by Audrey MacNaughton
orange stain at neckline caused by the feeding material below the surface of Vaseux Lake.
· Thirty-six additional COVID-19 cases were reported in Interior Health since Friday, bringing
the total in IH since the start of the pandemic to 777.
· 93 cases are active and on isolation
· No one is in hospital.
Interior Health Authority
86 active cases of Covid 19
Total cases since early 2020 – 741 with 652 fully recovered
No one in hospital or ICU with Corona Virus
Facts and Maps from BC CDC and IHA
From building owner Ritchie Kendrick
As many of you may already know, Medici’s Gelateria and Cafe has closed their business and decided to retire. Good luck to Nicola and Grant on their new adventure! For those of you who appreciated being able to ‘safely’ meet with friends and colleagues to enjoy Nicola’s coffee and lunch, you will be happy to know that a new cafe/restaurant will be opening mid-December after some renovations and upgrading. For those of you who have never visited the old church you will be able to discover why it is such a special place! Stay tuned, more details to follow.
It is true hind sight is 2020 but in hindsight 2020 was not the year for the farmer. Weather from rain to frost to snow at harvest all played the high notes on the anxiety scale. Then came more rules and challenges with the pandemic. There were problems of fruit size, and consumer traffic to purchase available crop harvested.
During the summer in preparation for harvest and harvesting soft fruit there was a shortage of labor. When apple picking time arrived the problems continued for some not all the thinning was completed, some summer pruning did not happen resulting in fruit color issues. The saving grace and curse was, the crop maturity dates were later in some cases.
From what I observed some of it was poor planning in the face of adversity, but in reality it was the year of the perfect storm.
In addition to a local labor shortage, there was Covid confusion and some foreign workers arrived late and some never made it to their destination at all from what I was told.
I remember during the summer, saying local people, service clubs and even seniors could earn extra money or citizens could lend a hand picking apples. I vividly remember one critic who took me to task for even suggesting seniors should pick apples.
Fair enough but let me tell you a personal story. I have a friend who planned well, got his summer pruning and thinning done and did his horticulture husbandry well. He had some foreign workers but found himself a few pickers short. I offered to help. In addition there were two other friends that pitched in.
So how did I make out?
I finished when the crew finished yesterday just after lunch. In my seventies I picked three to four bins a day or 75 to a hundred boxes per day. The weight of a bin of apples varies from 700 to 800 pounds depending on variety. To the person who said seniors can’t do that kind of work. “I picked 63 bins.
At an average of 800 pounds that comes to close to 25 tons of fruit.”
The truth is I pick now at about half the rate as I did in my youth but I still made a little money and even more important I helped a friend, got lots of fresh air and exercise.
The other thing I learned that is still 2020 hindsight is this.
“Never under estimate what a senior can do when required.”
Howdy, Jack. I thought I’d pass on a query that perhaps some of your readers might have an answer to.
In my closet is a rather fine wooden coat hanger, to which is affixed a blue label with the following text. “The House of Hobberlin. Casual Mens Wear Ltd. Oliver, BC”.
I’ve always been curious about the who, what, and when of The House of Hobberlin”. Any chance you might put it out there for comment? — Cheers, Frank
Sure don’t build them like this any more. I think perhaps this might date back to Collin’s Department Store, one of the many lines of clothes Bill Collins carried before the tragic fire. —
Pix 1924 PNE credit City of Vancouver Archives
A.M. (Andrew) Hobberlin was a wealthy resident of Port Credit, and the owner of the “House of Hobberlin Limited”, a major men’s clothier in Toronto.