Archives for September 24, 2014
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man
who died after a motor vehicle incident in Summerland on Sept. 22,
He is Gildo Vit, aged 77, of Summerland.
Mr. Vit was a pedestrian crossing Highway 97 in Summerland shortly
after 10 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2014, when, near the intersection of
Steuart Street, he was in a collision with a southbound tractor-
trailer. Mr. Vit was immediately transported to Penticton Regional
Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival at
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.
Mr. Vit’s family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family
members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their
privacy at this difficult time.
Registration nights for curling will be held:
1. Adult Registration night – Friday, Sept 26, 7-10pm, beginners welcome.
2. Junior Registration – Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm – beginners welcome.
3. Adult Registration, Junior Registration (7-9) Oct 7th – 10th
A brief history on our rock. In 1969, Eric Bastian, was the president of the newly formed curling club society, and was the big push to get the curling club built in Oliver. The granite rocks were ordered from Scotland and arrived in the summer at the Vancouver shipping docks.
Eric, who was known for his ability to get everyone to volunteer and get things done for free, approached a fruit grower by the name of Arpad Pallay. Arpad was delivering fruit to Vancouver with his big truck, and on the request of Eric picked the rocks up and brought them to the club.
The granite in these rocks was considered to be one of the finest.
In 2005, the rocks were sent away to Manitoba to get sharpened. The handles are reversed every other year in order to make them last longer. Obviously this has worked because the rocks are 45 years old!
In 2014 the rocks were shipped to Ontario to have inserts put in them . They are now back at the curling club and ready for all curlers to enjoy once again.
Another improvement that has been worked on over the summer is upgrading heating system in the rink. We will now be able to keep the arena 10 degrees warmer. This is great news for everyone that thought they would like to try curling but just didn’t like the cold.
October 21, 1943 – September 18, 2014
On Thursday September 18th, Joseph Kirs passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital with family by his side at the age of 70 years.
He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Rose as well as his brother Andrew.
Joe will be sadly missed by his loving wife Eva; children, Shelley, Ann (Tom) and Michael (Jocelyn); grandchildren Adain, Ashley, Shawn, Lane and Chase as well as his sisters Margaret (Dave), Dorothy (Gerry) and Elsie; sisters-in-law Liz, and Mary; brother-in-law Bill and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Joe was born in Whitewood Saskatchewan in 1943, moved with his family to Oliver in 1946 and graduated from S.O.H.S. in 1963.
Joe and Eva married on March 30, 1968 and together raised three children.
Over the years Joe worked for Bleasdale Ford, Sun Rype, Malmberg & Sons Trucking and Rotheisler Equipment, but ultimately his passion was farming which he enjoyed until his passing.
His memberships included The Royal Canadian Legion and the Oliver Fire Protection District for over forty years, Okanagan Hungarian Club and the Oliver Sportsmen Association.
Joe loved fishing (especially Clifford Lake), camping, hunting, teaching his grandchildren and spending time with family.
He will be fondly remembered for his kind heart, good nature, sense of humour and helping hands.
Funeral service will be held on Friday September 26th at 10:30 a.m. at the Oliver United Church. Interment will follow in the Oliver cemetery with a reception afterwards in the Legion hall.
Donations gratefully accepted for the BC Childrens Make A Wish Foundation or the BC Wildlife Federation.
Tributes and condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium.
The number of electors of the Town of Osoyoos is estimated to be 4,740. If 10% (474) of the estimated number of electors of the Town of Osoyoos sign an Alternative Approval Process Elector Response Form opposing the borrowing of funds for the fire hall – Town Council will not be able to proceed without receiving the assent of the electors by referendum.
At the first meeting of October – Town of Osoyoos residents will hear the results of the Alternative Approval Process APP.
Sources say the number of people on the petition will necessitate a referendum sometime in the future.
Exact details of that process will be worked out by staff and council. The referendum could be held this year or early next year depending on a legal issue and permission from the provincial government.
The AAP process was thought to be a quicker way of getting assent but not so – this time around.
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Summerland Building Committee Report
The new library building will feature a community room which can be expanded when needed to accommodate larger groups, a bright, airy children’s area, a readers’ terrace and a teen corner.
The ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction, with a target completion of June 2015. Board Chair Catherine Lord dug the first hole for the foundations and commented on how pleased the ORL board is to be able to provide a building that meets the community needs and showcases the importance of reading and literacy for all residents.
Draft budget presented for the board’s consideration. An overall 1.72% increase is proposed, the majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates. In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6% and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4%. In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology.
Summer Reading Club
Summer Reading Club has wrapped up around the region. Many of the ORL board members took part in celebration ceremonies in their communities where children received medals and certificates for successfully completing their summer reading logs. A highlight of this year’s program was a visit to every branch by magician Leif David, who created a special show for the ORL highlighting the importance of reading. The magician tour was paid for with the generous support of the Friends of the Library groups across the region.
New Integrated Library System
CEO Stephanie Hall presented information to the board on the new Integrated Library System (ILS) which will go live on October 6th. This new system replaces the current system, which no longer serves the library’s needs. Patrons will be affected prior to the go live date as some services will be temporarily unavailable, although books will still be available for check out! Patrons will notice extended due dates on their items and are asked not to return items until after October 8th. For more information, please visit www.orl.bc.ca