Archives for December 12, 2018
10 am – Federal Government and Parks Canada opens a press (media) conference
Participants Kevin McNamee, Protected Area Establishment Branch – location unknown
Sarah Boyle, Project Manager for SOS- location Revelstoke
Shelby Thom, Global Okanagan
Vanessa Broadbent, Osoyooos Times
Melanie Eksal, Penticton Herald
Jordyn Thompson. Penticton Western
Jack Bennest, Oliver Daily News
Questions of general interest and responses
issues with ranchers? – ranching is allowed in the park – regulations to be established
why no on camera interviews allowed so far? – answer will try to find time
what about public forums? – meeting with large groups – nothing planned
what about growing “NO park” movement? – want people to indicate Why Yes and Why No
Basic message – we are running this process – so please use methods of communicating established.
Read the website, use the forum, complete the survey – results in February
Let’s talk South Okanagan-Similkameen – Public Consultation
Parks Canada invites Canadians to discuss the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen until February 28, 2019. Participate now.
During this public consultation, Parks Canada is seeking input on:
By taking part in this formal process, you will ensure that your voice is heard by Parks Canada. Participate now and let’s talk about the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen!
Sarah Boyle, M.Sc., P. Biol
South Okanagan – Similkameen
Protected Areas Establishment Branch
It already weighs in excess of 300lbs and requires all nine members working together to play it, but for the Oliver Handbell Ringers, their three-octave handbell set still was not a big enough challenge. The dream of expanding the set they have played for more than 10 years has finally come to fruition with the arrival of three ‘Really Big Bass Bells’ in time for the Christmas season.
“They are here, they are big, and they sound absolutely beautiful.” says director Helen Wollf, Oliver Handbell Ringer’s Music Director. “We have dreamed for years about being able to add to the bass and we are very excited to finally have the bells here in Oliver, ready to be rung during our Christmas performances this season!”
Purchased brand new, bass handbells can cost thousands of dollars each. The three new additions to OHR’s collection were purchased second hand from Virginia, USA. Each comes with a different story spanning well over a decade but are in excellent condition and have actively been part of the group’s rehearsals during the fall season.
“The purchase of the bass bells added to the equipment we have currently allows us to play music scored for five octaves,” says Wollf. “It also adds to the fullness of sound that we can create.” A standard set of handbells for a group to ring is three octaves in size, but is limiting to groups as they improve their proficiency and find that more advanced music is often scored for four or five octaves of bells.
“Without increasing the range of handbells we have, a lot of music we would like to play remains inaccessible to us.” explains Wollf. “Now we can share a greater range of music with our audiences. Be sure to come take an up-close look at our newest additions after the concert.”
Made of cast bronze and measuring over a foot in length, the bass bells take some serious effort to lift and ring, let alone doing so with accurate timing and considerable speed.
“I certainly don’t have to hit the gym after rehearsal,” says Devin Riley, one of the primary bass bell ringers for OHR, “I already get enough weightlifting in with these bells!”
Oliver Handbell Ringers will be ringing up to five octaves of handbells in their upcoming Christmas concerts on Friday December 14th at 7:30 pm and Sunday December 16th at 3:00 pm in their new venue, Oliver Alliance Church. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Can Two Jailed Enemies Find Peace?
We hear a fair bit about hope for peace on earth as we approach the Christmas season. Thus far neither the season nor the hopes have produced it. We wish they had. But there is an astoundingly true story of two mortal enemies who found peace and became very dear friends.
In her book “What Happens When God Answers”, Evelyn Christenson tells a remarkable story (p.4) related to her leading a prayer seminar in war-torn Belfast in June of 1981. The conflict between Protestant and Catholic antagonists was severe. Liam and Jimmy were both in prison for their acts of terrorism but they were on opposite sides of the conflict. In an interview with her, Liam spoke of his “dirty protests” and rebellious actions in prison, including a 56 day hunger strike that brought him to the brink of death. His praying mother succeeded in getting the prison officials to use intravenous feeding to spare his life. Ten other prisoners in the hunger strike had already died. After recovering Liam was put into solitary confinement for a while with a Bible as the only reading material. It changed his view on life. He decided to trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Jimmy watched the transformation with amazement. He now wanted what Liam had. He ended up making the same decision. They began studying the Bible and praying together. As Liam put it, “I used to be willing to shoot him dead but now I would die for him.” Few people have that dramatic a story but the truth of the following verse is available to all. Then there is a solution to conflict.
2 Cor.5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
That is an astounding and effective way to find peace!
Back to the Future is a fun movie about a time machine made out of a Delorean car fitted with a flux capacitor that needs a lightning strike to make it work. The future carries all our minds can imagine and more. It is possibility becoming manifest. Depending on my attitude the future can be mightily attractive or terribly scary. So let us choose attractive with the caveat that we still need to live in the present
Surely thoughts become things. So says Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, a landmark book about making your success. Yes, making your success. We don’t fall into this happenstance or that, we make our future. Boys oh boys that is a heavy responsibility. Yes it is. So let us imagine the future we desire and deserve. Use positive, present tense language. This is called an affirmation (of the future)
The future is the time not yet spent and the actions not yet taken, the results not yet realized, ahhhh the life not yet lived. There is a visualization experience called the Future Self. I’d be glad to do it with/for you. About10 minutes to visit you, twenty years into the future. You will bring back insights about what is possible for you and some guidance to remind you of all the wonderful things you are. Call me
Futures on the stock market are an agreement to buy a certain commodity at an agreed price at a future time. This is intended to provide a hedge against volatile fluctuations in the market price. Thus, we have the term ‘hedge fund’, which is a portfolio of stocks that are futures. We could look at a college fund set up for a baby as a future fund. So too our retirement savings fund could be termed a future fund. Different. But similar
The telephone company trucks have a graphic on them that says ‘the future is friendly’. I think it is supposed to be an invitation to welcome technology change and we can trust the telephone company. Might be, so why not believe in a positive future. Gotta watch our internal language.
If we say that we can or say that we cannot, we are right, so says Henry Ford.
Wise prediction of the future there Henry