On June 3rd, 2017 at 12:00 pm the Oliver RCMP were contacted by staff of the Oliver Pool. The window to the managers office had been smashed and $335.00 dollars were stolen. The scene was examined by the Forensic Identification Service. Surveillance is to be reviewed and the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information please contact your local RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477.
Archives for June 5, 2017
From go-fast cars driven by Canadian Indy winner Jacques Villeneuve and friends to fast people in two marathons and fast rising flood waters.
Oliver was busy!
A big thank you to the volunteers, both helping with the floods and the events, it takes a community. Some jobs were had as well. However, Loren Davis of Wine Valley Security could not find enough help. He had a 3AM start to keep an eye on the racing bikes.
Oliver and The Osoyoos Indian Band were host to fast cars, fast bikes and fast athletes! A great go-fast weekend was had in the desert!
We need some suggestions!!
Not had a barn burner question lately
Election is over
Summer is about to happen
Events planned for the weekend
What question can you think of that gets to a “sore point” – a touchy subject on the minds of many?
Kick the bums out!!
Will we have a quiet summer season ?
Artist: Sally Franks
Feature Winery: Bartier Brothers
We’re ready for a bigger and better Back Alley Concert Series than ever before! The Beer Shop & Social, open daily on the lower level of the “Old Firehall” building, will be sprawling out past its newly-licensed outdoor patio to make enough room for a couple hundred people to come down and enjoy art, in all its forms. The Timbre Wolves from Summerland will be kicking off the concert season, this electrifying rock band will knock your socks off with their voices and hits from the 80’s to now, covering artists such as Heart, Starship and more! Our artisan ales, and Noteworthy Gin & Tonics, are always served fresh on-site everyday, but for this first concert on June 10th we’ll be welcoming Dubh Glas Distillery to come mix their Noteworthy Gin in fine craft-cocktail fashion, as well as Bartier Brothers Winery to pour us their estate wines. Oliver’s newest food-truck, Vagabond Kitchen, will be parking their shiny slick rig in the concert area, and we’ll also have our new daily Wine Crush “picnic station” inside the Shop.
If you haven’t been to one of our concerts, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the hordes of available musical talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wonderful world of wine and spirits to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend Saturday morning sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage & sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, the crowds settles in, music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm or so. Then folks duck into the Beer Shop for a pint, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible.
Baskets and bags will be politely searched at the entrance, just to keep out glass and bad beer. Beer off-sales will be available after the show. If you need somewhere to sleep for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground is a short walk down Fairview Road, the Lakeside Resort is a bit further down the road on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com). Or you can also call the local taxi company (250-498-0022). Tickets are $15 + tax, pre-sold downstairs at the brewery’s Beer Shop & Social, and available at the gate (6pm).
This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re stoked to have you join the fun, as a volunteer or a guest, and savour the flavour!
Submitted by: Jim Ruhland, Event Coordinator, Firehall Brewery
The Lion’s Park Action Committee is extending an open invitation to the whole community to celebrate Saint-Jean Baptiste Day as well as the arrival of agricultural workers to Oliver at the 2ndAnnual Saint-Jean Baptiste Day Farm Workers Picnic.
The South Okanagan receives several hundred French-Canadian agricultural workers every summer who pick fruit at surrounding orchards supporting the local growers as well as the local economy. For over 40 years, young workers and visitors from Quebec have been making the pilgrimage west to the Okanagan Valley for the experience of picking fruit and celebrating Saint-Jean Baptiste Day.
Oliver’s Lion’s Park has become a special meeting place for visitors and young workers from all over the world. The Lion’s Park Action Committee was formed after public discussions were held to address the communities concerns about the heightened use of Lion’s Park during the summer months, with the goal of taking positive action to reduce tension, increase communications and foster appropriate use of the park.
The Saint-Jean Baptiste Day Farm Workers Picnic is an opportunity for our local residents to socialize with the young workers and welcome them to our community. The picnic theme is family-friendly and the event is inclusive to everyone who wishes to celebrate French-Canadian culture, community spirit and who supports diversity.
The picnic, which is an official Celebrate Canada event, will take place from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, June 23 in Lion’s Park. There is no admission, everyone is welcome to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and come down to enjoy live musical entertainment featuring French-Canadian folk music and a DJ and sample from different food stations. There will also be family-friendly activities and special contests and a chance to meet some new people. Due to the huge success of last year’s efforts by the 7th Day Adventist church, a big clothing swap will also be a part of the event, so people are encouraged to bring clothes they no longer wear and swap them for others.
A Facebook page has been set up for the event and posters will be up in the community this week. Anyone wishing to assist with serving food, running games or setting up the event is asked to contact Carol Sheridan directly at email@example.com or 250-498-4985.
There is a place called nowhere
Lost in a faded dream.
We hear about it all the time
But rarely is it seen.
Old timers tell of the old town pump
At times we’re not sure what they mean
This time they speak of old fashioned pumps
We ignore the sideways grin.
The sign speaks of parts
From America’s scrap
In the middle of nowhere,
A travelers trap
There’s a tow truck there
To hook you up
To bring you to the doors of the old town pump.
Gas was a nickel a gallon
For regular fuel
None of that premium
Premium’s, for fools.
At the edge of the road with no white line
Two riders found nowhere
Just in time.
Nowhere and somewhere is where you will be
If you ride with the wind
Life is almost free.
The middle of nowhere is just up the road
Its waiting for you and your dream
Let the wind brush through your hair
You can always describe where you’ve been.
To the middle of nowhere and half way back
Cause Nowhere is more than a dream.
Fred Steele © 08/01/2015
Road Scribes Of America™ 2012
Alexandre Louis Henry DeLestre was born July 14 1879 in Belgium. He was ordained a Priest in 1903 and immigrated to Canada around 1905 having been instructed by the Holy Father to tend to a new flock in a new country. His first few postings were in the Province of Alberta.
In 1909 Fr. Alex DeLestre was appointed as first resident priest of St. Benedict Parish…now known as St. Michael Parish, Leduc. He built a small presbytery cottage behind the church which was used by the clergy that followed. His next position took him to Coleman, Alberta where he served until 1916.
Called once again to a new Parish, Father Alexandre L. de Lestré, O Praem, replaced Father Garon in 1916 at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Coquitlam and was the Pastor there until 1929.
In 1929 he came to the Okanagan Valley, part of the Diocese of Nelson and served in a variety of positions in the Okanagan. He had a special affinity for St. Theresa’s Parish in Rutland. In 1952, at the age of 73 he found the position of Parish Priest was very tiring and he contemplated retirement until a new and wonderful adventure was presented to him.
A fairly new hospital in Oliver, St. Martin’s was owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Ann and they were in need of a Chaplain so Father DeLestre packed his meager belongings and headed south. The Sisters purchased the house next door to the Catholic Church and Father DeLestre moved in and assumed his duties as Hospital Chaplain.
In later years Father DeLestre took up residence in a suite of rooms at the hospital as it was more convenient for him in his declining years. Every morning he said Mass in the small chapel tucked away up in the top floor of the Hospital. He performed baptisms and administered the Last Rites and heard confessions when called upon. In his spare time, Father was an avid artist. I am sure there are some of his paintings still hanging on the walls of families in Oliver.
His longtime housekeeper Josephine Traven was given the house by way of Father’s will and she remained in the house until she was unable to look after herself and went to live in Sunnybank. The house was subsequently sold.
Father DeLestre was a beacon of light wherever he went. He always had a broad smile and a hearty laugh and was admired by all who knew him. The Sisters of St. Ann were very lucky to have such wonderful Chaplain. He made the rounds in the hospital twice or three times a day visiting not just Catholics but everyone who was in hospital at the time.
Father Alexandre Louis Henry DeLestre suffered a stroke on December 31, 1966. Our beloved Chaplain passed into the presence of His Lord on January 1, 1967 and is buried in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Rutland, B.C.
St. Martin’s Hospital; the Sisters of St. Ann and Father Alexandre DeLestre:
One cannot mention St. Martin’s Hospital without acknowledging the Sisters of St. Ann and the beloved Chaplain, Father Alexandre Louis Henry DeLestre.
The Sisters of St. Ann:
The Sisters of St. Ann are a congregation of religious women founded in Vaudreuil, Quebec in 1850 by Marie Esther Blondin, now Blessed Marie Anne Blondin.
On June 5, 1858, four Sisters and a laywoman arrived in Victoria to begin educating children of the colony. Their arrival coincided with the Fraser Gold Rush, necessitating a response to changing needs.
They lived in a log cabin that became their first school, not only for aboriginal children but for children of the colonists as well. The school flourished, necessitating various additions and locations.
In 1871 they built the first wing of what has become St. Ann’s Academy, now a National Historic Site. Throughout the years, the education and health care provided by the Sisters of St. Ann in Victoria established them as a vital and important part of the civic community. Subsequent to their arrival in Victoria, the Sisters founded schools, hospitals and a broad spectrum of programs in communities throughout BC, the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State (St. Joseph’s Province).
St. Martin’s Hospital, Oliver, B.C.
St. Martin’s Hospital in Oliver, B.C. was built in 1942 by the Sisters of St. Ann. They owned and operated the hospital until the government decided to build a new hospital and St. Martin’s was officially closed in 1973.
The first Mother Superior was Sister Celine Marie whose birth name was Brenda Marie and for whom I am named. She was a kind and generous woman who looked after her flock with the utmost care and concern. Not all the Sisters were pleasant…I remember tangling with a very big Sister Luke who “helped” me onto the bed when I insisted I was just fine!!!! For the most part, I guess being Catholic, I found most of them to be kind and caring as long as us little Catholic kids knew our prayers!!!
All of the Sisters at St. Martin’s were Nursing Sisters but there were other nurses on staff as well. Way too many to mention but most of you know who they all were.
The hospital had its own kitchen and all meals were prepared on site. I remember when I was little and in the hospital, Ron Hovanes’ mother Lorraine brought my meals and sat with me for a little while every night.
Mr. Gobeil and Mr. Shanks were caretakers of the grounds and also took care of the upkeep of the hospital and did a fine job keeping the premises in pristine condition. Our very favourite Eugene was the exray technician and I remember the operating rooms were across from the exray lab.
St. Martin’s stood vacant for a few years while townspeople fought to keep it as a heritage building but it was eventually sold for peanuts and torn down to make way for a housing complex. When they tore St. Martins down it resisted the demolition until the very last when the heavy equipment finally cut the legs out from under it. Some of us stood across the street in tears as we watched our beautiful hospital come tumbling down. I am sure that we all have good memories of our beautiful hospital.