Oliver and District Heritage Society will be officially opening their new permanent exhibit “Deep Roots” with MP Richard Cannings and other dignitaries on May 16th 2018. “Deep Roots” is about Oliver and area’s history, culture, and identity, exploring themes such as geology, natural history, language, sports and recreation, agriculture, and transportation. The public are welcome to join us in this celebration at the Museum (474 School avenue) on Wednesday May 16th at 7:30 in the evening – immediately following our Annual General Meeting at 6:30pm.
The evening will begin with our AGM in the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting will adjourn by 7:15 and will join the public at 7:30pm in front of the Museum for the ribbon cutting with our special guests, including Member of Parliament Richard Cannings. “Deep Roots” is a unique exhibition for a number of reasons: It’s been designed and constructed completely in-house, and features never-before seen local photos, artifacts, and historical documents. This exhibit features S’yilx captikwl (oral histories), and includes extensive N’Syilxcn terminology and pronunciation guides throughout. It will also be the only Museum in the province to have its complete exhibit translated into both Punjabi and French (coming later in 2018). There’s also an audio component; a dramatized radio broadcast show of actual historical events and newspapers advertisements from 1920-1945 Oliver, specially written and recorded by Peach City Radio for this exhibit.
The Heritage Garden will be nearing completion, pending cooperation of the temperamental spring weather. Visitors will still be able to enjoy the outdoor exhibits and view the Fairview Jail as well. The public will be able to enjoy Deep Roots with snacks, beverages, and plenty of good company in the evening until 9:30pm. All are welcome to both to attend both the AGM and exhibit opening.
Mrs. Evelyn Lundy
In Grade 12 we were lucky to have Mrs. Lundy for our three English classes. By the end of the first month I had become an avid poetry reader. Mrs. Lundy lent me a book of hers with her favourite poems and I read it cover to cover. I even told Mom and Sandy the name of it so maybe I might get it for my birthday or Christmas and sure enough, the following Christmas, it was under the tree and now resides in my bookcase.
I started writing poetry around that time. Small, short pieces of current events or things that I had an interest in. Mrs. Lundy asked me if I was writing poetry and I said yes. She wanted to read them so one day I brought my book to school and let her read them. She did her usual critique and I took her advice and made the changes she suggested. Already I could see the difference. I learned quickly that one word often conveyed the message rather than two or three and I began to write more often.
After graduation and upon finishing Grade 13, I had quite a collection of poems. I had an old typewriter and typed them all out. One day I was downtown and ran into Mrs. Lundy. The first thing she asked was “Are you still writing?” I answered yes and she said that would I come for tea and bring my poems for her to read over? Wow…I was over the moon that our very best teacher wanted to read my poems.
We made plans for me to come out on Saturday and for the rest of the week, I poured over all my poems checking to see where I could improve on them. Saturday took forever to arrive but finally it did.
We had a nice visit and tea and sandwiches and Mrs. Lundy asked if she could keep my book so she could read at her leisure. I went away on a little cloud and waited anxiously to hear from her.
About a week later, her husband George came into the Credit Union with my book. I was so disappointed until he told me that Mrs. Lundy was very sick and she wanted me to have my book back. He said to look in the front page…there was a letter for me.
I thanked him and practically ran to the desk and sat down and opened the binder and there in her own handwriting was the letter. When I finished reading it, I was in seventh heaven…what a wonderful, beautiful letter about my poetry. She talked about how well developed my ideas were and how sensitive some of my subject matter was. She went on about certain poems that she really liked. Her last paragraph brought tears to my eyes because of what she said:
“My dear Brenda, your work shows a great deal of professionalism. You have a wonderful collection of poems and if you are really serious about writing, I believe one day that I will own a collection of your poems in MY bookcase. I think too that it is time for you to branch out and start writing short stories. You have a wonderful way with words…Good luck in your future endeavours. I know that you will be successful.” Sincerely, Evelyn (Lundy.)
Well, I have kept writing. I have written more stories than poems and I have tried to keep my work faithful to the truth. I will never forget the one teacher in high school who was instrumental in giving me goals that I never thought I could have. Mrs. Evelyn Lundy gave so many of us the courage to step out of ourselves and become better than we could ever have imagined. I would visit with Mrs. Lundy from time to time and let her look over my work. I had written some family stories by this time and she said again how my work reflected a very sentimental and sometimes very funny look at my family.
Keep working….you will be a successful published author!
Thank you, Mrs. Lundy. I will never forget you.
Source: Environment Canada
Based on previous graph showing rain – when it sprinkled in a couple of areas – these forecasts cannot be trusted
“Dark at night, lighter in the morning. Put your finger up to test the wind. But it might change. Nothing can be predicted.” – Me
Partly cloudy, maybe sunny, snow in the hills, rain far away.
Fairview Heritage Townsite Society
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Quail’s Nest Art Centre
5840 Airport Street
Review of Minutes
Review of Treasurer’s Report
Review of RDOS report on Legal tenure of Crown Land
Change of Bylaws to update to new BC government standards
Election of Officers
High format pictures – press for full screen
Mountain Bluebird at Willowbrook
Picture looking north to Willowbrook and Gold Tau Rd
Below looking to Secrest (to the south)
Mrs. Helen Willene Coy – Born in Ponoka, Alberta July 14th, 1926 – Passed April 27th, 2018, Victoria BC
Willene had an appointment in Heaven she could not miss with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, her Saviour.
Predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Jay Berdine, husband Donald Coy, granddaughters Rebecca and Julie (infant) Makway, 3 brothers and 1 sisters; survived by sister Monica (Bud) Hoover; children: Maureen Balcean, Gerry (Reza) Binab, John Coy, Sandi (Barry) Dewar, Vickie (Ron) Fairburn, Marty Makway, Terry (Karen) Coy, Julie (Robin) Robertson and Tim Coy. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in Canada and the USA.
Lived most of her life in the Okanagan and in particular Oliver, where she raised her large family and helped our dad, Don Coy, establish his many businesses. As well, she enjoyed going to Dad’s ballgames when he played for the OBC’s.
Mum was a private and creative person who enjoyed collecting antiques, painting, decorating, sewing, quilting and was a voracious reader. She also travelled extensively to most of the continents of the world, especially loving her many trips to Israel.
Mum’s greatest love of all was Jesus Christ and His Word, which she instilled in her children.
She moved to Penticton in 2014, then to Victoria in 2017 to live with Gerry, where she passed away.
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Similkameen at Cessna
I can see why that car would have difficulty on the road – with or without ice
Tulameen Area – EVACUATION ORDER
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has ordered an evacuation of 148 properties in the Tulameen area due to the immediate danger to life and safety as a result of flooding
For a list of directly impacted properties, see the information and map attached to this information release.
The Tulameen Fire Department is coordinating the evacuation. An Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception Centre has been set up at Riverside Community Centre, 148 Old Hedley Road, Princeton.
A dozen gardeners gathered at the Oliver Community Garden Saturday for the “Wake Up the Gardens” event. Weeds were pulled, soil turned, and the shed cleaned up. Most of the beds are now ready for planting. Returning gardeners provided home baking, and there was an informal orientation for new members. Master Gardener Rita gave a talk about compost.
Photo and story by Sandra Smith
North and West of Princeton
Located at the south end of Otter Lake
Due to the threat of flooding and debris flow that may threaten life, safety and cause significant property damage, a Declaration of State of Local Emergency has been ordered for the community of Tulameen in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Electoral Area H.
In the event that an evacuation is ordered, residents will be given as much notice as possible via an advance Evacuation Alert. Once evacuated, residents should immediately register at the reception centre located at the Riverside Community Centre (148 Old Hedley Road, Princeton.)
Reception Centre Phone: 250.295.0202
What does a Declaration of State of Local Emergency (SOLE) mean?
Declaring a state of local emergency enables local authorities in the Province of British Columbia to exercise the emergency powers listed in the Emergency Program Act. The emergency powers are utilized by the local authority to order the evacuation of residents from their homes, prohibit travel and enter private property when an emergency threatens lives, property or the environment within the local authority’s jurisdiction.
Traffic being diverted around this mess.
More water from Meyers Flat moving through all 3 culverts
“3rd (overflow) culvert is installed and de-sandbagged so the water is flowing. Lots of freshet water flowing now. Park Rill should be closed for pumping today.
Those new culverts on Hwy 97 are scheduled for opening today. I’m encouraged to see so much involvement from FLNRO. Great for our situation to be taken seriously.” Terry Schafer, RDOS
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is continuing to implement the plans to control the drainage in the Sportsmens Bowl area. Recent efforts have focused on increasing the capacity to directly pump water from Park Rill Creek into the Okanagan River channel. A fourth pump is currently being installed at the lower Island Way Road location. A fifth pump and drive-over ramp will also be installed along the creek at Park Rill Road. Park Rill Road will remain open for emergency vehicles but will be closed to the public.
Four pumps and 4 outlets drain the south end of Park Rill basin
Efforts to remove restrictions along Park Rill Creek are also continuing. FLNRORD, in coordination with the DFO, is removing obstructions to allow for increasing flows from the Sportsmens Bowl area. Once obstructions are removed and the oxbows on the south side of Hwy 97 at Sportsmens Bowl Road are prepared to receive more water, the Regional District will coordinate with MoTI on the timing of the opening the two new culverts beneath the highway to allow the water to flow into the creek through to the channel.
Residents are reminded that the flood threat will not be over for some time. All sandbags and installed armouring should remain in place as fluctuations in water volumes can be expected throughout the next month of snowmelt. Residents are encouraged to prepare themselves and their properties in the event of flooding, landslides or fires.
Above new creek formed but not yet operating. No real flow at 5pm Sunday
Pump and drive over for emergency vehicles installed and working at Park Rill Rd
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is continuing to implement the plans to control the drainage in the Sportsmens Bowl area. Recent efforts have focused on increasing the capacity to directly pump water from Park Rill Creek into the Okanagan River channel.
A fourth pump is currently being installed at the lower Island Way Road location. A fifth pump and drive-over ramp will also be installed along the creek at Park Rill Road.
Park Rill Road will remain open for emergency vehicles but will be closed to the public.
Just above the catch basin constructed to join both arms of the Park Rill creek in Sportsman’s Bowl – to cross the Hwy.
Efforts to remove restrictions along Park Rill Creek are also continuing. FLNRORD, in coordination with the DFO, is removing obstructions to allow for increasing flows from the Sportsmens Bowl area. Once obstructions are removed and the oxbows on the south side of Hwy 97 at Sportsmens Bowl Road are prepared to receive more water, the Regional District will coordinate with MoTI on the timing of the opening the two new culverts beneath the highway to allow the water to flow into the creek through to the channel.Information Source – RDOS EO CentrPhotographs: Oliver Daily News
Tomlin’s happy with response to flooding – “Kudos to Forestry workers for wading into the water up to their waist to get the job done.”
A picture to end the day
See you in the early morning
Time: 4:30 pm Saturday
Hwy 97 north of Secrest Hill Rd turn-off
Brush burning pile seemed to get out of control and fire department called
Owner left to calm it down with a lawn hose.
Credit Order of BC
Anthony von Mandl, OC, OBC
An acclaimed business leader and entrepreneur, Anthony von Mandl has made it his life’s work to produce world-class wines in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Born in Vancouver, Von Mandl created his first venture—a wine importing business—at age 22 before playing a pioneering role in establishing the Okanagan’s wine industry in 1981 with his founding of Mission Hill Family Estate. The winery has grown to become one of the region’s largest and best-known, most recently being named Canadian Winery of the Year in 2016 for the sixth time. Von Mandl was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia in 2006 and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016. Von Mandl owns Checkmate Artisanal Winery in Oliver.
Credit David Ball
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is the president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He has taken an active role in the defence of Aboriginal Title and Rights by supporting First Nations communities in need, and has been involved in numerous protests and lobbying movements at provincial and national levels. In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defence of Indigenous Peoples’ Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.
MUCKING ABOUT IN WATER
Sweat equity, not such a pleasant expression but it means to improve the quality and appearance of ones home by personal effort. This past couple of weeks, if the amount of perspiration lost is really of importance, I have doubled the value of our yard. I started with the relatively easy jobs of pruning and removing all the dead growth from last years’ shrubs and perennials. Next came a few days of weeding and general clean up, then came the nasty job that could be put of no longer… the garden pond.
Seventeen years ago our property was an old peach orchard, poorly kept trees that were truly past their best, two hundred of them in fact. Over the years that we owned the BelAirMotel, Dave had cut down about fifty of these old trees but we still had about one hundred and fifty left. Once the decision was made to subdivide the peach orchard from the rest of the property, a very long and expensive process, we had a backhoe come in and remove most of the trees. I wanted to keep some of them for our own pleasure but the majority were in very poor shape.
As the old trees were removed I replanted shade trees in some of the spaces, about fifty new trees over a space of three years. Seventeen years later these trees are wonderful and I love them, though Dave tells me they spoil his view of mount Baldy, (too bad, the trees stay). Over these same years the rest of the peach trees died off and had to be removed, now we have to buy peaches.
While the backhoe driver was working on tree removal I had him dig a pond. Visions of splashing water and glimpses of goldfish, surrounded by shady ferns seemed to me to be idyllic. The reality is a constant battle to remove leaves and branches that fall off the overhead willow and surrounding shrubs. The fish get eaten by some predator just as soon as I put them in but, in spring we enjoy the singing of the frogs that live there. On warm spring evenings the sound of the frogs makes me feel that we do indeed live in the heart of the country. I love my pond but every couple of years it needs a good clean-out.
Monday I decided it was the day. Dave changed the pump from splashing into the water to discharging it into the rest of the yard. When the water level was down to about eighteen inches, I bit the bullet and climbed in, YUK! I am not sure why this job is always assigned to me but Dave swiftly reminds me that it was my idea to have a pond, so I do the deed. Standing in the horrible, oozy bottom of the pond I scoop out all sorts of dead roots and other slimy nastiness and put them in a bucket. Dave empties the bucket into a wheelbarrow and returns it to me.
Over the space of a couple of hours we filled three big wheelbarrow loads of the gunk, which went onto the compost heap. While I was digging around in the murk I found several garden ornaments that had fallen in and loads of rocks that had tumbled in from the surrounding sides of the structure. A further hour with the pump and the pond was almost empty. I hacked back some of the water iris and rearranged the baskets of water lilies and Dave refilled the pond. After filtering through the pump all night the result was a lovely clear view of the baskets at the bottom on the pond, however, will not take long to get murky enough so they will not be seen.
I am tempted to buy more fish but I think that they would eat the frogspawn, so maybe we will just enjoy watching my fake mallard float around and the sound of the frogs instead. The act of clearing out the pond is truly a labour of love but it is so worth the effort to see the water sparkling and free of debris. After a hosing down of my shoes, socks garden gloves and my legs, it was into the shower to remove all traces of sweat equity. I may not have improved the value of my home but I have sure improved the feeling of a job well done and that is very satisfying.