Death on our highway in South Okanagan

Another report of a death on Highway 97 – this time in Okanagan Falls near the Heritage Market. A truck struck down a women late Friday. RCMP investigating. Traffic was disrupted while investigation in progress.

See earlier story about 44 year old mother of two from Okanagan Falls who died after plunging into Vaseux Lake Thursday.

Chuck Smith of Oliver dies suddenly

January 1, 1971 – September 22, 2011

On Thursday September 22, 2011, Charles Michael Smith of Oliver passed away suddenly at the age of 40 years. He was predeceased by his father Robert Alfred Smith. Chuck will be fondly remembered by his loving family including two sons; mother Elizabeth (Liz) Smith; two brothers Anthony and John; step-father Robert Maginn; niece Ava; nephew Lincoln; sister-in-law Lacey Smith (Bishop); many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Chuck enjoyed fishing, camping and woodworking. He was employed working construction in Oliver. While not affiliated religiously, he had a strong, personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Condolences may be directed to Liz Smith at we2@sympatico.ca Tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.

Wheeler New passes at 92 years of age

Mar 4, 1919 – Sep 27, 2011

Charles (Wheeler) New passed away peacefully on September 27th, 2011 after a long illness. He was predeceased by his father in 1926, his mother   in 1963, sisters Gertrude, Mary, Thelma, Grace and Lois, brothers Ralph and Percy.

Wheeler is survived by his loving wife Evelyn, of 70 years and one sister Alberta; numerous nephews, nieces and their families. Early in his life he worked in the logging business with his own team of horses. At the start of the war he joined the British Columbia Dragoons and served overseas for five years. Before going overseas he married Evelyn in 1941 at Esquimalt in Victoria. Returning home in the fall of 1945 they soon moved to Rock Creek to work for the Shippits Sawmill and then spent a couple of years at Mable Lake to work for Edgar Tipton in the bush.  Moving back to Oliver in 1952, Wheeler then started work for the School District as a mechanic and bus driver, retiring in 1982. Wheeler loved golfing and bowling and spent a number of years back in the 60’s coaching the High School Bowlers. He shot his age at 79, a feat few can claim and golfed well into his eighties. He bowled a 405 in his early eighties and was still bowling this spring. An avid gardener, he always had a large plot that kept them and many family members fed. Evie and Wheeler enjoyed many trips roaming the hills around the Okanagan. A graveside service will be held at the Oliver Cemetery  on October 9th at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Legion Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice or the Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.

OK Falls women dead after car plunges into lake

A single vehicle accident at Vaseaux Lake along Highway 97 has claimed the life of an Okanagan Falls woman.  RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services reports the 44 year’s 1995 Pontiac Grand Am drove into the lake about 2:30 Thursday afternoon.  Attempts by citizens and emergency personnel to save the woman were not successful as the car had submerged.  An RCMP dive team attended the scene later to retrieve the vehicle and the body of the lone occupant.

Goose hunting

NOTICE TO OLIVER RESIDENTS

CANADA GOOSE HUNTING SEASON

The Town of Oliver has issued six exemptions under Firearms and Explosives Bylaw 644, as amended. These exemptions will allow the permit holders to discharge firearms within the Town of Oliver specifically for the purpose of hunting Canada Geese during the provincially-established hunting season from September 20 to November 28, 2011; December 20, 2011 to January 5, 2012; and February 22 to March 10, 2012, inclusive.

The holders of these exemptions must follow all provincial and federal hunting regulations and receive permission from affected land owners before discharging a firearm. In conjunction with the exemptions, the Town of Oliver has granted specific permission to these six special permit holders to discharge firearms on public land at the Oliver Airport and surrounding Tuc-el-Nuit Lake.

Town of Oliver 250-485-6200

Bells

It’s time to break out the bronze and have some fun together. The Oliver Handbell Ringers are back to practising for the sheer enjoyment of hearing those bells ring in harmony and also the chance to share this music with the community.

Both Desert Bronze and the younger Swingin’ Bronze are looking for new members. You need a basic ability to read music and the enthusiasm and commitment to attend rehearsals. If you are interested in ringing with us, please contact Sue Gay at csgay@eastlink.ca, or by phone at 250-498-4304. Here’s a chance to “ring those bells”.

SOSS Report from Jarred Webb

Today is the annual Terry Fox run for SOSS, happening in A block, it’s the usual route, except people will be ending where the new parking lot is. Donations are greatly appreciated. Thursday was a bake sale fundraiser for Grade 7 student Hunter Miller who was diagnosed with cancer, many people bought cookies and cupcakes and the sale was a success.

Today is also the senior field hockey girls games, playing at 11:15,1:45, and 4:15  and Saturday at 9 and 2, everyone is welcomed to attend and cheer them on!

The girls are hosting the Senior Fall Festival Friday Sept 30th and Saturday Oct 1st and both the “Green” and “White” team will be playing at the school fields. 8 teams will be travelling to participate in this tournament. Come on out and support these girls on their home fields. Games will be running from 11 to 5 on Friday and 9 to 2 on Saturday. We hope to see you there!

Picture of girls at UBC tournament submitted by Jim and Krista Bousfield

T shirts and hoodies to be sold as fund raiser

Picture on graphic thanks to Paul Eby

SOSS Fundraiser

It is a commemorative and a student learning and achievement promotion.

I say this only because many would like to see the funds go to the auditorium.

T-Shirts and Hoodies have been designed – orders will be taken through the school office – contact Mrs. Andrews:

candrews@sd53.bc.ca

T Shirts will be $20.00
Hoodies will be $50.00

Cindy Gosling, parent and support organizer says the design is based on a picture of the old school with the words: ‘as it was’ -SOSS- ‘as it will become’.

And now for a brief interlude on Vancouver's harbour

Shots taken at Canada Place while Publisher attends Union of BC Muncipalities Convention in Vancouver. Big topics covered by the provincial press include RCMP contract for policing, Municipal Auditor General and problems with illegal grow ops and medical marijuana production.  2nd photo is of the new BC trade and convention centre complete with grass and lawn roof.

And now for a brief interlude on Vancouver’s harbour

Shots taken at Canada Place while Publisher attends Union of BC Muncipalities Convention in Vancouver. Big topics covered by the provincial press include RCMP contract for policing, Municipal Auditor General and problems with illegal grow ops and medical marijuana production.  2nd photo is of the new BC trade and convention centre complete with grass and lawn roof.

Otto Reimer (1924-2011)

Veteran of  WWII  dies
Otto Reimer passed away peacefully at McKinney Place, Oliver on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the age of 87. Otto is predeceased by his loving wife, Alice Marie (2009). He will be sadly missed by his son Brad and wife Elaine, grandson Andrew, sister Eva and brother Ben and many nieces and nephews. Otto worked for 30 years with Timberland Plywood as a fork lift operator. A veteran of World War II, he served with the Canadian Army. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, Oliver. His guitar playing and love of country music will be missed. Since 1986 Otto and Marie called Oliver home. Before retiring they lived in North Delta for many years.

 

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011, 11:00 a.m., in the Chapel of Graham Funeral Home. Rev. Ray Turner officiating. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 Honour Guard will be in attendance. Interment to follow at Valley View Cemetery, Surrey, B.C.  Arrangements entrusted to: Graham Funeral Home, 34616 – 99th Street, Oliver. (250) 498-3833. Your message of condolence, sharing your fond memories of Otto may be sent to: www.grahamfh.com

Don't change your address just yet

Green boxes in rural areas and many spots in Town as well will be converted to Community Mail Boxes (CMB) – next spring. Many road signs will change before that time and each cccupant will be advised by local government and or building/home owners as to their new civic address.

 If you have not been notified by October 15th you should inquire.

Don’t change your address just yet

Green boxes in rural areas and many spots in Town as well will be converted to Community Mail Boxes (CMB) – next spring. Many road signs will change before that time and each cccupant will be advised by local government and or building/home owners as to their new civic address.

 If you have not been notified by October 15th you should inquire.

Stage players speak out

Members and directors of the South Okanagan Amateur Players (SOAP) are anxiously awaiting information on what will be done to replace the Frank Venables Auditorium following the devastating fire at South Okanagan Secondary School earlier this month.

SOAP and its predecessors have been using the Venables Auditorium for its many productions that have been staged over the past 50 or more years. Patrons and the many area residents involved in SOAP productions realize the importance the venue has been to the performing arts in the South Okanagan and as an educational facility for drama students.

“We realize many factors will come into play regarding the future of a performing arts venue in Oliver,” says SOAP President Patrick Turner. “We urge all parties involved to work together in the hopes a satisfactory arrangement can be made that will replace the Venables theatre, both as a community-use facility and for drama classes.”

Earlier this year, with the knowledge that the auditorium would be undergoing major renovations, it was decided to seek out other venues in Oliver. The board is pleased to announce it is proceeding with the fall production of The Wild Guys, a Canadian play by Calgarians Andrew Wreggitt and Rebecca Shaw, which will be staged at the Osoyoos Mini-Theatre on Nov. 25 and 26 and at the Oliver Seniors Centre Dec. 2 and 3 with a special matinee performance proposed for Sunday, Dec. 4. Partial proceeds from the production will be earmarked towards a new auditorium in Oliver.

For further information contact Patrick Turner, President

SOAP   250-498-7778       soap@telus.net

Fatality on 350th last week

RCMP have yet to give out details but reports to ODN indicate a motorcyclist died September 21, last Wednesday in the 11900 block of 350 Avenue near Road 2A hitting a power pole.

This is roughly the same location, three years ago, that another person died in a car accident – indicating to neighbours that the roadway, it’s alignment etc. should be looked at for possible changes to improve safety in the area.

Balancing Rock Field Trip

Sunday afternoon saw a crowd of over thirty people gather at the Recreation Center for the Oliver and District Heritage Society and the Okanagan Historical Society  geology field trip to Balancing Rock which is located about 14Km up the My Baldy road. The rock is a short walk from the road where there was adequate parking for all the vehicles.

 

At the rock, geologist, Murray Roed, gave a talk on the geology of the rock, and his theory on how it came to be there. He stated that it would have been carried from somewhere north of its present location by a glacier during the ice age and deposited there when the ice melted. Murray, further talked about the geology of the south Okanagan with topics such as McIntyre Bluff and the formation of various features in the area, after the talk, he took questions from the folks present. Refreshments followed the talk.

 

It was a very pleasant day, a little windy but mild enough not to need a coat, the path to the rock is easy to walk for anyone to manage. The rock itself is precariously balanced on the edge of a rock outcrop, had it settled 18 inches towards the edge, it would have rolled down the hill and not be a feature to wonder at.

 

The book, “Okanagan Geology South” was being sold after the talk, profits from the book going to the Student fund at UBC Okanagan. The book is also available at the Oliver archives.

Photo and article supplied by Dave Whalley

Second photo taken by George Cornish

1st Oliver Scouts – update – More kids needed

Just wanted to let you know what we have been doing and what we are gonna be doing in the near future.

This past weekendwas VERY busy.  We had our annual clean up camp at Camp Secrest.  We spent the weekend up at Secrest, cleaning up around the lean too, evicting pack rats out of the lean too and the outhouses.  We rebuilt one of the outhouses that had been abused by the elements as well as squatters who go in and use the camp when we aren’t there.

We made an exchange with Kenn Draymon – Riverbend Telecom & Audio.  When I asked Kenn if we could use his gas powered weed eater to cut down the 5ft weeds around the campsites, he graciously offered to bring his tractor mower up to Secrest to tame the weed population (plus he still gave us use of his weed eater).  I asked how we could repay his generous offer and he suggested that we help him with his clean up of his section of the “Adopt a Hwy”.  So after coming down from Secrest Sunday morning, 1st Oliver Scouts and Kenn cleaned up 2kms of Black Sage Road (at the height of the wind storm).

We have 4 Scouts who are working towards their Chief Scout Award and the hours put in on the road clean up will go towards the Community Service requirements of this Award.

We are once again running the stations at the Festival of the Grape “Chateau de Kids” on Sunday, October 2, 2011.  Because our numbers are down this year, and we won’t have as many volunteers to help out in the kids venue, I have approached Allison Podmorrow and the Linking Crew at the high school to see if they are able to help out.

We will be holding another bottle drive on October 29, 2011.  We will be putting out notices closer to the bottle drive and I will be bugging you again to remind them closer to the 29th.

We are also in the throws of our biggest fun raiser – Scout Popcorn.  We will be out in droves selling popcorn of the process we sell we get 60% back to put towards our programming costs.  We also have the policy that no child will be left behind due to financial constraints.

We have many camps lined up for all of the groups Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.  This is also the first year in many years that we have a Venture group.

Next year is the Canadian Jamboree in Calgary.  The Scouts have decided to forego any “big trips” this year and to fundraise so that they can participate in this Jamboree with other scouts from all over the World. The Jamboree is well known on the international Scouting scene, and will usually have several groups from other countries attending.

As I said earlier, our membership is down.  We are down from 24 Cub Scouts to 10 registered Cubs, 8 Scouts, 8 Beavers and 4 Venture Scouts (14 – 17 year olds).  If anyone is wanting more information on Scouting in Oliver, please call Margie – 250-485-2101.

So, if you could please take some or all of this and get the word out to the Community, I would appreciate it.

Story and photograph from Margie Matheson

Sunday and don't miss the large art show

Take advantage of a great weekend of music, art and vino. The Oliver Community Arts Council presents Fall Art Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday only entertainment outside in the park with Festival of the Grape. Don’t miss it.

Sunday and don’t miss the large art show

Take advantage of a great weekend of music, art and vino. The Oliver Community Arts Council presents Fall Art Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday only entertainment outside in the park with Festival of the Grape. Don’t miss it.

Domingos da Ressurreicao Barreira passes

On Wednesday September 21 Domingos da Ressurreicao Barreira of Oliver passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by family at the Penticton Regional Hospital age 84 years.  He was predeceased by his grandson Jason; his sisters Coltilde, Anna, Corina and brothers Casmiro and Antonio. Domingos is survived by his loving wife Isabel; his nine children and twelve grandchildren: Tony (Alex) and Natasha, Katrina and Angelina; Joe (Beatrice) and Melinda and Jenny (Mitch); Alcino ; Manuel (Louise); Walter; Silvio (Kim) and Darren and Tyler: Cas (Sharon) and Brady; Maria (Don) and Kiera and Dennis; Dave (Michele) and Shelby and Brandon. Domingos worked in Germany and then moved to Osoyoos, where he worked as a farmer until moving to Oliver. He continued to work on the farm and began a greenhouse business with Isabel. Domingos looked forward every year to the annual family fishing and camping trip. He spoke often of visiting Portugal to attend the festival in Gralhos. Domingos loved fishing, hunting, walking, spending time in his vineyard and garden, time with family and friends sipping a glass of his homemade wine. Every festival in Portugal was a reason to get family together. Prayers were recited at Sunday September 25, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial was held Monday. Interment and committal to follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.