Archives for May 2, 2016
This year, the “community” part of the Oliver Community Gardens is being highlighted by two workshops and the annual fundraising “Bloomin’ Plant Sale”. Everyone is invited to these events, which will all take place at the Gardens themselves. Come check out the little ‘oasis’ in the shade of the Tree of Heaven, right beside the Arts Council’s “Quail’s Nest”, on Airport Road.
May 2, tonight, from 6 to 7:30, bring along some kids who would like to surprise “mom” with a creative “up-cycled” container gardens, out of boots they’ve outgrown, or tea-cups, etc, that are no longer used. Caroline Whyte will guide the projects.(See the ad in ODN). And next Wed., May 11, again from 6 to 7:30 , learn from horticulturalist Seradaye Lean which insects are beneficial, and make your own take-home “bug hotel” to attract them to your own garden. The workshops involve the cost for the materials :$7 for the planters, and $5. for the bug hotel.
The “Bloomin’ Plant Sale” will also be held there, beside the Quail’s Nest. The sale will open Sunday,May 15, at 8;30, and end at 11 am. Get your perennials, annuals, herbs, veges while also checking out the charming spot where the Community Gardens are located. Make it a family event, since there will be several cool kids’ activities, such as making “seed bombs”, etc. As in the past, we’ll appreciate all donated plants from the wider community, and from the various Garden Centres for the purpose of this fundraiser. It will support our “infrastructure” costs of irrigation repairs, soil enhancement, and other improvements to the Community Gardens. Please contact Heather, our president, at 485-2575 or email: email@example.com for any arrangements regarding the drop off of donated plants.
There will be more activity in the future, with school children learning to grow vegetables, various people growing cooperatively for the sake of supplying the food bank, and new garden plot renters to join the “regulars”. There are a few spots still available: again, Heather is the one to talk to.
And on the workshop horizon for later in May an in June we have Companion Planting, Square Foot Gardening, and building and planting a “Herb Spiral”. We’ll keep you posted at our website: olivercommunitygarden.wordpress
Hoping to see many of you participating in this particular way of “growing our community”!
The Oliver Community Garden Society
by Brita Park
BC Tree Fruits Markets are home to local fruit grown by our over 500 grower families. In addition to fruit, we also carry vegetables (local, when in season) and an array of Okanagan made specialty food products. We are open year round and can be found in Osoyoos at 12617 N 87th Street (in the packinghouse) or 826 Vaughan Avenue in Kelowna.
Most varieties of apples are available year round; a variety of pears from September through March and cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, table grapes and blueberries are available during the month of June through to September.
I would like to complain about the large number of fish dying off on Vaseux Lake in the past month. We have seen for almost a month now a constant dying off of fish on all properties on Sundial Rd. We are finding dead fish on our lawn and they are seen constantly floating throughout the lake on a daily basis.
The above fish pictured above were picked up within 5 to 10 minutes in front of my property on the 1st May 2016.
This dying of perch is a real concern, I have put the 17 dead fish in our fridge so test could be done by the Ministry to find out why this is happening. When canoeing on the lake our neighbours have observed perch dying swimming upside and they had over a dozen fish dead near their property a few weeks ago.
The large number of dead fish on such few properties lead us to believe that there is a large dying off of fish happening on Vaseux lake and the Ministry should take this seriously.
Publisher: Hopefully the perch will be tested but…… this is spring run off (freshet) – lots of new water into the system, lots of silt. Dead fish in a lake is not uncommon depending on a lot of factors – heat, juveniles vs adults.
About 2 weeks ago we found 22 dead fish in sizes varying from very small up to 10 inches long along the shore of our property and our neighbour’s’ property. Mark collected the fish and called fish and wildlife out of concern as we have never had dead fish in those numbers before on our beach (we’ve owned the property for 4 years and questioned other long term neighbours about it, some who have been here for 40 years). Mark spoke to a wildlife officer on a Sunday about the fish and also mentioned our concern regarding brown algae that appeared in the lake last summer and fall. The fellow who answered the phone was helpful and asked all the usual questions regarding possible pollutants in the water, etc. We were told that someone would call us back during normal business hours (Mon to Fri). Nobody called us back. Since then we have found occasional dead fish on our shore, some as large as 10 to 12 inches, and I’ve also seen fish upside down floundering in various parts of the lake while kayaking, which I’ve never seen before and I kayak a lot. We’re not sure if the dead fish is normal and/or if the brown algae is something we should be concerned about.
Two people – two stories:
Top Bill Dallamore of Oliver – hamburger flipper at Sunday’s Hike for Hospice. He wanted to be pictured in the Kiwanis van but we wanted a happy face portrait.
Below Paul Garcha of Penticton – star of the Princess Margaret Mustangs – brother of Global TV reporter Neetu Garcha. Their mother works at the Oliver packinghouse and Paul will join her there after school is out this summer.
My memories of Jack Coates are mostly from United Church functions. I was a little afraid of him because he was always so enthusiastically sounding. For some reason that enthusiasm scared me.
I found Jack’s story to be very interesting and when I came to the end of it I wanted to read more. Then I found another short book by Charles Hayes entitled, Okanagan Orchardist: The Life and Times of Bert Hall.
This was another excellent read! Again the book ended too soon, I wanted to read more about this interesting and motivated man Bert Hall.
Last time I was in Oliver, one of my sisters gave me a paper back book by the Okanagan Mainline Senior Writers & Publishers’ Association entitled Writers of the Okanagan Mainline.
I’m in the process of reading it now. It is so interesting, I get engrossed in it and forget all about time.
In may of 2009, I started my autobiography and worked on it until I finished it in June of 2015. In July I attended a seminar in Calgary called When Words Collide. Authors, publishers, editors, researchers, and teachers attended the sessions. It was a weekend of learning, too much to absorb in 48 hours.
Upon returning home in Edmonton I started rewriting my autobiography because I felt it was not interesting enough. At page 10, I gave up, feeling like I just couldn’t do it any more. I haven’t given it any more thought until the last few weeks when I started reading the writings of the pioneers.
Is it time to re-read my autobiography and to finish what I have started? I have 110 pages, Jack Coates wrote 40. I could easily have enjoyed 110 pages of the life of Jack Coates if he had chosen to write them.
Does a vested interest in people make the details of their lives more interesting? The answer for me seems to be yes. Although I did not know Bert Hall, I knew about the areas he talked about and knew Wally and Auntie Kay went through similar experiences.
The pioneers have given me a fresh look at my own writings and for that I am truly thankful.