Thanks to Chief Bob Graham and all the firefighters and family members
Special thanks to organizers Paul Tribbick, Vic Macor and map make Kevin Vetch.
A small scale turned windrow compost site could potentially be incorporated into the long term build out of the Oliver Landfill. The facility could take organics from Area A, Area C, Oliver and Osoyoos. A good example for this model would be the small scale compost site currently operational at the Osoyoos Landfill. The site uses a relatively inexpensive membrane and dry well to handle all leachate concerns.
A Regional Compost site is much larger. Even removing the wastewater treatment sludge as a feed stock, a Regional food waste compost site would be very large for the small Oliver Landfill property. A large space would be needed to compost and cure materials as well as store additional yard waste chips for blending with commercial food waste. Any impermeable base would most likely need to be concrete based due to wear and tear; raising the costs to move. A structure would be needed to contain odour.
It is likely that a Regional Compost site would impact the longevity of the Oliver Landfill by restricting access to the western section of the landfill and impeding future operations. At this time, there does not appear to be an opportunity to lease or purchase adjacent land. The Oliver Landfill is also the furthest site considered from the population centroid of the RDOS. Waste will have to be hauled a further distance than other sites. A transfer station for collection trucks in Penticton and Summerland would likely be required to better handle this greater distance of travel and would increase the overall costs to operate the facility.
Further investigation into the use of Oliver Landfill as a regional site would include the following activities:
· Any feasibility study for a Compost site would need to be dove tailed with a Design, Operations and Closure Plan for the Oliver landfill to gauge potential effects.
· A Solid Waste Management Planning exercise including public consultation would be required for a large scale Regional compost site.
· A detailed transportation study would need to be completed showing the location and costs of any potential transfer stations. The transfer station expense was only estimated broadly in existing documents. If a transfer station cannot be located, then it would be an issue for residential collection trucks (split trucks are not efficient in hauling long distances) accessing the site.
Senkulmen Business Park
A private compost firm, called Golden Mile Organics, proposed to develop a full Regional compost site at the Senkulmen Business Park near Gallagher Lake. The sites are fully serviced and available for lease through the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. A conservative odour model conducted by our consultant showed that this site would impact the highest number of homes, and Highway 97, in the event of moderate odour conditions as compared to all other sites considered.
The Business Park is also the second furthest site considered from the population centroid of the RDOS. The feasibility study also determined the need to set up a transfer station for residential collection trucks in Penticton and Summerland to better handle this greater distance of travel. As with the Oliver Landfill, this greatly increases the costs to operate the facility.
Campbell Mountain Landfill
Various feasibility studies were conducted for this site. The Design, Operations and Closure Plan was also recently updated showing the intended fill plan.
Challenges with this site include the following items:
· With the application of a biocover, there will be limited space for a compost site.
· The development of a Regional facility would entail a massive blasting and earth moving exercise due to the steep topography and spurs of bedrock along Spiller Rd and the start of Greyback Mountain Rd.
· The area is within the ALR.
Although the Campbell Mountain Landfill is centrally located there does not seem to be adequaspace at the site for a Regional Compost facility. A smaller wastewater treatment sludge compost site may be feasible above Spiller Rd.
Note – the RDOS board has rejected two sites – one in Marron Valley and one at Summerland.
For many years I found Christmas to be a really stressful time, not in the mood to be festive because I spend too much time worrying if I would get everything done in time.
Trying to find suitable gifts for an ever expanding family as each of the girls found partners, had children of their own and brought in-laws on to the scene. Dave’s siblings also married had children and then grandchildren.
Where does it stop, where do you draw the line? I would feel that I had completed the gift list when another in-law would drop by with a gift, it never seemed to end and it all seemed to be my responsibility to get the perfect balance between over indulgence and looking cheap.
I have written about this subject several times but around twelve years ago one of our daughters, who was heavily into drugs, suffered terrific spousal abuse and finished up with a broken back, broken arms and serious internal injuries, she was to spend the next few months flat on her back in a clam shell cast.
Her drug use had taken her away from the family circle as she was ashamed of her life style and found it easier not to deal with us or her sisters. Her drug dealer partner was not welcome in our home so our daughter would not come either. Her two young children were taken from her and were under their father’s care. It was a very sad situation and Dave and I were distraught. I constantly prayed for guidance but no answer seemed to come.
The awful abuse was the answer, a blessing in disguise, as her time in hospital got her out of the drug habit, she was amazed that her parents and sisters loved her unconditionally and wanted her back in the family circle. She spent two years living with her elder sister until she was well enough to get back to work and in to her own place. She eventually got her children back and was in a good place.
As Christmas approached that year I told my family that I did not want any gifts, instead I wanted donations made to the Women’s Shelter as I knew that many abused women did not have a loving family to support them and they needed help badly.
The whole family decided that we all were blessed with more than enough and every adult decided to have donations made instead of gifts. Grandchildren still got their gifts of course but all adults stopped the mad chase of finding gifts for family members. One of the girls came up with the idea of each household making two pages of their family photos, activities throughout the year. Each one of us made an identical set for each of the other households and, as the photos were already arranged on pages, they just needed to be slipped in our albums.
Most of the grandchildren are old enough now to enjoy some money which they can spend on anything they like so I do not need to do the hunt for presents except for the youngest two.
I now scoot through the festive season with a light heart and no shopping list. No more the pushing and shoving to find the right gift for anyone, no couple of days standing wrapping the mountain of boxes and writing out tags. Instead we write a cheque to our favourite charity and let the money help those who really need it.
Christmas should be a time of loving and giving but how much better to give to those who need it and, if this means less work for me, then that is a perfect gift to myself. There is now a peaceful, joyful place in my life where the stress used to be and I can really appreciate the true meaning of Christmas.
May the true blessings of Christmas be yours, every day of the year.
To be present is to be mentally here, not day dreaming with my mind wandering somewhere else. Getting present is deliberate and it can be my own conscious choice or, if a loud bang occurs I can be brought to the present by that external event. To stay present is also deliberate, like when I am putting together a jigsaw puzzle, intensely concentrating on a rubics cube or trying to find Waldo in one of those complicated pictures
What I decide to be present to is a great thing to notice. Pause and notice and laugh because most of the time I am giving my present moments to the trivial and irrelevant so much so that I can only laugh. People who seem to find success in life are able to stay present to what is important, what works, the positive rather than negative, the goal/prize. Doing this one thing is almost all of their secret to success. Choose what to be present to
To present something, or someone, is way more than to drop it/them off or to point to or to simply place. To present is to highlight, bring positive attention to, adorn and enhance, set a scene. If I present you with my business card I may hold it out for you with both hands and maybe even bow. To be presentable I need to be clean and in good repair, nicely dressed, crisp bright, attentive, almost like royalty
How might it feel to have a report given to you, compared to having it presented to you? If I am receiving a presentation, I am still, paying attention to you and I would guess I might even feel a little bit honoured, like when Grandchildren present their play that they just made up. To give a presentation and to receive it, are special in a way that the parcel found at the door cannot compare with
Christmas, among other things, is a time of presents. When we are present while receiving presents we receive beyond the item being presented. When we give our present from a place of being present, we give beyond the item we present. May all of your presents include your presence, whether you give or you receive.
At this season of gift-giving we are urged to remember that Jesus was God’s very special Gift to us. He was the epitome of God’s statement to us. We would be terribly hurt if someone completely ignored a gift from us. How have we treated God’s gift?
This program offers nutritious options for students that may not otherwise have the opportunity, feeding the school lunch twice a week for majority of the year. Representatives from the winery visited the school this week to present the donation to the students, teachers and parents.
A partnership since 2012 between Oliver Elementary and Hester Creek Estate Winery, the winery’s annual campaigns have seen over $60,000 donated to the school. “We are thrilled to support our community with sustainable food practices, while nourishing the local youth of today.
Sustainability is one of our core values, and a commitment to sustainability means more than supporting locals now, it’s also about supporting the next generation that will keep agricultural traditions of our small town healthy,” said Hester Creek Estate Winery President Mark Sheridan.
Eagle Chair, which reaches almost 7,000ft of elevation, offers unobstructed panoramic views of the valley below. Importantly it also provides access to more than half of the skiable terrain available at the resort. Baldy Mountain Resort is famous for amazing powder snow, but early season weather has been variable, with mixed snowfall and wind resulting in marginal conditions. Although the Eagle Chair offers amazing beginner and family friendly runs, the operations team strongly recommend only intermediate and above level skiers and boarders ride the lift, for now.
Baldy Mountain Resort General Manager Andy Foster said that “We’re excited to open Eagle Chair for the season, and know some of our regular visitors have been eagerly awaiting access to the higher-level terrain”. He offered some warnings though. “The alpine areas have been affected by wind, so there are some shallow areas with obstacles both visible and hidden. Skiers and snowboarders should take care as it is a mix of great and marginal conditions.” Foster added “We need more snow to open even more terrain, so we’re all hoping for a powdery Christmas present from Mother Nature.” The resort offers a great mix of terrain, including cruisy groomers and powder-filled glades. Lessons, rental equipment and food outlets are all operating and ready to welcome all levels of snow enthusiast.