April 2011

How’s your PC doing? Does it feel like you may have purchased it back when Canadian teams were still winning the Stanley Cup? 

Our computers do tend to get slower as they get older. This is for a variety of reasons, but typically there are three main ones. 1. Your computer software as it updates typically requires increasing amounts of resources. And by resources, I mean more memory and more hard drive space. 2. Your computer is running too much stuff. Lots of background applications are the culprit. 3. You have malware.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Healing
A situation that has caused concern is on the mend. Sometimes situations can’t be healed until you release the challenge completely to allow healing light to enter. Your worries will soon be over, a healing as begun. Stop focusing on what is wrong and affirm that everything is in perfect order right now.

Taurus. (April 20 – May 20) Listening

- According to Charlie Sheen on Twitter, "I am on a drug. It's called 'Charlie Sheen'."
- Flavor Flav was carded at the age of 51 to make sure he was old enough to buy tobacco.
- Rita Hayworth was born as Margerita Carmen Cansino. She had her hair dyed, her skin bleached, and name changed to become a star.
- Walt Disney’s last words were, “Kurt Russell.”
- Before writing Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling was unemployed and living on government assistance.
- There are more tigers in captivity in Texas than in the wild globally.

Well, last month’s story time was a fun change for me, but this month it’s back to the technical grind stone. And in keeping with the spring theme this month’s column is all about tidying up your computer.

Every year when April comes around we tend to think about the future. School is finishing, for the last time in my case. As summer approaches, planning needs to be done. Schedules and lists for the future made and other things considered. April is also earth month and consequently the future of the planet and our place in it is on my mind. I break out my bicycle more often than not, in an attempt to try to save our atmosphere from the detrimental effects of the internal combustion engine. But is that really the only solution?

Arek Szewc is from a town near Krakow, Poland and spent a number of years training and working in the UK before making Fernie home. As head baker of Loaf Bakery, Arek makes every single loaf of bread fresh each morning at the bakery. He is a gifted artisanal baker who prides himself on making loaves by hand in the old fashion and traditional ways.

With spring arriving, many mothers are sighing with relief and excited to get outdoors. The days battling with snowsuits and winter boots are almost over and it is a great time to get back into a fitness routine.

The Final Countdown
It always feels a little sad approaching the end of another legendary ski season. But for Fernie Alpine Resort, what a season it has been! Some of the fluffiest, deepest, and best riding in recent memory. But it’s not over yet - let’s keep the stoke going for Hot Dog Day, the PPP, and of course Trooper playing live in the plaza on April 16!

Packing a Punch!

Imagine you are an astronaut flying in the space shuttle 500 kilometres above our home. Looking out at this spinning jewel, how would you describe what you see? With 70 percent of our planet covered with water, clearly we live on a blue planet, yet when we think of the environment this April, the colour of land dominates our mind.

Simon Bernard’s parents Elise and Gio moved from the Eastern Townships in Quebec to Fernie for skiing in 1988. Not long after Simon and his older brother were born, beginning their ski careers at the typical Fernie age of two years old (and probably before that in a backpack). “It is just the winter sport you do in Fernie. You don’t get that everything. My parents came here for skiing and I’m following in their footsteps,” Simon says.