Archives for October 21, 2014
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT CHRISTMAS IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY
Parties & Pies do all the work for you
We specialize in preparing a variety of party foods that will please the most discerning guest and make your entertaining easy.
We put together packages of a variety of savoury and sweet, finger foods that can be frozen until needed, including
Party sized sausage rolls, variety of quiche, spanokapita, tortiere,
vol-o-vent, salmon tartlets, cheese puffs, veggie/cheese turnovers.
Assorted brownies, variety of squares, mince tarts, butter tarts, coconut macaroons, rum balls, chocolate truffles, all butter shortbread. (nut free assortments available)
Each order allows for 4-5 savoury items and 4-5 sweet items, per person
Price for 20-25 persons, $125.00
45-50 persons, $225.00
Gourmet cheese balls or logs, $15.00, serves 20.
$35.00, serves 50.
Pick up by arrangement, when needed
Also…..fully catered, buffet meals, minimum 25 persons $22.00 p.p.
Call Pat 485-0010 or use email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CBC Radio Show on stage at the Venables Theatre
The popular North by Northwest radio show is coming to the Frank Venables Theatre. Oliver audiences are invited to join host Sheryl MacKay on October 28th at 3pm for the taping of CBC Radio’s province-wide weekend morning show. Regular NXNW musical guest, June Goldsmith will join Sheryl on stage with other special guests and artists from the South Okanagan.
Each week North by Northwest features guests from across the province. There’ll be great conversation, fine music and a lot of laughs too. Whether it’s artists and performers, writers and chefs, gardeners and travellers, Sheryl brings guests with a passion for life and the arts.
As a special treat, the Oliver and Osoyoos Winery Association will pour a wine tasting in the lobby from a selection of fine local wines.
This special afternoon event is FREE and everyone is welcome. Come join the “on stage” audience to watch a CBC radio show in action.
Visit www.venablestheatre.ca for more information on all upcoming events.
North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay
Tuesday October 28th – 3pm
Venables Theatre in Oliver
Admission Free – Tickets at Door
Office of the Premier
Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement
“This year, Diwali will once again be celebrated by thousands of
British Columbians from several faiths in many communities.
“Beginning on October 23, the Festival of Lights marks a new year
and a new beginning – an opportunity to improve ourselves, our
province and our common future.
“Diwali reminds us of the cultural richness we enjoy in British
Columbia. This diversity strengthens us all.
“I know this Diwali will be celebrated in a spirit of understanding,
acceptance and respect throughout our province.
“A Happy Diwali to all those celebrating.”
The City is investing in the Penticton Fire Department by adding a Fire Training Officer position to oversee best practices in fire protection plus filling two vacant firefighter positions.
“Creating a Training Officer position will raise the bar for the Penticton Fire Department,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “Skills development is critical to customer service and innovation, and these investments will ensure that the Penticton Fire Department is providing top-level fire protection to the community and beyond.”
The Fire Training Officer will be responsible for creating, implementing and co-ordinating the department training program for all staff, as well as serving as the technical training advisor internally and externally. The position was identified in the Penticton Fire Department Service Review as an investment that would assist with skills development.
The Fire Training Officer will assist the management team with operations and programs at the Emergency Training Centre at Fire Hall No. 2. This centre envisions serving the needs of the local department and South Okanagan region for live fire training, rather than sending career and auxiliary members out of the community for needed instruction – saving approximately 70% in training costs.
A proposed expansion of fire protection service areas precipitates additional investment into the Penticton Fire Department.
A letter of intent between the City and the Penticton Indian Band has been signed to facilitate fire protection services for new development and residential areas (non-native leasehold improvements) i.e. Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Barefoot Beach Resort, Wright’s Beach Campground and Red Wing. This includes the addition of First Responder services and fire safety inspections.
Due to the expanded area of fire protection, two firefighter positions will be added to the budget in 2015.
“These investments will go a long way to ensure Penticton Fire Department is well-trained and equipped to meet the needs of the growing community and safety of responders and residents,” said Fire Chief Wayne Williams.
Previous: Council approved its 2014 budget cutting two firefighting positions to save the City about $150,000. Most of the public felt it was not a good move.
Melissa and Rob Graham celebrating 10 year anniversary at Glenfinnan Viaduct – Scotland
Leopard in tree – Garry Bogdan in Tanzania near Lake Manyara
Golden Gate by David & Krista Miller
Stefan and Carol Cieslik – Burgeo, Newfoundland
Dustin Lesmeister (back packing Europe) on beach at Dieppe
More later – press images for larger
Quartetto Gelato Review (20 October 2014)
Mmmm gelato! Such a delightful treat—light, sweet and delicious, and hard to choose among the tempting flavours, each with its own tantalizing appeal.
Quartetto Gelato, who opened this season’s offering of four concerts presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society, was absolutely that delightful treat. Sixteen melodic flavours, including tangy tango, lusty latino and tender tenor, captivated and amused a very appreciative full house in the Frank Venables Theatre on Monday evening.
The Toronto based quartet are multi-talented musicians with acrobatic inclinations and a huge helping of whimsy in their collective DNA. Accordion, violin/tenor, cello, and oboe/clarinet/mandolin/guitar wove the musical magic. Superb musicianship combined with relaxed interactions among the performers meant that they and we had a most entertaining evening and a lot of fun. Memorable, in fact.
Much of the music was drawn from pop standards we all love—Under Paris Skies, Volare, La Vie en Rose—but some pieces touched deeply, such as the profoundly beautiful and moving Piazzolla tango which brought a collective sigh from the audience when it ended. Al Di La, (Al Martino sang it in The Godfather) was dedicated by violin virtuoso and founder of the group, Peter de Sotto, to his deceased wife on her birthday. Such shared intimacies elevate the already beautiful music in a rare and deeply moving way, a hallmark of the emotional appeal of this superb quartet.
The audience obviously loved the different moods created, as well as the on-stage antics. The fun the performers had of simulating bagpipe music reached an even quirkier level when Colin Maier (who plays 14 instruments, is an actor, black belt, and Cirque du Soleil performer) played his oboe while standing on two chairs and did the splits—well, you had to have been there!
Guest cellist Lydia Munchinsky played beautifully, and serenely held her own while the others did their man-thing hi-jinks around her. The fourth member of the quartet, Alexander Sevastian, four time world champion accordionist and self-styled perogy gourmet/eater, was equally brilliant as when we saw him here as soloist four years ago, but also much funnier this time.
Thanks, SOCS and their generous sponsors, for this excellent evening of entertainment. Three fine programs yet to come. The mark has been set very high.
P.S. PLEASE Vote YES on November 15 to ensure the Frank Venables Theatre continues to enhance the quality of life in our amazing community.
Poverty and low income are in every community; it is a global problem. Council can keep finances in line, so that taxes are not increasing at an exorbitant rate each year. As the Federal and Provincial governments continue to download services to the municipalities this will become harder each year to maintain, as the citizens look to the council to provide services that were provided by higher governments previously. Bringing in solid businesses, such as the correctional facility, with great pay and benefits, is a step in the right direction. We have to encourage these businesses to continue to look at Oliver as a viable alternative.
We talk about poverty and low income in one breath, and then say our Town employees and management are paid more then their provincial government counterparts. Our Town employees are very aware of their position in our community and that they are well compensated for their work. It is a well known fact that employees paid fairly, tend to stay in their positions for the long term, which is a cost savings to the Town, as re-training can be very expensive and time consuming.
Main Street is an ongoing issue for the citizens and council. I am hoping that the new incentives we have implemented will move things forward as the economy starts to flourish. Council may have to take the initiative to create the excitement and encourage building, how that will look is still under review.
I would like to see an economic round table, with council, business and citizens, exploring different avenues, as well as getting a good prospective of what is needed and will be supported. It’s fine to encourage businesses here but we in turn must be willing to support them, if not they will not flourish and close very quickly.
I would like to see more winery presence in the downtown area for the summer months, giving everyone an opportunity to see what this great area offers. As I was talking the other day to some real wine consumers, they never get to all the wineries, so having one venue to try would be great.
My family has been actively involved in the greater Oliver area since 1964 and was instrumental in the development of the community known as Willowbrook. I returned to Oliver in 1985 to raise my own family. Community involvement is a huge part of my life. Throughout the years I have done volunteer work for Oliver Figure Skating club, and for 20+ years I volunteered with the Oliver Youth Ambassador program. I am co-chair of the Oliver Business Association, have been a Rotarian for 8 years and have served as president for the past two.
I also helped to create the Highway to Healing not-for-profit organization that assists local families who have a child requiring medical care not available locally and requires travelling outside the Okanagan Valley. As a business owner of Beyond Bliss on Main Street, I am deeply committed to Oliver and what we have to offer. We are organizations, businesses and citizens alike working together to create great events like the FOG, Sunshine Festival, Music in the Park, Farmer’s Market, various sporting events and more.
There is much to be done and I am confident that with your support I can continue promoting Oliver as THE place people proudly call home.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or call 250-485-7739.
This new budget calls for expenditures in the amount of $1,664, 639 compared with $1,551,650 in the current year. $1 million of this requisitioned from taxpayers with balance in user fees/expenditures from reserves.
The OPRS directors told that there is 0% increase in operational cost with all proposed increases in capital costs. Zero percent despite a 2% proposed increase in labour costs but balanced by increased revenue from users.
Capital budget amounts allocated for weight room reconfiguration, skateboard park upgrades, shade structures and landscaping in the main park west of community stage, irrigation improvements with a total list of expenditures:
$244,500 most coming from the pool and parks reserves.
Arena and hall reserves not well funded so an increase on a taxpayer requisition is expected.
A delegation of about 15 users of the Parks Weight Room/Exercise Centre were on hand for Monday’s meeting requesting the following:
Expand weight room to south or use Room 2 – requesting purchase of more equipment – used or otherwise.
Directors indicated the weight room has been discussed for two years and management in process of upgrading security/entrance and equipment. But no expansion of building or space anticipated at this time. Directors told that Cactus Tree Gym closing soon with about 15 people affected. OPRS Manager Carol Sheridan says she has met with owner of Cactus Tree and three items of interest have come to her attention for possible purchase depending on price and warranty considerations.
Work on the roof of the Arena storage annex (maintenance shop) is complete at a cost of $11,500 with work done by Interior Roofing.