The South Okanagan Amateur Players host and compete in the O-Zone Festival. The cast of Sleeping Indoors by Jim Holt are Diane Gludovatz, Tom Szalay, Trevor Leigh (L-R) and Aimee Grice (standing).
Archives for May 15, 2016
Group Award – Branch 97 – Royal Canadian Legion
Certificate presented by Mayor Ron Hovanes to RCL Branch 97 Peter McKenna
Youth Award – Kanwarpeet Dhaliwal
Volunteer at McKinney Place extended care – Student at SOSS
Individual Award – Lori Martine
Music teacher at Oliver Elementary School, heads the Youth Ambassador Group and assists with many functions in the community.
The Okanagan is a long way from Northern Alberta, but an estimated 5,000 workers live in the Valley and commute to the oil fields
March’s budget set aside $582 million over the next two years to add five weeks of regular benefits to workers in the 12 regions, effective this July, but retroactive to January 2015.
Long-tenured workers in the 12 regions could receive an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks.
The 12 regions qualified by meeting a complicated criteria by having unemployment rates at least two per cent higher over three consecutive months between July 2015 and March 2016 based on a baseline rate of the lowest jobless rate between December 2014 and February 2015.
In the larger Thompson Okanagan, the April jobless rate was 8.6 per cent, up from 7.4 per cent a year earlier.
For comparison purposes, the unemployment rates in Vancouver and Victoria, which don’t qualify for extended EI, were six and 6.6 per cent respectively.
A booming economy and high unemployment.
A wagon is a heavy four wheeled vehicle pulled by an animal (person or horse or ). I say heavy because if it is light then it might be a carriage. And it has four wheels, for if it had only two it would be a cart. In old England the spelling was waggon. In even older days, way back, it was called a wain. That is why a person who repairs wagons is called a wainwright. Wagons are used to carry stuff of all kinds
Hmmm? When we look at an 18 or 22 wheeler, those big trucks hauling all kinds of freight on our highways, I guess they pull carts, since when disconnected from the tractor, they do not have front wheels. Maybe that is why they are referred to as trailers. So the cart evolved to the wagon which devolved to the trailer. Got it. Kids have little wagons as toys and pull each other around. Mine was red. What colour was yours?
To circle the wagons means to huddle together for protection. The idea comes from wagon trains, many wagons travelling together, across North America to the promise of the west. They would circle to better defend themselves when attacked by Indians. Those were covered wagons, big and heavy and containing all the owner’s worldly possessions and with a canvas cover draped over high hoops like a tent
I can get on the wagon in a figurative sense, as in stopping a habit, like drinking alcohol. If I then start to drink again I will have fallen off the wagon. The idea is transferrable to many things that one could call a habit that I don’t want. A paddy wagon is a police van that is used to pick up drunk and rowdy types to take them to jail from the bars downtown. A wagon wheel is a round biscuit covered in chocolate. Yum
In the transition to automobiles a wagon with a steam engine was invented. The left overs of that idea is the modern station wagon. Overall, a wagon is a helpful device used to carry big and heavy loads. Getting on the wagon is usually intentional. Falling off, somehow, is not. Riding in a wagon can be fun, except when crossing the continent where it must have been tedious. But mostly, wagons are fun
Love and marriage, this phrase has been very familiar in the English language and maybe other tongues as well. It immediately makes you think of wedding veils and white lace. The most romantic kind of wedding seems to be to elope.
The idea of runaway couples fleeing from a family, who will not allow their union, seems so romantic. Young people, determined to be together despite family interference, the idea of love conquers all. These are the situations that filled the pages of cheap romance novels of the past.
Today’s brides are more modern, quite often setting up house and even changing partners several times before settling down. Marriage is often an afterthought with several of the couple’s children as attendants.
Fifty plus years ago, when I found myself pregnant, I was rushed down the aisle at breakneck speed by my mother in law. My husband wasn’t given a choice, it was just assumed we would get married, we were already engaged, but nobody asked either of us if we wanted to tie the knot, the matter was taken out of our hands.
My own mother was so upset at the situation that she didn’t attend the ceremony or even speak to me, until after the child was born, such was the disgrace she thought I had brought upon the family. Dave’s parents were lovely people and accepted me into the family immediately however, I had to wear a blue dress to show that I wasn’t pure. Such was the way things were in 1964.
Today’s young couples, well most of them, have none of the pressure of anyone really worrying about purity. Young women with several children wear white and nobody bats an eyelid.
However, up to a few years ago, things like this were very important, to both the rich and the poor families. However, to the rich, a good partner came from a good family and it was important to marry well. If the young man was not suitable, no marriage would be allowed. The only way for some couples to marry was to elope.
In the USA, the answer was to go to the next county and find a judge, in England, you had to flee to Scotland. Marriageable age in England was 21, if you wanted to marry without parental permission. In Scotland, the age was 16, so obviously, this was the place to go.
The first town over the Scottish border was called Gretna Green and here the local blacksmith had the power to marry a young couple. He performed the ceremony over an anvil, instead of an altar. This became very popular and was legal for many years.
The little hamlet became famous and turned into a tourist spot, married people often renew their vows over the anvil, it is not legal, but a renewal is not a legal ceremony.
Many couples still go to Gretna Green for their weddings but it has now got to be done with all papers in order and by an ordained official. One of my own daughters got married there several years ago and the whole thing was arranged over the internet.
If you want a nice wedding with minimum fuss, low cost and the uniqueness of the old fashioned setting, then it is a perfect place to go. There are pipers on hand to be hired, the setting of the tudor style buildings is an interesting background for photographs and there are several county inns where a sumptuous meal can be had and, also offer comfortable accommodation.
Our recent trip to Scotland was to my cousin’s home which is about six miles from Gretna, so we drove by it several times, every day. On almost every occasion there was a wedding party being photographed, grooms quite often in kilts and usually a piper amongst the group. Romantic?……….certainly but not likely that an irate father was racing up from England, to save his daughter’s honour. More likely that he was sporting a kilt, feeling the wind whistled round his nether regions, and wishing the photographer would hurry up so he could sample the local whiskey.
On the Sunnyside
There Probably is No God??
Back in 2009, many of us saw the TV news clip that showed London buses with signs claiming that there probably is no God. The lady who instigated the campaign said there was no scientific evidence that God exists. Science depends heavily on observation of the facts. I have observed the following.
Our life depends on access to air. A few minutes without it and we are dead. It just so happens that we are surrounded by it in just the right composition of nitrogen, oxygen and other gases. Our planet has the gravity to keep it from dispersing into space and our bodies have the respiratory system that is just right for using it. That’s no accident.
Without water we’d be dead in days. It just so happens that this planet has lots of it, even to the point where the water cycle and natural earth filters continually purify it from the pollutants we give it. Our bodies have the digestive and circulatory systems just right for using it. Not only that, it is a remarkable solvent and cleansing agent. Contrary to most liquids, water expands when it freezes. If that didn’t happen ice would sink and successive layers would reduce all lakes and rivers to solid ice killing everything in it. How nice!!
All around us we have fruit, vegetables and meat sources just right for our bodies’ needs. We are equipped with a digestive and elimination system that extracts what we need and disposes of the rest. Our circulation system is equipped with a red corpuscle transportation system to deliver the nutrients where needed. How remarkably fortuitous this is!!
Our planet’s axis is tilted at just the right angle to give us seasons. The sun is just the right distance away and the revolutions and rotations of planet earth provide us with night and day plus the seasons we crucially need. Again, how would we survive without this?
Our bodies are equipped with senses for our use and survival. The human brain capacity was there long before computers. Then we use this brain to decide that no one planned or designed all of the above and a multitude of other amazing benefits. Can you believe that???
There will be days that you can work so hard you feel fantastic. There will be days that you can’t seem to push yourself enough to make it feel worth it & are going through the motions only. There will be days that you have to miss… only do to injury or illness.
If you have a plan for all of these types of days, they will be beneficial. On your ‘bad’ days, you can enjoy a walk or other activity. I love to take a long walk with the dogs in the morning & I enjoy working on mobility/movement on these days & any day. That being said, include walking & mobility on your good days too. You need to be able to move well along with building strength.
Don’t quit because you’ve had an off day or week. Allow for slower days, use them as your rest & recovery… gotta have those too. Pick up the pace or heavier weights as soon as you are able & LUV your routine again :)
Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you :)