Towed away – total write off?
Russell promises a brief write up
Thank to friends etc.
All is well – Christine on the mend.
Archives for April 13, 2019
While returning from Penticton Saturday afternoon at 3pm, and approaching the bridge at the intersection of Green Lake Road and Highway 97, a double bogey wheel assembly flew off the rear of a moving semi trailer vehicle heading north. It was coming straight for us, in our lane, necessitating an evasive manoeuver, to avoid a 400 pound missile coming through the windshield.
Net result, we ended up taking out the stop sign and impacting the adjacent power pole.
The double wheel assembly ended up 100 m up the road in the ditch. The safety features of the Tesla almost certainly saved our lives. We were fortunate to be able to walk away from the wreck.
Also returning from Penticton were local residents, Heather & Jack Frank, and Jack Bennest, who were able to assist in getting us home and to the hospital for assessment. Our thanks to them all.
It is great to know that there is outstanding community support in our small town.
Russell and Christine
Saturday- about 3:05 pm
Okanagan Falls Bridge
A moving van is proceeding north bound and loses both rear wheels leaving the axle hanging. The wheels spin off the vehicle towards a car in the south bound lane. The smaller vehicle diverts to miss that impact and hits the street sign and a power pole on the south west side of the bridge.
Air bags activated in the high end Tesla vehicle. Okanagan Falls Fire Department first on the scene.
No one in the moving van injured. Both persons in the car shaken up and given assistance by EMS.
Friends from Oliver took the driver and the passenger to SOGH Emergency for a check up.
Russell and Christine are doing fine. Thanks to the friends from Oliver for rendering assistance.
The road, which is the route to Big White Ski Resort, is closed at approximately the four-kilometre mark, according to an RCMP release shortly before 10 a.m.
“A bus has flipped on its side and is blocking the road. No significant injuries reported,” the release said.
Sgt. Mike Cooke said there were 22 passengers and a driver on the bus. Six were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
BC Ambulance, RCMP, and Big White Fire Department are on scene.
The road is expected to open later today.
My personal compliments to MOTI and the contractor for the planning that went into the Secrest Hill Rd project.
What my eye saw was a much better view of the creek entering and exiting the dam like roadway. Before the road seemed to be quite elevated above but the view now is ‘spectacular’ to my mind. It’s just a babbling brook at the moment and I hope we can keep it that way this year….
Gale Kleckner sent in a picture similar to the one above – and I said I would take a look at these two poles at the corner of Columbia Place and Columbia *Street. I also asked when the new pole was installed.
I took a couple of pictures, drove around the neighbourhood twice reflecting on my past and an idea I had many years ago. What I discovered was that my eyes had been fooling me for 30 years.
Most of that area west of Okanagan is underground wiring – similar to new subdivisions in the Tuc-el-nut and Willows area in east Oliver. My past I lived in that neighbor twice in my life – many of the homes sit on the orchard (5 acres) owned by my parents. The second was an idea of making Oliver as wireless (visual) as possible and using the utility companies and the Town to make that a reality over a long period of time.
The idea to use franchise fees paid by utilities companies for the right to dig holes for pipes and erecting electrical poles and phone lines – creating a budget – fueling that piggy bank with a percentage of all taxes paid – say one percent – and then get the utilities to help win a prize. That prize a more visually appealing place to live. Taking small streets and putting the wires below. Pick any street with few wires to start it off – get the community involved.
Won’t say who – but a couple of fellow politicians scoffed at the thought. When a young lady was elected to council I took her on a tour and said – look! “do you see what I see?”
The ugliness of heavy overhead wiring near the hotel, the bridge and the community park. She agreed something should be done about it.
I am firm in my belief someone else will come along and have -the same idea- and then get it done.
There is no better time than now to plan for the future.
Thanks to John Kiss for correcting me on the street names. Both Gale and John indicated that Fortis installed the new pole about 3 months ago and for some unknown and undisclosed reason – they moved on and maybe forgot about this small project.
Our AGM on May 8th has its guest speaker.
Longtime Oliver resident Yvonne Moore (above) will provide an informal talk entitled “School Days at Testalinda & Oliver School Memories” about her experiences growing up and attending the Testalinda Creek, Oliver Elementary, and Southern Okanagan High Schools.
The talk will begin after the business portion of the meeting, accompanied by refreshments and a photo slideshow of local schools. Yvonne’s stories of herself, her siblings and her friends are sure to educate and entertain. After the talk, we’ll open the floor for your own reminiscences about schooling in Oliver.
Yvonne Moore was born and raised in Oliver and briefly lived in Victoria before returning to the South Okanagan. Her father Frank Venables was school board chair. She worked as a telephone operator at the Oliver Exchange and as a homemaker while raising 6 children. She graduated in 1952.
The AGM will take place May 8th at 7:00 pm at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 5840 Airport Street, Oliver.
All are welcome to attend.
Picture of Moore last year at the former site of the Testalinda School – erected in 1927
Nellie’s Palm Branch
We are approaching the Easter season. This Sunday is known as Palm Sunday, in memory of the day many Israelites waved palm branches to celebrate the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. He was riding on a donkey and the crowds were cheering. It could be that some of the same people were jeering a week later when Jesus was arraigned before Pilate and condemned to die on the cross. They had expected Him to reign as a king instead of die like a criminal. It takes something special to remain true to your leader.
Henry G. Bosch, one of the 60’s and 70’s editors of the devotional booklet, Our Daily Bread, was sorting through his deceased mother’s personal effects when he came across folded piece of paper, yellow with age. Written in his mother’s 9 year old childish hand was this note: “Our Nellie is with the angels now; she is waving a little palm branch in heaven.” Henry Bosch had been told that his mother’s 4 year old sister had been an unusually spiritually-oriented child. She often talked about heaven, about saints singing and waving palm branches and especially about Jesus. One day when her father was out of town on a preaching commitment, Nellie became desperately ill with scarlet fever. This attack became so severe that the doctor could do nothing to help. She soon was at the point of death. With insight far beyond her years she told those gathered around her that she would soon be waving “a little palm branch in heaven.”
This note moved Henry Bosch to tears. Sometimes a child’s devotion is unhindered by the cares and troubles of this life.