Archives for June 6, 2020
Three units of Oliver Fire Department responded
RCMP called – to investigate – 3 units arrived ‘routine’
No details on cause of fire, any accident or injury. Vehicle destroyed once white – now a grey burnt colour.
“The Oliver Starfish Program which has been providing kids and their families with food for weekends that may ordinarily struggle to make ends meet has continued to provide gift cards for groceries through the unexpected pandemic. It was the easiest and safest way to continue to support our kids during this tough time. We hope to start filling the backpacks with food again in September depending on when students return back to school. Thank you for the generous support and contributions from the people, businesses and service groups of Oliver that have made this program able to continue.”
Oliver Starfish Volunteer Coordinator
It may look good, almost beautiful with its 7 white stripes and 8 purple ‘eyes’ on the stripes, but it is deceivingly destructive. This green caterpillar comes with a flat head and a black mouth lined with razor sharp teeth. An endless eating machine, it can strip the tomato plant of all its leaves if left unhindered. Ten stubby feet equipped with suction cups secure its position on the plant. The curved, reddish horn on the tail has a sharp point that makes it look vicious but the horn is harmless.
Eventually the caterpillar will bury itself in the ground, encasing itself in a do-it-yourself coffin. Inside that casing it actually could be said to disintegrate and rebuild during its metamorphosis stage. Then it emerges as a beautiful moth flitting from flower to flower. It will look for a tomato plant on which to lay its eggs and repeat the process. This is a different take on beauty and the beast. Who would have guessed that the moth and the caterpillar were directly connected?
Looks can be deceiving.
Today, June sixth is just another day with its joys, victories, sorrows and defeats. We are living in the grasp of a pandemic, demonstrations in the streets, and an air full of uncertainty.
For all that has been thrown at us, we should take solace in the fact June six is a day symbolizing hope. Three quarters of a century ago this was the day, The Longest Day.
It was the day our boys stormed the beaches of Normandy France to restore sanity to Europe. Seventy-five years ago, the sky’s were filled with planes, the sea was like a parking lot for warships. The air was filled with exploding shells and the chatter of machine guns.
Before dawn the paratroops were flying over the channel to take the fight to the enemy. Behind the lines before the first naval guns open fire, Canadians were on the ground engaging the enemy. It is said they were the first to see action. Once the soldiers waded ashore, the Canadians were the first off the beach and heading inland. They prevented a German counter attack as well.
For us we owe this ordinary day to the brave men and women who triumphed making Tuesday, June six one of the most extraordinary days in history. So as you go about you routine on this ordinary day, pause for a moment to think about and thank the thousands of men who died that day, thank those who came home who would never be the same.
I suppose when put into perspective, the sacrifice that was made has made everyday an extraordinary day.