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Last Sunday’s open house at the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls was well attended. Shown leading a tour of the facility is bird handler Judy Gurr with Houdini, the great horned owl ambassador. The annual event raises money for the operation that houses injured birds of prey until their release back into the wild.

Users warn new water rates will turn us ‘brown’ Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Ron Unger and Michael Farmer aren’t experts, but they say the Town’s new water rates will turn the community “brown” instead of green. Both gentlemen approached Council with this concern during a recent delegation about metered water rates. Council previously approved a $125 basic meter charge, plus a rate of 53 cents per cubic meter (up from 48 cents).

These represent a 10 per cent increase from 2010 rates to help cover debt repayment costs associated with water capital improvements, such as the water twinning project. Unger said taxpayers are quite concerned about the new rates, feeling they are being penalized for having bigger lots. He said changing over to xeriscaping would cost $10,000, which many people aren’t prepared to pay. Unger said he isn’t opposed to paying his fair share for water, but he has a concern when his water bill jumps from $300 to nearly $1,200. He said a lot of people, who have no

idea how much water they use, will get a shock when they see their bill in September, especially low-income seniors. Unger warned the Town it will see a lot of brown areas when people realize they can’t afford these new rates. Water Councillor Rick Machial said he sympathizes with Unger, pointing out that his own water rates have gone up significantly. Councillor Jack Bennest was frank, saying there is really no valid reason for the Town to lower its rates when you Continued on Pg A2...


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A basket full of SWEET CHERRIES to the couple with the two children who were seen Sunday, April 10th cleaning up the area on the east side of the dike between Thorp’s bridge south to Lucy Louie’s home. It is understood that they also cleaned up some of the illegal camping sites north of that same bridge to the first crossover. Now that is taking and teaching responsibility! - A pleased resident SWEET CHERRIES to Bob and Patricia who stopped and helped and followed me when we all assisted an elderly man who had fallen on the sidewalk. Also thanks to the other kind gentleman and young man on his bike. -Nervous driver Send your Sweet Cherries or Sour Grapes to: publisher@oliverchronicle.com

Residents say new water rates pushing their bills up 200-300 per cent from previous year

compare them to other communities. Szalay said the water system is revenue neutral and does not make Farmer said he realizes the importance of water conservation, but see- money for the Town of Oliver. ing your bill increase 200 to 300 per cent is hard to swallow. Resident Bill Ross advised the Town to establish a resource to help wa“What do you expect us to do, let our gardens die? They ter users understand their new bills, and to school them will die. You will get brown lawns in town if you keep up on how to irrigate their properties wisely. these rates.” Living in an arid climate, water supply must be everyFarmer said he realFarmer said older people can’t afford to change their izes the importance one’s concern, Szalay said. He noted that climate change gardens into Arizona-type plots. analysts predict longer, warmer summers and less winter Councillor Marji Basso said the user pay (meter) system of water conservasnow packs. is new to Oliver and will involve more discussion with the tion, but seeing your Szalay explained that water meters were installed for public after the invoices roll in. “This is just the beginning bill increase 200 to several reasons. One is to establish a fair, user-pay system of a lot of conversation . . . I’m interested to see what peo- 300 per cent is hard where low-use residential customers are not subsidizing ple’s landscaping will look like.” their neighbours who use more water. The other is to preto swallow. “What Machial admitted he’s been approached by a lot of peovent water waste due to leaky pipes and fixtures, poor waple who are angry with the new rates. “I don’t like meters. do you expect us to ter use habits, and over-irrigation. I didn’t want them (in Oliver). It just creates more govern- do, let our gardens Szalay said agricultural water meters have not been apdie?” ment. But we had no choice.” proved for installation, although they are supported by Machial explained the Town had to incorporate meters Town staff. He noted that using a flat rate billing system to get government funding. Municipal Manager Tom Szafor agriculture does not encourage water conservation or lay confirmed this, saying towns that have effective water conservation proper system maintenance. methods are more successful in securing grants. Szalay said it’s difficult to accurately estimate water consumption in “We’re not the big, bad town trying to rip people off, we were forced to the first year of meter billing, but the Town assumed a 10 per cent average meter water,” Machial said. reduction in consumption from 2010 to 2011. Historical weather data courtesy of Environment Canada, www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca

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Police briefs Cyclist struck by vehicle On April 11 Oliver RCMP received a report of a pedestrian/motor vehicle incident on Highway 97 near Tucel-Nuit Drive. BC Ambulance Services was on scene and treating a 52-year-old male cyclist for a head injury sustained from the incident. Witnesses at the scene advised that a 2008 Honda Civic, travelling southbound on Highway 97 at a low rate of speed, was observed to drift slowly across the fog line, making contact with the cyclist. The 80-year-old Osoyoos female, who was driving the vehicle, stated that she blacked out momentarily only to awaken to a bump. The woman, who was very shaken by the incident, stated it took her another moment to realize that she’d struck something. The cyclist, who was wearing a helmet during the incident, was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He was released later the same day. Speed and alcohol were not believed to be factors. The driver was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention. A medical review of her driver’s licence is being recommended.

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Hot work Oliver firefighers responded to a brush fire last week at a residence off 93rd Street near the air cadet hangar. A huge burn pile apparently resulted in another fire on a steep bank near a home that was saved from damage.

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School trustee breaks silence in SOS campaign Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle

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Oliver school trustee Tamela Edwards speaks during the meeting, while SOS chair Rachel Allenbrand looks on.

well as forcing 100 students to cross the busy highway are major concerns. “It’s not a done deal,” was the mesMore than 100 concerned residents sage given by each speaker including met the Save Oliver Schools commit- Ron Rachinski, the South Okanagan tee last weekend to discuss the poten- Similkameen Teachers’ Union presitial closure of Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary dent, mayor Pat Hampson, school School. trustee Tamela Edwards, and the The audience was given an expla- CUPE representative. nation and descrip“The value of clotion of the funding sure is less than the protection provided Trustee Tamela Edmoney they are lookby the provincial goving for and does not ernment because of its wards was adamant make financial sense,” relation to the budget that people should said Hampson, who and the closure of TEN be careful as to also wrote a letter to by School District 53. what is being said or the Ministry of EducaThere is no guarantee written, and asked tion on behalf of the that funding protecTown of Oliver in suption will be provided that people make port of the SOS comin the future and sure their concerns mittee. He personally should not be relied are legitimate and feels strongly that the upon for configuring not based on anger. potential closure creschool budgets. ates more disruption The audience was than benefits, but he told that the district’s projections of also asked the audience to be guided enrolment numbers are lower than by the executive and reminded them the committee’s figures, which has that calmness prevails. used the statistics as projected by the “Losing the funding protection is overall numbers in BC. not a guarantee, giving the trustees a Concerns raised regarding the clo- difficult job,” said Rachinski, suggestsure of TEN include the possibility for ing that the government and not the the need for portable classrooms if school board or the trustees should there is any future growth in student be blamed. He asked that everyone population. There was also a sugges- attend the official meetings planned tion that there will be limited quiet and also lobby their MLA by writing space for special needs, counselling letters so the trustees are not forced and individual coaching. Traffic con- into making the difficult decision. gestion for pickups and drop-offs as Edwards responded to questions

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asked by the audience and attempted to reduce some of the misconceptions regarding potential portables and staffing, and also reminded them that 2001 was the last year transportation funds were increased even though costs have gone up. Public school funding is allocated largely using a student-based funding system, with the majority of funding allocated on an full-time equivalent basis. Funding protection was a supplemental grant provided to boards of education to address the variable costs associated with enrolment decline. “If government refuses to sit down and fix the financial formula they have no business in refusing funding,” stated Edwards, saying this was her own personal belief. She also reminded the audience that hard decisions were made based on the facts known at that time and it is premature to assume a decision has already been made based on the knowledge that funding is still available. Edwards was adamant that people should be careful as to what is being said or written and asked that people make sure their concerns are legitimate and not based on anger. A clear message was sent to all involved that the fight to keep TEN open is not over. The school board is hosting its first public meeting on this topic on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

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Piles of dirt and brush dot the landscape along 87th Street, which is the subject of concern by members of Town Council and local residents. Council wants the area cleaned up and fenced to prevent access by ATV operators.

Council wants parcels cleaned up and fenced Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle The Town has sent letters to three developers on 87th Street to remind them of their responsibilities to keep their properties from becoming unsightly. The issue was raised at a recent meeting where Councillor Jack Bennest stated his concern about all-terrain vehicles stirring up soil and dust in the Willowglen area. Singla Brothers Holdings and developer Robin Agur recently cleared land on the west side of 87th Street destined for future development. This has created concern because these areas were considered environmentally sensitive – home to various bird species and the painted turtle, according to local environmentalist Julie Nyikos. One avid birdwatcher told the Chronicle that she used to visit the area with her binoculars, but all the trees are gone now and there are no birds to see. The Town couldn’t stop this land clearing because the properties are privately owned. And the clearing took place during a time when the Town was re-enacting a bylaw to protect environmental and riparian areas in Oliver. Bennest said because these properties are not fenced, all-terrain vehicles have been gaining access and stirring up dust. “It’s an open invitation for others to use it.” Stephanie Johnson, the Town’s director

of development services, said staff are already looking at the issue of dust and weed control. She noted they have sent letters to the property owners making them aware of the Property Maintenance Bylaw and the methods used to enforce it. Johnson stated another concern relates to ATVs having access to the river dike. Liability is another problem, she added. Mayor Pat Hampson said they must keep a close watch on these properties to ensure they don’t get abused by ATVs. The Town may even have to get RCMP involved. Councillor Marji Basso favours securing the properties with fencing. She noted the developers could have left some trees along 87 Street to cut down on the dust and mitigate the “eyesore.” Basso would like to see the Town enforce the use of irrigation systems to keep the dust down. If not, this could end up being a “nightmare for residents,” she said. Bennest said fencing was in place between the properties and the hike and bike trail, but it was removed. He made a motion to send letters to the developers to clean up the properties, and that the Town start enforcing the bylaw as soon as possible. He said the letters should state that the property owners are responsible for preventing access to their sites. Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said there is no bylaw that requires people to fence their properties.

Missing Osoyoos man found An Osoyoos man who was reported missing was recently found in Vernon. On April 6, Richard McKiver left his Osoyoos residence, advising his wife that he was travelling to Vernon for the day to meet with a financial consultant. McKiver was expected to return later that evening but did not come back as scheduled. Police said McKiver has a history of disappearing for short periods of time without telling anyone of his whereabouts, but

he always returns home within a couple of days. When he didn’t return by April 8, his wife became concerned and contacted the Oliver/Osoyoos RCMP to report him as missing. McKiver was subsequently located in the Vernon area on April 13 at approximately 4 p.m. No foul play was suspected; he was safe and healthy. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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A6 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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~ Roma Pedersen, Archives Volunteer The Auto Court was located one mile south of town and had many interesting visitors, including the “Hell Drivers” who stayed at the Auto Court for several summers while performing at the Oliver Community Park in the early 1950s.

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f you think you’re too small to have an impact, have you ever been in bed with a mosquito? Volunteers don’t always have the time, but they have the heart, and those who volunteer in Oliver have plenty of heart. In fact, they’re the backbone of the community. People like Dot Cranston, Victor Barnson, Gordon Kingsfield, and Kathleen Jacobs are truly inspiring for the work they do. Barnson puts in a staggering 1,000 volunteer hours a year at McKinney Place. And guess how old Jacobs is? Two years shy of 100. She puts most of us to shame. There are 100 registered volunteers at McKinney Place, Sunnybank Centre, and South Okanagan General Hospital. Every one of these people makes a difference in the lives of many. And it saves the taxpayer countless dollars. Imagine what it would cost if there were no volunteers . . . millions. Like the mosquito (without the bite), volunteers make a huge impact by helping others. They don’t do it for the money because there isn’t any. They do it to fulfill a need and to feel good about themselves. If you’re depressed, volunteer to help someone and see how quickly your mood changes. A simple gesture or deed can make someone’s day, and propel you to be a better person. For example, the one-to-one reading program in schools is a great way to connect with the educational system and bridge the generation gap. To know that you were partly responsible for teaching a child to read better is such an uplifting feeling. If you’re not a volunteer, you don’t know what you’re missing . . . friendship, camaraderie, laughter, wisdom, and self-esteem. Volunteering is also an excellent way to network yourself during your career search. Everybody knows somebody looking for a job. People even find their soul mates while volunteering. If you want to find out more, check out the South Okanagan/Similkameen Volunteer Centre and talk to Corinne Janow. She’ll point you in the right direction. Or if you want to volunteer in the health care field, touch base with Kevin Andrews at South Okanagan General Hospital. Another name comes to mind as we recognize volunteers, and that’s Shawn MacKinnon, who’s off to Japan this month to help in recovery operations after the recent earthquake. Now that’s taking volunteerism to the next level. We leave you with this thought: If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d soon take ours back.

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Election is Harper-engineered Editor, Oliver Chronicle:

Harper didn’t spend all that money (both party and taxpayer dollars) in pre-election advertising to have an election snatched away from him. If Harper didn’t want this election, you can bet that the opposition would have been heeded. In that case the budget would have included serious assistance on things like pensions and health care, and would have been a budget

Volunteers make world go round Editor, Oliver Chronicle: I would like to thank the Friends of the Oliver Library and the wonderful staff at the library for hosting the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre on Tuesday, April 12. This event was held in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, and to promote our new Volunteer Opportunities Directory. Thanks also to Oliver Daily News, Oliver Parks and Recreation, and Oliver Arts Council for their support, and to the Oliver Chronicle for showcasing some of the terrific volunteers in our town. Volunteers in Oliver have altered the town in so many

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ways over the years, building public amenities, supporting social services, schools, churches, sports, the arts and more. Volunteers see opportunities and rise to challenges, bringing forth new talents and new faces with each endeavour. The volunteer centre supports non-profit agencies and volunteers with workshops, learning events and information, encouraging the creation of the “ultimate volunteer experience.” Rock on, Oliver volunteers. Corinne Janow, Community Liaison, South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre

Children will flourish despite it all Editor, Oliver Chronicle: Sometimes we are faced with things that we just do not like. Situations are put in front of us that have the potential of changing the way we live our lives. Sometimes we have the opportunity to stop things from happening, like creating a committee (Save Oliver Schools) to rally against a school closure. People may come against us and question why we even bother . . . the decision is as good as done. Others will commend us for our efforts. Sometimes we will win our cause. Sometimes we will lose. We just won’t know until we have done all we can, and the vote comes down. Sometimes we are faced with things we just have no control over. And then we are forced to deal with it and make the best of it. When my father was 29 years old, a tree fell on him, leaving him a high level quadriplegic. I was born five months after this accident. We never asked for this situation, and

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that the other parties could have supported. Instead, in an obvious attempt to bamboozle voters, Jim Flaherty continued sprinkling about the little tax boutique tokens that may sound good, look nice on paper, but don’t do a lot for us. What we got is a budget cleverly designed to force the opposition to line up against it. Make no mistake, this is a Harper-engineered election we are heading into. Merriene Duncan, Oliver

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I never asked to be raised in a family dealing with a major disability. My family was forced to make the best of a negative situation, and we have been doing so for 32 years. I know what it takes to make a negative situation good. If TEN does close its doors and my children are forced to attend OES with all of the other Oliver Elementary students, I know that they will flourish. I know this because I flourished as a child, even when the odds were against me. I am a better person today for challenges I faced as a child. Sometimes we are faced with things that we just do not like. And sometimes we have the opportunity to choose to fight. TEN is on the table for closure. The fight is not over yet, as the decision has not been made. Until this decision is made, I will keep fighting because I feel that TEN is worth fighting for. If we lose – I know from experience that we will still succeed. And if we win, well then we will know it is because we choose to fight. Rachel Allenbrand, SOS Chair

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Nobody knows if they are exempt of the curse The war in Ivory Coast arrest. And although the is over, or so we are told. French were operating unFormer president Laurent der the United Nations flag, Gbagbo, who clung to the everybody in Ivory Coast presidency even though he knows that Ouattara has only won 46 percent of the been the preferred candivote in last year’s election, date of France’s President has been dragged from his Nicolas Sarkozy for many bunker after two weeks of years. battle that devastated the The French forces have capital, Abidjan. President put Ouattara in power, but Alassane Ouattara, who got now they have to withdraw 54 percent of the votes, is rapidly. It looks bad for the in charge, and Gbagbo is former colonial power to Gwynne Dyer under arrest, and all’s well boost an African regime that ends well. into power, and the longer Except that it didn’t they stay the worse it will end very well, did it? Indeed, it probably look. But once they are gone, Ouattara may hasn’t ended at all. Ouattara owes a lot to face resurgent southern militias that are the troops (the New Forces) that fought still loyal to Gbagbo. for him, and they will expect to be paid, It is the West African Curse: rampant mainly in military, police and government corruption plus chronic poverty plus ethjobs. This will further alienate Gbagbo’s nic rivalry produce civil wars and insursupporters (mostly Christian southerners), gencies that last for decades and kill hunwho already feel they have been occupied dreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It by a northern, Muslim army. happened in Sierra Leone, it happened in It’s not even clear that Ouattara or- Liberia, and it started to happen in Guinea dered the offensive that was carried out in last year (although that country may have his name: the New Forces have about ten stopped on the brink of the pit). semi-independent commanders. It’s even For a long time people thought Ivoodds that the victors will simply overthrow ry Coast was immune because of its far Ouattara and take power themselves in the greater wealth: it was the world’s biggest next year or two. cocoa producer and the economic centre The militias that fought for Ggagbo are of French-speaking West Africa. But the not finished, either. It was French firepow- wealth never trickled down very far, and er that finally breached Gbagbo’s defences, the ethnic rivalries were the same. Ineven if New Forces soldiers made the actual deed, they were actually worse, because

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the country is almost evenly split between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. East along the coast, the Curse hasn’t struck yet. Ghana, on Ivory Coast’s eastern border, has seen a few coups, but no massacres, and it is now a flourishing democracy with a respectable growth rate. Togo and Dahomey are not so lucky, but they have had no huge massacres either. And giant Nigeria has done surprisingly well, given that it has all the ingredients of a classic West African-style disaster. Nigeria has oil, but most of the money has been stolen by a small elite class while the majority of Nigerians remain poor. It is even more deeply divided than Ivory Coast in ethnic and religious terms. Yet Nigeria never slid over the edge. It has had many coups, and even when “democracy” was restored the elections were shamelessly rigged. The MuslimChristian split dominates national politics, and sometimes leads to local massacres. It is a chaotic, abrasive, almost lawless society – but also a highly successful one, with 7 percent growth and a functioning if deeply corrupt democracy. It is, in a weird way, a very stable country. The one major threat to its stability is the fact that its elections are getting more honest. When the outcome was decided in advance, the basic north-south deal was safe: a two-term Muslim president from the north would be followed by a two-term Christian president from the south, and then back again. That way, everybody who

mattered in Nigeria could count on getting their turn at the trough. This time, however, the Muslim president died halfway through his first term, and his Christian vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, took his place. Jonathan likes the job so much that he is running for re-election as president, which enrages the northern, Muslim elite who think it should still be their turn. To make matters more dangerous, this time new election rules and an official who can’t be bought mean that the votes will actually be counted. Last weekend’s parliamentary elections saw the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the vehicle of both the northern and southern elites, lose ground dramatically to new opposition parties. If Jonathan wins the presidential election this weekend (results are expected by Tuesday or Wednesday), he will face a parliament where the PDP majority is both narrow and fragile. If his leading rival Muhammadu Buhari, another PDP stalwart and a former president, should win, he will face exactly the same situation. The whole elite is losing power, and that can be very dangerous for democracy. Ivory Coast has been going down for some time, and it may not have touched bottom yet. Nigeria’s 140 million people are on the way up, but they must still go through a tricky transition, and nobody knows if they are exempt of the curse.


A8 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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‘Cops for Kids’ gives Oliver boy a big surprise Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Ten-year-old Anton Bogovic from Oliver had the surprise of his life last week as he found himself in front of the Oliver RCMP detachment. “You’re not afraid of the cops, are you?” asked Sgt. Ken Harrington, who loomed over the boy. “No,” Anton replied softly. The next thing he knew Cst. Janis Peters placed a new laptop computer in his hands . . . for him to keep. “It’s awesome,” he said rather stoicly. “I’ve never had a laptop before.” The Grade 5 student is the recipient of the “Cops for Kids” charity, a foundation that assists children who have sustained serious trauma, illness or disability. Anton has muscular dystrophy, a muscle-weakening disorder. The laptop will assist Anton with his school work when he attends Vancouver for medical treatments. “It’s great. I can do more homework now (and play games).” Peters, a former rider in the Cops for Kids charity ride, said she’s very happy that the money raised is staying locally in Oliver. Anton’s mother, Jodi Bogovic, was nearly speechless. “I’m absolutely amazed that there’s organizations out there to help parents like me. It’s such a beautiful thing that there’s people there for us.” Anton couldn’t wait to check out the new laptop, saying his first order of business was to play “Spore,” a computer game. “Home work first,” Jodi interjected.

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Anton Bogovic tries to remain calm as he receives a new laptop computer, courtesy of Cops for Kids. Shown from left are Sgt. Ken Harrington, Mayor Pat Hampson, and Cst. Janis Peters.

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A10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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An old dispute between a gravel pit operator and mobile home owners has awoken the sleeping giant again. Some residents of Country Pines Mobile Home Park in Gallagher Lake claim that parts of a noise and dust barrier between them and McIntyre Aggregates have been compromised. Resident Harry Cummins said sections of the gravel berm appear to be lower, resulting in more dust finding its way to the park. “Every year there’s a huge pile of dust. They have a moral obligation to leave the barrier (that protects us).” But McIntyre Aggregates spokesman Mike Barisoff said this barrier is not being removed or compromised. “We’re not there to bother anyone. We’ve kept this waste product as a buffer zone to make things nicer.” Barisoff said they are doing their best not to encroach on the neighbours. An excavator operator on site confirmed they are not removing the berm. He noted the concern stems from residents seeing him taking a little bit of gravel off the top. “To the best of my knowledge, the integrity of the noise barrier has not been damaged.” He pointed out that people (like himself) have to make a living. Cummins agreed, but said the berm has deteriorated, and the sprinkler system used to curtail the dust is broken and hasn’t been used in five years. This dispute was addressed in court more than 10 years ago. As a result, special operating conditions had to be met by McIntyre Aggregates, as outlined by the Ministry of

Energy and Mines. For example, the company can only crush gravel on site from October 1 to April 30 in any year, with a maximum of 45 crushing days in that period. Operating hours are limited between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dust must be controlled by suitable methods, and an undisturbed buffer of a minimum of 20 metres (from the top of the bank of Vaseux Creek) must be maintained. Noise levels must be minimized with sound alternating berms. Cummins said crushing activity has taken place on weekends. For park resident Marjorie McIntyre, the dust is what concerns her the most. She noted the company is supposed to put sprinklers on to keep the dust down, but that hasn’t happened yet. “I’ll be glad when the crushing is done; that’s an awful noise,” she pointed out. Resident Bob Hollingsworth said the gravel barrier is lower than it used to be. He noted his primary concern is the noise. “I have my place for sale, and people don’t want to buy where it’s noisy.” Resident Ron Sheehan said the berm is lower in one spot, but what bothers him the most is his house shakes during pit operations. “You can definitely feel the vibrations when they work.” Sheehan said if the company stacked up the lower areas of the berm it would help deflect the noise and dust better. Sheehan noted he totally understands where the Barisoffs are coming from. “It’s a living, and we’ve got to keep that in mind.” But all this noise and dust affects other people. Barisoff pointed out they won’t be crushing gravel for very long this month. Cummins said his concern is not for the immediate future but for the years to come.


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WE New Oliver Art Gallery ARE Artist Michael Jorden explains one of his works of art during a session in downtown Oliver. He says the new Oliver Art Gallery will result in art being a component of a tourism strategy that will enhance the community’s image as a visitor destination.

to enhance cultural life Contributed To the Chronicle Oliver has a new public space devoted to the fine arts (painting, photography, sculpture, pottery and jewellery) at the Oliver Art Gallery. Situated at 34848–97 Street, the gallery is the brainchild of a small group of local artists that wishes to maintain a commercial art presence in downtown Oliver. The Oliver Art Gallery is an artist-run cooperative emphasizing quality art by South Okanagan artists who will staff the gallery daily and who will always be available to discuss art and art-making with visitors. Spokesperson Michael Jorden, one of the artists says, “Arts and culture are part of the staff of life.  The South Okanagan and the town of Oliver are fortunate in having an active and vibrant art community which

participates daily in the cultural life of the region.” Jorden said the first act after securing space in the new gallery and starting renovations was to join the Oliver Arts Council as a participating member group. “We believe the new gallery will complement and support the many winery/art venues and other outlets that display and support local artists. We see art as one of the components of a tourism strategy that will enhance Oliver’s image as a visitor destination.” Opening of the Oliver Art Gallery, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations, is slated for April 25. More information on gallery events can be obtained from the website at ww.oliverartgallery.ca. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (winter hours), and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (summer hours).

Bowering recipient of award Contributed To the Chronicle The West Coast Book Prize Society is proud to recognize former Oliver resident George Bowering as the recipient of the 8th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Lieutenant Governor Steven Point will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala held in West Vancouver on April 21. Bowering is Canada’s first ever Parliamentary Poet Laureate, an Officer of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of British Columbia, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and recipient of many other accolades. Points said Bowering is one of our province’s most celebrated authors. A long-time professor at Simon Fraser University, Bowering shared his talent and inspired new generations of young writers. While his subjects are often deeply connected to his roots in BC, his poetry and prose has touched the lives of people around the world. After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering

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Okanagan growers have been drop kicked into an often-quoted curse. With temperamental weather patterns that won’t honour the established seasonal script, invading pests searching for new crops to conquer, and a revolving door of BC agriculture ministers at a period when continuity and experience are essential—farmers are living in interesting times, indeed. It is not a reassuring thought to orchardists like Greg Norton who are waiting for more clement signs of spring to jump start the growing season. “When you see fresh snow on the hills around bloom time, you aren’t a comforted cherry grower, let’s put it that way. The soil temperatures are still very cold; they just over six degrees Celsius, so the trees aren’t pushing very hard. We are usually at eight-to-10-degrees by now, but we haven’t had the heat units so things are just putting along slowly and there is absolutely no feeder root movement at all.” So Norton is banking on a spurt of heat to bring full bloom on quickly and minimize any chance of frost damage. “Historically, it is at this stage of bud development right now that I’ve had the worst damage. At full bloom I might lose some to frost but not as many as I would if it occurred now. Buds seem to be more sensitive at this stage because the tissue is mostly water, and once the frost touches the outside of the bud it transmits very quickly right to the pistil because there is no air gap in there, no insulation. “On the other hand it takes a pretty good frost to kill the pistil at full bloom because the petals actually protect it.” Frank McLennan indicated his trees’ development is at least two weeks behind last year’s timeline but that could prove fortunate. A severe frost on April 9, 2010 had a real impact on his orchard then, one he isn’t eager to repeat. So far he hasn’t. “And it looks like nearly every bud has three cherries, so it could be a very sub-

stantial crop,” noted McLennan. However, growers have learned that there are no absolutes in farming; the coins dealt always have a flip side. A late start might prevent frost damage, but a continuation of lower temperatures could curb bee activity when it is needed most. Moreover, a delayed harvest might be good from a marketing prospective—reaching stores after the Washington cherries have passed their peak—but the timing could be costly if the fruit ripens just as the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) populations explode in late August. It is SWD’s next move that has growers on alert. Already aware of the pest’s stunning ability to infest an orchard in record time as harvest approaches, everyone is waiting to see how well the cosmopolitan little vinegar fly over-wintered here and what spray regimens will prove effective in combating it. Said grower/exporter Rick Machial, “SWD is going to be here forever because it has too many wild hosts to contain it. The key to this is everyone has to try to control it; there can be no bad neighbours.” Norton agreed. “It is going to be a real exercise in communication because this is a regional pest. We have to be ready for anything and if we are ready we can deal with it. Make sure you know what you are going to do and what your strategy is for combating SWD so when we get the trapping results we can react.” While better positioned than last year, most growers believe they still face a high learning curve with respect to degree-day models and population graphs. Spray tools like Entrust and Lorsban are at their disposal, but must be compatible with control measures taken against other historic pests such as cherry fruit fly and black cherry aphid. “We’re dealing with a pest where most of the existing knowledge comes from Japan and there are issues with translation,” noted Norton. “And there are differences between our climate and theirs, so I’m having Continued on Pg A13...


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Growers want warming a lot of trouble drawing parallels. Basically we are dealing with a pest in a climate that isn’t necessarily recorded.” He wants knowledgeable people working on the ground with producers and believes the push should be toward biological controls such as the parasitic wasp, bio-pesticides or even viruses such as the baculovirus. “The long-term solution can’t be continuous spraying. We have to be more creative.” Now another Asian pest is looking to unpack its bags in the Okanagan. (see related story) And growers like Norton see these in-

vasive species as a direct outcome of the cheap food policy that has been in effect for years. “That’s the bottom line. People don’t realize just what we’re doing by bringing in all these cheap foods from far away places and what the long term effects will be. We are going backward in terms of pest management and that’s a scary thought. We had such a nice balance out there.” And that revolving door? “We now have our third agriculture minister in six months,” he spat in disgust. “There’s no way agriculture has a voice at the Cabinet table in BC.”

Taxi owner wants licence Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Council isn’t being too hasty to grant Oliver Taxi a permanent licence because it wants to determine if there are other applications on the table. On April 11 the Town considered a request by Oliver Taxi looking for a letter of support in its bid to receive a permanent licence from the Passenger Transportation Board. The taxi company has been operating in Oliver under a temporary licence that expires on July 9. President Subag Singh said

business during the initial months was slow, but over the last four months he has seen a steady increase, with many regular users. Feedback has been positive from people who appreciate the service, Singh noted. “If the need arrises we shall also apply to operate an additional vehicle during the anticipated increase in demand during the tourist season.” Before agreeing on a letter of support, Councillor Michael Newman wanted to know if there were other applications for a taxi service in Oliver. Mayor Pat Hampson said

Plumbing permits added to services The RDOS has added plumbing inspections and permits to the services provided by its building inspection department. The RDOS included this new service by amending its Building Bylaw last month. Plumbing permits will be issued for alterations or additions to plumbing (water or drainage) systems. This does not include clearing of stoppages, repairing of leak or replacement of fixtures up to $1,000 in value. For more information on this and other building permit queries, visit www.rdos.bc.ca under the building permits link.

Grant money pays for emergency system Contributed To the Chronicle The RDOS has taken delivery of a mobile emergency communications system. The equipment was made possible through grant money. Communications is one of the key components to successful mitigation during any incident. When an event occurs it is difficult to predict if normal communications will be functioning due to natural dead spots in the terrain. The RDOS is the lead agency for emergency management and believes that a functioning emergency communications system is now possible with the use of this equipment. “We also believe that this additional equipment will prove to be invaluable to our emergency first responders and municipal partners by enhancing their communication ability,” said RDOS Chair Dan Ashton.

this should be determined so that everyone has a fair chance. Town staff will check on this with the Passenger Transportation Board.

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WORKSAFEBC – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD OF B.C. HEREBY GIVES NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATION (BC Reg. 296/97, as amended) The proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (“OHSR”) pertain to the following items. There is an additional proposal for Part 16, Mobile Equipment. • Part 4, General Conditions – relating to a third option to protect workers assigned to work alone in a late night retail premises.This third option is proposed because some employers have found it impracticable to install barriers to separate workers from the public or alternatively employ two workers on shift during late night hours; • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements; and consequential amendments to Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition – relating to updating asbestos requirements; • Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements – relating to updating the reference to the Pesticide Control Act; • Part 9, Confined Spaces – relating to clarifying that atmospheric testing must be conducted by a qualified person; • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment – relating to safer driven-feed mobile chipper requirements; • Part 14, Cranes and Hoists – relating to updating the reference to the Elevating Devices Safety Act; • Part 15, Rigging – relating to clarifying the correct number of wire rope clips to be used in wire rope splices; • Part 16, Mobile Equipment – relating to the requirement for trailer units with a dump box to have a permanently affixed mechanical device capable of supporting the empty box in the raised position; • Part 16, Mobile Equipment – relating to permitting a worker riding on a rear-mounted work platform to retrieve traffic cones when the vehicle is backing up; • Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition – relating to new requirements that concrete pumps and placing booms meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z151-09; • Part 23, Oil and Gas – relating to updating the reference to the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act; • Part 28, Agriculture – relating to the requirement for rollover protective structures on agricultural tractors; • Removal from the OHSR of the requirements for “prior approval” or “prior permission” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The sections identified for change by identifying specific requirements or referencing standards are as follows: Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents, relating to extended work periods; Part 14, Cranes and Hoists, relating to chimney hoists; Part 19, Electrical Safety, relating to high voltage; Part 21, Blasting Operations, relating to mobile drill rigs; • Removal from the OHSR of the requirements for “acceptable to the Board” before proceeding with certain types of work or using certain work arrangements. The sections identified are in Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, and relate to: the removal of asbestos debris and acceptance from the Board; posting warning signs and acceptance from the Board; and monitors and alarms for equipment and machinery and acceptance from the Board. PUBLIC HEARINGS You are invited to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments. Your views may be presented orally at the public hearings and/or submitted in writing. Please register if you wish to make an oral presentation at the public hearings by telephoning 604-232-7744 or toll free in BC 1-866-614-7744 prior to the hearing. Information on the proposed amendments and the public hearings, including details of registration/ participation procedures, are on WorkSafeBC’s website at www.worksafebc.com. PUBLIC HEARING DETAILS Date May 3, 2011 May 10, 2011 May 12, 2011 May 31, 2011 June 2, 2011 Session Times:

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WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS The deadline for receipt of written submissions is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011. Written submissions can be made online or via e-mail, fax, mail, or delivered at the public hearings during the session times. Online: via the WorkSafeBC website at www.worksafebc.com E-mail: regquery@worksafebc.com Fax: 604-279-7599; or toll-free in BC: 1-877-279-7599 Mail: Policy and Research Division WorkSafeBC – Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C. P.O. Box 5350, Station Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 5L5


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Weed control cost increased

The Town has approved a bylaw amendment to increase the cost (per household) of noxious weed control. The bylaw, administered by the RDOS, will see a proposed increase of $1.17 per household to provide the level of noxious weed abatement that the board desires. Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said residents may see additional noxious weed growth along 87th Street this summer because of recent land-clearing work by developers.

Youth centre gets $15,000 in funding Council approved increasing funding to the Oliver Youth Centre by $5,000 for a total of $15,000 this year. Mayor Pat Hampson made the motion after seeing the work done for local youth by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. The additional $5,000 will come from structured grants.

Sorry, Bryan, no chalk scrawl The Town has declined a request by Green Party candidate Bryan Hunt to use chalk scrawl on Oliver sidewalks instead of election signs. “We’ve never had a request like this before,” said Municipal Manager Tom Szalay, noting this idea is more “green” conscious than signs. Councillor Marji Basso said it’s an innovative way to promote yourself during an election. Councillor Jack Bennest said it’s not a bad idea if you restrict it to chalk only. “If you were a Green candidate, would you put up plastic signs?” In the end, however, Council decided to not approve the request.

RCMP praised for crime fighting Council believes the RCMP is going a great job in fighting crime and keeping citizens safe. “Almost all levels of crime have diminished over the past 10 years,” said Councillor Michael Newman. People who say that crime is out of control are “scare mongering,” Newman said. Councillor Jack Bennest said he believes the RCMP is do-

ing everything possible to service their areas. Mayor Pat Hampson said there’s a level of transparency now in the RCMP that the public hasn’t seen for years. Councillor Terry Schafer said the RCMP’s “most wanted” list is dwindling, which shows how well social media works and how much of a positive difference it makes (through online tips from the public).

Youth Cares raises $600 for the hungry Councillor Marji Basso reported that a recent fundraiser by Youth Cares resulted in $600 being raised for the “Harvest for the Hungry” project. The kids had to perform something very difficult to raise the money – they vowed to remain silent for 24 hours. Now that is tough. Parents with teenagers know how hard such a feat is. (Parents would probably pay good money to have this “vow of silence” on a monthly basis instead of annually.) Pure bliss. Councillor Jack Bennest said he vowed not to use Facebook for an entire weekend to prove that he wasn’t totally addicted to it. Keep telling yourself that, Jack.

Newman praised for composure Councillor Terry Schafer praised fellow Councillor Michael Newman for all his work on the street naming initiative. “I commend Newman for the work he did chairing the meeting (on April 6) and maintaining his composure during the grilling session.” Councillor Marji Basso said the process has been very transparent, and she encourages residents to keep informed. Newman said the committee is ready to send something out that’s “almost perfect,” noting they are trying not to create anomalies.

Unsightly tour ‘leery’ Mayor Pat Hampson finds it “leery” going down the sides of people’s houses looking for unsightly properties. But he doesn’t make a habit of it. Hampson said he recently conducted an unsightly properties tour to see how many messy places there are in town. “It (an unsightly property) is very subjective. Some properties don’t qualify.”

Town gives thumbs up to Sloan for helicopter landings, take-offs Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle The Town has given permission to Adam Sloan of Rotorworks Inc. to use the airport for landings and take-offs related to the proposed flight training school. Council discussed the school’s business plans with Sloan at a closed meeting on March 28. Following that discussion, Council held a vote and passed a resolution approving Sloan to use the airport as a base for landings and take-offs. The resolution was related to operations only, and did not involve any land lease agreement.

The proposed flight training school has prompted concerns from nearby residents worried about noise levels. Sloan told the Chronicle there will not be a lot of hovering at the airport, and the hovering that would be done can take place at the northeast end of the airport, far from any residence. “I am very conscious of my flying and always try to cause minimal disturbance to surrounding areas and will teach this airmanship habit to my students as well.” Sloan said the company is good to go, and has the Town’s approval to start this fall. He noted they plan to host a public open house at that time.

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PARCEL TAX ASSESSMENT ROLL TAKE NOTICE that the Parcel Tax Assessment Rolls will be available for inspection at the TOWN OF OLIVER located at 35016 - 97th Street, Oliver, B.C., Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for following existing parcel tax rolls: Rural Water Taxation (Bylaw 1050, 2003) Sewer Parcel Tax (Bylaw 991, 2001) Oliver Water Parcel Tax (Bylaw 1014, 2002) Local Improvement Frontage Taxes (Bylaws 782 and 1033) Tucelnuit Area Sewer Frontage Taxes (Bylaw 770, 1994) Fairview/Rockcliffe Area Sewer Frontage Taxes (Bylaw 791, 1995) Tucelnuit Area Water Service Extension (Bylaw 1064) Sawmill Road Water Service Extension Specified Area (Bylaw 1077)

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The Sabyan lot at the corner of 97 Street and 350 Avenue has undergone a transformation. Heavy equipment operators changed the appearance by getting rid of the steep slope. Owner Adam Sabyan said he wasn’t happy with the way it was, so he’s cleaning up the site. He noted there is an interested party looking at the property.

Brown stink bug poised to pounce on everyone Wendy Johnson Special to the Chronicle

any kind of freight,” said cherry orchardist Greg Norton. “And the damn thing has little spikes on its feet and walks on the The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug spikes so the chance of it picking up any (BMSB) is looking to add BC to its list of spray residue on its toes and absorbing it summer homes and gardens. This latest while it feeds on the fruit is almost imposAsian pest counts over 100 plant species on sible.” its preferred menu—everything from tree This large stink bug, with smooth ‘shoulfruits, berries and grapes to ders’ and white bands on vegetables and soybeans as its legs and antennae, sucks well as shrubs. the juice from fruit leaving Growers hope OtAfter arriving on the US brown circles in the flesh; eastern seaboard about 10 tawa is listening, the damage can often be years ago and moving at a because like spotted confused with bitter pit. rate of three miles annually wing drosophila, the The damaged fruit later it remained a manageable brown marmorated collapse while they are in issue for peach and apple stink bug is an invacold storage. orchards until last year, Growers hope Ottawa is when its population num- sive species. listening, because like spotbers skyrocketed. ted wing drosophila the It is now in 27 states inbrown marmorated stink cluding Oregon and Washington and also bug is an invasive species. But they woncausing problems in Ontario where it is der if any government will be there to help invading homes as well as crops and over- with the major challenges these pests preswintering in sheltered areas. ent in food production. According to the Ontario Ministry of AgAs Norton pointed out, “This is just the riculture, Food and Rural Affairs, it is un- beginning. When you think of the time, likely that the insect will be regulated in money and resources being spent on droCanada because it is impossible to control sophila alone, it is ridiculous. And most of its introduction pathways. it is coming out of the pockets of produc“The trouble with BMSB is it travels in ers.”

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Quilts and beyond

Feature artist Kathie Kirby (left photo) checks the detail in her work that was displayed at the “Quilts and Beyond” show at the Oliver Community Centre last Friday and Saturday. Approximately 250 quilts were on display courtesy of members of the Double “O” Quilters. Kirby made the pheasant from a technique known as free motion thread painting, and the cow looking up at the pheasant was made by needle felting with wool roving. At right, Colleen Baptiste holds up a corner of her beautiful quilt depicting autumn with falling leaves. Her children gathered some leaves in the yard and traced them onto freezer paper, which gave Baptiste the inspiration to incorporate them into the quilt.

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Pat Hampson has some unfinished business (Incumbent Mayor Pat Hampson will be campaigning for your vote this fall as he seeks re-election. He’s got some unfinished business, so we asked him about that.) Q: What prompted you to jump into the lion’s den again? A: Specifically, there are several tasks I want to see Council accomplish for the community and some of those cannot be completed in 2011. I was part of the team formulating those tasks and I want to see them to successful completion, which means committing to another term. Q: What is the top issue on your “to-do” list? A: The most important project to see completed in 2011 is phase 3 of water twinning. The province refused our application to complete phase 3 in 2010, however, staff have already saved money from phase 2 and started some components of phase 3. We will still require a significant federal/provincial contribution to complete the project and I intend to travel to Victoria with Area C Director Allan Patton to solicit the new minister rather than attempting to plead our case at UBCM with only 15 minutes to talk. Q: What are your other priorities? A: Completion of an airport strategic plan which will guide us in what direction we should move to maximize the economic benefit of the airport; completion of the growth boundary plan in concert with Area C; a new hotel for Oliver, something which will offer accommodation at a reasonable rate for our visitors; confirm a new home for Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue; and continued improvements on Main Street to make the whole of Oliver a “must-see” town. Q: With all due respect to mayoral hopeful Ron Hovanes, what do you bring to the table that he can’t? What edge do you have? A: I have the advantage of a broad spectrum of community and work experience both in the Lower Mainland and small communities. Linda (my wife) and I have worked as members of volunteer groups in every community we have called home. I have been a blue collar worker as an apprentice mechanic and a white collar worker in an insurance company. I’ve worked with no union representation as an armored car driver and with all the protection a union can offer as a firefighter in West Vancouver. I have 17 years experience in Squamish as a municipal department head running a 60-person fire department plus holding the position of deputy emergency operations centre director before finally retiring as an emergency service consultant. In 1988 I joined an ad hoc group working to bring attention to juvenile firesetting. As a result of our work we convinced the Office of the Fire Commissioner that a program was needed and a Juvenile Firesetter Task Group was formed. I was contracted by the BC Forest Service as a liaison officer from 2001 until 2007 and was responsible for ensuring harmonious relations between First Nations and all emergency responders in the Coastal Fire Zone and Nakusp Fire Centre. In addition, I was one of the founding members and finally chair of the Squamish Restorative Justice Society. Q: Are you happy with the direction council is going, or do you think change is needed? A: I am very happy with the direction of Council; we have made what I consider significant progress in the past two years in several areas of governance. Some of our decisions may have seemed radical at the time but we saw the necessity to resume control of how tax dollars were being allocated by arms-length organizations. Our relationship with the Osoyoos Indian Band is excellent and we meet regularly to discuss matters of mutual interest with our Band neighbours. As a Council, we think outside the

box and no idea is ignored. Most importantly we are introspective and are prepared to accept internal change where necessary. Q: Anything new you want to address? A: I have developed an informal economic development contract with John Powell, economic development officer for Okanagan Falls. This will allow the Town to contract his

services at no cost for small projects and I intend to bring forward a recommendation to Council that we budget for larger projects on an “as needed” basis in 2012. Council has aggressively supported local business while encouraging new development. Q: How would you improve opportunities for youth in Oliver? Continued on Pg B2...

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Mayor Pat Hampson is seeking re-election because he has some unfinished business, such as completing phase 3 of the water twinning project and bringing the airport strategic plan to fruition.

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A: Council is presently providing the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs with $15,000 annually. The Parks and Recreation Society has hired a dynamic employee in Carol Sheridan; she is full of new ideas to engage both youth and adults. The new youth centre at the Air Cadet hangar is successful and the staff report increasing youth attendance. Q: What have been your accomplishments as mayor? A: My main accomplishment so far has been to encourage participation and facilitating dialogue amongst Council and staff. I am demonstrating a cooperative style of leadership and a commitment to advocacy for positive, social and economic change.

Q: Why should residents vote for you again? A: I am a person of my word and I value my integrity. I value and support our staff and I place them in high esteem for the expertise they bring to our community. Every person who speaks to me receives my undivided attention and receives it regardless of who they are. No idea or comment is summarily dismissed as having no merit, and recognition goes to the person or persons who presented the idea or comment. The present Council has achieved more positive change in the past two years than during my previous two terms as a councillor and I believe I have been instrumental in making that change happen.

Hike for Hospice fundraiser planned May 1 at Lions Park Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle Join in the fun and walk for a good cause on May 1 when the annual Hike for Hospice takes place at Lions Park. Whether you walk by yourself or in a group, everyone is welcome. This is a family event organized by the Desert Valley Hospice Society. The society was formed in 2006 to support excellence in the delivery of end of life care. Its mission is to be rooted in the community and by partnering with others they support and facilitate the provision of end of life services for people in the Oliver and Osoyoos areas. “We are very excited to have Interior Savings lend us their support in helping

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to make our annual hike a more successful event,” said Janet Shaw, society president. She also stated that the society’s role is to provide support, encouragement and assistance to persons with a terminal illness and their families. They also hold a wine and cheese auction in late November and by having these two main fundraising activities each year they hope to improve end of life care in the area. Each year the Desert Valley Hospice Society raises funds by hosting the Hike for Hospice event. Nearly 100 people participated last year. The goal is to exceed that number this year and anyone who is interested is encouraged to join the family event and show up on that date. The hike begins at 1 p.m.

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Interior Health recognizes volunteers at ceremony Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle At 98, Kathleen Jacobs is a force to be reckoned with at the bake table at Sunnybank Centre. As a spry volunteer, she’s also on the phoning committee. “I want to do it . . . I like it,” she told the Chronicle during an Interior Health volunteer recognition ceremony at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course on April 14. Jacobs and other volunteers from McKinney Place and South Okanagan General Hospital were recognized for their work as part of National Volunteer Week. Lorraine Unruh, acute area director for the South Okanagan, thanked the many volunteers for making the health care system as good as it can be. She quoted US news anchor Tom Brokaw, who said it was easy to make a buck, but a lot tougher to make a difference. And the volunteers in Oliver definitely make a difference in people’s lives. Mayor Pat Hampson said volunteers are literally the backbone of everything the Town does. He noted they wouldn’t be able to achieve what they do without these dedicated people. “Oliver is very lucky to have you.” Kevin Andrews, coordinator of volunteer services, paid special tribute to Dot Cranston and Gordon Kingsfield, volunteer gardeners who make McKinney Place so beautiful. He also mentioned Victor Barnson, who volunteers about 1,000 hours a year at McKinney Place by helping with physiotherapy, the walking program, and bingo calling. He’s a real jack of all trades. “He comes in every day with a smile on his face, and never complains about anything. He truly makes a difference,” Andrews said. In addition, he thanked the South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary for making such a huge impact on people’s lives. And he called the volunteers with Meals On Wheels truly inspirational.

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Victor Barnson (front left) and Dot Cranston are recognized for making a difference in people’s lives at McKinney Place. From left in back are acute area director of the South Okanagan Lorraine Unruh, coordinator of volunteers Kevin Andrews, SOGH administrator Cindy Crane, and McKinney Place rehabilitation assistant Lucy Rathgeber.

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School trustee breaks silence in SOS campaign Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle

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Oliver school trustee Tamela Edwards speaks during the meeting, while SOS chair Rachel Allenbrand looks on.

well as forcing 100 students to cross the busy highway are major concerns. “It’s not a done deal,” was the mesMore than 100 concerned residents sage given by each speaker including met the Save Oliver Schools commit- Ron Rachinski, the South Okanagan tee last weekend to discuss the poten- Similkameen Teachers’ Union presitial closure of Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary dent, mayor Pat Hampson, school School. trustee Tamela Edwards, and the The audience was given an expla- CUPE representative. nation and descrip“The value of clotion of the funding sure is less than the protection provided Trustee Tamela Edmoney they are lookby the provincial goving for and does not ernment because of its wards was adamant make financial sense,” relation to the budget that people should said Hampson, who and the closure of TEN be careful as to also wrote a letter to by School District 53. what is being said or the Ministry of EducaThere is no guarantee written, and asked tion on behalf of the that funding protecTown of Oliver in suption will be provided that people make port of the SOS comin the future and sure their concerns mittee. He personally should not be relied are legitimate and feels strongly that the upon for configuring not based on anger. potential closure creschool budgets. ates more disruption The audience was than benefits, but he told that the district’s projections of also asked the audience to be guided enrolment numbers are lower than by the executive and reminded them the committee’s figures, which has that calmness prevails. used the statistics as projected by the “Losing the funding protection is overall numbers in BC. not a guarantee, giving the trustees a Concerns raised regarding the clo- difficult job,” said Rachinski, suggestsure of TEN include the possibility for ing that the government and not the the need for portable classrooms if school board or the trustees should there is any future growth in student be blamed. He asked that everyone population. There was also a sugges- attend the official meetings planned tion that there will be limited quiet and also lobby their MLA by writing space for special needs, counselling letters so the trustees are not forced and individual coaching. Traffic con- into making the difficult decision. gestion for pickups and drop-offs as Edwards responded to questions

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asked by the audience and attempted to reduce some of the misconceptions regarding potential portables and staffing, and also reminded them that 2001 was the last year transportation funds were increased even though costs have gone up. Public school funding is allocated largely using a student-based funding system, with the majority of funding allocated on an full-time equivalent basis. Funding protection was a supplemental grant provided to boards of education to address the variable costs associated with enrolment decline. “If government refuses to sit down and fix the financial formula they have no business in refusing funding,” stated Edwards, saying this was her own personal belief. She also reminded the audience that hard decisions were made based on the facts known at that time and it is premature to assume a decision has already been made based on the knowledge that funding is still available. Edwards was adamant that people should be careful as to what is being said or written and asked that people make sure their concerns are legitimate and not based on anger. A clear message was sent to all involved that the fight to keep TEN open is not over. The school board is hosting its first public meeting on this topic on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

A worthy cause

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The troops from Buy-Low Foods are all smiles as they serve up tasty hotdogs and hamburgers over the lunch hour on Saturday during their fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. With a non-stop lineup for hours, they made the Society a pile of cash.

Savvios hosts charity event

Savvios Family Restaurant is hosting an Easter charity fundraiser for the pediatric department at Penticton Regional Hospital. The “Have a Heart Radiothon” will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. The event will feature a barbecue (with the best

lamb in the country), belly dancers, and the voice of local performer Mikie Spillett. Spillett said this spectacular Easter celebration will help fund an incubator. For more information and tickets, visit Savvios or call 250-498-4418.

Library hours for Easter All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Good Friday, April 22 through Easter Monday, April 25. Normal operating hours will resume at all branches on Tuesday, April 26. During the

closure, all book bins will be locked and items are not due over the closure period. Any items damaged or missing as a result of being left outside of branches will be the customer’s responsibility.

HEARTWORM TESTING AND PREVENTION 2011 We have a test that will quickly determine if your pet has been exposed to Heartworm disease. Any dog that has not been tested in the past three years or has missed some heartworm medication should be tested this year.

Testing starts April 18th, 2011 It is time to start heartworm prevention. We have monthly flavoured tablets as well as topical medication which should be given between June 1st and November 1st, 2011. If one is unable to remember the monthly prevention we have season long protection available as one safe and easy injection. The injection can be given between April 18th and July 20th, 2011. Please phone the Oliver Veterinary Hospital @ 250-498-4575 to order your monthly heartworm preventive medication, or phone to book an appointment for the heartworm injection.

Easter egg hunt April 23 Oliver’s Easter egg hunt is being held at the community park on April 23. In addition to egg hunting, this special event for children ages three to 12 will feature face painting, craft stations, an inflatable “crawl zone” and a visit from the Easter bunny. New this year is the Oliver Business Association’s Easter Bingo Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger Hunt Bingo cards will be available at the Oliver Community Centre start-

ing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 and must be returned to the Oliver Bakery by 2:15 p.m. to be entered to win great prizes. Look for participating businesses that have the yellow poster in their windows. Contact Maureen at mo@beyondbliss.ca or Tracy at tracy@albertosdecorating.com for more information about this portion of the Oliver Easter celebrations.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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Ted Brouwer was the man of the hour at a recent ceremony recognizing his contribution to the BC wine industry.

Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle On Saturday, April 16, Ted Brouwer, a long-time resident of Oliver was recognized by the South Okanagan Winery Association for his noteworthy contribution to and accomplishments with the British Columbia wine industry. We all tend to take for granted that the Okanagan is known for its wine industry, prosperous vineyards and award winning wines. It wasn’t always that way. Thanks to many visionary people, the wine industry has not only flourished in this area, it has placed the Okanagan on the world’s map as a place of importance in regards to grape growing and wine production. One of those visionary people is Ted Brouwer, an immigrant from Holland who in 1968 became the project manager for Inkameep Vineyards under a program for economic development. He worked with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and

was instrumental in the development of the Inkameep Winery project. In addition to the management and development of the vineyard he served as a director with the Association of BC Grape Growers, was involved in promoting agricultural education in the South Okanagan and served as an advisor to the director for the Regional District of the South Okanagan-Similkameen in relation to land use, irrigation and water pollution prevention for grape growers. He has worn many hats and without his involvement and dedication the grape industry would definitely not be where it is today. “It is an honour,” said Brouwer when speaking with him just before he left for the event. He is proud to be this year’s Honouree at the Banee 2011, a weekend event where South Okanagan winery owners, winemakers and guests met and enjoyed tasting local and international wines, good food and each other’s company.

Keira Faye Bohnet Levi Robert Allen Scafe

Keira Faye Bohnet arrived April 9th, 2011 in Kamloops to Rachel (nee Bicknell) and Evan Bohnet. Pround grandparents are Floyd and Julie Bohnet of Savona, and Len and Jacquie Bicknell of Oliver.

Levi Robert Allen Scafe was born in Penticton Regional Hospital February 26th, 2011 to proud parents Shawna (nee Bicknell) and Conor Scafe of Princeton. Proud grandparents are Len and Jacquie Bicknell of Oliver, and Barb and Gord Scafe of Salmon Arm.

Directory of Religions LIVING WAY CHRISTIAN CENTRE

live * laugh * dream * love River Rd. & Hwy 97 - 3 miles north of Oliver

Pastors Mark & Rae Pankratz Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. www.livingway.com 250.498.4595

OLIVER ALLIANCE Just north of town on Hwy 97

OLIVER WORD OF LIFE CENTRE

Lead Pastor: Jeremy Cook Associate Pastor: Steve McLean Pastor of Seniors: Henry Wiebe

On 119 St. off of 350th Ave.

Sunday Service 10:45 a.m. Kids FORCE & Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care available during the service.

Sunday Services: Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. (includes Children’s Church) Wed. 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study at the Church 250.498.4020 (home) 250.498.4434

Phone: 250.498.4253

www.oliveralliancechurch.com Office : 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

Pastors Cameron & Margaret Ogilvie

SEVENTH-DAY ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCC) nd ADVENTIST CHURCH 342 Ave. at Airport Rd. All are welcome Holy Thursday: Communion Service: 1 p.m 10450 - 346th Ave. Good Friday Service: 11 a.m Pastor: Oscar Halvorson Easter Celebration: 11 a.m Services Saturday: Pastor Darren Siegle Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Divine Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Sunday School: 11 a.m. during Worship Service Worship Service: 11 a.m. 250.498.4820 Adult Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.

PARK DRIVE CHURCH

36672 - 79th St., Oliver Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. Affiliated with Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Phone: 250.498.2322 Office hrs: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues. - Thurs.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA All are welcome 9915 - 358th Ave.

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR

(Anglican/Episcopal) Welcomes you! 34660 - 103 St., Oliver

VALLEY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

30850 Black Sage Rd. Sunday Worship Gathering: Services Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Church 250.498.4829 Service: 10 a.m. 250.498.2781

Minister: Ann White

Rev. Patrick Reid

Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Information: 250.498.2559


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Smile of the week

Charles and Judy love making a big difference When and where did you begin volunteering? (Charles) I grew up understanding volunteering was an honour and a privilege; it was a family value. I have always invested my time to attempt to make a difference. Now that Judy and I are retired and have more time, we are attempting to make a larger difference. (Judy) I volunteered at a hospital in Comox, BC before landing a job there. I spent a lot of time reading to the folks, putting polish on the ladies’ nails and taking people for a walk. Then on to the intermediate care facility a few years later,

which also turned into a job, as an activity director.

Where do you volunteer now? (Judy and Charles) SORCO and the Burrowing Owl Society. We took the International Wildlife Rehabilitation course to help care for and treat injured birds at SORCO. This also helps manager Ken Fujino have a day off. At the burrowing owl fields, we feed the birds that are being introduced and maintain their burrows. (Charles) I also volunteer at the Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum and Archives.

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Charles and Judy Gurr

What do you enjoy most about where you currently volunteer? (Judy) Of course, caring for the birds. I’m also interested in learning about the birds’ likes and dislikes; they all have their own personalities. But what I love most is the caring for the birds’ needs and getting them healthy enough to release back to the wild. (Charles) I need adventure and people in my life and these needs are met by the projects I get involved in, and with the interaction with the new and like-minded people I meet. What do you expect from a great volunteer experience? (Charles) That I personally feel some success and feel valuable. I also like parties, games, dancing in the street and the feeling that I made a positive difference in someone’s life. What was your best ever experience as a volunteer? (Judy) While volunteering in the intermediate care facility, I refused to give up on a lady who wanted nothing to do with anyone; she often threw things at me when I came into her room. Over months of reading to her, one day she got up out of her chair to sit beside me, and said, “Thank you.” She hadn’t spoken in years. She never threw things again. At SORCO I fell in love with a three-week old great horned owl chick, “Oban.” After months of feeding, caring, teaching him to hunt, etc., he was ready for release. At the release site, he looked right into my eyes for a few moments and I got a huge smile on my face. “I love you, too, Oban, enjoy your freedom.” And off he flew.

Who inspired you to volunteer? (Charles) My parents were the first to share the joy and values of volunteering, but all the hundreds of people who offer themselves to the world are my mentors. What would you say to people who aren’t sure about volunteering? (Judy) I find it so rewarding to help those in need, and I’m thankful I have the time - just try it. (Charles) You are a unique individual and need to protect that. Ask questions and ensure your life values match those of the area that you are considering volunteering your time in. Be very clear as to the level of responsibility. And don’t burn yourself out. Where do you think more volunteers are needed in Oliver? (Judy) Charles and I are new to Oliver but I think volunteers are needed in most areas, especially the care facilities, hospitals and SORCO. (Charles) I believe that, as citizens of the Oliver area, each person has a right and a responsibility to offer time, talent and treasure (tithe) into this area’s wellbeing. The joy is available everywhere. If you could volunteer, at no personal cost, for anything in the world, what would it be? (Charles) There is always a cost, either in time, money or experience, but that is the point. When you can buy into doing something that is emotionally challenging and physically costly, you are now a part of that endeavour. What would your ideal volunteer recognition event look like? (Judy) A community barbecue event could be held for all volunteers in a local park.


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GOOD SHEPHERD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Parents interested in enrolling their child for 2011 school year in K-7, F/T Kindergarten Sept. 2011, Call 250-495-3549 (school), 250495-5077 (home), or email: gscs@cablerocket.com

THE OLIVER AND DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY invites applications for the position of Museum and Archives Assistant for the term May 24 to September 2, 2011. This exciting opportunity will introduce the successful candidate to several areas in the care and presentation of museum and archives holdings. this position is dependent on funding through the Young Canada Works program, and applicants must meet eligibility under that program.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP VULNERABLE YOUTH? ARC Programs is accepting applications from couples with the aptitude to provide care to youth with behavioural challenges, with the intent to support these youth over the long term and on into their independence. The live-in caregivers will provide supervision, support and individualized care for one youth as a member of a collaborative case management team. Caregivers will be provided excellent compensation, scheduled respite, accommodation, with ongoing training, consultation, and extensive support services for both the youth and caregivers. The caregivers will be part of a dynamic community based agency, with extensive experience supporting caregivers to work with high-risk youth in care of the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Applicants will be subjected to an extensive screening process, including a criminal record check. ARC Programs is an equal-opportunity employer, promotes the diversity of our workforce, and requires caregivers and employees to demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity to the diversity of all populations of the communities we serve. Applicants must have a current BC Drivers License, and a sound personal vehicle. Please submit a resume and letter of application, describing your suitability to provide family-based care for children and youth, to : ARC Programs, Attention Patrick McIntosh, 513 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y-6N9.

WALNUT BEACH RESORT at 4200 Lakeshore Drive in Osoyoos, is now accepting resumes for the following positions: F&B servers, cooks, dishwashers, housekeepers, house/bell persons, front desk and security personnel. Please e-mail your resume to: sonja@walnutbeachresort. com to apply.

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GOLDSTAR FRUIT CO. needs 13 F/T seasonal workers for packing fruit. June 27 to end of Sept. 2011. $9.28 hr. Oliver, BC. Call 250-4989777. 40v4

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LITTLE WONDERS PRESCHOOL has the following openings for the 2011/2012 season: -Tu/Thur. 3 yr. old non religious (morning) : 3 spots. -Tu/Thur. 3 yr old Christian (afternoon) : 5 spots. -M/W/F 4 yr. old non religious (morning) : 0 spots. -M/W/F 4 yr. old Christian (afternoon) : 5 spots. To register call Mrs. K at 250485-2439.

ROYAL LEPAGE Shelter Foundation National Garage Sale. 8 am to 2 pm. May 14 in the Oliver Place Mall parking lot. All proceeds go to the local Women’s Shelter and violence protection programs. If you have any gently used (or new) items to donate, please call 250-498-6222 to arrange pick up or delivery. 43c4

SWEETGRASS THERAPIST Nicole Lawton, returns May 2. Available for afternoon appointments. Call 250-4982005.

SOUTH OKANAGAN ASSOCIATION FOR INTEGRATED COMMUNITY LIVING will be holding its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 11:30 am, April 27, 2011. 35025 99 St. Oliver, BC.

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ORGANIC materials and top soil. Drott 40 HOE - $7500.00 OBO. JCB HOE - $7500.00 OBO. 1994 Ford F350 diesel 14’ cube van $5500.00 OBO. Call 250-260-0604. Ask for Greg.

MOVING SALE OSOYOOS. Bdrm suite, table /chairs with matching hutch, treadmill, storage cupboards, shelving units, coffee table, end tables, matching sofa table, office chair, garden cart, filing cabinet, silk Christmas poinsettias, Christmas tree, patio bar & stools.

INVACARE Panther LX-4 scooter. Includes charger, operating manual and video. Used very little. New cost $3,900. Asking $1,500. Call 250-689-1187.

FOUND - Pewter metal framed, ladies near-sighted eye glasses. Contact the Oliver Post Office.

small complex surrounded by large green area. Excellent condition, double carport, close to hike & bike trail & river. Priced 10k below assessment at $202,500. Call 250-4983656 or 250-485-3989.

EXCELLENT horse hay. Timothy, orchard grass mix, alfalfa grass mix. $7 per bale. Call 250-446-2080. Anarchist Mtn, Osoyoos. 40p9

EDGING CEDARS - buy direct from grower. 6 ft - 10 for $200. We deliver. Call Budget Nurseries - toll free 1-866-498-2189 www.budgetnurseries.com 37vtf

ALFALFA – grass/hay on Road 18, in Oliver. $8/per bale. Call 250-498-2918. 1mctf

MAYTAG W/D, $650. Portable dishwasher, $400. Kitchen table set, $75. Lawn mower $75. Call 250-4986744. 42p3

SHOPRIDER Trailblazer scooter. Includes awning, charger, operator manual. Used very little. Cost new, over $5,300. Asking $3,000. Call 250-689-7787. 43f1

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RENO SALE- Maple hardwood flooring. 1272 sq. ft. $2,500. OBO. - Slate Tiles (gray, 1 ft.) Approx. 420 sq. ft. $1,000 OBO. Kitchen Granite - 2 full sets. Each set includes: 3 - 9’ sheets of counter top, back splash and 44” x 62” island. $1,500 each set or both for $2,500 OBO.- Frigidaire Stove. White, new, only used 10 times. $250. OBO. Call Jamie 250-498-5598.

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1986 - 24 ft. TravelAire Class “C” motor home. New awning, fridge, roof and air. Other new parts. 109,000 km. $9,500. OBO. Heavy duty electric wheel chair. Half price, $5,000. 4 ft deck lift. Battery operated with charger, hardly used. $3,000. Call 250-4984453. 43p4

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FREE - 2 living room chairs. OK condition. ALSO ladies 5/6 speed bike. OK condition. Call 250-498-2970.

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6’x8’ UTILITY TRAILER $100.00 OBO. Call 403-8082405.

FREE - Large garden space available for use. Call Nicole 250-498-2097.

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ROOM air conditioner, 12000 BTU, practically new w/ full one year warranty incl. Cost new $400. Asking $200. L.H. golf clubs, 3 woods #3,4,5,5,7,8,9, wedge 2P, extra new balls -$100. Moving dolly - $ 25.00. Call 250-498-2560.

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EDGING CEDARS - buy direct from grower. 6 ft - 10 for $200. We deliver. Call Budget Nurseries - toll free 1-866-498-2189 www.budgetnurseries.com 37vtf

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FOUND - Pink girls bike on the hike and bike path. Can claim at Oliver RCMP Office. 43f2

FOUND - Ladies scarf on the hike and bike path. Contact the Oliver Chronicle.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER. 4 bdrm., 3 bath family home. Flat 1/2 acre, fully fenced, in ground pool, walking distance to Southwinds Crossing. Call for more info. 250-498-2669. 42v2

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MANUFACTURED HOMES

THOUSANDS IN OPTIONS FREE!! Canada’s largest builder, SRI Homes, are offering unbelievable discounts. Call or visit Lake Country Modular Homes Inc,. conveniently located next to SRI’s Winfield factory. Custom designs, factory tours, expert advice & service. Call Alan or Robert toll free at 1-866-766-2214 www.LCMhomes.com 40ctf

REAL ESTATE

PRIVATE SALE First time offered. 2 bdrm semi-detached bungalow unit in

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BC HOUSING is now accepting applications for a wait list from families needing affordable housing in a 3 bedroom townhouse complex. The monthly rent is 30% of income. The eligibility criteria must be met. Please contact: 1-800-8347149 or for applications www.bchousing.org

RESIDENTIAL EVICTION SERVICESTerminal Bailiffs, Call 250-493-2618. vtf

OLIVER, $950 month plus util, house, rural, 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Avail immed. OSOYOOS $850 month - plus utilities. Condo - 1 bdrm, plus den Desert Court - Avail. immed. (2 units avail.) $1100 month - plus util. Condo- 2 bdrm plus den Fuji Court - Fully furnished - Avail. May 1. OK FALLS $1000 month - plus util. - 2 bdrm double wide mobile home - Avail. immed. $700 month - utilities shared - 1 bdrm. furnished bsmt. suite - avail. immed.

Amos Realty

35841-97th. St. Oliver, B.C. Phone 250-498-4844 ONLINE APPLICATIONS AND UNIT PHOTOS@ www.amosrealty.com Check us out at www.stratawatch.ca

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OVER 1100 SQ FT. OFFICE space available. Store front at 9336-348 Ave. Has separate entrance, utilities and bathroom. Great location at a reasonable rate. Available May 1, 2011. Call 250-498-4506.

1278 SQ. FT. Casa Rio condo, $975 per month. Call Karen Lewis RE/MAX WCR Call 250-498-6500.

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FOUND - GM Truck keys. North of Mike’s Auto. Contact the Oliver Chronicle.

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Professional / Management MANAGEMENT POSITION AVAILABLE For an individual who is: motivated, able to make decisions, can delegate, develop and motivate staff and can communicate effectively. Please present resume in person to: Osoyoos Subway, 107 - 8111 Main Street. Fax: 250.295.3727, email: wayneril@telus.net

You can remember someone special with your gift to the Canadian Cancer Society

To donate In Memory or In Honour: online: www.cancer.ca or mail to: PO Box 1872, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Please include: Your name & address for a receipt, the name of the person being remembered, and the name & address to send a card to. Let’s Make Cancer History

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B16 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 20, 2011

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS OBITUARY In loving memory

Cornelia Louise Henrietta (Loukie) Schuurman 1929 - 2011

On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Mrs. Loukie Schuurman of Oliver passed away suddenly but peacefully at her home in Willowbrook at the age of 81 years. Loukie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children, Rick, Ronald (Angeline), Robin (Anthony) and Lesca (Alan) and her granddaughter Tamara. Private family visitation was held. Donations are gratefully accepted to the BCSPCA, 2200 Dartmouth Dr, Penticton, BC, V2A 7W7. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC. www.nunes-pottinger.com

OBITUARY In loving memory

Reginald Frederick (Reg) Robson Jun. 1, 1933 - Apr. 17, 2011 Reginald Frederick Robson passed away peacefully on April 17, at the age of 77, with his devoted wife Eunice at his side and surrounded by his loving family, at Moog and Friends Hospice in Penticton, BC. Reg was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Mary Robson of Dauphin, Manitoba. He was born in Dauphin and raised on the pioneer homestead farm settled by his ancestors in the 1800’s. Reg met Eunice, the love of his life at a high school dance. Together for 57 years, they raised their three children in Manitoba where Reg led a successful career in public service, beginning in forestry, working as the assistant deputy minister of Northern Affairs, retiring from Municipal Finance in Winnipeg. Reg and Eunice retired to BC where he enjoyed golf at Fairview Mountain, playing pool at the Oliver Legion, gardening and travel with his wife and many good friends. Reg will be remembered for his exceptional generosity, his fine sense of humour and his commitment to family and friends. Reg lived his life with dignity and integrity, recognized by all who knew him as a man of his word, who was always willing to lend a hand to help others. Reg was proud to volunteer in recent years as a driver for the Masonic Cancer Car Program. Cherished as a loving husband, father and grandfather, Reg leaves to mourn his wife, Eunice Robson; his children, Christine Robson of Winnipeg, Craig Robson of Burnaby, Alanna Robson and her husband Michael Pierce of Maple Ridge; his grandchildren, Kelsey and Brandon Pierce of New Westminster, BC. Reg is survived by his older brother and best friend, Walter Robson and his wife, Doreen Robson of Dauphin; a younger brother and two sisters, many nieces and nephews. Great appreciation is extended to the caring physicians and nurses of Penticton Hospital, the Penticton Renal Clinic, and Moog and Friends Hospice. Respecting Reg’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at the Oliver Legion Hall at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday April 21, 2011. Our family’s chain is broken, And nothing seems the same. As God calls us one by one, The chain will link again.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Reg’s memory to Moog and Friends Hospice in Penticton, BC or to the OkanaganSimilkameen Hospital Foundation, or the Masonic Cancer Car Program. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC. www.nunes-pottinger.com

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OSOYOOS - Long term tenants wanted. Newly renovated interior. 2 bdrm house for rent. Close to lake with partial view. N/S, N/P, W/D included. $875 mth. plus utilities. Call Jay 250-495-7544.

1 1/2 ACRES FOR LEASE. Suitable for ground crop. Call 250-498-2109.

LONG TERM RENTAL WANTED starting July or ?? Senior couple, have rented at the same Oliver address since Sept. 2002. We require a 2 bdrm accommodation in town. We have our own appliances and have excellent references. Email: ebo174@persona.ca

3 BDRM, 2.5 bath, garage, near airport, N/S, N/P. References required. Avail. July 1/11. $900 mth plus utilities. Call 604-984-6043.

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AVAILABLE IN OLIVER. 1) Great 2 storey, two bedroom, two bathroom condo in the heart of downtown Oliver. Lovely courtyard and balcony for outdoor enjoyment. All new paint and flooring, open concept living area. Available immediately. $850 plus utilities. N/P, N/S. 2) One bedroom plus den, condo in Casa Rio. Views of the fountain. $850 plus utilities. Rent negotiable for good, long term tenant. Call Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. For more information on these rentals or properties available in Osoyoos at 250-498-6222. 41ctf

2 BDRM SUITE in nonsmoking building in Osoyoos. Avail April 1st. $750 month. 1.5 bath, laundry, parking stall. Call 403-2454103 or 403-870-4103. 41mc3

RETAIL SPACE. App. 1400 sq. ft. Main St. Osoyoos, BC. Call 250-446-2083.

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FOR RENT - 10 YR OLD CABIN. 2 Bdrm, good condition. Avail. the end of April. $750 mth. Includes utilities. Call 250-485-8617 or 250498-1903. 41p3

FOR RENT - 1 BDRM. Large suites, and 2 BDRM. suites. Close to downtown, very nice, freshly redone. Starting at $595 mth. + util. Call 250-498-0232. 40p10

AVAIL. MAY 1. 2 bdrm, 4 plex. Ground level in Oliver, walking distance to the new mall. Completely renewed hardwood floors and paint. 4 appliances, very clean. Prefer quiet mature tenants. $600 mth. Call 250-4982817. 43mctf

2nd FLOOR CORNER unit condo for rent. Casa Rio, Oliver. $950 mth. N/P. For appointment to view call 403-980-0634 or contact paullow@telus.net. 42vtf

2 BDRM BASEMENT suite. $750 mth. Avail. May 1. Call 250-809-1975 42v3

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36 FT. FIFTH WHEEL. Skirted, with deck. 6 km N of Oliver by Jackson Triggs. Access to OK River. $730 mth., includes utilities and cable. Damage deposit and ref. required. Call 250-4952872 or cell 250-689-5045. 43v2

MOBILE HOME - 3 bdrm. Avail. May 1, 2011. Close to town. Call 250-689-4312. 42p3

AVAIL. MAY 1. $650 mth. plus util. Large, extra clean, 2 bdrm, N/S, N/P, 3rd floor walk up, includes parking and all appliances, close to Oliver mall, prefer long term, refs. required. Email: ncarl@sd43.bc.ca or call 778-773-5825. 43v2

AVAIL. MAY 1. Clean, 2 bdrm house. Close to shopping, fenced, 4 appliances and garbage pickup included, small pet OK. Suitable for older couple. $750 mth. Plus hydro. Call 250-4986946.

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SERVICES

ARGON ELECTRICAL SERVICES Residential - Commercial Electric Heating

DEAN MALMBERG

250-498-4506 Contractor # 43474 9336 348 Ave. Unit A www.argonelectrical.ca ctf

LINTON BOBCAT AND MINI EXCAVATOR SERVICE. Yard and lawn prep., driveway levelling. Prefer working with the homeowner to develop a satisfying and functional landscaped area. Call 250-498-1033 or 250-498-2222. 38v16

RAY’S PAINTING 3 ROOM SPECIAL Any 3 rooms for $250. Walls, minor repairs, 2 coats, interior - exterior. Satisfaction guaranteed. 25 years experience. Call Ray at 250-487-0840. July 2011

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OBITUARY In loving memory

William Henry Anderson Oct. 20 1913 - Apr. 18 2011

Henry Anderson was born at Port Reeve, SK in 1913 in a sod shanty. His parents homesteaded there in 1910 as they raised three sons. The family moved to B.C. due to the depression in the 1930s, settling in the Oliver area in 1936. Henry was predeceased by his wife, Margaret; his daughter, Elaine and two brothers, Norman and Oliver. He is warmly remembered by his daughters, Ann and Audrey; grandchildren, Nikki (Jim), Carl (April), Jan (Kendra), Kristina; and greatgrandchildren, Duncan and Gretchen. Henry married Margaret Fleming in 1942. In 1951, they started farming at Meyers Flat. The family moved the farming business to Inkameep in 1968 to grow the famous Netted Gems. Henry farmed there until age 75 when he retired as the potato king! During his retirement years Henry and Margaret enjoyed traveling to many places such as New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska. A special thanks to McKinney Place staff for Henry’s excellent care. Funeral services will be held at the Oliver United Church, Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12 pm. Reception to follow downstairs in the lower hall. Private graveside interment to take place at 11 am at Oliver cemetery. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC. www.nunes-pottinger.com

REID’S GREENHOUSE Bedding Plants $.90 Basket Hanging Baskets $6.00 - $12.00 Each

37848 Hwy 97 (4 km north of Oliver) Hours 9 AM - 5 PM Daily Phone: 250.498.6074


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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES

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ELECTROLYSIS BY MARG Get rid of unwanted hair permanently and safely with just a few treatments. Call 250-495-2782.

JULIE’S UPHOLSTERY SPRING IS HERE! Ski-doo, quad & bike seats. Boat interiors, RV’s, auto’s, household furnishings. Call Julie 250-495-2753 www.juliesupholstery.com

BIG YARD SALE/Moving Sale. Lots of construction tools, knickknacks, office equipment, Kenmore sewing machine, Lowry organ and much more. April 23rd and 24th from 9 am to 1 pm. 8515-Kingfisher Drive, Osoyoos. For directions call 250-495-6232.

YARD SALE: Saturday, April 23, 2011. 10906-352 Ave. 8:00 am No early birds please.

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A 1 LAWN CARE - lawns - gardens -snow removal - chimneys-power washing - irrigation-firewood CALL 250-485-7916 37vtMarch2012

SOUTH OKANAGAN SILVER BUYER. Visit my website to see my payouts. www.sosbuyer.ca 778-931-0558. 38v8

HUTTON’S INTERIOR DECORATING & PAINTING SERVICES Painting, Colour Consultations, Design Services and more. Call ALLISON at 250-498-6428. July1/11

SHAYNE HENRY’S EXCAVATING AND LANDSCAPING SERVICE. We have everything you need to get the job done! Dozers, loaders, hoe and trucks. Free estimates. Call 250-499-2208. 38mc8

LINTON BOBCAT AND MINI EXCAVATOR SERVICE. Rock picking, irrigation trenching, driveways, land levelling. Small tree and post removal. Call 250-498-1033 or 250-498-2222. 38v7

SPRING IS HERE Time to get rid of those annoying stumps. Chipper, stump grinding service. Serving the South Okanagan since 1993. Tom Walsh 250-498-3094 1-866-498-3094 Seniors discount.

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KIWANIS MARKET 34782-91st Street (Sawmill Road) Check us out. We accept clean, serviceable items. Please No clothing. Call 250-485-0242 or 250-4980176. Drop off times: 9:0012:00 Wednesdays, and 9:00 - 12:00 Fridays. Open for sales: 8:30 to 12:30 Saturdays. Please leave a message, you will be answered. ctf

SELLING COLLECTIONS: Records, die-cast, hockey, comics, table hockey, beanies plus! SUNDAYS in April. Hwy 3, Osoyoos Fort Storage. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. No early birds. 41c3

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HUGE GARAGE SALE: Friday and Saturday. 7 am. Household, tools, fishing, plants, TV, fish ponds, fish tanks and aquariums, stereos, guitars, old well pumps, beam scales, jewelry, roto tillers. Something for everyone. 36841 101 st. (off of 366 Ave.)

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ROYAL LEPAGE Shelter Foundation National Garage Sale for Shelter: 8 am to 2 pm. May 14 in the Oliver Place Mall parking lot. All proceeds go to the local Women’s Shelter and violence protection programs. If you have any gently used (or new) items to donate, please call 250-498-6222 to arrange pick up or delivery.

MCKINNEY PLACE requires a fully qualified, experienced and licensed hairdresser to provide on-site service to residents. Applications must be submitted by April 29th, 2011 to: Doreen Strong, Manager, McKinney Place 7139- 362 Ave. RR#3 Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0 250-498-5055 doreen.strong@interiorhealth.ca

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Your Home...

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MOVING SALE: Saturday, April 23. (9:00 am - 3:00 pm) *More items added this week. 36215 77 St. Across from the Oliver curling rink.

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YARD SALE - Sat. April 23. 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. #38 Tumbleweed Mobile Home Park. Sewing supplies, etc. 43p1

YARD SALE: Tradewinds MHP. #23 and #27. Saturday, April 23. 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 43p1

FOR SALE 2007 Dodge Caliber. Like new. Well cared for. Just over 28,100 km. Driven locally, by female. $14,000.00. (250) 689-1187. Oliver, BC

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GREEN UP It’s time for a yard clean up. From yard cleanups, scrap metal removal, little landscaping jobs to small renovations. We’ll take care of all your needs for your yard to be green. 2 reliable local guys work for reasonable rates. Call 250-485-8919 Randy or 250-485-3766 Vincent.

Fun By The Numbers

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Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test!

Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, ow, column and box. YYou can figur figuree out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!


B18 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NEWS

Beware of ticks Contributed To the Chronicle As the weather warms, people across Interior Health will be spending more time outdoors in tall grass or wooded areas and this means an increased chance of getting tick bites. “There are easy things you can do to protect yourself like covering up before you head outdoors and checking for ticks when returning from a walk, hike or bike ride,” says Medical Health Officer Dr. Rob Parker. “Most tick bites do not result in illness; however, any bite from a tick or other insect should be cleaned, as infection can occur whenever there is a break in the skin.”   While ticks are common in the Interior Health region, most are the wood tick species which does not carry the Lyme disease bacteria. Lyme disease-carrying ticks are more common in the coastal areas of BC. Ticks have toxins that can cause temporary muscle weakness and paralysis if they are attached for several days, especially in children or seniors. The signs of many tick-borne infections can be quite similar and include fever, headache, muscle pain and rash.  One of the most important ways to protect yourself from tick illnesses is to do a skin check on yourself and your children after being outdoors. Other precautions include: Walking on cleared trails when in long grass or wooded areas; wearing a hat, long sleeves, pants and light-coloured clothing; tucking pant legs into socks or boots; and aplying insect repellent containing DEET on all uncovered skin.

Lyonel Doherty photo

Ron Unger isn’t a happy guy when you talk about the issue of Oliver’s new water rates, which will see him paying an additional $800. But he’s more worried about low-income homeowners who may not be able to afford to keep their lawns green anymore.

Date:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Legion planning ‘Veterans Dinner’ for next month Chris Yerburgh Special to the Chronicle The Oliver Legion held its monthly general meeting on Monday, April 11 with president Kent Dagenais in the chair. There were 25 members present and the attendance draw was won by Com. Denise Ujfalusi. Victor Doucette was accepted as a new affiliate voting member of the branch. Branch membership to date is 362. It is requested that all members who have not renewed their 2011 membership do so at the earliest possible time. Remember as of February 1 you are no longer a member in good standing. During the Vancouver Canucks playoff games, the lounge will remain open for the duration of the games. The flea market on April 9 was very successful with a total of $1,375 realized. Thanks to all volunteers, donors and buyers. A total of $473.40 was approved for senior ball team expenses. Certificates of merit were presented to Ron and Tara Hovanes for their efforts with the RCL literary and poster contest with the local schools. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Joan Smith, and a branch service medal to Bea Bird for all their volunteer activities within the branch. Thirty new tables have been purchased for the upstairs hall. If a Legion member wishes to have a

party and the upstairs hall is too big, upon request it might be possible to use the canteen. This brings in revenue for the Legion. Darts and pool as well as cribbage are all cancelled until the fall. On Friday, May 13, the branch will hold its annual veterans dinner. Cocktails will be available in the lounge and a piper will pipe everyone upstairs to the hall. Tickets are on sale in the lounge. World War II and Korean veterans will not be charged, but must pick up tickets in the lounge. Spouses are required to pay. All former Forces members will be recognized. World War II and Korean veterans living in the Oliver area do not have to be Legion members to attend. If you are not a Legion member you must inform the bartender with some form of evidence. On Sunday, May 15 the branch will hold its annual candlelight tribute in the Oliver cemetery at 4:30 p.m. This is a ceremony of remembrance where a veteran (or adult) goes with a youth (young person) to each grave in the veterans section and places a lit red candle on each headstone. There is a brief ceremony. It is hoped many veterans and young people will attend. The candles stay lit overnight in the cemetery and the gates remain open so people can drive through and see the candles glowing through the night. On Saturday, May 28, the Legion will host an Elvis impersonator show. Snacks and drinks will be available from 6 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Only 120 tickets will be sold. Next meeting is May 9 at 7p.m.

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On the green From left, Ed Beddome, Glenn Deobald, Ron Priest, and Bryan Giesbrecht play a round at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course on a cool afternoon. Golfers are champing at the bit waiting for warmer weather.

Walk for dog guides coming to Oliver Contributed To the Chronicle Oliver residents can help change the lives of Canadians with disabilities by participating in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 29 at Lions Park. Registration will open at 11:45 a.m., with walk beginning at 12:15 p.m. There is no registration fee and 100 per cent of the funds raised will go towards providing dog guides at no cost to Canadians with disabilities. To register for the walk or to donate visit www.puriawalkfordogguides.com. Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada has provided specially trained dog guides at no cost to people of all ages

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from coast to coast. Each dog guide costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train, yet they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Lions Foundation of Canada dog guides does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations, and individuals to continue its success. The Foundation trains five different types of dog guides: Canine vision dog guides; hearing ear dog guides; special skills dog guides (for people with a medical or physical disabilities; seizure response dog guides; and autism assistance dog guides for children with autism.

Online Edition - April 20th, 2011  

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