Turning the page of the calendar

By on January 1, 2014

By the time many of you read this, we’ll already be into 2014 and 2013 will be history.

In this week’s Osoyoos Times, we look back at many of the events that made 2013 an interesting year. We’ll also bring you a few of the year’s highlights in our coming issue.

The past year was a landmark year for several events and organizations in Osoyoos.

In 2013, the Osoyoos Golf Club celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club marked its 50th. For the popular Cherry Fiesta, it was the event’s 65th year, and for Christmas Lite-Up it was the 25th year.

And that’s just a small sample of the many organizations and events that make Osoyoos such a great place to live all year round.

The past year also saw the B.C. Liberals returned to power both at the provincial and local levels, albeit with a new MLA, Linda Larson.

Among local accomplishments, the community pulled together to build a new Osoyoos Splash Park, which will be finished in 2014.

With the new year, many of us make resolutions with every intention of carrying them through. Local gyms tend to do a good business in January with those determined to start getting in shape, though numbers may dwindle later in the year.

At the community level, there are exciting plans for a new music festival in Osoyoos and many people are hoping that horse racing will be back at Desert Park this year.

There are important decisions to make as well.

In November, Osoyoosites will be joining other British Columbians in going to the polls to elect a new council in municipal elections.

A referendum is scheduled for June on whether taxpayers should pay for a new fire hall.

Although opinions are divided on whether or not there should be a national park in the South Okanagan, we think that discussions should resume between the provincial and federal governments, at least to see if a compromise can be reached.

From all of us at the Osoyoos Times, we wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your families.


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