Archives for May 2, 2012
If you have not met Dennis Knechtel – you should. Dennis has one of the largest sign operations in the Okanagan Valley – headquartered at Oliver in the Industrial Park. Dennis wants everyone to know that signs are his business: LED signs for business, neon signs, graphic services, Corrplast signs….. you will see Outreach Neon installing signs all over the South Okanagan.
Dennis Knechtel – Electric Sign Manufacturing
– sign and lighting service –
Phone 498-6365 or email email@example.com
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Patrick Turner (right), president of the South Okanagan Amateur Players, presents a cheque for just over $450 to Martin Cattermole of the Adopt-a-Seat Campaign. The fund will help to pay for theatre fittings not covered by the Venables rebuild: seats, stage curtains, lights, sound equipment, and so on. The amount represents a portion of the proceeds from SOAP’s fall production of the comedy The Wild Guys. The troupe had pledged to contribute $1 from every ticket sold plus the profit from the concession.
This marks the Players’ second donation to Adopt-a-Seat: SOAP contributed $1000 in 2010 after their production of the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors.
SOAP has just obtained the rights to produce The Long Weekend by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. Two couples spending a weekend at a country cottage base their friendship on a string of hilarious lies and deceit. Gradually the truth is revealed, but only the audience gets to find out the last and greatest secret. The biting comedy is slated for production on the last two weekends in October.
Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson
Casting Shadows is the “theme” of the next Fall Art Show and Sale. Look for entry forms at
With the launch of Tap by Tap Oliver today, Town of Oliver residents can now pick up their FREE Water and Energy Saving Kits (Kits), 150 of which are available on a first-come first-served basis at Oliver Municipal Hall’s Reception Desk, 6150 Main Street.
Tap by Tap provides free, easy-to-install faucet fixtures to help residents across British Columbia save water, energy and money. Fixtures are distributed through local municipal channels, multi-unit residential property managers and utility companies. Tap by Tap Okanagan-Similkameen includes participating communities including Kelowna, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton and Summerland.
“We are excited to take advantage of this water saving program,” says Stephanie Johnson, Oliver’s Climate Action Coordinator, through her capacity as Director of Development Services. “Here in the Okanagan we focus a lot on outdoor water conservation practices but Tap by Tap reminds us of easy steps we can take on minimizing water use indoors as well.”
Each Energy and Water Savings Kit includes one water-saving shower-head, and aerators for kitchen and bathroom taps as well as a FortisBC waterproof shower timer to encourage people to take shorter showers. For larger homes, some doubles are also available.
“Tap by Tap makes it very easy for customers to save hot water, which in turn, saves both water and energy,” says Doug Stout, vice president of energy solutions and external relations for FortisBC. “It has such a direct benefit for customers who are trying to reduce their energy use that it’s an ideal programto support. We encourage customers to take advantage of it.”
One third of all energy use in a typical home goes to heating water. Only space heating uses more energy in a home. Low-flow fixtures can reduce water consumption by 20% to 50% which, for energy bills averaging $50 a month, translates into a savings of between $40-$100 a year. Annual energy savings from installing a single set of fixtures is approximately 2188 kilowatt hours (8 gigajoules) – enough to run a 100 watt laptop for 2.5 years – and the amount of water saved is approximately 38,880 litres, or more than 100 litres per day.
Prepare to help by looking for items you would like to get rid of – then phone Erin at Royal LePage 498-6222
What: Garage Sale/BBQ/Bake Sale When: May 12th, 8am – 1pm Where: Southwinds Crossing Parking Lot Why: 100% of the proceeds we raise will benefit our local women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Come out and join us for a great cause!
The Sage Valley Voices is a 45 to 50-member adult choir based at the United Church in Oliver. Alice DeRoche has fearlessly, and with much patience and good humor, led the Voices for the past eleven years, selecting the music, writing scripts, sewing costumes, and she has even had a hand in designing sets for the choir’s performances. A busy lady indeed!
The Sage Valley Voices will present their 2012 spring concerts, “GOLDEN DECADE OF THE 70s”, featuring a variety of cool music from the 1970’s – think ABBA, McCartney, Cash, Denver, Broadway show tunes and more! – on Sat. May 5th at 7:00 pm and Sun., May 6th at 2:30 pm at the Oliver United church. Admission is $10 at the door and includes sweet treats following the concerts.
The choir is a non-profit organization and proceeds from the concerts support local community outreach programs such as the church’s soup kitchen and the Oliver Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable food for the food bank are always welcome at the concerts.
The choir usually performs four concerts per year, two in December and two in April or May, and welcomes new members – no audition required. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Oliver United church. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a part of this fun-loving show choir, or for more information, please contact Lois Bzdel at 250-497-7966, or Alice DeRoche at 250-492-4159.
Wednesday 02 May 5pm-7pm at the Community Centre
$7.00 adults $5.00 children $25.00 families
Tickets available at the school office or from a grade 7 student
Come out and support the grade 7 students
raise funds for their trip to Silver Lake
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Ladies and Gentlemen it’s finally that time in her candidacy where you make the choices. Juliana Martine is our local candidate for the BC Ambassador program and needs your help! The People’s Choice polls are now open and just by voting for her once a day, you can help Juliana on her way to winning the $500 bursary as one of the awards in the program. You can vote once a day on: http://www.bcambassador.com/2012-bc-candidates and keep voting until August 18th! Make sure to tell your friends and family to vote as well as she requires as many votes as she can get. Also, if you havent liked her facebook page yet, make sure to do that : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Juliana-Martine-for-BC-Ambassador-2012/259250634160097 the more promotion from facebook and other media goes towards a promotion award! So vote vote vote!!
Public schools better than private schools, study suggests
April 23, 2012.
Janet Steffenhagen, Education writer
A recently published study suggests public-school students have an edge over private-school students when they enter university. The study compared the marks of first-year students, from 110 B.C. high schools, enrolled in first-year physics classes at the University of B.C. between 2002 and 2006. Students from public schools in Metro Vancouver outperformed those who had graduated from private schools and students from elsewhere in B.C. The study also found that east Vancouver graduates did better than west Vancouver students. The study, published in the International Journal of Science Education, was conducted by George Bluman of UBC’s math department, and Thomas Tiedje of the University of Victoria’s electrical and computer engineering department. Their research contradicts the Fraser Institute’s annual report cards, which regularly rank a dozen or so college-preparatory independent schools above all others and suggests west-side schools are more successful than east-side schools. Bluman has reported this same finding for many years.
Unfortunately the report referred to above is not available unless you pay a fee USD $36
Thanks to the Vancouver Sun www.vancouversun.com