Archives for August 2015
About 400 people (Penticton Herald said 1000) were asked to stand in the foyer of the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre for 45 minutes as a small room was being manipulated for maximum exposure and effect.
If I had been the fire-marshall I would have shut the event down as way too many people gathered in a very tight space.
It probably worked for the cameras but unsafe with a crowd primarily of party faithful (including the elderly) there to cheer on a future prime minister?
Yes we still have a ballot box to go to in October.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair flanked by heavy security at Penticton Trade and Convention Centre in picture above.
Mulcair touched on the Oliver fire saying… “Just up the road there are 235 men and women fighting a wildfire that would cover half the area of downtown Vancouver”…. “They need a partner in government that will ensure they have access to proper resources and training.”
Two thirds of working Canadians do not have a workplace pensions stating their are massive job losses as well.” As Prime Minister, “I will get the economy going with investments in transit and infrastructure.”
Promises: funding for disaster relief, tourism, infrastructure and transit as well as lower tax rates for small business and a higher minimum wage. To strengthen the Disaster Financial Assistance Agreements and restore funding to the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program – Immediate action on women’s and aboriginal issues, promising to call an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women within the first 100 days of taking office.
The Show, the 32nd annual, is open to all artisans in the South Okanagan and as far east as Rock Creek, and Keremeos in the west. No theme this year enables all to choose their own favorite subject. All entries must be in by September 11, 2015.
The Show takes place in the Oliver Community Center Hall October 3 and October 4th. The competition awards winners in nine categories: watercolor, oil, acrylic, fibre art, three dimensional, photography, other media, junior artists and “Best of Show”. Artists are able to either sell their pieces or exhibit only.
Check out everything you need to know by downloading the guidelines and entry forms from the website
www.oliverartscouncil.org or call Sally at 250-498-0104.
To enter the 2015 Fall Art Show and Sale (FASS), click on the links below to download an entry form and the terms and guidelines. These forms are new this year. Please read them over carefully! NO theme for the 2015 show. FASS 2015 Entry Form FASS 2015 Terms Guidelines
All the above forms should be returned to the Oliver Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1711, Oliver BC V0H 1T0 except where listed. All cheques (where required) should be made out to “Oliver Community Arts Council”. Ask for more information about forms at OliverCAC @ gmail.com
Effective at noon on Monday, Aug. 31, 205, campfires are once again permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
The campfire ban was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires in the region. The fire danger rating is now primarily “low” to “moderate” throughout the fire centre.
Here’s some important campfire safety information:
* Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to
properly extinguish your campfire.
* Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
* Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather
can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible
* You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a
fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have
* Never leave a campfire unattended.
* Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes
are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
* People who light campfires are legally responsible for making sure that
they don’t escape. They may be held accountable for damages and fire
suppression costs if their negligence results in a wildfire.
Category 2 and 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. These prohibitions include all open fires larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre high, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
All summer long a vibrant market and concert series at the Oliver Community Park has been the result of collaboration between Oliver Parks and Recreation and the Oliver Community Arts Council. Crowd numbers have exceeded 300 on some nights and the Fire Service Appreciation Event on August 20 was by far the biggest turnout in the history of the series. The Oliver Community Arts Council did a fantastic job with the Music in the Park this summer and wrapped up their season last week with vintage pop duo “Up the Crick”.
Thursday Sept 3 and Thursday Sept 10, Oliver Parks and Recreation will continue to host the weekly Evening Market featuring local produce and artisan products in the community park from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Each night will feature live entertainment, guest food trucks and children’s activities.
“We have had a fantastic summer of music and market at the park,” says manager Carol Sheridan, “and with there still being a week before the kids to get back to school and the need for a season wrap-up celebration we have extended the market and music nights for two more weeks.” This is a chance for anyone who hasn’t made it down to the park on Thursdays yet to give it a try and for those who have been coming each week to extend the fun awhile longer.
The entertainment line-up for Sept 3 is a collection of local singer/songwriters Tuson Pearle, Carol Sheridan and Hilary Drummond. The “Samosa Express” food truck out of Penticton will be serving up delicious East Indian dishes. On Sept 10 everyone should ensure they don’t miss Penticton’s dance band “Flashback” who have been playing the hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to delighted crowds for over 10 years. Pick up Thai tacos or noodles from the “Thai on the Fly” food truck for dinner. Both nights the event will also feature a beer and wine garden as well as inflatables and face painting for the kids.
As a follow-up from last week’s story about the broken tooth, I have good news. I took the broken half with me to the dentist and he cemented it back in, cost me $96.00 in total. It turns out that it was a 3/4 crown. I’m very thankful it cost me so little!
Growing up in Oliver I had the usual run in with injuries but no broken bones until I caught my fingers in a power hacksaw at school, Mr. Borgeault was not impressed! When I was unable to perform the expected tasks in metal work class because of my bandages, Mr. Borgeault terminated me.
I had a minor crash as a teenager with my Honda 90cc motorbike as well as a minor one with my 750cc BMW motorcycle. Auntie Kay tolerated my purchase of the Honda but was scared spit-less when I brought home the BMW. She knew what happens when a young man and a motorcycle come together.
I survived all the nonsense and left it all behind when I left the Valley to seek my fame and fortune. Actually, I left only the motorcycles behind and took the nonsense with me.
Throughout my life, I have had several hernia operations, prostate surgery, several car crashes, but nothing life threatening, until July 12 of this year.
I awakened in the morning lying on my back. My left arm was numb as if I had slept on it. I arose from the bed and removed my mouth guard but spoke as if my mouth guard was still in place.
I thought, am I having a stroke? I tried to shake the numbness out of my arm when Nelly awakened and asked me what was wrong. I told her I thought I was having a stroke, I heard my speech slurring.
I told her we had to go to the hospital. I started to dress but when it came to my shirt my fingers on my left hand wouldn’t clutch the buttons. I got one done up but then couldn’t undo it when I decided to wear a button-less shirt. Finally I got it all organized.
By the time we arrived at the hospital the numbness was fading away and my speech was not slurred anymore. After the paper work was done we sat and waited for 2.5 hours and still saw no doctor. By that time I felt fine. If I did have a stroke nobody seemed worried about it so why should I?
I checked out of the hospital, went home, got organized and went to work. I felt fine at work. The next day, July 13, I would call my doctor and get his opinion.
On Monday I got an appointment right away. “Yes,” the doctor said, “it appears that you have had a TIA which stands for Transient Ischemic Attack. It is the body’s way of warning you that a more serious stroke will be coming if you don’t get treatment.”
The doctor told me I shouldn’t have left the hospital because the next three days are crucial when it comes to strokes. The serious one could come during those three days!
He sent me for tests; blood test, carotid artery test, echo-cardiogram, and a CT scan. He got me started on drugs, low dose aspirin and low dose rosuvastatin. And then he went on vacation, I guess he figured he needed it after he dealt with my nonsense.
The stroke did something to my brain. I became more focused than I’d ever been. The details that used to bother me didn’t, the thought clutter that once bombarded me from past missed opportunities stopped.
I seemed to have more energy too, I wanted to get things done now rather than later as had been my nature. I had moments of euphoria when time seemed to hesitate briefly. Then it was back to reality, to refocus and get on with the job. It was an exciting time for me.
The story doesn’t end here, there is more to come, so I will finish it off next week.
Mrs. Sinclair, Karen Sinclair with a full school term ahead of her as Principal of Oliver Elementary. Joined by Diane Haddow as Vice-Principal.
Karen is an old hand in the Oliver area – here first in 1998. Came from Fort St. John. Diane hails from the coast and started her work teaching in 1992 at Penticton. Her most recent post as teacher of Grade 6 Late French Immersion and Learning Assistance in Summerland. Both ladies have Master Degrees in Education.
Mrs. Sinclair says she has a great team of professionals around her and wants to bring an “aura of positivity” to the school and looks forward to her work with Grade 7 classes in Leadership.
In her office on the wall – a statement of intent “…moving forward with a calm, strong momentum…” in the footsteps of Barton Tumlinson.
New this year: More emphasis on aboriginal education including stories at the Grade 5 level of residential schools. Karen Sinclair says OES has always had a strong Aboriginal Studies program with the assistance of Education Assistant Sam Marsel. Three teachers have attended workshops on curriculum changes says Sinclair. She says a lot of aboriginal history is embed in language studies.
Touching on appropriate dress codes – Mrs. Sinclair says this has never been a serious problem at this level but intermediate students are counselled quickly if anything is evident when a student arrives at school. Sinclair says her professional staff set a high tone of appropriate fashion.
Both of these subjects part of the questioning by the reporter on current education stories.
Training & Project Coordinator at Community Futures in Penticton has been hired as the new Manager of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce with its HQ in Oliver.
Bonnie Dancey was the long standing manager who has taken a new job with the Royal Canadian Legion – in helping branches around the Okanagan-Kootenays.
The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Denise Blashko as Executive Director effective September 4, 2015.
“This is the perfect time for Denise Blashko to become the Chamber’s next Executive Director,” said Chamber President Brian Highley. “Denise brings an ability to build strong community relationships and we’re very excited to have her in this role.”
Blashko replaces Bonnie Dancey, who left the Chamber in June after 11 years as Executive Director.
Most recently Blashko worked as a Community Liaison for Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.
“I’m very excited to take on this new role,” Blashko said. “I’m looking forward to diving right in to Festival Of The Grape planning, as well as engaging the Chamber membership and helping to provide value to them.” Blashko is planning a relocation to the area from Penticton.
Looking west from Sumac Street (Old Rd Seven)
EVACUATION ORDER rescinded for all areas within Regional District due to Testalinda Creek fire. All residents can return home in Fairview Rd area but remain under Evacuation Alert.
The Evacuation Order has been rescinded for 27 properties or homes in the upper Fairview Road area, west of Oliver. Residents can now go back to their homes and access their properties but these properties remain under Evacuation Alert.
The total number of properties or homes remaining under Evacuation Alert due to the Wildfire has been reduced from 285 to 180 homes.
All homes and properties within the existing Evacuation Alert area north of Testalinda Creek
and west of Oliver still remain under Evacuation Alert.
1 09:36:30 David MATHESON Penticton 1/16 Men 40-44 175
Not sure why the long race is treated as a secondary race other than that the professionals went for the $$$ offered in the shorter race.
Valley First Challenge Penticton today crowned two new champions in Victoria BC’s Brent McMahon and Peoria, Illinois’s Jennifer Spieldenner.
The 33rd edition of the long-distance triathlon was held today in Penticton and the surrounding area, over a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21 km run.
Cats and dogs coming down at 12:40 pm
All the serious runners and bikers are done in Penticton
(Story moves to hail damage – sometimes you don’t want what you ask for)
The Testalinda Creek wildfire near Oliver is now mapped at 4,295 hectares in size.
Site information officer Heather Rice with the B.C. Wildfire Service reports the growth is partly due to increased fire activity on Friday and Saturday as winds picked up, but also because crews have had the chance to “have a more accurate look on the ground and from the air” as smoke conditions have improved.
Rice says the fire was stable overnight, and firefighters’ focus remains the northwest flank, in the Reid Creek area.
There are no changes to evacuation orders in the Fairview Road neighbourhood (Reed Creek) and evacuation alerts for residents to the west and south of the town.
Oliver did not receive as much rain as communities in the Central and North Okanagan, but Rice says “the rain does help a significant amount with dampening forest fuels. The wind in combination sometimes counteracts that, though, as it speeds up drying, but it certainly helps.”
Tykes Learn to Skate (ages 3-5)
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 – Dec 8, 2015
& Jan 26, 2016 – March 1, 2016
Learn to skate lessons for pre-school aged children in a fun, recreational environment. Skills covered will include learning about skating, safety and equipment, how to stand up on skates, skating forward/backwards and stopping. Helmets are mandatory, safety pads and warm clothing including mittens highly recommended.
Early Dismissal Days
Wed, Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 25, Jan 20, Feb 24, April 27, May 25
12:30-2:30pm at Tucelnuit Elementary OR Oliver Elementary School ( need two staff per location)
Pro D Day Camp
Oct 23 & Feb 19
Community Centre (2 staff needed)
Spring Break Day Camp
Mon – Friday
Community Centre (2 staff needed)
Mini Iron Chef (one Assistant needed )
Tues, Oct 6- Nov 10
Tues, Jan 19 – Feb 23
Community Centre Kitchen
Mon, Sept 28 – Dec 7
Mon, Jan 11 – March 7
3:00-4:00pm ( 2 staff needed)
Wed, Sept 30 – Dec 9
Wed, Jan 13 – March 9
3:00-4:00pm (2 staff needed)
Sen Pok Chin
Jan 14 – April 14
4:30-5:30pm (grades 4-5)
5:45-6:45pm (grades 6-7)
(2 instructors needed)
If you have any questions about any of these programs, please contact myself, Katie Hadwin, Recreation Supervisor email@example.com
8:45am Sunday Across Hwy from Southwind Mall
On the leader board
Full Triathlon #175 David Matheson 44 M of Penticton
Winners in Short Course Pro Men
1 03:50:38 Brent MCMAHON Victoria 326 3 00:22:04 1:10 1 02:14:08 40.3 2 01:14:28 3:32
2 03:53:52 Trevor WURTELE Kelowna 318 6 00:23:43 1:15 2 02:14:19 40.2 3 01:15:51 3:36
3 03:57:23 Davide GIARDINI Boulder 304 1 00:22:02 1:10 3 02:14:22 40.2 6 01:21:00 3:51
4 03:58:50 Jeff SYMONDS Vancouver 300 5 00:23:42 1:15 7 02:22:03 38.0 1 01:13:06 3:28
Winners in Short Course Pro Women
Top Five Women:
1. Jennifer Spieldenner 4:25:16
2. Carrie Lester 4:26:51
3. Leslie Smith 4:30:10
4. Heather Lendway 4:30: 30
Sears Hometown Store
1400 – 5955 Main Street
250 498 3448
Woman and a Fork
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the Pastor’s reply. “This is very important,” the young woman continued.. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.
In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming….like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork, the best is yet to come.”
Any evacuee from the Testalinden Creek Fire can contact 250-809-8430 for immediate Emergency Support Service assistance or to register their whereabouts.
The Evacuation Order for 27 properties or homes in the upper Fairview Road area and recreation sites at Burnell (Sawmill), Ripley and Madden Lakes remains in effect. An additional 258 properties or homes in the Oliver and Osoyoos areas remain on Evacuation Alert.
For more information, including interactive mapping, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, call 250-492-0237 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737. Media are requested to contact 250-488-0285.
Let’s start the story by saying I was looking for a picnic – I drove south, east, then north. I found more cows, wind, rain, trees on the highway, power lines down and cold miserable weather. First got to see the devastation in Rock Creek, encountered high winds on Road 33, didn’t find a picnic at Big White but lots of cows. Back to Kelowna for lunch and a coffee – over to White Lake and Fairview for a few more blue sky pictures.
They promised rain …….but didn’t really mention the high winds – gusty.
Five hours and a full tank of gas. When I got back the same garage sale on Fairview Rd was still going on. Time for a rest.