The meaning of a pink shirt – RCMP officers take to local schools

BC’s Provincial Police Force, the RCMP supports all local communities and stands with them to fight against this negative behavior. Bullying!!! It can be any unwelcomed or aggressive behavior that makes a person feel uncomfortable, hurt or scared. Often bullying can have long term effects on a person, either physically, socially, or psychologically. Bullying is not a gender issue – it occurs with boys on boys, girls on girl and the opposite as well.
Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a student at a Nova Scotia high school was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
To take a stand against bullies, one student went out and bought pink shirts to give to his fellow students to show their support of the boy being bullied.
Pictured Cpl. Christina Tarasoff and Cst. Peter Wise – off to visit schools in the district – Oliver Detachment

Box Factory memories – updated

I found this picture in my parents picture collection. Anderson/Fleming. These ladies worked in the Box Factory in Oliver in 1947.
My mom, Margaret (Fleming) Anderson is the 3rd from the back, top row.
Does anyone recognize anyone else?
Audrey MacNaughton
Editor’s note – picture is not very clear but we will attempt to obtain and scan
More history with John Kiss
We also had a Sawmill in Oliver. It took up a large area, south, south-east of the SUN-RYPE Juice Plant, on the East side of the railroad tracks and Sawmill Road.
It even had it’s own little lake on which the timbers floated to be sorted. Also it had a Box Factory, where dozens of people made all the boxes and box materials
for all the packed fruit to be shipped out in. There were no cardboard boxes those days. The railroad had tracks right into the mill yard, empty cars were dropped off every morning to be loaded with all the different sized lumber. All the loading was done by muscle power, one piece at a time. Sawmill work was hard work, but the mill and Box Factory gave employment for a lot of people. Office workers, maintenance, surveyors loggers, truckers and the dozens and dozens of people on the floor of the mill and Box Factory. I am certain, there are still some people around, who worked there, but there must be many more descendants who must have memories. many of the ladies, who worked at the Box Factory, same as the ones at the packing houses, were mothers, who took their young ones to  babysitters in the early morning hours, so they can show up at work at 7 or 8 A.M. Thank you to all of them.
Also thank you to Audrey MacNaughton for the picture showing the ladies, who worked there.
Besides the Packing Houses, we had a SUN-RYPE Juice Plant in Oliver. It was located directly South of the Oliver Co-Operative Growers Exchange Packing House.
It had a gigantic press, that pressed the juice out of the apples. The pressed juice was processed and for many, many years was also canned right here, on location.
It employed a large number of people, and it was a very well producing plant, for years more efficient than the main plant in Kelowna. As years went by, somewhere, the decision was made to stop the canning operation in Oliver, just do it all at the Kelowna plant. The juicing of apples continued on for years. The pressed juice was transported in big tanker trucks to the Kelowna plant to be canned. Eventually, the Oliver Plant was shut down, all the juicing apples had to be hauled up to the Kelowna plant. The property and building became part of the Oliver Co-Op, and for years was used as the Maintenance Shop.

Why is the rural education report under wraps? NDP thinking ?

“The Report has been on the Minister of Education’s desk since the change over in Government. All of the participants and contributers should have received a copy of the Report as I suggested to the Minister 6 months ago.”
Linda Larson
MLA, Boundary Similkameen

the glass is half full and sometime just half empty

Trustees of School District 67 Penticton/Summerland want the report on rural education – released. That report completed while the Liberal Government was in charge but NOT given to the public by the NDP/Green Coalition Government.
“I understand why they want it released. It should be released. There’s nothing of harm it at all,” the Boundary Similkameen MLA said from Victoria Monday evening. Larson undertook preparing the report in her role as parliamentary secretary for rural education when the Liberal government was in power. She said there wasn’t time to release the report formally before the switchover in government. She hoped it would be released last summer, but it wasn’t.
“We did a provincial report on rural schools and it was completed last spring and went to the minister. Then the changeover of government happened and it was not acted or released. It’s out of my hands. I don’t have the authority to release it,” she said.
With files from Black Press Digital

Scenes when passing

Oliver’s new hotel being stored at Okanagan Falls? Keep you eyes up – when driving by  – you can see the storage.
Below – dump truck spills rip-rap as the project on River Rd nears completion. Shoreline secured.

37 year Oliver resident appears in provincial court today

Arrest of Oliver Resident
On February 15th Oliver RCMP were conducting pro-active patrols within the Town of Oliver. At approximately 11:00 am police  pulled over a suspicious vehicle with a burnt out taillight. Upon further investigation police arrested the driver, Jeremy Hargreaves, for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Fail to Comply with a Condition of an Undertaking by being in control of a Motor Vehicle without the Owner Present.
Hargreaves, age 37, is scheduled to appear in Penticton Court again Wednesday on a bail request.
Oliver RCMP

Funding police costs in Oliver – dominates council business

If and when Oliver’s population hits 5000+ ……..major policing costs incur.
70 percent of those costs will be bourne by local tax-payers – something Osoyoos is about to do.
Town of Oliver council adopted a plan on major police incident cost (a murder investigation is an example) – Councillors have adopted a policy that a limit of $1 million will be set for this reserve (funding by non-market increases in taxation)
Town of Oliver council adopted a policy of charging taxpayers an extra 9 percent a year on the tax roll for at least five years to fund that 70 percent of police costs. BUT – this is the good part – all that money will be not be kept in a reserve but spent on sidewalks and roads ( capital projects ) until the tax capacity is needed for policing in  2023-24. 

Water supplies for Wilson Mtn Road ??

Some facts, a proposal, concerns of residents and a matter of getting all the ducks in order.
Scott Linttell (Arbor Crest Development) wants the Town of Oliver to supply potable water to a 32 lot subdivision in the Regional District but not inside the boundaries of the former SOLID water district.
The subdivision is 39 acres off Wilson Mountain Rd to the north and west of Oliver. Each lot would be 1 acre or more. The developer wants to utilize an old water storage unit owned by the Town to guarantee 50 gpm to the site.
The proposal requires the approval of the Regional District which could or would operate the water system.
Linttell told a meeting of Oliver Town Council today that nearby residents would not be required to join the system. Originally they had been asked to consent to paying about $12, 500 each to join the community water system but some have balked. Linttel said the property had been zoned for development for 20 years but any go ahead was dependent on the supply of potable water.
Janie Hood – wished Mr. Linttell well with his proposal but was not interested in connecting
Doug Allen – said he had good water and pressure and did not want to be obligated to join a community system.
All present owners in the area have their own wells and utilize inexpensive Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems for drinking and cooking water.
John Herbert – said all residents have poor water quality (uranium content) and all present solutions are band-aides until potable/domestic water is
supplied by a utility like the Town of Oliver. Herbert stated the water is 40 to 120 times above the allowable limit of uranium content.

Lintell speaking with RDOS directors

Mayor Ron Hovanes said the area could be used for housing as it is zoned for that but not in a primary area with the Regional Growth Strategy Plan. Hovanes also said that the Town has dealt with the issue once before and said no. The Town is concerned with low pressure and the possibilities of liability by being the supplier.
Councillor Dave Mattes says 50 gpm is not a lot of water. Linttell says a second  and new reservoir would be needed above the subdivision to supply fire flow for hydrants.
Water Councillor Andre Miller did not indicate support for the proposal and said if this goes ahead it would be done on the basis of the developer owning the system. Councillor Mattes said if the RDOS is to run the system then maybe the proposal should be made by it once directors have determined they want to support the concept.
Other councilors expressed some support but also concern to the costs involved and who pays. The system is expected to cost at least a half million dollars.
Mayor Hovanes stated there would be no clear answers today – this was an initial stab at it. It is expected the Town will do a comprehensive report on water supply and the use of its former infrastructure. A fair amount of discussion would have to take place at the Regional Board.

Respected community leader dies in Mexico

Greg Norton died Saturday after a wedding that the entire family attended in Mexico last weekend.
ODN was informed of this from multiple sources Sunday but waited for family confirmation.
We  have spoken to members of  his extended family and a number of his best friends  – with all shocked and saddened by the news.
He is survived by his sister Nita, wife Chris, children Sarah and Jesse + grandchildren.
Greg will be missed by many as most of his life he has led the community through many issues.
ODN published a brief profile of Greg earlier today.

Greg Norton – a profile

Greg Norton, ALC Commissioner – Oliver
Greg Norton was a fruit farmer in Oliver, BC since 1988. Active in his community, Norton was chair of the Agriculture Area Plan Committee Rural Oliver, chair of the Environmental Farm Plan Working Group, chair of the Agriculture Research and Development, chair of the Agriculture Environment Initiatives Board, and president of the Loose Bay Campground Society. He was past president and director of the Okanagan Cherry Growers Association, past vice-president of the BC Wildlife Federation, and the founding chair of the Sterile Insect Release Program.
source: Agricultural Land Commission
Greg Norton was a member and chief spokesperson for the Grasslands Park Review Coalition – principal opponent of a National Park in the South Okanagan.
Graduated from SOSS in 1970
Born in 1952
Regional Director – Area C Oliver – Chair of the RDOS for a number of years
Orchardist on same land of three generations of Norton
Grandfather, Charles Norton worked on construction of the SO Lands Project irrigation canal circa 1923
Greg worked as foreman for a period to Lands Project successor – SO Lands and Irrigation District prior to taking over the family farm from parents Eric and Babe Norton.
Helped organize, construct and maintain the Loose Bay campground for fruit pickers
Ran unsuccessfully  for Mayor in 1993.
source: Files of ODN
Note from Editor – this information was originally written in the present tense until confirmation of Greg’s death from family members.

The TRUE Tale of the shooting on the S.S. Okanagan

By Brian Wilson, Archivist  – editor Archivos Magazine
The tragic shooting of Constable Geoffrey H. Aston* of the Provincial Police is a strange tale. Constable Aston was well liked in Penticton and beyond, having served in the Yukon and territories while a NWMP officer. He was a bachelor living on Ellis Street in downtown Penticton. He was a staunch Freemason and a member of the Greenwood Lodge.
This saga began with the armed robbery of the Okanagan Mission general store.
The characters in this drama are led by a desperado who deserted from the American army, Walter Boyd James. Through his many aliases he liked to emulate his folk hero “Jessie” James; and like Jessie, Walter was never without his guns. He had drifted about the Okanagan, working as a labourer for many of the large land-holders but never for very long. Then on Saturday evening, March 23, 1912; Walter James robbed the Okanagan Mission store at gunpoint. He burst into the store with a large pistol held high and yelled, “Hands up!” The young assistant, Roy Randall, complied quickly but a customer, Mr. Small laughed, thinking it was a prank and had the pistol placed at his temple. Mr. Taylor, the proprietor emerged from the back and was forced to the till but James found it empty. He pushed Taylor to the back and made him open the safe. As the bandit’s attention was at the safe, Randall made a dash out the door. James gave chase firing a round at the fleeing boy, missing him in the darkness. James hurried back to loot the safe and escaped into the night with a small booty.
Randall hurried to the Bellevue Hotel but lost precious time convincing patrons that the robbery was not a joke. Taylor finally reached the telephone to inform the authorities. James was identified even though he was disguised by a white handkerchief and large droopy hat, as he had been loitering about the Hotel most of the day.
Constable Tooth was informed of the robbery and he immediately informed authorities north and south to watch for anyone matching the description.
Walter had headed south over the Wild Horse Canyon trail on the east side of Okanagan Lake. On this road he met with a drifter, Frank Wilson who decided to travel south with James. James made no indication that he was on the run from the authorities. Wilson must have been a little suspicious of a man carrying a Winchester repeater and two 44 caliber revolvers in a hip holster. They arrived at the BC Hotel in Penticton the next day but found it fully booked. After trying other hostelries with no luck they returned to the BC Hotel. As they entered the lounge, they found Chief Roche and Constable Aston waiting.
Needless to say, Wilson was very upset and set upon James for not informing him of the serious charge. Wilson insisted to the constable that he was just a bystander. They were both to be transported to Kelowna to be charged. Chief Roche thought Aston should wait until morning to embark but Aston insisted on taking the prisoners onto the boat, the S.S. Okanagan, which was set to sail in the morning. Chief Roche again insisted that Aston not take on the task alone and he suggested Mr. Pope, a retired constable, travel along. Constable Aston did try a colleague, Mr. A.E. Paris, but he was engaged. Mr. Pope did return to the S.S. Okanagan at sailing time and looked in on the travelers and found them asleep in their stateroom.
The heinous deed took place while at sail between Penticton and Peachland. It seems from later testimony, that James had hidden a small 22 cal. pistol in bag under his arm. It had not been detected by the police search on his capture. While Aston slept, the small firearm was retrieved. As Aston awoke, James asked him for a glass of water. When offered he drew the pistol and demanded that the officer put his hands up. Aston refused and leapt on James in an attempt to disarm him. The gun made a small ‘pop’ and the Constable fell to the floor.
James turned to Wilson, who was in a state of panic, and pushed the pistol in his face growling “If you cry out I will shoot you dead!” James offered to tie up Wilson and leave him with the dying officer, but in his fear, Wilson refused. The two retrieved the keys to the shackles and the weapons carried by the constable, covered him and then left by the deck door. Without raising any suspicion, they left the sternwheeler at Peachland dock.
As the ship left Peachland, the purser Alfred Watson searched his records and discovered that there had been no tickets issued for Peachland and became suspicious of the two men who left the ship. Just moments later a steward raised alarm with the purser as there was no reply at the constable’s stateroom door. They were able to enter from the deck and found Constable Aston still alive yet gravely wounded. Captain Estabrook was informed and the ship made haste to Gellatly Bay where he raised alarm with authorities north and south. The ship made way to Kelowna where the officer was transferred to hospital. Constable George Aston was pronounced dead soon after arriving.
Before noon, the valley was alive with the news and the manhunt began. Magistrates made every available man a ‘special constable’ and they were ordered to join a posse in their community. The order went out to ‘shoot on sight’ if any resistance was offered. Well over 200 men set out to find the trail. Many hobos and vagrants were herded to the lakeshore for identification.
Then a break; tracks were discovered at the snowline at the Glen Robinson mine above Peachland, then a report that they had held up a shack in Westbank for food. The search continued through the night and it wasn’t until 4pm the following day that a report of their capture came through.
Special Constables Ramsey and Seely had been searching the waterfront at Wilson’s Landing and had spotted the two men sitting on a log near Ramsey’s ranch. The two officers covered the two with their rifles and, even though James seemed to reach for his weapon, he was disarmed without incident. (At the inquest, James asserted that he had seen the constables and could have easily shot them down.)
The two escapees were taken aboard the S.S. Okanagan and securely tied to the mast and transported to Kelowna to await trial.
At the inquest, Wilson offered testimony against James and, oddly, James corroborated Wilson’s testimony in every detail. Both were charge with the murder and transported to Kamloops to await trial. For his cooperation, Frank Wilson had all charges dropped and was released sometime later. Walter James was convicted and sent to the gallows September 9th.
James was defiant ‘til the end. On the day of his execution, he made a dash for the open door at mealtime, throwing pepper he had saved, into the face of the deathwatch officer. The officer quickly subdued James with his truncheon, knocking him unconscious. The 24 year old James went to the hangman with a large knot on his head.
Source: Okanagan Archives Trust Society
* adjustment made to the name

Condolences to the family

Fraser Albert Sutherland
March 24, 1942-February 11, 2018
Fraser was born in Vancouver, B.C. to Albert Sutherland and the late Agnes Sutherland. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Genneine Pare, sons Fraser and Jason, and daughter Tanis. Fraser’s grandchildren, Tristan, Jensen, Fraser Jr., Savannah, Georgi and Tommy were his pride and joy. He will be fondly missed by his siblings, Sister Sally Franks (Richard), Brothers David (Sieglinde) and John Sutherland (Rene), his Uncle Dave Evans, cousins, nephews and a nieces. He was predeceased by his Aunt Evie New in December.
Fraser went through school in Oliver, then on to BCIT. He later was employed by West Kootenay Power and then on to B.C. Tel. He was very active in sports, basketball, water polo, skydiving, car racing, skiing and his greatest love was fishing in the Skeena River.
Fraser and Genneine made their home in Prince George and then moved on to Terrace where he retired from B.C.Tel. Fraser moved to Vernon in 2014 to be with his daughter when she needed help with her very ill husband Scott, who passed away in December 2014. Fraser stayed with Tanis and Savannah until his wife moved down to Vernon where they took up permanent residence.
Fraser loved his family and spent as much time as possible with his grandchildren. The family spent many Christmases on Mt. Baldy with the Sutherland family. His friends, old and new were also very important to him; he enjoyed their visits and reminiscing about good times spent together.
Fraser has requested no service.
Condolences may be sent to Box 265, Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0

Upcoming "Joe Trio" entertains the South Okanagan

By Marion Boyd
The always popular Joe Trio, known as the “Court Jesters of the Classical” will be returning to Oliver on Friday, March 9th for a 7:30 pm concert. This is the last of this season’s performances presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society and will bring some totally engaging musical merriment to the Venables stage. The Trio with its violin-cello-piano virtuosity, combines the wit, charm and talent of three musicians who together collaborated just a few years ago with the late CBC storyteller Stuart McLean on fun filled tours with the Vinyl Cafe.
Pianist Cameron Wilson’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles across North America. In addition to Joe Trio, he plays in a gypsy jazz quarter, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, a Francophone inspired trio called Pastiche and the Mariachi Del Sol and Tambura Rasa.
Cellist Charles Inkman’s career has included playing backup for visiting artists such as John Denver and Brian Wilson in addition to playing with a symphony orchestra and teaching on the faculty of the VSO School of Music.
Pianist Allen Stiles holds a Masters degree in piano performance from UBC and has played for musicals and operas as well as chamber ensembles. He teaches at a number of Vancouver area schools of music and thrives as a freelance pianist.

If the past is an indicator this show promises to be a hit so get your tickets quickly online at or at the theatre box office Tuesday through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Single tickets in advance are $23 and a single last minute ticket at the door is $25.
It has been said many times that Joe Trio is simply not your average piano trio. They can’t be neatly categorized and that suits them just fine. They strive for diversity, versatility, humour and the unpredictable. Yes, the repertoire includes the classics from Haydn to Shostakovich but it also includes new contemporary works and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. They have ability and bravado, mix musical styles in a single piece and their blend of music and theatrical performing techniques leave audiences with a new and completely painless appreciation of classical music!
Joe Trio has toured extensively and their popularity has grown so they are frequently invited back as has happened here.
Don’t miss the delight of this end of winter concert and bring along a credit card so you can get tickets for the lineup planned for the coming season. We are so fortunate to have generous sponsors that make it possible to offer the very best in music for prices accessible to almost everyone including the very young in age as well as heart.
More information is available at 250 495 6487. Bus transportation for those in Osoyoos can also be arranged by calling this number.

$1400 raised for Stephen Lewis Foundation

Grandmothers for Africa, Marion Boyd and Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen, do some serious counting at the windup of a hugely successful fund raising Bridge Tournament on February 21st for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The event drew a good crowd to Fairview Golf Club for bridge and lunch. Fairview staff, Jesse and Yvonne proved their friendly organizational skills and were much appreciated especially by Grannies’ convenor, Leslie Marriott. Some $1400 was raised for the ongoing work in Africa where grandmothers here generate funds for grass roots programs to support and assist African grandmothers. Those tireless women are nurturing a new generation of kids often orphaned and certainly impacted by the AIDS pandemic.
In Canada the work of Grandmothers for Africa has expanded to include a valuable advocacy role. Few people here, for example, are aware that a majority of primary schools, even government sponsored ones in many parts of Africa, require school fees which exclude little children from poor families from basic education. Canadian Grandmothers across this country have taken the initiative to see this changes. Their sustained efforts and political will is making a difference. Recently Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada will double its pledge to the Global Partnership for Education to $180 million over 3 years. This result, at a time of international budget restraint, is heartening.
Canada also led the way at the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference in Senegal early in February. Goals were achieved and the biggest source of education financing came from developing countries themselves stepping up to the plate. Together we can make a difference.
If you want to join us, the local Grandmothers group meets the first Thursday of every month at 1 pm at the Oliver United Church. Come and be welcomed. We have fun, create new friendships and do some good in the world. Our motto: “Do what you can, when you can.”

SOSS – students on stage

Master shot – large format – press to enlarge
Performances Thursday, Friday, Saturday this week at Frank Venables Theatre

Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade. During the performance, the performers frequently break the “fourth wall”, directly addressing the audience and seemingly forgetting (or perhaps reminding the audience) that they are actors in a musical. The original Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances, closing in 2015 as the 29th-longest running show in Broadway history.

Keep fit with Kandice Davidson

Who doesn’t want to burn fat?  If you want a fat burner at the end of a workout do a metabolic finisher.  It is an intense exercise or series of exercises performed at the end of the workout.  Its purpose is to accelerate fat loss, increase your work capacity and enhance your conditioning.  It is high intensity & short duration.
It is NOT recommended to do these daily.  Start with once a week and then build up to twice a week.
BUT… if you are overly stressed, lack energy or motivation, ‘finishers’ won’t help you, they likely will make your condition worse!  In these circumstances, finishers are not sustainable.
What most people need is a metabolic starter, not a finisher.  If you are looking to boost your metabolism through exercise, think long term.  It’s not one workout, nor is it only a few weeks of working out but rather Every Day.  It’s got to be sustainable, things you can do every day for the rest of your life!
Incorporate daily movement and intentional exercise that is sustainable, challenging and fun.  It should be something that is simple and gives you energy rather than draining you.  Here are examples of simple ways to create a metabolic starter in your daily routine.
Incorporate daily walks outside for at least 20 minutes.
Have a daily morning recharge or restart, which is a joint mobility sequence.
Have at least 2 super simple exercise routines that you can do regularly.

Example 1: Pushups, Pullovers & Squats.

Example 2:  Presses, Rows & Deadlifts.

Example 3:  Carries and Crawls.

These exercise sessions should be anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes.
If you have no idea about exercise, what to do and how to do it, hire a coach to guide you!
Practice makes Permanent.  Move more to feel better.
For more info or if you have questions, feel free to email me.

Oliver RCMP reports – Community connections

The Oliver RCMP responded to the following calls for service over the last week:
Residential and Commercial Alarms, Fraud, Sudden Death, Suicidal Persons, Harassment, Assaults, Unwanted Persons, Thefts, Motor Vehicle Incidents and Assist General Public calls.
Investigations of note:
February 16th Break and Enter to a Residence through an unlocked door, a number of household items were stolen including a laptop and camera.
February 17th Theft of Vehicle, vehicle was recovered later that day in Oliver. February 18th Theft of Vehicle, vehicle not yet recovered. February 19th Break and Enter to a Commercial Building through a locked side door, a seadoo, air compressor and tools were stolen.
On February 17th Oliver members responded to a male with an axe observed breaking into a commercial building. Police Dog Service attended and upon members searching the building located Steve Godbout hiding behind a door with a raised axe. Police Dog Harro made contact with Godbout and members were able to wrestle the axe away from Godbout as he was attempting to strike Harro. A struggle ensued and members were able to eventually restrain and arrest Godbout. Godbout is currently charged with Assault with a Weapon, Assault a Peace Officer, Resist a Peace Officer and Break and Enter with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence. Godbout has been remanded in custody and will appear in Penticton Court on February 28th.
The last 2 vehicles that were stolen in Oliver were older model vehicles that did not have an immobilizer chip. Oliver RCMP would like to remind the community that if they do own an older model vehicle it may be worth investing in an anti-theft locking device such as a steering wheel or tire lock.
On a happy note, Oliver RCMP visited the students at Inkameep Pre-school and Daycare and talked with them about street safety and answered many great question from the 3 and 4 year olds! The children also had the opportunity to meet and interact with retired Police Dog Mako and a chance to sit in and look through the police vehicle. Oliver RCMP enjoys the chance to get out into the community and make connections, if you have a group or organization that would like a visit please do not hesitate to call.
Have a good and safe weekend.

Cpl.  Christina TARASOFF
Oliver RCMP

By Pat Whalley

September of 1989 and we were camping in Okanagan Falls.  Now there was only the two of us, we didn’t take the tent trailer we just had our van and a dining tent.  We did really relaxed camping, no bells and whistles, just a Coleman stove and a cooler and best of all, no phone.
Things had been very stressful for several months.  Dave was probably going to lose his job, due to his firm merging with another.  My job had become increasingly stressful and coping with the uncertainty of Dave’s job had us both on edge.
The four girls were adults and basically independent so we were trying to decide on a new future for ourselves.  At forty five, Dave was unsure if he would get another good job and we were both worried about what our future would bring.
During our years of camping holidays we had talked of owning a campground, we spent hours discussing how we would change various things about the campgrounds we visited.  Our favourite camping spot was in Sooke, on Vancouver Island, we loved the casual setting and realized that with the dozen or so mobile homes located on the site, the campground brought in a year round income.  We fell in love with the idea of this life.  However, the idea of giving up his steady paycheque was very hard for Dave and this had been the cause of much indecision and stress.
So, here we were on the beach in OK Falls and we realized the constant stream of RV’s that we could see coming down the hill all needed to find somewhere to camp.  Maybe the South Okanagan could be our future if we could find the right property for the right price.  We wanted to be near, but not in Penticton so, with this in mind we visited a realtor in Penticton and asked him to investigate the possibility of us finding something we could afford.
Over the winter he sent us various listings, some we had no interest in but several seemed possible.  The one property that really caught our eye was the Bel Air Cedar motel.  It was just a small, old motel with three cottages and 3 and a half acres of orchard.  The idea of the cottages gave the possibility of Dave’s dad moving with us and also there would be a private home for our youngest daughter, who wanted to come along.  The cherry orchard seemed like a perfect place for us to open a campground and design it just the way we wanted it.
We listed our home in February and soon got a sale, we then had to find temporary housing until we found our new home in the Okanagan.  We rented a two bedroom apartment, and downsized our belongings as we knew we were probably heading for a smaller home when we bought our campground.  The furniture and most of our excess belongings were snapped up by the four girls who were either just starting life on their own or had only been out in the world for a few years.
In April 1990 we came for a week’s visit to see what was available.  We viewed several places but the instant we stepped out of the car at the Bel Air, we felt at home.  The motel was old but clean but the potential of the orchard to be turned into an RV park was obvious.  Cherry trees were decked out in spring glory but we tried to resist the allure of the setting and look at the actual piece of property.  The three  cottages were old but solid, there was a good sized pool and some outbuildings that could be made into washrooms and laundry facilities for future campers.  This was it, this was our new home, lots of hard work ahead of us but we were ready to take on the challenge.  The property was already zoned for camping but had only been used for tenting, not much in the way of facilities but lots of ways we could make this place our own.
Our offer was accepted and we went home to prepare for the move.  In six weeks we would be back and ready to start the next phase of our life.  The stress was replaced by the excitement of the opportunity and we drove home with new hope for our future.

Osoyoos Times loses editor – Aberdeen making strategic moves

Editorial staff at the Osoyoos Times is getting a bit thinner with the departure of editor Keith Lacey for an on-line publication in Penticton.
Operations manager Ronda Jahn confirmed Friday that Lacey’s last day will be next Wednesday.
Reporter and digital editor Richard McGuire will move to the editor’s chair. Vanessa Broadbent will continue to split her time as a reporter between the Times and the Oliver Chronicle. Lionel Doherty will stay on as editor of the Chronicle.
Both publications are owned by Aberdeen Publishing with Robert W. Doull of Penticton listed as president.

Credit: CBC

Lacey said in an interview Friday that he will become the editor of Penticton Now, an on-line only publication. It will start up once Lacey completes three weeks of training at the mother publication, Kelowna Now.
He joined the Times in 2011 after 27 years in weekly newspapers in Ontario and Alberta. He has lived in Penticton for the past five years.
Meanwhile, Jahn confirmed that both the Times and the Chronicle will drop their weekly four-page TV listings section as a cost-saving measure beginning in March. “I’m not sure how many people actually use them,” she said.
In another strategic move, the Chronicle will begin free distribution with the first edition in March. Subscribers will continue to pay for home delivery, but newsstand copies will be free. The Times will continue to charge $1.25.