Down memory lane

rick trumpFrom the collection of Rick Typusiak‎

Location: what is now called Station Street below Mesa Hotel site (I miss those tracks)


Who and where ?

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Never ceases to amaze me what you can find to sit on while out for a walk or a bike ride.

French immersion in September


Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.

Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).

Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.

—Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.—

—Learning recognizes the role of Indigenous knowledge.

—Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

—Learning involves patience and time.

—Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.

—Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

Great fun for a worthy cause at Fairview

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Happy winning teams of the 2015 SOSS Enrichment Fund Golf Scramble

“A” Pool winners Randy Houle, Leigh Johnson, Bruce Porteous (rear), Roger Hall and Kali Hagel (front left) “B” Pool winners John Nunes, Greg Casorso (rear), Linda Cripps and Carl Peterson (front right)

Golf Tournaments Raise $227,000 for SOSS Graduates

Fairview Mountain hosted the 20th Annual SOSS Enrichment Fund golf scramble this past Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. The purpose of the tournament, run by the Enrichment Fund Society, is to raise funds to provide scholarships and bursaries for graduating students from Southern Okanagan Secondary School. With final tallies not fully complete for this year, the tournaments to date have managed to raise over $227,000 for students at SOSS. This very popular annual two-day event saw a large field of 120 golfers in 24 five-player teams compete for top honours. As well, 37 corporate hole sponsors joined in the effort for this worthy cause.

Results of the playing competition are as follows:

Saturday: Player’s Pool Competition (captain named first)

1st Martin Cattermole, Ron Hansen, Bruce Schroter, Ann Hayes, Jennifer Rikely 61

T2nd Mark Weinrich, Sam Hancheroff, Brian Thorne, Jeannine Brown, Janice Smith 62

T2nd Randy Houle, Roger Hall, Leigh Johnson, Bruce Porteous, Kali Hagel 62

T2nd DeHaven Hill, Martin Johansen, George Hagel, Susan Greba, Chris Evans 62

T5th Jordan Martin, Doug Traviss, Mike Garrish, Ken Arnett, Carol Dingman 63 T5th Doug Lange, Dave Burgoyne, Garry Vause, Darlene Chapman, Debbie Olafson 63

Sunday: Overall Championship “A” Pool

1st Randy Houle, Roger Hall, Leigh Johnson, Bruce Porteous, Kali Hagel 60

2nd Jordan Martin, Doug Traviss, Mike Garrish, Ken Arnett, Carol Dingman 61

3rd Ed Sugalo, Chris Campbell, Marcus Toneatto, Silvio Barriera, Teresa Fortune 62

T4th Craig Roth, Andy Marsel, Tom Fortune, Ruth Ann Gullen, Wayne Belleville 64 T4th Korri Mason, Shiela Lange, John Hood, Dee Hainsworth, Chris Jentsch 64 “B” Pool 1st John Nunes, Greg Casorso, Linda Cripps, Carl Peterson, Jill Dimma 62 2nd Barry McConachie, Al Knippelberg, Jan Kennedy, Jeff Irving, Gayle McConnell 63 3rd George Bruneau, Mal Bearman, Paul Johnson, Ron Olafson, Joan Sabo 64 T4th Rob Zandee, Dave Mattes, George Sabo, Sandra Espenhain, Delphina Ferreira 65 T4th John McIntosh, John Dimma, Bill Ross, Pat Batchelor, Tanya Walsh 65 T4th Gary Shannon, Glen Heinrichs, Mitch Van Aller, Earl Zinger, Diane Cairns 65

2 Day – 36 Hole Competition

1st Randy Houle team 122

2nd Jordan Martin team 124

T3rd DeHaven Hill team 127

T3rd Ed Shugalo team 127

T5th Martin Cattermole team 128 T5th Doug Lange team 128 T5th Korri Mason team 128 T5th John Nunes team 128

KP Winners Sat: Rich Fournier, Rob Zandee and Mark Weinrich (2) teams Sun: Bill Ford, John Echlin and Randy Houle(2) teams

Notice of Motion given at council

The following motion will be debated by Town of Oliver council in two weeks:

Living together with respect

That the council of Town of Oliver supports the Province of BC in its endeavours to acquire land to protect the area’s grasslands, to preserve endangered species in the South Okanagan-Similikameen and in setting goals to enhance off-season tourism opportunities.

That council encourages more dialogue with First Nations people, local stakeholders and other non-government organizations towards the goal of better managed local wilderness areas by working cooperatively with all governments in Canada.

That council encourages the use of the great outdoors for the historic and traditional use of many areas for mining, ranching, hunting, business, forestry and recreation – a use of the great oudoors in a responsible manner with reasonable regulations on all sectors.

Distributed to council members, staff and media on Monday April 13th by Councillor Jack Bennest

Town council report – Pat Hampson

Today’s Council Meeting started with a Public Hearing regarding a zoning amendment for 230 Maple Street to allow for the operation of a Convenience Store at the service station which would allow the owner to provide coffee and refreshments to commercial vehicle drivers. The only person to question Council was Gord Redlack owner of Wine Country Doors who wanted to know if the amendment referred to the whole of the M1 Commercial Zone. He was advised that it did but only for Service Stations and that there was only one station in that area.

Joanne Bray and Lynn Thompson of the Oliver Lions Club spoke to Council in support of the 30th Annual Purina Walk for Dogs, Sunday May 31st in Lions Park. Coincidentally this day marks the 30 year anniversary of the original Sod Turning Ceremony for Lions Park. For those of you who have not attended this event, it’s a great opportunity to support funding for  training ‘Service Dogs’ which are given free to Canadians with specific disabilities. Once trained, these guide dogs provide security and freedom for people with vision impairment, deafness, Autism, physical disabilities, potential for seizures or those who are in danger due to Type 1 Diabetes. This is a real group effort and there are prizes for those who raise $150, $500, $1,000 and $1,500. Regardless of whether or not you own a dog, come out and support this very worthy cause and meet some very nice dogs. And remember, there may be someone in our community who needs this type of aid. Registration will be at 11:45 am and the walk starts at 12:15.

Lori Motluk, Acute Health Services Administrator for the South Okanagan presented an update on the Interior Health Authority activities. A new $325 Million Patient Care Tower is planned for Penticton Regional Hospital. This facility will feature state of the art medical care for the South Okanagan and should be operational by 2019. Funding of $122 million will be provided by the Okanagan-Similkameen RHD and $20 million coming from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. Lori commented on a partnership with the new Okanagan Correctional Center situated in Senkulmen Business Park north of Oliver and also noted that our own SOGH has been a pioneer in using state of the art computerized patient record compilation. The writer has received advanced medical care at our hospital and can attest to the quality of treatment and the attention to a patient’s needs.

Betty Brown and Oliver Parks Manager Carol Sheridan were joined by Marie Goyet to give a presentation on the Healthy Communities Initiative and the Oliver Healthy Community Coalition. The focus is to work at the population level and create a healthy community environment and encourage community initiatives which support this aim. This is all about personal fitness and decreasing chronic diseases and the alarming trend of obesity in all age groups but especially young people. The presenters noted that in the not too distant future the age of mortality will drop significantly as we ‘do less’, ‘eat more’ and consume junk food. This becomes very evident when comparing pictures of the skinny Camp Vernon Cadets from the ‘forties’ with the young Cadets of today who have visible folds of flesh over their belts! The Oliver coalition is looking for an Oliver representative to sit on the Mental Health Advisory Committee.

The Oliver Fire Regulations Bylaw presently authorizes the Fire Chief to issue special permits for open burning of agricultural pruning on properties ½ Acre and larger. Because we now have a curb-side collection of yard waste and this waste is accepted at the land-fill free of charge, the minimum size has been increased to 2 Acres to ensure that only agricultural pruning will be burnt within Town boundaries. There will be a notice posted in the Oliver Chronicle prior to adoption of the amendment.

Letter to the editor

This a formal written response to OIB Chief Clarence Louie and the opinions he expressed publicly about Judge J.C. Haynes during a speech at the Rotary Club in Osoyoos. The following points are historical facts that can be verified through a search of public records.  More personal facts, including memories of specific events, can be verified through family financial records and also by speaking to elders in the Haynes family, as well as OIB members who witnessed those events.
In 1865, the Land Ordinance allowed European settlers to purchase allotments of property. Various parcels of land were put up for sale at that time and that included the land that J.C. Haynes then legally purchased. He worked alongside and employed numerous Native Indians over the years on his ranch. Upon his sudden death in 1888 from complications due to appendicitis whilst traveling back from Victoria, the Natives treated his body with utmost respect and dignity, wrapping it in blankets and securing it in a dug out canoe (which is still on display in the Osoyoos Museum) for transport home via the Similkameen River. This is hardly the way a dishonest thieving man would be cared for by the very people Chief Louie is insinuating Judge Haynes mistreated and stole from. Upon J.C.’s death, the aforementioned property was foreclosed on and his widow and children eventually went to England.
Once old enough, the Judge’s son Valentine (Val) Haynes came back to BC and went to work in the southern interior. He slowly saved money (hard to do on a cowboy’s salary) and re-purchased land in the South Okanagan, as well as entered into various 100 year lease agreements with the Government. During this time, the McKenna-McBride Land Commission (1913) came into effect. It was then that the Government determined that the size of the reserve was too large, based on the acre per person allotment previously set and the reservation size was ultimately reduced.
Eventually, Val Haynes married Elizabeth Runnels, a Native Indian woman from Colville who worked in Conconully Court as a Native Interpreter and was greatly respected by both white and Native people. It is worthwhile to note that many OIB families trace their roots back to Colville, as we do. Over the years, Val paid for medicine, clothing and food for the Natives in the area and was widely known for his generosity to them. He never turned away anyone in need and even paid a local doctor to give medical care to any member of the Indian band who needed it. Val’s daughter Alice Haynes Thompson (1911-1996) carried on the legacy of her father with regards to care and support of OIB members. Like her mother, she was respected by whites and Natives, she even regularly sat with the OIB elders. She was very proud of her grandfather’s and father’s pioneer legacy, but was very much in touch with her Native heritage and traditions. She spent a lot of time in Nespelem, WA with the family there, whilst also setting down deep roots north of the border, continuing on the ranching business her father had established.
The Haynes legacy is thickly intertwined with local Natives and the closeness of that bond is under attack by the inflammatory statements made by Chief Louie. The Haynes family’s door has always been open to anyone who ever needed a warm meal, blanket and/or a safe place to stay. Ironically, members of Chief Louie’s own family have resided in the Haynes family home, eating and staying with them for a period of time. Not only do the Haynes descendants have Native blood running through their veins, they also consider many of the OIB members to be some of their closest and dearest friends.
The Haynes Land Agreement which was settled in throughout the 1990s was a negotiated agreement between the Federal Government and OIB with regard to the land SOLD by the Government to Judge Haynes and his son Valentine – that settlement does not mean that either of them were thieves or dishonest men. Neither J.C Haynes, nor his son Val, were personally responsible for the Government’s 1865 and 1913 laws that allowed for European settlement and/or the decrease in size of the reservation. It would seem that Chief Louie is is perpetuating inaccurate versions of history and is unfairly using our family as a scapegoat for other historical injustices carried out against the Natives.
The Chief’s statements made against our family are a slap across the face and have been interpreted by some in the community as “reverse” racism. Nothing positive will come from calling the Haynes men thieves and quite frankly, it is nothing short of slander and defamation of character. Chief Louie is entitled to his opinion; however, the land was never stolen – it was lawfully purchased pursuant to the laws of that time – and the Haynes descendants are greatly distressed over the besmirching of the Haynes’ legacy.
We feel that addressing these issues and publicly responding to Chief Louie is an important step in bringing together “whites” and Natives. The divide between sides has been exacerbated recently with discussion of the aforementioned topics and it is our intent to move forward in a harmonious manner, cultivating positive, strong and lasting bonds with our OIB family and friends.
Elizabeth (great-great granddaughter of Judge J.C. Haynes) on behalf of the entire Haynes/Thompson family

Making sense with the boys


soap 1“Ah, country life!”  Meet Owen Melville  (Brohm Dason), a  carefree younger brother who enjoys life’s simple pleasures: fishing, boating, beer, and  pretty girls.

He’s been looking forward to enjoying all of them at a weekend holiday at the cabin. If only it weren’t for …
Lee Melville (Craig Bjornson), (below) his uptight older brother. Youthful Owen is a constant irritation to the responsible Lee.

Lee would prefer a quiet (and sober) weekend at the family cottage. He also needs to have a serious conversation with his younger brother, if only he can keep Owen’s attention – and eyes – from wandering.

When Owen spontaneously invites two attractive local women to join them for the day, comedy and chaos erupts. Lee is married, and unwilling to flirt. Owen is … well… looking for harmless fun, regardless of the circumstances. He sets his sights on Loretta (Sarah Williams), herself a younger and irresponsible sibling.

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However, Lee soon finds himself drawn to Loretta’s older sister , Mary (Robin Stille). She can relate to the whole “older sibling” thing. And she also knows a thing or two about life’s complicated questions: love, loyalty, courage, fear, and starting over.

Lee doesn’t mind that Mary is a darn good poker player, or that she’s a lousy cook.

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It’s his infuriating brother he can’t talk to … or can he?

The South Okanagan Amateur Players present The Melville Boys, a Canadian comedy by Norm Foster. Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25, OSS Theatre, Osoyoos. 8:00 p.m. Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2, Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver. 8:00 p.m. Advance Tickets $18. Door: $20. Available at Your Dollar Store with More (Osoyoos), Sundance Video (Oliver), Dragon’s Den (Penticton).  Info: soap @ , 250-498-0183

Photos : Tom Szalay

Rural report with Laird Smith

During the ” Cold War “, the United States and the Soviet Union led the world in the testing of atomic weapons.

On August 12 in 1971, Wally Smith wrote in his column The Orchard Run, and I quote, In spite of strong opposition by the US Congress and protests from Canada and many other countries it looks very much as though American military men may have their way and the atomic blast on the Aleutian Island of Amchitka will go ahead as scheduled.

Perfection of atomic weapons is essential in order that man may make a thorough job of destroying himself and his world when the next war comes along.

In a modern nuclear war both sides will be losers, and the destruction and radio active pollution will be on such a vast scale that civilization as we know it will cease to exist.

The very thought of nuclear war’s horrible results should be enough to prevent it from happening, unquote.

I use this as an example to show that back in Wally’s day, 44 years ago, there was a constant threat of armed conflict.

Today we are no better off. In 1971 and some years since, Canada backed away from participating in wars. The Canadian Government protected the nation from harm by staying away from armed conflict and instead contributed to peace keeping efforts.

Today we have a Government who seems to be bent on taking our nation into war. Our meddling on the war fronts in Libya and the Middle East provokes our new enemies into taking action that wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t had been there. Our Government’s action brings the people of our nation into harms way, not only world wide but locally too.

Because the threat of harm has become a local issue, out pops Bill C 51. With Bill C 51 enacted, would the writing of this column and saying these things subject me to investigation?
Our current Federal Government justifies the creation of Bill C 51 by pointing to the deaths of two of our military lads at the hands of  “radicals” within our country.This knee jerk reaction is a result of the Government’s own creation in continuing to foster an environment of war.We send five war planes to the middle east, we must be the laughing stock of the world. What a waste of our tax dollars!

At a time when we need to be discussing Arctic issues, our Federal Government policies are alienating the Russians, when will we ever learn?
If we want to be recognized on the world stage as leaders, why are we not standing for reconciliation instead of war?
I know that government policy is not all that simple, but we need to protest it anyways. Our vote is one of the best protests.
At least Wally didn’t have to contend with a Canadian Government that seems to have lost it’s way.

It’s easy – to place an ad – hundreds do it every week

This is what the screen shows when you press FREE classifieds

Browse Categories

Want to sell something? Looking for a job? Trying to find a date? Looking for an apartment? Browse our classifieds. Have a job to advertise? An apartment to rent? Post a Classified Ad. Please do NOT use this section for Events, or items for sale over $999. YOU must use both names

Place Ad ******************* press this link

You don’t need to log in or register

It really is child’s play

Transit future plan – 25 years or demand it now

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Being discussed this week at the Regional Distict

The Transit Future Plan describes what services, infrastructure and investments will be needed over
the next 25 years to introduce a regional transit program. The plan supports our local communities’
goals and objectives, such as strengthening the link between transportation and land use in order to
support sustainable growth.

This plan creates a long term vision for transit in the Okanagan and Similkameen that supports the
Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) and existing Official Community Plans (OCPs), other local planning
initiatives and also supports the initiatives of the BC Transit Strategic Plan.
The plan supports the Provincial Transit Plan (PTP) by expanding fast, reliable, green transit and to
increase transit ridership and travel mode share. The plan describes the transit service, fleet and
facility changes needed to move forward with the proposed vision. It also looks at ways to understand
the values of a transit system and the support for increased transit investment.

In order to meet the mode share and ridership targets as set out in the Plan, investment in transit
operating, capital resources and staff time will be required.

Dynamite found – but no suspects

Kelowna – Several sticks of dynamite have been located and destroyed in the Joe Rich area.

On April 12 at 6:05 am, Kelowna RCMP were called to investigate what was believed to be several sticks of dynamite located in the 8000 block of Sun Valley Road. Police attended and located several sticks of the suspected dynamite, in what appeared to be a deteriorated condition. RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) attended and confirmed the sticks were in fact dynamite and disposed of them. Police believe that there may be more dynamite unaccounted for. RCMP helicopter and Police Service Dog attended and did a search in the area but no dynamite was located.

Kelowna RCMP has a number of tips and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Angulo at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Upgrade high school courses for free


As of May 1st, funding for graduated adults to upgrade their high school courses will disappear!  If you want to uograde for free, register now and submit your first assignment by April 28th. That gives you two weeks ONLY to get “free upgrading”. After this date, four credit courses will cost a minimum of $400 each. SAVE MONEY AND DO IT NOW! Go to our website and register online.

As well, we have a few spots left for our Beginners Windows 8 class starting this Monday @ 11:00 a.m. If you have never taken this course before, and are eager to learn,

please phone (250) 498-4597 to reserve your seat.

This will be on a first come – first served basis.

You can also email: 

R.I.P Henry Mann



August 15, 1930 – April 2, 2015

It is with a heavy heart we announce that our beloved friend, father, mentor and husband, Henry Yorke Mann has passed away. He was surrounded by family and friends in his home and after a brief illness, died in Oliver, BC at the age of 84.

Henry will be lovingly remembered by his newlywed partner of 20 years, wife Denise, his stepsons Eric Hillmer-Mann (Nancy) and Kym Franklin, and stepdaughters Theresa Slater and Cindy Bahm. Further, he will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Sarah and Colin Hillmer, and Payden Siemens, as well as, his brothers Richie (Audrey) and David (Susan) and nieces & nephews.


Henry was born and raised in Rossland, BC. He received an athletic ski scholarship from Washington State University and raced competitively. Henry was training to qualify for the 1952 Olympic Winter Games; regrettably, an athletic injury removed him from the competition. Henry transferred to the University of Oregon in 1952, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1954. In the years from 1955 to 1970 Henry worked as an architect in Vancouver, first with Mercer & Mercer Architects, and then on his own in 1963. In 1970, Henry left architecture to take a new direction with his then wife Elizabeth and stepson Eric. They developed a homestead in the Upper Squamish River Valley.

By 1972, Henry sought to move his cattle business to more land and a dryer climate. This resulted in the purchase of McCuddy Creek Ranch on McKinney Road near Oliver, BC. The purebred herd known as Mann Polled Charolais became nationally well known for the quality performance tested cattle. In 1995, Henry planned his return to architecture and in 1997 sold the herd and the ranch property with the exception of his residence. Henry’s home the Manndala was built on the ranch in 1993, and is quintessential to Henry’s design philosophy; a melding of the spiritual and the physical functions in structural integrity, and sustainability, using natural materials, and respecting the essence of the client and the site. Henry has an extensive national exhibition catalogue, and endless image and prestigious article publications.

Henry continued his hand drawn practice of sacred architecture through to the last month of his 84th year. At his side, his wife Denise was an acting confidante, cook and dance partner. It will always be a pleasure to recall this generous spirit in a cowboy hat, with a Porsche and a penchant for blues music.

Join us to Celebrate the Life of Henry Yorke Mann, Sunday, April 26, 11:00am – 3:00pm at their home, 222 Old Camp McKinney Road Oliver, BC. We invite and encourage anyone to share a few short words, a prayer or a song. Hor d’oeuvers, wine or other refreshment would be appreciated. A special thank you to Dr. Myslek and the Interior Health Palliative Care Nursing team for their loving support. Also, thank you to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service for their service and guidance. Memorial contributions may be sent to Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0 or online at society/

Knights and Damsels Tea

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKnights and Damsels Tea at the Senior’s Centre Saturday

Anastasia Levant, Kaylee Lesmeister, Ishika Gill (candidate), Simi Gill

Kaylee, Simi and Anatasia – current youth amabassadors

Ready to grind

grinder22First up – those newly painted lines

No siting of any grinding yet. Not sure which way they are going – or start date.

As at 12 noon machines not in action – waiting. Believe they may head north rather than south
saving the newly painted yellow lines inside Town boundaries.