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This year’s guide has the highest community representation advertising  since the guide first came out.

The panoramic vineyard front cover photo, and the content beyond is bursting with information to assist both those planning to visit or considering relocating to the Oliver area.  We were able to work closely with local Oliver-rites to ensure readers are provided with all the accurate information and passion visitors need and want to know about our area.

Because this guide has met Tourism BC’s criteria & requirements it is considered to be the Official Visitor Guide for Oliver.  Tourism BC requires that Visitor Centres throughout BC rack all BC Communities Official Visitor Guides.

In the coming months, OTA and the Oliver Visitor Centre will distribute 25,000 Oliver, BC, Official Visitor Guides to 100+ BC Visitor Centres and Tourism BC’s six Provincial Visitor Centre Gateways (Mt. Robson (seasonal), Merritt, Golden, Osoyoos, YVR, and Peace Arch).  In 2010 these Provincial Visitor Centres served more than 515,000 visitors .  A downloadable copy is also available for exposure to the millions of potential visitors on Oliver’s Tourism’s website

This Lure Brochure will also be racked at various tourism and information locations throughout BC, and locations in Washington State, Oregon and Alberta as well as in direct response to consumer requests,  tradeshows, press kits, mail out information packages, special events and festivals.

Already they are flying out the door at an unusually high rate of request for this time of year!

If you are going to be in Oliver and would like to pick up extra copies, please drop by the Oliver Visitor Centre.

Rhoda Brooks Oliver Tourism Manager

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The Oliver Tourism Association is a registered non-profit association with a genuine interest and devoted support for further developing Oliver, Wine Capital Of Canada as a preferred destination for Canadians and world travelers.  OTA is dedicated to Oliver, Rural Area C and individuals interested in advancing the Oliver “Wine Capital Of Canada’, branding and the marketing of Oliver tourism industries.  For more information regarding OTA Membership and Benefits contact the Oliver Visitor Centre.  Your input is important to OTA and the Oliver Tourism Industry.

Oliver Daily News is a member of OTA and a sponsor of 2012 Lure Brochure

Spaghetti fund raiser attracts a crowd

Ursula Wick and son Prescott take time for a picture at Thursday’s fundraiser at the Oliver Air Cadet Hanger. The dinner put on by the Oliver Boys and Girls Club – as a fund raiser for the Youth Centre.

Circle your calendar

Learning Forum – April 11, 2012: Trustees of School District 53 will host a learning forum on April 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the School Board Office. The theme of this forum is Aboriginal Education. Presentations, with student participation, will be provided on the Grade 4 Okanagan People’s Unit, R’Native Voice course, and student voice on the District Aboriginal Education Advisory Council. Students will also present a PowerPoint on the trip to Vancouver to participate in the Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the UBC day, career fair and other activities on their trip. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this forum. The Board of Education plans to host evening learning forums on educational topics bimonthly.

Brewery’s first glass


Thursday night, the keg tapped and a first mug of “Stoked Ember Ale” at the Firehall Brewery – enjoyed by friends, family and the media. Sid Ruhland above with the first mug of many.

Open letter from Jane Stelkia

Thanks to Jane Stelkia for inviting me to her home for the above picture

Mr. Terry Lake
Minister of Environment
Parliament Buildings
Victoria,B.C. V8X 1X4

I am an original Okanagan First Nations woman at 82 years of age. I am a long time cattle and horse rancher that has and is to this day my livelihood! Ranching has been in my family for over 100 years. Anything that effects an area of drastic change such as a National Park in this area, can and will definitely traumatize or disable cattle ranching as a whole in the area and British Columbia. There is always a domino or residual effect that is usually over looked or pushed under the rug.

I want to continue for another 20 years and see the generations of my family continue, what I have worked so hard for to established and have been successful at all of my life! They deserve that.

I am also an avid outdoors activist, conservationist, and recreationalist, enjoying such activities as horseback riding, camping, quading, hunting, fishing, digging roots, picking medicines and berry picking.

My family and I treat our mountains, wildlife and waters with great respect. This has been taught throughout generations among our family and the First Nations People.

Thank you for reading my letter in its entirety and taking account that I DO NOT support a National Park in the proposed area that has been presented by Parks Canada, and CPAWS etc. going into the ninth year at present. Nine years of many dollars and support from the Governments and organizations, all without much success. This affects all the “individuals” as well. All of whom live in this area.

I am but one “individual” that lives here and would like to be counted!!



Jane Stelkia Osoyoos Indian Band First Nations Oliver BC

RIP Margery Louise Riley

With sadness, the family of Margery Louise Riley (Weichel) announces her passing at the age of 75. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bill, her children  Tim (Lucy), Scott (Wendy), Chris (Diane), Danielle (Ted) and Honourary daughter Hélène (David), her grand-children Kendra (Anthio), Devin, Megan, David, Paige, Liam and Erica, her brothers Cliff (Diana), Dick (Yvonne), Ken (Zita), her furry companion Murphy and many relatives and friends, too many to count. Marge’s greatest achievement was raising her four children, who are fairly well adjusted.

She was an active member of Christ theKing Church and the Parish Craft Club. She also volunteered at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. There was a special place in Marge’s heart for all of the children that shared her life over the years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, baking and cooking for her family and friends. Marge’s family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Hamilton, Lynn the palliative care nurse, Shirley from Nurse Next Door and all of the staff atSouth Okanagan General Hospital for the wonderful care that Marge received during her illness. Funeral service will be held at Christ the King Church on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 11:00 am, luncheon and orange floats to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oliver Food Bank in Marge’s name.

Submitted by the family

Forage Contract awarded for airport

Oliver Town Council has renewed its forage contract with Dave Casorso with a total annual fee of $5494 for 2012 – a contract that is renewable for four further years if mutually agreed upon.

A higher bidder Southern Plus Feedlot offered an annnual fee of $6494 but the application form was deemed not complete.

In 2006 Council agreed to lease a 25 acre parcel of the airport for the production of a forage crop. Dave Casorso has held the contract for six  years.

Round three

Oliver Town Council instructed staff earlier in the year to engage the public and industrial park land owners in a dialogue on rezoning. That engagement strategy came before council this week.

1. Research and prepare a Discussion Paper in April

2. Gather Industrial Land owners into a focus group at the end of April

3. Hold a community meeting at the end of April – water billing flyer will be used to inform the public. As well public notices will be published.

4. Consultant, Urban System, will report back to council in May

At the moment, current bylaws allow gravel crushing and asphalt mixing plants in the M2 Heavy Industrial area adjacent to Sawmill Road.

The present council asked that staff engage the owners and the community in a discussion of the future of heavy industrial uses of such land.

Time to ensure  you are heard. Watch for notices in local media.

Home reno tax credit for seniors

As of this Sunday, April 1, a new B.C. Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit will be available to help with the cost of permanent home renovations so that British Columbians aged 65 and over will have the flexibility to remain in their own homes longer.

“Home is where the heart is. We know that seniors, like everyone else, are happiest in their homes,” Premier Christy Clark said. “That’s why our government introduced the Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit, to help seniors stay independent, healthy and in their homes.”

The refundable credit will be worth up to $1,000 each year, and it will be available to seniors or family members sharing their home, regardless of whether they own or rent.

“In addition to improving the quality of life for seniors in home care, this initiative will make it easier for many home care providers to do their job,” said BC Care Providers Association CEO Ed Helfrich. “With an increasing demand for home support services, seniors’ homes are increasingly becoming work places for care aides. The structural home improvements that will result from this policy change will make this work space safer and more efficient for all.”

The tax credit will also help to protect and create jobs by supporting the home renovation industry.

“This renovation tax credit ensures our home-renovation industry remains strong and growing,” said Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong. “We anticipate that this initiative will result in a significant amount of new spending on home improvements.”

For more information about these measures:

  • For B.C. tax questions, call 1-877 387-3332

Me adding to the confusion

Pictures of two buildings near or south of the border taken from the east side of Osoyoos Lake

Top – not known

Bottom – actual border crossing

From ‘Deep’ Throat – The group of buildings you’ve photographed is the new Border Patrol station (not to be confused with the Border Crossing Port) at the USA/Canada boundary. The new complex is about a kilometre south of the border, high up on the west bench.


Presenting Arts and Culture

BC celebrates Arts and Culture Week April 22 -28. Oliver’s arts council members are going all out to join in the art-y party! Come celebrate with us and support the arts.

So, what’s up?

The Oliver Community Arts Council as a whole presents two signature events. One will kick off the week, and the other will close the celebration. The “opening fanfare” is Love Notes from the Penticton Concert Band on Sunday April 22 at Oliver Aklliance Church. Tickets are $10, while students 17 and under are FREE. The concert features some lush romantic numbers from the musicals Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Moulin Rouge, big band ballads by Jerome Kern, and some of your favourite Frank Sinatra. Lovely young soprano Madison Johnson sings O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini, as well as some romantic musical numbers. Several members of the band are from Oliver and the South Okanagan area. Proceeds are split between the Band and the arts council — it’s a great way to support both groups!

The Oliver Sagebrushers‘ exhibit “Art at the Owl” shows at the guest house of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery from April 14 – 27. While the opening reception is Saturday April 14 from 1 – 3 p.m., much of the exhibit and sale falls within Arts and Culture Week. This is always a lovely display at a lovely venue. Winery hours.

The Double O Quilters Guild hosts an Open House on Wednesday April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre Hall. Oliver has some of the finest fabric artists around, including some national award winners. You will definitely be wowed!

Another fsbulous fibre arts group, the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a Tea and Open House on Thursday April 26. Educational demonstrations and colourful displays will delight you. Light refreshments will be served. In a great artistic collaboration, the Oliver Handbell Ringers will perform during the event. What a delightful pairing of visual and performance arts!

The Oliver Community Arts Council winds up the week with a Spring Arts Faire on Sunday April 29 at the Oliver Seniors Centre. Displays, demonstrations, sales of art and craft in all media , information booths, … and lots more! Sell, teach, demonstrate, exhibit, perform, sign up new members, — it’s up to you! All your sales are commission-free! Entry forms are available here: OCAC Spring Arts Faire Entry Form (click once again on the file name on the new page to open file) or by emailing OliverCAC @ Non-members of the arts council are also welcome. Deadline for all entry forms is April 13.

Arts and Culture Week is an event co-ordinated by the Oliver Community Arts Council for the promotion of its member artists and in celebration of local arts in general. We are thankful for the generous sponsorship of Arts BC (Assembly of BC Arts Councils) and its affiliated partners: the Province of BC, the BC Arts Council, Art Starts, and the Community Newspapers Association. We are also grateful for our major local financial sponsors: the Town of Oliver, RDOS, and Oliver Parks and Recreation, for general programming and operating funds.

Thanks to Penelope Johnson and the Oliver Community Arts Council

Penticton Concert Band to visit Oliver

The Oliver Community Arts Council is passing on a little love note to you from the Penticton Concert Band. Not one you read, but one to listen to. The band is performing Love Notes on Sunday April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oliver Alliance Church. Tickets are $10 on sale at Sundance Video beginning Tuesday and at the door. Students 17 yrs and under get in free.

“It is all about love,” says Gerald Nadeau, conductor of the Penticton Concert Band, describing the band’s new repertoire. The concert promises show tunes, jazz standards, pop favourites, Dixie, and even a little opera. Much of the music has a romantic theme.

Several musicals are featured, including Moulin Rouge, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables, all with heart-wrenching love stories played out against turbulent backgrounds. A Ray Charles medley includes the romantic Georgia on My Mind, and I Can’t Stop Loving You. No big band concert would be complete without the lush music of Jerome Kern, famous for ’40s standards Why Do I Love You?, Lovely to Look At, and The Way you Look Tonight.

Not feeling quite so lovey-dovey? The band promises a cool antidote to the love bug with some Frank Sinatra (The Lady is a Tramp, My Way, and It was a Very Good Year) and a Beatles medley.

And what’s a big band concert without Dixieland? The Penticton Concert Band can’t resist adding several jazz numbers to the programme. Four much-loved pieces by the incomparable Leroy Anderson will mix romance and plain old fun. In the medley are a romantic Serenata, the clever Syncopated Clock, a sultry Blue Tango, and the whimsical Bugler’s Holiday.

Special guest soprano Madison Johnson fronts the band on several numbers. This lovely young singer performs the show stopper O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini, and adds her voice to several show tunes including “I Dreamed a Dream”, and “On My Own” from Les Miz, and “One Day I’ll Fly Away” and “Nature Boy” from Moulin Rouge.

Spring is in the air, and so is love. Find someone you like to be with and spend a “lovely” afternoon with the Penticton Concert Band. You’ll definitely fall in love with the music.

Pictured outside Oliver – Rick Hansen 1987

“May 22nd is a meaningful day for me. Twenty-five years ago on this day, I realized my journey had only just begun,” said Rick Hansen. “Since then, with the support and generosity of Canadians, we have achieved so much – but I truly believe that our best work is yet to come.” – Rick Hansen

The 25th Anniversary Relay began on Aug. 24, 2011, in Cape Spear, Newfoundland. The anniversary relay will end in Vancouver May 22nd of this year.

Photo submitted by Ernie Race – taken by son Jon

Cost of running a civic election

Monday,  March 19 – End Period to File Disclosure Statement

Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements by candidates, elector organizations and campaign organizers.

A campaign financing disclosure statement is required to be filed with the designated local government officer even if the  candidate received no campaign contributions,  incurred no election expenses,  was  acclaimed, died, withdrew from the election, or was declared by a court to no  longer be a candidate.

Tuesday,  March 20 – Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement

All outstanding campaign financing disclosure statements are subject to a $500 penalty if they are filed starting on this date.

Here are the facts: Only one candidate from last year’s civic election failed to file a campaign finance statement within the required time period.

Of those that filed:

Total Cost of Campaign

X Hovanes $2675
Hampson $2223

X Bennest $1554
X Mattes $1360
X Larson $1135
Janow $1135
X Doerr $864
Ethier $300
Schafer $71

Listed high $ to low. X Indicates elected.