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A lot of memories

Brian Tache from H&M Excavating watches over the demolition of the old foundation of Southern Okanagan Secondary School as workers continue to clear the site following the September 12 fire. Tache graduated from the school in 1972, and has a lot of memories that will never be demolished. School District 53 is working on conceptual plans for the rebuilding of SOSS.


Canada Post hopes to finalize mailing address changes in Oliver by August. Read all about it.


Wish I may, wish I might. Oliver council members express their goals for the new year.


The Oliver-Osoyoos Christmas Bird Count resulted in 21,816 feathered friends being recorded.

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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.

SWEET CHERRIES to the Elks Club for buying my son five great Christmas presents. - A grateful mom SWEET CHERRIES for Mary from the Kiwanis Club for donating a TV to my elderly neighbour. -Thankful community member SWEET CHERRIES to the volunteers at Casa Rio who decorated all the buildings once again for the holidays. -Happy resident

Address changes to be done in August Oliver residents asked not to change their mailing address until Canada Post says Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Once again, residents in Oliver and Area C are being asked not to change their mailing address until they hear from Canada Post. If this feels like déjà vu, that’s because delivery services officer Rick Ould is saying it again, and again, and again. “The city sent out letters to everyone not to change their address, but people either didn’t read it or didn’t understand it and started changing their addresses,” Ould said. These actions have made it very confusing for Canada Post, he pointed out. Tom Szalay, Oliver’s municipal manager, said the Town sent out letters to residents asking them to install their new house numbers no later than December 31, 2011. Even though the majority have not yet installed their numbers, the civic addressing system inside the municipality is now in effect, he stated. A reminder will be sent out (as an insert) in January’s water bill notices. Currently, there are dual street name plates in place, and the 911 emergency system is aware of both addresses. But reference to the old names and old numbers will be removed over the next few months, Szalay said. “New house numbers are essential in order to provide proper direction for door-to-door deliveries as well as emergency services.” Szalay stressed that mailing addresses will not change until Canada Post

advises its customers directly. He noted this will depend on how soon the Ministry of Transportation completes street name/signage changes in Area C (rural Oliver). Ould said the regional district is further behind the Town because it has to coordinate efforts with the ministry and the Osoyoos Indian Band. Ould said the ministry doesn’t want to start changing street signs until the snow melts. But Area C director Allan Patton said he’s not waiting until April to have the signs installed. “I’m asking the ministry to get going earlier than that, I want to get going right away.” Patton said he has to meet with the Indian band to get its approval for the changes on the reserve. Ould reiterated that people should not change their mailing address until they are told to do so by Canada Post. Residents should be getting a letter in the next month or two asking what their new civic address is. Ould said the mailing address change should be complete by August. In the meantime, local businesses have to swallow the cost of changing their signs, brochures, business cards and other print material. Brad Jones from Okanagan Vinyl Products said he’s hoping to keep his costs under $5,000, noting he has already spent $1,100 on a new sign. “For most businesses, by the time you change your street address and your sales letterheads, it’s not cheap.” Jones said he’s thinking about sending his bills to the Town office. “You guys wanted the change, I didn’t. So you pay for it.” Jones said he has spoken to other businesses that feel the new address change has been “rammed” down their throats.

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Police briefs Business broken into

An Oliver business owner reported a recent break-in to his business located on 347A Avenue. The complainant advised that the lock to an outbuilding was cut and two core alternators were taken.

Hit and run

A representative of the Town of Oliver called the RCMP to report that a vehicle collided with a stop sign at the intersection of 103rd and 101st Street. Subsequently, the stop sign, the pole and the concrete block were all removed from the accident site. Anyone having knowledge of the crash is asked to call the RCMP and/or the Town of Oliver.

Man disputes police report

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More space, please

The 36-year-old Oliver man who was the subject of a police report in the January 4 issue of the Chronicle clarified that he wasn’t charged with a drug offence. The report stated that police searched a residence on 99th Street and found a small quantity of crystal meth and a small assortment of prohibited weapons. Police stated they were seeking drug possession and weapon charges against the Oliver man and a 33-year-old female from New Westminister. The Oliver man informed the Chronicle that he was only charged with possessing a “butterfly” knife, not drugs. He produced a court document to prove this. The RCMP clarified that charges were being sought, noting none had been laid at the time. “He was only released on a promise to appear for the one weapons charge, however, he may be facing further charges, specifically possession for the purpose of trafficking, once crown reviews the evidence,” said Cpl. Scott VanEvery.

Health equipment loan program volunteers Gordon Scott (left) and Doug Friesen are shown outside the Oliver depot, which needs to expand to accommodate clients. The group is looking for more space to operate the program.

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New business coming Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Mum is still the word on what new business is moving into the old Buy-Low Foods store on Main Street in Oliver. The most cited rumour is that a “Dollarama” or other discount store is moving in there. But building owner Pat Reid from Desert Holdings would not confirm or deny that. “It’s too early (to confirm) just yet . . . it will be a national company,” she said. Reid acknowledged that many people have been asking about the future of the building, noting some have expressed their wish for a bowling alley.

Reid noted they are still working out the legalities of the new business before making the announcement. Work has been done gutting the building and preparing it for the new venture. Even men in white, protective suits have been seen on the premises doing restoration work. Reid said she will inform the community what is going on when the time is right. Stephanie Johnson, the Town’s director of development services, said they have an active building permit for the property for repair/renovation work. However, there are no other land use planning, building or business licence applications for the property at this time, she said.

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Joanne Sparrow and her son Logan Fletcher enjoy tons of room to play in at the Oliver Community Centre during the parent and tot drop-in program every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Logan spies one of many toys that mom encourages him to play with.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED TEMPORARY USE PERMIT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Temporary Use Permit will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard before Town Council or to present written submissions to be received no later than 12:00 pm on January 19, 2012 respecting matters contained in the proposed Permit to be held at the TOWN OF OLIVER COUNCIL CHAMBERS at 6173 Kootenay Street, Oliver, B.C., on: Monday, January 23, 2012 starting at 7:00 pm or such subsequent dates and times to which the matter may be adjourned. The purpose of the proposed Temporary Use Permit is to allow a small-scale, limited production (<500 cases per year) hand crafted winery as a site-specific permitted use under the RS1 (Single Family Residential One) Zone at 860 Fairview Road. A Temporary Use Permit can be issued for a three year period and renewed once, potentially permitting the business to operate at this location for a maximum of six years. The proposal does NOT include any onsite retail sales. Limited tasting by appointment only is proposed to assist with online sales. The subject property is legally described as Lot 1, D.L. 2450s, S.D.Y.D., Plan 43939, as shown below:

For further information about the content of this Temporary Use Permit and the lands affected by it, persons are encouraged to inspect a copy of the proposed Permit. Copies of the proposed Temporary Use Permit, and supporting documents may be inspected at the Development Services counter in the Municipal Hall at 6150 Main Street from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday to Friday, (except Statutory Holidays) from the date of this notice through to the date council makes a final determination on this application. Stephanie Johnson, MCIP Director of Development Services PO Box 638 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 • Tel: 250.485.6200 • Fax: 250.498.4466 •

Many apples a day

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The Okanagan Similkameen Co-op Growers’ Association in Oliver is a busy place this time of year. Here, plant manager Harj Dhillon inspects a bin of Nicola apples.

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Getting in on the action

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Students from SOSS toss paper airplanes to win a pizza during half-time activities at a basketball game in the new gymnasium, where school spirit is alive and kicking, along with an appetite.

Library hours change due to feedback The Oliver library has new hours of operation, thanks to public feedback. Hours are Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to

8 p.m., Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays from noon to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 250-498-2242.

‘Grand Night’ dinner, silent auction on tap Contributed To the Chronicle Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is hosting a “Grand Night” on January 21 at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. The theme is “A sparking Affair,” and proceeds go to the Safe Home Program, Women’s Crisis Line and other programs. Tickets are available at Beyond Bliss in

Oliver. The night will feature a a dinner, dance and silent auction. The Safe Home Program is short-term shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. It provides outreach services such as transportation to appointments (lawyers, doctors, income assistance). Desert Sun works with other shelters and transition houses as well.

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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.

Construction of the provincial government offices in Oliver, 1963/64. How different the view of this area and now!

National park needs decision


ill the national park debate ever end? One wonders. If it has taken this long (more than eight years) to get this far without a decision, perhaps it was not meant to be. Park advocates suffered a recent blow with the announcement that the province (Ministry of Environment) is not supporting the concept at this time. That’s because of the large number of people opposed to the initiative. Yet there are still many who support it. The topic has actually driven a big wooden stake between these two groups in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen. Both sides have valid points of concern. Opponents argue that existing access to this wilderness area (as a park) will be curtailed. So will certain recreational activities, such as hunting and ATV use. They argue that traditional cattle grazing will be threatened, as well as ranching operations. If or when a national park is established, you can be sure that access will be controlled. At some point Parks Canada might charge admission or set up a pay parking schedule, which would not be popular. But proponents say the park will provide lasting protection for sensitive ecosystems and wildlife that are constantly being threatened by vineyard and urban encroachment. They argue that once the damage is done, the area will reach a point of no return. And they are right. Once a sensitive habitat is overtaken or destroyed by urban development, it’s gone. You can’t make it up by saying you’ll dedicate a park bench somewhere. It’s time to make a decision on the national park; either scrap the idea or make it happen. Or better yet, hold a referendum and go with the results. A national park would provide a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren. To know that a piece of natural beauty will be protected, and the fact our wildlife won’t have to pack their bags is a comforting thought. Park opponents say the Land Resource Management Plan already provides this protection. But that’s debatable since it may not have lasting authority, not like a national park. It has been reported that Parks Canada is negotiating with ranchers for the sale of their properties within park boundaries. We have been told that Parks Canada will not force ranchers to sell, but the fact is if they don’t sell, there won’t be a park in this area, plain and simple. You can’t expect ranchers to give up their livelihood and grazing rights if they don’t want to . . . unless they are given an offer they can’t refuse. We’ll see, but we don’t want to wait another eight years. The Oliver Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor.

Photograph Number: 1999.016.1 Date: 1963/64 Donor: Jill Schaffrick Photographer: J.J. Eykelenboom Photo: Courtesy of Oliver and District Archives, 250-498-4027


‘Share the Spirit’ a big success Editor, Oliver Chronicle: The Kiwanis Club of Oliver again organized a successful “Share the Spirit” program this year. This program matches donors and recipients for Christmas present packages. Each year the Kiwanis Club requests a list of families who would otherwise have a disappointing time at Christmas. Sponsors are not given the names of the families and the families never know who their sponsors are. Lists include ages and sex of the individuals along with sizes and present requests, which include dry goods, clothing and toys.

Kiwanians Audrey MacNaughton and Alice Devine spent many hours matching recipients with the many business and personal sponsors. A few days before Christmas members of the Kiwanis Club delivered 36 Christmas parcels to the grateful recipients. Without the sponsors it would have been a less cheerful Christmas. The Kiwanis Club of Oliver would like to acknowledge all those involved, in particular the various businesses and individuals who stepped forward to make this such a success. Peter Morrow, president, Kiwanis Club of Oliver

Father disgusted that daughter not allowed to use the restroom Editor, Oliver Chronicle: I was faced with a situation a little before Christmas and due to the spirit of the holidays I decided not to write this, but now that the Christmas season is over, I cannot hold my tongue any longer. As my three-year-old little girl and I were out doing some last minute Christmas shopping, we decided to stop in at a store we have frequented quite regularly since it has opened. We came in from the cold, leisurely browsing around for 15 or so minutes, picking up a few items we thought would be a nice fit under the tree when sure enough, she tells me she has to go to the washroom. Now in the past we have debated, to no avail I might add, on her telling me 10 seconds before she has to go. But hey, at three when you have to go, you have to go. I quickly deposited an armful of clothes and tawny trinkets on the counter by the cash register explaining the situation and was immediately informed there was no washroom available and to use the one down the mall. Fair enough. But keep in mind here we are shopping in this establishment, clearly going to purchase things and this is a three year-old- little girl who is already visibly struggling not to go. I said to the employee – in as many words, we were allowed to in the past to use the washroom, there are the items, please let us go – as we started to walk to the back of the store. There was no way they were going to let us use their

washroom and as we exited the store to use the one down the mall, my poor little girl wet herself, much to her chagrin and embarrassment. Not at all your fault, kiddo. I cleaned her up the best I could at the other washroom and on our way out of the mall I stopped in front of the store to voice my displeasure. Heated? Yes. Animated? Yes. Disgusted? Absolutely. I was informed the cops had been called because of this. On our walk home we were stopped by the RCMP and of course they did their job and asked a few questions, almost apologetically if I might say. The female officer was truly understanding after having heard both sides and after she helped my daughter put on her mittens we continued on our way. Now virtually every business from Canadian Tire to OK Tire has a washroom that a desperate three year old can use in an emergency, except for this one and it was almost with satisfaction that I was informed the cops had been called. I am all for rules and the need for them, but really? If it is store policy “no washroom,” fine, but because it is still “no” for children in an emergency, you should probably review the policy. I know personally I would forfeit my employment to allow a child to go pee. I am not allowed back in the store, their rule, but I have no want or intention of it anyway. Brad Bashforth, Oliver Letters continued on Pg A7...


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The ‘no’ ad doesn’t add up Editor, Oliver Chronicle:

In one of the (national park) “no” ads, it says, “What negative impact will result from the potential loss of Canadian Helicopters flight training school?”

Those who run for political office may not always comprehend the magnitude of their responsibility. They campaign with promises packed with generalities, convincing the voters/taxpayers to believe and trust that all is going to turn out very well. What a rude awakening when our representatives commence official business. The very people to whom politicians are responsible often tend to be quickly ignored or forgotten. This is the start of a new town council’s term of office. What a shocker to find out that at their very first meeting they come up with awarding themselves another bonus in the form of a partying tax fee. Council obviously thought of themselves first rather than the people under their jurisdiction. The taxi fee may be small, but the prin-

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ciple of a free self-indulgence of taxpayers’ money indicates lack of consideration. Moreover, this council has given the impression that they don’t have relatives or friends who could opt as designated drivers on these occasions. Doesn’t the reality of a recession mean anything? Doesn’t the committee to address poverty in our community speak loud and clear? Don’t the non-alcoholic consumers in our community deserve consideration and respect? Should the massive waste of taxpayers’ dollars at all three levels of government administration be ignored? Does this partying tax fee teach an example to our youth, that we can have funfilled, safe and meaningful celebrations without indulging in spirits? Are we to look forward to three more years of this kind of administration? James Demetrick, Oliver

Darrell comes to the rescue Editor, Oliver Chronicle: We have all seen the ads on TV about the Les Schwab tire company on TV with their stories of customer service above and beyond the normal call of duty. Well, I have a story that is home-grown in Oliver. My nephew and his girlfriend came up from the Coast on Christmas Eve to spend Christmas with us. On the way up here they developed a slow leak in one tire, and after filling it up a couple of times they made it here. A couple of hours after arriving here the tire was completely flat. Around noon on Christmas day we went out to put in a can of that tire leak seal , (by the way it does not work) and it did not seal the leak. Now what do we do?  They have to leave about 9 p.m. Christmas night to get back to work on Boxing Day.  Of course his car only has one of those spare tires that are only good for 70 kilo-

metres. A 70-kilometre spare tire is not going to get them back to the Coast safely. After a bit of thinking and discussion as to where can we get their tire fixed at 3 p.m., and not knowing what to expect, I called my mechanic Darrell Derksen of Darrell’s Mobile Auto Repair here in town. To my surprise he actually answered his phone. After a “merry Christmas,” I explained my nephew’s situation and Darrell agreed to fix my nephew’s flat tire at 3:30 on Christmas Day. Now that is service above and beyond the normal call of duty.  My nephew and his girlfriend would like to give their heartfelt acknowledgement to Darrell for helping them out and getting them back to the Coast safely. As well, we commend Darrell ourselves. We don’t have to see these stories on TV and wonder if they are true; I can say this is a home-grown story that is true.   Brian and Katherine Foster, Oliver

Seniors urged to write letters to demand a proper increase Editor, Oliver Chronicle: I scoff at the demands from teachers, and any union that has a following and our politicians who simply get a raise without asking anyone’s permission. Sorry, not just any raise but they are hefty raises, but nothing for the seniors.  We have not had a raise in years and eight cents doesn’t cut it. Do we really just sit down and complain or do we act  like the smart and alive individuals I know we are and start making a little noise?  I know we should all have savings and on that note, don't get me started. The government tells you just how much you can save and no more. What are we supposed to do, hide it under the mattress if we had any excess to save in the first place?  It is time each and every senior in BC and the rest of

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Something does not seem to add up with the above quote as Canadian Helicopters is in the process of building a fairly large addition or new facility at Penticton Airport.

Motion should be rescinded Editor, Oliver Chronicle:



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our country write a letter to their elected official to demand a proper increase to the seniors of our beloved country. We are worthy, we do count and it is from our hard work over our lifetime that put that money there in the first place. The young (under 50) have to do the same for themselves and let us live in our homes without having to go without a single mouthful of food or go without a prescription that is badly needed or avoid the doctor/dentist because we simply can’t afford it.  It is becoming so stupid it is to be looked at with disdain. Need a raise in our country?  We have to stand up and be united and ask for it.  Now on another topic, our justice system . . . don’t get me started.   B. Williams-Paquette, Oliver

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Terrific Kids

The Kiwanis Club of Oliver congratulates these “Terrific Kids” from Tuc-el-Nuit with certificates and bumper stickers for their parents. From left in back row are Kiwanis member Fiona Wood, Marin Calverley, Anya Nazaroff, Jasleen Morneau, Avery Kane, and Kiwanis member Christine McKay. In front from left are Gurleen Bajwa, Sohan Brar, Maura Gaudet, and Hudson Scanlon.





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Councillors prepare for priorities in new year Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle One thing that has been made clear to new mayor Ron Hovanes is that Oliver wants council to be fiscally responsible. That’s his goal for the new year. Hovanes said council needs to continue looking for grant opportunities or matching funds for new projects. “As a new council we need to continue to explore best practices and look for efficiencies to ensure that all of our tax dollars are being spent wisely.” On January 18-20, members of council will be attending training in Kelowna for newly elected and re-elected coun-

cillors. The course is sponsored by the Union of BC Municipalities and gives new and re-elected members important skills and updates to assist them in their roles. Hovanes also looks forward to the end of the month when council will be spending time sharing ideas and developing priorities for 2012. “One of the directions I wish to discuss is how we can better communicate with the public. Often, the majority of taxpayers hear of a new direction of council only after the decision is made.” Hovanes said council needs to take an active part in celebrating Oliver, such as its amenities, opportunities, history and inclusiveness. “We can play a large part in setting an inviting atmosphere for new residents, business and

development.” Hovanes said Town committees are just getting their feet planted, and with the training and workshops offered this month they will have a much clearer direction. Newly elected Councillor Linda Larson said there are two concerns that need immediate attention in Oliver: Water billing and a new hotel. She stated the need to review the current water billing and metering process (after some residents raised concerns about increased rates). “I believe the base rate is too low to cover the actual costs of the system, and constantly raising the metered rate to offset the drop in usage is not sustainable.” Larson said the need for a hotel is not going to go away. Continued on Pg B2...


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Councillors list wishes That’ why she’s working with Councillor Dave Mattes on an economic development strategy that will inventory all the empty commercial and industrial properties in Oliver. The idea is to “open a dialogue with all the property owners (and citizens) to see how we can help each other,” Larson said. Other challenges she sees is how to deal with an aging population of business owners and a lack of young people to take their place in an uncertain economy. “We will need to work from the inside out to strengthen what we already have going for us, like agriculture and light industry.” Larson admitted she isn’t very good at making or keeping New Year’s resolutions, but she hopes to keep a healthy balance among her family, Town and volunteer commitments. Re-elected Councillor Jack Bennest said the challenge he sees in 2012 is getting the new council to work as a cohesive unit. He also wants to see the continuation of the “Economic Gardening” program to grow more jobs in the area. Project wise, Bennest would like to see a designated public park at the Centennial RV site near the bridge, and a workable plan for Fairview Road enhancement. His wish list also includes convincing the BC government to fund Oliver’s final phase of the water-twinning project. Councillor Mattes said his priorities haven’t changed since the election. His campaign was based on holding the line on tax increases and attracting investors to Oliver. He also wants to find ways to lower water metering costs. Mattes is looking forward to setting

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group priorities when council meets early in the new year. He noted his personal resolution for 2012 is to avoid being misquoted. Councillor Maureen Doerr said 2012 will be a challenging year for her. “The new experience of council is a large learning curve. It is one thing to run a campaign, but a totally new experience to actually sit on council, which is very exciting, as well as very daunting.” But Doerr said she’s sitting with three councillors who have been there before, and they will offer great experience to draw from. Doerr campaigned on the issue of a sustainable community, moving forward with continued growth. These are still her priorities. But as each member of council brings his/her campaign issues forward, it will be some time before the group has a clear direction of where it’s going, she said. “I think it is imperative that we work on a strong plan now so that we can carry it through for the next three years.” Doerr said the other issues she wants to focus on are a responsible, workable budget, a durable plan to maintain our infrastructure, a strong relationship with the Osoyoos Indian Band, continued dialogue with the business community, and a very open door policy for the public. “As a councillor I would like to see more involvement by our citizens. We need to hear from the public on all aspects, not just the few, but the many.” Doerr said she would like to see a hotel feasibility study completed in the near future. She finds this endeavour very exciting.

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despite the many successes of conservationists over the past decades, habitat is still being destroyed at an alarming, and it Carl MacNaughton and Nick Burdock of seems, ever increasing rate. The club recogThe Nature Trust of BC received a special nizes the importance of The Nature Trust holiday gift from the South Okanagan Nat- of BC’s purchase of the Twin Lakes properuralists Club: A cheque for $2,414 for the ty for conservation in the White Lake Basin Twin Lakes property. and hopes the donation will help bring this “This club and its members have really purchase to reality. worked hard to make this gift possible,” Habitat is the most crucial element MacNaughton said. “We want to applaud in maintaining healthy wildlife populathem for their leadership tions and biodiversity. The and contribution to helping Okanagan Valley has been us save this conservation Despite the many losing important habitat of successes of contreasure in the Okanagan.” various types at an alarmThe Nature Trust is fund- servationists, the ing rate with a devastating raising to acquire the 2,000- Okanagan Valley impact on wildlife. Interior acre Twin Lakes property has been losing grasslands such as those in south of Penticton. Adjathe White Lake-Twin Lakes cent to The Nature Trust important habitat of area are essential to mainWhite Lake Biodiversity various types at an taining healthy ecosystems. Ranch, this property fea- alarming rate with a The Nature Trust of BC has tures grasslands and ripar- devastating impact been in the forefront of the ian habitats. struggle to conserve the on wildlife. It is home to many rare small amount of remaining and endangered plants and grasslands. animals, and is ranked as If you would like to help a top priority by the South Okanagan Si- The Nature Trust save Twin Lakes, please milkameen Conservation Program. call 1-866-288-7878 or visit www.nature“We are very excited since this is by far the largest single donation our club and its The Nature Trust of BC is a leading nonmembers have made to a single organiza- profit land conservation organization dedition,” said Doreen Olson, the naturalists cated to protecting BC’s natural diversity of club representative. plants and animals through the acquisition The South Okanagan Naturalists Club is and management of critical habitats. The celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. It Nature Trust has invested more than $70 was formed to help stem the loss of impor- million to secure more than 61,000 hecttant habitats in the valley. Unfortunately, ares (150,000 acres) across BC.

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The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has donated $2,414 to the Nature Trust of BC to help purchase the Twin Lakes property, which is considered a conservation treasure. Shown from left are Doreen Olson, Jim Bryan, Nick Burdock and Carl MacNaughton.


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a book to keep and parents receive a booklet of the songs, stories and rhymes learned throughout the program. Resources are readily available to take home with information ranging from potty-training to behaviour and nutrition. This is an excellent opportunity for families to connect in a fun, safe environment, thanks to the funding received from Success By 6/Communities for Kids, Literacy Now and in partnership with Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre. If you are interested in attending the Mother Goose program on January 24, don’t hesitate to drop in or phone 250-4854024 for more information. See you there.

Working families who are looking to engage in a fun, early literacy program with their children are welcome to attend the free evening with Mother Goose program. Come and experience a relaxed, playful environment filled with songs, stories and rhymes to learn and enjoy with your children. The program is offered at the Oliver Community Centre beginning January 24 from 6-7 p.m. and a free healthy snack is provided. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and children aged 0-6 meet in Room 1 every Tuesday evening for eight weeks. Every child that comes is able to choose

Basso calls Slater on HST New Democract candidate (for Boundary/Similkameen) Marji Basso is calling on MLA John Slater to explain why the BC Liberals are dragging their feet on removing the HST. She said the delay is hurting the economy and costing jobs while extending the amount of time that British Columbians are being hit by the “unfair” tax. “British Columbians voted overwhelmingly to defeat the HST, and now the Liberal government is playing games by saying it will take more than a year and a half to remove,” said Basso. “Meanwhile, ordinary people are still paying this tax and the delay is costing BC jobs and economic activity.” Basso’s call echoes a recent question

from Adrian Dix in the BC Legislature. “It took 11 months to bring the HST in, yet the government continues to maintain that it takes 19 months to remove it. When is the premier going to order her Minister of Finance to make returning to the PST a priority?” Basso urges Slater to join the calls from business and community leaders to expedite the removal process. She said the HST costs middle class families thousands of dollars every year. Slater mirrored Basso’s concern, but stated the federal government has jurisdiction over the HST. But Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas argues it’s under provincial jurisdiction, noting BC has to pass PST legislation first.

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Bird count sees 33 participants out searching Doug Brown Special to the Chronicle On December 31 the 33rd Oliver-Osoyoos Christmas Bird Count was held with 33 participants spending the day searching the area to find as many birds as possible. Birders from Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna, Lillooet, Omak and Vancouver joined members of the local naturalist club in our annual effort to census the local birds. Participants divided up into small groups with each group being assigned a specific section of our area to be covered. The overall area covered is a 15-mile diameter circle which stretches from the top of Mount Kobau in the west to Anarchist Mountain in the east and from the north edge of Oliver to south of Boundary Point across the border. The 15-mile diameter circle is the standard count area used by all Christmas bird counts throughout the Americas. Over the day the participants drove for 485 kilometres and walked a further 133 kilometres in their efforts to cover as much of the area as possible in the search for birds. It was quite a nice day to be out with no precipitation and the temperature ranging from 5.3 to -3.9 degrees. This year there were 21,816 birds of 107 species found. This is the lowest number of birds in the last six years but the number is well above the long-term average. Our species total means that our count again finished first among interior BC bird counts, beating out

closest rivals, Penticton with 99 species and Kelowna with 92 species. We did manage to add one new species for our count this year, the Bewick’s Wren. This species began moving into the southern interior from Washington State about six years ago but had eluded us on our count until this year. The addition of the wren brings our all-time total to 162 species recorded on our count. The best bird of the count this year was a Mountain Bluebird found up in Richter Pass. Although the Western Bluebird is a fairly common winter resident, Mountain Bluebird has only been found four times in our 33 years of Christmas bird counts. Other sightings of interest included the Pacific Loon (8th record), Cackling Goose (5th record), Virginia Rail (9th record), American Three-toed Woodpecker( 8th record), Blackbacked Woodpecker (6th record) and Yellow-rumped Warbler (6th record). Our most abundant species this year was European Starling, a species that has dramatically increased since the growth in acreages of grapes. Certainly our worst miss this year was Bohemian Waxwing. This species comes to our area each winter, often in large numbers, to feed on berries such as Mountain-ash and Russian Olive, but numbers each year are very erratic. Despite this it’s the first time that Bohemian Waxwing has been missed on the count. After the count the participants got together for some hot food and to recount the day’s findings. Overall, it was a great count and a thoroughly enjoyable time.


Wed. Feb 8th Cornell Idu - Master Chocolatier of Rogers Chocolates in Victoria will educate us in the understanding of the qualities of fine chocolate. The first half of the class will be devoted to chocolate/wine pairing with the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. She will then demonstrate how to make the best truffles you have ever had. If you love chocolate then you just can't miss this class. Lots of treats in store. Cost $35.00 Wed. Feb. 22nd Justin Paakkunainen, exec chef from Walnut Beach Resort, will create a three course menu centering around the Magic of Mushrooms. He will transport a meal from everyday status to gourmet levels. Wine pairing by John and Maria Ferreira of Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Cost $25.00 th

Wed. March 7 Chris Remington, Exec Chef of the Penticton Lakeside Resort, is coming back by popular demand. He will make canapés/hors d’oeuvres to make your entertaining easy. Wine pairing by John Pullen of Church and State Winery. Cost $25.00 Thurs. March 29th Chris Van Hooydonk, Exec. Chef of the Sonora Room Restaurant, at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will create dishes in celebration of the Easter season. Wine pairing by: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Cost $25.00 Wed. April 11th - Introducing Darin Paterson, Chef/ Proprietor of Bogners Restaurant in Penticton. He is European trained and will be coming armed with techniques acquired in European kitchens so have your pencils ready. His menu will be Scandinavian inspired. Wine pairing by the Red Rooster Winery. Cost $25.00

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Ken Wright and Marg Holm look for birds near “The Throne” during the Oliver-Osoyoos Christmas Bird Count on December 31.


Thurs. Apr 26 We welcome Ricardo Scebba from Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen in Winfield. If you haven't experienced an Italian dinner at his restaurant you are in for a great treat. We carry his cookbook, That's Amore, which is a must have for your cookbook collection. Wine Pairing by Adrian Cassini of Cassini Cellars Winery. Cost $25.00 th

Thurs. May 10 Welcome Chef Ann Kirsebom who is classically French trained. She taught at Dubrelle French Culinary School in Vancouver. She is the executive chef/owner of the “Toast of the Town Catering Company, a full service catering company in Vancouver. You have likely seen her on BCTV. Her line of sauces is absolutely wonderful (all natural/no preservatives)and can be used in oh so many ways. The BC Lions commissioned her to do a BBQ sauce with their label on it which has taken off. She will use the BBQ and Grill to showcase her sauces. Wine pairing by Jackson Triggs. Cost $35.00 st

Thurs. May 31 Don't miss our Grande Finale this session. Back by popular demand Paul Cecconi, Exec. Chef from Local Lounge Grill in Summerland. Paul will whip up some unique Mexican dishes...margaritas anyone!!! Cost $25.00 All classes run from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 14th at 9:00am sharp.



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Public Notice of Open House Highway 97 Improvements

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites the public to attend an open house to preview the plans for 1.5 kilometre passing lanes in both directions on Highway 97 north of Gallagher between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. These improvements will address safety issues and provide increased mobility. The project is in the preliminary stages and the ministry is inviting input from the public at this time. Ministry staff will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions. Angela Moore photo

The drop-in open house is scheduled for the following date and time: Thursday January 12, 2012 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion (Upstairs Hall) 36217 -97th Street, Oliver, B.C.

A television stand in progress sits in Russell Moore’s workshop, where his labour of love comes in the form of making furniture from reclaimed wood salvaged from Southern Okanagan Secondary School.

‘Green’ hobbyist loves wood Angela Moore Special to the Chronicle Despite what the song says, long-time Oliver resident Russell Moore finds it easy being green, especially when it comes to his hobby of woodworking. Moore’s carpentry profession is also one of his greatest passions, and with his love for reclaimed wood, he’s utilizing a way of being environmentally conscious at the same time with nearly everything he builds. His current carpenter position at SOSS, which he started last February, provided him with the opportunity to continue his passion. With the go-ahead from his employer, Moore began saving discarded wood torn out from the original school building; wood which would otherwise have gone to a landfill. “There was so much good wood going in the garbage, so I started taking it home,” he said. At first, he didn’t know what to do with the wood, but when the original building, along with much of the nearly completed renovations were destroyed by the fire, Moore decided that he wanted to do something more significant with the wood. Moore graduated from SOSS in 1974, and over the years, so did many members of his family. All have very fond memories of their old school, and much of this reclaimed wood is all that is left of the original building. With that in mind, he put his woodworking skills into

use and began making a variety of tables, all the while retaining the old wood’s character and history. “I’m just having fun,” he said, “and if I can make something that people enjoy, then it’s that much better.” Moore also discovered that much of the original wood was milled right on the school site when built, and was probably logged from the nearby surrounding area. The wood from SOSS is not Moore’s first foray into reclaiming wood. His first house, which he built in Osoyoos in 1984, was made almost entirely from reclaimed wood that he collected over a four-year period. Other pieces of furniture have been built Furnaces from old crates and sheds. 873 A - Highway 97 Open House.indd 1 2012-01-06 2:05:13 PM ew eco Nergy raNts for LiveSmart omeowNers iN $600 Wood reclaimed from the Penticton high school renecoEnergy $790 ovations was used to build Nergy aviNgs up to Combined Grant $1,390 the kitchen cabinets, island, and doors in his current home. Another one of Furnaces Furnace/Heat Pump Combo his projects is a kayak made LiveSmart $600 LiveSmart $1,600 entirely from wood from a ecoEnergy blown-down tree he found $790 ecoEnergy $1,290 years ago while collecting Combined Grant $1,390 Combined Grant $2,890 firewood. “I’ve been recycling my whole life,” Moore said, GeoThermal Heat Pumps Furnace/Heat Pump Combo ction “why not turn it into someLiveSmart $2,500 LiveSmart $1,600 PLUMBING & thing useful?” ecoEnergy $4,375 ecoEnergy $1,290 Serving the Okanagan & Similkameen HEATING INC. Combined Grant $6,875 Combined Grant $2,890

Machete-wielding man caught A 52-year-old Keremeos man faces multiple charges after a pursuit ended peacefully the day after Christmas. But it certainly didn’t start out that way. Keremeos RCMP received a weapons complaint where a firearm had been discharged at a residence on 7th Avenue. Police surrounded the house and evacuated nearby homes. A man came out of the house and got into a pickup truck and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Police took chase, and the driver drove approximately three blocks east and then three blocks west, eventually crashing into the front garden of his own home. What comes around goes around. The man exited the vehicle and brandished a machete, threatening police if

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they dared to approach him. After several minutes of negotiations, the man surrendered without incident. No injuries were reported. The suspect faces charges including careless use of a firearm, possession of a restricted weapon while prohibited, dangerous driving and fleeing from police. In other news, the RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 3 west of Osoyoos recently. A 29-year-old Keremeos man driving a 2007 Honda Accord lost control of the vehicle and rolled down a steep embankment. He was transported to Oliver hospital with serious injuries, and then transferred to Penticton hospital, where he died. Police say alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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CLASSIFIED ADS by 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays (Must be prepaid, cash, Visa or Mastercard) Email: 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 HST NOTICES: Weddings, engagements, birth announcements, cards of thanks, in memoriums, obituaries and other notices (min. charge) $7.50 plus HST 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: 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 requirement for the work involved.



CARD OF THANKS A heartfelt thank you to family and friends during the recent loss of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother Katie Woodruff.

TO THE GIRLS AT SPUDS Shanon, Lynda, Elin and Jackie. I was laid off in November and I knew it be a sparse Christmas. Instead, because of the kindness and generosity of these incredible women, it was wonderful. I want these ladies to know how overwhelmed I am with all their gifts and that it made a huge difference in our lives. I pray the good energy you put out comes back to each of you 10 fold. Thank-you.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Sunnybank Centre; Oliver Lioness Club, Rev. Ray Turner, Legion members in Oliver and Penticton and Penticton Legion Ladies Auxiliary: John Nunes and Daryn Pottinger (NunesPottinger Funeral Service). Wayne and Diana Jones (Oliver Bakery), and Chronicle publisher Susan Valentine. -Katie Woodruff’s extended family.




OLIVER’S COMMUNITY CHOIR, THE SAGE VALLEY VOICES, is looking for a pianist. Beginning Jan. 30. Salary TBD. Call Lois 250-4977966 or

H&R ORCHARDS need 5 full-time, 40 hours per week orchard labourers. Creston location. 24 month duration. Summer harvest and 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. Prevailing SAWP wage (expected $10.25 hour) Call 250-498-8839.

RAJ FRESH PRODUCE needs 9 F/T seasonal farm workers. 5 to work from Feb. 28/12 to Nov. 15/12, and 4 to work from June 1/12 to Dec. 12/12. Oliver area. $9.56 hr. Call 250-498-9641.

O.K. LABOUR CO. LTD. Looking for 8 - 12 farm workers (vineyard) - planting -pruning - thinning - harvesting, etc. Wages $9.75 to $12.00 depending on experience plus on job. Location is OK Falls, Oliver and Cawston BC. Contact Kal at 250-490-7695 after 7:00 pm.



2007 FORD F-150 STX. 84,600 Kms. Silver and chrome, 2 wd, 4 door crew cab, AC, cruise control, CD player w/aux. jack, lined bed, 4 winter tires already on. Great truck, well looked after. Asking $13,000 Call 250-498-1137. 29p4

FORD TAURUS- 2003, white. AM-FM radio, cassette, CD player, heated side mirrors, power side mirrors, power seat, air cond, power windows, power locks, cruise control, very clean. $3000. Call 250-498-1043 28p3

1996 MITSUBISHI 3000GT 5 speed, FWD, A/C, P/W, P/L, Aux. input, Infinity sound system, K&N cold air intake, 157,000 miles, new clutch, new battery, new tires, engine runs great, leather seats. $5,000 OBO. Call Kyle 250-488-1887. 29ftf

2002 HONDA ACCORD - 4 door, mint condition. $6,750. OBO. Call 250-498-6586. 28p2


DAY CARE OFFERED in my home. Full or part time. First aid, snacks provided. Clean safe and fun environment. Ref. available. Call 250-4984259.


SUKHI ORCHARDS need 5 full-time, 40 hours per week orchard labourers. Oliver location. 24 month duration. Summer harvest and 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. Prevailing SAWP wage (expected $10.25 hour) Call 250-4986619 or 250-498-9696. 24v7

ANDREW PELLER HIDDEN TERRACE VINEYARD needs 20 full time vineyard labourers. Start Jan 16. $10.25 hour. Fax Steve 250498-4155 or e-mail : 25v6


SADDLE RIDGE VINEYARD needs 4 full time vineyard labourers. Start Jan. 16. $10.25 hour. Fax Bill Freding 250-498-3977. 25v6

H&R ORCHARDS require orchard labourers and pickers for 2012 season until Nov 15, 2012. Oliver and Creston locations. 12 to start March 1st. 24 to start June 1st and 125 to start July 1st. No experience required. 40 hours per week, prevailing SAWP wage (expected $10.25 per hour) Call 250-498-8839. 22v12

S & B DHALIWAL ENT. INC. needs 25 vineyard workers, Starting immediately. $9.78 hr. 30616-97 St. Call 250535-1040. 27v6

DRYWALLER/TAPER/ MUDDER required. F/T temporarily. From Jan. 16 to Feb. 29/12. Call Lawrence 1-604-618-7366 or e-mail: 28v2

B & S DHALIWAL ENTERPRISE INC. 30616-97 St. Oliver. Requires 6 vineyard workers. $9.78 hr. Start immediately. Call 250-8094633. 27v6



SOUTH OKANAGAN STAMP CLUB Meeting Sunday, Jan. 15th, 1-3 pm, Rm#1, Community Centre. For more information contact Charles Gurr: 250-498-4655.

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), 250-495-5077 (home), or email: gscsadmin@gmail. com







SUNDIAL VINEYARDS needs 3 F/T seasonal labourers. March 15 to October 30/12. $9.56 hr. Oliver area. Fax 250-498-3571. 29p8

VALLEY FRESH PRODUCE needs 1 full time seasonal worker. Feb. to the end of Oct. $ 9.56 hr. Also 1 full time seasonal worker May to the end of March. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-498-6100. 28v2

KIRANDEEP BRAR is looking for 3 F/T, seasonal farm workers. March 15 to October 31/12. $9.78 hr. Osoyoos area. Call 250-498-1488. 29v2

COVERT FARMS needs 28 F/T farm labourers. Start Mar. 8 to Nov. 8. $10.25 hr. Phone 250-498-2731. Email: 29c5

MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE is seeking applicants to fill multiple casual farm labour positions at our vineyards in the South Okanagan area. The positions run from May to Nov. with a wage of $10.25 hr. We will try to provide 40 hours of work per week; however, due to the nature of the job this may not be possible. To apply online go to and click on Employment, or mail your resume to RR1 S48 C13, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0. 29mc2


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PT FRUIT GROWERS, Oliver, BC needs F/T seasonal farm workers. 3 from March 1 to Oct. 31 and 2 from May 1 to Nov. 30. $10.25 hr. Call 250-498-7918 or email: bluewhistle101@hotmail. com

ROOM CLEANER NEEDED for Belair Cedar Motel. P/T. Call 250-485-2548.

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



AGRICULTURAL/HEAVY DUTY mechanic needed immediately. Please submit resume to: info@gerardsequipment. com or in person to 3368497 St. Oliver.

LOST DOG. Around Road 4 in Oliver. Female, Shepherd/ Collie X. Around Dec. 23. Leather collar. Call 250-8091600.

17 AGRICULTURAL ACRES at the border in USA. Beautiful soil, irrigation water, power, 5 bdrm, septic & domestic water. Osoyoos lakeview building site. $174 K Owner/Agent. Call 509560-3212.

TUC-EL-NUIT OLIVER - 8135-366 Ave. 2 bdrm rancher, fully renovated, 1/4 acre lot. Large rooms, close to lake/school/golf. New roof/siding and 200 amp electrical, attached carport/ shop, large attic. $244,900. 250-488-8035 or 250-8091185.


SOUTO FAMILY ORCHARDS INC. Needs 3 full-time, 40 hours per week orchard labourers. Oliver location. 24 month duration. Summer harvest and 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. Prevailing SAWP wage (expected $12.00 hour) Housing provided at subsidized rates. Call 250-498-2908 or cell 403-700-7543. 29v7

GALLAGHER LAKE RESORT now accepting resumes for spring/summer employment. Both inside and outside workers required. Full and part-time will be considered. Email resume to gallagherlakebc@ or drop off at the store. 29p2

SAGE GREENHOUSES of Black Sage Rd, Oliver, BC is looking for 4 F/T seasonal farm workers to begin February 2012 to October 2012. Wages are $9.56 hr. Pease reply to 250-498-6868 and leave contact info.


DRY LARCH FIREWOOD. Split and delivered, $220 per cord. Call 250-498-1421. 29p2

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Fir and Larch. $200 per cord plus delivery. Call 250-8095285. 29mc4


WATKINS NEW PRODUCT LINE FOR 2012. Too many to list. Call Inez & Ken 250-498-4450.







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SONY TRINITRON 36-inch flat screen WEGA TV. Great condition. $50. Call 250-4976426. 29ftf

1 QUEEN-SIZED BED, 1 reclining lift chair. Both in excellent condition. $100 each. Call 250-498-5404. 29p1

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Sally Patchett Aug. 3, 1917 - Dec. 31, 2011

Trailblazer - the title of an article written about Sally recently, describes a woman who was one of Canada’s early female pilots (1950’s). Sally considered takeoffs into the dawn sky as “being closer to God’s world”. Sally was first and foremost a dedicated mother to Kea. She met life’s challenges head on with determination of purpose and belief in the power of prayer and the strength of the human spirit. She had an enduring sparkle and an aura of enthusiasm for life and the wonders of nature. She impacted the lives of many and will be missed. Her compassion for animals and her love of family and friends is an inspiration. We know Sally will continue to soar the skies and watch over us. Predeceased by parents, Paul and Julia Szabo; sisters, Wilma Cowan and Irene Vaupel; those left behind with heavy hearts include daughter, Kea and son-in-law, Ken Barker; her beloved sister, Margaret Green; cousin, Lou Szabo; nieces and nephews, Valerie (Brian, Paul, Zoe) Hitchens, Tara and Paul Faganello, Lee (Arline, Jordan, Briana) Cowan, Julie (Lani, Chris, Tim, Jay) Martiniuk, Cyndy (Joseph, Joey, Jarren) Baranyay, plus her many friends. No formal service by request. A “salute to Sally” will be held at a later date. For those wishing to donate to a charity in Sally’s name, please direct your tribute to Happy Cat Haven, 760 School Road, Gibsons, BC. V0N 1V9.





BLACK SAGE RD. - Orchard/winery/vineyard property with 2 house and large swimming pool. Lease to own. Plant now, pay later. Call 250-689-0558.

age and work out facilities. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom and kitchen island provides ample cupboard space. Fireplace in the living room. Present mortgage approximately $183,000 at 5.75% with maturity date on Sept. 1/12. Monthly payments $1,250.25 and current condo fees: $187.00 per month. Listed privately for sale at $183,000, which is under market value. For more information please call: 1 - 905-380-4275 or email regan@southbrook. com or

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

LARGE ONE BDRM cabin overlooking green area. Access to OK river, 6 km north of Oliver. Avail. Immed. $660 month includes util. Smaller one bdrm cabin, fully furnished, $590 month, incl. util. Avail. immed. Dam. dep & ref req. for both. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250689-5045.


HOUSE FOR RENT - 4 bdrm. North of Oliver. Avail. Jan. 1. $1,200 mth. includes utilities. Call 250-809-1975.


TUCELNUIT 2 bd/2 bath/office. 1300+ sq. ft. rancher. Large eat-in kitchen, separate dining, garage, A/C, UG sprinklers, private backyard. In a quiet cul-de-sac steps from the lake and golf course. Call 250-498-6716. 29ftf

ASSUMABLE MORTGAGE on this 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom condo located at Casa Rio in Oliver. From every room in the home plus a balcony, one oversees a huge park, well-kept grounds and mountain view; this 975 sq. ft. home includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, underground parking stall, extra stor-



2500 SQ. FT. COMMERCIAL SPACE. 2nd floor, above the public library. Bright and open. Good for offices/dance studio etc. Call 250-485-7880. 4ctf

In loving memory

Peter Rendell 1921 - 2012

RENDELL: Peter was born May 13th, 1921 in Meacham, SK and passed away January 1st, 2012 at the age of 90 years. Peter served in the Canadian Armed Forces from July 1942 to September 1945. He loved his workshop and made beautiful doll houses for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Peter loved to flyfish, golf, bowl and putter in his garden. Dorothy and Dad loved to square dance and do road trips and visit family. Dad was predeceased by Dorothy, in December 2004; daughter, Cheryle in December 1976; son Ronald, in August 1971. Dad will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Patricia (Norm), Debbie; step-sons, Ron (Lynn) and Jim and by his nine grandchildren, Mark, Carrie, Reg, Debra, Cameron, Hilary, Jenny, Alyson and Brandy-Lee and six greatgrandchildren. Peter will also be remembered by his nieces, Gerrie (Frank), Bobbie, Olga and nephew, Doug plus all his great-nieces and nephews. Dad resided in Vancouver, Williams Lake and Oliver. There will be a celebration of his Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of Peter. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, clicking on stories and typing in Peter Rendell.

Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services Kelowna, BC. 250-762-2299

1 BDRM CABIN for rent. F/S, W/D, fully furnished. Near Southwinds Crossing. $450 mth. Call 250-4880716. 28p2

ENCLOSED BOAT & CAR storage. Oliver, BC. Call Jeff 250-488-6896 or Doug 250498-7276. 16vtf

DUPLEX for rent. 3 bdrm, 2 bath. Swimming pool, N/S, N/P. Avail. Feb. 1/12. $900 mth plus utilities. Call 250498-2676. 28p2


In loving memory

Brian R. Merkley

Jan. 10, 1948 - Jan. 3, 2012


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. Avail. now. Call 250-498-4506.

Our beloved Brian passed away on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at the age of 63. This admirable, trustworthy and reliable man will forever be in the hearts and memories of the love of his life of 42 years Darlene. Also missing him are his children, son Jamie and daughter Samantha Marsel (Andy). Papa left a beautiful legacy in his treasured grandchildren; Tanaya (16), Kalli (14), Tyson (12) and Jessica (16). Brian is remembered by brothers Ken (Bernadette), Reg (Helga) and sisters Debbie (Willy), Laura (Dale), Rozanne (Joe) and Tammi (Bill). Predeceased by the same disease that took his life, cancer, was his mother Virgie in 1972. Also predeceased by his father Max in 2002. Brian was born in High Prairie, Alberta and spent his childhood years in Widewater, Alberta. It was there that he met his wife Darlene. They moved to BC, first to Fraser Lake in 1968, then to Fort St. James in 1970. There he worked for 24 years at Apollo Forest Products eventually becoming the manager. Brian and Darlene moved on to Houston, BC where Brian worked for Houston Forest Products until his retirement from the forest industry. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing in the Morice, Bulkley, and Babine Rivers. He was an avid hunter who spent much time hunting all over Western Canada and Montana. He especially enjoyed his safaris to Africa in 1986 and 1992. In 2001 they moved to Okanagan Falls to be closer to family. Moving to the Okanagan gave him special times with his grandchildren and allowed him to teach Tyson about nature and the outdoors. During this time Brian started Sandstone Landscaping Supplies in Penticton, worked in the family vineyard in Oliver and planted a vineyard in Cawston. He also enjoyed curling, a glass of Okanagan wine with friends, and lending a hand wherever it was needed. Brian loved his cruise to Alaska with his family in May 2011 as he knew it would be his last. Brian was a quiet, gentle soul who will be deeply missed by us all. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for all the kindness they have received during this very difficult time. At his request, his ashes will be spread at a favourite fishing spot. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully accepted to the Penticton & District Palliative Care Program 1701 Government St. Penticton B.C. V2A-8J7 in Brian’s name. Condolences may be sent to A Celebration of Life will be held at the Oliver Curling Club 7535 362 Avenue, Oliver, B.C. on Friday, January 13th at 4:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.



36’ 5TH WHEEL, skirted. Larger deck. Furnished. $650 mth includes utilities. A FRAME. Large, air conditioning top and bottom. $750 mth. includes utilities. Overlooks green area. 6 km N of Oliver. Damage deposit and references required. Avail. Jan. 2012. Pets considered. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045. 28v2

2 BDRM SUITE for rent. Close to malls. Cozy, ground level. F/S. $700 mth plus utilities. Call 250-485-2548.

CABIN FOR RENT Road#2, 95th St. 33685. Close to town. N/P. $550 mth. includes power. Call 250-498-1080.



OBITUARY In loving memory

Colleen Marie Beatty (née Kehoe) 1940 - 2012 On Monday, January 2, 2012, Mrs. Colleen Marie Beatty of Oliver passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 71 years. She was predeceased by first husband, Tony Renaud; halfsister, Mel Haggerty; second husband, Herb Beatty; daughter, Denyse Renaud; step-daughter, Jeanette Schneider and halfbrother, Emerson. Colleen will be fondly remembered by her loving family including son, Trevor Renaud; grandchildren, Michael, Shawn and Kristine; one great-grandchild Kobi; sisters, Mary McCarty, Doreen (Ken) Hathaway, Donna Smith; brother, Robert Smith; step-daughter, Lorna (Dennis) Giggs; foster brothers, Clarence (Kathy), Merle (Joyce) and Gordon (Joy) Taylor and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends Collen spent the vast majority of her career caring mostly for older folks, nursing home and individuals, some janitorial, house and dog sitting but always in a “caring” capacity. Her volunteering was in a similar vein; Food Bank, going to the hospital to feed an elderly friend, helping a neighbour, family or friend with yard work, being the “neighbourhood watchdog”, recycling became a passion. She had an interesting philosophy about rules: If she agreed with them they were strictly adhered to, if she did not they were made to be bent. In her teens she learned to play the guitar, crochet and later she started making denim jackets out of old jeans. This is where her creativity really began to shine. Her jackets are worn proudly by family and friends and also by children in orphanages in several different countries. Colleen was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church where again her volunteering was evident in singing with her sister, helping set up and clear up at church functions, recycling cans and bottles to give the money to the church school teachers to buy extra supplies. Donations are gratefully accepted to the local food bank or Canadian Cancer Society Personal thanks to John and the staff at Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service. A memorial service was officiated by Pastor Oscar Halvorson at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Oliver Seventh-day Adventist Church. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B15






1) Large 3 bedroom mobile in seniors park. Nice yard. $775. Plus utilities. Available immediately. 2) There are 3 units now available in Casa Rio. Rents range from $825 to $950. This upscale building has many amenities including, views, spacious open concept living areas, exercise room, workshop and storage. Secure building with underground parking, locked entry and on-site mail pick up. 3) Three bdrm condo in Oliver. Children and pets welcome. $900 plus utilities. Available Dec. 1, 2011. 4)Three bedroom older home in town. $825 plus utilities. Shop and alley access. 5) Two bedroom home in rural Oliver. New facelift. Quiet private area. $900 plus utilities. 6) Small two bedroom home in rural Oliver. New facelift. $750 plus utilities. For more information please call Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. 250-498-6222.

NEWLY RENOVATED 3 bdrm. house in orchard. 1-1/2 bath, N/P, N/S. Call 250-498-0269 or 250-4852918.

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

CAM’S PAINTING & DECORATING 30 years experience. Call 250-498-4020.


FOR RENT: Commercial building in downtown Oliver. 2500 sq ft. Rent is $1042 per month plus HST and utilities. $5.00 sq ft. Call 250498-8815 or 250-809-6211.


2 BDRM HOUSE. Available Feb. 1/12, Tuc-el-Nuit area. Large private yard, attached carport and shop. N/S, $950 mth, plus utilities. Call 250488-8035 or 250-809-1185. 29mc4

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY Clean 1 bdrm suite, 1 block from Main St. W/D and utilities included. N/S, N/P. $600 mth. Call 250-498-0546.


CABINETS & FURNITURE Repair, renovate, refinish, new. All trades handyman services, renovations. 10 years in Oliver. Call Rae 250-485-3311. 21p12

PET SITTING Available at my home. References available. Call 250-689-8085.


SANDALWOOD COURT in Oliver. Small 1 bdrm unit. Avail. immed. 2 blocks from both malls. Seniors given preference. S/F and utilities included. $400 month. Sorry no smokers. Call or text 250485-2389. 29mc2


ARGON ELECTRICAL SERVICES Residential - Commercial Electric Heating

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In loving memory

Jessica Marion Phillips

RAY’S PAINTING 3 ROOM SPECIAL Any 3 rooms, $250. Walls, minor repairs, 2 coats, interior-exterior. Satisfaction guaranteed. 27 years experience. Call Ray at 250-487-0840. 29p8

ELECTROLYSIS BY MARG Get rid of unwanted hair permanently and safely with just a few treatments. Call 250-495-2782. 34mctf

PRE-PRUNING for grapes. Call 250-498-3687.

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MARY KAY - SKIN CARE Finally, skin care that’s made for you. Call Margaret Ogilvie 250-498-4020.

WANTING TO LEASE vineyards or raw land/orchards to convert to vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. Will also lease cherry orchards. If interested call 1-250-470-2556.


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

JULIE’S UPHOLSTERY CALL JULIE FOR FREE Estimates 250-495-2753. Household and outdoor furniture. Car, truck and boat interiors. Boat tops, quad and bike seats. Like Julie’s Upholstery on Facebook.

Kiwanis Market

34782-91 Street (Sawmill Road) Check us out. We accept clean, serviceable items. Please no clothing. Call 250-485-0242 or 250-498-0176. Drop-off times: 9 am to noon on Wednesdays and 9 am to noon on Fridays. Open for sales: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. Please leave a message and you will be answered. ctf


In loving memory

Irene Dorothy Sartorius 1923 - 2012

On December 22, 2011, Jessica Marion Phillips passed away suddenly at home in Kamloops, BC, following a recent respiratory illness. She was 34 years old. Jessica was born in Penticton, BC and raised in Oliver, BC. She spent several of her adult years in Victoria, BC, where she graduated from Camosun College before moving to Kamloops in recent years. She is survived by her loving parents, Ernest and June Phillips of Kamloops; sister, Rachel Phillips-Johnston (Brent) and niece Olivia of Victoria; older brother, Jonathan; grandfather, John Price of Kamloops; and grandparents, Frank and Frances Phillips of St. John’s, Nfld.; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Her unexpected passing just before Christmas was hard to bear but in so many ways Jessica personified the Spirit of Christmas with her spontaneous giving, her kindness, compassion, and countless acts of service. She was truly our angel, will be greatly missed, and never forgotten. A private viewing was held for family and close friends on Dec. 27th, 2011 at Schoening Funeral Home in Kamloops, BC. A funeral and Celebration of her Life service was held on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Kamloops. Families Are Forever


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Peacefully after a long illness surrounded by her family, Irene Dorothy Sartorius passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the age of 88 years. Survived by her beloved husband, Clarence; children, Dennis and Heather Sartorius and Brenda and Roger Duval; grandchildren, Kelly Sartorius and husband, Andy and Jill Sartorius; great-grandchildren, Jonas, Elias, Julian and Caleb. Survived by a brother, Ray Fairburn, Tacoma, Washington; predeceased by brother, Irwin Fairburn, Williams Lake, BC. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunnybank Centre and the South Okanagan General Hospital for the excellent care given to Irene.

Arrangements entrusted to Graham Funeral Home 5920 Kootenay Street, Oliver (250) 498-3833 Your messages of condolence, sharing your fond memories of Irene may be sent to:

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In loving memory

Walter Erick Bendixsen 1934 - 2012 After a courageous four year battle with cancer, fondly known as “Benny” or “Scoop” passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital on Friday, January 6, 2012. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Eileen; children, Nancy (Doug) of Richmond and Jeff (Renae) of Summerland; grandchildren, Ryan of Vancouver, Jordan of Summerland and Kylie of Kelowna. Survived by his buddy, Rick; Lydia, Margaret and extended families. Benny worked as a crane operator Operating Engineers Local 115. He enjoyed his travels to Mazatlan, Mexico and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97. His hobbies were woodworking and he enjoyed with the guys at the Legion. Cremation has taken place and no service by request. The family would like to thank the South Okanagan General Hospital staff, home support, Palliative Care Nurse, Lynn and special thanks to Dr. Entwistle.

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

B16 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Leza Macdonald photo

Minding the net

The Midget House Tournament in Oliver last weekend saw the South Okanagan team (white) struggle for points and supremacy. Here, they battle for the puck with Port Moody, losing 8-1. In the end, White Rock won the tournament, with Chilliwack finishing second.

Lots to do at rec centre Carol Sheridan Special to the Chronicle

There’s something so exciting and fresh about the start of a new year. Stretched out ahead is 12 whole months to be more physically active, try new activities and meet new friends. At the Oliver Community Centre, achieving this is as easy as walking in the front door. January is set to be an exciting month of new beginnings and fresh starts. Our much anticipated “Lose It for Life” challenge will provide participants with a convenient 12week weight room and fitness class package as well as access to wellness health professionals through free information seminars. There is an added incentive to reach their goals with fun prizes for the top individual and top team with the highest percentage of weight loss. Regular fitness classes with award-winning trainer Jorg Mardian including GentleFit, BodyRock and CrossFit are in full swing and take place mornings and evenings throughout the week. A full slate of yoga classes start up this week with something for everyone at each level of experience, taught by our amazing instructors. Line dancing is back and is a fun way to get moving and learn simple step combinations from our own Claire Denny in a relaxed atmosphere. Finally, if you haven’t tried snowshoeing before, now is your chance to get out into the beauty of the winter wilderness on a guided trek through the McKinney nordic area, enjoy a hot lunch outdoors and meet new people. Snowshoes and poles are available to rent at time of registration so don’t worry if you don’t have equipment.

Popular music and dance are a huge influence in a young person’s life and new to the centre this winter is an exciting program that will provide children and youth the opportunity to learn new moves and feel like a star. Jake Evans, performer and long-time dance instructor, will be teaching hip hop dance classes on Mondays after school. No previous dance experience is necessary and the program is non-competitive and a lot of fun. The popular after-school floor hockey program is back for another season and gets started on Monday, Jan. 16. Girls 12-14 years of age are invited to be a part of a new eight-week program focused on building confidence and self-esteem by trying a series of indoor and outdoor physical activities such as yoga, curling, and snowshoeing led by local female instructors and coaches. This exciting program is free to girls wanting to participate and is proudly sponsored by the Nk’Mip Ladies Black and White Scramble tournament. Finally, for parents and caregivers who have little tykes under the age of six, there are some great opportunities during the weekday to get out of the house and be active while socializing with other families. Come check out the parent and tot gym time on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community centre – we have tons of toys, bikes and sports equipment to play with and lots of space to run in, and a great place to eat lunch together. On Thursdays from 1:15-2:45 p.m. is parent and tot skating time at the Oliver Arena, a chance to play with tyke-friendly toys and give ice skating a try without the crowds. For more informaton, visit or phone 250-498-4985.


Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2012, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September, 2012. These will be children who were born in 2007. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 16 to Friday, March 9, 2012 at the following schools: Cawston Primary Okanagan Falls Elementary Oliver Elementary Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary Osoyoos Elementary YouLearn (closed 12-12:30)

250-499-5617 250-497-5414 250-498-3468 250-498-3415 250-495-7248 250-498-4597

8:00 - 3:00 pm 7:30 - 3:00 pm 8:00 - 3:30 pm 8:00 - 3:30 pm 8:30 - 3:00 pm 8:30 - 3:30 pm (Mon-Thurs) 8:30 - 1:15 pm (Fridays)


Please bring your child’s birth certificate and Medical Card with you. Should you require further details, please contact your local school.


Parents may defer the entry of their child into Kindergarten for one year but registration must occur in the following school year.


Early registration assists the district with plans for September, 2012. Also, Kindergarten spaces in a school may be limited and placement is done on a first come, first serve basis.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) PARENTS OF GRADE 1 TO 12 STUDENTS REGISTERING OR REQUESTING A CHANGE OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2012 Parents or guardians may enroll their son or daughter in an educational program at any school in our district, as outlined in Section 74.1 of the School Act, and providing there is space available in the respective grade. Registrations prior to June 15, 2012 will be accepted on a first come, first served and availability basis. Beginning June 18, 2012, registrations will be accepted in the following priority order as per section 74.6 of the School Act: (a) a catchment area child who, in the previous school year, attended the school at which the educational program is made available; (b) a catchment area child; (c) a non-catchment area child; (d) a non-school district child For further information, please contact your local school’s principal.


Online Edition of the Oliver Chronicle for Jan 11, 2012

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