I think it had something to do with the weather. With January 2021 being so nice and mild, it just sort of flew by, didn’t it? For what is typically a quiet and cold month, I remember Januarys as seeming to last forever. Well, for me, it was still somewhat quiet but not nearly as cold as I remember previous Januarys to be. That being said, there were still some meetings to attend and decisions that needed to be made as part of my role on Princeton Town Council.
The Meeting Round-Up
My calendar had only five meetings scheduled for the month. One of those got canceled the day before it was to be held and another one I could not attend due to a time conflict. However, I did manage to be at the remaining three meetings. This is a short review of what those meetings were:
Monday, January 18 - 7:30 PM - Regular Meeting of Town Council - Town Hall
Wednesday, January 20 - 5:30 PM - Monthly meeting of Princeton Arts Council - Zoom (*)
Thursday, January 21 - 5:30 PM - Monthly meeting of Princeton Museum Society - Zoom
* - denotes meetings attended as the only member of Town Council present)
Some Details From The Town Council Meeting
At the regular meeting of Town Council, I brought up the Town Hall operating hours as an item of New Business. The weekend before the meeting I had been fielding questions online regarding the closure. Town Hall was open by appointment, phone, or e-mail only. Considering that several other municipal halls in the region had reverted to regular hours, I felt ours should as well and started that conversation with staff via e-mail in the days before the Town Council meeting. I was pleased to learn during my presentation that Town Hall was re-opening a couple of days later. Naturally, COVID protocols are in place including hand sanitizing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and capacity limits.
Again, not a lot to report regarding my health. I can tell you that I was beginning to get bored and disinterested in my daily exercise routine. Typically I go for a walk four days a week, climb the stairs at Miners Climb twice a week, lift light weights on my walk days and take one day off each week. My walks in the first part of January were getting shorter - anywhere between 35 and 45-minutes in length. My stair climbing was in the 4 or 5 trips up and down Miners Climb. I just didn’t feel challenged enough anymore so I took almost a week off. When I got back on track, my walks had extended to just under an hour each and I found myself energized in a new way looking forward to getting outside.
I also had an echocardiogram scheduled for January 29 in Penticton Hospital. While I won’t know the results until I speak with my doctor again, the lab tech who did the test indicated that all three doctors (my family doctor and two specialists) working on my recovery plan would be getting the information. I can tell you that compared to the last ECG I had several months ago things sounded pretty good to me. With atrial fibrillation (AFib) the heart doesn’t properly pump blood out of its chambers and can sometimes sound like “flopping fish.” That was the case with my last ECG. The one on January 29 sounded much stronger to me. Hopefully, the work I’ve been putting into my recovery is paying off.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly community newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.