Archives for June 11, 2017
My job is to represent my constituents not answer to the Board Chair. The air flow tests done for the Marron Valley concluded the odour from the Compost facility would be very noticeable and affect the quality of outdoor living of those in the Valley. That report along with the petition and many letters of concern from the residents of the Valley is the reason I told the RDOS Board that I was not in support of the Marron Valley location.
Linda Larson, MLA
In reply to an article in the Penticton Western
“Karla Kozakevich, chair of the RDOS said she applauded her provincial counterpart for voicing her opinion but wondered what information she had based it on.
“She needs to voice her opinion for her constituents. I understand that. It’s not for me to question,” Kozakevich said.
“What we didn’t get into today ( a presentation at the Regional Board table ) was why she was opposed and how much she had explored the issue. Had she visited the site or is she basing it on those opposed? What is she basing this on, public emotion?”
Kozakevich said at this point in the process she had not yet visited the Marron Valley site but would be encouraging all directors to visit the shortlisted sites before decisions were made.
The RDOS is continuing to receive comments and information from the public regarding the site to be included in a presentation to directors later this month.”
Stu Wymer of Kamloops 40, on his 4cc Bionics Top End Hand Cycle is ready for The Ride to Provide. His $9,700. bike can go up to 30 miles an hour on the right hill, faster that I want to go. Quadriplegic Stu says “we are watching for you, please watch for us!”
H2H director Riley Martine, #180 knows first hand the support H2H gives for Oliver families in need.
Kaela Rouffel #199 gets a little bike tweaking form one of 20 volunteers it takes to put this ride on.
Shauna and Bernie know first hand the support H2H provides. Their daughter, Brittany now 19, had a heart transplant and it was H2H that asked “What can we do to help?” when they did not know where to turn. Now Shauna and Bernie will be at The Ride To Provide, every year they need us.
check RDOS site for details
This is my favourite time of the year, spring has sprung and the garden has more surprises every day. Each morning seems to bring more life to the yard and my energy level goes through the roof. Time to go to my favourite place to spend money………the garden centre.
I love the garden centre and could spend hours there every day. We are lucky enough to live within five minutes walk of a wonderful one but I always drive as I never come away without lots of plants, far too much to carry. The folk who operate this treasure trove are knowledgeable and extremely helpful, I tell them what kind of area I am hoping to fill and they always come up with a wonderful selection of gorgeous plants and shrubs.
My yard is big enough that I can change a part of it each year so I always love to plan a spring project. A couple of years ago we had decided that we were tired of fighting with our hot weather and trying to keep our big lawn green. Summers seemed to be getting hotter and our grass would look dead and actually hurt the feet by August. It was not a pleasure to either look at or sit on.
Our remedy to this was to remove the grass and replace with gravel, at the same time constructing areas of interest to break up the large expanse of rock. We decided to just do half the yard the first year so, waiting till fall and the cooler weather, we started a very hard project.
First of all Dave sprayed weed killer on the grass we wished to remove, he did this twice, two weeks apart. We soon had a large area of dead grass and ordered two large truckloads of gravel. Who would think that bits of rock would cost so much? We lay down weed repellent membrane, one strip at a time and then the fun began. It takes twenty five shovelfuls of gravel to fill a large wheelbarrow, I counted them every time I filled one to keep my mind off my aching arms and sore back.
Then we each wheeled our loads to the membrane and dumped the gravel over the fabric. We had started the job at six am to work while it was cooler, at first taking a break every two hours. By noon the breaks were only two loads apart as we were truly weary. It took two full days to get the area covered and the two truckloads of gravel used up. After a couple of days of recovery time we decided that we really needed to put in something to break up the huge area of rock, it looked like a rustic car park. I came up with the idea of laying a chequer board of pavers and making an outdoor seating area.
We had lots of old carpet stacked away under the house that we had taken up in favour of laminate flooring. This carpet is what we used to form a big square on which to lay the pavers, as, laying them on top of the membrane would cause tears. We then laid out the pavers into a chequer board and filled in all the alternate squares with gravel. I put an ad in ODN for old wicker chairs and managed to acquire a collection of them, which I arranged round a central fire pit. After adding a couple of huge pots with shrubs, our yard looked quite natural and inviting. We will probably never sit in this area as it gets full afternoon sun, but it looks good and breaks up the big gravel area.
The following spring we repeated the process of weed killer on the other side of the yard but, having learned from our mistakes, we hired a man with a bobcat to do all the dumping of the gravel, whilst Dave and I just raked it into place. The feature we put on that side of the yard was two large rocks sitting on a small hill of coloured gravel. Once planted with cactus and shrubs, this looks like a desert oasis and I love it. We still have a large area of grass for the grandchildren to play on or pitch a tent but this can be mowed in less than an hour and takes very little water to keep it growing.
As stated before, I love playing in the yard. Now, if I could just work up the same enthusiasm for indoors, maybe my shelves wouldn’t need dusting and the windows would be sparkling. Somehow, working indoors is not nearly as much fun as playing outside, so I just entertain guests outdoors. My true friends understand that work inside my house comes second to playing outdoors and they don’t care about dust.
The Hayman Classic will be run over a 20.7-kilometre course mainly in the town, starting and finishing at the high school. The race will see some morning road closures on Hillside, Haven, Okanagan and Gala Streets.
The ride proceeds up Fairview, White Lake Rd to Secrest and down to the highway – through some locals streets back to SOSS parking lot.
For Ron Hayman, the former Olympian and pro racer behind the Hayman Classic, it’s an opportunity to nurture and encourage young riders, but more important to give them a chance to compete. Too often, he says, young riders devote hours and hours to training but rarely if ever have the chance to succeed – and fail and learn – from a hard-fought race. The Hayman Classic helps to fill that void.