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As well, we have a few spots left for our Beginners Windows 8 class starting this Monday @ 11:00 a.m. If you have never taken this course before, and are eager to learn,

please phone (250) 498-4597 to reserve your seat.

This will be on a first come – first served basis.

You can also email: bzakall@sd53.bc.ca

On the sunnyside

Trust Me

An orchardist was going through some deep and troubling difficulties.  They were testing him to the point where even his trust in God’s care for him was wavering. Nothing seemed to be going right. The problems were more than he could handle. In an attempt to clear his mind and think through his problems he resorted to a walk in the orchard that meant so much to him. His 5 year-old son had followed him, unaware of the distress his father was in. They came to an old apple tree destined to be cut down. It had outlived its profitablility. “Just like me,” the orchardist mused. “Maybe I’m no good anymore either.”

“Daddy, daddy! Can I climb that old apple tree?” pleaded his son. The father sensed the benefit of a diversion so he stood underneath as the boy climbed, but some of the branches showed signs of weakness. The boy had ventured out on a limb that threatened to break. There was a danger that he would come crashing down. “Jump, Buddy,” shouted the father, “I’ll catch you!” “Shall I let go of everything and trust you?” asked the lad. “Yes,” replied the father. The boy let go and landed safely in the father’s arms. Then the impication hit the orchardist. If I want my son to let go and trust me when he’s in trouble, shouldn’t I be willing to let go and trust my Father for things I can’t handle?
“Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

The father’s perspective changed. The problems hadn’t gone away but the things that really mattered – his relationship to his family and to God – weren’t gone either. He returned to the house encouraged.

henry weibeKeep on the sunny side,
Henry Wiebe

French immersion – Interested


Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.

Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).

Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.

—Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.—

—Learning recognizes the role of Indigenous knowledge.

—Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

—Learning involves patience and time.

—Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.

—Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

Cost could be prohibitive for Gallagher Lake services


Gallagher Lake area committee chair Bill Barisoff took ODN on a brief walk around the areas of concern. Bill pointed to traffic speed and roadway lay outs that could be improved for safety.

Barisoff, a retired MLA and Speaker of the Legislature didn’t think he would be pulled back into local governance – but lives in the area, is connected to a family business and plans on staying a long long time.

Getting community services to the manufactured home parks is a priority but it would appear to be very costly for dwellings on the east side of Highway 97. It would take $10,000 at least for each home to connect without checking the infrastructure costs, monthly or annual fees etc. The Pine trees in the area have many deep roots that would hinder a sewer and water project.

He says even where the main sewer is already installed there is some resistance based on the cost.

Barisoff says he is interested in the OCP review process and believes a lot provincial help would be needed to fund all the work necessary for community services.

Thor Manson provided ODN with this overview of what is going on: “Advisory committee for RDOS Gallagher Lake Plan – 6 members with Bill Barisoff Chair. Manson is Vice-Chair. RDOS is represented by Donna Butler RDOS Development Services Manager and the Rural Director is Terry Schafer.

Open House held last Wednesday at the Welcome Inn. Participants were invited to look at displays, fill out a questionnaire and mark their support for different possible development projects on a chart.

The advisory panel is made up of residents from the ” Gallagher Lake ” area, and it seemed to me the general public who showed were from different parts of the area as well.

I guess I would say that not all the items that are being discussed are problems; kind of a mixture of what can be done to improve the area, as well as addressing challenges and problems.

Highway safety is definitely a concern for both sides of Highway 97. Speeding is prevalent, enforcement basically non-existent. With continuing residential development, something will eventually have to be done as more and more pedestrians and bicyclists are sharing the road with vehicles- maybe a controlled crossing???”

Recreation, mostly in the form of trail development is a priority. Possibility of “connecting the dots” of KVR trail on West side of highway with a goal of reconnecting with trail to Okanagan Falls and beyond, and to the Oliver Hike-Bike path in the other direction. Some residents are enquiring about public access to Gallagher Lake.

Residents not currently on water and sewer: mostly the East side of the highway. Major concern with providing these services as far as cost is concerned. Country Pines, and Cottonwood are both treed parks. What would it take to build a sewer system within these parks. Who would pay? Gas tax can pay one third of cost, but on private land??

Last time this was looked at 4 years ago the costs were astronomical. Many people in these parks are seniors and on fixed incomes. Big question. Why?? Weekly water testing by Interior Health shows water quality is high. Park managements pump septics on a fixed schedule. Recent perk test showed systems were working fine, and the systems have many more years of service. Water quality in Gallagher Lake itself also good.

Fire, anywhere in our region is always a concern. Some solace in the fact that Fortis substation is just north of area, and in the event of fire, response will be very quick.
Ponderosa Pines are pretty resistant to wind. Cottonwoods not so much, and they are not generally located where people live.

Push to strengthen Federal response to spills

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Environmentalists and First Nations groups gathered at Conservative MP James Moore’s constituency office in Port Moody Friday to deliver a petition in response to a recent oil spill in Vancouver.

“This is a wake up call,” said Grand Chief Stewart Philip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. “This is a harbinger of what could visit us in terms of a catastrophic oil spill in the Burrard Inlet.”

The petition calls for the government to:
-re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station
-restore funding to the Marine Communications Centre in B.C.
-stop increased tanker traffic off the B.C. coast

The petition, which gathered 15,000 signatures, was so large that protesters had to shove it through Moore’s mail slot piece by piece.

The group also brought along rocks smeared with oil from last week’s spill in English Bay.

The Coast Guard has been criticized for what was perceived as a slow response to the bunker fuel spill. Many also questioned why it took roughly 12 hours for the City of Vancouver to be notified.

Is our school district lucky or prudent ?

Every day and week you can find an article somewhere in BC stating that Education is underfunded or that School Districts are having difficulty with cut-backs.

Here is part of a memo on finances for the next year 2015-2016 in School District #53:

To: Finance & Facilities Committee
From: Lynda Minnabarriet


1. Total budget bylaw of $27.9 million; increase from 2014/15 of $129,000
2. Total operating revenue of $23.8 million; increase from 2014/15 of $500,000
3. Total operating expense of $23.7 million; increase from 2014/15 of $40,000

4. Overall reduction in salaries and benefits of $41,000
a. School staffing changes based on projected school enrolment:
i. Teacher reduction of 3 FTE
ii. Reduction in special education of $170,000 (based on anticipated Ministry funding)

b. District administration changes:
i. Elimination of assistant superintendent position and dollars redistributed to networks and savings of $36,000.
ii. Review of superintendent of schools budget areas with savings of $60,000. Savings were achieved due to the creation and nature of the work of the networks.

c. Excluded staff compensation:
i. Included 3% increase for principals, vice principals and excluded staff; requires further discussion by trustees as to the appropriate budget amount.

5. Projected surplus from 2015/16 operating revenue vs. expense is $161,539. With additional required capital expenditures, the surplus required to fund 2015/16 expenditures is $173,461 (structural deficit).

Lynda Minnabarriet

Last performance tonight – SOSS Musical

Letters to the editor:

I had the opportunity to attend Friday’s performance, which was outstanding from start to finish! The students and staff at SOSS should be commended for their professionalism. Thank you for sharing this delightful musical with our community.

It is packed with great songs, high energy dance moves and a positive message! Well done!!

– Heather Frank

The show is fantastic! Last night sold out Matinee today at 2:00 pm, and the final show tonight. Get your tickets early!

– Rod Kitt

What a wonderful, fun evening it was at the performance last night! It was great seeing a packed house from all sectors of our community truly enjoying the student’s efforts. Particularly considering many of the participants were from the Grade 10 level, this shows the wonderful traditions of theatre and music from the 60’s and 70’s are indeed alive and thriving again at SOSS. Kudos to all involved.

– John Chapman

What a wonderful show! It was so lively, great dance routines and the cast showed us they were having a great time…. such amazing talent.Congratulations to all of you … we were truly entertained!

– Christine and Russell Work

BC junior hockey champs – Penticton Vees


After a 3-2 OT win over the Nanaimo Clippers Friday, the Vees take the series 4-2 and will advance on to the Western Canada Cup finals!

We’d like to congratulate the Clippers on a hard-fought series and for giving us a run for our money. Doesn’t get better than the two top teams in the league battling it out.


source: Facebook Penticton Vees


Penticton – The SPCA says it has removed the hat and bell from a pigeon that was tortured last week.

The SPCA received a tip on its cruelty hotline and dispatched a constable to the area. At first, the official thought it was a cat because of the bell around its neck.

“They were able to actually handle the bird, take the duct tape from its head and remove the bell from it’s neck,” said Corinne Ross, Branch Manager, South Okanagan SPCA.

“Apparently there were still some tail feathers with the bird and he flew away.”

Earlier this week local residents were outraged when they saw a photo of the pigeon making the rounds on social media.