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Archives for June 2012
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Gary and Lorna Klassen of Osoyoos requesting that RDOS vary the allowable parcel coverage from 3 to 6% and this has been recommended by staff.
The Klassens state they wish to use the land near the river at 8929 Road 17 for a fish rearing facility which is an allowable use on ALR property. The property is about 4 miles south of Oliver. It is treed and has a house on it. The owners wish to use the existing house for farm use and desire to build a new home in the south west corner of the property. This will take some form of exemption from flood plain provisions.
This wasp was rotating something (dead insect?) using its front legs and
mandibles then placed it in one of the cells; food for thought, or eggs when
Photo supplied by Pat Hampson
The problem with elucidating the difference between wasps and hornets is that, at least according to most definitions of wasps, all hornets are wasps. So here’s the deal:
Wasps are members of the family Vespidae, which includes yellow jackets and hornets. Wasps generally have two pairs of wings and are definitely not fuzzy. Only the females have stingers and can sting people repeatedly.
Hornets are a small subset of wasps not native to North America (the yellow jacket is not truly a hornet). Somewhat fatter around the middle than your average wasp, the European hornet is now widespread on the East Coast of the U.S. Like other wasps, hornets can sting over and over again and can be extremely aggressive.
Read more: http://www.mentalfloss.com
Despite the SOSS Hornets – no hornets are thought to live in this area of north america.
“Lobo Blanco” – Back Alley concert- Saturday June 30
Canada Day Breakfast – Sunday July 1 Community Hall 8:30 am
“KV Brakemen” – Music in the Park – Thursday July 5 CPR Station
“Trama” concert at Hester Creek – Friday July 6
Friends of the Oliver Library Book Sale – Saturday July 7
It’s yodelling. It’s swing. It’s country. It’s jazz. It’s a whole lot of fun, is what it is!
The South Okanagan Concert Society is please to announce what president Jan Marcotte calls “an exciting experiment”. After a little trouble booking their fourth concert of the 2012 – 12 concert season, the society has hired a terrifc ensemble: Woody Holler and His Orchestra.
Imagine Django Reinhart (1930s gypsy jazz guitarist) with a cowboy twang. The result is a lively, toe-tapping good time that will make you smile. Check out a musical sampling at their website here: www.woodyholler.ca
Fron his website: “Woody Holler grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of belonging and nostalgia held him close to the early Western genre. Influenced by the crooning styles of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers as well as the rustic blue yodeling of Jimmy Rodgers and danceable swing of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, he developed his lyric yodel on the wide-open spaces of the Canadian Prairie.
“Woody Holler’s orchestra consists of Winnipeg’s finest folk/jazz musicians creating a western swing style that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. Richard Moody on violin, Greg Lowe on guitar and Daniel Koulack on double bass add clever arrangements that are rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons, and show stopping “extreme” yodeling. Woody Holler was nominated for the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards.”
The full conert lineup for the 2012-13 season isNovember 2, 2012: Tracy Fehr, lyric soprano November 30, 2012: Daniel Gervais, Canadian Fiddle Champion February 8, 2013: Duo Rendezvous, violin & guitar THURSDAY, March 7, 2013 ~ Woody Holler and His Orchestra $60 regular 4-flex pass $20 single ticket at Beyond Bliss, Oliver and Imperial Office Pro, Osoyoos
The Oliver Community Arts Council Board adjudicated seven applications for Contracted Service Agreements (CSAs) at its June 20th Board meeting. CSAs are fee-for-service contracts which enable a registered charity like the arts council to disburse funds to programmes, events, and projects that are in accord with its constitutional ,mandate. The contract empowers the recipient of funds to act as an arm of the charity.
The arts council received a record number of seven applications, each requesting the full $500 apiece for a total requested $3500. Our budget for 2012 was set at $2000, also a significant increase over previous years. Five of the seven applicants received funding, three of those at full funding, and two at partial funding. Besides the usual criteria of meritorious programming and demonstrated financial need, the arts council also took into consideration rewarding new applicants wherever merited.
Often the decision came down to whether the applicant included a detailed budget. The council has advised all applicants that this is a necessary part of the application, as we are held financially accountable to the CRA.
Congratulations to the following winning applicants :
* Sage Valley Voices Community Choir ~ Christmas Concert Series (December 2012)
* Friends of the Oliver Library ~ Children’s Event Programming (Summer 2013)
* Oliver Sagebrushers / Oliver Community Garden Society ~ Art and Gardening for Kids (July – August 2012)
* Double O Quilters ~ Catherine Nicholls Workshop (October 2012)
* South Okanagan Concert Society ~ 2012-13 Concert Series (October 2012 – March 2013)
In general, the Board rewarded applications that showed: public accessibility (e.g. low cost to the public, wide appeal or sector appeal such as children), public participation (e.g. open houses, introductory skill level), sound fiscal and organizational planning, as well as innovation and creativity (e.g. joint events, new learning).
The Board had a healthy debate over applications, and felt uniformly pleased with the process and the outcome. With the belief that competition makes us all aim higher and provide better arts programming to the public, we encourage lots of applications in 2013! The OCAC will also attempt to make room in its 2013 budget to award more contracted services.
Photo: file photo, Friends of the Olver Library “Nankama Drumming” Workshop
Photo Credit: Val Friesen
All artists are invited to submit a Call for Entry form to enter the 2012 Fall Art Show and Sale. Don’t delay! The deadline is Friday September 7.
The theme is “Casting Shadows“, and is open to literal or figurative interpretation. Having a specific theme each year encourages new works, allows for more creativity and co-ordination with other elements in the show, and increases audience appeal. Every effort is made to choose a theme which is accessible to various artistic media and styles.
The Oliver Community Arts Council believes that anyone who “casts a shadow” is an artist! Show us your hidden talents! Don’t keep them in the shadows. Choose your favourite category and enter to win, sell, or simply impress your friends. You deserve your artistic moment in the spotlight!
New works will be accepted in seven categories: Watercolour Paintings, Oil Paintings, Acrylic Paintings, Fibre Arts, Three Dimensional, Photography, Other Media (mixed media, encaustic, pen and ink, etc), and Emergin Artists (under 18 years).
Print off your form by clicking this link:
or by visiting the “Forms” page under the top banner.Poster photo: Kathy Birtwistle Poster Design: Leza Macdonald
British Columbia’s 40,000 public school teachers have voted to accept a new contact, bringing an end to a year-long labour dispute that saw teachers reduce service and shut down classes during a brief walkout.
The BC Teachers’ Federation announced Friday that its members voted 75 per cent in favour of a tentative agreement that was reached earlier in the week. Turnout was low, at 52 per cent.
The dispute has overshadowed the entire school year, with teachers refusing to perform certain administrative tasks such as filling out report cards and, in March, staging a three-day walkout.
The provincial government eventually passed back-to-work legislation and sent the negotiations to mediation, a move that itself is now the subject of a new court challenge.
The Yes vote means those disruptions likely won’t affect students when classes resume from summer break in the fall, but that stability may be short lived.
The new contract ends in June of next year, just a month after a provincial election, promising to set off a fresh round of what will almost certainly be heated negotiations.
Been a long week of school and graduation activities – the best part of the week for many fireman and 2012 SOSS graduates was a photographic memory – of the two groups together – all made possible to the generous spirit of Oliver. This surprise here on ODN – picture supplied by Lori Martine.
Since the story below a mediator has worked with the two sides and an agreement seems final except for a vote needed next Thursday at the RDOS board table in Penticton.
The employer used a section of the labour code to submit a final offer to employees and the workers said yes.
The final offer gives a 2.98% raise in 2012 with a further 1% in each of the next two years with a contract expiring at the end of 2014. A further cost of .7% is being given in increased benefits for a total package of 5.68% over three years. The agreement will cost the budget an annual increase of about $141 thousand dollars.
A four year agreement was settled with CUPE workers in Oliver earlier this year: That settlement included wage increases in 2011 – 2 percent, 2012 -1.75 percent, 2013 – 1.75 percent and 2014 – 2 percent ending December 31, 2014
The RDOS claims it has treated their employees fairly over the term of the past two Collective Agreements.
Figures released by RDOS Directors show the union (BCGEU) is asking for a raise of 6.2% in 2012 and 3.18% in 2013.
Meanwhile, the district says it gave them a raise of 4.25% in 2006, followed by two jumps of 3.5%, then an increase of 2.5% in 2009, followed by hikes of 1.5% the last two years.
On June 29th, 2012 at 2:13AM, RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle collision located in the 37400 block of Highway 97 (near Bettison Rd), just north of Oliver, BC. A Grey 2004 Subaru Impreza had gone off road right and struck a utility pole. The driver, and sole occupant, a 25 year old Penticton male, was trapped in the vehicle and the Oliver Fire department was enlisted to assist with extraction. The male was examined by EHS at the scene and subsequently transported to Penticton Regional Hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. The utility pole was sheared mid-way due to the force of the collision and the vehicle is a write-off. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. The matter is still under investigation.
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Before I start I would just like to thank Mrs.Turner and Mrs.Harrington for their hardwork and commitment to our grad class not just this year but the last five. It has been a pleasure. On behalf of the Grad class I would also like to extend my thanks to Google, Wikipedia, and sparknotes who offered the assistance we needed for those “Really Hard” Assignments!
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, parents, guests, and fellow graduates.
This is an interesting task; one of the only papers in high school history I have been asked to write that will not be graded nor given a word length limit. This raises two concerns. First would this paper receive more than 4 out of 6 from my good friends Mr.Abbie and Ms Laver? And second what is the limit? So while I tried to give myself a limit I thought about limits. What are they? Who decides them and what defines them?
Mr. Gruntman would tell you, “They are a value a function approaches but never reaches.” Mr. Basso would tell you, “They are unsurpassable bounds such as oceans or mountains.” Mr. Abbie (and dictionary.com) might define them as, “The final utmost or furthest bound or point.”
Rory Lodge would say, “The limit does not exist!” And I believe she is the closest to correct.
Graduates remember that no matter what, nothing is stopping you from getting to where you are going. You’ve made it this far, through obstacles, challenges, and distractions. You’ve had help of course but it was your own strong resolve, determination and mindfulness that carried you through… Of course your good looks, charm, and humor probably helped you along the way but it was your ability to meet and accept challenges again and again that really stood out.
You reached above and beyond when you should have been too tired to reach at all, you raised the bar because you had no fear you might fall. We are here tonight with a stage full of talent. We’ve got singers and dancers, (Yes I do mean Braden), poets, writers, and artists, our athletes proved their worth by repeatedly coming in first, zone, valley and provincial champions we have them all.
Brainy kids, fear not! I have not forgotten you! You that helped explain to us what was previously clear as mud. You who so diligently raised your hands asked and answered questions again and again, for you it was “All in a days work” We admire you.
Now of course I will not fail to mention the Parents who so willingly donated their time, money and resources to us graduates. You will be the reason we find such successful futures. You were with us every step of the way, from our wide eyed and bushy tailed first appearance to the kindergarten classroom where promise of reading and writing stirred in the air, you were with us on that first day of grade 8 when we so coolly told you to chill out, you even stuck by our sides dragging us out of bed and pushing us out the door to pursue the beginning of the end of our high school careers. You cheered us on when we succeeded, and pointed out the lessons in our failures. You were our Taxi, restaurant, checkbook and maid. You stayed humble when you should’ve been on the roof tops shouting, “I told you so!” I will admit we probably failed to show you the appreciation you deserved although that doesn’t mean we haven’t recognized your efforts and dedication. I think it’s fair to say we’ll keep you around a while!
Teachers. What can I say about you my fine feathered friends? (catch that Mr. Basso?) It was the very knowledge you bestowed upon us that has gotten us to where we are now, sitting here tonight with all the attributes of a BC graduate and having met the correct Prescribed Learning Outcomes, we are fine examples of today’s intellectuals. We owe much of it to you. We were encouraged to learn, to ask the important questions, so we did. A few examples being, “Can we have class outside? Is this for marks? What’s this out of? And when does this class end?” Yes, we have always had the need for knowledge one would hope for in a group of students.
Many thanks go your way, for understanding our need for group projects, movies, the occasional opportunity to color, and the break that reading the announcements offered. You sacrificed so much of your time for us, to help, to coach, to talk, and to teach. Although I don’t know how you will survive without us, I believe in you. You’ve faced bigger losses, for example when your very work place burned down this fall you rallied the troops and got back to work as soon as possible, encouraged us to look forward and made do with the resources at hand. It was inspiring. Your selflessness was admirable and it’s the life lessons we’ve learned that will be the most valuable for the future.
To the graduating class, with everything constantly changing from the equipment on our playground to the phone in our hands and clothes on our back it is hard to predict where any one of us may be 5 or 10 years from now. Wherever your life takes you, no matter how long the road may be, keep working hard, be the best you can be at whatever you are doing. Whether, you’re building houses, or building bridges, making cabinets or making art, strive to be the best.
Before you run off to get your YOLO tattoo, or preorder all of Justin Bieber’s new music for the next five years, remember how far you’ve come, how hard you’ve worked, and all the support you have. I would leave you with a quote but all the good ones have been used for facebook statuses so I’ll leave you with my own best wishes for your future endeavors, Hakuna Matata, Live long and Prosper, and May The Force Be With You!
Ladies and Gentlemen Teachers, Guests and Family: The Graduating Class of 2012.
Photo by Rachelle Goncalves
It’s estimated that every year in Canada, 800,000 children will witness a woman being abused.This is just one of the startling statistics being taught to B.C. teenagers through the ‘Be More Than a Bystander’ campaign. The campaign aims to stop violence against women – with the help of professional football players.
“Our government is excited to promote this type of interactive programming in schools across the province,” said Mary McNeil, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development. “Young people hear a powerful message of respect directly from B.C.’s Grey Cup champions who are speaking from the heart and actively promoting healthy relationships and healthy families in B.C.”
Now moving into its second year, the ‘Be More Than a Bystander’ campaign is celebrating a successful first year. BC Lions players have visited 17 secondary schools throughout B.C. over the past year, reaching out to approximately 6,500 youth through assemblies. This upcoming school year, 23 schools will receive visits, reaching out to approximately 8,000 more youth.
“BC Lions are great role models, and when they say it’s the right thing to do to stand up for women and girls, that has a powerful impact on kids,” said Wally Buono, vice president of football operations and general manager of the BC Lions Football Club. “As a professional football club, we are proud to be involved in such a proactive program, which encourages young people to get involved in the conversation and learn good decision-making skills.”
Through interactive workshops in secondary schools, BC Lions bring the positive message that it’s “cool” to respect women and girls, and that it is important to speak up if others are not showing respect. The program aims to help solve the problems of violence and abuse by providing tools and practical ideas about how to communicate that violence is not acceptable.
Wednesday night Oliver Youth Soccer Coaches Appreciation at the Firehall Bistro. We had a great season and a good time was had by all. We are always looking to attract more parents and people interested in soccer.
In the group photo are from left to right, Andy Marsel, Jasper Pankratz, Nick Oliviera, Lee Mounsey, Jeff Nice, Ezra Cremers, Terry Nazaroff, Andrew Mason. Back Row: Mark Pankratz, Marty Schori and Doug Short.
A serious MVA one mile north of Oliver on Highway 97 at 2:15 am stopped traffic in both directions for some time. ( Between Bettison Rd and Park Rill Avenue ) Jaws of life may have been used as Fire Dispatch report stated – MVA/Extrication.
One passerby at 7 am stated the small silver vehicle had been dislodged from a utility pole. He indicated the top quarter of the pole was sheared off.
Fire and police in attendance. No other details available at this time.
2. What is stuck in his breast pocket?
3. Where is he?
4. Why is looking smug?
If you submit a comment that shows you know two or more of these questions you will win a free subscription to ODN or a bottle of wine.
Remember two or more answers correct and you have to be the first caller (my phone is not working) so please use the comment section. If there is no comments and no winners – they I will be forced to crack the bottle myself.
Oliver Daily News is proud to have taken on a sponsorship of the Desert Valley Hospice Society – to support the organization, fundraising events and other joint projects with corporate sponsors.
We have put up a corporate link to their website so look for the button on the right. We would like to thank the Society and corporate sponsor Interior Savings Credit Union for making all of this possible.
Pat McGibbon Memorial Bursary 500.00 Allison Selsing
Laird Wight Memorial Bursary 500.00 Allison Selsing
Quilt presented by Wende Arnett to Allison Selsing
Frank Supernak Bursary 250.00 Thea Anderson
Dr. George & Carolyn Cope Scholarship 1,500.00 Thea Anderson
Oliver Elks Bursary 750.00 Shaylyn Boleak
Kiwanis Club Scholarship 1,000.00 Shaylyn Boleak
Old Stockers Award 250.00 Brady Houle
Knights of Columbus Bursary 750.00 Brady Houle
SD 53 Trades Scholarship 1,000.00 Brady Houle
Medici’s Gelateria and Coffee House 250.00 Julie Martine
Old Stockers Award 250.00 Julie Martine
Oliver Ambassador Program Scholarship 300.00 Julie Martine
SOSTU Scholarship 1,250.00 Julie Martine
Kiwanis Club Bursary 500.00 Justin Harty
Robert McDowell Foundation Scholarship 650.00 Justin Harty
SD 53 Trades Scholarship 1,000.00 Justin Harty
CUPE Local 23 Bursary 200.00 Marissa Bennett
South Okanagan Minor Hockey Scholarship 250.00 Marissa Bennett
Old Stockers Award 250.00 Marissa Bennett
R. Powell Memorial/K & C Silviculture Bursary 1,500.00 Marissa Bennett
RJ Shannon Memorial Scholarship 1,000.00 Ray Thomson
SOSTU Scholarship 1,250.00 Ray Thomson
Kiwanis Club Bursary 500.00 James Gibson
Oliver Elks Bursary 750.00 James Gibson
OK Falls Royal Canadian Legion 27 Schol. 1,000.00 James Gibson
CUPE Local 23 Bursary 200.00 Caitlyn Bennett
Old Stockers Award 250.00 Caitlyn Bennett
Ross Rutledge Scholarship 500.00 Caitlyn Bennett
Mountain West Bursary 500.00 Caitlyn Bennett
South Okanagan Minor Hockey Scholarship 1,000.00 Caitlyn Bennett
Francis Family Scholarship 2,500.00 Caitlyn Bennett
Valley Congregational Christian Church 500.00 Kiera Heinrichs
Dorothy and Ron Bonnett Memorial 1,000.00 Kiera Heinrichs
Valley First Financial Group Bursary 1,000.00 Kiera Heinrichs
Francis Family Scholarship 2,500.00 Kiera Heinrichs
Sheila Bull Memorial Scolarship 1,500.00 Emily Jentsch
Maureen Davidson Memorial Bursary 1,000.00 Emily Jentsch
Nick Jones Scholarship 400.00 Jennifer Pendlington
Success and Scrubs 500.00 Jennifer Pendlington
Oliver Legion Branch #97 Bursary 750.00 Jennifer Pendlington
Rotary Club of Oliver Scholarship 1,000.00 Jennifer Pendlington
Bill and Pat Graham Memorial Award 500.00 Ryan Bentley
Robert McDowell Foundation Scholarship 650.00 Ryan Bentley
Robert Fleming Memorial Bursary 750.00 Ryan Bentley
OK Falls Lions Club Scholarship 1,000.00 Ryan Bentley
SOCHADD Bursary 200.00 Meghan Zakall
Old Stockers Award 250.00 Meghan Zakall
South Okanagan Health Care Aux. Schol. 2,500.00 Meghan Zakall
Kiwanis Club Bursary 500.00 Sara Austen
Oliver Elks Bursary 750.00 Sara Austen
OK Falls Women’s Institute Scholarship 1,000.00 Sara Austen
OK Falls Legion – Ladies 27 Scholarship 1,000.00 Sara Austen
Kiwanis Club Scholarship 1,000.00 Becky Brimacombe
South Okanagan Health Care Aux. Schol. 2,500.00 Becky Brimacombe
OK Falls Legion – Ladies 27 Scholarship 1,000.00 Raquel Thayer
Charlotte Campbell Memorial Scholarship 1,500.00 Raquel Thayer
SD 53 Scholarship 2,000.00 Raquel Thayer
Principals & Vice-Principals Association Bursary 500.00 Delaney Minor
Interior Savings Credit Union Scholarship 1,000.00 Delaney Minor
Charlotte Campbell Memorial Scholarship 1,500.00 Delaney Minor
SD 53 Scholarship 2,000.00 Delaney Minor
presented by School Board Chair Marieze Tarr
Senior Academic Cup Delaney Minor
Telus reports its ring generator is not working well in Oliver. A number of people have reported that their phone service is out or not working well.
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