I Believe in Angels
My daughter received this e-mail from a friend and
we were all so taken by it that I couldn't help sharing it with
everyone else. It's what the season is all about. Thank you Amanda
Vanden for adding a bright spot to our lives. We believe in Angels
(Here is something that my grandma sent me, and I thought it was a nice story. What do you think?
In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone. The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two. Their dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds. He did manage to leave us $15 a week to buy groceries. Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either.
If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it. I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress. I loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job.
The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town. No luck. The kids stayed, crammed in the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince whomever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job! Still no luck. The last place we went to was just a few miles out of town. It was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop. It was called the Big Wheel.
An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids.
She said she needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. She paid 65 cents an hour and I could start that night.
I raced home and called the teenager down the street to come and babysit. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night. She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep.
This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal. That night the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers. We all thanked God for finding Mommy a job. And so I started at the Big Wheel.
When I got home in the mornings I woke the babysitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money-fully half of what I averaged every night.
As the weeks went by the heating bills added another strain to my meager wage. The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home. One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires! There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires.
Had Angels taken up residence in Indiana? I wondered. I made a deal with the owner of the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office. I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires. I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough.
Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids. I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning.
Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.
On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. These were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe. A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up.
When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning I hurried to the car. I was hoping the kids wouldn't wake up before I managed to get home and get the presents from the basement and place them under the tree. (We had cut down a small cedar tree by the side of the road down by the dump.) It was still dark and I couldn't see much, but there appeared to be some dark shadows in the car, or was that just a trick of the night?
Something certainly looked different, but it was hard to tell what.
When I reached the car I peered warily into one of the side windows. Then my jaw dropped in amazement.
My old battered Chevy was full -- full to the top with boxes of all shapes and sizes. I quickly opened the driver's side door, scrambled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat.
Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box. Inside was a whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes: There were candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was a whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items. And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.
I drove back through the empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life. I was sobbing with gratitude. I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning.
Yes, there were Angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop.
I BELIEVE IN ANGELS! They live next door, around the corner, work in your office, patrol your neighborhood, call you at midnight to hear you laugh and listen to you cry, teach your children, and you see them every day without even knowing it!
This Christmas instead of contributing to the landfill, or increasing air pollution by burning your tree, why not get a live one? After, you can either plant it on your lot or donate it to a school, park or church. Although, tree farms might very well be improving the environment (1 acre of trees is said to provide the daily oxygen needs for 18 people) some use harsh pesticides and fertilizers. Fake trees are often made from petroleum and cannot be composted. Pick a site where the roots will not disrupt pathways and the foliage wonít become inconvenient, usually about 20 feet from fences, gardens or buildings. In the autumn, spade the entire area, (4 to 5 times the expected size of the root), mixing in one-third compost to native soil.
When choosing a live tree, avoid any that show signs of stress, such as browning. Live trees are heavy, so go with a small one, which tend to experience less transplant shock. It is important to pick a species of tree that grows naturally in your area and to consider picking a different one each year, to increase diversity.
Live trees do best indoors when kept in a cool spot, watered daily and kept away from direct sunlight or any heat source. When the holiday has ended set the tree outside in a sunny, but sheltered, area to keep it dormant. Water lightly every few days. Transplant in the spring being sure to remove the pot or burlap from the root ball. Lay down landscape fabric to provide a weed-free zone and mulch heavily with wood chips. Be sure not to over water your tree, once a week in dry spells should do it.
Trees beautify the land, provide privacy, shade, and windbreak protection. Trees provide a habitat for wildlife, screen out noise and control the soilsí water holding capability. It is this authorís opinion that planting trees is the single greatest legacy an individual can leave behind.
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The holidays are here and it's time to spend vast sums on family, friends, Christmas trees and the fattened calf. This season, let's all remember to spend some money in our neighborhood. The businesses certainly deserve it. Their offerings are first class and the extra income could very well keep them afloat for the next year.
Who's local? Look around. There are interesting merchants, restaurants, copy centers, office suppliers, auto shops, computer stores, clothing stores, flower shops, grocers, gas stations, book stores, authors, hair salons, community organizations. The list is long. Besides, with the monetary condition in Asia and its effect on multi-national corporations, it might be in our best interests to insure independent companies stay afloat. "Big box" pick the top 12 "loss leader" items, and make sure they're the lowest in town on these items, even if it means selling them for a loss. However, they make up for these losses by selling most of the rest of their inventory, the nuts and bolts, so to speak. They count on customers thinking that the low prices on the advertised items are representative of the prices in the rest of the store. Check the price of plumbing fittings, or other "non-price sensitive" items. They even sometimes pass the savings on to consumers. However, as we have heard, many costs are hidden. You could also consider the higher prices at the local store your contribution to your neighborhood.Vote with your pocketbook.
The Grand Forks & District
and Grand Forks
are sponsoring a special event for the children on Saturday December 18th. On the day the aquatic will be open, just for kids, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Crafts, games and videos will be set up in the lobby and special games and activities will be held in the water, And, while your children play, you can head downtown and shop.
The fee for each child is $5.00 and a portion of each admission will go to the GFSS Girls Soccer Team, who will be assisting with this event, towards their trip to England.
This special swim is open to boys and girls, Kindergarten through grade 7 and children can drop in at any time. Parents can pack a lunch or a snack and the pool will provide refrigeration. Children are also welcome to stay for the Santa Swim (at no additional charge) which follows immediately after, from 1 until 4 p.m. Just a reminder that children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult for that afternoon public swim. So parents, if you haven't white finished you Christmas shopping be sure to take advantage of this offer. For details you can call the Grand Forks Recreation Office at 442-2202.
Our Santa Delivers!
All through this winter season, Connie and the staff of New West Trading Co. are offering delivery service Free of Charge to Seniors' within the Valley! Call before Tuesday, witha $15.00 order and we will deliver it Free to your door on Wednesday Afternoon! No need to brave the ice, and snow of cold this winter... We're here to help! Call 442-5342 with your order & we will do the rest! P.S. We can pick up an OpenMinder or Gazette for you too! Happy Holidays from our Delivery Santa!
The Five Lessons in Life
#3. Always Remember Those Who Serve;
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" "Fifty cents,"replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she said brusquely. The little boy again counted the coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies-her tip.
Putting the 'fun' in ski fundamentals
That's what the Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) has been doing across Canada for over three decades.
The Nancy Greene Ski League began in 1968, when Nancy Greene Raine, who recently was voted Canada's female athlete of the century, became an Olympic champion and sparked a country-wide interest in the sport of skiing.
With a philosophy that emphasizes "ski racing for the fun of it", the League has nearly 2000 children, between the ages of six and twelve, in 40 clubs spread throughout British Columbia, developing their skiing skills in a fun, safe atmosphere of fair play. In addition to the age requirements, children must wear a helmet , have some basic knowledge of skiing and be able to ride lifts or t-bars. This is not a learn to ski program, but rather, a learn to ski better program.
Locally, the Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) has had a long and successful history based at our very own Phoenix Mountain.
Over the years, the Nancy Greene ski racers from that 'little ol' friendly hill' have held their own competing against other area hills like Nakusp, Red Mountain, Salmo or Whitewater.
The success of the NGSL at Phoenix has been due to the dedication and leadership of the volunteer ski coaches and parents that have been involved with the local program over the years.
Recently, under the knowledgeable hand of Brian Fitzpatrick, the Phoenix Mountain Racers once again saw their numbers rise and success in League races increase.
How To Register
Register early and save $$$$ - what a deal. There will be an early season registration fee for the Nancy Greene Ski League at Phoenix Mountain. Register early and take advantage of this special registration fee, plus further discounts. Registration will take place Saturday, December 18 at Phoenix 4 Elements (Market Ave., Grand Forks) from 10:30 to 12:00.
The cost for the 10 -12 week program, which starts in January, will be $85.00 for 1 skier. In addition, a family discount of 10% for 2 skiers, 15% discount for 3 skiers and a 20% discount for 4 skiers will be offered. Don't miss out on this additional incentive. Register early.
This discount will only be available up to and including the day of registration. After that date, the registration fee will be $95.00 - without any discounts.
Registration provides: membership in BC Alpine (organization that oversees the BC NGSL program), insurance coverage for registered skier and one parent, free subscriptions to Ski Canada and Ski the West magazines, the skier's 'Greene' card, provides local discounts and reductions, NGSL bib (to be returned at season's end), special on-hill events
Registration does not cover lift tickets or any ski equipment needed for the NGSL. Remember, all NGSL skiers must wear a helmet.
So, get in the ski of it. Register this Saturday, December 18 at Phoenix 4 Elements. Don't forget to bring your Medical Insurance Card. For more information, contact Shayne Konar at 442-5338.
A review and then some by .Merilyn Walker
It was my good fortune to attend the Premiere showing of the movie, Snow Falling on Cedars on Sunday, November 21, 1999. We have all been waiting with great anticipation for its release.
This film adaption of David Guterson's best selling novel follows the storyline in the book very closely. The movie starts with the foggy night on which the fisherman, Carl Heine, lost his life. It quickly moves to the actual murder trial and shows many scenes of the streets of Greenwood. These scenes included the beautiful murals on the McArthur Centre and the Treasure Trunk. The scene done on the post office hill was very effective as was the strawberry festival parade. We will need to watch it several times to acknowledge all the 'locals' in those scenes! I can't even begin to name names as I will leave many out, everyone will have to see it for themselves! The technical ability is soon apparent as the entire movie is filled with scenes of the big snow storm. Only those present at the shooting can appreciate how much of that was artificial snow. It certainly is not apparent in the movie! I kept seeing people I know as extras on the streets. It was very exciting!
Produced by power duo Kathleen Kennedy and Fank Marshall (former heads of the Spielberg-Universal endeavour Amblin Entertainment), the film is a major studio picture with big hopes of hardware at this year's Acadamy Awards. Directed by Scott Hicks, the Austalian director who rose to fame in the wake of the Oscar-winning film Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars features an all-star cast that includes American celebrity Ethan Hawke (Gattaca, A Midnight Clear, Great Expectations) and Japanese starlet Youki Kudoh.
The Premiere was held at the Vogue Theatre on Granville in Vancouver and followed by a Gala Reception at the Hotel Georgia. This event was attended by the leading actress,Youki Kudoh and by Kathleen Kennedy from the Production team. Her twin sister, Connie Kennedy was there too and it was really nice to see her again. Colleen and Jeff Fraser attended also. We not only got to visit with Connie, we were able to get a few autographs from Youki Kudoh and Kathleen Kennedy. Kathleen has sent an especially warm greeting to the people of Greenwood and area, remembering how helpful and cheerful the residents were. Think about it, we can't get a better compliment than that, especially from someone who is always looking for a 'good location' for that next movie! Speaking of which, the first credit, after acknowledgement to the BC Film Commission, was a special thank you tothe City of Greenwood!
The Premiere was a fundraiser for Nikkei Place which is currently under construction at Kingsway & Sperling in Burnaby at the geographic centre of Greater Vancouver. Nikkei Place will be a home for all people. It will include a communty & cultural centre, senior's residence, supportive husing facility and garden. The 1,000 seats at the Vogue Theatre were sold out and the event raised appoximately $35,000.00. They still need about $800,000 for this worthy cause. I spoke with Randy Kamiya from the National Nikkei Heritage Centre. They expect to move into the new building early in the new year and be open to the public by spring. This is a non-profit society. Donations can be sent to them at #300 -1050 Alberni Street, Vancouver, b.c. V6E 1A3.
My trip was sponsored by the Gem Theatre in Grand Forks and very soon I will be working with Maureen and Marias Paquet on a Premiere showing of our own. They are working hard to get a copy of the movie on January 7, 2000 when it is released in the big centres. Haven't had any luck with that date yet, but don't underestimate Maureen's ability, it may happen yet!
Watch for details as they unfold.
Annual Greenwood & Area Residential
Christmas Light Display Contest!
Let' s All Get 'Lit for 2000
Contest Runs Dec. 1st to Dec. 12th, 1999
Winners to be announced on Channel 10 & published in the following OpenMinder issue on the 16th of December
Last year' winners were
First prize $25 Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schembri
Second Prize $20 Mr. & Mrs. Herb Winchester
Third Prize $15 Mr. & Mrs. Cam Dutz
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A Marriage of Man & Machine!
To: Tech Support
Subject: Problems with Upgrade
Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure. In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches during system initialization, where it monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Drunken Boys Night 2.5 and Saturday Football 5.0 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected.
I cannot seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run some of my other favorite applications. I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0 but the un-install does not work on this program. Can you help me, please?!?
From: TECH SUPPORT
This is a very common problem men complain about but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT program.
Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run everything. It is unlikely you would be able to purge Wife 1.0 and still convert back to Girlfriend 7.0. Hidden operating files within your system would cause Girlfriend 7.0 to emulate Wife 1.0, so nothing is gained. It is impossible to uninstall, delete or purge the program files from the system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is not designed to do this. Some have tried to install Girlfriend 8.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than the original system. Look in your manual under "Warnings-Alimony/Child Support". I recommend you keep Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation.
Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults (GPFs). You must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur, regardless of their cause. The best course of action will be to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE. In any case, avoid excessive use of the ESC key because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the operating system will return to normal. The system will run smoothly as long as you take the blame for all of the GPFs.
Wife 1.0 is a great program, but very high maintenance. Consider buying additional software to improve the performance of Wife 1.0. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and chocolates 5.0. Do not, under any circumstances, install Secretary with Short Skirt 3.3. This is not a supported application for Wife 1.0 and is likely to cause irreversible damage to the operating system.
Best of luck.
The Boundary Artisans Market is proud to announce that our very own award-winning artist Emilee Belak is featured in the November Special edition of Transitions magazine. Her quilt "In Praise of Poppies" won two Best of Show Awards. We congratulate Emilee and invite you see some of her work including silk screen prints, at the Market.
Beverly Hill-Kleinstein, a fibre artist, has a full line of hats, shawls and scarves. We carry the very popular children's clothes by Claudia Kley. Grand Forks boasts some exceptionally talented people that we are priviledged to represent.
For the winter months, we are planning craft classes in decorative painting, knitting, stained glass & candle making. For information on times and dates, contact Alice Lubbers at 442-4229.
Effective poster design!
Today, just as when they were first used in France in the 1800's, posters often convey messages so attractively that they cross the line between commercial art and fine art. However, the promotional poster that is only pleasing to the eye is not earning its keep. Your posters first point of business is to sell a message. If people choose to keep your poster around for aesthetic reasons long after its information is no longer relevant, well, that's a bonus.
To make sure your poster has what it takes to get the job done, give your design
stopping power. Some thing that reaches out and grabs the viewer long enough to convey your message.
selling power. Readers should remember and react.
simplicity. The poster needs to communicate in a direct way and at first glance.
uniqueness. An unusual treatment of elements presented in a clear, understandable way.
A Master Plan
All of the above qualities - stopping power - selling power, simplicity, and uniqueness - can be achieved even by the inexperienced designer who is called upon to produce only an occasional poster. The first step: ask yourself the following questions:
1). What is the posters purpose? Announce, sell, inform, or to motivate?
2). Who is the target audience? Students, women, teens, or people who like the colour red.
3). What information is required? Logo, trademark, slogan, contact info, and a list, in order of importance of the message. Important, tell them exactly what you want them to know.
4). What size and shape will your poster be? Realistically, it can be any size you want. Practically, it depends on what you want to accomplish, where and how it will be exposed to your audience etc. Non standard sizes will have to be trimmed at an extra charge.
5). How many colours? Before you decide your budget can't handle the cost of colour, remember that colour increases readership by approximately 50%. Even coloured paper adds effectiveness!
6). What type style or font to choose? Before there was a million type styles to choose and we sent type requests to the typesetter, whose machines could only produce printouts of one font at a time, proper design ruled, and that rule was: one font in up to 3 styles (bold, italic, plain) plus, if needed a design font for the heading. Carefull when you break that rule!
Poster Check List!
I Determine budget I Determine purpose I Determine target audience I Determine required copy information I Prioritize that information I Determine where poster will be displayed I Produce a number of designs in rough form I Choose the best design or take the most effective elements from each rough and combine them to create your final design.
Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you produce truly effective posters.III
Tips by Beyond Graphix. Print & Web design, Publishing & Marketing. We design, produce, and distribute the OpenMinder. For more info call 442-3731.
Just a Mother???
A few months ago, when I was piking up the children at school, another mother I knew well rushed up to me. Emily was fuming with indignation. "Do you know what you and I are" she demanded. Before I could answer and i didn't really have one handy - she blurted out the reason for her question. It seemed she had just returned from renewing her drivers license. Asked by the woman recorder to state her "occupation," Emily had hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
"What I mean is," explained the recorder, "Do you have a job, or are you just a ......?"
"Of course I have a job, "snapped Emily "I'm a mother".
"We don't list 'mother' as an occupation... 'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high-sounding title, like "Official Interrogator" or Town Registrar."
"And what is your occupation?" she probed.
What made me say it, I do not know, The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.: The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in mid-air, and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pompous pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
"Might I ask", said the clerk with new interest, "just what do you do in your field?"
Coolly without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters (the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are in satisfaction rather than just money.
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerks voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
I drove home, greeted my lab assistants, ages 13, 7, & 3 and heard our experimental model, (6 months) testing out a new vocal pattern and I felt triumphant on scoring a hit on bureaucracy, being officially recorded as not just another ...