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Split decision approves small pilot winery Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Although torn, Oliver council approved a temporary use permit to allow a small-scale winery in the residential area of Rockcliffe. The split decision came February 13 after council heard an impassioned plea from Kristie Steﬁshen, who lives at 860 Fairview Road with her husband Scott. They currently run a physiotherapy business on the property, and are applying to operate an additional enterprise – a small handcrafted winery. The Town recently toured the property and spoke to adjacent residents. Seven letters of support and two letters of opposition have been received. The Steﬁshens will get a temporary (up to three years) permit to operate a small-scale winery in an accessory building (garage) on their property. Director of Development Services Stephanie Johnson said the proposal does not include any onsite retail sales, but limited tasting by appointment only is proposed to assist with online sales. The applicants state that no more than 575 cases of wine per year will be manufactured on site. The subject property is zoned RSI (single family residential) and allows home occupations, but wine manufacturing is not permitted in this zone. However, the Local Government Act allows council to consider issuing a temporary permit to allow this use. The Steﬁshens want to build a business history for a viable winery operation in order to obtain funding and move the business to a permanent location in a commercial setting. Kristie told council that Oliver is losing young families, and they saw this as an opportunity to stay and work in the community. She stated the Ofﬁcial Community Plan promotes economic development by encouraging new businesses. She noted their small scale winery is a pilot project that needs two years of history before they can obtain ﬁnancial support. The plan is to move to an appropriately zoned property once that occurs. “We want to stay in Oliver; we have a lot to offer Oliver,” Kristie said. She informed council that they spoke to adjacent neighbours about their plan, reiterating there will be no tasting room, no additional vehicle trafﬁc, and no additional lighting or odours.
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Five-year-old Kai enjoys tenting it during the Communities for Kids Family Fair at the Oliver Community Centre on Saturday, February 25. Various play zones and activities kept children and their families very busy during the event.
Council approves expenditures The Town has authorized the expenditure of $36,300 for three projects prior to adopting its ﬁve-year capital plan. The projects include $10,800 for an inventory of tree health, $10,000 for water/testing repair upgrades at the Public Works building, and $15,500 for downtown garbage can replacements. The tree inventory project involves addressing the “worst trees” in Town as far as health goes. Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell said this would mean removing/replanting some of these trees and prun-
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ing others on the priority list. “We are hoping to do this over three years to get the worst of our tree inventory into a healthier state.” The water testing project involves the need for an area at Public Works to test and repair meters. So the department is proposing to build onto the mezzanine in the shop area for this purpose. The garbage can replacement project will allow the purchase of eight more receptacles in the downtown core this year and pay off the engineering fees.
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SWEET CHERRIES to Midge Wyse for keeping the national park dream alive with public meetings featuring an excellent and informed CPAWS speaker. -Marion SWEET CHERRIES to Vicky at our library for getting me some books to read when I was stuck at home. -Grateful customer SWEET CHERRIES to the two gentlemen with their vehicles in the Field’s parking lot these chilly Friday mornings dishing out free soup and a bun to anyone passing by. Nice touch when charity begins at home. -local shopper
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Pilot winery given green light in Oliver She pointed out they plan to buy their grapes and wine barrels locally. Johnson said the hobby winery has been operating informally to date, Once the business has proven itself, it will relocate and employ workers, and the Town has not received any complaints. No additional buildings or Kristie said. construction is proposed, and there is minimal smell, she said. Under the Ofﬁcial Community Plan, a temporary use permit may only Local residents Greg Casorso, Steve MacDonald and Sandra Lee all spoke be issued if: the proposed use is not noxious or undesirable; if it does not in support of the winery. negatively impact the neighbourhood; if it does not create But in a letter to council, residents John and Katie Unger a signiﬁcant demand for services; and if it does not permasaid a three-year permit with the option to renew is hardly A temporary use nently alter the site. temporary. Adjacent residents Robert Bull and Marguerite Whit- permit may only be “Give us the straight goods. What will we experience in ten expressed their worry that the commercial activity in issued if the pronoise, smell, trafﬁc, bright lights, hours of operation, peoquestion will have a negative impact on their peace and posed use is not ple, parking, equipment, etc?” quiet. They also fear the business will result in increased Councillors Linda Larson and Maureen Doerr supported noxious or undesirvehicular trafﬁc and depreciated property values. the application. Doerr said Oliver needs to get young peo“This is deﬁnitely undesirable and unacceptable and not able, if it doesn’t ple back into the community to start businesses. in keeping with RS1 zoning,” the couple wrote in a letter negatively impact Hovanes said he loves the entrepreneurial spirit shown to council. in this case, so he voted in favour of the permit. the neighbourhood, Bull noted the winery’s production was originally 500 and doesn’t permaBut Councillor Dave Mattes said wine manufacturing cases a year, but that has increased to 575. Therefore, he does not belong in a residential area, noting Oliver has aranticipates the activity level will increase. The work area is nently alter the site. eas designed for this type of business. three to ﬁve metres from his property line, he pointed out. Councillor Jack Bennest agreed, expressing a concern Bull said the claim by development services that no negabout two businesses being on the same residential propative impacts will result from the winery is based on inadequate or false erty. He noted the garage is not being used the way it was intended. information. “They have not been there during the activity.” Bennest said the Steﬁshens could probably ﬁnd a location in Oliver, not Bull stated he wishes the Steﬁshens the best of luck and prosperity, but far from home, that they could lease for their winery operation. argued the winery would be more successful in a more appropriate locaHe expressed a concern that council has set a precedent by approving tion. this permit. Historical weather data courtesy of Environment Canada, www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29
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Council briefs New hangar association formed Council has directed staff to modify the present water metering situation for a group of hangars at the airport. One owner, Walter Lannon, will have an individual meter, while an additional meter will be installed to service a group of other hangars, whose owners have formed a new association for billing purposes. Council previously expressed concerns about a group of hangar owners connected to Lannon’s water service. Now both parties will be separately billed under the new arrangement. Councillor Dave Mattes said there should be a report on how this arrangement impacts local sewerage. As a result, staff will investigate this and bring back a report.
Staff investigates regulation Town staff is looking into whether the community should be included on a list of jurisdictions that will be “Solar Hot Water Ready.” The optional requirement for single family homes is one of many initiatives the province has taken to fulfill its commitment to embrace green technologies. This re-
quirement enables local governments to mandate that all new single family dwellings be solar hot water ready. Corporate Officer Cathy Cowan noted that inclusion in this regulation would align with the Town of Oliver’s “climate action” strategy. Councillor Linda Larson said it would be ideal to encourage people to use this method. Councillor Mattes pointed out the requirement would increase the cost of a house. The Building and Safety Standards Branch indicates the requirement will add approximately $200-$500 (including labour) to the construction of single family homes in the Oliver area.
On February 15 the Oliver RCMP received a report of a hit and run collision across from 35641-93rd Street. The complainant reported that her 2007 Honda Pilot was parked off the road by the old Shoppers Drug Mart building all day, and at some point during the day her driver’s side rear bumper was hit by another car. The suspect vehicle left part of its front bumper at the scene. Paint from the suspect vehicle appeared to be white or lighter in colour. Potential witnesses are invited to call the Oliver detachment directly or report their information through Crime Stoppers.
Council supports prison Not everyone gets to talk to the premier. That’s what water councillor Rick Machial said about the correctional centre announcement at Senkulmen Business Park recently. Following the announcement, council members went out to lunch with BC Premier Christy Clark. Mayor Ron Hovanes said Clark took the time to speak to all of them, noting Oliver is a spot on her radar now.
Assault sends man to jail six months An Oliver man is in jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman nine months ago. Twenty-three-year-old Andrew Miller has been sentenced to six months incarceration for causing bodily harm to a woman on May 22, 2011. The sentencing occurred in Penticton provincial court on February 20. The court heard how the woman was assaulted after she and Miller returned home from a bush party in the Oliver area. According to the Crown, the sexual assault included
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other physical violence as well. The defence said the party was fueled by alcohol and drugs, and Miller was assaulted by another man. Once at home, Miller and the victim began arguing about the event. Miller was previously sentenced to three years in jail for his role in the 2009 kidnapping of an Oliver man over a reported drug deal. The sexual assault occurred while he was awaiting sentencing for the 2009 incident.
Two vehicles collide The Oliver RCMP attended to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 97 and 346th Avenue on February 16. An 18-year-old Oliver driver failed to stop the 2011 Dodge pickup she was driving due to icy road conditions and collided with the rear end of a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old Oliver resident who was operating a 2003 Land Rover. A passenger in the Land Rover sustained minor injuries.
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School Days ~ Roma Pedersen, Archives Volunteer A Grade 1 class at Oliver Elementary School, 1946 with teacher Mrs. Perron.
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Bring back the town beat cop
atching Mayor Ron Hovanes and Sgt. Ken Harrington stroll down Main Street last week reminded us that Oliver needs the return of the beat cop. We said it before, and we’ll say it again: police presence is everything. When you see a cop walking the beat downtown on a regular basis, you get a sense of relief, and it keeps the criminals away (they actually ﬁnd other sleepy towns to prey on). It’s refreshing to see Hovanes and Harrington walk the beat and talking to store owners about their concerns. (They don’t actually have many, but it offers them a venue to air them.) The more that business owners see the RCMP on foot, the more apt they will be to open up and talk about what concerns them. When they see a police car driving by, they may think these men and women in uniform are too busy to stop. And they don’t want to be a bother by calling 911 about a suspicious character hanging around outside. But the RCMP wants to hear about these things; they don’t want people to hold back, thinking the cops are too busy to deal with your suspicions. Harrington is right when he says the RCMP is a business too, there to serve clients (the public). They may not be able to give instant service when you call, but they do try to respond in a timely manner. Sadly, the days of the beat cop are gone. Too bad the powers that be can’t see ﬁt to cut more government waste and throw some extra dollars towards a beat cop in every town. Oliver would beneﬁt a great deal. Let us count the ways: keep skateboarders off sidewalks, keep transients on the straight and narrow, tackle shoplifters on the 20-yard line, and curb public intoxication. It’s not often you see an RCMP ofﬁcer strolling down the street. When you do, he or she is on ofﬁcial business, and you don’t want to bother them. Unfortunately, some people feel intimidated by them, even when they haven’t broken the law. This attitude needs to change. Bring back the beat cop, break down the barriers, and bring back the openness. While police cars are great, especially in action movies, they tend to take on the appearance of moving walls when it comes to community policing. Why not forego a police cruiser every week and have a member do the stroll for a day, or even half a day. We’d like to see the difference it makes. The Oliver Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor. email@example.com
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Owner needs to consider effects Editor, Oliver Chronicle: This is in regards to the proposal of a gravel crushing/ asphalt plant in the industrial park. Go ahead, Mr. Jentsch. Be a good neighbour. Add noise, air pollution and dust to our area of residence. By all means depreciate the value of our properties and your own. Take away the peace and quiet of all, but especially the senior citizens that live close to Maple Av-
Water supply is essential service Editor, Oliver Chroncle: (The following letter is addressed to Boundary Similkameen MLA John Slater regarding the civic strike vote in Oliver.) There are several issues that I would like to discuss with you about this strike in Oliver. However, at this point, I only want to focus on one aspect. I am writing you since I believe this issue needs to be dealt with by the provincial government and not local government water purveyors. The provincial government must immediately put into legislation that irrigation water for all agricultural related activities in the province of British Columbia is deemed an “essential service.” The Town of Oliver is presently the purveyor for agricultural water supply delivery for the Oliver area and is one of the largest single purveyors in the Okanagan Valley. CUPE Local 608 has refused to designate irrigation water for agricultural purposes as essential, thereby putting at risk thousands of hectares of land to potential devastation. This initiative has several major impacts: The province of British Columbia and Interior Health has made it clear that they support local government entities adopting private water systems by offering grants for infrastructure upgrades that would not be available to private water purveyors. This policy is put in immediate jeopardy by CUPE’s actions. The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s policy of encour-
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aging the amalgamation of many small water systems that presently exist into several large local governments purveyed systems, similar to the Town of Oliver’s, creating efﬁciencies, cost reductions, health beneﬁts and water security for its users. This initiative will be halted with CUPE’s actions. In the not too distant past, the area farmers operated and maintained their own irrigation supply system called South Okanagan Lands Irrigation District. Serious consideration by area farmers to return to this system with a view to deny unions any involvement in its operations and maintenance will be contemplated as a viable option. A major tenant of the British Columbia Agriculture Council (provincial agriculture water policy) is to have the agriculture sector in BC maintain a stable, secure water supply well into the future. This policy is reversed by the actions of CUPE. I credit the union in exposing a major deﬁciency in provincial agricultural water policy, however, it is abhorrent to me that local CUPE members would threaten to kill farmers’ fruit trees, grape vines, and agricultural crops, to increase their wages in an already high paying sector. I urgently request the provincial government, with support from the British Columbia Agriculture Council, to move that irrigation water for agricultural purposes in the province of BC be deemed an essential service. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. Allan Patton, Electoral Area C director Letters continued on Pg A5...
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Town should discourage these ‘road show’ events Editor, Oliver Chronicle: We are writing in regards to these gold buyers (road shows) that come to our community. Often these people offer to pay amounts that are incorrect. They do not have to answer to anyone; they come in and take your treasures and leave. We are a local business that offers the same service every day and we have to be accountable to our community.
Why is this being allowed to go on? These people are taking business away from local shops and nothing is being done to stop it. We get complaints from people on a regular basis about being taken advantage of, so they need to be informed. We hope the Town of Oliver will discourage these types of activities in the future.
I am a proponent of the proposed national park reserve. Unfortunately I have been mostly reticent in my support, except for some letters to Parks Canada and a few governmental agencies in the early stages of the feasibility study. I wish that everyone (including myself) who quietly supported the park, had erected huge signs on their property, saying “Yes National Park,” and otherwise made their opinion known. For that reason, I have recently written to both the premier and the minister of environment, setting forth my arguments in favour of the national park. I hope that all silent proponents of the park will also take action. In order for the national park to become a reality, we have to send the provincial government such a barrage of letters, emails, telephone calls, etc., that they cannot ignore our point of view. Parks Canada has worked long and hard on the national park proposal, and many of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that initially faced the project have been overcome by compromise, concession and the redefining of boundaries. The park would be a refuge of scenic beauty and solitude, rich in diverse plants, animals and birds, and a place to renew and
uplift the economy of the South Okanagan and Similkameen, because of its capability to generate business and job opportunities. All this has been reiterated time and again, but the opponents of the park continue their clamour against it. I appreciate to a degree the concern of some of the opposition as they genuinely fear that their livelihood will be impacted by the national park. However, I have no empathy whatsoever for most of the naysayers, who consist of four-wheel drive and ATV operators and hunters, whose mindset is that they have always enjoyed unrestricted use of the region, free of charge, and this should and must be their right in perpetuity. My family moved to Oliver in 1966, and at that time, the rare pocket desert still covered a substantial portion of the valley floor. Today the ecosystem has been reduced to scattered fragments by interminable development. The same fate awaits the representative area of the unique and endangered grasslands that Parks Canada proposed to preserve. Once this territory is taken over by private enterprise, it will be forever lost to the public, and that includes the naysayers to the national park.
Yes to the national park. Much credit and encouragement goes to all who live in the lower Similkameen area for supporting the proposal to develop a national park here. Having lived in Oliver since 1970, it is easy to see the continuous erosion and deterioration of our local environment. The increase of human population in this area is threatening our natural resources, water to be certain is one of them. Flora and fauna are also endangered. It appears that there is very little regulation as to where people can take up residence in this area. This means encroachment upon all aspects of nature and wildlife. Chukars are unseen around Oliver and pheasants are rarely observed, just to mention a couple of species. Living in the wilderness can create a two-way fire hazard. In many cases, forest fires have destroyed numerous homes.
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Conversely, carelessness by forest dwellers has caused fires of mass destruction. We are all aware of the pollution (litter) by humans and land surface devastation done by their powerful all-terrain vehicles. When hiking in our local mountains, it is disheartening to see what man’s disregard for nature’s true habitat has done at this point in time. The benefits of existing national parks in Canada and the US have proven to far exceed any conventional or traditional ways of land use. Let’s all think and act very futuristically before our ecosystems deteriorate beyond a point of no return. Restoration and preservation by means of a national park is both essential and inevitable. Cooperation, not competition, has always achieved greater results in the long term. Let’s not defeat ourselves and cheat many generations to come. James Demetrick, Oliver
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Angela Moore Oliver Chronicle Priorities, priorities . . . where to begin? A recent retreat by Oliver council identified several priorities that the Town wants to focus on in 2012. These include creating an environment to support development; improving internal and external communications; completing the zoning bylaw review; finishing the last phase of the water twinning project, and selling the KVR lands on Station Street to neighbouring property owners. A new hotel Mayor Ron Hovanes said another priority is to attract a much needed hotel. He noted council has struck an economic development committee with Councillor Dave Mattes as the chair. One of the initiatives the committee is seeking is to have Community Futures and their “Economic Gardening” pilot program offer assistance in doing all the research that would support attracting a hotel to the area. “As a community we have a number of sites that would accommodate a hotel. Most are in private hands but there are also real possibilities with the Centennial Park properties,” Hovanes said. The Centennial properties are zoned C5 which would allow for commercial use. The mayor said community acceptance for any future development would be necessary. Hovanes said the economic development committee is also looking at the entire Station Street (95th Street) area
for possible redevelopment potential. This area was previously considered being the center of the Wine Village core. Airport plan Hovanes said the town is in the process of completing the Airport Strategic Plan; much of this is focused on the future potential of the airport property. The mayor said they have been fortunate that most of the airport’s improvements have come from the private sector. He noted the landing lights, aviation and jet full access and all of the businesses have come through private hands. The strategic plan has identified that the airport could be widened, but it would be difficult to lengthen, Hovanes said. “It has been the council’s wish to attract even more skilled work opportunities on the airport.” Auditorium Council and the regional district recently changed the wording on the referendum result to allow the agreed $3.8 million dollars to go towards a “rebuild” of the school auditorium. The prior wording reflected a renovation. Hovanes said the Town and School District 53 have already negotiated a joint use agreement that will allow the auditorium to have continued day time use, but after hours it will be a joint use facility. Correctional centre Hovanes said each passing day since the corrections facility announcement makes council aware of all the potential economic gains that may come to Oliver over the years. “Along with the jobs there will be suppliers, housing, services and other spin offs.”
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Oliver Chronicle A9
Beauty Begins Beneath
During this very special time in your life...
TOASTING TIPS If you are the one being toasted, etiquette states that you shouldn’t raise your glass or drink from it during the toast itself. Once everyone else has taken a sip, you may then do so, or you may immediately counter with a toast of your own, taking a sip when you have finished.
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Wear a supportive, well-constructed strapless bra or corset in your correct size. Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. You are responsible for leaving the gowns in good condition once you have removed them. Wear you hair similar to the style you have in mind for your wedding. Note that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. Proper measurements can be matched to designer’s size charts. Don’t take the entire wedding party with you! One to two members is enough so you are not distracted. It’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes.
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FLORAL TERMS TO KNOW Before discussing table settings for their weddings, many couples find it helpful to brush up on some floral terminology before visiting florists. It can make you appear more knowledgeable and prepared if you understand what will be discussed and are able to choose what you want. It also helps to ensure your money is being spent in the best way
WEDDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER Paper invitations are still the expected norm. Order invitations at least four months in advance so they can be addressed and mailed at least six weeks in advance. Social media can still keep participants informed and connected but please don’t tweet during the wedding ceremony or any time during the wedding event. Always send out formal paper thank you cards. Thanking a wedding guest via email is in poor taste and seriously unacceptable to down right insulting. Shorter wedding gowns are more popular this year due to the desire of brides who want to show off their glamorous new shoes. Wedding dresses will always be white or off white but this year brides are revving up their gowns with eye catching pops of vibrant colour. Do this with lengthy drop earrings or bold sashes. 2012 trends for dresses are vintage style and more vintage in
colours. Think corsets, soft layers, ruffles and be used over and over – makes sense to us. lace. Colours are dusty in light aqua, gold and Bridesmaids dresses do not have to match taupe. anymore and is even considered very old fashioned. Let the women in the bridal party pick what works best for them even if the colours are different and style varies. Keep in mind though, the length should be uniform for all. Head tables too are a thing of the past. Head tables set the bridal party away from the wedding guests for an entire evening. More popuFlowers for 2012. This year we will see big lar is communal tables with the bridal party full blooms matching those vintage gowns. placed throughout the seated wedding guests. Peonies pair beautifully to vintage and are the The famous wheeled dessert tray is back in style too this year along with cheese plates, number one seller this year. traditional pies and cupcakes are still hot. Veils have been disappearing over the years and more brides chose natural coloured Think like a rich person. Celebrities and other rich folks with lots of money never buy when makeup and unfussy updo’s. they can borrow. They borrow houses and esBlack is no longer for funerals! And is very tates for their weddings. They borrow dresses much in fashion for table linens, centerpieces and jewelry all the time. It is perfectly acceptand even the gown. Go for it. able to borrow anything but the groom. Suits and gowns have turned tables as to what Vineyard weddings. Try planning your wedis bought and what is rented. ding in one of our local Okanagan vineyards Nowadays it’s the men who purchase their suits and the women rent their gowns. Gowns are only worn once whereas suits can
possible.Here are some common and some lesser known florist terms that can be advantageous to know.
*Oasis: Specialized foam that is used in bouquet holders and centerpieces to retain water and keep blooms fresh.
* Biedermeier: A nosegay arranged tightly with concentric circles of differently colored flowers. The flowers are wired into a holder with only one type of flower in each ring
* Pomander: A flower-covered ball that is suspended from a ribbon. It is often carried by child attendants.
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* Bouquet: A dense bunch of blooms that are kept together in a bouquet holder, wired or tied with ribbon. * Crescent: One full flower and a flowering stem wired together to form a slender handle that is held in one hand. * Garden: A centerpiece featuring wildflowers. * Nosegay: Small, round bouquets composed of densely packed round flowers and fill.
* Presentation: A bunch of longstemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms. It’s sometimes known as a pageant bouquet.
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A10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Year of the Dragon brides 2012 is the year of the dragon in Eastern mythology and many women are not only getting married but having babies too. China has seen a massive baby boom already with many women having got pregnant in mid 2011 so their child can be born this year with the dragon being the luckiest of signs. Here’s a quick list of good luck dates to get married in 2012 based on the Chinese calendar and in the year of the dragon.
May- 5,7,9,12,15,18 ,19,24,25,27,31. June – 2,4,5,6,9,12,13,15,18,27,28,29,30. July – 7,9,10,11,12,16,17,22,23,28,29,31. August – 2,4,5,7,10,11,13,14,23,25,31. September – 3,5,6,8,13,16,18,20,22,25,28,30. October – 2,4,9,12,16,23,24,25,26,27. November – 2,5,11,14,17,23,25,26,29. December – 2,3,5,6,10,18,20,30.
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Seating Chart It isn’t enough to seat warring exes at separate tables. You need a three-table no-fly zone between them. If you’re worried that Uncle Fred will get tipsy, seat him furthest from the bar. If you’re worried about Grandma’s reaction time, seat her closest to the ladies room. Never seat your boss with anyone who knew you when you were: • Unemployed • Footloose and fancy free
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Tourism funding needs boost: winery group Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle
Fit for a king and queen
Paul and Ruth Turigan were crowned “king and queen” recently during the Senior Songsters 22nd celebration of couples married 50 years and longer. The event at the Oliver Seniors Centre entertained 69 couples from the area.
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The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association is calling for more tourism funding in Electoral Area C. Treasurer Kenn Oldfield made this request to Area C director Allan Patton during a recent public meeting on the budget. “As an association we are deeply concerned at the disproportionately small amount of funding that is directed toward tourism of our area,” Oldfield said. He pointed out that wineries make up 5.5 per cent of Area C’s land base but pay 10 per cent of the total taxes for the area. Last year area wineries welcomed more than 350,000 visitors, said Oldfield. Statistics show that the average wine visitor spends an average of $305 a day in the Okanagan, he noted. In addition, local wineries provide more than 750 jobs for people in Oliver and Osoyoos, he stated. Oldfield said traditional forms of agriculture are making it more difficult for small farms to succeed. “The only way in which to keep agriculture sustainable is through agri-tourism.” As a constantly changing industry, the only way to guarantee a future in agriculture is to increase the draw for tourists, Oldfield said. He stated that increasing the number of
visitors to Oliver enhances the local economy and puts a farmer’s face to the product. “If we do not inform the masses of the great importance of farming, we are subject to have increased pressure to remove land from the ALR for development.” Oldfield said the winery association is advocating for all local producers, including roadside fruit stands and cattle farmers. “Increasing the traffic of visitors to our fruit stands would enable better control of domestic markets and keep our prices profitable for small, family-run farms.” Oldfield asked Patton to increase annual funding for tourism initiatives, suggesting $10,000 annually. Patton acknowledged that tourism is important, noting that Area C contributes to the Visitor Information Centre. But he admitted his difficulty with funding promotion and marketing initiatives for local wineries. “Why wouldn’t we not have money contributed by them? They need to put their own money into it.” Patton noted that the growers’ cooperative pays for their own marketing. The director stated that a big percentage of Area C’s population does not require tourism. But he noted that Area C assists tourism in other ways, such as working to lessen the bureaucracy for businesses.
Oliver garbage monitored Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle The RDOS is keeping a close eye on Oliver’s garbage and recycling services as it monitors how its new contract is working. The five-year contract commenced July 1, 2011 in all areas including Oliver and Area C. The board expressed a desire for different areas to have the flexibility to develop a curbside service schedule that meets the needs of residents. The contract was structured in a manner that allows for the RDOS to change services during the life of the contract and have different services for different areas. Potential service options within the contract for consideration include one container limit per home per week, a bi-weekly collection of yard and garden waste, and no collection of yard waste in plastic bags. The towns of Oliver and Osoyoos have already implemented one container limits per home per week. They have bi-weekly yard waste collection and have banned the use of plastic bags for yard waste collection. The towns of Oliver and Osoyoos have reported a drop in garbage collected due to the adoption of a one container limit. Oliver adopted a one bag limit in 2007 and showed an 18 per cent drop in garbage. In comparison, Area C saw a nine per cent increase in garbage collected for the same time period. Oliver “tag-a-bag” stickers saw a spike in sales early in the adoption of a one container limit, but currently find only a moderate increase in sales over prior years. Regional district staff believe a one container limit may reduce garbage collected by 10 per cent as compared to a two container limit. Solid waste facilities coordinator DonHamilton said the goal of the Solid Waste Management Plan focuses on increased user pay as homeowners with more waste
will need to purchase more stickers. “It has been recognized in local climate change action plans as a way to reduce waste going to landfills.” He said a 2010 survey showed between 75 and 80 per cent of residents place out a maximum of one container per week and would not be significantly affected by this change. It is observed that smaller urban lots produce more yard waste per residence for curbside collection than larger rural lots. This is due to several factors, including less area available for storage or composting options, and more intense gardening activity. Currently the RDOS pays for de-bagging of yard waste contained in plastic bags. Penticton and Area Cooperative Enterprises charges $44 per tonne for this service. Additionally, they charge $300 to Area C and $350 to Area A (rural Osoyoos) per collection event for travel costs. All plastic bags removed from yard waste are disposed in the landfill and not recycled. The RDOS recommends residents use reusable containers or compostable paper bags if possible. Landfill staff report that contamination of collected yard waste by garbage concealed in the kraft bags is minimal, and there are no negative impacts on the chipping of the materials. The waste hauler has found that kraft paper bags collected have worked well even with rainy weather and moist yard waste. Many residents have placed “yard waste only” stickers on reusable containers such as garbage cans to avoid purchasing bags. Hamilton said Areas C and A may not require bi-weekly yard waste collection due to larger lots. Monthly collection may be appropriate. De-bagging costs, due to travel expenses, are much higher than in other areas. Residents are encouraged to place wet yard waste in reusable containers or compost it on site.
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Father and son team really ‘lose it’ in Oliver Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Derrick and Jesse Robson are really losing it in Oliver. Not mentally, but around the waist, which is inspiring others to change their lives. The father and son team is taking the “Lose it for Life” fitness challenge through Oliver Parks and Recreation. Derrick and Jesse are among 40 participants in this year’s program. The winner will be the individual (or team) with the highest percentage of weight loss. Amazingly, 19-year-old Jesse has lost nearly 30 pounds since January 18, while 48-year-old Derrick has lost more than 21 pounds. “Our whole lives have changed,” said Derrick, noting he has more energy to do things. For example, he is renovating a kitchen right now and is tearing down walls and making “dump runs.” He didn’t have the energy to do that before. Two years ago Derrick suffered medical problems and decided it was time to make a change. He weighed 485 pounds at the time, but lost 70. “I went on a (seven-day) cruise with Jillian Michaels from “The Biggest Loser” show. There wasn’t a stick of butter on the cruise.” When he got back home, he slipped into his old habits and started gaining weight again. So he joined the Lose it for Life challenge. Jesse said he’s been overweight for some time. He watched his dad sign up for the Oliver program, and after listening to Derrick talk about it, he joined, too. “We keep each other motivated,” Jesse said. Recreation program manager Carol Sheridan said participants are not only feeling healthier, they’re walking taller, too. Derrick said it can be easy to get discouraged, but 90 per cent of the battle is in your head, while 10 per cent is in your waistline. He said his goal is to be more active and use less medication. “I want to be around when he (Jesse) decides to get married.”
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Derrick Robson (right) reacts while his son Jesse uses a fat loss monitor as part of the “Lose it for Life” challenge hosted by Oliver Parks and Recreation. At left is recreation manager Carol Sheridan getting in on the humour.
ESS VoluntEErS nEEdEd EmErgEncy Social SErVicES Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a valued part of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Program. In this community, and in communities across the province, dedicated ESS volunteers are considered to be the heart of disaster response. Have you ever given thought to how you would like to give back to your community? ESS has a solid base of volunteers; however since people sometimes move or their family obligations change, there is always a need for more energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join the team. The qualities necessary in an ESS volunteer include: • A concern for people affected by disaster • Good communication skills • The ability to work well in a team Emergency Social Services is based on volunteerism, and is dependent upon the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the well-being of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster. The Town of Oliver in conjunction with the RDOS is looking for additional volunteers to assist with Emergency Social Services (ESS). If you want to volunteer and are interested in accredited training, contact: Cathy Cowan, Corporate Officer PO Box 638, 6150 Main Street, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dale Kronebusch, RDOS Emergency Services Supervisor 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 via email email@example.com or fax at 250.492.0063 PO Box 638 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 • Tel: 250.485.6200 • Fax: 250.498.4466 • www.oliver.ca
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Combined bonspiel another successful event Ladies ‘A’ event won by Oliver team after sweat and tears The lineup of 22 men’s teams and 12 ladies teams took to the ice at the Oliver Curling Centre recently with all eyes ﬁrmly set on taking home the best prizes and leaving behind their names on the shiny trophies. This combined men’s and ladies format – no, there is no inter-gender play – makes for a most interesting atmosphere and certainly adds an enhanced social aspect. After a lot of sweat and a few tears, the audience was treated to exceptional displays of curling on all four sheets as those still standing fought to the not-so-bitter end. Surfacing as the ladies “A” event winner was the Oliver team of Skip Wanda Casorso, Third Joyce Kuzyk, Second Rita Logan and Lead Barb Casement. It has to be mentioned that Kuzyk, who has been curling in the local club since its beginnings in 1970, has ﬁnally become an “A” event winner. The Ladies “B” was with the won by the Cade rink from PenticOliver Curling Centre ton and the “C” by the Krancenblum team, also from Penticton. The men’s Crucetti’s “A” ﬁnal went to the Osoyoos team of Skip Lee Sapach, Third Jeff Duguid, Second Drew Bolkoski and Lead Ryan Dunkling. The Eastlink “B” event was won by the Craig Tilson team from Penticton and the Colin Blair/McDonald Realty “C” by the Gjukich team. The undisputed winners of the “Loudest Fans”award went to the Sapach supporters – no contest! There will be no mention of the unfortunate teams that didn’t make it past Saturday. They are still smarting. As is always the case in Oliver, the overﬂowing prize tables, only matched in popularity by the always excellent banquet meal, will keep them coming back. Many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers.
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The ladies “A” event winner was the Oliver team of (from left) Joyce Kuzyk, Rita Logan, Wanda Casorso, and Barb Casement.
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Penderecki Strings captivate an enthralled audience
ing of innovative styles. The piece started on a shattering unison note and ended on a single dying note, after high bird-like trills, From ﬁrst to last note, the Penderecki reinforcing the notion of rising from the String Quartet held the audience in their depths of despair. Perhaps appropriate as spell in the last concert of the year, Feb 24, Oliver prepares to welcome a prison. for the South Okanagan Concert Society. Debussy’s String Quartet, his only one, Opening with Beethoven’s String Quartet offered a contrast to the ﬁrst half. The vioin G major, they performed the sprightly linists switched positions and 2nd Jeremy dance-like introduction with a delicate Bell told about the inﬂuence of the Javaformality, in keeping with its nese gamelon which Denickname, ‘The Compliments bussy heard at the 1889 Quartet’, portraying the exParis Exposition. A simple aggerated courtesy of an 18th The audience wantmelody recurred in differcentury drawing salon. The ed more and the ent ways: the dream-like second movement features a quality quickly moved languorous melody leading musicians obliges from soft to strident, with to bursts of song, cut by ex- with an unbelievably ever changing rhythms pectant silences. The gallop- fast little piece... and harmonies. The soft, ing rhythms of the Scherzo sad and slow intro of the moved to a faster tempo in cello in the ﬁnal movethe ﬁnal movement where ment built to a crescendo each instrument in turn picked up the of excitement and ended with a whisper. melody, ending with the ﬁerce energy we But the audience wanted more and the associate with Beethoven. musicians obliged with an unbelievably The second composition, De Profun- fast little piece, with bow percussion by dis, by young Canadian composer Norbert Erwin Schulhoff, a Czech composer. Truly, Palej, was commissioned and premiered by the Penderecki musicians demonstrate “a PSQ. Jerzy Kaplanek , 2nd violin, spoke of remarkable range of technical excellence the composer’s impetus, drawing inspira- and emotional sweep” (Globe & Mail). tion from Psalm 130 and Oscar Wilde’s ‘De Another successful year has ended for Profundis” written in Reading Gaol. Vio- the South Okanagan Concert Society. The lent percussive and staccato effects built 2012-13 season is planned, with the AGM on dissonances and the sheer physicality on April 10 at Quail’s Nest. Early-bird disof the violinists drew enthusiastic applause count tickets (bargain prices, free for stufrom the Oliver audience; the musicians dents) are available now at Imperial Ofﬁce told us that not all audiences are as accept- Pro in Osoyoos and Beyond Bliss in Oliver.
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OTA achieving new milestones in community Association busy preparing for tourism season in Oliver, Area C Contributed To the Chronicle
The Oliver Tourism Association (OTA) is a membership based, registered society comprised of tourism stakeholders from the Town of Oliver and Area C. The purpose of OTA is to promote and identify tourism opportunities and activities within the town of Oliver and surrounding area and to encourage and support tourism initiatives by its members and stakeholders. Spring is just around the corner and OTA is busy getting ready for the upcoming tourist season. In February 2011 OTA entered into an agreement with the Town of Oliver and RDOS Area C for the operation of the visitor centre and delivery of tourism services for the “Wine Capital of Canada.” OTA is responsible for implementing the “Wine Capital of Canada” brand. The brand and logo is available for all stakeholders to use in their marketing and images can be acquired by contacting Rhoda Brooks at 250498-6321. OTA’s official website is www. winecapitalofcanada.ca and is full of information for visitors and locals on things to do, festivals, events, accommodations, wineries, restaurants and more.
OTA is working on upcoming improvements to the site to make it even better. “Wine Capital of Canada” souvenirs and gifts are now available for tourists to purchase at the Oliver Visitor Centre. Recently OTA hosted in partnership with Tourism BC and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) a free three-hour online reputation management workshop. Increasingly, travelers are bypassing traditional sources of trip information and using social networks to consult sources they trust, such as other travelers and friends. The trend has given rise to a critical new function in tourism: online reputation management, the process of monitoring, reacting to and generating online reviews and content. Over 30 different businesses attended the workshop representing B&Bs, hotels, wineries and tour companies from Oliver and Osoyoos. Appreciation goes out to Silver Sage Winery for donating the venue space, Oliver Parks and Recreation for donating the projector screen, Tinhorn Creek for donating the use of the projector, and to Oliver Bakery and Oughtred Coffee Company for providing goodies and refreshments. The OTA’s flagship project for 2012 is the official Oliver Visitor Guide. The advertising sales are com-
Capacity concerns town Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Because of capacity concerns, Oliver council is not allowing additional customers to utilize irrigation system #7 at this time. After some discussion, water councillor Rick Machial made a motion to not extend the irrigation system to additional users. He noted the Town doesn’t have the money to do this, and an engineer’s report indicates the system doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate additional customers. Water councillor Andre Miller was the only member of council who opposed the motion. Council recently directed staff to pro-
vide costs to enlarge the system to service extra properties. System improvements would cost $750,000 or more. It was noted the Town receives irrigation water applications in system #7; most have been denied because of capacity concerns. However, vineyards have replaced fruit trees, which have decreased the demand for water by 25 per cent. Data indicates that total consumption in system #7 has dropped annually, but staff manage the systems with peak flow demands in mind. At 4500 US gallons per minute, peak demand in system #7 usually coincides with low pressure complaints from existing customers.
plete and it will soon be going to print and will be released in March. This guide will be distributed throughout the 100-plus BC community visitor centres and the six provincial centre gateways. The community centres see in excess of 2.5 million people a year and the BC centres see over 500,000 visitors. The guide will also be racked at various tourism and information locations throughout BC, Alberta and Washington State as well as at trade shows, special events and festivals. Additionally, it will be put in press kits and sent as direct response to consumer requests. Another OTA initiative is working on the community page in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s vacation planner. This planner has information on the region and all the communities within it. It receives the same exposure in the BC visitor centre network and is part of TOTA’s national and international marketing. OTA will be holding its annual general meeting on March 15. All OTA members and tourism stakeholders are invited to attend. OTA invites you to join the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC). For more information contact Rhoda Brooks. The Oliver Visitor Centre is located at 6431 Station Street (93rd Street) and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm during the winter months.
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Tipping fees increase Contributed To the Chronicle The RDOS has proposed raising landfill refuse fees from the current $55 per metric tonne to $65 per metric tonne at landfills, including Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos. Changes to the tipping fee bylaw will be presented at the March 1 board meeting. Refuse fees are applied to materials that are buried in the landfill. Any fees for reusable, recyclable or compostable materials brought to RDOS landfills are not affected by this rate change. Don Hamilton, RDOS solid waste facilities coordinator, recommended the rate increase. In his report he indicated there are a number of costly infrastructure projects required by the province at local landfills. “Our mandate is to fund local landfills wherever possible on a user-pay basis,” exHamilton said. “In other words, those that use up valuable landfill space pay for it. Without this rate increase we will require other funding sources such as taxation or raising rates for recyclables or compostables.” Hamilton stated that in neighbouring regional districts the average charge is $72 per metric tonne for refuse. The Town of Osoyoos already charges $65 per metric
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Lady Hornets off to tourney
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Seniors recapture valley tournament as #1 seed Hornets now advance to provincial tourney Mo Basso Special to the Chronicle
Southern Okanagan Secondary School entered the 2012 Okanagan Valley Basketball Championships as the number one seed, a seed which they lived up to. In their first game the Hornets met a less experienced, yet eager team, WL Seaton from Vernon. The first quarter was very close as the Hornets showed bus league fatigue as they allowed the Seaton Sonics to hang tight as the score at the end of the first quarter was 24-20. In the second quarter the Hornets opened the game up as they outscored their opponents by 19 points, allowing them to cruise to a 27-point victory (91-24). Greet Gill led all scorers with 21 followed by Amit Chahal with 18, Raj Sidhu 17 and Gurkamal Dhaliwal with 10. Parm Sidhu only scored three points but he was the quarterback in this offence as he had 15 assists. In the semi finals the Hornets faced off against their rivals from Penticton, the Maggie Mustangs. The game started as one would expect between two rival combatants, however, a late first quarter surge allowed the Hornets to take an 11-point lead (28-17). This was followed up by a lacklustre performance by the Mustangs as the Hornets outscored them by 13 in the second (28-8), allowing them to take a comanding 49-25 lead into half time. The second half was no better for the Mustangs as the Hornets won the third quarter 25-10, and by the fourth quarter the game was pretty much over as both teams played their benches in a 89-54 vic-
tory, thus allowing the Hornets to advance to the finals versus the Sahali Sabres. The Hornets were led by Greet Gill with 17 points, followed by Parm Sidhu and Babblu Brar with 15 a piece and Gurk Dhaliwal chipped in with 10. All Hornets hit the score sheet. The Hornets faced off against the Sabres, a team that they have met two times in the valley finals; the first time in 2010 which the Hornets won and then again last year in 2011, which the Sabres won, so the stage was set for the rubber match. The Hornets came out flying as they were moving the ball with ease and were in control early as they jumped out to a 22-11 first quarter lead. The second quarter was an up and down battle as the Hornets pushed the lead to 25, but foul trouble forced the Hornets to go the bench which allowed the Sabres to narrow the gap to 16 at half. The second half was all Sabres as they seemed to feed off the large crowd that showed up to cheer on the hometown team cutting the lead to just four points with under two minutes to play. A few late minute antics allowed the fatigued Hornets to hang on to the victory as they prevailed 84-77. Gurkamal Dhaliwal led the Hornets with 27 points as he hit seven for 14 from behind the three point line. Amit Chahal had 17, followed by Raj Sidhu with 12, and Greet Gill with 11. The win was the Hornets’ third valley championship in four years. Greet Gill was tournament MVP, and Parm Sidhu and Amit Chahal were named to the first All-Star team. Gurkamal Dhaliwal was honourable mention. The Hornets will now try to defend their provincial championship reputation on March 6-10 in Kamloops.
Chris Jentsch Special to the Chronicle The long and winding road has finally led the lady Hornets to the doorstep of the sought after provincial basketball tournament in Kamloops on March 6-10. It has been a long time since SOSS sent a girl’s team to the provincials. (Ian Gibson led the squad in 1989 and Roger McKay coached in 1990.) It is an incredibly difficult task and the 2011/2012 team has shown the skill and determination needed to do it. This past weekend the girls went to the valley championships in Kamloops to qualify. They met Fulton secondary from Vernon in the first round and won 58-42. It was a victory that had cost the Oliver squad a starter late in the game. Emily Jentsch rolled her ankle and would not play in the semi final game against Vernon Secondary the next day, nor the back door game against Kalamalka. Ashley McGinnis, Jessa Kriesel and Navi Mann led the scoring with 22, 13 and 12, respectively. The girls came out firing and held defensively strong in the semi-final, holding a 21-point lead to close the half, but the latter part of the fourth quarter the full benched Panthers passed the embattled Hornets 66-54. Kriesel and McGinnis led the team in scoring. This loss would mean the long way around the tournament to qualify. An already short bench had now played an extra game to stay alive. Not only did they play short handed, the entire team stepped forward and defeated the Lakers from Kalamalka 70-59. This guaranteed the Hornets at least fourth in the valley and a berth in the provincials. On Saturday the Hornets were pitted against zone rivals Summerland. The game ebbed and flowed, and with seconds left and trailing by three, Navi Mann scored a threepointer to tie the game and force overtime. In an exciting finish, the Rockets won 69-66. Ashley McGinnis was one of the all-stars in the tournament.
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A number of national park supporters and opponents attended a public meeting hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society at the Oliver Community Centre on February 23.
National park meeting spurs debate in Oliver Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle An admittedly biased presentation on the beneﬁts of a national park prompted debate in Oliver last week. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) hosted a meeting at the community centre, where people from both sides of the fence gathered to hear what economic beneﬁts are in store for the South Okanagan-Similkameen if a park was established. Terrestrial conservation director Chloe O’Loughlin stressed that the society is a non-proﬁt group not afﬁliated with Parks Canada. She said opponents and proponents of the park have a lot in common despite their perceived butting of heads. O’Loughlin acknowledged there are many outstanding issues to be resolved, such as ranching, grazing rights
and First Nations acceptance. She also acknowledged that the provincial government is not supporting the concept at this time, and the federal government is saying it can’t move forward with the initiative without BC’s support. O’Loughlin said the proposed boundaries of the park have changed, noting it no longer includes the “snowy” protected area, which was an initial concern for hunters. It now includes mostly the South Okanagan grassland areas. Although people say the Land Resource Management Plan already protects this sensitive ecosystem, it is not legislated or funded, O’Loughlin said. The society released ﬁndings from the 2010 report, “The Economic Value of Parks Canada,” that states a national park in BC will, on average: increase labour revenue by $25 million a year; increase tax revenue by $3.5 million yearly; increase visitor spending by $49 million; and develop nearly 600 jobs related to the establishment of the park. SENIORS’ DAY EVERY DAY
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O’Loughlin said all the costs of establishing and managing such a park would be borne by the federal government. However, one opponent was quick to note this money will come out of taxpayers’ pockets. O’Loughlin said it normally takes 50 years to establish a national park, admitting that these economic ﬁgures she quoted won’t be seen right away. This prompted some laughter from the audience, with people commenting that they won’t be alive to see the park. Another comment prompted even more laughter when someone said we live in an agricultural community and “don’t want tourists here.” O’Loughlin said people travel from all over the world to visit national parks. But one local resident raised a concern about such a park taking over agricultural land, questioning the merits of having Europeans and Asians on Mt. Kobau as opposed to cattle. Continued on Pg B2...
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One resident asked about the genera- reason why these species are endangered tions of people who grew up in this area. is the lack of wild ﬁre. He noted a lot of He said the area is used for hunting, and he animals require grasslands that are being teaches his children about conservation by encroached by timber. He stated the natupicking up loads of garbage left behind by ral process of ﬁre has brought back a lot of careless hikers. grasslands to the area. “I can’t teach my kid that if we have a Theberge said Parks Canada has the exnational park. You’re taking away my right pertise when it comes to controlled burns. as a local citizen to do that.” Ranching was another But O’Loughlin said you hot topic of discussion. can still teach children The key is to reach O’Loughlin said ranchers about conservation in a na- a compromise that are entitled to sell their tional park, you just can’t works for everyone. land or keep it forever; it’s hunt. their choice. The goal is to get Another question arose She noted that 12 ranchabout accommodating peo- the “cleanest” econers are impacted by the prople coming here to visit the omy we can have posed park and are working park. Would Parks Canada and manage our astogether with Parks Canada build a resort or would we sets better than they in consultations. rely on existing accommo- are managed now. O’Loughlin said the sodations? ciety hopes to see these Wildlife ecologist John - John Chapman ranches remain intact rathTheberge said they would er than being subdivided rely on existing campand sold to private interests grounds and other accommodations. “Be- for development purposes. cause of the small size of the park, there But rancher Dave Casorso accused wouldn’t be a lot of (new) infrastructure.” O’Loughlin of misinforming the public, sayBut one resident said they would need ing there is only one rancher in consultaa lot more accommodation than what is tion. However, it was noted that Casorso’s available now. ranch is outside the proposed boundaries O’Loughlin said the proposed park is one of the park. of the top three most endangered ecosysOliver resident John Chapman said the tems in Canada. key is to reach a compromise that works “If this was a national park, the federal for everyone. The goal is to get the “cleangovernment would be required by law to est” economy we can have and manage our protect 56 local endangered species,” she assets better than they are managed now. said. “You’d be a fool not to see it (the park) as But local resident Aaron Stelkia said the a clean industry.”
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Oliver mayor and RCMP sergeant on the stroll Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Mayor Ron Hovanes would make a good beat cop, but without the gun, the Taser, and nightstick. Hovanes and Sgt. Ken Harrington have been walking the beat on a weekly basis in Oliver. It’s a new public relations initiative to let business owners know that the Town and the RCMP are at their service. “We are a service based industry, and you are our clients . . . we want to make sure our clients are satisﬁed,” Harrington said while talking to Tracy Veintimilla at Alberto’s Decorating Centre last week. In Johnston Meier, Harrington admitted that sometimes the RCMP can become detracted or distracted by other things, but they are still a business with a mandate to serve the public. “If you see something or hear something, don’t think for a second that we’re not interested,” Harrington said. During one recent walk-about, three local business owners reported that they had experienced some minor criminal activity around their shops, which they chose not to report to police. Hovanes stressed the importance of getting feedback from business owners so the Town and the RCMP know what the trends are in the community. For example, if you’re the victim of a tire slashing, the RCMP need to know. Hovanes said he senses that something is missing in terms of communication (between the Town and business owners). Grapevine Optical manager Natasha Martin commented that not many people know their neighbours anymore, and agreed that communication is important. Harrington said he would much rather use his oral skills to defuse a conﬂict than pull out a Taser. (Don’t tase me, bro.) He told Paul Dumoret in Asia Buffet how he talked two Hell’s Angels members into donning high-visibility vests to control trafﬁc during an accident near Silverton, BC. Now
is that smooth or what? At Beyond Bliss, Harrington said RCMP ofﬁcers don’t In another downtown business, Harrington told the pro- just write tickets, they work towards creating solutions to prietor that if any of his members are doing a good job, he various problems shopkeepers might encounter. At Lauwants to hear about it. And if they aren’t, he wants to hear ralee’s Treasure Chest, it was discussed how fruit picking about that, too. transients are one of the shop’s best customers because In talking to an employee at Sinbad’s, Harrington said if they are very artistic with beads. she witnesses something strange through the front win“I show them a few tricks,” said Lauralee Piche-Gibot. dow, no matter how minor, it could be something the RCMP are interested in. The lady said she has seen people pass out on the sidewalk and transient pickers getting into ﬁghts. Harrington advised her not to go out there and chase them away, but to call the RCMP. “If we are too busy, we may take longer than two minutes (to get there).” The bottom line that Hovanes and Harrington were trying to get across was if they don’t hear about people’s concerns, they won’t know how to resolve them. “You’re not being a pain by giving us a call (whether it’s about grafﬁti or a skateboarder),” Hovanes said to another proprietor. Heather at Heather’s Threadz commented that Lyonel Doherty photo local RCMP members in Oliver have been very helpful Ron Hovanes and Sgt. Ken Harrington speak to Natasha Martin at Grapevine Optical durwhenever she had to call Mayor ing their weekly walk-about in Oliver. on them.
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Members of the South Okanagan Similkameen Teachers Union hold signs outside the union office on Fairview Road in Oliver as part of their “day of action” on Monday. The BC Teachers Federation wants a 15 per cent wage increase over three years and is lobbying for a negotiated agreement as opposed to a legislated one that the province is now considering.
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OLIVER UNITED CHURCH 9915 - 358th Ave.
Minister: Rev. Heather Burton
Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. All are welcome Join us for refreshments and fellowship after the service.
Box 938, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 250.498.2781 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCC)
All are welcome 10450 - 346th Ave.
Pastor: Oscar Halvorson Services Saturday: Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. 250.498.4820
342nd Ave. at Airport Rd. Pastor Darren Siegle Divine Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Sunday School: 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month 9:45 - 10:45 Adult Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.
VALLEY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
OLIVER LUTHERAN CENTRE (Okanagan St. -- Veterans Ave.) 10 am SUNDAY DEVOTIONS Communion: first Sunday of month
ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
(Anglican/Episcopal) Welcomes you! 30850 Black Sage Rd. 34660 - 103 St., Oliver Sunday Worship Rev. Patrick Reid Sunday Service and Gathering: Sunday School: 11:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m. Information: 250.498.4829 250.498.2735
Just north of town on Hwy 97
Lead Pastor: Jeremy Cook Associate Pastor: Steve McLean Pastor of Seniors: Henry Wiebe
Children’s Ministry: Carol Freeman Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Church and Nursery care available during the service.
and Adult Sunday School 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Phone: 250.498.4253 www.oliveralliancechurch.com Office : 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
B8 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jeff T., Valley First Member
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B9
Seek, Select, See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Slurp, Spit, Swallow, Share. The no B.S. wine selection method. 1. Seek… why are you looking? Wine with snacks, lunch or dinner? Picnicking? BBQ? Gifting? Tout seul? BC wineries and wine stores are jam-packed with juice at all prices and each has its uniqueness, reason for being. When hunting wines cut to the chase, tell salespeople what your plans are, how much coin is in your jeans and be mindful that you normally get what you pay for; best is not always most expensive and visa-versa then follow their wiggling wine ﬁnger to the ideal shelf space. 2. Select… read the back label not an artsy front guaranteed to whiplash you to full stop when aisle cruising. Read the clever prose on the ﬂip side and you might ﬁnd pairing hints ﬁtting your plan and other stuff you might note when tasting. If the label’s jacked with wine-speak terminology only a “sommelier” (winespeak for knowledgeable wine dude) can understand or describes weird things like “delicate hints of car seat” insist on a translation then whip out the plastic and
buy some. Yes, some. One 750-ml. bottle Other stuff (chocolate, tobacco, old saddle doesn’t cut it if you ﬁnd a jewel and drink leather, wet sheepdog, ﬂowers etc.)? For it with a friend or share with a feasting instance we have a Dry Gewurztraminer, couple. 3. See… got wine, opener, glass traditionally very ﬂoral, a common trait in this varietal and visitors quickly and someone smacking lips in get it. Some of our reds are very expectation. Bottle opened, gen“strawberry, raspberry, plum, tly pour a couple of ounces. Lift cherry” on the nose yet might glass in front of a light or bright not necessarily taste of those piece of white paper. Ahh, it’s a fruits. If the wine smells like cork beautiful thing. then yes, it’s probably “corked” 4. Swirl… no big deal here just don’t spray your ceiling, expen(wine-speak: bad stuff that got Bruce Fuller sive wallpaper or high threadinto the cork stinking it up then count sheets on your queen-size. transferring to the wine). Tastes Rest glass on tabletop, move it like hell so be glad for splurging around in little circles. Swirling on that second bottle. creates a mini whirlpool opens the vino 6. Sip… not guzzle, gulp or shoot it. up the sides of the glass and leads well Take a small portion into the front of your into your next step. 5. Sniff… should be ample room to stick mouth just behind your lower lip, at your your nose in the glass a bit just don’t teeth, and onto the front of your tongue dip it in the wine. Take a whiff. Helps if and suck in a little air. Noisy, not rude you’ve not power-smoked in the hall- when tasting. With practice, and napkin way beforehand. What do you smell? close by sure to impress the impressible. Over a few times it’s amazing what your 7. Slurp… turn up the mouth noise volcreative mind whispers. Does the “nose” (wine-speak: smell) remind you of fruit? ume. Move wine around with your tongue
feel it on the roof and sides of your mouth and make those eating oriental noodles slurping sounds. Totally ok. 8. Spit… if you want to or have to. If tasting a “ﬂight” (wine-speak: bunch of wines) you’ll be whacked if you over do it so use the spit bucket, rinsing your mouth with water between tastes. Also not offensive to winemakers, proprietors or hosts. 9. Swallow… no problem here unless you’re tasting a few dozen in which case go back to #8. Got to love this step. 10. Share… do it. If into your own bottle, that’s what the second one is for. Don’t worry about what pairs with what at this stage. Just drink what you want with what you’ve got. I think it’s all ok… as in “anything goes with anything”. Bruce Fuller is the Founder and Proprietor of Rustico Farm & Cellars Oliver BC rusticowinery.com
Grand Re-Opening March 1st! R E S TAU R A N T
The wait is finally over and we have some great new offerings! Create Your Own 3 Course Dinner - $35
For the month of March choose one appie, entree, & dessert from our new Spring Menu.
Communal Table Dinners - $25
Every Tuesday starting March 20 at 6:30pm ‘til the end of June. Reservations required.
Sunday March 11 at 10am is the first Brunch and will be a Communal Table ($25). Reservations required. Every Saturday and Sunday afterward a Brunch menu will be featured from 10am to 1pm. Call 250.498.3742 or visit www.miradoro.ca to make a reservation.
Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest
Rustico (rus.ti.co) “simplicity and charm typical of the countryside, rural setting with a relaxed welcome-home attitude, romantic, artisan, handcrafted quality.” Swirl, sip and savor Rustico’s boutique winery portfolio from oldfashioned tumblers while sharing the ambience of our antique-filled Lonesome Quail tasting saloon. " FOLKS SAY WE’RE CANADA’S MOST ROMANTIC WINERY! " Between Oliver & Osoyoos Hwy. 97 to Rd. 16 to 123rd St. to the covered wagon.
B10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, February 29, 2012
CLASSIFIED ADS by 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays (Must be prepaid, cash, Visa or Mastercard) Email: email@example.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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
FARMERS MARKET AGM Oliver Country Market A-Fair. Notice of Annual General Meeting. 7 pm Thursday, March 15, Room 1, Oliver Community Centre.
CARD OF THANKS Thank you to Gary and Anita Meeds for donating a freezer to the Oliver Elementary School muffin program. Thanks also to the Chronicle for quick results to the classified ad. Oliver Lioness Club
ELECTROLYSIS BY MARG As of Feb. 1 we will be at our new location 8510 Main Street. Parking and entrance at the rear of the building. Watch for our sign on the door or call 250-495-2782. Thank you. 31c8
ST. PATRICK’S TEA Sunnybank Ladies” Aux. Wed. March 14. 1:00 pm $4.00 Oliver Elks Hall. Door Prizes - Raffle - Bake Table.
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
1989 JEEP YJS. 6 cyl. automatic. New roof, new front seats, new tires and rims. Good running condition. $2,900. Call 250-408-9933. 35v2
1992 GRAND PRIX SE. Fully loaded, auto, 169,000 km. Great all around condition. $1,900 OBO. May take part trade or willing to trade for right snowmobile or motorcycle. Call 250-485-0339.
2005 - 250 GMC DIESEL. 59,000 km. Duramax motor, Alison transmission, canopy, 8’ box. Trailer package. $24,000. ALSO 2001 Rustler travel trailer. 24.5’ long. Fully equipped. $10,500. Call 250-498-3670.
BALRAJ GILL ORCHARD, needs 3 full time workers. May 1, 2012 for a 2 year contract. Oliver, BC. Must speak Punjabi. $10.25 hr. Call 250498-9777.
JATINDER SIDHU needs 5 farm workers for fruit and vegetable farm. 2 starting the first week in May and 3 starting June 25, 2012. Pay is $10.25 hr. Call 250-4987901 or 250-498-0262.
0729928 BC LTD needs 4 F/T seasonal farm workers. May 15 to Nov. 15, 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-408-9933.
1994 5 LITRE MUSTANG. 5 speed, $3,500 OBO. Call 250-485-0339. ftf
1974 PONTIAC GTO. Needs TLC. Call Mark 250495-2495. 36v1
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. 28v9
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.
GOOD SHEPHERD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Parents interested in enrolling their child for 2012 school year in K-7, and F/T Kindergarten Call 250-495-3549 (school), 250-495-5077 (home), or email: gscsadmin@gmail. com
1978 FORD 3 TON farm truck w/flat deck. Hauls up to 20 bins. New rear tires. Good running cond. $2,500. Call 250-408-9933.
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
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.
AUJLA FARM Manjodh Aujla is looking for 6 F/T seasonal farm workers to work at 31085 Hwy. 97, 9408 Hwy. 97 and 37847 Hwy 97 in Oliver, BC. Pay rate $10.25 hr. Peace work rate as per established by Employment Standards Branch of BC Ministry of Labour. Work from April to Oct. 2012. Please call 250-485-8617 or 250-498-0537. Email: email@example.com 32p5
TIENDA MEXICANA in Oliver is looking for 2 seasonal, full-time employees, $11.00 hr. Starting in April. Must speak Spanish, good customer service, heavy lifting. Call 778-439-3111 or Email jlopez.latinfoods@gmail. com 33p4
K/M ORCHARDS needs 2 full time seasonal workers from May 1 to the end of Nov. 2012. Wage is $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-6890825. 35p2
DESERT HILLS WINERY is looking for 7 F/T vineyard workers to start immediately. Must speak Punjabi or English. Starting $12 hour. Please submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 250-498-3015. 35c3
AGRICULTURAL/HEAVY DUTY mechanic needed immediately. Please submit resume to: info@gerardsequipment. com or in person to 3368497 St. Oliver.
BRAR FARM needs 1 F/T 40 hour a week farm worker. Oliver location, 24 mth duration. Summer harvest and orchard maint. Fall, winter, and 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. Must speak Punjabi. $10.25 hr. Call 250485-8334.
SUNDIAL VINEYARDS needs 3 F/T seasonal labourers. March 15 to October 30/12. $9.56 hr. Oliver area. Fax 250-498-3571. 29p8
CROSSWORD and SUDOKU ANSWERS
AVILA ORCHARDS needs 2 F/T seasonal farm workers. May to Oct. 2012. Oliver area. $10.25 hr. Piece work as per government standards. Call 250-498-9117. 35p2
Seeking OFFICE MANAGER. Duties incl. bookkeeping, general reception & managing of parts & stock inventory. Organizational & communications skills req’d. Prior exp. working with QB, Excel & those who hold relevant experience in manufacturing & agriculture preferred. Wages based on qualifications. Fax resume to 250-498-4460 or email: email@example.com Selected candidates will be contacted. 36v1
PANORAMA ORCHARDS needs 5 F/T seasonal farm workers. April 1 to the end of Oct. 2012. Oliver area, $9.56 hr. Piece work at government standards. Call 250498-9089. 36p2
OKANAGAN SUNSHINE Major Dhaliwal looking for 3 full time seasonal farm workers to work at 9525-324 Ave, (Rd#10), 9524-374 Ave, 9723-97 Street (Rd#7) in Oliver, BC. Pay rate $10.25 per hour. Piece work rate as per established by Employment Standards Branch of the BC Ministry of Labour. Work from April to Nov. 2012. Please call 250-490-7198, or email okanagan_sunshine@ hotmail.com 36v2
VALLEY BEST PRODUCE needs 3 F/T seasonal farm workers. July 1 to Oct. 31, 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-809-7134.
KHELA ORCHARDS LTD. F/T seasonal workers required. 4 from April 15 to Nov. 30 and 36 from June 20 to Sept. 10, 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver and Kelowna areas. Call 250-498-0127 or (cell) 250-485-8571. 36v3
DYNAMIC DUO F/T caretakers in Osoyoos. Qualifications; fluent in English, physically fit, organized, mtnce. & office exp. Reply to okanaganrvresort@gmail. com 36mc2
DHALIWAL ORCHARD 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 250-498-9876 or cell 2250-498-4509. 29v7
WATKINS NEW PRODUCT LINE FOR 2012. Too many to list. Call Inez & Ken 250-498-4450. 28p13
CANON PRINTER ink cartridges, different colors. $25. Canon camera. 10 mega pixel, 9.0 like new. $100. Call 778-439-2220. 35p2
BALRAJ GILL ORCHARD, needs 4 F/T seasonal workers. May 15 to Nov. 10, 2012. Oliver, BC. $10.25 hr. Call 250-498-9777.
EMERALD CEDAR EDGING Buy direct from grower. 6 ft. tall - 10 for $240 Planting and delivery avail. Call BUDGET NURSERIES 250-498-2189.
Oliver Meals On Wheels Clients Wanted The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals at noon, six days a week (Monday - Saturday) within the town boundaries. All meals are made fresh daily at the South Okanagan General Hospital. All meals include soup, entrée and dessert delivered hot by volunteer drivers. For more information about the program please call Peter or Beverly at 250-498-0889.
Volunteer Drivers Wanted Additional volunteer drivers are wanted for the Oliver Meals on Wheels program. If you can assist in this program please call Irene for more information at 250-498-3779.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B13
COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE
OWN A PIECE OF OUR SOSS HISTORY! Professionally hand-crafted tables FOR SALE! All made from beautiful wood reclaimed from SOSS during the renos before the fire. Many styles - hall, corner, telephone, dropleaf, plant stands or custom orders. LIMITED SUPPLY!
ST. PATRICK’S TEA Sunnybank Ladies” Aux. Wed. March 14. 1:00 pm $4.00 Oliver Elks Hall. Door Prizes - Raffle - Bake Table.
THOUSANDS IN OPTIONS FREE!!
5th WHEEL holiday trailer. Needs some work. 28 ft. long. $2,000. Call 250-4984404.
2500 SQ. FT. COMMERCIAL SPACE. 2nd floor, above the public library. Bright and open. Good for offices/dance studio etc. Call 250-485-7880.
2 BDRM SUITE for rent. Close to malls. Cozy, ground level. F/S, carport. $700 mth plus utilities. Call 250-4852548.
For more information, email: carpenter.russ@hotmail. com or call 250-498-5377. ftf
FREE ITEMS are listed in the Oliver Chronicle classifieds at no charge. 36f1
ALFALFA – grass/hay on Road 18, in Oliver. $8/per bale. Call 250-498-2918.
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 1-866766-2214 www.LCMhomes.com 40ctf
HAY FOR SALE - Alfalfa, no rain, covered. $8.00 bale. Call 250-498-3094. 30v11
FARM FRESH FROZEN blackberries. $8.00 for 3 lbs. Call 250-498-8880. 31v8
2007 YAMAHA PHAZER 500 snowmobile. 4 stroke, fuel injection, w/reverse. $3,200. Call 250-498-3845. 36p3
RESIDENTIAL EVICTION SERVICESTerminal Bailiffs, Call 250-493-2618. vtf
ENCLOSED BOAT & CAR storage. Oliver, BC. Call Jeff 250-488-6896 or Doug 250498-7276.
FOR RENT: Retail store or office. 800 sq. ft. in mini mall. Call 250-498-3750. 36p6
2 BDRM SUITE. $750 mth. Adult oriented. Laundry on site. Private entrance. Call Chris 250-485-7524.
ROOMMATE WANTED to share country home on 10 acres near Oliver. Fenced for horses. Must be employed and somewhat tidy. $500 mth includes all utilities. Call 1-250-788-5809.
BRAND NEW EXTERIOR French doors. Pine china cabinet set. New linoleum flooring. Call Mark 250-4952495. 36v1
4 WINTER TIRES, Yokohama Ice Guard 215/70R15. Mounted on GMC rims, very good condition, plus a pair of chains. Asking $400. Call 250-498-3990.
EMERALD CEDAR EDGING Buy direct from grower. 6 ft. tall - 10 for $240 Planting and delivery avail. Call BUDGET NURSERIES 250-498-2189.
A booklet of commemorative verses is available at this newspaper. We sincerely hope it will prove to be of service to readers who are desirous of selecting a suitable verse for their Memoriam.
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B14 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, February 29, 2012
COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS RENTALS
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. Feb. 2012. Pets considered. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045.
VERY CLEAN, NEW 2 bdrm house. 5 appliances, water purifier. Excellent view, covered deck. Landscaped yard to maintain. Need references. Avail. March 1. $950 mth. plus utilities. Call 250-498-6763 or 250498-9188.
1) Small 2 bedroom home being completely renovated, from ceiling to floors. Possible possession in April. Taking applications now. $750 mth, plus utilities.
CABIN FOR RENT: 2 bdrm, 24248 Hwy 97. $450 mth plus utilities. Avail immed. Call 250-495-7006 or (cell) 250-498-1819.
2) Two bedroom rural home with complete new facelift. Great location, spectacular views. $900 rent plus utilities. Available March 1, 2012. Rent negotiable for good long-term renters.
LARGE 2 BDRM, 2 bath plus den townhouse. 55+ N/S, N/P. Avail. immed. $800 mth plus utilities. Call 250498-2343.
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.
WANTED: Pensioner seeks yearly or winter parking with electric, fresh water and sewage hook-up, for my trailer, myself and my pickup truck. Must be in area with high-speed internet available. Modest rent, town or country. Long-term on private property helpful. Will also consider buying. Contact Larry: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-328-8714.
In loving memory
Henriette Bolhoven 1923 - 2012
On Thursday, February 23rd 2012, Mrs. Henriette Bolhoven passed away peacefully at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos at the age of 88 years. She came to Canada from Amsterdam, Holland in 1951 with her husband Gerry who predeceased her in 1992. They resided in Keremeos and the Christian Valley before moving to Oliver, BC in the early 1960s. Henriette is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Carl) Gough of Midway; sons, Robert (Teresa) Bolhoven, Ron (Lenora) Bolhoven, Emiel (Rhonda) Bolhoven; all residing in Calgary, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 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
In loving memory
Anna Jean (Ann) Wilson 1942 - 2011
3) Centrally located condo in Oliver. 2 bedrooms, small courtyard. $800 plus utilities. 4) Three bedroom mobile in adult park. No pets, no smoking. $775 plus utilities. For more information please call Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. 250-498-6222. 34ctf
10 ACRES farmland for lease. Good location, water runs through property. Has been farmed 1 yr. organic. Interested? Call 250-6891365. 35p3
NEWLY BUILT, bright, above-ground 1 bdrm suite in quiet cul-de-sac. Approx 800 s/f. Modern kitchen w/4 appl. Has large living room plus a bonus room. Sep. ent. A/C. Use of private swimming pool. Fully fenced yard. Close to schools and shopping. N/S. Avail. March 1. $750 mth. incl. all utilities & sat. TV. Call 250-498-5434 or 250-462-7968. 35v3
2 BDRM and 1 BDRM apartment available. In town. N/S, N/P. Call 250-498-0872 after 11 am. 35p2
APARTMENT FOR RENT. 2 bdrm. $725 month plus heat. 5962 Kootenay St. Fairview Manor. Avail. immediately. N/P, no children, 40+. Call 250-498-2243. 35p2
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Ann on February 21, 2012 at the age of 69 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ann leaves behind her husband, Alan, to whom she was married for 50 years; three daughters, Heather (Doug), Gillian (Dave) and Lynda (Jason); eight grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia and Pamela (Bill); and one brother, Don. She was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on October 22, 1942, the ﬁrst child born to Syl and Jean McGuinness, who have both preceded her in death. Ann and Alan, together with Heather and Gillian, came to Canada in March of 1965. For the ﬁrst eleven years they lived in the Vancouver area before moving to Oliver where they owned and managed a turkey farm. In 1985 they moved to Vernon where Ann worked as secretary for St. James School and later at T.R. Thorburn Arch. The Funeral Service was held at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., with The Reverend Rita Harrison ofﬁciating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Ann to the North Okanagan Hospice Society or to the Multiple Myeloma Society.
Funeral arrangements have been made with: BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 250-542-1187
1 BDRM SUITE - Close to shopping, secure building. $650 mth power included. Call 250-498-3138. 36p3
1 BDRM SUITE - ground level. F/S/W. Close to town. $550 mth. Call 250-8097134. 36p3
WATERFRONT - 2 bdrm house on Vaseux Lake. 1 bathroom, 5 appliances, N/P, N/S. Avail. March 15. $850 mth. Call 867-8738728 leave message or cell 867-446-1937. 36v5
1 BDRM A-FRAME. W/D, F/S. Rural Oliver. N/S. Pet neg. $800 + utilities. Call 250-498-8292. 36p2
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. Pets considered. Call 250-4952872 or cell 250-689-5045.
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
HUTTON’S INTERIOR DECORATING & PAINTING SERVICES Now offers Spring Cleaning Year Round Phone 250-498-6428 Cell 250-498-7430.
ELECTROLYSIS BY MARG Get rid of unwanted hair permanently and safely with just a few treatments. Call 250-495-2782. 34mctf
ARGON ELECTRICAL SERVICES Residential - Commercial Electric Heating
MARK’S LAWN CARE AND LANDSCAPING. Now booking for power raking (de thatching) and lawn care packages, spring yard clean ups. 250-495-2495 email@example.com
250-498-4506 Contractor # 43474 9336 348 Ave. Unit A www.argonelectrical.ca
CAM’S PAINTING & DECORATING 30 years experience. Call 250-498-4020.
A 1 LAWN CARE - lawns - gardens -snow removal - chimneys-power washing - irrigation-firewood CALL 250-485-7916 March2012
MARY KAY - SKIN CARE Finally, skin care that’s made for you. Call Margaret Ogilvie 250-498-4020. 29p26
OSOYOOS TRAVEL SPECIAL. Cruise, Stay and Fly to Hawaii...Departing Vancouver, Sept. 11/12. Including: 11 nights on the beautiful Phapsody of the Seas. Transfers, taxes, 2 nights in Waikiki, RT flight Honolulu to Vancouver. $1,659.00 per person for an inside cabin. Bonus $25 onboard credit and a bottle of wine...book today. Call 250-495-3225. 36v1
PRE-PRUNING for grapes. Call 250-498-3687.
PET SITTING Available at my home. References available. Call 250-689-8085.
COIN COLLECTOR looking to buy collections, sets, accumulations, Olympic gold and silver coins. Also buying bulk silver coins. Oliver and area. Call 250-499-0251.
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CASH PAID FOR SILVER COINS. Paying 12 x face value. Buy old postcards, guns, bottles, tins, signs, antiques, estates, collections. Call 250545-7140 firstname.lastname@example.org 34mc4
MARCH 3 and 4th. 8 am to 3 pm. NO early birds. Tools, appliances, garden tools, dishes, crafts, too much to list. 6574 Hollow St. (was 101 St.) 36p1
ST. PATRICK’S TEA Sunnybank Ladies” Aux. Wed. March 14. 1:00 pm $4.00 Oliver Elks Hall. Door Prizes - Raffle - Bake Table. 36c1
GARAGE SALE CLOSING OUT French doors 30”, bar fridge, assorted book shelves, chairs, rocker, filing cabinets, computer desk, metal storage cabinets, bamboo blinds, small corner tables, 2 parsons benches, 1 parsons chair, mirror 2x3, vinyl sign awning, massage chair and stool, assorted vitamin supplements. Phone to view anytime 250-498-2640. 36p1
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.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B15
Looking for a gratifying part time or full time job in a beautiful setting?
Fairview Mountain Golf Club will be hosting a Job Fair on Saturday March 3rd, from 10am until 2pm. If you have interest in the following positions please attend and bring with you a copy of your resume: • • •
Female Retail Merchandiser: $13-$15/hour Outside Service: $10.25/hour + tips Food and Beverage Services: $9.50/hour + tips
For more information on responsibilities and compensation on the above jobs please visit the employment section at www.fairviewmountain.com
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
ATTENTION FRUIT GROWERS Jind Fruit Company is now accepting new soft fruit growers (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots) • Here at Jind Fruit Company, our growers are our #1 priority. With our strict growing practices and constant technological advances in packing, shipping and traceability, we have formed relationships with every major grocery retailer in Canada in order to give our growers maximum returns.
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Job Title: Salary: Hours of Work: Status: Closing date:
Recreation Program Manager $27.00 - $29.00 per hour – plus 14% in lieu of Benefits 35 hours per week Maternity relief position, 1 year term – Exempt position Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm
SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Manager of Recreation, the incumbent will provide leadership for the organization including management of the administration office and overseeing the delivery of programs and community events. JOB DUTIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES: • Directs and evaluates recreation programs and services. • In conjunction with the Manager of Recreation; develops and implements community service programs that meet the needs of the community. • Co-ordinates the resources necessary to carry out programs and community events approved by the Society. • Maintains an awareness of trends and “best practices” and acts as a catalyst for the Society in evaluating required changes for programs and services. • Answers questions and provides information to the Society and the general public; investigates complaints in the provision of recreational programs and facility rentals, recommends corrective action as necessary to resolve. • Provides a variety of information and assistance to user groups and organizations relating to programs and facility availability. • Develops sponsorships, researches, writes and applies for grants, develops public and private partnerships and initiatives. • Recruits, hires and evaluates volunteers and program staff, within personnel policies and employment agreements. • In conjunction with the Manager of Recreation, administers the intent and the interpretation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with CUPE Local 608. • In conjunction with the Manager of Recreation, attends all Occupational Health and Safety and Labour Management meetings. • Ensures that the workplace is harassment free
and promotes an environment in which people are respectful of each other.
All interested growers please contact our Chief Orchard Officer Jesse Sandhu at 250-689-9707 firstname.lastname@example.org 9707 128th Avenue P.O. Box 60 Osoyoos, BC www.jindfruit.com
• Assists in preparing program budgets for review and approval; monitors approved budget expenditures; compiles program and facility statistics and prepares reports and correspondence. • Develops, evaluates and conﬁrms the award of requests for proposals, and tenders contracts. REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: - Knowledge of employment law and proven ability to motivate and supervise staff in a union setting. - Proven leadership, team and relationship building skills. - Excellent written, oral and public speaking communication skills. - Sound knowledge of the procedures, methods, principles and practices involved in the administration of community and recreation services. - Proven ability to develop and foster a positive culture towards volunteers, clients’ and customers’ needs. - Analytical skills to plan and evaluate program services. - Technical knowledge related to health and safety standards in recreation facilities. - Ability to act effectively in public situations and to show leadership, maintain control and exercise discipline with tact and diplomacy. - Proﬁcient in MS Ofﬁce and ActiveNet / class - Experience in budget management
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QUALIFICATIONS: - Completion of a recognized diploma or degree in Recreation Management, or Business Administration or related ﬁeld. - Minimum of 2 – 6 years of experience, including management experience in the Recreation field.
APPLICATIONS: Resumes must be received prior to 4:00 pm on Wed., April 11, 2012. Attention Mr. Bob Grant, Manager of Recreation, PO Box 627 Oliver, B.C. VOH 1TO Fax (250) 498-0097 email: email@example.com
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B16 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Grade 8 Hornets relying on strong defence The SOSS Grade 8 boys basketball team won the south zone championships in convincing fashion recently. The young Hornets defeated Summerland 56-18, KVR 52-22, and Skaha Lake 62-33. All-star awards were won by Harmeet Brar, Manveer Brar, Gurshan Dhaliwal and Gurjinder Gill. Kulbir Grewal of the Hornets was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. Winning the zone championships qualifies the team for the provincial championships in Pitt Meadows on March 8-10. Coach Roger McKay said his team has been very dominate in league play, winning games by large margins. In fact, they haven’t had a tough game yet. “These guys live and breathe basketball, they’re basketball junkies,” he noted. McKay, who hasn’t coached for 20 years, is having a lot of fun with the Grade 8 squad. “This is a talented team. If we play well we can compete with the best.” He noted the 13 and 14-year-old boys on the team have been playing the sport since they were really young. In fact, most if not all of them have a basketball hoop at home. McKay said they aren’t going into the provincial championships with an overconfident attitude because of the competition that will surely be there. “Even though we’re from a small town, there is no need to fear the big kids from the city.” McKay said the Hornets are going into the championships with many strengths, one being their man-to-man defence. He noted they are not allowed to play zone defence in their league, but at the provincials, anything goes. McKay said the team is working on how to attack a zone defence. But he’s not concerned about it because his boys are excellent shooters. “Most people make a mistake if they play zone against us. When they (Hornets) are hot, they can shoot the lights out.”
The SOSS Grade 8 boys basketball team is heading to the provincial championships in Pitt Meadows next month. In front row from left are Liam Macfayden, Silous Paul, Gaginjit Dhaliwal, Harmeet Brar, Saanpreet Sandhu and Jayden Dhaliwal. In back row are Pravin Dhaliwal, Gurjinder Gill, Manveer Brar, Kulbir Grewal, Gurshan Dhaliwal and coach Roger McKay.
2012 A Special Supplement to the Oliver Chronicle & Osoyoos Times
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A run for silver
Melissa Lapraire makes a run for her silver medal during a race in the Nancy Greene Okanagan south zone contest hosted by Mt. Baldy recently.
South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association is hosting the BC Hockey 2012 Midget Tier 3 Provincial Championship in Osoyoos, BC during March 19 thru March 23. Please come support our local boys as they play in this prestigious event.
Hope to see you there! The Championship schedule will be posted on BC Hockey web site and our own local web site www.somha.com shortly. There will be admission at the door ($2.00 per game).
If you wanted to earn your championship week pass, you can volunteer by contacting Brenda Froese at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 250.485.4077
The CLOSE TO HOME SPRING BUILDING AND RENOVATION GUIDE is your source for the latest in home trends from renovating to building your new home. This target specific edition will provide readers with information related to all those home improvement projects that may have been put on hold through the cold winter months. ALL ADS IN FULL COLOUR!
Distributed throughout the South Okanagan to over 5,000 homes and businesses! Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business in the CLOSE TO HOME SPRING EDITION and increase your business! Deadline for booking advertising is MARCH 21, 2012 Published and Distributed in APRIL 4, 2012 call: 250.498.3711