Timbre Wolves on Stage – classic rock
Next week – SO Big Band – jazz, swing and pop
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“I have mixed emotions about my decision to not run again.
It’s been a pleasure to try to help the residents of Area C. But this job comes at a price.
So many things are beyond my control. The unbelievable rise in taxation for the Willowbrook residents has been a nightmare with no remedy…though I will continue to try through any means possible to ameliorate.
It is a truism that a rural Director really has no power. The real power rests with the residents. I’ve been amazed at the results garnered by the likes of local heroes like Gordon Kirby and Jim Stanley who knew how to get their neighbours together and use the power of petition to effect change.
I’m stepping aside to allow someone with fresh drive and passion to take the reins. Stress is likely the reason my blood pressure is entirely through the roof and this is the main reason I won’t be running. My health is important to me.
I’ve spent 16 years as either a municipal or regional elected official and that’s enough for anyone. I guess it’s just been my bad luck that each year of my last four years has had a disaster. Whether rock fall, mudslide, flooding or wildfire, each year was worse than the one previous. That may reflect the increasing unpredictability of Climate Change but, on the other hand, perhaps 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be mild and manageable. I sincerely hope so.
My future plans are to keep working, spending time with grandkids and making guitars.”
RDOS Director Area C – Oliver
Photos by Roy Wood
Nearly 40 young golfers hit the links at the Osoyoos Golf Club’s for the first session of the Junior Golf Program this afternoon. The volunteer group of OGC members put the youngsters, aged 6 to 13, through their paces on the putting and chipping greens, the driving range and the Little Linkers section of the golf club. The program runs Wednesday afternoons through the summer.
And now we have the heat. Last year’s cycle seems to be repeating itself- first with flood levels far above the old “normal” followed by a heat wave. We were very fortunate last year not to have the massive fires in this region that the Cariboo experienced but the danger is very real. Despite all the water, the surface of the ground is very dry with a lot of fuel on our hills. Fire season is ‘Now’ so please be extremely careful.
As many of you are aware a referendum ballot on Proportional Representation and other types of voting systems will be presented to you in the fall. While very specific information is not forthcoming from Government we are working hard at getting information to you about the variety of options and the impact of those on an efficiently functioning Democratic Legislative system. My office will not be campaigning for or against changing the system but we do have volunteers who can go over what the ballot looks like with you or a group of your neighbour’s so you have the opportunity to see how each system would function in our current Legislature. Please take advantage of educating yourself on this important issue so that you can make an informed decision. Change for the sake of change is not always the best option in any legislative system.
Most of you in the South Okanagan and Similkameen who were impacted by floods this spring will hopefully be moving forward with clean-up and recovery. You are the lucky ones though I’m sure you don’t feel that way. The Community of Grand Forks has a much longer process ahead of them. It will take up to two years for any kind of “normal” existence to be re-established. Many have no homes to go back to and those that are repairable will take months to clear the contamination of soil and drinking water that has occurred. Disaster Financial Assistance is a slow process and unfortunately does not support businesses in the same way it does residential. Many businesses in Grand Forks may not get their doors open again, some buildings have been condemned and will have to be torn down. We are often quick to complain when our lives have been disrupted by Mother Nature but have a thought for the people of Grand Forks whose circumstances are by far worse than anything we have seen locally during 2018 Spring flooding.
A huge thank you to Grieg Seafood who supplied fresh salmon to the Legion in Grand Forks to put on a free Community dinner on Father’s Day. Just under 500 people enjoyed dinner and another opportunity to talk about the flood and move forward.
The Communities of Willowbrook and Twin Lakes will need a concentrated effort by several Provincial Ministries to do flood mitigation work- some of which should have been done last year and in the case of Twin Lakes it should have been done many years ago. Thanks to people like Coral Brown and the Twin Lakes Stewardship committee the issues are finally ‘top of mind’ with Government and I am hopeful work will begin after we are through this flood season.
Tourism Season is upon us once again and traffic is decidedly slower that we locals would like. Please be patient, many of our friends and neighbours rely on that Tourism business for their livelihood from literally millions of dollars of economic activity that is generated by these visitors to our beautiful communities.
Be safe, and remember the kids are out of school and everywhere.
(1944 – 2018)
On June 28, 2018 Mr. Gordon William Bell passed away suddenly at home in his wife’s arms, at the age of 74 years. He was predeceased by his father William Bell, his mother Viola Henderson (d. 2017) and his son Chris Bell (d.2017)
Gordie will be dearly missed by the love of his life Shirley, wife of over 51 years. He also leaves behind his loving family, daughter Connie Parker (Jay), his grandchildren Tyler Portelance (Elisha), Melissa Portelance (Doug) and his five great-grandsons Ashton, Corbin, Aaron, Finn, and Grey.
Dad was a loving father, husband and brother. He was very proud of his children, grand children and great grand children.
Gordie worked as a baker for the family business for over forty years. Later, in life, Gordie and Shirley moved to Vancouver Island where he was employed as the bakery manager at the Real Canadian Superstore (Duncan). Dad finally retired and moved himself and Mom to Christina Lake, where they lived for several years. In October 2017, they made their final move to Gallagher Lake to be closer to his family.
Dad enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: playing a game of chess, Scrabble, or cribbage with his family, or just drinking Kokanee while reading the newspaper.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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.