A message from Dennis Walker at Giant FM

The support network for all 4 of the Giant FM announcers who’s job’s were taken this past Friday is so comforting. We’re all fine and sticking together. I always referred to the Giant FM listeners as family and they are. Country music listeners, as you can read on wikipedia are fiercely loyal. I’ll find a way to repay you all for you  kindness. Thank You.

Dennis DW

From radiowest.ca – Newcap rebranded GIANT FM Penticton (CIGV) to COUNTRY 100.7 today. Apparently all the on-air staff were let go as the station relaunched with 5,000 songs in a row. Generally Newcap has been quite creative with their brandings of late, but this one seems rather “ho hum”.

Town and rural mapping

If this will help great – maps done by Michael Newman and available for downloading and then printing. If you have a SO Chamber Map and a printout of the following you should be in good-stead for locating newly named streets in town or rural areas.


Here is the link

Signs and numbers

This is a series of photographs showing some progress towards a goal.

1. Above – MOTI (Highways Department) has completed most signs in RDOS area C – this is the most southerly sign that shows a block number – the 4000 block – all numbers in town and out of town running south to north.

2. Fire, ambulance and police buildings now have new numbering on buildings

3. Many decorative ways of putting numbers up – this one on a fence

4. 1000 block west up in the mining district

No takers?

This bird house, a familar site to me near Wilcox Corner – just north west of Fred Tomlin’s house.

Casting Shadows – best poster selected

Cathy Birtwistle submitted a photograph for the Fall Art Show and Sale poster contest and that was selected as best by judges and has become part of the poster graphic for 2012.

Holding up the poster on the right is Penelope Johnson, President of the Oliver Community Arts Council.

Exceptional value – gourmet chefs

Link to website

Celebrate this exciting time of year with 23 wineries of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. The inaugural Pig Out is an outdoor, tented affair set at Covert Farms with the latest releases and fan favourites from the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Wineries. Interact with local chefs as they dare to impress you with their pig roasting skills, put your palate to the test in the blind wine tasting competition while enjoying the music of local artists throughout the afternoon.

Tickets are $45.00 per person and include wine samples, live entertainment, and, of course, plenty of pork.



Music of the 70’s coming soon

The Sage Valley Voices present their 2012 spring concerts, “GOLDEN DECADE OF THE 70s”, featuring cool music from the 1970′s – think ABBA, McCartney, Cash, Denver, Broadway show tunes and more! – on Saturday May 5th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2:30 pm at the Oliver United church.

Admission is $10 at the door and includes sweet treats following the concerts.

Repeat of editorial from June of last year


Time to be patient. Oliver is in the middle of great change and sometimes it is all a little hard to handle.

One man told me recently that Oliver should give itself a shake and wake up before the downtown area becomes a ghost town. This last weekend – another building came down adding to the number of lots available for re-development.

What is needed in our central core is aggressive investment in street level retail with housing above – to ensure that Oliver’s Main Street area – grows and thrives.

The new south mall and all its stores almost complete. Changes at the Oliver Place Mall to be finished by fall, we would hope. Our middle is shrinking at the moment with the business centre moving south.

There are more changes to be dealt with. A challenge with the adage of “there is nothing more constant than change”. Our future, however, is bright with airport development, more housing, better schools, more people, more customers and more shopping revenue.

Look on the bright side. Oliver has many things to be proud of and it’s time to start bragging about them. At a time when countries overseas are having a bad time with balancing their books – our future still looks fairly rosy by comparison.

Jack Bennest

Professional hired as Heritage Manager

The Oliver and District Heritage Society has announced that Tracy Johnson of Bend, Oregon is the successful applicant for the position of Community Heritage Manager.

Tracy graduated in 1995 from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology. After working for five years in field archaeology in BC she transferred her professional interest to museums and subsequently worked in heritage facilities in Grand Forks, Summerland and Kelowna. From 2006 she was employed with the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon as Curator of Collections, Exhibits and Resource Library. She has completed the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Post-Baccalaureate Diploma and Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management as well as having experience managing a small business.

Board Chair Michael Newman said the committee was impressed by Tracy’s well-rounded and hands-on experience.

“She has experience in a large museum such as High Desert as well as small community museums. She has the professional experience to ensure the management of our collections but also the equally important skills for developing and working with community volunteers and engaging local schools.”

“I hope everyone will join me in welcoming Tracy, her husband Mark Nelson and son Edward to our community,” Newman said.

Tracy is expected to begin work on June 15.

Photo and story submitted by ODHS

Retired teachers notice

Notice to Retired Teachers in the South Okanagan Similkameen Area

Exciting News:  The very first meeting of the South Okanagan/Similkameen Retired Teachers’ Association, a Branch of the B.C. Retired Teachers’ Association, will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 8th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Savvios Family Restaurant: 34646 97th St. Oliver, B.C. (across from SuperValu) All retired educators are welcome.  A short inaugural meeting will be followed by lunch for those people who want to stay for lunch.  Buyers Pay.   •Judy de Vries, Chair of the BCRTA Membership Committee has said that she will be happy to attend our first meeting to help get the branch started. •We need to get at least 15 people to come to the Meeting to get the Association started •We will elect a President, Treasurer and Secretary.  We already have some people who are willing to let their names stand. Those who come to the meeting must either be BCRTA members already or be willing to take out membership. Membership forms will be available.  Members may belong to more than one branch, so if you are a member of the South Okanagan Branch you may join this new one and remain a member of the second for just the branch fee.

Contact Stefan Cieslik at  250.498.2988 if you plan to attend or, if you are unable to attend, but want to be involved.

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Interview with a coach

Interview with Ross Convertino, Graduate Assistant Coach at Gonzaga University.

ODN: Please tell us a little about your background. Where are you from? How did you get involved with basketball and what made you want to be a coach?

RC: I am from Hampden Massachusetts, which is a small town that boarders Springfield Mass. I grew up roughly 15 minutes from the Basketball Hall of Fame so naturally I discovered basketball at a very early age. I have been playing basketball my entire life. I fell in love with the sport from the beginning and dedicated every minute of my days growing up to the game. I would do everything I could to study the game in order to better myself. So when it was time to enter college I knew I wanted to be a basketball coach and I felt as if I had been studying all my life to prepare for it. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut (UConn) I had coached at two different preparatory schools in Massachusetts, The Winchendon School and Notre Dame Prep as well as with the New England Playaz AAU Basketball Club. Combined at this level I had coached over 40 Division I players including one McDonald’s All American, Khem Birch, and two Canadians- Khem Birch (UNLV), and Grandy Glaze (University of St. Louis). This past season was my first one with Gonzaga.

ODN: You coach at Gonzaga University, which consistently has one of the top men’s basketball programs in the NCAA. What are the some of the secrets to Gonzaga’s success? Does Gonzaga also have a strong women’s program?

RC: Like with every successful program you need to have talent. Our coaching staff continually does a terrific job at evaluating and recruiting players. In particular, recruiting oversees has yielded great success for us. We have high character kids who sincerely care for each other and we take pride in each player’s successes. Coach Mark Few does a tremendous job teaching and developing players and he knows how to maximize each player’s potential. Our women’s program has built itself as one of the premiere programs in the west and is now continually ranked in the nations top 25. They are in a position to compete for a national title themselves.

ODN: Gonzaga has a strong Canadian connection, particularly with B.C. How do Canadian kids compare to US kids in terms of ability, attitude, work ethic, etc? Are Canadian players experiencing more success south of the border these days?

RC: There is no question that we have a strong Canadian connection. There is a lot of talent in Canada and with the increasing popularity of prep school and AAU basketball, Canadian kids are having the opportunity to play in the US and gain the recognition they deserve. I have found that Canadian players tend to play as if they have a chip on their shoulder, and they will put in the extra work to prove that Canadian basketball is the real deal.

Canadian kids are equally as talented as US kids and US colleges have begun to take notice. Canadians have had great success playing high school basketball in the US. Seemingly every year there is at least one Canadian being named to the McDonald’s All American game.

ODN: How did you get involved with Nothin’ But Net? What has Spencer told you about Oliver?

RC: I met Spencer last summer when we were both coaching at the Gonzaga University Advanced Skills Camp. He told me about Nothin’ But Net, and it sounded like they ran a first-class camp. He also mentioned that there was a lot of talent and interest in basketball in Oliver, so when he called me to invite me to coach at NBN, I jumped at the opportunity. Basketball camps of this caliber are nearly impossible to find, especially in smaller communities. I think the product Spencer and NBN offer to the kids is truly incredible, and it’s always great when elite players give back to their community. I’m also excited about coaching at NBN this summer because I’ve been told that Oliver is famous for wine and fruit, and also that there are 2 very nice golf courses there which I hope to play!

ODN: What advice would you give to young players who want to play in the NCAA or the CIS?

RC: The best advice I can give is to continue to do all you can to better your game daily and then be proactive in the recruiting process. Send game film to coaches, attend exposure event, etc. Don’t sit back and assume it will happen. Put your name out there, work hard and good things will follow.

Picture and story supplied by Spencer McKay – Ross will be coaching this year at Nothin’ But Net

Talking sticks – art at Quail’s Nest

So very cute!
We learned about conversation today. If you hold the Talking Stick you may talk, when someone else is holding the Talking Stick you don’t talk – you listen. We all made our own talking sticks and took them.

Photo and story supplied by Leza Macdonald

New Rotary bench for beach

Saturday was international Rotary work service day. In recognition of this, the Oliver Rotary Club headed on down to Rotary beach to get the area prepared for the summer influx. The playground area was raked, the beach cleaned and the whole area made tidy. Two  new addition this year are the concrete picnic tables, one of which was purchased from the proceeds of the auction and subsequently installed by parks and rec. As can be seen from the pic, they will seat 8 people.

Picture and story by Russell Work

Fire damages vehicles and equipment on reserve wood lot

Fire of a suspicious origin last night gutted three trailers, a motor home and a flat deck truck at a commercial wood lot off Black Sage Road east of Oliver.

Owner of the operation TCB – The Chopping Block, Gerhard Israel, says the vehicles are all insured and the lot has a security alarm system but no one is allowed to live on the property.

The fire department was called out to 35141 Nkmip (Inkameep) Rd. North prior to 10:30 pm with a full complement of manpower, trucks and portable water systems.