Archives for September 7, 2018
Recently I put out the call for people to declare their candidacy/intentions for election – on Oliver Daily News.
So far only two responses and we will hear more from them in the days ahead
Mayor Ron Hovanes and his entire council have not said they will stand but they will
Chair Rob Zandee has indicated he will run again. Most others will be in the running. Former chair Marieze Tarr has indicated she is not running again. At least one other Trustee may not not run again.
Only one seat on council is open at this moment. Councillor Mike Campol is not running again. One other councilor says she is debating the merits of staying on or not running.
More on that in the future.
Tower One Rescue
Stanley Praimnath was a banker working on the 81st floor of Tower One. On the morning of Sept.11, 2001 he had felt a need to pray earnestly for his own safety and the welfare of his family. He didn’t know why but he spent extra time asking the Lord to protect him that day. To quote him, “For some particular reason I gave the Lord a little extra of myself that morning. I said, Lord, cover me and all my loved ones under your precious blood. And even though I said that and believed it, I said it over and over and over.”
Glancing out the window at work, he noticed that Tower Two was on fire. He and a friend decided to evacuate but a security guard assured him that Tower One was safe. Back in his office a second look out the window revealed that an American Airlines plane was headed straight for him. He frantically ducked under the desk and curled up in a fetal position shortly before it hit only 20 feet away from him. The wing of the plane was ablaze in the doorway to the offices. He was also trapped by rubble and could not move. He prayed for help and suddenly felt like “the strongest man alive”. He escaped from the debris, dodged the flames but found all exits blocked and he trapped against a wall. He made contact with a man on the other side of the wall. Together they broke a hole through it and found a stairway. On the concourse at the bottom flames confronted them. Dousing themselves under the sprinklers they fled through the flames to safety.
I don’t know all the answers to why some are rescued and others not. I don’t know why I was born in a relatively peaceful and prosperous country while others suffer war, famine and poverty. But we can all be thankful for what we do have.
Grateful for the sunny side,
This afternoon Interior Health informed us that we can rescind the water advisory for Rotary Beach, effective immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation in making the public aware of this message
Manager – Oliver Parks and Recreation
Photo Credit Zoli Kovacs
The title of a story is the name for it, which is meant to represent what the story is about. Or not. The story title can intrigue, deflect, confuse, something to entice curiosity. It can also mean little unless we have read the first few books in the series. Any work of art can have a title. Any of us can title anything at all, such as the look of the lawn after we have freshly mowed it, or when we are about to mow it.
The title for a piece of land is a legal document declaring who owns it, along with a detailed description of the shape/size/location of the land. The Heavyweight Boxing Title is recognition of the Champion in that division for that sport. The title in most sports has, in itself, a title, which is a name. The Stanley Cup is the coveted title in hockey, for instance. A Blue Ribbon might be it for the best pie at the Fair.
To be entitled is to be permitted, to have legal support in making a claim. I could be entitled to feel angry or to receive a free drink from my frequent buyer card. I could have earned entitlement to go to University or to enjoy an alcohol drink in a pub. Some entitlements just show up, like when I become a certain age. Some I must earn, like getting my driver’s licence by passing a test.
A person’s position in society can have a title, like being a Supreme Court Judge. The title of ‘lawyer’ is a stepping stone to becoming a Judge, so a lower title. Titles can, thus, be a part of an hierarchy. Gaining a title is a journey. It takes work and accomplishment at a level that deserves recognition. What about the title of ‘mother’? Not every biological mother gets the title. Are you willing to let yours know that she does.
I can feel entitled to something. That can evolve into demanding that something. And that can feel less than happy. At such a time, what if I could remember that I am always entitled to be happy? No, really, happiness can be a choice and we are all, always, entitled to feel happiness. Strange thing that. I have the power to claim my entitlement to happiness at anytime. Some of us do and I like those people best.
A throng of grateful admirers turned out to the Open House held at the Oliver Library on Thursday to honour Vicky White who has served our community as Head Librarian for 31 years.
Don Nettleton, CEO of the Okanagan Regional Library, was the first of many to offer his appreciation for Vicky’s tireless efforts in creating such a welcoming ambience and valued service to our community. There were remembrances and laughs and gifts, and a special tribute from the Friends of the Oliver Library, formed under Vicky’s guidance twenty years ago.
She is now an honourary lifetime member of that group. A well-earned retirement indeed, Vicky, and we wish you all the very best.
Photo and story submitted by Val Friesen
Thursday the RCMP’s Community Support & Enforcement Team (CSET), executed a search warrant at “Green Essence”, an illegal marijuana dispensary, at 409 Martin Street, in Penticton.
The investigation confirmed the storefront did not have a licence to sell marijuana, and that it was selling the drug to anyone, whether they had a medical license or not.
Over the past several months, police have warned the business owner to cease the sale of the drug.
Seized : approximately 15 pounds of bud marijuana, numerous kinds of edibles, such as cookies and honey, along with oils and waxes, and a large amount of cash.
Many of these packaged products were infused with potent amounts of THC, namely “Shatter”. “Even if marijuana was legal today, the kinds of THC infused products they were selling would not be legal even in that framework”, explains Cst. James Grandy.
Staff and patrons found inside the establishment were identified, and subsequently released pending further investigation. Charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) are being considered.
Marijuana remains a controlled drug under the law, for which the RCMP have a duty to enforce.
Work was planned to facilitate the lowering of water mains to install a large box culvert at Road 5 and Highway 97.
Water was scheduled to be turned off Thursday September 6th between 8:30am – 4:30pm for domestic water users. Affected addresses were notified with a door hangar that provided additional information.
Due to infrastructure problems with valves – additional water customers were shut off after 10:00am Thursday.
Those extra customers not notified about the shut off are located on Highway 97 (Road 5 to Road 4), Road 4 and Snowbrush Street.
The Town apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers, and hopes the water will be back on by 4:30 pm.
After water service is restored, air or discoloured water may be present in the piping. Running a garden hose or cold water bathtub faucet for several minutes, should eliminate both air and discoloured water problems.
If you have a specialized water filtration unit within your premise, it may need to be isolated to prevent any blockage which could result form this water outage