“I look like my mother in this.”

Cast Photo22Tracey Granger, Penelope Johnson, Linda Lobb, Christine Rothwell and Robin Stille (front) portray twenty-eight characters in SOAP’s production Love Loss and What I Wore, a collection of vignettes about women’s life experiences as told through the clothes they wear. March 8 – 9 at Osoyoos Minitheatre, and March 15 – 16 at Oliver. Seniors Centre  

What woman, standing in front of her closet, has not said one of the following: “Who did I think I was when I bought this?” “I have nothing to wear.” “Why can’t I find anything in my closet?”  “I look like my mother in this.” Or in a department store dressing room muttered one of these: “This will fit if I lose five pounds.” “But I’ve always been a six!” “Is this mirror distorted?” “Is there something wrong with the lighting in here?”

The South Okanagan Amateur Players’ upcoming production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore taps into that mysterious relationship between women and their clothes: a dress made by mom, mourning the loss of a favourite shirt after breaking up with a boyfriend, high heeled boots that help you exude confidence, buying the first business attire (and then falling in love with the boss), choosing between high heels and comfortable flats. A collection of vignettes and monologues written by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle), the script is full of quick-witted zingers and hilarious revelations.

The cast of five women portrays more than twenty-eight characters during the course of the play. With different speech patterns, postures, and mannerisms for each, the actors get a real workout. “It’s a little like being Sybil,” explains Christine Rothwell, who alternates between seven roles. “You not only portray a number of people, but the shift between characters often comes very quickly.” While admitting the variety of roles is challenging, actor Robin Stille adds “feeding off the energy of all the women on stage” enlivens the characters. Rothwell enjoys the diversity of experiences:  “Any woman will identify with at least one of the characters or scenarios in this play. Love, Loss will be insightful for the men in the audience when they recognize the angst experienced by the women in their lives.”

Actor Tracey Granger delights in the play’s reminiscences, spanning a woman’s lifetime. Granger is enthusiastic about her youthful monologue called “The Gang Sweater” “We all remember what it was like to be young and to think we were so cool.”

Serving as a grandmotherly narrator is the character “Gingy”, portrayed by Linda Lobb. It is Gingy’s life story that knits together all the other vignettes. Lobb admires this feisty, funny character: “Despite some tragedies in her life, Gingy is not embittered or resentful but accepting. She chuckles at the follies of youth and shrugs off the negative physical aspects of getting old. I love how her life story comes full circle at the end.”

“Men are loving this show,” says Penelope Johnson, actor. “It’s like eavesdropping on women’s secrets.  All the embarrassing, awkward moments of her teenage years, her fantasies and friendships, losses and loves, her dreams for her senior years – all are played out onstage in such an appealing, funny way. And the cast is having such a great time sharing those intimacies with the audience.”

Love, Loss and What I Wore opened March 1  & 2 at Summerland Centre Stage, continues March 8 & 9 at the Osoyoos Minitheatre, and winds up March 15 & 16 at the Oliver Seniors Centre . Adults $18 and  Seniors(65+) /Students $15. Tickets at Sundance Video (Oliver), Your Dollar Store with More (Osoyoos), Dragon’s Den (Penticton) or The Sweet Tooth (Summerland). For more information, contact SOAP @ telus.net or the producer at 250-498-3597.

Final push for twinning rural water

Town of Oliver Rural Water Improvements Nearing Completion

Final phase of project receives Government of Canada funding

February 28, 2013

Oliver, British Columbia – The Town of Oliver will complete the third and final phase of its Rural Water Twinning Project thanks to $1,243,000 from the Government of Canadathrough the Gas Tax Fund transfer. This project, which started in 2006, will provide potable water to approximately 1,500 residents and many businesses in the rural areas surrounding Oliver.

“Our Government is pleased to help complete this important project to extend the supply of safe and reliable water in this region,” said Dan Albas, MP for Okanagan—Coquihalla. “Investing in clean water infrastructure is an investment in the health of local residents, job creation and long-term economic growth in our Okanagan communities.”

Oliver’s rural water system, which was developed in the 1920s, required significant upgrades. The Rural Water Twinning Project will provide a parallel water pipeline grid to supply year-round, potable water to all rural customers. Once complete, this project will remove the Town’s need to operate under water quality advisories several months each year. The total budget for this final phase is estimated at $1,864,000.

“The Water Twinning project is the cornerstone of health and safety improvements for our rural water customers,” says Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. “After seven years of phased design and construction, having funding in place to finally complete this project is great news for current residents and future generations.”

“It’s often challenging for local governments to cover the costs of large infrastructure projects, like this final phase of Oliver’s Rural Water Twinning Project,” said Bill Bennett,
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “This Gas Tax funding contributes significantly to the completion of this project that will greatly enhance water quality to address the needs of local residents and to guard their health.”

“There are many communities in BC with infrastructure that has exceeded its shelf life,” said Union of British Columbia Municipalities President Mary Sjostrom.

“I am delighted to see the Gas Tax Fund support the water service shared by Town of Oliver with residents in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.”

Letter to the editor


The South Okanagan Concert Society executive were dismayed when they recently learned that MusicFest Vancouver has run into significant financial difficulties and with deep regret their Board of Directors has suspended not only their summer festival but the Spectacular Music BC outreach program.  Locally, that translates into the loss of a major grant for one of the four concerts presented each year.  No money is available to help pay promised presenter fees.

President of the Vancouver Summer Festival Society, Morris Biddle, writes that he is “deeply sorry for the position this puts you in as a presenter.”   Fortunately,  dedicated local sponsors continue to support the SOCS series and the shortfall this year may be covered by an expanded audience base.   Drawn by high calibre concerts and by musicians able to create an appealing personal rapport, people have been attending the concerts in large numbers.

If you love music and want to help, come on Thursday, March 7th at 7:30 pm for the final concert of the series.  Woody Holler and his Orchestra will be on stage at the temporary venue of the Oliver Alliance Church.   This group loves to explore the crossover between jazz and western to produce “gypsy jazz from the saddle”.   All are remarkable musicians.   The performance promises to be an evening of musical fun and your presence will help ensure concerts continue in the future.   Tickets are at Beyond Bliss and at the door.

Marion Boyd

School Board report

tarr cheque22
Chair Marieze Tarr holds cheque for $1000 – a gift from Osoyoos Rotary to help fund the “Roots of Empathy” programme in School District 53.

Other news:

The school district will have to shuffle expense categories and numerical values around next year to find a half million dollars in expected increases in staff benefit costs.

The school district is starting that budget process early as it is just adopting a final budget for this year ending in June of 23 million dollars – most of which comes from Victoria.

The School District is giving “early warning” to parents that next year class time may be reduced one hour every two weeks so that teachers can collaborate in a programme called “Team Inquiry Time”.

Students of all ages would be released one hour early on the day chosen for such sessions. Superintendent Bev Young says “we want to be an innovative district” and one way is to have all teachers help solve the problems and concerns of anyone of them. But to do that they must meet and collaborate within instructional time. The time would be made up says Young so that the district is in compliance with ministry standards.

The district will also launch a visioning process to gain a shared vision – a road map to guide the organization for the next 5 to 8 years – something that is revised and updated each year. The process would involve parents, staff, teachers, administrators and the community.

On pupil numbers since last report – 35 high school students have left the system and a corresponding number have taken up the “YouLearn.ca” classrooms in the district.

Silica pit land tenure application – public meeting

Less than 10 members of the public attended a facilitated session at the Oliver Community Centre – hear any comments pro or con on an application for land tenure made by Pacific Silica and Rock Quarry to the Government of BC.

Concerns expressed on view, reclamation, noise, dust and limits on rock crushing.

Laura and Kelly Venables appeared as the applicants.

The government was represented by two ministries – Mines/Lands and Forests – Rick Adams and Gerry Johnson. Both said they were attending to hear concerns and report back on public input about the application.

The session facilitated by Bill Ross and lasting less than 30 minutes.

Bob Park spoke about his fears that a crown license could be granted that would allow rock crushing 12 months a year from 7 am to 5 pm.  Laura Venables said the company had always been a good neighbour and crushing lasts about 1 month per year.

One land owner spoke about the dust and affect on the farm below the mine and one other on the reclamation and the view from other parts of the valley. The government said reclamation comes when a mine closes. This one had operated for 100 years with many more years contemplated.

Mike Wadman spoke and said he had been a neighbour with a home and business for 46 years and had no concerns.

Why the Crown Land Tenure? That would allow not for expansion but the right to take off the waste material from the mining process.  The Gypo Mine started operations in 1927 to fuel the Cominco mine in Trail. Later silica become desired by other customers.

Mrs. Venables says her company has spent about a million dollars cleaning up the site in the last 8 years. She says the waste rock is need for construction, roadwork and landscaping and has value once taken off the mine site.

The government said the applicant had a good record and that the government allows mines to proceed with plans to make operations viable.

Legion honours SOSS students

lobb22Each year the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 invites students to contribute artwork and prose in honour of veterans during the lead up to November 11.

Winners for 2012 include Dustin Lesmeister, Mallory Abbie, Elizabeth Harkness (missing), Christina Raposo and Olivia Ruddiman

Representing the Legion: Brian Lobb (left), Chris Yerburgh and Mayor Ron Hovanes.

The students were honoured in front of their peers – all 550 of them.

Police report cache of stolen guns seized

The Princeton RCMP executed a search warrant at a local residence on February 20, 2013, where they recovered several stolen firearms. The guns had been stolen during previous break and enter that had occurred in the Princeton area just days earlier.

Early in the morning of Wednesday February 20th, 2013 – members* of the Princeton RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of 8th Avenue in Princeton, BC.

Investigators were supported by the SED ERT, a police Service Dog team and Forensic Ident in executing the search warrant at the residence of a known violent and prolific offender who was suspected of being in possession of firearms.

Two men and a woman were arrested as a result of the investigation and held in custody to await charge approval for possession of stolen property and other firearm related offences.

Police had been investigating the break and enter of a local residence which and occurred earlier that same week, in which several firearms had been stolen. A total of 16 long guns were recovered in the raid.

recovered stolen firearms

We were very relieved to have been able to recover these stolen firearms with the added satisfaction of solving a local break and enter so quickly. Stated Cpl Kevin McCracken, Princeton RCMP Acting Detachment Commander.

* corrected punctuation

National Park feasible say Okanagan chiefs

With thanks Photographer David P. Ball
With thanks Photographer David P. Ball

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has released a new report, deeming the National Park South Okanagan Lower Similkameen as feasible to move ahead to the next phase of negotiations. “It has taken eight years to ensure that the Okanagan Nation is in a position to be able to weigh in on what’s important to the Syilx people and how the future of the land and people should be protected. There is now sufficient confidence to carry forward to the next phase of discussion of a potential park,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance (above).

“The report, ‘Building a Syilx Vision for Protection’, was developed by the Syilx Parks Working Group, and came from our people upholding their responsibility to protect the land from encroachment by people who have a different view of utilizing the land and resources. Parks Canada has been more receptive to how the Park will be operated. There is now a growing relationship, and greater trust and respect,” stated Chief Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.

There still remain matters to be addressed through discussions. For example, the current Park plan is insufficient in size to promote the Syilx vision for protection of Syilx cultural and ecological integrity in the South Okanagan. Another outstanding issue is the role of British Columbia.

“The Okanagan Chiefs look forward to discussing with the Province of BC the findings of this report. One key interest in this area is protection of certain rights and values and a National Park reserve is one mechanism worth exploring through further negotiations” said the Grand Chief Phillip.

The next phase will provide additional information and seek clarity on how issues, such as Syilx inherent rights (harvesting, hunting), collaborative decision-making, and the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in park management and decision-making will be included in potential park management and decision-making models.

Want to read the whole report?   Report

No comment will be allowed here without first and last names

Don’t miss

Shoot!George-Bowering1As part of the “Okanagan Reads” program sponsored by the Okanagan Regional Library, George Bowering
will be at the Oliver Branch of the Library on Wednesday February 27th at 2:00 pm to discuss his book “Shoot” (about the McLean Gang from Kamloops in bygone days) and other relevant topics.

Please come for an entertaining hour or so with one of Oliver’s best known native sons. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.


How do you beat the February blahs? Twelve artists working in different media are chasing their muses and urging each other on in the 3rd annual Art-a-Day challenge. The premise is simple: for the month of February do a measurable artistic act every day. “I feel as if I have met a whole bunch of new friends and like-minded people,” says Maggie a knitting writer.

We send pictures and talk about our projects with the others in the group. As fibre artist Hilary puts it, “I take such pleasure in connecting across ‘cyberspace’ with the group and feeling this sense of community spirit. While I must admit I have not met my personal goal each day, this initiative you have created as been ‘with me’ every day. Through this, I have given myself permission to take space for creativity not something I normally allow.”

We’ve inspired each other to greater heights and have turned a rather dismal month into a month filled with fresh ideas and sharing. “Some days it’s sometimes hard to find time in my day to get out to the studio, but it has made me realize that I have art in my day in many different aspects. From my walks with my camera, painting in my studio to creating in the kitchen there is art everywhere,” muses abstract artist Tara.

The artists hale from Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos and Vancouver Island. Some of us knew each other, but most are getting to know each other for the first time. Poet Colleen enthuses, “Just that as a writer, I never thought I would be joining such a diverse group of artists on such an amazing challenge! What a great way to brighten up an otherwise “dreary” February. I would definitely do it again!”

Want more info about the Art-a-Day movement? Please visit the website http://inspirationfindsyouworking.weebly.com/ then go to contact page “Interested in Art a Day”. My name is Terry Irvine, a proud Oliver resident. I would be happy to answer your questions.

Camp McKinney


With spring around the corner I may venture up the hill to see the sights. Reports of large garbage dumping, feral horses and talk of Camp McKinney which doesn’t get discussed as much as Fairview.

Does anyone have a better map of this area? – I saw this one tonight on RDOS site but hoping to find something better.

From Wikipedia: Camp McKinney is a ghost town in the Boundary Country region of British Columbia, Canada. It is located southeast of Baldy Mountain, northeast of Osoyoos.[1] Founded in 1896, it was situated on the south-eastern slopes of towering Baldy Mountain. Several mines in the area led to the creation of Camp McKinney. The premier mine was called Cariboo-Amelia, usually referred to as the Cariboo. By 1901 the population of McKinney was 250. Hotels such as St. Louis, Sailor, Camp McKinney, McBoyle & West’s, Cariboo and Miner’s exchange competed for the miners’ trade. The stagecoach of Hall line from Fairview and from the east came Meyerhoff’s stage from Midway. The business section of town consisted of 3 general stores, a drug store, a real estate office, butcher shop, a school and a church. By 1904 the gold mining declined in the area and Camp McKinney became a ghost town. Several attempts were made to revive the camp from 1907 which never succeeded. Today all that is left is a cemetery and a few abandoned workings.[2]

Better: Google Earth


ODN Polls

Polls – do they mean anything?

A lot of polls show reality but others show the divide between people of the left, centre or right.

In the two polls I detected that NDP and Liberals supporters voted on both as well so the reading is hard to decipher.

Highest Approval

Rate the Government

1. 75

Rate the Opposition – (less people voted overall)

1. 78

Lowest Approval

Rate the Government

5. 21

Rate the Opposition

5. 32

Even though less people voted in the  Opposition poll they were rated higher by voters but also got the largest number of last place finishes.

If you place a value on each vote in reverse order the total values are about the same

Prediction – very close race May 14th

Once we get an candidate from the NDP we will have a fun vote about two months before the vote.

The turnout not as hot as covering the pool, national park and….

Spring is about to happen

Spring Art Faire 13Do you have an artistic passion? Artwork to sell, artistic group or event to publicize, arts information to share?

If you have an arts-and-culture based business featuring your own artwork, home-made handicrafts, or something creative to teach or promote, the upcoming Spring Arts Faire is the place for you!   Fabric, photographic, literary, visual and performance arts and craftworks …..  the Faire is open to arts and arts lovers of all kinds!

The Oliver Community Arts Council invites you to participate in our Spring Arts Faire on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Sell products commission- free, promote services, publicize a group, set up a portable “studio”, hold registration for lessons, or simply put your talents on display for fun!

Booths are available to both members of the arts council ($30) AND non-members ($35). Exciting entries are already coming in. Don’t miss your spot! Contact OliverCAC@gmail.com to receive your entry form and information sheet. Tables will be booked on a first come,  first served basis, once your completed entry form and cheque are received. Your booking will be confirmed with you upon receipt.

Just want to come and enjoy on Faire day? The public is welcome to browse, learn, be amazed, and buy! Admission is free, refreshments available.

The cast

cast vagina22

Back Row L-R Marji Basso, Esther, Pat Whalley, Melanie McArthur, Nadine Boulianne, Darlene George, Seradaye Lean, Aimee Grice
Front Row L-R Margi Chantler, Leanna Stevenot, Sandy Summers, Wina Poliquine, Tiffany Beckedorf, Hope Heyduck, Lin Brian
Missing: Gagan Ganger, Cindy Garnham, Paula Vega

The performance of The Vagina Monologues will be held on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Osoyoos Secondary School theatre.  Tickets are $20 and available in Oliver at Beyond Bliss and Lady O’s Fitness, and Office Pro and JoJo’s Café in Osoyoos.

For more information, go to www.vdayoliverosoyoos.org.

Picture supplied by Marji Basso

Louie wants a change in venue for sentencing – back in court Mar. 27

brian louieAn Oliver man found guilty of a violent assault on the Indian Reserve will not be sentenced until he gets a new lawyer.

Brian Douglas Louie is requesting his sentencing be moved to Vancouver rather than the Penticton law courts where he was found guilty in December.

“This is a big misunderstanding and hopefully I can clarify everything, because this is a nightmare to me,” he said.

At the end of his trial, Louie, 34, was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm, stemming from an incident on the OIB reserve in May of last year.

With files from Castanet

Pen Hi fails to win the “shoe”


For the 7th year in a row the SOSS Hornets have captured the covented shoe from their foes Pen Hi. The history of the shoe dates back to 1961 when the first game was played, and then the shoe was bronzed in 1963 and both teams have for it ever since, minus a few years. Pen Hi holds the overall record as they dominated the game in the 1980-90’s. The ayHornets have won 8 of the last 9 meetings. Tonights game at Pen Hi was a low scoring, kind of scrappy team with neither team generating much in the way of offense. Pen Hi led by 4 at the half 23-19. The Hornets were able to finally take an 8 point lead late in the fourth only to proceed to allow the Lakers to score 7 unanswered points in the last minute of play to close within 1 with 15 seconds to play. Gurk Dhaliwal who had an extremely off night hit 2 freethrows to seal the victory 59-56. Leading scorer for the Hornets was Malcolm Heinrichs who has been fighting injuries for the past month. He has shown great form as he hit 4 out of 6 three enroute to a 17 point performance. Jashan Khela added 13, and Amit Chahal contributed 8 in the win. The Hornets will now prepare for their 6th straight Provincials as they came second in the valley on the weekend. They will open play on Wednesday versus Lambrick Park of Victoria.

Photo supplied by Taylor Baptiste