WINTER 2007 Issue " FREE Central Okanagan Winter Wonderland A Harley is the Best Medicine Rancho’s 1st Christmas Seniors & Credit FINDING Ogopogo in the snow Kids Korner Their Point of View A FORUM FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS IN THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN co nte nt s FEATURES A Harley is the Best Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 A Passion for Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Building Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Central Okanagan Winterwonderland . . . . . . . 24 Finding Ogopogo in the Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fishing, Cycling, Sailing & Baseball . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Kids Korner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Publisher’s Point of View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Rancho’s First Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Seniors & Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 SOSS: A Place to Give and Receive . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Grandparent Effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 United Way Drive Thru Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 DEPARTMENTS " Angels Among Us ... 7 " Better Business Bureau ... 14 ISSN# 1718-7435 Mail Publication Agreement # 41324527 " Calendar of Events ... 43 PUBLISHER - Laurel D’Andrea EDITOR - Jeremy Hoemsen The opinions expressed in this magazine are the " Cheers from the Editor ... 5 LAYOUT & GRAPHICS - Lori Johnson, Dragonfli Studio SALES & MARKETING - Laurel D’Andrea opinions of the authors and they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Beyond 50 Magazine. 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Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4 or email us at letters@beyond50 mag.com Sudoku Solution ... 34 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 3 p u b l i s h e r ’s p o i n t o f v i e w PHOTO • HEATHER HOLLINGDALE But just ask yourself: how many times did I smile this year? When you ponder that, just know that 95% of people around you also did the same thing. That truly is a sense of accomplish- ment. (l to r): Dallas, Laurel, and Devon. One of the great things about aging is how much we 95% of people will smile back. Talk about empowerment! enjoy reflecting on the past. When we are younger, we Isn’t it great how such a simple act can accomplish so dream about our wants, desires, and dreams. The older we much? get, the wants, desires, and dreams have been accom- Over the next couple of months, you will be reflecting on plished, and we get to look back on how we made it how 2006 went for you. It may not have been great happen. We all have something in our life we have achieved financially, or work may have been a struggle. But just ask that gives us that "warm fuzzy" feeling. In fact, most of us yourself: how many times did I smile this year? When you have a lot to be proud of but seem to forget sometimes. ponder that, just know that 95% of people around you also We have enjoyed our entertaining children, who did did the same thing. That truly is a sense of accomplishment. actually listen to some of our advice. We have travelled, On a side note, I want to thank each and every person spent time with family and good friends, and with any luck, who picked up,received,or read our first issue.I also want to we are with the ones we love. We have, or have had, great express my gratitude to all the advertisers and contributors careers; we enjoy what we do and feel appreciated. (I am who believed in my concept.The response to Beyond 50 has not sure if you are proud of yourself right now but I just had been overwhelming. Keep sending in the articles, the several "warm fuzzies"). comments, and ideas. This magazine is for the community, When we reflect on how our time on earth has been, it by the community, and about the community - all we want should be about how we see ourselves and not how others to do is bring it together so everyone has a chance to meet, view us. Money, toys, houses, etc. are just things; when we reconnect, or be inspired by the people they work and play reflect, they may give us a sense of accomplishment but with each and everyday. I have had a great year because I they are low on the pole. We all have a tendency to worry know that I made at least 10,0000 people smile in about what others think and feel about us - boy, are we September. Boy, what a “warm fuzzy" that is for me. I have crazy! Think about it: I can control how I feel about myself two wonderful boys, the greatest family and friends, and and how I see myself. I cannot control what others think or now a career that I truly love. My reflection for 2006 has feel. So why should we put so much emphasis on them? been a positive one. The next time you look in the mirror or lay on the couch to , (If you’re tired of hearing about “warm fuzzies” just wait reflect, as long as you get a warm fuzzy about your life, then ‘til you hear what I have to say about Spring and ‘new I would say you have had one hell of a year. beginnings’ in the March Issue…) They say the secret to a happy, fulfilled existence is to treat people the way you want to be treated. A smile goes a Laurel D’Andrea long way: when you walk into a room and you are smiling, 4 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 c h e e r s f ro m t h e e d i to r …the Okanagan community is who came together to make this magazine such a success. The reality is that people enjoy living together in a community, and an essential part of community is communication. It’s Sunday, October 15th and I just came in from the is that people enjoy living together in a community, and an garden.I planted a Chinese banana tree,checked the height essential part of community is communication. Look, it’s of the two week old seeded lawn, and brought in some almost the same word! (I’m easily amused at times…) potted Bengal Tiger Canna lilies in case it frosts this winter. So keep communicating through Beyond 50 and I’ll keep In honour of the east coast just getting two feet of snow, I on doing my best to ensure your communication is free of decided I should plant some subtropicals here in the west. serious spelling and grammar errors that might hinder that We still have about 20 different shrubs and plants in pots communication. to get into the ground before this Victoria ‘winter’, including As a side note, if any of you are looking to warm up your the necessary hops vines.But according to the locals,we still love life in these chilly days, check out a new book I just have time. It just gets rainy and windy here but usually stays published, Velvet Avalanche: a collection of erotic poetry. above freezing. Of course, by the time you’re reading this, in This sizzler can be found through www.satjahprojects.com December or January, you’ll have a good chuckle, because or email me, email@example.com. you know that it was the iciest winter ever recorded on Cheers! Vancouver Island, and just as everyone got used to ice Jeremy Hoemsen skating and snowmobiling from Nanaimo to Victoria to Vancouver, the Island got sucked under North America in , the “big one” creating oceanfront property in the Okanagan just in time for the early spring tourist season.From my view, though, from way back when in October, things are still pretty warm and fuzzy. (Yes, I just finished editing Laurel’s Publisher’s Comments). I have to say I’ve really been enjoying the stories coming in for Beyond 50. They were great for the first issue and COVER: continue to impress me for the second. I’ve learned all sorts Photography by of things in all sorts of areas, from good business to sport Wayne Duchart, and mind improvement tips, to interesting travel Photography West destinations, not to mention the delicious recipes. While Laurel is the person to coordinate such an amazing SUBJECT: community effort, the Okanagan community is who came Nick and Judy Stokman, together to make this magazine such a success. The reality Kukuli Park,Vernon BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 5 Textured Plaster Old World Finishes Venetian Plaster Old Oak Transformed Kitchen & Bath Cabinet “Makeovers” Old World Finishes Venetian Plaster Antiqued / Distressed Furniture Headboards by “Design” Cindy’s Re Creations 250-717-8987 CELL 250-864-1956 Suede Finishes angels among us The Heart and Soul of Sandy Rice Submitted by Andrea Schiller She is one of the most patient people I know, fielding questions left and right with the grace of a saint. If staff members or volunteers are ever lost, they look to Sandy to bring them back on track. For me, and for countless volunteers and community volunteers who help the Heart and Stroke Foundation members who have crossed paths with her, Sandy Rice is successfully meet its goals,so we can continue our mandate not only the face of the Heart and Stroke Foundation in of health promotion, advocacy, and providing funding for Kelowna - she is the heart and soul. For the last six years, top-level research in BC. Over the next few months, we are what she has given us and the community of Kelowna gives gearing up for Heart Month,when the Celebration Breakfast her wings. kicks off the February campaign. Next comes our Curlathon, Over the years, Sandy has coordinated our in memoriam and throughout the month of February, leadership program, worked as our office receptionist and sometimes volunteers and canvassers work together to ensure many even as office manager, and attended all of our special feet are on the street to build awareness and collect events as volunteer support - everything from ‘Big Bike for donations on behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Stroke’ to the ‘Walk for Heart’. These events are especially BC and Yukon. If you would like more information about close to her heart, as her father had three heart attacks, and volunteering and would like to hear Sandy’s warm smiling since volunteering with the foundation, her husband has voice on the line, please call 860-6275. also had a heart attack. Sandy is one of those amazingly grounded and positive people who is an anchor in a storm. Her smiles and laughter WelcometoKelowna.com also likes to recognize special are infectious, her willingness to help across all facets of this people in our community. Our angel Sandy will be featured as the Person of the Day on Friday December 15th. To view that organization legendary. She is one of the most patient page please go to www.welcometokelowna.com In addition to people I know, fielding questions left and right with the featuring Sandy, Dot Com Media has graciously donated a gift grace of a saint. If staff members or volunteers are ever lost, certificate to Giannz in North Glenmore so Sandy can enjoy a they look to Sandy to bring them back on track. little "me time" You will find Sandy at the front desk three days a week, if Do you know someone that goes above and beyond the call not more, and whatever time she has left over, she is out of duty? Or maybe you know someone that just has a great living large with a close group of friends and family. She also smile. If so Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a future Person of the Day. Then keep watching the volunteers and helps to coordinate social events at WelcometoKelowna.com Person of the Day Sandpointe, one of which is the New Year’s Supper and We are also looking for submissions for the Angels Among Dance. As a member of the Red Hat Ladies, you can also see Us department, if you know of anyone who you would like to Sandy out and about in Kelowna. Not only is she is a true see recognized please email us at submissions@ friend and involved community member, she inspires us all beyond50mag.com or call us at with her grit and determination to live her life to the fullest. 250-878-9194 and we will feature them in an upcoming issue. While Sandy is our office angel,there are numerous other BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 7 t rave l Not Quite the Beaten Track: 3 suggestions for winter getaways Submitted By Cathy Dobbin If you see seven people on a beach at one time, you have a crowd. As a travel agent, I’m often asked my recommendations for the beach lover, with the clean white powdery sand we for places to visit, places that are a little different from what all dream of sinking our toes into. Huatulco has been many of us are used to. Sometimes this can be a hard compared to the Puerto Vallarta of 20 years ago. This question to answer, as everyone has different expectations. destination is very inviting, offering lovely natural However, I recently attended a seminar that focused on surroundings flanked by the Sierra Madre Mountains. A the South Pacific. I came away from the seminar wishing I one-week, beachfront, all-inclusive package from gateway were basking in the sun on one of the many white sand Calgary starts at $1749 plus taxes/fees per person. beaches offered by the Cook Islands. A Cook Islander saying Costa Rica is also a unique destination to visit. It is an is,“If you see seven people on a beach at one time, you have incredibly diverse country, appealing to all tastes. Eco a crowd.” Unlike some of the more visited beach adventure tours are very popular and can include hiking, destinations,the Cooks sound like a fabulous destination for wildlife refuges, river rides, hot spring relaxation, horseback the traveller seeking quiet and solitude. And there is still a riding and much more. Depending on the person going, I’d sprinkling of activity provided by the main town of Avarua recommend mixing a one-week eco adventure tour with a and outlying areas. Rent a scooter for the day, trek through one-week beach stay to experience the best of all worlds. the centre of the island to the other side, visit the markets, There are charters offered from Vancouver to Liberia, one- sample delicious restaurants, attend a church service, or just walk along the seemingly endless beaches. There are a variety of activities to keep one busy - or not. There are hotels ranging from moderate, self-contained units that can cater to long-term visitors, to more luxurious, short-stay accommodations. Many of the packages can be custom designed to include visits to outer islands such as Aitutaki – from what I’ve seen, a must see! For a twelve-night package including air from Vancouver to Rarotonga, with a side visit to Aitutaki, prices start at $3,901. Another destination gaining in popularity is the Mexican destination of Huatulco, located on the coast of Oaxaca on the Pacific side. Huatulco boasts nine beautiful scenic bays 8 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 mind games week packages starting at $1,629 per person at a beachfront property. Submitted by CATHERINE DOBBIN of United Travel 2000 Ltd, Westridge Mall, Westbank. Catherine has been in the Sudoku - MEDIUM travel business for over 18 years as agent and owner, and is always happy to help with any of your travel needs. SOLUTION ON PAGE 38 Interior design unique for you. 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As we age, many of the factors that help us activities are quite demanding, and these individuals would maintain good balance decline; eyesight, strength, reaction benefit from better balance. I strongly recommend that a time, endurance, and flexibility all tend to diminish as we balance program be part of their normal exercise routine. grow older, and this places us at an increased risk for falls. This will help them stay active now, and build a better base Each year, one quarter to one third of all adults experience for the future. at least one fall, and these falls often cause serious injuries. To help with your balance, try this daily balance exercise At no time of year is the risk of falling higher than during program. First, while holding the back of a chair, sink, or our Canadian winters. In wintertime, we are faced with counter top,practice standing on one leg.Gradually increase having to walk on slippery ice and snow that compresses the length of time until you are able to balance for one unevenly beneath our feet. We have to wear more clothing minute. As your balance improves, you can progress to not to keep warm, and this clothing can impair our movement holding onto anything for support. If you find this easy, take and balance. Even our houses may be a little more danger- this exercise further by performing it with your eyes closed. ous as entryway floors can be slippery from melted snow. Next, while holding the back of a chair, sink, or None of this is any reason to be fearful; in fact, fear of countertop, practice standing on your toes and then rock falling is actually associated with more falls. People who are back to balance on your heels. Hold each position for six scared of falling limit their activity,and this can cause further seconds, and repeat the movement several times. Finally, loss of strength and flexibility. Instead, people need to be standing on your right leg, lift your left leg straight out to cautious and aware of risky situations that can lead to falls, the side. Hold this position for two seconds, and return to such as slippery sidewalks.Also realize that you can improve double leg standing. Repeat this ten times per leg. Not only your balance even as you age, and research shows doing so will this exercise help with balance but it will also help can lessen your chance of falling. strengthen the hip muscles. To make it harder, you can add Risk factors for falls include increasing age, medication an ankle weight to the leg you are lifting. use, cognitive impairment, and sensory deficits. The causes I hope these exercises are helpful and that you stay injury are diverse and therefore often require a multidisciplinary free this winter. Remember to keep active, work on your approach to treatment. This can mean a review of your balance, and if you are having falls or frequently feel medical history and current medications by your physician, unsteady, please get your balance checked by your health and an assessment of postural control and physical function care provider. by a physiotherapist.For people over 65 with a history of falls or a high risk for falls, programs such as Stepwise offered by JAY STONE is a partner at Sun City Physiotherapy who holds his certificate Interior Health provide such a thorough approach. in Sport Physiotherapy and in Acupuncture. He frequently writes a column The majority of people I see in my practice aren’t at a in the Capital News. Reach him via email at email@example.com or by calling high risk for falls; many participate in more risky exercises him at the Glenmore Sun City Physiotherapy office 762-6313. 10 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 The Grandparent Effect Submitted By Luis Diaz They’re the ones with the gentle word about how to hold a stick, how to PHOTO • HARRY BRUST shoot a puck, how to keep your head up when you’ve had a bad game. At your next minor hockey game, look around and you win or lose is second to the enjoyment of the game. More can see the history of the game. No, not the ancient arena than all the things they do, they’re living examples of love steeped in minor hockey lore. No, not the dressing rooms and respect for the game and its players. This makes them with their ancient plumbing, the sweat of generations of the role models that all kids need in order to learn how to players lingering in the air. And no, not the trophy cases make their way on the ice and in life. This is the Canadian with hardware from tournaments past. Look a little closer,in constant - north, south, east and west, Montreal to Toronto the stands,and see that lady with the blanket on her lap,her to Vancouver. The histories of our families are wrapped white hair in a bun, and the gentleman sitting next to her, a around the game, the times it measures, the generations it rolled up program in his hand, the lines on his face marking engages. his years - they’re cheering on the littlest kid on the ice. That Grandparents are the bridge to the game as it was, the little kid’s a tiger, their grandson or granddaughter, and he link to how Dad learned to play, how Mom skated when she or she loves the game just like Gramps and Nana did when was a kid, the ones who know how, where, and why, and they played long ago. who did what and when. They are there for the reminders Hockey is the common religion in Canada, transcending that you shoot just like your Dad, you skate just like your sport. Grandparents (and Great Grandparents) are the living Mom, that your passion for the game is the same as both of history of the game, the tellers of tales - you know, the “I your parents.That passion is only exceeded by the joy your remember when…” or “Did I ever tell you about the time Grandparents get from watching you play, learn, and grow - I…” They’re the ones with the gentle word about how to and by their love for you. hold a stick,how to shoot a puck,how to keep your head up The Grandparent Effect is the glue that binds us all, old when you’ve had a bad game. “Maybe you just need a piece and young,the lovers of the game who practice our religion of gum or a hard candy to help get that bad taste out of (hockey), generation after generation. Sons and daughters, your mouth,”Grandpa might say. mothers and fathers, we know that truth can be measured Dad got you your first stick, Gramps showed you how to in the ringing of a puck off a post, a great save, the lining up tape the blade, Mom drives you to all your practices, and to shake hands to honour the game and its players; it’s the Nana hears all the stories brought home from an exciting same today as always.These things make hockey as timeless tournament game. Grandpa keeps you honest about your as, well, as timeless your Grandparents. game and how hard you are trying, while Nana gives you encouragement and support, always reminding you that to BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 11 Seniors and Credit Submitted By Phil Smith “It’s not so much what you owe - it’s what you owe for.” I’ve been in the Credit field for over 45 years, and I’ve to assist his son in a business venture. encountered many types of borrowers and credit situations, I asked him how old his son was and he said he was 37. some good and some bad. Individuals should use credit for My next question was,“Do you have any other children?” any worthwhile purpose: to enhance their life style, for He replied that he had two daughters. investments, or to enjoy material things now and be able to My next question was,“And what are you going to do to pay for them in an orderly fashion in the future. One of my help them?” former Credit Managers once quoted,“It’s not so much what This fellow’s wife immediately burst out of her silence you owe – it’s what you owe for.” and struck her husband on the arm. “See, I told you – if we Having said that, one of the most difficult types of credit help one, we should help them all.” borrowing involves seniors, those seniors who borrow or As a lender, I could see that borrowing in this case would co-sign for their children or relatives. People on fixed severely impair this elderly couple’s ability to maintain their income, like many seniors, have a good idea of their standard of living, not to mention maintaining an amicable monthly expenses and any extra funds are usually for things relationship in this family. like home repairs,transportation costs,and medications,not I pulled out my business card, handed it to him and said, to mention the cost of emergencies that may arise. When a “Tell you what. I am turning you down for this loan. If your person commits his or her fixed income to borrowing for son has trouble with that, ask him to give me a call.” outside purposes or co-signing, he or she can be placed in a The couple immediately got up from their chairs and potentially difficult situation. They may be borrowing funds could not thank me enough. It was evident that I had to assist other family members although they do not removed a great load off of their shoulders, not to mention receive any financial benefit from the borrowed funds, or the guilt that their son had placed on them by pressuring they may be co-signing. Either way, they may be called on them to borrow for him. to make payments that were not in the budget. Needless to say, I never did get a call from the son and An experience from a few years ago helps to illustrate the this couple was eternally grateful. importance of knowing exactly what you’re getting into. This elderly gentleman and his wife walked into my office The case of direct borrowing is when the proceeds of the and sat down. Right from the beginning of the interview, I loan go to the children or relatives. Borrowers usually do could clearly sense that this fellow was under pressure to not tell the lender what the funds are for. Most times the borrow funds. There was even a sense of embarrassment reason for this type of borrowing is simply for personal evident in his mannerisms. His wife sat beside him, not expenses. In these cases, the benefactors of the loan saying a word. proceeds do not sign or become involved in the loan I asked this nervous gentleman what the purpose of the contract. A good business practice on the part of the actual loan was. He explained that he needed to borrow $10,000 borrower is to have the individuals who received the benefit 12 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 of the loan proceeds sign a promissory note to the borrower. 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Every year, not succumb to pressure to give money on the spot; maybe leading up to Christmas, many of us are overwhelmed with allow someone to pick it up later when you are certain. A requests to support various charities and organizations. For legitimate charity will welcome your money at any time. me, it’s important to support our community and other • Ask the charity how much of the donation is given to worthwhile causes. Today’s charities are competing for the organization and how much to the fundraiser,and make limited resources, while facing an ever-increasing demand sure that split is acceptable to you. for their services at the same time as ever-rising costs. We • Beware of fake charities using similar names to well- only need to turn on the television to see the horrific images established organizations. When in doubt, contact the of the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina to be organization you trust to find out if there is any affiliation. reminded of some of the tasks that charities handle. Fraud artists often take advantage of real names to hide Like you, I am very particular about where my hard- their intentions. earned cash is spent. I certainly don’t want my charitable • Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you donations to end up in the pockets of some scam artists. don’t remember making. Be on the alert for invoices For every legitimate organization raising funds for a valid claiming you’ve made a pledge when you have not. Some cause, there are those individuals who impersonate unscrupulous people use this approach to obtain your charities in an effort to take advantage of some poorly money. informed individual. Then, there are those that may give an • Always ask if your contribution is “tax deductible” unacceptable portion of the donation to the actual cause. meaning you can deduct your contribution on your tax Here are some tips I personally follow to ensure that the return. Request an official receipt showing the amount of money I donate goes to a legitimate cause: your contribution, the name of the charity, and the charity • Find out if the charity is registered with the Canada registration number. Revenue Agency,by phone at 1-800-267-2384 or go to their website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/charities/menu- e.html. If the charity is registered, you can look at its The BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU offers information returns and determine how the charity is further advice and information for determining if a charity is legitimate. If you spending donations. have any questions, contact the BBB at • Don’t give money at the door or over the phone. 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He received a call from a resident who dedicated to providing employment opportunities for was complaining that there were strange activities professionals of all ages, who bring their experience from happening in the main parking lot. Dutifully, the the military or police services to our clients. We provide our Commissionaire jumped into his 4X4 Jeep, knocked the clients complete security solutions by integrating highly snow off his boots, and headed down to the main parking trained, experienced personnel and advanced technology. lot. Upon arriving at the parking lot, there was definitely Many of our security duties are done ‘behind the scenes’, some interesting action taking place – a photo shoot was in discreetly getting the job done to ensure smooth operation progress. The funny part is that everyone was in the nude! for our clients. But who would have thought such serious Unfortunately, no pictures were available. Come to think of work could be so enjoyable? Even though the security it, the security report was rather vague. However, we industry is a serious business, there are always those guarantee the Commissionaire diligently monitored the unforgettable moments and stories that bring on smiles situation to ensure everyone was safe! and laughter. Many little humorous incidents take place in the line of For instance, one Commissionaire (who is just beyond 50 duty, such as the Commissionaire who was monitoring a years old!) was assigned security duty to ensure a number state-of-the-art alarm system that kept mysteriously of Ferraris and Lamborghinis were intact and untouched sounding off. After process of elimination, it was discovered during an overnight stay in Kelowna. The adage ‘like a kid in the alarm system was so sensitive, it was being set-off by a candy store’ comes quickly to mind. For one mice in the field surrounding the building. Or the time a Commissionaire, it was the best night he’d had in a long Commissionaire was called to attend an emergency in the time! Can you imagine the sheer enjoyment of absorbing ladies washroom,where an elderly woman from the Prairies the luxurious details of these unattainable goods? The was disgraced and outraged at the thought of having to pay Commissionaire felt a real sense of power in protecting this for water. The Commissionaire politely explained that the property, as if they were his own fleet. One owner of a water is free and it comes automatically when you place Ferrari realized how much the Commissionaire had enjoyed your hands under the faucet. Apparently, she had never his duty so she took photos of him standing proud and seen or heard of an automatic faucet! mailed them directly to him. Just another day in the life of a Commissionaire! There was also the time a Commissionaire was on duty at 16 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 Why work for us? Commissionaires BC is dedicated to providing meaningful and rewarding employment to everyone who works here. Additionally, because we are a Not for Profit Society, our focus is on ensuring the maximum return to every Commissionaire. Founded almost 80 years ago, we offer a wide variety of positions to former military and police personnel as well as to others of good character. Our culture is one dedicated to each and every Commissionaire’s success. When you work for Commissionaires BC, you’re really working to help make BC a safer, friendlier place – and working with a well trained team that supports you every step of the way from classroom training to on the job training, not to mention competitive compensation and excellent benefits. As a Commissionaire security officer you’ll have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments – each with its own range of rewarding experiences – that make every day on the job different. From border crossings to corporate sites and courthouses and holding centers to city streets, you’ll discover a new kind of job satisfaction – and enjoy continuing opportunities for both professional and personal development. By joining Commissionaires, you can be assured you are joining a team of professionals dedicated to providing a high level of service to our clients and support to each other. Benefits We offer an extensive benefit package that includes, but is not limited to: >Group AD & D insurance, with loss of wage protection and 24/7 coverage for business or pleasure; >Group life insurance (shared cost); >Group extended health, dental and prescription drug plan (shared cost); >TD asset builder group RRSP; >Pay rates among the highest in the industry; >Free uniforms and dry cleaning of most uniform items; >Optional critical illness coverage; >Optional additional life insurance; >Bonus vacation pay; >Statutory Holiday pay not worked; >Paid bereavement leave; >Gratuitous pay-in-lieu; >Four hour minimum callout; >Flexible working conditions; >Free training to veterans. **Positions available in Kelowna and Penticton ** Please submit resume to: Commissionaires BC, 103-346 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L4, or email: email@example.com or fax to: 250-763-1099. www.commissionaires.bc.ca e l e c t ro n i c a l l y s p e a k i n g Digital Cameras 101: Transferring Pictures from your Camera to your PC Submitted by Tom Cooper You'll never have to look for your transfer cable again… Have you been taking your digital camera or memory that you have done so and cards to Wal-Mart, COSTCO, or Shoppers Drug Mart so they will display an opening can burn a CD or make prints of dialog box on your screen. some of your favourite images? Click NEXT. This screen is Are you ready for the next step? If followed by a you are, I’ll explain in basic terms in confirmation of the files this article how to transfer your you wish to transfer files directly from your camera to FIGURE 1 (Figure 4). A suggestion: FIGURE 5 your personal computer (PC). Transfer all of your images There are two options for and do any deletions later on your PC. Note the boxes for all transferring files: images are checked off? The next screen (Figure 5) lets you 1) Using a memory card reader, decide where you wish to store your images AND allows which could be either part of your you to erase your memory card after the transfer has been PC or one you bought separately FIGURE 2 successfully completed. Note the window indicating where and can leave connected to a USB the files will be transferred to by default... Documents and port more or less permanently settings/ cooper/My documents/my pictures. If you wish to (Figures 1 and 2); or put them elsewhere, click BROWSE and find somewhere 2) Using the transfer cable that else. came with your camera when you Click NEXT and the transfer and card clean-up takes bought it (Figure 3). FIGURE 3 effect on-screen. Click NEXT when the transfer and clean-up are TRANSFER USING OPTION No. 1: finished. Insert your memory card into The last two screens are self-explanatory.The first the appropriate receptor slot. one, the “Publish, Order Prints or Nothing” screen, There will only be one way to you will decide what you want to now do. I usually insert your card so do it gently. select Nothing, click NEXT... and end the whole Only a small amount of pressure is process with the “Finished”screen. required for it to slide in. Once it is Once you have completed the transfer, remove FIGURE 4 fully inserted, your PC will “detect” your memory card and put it back into your camera. 18 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 TRANSFER USING OPTION No. 2: A note about USB memory card readers that you buy This is to transfer images using separately and plug in yourself: the transfer cable supplied with They should cost from $15-$20 for a single card reader your camera when you purchased FIGURE 6 (Figure 2) to maybe $30-$35 for a universal one (Figure 1). it. Locate your cable (Figure 3). It Once plugged into a USB port, they can remain attached to will have a USB connector at one your PC more or less permanently. You'll never have to look end and a unique connector at the other which will slip into for your transfer cable again or have to hook up your a socket in the body of your camera (Figure 6). camera and deplete your camera's battery supply while you transfer files again. These card readers, whether universal- Each camera's connectors are in different places but look type ones, or single card ones, are not powered nor do they for a rubber or plastic cover which can be removed require any software to be installed - just plug it in! They’re somewhere on the body of your camera. It may say DC IN, also portable if you want to transfer files to another PC. DIGITAL and AV OUT as my Canon does. Get to the Hope this takes some of the mystery out of transferring connector by taking off the protective cover (it usually has a files. Now go out and shoot more pics! hinge on it of some sort to prevent it from dropping on the Still have questions about transfers or other digital floor and getting lost).Typical connectors would be a DC IN camera problems? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org connector, another to connect your AV cable to view on a television screen (AV OUT) and a third to connect to your PC Beyond 50 Magazine presents: “Digital Camera Day” (DIGITAL). You will know the one you need by simply Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, February 17th. Pete looking at the end of the transfer cable and looking at the the Computer Guy of the Right Click Computer Training plugs on your camera body. The connectors are not the Centre will be running sessions throughout the day starting same shape so there is no danger of connecting the wrong at 9:00am. Come and spend some time chatting with cable (or the wrong end of a cable) to the wrong connector experts who can offer tips on how to use your digital on your camera. camera and computer together. Learn how to email, store Here is the sequence to follow once you have located the and print your memories. Beyond 50 Magazine will provide plug: refreshments as well as a chance to win a digital camera! Make sure your PC is turned ON. Call Amy at Right Click 717-5800 for more details; hope Turn your camera ON (in REVIEW mode and not you’ll stop by! SHOOTING mode). Plug the USB end into a free USB port on your PC. TOM COOPER, a retired graphic artist and teacher, occupies his time with freelance photography and by providing workshops on digital cameras, Plug the other end into your camera. (digital) photography and photo-editing. He also volunteers for the Water Your PC will now “detect” that there is a device Street Seniors Centre Society and the Society for Learning in Retirement, connected. From here, it should display in sequence all of both in Kelowna, and the Westside Health Network Society in Westbank the screens we saw above with the card reader in Option 1. and is a member of the Central Okanagan Photographic Society. He, his And that's all there is to it! wife Jane, and their Golden Retriever Taylor live in Westbank. BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 19 f i n a n c i a l l y s e c u re The Gift of a R.E.S.P. Submitted by Colleen Pfannenschmidt Undergraduate students will pay an average of $4,347 in tuition fees for the 2006/2007 academic year, up from $4,211 the year before. This is almost triple the average of $1,464 in 1990/1991. Many of us parents, aunties, uncles, and grandparents year, your child’s RESP will exceed $90,000. This will give just love to shower our children with gifts. It starts from your child or grandchild a great start towards their post those first Fisher Price toys all the way to laptop computers. secondary education – all for $167.00 per month! Especially with younger children,we often find that some of Many grandparents understand that contributing to the toys they receive end up in the bottom of the toy box or their grandchildren’s RESP is a great way to slowly “give under the bed in a very short while. away” some of their assets while they are still alive. What A great gift to give a child of any age is the gift of a better way to leave a legacy by giving your child or Registered Education Savings Plan, also known as an R.E.S.P. grandchild the ability to achieve their dreams through a While it doesn’t make any noise and can’t be played with, it university or college education. could be the greatest gift of all. Most of us want our children How much does it cost to send your children to to go to college or university, but many parents are faced university? with the challenge of, “How are we going to pay for our More than last year, according to a September 2006 children’s post secondary education?” findings by Statistics Canada. Here’s what it looks like: By opening an RESP early, parents or grandparents can · Overall, students returning to Canadian universities for contribute to the plan regularly and over many years. Many undergraduate studies this fall face greater increases in new parents have the foresight to contribute their baby tuition than last year. bonus cheques and gifts of money from relatives to their · Students can expect to pay on average 3.2% more in child’s RESP. This way they are getting a head start for the tuition fees, almost twice the rate of growth in the previous financial challenge that lies ahead. With an RESP, you can academic year. contribute up to $4,000 per child per tax year with a lifetime · Undergraduate students will pay an average of $4,347 limit of $42,000. Unfortunately, you do not get a tax in tuition fees for the 2006/2007 academic year, up from deduction for contributions but your investment will grow $4,211 the year before. This is almost triple the average of tax free inside the RESP. On top of that, you will qualify for $1,464 in 1990/1991. the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). The CESG will · Since 1990/1991, tuition fees have increased at an provide up to a maximum $400 grant for children 17 and annual average rate of 7.0%. In the 1990/1991 and under. The CESG grant applies to the first $2000 per year. 1991/1992 academic years alone, they went up 15.2% and This calculation may surprise you: If you invest $2,000 per 16.5%, respectively. In contrast, since 2000, the increase has year for 18 years @ 8% and factor in the CESG grant each slowed to an annual average of 3.9%. The recent lower fee 20 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 increases reflect government moves to regulate fees. · Even so, average tuition fees between 1990/1991 and 2004/2005 increased at a faster pace than inflation. During this period, tuition rose at an average annual rate of 7.7%. HORIZON REALTY This was almost four times the average 860-7500 rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. COLLEEN PFANNENSCHMIDT is a Financial Advisor with the Okanagan Wealth Management Group of Raymond James in Ultimate Kelowna. If you would like to discuss these or any other financial matters, please call her at Service! 250.979.2700 or email colleen.pfannenschmid email@example.com. Ultimate This article is provided as a general source of information only. The views of the author do not Results! necessarily reflect those of Raymond James. 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Curves IDA Pharmacy Market Place IGA Pharmasave Kelowna A & W - Leathead A & W - Gordon A & W - Harvey Chances Entertainment Lounge Blenz - Glenmore Capri Centre Mall Cooper’s - Rutland Cooper’s - Mission DeBeans Denny’s Restaurant Dyck’s Medicine Centre Pine Lighting Esquire Coffee Greyhound 1953 Baron Road ~ Kelowna Kelowna Community Resources Kelowna General Hospital 250-862-3245 Market Place IGA Percs Perkins Family Restaurant Pharmasave - Glenmore Pharmasave - Mission Second Cup Seniors Outreach Services Society Shefield Gourmet The Haven - Your Breakfast Retreat Tim Horton’s Town Centre Mall Verve Coffee House Wal Mart White Spot Zeller’s CFDC Building & Deli Water Street Seniors Westbank A&W Cooper’s Pepper Pot Grill Pharmasave United Travel UPS Store Peachland Bliss Bakery Curves Marketplace IGA Peachland Pharmacy Serendipity Spa Sunnyside Market 26 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 A Harley is the Best Medicine: the story of Nick Stokman Submitted by Laurel D’Andrea Nick’s passion for riding was stronger than his passion for alcohol so he promised himself that he would never drink again. This way, he could ride whenever he wanted.” The guy is almost 50 and he rides a Harley. My first people to try. Nick saw a thought is, “Someone is going through a change of life, Softail but through his some kind of midlife crisis.” For some reason,after we hit 40, excessive drooling, he most of us lose control of our minds. Our thought processes managed to ask Blair Kane, turn to mush and the word ‘rational’ escapes our brain “How much?!?” completely. Blair answered, “You So when your sensibilities are in doubt - buy a Harley? don't want a Softail. You When I asked Nick Stokman,“Why a Harley?”he said with want a highway cruiser.” conviction, “Because it springs to life when the starter Nick was excited. “Okay. button is pushed and feels alive when you twist the throttle. How much?!?” When you’re stopped at a light, the engine is idling and it is With that and nothing still moving.” else on his mind, he went When we talk about this change of life,we often think the home and tried to discuss it worst. But this is Nick’s story. You’ll see that his change of life with Judy. Her response: Kelowna Capital News May 25, 2005 was one that he, his wife Judy, and his daughter “Whatever.” Maggie all believe more men should make. So his first Harley was the Ultra Classic. Blair told him it In 1996, Nick was a drinking man. His could take from 6-18 months to get it so Nick just left daughter Maggie was in her last year with that and continued on with life, which included of high school. They had the seadoos drinking. and the motor-home, and did a lot In the late fall of 1996, he received a call from PHOTO • WAYNE DUCHART, PHOTOGRAPHY WEST of camping in remote areas. Blair. His bike was in! He rushed in to look at it When Judy decided to get a and wow, was it nice. He asked to have it job, it meant working week- delivered on his 48th birthday, December 2. ends so the camping thing What he didn’t know was that his wife and pretty much came to an end. daughter had already made arrangements to Nick sold the toys and instead,sat have it delivered sooner. around and drank beer with the It was a cold, snowy Saturday night. Nick neighbours and friends. and Judy, went out for dinner. While they One day,he was going past were out, Maggie and the gang from Kane’s Kane’s Harley Davidson and brought the bike into their living room. When there was a demo ride. They had all they got home, all the neighbours were there to the models set up outside for surprise him - with his new Harley. The party was on! BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 27 Nick didn't have his class six license than his passion for alcohol so he in three years and the third with yet so he couldn’t even ride it. So for promised himself that he would never 100,000K in two years. Today, he is on the winter, he added accessories and drink again. This way, he could ride his fourth Ultra Classic. It's now eight made it part of the family. Come whenever he wanted. That was on months old and he’s already got spring, he took the riders safety course April 17th, 1997 and he hasn’t stopped 55,000K on it. and said he would only ride it in nice riding since. The 97 Ultra went The whole family belongs to BORES: sunny weather. After the thrill of his 165,000K in three and a half years and Bikers Out Riding Every Sunday. They first ride, he quickly realized that he got him hooked on the lifestyle. meet for breakfast Sunday mornings should never mix two wheels and During this lifestyle change, Nick’s and go out for a day of riding, alcohol; he didn’t want to do anything wife and daughter have been along for including a lunch at some restaurant that would risk losing this amazing the ride. They both have their class six along the way. It could take from four feeling. He needed a change in his life. licences and enjoy riding. Nick’s to seven hours, depending which way Nick’s passion for riding was stronger second Ultra ended up with 155,000K and how many people come along. If you ask him which way they’re going today, Nick usually uses both pointer fingers in opposite directions. I asked Nick about his favourite trip. His answer: “Well...every trip is the best until the next one.” Although he did admit that one of the great ones was calling his mother early one morning to wish her Happy Mother’s Day. A few minutes later, he decided, “What the heck.” He hopped on his Harley and drove all the way to her place in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, 1500 km, and gave her a big hug late that evening. Man, what a ride... The great news is that Nick more than just survived the change of life. His true love is his wife Judy; they’ve been together 36 years. Without her, none of this would have been possible. Judy is trying to get comfortable riding with Nick driving, although there are times that isn't always the case. She did go across Canada this year,now the second time in five years. So she’s not doing too badly. At 57 years young, Nick is a Heavy Duty Mechanic for Finning. He still doesn't drink and he doesn’t miss it, plus he still has a full time job,although he’s very close to retirement (retirement is when he can really start to ride. “Maybe I will never be home…” he admitted). When people ask him how he’s doing, they may get an answer something like: “Any day I can ride a motorcycle is a good one, and today I'm doing just that! If I have to explain it to you, you wouldn’t understand. It's that simple.” 28 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 Come on down and enjoy the fun! ... a great place to feel the energy! 1913 DAYTON ST., KELOWNA Dan McCullough 317-3847 • Don Maxson 215-3474 www.okanaganwoodworkinggroup.ca 319 QUEENSWAY, KELOWNA • 763-2292 Surf’s up! Things are jumping here! 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Our brothers and sisters did not survive. inspiration and In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma’s destruction in determination Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula shattered the lives of many. was to assist in Measuring a Category Five, this intense hurricane was relief efforts with Rancho at 6 months, dehydrated and starving. experienced across the ocean and jungle; its force caused the animals; structural damage, treacherous rains and flooding, downed caring for animals is our passion and career. We power lines, scattered debris, broken windows, and accompanied various organizations, helping to distribute crumbled roads and walkways. The sands covered the food, medication, and clothing to the island residents. Food roads, five to six feet deep, along with the once towering and medication were also provided for their animals. palm trees, now fallen. Devastation loomed all around. Starving cats and dogs wandered everywhere; many had Homes were evacuated as they were destroyed, leaving formed packs. This is when we found Rancho at the old people homeless. All this, along with thousands of church. He was famished and dehydrated. His eyes were abandoned animals to live on the streets. big, sad, and very frightened. He touched our hearts. Lives were instantly shattered. Survival depended on We took him on the ferry to Isla Mujeres, an island near faith, hope, and on all who reached out with medical Cancun, where many injured stray and abandoned animals supplies, food, clothing, and shelter. Emergency relief and wandered the empty streets searching for food. Their recovery efforts were tremendous, chance for survival was next to none. Here, we the aid coming from Medical volunteered at a small veterinarian clinic. For Personnel, Red Cross, Army homeless cats, open crates for housing and dishes Personnel, Veterinarians, HSUS, with food lined the walkway to the front door. WSPA, Friends of the Animals, Through the back door, towels and sheets hung on along with many volunteer clotheslines to dry. The animals were treated here humanitarians. The impact of the with limited supplies and equipment. The hurricane’s destruction was all examination/surgical room housed a rusty metal around. table, intravenous pole, vital monitors, autoclave and After the hurricane, I traveled to sterilizing solutions. A bright light hung from the 30 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 ceiling. Recovering animals were months old. Each day we cared for Rancho,we undoubtedly in travel crates with newspaper. fell more in love with the little Mexican dog. It was decided Running water and electricity was - Rancho was coming to Canada. He received a health sporadic. record, which would allow him entry into the country. We would go into the City at Rachel brought Rancho back to Canada in December. night to feed at least 80 Rancho had never seen snow. It was his first Christmas. A street/alley cats, trapping two or stocking filled with dog treats displaying the name three each time to return to the “RANCHO”hung on the fireplace beside the Christmas tree. clinic to vaccinate, spay/neuter, Rancho stared up at the brightly decorated tree with tattoo and release again.This helps curiosity. For him, the tree and presents were an unknown prevent the spread of infection symbol, but receiving the attention and care indicated an and disease, and helps control the abundance of love and Many dogs have ticks.The population by sterilization. We did peace. owner doused this puppy the same with the dogs. Many of He no longer needs to in motor oil thinking it the stray dogs were given the desperately search empty would get rid of the ticks. name ‘William’ or ‘Wilma’ in dirt roads for garbage to reference to the hurricane. eat, or to huddle in With the veterinarian, Dr. makeshift shelters. He Delfino Guevara, we vaccinated has so much love and and medicated, provided treat- attention; he receives any ments, assisted with various medical care needed, surgeries in the emergency room, along with the security of and provided post-operative care. a full food dish every day A clean puppy after the The veterinarian’s assistant,Alfredo, and a Mexican blanket to motor oil is removed. did animal grooming and assisted sleep on. His ribs are not with surgeries. Luckily, some of the animals were adopted visible and his fur has Rancho at 1 year old, happy and at from the clinic. So we traveled around the five-mile island grown in. His eyes have home in Canada. on a moped to do house visits, providing care for these changed; they are no animals. longer sad and frightened, but filled with trust. Rancho was diagnosed with dehydration, starvation, The shadows of the hurricane have now passed, but are Demodex (mange), and Coccidia (internal parasites). His sorrowfully remembered by those who survived the paws were cut and bleeding. He was medically treated at experience and were left with tremendous inspiration to go the veterinary clinic and neutered when his body could on. Love, courage, hope, and faith always invite miracles. tolerate the operation. His age was approximated at six Merry Christmas, Rancho! Health Care the way it use to be... • Free prescription delivery (please ask) • Home Health Care sales & rentals (walkers, canes, mobility aids) • Large selection of gifts for all occasions in our Best Treasures boutiques • Fast, friendly & efficient service • Registered nurse on staff specializing in foot care & flu shots (home visits may be arranged) Because your health matters to us! MISSION • 717-5330 Mission Park *next to Coopers Foods GLENMORE • 861-4443 Glenvalley Plaza *next to Brandt’s Creek Pub Proud to support our Community BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 31 SOSS: A Place to Give and Receive Submitted by Lian Couper, Coordinator of Volunteers One nice thing about SOSS is that we do not claim to have all the answers - but we will put PHOTO • KELLEE PIATTELLI you in contact with the people who do. Our goal at Seniors Outreach Services Society is a simple evaluated, trained, and matched with a client, it is up to the one: "To enhance the quality of life for lonely seniors in new friends to decided how their time together is spent, Kelowna." For the past 17 years,that is exactly what we have whether it is playing whist, shopping, or going out to a been doing and will continue to do as long as we are theatre matinee. Several of our original volunteers are still needed. with clients who they met more than 15 years ago! So how does one go about enhancing another's quality One nice thing about SOSS is that we do not claim to of life? You offer advice when it's needed;you listen because have all the answers - but we will put you in contact with the sometimes we all just need someone to talk to, someone people who do. We are proud of the fact that we work hard who can remain objective. You promote the community to match the person's needs to the volunteers and agencies and let people know there are services available,services for in our network; we want our clients and our volunteers to them to seek guidance from and services that could use both feel good about the connection. Another valuable their time and talent. aspect of SOSS is everything is confidential - sometimes we Organizations like SOSS help build the bridge between are scared or worried to talk to the people we are closest to, need and want; we help people connect when they just so you can have a conversation with someone at SOSS that need that little extra attention. We also help nurture is kept confidential. relationships between people who want to help and those For the more mobile seniors, we have established a who need some help. SOSS has gathered information on senior Coffee Break program where people can drop in for every subject from housing, to transportation, to coffee, a chat, a game of Scrabble, and pick up the latest community resources - it’s all in our handy, free ElderGuide brochures and pamphlets on senior living. It is a great booklet. For those who are computer savvy, our ElderGuide opportunity to meet others.Every Thursday from 1-2:30 pm, is on the Internet at www.elderguide.ca. Still, if you’d like to the group meets at the Capri Centre Mall, in front of the hear a friendly voice, you can phone us or visit our office. Fireplace in the Food court. Volunteers are on hand to make SOSS matches trained volunteers with lonely seniors in all welcome. A second group will soon be established in our outreach program. Isolated seniors who are looking for Mission. a companion to visit with may find one through SOSS by SOSS provides a Volunteer Income Tax preparation making a quick call to our office. Once a volunteer has been program, and maintains a resource library with books and 32 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 videos. Every June, we host a Seniors Safety Fair, designed to educate seniors about safety and about abuse prevention. We are also a part of the Partners Assisting BUSINESS OWNERS Local Seniors (PALS), to provide education to businesses serving seniors. What is your TIME Your next question may be: how does one support such a worthwhile agency? Well,it is very simple. A lot of support for SOSS comes through public donations, our ‘leave a legacy’ fund, and many generous local foundations, agencies, and businesses. You can support us through cash donation or enquire about the ‘leave a legacy’fund. You can also become a valuable part of the volunteer team. The worth to you? time MANAGING THE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS for a business involves having an experienced, greatest volunteers are those who have "walked a mile in professional, confidential and dedicated person. One who cares about your business their shoes”; we all have a hidden talent or something good while saving you time and money. to share. Volunteering is one of the greatest ways to give back to a community. The organization you help The services of ATM Bookkeeping are appreciates your commitment and time. The people you fully qualified to ensure your books are kept on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. help value your insight and expertise. You get the greatest feeling of all, the "warm fuzzy" for helping someone. So if No more procrastination - CALL NOW! you are looking for a place to give and receive,I suggest you check us out at #207-1889 Springfield Road, or call us at ACCURATE 250-861-6180. We also have a website and email address TIMESAVING d MOBILE Bookkeeping Services ar for your convenience, www.seniorsoutreach.ca and Aw nc 3 le 00 e el 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 599 CADDER AVE., KELOWNA, B.C. V1Y 5N5 xc t of 862-9523 s E lis BUSINESS: (250) We would love to hear from you! es ina E-MAIL: email@example.com sin F Bu See it Live at the Kelowna Community Here are just a few of the events that the Kelowna Community Theatre will be hosting this winter! Theatre! Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Okanagan Symphony KCC Present “Ben Hepner” Classical Music Concert Classical Tenor Concert Jan. 20 “Come Together”Beatles Tribute Pop / Rock Concert The Kelowna Community Theatre is the Okanagan Valley’s largest dedicated performing arts venue Jan. 22 Aarron Pritchett Country Concert and the best place in the valley to see live theatre, Jan. 24 All in All it’s a Pink Floyd Rock Show Live Musical Tribute concerts, dance, comedy and cultural performances. Jan. 25 & 26 Sunshine Theatre presents:The # 14 Live Theatre Jan. 28 Dr. Lonnie Smith and Crash Jazz & Blues Concert • Every seat is less than 90 feet from the stage Feb. 25 The Little Eagles of Siberia World Tour Children’s Chorus • Our expansive lobby has a concession and two bars that serve a variety of domestic beers and Okanagan wines • There are over 800 parking spaces available within a three blocks of the theatre. • Our professional staff, courteous volunteers and welcoming environment make the Kelowna Community Theatre an ideal place to Watch for more information on these events or enjoy an evening of top quality entertainment. visit the Kelowna Community Theatre website at www.kelownacommunitytheatre.com BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 33 A Passion for Sports… Submitted by Harry Brust I have been able to see his tenacity, persever- ance, and his passion for sports… PHOTO • HARRY BRUST I first met Ian B.Taylor in 1988 on a cool Friday evening. It friends… and to make an investment in those who was at the Rutland Arena, when I was invited to play some participate in recreation in this beautiful Okanagan Valley hockey with the boys. Since that day, I have observed that community. From my vantage point,I have been able to see Ian, in his youthful spirit of 76 years, has the enthusiasm to his tenacity, perseverance, and his passion for sports… and enjoy the game of hockey as long as his health will allow. He I know his investment has brought a great return. Thanks, has always been involved in organizing the Kelowna Cobras Ian! hockey team in one form or another and has volunteered in many other community events. With family activities to church functions, Ian has still found the time and desire to Sudoku Solution compete in track events in BC Senior Games. When I asked him why he involves himself in the volunteer process, he pondered for a few seconds as if he didn’t have an answer. Then he mentioned the name of Jack Brow, an instructor with the Department of Recreation in Kelowna,who inspired Ian with a new vitality in those earlier years. Ian was strongly influenced by Jack Brow because of what his character brought to the development of kids in the city through sports. Since the early 1950s, Ian had a career in transportation with the CN. He moved to Kelowna in 1964,from Vancouver. When he later retired from the CN, it allowed him to pursue his passion for sports… the competitiveness… the volunteering… the interaction with team players and 34 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 Another Successful Year for the United Way Drive Thru Breakfast Maxine DeHart says thanks! Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and all who came by to purchase a breakfast at the 2006 Ramada United Way Drive Thru Breakfast.The total raised by our community was over $39,500! Apple Valley Promotions Kozy Shack Puddings Aquafina London Drugs Arby’s M&M Meats Art Ark Gallery Meyers Norris Penny Beyond 50 Magazine Nestle BFI Nick-N-Willy’s Capital News Old Dutch Club Wine Tours Perkins Diane’s Jewellery Designs Portable Sign Rentals David & Margaret Hobson Purina Encore Printing Ramada Hotel Entertainment Re/Max The Evans Gallery RS Creative The Globe and Mail Shaw Greyhound Courier Express SILK FM Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines Skogies Heather Zais Sleep Country Heritage Office Furnishings Sun Rype IGA Market Place Tac Mobility Industrial Alliance Pacific Thom & Associates Interior Savings Waste Reduction Office Island Farms Westjet Kellogg’s Westerra Greens Bob O’Connor Lakeland Oil (Ross Gilley) Breadeaux Pizza Lil Moller & Kelowna Hostess (Springfield Road) Local Lawyers Business Development Bank Lynda Lochhead Carey Earle & Air Cadets Lynne Glata (Weekenders) CHBC-TV Okanagan Now Luanne Chore Clancy’s Gourmet Meats Merry Pockets Dale Beaudry (City Yards) Neil Shetler Dale Charlton & Sinclair Dental (Agro Road Maintenance) Dave Dixon (Bylaw Enforcement) O.K. Mission Lions Deidre Paul Outdoor Living Rooms Design Dentists Paul Seemann - Dr. Berg Prosign - Dr. Sandi DiFabrizio RCMP (Local) - Dr. Faigan - RCMP S/Sgt. Shawn Wylie - Dr. Fred Froese - RCMP Helicopter Pilots - Dr. Henderson (Bill Romanica & Greg Burgess) - Dr. Hugh Jarvin - RCMP Superintendent - Dr. Bernie Legatto Bill McKinnon - Dr. Ian Leitch - RCMP Superintendent - Dr. Andy Macdonnell Don Harrison - Dr.Tom Martin - RCMP Cst. Annie Linteau - Dr. Michael Rampado Rene Blanleil - Dr. Zokal (Fire Chief and Local 953) Dr. Specs Optical Ric’s Grill George Aquilon Rondeau Brown Herb Comben Sergio Cunial (Ramada Catering) Holiday Park Resort St. John’s Ambulance Jim Milne - Tac Mobility Tom Light - On Track Marketing Jim & Tammy McEwan Tony & Robbin Roberts Jim Helgeson Tracy Nyboe (RE/MAX) (Ministry of Transportation) Vern Neilsen Ken Aquilon Telus Ambassadors Labatts BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 35 Finding Ogopogo in the Snow Submitted by Marilyn Brown PHOTO • HEATHER HOLLINGDALE …we’ve experienced the real deal - Calgary, Boston, and Edmonton winters. For some reason, clearing drive- ways was nowhere near as much fun as playing in the snow… One winter-time recreation activity has great memories playing in the snow; that’s one thing we were able to for me – snow sculpting and snow tunneling. Growing up rediscover as parents. The neighbours must have thought in Vancouver, there was a mixed attitude towards winter, we were whacked as heck when we created a giant Pooh and in particular, snow. Even as a small child, you develop a Bear and honey pot on the front lawn one winter afternoon. custom-fitted pair of webbed feet from all the rain; it almost Or maybe it was the giant snow lizard that made them always came as rain in the winter, or instant slush if the shake their heads. We were always weary at the end of the temps did drop a little. When we did in fact get enough day, but content with the creative process, and the kids snow to do anything decent with it, the next obstacle thought they had something really special in their yard. presented itself. The last few winters here in Kelowna, I was delighted to Imagine the cussing when Mom had to bundle three witness the continuation of this snow wizardry through my toddlers into zippered snowsuits to get out into the white now grown kids. Maybe it grew from boredom with hitting stuff. My grandparents and any unfortunate older siblings the university texts; perhaps just from a dull, grey afternoon would be recruited for the task. And heaven help you if one and a necessity to clear the driveway.Or it could have grown of us little gaffers hadn’t gone to the bathroom before the from a twinkling memory of building snow igloos and snowsuit went on! Needless to say, other family members monsters and forts and tunnels. Wherever their inspiration were a lot less excited to see a real snowfall than we kids came from, one wintry day, my son showed his quirky were. humour and dexterity by building a full-size sofa and chair, Sometimes, there wasn’t enough supervision for all the TV and a lamp, with a can of beer on the side table: all kids. As a compromise of sorts, the huge metal laundry tub chiselled from snow! Another time, over the course of a few would get hauled out to the yard. Shovelfuls of the white hours, with those amazingly large snowflakes descending, magic would be loaded into it and then dragged back brother and sister completed a good 30 foot run of tunnel inside to rest in the middle of the kitchen floor where we through the embankment of snow beside the driveway. could be watched. Perhaps that’s when my curiosity about They even revealed that they could crawl completely inside. snow sculpting began – with that lovely load of quickly- It was like a miniature version of the English Chunnel and melting art media. Anyone could go outside and build a proved to be a source of entertainment for passers-by and traditional snowman, but just try moulding a bunny or cat neighbours. Indeed, a grand bit of carving and shaping! from snow (in record time), while trying not to totally I was impressed that they had learned the lesson well. saturate the kitchen floor! Perhaps next time, when we gather over a snowy weekend, Jump forward a couple of decades. There are two I can convince the troops to recreate a giant Ogopogo in the munchkins of our own and we’ve experienced the real deal backyard. (Heck,if they can do it at a sandcastle festival,why – Calgary, Boston, and Edmonton winters. For some reason, not with snow?) I can’t wait to get out there this year with clearing driveways was nowhere near as much fun as our kids and have some creative fun! 36 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 p i c t u re o f h e a l t h Know Your Skin Care Products: Women and Men Submitted by Orla Cooper Don’t automatically buy products based on your age. The aging process depends PHOTO • BECKY CHAPMAN upon several factors and just because you turn 50, it doesn’t mean that suddenly your skin is drying out and you need extra moisture. There are many factors affecting how your skin ages: texture of the skin. Its also penetrates hair follicles where oil environmental elements, sun exposure, lifestyle, and and dirt collect, which can help with blemished or acne- heredity. The aging process varies from person to person prone skin. There are many products available that contain and happens more slowly or quickly in different people. But salicylic acid, such as Vichy Normaderm, Roc Purif-AC, and taking proper care of your skin can slow some aspects of Biotherm Acnopur. aging. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and can be found in If you haven’t already, develop a healthy daily routine for many different forms in skin care products. It can penetrate the care of your skin. There are three basic steps for taking to the lower layers of the skin and is known to stimulate proper care of your skin. You should always cleanse, tone, collagen and elastin production.It is effective for smoothing and moisturize, morning and night, using products that are fine lines and wrinkles, improves the colour and texture of suitable for your skin type. If you’re not sure of your skin the skin, and increases hydration levels. There are several type, seek assistance from a beauty advisor at your local skin care lines that offer products containing different forms cosmetic counter. of retinol, such as Roc, Avene, Neostrata and Vichy. Using a sunscreen daily is one of the most effective ways Vitamin C in a topical form is a powerful antioxidant that to slow photo aging, so try to find a moisturizer or is known to stimulate collagen production. It helps to foundation that contains a minimum SPF 15. There are smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring, and it many products on the market today known to slow skin stimulates a healthy radiance to the skin. There are several aging and aid in repairing damaged skin. It’s helpful to brands that make products containing Vitamin C. One of understand what some of the ingredients do so that you the newest on the market is Lise Watier’s Vitamin C2 Skin can make an informed decision about what product will Perfector capsules. Neostrata and La Roche Posay, Vichy, best address your specific skin concerns. and Lancome also have products with Vitamin C, each Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is well known for its ability to having a different application. help with fine lines,irregular pigmentation,and age spots. It There is a relatively new product available from Elizabeth also helps to decrease enlarged pores. It is recommended Arden and Allergan called Prevage. Its main active to start with a low concentration to prevent irritation and ingredient is Idebenone, which has been used for years in gradually let the skin become accustomed to the product. pharmaceutical applications. Idebenone is now being Neostrata and Reversa are two well known Canadian-made touted as one of the most powerful anti-oxidants available brands that produce a range of products containing AHA. in the cosmoderm market today. It is well tolerated by most Salicylic Acid exfoliates and improves the colour and skin types but it is recommended that you ease into using it. BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 37 Idebenone smoothes fine lines and Our skin cells regenerate approxi- For men, skincare products will vary wrinkles, evens skin tone, fades dark mately once a month so to get a true slightly from the ones that women will pigmentation and freckles,and softens feel for how your anti-aging product is use. Men’s skin is thicker than women’s rough, dry skin. working, you will have to wait at least skin and has different needs. More and Don’t automatically buy products that long before you begin to see more men are taking better care of based on your age. As I said before,the some results. Using an exfoliator once their skin today than ever before; that aging process depends upon several or twice a week will remove dead skin is why you will find a wider range of factors and just because you turn 50, it cell build up and let the newer skin products available for men at the doesn’t mean that suddenly your skin cells show. This gives a more cosmetic counter, some of which is drying out and you need extra immediate smoothness to the skin and include Biotherm Homme, Clarins for moisture. Also, be patient with the also allows for better absorption of men, Zirh, and Boss skincare. product that you try for the first time. your moisturizer or treatment. No matter what your concerns are, there are a wide variety of products available to suit your needs and budget. Talk to a knowledgeable cosmetician or beauty advisor about what your options are and what is right for you. ORLA is the manager of the Cosmetic Department of London Drugs in Kelowna and has been with the company for 17 years. She is a 2nd generation local gal (mother also born and raised in Kelowna) When Orla is not working or with her kids Taisia 15 and Brandon 11, she loves to sing.So far her family hasn’t quite “tuned in”to her talent! Quality Construction LIST OF ADVERTISERS: ATM Bookkeepping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 and Partnerships BABS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 BC Commissioinaires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Bone Appetit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 that last a life time. 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LISA CHAM is the owner of the Fixx Café and Pasta Bar in Cream of Caramelized the Mission. Lisa arrived from the Caribbean in January Onion and Garlic Soup 2004 to open her restaurant. During her ten years in the YIELDS 6-8 SERVINGS Caribbean, she owned the “Ocean Allegro” in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Her favourite memories of the 2 tbsp olive oil Caribbean are the ocean,the warm weather,and most of all, 2 cups chopped onion the “fabulous”people she met each and everyday. Now, Lisa 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic enjoys life in the Okanagan with the lakes, the seasonal 1/4 cup sugar weather, and the “fabulous”people who live here. 2-3 small bay leaves Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 8 cups chicken stock 2 cups white wine 3 cups French bread 3/4 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Finely chopped parsley Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Add crushed bay leaves and crushed red pepper flakes. Add white sugar and caramelize until onions turn golden. Add white wine and reduce to 1 cup. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil then simmer for approximately 45 mins. Add French bread and boil slightly until bread softens. Add whipping cream and with a hand held blender puree until smooth. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy on a cool winter day! 40 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 LYDIA'S culinary experience spans Specialty Bakery on the corner of over 50 years. Lydia began cooking at Gordon and Springfield. the age of 17. Her first job was in Winnipeg for the Ellis Inn; her next job Her passion is revealed through the was at our very own Kelowna Golf and flavour of her food. And she makes the Country Club. She spent a few years in best tuna melt with Swiss cheese on Osoyoos, Oliver and Penticton. When light rye in the Okanagan! she relocated back to Kelowna, she spent 13.5 years working in the cafeteria at BC Tel/TELUS. Once TELUS We want to hear about your favorite recipes. decided to restructure, Lydia was back Please send them to email@example.com or by fax at 869-1490 or mail them to 1850 on the move; she worked at the Happy Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4. Fryer and now hangs her apron at the Lydia then (left)... and now (right). share the secret balance Jambalaya with Pork 4 SERVINGS 2 onions finely chopped 1 red bell pepper finely chopped 3 celery leaves finely chopped 1 carrot finely chopped 2 smoked sausages 1 tbsp oil 2 cups parboiled rice 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy!) 1/2 tsp thyme 1 clove garlic crushed 5 cups chicken or turkey broth 1 lb lean pork loin 1 cup regular salsa Fresh Dill Weed, green onions and shredded carrots for garnish Cut smoked sausage into chunks and brown in oil. Add vegetables, rice radiant health and spices and let brown for 1 minute. Add broth, mix well and boil covered for approximately 15 minutes. Trim pork loin of any excess fat and cut in thin 1 1/2 strips. Add these to the rice mixture. Let cook for 5-7 minutes. Let stand 3-4 minutes. Garnish with dill, green onions and shredded carrots if desired. A healthier, happier, more vibrant life. Everyone wants it. In a remote part of the world many already have it. Experience the benefits. Contact Rick McCluskie at (250) 215-1446 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.twoseats.freelife.com BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 41 Is it Too Late to Lose Your Weight? This Woman Says No! M y name is Pam Payne. I was overweight for 10 years. Losing weight was my daily struggle. I did the low- carb diet, took diet pills, and drank shakes. I did various exercise programs. I would lose a little weight but would always gain it back. I was ready for permanent weight loss. I called Positive Changes Hypnosis and scheduled my free screening. I signed up and melted off 38 lbs. in 5 short months! My weight loss was safe and easy! I noticed a change in my behavior at once. Hypnosis elimin- ated my snacking, cravings and poor eating habits. I feel as if I have a new life. I am more assured about myself and how I look. My friends are envious of me, and my family comments on how great I look. If you want to improve your life by losing weight, I urge you to call Positive Changes today to schedule your free weight-loss consultation. Call Positive Changes Hypnosis at 448-8777. 448-8777 Capri Mall 1835 Gordon Drive Wood Communications Ltd KELOWNA BC 1744 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC V1Y 5V6 250-860-9875 42 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 c a l e n d a r o f e ve n t s What’s happening This calendar of events is compliments of Community Information and Volunteer Centre 250-763-8008 Cheryl Miller and Linda Hartford of Civic. DECEMBER 2006 KCR Holiday and Free Events Guide for December events - download a copy from our website at www.kcr.ca or call 763-8008 E. 24 1 World Aids Day (same every year) 1 - 7 National Safe Driving Week 3 International Day of Disabled Persons 2 Christmas Light-up – Towne Centre Mall to Kerry Park, Christmas Tree light up to start off the Christmas season, 5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development Volunteer Manager’s Day (same every year) 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (same every year) 10 Human Rights Day JANUARY 2007 Mothers March (March of Dimes) Kinsmen 2 Illusions – Magic N Miracles – Kelowna Community Theatre Kelowna Professional Firefighters – Burn Unit 4 World Braille Day 13, 14, 15 Avalanche Awareness 15 - 21 National Non-Smoking Week 20 Thompson Okanagan Housing Awards – Capri Hotel 21 Chinese New Year 22 Walk for Memories – Alzheimer Society of BC 18 - 21 Icewine Festival – Sunpeaks Resort 25 - 31 National Family Literacy Week 27 Munsch Madness 27 National Family Literacy Day 26, 27, 28 Kelowna Snowfest 26 - 28 Kelowna Home Show – Prospera Place FEBRUARY 2007 Black History Month Heart and Stroke Month Junior Achievement Month Psychology Month 3 L’Amore Bridal/Grad Extravaganza – Kelowna Community Theatre 6 - 12 Eating Disorder Week 6 - 12 International Coaching Week 14 Dress Red Day – Heart and Stroke Foundation 15 Flag Day 15 - 18 BC Special Olympics in Kelowna 2007 20 - 24 Chamber of Commerce Week in BC 20 - 26 Heritage Week www.kcr.ca BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 43 Fishing, Cycling, Sailing, and Baseball: a vacation with my Grandson Submitted by Wally Dennison …each of us paddled in separate kayaks up the lovely Au Sable River for more than two hours, ending at a spot where we hauled all four kayaks and accompanying equipment up a wooden stairway of 206 steps… Perfect prescription for any grandparent yearning to where our modest home once warmly welcomed us,he saw revitalize a youthful, adventurous spirit: pair up for a few the devastated neighborhood block where humongous weeks of travelling fun with a grandson or granddaughter. weeds now grow so depressingly in its place. As 11-year-old Nicky Bonder says, it’s “cool” Nicky is my . In Midland,Michigan,en route to Hale in losco Country for grandson in Winnipeg, and his “cool”verdict on our one-on- a combined bridal-groom shower and family reunion, we one bonding during a recent jaunt to Michigan struck me as were hosted for a day at the summer trailer home of my really cool advice for any granny or grandpa. Could be the eldest niece, Betty, and her husband, Dan Ganish, a senior grandest, most fun-filled, exciting and educational journey manager with Ford Motor Co. What a smashing time Nicky of your life (and this comes from a 72-year-old who has had fishing with Dan from the dock of a nearby stream,using written on travels to six of the world’s seven continents). worms, pieces of bologna, and a few small lures. He’s sure Watch your grandkid’ s face illuminate and feel his or her hooked on fishing,and the few nibbles only served to fuel his heart pounding as the passenger jet soars off, marking the ongoing daily query, “When are we going fishing again?” kid’s initial airplane flight. Delight in the lavish and varied Nicky frequently rummaged though the tackle box and lures descriptions of the sky and clouds pouring forth from given him by Dan, just as he did later with another, larger thrilled young minds. That’s only the appetizer to grand tackle box given him in Hale by my eldest nephew, David. companionship, as Nicky and I discovered heading to We stayed with David and wife Mary on their 43 Michigan (birth state of this naturalized Canadian). sprawling rural acres. There was the lovely weekend bridal- You can’t beat a one-on-one journey with granny or groom shower honoring David’s and Mary’s daughter, grandpa for giving a kid a deep, insightful dig into his or her Natasha, and her fiancé, Gregory St. Martin. Sunburn not- family roots. Neither I nor my three older brothers knew our withstanding, what a splashing great time Nicky had in the parents - our mom and dad, who met in New York, had swimming pool with all his young cousins, while more than emigrated separately to America from Russia several years 100 guests broke bread and celebrated! before the 1917 revolution. For Nicky and me, this As the reminiscing, family history, and jocular repartee exploration was go-go-go from the moment we were unfolded, Nicky’s ears perked attentively, particularly to the picked up at Detroit International Airport by my 82 year-old earthy comments of David, a 58 year-old iron worker now brother, Adam, sole surviving member of my immediate on disability after tumbling off a girder. family. Adam, now driving cars for Avis in retirement, was a Everyone fondly calls him “Gunny” - a nickname earned superb tour guide, explaining the sights and scenes of as a marine gunnery sergeant in the Vietnam War. In notorious Detroit. Nicky saw the home where Adam and I Vietnam, Gunny’s jungle unit of 63 (only 17 survived) were raised with brothers Vic and Al; in eastside Detroit, overpowered an enemy force of 480, killing 420. As we 44 BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 informed Nicky, he was shot up badly but here was a impassioned answers “Gunny” whose battle heroism amazingly carried over into to Nicky’s barrage of civilian life. Not only did he win a Silver Star (America’s 3rd questions. Aaron has highest metal for bravery), but his courage as a civilian travelled throughout ignited front-page coverage for two gallant acts. Once, he Michigan for races and helped state police capture two prison escapees after they is a member of Mid- had robbed a drive-in and taken a woman hostage.Another Union Sled-Haulers, time, he rushed into a flaming, gas-filled house to carry an Inc. (MUSH), a non- unconscious man out to safety before a second explosion profit club embracing rocked the dwelling. several Midwest states. In looks, talk, and manner, Gunny is the mirror image of Latest standings on the club’s website list Aaron as having his uncle Vic. Vic was a Michigan divisional Golden Gloves the third-highest total of points in the five-dog class. Sure boxing champ whose fistic gifts later proved life-saving: looks like Aaron is shaping up well for his ultimate goal of during WW2, medal-winning Chief Boatswain Mate Vic running the Iditarod - the globally-acclaimed race in early punched out cold a mate whose panic was threatening the March that pits man and animal against the wild perils of buoyancy of a life raft jammed with guys blown off their Alaska. ship by enemy gunfire and into the turbulent Atlantic. Hearing of Aaron’s exploits sure engaged Nicky’s mind (Several decades later, ex-sailor Vic would rib marine Gunny and muscles for a physical challenge of his own. So, with as “a seagoing bellhop”). Gunny and Mary coaching, each of us paddled in separate The couple’s industry sparkles throughout the kayaks up the lovely Au Sable River for more than two homestead. With horse-pulled tractors and plows, Gunny hours, ending at a spot where we hauled all four kayaks and and Mary carved out the magnificent network of nature accompanying equipment up a wooden stairway of 206 trails where Nicky and I walked and cycled. Often, we’d take steps, to Gunny’s truck in the parking lot. Whew! oh-so-comical Patch, their canine, named after famous Throughout the week in upper Michigan and for the clown Patch Adams. What an endearing howl that pooch several days with my brother Adam and family in the Detroit was, snuggling to sleep in Nicky’s lap as we watched TV area, Nicky and gramps were having some grand duels - to from the living room sofa. mention a couple, bedtime pillow fights and “spitball”fights Every day sported a gloriously new rustic panorama as (napkin-wads fired by exhaling them from the tips of pop Gunny drove us to different fishing spots on rivers, lakes, straws). An adult must set limits but face it - even parents and dams, then coached Nicky in casting and other and grandparents occasionally ought to “bang loose” and fundamentals. What excitement on our last night when play with their charges. It’s simple enough to respectfully Nicky finally reeled in his first fish - a catfish - then three declare,“Enough.” And it does wonders for them to see you others within minutes! Not small, not large, but that haul praying regularly; Nicky sure took to the daily responsibility sure expanded Nicky’s chest as he displayed them for of saying grace before meals. Likewise, except for maybe a grandpa’s photo-shoot. The region is also a hunter’s few yawns, that kid alertly “hit the deck” whenever I firmly paradise, and Gunny regaled us with his many deer- and . shook him to “rise and shine” After all, he has been a Navy bear-hunting tales.The roads themselves loudly confirm the cadet for a couple years. area’s bountiful wildlife - so many raccoons and porcupines Back in Detroit, it was a sunny Sunday afternoon at laid to rest under speeding tires. Now, Nicky’s science Comerica Park. We sat in the heat in prime, reserved seats collection has some bones we pried from a porcupine’s along the third-base line near the Tigers’ dugout. It was carcass while cycling together. Nicky,Adam,me,and Nicky’s cousin,Mike,Adam’s eldest son. George Sr.is Gunny’s close friend and a fellow iron worker, The Tigers, with the best record in major league baseball, and the Korczowski spread was the spectacular afternoon were playing the Texas Rangers. Nicky’s head was topped by theatre where Nicky was spellbound. This wonderland the Tigers’ distinctive “D” ball cap, his left hand gloved with certainly breeds a hardy lot of outdoors people - like 21 year- my baseball mitt (anticipating a possible foul ball flying old Aaron “Musher” Korczowski, a sled dog racer. One of within his reach as a souvenir). We were there courtesy of Nicky’s grandest treats was a visit to the 11 acre homestead businessman Kevin O’Hare, who holds season tickets to that of Aaron’s parents, George Sr. and Darlene. “Musher” Aaron section of seats and is the husband of my niece, Pat. showed us the family’s llama, sheep, cows, pigeons (his dad Wow! Did my nephew, Mike, pour out a torrent of races pigeons), and the Alaskan huskies he trains for races. baseball lore and knowledge to Nicky, seated beside him. Quite a hand,that young man - he not only shears sheep and Mike’s good with kids - an ability honed by his years as head meticulously prepares his team of huskies to race-hungry of school district counselors working with troubled children sharpness, but he plays several musical instruments; gave us and families. Plus he’s a father himself, coaches a kids’ track a mini-concert with violin, guitar, and accordion. But his and cross-country team, and is a veteran marathon runner. prime passion is sled dog racing, as was obvious from his Well, the Tigers blew a 6-0 Lead, and were edged 7-6. And BEYOND 50 • WINTER 2007 45 there was Nicky, like Mike, disgustedly screaming in protest airstrip. The mother of three grown sons,she was so sweetly against the ump’s “Out!”call on a Tiger’s fancy slide attempt adorable and informative to Nicky.Seems a fellow known as into home plate for the tying run. Minutes later, Nicky was U.S. President George W. Bush was cruising in on Air Force again on his feet with Mike, repeatedly yelling, “Ball caps! One while three planes hovered above for protective Ball caps!” as the crowd urged the Tigers for a come-from- security. Bush was to campaign in the Twin Cities for a behind rally. In that “ball caps” yell, fans en masse turn their candidate in the November congressional elections. Excited caps inside out. No luck, but I wouldn’t have bet against Nicky and I did catch a one-second glance at Air Force One Nicky spearing a foul ball had one zoomed his way. He as our jet taxied past on takeoff. And I mused, what pitches and plays outfield for his kids’ league team, and he astounding contrasts for the bookends of our adventure! We has been voted the team’s Most Valuable Player in each of were stymied by Bush now, and at Winnipeg International the past two years. Who knows, maybe a future Tiger in the Airport on Aug.10, we were stymied on the very first day the making? new airport security restrictions came into effect - thanks to The next evening, our last, Nicky, grandpa, Adam, Pat and the foiled terrorist plot to blow up airplanes between hubby Kevin all enjoyed a beautiful, leisurely sail for almost London and the United States. Like innumerable thousands two hours on Detroit’s Lake St. Clair. An idyllic, picturesque leaving and returning home,we had to transfer certain items sunset rippled the water. Kevin, a lifelong sailboat artisan, from our carry-on bags to our cargo luggage, items that was at the helm, skippering the 37-foot sailboat and were formerly allowed. The bans included all liquids or gels, educating all of us in this nautical art and its terminology. even our toothpaste.And we had to take off shoes and metal Nicky lapped it up. He was delighted to help swab the decks buckles. Time-consuming, yes, but an education to Nicky and loved bringing regarding the reality of today’s world. the vessel into dock. But you can’t dash adventurous spirits. After a trip that Perfect climax to an developed into a gargantuan feast of walking, fishing, unforgettable cycling, swimming, exploring forest trails with lovable Patch adventure. the English pointer, cheering the Detroit Tigers, sailing, Well, not quite mutual ribbing and game-playing, and photo-taking, we are climactic... yet. In ready for the next adventure.Tentative plans for the next few Minneapolis, after years are for Nicky and me to travel first throughout Eastern the flight from Canada, then secondly through Western Canada. God Detroit, Nicky and I willing, we will mutually and joyfully share the countless were in the first wonders of our home;truly the greatest country in the world. passenger seats behind the cockpit.Our jet’s takeoff time to WALLY DENNISON is a retired journalist living in Kelowna. 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