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Retirement resorts are on their way to being a permanent part of Penticton’s economic investment zone bylaw, but the amendment is not travelling an easy path. The focus of the debate is Southwood Retirement Resort, a proposed project for the area now occupied by Waterworld RV park off Yorkton. The developer, Eric Hall of Regency Resorts, requested his project be included under the bylaw, which would trigger a $500,000 tax incentive. Earlier this month, Penticton city council voted to support his development permit application. At Monday’s meeting, council gave

three readings to an amendment making retirement resorts a permanent part of the bylaw. Coun. John Vassilaki, who spoke out against the exemption when it was brought up for council’s consideration earlier this month, remained ¿rmly set against it. “I believe we are getting away from the original spirit of the bylaw,” said Vassilaki, who felt the bylaw was intended to support commercial and industrial enterprises. “Now we are starting to allow for a certain type of residential that I don’t think ¿ts.” Vassilaki said there are already many retirement facilities in Penticton and disagreed with calling the Southwood development a resort. “We’ve got at least 12 other such buildings in Penticton. The only thing they are lacking is




could be a new industry that we can capitalize on.” The proposed amendment to the bylaw de¿nes the term retirement resort as “a facility intended for long-term seniors rental housing with a high degree of amenity and a resort-like atmosphere,” and “having at least 25 per cent amenity space.” Regardless of the amount of space given to amenities, Ron Rose, developer and owner of The Concorde Retirement Home, said that Southwood’s mandate will change to match his. “People age, and when they age, they need care, said Rose. “They don’t stay as a resort, they become care facilities.”

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the word resort at the end of their name. Instead, they call them retirement homes. To me, a resort is you are on the lake somewhere, you can bring your boat, you buy a condo in there and you go out and enjoy yourself on the resort,” said Vassilaki. “You can dress it up and call it anything you want, it’s a retirement home.” Couns. Gary Litke and Helen Konanz represented the opposite point of view. Southwood, they said, was not a residential neighbourhood, but a business and a great opportunity for Penticton. “This is a type of facility that is not available in our community,” said Konanz. Putting retirement resorts in as a permanent amendment to the economic zone bylaw, she said, would invite others to build similar projects here. “This



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Details outline response to flood threat Joe Fries Western News Staff

Nearly three months have passed since the threat of a Àash Àood forced people from their homes downstream of Chute Lake. The evacuation began at 2 p.m. on April 27 after the outÀow from the freshet-swollen lake overwhelmed culverts that were supposed to carry water under the Elinor Forest Service Road and into Chute Creek. The water instead backed up against the side of the road, which then became a sinkhole-ridden dam. The Àood threat, reported that morning by a road maintenance worker, was tamed though, and the evacuation order for a large area north of Naramata lifted after just 26 hours. “There was de¿nitely a risk of losing that road. That 15-foot sinkhole probably had two to three feet on either side of it. And if you would have lost that... that’s a lot of water going down that slope,” Ken Cunningham said in an interview last week. Cunningham is the area resource manager for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and helped co-ordinate the response of the provincial government, which has jurisdiction of the road. Debrie¿ng notes obtained by the Western News show Cunningham and his team were pleased with the outcome, although they did encounter some problems, including misinformation in the media. Initial reports from some local and provincial media outlets, the Western News included, mistakenly suggested the Àood threat had been created by the possibility of a breach of the privately owned dam at the south end of Chute Lake. “There was nothing wrong with the dam,” Cunningham said, because it’s designed to be over-topped when the lake reaches a desired level.

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A MAN WALKS beside a large sinkhole that opened up in the Elinor Forest Service Road in April. The undermined road was all the stood between Chute Lake and a flash flood downstream in Chute Creek, which prompted the evacuation of 47 homes.

After the Testalinden Dam failure near Oliver in 2010, “there has been a lot of sensitivity around dams and we didn’t want to say this was another dam concern,” Cunningham said. He allowed, though, that his of¿ce “could have given more accurate and timely updates for the media.” The debrie¿ng notes also reveal the ministry had an abundance of rented equipment — including seven dump trucks and three excavators — at the ready to clear debris from Chute Creek and re-establish road crossings had the Àash Àood materialized.

But just two excavators and dump trucks were needed for the job of removing the culverts and digging up the road to release pent-up water. Cunningham said the equipment rental bill totalled around $18,000, but it was a reasonable cost: “You don’t want to have something go wrong and then start phoning around.” Also on standby were two rescue boats manned by personnel from ¿re departments in Naramata and Penticton. “If something was to have let loose, we would have (had) something there to assist with,” explained Naramata Fire Chief Will McCutcheon.

He said the boats were staged on Okanagan Lake and could have been pressed into service if evacuees or emergency personnel needed rescue off the beach, or to ferry people around a debris ¿eld or road wash-out. The ¿re hall itself was pressed into service as the emergency check-in centre for evacuees; just 12 families from the 47 homes in the evacuation zone registered in the ¿rst eight hours after the order was issued. “It makes it dif¿cult for us as emergency responders,” said Dale Kronebusch, emergency services supervisor for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the local government responsible for the evacuation. “It’s just so we know who’s out of the area and how we can contact them should we need to give them information,” Kronebusch said. “They don’t have to be looking for hand-outs, they don’t have to be looking for anything other than information.” Elsewhere in the region, the RDOS was dealing that same weekend with Àooding around Otter Lake that saw water touch a third of the homes in Tulameen, and an emerging threat from Shuttleworth Creek near Okanagan Falls. Cunningham and his crew, meanwhile, were dealing with a big spring freshet that was hastened by a week of hot weather followed by torrential rain. But the problem at Chute Lake was not entirely unforeseen. One of Cunningham’s men wrote in his debrie¿ng note that the issue at the Elinor FSR also appeared in 2011. Cunningham said it was reported at the time that water was lapping over top of the road, but not causing any damage, so ministry staff planned to assess the site later for a new crossing. Since part of the road is now decommissioned, there are no immediate plans to replace the crossing, Cunningham said, because there is still another route around the south end Chute Lake.

Drugs the primary cause of school suspensions Joe Fries Western News Staff

Almost two-thirds of students issued major suspensions last year were cited for drug-related activities, according to Okanagan Skaha School District records. A total of 42 students received four- or ¿ve-day suspensions during the 2011-12 session, and drugs were involved in 27 of those cases, basic details of which were obtained by the Western News under freedom of information legislation. The bulk of those suspensions came as a result of high school students being caught under the inÀuence

of marijuana, said Don MacIntyre, the district’s director of instruction. There were “very few incidents of students selling” drugs, he continued, “although it does happen.” Besides drugs, six students were suspended for behaviour problems, and two each for alcohol, ¿ghting and weapons. It was a slightly different picture in the 2010-11 year, when an identical 42 major suspensions were issued, but included 17 for drugs, 11 for ¿ghting and four for alcohol. The duration of a suspension is inÀuenced mainly by the nature of the allegation, and the disciplinary and academic records of the student in-

volved, MacIntyre explained. Schools are not required to report suspensions of three days or less, but must refer four- or ¿ve-day bans to the district of¿ce, where administrators can also arrange a sitting of an ad hoc discipline committee to con¿rm the decision. “We only had three meetings this year; there might have been four last year,” MacIntyre said. “But I can remember (years) when we had a meeting every month.” Superintendent Wendy Hyer said the district does not issue expulsions, although it is permitted by law to boot kids 16 or older. Some suspensions can, however, be open-ended and ¿nish only when a student has met goals

such as attendance or work completion. The most problematic students, who may pose a risk to others, are generally pulled out of regular school and enrolled in a distance-learning program. “Our intention is always to give a student as many ways as possible to stay connected to the school system,” Hyer said. “What we know is, kids in this age range generally do grow up at some point, and so we try to ¿nd a way to keep them remotely connected in any way we can.” Despite administrators’ best efforts, though, suspensions are mostly

ineffective without parental back-up, said Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union president Leslea Pryde. “Unless you have parent support at home and programs in place to help correct the behaviour, it’s liable to happen again,” said Pryde, who became president this month after Kevin Epp chose not to stand for re-election. Hyer said the district tries to involve willing parents in the disciplinary process where possible, and also give students an idea of what further missteps will bring. “We’re trying to be proactive saying, ‘If you keep demonstrating this kind of behaviour, there’s a line in the sand,’” Hyer said.

Failure to find accommodation puts offender behind bars Kristi Patton Western News Staff

With nowhere else to go, convicted sex offender Don Bakker turned himself in to Penticton RCMP for breach of curfew conditions. “On Thursday, July 12 he turned himself in to the detachment on a breach because he could not locate a suitable residency by his curfew,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. “Basically, he is having trouble ¿nding anywhere to live because nobody wants him there.” Bakker also knocked on the Penticton RCMP detachment door on July 11, turning himself in because he had nowhere to stay by his 11 p.m. curfew. The 48-year-old man served his full 10-year federal sentence after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault and two counts

of sexual assault causing bodily harm on Vancouver sex-trade workers. He also pled guilty to seven counts of invitation to sexual touching on Cambodian girls between the ages of seven and 12. Those charges were precedent setting in Canada, as Bakker became the ¿rst Canadian charged with sex tourism. Many of his crimes were revealed on two video tapes found inside his vehicle when he was arrested in 2003. Penticton RCMP issued a public warning he was a high risk to reoffend when he moved to the city in June. Residents in a 55-plus mobile home park said they were noti¿ed of Bakker’s presence by a person distributing copies of the RCMP news release. The residents told the Western News that Bakker was living with his parents in the park. Earlier this month, another Penticton resident in the central area of the city expressed her concerns with RCMP that the 48-year-old sex offender would be moving

into the neighbourhood where many children live and played in a nearby park. According to the resident, Bakker was then not permitted by his parole of¿cer to reside there. On Monday, Bakker consented to remand on the curfew breach and will appear in Vancouver provincial court where he already has a scheduled date for Wednesday after Crown counsel made an application under Section 810.2. Crown spokesperson Neil Mackenzie previously said this is a common procedure in B.C. with federal prisoners who have committed signi¿cant sexual or violent offences and then are released after their sentence expires. Section 810.2 would further tighten restrictions on Bakker for at least one year and a maximum of two years if there is suf¿cient evidence found during a hearing. When that expires, the Crown can again apply for the Section 810.2 conditions if they have evidence to prove they are necessary.


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New data from Statistics Canada suggest Canada’s tourism industry is steadily recovering from the 2008 economic downturn, and similar growth has been seen in Penticton. “We’re seeing more young families, which is great, and what we’re ¿nding is we’re getting a lot of repeats, people are coming back again and again to Penticton, wondering what else we have this year,” said Diana Stirling, owner of Loco Landing Adventure Park. She attributed this to reinvestment in the park, as well as efforts made by the local tourism association. Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre general manager David Prystay said his organization has also seen increases in tourist demand following two years of stagnation. “I guess you could say there was a recession, but not a great effect on our hotel business at all,” said Prystay. The rebound is happening all across the country, according to Statistics Canada. “That report is indicating that tourism spending in Canada has risen for the 11th consecutive quarter since the last quarter of 2009, and Penticton, for the most part, has been consistent with those ¿gures,” said Jesse Campbell, CEO of Penticton and Wine Country Tourism. However, Campbell pointed out, the growth seen nationally is happen-

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IT’S ALL SMILES for Loco Landing owner Diana Stirling, who said she has seen nothing but growth in her tourism-based business.

ing at a quicker pace than in Penticton “We do feel the effects more slowly than the larger urban centres, so that slower rebound is likely due to a softer international market,” said Campbell. “Our international visitation, particularly from the U.S., has not rebounded for us.” Campbell’s ¿gures show local accommodation revenue increased by 2.5 per cent in 2010, then jumped another four per cent in 2011. These tourist dollars are quite important to Penticton’s economic well-being, said Erin Hanson, general manager of the Penticton Chamber of

Commerce. “Probably 20 per cent of our membership is in the tourism industry in the chamber, and it’s de¿nitely always been a big industry here, so it’s quite, quite important,” she said. However, both Campbell and Hanson stressed that while the area is seeing a growth in its tourism spending, these gains should be taken with a grain of salt. “It’s been a rebound, but it’s been a slow rebound,” said Hanson. “Certainly the trend has been up, but those have been modest gains, year over year. We’ve still got a ways to go to get to pre2009, I think.”

RESORT - Incentive too rich Rose said the tax incentive, which amounts to $500,000 over a ¿ve-year period, is excessive. Arguing that council should consider capping the incentive at a lower level, Rose has little doubt that Regency Resorts would build the Southwood Project regardless. “They have already determined this is what they want and this is where they are going to do it,” said Rose. “I could have put resort at the end of mine and put a pool in. The reason there is no pool is because they (senior residents) don’t use it. It was never worth it for us to put it in the ¿rst place, but had I been able to save $500,000 in tax incentives, that’s a whole different game. I can put a $50,000 pool in.” Leo Mead, owner of Athens Creek retirement lodge, agrees with Rose’s projection. “If this project is worthwhile doing, they will do it without the incentive,” said Mead, who explained there is currently a vacancy problem for the retirement industry in the Interior. “If this fa-

cility goes ahead and gets a tax break, it is making a very unlevel playing ¿eld. You are interfering with the marketplace with taxpayer dollars.” Mayor Dan Ashton explained that the ultimate purpose of the tax incentives triggered by the economic investment zone bylaw was to create more economic activity locally. “There is an incentive to get people to work in Penticton. It’s an incentive to have an additional 50 people on a payroll, earning a living here in Penticton,” he said. Litke said it was a big opportunity for the city. “We have a lot of vacant property in Penticton. We don’t have a lot of interest form the development community because of the economic situation,” he said. “Here is a developer who is willing to come to Penticton, invest a signi¿cant amount of money, create jobs, create a facility that we do not have.” The amendment is expected to come before council Aug. 3 for ¿nal reading and adoption.

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Drugs and guns seized at border Western News Staff

U.S. residents attempting to cross the border at the Port of Osoyoos in June were caught attempting to come into Canada with guns and drugs. On June 3, two U.S. residents declared two long riÀes and were referred by Canadian Border Services Agents for a more in-depth examination. Stefanie Wudel, spokesperson for the CBSA, said when the of¿cers went to retrieve the declared riÀes, they found several undeclared items including a large glass jar ¿lled with suspected marijuana, a concealed semiautomatic handgun, two prohibited high-capacity riÀe magazines, a pipe with residue and a grinder with residue, all concealed in the vehicle. Wudel said the travellers were arrested and the items were seized with no terms of release. The travellers were turned over to the USCBP after paying $1,550 for the release of their vehicle. U.S. residents en-route to Alaska for a vacation on June 28 told CBSA they planned to spend a few days in Canada. The travellers were referred for secondary examination where the detector dog team conducted a search of their trailer. Wudel said the dog team discovered a tin with drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana concealed under clothing and other items. A traveller was arrested and two grams of suspected marijuana was seized. The traveller was returned to the U.S. for committing an offence upon entry. Border agents then caught a U.S. traveller on June 8 attempting to cross to deliver some furniture. System checks revealed convictions for forgery and three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell the narcotics. Wudel said the traveller stated that some of the charges were dismissed, however, he had no evidence for this information. The man was provided with a rehabilitation package and instructions before being returned to the U.S. The Port of Osoyoos border services of¿cers processed 44,643 travellers for the month of June, which Wudel said was one per cent higher than the same period last year.

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Program a natural fit for Penticton market


here are many reasons that the Penticton Farmers’ Market should have been included in the Ministry of Health’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition and Coupon program, not the least of which is that Penticton has a signi¿cant population of the target market the program is aimed at. According to the specs, the $2 million program is aimed at helping low-income seniors and families “throughout the province.” That’s done by encouraging participants to purchase locally grown foods, supplying them with $15 a week of coupons to use at their local farmers’ markets. Sounds great, and there are bene¿ts all around. The money is pumped directly into the local economy, families and seniors get both better nutrition and a reason to get out and socialize at the markets, and the pro¿le of the markets themselves is raised. And for Penticton, with a proportionately large population of seniors, many on ¿xed incomes, it would seem an ideal place to run such a program. Besides, the Penticton Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest and most stable in B.C., an ideal place to gather data on how effective the program is. Third, the majority of market vendors are selling food products, all made or grown locally — no imports or stalls selling plastic gewgaws. Fourth, Penticton is a regional hub ... the list goes on. But Penticton was left out. In fact, this program that is running throughout the province is only in select communities — Vernon, Kelowna, Revelstoke and Nelson for the Interior Health region — despite the fact this is the second time such a program has been run. There is no doubt the coupon program is a good one. But it is time the province made these kind of programs, which so effectively support a healthy diet and the local economy, available in any community.


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Hitting the information highway By the time you read this I should be in Vanderhoof, the geographical centre of B.C., to visit relatives. Born in the Okanagan, raised in the Peace country and working for 20 years in Metro Vancouver, I’ve driven from one end of the province to the other more times than I can count. A similar trip last year began just as a huge mudslide was cleared near Chilliwack. Other drives have featured mid-summer hail piled 10 centimetres deep on the Coquihalla, a near miss between two moose in the Pine Pass, plus the usual blizzards and hundreds of traf¿c jams for construction, accidents and growing urban volume delays. This time I’ve got a new tool on board, the mobile version of on my BlackBerry. Launched two years ago, the mobile site has taken off with the surging popularity of smartphones. In the past year, DriveBC’s online traf¿c averaged 1.2 million visits a month, about half to the ¿ve-year-old desktop site and half from mobile users. It’s by far the most popular B.C. government website.

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B.C. Views I asked DriveBC technical leader Nainesh Agarwal for these stats, and he said even he was surprised by the surge in mobile traf¿c in recent months. But trying out the mobile site, it’s easy to see the appeal. With a few clicks, the phone displays incident reports and web camera images for my chosen route. Webcams have been added steadily all over the province, and now watch 18 key locations on Vancouver Island, 93 in the Lower Mainland, 73 in the Southern Interior, 35 in the North and 13 at Canada-U.S. border crossings. At a glance, you can check anything from the traf¿c at the

Lions Gate Bridge to the lineup for the Skidegate ferry on Haida Gwaii. Most pictures update every two minutes, offering a realtime look at traf¿c, weather and road conditions. A recent addition is “replay the day,” which shows the last 24 hours of pictures in a few seconds. Another new feature is an email alert that can be customized. You can subscribe to a particular region or highway and receive notices as soon as they are posted to the DriveBC network. And of course there is an @drivebc Twitter feed, where between 6:30 a.m. and midnight, staff update conditions and respond to inquiries. (Major events are automatically tweeted overnight.) Veri¿ed reports are fed from highways staff and contractors all over the province and co-ordinated through the provincial highways condition centre in the Lower Mainland. It’s become a primary source of information for radio and TV traf¿c and news reporters around B.C. The mobile service now has an option for drivers to report new problems they encoun-

ter. After determining your smartphone’s location, the site displays the name and phone number of the local maintenance contractor who can take the report. For those who haven’t joined the smartphone era, there is an old-fashioned option. Dialing 5-1-1 anywhere in the province gives access to a toll-free line that connects to recorded DriveBC messages. Agarwal said use of that service has been declining as phones with web access become more popular. The 5-1-1 service also requires you to use the keypad to select your route from a numerical list, so drivers would have to pull over rather than breach the new restrictions on using handheld devices while driving. The 5-1-1 system still gets surges of heavy use during major events like the recent Àooding. The plan is to upgrade the system to allow voice recognition, so drivers can use headsets to get updates on the move. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com.

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Acts of vandalism leave innocent victims This is an open letter to the person(s) and or thugs who decided for whatever reason to destroy and steal property as well lay havoc at Peaches Daycare located on Carmi Avenue the night of July 9. Upon dropping our young son off on Tuesday morning for his regular attendance, we were met with mass destruction. As a parent of a child who attends daily and who supports this great day care, this was clearly shocking and so sad

for all of the 38 children who attend as well as the eight wonderful ladies who put everything they have into this program. This heartless and cowardly act is as disgraceful as it gets. It’s in essence stealing from the children who range from newborn to six years old. This day care is run by a not-for-pro¿t society who, like most everyone else these days, are met with the continual crunch for dollars to make the program run as best as it possibly can.

Coyotes on the prowl

In regards to the deer in Penticton, we haven’t seen any for months now. But there is a new problem — coyotes, ¿ve in a pack (who work together) to be exact. They have been seen in the area by the Leir House for the past month or more. The neighbours have told us of two different stories regarding people having their dogs getting taken right out of their yards by coyotes who actually seem to be tracking their prey and then killing them and hearing of cats being killed by them as well. I personally am afraid to even go out in my yard on garbage day to take the garbage out in the early morning because I might get attacked. We were going to get a puppy or dog, but are putting that on hold till the coyotes move on or are dealt with, as I would be afraid of letting the dog go out in our fenced yard to relieve themselves when the coyotes can dig their way under the fence to get in the yard to get at their prey, which is our beloved pet. So please watch out for your pets, keep them indoors where they will be safe. If you have a large pet door, I would nail it shut presently as a coyote could try to enter your home if it is chasing your pet who is entering your home. Something has to be done to these predators so they quit killing pets or other wildlife. Have you noticed, their are no sightings of raccoons? Maybe the coyotes are killing them. If there are any other people out there who have had their pets taken by coyotes, please call me or write in to the paper with your concerns. Laura Pede Penticton

Fugitive didn’t work at market

To correct Joe Fries’ headline story July 11 (Fugitive’s assumed identity fooled many), alleged sex offender and fugitive Ed Ellis was hardly known, let alone “well liked by vendors at the farmers’ market where he sold sunglasses.” Whatever Mr. Ellis’ past, whether criminal or not, he never sold sunglasses at the Penticton Farmers’ Market because the Penticton Farmers’ Market is 80 per cent farmers and 20 per cent handicrafters and bakers. No imports.

This latest setback from the destruction of the chain-link front entrance gate, to the theft and or repair of toys will cost Peaches in excess of $1,000. In closing, if you or someone you know have any good used outside play toys for donation, I’m quite sure the kids would love and get much usage out of them. The children at this day care did nothing wrong yet will pay the consequence for a few persons’ lack of judgment and lack of care for

others’ property. Do you as parents

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THE SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN MEDICAL FOUNDATION Raises funds for the medical facilities throughout the region, including the Penticton Regional Hospital, Moog & Friends Hospice House, Trinity Centre, Summerland Health Centre and Extended Care, Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge, South Similkameen Health Centre and Orchard Haven in Keremeos, South Okanagan General Hospital and Sunnybank Centre in Oliver.

No knock-offs. No sunglasses. The Penticton Farmers’ Market has to periodically endure slams and slights in some very odd letters to The Western. Now we are cast as unwitting hosts to ‘bad eggs’? This is too much. Dave Cursons Cawston

Crane obstructs view

On July 9, Penticton had quite the natural light show. The most lightning I’ve seen here for several years indeed. Also I saw a beautiful double rainbow. Awesome it was. I was attempting to take some photos, and it wasn’t worth the effort. Why? I’ll paraphrase President Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Singla, please take down that crane!” It’s been years that it has swung in the breeze and it is an eyesore, and it’s getting embarrassing telling repeat visitors that the city is not acting on this issue, as it has promised to do for too many years. I’m sure many Pentictonites are eager to see a view, as well as sending photos to others, sans crane. Not to mention all the visitors that take photos. Down it must come, please.

RBC Foundation is giving a donation of $40,000 to the Medical Foundation for the purchase of medical equipment at the Penticton Regional Hospital. The RBC Foundation has been an incredibly generous and with today’s donation, their gifts total more than $100,000 On behalf of the board of directors, medical staff and the patients, thank you to everyone involved for your continued dedication. Back row left to right RBC Regional Vice President Karen Borring-Olsen, Manager Client Care Summerland branch Karen Hooper, Summerland Mayor and Executive Director South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation Janice Perrino, Branch Manager Summerland Branch Tim Gordon, Account Manager Summerland Branch Terry Sedawie. Front row left to right, Branch Manager Penticton Apple Plaza branch Jerry Goncalves, Financial Planner Summerland branch Vasco Marques.

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We want to hear from you The Penticton Western News welcomes letters to the editor for publication. We suggest a maximum length of 400 words and reserve the right to edit letters for length, brevity, clarity, legality, abusive language, accuracy and good taste. All published letters remain the property of the Penticton Western News, which is the sole judge of suitability for publication. Letters must include the writer’s address and daytime phone number, which will not be published. Letters should be signed with the writer’s full name and be sent by e-mail to letters@ pentictonwesternnews. com; mailed to the Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose St., Penticton, B.C., V2A 8R1; or faxed to 250-492-9843.

Janice Perrino, SOSMF and Karen Davy, Astral Media accept a cheque for $3,356.01 from the Osoyoos and Penticton McDonald’s General Manager, Greg Kenzie. The total amount raised from McHappy Day on May 2 was $6,712.02 with an equal amount being donated to BC Ronald McDonald House. McDonald’s has always been a generous supporter of the community and we would like to thank everyone involved to make this day a huge success.

Penticton Lakeside Casino Jerry Pokorny, general manager and Lauren Zucchiatti, Guest Services Manager Presented a cheque for $1,294.35 for the Pediatric, Nursery and Maternity department at Penticton Regional Hospital. The money raised is by staff collecting left over change from the machines and donating it to the hospital. Our thanks to all of the staff for their dedication and support.

We would like to thank all the individuals, service organizations and business groups for their dedication and thoughtfulness by making donations to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton, B.C. V2A 3G6 Phone: 250-492-9027 • Toll Free: 1-866-771-0994




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I read the letter in the paper from Cass Robinson with respect to “Cause for celebration.” It’s always wonderfully refreshing to see someone taking the time to give kudos to someone who volunteers their time tirelessly for the bene¿t of the community. I feel there are way too many of us who take for granted the wonderful organizations, charities and associations who do so much work in this community to help make it not only a great tourist destination, but a wonderful place to live. Coming here after 35 years in a cold and impersonal large city, I immediately recognized that this is a community, not just a city. There is warmth, camaraderie, compassion and a wonderful spirit of community here — and that’s what keeps me in Penticton. We have so many wonderful events going on all

year around, that unless you really don’t want to do something, you can’t say “I have nothing to do” here. With that said, I too would like to thank Laurel Burnham for all her years of dedicated service to the Canada Day celebrations. I was saddened to hear that this will be her last year and wish to say that she will be missed. Hearing that and reading the letter today reminded me that far too often we neglect to say thank you to our volunteers. Not only from the community as a whole, but from the organization itself. Sometimes you get so comfortable and con¿dent that they will always be there, you forget that some form of acknowledgement is appreciated — no matter how long you’ve been doing it — even if it’s just a handshake and a “job well done, thank you.” Just to let them know


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Recently my wife was a patient in respite care at Trinity Health Care Society’s facility here in Penticton. The care and treatment she received from the nurses and staff was exemplary and so caring and competent. May they take pride in their professional attitude toward all their patients and may area residents also realize how fortunate they are to have such a ¿ne health care facility at hand. We wish to express our thanks to administration and staff for their kind and helpful care of all residents, but especially towards my wife.













The recent letter by Cody Young of Penticton hit the nail right on the head and is factual, not emotional. The Harper government caters to corporations and shareholders. Under Harper’s leadership, corporate taxes have been reduced by six per cent with no evidence whatsoever of Canadian job creation as a result. Quite the opposite — corporations are sitting on these windfalls, investing offshore or just paying higher dividends to shareholders. I agree that corporations should be given tax advantages, but only if they are creating jobs in Canada, not offshore. Canada has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, being taken advantage of by ¿rms that are not creating Canadian jobs. I have no idea how anyone can support Harper’s policies which are an attack on the middle and lower income earners, and all I hear from staunch Conservatives (not Progressive Conservatives) is fear-mongering and ENGLISH gobbledegook. Harper and his MPs remind me ofLONG the guy who pees on your leg and tells you it’s raining. People who support the CPP reductions, EI restrictions and dismantling of the environment protection should seriously review their morals. The Conservative party is a party of the well-to-do, comparable to the U.S. Republican Party. Harper’s policy of austerity does not work and only contributes to increasing unemployment (with Harper’s new limited bene¿ts) and a decreasing tax base. I hope all 18-50 year olds have enough foresight to realize the impact of the CPP changes to their future well-being and take action to defeat this dictatorship in the next federal election.












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you haven’t forgotten all the hard work they do and your heartfelt appreciation of it. As the chairman of the non-pro¿t group Giving Others A Boost, I try very hard to acknowledge the hard work and kindness of our volunteers and supporters because I know that without them, there would be no Giving Others A Boost. So, if there’s anyone out there to whom I have missed saying thank you, I do so now on behalf of not only my organization, but as a proud resident of the City of Penticton as well. Why don’t you join me and send in your thank you to a special person who goes above and beyond the call of duty for our community or to an organization who has made a difference. Kudos to all of you.




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Strings the Thing at Shatford It was a treat to take in a recital at the beautifully renovated auditorium of Penticton Shatford Centre last Tuesday. The high ceiling and the hardwood Àoor facilitated excellent acoustics and the luxurious curtains absorbed any excess of reverberation. The concert was presented by the faculty of “Strings the Thing,” an annual workshop for violin and cello players from near and far. Penticton’s own violinist and violist Elizabeth Lupton joined forces with John Suderman, Calvin Dyck, Joel Stobbe, and Pascal Piche in the string ensemble. Okanagan Symphony conductor Rosemary Thomson, who also taught at the workshop, accompanied on piano and harpsichord.

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The program started on a humorous note with Mozart’s violin duet The Mirror. One player read the music lines from left to right, the other from right to left. It still resulted in perfectly harmonious music. This was followed by a violin and cello duet, a Handel Passacaglia arranged by Halvorsen. A recurring bass theme supported Àuid passages that contained a multitude of bowing and

plucking techniques. In Biago Marini’s Echo Sonata, a string quartet with harpsichord, two violinists played from the back of the hall. The quadraphonic effect was fascinating for adults and children alike. Beethoven’s precious Harp Quartet had many pizzicato passages and warm soothing sounds. The slow movement of Czechoslovakian composer Dvorak’s American Quartet contained soul-searching lyrical melodies of the composer’s homeland. Refreshed with iced tea and cookies at the intermission, the audience was ready to take in more music. Calvin Dyck surprised with a witty solo piece for accordion titled Nine Blind Mice. Local composer Jeremy Hiebert wrote the

following two compositions, Shatford String Quartet and Orchard String Quartet, which had agreeable harmonics and sweeping melodic lines. Debussy’s delicate Claire de Lune had a shimmering quality. Then Joel Stobbe performed Bach’s Prelude from Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello. The evening ended with two up-beat ragtime selections, Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle and Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. The recital by the competent faculty members showcased a great variety of musical styles to motivate workshop participants and entertain the community at large. Roswitha Masson is a Okanagan musician and symphony enthusiast.

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Country superstar Blake Shelton has cancelled his Aug. 4 concert that was to be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre. “Due to an unforeseen scheduling conÀict with NBC’s The Voice, Blake Shelton will be cancelling his Aug. 4 concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. Blake regrets any inconveniences to his fans that come as a result of this show cancellation,” said Carla Seddon, senior marketing manager for Global Spectrum at the SOEC, in a press release that was issued Friday morning. “Global Spectrum will work closely with the artist’s management to reschedule a future show date in Penticton in the coming season.” Those who purchased their tickets with a credit

card will have the ticket price and the per-ticket fee automatically reversed beginning July 20. There may be a few days’ delay before the reversal is apparent on the credit card statement, depending on the banking institution. The SOEC asks if a refund by credit card has not occurred by July 30, contact them at SOEC-BoxOf¿ Ticket holders who purchased using cash or a debit at the SOEC box of¿ce or the Wine Country Visitor Centre can return to the SOEC box of¿ce only for a refund no sooner than July 19 at 10 a.m. Only the purchaser of the tickets, with valid photo identi¿cation, may receive the refund in the form of the original payment method. Refunds must be complete by Sept.7, 2012 at the end of the business day.

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HEATED COMPETITION — Miah Kruger and Chris Marchand man the hose to help the Penticton Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department to a second-place finish on July 7 at the B.C. First Nation Fire Fighting Competition. The PIB crew hosted the event, which was won by a team from northern B.C. that will represent the province at a national competition in August in Moncton, N.B.

Festival marred by graffiti Western News Staff

Residents in Naramata and a group of 300 visitors were saddened and disgusted to ¿nd the village painted by racist graf¿ti last week. “Sometime overnight on July 8, someone took a can of purple spray paint and covered the side of a building at the Naramata Centre, several road signs and even an innocent victim’s own private vehicle with various very degrading messages and racial words,” said Cpl. Martin Trudeau. RCMP followed up on a lead, which Trudeau said led to the name of an adult female suspect from out of town who had been visiting friends in Naramata that weekend. The female suspect also had outstanding warrants for her arrest. Trudeau said the woman was located and arrested. The investigation

also led to the identi¿cation of three other female suspects — local teenagers living in or around Naramata. RCMP said their investigation is continuing and charges for mischief under $5,000 will be recommending against all four suspects. The incident was a tough blow to a group of families at the Harambee Summer Festival that have gathered each summer in Naramata for the past 10 years. The festival was created to provide intensive support to families raising children of African heritage. “We are especially saddened to realize that it is likely our recent presence at the (Naramata) centre that brought this act of racism and vandalism upon them,” said Pam Paterson, president of the Harambee Cultural Society. The society said the incident has not left them with a negative light of

Naramata and they plan on returning next year. “These recent acts of a few young people are not representative of our general experience in the community of Naramata, but they are representative of what many children of colour face on a daily basis. It is our position that racism in all forms, including overt acts of vandalism such as what occurred in Naramata, are vile and reprehensible to most in Canadian society today,” said Paterson. Visitors to the Harambee Summer Festival came from the U.S., Ontario, Alberta and B.C. and put on performances of music and dance at the Naramata Community market during their stay. “We look forward to returning to Naramata and celebrating the unity of people and families. We will not ever allow hate to win,” said Paterson.

Flood risk sinks plans for home Joe Fries Western News Staff

Not long after a soggy June that saw Àoodwaters ravage parts of the Southern Interior, local politicians sunk a bid to build a home that could be in harm’s way on the Okanagan River. As proposed, the home’s ¿nished basement would have extended 1.4 metres below the 200-year Àoodplain, which triggered the need for a bylaw variance from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Bill Ross, who spoke to the RDOS board earlier this month on behalf of property owner Gary Klassen, said a covenant could be registered on the property title to absolve everyone but the owner from liability in the event of a Àood. However, RDOS chief administrative of¿cer Bill Newell said the engineering reports submitted with the application weren’t suf¿cient to transfer the risk. Newell also said the property owner has the option to keep the home’s overall height the same, but simply raise the basement above the Àoodplain. Ross, however, said Klassen “didn’t want a sky-

scraper on his property,” which is about six kilometres south of Oliver. Kaleden-Okanagan Falls Director Tom Siddon said climate change has made abnormal events, like Àoods, the new normal in places like the Shuswap. “Ask any of those people who thought they had beautiful condos and homes alongside Mara Lake until two weeks ago when all hell broke loose,” Siddon said. “There’s a reason for Àoodplain protection... so I don’t understand why anybody would want to build in variance.” But West Bench Director Michael Brydon suggested local government should stay out of people’s business. “At the end of the day, how much of a nanny state are we?” Brydon said. “If we’re held harmless and it’s on title and we’ve informed everyone what the issue is, who are we to say: ‘No, we don’t think that’s smart.’ That’s really up to the individual in society to decide.” The variance application states Klassen is developing an aquaculture facility on the site, however, he did not want to speak publicly about it when reached by phone.

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Blood clinic being held in Penticton Western News Staff

Canadian Blood Services is looking to Penticton to help top up their blood supplies for the increased demand over the summer months. “We need appointments in B.C. booked this summer to keep up with hospital demand, and patients are counting on more people to become blood donors,” said Ed Yee, regional director of donor and clinic services with Canadian Blood Services.

In total, the organization is hoping to have 4,300 more donors across Canada between July 16 and Aug. 6. The summer generally brings increased traf¿c, and increased traf¿c leads to more accidents on roadways. With a single car accident victim requiring as much as 50 units of blood products, it’s important for people to be making appointments to give blood, and more importantly, showing up to them. Currently,

only 60 per cent of appointments are honoured. “If you’ve made an appointment, please honour it. If you haven’t made one, please book one today,” said Yee. Clinics will be held at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre Wednesday through Friday this week from 1:30-5:30 p.m. To book an appointment or for more information, visit www.blood. ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

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FRANCO 50-PLUS CLUB 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 250-492-2362 for info. YOUNG LEADERS’ Talent Showcase, a scholarship fundraising event organized by B.C. Ambassador candidate Camelia Vokey, will be held at the Shatford Centre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Door prizes and silent auction to be held. For tickets, call 250-493-8565 or the Shatford Centre at 250770-7668. TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250-493-5968 or Liz at 250-493-7997 for more information. O KANAGAN F ALLS SENIORS’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. 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 250-4926299. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. PENTICTON SENIORS Drop-in Centre has Spanish conversation at 10 a.m., bingo at 1 p.m., with doors open at 12 p.m., improver line dance at 1 p.m. and crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. NEW HOPE FOR Widows and Widowers has lunch connections to meet with others of similar loss, (going “dutch”) the second Thursday of the month at 11:45 a.m. Call Fran at 250-497-7850 or Evelyn at 250-7707865 for location and to reserve your spot. AVANETS has drop-in pool and 269 dart club at 5:30 p.m. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NIGHT group meets at 8 p.m. on 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach

Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St, and the men’s book study group rungs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. FRATERNAL ORDER of the Eagles have Joseph’s famous pizza from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by music trivia by Affordable Entertainment at 7 p.m. OK FALLS has youth drop-in programming between 2 and 9 p.m. Today’s event is karaoke night. Meet at the Kenyon Park beach house. 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 250-494-2299.

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Fourth Peach Classic win for local triathlete Steve Waldner Western News Staff

Whether it be luck, skill, determination or some combination of the three, there’s no denying that Jeff Symonds has what it takes to be a winner. This weekend, he proved it to his hometown of Penticton yet again at the 30th Peach Classic Triathlon, with his fourth Àrst-place win in Àve years — he didn’t compete in the Peach Classic in 2010. Symonds won the triathlon with a time of 2:00:24, beating Vernon’s Nathan Champness’ second best time of 2:03:06. Symond was nearly Àve minutes slower than the 1:55:41 time he ran last year, where he beat his closest competitor by nearly 10 minutes. Finishing Àrst on the women’s side of things, Kamloops’s Yvonne Timewell Ànished 17th overall with 2:26:17, followed a mere 23 seconds later by Vernon’s Sarah Clark. Timewell said she and Clark are often Ànishing close to one another in the various races they take part in — in one half Iron Man, Ànishing within 15 seconds of one another. Her lead was put

into jeopardy in the last leg of the race, she said, when she realized Clark was hot on her trail. “In the Àrst section of the run I was kind of complacent, and then someone said, ‘Oh there’s a woman behind you,’ and then I turned around and I saw her and she was right there,” Timewell said. “The last Àve kilometres I was running scared.” In the sprint distance, Calgary’s Calvin Zaryski Ànished Àrst with 1:10:22. Erica Moser-Reschreit of Vernon took Àrst place on the women’s side, Ànishing sixth overall with 1:18:56. This year’s race featured a new route, taking the athletes onto the Kettle Valley Railway trail over looking Penticton and Okanagan Lake. Race director Sarah Johnston said the new route was wellreceived. “I think they enjoyed it, especially the run; heading up Vancouver hill and out onto the KVR, it’s a lot safer for the athletes,” she said. “They’re out of trafÀc’s way, it’s super scenic, they’re looking right over the lake and running through orchards.”


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JEFF SYMONDS WAS ALL SMILES as he finished first, with a time of 2:00:24, for his fourth Peach Classic Triathalon victory. Below- Sarah Clark (facing) and Yvonne Timewell hug following their heated battle to the finish line.

Rylan van der Meulen plays for the Pinnacles soccer team which recently won a bronze medal at provincials. Aside from having fun and learning about the sport from coach Tony Trovao, van der Meulen’s top moments for the season were knocking off the top two Okanagan teams to make it to provincials, which he said was a privilege to play in.

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Young athletes find success at championships Steve Waldner Western News Staff

It was a weekend of personal bests for the Penticton Athletic Team during their performance at the B.C. Track and Field Championships in Coquitlam. Head coach Gustav Allander said he was impressed by his team’s showing at the championship, which is the last event of the season for most. “I’m thrilled. Pretty much every athlete had a personal best in every event they entered. That’s pretty much all you can ask for,” said Allander. “A lot of them weren’t just beating their personal bests by a little, they were crushing them you could say.”


Allander noted that along with the year’s training, the knowledge that this tournament was the season’s last could have forced the athletes to push their limits. “Being a championship meet, the kids get excited and pumped up for it, and some of them surprise themselves that they can push themselves that much harder,” he said. Fourteen-year-old Maya Venkataraman dropped her 800-metre run time by Àve seconds, which Allander described as a “huge drop.” As well, Haven Dufty increased her personal best for the triple jump by nearly half a metre, earning a bronze medal in the process in her age group. The team also racked up medals in the 400-m hurdles, where Layne Richardson

took silver in the 18-19 men’s group. Tristan Stadnyk received bronze in both the 300-m dash and high jump. This week, two members of the team, Nicole Mann and Haven Dufty, will be going on to the B.C. Summer Games. However, the rest of the team will be taking a much deserved break. Allander doesn’t want his athletes getting too comfortable though; the next training season is right around the corner. “Probably next week or so we’ll meet up and sort of discuss goals for next year,” he said. “I want to keep them motivated in the training and keep them focused on the goals they have for next year so they have something to train for.”



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Summerland’s Kristi Richards, a two-time Olympic mogul skier, has retired from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team. She made the announcement last Wednesday and does it feeling good about the decision and the timing. “I’m deÀnitely not ending on a low note,” said Richards in an interview. She earned a bronze medal in the world championship following the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. “I didn’t want to end on falling at the Olympics. I know that wasn’t the end of my career. I know I had such a great year after that. Even that in itself, 2010, was such a positive experience. I really skied my best there. It was just a split-second fall. That is the name of the game. That’s our sport. Everything else was perfect. Everything else was exactly what I dreamed of for my Olympics. My dream run, I didn’t hold any-

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thing back. “It’s nice to make that choice and not have to go out from injury and not going out from getting bumped off the team,” she added. Richards, 31, spent 11 years on the national team and is the 2007 world champion in single moguls and has 82 FIS World Cup starts, with 12 podium appearances. She competed in four world championship events, including in Madonna, Italy, where she won. The highlight of her athletic career were her two Olympic Games; 2006 in Torino, Italy, where she Ànished seventh, and 2010 in Vancouver where, after qualifying fourth, a fall in her Ànal run cost her a chance at the podium and put her in 20th spot. “My standout memories are deÀnitely both from my Olympic experiences,” Richards stated in a release announcing her retirement. “In 2006 I was in awe of the Olympic Games and really felt like I was representing my country for the Àrst

time. The Vancouver Games was a whole other level. The support we had leading up to 2010 was amazing, especially from programs like Own the Podium which gave athletics in Canada a real boost. “In 2010 standing in the [start] gate, knowing I was ready, that I had poured everything I had into this moment, that I had the capability to win gold, that was the pinnacle of my career.” Richards, who took the 2012 season off, said that while she still loves skiing more than ever and although she is still at the top of her game, her passion for the lifestyle of competitive sport has left her. She started thinking about retirement in January. Among the factors that led to the decision was a change in coaching crew and the tragic death of friend Sarah Burke, which was hard on her. Richards is now looking forward to a new chapter, which will include marrying longtime boyfriend Mark Abma in 2013.

Last year she and a friend opened an artisan store in Pemberton, B.C. called One Earth Collection. Along with the store, she plans to open a yoga studio and to attend school to become a registered holistic nutritionist in the fall. She also plans to give back to the sport by doing a little coaching and hopes to inspire some young athletes to follow their dreams. “I guess you could say I’m going at life with the same intensity I had in skiing,” said Richards. “It’s just a little more diverse. Skiing took every ounce of my being since I was 12 years old, making the decision to retire will allow for a lot of different things in my life.” Richards, who said it was the hardest decision she’s made, added that she will be forever grateful for what her ski career brought to her life. “It’s been such a great ride,” said Richards, who thanked all her fans, supporters, sponsors and the media. “The support means everything in the world to me.” CFSA CEO Peter Judge said that Richards’ departure will be a loss to the team. “She’s been a big part of our program for a long time and has done so many great things in her career, not the least of which was winning the World Championships. Myself and the rest of the team are disappointed to see someone of her caliber leave, but at the same time we respect that she knows what’s best for her and I’m certain she’ll be just as successful in her life outside sport as she has been in her athletic career. -Story written with Àles from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.

RACE - Local wins again However, the day wasn’t without its issues. During the swim portion of the race, ofÀcials from Triathlon B.C. ruled that the water of Okanagan Lake was so warm the use of wetsuits wasn’t allowed, causing some participants to drop out of the race. As well, the event was marked with a tinge of sadness. The race was dedicated to Doug Bentley, one of the founding members of the Penticton Pounders running club who passed away in January. Bentley was often involved in the Peach Classic, returning to the race when he was 50, 60 and

70 years old, winning his division each time. Over the 30 years the race has been in existence, Steve King’s presence as an announcer has been a constant. He said over the years, he has seen triathlons become more popular and Penticton become a training site for topquality triathletes. “This place has not only become a home of great organizers, but also wonderful triathletes,” he said. “We have the best volunteers around, the best organization and some of the best athletes in the world, not just in the county.”

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Fire study reveals alarming results Kristi Patton

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Years of reminders of the importance of smoke alarms are still not sinking in, said Penticton ¿re operations assistant Jody Fotherby. “When I teach kids in school it is surprising, one of the very ¿rst questions I have been asking is how many children and parents have actually practised your plan at home. Meaning your parent pushes the smoke alarm to make sure it is working, roll out of bed, crawl to your own window or door and go to your meeting place. On the average, for a 20-child class, it is three,” said Fotherby. “I’m really surprised at that.” Despite all of the public education, almost 70 per cent of the houses that caught ¿re in B.C. in recent years did not have a working smoke alarm. Many of those were lowincome homes, rental units, many on aboriginal reserves and other rural locations, according to a study of residential ¿re reports done by the University of the Fraser Valley. “It shows in the study that although people have smoke alarms, they are not necessarily maintained. It is one thing to have a smoke alarm installed, it is another thing to test it monthly,” said Fotherby. According to the report, seniors, disabled people and young children were at greater risk of dying in a house ¿re. The Penticton Fire Department have conducted neighbourhood visits since 2005 to check on this demographic. Fotherby said the ¿re department will talk about smoke alarms, check to make sure a resident’s smoke alarm works, that they are not over the 10-year expiry date and go over other possible household hazards. Seniors, Fotherby said, sometimes don’t have anybody to help them check their alarms or even just change the batteries. She welcomes them to call the ¿re hall. “We would be more than happy to help them. Several seniors come to the ¿re hall that have problems with their alarm and we give them a new one, or ask if they need help putting it in, and it is not a problem. We are happy to go into their home and help them. One smoke alarm can save a family’s life,” she said.

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Fotherby said studies show that a smoke alarm will go off within 90 seconds of a ¿re starting. “Really that doesn’t give you much time to get out of the house. You have normally three minutes to get out of the house. By the time your smoke alarm activates, potentially it could take four to ¿ve minutes before your house is burned. Having said that, it is really important to have a working smoke alarm and de¿nitely have a plan to get out,” said Fotherby, who stressed the importance of also practising that plan regularly. Smoke alarm maker Kidde Canada donated two dozen new smoke alarms to the Penticton Fire Department to hand out to residents during the community checks. The company is donating 5,000 units with a retail value of $75,000 to be distributed to B.C.’s most vulnerable populations this fall. And Black Press, whose publications reach 1.2 million B.C. homes, has pledged a public awareness advertising campaign worth $350,000 to remind people to install or upgrade their smoke alarms. The B.C. government has launched a campaign to get a working smoke alarm in every home in the province. Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C., said the study used data from B.C.’s Of¿ce of the Fire Commissioner from 2006 to 2011. The study suggests that 69 lives could be saved each year if homes across

Canada had working smoke detectors, he said. “Smoke alarms give you time to escape from the ¿re — it seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?” Garis told a news conference at the B.C. legislature. “High-risk members of society are most likely to have a ¿re and least likely to have a working smoke alarm.” The UFV study extrapolated that 69 deaths across Canada could be prevented each year if all Canadian homes had working smoke alarms. The research also predicts that working smoke

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Seventeen years ago, Tin Whistle Brewery branded itself as the only micro brewery in the South Okanagan. Today, the brewery faces tough competition, but shows no signs of slowing down, recently celebrating its 1,000 brew. Over 70 supporters of the brewery came out for an invitation-only barbecue a few weeks ago at the brewery in celebration of this milestone and enjoyed not only the Tin Whistle beer, but also Tin Whistle barbecue sauce used to cook kabobs. While Tin Whistle owner Lorraine Nagy said it was “incredible” to perform their 1,000th brew, she said it wouldn’t be too long before the brewery 250-493-5757 SUN FUN SUMMER CONTEST - WIN A 3 DAY TRIP FOR 2 TO SILVER REEF CONTEST RUNS JUNE 1-AUG.30, 2012. CONTEST DETAILS ONLINE OR CALL OUR OFFICE.


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would be celebrating again. “I think our 1,500 will be really quick,” she said. “The next one won’t take us half as long, not even that.” Under Nagy’s leadership, the brewery has seen a 50 per cent increase in sales from when she took over, as well as an increase in their variety, from three to 10 different types of beer. As well, the brewery is now brewing three times a week, said Nagy, compared to just once a week when they started. The brewery was opened in 1995 and was bought by Nagy in 1998. Over the 14 years she’s owned Tin Whistle, she said she has turned it into “a viable running enterprise, from the brewery that was in danger of closing.” However, she said she originally had no intention of staying on past ¿ve years, initially wanting to build the business back up and sell it. “Why did I stay? Stubborn, I guess,” Nagy said with a laugh. “The brewery was having a lot of problems when I bought it, it was having a lot of problems and now we’ve worked them all out and it’s doing really well.” Tin Whistle’s newest variety of beer is also turning into one of its strongest. Nagy said she regularly has people phoning the brewery, asking where they can ¿nd Scorpion Imperial IPA, the new brew. “IPAs are quite popular these days,” said Sean Forrest, manager of Clancy’s Liquor Store. “That’s kind of the in craft beer right now, and I think it will do well for them.” While Forrest said he thinks Tin Whistle is a good local brewery, he pointed out that they are outsold at his store by Cannery, another Penticton-based brewery. “Cannery’s got six-pack cans that do quite well, that helps,” he said. “People do like 650 millilitre bottles, but a lot of people like a six-pack format.” Tin Whistle primarily uses the 650 mL bottles for the beer, but Nagy said for their next move, they would be looking to expand their business. “We have to get more tanks, we have to get canning equipment, and we want to expand into canning,” she said. “That will be like doubling what we do now.” However, she added that before this could happen, a new location will need to be found, as they would be outgrowing their current building on Eckhardt Avenue. For the time being, Nagy said she’s simply happy to be in a business she enjoys. “We just hope Penticton enjoys having us as much as we enjoy being in Penticton,” she said. “We’ll continue with a long, great relationship and we wouldn’t be here if Penticton wouldn’t have supported us.”

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Grant Thomas September 8th 1939 - July 15th 2012 With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Grant Thomas Proctor on July 15th, 2012. Grant passed away at age 72 at Kamloops Hospice House after an 18 month battle with oesophageal cancer with his family by his side. He fought a valiant battle and inspired his children and grandchildren with his courage and acceptance of his illness. Grant was born September 8th, 1939 to Arthur and Dorothy Proctor of Penticton, BC. He is survived by his wife Diana of 45 years and four children Michele (Mark) Nelson of Burnaby, BC, Elliott (Sandra) Proctor of Petawawa, ON, Gillian (Patrick) Fortin of Winnipeg, MB and Frank Labounty of Prince George, BC. Grant is survived by ten cherished grandchildren, John, Amanda, Haley, Peter, Katie, Jessica, Devin, Lindsey, Brett and Brittany and predeceased by his precious grand-daughter Nadya in 2010. Grant grew up in the South Okanagan. He started his career at Huff Bros Sawmill in Princeton, BC. From there, he went to Lillooet where he worked for Crombie Brothers and Evans Forest Products. In 1974, he came to Kamloops where he worked for different contractors doing underground services. He worked from Dawson Creek to Elkford and so many towns throughout BC. Grant was always happiest to be working and participating in different construction sites. He was a member of Construction & Specialized Workers Union local 1611 for 37 years. Grant was a family man who enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing at Isobel Lake, gardening, restoring his beloved mustang that he bought new in 1965 and supporting the Kamloops Storm Hockey Team. Special thanks to Dr. A. Mahmood for his care of Grant during the last year and a half and to the Kamloops Hospice House for their wonderful support. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Kamloops Funeral Home. 285 Fortune Drive. Arrangements entrusted to:


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Misc. Wanted I Buy Old Coins & Collections Olympic, Gold Silver Coins etc Call Chad 250-499-0251 Local Wanted: Ice Cream pails, will pick up, Thank-you! (250)4920680

Sporting Goods Quality Firearms Buy & Sell. Weber & Markin Gunsmiths The Best Little Gunshop Around 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tue-Sat 10-6

Stereo / DVD / TV Older top of the line JVC home stereo, digital receiver, cd player, 5 speakers (3 Pioneer surround - 2 JVC stereo speakers) $100 obo, 250-4938925

Real Estate Acreage for Sale $97,500 10.4 acres Lot H Arrow Lakes area 250-269-7328 Pic’s email

Apt/Condos for Sale

2 purebred Flemish giant rabbits & 4 babies to go to good homes, (250)488-7619 free styrofoam trays and clam shell containers. (250)4920155

1brm Exec. 2 ba, Downtown Front St. 1 block from lake and park, secure parking, $1000. Call Dennis @ Realty Exec. 1 (250)493-4372

Fruit & Vegetables Delicious & sweet cherries, bings, vans, lamberts, U-Pick. 913 Sunglow Dr. Westbench Penticton (250)492-4506 Pent. Bing and Van Cherries U-pick, 90 cents per pound minimum 20lbs (250)462-5228 U-Pick cherries, roll-back $0.99/lb, 7:30am-dusk, low trees, 250-492-5653, 1099 West Bench

Furniture DINING ROOM Set, table - 6 chairs - hutch and buffet, Summerland. Asking $ 750.00. Tel. 250-494-0903 Western Star Auctions the Okanagans Premier Auction Houses 161 Ellis street Always buying estates, tools, furniture. If looking to buy furniture check out our store front. Please call 250-492-3203

Garage Sales *FUN & Funky Garage Sale* 108 Heather Place, Penticton Sat. July 14th, 9am-1pm Moving Sale! Last days! Fri. July 20, 9-7, Sat. July 21, 9-5, furniture etc. 343 Adamson Dr.

Heavy Duty Machinery

Horses for sale & Stallion service for Appaloosa, Paint & Quarter horse, 250-499-5397

Feed & Hay

Medical Supplies

First cut grass round bales, 1000lbs. Possible del, $65 each. N.Vernon 250-870-8121 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

Nearly new 4-wheel electric scooter, $1800. 250-490-0349 Shoprider Scooters & Power chairs, new & used. Lifts & walkers, mobility products for independent living. Kelowna 250-764-7757, Vernon 250542-3745. Toll free 1-888-542-3745. email:

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

Cariboo Lovely 2bdrm 2 bath condo in desirable 55+ Spruce Landing Complex. Full unfinished basement, 5-appl, covered patio, dbl carport, new paint, floorings, window coverings. $227,000. (250)545-5372

For Sale By Owner $97,900, 653sqft 2nd floor Condo, 1bdrm, ac, balcony, f/s, private parking & storage, transit out front, school near by, $5900 below assessment, renter in place, (250)493-2199 AFFORDABLE OKANAGAN LAKE view mobile home. Renovated, 1361 finished sq.ft. Private & peaceful. Must See! list #26708 250-558-4910 $154,900 PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS from $140,000. Also: 1 precious 3 acre parcel, owner financing. 250-558-7888

Sporting Goods

Furnished Lakefront Loft Apartment - Sept to May 31/13 A/C, 1 bdrm + den, 2-bth, Luxury loft, 35’ ceilings, f/p, 2000 sqft roof-top deck, soaker tub, granite kit,. Stainless appl’s, w/d, dishes, linens, towels, etc. Rent includes boat slip, heat, hydro, cable TV, internet, phone, pool, hot tub, sec.sys, UG parking, Strand Lakeside Resort in Vernon. $1600/m. Call 250-542-8922 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $525/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. LARGE 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 Large, quiet, 1 brm, Penticton Ave., N/S, N/P, 40+, balcony storage, bus route, $700 (250)492-2006/(250) 809-8952

1800sqft 2001 Moduline premanufactured home, 3bdrm, 2ba, large den, with new heat pump, to be moved off property, $95,000, (250)488-2353

Commercial/ Industrial

Mr. Mobile Home Certified Factory Outlet. Spaces Available, Your location or crawlspace/basement models. Show homes 1680 Ross Rd. Kelowna 250-769-6614

Townhouses Owner is motivated to sell 3 brm, 1.5bath townhouse. Bargain priced at $174,900. Located at #123-3004 South Main. Avail Aug 1st. Call (250)493-9229 or 250-4625775

Business for Sale SEVENTEEN Unit Apartment, $1,350,000, fully rented, will consider trades. 250-317-1333

1BDRM apt, totally reno’d, 3 new appl, a/c, in-suite storage, NP, NS, clean, quiet, secure, on bus route, near Walmart 250-493-8500

Mobile Homes & Parks

Yamaha Golf cart, 1999, ex. shape, split windshield, full canopy, white, $1600 OBO (250)498-4947, Oliver.

Free Items

FORK LIFTS For sale, 18 to choose from, Toyota, Cat., & Hyster, 250-861-9171 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


High end Safety 1st Jogging Stroller with rain shield, paid over $250, asking $25, (250)492-0444

Other Areas 20 ACRES- Only $99/mo. $0 Down, Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas, Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee! Free Color Brochure. 1-800-755-8953. FREE BROCHURE. Kings County “Land of Orchards, Vineyards and Tides”. Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Start a business! Toll-Free: 1-888865-4647

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 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

FOR SALE - ROAD BICYCLES 2012 Norco CRR-SL Med SRAM Red, Mavic wheels, 16.5 lbs, full carbon, $2400 2013 Felt AR2 54cm, SRAM Red (Black), SRAM Wheels, 16 lbs, aero profile, great road/TT combo or Tri-bike conversion, $4200 Contact 250-462-4441 or

1000-1500sq’ of Industrial/ Commercial Space for lease compounded yard w/security cameras, overhead doors. Warren Ave. 250-765-3295 3659sqft., suitable for warehouse, gym, contractor, 16ft o/h door, office, 2 washrooms, access to fenced yard, also, 1156sqft, suitable for offices, dance studio, etc., M1 Zoning, allows for multiple industrial uses, plus fitness/recreational, $7.50/sqft, triple net, Syd 250-493-5909

Acreage for Sale

LAND FOR SALE - Nanaimo, BC BOAT HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT LANDS Near Yellow Point, just south of Nanaimo, this 15+ acre property offers 3,000 feet of waterfront on Stuart Channel overlooking the Gulf Islands. Immediate potential to be subdivided into 6 waterfront lots. Offers excellent accessibility and low bank waterfront, along with the possibility for long-term moorage.

Mark Lester & Alan Johnson SPECIALIZED ASSETS GROUP T: 604.632.3345 / 604.632.3346

Duplex / 4 Plex Fully renovated, duplex, up only 3brm, 1 ba, lvrm, kitchen. $1000 + util.,or 6 brm up and down for $1300 + util. Pent. Avail Sept .1st (250)462-5228 Vernon (Harwood) Newly reno’d 3bdrm, 1.5bath, f/s, w/d h-up fenced yard n/s n/p Avail Now. $1000. 250-766-1428 SUMMERLAND. seniors 55+, retire with us! Bright spacious 2-bdrm townhome wonderfully updated in quiet area of town, walking distance to everything you need. Huge balcony, private yard. $860/mo includes garden/ lawn care and lots of parking. On-site owner, N/S, N/P, references, credit check. 250-404-0327 or 490-1739.

Homes for Rent 3bdrm, 485 Bennett Ave., $1200/mo., 3bdrm, 667 Birch Ave., huge yard, $1250/mo., call Vijay (250)490-1530 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

Office/Retail SHARED office space. Professional, all-inclusive: furnished, wifi, coffee/tea, mail collection. Meeting rooms available. No contracts. Daily drop-in $25, monthly starting at $300. Visit us at;


Shared Accommodation

PRIME Commercial Spaces: 2300sqft. in busy Plaza, ample parking, also 770sqft., in OK Market for food-related retail business, Barb 250-492-6319

Beautiful, spacious 2br apt. to share w/female. Downtown, 2 full baths. Now, Aug. or Sept. $600(inclusive), 250-486-0991

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

RENTALS Property Management

(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD.

Naramata: Lrg. 1 Bdrm above ground bsmt suite, f/s, d/w, w/d, f/p, garage. Deck with extraordinary view. $900 incl. utilities. MONDAY - FRIDAY

Front Street Realty

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

250-492-2233 ASK FOR DEBBIE


132 POWER STREET • Studio ground floor, fr/st, includes utilities. Avail. NOW ..... $600.00 • 2 bed, completely reno., fr/st, incl. utilities. Avail. JULY ..... $900.00 196 WADE AVENUE WEST ...........................$1,100.00 2 bed, 2 bath, all appliances. Avail. NOW HOUSE / DUPLEX / TOWNHOUSE

296 KINNEY AVENUE (NEW) ....................$1,350.00 3 bed, 3 bath townhouse, 5 appl., c/a, fenced yard, dbl grg. Avail. NOW CHURCHILL AVENUE .....................................$1,250.00 3 bed duplex with 5 appliances. Avail. NOW


Acreage for Sale

Shop rental, Industrial area, 800 & 1200 sqft, priced to rent, $6.50 square foot, triple net, (250)492-8324, 250-809-0728

$625 $695

Near library, 1 bdrm suite in 4-plex, newer flrs, recently painted, new kitchen. Avail. NOW (H542-3) One bdrm apartments, children welcome, f, s, a/c, elevator, covered parking. Cat ok. Avail. Now/ Aug. 1 (EFR) 1 bdrm grd flr incl utilities, f,s, patio, some reno’s close to library and bus route. Avail. Aug. 15 (PC6)

HOUSES: $900

Grd level 2 bdrm + den in 4 plex, f,s, w.d, d/w, basement near Elem. school. Avail. July 1 (H691-4) $950 Upper duplex 2 bdrm + den, 1 bath, f,s, d;/w, w.d, 1 yr lse req’d, no pets, no smoking. Avail. Aug. 1 (H710-2) $1350 3 bdrm + den, 2.5 bath, unfinished bsmt, 5 appl, close to dwntwn. Avail. Aug. 1 (H727) 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.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Penticton Western News





Suites, Lower

Auto Accessories/Parts

Auto Financing

Cars - Sports & Imports

1BDRM suite, f/s, wd, internet, $700 incl util, n/s, small pets ok, Avail now 250-492-7606 Avail. Aug 1, 3brm, grnd. level suite, prvt. yd., clse to Walmart + Skaha beach, $1000/mo +util. (250)490-7941 days, 250-492-6079 after 6pm. Brand new 2bdrm suite, private entrance, np, ns, fe Wiltse area, avail. July 1st, (250)486-7974 after 4pm Bright & spacious 2bdrm basement suite, 4appl., np, ns, 250-770-1381, 250-462-2472 SUMMERLAND Ground Floor, 1400 sqft suite, 2 bd, private, front & back ent, 6 appls, gas f/p, all utils incl. Avail now. $800/mo. (250)494-7413

1996 Subaru Legacy auto, 4cyl, new summers & winters, $3000.obo (250)549-5036 MUST sell Toyota Solara Convertible. Fire-engine red, low kms, ready for summer. $16,900. Call (250)542-1520 white 1975 TR-6 Hard & soft top, V6, auto, 250-492-2294

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

Auto Financing

Motorcycles 2005 HONDA 450CRF dirt bike LIKE NEW, perfect shape, used dirt bike (red) purchased from Honda centre in Sept 2011, owner only put 38 km’s on it. Bike was warranted by Honda for one year. $3950.00 phone 250-496-5793



Auto Accessories/Parts

Auto Loans or

Off Road Vehicles

We Will Pay You $1000

Yamaha Kodiak 2007, like new, only 450kms, trailer, winch, snow blade, loading ramp, $7100, (778)514-4407 or 250-809-7676

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.

Arrow Canopy for F-350 Short Box in Blue, asking $700.obo; 4 Yokohama Geolander tires 315x75 16” lots of tread, $350.obo; 4 16” Ford rims, springs & shocks for F-350, as new - best offer.250-549-3176

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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557




UBad Credit UDivorce USeparated URepossession UBank Refusal USlow Payer UFirst Time Buyer

Apply online:

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

1-888-229-0744 or apply at: Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526



2004 Mustang Convertible, 40th Anniversary Edition, white with white roof, 30,000 miles, $10,500, 250-492-8010

1997 V8 Ford Pleasure Way Camping Van. 140,000km new brakes, tires. 250-938-4720 1999 Sierra GM, 3/4 ton pick up, very good condition, automatic, with 9.9 camper with full bathroom, excellent shape, fully loaded, $14,000 obo (250)487-1136 1999 Topaz Trailer by Triple E, 30ft, lg slide, excellent condition, $12,500, 250-487-1136 2002 Vanguard 5th wheel, 26.5 ft. New tires, new brakes, AC, 2 TVs, 1 slide, Like new. $11,900. Call 250-494-9210.

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW DL11143 Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

Cars - Domestic 1992 Ford Taurus, 161,154 K, cruise, Pioneer CD player, 2 sets of tires, good cond., $1500 OBO, 250-493-5402






Trucks & Vans


1994 GMC 1500 Ext Cab 4x4 Shortbox. Dont let the year or Km (196,000) scare you off. Take a look at this truck or you will miss out on a great Vehicle. $6800. 250-309-4024 1996 Ford F-250 4x4, 223K, in nice shape, 460 cu/” Camper special long box, new tires, $4300.obo (250)549-3176 1996 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext cab, V8 with Vortek, 2wdr, fully loaded, new a/c & tires, good condition, tow pkg, 285K, well cared for, pw, pb, ps, $5500, (250)493-3884 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, Hemi, 218 highway K. $9500 obo 1-250-260-0329 2004 F350 Lariat. Crew cab, fully loaded, great condition $13,500. 250-260-0533 2005 Dodge 1-ton, extd cab, auto, engine brake, air bags, goose neck & hd bumper hitch, canopy & box-liner, 127,000 kms $27,500, (250)498-6275 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, high kms, but runs fine, A/C, power windows, tires o.k, $2800 OBO, (250)493-5854 2009 Montana Van, 7 Pass, V6, auto, AC/PW, ex. shape, 38,000 kms, $11,000 OBO (250)498-4947, Oliver.

For sale 12 ft Mirrocraft aluminum fishing boat, comes with oars, seats, electric trolling motor. Also included is a belly boat and assorted fishing tackle. Asking $1000.00 OBO Phone 250-490-4717

2006 Jayco Eagle 30’ trailer, great condition . 12’ pullout. $17,000. 1-250-546-3445 2007 Springdale 28ft. travel trailer, 14ft. slide room, front queen bed, TV & DVD, all factory options, $15,900, phone (250)487-1225 LIKE New 40’ Park Model, 3 slides, skirted, deck, porch & extra’s. On private rented lot. $29,900. 250-485-2755. Westland RV Manufacturing, from custom building to major repairs, insurance claims and renovations, free estimates, reasonable rates, seniors discounts available, for all your RV needs, call 250-493-7445

Scrap Car Removal 1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $60 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460 Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.

Sport Utility Vehicle

1994 GMC blue Safari van, good condition, $1100. (250)493-0566



1994 Ford Explorer XLT, 4X4, 4L, V6, auto, loaded, A/C, CD. $1200 OBO (250)462-3505

Trucks & Vans ‘06 350 Ford diesel, 73,000 kms, single cab, manual trans, full size box, rear wheel drive. Good work truck. $12,000 (250)809-5029

3.0L V6 engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, alloy wheels, leather heated power seats, sunroof, fog lights, reverse sensing, microsoft SYNC. Only 16,825 kms on this near new vehicle. BLUE. P1168A

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










250-498-0570 1-877-365-4711 33882 HWY. 97 SOUTH OLIVER, BC




This awesome car has it all! 3.8L V6 engine, alloy wheels, leather heated & cooled power seats with memory, woodgrain accents & steering wheel, satellite radio & plenty more. DARK MOCHA. P1145A

Every option possible! 3.5L V6 engine, traction control, dual leather, heated, AC cooled power sets, microsoft SYNC, Sat. radio, auto dim mirrors, tire monitors, alloy wheels, & plenty more great options. REDFIRE. P1162A

2.4L 4 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, traction control, CD player with MP3, air conditioning & more. ONLY 49,500 KMS! TAN. P1165A












2.5L Inline 5 cylinder engine. Automatic with manual shift mode, leather heated seats, power sunroof, traction control, ABS, alloy wheels, and plenty more on this 43,000 km RED BEAUTY. P1160A

2.3L 4 cylinder engine, 5 speed manual transmission, alloy wheels, fog lights, heated seats, keyless entry, power sunroof, only 65,000 kms. WHITE. P1137A $




2008 SATURN VUE XE FRONT WHEEL DRIVE SUV It comes with an economical 2.4L 4 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, alloy wheels, Onstar hands free phone, ONLY 76,000 KMS! Beige. P1111A






DL 8590

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Sunstream floating boat lift, 6000lb capacity. Solar charged electric. $10,000. Hardly Used. 250-801-0028


Legal Notices BAILIFF SALE 2007 Gehl 753 Excavator, 275 hrs, exc. cond.; 2007 Ford Mustang Convertible, only 53,000km, exc cond. Contact Shuswap Bailiffs. 1 (250)5036897

Adult Escorts BEACH BUNNIES Be Spoiled At Kelowna’s Only 5 Star Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights 250-448-8854 Let Skyler make your summer a scorcher, 24/7, out/in, 250809-3733, Penticton MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care for the face & back. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048 VERNON’S BEST. In/Out calls. Pretty Krystal twenty, Brooke 22, petite,brunette, Savanna 26, tall slim blonde, Jessica 29 B.B.W. Real G.F.E. Upscale. private. 250-3078174. Hiring.

Legal Notices


The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen recognizes the significant value of volunteers, volunteer groups and agencies to the spiritual, educational, social, cultural, and physical wellbeing of the region.

The applicant(s) must: x x x x x x



Sailboat, 25’ Bayfield in excellent condition, weekender with dodger & sunroof, built for coastal waters, sleeps 4, completely equipped, VHF radio, depth sounder, 9.5 horse diesel, Jammar inboard engine, launching trailer, moorage, excellent view over OK lake, not obstructed by boats, included, OK Lake marina, Penticton, $24,000 obo, (250)493-2676

These non-profit organizations have the opportunity to apply for a Property Tax Exemption. The following criteria will determine eligibility.


ONLY 7,300 KMS!!!!!! 5.3L V8, automatic, alloy wheels, 40/20/40 dual power seats, AM/FM/CASS. Fog lights, deep tinted glass. This local seniors vehicle is mint, mint, mint!! BEIGE. P1171A

2006 ~ 2011

• Licensed RV Technicians • Appliance Warranty Depot • ICBC & Private Insurance Claims • Check out our In-Store Saturday Parts Specials"

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Many vehicles to choose from!

Toll Free

Dealer #28372

5.7L Hemi V8, alloy wheels, automatic transmission with auto stick shift, trailer tow package with tow mirrors, and electronic brake controller, U-Connect phone, and more. 29,000 kms. BLUE. P1172A

outh S Okanagan 2008 2200088 2008



Boats 1999 MacGregor 26X power sailor & trailer, 50hp Honda, lots of extras, must be seen, $18,500, (250)404-3220 2005 19’ Campion, 5L, 178 hours, $18,900 obo. Mint. (250)549-3344 21’x7’6” Aluminum Fishing boat, 1/2 covered hard top, 135 hp Chrysler motor, also electric motor, heavy duty trailer, $11,900. 250-308-0977 or 250-545-4653 Larson Lazer Bow Rider, immaculate condition, 2 covers, 4.3 i/o $6900. 250-308-8010




2005 Travelaire Class C, 25 feet - E450 LOADED!!! including winter package with thermal windows and air suspension. Only 74,000 kms. Divorce priced at $31,500. 778-477-2616 or email



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2006 Ford F-250 Supercab Longbox XLT 2 WD

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

5.4L V8, automatic. This is the perfect camper truck. Rear air shocks and camper jacks. Back up sensors, CD player, power windows/locks. GRAY. P1133A $





2nd Row bucket seats. Only 96,600 kms on this extremely clean trade-in. 3.1L engine, rear air conditioning, new tires and in great mechanical condition. Hard to find a nicer one! GOLD. P1154A

Qualify for an exemption under the provisions of the Local Government Act, the general authority for property tax exemptions. (Sections 809 and 810); Be in compliance with Regional District policies, plans, bylaws, and regulations (i.e. zoning); Be a non-profit organization; Not be in competition with for-profit business; Provide services or programs that are compatible or complementary to those offered by the Regional District. Provide a service that fulfills some basic need, or otherwise improves the quality of life for residents of the Regional District. Not provide liquor or meal services as their primary function or source of revenue. Not collect rent on a caretaker or other residence located on the property.

Application forms are available online at or at the RDOS office, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC. The deadline for submitting completed application forms including supporting documentation is JULY 31, 2012.





Successful applicants may be asked to publicly acknowledge the exemption. If you require further information, assistance completing your application or wish to view the Property Tax Exemption Policy, please call Warren Everton, Finance Manager at 250-490-4105 or email at


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