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Wet long weekend predicted – but promises of sunshine starting today
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A Nice Guy
Billy Raincock was born June 28, 1921 in Oliver, B.C. He grew up and went to school in Oliver. Billy’s father Billy Raincock and mother Lillian ran a butcher shop on Main Street and I imagine young Billy did his share of work. Billy had two brothers Ken and Herb (he died at 19 from an infection) and sisters June and Yvonne.
I always knew Billy as he was a friend of my Dad’s but I really got to know him when I worked at the Legion. Billy would come in and order one beer and come and sit at the table right beside my stool at the bar. If it was quiet, I would get a coffee and sit with him at the table or we would go and shoot some pool. He was teaching me a few tricks of the trade so I could try and beat my Dad who was a pretty awesome pool player as was Billy.
I am not sure what year Billy joined the Army but I know that he served overseas during World War Two and was there until the war ended in 1945.
I remember every Armistice Day after the men marched from the Cenotaph and made their way to the Legion for their free hot rum. Some of the men would be boasting about what they did during the War but not Billy. He never said a word about what horrors he saw or what he had to do to survive.
I remember once him telling me that the Italians were really great people and when they drove through Italy after it was liberated, the women came running up to the vehicles with bottles of wine and loaves of fresh bread…he kind of chuckled at that memory and said the wine was pretty good and the bread was nothing short of excellent. He said that he broke a loaf in half and poured some wine over it and shoved it in his mouth…the other half he just ate plain and wished he could go back for another loaf. But not to worry because as they kept driving up the boot, the Italians came out and showered them with bread, wine, salami and other meat, cheeses of all kinds and even a couple of live chickens made their way onto the truck!!
After the war was over, Billy came home and he and Mary raised a family. Billy went to work for West Kootenay Power and Light. He was a lifelong employee. Billy and Mary lived about two blocks away from where I grew up and sometimes walking home from school, I would see him in the yard. He always came over to say hello and to ask after Mom and Dad.
For the most part, Billy was pretty quiet. He had a great smile and a quiet laugh and was always friendly. He possessed the quiet assurance of a real man. He didn’t have to prove himself to anyone and never tried. He was polite to all he met and talked to and was respectful to everyone. He had a great sense of humour but I never heard him tell a dirty joke in front of a woman. The jokes he told us were pretty funny and very clean!
I can still see his ruddy complexion and bright blue eyes twinkling and his cheerful smile. The Quiet Man…that was the Billy Raincock that I knew and loved. I was very upset and sad when I heard Billy had passed away. He died Mar 7, 1983 after suffering a fall. I wasn’t at the Legion anymore but made a special trip down the next morning and those of us who were there held our own little ceremony in memory of Billy. Plainly put – Billy was a nice guy.
I’ve been reading the 47th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society (OHS ) which was published in 1983. I bought my copy in November of that year when I returned to Oliver to mourn the death of my father, Wally Smith. The book is a wonderful read!
To give you a heads up, we have 6 fruit trees on our property in Edmonton that were developed for Prairie conditions. The trees were likely developed at Morden Manitoba to give them their hardy root stock.
We have a yellow plum, an apricot, two varieties of pears, an apple crab and a crab apple. The yellow plum has been in stress for several years producing scorched yellow leaves with shoot die-back. The tree always produces ample blossoms and they are well pollinated.The worst part is that all the fruit falls off before it starts to mature.
I have been scratching my head to discover the reason for this problem. This year we had the most incredible bloom of apricots. Every branch was full of blossoms, the bees did a marvelous job pollinating. We had a bountiful crop of cots coming.
Nelly and I left our tree of promise and departed for the British Isles for three weeks. While we were gone the rain fell in torrents. Upon our return we checked out the cot tree. To our dismay there were only two cots remaining, both in sheltered areas of the tree.
I had to discover what was causing the great fruit drop! Then I was reading the OHS report when I came across a possible solution. In the 1920’s, the Okanagan Valley and elsewhere became affected with Drought Spot.
The government began its research, and in 1936, Dr Larry McLarty published two comprehensive papers on the use of boron compounds for Drought Spot and related behaviors. They found the soils were boron deficient.
According to my research, our soil may be boron deficient, but I won’t know that for sure until next summer. I’ve looked for Boron but it comes in commercial quantities only, $85.00 for a five pound bucket, that is way more than I need. I went to the grocery store and bought Borax and now I will use that. When I’m done with the Borax it will help wash my clothes.
I’ll do an application this fall. Apparently, the applications are only required every 3 years, if that is what my problem is.
One of my sisters tells me that for every answer there are three more questions to ask. I think she is right and my treatment of my soil may bring me those extra questions.
Symonds and Annett win Challenge Penticton
Two Penticton-based athletes today won the 2016 Challenge Penticton title. Jeff Symonds won the men’s race in 5:32:39 with a day-best run split of 1:45. Jen Annett won the women’s race in 6:13:49.
“That was unbelievable,” said Jeff. “The guys were crushing it in the swim and bike, but I stuck to my guns and waited for the run – that’s my bread and butter. I had so much support out there cheering me on which helped out a lot. World championships are here next year and I’m coming for that title.”
Jeff Symonds (Penticton, B.C.) 5:32:39
Jen captured the title after an epic run battle that saw her shoulder to shoulder with Liz Lyles of Reno, Nevada toward the end of the 30-km run. Annett pulled away in the closing stages and finished 32 seconds ahead of Lyles.
“This feels absolutely amazing! I had no idea I had that in me,” said Jen. “There were so many world-class athletes here, and they pushed me harder than I’ve ever gone before. I had to dig so deep inside and the result feels great. I’m thrilled for this payoff after the past year of hard work.”
Jen Annett (Penticton, B.C.) 6:13:39
The Oliver Community Arts Councils Fall Art Show and Sale (FASS) will be “Going Wild” on October 1st and 2nd. The show and sale runs jointly with the wildly popular Festival of the Grape at the Oliver Community Centre. The two-day event includes a competition in nine categories, public voting, exhibits and demos by featured artists, live entertainment, an evening reception, and a draw for a stocked wine fridge.
Visual artists in all media and of all ages are encouraged to enter with their interpretation of this theme. “Going Wild” could inspire an abstract expression of wild emotions: passion, anger, lust, or joyful abandon. The theme could reflect an artist’s choice of unusual media, going “wild and crazy” with new fibres, new digital techniques, new designs, new surfaces and applications. The theme could refer to the artist’s choice of subject matter: psychological turmoil, political ideology, liberation, anarchy, or a “back-to-the-land” philosophy. “Going Wild” might also inspire a nature lover to submit a work featuring flora or fauna, such as an overgrown garden, an exotic animal, or a wilderness adventure. We hope this theme gives you great scope as you decide what you will enter this year. What is WILD for you?
Categories include photography, fibre arts, oils, acrylics, watercolours, three-dimensional, and other media (encaustic, pen and ink, mixed media, etc), Two categories for youth, emerging artists and budding artists, invite entries in any visual medium. Awards are given in each category, as well as an overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme” (Best in Show).
Entry forms must be received by Friday September 9, 2016. Artwork need not be completed by that date. We just need to know what it is you plan to enter! Artwork is delivered to the venue on the morning of the show, Saturday October 1. This gives artists up to three extra weeks to complete their piece.
Individual membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council ($15) is not required but does reduce the entry fee for Adult submissions, as well as providing benefits through the year. Emerging artist submissions are a $10 fee. For budding artists the entry fee is waived. If you became a member of the arts council as part of last year’s FASS, your membership is good through to the end of 2016. If you purchase a membership as part of this year`s FASS, that membership is good through 2017 (and the 2017 FASS). That means you are good for two shows in one! If you are uncertain of your current membership status, please contact us.
Check out our website at any time. There you will find forms always available under “Forms” or “Membership”. Please contact us by email if you have questions. olivercac @ gmail.com
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.
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A race is a competition between two or more participants where the fastest to complete the distance or course, is the winner. Everyone else are the losers. Hmmm? Yes, that is true enough. In life, that is often the way things are. A true race is when the participants self select, decide freely to compete and are all approximately matched. That keeps the race exciting because we are not certain who will win
We can race against time. That means we have a deadline and move fast to complete something before the appointed time. I can, in such a situation, find my mind racing, sometimes helpful, sometimes not. If you are looking at me with my mind racing you might not see much movement. In fact, I might become very still and quiet as I marshal my thoughts toward a solution
If I race my car engine, the car itself may not be moving except for a bit of a shudder as I put the gas pedal down and up and down, roaring as I sit there. Sometimes racing an engine is a showing off thing, maybe to impress someone or to attempt to intimidate a car race opponent. Some people can race off in all directions at once. Ever meet someone like that? Ever been someone like that Joseph?
The human race is our species. And we are a strange and hilarious lot. In this case ‘race’ refers to a group of animals that share distinct characteristics. We can have a race or many races as subsets of the whole race. The Chinese race are a distinct subset of the human race that share unique social, cultural and physical characteristics. Animals are not an example of a race because of all the diversity
A raceway is a track on which to conduct a race, as in horse racing. It is also the word for a strong increase in speed of water through a narrow part of the channel it is flowing in. I can race all by myself, as in I raced into the forest. So no competitor, just a decision to go fast. Speed is not always part of the race as in the pair of rails that a ball bearing rolls in. That race is but a structure
At a recent trip to a restaurant this parent’s six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As they all bowed their heads, he said, “God is good. God is great. Thank you for the
food, and I would even thank you more if mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!” Along with laughter from the other customers nearby, a woman remarked, “That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!”
Hearing this,the boy burst into tears and asked, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?” The parent held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him. An elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at the boy and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.” “Really?” the boy asked. “Cross my heart,” the elderly man replied,and then in a theatrical whisper (loud enough for the woman to hear) the gentleman added , “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”
Naturally, the parent bought the kids ice cream at the end of the meal. The 6 year old stared at his for a moment and then did something the parent will always remember. He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is already good.”
SCHOOL TRUSTEE BY-ELECTION – Fall 2016
Public Notice is given to the electors within Electoral Area A of School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) that nominations for the office of school trustee for the Town of Osoyoos and Regional District Area “A” (one position) for an interim term beginning December 2016 until the 2018 general election will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person from 9:00 am Tuesday, September 20 to 4:00 pm Friday, September 30, 2016.
•Nomination period: September 20 to September 30, 2016
•Declaration of candidates: September 30, 2016
•Advance voting day: October 26, 2016 – location to be announced
•Election day: November 5, 2016 – Osoyoos Elementary School gymnasium
Nu Beginnings would like to announce that Sofia Raposo is back from her maternity leave. She would like to welcome back all her clients with open arms.
Help our team here at Nu Beginnings make her return as wonderful as she is!
The union (CUPW) filed a 72-hour notice of job action that will put it in a legal strike position as of 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The union said in the event of a strike action, stoppages will rotate by province and territory and union workers will not work overtime.
So the public will not be adversely affected at this time.