Archives for February 14, 2018
Cornie (Cornelius) Zacharias
(1937 – 2018)
Cornie Zacharias of Oliver, BC, passed away suddenly on Sunday February 11, 2018. He is survived by wife Eva, son Vaughn (Darlene), daughters Wendy (Dave) and Tammy (Rick), grandchildren Amy, Adam, Hannah, Zack, Gregory, Katharine, Olivia and Emma, brother Henry (Lorraine), and sisters Leona, Evelena, Norma and Sharon.
Cornie was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on February 2, 1937 and married Eva in 1960. He established ELMMs Construction in Fort McMurray, also working as a building inspector for several years. When he closed his company, he went to work as a salesman at Alberta Motor Products (Fort McMurray), quickly becoming known as ‘Honest Cornie’. In a short time, he was moved up to Used Car Manager and remained in this position until retiring in 2001.
After retirement, Cornie and Eva lived in High River for 6 years before moving to Oliver in 2007.
In earlier years, Cornie enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother, Henry and friends. He also enjoyed participating in the local curling club and golfing wherever he was living.
After moving to Oliver, he loved gardening and working on the orchard at Edwards Family Farm (daughter, Wendy Edwards)
Cornie loved the Lord and enjoyed active involvement in his church.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Oliver Alliance Church on Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium www.nunes-pottinger.com
Recent Osoyoos Secondary Graduate Jordan Schulting has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Hockey at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for the 2019-20 season. Upon returning from a recruiting visit at the end of January, Schulting accepted a scholarship to play for the Riverhawks, which is about 30 minutes from Boston. UMass Lowell has a strong hockey program and it the last five years they have won the Hockey East championship three times and appeared in the frozen four in 2013. Jordan is very excited about being a Riverhawk and plans to major in Business.
Eighteen year old Schulting grew up in Osoyoos, and was a gym rat as he travelled with his dad to all the Osoyoos Secondary basketball and soccer tournaments. His love was always hockey and his childhood idol was former OSS student Chuck Kobasew, who always found time to meet and talk to Jordan. Schulting always admired Chuck’s drive, motivation, and will to be successful. Schulting wanted to follow in Chuck’s footsteps; in fact his childhood room was filled with autographed jerseys and hockey cards from Kobasew.
Schulting’s journey started at the Sun Bowl Arena at age 3 with two dedicated young ladies, Jillian Vieira and Sara Liebel, who took him out to public skating. Schulting began playing hockey with South\ Okanagan Minor Hockey at age 4 at the Sun Bowl arena. He played his second year of Bantam hockey on the Bantam Prep team at Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton. That team went on to win the Western Canadian Championship Tournament in St Albert. Schulting played his Midget hockey at Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford.
Schulting is an offensive defenceman playing in his second full season for the BCHL Coquitlam Express. He got a taste of the BCHL at age 16 with the Chilliwack Chiefs and was acquired by the Express early last season. Jordan would like to thank all his coaches, family, teachers and teammates that have helped achieve his goal.
Photos and story contributed
Photo credits: Garret James Photography
Interior Health is declaring an end to the meningococcal outbreak in the Okanagan.
Over 14,000 Okanagan residents aged 15-19 are now protected against meningococcal disease, of which 11,417 immunizations administered as part of the outbreak—the highest number of total immunizations given as part of an Interior Health-declared outbreak.
“The Office of the Provincial Health Officer and BC Centre for Disease Control have been working closely with Interior Health since the start of the outbreak,” says Dr. Bonnie Henry Provincial Health Officer. “We commend Interior Health’s efforts and collaboration with local communities to expand immunization which played a critical role in preventing the spread of this devastating disease and ending the outbreak.”
Interior Health credits this milestone immunization uptake to its partnership with school officials and community stakeholders in the Okanagan that resulted in quickly mobilizing large school immunization clinics, availability of vaccine at local pharmacies, and significant media coverage.
Interior Health’s response to the outbreak has been significant—arranging thousands of doses of vaccine transported from across Canada, scheduling hundreds of clinics to offer immunizations throughout the Okanagan and partnering with local pharmacies as another option for individuals to access vaccine.
“I want to thank the public for helping us reach this milestone, by sharing information with their friends and family and encouraging those most at risk to get immunized,” says Dr. Silvina Mema, Medical Health Officer, Interior Health. “A large proportion of the high-risk population is now protected against meningococcal disease, which will greatly reduce the likelihood of future cases of this disease.”
From late September to November 2017, three cases of meningococcal disease were identified in the Oliver area, prompting Interior Health to take public health action by offering free immunization at Oliver Secondary School. This was later expanded to individuals up to age 24 in the Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos areas.
On December 14, after an increasing trend of cases over a six-month period, Interior Health in consultation with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Provincial Health Officer, declared an Okanagan-wide meningitis outbreak affecting 15-19 year olds. The outbreak declaration was immediately followed by a mass immunization campaign for all Okanagan residents in this age group.
- 16,687 –Total number of doses of vaccine brought to the Okanagan
- 14,503 – Total number of eligible residents who have received the Meningococcal Quadrivalent vaccine before or during the outbreak (11,417 received vaccine during the outbreak)
- 2,185 – Most immunizations on a single day (December 19, 2017)
- 68.3 per cent – Percentage of target population immunized
- 73 –Total immunization clinics held at secondary and post-secondary schools in December and January
- 8,210 –Total number of students immunized at school clinics
From: Rick Knodel
All the small wineries in B.C. should be sending Rachel Notley a bottle of their best wine. In less than a week she has done a better job of promoting worldwide our fine wineries than the B.C. Governments have been able to do in the last twenty years and all at no cost to the B.C. taxpayers.
The best part is she managed to hit your most prominent target markets right across North America; Young urban professionals, with an environmental conscience. Stop complaining and own the deal while you can this is an amazing opportunity.
Apple juice in a can – made right here in Oliver
“Besides the Packing Houses, we had a SUN-RYPE Juice Plant in Oliver. It was located directly South of the Oliver Co-Operative Growers Exchange Packing House.
It had a gigantic press, that pressed the juice out of the apples. The juice was processed and for many, many years was also canned right here, on location.
It employed a large number of people, and it was a very well producing plant, for years more efficient than the main plant in Kelowna.
As years went by, somewhere, the decision was made to stop the canning operation in Oliver, just do it all at the Kelowna plant. The juicing of apples continued on
for years. The pressed juice was transported in big tanker trucks to the Kelowna plant to be canned.
Eventually, the Oliver Plant was shut down, all the juicing apples had to be hauled up to the Kelowna plant. The property and building became part of the Oliver Co-Op, and for years was used as the Maintenance Shop.”
Large format positive from scanner – date unknown thought to be circa 1935 – power and telephone poles and wires across lake indicate infrastructure to KVR.