The beautiful blue sky – such a relief from grey clouds and wiper blades..
It could be a story about positive thinking…
It could just be another great picture from “smOliver”
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Produced right here in the Okanagan Valley out of Vernon
This program started as a pilot program in October of 2017 with support from the Oliver Community Art Council. The concept was to provide adults with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to explore art as a creative outlet in a supportive environment. Instructors and supplies were gathered, adapted and a program developed. The program is entirely free. Participants and instructors have been extremely positive about the experience.
Thursday April 19 from 9:15-11:15 will be our last scheduled program until September
All members of the public are invited to attend. No pre-registration is required.
On May 10 as part of the Art Walk, the group and volunteer instructors will be decorating a wine barrel which will be available for sale at the end of the day. We also are hoping to have some of the participants art work which has been reproduced onto small cards available for sale at the time of the art walk.
We are applying for ongoing support of this program from local community organizations for the 2018-2019 calendar year. We welcome potential art instructors as well.
For further information contact Janet Bednarczyk firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Donna, Gerry and Terry for allowing their pictures to be published.
Pictured Annual General Meeting of the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
Sheila Lange re-elected Chair
Dennis Magoffin elected Vice-Chair
Tamela Edwards elected Secretary
Other members of the Board: Marvin Louie, Larry Schwartzenberger, Rick Knodel, Helene Urcullu, Rachel Allenbrand
Annual Meeting was followed by a regular Board Meeting
A request to use the grounds for a campsite for the annual Mother’s Day softball tournament May 11-13 was turned down.
The request from Jamie Johnson and Terry Baptiste was for the use of ball diamonds 4 and 5. Up to 50 people would camp in tents or in Recreational Vehicles.
The board agreed to hire a geo technical company to perform a service for the proposed new “Small Wheel” Playground at Lion’s park. The cost $5650 with the award to Lone Pine Geotechnical Ltd. of Langley. The work to assess the soil and groundwater conditions of the site. Test pits would be excavated to a level 3 metres below grade.
Road has been closed for four days due to a mudslide that caused serious damage to the pavement.
By ROY WOOD
What could have been a grumpy clash between townsfolk and Osoyoos council on Monday turned into more of a preview of what might happen when someone tries to open a drug rehab house in the town.
More than 40 people jammed the council chamber for a public hearing on a so-called “house-keeping matter” that would define the town’s ability to allow “supportive recovery housing” in residential neighbourhoods.
But the issue that drew the crowd wasn’t an esoteric zoning bylaw change, but rather a perceived threat to a peaceful, well-to-do lakeside neighbourhood.
Reports began circulating several weeks ago about a supportive recovery program for people with substance abuse issues operating in a home on Bayview Crescent. The timing of the supportive housing zoning amendment led to fears the facility would become a permanent reality.
Reams of letters and emails were received by the town ahead of the hearing, mostly from residents in the Bayview area and almost universally opposed to a supportive recovery residence.
At an afternoon council meeting, about two hours ahead of the public hearing, town chief administrative officer Barry Romanko announced that, as a result of action by the town, any plans for a supportive recovery program have been abandoned.
At the opening of the 4 p.m. public hearing, Romanko cautioned participants to restrict comments to the zoning amendments and to stay away from discussions of any specific proposal, real or imagined.
Eight of the people present spoke to council. Most of the discussion focused not on the merits of supportive recovery programs, but rather on the presence in the neighbourhood of recovering and possibly relapsing drug users.
Barry Demerest highlighted the threat of a supportive recovery facility on the town’s tourism industry, the “safe, hospitable and non-threatening” family environment, and the safety of the town’s children.
Appearing as a spokesman for the strata council of Casa Del Mila Oro Resort, Demerest urged restrictions on such facilities to keep them at last 250 metres from resort communities, beaches, parks and the lakefront.
He further suggested that locating a recovery facility near a resort, where drinking and “boisterous behaviour” are common, would not be suitable for rehab clients recovering from substance abuse.
Lyle Warmington, a Bayview Crescent resident, urged council to delay any changes to regulations until after the province releases expected “broad changes … to regulations on unlicensed treatment.”
He said changes made ahead of expected provincial regulatory changes could turn out to be a waste of time. In an emotional plea to council about the role of drug recovery programs, Warmington said: “It’s very important. We can’t screw it up.”
A retired registered nurse told the hearing that, at the risk of the ire of others in the room, “There is a place for recovery homes (in our communities). … We shouldn’t be all NIMBY (not in my back yard) about this.”
She added that, contrary to Demerest’s argument, clients going through treatment “should be learning how to cope with the cope with the party next door.”
At a couple of points during the session, a councillor and members of senior staff pointed out that the facilities in question are unlicensed by the province and are limited to six beds.
Larger facilities that are licensed by the province under the Community Care Licensing Act are immune from local zoning laws.
“If they comply with the provincial licensing and are granted a provincial licence,” said planning director Gina MacKay, “they can locate on any residential zone on any property in British Columbia.”
Council took no action following the hearing. The issue is scheduled to return to a council meeting in May.
The time has come, for all the kids who’ve been good throughout the winter and worked on their drag cars, to head out to the Osoyoos airport and have some fun. Though Mother Nature seems to be taking her sweet time in gearing spring up this year, there is a fun-loving bunch of racers who have done some gearing up of their own, and are ready to let it rip, with hopes of no slow starts.
You’ve guessed it.
Opening day nears at Richter Pass Motorplex in Osoyoos
Sunday, April 29 is race numero uno for the 2018 drag racing season in the South Okanagan.
One of the kids (at heart) that’s anxious to get the season going is Oliver native, Don Cachola. Cachola and his two teammates, Ken Brown and David Sabyan, race a nasty Monte Carlo known around the track as the Black Widow.
“The first race is always a fun one,” beams Cachola, “whether you have new equipment on your car that you’re dying to try out, or you’re just itching to get back at it, excitement is definitely in the air on opening day.”
This family friendly event is excellent for all kids, from 2 to 102. Fans are treated to a day packed full of side by side 1/8 mile drag racing, with vehicles ranging from daily drivers to full out drag rails. Grandstands are available or guests can bring their own lawn chair. The early birds can belly up to the fence in their pick-up down by the finish line. Concessions are available on site.
Don’t hesitate if you have thought of racing. Everyone is welcome. Gates open at 9 a.m. Newcomers are encouraged to come early, and register as soon as you get there. All vehicles must pass through safety inspection. Racing begins around 11 a.m. Elimination round begins at 1 p.m.
See you at the track. Oh, and to you 103 year-old kids: you’re welcome too.
UPCOMING RACE DAYS
June 3 *Cactus Jalopies Weekend*
Sept 23 *Car Club Challenge*
Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for more information
Residents of early Penticton, who documented life at the turn of the century, estimate that there were eighty four-horse and six-horse freight outfits supplying the mines to the south from the wharves in Penticton. This is about the same number of eighteen wheelers operating in and out of Penticton supplying goods to the city today.
J.A. Nesbitt stated, “The town was alive with freighters and freight teams, four and six horse, and pack trains intermingling on the dock. The night was lurid with campfires; loaded wagons were placed where possible to leave road space ready to pullout in the morning. The hotel did a roaring trade.”
There was a high status to being a freighter but the life was difficult. Most of the teams that stayed out were tied to the wagon. The teamster slept under the wagon. Then, early in the morning the horses and the teamster had to be fed. After feeding the teams were groomed and checked for sweat scalds, harnessed, and hitched to the wagon. Most freighters prepared for the trip by loading heavy machinery and equipment into a high wheeled freight wagon with few, if any mechanical lifters.
Some of the names of the freight outfits who had multiple wagons were the Bassett’s and Gillespie’s of Okanagan Falls, Dave Innis of Keremeos, and Garrison’s of Princeton. Some single wagon outfits were Gerry Clark of Green Mountain and the Brent’s of Shingle Creek.
The first day to Fairview near Oliver, was spent navigating the sand hill behind the Catholic Church on the Indian Reserve. Teamsters often doubled up their teams to haul the wagons up this soft sandy slope. The switchbacks were most difficult due to the tight turns. Larger wagons would unhook the teams at tight corners, then drag the wagon straight, then re-hook and proceed to the next switchback. The trip was shortest through Twin Lakes and could be completed in 2 days with 4 changes of horses.
A trip to the Nickel Plate Mine at Hedley was four or five days, depending on how many horses were needed to navigate the old Green Mountain Road. The stage coach to Princeton took six days.
Local Native ranchers provided many of the changes of horses along this route and were involved in the breeding and training of many of the teams. The first draft horses were from the wild mares of Marron Valley crossed with imported stallions. These tough little mustangs that had escaped from the early Hudson’s Bay Company fur brigade pack trains, and had multiplied, were the foundation of stock for many early horse ranches. The Clarks of Green Mountain had two stallions crossed with these mares; the offspring of one was used as a draft animal and the other as saddle stock. Frank Richter of Keremeos imported a Percheron stallion from France and raised premium draft animals. Many other horses were brought in from the prairies.
Working horses needed good hay and grain. Locally the Native Band supplied hay from their sub irrigated meadows near the river. The Brent’s of Shingle Creek grew hay and grain and had a horse operated baler.
The coming of the Great Northern railroad, first to Keremeos in 1907 and to Hedley in 1909, carried concentrated gold ore from Hedley directly to the smelter at Spokane. Up to this time the concentrate was taken by teams and wagons to Trail and then shipped by American rail to the smelter. By the time the CPR reached Penticton in 1915, the horse freighting boom was all but over.
Of course, draught horses were still used on farms or for logging and other industries. But the day of that dedicated horse freighter, who perched himself high on his wagon seat, guiding his teams around obstacles in the road, was over. Sometimes, the wind on the Apex road will carry the jingle of bells hanging from the harness nigh leader, reminding us of a forgotten highway.
Source: Brian Wilson, achivist, editor of Archivos – www.oldphotos.ca