by Duncan Speight
Archives for August 13, 2018
June 21 1922- August 9 2018
An Oliver pioneer, Elaine was born in the South Okanagan to parents George and Phyllis Curbishley. Elaine’s family moved to Los Angeles and returned to Oliver in 1933. Following high school graduation, she studied at a Business College in Vancouver then worked in the office at Maclean and Fitzpatrick packing house in Oliver until her marriage to WW 2 veteran Eric Shannon in 1948.
Elaine and Eric raised 4 children on their orchard south of town. She continued to live there into her 90s.
A visit with Gramma was always very special for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elaine loved Oliver and was involved in the community.
Some of the organizations she volunteered with include Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Canadian Cancer Society and the Okanagan Historical Society. She served as a secretary for several of these groups.
Elaine was also active in her church.
Eric and Elaine enjoyed exploring BC and Washington State in their truck and camper as well as travelling internationally.
Elaine was a great friend and enjoyed many long-term friendships. Her bridge group played together for over 50 years.
Elaine was predeceased by her husband Eric, sister Beryl Watson and brother Norman Curbishley. She is survived by children Larry (Jan), Patti (Ken), Gordon (Kenna), Norman, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Muscular Dystrophy Canada: www.muscle.ca would be appreciated.
A graveside urn interment and committal will be held at 12:30 pm, Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday August 24, 2018 at St Edward’s Anglican Church, Oliver, BC.
Condolences & tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Saturday was the annual Persied meteor shower and Open House at White Lake Radio Observatory, Due to the very dry weather and the high fire risk, before anyone was allowed into the observatory grounds, Argo Road Maintenance had large tankers spraying water on to the car park to avoid the possibility of fire.
When I arrived at the Radio Observatory, the sky was more or less clear but as darkness drew in, so did the clouds, our members with telescopes were showing off first Venus before it set then Jupiter with its moons and then Mars, the Red Planet but most of the sky was cloudy so didnt see any Persied meteors but a big crowd in attendance. While the members of the local astronomy group manned the telescopes, professional astronomers from the radio observatory gave various lectures on astronomy.
Member …. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
The coolest thing about Enola’s name, is that is Alone spelled backwards! She is 14 years old and just finished 9th grade at Southern Okanagan Secondary School! She is also involved in the air cadet program, at Oliver’s very own 232 Bighorn Squadron. She enjoys playing sports and spending time with her friends and family. One day, Enola aspires to enter the world of medicine, travel down the path of paediatrics and can’t wait to see where that road takes her!
Article written by Jo-Ann Sleiman – acting manager of the Maple Ridge Public Library
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows News
Here’s the essential line-up:
Thursday, August 16th: Music and Market in the Park featuring the Steve Jones Band. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket but be ready to dance! Market starts at 5:30 pm, music runs 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Oliver Community Park.
Friday, August 17th: Oliver’s first ever Rock and Roll Picnic, from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. Bands include ragtime blues band “The Burying Ground” and AC/CD cover band “High Voltage”. There will be a corn roast and some of the area’s best chefs will be competing in the Top Dog gourmet hotdog competition, so plan to come really hungry. Firehall Brewery beer and red and white wine sangria as well as non-alcoholic drinks and Hawaiian Shave Ice will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring the kids to this family-friendly event, as there will be tons of kids’ activities on site. Tickets are $20/adult, $10/student (11-18) in advance; kids are free. Tickets are available at the Oliver Visitor Centre and the Oliver Parks and Rec office this week. Tickets will increase to $25/adult, $15/student at the door.
Saturday, August 18th: Oliver’s Roots and Fruits Expo! The Oliver Parade starts at 10:30 am and runs up Main and down Station Street. Immediately following the parade, come on down to the Oliver Community Park for a full day of free, fantastic entertainment at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo. The Expo is a celebration of our little town’s agriculture and its history. Expect non-stop entertainment and music on two stages from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm with highlights including the Okanagan Mexican Folklore Dancers (12:30 pm), Oliver’s Got Talent Show (1:00pm), Just Us Too (2:00pm), Kristi Neumann (4:30 pm), Judy and the Diamonds (5:45 pm) and headliners Knacker’s Yard (7:00pm pm) and Toonmade (8:45pm). Find bios and photos of all the performers at www.oliverrecreation.ca
Activities and exhibits include mechanical bull riding, pie eating contests, pony rides, inflatable waterslide, bouncy castle, giant sand box, kids’ art stations, beer garden and so much more. You won’t want to miss the first ever Roots and Fruits Exhibition of locally made / grown produce, flowers, baking, art, wine, etc., along with the Roots and Fruits Art Show in the Community Hall. Come on, Oliver, show off what you can make and grow! Entries for the Exhibition will be accepted at the Community Hall from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, August 17th.
Oliver Parks and Recreation could still use a few more hands at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo. Are you willing to lend a couple of hours this coming Saturday? Please contact Katie at 250 498 4985 to sign up.
Huge thanks to the many sponsors who are helping to make the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo a success! We couldn’t do it without your generous support!
Check out full event details at http://www.oliverrecreation.ca/oliver-sunshine-festival/.