Car For Sale
1992 Grand Marquis GS, AC,PW,PS, Power Door locks, Blaupunkt Stereo. Odometer stopped working a few years ago. I estimate the mileage to be 220000.
$1250 or best offer – 250-485-8386 — at Oliver, BC
Chief Brad Fossett ( Willowbrook Fire Department) with Director Allan Patton –
RDOS team benefits from visits in Area ‘C’
Director Allan Patton and members of the Regional District staff and management team stopped at various locations in Area ‘C’ this week to visit with residents and hear first-hand about local issues.
“This was a very productive day,” said Director Patton. “Our management people are extremely busy and don’t always have the chance to visit with residents — especially out of the office.”
The Area ‘C’ tour included stops at the Loose Bay Campground, Willowbrook, Fairview and Gallagher Lake. Issues discussed included developing resources for migrant workers, improving water delivery for Willowbrook residents, discussing recent acquisitions and future needs with the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department, resolving Golden Mile Trail concerns and community planning for the Gallagher Lake Area.
“We identified areas of concern in each of these communities and engaged in open, frank discussions.”
Public Works Manager Doug French, who participated in the tour, said the flow of information went two ways.
“This was an opportunity for us to understand residents,” he said. “We visited them where they live, walked on their streets and came away seeing things from a different point of view.”
The Regional District is working with Area Directors to plan additional engagement opportunities, which it sees as critical to its mission of improving the quality of life and sustaining communities.
It’s back! Join the team at See Ya Later Ranch
on Green Lake Road in Okanagan Falls, on Saturday August 31 for an afternoon of family fun
Raising awareness and funds for the BC SPCA (BCSPCA)
Discover local vendors and taste our wonderful selection of wines while your four-pawed pal stays busy making friends.
Open to the public from noon to 4 pm. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the BCSPCA.
We look forward to seeing you and your four-pawed buddy there!
Horse Racing 1:30 pm at Desert Park Osoyoos Today
Pari-Mutual Betting-Must cash winning tickets same day
Food Concession & Vendors
On Wednesday, Cody O’Conner suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body after a fire broke out in a motorhome he was inside at Oliver Centennial RV Park.
O’Conner was immediately handed over to paramedic and transported by air to hospital in Vancouver with his mother Amanda. His father Ramsey De Prez joined him later in the week.
The boy’s grandmother, Pearl De Prez, says Cody was treated for smoke inhalation and had surgery on his arm Thursday. On Friday, doctors tried to remove a piece of glass from his lung that showed up on an x-ray.
“Very concerned, I mean, sad — that he’s going to have to go through a whole lot of things. And these surgeries are just the beginning… He’s going to have lots of plastic surgeries and grafts,” Mrs. De Prez said.
O’Conner is at the burn unit at B.C. Children’s Hospital, and will remain in intensive care. “You just have to keep on doing what you are doing. And you have to be patient, and you worry. But what can you do?” she said.
Her grandson, she says, was looking forward to starting school again next week, but a return to school is now a long way off. As of Sunday Cody remains under sedation.
The family’s motorhome and possessions were lost in the fire, and the family had no insurance to cover the loss.
See earlier ODN stories on the rescue – police reports and reports from other agencies.
With files from CBC
Linda Knelsen writes
I was just thinking here….I have a challenge that I would like to put out to the community around us. For any one of you out there and here as well, that has been blessed with the service of the B.C. Ambulance and or the Fire Dept. And the hospital as well, why don’t we have a bit of fun for the price of a stamp and send them Thank you notes to read about how much we have appreciated there work and there rescue services to us and those among us.
It does not have to be anything fancy, just a piece of paper and a hand written note to them and the post office will deliver it to there box and they will know with great praise how much we have appreciated them. Think about the forest fires that the fire dept, took control of until the Forestry came in to take over with a bird dog leading the planes into the smoke of the fire, and helicopters and planes scooping water from maybe the lakes around us but also from maybe your pool. When they work they are saving us all from something traumatic and they deserve to know that they are appreciated and that we are thankful for there time, energy and work that can sometimes go on for hours on end. For instance, the high school burning down, Ambulance Paramedics recently came to my rescue and I am very graciously thankful for there help and there knowledge. Can we and will you do it…I know that I sure will.
Have fun, and just a simple thank you will do also if you don’t know what to say. I am sure the parents of the young boy burnt in the motor home fire yesterday, both services were required there and they responded very quickly to the needs of the family in a state of desperate feeling while they could not get there young son out, imagine the terror, here comes the fire department, the Paramedics and the doctors and nurses to say the least. Lets let them know how much we appreciate them. I know that I owe one thank you card to each of the three facilities from which they come. Lets give it a go, and, thank them from our hearts.
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The arts council may be feeling a little blue, but they are also feeling very happy. This summer, the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Airport Street was treated to a facelift. The “Studio” building, the smaller of the two buildings on site, received a fresh coat of blue paint and white trim on the doors and windows. The colours were chosen to match “Big Blue”, the large unheated shed used for set building, arts storage, and rehearsals, and as a rain venue for Music in the Park.
When the property was first gifted to the arts council nearly ten years ago, the building was a pale beige and the doors a bright industrial orange. The council gave the Studio a hit of artsy colour with royal purple doors and burnt orange trim, proudly proclaiming the new location of the arts council.
The council decided on the most recent makeover for two reasons:
1. New, insulated bay doors were installed on the Studio building two years ago, and their baked on white primer received positive comments from both members and passersby. Big Blue’s bay doors were primed white to match. However, this fresh paint job made the rest of the exterior look shabby by comparison.
2. Over the years many visitors expressed confusion over the two buildings on the arts centre lot. Even with its large sign, many did not know that “Big Blue” was part of the arts centre, but assumed it was a separate enterprise. For years, members, neighbours, and visitors have suggested painting the two buildings in the same colour to make it more obvious that the two buildings were connected. It was cheaper to paint Studio blue than both buildings an entirely new colour!
Watch for the next stage of the Quail`s Nest facelift. In the works: applying some artwork to all bay doors, supplying irrigation conduit to the front of the property, and landscaping (and possibly xeriscaping) along the sidewalk.
Thank you Cameron Ogilvie for your excellent paint jobs (inside and out)! He`s not just an artist on canvas!
Thank you also to Barry Jeffery for repairs to the Studio Building fascia.
From www.oliverartscouncil.org – Thanks to Penelope Johnson
The Great Non-Escape
The concrete pad at the back of our house was littered with dead and dying earthworms. It had rained heavily during the night and the worms had sought refuge from the waterlogged lawn. It must have been a feeling of relief when they found a drier place. What they did not know was that the rain was about to stop and the sun was about to rise. What at first must have felt warm and comfortable soon became blistering heat. They could not dig down as they were instinctively used to and did not succeed in returning to the place they came from. They died a horrible death.
What are the deceitful escapes we might resort to when circumstances overwhelm us? People commit themselves to one or more of the following four things in an effort to find the security and fulfillment they seek.
All four of the above are valid components in life. It is just that none of them will be fulfilling if it is number one in priority. The Scriptures make it very clear as to what needs to be number one.
Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
June 27, 1924 – August 28, 2013
Norman Haydn Williams (1924~2013) – Norman passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the age of 89 years. Dear husband of 28 years to Bertha; father to Barb, Brenda, Bonnie, Bruce, Ken, Lloyd, Randy and Paul; lovingly remembered by grandchildren and great-grandchildren; survived by brother, Ralph Williams (Lori), Penticton; predeceased by sisters, Thelma & Doris. Norm was the founder and operated Norbert Salvage in Bridesville. He was a passionate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 97 Oliver and served as Sergeant at Arms. Norm served as a Gunner on the HMCS Puncher during World War II. A Funeral Service celebrating Norm’s life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 6 Finch Crescent, Osoyoos on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:00 o’clock. Interment will follow at Bridesville Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation, 4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9. Arrangements entrusted to: Graham Funeral Home, 5950 Kootenay Street, Oliver, B.C. (250) 498-3833. Your message of condolence, sharing your fond memories of Norm may be sent to: www.grahamfh.com.
Lots of fun yesterday during the First Annual Oliver Legion Lipstick Wine Tour. 24 Legion ladies enjoyed the day together tasting wines from 5 wineries in the Oliver area. The Ladies are seen enjoying the entertainment and a taste at Silver Sage Winery. Later lunch was served to us by Mayor Ron Hovanes and Legion member Yvonne Moore. President Sharon and member Ann are seen enjoying the presentation at Rustico Farm & Cellar. At the end of the day several members are enjoying the scenery at the new Montakarn Estate Winery. A very special thanks to Legion Entertainment Chair, Tara Hovanes and her committee who arranged this event, the 5 wineries and bus driver who cleaned up all the feathers after us. Thanks everyone for you participation!
Submitted by Blaine Krist
This Sunday, September 1st, will see past Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve visit the South Okanagan region to announce plans for a world-class racetrack facility in Oliver.
Names “Area 27” alluding to Jacques’ father Gilles Villeneuve’s F1 racing number, as well as Jacques’ in the Indianapolis 500, the state-of-the-art club-style facility will be located on Osoyoos Indian Band land, close to the community of Oliver.
Osoyoos’ Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa will play host to Jacques this weekend, along with partner Bill Drossos, who will be speaking with prospective members and auto enthusiasts, and announcing the multi-level packages available including lifetime membership options. Members of the public are welcome to meet Jacques and learn more between 3.30pm – 5.30pm. A collection of Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren vehicles will also be on display at the resort.
See earlier story on ODN about location of race track.
ICBC will file a basic insurance rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) today. If the application is approved, the average impact on the vast majority of customers will be less than a dollar a month when combined with changes to ICBC’s optional insurance rates.
The basic insurance rate application will ask BCUC to approve a 4.9% increase to basic insurance rates, effective November 1 on an interim basis. BCUC’s full review of the basic insurance rate application will likely not be complete until a later date.
About 80 per cent of customers – those who purchase their full personal vehicle insurance coverage with ICBC – will see a combined average increase of about $11 a year or 92¢ per month.
The pressure on basic insurance rates is coming from bodily injury claims costs, which cover payouts for pain and suffering, future care and loss of wages. ICBC’s bodily injury claims costs totalled $1.9 billion in 2012 – up by more than $165 million from the previous year and more than $400 million from just five years ago. The majority of these payments are made under ICBC’s basic insurance coverage.
From the President
We are also able to reduce our optional rates which will lessen the impact on our customers. As a result, about 80 per cent of customers – those who purchase their full personal vehicle insurance with ICBC – will see an average increase of less than a dollar a month.
There are various factors contributing to the increasing number of injury claims, including more crashes as a result of drivers being distracted behind the wheel by their smartphones, more pedestrians and cyclists on the road and more injury claims resulting from small crashes.
There are also various factors contributing to the increasing cost of injury claims we pay out but one particular contributing factor here in B.C. is an increase in lawyer-represented claims and resulting higher legal and medical costs.
While many external factors are beyond our control, we continue to look for ways to help stem the increase in injury costs. We believe the most effective way to address the issue is to focus on helping our customers access medical treatments and we are making several improvements to help achieve this.
Mark Blucher Interim president & CEO, ICBC
Oliver Lions/Lioness Clubs are two of the smallest service clubs in Oliver, we might be small but we are mighty.
A few things that we do through the year are, Purina Walk for Guide Dogs Cops for Kids, Muffin Program for the school, Arena concession, pay for FREE skating for families all season & the list goes on.
The Lions/Lioness are in need of help, if you would like to volunteer and help your community, please consider joining.
Lions meetings are the second Wednesday of the month and the Lioness meeting is the first Tuesday of the month.
MODIFICATION OF VERTICAL DROP STRUCTURE #13 TO ENHANCE FISH HABITAT
The ORRI team is pleased to announce that work on modifying Vertical Drop Structure 13, (VDS 13) just north of Oliver and at the south end of ORRI Phase 1 should be complete this week.
The bridge over VDS 13 will be open to the public Saturday August 31.
Four concrete wedges on the 2 middles bays were successfully removed. This does not impact the structural integrity of VDS 13 but will further enhance upstream salmon spawning habitat and improve fish passage through the drop structure. In a few weeks you will be able to use the bridge to view sockeye salmon passing under it on their journey to their spawning grounds upstream.
During the 1950’s major flood control work straightened the Okanagan River, which reduced its length, severely impacted its health and its fish bearing capacity. In recent years, ORRI
embarked on a restoration process enhancing the river’s fish and wildlife habitat and modifications to VDS 13 further these goals.
The Okanagan River is one of only 3 rivers in the vast Columbia River system where
Sockeye Salmon still return to spawn. Concerns for its health brought together:
• B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations
• Okanagan Nation Alliance
• Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
• Many other project partners to work on improving the health of this vital river.
THANK YOU VDS 13 USERS, FOR YOUR PATIENCE DURING THE WORK.
Mayor Stu Wells says an animal rights group is off the mark on criticism of Osoyoos over its Geese Management Plan.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) strongly opposes wildlife culls, claiming they are cruel, expensive, ineffective and don’t address the root problem. “BC municipalities need a long-term wildlife strategy not a license to kill,” says Lesley Fox, Executive Director for APFA. ”The province needs to create a proper plan to help BC municipalities address wildlife issues.
Osoyoos came to the attention of the APFA after an interview Wells did on a Vancouver radio station – talking about a UBCM resolution on “geese control”.
Wells says the Town of Osoyoos has a ‘Goose Management Plan’ that has the support of the Canadian Wildlife Service with two permitted hunters that can cull a certain number of geese. In addition during the regular hunting season, provincial government regulations allow for further geese being disposed of.
The goose meat is not considered “quality” and the carcasses are given to the SORCO wildlife centre in Oliver and a Langley wildlife operation.
Wells says the resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities may not be needed anymore for Osoyoos but many other areas of the province need a consistent policy endorsed by senior levels of government.
In Oliver, council has authorized hunting season kills in areas where birds are being discouraged from landing. The Parks Board is using lights near Tuc-el-nuit Lake to discourage geese from feeding, resting, molting….and worse.
Chief Clarence Louie says “it is not a for-sure-thing – the developers need enough membership sales and the OIB members still have to vote on it. The proposed track is on the top hay – corn field, a steep ridge above the sub division.”
Race car driver Jacques Villaneuve is scheduled to make an appearance Sunday at Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos and dignitaries/media have been asked to attend to meet him and other supporters of a commercial venture that needs local support.
Fans will be asked to purchase memberships to generate funds to build a racetrack. Local investors are being sought as well.
Deluge from Deadman Lake to town and beyond with several trees down and some flooding of a minor nature.
Wipers on full – speed reduced to half – a real soaker outside the car.
IMPROVING SAFETY FOR MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
We’re ‘driving’ change here in the riding of Boundary-Similkameen, with a series of projects that will improve safety on Highway 3, which is a key inter-provincial passage for motorists between B.C. and Alberta.
Work is underway to resurface Highway 3 from Eholt Road to Fisherman Creek Road, and some side roads between Grand Forks and Greenwood. An improved road surface enhances the safety of the highway by making the driving experience much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Highway 3 will also benefit from a new DriveBC webcam, located at the Highway 33 Junction in Rock Creek. This will allow motorists to go online and check road and weather conditions before heading out on a trip. There are more than 300 highway webcams on the DriveBC network, and I encourage you to visit www.drivebc.ca in preparation for your next adventure.
The Boundary-Similkameen Riding is very diverse both economically and geographically. What is of interest locally to the people of Grand Forks is not necessarily of interest to the residents of Kaleden or Hedley. Next month I will put on my other hat as Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors and include information on healthy aging issues that affect the majority of our ridings’ senior population, as well as local issues that will be of interest to all residents.
After almost 3 months of waiting I finally have a Constituency Office phone and computer access. Please note the contact information below, and call at any time with your questions or concerns. You can also send an email to Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca
Toll free number: 1 855 498 5122 Local number: 250 498 5122
The Constituency Office is in Oliver at 6369 Main Street and will be open after the Labour Day weekend.
I would like to remind everyone to take extra caution on our roads in the coming weeks as school resumes. Remember to slow down and be patient in school zones and crosswalks, and help ensure students come and go from school safely. I wish all of you a great school year!