Photos submitted by Audrey MacNaughton
Archives for October 2018
There is one celebration that nearly every institution has tried in vain to stomp out. Halloween goes back in one form or another to a time prior to civilization itself. It was a more serious affair being as it was part of the passage of the human soul into the afterlife. Yes Halloween drips with the trappings of pagan ritual, stolen by the early church and converted into All Souls Eve, November first being all souls day, also known as all Saints Day.
Other societies have the feast of the dead, ghost suppers and one more closely aligned with our tradition – Guy Fawkes Night. Who was Guy Fawkes? His attempt and unsuccessful act is part of the folklore of tricks and fireworks. Guy Fawkes hatched a plot to use gun power to blow up the King in the early sixteen hundreds.
There are lots of celebrations from around the world associated with Halloween. Some religious groups associate the night in question with death and the devil. Over time they attempted to rid themselves of the holiday by associating it with witches, ghosts, evil spirits, black magic, and even the superstition of black cats. This has proved to be a very difficult task eliminating Halloween. The more they heaped abuse upon the event the more popular it became. For the church it is sort of like having a hangnail you can’t get rid of. If you stomp our All Hallows Eve you diminish All Saints Day. For the consumer market today, it would cause millions of job losses. Costumes, candy, decorations, fireworks, books and stories, movies— well you get the picture.
There have been modern attempts to change the image with name changes in schools. A couple of years ago the education system tried to re-brand it as Orange and Black Day. That was about as successful as that fools errand documentary reefer madness most kids in my day were subjected to.
The fact is regardless of what religion or creed we belong to they all have a day of the dead in some fashion. We have kids going out for trick or treat and Halloween Parties and the annual celebration carries on. Now and then I hear the Halloween night festivity is losing its luster. For those my age and I am a senior we would look silly going out for trick or treats wouldn’t we?
Yes there is a lot of noise, trick or treating, costumes and those who want to end it all. Face it the kids have a night of fun. Even the garden gnomes get into the act taking the lawn furniture from around the neighborhood and putting them on one lawn or soaping a few windows perhaps unrolling toilet paper around people trees. Too bad there are no outhouses to push over. Come to think of it one Halloween Night we pushed an outhouse over not knowing my friends mother had gone over for a visit a neighbor and she was in it. Halloween is a spooky night for kids to have fun and have a few treats. I hope you get a chance to remember some of the adventures you had as a child. Enjoy the night and taste test the children s candy. One more thing “Happy Halloween”
Darkness was fast approaching as she pulled the blinds down and closed the drapes. The only light was in their bedroom, where they were dressing to go out. He was wearing a suit and tie, while she was dressed in a long skirt and elegant, sequined blouse. Reservations had been made at a secluded restaurant several miles away. They looked forward to the drive and dinner, but mainly to their planned escape from the charade of Halloween night.
Halloween as described by the Oxford dictionary: the eve of All Saint’s Day. What is saintly about letting children go door to door begging for candy? And, conversely, teaching them to not speak to strangers the other 364 days of the year? What about parents actually driving youngsters away from their own areas to perceived more affluent neighbourhoods for better “loot?” What subliminal message does this give?
Will Halloween spawn chemical engineers or chemists, so they may understand the listed ingredients in candy bars and licorice? Sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, calcium chloride, soy lecithin to name a few, plus all candies come complete with artificial colours. This stuff is to be begged for at strange doors?
The parents allow consumption of the chemical candies, although some will first cut them open, looking for straight pins or concealed razor blades. Even homemade popcorn balls and candied apples are subject to scrutiny. These may be more wholesome treats, but did the cooks wash their hands during preparation? Lick their fingers? Is that powdery white stuff sugar or ground up aspirins? Could there be cannabis in the Gummi bears?
Then there are the bizarre, or supposedly cute, costumes made of flammable material, all sold at the same stores alongside the chemical candies. And frightened animals, and firecrackers that can burn. She and her husband wanted no part of this bizarre evening. They were going out. He started the car, while she turned off all the outdoor lights. Yes, the best thing about Halloween is
NOT being home.
A lot of wood going up in smoke east of Byer’s Pit Saturday night.
south of Marsel vineyard and
Okanagan Correctional Centre and
Gravel pit area north and east of Oliver near the McGowan subdivision
No structures threatened.
Oliver firefighters dealing with situation for over two hours.
One firefighter quoted -“this seems to happen every year around Halloween” – this one involved logs for fire wood – malicious damage for sure
A complete waste of time for fighters.
Time: 8-10 pm Saturday
ROTARY CLUB OF OLIVER GOLF BALL DROP
Golf Ball Drop took place at 1:00 pm October 27, 2018 at Oliver Airport
Golf Balls – $10.00 per ball (numbered 1 – 1,000)
Special thanks HNZ Topflight | Canadian Helicopters and Dave Schwartzenberger
Winners all notified.
1st Prize $1495.00 Jackson Stopa, ball # 489.
2nd Prize $897.00 Shirley Kozma, ball # 539.
3rd Prize $598.00 Edna Barisoff, ball #708.
“The first Rotary Club of Oliver Golf Ball drop was a success. There were lots of ticket buyers watching the helicopter drop golf balls from 75 feet. The Oliver Rotary Club intends to run this event next year so don’t forget to keep your eye on ODN for our 2019 announcement”. – Executive of Oliver Rotary Club ( Sec. Pat Hampson)
Owls are uniquely equipped to survive. Some of those marvels are listed here.
Vision is keen, even at night. They cannot move their eyes, therefore can only see a 110 degree arc. However, they can rotate their head about three quarters of the way around to compensate for eyes that don’t move. That would be a fatal move for us. Furthermore, their eyes have more rod cells than cone cells allowing them to see 3 times better than us in the dark. This is enhanced by a lining in the eye called tapetum lucidem which bounces light back to the rods for an extended look. If you shine a light on their eyes it glows yellow or green because of that layer.
Hearing is so keen that they can detect faint sounds. Some species have one ear lower than the other allowing them to better detect where the sound is coming from. The ears are not where you’d think they would be. The tufts on their head serve a different purpose. The face is a cupped shape to catch sounds. That facial disc of feathers acts like a satellite dish to catch sound waves. Additionally the head can turn nearly all the way around to catch those sounds. Some owls can hear a vole under 18 inches of snow from 60 feet away.
Wings and feathers are designed for silent flight. Wings are shaped like an airfoil to produce lift with fewer movements. Slower, quieter flight is then possible making the capture of rodents easier. Wing feathers are specially designed to reduce noise in that specialized fringes break the air stream into small currents.
Prey most often consists of mice and voles. An owl needs about 3-4 small rodents a day. In their 10 year life span about 12,000 rodents would have been eaten by them. These rodents would have consumed about 15 tons of grain from grain farms. Maybe owls are a farmer’s best friend.
Although owls don’t often form a flock, a group is called a parliament of owls. There is a saying about being wise as an owl, even though their collective wisdom doesn’t seem to call for a parliamentary session very often. But we can be very sure of one thing, it was not the ‘wisdom’ of the owls that developed these features. It was the superbly high intelligent design of our Creator.
As Hallowe’en nears, we can help you avoid those sweet temptations! The arts council welcomes your donations of leftover candies to add to the goodie bags at Holly Jolly Oliver (formerly the Community Christmas Concert). We are looking for NON-Hallowe’en-y treats, so you can eat all the orange and black pumpkins and chewy zombie body parts yourself. : -) Must be commercially produced and individually wrapped, for food safety, and small enough to fit into sandwich baggies. Please pass the message on to your group, and contact us to arrange pick-up or drop-off OliverCAC@gmail.com
Mark the date: our lively Holly Jolly Oliver concert comes to the Venables Theatre on Sunday November 25 at 2;30 p.m. It promises to surprise and delight! If you dance, sing, play an instrument, juggle, or entertain let us know if you (or your performing arts group) would like to participate in this festive celebration. It’s your moment in the spotlight! Proceeds go to support the Oliver Food Bank. Want to help as backstage crew, front of house, or commitee? Let us know that too!
Recently Dave and I, along with two good friends, set off for a vacation in Southern England and Scotland. We travelled to London where we met up with our eldest daughter and her husband, who had already spent a week exploring.
We set off in our hired van, called a people mover in England, and thanks to the sat/nav made our way to the Cotswold village of Long Compton. We had made arrangements to rent a four bedroom cottage for ten days exploring this part of England.
The cottage was lovely, over three hundred years old. It had originally been a single storey but had been built up into a three storey home. The ground floor was all low beams and it didn’t take long until most of us had egg sized bumps on our heads. Everything had been modernized and was wonderfully outfitted for our needs. There was a big bathroom on both upper floors and a laundry room with washer and drier. However, the weather was warm enough to dry clothes on lines in the big walled garden.
We had imagined strolling down into the village and bringing home fresh baked goods and veggies however, the reality was a post office that also offered tired produce, a big pub that served wonderful meals and a bridal salon. It seemed really incongruous that with only two stores in the village, one of them was a bridal store. How many people in this tiny village of thatched cottages required a wedding dress?
It was only a ten minute ride to a bigger town and groceries so we didn’t go hungry. Every day we journeyed to surrounding towns and villages experiencing and enjoying rural England. So many of the homes were over three hundred years old and newer homes had been built in the same Cotswold stone, which is a pale yellow, nothing ultra modern and ugly had been allowed to spoil the area.
Each day as we journeyed out we stopped for meals, sometimes in pubs and sometimes for the “cream teas” that this area is famous for. A cream tea consists of two large current scones, which you split and butter. You then smear with strawberry jam and load up with clotted cream, yummy. This is accompanied with either tea or coffee and it is really a very filling meal, quite often we split it between two of us and each had plenty to eat.
This part of England is truly made up of postcard worthy villages complete with old mills with water wheels, village ponds with ducks, charming country inns and tea rooms. A short drive away is Oxford and its university spires, such lovely old buildings which will never be replicated as they require so much workmanship. Stonehenge is not far away and many other ancient stones with mystical histories.
I don’t know why but England has given its towns and villages strange names. I am sure that most of them have some story behind but they make for strange signposts. Ashby de la Zouche being one of the strangest, but there are hundreds of weird names that do not seem to be representative of the area.
However, I can truly recommend this form of vacation, having our own cottage as a base made for a very easy holiday. Although we wanted to see the old world charm of English villages, we truly appreciated all the modern conveniences our cottage had to offer.
When I set my mind to something, I internally commit to do that thing or be that person. Mindset is a pretty high level driver. My mindset influences my every thought and act. Big. Mindset can blind. I’m looking for red and see no other colour. I have done this exercise with many people and yes, that is what happens. The second syllable, set, suggests how strong this is. When cement sets, it is immovable, solid, done
Mindset regarding success in overcoming challenges is generally based on one of two premises, the person is naturally talented or the person works hard, gives extra effort. The talent mindset is limiting in that when the person does not succeed their most likely conclusion is that they are not talented enough. Oh oh. Those in the effort mindset have the option to try harder. Dweck wrote a book called Mindset. Check it out
Mindset is strong, very powerful. It can carry an athlete to first place even though they have sustained a major injury. It can provide the fuel to complete a task even though the sun is going down. Mindset can be a positive force. And it can be blinding. Sometimes I find myself doing something in a certain way and when I notice and ask myself about it I learn that some olde mindset, not a helpful one, is driving me down
Sometimes my mindset comes from some kind of history. Maybe my parents voted a certain way and yelled their way in uproar against a certain party. When I became of voting age yes, the adopted mindset and just as strong so the vote is the same, even though the party and certainly the candidate has changed. Mindset steps firmly into unyielding prejudice. Valuable mindset becomes debilitating, choice blocking mindlessness
Mindset backed by thoughtful choice is the juggernaut that fuels amazing positive results. Misguided or thoughtless choice fuels unbelievable atrocity backed by mindset that will not listen to anything but itself. Think, the Nazi movement. We can build mindset over time. I adopt a mindset to run a Marathon or to maybe judge/hate someone. Mindset is powerful. Take care in applying it to what you really want
The Legislature has begun the fall sitting so I am back in Victoria until the end of November. As Opposition, it is our job to use question period to take the NDP government to task on its policies and political decisions especially in the areas of taxes and jobs. The policy of allowing only specific unions to work on government projects and to force all workers who need those jobs to become union members is totally against everything the Liberal Party has always stood for, so we will continue to hold the government’s “feet to the fire” on that one. The Speculation Tax, which targets second homes of all people including British Columbians, only applies to certain areas of the Province at this time but could be expanded at any time at the whim of the Finance Minister. Many people bought a second home as an investment for their retirement and that value is now being diminished every year with this tax. People who have a second home are not “speculators”. These homes are meant for retirement or as a legacy/inheritance for their families. These are just two of the issues we will continue to pursue.
Municipal Elections are now over for another four years. I commend those who put their names on a ballot and put a very public face to their desire to make their communities better places to live and work. Congratulations to those who were elected to positions in local governments- the people who voted for you have, by their vote, put their faith in your ability to serve your communities. Too often today public figures are the subject of anonymous social media criticism or letter writing from what are often called ‘armchair politicians’. Do not be influenced or discouraged by those negative comments. The majority have made their decision and your job is to represent them to the best of your ability.
The next ballot you will need to focus on is the Proportional Representation referendum mail-in ballot. It has the potential to change the democratic process we now use for Provincial Elections. Our current democracy operates under a majority rule system – decisions are based on the needs of the majority. Other forms of voting open the door for minority and “fringe” groups to dictate to the majority.
There have been numerous articles written on this subject in the last few months, written by people who have done extensive research, so I will quote a few of them for you.
Bob Plecas in the Vancouver Sun – Quote: “The assertion the options presented in BC’s referendum are used around the world is incorrect. Unless ‘around the world’ means ‘four countries, specifically Germany, Lesotho, New Zealand and Bolivia’. Those are the only national elections that use any of the forms of proportional representation British Columbians will be asked to vote on”. He goes on to say “Most rely exclusively on party lists. You elect parties, not people. And there are at least four ways of selecting names from a party list, but the point is they are party lists, not locally elected MLA’s like we have now” End of quote.
On the ballot you are looking at there are two systems never tried or used anywhere in the world.
Another article by George Salamis might be considered a bit extreme but he does make clear some of the possibilities that P.R. opens the door to. Quote: “P.R. effectively amounts to ‘tyranny of the minority’ where special interest groups and single issue parties gain power, hold increasing sway in the halls of government and thwart the will of the people. It essentially gives policy-makers a free pass to push moderate voices aside and ignore the “bigger picture” to the detriment of the greater good. Our first past the post system may not be perfect, but it is simple, stable and its working.” End of quote.
As your MLA I cannot tell you how to fill out the ballot but I urge you to read everything you can about the different voting systems and if you do not fully understand what is being suggested then do not vote to change our current democratic system. Mark your ballot to keep ‘first past the post’.
As we all take a moment on November 11th to remember past sacrifices made defending our democracy, remember also the men and women of our current armed forces who, today, are still defending our democratic way of life and offering support to those under duress in many locations around the world.
As we move into the time of year that weather can be unpredictable please insure you have good winter tires and allow extra time to get to appointments. Be safe, and enjoy the fall harvest.
I would like to thank the residents of Area “C” for giving me the opportunity to represent you.
The stress of the month of campaigning is over and now the hard work starts.
The primary concerns that I heard were for public safety and protection and the provision for economic stability in our farming industry.
Our area is at risk form increasing criminal activity, uncompleted flood mitigation projects and a lack of a full interface fire protection program.
The main economic engine for Area “C” is agriculture. Local farming has been under duress from a litany of regulatory and cost increases. While these increases are individually small in totality they become a burden that is forcing small farms to amalgamate. This will eventually cause a reduction in the number of families supported by the area and lessen the diversity of crops grown here.
I see an opportunity for renewed co-operation between Area “C” and the Town of Oliver. Working together we will have the chance to chart a new path into the future.