Attracted the attention and concern of people on either side of the cattle guard
A controlled burn. Police and Fire attended but waved off apparently by the OIB
Back Row (left to right): Harjot Gill, Emma Cottam, Payton Matthews, Emily Bidmead
Back Row (left to right): Riya Chahal, Laura Harty, Kieran Bidmead, Kimveer Karwasra, Harjot Gill, Emma Cottom
Middle Row (left to right): Cassandra Morse, Navi Buttar, Mayera Soni, Ishmeen Buttar, Supreet Brar.
Middle Row (left to right): Kate Noftle, Jesse Casselman, Roland Oravec, Gurneet Tatla, Cassandra Morse, Navi Buttar.
Front Row (left to right): Selena Vala, Emily McCollum, Amy Bearman, Anissa Khodarahmi, Audrey Noftle
Front Row (left to right): Vanessa Whittall, Heera Buttar, Selena Vala, Emily McCollum.
Penticton: John Vassilaki, Jake Kimberly, Frank Regehr and Julius Bloomfield
Naramata: Karla Kozakevich
West Bench/Faulder: Riley Gettens
Summerland: Toni Boot and Doug Holmes* (new)
Oliver: Petra Veintimilla and Rick Knodel
Osoyoos: Sue McKortoff and Mark Pendergraft
Cawston: George Bush
Keremeos: Manfred Bauer and Tim Roberts
Princeton: Spencer Coyne and Bob Coyne
OK Falls, Heritage Hills: Ron Obirek
Kaleden, Apex: Subrina Monteith
Never before at the board: 10 of these – more than half of the total
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 celebrates Remembrance Day at local schools – this picture of a ceremony and musical assembly at Oliver Elementary School
Colour Guard seated with students participating in a program that involved the reading of “In Flanders Field, 100 bell ringings as this year is the One Hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1 – the war to end all wars.
“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
100 Youth for Change, a brand new youth charity, founded by Enola Mills and Bridget Miller held its first event Thursday
After canvassing both Oliver elementary schools, and promoting this opportunity the youth were able to raise $1,220 for ‘Anyone Can Join’ by Parks and Recreation!
We had 9 youth show their support today, plus a very generous anonymous donation of 1000 dollars from a resident of Oliver!
We want to give a huge thank you to the Boys and Girls Club and the Youth Ambassadors program for coming out and presenting!
It is our hope to continue to grow this charity, and we look forward to seeing many new faces at our next meeting in February.
Contractor doing more culvert work on Sportsman’s Bowl Road today. Crews will also clear rocks adjacent to the road to allow the highways department to plow snow into the culvert south of the roadway during the winter months. This appears to be temporary work with no concrete plan yet on options:
1. Permanent fix with creek re-established to the north at the “foot” of the hillside
2. Permanent drain to the river without using Park Rill Creek
3. Leave everything as it is now and study the issue, again and….
Current study underway by Ecora – Professional Engineers and Environmental Consulting – Calab Pomeroy Penticton
Below file from Castanet
It’s been nearly seven months since a state of local emergency was first declared in the Sportsmens Bowl Road area north of Oliver due to spring flooding.
That declaration remains in place, and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen announced this week the area remains at risk of imminent flooding in the event of heavy rainfall.
Park Rill Creek is still running down a trench it cut in the now one-lane Sportsmens Bowl Road, but the RDOS says it has finally received funding to study the situation.
“The significant issue that exists is that there is still such a high saturation of water in the area,” RDOS community services coordinator Mark Woods said. “The water is still flowing where typically we would see some of the creeks in the area almost dry at this point.”
He explained that the RDOS has heard from residents concerned about how much Park Rill Creek swells in the rain, and said a risk of flood remains very real should a heavy downpour hit the watershed.
The regional district has managed to secure funds from Emergency Management B.C. to try to mitigate the immediate risk this week.
The study will also try to answer long-terms questions this winter — primarily if the creek should be moved back into its original bed where it flowed before last spring’s flooding, and more importantly, who is responsible.
“The Ministry of Highway’s mandate is to be responsible for the travelled road, but if the ditches and the streams that are associated with the roads are not being managed appropriately that becomes a problem for us from a flood response point of view,” Woods said.
The Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations also typically has jurisdiction over waterways.
“Ultimately, which agency should be responsible for it?” Woods asked.
He said unless residents formally petition the RDOS to create a service area — much like the process used to create a fire department or diking authority — the district has no jurisdiction over the creek.
Residents of Sportsmens Bowl Road tell Castanet they are pushing the provincial government and lobbying their MLA to request Park Rill Creek be moved back into its original bed.
Many fear that should the situation not be resolved by the winter, snow will hamper a fix before the next spring melt.
Right now, Ministry of Transportation crews are focused on moving culverts under Sportsmens Bowl Road to restore a private driveway. There is no word on if the project to move the creek back into its original bed will ever be approved.
Photos: ODN all current
Sunday Nov 11 marks a 100 years since the end of WW1. With the end of hostilities soldiers that had survived the war returned home. Some came to the south Okanagan looking for a new life.
Reginald F. (Rex) Child was one of Oliver’s first residents. Rex was born in Sooke, BC in 1882 and rose to the position of Secretary to the Minister of Lands and Mines in the BC government in Victoria. In November of 1914, at age 34 following the outbreak of WW1, he signed up with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. He was in the infantry and saw action at Ypres along with other engagements in Europe.
At war’s end he came to the south Okanagan (Oliver was yet to appear) with the first survey crew in 1919 to work on Premier John Oliver’s Southern Okanagan Lands Project (SOLP). The project created work for returning soldiers and brought irrigation to the south Okanagan from McIntyre Bluff to the US border. Rex took up land on the west side of Hwy 97 north of Road 8 and planted an orchard in 1921. He later bought and cleared by hand another parcel of land east of the Haynes Co-op and north of Road 9 where he resided until his death in 1971 in his 91st year.
Rex remained a bachelor living on his property and venturing into Oliver several times a year to attend to matters at hand. Roy Sturgess, owner of Roy’s Grocery, would deliver groceries to Rex every few weeks throughout the year. Rex neither drove nor had a phone but he did eventually get power to his home in the 1950’s. Not all that unusual back then.
Rex resided in Oliver for 52 years and following his death in December 1971 several tributes were carried in the Oliver Chronicle including…
“Rex was a versatile and unassuming man of marked integrity with a keen and penetrating mind… He was kind and generous to a fault always ready to help a good cause or anyone in need. Incapable of saying an unkind word or doing an unkind deed. Always looking on the bright side of things no matter what conditions and circumstances had to be contended with.
He lived to an age well beyond the allotted span taking an interest in everything up to the very end.”
His grave remained unmarked for the next 34 years until the Last Post Fund provided a marker that was placed by the Town of Oliver in 2005. Lest we forget.
Lest we forget… what? The annual parade and ceremony of Remembrance is, on the day of, a time to remember and honour those who have served and especially those who have died, in a War. What ought we remember on the other 364 days of our years? Where do Wars come from?
Leaders of countries have the power to send troops into the battlefield. When one leader sends troops into the territory of another country, that leader sends troops to repel the attack. The War, it seems, does not stop until one side in the conflict is spent, clearly unable to fight with any effect anymore. The German surrendered in May of 1945.
The nuclear bomb convinced Japan to stop fighting which ended the second World War.
How is it that a leader agrees to massive killing of our fellow human beings? Some will say there is moral principle at stake. Left unopposed the one who started the invasion would, apparently, impose their will on our citizens, change what is important in our country, change everything for the worse. They would take, or more accurately, claim our land as belonging to them and all of these things would be too much to ignore, to allow. The people of the invasion speak up in opposition, and when that is not enough, they fight for what they believe to be right and to be theirs.
This is an argument without a winner as many die on both sides of it… until at least one side is spent, unable to continue the war. Drastic.
Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who left hearth and home to fight for that which was, in their hearts and minds, worth fighting for. Those who died in the process are especially remembered and honoured.
Such conflict is never a total surprise. WWII was expected in the mid 1930’s. Germany did some things that were ‘unacceptable’ yet were accepted, the cost of War yet too great. Something that needed to be stopped, wasn’t because it would be too hard, too unpopular, too costly on many levels. And the War came. The death tolls rose. Germany attracted Italy and Japan as allies offering world domination as the reward.
How do these things start?
These things start in the mind of future Leader at school age. That person is likely to have experienced bullying, whether as victim or offender or observer. They learned that the bully is to be allowed minor transgressions, maybe only being given a mild talking to as the push back of society to his/her actions. The bully keeps what they took. What children learn they bring with them into adulthood and the workplace. The bully experience feeds more enabling of bullying. The bully gains power and leadership roles, from which, for some, at some time, they have the influence to send out the troops in order to take or punish at their whim. Stopping them at this point is far more costly on all levels but one. The will of the people is strong enough that the disdain for death is less than the disdain for what the bully is about to do. If there was no bullying, many of today’s wars would not happen. Lest we forget.
As we remember and honour those who fought in the Wars, let us clearly remember that the seed of the idea of taking and punishing at whim are formed in children. Lest we forget, that we pay our Fallen the greatest honour by giving our every attention, our every effort to the way we act toward one another and most importantly of all, in our every teaching for our young citizens. Lest we forget where and how the very idea that War is a good option can be born.
In Remembrance, Lest we forget
(Think about it with Joseph Seiler returns next week)
Each day there will be a column, a picture, a story, a feature that honour soldiers that fought in foreign lands to protect our nation and its people.
Saturday we will post a schedule of Legion organized activities on Sunday.
Friday November 23
Oliver – Main Street Downtown