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Tune Agers impress

Recently we had the pleasure of attending a concert that featured the Penticton Tune Agers. This amazing group of seniors was performing in Prince George as part of their tour of the Cariboo.

I wanted to be sure that everyone in Penticton realized what an incredible group of performers the Tune Agers are.

Under the direction of Pam Craig we were treated to an evening full of wonderful music and skits. The Tune Agers received a well deserved standing ovation at the end of the program and people left the playhouse feeling like it was an evening very well spent.

To each of the members of this talented and inspiring group, thank you for coming to Prince George — we loved having you. We look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future.

Housing can’t be ignored

I was stunned to read about Penticton Coun. Joanne Grimaldi’s fears of “setting a precedent” regarding affordable housing. God forbid that this council should lead the way in helping people find decent accommodation.

So housing “has always been an issue,” so were slavery and all sorts of other issues affecting poor people. Why not do what we can to change such inequities?

As for “current complaints coming from special interest groups,” those without shelter or without suitable shelter are indeed special interest groups. They have a special interest in finding places to live.

Arts council going strong

Thank you for attempting to report on the good works of the Penticton and District Community Arts Council.

Unfortunately it has taken the executive and directors of this dynamic organization by surprise. Ms. Miyasaki had an opportunity to interview current directors but chose not to. She had an opportunity to read our latest newsletter but chose not to. She had an opportunity to review this year’s incredible activities and fundraising that put PDCAC in the black for the first time in many years, but chose not to. She had the ability and time to call me, the chairman, for an interview but chose not to. Everything reported in the article was wrong.

Editor’s note: Holly Miyasaki spoke with Cass Robinson, who was in charge of public relations for the arts council and assigned to speak with the media about the “Renaissance.”

Let’s follow the article and let me do a little clarifying: We did not experience any difficulties after the departure of Mr. Kilmartin. On the contrary, the difficulties ended. Our membership is up and is at 248 paid members. Our current ArtsPOD study is funded by the B.C. Arts Council not by the Centre for Sustainability. The centre only sent us names of suitable contractors. PDCAC is working to fix administrative issues regarding Leir House with the City of Penticton and it is proceeding extremely well.

Ms. Robinson is the head of the Community Outreach Committee and is part of the ArtsPOD study group, but is not a director and is not privy to administrative negotiations with Parks, Recreation and Culture. She is voicing her own opinions. The Harvest Festival has never been held on Leir House grounds and it was very successful Sept. 29 at Gyro Park. Mr. Hobden hasn’t been involved with PDCAC for two years and is involved presently with the Community Concert Society. Our past-president is Brian Laver. Our image is fine and includes culture. It includes all aspects of arts and culture.

Without the PDCAC there would be absolutely no resources for artists and arts organizations in Penticton. PDCAC runs Leir House and keeps the rent affordable and subsidizes the spaces for our arts tenants. We give bursaries. Our council representative is Joanne Grimaldi, Mr. Manuel’s suggestion is well taken as he represents the Heritage Advisory Committee. Don (not Doug) Forsythe is a member of the ArtsPOD panel and is PDCACs gaming fundraiser.

PDCAC current directors are: Brian Wilson, chair; David Stocks, treasurer; Glenda Emerson, secretary; Paul Crawford, art gallery; Bill Wennington, accounting; Carol Wennington; Sheila Squires; Carol Hermesh and Doug Squires, Leir House engineering consultant.

In the future, I ask you to run these articles by those involved for clarification.

Getting off on the wrong foot

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the City of Penticton who were responsible for the design, planting and maintenance of all the flower beds throughout the city. I have enjoyed them at every turn all summer.

I am also looking forward to the completion of the event centre and the enhanced look it will bring to the northern entrance to our city. First impressions are important. I cannot understand why the new soccer facility is being built on the main entrance to our city, Eckhardt Avenue.

I’m sorry but this building is ugly. Tent structures say cheap and temporary, and this building is neither. We just removed one of these eyesore tents, the tennis bubble, from this street. There is a lot more room for this structure at the south end of King’s Park next to the Canwood plant. The cottonwood trees there are dying and need to be removed and this would have less impact on the existing soccer field and track.

I don’t pretend to know all of the logistics the soccer club has for this structure and I hope they build it. I do know what is ugly.

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