Hard to believe:
Large swap meet
Advance poll for election
and many players huddled inside for the 9th Annual Crokinole Tourney on Saturday in Oliver
Awaiting pictures and results
Spring gently and slowly rolls through our valley this year. Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be in a big rush, as she coaxes the buds to swell and the blossoms to (finally) pop open on the trees. The birds have started flowing in and their songs are a welcome treat for our ears. As the world slumbered through the winter, drag racers near and far dreamed dreams of faster reaction times, warm days, tons of traction and quicker passes.
Yes, drag racers dream of getting high…adrenaline surging through your veins, heart hammering in your chest, launching hard from the starting lights, G forces pulling you back into your seat, wheels in the air…type of high. Make no mistake here. No drugs or alcohol are needed, simply a racer and their car.
Nothings says “welcome spring” quite like a trip to the local drag track at Osoyoos’ airport. Richter Pass Motorplex opens the gates for the season-opener on Sunday, May 7. The giddiness of all the “gear heads” is contagious. New engines, new suspension set-ups and all sorts of little tweaks and tuning will be on display.
Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) is a South Okanagan Valley club of race and auto enthusiasts. This bunch gathers their talents, time and passion to put on five race events in 2017. Along with feeding their need for speed and fun, the club members take action to get racing off of the streets and into a safe, controlled environment.
The membership of WCRA recently voted to award a bursary to one student from both Oliver and Osoyoos, with the hope of encouraging and inspiring young people interested in mechanics.
Gates open at 9 a.m. on Sunday the 7th. Admission is $10 for those over 12 years old. (Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Anyone interested in racing is encouraged to come early, to have your vehicle passed through safety inspection. Brand new racers are encouraged to pre-register on the club’s website www.winecoutnryracing.ca.
Racing starts at 11 a.m. Final elimination round begins at 1 p.m. Grand stands are available for fans to fill. There is also room to park your own lawn chair. Concessions available on site.
SHUSWAP THEATRE TO HOST 2017 THEATRE BC OKANAGAN ZONE DRAMA FESTIVAL
From May 20 to 26, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Shuswap Theatre in Salmon Arm will host seven Canadian plays in seven days at the 2017 Theatre BC Okanagan Zone Drama Festival. In addition to the performances, festival events will include public adjudication immediately after each show, “Coffee Critiques” the next morning, workshops and an Awards Banquet/dance on Saturday, May 27.
Thursday, May 25 Since You Left Us by Susinn McFarlen is presented by South Okanagan Amateur Players of Oliver. Nathan Linders directs a cast of six. McFarlen’s play is a bruising black comedy about a dysfunctional family in East Vancouver, and it’s funny as hell. Since You Left Us tells the story of an adventurous, daring, bold and side-splittingly politically incorrect family that manages to find a way to make it work. Since You Left Us premiered at Presentation House in North Vancouver in 2014 and was selected one of the Ten Top Best Shows in Vancouver that year.
All performances are at 7:30 pm.
The 2017 Okanagan Zone Drama Festival concludes on Saturday, May 27 with the Awards Banquet and Dance at the Salmon Arm Seniors Centre on 5th Ave SE at 6:00 pm.
Adjudicating the 2017 Okanagan Zone Drama Festival is James Fagan Tait. Well known as an actor, director and writer at Caravan Theatre, James comes with a long history of artistic innovation with theatre companies in London, Toronto, Vancouver, and even Enderby. He will offer a brief public adjudication immediately following each performance and a two hour “Coffee Critique” the following morning. He will also choose the award winners.
The 2017 Okanagan Zone Drama Festival is a project of Theatre BC, Okanagan Zone, supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.
Even though the gauge told me we were low on gasoline I drove past the filling station and aimed for one I knew was some distance up ahead. I assumed it would be open but it wasn’t. The consequence was obvious but not nearly as severe as the airplane that took off after refueling on the assumption that the attendant had done it correctly. As it turned out the number of gallons requested was given in liters, resulting in only about a quarter of what was needed. Many of us remember the amazingly spectacular emergency landing that the pilot accomplished at Gimley, MB without power. The consequences could have been death for all but no one died.
One of the more horrible accounts of bad assumptions relates to a couple leaving their infant in the care of a baby-sitter while on holidays. In itself that is fine but when the baby-sitter seemed to be a little late, they became impatient and decided to go, leaving the door unlocked on the assumption that the sitter would arrive soon. When the sitter came and gained no response to her knock on the door she assumed the people had changed their minds and went back home. The infant starved to death in the highchair. The consequences were severe.
In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of John Jesus was being confronted by the crowds and the religious leaders. A controversy arose among them as to whether He might be the Messiah. One group based its conclusion on the fact that He came from Galilee and could not be the Messiah because that person was to be born in Bethlehem. They rejected Him on a false assumption. That had serious consequences.
There are many opinions circulating amongst us today about who Jesus really is. Is He just a myth, a legend? Was He a lunatic or a liar? Or was He really the Son of God coming with an amazing offer? The offer was: let me take the blame for your sin and I’ll give you my righteousness; let me pay your debt and you can have my bank account. Check it out. Don’t reject the offer on an assumption that there is nothing to it.
False assumptions won’t lead you to the sunny side.
I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I hurt too much to exercise. These are some of the most common excuses. You don’t need much time. Regular exercise will increase your energy level. Regular exercise will also relieve some of your pain issues. Is not exercising improving your situation? Didn’t think so. The more often you move, the better you will feel. Guaranteed! When you’ve been sitting for an extended period of time, do you not find it difficult to get up because you are so stiff& sore? Having regular movement breaks in between sitting sessions will solve that problem.
If you’re using time as an excuse, it is most likely that you aren’t making the time. The average person spends time each day watching tv or being in front of the computer. A lot of that time is wasted time for most people, especially tv watching. This not enough time problem can be easily solved, it’s an easy fix. Exchange some tv/computer time for your health & well-being. You’ll be glad you did!
If you’re using being too tired as an excuse, ask yourself why are you so tired? Even people who deal with chronic fatigue are able to exercise. You will find that regular exercise will increase your energy level. It might not be the solution to resolving your chronic fatigue alone but it will improve your stamina. Try it & see for yourself!
If you are using pain as an excuse not to exercise, is your pain chronic or from a recent injury? If you are dealing with chronic pain, exercise is beneficial. You may need to avoid strenuous exercise on that specific body part for the day or week but overall, exercise will help. You may start to notice that your range of motion begins to improve. You may see that the more you move, the better you feel.
If moms who work full-time while raising young kids & older ones in their eighties with chronic health& pain issues can make exercise a part of their daily routine, I’m sure you can too.
The more time we spend sitting & being inactive, the sooner we will get to the grave. A harsh reality. The saying ‘use it or lose it’ is true. You will find that regular exercise will help you to think clearer, maintain a healthy weight or even lose fat, gain muscle& build confidence.
What do you say? Are you going to make your health a priority by moving that body? Start today! You won’t regret it.
Practice makes Permanent. Move more to feel better.
For more info or if you have questions, feel free to email me.
Saturday till 4pm Oliver Community Park
From Lynne Thompson:
“WoW what a smash of people, lots of interest in “old” sorry vintage car parts. Lots of other neat vintage articles from pictures to jewelery made out of old typewriter keys. While the hundreds of people were viewing vintage wares they were playing crokinole, junior baseball on three diamonds, voting, playing tennis… What a good use of our Community Hall, Baseball diamonds, Arena with the ice gone. How does Carol, Kate, Kyle, Shauna – the guys in the office and then the guys outside like Mark, Slade, Chad, and Norm – do it?
A small group of workers doing the 7 days a week to keep everything sorta sailing smoothly. Way to go Oliver, happy to be a volunteer in our fair burg.”
A plane is a vehicle that can fly with fixed wings, unlike a helicopter. A plane can soar or glide. A glider is a plane without an engine used to teach new pilots how to fly. To plane along is to move without moving the wings. A horizontal plane is an imagined surface that is parallel to the earth. Points on a plane are on a common flat surface, like dots on a piece of paper.
To plane a piece of wood is to make it flat and even. That is how we get wood in the form of a board, by using a plane to shave off the lumpy parts. A plane is also a level of consciousness, as in the astral plane, where time travel occurs. I wonder if the word plain is derived from the word plane. Lots of similarity in meanings.
A water-plane ‘flies’ on the surface of the water. In this case to plane is to fly. We can establish a plane for a conversation, in that we agree to speak at a certain level or from an agreed perspective, like approaching a topic from the national plane. When one is skiing on water they are planning in the horizontal plane, when on snow in a plane between vertical and horizontal.
When we plane lumber it becomes furniture grade smooth. To plane is to slice off the irregularities, to flatten the wood. My Dad had a hand plane, a tool used to plane wood with. He could use it to take an eensy bit off a door that was sticking, and presto, all working well again. I tried using it a few times and couldn’t quite get the flow of it that produced those lovely thin curls of wood shaving.
I’ll meet you on the xyz plane. If that is not an airplane, I’m suggesting a meeting of the minds. It invites, ‘let us be together in our view of ‘something’ ‘. When we agree to share the same plane in our conversation, new learning and commonality is likely. As Covey suggests in his landmark 7 Habits book, ‘seek first to understand’ and that happens when we co-habitate the same plane. Who might you consider sharing a plane with?
I am one of those lucky people who enjoy good health. Of course I have all the usual aches and pains that come with age. I try to think young and ignore the fact that I am 72, after all, age is just a number and can be ignored most of the time.
My knees make strange noises when I bend and Dave and I can make music when we lie in bed, no not groans of passion but the sounds of my knees and his toes make a kind of ‘New age” sound that could probably be used to meditate to. Early morning, when we are thinking of getting out of bed and longing for our morning cup of tea, we often lie on our backs and play a duet by waving legs in the air and flexing muscles. We are silly enough to still enjoy these morning games. However, the activity quite often gets Dave’s intestines working and, all too soon, his digestive system adds the sounds of the tuba to the tune and I decide it is time to get out of bed.
A few weeks ago I was knocked flat by an infection that really took over. I had been to Penticton to a social event and started to feel cold and shivery. I was home by five and feeling really off my game so went to bed. The cold feeling intensified and I spent the night shivering and shaking, several times getting out of bed to find more blankets, a hot water bottle and even a heating pad. I had stomach cramps and wandered if I had got flue or even food poisoning.
After a long, restless night I had to get up as Dave was out of town and somebody had to see to the cat and dogs. After giving the pets their breakfast and letting them into the yard, I lit the fire and lay on my recliner, under many blankets. I guess I slept most of the day and when Dave arrived home in the evening, I left him in charge and went back to bed.
For two days I slept then got up and spent a couple more days on the recliner, feeling awful but not shaking any longer. Dave wanted me to go to the doctor but, the thought of having to clean myself up and get dressed was more than I could manage. I hadn’t washed myself in several days and was not in any state to leave the house.
The next morning, still holding court in my recliner, I felt a little better and was thrilled to see a beautiful golden parrot in the willow tree. Obviously someone had lost their pet so I called Dave to get his camera. Dave couldn’t see the parrot which I didn’t understand. Later in the day I looked out the window to see a large wine bottle, as tall as the hedge, the foil cap was throwing off the most incredible colours in the morning sunshine. Again I got Dave to look out the window, he agreed it was a beautiful sight and, unbeknownst to me, went and phoned our eldest daughter, who is a nurse.
I had previously arranged to make up an assortment of desserts for a funeral and, as I still felt ill I asked Dave to come to the workroom and help me. He made fruit loaves while I worked on several squares. However, I had a terrible time understanding the recipes and had to get Dave to follow the recipes and make up the ingredients while I constructed the various items. I also wanted to make butter tarts so proceeded to make the pastry. I have been making pastry since before I got married but I couldn’t remember how to do it and had to read the Tenderflake recipe. It seemed to be written in code and I just couldn’t do it, I began to wonder if I had had a slight stroke as my mind was playing tricks.
Later that day, our daughter arrived and insisted I go to emergency, she would accept no excuse and took me there. After being robbed of blood and urine, it was decided I had a urine infection that had got out of control by being ignored. Several hours of fluids and antibiotic iv’s and I was allowed to go home. How lovely to have my daughter take complete control of the house, she insisted I rest while she made the most wonderful meals and cleaned my house. She stayed the whole week and I was completely spoiled. It was wonderful.
This was my first experience of a real illness, it took me another week before I could spell my name or even use the computer, I honestly could not believe how my whole system had been affected.
Before she left, my daughter made me promise that I would never again ignore feeling ill and would seek medical attention. I have learned my lesson and will not ignore strange symptoms again. However, I am still positive that the golden parrot was in our tree and I am rather annoyed that Dave did not get a photograph of it plus the gorgeous twenty foot wine bottle. The pictures could have made a good conversation piece when we entertain.
Campol explained, “As one of her nominator’s stated, Birgit is a one-person perpetual motion machine.”
“Her energy and dedication are unrivaled when it comes to volunteering. In 2015, when the Osoyoos Water Quality Society (OLWQS) was in danger of collapsing, Birgit stepped in and revitalized the group, enlisting new Board members and enabling the organization to thrive.”
“I am genuinely shocked to receive this award,” explains Arnstein.
“There are so many wonderful volunteers in this community. They are the heart and soul of what makes the Town of Osoyoos so special. I share this award with all those volunteers whom I work with year-round.”
Birgit Arnstein has served as President and Past-President of the OLWQS, spearheading events and fundraisers to raise awareness and promote public education of the need to protect and preserve Osoyoos Lake.
She also initiated the Osoyoos Lake Appreciation Day in May 2016, with speakers, education packages and entertainment. She arranged for a public awareness campaign with the Osoyoos Times and was a key member of the committee who designed the pole banners and Main Street banners promoting the protection of Osoyoos Lake.
As well, she is a crew member on the Society’s pontoon boat used to monitor water quality on Osoyoos Lake. Most recently, Birgit co-ordinated the launch of a Facebook Page for the Society and helped to organize a complete upgrading of the society’s website. In addition to her duties with OLWQS, Birgit is a volunteer with the Osoyoos Festival Society and the Osoyoos Desert Society. She is also a volunteer at the Osoyoos Elementary School’s One to One reading program and a member of the Strata Council at her residence in Osoyoos.
The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society also received an Outstanding Community Group Award nomination and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Town of Osoyoos.
Arnstein also encouraged people to attend the upcoming OLWQS Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The Society is looking for new board members to replace those that are stepping down.
Picture and story by Neil Bousquet
Thoughts on Preserving Centennial Park
There are other options readily available for a hotel project rather than Centennial Park.
Adequate land zoned tourist commercial is available to easily accommodate a hotel. We are entering a new era in Oliver with the addition of Area 27 and all the events planned there. Adding this to the golf, our beautiful wineries and vineyards, a resurgent Mt. Baldy, the prison and our recreational facilities puts us on a new map. We are attractive to hotel developers.
We do not have to practically “give away” Centennial Park and grease the deal with development cost cuts. Keep Centennial Park as a future jewel in our town core. It may not be Stanley Park or Central Park, but lots of small towns don’t have the luxury of a large green space in their centre.
Clean up the northern entrance to town. Keep the traffic on the highway. This is a moment for Council and our town to carefully reflect upon. Our town can have both its hotel and its Centennial Park. We can have it all!
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) is pleased to announce the following appointments effective August 1, 2017:
Mr. Toneatto has been with the district since 2009 where he served first as Principal of Similkameen Elementary Secondary School before moving to Principal at Southern Okanagan Secondary School.
Mrs. Harrington has served in the role of Vice Principal at Southern Okanagan Secondary School since 2011 and was a former teacher at Southern Okanagan Secondary School from 1998 until 2011.
The Board of Education wishes Mr. Toneatto and Mrs. Harrington every success in their new roles.
The Election Bets
by Brenda Shaw
Living in a small town often afforded people to do crazy things without being branded a nut or laughed at or even arrested. Usually the RCMP were in on the public antics.
Eddie Stephens owned the Oliver Hotel during the 60’s and 70’s and was always up for a laugh or a joke.
During the federal election of 1968, Eddie bet Mom that her party would lose the election. Mom was not one to back down and said okay. The bet was whoever lost would have to wheel the other down main street past the Chronicle and come back again.
Needless to say, Mom lost that bet and she wheeled Eddie down the street and back. The Chronicle (Don Somerville) ran out to take the photo laughing as he did!
So now we come to 1972, the B.C. election, pitting WAC Bennett against a feisty little guy named Dave Barrett.
My parents were strong NDP supporters but it was always a foregone conclusion that the Socreds would win…not until the last days of the election was it even hinted that Dave Barrett could oust WAC Bennett but oust him he did!
This time, Eddie had to wheel Mom down main street and just to make sure there were plenty of people on hand, Don Somerville had written in the paper that there would be a wheel barrow bet carried out on main street after the election. Of course Don was on hand to take the photo and Main Street was crowded with people who had come to see the election bet carried out!
Such were the events that went on in our little town.
Phyllis and Bert Terry have found that moving to smaller communities has paid huge benefits in their lives. Now they are making a sizeable donation to Penticton Regional Hospital through the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
After living for years in small towns around BC and the Prairies, the Penticton couple have donated $30,000 to help provide medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion.
Bert’s ties to small town life date back to his childhood. His father worked as a station agent for the CPR and the family lived in a number of rural towns, including several years in Hardisty, AB, east of Edmonton.
After taking a break from high school in 1947 to help construct a new oil pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin, Bert eventually returned to school and graduated in 1950 in the equally small town of Hughenden, AB. After a short stint as a telegraph operator with the CPR in the village of Leoville, Sask., Bert joined the RCMP in 1952 and remained with the Force for 25 years until retiring in 1977. He was posted at several detachments around BC
Interior Health will only say today that a meeting of the minds will take place Monday on the continuing crisis of emergency ward staffing at the SO General Hospital.
This in response to a published report in the Penticton Herald today:
“Interior Health is paying out-of-town doctors a $1,000-per-shift bonus to help keep the Oliver hospital’s emergency room open during the provincial election campaign, alleges the facility’s former chief of staff.
“It’s a scandal,” said Dr. Peter Entwistle, who resigned the position last month and is now running as an independent in Boundary-Similkameen.
He walked away from the post after eight years due to a lengthy list of concerns among local family doctors, who take turns working in the ER at South Okanagan General Hospital.
As a result of the dispute, Entwistle and others are working fewer weekend shifts at the hospital, leaving Interior Health with two choices: close the ER or hire doctors from out of town.”