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. , September 1 1, I990 Volume 2, Number 5 Newsstand Price: 35 cents In a unique exchange program, - re will ~lementar~ School teacher Linda sYkut experienced life in Kelowna, kitish Columbia first-hand. Linda .e$changed jobs last year with Miss '\7iMarianne Schmidt who- came here on- the ~ulbri~ht Exchange program from the Canadian province located about 80 miles north of the Washington State border. ' , \One of the first things they talked about at the meeting I attended before - going, was the \culture shock.\The first , mistake I made was thinking there wouldn't be any 'culture shock.' After . all, I was only going over the border to Canada. I was wrong. There is a world of difference in the two countries,\ . stated Linda. * Although f eacher -wages are much higher (almost 1 /3 higher), the cost of living is also much higher, acc,ording to Linda. \Gas is very expensive at -$2.50 per gallon (Canadian money]. Dairy- ' products were very expensive. Milk was - $4.28 per gallon. With eggs, wk didn't know whether to eat them-or pa& @em gold. We like chicken, bt- .it is very - expensive, so wedefinitely had to change our eating habits;\ she added. When' Linda said \we'\ she was referring to herself and her son, David, who was-l 1 and in the fifth grade when. the exchange began. David accompanied his motber on the year long program. Linda said the -first hurdle David had to ^overcome in their new hqme was that - there were only two television I stations. She opted to save'the money and not hookd'-into cable, which was available. \The two stations were really not finto children's programming and as a result, he read aboyt 200 books. Mother ,was thrilled,\ said Linda. While-in Kelowba, a town of about 70,000 people, ~~vid participated in Canandian scouts, camping, and learned how to downhill ski. \~e got to see a lot of things travelling, He stood on glaciers and visited many capitals. I think he got a good sense of politics,\ Ms. Sykut stated. She said that David had a wonder- ful teacher and -m.ade several good friends, who David hopes will be able to visit him next summer. David is a sixth grader at - Martha Brown School in ~air~ort this year. His -mother stated that he really enjoyed the year but 'that he was thrilled to be home. Linda described.Kelowna as a beauti-. - fa1 town -'surrounded .by mountains . covered with 'logpole'-pines. Lumbering is one of the prime industries in thearea. One of the bigge~t daerences, Linda recalls, about ~anaiida is choices. \We- have so many choices in our country.. Where we might have 6 diffsfknt choices of French salad dresshg fir instance; - they have only one. The grocery~ ads . come out on Sunday. The fresh prduce -I, is put out on Sundays.' They keep it' there until it's sold, you learn to do your ' shopping on Sunday,\ said Linda wist- fully. The country is bi-lingual, so every- Wayne Central Teacher and Son Return from' Exchange Program in Canada thing is written in English and French. French is a mandated course in sixth grade. \They also have French Im- mersion schools, where they teach and speach only in French,\exp!ained Linda. Although -David did not speak French, Linda studied the language for three years in college and had lived in Paris for six months. Asked about teaching, Linda rGpor- ted that 'the teachers in Kelowna were wonderful and very dedicated. 'The ex- pectations for student behavior imd respect was very high in Canada. A teacher is,expected to be a professional. There was.perhaps more flexibility. The provincial guides to curriculum assumed you were- professional enough to carry out the curriculum. Both styles of teach- ing have their strengths and their weak- nesses. There is more integration of grade teachez and son David return after year in Kdo wna, British Col um bia subject areas. There (in' Kelowna) you are everything: art, phys..ed. teacher, etc. You have. a lot more hats to don there. I was very confident in my core subjects, but was apprehensive about - teaching others,\ Linda stated. \ She soon discovered that she loved teaching gymnastics, something she never would have realized until this exchange. ''I! helps in understanding students when you.teach them a wider range of subjects. You see more pieces of a child's personality,\ said the fourth grade teacher. What did she missmost while she was away? Linda said she made a list before she left, \I -missed Wegmans because of the cbnvenience foods. They make everything from 'scratch' there. I missed music. It seemed that they had two choices, hard' rock or Lawrence Welk stuff:I missed the U.S. mail. You really don't appreciate ituntil you have to deal with another,country's system,\ said Linda. - ~inda reflected that she didn't know if the opportunity to become ah exchange teacher . w&l$ ever arise again, but stated that she ncpkkdefinitely hope to take part in anotfier exchange sometime. . . e , 1 , \,. A*'<., % , . < ',: ..: , ,: * % ., ,B.*n,.%: ,., % , = > .* *. I I' ~ '.' c. ,- <., < <., <, .. , :.B&&. , . Two parades are part of the festivities in Canalto wn Days this weekend. Saturday 3 features flqats and marching.bands, while on Sunday .it 3 a horse-drawn parade. Palmyra Canaltown Days Arrive! The Town of Palmyra celebrates Canaltown Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, . Activities include Breakfast in the Park (P4myra Village P&rk - Route .-- 31), which begins at.8:00 a%, each day. Ciaftats, begin to open tli&r boqths about 8:0b with all two hundred fifty of them open by 10:00. Each of the:booths contain only hand-made crafts. Across the street, in the bank parking lot, there is a flea rharket offering a wide variety of items. ; In the Palmyra Elementary Sch~ol, there is an antique show and sale with over fifty dealers and appraisals are available. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available to enjoy the local sights of this community as they celebrate their -heritage stemming from the building of the Erie Canal. - Parking is available for both days FREE at the Wayne.County Fairgrounds on Jackson Street-with a FREE shuttle to.the main activity area: Othet activitiesin'clude a quilt show, art show and sale, Civil. War skirmish, and airplane rides over the Palgqtra area. At 4:00 the- Grand canaltown ' Days Parade brings over 200 units march- ing down Main Street. This parade will be emceed gy WHAM's Chet -Walker and will include marching units, bands, . . drum and bugle corps, and this year, a float category with cash prizes. Other highlights of the parade will be the . MUM'WRS-.STRITf.G,., BAND, the ' .&Mp&RE s~A-FE~M.~R,-:~~&~~~ -CANADIAN PIPE-BAND. Rrter the ~ , 'parade,, you can enjqy a delicious roast beef dinner at the WesternPresbyterian Church* as part of - the annual OX ROAST prepared over an/opk pit in the back of the park thfoughout the day. # On Sunday morning,' the activity begins early and will be in full swing by 10:00. ~o'ontime activity in the park features a farewell concert by the MUMMERS and a Chicken BBQ put on by St. Anne's church. A horse-drawn parade begins at 200 and will include riders, buggies, machinery and other vehicles. After enjoying the horsedrawn parade,.you might enjoy a leisurely tour bfsome beautiful sights in this canalside village. Th'is community wide celebration has been planned for the past 24 years and is operated by volunteers from all parts of Palmyra. Everyone near and far is welcomed by the residents - of CANALTOWN to celebrate their heritage. Em barking on theirrfirst day of school is this busload of Gananda 3 Richard Mann Elementary students. More first-day-of-school pictures on Page 7.

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