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Obituaries Listed:

Norma Johnstone
Patricia Beauchamp
Kris Rikxoord
Paul Grafik
Kurt Rott
Edward Tiller
Kenneth Gaines
Victorino Moreira

It’s the policy of ODN to publish some obituaries in full on the main page as we become aware of a notice ~ at the discretion of the publisher. Some families request that an obituary be published here and there is a charge for that. As a public service ~ ODN will publish this page on Sunday with updated information. Today’s page reflects notices published on the Nunes Pottinger website October 13th to October 19th.

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Russian container ship adrift again – but 25 miles from shore

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Government photos –  man on ship, below rescue of sick captain.


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Photographer Mike Beaulieu

zion22Photo from Zion Canyon, Southern Utah last March.

Amazing place to take photos and hike.

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I have opened the Pandora Box

Edwin Duke sent a lovely picture on his recent vacation.

I am getting more, so…

Send me nice ones from trips gone by – for ONE WEEK.

Then we get back to standard rules of pictures being current and local.

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Celebration at Painted Chair

staff two22Owners, clients, volunteers, staff and other welcome MLA Linda Larson to the Painted Chair on Sawmill Rd Saturday – Linda presenting a proclamation recognizing the work of Hovanes Community Services.

Ron and Tara run a program where people with developmental disabilities are employed to up-cycle wood furniture and sell it. The outlet also sells used clothing.

The event is part of B.C.’s 16th annual Community Living Month in October – a time to recognize the many contributions that people with developmental disabilities make to our communities year-round.

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Letter to the editor

October 18, 2014

Mr. Norton,

In the interests of real or perceived conflict of interest, now that your application has resulted in your appointment as a commissioner on the Agricultural Land Commission, I assume you will withdraw from further discussion about the proposed Okanagan Similkameen National Park.


Lee McFadyen

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Tickets on sale

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Live Link to SOAP website


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ODN is for the whole community and a wider area as well

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If you could make one change in Oliver….

What would it be?

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Tell Bonnie you saw this ad

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Drop in this week to your Sears Hometown Store

at the Oliver Place Mall.

Contact Bonnie Hayes (250) 498-3448

5955 MAIN ST #1400

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9 until 3 this afternoon



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Photographer Jeremy Cook

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Kettle Valley

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Stephen Lewis Foundation

Oliver’s Grandmothers for Africa are inviting everyone to come and get a jump on their Christmas list.   They will be holding a

Fall Frenzy

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10 am to 2 pm

Medici’s Gelateria


It’s the perfect time to get some friends together, drop in, treat yourself to a latte or a wicked little dish of gelato and have some fun selecting gifts from a variety of handmade items from Africa and Oliver.   All the proceeds from sales are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support African grandmothers raising children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.   Your purchases are carried forward and do some good in a troubled world.

Sometimes there is a sense of overload as the news reports quickly move from one disaster to another.   What’s happening in Haiti?   Did Afghanistan drop from world view?   What happened to those 200 kidnapped girls?  Will they shoot the students in Hong Kong?  Who killed the protesters in Mexico?   And on it goes.

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$62 million earmarked to house the homeless

British Columbians at risk of becoming homeless have more support to find homes in the private market.

The new Homeless Prevention Program will make rent supplements and support services available to four at-risk groups.

The Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) assists youth transitioning out of foster care, women who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence, individuals leaving the hospital and correctional systems, and Aboriginal people. Monthly supplements provided to participants to put towards housing costs are funded through the Canada-B.C. Investment in Affordable Housing. The Province will also contribute additional funding to support services that connect clients to community supports, helping them to maintain successful tenancies. This will help prevent vulnerable British Columbians from becoming homeless.

Quick facts:

  • The program is available in six communities around British Columbia and will grow to over 30 communities.
  • Over the next five years, it is estimated that the program will provide housing and support for up to 4,000 people.
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), will invest approximately $2 billion annually in housing. These investments improve the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
  • 10,000 families and 17,000 seniors households receive rental supplements. Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income people, seniors and families.
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The latest – cargo ship under tow

Source: Maritime Executive

The Russian general cargo/container ship Simushir adrift and laden with around 500 tons of bunker fuel and 60 tons of diesel is now under tow off the west coast of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. The vessel is approximately 12 nautical miles northwest of Gowgaia Bay, off Moresby Island.

The Canadian Coast Guard says the ship was incapacitated in gale force winds early Friday morning. Eleven crew are onboard, and the ship’s captain is injured. He has now been evacuated by helicopter, and the US and Canadian coast guards and a number of other vessels are responding.

Winds are reportedly blowing the ship to shore in a seven to 10 metre seas, and it was expected to run aground.

However, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid has now managed to secure a line and is towing the incapacitated ship away from the Haida Gwaii coast, according to officials with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria. Three more powerful vessels are on their way to assist.

The Haida Nation, had said the situation is dire. “The Haida Nation’s worst fear is coming true,” said president Peter Lantin. “Our priority is to minimize the impact on our homeland and get our people on-site to start dealing with the grounding. We’ll deal with the politics of the situation later.”

The 134m Simushir was built in 1998. It is controlled by Russia’s Sakhalin Shipping and classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

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Case of the missing table – candidates forum ?

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Photo by Zoli Kovacs, Ace reporter

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Letter to the editor

I sent this letter to the Minister of Transportion (MOTI) on Sept. 25, 2014. I received an automated reply on the same day but I have received no further correspondence to date.

To Minister of Transportation
The roads in Oliver/Willowbrook area are terrible. Specifically, Fairview Road headed west out of Oliver to Willowbrook Road (formerly Fairview-Whitelake Rd) to Willowbrook and White Lake Road along the Dominion Observatory and out through Twin Lakes.

For years we have endured this terrible broken and bumpy road system. The last time the upgrade consisted of chip sealing which due to the size of aggregate resulted in a rash of broken windshields, a very noisy road surface and an unfriendly travel surface for the numerous cyclists/races which use this system.

I have a large (expensive) living quarters horse trailer and I must travel at very slow speeds (40 to 60 km/hr) to avoid damaging my rig and my horses on this road. This results in cars passing me in dangerous locations because I am driving too slow. I live along the route so I have no choice of alternate routes to get to and from my home.

The South Okanagan promotes and relies on tourism in this area. I have heard cyclists complaining about the roads (“beautiful scenery but too bad the road is so crappy”).

I want to know when these roads are scheduled for re-surfacing and if we will receive a proper asphalt surface the next time around?

Jim Tompkins

I received this response:

Thank you for your e-mail; I appreciate you taking the time to write. This automated response is to confirm that your e-mail has been received and will be reviewed shortly. Where appropriate, I will respond to your e-mail or have Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff respond to you directly. Please be assured your e-mail will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Todd G. Stone

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Quite a trip

edwin22An amazing place just 200 km south of Oroville, just below Coulee City on Interstate 17.

Never knew it existed, spent the day exploring.

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Monday evening – 7:30 pm

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Plan now for Christmas parties


If you are planning an open house or frequent entertaining then let

Parties & Pies do all the work for you

We specialize in preparing a variety of party foods that will please the most discerning guest and make your entertaining easy.

We put together packages of a variety of savoury and sweet, finger foods that can be frozen until needed, including

Party sized sausage rolls, variety of quiche, spanokapita, tortiere,
vol-o-vent, salmon tartlets, cheese puffs, veggie/cheese turnovers.

Assorted brownies, variety of squares, mince tarts, butter tarts, coconut macaroons, rum balls, chocolate truffles, all butter shortbread. (nut free assortments available)

Each order allows for 4-5 savoury items and 4-5 sweet items, per person

Price for 20-25 persons, $125.00
45-50 persons, $225.00
Gourmet cheese balls or logs, $15.00, serves 20.
$35.00, serves 50.

Pick up by arrangement, when needed
Also…..fully catered, buffet meals, minimum 25 persons $22.00 p.p.

Call Pat 485-0010 or use email at

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News from ORL board

Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights from October 15th, 2014

Budget 2015

The ORL Board approved the 2015 Budget as presented. An overall 1.72% increase was proposed ($291,850), the majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates. In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6% and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4%. In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology.

Oliver Branch Update

It was announced to the board that after extensive review it was decided that the Oliver Branch will remain in the same location, with the same square footage.

New Integrated Library System

CEO Stephanie Hall presented information to the board on the new Integrated Library System (ILS) which is now in effect. This new system replaces the current system, which no longer serves the library’s needs. Patrons will notice a change in their on-line accounts. Any questions or concerns can be sent to For more information, please visit

Community Foundations

The ORL Board passed a resolution instructing staff to invest up to $25,000 in the appropriate community foundations within the ORL service area. The will allow patrons and library supporters to make bequests to the library that will help support programs and services in perpetuity.

Summer Reading Club

The Board received a final report about the 2014 Summer Reading Club, a system wide program that encourages reading for school age children and helps prevent summer learning loss. The theme of the Summer Reading Club is set provincially and this year was “Funny Business”, an exciting one for staff to plan and children to participate in. Program attendance increase by 7% over 2013 with 9529 children taking part. 219 programs were offered. A system wide entertainer, Magician Leif David, visited all 29 branches thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the Library. His program featured the magic of libraries and of reading and was well received in all communities. The Royal Bank donated the Summer Reading Club medals and many other local businesses provided prizes for children that had completed their reading logs.

BC Library Trustee Association

Director Lisa Cameron reported that members of the BCLTA were able to meet with Minister Peter Fassbender at UBCM. The Minister confirmed $14 million dollars a year in funding to BC libraries for the next three years, as a separate line item in his ministry’s budget. Minister Fassbender would like libraries to work more closely with education institutes and there are currently 20 pilot projects going on in the province. He also asked that library trustees bring forward the message of the value of libraries to their local MLAs.

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Down the aisle

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Community Forums

The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting all candidates forums in:

Osoyoos  Wednesday October 29th 7pm to 9 pm at the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre
Oliver  Tuesday November 4th 7pm to 9pm  at Frank Venables Theatre **
Okanagan Falls  Monday November 3rd at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre.

This is a change from information published earlier

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Oliver Branch – ORL – will stay in same location

library twoOur facilities manager reported to the board that he investigated all the options available in Oliver and, given size, location and cost considerations, that at this time, the best option was to stay in the current building.

The landlord was able to offer some reduction in the lease rate and the ORL will continue to lease the same amount of space.

Michele Rule

Communications Manager
Okanagan Regional Library

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