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September 2006 Editors: Mel & Darrel MacDonald ISSUE #0069
 Upcoming Events
o The next BP Calgary Alumni Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday,
October 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Rocky Mountain/Prairie
Heritage Conference Rooms, BP Energy Centre.
 Discussion on how do we get volunteers to step up and take positions on
the BP Alumni Executive. We presently require both a VP and Secretary.
 Discussion on BP ALUMNI Club Dues? Vote on “Should members who
have not paid their dues be maintained on our lists? Should we even
 Speaker Topic: Funeral Planning & Arrangements
 Alumni Spotlight
o Belated congratulations to Jim & Jean Smythe who celebrated their 50th
Wedding Anniversary back in June. Jim started with Stanolind Oil & Gas in
the Controllers Department then moved over to the Information Services
group. Jean, original worked for Lou Iannone, as his secretary.
o Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Emil
(Al) Brost, who passed away on September 5. Al worked for Amoco Canada
from 1956 to 1986.
Alumni Club Niche
Re: BP Alumni Club Today and the Future Email Note
Your editors meet with the BP Alumni Club Executive on September 21 and
discussed the replies to our email note dated August 21, 2006.
In attendance was President Rob Thorburn, Past president Bill Halaburda,
Treasurer Souma Gobrial, and your two editors.
We had a very informative, creative, and productive meeting that should
hopefully, produce some desired results.
These results will be presented and discussed with you at the BP Alumni Club
Quarterly Meeting on October 11.
BP Alumni Contacts
You can access the BP Retiree Web Site by going to either of the following web site
addresses: www.bpretiree.com OR www.bp.com/us
Should you so desire, you can contact any of the BP Alumni Executive listed below:
President – Rob Thorburn (Email address firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer – Souma Gobrial – (Email address email@example.com)
Past President – Bill Halaburda (Email address firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. BP Volunteers
2006 United Way Campaign
Each September signals the start of the annual campaign supporting the United
Way of Calgary. Starting in a few days and running over several weeks you will
be seeing a lot of media coverage of the citywide campaign. As in the past the BP
Canada retirees are invited to participate in the BP corporate campaign.
When the homeless and youth on Calgary's streets seek help, a United Way
Agency is there. When a single mother struggles just to meet their family's basic
needs, a United Way agency is there. Each year for the tens of thousands more
that are isolated because of disability, illness, culture and language, a United Way
agency is there. These are real people with real needs. Your generous
contribution would be very much appreciated.
There will be four draws of $100.00 each for gift certificates for dinner out on BP
for those whose pledges are received at BP Canada by October 26, 2006.
Pledge forms will be mailed to retirees in the Calgary region by the end of
September 2006. If you haven't received your pledge form by the beginning of
October, please call Josee Anderson, Human Resources, BP Canada at 233-1113.
Contributed by Josee Anderson
New BP Canada Energy President
BP Canada Energy announced on September 14, 2006 that Mr. Randy McLeod has
been appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr.
McLeod succeeds Mr. Brian Frank, who has accepted the position of President BP
Energy Company, North American Gas and Power based in the Houston office.
Randy brings over 25 years of energy experience to the role, and has held various
management positions with BP in Canada, Alaska, and Trinidad.
Taken in Part from the Calgary Herald
Understanding Your Medical Benefit
Medical Equipment and Supplies
Your provincial (or territorial) government health plan provides you with basic
health care benefits, such as hospital ward accommodation, doctors’ fees and the
cost of any drugs required during a hospital stay. Some provincial plans also help
cover the cost of medical equipment or supplies you may need due to illness or
injury. You should check your provincial plan to see what coverage is available
before submitting a claim under your group retiree benefit plan. (Your group
benefit plan is designed to pay for expenses not covered by your provincial plan.)
Coverage for medical equipment and supplies varies widely from one provincial
health plan to another. Some provinces have programs specially designed to
cover these types of expenses – for example: Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL),
Ontario Assistive Devices program (OAD), Saskatchewan Aids to Independent
Living (SAIL) and the Yukon’s Chronic Disease Program (CDP). These programs
may cover items such as colostomy supplies, prosthetics, crutches and braces,
3. orthopaedic shoes, hearing aids, walkers and hospital beds. Note: Not all
programs cover all these items, and some limits may apply. For example,
Alberta’s AADL will provide long-term leasing of electric and manual wheelchairs.
Other provinces provide coverage for some of these services and supplies up to a
certain dollar maximum.
You can get a list of what your provincial health plan covers by visiting Sun Life’s
website at www.sunlife.ca/member. Under the Resource Centre tab along the top
of the page, select provincial health plans and then select your province of
residence. Or you can visit your provincial health plan website directly for more
details. Then check your group retiree benefits booklet to find out what your
group retiree benefits plan covers or call Sun Life Financial at 1-800-361-6212.
Understanding all of your coverage options can help save you time and money.
Making a claim
If your provincial health plan covers the expense you are claiming, you must
submit your claim to that plan first, then to your group benefits plan.
To claim these types of expenses under your group benefits plan, you will need to
provide Sun Life with a note from your doctor. The note should include the nature
of your illness or disability, the services and supplies needed and for how long
they are needed. Before you buy or rent medical equipment, it’s best to submit
an estimate to Sun Life or give Sun Life a call at 1-800-361-6212 to discuss your
purchase. If your claim is approved, the amount reimbursed will be based on
your plan’s maximums and coinsurance (percentage covered).
If you have any questions about coverage for medical equipment and supplies
covered under your group retiree benefits plan, you can call Sun Life’s Customer
Care Centre at 1-800-361-6212.
Home & Garden
Make the Most of Your Home Renovations
For those of you who plan to spruce up the bathroom this winter, we have some
helpful tips that can aid you in saving both money and water and make the most
of your renovation efforts.
Low-FLOW SHOWER HEADS
We all enjoy a nice hot shower, especially when we can control the flow of the
water. In the past, low flow showerheads were limited on their ability to provide
good, even water flow, or variation in flow. However, new models have hit the
markets in recent years that are equal, if not superior to, regular showerheads,
with the added benefit of reducing the water actually used while showering.
Low-flow showerheads can be found at any major home renovation store or
plumbing store and range in cost from around $12.00 to $25.00. Ask your
plumber or the fixtures expert at the renovation store for advice on what is
currently available and will best match your needs.
ULTRA Low-Flow TOILETS
In the past, ultra low-flow toilets have earned a reputation for inefficiency. How
does one save water when one has to flush twice to make sure the toilet is clean?
That concern is quickly becoming a thing of the past, however, with new designs
in ultra-low flow toilets allowing for efficient use of minimal water to adequately
clean the bowl. Since toilets use a large percentage of the water that goes into
4. the average household (approximately 29% of all internal household water use),
it’s wise to think about replacing your old 13 litre (or in some cases, ancient 20
litre!!) toilet. Consider the difference - by replacing a 20-litre toilet with a 6-litre
toilet; the average household can save 67,744 litres per year.
If your renovation plans don't go as far as replacing fixtures, checking for leaks
should be high on your list of priorities. One leaking faucet alone can lead to up
to 10,000 litres of water lost per year. A leaking toilet can lose up to 200,000
litres per year. Leaking toilets are the number one cause of water loss in the
average home. Leaks are relatively simple to find and fix. To check for leaks in
your toilet, you can add food colouring to your toilet tank. If the colour appears in
your toilet bowl in the following 20 minutes, you have a leak. If you have a meter
installed at your home you can also cheek for less obvious leaks by making sure
all valves to water fixtures in your home are turned off and then watch the sweep
hand on the meter. If it continues to move, there is a leak somewhere in your
home's system. At this point you may want to contact a professional to assess
what should be done next.
From the Calgary Waterworks Magazine
Did You Know
Rabbits and Hares
Despite their name, jackrabbits aren't rabbits. Cottontails are
rabbits. Jackrabbits are hares. But they're both part of the
leporidae family, having sprouted from the lagomorph order
along with the pika.
Perhaps you're wondering how a jackrabbit, which is a hare, got
its name. Apparently, a few generations ago these hares were
mistakenly called "jackass rabbits" because their huge ears
resembled those of donkeys. Since then the jackrabbit has
acquired a gentler, albeit still incorrect, name.
One way to distinguish a hare from a rabbit is size. Hares are
typically taller than rabbits and have longer legs and larger
ears. But the most significant difference between the two is
how they come into the world.
Female cottontail rabbits may breed in the spring, summer, or all year long,
depending on species and surroundings. After approximately a month's
pregnancy, two to six bunnies are born blind, furless, and helpless. The mother
stays out of the nest except to cover the youngsters with grass or hair, and to
nurse them. The youngsters' eyes open in about five days, and after two weeks
the bunnies are able to leave the nest. They're timid and cautious at this age,
never venturing beyond the safety of their burrow. But before long they have the
necessary confidence to face the world.
Rabbits may have a good "childhood," but most lead a short life, with less than 20
percent of them making it to their first birthdays. If they're lucky, they will live
for a couple of years.
Hares follow a different pattern. Female hares breed year-round and may have
three or four litters during that period. A hare's gestation period is longer than a
rabbit's, resulting in newborns that come into the world covered in fur and with
their eyes open. It's interesting that, even though they're advanced at birth,
5. young hares, called leverets, often stay with their mother for several months after
they are able to take care of themselves.
As adults, hares are typically solitary animals, but some do live in groups. We've
heard and read about gatherings of as many as two dozen jackrabbits, especially
on moonlit nights. Rabbits are more social than hares and will live together in
Hares tend to survive much longer than rabbits. But even with an average
lifespan of five to six years, hare overpopulation is rarely a serious problem. Their
numbers are controlled by several things, including disease and predation.
Occasionally, in agricultural areas where food is plentiful, the population can grow
so large that hares become pests. Those juicy crops provide the critters with
You won't usually see hares and rabbits in the same habitat. On the whole,
rabbits prefer thick, brushy areas with plenty of hiding places. Lacking the speed
to escape predators, they take cover until the danger passes by.
Hares, on the other hand, live in open areas with little cover. They rely on their
exceptional speed and leaping ability to evade predators. When active, a hare
rarely walks. Instead it hops five to 10 feet at a time. When danger threatens, a
hare easily can change its leap to a 20-foot hop, briefly reaching speeds of 30 to
35 miles per hour. When hopping at a more moderate speed, every fourth or fifth
jump is especially high. That's done to get a better look at its surroundings,
especially when it's being pursued by a predator. But when it races along at top
speed, it makes no such special jumps.
While "running" for its life, a hare flashes the white underside of its tail,
presumably to warn other hares of danger. Occasionally it may stop and look
back to see whether the predator has given up the chase. If not, it may send out
a stronger alert by pausing to loudly thump its hind feet, and then resume
hopping. In extreme instances, a hare may take to the water. It hops right in
and dog-paddles with all four feet. It's amazing that, despite all these tricks,
some end up being dinner for coyotes, bobcats, and foxes, as well as to hawks
and large owls.
Both rabbits and hares are herbivores, feeding mostly on grasses and forbs
(broad-leaved, non-woody plants.) Because they seldom drink water, their bodies
rely on juicy leaves and stems to meet their needs. You might wonder how
desert-dwellers such as the black-tailed jackrabbit get sufficient liquids in the
barren environment. The answer is that they munch on cacti. A hare's sharp
teeth can bite right through cactus skin to the flesh inside.
Here's a way to figure out whether a hare or a rabbit has been eating your
garden. Twigs nipped off by hares leave clean, slanted cuts, while ends bitten by
rabbits have a rougher, nibbled appearance. (By the way, twigs browsed upon by
deer look pinched off.)
Unless they live in a region with year-round plant growth, both hares and rabbits
are reduced to eating woody and dry vegetation in the winter. It might not be
especially tasty, but it meets their nutritional needs.
These hopping cousins can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and
nearly everywhere else on Earth except Antarctica. So, keep your eyes open.
From the Family Motor Coaching Magazine by Lowell & Kaye Christie
6. Is This Your Town?
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Museum is on the Canadian Forces Base
via Highway 340. This indoor-outdoor museum exhibits more than 10,000 articles
of dress, technical instruments, ammunition, small arms, guns, and World War II
vehicles. Among the more than 150 pieces of major military equipment dating to
1796 are German, Russian, and French guns.
Guides tours are available by appointment. Allow 1 hour minimum.
From the AMA Tour Book
Food & Recipes
3-1/3 cups Flour
1 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
1 cup Lard, softened
1-1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
2 large Egg Yolks
Grated zest and juice of 1 Lemon
2 ½ cups finely Ground almond
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease four cookie sheets with lard. Sift
the flour, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Beat the lard and sugar into a
large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy. Add the eggs
yolks, beating until just blended. Mix in the dry ingredients and lemon zest.
Stir in the almonds and lemon juice until well blended. Turn out onto a lightly
floured surface and knead to form a smooth dough. Cover with a large piece of
parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ inch. Remove the
paper. Use a 2-½ inch cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Use a spatula to
transfer the cookies to the prepared cookie sheet, placing them 1 inch apart.
Bake, one batch at a time, for 20 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 300
degrees F and bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until lightly golden. Cool on the
cookie sheets for 1 minute. Use a thin metal spatula to transfer the cookies to
racks and let cool completely. Wrap the cookies separately in coloured tissue
paper to serve. Makes 40 cookies.
From the Readers Digest
Computer Tips & Tricks
Make it Stand Out in Excel
Every once in awhile, we all have data in MS Excel that just needs to be presented
with some "oomph." Am I right? Do you like to use AutoShapes or text boxes to
draw the reader's attention to specific information?
Maybe you'd be interested to know that the two can be combined. That is, you
can put cell data into a text box or AutoShape with a direct reference to the cell.
What's so good about a reference to the cell, you ask?
7. Good question and I can think of very good answer. Since you reference the cell,
you don't have to retype the information and the cell reference will provide
automatic updates as the data changes. Happily, this merge of ideas can be done
with very little work! First, you need to draw the AutoShape or text box you
want to use.
Now, with the AutoShape or text box selected, click into the formula bar and
type an equal sign (=). At this point, you simply need to click on the cell with
the data to display in the AutoShape or text box.
Press the Enter key.
Poof! The data is now displayed inside the object. From here, it's just a matter of
formatting the text and business as usual!
From the Worldstart Web Site
Pets Ease Loneliness, Depression and Illness
It is the highlight of their day when Angie Young and her German shepherd Reba
go to visit seniors.
"My pet starts whining and running around in circles in the back of my jeep, eight
to 10 blocks away. She knows exactly where we're going and she's so excited to
get all this unconditional love for an hour," says Young, a volunteer with PALS (Pet
Access League Society), a community operated pet therapy and visitation program
at facilities operated by the Calgary Health Region.
Their twice-monthly visit is also very special for Young, who have been
volunteering with PALS for 10 years. I absolutely love being able to do something
with my pet that feels like a benefit to society and does some good for other
And it is a highlight for the seniors. "They're waiting for you to come that day,"
Young says. "They will tell stories to my pet or me about things that happened to
them when they were younger. They are reminded of dogs they had growing up.
It's such a great common bond - it opens the doors. It's just so rewarding for
everyone." The good feelings are borne out by studies that have found pets have
a very positive effect on people's health, says PALS program co-ordinator Sandra
Johnston. Being around pets helps lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate.
Pets' calming effects in nursing homes and other institutions cannot be overrated.
Residents are often limited in their contact with the greater community, so when
volunteers and pets come to visit, it makes a difference. In addition, many of
these seniors suffer some form of dementia and their communication ability is
limited. "The pets overcome those barriers. The memories they have of their dogs
or cats usually go back to their childhood," Johnston says. I visited one lady who
spoke Spanish. She sat there speaking very melodic words to my dog, and he sat
there and adored her. It was neat to watch."
More than 300 animals take part in the program. "Our four-legged volunteers are
dogs, cats, a few guinea pigs and one rabbit," Johnston says. Each animal is
accompanied by a two-legged volunteer, usually the owner or handler." If human
volunteers don't have a pet, they will sometimes borrow one from a friend. For
instance, they might have started the program with their own dog, and when their
pet is too old to continue they will borrow a friend's dog so they can continue
8. visiting. One volunteer, whose pet passed away borrowed Johnston's 22-year-old
cat, who is very used to handling. "She really likes people. If she is touching a
human she's happy."
This cat and others like her are exceptional in that they are very social, Johnston
explains. Most cats don't enjoy being taken out of their territory, and while they
get along with their owners they are usually not fussy about other people. "PALS
cats are comfortable being out of their home territory, they like people and they
get along very well with dogs."
Across Calgary, PALS is active in 50 facilities, mostly seniors' residences. PALS
volunteers also visit children at the Alberta Children's Hospital, adults and teens in
psychiatric units, and older adults in seniors' psychiatric units.
PALS, operates with the assistance of 500 human volunteers, 340 of whom
volunteer in the facilities and the remainder who are involved in fund raising or as
board members. The program began in 1983 under the auspices of the Calgary
Humane Society and formed its own society in 1985.
PALS is always on the lookout for new volunteers and pets, since there are always
pets retiring. "We are looking for more volunteers with well socialized dogs and
cats," Johnston says. "We screen both people and animals very carefully to ensure
the safety of the residents is maintained."
What PALS requires is someone who can volunteer for approximately two visits per
month. Visits typically fast an hour, and on top of that there is travelling time and
pet grooming time.
A registered charity, PALS is a free service. Its funding comes from fundraisers
such as bingos and casinos, as well as donations, which are very important,
To make a donation or for more information, call 250-7257 or visit
From the Calgary Herald PrimeTime by Jacqueline Louie
The Washoe tribe began inhabiting Tahoe as far back as 10,000 years ago. The
name Tahoe comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe word Da ow a ga,
which means "edge of the lake!” Captain John Fremont was the first
Euro-American to sight the lake in 1844. Later that year, westward heading
pioneers were the first to visit the lake. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought
many gold seekers through Tahoe, some of who stayed or returned to start
ranches and roadhouses. In the latter half of the 19th century, Tahoe forests were
clear-cut to supply the mines of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. After
plundering the forests, entrepreneurs bought the devastated land cheaply and
established exclusive hotels and ornate summer mansions for the wealthy.
Between 1912-1918 efforts to make Lake Tahoe a national park failed because it
lacked the pristine qualities required for national park status. Following a period of
exclusivity, the automobile and improved roads opened Tahoe to the general
9. populace in the 1920’s. Campgrounds and inexpensive hotels became popular
during the post-war boom of the 1940’s and 50’s. The 1960 Winter Olympics
catapulted Tahoe into international fame and firmly established Tahoe as a
world-class resort with a two-season economy. The ensuing 20 year building
boom threatened the clarity of the lake and its environment. The Tahoe Regional
Planning Agency was established in 1970 to regulate growth and protect the Lake.
How Was Lake Tahoe Formed?
About 2-3 million years ago, the valley that became the lake Tahoe Basin sank
between two parallel fractures in the Earth's crust as the mountains on either side
continued to rise. A shallow lake began to form at the south end of the valley, fed
by snowmelt and rainfall. About 1 to 2 million years ago an erupting volcano
blocked the outlet forcing the lake to rise. Between 1 million and 20,000 years ago
large masses of ice sculpted the land surface into the terrain we see today.
What is the Weather Like?
Normal air temperatures are moderate, ranging from the high 20’s in winter to
high 60’s in summer. At least seven months per year, daily maximum
temperatures reach the outdoor comfort zone. The sky is sunny or partly sunny
84 percent of the time, leaving only 50 days per year of cloudy weather. Between
Thanksgiving and Easter, 80 percent of the yearly precipitation occurs, mostly as
snowfall. Typically at lake level, 14 feet of snow falls over winter and accumulates
to a maximum depth of 2.8 feet.
How Clear is the Water?
Clarity is determined by measuring the water depth at which a one-foot diameter
white disk disappears from view. In the center of the Lake, clarity has remained
steady at over 100 feet. Near the shoreline, clarity has ranged from 105 feet in
the late 1960’s to 72 feet in 2001. Over the last 34 years, Tahoe has lost up to 46
percent of its historic clarity due to increased pollution.
Why is Lake Tahoe so Blue?
The Lake surface reflects the color of the cobalt blue sky that reigns over Tahoe
much of the time. The characteristic turquoise color near shore is a combination of
the blue sky reflecting on the lake and light reflected from the light colored
How Cold is the Lake?
Below 600-700 feet the water temperature remains steady at 39 degrees F.
During July and August, surface temperature can reach 68 to 70 degrees F. Along
the shoreline, shallow enclosed areas can warm even further. In the coldest
months, the lake surface temperature drops to 40 to 50 degrees F.
From the Tahoe This Week Magazine
On a wind- swept plateau nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, the Medicine Wheel stands as a
sacred site and source of spiritual power to Native Americans.
The arrangement of local limestone rocks in the shape of a wheel atop the Bighorn
Mountains swirls amid curiosity and controversy over its origins as well as present
day use of the national historic landmark.
A University of Montana anthropologist believes the Medicine Wheel serves as a
10. source of religious power to Native Americans. Astronomical and calendar
functions served by the wheel are secondary, said Gregory Campbell in a
presentation at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody.
Campbell believes the arrangement of stones in an 80-foot diameter circle with 28
"spokes" radiating from a central cairn should be called "a sacred universe" to
Campbell says the Medicine Wheel provides a source of great sacred and spiritual
power to Native Americans. While he agrees with astrophysicist John Eddy that
cairn alignments do point to the rising of key stars on the summer solstice, "I
would argue that the wheel was not built for looking at stars," Campbell said.
In a 1977 article in National Geographic, John Eddy of the High Altitude
Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, wrote that the wheel serves as an astronomical
calendar. He notes that the number of spokes - 28 - is the same as the number of
days in the lunar month or one moon in Indian time reckoning.
Eddy says two of the five cairns on or near the perimeter of the wheel are on a
north-south line, "making it possible that they served as horizon markers for
sunrise and sunset."
One of the cairns rests off the rim of the wheel and may be a "sighting" cairn, in
Eddy's view. He contends this cairn aligns with three other cairns to mark the
rising of three of the brightest stars that shine on the Medicine Wheel - Aldebaran
in the constellation Taurus, Rigel in Orion and Sirius in Canis Major.
Eddy reports between 1500 and 1900, the rising of Aldebaran could have
announced the first day of summer, called the summer solstice. Throughout that
time, Eddy writes, only on the summer solstice was Aldebaran's rising just near
enough in time to the rising of the sun that the star was momentarily visible before
it could no longer be seen in the sun's glare. "The same phenomenon would have
occurred with Rigel 28 days later - the same as the number of wheel spokes and
with Sirius after an additional 28 days," writes Eddy. He believes similar
astronomical alignments at other stone markers in North America such as Moose
Mountain in Saskatchewan suggest widespread understanding of the stellar
Campbell differs with Eddy, saying the wheel was "built along astronomical lines to
establish the power of the site itself." Campbell said the wheel is seen as a place
where “powerful events come to the fore" and where someone can obtain that
Campbell said that 150 medicine wheels exist in the northern Great Plains
extending into Canada. "Only two of those 150 are related to the Medicine Wheel
in terms of sophistication and architectural design," he said.
He said archaeological evidence points to "continuous use" of the site, with
artifacts dating to 11,000 years ago until recent times. A piece of wood at the
wheel was dated by its rings to 1760. Today, visitors to the site frequently find
"medicine bundles" and offerings left by Native Americans as part of religious
ceremonies. While information about the builders of the wheel is sketchy,
Campbell said people who came to the area saw the wheel as special, no matter
who built it.
He contends the wheel was built "by local Native American people who resided in
11. the area for thousands of years." He said Plains Indians were capable of producing
the structure, citing similarities to several Plains Indian cultures.
Francis Brown, a Northern Arapahoe tribal elder who spoke at the BBHC along with
Campbell, said, "We believe that it's a source of power." Brown, who is president
of the Medicine Wheel Coalition for Sacred Sites of North America, became
involved when the Bighorn National Forest allowed logging, drilling and other
activities near the wheel, which he described as "desecrations" of the sacred site.
The U.S. Forest Service administers the site, which is in the Bighorn National
Brown noted that native peoples objected to earlier Forest Service plans for a
visitor center, new parking and restroom facilities at the site, plans which were
subsequently changed. Brown noted that a long term management agreement
worked out with the Forest Service will retain the current requirement that people
walk about a mile to the wheel from a parking area.
He said Native American people saved the wheel from "being destroyed by
tourism" due to the erosion caused by so many people at the site. The site will be
"open to anybody, but you have to walk," he said.
Visitors can reach the Medicine Wheel by turning north off U.S. Highway 14A near
the Bald Mountain campground 34 miles east of Lovell. A sign reading "Medicine
Wheel Archaeological Site" indicates the turnoff with the white dome of a Federal
Aviation Administration radar station visible at the turnoff. The road is usually
clear of snow by the end of June.
Native American interpreters at both the parking area and at the wheel will provide
information to visitors. Visitors are also asked not to go to the wheel during
certain times when Native American religious ceremonies are conducted, such as
at the summer solstice.
From the Adventures in Yellowstone County Magazine
Thought For the Day
The 9 Most Used Answering Machine Messages
9. Hello, you are talking to a machine. I am capable of receiving messages. My
owners do not need siding, windows or a hot tub, and their carpets are clean.
They give to charity at the office and don't need their picture taken. If you're still
with me, leave your name and home phone number and they will get back to you.
8. This is not an answering machine -- this is a telepathic thought-recording
device. After the tone, think about your name, your number, and your reason for
calling... and I'll think about returning your call.
7. Hi! Bob's answering machine is broken. This is his refrigerator. Please speak
very slowly, and I'll stick your message to myself with one of these magnets.
6. Hi. This is John: If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If
you are my parents, please send money. If you are my bank, you didn't lend me
enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a female,
don't worry, I have LOTS of money.
5. A is for academics, B is for beer. One of those reasons is why we're not here.
12. So, leave a message.
4. Hello! If you leave a message, I'll call you soon. If you leave a "sexy" message,
I'll call sooner.
3. Hi. OK, now YOU say something.
2. Hi. I'm probably home; I'm just avoiding someone I don't like. Leave me a
message, and if I don't call back, it's you.
And the Number 1 Actual Answering Machine Message Recorded and Verified by
The World Famous International Institute of Answering Machine Messages.
1. Hello, you've reached Jim and Sonya. We can't pick up the phone right now,
because we're doing something we really enjoy. Sonya likes doing it up and
down, and I like doing it left to right... real slowly. So leave a message, and when
we're done brushing our teeth, we'll call you back. !
Contributed by Rene Charrois
Riches to Rags
Get Up to Speed on MUTUAL FUNDS
Money Market Funds invest in short-term corporate and government debt
securities such as treasury bills, bankers acceptances and corporate notes. These
are generally low-risk funds offering low returns.
Fixed Income Funds invest in debt securities like bonds, debentures and
mortgages paying regular interest, or in corporate shares paying regular
dividends. The goal, typically, is to provide investors regular income with low
Growth or Equity Funds invest primarily in common shares of Canadian or
foreign companies. Some funds focus on large "blue-chip" companies; others
invest in smaller or riskier companies.
Balanced Funds invest in a "balanced" portfolio of equities, debt securities and
money market instruments, and are of low to moderate risk.
Global and Foreign Funds invest in foreign securities. These funds can offer
investors international diversification but are subject to risks associated with
investing in foreign countries and foreign currencies.
Specialty Funds may invest primarily in a specific geographical area (say, Asia)
or a specific industry (say, high tech companies). Risk is similar to that of equity
Index Funds invest in a portfolio of securities representing a specified target
index such as the S&P/TSX Composite Index. Variable risk parallels that of equity
From the Readers Digest
13. Joke Time
Who’s Donkey Is This?
The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased
with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again.
The local paper read: "PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT."
The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not
to enter the donkey in another race.
The next day, the local paper headline read: "BISHOP SCRATCHES
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of
the donkey. The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent.
The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:
"NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN."
The bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the
donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.
The next day the Paper read: "NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10."
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey
and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.
The next day the headlines read: "NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND
The bishop was buried the next day....
Morale of the story is .... being concerned about public opinion can bring you
much grief and misery ... and even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy
life ..... you'll be a lot happier and live longer!
Contributed by Linda Weaver
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them to us. They will run in the next month’s edition only, but can be
resubmitted monthly if so desired.
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