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A Penticton businessman is following through on a promise to oppose city council’s plan to revitalize a section of downtown Penticton. Phil Locke, of Locke Property Management, first spoke before council at their June 17 meeting, expressing his opposition to the plan to make over a section of Martin Street and Westminster Avenue, part of the city’s new downtown plan. Council approved the $1.25 million project on July 2, including a plan to recover nearly $300,000, about 25 per cent, of the costs from property owners. Locke has already composed a two-page letter to distribute to other property owners in the area. “They were going to do something similar in 2005, when they found out the

opposition was such that they didn’t go through with it,” said Locke. The Martin Street project, Locke contends, will do nothing to increase the customer base, making it a waste, not only of the money that the property owners will have to put in, but the larger portion of city funds. The Martin Street project is just the first step of the new downtown plan, itself the result of more than a year of planning and consultation with the community and business owners. According to Anthony Haddad, director of planning services, this project was selected because it will not only enhance the western entrance to the downtown core and the Martin Street entertainment district, but also build momentum and excitement about the downtown revitalization in general. See RENO on page 3


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Community and family service organizations may be struggling to meet budgets or deliver services following a wage increase negotiated between the province and unionized workers. But at least one South Okanagan group said it is too early to tell how it will affect them. “I understood we are still negotiating with government as far as getting relief for those funds,” said Richard Little,



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Phil locke stands across the street from his Martin Street building, commerce court. The local businessman is worried about the possible loss of parking if the city of Penticton goes ahead with revitalization plans for the area.

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Loss of parking an issue RENO from front According to Anthony Haddad, director of planning services, this project was selected because it will not only enhance the western entrance to the downtown core and the Martin Street entertainment district, but also build momentum and excitement about the downtown revitalization in general. The current project includes a range of improvements, from replacing the sidewalk with decorative pavers to new street furniture, lighting and trees. It also includes the installation of “flex parking” in the 200 block of Martin. The concept, said Haddad, is to let business owners make better use of the space in front of their buildings. Bollards marking off the parking areas can be shifted to allow room for sidewalk cafes, outdoor sales or other activities. “The aesthetic of Martin

Street will be significantly improved with the enhancements of the flex space,” said Haddad. However, flex parking is one of Locke’s biggest concerns; he worries it will reduce the amount of available parking. “I own a fair amount of property on Martin Street,” said Locke. “I have a building there with 20 offices. If I was full, I would need all the parking spaces that are there now. If they are going to reduce them by 50 per cent, I am going to lose opportunity to rent.” Locke provides parking for tenants and their employees, but said the loss of street parking for customers would make his building less attractive for businesses. According to Locke, the overall plan isn’t going to accomplish the goal of attracting people to the downtown. He’s just finished 15 years paying his share of the last downtown

beautification plan, he said, and in his letter, he tells property owners that one didn’t attract people to downtown. Locke goes on in his letter to suggest there are only two things that will revitalize downtown: a big box store or more residents living downtown. He admits, though, that the likelihood of any big box chain paying the high cost to locate downtown is unlikely. “The only alternative is to have many four to six story multi-dwelling buildings within four blocks of the downtown core,” Locke writes. “With an extra 2,000 people within walking distance, it will produce the customers that will generate other business and services, real revitalization.” And that, he continued, would encourage someone open a mid-size food store. It may be a 10-year project, he writes, but the city needs to take a proactive role.

BUDGET from front Several groups in Penticton, including the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, the release said, were either not paying the 1.5 per cent wage increase, or were looking at cutting programs and services because they had not received proper funding according to the release. “If there is nothing forthcoming from them (B.C. government) to help until the savings are realized, we would need to start to look at what we could do less of in order to accomplish those increases,” said Tanya Behardien, executive director of the Penticton and District Community Resources Society. The PDCRS, she estimates, serves about 600 individuals and families on a daily basis. “We’ve let our government funders know that we will want to work with them on looking at what reduced services might look like,” said Behardien, adding that few community and family service providers could survive the increase without making changes. Family service workers provide vital community-based social programs for vulnerable children, struggling youth and families across B.C. Community living workers provide programs and supports for people with developmental disabilities. “This is unacceptable. There shouldn’t be any further cuts to programs or services due to a lack of bridge funding,” said CSSBA chair Patsy Harmston, who

interior health gives some parking spots back to patients Joe Fries

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Interior Health has given back to the public 15 of the 35 parking spots at Penticton Regional Hospital that it converted this spring to staff-use only. The southeast public lot along Government Street was made staff-only on March 15 following a three-week usage review, according to Trevor Speed, the authority’s parking services co-ordinator. He explained in a statement the initial switch was made “in an effort to help ease parking congestion on neighbourhood streets.” But it only made the


tains language identical to some of Speed’s statement, although it’s signed by a local parking co-ordinator. Regardless of who said what, Tapping was just happy to see something had been done when she went back to PRH late last week. “The last time I was there, we found a parking spot right away. We circled around a bit, but we found one,” she said in an interview. “I think they’ve done it, they’ve solved the problem.” Tapping said the incident confirms for her that letters to the editor do get people’s attention.

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is also community social services chair at the BCGEU, the largest union in the sector. “We negotiated the 1.5 per cent wage increase in good faith and found savings in our collective agreement to pay for it,” said Harmston. “We upheld our side of the deal. The government should do the same.” The savings that Harmston refers to, balancing the increase, are still two to three years away. According to the BCGEU release, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has failed to provide bridge funding while the Ministry for Social Development has provided the same funding for the much larger number of community-based social services that it funds. Behardien said service providers will be meeting in Vancouver this week to discuss the issue. “On the part of the service provider, we would really like the government to act across ministries in the same way,” she said. Some ministries, she said, have agreed to provide bridge funding, while others haven’t or are still discussing it. “It’s 1.5 per cent now and another 1.5 per cent in January, so it is actually three per cent,” she said. “The last few years have been about doing more with less and there is no more. There is no more squeeze to realize any more savings.”

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One of the people named as a plaintiff in lawsuits stemming from a fatal crash involving a school bus said he was unaware of the legal action first reported earlier this month in the Western News. The B.C. Supreme Court in Victoria in May received separate notices of claim from both John Watt and Elaine Tanner, who were injured in the June 2011 crash near Summerland that killed a man and sent nine students to hospital. Their claims list the estate of John Borba, who died when his car slid into the path of the school bus, plus the Okanagan Skaha School District and the bus driver as defendants. It also alleges negligence on the part of all three defendants and seeks an unspecified award for damages. Watt last week wrote in an email to the Western News that “some of this is news to me and Elaine,” because they were “not aware of any action” against the

named defendants. Both he and Tanner received medical treatment and the car in which they were riding also suffered damage. “Right after the accident and weeks later we tried to communicate with ICBC on numerous occasions trying to settle this matter ourselves, leaving voice mail messages unreturned and finding it difficult to talk and communicate with the adjuster at that time,” Watt said. “We got so frustrated and fed up we finally sought legal advice. I am not a lawyer or a legal expert by no means so we are not sure of all the details legally and why these parties are even mentioned in any action. To our understanding it was just a legal claim against ICBC for damages.” Watt said he and Tanner are upset that the three parties were named in the lawsuit and plan to discuss the matter further with their lawyer. He added that the story has stirred up painful memories for everyone involved and “looks like it sadly will

The Okanagan Skaha School District is named as one of the defendants in a lawsuit filed by one of the victims of a 2011 crash that sent nine students to hospital. In response to a previous story, the plaintiff said he didn’t intend to sue the school district, but rather ICBC.

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continue. Ginny Manning, who chairs the board of the Okanagan Skaha School District, said she too was unaware of the lawsuits until hearing about them in the media.

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A company specializing in motion-activated lighting has approached the City of Penticton with a solution for increasing the nighttime visibility of the Kiwanis walking pier. Last week, the pier was the scene of a spectacular accident that left a 28-foot cabin cruiser perched on top of the walkway. The boat’s operator said the single red light at the end of the pier didn’t give him enough warning or direction. Chuck Loewen, the city’s general manager for facilities and recreation, said he is meeting with a company next week to look at the suitability of their system, which uses motion sensors to detect the approach of a vehicle, increasing the lighting level on the dock the closer it gets. The biggest problem with adding lights that are permanently on, according to

Loewen, is they can be confusing for boaters. “As well, it circumvents the rules of navigation when it comes to the red light at the end of a pier or structure. Boaters are to go to the outside of that red light, not the inside,” said Loewen, adding that any changes would have to meet with the approval of senior levels of government. “That’s why we want to make sure that whatever we do, if we do anything, is approved by the province or the feds, whoever has that jurisdiction.” The proposed system, which would still require appropriate approval, would create a low level of light as an initial warning, intensifying in brightness and colour as the vessel approaches. “You can dictate the strength of motion detection. It could be hundreds of yards away, or more than that,” said Loewen. The pier itself is currently back in operation and open to the public, following some

quick deck repair from the city’s facilities crews. A structural assessor was brought in from Kamloops to check for any major damage to the pier. “They did the whole assessment after the boat was taken off and it was structurally sound.,” said Loewen. “We just had to replace the cosmetic pieces.” The city had already planned to replace the deck and railings this fall, which Loewen said will go ahead. “We were ready to go earlier this year, but with the waterfront enhancement walkway completing their portion of work and recommencing Sept. 3, we decided to go along with that as well,” he said. While the contractor for the pier is ready to go, the work could not be completed in time for the August long weekend or Peachfest. “Rather than disrupt the rest of the summer in putting on new railings, we’ll wait until after Labour Day,” said Loewen.


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Penticton RCMP rounded up 32 firearms as part of this year’s province-wide gun amnesty. “We didn’t receive anything of significance, no rocket launchers or anything like that. I didn’t even see any handguns” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. The B.C. gun amnesty, endorsed by the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police and supported by the Ministry of Justice ran from June 1 to 30. The amnesty gave people who possessed documented or undocumented weapons that have not been used in a criminal offence the opportunity to turn in guns and ammunition to their local RCMP without being charged. “Most people came in with firearms that nobody in the family wanted anymore and there was no use for it,” said Dellebuur. “We had maybe one newer shotgun and everything else looked older.” Across the province RCMP had 1,429

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t seems to be common practice for lawyers, when launching a lawsuit, to include as many targets and as many charges as possible. That’s the case in a lawsuit launched earlier this month over a 2011 three-vehicle accident that left one driver dead and several injured, including a pregnant teacher driving a school bus. In the spirit of “throw it against the wall and see what sticks,” a lawsuit, filed by the occupants of the third vehicle involved, Elaine Tanner and John Watt, alleges 27 separate acts of negligence on the part of three defendants. Those include: the first driver, John Borba, failing to maintain his lane and operating a vehicle he knew was defective; the teacher, Jennifer Mitchell, failing to reduce the bus’s speed to avoid the crash; and School District 67 for failing to have the bus properly serviced and maintained. The plaintiff’s lawyer said he was just looking after the interests of his client, admitting including the school district was a formality, and he didn’t expect them to be liable. Still, charging the school district puts the burden of proof on them. Despite an exemplary record, the district will now have to compile the necessary records, and prepare for a possible appearance in court. Even if it never gets that far, it costs money the cashstrapped school district doesn’t have to spare. Of bigger concern is the burden placed on the teacher driving the school bus. The report of the coroners’ investigation makes it clear that Mitchell would have had little warning Borba was about to cross into her lane and run head-on into the school bus. Instead of appreciation she and all her students survived, Mitchell is now facing allegations she was PENTICTON WESTERN negligent and at least partially responsible for the accident and Tanner’s injuries. It’s time lawyers started filing their allegations based on evidence, like a coroner’s investigation, rather than forcing innocent people to relive traumatic experiences as a ‘formality.’ - Steve Kidd/Western News


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Empty seats for political theatre


remier Christy Clark didn’t win a seat in time to join her 48 fellow B.C. Liberal MLAs in the legislature for the summer session she ordered up. By the time the byelection in WestsideKelowna is certified by Elections B.C., Clark will be off to Niagaraon-the-Lake, Ont. to meet with her fellow premiers in what is now loftily called the Council of the Federation. These gatherings used to be called First Ministers’ Conferences, and there was a set ritual, largely designed for the consumption of network television. Provincial premiers ganged up on the prime minister to demand federal “funding” for every conceivable need, just as municipal leaders get together each year to present their demands to the B.C. government. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended the show, declining to play the role of villain in this

bit of political summer stock theatre, and it’s unlikely that any future national leader would reverse this prudent decision. The result, at least among western premiers, has been a quieter, more pragmatic effort to work together, rather than clumsy attempts to play a shell game with taxpayers’ pockets. The public got tired of this routine some time ago. I don’t need a poll to tell me this is one of the reasons for the decline in voter participation and engagement in issues. Today, politicians frequently remind themselves out loud that there is “only one taxpayer” supporting the squabbling layers of this overgoverned country. And yet, the same mistake keeps being made over and over by opposition politicians, and dutifully reported by the news media. The notion that all problems can and should be solved by “more gov-

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B.C. Views ernment funding” is now so engrained in our education system that it seems inescapable. One of the NDP’s big “gotcha” items last week was the failure of the B.C. government to buy the latest sonar technology to locate and recover the bodies of people who drowned in one of our thousands of lakes and rivers. As with the healthcare system, as soon as something is invented, some assume a right to it, regardless of cost. Another big opposition target was the province’s failure to buy up remote properties in the

Kootenays that have been discovered to be at high risk of further landslides such as the one that swept through a year ago. The question of limits for protecting people who choose to build homes in risky locations seldom comes up in our political-media theatre. The media’s key ingredients are sympathetic victims to fit their narrative that all corporations and governments are greedy, stingy, callous and incompetent in everything they do. What the opposition has dubbed “Christy Clark’s wheelchair tax” is another case in point. A Fraser Health Authority official patiently explained what was really going on here. An average $35 monthly rent for wheelchairs is charged at the majority of care facilities, which are contracted by the health authority. Operators charge as they see fit for maintenance, disinfection

and replacement of this equipment, for patients who don’t own their own chairs. In September, a $25 fee is to be extended to the few facilities still directly run by Fraser Health, which have aging equipment and no fees. In all facilities, the fee is waived for those who can’t afford it. It would be useful for our politicians to frankly discuss the trend towards contracted health services, and the role of user fees in forcing people to take more responsibility for maintaining their own health. But that is not what happens. The narrative of dumping frail, impoverished seniors from their wheelchairs has no relationship to reality, but it’s how post-modern political theatre is done. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and tfletcher@blackpress. ca.

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National park needed for conservation (re: Let park process play out; Letters, Western News, June 28) Canada Day is an excellent time to reflect on this great country, its people, and its varied landscapes from sea to sea to sea. It is also an appropriate time to re-evaluate how well we are doing as a country in protecting the diversity of these ecosystems, especially the remnants of intact grasslands that make up a shrinking percentage of our Okanagan backyard. How well are we doing sharing the country with wildlife species in Canada, especially those who don’t respond well to the intrusion of human activities? Although Wayne Harvey suggests in his letter to the editor that local and regional management is quite adequate for ensuring quality stewardship and species protection, I see otherwise. In my daily travels as a nature photographer, I witness

Government greed apparent

So Christy Clark says she will have a small surplus. I don’t think so, when the B.C. provincial deficit is now at $57.6 billion. Did she take math in school or is she just dreaming that she can fool the people of B.C? Years ago I thought the governments were in power to help run the country and keep us all safe and the country running smoothly. It has gotten so out of control with all the power, greed and corruption that they don’t even bother to explain any more. We just have a provincial election and then they give themselves a big pat on the back and a raise and tell us to tighten our belts. Then our premier loses her seat and yet she can still be premier and then gives her secretary a whopping raise and if it was not for the media we would never know about that one. Then she has to steal a seat from another constituency and hopefully get elected in that riding, but remember she picked a strong Liberal riding to do that. Recently we find out that the CEO of the provincial health services authority gave out $600,000 in raises to her staff, so now thank heavens the media again found that one out and then, are you ready for a good laugh, they have to find out from lawyers if they can rescind the raises that they got. Who are they kidding, just take the raises back and be done with it. That woman who did it had no right in the first place and now they are not sure what to do. Ask me, I will take the raises back with no problem. The premier says she has no control about the people who get raises, well let me ask why she is the premier if she can’t do any thing about that the raises? Now we have no money, in either the provincial or federal coffers, for replacement of bridges, sewers and roads. What are they doing with our money besides paying themselves big wages and all their staff and all the pensions and all the money they steal from us? And by the way Clark, my daughter is a nurse, she needs a massage everyday as she has the privilege of lifting and moving sick people and taking care of them but she never gets a massage that is covered like the school teachers do in Vancouver. We as the citizens of B.C. and Canada may as well be slaves to the government as they never even bother to listen to us anymore and just sweep all the scandals under the rug and hope it goes away and that is just what happens and they know it. At least Brazil has one million on their streets trying to stop the corruption and greed

increased evidence of mud-bogging, hillside erosion resulting from indiscriminate off-roading, inoculation of invasive weeds, hunters’ spoils left on Nature Trust property, dogs being allowed to run in areas home to bighorn sheep and household garbage strewn in the most unlikely places. The list goes on. These are not examples of effective management on a local level or self-management by outdoor groups. Although Mr. Harvey may feel he is following local laws and protocols for sport activity, as he can “drive onto any of many public lands with minimal restrictions to small localized areas,” there are many others who take the opportunity to use the same easy access with complete and utter disregard for treading softly on the land. With all these special interest groups, who is looking after the big picture? Hence the need for a national park.

from their government. We are now paying 43 per cent taxes in Canada, when will we revolt when we are at 95 per cent? Denmark is now 63 per cent. Then we have the senators that steal from the taxpayer and lie and cheat and they all think that it is okay, then we have all the pension that they all get for years and years and years at the taxpayers expense. The greed and corruption in governments these days is so despicable it is almost laughable. Doris de Grood Penticton

Zeal at border not appreciated

My letter concerns the overzealous young border patrol people at the Oroville/Osoyoos border crossing. We have owned a home in Tonasket since 1975 and have crossed the border numerous times over the years to have dinner at our favourite restaurant in Osoyoos. We are retired and haven’t lived in Tonasket for years but still own our property; occasionally we go there to check on the property and go up to Osoyoos for dinner. June 13, 2013 we took a drive to Osoyoos for dinner. We were delayed almost 30 minutes at the border by overzealous young border people. We were treated like we were criminals. My husband and I are 71 and 69 years old; third generation Caucasian Americans. We have never experienced such rudeness by the border people in all the years we’ve been travelling to Canada. There was no reason to delay us. They never searched our car, never searched my handbag. If they were so concerned about our innocence why didn’t they do a thorough job? My husband is retired from the State of Washington, Dept. of Natural Resources and was the Loomis local manager for nine years in Tonasket. I owned a women’s clothing shop in Tonasket for nine years and gave special features for the Tonasket/Oroville/Osoyoos Christian Women’s group and also for the Penticton Christian women’s group. This young rude border inspector never gave us a reason why he delayed us for almost 30 minutes. The border was slow that evening hardly any cars passing through the border. They must have been bored and antiAmerican to delay us. This has left a very negative feeling with us about crossing the border to Canada. We will never subject ourselves to this rudeness again.

Many public-spirited private land owners contribute a critical and important aspect of maintaining the continuity of threatened and endangered species, however, there is no safeguard in place when these landowners sell or pass the land onto family. It is only with the mandate of a national park that we will finally see protection of these lands in perpetuity. British Columbia doesn’t even have stand-alone legislation for endangered species protection. The naturalist program at BC Parks was dismantled about a decade ago. I would hope that more British Columbians will add their voice to renewing the discussion on a local national park so that in another 146 years from now, people don’t look back regretfully and wonder where was the long-term vision. Laure W. Neish Penticton

We have travelled the world, over 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Never have we experienced such rudeness in crossing a border. The Canadian businesses should protest to the officials overseeing the border. Our friends in the Okanogan valley in Washington State told us they don’t go to Osoyoos anymore, it is too much hassle going across the border. We do not fit the profile of criminals. We explained to the border person our Okanogan Valley background. He could see examining our passports we have travelled the world. If they were so concerned about us doing something illegal in crossing, they should have checked our car and my handbag. It appeared this young hot-shot, overzealous brat just wanted to show his importance by delaying us. I resent the hassle this young man created. The border officials need to train their summer help more efficiently so they don’t create animosity with their U.S. neighbours. Jerry L Cluff Tonasket, WA

Political losers shouldn’t get second chance

Reading between the lines of letters of support for the costly byelection of loser Christy Clark I have a gut feeling as usual that something stinks in this world when a losing politician can roam free, dictating at public expense, while trying to find a place of hopeful acceptance. Favouritism comes to my mind when I often read that super sales girl Christy may be more inclined to cough up dough for the Interior in general if only she is successful with her second chance. Any premier or any leader of any team or work place is prone to have a favourite but when it comes down to it our province should be treated as financially fair as possible and run by priority, barring emergencies. Mind you, using the words of Clark Gable in the movie Gone with the wind as Christy Clark should be, “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.” In a horse race even a photo finish determines the winner with no second chance for the naying, nag losers who have better horse sense running the track than porkos running the piggery on pork chop hill. Tom Isherwood Olalla

Glad to see library open again

Kudos to the Library Staff for all of your

hard work and vision, during the month of June. The “new” Library is wonderful, so open and bright and the new lay-out is wonderful, so open and bright and the new layout, carpeting, paint, etc. are totally awesome, and very welcoming. We, in Penticton and area, and our visitors too, are so very lucky to have our Library, with it’s great staff. If you haven’t been into to see the “new” Library, please go and you’ll see for yourselves. Our Taxes were certainly put to very good use!! Thanks again to Heather and her staff. Submitted by Patti Skinner-a very frequent Library Patron

McCartney sings for Christy

I wonder if Paul MacCartney had Christy Clark in mind when he wrote the lyrics to “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away,”? If Christy Clark nails that gig in West Kelowna it will be ringing in our ears for years to come. Who knows they may adopt it as their anthem? On the bright side, if she fails in her quest to rule the roost, she can always be financially secure working as a poster girl for Colgate or Crest. Come on folks, do we really need someone else’s hand me downs from the coast? After all she’s now a second-hand rose. Andy Homan

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Art on the vine

Judy Sentes, right, former OSNS Child Development Centre executive director and Lori Pike -Raffan of Township 7 Vineyards and Winery toast the recent Art in the Vines event at the Penticton business. Money raised at the event will go towards the development centre’s work in the South OkanaganSimilkameen. Mark Brett/Western News

Boat launch fees raise a few questions

As I watched the news story on CHBC news regarding paying at the boat launch in Penticton, I am disgusted by Gary Litke’s words, “If you own a boat, you can afford to pay $10 to launch it.” Is that so Mr. Litke? Really, and that money is going to maintenance of the boat launch? I beg to differ, the city spends little if any money maintaining the boat launch. That’s like saying if you own a car, you can afford to pay for parking. Have you done your research for fees regarding boat launches? It certainly doesn’t sound like it, your ignorance comes out saying that statement. What’s up your sleeve? Paid parking for every street in Penticton? I hope you lose your campaign for mayor.

Josh Buhnai Penticton

Helping hand to Alberta

While we enjoy the beginning of summer, here in paradise, it is hard to believe so many of our Alberta friends are in big need of help due to the terrible flooding in Calgary and surrounds. Both our daughters were evacuated from their homes. They have started a fundraiser to help the Red Cross called Flood Shirts.

Please check it out and consider purchasing a shirt to show your support, http://

R. & J. Robertson Penticton

Casino patrons lose bet on e-cigarettes

There’s no help from Penticton’s Lake City Casino for people who are trying to quit smoking. I, like many locals and visitors to Penticton, enjoy going to the casino, where they let me give them as much of my money as I can afford, for as long as I’d like. I have done this a number of times over the past few years. I enjoy the social feel, with the noise and chatter of the people and machines, each time I go there. I don’t mind the bit I spend because I feel that, in return, the casino is providing me with entertainment. Until recently I, like many others who go there, was a smoker. Of course we couldn’t smoke in the main casino, except for in the old smoking room at the back Then came the bylaw prohibiting smoking indoors and we all had to go outside onto the casino’s terrace to have our smoke breaks. It was nice most of the year, but in the winter smokers suffered the elements as we had our few puffs from a cigarette before we went straight back inside to give

more of our money to the casino. I appreciated the recently added glass ceiling on the terrace, which now gives smokers some shelter from the winter rain and snow. I recently quit smoking and am using an ‘e-cigarette’ (electronic cigarette) to help me through the withdrawal period. The Smoke NV brand of e-cigarette emits a vapour that simulates smoking. There is no ignition involved and it doesn’t contain or give off any tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide or any other chemicals or carcinogenic substances. The e-cigarette is nonflammable, there is no second-hand smoke, and it is harmless to everyone. The exhaled ‘smoke’ is vapour generated during the atomization of an alkaloid liquid. In the old days, the casino probably made more profit when we all could smoke real cigarettes inside and not take time away from the slot machines or the card tables for our outdoor smoking. So I was very surprised a couple of weeks ago when, after taking my e-cigarette out a few times and taking a puff from it, a uniformed Lake City Casino attendant came up to me at the slot machine I was playing, addressed me by name, and told me e-cigarettes are not allowed in the casino. I was flabbergasted. This makes no sense to

me at all. E-cigarettes are allowed with no problem in many other public places that are non-smoking, such as restaurants and airports. If anything, I would think the casino of all places would embrace the e-cigarette. In fact, the casino should get ahold of the brand’s marketing office and arrange to sell the e-cigarettes! The casino would be recognized as supporting no smoking, it would be helping the new non-smokers of Penticton and visitors who are trying to quit, and it would keep us all playing longer, without breaks, on their slot machines! I will still frequent the casino, but now maybe not as often as I did before. Come on, Lake City Casino, wake up and (don’t) smell the odourless, harmless e-cigarette vapour!

Nancy Makinen Penticton

National park should go ahead

For ten years, HNZ Helicopters has diligently worked to block a new national park reserve despite enormous interest from business, tourism, towns, Regional District, and First Nations. HNZ gave reasons, in this paper, for their opposition. We believe the national park reserve cannot be held ransom by one outspoken organization that continues to misrepresent the facts.

Our response follows. (Related correspondence: https://sosnationalpark. ) 1. HNZ believes they should have “an unreserved guarantee that [their] business can have unlimited and unfettered access” if a national park is established. HNZ are landing helicopters on Crown land and no government, as stewards of the land, would ever provide this type or level of access. 2. HNZ says a national park will ‘control and restrict’ them. Yet, their current operations are controlled and restricted by a 20-page Provincial Park Use Permit with a 6-page Management Plan. Parks Canada has offered them, in writing, a similar permit. 3. HNZ says a national park would “significantly restrict our ability to provide our core product.” Yet, they omit this information: “Parks Canada is prepared to permit the School of Advanced Flight Training to continue in the national park reserve, subject to our negotiating a satisfactory management agreement. that would establish terms and conditions for the flight training activity for the mutual benefit of both parties with the intent of addressing your requirements for a safe and viable operation.”

4. HNZ doesn’t want to be ‘controlled by the National Park Act’, ‘ecological assessments’, and that ‘visitors to the park might impact on HNZ business.’ Yet their current provincial contract requires compliance with the BC Parks Act, contains three pages of ecological requirements, and can be ‘cancelled or modified if conflicts arise with others users or wildlife.’ 5. HNZ thinks environmental assessments are threatening, yet they fail to disclose this sentence: “The environmental assessment will help to inform the terms and conditions of the new permit; it will not change Parks Canada’s decision to accommodate Canadian Helicopter’s flight training school. 6. HNZ says the “area is sufficiently protected” though it contains both Crown and large parcels of private land that can be sold and subdivided, often to developers and offshore investors. HNZ is important to the region. The provincial and federal governments need to ensure their continued operation in the national park, under permit and with a management plan, as they currently operate.

Doreen Olson, Coordinator South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network

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ExEcutivE dirEctor Bobby Bovenzi of Friday and Saturday’s Rhythm Festival warms up for the event at the Orchard House this weekend. The program is happening at a number of venues and includes a series of workshops and special performances by dancers and other musicians. Mark Brett/Western News

Rhythm Fest hits the beat Kristi Patton

Western News Staff

The universal language of drumming will be soothing Penticton this weekend during the Rhythm Festival. “We have handed out over 1,000 handbills and we have had a really great response here. I am expecting a good turnout, including people from Nelson where we have been putting the word out as well,” said Bobby Bovenzi, executive director of the festival which runs Friday and Saturday. Rhythm Festival was conceived in Kelowna, but after a three-year run it was decided to change the venue to Penticton for 2013. Organizers said this is because of the growing base of those interested in percussion and musical rhythm in the South Okanagan, especially women. “I think many times the women were drummers back in ancient history and I think there is something empowering and builds community for women in their mid-stages of life,” said Bovenzi. “They are looking for something new and take advantage of something uplifting and empowering and the drum seems to be that tool.” It is why he chose Navaro Franco, who has worked as a drummer and percussionist for 22 years, as one of the lead workshop instructors. She also has studied subtle forms of energy healing and practises yoga, tribal and ecstatic dance forms. “I thought bringing in this female energy as a workshop leader would be encouraging to the women who have come to my workshops and are interested,” he said. Also coming to lead workshops is Kesseke Yeo, who started dancing at seven years old and by 11 went to the Ivory Coast National Ballet, touring around Africa and Europe. In 2001, he moved to Vancouver and currently dances for Masabo Culture Company and his own group, West Meets East. Bovenzi said there are many free events for those who are curious to check out the festival, starting on Friday with performers entertaining the crowd

at Gyro Park as part of the free summer concert series Sunshine Cabaret. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and features Russell Sparrow, Yamabiko Taiko, The Rippers, and Nankama West African Drum and Dance with Navaro Franco. On Saturday, under the tent outdoors on Orchard Street, there are workshops by donation. Funds go towards covering the cost of the festival, some of which was covered by generous donations from local corporate sponsors. The by-donation workshops include a drum circle, zumba class, funk and hip hop dancing with Jake Evans, poi spinning and more starting at 10 a.m. and going until 6 p.m. Also on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various percussion workshops and performances will take place inside the Orchard House and St. Saviour’s Church Hall including drumming for adults and children, Afro-Cuban drumming, Taiko drumming and more. Tickets for the indoor workshops and performances are $15 each. Performances follow the workshops and outdoor sessions on Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. featuring local band the Tragic Hip Replacements and Navarro Franco’s Rhythm Healing Journey. At the free outdoor area the Kalumba Afro-Cuban troupe and Bahiti Belly Dance perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The festival wraps up with a free outdoor concert with Kinshira and Donnalee poi spinning and a drum jam. A section of Orchard Street will be closed for the day to allow for a food and artisan market, the tent workshops, free performances and the finale. “The finale should be really fun with fire spinning and a drum circle together. We are also hoping Kesseke Yeo brings a few of his costumes from the Ivory Coast to dance in, it will be a really neat thing with the drums and fire spinning,” said Bovenzi. Workshop seating is limited and buying tickets in advance ensures your spot. Tickets will be sold at the event if space is available. Instruments are available within workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. More information and a detailed list of the workshops is available at

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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. Pizza chef Joseph Verhovany serves up one of his specialties to customer Vern Wolley at the eagles club recently. The chef has been making the pizza’s each Thursday for the past six years to raise money for the alzheimer’s Society.

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Fundraising pizza chef Mark Brett

Western News Staff

Summerland Health Care Auxiliary’s President Berit Hack and members present a cheque for $300,000 towards the campaign, IMAGE IS EVERYTHING to purchase new digital X-Ray equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital. This is the lead gift for the campaign. Your support, dedication and generosity to the people throughout the region is outstanding. On behalf of the board of directors for the Medical Foundation and the medical staff, thank you to everyone for this profound gift. You are our heroes! Gus Boersma, on behalf of the Penticton and District Stamp Club presented two cheques to Janice Perrino for the Penticton Regional Hospital. One was for Hospice House for $642.65 and one for $692.20 for the Digital X-Ray equipment. Our sincere thanks to Mr. Eberhard Von Ketelhodt for his fundraising efforts to make these gifts a reality.

Penticton Shrine Club # 20 members: Bill Martin, Gaming Chairman, Barry Robinson, President, Marcia Martin, Penticton Shrine Club Auxiliary and Carl Tymm, Publicity Chair present a cheque for $5,000 to Janice Perrino for the Penticton Regional Hospital for Pediatrics to help cover the cost of Orthotics and Shoes for children with a diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatologic Arthritis and Hypermobility Syndrome. Thank you to all of the Shrine members that support children throughout the region.

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

Dressed in his signature threepiece suit, his black hair slicked into place, Joseph Verhovany arrives at the Main Street Eagles club at precisely 3 p.m. Walking back to the kitchen, he sheds his navy-blue jacket for the well-seasoned chef’s apron which leaves the underlying tie and vest still visible. It’s Thursday at the aerie and for those in the know, that means pizza day. But as both patrons and the cook are quick to point out, it is not just any pizza, it’s Joseph’s Famous Pizza. “Because I am serving the food as well as cooking it, you must always be presentable to your customers,” said Verhovany in his strong European accent. “I have always worked in the hospitality industry and this is very important how you look.” His first order of business is to do the prep work for the dinner rush which usually begins around 4 p.m. and lasts until about 7:30 p.m. During meal time he’ll dish up as many as 30 of his specialties. “What makes it so good is I only use the best, No. 1 ingredients,” said Verhovany, waiving his arms over the bags of cheese and unsliced meats on the table. “There are no fake things here, this is all real.” He actually learned the skills from his Greek and Italian mentors while working in Europe to pay for his schooling. The chef described his own cultural heritage as “something like Hungarian and Czechoslovakian.” Unlike other cooks, Verhovany is quick to give out his recipe secrets, however, there is one little bit of information he refuses to divulge, his age. “Oh no, I’m not going to tell you that,” he said, shaking his head.

“Because this way, if people don’t know how old you are, you stay young forever and I want to stay young forever.” His key to longevity is a healthy, active lifestyle, good food and a glass of red wine every day. When not at the Eagles Hall, he volunteers his services at other venues throughout the community to fill his time. One of his biggest enjoyments from his many tasks is seeing the smiles on the faces of those he comes in contact with on a regular basis. “Yeah, they are the ones who make my day a lot of fun,” he said. “They give me good reason to do whatever I am doing.” But it’s not just for the palettepleasing response from his customers that Verhovany has been spending each Thursday at the Eagles Hall for the past six years. Proceeds from the pizza sales go to the local office of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Last year alone he raised $2,600 for a cause very close to his heart. “It is sad,” he said as his infectious smile fades. “I know many who have Alzheimer’s. It is a mysterious disease, there’s no cure, no treatment, no nothing for it. “It is not only those who have it - they get to be like a child, but their families suffer very bad.” Laurie Myres, support and education co-ordinator for the local Alzheimer’s office, is especially grateful for the work of the venerable pizza maker. “What can I say?” she said. “With his starched white apron he is very dapper, a real gentleman and his energy level is huge. This shows what people can do and puts legs to it. “It’s the Joseph’s of the world that really keep me going.” Verhovany also makes his crusty creations to go for anyone who wants to help a good cause and not have to cook supper this Thursday. His number is 250-490-0211.

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Couple celebrates anniversary parasailing Mark Brett

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Up, up and away. What better way to celebrate a 92nd birthday than soaring through the clear blue skies, 30 metres above Okanagan Lake, with the wind in your face and the world at your feet. That’s what Mickey Parenteau of Penticton decided to do, although he admits it took some convincing to get his

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wife, Evelyn, to join him for the ride. “She needed a lot of coaxing to get her to go but she agreed,” said the birthday boy as Matt Bishop of Pier Water Sports rigged the couple up for flight. What made the ride even more special was the fact the couple were also celebrating their third wedding anniversary. When asked why she was nervous, Evelyn was quick with a singleword response, “Upchuck,” she said. Enough said. “Really, I guess it’s just because I’ve never done it before that I’m a little scared,” she added. “But he [Mickey] really wanted me to go along, so I’m going to do it. “I’m sure everything will be alright.” This was actually Mickey’s second time dangling from a long rope over open water. “My first and last time I did this was in 1963,” he said. “That was in Mexico and I had to take off from the beach and that was a little bit different. “I enjoyed the feel of it, taking off into the sky was a nice feeling.” Mickey, a former pilot with many flights under his belt, said he preferred parasailing because of the feeling of not being constrained by the material around him. “It’s just so nice because you’re just out there with nothing between you and everything else,” said Mickey. “Nothing scares me. “This is living and my wife’s coming with me and that’s great. “This also another one to cross of the bucket list for sure.” Mickey actually got the idea to celebrate his birthday from an article and picture he saw in the Western News last year. In that instance great grandmother Margaret Steer decided to spend her 90th on the long line of a parasail over Okanagan Lake. Upon her return Steer described the flight as making her feel she was on top of the world. Now, for Mickey and Evelyn the time to take

off had arrived. Helped carefully to the launch pad at the back of the boat by the Water Pier staff, Mickey and Evelyn were hooked to the billowing red-and-white parachute. After a quick countdown, Bishop hit the throttle and just like that the parasail filled and the Parenteaus were airborne. Judging by their expressions, the take off was much to Mickey’s delight and his wife’s surprise. Due to the special nature of this particular booking, the boat’s crew gave the couple a little extra time to enjoy the scenery from overhead. That included aerial views of Munson Mountain with the Penticton sign to the east and the Okanagan Lake shoreline, including the SS Sicamous to the west. But all too soon the ride was over and the couple made a threepoint, dry landing on the boat. Their enjoyment was obvious by the smiles on their faces once back on board. “That was my first time and I really enjoyed it,” said Evelyn. “It was amazing, everything looked so much smaller than I thought it would. “I liked everything about it, and I am going to do it again next year, probably. “Why not?” Mickey was quick to agree, “I’m already going to book a trip for my birthday next year, that was great.” George Bishop, who has owned Pier Water Sports for over a decade, said he never gets tired of seeing people like the Parenteaus out on the lake enjoying themselves. “It’s awesome,” Bishop said. “Especially for anybody who makes it over 90. “That’s the one thing that’s great about this business is you’re dealing with people who want to have fun and we try to do our best to provide that service and make them happy. “It is so nice to see those smiles.”

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Penticton Indian Band builds salmon hatchery Steve Kidd

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Before the month is out, construction is expected to begin on the long-planned fish hatchery on Penticton Indian Band lands, helping to once again bring salmon to the lakes and

rivers of the Okanagan and Similkameen. “I got word from our Okanagan Nation Fisheries Department that we are starting construction July 18,” said PIB Chief Jonathan Kruger. The construction phase is expected to be complete in the

fall, with the hatchery becoming fully operational in 2014. Long ago, Sylix tales tell, it was Coyote who first brought salmon to the rivers and peoples of the area. It’s a legend that Penticton has a special place in, for the hill

between Highway 97 and the lake, rising above Wright’s Beach, is Citws Sen’klip, Coyote’s House, which he built on the shores of Skaha Lake as a resting place after bringing the salmon. “It’s a great metaphor. I think it was

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During a past fry release, Laurie Wilson of the piB, joins with tony Baptiste of the Osoyoos band to release a bucketful of tiny salmon into the Okanagan river, at the mouth of the creek the new hatchery will be sited on.

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calendar Avenue or call 250-4992313. oliver BrancH oF tHe Okanagan Regional Library summer reading club has Come Fly with Us at 7 p.m. They will help you build your own plane and then take part in our plane races. Drop into the branch at 6239 Station St. to register or call 250-498-2242 for more information. P uBlic P enticton liBrary has a summer reading club for kids aged five to 12 with crafts, games, stories, puppet shows, prizes and more to Aug. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Program is free, to join call Julia Cox at 250-770-7783.

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and Foot canat 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250-492-7630 for info. Newcomers welcome. Penticton duPlicate Bridge cluB holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Penticton library. Call Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. s ingles 65- Plus coFFee cluB meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-4920459 or 250-770-1018. Bingo e v e ry Wednesday in the Legion hall for the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. seniors’ recreation and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. B ereavement t He resource Centre at 626 Martin St. is hosting weekly drop-in grief support sessions at 6:30 p.m. All welcome. o kanagan F alls s eniors ’ Activity Centre has exercise classes at 8 a.m., music and coffee hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. al-anon For Friends and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-4909272 for info. iode tHriFt store on 464 Main St. has weekly specials and is open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. s ummerland a rt 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 asta @flyerland

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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. tHe BreastFeeding caFé will be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Penticton and District Community Resource Society at 330 Ellis St. Moms, babies and toddlers are all welcome

to join. Contact Kaili at 250-404-4299 for info. Foster care inFo sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250770-7524 or visit www. or www. a l c o H o l i c s Has a nonymous Nooners meetings Monday to Friday noon at 361 Wade Ave. Call service 24 hours is 250490-9216. Night group meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. The Summerland group meets at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the basement.

soutH main droP-in Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m., a coffee social and medical Qi Gong at 10 a.m., and easy to intermediate line dance and cribbage at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. anavets Has HumP Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and music by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. keremeos BrancH oF the Okanagan Regional Library summer reading club has the drop zone from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register drop in at the branch at 638-7th

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. music in tHe Park has The Cha Cha Laca Love Machine (funk, reggae, Latin) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oliver Visitor Centre (CPR Station), 6431 Station St. Bring a lawn chair. Admission by donation. Feed the Valley Concert, sponsored by Valley First Credit Union. Food donations accepted in cash or in kind. Rain venue: Quail’s Nest Arts Centre 5840 Airport St. tHe soutH okanagan/ similkameen Chapter of the MS Society and the Hamlets will be hosting a session about the symptoms, causes and management of urinary and bowel issues. Lifestyle changes and insurance coverage will also be discussed at The Hamlets, 103 Duncan Ave. West from 11 a.m. to noon. If you are able to attend, please call Sherry at 250-493-6564 or e-mail


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calendar TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250493-5968 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more info. O kanagan F allS S eniOrS â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. S OuTh O kanagan i mmigranT and Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. al-anOn FOr FriendS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. SOuTh main drOPin Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., bingo, improver line dance and crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. a l C O h O l i C S a nOnymOuS nighT group meets at 8 p.m. on 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. FraTernal Order OF the Eagles have Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous Pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. Musical bingo at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. anaveTS have drOP-in pool 7 p.m. elkS CluB On Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. 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 www. 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 250498-4959. Newcomers welcome. r Oyal C anadian legiOn branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. PeaCh CiTy TOaSTmaSTerS meet

from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4922362 for info. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 523 Jermyn Ave. Call Merle at 250-770-8093.

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nighT markeT aT the SS Sicamous, from 4 to 8 p.m, on the grass in front of the ship with live music, foods and homemade crafts. F raTernal O rder OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with entertainment by Jay C. 890 Wing OF South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. S eniOr C OmPuTer Sessions d rOP -i n are held Monday and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m for members to help solve problems other members may be experiencing with their computers. 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. a l C O h O l i C S anOnymOuS haS a group meet in Naramata at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. in Community Church hall. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Friends Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. at Oasis United Church. r Oyal C anadian legiOn branch 40 crib at 10 a.m., a meat draw at 2 p.m., sing a long at 4 p.m. and Christmas in July dinner at 5:30 p.m. elkS CluB On Ellis Street has drop-in darts/ pool starting at 7 p.m. Summerland PleaSure PainTerS meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harold Simpson Youth Centre at 9111 Peach Orchard Rd. anaveTS haS karaOke from 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. T he B ereavemenT reSOurCe Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions at 10:30 a.m. O kanagan F allS legiOn has a meat draw at 5 p.m. followed by a ladies auxiliary beef dip.

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Minus a one-goal effort on July 13, the Penticton Pinnacles under-21 menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team has displayed a highoctane offence. Pinnacles coach Paulo Araujo has watched his players score 13 goals in three Pacific Coast Soccer League Reserve Division matches, which resulted in two convincing wins. The other was a 1-1 draw against Chilliwack FC. The Pinnacles recent outburst was a 5-0 win at King George Park as they thumped TSS Academy. A week before that at home, the Pinnacles handled the same team, 7-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the offence is coming on,â&#x20AC;? said Araujo, who was asked if TSS Academy is a weaker team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a younger team. I know for last weekend they brought in some newer players to try and help the team out. One of them played professionally in England and has been part of the Canada program. He added some good spark to the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The score doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really reflect that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad or a good team,â&#x20AC;? continued Araujo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they are actually not a bad squad,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played well. They have beaten the top team in the league.â&#x20AC;? Contributing to the Pinnacles offensive explosion is Randy Hubber, who scored once in the 7-0 win and three more on Sunday. He scored the lone tally against Chilliwack FC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a good weekend,â&#x20AC;? said Araujo of Hubber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing well.â&#x20AC;? Captain Wyatt SeddonJohnstone netted two in the 7-0 win and added another

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on Sunday. Araujo said his team has played the same all season, with a focus on possession and low pressure defence. Against Chilliwack FC, Araujo said they should have won. They had missed chances, but the coach was still happy with their play because it was on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing on artificial turf on a smaller field it makes a big difference,â&#x20AC;? he said. Their final game of the season is at home against Victoria United at Kings Park at noon Sunday. With Victoria United battling for the fourth and final playoff spot, Araujo expects a hungry team. They have made the playoffs, but the Pin-


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July 4 was a big day for Penticton Vees forward Ryan Gropp. It began with an invitation to the Hockey Canada selection camp for the under-18 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in August. Later that evening, the Kamloops resident announced on Twitter that he committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2014-15 season. “It has been an eventful past couple of days for Ryan and his family the invitation to U-18 selection camp and now a commitment to UND,” said Vees coach Fred Harbinson in a team statement. “Ryan has had a lot of options to choose from over the past year and our organization is extremely proud of Ryan and look forward to helping him grow as a player.” Gropp is one of 42 players vying to earn a spot on Canada’s 22-man roster. He’s also just one of two players in the Canadian Junior Hockey League going. The six-footthree, 190-pound winger was excited to get the call, saying he wasn’t sure when it was going to happen. Now he’s just trying to be prepared to go up against the best players. “Do all the things you normally do. Play your own game, it’s important,” said Gropp of the approach he will take into camp. “It’s a short camp so you have to do something to stand out right away.” Gropp has donned the maple leaf before representing Hockey Canada with Team Pacific at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge last season. In 2012, Gropp earned the bronze medal representing Canada at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Even with these experiences, he expects to feel some nerves and said the U-18 camp is tremendous for him. “It’s been crazy every time I represented Canada,” he said. “It’s been nothing but a good experience. They really run their programs well. Just looking forward to hopefully doing it again.” Harbinson said Gropp’s invite is a sign that he is one of the better players in the country. “A lot of times that kind of opens players eyes to what they need to continue to do to stay on pace as an elite player,” told the Western News. “Gives some confidence at times too to say, ‘Hey, I can be one of the best players in the country at my age.’” Whether Gropp makes the team or not, Harbinson said it will help him have a good start to his second BCHL season. As for joining North Dakota,


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that was a “no-brainer” decision for Gropp and his family following their visit. “It blew us away. Unreal facility,” said Gropp. “We felt pretty comfortable with the coaching staff. I wanted to make a decision and now I’m just really excited for that too.” While having former Vees teammates Troy Stecher and Wade Murphy at the school didn’t play a large role in his decision, it has him excited. “They told me good things. I’m really looking forward to playing with them again,” said Gropp, who was also looking at other schools. A strong academic program combined with the campus not being too large was attractive to Gropp. “I like the small-town feel,” said Gropp, who will play one more season with the Vees. “They are one of the top hockey schools out there. Pretty grateful for the opportunity. I will work hard to make an impact down there.” In committing to UND, Gropp also joins former Vees Mark MacMillan and Brendan O’Donnell. Gropp admitted he had considered playing major junior, but after talking with

It’s been crazy every time I represented Canada. It’s been nothing but a good experience. Just looking forward to hopefully doing it again. — Ryan Gropp

his family, he decided staying in junior A and playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association was the best direction for him. The 16-year-old is coming off a rookie season in which he was named the BCHL Rookie of the Year. He recorded 12 goals and 31 points in 50 games and was the youngest player in the league. During the Fred Page Cup playoffs, Gropp kept up with his regular season pace, scoring four goals and finishing with nine points in 15 games. In other Vees news, Harbinson confirmed that forward Louie Nanne will not be returning next season. The parting is a mutual decision. Nanne will be having surgery on both his

shoulders and isn’t expected to return to action until near Christmas. That is close to roster deadline. With the CJHL changing its rules on imports with the number of players that a team can have and making Americans permanent imports, the club had to change direction in how they were using Nanne’s roster spot. Harbinson said Nanne will play in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, close to home in Minnesota. On July 11, the Vees acquired the playing rights of forwards Ben Dalpe and Tim Moore from the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. Dalpe is the younger brother of former Vee and current Carolina Hurricane forward Zac Dalpe. “He’s just a kid that has gotten better and better over the last couple years,” said Harbinson of Dalpe who played for Canada East last year. “He is coming into his own. I think he is going to add some scoring up front for us. Just a hard working kid. Great character kid.” The Vees will be speaking with Moore to see if he will join the team. He has plans to play for the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League and has a scholarship.

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midget AAA in which they are eighth at 9-210. “We should be in the top half of the league. We go into it to win. We expect to win.” If it doesn’t happen, the team talks about it and moves on. Tigers coach Junior Deleon said the focus of their program is on development. Working with kids aged 15 to 18, the hope is to move them up prior to their Grade 12 season. An ex-

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With nine wins in 30 games, the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers would like a few more Ws. Just ask veteran Tiger Brett Fleming. “Going into each game, we know we can compete with every team in this league,” said Fleming of their play in the B.C. Minor Baseball under-18

ample of that is Dustin Houle, who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers after joining the Langley Blaze in the B.C. Premier Baseball League. Other players who have also moved on to Alberta or to college. In the past eight years, the Tigers have 17 players who reached college baseball. “There are maybe one or two other midget AAA teams that have that type of record,” he said. “The program here is intended for kids to move on to college. Some kids move on before their Grade 12 year to better programs.” Another goal is to make provincials for the top eight teams. As Deleon said, once you get there, any team can have success. When looking at the standings, three teams

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have strong records, while the others blur together. “You can beat anybody on any given day,” he said. “The goal is to make provincials with what you have learned as opposed to going out and beating everybody and not learning anything.” The Tigers resumed play July 12 and lost to Vancouver at Mt. Boucherie 2-1. They faced Kamloops in Kamloops on July 16 and West Kelowna on Wednesday. Deleon has seen improvement, but other teams will be better too. The talent that joined Deleon’s younger core is better than years past. “Right off the get-go

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we were able to be in a lot of closer games than last year,” he said. Deleon is in his eighth year coaching the Tigers and he enjoys it. Watching them develop into good players, but also good people. “I go back to a story where we have a senior now who showed up his first year as a bantam wearing his socks up, but the wrong way,” he retells. “He had his socks holding up his

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ing time the last two years. Last year and this season have been important to ready him for college. Fleming said Deleon is a good coach who works with players when they struggle. He knows this all too well as he went through it with his hitting. “He will take them off to the side and work with them for a few practices, then let them go on their own,” said Fleming.

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pants as opposed to his pants holding his socks. Last fall we had a new kid come in and that same senior was the one that took him aside and explained to him how to wear his socks. There is a full circle come around. That’s what basically keeps me going.” Fleming, who is in his final season with the Tigers, said his development is going well. It’s sped up with more play-

As race day nears for the 31st Peach Classic Triathlon, participant numbers improve. As of Monday morning, co-race director Dave Bullock said they had 300 triathletes registered for Sunday’s event. Of the 300, 188 are competing in the sprint race for the championship. The numbers are pleasing for Bullock after seeing them drop for a few years. “They are 70 per cent up on the sprint distance race simply because it’s the B.C. Sprint championship this year,” he said. “That makes it a little bit more special. Have the $5,000 for the race record on the Olympic distance (for the Peach Classic), that makes it a little bit more exciting too.” Online registration is still open to athletes until midnight Wednesday. People can also register in person at Peach City Runners through the rest of the week and Saturday. There will be no day of race registration. Among the notable locals competing are defending champion Jeff Symonds, who has won the last four years, and Jen Annett, who Bullock said finished sec-

ond during the Barebones duathlon in May. The sprint races begin at 6:45 a.m., while the Olympic men start at 7:05 a.m. and the women five minutes later. Roads will be closed along Lakeshore Drive, which will be open by 8:30 a.m. The area from Winnipeg Street to Front Street will be closed until noon. On Saturday, the 27th annual Boston Pizza Junior Triathlon will be held with the swim starting in Okanagan Lake. Race director Troyce Beglow said there are 140 participants aged six to 16 competing. Registration is online only and closes midnight Wednesday. Beglow said he’s hoping for good weather and calm winds. “I’m getting excited for it,” said Beglow. “I like to see the smiles on kids’ faces when they cross the finish line. Sometimes there are even tears from the younger kids.” Beglow, who thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for their support, said everyone has a lot of fun with the event. “This event is more competitive and provides more competitive and focused kids,” he said. The B.C. Junior Elite provincial championship race will not take place this year. To register, go to www.

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Winning bronze for Penticton Power catcher Emma Reiter felt great. It’s the first provincial medal in any sport for the member of the under-16 girls fastball team. “It felt good to know we’re the third best team in the province,” said Reiter of their feat in Chilliwack July 5 to 7. “We’ve never made it to provincials before. A really nice way to finish off the season.” Head coach Jeff Korven, who was assisted by Ron Huston and Paul Kindel, said he’s happy with the finish considering where they started. Before the Power won the District 9 championship, they were a seventhplace team. The Power won all four round-robin games in Chilliwack to earn the top seed going into playoffs. They knocked off White Rock in their first game then faced the Kelowna Homers, who they beat to win the District 9 championship. The Homers were still added to the provincial championship as a 17th team, and bested the Power 5-1. “We didn’t play well, we played OK,” said Korven. “The whole tourna-


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ment bats were silent and pitching kept us in, except the last two games.” After losing to the Homers, the Power won their next three games. “That’s really hard on your pitching staff,” he said of playing consecutive games so close. The Power then lost to the Gibson Crushers 14-10 to earn the bronze medal. The Crushers faced the Homers and edged them 6-5 for the gold medal. When talking about the bronze medal game, Korven praised the efforts of pitcher Tatiana Brazinha.

“Tatiana receives 10 gold stars,” he said. “This girl, she pitched at 10 a.m. and went six innings, pitched at noon and 2 p.m.” Between the 2 and 4 p.m. game Korven talked to her saying he felt she had done enough. It was time to leave it to the other girls but she still wanted to play. He was also impressed with Reiter, who played every inning except one. “That’s a grinding position. I tried to pull her out,” said Korven, who would have given Reiter the award for heart-and-soul player if

one existed. “She is just a trooper. She just brings so much to the table.” The Power coach said his group showed guts and courage for battling back the way they did. “Good pitching will beat good hitting every time,” he said. “I was very impressed with the way they played.” The Power also participated in a skills challenge with Reiter, Rebecca Livesey, Paisley Anderson, Dana Ingram and Madison Foster working together to take home a bronze in an infield relay.


IN BRIEF Heat miss provincials

The Penticton Heat peewee B lacrosse team was unsuccessful in its bid to earn a provincial berth in Kamloops July 11 to 14. With one berth up for grabs, the Heat fell 12-3 to North Shore of Vancouver in a wild-card game played in Merritt July 7. Penalty problems put the Heat in an early hole as they surrendered the first six goals, all in the opening period. Ben Hoefler scored all three goals for the Heat.

BMX fundraiser

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Best Damn Sports Bar on July 24 a 6 p.m. Money raised will go towards helping the club replace items stolen from their shed. “It’s definitely impacted the season for us. We have small numbers in the club this year and it is all volunteer run so it has put a kink in our season,” said board member Alyson Jones.

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Keremeos restauranteur Karl Schorb of The Branding Iron Bar and Grill spent the last half of the past weekend savouring his first place finish at the 2013 Barbeque King, which took place at the Grist Mill on July 13. Schorb, (assisted by his son Jeremy), was voted best tasting by popular vote at the sold out wine and food competition, beating eight other chefs from up and down the Okanagan valley. In the Iron chef style of competition, each chef received an identical box of locally sourced organic ingredients. Each chef was then paired with one of the member wineries of the Similkameen Wineries Association, to be judged by each guest in attendance. Karl’s winning entry included a brine chicken glazed in

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Fruit peach wine. “We got through with the support of locals,” said Jeremy Schorb, who assisted Karl with the event. Approximately 300 people attended, drawing guests from Alberta, Vancouver and all over the Okanagan and Similkameen.

“For Keremeos to hold an event like this is really incredible,” Jeremy added. “There were 110 guests from Kelowna alone — it was a really awesome event.” Media judges also cast a second vote for the best food and wine pairing of the night. The winner was Ross Derrick from the Delta Grand Okanagan, paired with the Similkameen’s Sage Bush Winery’s 2012 rose. “This is definitely a big thrill for us,” declared Sage Bush manager Nav Lasser. “This was our first competition, and our first award.” The winery is owned by Sonny Lasser. The Similkameen Barbeque King continues to grow in popularity after being named as the second best wine and food event in the OkanaganSimilkameen for two years in a row.

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WestJet and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced this week an innovative partnership to showcase the impressive wines of the famed British Columbia Okanagan Valley on flights operated by WestJet Encore this summer. “As we launch WestJet Encore, we looked for a special way to promote our new destinations and routes,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet vice-president, product and distribution. “Having worked with the wineries of British Columbia through the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society for more than 10 years, we know that the wines of British Columbia are extremely well respected and the region is recognized as one of the premium wine regions in the world. Never before on a scheduled airline in Canada have the wines of British Co-

lumbia been featured in this manner, and we are proud to do so.” A promotional bottle pour on board the new WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft will be offered so every guest will have a choice of two wines to sample for the summer months. “This pouring allows thousands of customers to be introduced to our wines, our wine region and our Okanagan Wine Festivals which draw tens of thousands of wine tourists to our region annually,” said Eric von Krosigk, chair of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and winemaker at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna. The promotional pouring will feature wines from wineries that are members of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. In the month of July they are: Gray Monk Estate Winery, Lang Vineyards, Oliver Twist, Perseus Winery, Blasted Church Vine-

yards, SunnyBrae Vineyards in Tappen, The View Winery, Therapy Vineyards, St, Hubertus Winery, and Wayne Gretzky Okanagan. Next month the participating wineries include: Road 13 Vineyards, the Vibrant Vine, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery, and Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate. The promotion applies only to WestJet flights operated by WestJet Encore during the months of July, August and September. “The Okanagan is blessed with some of the best wineries in the world. With wine tourism continuing to grow, it only makes sense for visitors to sample some of Okanagan’s finest on the way here. The pouring will be a good preview of what awaits them, and another reason to plan their next trip here,” said Premier Christy Clark.

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Van-Kam is committed to employment equity and environmental responsibility. We thank all applicants for your interest! Required immediately experienced Class 1 US drivers only. Must have US experience. We supply assigned trucks, company phones, US Medical, all picks and drops paid. Please fax resume with current clean abstract to 250-546-0600. No phone calls please.



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MacLachlan Brokenshire Donna

December 15, 1947 - July 7, 2013 Surrounded by her loving children, husband and close friends, Donnie passed away after bravely confronting colon cancer. Born in Vancouver to Kenneth and Hortence MacLachlan, Donnie applied the strong civic values she had been raised with to her everyday life. She was active in dance and performance, cheerleading for the BC Lions. Part of her career she spent working in Penticton for the BC Government and became heavily involved with the BCGEU as a steward and local officer. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard Brokenshire, daughter Lara Hannaford, son Ian Hannaford, stepdaughters, Tanya and Debbie Brokenshire. A service will be held Sunday July 21, at 3pm at First Memorial 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria BC.

Karen Ann

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved spouse, mother, grandmother and sister, Karen, after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving partner, Michael Young; daughter, Lisa Burt (Nicolas); grandchildren, Sebastian and Wyatt; sister, Janet Reynolds; a niece and nephew as well as many friends and relatives. Born in Abbotsford, she was raised in the lower mainland and lived in Sechelt before moving to the Okanagan. She spent her career as a florist, thus her love of flowers. Being an artist at heart, she created beautiful crafts and shared them at various markets. A service will be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Everden Rust Funeral Services (1130 Carmi Ave., Penticton) with a celebration to follow at 102-424 Douglas Ave., Penticton. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be directed to the Red Cross. Condolences may be shared by visiting




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EXPERIENCED FULL-TIME buncher and butt’n’top operator required for a logging contractor in the Smithers area. Competitive rates & benefit package available. Please call 250-847-1531 or 250-8470586 or fax resume to 250847-1532

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Looking for RELIABLE AND FLEXIBLE on call person to work in a Retirement Lodge. Our New Employee WILL BE TRAINED IN ALL JOB POSITIONS, AND MUST BE CAPABLE OF WORKING ALL POSITIONS AND VARIOUS SHIFTS. Must have First Aid, Food Safe, WHMIS and Criminal Record Check. Drop off resume to 170 WARREN AVENUE WEST, PENTICTON. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Relief is only a call away! Call 250-979-4357 to set up your FREE consultation in Penticton. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP 33 years experience. BDO Canada Limited. Trustee in Bankruptcy. 200-1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna , BC V1Y 9X1

GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message. For Information 1-800-972-0209.

Need Subs for July 24-26 Route 33 Penticton Ave. area Route 23A Duncan Ave. area Route 20A Government /Balfour area Need Subs for July 31, Aug. 2, 7, 9 Route 5 Coreen Ave. / Paris St. Route 7 McKenzie St. area Route 8 South Main / Dauphin Ave.

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250-492-0444 Ext: 219 or 205

LIVE-IN MANAGER for 50 unit apt. bldg in Trail, B.C. Send resume to 100-3525 Laburnum Drive, Trail, B.C. V1R 2S9. Peter’s Bros. Paving is accepting applications for entry level sales estimators. Salary between $50,000 and $80,000 per year depending on experience and education. Applications can be picked up at 716 Okanagan Ave. E., Penticton, BC between 9:30 and 3:00, no resumes. Peters Bros. Paving is accepting applications for employment for the 2013 construction season as well as mechanics and apprentices. Applications can be picked up at 716 Okanagan Ave. E, Penticton, BC between 9:30am and 3pm. No resumes.


2 Days a Week - Early Mornings The Penticton Western News has Routes available in these areas for Wednesday & Friday: • Penticton • Oliver Route 42 Heather Road area Route 55 Barrington area

TENNIS INSTRUCTOR WANTED FOR THIS FALL The Penticton Community Centre is looking for a Children’s Tennis Instructor for an after school program this September. At least a Level 1 tennis certification is required as well as experience teaching large groups of children. A Criminal Record Check will be required and first aid. For more information contact Bob Pope at 250-490-2436, or drop off resumes to 325 Power Street.

An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta. Coyote Cruises is looking for an Operational Manager, responsible for the daily operation of the business and ensures the efficient operation of all sales, and administrative functions. To be successful in this position the manager must possess good organization skills, a positive attitude, and proven ability to lead and motivate. Authority in this position is open and freedom to act is limited only by approved policies, budgets and procedures under the Board’s authority of Coyote Cruises Limited Partnership. Those interested in the position please submit your resume to: Anona Kampe-CCLP Director Email: anonafawnkampe Fax: 250-493-2882 Mail: Penticton Indian Band RR #2, Site 80, Comp. #19 Penticton BC V2A 6J7 Or in person at the Penticton Indian Band Office.Deadline is July 19, 2013. Start Date is July 23, 2013. Salary depends on experience.


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PHOTOGRAPHER REQ’D for school photography. Contract position, Aug. 18 to Nov. 15. Must have reliable car, computer skills. Some overnight travel req’d. Training & equip. provided. email resume to:

Gas ticket Residential & lite commercial Furnace, A/C, H/P, Rooftops, MUA’s, Walk-in Coolers & Freezers experience Must have strong work ethic & customer service Diagnostic & electrical skills

Please send resume to: or Fax: 250-490-0916

The Lemare Group is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Certified Hand Fallers • Office Highway Logging Truck Drivers • Log Loader Operator • Grapple Yarder Operators • Boom Boat Operator • Chasers • Hooktenders • 2nd Loaders-Buckermen • Heavy Duty Mechanics Fulltime camp with union rates/benefits. Please send resumes by fax to 250-956-4888 or email to: Very busy towing and recovery company with over 30 power units based out of Edmonton, Alberta is looking to fill the following positions: - Operations Manager - Experienced operators - Lease Operators The operations position requires a minimum of 4 years of proven experience in the field, applicants must posses a class one licence and have heavy wrecker experience. This is a salary based position plus commission. All operators must possess a clean drivers abstract and at least one year experience in the towing and recovery field.This is a guarantee base salary plus commission. We have a large selection of newer equipment, we are looking at leasing trucks to right individuals. Please reply with resume to:

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Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services HOUSEKEEPING staff needed at Riverside Motel, apply in person to 110 Riverside Dr.

NOW HIRING! Earn extra cash, workers in demand for simple work. P/T-F/T. Can be done from home. Acceptance guaranteed, no experience required, all welcome!


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Hairstylists We are looking for experienced stylists to take over an existing clientele base and walk-in traffic, (778)476-6001, ask for Kay

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Cleaning Services MISS MOP N’ TASKER. Licensed, bonded & insured professional house cleaning service. Contact 250-809-7522

Drywall For all your renovation needs, boarding, painting, taping & texturing, and patching. Big & small jobs. Fred 250-490-4085

Handypersons Yard work & painting, fences, deck repair or new, garbage hauling, plumbing, roofing, licensed, ins., 250-462-2146

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BWR Contracting, From Ground Up to Grass Down, Your Complete Builder. New construction or renos, specializing in ICF buildings, farm buildings, window/door replacing, flooring & siding. 2/5/10 Warranty, Insured, WCB. Penticton raised 48 years. Free Estimates. Call Bruce (250)488-2471.

Landscaping Bobcat with operator $55/hour. (250)488-2471

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

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

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GUARANTEED Job Placement. General Laborers and Tradesmen For Oil & Gas Industry Work. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Information 1-888-213-2854

Murray’s Appliance Repair Repairs to all makes & models (250)493-5780

HAULING RUBBISH TO THE DUMP, serving Penticton, dump service, junk & yard waste, odd jobs, service with a smile, Pat 250-486-4867

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Trades, Technical BIRON Construction Ltd .is currently hiring welders /fabricators for stainless steel projects. Tig welding ability required .Resume can be emailed to or in person at 130- 500 Warren Ave. Penticton. CHEVALLIER GEO-CON Ltd Rocky Mountain House, Alberta requires experienced Cat, Hoe, Mulcher Operators, servicing Western Canada. Safety tickets required. Fax resume to 403-844-2735.

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ACCOUNTING Administrator, Full Time, Permanent. For a Busy Okanagan Winery. Candidate should be confident using Sage/Simply accounting or similar accounting program. Benefit package. We offer a competitive wage based on experience. Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Please send resume with covering letter. Sorry but only candidates qualifying for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please send resumes to

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GLOBALINX provides residential and commercial telephone service using VoIP(Voice over Internet Protocol) Technology. Starting at $14.95 plus taxes and fees. Free business and product training. Contact 250.619.3644

July 19, 20, 21, Girl’s toys, clothes, books car seats, twin beds, landscaping supplies, Misc household items, low prices., 250-770-1450, call anytime, 1095 Killarney St.

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1 Bed/1 Bath modern condo by Orchard Park, Greenway, along major bus routes, 19+ building, very quiet, low strata $150/mo. $207,000. Call to view: 250-718-1351

2bdrm, great location, private parking, quiet, secure building, large storage room, laminate floors, $850, heat/cable incl., cat ok with dep., ns, 250-4887902

Condo for sale in Oliver, close to all ammen. 2bdrm, 1.5 bath, $145,000 as is. 250-498-3354

Bachelor DT at Orchard & Martin, $650 util. incl. Phone Dennis At Realty Exec. 250493-4372 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt’s for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. $450 & up. Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. Large 2bdrm, Penticton Ave., close to schools/transit, $750, call Dennis at Realty Exec’s (250)493-4372 Lg 2 bdrm, 2 bath suite in 4unit bldg, Summerland. Avail Aug 1. Walking dist to town. 45+, NP, NS. $850/mo + util incl W/D, F/S. 250-485-0125 Bright, spacious, 2bdrm for 55+, close to shopping, garden/lawn care & snow removal incl., $860, 250-404-0327 or 250-490-1739.

WIDOW living in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen thinking of relocating. I would like to housesit in the Penticton area for the winter months to evaluate future living possibilities. Good references available. Please contact or 250-295-0480

Window Cleaning $59 single storey, cleaned inside & out, seniors discount, (250)488-1956

Merchandise for Sale

Auctions HUGE Burnaby Restaurant Equipment Auction - used equipment from closed restaurants & NEW equipment direct from manufacturer! for info and to sign up for our e-newsletter or call 1-800-556-KWIK

Farm Equipment Surplus Farm Equip., 6’ wide Terra Nova rototiller, $1600, 6’ wide land roller, water filled, $1600, 3 bottom John Deere hydraulic plow, $600, Allis Chalmers PTO hay rake $200, assorted sheep fence, $200, 40lbs gopher getter, $200, call 250-498-3094

Free Items upright freezer, lg, not working 250-492-0155

Fruit & Vegetables In need of canning jars? 91 Kerr wide mouth mason jars are for sale. Asking $6 for a dozen. Call 250-462-5874

Furniture Attractive off white or curio cabinet, 2dr, 4shelfs, w/linen closet, 778-476-2222 Do you have company visiting you during the summer? Why not buy a futon for $80 o.b.o. for you to sleep on so they can enjoy your bed? 250-462-5874 *NEW QUEEN MATTRESS SET* Pillow Top in Plastic. Mfr. Warranty Must Sell $200 ~ (1)(250)870-2562

Shady Yard Sale, Fri., 4-8pm, Sat., 8am-4pm, 213 Conklin Ave., an eclectic mix of new & vintage antique singer sewing machines, books, furniture, gifts & house wares, LH golf clubs, post drill, hide a bed w/corner seat, 110 piece “Midas” English stoneware dishes, 1976 14’ Travel mate trailer, misc. galore

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB SCRAP PAPPY 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

Medical Supplies Shoprider Scooters & power chairs, new & used. Stair lifts, platform stair lifts, vertical platform lifts. Kamloops: 250-3773705 Kelowna: 250-764-7757 Vernon: 250-542-3745 or call Toll Free 1-888-542-3745

Misc. for Sale For Sale: Lg dog crate. Approx 36x24x26. Largest size allowed on West Jet. Used one, $150 new, asking $90. 250859-0740

STEEL BUILDING. DIY summer sale! Bonus days extra 5% off. 20x22 $3,998. 25x24 $4,620. 30x34 $6,656. 32x42 $8,488. 40x54 $13,385. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422, STEEL BUILDINGS, metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 will sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 Two wheelchair/scooter lifts: Both Bruno - 1 Curbsider 1 with deck. Each $450 obo ✽✽✽✽✽✽✽✽ Two ent. centers: 1 oak/glass; 1 corner cherry. Each $145 w/good TVs. 250-492-5046

Misc. Wanted Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 250-499-0251 Wanted: Ice Cream pails, will pick up, Thank-you! (250)4920680 Wanted: Wide body Pleasure Way Camper Van in good condition. Will trade for 2000 Mercedes Benz Kompressor hard top convertible 124K in excellent condition. (250)546-0033 or 250-306-0093

For Sale By Owner 3 bdrm home w/full basement on 1/3 acre, quiet area, great Location, tool shed, carport + garage,wood shed & work shop. 1288 Lyon St., Penticton, (250)493-9320 call for appointment to view & discuss ******* View Okanagan properties for sale by owner. Selling? No Commission. 250-545-2383, 1-877-291-7576 PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS from $140,000. Also: 1 precious 3 acre parcel, owner financing. 250-558-7888 Summ. 55+ Bi-Level, 2bdrm, 3ba., built-in vac, A/C, U/G irr., garage, deck, sunroom, Lrg. lot, $410,000 (250)404-0172

Other Areas 20 ACRES FREE! Own 60 acres for 40 acre price/payment $0 Down, $198/mo. Money Back Guarantee, No Credit Checks. Beautiful Views, West Texas. Call 1800-843-7537.

Sporting Goods ***2009 Electric Golf Carts*** $2100 each, Club Cars (250)493-6791

Tools 1/2” drill press mounted on steel table $1500, makita cut off saw, 10H generator-new 6200WT, compressor-new motor, table saw, Beaver Lincoln sick welder. 250-4992408

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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 250-938-3626 2bdrm, $800, adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-492-7328 2bdrm, adult oriented, quiet, ns, no pets, 285 Edmonton Ave., $800, Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-488-5678

Commercial/ Industrial 485 Warren Ave E, 2345 sq.ft., high profile corner building, shop, new lighting, new offices, 3-phase power, 10x10 o/h door, shop w/1 tonne center pole jib crane, etc., Penticton, (250)490-9016, for info email: PRIME Commercial Space: 2300sqft. in busy Apple Plaza, ample parking. Call Barb 250492-6319

Cottages / Cabins Keremeos, 1bdrm units avail. immed.,all util. inc. $600/mo 250-499-5802

Duplex / 4 Plex 2bdrm, 5appl., close to comm. centre, $800, util not incl., avail. Aug. 1, personal & employment ref’s req., ns, np,(250)497-8418

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REALTY EXECUTIVES VANTAGE APARTMENTS: 2 bdrm near library and Safeway, f,s, balcony, coin-op laundry, cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR115) Recently reno’d large 1 bdrm + den, 5 appl., tile flr though out, private patio. Avail. July 15 (H656-1) 2 bdrm grd flr, Adult building, sec’d entry, 1 bath, f, s, w.d., a/c, 2 parking spots, no pets, no smoking, 1yr lease req’d. Avail. NOW (A452)

FURNISHED AND UNFURNISHED TERM PROPERTIES: $1000 2 bdrm unfurnished house, 1 bath, large yard, fridge, stove, washer and dryer, pet on approval. Avail. Sept – June 2014 $1200 2 bdrm furnished, 2 bath, grd flr condo, 6 appl, garage, near Skaha Lake, H.W flrs. Pet on approval. Avail. Sept or Oct – June 2014 (A441) $1400 Alysen Place, 2 bdrm furnished 2 bath condo, 2 parking spots, 6th floor, No pets. Avail. Sept 1 – June 2014 (A420)

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Office/Retail 1000sqft of Industrial/Commercial/Retail Space for lease compounded yard & overhead door. Warren Ave. 250-765-3295

Suites, Lower Avail. Aug. 01, new contemporary, 1bdrm + den/2nd bdrm in Wiltse area, private level entrance and patio, stainless appl. w/d in suite, n/s, n/p, $950 incl. util. 250-493-4823 DAYLIGHT BASEMENT SUITE, 2bdrm, 1000sqft, Avail. Sept. 1, w/d, f/s, gas/elec. incl., n/s, n/p, mature adults pref. Ref. Req., $800/mo. 250-493-5370


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1bdrm house Cawston, $650, incl. util., 3bdrm mobile, orchard setting, $700 incl. util., 250-499-0558, no text msgs. 3bdrm house in Penticton, n/s, n/p (or pet dep.), Ref. Req., $1150/mo. Avail. Aug 01. 250493-6308

2bd 2ba, den, fp, fenced backyard, 5appl., close to mall, bus route, $1200+util., mature working person pref., ns, small dog on approval, avail. immed., ref’s, 250-493-5032 3bdrm, 1.5ba, private backyard, coin laundry, np, ns, $950/mo., (250)490-4198

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Homes for Rent

Rural Home Wanted Long-time South Okanagan family of 5 is looking for a perfect long-term rental situation. Seeking a quiet, out-of-town location, possibly with some land or in a rural setting. We work in the Oliver area, and our kids attend Oliver schools, but we are willing to take on a bit a of a drive. We have two wellbehaved dogs, a 6-yr-old indoor cat, an excellent track record when it comes to renting, and can provide solid references. 250-498-1713.


Auto Accessories/Parts 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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2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro AWD. 173000km. Automatic. Climate control. Pwr sunroof. Heated leather seats. Bose sound. $7000. Contact Fenton at 250-486-7196.

Motorcycles 2009 Honda CRF230F. Owned from new. Ridden twice. $3500. 250-486-7196 2009 Honda CRF450X. Owned from new. Ridden twice. Only 21km. $6500. 250486-7196

Recreational/Sale 17’ Palomino travel trailer, light weight, pulls with V6 tuck, stove/oven, fridge, bathroom, good condition, $3499 OBO. 778-476-0564 or 250-4939418 1978 Okanagan Camper, 8 ft (lightweight), comes with Ice box, 3 burner stove & aluminum folding steps, asking $850 OBO, 250-488-9899 1984 Ford 30’ M/Home upgraded running gear, new fridge, all oil changes & necessary maint., runs well. 250499-2408 1988 22’ Ford Econoline Motorhome, in great condition, new laminate flooring installed last year, everything works, AC, fridge, stove, furnace, toilet, shower, 3 beds (2 double, 1 king), 8 seat belsts, tons of cupboards and storage space, no leaks in roof, $4000, any questions call Casey, 250809-4802 1989 18’ Travel trailer, Terry resort, f/s, oven, tub/shower, sleeps-6, excel. shape, $4600 OBO 250-492-9841 1991 Ultra Star Class A Motor Home, 29’, GM454, 95840km, $12,500. 250-494-4295 1994 Class A Coronado Motorhome. 33’, exc cond. Owned & maintained by retired RV tech. $19,900 or trade for 2007 or newer Chev or GMC SLE Crew Cab 4x4 w/low miles/tow pkg. 250-547-6540 1999 Four Winds 29’ Class C, Ford V10 Chassis, only 34,300 kms, sleeps 6-8, dual a/c, oven, MW gen, shower, Q-bed, sofa, $28,900, (250)495-3385 Osoyoos, cell/text: 250-4861565, **1999 Jayco Quest 8** stove/fridge/heater, sleeps 6-8, QN beds (250)493-6177 2006 29’ travel trailer Slideout, Rockwood by Forest River, $12,000. (250)558-1400 27’ Prowler “Extreme Edition” Sleeps 6, queen bed, like new, used very little. Very deluxe inside & out, sky lite, TV - DVD VHS surround sound, air, infloor heating, outside shower, BBQ hookup, stove, oven, mw, large pantry, 3 closets, 15’ x 3’ slideout, open floor plan, exc shape, equalizer & ball. $15,900. 250-545-5656 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 ARMOUR TOWING Scrap Removal,Will meet or beat all competitors pricing, 250-801-4199

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Reno’d 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath, large suite in 4 unit building, extra storage, fp, f,s, w.d., d/w, near Columbia School, pet on approval. Avail. NOW (H691-1) $1200 Smaller 1 bdrm + den home on private lot with spectacular view Lake/ beach, reno’d flrs/ new paint, f,s, w.d. Pet ok with pet deposit. Avail. NOW (H764)

TOWNHOUSES: $1100 Near Pen hi and downtown, end unit in 3 plex, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, wood fp, f,s, d/w laundry h/u. Avail. NOW (OT581) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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District Lot 86s, SDYD


Applications for a winery lounge and special event area (event driven only endorsement), have been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch from Liquidity Wines located at 4720 Allendale Road, Okanagan Falls. Proposed licensed hours for the winery lounge are between 11:00 AM and Midnight daily. Person capacity for the proposed lounge will be limited to 75 persons inside and 70 persons on the patio. Proposed licensed hours for the special event area are between 10:00 AM and Midnight daily for events only. Person capacity for the proposed special event area will be limited to 25 persons inside and an adjacent outdoor area (1000 square feet). Residents and owners of businesses located within a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by:


Monday, July 29, 2013


7:00 pm

Location: Naramata Old Age Pensioners (OAP) Hall rd 330 3 Street (corner of Ritchie Avenue), Naramata, BC. PURPOSE: To amend the Electoral Area ‘E’ Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 2458, 2008, and Zoning Bylaw No. 2459, 2008, to allow for the reconstruction of a single family residence by rezoning a portion of the property from CT1 to AG1; to amend the zoning of areas within the ALR areas, and to replace the RM2 Zone with an RM1 Site Specific zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2458.07, 2013: to amend the OCP Bylaw by changing the land use designation of the subject properties from part from Commercial (C) to Agriculture (AG) and from Agriculture (AG) to Commercial (C). Amendment Bylaw No. 2459.11, 2013: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation of the subject properties from part Commercial Tourist One (CT1), part Agriculture One (AG1) and part Residential Multiple Family Two (RM2) to part Commercial Tourist One (CT1), part Agriculture One (AG1) and part Residential Multiple Family Site Specific (RM1s).


PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before AUGUST 11, 2013. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.


Official Community Plan & Zoning Amendment Electoral Area ‘D’ – Apex Mountain


Legal Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: THE ESTATE OF BETTE JEAN HART, also known as BETTE J.HART, also known as BETTE HART, late of Chute Creek Road, Naramata, British Columbia who died on March 30, 2013 (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 Executors of the Estate at 101 - 123 Martin Street, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 7X6, on or before August 19, 2013, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims of which the Executors then have notice. Executors: RICHARD BENNETT COATES SONDRA HARMON Solicitor: BERNICE GREIG Gilchrist & Company 101 - 123 Martin Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 7X6 (250) 492-3033

Legal Notices

Date: Time: Location:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:00 pm Kenyon House 5332 8th Avenue, Okanagan Falls, BC.

PURPOSE: to amend the Electoral Area ‘D’ Kaleden-Apex Southwest Sector Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 2456, 2008, and Zoning Bylaw 2457, 2008, in order to introduce “vacation rental” as a permitted use at the Apex Alpine Area and to introduce a new set of General Regulations related to “vacation rental” uses. Amendment Bylaw No. 2456.05, 2013: to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw by replacing the Low Density Residential (LR) designation that applies to those lands at the Apex Alpine Area to Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU). Amendment Bylaw No. 2457.12, 2013: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by introducing “vacation rentals” as a permitted use in the Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU) Zone, and to replace the existing Resort Cottage (RC) and Residential Two Family (Duplex) (RS3) Zone with a new Residential Apex Alpine (RS4) Zone in which “vacation rentals” are listed as a permitted use, with a site specific component dealing with duplex dwelling units; and to introduce a new set of General Regulations related to “vacation rental” uses. Amend OCP Bylaw No. 2456, 2008:

VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw Nos 2458.07 and 2459.11, 2013, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District.


Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: Web: Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Zoning Amendment Application for:

2493 Gammon Road Lot 19B, Plan 576, District Lot 207, SDYD; and Lot 1, Plan KAP7968, District Lot 207, SDYD. Date: Time: Location:

from: Low Density Residential (LR) to:

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer

Monday, July 29, 2013 7:00 pm Naramata Old Age Pensioners (OAP) Hall rd 330 3 Street (corner of Ritchie Avenue), Naramata BC

PURPOSE: To amend the Electoral Area ‘E’ Naramata Zoning Bylaw 2459, 2008, in

Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU)

order to allow for the expansion of an existing winery use by increasing the 2 2 allowable floor area from 600 m to 900 m at 2493 Gammon Road, Naramata, while 2 simultaneously reducing the floor area allowance for a winery use from 600 m to 2 300 m on an adjacent property at Lot 1, Plan KAP7968, District Lot 207, SDYD.

Amendment Bylaw No. 2459.12, 2013: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation for a portion of the subject property from Agriculture One (AG1) to Agriculture One Site Specific (AG1S).

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Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2457, 2008: from:

Residential Resort Cottage (RC)


part Residential Apex Alpine (RS4); part Residential Apex Alpine Site Specific (RS4s);

2493 Gammon Road

VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2456.05 & 2457.12, 2013, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District. Please note that all correspondence submitted to the Regional District in response to this Notice will form part of a public record and will be published in a meeting agenda when this matter is before the Regional Board or a Committee of the Board. The Regional District considers the author's address relevant to the Board's consideration of this matter and may discuss this personal information. The author's phone number and email address is not relevant and should not be included in the correspondence if the author does not wish this personal information disclosed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: Web:

Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer

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Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2459, 2008: from: Agriculture One (AG1) to: Agriculture One Site Specific (AG1s) (BLUE HATCHED AREA)

VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2459.12, 2013, c/o Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District. Please note that all correspondence submitted to the Regional District in response to this Notice will form part of a public record and will be published in a meeting agenda when this matter is before the Regional Board or a Committee of the Board. The Regional District considers the author's address relevant to the Board's consideration of this matter and may discuss this personal information. The author's phone number and email address is not relevant and should not be included in the correspondence if the author does not wish this personal information disclosed.


Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: Web: Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer

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