Desert Crust is the type of material on Bruce Fuller’s roof.
Archives for May 24, 2012
Not too much interest in this story but we shall do as we said.
This well has a story to tell – do you know it? No guessing. The wishing well is located on Park Drive in Oliver. It has a story to tell which I will explain later today unless I get some detailed answers here on the comment section.
Anyone know who used to live in this home?
The Board of Education of School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) invites the public to our learning forum on June 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm at YouLearn.ca, Unit C, 291 Fairview Road, Oliver. The focus for the evening will be “windows into YouLearn.ca” and will include:
Who we are: Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Alternate Programming. What we do: locations, courses, services provided. Why you should know about us – leaders in personalized learning.
We hope to see you on June 6!
1. Approved 2012 payment of $3500 to the Oliver Community Arts Council which allows this organization to get matching grants from the provincial government. The next application will be reviewed at the time of the disucssions for the 2013 budget.
2. Two new appointments to the Board: Tom Fortune replacing Ron Hovanes as Town of Oliver director and Bill Eggert replacing Allan Patton as Area C representative. The appointments effective at the next meeting in June. The composition of the Board is now 3 from Area C and three reps from the Town of Oliver including one councillor along with a rep from the OIB and one rep from the School District.
3. A delegation of two staff members of the provincial government appeared as a delegation speaking to the issue of a license of occupation for the hike and bike trail. Shaun Reimer from the Lands and Forest Ministry stated that a simple agreement could be hammered out with the Regional District in a couple of weeks and everyone at the meeting looked forward to that day when the Park Board could provide minimal maintenance on the paved trail.
4. A second delegation had Maurizio Basso from SOSS make a verbal plea for a $500 grant in aid for the senior boy’s basketball team for tournament expenses. The school had previously been informed that no grant was agreed to and the delegation allowed for an open discussion of the policies that govern the Park Society Board on grants in aid.
5. Progress is reported on the Kiwanis Band Shell – pictured above today.
The results are in and four lucky Okanagan residents will each receive up to $1,000 in WaterWise yard improvements! The winners were part of the MAKE WATER WORK Pledge Contest put on by Okanagan WaterWise.
“We’re thrilled with the results,” said a pleased Corinne Jackson, the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Communications Director and manager of its outreach initiative Okanagan WaterWise. “The purpose of the contest was to let people know more about Okanagan water – how much water we use, how much we really have, and give simple tips to make water work more efficiently.
“The fact is we have less freshwater available to us here in the Okanagan than anywhere in Canada, yet we use two times more than the average Canadian – 675 litres per person, per day compared to 329! While 7% of our water is used by residents indoors, a whopping 24% is used outdoors – mostly on lawns and gardens in the summer,” added Jackson. “People are getting the message and now we’re going to help four lucky winners do even more and WaterWise their yard!”
The winners are Shawn Landriault of Summerland, Penticton’s Pat Maxwell, Norman Gerow from Oliver and Sandy Gregson of Osoyoos. All four will receive an outdoor water assessment – of either their in- ground irrigation or of their landscape, worth up to $500. In addition, they will each receive $500 in product and service to WaterWise their yard – either fixes to their irrigation or low-water landscaping, for a total prize worth up to $1,000 each.
“That’s fabulous,” said Maxwell on receiving the news. “We’re always looking to do things to make our yard WaterWise. We tried our best to xeriscape the front but I can’t really afford to do much so I’m obviously delighted!”
“Woo hoo! You gotta love that,” responded a happy Gerow. “I think I have a leak in my underground sprinkler system – you can see it on my water bill!”
To ensure the best water-saving results possible, Okanagan WaterWise teamed up with WaterKind Consulting to do the irrigation audits and Emerald Irrigation and Landscape Construction for the installation – both are Irrigation Industry Association of BC certified.
“This was very important to us,” noted Jackson. “An IAABC certified installer helps ensure irrigation work is done right – helping save money for the customer while maximizing water efficiency.”
Jackson said they also teamed up with Waterwise Landscape Design for the landscape audits – a company that specializes in low-water landscapes – perfect for the dry Okanagan, as well as Andrew Sheret Ltd. – known for its commitment to promoting water-efficiency. Grasslands Nursery and Sagebrush Nursery also came on board with the contest, both of which carry a wide-variety of native and drought-tolerant plants and xeriscape materials.
The Make Water Work Pledge contest was part of the Tap-by-Tap campaign in the South Okanagan, in which residents were invited to pick up a free water conservation kit. The campaign was a partnership between City Green Solutions, FortisBC, Environment Canada and Okanagan WaterWise. Jackson said she looks forward to continuing to work with City Green to bring a similar initiative to the Central and North Okanagan as well.
All four of the winners took a pledge to Make Water Work! To learn more and for simple tips to Make Water Work, please see the “Backgrounder” attached below.
Meeting of the Trustees Wednesday May 23rd in Oliver
1. April enrolment report – Elementary schools in the district down by 10, secondary schools students down by 56 and YouLearn is up by 120 students.
2. School Board officials and consultants met with community groups over planning for the new Frank Venables Auditorium slated for an opening in December of 2013 with a seating capacity of 400. The design includes a separate drama classroom for school use. Another community meeting is scheduled prior to the tendering of all equipment.
3. A celebration of success will be held May 30 at 4pm in the SOSS atrium for the Roots of Empathy program. Six years of success. It will be a gathering of babies, parents, instructors, the public and school officials. Alumni babies are invited to attend.
4. Dry Grad fundraising at Liquor stores in BC has raised over a $500 thousand and $3,116 will stay in the school district.
5. Defibrillator Enhancement Program: Thanks to a generous donation from Interior Savings Credit Union – this program will continue to train grade 10 students in three high schools in the district. The schools received almost $8000 in cash for 70 CPR mannequins with 8 teachers getting training in the district.
6. The district will write to the government of BC about traffic safety around the Elementary School in Okanagan Falls as streets and crosswalks are looked after by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. This is an ongoing situation with the school district reinforcing its concerns in another letter – asking for safer conditions in the area.
Marji’s first day of her “Get Motivated for Change” tour. She ran from Kaledan to Osoyoos except from Vaseau Lake to Oliver when she rode her bike!! Amazing. Tomorrow she goes from Osoyoos to Keremeos.
Get motivated says Basso: ‘Collectively as citizens we need to take our hunger and aches of poor governance over the last 11 years and turn it into something positive which is motivation • we need to be motivated to ensure that we get informed of the real issues that plague our communities and our Province • we need to be part of the dialogue to ask questions about process, what is working and what isn’t, and what can be changed • we need be part of a viable solution so make positive changes for ourselves, our neighbours, and our communities so that we can get this beautiful Province back on track. Einstein stated that insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result – well I say we have lived through 11 years of insanity, and I say it stops here, officially in May 2013 – we can’t afford it not to.”
Please feel free to drop items by anytime Today (Thursday), tomorrow (Friday) (9am-5pm) and Saturday Morning between 7:30am and 9am. If you have a large clean and saleable item, please call our office 250-498-6500 if you are unable to bring it to the office, we may be able to come and pick it up today and tomorrow! Lets fill up the boardroom and our lobby area of the office–We’ve already filled 2 storage lockers! We are going to sell everything and all proceeds go to a GREAT cause– Cancer Research right here in British Columbia.