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She was still in bed but could smell bacon cooking through the open window. He was at the grill on the deck. They were renting a cabin, on a small lake not far from the city but enough space to give them both a little vacation time. What is it about being outdoors and bacon sizzling in a pan? She inhaled deeply savouring the bacon smell and the freshness of the morning.
“I’ll be right with you, honey,” she called out.
She padded to the bathroom and hurriedly freshened up whilst donning a t-shirt and shorts. And there he was – the love of her life cooking up breakfast, as well had coffee ready.
“Ah, this is the life,” she said smiling at him.
He returned her smile while glancing appreciatively at her legs. Cabin dress was a long way from their everyday city clothes.
“How about a walk through the forest after breakfast?” he asked.
“Sure and then a swim later.” she responded.
They ate leisurely and sipped their coffee in a companionable silence. She was thinking back to when they were much younger and he came calling on her wearing black leather shorts, a short sleeved beige shirt and a black beret perched smartly on his head to cover his pre-mature baldness. He met her parents for the first time then and she was remembering her father being taken aback by his attire. She knew she would marry him one day. And she did.
The years flew by and here they were in their mid-forties enjoying their togetherness. They had decided to be childless and concentrate on their careers, the arts and travels. Many places had beckoned and their home was filled with artworks and travel reminders. He was a successful lawyer and often worked evenings to facilitate their expensive out of country travels. As a registered nurse, she worked nights when scheduled and often picked up an extra shift, thus adding to their travel funds. They had an idyllic lifestyle.
They were now nude, swimming in the lake and laughing. He suggested they dry off and go back to the cabin for some wine. The air was cooler now so he lit the small wood stove. The wine cork popped as did a can of beans. Their planned dinner was beans with bacon sandwiches but first a toast to each other, the warmth of the stove and the stars coming out. A perfect ending to their day. He poured them both another glass of wine. She was feeling mellow and a bit sleepy thinking of making love with him later.
Suddenly, he said tersely, “We need to talk.”
What had caused this reversal from romance to his serious stance? She waited.
“I want a divorce,” he declared.
“What? Are you serious?”
“Never more so, I thought this little getaway would revive old feelings but it’s not happening for me. I hate to hurt you but we are both young enough to move on.”
“You can’t mean this. Is there someone else?”
She thought back to his countless evening meetings, her convenient away from home night shifts. Was marriage not love and trust?
“Yes, I have met someone but I don’t know where it is going only that I want to be free.”
They left for home the next day. He went to his office and she packed up some clothes and went to her parent’s place for a few days, while she thought things over. Her mother was sympathetic and held her while she cried out her misery. Her father was home and beside himself to see his daughter so distraught. He didn’t know what to do.
“Mother will make us some lunch,” he said. “We will have some tea with honey and maybe a little nap.”
Her mother soon arrived with a tray of sandwiches. They were a combo of cooked bacon and tomato slices.
The bacon offered her a flashback to the cabin and her then innocence watching him cooking it.
She went into a new upheaval of weeping, excused herself and went to her room. Holding her head in her hands, she tried to dispel the image of him cooking at the cabin. When would this nightmare end? The smell of bacon frying permeated the room.
The Oliver & District Heritage Society has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Heritage BC to help restore all of the original wood windows on the Oliver Museum.
The 1924-era building’s windows are in sore need of repair, as missing putty, cracked panes, and chipped and flaking paint are causing temperature fluctuations inside the building. Upstairs temperatures in particular are often extreme, which places artifacts at risk of damage. The grant funding, which comes from Heritage BC’s Heritage Legacy Fund, will be used along with a donation from the late Carolyn Cope to repair wood and glass and install missing trim and weather-stripping on all of the Museum’s remaining windows. Five windows on the building’s front and west side were restored this spring. The remainder will be completed in April 2020.
Gerry Plante’s Carpentry Ltd. is completing the work following the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, a document with guidelines for restoring heritage buildings. The guide specifies among other things that there should be minimal change to original materials.
The grant will help to preserve the heritage building for future generations. It will also produce a better environment for artifacts, helping the ODHS to better serve Oliver and preserve its history.
Source: Lamplighter – ODHS
On November 14 at 11:00am, police officers from the South Okanagan Targeted Enforcement Unit observed a woman they knew to be prohibited from driving in the driver’s seat of a black car with a stolen licence plate. They also recognized a man in the passenger seat as one who had been released from jail one week earlier with a condition not to be in a motor vehicle. Upon seeing the police, the woman and man fled in the vehicle.
Officers later located the vehicle and occupants in Oliver and followed from a distance as it travelled south to Osoyoos. They took a back road on the east side of Osoyoos Lake in an effort to evade police however their vehicle became stuck in sand. They then fled on foot south on the shores of Osoyoos Lake.
Officers from Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, South Okanagan Traffic Services and Police Dog Services convened in the area. After a lengthy search, police dog Haro and his handler Cpl Jason Goodfellow located the two hiding in bushes.
The BC Prosecution Service has laid one count of breach of probation on the man, Shane Pope of Penticton and one count each of flight from police, dangerous driving and drive while prohibited on the woman, Connie Clarke of Oliver.
The great work and coordinated efforts of the South Okanagan regional detachments and Haro were paramount in this incident ending with the arrest and charges and no injuries, says Sgt Jason Bayda.
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council came away with a bit of a financial win this morning in a joint meeting with three representatives of the regional district.
One of the issues for discussion was the funding formula for the Visitor Information Centre run by the Oliver Tourism Association (OTA).
The current model sees the town pay half of the $56,000 annual budget out of business licence revenues. The other half is split 50/50 between the town and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), meaning the town pays 75 per cent of the total.
After some good-natured banter, the two sides agreed informally that starting next year the split would be 55 per cent for the town and 45 per cent for the RDOS, which is the same assessment-based formula that is used for other shared-service agreements.
The agreement, which will see the town portion drop from $42,000 to $31,000, will be formalized during budget discussions.
The regional district was represented by Area C Director Rick Knodel, chief administrative officer Bill Newell and community services manager Mark Woods.
Oliver Councillor Dave Mattes suggested the whole funding question could become academic once the planned hotel tax is implemented in the next year or two, with revenues flowing to the OTA. Some estimates put the potential income from the proposed Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) at $90,000 for Oliver alone.
Town chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan pointed out, however, that revenues from the MRDT are only allowed to be used for new initiatives and so the visitor centre would not be eligible for such funding.
There is a time-sensitivity to resolving the OTA funding process since the agreement among the parties expires at the end of this year.
The other item on the agenda concerned the relationship among the regional district, the town and the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
The society runs the facilities on behalf of the town and RDOS and the costs are shared between the two levels of government.
Oliver council was concerned about two issues and asked for the meeting to discuss them:
- The details of the agreement covering the provision of recreational services, over which, according to council there has been some confusion and misunderstanding; and
- Clarity around the responsibilities and authority over capital financial management of the recreational facilities, particularly the arena, the pool and the community centre.
Initially, Knodel took the position that the agreement is working just fine and “I don’t see a reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater. … I think it’s working very well.”
Oliver Mayor Martin Johansen, however, pointed out there is “lots of vagueness in the language” of the agreement and he would like to see more clarity.
In the end, the meeting agreed to two parks and rec action items:
- Newell will arrange a governance review workshop involving all the stakeholders – the town, RDOS, the parks and recreation society and its board – to get everyone on the same page around how decisions are made. It will also include a review of the agreement and its terms, possibly leading to clarification of some of the language.
- Mark Woods will look at the asset management needs at the facilities and at the capital planning process going out not over one year, but over five- and 10-year time spans.
The parks and rec actions will likely occur in February and March of next year, Johansen said, since the five-year parks and rec agreement still has one more year to run.