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The Wine Country Retired Teachers’ Association and other groups are sponsoring a Forum to talk about and learn about Seniors’ issues and concerns. Our Federal Election candidates for this Riding will be present to listen, learn and to be advised about what matters to Seniors and what Seniors’ care about. One of these candidates will be representing our Riding in Ottawa after the next election on October 19th.
Forums are for seniors to talk about issues and voice their concerns and debate possible solutions to problems that need Federal Government attention.
These Forums will be non-partisan and we will discuss a number of topics including: Healthcare for seniors; Long-term care, End of Life Care and Palliative care; Support for Caregivers’ needs and rights; Retirement security with pensions to provide sufficient income to pay for food, clothing and shelter; Transportation services for seniors to get from rural areas to Regional Hospitals coast to coast to coast; Long-term Care Housing needs Canada-wide; the need for home support Canada-wide; the need for a national Pharmacare program to reduce drug treatment costs; the need for a national plan to deal with Alzheimers and Dementia patients and support for their caregivers.
Forums will take place in Oliver and Osoyoos. They will be approximately 90 mins. in length. In Osoyoos the Forum will be at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre on Monday, September 14th starting at 1 o’clock. In Oliver the Forum will be in Rm. 2 of the Oliver Community Centre starting at 1 o’clock on Tuesday, September 15th.
Please mark your calendar. Try to be at one of these events so that you can ask the prospective politicians to hear your concerns.
On August 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm, the Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at a jewellery store located in the 1200 block of Cannery Lane. Two men entered the store, locked the door behind them, brandished a weapon and stated “we are taking all your gold”. Suspect male (1) took the store employee to the rear of the store while suspect male (2) loaded a black back pack with merchandise. The men then fled out the front door, through a parking lot and split up. Suspect male (1) was subsequently tackled by four concerned citizens but the culprit got away and ran off. Suspect male (2) was last seen getting into a blue/grey SUV and driving off east on Cawston Avenue. The back pack was returned to the store employee.
Suspect male (1) is described as:
•45 years old
•6’1 (185 cm)
•Dark blue hoodie
•Darker “SWAT” baseball hat
Suspect male (2) is described as”
•40 years old
•Bright orange safety vest
Police made extensive patrols in the area however the suspected miscreants were not located.
Oliver Art Gallery spokesman Steve Staresina said the decision was based on best bang for the buck – more space, same rent – but in Osoyoos at 8302* Main Street.
Staresina said traffic at the store in Oliver was up – but sales down. The co-op of artists will have to consider a name change along with the new venue.
The OAG was located across the street from the “Cock and Bull” café on Hwy 97.
“In March, 2011 after closure of the only commercial art gallery in Oliver, a group of local artists met and agreed to form the town’s first artists’ co-operative gallery. Their mission was to display the highest quality art by artists from the South Okanagan in an attractive gallery setting. Management and staffing of the gallery is done entirely by member artists who are best qualified and available to provide information on art and artists’ work on display. All art displayed is replaced on a regular basis so frequent visitors to the gallery will always find something new and exciting.”
More B.C. students and teachers are returning to classrooms fully equipped with high-speed internet and enhanced network security services thanks to the ongoing K-12 Provincial Learning Network’s Next Generation Network upgrade.
One school year into the three-year project, more than 60% of students and 816 sites have been connected to the innovative internet network.
Teachers have already reported that with the new system prep time has been reduced, they can confidently access on-line resources, and students are empowered to explore online learning. Already, school districts are reaping the benefits of substantially improved Internet connections. SD 45 (West Vancouver) says the network lets learning become the focus, as teachers and students no longer wonder if the Internet will load webpages like YouTube.
The Next Generation Network provides modern infrastructure that will service all public schools in the province once completed. Not only does the network keep pace with the evolving use of Internet by students and educators, it also provides firewall management, web/URL filtering and IDS/IPS (Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems).
Beyond download speeds, schools are embracing mobile technologies and integrating digital instruction products for all classes, not just computer labs, including SMART Boards, Edmodo, and Learn 360.
The Next Generation Network is a partnership with school districts, the Ministry, TELUS and IBM, the primary service providers. Launched in March 2014, the multi-year investment in B.C. classrooms will be fully operational by March 31, 2017, with over 75% of sites completed by March 31, 2016. Over three years, start-up costs for the upgrade total $137.2 million.
The Next Generation Network replaces the existing Provincial Learning Network.
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) is pleased to announce the following appointments:
Ms. Shannon Miller as Principal at Cawston Primary School.
Ms. Miller is currently vice principal at Osoyoos Secondary School and has been with the district since 2008 in the roles of acting principal at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School, vice principal at Oliver Elementary School, and teacher at Southern Okanagan Secondary School.
Ms. Diane Haddow as Vice Principal at Oliver Elementary School.
Ms. Haddow is currently employed with School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) in the capacity of teacher for Grade 6 Late French Immersion and Learning Assistance at Summerland Middle School. She holds a Master of Education degree in Leadership and Administration and brings over 20 years of teaching experience to our district.
Mr. Lyle Chapman as Vice Principal at Osoyoos Secondary School.
Mr. Chapman is currently employed with School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap and brings seventeen years of experience to our district. He holds a Master of Education degree in Leadership and Administration.
Mr. Chapman, Ms. Haddow and Ms. Miller bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our district and the Board of Education wishes them every success in their new roles.
Marieze Tarr, Chair
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Local arts enthusiasts may know Susan McCarrell’s distinctive mixed media work from her award-winning entries in the annual Fall Art Show and Sale. Combining sepia-toned photographs, archival newsprint text, and textured media, she creates haunting imagery with layers of meaning.
Eclectic yet focused, Susan McCarrell’s mixed media works are reflections on memory, rituals of life, including celebrations, successes and hiccups. She owns a unique style which is energetic, playful, bound by discipline and tradition. Her art confronts the ups and downs of modern life with connections to similarities of past lives with strong feminine energy.
Using a combination of mixed media, photography and historical images, she likens her art to a ‘construction’ to produce her natural and organic pieces. A thread runs through Susan’s work that makes it unmistakably hers.
Susan relocated from Vancouver to the South Okanagan in 1996.
Sears Hometown Store
1400 – 5955 Main Street
250 498 3448
The Rock Creek and Boundary Fair Association would like to inform everyone that the Rock Creek Fairgrounds have been untouched by the Rock Creek Wildfire and that the Rock Creek Fall Fair is on schedule for September 19th and 20th.
Our hearts and hands are with our friends and neighbours right now, but we are still working away to bring about another ‘best ever’ Rock Creek Fall Fair.
Our line up of entertainment and activities has not changed.
The Rock Creek Fall Fair is a yearly reminder to locals and visitors what a great area this is, full of great people – it will be no different this year.
We have had many calls from people near and far that want to donate towards the relief effort in our community; the RCBFA is in contact with local service organizations and once a fund has been established, we will post this information on our website.
We deeply appreciate the goodwill of our friends, family and complete strangers at this time of great trauma.
A huge thank you to all the emergency responders and services; support crews and volunteers that have, and still are, working to help us stabilize and recover.
Two of our Fairview Mountain professionals placed in the money – Rob Tadey shot 145 (one over par for the two day tournament) and tied for 16th while Brian McDonald shot 146 to tie for 19th.
In a down to the wire win on Tuesday, Bryn Parry hoisted the William Thompson trophy for a third time as he claimed the Champion title at the PGA of BC Championship presented by Axis Insurance Managers.
The tournament, played over a smoky two days at Fairview Mountain Golf Club at Oliver saw multiple players come within strokes of snagging first place however, Parry’s score of 8-under 136 for the tournament would put him atop the leaderboard in the end.
“I felt that when I hit really good shots, I got great rewards, and when I hit mediocre shots, there was a lot of work left,” said Parry in a post-round interview on Tuesday. “Today the work turned into extra work because my putting speed was a little off. So, every time I made a mistake I had a six or seven footer left. But some of them went in… enough of them went in.”
Perhaps the most crucial shot for Parry came on the 18th green, as a missed putt would force a playoff between himself and Dave Zibrik of Capilano Golf and Country Club, while sinking it would earn him the title. The 25-footer rolled in and the rest is history.
“One of the things I’ve been trying to do is just taking a deep breath before I hit every shot,” Parry said. “I felt just a little bit unsettled on this course and never felt like I was totally in control. But after a couple deep breaths, I just asked myself to hit as good a putt as I could and it was my time, it went in.”
Parry has had a busy summer playing in tournaments throughout Canada. Most recently, he came tied for eighth at the Coupe Canada Sani Marc in Quebec, in addition to advancing to the quarter-final matches at the PGA Championship of Canada in Nova Scotia. 2015 marks Parry’s third time claiming the PGA of BC Champion title, his other wins took place in 2000 and 2008.
“Everything helps. You’re always practicing and always trying to get better. I think I just had more patience this time. At some of the other tournaments this year I was pushing hard and wanting a result. This time, I kind of gave myself a little bit of a breather and it worked out for me.”
For his win, Parry cashed a $6,000 cheque, while Zibrik’s second place finish earned him $4,200. Four players finished the tournament in shared third: Lindsay Bernakevitch (Victoria Golf Club), John Shin (Northview Golf & Country Club), Jeremy Johnson (Fairmont Hot Springs Resort), and Ben Griffin (Uplands Golf Club). The foursome finished the tournament at 5-under 139 and each took home $2,375.
FINAL RESULTS FROM THE 2015 TAYLORMADE AND ADIDAS GOLF PGA OF BC CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY AXIS INSURANCE MANAGERS:
1 Bryn Parry (Seymour Creek GC) 66 70 136 -8 $6,000
2 Dave Zibrik (Capilano G&CC) 68 69 137 -7 $4,200
T3 Lindsay Bernakevitch (Victoria GC) 71 68 139 -5 $2,375
T3 John Shin (Northview G&CC) 71 68 139 -5 $2,375
T3 Jeremy Johnson (Fairmont Hot Springs) 70 69 139 -5 $2,375
T3 Ben Griffin (Uplands GC) 65 74 139 -5 $2,375
Tykes Learn to Skate (ages 3-5)
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 – Dec 8, 2015
& Jan 26, 2016 – March 1, 2016
Learn to skate lessons for pre-school aged children in a fun, recreational environment. Skills covered will include learning about skating, safety and equipment, how to stand up on skates, skating forward/backwards and stopping. Helmets are mandatory, safety pads and warm clothing including mittens highly recommended.
Early Dismissal Days
Wed, Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 25, Jan 20, Feb 24, April 27, May 25
12:30-2:30pm at Tucelnuit Elementary OR Oliver Elementary School ( need two staff per location)
Pro D Day Camp
Oct 23 & Feb 19
Community Centre (2 staff needed)
Spring Break Day Camp
Mon – Friday
Community Centre (2 staff needed)
Mini Iron Chef (one Assistant needed )
Tues, Oct 6- Nov 10
Tues, Jan 19 – Feb 23
Community Centre Kitchen
Mon, Sept 28 – Dec 7
Mon, Jan 11 – March 7
3:00-4:00pm ( 2 staff needed)
Wed, Sept 30 – Dec 9
Wed, Jan 13 – March 9
3:00-4:00pm (2 staff needed)
Sen Pok Chin
Jan 14 – April 14
4:30-5:30pm (grades 4-5)
5:45-6:45pm (grades 6-7)
(2 instructors needed)
If you have any questions about any of these programs, please contact myself, Katie Hadwin, Recreation Supervisor email@example.com
Time: Shortly before 1pm
Location: SW corner Hwy 97 and Skagit Avenue – Oliver
Conservation Officers called on a report of a bear in the neighbourhood.
Bears are being driven out of the nearby hills by fire.
This young cub fled up a tree and was sedated. RCMP and Oliver Fire Department on scene to assist.
Once the sedation wore off the cub fell into a large hedge and re-sedated. Taken away.
Damage: One fire hydrant broken by a truck.
Photo below – Gale Kleckner
Ministry of Forests will take advantage of clearing skies in the south. Mountains are now visible in a limited way. The air is not acrid. More helicopters are moving landing – arriving from the north.
There has been no official confirmation about what can/will be done with the air support.
February 12, 1933 – August 20, 2015
A. John McGibbon
August 20 – At 82 years young, John passed away peacefully as a resident of Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos. Predeceased by his Father Alexander, Mother Mary (Nee Davidson), brothers Roderick and Harold as well as step daughter Yvonne Heneveld.
John is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife Wilma McGibbon of Osoyoos. Son D’Arcy (Cathy) McGibbon of Oliver, grand-children Sara (Curtis) Larose and family including 2 great grandchildren of Penticton, Shannon of Victoria, Max and Lauren, of Oliver. Daughter Mary (Sam) Morgan of Kelowna. Son Andrew (and his dawg) McGibbon of Edson AB, grandsons Ross and Rod of Quesnel . His sister Marjorie (Doug) Mulvey of Brooks AB. Step daughter Annamarie (Jim) Soderberg and family and 3 step great grandchildren from Sagle ID and step son Bert Heneveld and son from Kamloops.
John was born in Penticton BC at the South Okanagan’s first general hospital. Once ready to go home the trek was made back to the family farm at Road 20 in the Model A. John always said that his start in life was backwards as the Model A had to be driven in reverse up the steep hill out of Penticton as the gas was gravity fed but the line on the tank was at the front. So when the road was steep the A would quit. Once back on the farm he was there to stay.
He mastered the craft of humor at a young age. In or around 1946 the power and telephone lines were strung to road 18 where the line stopped at the Testalinda school and a phone was hung on a post for the general public in that area to use. John rousted up his neighborhood pals, one of which was his partner in many crimes, Roy Smith, and they walked the couple miles to the telephone. “HWY – 5” was dialed and Mr. Overton (we think) answered the telephone “Hello this is Overwaitea, how may we help you?” John was at the control of the conversation and politely asked “Yes, do you have Robin Hood in a sack?” (meaning commercially ground flour in a bag) and Mr. Overton stated “Why yes we do”, with Roy egging him on in the background John quipped back “WELL YA BETTER LET THE POOR SUCKER OUT!” A few days later the telephone was removed.
John was a farmer of the truest sense. “Did you know I can grow grass on a bald man’s head?” he would say. He was a master of doctoring up almost any animal with his trusty jack knife, a bottle of creolin and a bit of twine. He was also a master of the art of chinwag. There usually was a shined up spot on the hood of the old truck or tractor he was driving at the time where his elbow had polished up the stage of where the wisdom flowed, sometimes for hours and hours.
As per John’s instructions there will be no service. In his memory please take a moment to go outside; look at the mountains, enjoy the sun and the breeze, pet a dog, share a story and a laugh with a friend or neighbour.
The family would like to thank on John’s behalf all the fantastic staff at the Oliver General Hospital, McKinney Place and Mariposa Gardens. Your dedication and respect towards John was simply the best. We’d also like to thank John Nunes of Nunes-Pottinger funeral home for making the final steps so easy to take.
John’s compassionate nature and lifetime work as a farmer/rancher fed many people. Donations to your local foodbank or the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation would be appreciated.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The travelling public/tourism/camping trade
Ranchers with cattle on the mountain
Golf Courses – Outdoor recreational programs
Outdoor activities – Swimming at the lake. Visitors coming?
A camping trip on a weekend
You can think of more – write a comment on how the fire season and the smoke have affected you.
This is in response to Mel Rothenburger’s comment in which questioned the renaming of McCuddy Street and asked if anyone had any information on the McCuddy family. In addition to Jack’s note that Mr. Rothenburger is a 1962 graduate of SOHS, retired editor of the Kamloops Daily News and a former mayor of Kamloops, he is also the author of several books about the history of British Columbia.
The McCuddy’s were definitely a pioneer family in our area. John McCuddy was born around 1855 in Ontario but moved to United States as a young man for work and adventure. While there he met his wife Sarah. John, Sarah and son Arthur, born 1892 in Portland, moved to the South Okanagan in 1892 or 1893. They briefly had a store in Okanagan Falls but in 1893 moved to their homestead on the road between Camp McKinney and Fairview. This was the beginning of the McCuddy Ranch. This property became a very busy stopping point for freight wagons and travelers on this road.
When the Cariboo Amelia mine at Camp McKinney shut down in 1903 and with activity at Fairview slowing down, the need for a roadhouse decreased as well. In 1904 the McCuddy’s purchased an existing grocery business at Fairview. In addition to the store they had the post office and also acquired the telephone exchange when service became available in 1906. Mrs. McCuddy acted as the Fairview telephone operator for the years 1906–1917. The store, the post office and the telephone exchange at Fairview in conjunction with the ranch that now totaled 1,200 acres must have kept the family busy.
In 1921 the McCuddy’s closed their business at Fairview and purchased land east of the river in Oliver. This land was later subdivided. John McCuddy passed away in 1937 and Sarah followed him in 1941. The ranch was sold in 1964. Arthur never married and continued to live in their Oliver home until 1978 when he moved into extended care. Arthur passed away in 1988. He was considered a very fine gentleman by all that knew him.
Much of the information in this comment was taken from an article by Bob Iverson that was published in the 37th report of the Okanagan Historical Society.
Submitted by Larry Shannon
Environment Canada indicates current risk level at 6 after being at 10 and even 12 on Saturday night.
Slight clearing of skies observed Monday – but flight vision obscured.
Tuesday morning skies will tell more of the story if winds move from the south to a strong breeze from the north.
Visual observation at 6am – same pea soup look, NO wind direction, quite cool.
The Testalinda Creek wildfire, burning approximately seven kilometres south of Oliver, is now estimated at 3170 hectares. Eleven helicopters and 237 personnel continue to work towards establishing containment.
Southerly winds continue to cause heavy smoke in the Okanagan including the Oliver area. This smoke is from the large Washington fires to the south. Smoke will limit air support efforts over the fire.
Smoke from the Testalinda Creek wildfire may be seen, in Oliver and along Highway 97, as combustible material burns on the slopes around Testalinda and Hester Creeks.
BC Wildfire Service personnel continue to work around the clock on establishing containment lines and controlling expected flare ups with ground crews, air support and when possible burn out operations.
Heavy smoke continues to effect forest fire operations in the South Okanagan as air support is grounded over Oliver with crews are now focused on the ground work.
Sawmill Rd Fire Camp
Testalinda Creek wildfire is considered 60 per cent contained.
Fire Information Officer Heather Rice: “We are still mainly focusing on the north flank of our fire which is in the Hester Creek area,”….. “We are still running crews 24-7 and fortifying our contingency lines that are not surrounding the north side, east side and west side of the Hester Creek drainage.”
Crews may begin controlled burning in the coming days to reduce fire fuel. Rice says they are continuing to do some back burning work overnight to support those lines. The north and west flanks of the fire have been the most active recently.