Archives for September 2017
A young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa left this note in his office. It was discovered after this persecuted pastor was found murdered for his faith. The incident is recorded in Brennan Manning’s book, “The Signature of Jesus”. Excerpts from his letter appear below.
I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. … My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. … I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power. … I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. …. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me…my banner will be clear.
WOW!! That’s a lot to live up to even if we’re on the sunny side.
Stacey Smith is 43, covering her new occupation as the Vice Principal of SOSS. Smith was the Deputy Head of the Secondary International School of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also taught overseas in Vietnam.
Smith grew up in Northern BC, in the small town of Vanderhoof with her parents. Smith moved to Penticton with her dad, and taught PE at Princess Margaret Secondary, and she continues to coach girls volleyball today.
Stacey says that her family is full of educators. Her family’s current location is Penticton, and hers is Oliver.
Smith claims “The students are the heart of the school”, and she wishes to bring more kindness and student well being to SOSS. She also says that she will learn from our youth, and grow with our students, as the new VP of Southern Okanagan Secondary.
Photo and story by Ali Lantz
Rescinding of Fire Ban in RDOS Areas
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) – Effective at 16:00hrs, Friday Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed for those lands which are contained within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas, which include the Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen and Willowbrook Fire Area. BC Wildfire Service rescinded the campfire ban on those lands which fall within their provincial fire jurisdiction earlier today.
The RDOS, in conjunction with the municipalities of Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, Hedley and the Village of Keremeos has determined that more seasonal weather conditions and precipitation have reduced the fire risk in these areas.
The RDOS reminds the public that open fires larger than 0.5m x 0.5m, such as backyard and multiple pile burning, remain prohibited. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5. More information about current area restrictions, open burning prohibitions, and safe use of campfires can be found online at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans
Leagues for all
Registration Night will be held this week
Friday, September 22 at the Eastlink Curling Centre 7pm
735 McKinney Rd (3)
By Doug Donaldson
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
In British Columbia, forests have always been a vital part of our way of life – anchoring our economy, and providing both recreation and tourism opportunities.
As we near the end of what has been an unprecedented wildfire season, when our precious forests were under constant threat, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating National Forest Week, Sept. 24 to 30. It’s a great way to truly appreciate the value of our forests and how important it is to manage them sustainably.
We are about to plant our eight billionth tree, clear evidence that we care about the future of our forests.
National Forest Week has a special significance for British Columbians this year. The theme of the week is Our Stories, Our Future: Celebrating Canada’s Forests. It’s a chance for us to speak to the importance of forests from our past and into our future – from the cedar trees that have been central to the lives of coastal First Nations people for thousands of years, to the advanced wood products used to build the Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia, the world’s tallest modern mass-wood structure.
As we move into wildfire recovery, our government is working with First Nations and local communities to help them rebuild local economies, as well as co-ordinating support for land-based activities to restore so many forest values – from timber to habitat.
Premier Horgan’s government has committed to building a sustainable economy that works for all British Columbians and the forest industry will play an important role. We’re committed to working with industry, local governments and First Nations to do everything we can to ensure our forests remain an important part of our lives and support our sustainable economy.
We will address regulatory and capital barriers so we can gain more value from our forests by expanding innovative wood product manufacturing.
We will also modernize land-use planning, so we can effectively manage the incredible ecological diversity in our forests – from wildlife habitat to old growth. And we will invest more in reforestation – especially important after this summer’s wildfire season.
I represent the Stikine riding in northwest B.C. where we have an especially close connection to our forests and our land. Regardless of where you live in B.C., I encourage you to mark National Forest Week by taking the time to appreciate the immense value of our forests and join me in thanking all of those involved in responding to this year’s wildfires.
Source: BC Government
To provide information on the Regional Illegal Dumping Service.
In 2002, the Regional District created the Illegal Dumping Education and Control Program Establishment Bylaw No. 2184. The Bylaw created a full Regional service with all rural areas and municipalities paying for the service. The bylaw is presently set up to create a public education program to combat illegal dumping and provide assistance to community efforts to clean up illegal dumpsites.
The bylaw allows a maximum of $25,000 to be recovered each year by taxation. The service has been used to fund the following activities:
· Providing gloves, bags, transportation and free disposal of waste for community groups or volunteers;
· Production and placement of No Illegal Dumping signage;
· Staff time to record or visit sites;
· Sending letters to people identified from illegal dumpsites that their garbage has been found;
· As available, contractors or Staff to assist in cleaning up sites.
RDOS Staff have consistently only provided assistance for illegal dumping clean ups of Crown Land, lands held by a conservation group or materials dumped from roads. RDOS Staff have no enforcement tools to fine residents found illegally dumping. When materials identify a person, theletter sent does not accuse them of illegally dumping. Mail and property theft are common.
Education is not presently a major focus of the program. People that illegally dump, unless suffering mental issues, are fully aware of what they are doing and that the activity is wrong. Cleaning up sites and placing appropriate signage stating that the site is under surveillance has been shown tobe more effective in reducing illegal dumping.
The Province of BC Conservation Officer Service is mandated to deal with illegal dumping on Crown Land. Residents are encouraged to contact the BC Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Line to report illegal dumpsites. The BCWILDLIFE FEDERATION has created a Conservation App to allow anyone to report illegal dump sites by Apple iPhone or by registered users through their webpage.
Argo Road Maintenance has been responsible for cleaning up dump sites along maintained road right of ways and rest areas. The RDOS waives fees for Argo road clean ups.
An ongoing issue is cleaning up sites on Band Lands which do not contribute to the Illegal Dumping service but are dealing with waste from RDOS and municipal residents. The speed of cleaning illegal dumpsites is another concern raised by residents. Lack of enforcement, to punish illegal dumpers, isalso raised as an issue. Illegal dumping is of importance for local governments across BC. A recent Recycling Council of BC conference featured a session on what local governments are doing across Canada and internationally and the role of the Ministry of Environment. Price of tipping fees is not considered the major driver in illegal dumping. Many of the items found at illegal dumpsites are free of charge or subsidized at landfills. As shown in the presentations linked above, timing and access to waste disposal services and personal factors are larger drivers for illegal dumping than cost.
The current illegal dumping function does not have sufficient resources to have Staff or contractors clean up all illegal dump sites. RDOS Staff do catalogue sites and attempt to do clean ups in quieter times in the spring and fall when RDOS seasonal employees can assist in the cleanup. The current intent of the function is to assist local groups in their clean-up efforts. A Landfill Tipping Fee Waiver form is provided to those conducting the clean-up. Landfills currently waive fees rather than have the fees paid by the Illegal Dumping program.
Directors will continue a discussion on this subject next month.
The librarians at the ORL are all young , attractive, very professional…. and helpful.
I asked for and got a ladder to shoot high on the walls.
See the display today of bags for all purposes – one being – library books heading for home.
Okanagan Regional Library in Oliver.
Wait!! for information from the Friends of the Library on the way.
Draw is Dec 9 at the Library.
Bags donated by Double O quilters and Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers as well as other members of the community.
Over 70 bags
$2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00.
Tickets are available from any member of Friends of the Oliver Library, and at the Festival of the Grape.
Members will sell tickets at the Library. The schedule will be posted.
First – a manual attempt to clear debris. This time because of some danger – a excavator brought in to handle the job. All the
debris to be off leaded in a special area at the landfill. All costs to the absentee landlord. Neighbours to be pleased when complete.
Now maybe the building could be demolished.
The City of Penticton announced the termination of the agreement with the Trio Marine Group
It was an expensive lesson for Penticton city council, that taxpayers are footing the bill for.
The City of Penticton is paying a $200,000 termination fee for abandoning a development agreement with the Trio Marine Group for the marina and restaurant at the Skaha Lake Marina.
“Maybe there is a bit of an upfront cost right now, but moving forward with a better scenario in place at Skaha over the next 29 years, I am sure we will be further ahead,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.
Enacting the terms of the agreement means the end of a proposed 29-year lease with Trio Marine Group to upgrade and operate the marina beyond the 2018 season.
Though the cancellation was announced today, the decision was made earlier this summer.
“We initiated this in the late summer and agreed to announce it September so it wouldn’t impact their business operations. We are sensitive to that,” said Jakubeit. The Trio Marine Group will continue to operate the marina through to end of 2018.
The City of Penticton said the key reason for the decision began last fall when the waterslides and use of green space were removed from the development proposal.
Source: City of Penticton press release
The Okanagan-Similkameen had a great showing at the 55-plus B.C. Games held in Vernon last week.
The zone finished second overall with 293 medals, falling just behind Fraser Valley who finished with 306 medals.
Bill Ford – bronze (men 70-74 golf).
Ron Ostermeier – gold (men 63-69 compound bow archery – target and 3D).
Mary Ostermeier – silver (women 63-69 compound bow archery – target and 3D).
Gord Young – silver (men 4.5-plus singles pickleball).
John Hong/Brad Pape – gold (men 55-59 doubles competitive badminton).
Marian Nelmes/Anna Robitaille – silver (women 75-79 doubles rec badminton).
Cathy Adams/Shirley Kodyman – bronze and silver medals (whist co-ed pairs) and
Nancy Rhea/Gord Young – gold (mixed 4.5 doubles pickle ball).
Danny Stang/Gord Young – silver (men 4.5 doubles pickle ball).
Source: Black Press Digital
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For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the goal is to celebrate Canada through ways that have meaning to us as Canadians. One of the five strategic goals of the OPRS is to “connect people to nature through our parks”. By planting trees we unify a community, providing an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves the quality of life in our neighborhood, both socially and environmentally. The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society was successful in securing a grant in the amount of $4659.52 from Tree Canada to plant over 80 trees this year, primarily in the north end of Lion’s Park by the oxbow.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 27 in conjunction with National Tree Day the Oliver Has Roots ceremonial tree planting event will take place in Lion’s Park. The official ceremony begins at 9:00am. A special presentation by a Tree Canada representative of a commemorative plaque donated by CN Rail will start off the event followed by the planting of a stand of each of the 3 species. The Douglas Maple (Acer glabrum subsp. Douglasii), a truly Canadian tree, will be planted by local veterans from the Royal Canadian Legion. The Western Red Cedar (Thula plicata), representing BC, will be planted by Yvonne (Venables) Moore and Don Bousfield as representative of our homesteading families. The White Birch (Betula papyrifera), a classic tree that symbolizes our First Nations community, will be planted by students of Senpaqcin elementary school. After the planting ceremony, volunteers will assist parks staff in the planting of 75 additional trees of the same varieties in Lion’s Park between 10:30-3:00pm.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are still wanted for the tree planting portion of the event and everyone is more than welcome to attend the ceremony. For more information or to become a volunteer please contact Carol Sheridan at email@example.com or 250-498-4985.
Source: Carol Sheridan, Oliver Parks and Recreation