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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011 ISSUE 31, VOL. 75

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Store owner/operator Marcello Garofalo and his wife Teresa are counting the days to when the new Canadian Tire store opens for business, tentatively on February 24. Approximately 35 employees, mostly from Oliver, have been hired. The shelving is now up and merchandising has begun.

New Canadian Tire almost ready for business Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle It’s what Oliver has waited a long time for – a new employer with jobs to boost a tired economy. The Canadian Tire store at Southwinds Crossing is almost ready for business with a tentative opening date of February 24. And new owner/operator Marcello Garofalo is counting the days. “We’re part of the community now,” he told the Chronicle, with his wife Teresa by his side. The Garofalos recently moved to Oliver from Toronto with their two young children. Admittedly, it’s been a whirlwind of change for the family, but an exciting one.

Marcello has wanted to own his own Canadian Tire store for years (15 years to be exact), and he’ll never forget that phone call sealing the deal. “Really, are you sure?” he asked Canadian Tire headquarters. It just didn’t feel real. But it does now as he prepares for February 24 and the grand opening on April 28. A two-day job fair at Oliver WorkZone in December resulted in 210 people being interviewed for approximately 35 jobs. About 80 people were shortlisted before the final selection was made. Marcello noted about 85 per cent of the people hired come from the Oliver area, while the remainder come from Osoyoos and Keremeos. “We had a lot of variety of skill sets at the job fair . . . it

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Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie comments on being re-elected.

The BCFGA prepares for its annual convention. Read Wendy Johnson’s report on the resolutions.

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was a good mix,” he said. Most of the employees are expected to begin working this week putting shelving together and merchandising the stock. About 98 per cent of the building’s construction phase is complete, so the big job now is getting ready for the stock. The retail floor space is 14,000 square feet, while the warehouse and garden centre are 5,000 square feet each. There are eight different departments, including general repair, home décor, housewares, sports and leisure, seasonal, gardening, automotive service, and parts. The automotive department will feature three, state-ofthe-art service bays, including one especially for RVs. Continued on Pg A2...

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A public forum in Oliver recently prompted much discussion about poverty and its ills.

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NEWS

THE FRUIT & VINE The Oliver Chronicle welcomes comments highlighting readers’ feelings of appreciation towards an individual or group or sharing comments about things they would like to see improved. Submissions must have a name and phone number for verification purposes, but can be published anonymously. Content may be edited for clarity.

Here’s a fire truck full of SWEET CHERRIES to members of the Oliver Fire Department for their swift action in saving a row of affordable housing units on 103 Street last Thursday. Under the direction of Fire Chief Dan Skaros, the corner unit was saved in a matter of minutes. Our hats are off to these men. -Chronicle staff SOUR GRAPES to no lefthand turn signal at the new traffic lights at our new mall. For those living on 340th and 95th, get used to a lot more traffic. -Concerned resident

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Canadian Tire store to open Feb. 24 Marcello said the building is classified as a “smart store” because of the way it’s laid out, which makes it easier to navigate and find products. Also, staff will have quick Internet access to provide product information on the spot. In addition, the store is very energy conscious, Marcello pointed out. For example, it has installed sensors to ensure that lighting and water are used efficiently. The owner said his goal is to support the community as much as possible. “The main thing is creating new jobs in the area.” Marcello stated that Canadian Tire prides itself in supporting community events and various sports associations, such as minor hockey. The company has a program called “Jumpstart,”

Canadian Tire has literally been Marcello’s life. He started working for the company at age 15 as a part-time hardware clerk. After finishing school, he worked his way up the ladder, holding various positions including automotive supervisor and store manager. It was at Canadian Tire where he met his wife Teresa, who was working as a cashier. “I saw her and the fog started coming over me, and then the music started playing (just like in the movies).” How about that? Not only can you find an oil filter at Canadian Tire, but a romance, too. For more information about the new store, call 250-498 TIRE.

RDOS in the process of researching water utility The RDOS is in the process of researching the Willowbrook Utilities water system before it makes a decision to take it over. Last week the RDOS board voted to apply for a restructure implementation grant to help it do the research.

The owner of Willowbrook Utilities recently sent a request to have the RDOS own and operate the water system in Area C. The utility serves approximately 500 residents and 77 parcels. RDOS subdivision supervisor S. Juch said the grant will fund a review of the water utility and

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cover administrative costs. Area C Director Allan Patton said the RDOS is concerned about taking on “big liabilities,” but he noted the Willowbrook utility isn’t too bad. In these cases, the RDOS is eligible for infrastructure grants from the BC government.

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which helps youth get involved in organized sports. Marcello said owning your own store allows you to cater to the community in different ways. He noted if people request a particular product they don’t see on the shelf, he will order it. “I’d like to keep Oliver dollars in Oliver,” he said, noting this is the one goal he would like to work on with local retailers. Marcello said Oliver has a lot of potential and will reap the benefits that Southwinds Crossing will bring. “I think it will encourage more business to come here and more people to settle in Oliver because of more accessibility to goods and stores.”

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McIntyre Bluff is quite famous

Enjoy your meal from our view of McIntyre Bluff while dining fireside

McIntrye Bluff, Battle Bluff or its Indian name “N-Sh-Uh-Teet Qu”, is still probably the most famous landmark in the Okanagan. Everyone has their own version of the legend surrounding this imposing cliff. Generally it is called McIntyre Bluff after pioneer Pete McIntyre who settled on the land at the base of the bluff in 1892 and planted the first small orchard in the area. Although at the time there was no irrigation systems and very little hint of what the valley would become, he persevered and the bluff officially bears his name. The Indian name is perhaps the most descriptive for it means “Where the Rock Bluff Meets the River” and was given to the bluff by the Okanagan tribe. Battle Bluff is used to recognize the Indian massacre which supposedly took place there. According to the Indian legend: one autumn before the white men came to the valley a Nicola Indian war party moved undetected through the Similkmeen Valley and managed to slip over the range dividing the two valleys by way of a seldom used trail and stopped. However as night began to settle in a young boy noticed movement on the top of the ridge and asked a warrior who could possibly be on top of the big bluff. The chief ascertained that no one from their tribe was up there and plans were made to stealthily surround the intruders by way of a southern trail. This was accomplished during the night and in the morning the Nicola band found themselves surrounded. A short but vicious battle ensued and many of the victims were hurled over the rim to the rocks hundreds of feet below There was only one Nicola tribe survivor, a young boy, who was sent back to his own plateau country to tell his tale and thus dissuade any further attacks. And this is why legend has it, that if you look closely at the face of the cliff you can visualize an Indian head - an imposing, silent monument to the tragedy. The truth of the legend remains unresolved: In fact there are a number of versions. Another version tells of an Indian maiden who was responsible for warning of an impending attack by the Shuswap tribe. Supposedly her image is imprinted on the face of the bluff. Indian artifacts have been found below the bluff and skeletons were supposedly uncovered during the excavations.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Oliver Chronicle A3

NEWS

Police briefs Man arrested on warrant

Oliver/Osoyoos RCMP and Rural GIS members arrested long-time Oliver resident Delmar Scott on January 22 for an outstanding warrant. Incidental to his arrest, police located more than two ounces of cocaine, a large amount of money and other drug paraphernalia. Scott was remanded into custody to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Scott is presently facing similar charges of possession of a controlled substance (for the purpose of trafficking), stemming from drug charges in 2009 involving more than an ounce of cocaine. At the time of his arrest on January 22, Scott was at large on an undertaking on strict conditions.

Thief sought

Oliver RCMP is looking for a thief or thieves who ransacked the vehicles of a local company and stole some tools. The owner of I-Tech Electrical Services on 99 Street reported that someone entered a couple of company vans and stole an inverter and a paint sprayer. Police are still investigating, but no suspects have been identified. Lyonel Doherty photo

Heat damage A swift response from the Oliver Fire Department saved an affordable housing unit at 34391-103 Street last week. Nobody was injured, but the building sustained smoke and heat damage. From left, Rick Stagg and Rob Graham carry out bedroom furnishings that were damaged in the fire. The cause was not reported.

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Slip, sliding away

Police, ambulance and tow truck drivers were busy last Friday dealing with motor vehicle accidents despite not a lot of snow on the road. One small vehicle sustained signficant front-end damage after losing control on Highway 97 near Gallagher Lake. Road conditions that morning were slippery. It is unknown what injuries the driver suffered.

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Friday, January 28th at 5 p.m:

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with Rice, Chicken Chow Mein and Sweet & Sour Pork Pool on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Darts now on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in playing cribbage is to come to the Legion onThursday, Feb. 3rd at 7 p.m.

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. - Sun. Mon - Tues. Jan. 27 - 28 - 29 30 - 31, Feb 1 Fri. & Sat. Showtimes at 7:00 & 9:25 P.M.

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Taking care of your children’s vision: If a child has a high prescription or a turned eye that is not detected at a young age, the area of their brain responsible for vision does not develop properly (amblyopia). This means that even when they get older it is often too late to treat and they may have a permanent lazy eye. Parents are usually unable to tell that their children have an eye problem. This is why it is recommended that children first have their eyes tested at age 3, then every Dr. Amanda Erickson year after, until they are adults.

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Street name proposals pass yet another hurdle in community Wendy Johnson Special to the Chronicle

there will be an opportunity for them to give feedback. There will also be an opportunity for the residents of any street to challenge the name they’ve been given, although The long-awaited street naming draft came before coun- the requirement is that—because we are themed—they cil on Monday, completing another step in the proposal to will have to pick a replacement from (a list) within that change Oliver’s street numbering system. theme.� Council accepted Town staff’s recommendations that And what are those 10 neighbourhoods? There’s Fairwould see council: adopt in principle the street naming view-Rockcliffe where the names reflect the region’s minproposal outlined in Schedule 1 of this report; that the ing history; the Acre lots neighbourhood where BC river technical details of Schedule 1 be discussed by the street- names will grace the street signs; the Downtown-Townsite naming committee in February; that Schedule 1 be pre- area whose names recall landmarks past and current. sented to the public at one or more public meetings in Residents in the School Area above the old town will see February or March to explain the proposed street-naming scientific discoverers’ names like Da Vinci and Galileo atsystem and to identify how changes may tain prominence; in the Airport Industrial be requested; and that staff report back Area names like Airport, Cessna and Southto council in May at the conclusion of the wind will be self-explanatory; in the Hospital above process, with a final street naming Staff worked to Area, the streets closest to the OIB office will and addressing proposal and a detailed bring cohesiveness have cultural First Nations animal names, implementation schedule. while others like McKinney Road and Spillto the neighbourThe 25-page comprehensive report deway will revert to their traditional names. veloped by staff and Councillor Michael hoods by assigning Then there’s Bellevue which will adopt variNewman, chair of the Street Names and themes to them, ous ‘view� names, while the power transHouse Address Committee, grew out of and then gave them mission lines will have an as yet undecided an October 25, 2010 resolution to proceed continuity and ease utility name. The Meadows in the flood plain with street naming 0ption 3 (maximum of navigation by between the Bellevue area and the Okanagan four-digit house numbers, retention of River is a neighbourhood whose streets will traditional names for major streets, and assuring the street sport various plants and animals or physical a move to street names for other streets). names reflect those features common to wetlands. Newman addressed council Monday themes. West Tucelnuit (new spelling) will see its night. “We have a report and it is far too smaller streets named after fruit crops that long for me to even summarize but it will have been or are being grown in the Oliver be widely available. It contains a lot of the area, while the north-south through streets structure and reasons behind various roadways and nam- bear the names of adjacent areas. Lastly, residents in the ing conventions.� Lake Perimeter will see the roads skirting the east and west That report is available on the Town’s website and New- shores named Tucelnuit Dr. and Lakeshore Dr. respectiveman has posted a copy on his own website www.new- ly, while the dead-end roads leading to the lake are being manandnewman.ca/streets where residents can read the named after water birds that either live in or migrate to history and rationale of the report and its choices, and the South Okanagan. then go to the specific mapping of their area to see what However, the committee did not forget or ignore the their new street name will be. traditional names like Black Sage, Sawmill, Fairview and However, it is the 10 neighbourhoods that are at the Rockcliffe that imprinted themselves on the town even crux of Newman’s report. Taking into account a town sub- during the years it held to a numerical system. They will ject to the divisive dictates of water, rock, marsh and other continue to have their place in the new system; other natural impediments, staff worked to bring cohesiveness names like Fir, Pine, Spruce and Maple will touch on the to the neighbourhoods by assigning themes to them, and town’s past reliance on the sawmill, while Packinghouse then gave them continuity and ease of navigation by as- Lane is a reminder that the past blends into the present suring the street names reflect those themes. And in areas and future. confounded by cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, the reHouse numbering was addressed in the report also and port’s authors simplified the situation even further: a cul- can be accessed on Newman’s website and the Town’s. It is de-sac off a named street such as Morningstar Road could too detailed to unravel here, but a quirk of placement and become Morningstar Court; a dead-end road off Newton numbering will mean the South Okanagan General HospiStreet might bear the name Newton Place. tal has the number 911. Stated Newman, “Staff and the committee have gone Concluded Newman, “Look up (the website) and get through and assigned names to all of the streets. They are ready for the public meetings we will have. We are looking the proposed names; we have not yet got out the chisel and for feedback. My email is up there, people know where I put it in stone. There will be a period of consultation over live, and I can be approached in the supermarket. So give the next month with the residents of the community and me your feedback.�

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Bennest says government stats not based on real facts, figures Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle A BC government report showing stunted population growth in Oliver isn’t an accurate portrayal of what’s really going on, according to the Town. Acting Mayor Jack Bennest quickly responded to the report by BC Stats that shows Oliver’s population growth declining by five per cent. BC Stats offer the following estimates: 4,594 in 2008; 4,789 in 2009; and 4,551 in 2010. This indicates a drop of 238 people from last year, putting Oliver near the bottom of the government’s municipal growth chart. Bennest said estimations done by computer for 2009 could be showing an anomaly (deviation from common rule). He stated the loss of population in Oliver is minor, noting the community’s real drop is closer to 1 per cent if averaged into a trend. Census for 2010 will be more accurate, he pointed out. The acting mayor said provincial trends indicate de-

clining school enrolment, an aging population, and fewer people per housing unit. He noted Oliver has many more housing units than in 2006. “Oliver is affected by business investment choices, and the Town’s “smart growth� policies will continue to improve all facets of life here,� Bennest said. He noted more people are flocking to cities and fewer people are moving to rural areas. “Land here is attracting a retirement community not adverse to slow growth and peaceful neighbourhoods.� Bennest said Oliver is a small parcel of land in a large region. He pegs the entire community of Oliver at 10,000 people when you consider the Town, the Osoyoos Indian Band, and Area C. All of these areas are in friendly competition for industry and jobs, he pointed out. Bennest said the town is restricted by a dwindling land base and ALR restrictions. “Both are important in forcing planning to look at growing up rather than increasing sprawl.� Municipal Manager Tom Szalay told the media that population figures go up and down. He said the figures provided by BC Stats certainly don’t mean Oliver is closing up shop. He pointed to the new Southwinds Crossing development as proof.


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Councillor Terry Schafer has been working on his own climate action plans, including a solar hot water system for his house after experiencing the highest electricity bill ever from FortisBC.

Town looking for local ‘buy-in’ for climate plan Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle For some people, Oliver’s Climate Action Plans would be a good cure for insomnia. For others, it’s a move we can’t afford to ignore. Council recently looked at the final drafts of the corporate and community Climate Action Plans, which will attempt to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The province has set an aggressive goal to reduce GHG emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. As part of the BC Climate Action Charter, the Town of Oliver has set reduction targets of its own. Its corporate plan identifies opportunities to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions (by 10 per cent) in municipal operations over the next 10 years. The Town will aim to achieve an interim reduction of five per cent below 2009 levels by 2015. The goal of the community plan is to reduce emissions by two per cent by 2020 and 10 per cent by 2030. To date, the Town has undertaken some retrofit activities in office buildings, such as lighting upgrades and the replacement of old furnaces with high-efficiency natural gas furnaces. The Town is currently working with “Destination Conservation” to reduce fuel consumption, save dollars, reduce GHG emissions and improve efficiencies by: reducing unnecessary trips; educating crews on smart driving and idling reduction opportunities; and improving fleet maintenance. Councillor Terry Schafer said potential GHG reduction projects include xeriscap-

ing the cemetery and “geothermalling” the Town Hall and Public Works yard. But he noted the Town needs “buy-in” from Oliver residents to make an impact. “Those who may wish to lower their electrical bills by installing geo-thermal, air-to-air heat pumping, solar heating or solar hot water will be helping the community achieve carbon neutrality and saving money,” Schafer said he hopes the Town can find ways and means of assisting residents in this regard. He stated another possible side effect in the attempt to become carbon neutral could be the creation of businesses that specialize in the provision of carbon reduction services. For example, Schafer was shocked at his last power bill, which prompted him to begin creating a solar hot water system. “As energy costs continue to rise people are going to be looking for energy saving initiatives, and services should develop accordingly.” The councillor concedes that if every person in every community in BC made radical changes towards carbon neutrality, it would only help slow down the rate of climate change, not restore anything. “But it does feel good to being even a small part of the solution as opposed to making things worse at an increasing rate . . . and if you can save money doing it, all the better.” Once endorsed, the Town will incorporate the Climate Action Plans into its Official Community Plan. This will include additional open houses or public hearings in March.

Driver fails breath test after missing corner on 93 Street Oliver RCMP was dispatched to a single vehicle collision in the 33,600 block of 93 St. recently. A witness at the scene advised that a brown Dodge Stratus had missed a corner and went into a neighbouring yard. Officers attended and located the driver, a 22-year-old male from Oliver. The driver stated that he lost control on

gravel and crashed. The attending officer noted an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath and requested the driver provide a roadside breath sample. The driver provided two samples, both of which resulted in a “fail” on the roadside screening device. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Oliver Meals On Wheels Clients Wanted The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals at noon, six days a week (Monday - Saturday) within the town boundaries. All meals are made fresh daily at the South Okanagan General Hospital. All meals include soup, entrée and dessert delivered hot by volunteer drivers. For more information about the program please call Peter or Beverly at 250-498-0889.

Volunteer Drivers Wanted Additional volunteer drivers are wanted for the Oliver Meals on Wheels program. If you can assist in this program please call Irene for more information at 250-498-3779.

NOTICE OF PRUNING

FortisBC Inc. has contracted Asplundh Canada ULC to manage vegetation near power lines within its service area. This work is necessary to reduce safety hazards near electrical wires and to prevent power outages caused by trees or tree limbs making contact with the lines.

Clearing around the low voltage lines that deliver power to individual residences remains the responsibility of the property owner. For safety reasons, FortisBC encourages homeowners to enlist the help of a qualified professional when pruning near low voltage lines. Over the next few weeks, Asplundh Canada ULC crews will be pruning, treating and removing hazard trees in the FortisBC service area of –OLIVER– Pine Street #1 Feeder.

The work location is described as – 350th Ave. on the North – 328th Ave. on the South – 91st St. on the East and 125th St. on the West.

Every effort will be made to minimize disturbance to local property owners. If you have any questions about this project, please call Asplundh Canada ULC at 1-800663-5860.

As a by-product of this work, free wood chips will be available in 8 cubic meter loads. If you are interested please call 1-800-663-5860. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Louie Legacy

OPINION

Chief Manuel Louie, his wife Margaret, and granddaughter in 1943. Manuel Louie become Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in 1951.

THE OLIVER CHRONICLE WELCOMES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR on subjects of interest to our readers. Short letters are most likely to be chosen for publication, but the use of any material is at the discretion of the editor. The editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space requirements, clarity or to avoid obscenity, libel or invasion of privacy. Upon request, we will use a pseudonym only, but only rarely and for compelling reasons. Letters published do not necessarily reflect the editorial policies or beliefs of this newspaper. All letters must include your first and last name, contact number, town or city of residence to be considered.

Anti-poverty advocates need to keep at it

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t’s hard to relate to poverty if you’ve never been there. But the film that was shown at the recent poverty forum in Oliver gave you a little taste of what being poor is like. Although a one-sided film, “Poor No More” is an eyeopener that helps you relate to the struggles that many families endure to make a living. And when the end credits roll, you feel great contempt for the Canadian government and all the big corporations in bed with it. Host Mary Walsh raises a good question: With all the money in Canada, why do we have so much poverty? There should be more than enough money to go around. But not surprisingly the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen. The fact that many corporations don’t pay taxes or defer them is dumbfounding. You try that and see how far you get (hauled off to the nearest jail). There is something seriously wrong when wages don’t match the cost of living, and when the rent eats up more than half of your paycheque. It is so difficult to get ahead in this country. You make a little money and the government takes it away. You fall on hard times and the system dehumanizes you. The heartbreaking stories you hear are a real testament that drastic change is needed. Your MP Alex Atamanenko acknowledges this, but says we need the right people in government to make this happen. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always move to Sweden, where healthcare, childcare and post-secondary education is free. Although the subject matter was depressing, it was encouraging to see so many people attend the forum in Oliver. We just hope the ball continues to roll. The problem is that after people vent and have their say, that’s where it ends; no action is forthcoming. So we suggest that a local committee be formed to lobby for change (just like the big corporations do for their benefit). Instead of bailing out a bank or sending millions in aid dollars overseas, why not help the poor next door get back on their feet again? Why not make it a priority to set aside more land for affordable housing? Why not close the tax havens for big business and make corporations pay their fair share? Why don’t the banks donate their preposterous service charges to set up special accounts for the needy? Is all this fairness and goodwill too much to ask?

“He was known to speak out about the government of his day, and the fate of the Indian people and their land. He was considered a wise and great leader of his people, who died at the age of 94. Today, his grandson Clarence Louie is Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band.” Photograph Number: 2008.026 Date: 1943 Donor: Margaret Green Photo: Courtesy of Oliver and District Archives, 250-498-4027

LETTERS

Published addresses confusing Editor, Oliver Chronicle: It is confusing to me how locations in Oliver have been changed in your paper from what is normal for a grid system of street naming. Two cities that have this system are Surrey and Edmonton. It is very easy to find locations in these cities. Example: break-in in the 36,800 block of 79 Street. This

break-in is in the area of the corner of 368 Ave. and 79 St. I suggest this address be written in your paper as “368 block of 79 St.” or “near the corner of 368 Ave. and 79 St.” The Chronicle’s address of 36083 97 St. says it is located on 97 St. and the cross street is 360 Ave. Shirley Roberts, Oliver

Oliver doesn’t need more noise pollution and its many effects Editor, Oliver Chronicle: Helicopters equal noise pollution, noise pollution affects bugs and animals, bugs affected by noise pollution cannot do their jobs - pollinate vines, fruit trees and other crops. Therefore, I’m thinking more jobs will be lost (not to mention food) than the few that will be created. Let us also factor in the echoing in the valley of the helicopter noise. Our valley of heaven in the Okanagan is the perfect design to really echo.

It is rumoured that people who live by a noisy airport die five years earlier. Hmmm. I suggest we all do some research on the noise pollution from the proposed venture (helicopter training school). Here is a good place to start: http://www. google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=noise+pollu tion+stats+of+helicopters&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_ esc=&ei=eT43TdulBZKosAOErZX-Ag Leza Macdonald, Oliver

Thanks, but no thanks, let’s leave Oliver the way it is, a tranquil area

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I have lived in large cities all over Canada, and moved to Oliver nine years ago, mainly because of the nice, quiet area. My wife and l bought a home on 95 St., next to the airport knowing it was a private airport at that time, and have enjoyed all the things they do there from antique airplanes to the gliders. To now introduce a helicopter training school across the street from my house will without a doubt destroy this

peace and tranquil area of town. I agree 100 per cent with Bob Parker who sent a letter to the editor, printed in the Chronicle on January 19 about eroding our peace. Also as a footnote, the black and silver helicopter that comes and goes can rattle my wife’s china cupboards now, and is louder than any Harley Davidson l have ever heard. One wonders what it would be like with a training school. So l have to say thanks but no thanks, let’s leave Oliver the way it is . . . quiet. Lee Harwood, Oliver

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Haitian politics convoluted, enter ‘Baby Doc’   A confidential 2006 cable from the US embassy in Haiti, subsequently made public by Wikileaks, said that the United States viewed the possible return of either of the two exiled Haitian ex-presidents, Jean-Bertrand Aristide or Jean-Claude Duvalier, as “unhelpful”. But one of them, former president-for-life Jean-Claude Gwynne Dyer “Baby Doc” Duvalier, is already back in Haiti, probably with Washington’s approval.    “Baby Doc” took over the dictatorship from his dying father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, at the age of nineteen in 1971, and ruled with same brutality and greed as his father until he was driven from power and into exile in 1986. What can have made him think it was a good idea to come back now? If you believe the headlines, he has made a dreadful mistake. On 18 January, only two days after his return, “Baby Doc” was brought before a court in Port-au-Prince and charged with official corruption, embezzlement of funds, money laundering and assassination. But things are not always what they seem.    First, there is the fact that both the United States and France, where Duvalier was living in exile, would have been keeping track of him, and must have known of his intention to return. Indeed, they probably put him up to it: he was travelling on a long-expired diplomatic passport, and would never have been allowed to board the plane to Haiti if Washington and Paris had not quietly blessed his trip. Secondly, he may never see the inside of a jail. He was set free after the court hearing without even having to

post bail, and the chief magistrate has ninety days to decide whether there is enough evidence to bring him to trial. A lot can happen in ninety days.   Thirdly, “Baby Doc” has some support in Haiti, as witness the crowds chanting support for him outside the court. It’s 25 years since he left power, and most of the ten million Haitians are under 25. They don’t remember the kidnappings, torture and murder of opponents of the Duvaliers, father and son, by the regime’s militia, the Tonton Macoute.    They do remember their parents saying that Haitians lived better under the Duvaliers, and unfortunately, it is true. Since then they have seen some intervals of democracy, punctuated by military coups and foreign interventions, but living standards had declined steeply even before the huge earthquake last year that killed 3 percent of the population. So “Baby Doc” is not just a deluded no-hoper, although he is unlikely ever to be president again. His presence in Haiti will frighten the outgoing president, Rene Preval, and his chosen successor, Jude Celestin – as it was doubtless intended to do.   Haiti has been in a protracted political crisis since the presidential election last November, with accusations of fraud flying in all directions. The outside powers that have effectively run the country since 2004, the United States, Canada and France, didn’t want Preval’s candidate to win, and they are making sure he doesn’t.   Preval was a little too independent-minded for their taste, though nobody would accuse him of being a raving leftist. They must have feared that Celestin would also have a mind of his own, because they altered the outcome of the recent election to make sure that he wasn’t in the run-off. It was not very subtly done. Celestin came second in the

election, and since no candidate had won 50 percent of the vote he should have been a candidate in the run-off second round. But then the “expert verification mission” – six of whose seven “experts” come from the United States, Canada or France – changed the results.   They disqualified a lot of pro-Celestin votes, pushing him down to third place, but they didn’t actually do a recount. They just arbitrarily threw out 234 tally sheets, mostly from areas that were pro-Celestin. They didn’t even examine more than 90 percent of the ballot sheets. The man now facing  front-runner Mirlande Manigat in the run-off, according to those “experts”, is Haiti’s bestknown pop musician, Michel Martelly, who is as reliably pro-Washington as she is. If that decision stands, Celestin falls. But Rene Preval’s government is still resisting that decision, so it was time to frighten him into submission. Enter “Baby Doc”.   Or at least, that’s probably what’s happening, though it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why not? Because what happens in Haiti doesn’t really matter in the least to the United States, Canada or France.   Haitian politics are convoluted and turbulent because the major players have no loyalty beyond their own selfinterest, but so long as the other exiled ex-president, JeanBertrand Aristide, doesn’t come back, the game is of no importance to the outside powers. Aristide, currently living in South Africa, could play a role in the Caribbean similar to that of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela if he regained power, but that is not currently on the cards. What is going on in Haiti at the moment is actually just Brownian motion.  The outside powers have nothing important at stake, but the music goes on playing so they feel that they have to dance. Foolish and futile, but perfectly normal.

We need to find cure for the bluefin tuna blues The bluefin tuna is extremethe decrease in average size and ly valuable. One fish weighing in abundance of species such as about 340 kilograms sold for bluefin, and by the fact that seaalmost $400,000 in Tokyo's food in Japan is brought to market Tsukiji fish market in early from all over the planet. January. But that’s just the In view of pronouncements market value – which, sadly, by scientists about the imminent appears to be the only value extinction of bluefin tuna and taken into account when we the possible emptying of oceans David Suzuki consider the bluefin or any by mid-century, I recently asked other “resource”. some Japanese people to imagine The bluefin is economically their country without fish. “Fish valuable for a number of reasons. It’s very are your history, your culture, your very tasty, prized by sushi lovers the world over, physical makeup,” I said. But when I asked especially in Japan. Sports fishers like them why Japan isn’t then leading the fight to because they are powerful and fast and put protect the world’s oceans I was met by up a good fight. Unfortunately, the main blank stares – and this from people who reason they are commanding such high are environmentally aware. Globalization prices is that they have become precari- has allowed Japan to live on fish plundered ously rare. from around the world, whereas only a The bluefin tuna is unusual. Unlike most century ago they lived on what their local fish, it is warm-blooded, which allows it waters contained.  to migrate great distances, from the cold One problem is the way we look at ecowaters off Iceland to the warm waters of nomics. There is no competing market for the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean. conservation of biodiversity – no one is Their unique colouring – steely blue on top willing to pay $400,000 to have fishermen and silvery white on the bottom – cam- leave this fish alone. Given the current ouflages them from predators above and demand – and prices – for bluefin tuna, it below. They can move at speeds up to 70 would be economically profitable to catch kilometres an hour, thanks to their sleek the very last fish. It would be worth someshape and ability to retract their dorsal one’s time to fish for four years just to land and pectoral fins. They have large appe- a single tuna. Meanwhile, other less desirtites, satisfied by a varied diet consisting of able fish stocks for which there are market smaller fish, crustaceans, eels, squid, and substitutes tend to become unprofitable sometimes even kelp. when the stocks get too low because the In the 1970s, increasing demand and expense to catch them is greater than the prices led fishing companies to find more market price. efficient ways to harvest bluefin. Stocks, Governments worldwide have contribespecially of breeding-age fish, have since uted to the overexploitation of the blueplummeted by more than 80 per cent over fin and many other fish by subsidizing the the past 40 years. The bluefin is listed by commercial fishing industry with billions the International Union for the Conserva- of dollars every year, much of it to build tion of Nature as “critically endangered”. and modernize fishing vessels. Although this has led to some conservation We must continue to call for a ban on efforts, continued legal and illegal fishing fishing for bluefin and other endangered of the bluefin is pushing the fish closer to species and push for better regulation the edge. Last year, Japan led other nations and enforcement when it comes to global to vote at the United Nations' Convention fisheries. As consumers, we should also inon International Trade in Endangered Spe- crease our awareness about seafood, and cies against a ban on fishing for bluefin. avoid eating fish that are in danger. If peoAnd so, bluefin tuna continues to draw ple in countries like Japan and China were bidders at Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish to get serious about sustainable seafood, market. In the more than two decades since that would help as well. It would also be my first visit there, I’ve been amazed by great if we could shift our thinking about

economics to include the value of conservation and the services that ecosystems

and plants and animals provide for us.

NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT APPLICATION FOR A WINERY SPECIAL EVENT AREA ENDORSEMENT An application for a winery special event area has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch from Dunham & Froese Estate Winery Ltd. The proposed location for this endorsement 38614 - 107th Street in Oliver. Proposed licensed hours are between 9 AM to 11 PM fro Monday to Sunday. There is no maximum person capacity as this will be an outdoor area only. Person capacities are only required for interior or patio areas. Residents and owners of businesses located within a 5 mile (8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by 1) Writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER C/O Senior Licensing Analyst LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH PO BOX 9292 Victoria, BC V8W 9J8 2) Email to: lclb.lclb@gov.bc.ca PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration for your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before February 28, 2011. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.


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Louie is longest elected chief of 25 years, feels honoured Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle

      

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Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie was re-elected again, making him the longest elected chief in the entire Okanagan Nation.

His recent re-election by acclamation makes Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie the longest elected chief (of 25 years) in the entire Okanagan Nation. “I am always honored to represent OIB in any way I can,â€? Louie told the Chronicle. But a signiďŹ cant fact for him is seeing the many OIB youth never experiencing another OIB chief. He said this brings with it a huge responsibility that most will never experience. “But I know rez politics better than most, and just because I won by acclamation does not mean that all OIB members support me as chief – some never will – but in a democracy no one needs 100 per cent support or nothing would ever get done.â€? Louie said the election brings no time for celebration but much reection and remembrance for one of the OIB’s past leaders, Ethan Baptiste, who died in a car accident last summer. “I and many others will miss him big time this round.â€? Baptiste ran against Louie two years ago but lost by a small margin. As far as Louie’s goals as re-elected chief, he said there is no ďŹ nish line in all the important socio-economic work that needs to be done on the reservation. “We have a lot of unďŹ nished work and many challenges. Anyone who runs a business knows goals are always a moving target.â€? But Louie said the OIB hopes to get the golf course housing development going this year as well as the new business park. He noted they want to continue to create jobs and bring more income and opportunity to the South Okanagan. The OIB council election next month will see eight people running for four seats. The incumbents are Theresa Gabriel, Charlotte Stringham, Tony Baptiste and Veronica McGinnis. The four challengers are Thomas Alex, Jarrah Feist, Kathy Falkus, and Helen Gallagher.

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Chris Evans (left) and Tracy Simituk have been carrying placards on 350 Avenue as part of their protest against unfair treatment of injured Interior Health workers. Both have been off work in Oliver due to injuries, and say they’ve been cut off workers’ compensation. Simituk said she’s had to cash in her children’s college funds to make the mortgage payments.


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Thank You Sincere Thank You to the Emergency Staff and Dr. Francis at the Oliver Hospital for the care they gave me, December 29th after a motorist hit me while I was walking on Sawmill Road

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The Read-a-Thon at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School has begun. Shown here getting a jump on their reading are, from left, Heather Peskett, Katelyn Wiens, and Anika Crape-Tardiff. The three are in D. Simpson’s Grade 5 class and are attempting to read as many books as possible.

‘Boomers’ not ready for big ‘A’ Contributed To the Chronicle “Baby boomers” in Oliver, like their counterparts around the rest of the country, have a troubling lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new online survey. “The gap in awareness in BC is sounding alarm bells as to whether our largest population is prepared for the rising tide of dementia that is ahead,” says Laurie Myres, the Oliver support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC. Perhaps more troubling, she adds, is that respondents to the national survey were unfamiliar with controllable risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and chronic depression. “Awareness and education are the cornerstones for risk reduction particularly since there is yet no cure or treatment to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” Myres says. “People need to take care of their brain health. We need to work together to support those who are already on the dementia journey and to find the causes and cure for this devastating disease.” The survey was released earlier this month to kick off national Alzheimer Awareness Month. Among its findings: Twenty-four per cent of BC baby boomers can’t name any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s This is worrisome, Myres says, because the risk level for boomers doubles every five years after age 65. And boomers make up almost 30 per

cent of the overall population in the province. Less than half of those surveyed in BC were able to identify later-stage symptoms other than the most commonly known loss of memory. “This indicates a general lack of awareness of life-altering changes such as hallucinations and complete dependency on others for basic care,” she says. Oliver residents can test their

own knowledge by taking the survey at www.alzheimerbc.org/testyourknowledge.aspx. “We want everyone, especially those 40 and older, to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, know the warning signs, and reduce their risk by making simple lifestyle changes.” For more information on the local support group and other resources, contact Myres at 250-493-8182 or lmyres@alzheimerbc.org.

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65th Annual

Game Banquet Sat., Feb 5th, 2011 • 5 p.m. Oliver Community Centre • Dinner - Dance • Draws & Door Prizes • Special Draws for Rifle & Bow

• Adults $25.00 • Youth 6-17 $15.00

Tickets available at: • All ‘Round Outfitters, in Oliver • KJ’s Sports • A1 Auto Salvage in Penticton

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A place for Windy DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN File # 104-965-11/16 Weyerhaeuser (Princeton Timberlands) is developing an Integrated Pest Mgmt Plan under the BC Integrated Pest Management Act and associated regulations. The plan will describe a pest management program using Integrated Pest Management techniques. The purpose of this IPMP is to ensure effective and safe vegetation control within an integrated pest management program on crown land within the Southern Interior Forest Region, Forest Licenses FLA18674 Okanagan TSA, FLA18970 Boundary TSA, FLA18698 Merritt TSA and TFL 59. This region includes Weyerhaeuser’s Princeton Timberlands division’s operations on crown land and includes but is not limited to the surrounding areas of Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, Kelowna, Princeton and Lumby, BC. Under this IPMP, the following are a combination of selectively applied techniques or methods that will be used alone or in combination with one another to suppress and control competitive vegetation. Our approach to prompt site prep and planting with quality seedlings on the best microsites enhances our efforts towards reducing the number of instances where there will be the need for vegetation control. Preventive or minimizing soil disturbance, assessment and early recognition of vegetation problems are also carefully reviewed. Mechanical & Manual applications such as Hand Girdling, Brush and Chain saws, (brushing & weeding), Burning, Site Preparation, biological product Chontrol Peat Paste, Herbicide Application with ground foliar spraying, selective or spot treatment and basal bark. Herbicides proposed for use include, glyphosate (Vantage Forestry / VisionMax), and triclopyr (Garlon RTU). The proposed effective term of this IPMP is from March 31, 2011 to March 30, 2016. The proposed IPMP, diagrams and map(s) may be viewed at either of the Weyerhaeuser offices at 1655 Maple Street, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H1R2 or Old Hedley Road, Princeton, BC V0X 1W0. If you wish to review the document please phone for an appointment at 250-497-1223 or 250-295-4274 / Fax 250-497-1281 or you may request to receive further information in regards to this IPMP from the following contact: E-Qwest Consulting Ltd. e-qwest@shaw.ca Phone number 250-766-2677 Fax number 250-766-2677 A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.

Psychic and author Corlyn Cierman (middle) holds a photo of Windy Bone (the topic of her book) with Cock and Bull owners Rudy Horky and Gaby Horka. The photo hangs on the wall of the eatery, signifying a place for the late cowboy, who was many things to many people.

Council to address local cemetery concerns Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Town Council has been asked to tour the Oliver cemetery in order to better understand a recent letter of concern. In the letter, Maria Cancela from Oliver, points out a concern with the “Sumac” and “Pine” sections of the cemetery. She noted these sections do not permit elevated headstones, yet other areas in the cemetery do. “If this is a cost saving measure, is Council comfortable with a lower level of service to cemetery patrons in order to save money?” Cancela said it is obvious by visiting the cemetery that loved ones have had to do their own level of maintenance to ensure their headstones are not overgrown. Cancela said she is not permitted (along with others) to leave articles of affection at the cemetery, such as flowers, candles or vases during the April to October mowing season (unless she removes these articles herself every day). She questions why this policy only applies to particular areas. Cancela suggested staff investigate the one-time cost of xeriscaping the corridor of headstones to assist in the lawn mowing issue. She also suggested Council members tour the cemetery with staff and caretakers to discuss possible solutions to the above concerns. Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said most of the burial areas do not allow raised markers. This policy was instituted several decades ago to simplify maintenance and keep costs affordable.

Szalay said upright markers have been allowed in the older sections of the cemetery, but some have been installed haphazardly, making weekly maintenance more challenging. As a result, some of these areas tend to look unkempt. In response to requests, the Town recently opened up two newer burial areas that accept upright markers. Families using these sections must pay an additional $300 per grave site for the Town to install a row of concrete pads to support the markers and still allow mowing (without the need to mow around individual markers). Szalay said Council is faced with a difficult dilemma in raising taxes in a small community to enhance cemetery services when confronted with other demands competing for a limited tax base. Councillor Marji Basso agreed with Cancela that Council should tour the cemetery. “We need to look at how the cemetery is run. There’s got to be a better way to continue mowing and not have headstones completely covered.” Councillor Michael Newman said he’s not comfortable with the Town having the obligation of providing a high level of maintenance at the cemetery. “Families have some responsibility as well.” Councillor Jack Bennest questioned whether local funeral homes would look at doing grave marker maintenance. Mayor Pat Hampson said the Town previously had a cemetery committee to deal with such issues. He said a previous letter of concern regarding “careless” maintenance was quite upsetting to cemetery workers.


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Oliver grandmothers unite for Africans Contributed To the Chronicle An encouraging, enthusiastic and high energy group of some 30 women gathered on January 19 to form a local chapter of Grandmothers for Africa. The group will join 240 other grassroots chapters in Canada to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who are caring for sick and dying children and grandchildren and fighting for family survival in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Inspired by the strength, determination and tenacity of grandmothers everywhere, the Stephen Lewis Foundation came up with the idea of linking grandmothers across the globe. The passion and energy unleashed is making a difference in the lives of milllons of children orphaned by AIDS. Stephen Lewis is the former UN Secretary’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He believes every dollar raised is a blow to the pandemic and if AIDS is to be defeated it will happen at a community level, drawing on the astonishing courage and resilience of grassroots organizations in Africa. There are 14 million orphans in Africa robbed of their parents by HIV/AIDS. Their grandmothers, having buried their own children, have taken up the burden of raising the next generation. These children are the hope of Africa but the grandmothers cannot do it all alone. A whole generation has mostly gone missing. Who is there

to be the wage earners? Who will drive the school bus? Who will comfort the children? Feed them? Love them? Granny projects assist by providing primary education and daycare, food, upgraded housing, purchase of garden plots, small business loans, teaching and counselling about AIDS prevention. In Canada each local group decides how best to proceed. The Oliver women were full of ideas for having fun and raising funds especially after seeing an educational DVD showing the projects made possible in Africa. One of the huge advantages of a relatively small organization like the Stephen Lewis Foundation is its ability to react quickly to local needs and be a “gap filler” to facilitate project development. The motto “we do what we can when we can” appealed to the Oliver group as did the notion of shared leadership at a local level so that no one stands alone in the executive positions and no one has to feel overburdened or guilty about going away on their holidays. Lynn Popoff from the Penticton Grannies emphasized the organization is not restricted to grandmothers. Anyone interested in the cause is welcome to join. If you want to become a member come to the first meeting on Thursday, February 3 at 1 p.m. in the basement of the Oliver United Church. Projects are already in the formative stages and many hands make light work.

Darwin Awards go to the most deserving imbeciles The year 2010 was another good year for the human gene pool. Many new candidates put themselves in the running for the Darwin Awards, given each year to the unfortunate klutzes who, through their own lack of judgment, removed their genes from the pool. They included a thick thief, a simple swimmer, dim drivers and moronic mechanics. The Grand Canyon is a popular tourist destination, with spectacular views. Since most of the views include large distances in the downward direction, many warning signs are posted and many fences have been built to protect the tourists from themselves. Near some of the viewpoints, tall columns rise up out of the canyon, some of them with flat tops. TourBy Jim ists like to toss coins onto them and make a wish. This is where the thick thief comes in. He got a bag, climbed the fence, jumped over to the top of a column and picked up the coins. He could have tossed the full bag back over the fence, but someone might have stolen it, so he held onto it and jumped. Being a bag of coins heavier than he was before, he didn't make it. If you've read Rudyard Kipling's just-so stories, you will have heard of the Limpopo River, which he calls the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River. In this story a young elephant is bitten on the nose by a crocodile and the ensuing tug-of-war stretches the nose into the trunk that elephants have today. The Olifants River, the main tributary of the Limpopo, also has crocodiles and swimming is prohibited. Locals know that

you do not, with a capital "do" and a capital "not," swim there. Ever. But a 27-year-old local woman was unharmed after her first swim, and still okay after her second, so maybe the warnings are a little overblown? Not really. On her third dip, with no fuss or noise and barely a ripple, she found out what crocodiles like to eat for lunch. Convertible tops and T-roofs open up new possibilities while driving cars. For one thing, they make it easier to change drivers without stopping. Unfortunately for one young lady, she lost her grip on her Troof during the swap and ended up bouncing off the road and ending her life on impact with a guardrail. Her passenger was able to grab the wheel and Bowering save his own life, although it did result in a charge of driving with a suspended licence. The excitement of race day can be infectious, what with all the noise and excitement, and people can end up doing things that they wouldn't normally do. Like the two crew members working as mechanics for one of the racing teams. They thought if they put four gallons of methanol in a steel barrel that they could sit on it, throw a match in the bung hole and enjoy a rocketpropelled ride across the parking lot. The barrel behaved less like a rocket and more like a bomb, neatly removing one man from the gene pool and scaring a little sense into the other. And that is just a sampling of last year's Darwin Award nominees.

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SWD sprays that have been cleared for use in the US. “We won’t get it without a government policy change; it is more about making a point. We could be using safer and more environmentally friendly products,” said Lucas. A resolution requesting the auditor general investigate the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s testing program of pesticide residues on imported produce, reiterates growers’ beliefs that Ottawa doesn’t recognize the higher risk associated with produce imported from countries with low pesticide standards. “For instance Chinese apple juice concentrate is a concern. Imported products like that don’t have to meet our high standards, standards that force us into a high cost of production and yet we have to compete with these cheaper imports. It’s like tying one hand behind our back. All we’re saying is if you are going to do that then tie one hand behind the other guy’s back too.” And growers are seeking assurances that water currently used by agriculture remains with the industry. “We recognize there are other water users but we also need recognition that without water there is no agriculture,” Lucas said.

Growers attending the 122nd annual BC Fruit Growers’ Association convention in Penticton on January 27-28 will be bringing a number of resolutions to the floor that reflect the worries and concerns of an industry beset by problems. Glen Lucas, the BCFGA’s general manager noted that financial programs like Crop Insurance, AgriStability and the Replant Program are up for discussion again. However, there are equally pressing concerns facing growers in 2011 and their importance is mirrored in the eight resolutions governing crop protection, as well as those under the trade, taxes and regulations section, which covers genetically engineered produce. “Invasive pests will be at the top of people’s minds because of Spotted Wing Drosophila and Apple Clear Wing Moth,” Lucas said, adding that growers will be asking government to assist them in a number of ways including a compensation program, adequate funding for pest control and increased resources for inspection of imported produce. “We’re talking about the first couple of years of a new pest’s introduction when no one knows what’s going on, what the losses will be or what can be done. Here we would like the government to acknowledge this is an adjustment period, [the pest] shouldn’t have come in, we should have had more inspections, and now you need more help,” Lucas said. “But that’s not how their rules are written; they’ll prevent a pest from crossing the border but once it is here it becomes someone else’s problem. But we would like to see more engagement than that from the federal government. They do some inspections at the border but clearly not enough because [SWD] arrived here. So there has to be better resources, more policy and a bit of a change in terms of what the approach is.” Another resolution is a response to growers’ concerns they are falling Wendy Johnson photo behind their American cousins in terms of spray Eric Lemonde from Montreal studies the branches on this full registrations. They want size McIntosh apple tree before he prunes them. Lemonde has automatic registration for been coming to the Okanagan since 2006.

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No. 2452, 2008, and Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008, in order to facilitate the replacement of an existing single family dwelling currently situated on the subject parcel. Amendment Bylaw No. 2452.05, 2010: to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw by changing the land use designation of part of the subject property from Industrial (I) to Low Density Residential (LR). Amendment Bylaw No. 2453.09, 2010: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation of part of the subject property from Industrial (Light) One Zone (I1) to part Residential Single Family One Zone (RS1).

VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw Nos. 2452.05 & 2453.09, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: planning@rdos.bc.ca Web: www.rdos.bc.ca Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

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A14 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Parks and Rec wants trail maintenance tenure Rec society believes it can do a good job on trail

From left, Erika Hunt, Samantha Williams and Sofie Crook follow directions during the “Princess Ballet” program at the Oliver Community Centre. A number of little ballerinas (ages three to four) have enrolled in the recreation program.

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Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society has applied for tenure to take on the role of trail maintenance from the Ministry of Environment. This was one of many agenda items discussed at the society’s recent meeting. Although the ministry has done a good job in the past, the society believes it has a more vested interest and wishes to maintain the local trail system. So it is currently applying more pressure to obtain tenure. According to director Allan Patton, the society had to go over budget on the pool liner and so applied for and was approved grant funding. Although they had an excellent estimate on the cost, it was hard to inspect the pool closely because of the water in the pool. Parks and Recreation is paying for part of the costs but most is covered by the grant. There was a discussion regarding the financial

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statements provided by the society versus the RDOS and the problem that is incurred by not having real costs available four or five months prior to providing statements. The basic year-end report is almost ready but for 2011 they want to make changes to the format of the financial statements. The budget has been increased by 1.1 per cent for operations and maintenance, and then 5.5 per cent is added to this that is dedicated to go into the reserve fund due to the facilities getting older and in need of repair. This is a substantial one-time increase to ensure reserves are adequate. The “Women of Oliver for Women” requested a grant and the society has agreed rather than providing them with a grant it will help with their trade show and give them the noncommercial rate so they can save money. There was a general discussion on policies of giving grants and aid and staff will provide information for the next meeting. The society wishes to establish a financial committee to review issues and then come to the board with a report making future meetings smoother and quicker. Correspondence was received from Shiela Lange thanking the society for the use of the community centre for the Christmas dinner. The SOSS Hornets, who volunteer a great deal with Parks and Recreation, requested and was granted a grant of $500 for their trip to Idaho. The Oliver Curling Club is having difficulty financially and it has requested a one-time only grant. There are fewer registrations with less revenue, so the club has asked for assistance. The society will try and find ways to help the club with fundraising and the use of its facility for special events when possible, but nothing formal was determined for this year. Manager Bob Grant and Manager of Programs Carol Sheridan gave a report on the new compressor for the arena which was paid for from the reserves. The New Year’s resolutions included filling up with more exercise classes and putting out a request for proposal for a multipurpose tractor for mowing the trails and potentially Area C parks and trails. In other news, the society appointed Mayor Pat Hampson as the new chairperson. In-camera items discussed related to labour concerns and the union.


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Members of OBA talk about business ideas Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle

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The site visit From left to right, RDOS Chair Dan Ashton, MLA John Slater, Area C Director Allan Patton, MLA Bill Barisoff, and program manager John Davies visit the McCuddy Creek area, the site of a wildfire risk reduction project.

suggestions and liked the painted scenery boards as its first choice because of the mobility of the boards, and the offer by a local There was a great deal of lively discus- group of artists to paint the sceneries on sion at the Oliver Business Association the boards at no cost except for the cost of (OBA) meeting last week at Medici’s Gela- the boards. teria. The use of sandwich boards and quesWith membership in excess of 25, the tions regarding them in relation to Town association had a number of items on the bylaws was on the agenda with the posagenda. sibility of requesting an Attending the meeting amendment to the bylaw. It was Laurena Weninger, There are a number was generally believed that recently hired by the of options available some businesses would be Town to complete the with possible murals negatively affected if they “Paint the Town” project. painted on windows, could not use them. Weninger has also been historic picture The hours of business are connecting with the businot consistent within the ness community remind- boards or painted community, and the quesing everyone that applica- scenery boards that tion was raised as to whether tions and painting needs can be reused and the hours should be more to be completed by March moved to the next constant. The OBA will be 31 to receive the available location. requesting feedback on this. grant monies. It will also be asking memThe next concern disbers to come up with ideas cussed by Weninger was on possible events that could the empty storefront windows, and she build up business. asked the OBA for input on the best and Suggestions were made about sidewalk most economical way of enhancing the sales, late night Friday shopping, and more windows. There are a number of options seasonal events such as the Christmas Light available with possible murals painted on Up that was held in December. the windows, historic picture boards or The next OBA meeting will be February painted scenery boards that can be reused 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Alberto’s Decorating Cenand moved to the next location when the tre. first one is then occupied. The OBA offered

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The recent forum at the Elks Hall in Oliver attracted many people concerned about poverty. Following the film, “Poor No More,” a panel discussion took place. Shown here are members of the panel, from left, MP Alex Atamanenko, Brita Park, Tina Wallner from RCMP Victim Services, HEU regional vice-president Rhonda Bruce, and Laurene Sloboda from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Atamanenko said there’s a subculture of poverty that people don’t often see.

Advocates seek to address poverty in Oliver Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle (This is Part 1 of a two-part series on the poverty forum held at the Elks Hall on January 13.) A film and panel discussion on poverty has sparked a move in Oliver to help the poor live meaningful lives without constant struggle. But where does one start? The panel discussion at the Elks Hall started with a film titled “Poor No More.” It showed the bread lines of the great depression and how those bread lines still exist. In fact, food banks are an established institution in this country. Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians earn less than $10 per hour, and those interviewed in the film stated that many companies skirt the law to avoid paying decent wages. One cashier said she was still earning $11.10 per hour after 13 years on the job. The film criticized the welfare system for dehumanizing people and expecting them to spend all their money before receiving a cent. And because a parent is poor and can only afford run-down accommodations, she risks having her

children taken away by social services. “We’re surrounded by the riches of the world, but there never seems to be enough,” said the film’s host Mary Walsh. Other criticism was levelled against big corporations and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives for controlling politicians with its pro-wealthy lobbying efforts. It was stated some corporations avoid paying taxes altogether, courtesy of tax havens permitted by the government. “Free trade wiped out more than one million jobs in Canada,” the film stated. Walsh and her team compared Canada’s working economy to other countries, such as Sweden, which offers free childcare, free healthcare, and free post-secondary education. It was stated that even the poor can afford daycare, and part-time workers get full-time benefits. After the film, BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko said there’s something wrong when we have students in Canada carrying $40,000 in debt and students in Sweden don’t pay tuition. It was noted, however, that the Swedes pay very high taxes. Atamanenko told the Oliver audience that a subculture

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of poverty exists, a culture that many of us don’t come in contact with. “It’s there, and it’s time we have to address it.” Roxie Van Aller, executive director of Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre, was one of several panelists at the forum. “What we see at Desert Sun is the working poor are becoming a greater issue in our communities.” Van Aller noted that people are struggling with mental health issues, loss of employment, and drug abuse. She stated if anyone is struggling or isolated at home, that person should get an advocate to help open some doors. Jim Ouellette, representing the Oliver food bank, said he sees poverty in different ways. He admitted that before he started working at the food bank, he didn’t realize there was so much poverty around. But food bank volunteers in Oliver serve about 150 people a week, Ouellette pointed out. The panelist noted there’s a false impression that only useless, lazy people utilize the food bank. Some have lost their jobs, he said. “We’ve built a community (in Oliver) geared for seniors. Continued on Pg B2...


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We need young people to look after us (old folks),” Ouellette said. Laurene Sloboda from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs said most of the clients they counsel have experienced poverty, forcing them to rely on food banks. She stated people get frustrated when their welfare payment doesn’t cover the rent, or when their minimum wage doesn’t cover daycare costs. Sloboda said a lot of youth are faced with anxiety when confronted with poverty, which can lead to domestic abuse and delinquency. RCMP Victim Services spokesperson Tina Wallner said poverty is a huge barrier to women leaving abusive relationships. She noted that 50 to 60 per cent of the men, women and children she sees in the program have experienced poverty. She also stated a lack of transportation is another barrier to people getting the help they need. Panelist Brita Park spoke on behalf of

Helen Overnes, president of the Oliver Women’s Institute. Reading from a letter, Park said the community was self sufficient at one point, with youth working on the farm and parents managing without the food bank. But that has changed. The community lost General Coach, food prices have gone up, and parents have to pay 4060 per cent of their income on rent. Park said the government was asked to raise the minimum wage, but its response was that would cause unemployment. “We have 200 people suffering with addiction problems resulting in many kids going to school hungry,” Park said. According to Overnes, teenagers are now growing up feeling they are entitled to everything because they live in a material world. The Women’s Institute believes Oliver’s biggest challenge is affordable rental housing. (Part 2 of the forum will be published next week.)

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Retiree gives her heart to orphanage in Kenya Bernice Balmes Special to the Chronicle So far, my retirement has been far from relaxing. And I couldn’t be happier! Since I retired from the South Okanagan General Hospital in 2000, I’ve started an orphanage in Kenya, “Compassion House Kenya,” which now provides a loving home and education for 14 boys and girls between the ages of two and 18. I’ve also increased my involvement in my church and have become part of several Oliver families as a parttime nanny. Yes, I love kids. I’ve also known since the age of five that I would go to Africa, my heart has always been drawn there. My African adventure began in 1969 when my former husband and I and our toddler journeyed to Kenya for the first time. We were there for seven years, with our main project being a poly-technical school for young people. We formed some close working relationships with local families while we were there, including my best friends in Kenya, now our local agents at the orphanage, the Bushebi family. In fact, I have known the director of our orphanage, Dalmas Bushebi, since he was two years old. It is very gratifying that the next generation of both our families is assuming a role in Compassion House. It has been a great pleasure to watch our orphanage kids mature. The first child we took in, Joseph Simiyu, has grown from four years to 10 and is now thriving. When he was first brought to us he had been living on the street and was suffering from a number of severe health problems. Some of the older children that joined us as young teenagers are now completing high school, and looking forward to college. Compassion House grew out of a feeding program for street children. When I first went back to Kenya after my retirement, I was shocked to find that there were so many children living on the streets. This was a direct result of the AIDS crisis, which devastated many families. Given the deep-rooted Kenyan culture of caring for extended family,

for a child to end up on the street meant that most of the adults in his extended family were either dead or severely ill. I had found my calling. From the early days of the orphanage, I received tremendous support from friends, relatives, and my home church, Living Way Christian Centre, in Oliver. They provide the regular, monthly finances required to build and maintain the orphanage, and support the children. We’ve also been able to develop livestock and dairy projects to help sustain the orphanage. There are continually new challenges at the orphanage, whether it is a new child coming into our care, an increase in school fees, or inflation in food prices. Other local community contributions to date have included a box of toys sent over by Strong Start Pre-School, and clothes and support from the Firehall Bistro, and donations from Ella Restaurant in Osoyoos. People have also been very generous with their time. I have taken three groups over to Kenya on my last three trips, some of them from the Oliver area. They assisted with projects to improve the orphanage and also spent time with the children – playing with and teaching them. I got back from my most recent visit in November and subsequently held a fundraising bake sale in the Oliver mall in December. Thanks to all of you who contributed, we were able to raise $539.75. This has enabled us to start an income garden for the orphanage. Our current fundraising focus is getting electrical service to the orphanage and putting in a proper kitchen. Imagine cooking three meals a day, every day, over an open fire? The new kitchen will be healthier, cleaner, and more efficient than our current one. Our next fundraiser will be a spaghetti dinner at the Firehall Bistro on Monday, March 7. There will be information on the orphanage and a silent auction — a good chance to “re-gift” those unwanted presents from 2010. And of course, a good, hot, inexpensive dinner, hosted by Bill and Dawn Reid. Come out and discover what we are doing in Kenya, have a great meal, and meet some new friends.

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Bernice Balmes poses for a photo in her banana tree patch in Kenya, where she runs an orphanage.

If you know of folks that would benefit from this dinner, pass the word along. See you at the Firehall. The best reward of all is to see our kids smile and laugh as they chase our goats around the yard, play soccer, or celebrate a special event with a homemade cake. If you’d like more information about our orphanage, Compassion House Kenya, please contact compassion@livingway.ca or leave a message for me at 250-498-4595. Or if you have an item for the auction at the spaghetti dinner, call me to arrange pick-up.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Evening with Buechner very delightful Leslie Cryderman Special to the Chronicle Still smiling. The unusual juxtaposition of humour and classical piano repertoire made for a truly entertaining and delightful evening as Sara Davis Buechner, currently Associate professor at UBC, delivered the third concert in the series for the South Okanagan Concert Society on Friday, January 14. Ms. Buechner opened with a finely nuanced performance of Haydnʼs Piano Sonata in E flat major written in 1794, the last of his piano sonatas. We were off to a good start for a piano concert program, but then, as our performer began speaking, we discovered there was also a comedian on stage. Ms. Buechner instantly connected with her audience as she communicated not only the music, but information regarding the composers and herself. Haydn was followed by the lesser known Jan Dussek. Although Dussek is somewhat represented in the intermediate years of piano study by many sonatinas, his larger works are much less often heard. Ms. Buechner played his Sonata in F Minor, Opus 77, written in 1812, the year of Dussekʼs death. She told the

audience some interesting tidbits regarding his life and music, and we learned that Dussek was the first pianist to angle the piano the way we are accustomed to, with the pianist in profile. The second half of the program was devoted to the popular jazz genre. We learned about the so called “girl Gershwin”, Dana Suesse, an American composer whose “Cocktail Suite” was performed by Ms. Buechner. Written about 1940, the Suite has four movements called Old-fashioned, Champagne, Bacardi and Manhattan. There was lots of opportunity for joking about and Ms. Buechner took full advantage of the fact. A contemporary of Gershwin, Suesse wrote many “hits”, but her name never became as well known as her male counterparts. The finale to the program was the well-loved “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. Always a crowd pleaser, Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most performed pieces in the piano repertoire and Ms. Buechner received a well deserved standing ovation. For an encore we were treated to a much quieter and soothing Gershwin song, “Someone To Watch Over Me”. This was a concert by an extraordinary musician, certainly knowledgable, talented and willing to share music in the best way, with humour and style

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

ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCIC) 10132 - 362nd Ave., Oliver (2 blocks west of Legion Hall Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. 250.498.8889

OLIVER ALLIANCE

Just north of town on Hwy 97 Lead Pastor: Jeremy Cook Associate Pastor: Steve McLean Pastor of Seniors: Henry Wiebe Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Kids FORCE & Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is available during both services.

Phone: 250.498.4253 www.oliveralliancechurch.com Office : 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCC) Visitors welcome! 342nd Ave. at Airport Rd. Pastor Chuck Cooley Divine Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Sunday School: 11 a.m. during Worship Service Adult Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.

OLIVER WORD OF LIFE CENTRE

PARK DRIVE CHURCH

On 119 St. off of 350th Ave. 36672 - 79th St., Oliver Pastors Cameron Sunday Morning Worship & Margaret Ogilvie Service at 10:00 a.m. Sunday Services: Affiliated with Pentecostal AsMorning Worship: 10:30 a.m. semblies of Canada (includes Children’s Church) Phone: 250.498.2322 Wed. 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study Office hrs: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Church Tues. - Thurs. 250.498.4020 (home) 250.498.4434

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

All are welcome 10450 - 346th Ave. Pastor: Oscar Halvorson Services Saturday: Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. 250.498.4820

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA All are welcome 9915 - 358th Ave. Minister: Ann White Services Sunday: Sunday School & Church Service: 10 a.m. 250.498.2781

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR

(Anglican/Episcopal) Welcomes you! 34660 - 103 St., Oliver Rev. Patrick Reid Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Information: 250.498.2559

VALLEY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

30850 Black Sage Rd. Sunday Worship Gathering: 9:45 a.m. 250.498.4829


B6 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Smile of the week

Slade’s a roast beef, gravy guy What is your pet peeve in this community? The annual transient population hanging out at Lions Park. If you could fast forward the Town of Oliver by 50 years, what can you visualize? No idea. I can hardly visualize next week, not 50 years. What is the perfect day for you in Oliver? A round of golf with my wife and friends, followed by a great dinner (which I would prepare). What community issues need the most attention? Lack of jobs. What would be your ideal job? Not to have one. But if I did, one that involves helping others with a flexible schedule. Who inspires you the most? My two sons. I am very proud to be their dad. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? Good health for my family, enough money to retire, and the ability to help those who deserve it. Staff photo

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What is your most important value and why? The belief in my family. They provide me with the focus I need and inspire me on a daily basis. Why did you choose to live in this town? We believe that a small town is a good place to raise a family. I had the opportunity for employment here. Big cities have too many distractions.

What is your greatest extravagance? Bought a new pair of runners a year ago. Does that count? What living person do you most admire? Reid and Calvin. When and where were you happiest? Hanging out with my family and friends. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, it is always fun. Which talent would you most like to have? To play a musical instrument.

Do you have a goal in life? To be a good dad, husband, and friend.

Who are your heroes in real life? Though he is dead, his spirit is real. So the answer would be my grandpa.

If you had one super power, what would it be? To fly.

What or who is your greatest love in your life? Without question, my family and friends.

If you won the $50 million Max lottery, what would you do with the money? Set up our kids for life, help out family and friends, travel and play golf and enjoy the company of my wife.

What is it that you most dislike? Dishonest people, and people who intentionally hurt others.

If you were the mayor of Oliver, what would you do? I would never want to be mayor; you can never make everyone happy. Too much politics. If you were a fly, which wall in town would you like to inhabit? I would not choose to be a fly on the wall. I believe that if I need to know something, I will be told.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising a family. What is your favourite book? I don’t think I have ever read a book that did not centre on furthering my education. What is your favourite meal? Roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes and salad.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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The Playdowns The juvenile Zone 2 playdowns were held at the Oliver curling rink recently. Shown sizing up the play are local competitors Kelsey Beckett (left), Ashley Hiibner, and Thea Anderson.

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Raised toilet seats. Walk-in tub systems. Water temperature testers. Non-slip safety strips & grab bars.

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• Remove all old materials from bathroom as well as removed from jobsite. • Supply and install new 20” deep acrylic whirlpool tub with 6 jets. • Supply and install new aqua board. • Supply and install tile to the ceiling. • Supply and install new drain and overflow. • Supply and install new Moen and Delta single valve tap. • Supply and install new toilet. • Supply and install one corner caddy and soap dish.

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• Remove all old materials from bathroom as well as removed from jobsite. • Supply and install new custom walk-in tub. • Supply and install one new toilet. • Supply and install one Moen or Delta taps. • Supply and install new aqua board. • Supply and install new tiles to ceiling. • Supply and install new piping behind wall. • Supply and install new drain, pop-up drain, and overflow. • Supply and install new corner caddy and soap dish. • Supply and install new drain system and pop-up stopper. • Supply and install one new sub floor. • Installation of linoleum floor.

• Remove all old materials from bathroom as well as removed from jobsite. • Supply and install one custom shower stall 60” x 32”. • Supply and install new Dens-shield board. • Acrylic base. • Supply and install new tiles to the ceiling. • Supply and install custom shower doors. • Supply and install new Delta or Moen pressure balance taps. • Supply and install new plywood sub-floor. • Installation of linoleum floor. • Supply and install one adult toilet.

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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

CHRONICLE DEADLINES CLASSIFIED ADS by 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays (Must be prepaid, cash, Visa or Mastercard) Email: office@oliverchronicle.com DISPLAY ADVERTISING (boxed): 12:00 p.m. noon Fridays. NEWS COPY: 10:00 a.m. Mondays CLASSIFIED AD RATES: Up to 20 words - $6.00; 20¢ each additional word. Per column inch $5.00 plus GST NOTICES: Weddings, engagements birth announcements, cards of thanks, in memoriums, obituaries, and other notices (min. charge) $7.50 plus GST for 32 words and under. 20¢ each additional word. Business display advertising rates on application. PHONE 250.498.4416 or 250.498.3711 Fax: 250.498.3966. Email: sales@oliverchronicle.com or mail your advertisement to: OLIVER CHRONICLE, P.O. Box 880, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or drop in to our Main Street office (next door to the Oliver Theatre), or drop in our door letter slot. CHRONICLE OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

CANTALOUPE ANNIE’S WINTER SPECIALS Breakfast $2.99 8:30 - 11:00 Lunch $4.95 Soup and 1/2 a sandwich of the day. Supper to go - $8.95 Winter hours 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

H&R ORCHARDS requires two full time orchard managers. 40 hrs/week. One in Creston and one in Oliver. $15 hour. One year managerial experience required. Punjabi an asset. Start immediately. Call 250-4988839.

H&R ORCHARDS requires 18 seasonal orchard labourers. Six in Oliver and twelve in Creston. March 15 to November 15, 2011. Orchard maintenance, fall, winter, spring picking up of pruned branches, packing orchard ladders, sorting, weighing, packing, loading, unloading, picking, planting and transferring fruit. Cleaning racks, trays and growing area. Punjabi an asset. No experience required. 40 hours per week. Start $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-8839.

ROAD 13 VINEYARDS is looking for 3 seasonal farm workers from May thru October. 60 hrs/wk @ $9.28 hr. Resumes only to be mailed to PO BOX 501 or Faxed to 250-498-8331.

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EVENING ART LESSONS Oils, acrylic, drawing and sketching. Thursday evenings. Jan. 6 to the end of June. 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. $50 year or $5 a night. Quails Nest Art Centre 34274-95 St. Drop in or Contact Steve Staresina 250-498-8461. 28p4

Advertising Regulations: The Oliver Chronicle reserves the right to classify ads under appropriate headings and to separate therefore and to determine the page location. The Oliver Chronicle reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the Chronicle Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertise ment and box rental. All claims of errors to advertisements must be received by the publishers within seven days after the first publication. It is agreed by the advertiser requesting space that the liability of the Oliver Chronicle in the event of failure to publish an advertisement or in the event of an error appearing in the advertisement as published, shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for only one incorrect insertion for the portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect or omitted item only and that there shall be no liability in any event greater than the amount paid Advertisements must comply with the British Columbia Human Rights Act, which prohibits any advertising that discriminates against any person because of his/her race, religion, sex, colour, nationality, ancestry or place of origin or because his/her age is between 44 and 65 years unless the condition is justified by a bona fide require

NOTICES

NOTICES

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: The estate of Amarjit Singh Gill, also known as Amarjit Gill, deceased, formerly of 7157-332 Ave, Oliver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Amarjit Singh Gill, also known as Amarjit Gill, deceased, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the administrator at # 202-8309- Main Street. PO Box 800, Osoyoos, B.C. V0H 1V0 on or before February 24, 2011, after which date the administrator will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the administrator then has notice. Rupinder Ruby Gill, Administrator By Gordon & Young Barristers and Solicitors.

GOOD SHEPHERD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Parents interested in enrolling their child for 2010/11 school year in K-7, F/T Kindergarten Sept. 2010, Call 250-495-3549 (school), 250495-5077 (home), or email: gscs@cablerocket.com 37ctf

YOUNG female senior wishing to putter with woodworking. My objective is to build myself a corner shelf. I am familiar with the tolls but I need guidance. Please call Betty at 250-4983619.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The estate of JOHN HOVANES, deceased, formerly of 38079 - Highway 97 North, Oliver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of JOHN HOVANES, deceased, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executor at #202 - 8309 Main Street, P.O. Box 800, Osoyoos, B.C. V0H 1V0, on or before February 17, 2011, after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice. Ronald James Hovanes, Executor By Gordon & Young Barristers and Solicitors.

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WAREHOUSEMAN’S LIEN ACT Desert Valley Enterprises Ltd. dba Oliver-Fairview Self Storage gives notice that in accordance with the Warehouseman’s Lien Act, the goods and personal property deposited at OliverFairview Self Storage, 34577 91 St. Oliver, BC, by the persons listed below will be sold by private sale or otherwise disposed of on Feb. 9, 2011. Unit # 111 - Tara Bertrand Unit # 41 - Glen Kerfoot 31c2

AUTOS

NEW PRICE! 85 DODGE WORK VAN. 6 cyl. Inside shelving. Good condition. $700. Call 250498-7653. 23ftf

1997 DODGE NEON, 4 door, auto, A/C, new water pump/starter/fuel pump. Nice and clean. 210,000 km. $1500. Call 250-498-6838 or 250-498-5171. 31p1

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OK LABOUR CO. LTD. Requires 4-10 F/T seasonal workers in our vineyards for the 2011 season. Our vineyards are located in Cawston, Oliver, and OK Falls BC. Workers will have 40 - 60 hours a week. $9.14 to $12.00 per hour (depending on duty & experience.) Duties include all general farm work through to picking in the vineyards. To apply Fax 250-497-5041. Call 250-490-7695 after 7 pm. 27v6

THE COAST HOTEL in Osoyoos is now hiring P/T and F/T housekeepers. Please apply in person with resume to 7702 Main St, Osoyoos. 29v4

H&R ORCHARDS requires four full time orchard labourers. Two in Oliver and two in Creston. 40 hrs/week. Orchard maintenance, fall, winter, spring picking up pruned branches, packing orchard ladders, sorting, weighing, packing, loading, unloading, picking, planting and transferring fruit. Cleaning racks, trays and growing area. No experience required. Punjabi an asset. Start $12 hr. Call 250-4988839. 29p4

MONTY’S VINEYARD is looking for 1 vineyard worker as of March 1st to Oct 1st, 2011 in Oliver, BC. Full time. Start wage is $9.30 per hr. Call Greg 250-498-7709 or 250-498-2590. 30p2

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S & B DHALIWAL ENT. Needs 6 vineyard workers from Jan. to the end of Oct. Seasonal, F/T. $9.50 hr, 30616-97 St. Oliver. Call 250-498-7792. 28v6

SEASONS BEST PRODUCE LTD, Oliver, BC. Needs farm workers. 2 for May - Oct, 2011. 1 for July - Oct, 2011. 1 for Aug - Oct. 2011. Planting, picking, packing fruits and vegetables. $9.28 hr, 40 hrs/wk. Prior experience preferred. Contact Mr. Chahal 250-4986763. 30p3

COVERT FARMS in Oliver, BC needs 18 full time agricultural workers from March to October, 2011. $9.14 per hour. Call 250-498-2731. 30c4

SOUTO FARMS, Oliver, bC needs 5 F/T seasonal orchard labourers. required from May 13, 2011 to Nov. 28, 2011. Pay is $9.28 hr. Call 250-485-2170. 30p2

ORCHARD HILL ESTATE CIDERY LTD in Oliver, BC needs 2 full time farm workers from March to October, 2011. $9.28 per hr. Call 250495-4325.

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PT FRUIT GROWERS, Oliver, BC, needs 4 F/T, seasonal farm workers. April to Nov, 2011. $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-7918. 30p2

AUJLA FARM, Manjadh Aujla is looking for 4 F/T seasonal farm workers to work at 31085 Hwy 97, 9408 Hwy 97 in Oliver, BC. Pay rate is $9.28 hr. Piece work rate as per established by Employment Standards Branch of B.C. Ministry of Labour. Work runs from April to Oct. 2011. Please call 250-485-8617 or 250-498-0537. Email: ms.aujla76@gmail.com 30p8

PART TIME DRIVER required to deliver farm equipment. Some mechanical knowledge is an asset. Drop off resume and driver’s abstract to Gerard’s Equipment in Oliver. or fax to 250498-3288. 31c2

TRACTOR DRIVER needed. 2 to 3 years experience, mechanical aptitude, pesticides certificate, reliable and punctual. Team player philosophy essential. Wage commensurate with experience. Email resume with cover letter to: employment@Burrowingowlwine. ca or fax 250-498-0621. 30c2

MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE is seeking applicants to fill multiple casual farm labourer positions at our vineyards in the Okanagan area. The positions run from April to November with a wage of $9.28 an hour. We will try to provide 40 hrs of work per week: however due to the nature of the job this may not be possible. To apply please go to www.missionhillwinery.com 30mc2

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WANTED HOUSEKEEPER/ PERSONAL ASSISTANT. Part time. Must be reliable and organized. Call 250498-6786. 31p1

KING TOMATOES FARM, Oliver, BC needs 2 F/T, seasonal farm workers for ground crop/vineyard and orchard. Mar. 20 to Oct. 30, 2011. $9.28 hr. with piece work as per the Labour Standard Board of BC. Call 250-498-7839. 30p2

S&G FARMS, Oliver, BC. Needs 4 farm workers, March 1 to Oct. 2011. 2 farm workers May 1 to Oct. 2011. 20 farm workers July 15 to Oct 2011. F/T seasonal, $9.30 hr. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Call 250-498-7028 or fax 250-498-2164. 30p4

HILLTOP FARM, Oliver, BC needs 2 farm workers. March 1 to Sept. 30, 2011. 4 farm workers, Jun. 1 to Oct. 31, 2011. F/T, seasonal. $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-3009. 30p2

SANDHILL VINEYARDS, Oliver, BC needs 12 full time seasonal farm workers from April 15 to Oct 31, 2011. $9.28 hr. Call 250-485-7399. 31p2

OKANAGAN SUNSHINE/ Major Dhaliwal looking for 3 full time seasonal farm workers to work at 9525-324 Ave, (RD # 10), 9524 - 374 Ave, 9723 - 97 Street (Rd #7) in Oliver, BC. Pay rate $9.28 per hour. Piece work rate as per established by Employment Standards Branch of the BC Ministry of Labour. Work from April to October, 2011. Please call 250-4907198, or email okanagan_ sunshine@hotmail.com. 31v8

SURINDER MANN FARM, Oliver, BC. Needs 4 F/T seasonal farm workers, mid March to end of Oct, 2011. 4 workers, June 1 to end of Oct, 2011. and 2 workers July 1 to end of Oct, 2011. $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-8871. 31p2

CHURCH AND STATE WINES, needs 3 F/T seasonal farm workers, March to Oct, 2011. In Oliver, BC, $9.28 hr. Please email : info@churchandstatewines. com 31v2


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Oliver Chronicle B9

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS EMPLOYMENT

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PANORAMA ORCHARDS & FRUIT STAND, Oliver, BC. Needs 3 farm workers May 1 to Oct. 30, 2011 and 1 farm worker June 1 to Oct. 30, 2011. F/T seasonal, ground crop and orchard work. $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-9089.

FIREWOOD (beetle kill, orchard or other.) Call T.C.B. The Chopping Block. Call 250-498-9039. Inkaneep Rd.

FOUND - Bike with baby seat. Rightful owner can claim it at the Town Hall.

FOR RENT - 1 bdrm. Large suites, and 2 bdrm. suites. S/F, close to downtown, very nice, freshly redone. Starting at $600 mth + util. Call 250-498-0232.

COMMERCIAL SPACE for rent. App. 950 sq. ft. or 1190 sq. ft. Good location on Main Street. Call 250-498-4332.

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

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4 BDRM, 2 bath house in downtown Osoyoos. Large fenced yard. $1250 mth plus utilities. Call 250-495-6477.

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DESERT HILLS ESTATE WINERY is looking for 10 vineyard workers as of Jan. 1/11, full time, starting at $12 hr. English or Punjabi speaking. Please email info@ deserthills.ca or fax 250498-3015 Att: Randy Toor.

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SUKHI ORCHARDS LTD. Oliver, BC. Needs 4 F/T seasonal farm workers 1st week of April to Nov. 25, 2011. 4 F/T seasonal farm workers June 15 to Nov 25, 2011. $9.28 hr. with piece work as per the Labour Standard Board of BC. Call 250-4986619 ask for Garry.

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A & M ORCHARDS LTD. requires 18 F/T seasonal workers for the 2011 season. Starting in early March 2011. Workers will have 40 to 60 hours a week of work at $ 9.28 per hour. Duties include pruning, thinning, general farm work and picking of fruit when ready. The farm is located at 921 HWY 3A, Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0. The fruit that will be picked is as follows: Apples, cherries, peaches, apricots and plums. Piece rate will be paid at the prevailing min. wage as per BC Employment Standards. To apply phone 250-499-5062 or fax 250-499-5062.

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S & J ORCHARDS in Oliver, BC needs 2 F/T seasonal farm workers. 1 for April 1 to Oct. 31, 2011 and 1 for May 1 to Oct. 31, 2011. $9.28 hr. Call 250-498-2555.

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MANUFACTURED HOMES

MARY KAY - SKIN CARE Finally, skin care that’s made for you. Call Margaret Ogilvie at 250-498-4020. Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

BEAUTIFUL SRI MODULARS! Custom built homes from Canada’s largest builder include full ten year warranty and free home insurance. See for yourself why SRI should build your next home. Visit our large display now or call Lake Country Modular, located next to the SRI’s Winfield factory, 515 Beaver Lake Rd. Kelowna. Call 1-866-766-2214 www.LCMhomes.com

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SLEEP APNEA MACHINE C-PAP REMSTAR AUTO with humidifier plus all accessories. Cost $3000.00, will sell for $995.00 OBO. Used for sleep apnea and heavy snoring. Call 250-485-0339.

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WATKINS PRODUCTS For more information or a catalogue, phone Inez & Ken 250-498-4450.

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ALFALFA – grass/hay on Road 18, in Oliver. $8/per bale. Call 250-498-2918. ITEMS FOR SALE. 2 queen beds, $200 each, 3 dressers, $20, $20, $25. 2 small white bookcases, $10 each. Old vanity table, 4 drawers needs refinishing, $35. White microwave stand, $25. Electric lawn mower, $75. Pictures starting at $15 each. Various small tables and desks, $10 to $25. Call 250-498-8283.

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DRY FIREWOOD for sale. Spruce, pine & fir. $150 cord. Delivery now available $50 extra. Call 250-809-5285 or 250-498-8299.

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

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FOR RENT - 3rd. floor, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, Casa Rio Condo. Great view, 6 appliances, available Feb.1/11. $895.00 plus utilities and DD. Call 250-485-2875.

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1 BDRM APT. Close to shopping, secure building. $650 month. Call 250-4983138.

2 BDRM HOUSE. 1000 sq. ft., F/S/W/D, $800 plus utilities. Gallagher Lake. Call Ray 403-239-5013. Please leave a message. Available Feb. 1/11.

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2 BDRM HOUSE, F/S, new carpet/Lyno, all repainted, very clean. 5 Km North of Oliver on Seacrest Road. No dogs. $800 mth. Call Tony 250-498-7705.

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EXCELLENT horse hay, Brome, Timothy, orchard grass mix, alfalfa grass mix. $7 per bale. Call 250-4462080. Anarchist Mtn, Osoyoos.

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B10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, January 26, 2011

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS In loving memory

Louise E.M. Potter October 31, 1913 to January 15, 2011 Louise E. M. Potter passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Trinity Care Society, Penticton on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the age of 97 years. Predeceased by husband, Hatfield Potter (1945) and son, Nelson Gale Potter (2001); lovingly remembered by her daughter-in-law, Leslie Potter; grandsons, Todd (Kari) Potter and Douglas (Michele) Potter; great-grandchildren, Megan, Shawn, Sayre and Rylan. Louise worked as a receptionist for the Health Unit in Oliver for many years. She was a member of the Rebecah Lodge and the Oliver United Church. Louise loved flowers and spent many hours gardening. A special thank you to the staff at Trinity Care Centre for the excellent care given to her. Donations gratefully appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Graveside Service is being planned for the spring in Oliver.

Arrangements entrusted to Graham Funeral Home 34616 - 99th Street, Oliver (250) 498-3833 Your messages of condolence, sharing your fond memories of Louise may be sent to: www.grahamfh.com

In loving memory

In loving memory

David Fredrick Woodruff 1926 - 2011

DAVID FREDRICK WOODRUFF passed away Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Westbank, five days before his 85th birthday, at the age of 84 years. He was born Jan. 27, 1926 in Dunblane, Saskatchewan and moved to Oliver with his family in 1940. He joined the Canadian Navy during World War Two. After the war, Dave apprenticed with the Oliver Chronicle and then moved to southern California where he became a pressman with a newspaper in San Diego and then relocated to El Cajon and Boulevard, California to establish his own small weekly newspapers as well as a poultry farm. Dave returned to B.C. in 1977 and resided for a period in Okanagan Falls and then concluded his printing career in Quesnel where he was employed by a print shop and a weekly newspaper. In retirement, he moved back to Boulevard, California where he suffered a severe stroke in 1997. He returned to the Okanagan in 1998, and spent his remaining years at Brookhaven. He was predeceased by his wife Melba (Gereau) in 2004. Dave is survived by his mother, Katie Woodruff of Oliver; brother Don (Fran) in Medford, Oregon; sisters Betty Surinak and Grace Tirk in Grand Forks, B.C.; Linda (Richard) Schaffrick of Oliver, as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral service. The family wishes to express thanks to Gerri Surinak for being Dave’s ‘guardian angel’ over these many years at Brookhaven.

Betty Margaret Thompson 1942 to 2011

Betty Margaret Thompson passed away after a long illness on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 68 years. Predeceased by her parents, Willis and Dorothy Manderson and sister, Kerry Manderson. Lovingly remembered by husband, Norris Thompson; son, Daniel Thompson of Olds, Alberta; daughter, Lenore Thompson (Liam Lee) of Victoria, B.C.; sisters, Donna (Jim) Gardner of Edmonton, Alberta, Rita Manderson of Airdrie, Alberta, Kim (Donald) Kneeland of Camrose, Alberta and brother, John (Mernie) Manderson of Cherryvale, B.C. Betty enjoyed a life-long career as a hairstylist, owning and operating her own business for many years. During her 20 years in Didsbury, Alberta she provided hairstyling services to the Didsbury Hospital and long-term care facility, bringing a little joy into the lives of the patients. Betty enjoyed travelling frequently within North America, taking advantage of numerous beautiful golf courses with her husband. She also enjoyed a trip to Norway in particular the spectacular waterfalls. Summer vacations were spent camping in various parts of Canada and highlighted by one cross Canada trip made even better by the mussels and lobster. Betty volunteered with the Meals of Wheels Program in Didsbury, Alberta and was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Didsbury Hospital. Betty enjoyed golfing, cooking for an army, reading volumes, listening to traditional country and western music and creating beautiful flower arrangements and sewing. The family wishes to thank Dr. Myslek and the very caring staff at the South Okanagan General Hospital for all their care given to Betty. Donations gratefully appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Chapel of Graham Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Clarke officiated. Interment followed at the Oliver Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Graham Funeral Home 34616 - 99th Street, Oliver (250) 498-3833

Your messages of condolence, sharing your fond memories of Betty may be sent to: www.grahamfh.com

In loving memory

Silvester Victor Poturica Dec. 23, 1959 - Jan. 19, 2011 On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Mr. Silvester Victor (Silvo) Poturica passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 51 years. He was predeceased by his father, Josip; his infant daughter; his uncles, Stefan, Marko, Karl and Slavko as well as his aunt, Barbara. Silvo leaves to mourn his son, Zach; his daughter, Paige; his mom, Mary and his brother, Tony of Osoyoos; his niece, Shannon and his great-nephew, Cole of Kelowna; god-daughters, Breanne and Brandy Hagel as well as family in Croatia, Germany and Austria. Silvo was born on December 23, 1959 at St. Martin’s Hospital in Oliver. He graduated from SOSS in 1977 and continued to work at the family vineyard and winery. Silvo also worked for many years at Hilltop Body Shop, Home Hardware and later was a self-employed painter. Silvo was one of the original members of the Anarchist Mtn. Fire Department and served with them until 2008. He loved camping, cars, football and his kids. A memorial service will be officiated by Bill Godfrey at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Osoyoos Elks Hall. Interment and committal will be held at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery. A reception will then be held at the Osoyoos Elks Hall. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Anarchist Mtn. Fire Department, 115 Grizzly Road, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6. Condolences & 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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LARGE, 2 bdrm basement suite. W/D. $750 mth. plus half utilities. Available Feb. 1/11. Mature person or couple only. Call 250-498-7280.

2 BDRM MOBILE HOME, Oliver, Rd #10. $500 mth. plus utilities. Call 250-4989845 after 5:00 pm.

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2 BDRM DAYLIGHT basement apt. Close to schools, shared laundry. $635 mth. Includes gas and power. N/S. Call 250-498-4133 after 4:00.

AVAILABLE IN OLIVER. 1) One bdrm. + den in Casa Rio, lovely views. $885 plus utilities, N/S, N/P. 2) Two bdrm + den penthouse. Beautiful open floor plan with top of the line finishing. Gas f/p, W/D/F/S, D/W, hardwood and tile floors. Massive decking with great views. Underground parking and storage included. Secure building, great location. $1200 plus utilities, N/S, N/P. Rent negotiable for long term tenant. 3)Cute little home close to town in Oliver. One bdrm. Great yard and garden area. $600 plus utilities. 4) Two bdrm, 1.5 bath condo for rent in Oliver. Bright open floor plan. All new flooring and fresh paint. Great location and ready to move in to $850 plus utilities. N/S, N/P. For more information on these homes or homes for rent in Osoyoos please call: Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. 250-498-6222.

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MULTIPURPOSE SPACE 9000 sq/ft. plus lounge and kitchen areas, climate controlled, available April 1 to Sept. 15. Daily, weekly or monthly rentals available. Call 250-498-2789.

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2 BDRM APT. 2 blocks from the mall. N/P, N/S. 34457-97 St. Fairview Village. Ask for Oly 1-250-769-7607.

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2 BDRM APT in town. ALSO 2 bdrm house. N/P, N/S. Call 250-498-0872. After 11:00 am.

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2 BDRM BASEMENT suite for rent. Close to schools and town. $850 mth includes utilities. Call 250-485-2869.

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In loving memory

Hilda Watson (nee Wolski) 1929 to 2011 Hilda was born on May 25, 1929 in Bittern Lake, AB and went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Jan. 16, 2011, in Red Deer, AB at 81 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (David) Guy; sons, Gary, Greg (Debbie), Garth (Lori), Kevin (Cathy); grandchildren, Tami (Travis) Carlson-Lansing, Ryan Guy, Laura (Neil) Drysdale and Matthew (Kelsey) Watson; great-grandchildren, Teagan Guy and Sarah Carlson; sisters, Rosie Hampel, Irma Mayer, Hulda Hennis and Anna (Jack) Humphrey; brother, Roy Wolski; uncle, Robert Kaut; in-laws, Joyce Wolski, Bonnie Lindal, Betty (Roger) Houle and Otto Klettke; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her parents, Adolf and Euphronsine Wolski (nee Kaut); Jim’s parents, Sid and Nellie Watson; sister, Elsie (Albert) Stierle; brothers, Don and Carl Wolski; in-laws, Audrey Wolski, Dorothy Klettke, Rudy Hampel, Rudy Hennis and Val Mayer. She was an active church member and avid sports woman and was well loved by her family and friends. A funeral service was held on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 18 Selkirk Blvd, Red Deer, AB. Inurnment will be held in Oliver, B.C., at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to the Lutheran Hour, care of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 18 Selkirk Blvd, Red Deer, AB, T4N 0G2, or the Concordia Lutheran Seminary, 7040 Ada Blvd. NW, Edmonton, AB, T5B 4E3, or the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 4811 – 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 3T2. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Dustin Goddu at

Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium 6287 - 67A St. (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, AB, T4P 3V9 Phone: (403) 340-4040; Fax: (403) 3432-3033


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2 BDRM HOUSE. $850 mth plus utilities. Avail. Feb. 1. W/D hookups. Call 250-4983446.

FIVE STAR HANDYMAN Qualified Licensed Tradesman at handyman prices. Carpentry-Electrical, Plumbing-Drywall-Flooring-TilesCabinets-Windows-Painting. Visa Mastercard 250-498-8461 Free Estimates

WANTED GOLD AND SILVER www.sosbuyer.ca 778-931-0558.

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1 BDRM SUITE. Close to town, big windows, lots of light. Laundry, storage, parking. $750 mth. includes utilities, cable, and internet. Seniors preferred. No smoking, no dogs. Avail. Feb. 15. Call 778-439-2044. 31mc4

$950 month plus util,house, rural, 2 bdrm, 1 bath Avail immed. $800 month - util incl. - 2 bdrm house, 1 bath, Avail. Oct 15 to March 31. $650 month - util. incl. Basement suite, 2 bdrm. 1 bath. Avail. immed. $750 month - plus utilities. house, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, short term rental Dec. 1 - June 30. $780 month - plus utilities Apartment, 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Avail. immed. $525 month, plus util. Small 1 bdrm house, avail. immed. OSOYOOS, $700 month, plus util, large 2 bdrm, 1 bath, basement suite. Avail. immed.

Amos Realty 35841-97th. St. Oliver, B.C. Phone 250-498-4844

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3 BDRM APT. Main street Oliver. $680 mth. plus utilities, N/P, nicely renovated. Call 604-217-6094 or 604814-0567.

2 BDRM OLDER house in Oliver.. $650 plus utilities per month. Call to view 250-4952238.

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A MUST SEE - New, large 2 bdrm apt. Lake view, walkout , pets welcome, private, N/S, small garage and fire place. $850 includes utilities. Call 250-498-3774.

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SMALL 2 BDRM apt. $600 month + utilities. DD required. Call 780-498-7443.

1 BDRM basement suite. Close to Buy-Low. Includes cable, laundry, N/P, N/S. $575 mth. Call 250-4982650.

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

DON’S CARPET CLEANING All work guaranteed. Call 250-498-8310.

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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.

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Check us out. We accept clean, serviceable items. Please No clothing. Call 250-485-0242 or 250498-0176. Drop off times: 9:00- 12:00 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

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What would happen if your income (or your partner’s income) was gone or cut back tomorrow? Do you have “Plan B” in place?

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We are expanding in the Okanagan, showing families daily, how they can increase their household income. Times are changing quickly and you need to keep up, so you are not left behind.

Painting, Colour Consultations, Design Services and more. Call ALLISON at 250-498-6428.

Seniors - need to supplement your retirement income? Do not wait! Email TODAY for more information!

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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 figuree out the order in which the appear only once in each row, ow, column and box. YYou can figur 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!


B12 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SPORTS

Mass soccer registration planned for Jan. 27 in Oliver Contributed To the Chronicle The 2011 SOYSA mini and youth soccer season is approaching quickly. Even with all the snow and winter conditions lately, there is a lot of coordination and planning happening behind the scenes to kick off the season. A mass registration is planned for Thursday, January 27 at the Oliver Community Centre, Room 2 between 6-8:00 p.m. Registration forms are available on the soysa.net website and/or Sundance Video. The early registration deadline has been extended this year and is available until February 15. Deadline for all registrations is March 15. A full uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks) is provided as well as a team and individual photo. Soccer cleats and shin pads are highly recommended and mandatory at the youth level. Mini program This program runs from April 5 to June 17. All practices and games are Tuesday’s and Friday’s at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary from 6-7 p.m. There is no soccer planned for April 22, May 20 and June 3. The mini program is an introduction to soccer and it’s really the grassroots of the game. Grassroots is about small games (three vs three, four vs four or seven vs seven) and basic skill development. Small sided soccer is the heart of the BC Soccer Association (BCSA) Grassroots Soccer Program. More touches on the ball, active participation, less “grouping” around the ball, lots of action for the kids, lots of goals (they like that) and lots of fun.

For more information on the Grassroots development program, check out: http:// www.bcsoccer.net/bcsa/SOCCER/GrassrootsDevelopment/tabid/159/Default.aspx Youth program This program runs from April 9 to June 20. Most league games are Saturdays, except for the occasional Friday night game. Teams are required to travel to Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Penticton, and Summerland to play their league games. The youth program caters to players from 11 to 18 years of age. The emphasis of fun, age-specific drills geared for improvement, sportsmanship and healthy competition is the focus for this group. Age groups are combined to ensure there are enough players and teams to make the program fun and fair for everyone. South Okanagan Youth Soccer is an organization dedicated to the development and enjoyment of soccer by youth in the area. The organization is run by a volunteer board of directors, and the coaches and managers of the teams are also volunteers. If you are interested in coaching, contact youth coordinator Deanna Nemeth at 250498-4910 or mini coordinator Jeff Nice at 250-498-2368. Soccer Express will be selling soccer equipment upstairs in the Adidas Sportsplex at 550 Eckhardt Ave. in Penticton on Friday April 1 from 3-10 p.m. and Saturday April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every year SOYSA facilitates a cleat sale. Cleats are donated and offered to members at a reduced cost. If you have cleats to donate, drop them off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 550 Eckhardt Avenue.

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The SOYSA is planning a mass registration this Thursday at the Oliver Community Centre from 6-8 p.m. Here, Alexis Gauvin from Oliver chases down a pass for a shot on goal.

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