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The ‘Best Bloomin Garden’ luncheon at the Oliver Sikh Temple last week was a highlight for Communities In Bloom participants. Donning head wraps before experiencing the Sikh culture are, from left, Lynn Andersen and BC Communities In Bloom judges Shirley Fowler and Rea Smith.

Oliver’s small town grows on ‘Bloom’ judges Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Communities In Bloom judges Shirley Fowler and Rea Smith say Oliver’s small town character is what they like most about the Wine Capital of Canada. “People know each other well. They know exactly who to go to when they need a job done,” said Smith. She and Fowler attended the much-anticipated judges’ reception at Silver Sage Winery on Wednesday, July 21. “It (Oliver) is one of my favourite places to do a day trip. The growth is quite astounding, and the changes . . . things are so beautiful and green” Smith told the Chronicle. Smith and Fowler come from Armstrong, which previously won the provincial and national Communities In Bloom title. What does it take to win? “A community has to have vision, passion and a commitment that recognizes volunteers who make the world go

round,” Smith said. Fowler noted she likes Oliver for its small town atmosphere. “It’s a little warmer here, and there’s different vegetation. We can’t do soft fruits (like Oliver can).” Fowler, who’s a municipal councillor in Armstrong, was anticipating meeting all the “movers and shakers” in Oliver. Smith and Fowler toured Oliver last Thursday with Communities In Bloom committee members, including cochairs Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen and Beth Garrish. The purpose of the tour was to evaluate the community and give feedback prior to the actual judging next summer. The judges visited Forbes wetlands, local parks, xeroscaping properties, the museum, the high school, Vaseux Lake and the new rock/cactus garden at 346 Ave. and 99 St. Anna Manola, proprietor of Silver Sage Winery, hosted the delightful reception with wine and exquisite appetiz-


The Sikh community of Oliver has donated $1,100 to Communities In Bloom.

ers. Special guest Modesta Betterton from the Osoyoos Indian Band, welcomed the judges. She appeared on behalf of Chief Clarence Louie. “Clarence is not here because he knows better,” the elder said to a room full of laughter. Linda Sheehy-Brownstien from High Chaparral Guest House attended the reception. She housed the judges for two days. Besides Mayor Pat Hampson and Councillors Marji Basso and Michael Newman, Area C Director Allan Patton attended the reception. Other special guests included Charnjit Singh Mand and Baldev Singh Sidhu from the Sikh community. The Sikh Temple in Oliver hosted a special luncheon for Communities In Bloom the following day. During the reception at Silver Sage, digital photographer Russell Work presented a slide show of photos from the SOSS photography class.


Rory Lodge and Juliana Martine have been crowned Oliver’s new Youth Ambassadors.


The Town of Oliver has embraced the environment with OCP amendments.

The Oliver Chronicle will be closed Friday, July 30, 2010 for the BC Day Long Weekend. Deadline for submitting display advertising material for the August 4th edition of the Chronicle is Thursday, July 29, 2010. We will be open holiday Monday, August 2nd from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Have a great long weekend, everyone!


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

SOUR GRAPES to the individuals responsible for dumping a truckload of garbage at Bear Lake - the garbage was everywhere, making a mess of the campsite, not to mention the environment. -A frustrated camper SOUR GRAPES to people who throw glass bottles into the river, making it hazardous for swimmers, who could wind up with badly cut feet. -A local whose family enjoys cooling off in our river

A bowl of SWEET CHERRIES to students and teachers of Tucel-Nuit, Sen-Pok-Chin and Oliver elementary schools for an eye-catching collage of photos and artwork on display at CIBC promoting the farmto- school partnership, and reminding us all to buy and eat Okanagangrown fruits and vegetables. This helps our local growers and the economy - “Eat local, eat right.” - Chronicle staff

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Sikh community praised for its support and town beautification Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Fruit orchards in Oliver have never looked better, thanks to the Sikh community. So said Gordon Hahn, a member of Communities In Bloom. “The beautification of Oliver is majorly enhanced by Sikh farmers,” he stated at a special luncheon held at the Sikh Temple on Thursday, July 22. Hahn was greatly honoured to accept a donation of $1,100 from the Sikh community. This money will go a long way in making Communities in Bloom that much better, he noted. Jagmel Singh Khalsa said the Sikh Temple represents approximately 300 families, many of which are busy picking cherries right now. Khalsa expressed his joy about hosting the luncheon, and the importance of the Sikh community learning from the rest of Oliver, and the rest of Oliver learning from them. The Oliver Sikh Temple sponsored the luncheon, which included traditional East Indian food served by Baljeet Bassi, Jasbir Sidhu, Shinderpal Sidhu, Daljit Kaur Gill and Gurdev Kaur Sidhu.

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Hahn said Communities In Bloom has been a huge success, thanks primarily to co-chairs Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen and Beth Garrish, who solicited many people to bring the project to life. Hahn said one day Bahnsen noticed an unsightly yard and asked the resident why he didn’t clean it up. The resident told her to speak to the landlord . . . which was Hahn himself. That’s how forceful she has been. “Best of all we watched her twisting arms and pushing politicians.” And she wasn’t above doing the dirty work by picking up garbage and pulling weeds herself. Hahn said the generosity of many sponsors has been great, noting the Town of Oliver will look good in July of 2011 when the judging begins. Speaking of judging, the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club provided that for the “Best Bloomin Garden Contest.” Penelope Johnson from the Oliver Community Arts Council announced the winners, including Diane and Paul Pasqualetto (best outdoor living area and best overall residential yard). Janie Hood won for best use of droughttolerant landscaping, while Scott Strobbe won most improved site and best commercial/industrial/municipal exterior visual.







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Government gives details of mudslide response in Oliver Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle A BC government report into the June 13 mudslide in Oliver states that emergency services were activated in a “timely and organized manner” that day. Deputy Solicitor General David Morhart said the chief of the Oliver Fire Department (Dave Janzen) was in the area at the time and immediately called emergency services, including police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue. Oliver Mayor Pat Hampson said it was Janzen and fellow firefighter Peter Von Pander who stopped traffic on Highway 97 as the mudslide was coming down through the orchards. The department then led a tactical evacuation of approximately 25 homes and established a unified command structure with local emergency response agencies. Morhart said the debris torrent travelled five kilometres downstream, destroying five homes and damaging crops and farm equipment. It also covered 200 metres of Highway 97 and blocked several secondary roads. “Residents in the impacted area either saw or heard the debris torrent coming and began to self-evacuate,” Morhart said. Within the hour, an emergency operations centre was activated by the RDOS, with support from the Town of Oli-

ver. The RDOS issued a formal evacuation order impacting approximately 25 homes, and Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers established a reception centre at the Oliver Community Centre to help impacted residents. The Elks Hall was subsequently opened as a lodging facility to support a group of migrant farm workers. By 7 p.m. on June 13, a multi-agency coordination call determined that all residents and workers were accounted for and that no injuries or fatalities had occurred. Officials also confirmed that power and irrigation lines were turned off, and by 11:14 p.m., a local state of emergency was declared. The Interior Health Authority was also involved by issuing water quality advisories. By June 16, the Integrated Recovery Team was in place to assist with the transition from response to recovery. A resiliency centre was established to provide a one-stop shop for emergency social services and disaster financial assistance. The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands was actively meeting with Oliver growers and toured the impacted area with residents. By June 18, the RDOS downgraded the evacuation order to an alert. “Indeed, the community and regional district stepped up to provide support to those impacted,” Morhart said.

Police briefs Copper wire theft concerns town The brazen theft of copper wire from Oliver street lights is causing much concern in the Public Works department. Foreman Dave Janzen reported that someone stole approximately 750 feet of #6 copper wire from four light standards last week. According to Janzen, this has never happened in Oliver before. But it does occur in the Lower Mainland, he noted. “If this is a new trend (here), it can be extremely dangerous and costly to the taxpayer.” Janzen said the theft occurred on 346 Ave., probably in the early morning hours. It appears the thief knew what he was doing by pulling out the wires without getting electrocuted. Janzen said the potential shock you can receive by doing this can kill you. The foreman stated that thieves steal copper wire to sell as scrap metal. He estimated it will cost the Town of Oliver (the taxpayer) approximately $1,200 to replace the wire and pay for the labour. Public Works employee Mark Jamieson said they hope residents will keep an eye out for anyone acting suspicious near a light standard. He encourages people to report it to the RCMP. “This (type of behaviour) is why your taxes go up,” Jamieson said. He also noted that pedestrian safety is also impacted by such thefts since the lights don’t work after you pull the wires out.

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“In this case, the blasts are for a good cause. The Project has been doing blasting for the erection of another tank for storage for the domestic water system... to give service to a larger area.”

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

Sikh temple is a cultural adventure in Town of Oliver


t felt strange taking my shoes off and wearing a head wrap in the Oliver Sikh Temple last week. But it was an experience I’ll never forget. Walking around in sock feet (many go barefoot) was very comfortable, and wearing the wrap made me feel like I belonged there . . . I was no longer an outsider. During a presentation in the upper hall, I soon learned that it wasn’t appropriate to clap for anyone; it was forbidden. However, applause was permitted in the lower hall. Traditional East Indian food was served on metal trays, and a long, narrow rug was used to sit on while eating. The last time I ate on the floor was when I was a kid, and it was fun. The point is: when you open up to another culture, you begin to respect the differences and how other people live. You learn a little about their ways and begin to appreciate their traditions. Imagine what would happen if everyone did this – there would be fewer incidents of discrimination and more tolerance of other people’s religion. I have a newfound respect for the Sikh community in Oliver. The hospitality in the temple is humbling, and the camaraderie is envious. Earlier this year the Sikh community was very giving by donating thousands of dollars to the Haiti relief fund. And last week it donated $1,100 to Communities In Bloom. Gordon Hahn was right when he said that Sikh farmers have turned the Oliver community into a beautiful site to behold. As with the Osoyoos Indian Band, the Town needs to enhance its relationship with the Sikh community for everyone’s benefit. Like Jagmel Singh Khalsa said last week in the temple, we all need to learn from each other. If you haven’t been exposed to a different culture, get to know one -- you’re in for a real adventure. Lyonel Doherty, editor

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Closure upsetting to everyone Editor, Oliver Chronicle: Last Saturday night the South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) emergency department closed at 11 p.m. until Sunday morning at 7 a.m. due to a shortage of nurses. While upsetting to the public to be diverted to Penticton Regional Hospital, it is just as upsetting to the staff. Likely the public is unaware that an RN worked a 24-hour shift the day before the closure. Nurses are routinely working overtime, sometimes a 14to 16-hour shift, or being called in on their days off. There are no casuals to call. Mark Watt, acute health services administrator at SOGH, noted that the staffing shortage was due to sick calls. Published every Wednesday by Chronicle Newspaper Co. Publications Mail Registration No. 07453, ISSN 1195-5996 All published material © Copyrighted

It is easy to see that when nurses work extended overtime shifts, can’t get their days off, or work shorthanded that they might get sick. Nurses are often seen as heroes, but they are just as human as anyone else. Please support your local healthcare professionals at SOGH. They are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and exhausted. They worry about leaving their colleagues shorthanded but mostly they worry about not being there to provide quality care for their patients. Rhonda Croft RN BSN MSN(c) Regional Chair British Columbia Nurses Union

Let’s put beer scandal behind us Editor, Oliver Chronicle: Please stop already. If I read another article about the Oliver firemen and the Mesa Hotel I am going to scream. And I will continue to scream just so you will have something else to write about. People, you are forgetting two things. First, these firemen are volunteers, they do not get paid. Secondly, they are human and humans make mistakes. So unless you are ready to get off your butts and volunteer like these men

do, shut up already. Another thing, unless you are perfect which I doubt, then people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. I have lived in Oliver for three years and I love this town and the people in it. So let’s stop, they are sorry. I am sure they will never do anything like this again. So let’s put the past behind us and concentrate on things that matter, like helping the families of the mudslide. Thanks and everyone gave a good and safe summer. Janice Thompson, Oliver

Do come back to visit us, Jenavieve July 14, many Oliverites drove to Penticton to the First Baptist Church to attend the concert featuring Jenavieve Moore, Lyric Soprano accompanied by Roslyn Frantz and flutist Antonia Mahon. Jenavieve Moore was born and raised in Oliver with parents Dorothy and Ken Moore. The family has a passionate love of music and all of the siblings became musicians. Somewhere along the way Dorothy discovered Jenavieve’s singing voice. A lovely young woman, perhaps unknown to many has given many recitals. Jenavieve has sung with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and in America’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, a won-

derful beginning for a young girl you may be sure. The church was full; a wonderful responsive audience. Jenavieve, a star in a colourful world will be leaving for England to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jenavieve will be singing in the Handel’s Oratorio “Soul,” a dramatic start to an exciting career. All who heard her sing will be wishing her every success. We could lose her to England and the continent as well as our other Oliver star, cellist Sharon McKinley. Do come home when possible, Jenavieve. Agnes Sutherland, Oliver


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Hysteria and the veil: bill would make it illegal Monkey see, monkey do. Soon after France’s National The principle of “modesty” was a way of controlling the Assembly passed a law making it illegal to wear a full-face behaviour of women who had the power to upset the soveil in public, British MP Philip Hollobone announced a cial order, so how poor women behaved didn’t matter. The private member’s bill last weekend that early Mesopotamian laws ordaining the would make it illegal for people to cover veiling of women applied only to the wives their faces in public in Britain. Neither bill of powerful men. Several thousand years mentioned Muslims by name, of course. later, Greek, Roman and Byzantine upperHollobone has previously called the Isclass women still went veiled, while their lamic veil “offensive” and “against the Britpoorer sisters moved freely with their faces ish way of life,” so we may safely assume uncovered. that his bill is not aimed at people wearing We cannot know what proportion of motorcycle helmets. We can also assume women in seventh-century, pre-Islamic that it will never become law, for British Arabia went veiled, but until quite recently immigration minister Damian Green impoorer and rural Arabian women, and esmediately replied that “telling people what pecially Bedouin women, covered their they can and can’t wear, if they’re just hair but otherwise went unveiled. It seems walking down the street, is a rather una safe assumption that the situation was British thing to do.” not much different in the Prophet’s time. Gwynne Dyer Good: the last thing anybody needs is for I do not presume to interpret the Quran, another major European state to copy the but its injunctions on veiling were simply French initiative. But it cannot be denied an endorsement of existing social customs. that a great many Europeans feel profoundly uneasy when I would also observe that most Muslim communities down they see these shrouded, masked women moving silently through history have interpreted these customs as requirin their midst. ing the concealment of a woman’s hair but not her face. I grew up in regular contact with women wearing traTraditionally, only rich and powerful men’s wives and ditional Middle Eastern costumes, and it didn’t make me concubines wore niqab (a mask concealing all but the eyes) uneasy at all. They were Catholic nuns, wearing the head- in most Muslim societies. The burqa, a more extreme form to-toe shroud and with not a wisp of hair visible. Their of concealment that hides even the woman’s eyes behind a faces were not covered, but in other respects they were cotton mesh grill, was largely confined to the hill tribes of dressed just like the women that Philip Hollobone finds so what is now the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier area. offensive. Indeed, becoming a nun was colloquially known So why have women in non-rich Muslim families living as “taking the veil.” in major European cities now taken to wearing full-face The veil is not Islamic at all. Indeed, it predates all the veils or even burqas? Not a lot of women, to be sure: France Abrahamic religions. They all come from the Middle East, estimates that only 2,000 women go about fully veiled, and and that’s why they all – Jews, Christians and Muslims – the real numbers for Britain are unlikely to be much differused to be obsessed with female “modesty.” ent. But why are they doing it at all? Two generations ago,

their grand-mothers almost certainly did not. One reason is fear, on their own part or that of their husbands, that the majority society’s values are so powerful and seductive that good Muslims must be completely isolated from it. This also explains why you regularly see little girls as young as two or three wearing hijab (i.e. with their hair completely covered ) in Paris and London: their parents believe that the habit must start very early if it is to withstand the majority society’s influence. A second reason is defiance: think of it as a non-gay version of “we’re out and we’re proud. Get used to it.” And both anecdotal evidence and personal observation suggest to me that a large proportion of the fully veiled women in Britain – maybe as many as half – are actually recent converts to Islam who grew up in the dominant post-Christian culture. Same for France. Converts often get carried away. So which part of this is a threat to public order? None of it, obviously. Why did a ridiculous law banning the full veil pass through the French parliament without opposition, whereas a similar bill will never reach the floor of the British House of Commons? Not because the French are more anti-Muslim than the British, but because they are the heirs of one of the great battles between religion and the secular state. Britain hasn’t seen such a battle since the 17th century, and the official religion just gradually retreated to the sidelines of modern life without a fight. The fight was long, bitter and much more recent in France, so the French state takes public displays of religious allegiance a lot more seriously. But it is still behaving stupidly. And what about Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, where similar bans have been or are being discussed at the national level? They should be ashamed of themselves.

Outdoor fun is good for our kids and the planet When I was growing up in London, Ontario, in the early 1950s, back doors would flap open between 5:30 and 6 p.m., and parents would call Johnny or Mary to come home for dinner. We’d be out playing in the park, empty lot, or nearby ditch or creek. Back then, there wasn’t a television station in London, and the few folks with TV sets had to capture signals from Cleveland or Detroit and watch shadowy black-and-white images made worse by electronic snow. There were no David computers, cell phones, iPods, or digital anything. Our fun was outdoors. Now, according to author Richard Louv, only six per cent of nine- to 13-year-old children in the U.S. play outside in a typical week. This is reflected by a dramatic decline in fishing, swimming, and even biking. Mr. Louv, cofounder of the Children and Nature Network, noted that in San Diego, “90 percent of inner-city kids do not know how to swim” and “34 percent have never been to the beach.” I live near the ocean in Vancouver, and when my children were in primary school, I would watch the tide charts for exceptionally low tides so I could take my daughters’ classes to the beach. It always surprised me to see how many of the kids had never been to a “wild” beach. Some were timorous about walking about in the muck of a tidal flat. Most had never rolled over a rock to find crabs, blennies, and anemones. Often, the immediate reaction was “Yuk,” but I never found a child who wasn’t entranced within a few minutes to find these natural wonders. Now that I’m an old man, my sentiments may simply reflect nostalgia for the “good old days”. Children today find it hard to fathom the world of my childhood. “What did you do?” they ask in amazement. They can’t imagine a world without all the elec-

tronic accoutrements of their instant plugged-in world. The eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term biophilia, referring to our need to affiliate with other species (bio = life; philia = love). He believes this is built into our genes, a reflection of our evolutionary roots. In cities, we increasingly work against our biophilic needs by instilling a biophobia. We teach our children by the way we react to nature’s intrusion into our homes: Suzuki Take that out. Don’t touch. It might bite. This is a problem because the way we treat the world around us is a direct reflection of our values and beliefs. Compare the way we treat another species when we believe it is our biological kin rather than just a resource, commodity, or opportunity. The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it, and we will only protect what we know and love. But our cities have developed with more regard to the needs of cars and commerce than people. When a father has to go to court to fight for the right of kids to play road hockey, you know something is wrong. Globalization has disconnected us from the real world as we purchase products for their brand names without regard to the source of the raw materials or where and under what conditions the components were manufactured and assembled. Food no longer reflects seasons or locale. It becomes easier to focus on the economy and consumption while forgetting the real source of everything we need and use, namely nature. Our children have exchanged the experience of outdoors and nature with the enclosed world of electronics, resulting in “nature deficit disorder”. For those of us who are concerned about the state of the

biosphere, this is disturbing because a person for whom nature is a stranger will not notice, let alone care about, environmental degradation. That’s why many environmentalists are concerned with the way young people are growing up. Computers, television, video games, and the Internet offer information and entertainment in a virtual world with-

out the hazards or discomfort of mosquitoes, rain and cold, steep climbs, or “dangerous” animals of the real world – and without all the joys that the real world has to offer. Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.

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Keeping things beautiful

The Oliver Sikh Temple has donated $1,100 to Communities In Bloom. Shown from left are Harjit Singh Sidhu, Randy Toor, Gordon Hahn, Charnjit Singh Mand, Priest Bhupinder Singh, Baldev Singh Sidhu, Jagmel Singh Khalsa, Mohinder Singh Gill and Bhupinder Singh Gill. The donation will go towards keeping Oliver beautiful.

Thank you, ladies

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From left, Baljeet Bassi, Jasbir Sidhu, Shinderpal Sidhu, Daljit Kaur Gill and Gurdev Kaur Sidhu cooked up a great lunch for Communities In Bloom participants at the Oliver Sikh Temple.

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Tasting the culture

Communities In Bloom advocates sit down to traditional East Indian cuisine during a special luncheon at the Oliver Sikh Temple on Thursday, July 22.



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Oliver’s new Youth Ambassadors are Rory Lodge (left) and Juliana Martine. They were crowned at a recent ceremony, and their first function was the Communities In Bloom reception at Silver Sage Winery last week. A third Youth Ambassador (Arash Gill) was named, but she had to step down due to time commitments.

New Ambassadors crowned in Oliver The Oliver Ambassador Committee, Navi Gill, Julie Robertson and Gisele Cleave would like to congratulate the newly-crowned 2010/2011 Oliver Ambassadors. Juliana Martine, the daughter of Bernie and Lori Martine was crowned and sworn in by Mayor Pat Hampson along with Rory Lodge, the daughter of Vicki and Bob Lodge and Arash Gill, the daughter of Manjit and Balraj Gill. Unfortunately, due to time commitments, Arash Gill has stepped down from the Oliver Ambassador position. Also awarded on July 17, Juliana Martine took home the award for friendship (voted by the 2010/2011 candidates) and public speaking. Rory Lodge received the talent award for her wine glass music recital. Nikki Brar won the highest

fundraiser award. Arash Gill was awarded the gold star for all her positive growth throughout the program. Thank you to all the candidates: Juliana Martine, Arash Gill, Nikki Brar, Jordan Bower, Nirmal Brar and Rory Lodge for all their hard work and commitment to the program. Lodge said it was a life-altering experience for her, and she never expected to win. Martine, who participated in last year’s program, said she learned to talk and eat at the same time, which is a must during functions. “When my name was called, I was really excited.”


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Island Road resident tired of boiling her water Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle

cause they are elderly (age 85 and 86) and sometimes forget to boil the water. “We’re not living in Timbucktu, we live in a populated An Oliver resident has had enough of boiling her wa- area of Canada,” Mayer said. ter for the past two years, saying her family has a right to Mayer stated she was informed by the town two years clean, drinking water. ago that the rural water-twinning project in her area “We live in the Wine Capital of Canada, in a civilized would be completed this year. This area, from Mike’s Auto area, and we’re still boiling our water,” said Island Road to Secrest Road, is the last (third) phase of the project. homeowner Audrey Mayer. The twinning project consists of two systems – one for The flabbergasted resident said she must boil her water irrigation purposes and the other for domestic purposes. from April to October every year during the growing seaWhile Mayer has been waiting two years for this project son. She can’t brush her teeth without boiling her water, to be completed, many families in Oliver have been waiting and she can’t eat vegetables without disinfecting the water. 40 years, said Director of Operations Bruce Hamilton. Mayer said she has to watch her in-laws carefully bePrior to the twinning project, rural residents have been drinking water from the tap for years, he pointed out. But water quality concerns prompted town council to commit to the twinning project, and it received government grants to do that in three phases. Phase 1 is from Road 22 to Road 5, and Phase 2 is from Road 5 to Road 1. Some monies were left over to do a small corner of Phase 3, including the McGowan subdivision, Vineyard Road, and Buchanan Road, but not Island Road, which is next on the list. Frankly, there is not enough money to finish Phase 3 right now. Deputy Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell said it costs millions of dollars to complete these projects Island Road resident Audrey Mayer is fit to be boiled as she boils more water on the stove. She and “we don’t want to burwants the Town to give her an accurate time-frame when boiling is no longer required.

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den the taxpayer anymore than we have to.” The town relies on funding from the provincial and federal governments, but there’s no word yet if funding will be available to complete Phase 3. However, Hamilton said they can make an application to “re-allocate” money that was saved from the previous phase, which is the “best we can do” right now. But Mayer is tired of waiting. She is not expecting the town to throw a magic switch to give her potable water, she just wants an accurate timeframe of when she can expect clean water. “I want to know a date, that the money is there . . . that it’s happening.” Mayer took her fight to Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater. His assistant, Diana Thomas, said she understands the town will be submitting an application once the next round of government funding is announced. In the meantime, she suggested Mayer find another water source so she doesn’t have to boil it. Hamilton said people have three options: Haul water from the town’s two public taps; buy water from the store; or install a filter on their tap. Goodsell explained that once the irrigation season is over, rural residents are switched to town water so they don’t have to boil it. Unfortunately, recent testing shows the water quality as poor due to high coliform (bacteria) counts. As a result, the Town has issued a boil water notice for domestic customers served in rural water systems 4, 5, 6 and 7. Mayer said she would never have moved to Oliver if she had known about the requirement to boil water six months of the year. But Mayor Pat Hampson said he’s making a strong funding pitch to the government at the Union of BC Municipalities this fall. “We want to see this (project) finished. We don’t want it to drag on.”

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Oliver Chronicle A9


The unprocessed truth about fibre intake

Lifestyle Wise By Jorg Mardian

We’ve all heard that fibre is good for you, but the type you eat and the amount needed may surprise you. Did you know that fibre is a type of carbohydrate making up the structural material of leaves, stems and roots of plants, and that it stays intact until it nears the end of your digestive tract? That’s what makes it so beneficial to the colon. Not all fibre is created equal though. The insoluble type found in bran, the skins of fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried beans and wholegrain foods is thick and rough and won’t dissolve in water. It moves fast through the system and increases stool bulk. Soluble fibre, found in oats, beans, barley, vegetables, oat bran, barley, seed husks, flaxseed, psyllium and some vegetables can help with constipation. It dissolves in water, forming a gel-like material in the digestive tract which slows down absorption of sugar into the blood stream and has been shown to slightly lower

people found that it did actually reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. I can tell you from experience that a colon freed of obstruction helps my clients with a multitude of ailments within a short period of time. That’s because poor food choices are usually low in fibre and high in fats and sugars, leading to Candida, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and so on. The correlation is not only in the appearance of symptoms, but their disappearance after improved food choices. Increased fibre also helps you to lose weight as it requires extra chewing and slows the absorption of nutrients so that your body is tricked into thinking you’ve eaten enough. So use the simple strategy of eating sensible. Favour whole, unprocessed foods, with lots of produce, legumes, and whole grains to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. The more carbohydrates you eat (and let’s face it, most people eat lots), the more fibre becomes important to minimize blood sugar level fluctuations, reducing hunger pangs, headaches, and fatigue. Remember, fibre food can actually impair the ability of the body to absorb sugars and fats. Overweight or obese people have been shown to lose significant amounts of excess body fat simply by increasing dietary fibre, especially soluble fibre, in their daily diet. It’s a win-win situation – as long as you heed the advice.

LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Many people average about 9-12 grams of fibre daily, which not surprisingly manifests in all types of health problems. You should get about 25 to 30 grams of fibre daily, which means an increase in beans, many of which are fibrous superstars. Many studies have found a correlation between high fibre intake and lower incidence of heart disease. Although some studies say fibre is not proven to prevent colon cancer, a European study of more than a ½ million

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Farming is nature’s way of keeping a person off base. Just when you’ve learned the habits of wind and weather, the rules regarding frost pockets and the grief of marketing in recessionary times, along comes a year whose behaviour is both unpredictable and bizarre. The light crop now being experienced in the South Okanagan was certainly expected after the substantial one of 2009. Growers and field personnel were reporting one or two blooms per bud instead of the usual three or four buds when they did their cuttings in February—a sure indication of reduced output. But anomalies abound. “Sure last year’s heavy crop played a role in this season’s light one, but I think the October freeze was also responsible,” commented Greg Norton, after picking his Vans, Rainiers and an early block of Lapins. “And it is very interesting what I am hearing—stories from people about their frost pockets having a crop, while the normally good crop areas on their farms are bearing very light ones. “We think that last October the trees in the frost pockets were protected from the wind—and therefore fared better—while those on the flatter more exposed areas weren’t. And that is the opposite of what happens during spring frosts.” Weather-induced culls are playing a role in cherry harvests this year too. Orchardist, Frank McLennan, who just finished harvesting his Lapins, believes his books will show a 20 per cent loss due to the frosts that hammered that variety in its bloom cycle. “Then the rains came which resulted in some splitting, so my Lapins really got the brunt of it, although I am happy with their sizing.” And his blush cherries—Stardust and two numbered varieties that typically fruit

heavily—were well below normal production too, and he points to October’s freeze for that unwanted drop. However, McLennan states his late varieties are doing better. “I’m looking forward to the Staccatos and Sentennials because the architecture I have really works well. By that I mean that if I cut the limbs at two feet, I get a lot of branches on the two feet, plus a lot of terminal growth on every branch. So there’s really quite a big crop and I’m hopeful they’ll size up.” And despite the wet weather in June, McLennan isn’t battling mildew and credits his use of Quintec, as well as the addition of soap to every spray, for keeping it in check. Norton is watching for more weather surprises. “With only 50-60 per cent of a normal yield, I need every berry in the bucket I can get. And even though my cherries have sized well, they won’t make up for half a crop.” Prices are rebounding this year although he doesn’t expect they will be anywhere near the highs paid out several years ago. And if the past 12 months have been marked by crazy shifts in weather, he isn’t holding out much hope normal conditions will return soon. “It’s very strange to farm these days,” opined Norton. “”I’ve talked to many oldtime producers and we’re all sort of off our stride with pest management. Farm management is becoming more complex now; we are having to react and we’re not always sure how to react, because we’re facing weather challenges we haven’t seen before.” And although the Oliver area hasn’t been hit by bouts of hail yet, Norton just chuckles. “Oh don’t worry, hail season is coming; it’s just waiting for us to start picking our late varieties.”

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Oliver Chronicle A11


Spotted Lake is a lake of healing and cultural tradition Approximately nine kilometers west of Osoyoos is a beautiful sacred healing ground called Spotted Lake, known to the Okanagan First Nations as Kliluk. The lake is full of 365 magical spots that contain magnesium sulphate (we know it as Epsom salt), calcium and sodium sulphates and eight other minerals. For thousands of years the Okanagan First Nations people have used this lake for sacred healing ceremonies twice a year, in the spring and fall. However healing is not done only on those occasions; it is also done by individuals whenever they feel it is necessary. They still make offerings mostly of tobacco while down Sherri Havig on the property. Tobacco has been used for offerings because tradition holds that you have to give something in order to receive something. Since tobacco comes from the earth, First Nations people give it back to the earth. And Spotted Lake gives something in return. “The mud and water from the spots can be rubbed on joints in the knees, arms and hands to heal arthritis,” said Bob Etienne, who works as an interpreter at the Nk’Mip Desert and Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. During the healing ceremonies the Okanagan people will have feasts of salmon, deer and moose. Everyone, including non-First Nations, is welcome although some people are unaware of this. Elders from all Okanagan First Nations bands are invited as well as youth from all bands. The youth are encouraged to attend so that elders could begin teaching them about the traditions and the medicinal uses of Spotted Lake. And that message is being heard. “Spotted Lake is for healing and I do go down and do prayers there, but it is mostly elders who go to the lake,” said Devin Armstrong from Squamish First Nations. Aboriginal youth are a crucial part in these ceremonies for it is they who will keep the culture alive. With no youth to learn and eventually teach, where will the tradition be after the elders are gone? “We are working to help educate the youth and add to their knowledge of the medicinal uses of the lake and the history of its sacredness,” added Etienne. The First Nations of the Okanagan are working together to protect the land and lake by building a fence around it and constructing viewpoints and walking trails. The land is currently owned by the First Nations of Osoyoos, Penticton, Vernon, Westbank and Merritt. In 2001 the property was purchased by the federal government, Indian Affairs, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and local natives. All 22 hectares were purchased for an unspecified amount from the late Ernest Smith family. Since then, Spotted Lake has been developing into a tourist attraction, although it was not meant to be anything more than a healing ground. With a lot of help from the Okanagan Nations Alliance, protection and rights have been granted to keep this place a sacred sanctuary to the First Nations people of the Okanagan.

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A Huge Thank You To the sponsors, contributors and volunteers of the Mudslide Crisis Relief Fundraiser held on Saturday, July 17th. Over $11,000.00 was raised by the “Pay It Forward” generosity of the community, attendees and all those listed below. Agnes Sutherland Alan Patton Alex Atamanenko Alleson Mandziuk Ann Hayes Antelope Ridge Estate Winery Bargain Centre Bea Bird Best Of India Best Western Sunrise Inn Osoyoos Beth Garrish Black Hills Estate Winery Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Campo Marina Italian Restaurant Cantaloupe Annie's Caroline Madge Cassini Cellars Winery Chip & Kathy Sabyan Chris Yerburgh Clowing Around Colleen Misner Dale Seaman Dave & Wanda Casorso Deanna MacLean Deb Varner Desert Hills Estate Winery Dora, Rodney & Bryton Stelkia-James Doug Bennest Dr. Peter Jones Dunham & Froese Estate Winery Expert Hearing Solutions Fairview Cellars Winery Fairview Mountain Golf Club Flash Back Forever Young-Neil Young Tribute Band Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery Golden Beaver Winery Inc.

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Reduced staff numbers close emergency room Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle The emergency ward at South Okanagan General Hospital had to be shut down overnight recently due to insufficient staff resources. Mark Watt, acute health services administrator, said it was a very difficult decision, but one that had to be made for the best interest of the public. “The decision was not taken lightly.” Watt said the department closed down for eight hours on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. The hospital experienced an unexpected (much larger than anticipated) number of shift vacancies, Watt said. He noted the vacancies were primarily due to sick relief. Watt stated the hospital does have a contingency plan for these situations, but the number of vacancies was three times larger than what the plan covered. The hospital never experienced that before, Watt said. As a result, patients with minor ailments were given the option to come back in the morning or attend Penticton Regional Hospital. If someone had a serious condition, 911 would have been called and existing staff would have provided basic care until paramedics arrived, Watt said. He pointed out that no serious conditions had to be dealt with during the closure. By 7 a.m. on July 18, the emergency department was back to normal staffing levels.

Watt said the hospital is taking every measure to ensure this situation doesn’t happen again. For example, staff will be cross-trained to work in more than one department. Watt noted it’s a matter of looking at the previous contingency plan and enhancing it. But Rhonda Croft, regional chair of the BC Nurses Union, told the Chronicle that

Patients with minor ailments were given the option to come back in the morning or attend Penticton Regional Hospital. If someone had a serious condition, 911 would have been called and existing staff would have provided basic care. nurses regularly work overtime. She noted one nurse at SOGH worked a 24-hour shift before the eight-hour closure. So it’s not surprising that they might get sick, she said. She stated that nurses are exhausted and overwhelmed, but don’t want to leave their fellow nurses shorthanded or their patients without quality care.

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Baseball training camps have been busy utilizing the fields this summer at Oliver’s community park. At left, trainer Jake Elder gives tips to catcher Alex Hall from Regina. Hall is participating in the 14-15 select training camp. Elder said the three most important duties as a catcher are: receiving and game calling; blocking; and throwing.

Environment prevails over Oliver development Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Town council has adopted new regulations that it believes will provide greater protection for the environment. But some people say these rules will hinder development. Despite opposition at a recent public hearing, council gave third reading and adopted amendments to the Official Community Plan. These amendments will extend environmental and riparian permit areas to cover grasslands, wetlands, mature forest, and riparian (riverbank) areas. The purpose of the bylaw is to protect these ecosystems from the effects of development that could diminish species and habitat diversity. Amendments to the riparian development permit area include establishing non-disturbance setbacks (30 metres) on all watercourses that support fish and fish habitat. If landowners want to develop in these areas, they have to follow specific rules and conduct an environmental assessment. Bill Ross, who represents clients who want to develop property, said the regulations will result in yet another cost and another encumbrance in the development permit

process. Ross favours each property being dealt with on a one-to-one basis without an arbitrary bylaw. Resident Bill Ford said the environment is already protected by federal, provincial and local laws, so the town doesn’t need more rules and regulations. Ford, who has spadefoot toads on his property, said people live in environmental fear, where a study is required every time they try to do something. Murray Soder said the oxbow on his property does not meet the definition of a riparian area and should be excluded from the bylaw. He wants to maintain and restore the oxbow for the benefit of local wildlife and the public, but he doesn’t want to be hindered by “another layer of bureaucracy.” Todd Browne, another Oliver resident, said many people assume that developers are anti-environment, and they’re not. “We all have a conscience about what’s going on,” said Browne, noting that people want to develop in Oliver. But he said putting up more obstacles against development is doing everyone an injustice. Brad Elenko represents a property owner with six parcels between the Okanagan River channel and 87 Street. He

said there is no evidence of species at risk on these parcels, so it’s inappropriate to consider them as sensitive habitat. Elenko noted the property owner has dedicated three acres for environmental conservation. Elenko said the OCP amendments will result in the potential loss of development opportunities and complicate the sale of the land. Municipal Manager Tom Szalay said the intent of the regulations is not to “sterilize” properties. Lee Mounsey on Elliott Road embraced the regulations which she believes are required to act as “watchdogs” over the environment. She said there needs to be a balance between protecting sensitive ecosystems and making land available for development. Under the regulations, property owners can apply for a “hardship” exemption if the rules prevent them from reasonably developing their land. Councillor Jack Bennest said the bylaw is not anti-development in any way,” stating that council has previously zoned many parcels of land for development. He noted the bylaw makes Oliver conform with the rest of the valley and is a toolkit for town staff to do their jobs more effectively.

The Oliver Chronicle will be closed Friday, July 30, 2010 for the BC Day Long Weekend. Deadline for submitting display advertising material for the August 4th edition of the Chronicle is Thursday, July 29, 2010. We will be open holiday Monday, August 2nd from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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HOROSCOPES ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, this week promises to be one of romantic adventure. The week begins on a high note as a personal relationship intensifies. You cannot do wrong creatively.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, the past few months have been a whirlwind. And now your love life is about to heat up in the same way. Financial gains may soon arrive.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a friend’s generosity touches your heart. You should get ready to party — an invitation may be on its way to you. This week will be a time for fun and friends.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, your passion is recognized as you are given new opportunities for romance, love and travel. Your positive outlook comes in handy when a friend turns to you for help.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a strong connection comes your way as you are drawn to someone new. You will soon see that your hard work is noticed and rewarded. A hidden agenda benefits you.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, a new look turns heads wherever you go. You have been searching for joy and you find it where you least expected it. A new interest excites you.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, your unique talents finally get the recognition they deserve this week. A fascinating friend returns to your life in an unexpected way.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you’re in the spotlight this week and feel in the mood for fun. Don’t worry because good times are awaiting you around every turn the next few days.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 You are on a lucky roll, Leo. With every chance you take and every move you make you charm others into doing exactly what you want. It won’t last forever but enjoy the ride. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, the week ahead may mark a significant turning point in your life. The dreams and goals you have been working toward in your professional and personal life are realized.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a long-lost friend or love wants to be back in your life. This week, life is truly unexpected — with each day filled with mysterious and delightful happenings. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Happiness is yours for the taking, Pisces. A longtime goal is realized and good fortune falls into your lap.

Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! ...Solutions on Pg B8

WHAT’S INSIDE Business Directory starts . . . . . . . . Pg B4 Smile of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg B6 RDOS concludes suit . . . . . . . . . . . Pg B7

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Oliver woman arrested US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Oroville port of entry arrested a 48-year-old Oliver woman for allegedly smuggling currency into the United States. Marina Cantarero-Cruz was taken into custody on July 14 after CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment in the rear of her 2004 Acura MDX which contained currency totaling $132,980 US dollars and $12,200 Canadian dollars. “It is not a crime to transit monies across the border; it is an offense to conceal it with the intent of circumventing the federal reporting requirements,” said Area Port Director Ron Arrigoni. “While our focus is on

terrorism prevention and the interdiction of contraband, detecting undeclared financial proceeds is also an important function of CBP’s law enforcement mission.” Cantarero-Cruz was turned over to agents with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further questioning. Federal law requires the declaration of all negotiable monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 when imported into or exported from the United States. Failure to properly report the transportation of monetary instruments may result in seizure and/or arrest.

Fundraiser raises $12,000 Lyonel Doherty photo

Bloomin winners The Best Bloomin Garden Contest, judged by members of the Oliver Heirloom Garden Club, brought out the best in Oliver. The winners are, from left, Scott Strobbe (most improved site/property and best commercial exterior visual); Janie Hood (best use of drought-tolerant landscaping); and Diane and Paul Pasqualetto (best outdoor living area and best overall residential yard.

A huge “thank you” goes out to all the sponsors, contributors and volunteers in the mudslide relief fundraiser on Saturday, July 17. Chairperson Dora Stelkia said nearly $12,000 was raised for the families affected by the June 13 debris torrent that destroyed five homes and damaged numerous orchards. Stelkia said the generosity of the community came from a real “pay-it-forward” attitude. The fundraiser was held in conjunction with the Oliver Sunshine Festival, coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Society. Money was raised through various activities including raffles, auctions, and a tug-

o-war event. In other community fundraisers, customers from Cantaloupe Annie’s donated more than $500 towards the relief fund. “Locals and visitors were most generous in their support for the victims,” said Jane MacFadden. The winner of the “Picnic For Two” is Kathy Schaideman from Oroville, Washington. At Wine Country Quilters Market in Oliver, proprietor Michelle Morisset collected more than $800 for mudslide victims. She also collected approximately 31 quilts that were donated through various local guilds and individuals. Victim services will be distributing the quilts; one for each family.

JULY 29 - Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. CPR station. Dale Seaman (country & western hits). Admission by donation. Bring a lawn chair. Everyone welcome. JULY 30 – Woman’s Institute Bake Sale. 9:00 am. Oliver Place Mall. Good pies, cakes, cookies and produce. AUG 5 – Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. CPR station. SingerSongwriter Deborah Lee (nee: Haddow) with guitarist Glen Koide & joined by guests Ken Hayes & Ken Draymon. AUG 6/7/8 – Garden Art Show “Verano.” From 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. each day at 9106 – 74 Ave. in Osoyoos. A feast of Visual Arts. With ceramists, painters, metal and silver artisans from all over the Okanagan. Admission is free.

AUG 12 – Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. CPR station. Jazz Trio – with Chenoa MacKenzie, Alistair Heinrichs & Jordan Hardy. (jazz instrumentals) AUG 12 – Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. Tusk Mountain Band – with Mike Szalay, Carson Ruhland & Travis Eek. (folk rock music) AUG 19 – Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. Ingrid Schellenberg (celtic, classical & popular harp music) AUG 26 – Music In The Park – 6:30 pm. Jazz Out West – with Jim Wyse, Iris & Bob Larratt & Bob Park (light jazz & old standards) AUG 28 Thru SEPT 12 – Artists of the South Okanagan Similkameen present “ Passion for painting” at Tinhorn Creek Winery, #7 Road off Hwy 97, just south of Oliver. Open daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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

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

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Just north of town on Hwy 97 Lead Pastor: Jeremy Cook Associate Pastor: Steve McLean Pastor of Seniors: Henry Wiebe Summer Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Church for ages 3 - 8 & Nursery Care for children under 36 months available during the service. Phone: 250.498.4253 Office : 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

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



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


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


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


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


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

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Smile of the week

A recent graduate of SOSS, Katelyn Neufield hopes to pursue a career in the oil industry Tiffany Beckedorf Special to the Chronicle One of the first things people notice about Katelyn Neufield is her beautiful smile. Born and raised in Oliver, Katelyn is a recent graduate of Southern Okanagan Secondary School. Her favourite subjects in school were centered around geology and earth science. She hopes to pursue a career as a geologist, hopefully in the oil industry. Katelyn has been working for the last three years at a local drugstore, and has seen People’s become Bridgeside and then finally Shopper’s Drug Mart. Her last day of work

was on Saturday, and she will be sorely missed by her coworkers. Katelyn is just the friendly and helpful type of person everyone likes to have on staff. She also worked at Beyond Bliss, helping out around the salon. Katelyn has plans to attend university in the next year or so, but for now she has moved to Calgary where she will be working in her aunt’s liquor store. She wants to get a good job in a bank so she can save money for school. She is excited to be living in a bigger city, although there are many things she will miss about small town living. “There’s going to be a lot more driving to and from work and school that will take some getting used to,� she ac-

knowledged. Anyone who knows Katelyn knows she will have no trouble adapting to life in the big city. She loves fashion and shopping, and will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy more of both in Calgary. One of the things Katelyn will miss the most about Oliver is the mountains and scenery. Katelyn is a romantic at heart, and her favourite movies are “P.S. I Love You� and “The Notebook.� She enjoys cooking cannelloni with ricotta cheese and watching the Planet Earth series. She also likes to play with her new pet, a white kitten named Cody. It is an exciting time for this young woman -- here’s wishing her the best of luck.


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Katelyn Neufield on graduation day, looking ahead to the future

Katelyn Neufield is seen here enjoying the sunset during prom. The recent graduate of SOSS has moved to Calgary and is trying to save enough money to attend university. She hopes to pursue a career as a geologist in the oil industry.

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Valley First Credit Union has announced that Stacey Gagno is the new manager of Valley First’s Oliver branch. “Stacey has many (more than 20) years of experience in the financial services industry,� says President Paulette Rennie. “More importantly, she has the skills needed to lead our Oliver branch. Gagno sees the appointment as a great opportunity. “Valley First has always had a very loyal members base . . . I am going to ensure we repay this loyalty by listening to our members and delivering the services they need.�


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RDOS concludes suit, which cost taxpayers Allan Patton Special to the Chronicle

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No prejudging here Communities In Bloom co-chairs Beth Garrish (second from left) and Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen (far right) discuss evaluation plans with judges Rea Smith (left) and Shirley Fowler. The judges from Armstrong arrived last week at a reception held at Silver Sage Winery. The next day they toured the area and had a special lunch at the Oliver Sikh Temple.

An item has come to completion at the RDOS that the residents of Area C and the Town of Oliver should be informed of. It was a while back but you might remember that Mr. John Micka named individual directors of the Oliver and District Community Economic Development Society, the mayor of Oliver, Ron Hovanes, and me, the regional director, in a lawsuit that had something to do with ODCEDS. Nobody, including the staff in both jurisdictions and our lawyers, understood the written court documents filed by Mr. Micka that commenced court action. However, the courts saw fit to proceed. I attended court and listened to what Mr. Micka had to say, and again, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, other than it seemed to be some kind of political rant. Apparently, the judge didn’t understand him either and interrupted him several times, trying to get him back to at least some reference to ODCEDS, but to no avail. The short version is that Mr. Micka lost the case. We then applied and were granted court costs. Since I was the only named person left in office after the last election I pursued further and was successful in receiving special court costs. It was just confirmed by staff last week that we have contracted a collection agency to retrieve the money from Mr. Micka. Once I have

made sure that we have either retrieved the money in full or continue so that his estate has completed dispersal, then I can close the file. Although I am sure he will say different, the demise of ODCEDS was a decision by Oliver Town Council and the Regional District and had nothing to do with Mr. Micka or his lawsuit. He never once contacted me; the first I had ever heard of him was through him naming me in a lawsuit. Mr. Micka had it right the first time. He ran for mayor and spoke his mind during the election campaign. He should have left it at that, but no, he had to use the courts, and thus taxpayers’ money, as a soap box to further his political viewpoint. I can’t say I’m too impressed with our court system. This should have been thrown out long before it ever got to court; or at least the judge should have thrown it out (once Micka got going with his incomprehensible rant) and awarded us court costs instantly. But no, we were forced to the bitter end. We then had to go back to court twice, first for costs at 33 percent, then for special costs at 65 percent. Why not once for 80 percent? It was a waste of valuable court time and taxpayers’ money. My purpose in writing this column is to let the residents know that if anyone wants to use taxpayers’ money on frivolous lawsuits, I and the present mayor will work diligently to return that money to where it belongs – the taxpayer.

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CHRONICLE DEADLINES CLASSIFIED ADS by 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays (Must be prepaid, cash, Visa or Mastercard) Email: DISPLAY ADVERTISING (boxed): 12:00 p.m. noon Fridays. NEWS COPY: 10:00 a.m. Mondays CLASSIFIED AD RATES: Up to 20 words - $6.00; 20¢ each additional word. Per column inch $5.00 plus GST NOTICES: Weddings, engagements birth announcements, cards of thanks, in memoriums, obituaries, and other notices (min. charge) $7.50 plus GST for 32 words and under. 20¢ each additional word. Business display advertising rates on application. PHONE 250.498.4416 or 250.498.3711 Fax: 250.498.3966. Email: 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.




DESERT HILLS ESTATE WINERY is looking for 8 vineyard workers. Wages $12 hr. Starting now. English or Punjabi speaking please. E-mail resume to : or fax 250-498-3015

WATKINS PRODUCTS 100% guaranteed, natural, organic products. 140 years of dedicated service. Call Inez and Ken at 250-4984450.

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FOR SALE: 11 + acres, prime soil and location. Suitable for ground crop, orchard or vineyard. Older 4 bdrm home plus mobile. Large shop, hwy frontage. Priced to sell $1,150,000. Serious inquires only. Drop contact info at the Oliver Chronicle c/o Box 9, PO Box 880 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.


LOOKING FOR a house keeper to clean cabins in Vaseux Lake area on Saturdays only. Good wages. Call 250-498-4365.


NIRMAL DHALIWAL needs 2 farm workers, $9.14 per hr. Full-time, seasonal in Oliver. Aug 13 - Oct. 2010. Thinning and harvesting. Call 250498-4119.


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

DESERT HILLS ESTATE WINERY is looking for two full-time vineyard managers. Wages $15 hr. Starting now. Please e-mail resume to: or fax 250-498-3015.

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THE OLIVER CHRONICLE is seeking a full-time sales representative. Duties to include but not limited to: maintaining current client base and sourcing new businesses in the South Okanagan. Selling advertising for scheduled monthly supplements. Liaise with clients daily via phone calls, faxes and personal drop-ins to assist in developing and proofing ads. We offer a base salary plus commission. Fuel and cell phone allowance, medical and dental offered. Meeting strict deadlines is crucial. Must be computer literate in Word with excellent e-mail expertise. Own transportation required. This is a relaxed yet busy office and we offer unlimited potential to expand. Position to begin mid August 2010. Training provided. Apply in person or e-mail resume to publisher@oliverchronicle. com. No phone calls please.


CHARLIE’S HAIR is now offering mobile hair care for men and women on Tues. and Wed. for shut-ins. within the Oliver area. Call 250498-5502.


LOVE N’ HUGS CONSIGN & SEWING. CLOSING OUT BAG SALE. 10 items for $5.00 Fixtures/great prices!! Moving July 31!!



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IN-HOME day-care spaces available. Large fenced yard, lots of toys & activities. Years of experience, have First aid, reasonable rates. Call 250-498-5588.



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FALCON RESORT/SPANISH FIESTA RESORT, 7106 Main St. Osoyoos, BC. Parttime chamber maids wanted. High school students or seniors welcome. Contact in person only.



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

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



SAWDUST and livestock bedding for plants, greenhouses, farms, fir bark mulch for landscaping and compost. Call 250-498-4267.


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

HAY FOR SALE. 1st. cut of Alfalfa/grass mix. $7 per bale. Call 250-485-0970.

NEW QUEEN – Orthopedic pillow top mattress and box. new, still in plastic – cost $1,250. Must sell $350. Also, king-size $650, can deliver. 250-488-4677.


ACOUSTIC guitar, like new. $200. Call 250-498-5377 after 5 pm or leave a message.




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GOLF CART REPAIRS and service. Golf cart tune up from $95. Pick up and delivery available. Call Paul Monaghan 250-494-8178.


FOR SALE - CLUB CAR gas operated golf cart. Good tires and Battery. Reduced to $1500. Call 778437-2027, Osoyoos.






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PANARAMA ORCHARD and fruit stand of North Oliver is open for the season. Cherries, peaches, fresh onions, field tomatoes and much more. Call 250-4986103.

OPEN HOUSE AUG. 4, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 9936-356 Ave. Oliver, BC Older character home, 3 bedrooms, high ceilings in living room and kitchen. Glassed in studio looking over back garden. Underground irrigation. Garage and garden shed. Close to all amenities. Private sale, $259,000.





18 FOOT racing sloop with trailer. Ready to sail. Three sails. (main, jib and genoa) $2400. Call 250-498-1369.


1988 FOUR WINNS in excellent shape, sleeps four. Sink, stove, bathroom with shower, stereo, full camper top. Great for fishing or just cruising the lake or ocean. Could be used for guided tours. $21,900. OBO Call Pete 250-566-1706.

EDGING EMERALD CEDARS Okanagan grown special 6 ft - 10 for $280.00 5 ft - 10 for $189.50 4 ft - 10 for $150.00 2 gal - 20 for $135. 00 1 gal - 20 for $95.00 3 ft Blue Spruce - 10 for $250 Volume Discounts Free Delivery Call Budget Nurseries 250-498-2189.


BLACK LAB PUP 9 months old, had all shots, spayed. Plus lab cross, 9 months old, neutered, had all shots, needs loving home. Also, kittens. Ready to go. Call 250-498-2483.



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EXERCISER - full body workout. 1 yr old. Was $100 Sell $50 OBO. TWIN duvets, brand new. Was $125 each Sell $50 each. Call Jacki 250-498-6846.

FIREWOOD, larch $180 per cord, fir $150 per cord, split, seasoned, delivered. Call 250-485-7916.


FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo in Casa Rio, Oliver. Children and small pets OK. New - 1 owner, quiet, 1160 sq. ft. S/S and black appliances, W/D incl, en-suite with walk in closet, private large deck, lots of sunshine, walking distance to all amenities, central air, secure underground parking, storage room, elevator, electric fireplace, No agents please. $235,000. Call 250485-0149.




FOR SALE BY OWNER 1760 sq ft, 3 bdrm Rancher. Stucco & brick exterior on .20 acre. New 30 yr shingles 2009, new floor, counters & appliances 2009. Walk to golf, school & beach. $399,900. Call 250-498-6418.


CONDO FOR SALE. Woodside Villa. Unit #1 $157,000. Corner unit, 2 bdrm, recently renovated, ground floor, level entry. Approx 1100 sq. ft. convenient location. No age restrictions. Strata fees $80 mth. Call 250-498-6739.




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CASA RIO – Ground floor & upper unit, 2 bdrm, 2-bath. $875 & $975 per month. Call Karen Lewis at RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty, 250-498-6500.


4 BDRM HOUSE, 2 km south of Oliver, private orchard setting, $1,200 month, No smoking, No pets. ref req. Seniors or family preferred. Avail Aug 1. Call 250498-9431.


2 BDRM + den , 2 bath, swimming pool, appliances. Avail Aug 1. Long-term preferred. Call 250-498-0304.


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3 BDRM Townhouse, kids welcome, pets with approval/deposit. $900 month plus utilities. Owen Paxton RE/MAX WCR 9712 365 Ave. Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 250-498-6500.

OLIVER, $900 month - plus utilities, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, house, rural Oliver. Avail. immed. $750 month - plus utilities, 1 bdrm, 1 bath, house near high school, Oliver. Avail Aug. 1. $525 month - plus utilities, 1 bdrm, 1 bath small house in Oliver. Avail. Sept. 1 OSOYOOS, $675 month - plus utilities, 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo in Casa Madera, Osoyoos. Avail. Sept. 1. Amos Realty 35841-97th. Street Oliver, B.C. Phone 250-498-4844 Apply online at: ONLINE APPLICATIONS AND UNIT PHOTOS@ Check us out at

PARK SETTING. Very large one bdrm. apartment, private ground entrance, save energy/new furnace & lights, F/S, A/C, parking, walk in closet, bookcase, lg. view windows, window coverings, fixed indoor cat, hot water included, NO SMOKING, references required. Avail. now, $695 mth. + utilities and security deposit. ALSO - one bdrm apartment, A/C, hot water, F/S, parking, fixed indoor cat, ground private entrance. NO SMOKING, $550 mth. plus utilities. Avail now. References required. Call 250-498-4058.

of privacy. $950 + utilities. Avail. Aug 1. N/S, N/P. 3) FOUR BDRM home near schools, golf and lake in Oliver. $1400 + utilities. Avail. Aug 1, N/S, N/P. 4) TWO BDRM condo in Osoyoos. Furnished or unfurnished. Complex has pool, hot tub & is close to lake. N/S, N/P. Avail. immed. $800 + utilities.

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

DOES YOU HOUSE from the outside look dusty or dirty? If so, call us for POWER WASHING We do siding or stucco. Call Steve 250-498-2014


FOR RENT - 1 bdrm. Large suites, S/F, AC, close to downtown, very nice, freshly redone. ground level. $625 to $725 + util. Call Honey Bug Suites. 250-498-0232.


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36 FT. FIFTH WHEEL. Furnished, A/C, 6 km N of Oliver by Jackson Triggs. $730 mth includes utilities. Damage deposit and ref. required. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045.


FOR LEASE ON MAIN ST. 2200 sq ft of retail or office space. Newly renovated. For information. Call Dale at 250-498-4014 or cell 250498-1096.


SANDALWOOD COURT in Oliver. 2 bdrm + den unit available Sept 1. 55+, fridge, stove, bathroom adapted for disability use. Non smokers only. 1 block to Oliver Place Mall. $760 month. Includes utilities. Call 250-485-2389 or 250-495-8015. 6mc1

NEW 2 BDRM, 2 bath home in Willowglen. F/P, garage, $1,150 mth. includes utilities. Avail. immed. Call 778241-4937.


CLEAN, freshly painted 2 bdrm house. 1 blk. from down town, W/D/F/S, hydro included. N/P, N/S, $850 mth. Avail. immed. Call 250498-0546.


2 ROOM CABIN for rent. 6 km N of Oliver, by Jackson Triggs. Access to OK River. Furnished, A/C, $600 mth. Includes utilities. Damage deposit and references required. Call 250-495-2872 or cell 250-689-5045.


NEARLY NEW 2 bdrm, 2 bath duplex. Double garage, F/P, $1,200 month, includes utilities. Available immed. Call 778-241-4937. 6v2

FOR LEASE OR RENT. 1) 900 square ft. office space. Second floor of Shopper’s Drug Mart building. 2) 1000 square ft. workshop, warehouse, and / or office in centre of town. Clean, secure, reasonable rate. 3) Storage areas from 60 square ft. to 500 square feet. Clean, secure, in town, reasonable rates. For information about any of the above, Call 250-498-4014 or cell 250-498-1096.


1) THREE BDRM home in Osoyoos. Great older home with lots of character. $775 + utilities. Available immed. N/S, N/P. 2) TWO BDRM plus basement home nestled in a vineyard in Oliver. Loads


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All campfires banned for public safety

Check us out. We accept clean, serviceable items. Please no clothing. Call 250-485-0242 or 250498-0176. Please leave a message, you will be answered.



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This ban applies to open fires of any size, including campfires, fires with a burn registration number and industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barEffective at noon on July 29, all open burning, including rels. The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited across the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human- propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating using briquettes, liquid or gascaused wildfires and protect public safety. The fire danger rating is currently high to extreme eous fuel, as long as the flame is kept under 15 centimetres across the Kamloops Fire Centre, making the risk of a in length. The recent grass fire in Okanagan Falls was human campfire sparking a wildfire a concern to forest officials.  Resources from the Kamloops Fire Centre have responded caused, according to fire officials. The ban covers all of the Kamloops Fire Centre’s juto 55 campfire-related incidents so far this season.  This takes away valuable resources that are needed to respond risdiction. Details are available at hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp to naturally occurring wildfires.  

In loving memory

Frederick William “Fred” Hack 1914 - 2010

On Monday, July 19, 2010, longtime Oliver resident, Mr. Frederick William Hack, passed away at McKinney Place ECU at the age of 96 years. Fred was born on April 11, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His early schooling was in Winnipeg before moving to Oliver on October 30, 1927. Fred attended Testalinda school in 1928 and 1929. He worked with his father until 1935 when he went in as a partner in the wholesale fruit business. Fred sold the business to Slade & Stewart wholesale produce firm from Vancouver, and opened a warehouse in Penticton, and worked as a truck driver salesman until joining the RCAF in 1942 until 1945. He then returned to the same company as a salesman for two years. Fred then moved back to Oliver in 1948 and went in to vegetable growing and joined his dad and brother, Edward. They formed the company F.W. Hack & Sons Ltd. Fred was an ardent skier and assisted in starting two ski areas: Twin Lakes and Morning Star in the early 1940’s and 1950’s before Apex was thought of. The Hack’s sold their company and moved back to Penticton to retire in 1973. After his wife, Hazel, passed away in 1988, Fred moved back to Oliver and married Mary Smith in 1989. Together, they loved travelling by trailer or motorhome and spending winters in Arizona. Mary passed away in April of 1997. Fred continued living in Oliver and continued his travels. Fred then married Dorothy Nichol on June 14, 2000. Fred will be fondly remembered by his loving family, including his wife, Dorothy Nichol Hack of Oliver; stepdaughter, Sandra Nichol; stepson, Keith Nichol, of Oliver; step-grandchildren, Taryn (Ian) Brown, Spencer (Sally) Wells of Revelstoke; daughter, Lenore Hack Zender of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Rev. Gary Zender of Renton, Julie (Mike) Reichardt of Anacortes, WA, Brian (Paula) Zender of Bellingham, WA, Bruce (Sarah) Zender of Deming, WA, Robert (Barbara) Zender of Bellingham, WA and Carol (Dean) Johnston of Bellingham, WA; great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Jacob, Brianna, Andrew, Alexander, Kerri, Lindsey, Heather, Michelle, Rachel, Zachery, Anica, Kenny and Abigail; three great-great-grandchildren in South Carolina, and one greatgreat-grandchild in Victoria, as well as many extended family and a host of friends. Fred was predeceased by his brother, Edward, and his sister, Lillian Powell. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Oliver Royal Canadian Legion Branch #97. Urn interment and committal will follow in the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. Donations are gratefully accepted to McKinney Place ECU, R.R.#3, 7139 – 362nd Avenue, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or Desert Valley Hospice, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Mrs. Lucinda Laranjo Dias of Oliver passed away at the McKinney Place Extended Care Unit at the age of 86 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Dias, on December 16, 2004; her parents, Alfredo & Etelvina Laranjo, and her brother, Jose Costa Laranjo. Lucinda will be lovingly remembered by her family, including daughters, Alice (Jack) Rodrigues and Cathleen (Rick) Machial; son, Tony Dias; grandchildren, Gary (Tanya), Brian, Michael and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Skyler and Austin; her brother, Tony Laranjo of Osoyoos, and her sister, Maria Jose Faia of Portugal. Lucinda was born on December 28, 1923, in Casegas-Covilha, Portugal. She moved to Oliver from Portugal in March 1957. She spent many years working in local orchards. Lucinda loved fishing with her husband and especially loved sewing, gardening and watching sports. A funeral mass was celebrated by Fr. Sebastian Puthenpura at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 27, 2010 from Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception hosted by the CWL was then held in the church lower hall. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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

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

In loving memory

Lucinda Laranjo Dias 1923 - 2010

In loving memory

Geneive Evelyn (Jenny) Cotterhill 1942 - 2010

We regret to announce the passing of Jenny Cotterhill on Monday, July 19, 2010, at University of Edmonton Hospital in Alberta. Jenny had recently, in May, survived an aneurysm of the liver, but returned to hospital the week of July 12 with pneumonia, and then suffered a massive stroke on Friday, July 16, 2010. Jenny will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Ed Cotterhill, her children, Ann Gervais, Rob Henderson, Mike Henderson and Tracy Calverley, step-children, Joanie Dupont, Shauna Brown and Sherri Wagner, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jenny was predeceased by her first husband, Ed Henderson in May 2006. Jenny was strong, independent, extremely active woman. She always put everyone before herself, and will be missed by many people of all walks of life. Jenny requested not to have a funeral, but a “celebration of life,” which will be held at the Oliver Branch Legion on August 14, 2010, at 5:00 p.m.

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Wounded trees like humans Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle Trees are the same as humans, “if you cut them too deeply they’re not going to make it.” Public Works foreman Dave Janzen gave this analogy last week after someone vandalized nine trees at 350 Ave. and 103 St. recently. Town horticulturist Mark Jamieson said someone snapped off a number of branches from a group of trees, primarily maples. The damage was serious enough that it could end up killing some of the trees, he pointed out.

“Trees have an inherent ability to seal off wounds (but some wounds are too deep to heal),” Jamieson said. He noted that four of the damaged trees (and the landscaping) need to be replaced at a cost of approximately $1,000 per tree. Jamieson said he would like to put up $150 of his own money to find the person responsible for the vandalism. “It’s the only deterrent if someone gets charged.” Janzen said the RCMP has been made aware of the incident.


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Hans and Margret Karow of Salmon Arm are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter Lara Karow to Derek Kitamura of Quesnel. Lara and Derek were married under beautiful skies at the Talking Rock Resort in Chase B.C. on June 5, 2010. They were happy to share their special day with friends and family at an outdoor ceremony overlooking Little Shuswap Lake. Lara and Derek currently reside in Quesnel B.C. where they both work and enjoy the outdoors. They will honeymoon in Germany and Italy this October. All the best to you both! – Love Mami, Papi and Sarina

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Quite a feat Fairview Mountain’s assistant pro Danny Long (on left) and Paul Welsman (food & beverage manager) finished their 17-hour, 42-minute golf match on June 30, raising $5,300 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The men bettered their previous record of 252 holes by each playing 15, 18-hole non-stop rounds of golf -- a total of 270 holes in a single day! Starting at 4:20 a.m. and ending at 9:20 p.m. (both in darkness), the two combined to score 1076 and 1977 strokes, respectively (71.7 and 71.8 per round) and a total of 98 birdies and two eagles. Welsman retains the Carmichael Trophy by winning eight matches to Long’s seven. The average time per 18-hole round was 70 minutes, with each of the 270 holes taking an average of three minutes, 50 seconds.

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Nk’Mip Ladies’ & Men’s Golf Results for July 21 st, 2010 Ladies’ Day Results: First Flight Winners 0 - 24: 1st: Gwen Miller, 65 2nd: Mary Builder, 66

Men’s Nite Prize Winners: Low Gross 0 - 17: Ryan Dunkley, 35 Low Net 0 - 17: Clarence Louie, 32

3rd: Karen Brown, 67

Low Gross 18+: Hugh Ridler, 37

Second Flight Winners 25 - 30:

Low Net 18+: Bruce Schutz, 34

1st: Barb Casement, 64

KP 0 - 10: Grant Montgomery

2 : Marilyn Bliss, 66 nd

3 : Betty Boulter, 71 (CB)

KP 11 - 17: Al Nicol

Third Flight Winners 25 - 30:

KP 18+: Max Mclaren

1st: Judy Pekinpaugh, 57

Longest Drive: 0 -10: Pat Noakes 11 - 17: Ken Michel 18+: Don Chickite KP in Two: Mario Hall Longest Putt: Mikey Gallagher KP to Tree: Ryan Dunkley


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BC government explains dam breach Lyonel Doherty Oliver Chronicle In his report on the Oliver mudslide, BC Deputy Solicitor General David Morhart explains what led to the breach of Testalinden Dam. He noted the days leading up to the breach saw heavy rains in the area. On June 11, hiker Hal Krieger from Osoyoos noticed that Testalinden Lake was full of water, which was overflowing onto the road. “The water flow was enough to carve a 12-inch channel across the roadway,” Morhart said. Krieger commented that he could usually see a culvert there but the culvert was under water. He added the culvert was normally flowing all year round. Krieger subsequently reported the overflow to the Osoyoos Tourist Information booth, which in turn contacted the Osoyoos RCMP detachment. The RCMP dispatcher contacted the district office of the Ministry of Forests and Range and spoke with an engineering technician, who then relayed the request to a compliance and enforcement technician, via a voice message. This message was not retrieved until after the dam breach, Morhart said.

“The information relayed concerned a road washout on a ‘non-status road,’ so it was not described as an urgent priority.” In reviewing the information and actions taken, Morhart said it appears that everyone acted on the best information they had available. “Most importantly, the connection of the road washout to an earthen dam structure was not relayed or it may have prompted a higher priority response.” Morhart said dozens of road washout reports, most of no major consequence, come into local officials after major rainstorms. “So without specific knowledge of the structure involved, it is understandable to see why the issue was not escalated.” However, three government recommendations to improve communications include: implementing signage at all dam locations with emergency contact information; providing a quick reference list of key contact numbers focused on “who to call when,” and develop an alert matrix to quickly escalate priority issues; and ensuring that compliance and enforcement personnel are familiar with the issues escalation process.

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