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ANDREA DUJARDIN-FLEXHAUG has been living in the South Okanagan and writing for newspapers for 25-plus years, ever since she graduated from the Journalism Program at Langara, VCC

Osoyoos artist Barb Derksen’s Cards & Birdhouses 16 “Late February days; and now, at last, Might you have thought that Winter’s woe was past; So fair the sky was and so soft the air.” - William Morris FEBRUARY 2012

Rise and Shine!

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CONTRIBUT0RS BERNIE BATES is a writer, cartoonist,

poet and entrepreneur of native heritage, who grew up on a ranch. “I was the only kid I knew that could play cowboys and Indians all by myself!”

SUE WHITTAKER is a writer and watercolour artist from Osoyoos. While her next painting makes itself known to her, Sue writes children’s books, short stories, poetry, and the occasional smoking romance. She is a founding member of the O’s Own Writers and is published with them in Whispering Down the Well and the Sharing the Well. JORG MARDIAN is a Certified Kinesiology Specialist, Myoskeletal Therapist, Fitness Trainer and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. He specializes in injury/pain therapy, functional fitness, weight loss and holistic nutrition.

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Osoyoos artist Barb Derksen displays examples of her handcrafted cards and birdhouses. Photo by Miles Derksen


PUBLISHER BRIAN HIGHLEY has run international

campaigns with Adbusters magazine and published the OK Sun newspaper in Osoyoos. He is of course writing this, and feels strange referring to himself in the third person.

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hank you for picking up this copy of the Okanagan Sun magazine. It is free to you, thanks to the support of our outstanding advertisers. Is it just me, or did January fly by? Before the entire year gets away from us, why not celebrate this month with a shift toward a slower pace? I understand the value in doing things quickly to save time - I got a speeding ticket in January to prove it. But what about making time? By slowing down our pace, we can make time to enjoy our spectacular region and to connect

with friends and neighbors in a more meaningful way. It also helps that this is a leap year and we have an extra day this month! The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation has designated February as Heart and Stroke month, perhaps not surprisingly, since this time of year has us all thinking about matters of the heart. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation? By the way, do you know how to recognize if you’re having a stroke? Check page 20 to learn the warning

OLIVER THEATRE Enjoy your evening out, taking in a movie at the Oliver Theatre!

February, 2012 Programme Visit our website


Regular Showtimes


Sun.-Mon.-Tues.-Thurs...7:30 P.M. Fri.-Sat.................7:00 & 9:00 P.M. (Unless otherwise stated)

Phone 250-498-2277

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Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Feb. 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 Showtimes on Sat. at 7:00 & 9:15 p.m.

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. Feb. 9 - 10 - 11 ONE SHOWING NIGHTLY AT 7:30 P.M. Nominated For 6 Academy Awards Including

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Coarse language.

Thurs. - Fri. Feb. 23 - 24 Coarse language.

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Feb. 12 - 13 - 14

signs. And as long as you’re in the mood to save lives, you might consider giving blood this month. Check page six for a story about well-known Osoyoos resident Bill Dean, who encountered a mysterious illness while on vacation, and required the help of Canadian Blood Services. How are you planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day? Chocolates? Roses? Well, this issue is here to help. Your search for the perfect Valentine’s Card could end on page 14, where you will find our cover story featuring Osoyoos artist and longtime friend to the Okanagan Sun Barb Derksen. We check in with Barb to talk cards and birdhouses. We have a few new sections this year, including the new Around Town, a community events calendar for the area. If you have an event that you would like to appear in Around Town, send it along. We also bring you Business Beat - the easiest way to keep up will all the business goingson in the area. We have also teamed up with the Oliver Theatre to bring a monthly double pass giveaway to the Oliver Theatre. It’s easy to enter the draw, just visit us online at and click on Contests. Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!


Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Feb. 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 ONE SHOWING NIGHTLY AT 7:30 P.M. Nominated For 5 Academy Awards Including

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Thurs. - Fri. Feb. 16 - 17 Showtimes on Fri. at 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.

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Violence, coarse language.

Sexual violence. Programme subject to unavoidable change without notice


Bill Dean’s Battle By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug


Osoyoos couple's vacation takes unexpected turn Bill Dean is a well known South Okanagan resident, due to his past involvement with on-the-air reports for local Channel 18, and organizations such as Community Living. He lived in Oliver previous to his present home in Osoyoos. Bill had been ‘missing’ from the public eye for some time, and this is his story about why that was.


hen Osoyoos resident Bill Dean and his wife Marjorie boarded a ship at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just over a year ago, they expected to have a wonderful and relaxing 29-day cruise through the Panama Canal. It indeed started out that way for the retired couple, but partway into the cruise on October 18 it all changed. “I just started to feel tired and lethargic, and I’m not that kind of guy,” says Dean. “I’m 80-years-old, but I’m still not that kind of guy, you know.” Dean’s wife Marjorie expressed concern, and his lack of energy continued, so he went to the ship’s doctor, who told Dean that he had the viral infection that was going around on board. But it was not that. “I got worse. I got more tired, I got more lethargic. I could do everything normally, that’s the crazy part, except as soon as I lay down on a chair on the deck, I’d go to sleep, just like that.” The ship’s doctor was too busy to see Dean when he returned to him two days later, so the couple decided to wait out the cruise and see Dean’s own doctor back in Osoyoos. The couple had three plane flights ahead of them, with Dean not remem-

bering much of the long trip back to It is a rare and life-threatening Osoyoos. “The amazing part about autoimmune blood disorder that most this whole story is that I was pretty people, and certainly the Deans, comatose from the time I got off the had never heard of. It strikes without ship,” he says. “How my wife got me warning, manifesting itself in a variety on three airplanes I’ll never know.” of ways, from fatigue to short-term The only reason he figures he was memory loss. It does not run in the allowed on the planes in his mysterifamily and is not due to something ous condition in the first place, was the person has or has not done in the because he was still able to carry on a course of their life. As Bill explains it conversation. simply, “What happens is you have When they finally got home, Dean’s platelets in your body and they’re condition did not improve. When little tiny things, they explode” and go he got up the first day after a good into little tiny fragments, only to block night’s sleep, he went to get the mail, every artery in your body. and promptly came home and sat on a chair and fell asleep again for two hours. Marjorie knew that there was something still seriously wrong with him. Especially after he woke up and said, “What time is dinner on 8506 92nd Avenue the ship?” 495-6416 Flabbergasted, Marjorie imRoyal Purple Elks meet on mediately phoned Dean’s local meet on the 1st the 2nd and 4th doctor, who said, “Get him to and 3rd Wednesday of the Oliver Hospital as fast as Wednesday of each month. you can.” There the couple each month. were told there was nothing they could do, and he was on Cribbage to Penticton Hospital by ambuevery lance. Monday “The only doctor, and I get very emotional when I do this, I almost cry,” says Dean, “the Bingo every only doctor who could diagFriday nose me happened to be on duty, the only one in the Okanagan... .” The diagnosis after a quick blood test? Thrombotic Interested? Thrombocytopenic Purpura Come join us! (T.T.P.). “He saved my life,” says Dean.

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By Air Ambulance to Vancouver... Soon Bill found himself in an air ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital, where a group of doctors looked after him and gave him treatment, made all the more serious by the fact that Dean only has one kidney. “If your platelets go down below 20 you are technically dead. Mine were 19. I was technically dead.” He notes, “They did tell Marjorie, ‘We’ll try our best to save (him), but... .” “And there’s nothing really to cure it other than do what they did, is drain your body. They literally drain your body,” explains Dean. It is called plasmapheresis blood exchange treatment, whereby the patient’s entire volume of blood is cleaned, and the plasma portion replaced with that of about 10 donours during each three to four hour treatment. After about a month, Dean was well enough to go home to Osoyoos. Dean tires very easily and gets out of breath

after short walks, but as his doctor points out, he is 80-years-old. He notes, “But fortunately everything’s fine, I’m in good health, I feel great, and people can’t believe that I was near death a year ago.” Dean attributes his recovery to the doctors, and the “power of prayer” from local churches, family and loved ones as being key as well. And last, but certainly not least, his wife Marjorie who he terms as “amazing.” It is now over a year since his treatment, so there is only a 40 percent chance of it coming back. His reason for telling his story is to get the word out and encourage research for what is commonly considered an ‘orphan disease’ by the drug companies. “The problem about this is, there’s no research being done, because there’s no money in it,” he comments. Dean has spoken to groups such as the Kiwanis Club in Tonasket (he is a member) to spread the word about the need for funding for research. “If there’s anybody else in the Okanagan

that’s had it, would they please call me,” urges Dean. He is also part of a nationwide awareness and support organization named ‘Answering T.T.P formed by a young woman with the condition named Sydney Kodatsky, who has the condition. A teacher, truck driver, young and old, it strikes people from all walks of life and age groups. “Some at first thought it was a bit of a stigma, because why did you get it and nobody else,” says Dean about the support group, “And they all said, ‘we feel so much better that since we met somebody else, because we thought we were just weirdos which is understandable.” “If I only save one life through helping like I’m trying to, I’ll be a very happy guy,” says Dean. If you or someone you know has T.T.P., feel free to contact Bill Dean at 250-495-4931 (Canada) or 509-8466242 (U.S.) For more information visit

Facts about T.T.P. • T.T.P. is a deadly blood disorder that afflicts three in one million people • Many T.T.P. patients are not diagnosed until they suffer irreversible kidney, heart or brain damage from a stroke • The cause of T.T.P. is currently unknown • Some patients relapse and others do not • Although there is treatment, there is no cure for T.T.P.


SOUTH OKANAGAN CONCERT SOCIETY Final Concert Mark your calendar for Friday, February 24th, when the Penderecki String Quartet performs in the final concert of the South Okanagan Concert Society winter season. In the second decade of an extraordinary career, this celebrated chamber ensemble’s performing schedule takes them annually to the great concert stages of North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Making up the prestigious quartet are Jeremy Bell, violin, Jerzy Kaplanek, violin, Christine Vlajk, viola, and Paul Pulford, cello. The quartet has collaborated with many eminent ensembles as well as with artists such as James Campbell and Janina Fialkowska who have thrilled audiences here in past years. The concert will be at the temporary venue of the Oliver Alliance Church just north of Oliver at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at Beyond Bliss Estheics in Oliver, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door. This is the time to use up any remaining admissions on your flex pass and to bring your cheque book to catch the Early Bird prices for next season. Single admissions are $20 and students 17 and under are admitted free. Sometimes people ask me why I love the concert series music so much. I decided to ask members of the audience what draws them. Here is what Brita Park told me:

lifted the family up, accompanying, “I’ve got this image of my recently sustaining, and delighting us through immigrated parents in the early 50’s. all our years of growing up.” My Dad had been working two jobs So come and share the beautiful (16 hours a day) and had finally music of the Penderecki String Quarearned a bit more than was required tet with others who love music. Allow for the daily food to feed a family of eight. My mother’s immediate thought yourself to be lifted up, sustained and delighted. Call Maureen at 250 495 was “New shoes for the kids!”. Too 7978 if you want to arrange transporlate! To her dismay, my father came tation in the van. Join us! home without the extra money. Instead he carried a beautiful record player and proudly chose one record from a stack of new LPs. The lively strains of a Strauss waltz filled the house, Your future is here! drifted over the porch Join the City of Penticton and live right in the centre of the and the orchard beexciting vacation atmosphere of the South Okanagan. We offer competitive wages, a great working environment and low. Father gallantly a top-notch benefit package. Our excellent work environment twirled my mother will allow you to get involved in an active Okanagan lifestyle, around the living taking part in activities from snow sports to water sports, winery winery tours to golf, and much more. room and we children joined in. Later my mother admitted that it was my father who had gauged the family needs correctly, not Reporting to the City Manager, the Communications Officer will be responsible for the administration, planning she. Our old shoes and coordination of all aspects of internal and external would have to do. communications and public relations programs and It was the beautiservices for the City of Penticton. ful shared music of Strauss, Chopin, The successful candidate will possess the following: Mozart, Bach and  Grade 12 education and a Bachelor’s degree in Mendelssohn that

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ome spend an evening with Louise Pitre, star of the original Broadway musical, Mama Mia! Recipient of a Tony nomination for her role in Mama Mia!, Louise Pitre is Canada’s first lady of musical theatre. Her incredible career includes appearances on television and theatre stages across North America and Europe. “I am really looking forward to visiting the Okanagan,” Pitre recently told the Okanagan Sun. “It’s one of my favourite places in Canada.” In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal and Paris) and the title character in Edith Piaf. She also earned raves for leading roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Song & Dance, Blood Brothers, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and many others. In 2009, Louise made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ulrika in the concert version of the musical Kristina by ABBA’s Benny Ander-

sson and Bjorn Ulvaeus which she reprised at Royal Albert Hall in 2010. Louise has guested with orchestras across Canada and appears in concert regularly throughout North America with accompaniment ranging from big band to solo piano. Critics have enthused about her “full-throated emotion and cut-to-thechase honesty, enhanced by a fine sense of theatricality…. she explores every aspect of heartbreak, from despair to defiance …. each song she performs is a three-act play, but somehow never tipping over into sentimentality”. Louise Pitre will be appearing on Friday 10 February, 7:30 pm at the Osoyoos High School Mini Theatre. Tickets (25.00) are available at Imperial Office, Osoyoos and Sundance Video, Oliver, or at the door ($23.00). This event is part of the Osoyoos Concert Series annual offering of four concerts. The Osoyoos & District Arts Council is an umbrella organization with a mandate to support arts and culture in the Osoyoos area and to enrich the lives of the people in our communities.



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Kayla Turnbull of Osoyoos is the proud recipient of the Violet Richardson Award from Soroptimist International of Osoyoos. This award recognizes young women between ages 14 and 17 who volunteer in their community. When not writing and performing music, Kayla volunteers at Good Shepherd School by helping the teachers and students. In addition, she volunteers with Mariposa Gardens Assisted Living, SOYSA Youth Soccer (coaching ages 7 and 8), Osoyoos Coyotes (timekeeper), while working on student parliament at school. Soroptimist members Dot Rathgerber and Bev Anderson were pleased to present Kayla with her cheque. If you would be interested in becoming a Soroptimist member or want to learn more about Soroptimism you can contact

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Leaping into leap year month ... feel the fear & do it anyway! B.C.’s very own Mike Hopcraft, aka The Reptile Guy, is bringing his first-ever Fear Factor Challenge to Cherry Lane Shopping Centre next month. New and exciting this year, The Reptile Guy’s Fear Factor Challenge will consist of one fear factor event taking place on Saturday, March 3 and one on Sunday, March 4 starting at 2:00 p.m. both days. Pre-screened contestants will participate in each of the timed challenges with one lucky winner from each receiving a $100 Cherry Lane gift card! The call for contestants – 16 and older - is now on and closes Monday, February 20. Contestant application forms are available at the Customer Service/Lottery Booth in Cherry Lane, or at or from the Reptile Guy’s Facebook page. You can help The Reptile Guy celebrate this Leap Year as he kicks off a five-day appearance at the mall on leap year day - Wednesday, February 29 with a “Leaping Lizards” scavenger hunt for children 10 and under. The interactive and educational event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on February 29 only, and promises to be a lot of fun for the young ones with a chance

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B.C.’s very own Mike Hopcraft aka The Reptile Guy is back with a variety of exotic critters for your squeamish pleasure! Wednesday, February 29 to Sunday, March 4 Get your picture taken with an amazing exotic creature!


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CALL for CONTESTANTS! If you are 16 years of age or over and think you have what it takes to WIN The Reptile Guy’s FEAR FACTOR CHALLENGE submit your contestant application without delay!

Applications close February 20, 2012 Pick up an application at the Customer Service/Lottery booth in Cherry Lane during mall hours, or online at or on The Reptile Guy’s Face Book page.

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Contestants in each event will have a chance to win a $100 Cherry Lane gift card!

Get your card from The Reptile Guy, do the walk, get it stamped & enter the draw for a chance to WIN one of three awesome prizes being given away! *SCAVENGER HUNT IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGE 10 & UNDER. LIMIT 1 ENTRY PER CHILD. CONTEST CLOSES AT 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY PHONE.

to win some awesome prizes. Hopcraft and his usual suspects of unusual and exotic critters will be on display at Cherry Lane for your squeamish pleasure from February 29 to March 4. The public is invited to come and have a picture taken with an amazing exotic creature with all proceeds going to The Reptile Guy’s rescue. For almost 15 years Hopcraft has been saving countless reptiles, amphibians and arachnids from a number of situations. Not all are rescues as people come into circumstances beyond their control and have to give up their pets. Hopcraft has taken in everything from small frogs and scorpions to caiman, alligators and even a lemur! Ever since his first pet lizard in grade five, Hopcraft has been fascinated with reptiles. He has learned all there is to know about odd and exotic animals, expanding his collection and rescuing unwanted or mistreated reptiles in hopes of finding them good homes. "I love reptiles, they are my life," he said. Hopcraft has not given up his goal to open a large rescue and education centre. His education program is up and running with plans to fund his rescue project. For more Reptile Guy information check out his website



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Thoughts on Groundhog Day

By B. H. Bates

an you smell it in the air? Have you noticed folks around you smiling - for no good reason at all? They’re outside, taking walks and I’ve even seen one nutball wearing a t-shirt. What’s going on?

When in doubt: ask an Elder, I always say. They usually know what’s up from down, what’s right from wrong, but be warned, once you get them going, you can’t stop them. Another hazard, when querying an Elder, make sure you look into their eyes first - the campfire may be burning, but the teepee could be empty. I asked a few Elders: “Is spring just around the corner and if so, what’s the first sign of spring?” Dorothy: ‘Smartie-pants.’ Hobbs, said: “It comes every year, doesn’t it?” Eileen Eden said: “For myself, a sure sign of spring is that I feel like buying new things.” Her response drew a smile across my face, but to me, it only proved she was a shopoholic and not a climatologist. And so, on went my search for proof that spring is just over the next mountain. Nonna, as she’s affectionately known, said that all she knew of such things, came from her Elders. “Spring, to me,” she reflected, “was when the

old people burned the dead grass. The smell of smoke takes me back to the days of my youth.” A look of sheer joy washed over her soft face, and a satisfied grin on her lips told me that she was re-living her entire youth in that very moment. Then, in the next moment, she started to talk about other things, not even remotely related to the subject of spring! As I informed you earlier - once they get started, you can’t stop them. One story lead to another and so on and so on. We touched on every subject under the sun, including the sun! In the name of the Great Spirit... what an interesting lady. We not only walked down memory lane - we went around the corner and up the road of that sweet lady’s life. Please don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t want you to think she was long winded, she was just passing along an old Native tradition: storytelling. You see, we Natives, come from a long line of long winded ... I mean to say: ‘ancestral translators of factual information.’ In other words a Native Elder is like an elephant, they never forget - I’m only teasing, you Elders. The Great Spirit, gave us two ears and one mouth, for a good reason; if we take the time to listen to wisdom, we, as a society, can advance beyond

the dreamy eyed, star struck stage of wishful scenarios and hopeful expectations. As a young Native buck, I was as wild and unpredictable as a leaf in a windstorm. Fueled by alcohol, fed by ego and powered by attitude, to me, age and knowledge, were just two words in the dictionary. My uncle Wayne, would try to give me things of great value - but, they came in the form of words like; don’t, no, think and slow down. At first, his words were just the ramblings of an old man, only for the wise to discern. Then as time passed, I heard his words echoing in my empty head, they went from babble to brilliance in a nanosecond. Nonna must have taught me well in the ways of an Elder - here I am, babbling on and on! Back to the subject of spring; it, evidently, comes every year. It’s a time of renewal, a time to shed off the winter blues and as Nonna pondered, springtime: “I love to get back into my garden.” And like most things that come from the mind of an Elder, there always seems to be a hidden moral within. In this case: One should reconnect to the dirt on which they stand, in other words: become more grounded, more in touch and listen to them!


Get A Grip


By Derek Highley


f getting your hands on the “latest and greatest” in golf equipment just isn’t in your budget this year, then regripping your current set is something you can easily do (without your wallet taking a massive hit). I do admit that while regripping your clubs is not nearly as nice as getting a brand new set, it is still a pretty good alternative, considering that it can be done at about one- tenth the cost. The process is fairly simple. While it may be a bit of a hassle to go out and buy the needed supplies the first time around, the good news is that once you have them you can just store them in your garage. This way they will be right at your fingertips come next season. Here’s all you need: • • •

utility knife double sided tape mineral spirits or grip solvent

and of course the new grips.


I’ll normally regrip my clubs outside or in the garage over an old towel placed on the ground, because you are going to spill a bit of the solvent. First thing to do is remove your old grips. Using the utility knife cut off the old grip; it is a bit easier if you have a “hook blade” in your knife. Start at the bottom and make a slice up the length of the grip, now pull the grip off much like you are peeling a banana. Remove all the old tape from the club shaft. Rip off a piece of doublesided tape, just shorter then twice the grip length. Run the piece of tape up the one side of the shaft over the butt end and back down the other side. Then try to get the tape as even as possible on both sides. Remove the backing from the tape. Take your new grip and with a finger covering the hole in the end of the grip, pour some of your solvent into the open end. About a quarter full will do. Now, cover up the top with your other hand and give the grip a good shake to distribute the solvent

throughout. Remove your finger from the hole at the bottom of the grip, and allow the solvent to pour out over the newly taped up portion of your golf club. Try to soak down as much of the tape as possible.This will make it easier to get the new grip on. Quickly slide the new grip over the end of your club and push it down over the tape, until you feel that the new grip is on all the way. I like to place the head of my club up against a wall when I slide on the new grip, giving me something to push up against. This eliminates the need for a work bench or vice grips, but if you have those to work with you may want to use them. That’s all there is to it. Give it about an hour to dry and you are ready to go. Same as how a new pair of running shoes makes kids feel as though they can run faster and jump higher, you can now head off to the golf course ready to hit the ball farther and straighter … well, at least you’ll feel as if you can.

New Recreational Activities Coming to Oliver Get Bent Arts and Recreation will offer classes in Oliver beginning this month. First day of classes will be February 7. It is located below the Edward Jones office on Main Street. Business owners John Goudie and Wendy Williams are looking forward to seeing Get Bent programs grow in Oliver. “We offer far more than the advertised class material,” Goudie said. “As a values-based organization, we put a large focus on mentorship, esteem building, community partnerships and making healthy choices. It’s always rewarding to see the teens in our programs looking out for the younger ones and guiding them through growing pains.” Youth programs that will be offered in Oliver are Cheerleading and Girls Belly Dancing. Get Bent is the only all-star Cheer program in the South Okanagan. In 2009 they took a team to Vancouver for the Western Canadian Championships and won first in their age category. Williams beams, “Cheerleading is all about enthusiasm and being over-the-top excited. The trophy was three feet tall. It was such an exciting experience. There is nothing quite like Cheer, that’s for sure.” Belly Dancing is another activity offered to the youth in the Okanagan by Get Bent. “All our programs are really a vehicle to teach kids dedication, honesty and integrity, respect, and belief in the potential of others.” Get Bent has become a controversial group in the larger belly dance community. “We’ve made a focused effort to make belly dance appropriate for youth and family friendly - and it already was in many ways - but there are some movements that look better on a ‘grownup’ body

and depending on the cultural background, not all costuming ideas are appropriate for youth.” Williams explains, “We’ve brought in traditional East Indian Dance teachers and blended their beauty, colour, style and music with a selected technique base of belly dancing movements - creating Bollywood belly dance.” Across western Canada Get Bent has been sought after for workshops in their unique style. “It’s a really neat thing to see other groups and recognize moves and combinations unique to our dancers. It’s great to know we are pushing the art.” But it’s not all kids at Get Bent. We welcome adults of all shapes,

sizes and fitness levels for our adult classes including Zumba, Bellyfit and Ladies’ Belly Dance classes for those that want to learn a routine and try a low-key performance. Get Bent has a strong volunteer component to their programs and instructors do many free workshops in schools and community events. “In February we will be doing a cheerleading workshop with 130 students in OK Falls. We are scheduled to visit KVR in Penticton for a grade eight gym class as well,” says Williams. They have volunteers almost every night of the week in the Penticton location - people just want to be a part of the community that they’ve created. Get Bent is an inclusive organization that is happy to grow and share what they do with people further down in the South Okanagan. Laugh, have fun and ‘get bent’ with the new recreational programs coming to Oliver!


Barb’s Cards

Exquisite Valentine’s cards made by local resident


he month of February brings with it Valentine’s Day, and the search for that perfect card for a loved one. Sometimes it is difficult to find just the right one, or words inside that match the personality or taste of the recipient. But you will most certainly be able to find one in the assortment of handmade exquisitely crafted cards created by Osoyoos resident Barb Derksen. Derksen has always had a love of art, and in this day and age creates all manner of graphic designs and patterns on her computer, using cutout printer and punchout machines in the process as well. “It changes all the time, and it’s just good to stay current,” says Derksen about the modern technology used such as software. Barb shares her artwork on a blog followed by 100 followers (so far) who are in the vast online word of creative scrapbooking and crafting. About a year ago, her sister got Derksen interested in making greeting cards, and piqued her interest by telling her to ’think of each card as a little canvas.’ With that in mind, she began creating cards for all occasions.

By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

“I have such tremendous respect for carders, because they use every technique I’ve ever seen the artists in the galleries use,” says Derksen.”I love doing the cards.” Derksen also does graphics for the Okanagan Sun, as evidenced in her designs for our regular features such as ‘O’s Own,’ ‘Business Beat’ and ‘Around Town.’ In a small corner in Derksen’s basement, the shelves are aligned with neatly stacked clear containers and glass jars of everything from old buttons to colourful beads and bobbles. “We live rural, so we don’t have like a Michaels or whatever in town, so the thing is we improvise and make alot,” notes Derksen. She scours the local thrift shop

regularly, buying and recycling various items. “I live at the thrift shop,” she says gleefully, “The ladies know me by person.” No crafty type item goes unnoticed, with Derksen snatching up partially filled bottles of nail polish at 25 cents each to pieces of discarded jewellery, which she later takes apart for use. “After a certain point I was hooked, and that’s where it’s just grown from there. I started with friends and family, and eventually you have more cards than events,” she says. “And what do you do? And then people are saying, ‘This is really nice, can I buy one?’ “ Derksen displayed her wares at two craft shows before Christmas, and at a local office. “You’re never going to get rich,” she notes. “But I did recoup enough to fund my own supplies,” plus she made some valuable contacts as well. She also feels it is important to share her ideas with others. “I can’t help but help them, because I just love to do it so much. And again it’s the community thing. You mentor to the next person that comes along ‘cause the joy of it is, the payment is, when they enjoy it and they

Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug


take off, you just say, wow... .” Derksen’s cards for all occasions will now be available more readily, since as of March 1 they can be purchased at newly opening Osoyoos shop Indie Lulu. They are also on display locally at The Feathered Frog, where her little paper birdhouses are also proving a hit. “People seem to go gaga for the birdhouses, I don’t know why,” she says. She does not limit her creative efforts to cards and birdhouses though. “You go forward, you get a creative idea, and you have to get it out of your head or else it teases you,” she says. And if any of the cards are not quite what you are looking for, Derksen will custom make one (or a set) for you. To view Derksen’s artwork, go to

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Lidia is a lifetime resident of the Okanagan Valley who has a vast appreciation and in-depth knowledge of all the Okanagan has to offer.

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Oliver Writers League Competition By Lillian Wood The Oliver Writers League is excited to announce the first of our quarterly competitions of 2012. The theme 'If I Were' is open to anyone in the Okanagan, not just solely Oliver. We welcome all genres and all styles of writing, however there is a 6,000 word limit. The winner will be hosted on our blog, as well as receive a certificate and small cash prize of $50. There are also prizes for second and third place. The League also has a monthly competition, this month's theme being 'Chilling Tales'. There is no word limit for this competition however you do have to incorporate four items into the story. This month's items are as fol-

lows: a boat, icicles, footprints and a snowplow. It's quite a bit of fun! There is also a new section for author interviews. These are unpub-

lished and published authors who have taken the time to answer some questions, give some advice and let us read some of their work. It's exciting and we're honoured to have them on our blog. As always we want to encourage our local artists, and there will always be a place for their work on our blog. If anyone would like to share something they've written, or know someone who could benefit from the exposure, please e-mail us at Also, if anyone has any regular questions or queries please feel free to contact us as well.


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250-485-8081 1-800-335-2606 14 Larkspur Place

MLS® 131459

Building Lot at its finest. Lakeview, close to town, flat, easy to build on. Quiet cul de sac. Lot 1 Chapman Rd.

Lakeview South West facing, overlooking Osoyoos. 9.88 acres of land to offer. Call Barb to view 250-485-8081 7310 Main St UNIT 211 Care free Ownership. Provides profit. Financials available. Two bed lake front 690 sq ft ready to enjoy winter and summer. 3 Spruce Crt Designer custom built rancher on .24 of an acre. 1700+ sq feet. 3 bed, 2 bath walk in closet, double garage. Main floor laundry, spacious kitchen. 8504 78th Ave

$229,000 MLS® 133978

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Right downtown. Walk everywhere. Near Catholic Church & Post Office. Priced under 300k


#3 6015 Maple Dr

Families, pets & rentals allowed in this 6 unit complex just a block to beach. Shows like new.

MLS® 134740


22 - 9410 115th St 3 Bdrm, 2 bath home at Desert Rose Estates. Fantastic views. The complex is a 55+ gated community with outdoor pool and hot tub. Low strata fees.

MLS® 110412

9307 62nd Ave UNIT 109

MLS® 130277

The view is what is going to sell this unit. Level entry, no age restriction. Pets and rentals welcome within town bylaws Mint condition. 92nd Ave Outstanding lake views, just steps to the beach and public park and swim area. Prestigious Log home with fully mature landscaping and gardens. A MUST SEE. 6416 Nighthawk Dr

Fabulous lot near downtown. Awesome views of Osoyoos Lake. Services are at LOT line and connection fees applicable. 30 Cactus Cres

Flat bare land strata lot with low monthly fees of $20/mth. 55+ community. Services on the lot, small hook up fees may apply. 10352 384th Ave Income producing 3 acre cherry farm. Granite kitchen, inground pool, inlaw suite in basement.


Long term lease $200,000 MLS® 108616

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Lot 5 Mule Deer Dr Below appraised value and priced to sell!! Beautiful 3.08 acre building lot in

Regal Ridge! 8507 70th Ave 1 unit in fourplex. Gas fireplace, six appliances, freshly painted. Vacant, ready for new owners. 68th Ave Unit 201 Over 1600 square feet with lakeview. Over 55. Security entrance, elevator, underground parking. Call Barb to view 250-485-8081 5223 Lakeshore Dr Fabulous beachhouse. Semi lakefront, open concept. 20x30 detached garage. Call Barb to view 250-485-8081 3317 36th Ave Older vintage home that needs TLC. .34 of an acre. Lakeview. Very desireable area. Bring motor home, and enjoy summer in Osoyoos. 115 Blue Jay Rd


17 acre lot. Best kept secret in the Okanagan. Call Barb to view 250-485-8081

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Lot 14 Peregrine Pl 3.2 acres in

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$179,000 MLS® 112204

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Paved driveway and drilled well. Panoramic views. Porcupine Rd Build your own ski chalet or B&B on this great .41 acre lot overlooking the lodge. Quick access to the chairs.

$299,000 MLS® 132214



#3 8010 Vedette Dr Newly painted, new flooring, upgraded bath, ready to move in. Low strata fees of $110/ mth. Over 55, no pets, no rentals. #32 4231 Oleander Dr

Lake front complex, low density, multifamily. Pets allowed. No rentals. 2 bed, 2 bath Indoor pool. 2205 89th St Rural Lakeview property. 3 bedrooms, new ductless heat pumps/air conditioning. In-law suite for additional income. 412 Solana Key Crt Pristine beauty of Osoyoos Lake and mountain views greet you from this 3 bed, 2 bath, 4th floor condo. Monthly rentals and 2 small pets welcome.

$179,000 MLS® 133221

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#8 12300 Pinehurst Over 1,700 square feet of upscale adult living. Features golf and lake views.

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CASA DEL LAGO Cottonwood Drive Waterfront complex. Sandy beach, underground/heated parking, recreation hall, pool, hot tub. 2 bed, 2 bath plus den. Open concept.


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MLS® 133615

Inground saltwater pool. Solar powered, fully fenced backyard In-law suite in basement. Granite kitchen. Lots of extra parking.


200 Sasquatch Trail

MLS® 112367


$280,000 MLS® 133959

3 bed 3 bath. Tile and hardwood flooring, Large decks. Games room, Custom kitchen with granite counter tops.

$699,000 MLS® 131063


12317 Pinehurst Pl. Enjoy life overlooking Osoyoos Golf & Country Club. Over 3600 square feet. This home’s backyard stretches out onto the driving range.

MLS® 108979

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The O's Own Writers group was formed in 2002 and generally meets twice a month at the Osoyoos Arts building above the Osoyoos Art Gallery

By Sue Whittaker


iranda was in over her head with the renovation project. Her problems stemmed from buying a “character home” without insisting on a thorough inspection. But circumstances had dictated that if she wanted to get into the homeowners’ market she had to make a move. Sixteen Pelican Avenue had looked like a good bet with fragrant wisteria climbing the front veranda and scented tea roses lining the front walkway. Pure seduction after twenty-some years working her way up from musty basement suites to three story walk-ups and the anonymity of high rise apartments. She had cherished the dream of her own front door more than she had her own laundry room. The little cottage on Pelican Avenue was to be her very own piece of heaven. What she thought would be a small job in the kitchen, before she was made aware of the fact that the term was an oxymoron, had mushroomed into a trade school’s curriculum of worse case scenarios. Miranda had uncovered mildew, corroding plumbing, shredded wiring and evidence of a thriving mouse population just by removing a set of cabinets she thought she could replace on her own. The salesman at the building centre had made it sound so simple, that failure would have more to do with a lack of courage than any absence of skills. But there it was. She had faced her overwhelming inadequacies and was now on the lookout for qualified help . . . and a cat. She had just worked her way through the classified ads after a quick dinner of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich when she heard a knock at her front door.

Although she had chosen a neighbourhood in which she instinctively felt safe she was a bit wary of unexpected company. She checked her front porch through a side window and was surprised to see she had a male caller of indeterminate age. He stood loose-limbed with thumbs hooked in his jeans back pockets. His dark hair was in need of a cut and the tails of his blue flannel shirt were softly faded. Miranda opened the door. Pete’s nervousness was instantly overshadowed by male admiration for a woman of uncommon warmth; a hesitant smile that warmed his heart, a nimbus of strawberry blonde hair that glowed in the warmth of the backlighting and a lovely blush that heated up her cheeks as she stood waiting for him to respond to her tentative, “Hello?” “I see you’re in the middle of a kitchen reno here.” He stretched a calloused hand out toward the discarded stainless steel sink that rested up against the splintered wood of old painted cabinets. “Have you been working with a beaver?” “What?” she said, and instantly bristled. Now he’d gone and put his foot in it; he felt a wave of embarrassment crawl up his neck. “I only meant that this cabinetry looks pretty chewed up. I’m looking for work in the area. I thought with my construction experience I might be able to lend a hand here. I’m Pete Hanson. My sister lives just two houses down that way.” He pointed to his left as he bent his knees to line up his index finger with the pretty yellow clapboard aglow in the early evening. “You must be Miranda, right?” Crinkling crow’s feet at the corners of his eyes signalled a half smile. Her shoulders relaxed. “You’re Brenda’s brother then. She’s been so welcoming to me. And Annie is a real sweetie. So you’re the wonderful Uncle Pete that I’ve been hearing about. Somebody was counting the days until you arrived. I understand you can slay dragons with a single blow.” Pete winced. “I could show you my resume and references but after

Annie’s build-up you might find them disappointing. Could I bring them over tomorrow?” “That would be great. As I was telling your sister, my one attempt at a renovation project made it pretty clear that I was not meant to wield carpentry tools. In the meantime I’m trying to get my computer and printer to talk to each other and the communication is not going well.” “Do you want me to give it a try? I’ve got an instinct for electronics but I hate being at a desk all day. It is a fallback when construction tanks periodically, though.” “Well, Pete Handsome . . .oops, Hanson,” Miranda corrected and giggled, “welcome to my castle and feel free to slay my dragon.” She led the way to her computer desk. “I’ll get some lemonade while you try your magic.” “Did I hear what I thought I heard,” asked Miranda as she re-entered the room and found Pete muttering at a flickering screen and a balking printer. In a final desperate attempt to gain credibility he tried a last shot in the dark that set the printer to chittering away optimistically and lit up the monitor. “Ah, we have liftoff. It looks like you’re in business but you should leave this on while your computer downloads programs.” “Pete, thank you so much. I really need to get to work again. You saved me days of lost time tracking down a reliable techie.” “My pleasure. Without checking a few things out you may still experience some connectivity problems. You’ve got quite a network going here. Do you work from home?” “It’s my dream come true, my own consulting firm. Independence! But leave it now, my dragons are always much more amenable in the morning. Have some lemonade and tell me about yourself, Mr. Hanson. It’s cool and quiet out in the back,” she said, leading the way. “And I have a new garden swing that is guaranteed to make you glad you came calling tonight.”


Signs of a stroke Available at these and other fine locations: OSOYOOS

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February is Heart and Stroke Month. Recognizing the signs of a stroke is critical: “Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in women,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson, Dr. Frank Silver. “The real tragedy is that 80 per cent of strokes are preventable, whether you’re a man or a woman.” Stroke affects women and men of all ages. In Canada 50,000 strokes occur every year – that works out to be one every 10 minutes.

Signs of Stroke Include: •

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

What to Do: Immediately call 9-1-1 for an ambulance with life support can be sent to you. Note the time the symptoms started - If given within 3 hours of symptom onset, a “clot busting” drug can be given and may improve long term disability outcomes for the most common type of stroke. A transient ischemic attack (also known as a “TIA” or “mini-stroke”) is considered to be a "warning stroke": It produces stroke-like symptoms but does not leave lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of having a major stroke later on. TIA symptoms are usually the same as stroke symptoms, but only temporary.

Things you can do to Lower your risk of Stroke: • • • • • • •

Quit Smoking Maintain a healthy weight Keep your blood pressure in target range Keep an eye on your cholesterol profile to ensure it is in good balance Stay physically active Lower your alcohol consumption Maintain a low stress level

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What Does Investment Landscape Look Like in 2012? For investors, 2011 was a somewhat “choppy” year, with numerous ups and downs in the financial markets. So what can you expect in 2012? As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said: “It’s hard to make predictions — especially about the future.” These words are certainly applicable for anyone wanting an accurate forecast of the investment climate for 2012. Yet we do know of some factors that may affect your portfolio in the months ahead, such as: Strong business fundamentals — In the past year, the European financial situation, the size of the U.S. deficit and the U.S. budget debates tended to overshadow some fairly good news. Canadian and U.S. businesses’ balance sheets were primarily strong, borrowing costs remained low, and corporate profits were good — and over the long term, corporate profitability is a key driver of stock prices. Heading into 2012, these fundamentals continue to look positive, which may bode well for

investors. Europe’s debt crisis — Greece’s economic problems made news in 2011, but they weren’t the end of the story in Europe. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland also faced major financial difficulties. And without definite solutions, don’t be surprised to see intermittent, if short-lived, shocks to the markets. U.S. election-year patterns — Historically, the U.S. stock market typically rises during the year a U.S. incumbent president faces reelection, which is the case in 2012. Coincidence? No one can say for sure if the pattern will continue this year. This could impact Canadian markets since others markets tend to follow those of the U.S. Instead of trying to predict what will happen in 2012, consider the following tried-and-true investment strategies: Diversify your holdings — Spreading your money among a wide range of investments can help reduce the effects of volatility in your portfolio. Keep in mind, diversification alone doesn’t guarantee a profit or

protect against loss. Don’t ignore your risk tolerance — Worrying excessively about market fluctuations might mean you have too much risk in your portfolio. If you do this, consider making changes. Always look at the “big picture” — Financial markets fluctuate. But by staying focused on your longterm objectives and making decisions accordingly, you can help avoid overreacting to short-term events. Just like other years, 2012 will undoubtedly have periods of turbulence. But by making the appropriate investment decisions, you can remain on track toward reaching your long-term financial goals. Edward Jones, Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund




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Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur & Dungeness Crab Cakes with Squash

We had the Executive Chef Paul Cecconi from Local Lounge Grille in Summerland come to do a class in November at Osoyoos Home Hardware. We share a couple of his creations. His Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur was soooooo good. Several of the people I’ve talked to made it up for the holiday season. It will keep in the fridge for 1 – 2 weeks.

Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 3 eggs 1 1/4 cups creamo (don’t substitute) 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 1 cup Irish whiskey (to taste) ½ tsp. coconut extract ½ tsp. instant coffee 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup (Frances carries Wendy Boy’s Chocolate Sauce- good quality is important) • Whip eggs in your mixer ‘til frothy (Kitchen Aid or other big mixer best) • Add your creamo and condensed milk • Add whiskey, coconut extract, chocolate syrup and instant coffee • Beat for one minute more • Refrigerate and shake before use

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Squash – makes 30 balls 1 lb. Dungeness crab meat 1 cup butternut squash -diced ¼ cup red onion (diced) ¼ cup green onion (sliced) ¼ cup red pepper (diced) 1 tbsp. garlic (diced) ½ tsp lemon zest and juice of ½ lemon ¾ cup mayonnaise ½ cup fresh bread crumbs Sea salt /cracked black pepper to taste 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning - chili spice (check out the seafood shops) • • •

Dry crab meat between paper towel Saute veggies - squash, onions, pepper, garlic for 2-3 minutes ‘til soft Add all ingredients to crabmeat and mix well together

Breading: Put into 3 separate bowls – flour, beaten egg, and panko bread crumbs Dip balls into flour, then egg and roll in panko bread crumbs Refrigerate for an hour to set. Brown balls atop stove in a frying pan in canola oil and drain on paper towel . Serve with good quality cocktail sauce. Conversely you could pat the balls into cakes. Preheat oven to 350. Add butter and olive oil to a 10” non stick fry pan heating over med heat until hot and bubbly. Add crab cakes cooking 2 – 3 mins. per side til golden. Carefully transfer to a baking sheet and place in oven for 9-12 mins. til heated all the way through. Enjoy!

Red Alert! Cornell Idu, Master Chocolatier, from Rogers Head Office in Victoria is coming to Osoyoos Home Hardware to do a chocolate demonstration on February 8th from 7:00 – 9:00pm. The first half of the class will be chocolate/ wine pairing with wines from the Burrowing Owl annnnnnnnnnnd the second half will be creating the best truffles. This is a rare opportunity to learn from than the master himself! Cost $35 per person. Phone (250) 495-6534 to book your space. To check out the other classes go to There are a few spaces left.


FEBRUARY Feb 10: Louise Pitre at 7:30pm at the Osoyoos Mini-Theatre. Tickets $25. Available at Imperial Office and Sundance Video in Oliver or at the door. Osoyoos Concert Series. Feb 10: Osoyoos Coyotes vs Kelowna Chiefs at Sun Bowl Arena at 7:35 pm Feb 11: Osoyoos Coyotes vs Princeton Posse at Sun Bowl Arena at 7:35 pm Feb 17: Osoyoos Coyotes host the Summerland Steam at Sun Bowl Arena at 7:30 pm Feb 18: 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction. 6 pm at Mt Baldy Lodge. Funds raised support ski programs for skiers aged 5-13. Feb 18: Mainly For Women Trade Show 10 am - 4:00pm at the Oliver Community Center Hall. Free Admission, food and beverages. Over 50 vendors. Feb18 - Mar 10: George & Megan Traicheff Painting & Photography Exhibition at Osoyoos Art Gallery. Feb 23: Renowned Vancouver tenor Tony Caruso, accompanied by pianist Glen Stevenson. An evening of Italian favourites and standards. 7:30 pm at Medici’s in Oliver. Tickets $20 Feb 24: The Penderecki String Quartet performs at Oliver Alliance Church at 7:30pm. Tickets at Beyond Bliss Esthetics in Oliver, Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and at the door. Feb 25: 4th Annual Oliver Rotary Scotch Tasting Event. Fairview Mountain Golf Course 7 pm $50 per person (non drinkers $40) Price includes appetizers. Guest Host: Martin Lewis. Tickets at Beyond Bliss, Royal Lepage and Fairview Mtn. Feb 29: The Reptile Guy’s Leaping Lizards Scavenger Hunt. The reptile guy is back with a variety of exotic critters for your squeamish pleasure. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb 29-Mar 4: Get your picture taken with an exotic creature at Cherry Lane in Penticton. All proceeds to The Reptile Guy’s Rescue.

Every Monday Alcoholics Anonymous meetings 7 p.m. St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Every 3rd Monday Osoyoos Arthritis community group meets at 1 p.m Osoyoos Health Centre. Everyone welcome. For info call 495-8041 or 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets at 1pm in Osoyoos Health Unit. Maureen 250495-7978 Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday Kiwanis Club of Oliver meets at noon at the Community Centre. For info call Rosemary at (250) 498-0426 Third Tuesday Women of Oliver for Women (WOW) 250-498-0104. First & Third Tuesdays Osoyoos Quilters meets at Anglican Church Hall at 9 am. For more info call 4954569 First and Third Tuesdays The Oliver Royal Purple Lodge # 63 meet at 7:30 pm at the Oliver Elks Hall. For info call Annie at 498-2170. Every Tuesday South Okanagan Toastmasters meeting at 7 pm at the Best Western. Call Greg 495-5018. First & third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club meets at 7 pm in meeting room above the Art Gallery. New members welcome! Please contact Don at 250-4956108 First and Third Wednesday Osoyoos Royal Purple Lodge #240 meets at 7:30 pm at Osoyoos Elks Hall. For info 250-495-6748. First Wednesday and second Thursday O’s Own Writers meet at 10 am at 7:30pm above the Art Gallery. New members welcome.

Last Wednesday of every month Osoyoos Reiki support group 7 pm at Holistic Desert Connections 250-4955424 Every Thursday Bingo at 1 pm Osoyoos Senior Centre First and third Thursday Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos meets at noon at Cactus Ridge Retirement Residences. For info call Donna at 495-7701. Second Thursday Multiple Sclerosis group meets from 10 am - noon in the basement of the Community Services Building in Oliver. Call Cathy at 250495-6866. Thursdays The Rotary Club of Osoyoos meets McKia’s Restaurant in the Best Western Hotel at Noon. For details call Bill Collins at (250) 4956522. Every Thursday Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers drop- in at Oliver Community Centre between 10 am and 3 pm. Info call 498 6649. First & Third Thursday Osoyoos Lake Lions Club meets at 7 pm at Jack Shaw Gardens Building. 250-4952993 Every Thursday Oliver & Osoyoos Search & Rescue. 7 pm at Oliver SAR hall. Every Friday night, Osoyoos Elks invites you to play Bingo doors open at 5 pm Bingo starts at 7:00pm. Call 495-6416.


Beyond Beauty Hair & Body Lounge in Osoyoos has started the New Year off in stylish new digs! Newly refurbished with chic decor and purple and blue hued walls, it is located adjacent to its old site, but it is still in Cottonwood Plaza. Meanwhile, it's former next door neighbour, family restaurant Ella (Greek and Mediterranean), will be expanding into Beyond Beauty's old space. Osoyoos has a new eclectic store opening on March 1! Named ‘Indie Lulu,’ it will carry everything from jewelry to furniture, linen, Turkish towels, hinged handmade wooden boxes, crates and more! Located on the block across from Shoppers Drug Mart at 8306 Main St. Owner Susan Baldwin invites the public to drop by and have a look. Lollie’s restaurant in Okanagan Falls is ready to reopen in grand fashion in February. A Request for Proposal has been issued by the Regional District for the new splash park in Okanagan Falls. The deadline to submit is February 7th, 2012. Meridian Sound Therapy is now open in Penticton, right beside the Pasta Factory on Martin Street. Tuning forks are used to apply harmonizing and healing sound vibration to the body helping to balance your energy, cleanse your chakras and harmonize the flow of Qi in your meridians. Call 250-499-9895 to find out more! Sirf Web Marketing Strategies is now open to help organizations increase their web presence. For all of your web and social media marketing needs, you can check them out at or call 250-488-8781. Dianne McEvoy is a licensed Rental & Strata Property Manager who would love to discuss your property management needs with you. Call 250-488-2567 For all your small business bookkeeping and office organizational needs contact Dianne at Falcon Business Services Inc. at 250-488-2567

Congratulations to Carla Leinweber & Roger Hawthorne, owners of Bighorn Ridge Guest House, which was named the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce business of the year for 2011. They have been open for 7 seasons, and July 2011 was their busiest month ever. Heritage Market in Okanagan Falls has added an expansion to the West wing of the store. The addition will make way for a variety of new wines, as well as a new cooler with meats and vegetables. Completion is expected before March. Dogtown Coffee Co. are hard at work right now getting ready to open the doors on 9th Ave in OK Falls. ‘Soft opening’ February 18; grand opening March 3. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome these new members: Bill Freding of Okanagan Finest Angus Beef Inc. - Oliver Danielle McRae - Kick Start Printing - Osoyoos Justin McAuliffe - Miradoro Restaurant - Oliver Brian Highley - Okanagan Sun Magazine - OK Falls Jack Bennest - Oliver Daily News - Oliver Rick Stagg - Oliver Rental Centre Ann Hayes - President- Oliver Rotary Club Ken Campbell - Quail Security - Osoyoos Terri Wilkinson - Sweetgrass Feed & Tack Country Market - Kaleden Sherilee Duncan at Eastside Grocery in Oliver has closed the doors on the popular corner store, but there is a new plan for the location in the works. Watch for their ad in Okanagan Sun Magazine in April. justSay-IT Technical Communications is now open and operating out of Summerland. Principal Beth Haggerty provides expertise to technology firms on how to implement and manage a single-source publishing and topicbased authoring conversion project. Visit www.justSay-IT. ca or contact Beth at 250.215.2432.

Does Rover have cabin fever? Call Woofin’ Good Times for your dog walking or pet waste removal needs. 250.488.7443. Home visits and pet taxi available too. Woofin’ Good Times , Burger 55, & Penelope & Co. were all nominated for Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Steve Jones & Chris Boehm won Young Entrepreneur sponsored by JCI-Penticton – Congratulations to All! Tweed Creative is now open. specializing in helping small businesses create effective branding, in print and on the web. Call (250) 809-9529 for a free quote, or visit www.

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen helps individuals start or expand their businesses and fosters partnerships that help create a strong and diverse economy. Services offered to the community include: • • • • • •

Community Economic Development Initiatives Confidential Business Counselling Business Plan Assistance Business Workshops Self-Employment Program Business Financing

102 – 3115 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, BC V2A 6G5 P: 250-493-2566 F: 250-493-7966


W.O.W. Trade Show By Sally Franks The Women of Oliver for Women group(W.O.W.) are a very dedicated and active group of ladies. Our purpose is to “make a difference for women and children in our community and beyond.” On February 18 we hold our annual Mainly for Women Trade Show at the Oliver Community Center Hall. There will be free admission for this 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. The monies raised go towards scholarships, and the support of women needing training to return to the workforce. Donations go to Desert Sun Counselling. Although the trade show title is Mainly for Women, the show is open to men, women and children. The purpose of the show is to support women monetarily and to enable women to promote their businesses. Many of the vendors are home based businesses, while others are insurance, real estate, health products, financial planning and fitness programs. Other displays include arts and crafts, spices, baking, jams and jellies, information tables and generally something for everyone to enjoy.The kitchen provides delicious lunches , beverages , snacks and goodies to tempt everyone. The ladies take on a host of other projects, including Adopt-a-Highway, literacy programs, Friends of the Library and the Okanagan Gleaners. Membership of the group is made up of ladies who are interested in making a difference. We meet once a month between September and May on the third Tuesday of the month. Anyone interested in the group may contact Dally at 250-498-0104. All of the members will be at the Mainly for Women Trade Show. We will be happy to meet with you and answer questions. Look for the bright blue vests.

Women of Oliver for Women Society (W.O.W.) presents

Mainly for Women Trade Show ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Oliver Community Centre Saturday, February 18th, 2012 10 am to 4 pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Free Admission! Everyone Welcome!! Interesting Exhibits!!!

JOHN SLATER, MLA Boundary Similkameen

8312 - 74th Avenue Ph: 250 495-2042 P.O. Box 1110 2077 Fax: 250 495-2042 Osoyoos, BC Toll Free: 1 877 652-4304 V0H 1V0


Garden Talk With Lloyd Park


Rose care explained

he most important part in producing a good rose garden is your spray program. Fertilizing is probably the next important. Pick the right location for them. Roses need a sunny location to produce good blooms. Overhead watering should be avoided if possible as this just spreads your diseases.

This shows on the leaves and shoots as a powdery white growth. The same solution as recommended for black spot can be used. If it continues to be a problem try Karathane, one tablespoon to one gallon of water and this should clear it up.

out in the leaves, and kills the bugs that start to eat them. Now you should remember to spray every two weeks to be sure to keep your plants in good condition. I mentioned rose food and manure is good for roses, but if your roses do not have a good colour on the foliage they probably lack a trace element. This is usually the iron element that is missing. You can buy iron Crelates in two forms, a liquid one put out by Vigaro products, or a granular form in packages. You also can get the granular with iron, zinc and maganese crelates. Either of these products will pick up colour in your foliage. Try iron on any of your house plants that lack color in their foliage, even though you are keeping them well fed. One other thing you should try to do is cut off the old blooms. This is to ensure you of more flowers than ever. The best pruner on the market today for all garden pruning is, of course, your Wilkinson Sword. Try these out and you will see it make pruning a pleasure.



BLACK SPOTS Use dormant spray of lime sulphur now at the rate of 1 1/2 up to one gallon of water and saturate the ground and bushes. After the plant is in leaf use two tablespoons to one gallon of Phaltan, and spray every two weeks. POWDERY MILDEW

Orange coloured spots appearing on the leaves of your roses is rose rust. Same solution as for black spot, but if it persists use Parzate or Dithane Z-78 as per direction on containers. APHIDS ON ROSES This is a little green bug and probably does the most damage to roses. You can use a dust like Pomo-green, Ortho Rose or Laters Rose Dust. You can also use Malthion or Diazinon in a liquid form spray as directed on the container. If you do not like to spray or dust, try Cygon 2E, and all you have to do is wipe an inch of stem with the dabber supplied with the bottle. The product goes into the plant and comes


This is about the last month you can safely move your native dogwood. Remember dogwood like a sandy well drained soil to do good. No rich soil or fertilizer when planting. Try to plant them so no lawn fertilizer will run into their bed. Dogwood thrive better if planted in a cluster or with birch. They really like company, try this and you will see you get better growth out of them. Fertilizer for dogwood should be an acid mix or 4-12-8 light feeding from May on and watered in well. Do not use high nitrogen fertilizers on dogwood. This is often the reason why lots of them die out when planted in the lawn. It is safe to plant nursery grown dogwod anytime if they

are in a container. If they are balled and burlapped you should try to plant them before May 1. The dogwood is a special and a beautiful tree. The “Dogwood Flower” is the emblem of our beautiful province of British Columbia. NEW VARIETIES We grow many other varieties. Some of the newer ones are: Nuttalli (Dogwood) Eddii or Goldspot. This is an origination of Eddy’s Nursery, Vancouver, and has large variegated foliage, large white flower and often blooms twice a year. Nuttalli White Wonder has semi pendula branches covered with masses of white flowers up to five inches across. Both of these varieties are extra hardy and produce wonderful autumn colors. These two varieties are sports off our native dogwood. Florida Dogwood: Small white flower, more bush form. Blooms in May with scarlet fall foliage. Florida Rubra: Small pink flowers, same flowering period, and fall colours. Florida Cherokee Chief: Deep rosy red flowers, same blooming and fall colours. Florida Sweetwater (new) : Beautiful, larger red flowering bush form. Florida White Princess (new) : Little larger white flower but blooms at a very early age. BLOOMING PERIODS Native dogwoods take about seven years to get into bloom. There is an advantage to planting Dogwood Eddii or White Wonder because they bloom when they are about three-years-old.

RDOS Charity Donations 2011

RDOS Charity Donations recipients by organization (l to r) Helping Hands Okanagan Falls Food Bank, Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank, Oliver Food Bank, Cawston/Keremeos Food Bank, RDOS Chief Administrative Officer, Princeton Crisis Assistance Society Food Bank (2 representatives). Photo contributed.

Among other contributions to communities in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), Regional District staff has worked hard over the course of 2011 in order to raise funds for local charities. This year, the extensive fundraising efforts of the RDOS staff have reached an amount of $3000.00. Each year, staff selects several charities and recipients of the funding. This year, the Food Banks in each RDOS community will receive the funds as follows:

OLIVER 250.498.3448 35633-99th Street

$425.00 – Penticton Salvation Army $425.00 – Summerland Food Bank $425.00 – Oliver Food Bank $425.00 – Keremeos Food Bank $425.00 – Osoyoos Food Bank $425.00 – Princeton Crisis Assistance Society $425.00 – Helping Hands Okanagan Falls

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You are frustrated and you haven't felt well for a long time. You find yourself looking in the rearview mirror relative to your health, instead of looking ahead at all that life has to offer. Some days, it's like “driving with the brakes on." Worse yet, you sometimes feel like you're driving in reverse. The medical system may have let you down. It's time for a whole new plan. You need a “master map” to personal well being. Are you ready to get to the cause? 1. LAARA HARLINGTEN, MASc.Nutrition, Dipl. Psych. Laara, our on-staff holistic nutritionist, has many unique programs available to her clients and is available to answer your questions 1. Dr. Braverman's brain balancing assessment (brainbody nutrition), memory and mood 2. EMPowerplus, a new approach to mental wellness (TRUEHOPE) 3. Weight loss programs: cleansing & detoxification (raw food diets) 4. Gluten-free for busy people, demos and training 5. Heart health programs – oral chelation 6. Ear and eye health improvement naturally 7. Stop smoking programs

2. GEORGE CHEYNE is a certified instructor in photo comparative Live Blood Analysis and is a certified practitioner in Body Management (applied kinesiology). George will reveal your problem areas using two small drops of your blood magnified up to 20,000 times on a high definition colour monitor. George is available every six weeks at Bonnie Doon. Current visit is February 2 to 3. Body management can restore strength, allow muscles to relax, reduce stress, eliminate pain, adjust organs and balance all of your body's systems. George offers a new service for 2012. Max Pulse Plethysmography, a cardiovascular screening device. A Max Pulse cardioscan will reveal the amount of plaque build-up and blockage in your arteries. FIND OUT NOW IF YOU ARE AT RISK. This is the three minutes that could save your life. Minimal charge of $40,

and seniors over 65 receive 20% off. Call 250-495-6313 for appointments. Three thousand North Americans die every day from heart attacks and strokes. Clean out your arteries in 90 days with ProArgi-9 plus, a formulation based on medical research that won a Noble prize for medicine in 1998. ProArgi-9 is available now at Bonnie Doon. Clean your arteries in the new year. No more heart attacks, no more strokes! IN STORE SERVICE: TIRED OF GUESSING ABOUT NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS?

The Zyto Compass system prioritizes your body's preferences for specific nutritional supplements. This information helps you make better decisions about which ones to purchase and use. All this system requires is for you to put your hand on a device that is attached to a computer analysis program. The compass then generates a report, showing you which supplements your body prefers. Any booking with Laara Harlingten includes a free compass reading valued at $35. IN STORE SERVICE: DETOX THE EASY WAY...

The ionFootSpa is a quick and easy detox service, which requires that you sit for 30 minutes in a warm footbath. This procedure draws toxins out of your body through the 5,000 sweat glands in the bottom of your feet. The benefits include purging of heavy metals, balancing of body ph levels, boosting of metabolism and memory, enhancing of the immune system, better sleep, liver, kidney and parasite cleansing and more. Ask for our New Year special rate packages. Drop into Bonnie Doon at 8515A Main Street, Osoyoos (250-495-6313) for more information and to enter our draw for gift baskets every month. Every Thursday is gluten-free product sample day. We are currently hosting an Easy Bake Gluten-Free Bread Recipe Contest. Contest prize is a large basket of gluten-free products. The draw will be held at the end of March 2012. We wish to take this opportunity to wish you all the best in health and happiness in 2012. We are here to offer our services to help you toward better health.


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Sugar: The Sweet Killer

By Jorg Mardian


f the multiple millions suffering from various diseases today, hardly any are offered nutritional advice beyond being told to simply improve their diet. Sugar is a major cause of disruption in the body’s alkaline/acid balance. The pH/digestion/elimination axis is so basic to human health that many nutrition experts pass it right by, while endlessly complicating and confusing things. If the condition of our cellular fluids, especially the blood, becomes acidic, we become tired, prone to catching colds, and other maladies. The more our body fluids become acidic, the more pain and suffering will manifest. Excess acidity causes cells to become starved of oxygen, causing some to die. These dead cells themselves turn into acids. Other cells simply mutate and are called malignant cells, growing indefinitely and without order. This eventually is disease. Again, sugar is a major player in this process and has been shown through research to:

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block the absorption of calcium produce a low oxygen environment be extremely acidic suppress immune system ability to manufacture killer cells & antibodies deplete B vitamins needed by the liver to detoxify it

Sugar intake is killing us, and quickly. Our daily consumption hovers around 30 to 40 teaspoons daily. Just one cola will give you about 20 teaspoons and a huge dose of unwanted acidity, which takes about 32 glasses of water to neutralize it. Thinking of changing to a substitute such as NutraSweet? Think again! It’s roughly 10% wood alcohol -- metabolizing into various carcinogens within your body! Other complaints include headaches, dizziness, mood changes, numbness, vomiting, nausea, muscle cramps and spasms, abdominal pain, vision problems, skin lesions, memory loss and seizures. Is all this worth the pleasure of the moment? Use of sugar constitutes use of poison - sweet and simple (pardon the pun). Just like arsenic in small amounts, it depletes life bit by bit, strengthening the environment diseases need to grow. Don’t give your enemy (sugar) the chance to win the battle. Go on the offensive and simply avoid it.

Jorg is a Certified Personal Trainer, Kinesiology Specialist, Myoskeletal Therapist and Registered Nutritional Practitioner with a practice in Osoyoos. He can be reached at 250-485-3228, or See his webpage here: www.

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Known around the Okanagan for fresh food & excellent service! Set under the dramatic landscape of McIntyre Bluff (Indian Head), the historic Ye Olde Welcome Inn has been a long-time favorite place for people to relax and dine by the real wood burning fireplace. Enjoy a barbeque on the patio or play a game of pool or darts.

39008 Hwy 97 Oliver at Gallagher Lake


Our extensive menu features most meals for under $10 or up to $19.95 for a New York Steak and Lobster. You can depend on Dale or any of the eight year-round staff to give you “old school service” every day of the year, with a chef on duty until 11:00PM seven days a week. Come savour fresh, homemade food served by well trained staff in our warm, friendly and comfortable establishment! Eat in or take out.

HOW SWEET IT IS! With more than 60 stores and services, Cherry Lane is the retail destination of choice in the south Okanagan and Similkameen.

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