Bag Sale – prepare for it

The Painted Chair

 Spacious new look – Sale $5 a bag

Wednesday January 28 &

Saturday January 31

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Open 9am ’til noon

The Painted Chair

5857 Sawmill Rd in Oliver 250.498.3033

Furniture sold at the Painted Chair is creatively upcycled by clients of Hovanes Community Services Ltd. Clothing is donated by the public.

Is this fair?


Is this fair? Why the headline.

Yesterday I walked about a half mile on the Channel Parkway hike trail and noticed just how bad the condition was – in comparison to paths in the Oliver area.

August 17 2013- the RDOS controlled mainly by Penticton forced all towns and rural zones outside that general area to contribute to the maintenance of this path – rarely used by anyone other than local Penticton residents. The contract for $40 thousand was given to the Penticton Indian Band.

Some noses still bent out of shape on this one.

Chalked up to better relationships. Bad deal.

Earlier story: The PIB has a person clean up the path on a contract valued at $40 thousand. This is not a regional trail system segment. It connects to nothing. It goes from the SS Sicamous area (dam) at south end of Okanagan Lake to the Skaha Beach area.

It is in Penticton and the weighted vote system made it mandatory for people in Princeton and Anarchist Mtn. (Keremeos, Cawston, Oliver, Osoyoos, Summerland) to pay for it.

Shame. This is not a $$$ issue this is a principle.

Comments above made by Jack Bennest and reflect his views only.

RDOS Budget

Staff at RDOS say operational funding is dropping from a previous year

2015 Budget proposed at $27, 201, 920 less by a small percent over spending in 2014

In the Town of Oliver and rural Area C – that is not the case

Amount per average house in Town of Oliver – up $34.54 – rural up $36.68 – mainly for operations of Frank Venable Theatre. Total increase for Town $104,826 – rural up $103,755.

More details on Thursday when 1st reading is completed by Regional District directors.


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Phones a buzzing – just a controlled burn on OIB land – bit of a sight for some on this cold and crispy morning. Most likely pruning debris from a vineyard.

The one you turn to.

Snowshoes on Baldy

snow shoe22With Baldy open three days a week, Friday through Sunday, a group of volunteer women who used to attend the Monday Ladies Day have organized a snowshoe outing on Mondays. Today there were 14 women participating. They meet at the hospital parking lot to car pool by 8:30 am, and gather on Tin-Horn Road in the upper village to set out at 9:30 for a two hour outing. Private cabins are made available for warming up, coffee, and washroom facilities. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, one of the leaders may be able to arrange a pair for you with a little advance notice.

For more information, interested women can e-mail me at

Story by Sandra Smith
Photo by Marian Barber


a budget 2015RDOS Meeting scheduled for this Thursday January 22 – Main item – first reading of 2015 Budget – if approved public meetings will begin throughout the region.

Highlights from January 8 Regional Board meeting

The Willowbrook Fire Department utilizes water from strategically located water storage tanks for fire suppression purposes within their response area.  The location of one of these storage tanks is on crown land. The Board of Directors has authorized the Chair and CAO to execute a renewal agreement for the License of Occupation for 30 years.  The cost for this agreement is $1.00.

In July 2014 the Board of Directors gave three readings to the Frank Venables Theatre Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2660.  The bylaw provides for the administration and operation of a theatre in the Town of Oliver with an annual requisitioning of up to a maximum of the greater of $160,000 or $0.14 per $1,000 next taxable value of land and improvements in the service area to pay for the cost of the service.  The service area includes the Town of Oliver and all of Electoral Area “C”.  Elector approval for the adoption of the bylaw was sought through referendum.  The Electorate approved adoption of the bylaw with 1364 electors voting yes, and 458 electors voting no.  The bylaw has received the required approvals and the Board of Directors has adopted Bylaw No. 2660, Frank Venables Theatre Services Establishment Bylaw.

In 2008, the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, the Town of Princeton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Electoral Area “H”) began working together to pursue community forest tenure. In order to hold a community forest license, the Ministry of Forests requires that a corporation, society or cooperative be established.  The Board of Directors appointed Bob Coyne, Electoral Area “H” Director and Bill Newell, RDOS Chief Administrative Officer, and Sandy Croteau, RDOS Manager of Finance as alternate toe the Vermillion Forks Community Forest Corporation.

Coach’s Corner

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 Hornets had a busy week – set to resume league play Wednesday.

The SOSS Hornets are now 14-12 overall and 3-1 in league – set to play a pivotal game at SOSS on Wednesday night at 6:45 versus Maggie. This game will decide who ends up in first place in the South Central league.

Report on past week of January 12-17 – by Coach Basso

On January 14th the Hornets defeated George Elliot of Winfield in league play 70-55. The Hornets were led by Gurshan Dhaliwal with 23 points and Austin Basso with 21. The win pushed the Hornets to 3-1 in league play. On the weekend the Hornets travelled to Pitt Meadows to play in the Pitt Meadows Air Show Tournament. In their first game the Hornets suffered from bus leg as they started slow spotting the host Pitt Meadows a 39-14 lead. The Hornets woke up in the second half enough to not allow the Mauraders to extend that lead as the Hornets won the second half 26-24, however it was not enough to make up the deficit as the final score was 63-40. Gurshan Dhaliwal was named player of the game with 21 and Austin Basso with 9 points. In their second game the Hornets faced off against New Westminster High, this was a better game for the Hornets as they were able to control the pace of the game, in a game that they trailed enroute to a 74-55 victory. Blake Miller Yuckin led the team with 22 points and was named player of the game. Austin Basso chipped in 19 and Gurshan Dhaliwal added 16 in the victory. In their final game the Hornets faced off agains a taller Haida Gwaii squad in a very intense and exciting game. In the first half both teams took the lead but at the end of the 1st half the Hornets trailed by 5 39-34. In the second half the Hornets had a mental let down as they allowed Haida Gwaii to race out to a 20 point lead early in the 4th quarter. The Hornets then woke up as they cut the lead to 4 with 30 seconds left and that is as close as they would get as they could not connect on their shots and had to foul to try and get the ball back, the final score was 72-66. Austin Basso led the Hornets with 23 points and was named to the tournament all star team, Kulbir Grewal chipped in with 19 and was named player of the game.

And the skies are not cloudy all day

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Flows leisurely down in the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along,
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

Then I would not exchange my home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Roy Rogers

Report on meeting of Oliver Parks

Parks & Recreation will receive $20,000 from the Provincial Government towards creating an Age-friendly Fitness Park. Manager Carol Sheridan told the Board that the Oliver Healthy Living Coalition will be co-hosting open houses with P&R at the Community Center February 25th noon until 4 pm. and February 26th 9:00 am until noon to get feed-back from interested citizens about their ideas to improve the parks and more importantly to hear what those of us who are past retirement what equipment we would like to see in an ‘Age-Friendly’ fitness circuit.

The Coalition is also presenting the Oliver Healthy Living Fair February 28th at the Community Hall. This will include a trade show, and an opportunity to get your blood pressure and sugar levels checked. There will be demonstrations, clinics and a keynote speaker. P&R are looking for Sponsors and volunteers for this event so these dates are your opportunity to start on your New Years resolution to get fit.

Discussion on Constitution and By-Laws – some clarification of wording and correction of errors in the current document.

The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society constitution mentions that Directors may be appointed for successive terms by the RDOS and the Town without limit and when questioned whether that posed any problems with respect to ensuring that ‘new blood’ could be introduced into the Board mix, Chair Shiela Lange commented that there is, in fact, a good turnover as evidenced by three new directors. A quick count determined that Larry Clark has been on the Board for 5 years and Chair Lange has served P&R for several terms with breaks in between for an accumulative total of 15 years. She commented that long term members do provide important continuity in the Board’s over-sight of the operation.

A late agenda item was the importance of a revised Strategic Plan to replace the Master Plan produced in 1998. Manager Sheridan stressed the importance of reviewing the priorities of the Society so she will be presenting a draft Strategic Plan in April for the Directors to review and comment. This draft will also include an evaluation of the overall performance of P&R and “where ‘we’ want to be” in future years. Sheridan finally mentioned that the facilities are aging and the Society must plan for the eventuality of major repairs or replacement of facilities as well as the addition of new facilities. “We must be proactive rather than reactive”; she commented.

Report by Pat Hampson


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Oliver Rotary Endowment Fund

The Rotary Club of Oliver established the Oliver Rotary Endowment Fund (OREF) in October 2010. The OREF was created to provide financial assistance to youth organizations in Oliver and the adjacent rural area to support youth activities related to health, education, social development, recreation and culture. The OREF’s initial funding resulted from an anonymous bequest and 50% matching funds from the MacFarlane Endowment Incentives Program.The OREF is a ‘Donor Advised Fund’ and was set up as an ‘open fund’ so that anyone can make a contribution to grow the fund. Grants are paid from investment earnings thereby sustaining the OREF in perpetuity.

Oliver Community Fund

Donate to the Oliver Community Fund

The Oliver Community Fund was established in 2000 by a few local individuals and business who collectively gave $5,000 to establish the Fund and was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen. The funds were endowed with the vision to create a sustainable source of funding for the community of Oliver.

The Oliver Community Fund is set up as on “open fund” so that anyone can make a contribution to give back to their community.

The Purpose of the Endowment Fund

The Fund was created to provide financial assistance to local organizations who are working hard to better our community. The fund supports all areas of need and was established to provide a sustainable source of funding for the community.

Grants will be paid from investment earnings so that the original donation value continues to earn revenue for future granting.

Consider making a donation to Oliver Community Fund to show that you care about the future of the community.

Sunnybank – well run ?


“Best care possible”

Statement by Cindy Regier, Health Services Administrator, South Okanagan:

Overall Sunnybank Care Centre is expanding its nursing capacity by increasing LPN hours and adjusting RN support to allow more flexibility in responding to resident needs. A recent review of our care delivery at Sunnybank Care Centre resulted in a reallocation of nursing coverage for better use of this resource and to ensure that nurses are using their skills to the fullest. There will be an increase in practical nursing staff – three new LPNs. Three RNs, which include a new RN Care Coordinator position, remain available to provide appropriate nursing support when and where their skills are most needed.

“Best quality service”

The goal of these changes is to ensure residents at Sunnybank receive the best care possible and that nursing care is available for each resident’s need. Having the right staff mix and resources is important for any facility to provide resident-centred care. In some cases, we have to make changes to our care models to ensure residents are getting the best quality service.