Archives for October 1, 2017
Many many people, dressed warmly for a cool but sunny day in Oliver with only a bit of light rain on occasion – mostly elsewhere. Parking for a quarter mile around. People arriving at 2pm and some on their way home. Music, vino, food and fun – watching the crush. Something for everyone – even the kids and art lovers.
EMERGENCY BOIL WATER NOTICE
WILLOWBROOK WATER SYSTEM USERS
Due to the system failure resulting in the loss of water supply to Willowbrook, the RDOS is issuing an emergency Boil Water Notice until further notice.RDOS Operators and the pump Contractor will attend the site on Sunday morning to initiate repairs. The failure of the pump has lead to no water in the reservoir and residents will not have water supply to their residences. Once the pump is repaired it will take some time to refill the reservoir so we ask that until that time please turn off outdoor irrigation and keep indoor use to a minimum. Once water is restored to the system, residents should run some water through an outdoor hose for a few minutes prior to use.
This Emergency Boil Water Notice replaces the Water Quality Advisory that was already in effect.
People are advised to use a safe alternate source of water or to boil water for all drinking, infant formula preparation, brushing teeth, food preparation/cooking purposes and ice making. Water should be brought to a full boil and allowed to boil for at least 1 minute.The RDOS would also like to remind all business owners/operators (bed and breakfasts) and public facilities operators that it is the responsibility of said establishments to notify their customers of the Boil Water Notice.For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at (250) 490-4135 or toll free 1-877-610-3737. For after-hours water emergencies call Regional Dispatch at 250.490.4141.
by Scott Miller
Is there anyway you can change up the layout from a vertical scroll to more like the frontpage of a daily newspaper?
Do you do news stories in depth yourself or rely on contributors?
Now that you are off the council will you be more critical of town business and town affairs?
Classifieds could be more organized into categories making it more easy to find what you are looking for. ie Rentals, items for sale, jobs etc.
We could but at the risk of displeasing the vast majority of readers used to the format. You are not the first to suggest that changes could be made to our format. ODN has engaged a WordPress consultant who is working on the back end of the site. No pun intended but she is getting rid of very old comments and classified ads etc. She has suggested a number of changes to format and we are considering these. Not sure why you would suggest ODN look like a newspaper when IT IS NOT.
All news is edit by me, in that, I am responsible for news content. Roy Wood is a seasoned reporter who covers Oliver Town Council on a contract basis. I attend some other meetings including RDOS, APC, Parks and School Board when an agenda item is of interest. A lot of items come from the internet, government services, news photos, and other cooperating news services: Castanet, Black Press Digital, Global Okanagan. Those services use my photographs and story info when required by them.
If you see the poll today – it indicates a perception of bias on ODN. Everyone is entitled to their opinions including me but most if not all legitimate stories are not biased in my opinion. I think all views and sides are covered fairly. I think there are a few subjects I am interested in and comment on often – National Park and misinformation about the word DROUGHT are two that come to mind. Will I take a harder line with council info – maybe – time will tell. It will be a slow process. I can say decisions by council are made in a democracy where YOU elect the leaders and they vote on issues. Generally it works well but there are always issues where some(many) may differ on their idea of how to solve a problem. Most of you will never run for office, Most of you would make exactly the same decisions.
Classifieds are FREE. Why do them? They help with the readership for sure. But a lot of time cannot be spent on this section of ODN. It’s free, It’s time consuming and the time of the publisher is better spent – increasing content for readers and increasing revenue to ensure that Oliver Daily News is still around here.
Glad to say – its not a fly by night operation. Started in the fall of 2010 – I think of it as 8 years, could be 7 years but feels like way more than that.
Thank you Scott for the questions.
Best picture in the dark – Saturday – Cask and Keg event 6-10pm
Best picture in the light – Sunday – Festival of the Grape 12 noon to 5pm
Best picture Saturday or Sunday at weekend events (open)
If you need more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures must be submitted by 12 noon MONDAY
What time(s) do the races start?
Full Marathon: 8:30 am
Route: Oliver Community Park to head of the lake (Osoyoos) and return
½ Marathon (20 km): 9:30 am – turn around marked north of Rd 18 Bridge
10 km: 10:30 am – turn around marked north of Rd 9 Bridge
There are no major hills on this course! The course is almost flat with barely any time on roads or pavement.
by Pat Whalley
Summer is over and fall is here,. I find it interesting to note that not only has Centennial Park campground been full for every day of this long summer but has had it’s overflow area full as well.
I know that squawking about closing the park is a complete waste of time but I do think that many of those dollars spent in Oliver this year, will be spent elsewhere next summer. To my mind the hotel should have been built just north of town but if Centennial has to be the definite location, what a pity that nobody has come forward with the idea of opening another campground nearer to town.
Yes, Oliver has other campgrounds but Desert Gem has been fairly full all year, the other campgrounds are quite a hike from town and many campers want to be in walking distance to shops and restaurants. I honestly feel that instead of going to other campgrounds, people will go to other towns and take their money with them.
Thought seems to be that the new hotel will have all sorts of money coming into Oliver and will revive the town but, where are they going to spend all this money, not in all the empty stores on Main Street. For customers to spend money, there needs to be shops to spend it but business people will not open shops if they do not have customers. We have seen so many shops come and go as they haven’t been able to make a living, will a motel make any difference? I honestly do not think we will see people from area 27 wandering around the town, looking for places to spend their cash.
Both Osoyoos and Summerland are small towns but their shops are thriving and their town centres always busy, why are they successful and why is Oliver not? Whatever the secret of our neighbouring towns’ success, we need to discover it and use it here. We have a lovely little town but it is dying a not too slow, death. What can we do to change things round?
There was a tie for BEST IN SHOW.
Diane Gane : Three Dimensional: The EmBODYment of Peter Max
and Katherine MacNeill : Mixed/Other Media: Daybreak (collage)
Above Photography – 3rd prize to Val Friesen. Presenter Janice Goodman
Below Diane Gane receives her award – Photos by Leza Macdonald and Val Friesen
Western Canadian BC Tour 2017
Reveen was seen by over 6 million Canadians and now the legend continues as the son of the original Reveen, takes you to the inner and outer reaches of your imagination.
Since 1955, many people worldwide remember the Great Reveen, who entranced audiences for more than five decades with his mesmerizing and hilarious hypnotic shows, high-speed memory demonstrations, and mystical showmanship. Now Tyrone Reveen is following in his father’s footsteps and continuing the family tradition. Ty learned his craft from the grand master himself – his father taught him everything he knew. The new Reveen show is playing in front of sold out audiences throughout Canada from British Columbia to St. John’s Newfoundland. The Superconscious Experience allows audience members to become the stars in one of the wildest and funniest shows that has left millions of people crying with laughter all over the world.
October 14th. Check the poster on ODN for details on how to get tickets.
Oliver Community Arts Council