More wishful thinking

I’ve been a regular writer for some years now, so I’m sure you won’t be surprised to be receiving this missive

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a regular writer for some years now, so I’m sure you won’t be surprised to be receiving this missive. I’m back once again to make a few requests for the citizens of Salmon Arm.

You should already be aware of how much the local kids enjoy the new playground equipment at Blackburn Park. The community, and notably the Rotary clubs, are still working to generate funds for the development of a spray park at the site, as well as adding a walking track and stationary fitness equipment. We could all use to move our bodies a little bit more, without the assistance of motors or reindeer. I probably don’t have to mention to you the risks of carrying around that paunch.

A little extra in the stocking of the Roots and Blues Festival to help them on their way to next summer’s festival would be super. It’s a great event with plenty of economic spinoff for the community. Even better would be a whisper in the ear of some headlining musicians. Maybe you could subconsciously will them into agreeing to cut the festival some slack on their fees and play a set in the shadow of Mt. Ida.

Sarah McLachlan? The Tragically Hip? Sam Roberts? Michael Franti? Arcade Fire? One of those acts must be in need of some good karma with Santa. And since it is a family-friendly festival, what about having a word with Raffi. He’d be awesome on the main stage. Who doesn’t love Baby Beluga? I’ve heard he’s quite a charitable and socially conscious guy. Maybe a word from you could persuade him to leave his Gulf Islands home and head to the Interior for a few tunes.

A little luck could also be sent to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The local team is sure working hard, but sadly they keep being on the losing end of a number of one-goal games. It seems the team’s point total isn’t reflecting their dedication. This is a hard-working bunch, that also does a lot of good in the community. It’d be nice to see a trip to the playoffs for them in the new year.

Another laudable initiative is the drive to create a performing arts centre in the community. A recent Vital Signs report by the Shuswap Community gave arts and culture an A grade, but a performing arts centre would cement this region’s reputation, offer a tremendous benefit to the current cultural scene and may attract additional opportunities. The Shuswap’s cultural A could turn into an A+ with a little boost.

Now Santa, this town has really gone all out to decorate and celebrate this season, but also has shown tremendous generosity in sharing their blessings with others who might be in need. Volunteers give hundreds of hours coaching children in sport, helping the needy, assisting seniors and raising money for medical equipment, literacy programs and all the hundreds of other good causes. We also open our hearts and our wallets when we hear of a family in need.

So be sure to offer a little extra in the stockings of those who make good things happen in our community all year long.

Merry Christmas.

 

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