On the Sunnyside

One Solitary Life

“He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book, never held an office, never went to college, never visited a big city. He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend … All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together, have not affected the life of mankind on earth, as powerfully as that one solitary life. He was Jesus.” – J.A. Francis, 1926, in The Real Jesus


henry weibeWalk in the SON shine,
Henry Wiebe

Canadians are water gobblers

Excerpt from a Vancouver Province article

“Given the escalating concerns about water availability in many regions of the province having effective regulations in place for water use and conservation is absolutely critical. Three key regulation areas that must be addressed under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) are water pricing, monitoring and reporting, and ensuring sufficient flows to maintain healthy ecosystems.

The province has set an extremely low fee for water use, despite widespread public support for high-enough rates. Currently, B.C. has the lowest water rates in the entire country. The province has an opportunity to capture the value of this precious resource to create conservation incentives, and to fund effective implementation of the WSA, including water sustainability planning.

B.C. also needs to bolster its approach to water monitoring and reporting. The list of things we don’t know about our water is far too long, including how much water we actually use and where all of British Columbia’s aquifers are.”

Rosie Simms & Eliel Hindert: Rock-bottom snowpack an early warning of water issues
July 29, 2015

Students in Oliver for brief visit

daveThe Oliver Tourism Association partnered with the Town of Oliver and the past sister city committee, was pleased to have the honour of hosting a student exchange delegation from our sister city, Bandai Japan. Ten students and two adults (six girls, four boys, English Teacher and School Principal), arrived Sunday August 2nd, 2015 for a 3 day whirl wind experience of our beautiful town. The families of our Oliver students who traveled to Bandai last year billeted our guests in this cultural exchange.

As a large group of locals and delegates we had a great time experiencing our community. We canoed Vaseux Lake, hiked to local pictographs, swam in the river, partied with a potluck dinner at River Stone Estate Winery, toured Covert Farms, picked fresh fruit and berries, visited the High School, played sports, jumped on trampolines and ate ice cream (lots of ice cream).

Tuesday night we celebrated with a farewell BBQ and Pool party hosted by the Mattes family. We sang songs, shared gifts and listened to speeches in both English and Japanese, “We have learned much about the similarities of our two cities and the differences between our cultures,” share one of the Bandai students, “We will remember our experiences forever. Thank You.”

A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this exchange a success: The Gabriel-Baptiste family, McGibbon/Gale family, Harrington family, Abellan/Williams family, Podmorow family, Kane family, Jim Cade, Ron & Tara Hovanes, Terry Schaffer, Ron & Diane Worth, Dave & Brenda Mattes, Tracy Harrington and all who helped organize canoes.

Wednesday morning, the delegation and a new group of friends carried on to visit Vancouver and then home, “We will share with our community the warm welcome and great experiences you have shared with us.” said Principal Machida, “We look forward to hosting our new Canadian friends in Bandai, Japan.”


black car22Don’t leave your vehicle unattended at the “Oliver Viewpoints” – up Fairview Rd.

Andi Lantz says she left her car unattended for 20 minutes Saturday to come back to it with four flat tires.

Slashed. RCMP contacted.

Is it just me? – by Pat Whalley

Part Four

Is it just me or do most people have complete memory blanks?

I know it is a normal part of aging but I have been having “senior moments” since I was about twenty five. I have tried to hide a lot of these silly actions but sometimes I surprise even myself.

My first noticeable event was when I was a young mom. I had a friend over for a visit and she went in my ‘fridge for milk, for her coffee. She asked me why I kept a bucket of sidewalk chalks in the fridge.

I honestly had no memory of putting the chalks in there. My children had been playing with the chalks earlier in the day but I could not think how they had got in the fridge. Being rather reticent to admit that I had a memory lapse, I told my friend that I had read that chalks were less likely to break if kept cold. This was an outright lie but I really did not want to admit that I was losing my “marbles”. In later years, I admitted the truth to her.

Over the years I have probably walked a marathon in the trips I have made to various rooms to get something. As soon as I enter the room, I forgot why I was there, I would spend a few seconds looking around, hoping to have my memory jogged, but of course it is not to be. I go back to my original place and then remember what it was I had previously forgotten. Just how much time do I waste doing these futile trips, I have no idea.

Remembering names is a nightmare. I find it so embarrassing when I can’t remember names. It is even worse when I am with someone and run into an acquaintance. How do I make an introduction? I have tried the method of just introducing the person I was originally with and hoping the new arrival will introduce herself. Name tags do not help at all, I have to put on reading glasses or stare hard at someone’s chest, to read the print. They need to be two inches tall to be readable from a distance.

One particular brain freeze happens when I boil eggs. In the catering business there is lots of demand for sandwiches, for funerals, birthday parties, etc. However, whenever I put eggs on to boil, I immediately think of something to do in another room and finish up burning the eggs, and the pan. This has become such a frequent occurrence that I now put on the kitchen timer, to remind me to check the eggs. I carry the timer with me so I do not miss the ring. For some reason, my brain doesn’t register when the timer goes off and I go happily about my chores until I notice a funny clicking noise. This noise is the eggshells bursting and leaping about on the stove as the pan burns blacker and blacker.

The ritualistic egg burning has become a bit of a joke. On more than one occasion I have burned the eggs so badly that they have leapt up to the ceiling and stuck there. On at least two occasions, the smoke in the workshop has been so thick that I cannot get to the stove to turn off the pot. I have to open the garage door, go through the garage and the adjoining bathroom and go in the workshop from that angle.

The smell is so bad that all doors have to be left open for hours, candles left to burn, and fans running none stop to get rid of the smell. One good thing about this is that the walls and ceiling get washed quite frequently, as this is the only way to completely cut the acrid smell of smoke.

The portable phone is another strain on my brain. I take it out to the yard when I am working and put it somewhere “safe”. I do not like to leave it in the direct sun, so I put it in a tree branch or on a shady rock and immediately forget it. When I finish the particular bit of weeding, I turn on the sprinkler to water the disturbed ground. I must recommend Motorola, their phones stand up quite well to a good soaking! However, they do not like coffee. I, quite recently, managed to spill an entire cup of coffee over the phone, that was sitting on the counter. I don’t know if it was the coffee or the cream but, even after being thoroughly dried, it refused to work. Dave took it apart and did things to it but no go.

Most of my mess-ups can be laughed off but, it really is no joke when your brain goes on the fritz. I secretly wonder about the horrors of Alzheimer’s, is this how it starts? Many of my friends say they have a similar problem but I am worried about putting my family through the dreadful experience of dealing with it.

However, if it gets really bad, at least I won’t remember, so I try to laugh at it while I can.