On the Sunnyside


The king of England agreed to attend the laying of a cornerstone for a new hospital in a city he had rarely or maybe never visited. As a result huge crowds assembled on the day of his arrival. Thousands thronged the streets and converged upon the grounds where the stone was to be laid. A very large choir of school children were scheduled to sing for the king. When the whole ceremony was over and the king left for his palace a teacher noticed one girl in the choir dissolve into tears. “What’s wrong, little girl,” asked the teacher. “Didn’t you see the king?” “Yes, I did,” sobbed the girl, “but he didn’t see me.”
It’s true that the girl’s expectation was unrealistic, but we all experience times when we wish we would be noticed. It’s discouraging to be ignored. That’s when the promise in Psalm 33:18 is encouraging. “The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
In a world of nearly 7 billion people on a planet that is almost an invisible speck in a vast universe it is absolutely remarkable that God notices every individual.

henry weibeKeeping on the sunnyside,
Henry Wiebe

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I am two. I eat cake better with no shirt. Privilege of being young. Goku

The track – Area 27

a course oneTrack to be completed by September of this year. Next project would be car barns with small apartments.

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Drivers/owners walk the new track slopes on OIB land. Promoters say there is no noise issue. These race cars do not emit low frequency noise. Tests proved that nothing was heard in the valley during motor sound tests

MLA Linda Larson shown with Jacques Villeneuve and Chief Clarence Louie and other dignitaries.

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Christina catch – whopper

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Christina Lake

Maybe the readers have the info.

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Letter to the editor

In response to a previous article on the Ending Violence Association:

Ending Violence Association and member associations around the province are in the process of developing a press release to address issues related to procurement policies and contracts associated with counselling programmes like “Stopping the Violence” and “Children Who Witness Abuse”.

As the local agency here in the South Okanagan that administers those contracts, Desert Sun is very concerned about retaining these vital community programs offered free to anyone that requests services.

What happens in the procurement process is, that larger, more powerful agencies from other parts of the region can come in, compete for those contracts and potentially sub-contract them out to lesser qualified individuals, or take them over completely.

It pits agency against agency in competition for the contracts that one association may have already been delivering for many years with great success!

I would add that the Ministry of Justice contracts are held by the Victims Services and Crime Prevention.

Tamara Aspell
Executive Director
Desert Sun

$10 million in up front cash – sold – Arctic Apple

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Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), the pioneering agricultural company behind the Arctic® apple, the world’s first non-browning apple. Through the acquisition, Intrexon expands its food programs to include trees yielding fruit that is more appetizing and convenient for consumers while providing economic benefit throughout the tree fruit supply chain.

“We are committed to bringing better versions of consumers’ favourite fruits to their grocery stores and kitchens, while addressing additional novel traits in tree fruits that reduce waste and address supply chain challenges,” said Neal Carter, Founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits. “Joining forces with Intrexon and applying our combined technical know-how is an important step to introducing beneficial products for consumers and growers.”

One of the fastest-growing categories of the fruit and vegetable industry is the fresh-cut segment, bolstered by the convenience factor and upward trend in consumption of healthier foods. Marrying the art of fruit breeding with cutting-edge science results in exciting new products that can benefit consumers and producers alike. For example, the Arctic® apple provides consumers with an answer to a pesky but common food issue without any flavor-altering, anti-browning additives. It is an alternative to current approaches to browning control, which are more costly and require the application of chemical solutions or antioxidants. Additionally, apples will be increasingly accessible to food service outlets, where consumers spend roughly 50% of their food dollars, because Arctic® apples solve both cost per serving and quality concerns associated with pre-cut apples.

“Okanagan is a world leader in the development of fruit-bearing plants to express enhanced, advantageous traits with tremendous potential to revolutionize the tree fruit industry,” said Thomas R. Kasser, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Intrexon’s Food Sector. “Through this acquisition, we can deliver more accessible and affordable choices of high-quality foods for an ever-growing population. We are extremely pleased that Neal Carter will remain with the company providing both the creative spirit and deep understanding of the tree fruit business that will assure continued future success in this expanding business opportunity.”

Pursuant to the definitive agreement, Okanagan’s stockholders will receive $31 million in Intrexon common stock and $10 million in upfront cash. Consummation of the transaction, anticipated in the first half of 2015, is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Okanagan Specialty Fruits
OSF is a dynamic agriculture biotechnology company based in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada that specializes in developing tree fruit varieties with novel attributes that benefit fruit producers and consumers alike. Founded in 1996, OSF is one of the first firms in the commercial tree fruit industry to pursue use of biotechnology directed breeding to deliver product innovations.


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OLIVER – Okanagan Valley residents are invited to attend an open house in Osoyoos on March 11 or in Oliver on March 12 to discuss the impacts of off-road vehicles on sensitive ecosystems on Oliver Mountain and the Osoyoos West Bench.

Each open house will include a presentation on grassland ecosystems and give attendees an opportunity to suggest management options for minimizing environmental impacts. These may include other sites on Crown land that might be suitable for ORV activities. The dates and locations of the open houses are:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sonora Community Centre
8505 – 68 Ave.

Thursday, March 12, 2015:

Elks Lodge
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
477 Bank Ave.

In the interim, to help protect habitat on Oliver Mountain and the Osoyoos West Bench, ORV users are encouraged to use two other riding areas instead. The Bear Creek and Okanagan Falls ORV trail systems are located nearby and are well established.

Ministry staff are also interested in hearing from ORV riders about other less environmentally sensitive areas that may be suitable for riding.

ORV use is expanding in the Okanagan region and its effects on 11 priority ecosystems and 17 federally listed species-at-risk have increased.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is stepping up its public education efforts and enforcing ORV restrictions currently in effect. The long-term goal is to protect the Oliver Mountain and Osoyoos West Bench ecosystems while allowing riders to continue enjoying their sport at other sites in the South Okanagan.

Learn More:

Bear Creek ORV trails:


Okanagan Falls ORV trails:


Ministry of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations
250 356-5261

Hornets need to win today in Valley championship

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2015 2A Okanagan Zone Tournament at Valleyview Secondary

Teams involved – 8 teams with total first day results Thursday
Fulton 89 vs vs #7 Summerland 39
South Okanagan 73 vs #6 Pleasant Valley 50
Valleyview 86 vs #8 Kalamalka 44
Princess Margaret 60 vs #5 Westsyde 53

Friday – Hornets lost in a dog fight 69-55 to Clarence Fulton Maroons of Vernon

We had a 4 point half time lead that we let slip away to 17 but we clawed back to within 5 late in the 4th only to make a few bad decision late with some bad turnovers.

Coach Basso

Coyotes to continue into playoffs

coyotesOsoyoos Coyotes beat Princeton Posse 6-3 to win KIJHL first-round playoff series 4-1.

Four unanswered third period goals pushed the Coyotes past Princeton 6-3 on Thursday night, eliminating the Posse from the playoffs.  Troy Maclise tallied twice and added one assist.

Game one of the Coyotes next series will take place in Osoyoos on March 2.  Their opponent in that matchup will be the winner of the Kelowna Chiefs/Summerland Steam series.


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BC Small Business awards

Premier’s People’s Choice – top five

•Firehall Brewery (Sid Ruhland) – Oliver
•So Country Radio (Dennis Walker) – Penticton
•Game Quest – Prince George
•Julie’s Edible Bouquets – Quesnel
•Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces – Whistler

Winner is
•Premier’s People’s Choice – Julie’s Edible Bouquets, Quesnel

Parties and Pies (5)

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Let PARTIES & PIES take the stress out of the catering of your event.

Parties & Pies have been catering to the people of Oliver and the South Okanagan, for over 12 years.


Our full buffet meals consist of:

Five salads
Two meats
Three vegetables
Main dessert, plus selection of squares, tarts and goodies, cheese platter
Buns and butter
All condiments and pickles

Cost per person $22.00 inclusive

We also cater barbecues and cold buffets.pies

Call for prices on: afternoon teas, birthday parties, light lunches, funeral receptions and private house parties.

Pat and Dave Whalley, doing business as PARTIES & PIES will be happy to cater to your group.

485-0010 dwhalley@telus.net 5607 Cactus St. Oliver