Ridin’ around in my automobile . . .

I saw this helicopter with a bucket on the ground. I just had to take a closer look. The gate was open and I could not see a no trespassing sign.

I was surprised at how small the bucket is. Buckets can be collapsible or rigid and vary in capacity from 72 to 2,600 U.S. gallons (60 to 2,165 imperial gallons; 273 to 9,842 liters).

The size of each bucket is determined by the lifting capacity of the helicopter required to utilise each version.

Some buckets can include fire retardant foam or the ability to pump water from the bucket into an internal tank. Smaller collapsible buckets can use water sources as shallow as 1 foot (30.5 cm).

Worldwide, the term monsoon bucket is widely used and accepted as a generic term. In the United States, this type of bucket is officially referred to as a helibucket.[1]

The trademarked Bambi Bucket is also commonly used informally by firefighting crews to describe buckets developed by other manufacturers. Source wikipedia

Bambi Bucket  – collapsible bucket developed by Canadian Don Arney produced by SEI industries science 1983.

All the wires and cables and hook ups all in the name of keeping us safe!

A big thank you to the pilots who fly these contraptions! They risk their lives to keep us safe!

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. . Oliver had a Great Weekend . .

The Rock and Roll Picnic at the Community Centre was a great start to the weekend!The Golden Hot Dog was up for grabs, may the best hot dog win!Defending champ of the Golden Hot Dog, Chef Nick from Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge, serving his awesome Fruits, Roots (and Toots) Dog to Sandy. Secret ingredient . . . smoked peach mustard and beans . . . yuppers says my taste buds!

Chef Derek’s Oliver Eats Deli Dog had sauerkraut and hot mustard! Two of my fave tastes!Some serious competition going on here! A little corporate spying going on Mrs. Chef Nick!And the winner of the Golden Hot Dog 2018 is . . . drum roll . . .The Elvis, a tasty little number with peanut butter, bacon, onions and a dill pickle on top! Congratulations to The Wienery and Chef Campbell!Firehall’s Sid and his mini Me out styling at the picnic!Like Grandpa Like Grandson . . . love a good slushy at a picnic!Oliver was out enjoying the music, the food and best of all each other!And it take a lot of fabulous volunteers to make this picnic work!A great big thank you to the volunteers . . . and now to get some rest because Friday night was just the beginning.

The Fruits & Roots ExpoSelfie Booth designed by Dianne Gibson and Me!The beautiful and talented Miss Petite South West BC, Chelsea! This girl knows how to handle a pitch fork.Oliver Gothic, our First Lady, artist Tara Hovanes and Mr. Mayor, Ron Hovanes.  Trying not to laugh!Just a few of the Sunflowers in Oliver!Paige and Ahmad, the world will be in good hands with young people like these two! And they are two of my favs! Speaking of taking care of the planet . . BEES!No comment on the division of work . . . Oliver’s got Talent! Check out the heal-toe foot work! Perfect!Colour! Textures and fabrics . . . Love the movement on these costumes!A little stand up comedy, we like people who just want to make us laugh  Oliver Gothic . . . at its best!The kids got to walk the line . . . Ride around in style!Play with the sweetest baby goats . . . Ride bulls and so much more . . . Parks and Rec Manager Carol puts a lot of time energy and her own music into this festival and all the events at the community centre! We thank her for her creativity. Here she is tuning up, getting ready for her next set! The purpose of a community fair . . . Is to hang out and get to know the neighbours!I think this years Fruits and Roots Festival did just that.

And now for the week! What will it bring!

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MakerBot 3D Printer is Coming to the Oliver Library

Friday August 24 1-2 PM
Join us for this FREE program
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The Okanagan Regional Library Maker Crew is taking its MakerBot 3D printer on the road.

This exciting 3D printer program is for anyone interested in 3D printing, from artists to 3D modellers to Makers. This program is intended for beginners but all levels of knowledge and experience are welcome.

During the program the Maker Crew will demonstrate how the 3D printer works, and its possibilities. The program is packed with hands on activities, demonstrations and discussion.

Come prepared to walk away inspired.

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Build it and they will come!

The entrance was full as Oliver’s Coast Hotel had its official ribbon cutting.Lots of scissors and labour went into cutting this big ribbon.Ron Mundi, Prez of Mundi Hotels smiled as he told us about the 93% occupancy!Ron Mundi greets Chief Louie, the hotel is within the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the Sylix Nation.The Hotel’s neighbour, Dianne Gibson from Maker Place, between Ron Mundi and Jazz, with Fire Chief Bob Graham and Mrs. Jazz.Councillor Larry took the opportunity to have a chat with Jim Wyse from the Burrowing Owl. So we have a hotel, big deal say the nay sayers what does it do for us!

Meet the fabulous Miss Lillian! Mother of two great kids, gets out in the community, works really hard. Lillian has a great job with a future right here in our little town!

Lillian is the front desk manager! I can’t think of a better person to greet Oliver’s guests!

Welcome to the neighbourhood Coast Hotels and thank you for having faith in our community!

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The Plainsrunner – Chapters 35 & 36

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They receive a message from space, proving the legends are true.  Tallgrass suffers a great tragedy.  The project is in danger.



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Dear Oliver,

Enjoy a good story of a miracle that happened right here in Oliver. . . to me!

I met my cousin Boxer who was separated from his sister 68 years ago . . .I always wondered about him.

IMG_9881Christina, his daughter, on the right made it happen, behind her Mom Claire, Boxers wife. On the left, Boxer, who has always been a legend in the back of my mind and here he is right in front of me! I like this photo the best! It was a real feel good moment!

IMG_9885We walked over to the mural on Main and we all posed in front of the it, just little bragging going on!

IMG_9888We had fun looking at photos and charts of our ancestors. And I do feel there was a bond and it felt great. I have to thank Christina for her 36? years of looking for Stephane!

What a pleasure to know that Boxer you are real and such a lovely man with a wonderful family!IMG_9891I thank my Stars!

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One Day Only!

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