Jack and Jill entertained at the Uncorked Event at the Community Park
Archives for August 18, 2017
VASEUX LAKE – LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT
The overall aim of the Vaseux Lake Land Use and Water Quality Assessment is to determine likely sources of nutrients or sediment contributing to the increased milfoil and algae growth over the past years in Vaseux Lake. Once the sources are discovered and analysed, a final report will be completed with recommended action(s) to mitigate algae and milfoil growth, reduce sediment build up, and lessen or stop the flow of nutrient into the lake.
Vaseux Lake is a freshwater lake located within the Okanagan River system of the Okanagan Valley. The lake is located south of the community of Okanagan Falls and north of the Town of Oliver. Vaseux Lake is considered to be a productive lake as it supports large algae populations and has an average depth of approximately 5 meters with a small deep zone in the center that reaches about 27 meters. The lake has peak summer temperatures at the surface of over 23C and develops a stable thermal stratification each year with corresponding oxygen conditions.
Issues with milfoil and algae in Vaseux Lake have been reported in available material back into the mid-1970’s. An increase in sedimentation near the mouth of the lake has been observed over the years and the productive growth seems to be increasing again. The Regional District has been in discussions with the concerned property owners around Vaseux Lake to determine the source of the increasing milfoil and algae blooms as well as the increased sediment deposits.
The RDOS will hire a contractor in September to do the assessment – a request for proposals has gone out to companies that do such work.
Source: Regional District Okanagan Similkameen
The increased workload is caused by high-water and flooding this spring, according to RDOS pest control coordinator Zoe Kirk.
“It often made it very difficult for the mosquito control person to get to normal treatment areas because there was large bodies of water in the way,” she said, adding they were forced to apply larvicide from the air five times this year, instead of the typical three.
“Because there was flooding in areas that had not flooded in 50-60 years, or ever, we actually added 213 new sites to the program, and the program has 300 sites on a regular year.”
Kirk expects they will be about $30,000 over budget this year, with another busy year expected in 2018.
“As waters recede, mosquitos lay their eggs, and those eggs are viable for 10 years, so the next time they get wet for any length of time they can start to hatch.”
She said come budget time, the RDOS board will likely look at bumping up funding to make up the difference.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.
Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
Part of the work may be from us doing that emergency water dig a few months ago at that intersection and we notified them that we would be damaging some sensors and wiring. – Shawn Goodsell, Town of Oliver Public Works
As quite a lot of Oliver families did, we also did a lot of canning in the summer time. In the early days, my Dad had a machine that cranked the lids onto tin cans. We got the cans from Fairweather’s and the fruit came from Uncle Bill..no charge as Dad helped pick and haul to the Packinghouse.
For some reason, I found canning to be a pleasant way to pass the day. We would start first thing after breakfast and Mom would wash the tins in soapy hot water and Sandy would rinse. I would place them upside down on a large tray.
We canned everything: cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, Italian prunes, tomatoes,dill pickles and two specialties: spaghetti sauce and fruit salad.
Dad set the canning machine on the ledge of the back porch and made sure it was tight. His job was to take the tin and lay the lid on top and then put the lever on top. He would crank so many turns to the right and then so many turns to the left until the lid was sealed.
When we had a full canner, it would go on the old wood stove we had outside and boil for the allotted time. Sandy would carefully lift out each tin and when they were slightly cooled, we marked each tin with a grease pencil from Dad’s tool box. We had our codes for what they were so there was never any mix up. We put the date and what it was on the lid for easy reading.
When the canning was done for the day, Dad would take the peelings and dig a big hole in the back yard and bury them. The next morning we would start all over again with a different fruit.
Mom always canned 100 cherries; 100 apricots; 200 peaches,100 pears, 100 prunes; 200 tins of tomatoes; 150 dill pickles; 24 spaghetti sauce and 12 fruit salad for our special treats.
After each batch of fruit was done, they were wiped down and carried to the basement where the old tins were pulled forward and the new ones put in their place. When all of our canning was done, we would stand back and admire our handiwork!!
Mom made pies from the cherries, apricots, peaches and prunes as well as cobblers too. Of course we also had fruit in a bowl for dessert. She saved the spaghetti sauce for winter for those times when unexpected company showed up and the fruit salad was a special treat at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and birthdays.
When Norma was old enough she would help out as well. Mom always found some little job for her to do. On canning days Mom would get out some home made bean soup or minnestrone that she had frozen for just this occasion and with a nice large fresh loaf of bread we would enjoy our special soup and a cobbler of whatever fruit we had just canned.
I am sure that many of you have memories of canning in the summer. When mason jars became more readily available and cheaper we switched to those but canned our tomatoes in tins for several years after.
Good memories of a family that all pitched in and got the job done. When I was tall enough, Dad would let me crank the canning machine to seal the lids. I loved doing it. I don’t remember any of us complaining about having to can….we loved the results in the dead of winter.