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Fireworks explode over Vernon Sunday night celebrating Canada’s 145th birthday. The annual event attracted a large crowd to line local roads while people attending Funtastic at the Vernon army camp also took in the show. Look for more Canada Day photos on A3.
Evacuation alert remains firm Residents along the Shuswap River should remain vigilant. Officials had anticipated removing the evacuation alert for the river, from Sugar to Mara lakes Tuesday. However, that didn’t occur. “The water has come up a bit because of rain Tuesday,” said Gord Molendyk, Regional District of North Okanagan spokesperson. “We will continue to monitor the river and we hope that by the weekend and anticipated warm weather, levels will go down again.” Molendyk insists there is no choice but to keep people prepared for a possible evacuation. “We want to be on the safe side,” he said. Howie Cyr, Enderby’s mayor, was hoping the alert would be lifted.
— Howie Cyr “The toll it’s taken on people has been significant in terms of people worrying about their homes and people giving of their time (volunteering),” he said. The areas hardest hit have been beyond city limits, including Mara, Grindrod and Ashton Creek. To get a better handle on the situation, North Okanagan Emergency Management has used remote-controlled helicopters to take digital photographs of the river at various stages of flooding.
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“These remote helicopters allowed staff to get a very close-hand look at bridges and areas of concern where a much larger aircraft would not be able to fly,” said Molendyk. “The photographs that were taken could become very important at a later date when it comes to looking at repairs to not only the infrastructure, but also to private property in the area.” NORD is currently working with the provincial government to establish a process for residents to apply
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for disaster financial assistance. While there has been localized flooding in the Enderby area, Cyr says residents’ thoughts have been with Sicamous, which was hit hard by flooding. “Those people out there were really up against it,” he said. Highway 97A between Grindrod and Sicamous reopened to traffic Sunday. It was closed June 23 after raging flood waters ripped the highway apart in the Two Mile area. As a result of ongoing repair work to the highway, motorists should be aware of construction three kilometres south of Sicamous until further notice. Shuswap Emergency Program safety teams are inspecting Sicamous area homes and businesses affected by flooding to determine if they are safe for occupancy.
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June was damp but not enough to soak through the record book. The official record at the Coldstream Ranch weather station was 85 millimetres of rain last month, while there are unverified reports of close to 100 millimetres in other areas. “Vernon isn’t anywhere near record territory,” said Doug Lundquist, with Environment Canada. “There are at least four months wetter than this one. This may be the fifth wettest.” The record is 134 millimetres of rain in June 1923, while there was 121 millimetres in 1953. The last heavy rainfall was 95 millimetres in June 1990. Normal rainfall for June is 54 millimetres. “Last month was close to double the amount of (average) rain,” said Lundquist. “June is our wettest time of the year. It’s our monsoon season.” The average temperature for June 2012 was 15.2 while normal is 16.4. For those seeking summer, they won’t have to wait long. “We will get into the mid-30s for the weekend. It’s on, we’re on track,” said Lundquist.
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North Okanagan residents celebrated their country Sunday, attending Canada Day festivities in Polson Park. Organizer Patrick Nicol gave the event â€œ10 out of 10.â€? Clockwise, from top left: Sophia Robledo shows off her colours and dance moves; Cashus Chrisholm shows off his new pen and red mohawk; Proud Canadians dance to the music of Sista B; Samara Stubbs enjoys watching the trains go by.
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Speed is being looked at as a contributing factor to a single-vehicle Canada Day rollover accident. Emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on Highway 97 near Westwold at 3 a.m. “Emergency health services advised police that the driver was very dazed as a result of the accident,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When our officer attended the scene, the vehicle was on the left side of the road facing towards Kamloops and the driver was already in the ambulance.”
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The 26-year-old male driver from Kamloops was identified as the registered owner of the 1998 Mazda. His injuries were non-life-threatening, but he did receive a blow to his head and was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. “A witness told police he saw the collision, that the vehicle was traveling towards Vernon, that the car had passed him just prior, and he felt the vehicle was speeding,” said Molendyk. “The witness saw the car spin around, there was a shower of sparks, and then disappear in the darkness.” Police are looking at speed as a possible factor, and no charges had been laid as of Tuesday. The driver has been released from VJH.
A Kelowna man is facing trafficking charges after being arrested near the Funtastic festival at the Vernon Army Camp. Vernon RCMP officers were conducting foot patrols near the Funtastic grounds Sunday night shortly past 10:30 p.m. when a member of the public alerted them to a man and woman smoking marijuana and drinking liquor. The pair were detained by police under the Liquor Act. “While speaking to them, one of the officers observed a pill bottle in a mesh pocket of a backpack beside the 24-year-old man from Kelowna,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord
Molendyk. “The bottle appeared to contain multiple pills of suspected MDMA or ecstasy.” The suspect was arrested for possession under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Officers got a closer look at the pill container at the Vernon detachment, and it showed packaging consistent with trafficking. “It contained 10 small baggies, each containing six pills, and there were loose pills as well,” said Molendyk. The suspect is facing charges of possession for purpose of trafficking, and he will also face charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose as a canister of bear spray was located in the backpack.
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A Vernon man is facing drug charges following a mid-morning bust in the downtown core. Officers from the RCMP observed a man they believed to be trafficking drugs in the area of 27th Avenue and 33rd Street June 27 at 10:15 a.m. The 32-year-old suspect was placed under arrest by the officers. “When they searched the suspect, they recovered a quantity of drugs, cash and three cell phones,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord
Molendyk. The drug seizure included a small quantity of crack cocaine, and just more than a gram of heroin and a gram of crystal meth. Molendyk said the heroin was packaged individually, and the suspect had a scale consistent with the same. There were also calls coming into the cell phones while he was dealing with police. No court date has been set for the suspect who is facing three charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
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Teachers unhappy with new contract RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Staff
Teachers have inked a new contract but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it. In a provincewide vote, a total of 21,044 teachers cast ballots and 75 per cent voted yes on the new agreement. The turnout rate was 52 per cent. “Judging from the percentage of teachers who voted, there was a reluctance to accept,” said Kevin Bader, Vernon Teachers Association president. “It (contract) feels
like a kick in the teeth because the main issues weren’t considered. Class composition wasn’t considered.” The B.C. Teachers Federation recommended acceptance of the contract because it averted the provincial government legislating a deal. “It was more preferential to an imposed settlement. We don’t know what would have happened there,” said Bader. In terms of extracurricular activities, Bader says individual
“It feels like a kick in the teeth because main issues weren’t considered.” — Kevin Bader teachers will decide if they volunteer for sports teams and clubs. “Teachers feel abused,” he said of government policies. Bader admits it looks like students are being punished if extra-curricular activities don’t resume. But he says broader issues must be considered.
“Kids are being hurt by class size composition. The limits are gone. We’re fighting for kids’ learning conditions,” he said. “Parents I’ve talked to understand that my own decision to stop volunteering was not an easy one to make. Frankly, they would rather I put my energy
into teaching their children. I don’t know of very many other jobs where there are concerns about employees not volunteering their own family time?” The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, which represents the province’s school districts, will
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Cherryville residents are expressing concerns about chemical control of weeds in local forests. About 100 people gathered Saturday to oppose the Ministry of Forests’ proposal to spray 20,000 litres of pesticides near the Shuswap River. “The Ministry of Forests tells us that this spray program has been planned since 2008, showing how pesticides have become an integral part of the province’s arsenal to manage forests for the logging industry,” said Carla Vierke, a rally organizer. “Healthy forests that have plant diversity that provide balanced habitat for a variety of species have no need to spray.” Bee SAFE, a local environmental organization, is
concerned pesticides could have a negative impact on plant and animal species. “We don’t need the surfactants, sulphuric acid, and other contaminants used as inert ingredients in our watershed,” said Huguette Allen, with the group. “Bee SAFE’s letter to the ministry made it clear that we’re concerned that spraying is motivated by economic factors instead of ecological factors.” Vierke says the rally was only the beginning to opposing government activities. “Although 100 people could not immediately stop the helicopters, their perseverance would win out as long as they remained determined to take back the forest,” she said.
Council Procedure Amendments Bylaw #5375 The City of Vernon intends to amend Bylaw #4840, which regulates Council Procedures in the City of Vernon. Housekeeping Items 1. Add Adoption of the Agenda. 2. Remove receipt of Committee of the Whole Minutes and Public Hearing Record. 3. Remove the word “Commission” from Greater Vernon Services. 4. Move Close of the Meeting after Information Items. New Categories 1. Council Inquiries (In Camera and Regular) 2. Administration Updates (In Camera and Regular) An opportunity is provided for persons who consider they are affected by the aforementioned proposed amendment bylaw to provide comments to Council. Please contact Patti Bridal, Corporate Ofﬁcer, at (250) 550-3524 by Friday, July 6, 2012, if you have a submission. A copy of the proposed Bylaw is available at City Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and is also available on our website www.vernon.ca forming part of the June 25, 2012 Regular Council Agenda (Page 302). 3400 - 30 Street, Vernon, BC • 250-545-1361 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jason Miller (right) and Kelly Urbinsky, of the Wold Pack from Victoria, give their teammate Rick Humphries a high five after a successful inning Saturday during Funtastic. Left, Tilly Riva, of the Davidson Rockers, has a laugh while on first base.
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tournament, Salmon Arm’s No Glove No Love made a few rookie mistakes. Like, for example, being unaware that the Army Camp location had 13 diamonds. “I went to four diamonds before I finally found the right one,” laughed left-handed catcher Alanna Guenter, who showed up about, oh, five minutes before the team’s opening game on DND Diamond 3. “They should have signs and bigger numbers on both sides of the screens.” After scoring a 12-8 win over the Fat Bats – a team dressed up as airplane pilots and flight attendants – No Glove No Love had a bit of a break (and its own tailgate party) before heading to Grahame Park for game two against Rally Time (no costumes), a match played in, well, a steady dose of “liquid sunshine.” “I don’t like this rain thingy,” said No Glove No Love outfielder Dave Johnson, especially when the game was cut short by the downpour, with the team trailing by two runs. “There needs to be covered dugouts at Fulton Secondary), put that in your report,” added second baseman Keitha Amdam, to a reporter. Overall, No Glove
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Dressed up like pilots, Glen Brkich (above) and his fellow Fat Bats teammates take a break between innings during the Funtastic. Left, Shuffle bot (Rob Macadams) and Sarah Hutchanson walk to their first game.
No Love went 3-2 in its round-robin play, then lost its playoff game Monday morning to finish 3-3 in their inaugural Vernon appearance. “I’ve played in Enderby before but this is our first time in Vernon and it’s been great, other than the rain,” said shortstop Shaun Balicki. No Glove No Love got through play Saturday by picking up a Vernon player to have the required 10 players before fielding a full roster Sunday.
“He wore his glove, he got some love,” laughed first baseman Jodi Crocker. No Glove No Love is, of course, just one of hundreds of examples of why teams flock to the North Okanagan for Canada’s largest slopitch and music festival. To play ball, have some fun and enjoy some music. Many of the teams played in costumes ranging from neon tank tops and wigs, to pirate outfits to brides and grooms, complete with wedding gowns and
tuxedos. Lots of people also attend the Vernon portion for the musical acts, which, this year, included Vernon’s Darby Mills and the Headpins, Streetheart, former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm, the tribute group Aerosmith Rocks and Canada’s legendary party band, Trooper, who performed before a sold-out audience on Canada Day. And while everybody had to deal with the rain during the weekend, it did little to dampen teams’ spirit and enthusiasm. “It was a great tournament, a little disappointed with the rain on Saturday, but all the games went on,” said Brett Kirkpatrick, Funtastic Sports Society president. “As far as the music goes, I had nothing but positive responses about the music lineups each night.” Besides Vernon, which hosts more than 240 teams, another 36 play in Armstrong and 32 play in Enderby. “Both of those locations are like here, things ran very smooth, teams had a great time,” said Funtastic executive director Jim McEwan. “They get a lot of returning teams every year and it’s like a big family get-together in those communities every year.”
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.C.’s Liberal government claims it’s all about Families First, but that’s nothing more than lip service in the North Okanagan. The Ministry of Health continues to ignore the plight of local farmers and the financial hardships they have experienced at the hands of provincial meat regulations that came into force in 2007. “We’ve gone from 1,200 to 300 producers and we’re losing them daily,” said Janice Brown, a Regional District of North Okanagan director. Brown and other local politicians expected to plead the case of farmers directly to Health Richard Rolke Minister Michael de Jong last week. But an anticipated meeting with the minister shifted from Lumby to Kelowna because of his schedule, and then the Kelowna session was cancelled all together because of de Jong’s apparently jam-packed timetable. That left Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster scrambling and trying to reassure RDNO board members that the government truly does care about farmers and local communities. “I will contact the minister and set something up as soon as I can,” said Foster. When asked, Foster was reluctant to speculate on why his government isn’t addressing longstanding concerns about the regulations “I can’t answer that. I’m trying to get an answer to that myself,” he said. If de Jong were to take the time to meet with local elected representatives, he would understand that all they and area meat producers are demanding is equity with other regions in B.C. Currently in some parts of the province, the ministry issues class D and E licences to
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meat producers. A class D licence allows for the on-farm slaughter of up to 25 animal units with one animal unit equaling 1,000 pounds liveweight. That would mean 25 cows, 2,500 chickens, 40 pigs and 300 lambs. A class E licence allows for the slaughter of up to 10 animal units. Such a license is unavailable in the North Okanagan, and that has created significant challenges for farmers wanting to slaughter their livestock and sell it at the farm gate. On the Liberal website, party president Sharon White says, “The B.C. Liberal Party is on the move — helping British Columbia deal with uncertainty in the global economy and putting families first. We would like you to be a part of this work.” It’s likely that White is unaware that it is government policies actually creating uncertainty in the North Okanagan economy — not world markets — or that the number of families dependent on meat production for their livelihood has dropped from 1,200 to 300 in five years. But farmers and consumers aren’t the only ones being left high and dry. Similar to the protracted debate over overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, the Liberals are doing absolutely nothing to throw Foster a political lifeline less than a year away from an election. He keeps defending the party and its inability to correct a serious situation, but as a result, his own fortunes are undermined. North Okanagan politicians are now making plans to travel to Victoria to state their case for D and E processing licenses. It’s an unfortunate expense as de Jong was just here in the region, but it clearly indicates that the regional district isn’t ignoring the gravity of this economic crisis. Let’s hope de Jong can free up a few minutes in his busy schedule this time around.
The Conservatives have been busy in recent months, remaking Canada into the nation they’ve always dreamed of: one with a permanent underclass to provide an endless supply of cheap labour for the corporate elite. First the Conservatives began dismantling Canada’s Old Age Security program, stripping away any hopes for an early retirement from the working class. The government then set to work on Employment Insurance, bringing forward a proposal that would see any worker with the audacity to lose their job forced to take any work that comes along. But the most devastating blow might be delivered by the changes to Canada’s mortgage rules. Home buyers will now need to put at least 20 per cent down, with the amortization period reduced to 25 years. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the new rules are designed to reduce the risk of bank foreclosures. It’s hard to argue with that, as it’s hard to foreclose on something you don’t own. And that’s the one certainty these new rules will bring about: an end to the dream of home ownership for thousands of Canadians. The vast majority of first-time buyers will not qualify for a mortgage under the new rules. And with so many buyers now out of the market, housing prices are bound to take a hit. For the vast majority of Canadians, their home represents their largest single investment. That investment is now about to be significantly devalued, if not out of reach altogether. Not to worry, just tack a couple more years of minimum-wage work onto your golden years. But all is not lost. Parliament has now passed legislation making it easier to transport wine across provincial borders. And God knows Canadian workers have ample reason to want to drown their sorrows. — Kelowna Capital News
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EDITOR: GLENN MITCHELL
Accessibility is being ignored
everal months ago, there was an article in The Morning Star concerning accessibility for the handicapped. It went on to say how much thought went into planning accessibility for the new library. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell the planners. Getting to the old library was fairly easy. Catch the bus, get off across the street, all level ground, and when going home, you didn't even have to cross the street. Now, it means a bus to the new terminal, then a four-block walk, and when you finally get there, you are faced with an uphill slope. When you do get inside the library, where are the large print and audio books? Past the children's corner at the front, up the stairs and in the back. Not very accessible. I would really like the decision-makers to know that what they've done is take the library away from us and many others. It has just become too difficult, especially at a time when our world is shrinking. This is a huge loss. Then there is the transit system. We had a system that was working just STUDENTS SUFFER I am writing regarding the teachers' dispute. As a parent I am very frustrated. The people who are being hurt by this dispute are the children. The teachers are stuck in the middle, and the government seems incapable of understanding what is going on. In a few years, the government will be back to its happy budget, the teachers may or may not get the better wages that they deserve, but the students will never get back what they have missed. In my case, both my children are in high school. This year, sports teams were cancelled and I just got a letter explaining why there will be no band trips next year. As a result, my children don't get these once in a lifetime opportunities. Beyond that, the longer term implications to those students that do well in sports, music or the arts are more than just the missing of an experience. How will they ever get a chance
fine. To quote a wise man, "the enemy of the good is better." Where the terminal was located, you have a large population of seniors and people renting. The majority of those people do not have, or cannot afford, cars to run their errands. Now, with these changes, you are obliged to walk hauling groceries. Think of the young mother with one or two toddlers and several bags of groceries. Before, she could cross the street to wait with the convenience of a shelter to get her children out of the weather.
to compete for an athletics or arts scholarship if they don't get any chance to develop? As a middle-class family, we are fining it harder and harder to do anything. Wages keep the same, prices keep rising. Now you have taken away another opportunity. I urge the government to rethink its position on education. Mary Thurber SPIRITS SOAR "Awesome, yeah, totally awesome." "Mom, I flew an airplane." "Mom, I saw our ranch." "Did you see? Did you see? I went in the helicopter." The enthusiastic response from a happy child is why most of us are involved with the COPA for Kids aviation program. Who can resist an ear-to-ear grin? Parents and grandparents expressed amazement at the generosity of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association members. Pilots, who are also members of the Vernon Flying Club, once
A week or two ago, this sad sight was observed at the Safeway stop. An elderly gentleman was waiting for the bus. He got tired and lowered himself to the curb. When the bus arrived, he could not get up. Fortunately for him, there was someone able to help him up. Is this how we are going to treat our senior citizens? Across the street from where the gentleman was, there is a shelter and benches to rest on and wait for the bus. Why can't all of the buses turn down 34th Street, then the right on to Coldstream Avenue, pick up the old terminal and then
again donated their time, aircraft and fuel to give kids ages eight to 17 the thrill of flight at the Wings and Wheels event at the Vernon Airport Father's Day. A total of 101 youngsters registered to have a 20-minute flight in a small aircraft. Ten airplanes and one helicopter participated with a host of volunteers handling the onthe-ground duties to ensure that everyone had a safe, fun-filled and educational experience. Anyone wishing more information is invited to contact the flying club at firstname.lastname@example.org or the national office of COPA for Kids at www.copaforkids.org. Marion Ross SAD SITUATION I was an unfortunate witness recently to an event that has totally shattered my faith in humankind. For the past two weeks, there has been a deer and her two fawns living in my field. They have caused no problems for me or my family.
carry on as before? Why can't the shelters stay? Don't we deserve to have shelters and benches? Could the powers-that-be just leave us that much? We are forever being told to keep active, but how can we traverse life's hurdles if the barriers continue to be raised? I would really like to know why a few people have the power to make dayto-day activities more difficult for those already struggling. Now, I'm asking you to please listen and hear what I'm saying. I'm asking you to prove to us, not just lip service, that we are not disposable. I could go on for a long time to talk about the deplorable condition of our sidewalks, pedestrian lights that only drivers can see and a beautification program that consists of trees that take up half of the sidewalk. Vernon is not pedestrian-friendly and for the handicapped, it is a nightmare. Please listen to the people and understand what they are saying. Erma Soderquist
Recently, a man was walking along Okanagan Landing Road. This man let his dogs, for what I can only assume was pure entertainment, go after the new family. I understand these are wild animals but they were causing no issues towards this man. Kathleen Lilburn PREMIER'S DESCENT Most British Columbians are indifferent to Premier Clark’s disaster-in-the-making descent in the polls. However, you would expect those backroom Liberal powerbrokers, who manipulated her ascension to the leadership of the party and the province would show some compassion in her hour of need. You would think those doctors of spin would give her the one thing she really needs: a golden parachute and a plausible excuse for using it. Stay tuned. Those masters may be working on such a plan at this moment. Christy Clark has suffered enough. Somebody should
make it stop. Lloyd Atkins
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The Chevy pick-up that suddenly stopped and turned down an Armstrong side street at 2 a.m. Saturday, away from an RCMP road check, caught the eye of one of the police officers. The officer quickly got into his patrol car, which was conducting a road check at Pheasant Ridge Drive and Birban Avenue, and attempted to stop the vehicle which drove away at a high speed. “Our constable observed the vehicle swerving side-to-side in the lane of travel,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. Patrols did locate the vehicle on Pheasant Ridge
Court. A 20-year-old Kelowna resident, the registered owner and driver of the vehicle, was located with the assistance of a police dog service unit a short distance from the vehicle, and arrested for flight from police. “The suspect had a moderate odour of liquor on his breath, and he sustained injuries as a result of being in contact with our police dog,” said Molendyk. The man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment of his contact with the police dog. He was issued a 24-hour suspension and his vehicle was towed away.
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Lobbying for a new park is underway in one Vernon neighbourhood. The Ribbons of Green Trail Society and Foothills Community Association recently toured city politicians around a proposed natural area above the Foothills subdivision on Silver Star Road. “All of the area envisioned as becoming the park is privately owned, and while entirely within the City of Vernon remains designated as regional district nonurban, inherited from when it was incorporated within Vernon,” said Wynn Polnicky, with the Foothills Community Association. “Since the area is envisioned as being retained in its current
Members of Vernon city council tour an area Foothills residents want officially designated as park. state as a park, costs of maintenance would
be minimal, hence the only expense of concern
would be that of initial acquisition of the land.” Trails connecting the area to the Grey Canal Trail, below Foothills, and to Silver Star Mountain were also discussed. Polnicky was pleased with the interest shown by members of Vernon council, as well as city staff who attended the tour. “The group then took a short walk to view an area of rugged cliffs and old-growth Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine proposed to be retained within the park,” he said. The Foothills Community Association and Ribbons of Green will present their vision for a park at the next Vernon council meeting Monday at 1:30 p.m. at city hall.
Enderby residents can tap into the abundance of fresh produce and skilled artisans around them. A pedestrian market is being launched on Cliff Avenue every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting July 6. “The market will offer visitors fresh, local and organic fruits and vegetables, home made baking, breads and preserves, grains, meats, flowers, jewelry, gifts and so much more,” said Darren Robinson, with the Enderby Vitalization Initiative steering committee. “To add to the vibe of the new markets, many Cliff Avenue businesses will be launching special offers and menus, face painting for kids and several prizes to give out to marketgoers.” Cliff Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the block from George Street (Highway 97A) to Belvedere Street. “After several public consultations, it became clear that many wanted to see Cliff Avenue cleaned up and become re-established as a pedestrian-only street,” said Robinson. “Another comment that was heard several times was the Open Air Farmers Market was not currently in an ideal location, hidden from the view of highway traffic.” Through consultation with the organizers of the Open Air Farmers Market and with Cliff Avenue businesses, the steering committee decided to proceed with some trial runs to see how a pedestrian-only model could work on the community’s main street. To learn more about the vitalization initiative, go to www.facebook.com/enderbydistrictvitalization or call Robinson at 250-8386727.
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Schools make students feel welcome KATHERINE MORTIMER Morning Star Staff
Fresh-baked cookies, hot coffee and a comfy couch all help make the Welcome Room feel like home. But it’s the support from staff and the chance to connect with each other that keeps Fulton Secondary School students coming back to the Welcome Room. “It’s comfortable to come here to work and everyone is really supportive,” said Grade 9 student Hayley Francis. “The support workers are always helping students that need help with their work. “It gets crowded in here, but everyone has fun. And the support workers care if we’re all right.” There are five other welcome rooms in the district: at Seaton, Charles Bloom and Vernon secondaries and Silver Star and Alexis Park elementaries. “It provides a space for aboriginal students to study, socialize, eat, obtain school supplies, learn about cultural events, and connect with community programs,” said Sandra Lynxleg, principal of aboriginal education for the Vernon School District. “Welcome rooms are based on a model used in South Peace secondary school, and we like the notion of it being welcoming. We use the medicine wheel in operating the room: taking into account the cultural, physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of students. “What is really unique about the room is that it belongs to the kids.” Grade 10 student Muyis Goodwater likes to visit the room to do his homework and is eventually looking at a career as an automotive technician. “The support workers are going to help me do a resume and get a part-time job,” he said. Grade 8 student Jaiden Oakley said having a place that’s comfortable and welcoming made the transition into high school that much
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Clarence Fulton Secondary students Jaiden Oakley (left), Hayley Francis and Muyis Goodwater relax in the school’s Welcome Room. easier. “Sometimes I come in and hang out and sometimes I come in and get caught up in math as there is always someone here to help and there are always snacks and coffee,” she said. “It’s nice because a lot of the people who come here are like family, they act like family and they know if something is wrong and they don’t care if you go on and on about it.” The Welcome Room is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is staffed by three aboriginal support workers who work to support students to be successful in the classroom. An after-school tutoring program provides help with academic studies twice a week and a language of math program offers students the opportunity to improve their basic math skills. “And they will talk about college and university and help us out with applying for scholarships,” said Francis, who is looking at a career in health care, either working in a lab or as an MRI technician. “So they can make sure I take the courses I need next year in Grade 11. “It’s easier to talk to someone here than
a counsellor. They are really understanding and easy to get along with and they are like family.” Opened three years ago, the Welcome Room is a place of support for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students. Fulton vice-principal Jeff Huggins said it’s all about working towards graduation. “It’s about success in school,” he said. “It’s a place to go where they can gather together and get different types of support: academic support and cultural support. This is the hub of the aboriginal community at our school — you’ll have 20 kids in here and more spilling out into the hall. “The support workers know the kids and they will do anything to help them and they are very creative.” Fulton is home to 781 students. Of those, 126 are aboriginal, 22 from the Okanagan Indian Band. Lynxleg said the Welcome Room is an important key to the success of aboriginal students. “The room means our support workers have a place, so aboriginal students have a place to gather because this is what we do in our community — we gather,” she said. Aboriginal support
worker Jody Dargatz said keeping students in school and helping them feel connected to the school community is a key component of the Welcome Room. “And to help raise their self-esteem because all the adults here want them to succeed,” she said. “There is still a lot of racism and I find we have to raise their selfesteem, so our presence not only helps aboriginal students but it helps to have respect on both sides. As soon as our students step through the door, their selfesteem rises, so they’re better equipped to educate their peers.” Aboriginal support worker Kathleen Phelan is particularly focused on offering academic support to students. “Because we want them to be a part of who we are and we want to share what we have,” she said. “We support students with after-school tutoring, and we offer a late bus for students who live on Westside. I’m all about the academic support and making our students stronger, having a presence in this school, having people know that we are here, we don’t all look the same, not all the teachers and the students know who is aboriginal, you don’t know who you are standing next to.” Phelan said she’s
encouraged by the increase of awareness of aboriginal culture at Fulton and pleased that the school is now able to offer B.C. First Nations Studies 12 as well as classes in the Okanagan language. “The connection between the aboriginal department and the Fulton staff has been created, and it’s improved the rela-
tionships and teachers here are on board with aboriginal education,” she said. “The relationship between the aboriginal workers and the principal is huge: if you don’t have the trust, then it won’t work. And we always ask our aboriginal students to bring a non-aboriginal student with them.” Phelan’s dream is
to have a larger space, where team meetings can be held, and where all students can find a place in the room. Lynxleg said the recent appointment of DeDe DeRose as the province’s first B.C. superintendent of aboriginal achievement will go a long way towards strengthening the district’s aboriginal department.
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Trooper band members Ra McGuire (centre), Brian Smith (left), and Scott Brown (right) say farewell to an enthusiastic crowd during the last night of the Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival Sunday evening at the Vernon DND fields.
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Artists share similar aesthetic Morning Star Staff
Ashpa Naira Gallery, located on the Westside of Okanagan Lake, is presenting its second exhibition of the summer. Entitled not.com, the show features the work of artists Leonhard Epp and Lubos Culen, of Falkland and Vernon, respectively, and is comprised of paintings, and both three-dimensional and two-dimensional works. “not.com is an exhibition rich in visual investigations, ideas and cultural production. These ideas are presented within investigations of our social histories that encompass our cultural identities, as Culen expresses in his paintings,” said gallery owner Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante. Both Epp and Culen share the imprint of a European heritage and perhaps because of this imprint, they share sentiments from another continent, a different culture that informs their research into the human condition found within each of their studio practices. “Both artists are well-versed in juxtaposing the aesthetic with the anti-aesthetic as a means to present the complexities of their individual concepts, which they frame as visual ideas,” said Sanchez de Bustamante. not.com runs from July 1 to Aug. 5. Ashpa Naira Gallery, located on the westside of Okanagan Lake, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday to Sunday,
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Falkland artist Leonhard Epp, left, and Vernon’s Lubos Culen, with Ashpa Naira gallery owner Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante, are currently showing their work at Ashpa Naira, located on the westside of Okanagan Lake. or by appointment. For more information call 250-
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Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland to the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Whitehorse and everywhere in between, and is in support of the band’s sophomore album, High on the Mountain. The Modern Grass will be east of Enderby at Lorenzo’s on Friday, starting at 8 p.m. Call the café at 250-838-6700 for reservations.
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He continues to write, record and tour relentlessly, and writes on his blog that he recorded a new song, called Today the Clouds, whilst in Toronto. “I am thrilled with how the recording turned out.... It will be released sometime soon this summer,” he said. Locals can catch Moir when he stops by the Talkin’ Donkey, located on 32nd Avenue, Friday at 8 p.m.
Vancouver-based musician Daniel Moir will showcase his talents at Vernon’s Talkin’ Donkey Coffee House, Friday. Moir last visited Vernon in Sept. 2011, when he shared the stage with Grapes of Wrath singer Kevin Kane, and has seen many changes since his recent move to B.C. from his hometown of Edmonton. “I’m a nature guy, which is one big reason why I moved here. It’s kind of like heaven for me,” he said. Fresh off performing at North by Northeast in Toronto, Moir has been on a fast rise since the 2010 release of his second album, Road. His music has seen placements with NBC and he has performed for crowds as big as 15,000.
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The Vernon Film Society is pleased to present the first film of the 2012 summer season, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster. Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster won Best Canadian First Feature at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for five Genie awards. The film tells the true story of the notorious outlaw whose string of flamboyant, headline-grabbing bank robberies in mid-century Toronto made him Canada’s own Public Enemy No. 1. The dashing Boyd (Scott Speedman, Barney’s Version) returns from duty in the Second World War to the grim realities of normal life, where he is forced to work as a streetcar driver in order to support his young family. Barely able to make ends meet and filled with dreams of fame and fortune, Boyd impulsively picks up his
service pistol, disguises himself, and robs a bank. High on his newfound wealth and media attention, Boyd becomes a professional thief and it is only after he lands in prison that he realizes the pain he has caused his family. However, after escaping from jail, he returns to a life of crime. The film is shot entirely in Sault St. Marie and features an outstanding supporting cast. As Bruce Kirkland of The Toronto Sun said, “(This) colourful, bittersweet saga of Edwin Alonzo Boyd, a true story, now has an American-sized treatment... The film is compelling, beautiful to behold and populated with a great ensemble (cast).” Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster will be shown at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday at 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. (Note time change). Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7.
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The first ride was the hardest but Anni Rychtera did it and three others since. She was having chemotherapy treatment for NonHodgkins Lymphoma when she first heard about The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer to benefit the BC Cancer Foundation in 2008. “I was the sickest I had ever been in my whole life but I thought it would be exciting to be part of it someday,” she said. Then she read an article about the ride in The Globe and Mail. “It sparked my interest again and I dragged myself to the computer to sign up,” said Rychtera, a nurse-practioner who teaches at Sprott-Shaw Community College in Kelowna and is also a natural health practitioner. She was always active, loved sports and grew up riding her bike in her native Bavaria. She had done a 10-day bike ride along the Rhine River with her children and partner shortly before she was diagnosed with cancer. “You don’t think you will be able to do these things again but if you put a goal in your head and have a dream, there is a lot you can do. Getting ready for the ride gave me a lot of motivation for recovery, to show my children that Mom was going to be OK again.” She started training by walking her son to the school bus, then riding her bike increasingly longer distances. She met some other bikers from Vernon who were going to the ride and they trained together, but she had not done a ride more than 200K before the event. The ride was also a way for her to honour the memory of her mother, who died of cancer in January 2009, not knowing her daughter also had cancer. “I had worked in pediatric oncology and I was also thinking of so many of my little patients who didn’t make it. They were all in my heart. I wanted to ride to give people and their families hope that they can do it as well. You need to see the survivors, there are a lot of people surviving, you just don’t hear as much about them. People need to believe,” she said. The ride route is from Surrey to Mount Vernon, Wash. (130K) the first day and on to Redmond, Wash., near Seattle (121K) the second day. “The cancer survivors ride with a yellow flag. It seemed there were a lot of survivors that first year (2009). The atmosphere keeps you going — one man did the ride on a unicycle and another was on a tricycle. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging. My daughter was volunteer-
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“If you put a goal in your head and have a dream, there is a lot you can do.” — Anni Rychtera ing at the lunch stops and I kept going to see her. The first time across the finish line, I was flying so high, I thought, ‘If I can do this, I can beat this bloody cancer.’” Rychtera completed the rides for the next three years and is symptom-free at the moment, waiting for her next scan as proof. She’s already looking ahead to her fifth ride which she will do with her daughter, and,
she hopes, a team from Vernon. “Every year the ride seems easier. It is doable and it’s worth it to help people who are fighting cancer. The first year the proceeds from the ride bought another PET scan for diagnosis and check ups of treatment progression. Before that, there had been only one scan for the whole province, so waiting times were cut in half. That means so much to people,” said Rychtera, who is a volunteer with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, available to talk to people who are newly diagnosed, and who also volunteers with the Cancer Relaxation Group in Vernon. The 2012 Ride to Conquer Cancer had a record-breaking 3,011 participants raising $11.2 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. For more information see www.conquercancer.ca.
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All the sights and sounds of a traditional highland games will be out in full force during the fun-filled Celtic day that is the Kamloops Highland Games. This annual festival take place July 14 at Albert McGowan Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2025 Summit Dr., Kamloops. Activities include traditional Scottish heavy athletics such as tossing the caber and hammer throwing, highland dance and music performances, solo piping, drumming
and band competitions, clan genealogy information, children’s activities, a beer garden and more. The games will include pipe bands from across North America competing for top honours as well as individual piping and drumming competitions and highland dancing demonstrations. Also taking part is the Simon Fraser University five-time world champion pipe band. The grand finale includes a mass band performance. For more details, see www.kamloopshighlandgames.ca
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Come on out and get your hands dirty at Davison Orchards’ Farmer for a Day program. Kids are invited to join Linda (Davison) McVeigh to learn what it’s like to be a farmer for a day. The kids will meet three generations of working farmers as they experience a day of hands-on learning and fun. New this year, the
farm’s first ever Farmer for a Day program was offered early in the season to kids seeking a fun, interactive, and authentic farm experience and was a resounding success, and so four more dates have been added. “Our summer programs will reflect the seasonal activities on the farm,” said McVeigh, the program facilitator. “Kids will be kept busy exploring the crops
in various stages of growth, learning about irrigation, and harvesting in-season produce.” The day will start with a visit to the barns and animals, followed by a tour of the farm facilities including the apple peeling machines and the juicing room. Walking along the edges of the farm will give kids a chance to observe animal trails, beehives, and learn to identify some of the natural
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duce fresh from the vine or branch connects us to our food in such a basic way.” Farmer for a Day is designed for children ages five to eight, and will be held at Davison Orchards this summer on July 11, July 25, Aug.
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Ride for a winning hand Find the Golden Horseshoe on the July 21Poker Ride at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. This is a fundraiser for The BC Interior Morgan Horse Club and all horseback riders are invited to take part. The trails at Timber Ridge are all marked and maps are available as well. There will be a five-hour ride leaving at 10 a.m. or a two-hour ride at noon. “Times are based on a good walking pace; but if you’re moving out, they’ll be shorter,” said Nancy Roman, one of the organizers. “Come out for a day of fun and enjoy the trails and fellow horse enthusiasts.” Entry fee is $10 per rider which includes one poker hand. Additional hands can be purchased at $5 each. You must have Horse Council BC insurance to ride, which can be purchased there if needed. Special prizes will be given out including to those that find the Golden Horseshoe en route. A food concession will be on site. Corrals, camping and cabins are also available. Timber Ridge also offers campfire music with local musicians on the Saturday night, so plan to stay over. Directions can be found at www.bcimhc.com. For more information, call Roman 250-546-9922.
time in the Crazy Cow Kids’ Corral, a farmthemed play area. Kids will also be served real fruit ice cream as a special treat for all their hard work at the farm. Each child attending the program in July and August will harvest fruit and vegetables to take home to their families. “Many children haven’t experienced a vegetable garden in the back yard,” said McVeigh. “To pick pro-
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Young people from all over western Canada are heading to Vernon this month and are ready to get busy with some volunteer work. Members of the Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) will be in Vernon to attend the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group’s (4 CRPG) annual JCR Enhanced Training Sessions summer camp. Second Lieutenant Ian Carter is unit information officer for the 4 CRPG headquarters in Victoria. He said the young people, aged 12 to 18, will be involved in two pay-it-forward days July 18 and 22 where JCRs are available to help out in the Vernon area. “If you know where enthusiastic adult volunteers with adult supervisors might be helpful, we’re asking you to contact the Volunteer Bureau in Vernon,” said Carter. “The JCRs are proud and skilled youth who are involved in their communities. “The JCR program is a free, structured and meaningful program that helps preserve culture and traditions unique to each community while learning outdoor skills.” All JCRs learn Canadian Ranger skills, traditional skills and life skills, such as first aid, navigating, making shelters, efficiently living off the land, learning how to speak in public, and living a healthy life. Typically, patrols meet on a weekly basis with three supervised field exercises a year. If you or your organization would like to hire these youth volunteers, please contact Twylla Genest, manager of the Vernon and District Volunteer Bureau, at 250-545-0585.
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Community Calendar JULY 4 OKANAGAN 4-H BEEF SHOW The 31st Annual Okanagan 4-H Stock Show and Sale July 4 to 7 at the IPE fairgrounds in Armstrong. More than 70 4-H Beef Club members and more than 120 4-H Horse Club members from throughout central B.C. will participate. All welcome. The show concludes July 9 with 4-H Parade of Champions and sale of prime grain-fed 4-H beef starting 10 a.m. A great opportunity to purchase high quality beef for your freezer. For more info., call Fiawna Hughes at 250-547-8843. VERNON PUBLIC ART GALLERY Peer critique July 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. This continuing series is available to artists working in any medium, wishing to further pursue their artistic endeavors by engaging in conversation amongst their peers. Moderated by VPAG staff members, artists are encouraged to discuss their own artwork as well as offer feedback to fellow artists. Drop-in. Suggested $5 donation. Gallery is at 3228-31st Ave. Call 250-545-3173. THE VJH HOSPITAL AUXILIARY will be selling assorted handmade crafts in the Jubilee Lobby (old section) of the hospital the first and third Wednesdays of each month. LETTER WRITING CLUB MEETS The first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo, 3001-31st St., upstairs. Just bring a pen. Vertigo will provide inspiring atmosphere, refreshments, and a comfortable place to write. Vintage cards, writing paper and materials to make cards available. Stamps for sale at cost. All are welcome, admission by donation. For more info., call 250-503-2297. THE HALINA CRAFTERS Meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are 50+ and like to craft, come on out and join the fun. We’re at 3310-37th Ave. Call 250-542-2877 for more information. AL-ANON MEETS Wednesdays at 7 p.m., the Alliance Church. For more info., call 545-4933. VERNON TREATMENT CENTRE Do you or a loved one have an alcohol/drug and/or other addiction problem? We can help! Day and evening courses available. Please call 542-6151 for more info. ALZHEIMER SUPPORT GROUPS The Alzheimer Society of B.C. holds support groups for caregivers and people in early stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia first Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Support group for caregivers also meets the first Wednesday of the month, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both meetings at the People Place, 3402-27th Ave., room 102. For more information please contact Michelle Hallgren at 1-800634-3399 or e-mail email@example.com CODA MEETS Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women working to build healthy relationships with self and others. We meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Seaton Centre on 14th Avenue (off Kal Lake Rd.) WESTSIDE RESPONSE SERVICES SOCIETY WRS offers blood pressure testing, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - noon at the Killiney Beach Hall and Annex on Udell Road. AA MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAYS Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m., moved to 3204 Alexis Park Dr.; this is an open meeting and is handicap accessible.. Monday to Friday, noon, open, VTC, 281048th Ave. (H). Open meeting (X), 8 p.m. at VTC, 2810-48 Ave., Vernon. Closed meeting, 8 p.m.,
Albert Place, 3610-25 Ave, Vernon. AA meeting (X), open, 8 p.m., at VTC 2810-48 Ave. Open meeting, 3204 Alexis Park Dr. Vernon (H), 5 p.m. daily. (H) Handicap access. (X) no access. THE VERNON DIET CLUB MEETS Every Wednesday in the basement of Peace Lutheran Church. Weigh-in between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Short meeting to follow. Anyone wishing support in weight-management welcome. Call 542-3252. IS SCRABBLE ON YOUR “TO DO” LIST? Join the local “Scrabblers” every Wednesday at 10 a.m., Schubert Centre. Come out and learn with us! Call Sharon at 545-8092 for more information.
JULY 5 THE LOONIE BIN THRIFT STORE The Upper Room Mission’s newest venture is now open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This week’s special: all ladies, men’s and kids’ pants and denims just five pair for one loonie! Run by volunteers, with all proceeds going to the Mission, right here in Vernon. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE & WEIGH-IN CLINIC The first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Schubert Centre. Ask at the front desk for room location. VERNON LIONS CLUB MEETS First and third Thursdays of the month at the Den, 3313B-30th Ave., 6 p.m. New members welcome. Call Ken at 545-2722. CANCER RELAXATION SUPPORT GROUP For people living with cancer and their support persons. Meets Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., People Place, 3402-27th Ave. For more information, call A.J. Inkster at 250-307-4410. TIME OUT GROUP AT HALINA CENTRE If you enjoy doing crafts and socializing with a great group of people, come on out and join the Time Out group every Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the centre, 3310-37th Ave. Call 250-542-2877. VERNON STROKE RECOVERY BRANCH Meets Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at The Pantry’s banquet room. Support to stroke survivors, their families and caregivers; socialization, recreational, educational activities to enhance, develop and maintain motor and cognitive skills. Call Brenda Paul at 542-2555 for more information. VINTAGE CARS Are you interested in old cars? The Vintage Car Club of Canada, North Okanagan chapter, meets at The Pantry in Vernon the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. We welcome interested guests and new members. Please note: though owning a vintage car may be desirable, it is not a necessity. For more information, call Cliff Fair at 250-542-6828, Don Roper at 250549-8469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ROYAL CDN. LEGION BRANCH 25 VERNON Open cribbage, Thursdays at 2 p.m. We are always looking for more players, so join the fun with a member and ask how you can become a member of the legion as well! The Legion closes at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
VSS CLASS OF ‘82 REUNION Our 30-year reunion takes place July 6 and 7, 2012. Info., call Deb Poggemoeller at 542-3884. VERNON & DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB Annual all-breed dog show July 6 and 7 at Lavington Park on Highway 6. Includes three all-breed shows with specialty shows. Concession and vendors on site. Please, any dog not entered in the show, should stay at home. TRANSITION HOUSE IS IN NEED Vernon Women’s Transition House Society In order to serve our patients better requires donations of gently used household items and furniture. The Transition we have changed our clinic hours. House is a shelter for women and children As of July 2, 2012, experiencing domestic abuse and we need the new clinic hours will be your help to assist women in setting up Monday - Saturday, 8am - 6pm new households when they move out into the community. We are currently running and Sunday 9am - 1:30pm low on the following items: bed pillows, shower curtains, queen size bedspreads, suitcases, microwaves, lamps, coffee and 510, 4400 32nd Street, Vernon
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he Third Annual Cherries Jubilee fundraiser in support of North Okanagan Hospice Society is on now. We have had 120 fivepound boxes of organic Staccato cherries generously donated by Mike and Beverly Davies of M & B Farms, Lake Country. With 70 boxes already sold, the remaining 50 should be available in early August. Pre-sales of cherries are now being accepted. Each box is valued at $25 ($20/box for purchases of 10 or more). For more information or to place your order, contact Hospice at 250-503-1800, ext. 113 or email@example.com
end tables, sofas/chairs, dressers, vacuum cleaners, kitchen table/chairs, coffee makers and cutlery sets. We thank the community for the support we have received over the years; you truly have made a difference in our clients’ lives. For more information on how you can help, please call 250-542-1122. ARMSTRONG DIST. FISH & GAME ASSOC. July 8 Monashee Mountain Men Black Powder Shoot at our range, 10 a.m., $2 entry. See www. adfga.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SINGLE FRIENDS July 8 we are attending Pioneer Day at Haney House in Salmon Arm. July 10 first group camping trip. July 10 to 13 at Cooke Creek Camp Ground. July 11 attending the Kingfisher Farmers’ Market and in the evening BBQ Supper at Mable Lake Resort. Call Carole 260-5238 for more info. July 15 attending dinner and music at the Rise, with Cod Gone Wild; dinners are $10 but reservations are a must. July 18 weekly coffee 10 a.m. at Red Barn. No membership fee, just come and enjoy a social time with us. This evening we are attending Haney House Dinner Theatre, to get reservations call 832-5243. Dinner and enjoyable play. July 24 camping July 24 - 27 at Cooke Creek, get there early to get a spot July 25 weekly coffee get together at Red Barn 10 a.m. July 31 planning overnight stay at 3 Valley Gap, visit Crazy Creek etc. call 1-888-667-2109 to book your room. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AT THE PARK Join us for a week of fun in Coldstream Park. Our theme is, “Jesus is…” We will learn about all that Jesus has done for our life and salvation. Pre-school through Grade 7. July 9-12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Register by phone at 250-549-5250 by e-mail to Reimtime@shaw.ca or online at stpaulvernon.org. SOCCER CAMP JULY 9 TO 13 For all children born between 2001 - 2006. Emmanuel Baptist Church is running its High Power Soccer Camp. The cost is $45 before July 6 or $50 on day of registration. Cost includes: soccer ball, water bottle, T-shirt, snacks, zone time, Soccer Sunday Family BBQ and a lot of fun. Drop off and pick up for children will be: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3412-15 Ave. Camp runs Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to noon. To register, check out our website at www.emmanuelvernon.ca, e-mail: email@example.com or call the church office at 250-545-5941. SONQUEST RAINFOREST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 9 - 13, Canadian Reformed Church (near N’Kwala park on MacDonald Rd. off Silver Star Rd.) 9 a.m. to noon, ages four to 11. To preregister, contact Yolanda Vanderhorst at 250-308-9950 or yolandavanderhorst@gmail. com. Info., www.vernoncanrc.com ALEXIS PARK CHURCH INVITES KIDS 5 TO 12 Sky: Everything is Possible with God sum-
mer kids’ event runs July 9 to 13. Lots of fun activities, crafts, games, snacks. Runs 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. To register, call 250-5424135 or see www.alexisparkchurch.com LAVA LAVA ISLAND VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 9 to 13, Grandview Flats Seventhday Adventist Church, Spallumcheen, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., for ages five to 12. For more information, call Bev O’Neil at 250-546-6821. SELF-ESTEEM DISCOVERY WORKSHOP If you have a good opinion of yourself, then you have a high-self-esteem. Building up a high-selfesteem doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t mean your self-confidence is also high in all areas of your life. So what does it take to build up your self-esteem, which builds up your confidence level? This is the kind of questioning, sharing of ideas, and learning about self and others that will be part of a Discovery Workshop (held every second Thursday of the month). Next workshop July 12 from 1 - 3 p.m., Lumby Community Hall, 2250 Shields Ave. No cost. You don’t have to register. Just show up and join the group. For info., call Olena at 250-547-8866. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 16 to 20, Living Word Lutheran Church, 6525 Okanagan Landing Rd., 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. This year’s theme is “Jesus, the Light of the World.” There will be stories, games, crafts and music. All children from kindergarten to Grade 6 are welcome. Free. GARDEN ART ADVENTURE CAMPS FOR KIDS 7 TO 12 Creative journeys at the Caetani Cultural Centre led by artist in residence James Postill. Includes painting, sculpture and mixed media. Adaptable for all levels. July 17, 18 and 19; Aug. 7, 8 and 9; Aug. 21, 22 and 23. Cost is $100 for members; $110 for non-members. Call 250540-0513. POKER RIDE FOR HORSEBACK RIDERS July 21, find the “Golden Horseshoe” Poker Ride open to all horseback riders at Timber Ridge Trails in Lumby. Registration opens 9 a.m. Five hour ride heads out at 10 a.m.; two hour ride at noon; $10 per rider includes one poker hand. Food concession on site. All trails marked and mapped. Info., Nancy 250-546-9922, directions and more info at www.bcimhc.com CARAVAN THEATRE MARKET DAY Caravan Market Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. Spend leisurely Sundays with family and friends at the farm. Each market features fresh local produce, handmade goods, baking, food, flowers, plants, wagon rides, live music and activities for the kids. For more information, see www.caravanfarmtheatre.com SEATON SECONDARY 20-YEAR REUNION for the graduating class of ‘92 is being held the weekend of Aug. 10-12, 2012. Our main event is happening Saturday night at the new Turtle Mountain Winery in Vernon. Our reunion website is: www.seaton92.com
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