Archives for November 15, 2016
Downtown Oliver has a new restaurant.
Bill and Donna Reid have moved back to the downtown core, and this morning, were given the go-ahead to flip the switch – and turn on the OPEN sign.
Please watch Oliver Daily News for further details on hours of operation and what’s new on the menu.
And it provides fans with the type of action you will rarely witness in person.
Volleyball takes the spotlight in Oliver this weekend.
Southern Okanagan Secondary School will host the AA Boys Okanagan Valley High School Volleyball Championship.
Games will be played in both the SOSS and Oliver Elementary School gymnasiums Friday. The Southern Okanagan main gym will be the focal point of games during Saturday’s elimination round and playoffs.
The host Hornets won the right to host the Valley’s after beating the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton last Wednesday.
A solid weekend of play could see SOSS heading to the Provincials in Langley in two weeks.
“We’ve worked hard all season to achieve consistency and be competitive in our zone first,” said head coach Steve Podmorow prior to Monday’s workout in the SOSS gym. “Maggie has always been a tough challenge for us. It’s been nice to have some success against them – and winning the opportunity to host is a nice honour. The kids are excited about it, and it’s nice for volleyball in our school.”
While Maggie has also proven to be a tough opponent for the Hornets, Podmorow says George Elliot Secondary School from Winfield is another team fans should watch for this weekend.
“They’ve been dominant all season. They are ranked fifth in the Province, and are a legitimate five,” insisted Podmorow, who is assisted on the bench by co-coach Lauren Ibaraki. “They have one big guy fans will definitely notice. I think he trained with the national team this summer. He’s big and he’s effective. They always have a good team, but this seems to be the year they are one of the teams to count in the mix.”
That mix being a top-three finish at Valley’s – which gives the school the right to move on to the Provincials.
“It’s very competitive this year, which makes it very interesting, because out of this tournament there’s three teams that will advance to the Provincials,” added Podmorow. “I think the No. 1 is pretty evident, but beyond that, it’s who’s ready to go. Hopefully we will be one of those teams.”
Podmorow has seen good things from the group as of late, and likes the players’ approach heading into Valley’s.
“We’re not a team build around any one player. Our middle attack is a big part of our offence. When we pass well, we can get the ball up, and Daelen Bontorin does a good job of putting the ball away when given the opportunity,” explained Podmorow, referring to his outside hitter. “But we’re built around defence. The setter is an important guy – so Tony Abellan has a lot of pressure on him. He likes football, and he’s a big Patriots fan, so the quarterback analogy is one that’s used a lot on him. But it’s going to take all of us to make it happen.”
So, what does the coach think? Do the Hornets have a chance of advancing through the weekend – and on to Provincials?
“We’re encouraged. Lauren and I have worked a lot with them around the idea of playing a calm-style of volleyball, not getting too rattled, and being able to work their way out of trouble,” he summarized. “They’ve also played some of their best volleyball the past couple of weeks. They’re playing more as a team, and that’s the only way we’re going to have success.”
It all gets underway Friday at 1:15 p.m., with the Hornets hitting the floor in their first match at 1:45 p.m. against Princess Margaret.
A win would have the Hornets return to the court for a Best of 5 Quarterfinal match at SOSS Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Games begin at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, with the Bronze final at 2:15 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m.
At stake – a trip to Langley for the Provincial Championships.
The SOSS Hornets Boys Volleyball team consists of coaches Steve Podmorow and Lauren Ibaraki, and players Ethan Williams, Josiah Somerville, William Kane, Tony Abellan, Tyson Marsel, Trevor Schori, Daelen Bontorin, Cobie Mackie and Devon Nemeth.
We wish the boys the best of luck this weekend.
On November 14th, 2016 at 04:40 pm a collision between a motorcycle and a car was reported to the Oliver RCMP. A single motorcyclist was travelling North on Hwy 97 near Park Rill Rd when a vehicle turned North onto Hwy 97 in front of the motorcyclist. The vehicle failed to yield to the motorcyclist causing the motorcycle to collide with the rear of the vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle suffered injuries and was transported to Oliver Hospital for treatment. The extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries have not been determined by the Oliver RCMP but are believed to be serious. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision and charges under the Motor Vehicle Act are being considered.
Kathie and Ernst Westphal readily admit theirs is a different kind of love story.
The Osoyoos couple got married several years after both their spouses had passed away. All four were close friends in Prince George.
Now the Westphals are donating $30,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide the medical equipment for the new tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
“My first husband and I lived in Prince George and we knew Ernie and his first wife,” Kathie explained. “We both lost our spouses, but we stayed in touch.”
Kathie said her two adult sons were actually the first to suggest that she and Ernst travel together after their spouses had died.
“My youngest son had graduated from SFU and he was going to travel to Australia and New Zealand,” she recalled. “Before he left, I remember him saying: ‘Have you and Ernie ever thought of travelling together?’”
By the time he returned home six months later, Kathie and Ernst had already followed through on his advice. The two couple’s ties were even closer through their employment. Ernst Westphal was a long-time member of the Prince George Fire Department, rising through the ranks before retiring in 1990 as Assistant Chief.
Kathie’s first husband was a volunteer member of the fire department, in addition to his job with BC Rail. Kathie worked as a registered nurse at the Prince George hospital. One of the licensed practical nurses in her ward was Ernst’s first wife, who was trained as a pediatric nurse in her native Germany. Ernst had immigrated to Canada at age 20 from what was then West Germany in 1954. Kathie grew up in Regina and moved to Prince George in 1962 after obtaining her nursing degree.
The couple have now been married 22 years, moving to Osoyoos shortly after their wedding.
They have been strong supporters of Penticton Regional Hospital over the years, especially after Ernst suffered a stroke more than three years ago.
“He wasn’t in hospital that long, but he had such excellent care,” Kathie said. “He’s had one go-around and we all use the hospital.”
Ernst said others will benefit from their PRH donation as well.
“You’re not just doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for everybody in the whole community,” he said.
A lot of South Okanagan residents come to Penticton Regional Hospital for medical treatments not available at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.
Construction of the new PRH patient care tower is scheduled to be completed by early 2019. Work will then begin on expanding the Emergency Department to almost four times its current size.
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South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation
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By ROY WOOD
Homeless advocate makes case to council
Crystal Clear received only good wishes and bit of advice on Monday as she took her fight for a homeless shelter in Oliver to a council committee meeting.
Clear has been campaigning through local media for a men’s and women’s homeless shelter in Oliver. On Monday she told council: “It is pretty sad when we see people sleeping under the bridge (and) in the parks, and people find shelter in bank lobbies.”
Mayor Ron Hovanes told her that there is provincial funding available for such projects, but that they need a sponsor and the town is not allowed to provide such sponsorship.
He suggested contacting local churches, recalling that several years ago members of the local Alliance church had approached him seeking some avenue to aid the homeless.
The mayor encouraged Clear to keep working. “Thank you for this (presentation) and we wish you luck,” he said.
Small step for downtown revitalization
The ongoing dream of revitalizing the downtown took a small step forward Monday as council approved a work plan to develop an action plan to be in hand by the end of March.
Thanks to $10,000 provincial grant, EcoPlan Consulting developed the 10-step work plan that includes a series of planning sessions, workshops and presentations.
The initiative flows out of the town’s strategic plan, which sees as part of its goal, the re-establishment of “Oliver’s downtown core as the social, cultural and civic heart of the community.”
EcoPlan will work closely with senior town staff and council as well as the chamber of commerce. There is no provision in the work plan presented to council for input for non-business residents of Oliver.
Mayor Ron Hovanes asked staff about the timing of the action plan, pointing out that the current council is half-way through its four-year mandate and “some of us would like to accomplish something real” before the time is up.
Light-up and fireworks set for November 25
The town will kick in $1,000 toward the cost of the fireworks show that highlights the Christmas light-up festivities on Friday, November 25.
Carol Sheridan made the case to council Monday, pointing out that the light-up committee has been fund-raising, but is still $1,500 short of the $5,000 needed to pay for the 30-minute fireworks show.
The Community Light-Up and Fireworks goes from three to eight p.m. There are events around the downtown, including face painting, food vendors, wine tasting and goodies along with the Sage Valley Voices and the Oliver Elementary School choir.
Santa arrives downtown at 6 followed by activities, entertainment and a bonfire at Oliver Community Park. The fireworks go at 7 p.m.
On Saturday morning there is breakfast with Santa at the Oliver Community Centre Hall from 9 to 11:30.
SOSS act of kindness gets $500 boost
Over the objection of one of its members, council voted to help support an effort at Southern Okanagan Secondary School to help financially vulnerable students.
Called the Random Acts of Kindness Pantry, the effort will provide food and other necessities to students in difficult financial circumstances.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said the initiative was brought to his attention by a staff member and he advised her to send a letter to council. A letter from vice-principal Tracy Harrington asked for support, including financial donations.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger said the cause is a worthy one and that he “will donate to personally,” but that he is “philosophically opposed” to one level of government – the town — giving to another one – the school district.
Councillor Petra Veintimilla said she believes the request is from a group of concerned individuals and not from the school board. She moved the motion to make a one-time contribution of $500 from the unallocated grant-in-aid budget.
The motion passed, with Schwartzenberger opposed.
Kiwanis on the hook for unpaid sewer bill
The local Kiwanis club will get a nasty surprise in the mail one day soon as the town sends a $6,000 bill for an unpaid sewer bill from 2015.
Chief financial officer David Svetlichny told council that through an “administrative error” a $6,000 sewer charge was left off the tax bill for one of the Kiwanis buildings in 2015.
Kiwanis didn’t bring it to the town’s attention and no one at town hall noticed it until Svetlichny was going through financial records for Monday’s quarterly report to council.
He told council members that the town bylaws preclude town staff from acting on its own to collect such outstanding bills. In such cases, council must direct the administration to act.