Bonnie, Dayton and Louise
In the Oliver Place Mall – seven days a week
in the Oliver Cemetery in the veterans Field of Honor (Legion Plot)
at 4:30 PM Sunday
All Legion Members, Veterans, youth and all area residents are encouraged to attend. A Legion color party will participate, along with a bugler,OES Choir. There will be a Legion Tribute and Red Lighted candles will be placed on the veterans graves by the youth of the community, as they are received from Veterans/adults.
This is a time to honor our veterans who served and returned from wars and active service.This is the passing of the Torch of Remembrance from the older generation to the younger generation to keep alive the spirit of Remembrance
“Seriously, Mr. Bennest why do you keep driving up the Camp McKinney hoping to find someone at work fixing the road? Will give you a “moo” when I see some action.”
Update – comment Monday from Sam:
“Did you drive up McKinney this morning Jack? – at about 7:45 there were: 4 gravel trucks, one excavator, one loader, one compactor, one grader, various pick-up trucks, and driving home tonight I could see that they must have had a water truck as well. ”
Hopefully the road is in better shape.
The Okanagan’s newest library branch is scheduled to open today but the system itself is to be hit by job action.
The new Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library cost more than $13.5 million, and it has almost twice the space as the old library.
There won’t be many more books, but there is a lot more room for the 5000 people who visit every week. CUPE workers plan to have an information picket line outside the library when it opens Saturday morning. 150 unionized library workers through-out the Okanagan began strike action Friday.
So far the strike isn’t causing any major problems. ORL branches in Oliver and Osoyoos are not unionized.
Thanks to Global Kelowna for files
Three ORL branches will be hosting a tour of authors shortlisted for BC Book Prizes. These free public events offer an opportunity to hear from the authors and their nominated works, and have your books signed.
The two authors touring in the Okanagan are JJ Lee and Gary Kent. Lee wrote “The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit” which is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, and Kent’s “Fishing with Gubby” is shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Both authors will be at the new ORL Vernon Branch on its opening day, Saturday, May 5 at 4 p.m. They will then head south to visit the Oliver Branch on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
If you’re not familiar with the work of these talented BC writers, the ORL has copies of the shortlisted books – simply visit our catalogue.
The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The seven prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala, to be held this year on May 12 and hosted by humourist Charles Demers. For more information, visit the BC Book Prizes website.
The Oliver Air Cadets are celebrating their 70th Annual Ceremonial Review and Awards event on Sunday May 27, 2012 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Cadet Hangar, 5856 Cessna Street, Oliver. Guests to be seated by 1:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. All former cadets are especially invited. It’s a time to relive old memories and make some new ones. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-498-0418
The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, and that’s certainly true especially on the usually dry hillsides of the Okanagan Valley. I found this field of Spring Sunflowers on Secrest Hill Road above the town of Oliver. Though Kelowna has claimed this sunflower as their city’s official flower, (they call it the Okanagan Sunflower) the sandy hills and benches all around Oliver are filled with these strikingly beautiful wild flowers. Like many native plants it has numerous names including the most common, Arrowleaf Balsamroot. Officially it’s called a Balsamorhiza sagittata and is a member of the sunflower tribe, part of the large Asteraceae family.
Most of the plant is edible, from its roots to its seeds, which is likely why you don’t find these early spring flowers where cattle are grazed. With light silvery green leaves covered in fine woolly hairs each plant can have as many as a dozen bright yellow blossoms set atop each stem. Its long tap root goes deep into the earth seeking and storing moisture for the plant. Though I’ve never dug one up, I’ve read that its root can grow to 10 cm (4 inches) across and can reach up to an astonishing 2.7 m (8.8 feet) deep. However, on most of the plants their taproots are closer to the size of a carrots’. It’s a long lived perennial and can spend its first three or more years just developing the roots and leaves before it sends out any flowers.
In April and May these sunflowers put on an incredible display, but come June and July the flowers go to seed and the leaves and stems die back until you’d hardly know they were there. The roots remain dormant until next year when warmer weather and spring rains bring them back to bloom again.
A good source of photos and info on flowers native to BC can be found at E-FloraBC
For more detailed info on the Spring Sunflower or Arrowleaf Balsamroot: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/balsag/all.html
This is the latest in a series of blogs featuring the variety of plants flowering throughout the year in Oliver. Do you have a flower in your garden you would like to see featured or one you’d like to know more about?
Saturday and Sunday at the Community Park in Oliver. You cannot miss it.
Twenty six different training events will take place at the community centre grounds, from basic fire fighting procedures to advanced rescue techniques. Many of the events will be marshalled by OFD members, and some of the top experts in their fields are brought in to share their vast knowledge. OFD makes every effort to create a ‘hands on’ training environment, so many of the events are visually stunning.
Members of the public are very much welcome to stroll around the community centre grounds and watch this invaluable training taking place.