Thanks music teachers at Mount Boucherie

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Mr. Perry (band) and Mr. Kafka (choir) from Mount Boucherie Secondary School for a delightful evening of entertainment with their year-end concert, last week at the Community Theatre in Kelowna. 

I can’t even imagine all the logistics involved, trying to get students together to practice, let alone all the self distancing of the chairs and students at the performance. 

I was pleased that the Grade 9 to 12 students had the opportunity to display all their incredible talents for family members. 

Congratulations on a job well done. 

Yvonne Waines, West Kelowna

Queen, Pope need to break their silence

Dear Editor:

The absence of an apology from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools is deeply disappointing.

However, I find it equally disappointing that the Queen hasn’t extended condolences to the families who are grieving in light of the remains of their loved ones having been located.

Don’t you find it interesting that she sent condolences to the families of 16 hockey players killed in a bus crash, but remains silent about the approximately 1,000 First Nation children (and counting) who didn’t make it home from school?

Jan Schumacher, Summerland

Did cigarettes cause latest round of fires?

Dear Editor:

I noticed the three fires around Peachland and towards Merritt on Monday were all along highways, which points to likely tossed cigarettes as the cause. Walking by my house in Lake Country, I see butts lining the roadway. When are our lawmakers going to introduce serious fines for this selfish, destructive behaviour?

Kerry Knoll, Lake Country

Acknowledging great work of volunteers

Dear Editor:

Hard-working volunteers often go unsung. However, as president of the Peachland Seniors Support Society, I would like to acknowledge the great contribution made by our board of directors for their work in advancing our residences on 5th Phase 2 seniors housing project to the point where our submission has been selected by BC Housing to proceed.

While much work lies ahead to develop and implement the project, I know that our team — Bill Dupuis, Cindy Fortin, Pam Cunningham, Eldon Kerbes, Grant Topham, Susan Haglund, and property manager Jodie Brennan — are up to the task, and committed to ensuring its success. Their contributions to date have been invaluable.

As official spokesperson for our board, I will be issuing information bulletins from time to time as our work unfolds over the next two years. Readers can be assured that if the information content is appropriately attributed to me, it has been authorized by our board.

Keith Fielding, President, Peachland Seniors Support Society

Always depended on kindness of strangers

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the two couples who came to the assistance of my wife and I on Saturday, June 19 in the parking lot of the Myra Canyon section of the KVR.

Due to my negligence, (read new car), I miscalculated the amount of gas I had left.

Just prior to reaching the lot, via the graded forestry road, the gauge pinged to let me know I had five kilometres remaining.

As soon as we parked, I rode my bike round both the upper and lower sections canvassing everybody I could see on the off chance they had a spare can of gas. Nada!

After a lengthy discussion, we decided to continue with the ride, albeit with a certain amount of trepidation. We spent the next 90 minutes or so crossing and photographing some of the 18 trestle bridges.

Returning to the lot I again went round the circle, but no luck. We decided to risk getting down to the main road, but I compounded the situation by missing the left hand turn at the exit gate and proceeded down a rough single-wide forestry road that was ungraded and littered with potholes.

For the next 10 minutes or so I white knuckled it while listening to the branches scraping the paintwork and watching the gauge hit zero.

My wife was understandably becoming concerned about our predicament and I was pleasantly surprised to see a single headlight flashing in my rear view mirror. Two men, who I had talked to while exiting, saw me go in the wrong direction and unloaded their ATV from the truck and chased me down.

They explained I was going deeper into the forest, then assisted me in making a nine-point turn. We managed to get back to the lot where thy offered to follow me down the trail and if I did run out of gas they would take me to the gas station and run me back. We freewheeled down the trail and managed to limp into the Shell station.

I thanked them in the forecourt but neglected to get their names.

Perhaps it was karma, as two days earlier, in Osoyoos, we stopped and assisted a young lady who had trouble fixing the puncture on her bicycle tire.

Carol and Kenn Gowan, Ladner

It’s time for a papal visit to Canada

Dear Editor:

The flood of media reports about record high temperatures combined with the recent news that two more Catholic churches (all linked to Indigenous communities in B.C.) burning down, reminded me of the line made famous by the American wordsmith, James Baldwin.

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time!” Apparently that line originated in a pre-Civil War Negro spiritual.

Obviously those words can mean very different things to different people. Some might read them as a warning about what can happen when the bitterness and indignation of a maltreated people are covered up or ignored. Such behaviour is somewhat similar to ignoring the smoldering roots of burnt-out trees after a fire sweeps through a forest.

Perhaps Pope Francis should take a break from those comfy, self-deluding, ivory towers in Vatican City and come for a visit. He could bring some of his holy water and spend a day or two on the line with a fire crew. Heaven knows, the experience would be enlightening, if he is willing to maintain an open mind.

Lloyd Atkins, Vernon