Congratulations to Bryan Eneas of the Penticton Indian Band, an intern at The Herald last year (who more recently been taking some photos for us) and a photojournalism graduate from Loyalist College on his first full-time position. Next month Bryan will take up duties with PAnow, an all-news website in Prince Albert, Sask., the province where Bryan once lived.

We’re extremely proud of our student interns as recently Andrea Peacock (nee Anthony) was hired with the Kelowna Daily Courier, winning the Goff Perry Memorial Award for top journalist in Canada under the age of 25. She was with us in 2013.

Dan Walton, although not an intern, worked part-time from December through April and is now with the Osoyoos Times and Oliver Chronicle.

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Another great “bird” song omitted from my list of pop/rock songs last week, submitted by Jeanette Beaven of The Dragon’s Den:  Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd, although she prefers the masterful cover version by Cosmic Brew.)

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On the topic of classic rock, Allan ‘Dr. Eclectic’ Markin has completed his album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life” and it’s now in production and packaging.

The official release date is July 1 but pre-orders are being taken now on the “Doukhobor” album page. The album was produced by Ron Mahonin and includes the “sweet dulcet voices” of background singles Naida Cochran and Maureen Haworth.

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Playoff beards got old, quick. They are grubby, cliche and do little to enhance hockey’s image. Joe Thornton is a handsome guy but the Dusty Hill meets Dan Haggerty from Grizzly Adams-look just doesn’t work.

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Speaking of great TV shows from the 1970s, I somehow stumbled across an old episode of Wonder Woman from the late 1970s with Martin Mull as a hypnotic rock flutist and Eve Plumb as a groupie. Man was it horrible. I thought, “I used to like this show?” I’m surprised Mull had any kind of career after that. Linda Carter, on the other hand... she made the show.

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Local author, retired teacher and loyal Herald subscriber David B.J. Snyder suggested a true town hall forum with all three levels of government along with the school board chair participating in a recent letter to the editor.

Great idea. I’m going to organize it.

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Congratulations to the Fraternal Order of Eagles on 25 years in Penticton. I was honoured to be invited to attend their special evening and even more honoured that I was seated at the head table.

One of the many things I appreciate about the Eagles is unlike most of the other clubs, they don’t spend outrageous sums of money at the high end for a provincial and national office. That, in turn, allows for a much larger amount of money to be raised for worthwhile local causes.

Entertainer Kyle Anderson even took one of my suggestions by including Fly Like an Eagle  in his set. I love Seal.

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With five Mondays this month I don’t have a city council meeting to cover tonight. It will give me a chance to watch The Bachelorette and cheer for Penticton’s own Daniel Maguire. I know I can PVR it, but for some reason, I prefer to watch shows when they air.

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It’s Summerland Actionfest weekend coming up, three great days of slopitch, rock music, beer gardens, a parade, and other sporting activities. Fans of Richard Peacock might recall he got in trouble two years ago for mouthing off in the beer garden and then having his team forfeit because they didn’t have enough players. It’s my understanding Richard wasn’t invited back this year.

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Sue me but I think what Kevin Vickers did was really cool. Protesting is one thing (such as staying on the sidelines or behind a gate with a picket sign) but disrupting a ceremony is another. How was Vickers to know if the man had worse intentions. Once a cop, always a cop. The protester was  not hurt.

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My hero: Okanagan Similkameen School District 53 trustee June Harrington for not spending $2,000 of the taxpayers’ money on a conference in Vancouver.

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

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