Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Okanagan church

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

A coronavirus outbreak at a church in Kelowna has been declared by Interior Health.

The outbreak occurred at Calvary Chapel Kelowna on Benvoulin Road, according to the health agency, which added a warning that those who attended a morning service on Sept. 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Specifically, health officials say people who were in the Ann Rauser Hall for the 10:30 a.m. live service that day should self-isolate until the end of Sunday, Sept. 27, and to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms.

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Interior Health says to date, four individuals are connected to the outbreak, with the latest three cases identified to public health on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

“We want to thank the church community for the co-operation being shown as we work to limit this exposure,” said Interior Health.

“We are aware that physical distancing and other safety precautions were in place, which is important to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Interior Health says this is the only outbreak currently declared in the Okanagan, and that this is Interior Health’s first outbreak related to a faith-based organization.

Interior Health says testing is recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including:



Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Loss of sense of taste or smell

Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

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Virginia legislator with covid warned his church, but House colleagues say they weren’t informed

But House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) said neither Wright nor his office officially notified his fellow legislators, who’d met with him a week earlier, on Aug. 18, when the House convened for one day in a basketball arena before moving the rest of a special legislative session to an online format.

While a guest column written by Wright, 72, popped up in a local publication criticizing Democratic House leaders for operating virtually, he had been absent from online House and committee meetings since Aug. 29. He returned for the first time Monday.

Since then, Wright and House Republicans have offered no explanation for his extended absence. He made no mention of his test Monday and was not asked about it publicly.

Wright and a spokesman for House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday, after The Washington Post and other news outlets obtained a copy of Mulchi’s email to the church.

Filler-Corn, who’s faced harsh Republican criticism for the decision to go virtual, welcomed Wright back Tuesday with wishes for good health — and a rebuke for keeping House members in the dark. She said in a statement that she was “incredibly disappointed” that he and GOP leaders did not disclose the positive test to the legislature.

There is no requirement that legislators disclose personal health information, but Filler-Corn suggested that Wright owed a warning to those he could have exposed.

“This lack of transparency when it comes to this highly contagious disease is incredibly troubling,” she wrote. “Every Delegate and individual present at the Siegel Center on August 18th had a right to know of Delegate Wright’s reported positive test for their safety, their family’s safety and the safety of their communities.”

A legislator since 2001, Wright is not the first lawmaker known to have tested positive for the virus during the special session. Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) tested positive in mid-August. His fellow senators, who’ve been convening in a sprawling meeting room at the Science Museum of Virginia, were immediately notified.

The novel coronavirus has a relatively long incubation period, and people infected with it have been found to spread it before they experience symptoms covid-19, the illness the virus causes.

Filler-Corn has said that meeting remotely is the best way to keep the state’s 100 delegates safe during the special session, which was called to address the pandemic’s effect on the state budget and to overhaul criminal justice in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May.

House Democrats resorted to procedural gymnastics to overcome GOP opposition to the rules change that has allowed the House to convene online. Republicans, some hailing from districts with poor Internet service, have complained that virtual meetings are unworkable and unnecessary for health considerations.

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Robert Gutowski Architects designs minimal church interior in response to changes in modern worship

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

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The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, is a crescent-shaped building featuring skewed angles and whitewashed concrete that aims to turn “passive observers” into active participants of worship.

Local practice Robert Gutowski Architects filled the church in the village of Páty in Budapest with modern takes on traditional aspects of Medieval, ecclesiastical architecture.

The intention was to shift the emphasis towards the altar and the congregation to make the act of worship more engaging.

a herd of sheep in a city: The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

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The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

Traditional churches typically have a rectangular floor plan and are made up of a nave – the central part of the church – and an apse – the semicircular or polygonal area at the end of the aisle, usually located behind the altar.

The Church of Pope John Paul II, however, has an elliptical layout, made up of the crescent-shaped building of worship that wraps around an adjoining oval-shaped outdoor space.

Therefore what would typically be the nave of a conventional church functions as the churchyard or garden, while the liturgical space is situated where the apse would be.

a wooden bench sitting in the middle of a room: The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

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The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

As studio founder Robert Gutowski explains, this layout was designed to place more emphasis on the communal experience of the Eucharist and to “invite people closer to the holy act” at the altar.

“If you like, we invite people into the apse, surrounding the altar, forming a community,” the architect explained. “It is also similar to the liturgy of early times, when Paleochristians simply surrounded a table in their own home – what is known as Domus Ecclesiae.”

a view of a box: The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

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The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

“The church clearly defines its purpose: while the Creator and the almighty God are at the centre of traditional liturgy, modern liturgical efforts have shifted emphasis to the recreator God, the image of a perpetually redeeming Christ,” Gutowski added.

“The Church of Pope John Paul II represents a conscious response to liturgical changes in recent decades, rendering it a model church experiment in contemporary church architecture,” he continued.

“Emphasis is shifted toward the active involvement of worshippers.The community is not a passive observer of events in a sanctuary, but rather actively experiences the holy act.”

a room with a brick building: The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

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The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

Several rooms lead off of the central, liturgical space, including a communal room, a service room and an office on the ground floor, and an educational room, guest room, the priest’s living quarters, and access to the bell tower on the first floor.

Each of these rooms are enclosed in one, whole elliptical floor plan – a form chosen to symbolise “perpetuity” and to create a holistic space.

“The concept is that when we say

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Modern brownstone on site of historic church asks $725,000: House of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fifth Church of Christ Scientist, one of the most beautiful churches in the city, stood on the corner of W. 117th and Lake Ave. for nearly 90 years. When chosen to redevelop the site, Brickhaus Partners erected 11 brownstones that are decidedly modern, yet pay homage to the church with architectural details like a brick exterior, arched windows, French doors and balconies.


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One of those townhomes, completed in 2018 with 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in nearly 2,000-sq. ft. plus a rooftop deck, recently hit the market with an asking price of $725,000.

“This home offers the ideal luxury living experience,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Aaron Powers. ” The townhome’s exterior was designed to beautifully complement the history before it while providing maximum energy efficiency toward a sustainable future. The interior was meticulously curated to present a unique modern touch on the classic traditional style of the neighborhood.”

Indeed, the owners spent an additional $125,000 in upgrades, and premium finishes and surfaces. You can see them in the custom shelving and wainscoting in the ground-level den. Head upstairs to the open-concept, light-filled main living area, with its hardwood floors, fancy light fixtures, fireplace, built-ins and balcony. The kitchen has high-end quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash and a large island.

The glass-enclosed floating staircase leads to the master suite with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet, plus two additional bedrooms, another full bathroom and laundry room. Another staircase leads to the rooftop deck, which provides plenty of space for entertaining, not to mention stunning views of the neighborhood.

Located within walking distance of Lake Erie at Edgewater Park, shopping and restaurants, purchase of the home includes a tax abatement until 2035.

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Address: 1221 W. 117th St.

City: Cleveland

Price: $725,000

HOA: $125 per month

Size: 1,956 square feet

Year built: 2018

No. bedrooms: 3

No. bathrooms: 3 full

Garage: 2-car attached

School district: Cleveland Municipal School District

Real estate agent and contact info: Aaron R. Powers, Howard Hanna

p: 440-523-9187

e: [email protected]

From the listing: “Your open main level also features a dining area large enough for your family to gather and a living area with plenty of space for movie night. Oversized windows with custom blinds let in lots of light while the custom fireplace keeps you warm and cozy.”

“This impressive townhome is located in the heart of Cleveland’s desirable Edgewater neighborhood and designed for the homeowner to focus their time and energy toward enjoying life with family, friends and everything this wonderful community has to offer,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Aaron Powers.

The two-car garage comes with a Nature Stone parking surface.

For more information on 1221 W. 117th St,. contact Aaron R. Powers, Howard Hanna at 440-523-9187 or [email protected]

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Gardening: Two former farm kids embark on new life in Clarkston after helping grow church garden

When I’m 86 years old, I hope I still have the spunk and the ability to garden like Jeanie Baker and Leon Alboucq do.

These two intrepid former farm kids have inspired – and put to shame – the rest of the gardeners at the Resurrection Episcopal Church Community Garden.

Between 2013 and 2019, they grew more than 18,000 pounds of produce and donated it to Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank. Earlier this summer they decided to hang up their hoses in Spokane and head back to Clarkston, to be closer to old friends, family and a milder climate.

The Resurrection Community Garden was started in 2013 when members of the church converted about a half-acre of the field behind the church into raised beds. There weren’t enough resources to build beds in the entire space, which left a quarter-acre empty. Jeanie and Leon saw an opportunity and asked to have the space to plant.

The two dusted off the farming skills they learned as children during the Depression era and began planting.

“We were a couple of old farm kids who knew how to grow stuff,” Jeanie said, so taking on a large garden was no big deal. “We remember the Depression and how people went hungry.”

They grew up in the Lewiston area and met as high school students at the 1951 Junior Livestock Show in Spokane.

“Leon was on the FFA judging team, and I was a cute blonde who was showing an Angus steer,” Jeanie said. Life took them on different paths for the next 60 years: Leon as a stock car racer, cattle rancher, grocer, fire chief and Snake River mailboat operator and Jeanie as a nurse in Henderson, Nevada, and Spokane.

Their paths crossed again in the early 2000s. Leon’s wife died, and Jeanie sent him a sympathy card and then two Christmas cards before he responded.

“It was like all those years just disappeared,” Jeanie said. “We’ve been together ever since.”

Leon moved to Spokane to be with Jeanie, saying what else was he going to do, “that’s where the cook went.”

Jeanie and Leon raised cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, several kinds of squash and collected produce from the other members of the garden to take to the food bank.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Jeanie said.

She also grew a long row of colorful zinnias to draw in pollinators and taught other members of the garden how to gather the seed for the next season.

Jeanie and Leon have been a priceless inspiration to all the members of the garden. Their knowledge of gardening has given confidence to many new gardeners. Their words of wisdom have made us better people. Their stories have grounded us in local history and the value of living a practical life. Lastly, their homemade wine kept us laughing. We will miss you, Jeanie and Leon.

And yes, they are already planning their new garden beds in Clarkston.

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