You people think I am just an ugly duck – ling
or a small motor boat
Quit polluting my habitat ,,,,,, will ya?
Oliver & District Heritage Society (ODHS) has some new and returning faces this year.
Julianna Weisgarber was selected as the new Executive Director and began her new role on January 2nd.
Julianna previously worked as the ODHS Collections Manager, and spent four years training and supervising staff and interns, improving collections care, assisting the public, and developing events and programs. Julianna brings 7 years of museum experience to her role, and is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s Master of Museum Studies program and the University of Northern British Columbia‘s Anthropology program. Passionate about community engagement, Julianna is looking forward to building new opportunities for the Heritage Society to engage with Oliver residents.
Veronica Parkes, who started in her new role of Curator on March 4th. Veronica is a trained conservator and graduate of the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management program at Fleming College and previously worked for the Kelowna Museums Society. She is the recipient of a degree in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Medieval Studies from Wilfred Laurier University. Veronica will be maintaining the artifact and archival collections and developing programs, exhibits, and events that will increase the Heritage Society’s interactions with other organizations and with the general public.
The Society’s current goals are to expand services and engage with the community in new ways, which means sometimes leaving the confines of the buildings themselves. Plans include developing educational kits that can be used in classrooms, creating programs for people who cannot visit, and increasing the number and variety of special events.
Julianna and Veronica will be hard at work on these objectives this year.
Feel free to stop by and say hello to them when you next visit the Museum or Archives.
Earle Crescent Rehabilitation –
Council directed staff to obtain a full design for the Earle Crescent Rehabilitation project which would include one-way traffic between Veterans and Kootenay Streets, a bumpout and crosswalk at Hillside Street. The tender will be split into two components for funding consideration by Council and staff are to start consultation with neighborhood residents affected by the design.
Council not sure what this all will cost until tenders are in. Likely each side of Veterans Avenue will cost $600 thousand and this work maybe done in stages this year or will be completed in two budget years.
Air Canada Flight Schedule Change –
Council directed staff to prepare a letter to Air
Canada supporting the current flight schedule for the purposes of business travel and
economic development for the south Okanagan.
Board: Jennifer Busmann, Jill Lawson, Carol Sheridan, Ravina Johal, Danielle Hutton, Campbell Kearns, Christopher Temos and Lindsay Odgen
Staff: Rhoda Brooks, Jenn Nelson
“The Board of Directors is looking to make some strategic changes to operations moving forward. To ensure that the organization can grow in a way that will best benefit our members and stakeholders; we are looking at changes to ensure fiscal responsibility as well as maximize the value the organization provides to its membership.”
“One of the immediate changes will be to reduce the Visitor Center (VC) hours of operation during the slower part of the season. This will allow time for much-needed building maintenance and to get organized for another big year of promoting tourism services.
The final day of Visitor Centre operation in Year 2018 will be Saturday December 15, at which time the VC will close with a reopening date of February 13th, 2019.”
Service did not re-open on this date.
An 8 week planned closure resulted in three months of ” NO open doors ” and confusing signage at CPR station.
A bit of history
Osoyoos Oliver Chamber of Commerce use to operate and get funds from Festival of the Grape (FOG) – but a deal was struck, to close the Chamber office, get rid of the Executive Director and give the (FOG) funds to the Oliver Tourism Association.
The chamber died. And to the best of my knowledge the funeral was some time ago.
Both the RDOS and Town of Oliver now fund the OTA more than ever before in history:
Did the provincial government fund the VIC for three months of being closed?
What is the budget of a publicly funded Oliver Tourism Association – RDOS and Town
Who is running this group?
Are the employees that we normally talk to – still employed there ???
Guess we will have to wait until Wednesday to find out.
My father , Greg Norton, spent most of his adult life being an outspoken advocate for wildlife and agriculture – spending countless hours of his own time being our voice in these fields.
You could not meet a more passionate or ethical person on either subject. When he passed away in February 2018 – my family received many hundreds of touching condolences and offers for help. This is a good chance to help now. A chance to give a little back to a man that did so much for so many and never asked for anything in return simply by making your own voices heard. This was an extremely important issue to him, and nothing would make him happier than to see people come together to find a better solution than the creation of a national park.
I ask you all to do the online survey ASAP ( deadline is Friday March 15 ), put a sign up in your yard, let your view on this subject be known. Have civil discussions with your neighbors and think about realistic solutions to any problems or concerns you or they may have.
Be proud of who you are and what you represent!
Whatever side you’re on please take the time to let your opinion be known by doing the survey
Long time resident and retired BC Telephone employee Catherine Joan Potter (nee Leake) died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at home. Joan was born April 30, 1927 on her parents farm at Aylsbury, Saskatchewan.
Joan was predeceased by husband Robert (Bob), son Lee and brother Doug. She is survived by her sons Ross (Sue) and Vance (Sharon), granddaughter Anneka (Shayne), grandson Robert, great-granddaughters Alexandra and Aurelia, great-grandson Sterling and sister Doris, as well as, many family members.
In the early 1930’s the family was forced to leave the farm in Aylsbury due to the “dirty 30’s” drought, and relocate to Renown, Saskatchewan in hopes of a better life. Then in 1937 the family moved to Oliver, BC where Joan stayed for the remainder of her life.
Growing up she was a Brownie, a Girl Guide and a Girl Guide leader.
She married Robert (Bob) Potter in 1948 and raised 3 boys, a dog and numerous cats on the family orchard.
Joan worked for BC Tel. for 30 years. She started as a telephone operator and after one year she was promoted to chief operator and commercial representative. Later she worked in the commercial office, the Radio Department and finally at the Install and Repair Department.
Joan supported her family, no matter what, they were the priority in her life. She may not have been directly involved in or at the forefront of an organization or group, but she was always their supporting and doing what ever needed to be done, especially if it involved her husband or children.
Her favourite pastimes included Square Dancing, reading and keeping her yard in tip top shape. She was a great supporter of the CNIB, Hospice and the Heart and Stroke foundation. Joan was a devout Christian, she made everyone feel important and always made time for you. You could not walk away from her without feeling a little bit better about life or yourself.
A service will be held in Oliver on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Oliver Community Centre, with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated:
Okanagan Gleaners Society,
507 No. 3 Road, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T1
Anglican Network in Canada
Box 1013, Burlington, ON L7R 4L8
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC
South side of Rd 9 shown east of Paintbrush
Land acquired (bottom) large underground culvert to be installed on both sides of the roadway to empty into River. Would contain water from *Tinhorn Creek and Reed Creek – both of which will form a confluence on the north side of Rd 9. A temporary road has been installed for improvements to drainage in that area.
Road will be closed most of this week except for school buses, emergency vehicle and local residents only. Use town routes or Rd to get around the blockage.
In anticipation of that possibility lets install some infracture
ODN inquired with MOTI and it (they) said yes a cattle guard installed.
It left me guessing – prevailing thought that underground culverts are problematic unless fairly large. This unit could be lifted out with a claw at a moment’s notice.
SOCS FINAL CONCERT 2018-2019 SEASON – Friday, March 29, 2019
South Okanagan Concert Society decided to blow the budget and bring in the irresistible – Ô-Celli – cello octet, to complete the 2018-2019 concert season. That translates into eight (yes 8!) musicians drawn from prominent European orchestras from Paris to Belgium to Britain. This is a cosmopolitan ensemble which is represented by five different nationalities. Together they share a passion for the extraordinary richness of their instrument. Their concerts are characterized by originality and dynamic presentation.
The concert you absolutely should not miss takes place at the beautiful new Venables theatre in Oliver at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. Tickets are on sale at www.venablestheatre.ca or at the box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets are very affordable. Two or more tickets in advance cost only $21/ticket. A single ticket in advance is $23. Single tickets at the door are $25. Children and youth are encouraged to attend for $2.50.
Many of you fell in love with the cello when you experienced Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s solo rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria at the wedding of Prince Harry. The instrument, closest to the human voice is one of the few which carries being multiplied. When played together with others, the beauties of this intrument add up, giving birth to a unique, full vibration and exceptional sound.
Prepare to be taken on a fabulous journey through a repertoire of both original and arranged pieces. The cellists eagerly travel through a wide musical panel, ranging from Verdi to Piazzolla with sweeping nods to Nino Rota and Marquez.
If you come ¾ hour prior to the concert start, you can enjoy listening to talented young local pianists perform in the foyer as you meet with friends. After the concert stay and enjoy a post concert no host reception in the glittering foyer and meet the musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be a nominal fee for beverages. Appetizers will be provided as a good will gesture. This is where you can learn more about the upcoming concert series planned for next year and take advantage of some exciting economic incentives (bring cheque books or credit cards) when you order your tickets for next year.