It’s the first week of the season at local curling clubs.
In Osoyoos, the Mixed League played its first draw Wednesday evening, with six rinks taking to the ice.
Dale Cory stopped by the International Curling Club to check out the action and take a few photos.
Thursday Night Ladies League action hits the ice at 7 p.m.
For more infromation on the club, and how you can get involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Eddy was in the city as part of his There and Back journey across Canada, to raise awareness and research funding for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Eddy was inspired to take on the challenge, after his grandmother was affected by Alzheimer’s.
Statistics also show there is still a 12 per cent fatality rate with breast cancer and one in three people know someone with Alzheimer’s, he said.
He started in Victoria in 2015, travelling across Canada to Cape Spear then running all the way back.
The trip, which has been solo and unsupported, ends Oct. 29 in Victoria.
(Edward Dostaler known as Fast Eddy, is a Canadian charity runner who is running solo across Canada and back to raise money for Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Hinton, Alberta he currently resides in Kamloops)
Source – files from Castanet and Wikipedia
Tours of Okanagan Correction Centre (OCC) at OIB’s Senkulmen Park
“Due to considerable public interest in booking a tour, BC Corrections has a number of staff returning messages. We want to encourage callers to keep trying during office hours (8 am-4 pm) until they either reach one of the staff handling bookings, or are able to leave a voice mail. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.”
Senior Public Affairs Officer
Public Safety & Solicitor General
Ministry of Justice
December 3, 1934 – October 11, 2016
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, Mrs. Leona Stelkia of Oliver passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 81 years.
Lovingly remembered by her family and many friends.
Wake and prayers will begin at 7:00 pm Thursday October 13th at the Penticton Indian Band Hall. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday October 14th at the Penticton Indian Band Hall.
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council’s dream of seeing someone build a hotel in town came a short step closer Tuesday when a local developer touted a 14-room-plus-penthouse proposal within a block of the council chamber.
Richard Kendricks told council the hotel is only at the concept design stage and that he still needs to attract investors to the project.
He said he was presenting his plans to council in hopes of getting assurances that the town will cut him some slack around parking requirements and that the town intends to upgrade the appearance of Fairview Road west of downtown.
What Kendricks has in mind is a 14-room “boutique hotel (in the) Santa Fe style.” It would be a two-storey addition onto the old Catholic church on the north side of Fairview just west of Kootenay Street.
The proposal includes an underground parking garage for 12 cars. This would fall short of the requirement for the hotel and the existing Medici’s Gelataria restaurant.
“I’ll be looking for investors to make (the project) happen,” said Kendricks. “I need to know now that we will be able to get a parking variance.”
While council could not commit to such a variance, Mayor Ron Hovanes assured Kendricks that the town will do whatever it can to make the hotel project possible.
Hovanes mentioned an existing ground-floor parking exemption for downtown commercial businesses. As well, he pointed to 10-year municipal business tax exemption for hotels under a program to encourage downtown revitalization.
“You’re looking at a council table that is pretty creative” and willing to help such a project, said Hovanes. “We’ve wanted a hotel for a long time.”
Kendricks, who has owned the land for eight years, said he would like to see the town extend the current downtown décor and lighting theme up Fairview Road to the high school.
He said the stucco and wood Santa Fe look of the proposed hotel would fit nicely with the town, particularly to wine-related events like the festival of the grape.
The hotel would be connected to the existing building via a hallway. There would be a common courtyard area adjacent to the hotel’s ground floor, which would contain a lobby and five guest rooms.
The second floor would contain nine guest rooms and on the roof would be a two-bedroom penthouse that could be home to the hotel manager or available for rent.
Hovanes warned Kendricks that there will be many regulatory hoops to go through, but encouraged him to begin meeting with town staff to get the ball rolling. Kendricks said he would.
Resident pleads for Tucelnuit Drive sidewalk
Council thanked Judy Harvey for her presentation Tuesday in favour of a new sidewalk along Tucelnuit Drive, but could offer little by way of hope that it might actually happen.
Harvey told council that children going to Tucelnuit Elementary and many seniors living in the Cherry Grove, Sunningdale and Green Acres neighborhoods walk along the road between McKinney Road and Park Drive.
She said the ground is uneven and the road is traveled by transport trucks hauling logs and other cargo.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said the idea is “one of those things that has to get in the queue.” And Councillor Jack Bennest said even if the sidewalk were to get on the priority list, it could be a long way down.
Council will be back on television
Oliver residents will again be able to watch council members at work if a test telecast from Tuesday’s meeting was successful.
A single, fixed television camera was recently installed in the council chamber. It was turned on at the beginning of the 7 p.m. regular council meeting to deliver live coverage over the Eastlink community channel.
Corporate officer Diane Vaykovich said the telecast will be assessed and next steps determined. She said she is also looking at the potential to webcast the proceedings on the town website.
At a meeting in August council members expressed frustration with Eastlink, which had not acted to replace the live and taped-delay coverage of regular and special meetings. The programming was cancelled early this year with the retirement of the producer.
Council gave Eastlink until the end of September to remedy the problem.
Town seeking bylaw enforcement officers
The town has severed its relationship with its bylaw enforcement officer and is advertising for a replacement.
The town had contracted with SOS Security to provide enforcement and Donald Lowndes was employed by SOS to work on enforcement in Oliver. However, since Lowndes is no longer employed by SOS, he cannot work security in Oliver and his appointment was rescinded.
SOS will continue bylaw enforcement until the end of October. In the meantime, the town is seeking “expressions of interest” through local media for bylaw enforcement and animal control services.
Reporter: Roy Wood
I will be seeking the Nomination for BC NDP MLA Boundary Similkameen.
I feel that it is time to put my passion and strong voice to work for the residents of Boundary Similkameen.
As a life long resident with family ties back to 1920 in this region. I feel I have the roots , knowledge and drive to be the voice in Victoria.
It’s time to have an MLA that will work hard daily for every resident, be available to listen to concerns and a strong voice for action.
My mission is to be the voice of Boundary Similkameen as we strive towards a Better BC for everyone !
I truly care !!! I WILL listen-That is MY PROMISE !
Anyone wishing to support and VOTE for BRENDA DOROSZ in the nomination, must be a BC NDP member , living in this riding, by this Friday Oct 14, 2016.
I timed it. less than 9 minutes from my townhouse to the – Okanagan Correction Centre (OCC) at Senkulmen Park.
Pictures of front entrance and long shot of view from the North East.
More importantly – the OCC mattress group – following a safety briefing inside.
Clients of the ‘Painted Chair’ hired to install all mattresses in the institution in the days and weeks ahead.
More later on ODN when we get a chance to talk to the new warden about all the security features.
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman who died after a motor vehicle incident in Oliver on Oct. 10, 2016.
She was Beverly Anne Louie, aged 47, of Oliver.
Ms. Louie was the driver and sole occupant of an SUV that left the roadway and rolled down an embankment in the 3100-block of Nik’Mip Road in Oliver in the early morning hours of Oct. 10, 2016. Ms. Louie was deceased at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.
Ms. Louie’s family has been notified of her death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service requests that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Under the BC Rural Dividend, the Province is providing $313,180 in grants to five communities in Boundary-Similkameen, MLA Linda Larson announced today.
The Osoyoos Indian Band is being awarded $100,000 to complete conceptual plans and engineering designs to facilitate land development in Oliver.
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is being awarded $91,750 to develop a feasibility and business plan for a comprehensive economic development strategy in Keremeos.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen receives $32,722 to upgrade a community hall, including handicap-accessible features, in Hedley.0
The City of Grand Forks receives $76,850 to assess feasibility of surplus city-owned land for local developers and joint ventures with partners.
The Village of Midway gets $11,858 to create a unique brand identity and marketing tools for business and tourism.
These are five of 73 successful grants, totalling over $8 million, being awarded to eligible communities under the three-year, $75-million, BC Rural Dividend.
As committed during the September 2015 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention and in Balanced Budget 2016, the BC Rural Dividend helps rural communities with populations under 25,000 to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies, making them more attractive places to live and work.
Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson –
“The great thing about these grants is they ensure a stable future for our various community groups and organizations. It is these groups that have the ability to understand and meet the local needs, and we are happy to support them in this work with the Rural Dividend Grants.”
By ROY WOOD
It will take a few months, but gradually the familiar Eisenhut Insurance logo will disappear from downtown Osoyoos, just as Echlin Insurance has vanished from Oliver.
Both formerly local companies are have become part of the Surrey-based and rapidly expanding Westland Insurance Group, which now has four Okanagan locations, including Penticton and Kelowna.
Eisenhut is the most recent Westland acquisition, which has been in effect for just over a week. Echlin was acquired by Westland in early 2015 and the name on the building was changed shortly after said office manager Sharon Laine.
“We will have to change the (Eisenhut) name to Westland at some point in time,” company vice-president for retail Steve Sache said in an interview Tuesday. “It’ll be in the next few months we will start to see some of the signage change and some of the letterhead change.”
He added, however, “We will use ‘formerly Eisenhut Insurance’ because there’s a lot of value in the brand that’s been built over 40 years plus.”
The Osoyoos company was established in the 1960s by Paul Eisenhut and has been operated by his son Doug, who recently announced the sale and his retirement after 40 years in the business.
Local office manager Belmira Mota remains in place, as does the rest of the staff.
Mota said in an interview the staff was surprised by the announcement earlier this month but “we’re all pretty good” with the changes even though “obviously, we’ll miss Doug.”
Sache said that while the size of the parent company does provide some economies of scale, “from a staffing perspective, we still need the same people doing the same customer service jobs.”
It is possible, he said, that even more staff will be needed because of Westland’s mandate to provide expanded hours of service, including evenings and Sundays.
Such longer hours of operation would be in response to consumer demand. “A lot depends on the local trade area and what the community expects. … If customers demand it, we will expand hours. (But) it doesn’t work for all communities (and) we listen to local management.”
With 64 locations in BC and nine in Alberta, Westland is becoming a major player.
The company started as a single broker in Delta, BC in 1980. As recently as March 2010 it had just 35 offices. “We would like to continue to grow,” said Sache, “(but) we’re careful not to grow too quickly.”
He said the company is driven by “a strong entrepreneurial spirit. … “If we’re not growing, we’re not moving in the right direction.”
Ah, the smell of burning rubber on a Sunday afternoon.
After the rock band Queen enjoyed a Night at the Opera, they spent a Day at the Races.
And that’s where you would have found the team of Dave Sabyan Kenny Brown and Don Cachola, members of the Wine Country Racing Association, this past Sunday.
It may have been a little cool and windy for the final day of racing at the Richter Pass Speedway, on the grounds of the Osoyoos Airport, but that didn’t deter fans from coming out to cheer on the burnouts and the one-eighth mile drag races. While you could hear the thundering sounds of burnouts taking place trackside, Sabyan, Brown and Cachola could be found back in the pit area, making final preparations for racing. While all three race the car, on this day, it was Sabyan’s turn, and Dave eventually doned his race jacket, helmet and gloves, and got behind the wheel of their 1978 Monte Carlo – otherwise known as the Black Widow.
That’s when the real fun begins.
“I always say, ‘When the boy in the man dies, the man dies shortly thereafter.’ That’s how much fun we’re having,” gushed Sabyan.
Sabyan, Brown and Cachola began their equal-ownership project about nine years ago. You wouldn’t know it by looking at this black-coloured Monte, but under the hood, there’s about 840 horsepower pushing the car down the track.
“I think one of the best ways to describe it is – it’s like somebody going to a football game and not knowing any of the rules, and not having fun or enjoying it. Drag racing is much the same. We bracket race here, and the hardest part is what’s called, ‘cutting a good tree’ or getting a very good reaction time, and then running the car consistently,” offers Sabyan. “We’ll run the car today at 6.40. If we have to adjust a little bit for the weather, the wind or the track then we’ll adjust accordingly. But we want to try to run ideally within a hundredth of a second of that. If you’re not, and you’re not cutting a good tree, the competitor you’re running against will put this (Monte Carlo) on the trailer.” Yes, it’s all about the reaction time, where any type of lag from the driver, or the car, can result in a second place finish in a two car race. “What you’re watching for is, as the tree drops, each one of those amber lights drops, which is .5 of a second as they come down, while also taking into account there is a bit of a time lag in the human brain. We’re looking at anticipating the green based on point five, and, as those ambers drop, you’ve basically got to leave before the green. There’s the lag in the human brain, the reaction of the human body, and then there’s still a bit of a delay in the car itself. So you’re leaving probably half a second before the actual green goes on, because everything takes a split second to come together for you.”
React perfectly, and you have a better chance of winning the race. React poorly, and you are left with sucking your competitors fumes. “There’s some guys who come here and they’re incredible. They cut awesome lights, every light. You hope you don’t get put up against him or her, because they’re just really good,” admits Sabyan. “I’ve seen first-time racers come out here and cut incredible lights. It’s just really getting the rhythym or timing down. Imagine yourself stopping at a traffic light, and anticipating that green light coming on, and actually leaving at that instant. “And a couple thousandths of a second will win or lose a race.” Once the final race took place Sunday, drivers first enjoyed a bit of a celebration, then took their cars back to the garage, where they will sit for the winter months.
At this point, the thrill of racing is replaced with the tedious work of fixing, replacing and upgrading – all with the goal of being fastest on the track come spring.
“We’re pretty good about going over the car after every race. We’ve been very fortunate because we’ve got the car to the point where the maintenance on it is pretty minimal. We’ve made our mistakes, and we’ve broken parts we never thought we would break. We’ve had to upgrade stuff. But we’ve got it set up pretty darn bulletproof. If we lose a race, we can’t blame the car at this point. You have to blame the driver,” points out Sabyan. “The car works really well. We’ll pull the transmission out this winter and go through it because it’s got two years on it. That’s cheap to do.”
And above all, Sabyan believes it’s important not to let the competition get out of hand, and keep the drivers safe.
“This is such a good club. We make the sport as safe as we can. There’s no such thing as a guaranteed safe race. We tech all the cars – they make the NHRA and IHRA rules that we have in place. We want to make sure everyone is safe. That’s our priority,” summarized Sabyan. “And number two, is to have fun.”
And let’s face it. Every boy inside every man wants to have fun – especially when it takes place on the race track.
-Dale Cory, ODN
Janet Berry (nee Briscoe) April 7, 1919 – October 4, 2016
Janet passed away peacefully at McKinney Place on October 4, 2016 at the age of 97 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Alfred; brothers Jack and Danny and sister Mary Ellen. Janet will be fondly remembered by her loving family including daughter Louise as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. She loved horses and enjoyed riding and gardening. Janet and Alfred owned and operated a 15 acre orchard until they retired. She was a wonderful mother and is dearly missed by her daughter.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday November 4, 2016 at the Oliver Alliance Church.
Thank you to the staff and medical team at McKinney Place for your care and assistance while Mom was there and to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
Landowner Richard Kendrick will appear before Oliver Town Council this evening with a presentation as to
what the land at 522 Fairview Rd could look like with the addition to the present building.
The building is the former Christ the King Catholic church and now occupied by a café and cookie manufacturer. The plan calls for 15 underground parking stalls.
ODN reporter Roy Wood is back from summer holidays and will report more on this development later this week.
to both Kandice and Laird for not getting their weekend features up on time.
Wally Smith was a man who didn’t like to make the same mistake twice, when he built his new house he built it with a stand alone garage. He could have built a carport but he wanted a work bench inside too, and of course shelving for his hand tools.
All the rest of the items needed to be stored were kept in the basement of his first most expensive possession, his house. The reason he did not store his ‘stuff ‘ in his garage is because he wanted his second most expensive possession, his car, to be protected from the blazing summer sun as well as the other elements which the seasons bring.
A garage will give the owner a greater sense of security since it is easier to keep people guessing whether or not you are at home. Of course nothing is foolproof.
When I lived in Red Deer Alberta, my neighbor had a greyhound bus sized motor coach. He parked it in front of his house which was also his storage site for the vehicle. Shortly after we moved in to the neighborhood, the man and his family went away for the weekend.
While they were gone some thieves decided to steal his snow machines which were stored on a trailer in his garage. On their way out, they broke a window in my truck and rifled it but found nothing of value.
It was then and there I decided that storage facilities have their place. Unfortunately, my neighbor did not learn that lesson quickly because the next time he left with the motor coach, the thieves came back and stole his quads and broke into his house, but they left my truck alone. The thieves seemed to learn more quickly than the neighbor.
In the neighborhood we live in now there is a family that goes quading all summer long. They keep their stuff in storage. The only time we see it is the night before they leave and the day they return. I appreciate that because I feel that the neighborhood is safer with their stuff in storage. I think the police would agree with my analysis.
On a different subject, I want to mention mercy driving. ” What?”, you may say? That is when you have mercy on a driver who makes a mistake whether on purpose or not. Let me give you an example, you are in a lane patiently waiting your turn to move ahead when a car from your right wants to merge in front of you.
What do you do? Do you pull ahead and not allow him to enter? Do you assume he is an idiot? Do you assume he is just being selfish and a road hog for wanting in? Or do you assume he has his reasons and let him in? He could have had some very bad news,or is in a hurry, is a visitor, or is just not paying attention. There could be any number of reasons that we are unaware of.
I let cars in as often as I can, for when it comes to my turn to be let in, it is always there for me. If the guy behind me won`t let cars in, then I let 10 cars go in front of me. If each of us let 1 or 2 cars into the line, we all would be much better off. And, at least in Alberta, it is the law to allow cars to merge.
Today, if I wrong someone, I don`t look at them. The same with someone wronging me, I don`t look at the driver. When I lived in Walla Walla Washington, I felt safe driving because everyone knew the rules. Drivers ( American citizens only ) were allowed to have firearms in their cars or on their person. I didn`t ever see anyone shake a fist or give the one fingered salute. This is where I learned not to look at other drivers.
Wayne Gretzky once said,” if you look your opponent in the eyes, you both drop your gloves! ” He was only in one fight that we know of, he lost it…humbling, and like Wally, didn`t want to make the same mistake twice.
This is always a hot topic, so here goes again. ABS – Abdominals. First of all you can’t spot reduce fat. Training abs by themselves will not reduce body fat. TV commercials have led people to believe that you can get six-pack abs doing crunches or get fabulous results using their piece of equipment. They don’t care about your health or well-being, they just want your money.
To lose fat & gain lean muscle you need to:
Pay attention to your food intake:
Create a calorie deficit (consume less calories than you burn).
Eat better (more wholesome, less processed) foods.
Perform high calorie-demand exercise. Involve the large muscles of the body.
Train your abdominals sensibly, it is muscle you are working, not fat.
Cardio – interval training (short bursts of all effort)
Cardio – long, steady state (swimming, biking, jogging etc.). This type of cardio in my opinion is more for a state of well-being & pleasure than anything else.
Calorie restriction, resistance training, and physical activity in the form of moderate intensity aerobic work, was seen as a key factor in successful fat loss. Following a sensible eating plan, resistance training three to four times per week, and walking an hour daily is the prescription.
Here are some truth & false that I came across…
FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “If I train abs really hard every day, I will lose belly fat and get a six-pack.”
REALITY: Everyone has a six-pack. It’s a muscle called your rectus abdominus. The only reason it’s not visible on everyone is because it’s usually covered with a layer of body fat. You could do 1,000 crunches seven days per week, but that won’t help you burn that layer of fat.
FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “You can turn all of your body fat into toned muscle by lifting weights.”
REALITY: It is not possible to turn your body fat into muscle. Fat is fat and muscle is muscle—you can’t magically turn one into the other by lifting weights or doing cardio. However, weight training is the easiest way to control the shape of your body. The more muscle you have, the more fat your body will burn.
FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Eating fat makes you fat.”
REALITY: Fat doesn’t make you fat—consuming too many calories does. Foods that contain fat are part of a healthy diet, help maintain your lean body mass, and assist with metabolic function. Healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can be found in extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, avocados, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, flaxseeds, and more. If you want to lose fat, you need to eat fewer calories and/or burn more calories.
FAT-LOSS FALSEHOOD: “Cardio is all I need for fat loss.”
REALITY: Every gym has the guy or gal who does an hour and half of cardio but never seems to make physique changes. They’re living proof that if you don’t change things up, steady-state cardio will become less and less effective at reducing your body fat.
If you’re within normal bodyweight range & you’ve been working at losing fat & gaining muscle & are saying… ‘The scale hasn’t changed’, throw out the scale! Muscle is a dense tissue, fat is not. Five pounds of fat is 5 pounds of fat, 5 pounds of muscle is 5 pounds of muscle. Keep in mind that 5 pounds of fat takes up way more space than 5 pounds of muscle. Go by how you feel & how your clothes fit.
Keep in mind that high stress levels can contribute to weight gain. You have to find balance. Are you working too hard? Not hard enough? Are you happy doing what you’re doing? It’s for you to decide.
Disclaimer: It is my pleasure to answer your questions regarding exercises. I am not however able to help you if you’ve recently had an injury or surgery & have not yet received your doctors approval to exercise. You must have the green light to start an exercise program before I can recommend appropriate exercises for you. I am all about safety first!
Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you :)