On January 1st, 2017 Keremeos RCMP responded to a Break and Enter reported at on Chopaka Rd. Suspects broke the glass on the ground floor door over the previous few days while the owner was away. They entered the residence, stealing a .270 Winchester rifle and a saddle with the words “In memory of Ralph C Bent” on the back of the saddle seat. The stolen rifle was recovered on Penticton Indian Reserve from a person who claimed to have purchased it from individuals who reside in the Chopaka area. The saddle has deep sentimental value to the resident of the home. If you have any information to assist the Police in solving this crime or returning the saddle please contact Cst. Paul TITHECOTT at Keremeos Detachment 250-499-5511
Snow basin indices for January 1st 2017 range from a low of 49% of normal in the Liard to a high of 114% in the South Coast (Table 1 and Figure 1). The province has below-normal snow pack for January 1st, with the average of all snow measurements at 82%. Well below-normal snowpack (<65%) is present in northern BC, including the Upper Fraser, Skeena-Nass, Stikine, Peace, and Liard. Slightly below-normal snowpacks (65-80%) are present in the Boundary and Okanagan. Near-normal snowpacks (85-115%) are present throughout the rest of the province.
Two key weather factors have been driving the seasonal snowpack development this year. First is the extremely warm November period across the province. This led to a delay in the early season accumulation of snow, and in some areas led to melting of the early season snow that had fallen in October. During November, river runoff from melting snow and moderate to heavy rainfall, led to extremely high seasonal flows for most river systems in the BC Interior. The second key weather driver has been the dominance of Arctic air across the province through December. This has led to dry conditions, particularly across northern BC, and cold conditions across the province. Colder than normal temperatures in south-west BC has led to much greater snow accumulations at low elevation, while the impact on higher elevation snowpack has been modest. Snow at low elevation has been much higher than normal through December, with many areas receiving twice as much snow as normal, or more.
Weather patterns flipped in December, ushering in the dominance of Arctic air across British Columbia. Monthly temperatures were typically 2-5˚C below normal across the province. Precipitation through December was generally below normal to near normal across the province, with some areas of the South Interior experiencing above-normal precipitation. While precipitation amounts were not exceptional, cold temperatures led to much higher than normal (typically 130-300% of normal) snowfall throughout December for low elevation areas of south-west BC.
December 3 1964 was a monumentous day. It was a day I thought would never arrive, for I was afraid I would die before it happened. One of my friends had died sliding down a mountain and I thought I would be the next one to suffer such a untimely fate.
I made it! Now I was sixteen years old! As soon as possible I got my learners permit to drive, and as soon as possible I got my drivers license. I was in seventh heaven! That delirium was tempered though by the thought that I would not live to the age of twenty-one, which at the time was the drinking age and the beginning of adulthood.
Oh well, I was sixteen and there was a good time to be had.
Some time in the spring of 1965, I asked Wally if I could borrow the family car, a 1951 Plymouth 4 door sedan, for a night on the town. He said yes. I talked to three or four friends who would accompany me on the drive about town.
We drove the gut for a couple of hours then someone suggested we drive to Keremeos up Richter Pass way. Knowing that Wally would not approve of me puting a great many miles on his old car, I unhooked the odometer cable and made a mental note of hooking it up later.
We drove and drove and drove. Someone said that the time was late, after midnight, and we still had not reached Keremeos. I turned the car around and returned the way we had come.
Unknown to me, the parents of the boys with me were phoning Wally and asking the whereabouts of their sons. Meantime I was delivering each one of them to their homes.
It was 4am by the time I arrived home. My brain had reminded me to hookup the odometer cable before I arrived home, but my bad judgement kicked in and said do it later, the easier route which I chose.
Auntie Kay awoke me at 7am, 8am, 9am, 10 am, and at 11am I finally got out of bed. Wally confronted me on the odometer gaffe. It was all about broken trust. My reward? A lifetime ban from using the family car! Ouch!
That decision reduced me to my two methods of traveling around the South Okanagan, bicycle and hitch hiking. Bicycle was too slow and hitch hiking was too uncertain. The only other means was motorcycle. The Japanese were marketing the beasts and Honda was the most common.
Where 7 Eleven is now located in Oliver, there was a garage and gas station. The owner was a Honda dealer. I talked Wally into allowing me to buy one, Auntie Kay was totally against the idea! The only one I could afford was the Honda 90cc Sport. Wally would not allow me to borrow any money to buy the classier looking Super Sport.
The Sport cost me all my savings, $ 460.00. The day of purchase was a Friday, I was able to get a license plate but the insurance office was closed before I got there.
We arranged to have the Honda dealer deliver the beast to our yard, so when I arrived home, there it was, sitting on its kickstand, black, shiny and gleaming! I was in seventh heaven! I forgot all about the lack of insurance.
The tank was full of gas, the key was in the ignition, everything was set to go, but I was not allowed to drive it on the highway until I bought insurance which wouldn’t happen until the following Monday.
I drove it up and down the driveway, and through the orchard ducking branches and learning what the machine and I both could take. All weekend was spent driving the beast, I managed to put 25 miles on it in two days, that is a lot when the top speed was 30 mph before you had to slow down again.
When I got the insurance, and upon my mother’s urging, I started wearing a helmet. I drove the machine to school and parked it beside Jim Parks 300cc Honda Dream, that was a machine we all envied, for it was the classiest Honda of them all at the time and the most expensive.
True to Wally’s ban, I never did drive the family car again, but then I started getting my own cars. I also reached the age of 21 and forgot about my fears of not reaching a certain age.
Then in my mid twenties, I got tangled up in a Christian control church where I spent the next 22 years. I’ll talk about that in my next column.
We currently use a salt/sand mixture that a couple of the larger trucks use to spread on roads where needed. We also have a water/salt brine liquid mixture that is used on unit #12 (Flat deck with tank) that often sprays most of the hilly streets in Oliver and is sent out as needed, even when we have light snow so we can keep the streets in good shape from ice forming when temperatures are reasonable.
Salt can only do so much and as temperatures dip down colder as salt usually has a tougher time to melt ice on the road surface. More expensive products can be used to do a better job at these colder temperatures but we find that in Oliver, cold temperatures usually don’t last that long and buying large quantities and storing other products are not cost effective way to combat the weather for the cold couple weeks we get each winter. The key for Public Works Oliver crew is keeping the streets clear as possible without allowing too much ice build up and then using the salt/sand which can be an effective tool.
We don’t know of any salt shortage here (in the interior) and have a supply of salt and salt/sand mixture in storage for the coming weeks. We are going to double check with our suppliers to ensure that we have enough quantity for the season.
April 25, 1942
January 3, 2017
Cecilia George of Adams Lake, wife of former OIB Chief Hubert (Hub) George has passed in her 74 year.
Our respects to a fine lady.
Cecilia Ann George
April 25, 1942 – January 03, 2017
Cecilia Ann George, nee Sampson, beloved wife of Mr. Hubert George of Oliver (Adams Lake), passed away at the Penticton Hospital after complications due to long-term diabetes, on January 3, 2017 at the age of 74 years.
She was the loving mother of: Greg Witzky (Beverly Saul), Eugene Witzky, and Shelley Witzky, and will be dearly missed by her brother Lorne Sampson Sr., and her sister Mary Anthony both of Adams Lake. She will also be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews of both Oliver and Adams Lake.
The family would like to thank the Osoyoos Indian Band, Adams Lake Indian Band and everyone that assisted the family during this time. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Bob Haddow has been chief of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, now, and a room in the community’s branch of the Legion was packed on Sunday with people celebrating his time so far.
“It’s gone terribly fast, yes,” Haddow said. “I can’t believe it.”
Among the speakers were former firefighters, associates, family members and regional district directors who spoke fondly of Haddow’s commitment to the job.
“For a chief who’s been chief for 50 years, who we celebrate today, I can only say, Bob, that you are really a fireman’s fire chief,” Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s Electoral Area ‘D’ director Tom Siddon told the room in a speech.
Haddow says he started his career at the department on a bit of a whim – he saw an advertisement in the paper for an event where the local firefighters were showing people a new breathing apparatus, and he’s been at the fire hall ever since, though he says he didn’t expect to be on the job for this long.
Haddow says retirement is on the table, but he has no plans for it at this point.
Sunday morning 1 am Columbia Place
The fire was in the wall where the chimney is. The fire appears to have gotten in to the wall from somewhere along the chimney but not sure of the exact location.
Firefighters gained access via the roof with some chainsaw work. Using some water extinguishers and some water from hoses off the truck we were able to extinguish and locate the areas burning.
The occupant of the home notified 911 of the chimney fire when they noticed no smoke coming out the chimney outside. They could hear the fire crackling in the roof and called 911.
Occupants did stay the night in the home after we left.
Warning to home owners is to have you chimney inspected and cleaned regularly.
Luckily the occupants of the home were awake and noticed the fire or it could have been a lot worse overnight.
The 38th annual Oliver-Osoyoos Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 31st with 33 observers in 12 parties taking part plus 4 additional feeder watchers. Despite having better participation this year we had some areas that went uncovered due to the flu bug that’s going around and this greatly impacted the count. It was a decent day for doing the count, cold, but with little wind and some morning fog. This year there were 17,720 birds of 100 species found. Although the total birds is well above the 36 year average this is our lowest count since 1999 and 100 species is the lowest since 2000. Our 100 species recorded this year is the highest total in the BC interior with Kelowna being second with 98 species followed by Penticton with 96 species so our count again retained it’s title as the best count in the BC interior.
For the second straight year our most abundant species this year was Bohemian Waxwing with 3042 birds found this year The Bohemian Waxwings flocks often perch in the tops of cottonwoods or poplars before descending to feast on berries such as mountain-ash and juniper. European Starling was second with 2656 birds followed by Canada Goose with 2346. There were a few interesting highlights for the day. Four Snow Geese were seen flying over Osoyoos Lake for only our 6th count record. Two male Wood Ducks were seen on Osoyoos Lake. A Thayer’s Gull seen along the river south of Road 22 was only our 5th record and a Black-backed Woodpecker in the burn on Mount Kobau was our 6th count record. Our 7th record for Fox Sparrow and a flock of 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers rounds out the rarities. Although not seen on the count day a Lincoln’s Sparrow that was photgraphed along the river north of Road 22 on January 3rd falls within the count week period of 3 days before and after the count so will be submiited for the count week. This is only the 7th time the species has appeared in winter here. Record high numbers were recorded for Rough-legged Hawk (19) as this year’s cold weather pushed more of this arctic breeder south into our area. There were some low-lights to the count as well. Belted Kingflsher was missed on count day for only the 5th time in 38 years and Ring-billed Gull was missed for the first time since 1996. The 4 Northern Shrike seen is the lowest number since 1979, the first year of our count.
The data collected from our Christmas Bird count, along with the 2400 other counts done throughout the Americas, is part of the longest running wildlife survey in the world. The information collected is critical to the monitoring of the health of our bird populations and helping to guide conservation actions. Thanks to all those who took part and helped make the count a huge success.
LISP, Lincoln’s Sparrow, photo by Mark Gardiner
When the Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble performs “A Tribute to Dave Brubeck” words like “dazzling virtuosity and stunning maturity” come to mind. Bolduc, one of Canada’s best jazz saxophonists will be on stage at the beautiful Venables Theatre, Oliver, at 7:30 on Friday, January 27. He brings with him guest artist Montreal jazz pianist, Francois Bourassa, as well as Fraser Hollins on double bass and Dave Laing on drums.
Together they will be performing the music of Dave Brubeck who in 1950 to 1960 reigned with his celebrated band as the most influential and popular American jazz ensemble. Brubeck created the album Time Out, one of the most famous and best-selling albums in the history of jazz to this day. Take Five, Blue Rondo a la Turk and several other compositions from the album are on the program.
Assigned seating tickets for the event on January 27th can be obtained on line at www.venablestheatre.ca, at the theatre box office Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at the Door. Single entrance is $22.50 and students under 17 are free.
Remi plays sax with intensity and control, breathtaking precision and a magnetic stage presence. He is acclaimed at venues from New York to Paris by way of Geneva, Tokyo and Beijing. With his band he composes and plays numbers that “convey his formidable energy and spontaneity, allowing his organic sound to breathe freely.”
Teacher and head of the McGill University jazz department, Remi has won awards for the best jazz album of 2011 and the Opus prize for Jazz Concert of the Year in 2013.
On his latest album recorded in collaboration with Francois Bourassa and released to much acclaim, the joy these two musicians share in playing together is palpable.
Pianist and composer, Francois Bourassa, is the son of Robert Bourassa, Premier of Quebec from 1970–1976 and 1985–1994. Francois, as a side project, has recently finished his first concerto for orchestra and percussion while maintaining an international concert tour on three continents with his jazz quartet.
Fraser Hollins, Remi’s man on double bass, studied music at Ottawa University and later in Montreal at Concordia. He regularly plays with groups of national and international artists. He lives in Montreal and teaches at McGill.
David Laing, on drums, grew up in a musical family, studied at McGill and began his professional career shortly after. In the past fifteen years he has recorded, toured, and performed with national and international stars. He currently resides in Montreal where he also teaches at McGill.
Tickets are on sale now and those requiring bus transportation from Osoyoos can call Maureen at 250 495 7978 to make arrangements.
Marion Boyd on behalf of
SO Concert Society
The boys beat Ridge Meadows Friday night 8-5, Semiahmoo Saturday morning 7-1, and Merritt Saturday afternoon 7-5. Then in the semi finals Sunday morning they beat *Vernon 6-1 to advance to the final game against Merritt.
The score for the final game was 6-1 for South Ok. The boys have managed to come first in all the tournaments they have attended this year!
From the first cool day of fall until late spring, soup is one of our daily meals. It is such a convenience food and can be heated in minutes for a hearty meal. Coming in for a quick lunch, after a hard morning in the yard, the soup is heated by the time we have cleaned our hands. After a catering event, we are usually tired and do not feel like a meal but a cup of soup can be enjoyed while sitting with our feet up.
I quite often serve soup to friends, if they are here for lunch. Quite often I am asked for a particular recipe but I find it difficult to give them one, not because I do not give away family favourites but because I never make the same soup twice and I usually cannot remember what exactly went in it.
Because I stick to a vegetarian diet, I do not start off our soups with a meat base but, if making it for others, I start with whatever bones and meat trimmings are on hand. After simmering all the flavour from the bones, I strain the broth and leave overnight to get thoroughly cold, the fat can then be skimmed off easily the next morning and the rest of the ingredients added.
Vegetarian soups need extra flavour so I always sautee my onions to get them caramelized, if potatoes are to be used, they too get sautéed. After that I clean out the fridge, whatever veggies are in there get chopped up and thrown in. Left overs almost always go into the soup, usually right at the end as they are already cooked. My protein comes from lentils or other legumes. I add whatever spices I feel like and just keep adjusting until it suits my taste. Soup that may taste a bit blah can be instantly improved by adding canned tomatoes or even no-name tomato soup.
I always make at least a gallon at a time, sometimes two or three. This way it can be frozen in smaller containers, for later use. If my grandchildren happen to be coming, I usually take my hand blender and puree all the veggies, I tell them it is cream of tomato, even though there is no cream in it. They wolf it down with no further questions.
For lunch with friends, I usually make some cheese biscuits, they go very well with any soup, can be made in advance and “zapped” in the microwave oven for a few seconds. If I want to be fancy, I drizzle some cream on top of the soup, and a sprinkle of parsley or chives, always a show stopper even though the whole meal has cost pennies per serving.
I really believe that all students should be taught the basics of cheap, easy meals while at school. It seems unbelievable that some people cannot make soup or a casserole, how much better for children’s growth than fast foods. Supermarkets usually have a shelf of cheap veggies, not good enough for pretty meals but perfect for soup. Busy, working moms could make enough soup for several days by just spending fifteen minutes chopping and stirring, then letting it simmer for a while. With a sandwich or cheese and crackers, dinner would take minutes, the cost would be minimal and dishes would be done in a flash.
Time to go, my lunch is waiting, soup of course.
Well established single practitioner law office in Osoyoos requires a competent, friendly person with:
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Next – Fairview Heritage Townsite Society revitalization meeting
Oliver Community Center.
Come prepared with ideas and $10 to join and to vote.
Public welcome to attend
Members of the Okanagan Historical Society and Oliver and District Heritage Society invited.
Help plan an effective and visible restart to our Fairview Society.
Talented and Creative Team Members Wanted
At least 20 enthusiastic, talented and creative team members to help plan and achieve the Fairview Heritage Townsite Society’s vision and values.
Come to the meeting noted above or reply to Box 1563, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0.
Beginning this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.
“We need to do everything we can to help girls and boys grow up to be healthy adults,” said Lake. “We’ve targeted the program to Grade 6 girls and now Grade 6 boys to better promote the broad coverage needed for effective herd immunity. The HPV vaccine is most effective when administered before a child is first exposed to the virus and will help protect them from HPV-related cancers and other serious health problems.”
B.C.’s HPV immunization program will be expanded to include Grade 6 boys in September 2017, to improve protection against a range of HPV-caused cancers that affect both females and males. Immunization coverage rates for the Grade 6 girls HPV program have not reached levels originally projected, and expanding B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program to include all Grade 6 boys will help ensure HPV vaccine coverage rates promote *herd immunity. Furthermore, the cost of the vaccine has come down substantially, and Health Canada has approved moving from a three-dose to a two-dose series. As a result of these factors, a review of the cost-benefit analysis by public health officials supported the expanded coverage.
The HPV immunization program will become part of the regular school-based immunization clinics.
*Community Immunity (“Herd Immunity“) Vaccines can prevent outbreaks of disease and save lives. When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak.
Emergency repairs are underway on a sewer line break at the scene of a landslide in Peachland.
The District of Peachland says the landslide has limited traffic on Highway 97 to single-lane alternating, just north of Antlers Beach.
Emergency crews and equipment are on site, clearing the debris and managing traffic, along with staff and geotechnical engineers.
The slide ruptured a sewer main in the same location, and BC Hydro crews are on site monitoring a power pole that has been undermined.
No homes are threatened by the collapse, and no one has been injured.
Keep Him in the Manger
Christmas is over and the decorations are being packed away. Among them may well be a nativity scene with the baby Jesus in a manger, safely stowed away. That is all normal and appropriate. Next year He’ll come out again still in the manger. That is also good unless that is the only place we’ll ever want Him to be. If, in our heart of hearts, we want Him to stay there He’ll be no threat to our lifestyle. We can handle a cute baby but not a bold preacher of righteousness. But He did not stay in the manger.
He was heralded as the coming King of the Jews which provoked King Herod to try to kill Him. They escaped to Egypt.
As an itinerant preacher of righteousness and truth He earned the resentment of many.
When He offered to be Saviour of the people and free them from the penalty of sin He aroused the jealousy of the religious leaders. Eventually they engineered the crucifixion.
When He claimed deity as the Son of God some tried to stone Him to death.
Will we try to keep Him in the manger so that He doesn’t interfere with our plans or disturb our lifestyle? The best 2017 will be one in which Jesus is given the place He deserves.
That is the sunny side,