Archives for September 2012
Story line and photo – Toni Leverett
Publisher: I was bidding on this item – mints and demi tasse cups and a Bill L. kept out bidding me in the silent auction. Bill Leverett show right – I doubt it was apple juice in the cup. At the end of the evening I was given two mints to sweeten me up.
16th Annual Festival will take place on Sunday September 30th, 2012 at the Oliver Community Park
(Outdoor Venue! 12- 5pm)
· More than 5,000 consumers are expected to walk through the gate this year! · 50 wineries are expected to participate at this year’s Festival! · 50 Trade Vendors participate in the Boutique Alley. · 20+ Food vendors. · Annual Fall Original Art Show & Sale. · Live Music & Entertainment! Dehli To Dublin –
· Great Canadian Grape Stomp!
· Chateau de Kids Whine Venue! (18 and Under Free Entry)
Shuttle Service Available.
Tickets – $25 at the Gate.
The Oliver Arts Council’s 2012 FALL ART SHOW & SALE at the Oliver Community Centre’s main hall – Sunday.
The theme this year is “Casting Shadows” and included in the show & sale will be high quality art produced by South Okanagan artists in various media: paintings in watercolours, oils, and acrylics, photography, fabric arts and 3-D to name a few.
Paid admission to the Festival of the Grape and Fall Art Show on Sunday on Sept. 30th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
Pictured above three dimensional prize winner Kurt Hutterli’s piece ” A Crystal Cave” which won the grand prize for Best Interpretation of Theme and a 3rd prize winner in his category as well.
Photos by Val Friesen
Harpist and entertainer Ingrid Schellenberg (left) with featured artist Linda Anderson speaking with a friend.
List of winners
1st Luba Chpak
2nd Luba Chpak
3rd Janice Goodman
Number of entries 16
1st John Salsnek
2nd Marion Trimble
3rd Cameron Ogilvie
Number of entries 20
1st Ellen Cote
2nd Colleen Polychroniou
3rd Agnes Sutherland
Number of entries 5
1st Kathy Kirby
2nd Shirley Nilsson
3rd Gail Erickson and Shirley Nilsson (tie)
Number of entries 6
1st Merle Somerville
2nd Jack Bennest
3rd Val Friesen
Number of entries 10
1st Tara Hovanes
2nd Jim Kemes
3rd Johann Wessel
Number of entries 18
Emerging Artist (under 18)
1st Sadi Bleiken
2nd Eliza King
3rd Olivia Ruddiman
Number of entries 5
The lone occupant of a grey van heading south on (7600 block) Highway 97 north of Pinehill Place was lucky she did not receive serious injuries after falling asleep at the wheel about 11:30 Saturday morning. Police and ambulance called. Damage to the vehicle and a deer fence on the west side of the highway.
Oliver Legion Market Days – Saturday at 8 am – last of two days
Oliver Search and Rescue open house – north of Air Cadet Hangar – 10 am
Hester Creek Garlic Festival – 11 am to 4 pm proceeds to OES food programme
Fall Art Show and Sale begins at Oliver Community Hall at 3pm for judging ~ Reception at 7pm – Winners announced by 9pm
Sunday: 12 – 5pm Festival of the Grape – Oliver Community Park – entry to Fall Art Show through the FOG only
Agencies will be using the new facilitiy soon. OES Principal Mike Safek says the agencies are now setting up a calendar of times they will be available at the school and once that is done – parents will be notified. This is truly – one stop shopping for services.
School Board chair Marieze Tarr says: “We are excited about “the hub” at Oliver Elementary School. The hub is a “one stop shop” for families with various agencies like Public Health, Mental Wellness Centre, Supported Child and Development Program, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Ministry of Children and Families, South Okanagan Immigration and Community Services, speech therapy and others. We are finalizing schedules and protocols and the hub is scheduled for a soft opening next week. We also have a new preschool partnership at Oliver Elementary School.”
A/Superintendent Jim Insley says:
- renovations done this past summer
- already in use, Mother Goose, partnership between Desert Sun and SD 53 operates Tues evenings
- official opening – end of October
Fall Okanagan Wine Festival announces BC Awards
The 32ndFall Okanagan Wine Festival is off to an incredible start with announcement of the BC Wine Awards.
More than 200 awards were handed to over to participating wineries, and the big winners are; Spierhead Winery – Best New Winery, Road 13 Vineyards – Best Sparkling for their Sparkling Chenin 2009, Lang Vineyards – Best White featuring their 2008 Farm Reserve Riesling, Quinta Ferreira – Best Red with a 2009 Syrah, and See Ya Later Ranch with their 2011 Hunny as Best Dessert.
“Almost Alan”, tribute artist Aaron Halliday, worked the crowd at Rustico Winery Friday night. The Oliver Sagebrushers and Rustico held a successful “hoe down” evening with music and potluck. Along with Aaron, crowd favorites – local musicians, Dale Seaman and Mikie Spillett entertained the admiring crowd.
A warm evening, lots of fun, with an “almost full” moon kicked off the Fall Wine Festival in magical style.
Charity Dessert Bridge TournamentSunday, October 14 Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 5840 Airport Rd., Oliver, B.C.
$10 entry fee
1:00 – 4:30 playPrizes – 1st, 2nd, 3rd 50/50 In-house Draw
Phone to pre-register with a partner 250-498-6420 or e-mail ebeddome @ telus.net
Join us in celebrating National Seniors Day…..
Open House @ the Oliver Senior Center….5876 Airport St, this coming Monday ,
Oct. 1st from 11 am — 2 pm
Everyone welcomed to attend ! For more info : phone the center @ 498-6142
Lee DeShaw’s 1929 Plymouth is a stellar example of one of the drag racing cars you can see October 7, 2012 at the Wine Country Racing Association’s last event. Richter Pass Motorplex is housed at the Osoyoos Airport.
The final drag race of the Wine Country Racing Association’s (WCRA) 2012 season is closing in on us. Sunday October 7th, the day before Thanksgiving, is the Okanagan Car Club Challenge. An adrenaline rush on Sunday may help digest that turkey on Monday.
Racers from three Okanagan Valley car clubs will convene at Richter Pass Motorplex, along with the regular drag cars, to climb their way up to the coveted number one spot. Currently Jim McKelvey (Old Smoothy) from Summerland, BC is the king of the castle. He drove his 1947 Ford Coupe to victory for the Okanagan Rodtiques car club October 3, 2011.
The September 23 race was flat-out fun for all involved. 52 cars were driven by happy and fun-loving drivers. Energetic and dedicated volunteers kept the show flowing nicely for a crowd that simply could not get enough.
Tim Hiebert of Osoyoos (black 1990 Mustang) defeated Riley Martin of Oliver (white 1990 Mustang) in the Sportsman Bracket.
The Sportsman Bracket Fast trophy was won by Tyler LePage of West Kelowna (yellow 1964 Nova), over Lee Osborn of Rock Creek (red 1982 Mustang).
Dick Warren of Tonasket, Washington sped away with the Pro Bracket prize (red 1951 Chevy), defeating Mike Riplinger of Oliver, BC (black 1967 Cougar).
Oliver’s Ken Brown won the Pro Bracket Fast trophy for the DDK Racing team (black 1978 Monte Carlo) by defeating Scott Winterbottom (blue 1963 Chevy II).
Warren Brown of Oliver (green 2002 Kawasaki) reigned victorious in the Bike/Sled class by out-racing Steve Clement from Penticton (red/black 2006 Yamaha snowmobile).
Jordyn Lombardi of Osoyoos won the Jr. Dragster event with her pink and purple dragster.
The fastest reaction time of the day was put forth by Phil Walters of Peachland. Phil caught himself a perfect .500 light in his black and white 1986 Nissan pickup.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Drivers come early to pass through technical inspection. Racing begins at 11 a.m. with time trials. The elimination round begins around 1 p.m. Gate fee is $10, with children under 12 admitted free with an adult. Concessions are available on site. For more information go to www.winecountryracing.ca or call 250-498-6443.
Photo and article submitted by Shana Cachola
The BC government has backed down on privatizing the warehouse distribution of liquor in this province.
The BCGEU has settled with the government on a multi-year contract with increases. Union president Darryl Walker said the tentative deal gives the 26,000 government workers a four per cent wage increase over two-years.
The government has announced 200 million dollars in highway infrastructure spending including the four laning of Highway 1 – Kamloops to the Alberta border and an expansion of the Massey Tunnel on Highway 99 south of Vancouver. This is a ten year plan to replace the old infrastructure.
September has been a very busy month for the Board of Education. We had a workshop on governance which was a great learning experience for all of us. The Board hosted a Learning Forum in Keremeos where Superintendent Young gave an overview of the BC Education Plan and how it related to our district achievement plan. We will be hosting these learning forums in all of our communities and it is the board’s hope that through these forums we can engage the public in the work that we do and showcase all the great things that are happening in our schools. In November the Board will be hosting community engagement meetings where we will share enrollment, budget projections, EDI results (which indicates the social competence of children when they enter Kindergarten), as well as challenges that are facing the board. We urge the public to attend these important events as this would also be an opportunity for community members to provide input into the Board of Education’s work.
Our schools all reported a smooth startup. Our enrollment still continues to fluctuate as students continue to register and students registering with YouLearn (distance learning ) are only coming in to register now. On September 18th our enrollment was 2,344 FTE which is a decrease of 48 FTE’s from September 2011. Changes in numbers that are worth mentioning are at Cawston Primary School which has 20 fewer students than September 2011, and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School which has 21 students fewer than September 2011.
At the regular board meeting held on September 26 the superintendent highlighted our district goals as submitted to the Ministry of Education in the District Achievement contract:
• to improve student success in literacy
• to improve student success in numeracy
• to support schools in creating safe, positive learning environments
• to increase transition and completion rates for all students with a particular focus on Aboriginal students.
We are excited about “the hub” at Oliver Elementary School. The hub is a “one stop shop” for families with various agencies like Public Health, Mental Wellness Centre, Supported Child and Development Program, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Ministry of Children and Families, South Okanagan Immigration and Community Services, speech therapy and others. We are finalizing schedules and protocols and the hub is scheduled for a soft opening next week. We also have a new preschool partnership at Oliver Elementary School.
Osoyoos Secondary School is starting a golf academy this year and that will tie in nicely with the hockey academy which is already being offered at the school.
All of our summer Read and Rec/Rhyme and Rec programs were very successful and early data indicates some significant results. These programs run for three weeks in the summer and target vulnerable readers. Our pilot program at SESS with intermediate students was very successful with a 97% attendance; these students will be monitored in the next couple of months and results will be reported in November.
Costs for the SOSS project are higher than anticipated and the district together with the general contractor is reviewing the project to determine where reductions of approximately $1.2 million can occur. We are hoping for further information at the regular board meeting on October 24.
The board received funding in the amount of $50,000 from the ministry to upgrade playground equipment at SESS and a bylaw was adopted at the regular meeting to receive the funding. The board also adopted a motion to restrict the operating surplus of $1,352,918 to various areas such as technology, staffing, ground maintenance, vehicle purchase, financial/human resources systems upgrade and accounts payable. The board also approved the audited financial statements.
Please watch your local school newsletter and newspaper to see when the community information meeting will be in your community and come out and join us so that we can focus together on what is important to you in the education of your children.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 250-498-1333.
Submitted by Marieze Tarr, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Friendly staff, great hours of operation – generous supply of product, beer, wine and spirits.
Drop in today and tell Linda Botkin – you saw her ad. Spud’s Licensed Liquor Store is located at the Desert Arms Hotel next to Murphy’s Pub on Main Street Oliver. Phone 498-4513 for more information.
Market Days is a two day event – today and tomorrow with doors open at 8am each day at the Legion Hall.
Produce, vegetables, flea market, apples, bake table – soup and sandwich for a small fee
SEE YOU THERE!
OLIVER-OSOYOOS SEARCH AND RESCUE OPEN HOUSE
Learn More About Your Local SAR Team
Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue is hosting an open house Saturday September 29th. The event will run from 10am-3pm at the team’s new compound on Cessna Drive in Oliver. The compound is to the immediate north of the Air Cadet Hanger. This open house is to create awareness of the local team.
OOSAR will have vehicle and equipment displays, kids tents (Adventuresmart), live demonstrations, BBQ, silent auction items, 50/50 draw, recruitment and information booths set up through the day.
Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue is 100% volunteer organization providing initial response to an area as far south as the US border, north to Vaseux Lake, west to Kobau Mountain and Orofino Mountain, and east to Conkle Lake and the Highway 3 turn off to Mount Baldy. We also provide mutual aid assistance to teams throughout the province. OOSAR can be called out by local fire departments, BC Ambulance, RCMP, BC Coroner service or Local and Regional Governments during times of civil emergencies.
The official public hearing of Oliver Town Council is designed to receive input on the Desert Hills proposed development west of Fairview Road at Princess Place. (near Rd 2)
Desert Hills Development Inc. is proposing to construct 165 multi-family units – town-homes and condos – including a small neighbourhood scale commercial/mixed use development component.
Two official bylaws are on the table – a rezoning and an OCP change – from RDOS Agriculture to Comprehensive (Medium Density Residential and Tourist Commercial). You may visit the Town Office prior to the hearing to read all documentation on this development.
The hearing is open to all of the public but council requested staff to ensure that all local neighbours are notified officially.