Rescue at VDS 13

Quick response by Oliver Fire Department – helping 4 tourists out of the river where people should not be.

The foursome in a rubber or plastic dingy – with two females assisted out as the vessel would not move back or forth after coming through the drop structure. The two males seemed to have got to the shore safely. No injuries indicated.

Time 3pm Thursday. VDS 13 is adjacent to Meadows Drive north of both the main bridge and the walking bridge.

Osoyoos police nab Oliver man – court releases him

On August 27, 2017 a person who was looking after a neighbour’s residence, called police after he felt someone was inside when he went to check on the place. Osoyoos RCMP attended and when they entered the residence, a male who is very well known to police for property crime in the area was located inside the upstairs. The male fled to the balcony and jumped over the railing. The attending officer pursued the male on foot and apprehended him as he attempted to flee and drive into the officer on a stolen quad. Further examination of the property revealed parts from a stolen automobile. Many valuables were also missing from the residence. 49 year old Kevin Leclerc of Oliver, BC has been charged with Break and Enter, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Stolen Property. Although police had advocated for his detention, Leclerc was released pending trial. Leclerc is on a nightly curfew as well as a condition to not attend anywhere in Osoyoos.


Found Ring
On August 26, 2017 a ring was found in Osoyoos on the beach near hotel row. The ring is silver in colour and contained gems. The Osoyoos RCMP would like to reunite the ring with its owner. If you have lost a ring during your travels in Osoyoos please contact the Osoyoos RCMP at (250)495-7236 and quote file 2017-4800. The owner will need to provide a detailed description of the ring to claim it. Photos of the ring before it was lost will help prove ownership.


Dozens of classified ads go up each day on ODN.

FREE too!.

If you don’t see your ad – here is list of reasons:

1. No first and last name
2. No contact info in the body of the ad
3. Item is more than $999
4. You want to chit chat and…….. not phone the number in the ad or contact the seller.

Quaranteed – 95% of people follow the rules and don’t have a problem.

National Energy Board says YES to Trans Mountain/Kinder Morgan

The National Energy Board says the Trans Mountain pipeline project has met conditions required for the expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.

Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, has plans to expand the terminal’s dock to load three tankers, up from one, and increase the number of delivery lines connected to its other Burnaby terminal.

The expanded terminal is part of a $7.4-billion project that would triple the capacity of an Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver area.
British Columbia’s NDP government recently announced it would join the legal fight against the pipeline expansion and was granted intervener status this week in a legal challenge brought by several First Nations and municipalities objecting to Ottawa’s approval of the project.

1949 – Mac and Fitz

Thought some people might be interested in this after reading Brenda Shaw’s article. This is 1949, before her time working at MacLean and Fitzpatrick. We can identify Ken’s mother and uncle as well as Brenda’s uncle. Many other locals.

Gail Blidook

by Brenda Shaw

Packing House Memories

I started working summers at the Oliver Co-Op in 1960 at the age of fourteen.  George Elliott was the Manager and Mom and Dad signed for me to work as I was underage and they needed help. I was really lucky as I only sorted for a day or two and then it was off to make boxes which I really liked.  I spent all my summers working there and continued to be a boxmaker.

In Grade 13 the Packing House came to the school to recruit Senior High students to work from 4pm to 12pm for a month in September/October as again there was a shortage of workers and I and several of my friends decided we could handle it.

Werner Arndt and Gerry Jansma were our foremen.  We had so much fun but we still managed to get our work done.  Two of us were boxmakers and we would build forts on the loading platform so Werner couldn’t find us!  One night we tied Gerry’s lunch way up on the rafters…he fired us all until we told him where his lunch was!

After Grade 13 I worked there full time for 2 years before getting hired at the Oliver Credit Union.  I went to Collen’s to buy a pair of boots and Carl asked if I had a warm coat and what about pants, socks, undershirts???  I said that I would have to wait until I got paid but he said I needed them right away and opened a charge account for me and picked out my work clothes for me.  I never let him down and paid off my account before Christmas.  The Collen’s were wonderful people.

I would always ask if I could learn this job or that job and of course most of the men…Werner Arndt, Gerry Jansma, Johnny Moore, Bob Venables, Bruce Echlin, Sammy Fleming, Eric Norton, Joe Barillaro etc. were all family friends so of course they let me learn.

I remember being on the stapling machine one day when someone called me and I looked away long enough for the staple to go through my hand…Eric Norton saw it and stopped the belt and Elizabeth Kangyl, Werner, the box and I were off to the hospital to get the staple removed.  I never gave up that job and they let me continue doing it as soon as we got back from the hospital.

I worked a few weeks one year in cold storage with my Uncle Bill Shaw.  Funny story…when Linda Evans and myself went in to work the first morning my Uncle Bill called the crew together and told the men to watch their language as we were now working with them.  Dal Carter guffawed and said, “geez Bill, I think these two know more bad words than I do!”  Uncle Bill was NOT amused!

In those days it was common for hijinks to be going on and I remember one day Eric Norton and I were kibitzing about who could move a load of boxes on a hand cart the fastest.  Now the lines were drawn….Eric and I each had our hand cart loaded up and we started from opposite sides of the packing line.  We had to go through the gates and around and down to the cold storage end of the packing house!  I WON!  Eric tripped on the last gate and spilled his load of boxes!!

One day we decided to play a trick on Joe Barillaro…one of the boys nailed his lunch kit to the floor cause Joe had a habit of leaving it by the loading dock so he could run and grab it and jump down to get outside faster….Hmmmm…lunch time came and Joe took a run for his lunch kit and went up in the air and down on his back.  We laughed until we cried and after Joe got through cursing us in Italian, he laughed too especially when he fixed it so no one could get in the washrooms!!

Another fun moment…I think it was Bob Venables responsible for this but someone found a big old brassiere and tied it across the front of Elizabeth’s car around the headlights and then lifted her car up on the loading dock.  Boy was she mad!!

Elizabeth also had a hand in giving us little jobs that had nothing to do with work!  She would come down and find the little Catholic girls and take us up to the office for some office duties.  Yeah, right!  We rolled pennies for Lepers for Elizabeth that had been collected from the poor boxes at the Catholic Church!!! However…Elizabeth always made sure we had a fresh doughnut for coffee break!

Those were the good old days when fun was had and work was still done in a professional manner!  The bosses were always good hearted and fun loving guys who would look the other way when some crazy thing was going on!  It is fun to look back and remember all the fun we had and all the friends we made.  I can still hear the women on the sorting line…..singing good old country music!!

Local winery to be honoured

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will arrive at our winery to personally present us with a 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines for our Crimson Rhapsody 2014.

A number of VIP’s will arrive with the Lt. Governor, plus other local VIP’s, including the Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes and M.L.A. Linda Larson, will be in attendance.

Date: Friday September 15 11 am

Location: Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, 4004 Highway 97 Oliver, BC.



Education – by the numbers


* Pending final enrolment count in the fall, it is estimated that there will be 537,589 public school students in the 2017-18 school year. This would be an increase of 4,232 students since last year (school-aged and adult, funded full-time equivalent students).

* Based on student head-count in the 2016-17 school year, there were:
* 66,665 students with special needs in the province – 2,182 more than the year before.

* 69,032 Aboriginal students in the province – 1,279 fewer than the year before.

* 66,285 English Language Learning (ELL) students in the province – 394 fewer than the year before.

* 5,691 francophone students in the province – 158 more than the year before.

* 53,768 French Immersion students in the province – 677 more than the year before.

* 83,497 independent school students – 1,838 more than the year before.

Achievement 2015-16

* 83% of public school students are completing high school

* 90% of francophone students in public schools are completing high school

* 96% of French Immersion students in public schools are completing high school

* 64% of Aboriginal students in public schools are completing high school

* 87% of English language learners in public schools are completing high school

Investment in Learning

* British Columbia’s total education operating budget for public and independent schools in the 2017-18 fiscal year is $5.9 billion.

* Per-pupil funding in the 2017-18 school year is approximately $9,100.

* Funding to schools in B.C. for students with special needs is approximately $1 billion in the 2017-18 school year, including basic student funding and targeted supports.

* Government is investing $376 million in the Classroom Enhancement Fund to hire new teachers and specialty teachers in classrooms across B.C. for the 2017-18 school year.

* School districts receive $52 million through CommunityLINK and $11.2 million via the Vulnerable Student Supplement each year to help them fund programs that support vulnerable children and youth.

Learning Environment

* There are 1,566 public schools and 360 independent schools in B.C.

More…. Music in the Park

All summer long a vibrant market and concert series at the Oliver Community Park has been the result of collaboration between Oliver Parks and Recreation, the Oliver Community Arts Council and Market Coordinator Audrey Enixon. Crowd numbers have exceeded 250 on some nights and each week the market features new vendors with homemade or homegrown products worth shopping for.

The Arts Council did a fantastic job with the Music in the Park series this summer and wrapped up their season on August 26 with the classic rock band “Uncorked”.

Thursday August 31 and Thursday Sept 7, the weekly Evening Market featuring local farm produce, bakery bread, cheese and several artisan products will continue in Community Park from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Each night will feature live entertainment, guest food trucks and children’s activities.

“We have had a fantastic summer of music and market at the park,” says manager Carol Sheridan, “and with there still being a week before the kids to get back to school and the need for a season wrap-up celebration we have extended the market and music nights for two more weeks.”

On August 31 enjoy back-to-back sets with local singer/songwriters Bianca Berkland followed by Aimee Grice. Bianca is a singer and pianist from Oliver, who has a unique blues, jazz influence in her voice. She has played with Kenny Wayne “Blues Boss” and at various other venues in the Okanagan. Aimee Grice is an avid singer and actor, sharing her voice regularly on stage with SOAP productions and at open mic nights at Medici’s. The “Sandwich Sheriff” food truck will be serving up delicious sandwiches and new local family-run winery La Casa Bianca will be offering tastings as well as a bouncy house for the kids.

September 7th don’t miss the final concert of the season with Oliver’s fresh new dance band “Starsick” featuring music ranging from rock to funk and punk to classics. There will be a guest food truck as well as children’s activities and a very special announcement regarding the Oliver Toddler Park Project! It does get darker earlier at this time of year, so music will start at 6:00pm and wrap up by 7:30pm.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring a sweater or blanket and a lawn chair. The rain venue continues to be the Community Hall if necessary.


Hwy 33 Kelowna to Rock Creek is open


Forest Fire

Highway 33 Both directions – Highway 33 is open in both directions. Between Schram Road and Cardinal Creek Road a speed zone of 50 Km/h is in place. Obey all traffic control staff, as flaggers will manage fire staging work locations to support fire mitigation needs. Expect minor delays.

Check Drive BC before proceeding.

Sunny skies right into September


6:36 AM PDT Monday 28 August 2017
Special air quality statement in effect for:
•Central Okanagan
•North Okanagan
•South Okanagan

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities, has updated the Smoky Skies Bulletin due to smoke conditions.

Areas covered by this Bulletin include: 100 Mile, Boundary, Cariboo, North Thompson, Okanagan, Prince George, and South Thompson. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.

Hey! I am….. I am but 75

Oliver Airport
Former Mayor Pat Hampson celebrates a milestone ( in abject terror, he says )
All reports indicate Pat made the jump in tandem with an escort and survived the day.

Mirabilis Jalapa

The most common name is 4 o’clocks because they open in the late afternoon, remain open until morning, and on cloudy days they may not close at all. Their other common name is “Marvel of Peru” and is probably because they are native to the tropical areas of South America. They love the South Okanagan summers. Mirabilis means wonderful, in Latin.

Picture and story submitted by Gary Potts.

Re-uniting – Class of 1952

Back row:
John Bork, Mike Shippit, Brian Walker, Chris Yerburgh, Lyle Graham, Jim Pendergraft, Terry Schorn, Richard Besler, * Dan Roberts, George Nielson

Front row: Betty Bork, Joan Sanderson, Joyce Thomson, Allan Close, Yvonne Moore.

Class of 1952 – Graduating Class

This was the first class to start it education in the brand new High School back then (1948*) and then later to graduate. Started at grade 9.

Thanks to Lorette Gludovatz

Small car flips south of Oliver

Before 3 pm Sunday – a north bound small low rise car flipped into a ditch on a four lane portion of Hwy 97.

Tire tracks indicated that the car had a blow out or lost a wheel and travelled across an oncoming lane before coming to rest in a culvert.

Police and ambulance on the scene. Extent of injuries not known. Fire Department waved off as no extrication was indicated.

A few words from new – Minister of Education

Back to school a time for renewal

By Rob Fleming
Minister of Education
August 27, 2017

As a parent with young children, I know first-hand the important role our schools play in the lives of kids, families and communities. I see my kids’ growing excitement as a new school year approaches and ask, will the year ahead help them grow as caring human beings and develop the skills they need for the future? As your new Minister of Education, I’ll do everything I can to make sure it does for all children and families.

No investment is more important than a quality education. We need to make sure kids get the time, attention and resources they need to succeed. It’s the key to a better future and a strong economy.

We have had a tumultuous time in the education system over the past 16 years. For too long, students were left behind in overcrowded classrooms, without the learning supports they needed and deserved. It’s time we worked together to do things differently — to invest in public education and look ahead to what a sustainable, strong and properly resourced education system can deliver for all British Columbians.

Our first priority is to make sure students are getting the support they need in classrooms this fall. We will fully cover the costs of the agreement on class size and composition. Districts are creating smaller class sizes and hiring 3,500 new teachers. There are some recruitment challenges, especially for specialist positions and in rural areas. To help school districts hire the teachers they need, we’ve set up a $2-million fund to coordinate recruitment and provide incentives for new teachers, including a national and international effort to attract qualified educational professionals to rural areas.

Our schools should be welcoming and safe. The previous government neglected to keep our schools up to standard or build much needed new schools. They made a lot of promises, but they did not keep up on seismic upgrades. We will increase the pace of investments in school capital, speed up repairs and replacements, and fast-track seismic upgrades to keep our kids safe. We are also committed to reducing the number of portables, to make sure our children are learning in proper classrooms.

Equal access and opportunity are at the heart of our approach to education. It is why we eliminated tuition fees on Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs starting Sept. 1. It’s why we’re committed to lifting individuals out of poverty through stronger social programs and a higher minimum wage. Families that are struggling in our communities also have children in our schools; those children also deserve the best possible start.

There is so much more we can do to support children when we work together. We can make extra efforts to engage the 64,000 Aboriginal learners in our schools and help them to build pride in their culture and communities. We can work together to make sure that children in care are supported to be successful.

We can make sure students have a strong start in our schools by investing more in early childhood education and childcare. And we can do more to help students transition from school to work or to further education.

I believe in the power of public education to build a better future for our kids and our province. Let’s work together to give our children the quality education they deserve.

by Pat Whalley


While loading my groceries into the car a few days ago I noticed a young mom with three young children, getting them organized into her own car. It took her quite a while buckling various kids into a couple of car seat, then the eldest on into a harness of a booster seat. It made me think back into my own struggles when taking my four young daughters on outings.

First came the job of getting the most important item ready for any excursion with four pre-schoolers. The large bag of “stuff”. This was before the advent of decent disposable diapers, so several clean diapers went in the bag first. Two of the girls were in the wonderful transition of toilet training, so several pairs of underpants went in the bag. A couple of clean tee shirts were next plus a damp washcloth for quick face polishing.

Next item into the bag was “clean” snacks, apple slices, plain crackers etc., followed by various favourite toys, which were very necessary for quieter journeys. Next came the quandary of who to get ready first. If I got the kids dressed first, they stood a great chance of being messy while I got myself dressed, if I changed first, I would be a sweaty mess after dressing four little ones. Usually I got four kids partially ready, a quick fix on my own appearance and then finish off the kids.

Franklin would never have reached the Pole if he had to put winter clothes onto kids before he left the tent. This was the days prior to girls wearing pants, so first item to go on was knitted tights, ugh..a nightmare! Putting unwilling legs into tights is like stuffing a sausage into it’s skin. I would anchor each kid into a chair, tied in with a tea towel to prevent too much wriggling. Each foot would be stuffed into the toe of the tights then began the impossible job of pulling the tight fitting fabric over unwilling legs.

One of my daughters had legs like rubber and her leg would keep flopping about in the tights, making pulling them up impossible. One day I told her, very firmly, to keep her leg straight. She obeyed and shot out her foot right into my nose. After picking myself up off the floor and wiping the tears from my eyes, I would try again. By the time each child was dressed for outdoors, I was ready for a nap.

Getting on the bus was a nightmare with the oldest one running upstairs, the middle one clinging to my leg, so she wouldn’t get forgotten and the twins tucked under one arm, while I hauled their stroller and accompanying crap onto the bus.

Once I learned how to drive things became so much easier. A large pad was kept in the back of the station wagon and each kid would be tossed in with snacks and toys. It was heaven not having to worry about getting on and off busses and keeping the kids seated and quiet during the journey. In the back of the car they played and rolled all over, they could sing and make noise and I didn’t care. Not for our age group was the struggling into straps, harnesses and baby seats, the kids had complete freedom in the car and quite often, all four of them lay on their backs and drummed on the ceiling with their feet. I could put up with the din as they were not bothering anyone else. On the way home, usually all four of them would fall asleep and I could get groceries put away in peace while they napped in the back of the car.

Most people I knew used their cars in a similar fashion and I never heard of kids getting hurt by travelling this way, now of course, it seems really irresponsible to have kids loose in a car.

Prior to having children, Dave and I used to go out most Sundays with his parents, for a drive into the country. Dave’s father had a mid sized van which he used for his business. It had a bench seat in the front and two long wooden benches running back to front at the rear of the van. In the space between the benches, Dave would wedge two rocking chairs, from out of his parent’s living room. His mom and I would sit, in style, on the chairs and really enjoy the ride. The two men up front would drive us to places that they were interested in, usually a sewage works, a dam or a big bridge they wanted to see.

In the back seat, we didn’t really care where we went, we loved talking to each other and were happy to go anywhere. When we got to the appointed spot, we would make lunch while the men made tea on a portable stove or the Volcano kettle. This was a strange piece of equipment that I have never seen before or afterwards, but it did a marvellous job. It had an outer, metal jacket, into which went cold water and an inner cone into which went bits of grass and kindling. The kindling was lit with a match and, in a couple of minutes, the water would boil and tea would be made.

What simple things made life wonderful in those days. We would walk for miles with our dogs, marvel at the beauty of the English countryside and just enjoy each other’s company. Our days of going places in the back of the old van made for wonderful memories. The look on people’s faces when we told them we had driven fifty miles to have lunch at a sewage works, was quite priceless. But for a couple of gallons of gas we would have super days out and never thought of doing anything more “exciting”.

When our children came along, Dave and I would do similar journeys, always packing a lunch and going into the country where dogs and kids could run wild. We had no extra money but our children had great experiences and all learned a love of the countryside. All of our girls married men with similar interests and my grandchildren have all been brought up with a love of the countryside and respect for the environment.

I thoroughly believe that if kids are brought up with a budget to live by and simple pleasures, they become more satisfied as adults. Our life is still very simple and both of us still enjoy nature and the joy that can be found when walking the hillsides and pathways of our surrounding area. Leave the car behind and find out the beauty and enjoyment that is to be found when you get off the main street. A cheese sandwich and a bottle of water, enjoyed while sitting on a hillside is truly a feast, when someone you love is by your side to enjoy the simple pleasures with you

On the Sunnyside

by Henry Wiebe

Maximilian Kolbe

A Franciscan priest, Maximilian Kolbe, was imprisoned in Auschwitz by the Nazis in February of 1941. Rather than allowing his circumstances to get him down, he looked for how he could serve others. He shared his meagre food, gave up his bunk to prisoners who did not get a bed, prayed for the guards and generally sought to be a positive influence. He was known as the Saint of Auschwitz.

In July of that year one prisoner escaped. It was the practise of the Nazis to randomly place 10 other prisoners in solitary confinement and let them starve to death if a prisoner escaped. This was to discourage any other attempts to escape. Franciszek Gajowniczek was one of the ones selected to die by starvation. He immediately despaired of ever seeing his wife and children again. He pleaded for mercy. No exceptions! At this the priest offered to take the man’s place. He had no family and was already old. This huge offer was accepted by the warden. In confinement Maximilian sang with the other 9, taught them the ways of the Lord and told them to anticipate a better future after death. Death row seemed to be turned into a haven. Maximilian was the last to die, but not of starvation. They finally injected carbolic acid to bring on death.

After the war was over Gajowniczek devoted the rest of his life to honoring this priest and the Lord. “Somebody died for me,” he declared, “similar to Christ dying for our sins.”

Likely none of us has had to endure circumstances anywhere close to those of Maximilian, yet he was able to live on the sunny side.

Covert Farms Tractor – Farmall circa 1940

Around 1940 this type of Farmall tractor was sold for a paltry $500. Farmall tractors were built to compete head-on against the incredibly popular Fordson tractor. Farmall quickly became popular as a row-crop tractor with a tricycle wheel configuration in the front (two front wheels right under the grill) but many models were manufactured for orchard work as we see in this more common configuration. This tractor’s original colour was bright red, a distinguishing colour for Farmall during its earlier years.


by Brandt Leinor