Archives for November 22, 2018
Route 70 Kelowna/Penticton will begin service in the fall of next year. It will provide twice-a-day round trips between Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, and Kelowna.
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and BC Transit are looking for opinions on the following.
•Commuter or midday service trip times
•Key transit destinations in Penticton and Kelowna
•Routing through Summerland and Peachland
•Options to better integrate other regional transit services, including the
50 Princeton/Penticton, and
Tuesday, December 4
Osoyoos Town Hall (Council Chambers)
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5
Okanagan College (Penticton Campus)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Summerland Municipal Hall (Council Chambers)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Deb joined the theatre team as an interim coordinator/manager in the summer of 2016. Since her arrival, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of the theatre throughout the community and has provided friendly, excellent service to both our performers and our audience members.
Deb’s immediate plans include moving back to her home in Vernon to be closer to her family there. We thank her for her dedicated service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
The Board will undertake the search for a new theatre manager over the next several weeks. Job postings will be in the local media as well as in province-wide and national performing arts networks and websites. The new manager should be in the Theatre by spring to begin preparing for the 2018-19 season of rentals and presentations.
During the coming months, members of the Board and existing staff will step up to undertake many of the manager’s tasks. During this time, Aimee Grice will be available to answer theatre enquiries at 250-498-1626 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Tom Szalay
Winterising the home means bringing all summer furniture indoors, covering the barbeque and generally tying stuff down that may blow away in the winds of winter. Another job is splitting and storing firewood for the fireplace, and this is where I came adrift.
Dave has a log splitting machine as his days of axe wielding were brought to a halt with a badly broken shoulder, this doesn’t trouble him much but does make him feel his age. Working as a team, Dave was splitting logs and I was tossing them in the direction of the woodpile, prior to stacking them. It was a beautiful day and we were quite enjoying the job, it is very satisfying to watch the firewood pile grow and to know it will be a cosy winter.
My daughters get a bit cross at us doing jobs like this as they think we are getting into our dotage and should be confined to rocking chairs and early bedtimes, that day they were proved correct.
Merrily tossing logs to the pile I felt a twinge in my hip, but just ignored it and carried on for a couple of hours. After a shower and dinner we settled for the evening, enjoying our fire till bedtime. Upon getting up from the chair, I realised that I had pulled a muscle and was lame. In several days we were due to go on a walking holiday in England so no time to get physio.
The trip to London was uneventful and, by the help of a cane I managed to get around OK however, once we started our holiday which involved quite a bit of walking, I managed to inflame the muscle till it decided to go on strike. After a few days of back rub and lots of sitting in between walks, all my other lower back muscles came out on strike, in sympathy with their brothers in the left hip.
My walking was limited to one block then I sat and watched the rest of the group walk round the enchanting villages of southern England. I felt like sulking and pouting but tried to be my usual (ahem) pleasant self.
We then travelled up to Scotland and a slower schedule at my cousin’s home and Dave decided to phone Air Canada and arrange for wheelchair help for the homeward journey. What a relief to have the convenience of the wheelchair, the person pushing me took me and my travelling companions through security, customs and all other necessary airport inconveniences at a fast pace, no waiting in line and no paperwork. I felt like a bit of a fraud but I don’t think I could have managed the long walks without the help.
On arriving home I had only five days before setting off, with a girlfriend, to a week long conference in Orlando, Florida. I couldn’t back out and leave my friend to manage alone so phoned the airline and ordered a wheelchair again. Once again, what wonderful service the airlines provided.
On arrival at the huge conference centre I hired a scooter to get around the facility. Just as well as it must have been at least a half mile between the elevator to our floor and the rooms where the conference was being held.
There were two thousand five hundred attendees at the conference and one hundred and forty of us had rented scooters. It was like an episode of Monty Python with all of the scooters converging on the conference, I thought it looked like the race of the raging grannies.
On returning home I was able to go for physio and, over the past month I have been gradually been returned to my regular walk, no cane or limp. I heartily recommend anyone travelling with any sort of painful handicap, even if just temporarily troubled, to make use of wheelchairs in airports, it truly is a lifesaver.
Here are the resolutions from the Town of Oliver – November 20th Special Open Meeting of Council:
That Council direct staff to prepare water user rates and water tax rates bylaws based on a 3.0% increase from 2018 due to operational, capital funding, and future debt obligation needs with any generated surplus being transferred to water reserves.
That Council direct staff work with TRUE Consulting Ltd. to consolidate water projects identified in the Allnorth Canal Assessment as part of the Water Capital Plan.
(Editor’s Note: The Town was requesting only 5 million dollars from the Federal Government to repair the Gallagher Lake Syphon. However the only funding programme available at this time is for projects in the 20 million dollar range. Council has directed staff and consulting engineers to look at all plans for remedial work on the entire water system prior to making a formal submission to the funding agency in Ottawa.)
That Council direct staff to prepare sewer user rates and sewer tax rates bylaws based on a 4.00% increase from 2018 due to operational, capital funding, and future debt obligation needs with any generated surplus being transferred to sewer reserves.
That Council accepts the Fire Department Budget documents received for information – to be carried forward to the general budget discussion in the new year.
Oliver celebrates with song and dance
With a ho-ho-ho, the Holly Jolly Oliver! concert sets a merry mood on Sunday November 25. Local talent performing songs and dances from around the world will celebrate the season. The family-friendly event begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Venables Theatre. Admission is by cash donation, with all proceeds going to the Oliver Food Bank. In addition, canned and dry goods will be accepted for the local food bank.
As the audience enters the Venables atrium, the costumed Sage Valley Voices choir will serenade from the spiral staircase. Onstage, special guests from Ballet Kelowna perform dances from the Nutcracker: the entrancing Sugarplum Fairy Waltz and the romantic Grand Pas de Deux.
Gifted Kelan and Laura Harty each perform several selections at the piano, including a uniquely Australian Christmas song, and a hummable tune from The Grinch.
Things heat up Bollywood-style when the OES Bhangra dancers grace the stage. The Mad Hatters (Milan Starcic and Sandra Tanemura) keep it Caribbean-warm with Feliz Navidad.
A special red-suited gentleman arrives from the North Pole in time for the intermission. Cameras are welcome for those wishing to snap a selfie with the grand old elfie. In celebration, handbells make the rafters ring in the Venables atrium.
A concession of warm beverages and snacks will be available.
In the second half, SOAP Theatre tantalizes with a preview of their Christmas classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, performed as a 1940s radio studio broadcast. Park Drive duo, Bart Thomas and Nicole Kreisel, will perform a lovely meditative medley before the high energy Oliver Dance Studio and OES Choir crank up the fun.
Everything wraps up with an rousing audience singalong. Children will receive goodie bags at the conclusion of the concert.
Holly Jolly Oliver!
is produced and presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council
Grand piano courtesy of the South Okanagan Concert Society and
Marley dance flooring courtesy of the Oliver Community Theatre Society
Oliver Daily News – proud sponsor of Holly Jolly Oliver and a Business Member of OCAC