Three years ago the Daniel Gervais Trio performed here and anyone at that concert will be rushing back for more. High spirits and fun are guaranteed when the trio hits the Venables Theatre stage Friday, December 4th, at 7:30 pm. Daniel is Canada’s Grand Master Fiddle Champion and he is joined by guitarist Clinton Pelletier and Keith Rempel on Bass for a eclectic and entertaining mix of jazz, classical, bluegrass, country, old time, ragtime and Celtic music. Three years ago they had the South Okanagan Concert Society audience on their feet clamoring for more. Full command of the music combined with spontaniety and high energy appeals to all ages and musical tastes. Daniel is also a master at engaging everyone prior to each piece with fascinating bits of history of the genres and styles.
Flex tickets are on sale at Beyond Bliss in Oliver, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door. The four admission pass is entirely flexible and admissions can be used together or in any combination. Single admissions are $20 and those 17 and under are welcome to attend concerts free. The venue is wheelchair accessible and those in the Oliver/Osoyoos area requiring transportation can call Maureen at 250 495 7978.
Daniel’s ability as a classical violinist was broadly recognized in 2002 when he attained the highest mark in Canada from the Royal Conservatory for his Gr. 8 Strings exam. A little older now, he has a Masters degree in Music and an active portfolio of performance, recording and teaching. His talents are not one dimensional. He moves from traditional fiddle music to classical violin and to entertaining, story telling and composing. He has toured North America and France.
Clint Pelletier is and outstanding free lance guitarist not content with just playing chords in the background. He has the skills to put the guitar on an even footing with the violin and together with Daniel their Gypsy Jazz explorations are reminisent of Belgian guitar virtuoso, Django Rheinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grappelli. Clint has initiated several bands, released many recordings, and is tracing his French Canadian roots through stories and music.
Perhaps the most amazing musician in the trio is Keith Rempel, a professional electric and upright bassist, currently residing in Edmonton. Blind since birth,
Keith has never seen the notes on a sheet of music. He is a graduate from the Grant MacEwan College of Music and is known for his perfect pitch and talent with vocal harmonies. He says, “In one way, blindness can be an advantage because I have to pick things up by hearing it and then memorize it. When you know something from memory, you perform a lot better.” Indeed. This is exactly what he does!
Chase the winter blues and come out Friday, Dec. 4th, for an evening of lively upbeat music. The Daniel Gervais Trio, devoted to excellence, loves what they do best. It shows and the feeling is contagious!
I’ve always enjoyed the company of animals, not so much chickens of which we had a flock, but of cats and dogs. Later on in life I learned to enjoy horses. I went so far as to take riding lessons one summer in the late 1990’s.
In primary school, grade three to be exact, I came across some kittens on the playground during recess. I wasn’t the only one who saw those cute little fur balls. I don’t know if I picked out the black one or if that was the only one left, but I didn’t mind for I got the shiniest and cutest one!
We knew recess was coming to an end so we surrounded the kittens with tumble weeds to contain them until we could see them again at lunch time.
I worried over my kitten all through class. When the lunch bell went I hurried through my meal and saved some for my new pet. As soon as I could I dashed over to tumble weed enclosure hoping that my little black kitten was still there.
And guess what? It was there! With great relief I gave it some of my lunch and it ate it out of my hand. That was fun! One of the other boys brought an empty tin can he found somewhere and filled it with water for the kittens.
We played with them through lunch, contained them again until school was over for the day. At that point each of us took a kitten and went our separate ways.
I tried to get on the school bus, but the driver said no dice! I wasn’t about to give up my prize just because I’d have to walk three miles home. I tucked my cat into my shirt and headed north.
I don’t remember the trip home but on a previous occasion when I fled from a beating by two town boys and began to walk home I was picked up by my neighbor Charley Jardine. Such may have been the case with my new cat because the trip was uneventful.
When Auntie Kay saw my kitten she initially didn’t want it, especially when she discovered it was a female! But she gave in when I pleaded with her. Wally was okay with the addition to our family and named her Anthracite. Wally was creative when it came to naming.
After a year of being with us, Anthracite gave birth to several kittens. I don’t remember where the little ones went. Before Anthracite was two years old, her wanderings across the busy highway 97 led to her demise. A cat is no match for a vehicle.
Wally found her body by the side of the highway, picked her up, and buried her in the orchard. After that I didn’t want another cat. I think Wally missed the company of a pet because in the spring of the next year one of our neighbors gave us a puppy. That is a story for another day.
Photo by Sandra Smith
Part Two – Scotland
A few weeks ago we were to go on a river cruise, through Europe, but first I spent two weeks with my cousin, in Scotland.
Cousin Lee lives in a very remote corner of southern Scotland, just a few miles from the border. Her home is located between Lockerby, scene of a horrible plane crash several years ago, and Gretna Green. Gretna is the first village over the English/Scottish border and, years ago, was the favourite place for young English couples to elope to as the legal age to marry, without parental consent, was 16. In England the age of consent was 21 so many young people fled to Scotland to tie the knot. It is now a tourist attraction but still a popular place to get married, in fact, my youngest daughter got married there, not be eloping but by booking it over the internet. Old fashioned venue brought up to date.
Lee’s home is in the “Y” where a country lane forks into two, she is surrounded by fields of cows. Quite often the cows are moved from one field to another, this means the road is blocked for a while as the cows are herded along the road. They have to walk round the corner, where Lee’s cottage is located and, quite often take detours through Lee’s garden.
As you can imagine, they make a heck of a mess, so Lee has arranged various pieces of fencing to stop the cows taking the detour.
There are also may horse owners in the area so frequently horses and riders trot by. Most of the other traffic consists of large tractors and other farm equipment. As the roads are really narrow, meeting and passing another vehicle is nerve racking. One of the vehicles has to pull right over to the side of the road, which involves running right up to the hedge and driving through six inches of mud.
One of the vehicles that you do not really want to meet up with is the Muck Spreader.
I’m sure this vehicle has a more technical name, but to most farm folk it is called the muck spreader. It does exactly what it’s name explains, it throws manure. The vehicle drives slowly up the road, close, to the edge and flings manure out, into the field beyond. Trouble is most fields are surrounded by hedges and these catch much of the stuff being flung. This leaves strings of stinky stuff hanging off the hedges, which is unpleasant to look at and extremely smelly. The idea is to fertilize the fields whilst getting rid of the heaps of manure, from inside the cowsheds, that has accumulated over the winter indoors.
Lee’s cottage was originally built as a “Butt and Ben”. This means a small, one room cottage, built out of field stone which served for a home for a shepherd or field worker. Over the years the cottage has been added onto and is now a neat little two bedroom home where Lee and her mom and dad lived for many years.
The home is now fully modernized with an up to date kitchen that houses a super gas stove with six burners and three ovens, however, where the house is sadly lacking is the heating system.
In Britain there is a system of heating called storage heaters. These take in electricity during off peak hours, store the heat in bricks and then release the heat over the rest of the day. However, it is really just a back up system and requires additional heating to supplement it. Lee doesn’t have this. She is a very hardy soul and wears a tee shirt, outdoors, right through winter. I have photographs of her, vacationing here, and she is stood in her tee shirt surrounded by the rest of the family wearing full winter garb.
I am not made of such stern stuff and need my creature comforts so, when vacationing at Lee’s home, I wear winter gear, even in summer. The weather outside may be warm and sunny but inside it is always cold. One morning in winter, I got up to find the bananas frozen and had to put mine in the oven, to warm up.
Sleeping at Lees is a problem. If Dave is there I have him to cuddle but, I usually go there alone and it is a struggle to keep warm in bed. I wear a winter weight nightie, a sweater, a fleece robe, another sweater, worn like pants, with my legs down the sleeves and woolly socks. I still shiver. The house seems to breathe out cold, damp air and keeping warm is so hard.
I love my visits with Lee but was glad when it was time to head to the airport for the next leg or our journey.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Game 7. 8:00 – 9:45 am
KELOWNA T4 vs KAMLOOPS
RESULT: KAMLOOPS beat KELOWNA T4 by a score of 7 to 3
Game 8. 8:00 – 9:45 AM (OSOYOOS)
MERRITT vs NORTH DELTA
RESULT: MERRITT beat NORTH DELTA by a score of 7 to 2
Game 9. 10:00 – 11:45 am
LANGLEY vs PENTICTON
RESULT: PENTICTON beat LANGLEY by a score of 7 to 4
Game 10. 10:00 – 11:45 am (OSOYOOS)
KELOWNA T3 vs SALMON ARM
RESULT: KELOWNA T3 beat SALMON ARM by a score of 6 to 0
Game 11. 12:00 – 1:45 pm
SOUTH OKANAGAN vs CHILLIWACK
RESULT: SOUTH OKANAGAN tied CHILLIWACK – score 4 to 4
Game 12. 12:00 – 1:45 pm (OSOYOOS)
COQUITLAM vs WEST KELOWNA
RESULT: COQUITLAM beat WEST KELOWNA by a score of 7 to 4
Game 13. 2:00 – 3:45 pm
KAMLOOPS vs MERRITT
RESULT: MERRITT beat KAMLOOPS by a score of 5 to 2
Game 14. 2:00 – 3:45 pm (OSOYOOS)
NORTH DELTA vs KELOWNA T4
RESULT: NORTH DELTA beat KELOWNA T4 by a score of 7 to 5
Game 15. 4:00 – 5:45 pm
KELOWNA T3 vs PENTICTON
RESULT: KELOWNA T3 tied PENTICTON – score 2 to 2
Game 16: 4:00 – 5:45 pm (OSOYOOS)
SALMON ARM vs LANGLEY
RESULT: LANGLEY beat SALMON ARM by a score of 8 to
Game 17: 6:00 – 7:45 pm
SOUTH OKANAGAN vs WEST KELOWNA
RESULT: SOUTH OKANAGAN beat WEST KELOWNA by a score of 8 to 2
Game 18: 8:00 – 9:45 pm
CHILLIWACK vs COQUITLAM
RESULT: COQUITLAM beat CHILLIWACK by a score of 7 to 6
Oliver Crime Watch / Speed Watch statistics from Friday the 13th of November.
Time 2:52 pm to 3:53 pm
Location: Fairview road in front of the South Okanagan Secondary School (FVT) entrance
Traffic: East and Westbound
Duration: 1 hour and 1 minute
Posted Speed limit: 30kph (school zone)
Many school children present, most using crosswalks.
Total number of vehicles checked with radar: 181
Vehicles At or Below the 30KPH speed limit: 53
Vehicles at up to 20kph over the limit: 109 (just under 2 per minute)
Vehicles at 21kph plus over the limit: 19 (one about every 3 minutes)
Highest Speed Recorded 74kph (44kph over the school zone speed limit)
Many driver’s failed to stop at stop signs located at the exit of the school parking lot and Gala/Fairview Road intersection.
One driver speeding and on a cell phone.
One driver squealing tires in the school parking lot with many children present.
Oliver Crime Watch is looking for new members, apply in at the Oliver RCMP detachment.
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Building physical strength by lifting weights or using your own bodyweight can benefit people of ALL AGES & may be especially important for those with health issues. Lifting weights will NOT make you bulky, unless you are specifically training for it. So WOMEN… this is for you too!
Strength training is not only useful to get Strong(er) but also helpful for getting fit & losing fat.
Building strength is great for bone health & improving or maintaining muscles. In some circumstances bone loss can even be reversed when a regular routine of lifting weights or using your own body weight is incorporated into your week.
Posture, balance & coordination is another benefit to regular weight training. This is a great protection against falling.
Do you have difficulty carrying your groceries? Do you have dogs or cats yet need assistance with their big bag of food or litter? What about the grandkids? Do you avoid picking them up because you’re afraid to hurt yourself or you know you just don’t have the strength anymore? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then strength training is definitely something you’ll want to try!
Strength training will give you more energy & improve your mood :) Beats taking a happy pill! A better quality sleep & overall quality of life is to be expected. As older adults, building strength will ensure your independence much longer.
You don’t need expensive equipment or a gym membership. All you need is your body. Oliver now has the outdoor fitness equipment at Lions Park which is free! So bring a friend or two & have some fun while building strength!
We need to give our muscles time to rest, so it’s best to leave a day in between lifting weights.
Learn to Love to Lift!
To get ripped is to exercise your upper body so that the muscle definition is really obvious, especially on the abs. To get ripped off to be cheated upon, as in someone stole something from you. Having a ripping good time is to have a really over the top good time. A rip is a tear generated by tension, pulling apart. A rip cord is what you pull in order to open your parachute. To rip along is to go fast
The initials RIP represent Rest In Peace and are sometimes seen engraved on grave stone markers. I suppose the person may have ripped through life and then life was ripped away, or maybe that person died gently. Did you know that when you buy yard goods of cloth that the correct way to get you your piece is to start a small rip with scissors and then rip all the way along the cloth to the end?
In carpentry there are two basic ways to cut a piece of wood. If I cut it along the grain I use a rip saw which has a more coarse set of teeth. When I load a CD into my computer disc drive one option that I am offered is to rip it (rather than simply play it) meaning to take a copy. To rip is to take. It is a rough action often associated with violence and speed. To let rip is to leave unchecked, to let lose
In similar fashion to when I rip into a meal after a long hard working day, I may sometimes rip into a situation. I assume stuff and decide I am going to be helpful and fix things but all I do is rip things apart, cause trouble, disrupt what was starting to work without my intervention. Oh, that kind of rip. I can rip out a vicious accusation but not likely rip out a kind word. What do you rip?
When waves meet an outgoing current from a stream (for instance) we find rip currents as the two opposing flows meet. On the surface we may see ripples. In this case there is neither speed nor violence, just nature blending the opposing energies. Wouldn’t that be just so great, to seek to establish rip currents when conflict arises in relationships? Blending instead of tearing sounds good to me
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One Drop of Water
One drop is all that it takes. Our perspective on the critical value of water can change with insight into what one drop contains. Each molecule is designed in a way that accomplishes astounding things. Let’s have a peek.
In a university chemistry class it was explained that the two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom that make up the water molecule combine in a way that is crucial to our survival. The two hydrogen atoms attach to the oxygen at a 104.5 degree angle. “So what,” you may say. This configuration mandates several results because of the resulting polarity. Almost all other liquids contract when they freeze. Water will expand. This has been evident every time water freezes in a bottle, or in a hose, or in a car radiator, and breaks it. “That is not crucial to our survival,” you may reply. Right, but this expansion also makes ice lighter than liquid water. That is why ice floats. Think of what would happen if water conctracted when it froze into ice. It would be heavier than water (a greater specific gravity) and sink. The bottom of lakes, ponds and rivers would end up with layers of ice and kill the animals and plants in it. The sun’s rays would have difficulty melting it and soon the whole ecosystem would be devastatingly affected.
Another result of this configuration is that it produces capillary action. This is the power of water to actually climb up the capillary tubes of a tree all the way to the top leaves. Without this trees and plants would die. They don’t have a pump. Every day many tons of water bring nutrients to the tops of the trees by this action. Evaporation through the leaves adds to needed humidity in the air.
We take the solvent capacity of water for granted. How is it that the most abundant fluid on earth is also the best solvent. It can dissolve and use a myriad of substances. We rely on that every time we wash something, make coffee, dissolve a powder or a multitude of other actions. Add to this the capacity of water to exist as solid, liquid or gas. This allows for the water cycle that depends on evaporation, condensation and precipitation to continuously cleanse and distribute water over the face of the earth. It keeps the rivers flowing and plant life watered.
Because of the polarity of the water molecule the cohesion between water molecules is greater than their adhesion to the air. This creates something like an elastic film on the water called surface tension. That’s why water striders and some other insects can walk on water. If carefully handled you might even succeed in making a paper clip float.
All of this did not happen by chance as the theory of evolution claims. It was designed by a very intelligent and very caring Supreme Being to meet our needs. One drop of water is enough to convince me.
We are truly on the sunny side of things,
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Game1 1:30 – 3:15 pm
KELOWNA T4 vs MERRITT
RESULT: MERRITT beat KELOWNA T4 by a score of 4 to 1
Game 2. 3:30 -5:15 pm
KAMLOOPS vs NORTH DELTA
RESULT: KAMLOOPS beat NORTH DELTA by a score of 6 to 2
Game 3 .5:30 – 7:15 pm (OSOYOOS)
LANGLEY vs KELOWNA T3
RESULT: LANGLEY beat KELOWNA T3 by a score of 3 to 1
Game 4. 5:30 – 7:15 pm
PENTICTON vs SALMON ARM
RESULT – PENTICTON beat SALMON ARM by a score of 4 to 1
Game 5. 7:30 – 9:15 pm (OSOYOOS)
WEST KELOWNA vs CHILLIWACK
RESULT – WEST KELOWNA tied CHILLIWACK by a score of 4 to 4
Game 6 7:30 – 9:15 pm
SOUTH OKANAGAN vs. COQUITLAM
RESULT – SOUTH OKANAGAN beat OQUITLAM a score of 8 to 3
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Congratulations to store manager Brian Fry and the entire Buy-Low Foods – Osoyoos team on the receipt of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos ‘Unsung Hero Award’, given to the business operator who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Rotary calls those chosen ‘Special People’ who do extra special things for their fellow man thru their contributions and donations to community without expectation of praise or recognition. Way to go, Brian & team!
Maintenance works on the vehicle bridge will now occur November 16 and will continue for at least two weeks.
The Town of Oliver is working with Structural Concrete Repair (SCR) to replace the expansion joints and seal the concrete decking on the vehicle bridge across the river near the Community Park (Fairview Bridge).
One lane of the bridge will be closed and motorists may encounter some delays.
Thefts from motor vehicles are on the rise, and the Kelowna RCMP are again urging the public to take part in preventing crime in their neighbourhood.
Kelowna RCMP report that the theft from vehicle numbers have actually increased this October 2015, double that of October 2014, from approximately 140 to 290 reported incidents. This is a level greater than June, July, and August of this year, which is very abnormal as we usually see spikes in the summer. The month of October 2015 represents the highest number of theft from motor vehicle incidents in a month since the end of 2012.
Insecure motor vehicles in residential neighbourhoods are very tempting targets for thieves, criminals will often travel into these areas knowing that they are a target rich environment. Purses, wallets, cell phones, iPads, laptop computers and other electronic devices are popular items taken by thieves, subsequently credit and debit card frauds are sometimes later committed.
A seven (7) week long project, which targeted auto theft, yielded countless recommended Criminal Code charges against several individuals, including the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property.
The project conducted by the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit (SEU), which concluded on October 31st, had commenced immediately after information had been received and a number of stolen vehicles were observed on a rural property in the 7000 block of Highway 97 in Peachland.
Since then, RCMP have recovered several vehicles, mainly Ford pick-up trucks, which had been reported to police as stolen in multiple jurisdictions including; Kelowna, Vernon, West Kelowna, Lee Creek, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Dawson Creek and Calgary Alberta. Police had also recovered a flat deck trailer, a Volvo Skid Steer and a Bobcat.
“In total an overwhelming $240,000 in stolen property was recovered during the project,” says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Of note on October 31st, investigators located a suspected stolen Ford F350 pick-up truck parked in the driveway of a residence on Mugford Road in Kelowna. Covert surveillance was conducted on the vehicle and a traffic stop attempted. The suspect vehicle failed to stop for police and fled into the Mackenzie Bench area.
Police quickly located the suspect vehicle abandoned in an orchard and a Police Service Dog immediately initiated a track. The male suspect, a 21-year-old West Kelowna man, was located and arrested without incident. He was held in police custody and later released by the Courts on a Recognizance of Bail.
All together against seven (7) accused persons police have recommended thirty two (32) Criminal Code charges including twelve (12) counts of possession of stolen property.