Archives for December 2012
OLIVER PARKS AND RECREATION SOCIETY
Request for proposal
Design & Maintenance of Website
- The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society invite proposals for the development and maintenance of the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society’s website.
Bid Requirements/Site Revision:
- Straight-forward navigation
- Proposals must provide creative ideas and suggestions that will change and enhance the appearance of the current website (graphic redesign-clean, simple, aesthetically pleasing, modern)
- The website must include detailed information about Parks and Recreation services/programs and community events
- The website must be maintained on a regular basis, which includes the implementation of the Parks and Recreation leisure guide, new programs and community events
- The website must include a variety of pictures of the Parks and Recreation community park landscape and program activities
- Ongoing support required
The proposal should include a cover letter, examples of current website development/maintenance and annual costs. All enquiries related to this proposal can be directed, in writing by fax or email to the contact persons listed below. Information obtained from any other source is not considered official and should not be relied upon. All questions, inquiries, statements, responses will be recorded and may be distributed to the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
Manager of Recreation
Oliver Parks and Recreation Society
Oliver Parks Recreation Society
Proposals will be received up to 4:00pm, Friday January 25, 2013, at the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society PO Box 627 Oliver, B.C. VOH 1TO (250) 498 4985 Date Posted: Friday December 21, 2012
For more information check Town of Oliver website www.oliver.ca
October 31, 1947 – December 28, 2012
On Friday December 28, 2012, Mrs Constance Ann “Connie” Sheehan of Oliver passed away after a long illness at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 65 years. She was predeceased by her father Alex Smith; her mother Mary Kowaski and her brother Garth McEwan. Connie will be fondly remembered by her loving husband Ron; daughters Brenda and Maureen and their families as well as a large extended family and friends. Connie worked for many years as a RN and was a volunteer firefighter. She also realized a life-long dream to go on a trip to Ireland. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
May 9, 1960 – December 25, 2012
On Tuesday December 25, 2012, Mr. Vernon John Sam (Broken Arrow) of Oliver passed away at his home. A visitation will he held starting at 12:00 P.M. Wednesday January 2, 2013 at the Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Chapel. A funeral service in the chapel will follow at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Peter Harris officiating. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Oliver Food Bank.
Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says the number of births in BC is growing and British Columbians also enjoy life expectancy of 82 years – the highest in Canada.
The most popular names for babies born in British Columbia in 2011 were Liam and Emma, according to the annual report from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.
The most widely selected names for boys were Liam, Ethan, Mason, Lucas and Benjamin. The top five names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Chloe. In 2011, there were a total of 43,991 births in B.C., up from 43,670 in 2010.
Life expectancy in British Columbia is the highest in Canada at 82 years for 2007-11, up from 81.7 for 2006-10. The provincial population also grew naturally by 12,215 in 2011, or at rate of 2.7 per thousand, not counting migration.
The report also states the total number of deaths in B.C. in 2011 was 31,776, up from 31,151 in 2010. The leading cause of death was cancer. The oldest person to die in British Columbia in 2011 lived to be 112.
The number of HIV deaths continues to fall in B.C. In 2011, there were 59 HIV deaths, down from 253 in 1996.
The 140th edition of the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency Annual Report contains information collected from registrations of births, deaths and marriages that happened in 2011. Information from the report is used for various aspects of health planning, research and education.
“World Snowboard Day” is being celebrated around the globe on Sunday December 30th. The celebration at Baldy includes free rentals and lessons for people who have never tried snowboarding before. Free rentals start at noon, and the free introductory group lessons start at 1:30 pm behind the Snow Sports Centre.
Pentagon Board Shop Reps will be at the “jib feature” in the base area. There will be giveaways including stickers and some gear.
Photo by Cathy Gale
Property owner Joe Kirs and son Mike watch fire as a metal roof falls into what remains of a ‘stick built’ home from the 30’s.
Kirs says the old house was used for storage and the metal roof was relatively new. No one lived in the structure which burnt to the ground in about about 90 minutes.
The house according to Kirs was owned at one time by Doug Eisenhut Sr. and used by teacher Don Irving when he first arrived in Oliver in the 50’s – it had a view of the valley below and was built on the crest of a hill.
House located to the east of that corner in the middle of an orchard with limited access. RCMP members walked up from Sawmill Rd. to the scene. Ambulance crews on standby.
Many trucks responding but the house was fully engaged with no prospect of saving the structure.
No one known to be in the building. No injuries to report.
Aman, Cassie, Dawn and Mo
Merry Christmas from all of us at Beyond Bliss….we would like to thank all our clients through the year and hope that all your dreams and wishes come true for 2013….
l to r: Jessica Murphy, Bill Eggert, Kathy Mercier, Sara Bunge, Chair Bill Michael , Director Allan Patton, Cort Larsen, and Jamail Brar. Missing: Gary Dell, Ed Machial and Jay Martiniuk
On behalf of RDOS Rural Area C – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
All the best in the New Year – Have a Merry Christmas this year from the Management and Staff of Oliver Super Valu
Front Row: Matt Tester, Liza Duursma, Heather Palmer, Aisha Oehlmann, Bill Doerr, Norm Houle.
Second Row: Brad Graham, Allan Brogan, Sheila Lesmeister, Elizabete Blonk, Michelle Joneson,
Pauline Pattinson, Wally Brogan, Joyce Davis, Rose Cheswick.
Third Row: Fred Kemper, Wayne Kihn, Zoli Kovacs, Denise Hofmann, Dan Houle, Terry Crossie,
Devon Riley, Brian Farquharson, Larry Ritco, Wendy Poirier, Susan Schaffrick.
Back Row: Jackie Soare, Tim Riley, Rick Zuk, Doris Lancaster, Wisi Barmettler, Catherine Blondin,
Sherry Kaidannek, Carol Bayley, Simi Mand, Michelle Conners, Al Tenborg, Terri Brogan.
Missing from Photo: Rachel Matthews, Arlene Lepine, Dave Shmyr, Patti Shmyr, Diane Johnson, Brent Nontell, Travis Nowicki, Arnie McGuire, Ann Selsky, Suzanne Eigelstreiter, Brandie Johnson.
Left to right:
Tracy Veintimilla, Alberto Veintimilla, Marina Veintimilla, Richard Leclerc, Petra Veintimilla, Sol Cheema, Stephen Irvine.
Missing from Photo:
OLIVER ELK’S LODGE #267
WISHES EVERYONE A MERRY, BLESSED CHRISTMASAND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Back Row: Left to right; Ron Ethier, Terry Schafer, Vikki Hooymans, Harry Bray and Guy Deshatelets
Front Row; Marla Wilson, Gary Guraliuk, Joanne Bray (President), Annie Zandvliet, Don Kidd Past (Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks of Canada/Provincial President)
Happy Holidays from management and staff at Interior Savings Credit Union
Gina is sitting
Missing: Carol, Karon, Margaret
Want to help out at Christmas? Bring a new, or gently used toque for the Toque Tree.
ISCU will be sending them all to the BC Children’s hospital. Please help out!
Cherished Beginnings Preschool – Serena Knippelberg
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from the staff at SO Immigrant Community Services on Main Street in downtown Oliver
left to right back: Geody, Dorothy, and Kiyomi
seated Corinne and Gurtej
Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet
Joyeux Noël et bonne année
Merry Christmas from Sears Canada in the Oliver Place Mall
Back row: Megan and Trent
Middle row: Kristina, Chris and Ted
Front: James and Nova
Happy Holidays from the owners and staff at OK Tire – Main Street Oliver BC
Ken Brown, Guy Robinson and Kevin Tomlin
Best of the Season – K and K Construction in Oliver – Happy New Year
(L to R) Dianna, Cindy, Celina, Marie, Diane, Rosie, Jessie, Tina and Wayne in the front
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the staff at Oliver’s Bakery & Deli
Thanks for another great year.
Happy Holidays from Royal Lepage in the Southwind Mall
From the staff at Buy Low in Oliver – many good memories this festive season.
All of us at Wine Country Quilters Market would like to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, and a most Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Back row: left to right Dave, Michelle and Wayne
Front row: left to right Cindy, Joyce and Shirley
Best of the season from the staff at Country Wines in Oliver
All the best in this festive season – Marg and Ann
Linda, Cindy and Deb at Lady O’s on Main Street
All the staff at the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library including Margje, July, Kelly, Vicky and Audrey
1. when do ice wine grapes usually get picked?
When temperature reaches -10
2. how cold for what period dictates the time of the pick?
Usually has to be that temperature for a couple of hours
3. is this a mild year?
Not yet. Too early to tell
4. how many acres exist in the south okanagan for ice wine?
5. are there years when the crop is not picked?
Yes. I remember 1990-91, but I think there have been others.
Questions by Publisher – Answers by Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars
VICTORIA – In light of the failure of the B.C. Liberal government to stick to its own deadline to implement the $1 billion smart meter program, New Democrats are calling on the government to ask the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) to step in.
“This was a failure of public policy from the beginning,” said New Democrat energy critic John Horgan. “There are a huge number of people across the province who are uncomfortable with this technology. It’s no surprise that with days to go, we learn there are about 140,000 units not installed.”
The government announced Thursday that B.C. Hydro would not be able to meet the Dec. 31, 2012 deadline to have smart meters installed in every home in the province, primarily due to customers refusing the installations. The new deadline has been pushed by a full year to Dec. 31, 2013.
“The Liberals are clearly not up to the challenges facing British Columbians, so it’s time to get some help. I’d like to see the B.C. Utilities Commission invited back to the table to help explore what options are out there to satisfy concerned consumers that want another choice,” said Horgan.
Horgan noted the Liberals rushed through the Clean Energy Act in 2010 with almost no debate in the legislature. The act exempted the $1 billion smart meter program from the independent oversight of the BCUC, along with billions more in major spending by B.C. Hydro. The smart meter regulation also spells out the date which the smart meters must be installed by, meaning B.C. Hydro will be out of compliance with the law as of Jan. 1, 2013.
“The experts at the independent utilities commission are much better placed to solve these problems than a tired Liberal government that started with a bad idea, and now is just out of ideas,” said Horgan.
Town of Oliver residents can drop off Christmas Trees at the south gate of the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Rd. This service will run from now to Friday January 4th. Collection of trees is done by the local Air Cadets.
Oliver landfill will accept clean natural Christmas Trees free of charge. The RDOS does not recommend burning Christmas Trees.
President of the B.C. School Trustees’ Association
in a letter to Education Ministry Don McRae
Re:boards of education must find savings to help with the cost of pay increases for support workers
Dear Minister McRae,
I am writing to express our serious concerns regarding your letter dated December 3, 2012 to Board Chairs and the Ministry conference call with Boards December 11 on the subject of the application of the Co-operative Gains Mandate to the education sector. As we understand it, Boards are expected to find savings of 3% over the next two years in order to fund compensation increases for support workers.
First, the Ministry failed to engage BCSTA and our member boards prior to taking this approach. With a recently signed co-governance protocol agreement in place, we expect to be consulted about decisions that have significant ramifications.
Second, as was apparent from the Ministry’s conference call, Districts have very little, if any, wherewithal to generate savings of 3% over two years as proposed. Boards of Education have been cutting expenses for years due to real dollar funding reductions; there are no operational savings left. Many Boards now face the prospect of significant deficits in the next fiscal year and any savings to be had in the next six months would sensibly be used to offset those impending deficits. The simple truth is that any further “savings” will cause additional negative impact on direct service to students and facilities. Moreover, I note that previous provincially negotiated contracts have been supported by budget increases from the Ministry, not paid directly from existing budgets that are already strained.
Finally, I would observe that the timeline outlined with respect to responding to the Ministry’s letter does not respect a process of due diligence required for such a request.
I look forward to speaking with you in the coming days to further explore our concerns.
BC Hydro has installed 93 per cent or 1.73 million of 1.87 million smart meters. To ensure the final seven per cent of smart meters can be installed, the Province is extending the deadline under the Clean Energy Act from Dec. 31, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013.
Shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, plus customer concerns, prevented BC Hydro from fully installing all smart meters in 2012.
The additional time will enable BC Hydro to complete the work and address as many customer concerns as possible before finalizing smart meter installations.
Smart meters are expected to pay for themselves by delivering $1.6 billion in benefits over 20 years. These are savings that BC Hydro will not have to collect from customers.
Research has shown that some of the new tools available through smart meters will enable customers to conserve up to 15 per cent in energy costs. Smart meters will make possible new conservation tools like secure online customer accounts and optional in-home devices that will provide homeowners with up-to-date information about power use.
Once smart meters are fully installed and operational, they will also let BC Hydro know of an outage immediately, so power can be restored faster.