Ribs, MJ, hockey dorm & more

Penticton Herald - - OPINION - JAMES MILLER

If the Rotary RibFest is your favourite sum­mer festival, you can re­live some of that magic this com­ing week­end in Kelowna. The In­te­rior Savings Sun­rise Rotary RibFest will be held Fri­day, 3 - 10 p.m.; Satur­day, noon - 10 p.m.; and Sun­day, noon - 9 p.m. at City Park in Kelowna.

Like the Pen­tic­ton event, it’s free to en­ter the festival grounds where there’s non-stop live mu­sic, a bev­er­age gar­den and ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids.

I’m sure some of your favourite rib­bers from the Pen­tic­ton event will be in at­ten­dance in Kelowna.

Pat Lee, an award-win­ning au­thor and play­wright, is hav­ing a book sign­ing to­day (Sept. 14) at Coles Book Store in Cherry Lane Shop­ping Cen­tre from 1 - 7 p.m.. The Pen-Hi grad­u­ate will be on hand to sign copies of her fantasy ro­mance se­ries “The Daugh­ters of the Cres­cent Moon” and other works. To learn more about Pat, visit: au­thor­pa­tri­ci­a­clee.com

A happy birth­day wish to long-time Herald sub­scriber and har­mon­ica great Bill Cof­fin. Bill will cel­e­brate his 89th birth­day on Sun­day. Just in time for Hal­loween is a new com­pi­la­tion CD of Michael Jack­son songs, “Scream,” which will have a Hal­loween theme, kinda, sorta.

In ad­di­tion to the ob­vi­ous song, “Thriller,” there are spooky ti­tles which include “Scream,” (his duet with sis­ter Janet), “Ghosts,” “Dirty Diana,” “Blood on the Dance Floor,” “Some­body’s Watch­ing Me,” (a Rock­well song which be­came a hit be­cause Michael sang the cho­rus); and “Tor­ture,” one of my favourites. The lat­ter was in­cluded on a 1984 Jack­sons al­bum. Writ­ten by Jackie, brothers Jer­maine and Michael traded verses. It only reached No. 17 on the Bill­board charts and is all but for­got­ten. It falls into the “can’t be­lieve it was never a hit” cat­e­gory. Laura Brani­gan was gone too soon.

Ac­cord­ing to our friend Keith Lacey from the Osoyoos Times, Osoyoos In­dian Band Chief Clarence Louie has fi­nally agreed to pen an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Chief Louie an­nounced this at a fundrais­ing din­ner. I can’t wait to read it.

The best word to de­scribe Rich Cole­man’s re­ac­tion to Darryl Ple­cas tak­ing the Speaker of the House job in the NDP mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment — “mean.”

The hockey dorm trial had Wed­nes­day off due to co-de­fen­dant Mike El­ph­icke’s med­i­cal sched­ule but if you can’t get enough of this court­room drama, El­ph­icke is of­fer­ing a daily play-by-play on Face­book.

El­ph­icke’s Face­book page is called “Bring Loren Peter Rea­gan (Ma­son) to Jus­tice.”

Usu­ally when an in­di­vid­ual is be­fore the courts, that per­son shuts up upon the ad­vice of a lawyer. Not Mike El­ph­icke. Once this trial is over, the city coun­cil of the day and se­nior staff all owe the pub­lic a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion.

At the time of the hockey dorm fi­asco, Dan Ash­ton was mayor and mem­bers of coun­cil were An­drew Jakubeit, Garry Litke, Mike Pearce, Judy Sentes and John Vas­si­laki. An­nette An­to­niak was the CAO. Vas­si­laki was the only coun­cil mem­ber who voted against the hockey dorm.

More than an ex­pla­na­tion, the pub­lic should also be given an apol­ogy.

James Miller is man­ag­ing edi­tor of The Herald. To con­tact the writer: edi­tor@pen­tic­ton­her­ald.ca

Pat Lee

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