I can hear the music!!
Ok let’s get out of here
There’s she blows
“A moist Pacific frontal system will bring heavy snow to the southwestern interior. The snow will begin tonight and will persist into Tuesday night. Total snow accumulations of 15 to 25 cm can be expected by early Wednesday morning before the snow tapers off to a few flurries.”
I am outside with my camera waiting for the Santa Truck
Let it snow Let it snow
It is easy to be hit by the “blues” when the skies darken and the air turns cold. Adding the pressure of holiday celebrations can be overwhelming for some. For the lonely and bereaved, the jaunty “Jingle Bells” sounds more like a taunting “single bell”. For those struggling financially or going through a period of unemployment, the TV ads with their promises of gifts under the tree just add to the stress. For survivors of childhood trauma, even the sounds of Christmas can cause panic or anger. For those concerned about the world, the turn of the year can remind them of global political upheavals and social injustices of the past year. “Peace and goodwill to all” may seem an impossible dream.
People can feel disconnected from others who appear “merry and bright”, even guilty for not enjoying the holiday as they feel they “should”. At the darkest time of year, it can be difficult to feel light-hearted.
A group of volunteers from Desert Valley Hospice Society, Oliver churches, and the local funeral home provide a comforting alternative to the holly-jolly bustle. The annual Blue Christmas service acknowledges the painful emotions that this holiday season can stir up. When people can feel most disconnected, it offers a place for acceptance, welcome, and connection. The gentle, candlelit service is held on the longest night, Thursday December 21.
The service is open to anyone needing quiet, reflective time with no pretence that all is “just fine” in their life. There is no pressure to connect with a church, no agenda, and no expectation that visitors hold particular beliefs. Visitors can expect to hear quiet classical guitar, listen to comforting readings, find solace in a hopeful message, sing along to gentle carols, and experience calm in the flickering candlelight. There is also an opportunity to take part in a ritual of “unburdening”, by placing a stone symbolic of one’s pain in a basket and lighting a candle of hope. After the service, people are welcome to linger in the candlelight and enjoy gentle music. Light refreshments are served downstairs for those seeking a more social gathering.
The organizers encourage people to invite and accompany a friend or loved one who may be reluctant to go alone.
The Blue Christmas service is held on Thursday December 21 at 7 pm, at the Oliver Lutheran Centre, the white clapboard church near the corner of Okanagan St. and Veterans Ave (three blocks west of Oliver Cinema, and half a block north on Okanagan). The Blue Christmas committee acknowledges the support of Desert Valley Hospice and local churches, and the sponsorship of Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service.
1939 – 2017
On Wednesday afternoon, December 13, 2017, with great sadness Gary Guraliuk of Oliver passed away suddenly at the Curling rink at the age of 78 years.
He will always be remembered by his loving family including daughter Kathleen Bell & her husband Greg, daughter Debbie McKearney & her husband John; grandchildren Marlise Kelsey & her husband Geoff, Niki Cecil & her husband Michael, Liam McKearney & his wife Maiah & Declan McKearney; great-grandchildren Ethan, Aidan & Emilie Kelsey; Jakob, Joshua, Caleb & Luke Cecil & Jadon, Jacob & Alivia McKearney.
Gary had a passion for karaoke and loved singing with the Vintage Voices. He loved curling, golfing and attending the local Junior Hockey games. He enjoyed travelling with friends including a recent trip to Bali with his friend Mac. Coffee time was always at Tim’s where he met many of his friends for a good chin wag. One of the popular topics was an in depth study of the cars as Gary had over 80 vintage model cars.
It was very important to Gary to volunteer his time to the community and was a proud member of the Elk’s lodge & the Legion. He loved helping others & volunteered his time coaching women fastball for over 30 years, which he was affectionately known as “Mr. G”. He also coached bowling & curling for many years.
Gary was always smiling and had an infectious laugh. He made many friends in his 21 years in Oliver, who will miss him dearly.
Everyone who knew and loved him is welcome to attend his burial service at the Oliver Cemetery at 1:00pm Wednesday December 20, 2017 and a celebration of his life at 2:00pm at the Elks Hall. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oliver Elks Lodge and/or the Oliver Legion.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
Today was to be a preliminary hearing on a number of charges laid by the crown against this Oliver man of no fixed address. Two witnesses from Princeton failed to show – warrants were issued – and the hearing will continue once they are found.
1. Charges of attempted murder have now been dropped due to the death of a witness at Oliver
2. More charges have been laid for unrelated incidents at the Okanagan Correctional Centre at Oliver
3. A ban on publication was issued previous to a bail hearing on information related to the charges that the Crown intended to proceed on.
“We heard about all these scary stories of kids getting sick in B.C. and we just thought that we should get immunized to not let that happen to us.”
People with symptoms including sudden fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting should seek medical attention, according to health officials.
There have been 11 confirmed cases of the infection in the Okanagan this year. One teen from the Vernon area was hospitalized with serious symptoms
Pollock says health officials have immunized nearly 2000 individuals in the affected age group. (15 to 19)
Source: Files from CBC
Interior Health says one person has died but has release- “zilch” details – on who, when, where, how or what. On the most recent Interior Health releases it failed to say ALL students in Southern Okanagan had been vaccinated or the ones who chose to get it.
Multiple reports of a fully involved vehicle fire north of Oliver in the 7200 block of Hwy 87 – west side of roadway on a farm next to a fruit stand.
Three units of Oliver Fire Department responded. Truck full destroyed – concern for the nearby structure.
Fire Chief Bob Graham says the cause of the fire is undetermined. The passenger door of the pick up was left open.
Cleared the scene at 4:30 am