Archives for November 17, 2018
Don’t miss the ‘Winter Warm-Up’ at the Community Hall during Oliver’s Town Light-Up
Oliver’s Town Light-Up features all kinds of fun activities for the whole family! Once you’ve enjoyed Main Street, stroll on down to the Oliver Community Hall anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 pm for Oliver Parks and Recreation’s Winter Warm-Up drop-in fundraiser.
Our Winter Warm-up fundraiser will have something for everyone. While adults are sipping a glass of beer, wine or cider from our pop-up wine bar, chowing down on $5 soup/chili ‘small bowls for Small Wheels’ made by chefs Steven Sheridan (Thai on the Fly) and Nick Urry (Soupertime), listening to live tunes on stage, and bidding on amazing silent auction items, kids will be ice fishing for treats, writing letters to Santa, testing their skills in our Nearly Impossible Christmas Adventure Course, and more. Outside, our annual community bonfire will be warming the crowds from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and our Christmas fireworks are set to light up the sky at 8:00 pm.
Enormous, enormous thanks to our phenomenally generous business community for donating towards our silent auction. Ski passes, wine, dance studio tuition, stay-cation get-aways, movie packages, and so much more – you won’t want to miss it!
All proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up Fundraiser will go towards supporting the Oliver Small Wheels Park Project, a major renovation to our crumbling and broken community skatepark. Why? We believe that Oliver’s children and youth are worth investing in! On top of the fact that our kids deserve a place to socialize, exercise and have fun, skateparks are proven to improve physical activity, reduce boredom-induced vandalism, and increase kids’ feeling of self-worth. Our goal is to raise a budgeted $220,000 over the next year so that we can complete the renovations in 2019.
Please join us: popping in for a glass of wine, a bowl of soup, and some bidding on fantastic silent auction items is an easy and fun way to show your support for the Oliver Small Wheels Park Project. See you at the Oliver Community Hall, anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Friday, November 23rd! This is an unticketed, drop-in event for the whole family.
Trustees (Governance) all figures used as at June 30th 2018
Those making more than $75 thousand: Cost $9,127,731
Those making less than $75 thousand: Cost $11,045,400
Top 7 persons paid
Bev Young Superintendent: $159,090
Supra Palippa Secretary-Treasurer: $130, 854
Marcus Toneatto Director of Inquiry: $129,830
Cate Turner SESS Principal: $125,530
Shendah Benoit Special Ed: $124,381
Scott Tremblay Osoyoos Secondary: $124,147
Tracy Harrington SOSS: $124,144
All information is public information issued by School District in the annual Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) as required by law.
Ok Falls: 93
Similkameen and Cawston : 285
Oliver and Tuc-el-nuit: 614
Recently Dave and I and two friends had a trip to England and Scotland, for ten days we stayed with my cousin at her rather ramshackle cottage in southern Scotland.
Lee’s home is six miles from the English border and is located in a very remote spot. She lives on about an acre of land which is located in the “Y” formed by two lanes converging into one. There is one other house in sight and this is a farm, so most of Lee’s neighbours are cows and sheep.
The land surrounding the cottage is a semi-wilderness of bushes and long grass. Many times her yard has been invaded by cattle so the ground is full of dips and hillocks as the usually wet land suffers at the footsteps of the lumbering cows. She has a resident male pheasant and his harem of three enjoying life amongst the weeds.
Lee loves her solitary life, never having been married she has always kept pets and she currently owns two dogs and an old cat. As she is always aware of getting snowed in or her car breaking down, she has learned to stockpile food. However, she has so much food that it is impossible to find any of it. Her pantry is stocked to the very edge of each shelf with all manner of dried goods so, to find anything, one has to empty the front stuff to see what is hiding in the back.
This same approach is used in both her fridge and freezer. To keep as much frozen food as possible in stock, she removes items from their packages and places them in plastic containers, thus saving air space that is taken up by food boxes. Trouble is that none of the stuff has directions on cooking the food so a lot of guess work is used.
In the fridge there must be all manner of things hiding out of reach, to remove any one item means rearranging another five or six food items. Lee is a definite hoarder and a compulsive shopper. She drinks neither tea nor coffee but has the latest model of coffee pot and a fancy machine for boiling water. On one counter she has a microwave oven, a toaster oven, a fancy induction oven, a toaster, the coffee pot and water boiler. To make room for all these appliances she has them standing on top of each other. To make toast, you need to carry the toaster to an available outlet, somewhere else in the kitchen.
Most of the house is crammed with furniture and our recent visit meant having to negotiate through a maze of furniture to go through any part of the house. I am not sure why but she has a total of seven dog beds in her living room, she also has a cage in which her young dog sleeps overnight, this has two cushions of its own. Between the multitude of dog furniture and five large chairs for the humans who required a place to sit, it was impossible to move in the living room. She also has a gate between the living room and the hallway, to prevent wet dogs from coming on to the carpet. Because one of the chairs was jammed into this area, there had to be a bit of extra manoeuvring when trying to enter or leave the room, especially when carrying a tray of tea cups!
Lee spent all her life with her parents, working in their restaurant and then later in a newsagent’s store they all owned together. They bought the cottage together and had a really tight family unit. When her father was found to have cancer, in his late forties, she nursed him through his illness as well as helping her mom with the store. My uncle died in his early fifties and Lee and her mom carried on together until my aunt suffered a series of strokes. They closed the store and Lee cared for her mom until she passed away in her eighties.
The ashes of both her parents have been kept in the house for many years as she wasn’t able to bring herself to saying goodbye to them. Unfortunately she doesn’t have a faith, she is a lovely person but not a believer in another life, and I think this is why she has been unable to say goodbye to her parents.
However, this year she decided that she was ready so, leaving Dave and our two friends to dog sit, Lee and I set off on a four day round trip to the very north of Scotland. This area was where the family had lived for several years and had been very happy. We stayed in B&B’s every night, so each evening we carried suitcases along with my aunt and uncle up the stairs to bed.
When we reached the very northern coast of the country we had beautiful weather and she was delighted to see that nothing had changed. I was anticipating maybe a MacDonalds or some other horror there but, luckily, nothing had changed over the years. It was a beautiful beach, clean and smooth with the turquoise water lapping along the shore. Lee finally said goodbye to her parents as the waves carried them away.
As we drove back south, she seemed light hearted and not regretting saying her farewell. I feel honoured to have been present at such a momentous occasion in Lee’s life. Several days later my friends and I said goodbye to her but my husband Dave is staying for a few more weeks as he loves the area and spends many hours hiking the surrounding hills. I am glad he is staying to keep Lee occupied and to stop her feeling a sense of loss, he is a big man who takes up a lot of space in the small cottage so will certainly keep her from feeling that the house is empty.
This isolated part of the country is where Lee chooses to spend her days, it is inconvenient to go to shops, the nearest bus service is six miles away and getting snowed in is a part of life, but to Lee it is Heaven on earth. I worry about her future if she loses her ability to drive, I really think it would be terribly hard for Lee to move into a town and leave her wilderness behind, but, for now, all I can do is hope for the best for this lovely person and her fury family.
We may be thrilled when crime scene investigators solve a case by detecting small but conclusive evidence. That is remarkable. Very minute detection can occur using nature’s electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
The EMS spans a huge range of wave lengths: from 300m AM radio waves, to short waves, TV & FM radio, cellular, microwaves, radar, WiFi, millimeter waves, telemetry, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays and finally to the extremely minute, atom-sized gamma rays. Notice that visible light waves that allow us to see fall between the infrared and ultraviolet range. That’s only a small part of the EM spectrum. There’s a whole lot going on that we can’t see. For details use a computer search for the electromagnetic spectrum chart.
If a scientist can measure the wavelength emitted with a spectrometer he/she knows what material is present because elemental materials give off a specific wave length. Then, if a scientist can also measure how intensely a certain wave length is reflected by a solute in a solution, she/he knows how much of it is there. A spectrophotometer does that, even if there is only a minute amount present.
This ability is put to use in detecting the level of pollutants in the air. It can also measure tiny amounts of poison in the blood. Since we can use the laws of nature for such exact detection it is no stretch to believe that God can detect and record all our words, deeds and even our thoughts. Ps. 139;2 “…you perceive my thoughts from a far.” “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely” vs. 4
We can’t get away with anything, but by the grace of God the sacrifice of Jesus paid for the cost of wiping away everything for those who trust Him with that.
The Twin Lake water level is always guided/ordered by the Ministry to protect down stream. How long, when and at what rate water maybe released from Twin Lake is provided. Unfortunately, the climate (snow pack, precipitation and timing of rains is unpredictable.
In 2017 & 2018, Twin Lakes was used as a reservoir to protect downstream Willowbrook & Sportsman Bowl – “the never- before- observed” Twin Lake 8 ft. of flood water was costly both to BC Emergency Measures & to residents – 54 out of 69 properties around Lower Twin Lake were impacted by water…not just the 9 properties behind the sand bagged Heco Bins. Many who were flooded at Twin Lake have no compensation for damages.
However,, our concern must be about the spring of 2019. Rather than blaming, we must learn about the watersheds of the 4 creeks feeding into the wetland called Myers Flat, and the 5 creeks feeding Sportsman Bowl. What about land use allowed on flood plains or development allowed on recharge limited areas?
Lower Horn Creek which should run from the Twin Lake overflow outlet was closed by ranchers 58 years ago to control their gravity feed irrigation before power was added to this area.. Twin Lake is on a waterway but with the overflow outlet to Lower Horn Creek closed in 1960 with 20 ft of fill,this allowed the lake to be used as a reservoir – which it is not. Old 1930 to 1990 water licenses still govern the waterway. The watersheds of Horn Creek, Myers Creek and Orofino Creek, must be considered. Orofino Mt. had an unusually large snow pack and many washouts up in the Mountain occurred.
Twin Lake flooded and water was held in Twin Lake about a month after Willowbrook/Sportsman Bowl had flooded. It sounds like the down gradient residents think the water should still be stored in Twin Lake – it had to be released before more water enters in the spring of 2019.
There are many problems in the Park Rill catchment – such as drainage maintenance, restoring creek beds, updating water licenses, stopping development on flood planes and approvals, allowing increased water use in recharge limited areas. Providing water storage.in wet years to off set the 10+ dry year water cycles which historically plague the Okanagan Valley is an important aspect of fixing the waterway. Thus again, look at the Big Picture so not to be short sighted.
We all need changes for next spring and the springs of the future.
Coral Brown, chair of the Lower Nipit Improvement District who supervises water levels at Twin Lakes