This could be a wild flower – what is it?
Sorry for the delay Linda – puter acting up and mis placing items
Use your mouse to get right into this flower
When you are a child you believe in all sorts of magical beings, fairies, talking animals, toys that have a life of their own when the light goes out and all manner of weird and wonderful things. Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist, our parents told us that a tooth fairy carried away our tiny tooth to use as a stool in their home, leaving us a small payment in return.
We are constantly reminded not to talk to strangers but I think every young child has been plonked on Santas’s lap and expected to smile for a photo. This big, hairy guy is our friend they tell us and it is fine to sit on his lap and talk to him. Rather mixed messages from parents, but we go along with what they tell us.
As we get older we lose our belief in things magical and slowly begin to realize that there are some things in this world that are not good, in fact some things and some people are just plain bad. It takes experience and maturity to separate the good from bad, the right from wrong and the true from the false, but gradually we work most of it out for ourselves.
Many people lose their faith in God along with the realization that Santa is a myth for the young. How can a loving Father allow wars, cruelty and evil to prosper, bad things happening to good people and innocent children to suffer?
The Bible tells us that God gave us a free will, he makes us decide what is right and wrong and he lets us decide for ourselves which path we want to take. I am not a church goer and find no solace inside the building, in fact I sit there thinking of all the things I could be doing instead. This is not the attitude to assume in church so I do not go.
To me the idea of reading the prayers and responding with the written word has no meaning. My prayers come from inside me, I talk to God as I would to a friend, as I feel that is what he is. God and I get very close in my garden as I watch his handiwork in every unfolding leaf and bud. I stand doing dishes at the sink and look out at the waving branches and God listens while I discuss my problems. It is a good place for a discussion and I find that problems may not be solved but definitely lessened when rested on shoulders broader than mine.
If there is no God, no greater power than ourselves then what is that part of us that tells us when we are doing the wrong thing? Very few people do not have a conscience, psychopaths are thought not to have one or are strong enough to override it and commit their atrocities, without the inner pain that most of us feel when we do wrong.
The voice of conscience is very strong and, if ignored can give us sleepless nights, indigestion and all sorts of self recriminations until we put right the wrong we have done and ask for forgiveness.
We are faced with decisions every day, some are large and some very small such as making the choice to take the extra piece of cake. A sin of indulgence that will remind me of my choice by sitting around on my hips, this is a bad choice that I make often but I can shrug it off as not hurting anyone but myself. So is the choice to spend the day in idle pleasure, such as reading, doing crosswords or talking on the phone when the furniture is covered in dust and weeds wave at me through the window. This I can also ignore as I think that I can catch up on this tomorrow and that I am old enough to make that decision for myself.
As I age I definitely get less worried about housework. Bathrooms and kitchen are kept clean and sanitary, bed is usually made as it is visible from the living room and screams at me every time I walk past. Meals are not made for any particular time as we do not need to follow a clock any more, we eat when we are hungry, so dinner can be served any time between four pm or seven.
The years have brought the maturity to know what is really important. Each new day is like a new page of life and I try hard not to mess up the page. I try to be a good friend, help out in the community and harm nobody and, when I go to bed, I don’t have to listen to the voice inside me telling me that I committed a bad act today. If I am kept awake, it is because I ate too much or too late or that because the bed didn’t get made, the sheets are wrinkled and are not comfortable to lie on or the dogs are taking up too much room. My conscience, however, is clear and I can sleep in peace.
Lets revisit a topic Canada has flirted with before. Would it be of benefit to institute a guaranteed annual income for part of our society? Lets pass up the negative responses and look at this from outside the box. This has always been an issue that focused on the poor and destitute. What if we changed the equation?
First put an end to the stigma of it by including those with disabilities, seniors pensions, veterans, the poor, the working poor, those on the margins of society that are retrained for jobs they will never perform at.
With such a venture we could use the income as a supplement to raise the standard of the bottom end of society. The money for retraining those who will enter the steady workforce would increase our productivity and reset our job market supply priorities for starters.
I know the nagging question is How are we going to pay for it?
The answer is you already are and there is a way to reduce the cost and have the service that is functional and geared to the future of the country. The first step would be to set up an agency that would combine the programs we have now into a single entity. Pensions, family allowance (now child tax credit)
veterans pensions, social welfare and income supplements unemployment insurance workers compensation, disability pensions and the list goes on.
I believe we could save a lot of money. We could provide more for those who have disabilities and raise those on the margins out of poverty. We would cut the cost of servicing programs and at the same time benefit society.
It is a sure thing? No but what if we explored the idea and fleshed out the programs? There has to be a better way to get more out of programs and make things more viable for taxpayers.
I floated this idea with friends some think it’s worth exploring
others said it’s just a dream. When the society was new and we were post caveman era everything was a dream
Food Action Coordinator Shows ODN the edible gardens
The Town of Oliver is excited to have Caitlyn Bennett as the Coordinator for the Food Action Plan project. She currently works along side the Food Action Committee, Parks/Recreation and the Town.
Having grown up and worked in the Okanagan most of her life, Caitlyn is back and excited to work on this new initiative in the town of Oliver.
New food secure projects connect Oliver community with fresh produce
The community of Oliver will benefit from two new projects aimed to connect residents with fresh and accessible produce. The Harvest Hut and Edible Pathways projects have started this spring with more action June 6 in the parking lot north of Edward Jones.
The Harvest Hut creates a space for members of the community to share fresh produce. Anyone with more food in their garden or farm than they can consume is invited to bring their extras to the hut. Members of the public can then visit the hut and take the produce home with them.
Although the hut itself is still in the works, moving forward the Harvest Hut will operate every Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Town of Oliver parking lot on Main Street between Edward Jones and Oliver Garden. Grants will be received in June and the coordinators hope that the Okanagan Correctional Centre can help out in the long term and maybe Rona will supply a first hut for this multi- year concept.
The Edible Pathways project includes planters on the north end of Main Street in Oliver which are growing vegetables and herbs, free for community members to take and use as needed.
What veggies you say? Sweet Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, Oregano, and edible flowers like Marigolds, Nasturtium.
Town of Oliver Food Action coordinator Caitlyn Bennett said. “Local community food movements are growing and we are learning from them,” she said. “We hope this project can engage businesses and citizens while bringing awareness to Oliver’s long-term food systems strategy.”
100 Men Who Care Penticton and Highway to Healing Support Society Team up to support families!
After their latest gathering, 100 Men Who Care Penticton chose to gift almost $6,000 to Highway to Healing. Society President Gail Barriskill says “These funds represent a significant boost to Highway to Healing. It is only through direct community donations that we have been able to provide over $40,000 to local families who must travel to obtain medical care for their child.”
“Those needs may include fuel, parking fees, and overnight stays. Support can be one time, or may extend for many years for families whose child faces serious illness.”
With their second annual Drive to Provide fun golf tournament coming up in July, H2H will once again be asking the people of the communities they serve for help. Vice-President Tracy MacFadden says “Our First Annual golf tournament was a huge success, and if we can repeat that, we know we can continue to provide financial assistance for families from Osoyoos, Oliver and OK falls.”
To culture is to nurture an environment suitable, even optimal, for growth. A cultured pearl is when man helps nature do Her job in growing the pearl inside the oyster. I wonder why we don’t put more effort into culturing society or at least children in classrooms, or at home? A greenhouse is where plants are cultured. We can go to the zoo and enter a special room where butterflies thrive, so I guess that is also and example of culture in action.
The culture of a group of people is seen in what they do, what they support or eliminate. The institutions that are supported versus those that are not, give a good measure of the culture of the people living in the area. One can get a good understanding of the corporate culture by asking the employees things like, ‘what is it like around here? What kinds of behaviour is supported and what is not?’ Culture is a measure of how things are
Culture is related to cultivating. They both speak to growing or supporting something that is important and invited and nurtured. The farmer cultivates the crop. The ideal culture is one that is symbiotic, where the host and the visitor both benefit. The environmentalists seek a better global culture of mutual benefits to both humans and the earth too. We’re still working on that culture. Not everyone is on board
Family culture is interesting, especially if there are immigrant parents or maybe grandparents living in the house. The source of cultural norms are different for the older and the younger members. The teen cannot understand what Grandma is all up in the air about and Grandma does not understand why grandkid doesn’t seem to have the least bit of understanding about why her direction is so important.
Culture can be built. It needn’t just be an accumulation of happenstance. Look at companies with legendary cultural attributes. Disney, Apple, Zappo, Church communities, Amazon and the generic of the Mom and Pop store, each bring to mind a feeling. Yes, culture generates feelings, hopefully of loyalty, at least for the member within, and hopefully also for the clients and followers.
Culture can be deliberately designed.
Milfoil Control Permits and Okanagan Lake
On April 24th, OBWB received a formal response from B.C. FLNRORD to our notification (permit) for the
milfoil control program. The letter authorizes OBWB to continue with milfoil control for the next five years, with a number of terms and conditions, including new restrictions around any site with known Rocky
Mountain Ridged Mussel (RMRM) occurrences – as expected.
Working with our Qualified Environmental Professionals – Ecoscape Environmental – we will be seeking clarity on a number of the conditions in the next few weeks. We are also awaiting feedback from Fisheries and Oceans Canada on a similar notification that was submitted on April 10th at the request of FLNRORD staff.
Milfoil rototilling is now complete for the winter, and the operators are preparing for the harvesting season in July and August.
Due to the new mussel restrictions, no rototilling was able to occur this winter in the Vernon arm of Okanagan Lake, including at Kin beach, in the north end of Osoyoos Lake and in the Casa Loma area of West Kelowna. These areas are in addition to areas that had previously been restricted due to known occurrences of RMRM.
We will conduct on-the-water surveys of milfoil growth starting in mid-June to determine which areas require the most attention during summer harvesting. It is likely that many areas adjacent to private property throughout the valley will not receive summer treatment as we prioritize public beach areas.
Anna Warwick Sears
Okanagan Basin Water Board
B.C.’s general hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.85 from $12.65, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders will all also increase, effective June 1, 2019.Regular increases to minimum wages are one way government is helping to make life more affordable for people, while providing the predictability and certainty that businesses need.
Effective June 1:
* general minimum wage will increase 9.5% to $13.85 per hour, an increase of $1.20 per hour.
* liquor server minimum wage will increase 11.4% to $12.70 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour.
* resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, will increase 9.5% to $831.45 for those who manage nine to 60 units (+ $33.32/unit), or $2,832.11 for 61 or more units.
* Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, will increase 9.5% to $110.87.
These wage increases for B.C.’s lowest paid workers are the second of four annual increases that will take place on June 1 of each year. Last year, the general minimum wage increased from $11.35.
The minimum piece rates for those who hand-harvest crops increased by 11.5% in January 2019.
A slide show, a few speeches, a question and answer session – all put on by the SOS Medical Foundation which is contributing $280 thousand dollars as an add on to a government project of fixing the ER at the Oliver Hospital
Speaking above is Carey Bornn – Executive Director of the Foundation.
Questions centred in on staff levels of doctors, wait times in Emerg….
No doctors were in the house today. Carl Meadows of IHA said once the renovations are complete he is confident that more doctors will desire to serve in the SOGH ER. He was asked about fee schedules but stated only that Doctors in Penticton are paid a salary and those in more rural areas – compensated on a fee for service basis. A couple of comments from the public about how waiting is onerous in a triage system where the patient in the most need gets attention and others no matter when they arrived may have to wait for hours. The assembled also praised the nurses and staff at the hospital for their care. Acute care manager Sara Evans explained all the changes which centred in on better integration of waiting rooms – one common area for admissions, ER and lab registration with less foot steps for those in need.
Nurse Theresa Fortune was the main speaker on the short video about the changes in the hospital.
(See engineering drawings elsewhere)
Only the Mayor of Osoyoos attended. No Mayor of Oliver, No chair of the Regional Hospital District nor any council members from Osoyoos or Oliver.
Oliver – Officers in Oliver, BC, capture man in stolen vehicle, who is suspected of committing a break enter. On May 27th, 2019, in the early morning hours, Officers responded to a report of a man observed fleeing from having allegedly committing a break and enter. The man was observed driving an older model Jeep Cherokee. The same man was also being sought for fleeing from Police in Penticton, earlier the same morning.
With assistance from unmarked RCMP units, Officers were able to catch up to the suspect male’s vehicle while he remained unaware he was being followed by the RCMP. Officers were able to safely
follow the man until he was driving on a road that a spike belt could be used safely to stop the vehicle.
The spike belt was successful, but unfortunately the man continued to drive on the bare rims, at a slow rate of speed. The male drove onto an (orchard across from the Osoyoos/Oliver Indian Band office) where he caused some property damage. The location revised to 6400 Block of Tucelnuit Drive.
When an Oliver RCMP Officer attempted to stop the man, the man used the stolen car he was driving to ram the RCMP vehicle. The man was eventually stopped at an address on Tucelnuit Rd, and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.
The man will be charged with multiple Criminal Code and driving offences.
Prepared by: Sgt. B.A. GERVAIS
Oliver Area Commander
Cst. James Grandy
Media Relations Officer
Apologies to readers – press release not given to me until today
The incident occurred in the 6400 Block of Tuc-el-nuit Drive
Cst. Matt Sinnett of the Oliver Detachment is seen in the picture above.
In a two to two vote – a move to scrap the idea for this year failed but the message was clear.
Senior staff need to provide better information on equipment reserves for the Oliver Fire Department.
The Fire Chief had requested that $25,000 be spent from reserves on a used Command Car.
A number of councillors concerned with the lateness of the request that came as a bit of a surprise – with senior management backing this request followed by the new Mayor.
But the majority of council said “we need more information”:
How much is in all reserves related to the Fire Department?
How are those reserves funded if there is no annual surplus in the operations account?
Could a review of all vehicular equipment come up with ways of having some trucks serving a dual purpose etc.
So until a comprehensive report is before council in the months ahead – no authorization has been given for the purchase of a command car.
Provincial grant $5 million
Help from Liberal government in Ottawa: zilch
Report from CFO Doug Leahy to Oliver Town Council on cost of borrowing if the Water Utility borrowed 5.5 million dollars and proceeded in 2020 to complete the Gallagher Lake syphon project (which means redirected the canal water north of Country Pines MHP into a large pipe on the highway and diverting all water around the cliffs.
Rates to all water Utility Users – rural and domestic and water parcel taxes would rise by 10% to fund the payments to the MFA for $5.5 million dollars.
Mayor Martin Johansen, when asked by a ratepayer, at Monday’s meeting said:
a. we have a lot of irons in the fire
b. we have met with everyone interested in hearing our plea
c. application for many millions in disaster relief filed in Ottawa
d. Oliver must confirm conditions of the $5 million grant from BC government
e. Oliver must contemplate ‘going it alone’ without federal support
f. If no federal funding approval prior to election (June or July) – the message would be clear
The Town of Oliver has applied to the Federal Government’s Disaster Mitigation & Adaptation Fund for the project cost of $22.3M.
If approved this project will require a maximum $8.38M contribution from the Town of Oliver. The Mayor has recently met with Mr. Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country to ascertain the status of the funding request from the Federal Government. To date there has not been any indication that federal funding will be forthcoming. The Provincial Government has committed $5M towards the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the irrigation canal that was damaged by the rock slide in 2016. This commitment was made by the previous government. Unless an action plan including design and construction is undertaken in short order the likelihood of the $5M commitment remaining in place is in jeopardy.
The project is anticipated to commence in late 2019 and complete in 2023/2024. During 2019-2020 it is projected that the bulk of the construction will take place. The Town can utilize short term financing (Section 181 of Community Charter) from the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA) during the construction phase of the contract.
This large engineering firm is proposing a two phase housing development at 5931 Airport street – just north of the BC Government’s Social Services building – behind the Oliver Place Mall.
1st phase 51 units in a low rise building – that could be constructed in a 12 month period once funding is in place and all civic approvals granted.
That would mean 33 single units and 18 two bedroom suites for:
Moderate income people
Low income people
Seniors on fixed incomes and
Some short stay suites for those working in the area on a temporary basis
The project once complete would be managed by a Housing Management Services company.
In a report to the Town – Ellis Don states:
The 2016 Census shows the Town of Oliver’s population to be 4,928 residents which represents a 2.2% increase in five years since 2011. The average age of residents is 51.4 years. The 65+ population represents 36.3 % of the total population and to contrast that the child and youth population (0 to 14 years) at 12.4%. These population characteristics represent a need for a variety of housing types in Oliver to adequately support the aging population and overall growth throughout the Town.
According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 2,155households throughout the District with 23.4% (505) as renters and 76.5% (1,650) owners. Expanding on the renter population, Statistics Canada shows that the average monthly shelter costs for rented dwellings is $877/month. Including owners and tenant households, those spending 30% or more of income on shelter costs is 21.6% of households, which places pressure on their other basic needs (e.g., food, transportation, clothing,
In contrast, 40.6% of tenant households spend 30% or more of their income on shelter costs, which illustrates greater level of pressure on their other basic needs.
A large delegation of residents of Arbour Lane went to council Monday to ask for help. A large delegation of residents of Arbour Lane went to council Monday to ask for help.
The residents asked why is the Town of Oliver issuing permits and extensions on the construction of a house that was started in the ’90’s.
Another question – people live there but there is no occupancy permit and no visible way of getting in the home or to allow emergency vehicles to gain access.
The town’s senior staff indicated they will look into it.
The home is located on Lakeshore Drive just south of Arbor Lane (6500 Block) The home is located on Lakeshore Drive just south of Arbor Lane (6500 Block)
In a brief to council residents stated the following:
“We believe that this has gone on too long and that the Town needs to take some sort of action. For as long as any of us can remember, our neighbour has been building a house and add-ons across the easement from us. He always appears to be making some slow progress but has not yet completed anything. The house, which is clad only in sun-damaged house wrap, is surrounded by excavations, half-completed concrete forms and exposed rebar. Surrounding that are piles of rubble, rubbish and derelict cars. We have no idea how he accesses the house as there are no stairs to any of the main level doors and we are concerned that emergency services would also have diﬃculty in the event of a medical emergency or ﬁre. We don’t know whether he has permits because he doesn’t display them in a conspicuous place as required by Bylaw and we wonder why he would be allowed to start a new phase of the project when he doesn’t appear to have completed the previous one.”
Citizen Survey – Proposed Format – Council received an update regarding the proposed format of the 2019 Citizens Survey to be conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. The survey will consist of an introduction, a screening to ensure local residency, and open ended opinion questions on various issues such as quality of life, community safety, and Town of Oliver services and infrastructure.
The telephone questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes with interviews commencing June 3rd. 100 residents will be polled to obtain a fair representation of the community.
Oliver Landfill Food Waste – Council directed staff to prepare a letter of support for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s grant application to the Organic Infrastructure Program for the development of a compost site at the Oliver Landfill. The Regional District appeared as a delegation before Council and presented information about food waste processing.
The project is estimated at $1.2 million dollars and will allow for the safe and effective composting of residential food waste, agricultural waste and yard waste. The grant will cover 2/3rds of the construction costs. The Town of Oliver will not be contributing financially to the project.
Gallagher Lake Siphon Report Project – Borrowing Capacity, Impact on Water Rates – Council received a report from the Chief Financial Officer providing additional information on
borrowing costs and the potential impact on water rates for the Gallagher Lake Siphon Repair project. This information was provided to Council in anticipation of the project proceeding and the impact it will have to water users.
Transfer of Lease – Airport Hangar #13 – To accommodate a change in ownership, Council agreed to the transfer of Hangar #13 from Kennedy to Holmes. The lease agreement in place between hangar owners and the Town requires consent of the Landlord for ownership changes.
Museum and Archives – Council supported a request from the Oliver & District Heritage Society Museum and Archives to provide a letter of support for their BC Heritage Legacy Fund grant application to repair and better insulate the museum’s windows.
From Barb Sabyan and Memory BC
The Oliver International Horse Show Society was formed in 1969 to provide an umbrella group to organize, manage and promote what had become the largest horse show in the province, and to make it a community day of celebration for Oliver. In 1964, at the request of the Oliver Riding Club (formed in 1949 and later known as the Oliver and District Riding Club), the Kinsmen helped stage the first international horse show. However, the growing involvement of service clubs and individuals made management of this event too difficult for them alone, and the Society was formed. Represented on the directorate were the Kinsmen, the Kiwanis, the Elks, the Royal Purple, the Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Coachmasters Car Club, the Hotel & Motel Owners’ Association, the Oliver Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporation of the Village of Oliver.
The Horseshow was governed by the national rules of Canada, the national Equestrian Federation of Canada, and the Canadian Horse Shows Association. Horse owners from Canada and the United States competed in this annual four-day event. Businesses featured horse-theme window displays and staff dressed in western style. Signs at each entrance to the town proudly proclaimed “Welcome to Oliver, Home of the International Horseshow”. The four-day event included almost every known class of Western and English riding as well as line classes for ten different breeds, cow-cutting, reining, dressage and jumper classes at night (which required that the hockey arena be filled with six inches of dirt and later cleaned up). To round out its largest show in the mid-70s, stables and practice space had to be provided for the no less than seven drill teams each of which had about twenty-four riders. Over a period of fifteen years the Horseshow grew in length to a whole week and to international importance, ranking third only to Vancouver and Calgary among the Western Canadian Equestrian shows.
In 1970 the Horseshow was honored by the Canada Festival of Sports with a four-star rating. It hosted the RCMP Musical Ride in 1977. When several key families left town and the clubs began to feel a drain of energy, the natural result was that the Horseshow became a two-day Quarterhorse show, the last one being held in 1978. The Desert Park Race Track bought the big stable building and set it up in Osoyoos at the track where it serves as a reminder of the great days of riding in Oliver, and meets the needs of today’s race track. Although the Oliver International Horse Show Society is no longer in existence, the Oliver and District Riding Club is still active at Desert Park which is now the centre of riding in the South Okanagan
There is a proposal to create a regional compost service at the Oliver dump site.
There will in the future be much discussion on this topic but with what I see and know I believe this is absolutely needed:
•The increase in food wet waste in this south Okanagan Is putting stress on the dump facilities now and without improvement will decrease the life span of the landfill.
•The feedlot had a compost site that would take in agricultural wastes. That facility was discontinued when the feedlot was sold and closed. This has created a need.
•As there has been a compost site there all along this is not a new use in the area.
•As the existing dump will have food waste removed from it and moved into the compost facility the odor controls that will be implemented should decrease the current odor levels.
•The dumpsite has sufficient land for this endeavor which will keep the cost down.
•It is likely that Osoyoos to O K falls would utilize this facility but that transport costs may not make it feasible for Penticton and north.
As with all undertakings there are pro’s and con’s but I believe that this is the best solution for a growing problem and the pro’s far outweigh the con’s.
Lions and Lioness assemble in light rain to celebrate Woof-stock – an annual event to raise funds for guide dogs. Joanne Bray, Lions Club – a bit disappointed with the turnout with only 3 dogs walking and maybe three more that decided to visit but move on.
Kids activities featured, Matt Duffis entertainment , Sun FM Osoyoos on hand and a small crowd of people, supporters and kids.
But few dogs. Lion’s Club will re-assess fund raising events and techniques for 2020.
Reserve – 101 hectares in size, north of Osoyoos Lake – must have permit to access. Established in 1980. Administered by BC Parks
Rd to Casorso Ranch east of Vaseux Lake is called DUTTON Creek Rd (some maps say Dulton others says McIntrye Creek Rd) Dutton Creek is name for creek higher up in the hills behind. Dutton Creeks flows into Vaseux Creek high up.
Vaseux Creek does not drain into Vaseux Lake but to the Okanagan River at the bridge south of McIntrye Bluff.
Andi-Zack Johnson and her husband Ken Johnson are coming home to Oliver visiting family and while here are performing at Medici’s May 31st. Tickets may be purchased at Medici’s at $25.00 each. Last year we sold out and many were left unable to buy a ticket. Be sure to get them now as time is running short.
This is an incredible chance to be entertained by this famous duo. Andi grew up in Oliver then followed her dream to Nashville. She has been a very successful singer and song writer. Andi has written songs recorded by artist such as Brothers Osborne, Josh Thompson, etc. Vince Gill recorded two of Andi’s songs with his daughter Jenny Gill for her debut album released in late 2016. Look for Andi’s song “Heart Shaped Locket” on Capital recording artist, Brothers Osborne’s Grammy winning debut album, Pawn Shop. Andi has also released her own CD called “Love Party”. This unique new CD features 11 songs all written on the ukulele
Ken’s songs have been recorded by many such as Vince Gill, Wayne Newton, etc. Recently “You Dream I’ll Drive”, “Summer and 16”, and “White Van” all of which reached the #1 spot with popular Texas artist Josh Grider. Ken along with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Tim Montana have created the theme song for a new major motion picture called American Dresser, starring Tom Beringer and Greta Gershon.
Ken and Andi are known as the popular new children’s music duo Huck and Lily. Their albums “There’s a Tree Growing in My Room” and “Sunshine” were coproduced with multi Grammy and Dove award winner Skidd Mills. Ken and Andi are also cast members of the hit television show and Ryan Seacrest production, “ I Love Kellie Pickler” on CMT which has aired for four seasons now.
So be sure to come and enjoy meeting Ken and Andi and enjoy their happy music. Medici’s is the place to spend a wonderful evening surrounded by music, art , beverages , food and camaraderie. See you there.
Several times I have written about getting old and dealing with the accompanying aches and pains but, really I do not see myself as old, just very mature!
Age, like everything else is relative. I also don’t see that I am too heavy, if I were six feet tall, I would be considered quite slender, the flab just doesn’t rearrange itself as well on my five foot seven frame.
When do we actually think we are old? When we first started thinking of selling our motel and just doing part time work, our eldest daughter started hinting that we should move back down to the coast, so she could look after us. We were aged 56 and 57 at the time and were not in the least amused at her thinking we needed looking after. We subdivided our lot, built a home on the back acre and built a commercial kitchen for our catering business, which we ran for the following seventeen years.
Watching the numerous advertisements for senior residences, it would appear that nobody living there is over seventy five. Pictures of happy, healthy people having fun, swimming, shopping and hitting golf balls on the putting green out front, look marvellous, but there is nobody walking with a cane or a walker. Dressed for dinner are lots of youthful people enjoying gourmet food, served by a chef in his tall hat.
The reality of any of the residences that I have visited is not like this at all. Nobody seems to be strolling outdoors or doing much of anything only sitting around, mostly snoozing. The only people walking are leaning on canes or pushing walkers and shuffling, not striding seems to be the usual way of getting around.
Come meal time and the chef is remarkably absent, instead overworked care aids are delivering meals to really elderly people wearing bibs. The well dressed people of the ads have been replaced by seniors in pale blue sweat suits and pink hair ribbons.
I’m sure that some of the more expensive residences do have younger people enjoying a better lifestyle but most of the people I know would not go into a residence until ill health forces the issue. Age may force us to downsize from our three bedrooms with a large yard but most of us would prefer to move to a smaller home than go into any kind of facility. If we can afford to pay someone to do the jobs that we can no longer manage, then staying independent is manageable.
However, if the time comes when our health keeps us indoors with no ability to get outdoors and enjoy visiting our friends, it is time to make a decision for the future before our children make the decision for us.
Several years ago one of my really elderly friends passed away, she was living in a facility and her room had to be emptied in 48 hours. He daughter lived abroad and we had previously made arrangements that I would empty the room when the time came. Luckily one of my own daughters was able to help me do the job so we took the truck to the facility and began to empty the room. The bed belonged to the building but the other furniture had to be taken down a long corridor, down two floors in an elevator, along another long corridor, out the front door and across the parking lot to the truck.
By the third or fourth trip carrying and shuffling along with the heavy pieces of furniture, my daughter said to me, in a very serious voice. “When you are ready for a home, we are buying you Rubbermade chairs and plastic drawers on casters”.
The moral of this story is always be nice to your children as they are the ones who will decide your future accommodation! I think that when my time comes, I will do what the Eskimos do, just go for a long walk in the snow and never come back.
Very recently, I had the opportunity to again observe our health care system at work and came away believing that the greatest threat comes from how we abuse it.
I was sent to an ER – not SOGH – on short notice by my GP to receive a transfusion comprising two units of whole blood. Because the ER was at capacity – really busy – I was parked in a reclining chair in the middle of the facility.
My GP called me just before noon and told me to go to the ER because of the results of tests conducted that same morning. I drove myself to the hospital, was pushed through the normal registration, waited outside the ER for about five minutes, went through the eight-hour procedure, and drove myself home as the sun was setting. Nine different medical professionals were involved in my care, some for a few minutes in total, some for a few minutes several times. Neither of the two MD’s on duty in the ER had either the time or the need to attend to me – if needed, they would have. I was hooked to an IV on one side and continuous monitoring technology on the other side. The system will pay. I will not have to pay any more than I already pay in taxes and premiums. This is a positive example of our health care system at work.
But, in my ringside seat that I could not leave, though I rested with my eyes closed most of the time, my ears were open. Three ambulance cases came in. One patient arrived on foot having been asked to return at a specific time for a specific treatment and, though he was four hours late, he was treated immediately upon arrival. Most of the others were being held in the waiting room, triaged, and seen accordingly. Some would spend the night, some were treated and released, some were reassured and released. One was given a requisition for tests and told when the facility was open for routine visits. One left by ambulance. One was taken by the mortician.
Compassionate as I am, I offered one of them my good finger – well, almost, but I wanted to. None were admonished. Some should have been.
Take the case of the teacher who was attended by an MD in a chair beside me – there being no beds. She complained bitterly that the hospital receptionist had the gall to remind her of the expense of an ER visit, and then she complained about having to wait outside the ER for three hours, and then she showed the doctor her finger that had been grabbed by one of her students earlier in the day. He was solicitous but not impressed. He was attentive but not concerned. He suggested an ice pack and self-monitoring but gave in to a demand for an x-ray to be done by a tech who would have to be called in given that it was now early evening. Awaiting the tech, the patient complained loudly enough for all to hear that the system was failing us – all of us.
Bullshit – you should know better. Thank goodness there were no children present.
A serious operation had put Marvin DeHaan into the Rochester, MN hospital for a fairly long recovery period. Used to being very active and busy he found the experience of being ‘set aside’ a bit of an ordeal. A friend sent him the following poem, author unknown.
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside
Into the shadows where we could confide;
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet though at first I rebelled,
But gently – so gently my cross he upheld.
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things.
Though weakened in body my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay;
He loved me so greatly He drew me away.
I needed the quiet, no prison my bed
But a beautiful valley of blessing instead;
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide,
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.
Being very busy isn’t always the best,
Two weeks ago Oliver Town Council rejected a quick purchase of a command car for the Fire Chief and asked for a comprehensive report from staff and the Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) on the need for such – since budget talks did not raise this issue a couple of months ago.
Staff now say there is ample funding in the Fire Department vehicle reserve. And supplied the following graph of other VFD in the region.
Let’s see how fast council rolls over on this one come Monday.
BTW – Osoyoos does NOT have a full time chief. The previous chief drove a pickup supplied by the Town.
The present Osoyoos Chief is a full time paramedic with BC Ambulance.
If you put the Oliver’s Duty Truck in the Command Vehicle category – Oliver ranks with Naramata and Summerland ahead of Osoyoos, Kaleden, Keremeos and Ok Falls.
My statement would be a comprehensive report of the need is not in evidence or supported. If the local fire chief goes to all calls then the duty truck is available. If there is a need for an on call duty officer they could be assigned the bush truck.