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Man who fled on foot to avoid arrest – back behind bars

massieWest Kelowna – Vincent MASSIE, who was wanted on outstanding warrants was taken into custody without incident last night at a residence in West Kelowna.

On November 12th members of the Kelowna RCMP Warrant Team were able to track Vincent Lorne MASSIE, wanted on outstanding warrants out of Kelowna, to a residence in Deep Creek near Salmon Arm.

Immediately upon seeing police, MASSIE fled the residence on foot, evading a coordinated police effort to bring him into custody. He remained at large for a week.

MASSIE is wanted on two Warrants for Resisting Arrest, Forcible Confinement, and Assault.

MASSIE is described as:
•Caucasian male
•44 years
•5 ft 5 in (165 cm)

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Locals involved

smallThe Small Business B.C. Awards is accepting nominations and already a few local businesses and entrepreneurs have been recognized for their contributions and achievements.

Nominations and votes will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2014 and is open to all new and existing businesses registered in B.C. with fewer than 50 employees. The Top 10 businesses with the most votes in each award category will move on to the next stage of the contest.

So far, So Country with Dennis Walker and White Kennedy LLP are the only Penticton businesses nominated in various categories. Also representing the South Okanagan is Jane Long, a chartered accountant from Osoyoos who is nominated for best concept, premier’s people’s choice and best emerging entrepreneur.

Winners will recieve the Premier’s Prize of $1,500 cash, a one-year-All-Access Pass to Small Business B.C. education and experts, business mentorship form the award sponsor and the honour of being named a top B.C. small business.

To nominate a business or find out more, visit sbbcawards.ca.

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Mary Fry – bringing the spirit of Christmas to your window

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Shake up at Castanet

trevorNews Editor Trevor Rockliffe has left the building.

When contacted tonight – his comment “tell the masses I’ve left to write a book – that part is true – it will be done by January”.

Rockliffe started his journalism career as program director of the school radio station and Editor of the school news paper at Centennial High in Coquitlam.

Graduated BCIT with a diploma in Broadcast Journalism and opened his own video production company for news and corporate videos.

He became the Program Director for Shaw Cable in Kelowna/Kamloops and completed his Bachelor Degree in Journalism at TRU in Kamloops.

Before coming to Castanet as the News Director Trevor worked as a video journalist for CTV for three years covering the interior of BC.

Rockliffe has been replaced by Wayne Moore.

Picture source: Castanet

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Chamber leaders elected to higher office

petra-and-jimNewly elected town councillors Petra Veintimilla (SOCC director) and Jim King (SOCC Treasurer) at  Wednesday’s  Network Night at Stoneboat Vineyards.

Thanks to www.osoyoosdailynews.com

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Milfoil machine vandalized at Osoyoos

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 With only weeks left to rototill milfoil in Osoyoos Lake before winter freeze-up, vandalism and theft from one of the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s (OBWB) machines has effectively stopped efforts to control the invasive weed in the South Okanagan Lake.

“It’s really unfortunate,” said OBWB Office and Projects Manager James Littley. “The Water Board is already limited by environmental work windows and has added extra operator hours, during the work time available, to try and remove as much milfoil as possible.  All of this is in an effort to ensure we have less of the troublesome weed in the lake for the upcoming summer and tourist season.”

Rototilling is the most effective method of controlling the weed since it deroots the plant, allows it to float to the surface, and die. However, rototilling is only an option in the winter, explained Littley.  It can’t be done in summer since the plant will re-root in warmer conditions.  Instead, in the summer, the Water Board harvests (mows) the weed and only to a depth of about 6 feet. This is really more an esthetic treatment, he added.

This incident will delay rototilling at least a few days to allow staff to repair the machine and replace specialized safety equipment.  It is unclear the cost of the damage and lost equipment at this time.  The incident has been reported to Osoyoos RCMP.

Anyone with information contact Osoyoos RCMP at (250) 495-7236.

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Good news? – $6 saving for us

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, a consistent rate of $3.781/gigajoule will be phased in over three years for all customers in BC except those in Fort Nelson.

Energy utility FortisBC is preparing to introduce a common provincial rate for natural gas, resulting in some customers seeing an annual savings of more than $200.

The company says the change means that its customers in Whistler will save about $212 every year on their natural gas bills, while those in Revelstoke will see a decrease of about $154.

Customers on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River will pay about $98 less annually, while customers everywhere else, including the Okanagan, will only save about $6 per year of a decrease of one per cent.

The estimates are based on average residential use in each area, with storage and transport rates also be slightly lessened which factors into the decrease.

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Winter in Wine Country – Oliver and Osoyoos

Winter in Wine Country celebrates the ethereal beauty of the winter months in the region with individual events taking place at 27 wineries including food pairings and Christmas carols, special tasting room opportunities and fabulous displays of Christmas lights.

Join them to celebrate winter on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th and 30th. Back by popular demand is the Winter in Wine Country Weekend Passport.

Collect stamps from participating wineries as you tour over the weekend. Once you have received 6 stamps, you are eligible to win an Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Case prize!

Bonus draws for extra visits. On Saturday night, the Rosé Revolution offers guests the opportunity to taste Rosé’s from 17 different wineries with fabulous food pairing stations, live music and a people’s choice award. 

Guide yourself through the weekend or make use of some of the local touring options.

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Move over Santa

mustache one22The Oliver Fire Department Movember Drive-Thru Breakfast has been moved from November 29th to Sunday November 30th.

We didn’t want to compete with Santa’s Breakfast at the community centre since we couldn’t possibly compete with the big guys facial hair…. also we didn’t want him to give us coal in our stockings!

The OFD Drive-Thru breakfast will be held on Sunday Nov 30th from 7-10 am (or while supplies last so come early) a suggested donation of $5 per breakfast bag is suggested.

We hope to see you there.

Movember elf Scott Schaffrick

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Yes – it’s on our “to do” list

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Updated info – Official results on Oliver voter turnout

linda and petra221298 people voted in the Oliver Town election last Saturday for 4 councilors.

36.3% of the 3572 eligible voters based on Stats Canada information

Top vote getter – Petra Veintimilla , Councillor-elect received almost 69.2 percent of the votes.

Top vote getter 3 years ago – Linda Larson received 62% of the votes.

To sit on council winning candidates had to have 58 percent of the voters or more.

145 votes separated the 1st and 4th place finisher in 2014 – 79 in 2011.

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Star fails to show

adamHeadliner Adam Fitzpatrick couldn’t make to a multiple performer tribute show in Oliver at the Frank Venables Theatre Sunday.

Family matter suffice to say. Crowd told the exact reason.

Promoter Mike Schell says crowd of 252 disappointed but the show went on with most pleased with the entertainment content.

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Protest today in Penticton

B.C’s Native Courtworkers issued 72 hour strike notice to their employer to call attention to the B.C. government’s discriminatory wage policies, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) said today.

Native Courtworkers, who help Aboriginal clients navigate the criminal court system, receive significantly less pay and benefits than workers performing similar jobs in the public service, says the union.

At the heart of the workers’ dispute is the failure of the B.C. government to bring these workers into the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) Aboriginal bargaining unit when it was created in 2003. Had it done so, the workers would be paid much more.

The starting wage for a Native Courtworker is only $31,800 a year, compared to $45,100 for a comparable classification under the Aboriginal Services agreement. Also, Native Courtworkers only receive partial benefits compared to the Aboriginal Services agreement.

penticton law courts1Workers in this bargaining unit also haven’t had a wage increase in five years, and have only seen a 9 per cent pay increase since 2002. Meanwhile, the inflation rate rose 18 per cent in that time, which has eroded their purchasing power.

The BCGEU represents 36 members employed by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, who provide court services and counselling to Aboriginal citizens in 20 communities across British Columbia.



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Appies and wine social

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hankPetersen, Hank

Apr 11, 1925 – Nov 14, 2014
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Henry (Hank) Petersen born on April 11, 1925 in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and died on November 14, 2014 in Oliver, BC. Hank was predeceased by his parents Karla and Christian Petersen and his older brother, Carl Christian Petersen.

Henry is survived by his loving soulmate of  58 years, Joan Margaret Petersen, his six children, Christian, Paul (Donna), Michael ( Louisa), Katharine (David), Karen (Stephen), and Terrence (Dee) and his adored grandchildren: Ryan, Anne-Marie, David, Ian, Samantha, Sean, Graeme, Matthew, Mark, Laura, Jenelle, Shay and Simon.

Henry spent his childhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, and served in the Danish underground movement during WW2 as a young man.  In 1950 he journeyed to Ontario, Canada to study rural farming techniques. The lure of the west coast enticed him and he first worked at Wood Fibre Pulp Mill before becoming a salmon fisher with his own troller.  After the loss of his vessel during a heavy storm off Texada Island, he pursued a career in education.

Henry spent one year at Normal School in Vancouver and began his career at SOSS, teaching senior social studies. He became a Canadian Citizen in 1955, and moved to Oliver where he fell in love with Nurse Joan Ryan.  They were married in December 1956 in the Chapel of St. Martin’s Hospital. He was appointed Vice-Principal of the school in Osoyoos and the Vice-Principal of the Oliver Elementary School. In 1973 Hank was selected as Principal of OES, where he served for the next fifteen years until retiring in 1988.  He inspired and enriched the lives of students which earned him the respect of many. Hank was a man of enormous integrity.

Henry was a consummate gentleman. He was an outdoor enthusiast, and a keen athlete with a deep appreciation for the arts.  His favourite times were spent sharing his passions with his family. He will be dearly missed.

At the  rising of the sun and at its setting,
We remember him.
As long as we live, he too will live
For he is now a part of us,
As we remember him.

He served as a volunteer on the board of the Southern Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living (SOAICL).   In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that donations may be made to SOAICL (Box138, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0).

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 A.M. Friday November 21, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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are speed, distraction, and alcohol and drugs.

Of the 269 people killed in the last year in British Columbia, speed was a contributing factor in 78 deaths, distracted driving in 77, and alcohol and drugs in 63.

And that doesn’t account for the hundreds and thousands of family
members and friends who suffered – and are still suffering – that loss.

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Stark reality – pictured history – Dustin Lesmeister

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Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, arriving in May 1940. Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish question”. Transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over Europe.

1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, 90 percent of them Jewish

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