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tended for upgrades to Westminster Avenue, Martin and Winnipeg Streets. Vassilaki agreed that it was not a wise expenditure, though his amendment would have seen money directed to improving underground infrastructure in downtown. “I can assure you that no one is going to come to Penticton just to see us spend $1.2 million on those three intersections,” said Vassilaki. Both amendments failed, and the budget passed with a 5-2 vote. While there are no municipal tax increases in the budget, that doesn’t mean that Penticton residents won’t be putting more money in city coffers. The budget also includes rate increases for some services, including a $2 increase in garbage/recycling fees and hikes to electrical and water rates. “We have a five per cent user fee increase that is being proposed and that is mainly to cover the replacement of our aging infrastructure,” said chief financial officer Doug Leahy, noting that the water rate has not been increased since 2009. “We have expended a significant amount of works and our water utility has forecast to be at a $40,000 surplus at the end of 2013, which is quite low.” Likewise, council voted to increase electricity rates by 7.03 per cent, applying a 5.8 per cent increase in costs from FortisBC to an average of wholesale and retail rates as well as a 1.28 per cent revenue adjustment from the city utility itself. Those rate will be confirmed in January when council approves an amendment to the fees and charges bylaw. While Konanz’ plan to defer part of the downtown revitalization didn’t fly, the budget does include some major deferments. “The major road recapping infrastructure that we have expended in previous years has been deferred until 2014,” said Leahy, explaining that had been done to focus on the downtown and waterfront revitalization priorities. “That being said, staff have recognized that we have to do some significant patching of our roads, so there has been an increase in our operating budget for patching of our roadways.”

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For the third year in a row, Penticton residents won’t be seeing any increase in their municipal taxes. City council approved the 2013 budget this year, holding the line on taxes, even though the city had a $1.2 million deficit to deal with in the operating side of the budget. Rather than raising taxes 4.8 per cent to cover the deficit, council chose to draw on reserve funds to make up the difference. However, the 2013 budget didn’t pass unanimously, with Couns. Helena Konanz and John Vassilaki both voting against it after suggesting significant amendments. Konanz was concerned that with current economic conditions around the world, the time was not right to be drawing on the city’s savings to ensure a zero tax increase. “The trouble is that we have to dip into our surpluses to get it. I don’t think this is a good time to do that,” said Konanz, listing off a number of costs, like the increase in the RCMP contract costs, that are outside city control. “Everything that is costing the city more, just like it is costing everyone in Penticton more to live.” Konanz likened it to a parent spending savings on extravagant Christmas presents during tough times. Sometimes, she said, you just have to say no. “This next year could be very shaky, to dip into our savings is not the responsible thing to do right now,” said Konanz, making a motion that $1.2 million earmarked for part of the 2013 downtown revitalization be deferred and the money instead used to balance the budget. “It’s exactly what our deficit is in the budget. It’s the one toy you can’t (have) this year,” said Konanz, noting that the city would still be able to do the planned conversion of the Ellis Street bus barn into a downtown market. “This is the one thing that would make it a zero base budget, but still allow us to give lots of new services to Penticton. It really is the responsible thing to do.” The money Konanz wanted to redirect is in-

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Penticton council got a surprise Christmas present this week in the form of its first official, city-wide parking strategy. Anthony Haddad, director of development services, introduced the strategy, which includes large areas of the city marked for resident-only parking, boat trailer parking fees at the Skaha Marina, and paid parking at the South Okanagan Events Centre during some events. Money generated through the parking fees, said Haddad, could be used for projects and improvements in the area of the city where it is generated. Startup costs for the first year of the strategy are $271,000, with an estimated return between $95,000 to $220,000. Parking at the SOEC will generate significant revenue. With an operating budget of $10,000, parking fees are estimated to create about $75,000 revenue. “It was always planned, it was in the budget process when the events centre came on, and if I remember correctly, there was $400,000 in overall parking that would have been applicable, but the city decided to take it out,” said Mayor Dan Ashton. Now, he continued, the city is looking at some special events as an opportunity to raise extra funds. Public input is always welcome, said Ashton, but there will be no formal

public information session to gather opinions. “We didn’t concoct this overnight, this has been an ongoing discussion, and we have had input,” said Ashton. “I think this is going to be a benefit to citizens overall.” Chuck Loewen, director of recreation, said they expect to be charging for parking at the SOEC for a dozen major events over the course of the year. “Not Vees games or any of those other types, but some major concert events, special events, that kind of thing,” said Loewen, adding that the parking will apply to the entire complex, including the lot on the Power Street side. While SOEC staff will be used to manage the parking, the revenue will benefit the city, not Global Spectrum, who hold the contract for managing the SOEC complex, including the trade and convention centre. “The revenues that are received there will either reduce our subsidy further or get moved right into general revenue at the city here. We haven’t decided exactly how those revenues are going to flow yet,” said Loewen. The marina at the southeast corner of Skaha Lake Park is also targeted. Haddad estimates it would only cost $500 to implement paid boat trailer parking, and would generate roughly $20,000. Existing parking downtown will also be looked at, according to Haddad.

The strategy includes replacing parking meters in the Ellis and Robinson Street paid lots. While there are no changes planned to the current rates, Haddad estimates $50,000 could be recovered by using new technology to stop the abuse of the one-hour free parking vouchers. The current machines, he said, do not have the ability to restrict the vouchers to one time per user. About 140,000 free vouchers have been issued for 2012, up from 40,000 during the first few years of the program. “There has been no significant indicator that would contribute to this increase other than users constantly printing out the free vouchers,” said Haddad. While downtown Penticton is a prominent area for employment, festivals and tourism, Haddad said the compact and easily walkable nature of the downtown puts the services and shops within five to 10 minutes walking distance of the surrounding residential area, outside of downtown’s paid parking lots. “These surrounding residential areas often feel the brunt of paid parking requirements and need to be considered when reviewing a new strategy,” said Haddad. The parking strategy identifies a wide swath of residential area bordered roughly by Eckhardt, the Channel Parkway and Government Street as potential resident-only parking areas, as well as several blocks surrounding Skaha Lake Park.

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Making a pitch for life-saving devices Steve Kidd Western News Staff

When Grant Gichard collapsed on the pitcher’s mound two years ago, he was very lucky that his friends knew what to do. “It was the first game of the season, first batter, first pitch,” said Gichard, who was playing for the Berry & Smith fast-pitch team. “I’m told I just collapsed after pitching the first pitch. I was lucky, it was fairly public. Another member of the team is a volunteer firefighter and I had another personal trainer who had just done CPR.” Gichard, a physiotherapist and in good shape, had just had an SCA, a sudden cardiac attack, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, unlike a heart attack, in which the blood flow to the heart is blocked. The fire department arrived on scene some three minutes later, and the ambulance shortly after. Using the heart defibrillator equipment on the fire truck, Gichard received five shocks before his heart was restarted. From there it was off to Penticton Regional Hospital, where they used a new technique, cooling him down to minimize the damage, essentially putting him into a coma, before sending him off to the cardiac centre at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. “A couple of days later I came to, and within seven days I received a defibrillator and it’s wired into my heart,” said Gichard. While Gichard certainly owes his life to the people around him, and the quick response of emergency services, he also includes the automatic external defibrillator, or AED, on the fire truck. “People whose heart stops outside the hospital, the likelihood that they will survive and have any decent quality of life, is less than five per cent. It’s almost nothing. If you have that happen and there is someone around

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CardiologiSt dr. david KiNCade (left) and sports physiotherapist grant gichard with a defibrillator installed at the Penticton Community Centre. gichard is embarking on a fundraising challenge in conjunction with the elevator adventure race, to purchase more of the life-saving devices for public locations.

that knows CPR and there is an AED nearby, your chances are five times that,” said Dr. David Kincade, Gichard’s cardiologist. As recently as the late 1990s, when Kincade was training, an SCA was not survivable. “And now, not only do people survive, I have a collection of people like Grant, who have not only survived these events, they’re fine, they’re back to full life. Grant has two little kids, he works full time, he’s fine,” said Kincade. “I have lots of patients like that and those were kind of unknown entities 10 or 15 years ago. And the difference is AEDs.” Gichard proved his fitness earlier this year when he took part in The Elevator, a gruelling relay race, travelling 52 kilometres and climbing 6,000 feet from Okanagan Lake to the top of Apex Mountain. That race, in March

2012, was the first ever, but Gichard has some plans for next year’s race. Working with Mike and Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventures, the race sponsors, Gichard is challenging the community to enter relay teams in the race and raise funds to get more AEDs in the city. “In talking with my cardiologist, we got talking about the need for more defibrillators around town. Some places, particularly in the U.S., you can’t walk 100 feet without seeing them in the airports, train stations and bus stations,” said Gichard. “People get fundraising to do these adventure races, what about if we set it up so that all of the money would go to getting a device into a location. It could be a secondary school, it could be a gymnasium, it could be one of the bigger businesses around town.”

“These are kind of a game changer really. We are really at the threshold, across Canada, they are rolling out these devices,” said Gichard, explaining that while training is helpful, the AEDs are designed to be simple to use. “You push the button and it talks you through everything. It even tells you when to do CPR compressions and the timing. Places where they have had a policy of installing more AEDs, like Washington state, the survival rate for SCA has gone up by 30 to 40 per cent.” “Someone who is inexperienced with using them but is calm under some duress could work their way through it. You could train a large group of people to do it in a couple of hours,” said Kincade, who has trained people to use the AEDs. “But truthfully, if you opened the package and

were in a situation where you had to, you could figure it out. It’s developed to be pretty fail-safe.” Canada is not quite as advanced in the distribution of the devices in public and private locations, but Gichard thinks that with a little community spirit, Penticton could become a leader in this area. There are a few AEDs around town, but Gichard would like to see more. “The fire department have them, search and rescue has one, there are two at the community centre, Penticton Golf Club has one, Summerland Golf Club has one, Apex Mountain now has two,” said Gichard, explaining that within a week of Apex getting their first AED, someone collapsed with an SCA and were revived. “People that go through these events, they are very grateful, my understanding is they went out and bought another one.” While AEDs were once costly, the price has dropped to about $1,500, within reach of fundraising efforts, especially of a relay team. Gichard is understandably focused on getting one at the location where he had his SCA. “My goal is to get an AED into Lion’s Park, that’s my motivation. I would hope I could encourage some of the slow and fast-pitch teams to get a team together, do some fundraising and get an AED down at the park,” he said, encouraging the baseball leagues to get relay teams together to take on The Elevator and the fundraising challenge. While the website is still under construction, those interested in taking part in the Elevate for AEDs challenge can get more information, and as the March race approaches, sign up to make their pledges. More information about The Elevator itself, scheduled for March 23, is available at under the “racing and festivals” link.

Breathalyzer a sobering reminder for school event Joe Fries Western News Staff

Students attending last Thursday’s winter formal at Penticton Secondary passed their breathalyzer tests with flying colours. “There wasn’t one instance of a student that came under the influence, and that was really the intention,” principal Alan Stel said Tuesday. “It’s not to say that it’s 100 per cent foolproof in a situation like this, but I’d say we’ve reduced the temptation significantly.” It was the first event at which the school required students to submit to a breathalyzer test

in order to gain entrance. While a lack of policy around use of the device caused concern for the president of the school’s parent advisory committee, Stel said he hasn’t received “any negative feedback at all from parents or kids in the last three days.” About 240 students in Grades 11 and 12 gave breath samples on their way into the dance, and a few others were randomly tested during the event to ensure they hadn’t consumed alcohol on site. “We also used it over top of the punch bowl just to double-check it a few times because there were a few rumours out there that it was spiked; there was no evidence of there being any alcohol

in there,” Stel said. The principal stressed that the breathalyzer is intended only to keep school events safe. “I think kids like to know what to expect and they like to know it’s a safe event and that’s really our focus. This is not some way to entrap them or punish them. It’s just to ensure that this is going to be a safe evening.” Police are happy to have Stel borrow a page from their playbook. “Anything that prevents youth from drinking, and ultimately perhaps driving or causing problems related to drinking, we’re in favour of,” said Penticton RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rick

Dellebuur. School dances are “not a big problem for us,” he continued, “but you always have people who crash them who have been drinking and they cause problems. If they’re not actually in the dance then they’re out and about causing problems on the perimeter.” Dellebuur also said the breathalyzer tests don’t create any issues in terms of personal freedom because dances are private events. “It’s the same as a dress code. You may say nobody can attend in blue jeans, right? It’s one of the rules. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go.”

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easy pickings for thieves. Right after Christmas people are putting their garbage out and are doing the right thing by recycling but they are broadcasting all the new toys, TVs or computers or exactly what they got for Christmas,” said Porteous. Holiday parties will continue right through to the new year and Porteous said to make sure you know who you are inviting into your home and ensure that everyone gets home safe. “The homeowners are responsible for their party so they are also responsible for the amount of alcohol people drink. Make sure you take the time to call a cab for guests and watch to make sure they haven’t been drinking if they are driving home,” said Porteous. Here are a few tips to follow in order to keep the season bright: n Don’t withdraw more money than you need when visiting ATMs. Thieves lurk in parking lots around financial institutions. Be aware of your surroundings and take note of anyone following you. If you sus2013





















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oes the voracious spirit of the holiday get you down? Have you fallen prey to the overkill yet? Are you buried in decorations, frantically treading water stocking your holiday pantry, and breathless from chasing the perfect present? Do yourself a favour and take a deep breath. The proper approach to the Christmas season is not an exhausting marathon of preparation followed by an uncomfortable performance of forced tradition. Christmas is not about putting your foot to the accelerator in a mad dash to briefly touch on some arbitrary illusion of a reality that will never be yours. And it’s not about turning off your self-control on spending only to awake in January to a pounding credit card hangover. No, Christmas is about stepping away from the rat race and taking part in those things that are most important to you. It’s about doing things for others — and with others — not because you have to, but because you want to. It’s not about spectacle, it’s about intimacy. By all means invest some extra effort in finding that special gift. However, before you do, make sure you aren’t doing it because it will impress, but because it will be appreciated. Go ahead and drag the kids to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, or to cousin Gertrude’s house for fruitcake, or to that community choral show. However, do it not because it is expected PENTICTON WESTERN of you, but because it will help you to be connected. In all this bustle, take a pause, dial it back and make some quiet time to connect with those people most important to you. Because connection is the best present one can get.


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Premier ponders black ink, oil Premier Christy Clark has completed the traditional round of year-end interviews with legislative press gallery reporters. Here are excerpts from my discussion with her, dealing with the Enbridge oil pipeline proposal and the balanced budget her government has promised to present in February. TF: On the Enbridge project, are you getting the answers you want on safety? PCC: No, we’re not. We’ve set out our position. The five conditions need to be met, period. (B.C.’s conditions are “world-class” land and marine spill prevention and response, meeting legal obligations for aboriginal consultation, passing federal-provincial environmental assessment and a “fair share” of financial benefits.) PCC: We need the oilpatch producers, the Alberta government and the federal government to come to the table. We’ve been cross-examining Enbridge. We have not been getting any of the answers that we hoped to get. We haven’t gained a lot of comfort from that process. And none of the other

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B.C. Views conditions are even close to being met. We are doing our own study of marine traffic. We want to understand the total number of ships that are out there plying our coast right now. Because all of them have fuel in them, and some are cargo ships that are big enough to have enough (bunker) fuel as a mini-tanker would. Part of this is trying to understand where our level of Coast Guard protection needs to be today, in order to protect us should there be a spill from the existing traffic. TF: Balancing the budget: the Finance Ministry’s current

projections call for an upturn in natural gas royalties in the coming year. With the current glut of gas, isn’t that kind of farfetched? PCC: It is going to be difficult to present a balanced budget, but I think, because we’re going to build in some (forecast) allowance, as we always do, and because we’re going to be completely transparent about the assumptions that have led us there, and because we aren’t going to fiddle with any of the assumptions that we receive from the experts in the Ministry of Finance, it’s going to be quite clear that we have done it. We have come by a balanced budget honestly. So when it comes to natural gas, you know that the assumption we use in the budget is based on a fairly complex formula that the Ministry of Finance has relied on for probably a decade now. We don’t fiddle with that. There are those who would say we should artificially lower the (revenue projection) number that we use. But if you artificially lower it, what’s to stand in the way of artificially raising it?

You either accept the advice of your experts or you don’t. And they’re the experts, not the politicians. TF: Right now we have a deficit gap of more than a billion dollars. Can that be closed without significant spending cuts, or tax increases, or both? PCC: You will see when we get to the budget. And it will be absolutely transparent how we got there. (Laughs) Nice try. TF: If the B.C. Liberals form a government in May, will the election date be changed so we don’t have to have this discussion about questionable spring election budgets? PCC: It’s not part of the plan today, but I’m sure it’s a discussion we’ll have in the next four years. I know that people have talked about it. I’m open to it. I’m not wedded to this particular date. Next week I’ll have highlights from my year-end interview with NDP leader Adrian Dix. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com.

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Christmas is a part of Canadian culture Christmas, not holiday. This is Canada and Christmas has been part of our tradition and culture for generations. Today though, it is somehow offensive, it’s being made into a dirty word, which makes no sense. To the Christmas haters I ask, why are you not being tolerant to the millions of us who love this time of year? You can preach tolerance but can’t practise it yourselves. To any immigrant that finds Canadian traditions offensive I have to ask this: This nation has opened its doors to you so you can have a chance at a better quality of life and freedom. So why would you complain about our traditions and culture and call them offensive?

Those that enjoy our culture and traditions need to do more than just talk but support your words by actions. Our family shop at stores that have the respect and courtesy to Canadian culture and traditions. It really is simple, don’t compromise. Christmas is just as much a secular holiday as it is a religious holiday and both should be respected. Time for the haters to quit hating and to tolerate Christmas. Holiday tree? Holiday gifts? Really? This is what they are forcing on us to try and eliminate the word Christmas. This whole idea that we have other holidays so we need to say holiday instead of Christmas is bunk. Hanukkah and Kwanzaa may be in De-

Music not missiles

News reports from the Middle East, prior to the “cease fire” were frightening; rockets and missiles trace an arc in the sky, buildings crash to the ground, dark ominous billows of smoke rise and pollute the air, sirens howl as humans bleed, suffer, even die. As runners in a race wait for the word to start running, so nuclear weapons are ready for the signal to action and destruction. The anniversary of our Savior’s birth is rapidly approaching. May we turn our thoughts and minds to the peaceful and heart-warming event which once took place near the site of the present unrest in the Middle East. How pleasant and soothing it will be to hear the words and music of beloved, immortal Christmas carols in public places. Silent Night, Holy Night contains the message, “Christ, the Saviour is born!” O Little Town of Bethlehem invites Jesus with the words, “O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin, and enter in. Be born in us today.” What comfort and assurance there is in another seasonal carol which says, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.” In Hark the Herald Angels Sing, we honour the divine King and sing, “Hail the incarnate Deity.” What precious pearls poets of the past have passed on to people of the past and present. Friends, enjoy peace through Jesus Christ, the prince of peace! Scripture says, “neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. Leander Arndt Penticton

A Christmas poem

Santa’s elves are working 24/7 — working in harmony like angels in heaven. Suddenly a helper called Santa into

cember, but the retailers know they don’t pay the bills. Retail advertising does not acknowledge either of these holidays nor does the music or TV shows. What does that tell you? The problem isn’t holiday but the fact that Christmas has been replaced with holiday. Holiday tree, holiday gifts, holiday music, holiday shows, holiday classics, yet no other holidays are referenced in them. At one time it was the word Christmas. Can you imagine our traditions and culture being slowly eliminated to appease a small handful? The word Christmas being offensive? This is still one of the most amazing crazy things out there. I hate Halloween but I will not be so low

the night, he was upset and full of fright. The elf pointed tearfully in total dismay, Santa the ice is melting around your sleigh. Santa sighed and said with a frown, global warming has reached our town. Not a twinkle appeared from his soft blue eyes, Santa looked up to God — then softly cried. Rudolph with his nose so bright — will have trouble guiding the sleigh tonight. Pollution has dimmed all the lights below, but for the children we have to go. For the first time in centuries Santa felt stress — but his elves and reindeer would try their best. With glaciers melting and sinking far below the sea, will the sounds of Christmas tidings and children’s voices sing out with glee? There is nowhere left on this planet to go — perhaps no more Santa, no more snow. Tom Isherwood Olalla

as to protest it or try and remove it from our cul-

ture. I tolerate it as do others.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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The Trustees of Branch 40 Royal Canadian Legion, Ed Findlater and Rick Lundin present a Christmas donation of $5,500 to PRH.

Richard Anderson, Chancellor Commander for the Knights of Phythias, presented a cheque for $500.

Penticton Shriners, Carl Tymm, Ambassador of PR, Roy Gregory, Bill Martin, Director, Gaming, and Marcia Martin present stuffed animals for children coming to PRH.

Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 227, Bernie Diachuk, Vice President and Colleen Clark, Membership Chair present a Christmas donation for $1,900.

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 email to; mailed to the Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose St., Penticton, B.C., V2A 8R1; or faxed to 250-492-9843.

Marge Noble and family present the donation of $6,000 from Santa Presents for a new Sentinel Node Probe at PRH.

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In contrast to national trends, Penticton saw a slight decrease in vacancy rates and availability this year. The average apartment vacancy rate in Penticton is 4.2 per cent, a decrease from the year prior (4.8 per cent), according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In the province the average vacancy rate was 2.7 per cent, up from 2.4 per cent a year ago. The

data is taken from October 2011 to October 2012 on purpose-built rentals. “Provincially it was up a bit, pushed by Vancouver and Victoria numbers so Penticton is opposite. There are lots of factors in the rental market,” said Carol Frketich, CMHC’s B.C. regional economist. “It is really not a lot of change, but it is statistically significant change.” One-bedroom apartments, which are typically the largest category, moved from 4.7 per cent down to 3.6 per cent va-


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crease in the cost of rent per month and the growing amount of inventory. The average rent per month across all apartment types in Penticton increased from $693 to $709 year-over-year, roughly equaling a two per cent increase. Average rental rates in Penticton saw the biggest increase in three or more bedroom apartments. In 2011, CMHC listed those residences as $921 per month and in 2012 that raised to $969 per month. Frketich said growth in jobs, migration patterns, the relative cost of homeownership compared to renting, and changes in supply, including additions to the secondary rental market, can influence the rental market conditions. In private row (townhouse) vacancy rates, Penticton saw a slight increase from 9.5 per cent to 11.8 per cent, while two-bedroom vacancy rates in this type of residence dropped by half. A gain was seen in three or more bedrooms, moving from 8.3 per cent to 19.3 per cent. Rental prices on these units also rose from $950 to $978 year-overyear. Jenny Francisco, senior property manager at Penticton Realty Executives, said their portfolio at the present time is running around a 10 per cent vacancy overall in

their inventory of homes, apartments and townhouses. “Typically in the winter in Penticton vacancy increases. With that summer service sector, I find many people move away when the summer seasonal jobs are done. Then, come February and March, the vacancy rates start to lower again,” she said. Francisco said the economy could also play a role with vacancies, with condos available for rent because the owners couldn’t sell them. “There is a lot of availability for potential tenants. We do get a lot of inquiries and we see people moving into town, just at this time of year it slows down a bit. Come January we see positive things of new people moving into town or getting a transfer into town and looking for a place. By March and April we get very busy,” said Francisco. While the numbers decreased here, finding a place to call home isn’t quite as tough as in bigger centres such as Vancouver where vacancy rates are 1.8 per cent. Vernon saw apartment vacancy rates go from 7.4 per cent in 2011 to 5.8 per cent in 2012. Kelowna increased from three per cent last year to four per cent, which could be due to new stock becoming available.

BUDGET - Funds go to revitalization Mitch Moroziuk, director of operations, said that the recapping budget is expected to be $750,000 in 2014, climbing to $1 million in 2015. The capital budget includes some major work revolving around the revitalization priorities. The city will be spending $1.85 million on the West Okanagan Lake waterfront enhancement, with the city paying $650,000 and gas tax funding covering the remaining $1.2 million. The 2013 portion of the multi-phase downtown Penticton revitalization process has a $1,625,000 budget, with $1.25 million approved to refurbish the Martin Street-Westminster Avenue-Winnipeg Street area and the remainder earmarked to transform the bus barn into a downtown market.

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Party like it’s the end of the world Kristi Patton

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Should the world end on Dec. 21, the Penticton Art Gallery wants to take you out in style. To help celebrate the conclusion of The End Of The World As We Know It exhibit, Shane Philip, a West Coast multi-instrumentalist known worldwide for his dynamic didgeridoo-infused music will be performing. His intoxicating sounds are powerful enough to bring people to their feet to dance and soulful enough to quiet a packed house. Philip said he is fairly certain the world isn’t going to end on Dec. 21, and not just because he wants to play the gig he has booked for Saturday. He said either way he wants to make sure those at the Penticton Art Gallery have a blast. “People are going to want to dance, because it is the end of the world and that is what I would want to do so I will be playing more upbeat stuff mixed in with other stuff,” said Philip. “I’ll play lots of my new songs. It will be a lot of fun.” Using his feet to wildly work his drum kit while he plays the guitar, the aslatua, the djembe and his didgeridoos — Philip is a one-man force on stage. From early childhood drumming on kitchen tables and car dashboards to his current range of instruments, Philip’s musical stylings have been selftaught. “It was more just fun for me to play at home. Then I decided to make a career out of it and people started really liking it and I got extremely positive responses. I developed that and started to develop more intricate stuff while playing the guitars, while playing the didgeridoo and the drums and so on,” said Philip. Two years ago he released his fourth studio album, Life. Love.

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Shane PhiliP is the featured performer on Friday for the conclusion of The End Of The World As We Know It exhibit at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Music., a record rich with vocals and featuring his unique sound. In April, Philip won Best Live Act at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and he is currently working on a new release expected out next year. New songs from that album can be found on Soundcloud or by visiting his website www. “I am very much inspired to write these days. The album is going to be a little more folk-roots and with instruments I can play without electricity,” said Philip. “The themes I write about are almost all Mother Nature or human nature and things that affect my life.”

On Saturday, the community is welcome to celebrate the birth of a new humanity and to be part of the change you wish to see in the world at the workshop portion of the exhibit at the art gallery. Birth 2012 is a global event that envisions people celebrating a global grassroots movement focused on linking people across the world through song, prayer, meditation and dance. The End of the World gala will be held this Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers, $20 for gallery members/students, $10 for ages 13 to 18 and children 12 and under are free. This will be a licensed event.

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weekly games in the Legion hall for the Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Martin St. at 1 p.m. the Under 100 Club seniors’ recreation Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Wellness Centre at at the Penticton Library. 439 Winnipeg St. hosts Call Birgitta at 250-770- euchre every Wednesday 1154 for info. from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 65-Plus singles coFFee Call Betty at 250-490cluB meets at 10 a.m. at 0468 for more informathe Penticton Golf and tion. Country Club. For info o kanagan F alls call 250-492-0459 or seniors’ Activity Centre 250-770-1018. has exercise classes at 8 Bingo every Wednesday a.m., music and coffee PROPOSED BOARD DATES PROPOSED BOARD DATES PROPOSED BOARD DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE PROPOSED BOARD DATES PROPOSED BOARD DATES SUBJECT TO SUBJECT TOCHANGE CHANGE

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hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. al-anon For Friends and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info. iode tHriFt store on 464 Main St. has weekly specials and is open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. The stores wishes its loyal customers a merry Christmas and the best for 2013. It will be closed Dec. 23 and reopens Jan. 3. summerland art cluB meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s lower floor on Wharton Street. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. For info call Barb at 250-494-3002. dutcH coFFee cluB meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre food court from 10 a.m. to noon. For Dutch Canadians or immigrants or anyone else interested. B reastFeeding t He caFé will be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Penticton and District Community Resource Society on 330 Ellis St. Moms, babies and toddlers are all welcome to join. Contact Kaili at 250-404-4299 for info.

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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 250-4922549 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. Fitness Friends meets at

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HOLiday SUPPOrT —Beamer Wigley performs Saturday at Fresh Cafe during a Christmas concert fundraiser to benefit the Salvation army. Joe Fries/Western News AnAvets has pool at 7 p.m. and 269 Dart Club. Penticton AcAdemy oF music has a Broadway Debut and Triple Threat Musical Theatre classes 4 to 7 p.m. for ages six to 15 with Melanie Konynenberg. Check their website for details www. pentictonacademyofmusic. ca or call 250-493-7977. New members welcome. squAre Penticton dAnce Club is holding beginner square dance lessons every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Shatford Centre on 760 Main St. Contact Elsie 250-492-5856.

royAl cAnAdiAn legion branch 40 has turkey dinner at 5:30 p.m. Members and friends invited.


December 21 seniors singles lunch Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. south mAin droP-in Center at 2965 South Main St., has an evening of social dancing, music by Vic and the Band Masters at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome.

890 Wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. cAre closet thriFt Store at 574 Main St. has weekly specials and silent auctions. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers always welcome. c omPuter s enior droP-in Sessions are held every Monday and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. These sessions are for members to help solve problems other members may be experiencing with their computers.


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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 runs 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. 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 check


Al-Anon meets At the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. r oyAl c AnAdiAn legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday. AnAvets has an end of the world Christmas party. elks club on Ellis St. has drop-in darts/pool starts at 6:30 p.m. summerlAnd PleAsure PAinters meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower hall of the Summerland Library. t he A stronomy society invites the public to Munson Mountain at 3 p.m. to celebrate the sun returning to longer daylight at winter solstice. droP-in grieF Support sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bereavement Resource Centre at 626 Martin St. All Welcome. For more information call 250-490-1107.

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AFC gets experience on big stage Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Competing against national team mogul athletes, members of the Apex Freestyle Club gained valuable experience during the Canadian Selections. Brass from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association were in Penticton Dec. 13 to 16 to evaluate talent as a new season begins. While there were many national C team and provincial-level skiers, AFC coach Kenni Kuroda was able to have four of his members participate on their host mountain. “These athletes are all vying for spots on the Nor Am tour this winter,” said Kuroda. “That is one step down from World Cup.” Kuroda said the event featured the best mogul skiers not on the World Cup tour. AFC members competing were Koleton Phipps, Kassidy Todd, Mackenzie Schwinghamer and Madison Parker. Max Todd and Brayden Kuroda foreran the event. Kyle Parker is with the AFC, but wasn’t part of the club for this event. “I had no expectations of them doing well,” said Kuroda. “They finished right at the bottom but still I felt that they skied very well.” It was the first competition of the season for them and the other athletes. Occupying spots in the top-three on Dec. 15 were Christel Hamel from the national team, Alex-Anne Gagnon of Quebec and Aimee Hewat of Ontario. The top three males were national members, with Po Gagne finishing first. Kerri & Ayres, Penticton

On Dec. 16, Hamel again took top spot, while Simon Lemieux this time took first. Kuroda said he was proud of the way his athletes handled themselves “against far better competition than they have ever been up against.” Kuroda watched as his athletes skied stronger and faster than normal. “Their airs, some of them were doing flips for the first time,” he said. “This is a big deal for them to build confidence.” Kuroda also praised the performance of AFC alumni Josh and Jordan Kober as well as Connor and Noah Spence, who he said did extremely well. In the first final, Joshua Kober placed fifth, scoring 23.57, the winner Gagne, scored 24.44. In the second final, Kober placed 10th scoring 22.95. Joshua said he felt good about his performance after having a shaky qualifying run in which he was 11th. “I pulled through and as a top non-national team athlete,” said Kober, who competes with the Whistler Academy. “Yesterday (Sunday) qualified in fourth, final run didn’t go so great. Overall I’m pretty happy.” Joshua was looking for top-five finishes both days. He said the other skiers looked pretty good. “It’s good to ski against national team guys,” he said. “It’s a good gauge to see how much better I have to get to make the national team.” His brother Jordan finished eighth in the first final and seventh in the second. “For me it went really well,” said Jordan, also with the Whistler Acad-

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JOSHUA KOBER, an Apex Freestyle Club alumni, enjoyed a solid performance at Apex Mountain on the weekend placing fifth while representing the Whistler Acadmey during the Canadian Selections with coaches from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association evaulating. Below, Mackenzie Schwinghamer of AFC hits the mogul course during her first national event.








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Golden goalie takes readers on a trip With Christmas seven days away, are you feeling the pressure to find the right gift for the hockey fan in your family? You can’t go wrong with Gold Mine to Gold Medal and Beyond written by Ivan McLelland. You may feel like you made a clutch save. This book takes readers on a journey in which McLelland, the top goalie for the 1955 world champion Penticton Vees, makes several clutch saves at different times in his career. Being a hockey fan, I love reading biographies. When asked what it was like to write his first and only book, McLelland said it was a challenge for someone who hasn’t written anything before. While McLelland wouldn’t say he possesses a photographic memory, it’s pretty good. However, he still relied on the scrap-booking of his mother Bertha Mary Brown and wife Evelyn Faye McLelland, both of whom are deceased. McLelland dedicated his book to both along with his daughter Bonnie

made the perfect puck in 20-below weather. McLelland also gives insight about the Vees and how those teams were assembled as they pursued the ultimate goal of winning the world championship, as well as turmoil they dealt with. There McLelland relays Emanuel Sequeira On the Sidelines a story about Don Berry and his exchange with Lynn. Having that the coach Bill Carse. Berry information and mem- brought in two hot dogs ories at his disposal, and a Coke between the things just began flowing. second and third intermisAn example of one sion of a game. Here is memory involves his part of the exchange; “What the hell is mother. She used to buy going on?” yelled Carse. No. 10 tins of Bee Hive “Well coach, I worked corn syrup. The youngster used to remove the late and didn’t have time labels and send them off to eat,” said Berry. “Don’t for pictures of his favour- worry about it. I’ll be just ite goalies, Turk Broda of fine out there.” Berry sat on the the Toronto Maple Leafs and Frank Brimsek, who bench. In the chapter titled played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Building a Contender, Blackhawks. The empty McLelland writes about cans would later be the Warwick brothers filled with coal and used (Grant, Dick and Bill), as posts for Saturday who hail from Regina, and Sunday games at Sask. The author doesn’t Porcupine Camp, Ont., hide the fact that he and where McLelland grew Bill didn’t talk much durup. Another memory is of ing the season. As he tries Molly, a mare, dropped to describe Bill, he refers little brown jewels that to him as a “shit disturb-

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AFTER GAINING possession of the ball, Annick Cole (9) for the KVR Express looks to head to the hoop during their game against the Fulton Secondary Maroons in the KVR Winter Classic. The Express won the tournament after defeating the McNicoll Dragons.

Express girls picking up steam Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

The KVR Express train chugged its way to victory during its Winter Classic girls basketball tournament. The Grade 8 team could not be stopped as they defeated the Clarence Fulton Secondary Maroons (Vernon) 37-19, Sahali Secondary Sabres (Kamloops) 51-14 and McNicoll Park Dragons 41-27 on the weekend. Taking on the Dragons, Express coach Rene Aubin said that both teams play a similar style — fast paced offence and aggressive defence. “Everyone was expecting an entertaining game,” said Aubin. The aggressive style mentioned is how both teams opened the game. Hannah Clarke, the Express point guard and leading scorer for the weekend, and key players Annick Cole and Lyndzie Caron, got into early foul

trouble. That trio did not play much in the first half. Aubin credited the depth of their squad for keeping them in the game. The Express held a five-point lead at the half. Relentless pressure paid off for the Express in the next half to wear down the Dragons. Having an extra jump helped the Express outscore the Dragons 22-13 to seal the win. “Overall we are being successful because of our desire to win,” said Aubin. “We have some details to work out to maximize our potential as a team. If we can figure those out, we will truly be a force.” The Express coach added that going in, they wanted to improve their communication on defence and on offensive reads. They also wanted tighter transitions. Another goal was to get a look at the Dragons and where the Express are in relation to them. “Their coach Nick Korvin has been working with

the girls for the last two years and they are pretty athletic,” said Aubin. “We figured them to be one of our main competitors in the South Zone. “I was really impressed with the way the team stepped up in the second quarter to compensate for the players that were out due to foul trouble,” added Aubin. “It showed me that the players are understanding our team motto: Together as one, we are stronger.” Cali Anderson, Olivia Tom, Brenna Sunderman, Kyra Wallace, and Heidi Robertson were recognized with tournament outstanding player awards. Clarke was the team’s most consistent scorer averaging 14 points per game. Kiera Moroziuk was a feisty defender causing many turnovers and Sunderman proved her versatility playing in different roles. While the Express went 4-0, the Dragons were 3-1, Keremeos was 2-2, Sahali 1-3 and Fulton 0-4.


IN BRIEF Penticton skiers earns fifth

Andi Naude of Penticton made her debut with Canada’s national freestyle mogul team in Ruka, Finland, and earned a fifth-place result on Dec. 15. Naude lost her dual mogul event to Aiko Uemura of Japan, who won bronze. In Breckenridge, Col., Penticton’s Matt Margetts placed ninth after scoring 74.25. Vernon’s Justin Dory won the event with a score of 93.5

Midget Vees take three

The Penticton Tier 2 midget Vees earned three points on the weekend in a league play double-header in Trail. In the first game, the Vees erased a 3-0 deficit to earn a 4-4 tie, despite having two goals

disallowed. Liam Hutcheson, Cooper Prechel, Tyrell Buckley and Jackson Dematos. On the Sunday morning, the Vees won 4-1 with Tyler Ehlers starting the scoring along with Michael Crawford and two goals for DeMatos. Quinn Harris and Franky Anderson were strong on defense for the Vees.

Men’s rec hockey

In Penticton men’s rec hockey, the Mule Broncos and EcoDry Ice Dogs tied 6-6. Cody Devitt and Andrew Pond scored two each for the Broncos. Mike Funk scored a hat trick, while Trevor Aubie, Darren Leadbeater and Ryan Drew-Scott scored the other goals.

The Express are in Princeton for a tournament that concludes today before taking a break until the new year. “The Classic tournament and the Princeton tournament will add to our game experience,” said Aubin. “The girls have played very little organized basketball before this year. Giving them a lot of opportunity to experience real game situations is critical as we go on in the season pursuing our team goals.”

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tiful sight to behold for locals who missed shopping their Vancouver digs. Even better than Yaletown’s store, store manager Todd Henry and team have now stacked the store with our amazing local bounty and creations. From Monika’s (Okanagan Grocery) bread, Sandrine’s chocolates and macaroons to local crackers and cheeses, there are endless possibilities to choose from to build a delicious Christmas basket (or purchase one already created). After your shop, relax in the restaurant with a latte or order a bottle of B.C. wine and a custom cheese plate selection that is paired with the wine you select for only $40. Available for 2-4 people. Need someone to do the shopping for you? Oliver’s Sandy Summers’ new SOME (South Okanagan Merchandise Emporium) creates baskets that feature goodies from local artisans. Not just baskets, I love her use of colanders and other kitchen items used to hold the delicious treats. Chef Natasha Schooten of Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek exclusively supplies Sandy with jars of her bacon jam. Oh yes, I said bacon jam and it is to die

for. You can contact her at 250485-7674 or by email at Other stop and shops down south include Dolci Artisan Fare in Osoyoos. Owners/ chefs Jorg and Annina Hoffmeister’s eatery also includes local items as well as in-house creations like: Osoyoos Apple Smoked Paprika, Bacon Salt, Chocolate Covered Cornflakes, Bacon Salted Candy Almonds and for the bacon enthusiast on your list: Bacon Lip Balm. For a unique and beautiful Okanagan gift, I would recommend the amazing work of Annabel Stanley. Annabel weaves baskets as well as sculptures from grape vine canes and willow. If you have been to Quails’ Gate Winery, where her husband Grant Stanley is winemaker, you will have seen her works there. The large vine-woven spheres are stunning and make for a beautiful Christmas decoration when wrapped in lights (I have one at my front door). She also creates spheres from the metal wine barrel rings as well as other creations like outdoor light fixtures. Olive oil from the heavens.

Nothing says I love you like a bottle of premium extra virgin olive oil imported from Italy. Local girl Teresa Kuhn has just moved back from Italy with her husband and children and is continuing to provide us with the highest quality oils from small producers in Italy. I also suggest adding a bag of the superior Carnaroli rice (for risotto), the olives and sundried tomatoes to that gift bag — that’s amore! You can find out more at A copy of my cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker — An Okanagan cookbook, is a great gift that becomes a real celebration of the Okanagan when paired with goodies created from the talented chefs, artisans, farmers and winemakers featured in the book. Available at Mosaic Books, Urban Fare, Hooked on Books in Penticton as well as a large number of shops, wineries and restaurants across the valley. Check out our website www. for a list of the retailers carrying it. Jennifer Schell is the editor of B.C. Food and Wine Trails magazine.

Plan ahead for your holiday travel Motorists heading out for the holiday season can get all the information they need for a safe and informed trip by visiting: Current highway conditions, travel advisories and closures are always available on the Drive B.C. website. The site is updated continuously to reflect the latest highway conditions throughout the province. A new Plan Your Route feature has been added that provides Drive B.C. information along your chosen

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route and is available for both the desktop and mobile Drive B.C. websites. Drive B.C. also features routespecific weather forecasts, and, with over 250 highway webcams strategically placed around the province, motorists can also see the real-time highway conditions. Drive B.C. updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook and motorists can register for text messages and email to receive up-to-date information on their desktop or mobile device. Calls for roadside assistance double during the winter with drivers reporting breakdowns, dead batteries and other problems. These situations can be avoided with planning and preparation. Drive B.C. features useful tips on preparing your vehicle for a winter trip. PENTICTON'S

Daytripper January 8, 16 & 24

Chances Casino (Kelowna) & the Grande - A day trip featuring bingo, slots and table games. Entertainment, restaurant and lounge at Chances. The Daytripper leaves the Penticton Visitors Centre at 10am and back by 5 pm. $25.00 Limited Seats! Soon to be announced a full schedule for spring events...look for an overnight to the Osoyoos Observatory, history trips & Vees away games. We are planning a birder trip to Vaseaux Lake and other migratory bird locations for early spring. GET ON OUR E-MAIL NEWSLETTER! Check Out... Operated by Ambrosia Tours Ltd.

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ZITA Went to be with the Lord with her family by her side on December 11, 2012 at the age of 53 years. She is remembered by her loving children: Jeremy Poon of Calgary, AB, Jayme Poon of Oliver, BC, and Justin Zakall of Okanagan Falls, BC, her mom, Sophia of Oliver, BC, four sisters: Zillah of Oliver, BC, Zena (Derek) of Sylvan Lake, AB, Zerlinda (Les) Schulze of Penticton, BC, Zonia of Oliver, BC, and son Zebedee of Oliver, BC, as well as extended family, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Zita will be sadly missed by her partner in life, Russell. She is predeceased by her father, Steve. Zita had a passion for life that touched everyone around her. Her beautiful and contagious smile was displayed every day as she embraced her roles as an amazing mom, daughter, sister and friend. Her life was spent loving and helping others as well as enjoying outdoor activities which included gardening, hiking, long peaceful walks, and many others activities that brought her joy. Zita was born in Oliver, BC and worked in her family orchard, which she loved. She lived all of her life in Oliver, BC and the South Okanagan area. Her greatest joy was raising her three boys. Later in life, she entered the nursing field which fulfilled her need to bring love and compassion to those in need. She will be greatly missed and forever loved. Our Angel Zita is with the Lord, whom she loved and had great faith in. Rest in Peace Sunshine! A funeral service was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:00 am from the Penticton Seventh Day Adventist Church, 290 Warren Avenue West, Penticton, BC, with burial to follow at the Oliver Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family in trust at Interior Savings, Acct # 523209. Condolences may be sent to the family through

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Lost & Found Last Tuesday morning my wife Irene was at Shades On Main for breakfast, locked the car with the remote and somehow dropped the whole set of keys some of which are irreplaceable. When she wanted to drive home they were nowhere to be found. Anyone who may have picked up these keys please drop them off at Shades On Main restaurant.

Queenie Edith Born May 22, 1917 in Hammersmith, England; passed away peacefully December 15, 2012 at Penticton Regional Hospital. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Ed) and Evelyn (Fahim); sons, Paul (Bea) and Ken (Terry). She will also be missed by her 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild all of whom knew her as “Grandma Great” as well as numerous extended family and many, many friends. Predeceased by husband, Henry and son, Brian. Queenie was a veteran of WWII, serving in the British Royal Navy where she met Henry, her husband-to-be. Later, she became a floral designer which she continued to enjoy well into retirement. She loved people and loved her church family. As a member of the Catholic Women’s League and the Legion, she avidly took part in as many activities as she could. She will be especially remembered for her kindness, generosity and positive attitude towards life. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church (361 Wade Ave W, Penticton) with a reception in the church hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.




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We regret to acknowledge the sudden passing of Florence Elizabeth (McLean) Niddery on December 14, 2012 at the Penticton Regional Hospital, with her family close by. Born January 31, 1927 in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia where she remained a lifelong resident. Florence is predeceased by her loving husband, Hubert Johnston Niddery; her Mother and Father, Elizabeth and William McLean; Brothers, Charles, Gordon (Bud), Roderick (Manny), Malcolm (Boss), Robert, Kenny; sister, Wanita (Hon) and brother-in-law, Stan Spence, nephew Gary Spence. Florence is survived by her three children, Lloyd (Bev) Niddery, Sherry (Jim) Shaw, Beverly (Duncan) CurrieMclean; sisters, Irma (Alvin) McLean and Verna (Forty) Schreiber; grandchildren, Joey-Marie Shaw, James Shaw, Sherry Kureluk, Leanne Johnson, Shelley Niddery, Cameron Currie, Clayton McLean and Kimberly McLean; numerous great-grandchildren; Colton and Jessie Fitzpatrick, Jake and Olivia Currie and Jordyn Currie, and numerous nephews and nieces. Florence (Sis) will be lovingly remembered for her love of family, her zeal for the outdoors and prospecting and her wonderful capacity for lifelong friendships. Sis was an Ambassador for Okanagan Falls, always so proud of her community and appreciative of the beautiful place she called home. Sis was a member of her local Legion Branch 227, and took pride in becoming a Charter member, and later a lifelong member. Florence was an avid historian and could be called on whenever local events or achievements came into question. A Graveside Service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at the Okanagan Falls Community Church, 1356 McLean Creek Road. A light luncheon will follow at the Legion Branch 227, Okanagan Falls (5009 12th Ave.) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following charities that were near and dear to Sis. The Kidney Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements in care of...


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TOLKO INDUSTRIES LTD. is currently seeking a Roads Supervisor to join our team in Lumby, BC. The Roads Supervisor is responsible for operational road construction and maintenance activities associated with road infrastructure within the Okanagan Region. This positiondirectly supervises the company road crews and associated mobile equipment to ensure the safe and cost effective operation of all construction and maintenance projects. In addition, the position directs various contract road building and maintenance crews. JOIN THE TOLKO PROFESSIONALS Competitive wages Development opportunities On-going training Dynamic and challenging environment Stable employment Strong values of Safety, Respect, Progressiveness, Open Communication, Integrity and Profit guide us at Tolko.



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PLATINUM Care, for all your home care needs. I offer care for you or your loved ones in their own homes, care facility etc, Long/Short term, to/from appointments, light housekeeping, meal prep Other services available, Special offers for month of December. Licensed, registered and Insured. Call Platinum Care today for your better future tomorrow. Kirsty 250-4620120



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Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A BOOKKEEPER? QuickBooks Pro. Simply Accounting Premium. AR, AP, Inventory, Bank Reconciliations & Payroll. Business Administration Diploma. 250-493-3314.

Home Improvements Are you looking to do RENOVATIONS? No job too big, or small, 25 years exp. with solid references. Update your home with peace of mind, call Ted Lund, 250-490-7991

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

Pets Purebred Beagles all females 9 weeks old,1st shots, vet checked. $600.ea (250)5469571 REGIST. Great Pyrenees Pups $700.00 mic.chip, 1st shts, health guar 250-9984697 delivery avail.

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Auctions Western Star Auctions, the Okanaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Auction Houses 161 Ellis Street, weekly auctions every Tuesday @ 6pm Always accepting consignments. 250-492-3203

Building Supplies Cedar D style logs, sidings, panelling, decking, Fir and Hemlock flooring, timbers, special orders. Rouck Bros, Lumby. 1-800-960-3388

Firearms Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, The Best Little Gunshop Around for the Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Wish List, Kel, 4-1691 Powick 250-762-7575, Tues-Sat 10-6

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Misc. for Sale Golf Clubs, w/ bag & balls, used twice, $120. Motorola DVR 1100, 160 GB, $80. Debbie Travis stand up bath cabinet, never used, $60. Dart board, new, $20, Call (250)-462-6275 Men’s brown leather coat, like new, made in Spain, $65, girl’s bicycle, good shape, $40, (250)490-3838, leave msg. STEEL BUILDINGS /metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 or online: WANTED: Vintage paintings, postcards, fishing rods, reels, tackle, old knives, Native baskets, old guns, saddles & gun rigs, military medals, pocket watches, etc. Silver & gold coins. Honest & Confidential! Cash Paid! 250-308-7342, 250-260-8069


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REALTY EXECUTIVES VANTAGE APARTMENTS: $625 1 and 2 bdrm apts near library/downtown, elevator, /$750 cov’d parking, f, s, a/c, balcony, cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR) $650 2nd & 3rd flr walk-up, reno’d, 1 bdrm, with laminate, freshly painted, f,s, coin up laundry. Avail. NOW (KBD204/304) $725 2 bdrm, grd flr, h.w. flrs, newer kitchen, f,s, a/c, covered parking, extra storage. Avail. NOW (A447) $725 2 bdrm 55+ apart incl heat, water and cable, no pets, no /$795 smoking. Avail. NOW (WT104/105/306) $750 Skaha Place, 2 bdrm condo, large patio, f, s, a/c, elevator. Avail. NOW (A323) $800 2 bdrm suite, 1 bath, 5 appl, near Columbia School. Avail. Feb. 1 (H656-1) $1100 Near downtown, top flr, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl, sec’d parking, balcony, elevator, 1 year lease req’d. Avail. NOW (OT563) $1600 2 bdrm, 2 bath at Lakeshore towers, Exec condo 6 appl, sec’d parking and lots of amenities. Avail. NOW ( OT567)

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1 bdrm duplex, fridge, stove, surrounded by orchards/ vineyard, patio area, work shed. Avail. NOW (OT566) Near OK College & Can. Tire, 2 bdrm, 1 bath home, fenced yard. Avail. NOW to June/13. (H679) Near Pen High, top half of duplex, 2 bdrm & den, 5 appliances, hardwood floors, lease req’d. Avail. NOW (H710-2) Near Pen-High, 2 bdrm house, with rec room in basement, fenced yard, h.w. floors. Avail. Nov. 1 (H699) 3 bdrm, 2 bath in uplands, 5 appl, hw. flrs, freshly painted, 6 or 7 month lease only. Avail. NOW (OT560) 3 +2 bdrm home, in Wiltse area, 2.5 bath, finished bsmt, large deck. Avail. NOW ( OT561) Reno’d 3 bdrm 3 level home w/1 bdrm in-law suite, incredible lake and valley views, all appl incld, no pets no smoking. Avail. NOW (OT565)


Reno’d 3 bdrm 1.5 bath, townhouse in 4-plex, near school, 4 appl, fenced yard. Carport. Avail. Jan. 1 (Th500) $1300 Naramata new 3 bdrm, f, s, d/w washer dryer hook-up, unfinished bsmt, garage. Avail. NOW (th496-6/7) 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. 19

Merchandise for Sale

I like to buy $100 coins, coin collections & specialty foreign coins. Todd 250-864-3521 Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-499-0251

Musical Instruments Guitar, Piano, Voice, Song Creation, Performance and Recording Lessons. Aidan Mayes, Tim Holman, Maiya Robbie & Mandy Cole. Phone 778-476-5917. Guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, band & string instruments, music books & access., music lessons, sales & rentals, Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave. E, 250-492-4710

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Boxing Week Specials in Effect: Norinco M14 308 cal incl. 520rds of ammo $833 tax in. Norinco AR-15 223 cal incl 1600rds of ammo $1299 tax in, other tax in specials at Weber & Markin Gunsmiths The Best Little Gunshop Around 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250762-7575 Tue-Sat 10-6

Keremeos, DT location, 3bdrm (1400sqft.), newly reno’d, 5appl., parking, $850+util, 1bdrm+den (55sqft.), newly ren’d, 3appl., $500+util., 250492-7610, 250-492-1137 Lrg. 2bdrm $850, & newly reno’d 1bdrm, $750, avail. now. 40+ building (250)-487-1136 RENOVATED & Clean - 1 & 2 Bdrm Suites - great locations on bus route - 2 buildings to choose from . Call Chris 250809-0015

Small, 2bdrm house, large yard, avail. Jan. 1, $950+util., (250)462-0669

Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, The Best Little Gunshop Around for the Sportsman’s Christmas Wish List, Kel, 4-1691 Powick 250-762-7575, Tues-Sat 10-6

Stereo / DVD / TV new HD PVR box, 500 GIGS, new $389, sell for $200, (250)490-4150

Real Estate For Sale By Owner ******* View Okanagan properties for sale by owner. Selling? No Commission. 250-545-2383, 1-877-291-7576

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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 2bdrm., 2 bath, 6 appl., insuite laundry, avail. now, U/G parking, N/S, N/P, $1100/mo. (250)328-9443 Close to Ok Lake, 2bdrm, 1den, 2ba, balcony, 5appl., rooftop patio, lakeview, $1185+util., (604)779-8860 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. Call 250-2951006 leave a message.

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that 0941109 BC Ltd. of Port Coquitlam, B.C., intends to make application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Southern Service Region - Thompson Okanagan Service Centre, Crown Land Adjudication office, for an Investigative License for Wind Power purposes covering the remainder of District Lot 2711, and adjacent unsurveyed Crown land east of Naramata, Similkameen Division Yale District (SDYD) situated on Provincial Crown land located in the vicinity of Naramata. The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is 3412637. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Section Head, Crown Land Adjudication at 441 Columbia St., Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T3. Comments will be received by MFLNRO until January 6, 2013. MFLRNO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our website -> Search -> Search by File Number: insert Lands File Number for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be provided to the public upon request.

Commercial/ Industrial 485 Warren Ave E, 2345 sq.ft., high profile corner building, shop, new lighting, new offices, 3 phase power, 10x10 overhead door, shop w/ 1 tonne center pole jib crane, etc. Pent. (250)490-9016, nice live in work unit, 2bdrm, 1 workshop, 1 sitting room (could use for showroom), 4appl., bathroom w/shower, (604)779-8860 PRIME Commercial Spaces: 2300sqft. in busy Plaza, ample parking, also 770sqft., in OK Market for food-related retail business, Barb 250-492-6319 up to 1600 sqft. DT store front, plus 400 sqft. of warehouse, loading & parking facilities, negotiable, (250)492-7610 or 250-492-1137 Zoned mixed commercial, 3 sep. office space, each w/front reception, suitable for any professional business approved by city, rent separately or together, (604)779-8860

SMALL 2 bedroom house for rent. Perfect for a retired person. (Garage and back parking not included). NS, references required. $800 per month plus utilities. Call 250809-1468 lv. msg.

Motels,Hotels Motel monthly rentals in Penticton & Oliver, Avail. until June 2013, LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, Fully furnished, utilities/cable incl., quiet location, near Mall & bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205. Ext. 0 or Maple Leaf Motel Inn Towne, 250498-3497 MOTEL ROOM and RV pad to rent, $480 up. Penticton and Summerland 250-487-0268

Shared Accommodation Room for rent in my home, $450-500, includes everything. (250)492-2543


2bdrm 2ba unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok w/deposit, $900, 250-488-7902 2BDRM basement suite and 2 bdrm main floor suite in 1/2 duplex, f/s dw w/d, $850 & $950 incl. util, avail. now, 250492-5100 or 250-490-5354 2bdrm suite, adult oriented, $1000/mo, util. incl., avail. Dec. 15, (250)492-2637 3bdrm duplex, 6appl., Columbia school area, np, ns, $1100/mo., (250)493-1201 4- 2bd West Kel., units. 2 avail 15th Dec. others avail 1st of Jan. Each reno’d. 5 appls.incl new w/d., prkg, NS. NP. $750$975 +utils. 250-767-6330 Spacious 3bd, 3ba, master bdrm & walk-in closet, lg deck, walking distance to DT & lake, f/s/dw/w/d. small pet w/dd, $1200+util. aval. Jan. 1, 250809-9970

PENTICTON 2 Bedroom Townhouse with loft, full bath & 1/2 bath, 5 appliances, AC, mountain view, close to schools and shopping with 2 parking spots. Water incl. $1000 + utilities. 250-4886950 or

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SKAHA Lake Executive Home, 2 BR + DEN, 2.5 BA, W/D/DW, AC, NS, NP, 1,800 sq ft, $1,195/m + Hydro 604230-6816 OR OR SKAHA Lake Executive Home, 2 BR + DEN, 2.5 BA, W/D/DW, AC, NS, NP, 1,800 sq ft, $1,195/m + Hydro 604230-6816 OR OR

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December 15, 2012 - May 15, 2013. 1,600sf. furnished 3 bdrm. lake view home, single car garage + 2 prkg. spots, n/s, n/p, $1000 + utils. View photos at: paradise or 604-941-5010

2006 Toyota Sienna Van, AWD, 7-seat, auto, air, new tires, 86K $14,975.; 2004 Toyota Rav4, Ltd Ed. AWD, loaded, sunroof, heated leather seats, 5-spd, 70,600km, $11,975.; 1994 Isuzu Trooper 4x4 auto, loaded, good cond. $2475.; Government Inspected Rebuilt Vehicles, Lego Auto Sales Vernon. (250)260-4415

Scrap Car Removal 1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Up to $100 cash for full size vehicles. 250-899-0460 1AAArmour Towing & Scrap Removal. Will meet or beat all competors pricing.250-801-4199

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

Suites, Lower 2+bdrm, 1ba, fenced back yard, close to H, school & shopping, ns, np, $900 (incl. util)., Avail. immed., Jody, 250492-0500 2 bdrm. Recent reno, lrg windows, own wd, ns, np. inc util except cable. $700 + dd. avail jan 1st. 250-492-6604

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2bdrm rancher Redwing Gated community, 40+, nr beach & walking path, 1bath, garage. New paint, flooring, very clean $1000/mo, NS, Ref’s req, 1yr lease, Avail Jan 01. 250-4884350 Avail. Jan. 1, 3bdrm house, fully reno’d, new kitchen, bath and laundry, near beach & rec. centre, $1200, (250)328-8072 KEREMEOS - 3 bdrm, 1 bath, single wide, no dogs, cat OK, NS. Avail. Jan. 1st. Looking for long term renter.250-499-0213 Oliver, 4bdrm, 2ba, avail. Feb. 1, f/s/w/d, gas heat, central air, garage, large fenced yard, $1000+util., 250-485-7903 after 3:30 pm



Auto Accessories/Parts 4 snow tires on rims, 2057514, $250, (250)809-7514 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

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Trucks & Vans 1994 Chev Silverado diesel 2500 4x4, 374k, new tires, transmission, front brakes, alternator, $1995, 250-498-3094 2008 Ford F150 5.4L,crew cab 85,00kms, excellent truck $17,500. 778-476-0111 or 250-487-0373

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Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: The Estate of GLORIA JUNE HAAVISTO also known as GLORIA HAAVISTO, late of 178 Dawson Avenue, Penticton, B.C. who died on April 15, 2012 (the “Estate”) Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims are required to be sent to the Administrator of the Estate at 101 - 123 Martin Street, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 7X6, on or before January 28, 2013, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims of which the Administrator then has notice. DL# 7557

Administrator: BRYAN STEVEN HAAVISTO Solicitor: BERNICE GREIG Gilchrist & Company 101 - 123 Martin Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 7X6 (250) 492-3033

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Representative financing example based on 2013 Rio5 LX+ AT (RO753D) with a selling price of $18,572 [includes delivery and destination fees of $1,455, $1,000 Everybody Wins savings, other fees and certain levies (including tire levies) and A/C charge ($100, where applicable)] financed at 0% APR for 36 months. 78 bi-weekly payments equal $225 per payment with a down payment/equivalent trade of $0. License, insurance, applicable taxes, variable dealer administration fees (up to $699) and registration fees are extra. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. ♦Every eligible contestant will win (subject to correctly answering a skill-testing question) an Instant Win prize consisting of a discount in an amount from $1,000 to $10,000 towards the purchase or lease of any new 2012 or 2013 Kia vehicle. One Grand Prize consisting of a $25,000 cheque will be randomly awarded from among all eligible contestants at the conclusion of the contest. No purchase necessary. 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PENTICTON KIA 250-276-1200 550 Duncan Avenue W. Penticton, BC •

This Friday, the public is being invited to partake in an ancient rite, and journey to the top of Munson Mountain to observe the winter solstice at the circle of markers that make up the Okanagan’s Pen Henge. While not as ancient as some of stone circles and other markers, the set of stones put in place three years ago by the Okanagan Astronomical Society fulfills the same function, with the shadows moving from one stone to another marking off important dates in the sun’s travels through the sky. In this case, that is the sunset marking the sun’s southernmost point on its journey through the sky, which occurs at 3:27 p.m. on Dec. 21. If skies are clear, participants gathered at Munson Mountain will see the lengthening shadow cast by the sun over the winter solstice stone gradually extend toward the central heel stone until the sun reaches perfect alignment over the stones. Last year, over 100 people made the trek to witness the event. “I’ve noticed, ever since we started doing the stuff up on Munson, that more people are interested in the winter solstice … even more than the summer solstice,” said Chris Purton, retired scientist from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. Purton spearheaded the installation of the standing stone array along with the Okanagan Astronomical Society, which later became part of the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. “The winter solstice is big all around the world in the northern hemisphere,” said Purton. “There are huge festivals in all sorts of cultures to celebrate the fact that the sun has stopped fleeing. There is sort of a promise there that it is going to come back. And this is ancient, ancient. This goes back thousands of years.” Pen Henge consists of a heel stone, plus four stones marking spring and fall equinoxes as well as summer and winter solstices. “For most of the year the structure simply illustrates the enormous range along the western horizon where the sun sets,” said Purton. “Most people subconsciously know of this, but they are quite fascinated to see the idea laid out so graphically.” After watching the sunset from atop Munson Mountain, the event continues at the Shatford Centre in Penticton, where Purton promises there will be warm drinks and snacks for people coming down out of the cold, and much more. The reception includes displays by the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club as well as astronomical information and telescopes set up by OC RASC members. The event will also extend to the ‘End of the World as We Know It’ exhibition underway at the Penticton Art Gallery. “It is going to be quite an event back there to celebrate the arrival of the solstice and the cessation of the sun fleeing,” said Purton. “The aspect that appeals to me as much as anything is that we are joining in with people right around the world in this sort of event.” • 2111 Main Street , Penticton • Mon-Sat 10am-9pm • Sun 10am-6pm

Penticton Western News, December 19, 2012  
Penticton Western News, December 19, 2012  

December 19, 2012 edition of the Penticton Western News