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“What if I was planning my sister’s funeral today instead?” It was the Àrst question asked by the brother of a woman who drove a car into the Okanagan River Channel last week. The woman’s family, mainly from outside the area, said they only found out about the incident through the media. The man, whose name is being withheld to respect the privacy of his sister, said she entered the Penticton psychiatric ward two weeks ago after attempting to take her life for about the third time in Àve years. Last Wednesday, she was given a day pass and tried once again to take her life. “I respect any hospital, but I think that the process here sucks,” said the brother, who called the hospital after seeing video of the channel incident online. “They wouldn’t conÀrm or deny it was her in the car, but said she is here and she is safe.”

The brother said he is thankful for the RCMP, who provided some information for him when the hospital would not. He also thanked those who risked themselves to save his sister. Still, the family member believes the process of issuing a day pass should be re-thought by Interior Health. “They are saying she doesn’t have the mental or emotional capacity to function, but they will give her permission to make a decision to leave for a day? It is an irony,” said the brother. “For me, knowing that my sister was safe at the hospital was everything to me. Then they issue a day pass? I think there are some questions that need to be made in the mental health system.” Penticton Regional Hospital administrator Lorraine Unruh did not comment on this speciÀc case due to patient conÀdentiality, but explained that typically when a voluntarily admitted patient goes out on a day pass, they don’t notify the family because they are voluntarily going out on pass. Unruh said it depends on who the patient


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medication that was nine times the dosage anyone should be on. When Keller Ànally got a new doctor the family trusted, he had to be weaned off the drug before being put on something else. It was during that time he became addicted to crack cocaine, which his lawyer said drove him to steal to keep up his habit. A separate court case this past year had the lawyer asking the courts what does a young man, who has minimal Ànancial and family support and continues to Ànd himself in trouble, do when the services aren’t here. This was after the second time in two years the man had been in the Penticton courts and sent to jail. Unruh said forensic psychiatry, which encompasses both criminology and psychiatry, is not something that is specialized in Penticton. She said Kelowna is the only place in the area that specializes in any kind of adolescent/child psychiatry, which causes a backlog of sorts because of the lack of services elsewhere.

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Teachers balk at legislated settlement Mark Brett Western News Staff

Waving placards and chanting slogans, hundreds of district teachers and supporters crowded the grassy Main Street island near Penticton Secondary for Monday’s day of action. The rally was part of a provincewide campaign by the 41,000-member B.C. Teachers Federation to send a message to the B.C. government to negotiate, not legislate, a contract. “That’s no way to engage in a cooperative relationship to work for the betterment of students, by bullying us back into a collective agreement. That isn’t collective or an agreement, it’s just an imposed settlement,” said president Kevin Epp of the Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union amid the honking horns and shouts of encouragement from passersby. “It crushes them (teachers) and I can’t speak loudly enough or long enough about our teachers and how hard they work in and out of the classroom, the extra volunteer time they do. And by using this weapon — I have no other term for it — to slap them in the face, it does nothing but damage morale.” He added ultimately it is the students who are the real victims as a result of the Àawed process and government under-funding of school districts. Monday’s protest came at the same time the BCTF asked the B.C. Labour Relations Board to allow it to withdraw services. Tuesday, just after the LRB granted teachers the right to strike for up to three consecutive days, Education Minister George Abbott tabled leg-

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SOME OF the hundreds of teachers and supporters acknowledge the response from motorists on Main Street Monday as part of the provincewide day of action intended to send a message to the provincial government about contract negotiations and related legislation.

islation that would suspend all strike action. While the legislature debates the new act, teachers could walk off the job as early as Monday. The bill imposes a six-month “cooling-off period,” and the appointment of a mediator to look at nonmonetary issues such as class size and composition. In a separate penalty provision, Abbott said if necessary a ¿ne of $1.3 million a day on the BCTF and up to $475 a day on individual teachers could be levied for a strike in de¿ance of the legislation. Designation of teachers’ work as an essential service prevents them from implementing a full-scale walkout.

Teachers are asking for a 15 per cent wage increase that Abbott says would cost taxpayers $2 billion, which he says is unaffordable and he is sticking to the net-zero mandate for public-sector workers. During the current job action teachers have refused to ¿ll out report cards, supervise recesses and other non-essential duties. “But even with this, teachers have been at work and working in the best interests of their kids,” said Epp. “They have been providing updates for parents, meeting with parents, emailing and phoning. Teachers are working with kids, teachers are working for kids and it’s time for the government to step up and recognize that.”

The president also pointed to the negative impact he says the current funding scheme is already having on new teachers coming into the system. As an example, he pointed to one educator who in 2011 alone had to ¿nd six other part-time jobs because in seven years he has been unable to land a full-time position with the district. “He’s an excellent teacher and the (school board) trustees have told him he’s doing a great job, but he’s contemplating not only leaving teaching but leaving our community because our system is so underfunded we can’t afford to keep a great young teacher like that,” said Epp.

Having worked in the school district as a teacher for many years, Paul Kopf agreed with the president’s comments. “We’re getting a lot of new teachers in because a lot of us are on the downhill slide, but for these new teachers — who are often married to other teachers — it’s just too dif¿cult,” he said. “I think we are all feeling the same way, we want to be with our kids, all of us want to teach our kids, that’s what we are there for. None of us want to walk (the picket line) but the government is just stepping on us, squashing us.” Pen High student Jean-Luc Chetner was also among those at the rally with a vested interest in the outcome. “My mother is a teacher and I support their right to negotiate a contract for wages and working conditions,” he said. “I know I would be frustrated if I were a teacher because if they can’t negotiate their rights, it takes away from their freedoms.” The proposed legislation extends the current teacher contract terms until June 2013 and gives the unnamed mediator until June 30 to seek agreement on the non-monetary issues. A new fund to address class size and special needs support will also be put in place in response to last year’s court decision saying those issues were taken out of teacher contracts without adequate consultation. It provides $30 million extra this year, $60 million next year and $75 million each year after that, amounts the BCTF has rejected as far too little. As well, the bill would include a new teacher evaluation and selection process that Abbott acknowledged will be controversial.

Organization steps up the fight against bullying Steve Kidd Western News Staff

For the ¿fth annual anti-bullying day, the South Okanagan Mental Health & Addictions Coalition is getting involved, pointing out the effects bullying can have on both the bullied and the bullies. “If you are a young person that has a mental illness, you are going to be a victim of bullying, that’s for sure,” said Sharon Evans, spokesperson for the coalition and president of the local branch of the B.C. Schizophrenia Society. Today is Pink Shirt Day, as anti-bullying day is also known, and the coalition has chosen it as the perfect day to kick off their 10th annual youth poster contest, with a theme of “Stop the

Bullying.” And they’re getting the ball rolling with an information session at Penticton Secondary tonight, featuring a documentary on bullying and a panel discussion. The ¿lm, My Kids Would Never Bully, was produced by NBC’s Dateline, using hidden cameras to look at how kids respond to bullying when they think no one is watching, using actors to portray both the bully and the bullied. Then the parents get to watch their kids as they respond to the situation. The parents, Evans said, are convinced their children would never let the incident happen. In some cases, the kids step up, but not in all. “They get a few shocks along the way as their kids interact in these situations,” said Evans. Evans said details of the panel haven’t

been con¿rmed, but they hope to have at least one panelist from a South Okanagan program dealing with drug abusers, offering a unique perspective on the long-term consequences of bullying. “They have said what drives some of them to experiment with drugs and alcohol is being the victim of bullying,” Evans said. For a person already dealing with mental health problems, she continued, it can be especially destructive. “Being the person who is the victim of bullying increases the tendency for depression and anxiety,” she said. “If you are somebody who is experiencing one of the psychotic disorders — for example, schizophrenia — if you are at all paranoid, being picked on is only going to increase that level of separation from reality.

“If you are having doubts about what is going on in your head in the ¿rst place, then having somebody behaving that way towards you, just escalates things.” The cruel and harassing nature of bullying, Evans said, is not a harmless behaviour, but has enduring effects on not only the victim but the bully and bystanders as well. “What they are ¿nding is that for people who witness bullying and don’t step in, it causes them distress, as they question why they didn’t intervene,” she said. The contest is open to all youth in the South Okanagan Similkameen between the ages of 11 and 18, with prizes available in three categories: poster, digital photography or a short video.

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City plugs into debate over digital metering Simone Blais Western News Staff

The debate over digital metering will continue next week, as Penticton council weighs the feasibility of opt-out programs for those whose concerns can’t be assuaged. A public information session was held Wednesday to relay to residents information from both sides of the digital meter debate, drawing more than 100 people to Cleland Theatre. “These meters are being installed everywhere, so what we need to discuss as a city is, if people


don’t want them, how can we conduct our business? That will come up at council,” Mayor Dan Ashton said, noting the item will likely be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. “But we’re very far down the path of installation of both the water meters and conversion on the electrical meters.” Existing meters are based on technology that has been in place for 75 years, but suppliers and manufacturers have indicated they no longer make such meters for the North American market. All are moving to digital

platforms. The city investigated what are called the automated meter infrastructure — or what’s commonly referred to in B.C. as the “smart meter” system — as well as the automated meter reading system, referred to as AMR. Penticton began installing the meters in 2003, and 14,500 digital units have been installed for 85 per cent coverage of the population. The city is scheduled to reach 98 per cent by the end of 2012. Penticton resident Kevin Proteau had asked City Hall to host and participate

in a forum that would present both sides relating to the digital meter debate. “The presentation was fantastic,” he said, noting that it highlighted how proponents of the digital meters rely on the word of federal regulators. “Health Canada has lost its credibility many, many, many years ago.” Proteau had Brian Thiessen of the Interior Smart Meter Awareness in Kamloops present alongside Curtis Bennett, an interprovincial journeyman and engineering technologist who has spoken to several groups across Canada

about the effects of electromagnetic radio frequencies. Proteau referenced data found on the Internet from the Naval Medical Research Institute, which showed radio-frequency exposure resulted in health effects from seizures, convulsions, impotence, lack of concentration, memory loss, hyperthyroidism, altered pituitary function, altered menstrual activity and altered fetal development. Proteau said he called on the city to cease converting the meters over, but was told that Penticton was too far along the pro-


cess to stop. “I just want us to live in a safe community here,” he said, adding that he now wants the city to consider an opt-out system. “Their mandate is to protect the health and the safety of the citizens of Penticton. Under due diligence, they must follow that.” Penticton’s electric utility operations manager Eric Livolsi said the city chose the AMR technology because its technology is simple and will reduce meter reading time by 80 per cent. It also has the capability of detecting areas of outages, whereas before, residents had to call and report their power was out. The meter emits a 900MHz radio frequency for 0.15 of a second, every 30 seconds. It is a oneway signal directed outside of the home, allowing meter readers to walk or drive past, receive the

signal and retain the data. Fortis’ AMI, or “smart meter” technology, however, emits a two-way RF signal: one outside at 900 MHz and an interior signal that can be used by “smart appliances” like thermostats at approximately 2.4 GHz. Livolsi said he began researching the safety of the meters in the past few years, as the BC Hydro smart meter debate over radio frequencies arose. He said he cannot ¿nd any reports from the “mainstream medical or scienti¿c community” that documents health effects of low-level frequencies from AMR meters. After all that research, he said he’s “fully convinced there is not a health issue. “Anyone with concerns, I would urge them to do independent research and fact-checking,” he said.

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An employee at Apex Mountain Resort was found dead on Monday morning on a path behind a residence on the hill. Penticton RCMP said they were advised the frozen body of a woman had been located behind a residence across from the Stray Horse Inn on Apex Mountain Road at 7:45 a.m. on a well-travelled path. “Investigation indicates that no foul play is suspected at this time,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. “It is my understanding there was a gathering of some workers earlier in the evening. An autopsy report should be conducted by (Wednesday).” The 31-year-old woman has been identi¿ed as Benoite Camille Marye, who was originally from France. Dellebuur said the woman was dressed for the weather, but her jacket was found near her body. “It is not unusual for people who get hypothermia to take off their clothes because they think they are hot,” said Dellebuur. Apex Mountain Resort general manager James Shalman con¿rmed the woman was an employee working at the resort for the last year, but did not want to release other details about the woman. RCMP said the incident is still under investigation by the coroner.

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Hasty decisions leave city no further ahead


t’s better to be right than to be ¿rst. It’s an old journalistic adage that Penticton’s council would be advised to heed. More than a few eyebrows were raised after council hammered through a pair of motions on the eve of last fall’s municipal elections. The speed with which the decisions were made prompted a barrage of questions and concerns. During a special meeting on Oct. 26, Penticton council approved the sale of nine-city-owned lots on Eckhardt Avenue for $925,000 to a developer proposing a hockey dormitory for the site. Two days later, another special council meeting stripped the city’s tourism, economic development and visitor information services from the chamber of commerce and handed them over to the Penticton Business Development Group, an organization that had yet to be even registered. Fast forward four months and both deals have evaporated into thin air, sending council and the city back to square one, looking more than a little worse for wear. Shortly after Loren Reagan was identi¿ed as one of the principals in the hockey dorm project, rumblings could be heard over concerns with some of Reagan’s previous dealings. Those rumblings continued to grow louder until the ¿nancing for the sale fell through. The decision to hand tourism services to the PBDG came as news to the Penticton Hospitality Association, the group with arguably the most at stake in the city’s tourism services and the one responsible for collecting more than $400,000 each year through the additional hotel room tax. The PHA’s objections have now led to the disbanding of the Àedgling group. Both of these setbacks could prove to be little more than hiccups, with a new hockey dormitory and improved tourism services still a distinct possibility. However, the turbulence caused by these latest developments should give council reason to pause the next time they consider fasttracking an issue.


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Taxing times for B.C. government Before this week’s budget debate is drowned out by the shouting over the teachers’ dispute, here’s a look at the main points and the arguments unfolding around them. The setting for Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s ¿rst budget is what he dreaded when Premier Christy Clark handed him the job. Recovery is painfully slow, with mining and petroleum growing and forest products struggling to hold and build on gains made in Asia. This and the $3 billion dismantling of the harmonized sales tax moved Falcon to limit overall spending growth to an average of two per cent for the next three years. That means little or no increase to all areas except health care, education and social assistance. Despite holding the line on public service pay and not replacing 2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5 per cent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. And Falcon has again dangled the prospect of raising general corporate income tax from 10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014.

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B.C. Views Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending and Ontario’s big spending hangover. NDP ¿nance critic Bruce Ralston says Falcon’s two per cent spending target is “unrealistic,” and the whole program is motivated mostly by two byelections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it won’t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made the bizarre

claim that it’s an NDP-style “tax and spend” budget, and inaccurately accused Falcon of raising taxes on small business. He also joined the NDP chorus of outrage over ICBC, BC Hydro and medical premium increases. Some other hot topics in the budget: • Selling assets. The big one here is B.C.’s liquor wholesaling monopoly, run out of warehouses in Kamloops and Vancouver. Falcon insists the private sector does this kind of work more ef¿ciently, and union contracts will be protected in a bidding process. The NDP argues that selling off a monopoly puts this government cash cow at risk, and points to private retail stores with higher prices and lower wages. The proposed sale of 100 surplus Crown properties has raised cries of “selling the silverware to buy groceries.” But land sales are nothing new for governments, and Falcon prefers that to raising taxes. • Carbon tax. The last scheduled increase goes ahead in July, adding another penny on a litre of gasoline, followed by a freeze and review of the whole

climate program. Ralston says the climate plan is “in tatters,” along with dozens of other policy areas that are also under review after 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule. NDP leader Adrian Dix vows to keep the carbon tax and its offsetting personal income tax cuts, direct carbon tax revenues to transit and rural energy-saving retro¿ts, and hike the general corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 per cent to pay for it. • HST. Asked what he would have done as ¿nance minister, Ralston suggested getting rid of the HST sooner. Dix continues to misrepresent the HST as solely a transfer to big business, ignoring the small and mediumsized businesses that have a year left to take advantage of input tax credits. Simon Fraser University economist Jon Kesselman has estimated that poor people will be worse off when the HST ends, while the rest of us will see a very small net bene¿t. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com.

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Seniors taking a back seat Once again, the mayor, city council and City Hall have turned their backs on the seniors who live in here. I have written numerous letters to this newspaper and have had meetings with Mayor Ashton on a variety of subjects. They included the lack of bus transportation on Sundays and stat holidays, automatic door openers and sidewalk snow removal for seniors that require wheelchairs and scooters to get around the city, just to name a few. There are many more issues and nothing has ever been done to alleviate these concerns. Just recently I read in the newspaper how pleased the mayor was about the number of volunteers that have come forward to sit on various committees. Fourteen committees to be exact. Yet, there is no Seniors Advisory Committee. This committee has been in effect for a long time now, but through the wisdom of those who sit in City Hall, it has been lost. What this means is the seniors of this city do not have a voice any longer when it come to adding input to a committee and to the city fathers who sit on council. What are we to do? It is a crying shame and just shows what the senior citizens are up against It has also come to my attention that the Seniors Symposium that is held in the convention centre every October has also been cancelled for 2012. This is a venue for the seniors to look over products and services that would help them in their daily routines. It was also a venue for the retail industry to show off their products and services. It was a win-win situation for everyone concerned. Now was it cancelled because it was too expensive to rent the convention centre? Maybe, maybe not.

Tribute in the works

Many of you knew Frank Babakaiff, a real estate agent for 35 years and musician with Flashback who passed away on April 11, 2010 as a result of a very serious accident while on vacation in Hawaii. While bogey-boarding, Frank was permanently injured and became a paraplegic. Frank spent six months at GF Strong in Vancouver. Returning to Penticton, his preference would have been to stay at home, however, he stayed in an extended-care facility until his home could be renovated to accommodate his long-term care. In Frank’s honour we would like to raise $20,000 to purchase a ceiling lift for patients in the rehab department. While it might not have helped Frank, many staff working with patients experiencing mobility issues could have real bene¿t from a ceiling lift. “We’re here for a good time, not a long time, so have a good time; the sun can’t shine every day.” This line from Frank’s favourite song is the theme for an incredible evening of dancing, an auction and a celebration of how quality care makes the difference in people facing major recovery. Donations and medical equipment purchases are through the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. We hope you will join us on March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Penticton Lakeside Ballroom. Entertainment is provided by Flashback and Uncorked with appies and an awesome auction list. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Penticton Lakeside,

C’mon Mr. Dean Clark of Global Spectrum, give us a break. You will be old someday. The South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society is trying to resolve this situation and is working closely with other organizations to see if something can be done. And just last year I was personally involved, along with Mr. Jeff Plant formally of Penticton Tourism, in putting in a bid to host the 2014 B.C. Seniors Games here in Penticton. From the onset we were given excuse upon excuse from city council as to why it was not feasible to bid for these games. Finally a plan was devised to include Summerland in a joint bid to hold the games. The bid was put together in less than two weeks and submitted to the games society in Victoria. The bid is based on a point system. Whoever gets the most points wins the bid to hold the games. We lost out to Langley by a mere two points. Now you ask why we put in a joint bid with Summerland. The reason was that city council did not want to pay an extra $15,000 to submit the bid solely for this city. What is lost you may ask. Over 4,000 seniors, family and friends from all over B.C. to compete for a ¿ve-day period which would have generated between $2.5 and $3 million in revenue for this city, not to say income left here to be dispersed to senior organizations. I wonder if the retail outlets, hotels, motels and restaurants are aware what exactly they missed out on. So that’s it in a nutshell. If Mr. Bloom¿eld could have received another 120 votes or so, I may not be writing this letter today.

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Organization showcased

On Feb. 2, Kristi Patton wrote an article entitled ‘Business gives others a boost’. It was a wonderfully done article and I thank Kristi for showcasing David MacCoubrey so well. He has been a gem to our organization as I know we (Giving Others A Boost) wouldn’t even be on Facebook yet if it were left up to me, but he has us on Facebook, Twitter and has designed a great website and blog which are all the things that are really needed for any business in this day and age of technology and a need for faster forms of communication. Kristi also pro¿led the organization Giving Others A Boost, and we’re pleased to announce that David was just appointed the co-chairman on our board of directors. We are excited to have his expertise and wonderful insight into how to continue to make these fantastic showcase events grow and be inspiring to fellow entrepreneurs. And the great news continues with our group in that we just received con¿rmation that the founder, organizer and chairman of the group, Dianne McEvoy, has been nominated for a SOWINS

Women Front and Centre Award in the category of Finance/Entrepreneur/Business, and she is well deserving of the nomination. She has worked tirelessly, not only for the group, but for fellow entrepreneurs and the community for years and we’re so happy to see her being honoured for her hard work and community spirit. Thank you Kristi for the article and we understand that you are planning to attend our March 27 event. We look forward to seeing you there so we can have an opportunity to thank you personally. Allie Arnst, board member Giving Others A Boost

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Residents deserve explanation of land deal Once more the city council has embarrassed us with another commercial ¿asco. The South Okanagan Events Centre contract was bad enough, but at least it was made with a legitimate company. This latest disaster appears to have involved a company which barely exists and which appears to have used the money from a group of minor hockey parents, intended for a European hockey tour, to present a ¿nancial façade to the city. They gave the city $50,000 as a down payment on the land on Eckhardt, but when the balance became due the rest of the money was not available. It appears that the land had not been sold after all. The whole process of this dormitory deal raises questions about the relationship between the city and the Okanagan Hockey School & Academy. This relationship has always been close. It is fairly obvious that the second ice surface at the events centre was intended primarily to be used by the school. They have even put their logo on the building, seemingly claiming it as their own, even though it was paid for by the Penticton taxpayers. None of us know whether we get an adequate return from what must have been a considerable expenditure. The current dormitory mess, although less expensive, is certainly more transparent. The city paid $2.5 million for land which it apparently did not need. Why did we buy it in the ¿rst

Taxpayers left in the dark

Penticton taxpayers, “I have sent a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy – Request for Access to Records” for all agreements (extensions), correspondence, memorandums and internal memos regarding the sale of the Eckhardt Avenue property to the Loren Reagan Group for the construction of the dormitory for the Okanagan Hockey School. I have requested that all of the requested information be posted to the City of Penticton web page for the bene¿t of all Penticton taxpayers to view. Unless I have the support of say 500 taxpayers, council will simply ignore my request and state that the request does not comply with the act due the fact that I have requested the information be posted to the city web page. If taxpayers do not support this request for the information to be published, council will simply continue to hide from all factual information regarding this proposed land sale. Taxpayers need to be informed of all aspects of this ¿nancial blunder by council. My gut tells me that the Penticton taxpayers will pay the price for this blunder once the dust has settled. Could council have been more honest with the contractors that probably acted in good faith when they commenced work on this project? If any funds were transferred from a trust fund, intended for other uses, to the City of Penticton, can Penticton taxpayers sleep at night knowing that innocent parties were harmed by this transaction? Please forward an email to Mayor Dan Ashton ( stating the following: “I agree with the request by Ted Wiltse to post all of the information regarding the sale of the Eckhardt Avenue lots to the Loren Reagan Group on the City of Penticton web page. All Penticton taxpayers are entitled to view all pertinent information on this transaction.” Your email will automatically be forwarded to all members of council. Penticton taxpayers, your support will be greatly appreciated. It is a sad day when a person must resort to legal means in order to obtain factual information. Council will probably counter this request for information with the following, “Our legal representatives have advised council not to provide the requested information due to the possibility of legal action to be commenced by injured parties.” All members of council have received a copy of this email. Possibly, a citizen with the bene¿ts of a law degree could inform the taxpayers of our rights to information. Ted Wiltse Penticton

place? Was the purchase recommended by the administrators, or did city council spend this amount of taxpayers’ money just for the fun of it? Once bought, the land lay idle for two years until it was “sold” to the Okanagan Elite Hockey Association for $950,000 — a loss of $1,550,000 in tax money. The land was not advertised, and there was no opportunity for open bidding. On receipt of $50,000, the city gave permission to the developers to commence soil testing which apparently included the installation of concrete foundation frames and re-bars. Suddenly work stopped because the developers could not obtain the required ¿nancing. The city is left with yet another uncompleted site and the mayor and the previous council, many of whom are still with us, once again look like small-town incompetents. This seems to be a sweetheart deal that went badly wrong. How did it happen? Why did the council agree to deal with a company that had only an ephemeral existence and no ¿nancing in place? One can only assume that the then council, with an election near, was so desperate for something, anything, to happen that it ignored any pretence at due diligence. It must also have ignored, or perhaps not sought, the advice of those in the city administration who might have had the expertise to evaluate this deal. Some may argue that the bene¿ts deriving from having the

City must deal with a lemon

The short-lived development of a hockey dorm on Eckhardt Avenue has left the city holding what is becoming a huge lemon. One of the problems is that the construction to date is only good for the proposed building and so any new developer is going to have to want what is already planned. In this economic climate, it is probably going to be dif¿cult to ¿nd a quick and easy solution to the problem. At times like this we need to Àoat as many ideas out there to ¿nd an answer that is a win for all parties. One such idea is that the city could apply to the provincial and federal governments to climb on board and take over control of the development, build the dormitory units for both college student housing and entertain lease options for the hockey school. The 20 apartments on the top Àoors could be designated as affordable housing units, the commercial space on the ground Àoor could be used to house either community services under one roof or other commercial/service use. The city could then take control of the development and come to an agreement whereby the contractors can get the amount they are owed. It may be that with some brainstorming and good ideas we can make some lemonade out of this lemon. Julius Bloomfield Penticton

Something new for seniors

The Penticton Seniors Computer Club at 439 Winnipeg St. is signing up members for March and April classes. This is a reminder for seniors wishing to further their computer skills to come in on Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. to sign up for classes. There are vacancies for March and April in Genealogy, Beginners XP, Email and Internet, making greeting and business cards in Printmaster; Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. Ron will walk you through Photoshop Elements 5, showing you how to improve your pictures. There are vacancies for April in Intermediate, which explains the workings of your computer, and Spreadsheets, which is an accounting program, but could also be used for inventory of household goods and medical records. Something new has been added to our programs. How about transferring VHS tapes to DVD? VHS tapes are going the way of dodo bird, DVDs are the in thing, according to Bernie. Saturday lectures will be “How to use the Internet to ¿nd, copy and burn all the knowledge of the world”.

Okanagan Hockey School in the city justify the support that they receive. This may be true, but we have no real evidence to support that; simply unsupported statements by the mayor and the city manager. No one seems to have attempted any form of real cost/bene¿t analysis. Remember that this is not a service such as the library or the community centre where all citizens are welcome. This is a supposedly pro¿table business where those who attend have to pay fairly large sums for the privilege. Do we get a return from that business commensurate with our willingness to spend money on it? The citizens of Penticton, having lost millions on yet another deal gone wrong, deserve a full explanation, but, on the basis of prior experience, we can expect little or nothing. The mayor seems only to be capable of uttering anodyne platitudes and the councillors involved can’t even rise to that level. Perhaps the current council can do some more “visioning” — one of the mayor’s more vapid terms — and come up not only with an explanation of, but also a solution to this mess. As I indicated above many of the old council members are on the new council. Perhaps Penticton citizens deserve the government they are getting. Dr. Raymond Corteen Penticton

Wednesday afternoon class with Doug, is a continuous program of making CDs with music and pictures or creating a website. There will no Mac classes during March, classes will resume in April and May. Be sure to pop in to sign up for Mac classes on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. Of course there is always our very busy drop-in sessions with Karen, Mike, Akiko and Horst on Monday and Friday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The techs are there to help you solve computer problems. Be sure to check out The Computer Club’s website at This site offers interesting information and how to instruction sheets. Evelyne Turner Penticton

Students offer lesson to us all

I look out at my Grade 5 students, all lined up to come in from the snowy outdoors. We have had an unexpected dump of snow and they love it. Their faces are rosy and smiling — the air around them charged with the energy and excitement of curious inquiry. These kids know that once their snow gear is off, important work begins. The Grade 5s trust me to foster the growth of that thriving potential bouncing around inside their bodies and I commit to do that every day. The teachers have had something unexpected, too… a lunch time meeting to go over the ‘proposed’ changes the government wants to make and their methods to get what they want by, yet again, misleading the public and misrepresenting the teaching profession. But my frustration with that will have to wait, though. The most important people in the education process are waiting and their needs come ¿rst. My kids and I have worked hard all year to build a strong sense of community within our classroom and our building. They understand the importance of integrity in a relationship. They know that to foster a collaborative working environment, we need to fully participate, show appreciation for others’ contributions, demonstrate mutual respect and engage in creative problem-solving. The Grade 5s are the leaders in our school, and as such, they know that the privilege of leadership comes with responsibility. They are beginning to exercise self-regulatory behaviour and reÀection. When working with others, the ¿fth graders do their best to employ the protocols of dialogue versus debate in order to come to a consensus, where each party’s ideas are justly represented. The ¿fth graders know how to establish the meaning of words like, democracy, negotiation and bargaining. They can then connect those words to a larger context in order to attain a

greater goal. My Grade 5 students know how to use powerful questions to further the process of inquiry and adapt their thinking for a deeper understanding. I wrote this letter for my profession, my colleagues, the parents, and most of all, for my kids. I want them to know that what we do here is important work and I value them and their efforts in our journey together. So it is for them that I pose this question to the BCPSEA ‘bargaining’ team that represents the government, after reading all the things Grade 5 students know how to do. Are you as smart as a ¿fth grader? Tammy Kay Naramata

Future seniors sacrificed

I am pleased to read that Dan Albas has not yet developed the “water off a duck’s back” attitude that he has “witnessed by some of the more experienced politicians”. This “thick skin” is not something to be proud of. It only con¿rms these politicians’ contempt for the people — they’ve stopped listening, and simply assimilate and regurgitate party policy. Harper, Clement and Flaherty staunchly defend future reductions to seniors’ bene¿ts. What concerns me is their open effrontery. They actually believe that we would sacri¿ce the bene¿ts of future generations, simply by assuring us that the current seniors will not be affected. This contempt is appalling. We will not throw future generations of our children and grandchildren to the wolves to ensure current bene¿ts. The parliamentary budget of¿cer Kevin Page and other experts indicated that future increases to OAS and GIS will not have the dire impact that is being fear-mongered by the Harper government. Who do you believe? I know who I believe. Harper et al had better get their stories straight and re-examine their budgets in order to ensure that future generations of the less fortunate are cared for. We are not interested in projections of dire consequences unless we support Harper’s agenda — nor are we interested in statistics founded on threats or fear. If an increase in funding is required, reexamine current revenue sources and “could have” expenditures. Harper and his crew continue to misread the priorities of Canadians, or maybe they just don’t care. But that is to be expected once one develops a “thick skin”. On the other hand, any senior citizen who would trade away bene¿ts of future less-welloff seniors just to protect current bene¿ts deserves to be viewed with contempt. Patrick MacDonald Penticton

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MEMORABLE EFFORT — Brother and sister Shane and Savannah Groot received awards from Al McNeil of the Royal Canadian Legion at Penticton Christian School this week. The students were separate winners in the annual B.C. Yukon Legion Remembrance Day poster contest.

Options on tap for West Bench Kristi Patton Western News Staff

The ball remains in the City of Penticton’s court regarding what will happen with the West Bench water system. “It is being discussed in camera at this time. The regional district and the city are working very hard on this proposal,” said regional district chair and Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton. Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Area F director Michael Brydon said the RDOS has basically two options: build its own ultraviolet treatment plant for the West Bench and Sage Mesa or work out an agreement with the city to provide ¿ltered water from its system. The RDOS is waiting to hear back on a proposal to buy bulk water from Penticton, a decision that

Brydon said was delayed because of the election. “The RDOS would buy treated water at the foot of Westminster Avenue and then we run the water utility,” said Brydon. “We run the water utility no matter where the water comes from. The question now is does it come from the City of Penticton or from our own little treatment plant.” West Bench residents voted against receiving ¿ltered water from Penticton in 2010 because it came at a higher cost than building their own treatment plant. Brydon said that proposal would have seen Penticton take over the whole system, and neither side seemed “too comfortable with that.” At the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board table earlier this month, the City of Penticton was awarded the West Bench operations and main-

tenance contract in the amount of $52,703.40 plus taxes. “It is a continuation of the contract to operate the West Bench water system,” said Brydon. “The West Bench Irrigation District entered into this contract a few years back and we are just continuing it for another year while we wait for the larger West Bench water upgrade project to be sorted out.” This contract extension means the City of Penticton will continue to monitor the pump house and be on call for residential emergencies among other duties. “The RDOS staff does not currently have the capacity to take on another system. In addition, the West Bench system is old and quirky, so the experience the Penticton staff has gained with the system over the last few years was an important factor in our decision to stick with them.”


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City divides legal service contracts Simone Blais Western News Staff

Penticton is securing legal services from two different law ¿rms in non-exclusive contracts for incoming ¿les. Purchasing manager Cathy Ingram explained to council last week that the city issued a request for proposals for legal services in September, and received applications from six legal ¿rms by the December deadline. A committee reviewed the proposals, she said, and ranked them according to hourly rate, experience and knowledge of civic legislation, services available and references. Boyle and Co., established in 1921, scored 82 points, offering seven lawyers available with hourly rates of $125 and $240. Stewart McDannold Stuart scored 86 points as it was established 23 years ago, has 10 lawyers and its rates range from $140 to $240. Both ¿rms indicated junior lawyers would handle the cases where possible to lower costs associated with billable hours. The city’s current solicitor, Richard Thompson, charges an hourly rate of $195 an hour. Staff recommended both Boyle and Co. and Stewart McDannold Stuart be awarded three-year, non-

exclusive contracts with options to renew. Mayor Dan Ashton said there are bene¿ts to having the Àexibility to deal with two solicitors. “I’m very glad to see this split. I think it’s long overdue. We have been very happy with the legal services provided by Mr. Thompson,” he said. “We have had dif¿culty garnering his attention some days, particularly on Fridays, when I believe he’s travelling.” Having to wait until Mondays, Ashton said, has left the city with too much “exposure” until the weekend is over. “One can’t argue against good legal advice. You’ve got to have it.” Coun. Judy Sentes said change can be a bene¿t: non-pro¿t societies change legal counsel and accounting services every ¿ve years. “It’s not a reÀection of what’s been in the past. It’s about utilizing good business practices,” she said. Coun. Garry Litke expressed concern about existing ¿les, and whether the bylaw allows Thompson to continue on with ¿les. He proposed an amended motion that would include Thompson’s services for an interim period of one year, but it ultimately failed to garner support at the council table. “We would leave the current ¿les with the current legal provider,” Ingram said. Council approved the two non-exclusive contracts recommended by staff.

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Community rallies around family of premature baby Simone Blais Western News Staff

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MATT LINDSAY holds son Isaac, wearing the medical equipment he needs to help him breath, while mother Elise Stevenson and three-year-old daughter Estalla watch. Isaac was born premature and a fundraiser is planned for March 10 to help the family with related costs.


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South Okanagan Women In Need Society with Sun FM/EZ Rock & Community Partners present the 7th annual

WOMEN FRONT & CENTRE GALA Awards, Dinner & Dance on March 3, 2012 at Penticton Lakeside Resort Tickets now on sale at Penticton Lakeside Resort, WINGS Thrift store (456 Main Street) or phone 250-493-4366 Ext. 100 CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WONDERFUL WOMEN NOMINATED IN 11 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. ARTS Gillian Russell, Penticton Category sponsored by: Penticton Western News

HEALTH & WELLNESS Dale Belvedere, Summerland; Wendy Williams, Penticton Category sponsored by: Penticton Lakeside Resort

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION Connie Denesiuk, Summerland Barb Haynes, Penticton; Tracy St. Claire, Penticton Category sponsored by: Hillside Estate Winery

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Florence Barton, Penticton; Joy Pinney, Penticton Category sponsored by: Astral Media - Sun FM/EZ Rock

COURAGE (un-judged presentation) Rita Chretien, Penticton; Caroline Hild, Penticton Category sponsored by: Shaw Cable

SPORTS Southern Swoop Seniors Ladies Slow Pitch Softball Team; Pam Cayer, Penticton; Bev Fox, Penticton; Linda Laughlin, Penticton; Bev Smith, Keremeos; Patti Soroke, Keremeos; Donna Eaton, Summerland; Barb Dougan, Summerland; Patricia Macdonald, Summerland; Marie Boychuk, Oliver; Sue Ainsworth, Peachland; Joanne Yelland, Westbank Category sponsored by: South Okanagan Event Center

EXCELLENCE IN INSTRUCTION Brenda Barber, Penticton; Jade Loan, Penticton; Yasmin Thorpe, Penticton Category sponsored by: Sprott Shaw Community College EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE (IN THE WORK PLACE) Sylvia Lilley, Penticton; Michou Szabo, Penticton; Renee Tompkins, Penticton Category sponsored by: Minuteman Press & Gold Dust Jewellers FINANCE, ENTREPRENEUR, BUSINESS (FEB) Elaine Gowing, Okanagan Falls; Rebecca Kay, Penticton; Dianne McEvoy, Penticton Category sponsored by: McCoy Trailers

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Isaac Lindsay has a habit of taking two steps forward and one step back, even though he hasn’t yet learned how to walk. The 10-month-old baby from Okanagan Falls has had a rough go after being born almost two months premature, but the community is banding together to make sure he keeps marching in the right direction. Mother Elise Stevenson said her and husband Matt Lindsay had been expecting Isaac, their second child, to join their family June 27 of last year. Her abdominal area had grown quite big early on, and despite regular checkups, she had been given the all-clear with doctors indicating the baby was set to be large. But on April 11, the truth showed otherwise. “I had too much Àuid in my belly. The doctors at the maternity clinic here just missed it, and so at 29 weeks pregnant I went into pre-term labour,” she said. Doctors called Bedline, which ¿nds room in the closest NICU — a neonatal intensive care unit designed to meet the needs of premature and at-risk babies. There are only three in the province in New Westminster, Vancouver and Victoria. Stevenson was Àown to Royal Columbian Hospital, arriving at 2 in the afternoon. Just before midnight, Isaac was born. “They told me I was having a big baby, and he was two pounds, 10 ounces,” she said. Doctors were faced with an immediate challenge with Isaac: his lungs were not fully developed and Stevenson had been unable to have the two steroid shots that would have sped up the process. He was diagnosed with pulmonary hypoplasia, or small lungs, and was intubated and put on a ventilator — where he stayed for 66 days. RCH staff struggled to take the intubation tube out, Stevenson recalled, and Isaac was then brought to B.C. Children’s Hospital. It was there medical staff found Isaac had spent so much time with a breathing tube that it had damaged his airway. “From being intubated so many times, he has a Àoppy airway. His airway collapses every time he breathes,” she explains, noting there is a silver lining in the diagnosis. “It’s something that

he can grow out of. He has to recover from the traumas that happened to him so early in life.” To ensure he receives enough oxygen, Isaac wears a “bi-PAP,” or bilevel positive airway pressure mask that sits on his face and forces air into his lungs. He will continue using the machine until June, when doctors will check his progress and decide whether he will need laser surgery to his esophagus, which could create some scar tissue that would give his airway strength. There are still hiccups along the path to recovery. Complications have arisen in the last few months they’ve been out of hospital, and Stevenson said they’ve had to be airlifted twice to Vancouver for bleeding problems. Isaac also can’t eat orally and requires a feeding tube. Growing boys need their nutrients, and Stevenson said her son is behind in terms of physical growth. “People when they see him, they ask, ‘How old is he?’ I say 10 and a half months, and they do a double-take because he’s the size of a newborn: ‘What? Almost a year old?’” she said, noting Isaac now weighs 12 pounds. “If an adult was in the hospital as long as he was in the hospital, they would have some serious problems too.” The process of getting Isaac healthy has been costly for the OK Falls family. Lindsay travelled every weekend with their eldest daughter, Stella, to Vancouver while Isaac was in the hospital. Family and friends have been hosting fundraisers to support them, and on March 10, they will gather at the Barley Mill Pub for a silent auction and wine walk. Tickets are $20 and include a meal. Participants can bid on a variety of prizes, which range from Tiffany’s and Luis Vuitton brands to practical items like oil changes. “The support from the community has been amazing. It’s really incredible,” Stevenson said. Anyone wanting to purchase tickets can call Tracy at 250-809-0167 or Leanne at 250-486-0347. Those who can’t make the evening can always make a contribution at the Valley First Cherry Lane branch to the Family of Isaac Lindsay in Trust account No. 782912-11. “It used to be one step forward, two steps back. So we’ve switched it,” she said. “You meet a lot of families from even our area that are suffering with their kids with issues. We’re blessed to have somebody do this for us.”






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Penticton group stages youth writers camp Steve Kidd Western News Staff

Summer camp might seem far away, but if you are a young writer looking to participate in the B.C. Youth Writers Camp, the deadline for application is fast approaching. The annual summer camp, sponsored by the Penticton Writers and Publishers group, is set for July 2 to 7 this year at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College. “We held the ¿rst one at Glen¿r School. We had the kids stay a weekend and Glen¿r School was one of the only schools that had showers,” said Yasmin John-Thorpe, one of the organizers. The camp moved to Okanagan College in 2009, its second year. But this year, the group will be making use of the new facilities at the

college’s Centre of Excellence. “In the morning, they are in the classrooms with the presenters and they get workshops. In the afternoon, we always have a lecture so they are in the lecture theatre,” said JohnThorpe. “They are there from 1 to 2:45 and they have a break for snacks. We feed them so well, I don’t think they will ever go home. For their little $125 fee, they get all the workshops, they get snacks in the morning, lunch and snacks in the afternoon. They eat us out of house and home, but it’s great.” Each year, the PWAP invites a keynote speaker to inspire the young writers. “We had (author) Jack White here last year as our keynote speaker. And he was so blown away when he got here and he met the kids. He was so blown away that he has asked to

City helps DPA to get handle on fees



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The city will continue to collect fees on behalf of the Downtown Penticton Association, but those fees will not be indexed to inÀation as originally proposed. Council passed three readings of the downtown business improvement area bylaw introduced last Monday, which establishes the fees or parcel taxes to be paid by businesses in a speci¿cally designated area. The bylaw expires on Dec. 31, 2012, but the association preferred to renew for the current year’s tax roll. Chief ¿nancial of¿cer Doug Leahy said that this was the second renewal for the DPA, and that the city just acts as a bank to collect the levies from affected areas. The DPA budgets accordingly. Those fees, according to a staff report, go to the DPA for the purpose of planning and implementing business promotions. The fee was originally proposed to be $0.987 per $1,000 of assessed value on Class 5 and 6 taxable land and improvements, which would be increased according to the Consumer Price Index each year. “My hats go off to the DPA and what they do,” Mayor Dan Ashton said, noting that the association has also worked hard to increase their membership. “But I’m not a fan of automatic increases.” Coun. Wes Hopkin said that the DPA’s budget could be “heavily affected” by the cost of inÀation. If the funds collected remain the same, in ¿ve years’ time, “their budget is going to shrink precipitously because of this.” Coun. Andrew Jakubeit, however, noted that the fees are charged based on land and improvement value. As those go up, so consequently do the fees collected. “This sort of helps Àatten it out,” he said. Coun. John Vassilaki moved the staff recommendation, with the exception of the CPI element to fees. Council unanimously passed three readings.

BULLIES - Posters deliver a message “Last year, for our ¿rst time, we took some ¿veminute videos,” said Evans. “We had four videos and they were really good quality. We are hoping we will see some of that coming forward again.” While in some years the amount of entries is lower, Evans was impressed by the number of entries for the 2011 contest, which had 70 participants submitting their work. Closing date for submissions to this year’s contest is April 13, with the prizes to be awarded at a May 6 event. Tonight’s event takes place in the Pen High library from 7 to 9 p.m. Contest details are available at area middle and secondary schools or on the Canadian Mental Health Association website at

“As Penticton Writers and Publishers, we used to go into the classrooms to teach the kids to write creatively,” she said. “I think she was at Uplands at that time and she was in her wheelchair and she was using a computer to write.” More information on the B.C. Youth Writers Camp is available through the Penticton Writers and Publishers website at

come back,” said John-Thorpe. This year, however, she has something different planned. “I am going to ask Amanda Lewis to be the keynote speaker,” she said. Lewis, one of the directors of the Agur Lake Camp Society, is con¿ned to a wheelchair and is a published poet. “I want to show those kids what she puts up with, and she is one heck of a poet,” said John-Thorpe. “The idea of having the keynote speaker is to inspire the kids. I am hoping if she tells them what is her typical day, what she has to go through, and she can still sit down and belt out some great poetry … hey, you don’t have any excuses.” John-Thorpe said she has known Lewis since she was in Grade 4 or 5.











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Paul Brandt says his audience should expect all the bells, whistles and tweets when he takes the stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Thursday. After ¿nishing up the eastern leg of his tour of stripped back acoustic performances, the arena production is kicking off for the western leg starting in Penticton, warming him up for a 10day stint in July at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show. “Some of the venues we were playing out east they are a little bit smaller and they have these great 150-year-old beautifully ornate theatres, so it is a different vibe. If we try and bring out the big production we do out in the west shows it just wouldn’t make sense, so we did a bit of a different approach. I think that there is something exciting about doing both shows. We will have all the bells and whistles out in Penticton and it will be fun,” said Brandt, from his home just outside Calgary. Having performed for over 15 years, Brandt has kept in tune with the growing use of technology by concert-goers and has even incorporated it while touring for his latest CD, Give It Away, which came out in late-2011, and also available in his box set NOW. “We have a screen up on stage and your tweets are posted live as they come in on the stage,” said Brandt. “I would never have dreamed that over the last 15 to 16 years performing you


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go from being up on the stage and you are the main attraction up there, to people starting to hold their cellphones up so they can play it for their friend. That was always fun and we made the best of that, now people are on Facebook and tweeting while you are on stage. I thought how can we incorporate people who are already doing this at the show?” It has already generated some unique interactive moments on the eastern leg of the tour. So far on his eastern leg, Brandt has given away a trip to the Calgary Stampede, NOW box sets and, in partnership with Epiphone Guitars, guitars have been given out to those using Twitter to get Brandt messages during the concert. Brandt said he also

brought a person that was tweeting up on stage to sing with him and they didn’t know any of the songs he wanted them to sing. “We made it through ¿nally and the person went back to the audience and we were about to go into singing Convoy and all of sudden up on the Twitter screen you see the person who was up on stage with me saying ‘Well, I know that one, Paul.’ It’s just this really cool conversation that has been happening during the show, so it’s a lot of fun,” said Brandt. The concert also will pan out to be a cool moment for local artist Nikita Afonso, who was selected to open for Brandt while he is in Penticton, and will be accompanied by the Offramp Ensemble headed up by Justin

Glibbery — featuring Mike Fic, Scott Gamble and Jeff Queen. “I have heard little bits and pieces of her work and I am really excited to get to meet her. I saw a Twitter message come up from her the other day talking about how excited she is and I just have been hearing a lot of great things. I have seen some of her work up on YouTube too,” said Brandt. “I remember when I was getting my start and I had people who were established in the music industry who offered me a helping hand or two, and so I hope this ends up being something that really helps her out. I think it will be a lot of fun for her to play in front of her hometown crowd. It is really exciting to be able to take some of these experiences that I have had over the years and hopefully use them to help other people.” While the requests continue to pour in for Brandt to perform I Do, essentially a wedding classic, Penticton is no different. Brandt revisited the song on Give It Away and is still amazed at the reception it gets whether that is from people wanting to propose at his show, renew their vows or married couples wanting to come up on stage and dance to it. “I wrote it for a friend of mine who was getting married and I gave it to her as a wedding gift. I never would have imagined it would have gone to No. 1, let alone become this wedding standard that people use for their weddings 15 years after it came out,” said Brandt.

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JORDAN KOBER, left, landed four medals at the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon, two being gold. The Thompson-Okanagan team finished fourth and had Penticton flavour in Alyssa Macmillan (pictured) and goalies Rachel Fontinha and Stephanie Hogg.

Athletes shoot for and win medals at games Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Of the 80 medals won by the Thompson-Okanagan zone during the B.C. Winter Games held in Vernon Feb. 23 to 26, eight returned to the South Okanagan. Freestyle skiing and archery brought success as Penticton’s Noah Spence won three gold and one bronze medal, Jordan Kober won two gold medals as well as silver and a bronze medal. Keremeos’ Kassidy Todd brought home bronze, and Ceridwyn Olafsson of Penticton did the same in archery. Spence said it felt good to stand on the podium following his performance. “People were cheering,” said Spence, who looks up to Canadian Olympic gold medalist Alex Bilodeau. “It was really exciting. There was lots of competition and it was hard. It was a good challenge.” Spence became excited when he found out he won during his first time at the Winter Games. Because of his success the

14-year-old has gained confidence. He put a lot of pressure on himself during the games, but it paid off. “It was a great experience,” said Spence, who has his medals hanging on the wall of his bedroom. “It was all really fun.” Kober, a member of the Apex Freestyle Club, enjoyed the experience because the event isn’t part of freestyle season. Knowing that points aren’t on the line, Kober wasn’t afraid to use the opportunity as a chance to practice his mental focus. “It’s just all for fun,” said Kober, who participated in the Winter Games in Terrace two years ago. “I used it for experience, for dealing with pressure.” Now Kober feels he is stronger. He won gold in combined male and dual mogul, silver in mogul male and bronze in big air. “There was a lot of people from all over B.C.,” added Kober. “I think for moguls it wasn’t too tough. That’s what I train for every weekend. Big air was tough because I don’t do that. I managed to land my tricks and got third.” Olafsson was “extremely proud of herself” in earning a

bronze medal. Because other archers had more experience, she felt they had the advantage. One thing she had to adjust to was having eyes on her. “I don’t like when people watch my shot,” she said. “It freaks me out.” And eyes were on her during the elimination round, which has archers paired against each other. “I felt I was rushed more and freaked out and didn’t perform as well,” she said, adding she felt that way because there was added pressure with more people shooting and watching. Overall, Olafsson loved the experience of being at the games, and like Kober and Spence, enjoyed meeting other athletes. “We have so much in common in archery,” she said of meeting her competitors. “I can’t talk to most of my friends about archery because they know nothing about it.” For other results of local athletes on Thompson-Okanagan zone team, check Carpet l Area Rugs l Hardwood l Laminate l

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MASON POON , right, of the Okanagan Similkameen Wrestling Club, is caught in a leg lock by Avery Gibson of Dover Bay Secondary from Nanaimo. Despite Poons best efforts, he lost the match in two rounds.

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Alyssa Kroeker and Egzon Emini found themselves among the province’s best when the B.C. high school wrestling championship concluded. Kroeker of the OkanaganSimilkameen Wrestling Club finished fifth in the 47-kilogram women’s group winning two of her four matches, while Emini of Penticton Wrestling Club placed sixth at the championship held at the South Okanagan Events Centre over the weekend. Robert Kroeker, coach of the OSWC, said his daughter represented Pen High well. Carrying a competitive demeanour onto the mat, Kroeker said she wasn’t entirely happy with her result. “She felt she could have done better,” said Kroeker. “She has qualified for the nationals through her performance at the Western Canada Age Class, Port Alberni Invitational and provincials.” The rest of the wrestlers from the OSWC didn’t crack the top-10, but Kroeker felt they performed well being first-year wrestlers. Skaha Lake Middle School’s Justin Chahil (66 kg) finished with two losses, as did Leo Kruger (84 kg), Braden MarriottHolm (54 kg) of Princess Marga-

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ret and Mason Poon (57 kg), also of Princess Margaret. Winning two of their four matches were Dakota Simmons (90 kg) and Josh Regier (110 kg) of Princess Margaret, while Landon Wigley (60 kg) and Zac Thompson (110 kg) of Princess Margaret won one of three matches. “We are very proud of them,” said Kroeker. “They are already looking forward to next season and we always make off-season training and conditioning available to those who wish to continue.” PWC coach Tony Ramsay, who also chaired the provincial championship, said going in that Emini could be a sleeper or surprise. Competing in the 84 kg men category, Ramsay said for him to place sixth “is a great accomplishment.” “He made some critical

mistakes from a lack of experience,” said Ramsay. Nico Carboni of Pen High also represented the PWC and placed 12th. After winning his first match, he was faced with the tough task of taking on No. 1 ranked Jobanjit Phulka (78 kg) of Rick Hansen in his second to last match. The Abbotsford Hurricane continued on to win gold. “I thought he did quite well,” said Ramsay of Carboni’s effort against Phulka. “He has come a long way from the start. To have it in Penticton allowed him to have more experience and gain from it. It was just nice to have it in his hometown, meant a lot to him.” As for how the event was run, Ramsay felt it was a success. He received positive comments from several individuals, including this email. “On behalf of all my wrestlers here at Ucluelet Secondary I would like to echo Tom McEvay’s compliments to all of you who helped to put on such a smooth B.C.’s,” said Mike Rhodes from Alberni Wrestling. “It was top-notch all the way and whether they won or lost, it was certainly an experience that everyone on my team will not forget. Special thanks to Pam MacDonald and the IT crew, who did the live

updates and the webcast. I’ve already had several comments from members of the community and school that they thought it was really cool to be able to watch the finals and cheer on our wrestlers via the web.” “They are just blown away,” said Ramsay, noting that one person who has attended events for 40 years said this was right up there for being run. Ramsay said it was complimentary to the team of 100 volunteers he had helping. Admittingly, Ramsay was nervous as it was the first time he had done this. It was suggested to Ramsay that the city should consider hosting a national or Western Age Class event. “People were impressed with the facility and friendliness of people,” said Ramsay, adding that visitors also liked how close the accommodations are to the SOEC. For complete final results on all wrestlers, check!bcsswadraw-updates and click the pdf file for championship. Follow this link to more photos from the B.C. wrestling championship For video of Carboni’s first bout, check

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The Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls basketball team saw their season end on a 56-54 loss to Revelstoke on Tuesday night. By placing third in the South Zone behind Oliver and Summerland (both provincially ranked) the Mustangs were forced to try to qualify for the Valleys by playing three playoff games. The Mustangs played a three-team round robin tournament against George Elliot (Winfield) and Valleyview (Kamloops) last Saturday where they came out on top with all three teams going one and one, but having the best point differential. In the first game, the Mustangs overcame a slow start before beating George Elliot 66-48. Maggie was led by

Abby Winstone with 23 points while Dana Klamut chipped in 19. The Mustangs then had to play on two hours of rest against Valleyview, who were playing their first game and came out on the short end 51-45. Klamut had a team high 19 points with Winstone contributing eight and Kari-Grace Pym and Brooklyn Pichette each adding six. As a result, the Mustangs played Revelstoke with a berth to the Valleys at stake. After a nervous start, and falling behind by 13, the Mustangs fought back and took the lead midway through the final quarter. However, the Mustangs offence stalled and couldn’t come up with a basket at the end to tie. Klamut had 22 points while Winstone had 11 and Nicole

Donkin, who had a huge game at both ends of floor, added nine. “We weren’t sure we were going to be able to play,” said Mustangs coach Dave Killick. “Both Abby and Brooklyn had serious injuries, but both gutted it out and had big games for us. The three grade 12s played key roles. Nicole had a monster game while Lisa Churko played their six-foot-two girl really tough. Yolanda George also played hurt and had one of her better games.” “The girls were warriors today and no one can question their heart and desire,” said assistant coach Jeff Goodis. “They really pulled together and gave one of their best performances under extreme pressure.”


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Okanagan Falls resident Andi Naude has won the 2012 NorAm Mogul Grand Prix and the Rookie of the Year Award. With the Grand Prix win, Naude, 16, has earned her first World Cup start at the mogul finals in Mageve,

France in March. “I’m so excited right now,” said Naude, to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. “I went into the season hoping for a topfive finish. Then, in Apex when I won twice I thought ‘Wow, this is really possible, I could win the

Grand Prix’. I’m so happy and I really hope I get to go to France, I think that’s the plan.” Naude, who won six of the eight NorAm events this year including four consecutive wins, struggled on the course last weekend and finished 27th.

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the Penticton Lakers cut in the Princeton Posse’s series lead at 2-1. The Lakers defeated the Posse 3-2 in overtime at the community rink on Monday. The teams met again on Tuesday and Game 5 will return to Princeton on Thursday. If necessary, Game 6 will be played in Penticton on Friday. Check the Penticton Western News for more on the series.

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FROM THE HEART — Terri Bremner, of the group Ladies of Country, pours her heart into a song on stage at the Okanagan Falls branch of the Royal Canadian Legion Sunday. The afternoon of entertainment featuring a variety of performers was a fundraiser for the construction of a new building.

WEDNESDAY February 29

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 103 of the Penticton United Church, enter through north door. Call 250-493-1527 for info. HAND AND FOOT CANASTA at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250492-7630 for info. PENTICTON DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Penticton Library. Call Birgitta at 250-7701154 for info. 65-PLUS SINGLES COFFEE CLUB meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250-770-1018. BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY in the Legion hall for the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. regular bingo at 6:30 p.m. SENIORS’ RECREATION and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Joy at 250-770-1174 for more information. OKANAGAN FALLS SENIORS’ Activity Centre has exercise classes at 8 a.m., music and coffee hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN

Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m. (call 250493-2111 to confirm), coffee social at 10 a.m., intermediate/advanced line dance and cribbage at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS HUMP day with entertainment by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. Dinner available. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info. IODE THRIFT STORE on 464 Main St. has weekly specials and is open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. SUMMERLAND ART CLUB meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s lower floor on Wharton Street. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. For info call Barb at 250-494-3002. THE BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ will be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Penticton and District Community Resource Society at 330 Ellis St. Moms, babies and toddlers are all welcome to join. Contact Kaili at 250-404-4299 for info. FOSTER CARE INFO sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250-770-7524 or visit or foster. FRATERNAL ORDER OF the Eagles has a general meeting for all members every second Wednesday

at the hall at 1197 Main St. OLIVERDOUBLEOQuilters have drop-in activities every Wednesday. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music has string orchestra under the direction of John Suderman from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Leir House. Open to intermediate and advanced string players ages 16 and up. New members welcome. KIWANIS CLUB HAS a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NIGHT group meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday noon at 361 Ade Ave. 890 WING OF the South Okanagan Air Force Association of Canada will be having a roast beef dinner at 126 Dakota Ave. For tickets phone Verna at 250-492-5369. LITURGICAL DANCE SESSIONS will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Phone 250-492-2684 to register for free event. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CHUCH has Ready, Set, Learn for three-year-olds and their parents from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come for crafts, stories, information on early learning and more.




meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drop-in program for French speakers wanting to socialize in French, including activities such as games, outings, discussions, hobbies and projects. Call Lina at 250-492-2549 for info. DESERT SAGE SPINNERS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Members create beautiful handworks. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at or 250-498-4959. PEACH CITY TOASTMASTERS meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4860601 for info. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call Merle at 250770-8093. SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., improver line dance at 12:30 p.m., bingo and crafters meet at 1 p.m., and table tennis at 7 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-490-9272.



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calendar TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Betty-Lou at 250-492-7623 or Liz at 250-493-7997 for more information. O KANAGAN F ALLS S ENIORS ’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. Ladies Fitness and Friends at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall. Legion Ladies Lunch bunch will meet at China Palace at 1933

YOUNG STAR — Keltie Matthews, who just turned four, assisted by Haley Porter, sings the Canadian national anthem in front of 2,000 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre prior to the start of the recent Penticton Vees BCHL game. Mark Brett/Western News



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Main St. S OUTH O KANAGAN I MMIGRANT and Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has Joseph’s Famous Pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. Music trivia by Affordable Music. Prizes. Members and guests welcome to hall at 1197 Main St. ANAVETS HAS POOL and the 269 Dart Club at 7 p.m. and drop-in pool. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has darts at 7:30 p.m. A L C O H O L I C S A NONYMOUS NIGHT group meets at 8 p.m. on 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. PENTICTON WRITERS AND Publishers meets every third Thursday at the Leir House at 7 p.m. If you love or want to write, come join us. For more info, contact Penny Smith at 250494-2299. BETH CUTHAND WILL be at the Enowkin Centre Literary Reading Series with a reading starting at 12:15 p.m. and a book signing at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Centre located at Green Mountain Road.


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ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has Okie Dokie karaoke 6:30 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds go to the provincial dart tournament. Entertainment by Total Gin at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to their hall at 1197 Main St. SENIORS’ COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-770-7848 for more information. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Tai Chi Chuan at 10 a.m., cardio dance at 11:10 a.m., new beginner line dance at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE

with Jack and Owen at 6 p.m. 890 WING OF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. AL-ANON MEETS AT the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HAS a big book meeting and 12x12 thumper group meets at 7:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. in Penticton. Naramata group is at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday at noon at 361 Ade Ave. FUNTIMERS BALLROOM DANCE Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For ballroom and Latin American dancing. Instruction is provided on certain Fridays. For more info please contact Brian at 250-492-7036 or visit WORLD DAY OF Prayer ecumenical service hosted by Penticton United Church at 696 Main St. at 1:30 p.m. Theme is let justice prevail. PRINCESS MARGARET GRAD class invites the public to a family fun multicultural dinner night from 6 to 9 p.m. at Princess Margaret School. Tickets available at school office or South Main Market.

COMING EVENTS GRIEF SUPPORT AND education group is a closed, small discussion group at the Penticton Art Gallery every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon from Feb. 10 until March 30. Preregistration is required, contact Andrea at 250492-9071 ext. 2203. BECOME A VOLUNTEER tutor in Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos and work one-on-one with an adult learner in your community. Training is provided, learn new skills. Contact Angelika Eneas at 250-460-1282 or at GET BENT ACTIVE Arts Society is doing a bottle drive for February and March. Bring bottles to Get Bent in the Cannery or call 250-462-1025 to arrange pick up for large amount.

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Dream takes hold at Upper Bench Jennifer Schell Special to the Western News

It was a combination of passions that brought owners Gavin and Shana Miller together many years ago. He a winemaker originally from the UK, she a cheesemaker originally from Nova Scotia, now married 16 years; they always shared the dream of owning their winery and combining their crafts. That magical day arrived in 2010 when a former Holman property on Penticton’s Upper Bench came up for auction. The stars aligned, partners Margareta and Wayne Nystrom were found, and the deal was sealed. The plans for Upper Bench Winery have our food and wine world buzzing with excitement. Imagine a tasting room with Gavin’s wine, Shana’s cheese as well as a fruit stand out front. Their partner’s daughter Tessa Sjöblom, who also handles the winery’s administration and marketing, will be opening Tessa’s Tree Fruit in July. Fresh bread also ¿ts into this delicious equation with baguettes and bread delivered to the tasting room every day. Wine, cheese, bread, fruit … a gourmand’s dream combination. Gavin Miller is a very well known and respected winemaker. With a history of creating wines at some of our most celebrated wineries, it is no surprise

that what is coming out of his own tank and barrel is nothing less than spectacular. His Upper Bench Estate vineyard grows seven varietals on seven acres and this spring he will be releasing a Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling as well as a Merlot and Pinot Noir (with grapes from the Nystrom’s Naramata Bench property). Wine touring visitors and neighbours will be able to pop into this easily accessible, euro-like, farm gate-style winery after work, or while touring. They can choose to either relax with a glass of wine, a plate of cheese and fresh bread on the patio or ¿ll up their shopping baskets with goodness to take home. Shana will be launching her artisan cheese this spring with three varieties to start: a brie, a blue cheese and a washed rind. It was so exciting watching Shana in her creamery as she lovingly demonstrated how to cut the curd. She talks to her cheese too — like plants — and feels it makes them taste better. (I made sure to lavish huge praise on the curd before I left.) Flavour: This is their mantra, their mission statement, their brand. I love that the design of the wine labels also reÀects this common denominator. The colour bars on the label depict the wine’s individual Àavour pro¿le. All colour hues were chosen from a Cezanne


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OWNERS GAVIN AND SHANA MILLER toast the success of Upper Bench Winery.

painting and each type of wine has a different label reÀecting the Àavours prevalent in the bottle. Not only are their individual passions evident in the products they are creating, but they are also an incredibly fun, warm and inviting group who can’t

wait to share the love of their craft. Bravo Upper Bench Winery. We look forward to celebrating your Àavour. Jennifer Schell is the editor of B.C. Food and Wine Trails magazine.

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Passed away into the presence of Jesus on February 22, 2012, at the d age of 76 years. Survived by children; Susie (Steve) Shields, Spence (Pam) MacDonald, Lynn Alexander (Brian), Faye (Charlie) Thompson and other family members. Sadly adly predeceased by her loving g husband Atwood MacDonald. Nicole’s generous spirit and compassion made her an avid volunteer. She spent her life donating her time and resources to others. Nicole will be remembered by those at Birthright, the Westview hymn singers, the Cancer Society and many more. She will also be remembered as a crafter, her wares destined for the hands of anyone who might need them. Nicole loved her Lord, her family and her friends. She will be missed, Au revoir, maman. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Parkview Funeral Chapel, 1258 Main Street, Penticton, BC. Memorial tributes may be made to Birthright, 200 Bennett Avenue, Penticton, BC V2A 6P5 (250-492-4907). Condolences may be sent to the family through


Robert Bauke April 7, 1925 – February 19, 2012 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of ‘Bob’. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Katie. His sisters; Martha (Walter), Sietzke, Tietje, his brother Wierd (Tryntje), sister-in-law Nolda and by their extended families in Holland. Bob was and avid gardener, a member of the Penticton & District Garden Club, where he would tend to the rose gardens by the S.S. Sicamous and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Sadly, Bob was predeceased by his son Richard Arthur Smeding. A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family c/o

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Obituaries JENSEN, Peter July 16, 1924-February 12, 2012

With the peaceful passing of Peter, we lost a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. Peter grew up in Windsor Ontario, went to war, returned to Canada and moved west. He married Anne Wiens, and together they moved to Cobble Hill in 1953 to raise a family. His career was spent in the automotive parts industry in Duncan, but home and family was the centre of his life. Peter enjoyed turning old houses into homes, beach combing for firewood at Cherry Point, and trucking loads of seaweed to compost in Anne’s garden. Peter enjoyed helping others and volunteered in which ever community he called home. When Anne predeceased him in 2000, Peter moved to Penticton where he began a second life rich with friends and laughter. Clowning released the kid within Peter, and with his good friend Minnel Reid, he brought new life to a group of Caring Clowns in Penticton. As Doctor Funny Bones, his creativity seemed to know no bounds. At 87 he pulled off a hat trick of clowning in the Duncan, Victoria Day, and Peachfest parades. He returned again to Cobble Hill in the last years of his life to putter in the garden, chop mountains of firewood, and volunteer in the community where he had spent much of his adult life. His memory will be cherished, and playful presence missed. Peter is survived by his sons Kai and Victor, and his daughter-in-law Linda, and granddaughter Sierra. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St Saviour’s Anglican Church, 150 Orchard Avenue, Penticton . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Society or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation.

CUNSOLO NSO O Elisabeth After a long, brave fight, t, y passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 24, 2012. Lovingly remembered by her children; Sara (Jim) Fortier, Stella (Mario) Timpano, Frank (Janice)) r) and Ralph (Heather) Cunsolo, as well as her grandchildren; dren; nthony Lisa (Ryan), Anthony (Irene), David (Deb), Jill (Randy), Kristina, Aaron and Ryan, great grandchildren; Luca, Emma, Sophie, Tayler and Tessa, sisters; Angelina, Maria, JoAnne and brother, Bruno, as well as many nieces and nephews in Canada, Italy and France. Elisabeth was predeceased by her beloved husband, Nazzareno, beautiful granddaughter, Katie, and parents; Stella and Raffaele Lacaria. Elisabeth was a kind woman who took great pride in her children and grandchildren. She was appreciated, admired and loved for all of her generosity and support. Her love of life and people touched the lived of all who knew her. When a loved one becomes a memory, The memory becomes a treasure. Forever in our hearts. Thanks to Dr. Dutchman, nurses and staff of the Penticton Regional Hospital. Prayer service will be held Wednesday, February 29th at 7:00 pm with a Funeral Mass of Thursday, March 1st at 10:30 am Both will take place at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1296 Main Street, Penticton, BC. Interment in the Lakeview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family through

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Employment Opportunity Every consider Property Management as a future vocation? Locke Property Management Ltd. has an opening for an active mature Penticton resident who will make a long-term commitment to Property Management. It’s challenging, it’s interesting. We will provide a training program in conjunction with mandatory licensing course. Preference will be given to an applicant who has an existing Property Management License or can obtain one. This is a permanent full-time position. For further details, apply in person to:

Locke Property Management Ltd. 528 Main St., Penticton, BC.

WORK FROM Home. Largest Medical Transcriptionist employer in Canada looks to CanScribe for 100 more Mt’s. We need more students! Enroll today! 1-800-466-1535



Farm Workers

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

SUN City Cherries 4759 Lakeshore Rd Kelowna req’s Farm Labourers. Pruning, picking, packing, sorting and general farm work. Seasonal. 40hrs/wk minimum 7days/wk. $10.25/hr or piece rate. Email resume to: 250-764-1872

ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in the beautiful BC Interior requires paving personnel for all aspects of Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Highway, commercial and residential paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered for training. Please forward resume to: ASPHALT PAVING Personnel required: Paving contractor in Kamloops area requires Foreman and personnel for Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in commercial and residential paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered. Training and benefits will be available to the successful applicants. Please forward resume to: DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: Visit: Infant, Toddler ECE needed, 24+ hours per week, contact Debbie at 250-490-9855, email resume to

Help Wanted An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780-723-5051

We’re at the heart of things™

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? Relief is only a call away! Call 250-979-4357 to set up your FREE consultation in Pentiction. Donna Mihalcheon CA,CIRP 31 years experience. BDO Canada Limited Trustee in Bankruptcy, #200 -1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC. V1Y 9X1

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Community Newspapers


Work with adults/youth in community agencies and private practice. Accelerated skill training - the practical alternative to a 4 year degree. Congratulations Chelsea Stowers Graduate 2008





is seeking carriers for routes. Contact Mark in the Circulation Dept. at 250-492-3636, EXT. 219 Part-time janitor req’d weekend work included for short term contract, may become f/t position. Phone after 10am (250)493-3977.

Education/Trade Schools


THE Lindsey Vet is looking for a

KENNEL TECHNICIAN for weekends & holidays 6-10am & 2-6pm

Looking for intelligent, mature & thorough person that would be willing to work these hours relatively long term. No experience necessary, will train right candidate.

Drop off resume in person to:

2503 Skaha Lake Rd.


Register for any Sprott-Shaw Community College program between Dec. 1, 2011 - Feb. 29, 2012 and receive up to $1000* towards tuition.


• Conduct interviews and home inspections of all current/potential families participating in the program • Match students with families based on information provided by MLI Homestay Inc. • Work independently, oversee and manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines • Ability to maintain electronic records, spreadsheets and email • Develop cooperative working relationships and maintain them overtime • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and cell phone required The ideal candidate will be involved in the local community, and being familiar with the Canadian School System will be an asset. This part time contract position allows you flexibility in your hours. Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter on or before Friday March 2nd, 2012 to

Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;


Community Support Workers support and aid recipients of social assistance & pensions. They provide assistance to clients living in group homes & half-way houses by facilitating & supervising their activities. Train locally for the skills necessary in this rewarding career Àeld.

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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to:

Penticton Yamaha & Marine Ltd. Are you a motivated individual looking for a full-time, year round career? Our full line Yamaha dealership is looking for a parts & accessories sales person/service writer. The successful candidate will have strong customer service skills, be mechanically inclined, able to multitask, reliable & hard working. Experience is an asset but if you have motorcycle, ATV or marine knowledge we are willing to train the right person. Apply in person at Penticton Yamaha & Marine, 124 South Beach Dr., Penticton located at Skaha Lake Marina. SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:

Income Opportunity EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, others positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed. HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

Trades, Technical Required Immediately! Journeyman RV Technician for Kamloops largest RV Dealership. Jubilee RV Centre offers excellent wage compensation, medical & dental benefits, ongoing industry training and year round employment. Come join our team in sunny and warm Kamloops, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities! Please forward your resume to Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset Journeyman Pressman. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume:


Health Products HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800854-5176.

Financial Services

Wanted Class 1 driver, 5/10 years experience, US, Canada, 5 axle, prefer fast pass, non smoker preferred,good miles, clean abstract. 2012 equipment. 250-308-8279 or 702-239-9570

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Learn more at *Some conditions apply

MLI Homestay Inc. ( is looking for a Homestay Coordinator in Penticton on a seasonal basis. The coordinator’s main function is to find Homestay families ready to provide good quality, positive and supportive living environments for International students. Responsibilities include:

HHDI RECRUITING is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes


BUILD YOUR CAREER WITH US Tolko Industries Ltd. is currently seeking a Payroll Administrator to join our team in Armstrong, BC. Tolko is a forest products company with marketing, resource management and manufacturing operations throughout Western Canada. A career with Tolko means working in an environment that encourages personal and professional development. QUALIFICATIONS: • The successful applicant is required to be a selfstarter with excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. • The ability to pay keen attention to detail is essential and the candidate must have working knowledge of computer programs. • The incumbent must be able to operate in a team environment and manage relationships with a various hourly and staff personnel. • Completion of a CPA designation. • Preference will be given to candidates with previous payroll administration experience and industry related experience. Our tradition of excellence is built on strong company values, a challenging environment, and continuous development. READY TO APPLY YOURSELF? We are an equal opportunity employer offering excellent pension and flex benefit programs. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity and being part of our community, please visit our website at: and submit your resume by March 9, 2012. We thank all candidates for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Penticton Western News



Pets & Livestock

Financial Services

Garden & Lawn

Home Improvements


IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.

GREENWORKS Property Maintenance. Taking bookings for the 2012 season. Professional experience in all aspects of property maintenance from the growing season through to snow removal. Licensed/Insured/Residential/Commercial/Strata. 250487-0373 778-476-0111

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping TAXATION - ACCOUNTING Richard Calkins 202A-3115 Skaha Lake Rd. Personal-Trusts-Corporate (778)476-5845

Business/Office Service DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. E-BAY shoppers: Oroville WA address to receive parcels 509-476-0221

Cleaning Services Cleaning - Household & Business, friendly, professional service, Penticton to Peachland, $20/hr. Supplies Included. 250-878-3498 Shiny and Clean house cleaning. Call Osheun 250-4940002. Email:

Drywall For all your drywall, boarding, taping & light framing needs. Free estimate, call John (250)809-8708

Garden & Lawn

Home Improvements


RENOVATIONS 40 YEARS Carpentry & Home

Decks - Siding Fences - Sheds All Interior & Exterior Renos Property Maintenance Licensed & Insured

250 486-3109 250 770-8063

BELCAN Painting & Renos Licensed-Insured-WCB, Painting, Tiles, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s. Call Len 250-486-8800

GREAT Canadian Builders Ltd. “Turning Houses into Homes.” Your complete renovation specialists. 25 years experience. All interior & exterior work, concrete, sheds, garages, fences, roofing, decks, drywall, framing. Restorations, additions. Licensed and insured, for your free estimate call Steve 250-490-9762, 250488-0407 HOME RENOVATIONS - Large or Small. Bathrooms, Basements, Kitchens, etc. Call 250488-5338. Serving Kelowna to Osoyoos and surrounding areas. Let me help you with your project. Big or small, 20 yrs exp, carpentry, tile work, painting & repairs, ref’s, licensed, insured and WCB, call Nick 250-486-2359

HERBARIA Garden and Lawn. Quality landscape maintenance. Nine years experience. Call Paul at 250-4933362.

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $625 /$750 $675 $900 $950 $975 $1600

Skaha Place, 1 bdrm grd flr, new flooring and paint, fridge, stove, a/c unit, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A444) Near library, 1 & 2 bdrm apartments, children welcome, f, s, a/c, balcony, elevator, covered parking. Cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR) Top floor 2 bdrm condo, 1 bath, laminate flrs, balcony, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A360) Alysen Pl. 3rd floor, 1 bdrm + den, 6 appl, sec’d parking, Rent $900 until May 31 then $1075 after that. Avail. NOW (OT449) Across from Skaha Beach, top flr, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5appl, extra storage, cov’d parking, incl. cable. Avail. NOW (A443) The Ellis, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl, in-suite storage, balcony, sec’d parking. Avail. NOW (A369) Lakeshore 3 – 12th floor, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, exec. condo, park and lakeview, seasonal pool, sec’d parking. Avail. July 1 (A412)


Avail. NOW until June 30, 2012. Furnished 2 bdrm home, with finished basement, dble garage, hot tub and BBQ. Avail. NOW (OT422)


Shavings Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132


Painting Interior/Exterior. Excellent work, fast, neat, low prices. 30 years experience. Small jobs welcome. Phone Dave at (250)497-7912

Misc. Wanted


Rubbish Removal

ALWAYS Buying quality furniture, tools & household goods. Western Star Auctions, 161 Ellis St. Penticton. 250-492-3203 Check out weekly auctions.

Pets & Livestock

Palisades recliner brown leather couch & loveseat, Canadian made $2000. or sell separate; Table w/built-in leaf 6/chairs $400.obo; medium oak corner curio cabinet, 5 shelves, $250.; (250)503-6172

Feed & Hay 800 lb round bales: this years grass hay $50./bale, last years grass hay $25./bale. Shavings & Sawdust available 250-804-6720

Heavy Duty Machinery

HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs. Large square bales, 3x3x8, $160/ton. Delivery avail. on larger orders. 250838-6630

Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

*HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

Medical Supplies

McLeery Ranch, Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass small squares, Haylage $45., Dry Rounds $50., Armstrong. 1- 250-546-0420

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991

Homes for Rent

Homes for Rent

★ FIRST TIME CONDOS UNDER $200,000 ★ BUYERS Free List with pics.

Penticton bargains. Free recorded message.

1-888-267-4599 ID#3050 Gil Szabo & Associates Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty

Apt/Condo for Rent

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Free list with pics of homes under $1200/month. Free recorded message.

Across from Columbia School, 1 bdrm lower portion of duplex, f,s, shared washer/dryer, 1 year lease req’d. Avail. April 1(OT447) $1300 Near Hospital, 4 bdrm home, in-law suite, 2 bath, carport, fenced back yard. Avail. NOW (H693) $1500 Large 3 bdrm house, with in-law suite, single garage, 2.5 bathroom, f,s, d/w, w.d. Avail. March 1 (H656) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

3 bdrms in Princeton on quiet street, Fully fenced yard, newer fridge, washer & dryer. 3 year old furnace, new H/W tank. Asking $144,850. 1 (250)295-6141

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


INCENTIVES 241 Scott Avenue Cable Included, Senior Building, No Smoking, No Pets, Secure Building, Parking, Balcony 1 + 2 Bedroom

250-488-1800 250-488-2881

PRIVATE Coin Collector Looking To Buy Collections, Olympic Silver & Gold Coins, Also Buying Bulk Silver Coins. Call Chad at 250-863-3082. PRIVATE Collector buying coins from Royal Canadian Mint. I can buy big coin collections too! Todd 250-864-3521

Musical Instruments Guitar, Piano, Voice, Song Creation, Performance and Recording Lessons. Aidan Mayes, Tim Holman, Maiya Robbie & Ari Neufeld. Phone 778-476-5917.

Sporting Goods Weber & Markin Gunsmiths Quality Firearms Buy & Sell at The Best Little Gun Shop Around, 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat 10-6

Real Estate Acreage for Sale 6 Acres. 900sqft. 2 Bed. 1 Bath with Laundry. Open Concept. Vaulted Ceilings. Spacious Kitchen. Attached Carport. Full Insulated Basement. 20x24 insulated Shop with Power and Water. Spring Water/Well. Private and nicely Treed. Second Residence Allowed so use this one for your Guest House? Only 315k. Quick Possession Available. 250-547-9763 for Viewing and Information.

FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE modular homes, manufactured homes, and park models. New homes starting as low as $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, and double wides $70,829. or 877976-3737 The Home Boys.

LACASA Lake Cottage Resort, Elegant & Modern 2bdrm, den, fully furnished, Move in ready, Avail Immed, $375,000 250-491-0823

1 & 2 bdrm at 1353 Penticton Ave, updated, $700 & $825. Call Dennis @ Realty Exec (250)493-4372 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-7146 1 & 2 bdrms avail. immed & Mar. 1, newly reno’d, $650$800, central Penticton, water incl., (250)493-4903 to view 1BDRM & 2 bdrm, close to DT, in suite laundry, $750/mo & $850/mo, 250-809-0276 1 bdrm, 803 Fairview, close to DT, in suite laundry. $675/mo. Call Jenny at 250-493-4372 1bdrm, downtown on Orchard at Martin, large, util. incl., f/s, air, avail. now, Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-493-4372 1 bedroom condo, 6 appliances with A/C. Pet friendly. 5 min. walk to college and shopping! 825/mo. Util. included Avail. Mar 1st. 250-488-2357 or 250-462-0244 1 BEDROOM Condo for rent. Avail March 15. $650/month. Close to shopping, steps from Skaha Lake. No pets, No smoking. Call Scott at 250462-2274 to view. 3rd fl, corner w/balc, 2bd, 2 full bath, 6-appl, inste laundry, a/c, blinds, secure ug prkg, ns, np. refs & DD avail now, 250-4965465 950sqft, 2bdrm, grnd fl in 4plex, quiet, ns, np, $775, (250)492-2006, 250-809-8952 LARGE 1 & 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $750 & $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136

1-888-267-4599 ID#3051 Gil Szabo & Associates Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty

Apt/Condo for Rent


(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Skaha Pl. 1 Bdrm, f/s, a/c, secure building & Pent. Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, A/C, storage, carport pkg. $72500 & $77500 incl. pking. Avail. Now $62500 incl. water water Downtown: 1 bdrm/bach, F/S, A/C, decks, Van Horne. 2 bdrm hse, F/S, W/D, garage. incl. pkg. $60000-$64500 incl. util & cable Pkg. No pets. Avail. April 1 $90000 +util Property Management


Front Street Realty


Houses For Sale

Mobile Homes & Parks

BRAND NEW 2.5 Bdrm Naramata townhouses 2.5 bath, unfin bsmt, garage, near school. Avail. NOW (Th496-1)


Firewood/Fuel WANTED Applewood, will buy as rounds/logs, or can remove trees for wood. 604-970-4041

PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576

245 Massey tractor with front loader & sprayer, lots more equipment, (250)490-3356,call after 5pm

Farm Equipment

Painting & Decorating

Houses For Sale

STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands Now! Call for Free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422.

Slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Washer/Dryer set starting at $399. Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50’’ $499.CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS 250-490-0554.

FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

For Sale By Owner 6 bdrm house/in-law suite, 3200 + sq.ft., just under 1/2 acre, hi-bay shop. Asking $485,000. 250-308-8279. Immaculate home and landscape. Perfect layout for a large family, inlaws or mortgage helper. This beautiful home built in 1995 has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms on the upper two levels plus a 1 bedroom suite with 1 bathroom and seperate laundry on the bottom level . The spacious main floor features an open plan with hardwood floors, tile and a custom gas fireplace. The home has a Ranai On Demand Hot Water System, built in vacuum, crown moulding, pot lights, and oversized single garage with ample lighting and built in air line. Extensive Renovations and upgrades. Nothing to do in this beautiful home, just move right in.518 Nelson Avenue, Penticton $499,000 Open House Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 250-4601387.

5 month old male Pitbull collie cross, $200, comes with kennel. (250)486-2347

Merchandise for Sale

Moving & Storage

Medical Supplies SHOPRIDER Mobility Scooter & Powerchair Dealer. Free in home demos. Stairlifts & Platform Lifts, Kelowna: 250764-7757 Vernon: 250-5423745 T-free 888-542-3745

Misc. for Sale 250-765-4996 Kelowna, BC

Fully Experienced Pruner. Fruit trees, evergreen hedges and landscapes. Picture portfolio and reference list of satisfied clients available. Phone Gerald 250-493-5161

Real Estate

Ivory wedding dress, can be vintage or modern look, Size 6-10? $400, black frame, glass top rectangular table, $85, (250)492-0068 King 3” memory foam, like new, pd $300, sell $$125. 42” Sony TV. $100. 250-493-9334 Moving Sale, everything must go, piano, oak desk, outside furniture, bedroom suite, etc., (250)493-7816 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

WOLF HYBRID Cubs reserve. now. Sun Valley Wolf Kennels


Real Estate


Purebred registered Havanese pups, great disposition, litter trained, 1st shots, many different colors to choose from, great pets for any family. For information call 1-250-8324923 or 1-250-517-7579.

Improvement Experience

Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131


MB Home Improvements & Construction Voted 1 of the top renovation companies by Okanagan Life Magazine Serving Penticton Since 2003 No job too big or small! -kitchens -bathrooms -doors & windows -all types of flooring -moldings -dry walling & painting -foundations to finishing Any project from start to finish Licensed & Insured (250)486-0767

Merchandise for Sale

Property Management #2 Front St., Penticton, B.C.

250-492-2233 ASK FOR DEBBIE


132 POWER STREET ............................................................ $900 2 bed renovated, fr/st, includes utilities. Avail. NOW

310 YORKTON AVENUE .................................................... $1000 2 bed, six appliances, ground floor unit. Avail. MARCH 1




80 GREEN AVENUE EAST .................................................. $1000 3 bed, 1½ bath, 4 appl., fenced yard. Avail. NOW

296 KINNEY AVENUE (NEW) ............................................ $1375 3 bed, 3 bath, 5 appl., c/a, fenced yard, dble garage. Avail. NOW .com

Penticton Western News Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Summerland: Large 1 bdrm apt for rent. F/S. Ref’s req’d. NP, NS, ND. More info call 250-498-4370.

Summerland studio unit, 6appl., wall bed, quiet, reliable, ns tenant, $740 (util incl.), (250)494-7488

Commercial/ Industrial 2 MONTHS FREE RENT on 1024 sqft., 2148 sqft., 2280 commercial/whse/ office spaces avail. on Government St in Penticton FREE local use of moving truck for move-in, FREE advertising on LED road sign call 250-493-9227

Penticton downtown, lower 2 bdrm+den, all appl. patio, fenced yard, new paint & updates. $1050/mo + utils. 250770-8020, (604)533-0302


Auto Financing

Scrap Car Removal


End unit, 3 bdrm, in Baskin Gardens. Available immed. Rent negotiable.Ph.1-780-7817964 lv msg, 250-490-9884


Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.

Allow Skyler to give you what she knows you need, 24/7, out/in, 250-809-3733, Penticton

Homes for Rent

Rooms for Rent Room for rent, no drugs, parties, heavy drinking, clean & quiet, cat okay, $500/mo., (250)486-4994

Shared Accommodation

PENTICTON 3 Bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls. NP, NS. $1150, avail Mar. 1. Chateau Village. 250-493-5497

Save 40-50% of your rent Own your own home! With as low as $0 down. Call today 250-809-5004 Charlie Brooks Royal LePage Locations West

Duplex / 4 Plex

4bdrm, 2ba, 5appl., ns, np, avail. immed. $1300+util., (250)462-0669


1 bdrm home,Vernon, pleasant location, large workshop & garden no pets. $850. Avail now.250-542-9154. 3bdr, 2ba,Uplands area, ns, pet neg, ref req. $1000 w/o app. $1075 w/app. 250-4925931 4 bdrm house, in nice family area behind Safeway. Long term only, avail Apr 1. $1300/mo. (250)300-6158 CLEAN, BRIGHT RANCHER steps to beach. Avail March or April 1st. 2 bdrm, full bath, sunroom for den, dining or office. propane gas F/P in living rm. full laundry rm, all appls, all newer laminate flrs throughout, lrg yard, detached garage, sprinkler system. Fintry is off Westside Rd, approx. 35/40 min to Kelowna. A beautiful lakeside community surrounded by Lake Okanagan, park, falls, trails. N/S, pet neg, $1200. (Kristi) 1-604-862-8039 or email: Family Home in Penticton for rent near Walmart. 4bdrm, 2.5 ba 2400sqft., 5 appl., single garage, non-smoker, no pets,. Avail. now for $1600/mo.+ util, $800 damage deposit. Phone 250-497-2038 in evening, for apt to view.

APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business, also 2300 sq.ft. available. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

2bdrm 2ba unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok w/deposit, $900, 250-488-7902




Apt/Condo for Rent

Seeking long term tenants for 1 & 2 bdr apts in a clean, quiet n/s bldg, elevator, near Cherry Lane, n/p. Prefer semi-retired or retired.$600-$725+utils.250492-4265.




FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $500/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. 23

SUMMERLAND - Small, older, two bedroom house in downtown area. Ideal for single/couple. NS/NP/ND c/w Fridge/stove. $750/mo util. Avail. April 1 References required. 250.494.1537.


FURNISHED Bedroom in updated 3 bedroom townhouse, includes all utilities, internet. Across from college. Share facilities. Suitable for quiet, clean, mature n/s person $450 - 500 p/m. 770-1810 ROOM for rent, $400, fully furnished, all inclusive, 250-4935641, avail. immed.DD - $200 Room for rent in my home, $450-500 incls everything. (250)492-2543

Want to Rent MATURE employed woman seeks 1-2 bd apt in quiet, clean bldg. South end of Penticton. NP, NS. Pls send Info to single dad seeks house to rent in Skaha Lake area, (250)4926390, 1 year lease


Suites, Lower

Auto Accessories/Parts

1 BR grnd flr, country, bright, priv entry, 15 min to Penticton, suitable for quiet single or

Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton

couple, NS/NP, $850 incl utilities.

Reference req’d 250-497-6889 2Bdrm, 1bath, f/s, w/d, Husula Highlands area. $850/mth incl util. 250-492-7182 2bdrm bsmnt suite, close to Skaha School, 76 Green Ave. W, $800, (250)490-6234 Bright, 1 bdrm, fully furn, utils. good location, for 1 working person pref. $675 + dep. (250)493-5881 Wiltse area, 2bdrm basement, w/d/dw, close to school, util. incl., a/c, np, ns, ref’s req, $850, (250)493-2109

Auto Financing Need A Vehicle!



SUMMERLAND, near town, 2bdrm, 1bath, ns, np, $775+ util., (250)494-9331

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

1996 DODGE CARAVAN- V6, 3L, 252,000 km, white, interior/exterior excellent cond, runs great, no rust. $1600 obo. (250)809-9389.

Cars - Sports & Imports

1996 Ford F350 4x4 crewcab, canopy, exc/drivetrain, $3600 (250)306-8840

2009 Black Hyundai Sonata Sport 4 door sedan, 17” rims and comes with winter and summer tires, Too many options to list: Sunroof, A/C, keyless entry, power windows and locks, alarm, cd player, 5 speed shiftable automatic transmission, cruise, 4 cyl., large trunk, leather trim in interior, metallic gray trim package, 109,468 kms, Gorgeous car! Divorce sale so this car needs to sell fast! $16,500 OBO, financing available, Call to view and test drive, Dean 250-497-5191

1998 Mercury Ford GS Van, auto, all power, original 35,000 kms, $6500obo, 250-493-2732



2011 Honda CBR 250. Only 130 kms. Brand new, black. $5000. (778)476-0111 or 250487-0373

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2010 Ford Lexington Motor home 27’, 7000 kms, queen bed, generator, polar pkg, $80,000. (250)546-0911

Scrap Car Removal 1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $60 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460

Townhouses 3bdrm, Baskin Gardens, reno’d, paint, f/s/w/d, fenced yard, large storage room, close to school, kids welcome, 1 small pet, $1050/mo (250)490-9082

Cars - Domestic 1998 Lincoln Continental, 230,000kms, needs water pump otherwise good shape, $1500obo, (250)276-3271


Suites, Upper

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals


BEACH BUNNIES Be Spoiled At Kelowna’s Only 5 Star Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights 250-448-8854

Trucks & Vans

Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231 www.

1BDRM+ Den, 575 Wade Ave East. $750, Avail. Mar. 01. Call Jim 250-492-0413

LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, avail for rental until May 2012. Fully furnished, utilities/cable incl., quiet location, near Mall & bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205 or Maple Leaf Motel Inn Town 250-498-3497

Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, 4.7L Magnum, 4wd, tow pkg, one owner, well-maintained, 91,500km, 17” 10ply tires/chromes, c/w canopy, Dovetail boat loader, 12fr newer boat, 4.5H Evenrude motor, electric motor, 2 batteries, oars & seats, $18,000, (250)295-6408

Down on my knees, ready to please! Hot body massages. Stacy 1-250-870-8710. MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care for the face & back. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048 XXX’s and O’s by Donna, Independant (out calls) 250-488-0930


2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 V6, 7 pass, 191,000 kms,new tires.$6900 obo 250-307-3170

Take notice of the following items that will be sold by March 7, 2012 or here after to satisfy the Warehouseman Lien act of Protected Mini Storage, 275 Okanagan Ave., E, Penticton, BC, V2A 3J8, Paul Pearcey, 3355 Skaha Lake Rd., Penticton, BC, V2A 6G6, Michael Vezina, Unit 134-524 Pickering St., Penticton, BC, V2A 4H2, Louis Lindley, 1048 Westminster Ave, W, RM 237, Penticton, BC

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Amendment Application 1229 Apex Mountain Road, Electoral Area ‘D’ Lot 1, District Lot 4064S, Plan KAP71728, SDYD





2011 Hyundai Santa FE AWD

2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4x4

3.5L automatic, alloy wheels. Traction control, satellite radio, MP3, IPod, USB. Only 17,000 kms! This is a very nice vehicle. RED METALLIC. P184A. Was $28,998 NOW...

3rd row seats, 4.0L V6 engine, traction control, leather heated seats with memory, satellite radio, 6 disc CD, microsoft SYNC, alloy wheels, WHITE/TAN. P186A. Was 31,998 Now...



2010 Chevy Camaro LT 3.6L V6 engine 303 HP, automatic transmission, traction control. Cold air intake, dual exhaust, alloy wheels, satellite radio, Onstar, what a car! BLACK. Only 8,900 kms! P160A






Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm Location: RDOS Boardroom 101 Martin Street, Penticton, B.C.




single detached dwellings;

Secondary uses:

250-498-0570 1-877-365-4711

Amendment Bylaw No. 2457.10, 2012: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation of the subject property from Resort Cottage Zone (RC) to Residential Two Family (Duplex) (RS3). Permitted uses within the proposed Residential Two Family (Duplex) (RS3) zoning designation include: Principal uses: a) duplex; b)

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PURPOSE: To amend the Electoral Area ‘D’ Kaleden-Apex Southwest Sector Zoning Bylaw No. 2457, 2008, in order to allow a secondary suite.

2009 Chevrolet HHR 4 Dr. Retro Sedan

2008 Saturn VUE XE FWD SUV

2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Quadcab 4x4

It’s loaded. 2.2L, 4 cylinder engine. Automatic transmission, Onstar, keyless remote, remote start, satellite radio, power sunroof, complete tow bar assembly included. Only 39,000 kms. P102B

It comes with an economical 2.2L 4 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, alloy wheels, Onstar, hands free phone, plus all the power & convenience options. BEIGE. P1111A

6.7L Cummins Diesel, 6 speed automatic with manual shift mode, only 70,200 kms. Power seat, 6 disc CD player, backup sensors, hands free phone, running boards, fog lights & more on this inferno RED BEAUTY. Low mileage. P1110A







secondary suite, in a single detached dwelling, subject to Section 7.12


home occupation, subject to Section 7.17;


bed and breakfast, subject to Section 7.19;

f) g)

care centre, minor, accessory to a single detached dwelling; accessory buildings and structures, subject to Section 7.13.


Apex Mountain Road







2008 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L CVT automatic transmission, alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, IPod Jack, deep tinted glass. Only 49,200 kms! SLATE BLUE exterior. P1103A $



2008 Ford F350 Shortbox Crewcab 4x4 SXT

2008 Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4

6.4L powerstroke diesel engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, tow pkg with electric brake controller, power pedals, fog lights park aide system. Alloy wheels. Only 59,800 kms! RED EXTERIOR. P1107A

3.7L V6 automatic transmission. Alloy wheels, leather heated seats, satellite radio, bluetooth, trailer tow pkg, backup sensors, power sunroof, & lots more great options on this 54,000 km BLACK SUV. P151A







2008 Saturn VUE XR FWD SUV 3.6L V6 engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, traction control, ABS brakes, tow pkg, satellite radio, fog lights, 17” alloy wheels, SILVER. P130A

$14,998 DL 8590


2008 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4 Dr. 4x4

2008 Ford F150 Supercrew Shortbox 4x4 XTR Plus

2007 Pontiac Vibe 4 Dr. Hatchback

This one is definitely a must see. 3.7L V6 automatic transmission, alloy wheels, U-connect hands free, tire monitors, driver info system, power seat, traction control. 46,000 kms. INFERNO RED. P176A

5.4L Vortec V8 automatic, alloy wheels, power pedals, park assist, 6 disc CD player, power seat, sliding rear window and lots more Only 34,200 kms. WHITE. P180A

1.8L 4 cyl., automatic transmission, alloy wheels, CD, satellite radio, power windows,/power locks & only 51,500 kms! WHITE. P173A









Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2457.10, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: Web: Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer



Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Penticton Western News













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Penticton Western News, February 29, 2012  

February 29, 2012 edition of the Penticton Western News

Penticton Western News, February 29, 2012  

February 29, 2012 edition of the Penticton Western News