Loud cracks, sweet smell of fireworks in the air, a cheering crowd, money well spent. Friday night entertainment. Most can’t wait for next time.
Archives for November 2012
Santa at Royal Lepage with 3 month old Stefan Gludovatz
Kids and goodies at the CIBC
Lady Elks serving a hot meal on a cold day: left to right – Frieda Stratton, Lynn Thompson, Cindy Woolham and Joanne Bray
Empty ‘Mesa’ lot organized with much to do, see and hear. Oliver’s Light Up enjoyed by one and all.
After a 7 day trial this month at the Penticton Law Courts 50 year old Ron Teneycke has been found not guilty on 5 criminal charges. The incident in the summer of 2011 involved a Penticton women whose identity cannot be released due to a ban on publication. Teneycke had picked her up July 31 on the highway and ultimately landing up on a back road behind OK Falls. Teneycke was charged with sexual assault, assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and failure to obey a court order.
Mr. Justice James Willams said testimony of the accused and the victim lacked some credibility but on a legal point of “beyond a reasonable doubt” he had to rule that the Crown’s fragile case was not proven. The accused walked out of the court house a free man this morning.
The BC Supreme Court Judge said Teneycke had a long criminal record but that played no role in his decision making process. Justice Williams said the victim was on an anti-depressant, cocaine and alcohol and appeared to consent to sexual intimacies based on the testimony he could believe.
From RCMP Files – story August 2nd, 2011
After receiving a report of a sexual assault made by a victim who managed to flee from her assailant July 31, 2011 in OK Falls, RCMP located and arrested known high risk sex offender Ron Teneycke.
(Officers released a public safety notification in 2007 warning the community of Oliver that Teneycke, a high risk sex offender, had moved into the area after serving 12 years in a federal prison in connection)
RCMP received a call from a frantic woman from an OK Falls payphone stating that she had just managed to escape from her attacker nearby home. Investigators met the woman and took her into their care.
Uniformed officers attended a home on 10th Avenue in OK Falls and took Ron Teneycke into custody without incident. Investigators believe that Teneycke picked the 42 year old woman up at around 7pm along Hwy 97 near the Airport. The woman accepted the ride with Teneycke who was driving a white 1990 Cadillac who then drove to Keremeos then continued back to the OK Falls area over the Cawston-Fairview Rd. The woman stated to investigators that Teneycke then drove to a remote cabin located near OK Falls at which point she became concerned for her well being.
small photo taken by Deborah Pfeiffer of Castanet
Schedule: All times PM
3:30 – 5:30 Pictures with Santa at Royal Lepage
5:00 – 8:00 Face Painting at Medici’s
5:00 – 8:00 Downtown Oliver shopping specials and treats
5:00 – 8:00 Mesa Lot – Mikie Spillet and Get Bent Dancers
5:45 – Official VIP Light Up ceremonies – front steps of Town Hall with Santa
8:00 – Fireworks at Community Centre
Shoppers Draw – Enter to win Oliver Bucks and win prizes of 200-100-75-560-25 dollars
Sponsored by many businesses, Oliver Business Association and Oliver Parks and Recreation
When Daniel Gervais, Canada’s Grand Master Fiddle Champion, comes to Oliver Friday, November 30th, he brings with him some extra treats. One of them is his beautiful wife, Aline Dupuis, a talented dancer and choreographer.
She will do some dance numbers at the concert featuring French-Canadian gigue with a hint of Irish influence. Performance starts at 7:30 pm at SOCS’s temporary venue – the Oliver Alliance Church.
Tickets at Beyond Bliss, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos or at the door.
Meet the Holy Cross Children’s Choir, one of many youthful performance groups participating in the
Community Christmas Concert
Sunday December 2
Venue: Oliver Alliance Church
FREE admission – donations gratefully accepted
Catch some Christmas spirit at this lively afternoon concert. You’ll be sure to enjoy such local talent as the Oliver Elementary School Chorus, the SOSS Jazz Band, the Oliver Handbell Ringers (both Swinging Bronze and Desert Bronze bell choirs) the SOSS Musical Futures Choir, Silly String Theory Jazz Band, and the Oliver Dance Studio — all with an exciting, varied repertoire including traditional carols, winter songs, and a few surprises!
The concert promises to be lots of fun for the whole family. Besides the performances on stage, the audience will have a chance to vie for several fun prizes by answering questions about all sorts of holiday traditions. Children will leave with a goodie bag at the end of the show.
Donations to the Oliver Food Bank and the Oliver Community Arts Council are warmly welcomed. Spread the Christmas cheer, and ensure that community arts events like this one can continue! Bring along some non-perishable items to fill our food bank box, and cash or cheque to help fill the arts council donation jar.
Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC). Find out about other arts events by visiting the arts council table in the foyer. Attractive arts council mugs and memberships will also be available for sale.
The OCAC gratefully acknowledges community sponsors for this event: Oliver Daily News (advertising), and grocery stores SuperValu and Buy-Low (goodies). The OCAC is funded by the Province of BC, the BC Arts Council, and by the Town of Oliver and the RDOS through the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
Lauren Zucchiatti , Guest Services Manager from Lake City Casinos in Penticton presents cheque in the amount of $1654.63 to Chief Dan Skaros at fire practice last night in Oliver. About half of the volunteer fire department members grew a moustache in November to show support for the Movember campaign bringing awareness to prostate cancer.
Carmen Martins is a Education Assistant at Oliver Elementary School. She is a grandmother, a wife, a mother and now she is an author.
Carmen has written a short story for young children as well as anyone having difficulty understanding the basic concept of coins: pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters.
This is how it started: Carmen was instructing a challenged person in Elementary School by telling a story about people named Penny, Nickle, Dime and Quarter. Other professionals saw that it seemed to work so they asked Carmen to try it out on several other students. She succeeded and they said “you should publish a book”. She did.
And completed the artwork as well.
“The Rich Family” by Carmen Martins sells for $15.99 and a book signing event will take place next week at Beyond Bliss on Main Street. Carmen says she has invested less than $600 to get the softcover book published by Xlibris Corporation. The book helps children with coin recognition and the story was created to make the learning of money or coins both fun and memorable. Mrs. Martins says she is already working on book #2.
Carmen was born in Agua de Pua, Azores, in Portugal moving to Canada at the age of three. She has spent the majority of her work life caring for challenged children and adults.
Wow, where did the time go. We are coming to the anniversary of Brittany’s transplant and things are going great! So far no rejection and her heart is getting stronger everyday. She will have to go back to Children’s Hospital for check-ups but so far everything is working out just great.
We wanted to say thank you to each and everyone who has helped in anyway possible and those who continue to help.
It’s never easy to go through a terrible event but with all the love and support this community has shown us its unbelievable and we wish we could thank each and everyone personally but know that will never happen.
To the community, Oliver Hospital and all the businesses, groups and clubs, the workplaces for both of us – you have been so supportive. To Tuc-el-nuit Elementary and SOSS who have helped out in every way they can. To strangers who don’t even know us and an extra big thank you to Gracy Pylatuk who is our kids’ other mom and Sheralee Duncan from Eastside Grocery you are such a great person with a heart of gold.
December 1st we will be celebrating another birthday for Brittany as this is when she received her gift of life. This town rallied together when people are in crisis and we are so proud to call Oliver – our home.
Thank you very much Oliver – Bernie and Shawna Michaud
Crews arrive shortly after to find a large two storey farm house fully engaged. Both police and emergency services called as well. Everyone out of the building without injury. Location 5745 Green Lake Rd between White Lake Rd and Meyers Rd. Flames could be seen for about a mile when driving in from the south. Serious roof damage and interior a charred mess. No cause has been determined.
Recently Sandra Smith sent me a nice shot of clear skies when we had fog in the valley below. Unfortunately it had a few too many wires in the sky and I told her to take a chainsaw to the poles. Sandra being smarter than that decided to photoshop the wire out. When I exposed the picture a bit I could still see part of the wire on the left and another one showed up lower on the shot. I hate wires.
The Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association (OMRA) recently gave out money to South Okanagan Charities. This was money raised over the past year in the South Okanagan through poker runs, raffles, and various other fundraising events. Pictured is President Red Young presenting a cheque for $350.00 to Wayne Danbrook of the Oliver Knights of Columbus Christmas Hamper program, a worthy cause which the Knights organizes every year. OMRA draws its membership from Peachland to Osoyoos. Similar cheques where given to the Christmas Hamper programs in Osoyoos and OK Falls , South Okanagan Women In Need Society, Penticton Discovery House, Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society, Summerland Toonies/Toys for Tots and Teens, Penticton Soupeteria and the Penticton BMX club.
The Penticton St. Vincent Du Paul Society received the benefits of The South Okanagan Toy Run which totaled $1600.00 and a pick up filled with new toys. This event was organized by the OMRA earlier this year.
Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department tanker departs from scene of a house fire at 5745 Green Lake Road Wednesday evening. Fire Department called 8:01pm to an old but remodelled farmhouse just east of Fairview/White Lake Road occupied by renters. Owners of the home believed to be in USA for winter. Fireman fought to control the blaze for about 4 hours calling for additional breathing apparatus (tanks) from the Oliver Fire Department. The WVFD left the scene at 4am. No one injured. EMS and police on the scene. Further details in the morning.