Fall Carpet of Leaves


Photo by ADF

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It’s National Waste Reduction Week

Adults and Kids ages 12 and older - Send us a picture of how you reduce waste. It may be packing a wasteless lunch each day, finding new ways to reuse some items you would normally throw away or starting a compost bin. Whatever it is, we want to know about it! Take a picture and e-mail it to sdynneson@osoyoos.ca  by midnight Friday October 24. For each new and creative way you reduce waste, you will be entered into a draw to win a “Reduce Your Waste Prize Pack”!

Kids ages 3-12 - pick up a recycling colouring page (ages 3-7) or waste reduction quiz (ages 8-12) at the Osoyoos Elementary School, Sonora Community Centre or Town Hall. Show us you well you can complete the page and submit it to the Sonora Community Centre by 4:30pm Friday October 24. You will be placed into a draw to win a kids “Reduce Your Waste Prize Pack”!

All entries must be submitted by the specified date and time. 
Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information about National Waste Reduction Week please go to www.wrwcananda.com

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Condolences; Diane Biernaskie


Biernaskie, M. Diane

Apr 17, 1943 – Sep 19, 2014

In Penticton, BC on Sept 19, 2014 Diane Bieranskie, M.B. passed away at the Andy Mogg Hospice House after losing her battle with breast cancer at the age of 71.

Diane will be lovingly remembered by her family: daughter Jenifer Brock; ex-husband John Brock and then later David Biernaskie; sister Sharon Yurcich; brother Ron Carpenter; and all of the Carpenter and Brock family members, and her many caring friends. Her younger brother Bob Carpenter passed away in 2011.

Born in Perth, Ontario, as one of four children to F/L Key & Areta Carpenter . She married John Brock in 1966. Their daughter Jennifer was born in 1970. In 1973 Diane became one of the first 15 women to join the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police). In 1974 she was awarded the Metal of Bravery by the Governor General of Canada, for her act of heroism in the face of danger.

After leaving Ontario and moving to BC in 1993, Diane settled into the Osoyoos area and was soon known as a productive REALTOR© with the South Okanagan Real Estate Board. Her entire real estate career between Ontario and BC spanned over 28 years.

Diane loved animals and rescued many dogs, horses and other ‘critters’. Her whole purpose for living in the country was to help those four legged furry friends who needed her help. And she was happiest when she was with them on her ranch in the Sidley Mountain area.

Jennifer and friends want to thank all the staff of the Andy Moog Hospice House for their loving care of Diane in her final days that she spent there.

Memorial Service: Saturday, Oct 25 at 2:00pm at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in Osoyoos.

Gathering of Remembrance: Sunday, Oct 26 at 1:00pm at the Community Hall in Bridesville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society for Breast Cancer or the SPCA in Penticton.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting http://www.nunes-pottinger.com

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Minister To Decide

road“Golden Mile Bench” Sub-GI Application On May 20, 2014 the Authority received an application from a group of proponents requesting that a new Sub-Geographical Indication under the name of the “Golden Mile Bench” be prescribed in the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation. Following an extensive review of the Application, the Authority’s Board has concluded that the Application meets the requirements of section 29 and it is recommending to the Minister of Agriculture that the Application, as submitted, be approved and that a new Sub-GI of “Golden Mile Bench”, with boundaries as they have been proposed in the Application, be prescribed through an amendment to section 28 of the Regulation. The Board’s full Report concerning its review of the Application is expected to be released shortly.

Steve Berney, General Manager

hester creek

Previously on ODN – May 24

Hester Creek is one of a number of wineries that have launched an application for a “unique” wine designation for Golden Mile Bench wineries. (all on alluvial soil on west side of valley).

Golden Mile Bench is the first such application to the BC Wine Authority.

The proposal was made this week to become the first official sub – Designated Viticultural Area (DVA) of the Okanagan Valley. An in-depth analysis by scientists from Agriculture Canada has shown the area has a combination of landform, landscape position, mesoclimate, air drainage and soil materials that make it distinct.

Okanagan Valley DVA comprises around 80% of all British Columbia’s vineyard area, yet producing wines from many different mesoclimates and terroirs, it is a belief that there is a need to break this large, single appellation into meaningful, scientifically unique sub-DVAs that produce distinctive wines.


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New Distracted Driver Penalties In Effect Today

bc logoDrivers are advised to put their hand-held electronic devices away, as the Province’s new distracted driving penalties hit British Columbia roads and highways today. Now, anyone caught talking on a hand-held electronic device while driving is subject to three penalty points in addition to a $167 fine. This is the same penalty that was already in place for drivers caught texting or emailing.

The new penalty for using a hand-held electronic device covers infractions such as talking on, holding or dialing a cellular phone, operating a hand-held audio player (such as an iPod or mp3 player), or programming a GPS. Penalty points remain on a person’s driving record for five years and can result in further sanctions, including prohibitions from driving. Of note, B.C.’s distracted driving legislation also prohibits drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program from using any hands-free device.

The fall season is also a time to be aware that distraction is a top contributing factor for drivers in vehicle collisions that involve pedestrians. This is especially important to keep in mind as it becomes more difficult to see pedestrians in dark and poor weather conditions.

Distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor of vehicle fatalities in B.C. The Province continues to look at increased fines for distracted driving as part of an overall fine structure review and work is underway to determine what an appropriate amount would be.

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Have You Seen Dixie?


STILL-MISSING & Very Much Missed!
Date: OCTOBER 16th
Discription , Mostly white, some light brown on head, no tail
Not a great photo I know….but all I have at this time!
She was in a fenced in yard, and dug out under the gate.
Our family is missing her, especially my 9 year old daughter.
Contact Dora 250-498-3961

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Osoyoos Soroptimists Present Winter Fantasy

SOROPTIMIST LOGO for Osoyoos Daily NewsHave breakfast with the Osoyoos Soroptimists, on Saturday morning, November 8th at Watermark Beach Resort.  The Soroptimist invitation to “Winter Fantasy” includes a hearty buffet-style breakfast, the season’s newest fashions, and the popular Silent Auction, featuring dozens of timely and  attractive Items.
Soroptimist President Kate Krist says, “It’s getting to be a tradition with the community.  We get you going with a morning of food, fashion,and bargains, and you have the remainder of the day for your other week end activities.”

Once again, Soroptimists are pleased to feature fashions from Boutique de Sonia, Valanne,  Strike the Pose, Shoe Biz and Wander Cafe.  The collections will show timely winter looks with a preview of what’s on the Fashion Pages for the Holiday Season. “These local fashion stores carefully choose items that fit the South Okanagan lifestyle, and Soroptimists thank them, once again, for supporting our fund raising events,” says Winter Fantasy Chairperson Sue McKortoff.

The date is Saturday, November 8 at the Watermark Beach Resort.  Doors open at 8 a.m. to give you plenty of time to browse the Silent Auction;  breakfast is at 9, fashion show 10 to 11.   Tickets are $24. and on sale now at Boutique de Sonia, and Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos, and Beyond Bliss in Oliver.
Proceeds will be directed to Soroptimist Charities in the South Okanagan.

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