No known reason.
Lot of work of municipal crews on that section of the street this month
Avoid area if possible. No immediate danger but….
Pioneer Park 12 noon Sunday – MLA Linda Larson and other dignitaries cut ribbon to get this 4km strip of crushed gravel open to the public. Former director Bill Schwarz and Area D RDOS Director Tom Siddon (at microphone) are pictured below. The surface is a blend of crushed gravel and recycled asphalt retaining the character of the trail while providing hard surface for cycling.
A message from Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells:
A heartfelt thank you and job well done by all involved.
This could have been a deadly start to our holiday season
Again the whole Town says thanks
Let’s be careful out there!
While RCMP members responded with the Police boat, other officers confirmed that 2 females and 1 male had been swept far from shore toward Haynes Point south of Osoyoos and all were screaming for help in the dark. The three were in distress as they were under the influence of alcohol and were not wearing life jackets.
Two Police officers in the area summoned help from a civilian who had a boat close by. A search was conducted using the RCMP boat and the private boat. Three other men had been on shore and heard the screams for help so they paddled out in a small dingy to assist. The men were able to pull the 24 year old female from Grand Forks into the dingy as the rescue boats arrived.
The male was located and was thrown a life vest to stay afloat as he was struggling to stay above water while the second 28 year old female from Kelowna was pulled to the safety of the private rescue boat from the side of the dingy where she was keeping afloat. The 28 year old man from Kelowna was pulled to the safety of the Police boat in an exhausted condition.
The 3 male rescuers and the female from the dingy were transferred onto the Police boat. The trio rescued were transported to the awaiting BC Ambulance paramedics who examined them on shore.
They were cold but suffered no injuries and were released by BC Ambulance.
The 3 subjects are very fortunate to have been located and rescued in the dark. The strong current had pushed them far out into the lake and more than half way to Haynes Point. Alcohol and water are a bad combination and had it not been for the quick response and efforts from the men from shore with the dingy, the private boat and operator, and the Police Officers and their boat this could have ended in a triple tragedy.
A medical missionary to Abyssinia, Dr. Lambie, learned a valuable lesson by observing a practice of the people native to the land. Not having many bridges over streams that at times were torrential, they adopted an unusual process for wading across safely. They would carry a sackful of stones as they crossed. Without that burden on their back their footing on the sometimes slippery creek bottom would be easily lost due to the force of the current. It’s much like the practice of adding weight to the back of the pickup truck in snowy weather to gain traction.
We are inclined to complain about burdens we have to bear in life. They are such a pain. While many of them are a huge hindrance it may also be true that some of them are designed to keep our feet on the ground and give us traction. We often learn things in the tough times that good times would never teach us. If you are burdened down with discouragingly heavy and difficult situations, consider this illustration. There may be a sunny side to the situation.
Next Thursday, Directors of the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen will have a chance to hear more about a plan for housing on the east side of the lake near the highway – but the forces against such a plan are getting in line.
Many local politicians don’t like it, the ‘Area D’ planning commission is against it as is the neighbourhood – the Nature Trust.
On June 11 the Ok Falls/Kaleden planning group reviewed the plan and passed a motion: That the Electoral Area D Advisory Planning Commission recommends to the Regional Board to NOT approve the subject application.
Subject application calls for winery and 12 lot subdivision at lakeshore west of newly planted vineyard. Nature Trust owns 12 acre property to the south and 158 acres to the east on the other side of highway.
Robert Stewart, Ecosystem Biologist – Ministry of Environment says this plan is not consistent with Official Community Plan or the Regional Growth Strategy and has the potential to significantly affect riparian and aquatic values of Vaseux Lake.
J. Jasper Lament of the Nature Trust says there has been no consultation with his group. Given that the property is in a designated environmentally sensitive area and seeks a major increase in residential density the plan fails to address highway access and environmental issues.
Earlier all members of the Regional Board said the Regional Growth Strategy did not apply – giving faint hope to the developer. The vote this Thursday will be with Rural Directors only. Eight of them. A negative vote would have to be 5 to 3.
Oliver celebrates Canada Day with Free Pancake Breakfast
at the Oliver Community Centre at 8:30 am
This is the 65th year of the event in Osoyoos. It coincides with the start of the cherry season in the Okanagan. Back in 1948 names proposed were Cherry Festival and Cherry Carnival. Cherry Carnival won out. (later changed to the Cherry Fiesta to reflect the Town’s Spanish theme).
Cherry Fiesta is a true celebration that creates opportunities for residents, their families, and visitors to Osoyoos to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the pride of calling this great country “our home”.
Relatively quiet, crowd dispersed
earlier 3pm Saturday
Nothing serious I would think but two officers with two vehicles parked in different areas near the park – observing and communicating with farm workers/visitors.
With a thunderstorm threatening, rain, cool temperatures, not much work going on even though this is the weekend with the most connection to cherries.
Couple of notes – tent city has again started on the mountain side near Lion’s Park.
Loose Bay is full or near full.
This summer has to be skateboard year for faster-picker-transport – why wait for a ride.
PS the picture does not reflect the number of people in Lion’s Park and the surrounding area.
The park is quite wet with pooling occurring in the lower walkways areas.
Teachers reject idea of new form of bargaining.
The vote conducted June 26–28, 2013, 96% of BC teachers expressed support for their bargaining team and opposition to government interference in the negotiation process.
A total of 20,664 teachers voted yes, and 898 voted no. Only 21,562 teachers participated in the vote, a little over half of the union’s estimated 41,000 members.
“This overwhelming vote is like a standing ovation for our teacher bargaining team,” said outgoing BCTF President Susan Lambert. “They have made stellar efforts at the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal for teachers and better support for students.”
Lambert said the vote also sends a strong message to government to provide the necessary resources to achieve an agreement at the table, and not to intervene in the process.
Talks have been under way since early February and progress was being made in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Last week the government revoked the mandate of its bargaining agent, the BC Public School Employers’ Association, and then appointed a single government negotiator, Peter Cameron.
Sun-Rype Products Ltd has received a proposal from Great Pacific Industries Inc. to take the company private in a deal valued at about C$37 million.
The Jim Pattison Group, which owns well known entertainment brands such as ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ and ‘Guinness World Records’ already owns 54% of Sun-Rype’s common shares.
Under the proposal would receive C$7.50 cash for each Sun-Rype common share, a 30 percent premium over Friday closing price.
Jim Pattison is a Canadian billionaire and sole owner of The Jim Pattison Group, one of the country’s largest privately held companies. The group owns television and radio stations, car dealerships and grocery store chains, among a host of other businesses.
Shares of Kelowna, British Columbia-based Sun-Rype closed down about 5 percent at C$5.76 on the Toronto Stock Exchange
Sun-Rype Products Ltd. (“Sun-Rype”) is western Canada’s largest manufacturer and marketer of fruit-based food and beverage products, including our flagship Blue Label 100% Pure Apple Juice and Fruit to Go 100% fruit snacks, with net sales of $147.5 million in 2011. Sun-Rype branded beverage products are sold nationally across Canada and branded food products are sold nationally across Canada and in selected regions of the United States. Sun-Rype’s primary manufacturing facility is based in the heart of British Columbia’s fruit growing district, supported by two facilities in Washington, located in the center of the largest apple growing region in the Pacific Northwest. The Sun-Rype brand is renowned for wholesome goodness and quality, and has been a trusted brand amongst generations of Canadian families for over 65 years.
The company was incorporated in the name of BC Fruit Processors Ltd. on May 13, 1946, and on April 2, 1959, the name of the company was changed to Sun-Rype Products Ltd. Sun-Rype was operated as a co-operative for over 40 years. In November 1996, Sun-Rype became a reporting issuer and the common shares are listed and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SRF”.
Penticton is hosting the Annual Elvis Festival and Tribute Artists from Canada, United Kingdom and the US are competing.
Mark Stevenz from Vancouver Washington was one of the performers who took some time with his wife Nikki to enjoy local shops and wineries in the Oliver area.
This is Marks fifth year competing in the Penticton Elvis Festival and really enjoys the area and the great hospitality of the local people.
While in Oliver Paul Dumoret of 3 Bar Construction and Remax Realty offered to show Mark a birds eye view of the beautiful South Okanagan from the skies above. After the flight Mark commented “this was a chance of a lifetime, better than Disneyland and the ride was simply unbelievable”.
Paul performed many of his breath taking maneuvers in his Chinese Nanchang CJ6 called Desert Fox.
Mark is in the professional ranks as an Elvis Tribute Artist and does 30 – 35 shows a month. Again many thanks from Mark Stevenz for a memorable fun flight.
Submitted by Wayne Christians
Rotary Club of Oliver Installation of Officers was held on Tuesday evening. 2013-14 executive are President, Maureen Doerr; Past-President, Blaine Krist; Secretary, Joan McCaughey (absent); Treasurer, Stacey Gagno; Directors, Norris Thompson, Anne Hayes and Ernie Dumais. The new executive will take effect July 1, 2013.
Rotary Club of Oliver President Blaine Krist and President-Elect Maureen Doerr present 2 checks to the Ambassador Program. The Rotary Club is very proud to be a sponsor of the program again this year. The other check was presented to thank Lori Martine and the candidates for their support and hard work during the dinner auction that was held in April.
The Oliver Arena packed Thursday, as it is every year, for the annual commencement ceremony.
This was a group that spent the entire grade 12 year in “portable city” with School District Superintendent Bev Young saying this was a class that showed its strength in the rain and the wind between trailer classrooms.
“You have shown it – a lot of resiliency”.
Mayor Ron Hovanes says Oliver is very proud of you and the community looks forward to watching your progress.
Board of Trustees Chair Marieze Tarr said “be yourself – you will have a tinge of fear but don’t let that hold you back”.
Chief Clarence Louie telling students – “always be a learner” and “listen to the boss” if you want to succeed.
Superintendent Young brought a gift for every grad – “a piece of a portable for you to remember your time at SOSS – the best high school in Oliver”.
Photos on this page – Leza Macdonald