 Students, $35 Family. Doors open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales.


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Aberdeen Lions Club meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at noon. Meetings are held at 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. New members welcome. Call 250-828-1765. Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH meet the first Monday of the month (except January, July, August and September) at 1:30 p.m. at the Calvary Temple. Everyone is welcome. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St., we welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer. The Thrift Seller has the best prices in town! Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meet the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada - Unit 290. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact information: 250-5542455. We still have our Tuesday night free bingo starting at 4:30 p.m. and our Wednesday darts starting at 1:30 p.m. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on the weekends we have our meat draws on

Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. British Columbia Government Retired Employees Association meets every third Friday of the month (with the exception of July, August and December) at the North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave. For further information please phone 250-376-3119 or 250372-2743. Brock Central Lions Club meet the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the Centre for Seniors, 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. Call 250-371-0115. Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Connection a source for cancer information can be accessed at 1-888-939-3333. Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton at 250-377-0055 or 250-377-0055 for more information. You can also visit kamloops canadians.ca. Chronic Pain Association of Kamloops meets the last Wednesday of each month at noon at People In Motion, 182B Tranquille Rd., for resources, support and fellowship. Parking in back. Call Ashley at 778257-1986 or email ash. westen@gmail.com. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling

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clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee and goodcompany. Free parking. Call 250-579-0228, 250579-8259 or 250-3760917. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/month, phone 778-470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/month, phone 250-579-5707 for details. Everyone welcome.

Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: Dec. 5 Hall Society Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 - Joint Christmas Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 - Lodge Christmas Party at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 - P.N.G’s Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 - No Quorum - Merry Christmas. Wishing all persons responsible for our success — for the community and menmbers good health, wealth & happiness in 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Are you serious about writing? Network with people who are supportive, informative and interested in publishing. Why not check out Kamloops’ own Interior Authors’ Group, which meets the second Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. at Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview), 1789 Primrose Crt. Call Elma, 250-374-1750, or go to interiorauthorsgroup.ca. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of every month, September to June at Heritage House on Lorne St. (Riverside Park). Guests and new members welcome. All meetings start at 7 p.m. For more information call Bernice Kerry Woehle, programs leader from the Boys and Girls at 250-372-0468 or 250- Club of Kamloops accepts a cheque from Jack Buchanan, 377-8364 and ask for administrator, on behalf of the Moose Lodge 1552. Joyce.

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Kamloops Bridge Club meets at Heritage House every Monday at 7 p.m. A game for 0 to 49 points and an open game. Every Tuesday at 7p.m. for 0 - 299 points players. Every Thursday at 7 p.m., at Cottonwood, games for 0 - 199 points players and open game. Coffee, tea and goodies are available. Our club holds workshops and

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lessons. Starting Jan. 5, a beginner course at Heritage House. For more information email Brenda at bmathews@ tru.ca. Kamloops Chapter of the Kidney Foundation: A group of dedicated volunteers who try to make a difference in the lives of renal patients. Through our

parent organization, the Kidney Foundation of Canada B.C. and Yukon Branch, programs and services designed to improve the lives of those living with kidney disease are made available as well as raising awareness about organ donation and supporting innovative research on kidney disease. Call Linda at 778-470-8236.

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Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 784B Victoria St. We have served the community since 1920. You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-372-2737 or 250-573-4632. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor, Riverside Park. New members always welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250-376-0917, Kay at 250-828-0819 or Liz at 250-372-5493.

Kamloops Kidney Support Group will meet the on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. This is an informal, non-medical group which will welcome drop-ins who have kidney issues or know someone who does. The purpose of the group is to provide peer contacts for those wishing to talk about their concerns or just have coffee with a group who understands what you’re going through. Since the group is in its initial stage, the place, day and time will be open for discussion so please contact Edna at 250-3766361 if you are interested

but can’t make the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Any patients who wish to attend but are unable to fit the outing into their budget should call Edna as well. For more information call Mel after 5 at 250-376-8357. Kamloops Naturalist Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., at Heritage House in Riverside Park during the months of September to May. An interesting guest speaker is followed by refreshments prior to the business portion of the meeting. We are dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the natural environment. Guests are welcome. For more information phone 250-554-1285. Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group meets the third Wednesday of each month from Sept. to June, at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street — 1 p.m. For more information contact Rendy at 250-374-0798. Kamloops Photo Arts Club meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (September to June) for learning and sharing. Meetings are held at the Henry Grube Education Centre, 245 Kitchener Cres., Rm. 1B. Phone: 250-372-1778 or our website is www. kamloopsphotoarts.ca for more information. Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors

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Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larube_kam@shaw.ca. It has been said that change is better than rest. We at Kamloops Riverside Lawn Bowling Club invite you to find out for yourselves. Bowling takes place six days a week from March to September. Come as an individual or a group. The first three sessions are free. For more information contact Roy Simmons at 250-374-2135 or visit kamloopsriversidelawnbowlingclub.com. The world famous Kamloops Rube Band practices every Monday evening (except holidays) at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River St. News members with playing experience are welcome to drop in and join us, having fun with music. For further information please contact Dick Parkes at 250-573-5740 or rparkes@telus.net. Kamloops Tai Chi Club practices Yangstyle short form Tai Chi, Sword form and Qigong. Join our non-profit group every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. For more information contact Dave at 250372-0717 or Claudette at 250-851-0944. Please visit our website at www. kamloopstaichiclub.com. Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Mt. Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum. Contact 250-314-1021. Kamloops Stroke Recovery Group, a support group for people who’ve suffered a stroke and their caregivers, meet the second, third and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group also offers a speech software program to help those with speech recovery. To confirm dates of meetings, location and other information, call Shona at 250-320-1348. Kamloops United Church Thrift Store has come home to 421 St. Paul Street. Contact number: 250-372-3020. We are located in a brand new addition to the church.


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“What’s your name? Joan asked. Continued from page 6 “What’s your name?” Joan asked. “Nobody ever knows it; nobody… I never tell.” Shaking her head, she kept the answer to herself. Then, Joan asked, “Will you let me take you to a shelter?” She nodded, no. Her icy fingers jutting from the fingerless glove pointed over the bank. Following her gesture, Joan was taken aback to see faded ornaments hanging, by twist ties, to a bushy evergreen. “I like your Christmas tree.” Joan spoke casually, and they wished each other a merry Christmas. “I’m on my way,” Joan announced. “You okay? Warm enough?” The stranger nodded as before, leaving Joan with a sense she was at peace. “Wait…please.” The stranger crouched down to remove a favorite trimming from her make-shift Christmas tree. From the cold grimy palm of her glove, she planted something in Joan’s hand. Then, as quickly as she let go of it, before Joan could even see what it was, she grabbed it back to, instead, clasp it herself around Joan’s neck. “There,” she said with a look of satisfaction. Standing back to look at Joan’s reaction, her voice quivered, “You’re smiling again. Nobody else ever does it; your eyes are kind”; then,

Kamloops Wood Carvers Club: Starting this season on Tuesday, Nov. 1, our group of woodcarvers met to share our interest in wood carving or any other form of carving, we can also help with scrolling. We are a mixture of elders and young, females and males who have an interest in sharing and learning. We have a mix of skill levels and everyone is willing and able to share our skills and knowledge with anyone looking for something to fill their spare time with a rewarding and possibly profitable skill. We meet at the North Shore Community Centre every Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. to whenever. We also gather at KMS Tools every third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote carving, with demonstrations of different techniques and related activities. We also have a dinner meeting on the first Tuesday of each month before we start carving. We are not a tightly organized group, just people who like to carve and share their skills and experiences with others. We encourage both female and male (adults because of liability insurance) to join our group. Our only object is to give anyone a chance to try carving or scrolling. All interested in coming out and

stammering shyly, she asked, “You like my present?” Moved emotionally, Joan’s eyes became misty. “Oh, I do; thank you!” It felt a tad awkward, but their bear hug came easy. Joan found a new purpose that day. Leaving the trail early to beat sundown, she got home, made a couple of sandwiches and unwrapped a Christmas present she knew was a pair of slippersocks. Quite sure her son wouldn’t mind if she regifted the woolly foot-warmers to a person in need, she put a zip-lock bag containing cut-up sandwiches down each roomy toe. Back at the thicket under the stars, there was no sign of Joan’s acquaintance, but the bush ornaments glowed subtly in the shadows. On a closer look, proof the stranger would return caused Joan to kneel in the shelter. Cradled in a clump of leaves, a doll lay beneath the boughs — a representation of a holy baby in a crèche; perhaps, Joan thought. She stood up solemnly and hung the bulky stocking treats on the fragrant boughs above the supposed nativity scene and slipped away. For weeks, doubled around her wrist, the stranger’s gift – that dull metal sink-stopper chain – served as a

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seeing what we do are always welcome. Come and see us in action. For more information contact LeRoy Scott at 250-554-3552 or nonie. leroyscott@gmail.com.

McArthur Park Lawn Bowlers on McArthur Island meet Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., with an arrival at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Free parking, free instruction and free use of bowls for first years. Requirements are flat soled shoes (no heels or cleats) plus enthusiasm. For more information or to make arrangements for instruction, call Brenda Clark at 250 579-5775. National Association of Federal Retirees welcomes current and retired federal employees which includes Armed Forces, RCMP and Federal Judges. We are a non-profit advocacy group with savings found through the services of our preferred partners and friendships at our meetings and events. To learn about us go to:www.federalretirees. ca. To contact us: email is kamloopsoffice@gmail. com and voice mail is 250-571-5007. North Kamloops Elks Lodge #469, #102-1121 12th St., 250-376-2924 (leave message). We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. New

members are welcome. Crib tournaments every Wednesday, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Overlander Women’s Institute meets the first and third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon on the North Shore. For women to meet other women, to become informed, involved and to enjoy an abundance humor. For more information call Cathy at 250-376-9810. Ping Pong / Table Tennis: Ping Pong is billed as a “brain sport.” It is said it could be the elixir of youth and it brings a lot more to the table. We are a nice group of players and we meet Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Desert Gardens Community Centre., 540 Seymour St. We welcome more players. Drop in fee is $2. Having fun is something we did all the time; why change as we age? For more infromation call 250-3723965. Simply the Best Thrift Store is open Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 662 Seymour St., home of the clothing and footwear bag sale! Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 168 Briar Ave. by Surplus Herby’s on the north shore, is open, Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers

humble reminder to help with a smile whenever and wherever it counted the most. A few weeks into the new year, Joan spotted a woman carrying a large tote and wearing a bright quilted vest. Catching up to the familiar garb, she squealed, “I know you!” The person Joan recognized was no longer homeless. There in the alley, and reconnecting with similar goals, the generous ‘regifters’ worked side by side handing out sandwiches from the tote, knitted caps previously donated to the hostel and, lastly, offered everyone their gently-used, re-gifted smiles. “Yer a honey, Joan; this is delish,” a dishevelled vagrant uttered with a grateful mouth full of peanut butter and jam on whole grain bread. “How do I look in my cap? Hey Joan, who’s yer friend?” Both of the women looked up at the same time, then looked at each other. Joan asked, “Your name is Joan?” The stranger responded with her typical nod, yes. With the biggest grin ever, the help-mate giggled, “So is mine!”

May the warmth of the holidays be with you all year long are always welcomed. St. Paul’s Thrift Shop, 360 Nicola Street is open Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Wheelchair accessible from back lane entrance. Great bargains every week. Taoist Tai Chi® practice offers many health benefits to both body and mind. We are a registered charity that holds classes on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage House in Riverside Park; Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Ralph Bell School, 1764 Valleyview Dr; Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St; Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at Ralph Bell School. Everyone is welcome to join any class at any time. Contact our answering service at 250 –374 –8125 or visit taoist.org/Kamloops. Ukulele fun! Come, play and sing along with the beginner-intermediate ukulele group on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Centre Games Room. For more information visit our website at ukuleleorchestraofkamloops. com. For information regarding beginner ukulele lessons you can call Dorene at 250-3765502.

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SILENT NIGHTS? STOP IGNORING THE WARNING SIGNS! • Do you hear, but don’t understand? • Does your spouse complain that you have selective hearing? • Do you ask others to repeat themselves? • Do others seem to mumble?

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