Archives for August 27, 2016
I never finished high school in my little hometown but I truly wished I had.
My father moved us away before I had a chance of being a high school teenaged lad
I am certian I missed many young girls to crush on and deeper friendships to make
But I suppose I had more learning to do away from familiar; other world’s to shake.
It happened in the middle of grade 7, my first year from elementary rule.
The journey not far across the sports field, yet feeling like miles
to SOSS school;
a journey from being a little playground kid to textbooks, binders, and wicked test;
a journey from playing marbles and pickup baseball to study to do our best.
Yes, the Junior Hornets. I made the basketball team. I remember it well.
The Rattlers, our despicable rivals from Osoyoos. Too often they won and down we fell.
The Christmas play; acting out the part of a young boy sitting in a church pew.
A minor part of course for no teacher of mine would trust what I would say or do.
The Oliver ladies choir singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
Their voices ring
in the harmonic air of Frank Venables auditorium. When I grow up, I too want to sing.
The grass around the school when being cut smelled different than any other lawn
that I have come across, pungent yet sweet, earthy, the kind you want to lie back on.
Just like SOSS students themselves, earthy, those I often wish I had grown up around.
It’s never too late. I’m still growing up. After all these years many school friendships are found.
Thanks to computers and the Internet we continue to grow up with the rest
of the hearts and minds who treasure those wonderful, youthful years of SOSS.
denny bastian 2016
The new ownership group for Mount Baldy has appointed Joey O’Brien as Managing Director. Joey will be actively involved in the lodge activities and the ski school, and Mount Baldy residents are relieved and pleased that Matt Koenig is back on the mountain in charge of outside operations.
Preparations are well underway at Baldy for the upcoming ski season. Lift maintenance is going very well in the warm weather. Mount Baldy resident Sandra Smith says that the lift mechanics and testing crew she talked to were all pleased with the condition of the lift components after 3 idle seasons. Joey has brought in a lift maintenance contractor to help with the volume of work, and Tuesday was a good day for all when Inter-Mountain Testing brought in their sophisticated NDT equipment, and the critical components of the chair lifts passed the tests.
There has been a lot accomplished, but lots more work to go as the crew starts to reinstall the tested grips and chairs, complete the line maintenance, and install a new section of communications cable.
Painting is underway on the Day Lodge, and new flooring in the lounge and a few other improvements are on the list for the inside of the lodge.
Scrub alder covers the lower sections of the runs, but looks worse than it is. Some of it was last cut 2 years ago, and the rest 4 years ago. Cutting the alders is a late summer project, after the growth has stopped. Great progress with three brush saws part time this week, and brush cutting will start in earnest next week.
As for the new owner’s plans, Smith says she can only comment on what she sees and knows, having been part of Baldy since 1968, with various roles including 3 seasons as manager, 25 years of teaching skiing, and many volunteer positions from brush saws to community associations and Baldy news column writer. One surprise for Smith was the operator’s decision to open 7 days a week. Skiers are delighted with the low prices for Season Passes. $19.00 plus tax for those over 65!
Sandra Smith writes an independent blog on all things Baldy. Press the live link below
Thank you to the people of Oliver for supporting the Masonic Cancer Car by purchasing a burger or hot dog on Friday, outside Buy Low. The ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star were on hand with fried onions and condiments to spread on the burgers and dogs. A profit of over $600 was made for this worthy cause.
The Cancer Car takes cancer patients to and from their treatments at the Kelowna cancer clinic, five days a week, making a very stressful time a little easier. Patients sometimes need five or six weeks of daily treatments, so having the problem of getting to and from the clinic solved, is one thing less to worry about. During their ride they get to talk to other patients and discuss the different problems associated with the treatments so mixing with others, going through the same problems, is also helpful.
This free service is arranged through the cancer clinic, once the patient is ready to undergo treatments. The drivers are mainly members of the masonic lodge, but not necessarily so, there are several non masonic volunteers.
The picture shows Linda Schaffrick of Oliver Lionesses, presenting Errwin Weiler and Ken Robinson, both members of the masonic lodge, with cheques from both the Lions and the Lioness’s. donations to the cancer car. Many thanks to both these groups.
Thank you also to Buy Low for all their assistance with supplies for our bbq;s and loan of the grill and propane, also to the employees who come for lunch. You are all winners.
It’s time for a new update on this project. And it’s time to go public with local Scouting heritage. I will be back in the Valley from September 8 to September 13, digging through some more archives and trying to add to the Museum archives. Did you know that the Boy Scout movement now has 107 years of history in the South Okanagan?
Well, in case you need proof of this, join me at the Penticton Museum on Tuesday, September 13 for a presentation at the first of their “brown bag” lunches. You bring your lunch, the Museum will provide tea, coffee and confections, and I will provide the dazzle. It starts at 12:00 (noon) and runs for an hour. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Museum. What is on the agenda, you might ask?
Well, of course we will touch on the timeline, briefly highlighting some of the things that happened over those 107 years. But the focus will be on the people of Scouting, in particular in Penticton. There are so many well-known names from Penticton over the past century in terms of their community service, but their commitment to Scouting has often been credited as only a footnote among the other things they did. My research has shown that Scouting was often the single, biggest thing they did in the community. And I can prove it. The documents are in the Museum archives. Let’s talk about why they did this Scouting thing. The answer is actually quite simple.
And then let’s talk about how we can help our public museums preserve our history before we lose all of our important documents. Yes, this will be time for some “show and tell”. What makes one document or item valuable from an archival point of view? As examples, we will tickle your fancy with some Scouting items that have yet to be seen publicly, and discuss the historical significance of these items.
So mark your calendars, and please spread the word. Send email to your friends. Talk to former Scouters. For me, this has been a nearly six-year project. For Scouting in Penticton, it can represent the beginning of a resurgence in the program.
If anyone would like to meet with me while I am there during the above dates, send me a private email, or call/text to my cell at (604) 230-1053. I will likely be stopping in Keremeos and Oliver on my way there.
Once again, you are receiving this “blind copy” email because you have expressed past interest in Scouting history in the area. If you wish to be removed from the list, please send me a private email and you will be removed.
DYB DYB South Okanagan Historical Group
The Music in the Park nights put on the Oliver Community Arts Council wrapped up on Thursday, August 25th with a great turn out to watch the Naden Band from CFB Esquimalt.
Oliver Parks and Recreation would like to thank the Oliver Community Arts Council for the 8 great Thursdays of music that they put on for everyone’s enjoyment this summer. We would also like to thank everyone who came down to support the many talented musicians and singers that performed, the vendors who came out to the sell their wares at the market, and Monsterjump for the bouncy castle and the face painting.
We would also like to remind everyone that although the Oliver Community Arts Council Music in the Park is over for another season, there are still 2 more Thursdays to come out and enjoy some music.
Thursday September 1st we will have the Screendoors from Penticton on stage at 6:30pm “Look through the ripped screen door to find a musical collaboration that brings new sparks of well-tended fires. We are a front porch candle light party equipped with lyrics like warm blankets and melodies like the glint from wild mid-summer bonfires. Maiya Robbie and Tavis Weir front the folk, rock, bluegrass hybrid alongside talented musicians Stefan Bienz, Dave Mai, and Darren Filipenko.” Our food vendor on September 1st will be Thai on the Fly and head over to see the Firehall Brewery for some tastings of their great beer.
Thursday September 8th we will have a couple of different acts on our stage. One of which will be Oliver Parks and Recreation’s own Carol Sheridan and the other will be The Mysterious Sonic Booms. Our food vendor for this night is still to be confirmed.
On both nights Monsterjump will be here with a bouncy castle and we will have market vendors onsite.
Dave and I are not sports fans. I do not have to sit through endless football, golf or hockey games while my husband cheers on his favourite team. The only sport I like to watch is figure skating so, when fall rolls around, I just glue my self to the screen and admire triple axels, flips and all sorts of impossible jumps and spins.
However both of us love to watch the Olympics, not necessarily to cheer on the home team, we just enjoy the competition of all those talented athletes.
I do think it is a very uneven playing field, as some countries spend countless millions on training their athletes, no expense is spared in making sure that their men and women get the best training so they can go out and face the world and bring home medals. Other athletes get practically no help and have to hold down regular employment, whilst training in their free time.
It used to be that professional athletes could not take part in the Olympics, it was just amateur facing amateur, all intent on doing their very best for the honour of competing and representing their country.
Rules change and what used to be a genuine sporting event is now spoiled with the cloud of drugs being used to make athletes stronger and faster. How disheartening to the genuine athlete who relies purely on his ability to do his utmost to win the event.
Countries spend multimillions on building facilities to house the events, more millions on opening and closing spectacles and even more on security. They then have to charge so much for tickets that most people cannot afford to go. So, like Dave and I, most of the world rely on the TV to bring the Olympics to the masses.
Despite the interruptions of ads, the television gives us an excellent view of the athletes in action. I especially like diving and gymnasium events and the close up views and instant replays are marvellous for the armchair critic to give his opinion. The concentration of a man, holding the “iron cross” position, on the rings, is so visible that I can almost feel the strain. What an immense amount of training it took for him to be able to hold that position. The camera shot of the diver who stands on his hands, at the very edge of the board, is so close that I can see his fingers splayed out on the board. Such is the power of TV.
The brevity of some of the outfits worn by the athletes, seems to be pushing the limit of gravity. Beach volleyball must be very uncomfortable when you fall on your bare backside on sand. Same with the triple jump, a short run, two large strides then a long jump over the sand. Quite often landing, and sliding, on your rear. Why then do women want to do this while wearing a bikini? Isn’t sandpaper meant for removing the surface of something, if so, why do you want to rub your bare skin on sand?
Compare the bikini of dry land sports to the Victorian looking swimsuits of some of the swimming heats. Sleek, half body suits and cap, sometimes two caps, may shave off a millisecond but that speck of time may make the difference of winning or not.
The importance placed on winning a medal is a terrific pressure, is the wonderful achievement of making it to the Olympics not thrill enough? You have to be one of your country’s best, at your sport, to be included. A wonderful honour in itself.
The results of the final matches at team sports are quite strange. The team fighting for bronze is ecstatic when they win, hugging and cheering and generally so happy with their performance. Quite different attitude from the team who loses the gold/silver match. The losers of this game are disappointed and really upset to be second. They have just won a silver medal, how disappointing is that?
Whatever sport they participated in, job well done! To the athletes, coaches and parents of these spectacular young people, you gave us two wonderful weeks of watching your achievements, long may you continue to enjoy your sport. However, the Whalley household can now go back to Coronation Street five nights a week and wait for the winter Olympics.