Nearest fire of note – north of Harrison Lake
Archives for August 12, 2015
These days there is a growing movement to buy local food. Aside from environmental benefits and support for the local economy, there is something so rewarding about biting into a juicy peach at the peak of the season, purchased from a farmer who lives down the road.
But for an organization the size of Interior Health, which provides about five million meals each year across 55 sites, buying local isn’t such a simple matter. Food safety is key, logistics are a challenge, and the financial implications must be weighed.
Still, leaders within Interior Health believe it is important to buy fresh local food and support the local agricultural industry.
Interior Health Regional Director of Support Services Alan Davies: “We’re always looking at new areas in which we can purchase locally. I would estimate that about 25 per cent of the produce we buy is locally grown, depending on seasonal availability. If you include bread and dairy, I would say about 30 per cent of all our food is purchased from within B.C.,” says Davies.
“We are doing what we can and we encourage others in the community to look at their own purchases. B.C. has so much to offer in terms of buying locally produced food,” says Davies.
The family of Bill Andrews have made available many of his letters to the local newspaper. In the weeks ahead we would like to feature some of them and see how it is received.
First one – February 1, 1989*
When is a salmon not a salmon? Give up?
The answer is when it is swimming in the Okanagan River.
For 12 years I was federal fisheries patrolman on this river and observed, protected and counted something that wasn’t there.
I reported water flows, temperatures, obstructions and channel changes in the interests of a figment of my imagination.
I handed out literature and watched for chemical or environmentally damaging substances in or near the water -all to safeguard a creature that didn’t exist. I don’t know what the Indians thought they were catching and eating and I can’t guess why I issued permits to them because it was all an illusion.
Why do I say this was all fantasy? Because a Queen’s Council stated the following in his submission to the B.C. Utilities Commission, when the question of fisheries protection came up in the gas turbine controversy.
Quote: “Our office was advised that the federal government asserts no control of any kind regarding the waters in the vicinity of the proposed plant site in Oliver. That is because those waters have been dammed and otherwise con trolled by man to such an extent that there is no salmon life there.” unquote.
The federal government employee who supplied that information must have been smoking something other than fish.
Yours truly, W.A. (Bill) Andrews, R.R. 1, Oliver
Kelsey-Lee Launier – Oliver
Kelsey is a 19 year old student entering her second year at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Originally from Oliver, Kelsey enjoys the fine arts and is studying Theatre, working towards her Bachelor of Arts. She is involved with both the improv club and the theatre department in general. She was an Oliver Ambassador in 2013-2014. Finding the programs benefits and opportunities so rewarding, she decided to take the next step by running for BC.
Tea Hartfield – Keremeos
Tea is 17 years old and lives in Olalla BC. She currently attends high school in Keremeos at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School. After graduation in 2016, she plans to attend Okanagan College for the esthetics program and the plans to work at a wellness spa. Tea works as an on call fire fighter for the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department. She loves the training for fire fighting and also working on construction projects with her dad. Tea enjoys volunteering at community events either with the ambassadors or the fire department.
Viveka Jensen – Osoyoos
Viveka is going to attend UNBC in Prince George. Her educational goals are to complete the BC of Anthropology then complete her PhD in the same field to become a Forensic Anthologists. She then wants to travel around the world for her studies, and later become a professor once she has gained experience and completed her degrees. Viveka is a part time waitress at a family restaurant, and plans to pick up more jobs in the summer. Viveka’s future work goals consist of internship or work experience related to her area of study while going to school, after she hopes to have a steady career in her major.
Chelsea has proudly called Osoyoos home since she was born 23 years ago. She prides herself on being community minded after her time as an Osoyoos Princess in 2008 and more recently becoming an active member of V-Day Oliver/Osoyoos. She volunteered her time on the 2015 V-Day Campaign which resolves to end Violence against women. Chelsea’s hobbies include photography, singing, and acting where has called the stage home since Kindergarten. Chelsea’s biggest passion is social media, having uploaded her first video in 2005 on YouTube. She is inspired to attend Okanagan College with a focus on Communications and Media so she can have a career in Social Media.
April 17, 1939 – August 9, 2015
On Sunday August 9th, 2015, John (Joáo) Manuel Jesus of Oliver passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 76 years.
He was predeceased by his parents Antonio & Almerinda Jesus Matos.
John will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Rosa Jesus; children Joe (Allison) Jesus, Rose (Stan) Marshall, Grace (Dave) Harfman and Frank (Sharon) Jesus; grandchildren Savannah, Courtney, Cienna, Alex, Max, Ellie, Rheanna, Amelia, Brooke and Olivia; sisters Lourdes (Norberto) Cabral, Ana-Isabel (Adelino) Sá; brother Luis (Carmen) Jesus as well a large extended family of brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and many great friends.
John worked as a farm labourer in various vineyards and farms in Oliver and was the owner of “Jesus’s Drive-In”.
Over the years John enjoyed many trips to Portugal to spend time with his three siblings as well as trips to Mexico where he found his love of “Tequila”.
John was very active in the parish of Christ the King, caretaking and serving and was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. He also greatly enjoyed fishing and puttering in his garden.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 1872, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.
Prayers will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Thursday August 13, 2015 at Christ the King Catholic Church.
A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 A.M. Friday August 14, 2015 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception hosted by the CWL in the lower church hall will follow the interment.
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.