Jack Bennest – seeks your vote for Councillor

new jack edit22Jack Bennest – incumbent councillor Town of Oliver.

Served 3 terms in this century.

Presently serving on the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society as town representative

Experience with Okanagan Regional Library board (finance chair), Oliver Heritage (Museum and Archive) representative. Member of Oliver Elks, Royal Canadian Legion and the SO Chamber of Commerce.

Raised and schooled in Oliver – left for 15 year broadcasting career – returned in 1984. Thirty years as community worker/businessman.

Four questions posed to all candidates from ODN: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?

Yes they are an issue and I think the local food bank event each Wednesday shows the amount and regularity of the need. Town council is not charged with the care of the homeless or those in need but all elected officials must be aware or be made aware and advocate for change in our social safety nets. I believe Oliver has a good low income housing stock and system – with little or no “sleeping on the streets” community. Support local charity and keep the dollars in Oliver.

At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?

This report may be flawed as a number of organizations have stated that opposing view. Quality workers and professional management come at a price. It’s a competitive market to attract new employees. It is however the job of each council to hold the costs down, engage in tough bargaining, and find ways of settling issues and wages without following the lead of other cities. One fact escapes many people. The higher the compensation for ALL workers – the more money there is to fuel the economy. If everyone was paid a minimum wage – would you need banks.

Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?

Yes. The look down town is starting to upset me and many others and it is time to act. Council has the power and resources to become an active partner in the downtown. Consistent leadership is needed to make this happen. Council has stated it plans to make changes on Station Street with park improvements. Time to act.

What unique subject is on your mind – suggestions for Oliver’s future?

The town cannot do it all. It needs partners. RDOS, School Board, business, community leaders and everyone who lives here. We can do more and should use our energy and dollars to make our small part of the world – better, greener, safer and prosperous. I believe you will see more park space, walking trails, more hike and bike routes in the next 4 years and this council is committed to it. We need to find a way to deal with apathy and complacency. We must engage our community – seek new ideas and approach the future by thinking outside of the rut.

Vote for consistency. Vote for leadership. Vote for a better Oliver.

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‘Tiny’ at SORCO

tinyAt four inches high and weighing under three ounces little ‘Tiny’ the Northern Pygmy Owl is in need of help.

The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) has been looking after the bird named ‘Tiny’ along with several of his extended Raptor family members (Hawks, Eagles, Osprey and Falcons).

Ray Putnam, of SORCO, says this year has seen a dramatic increase in injured birds coming to the rehab centre for treatment.

“This has created a significant increase in medical care and food costs,” he explains. “It takes about one dollar a day per bird for these two items alone. So, for an average 3 month stay, they cost about $100.”

Putnam jokes the birds cannot pay for their room and board but the issue of funding for the centre is no laughing matter.

“SORCO is a  non-profit organization, run by volunteers, and we rely on public donations to operate.”

Those donations often come in via the internet but recently someone hacked the SORCO website and it had to be shut down and completely rebuilt.

A costly expense to the centre.

“It means another expensive project and no funds are coming in.”

For Tiny to be released back into the wild SORCO is putting out a plea to the public, asking for donations.

If you would like to help Tiny and his family please mail a cheque to:

Box 1166
Oliver BC
V0H 1T0

or call  Ray Putnam (250-763-4480 or rayputnam@shaw.ca) to make a donation via cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard.

source: Castanet

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kenzie22The SOSS field hockey team hosts the Okanagan Valley AA High School Championships today at the SOSS fields.

Our SOSS team plays at 9:00am and if they win, again at 2:30pm in the final. Bring a chair and blanket and come support the girls!!!

Pictured grade 10 player Kenzie Harrington

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Chainsaw art carving – brand relaunch for Great Bear

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The Great Bear

stag22 Launch of new brand ( Great Bear ) and grand opening of public sales counter. Great Bear Bites – paleorganic, gluten free, vegan, extreme natural nutrition for the grizzly within.

Tracy Lydiatt, young entrepreneur – operating a cookie factory in Oliver in the former Catholic Church basement on Fairview Rd. She expanded to a 2nd floor.

Tracy is making (processing) vegan cookies – gluten free and she is winning awards and wants to grow her business.

The BC Food Processors Association has nominated Tracy for two awards: Rising Star and Best Product of the year.

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bob mckayObituary for the late Robert Russel (Bob) McKay  November 20, 1949 – October 22, 2014

On Wednesday October 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, Robert Russel (Bob) McKay at the age of 64, peacefully went to be with his Lord after a courageous three year battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family:  Christine, his wife of 44 years, his daughter Melanie Bailey, son-in-law Daniel and granddaughter Eliana; his daughter Karen Jansen, son-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Alyssa, Malachi and Eden, all of Winnipeg.  Also surviving Bob is his mother Peggy of Oakbank, MB, brothers Harry (Cathy) of Dugald, MB, Jock (Elaine) of Stony Plain, AB, and sister Lori Reimer(Gerald) of Giroux, MB.  He was predeceased by his father Russel in 2013.

Bob was raised on the family farm near Dugald, MB. He met and married Chris in 1971 and eventually returned to Dugald where they raised Melanie and Karen.  Bob was employed for 32 years with the
C N Police from which he elected early retirement at the age of 48.   Shortly after his retirement Bob and Chris moved to Oliver, BC, where he has spent many years pursuing his love of nature. This included his enjoyment of birding, camping, travelling and spending time with his family. Bob also served his community, volunteering with the Kiwanis Club and the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory.  He has been active as an Elder in the Valley Congregational Church.

Bob enjoyed and excelled at a variety of sports throughout his life. Even into his senior years he stayed active in curling, hockey and hiking. He especially enjoyed participating in the Seniors Games, earning many medals in field events.  Bob’s passion, however, has been his birding where he was actively adding to his life list.  He also became a skilled photographer and many of his photos of wildlife, birds, and nature have been published.

The family wished to express gratitude to Dr Solano, Dr Holmes and all the wonderful nursing staff in ICUW Kelowna General.  Thank you for the good care you gave Bob. Gratitude is also extended to the staff at the Penticton Oncology Department for your excellent care during his two years of treatments.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2:00 pm at Valley Congregational Church, 4312 Black Sage Road, Oliver BC.  A Manitoba service will take place in early November.  Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory through the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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One week away


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Message from our MP

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Sikh community in BC Southern Interior my best wishes for Diwali and a joyous new year. Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates hope and inner strength and welcomes in the coming New Year. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past year, to look ahead and to make plans for the future with renewed optimism.

People in this community, across the country and all over the world, will take this time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the victory of goodness in all of us.

I believe every Canadian can share in the hope for the future that Diwali represents. Around the world, our multicultural nation is a beacon of hope. We pride ourselves on our openness and continually strive to build an inclusive society. As Diwali brings in another new year let us all remember to draw upon the good that can be found in all of us.

Alex Atamanenko

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Moon and sun – black and white

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Partial solar eclipse over Northwestern America, yesterday afternoon. Picture taken from our home on Anarchist just using our hand-held digital camera to the 7 “M-C telescope (equipped with a solar mylar filter) eye-piece. We were inside (so pictures taken through a double pane window) as it was too windy outside to install the telescope.

Supplied by
Hélène Godin

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Boy without license given ticket by traffic cops

West Kelowna – The driver and passenger of a rental car both received violation tickets after police conducted a traffic stop late Wednesday night.

On October 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm, a member of the Kelowna Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) conducted a vehicle stop on a red Chevy Impala on Bartley Road near Capri Road. The car, which had been observed leaving a liquor store nearby, was found to be a rental vehicle and had two occupants. The driver, a 14-year-old boy from West Kelowna, was apparently acting as chauffeur and designated driver for his 47-year-old father, who happened to be under the influence of alcohol.

The boy was unlicenced to drive because one cannot obtain a British Columbia Learner’s Licence until they are at least 16 years of age.

The rental car agreement showed the father listed as the only approved operator and the car was subsequently removed from the roadway for retrieval by the rental company.

The boy received a Violation Ticket for No Driver’s Licence while his father was issued a Violation Ticket for Allowing an Unlicenced Minor To Drive.

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November 8th – Gala Makeover

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November 8th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets $10.00
call 250-498-3663 for more information

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Friday travel pix – thanks – fini

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Evening cruise on the Danube River in April 2013

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November 1st

curling22Eastlink Curling Centre will be having a Curling Improvement Clinic on Saturday, Nov 1.  It is a drop in affair anytime from noon to 4 pm

There will be Club Coaches on hand to help with beginners and with problems you might have with any aspect of your game.  And there will be coaches on hand, as well, for those of you who want to try Stick Curling. 

Over half of the Day League curlers now are stick curlers.  This innovation has truly made curling a life time sport, so if your knees or back are bothering you, give this a try. 

For people who simply want to practice and throw a few rocks, there should be space available for you too.  The best part?  It is all free!

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FREE Events ( dated events and sales )

Three simple rules

Free events must have a date – yard sales, garage sales, bazaars etc.

Commercial events should be advertised – contact Publisher – Ticket prices above $10 cannot be shown

Don’t try to use FREE classifieds for events, yard sales or anything with a date including ticket sales

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RDOS notice

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Larry Schwartzenberger – Incumbent

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My wife Claire and I moved to Oliver 23 years ago from Calgary. After 40 years of marriage, we have 3 grown children who all graduated from SOSS and 6 wonderful grandchildren. I work for Growers Supply here in Oliver as their Packaging Manager.
In September of 2013, I was honoured to be elected to Town Council in a by-election.  Prior to my election to Council, I volunteered my time as the PAC Chair at SOSS for 7 years while my children attended school there, as a member of the Economic Development Society (ODCEDS), and as a member of the Airport Advisory Committee.
In addition to my Council duties, I am a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a member of the Heritage Society, on the Executive of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer for the Christmas Food Hamper Drive.
I have enjoyed the opportunity of working with Mayor Hovanes and Councillors Doerr, Mattes & Bennest to make Oliver an even better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Four questions asked to all candidates for the position of councillor: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?

a. Homeless and poverty are an issue in any community and there are no easy answers for a quick fix. I was pleased to see an announcement from the BC Government with a program for specific groups of individuals providing monetary support to avoid homelessness. The targeted groups are aboriginals, women who have or may encounter violence and youth transitioning from foster care. For Oliver I would like to explore a couple of options to try and address this issue:
1) Discuss with Council ideas for having new development create a fund for lower cost housing.
2) Invite Habitat For Humanity to Council and see if we can get them to consider Oliver for an    upcoming project.

At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?

b. Employees in Oliver are unionized and their pay is consistent with the collective agreement    that they have negotiated with the Town of Oliver. Management salaries seem to be in keeping with the Municipal norms. Having just gone through the process of hiring a new CAO for the Town, I feel that Council has always kept the taxpayer in mind when we are negotiating union and management salaries.

Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?

c. Oliver would certainly benefit from a hotel and new businesses to fill in some the holes in Main Street. I am confident that new jobs from the Correction Centre and the spin off benefits to the local economy will encourage new business & employment opportunities along Main Street and elsewhere. Council has in place incentives for new business with parking relaxation and reduced property taxes over a limited time in targeted areas.

What unique subject is on your mind? – suggestions for Oliver’s future.

d. I would like to see more Wine Capital business promotion in our downtown core. If we are the Wine Capital of Canada, we need to show it more than just on the 2 entrance signs into Town. I would like to see more funds allocated for increased education and by-law enforcement in our Parks and along our Hike & Bike Trails. I would like to see our youth get more involved in Civic Government by creating a Youth Advisory Committee to provide input for Council on issues that are of concern to them.

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National champion


Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Most effective speaker in Canada. Carol Sheridan, Manager of Oliver Parks and Recreation.

JCI Penticton wins top award at National Convention

JCI Penticton member Carol Sheridan travelled to Ajax Ontario (near Toronto) last month to compete in the national round of JCI’s Effective Speaking competition at the National Convention held Sept 17-21.

In May of this year, Sheridan won the regional competition held in Penticton and went on to represent the BC/Yukon tremendously in Ajax by delivering a prepared speech with the topic “The Time is Now”. In the end, she received the highest scores from the judges and was named JCI Canada’s 2014 National Effective Speaking Champion.

“It was such an honour to represent the BC/Yukon region and my Penticton chapter at the national level, says Sheridan. To compete at National Convention was my goal, so I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.”

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Disturbance in the force


Joel Malcom award winning sign just went up but – wind? took its toll.

The picture though shows other issues:

Hwy 97 – safety, speed, paving, and signage
Undeveloped property – formerly an orchard
Clean up of under utilized land
Agriculture in the background with residential buildup
Amalgamation issues, commercialization of farming area

You might have more

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Coordinated search nabs suspect

peanutDespite attempts to hide in the surrounding bush, a 20-year-old man from Nanaimo is in custody thanks to a coordinated police search Thursday afternoon.

Thursday around noon, a member of the Osoyoos RCMP attended a residence on Gravenstein Drive in an attempt to arrest Dillan COTE (20) on outstanding warrants. The warrants included charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Obstruction in connection with separate incidents in Penticton, BC and Edmonton, Alberta. When police arrived, they found who they were looking for but COTE fled, shirtless and shoeless, from the home.

Additional resources from the Oliver RCMP, Keremeos RCMP, Regional General Investigation Section and Penticton Police Dog Services made their way to the area to assist with the search.

Police Service Dog “TIG” immediately established a track and was able to safely locate COTE hiding in the bushes nearby.

COTE remains in custody on the strength of the outstanding warrants. He could face additional charges pending further investigation.

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Ok… what is going on? – in wild horse country

wild horses22Kaleden -PIB land (former game farm)

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Mistreatment and lack of recognition recognized

Today Premier Christy Clark made a statement in the
British Columbia legislative assembly apologizing for the wrongful
hanging of six Tsilhqot’in war chiefs in 1864 and 1865, and stating the
Province’s will to exonerate the chiefs to the extent of its ability.
Five chiefs were imprisoned, tried and executed in October 1864 after
accepting an invitation to discuss terms of peace to end the Chilcotin
War. A sixth chief was hanged the following year.

The statement fulfills a promise outlined in the Sept. 10, 2014, Letter
of Understanding between the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) and
the Province of British Columbia.

Statements are understood through a mutual agreement
to address the healing that must occur around a difficult history of
mistreatment, misrepresentation and lack of recognition of First Nations
people within the Tsilhqot’in territory and rest of British Columbia.

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Down the aisle

down the aisle oct 23

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So… how was your day?

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Locals involved in Princeton rescue

Princeton Search and Rescue responded late Monday afternoon shortly after a report of an injured female hiker in her early 20’s on Johnny’s Hat Mountain near Princeton.

The female hiker was part of a larger group on the Mountain when she was struck by a falling rock.

Oliver Osoyoos SAR members involved in Princeton area rescue Kevin Vetsch and Colleen Aven.

Colleen acted as a Rope Rescue Team Lead and managed a large portion of the operation to assist getting the subject and other members off the mountain in a safe and efficient manner.

By 8 p.m. 19 members of Penticton’s Search and Rescue team along with 2 Oliver Osoyoos SAR members arrived and began to prepare for a difficult rescue operation.

Over the next 8 hours rescue teams hauled personnel and equipment up the mountain over extremely difficult and dangerous terrain in order to set up a series of rope stations in which to lower the victim to the Valley bottom.buff

CFB Comox 442’s Buffalo Search Aircraft took up station overhead and for over three hours dropped flares down over the mountainside to assist rescuers as they ascended the mountain.

The search flares not only aided the rescuers in providing much needed light, but it was a boost to the teams’ morale.

The victim was transported to Penticton General Hospital where she is recovering.

“This was an extremely difficult area to access and extricate a victim from,” said Penticton SAR president Dale Jorgenson. “We had so many factors to consider with the terrain being so steep, an unstable slope with lots of falling rock and then you add the darkness.”

“Our rope team leaders had their work cut out for them and they performed exceptionally well.  Overall I was extremely pleased how everyone handled themselves, from the SAR Teams, BCAS and the support from our Air Force – we got the job done and we wish our best for the young lady to have a speedy recovery.”

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