This morning Bernie sent me a photo of a field ripe for weeding or picking not sure but only one person working that much land.

Bernard Bedard is a wonderful photographer of what ever is around him

Let’s us head to the archives of ODN and South Okanagan Photos and seek out December 9, 2012 – more than 7 years ago for this wonderful shot at Vaseux Lake.

Here’s something for you to try…. go to www.southokanaganphotos.today and ask the search engine for picture like this — enter EBY or Cook and you could spend the rest of the day searching for great photos – all part of the incredible historical references offered to you.

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Get up and go…….!!

This flowering bush in Triangle Park

It is the official plant of what Province?

I suspect we might have a few answers – so to make it interesting – will you be the 11th reader to inform me of the answer.

Gift not specified – but will be tested/tasted by the winner.

Submit now!!!

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Food bank to return to weekly distributions in June

OLIVER FOOD BANK wishes to advise that effective June 10, we will be moving back to the previous schedule of weekly distributions except for weeks that income assistance cheques are received.

June distribution dates will be Wednesday, June 10, 17 and 24 from 9:00 – 11:00 am. (Note that we will be open on June 24 due to the July 1 stat holiday falling on a Wednesday and we will be closed.)

As we are all still required to practice social distancing, the food bank cannot allow clients inside the building.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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By Johanne Smith

Murray Soder and Mike Firman

Oliver Curling Club 50th Anniversary History

The story continues

November 1970 saw the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held with many dignitaries from neighboring clubs in attendance.  This was the kick-off to the first Mixed Bonspiel with 40 teams in attendance from the Okanagan and Boundary Regions and as far away as Revelstoke, Trail and the Coast. 

This had been preceded 2 weeks earlier by the first Club Mixed Bonspiel that hosted 32 teams composed of club members.  The entry fee was set at $10.00 per rink.  The “A” team winners appropriately where President Eric Bastian team which included his wife Helen with Charlie and Phyllis Miller.  During the balance of the curling season several well attended bonspiels were including the Kinsman, First Men’s Open and the first Ladies Open.

Of note the clubs first 8 under was achieved during the men’s night league by the Bob Armstrong team which included John Rotheisler ,  Dave Nicholas and Ted Mickolas.

From 1970 to 1975 the club was doing so well that Awards Night was held in the Legion Hall.  The club lacked the space and had insufficient chairs and tables. 

In 1975 four 1000 watt heaters were installed in the corners of the ice shed, to the delight of all members, who had been grumbling about the cold.

When the new curling season started in 1976 curlers were greeted by a newly redecorated upstairs and downstairs lounges. Boards around the ice had been painted by the ladies. The upstairs lounge area had been redecorated to improve acoustics and ventilation.  The walls were finished in cedar siding and the ceiling was finished in cork tiles. The President at the time Murray Soder reported that the work had been carried out by club members on a volunteer basis.  In the same year club member Dick Topping was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame for his involvement and dedication in running the Canadian School Boy Curling Championships.  

The Day League that is so popular with members today began in 1977.  The avid curlers in the Oliver club wrapped up the club’s seventh year of operations with a steak dinner and awards night in their upstairs newly renovated lounge.

A new ceiling was put over the ice surface in 1981 resulting in better lighting and noise reduction.  Corn brooms could be very loud.

Picture and article submitted.

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by Bernard Bedard

In need of workers

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by Roy Wood

Pandemic irony and other random notes

The great irony emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic is that the strong measures that were taken have worked as intended to limit the devastation of the virus, and those who said the crisis was overblown can now say, “See, we told you they were over-reacting.”

Of course, that position is piffle.

I was in Spain in January and February, just a short hop from Italy, where the health care system was overwhelmed by the virus and more than 30,000 people have died. Funeral homes were overrun. Patients died from lack of equipment. Doctors had to decide who would get a ventilator and live and who would die for lack of one.

The realities unfolding in Italy and elsewhere were part of what prompted health authorities in Canada to react. One might quibble that they didn’t act quickly enough, but once they were off the mark, things unfolded with dispatch and, more vitally, to great effect.

Closed borders, travel restrictions, 14-day quarantines, gathering bans, business closures, social distancing and other measures have worked. The curve was flattened. Our health care system hasn’t been overwhelmed. And the numbers of cases and fatalities in Canada are relatively modest.

Medical leaders like Bonnie Henry have got us this far, using science, facts and expertise. Now is not the time to say, “Thank you very much. We’ll take it from here.”

We need to keep paying attention to the experts and, as we move to re-opening, to do so slowly and carefully, knowing that the virus still lurks and remains highly communicable and deadly. The so-called second wave isn’t a fantasy, it’s a real and present danger.

A Make Canada Great Again ball cap was recently spotted atop the greying head of a retired Reform/Conservative member of parliament living in the Okanagan. 

One can imagine such a symbol being an ironic rejection of the Trumpian sentiments underlying it. But given the right-wing bone fides of the individual wearing the cap, it’s safe to assume that imitation, not irony, is at the core of the message.

Of course, some of Canada’s bygone days – when working people could buy a house; when the middle class was growing, not shrinking; when children were likely to have a better life than their parents; when the wealthy paid their share – are worth of returning to.

That’s not the message Make Canada Great Again conjures. It rings with echoes of Donald Trump and his divisive, greed-driven, Darwinian world view.

Canada’s not like the US. But, despite our relatively enlightened and progressive society, Canadians do have baser instincts that are there for exploitation.

If we want to preserve what we have, we need to be vigilant. So, if you see someone wearing one of those caps, just say, “Not here, buddy.”

Speaking of Trump, I wish he didn’t play golf. 

The sport has traditionally had an image problem as the preserve of rich white people at fancy country clubs.

But over the past few decades the game has become more accessible to lots of people. Public courses have abounded. And those of us who love golf have felt more comfortable extolling its virtues.

It is a beautiful game, full of mental and physical challenges. A lasting source of surprise and delight; disappointment and despair. It builds and reveals character as we forever seek but never attain perfection.    

Now Trump, the archetype of wealth and white privilege, is constantly caricatured playing golf at one of his exclusive country clubs when he should be attending to affairs of state. 

He has dramatically set back the progress of golf’s image rehabilitation. Why couldn’t he play polo or go fox hunting?

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Hail,rain, winds, thunder – all possible tonight

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Strong thunderstorms will develop over Fraser Canyon north, South Thompson, Nicola and Similkameen this afternoon. Heavy downpours and strong wind gusts are possible with these thunderstorms.

Strong thunderstorms will develop over Okanagan, Shuswap, Boundary region, West Kootenay and Arrow Slocan this evening with possible heavy downpours, very strong wind gusts and large hail.

Fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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On the Sunny Side

Be Still, My Soul

In the fall of 1961 my sister, Freda, was on a bus to Briercrest Bible Institute, at Caronport, SK for her third and final winter there. She was reading Psalm 46. Verses 1 and 10 stood out for her: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” “Be still and know that I am God.”

We’ll let her tell the story.

“As I read I had a very strong impression that something difficult would happen during this school year. For a while I pondered what that might be. Then that impression gradually faded away and I never thought of it again till it actually happened. This was purely God’s compassionate grace. He did not want me to worry about it ahead of time and thus spoil my time at school. At the same time He wanted me to know, when the time came, that He was in control and knew all about it before it happened.

When Christmas vacation time came I asked for permission to leave school a few days early because Mom was in the hospital and I felt I was needed at home. She was at home when I arrived.

On Christmas day, towards evening, Mom got so sick that she had to be taken back to the hospital. Dad carried her out to the car. She never came home again.

On Dec. 29 my Bible reading before bedtime was from Psalm 42. Verses 7 and 8 made a strong impression on me: “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me…..” Was there “night” ahead? I lay awake for some time and wondered if this had to do with Mom. On Dec. 30, while I was standing at the stove making New Year’s fritters, Dad came up from the basement and spoke three words to me, “Mom has cancer.” Dad had known this since June when Mom had her gall bladder removed. That surgery revealed cancer on her liver. Dad had kept this all to himself till this day.

Now I knew that this was the “difficult” thing that God had prepared me for on the bus. Mom passed away on Jan. 29, 1962. This meant that I would not be returning to Briercrest to finish the last term and graduate because there were still five younger boys at home, with the youngest being nine years old. During the days following the funeral I listened to a radio program called “The Quiet Hour”, which came on quite early in the morning. The theme song that they started out with each time was “Be Still, My Soul”. I made sure I was up in time because I just had to hear that song every morning. It was as if the Lord was speaking directly to me, to give me assurance and comfort and to keep me going.”

Freda sacrificed a lot to take the place of mom in many ways. It has earned her the respect and appreciation of all her 8 brothers.

Henry Wiebe

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dog wood

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Down the aisle

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