Archives for October 24, 2014
Tracy Lydiatt, young entrepreneur – operating a cookie factory in Oliver in the former Catholic Church basement on Fairview Rd. She expanded to a 2nd floor.
Tracy is making (processing) vegan cookies – gluten free and she is winning awards and wants to grow her business.
The BC Food Processors Association has nominated Tracy for two awards: Rising Star and Best Product of the year.
On Wednesday October 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, Robert Russel (Bob) McKay at the age of 64, peacefully went to be with his Lord after a courageous three year battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family: Christine, his wife of 44 years, his daughter Melanie Bailey, son-in-law Daniel and granddaughter Eliana; his daughter Karen Jansen, son-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Alyssa, Malachi and Eden, all of Winnipeg. Also surviving Bob is his mother Peggy of Oakbank, MB, brothers Harry (Cathy) of Dugald, MB, Jock (Elaine) of Stony Plain, AB, and sister Lori Reimer(Gerald) of Giroux, MB. He was predeceased by his father Russel in 2013.
Bob was raised on the family farm near Dugald, MB. He met and married Chris in 1971 and eventually returned to Dugald where they raised Melanie and Karen. Bob was employed for 32 years with the
C N Police from which he elected early retirement at the age of 48. Shortly after his retirement Bob and Chris moved to Oliver, BC, where he has spent many years pursuing his love of nature. This included his enjoyment of birding, camping, travelling and spending time with his family. Bob also served his community, volunteering with the Kiwanis Club and the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory. He has been active as an Elder in the Valley Congregational Church.
Bob enjoyed and excelled at a variety of sports throughout his life. Even into his senior years he stayed active in curling, hockey and hiking. He especially enjoyed participating in the Seniors Games, earning many medals in field events. Bob’s passion, however, has been his birding where he was actively adding to his life list. He also became a skilled photographer and many of his photos of wildlife, birds, and nature have been published.
The family wished to express gratitude to Dr Solano, Dr Holmes and all the wonderful nursing staff in ICUW Kelowna General. Thank you for the good care you gave Bob. Gratitude is also extended to the staff at the Penticton Oncology Department for your excellent care during his two years of treatments.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2:00 pm at Valley Congregational Church, 4312 Black Sage Road, Oliver BC. A Manitoba service will take place in early November. Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory through the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance.
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Sikh community in BC Southern Interior my best wishes for Diwali and a joyous new year. Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates hope and inner strength and welcomes in the coming New Year. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past year, to look ahead and to make plans for the future with renewed optimism.
People in this community, across the country and all over the world, will take this time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the victory of goodness in all of us.
I believe every Canadian can share in the hope for the future that Diwali represents. Around the world, our multicultural nation is a beacon of hope. We pride ourselves on our openness and continually strive to build an inclusive society. As Diwali brings in another new year let us all remember to draw upon the good that can be found in all of us.
Partial solar eclipse over Northwestern America, yesterday afternoon. Picture taken from our home on Anarchist just using our hand-held digital camera to the 7 “M-C telescope (equipped with a solar mylar filter) eye-piece. We were inside (so pictures taken through a double pane window) as it was too windy outside to install the telescope.
West Kelowna – The driver and passenger of a rental car both received violation tickets after police conducted a traffic stop late Wednesday night.
On October 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm, a member of the Kelowna Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) conducted a vehicle stop on a red Chevy Impala on Bartley Road near Capri Road. The car, which had been observed leaving a liquor store nearby, was found to be a rental vehicle and had two occupants. The driver, a 14-year-old boy from West Kelowna, was apparently acting as chauffeur and designated driver for his 47-year-old father, who happened to be under the influence of alcohol.
The boy was unlicenced to drive because one cannot obtain a British Columbia Learner’s Licence until they are at least 16 years of age.
The rental car agreement showed the father listed as the only approved operator and the car was subsequently removed from the roadway for retrieval by the rental company.
The boy received a Violation Ticket for No Driver’s Licence while his father was issued a Violation Ticket for Allowing an Unlicenced Minor To Drive.
There will be Club Coaches on hand to help with beginners and with problems you might have with any aspect of your game. And there will be coaches on hand, as well, for those of you who want to try Stick Curling.
Over half of the Day League curlers now are stick curlers. This innovation has truly made curling a life time sport, so if your knees or back are bothering you, give this a try.
For people who simply want to practice and throw a few rocks, there should be space available for you too. The best part? It is all free!
FREE Events ( dated events and sales )
Three simple rules
Free events must have a date – yard sales, garage sales, bazaars etc.
Commercial events should be advertised – contact Publisher – Ticket prices above $10 cannot be shown
Don’t try to use FREE classifieds for events, yard sales or anything with a date including ticket sales
My wife Claire and I moved to Oliver 23 years ago from Calgary. After 40 years of marriage, we have 3 grown children who all graduated from SOSS and 6 wonderful grandchildren. I work for Growers Supply here in Oliver as their Packaging Manager.
In September of 2013, I was honoured to be elected to Town Council in a by-election. Prior to my election to Council, I volunteered my time as the PAC Chair at SOSS for 7 years while my children attended school there, as a member of the Economic Development Society (ODCEDS), and as a member of the Airport Advisory Committee.
In addition to my Council duties, I am a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a member of the Heritage Society, on the Executive of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer for the Christmas Food Hamper Drive.
I have enjoyed the opportunity of working with Mayor Hovanes and Councillors Doerr, Mattes & Bennest to make Oliver an even better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
Four questions asked to all candidates for the position of councillor: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?
a. Homeless and poverty are an issue in any community and there are no easy answers for a quick fix. I was pleased to see an announcement from the BC Government with a program for specific groups of individuals providing monetary support to avoid homelessness. The targeted groups are aboriginals, women who have or may encounter violence and youth transitioning from foster care. For Oliver I would like to explore a couple of options to try and address this issue:
1) Discuss with Council ideas for having new development create a fund for lower cost housing.
2) Invite Habitat For Humanity to Council and see if we can get them to consider Oliver for an upcoming project.
At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?
b. Employees in Oliver are unionized and their pay is consistent with the collective agreement that they have negotiated with the Town of Oliver. Management salaries seem to be in keeping with the Municipal norms. Having just gone through the process of hiring a new CAO for the Town, I feel that Council has always kept the taxpayer in mind when we are negotiating union and management salaries.
Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?
c. Oliver would certainly benefit from a hotel and new businesses to fill in some the holes in Main Street. I am confident that new jobs from the Correction Centre and the spin off benefits to the local economy will encourage new business & employment opportunities along Main Street and elsewhere. Council has in place incentives for new business with parking relaxation and reduced property taxes over a limited time in targeted areas.
What unique subject is on your mind? – suggestions for Oliver’s future.
d. I would like to see more Wine Capital business promotion in our downtown core. If we are the Wine Capital of Canada, we need to show it more than just on the 2 entrance signs into Town. I would like to see more funds allocated for increased education and by-law enforcement in our Parks and along our Hike & Bike Trails. I would like to see our youth get more involved in Civic Government by creating a Youth Advisory Committee to provide input for Council on issues that are of concern to them.