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Unplug it – other wonderful things to do

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Museum and Archive – busy on Friday – at Light Up

GS and Mystery photos22A sample of the photos that need identified and some of the gifts available at the archives and museum gift shops.

Museum and Archive Join Light Up Team

For the first time ever, the Oliver and District Museum and Archives will be alive with lights and fun during the annual downtown Christmas Light Up. Both facilities are offering great activities to entice visitors as part of the holiday event being held in downtown Oliver on Friday, November 28th.

There is a long list of activities and fun available to those who come to the light up. For visitors who venture to the Museum, there will be great crafts for kids of all ages along with a hot drink and great goodies. The public is also be welcomed at the Archives where a selection of photographs and artwork, normally held in the Archives vault, will be on display. Staff are hoping that the public will be able to help identify the people and locations in these mystery photographs. More hot beverages and treats will also be available at the Archives. If you’ve never visited, this is a great opportunity!

The gift shops located in both facilities, which will be open for the evening, also have great gift ideas for those who love Oliver and its history.

Enjoy an evening rediscovering Oliver’s Downtown as the lights flick on at 6 pm! However, the fun starts at 5 o’clock with Mrs. Claus’ Workshop on the main street, carolers, pictures with Santa, wine tasting and of course the activities at the Museum and Archives. For details visit the Oliver Business Association Facebook page, glance at a poster around town or call the Archives at 250-498-4027.

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Freemasons Cancer Car Program

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We all know someone who has had or has cancer, maybe its your family, a very good friend or an acquaintance, we are all touched in some way. While this terrible disease can be so devastating it is also the only disease that has the support of a tremendous group of professional medical people and a core of dedicated volunteers.

One such group that you may not heard of are those folks who are involved with the Freemasons Cancer Car Program, who in association with the Canadian Cancer Society provide free transportation to the Kelowna Cancer Clinic. I have been involved with the program for over twenty years, both here in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island. While you may not have heard of the program, those that have been the recipients of this wonderful service will tell you how much the service is appreciated.

The Freemasons have purchased and maintain a fleet of vehicles in the lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island and since 1998 here in the Okanagan. Sprinter vans are located in Kamloops and Penticton, and two Caravans are placed in Vernon and Kelowna. They have a Dispatch Office in the Cancer Lodge in Kelowna, from which patients are assigned to the various Cancer Vans depending on where they live. Pickups are generally along the Highway 97 route, with some minor deviations.

Transportation to the Kelowna General Hospital, Cancer Clinic is provided for patients from Osoyoos in the south to the Kamloops area in the north. Departure times are related to appointment times for Chemotherapy or Radiation treatments, generally it takes about two hours from the south and three to four hours from the north till the first appointment. All appointments are arranged between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, this gives the drivers time to get back to their home base within a reasonable time. This service is carried out Monday to Friday except for holidays when the Cancer Clinic is closed. The service allows patients the relief from having to take their own cars to Kelowna for treatments.

You now know when the service runs and how you get to the Cancer Clinic, all that’s needed is people to drive the vehicles. It may come as surprise to find out that all the drivers are volunteers, some are Masons and some are not. None of patients are charged for this service, it is a free service provided by funds raised by the Masonic Order in BC & Yukon.

Patients are normally advised by their doctors of this service, but some may forget to do so. If that happens, you can contact the Freemason Cancer Car Program in Kelowna at 1-800-299-0188 and they will advise you how to set up connection should you need this service.

In the Oliver/Osoyoos area, drivers are dispatched through Erwin Weiler at 250-498-3364, if you might be interested in assisting in this program by driving please give him a call, he can always use additional drivers.

contributed by Peter Morrow

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skate22Ken Robinson represented the Shriners at the public skate Saturday.

The Shriners pay the cost of the arena so children could skate at no charge.

The Shriners also raise funds to transport children to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver or Portland at no cost.

Submitted by Dave Whalley

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Check the poll – at right – Check details – below – Christmas Light Up

Rediscover downtown Oliver’s main street at our annual Christmas Light Up from 5:00 PM –7:00 PM on Friday, November 28th!

It’s a great opportunity to visit the local businesses and take part in all the activities being offered in town. The Christmas Light Up is family friendly and we hope to see all of you out and enjoying what Oliver has to offer. Take time to enjoy the fun filled activities such as:

• Pictures with Santa at Royal Lepage South Country from 3:30-5:30 PM
• Mrs. Clause’s Workshop (old hardware store downtown) from 4:00 – 7:00 PM; Kids crafts, bouncy house, colouring contest, cookies and milk.
• Free face painting at Medici’s from 4:30 – 5:45 PM. Then it will continue on to the SOICS office (south of OK Photo) at 6:00 PM
• Complimentary roasted chestnuts at Amos Realty from 5:00 –7:00 PM
• Sample some delicious local wines on main street from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
• Crafts and goodies at the Oliver Museum from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. With more goodies at the archives and a wealth of mysteries… They’ll be showcasing pictures of unknown persons and places.
• Hot drinks, popcorn, snacks, and specials at various businesses on down main street from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
• Christmas music at Town Hall from 5:15 – 5:45 PM and Official Light Up ceremony at 6:00 PM
• Wreath contest – contact 250-498-4215 VOTE for your favourite wreath at Mrs. Clause’s workshop!
• Don’t forget to look for Santa on the Fire truck and around town! He’ll be found at Edward Jones around 6:20 PM…stop by to see Santa!
• Entertainment, bonfire, food, and fireworks at the Community Center from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
• FREE children’s movie on Saturday, November 29th at 2:00PM – Oliver Theatre. Come out to watch the Boxtrolls!


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Lifting spirits – available at Beyond Bliss

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Stories to Lift Your Spirits

Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers features prominently in the new, inspirational book Fly Like an Eagle. The book opens with Roy’s life story, which recounts his early years, passion for drawing, struggles with identity and addiction and how he manages to re-emerge stronger and more content with his life and future.

This 100 page, 8.5” x 8.5” book includes 80 colour photos and several Vickers’ paintings and quotes about leadership, hope and challenge.

Twenty-six authors from different countries contributed to this anthology, including nine British Columbia writers.

All of the stories are deeply personal and as varied and compelling as life itself. They all probe, in some way, the eternal question: What gives you hope? Hope is the belief and aspiration to be better. Hope helps us move forward when dealing with life’s challenges. Hope gives us a sense of purpose.

Gary Doi, a former BC school superintendent, created this collaborative project by engaging like-minded writers and photographers from different parts of the world. It began with a magazine blog called “A Hopeful Sign”, which then morphed into the Inspiring Hope Book Series. Fly Like an Eagle represents the second book in the series with a third book on the way. “The stories stir the imagination, ignite your courage and invite reflection,” said Doi. “They inspire hope. In today’s world, that’s a resource in short supply.” Gary Doi, (250) 770-7899 or email:

Published as a public service by Oliver Daily News. A project of the Oliver Rotary Club – books available at Beyond Bliss

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Success – with a helping hand to the Food Bank

mini four22Oliver Arts and Craft Show. Two day event over now but raising about $1000 in cash gifts for the Oliver Food Bank and about 500 + lbs. of donated canned and dry food.

Left to right Show organizers Klaudia Deschenes and Jen Allgeier with Jim Oullette – Food Bank.

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Santa seen in the garden – Doris Lancaster in a snow storm

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100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten

okanagan falls library newsThe Okanagan Regional Library is pleased to announce a wonderful way to make sure your child enjoys some of the best children’s books available at the library!

Beautiful booklists of 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten are available at all branches for parents and caregivers.  These booklists have a  literature-based activity and a small prize associated with them. Each book on the list was carefully selected by youth services librarians from across the region.

Parents are encouraged to do the following activities with their children aged 0 to 5:

  1. Read all 100 books listed and check them off as they do (there is no time limit).
  2. Attend at least one storytime at their local library branch.
  3. Get a library card for their child.
  4. Once completed, go to their library branch to show the booklist to a staff member and receive a small prize  for their family.

Early exposure to books and reading have a multiplying effect on children’s success throughout their school years. Why not enjoy reading with your child now and install that life-long love of reading in them!

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library who have generously covered much of the cost for this fun initiative.

For more information about programs at the library for all ages, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers, please visit

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Poor getting poorer in BC

child povertyRecommendations from a 2013 report – (First Call’s next report (2014) due out on Monday)
First Call’s overarching recommendation for BC is for government to adopt a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines and a cabinet minister with the authority and responsibility to ensure government is achieving its targets on time. We recommend the plan contain a goal to reduce BC’s child poverty rate to 7 per cent or lower by 2020.

Recognizing that children of recent immigrants, Aboriginal children, children of female lone-parent families, children in racialized families and children with a disability, are at greater risk of living in poverty, poverty reduction efforts should also be targeted to achieve major reductions in these populations.

Elements to achieve this goal:

1. The BC government should continue raising the minimum wage to make sure that a single person working full-time, full-year reaches the poverty line. The minimum wage should rise to $12 an hour as soon as possible and be indexed annually to increases in the cost of living.
2. All workers in BC should be covered by minimum wage legislation, including workers who serve alcoholic beverages and agricultural workers who are currently paid using piece-work rates.
3. Raise welfare rates

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3 month old bill not paid – not boding well for 2015

boonstock22No money has been paid for RCMP security by Boonstock concert promoters.

The province of BC invoiced the promoter on September 5th for $176,901 and no payment has been received.

Perry Clark, Ministry of Justice – policing and security branch statement:

“The province has been in contact with the promoters urging payment. The $250,000 that the RCMP have cited represents the total costs at 100 per cent; however, the province can only invoice for the costs it incurs at the 70 per cent provincial cost share and it is up to the federal government to invoice the remaining 30 per cent.”

It is incumbent upon the promoter to reimburse the provincial government for these special event policing costs so that they do not become a burden to taxpayers, the statement further reads.

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October 2nd – about a month after the bill was due

We posed a number of questions to the Regional RCMP detachment in Penticton:

Has the $250 thousand policing bill for Boonstock be paid?

S/Sgt. Kurt LOZINSKI says “The organizer has asked for further breakdown / clarity as to the policing costs which are attached to the invoice. This has been sent to Policing Security branch (Government branch) who is the gate keeper of this and monitoring the expenses. We do not deal directly with the stake holders.

Are you meeting with organizers about a 2015 event?

S/Sgt. Kurt LOZINSKI says “We have not been contacted by the organizer to commence discussions for any upcoming event. We do not chase these as it is their event not ours. I would hope that lessons were learnt from the previous year and should this event take place next year that planning commences significantly earlier than last year.

Lozinski stated concern about the ambulance and hospital expense and thinks the public should be made aware of those costs as well.

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Naramata dispute lingers on

NARAMATA –CUPE has filed an application to have the United Church and Naramata Centre recognized as a common employer.  The move comes as CUPE workers at the church’s retreat centre mark six months on the picket line.

CUPE National Servicing Representative Tom O’Leary says the union filed the application with the BC Labour Relations Board in a bid to bring the church to the bargaining table and take responsibility for its workers.  So far, the church has claimed that despite opening the centre as a designated church ministry and providing funding, it has no say in how the centre is run.  The retreat is one of four education centres owned by the United Church of Canada.

The strike by 30 unionized employees at Naramata Centre started after talks broke down in May and the centre tried to replace loyal, long-term staff with lower-paid, non-union positions.  A “business case” presented by the spiritual centre targeted food services, accommodation, facilities, housekeeping and grounds – the majority of the union bargaining unit’s work – for “outsourcing”.

Speculation continues that the United Church wants to get rid of its union workforce at Naramata so it can more easily sell off the lakefront property – valued conservatively last year at around $6 million.

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Snow, roads, warnings

The first big blast of winter is coming to highways across the province.

A special weather statement issued by Environment Canada Friday morning indicates snow is expected to fall over the Coquihalla, Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass today and into Saturday.

A Pacific frontal system will bring snow to southern highway passes today and tonight.

Light snow at Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass today will become heavier tonight.

Over the Coquihalla summit rain today will change to snow heavy at times tonight as snow levels fall in the wake of the front. Total snow accumulations up to 20 cm are possible through Saturday morning.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Snow was falling Friday morning along Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector.

Several crashes in the Revelstoke area Friday morning were on roads that were snowy and icy.

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Replant program announced

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$8.4 million for a seven-year tree fruit replant program that supports grower’s efforts to meet consumer demands for high-value, high-quality B.C. fruit announced

Premier Christy Clark gave out the details of the program Friday at a Kelowna orchard with representatives of B.C.’s tree fruit industry.

“It’s about providing certainty for B.C. fruit growers,” said Premier Clark. “And making sure we continue to showcase the best tree fruits in the world, both here at home and internationally.”

Beginning April 1, 2015, through to the 2021 season, growers will be able to apply for the new program. It is estimated that more than 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of orchards will be replanted over the next seven years providing 2,600 jobs each year for the Okanagan.

“We are proud of the heritage of B.C.’s tree fruit industry and we look forward to continuing our partnership in promoting high-value, high-quality B.C. fruit so our growers can earn more dollars,” said Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick.

The new program builds on the recent success of growers who replanted low-value orchards with high-demand and high-quality varieties like Ambrosia apples and late-season cherries. B.C. growers produced Canada’s second-largest tree fruit crop in 2013, generating almost $103 million in farm cash receipts. Program applications and criteria will soon be available on the BC Fruit Growers Association website.fred steele

“Growers are genuinely excited about the announcement of the replant program as the government set a goal of a sustainable, long-term replant program, and today this promise is delivered,” said BC Fruit Growers’ Association president Fred Steele. “The program matches the long-term nature of growing apples and cherries, as well as soft fruits, and it is not only appreciated, it is essential to our future. Thank you to the government MLAs and the Premier for making replant a priority.”

Focusing on high-value B.C. products are key to growing the B.C. government’s agrifoods industry to a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017. The Ministry of Agriculture has already met 44 out of 49 targets, helping grow the overall agrifoods sector by eight per cent.

Quick Facts:

•B.C.’s two largest tree-fruit crops are apples and sweet cherries.
•In 2013, B.C. growers produced more than 103,000 tonnes of tree fruits including apples, sweet cherries, peaches, pears, plums/prunes, nectarines and apricots, as well as other tree fruits. This is almost a quarter of the total Canadian production.
•B.C. exported $41.7 million in cherries in 2013 with the top markets in Hong Kong, United States, Taiwan and China.
•B.C. apple exports have increased almost 30% in the past two years. In 2013, B.C. exported $19.1 million in apples and top three markets were the United States, Mexico and Taiwan.
•In 2012, the Province provided $2 million to fund a three-year replant program, resulting in 214 hectares (528 acres) being replanted.

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To fund a bus – silent auction on at Downtown mall


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Expensive wine key to success

one faithIf you love wine and money is not an issue, you now have a chance to be the first to own and drink BC’s most expensive wine.

The Okanagan’s 1st First Growth – a Grand Vin can be purchased in very limited supply for $495 per box of three bottles, which works out to $165 per bottle.

The Old Faith Vineyards aims to grow on the success the Okanagan has already had in producing first-rate Bordeaux varietals.

With that in mind the One Faith Vineyards team has crafted what they are calling the Okanagan’s 1st First Growth – a Grand Vin ever made in BC.

The man behind the vision is Bill Lui, a first-generation Canadian based in Vancouver, who built a successful medical supply business which allowed him to pursue his lifelong passion for wine.

“The singular goal at One Faith is to produce Canada’s first First Growth, an exceptional wine of unparalleled quality,” says Lui who adds no expense was spared in the creation of One Faith.

Napa Valley-based winemaker Anne Vawter was hired to handcraft the premier release and Viticulturist Dick Cleave planted and has managed the site of the One Faith Vineyard on the Black Sage bench in Oliver since 1992.

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• President's Choice Blend 946 ml • * 1/2 PRICE*

$2.99( Reg: 5.99 )


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• Taipan 397g Bags

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• CLUB PAK • $6.99 kg




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MON.NOV.24: CHICKEN PARMESAN......................... 6.99

TUE.NOV.25: SLOPPY JOES w/Fries or Jojos...............4.99

WED.NOV 26: MACARONI SURPRISE.........................4.99

THURS.: CHINESE FOOD..........Made in our Deli..100g.1.69

FRIDAYS: BORSCHT or CHILI.....small 3.29...large 4.29

               CABBAGE ROLLS.............................2 / 4.99

               PEROGIES.......................................6 / 2.99

               CHICKEN WINGS..............................5 / 2.00

Prices in effect: Fri. Nov. 21 - Thurs. Nov. 27       ** Quantities Limited, While Stocks Last **

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Nunset Boulevard – starts its run

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Above – in this scene, the sisters are delighted to find a movie audition suited for singing nuns, a movie entitled “Nunset Boulevard”. Standing (L-R): Diane Gludovatz, Chelsea Cameron Horner, and Terri Thompson; seated (L-R) Aimee Grice and Penelope Johnson (with casting paper).

“That’s why we do musicals – variety’s our spice!” sing the stage-struck nuns in the South Okanagan Players’ upcoming show, Nunset Boulevard. Highly anticipated ever since SOAP performed the original Nunsense in 1998, the new musical marks the return of some of the favourite characters to grace the local stage. It hits theatres in the last two weeks of November.

Ray Turner, who directed the original musical Nunsense, returns to the helm. Gludovatz reprises her hilarious turn as the Mother Superior. Johnson also returns although in a different role. While Nunset Boulevard is the sixth in the series, no previous knowledge of the nun’s escapades is required to enjoy their new antics. Music director Lisa Ante accompanies on piano and leads the small stage band. Tonight in Osoyoos – see ad for ticket info and show times

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Federal $$ at work

Federal Government to improve public access to Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area.

Ottawa will be investing a total of $8 million over five years and $725,000 on an ongoing basis in 10 National Wildlife Areas across Canada that have been selected as suitable for increased public access.

Funding will focus on connecting Canadians to nature by: improving basic infrastructure to make sites more accessible; creating new or expanded trails and viewing platforms; providing on-site programs delivered through collaborative partnerships; and supporting a variety of low-impact public uses, such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, or wildlife observation and photography.

Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area is located  between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. Old ponderosa pine and Douglas-firs located throughout the 812 hectares of land create habitat for threatened birds such as the Lewis’s and White‑headed Woodpeckers. The area also includes unique grasslands and a variety of rare plants such as Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Antelope Brush and Red Osier Dogwood.

Quick Facts

  • A key pillar of Canada’s new National Conservation Plan is to connect Canadians with nature.
  • Since 2006, we have added an area nearly twice the size of Vancouver Island to the network of federal protected areas. This includes establishing three National Wildlife Areas, bringing the total to 54 across Canada.
  • National Wildlife Areas are owned by the federal government and are an effective tool for promoting biodiversity and protecting habitat for species at risk.
  • More than half of the National Wildlife Areas provide a home for species at risk.
  • Vaseux-Bighorn in particular takes its name from the Vaseux Lake reservoir and the California Bighorn Sheep, a key species in the area.
  • Public access is currently limited to a few designated trails, a wildlife viewing tower and boardwalk.


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