Rescue off the island

Okanagan River south of  McAlpine Bridge (HwY 97) is wild and has a number of small islands in it.

Today around 2 o’clock – people floating down the river got into a bit of trouble with the  swift current and high level of the river. 2 people apparently safe on shore awaiting help to get to the mainland.

Oliver Fire Department (Rescue Units) attended to determine all are safe but need to get off the island they are on.

2 people apparently safe on shore awaiting help to get to the mainland. Oliver Fire Department cleared the scene at about 4pm.


by Brenda Shaw

Musical School Trips

One particular year the Senior Band, Orchestra and Choir were invited to tour the Kootenays and play at three different schools.  We were transported there by school bus and billeted in local homes.  It was always fun because we were never billeted alone that I know of and we usually had a large group so we ended up talking well into the night.

We performed at Nelson, Castlegar and Trail to standing room only audiences as we had quite a good reputation for putting on really outstanding performances.  I remember Mr. Gergely was quite excited as he was from the Kootenay area and wanted to really show up the band and how good they were.

I was in the Choir only as I had given up the violin.  My sister Sandy played first clarinet and was in the Band, Orchestra and Choir.  My future brother in law Frank Jones was also in Band and Orchestra and was lead trumpet.

Our first concert night was in Nelson, then Castlegar and finally Trail. The auditoriums were absolutely packed and we performed in our usual enthusiastic way.  The choir performed several numbers from hit Broadway Shows including South Pacific, the Flower Drum Song and The King and I as well as other songs that Mr. deBoer had found for us.

The band played a lot of show music as well and Frank had a solo called “The Trumpeter’s Lullaby.  That first night in Nelson was kind of funny because when the band took the stage, Mr.Gergely laughingly said that he hoped the audience would enjoy the trumpet solo because the trumpeter had left his music in his locker at school!  Everyone laughed but Frank borrowed sheet music from the second Trumpeter and stood up in his white shirt, pants and his red and blue cape and never missed a beat.  He got a standing ovation.  Mr. Gergely took many bows that night and each and every night.

Mr. deBoer was both Choir Master and Orchestra Leader and did a wonderful job in conducting both.  We all used to get a real chuckle in choir because Mr. deBoer would sing along with us in his deep baritone voice and a huge smile on his face.

Everywhere we went we were treated like visiting royalty with tours of interesting sites and then home to our billet for a delicious dinner and off to the school to perform.

I loved all the music that we performed that year including a funny song.  It was called “A Big Brown Bear.”  The lyrics go something like this:

“I chanced upon a big brown bear, a gruff old bear was he. He basked content within his lair. I looked at him, and he looked at me. And all he said was “WOOF!” Ah me. And all he said was “WOOF!”

At the end of the song we were to hold the WOOF until Mr deBoer gave us the sign….we held that WOOF by staggering our breathing between the four sections of the choir and it was held for over five very long minutes.  Finally as Mr. deBoer brought his hands together to end it on what was supposed to be a very loud WOOF, we managed a faint little “woof” and it brought down the house.  I remember the audience rising as one to give us a standing ovation.  Mr. deBoer just beamed and decided that we would end it that way at our next two stops!! It was a hit! We always ended our repertoire with the Hawaiian song “Aloha Oe”

We had the best of times in those years.  We had top notch music teachers; beautiful music to play and sing but most of all, those wonderful trips out of town to entertain others.  Such good memories can never be erased!!

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Ice berg right near Port Rexton ( Bonavista Peninsula ) where we vacationed – Gail Blidook

Port Rexton is a small town in  Newfoundland . It is located on the East Coast of the island 10 minutes east of Trinity and 3 hours north of St John’s.

Population: 340 (2016)

Village of Clinton evacuated – near Kamloops

Source: CBC

A rapid expansion of the Elephant Hill wildfire in B.C.’s Interior has forced the evacuation of the village of Clinton and the surrounding region.

A series of evacuation orders came in rapid succession on Saturday, and just days after a separate evacuation order was issued to several properties northeast of Clinton due to a rapidly moving wildfire in the area.

Clinton is about 125 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, B.C., and has a population of approximately 650 people.

“It’s pretty scary,” said Clinton resident Tina Horsley upon arriving at the emergency centre in Kamloops. “I have a bunch of animals and six kids. To pack up and take a bunch of people out of there, it’s pretty scary.”

Late Saturday, the evacuation order for Clinton was expanded to include the Chasm Mill site, properties along Highway 97 to the north and south of Clinton, and an area to the north, south and east of Green Lake, including 70 Mile House

Mostly quiet on the fire front

Evacuation orders dropped at Monte Lake near Kamloops
Princeton Fire contained – no evacuation orders
Small fire at Naramata nipped in the bud
One Washington State fire sending high level smoke throughout the region – limited impact

Not exactly as pictured – by Pat Whalley

I don’t know why but I always manage to fall for the picture of the product and then feel disappointed when the article inside the packaging looks nothing like the advertised picture.

You really would think that, by now, I would have learned the truth about advertising but no, I fall every time.

Take fast food……the ad shows a hamburger as a sizzling piece of golden brown meat, with a piece of melted cheese, tomato and lettuce lovingly arranged and perfectly assembled on a freshly baked bun, each layer perfectly formed and begging to be sampled. You take your tray grab napkins and ketchup and sit down, ready for the feast.  Open the wrapper and their lies a very tired looking bun that has slid over to one side exposing a smeary mess of unripe tomato, wilted lettuce, cold cheese and a greasy patty all covered in a beige goop that has been lovingly described as “secret sauce”.

It is not just food that disappoints and is nothing like the picture on the box.  How often have you bought something that is shown in the store as something all assembled and ready to go.  The reality of the contents of the box is several pre drilled boards of something that never grew in the forest, a bag of assorted size screws, two pieces of plywood a strangely shaped piece of metal and an instruction sheet in seventeen languages.  It is at this point that I wonder if I should wait until Dave comes home but the job looks simple enough so I begin the assembly.

When you concentrate on the instructions, which are roughly translated from Portuguese, or some other language you do not understand, you find that the strange piece of twisted metal is actually to be used as some sort of screwdriver, well, you live and learn.  The picture shows an exploded version of the bookshelf you thought you had bought, however, when you try to line up your pieces in the same pattern as the drawing, you find the screwholes do not match up, hmmm.

Quite a few tries of assembling the puzzle later and you come to the conclusion that the holes have been drilled in the wrong place, so you try your hand at using an electric drill and make some fresh holes.  The pieces now line up but you have used a rather larger drill bit than was necessary so the screw rattles a bit in it’s hole.  Never mind, it is holding together so you really tighten the screws as much as possible to avoid the rattle.

You now stand your masterpiece upright and take a step back to admire your handiwork.  It looks wrong and on further inspection you discover the middle shelf is upside down and the unfinished side is facing out.  Maybe I should have waited for Dave but I will not admit defeat.  However, the screws are so well screwed in place that getting them to loosen up results in two broken fingernails and a gouge out of my thumb by the stupid thing masquerading as a screwdriver.  I say a few words that are not part of my public vocabulary and, very grudgingly, admit defeat.  On Dave’s arrival, he tries really hard not to smirk but in a rather condescending way he finishes the job.

I don’t know who I hate more the furniture manufacturer, the sales assistant who sold me the product or Dave for making it look so easy.  At this moment, I hate everyone and everything and I especially hate myself for failing at this simple task.  Oh well, only one thing to do, make some coffee and take a book out on the deck and have a good sulk.  That is one task that I can do perfectly!

On the Sunnyside

Elizabeth Ballard had a heart for students who were in difficult situations. In 1974 she submitted a story to HomeLife magazine, a Baptist family publication, where it was clearly labeled as fiction, but the content was touchingly true to life. Some of the incidents in the story were modeled after her own experiences or those of others.


Her story was about a fictional elementary teacher, Mrs. Thompson, who wanted to care about all her students the same but there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard (in some versions Stallard). He didn’t play well with the other children, his clothes were messy and he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. At times she resented him.

When she reviewed his file she was surprised to discover the following. Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around.” His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.” His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.” Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class.”

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.” After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets.” A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.

The story doesn’t end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, “Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.”

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, “Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.


Even though this touching tale is an invention, there may well be someone in our life who could be rescued from a life of despair by our compassion and care. Elizabeth Ballard of North Carolina has expressed disappointment that her fictional work continues to be circulated as a true story. However, perhaps we can make it a true story for someone else.

That would truly bring in the sunshine,

Henry Wiebe

RDOS now recommends Summerland for compost plant

Administrative Recommendation:
THAT the Regional District identify the Summerland Landfill as the preferred site for a Regional Compost facility; and, THAT the Marron Valley Road site be considered as a secondary alternative for the development of a Regional Compost facility. To be discussed again this Thursday at the RDOS board table.

To determine a preferred location for a Regional Compost Site for food waste, yard waste, wood waste and waste water treatment sludge.

Business Plan Objective:
Build a sustainable region
To develop an environmentally sustainable region
Complete site analysis of the new organics processing facility


The 2012 Solid Waste Management Plan called for the development of facilities that would allow food waste and other organics to be diverted from local landfills. The Plan also called for improvements of local composting facilities including those for waste water treatment sludge. In addition, the Regional District is now in contravention of the Landfill Gas Capture Regulation. RDOS has advocated to the Province that with the removal of organics from Campbell Mountain Landfill, a BioCover Methodology would be favourable to an Active Gas Capture System.With partial funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the RDOS hired Tetra Tech EBAto conduct numerous feasibility studies and odour models. The RDOS hired SLR to provide comparisons between 6 sites using 4 scenarios and the attached marketing study. SLR evaluated asite adjacent to the District of Summerland Landfill and the Marron Valley Road site as the two most favourable based on a number of predetermined criteria. In 2017 the RDOS engaged in a wide public consultation regarding the two sites following theupdated Provincial ‘Guide to Solid Waste Management Planning’.

RDOS loves a good survey

What is most important to you??

This is a satisfaction survey conducted this year for the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen.

94% of phone survey respondents were homeowners, compared to the same figure in 2014, 89% in 2012, and 91% in 2010 and 88% of those surveyed have lived in the Regional District more than five years, exactly the same percentage as in 2014 and 2012, and up 1% over 2010. 99% of respondents listed the RDOS as their principal place of residence.

There was an equal split in gender of respondents while in 2014, 41% of respondents were male and 59% were female. 32% of citizens were 65 years of age or older, 46% were aged 40–64, while only 23% were 18-39 years of age.


In 2017, as in 2014 80% of citizens rate the overall quality of life in their community as excellent, compared to 77% in 2012, and 81% in 2010. 75% rate their community as an excellent place to raise children with the highest rating going to Electoral Area “E”, closely followed by Area “C”. 80% rate the Regional District as an excellent place to retire.

Online Survey – 74 % of citizens are satisfied or very satisfied with their overall quality of life in their community. 64% of citizens are satisfied or very satisfied with their community as a place to raise children, and 70% of citizens are satisfied or very satisfied with the Regional District as a place to retire.


58% of Regional District citizens indicate they believe they receive good value for the taxes they pay, down from 60% in 2014, 62% in 2012, and up from 5.7% in 2010. When citizens were asked which methods the Regional District could use to involve citizens more in policy making, development planning and budget process, in the phone survey, citizens indicated that public meetings or public hearings, followed closely by contact with Regional District staff were most important.

This would seem to support the Regional District’s increasing focus on community engagement and the need for the Regional District to get out into each community more frequently. In the online survey, citizens ranked public opinion surveys much higher than other methods.


Only 37% of our citizens responding to the phone survey, have had personal contact with the Regional District over the past year, the majority of that by phone. 62% of our citizens surveyed use social media and 54 % look to the RDOS website for information. When citizens were asked how they learn about local government issues 44% said by newspaper, 37% by word of mouth, neighbours, and 22% from RDOS publications. Online Survey – 71% of citizens have had personal contact with the Regional District over the past year, the majority of that being via email.

65% of citizens responding online use social media. When citizens were asked how they learn about local government issues 57% said by newspaper, 46% word of mouth (neighbours, friends), and 50% said from the RDOS website.

Police chase ends with spike belt near OK Falls


Around 6:10 p.m. a grey 2006 Ford F350 reported stolen from the Walmart parking lot. Less than one hour later, an employee at the prison in Oliver contacted the Penticton RCMP to report an unknown male had visited the facility to drop off an item for an inmate in the stolen truck.

RCMP departed towards Oliver and spotted the stolen truck travelling north on Highway 97 near Vaseux Lake.

“A spike belt was successfully deployed at Highway 97 and Weyerhauser Road which resulted in three tires on the truck being deflated,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said “The male driver did not stop for police after driving over the spike belt and continued to drive another 2.6 kilometres through residential streets in Okanagan Falls and on Highway 97.”

Police report that the truck came within several feet of hitting a fire hydrant and commercial building, running two stop signs, almost hitting pedestrians and forcing cars on the highway to swerve around it.

The male suspect finally stopped the truck about 1.5 km north of Okanagan Falls and ran into the brush on the west side of the highway. He was spotted ten minutes later running toward Skaha Lake, said Moskaluk.

Gregory Montague was eventually arrested after trying to swim away from RCMP officers for about 20 minutes in the lake. Police say he provided a false name when he was arrested. A search of the truck located documents in Montague’s name and a small amount of methamphetamine, an open bottle of alcohol and multiple pliers.

He went to court Wednesday pleading guilty to theft over $5000, fail to stop for the police and dangerous driving. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail and a 3 year driving prohibition.

Think about it – with Joseph Seiler


Valid means genuine, true, having been checked out. If you validate me that could mean that you verify that I am who or what I am (yes, Joseph is an accordion player). It could also mean that you see me as a real and worthy human being and help me to realize it. We can validate a parking voucher by getting it stamped at the kiosk in the mall. That means we actually were shopping there, not going across the street

Invalid means not genuine, not valid, not accepted as real. Invalid, as a noun, means injured in such a way that the person cannot function fully. To be invalided is to be released from the Armed Forces due to a permanent injury. I can invalidate someone by discounting them, not seeing them as up to some kind of standard. Invalidation is the basis of prejudice and discrimination of all kinds

When it comes to whether or not I validate or invalidate you, sheesh, where do I get such power. Besides, who cares whether or not I validate or invalidate another person. Maybe the one who validates is one kind of person and the one who invalidates is another kind. I say the one who invalidates is sad, lonely, scared and rather unsure of what to do in order to get themselves some validation

I don’t actually ‘make’ something valid or otherwise. I form an opinion and decide that something is invalid or valid. How did I gain such power? Well, nobody knows unless I tell them what my opinion is, though it would show in my behaviours. Plus, my opinion, again, does not ‘make’ anything valid or invalid. That is just me believing I have some kind of extraordinary hold on all in the Universe. Not likely, huh.

So where does one go to be validated? For parking tickets it is the kiosk in the mall. For people, where? Seems to be two sources of validation for people. Either others validate me… or I do. As I think about it, if I can validate myself, I mean truly and fully feel valid, there is a good chance that I can see you as valid too. Without that self validation, not so much. We have the doorway, validate yourself and the world becomes full of valid people

Smokey skies from Washington state fire – south of Cathedral Lake

Castanet reports:

Considerable smoke can be seen in the skies around the South Okanagan, due to a wildfire burning south of the border.

The B.C. Wildfire branch has confirmed the smoke is coming from a wildfire burning in Washington, dubbed the “Diamond Creek Fire.”

The 2,700 hectare blaze is burning around 28 kilometres north of Mazama, Wash. (ne of Winthrop)

That would put the fire about 17 kilometres from the Canada – USA border.

Christy Clark resigns as Liberal Party Leader

Happy to be Oliver

Former premier Christy Clark will step down as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party on Aug. 4 and leave politics.

The announcement comes just 10 days after B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan was sworn in as B.C. premier, having formed a historic alliance with the B.C. Green Party following a tumultuous provincial election.

“Serving as premier and serving the people of British Columbia for the past 6½ years has been an incredible honour and privilege,” Clark said in a statement. “I am so proud of everything our B.C. Liberal team has accomplished.

“I am certain that British Columbia’s best days lie ahead.”

Soutce: CBC

Nag Nag………. Nag!!

ODN is a great service but a few rules apply….


Have you noticed your FREE ad is not on Oliver Daily New – why would that be?


You have not given a first and last name – required

You have not given contact info – required

You have tried to engage in a chit chat – not allowed

99.9 % of readers know and understand this – are you part of the .o1 percent that is not listening??

Vaseux lake – weeds – is there a solution?

Last year a lot of complaints about weeds destroying the lake with requests to get rid of the noxious plants.

ODN has been following this for some time and contacted the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

So far no landing spot for the mower has been found according to the staff at Kelowna’s OBWB office.

Gearing up for mid August weekend of entertainment

“Uncork the Sun” and celebrate the summer wine festival in Oliver on Friday, August 18.

From 6-10pm in Oliver Community Park discover the exciting outdoor concert and wine tasting event hosted by Oliver Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association (OOWA) and the Oliver Tourism Association (OTA). The Uncork the Sun event is the official fundraiser for the Oliver Sunshine Festival, which provides a day of free entertainment for the whole family on August 19. “It will be a pleasure to showcase the products of the wineries of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country at this annual event that draws both locals and visitors,” says OOWA Executive Director Jennifer Busmann.

“There is no better way to celebrate summer in the Wine Capital of Canada and support the Oliver Sunshine Festival than attending a fun, interactive wine tasting event like this one.” wide range of song favourites, from AC/DC and the Tragically Hip to Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.

“Jack & Jill”, a rock and roll band from Summerland BC, have been known to bring down the house at various private parties, events, festivals and of course the local pub and bar scene. They play a variety of song favorites ranging from Janis Joplin and No Doubt to Miranda Lambert and Queen. The band is made up of a wide array of artistic suspects committed to keeping the tradition of “Rock and Roll” alive. In an era of auto-tune and backing tracks, this band upholds the values of live music. Concert-goers can enjoy the live entertainment while sipping various locally produced wines and brews and enjoying the relaxing park atmosphere. Tasting tickets are only $1 and can be used for both food and beverage. Taste the culinary creations of local chefs and vendors and celebrate the diverse culture of the area through food.

“This is a great event for families,” says organizer Carol Sheridan. “There is so much green space to run and play around in and just a really relaxed night for all ages. Plan to bring chairs or a blanket, taste some food and wine, and dance!” Sheridan notes that there will be shaved ice and non-alcoholic drinks for sale for kids.
Tickets for the Uncork the Sun event are just $30 for adults, $15 for students and children under 8 are free, all proceeds go towards the Roots & Fruits Expo. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, 5 tasting tickets and live entertainment. A limited number of tickets are available for the event, tickets can be purchased in advance at the Oliver Visitor Centre, at the Oliver Community Centre, at or at the gate while they last. For event and ticket information please visit or or phone 250-498-4985. Volunteers are still needed for the event, if interested please contact Rhoda at the Oliver Visitor Centre 778-439-2363.

Serious charges laid against Oliver hunting guide

From court services online:

Information # 44876

James Darin Weins has been charged with one criminal offence and a number of infractions under provincial statutes.

Weins, 50, has been accused of eight offences, including hunting with bait, shooting from a vehicle, guiding in a park without permit and failing to accompany a client.

The offences, which fall under the provincial Wildlife and Parks acts, and the Criminal Code of Canada, carry with them a range of penalties, the most serious of which is five years in jail and a $500,000 fine.

“The charges relate to violations committed in 2015 and 2016 while guiding non-resident hunters in the Oliver area,” said Insp. Tobe Sprado of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

He will appear again in provincial court August 30th.

Thursday – regional fire update

Lake Country Fire – RCMP seeking an arsonist stating fire set deliberately

Princeton Fire – all evacuation orders cancelled – blaze 100 percent contained

Monte Lake Fire – fire of not in our region (Near Kamloops)The fire began Wednesday afternoon right beside Highway 97, in between Vernon and Kamloops, near the north end of Monte Lake. About 100 hectares ablaze.