parties and pies (7)

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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 5607 Cactus St. Oliver

Fight, accident or murder ?

layman pix

31 year old Jacqueline Layman, mother of two young children,  found dead on Tuesday in the Glenview Avenue area of Kelowna.

A four-year-old boy and six-year-old girl are staying with their grandmother for the time being.

A fall down a set of stairs is a likely cause of death but the RCMP investigation continues. The house had signs of being broken into.

One man was taken by police Tuesday but later released.

RCMP say they have no suspects at this time and no one in custody. This is a suspicious death with serious crime unit investigating.

The RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service are expected to release further details on her death Thursday.

Trashy photos

trash two doyle22trash one doyle22You asked me the other day if I’d seen any garbage lately. This is what our hiking group saw Tuesday just off White Lake Road about a kilometer north of the observatory.

Ironic – they were taken in the same spot.

Mary Doyle

Ongoing investigations

rcmp logo worksThe Osoyoos RCMP were extremely busy over the night of March 30 and throughout the day of March 31 with two major events.

On March 30 just before 10:00pm the Osoyoos RCMP were alerted by US Border Patrol of 3 males illegally crossing the US/Canada border northbound into Canada near Highway 3 on Anarchist Mountain. The males were then picked up by a vehicle and travelled toward the Town of Osoyoos. Officers attended the area and intercepted the vehicle at which time the 3 males fled on foot. The driver, a resident of Osoyoos was arrested at the scene. Extra resources were called in from Osoyoos as well as Keremeos, Oliver and Penticton including a police services dog. After an extensive track and search of the area, 2 of those that fled on foot were located and arrested for entering Canada without reporting. A backpack was also recovered and contained close to 3 lbs of cocaine. The 3rd male that fled is still unaccounted for. Those arrested include the 35 year old Osoyoos resident and Canadian citizen, a 31 year old US citizen and a 34 year old Mexico citizen. The investigation is ongoing and all face potential charges of importing cocaine. The US and Mexico citizens will also be facing charges under the immigration act and have been turned over to Canada Border Services. The quick results and apprehensions of the suspects as well as the recovery of illicit articles could not have been accomplished without the collaboration of all of our members who attended as well as the help received from US Border Patrol, Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue and RCMP Air Services.

On March 31 at 11:50am while conducting a search for illicit articles related to the cross border smuggle, Osoyoos RCMP, RCMP traffic services, RCMP police service dogs and RCMP air services were alerted to a stolen 2014 Dodge Ram departing Osoyoos east bound on Highway 3. The RCMP helicopter altered course and followed the stolen truck. The truck was met by another stolen truck, an F350 and both travelled at a high rate of speed along Highway 3 to Mt. Baldy Road. Once on Mt. Baldy Road the drivers dumped both vehicles and fled on foot into a highly forested and rough rural terrain area. Extensive police resources were once again utilized and congregated on Mt. Baldy Road. This included members from Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Boundary Regional, Penticton and Kelowna. 3 police services dogs were also utilized. A ground and air search was conducted throughout the day and into the late night however the two suspects have yet to be apprehended. Both stolen trucks, an atv, and other stolen items were recovered. The RCMP have identified a male and a female they believe are responsible for these crimes and are using all avenues available to apprehend them.

The investigation is ongoing.

See poll at right

Children’s playgrounds don’t encourage enough risky play, a University of British Columbia researcher says.

Susan Herrington, a professor in the school of architecture and landscape architecture at UBC, has been researching children’s playgrounds for more than a decade.

She was inspired to conduct her research when she noticed how many children in Vancouver playgrounds seemed bored.

“They just go from one thing to the next, and nothing seems to engage them,” said Herrington.

Herrington’s research involved surveying more than 600 people about their opinion on playgrounds in their neighbourhood and how they compared with those in their childhood.

Seven out of 10 people surveyed felt the playgrounds were too safe. Herrington said many of the respondents recalled playing outdoors, scrambling around in trees and ditches.

‘All kids want to be challenged’

To make play areas more interesting, Herrington suggests adding more elements like tall grasses, trees and other natural features. She also suggests adding more challenging elements like tall slides and climbing structures.

“If you look at childhood development and the way that children learn, they need to be able to take gradual risk so they can learn the consequences,” said Herrington.

Children need to be able to manipulate their play space, she said, calling sand and mud preferable to rubber mats and fences.

Playgrounds in Norway feature some of the most challenging environments for children, she said, allowing them to climb rock faces without helmets and to use hammers, saws and nails.

“All kids want to play and all kids want to be challenged,” said Herrington.


Source: CBC

Condolences to the family

evans22In Memory of Keith Roy Phillip Evans

September 13, 1926 – March 29, 2015

Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 4th 2:30 pm

Summit Baptist Church Kamloops

My father recently passed away in Kamloops. He is a former pastor of a church in Oliver.

We lived in the area as a family from 1971 to 1979. I recently moved back to Oliver and my brother is a physician Dr.  Steve Evans.

Lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Rhelda Evans.

Submitted by Nadine Evans

Concert on April 25 and 26th in Oliver – Sage Valley Voices

Soprano Hayley Shannon selects her costume for the Sage Valley Voices concert “Favourite Songs of the Beatles”.

clothingCome hear her belt out “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Saturday, April 25th at 7 pm or Sunday, April 26th at 2:30 pm at the Oliver United Church venue.

The choir is working hard to please you with Beatle hits ranging from ‘She Loves You’ to ‘Yesterday”. And yes! It will be fun!

Proceeds are used to support community projects like the soup kitchen.

1955 world champion passes

jimOne of 1955 world hockey champion Penticton Vees, “Gentleman” Jim Fairburn passed away peacefully with family members at his side on Saturday.

Fairburn, who was 87, died after a lengthy illness at a care home in Summerland.

One of a few who stayed in the Penticton area along with Kevin Conway and Ivan McLelland.

Born September 27, 1927 in Regina.