The South Okanagan PeeWee Rep and Midget Rep Teams will be representing the Okanagan Region at the BC Hockey Tier 3 Provincial Championships in Terrace, BC and Dawson Creek, BC. We need your for your support.
Please come out and enjoy a Pancake breakfast at the Oliver Fire Hall and support the SOMHA Peewee and Midget teams on the road to provincials.
Saturday March 11th – Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice by donation. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, as well as tickets available with a 1st place prize of $1000.00 and 2nd place prize of $500 gas card.
9:00 am – 12 pm
Hall – Oliver Fire Department
369 Similkameen Avenue
In the early hours of March 10th, 2017 a 2007 Kubota KX121-3 excavator was stolen from Black Sage Road. The Excavator, similar to the picture, had no bucket but did have a hoe pack and rock breaker. There is a sticker located on the arm with “Okanagan Underground Services” and a phone number in white letters on the back. Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Oliver RCMP 250-498-3422 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477.
West Kelowna – Emergency crews remain at the scene of a collision which has temporarily shut Highway 97 near Gorman’s Mill between West Kelowna and Peachland.
On March 10, 2017 at 7:55 am, emergency crews were called to the scene of a collision which involved a semi-tractor trailer unit and a SUV along Highway 97 between Glenrosa Road and the Highway 97C interchange. Initial information provided from the scene suggests that the northbound commercial vehicle may have jack knifed, collided with the centre median concrete barriers which then struck an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.
Highway 97 remains closed in both directions at this time while crews work to clear the scene of damaged vehicles and debris. Crews at the scene estimate the closure to last 1-2 hours.
Initial details from the scene also suggest that the no serious injuries were sustained in the crash.
I love eating out. To me, going out for lunch is the highlight of the week. I prefer lunch over dinner as that means I don’t have to wash my face and leave a nice, cosy fire on a cold winter night. It also means that I can get away with a simple evening meal as we have had our main meal for lunch.
With one exception, the Chinese restaurant for the Sunday buffet. It is our custom to meet two friends and go for a yummy Chinese meal every week. For years we didn’t go as Dave is a dyed in the wool English man, which means that Sunday dinner consists of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, two veg. and gravy. Year after year after boring year, until I put my foot down and said I was joining friends for Chinese and he could stay home and eat alone.
This lasted one Sunday only, when I said I would be going again next week, he grudgingly agreed to try it. Surprise, surprise, he found lots of food in the buffet that he liked, he tried nothing that hinted of “foreign” stuff, but various meats and veggies that he loved. He now just expects that we do this on a Sunday, he even looks forward to it.
Trouble is, I eat far too much. If a plate of food was brought to me I would eat it and enjoy it but a buffet holds too many temptations and I overdo it. Lots of options for my meatless diet, tasty veggies and egg foo yung, my downfall is the deep fried goodies. Spring rolls, onion rings, prawns and wantons, all deep fried and oh so tasty. My plate gets heaped up even though I take a very little of each item. I then have a big fight with myself when it comes to deciding on a second helping, a fight I quite often lose.
In this country and our neighbour to the south, large portions are the norm, not the exception. We get used to overeating and much of the food we eat is not healthy. From childhood we see huge portions, especially at fast food outlets. Most of us, being naturally greedy, will finish the large portions even though we are full, long before we finish.
Fast food clerks seem to be trained to ask if you want a bigger size or a side of fries to accompany your meal. It is not just food that is offered in large portions, most take out soda outlets offer enormous containers of the sugary concoction for just a few cents more than a regular size. Many people walk round with a half gallon of icy sugar water in their hand.
Go into any high end coffee shop and it is like a foreign country. No such thing as small, medium or large but fancy names for each size, I think in Italian, which means nothing to me. The menu for a coffee may contain fifteen different kinds, none of which sound familiar to my untrained ears. When I go to our local Timmy’s, I drive through and order my medium refill, to go, quite often the well trained sales-person asks if I want a donut or something else, but I am resolute and just take my coffee, pay my $1.65 and drive on.
Now take a trip in to Starbucks for the same thing. No drive through here so you have to stand and drool over the biscotti, chocolate covered brownies and other calorie filled goodies. It takes about fifteen minutes even though there are only a couple of people in front of me. When I am down to just one person ahead of me, I listen, with wonder, to the conversation. He seems to be ordering in some foreign language, his bill comes to over eleven dollars but I am shocked to see he only gets a coffee in a paper cup and a very small square of something decadent. I thought he was ordering for a group of friends.
My turn and I order my usual, a medium white coffee. The barrista, which I understand is a big title for a minimum wage job, then spews a huge list of words which mean nothing to me. My dumfounded look must inform him of my ignorance of the Italian language as he then slowly repeats the words, this time pointing to several sizes of paper cups. I point to a medium size and then he indicates the long list of coffee varieties. None of them says regular, so once again I adopt the vague expression, he gets the message and suggests that I probably want an Americano. I nod, eager to be away from this strange place, he then launches into a variety of the fifty kids of cream they offer. There is a sniggering from the customer behind me when I babble something about half and half, and the clerk disgustedly points me in the direction of a couple of chrome jugs, off to one side of the counter.
I feel somewhat relieved as this humiliating experience is almost over but not so. With a haughty wave of the hand, he indicates the glass enclosure of the display of wonderfully expensive treats. I decline apologetically and with a sniff, to show his disdain, he then charges me four dollars and thirty cents, which I understand only too well, I just cannot believe it.
My first and last trip to the land of fancy coffee is complete and as I sip the rather bitter brew, I feel decidedly affectionate of my favourite Timmy’s. Never mind what Seattle prefers, I am Canadian and proud of it.
To purse one’s lips is to kind of squeeze them together a little bit and scrunch the face by narrowing the eyes and compressing the forehead. It can suggest disapproval or deep thought. Sheesh, a lot of parts to pursing one’s lips. A purse is a container, carried by hand, usually, and usually by women, to hold personal items that a male would typically carry in pockets. Plus a few more things, a lot more things for some women
A man can also carry a purse, just sayin’. The male version of the purse can be as big as the over the shoulder version that the wookie, Chew Bakka, carries on Star Wars. It can also be hand size, no strap. The purse holds things. I have seen a stamp purse in the old post office days. The postmaster had one and it had accordion like sections, one for each denomination of stamp. A purse is for containing and organizing
When one wins a horse race they are given the purse, the winnings of money. The origin of the word purse comes from a description of a leather bag with draw strings to close it. Thus, we hear that the Government has tightened the purse strings on this or that category of spending. The purse can be the general pool of money available, as in the family purse or company purse. My purse could be my bank account
The Purser is the person who takes care of money on a ship and is responsible for the cooks and stewards and supplies, sort of a head of administration. The Purser is a powerful person. Who knew a purse could be so central to a huge operation like a ship. A purse seine is a kind of cylindrical fishing net, open at the top and bottom, held up by floats. When surface fish are seen inside, the bottom is drawn to close like a purse
In times past a person would use a rope as a belt and they would tie their purse, a bag with a draw string to close it, onto their belt. We still see such a bag purse with the drawstring, a lot of the time to hold jewels, like in a cat burglar movie. This bag version of the purse is still considered to be a container of precious things. What do you keep in your purse and how is it that you consider it valuable?
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April 27th – May 09th
By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos council will spend the next several weeks striking a balance between cutting costs and raising taxes as it grapples with the reality of a more than half-million-dollar annual increase in policing costs.
This all results from the news received in February when the census revealed the population had topped 5,000, triggering the jump from a 30% share of policing costs to 70 per cent. In cash terms, the bill goes from just under $400,000 to just over $900,000 a year.
There are also potentially added costs around issues like paying for the building space the RCMP detachment uses and the potential for costly major crimes investigations.
Mayor Sue McKortoff said in an interview that she and some senior staff members met recently with three officials from the ministry of justice to discuss the town’s concerns.
She could not reveal contents of the meeting because, “It is not public yet because we are in contract negotiations.” The meeting followed a protracted wait for an information package from the province detailing the change in police funding.
Two of the provincial agents will brief the full council next week, after which staff and councillors will return to the budget deliberations they believed just about a month ago were all but wrapped.
The town had made some minor provision for the policing cost increase by socking away $223,200 in an earmarked reserve fund. However, few believed the population would pass 5,000 in this census cycle and council and staff were taken by surprise.
In the reserve balances section of the budget, a line for over $525,000 marked general is shown. And throughout the document are several million dollars in various funds slated for projects in sewer, water, landfill and other areas.
Asked what, if any monies might be dragged out of non-police reserve funds to soften the tax hit, McKortoff said, “We don’t know. (But) we can’t be using up all of our reserves.
“We haven’t finished the budget, we are certainly looking at every option. But the bottom line is people are going to have to pay more … there isn’t a way to avoid that,” she said.
The mayor said that because of the tight time lines, it is unlikely there will be any public consultation about how to deal with rising police costs.
“I have a feeling it will be up to council and the administration to deal with this kind of thing. We have already had open council meetings where we asked people to come and suggest ways that we can put things in the budget,” she said.
Councillor Mike Campol, who recently ripped the province for delays in getting vital information to the town, said virtually everything is on the table.
“Is the general reserve touchable? Sure it is. That one’s very touchable and that’s why it’s called general. … Everything is touchable at this point. We can move money out of any reserve fund we want,” he said.
“If we have to put off some projects, we need to prioritize which ones are worth putting off,” he said.
“But there’s going to be a tax increase, there’s no question about it. … Our goal is to find a balance. If we take projects that aren’t necessities and we … find some money in subsequent years to start offsetting some of this. The rest is going to be a tax increase.”
Campol also suggested in an interview that the best use of the current police cost reserve fund might not be to mitigate a tax hike.
He said the future costs of fighting major crimes are uncertain: “We might be more responsible by not using the reserve fund to offset the new costs, but use it … where there might be an investigation that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Campol said the whole process is regretful because people will be unhappy with paying higher taxes and it will take several years for the new normal to set in so the town will be able to consider small tax increases to fund projects. “So it seems like all those neat ideas that we’re looking forward to in the coming years won’t be happening for quite some time,” he said.
Up Highway 97, Oliver is counting its blessings that population figures stayed just under 5,000.
But Mayor Ron Hovanes recently, “It’s pretty sure that by the next census … that we’re probably going to go over 5,000.
“There’s a strong argument to be made … to start raising taxes now so that we know, five years from now, if we have to raise taxes … we’re already half way there.”
Oliver council has agreed that creating a police reserve fund starting next year will be part of budget talks in the fall.
March 14 at 6pm, Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver
Award-winning documentary, The Age of Love, follows a group of 70-90 year olds who sign up for a speed dating event. Funny and charming, the film challenges stigmas while bridging a divide between generations. Sponsored by Interior Savings as part of Okanagan Embrace Aging Month.
Register here: www.aololiver.eventbrite.ca
MyHealthPortal coming to South Okanagan communities
A new tool that gives patients access to their personal health information online will be offered to South Okanagan area patients this month. Teams will be on site enrolling patients weekdays from March 13 – 17 at hospitals in Princeton and Oliver. On Monday patients are invited to enrol between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday enrolment will occur 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be at Penticton Regional Hospital to offer enrolment March 27 – April 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
MyHealthPortal provides patients with 24-hour access to their health information via their smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website. Features include the ability to view their Interior Health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports (such as X-rays, scans and ultrasound), certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history, and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.
To sign up, patients must present to the project team in person with legal photo identification and their Care Card or B.C. Services Card in order to verify their identity. They will be given a login username and password that they will be able to use on their own device—home computer, tablet or smart phone. Then they simply go to the MyHealthPortal page on Interior Health’s web site at www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal to login.
For those unable to attend in person during this enrolment period, remote enrolment will be available after March 13 in Princeton, Keremeos and Oliver. It will be available in Penticton and Summerland after March 27. To enrol remotely, patients must show their identification at the Registration desk and ask to have their email address added to their patient record. They can then submit an enrolment request at www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal. MyHealthPortal support will contact them by phone to complete the secure enrolment process.
The South Okanagan is the latest area to be offered access to the online tool following enrolment in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, Shuswap, Thompson, Nicola and Cariboo regions. The service will eventually be available to all Interior Health hospital patients through a phased roll-out schedule. To date, more than 8,000 patients have enrolled.
MyHealthPortal is a secure patient health portal. Protecting and safeguarding patients’ personal information is among Interior Health’s highest priorities. In addition to stringent privacy practices, Interior Health uses a diverse range of technologies and security mechanisms to ensure the safety, confidentiality, and integrity of patient information.
For more information visit www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal.
On February 27th one of our members was a victim of a break and enter at their residence and lost many items of value. These items included some of his SAR gear including a red Mountain Equipment CO-OP jacket with our team crest on both shoulders and a reflective SEARCH AND RESCUE across the back.
As a precaution we are asking that if anybody is approached, whether at their home, business, or on the streets, by someone wearing an OOSAR jacket and asked to make a donation, or even if they can “search” your property for someone to please ask this person to see their EMBC identification card as a piece of ID to prove that this person is who they say they are. At this time Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue is not involved in any fundraising that would require us to be going door to door and we are not currently involved in any active searches.
Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue
Dianne says of Director Naomi Shore, one half of Twin Peaks and Producer Laurel Burnham form Seedy Sunday, she is happy to have hooked up with these strong women who are getting ‘er done. As a new comer to the hood Dianne says “I don’t know what the men are doing in Oliver but the women are on fire!”.
Photo and story: Leza Macdonald
The local branch has recently had a very successful Bridge Event and sales at the WOW event.
Once again considerable money was sent to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to assist in funding the grassroots programs for grandmothers there who are raising children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic while also advocating for basic human rights.
PS Leslie in red jacket. Karen and myself in yellow t-shirts
Photo and story: Submitted by Marion Boyd
“I have no words,” she wrote.
The victim’s mother, Carol de Delley
22-year-old Tim McLean – hardly mentioned in press release.
WINNIPEG – A schizophrenic man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus was granted an absolute discharge March 3.
That means he will no longer be subject to any conditions or monitoring to ensure he takes his medication.
Manitoba’s Criminal Code Review Board granted a request from Will Baker’s lawyer to give Baker his full freedom, nine years after the brutal stabbing that horrified passengers.
The board “is of the opinion that the weight of evidence does not substantiate that Baker poses a significant threat to the safety of the public,” the written decision read in part.
Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, was initially kept in a secure wing of a psychiatric hospital. He was granted more freedom and privileges every year at his review board hearings, starting with escorted walks on the hospital grounds.
His doctors described him as a model patient who had not been treated for schizophrenia at the time of his attack. After his arrest and placement at the hospital, he responded well to medication and understood that he must continue to take it to keep his illness at bay, they said.
February was dominated by persistent high pressure over British Columbia and offshore which generally brought stable, dry, cold weather conditions across the province. This pattern of stable weather was interrupted at times with periods of instability which brought light to moderate precipitation, including snowfall at low elevations. A strong atmospheric river event in the middle of February brought heavy rain and seasonally warm temperatures to south-west BC, leading to the melt of low elevation snow.
For the month of February, temperatures were 1 to 4˚C below-normal through most of BC, except in the north, where temperatures were slightly above-normal. Overall precipitation patterns for February were mixed across the province, with drier conditions in the north coast and west-central areas of BC, wetter conditions in the South Coast, South Interior and Kootenay, and near normal precipitation elsewhere in the province.
Weather across the entire winter period (December, January and February) tells a similar story, with persistent colder than normal temperatures (1-3˚C) over the southern half of BC, and warmer than normal temperatures over the north. Dry conditions have been prevalent over most of the province this winter.
Weather patterns through February led to modest shifts in snow pack conditions across the province. In the South Interior and south-east BC, snow basin indices saw increases in values from February 1st. Declining snow basin indices occurred in coastal and northern BC, while indices in central locations were generally stable from February 1st values. The provincial average for all March 1st snow measurements is 85% of normal, which is an increase from the average of 79% in February.
Snow basin indices for March 1st 2017 range from a low of 45% of normal in the Liard to a high of 99% in the East Kootenay (Table 1 and Figure 1). Below normal snowpack (65-80%) is present in the Upper Fraser, Vancouver Island, Skeena-Nass and Northwest, and well below normal (<65%) in the Boundary, Stikine, Liard and Peace. Near-normal snowpack (80-100%) are present throughout the rest of the province. The March basin index for the entire Fraser River basin is at 83%, which is approximately a 1-in-15 year low snowpack or the 10th lowest March index in the past 65 years.
With cooler than normal temperatures through this winter, low elevation areas have been cold enough that they have experienced a greater proportion of precipitation as snow than normal. For example, most Environment and Climate Change Canada weather stations that record snow observed 2 to 8 times the normal snowfall amounts in February. This season’s snowpack can be considered “upside-down”, with higher than normal snowfall occurring at low elevations, but below-normal snow at high elevations. This is a result of colder than normal temperatures which have resulted in several low elevation precipitation events occurring as snow rather than rain. However, seasonally dry conditions have resulted in lower than normal snowpack at high elevations despite the colder conditions. Increased snow at low elevations plays a limited role in seasonal flood risk or water supply into the spring and summer.
Percentage of normal snow pack Boundary 58, Okanagan 86 and Similkameen 83 – Provincial average 85
Welcome Dr. Huber
After five decades of providing dentistry to the Oliver community, Dr. Peter Jones is retiring. Thank you Dr. Jones for your service in the dental field and for your remarkable dedication to your patients and our community. We wish you, Cynthia and your family well.
Welcome to Dr. Lance Huber, who is taking over for Dr. Jones. Dr. Huber grew up in Prince George and has been practicing dentistry in the Central Okanagan for several years. He looks forward to working in Oliver and meeting patients. Dr. Huber begins working at Dr. Jones’ office at 6050 Main St. in Oliver on March 15th. Current and new patients are warmly welcomed: 250-498-2220.
October 11, 1936 – February 26, 2017
At the age of 80 years, Gary passed away peacefully, after a long battle with mental illness. He is predeceased by his father Nelson, mother Helen, brother Edward, and son Michael. He is survived by his son Jim Boake from Red Deer, son Tom (Carolyn) Boake from Kamloops, and his daughter Angie Boake of Vernon, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild, and countless other family members.
Gary and his wife Jackie (Hamilton) raised their family on an orchard in Oliver, initially next door to his father’s turkey farm, then on road 2A. He was tireless spending time with his kids, teaching them how to run and maintain farm equipment, tend to animals, maintain fruit trees, swim, skate, shoot, tobaggan, fish, read, drive and have fun. He was sometimes referred to fondly as a smile and a rib cage. His kindness, gentleness and patience earned him favourite Uncle status, and he is fondly remembered from his time coaching hockey when the Oliver arena was new.
His productive happy life was shortened profoundly with the onset of mental illness in the mid 70’s, and it is with gratitude that he now rests in peace.
A very special thank-you to Dr. Devries, Mariposa Gardens, the residents of the community who treated him with kindness, and most especially to Country Squire in Osoyoos for giving him a home that he loved.