Patrick Martin, (left) and Paul Welsman of Fairview Mountain play as many 18 hole games as possible in one day – from dawn to dusk. They did beat the record set last year but all the details being tallyed up by mentor “Chappie”. Martin is the golf pro and Welsman – the clubhouse food and beverage manager.
Archives for June 2011
No is the answer given to them when they asked for parity in pay with ER physicians in Penticton. Local Drs. have said they might withdraw services in July but Interior Health is now saying it has a contingency plan for August. Perplexing for the public which is the last to know what is really going on. This battle is seeing many rural hospitals without standard Emergency Room coverage all year long. Officials in the Health Ministry indicate a glimmer of hope for some solution and policy announcement to be made – but no specifics.
“It was very disappointing to learn that the Ministry of Health,
Physicians’ Compensation Evaluation Committee refused our Doctors’
application for additional funding but I am hoping that Minister de Jong can
still consider options beyond the Evaluation Committee’s mandate”.
“I am advised that SOGH has a contingency plan which will cover the month of
August but beyond that I cannot comment except to say that I appreciate the
incredible effort being put out by our Doctors, Nurses and support staff
while they care for our residents and keep our SOGH Emergency Department
“I hope that the Provincial Government will find a method of overcoming the
financial shortfall and pay inequity before there is a tragic event
resulting from delays after August 2011. Oliver Town Council will continue
to support our local Doctors in any way we can”.
Mayor, Town of Oliver
Highway 97 north of Oliver partially shut down for more than two hours Wednesday morning after a motorcycle accident. A 59 year old Kelowna man spun out of control on the hairpin turn while travelling north at about 8:30 a.m. The travelling public was delayed as traffic could use only one lane and many people took alternate routes once seeing the lineups. The unidentified man was taken to Vancouver Hospital with serious injuries.
This week a time capsule was opened at Oliver Elementary School with teachers and former students peering into the box buried 20 years ago in 1991. Once that was done it was more historical stuff back into a new box and buried for another 20 years.
Leo and Roma Pedersen met in Chilliwack, B.C., in 1959 while playing tennis, and were married on Canada Day, 1961. In 1971 when their 3 children were 8, 6 and 4, they embarked on a family road trip in a converted cube van (laundry delivery truck) they had camperized themselves. This 9 month journey included Alaska, across Canada to Quebec, several U.S. States, and 3 months in Mexico. To this day, the family has many pleasant recollections of “The Trip”.
Returning to Chilliwack only to sell their home and pack up the household, Leo and Roma then purchased 13 acres in Willowbrook, near Oliver. At that time there were only a few other residents, as the subdivision was newly created. Starting in May of 1972, the Pedersens built a log house from the ground up, living for a few months in tents, and cooking outdoors with a wood stove while the home was completed. Even the kids helped by peeling logs and mixing cement for the stone foundation. Both Roma and Leo were instrumental in forming the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department, as forest fires in particular were a danger in this rural area – at that time, accessible from Oliver only by gravel road. Many camping vacations and a few trips to visit relatives in Denmark were taken. Both never lost the urge to travel, and in the 1980’s they began making regular winter journeys to Mexico once the kids were grown. Roma has been a volunteer with the Oliver and District Archives for many years, including creating the weekly “Turn Back the Clock” features in the Oliver Chronicle. Leo, an artist, paints, draws and wood carves. He is a member of the Sagebrushers and the Oliver Arts Council.
Though Leo and Roma haven’t played tennis since that fateful meeting, they ride their bikes into town and walk regularly. Their 3 children and 5 grandchildren hear often from others how much they are admired for their adventurous spirit. Their family and friends wish them many years ahead of “Happy Wandering”.
Story and historical pictures supplied by Audrey Silbernagel
Top Row – Bishop John Corriveau OFM Cap (Bishop of the Nelson Diocese) and
Jamie Fortune. Middle Row – Fr. Sebastian Puthenpura, Brody and
Devon Mazzei, Arin Martins, Adam Houle, Sabrina and Patricia Fortunato.
Bottom Row – Liam Riley, Levi Harris, Jaden Alaric and Paige Riley
This years Grade 7 Catechism class from Christ the King Catholic Church in Oliver
ended their Catechetical year receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation
and presenting the Canadian Food For Children warehouse in Penticton
with their total fundraising efforts for this past year.
This is a unique class. Unique because they are close friends. Unique
because out of 11 students it includes 3 sets of twins. But more
importantly, unique because they love to raise money for Canadian Food
For Children. These students through recycling, running a concession
stand for the local theatre company SOAP, planning and hosting a Valentine
Spaghetti dinner for their Parish and participating in the “3rd Annual
Ballnighter”, were able to raise a total of $1750.20 this year for this
worthwhile charity. For the past three years, these same students, under
the leadership of their volunteer Catechism teacher Mrs. Paula Martins,
have raised a total of over $4000.00 for Canadian Food For Children. In
2009, this class came up with the idea of the “Ballnighter” event, an
all night evening of prayer, praise and fun. They collected pledges for
the event to raise money to purchase balls to send to children in need,
hence the name “Ballnighter”. This spark to serve has grown tremendously
and far exceeded their expectations. This years “Ballnighter” included
Grade 6 students from our Parish as well as students from St. Anne’s
Parish in Osoyoos. Next year, we hope to make it even bigger. These
students wish to thank their parish community for supporting them in donations and
Canadian Food for Children is a non-government organization working
towards the relief of suffering of the poor in developing countries.
For more information, visit their website at
Canadian Food for Children picture (names): Back Row – Canadian Food
for Children volunteers from Penticton; Ellen & Kerry Lowry, Karen
Gatzke, Pat Swanson, student Jamie Fortune, teacher Mrs. Paula Martins,
volunteer Lorraine Stephaniuk and student Paige Riley
Middle Row – Brody Mazzei, Levi Harris, Arin Martins and Adam Houle.
Bottom Row – Liam Riley, Jaden Alaric and Devon Mazzei. Missing from
photo: Patricia and Sabrina Fortunato
These two photos were taken on June 28 as the students presented the volunteers with this years cheque for $1750.20
Students and Mrs. Paula Martins listening to volunteer Mrs. Lorraine Stephaniuk explaining what the class will will be helping with on this visit. The students helped to sort clothes, put together cleaning and hospital and maternity kits and filling containers with items to be shipped in crates.
Story and pictures contributed by Lucy Riley
Not exactly energetic out there in news-land so I will attempt to cover a few bases this week with a poll.
About ten people showed for last night’s council meeting wanting to speak on the Prison Issue but had not gone through the usual protocol so will get the opportunity in two weeks time.
It is my belief that group is opposed to a prison facility in this area and want to urge council to hold a referendum on the question. I doubt that will happen as the land and the proposal is on property controlled by the Osoyoos Indian Band and lies in the Regional District.
I will provide a poll for three days and allow comments on the subject. It will be my second time of providing opportunity for readers to express themselves. Go at it!!
1. Town of Oliver, meeting in council, has decided to proceed with a road funding referendum in the amount of $2.5 million dollars. If passed in November, this funding would allow for three needed projects high on the priority list. 350th (Fairview Road would be completely re-worked into a feature (boulevard) street from Highway 97 to SOSS including new sidewalks, gutters, trees, features. Also to be funded is a sidewalk from 107th to 119th – providing safety to walkers on a very busy thoroughfare. The third project is for funding of a paved walkway east of Okanagan River so that walkers can do a circle route over various bridges and provide some further access for people with challenges.
2. Council agreed to issue a water twinning contract to V-Line Contracting in the amount of $780,000 to provide a domestic water line that would go north of town to Island Rd turnoff and feed into all residences on both sides of the highway. Staff were unsure of how many people would be served but this main trunk installation will ultimately bring potable water to the remainder of users in System #1.
Ever drive down 354th Avenue only to be asked to slow down by a bunch of high skilled street hockey players? Well, the Rockcliffe Jets would like to thank you for your patience. As a result of year round training we are prepared to issue a challenge for the upcoming street hockey season to all Oliverites. If you think you’ve got what it takes to take on the Jets provide us with your name and number and we will make it happen this fall. The Jets are looking for a sponsor for jerseys and beverages. The high scoring jets are blessed with talent and gusto. It doesn’t end there. Vezina winning goaltending and Cup winning coaching will ensure the Jets stay on top for years to come.
The Jets roster includes (as per photo): Hanna the sniper, Luke the twine bulger, Cam the shot blocker, Jose with the cannon shot, Colton the roadrunner, Paul the playmaker, Kyle – Stacker of the Pads and Levi the Leather Flasher and missing is Tyson the power play specialist. We would like to thank our trainer/coach and GM David for all this year’s success. Finally, we would like to thank Frodo, our team mascot, for always being there to support us – win or lose.
photo and story supplied by Luke Ellis.
Good question so we took pictures of: 1. Smart front of home area – low cost 2. Expensive way of doing it with green lawns and thirsty hedges 3. Low cost but not a good image 4. Attractive boulevard treatment.
Water consumption costs money so we recommend: Don’t sprinkle on cool or rainy days, use less water on warmer days but in the middle of the night if possible – 4 to 6am; cut back on the amount of lawn area you really use for sitting, guests, kids. Use landscape cloth and gravel to reduce the amount of “need to be cared for” land.
Doug has been racing for more than 20 years, in several different types of cars. Most recently he was a member of the Old Timers Racing Assoc. on Vancouver Island until his move here to Oliver. We recently purchased the Dwarf car and he became a member of the Okanagan Dwarf Car Club. He is (as far as we know) the only Dwarf car driver and owner from Oliver. So far he has finished in the top three of every main event he has raced in at Penticton and most recently in Vernon, where he came in 2nd in the 30 lap main event. As we have our wedding coming up this summer, he will not be able to race in every race that the club is in, but will make as many as he can.
The next scheduled race we will be at is at Penticton Speedway on July 9th. He is also hoping to make it to the Pacific Challenge in Victoria on July 16th, where he would have the opportunity to catch up with and race many of his long time friends. If there is anyone who wishes to add their name to our wonderful group of sponsors and get some advertising on the car, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see everyone out to cheer us on at Penticton Speedway on July 9th.
story and pictures supplied by Jennifer Pottie (soon to be Morton)
1st row: Ernie Rotheisler, Donna (Norton) Nemeth, Diana( Bertram) Denny, David Sallows, Pat Foley, Allan Thornton, John Kesselring
2nd row: Carol (Hoffman) Stevens, Mary (Krahenbill) Davis, Margie (Bell) Soare, Barbara (Opp) Pedin, Rose Noel, Valerie (Cowan) Hitchens, Judy (Hebig) Slingsby, Barbara (Johnson) Hestrin, ?
3rd Row: Jim Hewitt, Maggie (Whittet) Soare, Marion (Ball) Gibbs, David Jones, Allen Fedor, Jean (Blidook) Gallie, Janice (Tress) Weiser, Sandra (Shaw) Jones, Bob Compeau, Anne (Ross) Camp,
4th row: Jeremy Butler, Brian Jones, Eleanor (Carl) Van De Bogart, Gisela (Gummel) Braniff, Doreen (Frank) Kelley, Blaine Kennedy, Ron Barillaro, Helmut Knippleberg,
Back row: Allister Allen, Dittmar Mundel, David Ogilvie, Jack Cox, Bill Stewart, Judi (Mitchell) Bledsoe , Barry Brown, Tim Forty, Wayne Boult.