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Bylaw will give teeth to new address system Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle

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Crash landing

Jose Martins from Oliver loves watching the planes and gliders fly overhead just above his orchard. But one came a little too close for comfort last Sunday when it crashed into his fruit trees, just metres from his house and workshop on Road 1. Fortunately, the young air cadet from Penticton was unhurt after she climbed out of the wreck, only a stone throw away from the airport. Martins said the glider may have hit a downdraft, which caused it to crash into eight peach trees. Air cadet officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

Industrial land use meeting set If you want a say on how heavy industrial land is used in Oliver, you’ll get your chance on April 30. The Town is hosting a public meeting at the Elks hall at 7 pm, when everyone is invited to listen and provide feedback. There will be a presentation followed by feedback from the public. A “dotmocracy” exercise will see people place dots on posters. (Sound fun?) The exercise will provide council with an understanding of what people think is appropriate in terms of heavy industrial land use. “We’re looking for feedback . . . we’re doing our very best to engage the community,” said Mayor Ron Hovanes. Prior to the public meeting, Town staff will host a sepa-


Gail Prior fears that heavy trucks and speed on Tuc-el-Nuit Drive are a dangerous mix.

rate meeting with industrial property owners to get their feedback. The primary issue of contention is whether gravel processing and/or asphalt plants should be permitted. Under the current bylaw, which is being updated, these uses are allowed. A number of residential property owners in the industrial park oppose such operations, saying gravel crushing negatively impacts quality of life in terms of dust, noise and pollutants. But proponents say these impacts are kept in check by regulations and are permitted within pre-determined


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Council is urging Oliver residents to ensure they have their new civic addresses plainly visible as the Town prepares to adopt the bylaw . . . with some teeth. The bylaw, expected to pass April 23, will give the Town authority to enforce the measure, meaning tickets for noncompliance. But Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said ticketing is not the preferred option, but the “worst case scenario.” On April 10, council gave first, second and third reading to the bylaw, with councillors Linda Larson and Jack Bennest admitting their reluctance to do so. Bennest told the Chronicle that he didn’t think the address change was necessary, but the decision was made by the previCouncil initiated the ous council. “I have always insisted renaming project that I took the position two years ago. The early that I supported changeover is virtuthe fire department (in its opposition). The rest ally complete, with of the last council didn't the installation of agree with me.” new street names. Larson said she had The old street numno issue with the old ad- ber signs will be dress system, so she had no desire to change it. removed in May. Also, she already experienced a change in her mailing address (from RR#3 to RR#4) within the last five years. “Having to change all our mailing addresses again doesn’t excite me.” But she urges everyone to make the required changes. Two years ago council initiated the controversial street re-naming and house numbering system in conjunction with Area C. The changeover is virtually complete in Town, with the installation of new street names. The old street number signs are scheduled to be removed in May. Bennest said having both signs up has caused confusion and has given hope to some residents thinking the Town may revert back to the old system. But that won’t happen. In Area C, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is currently replacing the old street signs with new ones. And Canada Post will be switching over to civic addressing to replace existing rural route addressing this summer.


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SWEET CHERRIES to the Oliver hospital auxiliary for putting on a fantastic fashion show at the senior’s centre. It was very entertaining. -Fans of fashion A jail cell of SOUR GRAPES to people who can’t make an honest living, but have to cause misery by stealing from others. Shame on you. -Law abiding citizen SWEET CHERRIES to Helen Gallagher for bringing native culture and studies to all of our students. -A thankful parent A bowl of SWEET CHERRIES to the Oliver Boys and Girls Club for its fantastic work in the community. -An impressed observer Send your Sweet Cherries or Sour Grapes to:

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Public to get say on heavy industrial use guidelines. Such operations also create much needed employment, they argue. Gravel crushing and asphalt mixing plants are currently permitted in the M2 (heavy industrial) zone established by the current bylaw. Howev-

er, the previous council brought forth a bylaw amendment that would have removed these uses from the M2 zone. After a public hearing, where several industrial property owners opposed the amendment, council abandoned the bylaw.

Now, a group of residential property owners in the industrial park have started a petition opposing gravel crushing. However, a gravel processing operation has already begun in the area.

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Civic addressing system to grow teeth

In October of 2011, property owners in town were advised of their new street addresses and were asked to have their new house numbers in place by the end of December 2011. Many residents were slow to respond, and although the majority of in-town properties now appear to have their new numbers in place, many are still missing, according to Szalay. “This has led to documented delays reported by emergency response crews who were responding to calls where the caller did not provide the proper new address.” Mayor Ron Hovanes cited at least one instance where the caller had to drive to the ambulance station because of the confusion.

The Oliver Fire Department has always expressed its opposition to changing the street names for fear of such confusion. It argues that the old system worked well for emergency services, so why change it? Szalay said one recurring problem has callers providing an address made up of the old house number with the new street name, or the old street name combined with the new house number (yikes!). Another problem sees callers unsure of either address and calling from a cell phone. Others are relying on out-of-date or missing addresses posted on nearby commercial properties. Szalay said there soon may be a need for en-

forcement to ensure that correct street addresses are posted. The bylaw states that house numbers must be not less than 100 mm tall, must provide good contrast from the background they are mounted on, and must be clearly visible and legible to a driver when viewed from the road. Szalay noted that emergency dispatch systems are now moving over to the new addresses only, so it is paramount that residents comply. Hovanes agreed it is critical that residents and business owners change to the new numbers. “It can be a life and death issue.” As for enforcement, the recommended fine being discussed is $75, which Szalay said is more expensive than buying new house numbers.

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Council briefs ‘Cut them all down’

That’s what water councillor Andre Miller said should be done with Russian elm trees in Oliver. Miller made this statement during a discussion about the elm tree that was recently cut down on Similkameen Avenue and pushed across the road into a creek area. Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell said they found out who did it and spoke to the individual. While Goodsell said he didn’t disagree with Miller’s opinion of the nuisance elm tree, he said the way it was dragged across the road and shoved into a riparian area was wrong. Goodsell said the Town gave the tree cutter an opportunity to clean up the mess. “People just can’t cut down what they want or do what they want.” A decision was made to ticket the offender. Corporate Officer Cathy Cowan said the traffic bylaw has a section with respect to damage to trees on boulevards. She noted the Town has the ability to fine $100 for any damage of trees. Goodsell said he believes the offender received a reprimand from the Ministry of Environment because of the tree being dumped in or close to a riparian area. “They were very sincere in their apology and didn’t originally think it was a big issue because the trees were elms.” But Goodsell countered and asked why take the time to do the work and bring machinery over on a Sunday when it could have waited until Monday and Town crews could do it? “A simple phone call to us (Public Works) would have solved everything.”

Town to amend indemnity bylaw

Council gave first, second and third reading to Indemnity Amendment Bylaw 1314. The bylaw represents a policy of remuneration for the mayor and councillors appointed to outside boards and committees that do not provide meals or mileage costs. The stipend includes $158 plus mileage and meals for a full-day meeting, and $79 for a half-day meeting.

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Mayor anticipates field school rebuild

Mayor Ron Hovanes sees the geology field school rebuild as a plus for Oliver. He said the $2.5 million project may result in some local contract jobs. Hovanes remembered first hearing about the school on Fairview/White Lake Road as a child in the late 1960s. “I think it is great recognition for Oliver and area that UBC values this camp to such an extent.” Hovanes said the biggest impact the school will have in Oliver is it will continue to introduce university students to the area, and hopefully they will continue to return to Oliver and the South Okanagan.

Council supports Katimavik

The Town will forward a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper requesting the government reconsider its decision to cease funding the Katimavik program. Council made the decision after reading a letter from 16-year-old Oliver resident Kelsey Beckett, who was accepted into the program. Katimavik harnesses the power of young volunteers to help those in need in the community. They learn valuable work and leadership skills while completing various tasks, such as maintain hiking trails, assist care providers, restore historical sites, and do office work. Beckett, a Grade 11 student, has taken additional home schooling courses to complete her academic requirements because of the Katimavik program. “For my Grade 12 year I plan to be working full time for six months with not-for-profit organizations that work with vulnerable and marginalized groups.” Beckett said her work in poverty reduction, social services, culture and the environment will enable her to gain valuable employment skills and explore job options. Beckett encourages people to sign Katimavik’s online petition.

Culprit tries to steal vehicle

On April 14 an Oliver resident reported that his vehicle was entered while it was parked overnight in the 36,000 block of 99th Street. The ignition was “punched in” by the culprit in an apparent effort to steal the vehicle. Items used in the attempted theft were recovered by investigators and will be examined by a forensic identification specialist. “With the evenings becoming warmer and an increase in pedestrian traffic, the public should be aware that leaving valuables of any nature in plain view can often act as a motivator for nocturnal criminals,” said Sgt. Ken Harrington. “Any suspicious night time activity should be reported to the police,” he stressed.

Saw, wheelbarrow stolen

On April 15 an Oliver farmer residing in the 9000 block of 310th Avenue reported a break-in to his detached garage behind his residence. Tools, including a saw and a wheelbarrow were stolen and have not yet been recovered. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oliver RCMP or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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A Camp in the Desert ~ Roma Pedersen, Archives Volunteer Showing the “Engineer’s Camp” during the time of the South Okanagan Irrigation Project.

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hile student discipline in the old days was harsh (unlike today), pupils weren’t the only ones subjected to the “golden rule.” Teachers were also under constant scrutiny for their behaviour. They (mainly women) had to abide by some ridiculous rules a century ago. In 1915, depending on where you taught, the following rules applied: You must not marry during the term of your contract; you are not to keep company with men, except male relatives; you must be home between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am unless attending a school function; you may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores (what’s wrong with that?); you may not travel beyond city limits unless you have permission from the chairman of the school board; you must not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother; you may not dress in bright colours; you may under no circumstances dye your hair; you must wear at least two petticoats; and your dress must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle. In 1872, some of the rules were even more bizarre. For example, male teachers were allowed to court one evening each week, or two evenings if they attended church regularly. Female teachers who did marry or engage in “unseemly conduct” were dismissed. After 10 hours in school, teachers could spend the remaining time reading the Bible. Every teacher was expected to set aside a tidy sum of their earnings so she/he would not become a burden to society. Any teacher who smoked, used liquor, frequented pool halls, or was seen getting a shave in a barbor shop would risk their integrity and honour. Teachers who performed their labour faithfully and without fault for five years were given a pay increase of 25 cents per week. (The school board would fall over today seeing the teachers’ current wage demands.) The rules were very strict for teachers; any deviation from them would likely be met with immediate dismissal. Besides, teachers were expected to be the perfect role model for students. That meant not smoking, not getting pregnant, not hanging around with men, and not drinking. Basically, you had no life other than teaching. In addition, you had all the other responsibilities of maintaining the school by washing the floors, filling the oil lamps, and stoking the fire. The teacher’s work was never done, the responsibility was tremendous, and controversy in the community was avoided at all costs. The Oliver Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR National park not our community I’d like to personally thank Oliver council for not writing a letter to support the national park. I was born and raised in this town and like many other people here enjoy all the activities that currently are available in the mountains above Oliver. I learned to ride my first motorbike in these mountains; I hunt and fish here as well. This has always been a family outing and is a memory I will always cherish and an experience I look forward to sharing with my kids. We are usually lucky enough to get our meat from here, but if not the experience is what counts; we are so blessed to be able to have this in our backyard. There will always be differences in opinions in every idea out there – such is the way of the world. The start of Oliver and Fairview comes from the search for gold in the proposed park area where people have always gone and ventured out doing the things that they en- Published every Wednesday by Chronicle Newspaper Co.

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Expansion north of Oliver is not worth $10 million just to save a few minutes This is in response to the Oliver Chronicle’s article about Mr. Dulay’s (Ministry of Transportation) recent presentation to Oliver council. I can think of a number of reasons why the proposed highway expansion should not be supported. Ten million dollars so I can arrive in Penticton two or three minutes faster is not worth it. Dulay says 60 jobs will be created – how many locals are actually going to benefit from those short-term jobs? Apparently motorists spend 70 per cent of their time following other vehicles on this stretch of road – I don’t think that number is any different for any other stretch of Okanagan highway. Heavy traffic is a fact of life in the Okanagan corridor as there are many people who live here and many more that come to vacation here. Eight per cent of the 12 collisions over a nine-year period in that stretch were because of overtaking - that is less than one accident in that time period. All the other reasons for collisions will not be mitigated by an increase in highway width. Maybe there will be more accidents as people will be travelling at a higher rate of speed. Minimize the footprint – how is that possible with a


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joy to do. An attempt to make a link between the national park being a benefit to draw tourists that would support a hotel in Oliver is off the mark in a big way. I do agree we could perhaps use a hotel here but the draw to Oliver is the bounty all around us, from the fresh cherries and peaches to the later season apples and grapes. This is a farming community and what some people may see as just produce in a store or fruit stands on the highway is a gift most people in the world don’t have the luxury of. We are not the lake in Osoyoos that draws tourists without effort and so our marketing of this agricultural community has to be different and more unique. The park is not our community and is not the way forward for us or this town.

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doubling of the paved area? The only way to minimize the footprint would be to not expand the highway. This corridor is already narrow between McIntyre Bluff and McIntyre canyon. Doubling the width of the highway is not likely to positively affect the wildlife that uses that corridor and area – both the endangered and more common species – bats, birds, snakes, deer, etc. The ministry originally wanted to use the land on the east side of the highway, but naturally the Nature Trust (landowner) did not support that idea. Their mandate is to conserve habitat – not pave it over. Moving the project to the west side of the highway is going to affect the exact same sensitive ecosystem, and make an even narrower corridor between the highway and the river. This proposal is a waste of our taxpayer money, and I believe will negatively impact the habitat and wildlife in the area. I am sure most people can think of other areas they would rather the provincial government spend $10 million. Re-surfacing White Lake Road would be a much better use of some of that money. Sara Bunge, Oliver Letters continued on Pg A5...

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Hotel study still mulled A feasibility study for a hotel in Oliver has not yet begun, contrary to an April 4th story in the Chronicle. It was previously reported that Community Futures was undertaking the study (judging by a report it submitted to council). However, it was confirmed that the Town has not yet awarded such a contract. On March 12, council asked staff to re-

view and respond to the proposal by Community Futures and develop a framework for a “request for proposal” relating to a hotel market study. Staff expects to report back to council on the framework by April 23. A request for proposals may go out in late spring or early summer.

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Get the facts at the AGM

I agree with two points raised in Frank McLennan’s letter on the closure of the museum. Firstly, the museum is a jewel but I would argue that it is a jewel in desperate need of cleaning, polishing and re-mounting. Secondly, I also encourage everyone to attend our annual general meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 9 at Quail’s Nest Art Centre. There you will hear details of the board’s plans to renovate the museum, our new staffing arrangements and our vision of the future. We throw in refreshments and an interesting speaker so it will be a

good evening. As for debating in the media the relative merits of staff members, former staff members or possible candidates for the community manager position, I want no part of it and I’m surprised that a former chair of the society would consider it appropriate to do so. These issues will be determined with the confidentiality reserved for personnel matters. Michael Newman, chair Oliver and District Heritage Society

Writer questions rancher It just beats me how an 82-year-old (same age as me) Aboriginal woman dares to claim to be following generational upbringings of respect to country, can turn out to be an opponent of those concepts. Namely, to support and push even for the absolute irrevocable destruction and extinguishing of this, her inherited unique surroundings . . . and now ours too. Conservationist? What a joke! Seriously, I was upset of course about Jane Stelkia’s “no to national park” contribution. By the way, her antique forebearers were only travellers, not actual permanent year-long residents. They were barely users of this area for fishing with dip nets and sharp sticks at Okanagan Falls rapids before Columbia dams. There was no genuine hunting except maybe for leavings of coyotes or lions, and they were not known as bow and arrow experts. Stelkia is now claiming to be a second generation, sort of keeper, rancher of the formidable “side hill gougers” and posturing unashamedly as the sole public speaker of “no national park.” She might be proud of this distinction, but having seen the devastation caused by cattle . . . shame. I visited the area in dispute at least 50 or so years ago for the first time. It was an as-

tounding experience for me and my family. There were greenery and flowering meadows as far as one could see . . . on the east side of the hill, a flock of blue grouse in the air, no burrowing owls though. After moving here in 1985 and years of preoccupations I finally ventured on this washed out road to experience the worst imaginable letdown ever - everything bare. There were a few scrawny cattle hiding from the sun, no low greenery anywhere, and everything chewed down to the roots. No use looking for the flower covered meadow. There was one single grouse. I returned to the valley post haste. They can have it if that’s the way they want it. I’m not looking forward to 20 more years for further despoilments. Enough for me. If anyone sympathizes with my concerns and finally decides to do one’s part and hopes to influence the decision-making process, may I suggest a few lines of your own or a cutout of my ranting addressed to Minister of Environment Terry Lake. It could be the only 58 cents you ever spent that you never regretted. Good luck to those of us who haven’t given up hope to save at least this speck of originality of our area for future generations. Kurt Rott, Oliver

Atamanenko says cutting Katimavik is ‘un-Canadian’ BC Southern Interior Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko is outraged at the Conservative decision to cut Katimavik. “This is purely a political decision. Just because the Liberals started this program, Conservative ideology believes that it must go,” stated the NDP MP. “I have personally witnessed the good work that these young Canadians do in helping our communities and have seen the positive interaction that takes place between them. This is truly a grassroots way to build national unity.” Atamanenko said cutting the program is so “un-Canadian.” Katimavik began in 1977 with the purpose of educating youth and fostering lifelong civic engagement through com-

munity service. Through various changes to the program, it has continued to adapt to changing society while staying true to its mission. According to their most recent annual report, from 2010-2011, 600 Katimavik volunteers worked 81,770 hours in 64 Canadian communities and served more than 500 community work partners. They created value to the tune of an estimated $10.8 million. “The Conservatives will have deprived federal coffers of $220 billion in revenue between 2006 and 2014 because of corporate tax cuts and now they want to try and balance the books by gutting such worthwhile programs as Katimavik. “This makes no sense whatsoever,” Atamanenko said.

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Teachers ‘demoralized’ in talks, union head says Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Some teachers are so demoralized by Bill 22 that they are withdrawing from extra-curricular activities, said the president of the local union. “We feel like we’re being kicked around by the government,” lamented Ron Rachinski of the South OkanaganSimilkameen Teachers’ Union. Bill 22 forced teachers to suspend their strike action, which included no student supervision, no staff meetings and no writing report cards. But the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) plans to vote this week on how to respond to the bill and what further action to take. In the meantime, a number of teachers have taken it upon themselves to stop their involvement in extra-curricular activities at school, such as coaching. “We’re trying to keep the whole situation out of the classroom as much as possible . . . but this is one way they can make a stand.” Rachinski said teachers feel dejected and rejected by the government in their quest for improved classroom conditions, plus a 15 per cent wage increase over three years. He noted the BCTF has made signficant moves to meet the government half way, but the province isn’t budging. Rachinski said the government appointed a new mediator (Dr. Charles Jago), but the BCTF does not consider him to be unbiased. “His decision is already pre-determined, and we suspect he was involved in Bill 22. We would like a person with mediation experience,” Rachinski said. District Superintendent Bev Young said this week’s vote will reflect a province-wide resistance plan, including the withdrawal of all “volunteer” work. Locally, some extracurricular activities continue as planned, but others may not, pending the vote, Young said. She noted that supervision and staff meetings have resumed in the usual manner. Young said teachers, administrators and staff remain committed to providing the best possible learning environment for students and the district values the positive working relationship with the local union.

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Schools are back to normal for now following the adoption of Bill 22. But teachers plan to vote this week on their next course of action in their bid for a satisfactory contract with the government. Here, Oliver elementary students sing a song during their performance of “Aladdin” this week. The final show is Thursday, April 19.



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Yup, real cowboys drink wine too while home on the range If you think it’s all about the whiskey (like in Travis Tritt’s, “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore”) you’re wrong, wrong, wrong. You see, real cowboys drink wine too. And when they’re not pushing a herd towards your barbecue, breaking in their next riding buddy in a round pen, picnicking with saddlebags of gourmet treats and maybe a chilled bottle, you might catch them on a vineyard tractor or greeting you in a tasting room. Real cowboys know how to pair those big chewier reds with a slab of grilled plank steak . Wine country and cowboy country overlap in the Okanagan. A road trip through the miles of vineyards to the wineries usually takes thirsty wine aficionados past backyard paddocks, acreages of pasture grazing herds, ranches, stables and if you’re lucky, with binoculars at hand you can often spot feral (wild) horses foraging the mountainsides. In the Peachland area overlooking Okanagan Lake, Tilman Hainle is combining his family’s rich winemaking history with a well thought out approach to sustainable, organic farming at his Working Horse Vineyard. His place, an original 1930’s homestead, showcases much of the agricultural history of the area and often behind his gentle giant draft horses you can spot him working the land like farmers and ranchers have done since paddle wheelers churned the waters below.

Cowboying up at Rustico; in late November Ken MacRae of D-Bar-K Ranch and Performance Horses quietly dropped off an old cowboy boot fashioned into an amusingly hospitable birdhouse. With its tiny drilled out entrance, perch and cedar shake roof it was a wonderful early morning discovery at the saloon doorway. Soon after he dropped by for a tasting. Not sure if it was the tumblers, the old west saloon parlor piano, or the fine wines Bruce Fuller but he hung out for a bit then settled outside at the chuck wagon corral bonfire for some horse talk. His dad, Kenny Sr. got off our old church pew and approached me with a, “like to work here and got some experience too. Bellied up in couple few saloons in my day. From Alberta, came to help out with my son’s ranch for three days months ago, and been here ever since.” Explaining that he probably wasn’t certified through the BC government “Serving it Right” program that all winery tasting staff must have, I tried putting him off.

Two days later Kenny proffered his freshly printed Serving it Right card (got 96 per cent, he said), picked up a duster and went to work on the bottle racks. Plus our two appendix saddle horses sure appreciate that he moves them every couple of days to long, skinny fresh pastures where they trim tasty grasses along the vineyard rows. Interestingly enough, Bob Tennant, one of the original owners of Black Hills Winery told me he hosted his horse between the rows for many years and jokingly suggested his fertilizing techniques might’ve had something to do with the success of his famous Note Bene meritage. Since we’re known to spin somewhat historically correct legends, sometimes embellishing them a little, having a real, been-there-done-that cowboy with perhaps a shoeing nail or couple of toothpicks in his hatband on the spread adds certain credibility to the taller tales. We’ve also found that the horsey set ranging (no pun intended) from the prairies through BC to the coast including the US Pacific Northwest are dropping by for a few cases, sharing their wine and horse loving passions with us. All of this a distinct departure from the normal wine touring guest demographics targeted by our Okanagan wineries, an interesting shift and refreshing change. Not suggesting here that all wineries should include hitching rails, but we have. After all, real cowboys drink wine too.

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Vigilance urged for safe outdoor burning Contributed To the Chronicle Since the beginning of April, wildfire management branch personnel and municipal fire departments in the Kamloops Fire Centre have responded to a number of wildland fire incidents that resulted from poorly planned open burning. Provincial fire crews have extinguished wildfires that burned over 100 hectares of land, which is a high level of activity for this time of year. No lightning was detected in the area, so it appears that these fires were all human-caused and thus preventable. The wildfire management branch recognizes that conducting safe and well-

planned open burning is sometimes necessary to manage vegetation and fuel levels, and can also mitigate the spread of future wildfires. However, all such fires must be carefully planned and safeguards put in place before they are ignited. Always take the following precautions: - Check with the wildfire management branch, local government and civil authorities for any current burning bylaws or fire restrictions. - Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. - Don’t let the spread of the fire dictate how big it becomes. Determine the fire’s size and perimeter before you begin burn-

ing. - Avoid large concentrations of fuel in a small area by making sure that the materials you’re burning are spread out evenly. - If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break and help stop the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire. - Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires. - Never leave a fire unattended. - Ensure that enough people, water and

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tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping. - A fire should not be lit near buildings, trees or other combustible material. - If conducting an open burn near fence posts, power poles or other infrastructure, first remove any flammable material from around the posts and burn a small strip around them before igniting the main fire. - Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold before you leave the area. Anyone planning large-scale industrial burns (Category 3) must call 1 888 797-1717 and obtain a burn registration number ahead of time. More information is available at: WildfireNews/Bans.asp Venting conditions should always be checked before conducting an open burn. If conditions are rated “poor” or “fair,” open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found at Burning should not be done if local air flow will cause the smoke to negatively affect nearby communities or residences. For more information on the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, visit: In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person’s legal obligations when using fire on or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland. If an outdoor burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or call 1-800-663-5555 tollfree. For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the wildfire management branch website at

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Ol’ fashioned go-kart races will be the order of the day in Oliver on April 21. The 1st Oliver Cubs are hosting the fun event on Skagit Avenue this Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. Town council gave permission for the road to be closed during these hours. Letters have reportedly been sent out to local residents advising them of the closure. There will be a concession stand with hot dogs and drinks. Drop by and cheer on your favourite Cub racer.

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1st oyster festival joins forces of two towns Oliver and Osoyoos pig out on big oyster feed Contributed To the Chronicle The 2012 Oliver Osoyoos Oyster Festival (OOOYster Festival) has begun an annual tradition for an event that brings the ocean to the South Okanagan. The kickoff to this festival being the Osoyoos Volunteer Firefighters’ annual oyster feed has allowed the festival sponsors to plan a week of special events that will help support and bring new tourism dollars to the South Okanagan as well as give the locals an energetic leap into spring. Introducing a new and unique festival to the area that supports local BC oyster farmers and sustainable oysters complements the ongoing advocacy of the local farming economy in the Okanagan while showcasing the award-winning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association and local craft breweries and ciders. The South Okanagan Chamber of Com-

merce is very pleased to be working with the local businesses and business people as well as with Osoyoos’ stellar volunteer firefighters to create an incredible and unforgettable festival for locals and tourists to enjoy. The chamber is excited to be able to showcase some local amazing food and drink talent and look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces. As a major sponsor and supporter of the OOOyster Festival, the chamber is proud to present the “Oyster Beach Brew Party.” This is an event where local restaurants come out in traditional beach style barbecuing house made sausage dishes. Rob Tryon (NW Aquaculture Ltd.) and Outlandish Oysters join forces with Jon Crofts (Codfathers Seafood Market) shucking up fresh oysters paired perfectly with the unique flavours of some of the best local breweries and cideries. The Beach Brew Party will be held on Friday, April 20 at Walnut Beach Resort from 6-10 pm.

FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN The Town of Oliver is providing an opportunity for the residents of Oliver to express an opinion on the 2012 Five Year Financial Plan at the regular meeting of Council to be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS located at 6173 Kootenay Street at 7:00 pm on April 23, 2012. The Financial Plan will be made available for inspection at the TOWN OF OLIVER located at 6150 Main Street, on Thursday April 19, 2012. David Svetlichny, CA Chief Financial Officer PO Box 638 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 • Tel: 250.485.6200 • Fax: 250.498.4466 •

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING The Town of Oliver invites YOU to attend a meeting about Heavy Industry

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Most members of the community are at least indirectly affected by zoning land use regulations in Oliver. Council wants to hear from the community about the future of heavy industrial land uses in the Town. The results of this meeting will help to provide Council with an understanding of the appropriateness of various heavy industrial land uses in Oliver’s proposed draft Zoning Bylaw. We look forward to seeing YOU! Any further questions? Please contact:

Goodwill gardening

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Doreen Shuttleworth from the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club performs weeding work at South Okanagan General Hospital as a gesture of goodwill. Members were out in full force recently weeding, pruning and tidying up the entranceway.

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The Oliver Lose it 4 Life Fitness Challenge wrapped up on Wednesday, April 11 when 25 of the original 40 participants arrived at the community centre for their final weigh-in. The finale was an opportunity for participants to repeat all of the measurements and tests they did back on day one including body fat per cent, blood pressure, cardio and strength fitness tests, and of course, getting on the scale one final time. All the results were recorded and differences from the baseline numbers calculated so that participants could see how far they had come in just 12 short weeks. The results were quite impressive. Registering for the Oliver Lose it 4 Life program gave participants a three-month weight room pass, two-week fitness and yoga pass, a nutrition plan, workout routine and incentive in the form of prizes and reaching goals of being lighter and healthier by the finale in April. Over the past 12 weeks participants have attended information sessions with trainer Jorg Mardian and myself, (program manager) to assist with nutrition choices, burning more calories and goal setting. Some participants chose to take part in fitness challenges such as a 3K walk/ run and pickleball. The 25 people who came to the finale lost a total of 355.4 pounds in 12 weeks. That is an average of 14 pounds per person. Seventeen of those 25 lost more than 10 pounds during their journey, and five lost more than 20 pounds. Also amazing were the incredible individual losses in body fat per cent and inches, as well as increased fitness and

huge re-commitment to eating well. As far as individual results, here are the top two in each category. Oliver Parks and Recreation would like to sincerely congratulate these winners on their outstanding achievements. The 2012 Oliver Lose it 4 Life individual winner (person with the highest per cent of weight loss) is 2-year-old Jesse Robson, who lost an incredible 43.4 pounds and had a percentage of weight loss of 12.33. Runners up are Cam Bartram with 10.96 per cent and Kiah Moser-McRae with 10.11 per cent. The 2012 Oliver Lose it 4 Life team winners were Bobbi and Laura Venables who had a combined percentage of weight loss of 13.27. Team runners up were Kaylie Graham and Alzira Torres with a combined percentage of weight loss of 10.27. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to put together some fun prize packages. The individual winner received a three-month weight room membership, a one-month supply of “GREENS” courtesy of Mardian in Motion, a hourhour massage courtesy of Sweetgrass Massage and one complimentary cut and style courtesy of Hair Friends Salon. The team winners who had the highest combined percentage of weight loss each received the same prizes as the individiual winner. Prizes were also awarded to Cam Bartram for having the top body fat loss of 38.10 per cent and to Brittani Matthews and Dennis Magoffin for most improved fitness. Congratulations to all of the Oliver Lose it 4 Life participants on their successes and we encourage all of you to keep on the right track to continued weight loss and improved health in 2012.

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Truck traffic stays on Tucel-Nuit Drive Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle A resident’s concern about speed and heavy truck traffic on Tuc-el-Nuit Drive has not convinced council to put the brakes on such use. On April 10 council addressed a concern by Gail Prior from Cherry Grove Mobile Home Park regarding speeders and commercial truck traffic on this residential street. In a letter to Minister of Transportation Blair Lekstrom, Prior noted a blatant disregard for speed and safety. “It is not safe to walk on the unpaved shoulders of this street, although many seniors attempt it daily at their peril.” She stated that children are also vulnerable as they walk and jostle with each other to and from school. Prior said fuel tankers, 18-wheelers and gravel There should be trucks rush by at various a weight limit apspeeds over the 50 km/h limit, which is not enplied to trucks on forced. She noted there this street. Changes should be a weight limit are needed as soon applied to big trucks on as possible before this street. a child or senior is “Changes are needed as soon as possible beinjured or killed by a fore a child or senior speeding driver. is injured or killed by a -- Gail Prior speeding driver.” Aside from safety issues, Prior said leaving Tuc-el-Nuit Drive open to heavy truck traffic will have a negative impact on Canyon Desert Resort, the new golf villas development. In response to Prior’s letter, the Attorney General stated the province leaves these issues up to the Town and the RCMP for enforcement. Sergeant Ken Harrington of the Oliver RCMP said both the Oliver detachment and South Okanagan Traffic Services actively enforce the speed limit on Tuc-el-Nuit Drive. “Unfortunately enforcement does not necessarily eliminate the problem. We are aware of the concerns generated by this and other members of our client base.” During discussions that Szalay had with the local highways manager, it was noted that Tuc-el-Nuit Drive is designated as an arterial road in Oliver’s Official Community Plan. In addition, the Ministry of Transportation does not restrict or prohibit truck traffic on its side streets. In a letter to Prior, Szalay said Tuc-el-Nuit Drive and Black Sage Road are important grid roads that support the function of Highway 97 and provide direct access to many commercial and industrial land uses. “It would not be practical or advisable to restrict truck traffic from using this corridor,” Szalay said. Mayor Ron Hovanes acknowledged that speed on this road is an issue, but noted the 50 km/h zone can be enforced. Councillor Jack Bennest raised a concern about the amount of staff time taken up by this one complaint.

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At top, Speed Watch volunteers monitor how fast motorists are travelling on Tuc-el-Nuit Drive. Above, concerned resident Gail Prior calls for a weight limit on large trucks that use this road. She fears for the safety of seniors and children.


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RDOS sets its priorities The RDOS released its corporate priorities year-end report highlighting issues that need to be addressed and top priorities for the coming year. The Regional Trail Master Plan is in progress, the Oliver dike/trail corridor is complete, and the Oliver septic receiving facility has been deleted from the priorities list. At the 2012 strategic planning workshop, the following items were discussed: Oliver rural water twinning project (final phase); job creation; regional sustainable/technologies; water supply management; and air quality. Each director identified top five priorities, and some of the highest ranked issues overall include: economic development/ job creation/sustainable industry; afford-

able middle income housing and infrastructure; tax/land incentives for film industry; technology; airport lobby effort (expansion of service); economic gardening; and infrastructure/environment; Oliver rural water twinning project; Similkameen Watershed Management Plan; waterless toilets; partnerships (infrastructure) including First Nations; solid waste recycling; regional composting; landfill demolition salvaging; air quality; pellet plant; wood stoves; support for pilot projects with potential solutions; chipping; regional trail system; increasing recreational facilities/parks; comprehensive trails; health coverage in rural communities; farm worker accommodation and treatment standards; genetically modified organisms (regulations); and in-law suite carriage house zoning.

Museum lease discussed Council is working on a lease agreement for the museum and archives building, but a few details must be hammered out with the Oliver and District Heritage Society. Last month Town staff met with Sue Morhun of the society to discuss the heritage value of the properties. It was noted that a “statement of significance” should be drafted to accompany the agreement. A statement of significance identifies heritage values in order to ensure the conservation and preservation of these properties are maintained. Corporate Officer Cathy Cowan said it is important that this statement becomes part of the lease because of possible reno-

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vations to provide wheelchair access to the museum building. The Town also wants to ensure that the Fairview jail statement of significance is expanded to protect the heritage value of the building’s interior. At the April 10 council meeting, it was stated that Morhun’s vision of what should have heritage designation differs somewhat from the board’s vision. Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said Morhun believes the former ambulance shed has heritage value. Councillor Linda Larson said she would like to see the lease drawn up with the society without added paperwork.

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ICBC tips hat to Oliver ‘Speed Watch’ volunteers Oliver’s “Speed Watch” volunteers are being recognized by ICBC for helping to make local roads safer. In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 15 to 21), ICBC is thanking more than 120 volunteers in Oliver, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Penticton, Summerland and Princeton. “These volunteers care passionately about the safety of their neighbourhoods,” said Christine Silver, local ICBC road safety coordinator. “They work tirelessly to help make South Okanagan roads safer for everyone.” In 2011, Speed Watch volunteers in the South Okanagan contributed more than 260 hours to help reduce speedrelated crashes in their communities. With the support of volunteers, speed-related crashes have steadily decreased in BC over the last five years. Volunteers use speed-reader boards supplied by ICBC to show drivers how fast they’re actually travelling. Research shows that it works – more than 70 per cent of drivers travelling 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board. Ron Worth, coordinator of Oliver Crime Watch/Speed Watch, said they have 32 volunteers in the community. “We’re doing well. Speed Watch started last week, so we’re all tuned up and ready to go.” Worth said they are always looking for more volunteers. Those interested can call 250-498-0654 for more information. Sergeant Ken Harrington of the Oliver RCMP said all their Speed Watch volunteers are much appreciated. He noted the Oliver Speed Watch program is very active and is present in various aspects of the community. These volunteers are most often observed in playground areas and school zones, and their reports are provided to the RCMP detachment on a regular basis. These statistics are used for focused enforcement and speed reduction, Harrington pointed out. “All of the volunteers are trained and are dedicated to this effort. They form a significant part of the overall effort to make Oliver a safer place to live and raise families.”

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Oliver Crime Watch/Speed Watch volunteers Guy Deschatelets (left) and Ron Worth are two of many volunteers in the South Okanagan being recognized by ICBC for making local roads safer.

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Licenced Builder

We do all jobs, big or small. Give Doug & Aline a call:

• Full Bobcat / Augering Service • Decks • Lawn Maintenance • Snow Removal • Pruning and Trimming • Lawn and Yard Prep • Fences and Misc

34864 - 97th Street, Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0

(250) 498-4977 Bus (877) 498-4977 Toll Free (250) 498-4330 Fax



• Residential • Commercial • Water Softeners • Pumps • Reverse Osmosis

Don’t hesitate to call ED!

email: interiorreadymix

BUS: 250-498-6595

Emergency: 250-498-4038

Full line of Pre-Cast products Including Concrete Block Retaining Walls

Plumbing Service

Gov’t Cert. * Licensed * Insured

Dave Greener

*24-Hour Emergency Service*

For Rock Solid Concrete & Service Call 250-498-2231

Bus (250)498-4616 Cell (250)485-7318 SERVICES




Journeyman: Keith & Mark Weinrich -Residential -Commercial -Renovations



Window Coverings Consultant

Call for an in-home consultation Cell: 250-485-7882 250.498.4215

Box 220 - 9712 356th Avenue Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250-498-6500 email:

ALWAYS ASK FOR OLIVER’S Favourite Real Estate Agents! Michelle Weisheit Consultant

•Form Rentals •Concrete Accessories •Crane-Truck Service •Dump Truck •Gravel Supply •Concrete Retaining Blocks

• • • • • • • •

Petra Veintimilla

Licensed Bonded Insured

Ken Campbell

Box 1375, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0



CALL BRENT AT 250-485-3383 OR BRIAN AT 250-498-3570

Proudly Serving Oliver! For more information call: Ph: 250.492.8806 Fax: 250.493.4445 Cell: 250.486.4673 Toll Free: 1.800.929.8806 email: *Licence Sponsored by The Great-West Life Assurance Company

Commercial Printing Laminating & Faxing! 36083 - 97th St., Oliver, BC Phone: 250.498.4006 Fax: 250.498.0191

Clearview Business or Residential --- Call for a free estimate --Quality Guaranteed! Brandon Abel

Cel: 250-498-9133

Each office independently owned and operated. Box 220 9712 356th Avenue Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

ASK FOR: Karen Lewis

“Your Okanagan Sunshine Lady” Call me for assistance when selling or buying your home. Cell: 250-487-8873


Oliver residents turn to the pages of this paper to find professional and reliable local companies and service providers.

To add it to your marketing mix, call 250-498-3711

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B7


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Lyonel Doherty photo

A ‘JumpStart’ for Jim Marcello and Teresa Garofalo from Canadian Tire in Oliver hand over a cheque for $229.55 to a festive Jim Ouellette from the Oliver food bank. The money comes from “JumpStart” fundraising proceeds, and Canadian Tire staff chose the food bank as the recipient.

Directory of Religions OLIVER ALLIANCE

Just north of town on Hwy 97

Lead Pastor: Jeremy Cook 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 Office : 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.


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

Rev. Patrick Reid

Sunday Service and Sunday School: 11:00 a.m. Information: 250.498.2735

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH All are welcome 10450 - 346th Ave.

Pastor: Oscar Halvorson Services Saturday: Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. 250.498.4820


On 119 St. off of 350th Ave.

Pastors Cameron & Margaret Ogilvie

Sunday Services:

Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.

(includes Children’s Church) Wed. 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study at the Church 250.498.4434

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCC) Visitors welcome!

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.

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:



Pastors Mark & Rae Pankratz

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

live * laugh * dream * love River Rd. & Hwy 97 - 3 miles north of Oliver Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 250.498.4595

B8 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Pow Wow dancers

Helen Gallagher photo

The 5th annual Pow Wow held at Osoyoos Secondary School on April 13-14 saw many skilled dancers and drummers entertain the audience. Here, four male dancers await to be judged.

Lyonel Doherty photo

A bunny ears moment

Illustrious volunteer Dot Cranston helps out Sofie Crook during the recent Easter celebration at the Oliver Community Centre.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B9


I hear music

Heather Fink photo

David Badger and Sue James of the Sage Valley Voices choir camp it up while rehearsing their duet for pianist Sandy Andres at a recent choir practice. The Voices’ spring concerts on May 5th at 7 pm and May 6th at 2:30 pm at Oliver United Church will feature music from the 1970s. Think ABBA, Johnny Cash, and John Denver. Tickets are available at the door.


Concert Series Saturday, May 26th The Boom Booms - $25 per ticket Saturday, June 23 Acres of Lions - $25 per ticket rd

Saturday, July 28th Redeye Empire - $35 per ticket

Season Passes available until May 13.

Helen Gallagher photo

Using their heads

One of many events at the recent Pow Wow at Osoyoos Secondary School was the “owl dance,” where participants had to dance while keeping an orange from falling.

Wednesday, April 25th 7:00 PM


36672-79th St. Oliver

Does not include Sloan

Saturday, August 25th Said the Whale - $40 per ticket

SLOAN - GRAND FINALE Presented by the Georgia Straight

Saturday, September 8th $60 per ticket

Thanks to our sponsors! Ann & Erin Hayes - Royal LePage South Country Realty, K&K Construction, Nu Beginnings, Savour Magazine, Westminster Party Rentals

Tickets available from Tinhorn Creek at, Facebook, or 250.498.3743

From the director of The Screwtape Letters comes a brand new show on Lewis himself...

ts $10 Ticke dents r stu ($8 fo iors) & sen

Available from Park Drive Church 250.498.2322 or at the door

B10 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 18, 2012



CLASSIFIED ADS by 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays (Must be prepaid, cash, Visa or Mastercard) Email:





1992 GMC SIERRA. Great work truck. $500 firm. Call 250-485-0936.

OLIVER PARKS AND RECREATION SOCIETY INTERNAL POSTING Seasonal Labourer Position. Oliver Parks and Recreation Society is accepting applications for two seasonal labourer positions May through to August. 1) The seasonal Labourer position is a CUPE union position, working a 32 hour work week with the possibility of shift-work and weekends May - August. 2) The Casual Labourer position will be 24 hours per week, including working weekends and shift-work from June - August. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in gardening and lawn maintenance and janitorial experience. The successful incumbents must possess a BC class 5 driver’s license. Please submit your resume by Wednesday April 25, 2012 to the attention of:

OPEN DOOR GROUP is looking for a Resource Centre Assistant to join their Osoyoos resource centre. The position is on a casual basis and will be 3 days per week until September, possibly beyond. Experience & qualifications required: Knowledge of the local labour market and community, intermediate MS Office skills, typing speed of 60 wpm, excellent customer service skills. Please apply with resume to katrina.welsh@

HIRING 2 full time seasonal farm workers. Experience is an asset. From June 1 to November 3, 2012. $10.25 hr. Send resume to Gary Misson RR3, S25, C99 Oliver BC V0H 1T0 or Call 250498-2590.


DISPLAY ADVERTISING (boxed): 12:00 p.m. noon Fridays.


NEWS COPY: 10:00 a.m. Mondays

K. DHILLON ORCHARDS needs 1 F/T seasonal farm worker. June 15 to the end of Sept., 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-485-0288 or 250-498-1836.

CLASSIFIED AD RATES: Up to 20 words - $6.00; 20¢ each additional word. Per column inch $6.00 plus HST NOTICES: Weddings, engagements, birth announcements, cards of thanks, in memoriums, obituaries and other notices (min. charge) $7.50 plus HST for 32 words and under. 20¢ each additional word. Business display advertising rates on application. PHONE 250.498.4416 or 250.498.3711 Fax: 250.498.3966. Email: or mail your advertisement to: OLIVER CHRONICLE, P.O. Box 880, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or drop in to our Main Street office (next door to the Oliver Theatre), or drop in our door letter slot. CHRONICLE OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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



SPRING ARTS FAIRE: Sales and celebrations! April 29th 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oliver Seniors Centre. Free admission. Multimedia displays, sales of art and craft, demonstrations and more! Door prizes. Lunch available. Info: 250-498-0104

THANK YOU A big thank you to all the people that came to support and show their love for Carlos at this difficult time. To father David DeSouza, Father Waler & Father Rex. Chris and all the beautiful voices. Filomena and all the ladies and men that put on the luncheon. Everyone that came to visit, sent flowers and food. Friends that traveled from far away. John Nunes and Daryn Pottinger. Our family and Carlos’ family. We are lucky to be so loved. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. ......................God Bless. Ana, Ashley and Sarah Pereira.


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



THE OLIVER LEGION SENIOR SLO PITCH TEAM is urgently in need of players. Minimum age requirements - Ladies 45/ Men 55. Games are played from Osoyoos to West Kelowna. Tuesday and Thursday mornings. May through August. Call George 250-4982769 to sign up.

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.






BOUTIQUE HOTEL in rural Oliver requires a fit person for a duel task position of housekeeper/groundskeeper. Starting immediately. Please drop resume off at Burrowing Owl Winery or email to F/T & P/T seasonal help req. by local fruit stand. Must be reliable, responsible and a self starter. Training provided. Fax resume to 250-4956174. 41p3

BEST WESTERN PLUS SUNRISE INN Osoyoos, BC. Now Hiring. Front Desk Agent/Housekeepers. Experience preferred, good attitude, reliability required. Starting wages $12.50 per hour. 40 hours per week. Please email resume or or fax 250-495-4001. Call 604-7601527. 38c10

LITTLE QUAIL RIDGE ORCHARD needs 1 F/T seasonal farm worker. June 15 to end of Sept., 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-4850146 or 306-261-1515. 40p4

TRUSS WORKER, experience preferred: accuracy, energy and good back count. Call 250-498-0064. 42c2

GOLD STAR FRUIT COMPANY needs 13 F/T seasonal workers. June 29 until Sept. 15, 2012. $10.25 hr. Oliver area. Call 250-4989777.

Mr. Bob Grant, Manager of Recreation. 42c2

YE OLDE WELCOME INN is now hiring. F/T, year round. Will train. No experience preferred. Apply in person . Call 250-498-8840.


BAKSHISH FARMS LTD. needs 4 F/T farm workers from April 15, 2012 for one year. $10.25 hr. RR1, S52, C4 Oliver BC V0H 1T0. Jarnail 250-4485-8279. 43v2

SATURDAY PERSON needed immediately for Real Estate office. 6 hours per week and holiday relief. Computer skills required. This is a part time position only. Please mail your resume to MacDonald Realty, Box 1590 Oliver BC V0H 1T0 , email: macadminoliver@eastlink. ca or drop off @ 6053 Main Street. 43c2


BABY-SITTER NEEDED. Mon, Wed, and Fri. 2 - 5 pm. $12 hr. Call 250-498-2097. 43c1


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

WATKINS NEW PRODUCT LINE FOR 2012. Too many to list. Call Inez & Ken 250-498-4450. 42v16

BOLT ON TRAILER HITCH for Vibe or Matrix. 2003 to 2011 w/wiring kit. $200. Call 250-485-0936.


EmploymEnt opportunity Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver, BC is one of the Okanagan’s most innovative and environmentally sustainable estate wineries with an extensive health & safety program. We are looking for an Assistant Groundskeeper for a part-time hourly position. This position encompasses all aspects of maintaining an ornamental landscape. Requirements of the position: • Attention to detail • Flexibility in schedule and jobs to perform • Knowledge of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs • Willingness to learn • Work in a team environment


HOUSEKEEPERS. Seasonal part-time for Pine Bluff Motel. Experience an asset but not required. Season completion bonus. Call 250498-3377 or drop off resume and references.

Interested? Send your resume by April 20th to or fax to: F: 250-498-3228 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Attn: Human Resources ***No phone calls please ***Successful applicants will be notified for a interview.


Your Home...

EmploymEnt opportunity Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver, BC is one of the Okanagan’s most innovative and environmentally sustainable estate wineries with an extensive health & safety program.

Is Your Castle


EMERALD CEDER EDGING Buy direct from grower. 6 ft. tall - 10 for $240 Planting and delivery avail. Call BUDGET NURSERIES 250-498-2189.

We are looking for a Vineyard Foreman for a full-time salary position. This position encompasses all aspects of vineyard work, including day to day operations and supervision. Requirements of the position: • Prior vineyard experience • Formal viticultural training • High degree of organizational skills and attention to detail • Excellent verbal & written skills • Work in a team environment • Valid BC drivers license Interested? Send your resume by April 20th to or fax to: F: 250-498-3228 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Attn: Human Resources ***No phone calls please ***Successful applicants will be notified for a interview.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B13







HEIRLOOM AND CHERRY TOMATO transplants. Pineapple Tomato, Black Pear, Virginia Sweets, Sweet Quartz. Over 80 varieties. Call early for best selection. 250-485-0157

LOST - Black and white female Pomeranian. Mar. 22 near Gala St. (103 Ave.) SADLY MISSED, please call 250-498-6990.

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



A FRAME. A/C top and bottom. Overlooks green area. 6 km N of Oliver. $750 mth. includes utilities. 36’ 5th Wheel. Furnished. A/C. $750 mth. includes utilities. Damage dep and ref required. Pets considered. Call 250-495-2872 cell 250689-5045.


3 x 30’ TRAVEL TRAILERS. View at the Maple Leaf Motel and RV Park. Call 250-4852415, 8 am to 9 pm.

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




SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME with porch and storage. Green Acres Park. 55+. Pad rent $425. Asking $20,000. Call 250-498-4203.


EMERALD CEDER EDGING Buy direct from grower. 6 ft. tall - 10 for $240 Planting and delivery avail. Call BUDGET NURSERIES 250-498-2189.


2 ACRES VERY PRIVATE. 5 bdrm., 2.5 bath upgraded by-level with private in-law suite. Close to amenities. Details at ID# 242657 or call 250-4980650.

CASA RIO - 2 bed, 2 bath. $875 & $975. Adult oriented. 3 BDRM, 2 bath, 1/2 duplex (105 St.) 1 gar. 5 appl, yard. $975 mth. 250-487-8873 Karen Lewis. karen@winecapitalrealty. com




SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME with porch and storage. Green Acres Park. 55+. Pad rent $425. Asking $20,000. Call 250-498-4203.

10 ACRES of bottom land for rent. Ground crop. 8972 - 378 Ave. N/E corner of Island and Island Rd. North of Oliver. $3500 per year. Call 604-576-2846.




SENIOR LOOKING for a 2 bdrm house. Want electric heat. Have references. No pets. No parties. Call 250498-3545. 42p3

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


1) Two bedroom rural home. Peaceful setting. $875 plus utilities. Owner to pay the water. 2) Small 2 bedroom home, freshly renovated. $750 plus utilities. For more information please call Nita Neufield at Royal LePage South Country Property Management. 250-498-6222. 42ctf

2 BDRM + HOUSE. South of Oliver in rural area. Four appliances. $550 mth plus utilities. Ref. required. Available May 1. Call 250-4982893. 43p2


Serving the

h Soutg an a n a ok 6511 Main St. Osoyoos / 250.495.2393 1290 Week of 4.16.2012

A Portion of the Market is Always Advertising Not everyone is your customer every day. But each and every day there is a portion of the population that is looking for your product. And you need to be there when they are ready to start looking for that product

School District No. 53

RELIEF CUSTODIANS & BUS DRIVERS: School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) invites applications for relief custodians ($19.06 per hour) and bus drivers ($23.70 per hour). Closing date for applications is noon April 24, 2012. Visit our website at for information including qualifications, job description, and application guidelines.



BC ARTS AND CULTURE WEEK is here! From April 2228, arts councils & schools in your community are hosting activities of all sorts as part of the celebration. www.

APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information: www.

PATIENTS - need a Medical Marijuana Doctor? Growers - want to be a Designated Grower? Info at: www. or 1-250-860-8611. Auctions SUPERB 24TH Annual Auction. Horse drawn carriages & sleighs. Plus incredible offering horse era antiques. Sunday, May 6, 12 Noon, Al Oeming Park; Bodnarus Auctioneering. Phone 306-227-9505. Canada’s Best. Auto FinAncing WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in April, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095. Business services DENIED CANADA PENSION plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.

employment opportunities

employment opportunities SERVICE MANAGER Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403854-2845. Email: chrysler@ FinAnciAl services

CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; john@raidersconcrete. com. Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780-444-7103.

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

MORLEY MULDOON TRANSPORT is seeking qualified Heavy Duty Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Technicians, Dispatcher, HR/Safety Supervisor. Fax resume to 780-842-6511 or email to:

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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ARCTIC CO-OPERATIVES LIMITED is recruiting Line Cooks and Guest Services positions for Inns North hotels in Nunavut. E-mail your resume to: humanresources@ or fax: 204632-8575.

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B14 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Memorial Reception for

Frieda Hutton 1917 - 2011 Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00 p.m. Oliver Elks Hall


Thank You We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. M. De Vries, Jaret and all of the wonderful, supportive staff in the acute care unit of the South Okanagan General Hospital; Dr. G. Partridge and staff at the Keremeos Diagnostic Centre; Tara Wabnegger and the nurses and staff at Keremeos Home Support; and Joan and Brian Thompson, staff and all his friends at the Mountainview Manor in Keremeos who have shown such kindness and care to my father William Patterson. Thank you as well to Poonam Lal at the Maple Leaf Motel Inn Towne in Oliver for all of her thoughtfulness and assistance. Your care and compassion have made his passing easier to bear. Thank you.



ONE BDRM CABIN. 6 km N of Oliver. Overlooks green area. Access to OK River. Fully furnished. A/C. One at $600 per mth. and one at $630 per mth. Includes utilities. Dam. dep & ref. required. Pets considered. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045.

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


3 BDRM HOUSE in rural area. N/P. Nice and clean in and out. Central Air. Ref. required. $850 mth. Call 250498-4711 or 250-689-2500. 43v2


LARGE HOUSE - 2 floors, 3 bdrms up / 3 bdrms down. Garage. Road #16. N/P, N/S. Avail. May 1. References required. $1,000 plus utilities. Call 250-485-8571. 43p2

3 BDRM HOUSE - No dogs. Orchard setting. Call 250535-0821. 43p2

OLIVER KIWANIS SENIOR HOUSING is now accepting applications for low income 55+ tenants. Please apply by calling 250-498-9592.

2 BDRM BASEMENT - New home, ground level and spacious. Private yard & parking in cul-de-sac. Oliver. $800 mth. Call for more info. 250-498-2216.



Barbara Weston and family



In loving memory

Adrian Zandvliet

Feb. 2, 1929 - Apr. 10, 2012

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Adrian John Zandvliet of Oliver passed away at the McKinney Place Extended Care Unit at the age of 83. Adrian will be fondly remembered by his loving wife, Annie of 48 years; children, Joanne (Dan) Nazaroff, Adrian Jr. (Roxanne) Zandvliet and Jennifer (Edward) Zandvliet; grandsons, Pieter, Patrick and Jordan Martin; granddaughters, Kirsten, Terese and Dayna Zandvliet; brothers, Martin (Nida) Zandvliet, John (Alma) Zandvliet and sister, Nel Radies; many nieces, nephews and his furry friend Tuffy. Adrian was predeceased by his parents, Martinus and Petronella Zandvliet; his sister, Hendrika Zandvliet and his brother in-law Art Radies. Over the years Adrian worked at the Mac & Fitz Packing House, for BC Fruit Packers, Haynes Packing House, the Naramata Co-op as well as the Okanagan Similkameen Fruit Growers (Oliver/Penticton/Summerland/Kelowna). Adrian was very community oriented and generous with his time. He was a Life Member of the Oliver Elks, and a member of the Osoyoos Soccer Club. Adrian and Annie together volunteered for ten years at the Oliver Food Bank and many other organizations throughout their time together. Adrian and Annie also received recognition from the: Ministry of Social Services, BC Federation of Foster Parents Association, and the Ministry for Children & Families for serving 32 years. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, soccer, speed skating, the Vancouver Canucks and spending time with his family. A memorial service was held at 1:00 PM, Saturday April 14, 2012 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Oliver, BC with Rev. Ray Turner officiating. A reception hosted by the Royal Purple followed at the Oliver Elks Hall. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Elks and Royal Purple Fund For Children, Suite 100 2629 – 29th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4S 2N9. The family would like to also extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Rooke, Dr. Entwistle, and the many nurses and staff at SOGH and McKinney Place. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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

In loving memory

Teresa Kovacs In loving memory

Eleanor Ann Evans (nee Pritchard) Nov. 18, 1923 - Apr. 11, 2011

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Mrs. Eleanor Ann Evans of Oliver passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a battle with cancer at the age of 88 years. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, George Evans; her sister, Margaret Michalik; her brother, Lesley Pritchard; her granddaughter, Carol Dunne and great-greatgrandson Kyle Neely. Eleanor will be fondly remembered by her loving family including children, Georgina (Larry) Miller, Michael (Kay) Evans, Paul (Heather) Evans and Diane (Lloyd) Goltz; grandchildren, Linda Stewart, Gail (Rudy) Marek, Deanna Stewart, Tammy Stewart, Jody (Susan-Marie) Evans, Kelsey (Tracey) Evans, Blake Evans, Jason and Katelyn Goltz, Jessica and Tyler Hudson; great-grandchildren, Ryan Goetz, Bernie and Jami Neely, Carly and Cole Marek, Nicholas Kirzenstein, Anthony Salvino and Jordan and Riley Evans; great-great-grandchildren, Trinnity Williams and Trenten Anderson. Eleanor loved to travel and over the years she visited the United Kingdom, the Canary Islands, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Nevada, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Greece and Naples. She also enjoyed crosswords puzzles and knitting, and made baby clothes, toys and blankets which she donated to the Children’s Hospital. Eleanor was also a long-time member of the Oliver Women’s Institute. A memorial service will be officiated by Rev. Lester Carlson at the Oliver Royal Canadian Legion Hall at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 21, 2012 with a reception to follow in the legion hall. A private family urn interment will be held at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 1872, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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

Peacefully on April 9, 2012, Teresa Kovacs (formerly of Sawmill Road and Casa Rio) passed away in Port Alberni, BC at the age of 91. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Services to be held at a later date.


In loving memory

Eugene Paul Mercier 1943 - 2012

Eugene Paul Mercier, (Gene ), born Saturday, June 19, 1943 in Port Alberni, the only child of Agnes Mary (Britten) ( d1970) and Maurice Charles Mercier (d1978), left us all too soon Saturday, April 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and many lifelong friends. Should you wish, donations may be made to the Palliative Care unit of the South Okanagan General Hospital, or the charity of your choice. There was a gathering to celebrate Gene’s life, Friday, April 13 from 7 pm – 9 pm at Fairview Golf Course in Oliver. “I must go down to the sea again, to the vagrant gypsy life, to the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife.” ~ John Masefield Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Oliver Chronicle B15



INDEPENDENT, NEWLY RENOVATED. 2 bdrm house with a big yard. On Hwy, close to town. Four appliances. Available May 1. $900 mth plus utilities. $800 mth for long term. Call 250498-6763.

HANDYMAN FOR HIRE 5 years plumbing experience. Great rates. Call Bogdan anytime 250-485-8675.


LARGE 2 BEDROOM SUITE. Ground level, S/F/ W/D. $750 mth plus utilities. Call 250-485-2548. 43p4

GALLAGHER LAKE 1 bdrm modern suite. Heated floors, carport, F/S, N/S, N/P. Ref. required. Avail. now. $700 mth. utilities included. Call 250-809-1175 or 250-8091441. 43mc3


ARGON ELECTRICAL SERVICES Residential - Commercial Electric Heating


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

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


CAM’S PAINTING & DECORATING 30 years experience. Call 250-498-4020. 29p26

MAC HELP Over 30 years Apple experience, training, repairs, sales, Mac, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, House calls. 7 days/wk. Call 250-498-6515 or email 39f8

HANDYMAN 4 HIRE 15 years experience, licensed, insured, honest, and reliable prompt service. Carpentry, stucco, flooring and painting. Call 250-499-9897 or 250-770-8619 Jamescontracting@






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

YARD SALE. Sat. April 21. 6501 Bellvue Drive. 8 am to 2 pm. “Almost Free.”

YARD SALE. Sat. April 21. 9 - 3 #104 - 6037 Kootenay Ave. (Back alley side.) Homemade jams and jellies and large assortment of items.

Household and outdoor furniture. Car, truck and boat interiors. Boat tops, quad and bike seats. Like Julie’s Upholstery on Facebook. 29v25

ELECTROLYSIS BY MARG Get rid of unwanted hair permanently and safely with just a few treatments. Call 250495-2782. 34mctf

GREEN AS GRASS LAWN MAINTENANCE Lawn maintenance Fertilizing Small pruning jobs Hedge trimming. Phone 250-498-6741. 40p20

A1 LAWN CARE -lawns - gardens - snow removal - chimneys - power washing - irrigation - firewood CALL 250-485-7916. March2013




COIN COLLECTOR looking to buy collections, sets, accumulations, Olympic gold & silver coins. Also buying bulk silver coins. Oliver & area. Call 250-498-0251. 43v4


YARD SALE - April 21. Sat. 10 am - 3 pm. 117 St. 35006 Ave. Fairview Road. Tools, furniture, garden supplies, household goods. Phone 250-485-4176 for preview. 43p1

YARD SALE - Sat. April. 21. Lots of woodworking tools, misc. items. 10 am - 4 pm. 33830-93 St. upper bench between Road #1 and #2. East of Hwy 97. NO EARLY BIRDS.


BIG GARAGE SALE! 33871 - 97 St. Sat/Sun 9:00 am 3:00 pm. 43v1

FUNDRAISER YARD SALE for the South Okanagan Adventist Christian School. Sunday, April 22. Seventh Day Adventist Church Parking Lot - 10450-346 Ave. 8 am to ?? Contact 250-4980898. 43c1

TWO FAMILY GARAGE SALE. Fri. April 20 9 - 2, Sat, April 21 9 - 2, and Sun April 22 11 - 2. 9388 Road #18 Oliver. 43v1

YARD SALE. Sunday April 22 at 733 Bartlett Ave. 9:00 am. 43p1


RUMMAGE SALE. Sat. April 21. 8 am - noon. Catholic Church, Spartan St. All proceeds to SOSS Bursary Fund.

GARAGE SALE. April 21 and 22. 10 am (NO EARLY BIRDS!) Furniture, antiques and lots of household items. 34381 - 103rd. St. #1. (Kettle & Columbia.)




RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty May 26, 2012 YARD SALE FOR THE CURE! 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tons of great finds! Please drop off all donations on May 25.


KIWANIS MARKET 5992 Sawmill Road. We accept clean, serviceable items. Drop-off times: 9 am to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays. Open for sales: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. We pick-up and deliver on request. Call 250-485-0242 or 250-498-0176.

Please leave a message. ctf


HUTTON’S INTERIOR DECORATING & PAINTING SERVICES Now offers Spring Cleaning Year Round Phone 250-498-6428 Cell 250-498-7430.


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


Garage Sale in support of the Desert Valley Hospice When: Sat Apr 21st 8am-12pm

Where: Old Shoppers Drug Mart location on 350th Ave (9151 350th Ave)

Donations of items to be sold are welcome, drop off at Shoppers Drug Mart by noon Friday 20th

a pe r sch sonal ool iz rin ed g!


B16 Oliver Chronicle Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oliver trio trains to conquer marathon beast Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle The thought of running a marathon would mentally drain most people. But a trio of Oliver women is determined to conquer the beast in Vancouver on May 6. Cheryl Gillson, Andree Webb and Naomi Garrish have been training hard for the 26-mile adventure, which will surely test their will. “Twenty miles is when you hit the mental wall,” said 51-year-old Gillson. “This is where your mind has tunnel vision . . . your hamstrings, your legs will scream. Some people just drop at the finish line,” she stated. “That’s what I’ll be doing,” Garrish interjected with a laugh. Unlike Gillson and Webb, the 31-year-old pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart has never ran competitively before. Garrish calls the Vancouver marathon her “bucket list,” the first step in a two-year training regime for Ironman 2013 in Penticton. “My bike is on order,” she said proudly. Webb, 43, has been running for years, competing in a number of half marathons. She always wanted to tackle a full marathon by age 40. So what’s three years? “My son is older now, so this allows time to do something for me.” She, too plans to compete in Ironman next year. Gillson, whose husband Greg is coaching the trio, has been running for 25 years, with many races under her belt, including a Detroit marathon and an Ironman in Madison, WI. Greg has competed in three Ironman events and is currently training for this year’s challenge in Penticton. His best marathon time is two hours and 33 minutes. Cheryl was introduced to running by competing in a corporate challenge event in Ontario. Not only was it fun, it boosted her self-confidence in life. For Webb, her only competition is the person she sees in the mirror. “It’s not about anybody else.” Because it’s easy not to train for a race, she makes it a point to book three or four events a year, which motivates her to condition herself. Webb said the trio is prepared for Vancouver and has been gradually increasing running distances every week. One of their longest runs was about 33 kilometres (20 miles). “It’s the power to amaze yourself . . . that is the high,” Webb said. Garrish began running in university for “something to do.” She later joined a running group and thought of competing in a half marathon, but never got around to it. When the three women started chumming, Webb suggested they take on the Vancouver marathon with 5,000 other runners. Garrish said the thought didn’t scare her because of the support and motivation within the group. Why run? Because it feels good when you stop, Garrish joked. You can also eat whatever you want after those long runs, she laughed. Garrish said her personal goal is to finish the marathon without stopping or walking. Greg is confident that all three women will finish the marathon as they have followed the schedule he created for them. “They have done all their long runs without stopping.” Greg said he tries to teach his wife to lift her knees when she runs, and he tries to teach the other ladies to be patient. “It’s a 20-mile training run and a 10K race at the end.” Gillson and Garrish have another goal in mind: they want to establish a Shoppers Drug Mart walking group and give talks on exercise and nutrition. The hope is to help people reduce the number of medications they need and to improve their quality of life.

Lyonel Doherty photo

From left, marathon women Naomi Garrish, Cheryl Gillson and Andree Webb gather before the start of another training session in Oliver in preparation for the Vancouver Marathon on May 6. In back is their coach, Greg Gillson.

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