Local angle – CHEM trails

marjo sky one22According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public.


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Believers in the theory argue that normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, and contrails that do not dissipate must contain additional substances. These arguments have been dismissed by the scientific community: such trails are normal water-based contrails (condensation trails) that are routinely left by high-flying aircraft under certain atmospheric conditions. Although proponents have attempted to prove that the claimed chemical spraying does take place, their analyses have been flawed or based on misconceptions.marjo sky three

Photos by Marjo Koskinen

Weigh (way) in on the subject

Jets fly across our sky and leave vapour trails. This pictures prove I think that someone has another plan and most of us are to busy to be concerned about it.

Dog found – no charges to be laid

UPDATE – Crowly was returned to his owner on the evening of March 31st.  The individual who took him was remorseful and no charges are being pursued.


On March 30th just before 8pm, a four month old Belgian Malinois Sheppard named Crowly was stolen from where he was securely tied up outside the Vineyard Community Church at 1825 Main St., Penticton

The owner of the pup called police reporting her 4 month old named Crowly had been taken from 1825 Main St.,  where she had tied him up outside before going into the Vineyard Community Church to buy some clothes. The owner stated that there was no way Crowly could have become loose and took off as she had secured the leash properly and the leash and harness were all missing.


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Crowly has a black face, weighs forty pounds, he is not neutered, wearing a choke collar and a blue harness with the owners name and phone number. No one in the area saw anything suspicious or anyone take the dog, although the owner did see some youths with skateboards outside before she went into the store.

Anyone with information regarding Crowly is asked to call Cst. Tim Velemirovich of the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477

“This gesture blew me away” – Joyce Kuzyk

joyce three22Since I am still recovering from surgery, I was surprised by 16 workers (mainly curlers) who showed up Monday to help do my much-needed landscaping.


I was overwhelmed by the crew that showed up and touched by their kindness and hard work. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of them all. All I can say is, “Oliver, what a great place to live in!”

Before construction
Before construction

Names of the wonderful, kind and hard-working volunteers:

Mike Arychuk (my son-in-law)

Ernie Weger, Val Pleasance, George and Marge Hagel, Phil Ramsey, Bruce Schroter, Thor Ohlund, Don and Polly McKay, Cathy and Ron Pidduck, Fernando Anjos, Leo Rivera, Bob Kozuback, Mike and Faye Kelly. Lunch detail was taken care of by Irene Ramsey and Joan Firman.

All I can say is that this gesture blew me away and I can’t thank them enough.

The Hagel Gang
The Hagel Gang

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Today (1)
Today (2)
Today (2)

Job fair

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Turnout/crowd/numbers attending – not what was hoped for. Extensive advertising saw less than a hundred people show over the course of 5 hours at Sen Pok Chin – School Gym

Work BC will hold a second event in Osoyoos April 14 (Thursday) 1-6pm at Spirit Ridge.

Many employers looking for workers – restaurants, service industry, hotels with outreach from the OIB, RCMP and BC Corrections.

Are you being bilked?

Several calls about scammers phoning your home:

  1. Calls from Revenue Canada – you owe money

2. Calls from computer companies saying your computer  is not working

One rule applies: If you don’t know them ……hang up.

If you apply this one rule – you will not have a problem. Anyone with a legitimate reason will send you a letter.

Don’t rely on ODN to tell you more or phoning the RCMP – the phone is in your hands – need I say more.

Fraud on the rise

Globally, it is estimated that over $3.7 trillion is lost to fraud. As schemes become more sophisticated and prolific, it is vital to arm oneself with the facts to be informed and confident consumers. The Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be hosting a free, drop-in presentation called “Fraud Awareness: Everything you need to know about protecting yourself against fraud”.

This session will be presented by Rick Dellelluur, a representative with the Penticton Downtown Community Police Office, on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served thanks to co-sponsorship of the Friends of the Oliver Library.

The Oliver Library is located at 6239 Station Street; call the branch at 250-498-2242 for more information.

Funds available for students

Over $37,000 up for grabs for local students!

Are you or someone you know pursuing a post-secondary education? Do you live in the South Okanagan Similkameen or have graduated from a high school located in the boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan – Similkameen in the last five years? If so, you may be eligible for bursaries from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similakmeen (CFSOS).

The CFSOS has expanded its educational awards program and is now offering bursaries ranging from $250 to $6000. Bursaries are financial-need based awards that do not rely on academic achievements nor have to be repaid.

“There are five different endowment funds that will be offering bursaries to local students of all ages. These endowment funds have been created by local donors who believe in the value of education and its power to improve quality of life for an individual and their family. Each endowment fund has certain specifications about who they want their funds to be awarded to,” explains Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen.

The Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts was established after the death of well-known community leader, Sharon Amos.  The Fund awards bursaries to students pursuing education in music and arts, preferably performing arts.  The Fund has awarded $8,400 to local students since its creation in 2010.

The Dr. John & Kathy Scarfo Bursary Fund awards to students who live an active and healthy lifestyle and who are pursuing education in an effort to improve life for themselves and their families. In 2015, this Fund awarded four $6000 bursaries to local students who are in financial need.

The South Okanagan Aboriginal Education Fund was established in 2013 by anonymous donors from the area.  Shortly after the announcement of this new Fund another anonymous donor came forward and donated an additional $10,000 to the bursary fund.  The Fund has awarded $2,190 in the past three years to local Aboriginal students pursuing an education.

The Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund was created after the tragic death of Thea Haubrich in 2013.  Thea was a leading practitioner and promoter of Encaustic Art.  The endowment fund was established with the goal of providing ongoing financial support to artists, with a focus on encaustic art, wanting to further their education.  The Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund has awarded $700 in the past two years.

Remembering Richard Frederick John (Dick) Forty 1918-2002

The story of battleship BISMARK is one of the great twentieth century naval epics. Its construction completed in August 1940, BISMARK went to sea in May 1941. Nearly one hundred ships were deployed to operate with, against and because of BISMARK. Crippled by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force after two weeks in the North Atlantic, BISMARK was sunk on 26 May 1941.With her sinking the German surface fleet was confined to growling from ashore, not attacking at sea. BISMARK’s demise was a great morale booster at home in Britain and with the Royal Navy. [1]

Bismark’s sinking was a a naval and air affair. This account of Bismark’s sinking is compiled from the notes of the late Lt.-Cmdr Dick Forty RN, a Naval Observer, serving on HMS Norfolk, the only Royal Navy ship ‘to dog’ BISMARK for its short life in May 1941.[2]

I was a Lieutenant just finished officer’s training and was given command of two Walrus amphibian catapult aircraft from the County Class Heavy Cruiser HMS BERWICK. Having exchanged a few shells with the Heavy German Cruiser ‘Admiral Hipper’, in December 1940 BERWICK was in dry dock for repairs.
In May of 1941 Lt. Forty was loaned to the cruiser HMS NORFOLK, with one aircraft and a crew. I joined NORFORK at Scapa Flow, in the Orkney, the next to last place God made and headed north to Iceland. There was considerable apprehension over Bismark , which if she could break out into the Atlantic, could create havoc with convoys far worse than submarines.

Air reconnaissance on the 21st May showed that BISMARK had left Bergen in Norway … and Intelligence believed that the ‘BISMARK’ was trying to get out into the Atlantic and make mincemeat of the convoys together with the cruiser EUGEN. Continue reading “Remembering Richard Frederick John (Dick) Forty 1918-2002”

Flashback – a message about the future

Let’s protect land reserve

Interesting, BC undergoing a core review of said land reserve (ALR). We have noticed through the years that often when a new cabinet minister takes over, they just cannot leave a good thing alone.

One of the best – Premier John Oliver was to make this valley between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos a dry desert area into an Eden. Then Premier Dave Barrett brought in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Now our present government wishes to consider …..reconsidering.

No doubt we do have a good thing with the ALR. Since arriving here in 1926, this valley has been blessed. We need no messing about. There are so few agricultural areas in BC I feel strongly that it should be left alone. If you value our area of BC, remember the pen is as mighty as the sword.

This past summer I flew into Terrace and from there a trip into the Nass River Valley Basin, most of which is under the aboriginal reserve.

We visited three lovely villages and a beautiful new museum. BC’s aboriginals will profit by as much as $700 million should the pipeline be approved, allowing fracking in there.

This is prime fishing country with great salmon up to 50-60 pounds. Yes, I have seen…. it is so and many smaller rivers are spawning waters.

I imagine if fracking, oil pipelines and the oil sands are allowed through our BC lands and coastal areas, there will be no guarantee of NO oil spills; it will be when. Nothing much will be left for the people living there, especially since our First Nations are adept to living off natural foods.

Our North is precious; let’s leave it that way.

Many logging mills are idle as so much of our timber is stripped and sent as is to Asia to become boards. How convenient for them with their cheap labour as well as many of our own illustrious companies making use of the cheap labour.

This makes these companies very cheap as people. So start fighting for our Canadian rights. If left to the present governments we won’t have the Canada we are so proud of.

Agnes Sutherland
February 2014
Oliver Chronicle

A grand lady she was ….

Photo by Leza Macdonald
Photo by Leza Macdonald

1917 – 2016
Agnes (Evans) Sutherland

Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great grandmother,  and a friend to many

A part of Oliver for a long – long time

We shall not see her like again……

Repairs to The Ditch on schedule


Repairs to the Gallagher Lake siphon section of the Oliver Water System are proceeding on time and there will be water available for irrigation in early April as usual.

The underground section of the system was damaged by a rockslide on January 25. There had been fears that agricultural irrigation might be compromised for farms, orchards and vineyards in Oliver, Electoral Area C and the Osoyoos Indian Band.

However, a temporary 20-metre-long steel sleeve has been inserted to carry water through the damaged section.

Water councillor Rick Machial said Tuesday the plan is to test fill the repaired section around April 1 and then, assuming the repair works, charge the system for an April 11 start up.

He said there were fears that the 48-inch diameter insert might restrict water flow through the 78-inch system. However, he said, indications are the water will flow more quickly through the temporary section and “we actually anticipate not losing too much flow.”

The fix is designed to last through this growing season. Full repairs will be undertaken in the fall.

The town has budgeted $475,000 from reserves for the project. The province recently announced it would contribute over half a million dollars.  

Slight tax hike for residents


An average homeowner in Oliver will pay $10.06 more in municipal tax this year than last year, according to a financial plan given three readings at council on Tuesday.

Mayor Ron Hovanes, in congratulating council and staff on keeping the tax increase to a minimum said, “We do an awful lot for what we take in.”

Councillor Jack Bennest added: “The town has always been quite prudent. … We are proud of what we have done.”

Elsewhere in the budget:

  • An average commercial property will see its property tax rise $16.10.
  • Garbage and recycling rates remain the same as last year at $110
  • Sewer rates are going up by $4.10 to $332.10.
  • Metered water rates will increase by 1.5% to 60 cents per cubic metre.
  • Of the $11.3 million in spending: $6.4 million goes to the general operating and capital fund; $3.7 million to the water fund; and $1.2 million to the sewer fund.
  • On the income side: $3.8 million comes from grants, mainly provincial; user fees and sales of services account for $3.3 million; property taxes bring in $1.4 million; and other sources contribute about $2.7 million.

The five-year financial plan will be adopted at the April 11 regular council meeting.

Council briefs

Town downscales airport taxiway plan

The town will seek provincial grant funding to extend the north end of the Oliver Airport taxiway and leave the south end for another time.

Chief financial officer David Svetlichny told councillors on Tuesday that two earlier attempts to obtain provincial funding are believed to have been unsuccessful because the project was too large at a cost of $592,000.

By taking on the north end only, the cost is reduced to $346,000, of which a provincial grant would pay half and pre-paid leases at the airport would pay the rest.

Fortis pushes free energy savings program

Low-income Fortis customers could be eligible for free energy-use assessments and products, under the company’s Energy Conservation Assistance Program.

Fortis conservation and energy manager Carol Suhan urged town council on Tuesday to get behind the program, which could provide insulation upgrades, fridge replacement, new gas furnaces and more for people who qualify.

Savings resulting from increased energy efficiency in a home could be as high as $500 a year, Suhan said. Information and applications are available at fortisbc.com/myecap

Road closed for Junk Box Derby

Skagit Avenue will be closed to traffic from Tulameen to Main Streets on Saturday, April 23 for the annual soapbox races.
A three-member delegation from the 1st Oliver Cubs troop told council Tuesday they expect 50 local people for the event as well as competitors from Penticton and Summerland.

by Roy Wood

Something to think about – in April*

National Advance Care Planning Day will be celebrated locally in April.

You can participate by sharing information and having important conversations with family and friends.

You can learn more about Advance Care Planning by attending one of two free presentations being provided by Desert Valley Hospice Society and Community Foundation South Okanagan/Similkameen on Saturday, April 16th.

Oliver presentation will be at 11 a.m. at the Legion Hall
Osoyoos presentation will be at 2 p.m. at the Sonora Community Centre

Advance care planning is a process of communicating your future health care wishes and deciding on a Substitute Decision Maker – someone who could speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself.

Research has shown that advance care planning significantly reduces stress, depression and anxiety in family members and caregivers who know your wishes and can act with confidence on your behalf.

Into the record books

3-yolker eggI don’t know if you’d want to post this on your site as a human-interest story, but I thought I’d send it to you anyway.

Attached is my mother’s Easter breakfast surprise. She cracked open an egg to find 3 yolks inside it! Interestingly, the egg was no larger than usual. According to the Internet, the odds are 25 million to one of getting a triple-yolk egg.

My mother’s name is Alma Upsdell (just in case you want to use it).

Submitted by Eleanor Moyer