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MARCH 2014 Success stories from the South Okanagan

JACK BENNEST talks Oliver Daily News


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Campbell Mountain and Oliver Landfills Increasing Hours The Campbell Mountain (Penticton) and Oliver Sanitary Landfills are open longer hours as of Saturday March 1, 2014. From March until the end of November, Campbell Mountain Sanitary Landfill will be open seven days a week except on statutory holidays and Boxing Day. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day. Until the end of November, the Oliver Sanitary Landfill will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The facility will be closed on all statutory holidays and Boxing Day. The Okanagan Falls Landfill continues to be open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. from Monday to Friday except on statutory holidays and Boxing Day. The Keremeos Landfill continues to be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Want To Join The Oliver Sagebrushers? Every Tuesday Evie New and Agnes Sutherland, two of the original members of the Oliver Sagebrushers are painting at the Quail’s Nest Arts Studio. For over 50 years the Sagebrushers have been a very strong and active art club in the community. Come and join us Tuesday mornings at the Quail’s Nest Arts Center any time between 8:45 and 1 p.m.

The club hosts many workshops within the year including all mediums. We have professional artists including Larry Jackson from Regina teaching watercolours, Robert Wood from Gainsborough gallery in Calgary teaching oils, and Leza Macdonald now from Oliver teaching the appreciation of art. Our own members Janice Cornett-Ching, Marion Trimble, Evie New, Marlene Slater, Bev Alexander, Janice Goodman, Sheryl Fossettt teach as well, imparting the skills and knowledge they have learned to the club. Many events are presented by the Sagebrushers. We participate in the WOW Trade show every February, Art at the Owl at Burrowing Owl winery in April, the Fall Art Show and Sale in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape in October, the Arts and Craft Sale in November as well as smaller shows at the Quail’s Nest. An exciting venue, the Quail’s Roost Art Gallery has become a major project for our members. The Gallery is located on the mezzanine floor of Rustico Farm & Cellars Winery Highway 97 and Road 16. Bruce Fuller has graciously provided the space for us and after six months we found it beneficial to expand. The gallery is open during May to October, however it may be visited during the winter months when the Winery is open. We will be celebrating our third anniversary of the Gallery at Rustico in May. The winter of 2011 became a mural panel painting

project, for the Downtown Enhancement committee. We were approached to do mural panels for the empty storefronts. The unveiling took place in March with much appreciation of the quality of the paintings. This led to another project the mural on the south facing wall of the Fields building. A core group came up with the design which met approval and the work began. Under the direction of Leza Macdonald we could be found very early in the summer months due to the heat by 9 a.m. The latter weeks in October found us wearing hand warmers in our gloves. The Mural was dedicated with great pride to the Community on October 29, 2011. This Spring Sagebrush members Sally Franks and Leza Macdonald, who have been instructing the Children’s Art classes, and Children’s Art in the Garden classes have expanded on the format. Starting February 15 they are hosting an afternoon open studio at the Quail’s Nest Arts Center. Early morning 9 a.m. -10 a.m. is open to veterans, their partners and all adults. This class is designed with Canadian veterans in mind. Family classes, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., we encourage parents to stay, children 3 and under must be accompanied by their parents noon to 4 p.m. Sally and Leza invite artists of every medium to come and make art. Stay tuned for information on the Children’s Art and Garden classes for the summer. The Oliver Sagebrushers are a very dedicated club who enjoy bringing art, culture and beauty to our community. We welcome new members whether they are beginners or advanced artists. As well as our many projects we do have social activities and fun. For inquiries please phone Sally at 250-498-0104 or email at Contirbuted by the Oliver Sagebrushers



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.


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.

MARCH CONTENTS 9 OK Falls Economic Revitalization Plan 11 ILLskILL Clothing’s Rider Bio


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Solutions At Work. She has a Bachelor of Arts in German and French literature and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. While working as a carpenter, her eyes were opened to the importance of safety on the job.

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SALLY FRANKS is the convenor of the Mainly for Women Trade Show. She is proud of her association with the Women of Oliver for Women Society, and a firm believer in their mandate and their contributions to the community. JUDY HARVEY has always had a passion for

food and loves to learn and share the knowledge she has gleaned. She looked after cooking classes at Benkris School of Culinary Arts in Calgary. Judy has been helping with classes at Osoyoos Home Hardware for the past eight years.

JEN JENSEN has been the Osoyoos Coyotes

team photographer since the first season, when her son Stefan played for the team. She can be seen dodging pucks during home games to get the perfect action shots.

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.


Women of Oliver for Women (WOW)


Jack Bennest is the owner of the Oliver Daily News website. Photo by Brian Highley. 4

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Small animal adoption: Great companions in small packages To bring much-deserved attention to the many small animals available for adoption around the province, the BC SPCA has declared March “Small Animal Month.” Not sure about the benefits of adopting a petite pet? Don’t let size fool you. Small animals can bring a huge amount of joy into the lives of their lucky guardians. Just ask Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “I’ve had the pleasure of being guardian or foster guardian to numerous small animals over the years,” says Cant, who has cared for 10 types of small animals, including gerbils, rats and chinchillas. “They all have different behaviours and personalities, and I’ve enjoyed learning more and more about them in order to provide the best care possible. They really are fascinating!” Not only does Cant aim to provide excellent care to her own small animals, as co-author of the BC SPCA’s Small Animal Care Series she is also committed to helping other guardians do the same. “Our shelters have many small animals in need of loving homes,” says Cant. “When someone decides to take the step and adopt one or more of these deserving animals, we want to give them the tools to confidently provide top-notch care to their new companions.” BC SPCA small animal care guides provide information on the unique physical and behavioural needs of six different small animal species. They are available for rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats and mice. Additional small animal care information can be found on the BC SPCA website. As for advice to potential adopters, from a seasoned small animal guardian, Cant says, “It’s important to do your research. Different animals have different needs, and smaller doesn’t necessarily mean less care, so be prepared before bringing home a new pet.” Those ready to take the next step towards finding a small, furry friend can view BC SPCA adoption listings or visit their local shelter to make the right match, or check out rescue groups by visiting, inputting their location and searching for “small and furry.”

“If you do your homework, and you’re committed, it can be a really rewarding relationship for both you and the animal.” The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

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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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RDOS Home Show Booth Going To The Critters Need to renew your dog’s license? Wondering how to keep bears and other wildlife out of your garbage and yard? Interested in doing a little composting? The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen may have the solution you’re looking for at the Canadian Home Builders Association South Okanagan Home and Renovation Show March 1 and 2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. RDOS staff will be onsite to help residents renew dog licenses, deal with animal control complaints, better understanding our unique relationship with wildlife and, yes, get a leg up on composting efforts this year. “Our focus is on animal care and critters,” explained Nona Lynn, the RDOS staffer responsible for overall planning of the Regional District’s home show booth. “Our team plans to showcase the many services offered by the Regional District that help residents interact with our four-legged friends and visitors.” Regional District staff will also offer presentations on composting (at 12:20 Saturday and Sunday) and rain barrels (at 1:50 Saturday and Sunday) in the main lobby. The Regional District booth will be located just inside the main entrance to the show, to your left as you enter, in booths 49 and 60. Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The 2014 Okanagan Falls Visitors Guide is now available. Stop by the Visitors Centre in Okanagan Falls to pick up your copy. The Visitors Centre is located at 5350 9 Ave, in the OK Corral Mall (the IGA complex), right next to the Economic Development Office. 6

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Spring fashions by Boutique de Sonia were on display February 22 at St. Anne’s Church Hall in Osoyoos. It was a full house at the hall for the show, which was put on by St. Anne’s Catholic Women’s League, who provided coffee, tea, punch and delicious desserts during intermission. Belly dancing, 50/50 tickets and draws for numerous prizes donated by Osoyoos businesses added to this upbeat, high-energy get together for friends, mothers and daughters and even some husbands.


Dogtown Coffee Co in Okanagan Falls is expanding to Penticton. Owner Corrie Corfield is working hard to prepare for the opening of the new location in

April. The expansion will be located at 215 Winnipeg Street, the former home of Smith & Co. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following new members: PRWIZARD. PRWIZARD helps

people & SMBs successfully tell their compelling stories in travel and tourism; arts and culture; food & beverage, healthcare; technology and economic development. Accredited in PR, APR. Budget Blinds in Penticton. Since its founding, Budget Blinds have proudly served the local community by offering high quality and stylish window coverings for any occasion. Their goal is simple: to provide you with the best products and services in order to enrich your home environment. Nurse Next Door Home Care Services in Penticton. Services spanning a full range of both medical and non-medical home care for seniors. Select from three pillars of caring which offer senior home care support ranging from just a few hours a week of caring companionship and light housekeeping right through to

around-the-clock caring from a registered nurse. Osoyoos Gelato is due to open in April according to a sign on their door. It will open under a new name, Roberto’s Gelato, with the same owner and same great homemade flavour. The popular gelato shop is located at Watermark Beach Resort. Check www. for details. Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls is set to reopen this month. According to their facebook page, their freezers are stocked and ready for everyone on March 1. Longtime Okanagan Falls barber Daniel Markin is bringing OK Barber Shop back to the area after a brief move to Kelowna. The new location is at 5208 9th Avenue, across from Pharmasave. Daniel invites all former clients and new clients to stop by the new shop. Welcome back, Daniel! To have your business news added here, email It’s free!

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Okanagan Falls Economic Revitalization Plan By John Powell


am extremely pleased to inform you that we’ve got the ‘green light’ to move ahead with the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Economic Revitalization Plan. The Request for Proposal (RFP) process produced some excellent responses from some highly competent and qualified consultants. Following an in-depth, merit-based review process, the economic development office and the RDOS selection panel recently selected a joint submission submitted by Counter Point Communications and Urban Forum Associates. These consultants, led by Mr. Lance Berelowitz and Mr. Bob Ransford, will lead the first phase of a two part process to develop a long term economic revitalization plan for the Okanagan Falls ‘town’ centre. Following the selection process, our recommendation was presented to the RDOS Board of Directors for their approval at their 20th February 2014 Board meeting. The Board’s official approval allows us to proceed as planned. This joint submission demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the scope and nuances of what is required to revitalize the centre of Okanagan Falls. They have selected a highly competent team for this project. Not least, we will have the benefit of working with Mr. Dan Casey, a Transportation and Parking Planner from Boulevard Transportation Group. He has a wealth of transportation-related experience, working on an impressive array of projects throughout the province and in the Okanagan. Of particular note, he has extensive experience working with the provincial government’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) which is a vitally important component of this Okanagan Falls project. The development of a community-led, town centre revitalization plan for Okanagan Falls is a key recommendation within the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Action Plan 2012. This recommendation was borne from feedback received from a wide cross-section of the Okanagan Falls business and resident community. Our objective is, therefore, to develop a town centre, design-focused economic revitalization plan and implementation strategy for Okanagan Falls. This strategy will help reverse the economic fortunes of Okanagan Falls’ town centre

through positive streetscape improvements and good design. It will: • Identify ambitious and creative, yet practical steps the community can take to improve the viability of existing businesses, attract new investment, create new employment opportunities, grow the local tourism sector, attract families to the community and help retain our existing youth. • Become a guiding document to assist the decision making processes of developers, investors, business people, government departments, planners, utility companies and others who may aspire to invest or undertake work in Okanagan Falls. • Assist the existing community and other stakeholders to work strategically and cooperatively towards achieving a shared long term vision for the community. By the end of June this year, the consultants will have completed phase one which involves conducting the necessary background research, leading interviews with a cross-section of the resident and business community and working with key stakeholders such as the MOTI. The consultants will then present several scenarios and artists drawings to the community at an open house and community forum in the spring. These scenarios will be realistic to the realities of Okanagan Falls and will form the basis of phase two. The intention of phase two will be to hold community workshops that will use the phase one scenarios as a starting point to hone-in on a single vision and plan for Okanagan Falls. Further details will follow in due course. To discuss items raised in this article or for more information about the role of the economic development office, assistance with RDOS-related issues and other related questions, please contact John Powell, Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator at 778.515.5520 or www. OKANAGAN SUN • MARCH 2014 • 9

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Enjoy your  evening  out,  taking   In  a  movie  at  the  Oliver  Theatre!  

March, 2014  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)  

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Nominated for 2 Academy Awards Best Actress: Meryl Streep Best Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts

Violence, coarse  language.  

Coarse language.  

h 6  –  7  –  8      

Thurs. -­  Fri.          March  6  –  7    

There will  also  be  a  matinee  of  this  show  on  Sat.,  March  8      at  2:00  p.m.    All  seats  $6.00  for  the  matinee.  

Sat. -­  Sun.  –  Mon.  –  Tues.        March  8  -­  9  –  10  –  11   Showtimes  on  Sat.  @  7:00  &  9:20  p.m.  

22 -­  23  –  24  

Violence, coarse  language.  

Thurs. -­  Fri.          March  13  –  14    


Sat. -­  Sun.  –  Mon.  –  Tues.        March  15  -­  16  –  17  –  18  

Sun. –  Mon.  –  Tues.        March  2  -­  3  –  4  

ch 1  -­  2  –  3  –  4  


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By Jen Jensen

Thurs. -­  Fri.          March  20  –  21     Showtimes  on  Sat.  @  7:00  &  9:20  p.m.  

Violence, coarse  language.  

Sat. –  Sun.  –  Mon.  –  Tues.,  Thurs.  –  Fri.       March  22  –  23  –  24  -­  25,  27  -­  28    

There will  also  be  a  matinee  of  this  show  on  the  Sat.    at  2:00  p.m.    All  seats  $6.00  for  the  matinee.  

The seventeen-year-old is the youngest child in his family and attending his final year of high school. Outside of school, Michael keeps busy with practices, homework, Coyotes games and working out. Michael’s favourite food is honey garlic wings and his favourite colour is dark blue. Craw’s pregame ritual is to be the first one ready and he always dresses the right side first. His greatest pet peeve is breaking sticks, and he has broken five so far this season. Ouch! Tweet him at @chawford96 to ask him about his favourite hockey moment.

Sat. -­  Sun.  –  Mon.  –  Tues.      March  29  -­  30  –  31,  Apr.  1  

Michael loves to see new and returning fans at games.

Violence, coarse  language.  

Explicit violence.  

Programme Subject  To  Unavoidable  change  without  notice  


ILLskILL Clothing Rider Bio

Justin Cook

By Damien Hannah


ustin Cook is 21 years old, born and raised in Oliver, BC. Justin began skateboarding when he was only 7 years old. He rides an old school style, with a different set of tricks than most riders achieve today. Justin rode his skateboard all winter here in the Okanagan Valley, snow and cold weather

Parkour, breakdancing and doesn’t seem to deter him. Even after spraining both of his ankles, playing guitar. he continued to ride. When asked what advice Justin Justin’s favorite places to ride would offer to new skateboarders, include the Penticton Skate Park, he replied, “I guess I would say stories from the South stickOkanagan to the basics at first, get Oliver Tim ...positive, Hortonsupbeat Parking Lot, used to the balance and the and the Oliver High School. He hopes to someday be a sponsimple tricks. The more you 250.535.0540 sored, professional skateboarder. Box 177 · Okanagan Falls, BC · practice, V0H 1R0 the better you will get.” Justin also enjoys riding BMX, Some wise words Justin.

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Jack Bennest Talks ODN

News blog publisher Jack Bennest has recently expanded his reach to Okanagan Falls.

Save for a 15 year stint in Vancouver to work in broadcasting, Jack Bennest has lived all of his 68 years in the South Okanagan. This, coupled with terms on Oliver Town Council, will get you very familiar with your region. But nobody keeps their finger on the pulse of the community like Jack Bennest. We sat down to find out how and why he does it. OS: Oliver Daily News dot com. Where did the idea come from? JB: The idea came in part from Michael Newman, the former publisher of the Oliver Chronicle. He had sold his business and got elected as a town councilor. He sat on the same board as I did, meaning Oliver Town Council. He knew that he 12

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couldn't start a competing newspaper, but there was no harm in inspiring someone else to do something like that. I think that he knew that I had been dabbling a bit, because I had something called which had a lot of pictures, and it was gaining a bit of a following without getting into the news part or the advertising part. Even though Michael and I had some ups and downs, I often credit him in my mind with starting the idea and it doesn't bother me that it was his idea versus my idea. I still took the car and drove it down the street. How I remember that is he designed a little button for his weather station, which still exists, and I think he did the first button for Amos Realty, and that started this whole system of having buttons down the side. OS: ODN has since caught on like wildfire. Was

that an instant thing or has it grown slowly over time? JB: Since it's been there approximately four years, it started in 2010, every year there has been a quantum rise in the number of people reading. I think we probably started with about 200 and say within six months you've got 400. Pretty soon you're at 500 and 750 and 1,500 and it just kept going up because I believe, even though it's an advertising medium, it was still being talked about and word of mouth was spreading amongst the population generally of Oliver. Then when the school burned down, there were 9,500 unique computers on Oliver Daily News that day because people all over Canada were being directed to that site; because that's where the pictures were and that's where the history was, that was where the memories were and a lot of those people still linger and check in fairly regularly. OS: What is it about the site that keeps people coming back? Why is it so popular? JB: The two words I use are current and relevant. If you're not current and relevant, people are going to go away. I think that I have a knowledge of the readership base. What they require, what they want, what they find interesting. And I would say, because of my age, I do cater to historical things. I have a long memory as to who lived where and the history and that's sometimes reflected on the site. To me, it's like mixing a soup. You can do a really fast one, or you can have one that simmers that you can use tomorrow. It's combination of a whole bunch of ingredients that seem to work with different people. We have free advertising for events, classifieds

and rentals because it generates a lot of interest and helps with the readership level. It works really well. It's serving everybody in different ways. Some people like to make comments, some people just like to read the comments, some people come back to the site four or five times a day because they know that it's not just going to change once that day, it might change seven times - but not necessarily. It's almost like there's a bit of an addiction factor. OS: After 4 years there are expansions happening. Why now? JB: 3 separate communities all within the school district and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce dome. It makes sense that each community has the opportunity to make this site theirs and to add to the readership. Each one of them will take time. OS: How does being on Town Council infuse your work on ODN? JB: You're connected to the community by being a councilor in the town of Oliver, therefore you have insider information, but I never publish inside information. If I'm ever in the predicament of knowing something that can be public, I let the newspapers know about it so that I'm covering myself in saying 'this information is not being withheld from anybody'. Otherwise I will be accused of a conflict of interest. And people really have to know what that truly means, in a legal kind of sense, and I've gone through this a couple of times. It has always resulted in the fact that, as long as you're not using privileged information, than I'm not in any conflict. Eastlink broadcasts the council meetings before I can write up the story, so I'm not hurt. OS: Retired. Over 65. Still playing in what some would call a

young man's game. JB: I probably will never retire. Until I am an old man, with a cane and can't get around in the seniors home very well. Until then, why not work? Why not stay alive? Why not compete in a younger person's world? I think people have a lot to offer. And just going on holidays or traveling a lot - what has that got to do with life, really? To me, retiring and traveling is like giving up. OS: It seems like on ODN, there's very little that goes on in town that is not on that site. You seem to be everywhere at once. JB: I would say that more than 50% of what's on there is sent to me in one form, even if it be Penticton Regional district information, ORL, a civic organization a lot of them know that they can get their information out quickly and Oliver Daily News will help them do that. There are lots of organizations that are paying good money for either button ads that connect to their website or poster advertising for their activities and to me it's a fine line and a delicate juggling act of keeping customers happy and serving the community and organizations that may not have a budget for advertising. But as far as getting around, I follow the Oliver Fire Department's calls, we


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can't follow police and ambulance calls anymore, and I wouldn't really want to be an ambulance chaser. In the last year I have decided that I'll slow down a bit and listen to the fire calls until I really know if it's something that I should attend rather than just trying to be there first. But it is true, there are days when I might be at a school in the morning and a meeting in the afternoon, and then something in the evening and you'll say, 'boy, that's a lot of

work' and it is, I have to be the one who decides how stressed out I'm going to become or how little sleep I get, where other people have maybe a more normal life. OS: Do you pretty much use any information that comes your way? JB: Anything that's local that is of community interest why not deliver that? A sports story won't interest everybody, and a car accident isn't going to be of interest to everybody, so you just have

a cross section of information, articles, pictures or whatever. OS: How much of your previous career in broadcasting informs what you do now? JB: I'm not a very good writer. I always said that I spent most of my career in broadcasting as a broadcast journalist and that was more to being able to speak the language and communicate that way. It didn't really matter if you misspelled things if your pronunciation was correct. Or whether you had commas or periods or exclamation marks that's in print media. But I certainly know the basic ingredients of a story and I can tell you that I go to many meetings and sometimes I really struggle trying to figure out 'what was that all about'. Because if it doesn't contain that sequence of why, when, where, how some stories are all about what somebody says or what the intent is of things. But that part I think helped me. For example, I think the school board would admit that I can go to one of their meetings and explain quite complex subjects to the masses in a Larry Lunchbucket kind of way. Because if I can understand it myself, I can communicate it. I will not do a story if I don't understand it. But I would say that, because I was in an industry of advertising and publicity and promotion and public relations and marketing and all those things that are kind of around the

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industry, I've always wanted to have a little business on the side that would be able to make some money because I've never really been in business in my life. I've always worked for somebody else. That part is fun. OS: And you do it with the technology of the day JB: It's the translation of the

“ODN is not about me.” - Jack Bennest

modern era to the devices that we have now. Newspapers are still on all the tables in the Tim Hortons or wherever, but less and less are they read with the kind of reverence that they used to have. People can find out whatever they want to know on their tablet or their phone or whatever they have, and it's more convenient to get news in this way. 80 year olds are quite conversant with these devices and I constantly get people saying to me, "I really enjoy your.." and sometimes they don't know what to call it. But they are reading it. I must remind readers that cars are not a whole lot different today than when Henry Ford had them coming off the line. I lived in a house that was built in 1924 and it had wiring that was still operating in the 1980's. You

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say to yourself, "we really haven't advanced a great deal.” We've gone to the moon, we have medical advances, we've found cures for things. OS: Part of the job of the media is to make decisions for the public about what's newsworthy. What people need to know. JB: What resonates with the public. I do stories about kids and education or the parks in the area. I don't have time to dedicate to Editorials that newspapers used to do. Number one, I want readers to have opinions, and sometimes my opinions are in the comments too, but rarely would I ever write where I'm telling people how to think. Polls can be used to ask questions and generate a little bit of interest and find out what people are thinking. Once again all of these things are various tools to help to connect to the audience. ODN has a personality. This morning I posted a wrong hockey score as I was leaving the house, and by the time I got back to the house there were about 10 comments from people saying, 'which game were you watching?', so I just corrected the error and made fun of myself and just move on. And I try to tell people, 'don't take yourself too seriously' but on the other hand there are very serious stories that are covered. My only offer is to give people a whole bunch of stuff and they can judge what they want to read.

OS: At a certain point, with the amount of work that you do, money has to stop being the motivator. JB: ODN is not about me. It's about the community. Like I said, most of the content on there is contributed. But I still get my own validation. And part of ODN is used for my own edification. For example, my photos are all over the house now. My mother was a good photographer and my grandfather loved stock. My house has usually been filled with family stuff. And slowly but surely that's gone off to the family room and the rest of the house is about me! As you get older, you really... I don't have children. ODN is my baby and photography is something that I didn’t have time for when I was working. It really has helped me focus into what is called the final chapter. Because, at nearly 70, there's only so much time left in the whole calendar of life. But I'm just saying I'm enjoying it. It's more about me and less about who you're working for and the job you had. For many many years, my value was, when you went to the bar, the question at the media club in Vancouver used to be 'who do you work for?' It was really all to do with which station you worked for. That told people who you are. I'm a doctor, I'm a teacher I'm a whatever. Right now, I'm just Jack.

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Dorothy Fairbairn of Osoyoos was one of the many vendors on hand at the Mainly For Women Trade Show. Photo Brian Highley

WOW, What A Group!

The Women of Oliver for Women (WOW) just held their 21st annual Mainly For Women Trade Show, Saturday February 22. The doors opened at 10 a.m. to 52 exciting exhibits. Several of the vendors have been attending this excellent trade show for years, although every year new vendors come on board. While the Show is called Mainly for Women, many men take part with their exhibits. The name of the show has been chosen after much deliberation because all of the monies raised go to supporting women and children in the community and beyond. Men are more than welcome to participate, and the exhibits appeal to all ages. The WOW group is made up of very dedicated ladies who believe in giving back to the community through working for the betterment of women and children, providing community service and the donation of funds for worthwhile causes. Desert Sun Counseling is one recipient of funds. WOW also funds scholarships for students, and provide monies for women who, through various circumstances, need to return to the workforce and 16

need further education or courses. Membership is open to women who are interested in helping WOW achieve the goal of ”enriching the lives of women and children in our Community and beyond.” Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month September to May at the Quail’s Nest Arts Center on Airport Rd. in Oliver. Further inquiries please contact Terry Beddome at 250-498-6420 or Sally Franks at 250-498-0104. Many thanks go to the following contributors for the Trade Show door prizes: Super Valu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire, Buy Low Foods, Uptown Hair Studio, Shirley Murray and Rosanne Babb. Congratulations to the winners of the door prizes: Lynn Bremmer, Jean Comeau, Elizabeth Gowski, A Cunningham, Deanna Franks, Pia Jmioff and Myrna Allison

Hometown Heroes Award Program 2014 $10,000 and $5,000 awards for local eco-heroes

If you know an individual, group or small business in your community that is making a difference to improve the state of the environment at the local level, we encourage you to nominate them for an award at and help Earth Day Canada (EDC) recognize and celebrate environmental achievement in Canada. Heroic candidates can win one of the following: Individual Hometown Heroes Award: a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice Group Hometown Heroes Award: a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work Small Business Hometown Heroes Award: a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit Heroes must be nominated by March 31, 2014.


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The noisy sound of snoring is caused by an obstruction to airflow through the passages at the back of the nose and mouth, which MEGHAN in turn cause PHARMACIST vibrations of the respiratory structure. This condition can cause sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, and tension between partners. Understanding why you snore The irregular airflow that causes snoring can be due to any of the following: Obstruction in the nasal passageway, throat weakness causing the throat to close during sleep, excess fat around the neck, narrow nose, allergies or respiratory infections. Treatment The following treatments have proven to provide effective relief from snoring: Dental devices – These applications are worn at night to promote regular airflow through the throat and mouth. Nasal devices – Strips can be applied before bed to help keep the front part of the nose open. Medications – Nasal saline irrigation sprays help improve breathing by cleansing and moisturizing the nasal lining from environment irritants. Surgery – Sometimes required depending on the underlying cause. Speak to your Remedy’sRx pharmacist about how to stop snoring.



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New Life

At Oliver Art Gallery

By Steve Staresina March is finally upon us and the snow should be disappearing. The spring thaw will make things muddy, but at the same time allowing moisture in the soil to start the vegetation to bud with new life. Speaking of new life, the Oliver Art Gallery would like to thank the students from the Oliver Elementary School for adorning our walls with their art during February. These are young new life artists in the making who will someday replace the present day artists and possibly run the gallery in the future. The Oliver Art Gallery will be showing new life by featuring portrait paintings during March. These will be paintings of families, friends and neighbors and of course self-portraits. The famous Dutch painter Rembrandt painted thousands of paintings and sketches but was known for his portraits. He had some 90 self-portraits in his many accomplishments. Here is your opportunity to see the modern day portrait painters made up of the artists in the gallery. You never know, you might see yourself on the walls. Keeping with new life, the gallery will feature new themes each month, with new art. Coming up in April, the theme to come will be ‘Animals’. These could be pets or wild life. We urge everyone to visit the 18

portrait display this month, see what we are made of as artists, and perhaps commission an artist for a portrait of your own or of a friend or family member. The gallery is at 6046 Main Street in Oliver and is open Tues-

day through Saturday 11:00 – 4:00. Take in the Thursday night Art classes ongoing. If you are a serious artist yourself, we are recruiting new artists, so come and visit and ask how you can join the Oliver Art Gallery Co-op.

Bonnie Roberts At Osoyoos Art Gallery By Roy Wood


onny Roberts made her reputation as a watercolourist decades ago and has since broadened and deepened as a painter to the point where she is at home in nearly any medium or style. Over her career, she has experimented in oil, ink and collage, but these days the Keremeos-based painter sticks mainly to watercolour and acrylic. About 10 years ago, Roberts began to experiment with abstract forms as a complement to her representational work. And she has been doing both ever since. “Some people say you should pick your style and stick with it. … But I don’t want to,” she said in a recent interview at her home studio and gallery. Roberts’ show, called “Spectrum,” will fill the Osoyoos Art Gallery from March 22 through April 19. As the name implies, there will be a variety of works across styles and media. Roberts describes her childhood self as “one of those kids who was always drawing.” She credits her father as an early influence. “I had an exceptional dad. He was a musician. … And he told me, ‘don’t worry about all that (other) stuff. Stick with your art.’” Roberts’ early work was deeply influenced by her mentor, Richard Nelson, who taught her to do watercolours using just the three primary colours plus white. She was a good and successful student, selling 16 coastal scenes to the Canadian Gallery Prints series. The sales of the resulting prints on B.C. Ferries and else-

where “paid the bills” while she experimented with new ideas. She maintains the primary-colour approach to her acrylic work, which she confesses she finds easier than watercolour. “In watercolours you have to plan everything and you can’t correct. Once it’s down, it’s down. … With acrylic, you can totally change it constantly. … You can paint over it as much as you want,” she said. Pointing to a three-by-three piece in the studio she says: “A landscape like that acrylic I can do in an afternoon or a day.” She adds that the time involved is actually a day plus the 50 years it’s taken her to learn how. Roberts isn’t sure which of her styles is selling better, but “I think the abstract is going quite well.” She admits her abstract work presents more of a challenge than the representational. “At least with representational you’ve got something to go by. You know what you’re trying to do.” Describing her process: “With abstract, sometimes I’ll start with texture or sometimes just

colour. I’m basically a colourist. … I might just start with a colour scheme and stick with it. … Or change it totally. It’s more of a gut instinct.” This colour sense is key to her substantial teaching commitment. “When I teach now -- and I teach constantly -- it’s all colour. I teach colour schemes. … I don’t care if it’s abstract or a person or whatever. The colours have to work.” Raised in West Vancouver, Roberts and her husband lived in North Delta while their children were growing and then moved inland, first to Vernon for two years and then to Keremeos nine years ago. While nearer the end of her career than the beginning, Roberts remains curious and adventurous about where it may lead next. “I haven’t got a clue. That’s what’s so exciting.” The Osoyoos Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 at the corner of Main and 89th Streets. Look for the blue canopy next to the Town Hall.


Osoyoos Lake Lions Club Folding April 1 As a result of a decline in membership, the Osoyoos Lake Lions Club will cease operations April 1. “We are grateful that there are other service clubs and groups that will continue the long tradition of providing funding and assistance to others,” said Osoyoos Lake Lions Club President Brian Chadsey in a letter to Town Council. ”We have always been

the envy of other Lions Clubs because of the unconditional support given to us by Council and staff, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation.” The lease and contents of the building at Jack Shaw Gardens are yet to be dealt with. The Osoyoos Lake Lions Club has been in continuous operation for 51 years.

Free Rain Barrel Workshops

Zoe Kirk, RDOS Water Conservation Ambassador, will be providing free workshops on rainwater harvesting using rain barrels. When done correctly, rain barrels are a cheap and effective way to collect water, save money and divert water away from foundations. Kirk will lead participants through the simple steps of thinking of where to place bins, how to divert water from ease troughs and how to winterize. The workshop will help homeowners understand what set up would work best for their specific home. Rain barrels will not be sold as part of this pre-sale, but Kirk will provide information on what to look for if buying or building a rain harvesting system. For more information, contact the RDOS Solid Waste Division at 250-4904129, e-mail or visit Saturday, March 8 10:00 am at Osoyoos Sonora Community Centre Harvesting the Heavens with Rain Barrels 11:00 am Osoyoos Sonora Community Centre How to Compost Effectively Saturday, March 8 1:00 pm Oliver Community Centre How to Compost Effectively ...positive, upbeat stories from the South Okanagan 2:00 pm Oliver Community Centre Harvesting the Heavens with Rain Barrels


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What Are You Doing To Improve Your Health?

By Jorg Mardian

What are you doing this year to better your health? Are you being proactive or sitting back? If you don’t educate yourself on the subject of health, you simply forfeit a good chunk of your life. That isn’t a scare tactic either. Eight out of ten now die of a disease, so we definitely have a giant problem. You have only one body to live in – make it run well! That takes some dedication and education. With that in mind, here are some common sense steps to safeguard your health this year: 1. Plan your workout. Scheduling time for your workout will make you much more likely to succeed. Try to get in 4-5 workouts (of at least a vigorous 1/2 hour) weekly to keep your body in tune. 2. Eat more produce. You know fruits and vegetables are good for you, so why ignore them? 3. Drink more water. Nature’s cleanser. We’re meant to drink it. Often. Just do it. 4. Eat whole food supplements. While I’m not much of a pill advocate, I do love green powders for their nutritional profile, their ability to alkalize the body and to cleanse the organs. They help to add weight to a solid, nutritious diet. 5. Stretch. You get stiff for a reason, so regularly stretch out stiff muscles throughout the day. Take 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night to keep your body working optimally and feeling good. 6. Write down your goals. You would be surprised how much more organized you’ll be when you understand WHY better health/fitness matters to you. Knowing the why and the goal will drive you to take action. 7. Stand instead of sit. Posture is so important and the more you sit, the worse your posture becomes. You also have more energy and burn more calories when you move more, which goes back to little changes adding up over time. 8. Read more on health/fitness or talk with someone who inspires you. Motivation comes from various sources, but most times it must come from outside of ourselves. Experts, or those who have gone through a tough journey can inspire and educate, helping make the journey easier. 9. Eat with purpose. Mindless munching always leads to bad consequences. Make sure you eat for the purpose of health, which means planning your meals and always thinking about the value of the food to your body before you ingest it. It’s not too much work. Anything in life worth having comes with effort. I’m sure good health is a noble goal, so be aware. 10. Start a food journal. This one really makes a difference. Small variations in our eating patters add up big time, so make sure you understand what you had yesterday. If things aren’t going good, go back to a week where you had success. That can only happen when you

become aware of the food you ingest to help you make consistent, wise choices on a regular basis. 11. Train your willpower. Like any human ability, we can actually train ourselves to be mentally stronger by using willpower from time to time. Saying “no” to bad choices every now and then can reaffirm your willpower and that you can make healthy decisions. In time, it will become a good habit. 12. Plan, prep, and pack meals. Have a plan for this week’s healthy eating. Do some prep work early in the week to prevent being caught unprepared. If your healthy food isn’t handy, you’ll be making choices based on situations, time, and hunger, which isn’t always the best. 13. Find a alternate food to your usual favourite. Say the one you like isn’t that good for you, find something else through research that’s easy to make and taste’s good. That way you can substitute with a nutritious alternative. 14. Watch food quality and don’t over-consume. We should always strive to eat the best foods (eg. brown rice rather than white rice), as well as not over-consuming when we eat, even of the healthy variety. Just because a food is healthy doesn’t mean it’s necessarily lower in calories. Nuts are such an example. 15. Eat every 2-3 hours. Eating smaller meals, more frequently is one of the best tips I can give you. This methods doesn’t completely fill you up, but it also doesn’t leave you hungry. The good part is that it controls your blood sugar and energy levels through regular meals and snacks. 16. Go to bed earlier, get fresh air and sunshine. Three basics that impact your health in a huge way. Make sure you get enough of each. 17. Establish a weekly reward. Knowing that your actions will lead to a reward of some sort can be very motivating. You end up looking forward to it at the end of the week. Don’t totally lose it though and end up eating an entire pizza. Something small, like a good, dark chocolate bar is a great way to reward your weekly effort and prevents sabotage through cravings. 18. Take it slow. You didn’t put the weight on in a week, so you won’t take it all off in a week. The slow and steady approach is tried, true and proven. Measurable, steady successes are so rewarding, even if only incremental. That means your body is improving and you start feeling better. There you have it – my list of wise decisions to give you success. Believe me, everything adds up. Make the best of your time and effort to end up with healthy living, not just surviving. OKANAGAN SUN • MARCH 2014 • 23

Spring Craft Fair At Osoyoos Legion

By Donna Kelso The Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program (KCCP) was adopted by the Kiwanis Clubs of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) District in 2010. Funds raised are going to support fellowships in childhood cancer research. Kiwanis clubs in Oregon are supporting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland (and they have been for many years), Washington clubs are supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital and clubs in British Columbia and Yukon are supporting British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. The goal of the program is to fund one or more fellowships at each of the three hospitals. At B.C. Children’s Hospital the division of pediatric oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplants offers a high-quality training program to provide trainees with skills in all aspects of clinical oncology, hematology and research. They are preparing the future pediatric oncologists/hematologists who will represent the clinical work force, educators and investigators during the first quarter of the 21st century. These ‘fellows’ spend part of their day working with the children and the other part doing research. Children’s cancer affects many families. Thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and with the help of research their chances of surviving have more than tripled. KCCP hopes to be part of finding a cure. A couple of the new Kiwanis themes in regards to this program are: “2010 To The Cure” and “The Pacific Northwest Is The Beginning. The World Is Our Goal” The Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos will be holding a Spring Craft Fair at the Osoyoos Legion Hall on Saturday, March 22nd as a fundraiser for KCCP. Admission to the craft fair will be by donation of a 24

non-perishable food item for the Osoyoos Food Bank or a cash donation to KCCP. Come out to the craft fair, do some spring shopping from the various vendors and support a very worthwhile cause.

New Community Music Program From The Lieutenant Governor


he Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, has launched a new program to promote music and community spirit across the province. “Sing Me A Song” is an opportunity for musical groups of all ages and genres to write and sing an original song in the lead up to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Groups are encouraged to write a song about what Canada’s sesquicentennial means to them or their community. “Our country’s 150th birthday

is a time to reflect on our values and our accomplishments as Canadians,” said Guichon. “This program is a chance to not only demonstrate community pride, but also to promote and profile some of the exceptional student and amateur musicians found throughout the province.” Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of musicians from around the province and an award of $1,000 will be granted annually in each of three age categories. Whether it is a school or community choir or other amateur musi-

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Tickets On Sale Now For Women Front & Centre Luncheon SOWINS and Sun FM / EZRock with The Penticton Herald, Winners, Hooked On Books and Community Partners present the Women Front & Centre Celebrating Change & Transformation Luncheon 12 noon—3 PM Sunday March 16th 2014 at Linden Gardens’ Frog City Café in Kaleden. Invite a special woman guest to lunch at the beautiful Frog City Café at Linden Gardens in Kaleden. Playfully picking up on the Women Front & Centre Awards, all our special guests will be recognized (anonymously). Hosts will write a sentence or phrase sharing what they admire about their guest. After settling in and socializing, a selection of the statements will be read, followed by lunch at 12:30 and speaker Jo Dibblee. Jo’s book “Frock Off: Living Undisguised” is a memoir about the power of blind optimism in the face of adversity, poverty, tragedy, neglect, rejection, assault and betrayal. It is a story about change and transformation. Part of her story relates to the late 1970’s missing person case and murder investigation of Susan Du. Jo’s interactive presentation will provide the inspiration, energy, engagement and tools for each of us to begin the process of recognizing and removing the frocks that limit our lives. “…Jo Dibblee is a humanitarian and a change agent. She transforms people in less than 30 minutes. Be prepared and inspired to make change in your life,” said Yvonne Basten, Calgary eWomanNetwork conference organizer. Change is fundamental at SOWINS. The services we provide for women and children affected by abuse help them make changes that can transform their lives. SOWINS’ new motto is Choosing Change and we have applied it throughout our agency by renewing our branding, website and strategic vision; changing our office location and creating two events from the annual Women Front & Centre Fundraising Gala: Women Front & Centre luncheon March 16th and SOWINS’ Fundraising Gala May 10th; hence the theme “Celebrating Change & Transformation” to recognize our capacity for change and transform in our lives.

The issues of abuse and violence against women still exist in our country and around the world. Strategies and methods to combat it need to be improved individually and community wide. We invite you to come out March 6 to show your appreciation for women and to hear Jo’s story and connect with her inspiration to be a voice for change. Book a table and bring your friends. There are few better ways to welcome the approach of spring. Tickets are limited, so call now to reserve yours 250-490-0684 ext 110 Tickets are $25 per person. Early Bird (including book) are $35 until March 6. They are available at WINGS Thrift Store 456 Main Street and Hooked on Books 255 Main Street in Penticton. Sales of Jo’s book ‘Frock Off: Living Undisguised’ at the luncheon: $14 each; 2 or more $12 each.



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GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH Combine 1 cup of mayonnaise 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard Salt and pepper to taste Butter inside and outside of 2 slices of sourdough bread Spread with mayo mixture (above) Make a cheese mixture of gruyere, mozzarella and aged cheddar cheese; and put some into the sandwich spreading out amongst the number that you are making. Top with dungeoness crab (remember it is very rich, so don’t be too generous). Grill until browned and serve with the bacon-onion marmalade . BACON-ONION MARMALADE 2 slices of bacon, diced small onion, diced 1 tbsp mustard seeds 1 cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup white sugar 1 tsp each zest (only) of a lemon and orange 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped fine salt and pepper to taste Saute bacon in med hot pan till almost crispy then add onion and


Osoyoos Home Hardware was thrilled to welcome Executive Chef Paul Cecconi, owner of Brodo Kitchen in Penticton, to do a class late last Fall. His theme was holiday appies. He made the most delicious Dungeness crab-gruyere grilled cheese sandwich with his famous bacon-onion marmalade, which we will share with you. Perfect for your Spring entertaining.

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Add remaining ingredients except thyme, and stew until reduced till almost dry.

Make balls and blanch fry the next day in canola oil at 350 F. Can make ahead to this point and put into a 350 F oven for 10-12 minutes to heat before serving.

Cool down and fold in the thyme. Keep refrigerated if you have any left. RED BEET FALAFEL WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE 2 cups dried chick peas 1 small onion diced ¼ cup fresh parsley and cilantro 1 med. red beet, grated 2 tsp salt 1 ½ tsp. red chili flakes 8 cloves garlic 2 tsp. cumin 2 tsp. Baking powder ½ cup flour Soak chick peas overnight. Drain and rinse well. Put into food processor with remaining ingredients except the baking powder, salt and pepper, beets and flour and pulse til blended not pureed. Sprinkle in the baking powder and flour and salt and pepper and pulse in food processor. Put in grated beets. Cover and leave for several hours

Serve with fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with honey adding fresh grated ginger to taste. The wine pairing was done by one of Oliver’s newest wineries Culmina Family Estates Winery. Don, Elaine and Sara opened for business last year.

You must call for an appointment to do some wine tasting with them. Don was a partner in Jackson- Triggs winery. Call them – you’ll be glad you did. The Spring Cooking Classes at Osoyoos Home Hardware are underway. Call (250) 495-6534 to see if there are any openings in a class that might interest you. If a class is full, have your name put on a waiting list.

Wine And Food: Making A Perfect Match (BPT) - If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming. Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pro. "It's no longer necessary for wine to be just for special occasions," says Chef T. Stella Bernard, certified wine professional and an instructor for The Art Institute of Tucson. For her, the first step is demystifying wine, and she says there is something for everyone's taste. She encourages experimentation, which will help evolve your palate, but cautions against being dissuaded or oversold by the package. "Don't be turned off if it comes in a box or has a screw top. Don't worry if it doesn't have a cork." According to Chef Bernard and Chef Bradley Owen, a certified sommelier and instructor at The Art Institute of California - Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, you need to match the acidity, flavors and body of the wine to the dish with which it will be served. "The old adage of white wine with fish and red wine with meat is true and false," he says. This will be true 80-90 percent of the time, but depending on how the dish is prepared, there are always ways to break this rule. He adds that chicken and pork are crossover proteins, which could work with whites or reds depending on preparation. Acidity is very important, and Owen explains that you want to

match the acidity of the wine with the acidity of the dish. Fish prepared in a traditional way works well with white wine, but when prepared with something like mushrooms or with red wine influences, you can move to a lighter red. Filet mignon, typically served with a red wine, can be paired with a white when served with a salad with high-acidic vinaigrette. When matching flavors, Bernard recommends reading the back of the bottle. She says the same words that describe the wine should describe the food. For example, wines containing cherry flavors would go with something juicy such as a barbecue, since cherries are sweet and juicy. Strawberries are softer and would go with a more subtle dish, while black currants are more intense and would pair well with foods like venison, sausage or pepper steak. A simple way to remember this is the brighter the fruit on the label the lighter the food that goes with that wine, and the

heavier or darker the fruits on the label the heavier the food. The body of the wine is the weight of the wine or the way it feels in your mouth. Owen says this body should also match the body of the food. Grapes have different body and richness based on the growing climate and decisions made by the wine makers. When looking to pair wine with meat, Owen recommends asking what you are pairing it with and what cut of meat is it. He says a rib eye with lots of fat, richness and flavor will need a wine with a rich body, such as cabernet sauvignon. A filet, which is less flavorful, could pair with a less full-bodied wine, such as a pinot noir. With red wines, tannins are a consideration when looking at food pairings. Tannins come from the grape skins and provide the natural astringency found in red wines. Bernard says heavy tannin wines go well with heavy proteins such as red meats.


Mar 4: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Osoyoos United Church. 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. $6.00 (6 and under free). Mar 6: Come join us for a cup of coffee, only 50 cents, at the Oliver Senior Center 5876 Airport Street at 10:00 a.m. There will be a short discussions with experts on the merits of Fiber Optics – literature will be available. Ron Shulhan (250.498.9419 Mar 6: Artists & Adventurers: Uncovering BC/YK Women’s Stories at the Penticton Public Library Reading Room. 7 pm. Mar 8: Almost Spring Flea Market at OK Falls Senior Center,1128 Willow St. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Silent auction,bake table, other misc tables. Lunch available / coffee & goodies! Come & browse. For more info email Mar 8: Annual Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. Admission is free, but please preregister if you wish to participate in the “Healthy Living Assessment” program. 9 am - 4 pm. Mar 13: Southern Okanagan Secondary School Music Department presents “A Blast from the Past: Music from the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s.” 7 pm in the atrium. $5.00 Mar 13: Folk fusion at its finest! The Wheat in the Barley play at Osoyoos Secondary School Mini Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets available at Imperial Office Pro. $23 advance, $25 rush seating. Presented by Osoyoos Concert Series. Mar 16: Let’s go green to the Irish Stew Dinner & Dance at the Oliver Senior Center. Happy hour 4:30, dinner served at 5:30 followed by dancing. Everyone welcome. More information at 498-6142. Mat 16: SOWINS 9th annual 30

Women Front & Centre. A luncheon “Celebrating Change & Transformation” at Linden Gardens’ Frog City Cafe in Kaleden. 12pm. Keynote speaker Jo Dibblee, author of “Frock Off: Living Undisguised” an Amazon Bestseller Please contact Samarpan Faasse regarding tickets or to be a sponsor Mar 22: The Osoyoos Kiwanis Club is holding their 2nd annual Spring Craft Fair at the Osoyoos Legion Hall. Tables are available for $20 each. For futher information or to register, call Wayne at 250.449.2191 or Donna at 250.495.7701 Mar 29: Osoyoos Desert Society presents Honey Bees - Movie & an Expert. 2pm - 4 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort. View ‘More than Honey,’ an award-winning documentary film that takes a close-up look at the fascinating world of bees. Discover the challenges bees face, including the colony collapse disorder decimating bee hives around the world. Following the film, learn more about local bees with bee keepers Kevin and Janelle Dunn Admission by Donation. Mar 30: Oliver-Osoyoos Historical Society AGM. 2 pm in the lower level of the Osoyoos Anglican Church. 7200 87th Street. Apr 5: The Oliver Community Arts Council presents the Oliver Spring Arts Faire from 10am to 4pm. Come out and support your local artists at the Oliver Community Centre. Apr 11-13: Double O Quilters Guild presents “Quilts and Beyond” at Oliver Community Centre Friday, 10:006:00; Saturday, 10:00-4:00. Quilt Show featuring quilts, wall hangings, guest quilters, demonstrations, silent auction, merchant mall, refreshments Admission by Donation. Apr 19: Annual Easter EggstravaganzaEaster Egg Hunt, Vendors, Carnival Games, Parade! Fun for the whole family. Contact Shirley Baker, 250.495.6880

Every Monday Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, St. Anne Parish, Osoyoos, 7 pm Every 3rd Monday Arthritis community group, Osoyoos Health Centre, 1 pm Everyone welcome Info: 495-8041, 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease group, Osoyoos Health Unit, 1 pm Maureen 250-495-7978 Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday Oliver Kiwanis Club, Community Centre, noon lnfo: Rosemary 250- 498-0426 Every Tuesday Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Oliver Search & Rescue Bldg. 4 pm-5:30 pm Info: Norma 250-498-8455 Third Tuesday Soroptimist Osoyoos, McKia’s Restaurant, 6 pm (no meetings summers) Info: Doris 250-495-442 New members welcome Third Tuesday Women of Oliver for Women Info: 250-498-0104 First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Quilters, Anglican Church Hall, 9 am Info: 259- 4954569 First & Third Tuesday Oliver Royal Purple Lodge #63, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: Annie 250- 498-2170 Every Tuesday Toastmasters, Oliver, 7 pm Info: Bill 259- 485-0006. First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club, Room above Art Gallery, 7 pm Info: Peter 250-535-1278 First & Third Wednesday Osoyoos Royal Purple Lodge #240, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: 250-495-6748 First Wednesday & Second Thursday O’s Own Writers, Osoyoos Art Gallery, 10 am (Wednesdays) and 7:30 pm (Thursdays) New members welcome Last Wednesday every month Osoyoos Reiki group, Holistic Desert Connections Info: 250-495-5424 Every Thursday Bingo, Osoyoos Senior Centre,1 pm First & Third Thursday Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos, Cactus Ridge, noon. Info: Donna 250- 495-7701 Second Thursday Multiple Sclerosis group, Oliver Community Services basement, 10 am – noon. Info: Cathy 250-4956866 Thursdays Osoyoos Rotary Club, McKia’s Restaurant, noon.Visitors welcome Every Thursday Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers drop-in, Oliver Community Centre, 10 am to 3 pm. Info: 250-498-6649 First & Third Thursday Osoyoos Lake Lions Club, Jack Shaw Gardens, 7 pm Info: 250-495-2993 Every Thursday Oliver & Osoyoos Search & Rescue. Oliver SAR hall, 7 pm Every Friday night Osoyoos Elks Bingo. Doors open 5 pm Bingo starts 7 pm

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.

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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

Ye Olde Welcome 250-498-8840 Inn has wonderful chefs in every day until 10 pm.

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.

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