“Tom Who” fires one more shot across the bow

What’s that about one giant step for mankind - I see a tiny step for Olalla has been taken.

To the Editor:

Hello once again Joe:

What’s that about one giant step for mankind – I see a tiny step for Olalla has been taken.

I’m afraid I have to place your letter on the back-burner Joe, as another letter writer by the name of Phyllis Straub shares exactly what my feelings are about living in such a beautiful pristine – peaceful valley that makes me proud to call Olalla home.

Strange as it may seem – my Olalla friends and I stepped up to the plate when we first arrived in Olalla as it reminded us of what  life used to be and what could be.

Olalla is the jewel  clinging to a frontier of yester-year and just needs some TLC without interference from the outside world.

Don’t think I haven’t noticed a few changes of late in the landscape as I certainly changed my part as I made frequent trips to the landfill at no cost and little sweat.

All I have been trying to say is: with all hands on deck it will someday make this home of ours no longer an eyesore but  possibly a clean “future town”where people from every where will wish there was space left to locate with in the beauty and serenity our valley has to offer.

Incidentally, I acquired a letter of disbelief dated September 9, 2011 signed by Bill Newell – RDOS CA0 – copy to Elef Christensen, former Director of Area “G” – Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator and let’s not forget current Director of Area “G” Angelique Wood who has written that she has no interest in cleaning up property in Olalla as she finds some of the issues surrounding property clean up pretty harsh.

I have her email to prove the latter.

None of the above names mentioned showed any sign of being anxious to be a friend of Olalla and the truth lies in the RDOS letter signed sealed and delivered.

I would be glad to share its contents with all the friends of Olalla or perhaps the Keremeos Review could put it to press for all to read.

Perhaps then and only  Friends of Olalla can see and feel the frustration of many who are for the makeover of our homeland in Olalla.

Maybe a  local coffee shop in Olalla would attract local residents which indeed would be a great way to meet new friends in Olalla

Incidentally, I was asked where I lived by a stranger who asked while attending an early Christmas Dinner.

I replied Olalla and he came back with a smirk – “Oh! that dump he exclaimed,”  – if only it had been another time – another place to retaliate.

I informed him he wouldn’t pass the test required to live in Olalla – nearby guests got a chuckle out of that.

Yes,  Joe and Phyllis I am indeed a friend of Olalla – so let’s just leave it at that for now.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who treat Olalla as something special as I do !

Also to the staff at the Keremeos Review who need to learn enough is enough and quit stoking the fire, as my fuel supply is running low.


Tom Who, Olalla



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