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Issue # 2-2
January 27, 2000

 

Flight #23 for Vancouver... now leaving Grand Forks International Airport...
montair plane landed montair plane

If Montair Aviation Inc., a company located at Boundary Bay Airport in Delta, the Grand Forks City Chamber of Commerce, and Grand Forks City Council, have anything to do with it, that might be a familiar thing you will hear, in the not to distant future. After talking with Ernie Ziesman & Cher Wyers from Skynet Telecommunications, and Tony Goode City Administrator, Al Neufeld, President of Montair landed one of their Pilatus PC12's at the airport on Thursday January20th in order to meet with a few people from Grand Forks to discuss having Grand Forks included into a regularly non scheduled flight plan. (This means if there were no passengers that day, then they would not have to land the aircraft) After landing, formal handshakes, and introductions, everyone met for an informal luncheon and discussion at Stanleys Restaurant. There Al Neufeld, after expressing his amazement at the overwhelming number of interested people who showed up, went on to explain the mission statement of his company, the quality of the Pilatus PC12, and how it is best suited for serving the interior of B.C. This aircraft seats 9 passengers comfortably, flys at an altitude 25,000ft, (above the worst B.C. weather) and will, for about $200 one way, get you to Vancouver in approximately 50 minutes, depending on wind.
montair cockpit

The PC12 is a very technically up to date, single engine turbine propeller driven aircraft, a type that pilots would prefer to fly, and is so safe that if for that impossible situation of engine failure, can glide to the nearest airport from any where on any of their flight paths. As Al Neufeld described it "if it fails over Hope we could glide to Vancouver, Princeton, or ..." Peter Perepolkin of Sunlite Travel, who flew in from Boundary Bay with them, described the flying experience as quieter, more stable, and more roomy than the larger aircraft he is used to flying in.
montair plane seats
Pilatus, a Swiss company, is the only completely privately owned aircraft manufacturer of this class worldwide, and competes in a market where government subsidies and initial large home orders are common. Pilatus was founded in 1939 to support aircraft of the Swiss Air Force but soon started to design and produce training aircraft for general sale. In spite of a continuously increasing number of competitive aircraft, Pilatus has maintained an increasing share of the trainer market because of its approach to customer requirements and its quality standards. Montair and their Pilatus PC12 could be the perfect match for Grand Forks. Their method of approach is to meet with the community, talk to the people who could use the service, determine how many will use the service and how often to come. One place they have service to, found that the weekend resort industry needed flights in and out on Friday and Sunday evenings, and Wednesdays. An so it was arranged. Custom flight plans tailored for our fair Boundary Area. One of the things that impressed Mr Neufeld, was the state of readiness that the Grand Forks Airport is in, that possibly in the next couple of months, could get the government o.k. to accommodate bad weather landings. Grand Forks Airport is the only 24 hr. capable airport in a population base of over 150,000. Because of the large, open east-west valley, air approach of this quality is rare for the interior of BC. Grand Forks, more than any other area in the interior has the potential for a successful airport industry. Grand Forks' close proximity to the U.S. border makes it so a customs officer van be available when the aircraft lands, so it adds the ability to accommodate International flights as well, something else that is not available in any competing airports. All the talk of downgrading the hospital services in Grand Forks should take a 180º turn and be discussing how to improve the services for quality emergency care for holding people needing to be flown to Vancouver. Although a technicality prevents the PC12 from operating as a B.C. Medevac, the seats are easily replaced with 2 fully functional emergency beds at an approximate value of $40,000 each. This kind of service available in this area will attract the kind of high paying, non polluting, businesses that Grand Forks needs. People who's concern about moving to Grand Forks lies only in its access to medical facilities. It opens the way for bringing in tourism opportunities that was once out of our grasp. Imagine competing with the more crowded recreation centres like Whistler. Skiers could be in Grand Forks in an hour, and over to Phoenix, or Red Mountain in less time than Whistler with less crowd. If you feel you or your business would be able to take advantage of a flight service for Grand Forks, Now is the time to speak up and let the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce know when and how often you will need them. When Montair returns in a few weeks to start the process of setting up our custom schedule, we can be ready for them again and hand them our needs plain and clear. Contact the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, the OpenMinder, or your local travel agent who will stay in touch with the situation.

English 101
We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes, but the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes. Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice, but the plural of house is houses, not hice. If the plural of man is always called men, when couldn't the plural of pan be called pen? The cow in the plural may be cows or kine, but the plural of vow is vows, not vine. And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet, but I give a boot - would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth? If the singular is this and plural is these, why shouldn't the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese? Then one may be that, and three may be those, yet the plural of hat would never be hose. We speak of a brother, and also of brethren, but though we say mother, we never say methren. A moth is not a moth in mother. Nor both in bother, broth in brother. And here is not a match for there. And dear and fear for bear and pear. And then there's dose and rose and lose, just look them up, and goose and choose. And cork and work and card and ward, and font and front and word and sword. The masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim! So our English, I think you will all agree, Is the trickiest language you ever did see. I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble, but not you on hiccough, thorough, slough, and through? Well done! And now you wish, perhaps to learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds like bird. And dead; it's said like bed, not bead; for goodness sake, don't call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat, (they rhyme with suite and straight and debt) And do and go, then thwart and cart. Come, come, I've hardly made a start. A dreadful language? Why, man alive, I'd learned to talk it when I was five, and yet to write it, the more I tried, I hadn't learned it by sixty-five! Great Writer There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!" He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

Shakespeare's Macbeth came alive on stage at G.F.S.S. with the final performance having been this past Friday the 21st. I went to see my daughter in the play and was thouroughly entertained, and impressed with the quality of the acting. Pictured to the right is the cast with Ginger Cusack who played an outstanding Lady Macbeth.

14th Annual b.c. bowls for kids Collect your pledges and bowl your best game! Net proceeds benefit the Variety Club's special kids. Don't forget that bowlers with pledges don't pay for that game. Pledge games can be played up till January 31st/00. For information and pledge forms, contact Tambo Lanes at 442-3012 Oldest Giraffe at dies at age 101 In issue ##5 May 27/99 we printed a story of Hazel Wolf the oldest living person with Giraffe Honours. While puting this issue together I received an e-mail that Hazel Wolf, for virtually all of her 101 years a fighter for the environment and the little guy, died Wednesday night, January 19, in a Port Angeles nursing home just 19 days after achieving her goal of living into the third millennium. Ms. Wolf grew up a fighter. She fought her school's principal to play soccer, fought for women's suffrage, fought for money to teach kids about the environment. She even fought for the right to smoke, taking up the habit at 18, in 1917,just to prove she could. She is survived by her daughter, Nydia Levick, 80, of Port Angeles. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. Memorials may be made to the Seattle Audubon Society "Kids for the Environment" fund, which Ms. Wolf helped set up, at SAS, 8050 35th Ave., N.E., Seattle, 98115. "What is Hazel's legacy?" asked Chris Peterson, director of the Seattle Audubon Society and Ms. Wolf's friend for upward of 20 years. "We will take action. If you see something wrong in the world, fix it."

Dear Betty Ann Landers eat your heart out! Betty is local and Betty is vocal. Betty will be a regular contributor to the OpenMinder & with the many lives of experience she has, she will be ready to answer your question. If you would like to hear Betty's advice send your question to the OpenMinder c/o Betty.

Dear Betty: My niece plans on marrying her 1st cousin. I know that some families in the Russian community feel that this is acceptable, although I am concerned that their babies may be born with abnormalities. What really is the truth on this subject Betty, and is there anything I can do to prevent this marriage? Signed, a Concerned Aunt Dear Concerned Aunt: I am far from a genetic specialist, however my understanding is that first cousin marriages are common in many cultures and that it is generally not a significant genetic risk. Genetic counseling is available through doctor referral if the couple has concerns. As far as the second part of your question, "Is there anything I can do to prevent this marriage?" NO! MIND YOUR OWN BUISNESS It is not for you to judge the love between this couple There are no laws against their union. Society will judge this marriage enough. Dear Betty I am a fifteen years old and the other day I was with my friends and I saw my mom kissing face with some gross guy. My mom does not know that I saw her. I don't know whether I should talk to her, or tell my dad. What do you think Betty I just don't want to be there any more? Signed Choked Dear Choked: I know life is tough but your just going to have to deal with it. Adults make choices, and you need to speak to your mom. If you can't speak to her then speak to your school counselor. You need to deal with your hurt. I have enjoyed answering your letters and love returning to the community of my birth. Over the next few months I have been asked to share my thoughts about love, life, and relationships. As you share your questions with me I too, will share my life with you.

Believe it or not! + Two researchers from the University of Vienna told a British Psychological Society conference in February/99 that vaginal pheromones appear to block men's ability to distinguish beautiful women from plain ones. After men were given synthetic copulins, they judged plain women more attractive as to face and voice, and the less attractive the women initially, the greater the jump in their ratings. (However, birth control pills appear to block the production of copulins.)

+ Less than 1 out of every quarter million slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues

Canadian Trivia 1.) Now that the Soviet Union has broken up, Canada is the largest country (in area) in the world. True or False? 2.) What percentage of the surface of the earth does Canada cover? a)3%, b)7%, c)10%, d)12% 3.) Where is the largest wetland in the world? a) Hudson Bay lowlands, b) Baffin Island, c) Peace-Athabasca Delta , d) Mackenzie Delta

1) False. Russia is still the larges country - 2) 7% - 3) Hudsons Bay lowlands is the larges in the world!

Community Channel 10 ...it's for you! submitted
The people of the Boundary! The Community Channel is just that, a cable TV channel committed to the local people of the Boundary area. Being that Sunshine Communications is licenced as a small Cable TV system, isn't regulated to provide a Community Channel, but as a courtesy, Sunshine has specifically dedicated channel 10 to inform the Boundary area of local events. Sunshine Communications provides all the services necessary for non-profit groups and individuals to produce their own non-commercial programs for cablecast on the Community Channel. Although Cable 10 is commonly viewed as the alphanumeric Bulletin Board with messages and announcements from non-profit organizations and groups, plus the local time and temperature, the last 12 years the Community Channel has produced various programming that is distinctive and very beneficial to the Boundary Area. The Community Channel plays an important part in helping the area raise funds with LIVE airings of 4 Telethons, the Christina Lake Elementary School Bingo, seen every Monday night and the Lion's Club Bingo. Other LIVE productions have also included 3 Labour Day Baseball Tournaments, Miss Grand Forks Pageant and the recent All Candidates Forum. City Council Meetings are aired LIVE through the assistance and direction of Cable 10. Sunshine Communications is limited in its budget with the amount of finances available for Cable 10, so volunteers have always been the backbone of the Cable 10 programming. A non-profit society, Sunshine Valley Cable 10, was formed 10 years ago to pursue funding to support Local Community Channel Programming. To this day volunteers have provided programming for the Community Channel. Any monies made through the Society stays within the Society to provide additional equipment or enhancements to the production of programming on the Community Channel. Sponsorships and donations are most welcome. In the fall of 1997, Herb Noseworthy joined Cable 10 and brought with him experience in the film industry and passion of photography. Herb has been instrumental in providing regular programming which began on Oct. 14, 1997. Ever since, regular programming has been enjoyed on the Community Channel every Tuesday beginning at 10 AM and Thursday at 1:00 PM. Erin Acton starts the programming with the local news and happenings, this is followed by the USCC hour, preserving the Russian heritage of our Community produced by the dedication of Steve Malloff and his team. Following is always a community interest program. From the past, programming has included Christmas Concerts, the Grand Forks Fall Fair, Classic Car Show, the Remembrance Day Ceremonies, Grad Ceremonies, parades and local celebrations. Some programs have been of a local individual's visit to far off places and sometimes it's just been a show of Herb's View. Starting Wednesday, February 2, 2000, Cable 10 will start regular EVENING programming starting at 5:45 PM with the local news with Erin Acton and featuring events in our Community. There are approximately 2000 potential television viewers, the Community Channel is a means to communicate a particular idea or viewpoint, cover or publicize a community event, share special skills or simply produce your own kind of television programming. Sunshine Cable 10 Society invites support from you, the viewer. Your input is important. If you would like to get involved in helping with the Community Channel programming or you may have a home video that you may want to share - a family gathering, a re-union, a walk through the park, an adventure, anything that will be of interest to our local viewers. After all, The Community Channel is ABOUT you and FOR you -- the Boundary area. If you would like to become a member or make a contribution to Sunshine Cable 10 Society or for more info on your Community Channel please feel free to Call Herb or Mar ie at 442-5899.

"More precious than Gold" submitted by Rhona Terry
Found only in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains, Pascalite exists as an 18" vein of dense, cream-coloured, cheese-like material. It is super rich in organically assimilable minerals and trace elements. Over the centuries, it captured the calcium from that limestone formation and many other minerals (now known to be vital to life) in trace amounts, also migrated into it - manganese, cobalt, copper, etc converting to oxides, readily absorbed in the human metabolism. It was further enriched by abundant plant life, and prehistoric animals, adding their proteins and amino acids. Considering the mineral composition and the soluble forms available, Pascalite is a valuable food supplement and has extra-ordinary qualities as relates to nutrition and health. The benefits of using Pascalite appear to be partly due to the synergy of its various compounds. What is synergy? It is where the sum of the total is more than the sum of the parts considered individually. e.g. 2+2 may not equal 4. It may equal 5, or 6, or 7 or much larger. An example - No one could foresee that combining soft copper with even softer tin could and does produce stiff, hard, resilient bronze. Often there is a 'magic' in nature when you combine a number of things together - an extra "something" appears. This is synergy. This extra "something" is what you get when you eat whole foods, as opposed to individual supplements. Dr Bennett says that results from the use of this natural material suggests a synergism which is not completely understood. "The multiple, complex inter-dependencies of the elements involved suggest many important facts about the role and inter-relations of metal ions in nutrition, health and disease. It is well understood that a wide variety of metallo-enzymes is required for the successful function of living organisms. The Native North Americans knew about and used Pascalite, which they called "The Earth that Heals". Pascalite was unknown to the white man until Emile Pascal, a trapper, found it by accident about 1930. He accidentally got his badly chapped hands coated with Pascalite. His hands improved, and with continued use of the clay, healed. Pascal filed mining claims on it, and his friends began using it at his urging. Pascalite is hand mined underground to avoiding contamination, and then solar dried in the high mountain to preserve it's apparent antibiotic qualities. It is then turned into powder to make it readily usable for both internal and external purposes. Though listed as a calcium bentonite, at least one government agent has hinted it may well be an as-yet-unidentified material outside the scope of present knowledge. Dr Walter Bennett, who investigated it in depth, stated it was still "a very mysterious substance". Ray Pendergraft (who died at 92 of a broken heart after his wife had passed away 2 months earlier.) was the president of Pascalite Inc. Ray never made any claims for Pascalite nor did he prescribe it or offer it as an agent for any treatment. But the results of experimental usage of Pascalite, as done by a testing company of Hoboken, New Jersey, private testing companies, doctors, and users who, acknowledging that no claims were made, used it at their own risk. Germicidal tests show Pascalite to be sterile; and further, that it possesses the physical ability to occlude and precipitate cultural media. A solution of 2 ounces of powdered Pascalite in one gallon of water used to wash two walls of a hospital room showed a sterile culture 4 days after washing. The other walls, washed by the conventional method, showed daily contamination. "Microbiological analysis reveals the interesting fact that the raw material is completely sterile as pertains to any bacteria. However, it contains the spores of at least 6 different types of fungi". "Only 2 of the fungi have been identified at this time, each of these fungis is responsible for the production of its own class of antibiotics". If you would like a free sample and more information phone 250-446-2455, or e-mail: rhona.terry@idmail.com

 

 

 
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