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Between You and Me
A ‘Bully’ of Woodpeckers and a ‘Honk’ of Geese
Looking out the office window I can see more green than white now on the lawn. The birdseed set out on the bird table is still disappearing, but not as quickly as before. True, the woodpeckers still attack the suet with gusto, but I'm beginning to think they are addicted, rather than just hungry or cold.
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March 2008
March 2008
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Senior Sports Personality
The Volunteer Group - Men’s Provincial Curling Championships Penticton
Our sports story this month allows us to highlight another group of diehard sports enthusiasts. Their love of our alternate national game and their support of curling in all forms deserve special attention and recognition. These curling stalwarts gave freely of their time, knowledge and expertise to ensure a well-organized, well-conducted, flawless championship. It is a tribute to their efforts, their helpful willingness and their smooth coordination that the games were played with nary a hitch....
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Travel
THE MOST PERFECT OF DAYS

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We first saw it on the flight from Brisbane to Cairns along the east coast of Australia. Hundreds of lemon-green polka dots, on a rich green-blue sea, outlined in white. The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland. Later we were to see its template in Townsville in an exhibition called reefHQ, th...
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Gardening
Some Thyme in the Garden
Thyme is, of course, a versatile culinary herb, and that is reason enough for considering planting one or two varieties in the garden, but there are a lot of other great reasons to plant this hardy perennial. Voted the Herb of the year in 1997, it is still a great favorite in most kitchen gardens, but is gaining great popularity in other places in the yard. For instance it's lovely to use to fill in the cracks between flagstones, paving stones and walkways. Creeping thyme, and wooly thyme are so...
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Travel
Try the ‘Snow-Limo”
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What To Do When You Can't Do What You Usually Do - Try the ‘Snow-Limo”

The car crash rocked my comfy world. Sitting innocently at a red light my minivan was rear-ended and the result was whiplash (i.e.: soft tissue injury) and a termination to the high times I am wont to get up to in the winter, especially on beautiful, brigh...

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Dodi Morrison
The dangers and delights of Chocolate.

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For so long we felt guilty about tasting a tempting piece of chocolate.
Now we are being told of the benefits of this delight—a square of dark chocolate, eaten daily, is said to be good for the heart. The cacao bean has taken on a new glow as one of nature's beneficial foods. It is said to contain “more than 300 phytonutrients&rdquo...

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Lynn Dewing
‘Super Dave’ The Weekend Warrior
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Some years ago Dave McLellan took his son to play paintball. His son found it too intense, but McLellan loved it. “I've been going ever since,” he said. “The game has radically changed since then. We shot five balls per second and now it's 20. It can be murder out there – you learn how to duck and run. You have to ge...

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Perennials
Drilling for Water

Sample ImageKeith Robbins, owner of Robbins Water Well Drilling and Pump Service in Okanagan Falls, is a man who cares about his customers and his community.


Robbins, who started the business in 1982, does well drilling primarily but will install pumps if a customer wishes.


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Focus on the Arts
The Vinegar Works
Sample ImageThe discovery that if one left grape juice undisturbed it would turn into wine was, and is ,cause for celebration. The subsequent discovery that wine left undisturbed eventually turns into vinegar was greeted with somewhat less enthusiasm. However, vinegar has many a useful property.
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Act III
Walter Gray – Still giving to his community
Sample ImageI sat down with Walter Gray to talk about life after the Mayor's office. “Retired” is not a word he would use to describe himself and it soon became evident that he is anything but. The word I would use to describe him is generous. He was generous with his time with me and continues to be generous to his community.
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Grey Matters
Unhealthy and Unwise
It was a sweltering summer day. My emaciated seatmate wore a hooded sweatshirt topped with a down vest. Woolen socks over corduroy pants were pulled to her knees. She toted a huge duffle which would prove to be crammed with her in-flight essentials.
After she closed the air vent on her overhead panel, she hung a small device around her neck. "It's a back-up air filter," she explained. "Cabin air is poisonous!"

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