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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 ISSUE 46, VOL. 75

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Eyeing the ball

Sophia Barbieri eyes the ball while dad Mike Barbieri sets it on the mount during a game of blastball as part of an Oliver Parks and Recreation program held in the community park.

Oliver prison delegation hopeful about OIB’s bid Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Mayor Pat Hampson said he’s optimistic that the Osoyoos Indian Band’s proposal to accommodate a prison is a strong blip on the government’s radar “We left the meeting feeling that we placed highest on the shortlist at this time,” Hampson said after returning from Vancouver recently. The mayor was a member of a delegation to help the OIB

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pitch its application to locate a correctional centre at the south end of Senkulmen Business Park. He was joined by Area C Director Allan Patton, local MLA John Slater, Chief Clarence Louie, and other band officials. The contingent met with Solicitor General Shirley Bond and her staff to promote the proposal. Hampson said band officials orchestrated an impressive PowerPoint presentation of the “shovel-ready” opportunity, showing services in place and the flexibility to move roads as necessary to make the site meet the geometric

footprint desired by the ministry. The PowerPoint also showed an educational facility located in Senkulmen. Hampson said the delegation was advised there are currently five applicants including OIB and that these applicants will likely become the shortlist. The City of Penticton has offered two sites, while the Penticton Indian Band has offered one. Summerland has offered two sites. “None of these sites are serviced; an obvious advantage for the OIB application,” Hampson said. Continued on Pg A2...

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Musically-inclined sisters Saige and Cassandre Carlson are a talented duo in Oliver.

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Hatching baby chicks at Sen Pok Chin school are teaching the pupils a lot about food security.

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A2 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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.

A big bowl of SWEET CHERRIES to Gerry for the awesome pink tool kit! You made our day. -From the girls at Johnston Meier Insurnace SWEET CHERRIES to Arlene Kriesel for organizing the annual Mothers Day Slo pitch ball tournie. Crowds were very well behaved. -Grateful onlooker SOUR GRAPES to all those people that let their dogs poop on the hospital lawn. -Disgusted driver

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The mayor reports that BC government looks favourably on prison application Chief Louie isn’t as optimistic as the mayor. When asked to comment on the proposal, he responded, “Who knows, government reps listen to you, like they will listen to other applications and say all the nice things, but of course will not commit to anything.” Hampson said a recommendation will be made to the minister by the end of May, with a decision by July. Ministry staff stated there will be approximately 270 to 300 full-time equivalent positions at the prison. “Unfortunately there will be no opportunity to take advantage of our courthouse, and there is no hard evidence that we could expect a greater police presence,” Hampson said. The mayor noted that broad political and community support is a definite must for a community to be selected. Some criteria for choosing the successful applicant include: carbon footprint; availability of affordable housing for staff; a serviced site; distance to Kelowna; proximity to an airport; the ability to team up with an educational facility; and ability to complete the project by 2015. “It is safe to state that our community partnership and site satisfies all the criteria articulated as being important,” Hampson said. Chief Louie made a very strong point that placing the facility on band land offers a unique opportunity for the province to partner with the OIB. It also creates a more positive environment for the aboriginal members

incarcerated in BC. This is because aboriginals comprise over 20 per cent of the BC prison population. A report by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General suggests that over-representation of aboriginal people in the justice system is visible in the correctional system. Aboriginal people comprise just four per cent of BC’s population, but in 2009/10 they made up 21 per cent of the prison population. Research indicates that aboriginal offenders are at a higher risk to re-offend. The report indicates that aboriginal people are also more likely to become victims of crime. In a survey conducted by Statistics Canada in 2009, individuals who identified themselves as aboriginal people, age 15 and older, were three times more likely than the non-aboriginal population to report being a victim of a sexual assault, and two times as likely to report being a victim of a violent crime. The current daily adult inmate population is between 2,700 and 2,850, peaking at 3,162 in August 2010. This volume remains at critical capacity, with the province’s nine correctional centres operating at an average of 173 per cent of designed capacity. The increase of adults in custody has been largely driven by growth in the number of people awaiting trial or sentencing. Ten years ago, these remand inmates accounted for one-third of the provincial inmate population; now they account for one-half.

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Police briefs Young man charged with arson An 18-year-old Osoyoos man has been charged with arson in relation to a fire that destroyed two downtown businesses in Osoyoos on May 1. Phoenix Kilian McGourty (Lonsdale) appeared in Penticton court last week and was formally charged with one count of arson. He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 9. The cause of the fire is still under investigation pending a forensic examination of the scene. The fire destroyed the Osoyoos Christian thrift store and the adjacent Dollar Smart Discount store. It also damaged the CIBC and a denturist’s office. It was reported that McGourty had ties to the thrift store in a volunteer capacity.

Sleepy driver ends upside down A 33-year-old Oliver man who fell asleep at the wheel was lucky to escape unharmed after his vehicle rolled over in a ditch near Sportsmen’s Bowl Road. The man managed to climb out of his Honda Civic and call police. But it didn’t appear that he needed much help. Oliver RCMP attended and spoke to the driver, who stated he was driving home from working a night shift in Penticton when he fell asleep. His vehicle hit the ditch and rolled over. The man suffered no apparent injuries and declined the assistance of an ambulance. There was significant damage to the vehicle which needed to be towed from the scene. No charges were laid. Lyonel Doherty photo

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As warmer temperatures approach, people are asked to use extreme caution when burning. The regional district is encouraging people to use other methods than burning wood waste. Here, Oliver firefighters battle a recent brush fire that burned out of control in the Sawmill Road area.

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A4 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Building a Pump House

OPINION

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Building one of a number of pump houses in the early days of the South Okanagan Lands Project.

Reaching the boiling point

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t’s a real shame that Oliver’s delegation to Victoria came back empty handed in its bid to complete Phase 3 of the water-twinning project. That leaves Island Road residents like Audrey Mayer high and dry once again. She has to continue boiling water and buying bottled water until it’s safe to drink from the tap. Understandably, she’s quite perturbed with the whole situation. We’d be, too. Mayer is right. These government officials have access to clean drinking water when they turn on their taps, so what do they care if one section of a small town has to boil its water. You can’t blame the Town because it has diligently applied for grant money to finish the project. It wants this done as much as the residents do. These homeowners pay taxes like everyone else, yet they can’t get clean drinking water from their faucet. And they only live a couple of minutes from town. Perhaps Community and Rural Development Minister Ida Chong needs to live in Phase 3 for a week. Maybe then she’ll loosen up the government’s purse strings. Correction: “our” purse strings. Remember, the government wouldn’t have a dime without the taxpayer. On a more positive note (depending on who you talk to), the OIB’s prison application was looked upon favourably by government officials. We’d like to take a poll on which topic residents feel is more of a priority – finishing the twinning project or accommodating a correctional centre? Even though Mayer is fit to be tied, she supports the prison concept. “I figure any of the bad guys who do get out won’t stay in this area.” We tried getting a copy of the OIB’s PowerPoint presentation, but no luck. Must be classified or something. As for the jobs, we said it before: most all of the full-time positions will be in-house transfers, not for the average Joe in Oliver. However, construction jobs will be available to local tradesmen. It’s hard to say what lasting image a correctional centre would have on the community – “The Wine Capital of Canada . . . with a prison.” Perhaps we need a referendum like Penticton. Some say the Town will be saddled with a stigma, while others say a prison won’t affect our reputation as an agri-tourism destination. Like Chief Clarence Louie, we’re not getting our hopes up. There are other communities vying for the prison, with the same or more amenities that Oliver has. Let’s not sing the “Jailhouse Rock” too soon.

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LETTERS

Get off the big greed machine Editor, Oliver Chronicle: You are absolutely correct sir. I have worked at the same job for a few years now and have had no raise at all. They have cut our hours back and at times I am responsible for the entire store for a large part of the day. The only extra thing that they ever did was put $25 toward a staff Christmas party that had to be at a restaurant, which meant that if we were to bring our spouse it would end up costing us. But they have even discontinued that. I am beginning to think that I, a born and raised in BC resident, have been transported to a Third World country. It’s kind of hard to take when our illustrious premier and that ilk just gave themselves a whopping raise, fair compensation for running our province into some fantastical

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NIMBY attitude about trail is not justified; master plan applauded It was with surprise and concern that we read the comments from Rick Machial regarding the utilization of the present river canal right-of-way between Roads 9 and 18 for a future bicycle/hiking path in the Trail Master Plan. His concerns regarding conflict with farmers and people encroaching on private land were raised over 25 years ago when the present path was constructed from McAlpine Bridge to Road 9 along the same right-of-way. Prior to establishing this path we spent months investigating the very concerns Rick now asserts will cause future problems. We found that property values actually increased near such trails and the people utilizing these trails are generally nature lovers who respect a person’s property. Their presence actually serves as a deterrent to vandalism. The establishment of trails also dissuades campers and quads from illegally utilizing the path for more undesirable activities which caused more concerns to adjacent property owners. For visitors and residents alike, it is important to showcase our valley and its farms and our respect for nature. A NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) attitude is certainly not

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debt and selling off our resources for their own gain. How can they sleep at night when more and more citizens are becoming poorer and poorer? I would also like to add that the provinces that have a higher minimum wage seem to be surviving just fine. Happy, experienced, trained employees are an asset, not an expense. Look back at history and you may learn a lesson or two. Or maybe just look at what is happening in the Middle East and take a hint from that situation. Maybe you would rather have that. Get off the greed machine and treat people like human beings and not your slaves, otherwise a nasty word like “union” may creep into the conversation.

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justified in this case and we applaud the establishment of a Trail Master Plan and hope that a trail can eventually extend to the head of Osoyoos Lake just beyond Road 22. If Rick still has concerns perhaps a study should be undertaken to poll residences adjacent to the present path to determine any problems they may have encountered with walkers and bicyclers. When we, as part of the IBHS (International Bicycling and Hiking Society) studied other areas in the town/RDOS for future trails, there were many more obstacles to development than utilizing the present river right-of-way which is already Crown land, cleared of trees and relatively level. Despite its less than desirable condition for bicycles/ strollers/roller bladers, the Road 9 to 22 right-of-way is already used by walkers, and if improved, would provide another route in to town that is far safer than the highway for bicyclers. The biggest obstacle to its development is not local residents or adjacent landowners but the Ministry of Environment. John and Lynn Bremmer, Oliver

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Oliver Chronicle A5

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Bin Laden’s high hopes died long before he did Ding, dong, the witch is was a terrorist. His goal was dead. to overthrow existing Arab Osama bin Laden, the governments and replace author of the 9/11 atrocthem with regimes that imity in the United States and posed an extreme form of various lesser terrorist outthe Salafist (Islamist) docrages elsewhere, has been trine on the people instead. killed by American troops Once all the Muslims had in his hide-out in northern accepted that doctrine, bin Pakistan. Laden believed, they would At last, the world can benefit from God’s active breathe more easily. But support and triumph over not many people were holdthe outside forces that held ing their breaths anyway. them back. Gwynne Dyer President Barack Obama Poverty would be vanissued the usual warning quished, the humiliations when he announced that would end, and the infidels (“the Zionistbin Laden had been killed by American Crusader alliance”) would be defeated. It troops in a compound in the city of Abbot- was essentially a form of magical thinking, tabad but his strategic thinking was severely ra“The death of bin Laden marks the most tional. significant achievement to date in our naSuccessful revolutions bringing Salafist tion's effort to defeat al-Qaeda. Yet his regimes to power were the key to success, death does not mark the end of our effort. but for the revolutions to succeed they There's no doubt that al-Qaeda will contin- must win mass support among Arab and ue to pursue attacks against us.” other Muslim populations. But that wasn’t quite right either. Unfortunately, only a very small proporNo doubt attacks will continue to be tion of Muslims accepted Salafist ideas, so made in the Arab world in the name of al- some way must be found to win them over. Qaeda, but the original organisation cre- That’s where the terrorism came in. ated by bin Laden has been moribund for Terrorism is a classic technique for revoyears. lutionaries trying to build popular support. Outside the Arab world, there have been The objective is to trick the enemy governno major terrorist assaults for about five ment, local or foreign, into behaving so years now, and bin Laden’s death is unlike- badly that it alienates the population and ly to change that. The whole enterprise was drives people into the arms of the revonever what it seemed. lutionaries. Then, with mass popular supBin Laden was a revolutionary before he port, the revolutionaries overthrow the

government and take power. This kind of terrorism has been used so often, and the strategy behind it is so transparently obvious, that no 21st-century government should ever fall for it. But if the terrorist attacks kill enough people, it is very hard for the government being attacked not to over-react, even if that plays into the terrorists’ hands. The pressure at home for the government to “do something” is almost irresistible. The Bush administration duly overreacted to 9/11 and invaded two Muslim countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, on a futile quest to “stamp out terrorism” – which was, of course, exactly what bin Laden and his colleagues wanted the United States to do. However, almost ten years after 9/11, it is clear that bin Laden’s strategy has failed even though the United States fell into the trap he had set for it. Muslims everywhere were appalled by the suffering inflicted on Afghans and Iraqis, and many condemned the United States for its actions, but they didn’t turn to the Salafists instead. When popular revolutions finally did begin to happen in the Arab world five months ago, they were non-violent affairs seeking the same democracy that secular countries in the West and elsewhere already enjoy. The Salafists have become virtually irrelevant. Which is not to say that there will never be another terrorist attack on the United States. Bin Laden had not been in operational

control of al-Qaeda for many years, because regular communication with the outside world would have allowed US forces to track him down long ago: the compound in Abbottabad had neither telephone nor internet connections. The real planners and actors are still out there somewhere. The question is: what can the Salafists possibly do now that would put their project back on track? And the answer – the only answer – is to goad the United States into further violence against Muslims, in retaliation for some new terrorist atrocity against Americans. There have been no major attempts by al-Qaeda to attack the United States in the past ten years because it was already doing what the terrorists wanted. Why risk discrediting President George W. Bush by carrying out another successful terrorist attack, even if they had the resources to do so? But the probability of a serious Salafist attempt to hit the US again has been rising ever since American troops began to pull out of Iraq, and President Obama’s obvious desire to get out of Afghanistan raises it even further. Bin Laden’s strategy has not delivered the goods for the Salafists, but they have no alternative strategy. Bin Laden’s death would provide a useful justification for another attempt to hit the US, but it wouldn’t really be the reason for it – and it probably wouldn’t succeed, either. Bin Laden’s hopes died before he did.

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Atamanenko impressed with Oliver’s support Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle

eral candidate Shannon Lavell garnered 1,872. Atamanenko said he wasn’t going to open an election office in Oliver, but great support from the Indo-Canadian community changed his mind. From there they knocked on doors and made themselves known to Main Street businesses. Key issues that Oliver constituents brought to his attention were the well-being of seniors, healthcare, and the survivability of family farms. He noted that growers are concerned about their future when they don’t get the prices they need to sur-

Re-elected MP Alex Atamanenko said he was “totally impressed” with the support he received from Oliver voters on May 2. “I heard that we won in three polls in Oliver. That was a huge breakthrough; I don’t think we’ve ever done that before.” Atamanenko won his third term as MP in the BC Southern Interior riding with 25,176 votes. Conservative Stephen Hill garnered 19,276, while Green Party candidate Bryan Hunt finished third with 3,174 votes. Lib-

vive. And it doesn’t help when Washington dumps its apples in BC, making it difficult for local farmers to compete. Atamanenko said he’s very happy with the NDP’s victory in the riding and its title of official opposition. But he’s concerned that the Conservatives have a majority government. “It places a tremendous responsibility on our party and me to hold the (Harper) government to account.” But he noted he’ll be the spokesman for those in the riding who don’t agree with Harper and what he’s doing.

Atamanenko attributed his win to longtime supporters in the riding. “My staff and I work very hard in helping people (with passports and immigration issues).” The MP ran six campaign offices, and each office had new faces, a lot of which belonged to young people, he pointed out. In fact, Atamanenko believes more young people than before voted in this election. One thing he didn’t appreciate was the negative attack ads and the “constant hammering” by Stephen Hill. He noted the voters didn’t buy into that.

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Nothing ‘slo’ about it

The annual Mother’s Day slo-pitch tournament in the community park saw many teams compete for bragging rights. Here, a player hits an incoming pitch.

Students fast to raise funds

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Grade 11 student Celina Ruhland and four of her classmates at Southern Okanagan Secondary School are planning a 24hour fast to raise money for people living in under-developed countries. “We have asked participants to collect money pledges which will then be sent through World Neighbours Canada to help pay for long-term development projects in Burkina Faso, Honduras, and Nepal,” Ruh-

land said. The fast will start on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m. and will continue through the school day Thursday until 8:30 p.m. “We will be hanging out after school, playing games and ending with a potluck dinner in celebration of what we are doing,” said Ruhland. She noted the students deserve recognition for their efforts.

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Bunny business Valley First staff recently donned their fuzzy bunny ears and visited local businesses to hand out chocolate Easter eggs as part of a new community program called “Blue Blitz.” Shown hamming it up for the camera are, from left, Adrienne Herbert, Stacey Gagno (branch manager), Joanne Schaffrick and Lauren Bremner.


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An evening of wine, cheese and stories in stone stories about the geologic evolution of the South Okanagan. “It also traces the historic development Murray Roed teases out stories caught in of geological thought at the time—for stone. Within their layers, mountains carry example, how theories change over the imbedded tales of unsolved mysteries and years.� ancient adventures with water, lava and For instance, there are several theories steam. They reveal histories of cataclysm about the origins of McIntyre Bluff, one interspersed with periods of calm before of the iconic landmarks in the Oliver area. the next evolutionary stage, and as a ge- And one of the topics Wednesday night ologist Roed follows their will touch on the birth of chronicles chapter and the bluff, the glaciers that The Okanagan’s verse. sculpted it and the interBut stone is not static. In- evolution is still in esting anomalies that are stead it responds to nudges progress as wind known about the east and and roars deep in the earth weather and water west sides of the valley’s so those stories are ever- continue to exert walls. changing, and each new He’ll talk about the rerevelation tests or rein- an influence on the gion’s mining history and forces existing theories and topography that geologic hazards such as long-held suppositions. earthquakes and seiches on often defines the Fortunately, Roed—who occupations and Okanagan Lake. And he will has a PhD in Geology from recreational pursuits fascinate guests with inforthe University of Alberta— mation on the little known is a raconteur in his own of the people. existence of Lake Oliver. right, bringing his world “That mystery is front to receptive audiences through word im- and centre in our book,� said Roed. “It is agery, art, PowerPoint presentations and not a lake today but it was a glacial lake at detailed coloured maps depicting local one time.� geologic features. He will be at the Quail’s But the Okanagan’s evolution is still in Nest Art Centre at 34274-95th Street in progress as wind weather and water conOliver next Wednesday evening, May 18, to tinue to exert an influence on the topogrademystify the mountain thrusts and valley phy that often defines the occupations and contours of the region and discuss his lat- recreational pursuits of the people within est book Okanagan Geology South. its boundaries. “There were 12 contributors to this And because Oliver sits in the middle of book,� explained Roed in a phone interview wine country Roed will talk about the confrom Kelowna. “Basically the fundamen- nection between geologic factors and the tal reason for writing [it] was to extract grape industry, how soils and the shape of the information from highly scientific and the landform influence the outcome. technological publications that are rarely “It isn’t as much of a issue with tree amenable to public scrutiny and put it in fruits because you aren’t worried about the a more simple interesting form that tells terroir of apples. You are concerned about Wendy Johnson Special to the Chronicle

the terroir of grapes though and geology is bars for specific geologic features in the definitely a factor there.â&#x20AC;? book like Haynes Point, Spotted Lake and But even though wine remains one of the overhang at Vaseux Lake. And there is the engines that drive the valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s econ- a summary of information on how climate omy, water continues to be its mainstay. change is affecting local lakes like Tuc-elRoedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book contains pertinent material Nuit and Mahoney. on ground and surface water as well as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Climate changes happen. We are still long-term outlook for its availability. coming off the Little Ice Age of the 17thâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Groundwater is one of the major re- 18th century and everything is behaving sources of the South Okanagan and it is themselves in terms of that history.â&#x20AC;? probably going to be the main water source So come out to the Oliver and District in the future. But there is another chapter Heritage Society AGM on May 18 at 7 p.m. on surface water and it traces the whole de- and enjoy an evening of wine and cheese, velopment of the management of surface art displays and discussion with Roed. His water in the South Okanagan.â&#x20AC;? book will be available and all the profits go And he issues a grim warning about the to a scholarship fund entitled the Kelowna regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water limitations. Geology Committee Award at Okanagan â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are on the edge of that resourceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College and University. capability; there is no room left for development apparently.â&#x20AC;? However, Roed also (NLUJPLZ.YV\W wants to pique the interest WK6W32%R[2/,9(5%&9+7 of local residents, expand 3KRQHHPDLOROLYHU#MPLQVFRP their knowledge of their surroundings and reveal its richly varied geologic dimensions that often hide in plain sight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The heart of the book is our maps of all the townTO;66<91(5<(9@465;/3@+9(>>055,9 OUR APRIL MONTHLY DRAW WINNER sites from Summerland to Osoyoos. They are full colour maps with all the for>PUULYVMH NPM[JLY[PĂ&#x201E; JH[L[V),@65+)30:: Winner of a $50 gift certificate to OK PHOTO LAB mations on there and with features of specific interest. This type of map has never been done before because we have bedrock as well as all the other glacial deposits combined on one map.â&#x20AC;? He has included side-

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The bluff There are several theories about the origins of McIntyre Bluff, one of the iconic landmarks in the Oliver area.

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Talented sisters support each other in music Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle

What do you get if you put two beautiful young women together with talent, hard work and dedication? Beautiful music, that’s what. Sisters Saige and Cassandre Carlson are a wonderful example of people who love what they do and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. Saige has been taking voice lessons for over four years and performs classical opera and wants to ob-

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Contributed To the Chronicle The spotted wing drosophila fruit fly is a serious pest to be reckoned with. That’s why the RDOS wants farmers to watch out for it this year. To fight the fly’s wrath, it is recommended that all soft fruit waste be frozen for at least two days before composting. Large volumes of soft fruit should be buried at least 12 inches deep or bagged in the hot sun for at least three days. For more information on this pest, contact the Ministry of Agriculture at http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/swd. htm

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Weather has impacted tourist numbers in Oliver community People from Malaysia, Australia, and Mexico have visited our town Carol Ann Quibell Special to the Chronicle According to Rhoda Brooks, tourism manager for the Oliver Tourism Association, the weather has definitely impacted the number of tourists in the area. “March numbers were down due to the weather and it was evident because on warm days the number of visitors increased,” said Brooks. However, snowbirds who are returning from the United States are staying in town a bit longer than usual before heading home to the northern parts of the province and Alberta. “Edmonton was covered in snow (recently) which kept some people here for a longer period of time.” Brooks said local events such as the recent Double O

Quilters show brings in a noticeable increase in visitors. So do local wineries. The numbers were up in 2010 over 2009, and although the tourist season has been delayed because of the weather, Brooks is optimistic there will still be many visitors to Oliver. “It will be interesting to see how 2011 pans out.” The Okanagan has had an increase in visitors compared to other regions in BC.” Recently, there were people from Malaysia, Australia, Mexico, Rhode Island, as well as visitors from New Brunswick and many locations in other parts of Canada and the United States. Beth Garrish from the Oliver Tourism Association said a community development specialist from the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association will host a full-day workshop in Oliver on May 26. Garrish said OTA will be pouring over the Oliver Tourism Plan to enhance marketing opportunities.

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cancer in their immediate family, they should be tested annually. That’s why the BC Cancer Agency offers free mammograms at least once every two years to BC women ages 40 to 79. Residents of rural areas or smaller communities do not necessarily have the appropriate equipment available for easy testing. That’s where the mobile van service is of a huge benefit to the women in Oliver. Gieck from Vancouver Island and Sheila Hall who lives in Kaslo are amongst a team of mammogram technologists who travel in the mobile van regularly throughout the province providing testing. Four or five times a year the Screening Mammography Program (SMP) comes to the South Okanagan in the fully equipped van and the technologists unload it into a facility such as the Oliver Senior Centre where it happened to be recently. With the help of volunteers like Trudy Weiler, who greets people at the reception desk, many women are able to take advantage of the testing. To find out when the mobile van is returning to Oliver call toll free 1-800-663-9203 and book an appointment for your mammogram screening.

Older women are encouraged to be screened for breast cancer. They can do this by taking advantage of the mobile van service, which was at the Oliver Senior Centre recently. From left are mammogram technicians Colleen Gieck and Sheila Hall. At right is volunteer Trudy Weiler.

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Hip hop night Join Jake Evans for an evening of hip hop at the Oliver Youth Centre on Saturday, May 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. Ever wanted to learn some dance moves but were afraid to try? Well, Evans will show you how. No experience is needed, and it’s free. The evening is for teenagers ages 12-18. For more information, call Murray at 250-485-2752.

Another bloomin’ sale

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Oliver Communities In Bloom will host its second annual Bloomin’ Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14 at the archives building on 350th Avenue. From left are CIB members Lynn Andersen, Gordon Hahn, Marion Boyd, Elsie Johnson and Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen.

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The beachcleaners

The Oliver Rotary Club used a recent spring day to clean Rotary Beach. The park is now open for the season. From left are Doug Corbishley, Ann Hayes, Kate Krist, Blaine Krist, Joan McCaughey, Gail Erickson, Patricia Currie with grandson, Ryder Yorke, Alf Hartviksen, Mary Unger, Bob Currie and John Bremmer.

Smith honoured Contributed To the Chronicle

The BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association is pleased to announce that Greg Smith from Oliver is the recipient of the 2011 BCTLA Distinguished Service Award.  Smith, a retired teacher from SOSS, is a committed social studies educator and he is currently the president of the BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association. He is also a long-time friend of BC teacher-librarians. For years he has provided the BCTLA forum with a monthly “Top 10 Picks” social studies resource list, helping to keep BC teacher-librarians up to date with what is available as socials resources. In 2009, when BCTLA was involved in assisting in the organization of the BC Digitization Symposium, Smith was specifically asked to attend (supported by the BCTF). He made great contributions toward the success of the event and the involvement of classroom teachers and teacher-librarians in supporting and having a voice in BC history digitization efforts.  However, one of Smith’s greatest contributions was (and is) his strong sentiment that, “. . . we need teacherlibrarians back” in BC schools. If it hadn’t been for Smith’s support, the health of school library programs and services in BC would be far worse than it is today.

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Teacher Marji Basso from Oliver Elementary School stands with Grade 5 students Shan Gill and Devon Nemeth. Missing are Ricky Launier and Dalaen Bontorin. The boy’s team recorded the fastest time in the Grade 4/5 heat at the district relay meet.

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Water twinning funds elude the Town again Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Securing funds to complete Phase 3 of Oliver’s water twinning project is like securing safe passage in a piranhainfested lake during a swim meet. It’s not going to happen anytime soon. That’s what a hopeful delegation was told by government officials in Victoria, which has Oliver resident Audrey Mayer fit to be tied. “Oh my God, I can’t even think right now. That’s ridiculous . . . I live near town and I don’t have (clean drinking) water.” Mayer, who lives on Island Road, has to boil her water because what comes out of her tap is not safe to drink. Area C Director Allan Patton, Mayor Pat Hampson, MLA John Slater, and consultant Terry Underwood recently met with the Ministry of Community and Rural Development. The contingent went there asking for two-thirds funding ($1.36 million) to complete the twinning north of Island Road at a cost These people who of approximately $2 milsay this are people lion. who can turn on But they left emptytheir taps and drink handed. “Minister (Ida) Chong (clean water) . . . advised us that the provI’m going to be a ince has no additional real squeaky wheel money for projects other because I’m choked. than those approved in -- Audrey Mayer 2010. She suggested that new money could be as far away as three to four years,” Hampson said. Mayer was stunned when she heard the news. “These people who say this are people who can turn on their taps and drink (clean water) . . . I’m going to be a real squeaky wheel because I’m choked.” Mayer said it’s a “royal pain” to have to boil her water. She’s also concerned about her elderly in-laws, who have to be reminded that they can’t drink from the tap. “It’s a hardship for them.” The mayor suggested to government officials that Phase 3 constituted a project with existing approval, but he was unsuccessful in that argument. Patton provided support using the need for potable water, and to end water advisories for his constituents. But Chong and her staff didn’t bite. They suggested the Town should apply for any one of three grants: the Innovation Fund, Strategic Priorities Fund and the Regionally Significant Project Fund. The ministry recommended that the Town’s applications should focus on measurable outcomes, cleaner water, conservation, and the community’s ability to pay. Immediately following the meeting, Patton presented the case for funding the Gallagher Lake sewer project connecting to the Osoyoos Indian Band sewer system. Continued on Pg B2...

Tennis, anyone?

Kersten Grant shows a lot of focus as she waits for a serve during the Peter Perkin Memorial Tennis Tournament in Oliver last weekend. A total of 15 teams competed in the event. See story on Page B9.

Basso seeks life in provincial politics Town Councillor Marji Basso won’t be seeking re-election this fall because she wants MLA John Slater’s job. “I have officially sent my nomination papers in to be considered an NDP nominee candidate for the next provincial election.” Basso said she considered this decision three years ago. The local school teacher said she has the full support of her family, a group of supporters who are willing to be part of her nomination team, and a couple of MLAs in the region. Full Service Pharmacy

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Provincial funds elude community once more

He expressed the immediate need to protect the ground water aquifer and the adjoining spring-fed Gallagher Lake from contamination from septic systems in nearby mobile home developments. Patton stated that the water table is no more than 10 feet from ground level, and that there is a substantial tourism industry dependant on the Gallagher Lake area, and a potential tourism development opportunity by the OIB on reserve lands bordering Gallagher Lake. Most importantly, this aquifer is where Gallagher Lake, Tuc-el-Nuit residents, Senkulmen Business Park, Vincor, and tourists receive their potable water, Patton noted. “When this ground water becomes contaminated the economic impact on the OIB, Area C and the Town of Oliver would be

devastating.” Patton said construction companies and contractors are presently in place now installing sewer systems in parts of Gallagher Lake. Doing the whole area right now would be, by far, the cheapest scenario possible, he pointed out. But as expected the answer from the minister on funding was the same as with Phase 3 of the water-twinning project, Patton said. Money can only be accessed through the gas tax fund, which is insufficient for many of the regional district’s needs. Patton concurred with Hampson that their time and efforts in Vancouver and Victoria were worthwhile despite no promise of funding.

Big celebrity wine festival teams up with United Way Jason Priestley, George Canyon on the star list

Contributed To the Chronicle Proceeds from the third annual Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival will go towards vulnerable children and youth of the South Okanagan through United Way.   The event will take place from June 9 to 12. It is a four-day weekend that combines food, wine, celebrities, and community.   “The local wine industry wants to see kids succeed,” said Glenn Fawcett. “We looked around the community to see how best we could help and felt that we could reach the most children through United

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Way.” Through fundraising and community development United Way supports local social service agencies that help vulnerable children, families, and seniors.   “We are thrilled that the Osoyoos Celebrity Wine Festival wants to support United Way,” said United Way Coordinator for the South Okanagan Similkameen, Tracy St. Claire. “We know how much difference support like this can make in a child’s life and for the community as a whole.”     To find out more about the festival visit www.osoyooscelebritywinefestical.com or contact Fawcett at 250-498-0666.  To find out more about United Way - South Okanagan Similkameen visit www.unitedwaysos. com or contact St. Claire at 250-492-2842.

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Sen Pok Chin pupils learn ‘eggs-citing’ stuff Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle “All they pretty much do is walk around,” said six-year-old Carter, looking at the incubator . . . “and every time the little chicks grow to adults they’ll be pooping eggs.” This was his keen observations of a new food security program at Sen Pok Chin school, where students can’t wait to come to class every morning. With a $5,000 grant from Interior Health, the school purchased an incubator and 24 eggs, which started to hatch last week. Within a span of six hours one day, eight eggs hatched to the amazement of students. “They’re fluffy, they’re cute and friendly,” said seven-year-old Larissa. “All they do is walk around,” Carter reiterated. “I like scrambled eggs,” another girl chirped. Six-year-old Dominik said if they didn’t have the incubator, the eggs would get too cold and die. “We can see yellow trying to hatch,” Larissa said excitedly, looking at another egg in the process of hatching. Principal Heather Kelliher said it’s a wonderful program that connects children to sources of food beyond what they see in the grocery store. “It has huge potential. The kids see sustainability and learn a skill in what it takes to raise chickens.” And that’s exactly what the students will be doing . . . being little farmers.

A member of the Osoyoos Indian Band is building a chicken house, where the chicks will be raised into adult chickens, which will supply the school with eggs for its breakfast program. How cool is that? “Food security is all about making sure that everyone has easy access to healthy, locally grown foods,” said Interior Health nutritionist Rose Soneff. Kelliher admitted the school board initially had some reservations about the program, but finally approved it. “We’ve expanded the board’s view of education. I think school should be about memorable experiences,” Kelliher said. She noted the children were so excited about the program that staff had to move the incubator out of the classroom; the students had a hard time focusing on their work. “Some kids were so shocked that chickens come from eggs. It was the first time a lot of them saw anything born. It’s a really good learning tool,” Kelliher said. The driving force behind the program is education assistant Kim Moffatt. And for pupils in Jacquie Hollingshead’s class, it’s a treat. Grade 1 student Tearrance Louie demonstrated how the chicks will sit in the cardboard chicken coop in the hallway. On the wall of the coop, a student wrote: “Don’t be afraid of me. I’m your mother. Don’t run and don’t panic.” Another student drew a heart and put it face down on the incubator for all the chicks to see.

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Tearrance Louie pretends to be a chick crouching inside this cardboard chicken coop the pupils built in the hallway. The chicks will be placed in this temporary coop before moving outside to a wooden coop, which is currently being constructed.

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Kiwanians welcome. Call 250-498-0889. MAY 28 - McKinney Road area. Leaders choice, explores old logging roads. Meet at CPR station at 9:30 am. Call 250-485-0263. MAY 28 - Oliver legion is sponsoring and Elvis impersonator performance in the upstairs hall. Doors open at 6 pm. Snacks & drinks. Show at 8 pm. Admission fee applies. All welcome. MAY 29 - Walk for Dog Guides in Lions Park at 12:15 pm. Registration at 11:45 am Call 250-498-2055. JUNE 1 - Oliver/Osoyoos Aktion Club meets 11 am at Kiwanis Manor. 34822-99 St. Call 250-495-6617. JUNE 7 - Lioness meeting. Call Linda at 250-498-3710. JUNE 11 - Taylor Lake with Skip King. Moderately difficult. May be long. Meet at CPR station at 8 am. Call 250-485-0263. JUNE 14 - Lions meeting. Call Linda at 250-498-3710. JUNE 14 - Kiwanis club of Oliver meets at noon for lunch at comm. centre. Potential Kiwanians welcome. Call 250-498-0889. JUNE 15 - Oliver/Osoyoos Aktion Club meets 6 pm at Kiwanis Manor. 34822-99 St. Call 250-495-6617.

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Lawns don’t need a lot of water We’ve all received our first water bill, and with the ar- lawn looking green, here are a few tips. rival of spring, the first thought that came to my mind was, Water when the weather is cool, dark, humid, and wind“oh no, we haven’t even started watering the garden yet.” less. An optimal time is early in the morning before sunWe all love our gardens and our green lawns, so with rise or after sundown. This allows the water to soak in, this column I hope to pass on some water saving options. instead of evaporating with the sun or blowing away with Our backyard is an extension of our home. We spend the wind. time outside and take pride in our little green Ensure your sprinkler is not watering the sanctuaries. Armed with the following informapavement. I assure you it won’t grow. tion, we found there are many things we can do It is best to water deeply and infrequently. By to save water. soaking the soil to the bottom of the root zone, A few of the general topics I will be covering plants are encouraged to grow roots into deeper are: having a careful garden design with high, soil, instead of spreading sideways. Lawns benmedium, and low water use zones; building up efit from approximately one inch of water per the soil so it can hold more moisture; having irrigation. To determine if one inch has been practical turf areas; installing efficient irrigation sprinkled, place several straight-sided containsystems; selecting drought-tolerant plants; using ers, such as tuna cans, around your lawn. When mulch; and harvesting rainwater. the water is an inch deep, turn off the water. Let’s start with the lawn; ahh, the beloved Let the lawn dry out a little between watering. well-manicured expanses of green grass that our Water-Wise If the grass starts to lay flat, or footprints are left culture has held on to from the colonial past. But in the lawn when you walk across it, then it is with Paula time to irrigate again. the time has come to take a second look. Green lawns are costly to maintain – financially, time Paula Rodriguez de la Vega If there is a healthy soil layer under your wise, and hard on the environment. It is time to lawn, you shouldn’t need to water your lawn unask, “How much lawn do I really need? Can I reduce the til June. In July and August, water once every seven to 10 square footage of lawn? Can I let some of it go golden in days. In September and October adjust watering to once the hot summer months, and only keep a certain section every 10-15 days. soft and green?” Stay tuned for more water conservation tips. In the Conventional Bluegrass lawns are by far the thirstiest meantime, enjoy the spring showers and get ready for our plants in town. Reducing the size of lawn is the most effec- Okanagan summer days. Ah, you’ve got to love living in tive way to reduce water use. But if you choose to keep that Canada’s driest valley.

Fire centre announces fire prohibition

Effective at noon on May 15, open fires will be restricted within most of the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public. The restriction will remain in effect until Oct. 15 or until further notice.   This ban prohibits the following: burning any waste, slash or other material; burning stubble or grass; and the use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description.  Acting fire information officer Michaela Swan said the prohibition applies to the Oliver area as well. All open burning will be prohibited across the Kamloops Fire Centre effective June 15.   The ban does not apply to campfires that are half a metre high by half a metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area, and must have a

hand tool or at least eight litres of water nearby to properly extinguish a fire escape.  The Kamloops Fire Centre is currently experiencing dry conditions and an elevated fire hazard, which has resulted in 26 wildfires since April 1. Please ensure campfires are not lit or kept burning during windy conditions, and ensure that adequate tools, water and people are on hand to contain a fire, and that it is fully extinguished before leaving the area.  This ban covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire. Contravening the prohibition could result in a ticket for $345, or if convicted in court, a fine of up to $100,000 and a sentence of one year in jail. If a wildfire is caused, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000.

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

OLIVER ALLIANCE Just north of town on Hwy 97

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

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

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

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

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B8 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Smile of the week

Art and photography fuel Leza’s passion in life What is your most important value and why? I like to listen. I can learn a lot from researched dialogues of the opposite opinions.

Why did you choose to live in this town? Peace and quiet. In the city my studio was just down from a heli-pad. I also believe in the hundred-mile diet, I like wine, so here I am, in the wine country. What would make Oliver a nicer community? Oliver is fabulous, as it gets nicer my smile muscles will pop. Do you have a goal in life? To create a global market for my paintings. Want to buy a painting? If you had one super power, what would it be? Mother Nature . . . with attitude. If you won the $50 million Max lottery, what would you do with the money? Double it. I am a great capitalist. I do this by helping people get what they want. And really how many pairs of Manolo Blahnik’s do I need? If you were the mayor of Oliver, what would you do? Can’t even think about it. I have spent enough of my precious time documenting politicians. Politics gives me indigestion. However, I will vote and let my opinions be known. I know I will not always agree with the decisions made by Oliver Town Council, but I respect them for taking on a job that I will not. If you could meet one person in the entire world, who would it be and why? Oprah, I like her business attitude.

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What is your pet peeve in this community? No place to buy Manolo Blahniks.

If you could fast forward the Town of Oliver by 50 years, what can you visualize? A beautiful eco-tourism village, centered around the arts and vineyards, sculpture gardens and interpretive centres. Oops, I can hear the blood vessels popping. There is good future profits in eco-businesses and tourism. All business now should follow the rules of sustainable development, so that in the EVER DEVELOPED! future Oliver is still here in 50 years and not lost under SCREEN ROOM bad planning. On Tuc-elNuit Road a gravel pit has

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been turned into a vineyard. Brilliant. What is the perfect day for you in Oliver? Being home, sipping a cup of tea, painting, playing with the cats, gardening, walking the labyrinth in the backyard. What community issues need the most attention? I haven’t been here long enough to make an informed statement. I am still watching and listening. What would be your ideal job? Oh my stars, I have it. I am a professional photographer and artist. Who inspires you the most? Michelangelo and da Vinci. Leibovitz and Scavullo If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? Make world peace profitable. Curb our use of fossil fuels. Teachers, doctors, nurses and moms get paid and are idealized the same as movie and sports stars. What is your greatest extravagance? Crayons and cameras, cats and fine tea. What living person do you most admire? The social worker I had when I was 10. When and where were you happiest? Here in this moment. Even though some days can be real tough, I feel happier every day. Which talent would you most like to have? I’d like to play the piano. Who are your heroes in real life? Ordinary people who stand up for their beliefs and the rights of others. What or who is your greatest love in your life? Art, cats, The Ex, friends, the order varies. What is it that you most dislike? Bullies, people that don’t listen. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Producing an art show in Paris, France. What is your favourite book? The I Ching What is your favourite meal? Kraft dinner. I’m partial to the neon orange food group.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Oliver Riding Club hosts ‘Children’s Wish’ ride on May 14 Contributed To the Chronicle Oliver Riding Club is once again hosting its very successful fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation with a trail ride. Children’s Wish grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to critically ill children. Please see the website at www.childrenswish.ca/ provincialwishtrailride for more information on this group and their good work with children. The Oliver ride will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the home of Geoff and Janet Neily, 4188 Green Lake Road near Willowbrook. Registration is at 9 a.m. A two-hour ride starts at 10 a.m., and a one-hour ride starts at 10:30. There is a beautiful, safe trail, lunch for all riders, ample parking, bathroom facilities, water for your horses, prizes for top pledge earners (adult and junior) and lots of “loonie” draws and silent auction items for other great prizes.

Last year more than $2,900 was raised, and thanks to the help of local supporters’ kind and generous donations, all of what was pledged went to Children’s Wish. Pledge sheets can be picked up at many local businesses or from the website. Pledges over $25 are tax deductible. For further information or assistance contact Janice Goodman at 250-497-6437 or sundancer@telus.net Each year thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Since 1984, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to 16,000 children and their families. The Foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child, and with the help of volunteers and generous donors, the group is able to grant nearly three wishes every day. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family.

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Join the Oliver Riding Club this Saturday as it hosts the Children’s Wish ride on Green Lake Road near Willowbrook.

There was plenty of action last Saturday and Sunday at the first annual Peter Perkin Memorial Tennis Tournament. Fifteen teams from Oliver and area vied for the honour of having their names inscribed on the winning trophy. All teams honoured one of our fine citizens - Eric Rundle (Peter) Perkin, who passed away on March 2 in Oliver. Players came from as far north as Williams Lake and as far south as Omak, Washington. The trophy was handmade by Greg Smith from a tennis-playing elephant that belonged to Peter, and was fixed to a burl from one of the trees recently cut down at the Oliver park close to the tennis courts. At noon on Saturday, a short memorial was held for Peter, who contributed much to the sport of tennis in the valley, as a player, a club executive member and as a teacher of the sport.

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Peter spent many hours training students from SOSS DONATIONS will be accepted and can be dropped off at as well as adults throughout the valley in the finer points Saturday, May 28th 9712 - 356th Ave. until 5pm, Friday, May 27th. of the game. His only reward was that he had more partfrom 8am - 3pm ners and opponents to play his game. Peter’s devotion to tennis, and his broad knowledge of the game and its players is legendary in tennis circles. 7th Annual Mel Shannon Memorial Peter’s memory will be Non-Registered Trap Shoot kept alive with a permanent plaque at the Oliver tennis courts that was unveiled by his widow Ingrid during the memorial cerSquad Registration: 8:00 a.m. emony. Shooting Starts: 9:00 a.m. Peter Perkin, an Oliver resident and contributor to his community will be Sportsmen’s Bowl • Sportsmen’s Bowl Rd. (384th Ave.) missed by many.

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B10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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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 $6.00 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. 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

AUTOS

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

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1981 CAMPERIZED Dodge van, good shape 318 motor ALSO 1988 Dodge Ram, 318 motor. Call before 8 pm 250-498-2571.

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

BOW FLEX POWER PRO includes “leg attachment”, mint condition. Purchased at $1900. Sell for $700. Call Gary at 250-498-6169.

FREE - Pool table. Not slate, good condition. Call 250498-4196.

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EMPLOYMENT

OSOYOOS HUSKY needs Cook, 3 to 4 afternoon shifts per week. Wages depending on experience. Apply in person to Diane or Reena with resume. 43p42

ATHINA’S DESERT DAY SPA is looking for full time/ part time qualified estheticians, spa practitioners, and massage therapists to join our team. Must be willing to work hard, set goals for yourself and be self motivated. Students in the esthetics program are welcome to apply. Please drop off resume & cover letter in person at Athina’s. Located at 34214Hwy 97, Oliver. 45c3

NANAK GHADU needs 1 F/T farm worker from June 20 to Sept 30, 2011. $9.28 hr. in Oliver, BC. Call 250498-0788. 46mc2

NOTICES

NOTICES

SPRING YARD SALE! 1st Okanagan Falls Girl Guides & Okanagan Falls Beaver Colony’s SPRING YARD SALE. 9 am to 2 pm. on Sunday, May 15th. NO early birds! OK Falls Elementary School field (next to community centre) at 1141-Cedar St. Please drop off good, resaleable, reuseable items (no junk please) between 8-9 am at this location, or call for pick-up arrangement. Tina Doherty, Guide leader at 1-250-497-6426 or Mike Snair, Beaver leader at 1-250-497-6614. All proceeds support unit activities. Thank you for your support.

WATSON, HILDA 1929 - 2011 An “Interment” service will be held for the late Hilda Watson, formerly of Oliver. Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Fairview Cremation Section of the Oliver Cemetery (Lot J-2 Block 26). 46mc2

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

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

1) 1992 MAZDA B2600i, excab, 4x4, with canopy. Good for hunting. $2,000 OBO. 300,000 plus kms. 2) 1980 HONDA Custom motorcycle. 750 cc. In great shape, kept indoors. Motor redone last spring. Less than 7,000 kms. $3,500 OBO. Call after 5 pm. 250485-0258. 45p2

OLIVER RENTAL CENTRE is looking for Full/Part time help. Must have drivers licence and be available weekends. Male or female, experience is an asset but not a must. Call 250-4857865. 46c2

Need 2 to 3 full time seasonal workers for KHOSA FARM. 2280 Upper Bench Rd. Cawston. $9.28 per. hour. When picking fruit, will price by BC Employment Standards. From May 15 to Oct. 15, 2011. Jobs include thinning, picking, weeding. Call 250-499-9185. 46mc3

F/T MEDICAL OFFICE assistant needed for busy family practice clinic in Oliver, BC. Call 250-485-0359 for further information. 46v2

DESERT HILLS WINERY AND TOOR VINEYARDS needs 2 F/T vineyard managers. Starting $15 hr. English or Punjabi speaking preferred. Starting immediately. Please fax resume 250-4983015 or E-mail: info@deserthills.ca 46c2

CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU ANSWERS

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MARY KAY - SKIN CARE Finally, skin care that’s made for you. Call Margaret Ogilvie at 250-498-4020. Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Jul01/11

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

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

SAMSONG DCS Falcon compact phone system. Inc. 6 phones and the brains for 3 lines. Good for small office. $500. Call 250-498-6688. 44p4

MAYTAG W/D, $650. Call 250-498-6744. 45p3

FLY FISHERMAN’S PACKAGE 8’ wooden single man boat. Pkg. includes: removable seat, dual rod holders, new 5’ oars, dimensions 8’ x 4’, /60 lbs. Asking price $700. Go fishing today. Call Gary at 250-498-6169. 46p1

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FOR SALE - 3 position Lazy Boy style medical lift chair, like new, $700. ALSO wooden frame futon with 6” mattress, like new, $250. Call 250-498-4543. 46p4

MOVING SALE - furniture and household effects. Call 250-498-5511. 46p1

FOR SALE - Coffee table, sofa table, and three end tables (two oval, one round). Excellent condition. Make and offer. Call 250-498-2923. 46v2

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

FOR SALE - beautiful solid wood bedroom furniture: dresser, headboard, and queen size bed. Grapevine motif. Excellent condition $300. Please phone for Saturday viewing 250-2957187. 46p2

GOLF CART. Gas, good condition. Call 250-4985171. 46p1

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FREE - 20” Samsung tube TV with remote, works well. Can deliver. Call 250-4980074. 46f2

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LANDSCAPE

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

LOST AND FOUND

FOUND - Gold ring at SuperValu on April 15th. Call 250-498-2636 to identify. 45f2

MANUFACTURED HOMES

THOUSANDS IN OPTIONS FREE!! Canada’s largest builder, SRI Homes, are offering unbelievable discounts. Call or visit Lake Country Modular Homes Inc,. conveniently located next to SRI’s Winfield factory. Custom designs, factory tours, expert advice & service. Call Alan or Robert toll free at 1-866-7662214 www.LCMhomes.com 40ctf

REAL ESTATE

FOR SALE BY OWNER. 1-7930 362 Ave. Oliver, BC. Attractive 2 bdrm, 2 bath townhouse on one level. Great location close to all amenities. Central air, gas fireplace, all appliances and window coverings included. Approx. 1200 sq/ft. Low monthly fees. Some restrictions apply. 40 + and no children. Asking $195,900. Call to view. 250-498-2940. 45p2


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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

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

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

OLIVER, $950 month plus util, house, rural, 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Avail immed. OSOYOOS $850 month - plus utilities. condo - 1 bdrm, plus den Desert Court - Avail. immed. (1 unit left.) KALEDEN $725 month - util. included. 2 bdrm bsmt suite home avail. immed.

tor, underground parking, exercise and games room. Available June 1, 2011. 3) Three bedrooms on the top floor of a home in Oliver. Lovely spacious home with large yard. $850 plus utilities. Call Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. For more information on these rentals or properties available in Osoyoos at 250-498-6222.

1700 sq ft shop in Ok Falls with hoist, compressor, air lines and 400 sq ft bachelor suite. $1000 month. Call 250-498-7369.

OSOYOOS Long-term tenants wanted. newly renovated interior. 2 bdrm house for rent. Close to lake with partial view. N/S, N/P, W/D included. $ 875.00 month + util. Call Jay at 250-4957544.

1998 - 8 1/2 ft. CAMPER. Clean, good condition, 3 way fridge, stove, furnace, bathroom with shower. Asking $6,000. Call 250-4982803. 45v2

2008 23’ SEA RAY SELECT, incl trailer, like new, less than 35 hours. Can be seen at Desert Gem RV Resort. $35,000. Call 520-7097160. 45v3

1991 CORSAIR FIFTH WHEEL 25.5 ft. A/C, awning, glass shower doors, skylight, solar reflective windows, good tires, gas/elec. W/H (used 2 weeks). Roof vent covers. Asking $6,800 Call 250-498-2992. 45v3

RENTALS

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

HORSE ACCOMMODATIONS, barn, 5 acre pasture, 4 paddocks w/ shelters, round pen riding ring. $400 month. Call 250-4987369. 44v4

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

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

LARGE beautiful 2 bdrm, 2 bath, totally renovated, laminate floors, large deck, fenced yard, 2 living rooms, W/D, dishwasher, A/C. Close to everything. Looking for long-term tenants. $950 month. Call 250-485-7608.

Amos Realty

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

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PARK MODEL trailer beside a 1300 sq ft shop, $800 month. (will consider renting separately at $500 each) Call 250-498-7369.

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MINI INDOOR storage in OK Falls. Units starting at $50 month + HST. Call 250488-9076.

3 BDRM HOME, rural setting in Osoyoos. 4 appl. N/S, N/P. New paint, flooring & carpet. $700 month + util. Avail June 1st. Call 1-250860-0224.

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ONLINE APPLICATIONS AND UNIT PHOTOS@ www.amosrealty.com Check us out at www.stratawatch.ca

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AVAILABLE IN OLIVER. 1) One bedroom plus den, condo in Casa Rio. Views of the fountain. $850 plus utilities. Rent negotiable for good, long term tenant. 2) Two bedroom condo in building C of Casa Rio. $900 plus utilities. Rent includes, storage, secure entry, eleva-

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B14 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS RENTALS

RENTALS

RENTALS

SERVICES

SERVICES

WANTED

FOR RENT - Avail. June 1. 1 bdrm cabin, 5 km south of Oliver. $450 mth. utilities included. Call after 6 pm 250498-4671.

LOVELY, SPACIOUS 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath condo in Osoyoos. 1 blk from beach avail. May 1. Laundry rm, AC, 5 app., fplace, tile floors, pool on-site. NS, cat or small dog OK. $875 mth + utilities. Call 250-498-4274.

TWO BDRM basement suite for rent. $550 mth. Call 250498-4404.

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

iver where we work and provide a better environment for our family. Call Lynnda 250-498-2920 or cell 250859-9244.

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2 BDRM suite for rent. Available now. $795 mth. All utilities included (A/C, Satellite, Laundry). References required. Phone 250-495-4325 , 250-689-0240 or 250-5351464.

1 BDRM. Apartment. 34656-99 St. Oliver, N/P, $600 mth. includes heat. Avail. June 1. Call 250-4982243.

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

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2 BDRM. MOBILE. Avail. July 1. Extensive renovations, 4 appliances, large covered deck. Yard and beautiful rural setting. 5 min. from Oliver. N/S, N/P. Long term preferred, $750 plus utilities. Call Terry 250-4985521.

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1 BDRM COTTAGE in town. $500 month + util. Avail June 1st. Call after 6 pm 250-498-4671. 45v2

36 FT. FIFTH WHEEL. Skirted, with deck. 6 km N of Oliver by Jackson Triggs. Access to OK River. $730 mth. includes utilities and cable. Damage deposit and ref. required. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045. 3 BDRM HOUSE. Newly renovated. N/P, near Road 3. $800 mth. plus utilities. Call Garry 250-498-6619 or 250498-9696.

WATER-VIEW 3 BDRM, 2 bath, spacious, well maintained house. Near downtown Osoyoos. Fruit trees, reasonable rent ($850 month.) For mature tenants willing to care for property. 1 year plus lease. Avail. July 1. Call 403-233-8692.

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4 BDRM. HOUSE. North of Oliver. $1,200 mth includes utilities. Call 250-809-1975.

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

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

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FOR LEASE OR RENT 2,000 sq. ft fruit stand. Cold storage, washroom and new roof. Corner of Road 1 and Hwy. 97 Southwinds Crossing. Call 250-485-8205. Ask for Surinder Mann.

Noémia Santana Estevão Rosa 1925 - 2011

1 BDRM. APARTMENT. Good location in town. $420 mth, plus utilities. Avail. June 1. Call lunch time or evenings 250-498-4332. 46p1

RETAIL SPACE. Approx 1400 sq. ft. Main St, Osoyoos. Call 250-446-2083. 45v4

Noémia Santana Estevão Rosa, born on October 9, 1925 in Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal, received her angel wings on April 28th, 2011 in Osoyoos. She left this world peacefully. She was predeceased by her dear parents, António João Estevão and Maria da Conceição Santana Estevão, her brother, António João Santana Estevão, and nephew, Johnny Rosa Estevão. Noémia is missed by Manuel Marceliano Gonçalves Rosa, her beloved husband of nearly 68 years (May 17/43); her dearest sister, Elizabeth Santana Estevão Narciso (Joe); her treasured children, Maria and Rolf Dammel, Clara Rosa, Sandra and Richard Law and Richard and Elva Rosa; her grandchildren, Marnie Mylene (Mitchell), Shawna (Lorenzo), Justin (Lee-Anne), Jason (Lisa), Jared (Kristen), Jaquelen (Jason), Carol-Ann and Robby; and great grandchildren, Sofia, Maya, Noah, Isabella, Angelina, Diego, Rori, Carter, Blake, Josh, Julianna, Roanin, Nevaeh and Steele, as well as many relatives in Portugal. Noémia, Manuel and their children were one of the first Portuguese families to make their home in Oliver. They arrived in 1957 and bought an orchard. Noémia ran their fruit stand in Okanagan Falls. They retired to Portugal to spend time with their aging parents, built a beautiful home and Noémia created a beautiful garden. The children and grandchildren enjoyed many visits with them. In the last few years Noémia has lived in Osoyoos where she has enjoyed her large family. A memorable family reunion and party in her honour was held for her 85th birthday. During her final days she enjoyed her family, participated in Mass and delighted in the cherry blossoms outside her window. Noémia, generous of heart and constant of faith, will live on in her descendents and in our memories. A memorial Mass was held at 11 am, Thurs. May 5th, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oliver, BC. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

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

SERVICES

DEAN MALMBERG

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

JULIE’S UPHOLSTERY SPRING IS HERE! Ski-doo, quad & bike seats. Boat interiors, RV’s, auto’s, household furnishings. Call Julie 250-495-2753 www.juliesupholstery.com 40v9

GREEN AS GRASS LAWN MAINTENANCE Lawn maintenance Fertilizing Small pruning jobs Call 250-498-6741. 44p18

RODNEY’S HANDYMAN SERVICE Quality work guaranteed. Painting, tile, laminate floors, windows, doors etc. NO JOB TOO SMALL. Call 250-498-2210.

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

ARGON ELECTRICAL SERVICES Residential - Commercial Electric Heating

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

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In loving memory

July 2011

Call 250-485-8919 Randy or 250-485-3766 Vincent.

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SHOEING & TRIMMING Hot & Cold & Corrective. Call Dan at 250-486-6662 for appointment. 45p18

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

OBITUARY

In loving memory

Audrey Eileen Sargent 1922 - 2011

On Monday, May 2, 2011, Mrs. Audrey Eileen Sargent passed away peacefully at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos at the age of 88 years. Audrey will be fondly remembered by her loving family in Ontario, including siblings, Matthew, Mary, Jim and Leona and families. Audrey enjoyed a long distinguished career working administration in various offices in North Bay, ON and in various places in BC. Audrey was predeceased by her spouse, Don Smith. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Mariposa Gardens for their special care and compassion for Audrey. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

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

TESTALINDA EQUIPMENT Agricultural Tractor Parts. Equipment Welding and Repairs. testalinda@telus.net Call 250-498-3343. 46c1

DEB’S SEWING SERVICES minor repairs, alterations & custom sewing. Call for appt. 250-498-2116 after 4 pm or leave a message. 46p4

WANTED

WANTED TO RENT - Educated, hard working couple with two children and two cats, (spayed), looking to rent clean well maintained three bedroom home. We would like to be closer to Ol-

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YARD SALES

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

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

YARD SALE. MAY 14 AND 15. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. 36873-79 St. Call 250498-7060. Upright freezer, $300. Household and more. Everything must go. MOVING. 46p1

YARD SALE FOR THE CURE! RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty 9712-356 Ave, Oliver. Sat. May 28, 8:00 am 3:00 pm. Treasures old and new - Donations welcome! All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. Warm smiles & tasty treats provided by the RE/MAX Realtors! 46c3

YARD SALE: Friday, May 13. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Located at the back alley of 35616-99 St. Across from Sears. 46p1

MOVING SALE: 36887 - 83 St. New reno materials, appliances, lawn tools and much more. Sat, May 14. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. 46p1


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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

YARD SALES

LARGE YARD SALE. May 14 & 15. 33668-101 St. Off Road 2. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bit of everything, daycare toys, tools, bird cages, generator, household items, antiques, inflatable rafts, fishing rods, kids bikes, tread-mill, misc. camping items and lots more. 46p1

HUGE GARAGE SALE. All of Willowglen subdivision. 36878-87 B St. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sat. May 14. Musical instruments, tools, household, etc. 46mc1

OLIVER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB GARAGE SALE. Sat. May 14. Medical Clinic parking lot (across from SuperValu) 8:00 am till ??? Misc. items for sale! 46p1

YARD SALE - FRI. and SAT, May 13 and 14. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sawmill Road, 34273. Baby items, misc. and household. Weather permitting. 46p1

BLOOMIN’ YARD AND PLANT SALE. Sat. May 14, 9:00 am - 12:00. Archives building at the corner of 350 Ave. and 97 St. Fundraiser for Communities in Bloom. 46p1

YARD SALE - Books, self help, spirituality, self help, appliances, furniture, garden stuff, tools,. Sat. May 14. 8:00 am. 35064-109 St. 46v1

ICBC’s top five tips for buying a used car No. 1 - Find the right model for you: There are many different makes and models of vehicles on the market to choose from. You'll be considering how it looks, colour, comfort and hopefully, its safety features. You'll also want to decide if you need the vehicle primarily for commuting, work or family; and consider other aspects like fuel efficiency, comparable prices, resale value, insurance costs and the reliability of the model. Research your options for buying the vehicle - can you buy it outright or would it be better to lease?  No. 2 - Know who you're buying from: Buying from a registered dealer can give you additional peace of mind and you can also check their business record with the Better Business Bureau. If you decide to purchase a used vehicle privately, make sure you're taking some extra steps to avoid being taken advantage of by a curber (people who sell vehicles without a dealer's licence, which is a requirement of the Vehicle Sales Authority). A sure-fire way to tell if you're dealing with a curber, and not a legitimate private seller, is to search whatever source you're using - whether it's craigslist or the classifieds section of the newspaper - and see if their number is listed with another vehicle. If you go ahead with a private purchase, we also recommend that that the seller accompanies you to an Autoplan broker's office to complete the transfer of ownership.

and letters used to identify it. You should confirm that the VIN on the dashboard matches the vehicle registration form. Check for signs of tampering with the VIN, like loose or mismatched rivets, scratched numbers, tape, glue or paint. You should also inspect the odometer for signs of tampering - look to see if the numbers are aligned and that the mileage is consistent with the condition of the vehicle (a car travels an average of 25,000 km per year).  No. 5 - Bring in the professionals: After you've done your own homework and taken the vehicle for a good test drive on local roads and on the highway, it's time to get a professional inspection done by a qualified mechanic. If you're not sure who should inspect the vehicle then BCAA's standard vehicle inspection is a good choice. Their 143-point visual, instrument and performance inspection is very thorough. A little research can go a long way in protecting you when you're buying a used vehicle. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before signing on the dotted line and handing over payment. If at any point along the process something causes you concern, your best option may be to walk away from the sale. Importantly, if a deal on a vehicle seems too good to be true - it probably is.

 No. 3 - Take a history lesson: A vehicle history report can tell you a lot about the car you're thinking of buying, like whether it's been in a major crash and subsequently written off and rebuilt, has any liens on it or if it's flood-damaged. A vehicle's status is one of the most important pieces of information about a vehicle. ICBC's Vehicle Claims History report may include all you need to know but if you want a more detailed report, have specific concerns about the vehicle's history or if its registration shows it was imported from outside of B.C., we recommend the CarProof Verified B.C. report. This will give you details on all ICBC claims, plus information from insurers and vehicle databases across Canada and the U.S. You cancompare the two reports on icbc.com.  No. 4 - Give it your own inspection: Since 1981, every vehicle has been manufactured with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) - a unique combination of 17 numbers

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B16 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SPORTS

Wine Capital of Canada Triathlon runs Sunday More than 300 athletes gearing up for big race in our community

Contributed To the Chronicle The ninth annual Wine Capital of Persona Oliver Half Iron will take place on Sunday, May 15 in Oliver. This event will see Oliver host more than 300 athletes from around BC, Alberta and Washington State. The race has become a fixture on the Okanagan triathlon circuit. It is known for being a family event, having a great course and for its supportive volunteers. The race started in 2003 with 128 athletes.

“The athletes feel very welcome here to both race and train,” said race director Joe Dixon. “It has been nice to see participation in this event as their first triathlon ever and then move up to longer distance races such as the Oliver Half Iron and Ironman Canada. It’s always a pleasure working with the community volunteers and the Town staff to hold a first rate event. We’re a little concerned about weather this year, but if the weather warms up for race week the lake temperature should be fine for race day.” Local athletes racing this year include Ed and Lorraine Dukes and Lee Mounsey from Oliver. As the first open water swim triathlon on the 2011 race calendar, the event will see first-timers and experienced athletes racing. The event will host a sprint and Olympic

Racers revving engines for big season opener Shana Cachola Special to the Chronicle

as “Redneck Row.”  Many favourites from past years as well as new racers will make a showing in the Members of the Wine Country Racing season opener.  Whether you’re the type of Association (WCRA) are gearing up for the fan to bring your lawn chair, fill the stands 2011 racing season in the South Okanagan, or be considered among the few and proud in Redneck Row, come early to reserve with a season-opening race on May 15.  The planning is complete and the orga- your best seat. Concessions are on site for nizing has been done. The rest is up to the the whole family to enjoy.  Richter Pass Motorplex is housed at racers and the fans.  Teams have been buzzing in their shops the Osoyoos Airport. Gates open on Sunfor weeks making changes to engines, day, May 15 at 9 a.m. Qualifying races bebuilding new suspensions, fine-tuning and gin around 11 a.m., with the main event tweaking any new additions to the cars.  around 1 p.m. Racers are reminded to come early for But all the racers know this work is for registration and tech inspection. An admisnaught without the fans.  The October 3, 2010 “Rumble in the Val- sion fee applies for adults, but children 12 ley” race boasted over 100 drivers and 300 and under are admitted free.   For more information you can go online: fans. People of all ages, walks of life and both genders filled the bleachers, lined the www.winecountryracing.ca or call 250fences and packed the area lovingly known 495-3262.  

Photo contributed

Osoyoos’ Kevin Doyle gives the signal from the burnout box when the cars are set and ready. Volunteers like Doyle make race day possible at Richter Pass Motorplex.

distance race with the sprint race on Sunday morning. Past winners of the Oliver Half Iron, Tom Evans of Naramata and Kyle Marcotte of Calgary, are slated to square off in the Olympic distance race this year and are the men to watch. Registration and the pre-race Expo take place on Saturday at Oliver Parks and Recreation. The race starts at 8 a.m. Sunday with the final finisher expected to cross the finish line at Rotary Beach by 11:30. Following the race, the awards and barbecue lunch for athletes and volunteers will take place at Rotary Beach. Please note that the transition area for the event will be at road level on 81st street, and this section behind Rotary Beach will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on race day.

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