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BACK TO SCHOOL TIME - Jenn Ogloza has some comforting words for daughter Kita Popovski, 5, before she boards the school bus for her first day of Grade 1 at Parkway Elementary School, Tuesday. RCMP remind motorists the 30-kilometre speed limit is once again in effect in school zones. See story on page 3. Mark Brett/Western News

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Fruit growers in the Oliver area are still reeling and assessing the damage after a storm tore through the region last week. A storm late Thursday afternoon brought driving rain in the Penticton area, but by the time it reached Covert Farms north of Oliver, the severity had increased. “It was just devastating. We got the wind and the rain and hail It was very violent. I lived here all my life and I never saw one like this,” said Greg Norton, a grower in the Willowbrook Road area, who said the storm damage extends from just north of Oliver to as far south as Road 16. “First time in 25 years. “It’s just unbelievably devastating and now the peaches are rotting.” Norton estimates he lost about a third of his peach crop, all the fruit remaining on the trees, including one late variety he hadn’t begun to pick. The financial extent of the damage is still awaiting assessment, but he expects it to be severe. “It just tore the peaches wide open, they’re done,” said Norton. While he has lost a lot of the profit from his crop, Norton already had cherries picked and a good portion of his peaches so he considers himself lucky compared to his neighbours who are heavily invested in apples. “I feel fortunate. If you are going to get a disaster, at least it’s at the end of the season,” said Norton, noting that apple growers were just getting ready for their first pick of the season. I don’t have any apples, but my neighbours do and it’s awful.” “We just got annihilated,” said Rick Duarte. “They are all pretty much for juice, there is nothing salvageable for the fresh market.”

Duarte feels sure that SunRype has enough demand to take care of the large amount of apples available for juice, but said there is another problem for apple growers. While the packing house is accepting dented apples for juicing, they are turning away apples where the hail has pierced the skin. “The packing house is telling growers who have blocks like that they are not accepting those apples for juice, whereas ones like mine, which are banged up and bruised, they will accept,” said Duarte. This isn’t the first time this year Duarte has had weather damage. In early May, he was hit by frosts that took out 70 per cent of his cherry crop. “Hail is the cruelest of all the challenges we face,” said Norton. Rain can be fought by drying the crop out with helicopters and wind machines, giving the grower hope the crop can be saved, but hail damage is instantaneous. “I am way beyond bruised. I counted up to 15 hits on one peach,” said Norton. “I tried to salvage some this morning. I picked two bags and I was halfway through the block and I could only find two bags full of decent peaches. It’s just absolutely wiped out.” Doug Lundquist, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said that while this storm wasn’t unusual, they are usually weakening by this time of year. “Usually by the end of August, beginning of September, the storm season is waning a bit,” said Lundquist. “So this severe storm is later in the season than typical, maybe by a couple of weeks.” However, he warns the area isn’t done with storms yet; another series of thunderstorms, possibly with heavy rainfall, are expected later this week in the South Okanagan. DOWNTOWN ~ FREE PARKING

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A drunk driver and a speeding motorcycle combined this weekend to claim the life of a former Penticton resident. Tyler Edwards, 34, was killed Sunday night when his bike was hit by a drunk driver behind the wheel of a Jeep turning at an intersection in Nanaimo. “Alcohol was certainly a factor with the driver of the Jeep, and speed was also a factor on behalf of the motorcyclist,” said Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. He said the impact caused the driver of the white 2007 Yahama motorcycle to be thrown quite a distance off his bike. Edwards suffered critical injuries and died at the scene before arrival at the hospital. “The driver of the Jeep was a 61-year-old from Nanaimo who was impaired,” said O’Brien. “He was issued an immediate roadside prohibition for 90 days.” The driver’s name has not been released. “It is still early in the investigation and there has not been a determination if more significant charges will be laid,” said O’Brien. “We are still pulling together reports and once that is com-

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School begins under dark cloud Mark Brett and Joe Fries Western News Staff

Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers association, died of a heart attack Saturday at the age of 52. Fruit growers and industry members all agree Sardinha’s legacy will be one of optimism.

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Fruit growers mourn loss of Joe Steve Kidd

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The tree fruit industry lost one of its most ardent supporters this weekend with the death of Summerland orchardist Joe Sardinha. An outpouring of praise for the industry leader and condolences for his wife June and two sons has followed on news of his sudden death Saturday from a heart attack at the age of 52. Sardinha, a humble man, would no doubt be embarrassed by the praise. The son of Portuguese immigrants, he grew up on the family farm in Summerland, taking over the 4.5 hectares for himself 33 years ago. Though Sardinha might have been happiest working amongst the trees of his orchard, he also spent a dozen of those years tirelessly advocating for the fruit industry, first as vice-president of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, then as president from 2005 to 2012, during some of the most trying times the fruit industry has seen. “He succeeded me and I retired in 2004, so he was actually president for eight years,” said Penney Gambell, BCFGA pastpresident. “When he was president, I think it was very difficult, government had chosen to pull back from the tree fruit industry. I know he tried his very best and was successful in keeping things like the Sterile Insect Release program. He did get extensions to the replant programs for us, but government was really taking a hands-off policy.” During his term, Sardinha led the BCFGA through a massive restructuring that saw amalgamation of the packing houses and an increased focus on quality of the fruit produced in the province. But despite low market prices, rising costs and seeming government indifference, Sardinha maintained not only a drive and vision to better the industry but an unflagging optimism, finding a bright

side even when faced with problems, as in 2009, when apples on the trees were of smaller size than ideal for marketing. That just made them more ideal for children in school lunch and snack programs, according to Sardinha. “If you don’t have any optimism, you’re putting up the white flag and the industry has been around too long to do that. Anyone interested in the industry is not prepared to surrender,” he has been quoted as saying. His devotion to the industry gained Sardinha the respect of growers throughout the valley, admiration that carried on even after he stepped down as BCFGA president. “Joe’s death was totally unexpected. Everywhere I went, people asked how Joe was keeping – out of admiration and respect for Joe. He loved his family, farming and the farm community. I speak for all tree fruit growers in saying we are deeply saddened by this news,” said Jeet Dukhia, current BCFGA president. Oliver-area orchardist Greg Norton remembers Sardinha as a great leader who gave selflessly to the industry. Leaders like that come along rarely, Norton said. “There have been a few in our history, but not many,” said Norton. “He was a real gentleman and a clever negotiator. He was persistent and always did it with grace. That’s a rare quality.” Penticton MLA Dan Ashton, a farmer himself, echoed Norton’s comments. “You couldn’t have met a nicer man, a gentleman who was incredibly concerned about the state of agriculture in the province. A gentleman that had positive solutions and did his best to make a difference,” said Ashton. “Both personally and on behalf of all of us here in the Okanagan, our hearts go out to the family.” It was rare to meet with Sardinha without being touched by his optimism and leave feeling a bit better about the prospects for the fruit industry. He will be missed.

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School is back in session under a cloud of labour unrest. And as kids head back for their first full day of classes today, the union that represents school support staff resumes negotiations with the B.C. government. In August, the Canadian Union of Public Employees warned parents its members, who are without a contract, had taken an affirmative strike vote and were contemplating a walk-out later this month. Teachers, who will not cross a CUPE picket line, are also without a contract. Their union is scheduled to restart talks with the government in October. The Okanagan Skaha School District is prepared for any eventuality. “We’ve got a draft of a plan in and, essentially, if teachers refuse to cross a picket line, it will be pretty hard to have schools open, because you can’t have one principal supervising 300 kids,” explained superintendent Wendy Hyer. “You have to think of the safety of the students. That would be the worst-case scenario, and we’ll work hard to avert that situation, but we do have a plan in place if that happens.” Hyer said specifics of that plan will be communicated to parents if job action becomes imminent. CUPE, which represents 27,000 B.C. school support staff, said it walked away from the bargaining table last month because of the government negotiator’s apparent inability to discuss wage increases. Last winter, school boards refused the education minister’s request to draw up savings plans to fund possible pay hikes, but appear to have relented. Trustee Ginny Manning, who chairs the board of the Okanagan Skaha School District, confirmed via email, “We have been asked to create a savings plan and staff are looking at it,” but said she was unable to comment further. The district expects 5,700 students in regular schools for the start of the year, down from the 5,843 it estimated for the start of the 2012-13 session. Province-wide, enrolment in public schools is expected to dip to 525,692 students, down 5,824 from the end of the last school year. To help protect those students, police have promised they’ll be out in full force to make sure drivers are respecting 30 km/h speed limits in school zones. “It’s not only speed that is an issue in the school zones,” noted Penticton RCMP Const. Ted Manchulenko. “We continue to see parking violations, usually (by) parents, that disobey the posted parking and nostopping areas. “We try to educate the motoring public relating to these zones that are posted for line-of-sight issues that relate to safety of the crosswalks, exits to driveways and school bus operation, and yet we continue to have motorists stopping in these areas affecting the safety of all using the areas.” Fines for speeding in school and playground zones start at $196. Failing to yield for a pedestrian carries a $167 penalty.

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Hometown boy brings Lord Stanley’s Cup to Penticton park Joe Fries

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Duncan Keith’s face got quite a workout Saturday as he smiled his way through hundreds of photos with fans in Penticton. “It’s not hurting — I can’t feel it,” he said with a laugh after hosting a community event at Gyro Park, where he put the Stanley Cup on display and spent nearly an hour posing for pictures with the public. The 30-year-old Chicago Blackhawks defenceman won his second cup this June and shared part of his day with the trophy with the community, just as he did in 2010. Summerland teacher Raja Gupta was among the first in line for a photo. “It’s nice that Duncan did offer the time,” Gupta said.

“It’s good for the community.” Penticton resident Bonnie Inglis was similarly pleased and happy to have squeezed in a hug with Keith. “I am a die-hard Canucks fan, but this is the closest we’ll get to see the cup in B.C.,” she said. RCMP Const. Tim Wood was one of two local Mounties lucky enough to suit up in dress uniforms for the public event, at which the City of Penticton proclaimed Duncan Keith Day. “They sent out an email to the whole detachment and I jumped on it when I heard about it,” Wood said. “It’s a boyhood dream for any Canadian kid to stand with the Stanley Cup, and to do it with red serge is an honour.”The guest of honour was “super-approachable and really polite,” Wood added.

“With famous people you never know, but he’s down to earth and supereasy to talk to. Awesome guy.” Keith moved to the Okanagan with his family as a teenager and played two seasons with the Penticton Minor Hockey Association, then three seasons of junior A hockey with the Penticton Panthers before moving on to the WHL, college and professional ranks. He was happy to share the cup with the community. “I think it’s important to give back. Obviously there’s a lot of people who helped me along the way in this town, in this city, and it’s nice for the young kids to get a chance to see (the cup) and talk to them a little bit,” Keith said. Following the event at Gyro Park, Keith and the cup headed off to a party with family and friends,

likely among the tamer functions the trophy has appeared at. “We can do most things with it,” he said. “Just got to have a little respect for it though, right? “I mean, it is Lord Stanley, so you don’t want to be messing with it too much.” The six-foot-one, 200-pound blue-liner scored three goals and 27 points in 47 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He was due to leave for Chicago on Monday to begin skating ahead of the Blackhawks’ training camp, which opens Sept. 12. Keith spent last week in Calgary with 46 other players vying to make Team Canada’s roster for the 2014 Olympics in Russia. He was part of the squad that won gold in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

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B.C. Utilities Commission asks Fortis to report sooner rather than later Joe Fries

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Nearly 150 complaints about FortisBC’s new two-tiered electricity prices have prompted the B.C. Utilities Commission to order an evaluation of the new rate structure sooner than planned. FortisBC was scheduled to report on its conservation rate by the end of April 2014, but the commission has now bumped up the deadline for a preliminary study to Oct. 31. In the one year that followed the July 2012 approval of the new rate structure, the BCUC received 149 complaints, a number it deemed “significant,” according to an order paper issued Aug. 22. The order compels FortisBC to prepare a report that includes information about how much energy has been saved by the new rate structure, how it has affected company revenue, and its impact on customers who don’t have access to natural gas to heat their homes. “They’ve been listening to me, I guess, because I was the biggest complainer,” said Robby Kilborn, an Olalla resident who saw his power bill quadruple to $2,100 for a four-month period last winter. The conservation rate reduced the price for energy use below 1,600 kilowatt-hours in each billing cycle, but increased the cost for consumption over that mark. While FortisBC expected 75 per cent of its customers would pay less under the new structure, people like Kilborn, who have no choice but to heat with electricity, have seemingly paid much more. “I’m glad they ordered the report on it,” he said. Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer has previously called on the BCUC to increase the lower threshold and is trying to arrange a meeting with the B.C.

energy minister to discuss the matter. He thinks the 149 complaints are just the tip of the iceberg. “Not everybody wrote directly to the BCUC, so there’s a lot more. A lot of people wrote to their MLAs or they sent it to the government,” Bauer said. “I think the number is actually quite a bit higher.” FortisBC spokesperson Neal Pobran said the company volunteered to complete the preliminary study. “We were sensing that some of our customers we’re paying more from this rate, so I think they spoke out and that’s part of why we want to speed up this report, is because we were hearing from our customers,” he said. Pobran said the volume of complaints to the BCUC “is probably more than they (usually) receive,” but he noted it represents just a fraction of the company’s 130,000 customers in the Southern Interior. It’s expected the report will provide recommendations, plus “evaluate if the conservation rate’s impact is consistent with expectations and discuss any other lessons that have been learned” since implementation, BCUC acting director of customer relations Kristine Bienert said in a statement. “The BCUC will determine what actions, if any, should be taken once the report has been received and the data has been reviewed in full,” she said. In its original January 2012 decision on the two-tiered rate structure, the BCUC noted it is “befitting an era where the provincial legislation encourages conservation.” Three resolutions regarding the issue are on the agenda for the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention later this month in Vancouver. The resolutions call for the B.C. government to review and

amend the two-tiered rate structure in areas where natural gas is not available. Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said he’s aware of the situation, partly because FortisBC has sought him out to discuss it. “My personal opinion is I think the threshold needs to be adjusted,” he said. Ashton noted the decisions ultimately rest with the BCUC, although he’s working to keep the issue “front and centre.”

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Twerking not for dictionary In the wake of Miley Cyrus’ sad attempt to transform from cute pop star into a sex symbol, the Oxford University Press announced it is adding twerking to the online version of the Oxford English dictionary, that bastion of the English language. If you don’t know what twerking is, well, it’s the style of dancing Cyrus performed onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards last Friday. And if that still leaves you in the dark, then lucky you. Oxford defines twerk as “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” They’ve also added selfie, srsly, squee and a number of other “buzzworthy” words that they say have gained widespread currency. We are not suggesting the English language isn’t an evolving, living thing, but giving slang expressions legitamcy, however useful or colourful they may be, is not the way to go. If widespread currency was the only factor, then perhaps the OED should also be adding aks as a synonym for ask, as in, “I aks you, is dose Oxford guys for real?” Once the domain of New Yawk cabbies, Jersey Shore has certainly spread the dialectical variation far and wide. Slang has its own power, mostly from cultural references used by a community to identify it’s members, eh? But the English language by itself is a wonderfully varied and subtle instrument. A simple word like dance can be modified by adjectives shading it to a precise meaning. There is no need to add words to the dictionPENTICTON WESTERN ary that have no meaning in and of themselves, especially those that will fade and morph as the technology, trends and culture they are linked to change or fade away. Anyone up for getting out our zoot suits and doing the lindy? Twenty-three skiddoo, baby!

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Back to school labour disputes Another school year dawns in B.C., with the prospect of disruptive labour disputes. First up are 27,000 support staff, in a legal strike position. These are the teacher aides, custodians, bus drivers and crossing guards. Most are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, with a few Teamsters and other locals scattered around the 60 school districts. Public discussion about these disputes usually focuses on wage increases, which CUPE members in schools haven’t seen for four years. Their current deals expired more than a year ago, after they were subject to the same two-year wage freeze imposed on the rest of government. The B.C. government moved from the post-recession wage freeze to a system they call “co-operative gains,” where raises must be financed by savings in other areas of

the operation. Only two provincial employee groups have yet to do this: school support staff and teachers. (Education Minister Peter Fassbender confirmed last week teacher raises will be funded by extra Tom Fletcher transfers from the B.C. Views provincial treasury as they try to get a longare expected to help term deal. pay all of the above to But that’s a topic for government workers. another day.) The 60 contracts CUPE, the largest have many variations, union in the country, has but core elements are a sophisticated media the same. campaign to generate In the Central public sympathy. Okanagan school We are repeatedly district, the starting reminded not only that CUPE wage rate is the last raise was 2009, $17.37 an hour. but that the “average” The top rate is pay is a mere $24,000 $26.59, or $28.78 for a year. If that number workers who qualify for is accurate, it reflects a a trades adjustment. large number of partAll contracts have timers. rigid seniority and Let’s look at a few bumping clauses provisions CUPE to ensure that new doesn’t talk about, on employees absorb any behalf of those selfreductions in working employed taxpayers hours. who have no paid From a taxpayer’s holidays, no employer perspective, this leads to pension or benefits and the maximum number no paid overtime, but

of employees making the highest wages. Overtime in Central Okanagan is time and a half for the first two hours, and double time after that. Contracts also include the provision that unscheduled overtime is subject to a four-hour minimum. It’s amazing how often an unexpected hour of work can arise when it’s paid at quadruple time. The Surrey school district contract details how even spare board employees are to be enrolled in the municipal pension plan, a defined-benefit system most private-sector employees can only dream about. Then there are paid sick days. The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation reports that the average B.C. private sector worker took 7.4 sick days last year. The public sector average was 12. The Surrey contract details the windfall of unused sick days that

must be paid out to employees who retire as early as age 55. The maximum is 150 days, for a lavish perk only available to employees hired before July 1, 1996. Even so, we’ll be paying these bonuses out for years to come. It goes on and on. Six weeks’ paid vacation after 20 years, with an extra day added for every year after that. There are many little things, such as a $60 swimsuit allowance for teacher aides who take part in swimming instruction. This is not to devalue the work done by these people. It is to suggest that given the growing gap between public and private employment benefits, finding savings is reasonable. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalNews.com, Twitter:@tomfletcherbc E-mail: tfletcher@ blackpress.ca.


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Dog control shouldn’t bark

Having just now returned from Okanagan Park’s off leash dog park I remain more than just a little perturbed. I go there regularly with our three-year-old Australian Shepherd and our seven-year-old miniature Pinscher. They are well behaved dogs that are certified St.John Ambulance therapy dogs who visit Village by the Station every week. Jasper the miniature Pinscher likes the social aspect with other dogs but does not like water he always stays close by and never wanders off. Chloe, our Aussie, is the real water dog but is extremely food motivated with an incredible memory. A couple of weeks ago someone disposed of a bag of dog food at the Penticton Creek’s opening into Okanagan Lake. Chloe remembers this spot well. When she thinks it is safe to make a break for it she goes to look for possible leftovers. This afternoon I was told by dog control that if I cannot control my dogs to stay in the dog park that I should leash them in the park. Did I mention it was an off-leash dog park? I politely said I would take my dogs elsewhere. Chloe can round the fence in the water without getting her torso wet. Both our dogs are well controlled so I really wonder what chance there is for most dogs. Any dog owner knows that if there is a small opening in a fence there may as well be no fence. At least it should not be called an off leash dog park because it surely is not. In May, my wife and I were at this very park where we heard a tourist warned by this same bylaw officer when his dog stuck his face out between the loosely closed vehicle entry gates. The offending dog was very small sixpound ball of fluff and was on leash. Since this time we have both consoled other tourists

and dog owners upset with this same lack of tact and sensibility. I have not witnessed any dog at any time at this park being a danger to anyone and if dog control really wants to be a service to the community they should be ticketing those dog owners that do not pick up after their dogs or possess a current license. I have asked many a dog owner to pick up after their pet but they do not seem to think it is their responsibility. In my opinion this is a much more worthwhile endeavour than harassing tourists and dog owners alike or working with the city to make sure the off leash dog park is properly fenced off to avoid these situations. Bruce Neufeld Penticton

B.C. ambassador appreciates support

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the city of Penticton for supporting me throughout my candidacy for British Columbia ambassador. I am proud to be one of the three newly crowned 2013 British Columbia ambassadors. This journey has helped me overcome obstacles and injuries I received from a recent car accident, and I am very proud of my accomplishments. I am very honoured to be from such a kindhearted community. Thank you to everyone who helped me along this journey.

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Harper avoiding issues

Is Stephen Harper heading for the closet again? This time it’s the Senate, and not knowing what to do about it, what better action than to prorogue Parliament. To be fair, this time it is a lot more complicated. In Bev Oda’s case he was dealing with only one person and a single issue that ended with the Conservative government losing a

vote of confidence, and being found in contempt of Parliament. This time at least four Senators are involved, and while he was procrastinating, the matter slipped out of his hands and is now with the RCMP. Having admitted to having perused Senator Wallin’s spending and expressed an element of comfort with her claims, the optics are not good. The larger issue is the future of the Senate. In its present form the Senate can only stall legislation, and only for six months. To be truly effective, our Senate needs the same legislative authority as the U.S. Senate, which can propose, amend and defeat legislation, and by being able to do so provide much needed balance to the House of Representatives, which is the equivalent to our House of Commons. The tricky part for Harper is how to handle the process of determining whether we

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keep the Senate, change the role of the Senate, or eliminate it. Will he acknowledge that we are still a colony

letters and exercise his colonial powers to implement his decision or, will he insist that we are a democracy and let the

people decide, by means of a binding national referendum? Trying to unload it onto the courts is

completely irrational, and just another copout.

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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. On behalf of the Vant Geloof family, Mrs. Joan Vant Geloof presented Janice Perrino, with the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation with a cheque for $50,000. These funds will be used for the Image is Everything campaign to change all of the old cassette X-Ray equipment to digital X-Ray. The board of directors, management and staff of Penticton Regional Hospital would like to sincerely thank the Vant Geloof Family for their continued and profound generosity.

The Telus Team, Secretary Barb Hansen and Telus Ambassador Gloria Dutz, presented the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s Janice Perrino with a donation of $900. Special thanks to employees Karl Johansen and Wilfred Lister who made donations that were matched by the Telus Charitable Giving Program. Funds will be used for the purchase of critical care medical equipment. Thank you to everyone who attended the Murder Mystery Event on June 8, 2013 that raised $1,533.28 for the Pediatric department at the PRH. Left to right: Jaquie Enns, JCI Social Director/Event Chair, Janice Perrino, Medical Foundation, Carlo Carbajal, JCI 2013 President, Lana Boyd, Event Committee, Marko Pastulovic, Silent Auction Coordinator and Monica Horning, JCI 2013 Vice President.

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CeltiC thunder will be taking the stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sept. 9, and for singer Ryan Kelly the road to get there has been long.

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Life has thrown more than its fair share of twists and turns at Celtic Thunder’s Ryan Kelly, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is crazy to think that about this time last year I was still in the hospital and in a coma,” said Kelly in a telephone interview with the Western News from his home in Ireland earlier this summer. “You never know what is going to happen in your life or what turn it is going to take.” For Kelly it was June 3, 2012 that he truly learned to appreciate life. He tripped down a flight of stairs in his home that day and hit his head on a wall, putting him in a coma with swelling of the brain. He woke up three weeks later. “It didn’t look so good at one point for me, so I have been told. It was scary times for close family and friends but it just wasn’t my time to go yet,” he said. Awakened with a new perspective, he set a goal to make the taping of their TV special for Celtic Thunder’s album Mythology which was less than two months off. In between was two weeks in a special brain-injury hospital and a rehabilitation period. Reflecting back on that time,

Kelly said he could feel his life changing as he got to the filming process. “I feel like I was given a second chance and I look at life very differently. I took a lot of things for granted and now I have taken a step back to see how lucky I am. I think that is why I connected to the songs on Mythology so much,” said Kelly. “It was my first show after my accident and my family was in the audience. I knew I could not look at them because they would cry then I would cry.” The singer is still awestruck by the support he received during this time from fans around the world who held church services in his name, prayer groups and online communities that dedicated prayer pages. Celtic Thunder fans quite often refer to the singer as the heartthrob of the group, a title that makes Kelly blush and gives his friends back home in Ireland fodder to tease him with when he does get home. “They give me plenty of stick about this heartthrob bit. I will never get used to that,” he said. “I love speaking with fans and answering their questions though and people are inquisitive. If I have to answer the odd embarrassing question then I’ll take it,

I guess it just comes with the territory.” He wouldn’t change it for anything. Kelly said the reactions from audiences that come to watch Celtic Thunder make it all worth it. “Things like seeing people smiling when we are singing, or singing a song that touches somebody and they have a tear in their eye, that’s enough for me. Even those who can’t get to shows and write a letter or comment through social media with kind words, that to me is giving back 100-fold of what I give to them,” said Kelly. All of this for a guy from a “wee village” in northern Ireland, who almost took on a career as a investment banker. “I was probably the only accountant in the office that was gigging on the weekends and coming in Monday morning worse for wear from singing on Sunday night,” he said. It was during a period of transition to a new bank when Kelly found himself with some time off and he heard about the Celtic Thunder auditions and thought he would give it a whirl. What he always believed was a pipe dream, became reality.

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CelTiC ThundeR will be taking the stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sept. 9 as part of the Mythology tour that will take them across Canada and the U.S.

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KELLY - Celtic Thunder Mythology holds special meaning for Ryan Kelly “I had to go meet the bankers and told them I’m not going to be joining them and I was running off to the circus,” he said with a laugh. “That circus started six years ago and I am still part of that circus. It’s funny how life can work out you know. You think it is going in one direction then it takes quite a dramatic change. A lot of things went my way, or didn’t work out, and I thank the lord for that.” With time off from Celtic Thunder before their Canadian and U.S. tour, Kelly said he has been working hard on writing songs for his second solo album. He will take on the role of the “bad guy” in Mythology with a solo on the dark ballad The Hunter’s Moon, written especially for him. He also performs the original track The Thunder Rolls and nostalgic Irish folk song Carrickfergus and in the original ensemble the group performs Voices and My Land. Kelly is excited to return to Canada where he

says a massive fan base has been nothing but loyal Celtic Thunder. While the singer is settled in on his new perspective, one year out from his life-altering accident, he admits with all the downtime in touring he still needs to be put on the right path every now and then. “There is nothing like getting off the tour bus, putting on the trainers and getting out there. It makes everything alright,” he said. “People are more than welcome to join me if they see me out running. I often get lost and have to ask people to turn me in the right direction again.” Tickets for Celtic Thunder Mythology at the SOEC are $55 and $75 (including tax, plus service charges). They are available in person at the Valley First box office at the SOEC, Wine Country Visitor Centre, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com.

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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 250-7701154 for info. e v e ry bingO WeDnesDay in the Legion hall with the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. anavets has humP Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and music by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. 65-Plus singles COFFee Club meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250-770-1018. KiWanis Club has a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. al-anOn FOr FrienDs and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info.

Diabetes Clinic Hosted by our diabetes health care team, this event includes: • A1C Now+ test: 3 month average of your blood glucose results • The proper use of medications • A review of blood glucose monitoring Appointments recommended.

seniOrs’ reCreatiOn and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-4900468 for more info. hanD anD FOOt Canasta at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250-4927630 for info. F alls O Kanagan seniOrs’ Activity Centre has exercise classes at 8 a.m., music and coffee hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. 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. registratiOn FOr Private Spanish classes is open. Classes are for 10 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays at a home. For more info, call Sandy Diaz-Hart at 250-4999564 or 250-499-5944.

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a.m. at the Barking Parrot in the Lakeside Resort. gOD’s hOly Day services, Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement fellowshipping and free refreshments following at 1 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 14 in the Sandman Hotel, 939 Burnaby Ave. with Pastor Alex Kennedy, visiting from Winnipeg Church of God. General public, former, new and current COG members welcome, no obligation. Call 778-476-5527 or 778-476-4387 for more info. Fitness FrienDs meet in the Royal Canadian Legion, 502 Martin St. at 10 a.m. Get in shape. For info call Dot at 250492-5400. the sOuth OKanagan and Similkameen MS Society hosts a support group the first Thursday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the MS Office at 3373 Skaha Lake Rd. Those with MS, their family, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, please call Sherry at 250-493-6564 or e-mail sherry.wezner@mssociety.ca. interiOr heath FaCilitates a caregiver support group for individuals caring for a family member or friend, at home or in a care facility in the Penticton Health Centre on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Interior Health at 250-770-3486 for more information. 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, out-

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crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. alCOhOliCs anOnymOus night group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the men’s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. Fraternal OrDer OF the Eagles has Joseph’s famous pizza at 4 p.m. and musical bingo at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. PentiCtOn Fly Fishers meet the first Thursday each month at 216 Hastings St. at 7 p.m. They welcome new individuals and family memberships. For more info, visit www.pentictonflyfishers.ca. elKs Club On Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome.

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Pedalling for wildlife conservation Mark Brett

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A buck, a bear and a ground squirrel made appearances on the first leg of cyclist Angella Goran’s cross-country ride on behalf of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. “I think it’s a good sign (animal interactions)” said the CWF athletic ambassador during a recent a stop in Penticton. The purpose of the ride is to spread the message about conservation and the importance of getting people outdoors and connecting with nature. Joining her on the trek is ride director Ian Lobb of Penticton, who is also no stranger to the world of cycling. In addition to helping Goran, Lobb has done considerable course work with the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merkx event locally and other competitions around the world. The pair stopped in the Peach City for their first day off since the journey began in Victoria on Aug. 14 and ends Oct. 29 in Halifax. In addition to getting some rest and doing some laundry, Goran and Lobb took time for a visit with some young people at the Penticton recreation centre. “The focus of what we are doing is all about getting kids and families back outdoors,” said Goran, 34, who devotes her time to business, sport and community, with the odd triathlon thrown in. “When I was a little girl there was this unbelievable part of family life enjoying the parks but in the last 10 to 15 years technology has become such a huge thing in

the home, versus let’s get outside and play. “In my roles I’ve seen there isn’t that connection and being an athlete for Canada on different levels, it’s been a passion instilled in my heart to see more families and kids get back outdoors just like it was when I was that little girl.” She doesn’t feel it’s necessary to “unplug” the youth of today but rather to help them use electronics in a way to better connect them to their natural surroundings. As much fun as it’s been, Goran admitted after six consecutive days of riding, seeing the Welcome to Penticton sign was a relief. “ I can tell you this (day off) is something I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of days now, from about the time when I was going from Hope to Manning Park,” said the cyclist. “It’s been 100 per cent fun. “It doesn’t matter how tiring it gets, when you get to meet the kids and the people who are on the route, that motivates you even more.” Warm and responsive is how she described her reception from those she has met along the way. Even the path to her destination has special meaning. “There’s lots of history on this route when you look at the other Canadians who have passed along it,” she said. “From Terry Fox to Rick Hanson, they’re role models on their own and I think to follow their footprints or wheel paths and be able to make an imprint for the next generation is a positive message of what we are as Canadians.”

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For ride director Lobb, the trip to this point has been enjoyable, especially meeting the people. “I’ve been across the country many times but not at this pace so it’s a little different but the best way to see the world is on a bike,” said Lobb. “But just being able to get the message out there and working with the Canadian Wildlife Federation is incredible.” You can follow Goran’s progress on their Facebook page, CWF National Bike for Wildlife.

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Young Stars Classic set to go Canucks Jordan Schroeder says Classic is great prep for camp Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Eli Beauregard, 10, is a novice rider who joined the Penticton BMX Club a few months ago and feels he’s getting better. Club president Jeff Babuin said Beauregard, who has a competitive nature, is doing great racing and is at the track almost everyday to ride. Beauregard decided to join the club after coming out to check out what it was about.

The Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic in 2010/11 season was the first time Jordan Schroeder skated for the Canucks. The first round pick, 22nd overall in 2009, said it was a special feeling putting on the Canucks jersey. The tournament also proved to be a good way to start things. “You’re mainly playing against kids your age,” said Schroeder, who signed with the Canucks after two seasons with the University of Minnesota. “It was a lot of fun.” Schroeder said the tournament was great since he faced quality players, which created a quick pace during the games. During the Young Stars Classic, Schroeder, a native of Lakeville, Minn., said he realized there are a lot of good players in the world. He said the games get players ready for training camp. As for advice for this year’s crop of prospects at the Young Stars Classic, Schroeder said the key is to not take anything for granted. “There is always someone watching,” said Schroeder. Schroeder, who was a fan of Joe Sakic, played in the Young Stars Classic twice. In his second year at the tournament, he saw action in two of the four games. Although he never felt nervous while on the ice, Schroeder did admit he felt some pressure to impress the scouts. Despite pressure to perform, Schroeder said he has fond memories of the tournament and recalls being impressed with the atmosphere created by fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre. “It was awesome, especially being in Penticton,” said Schroeder. “A lot of Vancouver fans were there. It was pretty packed for most of our games. It was fun to play in front of the crowd there.” Tournament ticket packages, which include a ticket to each of the eight games, are $70 plus applicable fees and can be purchased at www. valleyfirsttix.com, by phone at 1-877-763-2849, or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC or at Penticton & Wine Country Visitor Centre. Single game tickets are also available.

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The Penticton Vees 20-year-old puckstopper has committed to the University of AlaskaAnchorage Seawolves for the 2014-2015 season. Mantha came to Penticton after spending three seasons in his home province of Quebec playing at Laflèche College in TroisRivières. Mantha appeared in 75 games for the Dragons and was named an RSEQ league all-star in the past two seasons. The La Tuque, Que., product was second in the Quebec college hockey circuit in save-percentage this past season. In a team statement, the Vees goaltender said he’s excited to secure a scholarship this early and looks forward to the chal-

lenges ahead. “I’m surprised but very happy to have this happen so soon, as this is the reason I made the move to play in B.C.,” said Mantha. “My main goal now is to win as many games I can for this team and win a championship.” What made Anchorage appealing to Mantha was the chance to make an immediate impact next fall. “The coaching staff told me I will have an opportunity as a freshman to earn the starting job there next season and that will only help me better myself while I’m here in Penticton,” he said. Vees general manager Fred Harbinson said the combination of Mantha’s professionalism, approach and talent

PENTICTON VEES GOALIE Olivier Mantha has secured a Division 1 scholarship with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Submitted photo

caught the Seawolves’ eye. “They need a starting goaltender for next year. He’s an older goaltender,” said Harbinson. “I think it’s a good fit for both. We’re excited for Olly.” Harbinson added several schools have also expressed interest in

goalie Hunter Miska and said he wouldn’t be surprised if the 18-year-old makes his decision soon. Harbinson also said the two likely make up the best net tandem he’s had since being in Penticton. In other news, the Vees traded the Canadian Junior Hockey League playing rights of de-

fenceman Brayden Park to the Surrey Eagles for future considerations on Aug. 30. Harbinson said the decision to move Park was made at the end of camp as they needed to get down to seven defenceman. “In our minds we had seven other guys rated ahead of him, which isn’t easy,” said Harbinson. “You talk about character and hard work and commitment, he exemplifies that.” Harbinson had Park come into his office to discuss the situation and left it to the Lumsden, Sask., native to make a choice. He decided there were a couple of teams he had interest in going to, one of them being the Eagles. Harbinson said it’s a good move for Park.


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Vees picked to win Interior Conference Black Press

It’s season 52 in the B.C. Hockey League with 16 teams hoping to join the host Vernon Vipers in the Royal Bank Cup next May at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers, you may remember, traded superstars Adam Tambellini and Aaron Hadley last January and received six quality players, building their core for a long playoff run this season. There appears to be parity in the Interior Division for 2013-14 with the fourth and final playoff spot up for grabs. The Vipers added former Kelowna Rocket enforcer Kris Mallette as an associate coach and Troy Mick moved from the press box to the bench in Salmon Arm. No other major coaching changes were made. Just for the record, the BCHL has had 83 players chosen in the NHL entry draft since 2000. The best junior A league in Canada averages 100 NCAA and CIS scholarships a season. Black Press sports reporters and editors have assessed the rosters and decided on the following finishes:

1. Penticton Vees

Key Returnees: F Brad McClure (2719-46) named captain during the summer, F Ryan Gropp (12-19-31) named Interior Conference Rookie of the Year, F Cody DePourcq (13-8-21), F Travis Blanleil (6-6-12), F Cam Amantea (7-1219). Rookie Sensations: Alexandre Coulombe, 18, joins the Vees after playing prep hockey with the Stanstead College Spartans where he amassed eight goals and 34 points in 62 games. The 6-foot4 D-man also comes with a commitment to the University of Vermont in Hockey East. Jack Ramsey, the son of former NHL defenceman Mike Ramsey, collected nine goals and 27 points in 24 games with the Minnetonka High School Skippers. The 6-foot-2 power forward brings great vision and hockey sense and is committed to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Anthony Conti, 17, helped guide the Vancouver Northwest Giants to their fifth consecutive B.C. Major Midget League championship. The Vancouver resident pocketed 18 goals and 48 points in 35 games. Conti, who has played 17 games in the BCHL with Coquitlam and Trail as an affiliate player, is known for his hard-nosed, relentless style of play. Strengths: The Vees coaching staff believe they have done a good job building from the back end out. Coach Fred Harbinson likes the experience of his goalies with 20-year-old Olivier Mantha, who just committed to the University of AlaskaAnchorage Seawolves, and 18-year-old Hunter Miska. The defence is made up of a group with two to three years of junior A experience joined by rookies Coulombe and Jarod Hilderman. The forwards all possess strong skating ability and bring something to the table. Coach’s quote (Harbinson): “You always know you have a good team when it’s hard to pick your captains (he just added defenceman Chris Rygus to the mix with McClure and assistant captain Blanleil). We have got so many guys that can wear letters on this team. Guys that have been captains on other teams in the past. That to me is what’s going to make this team go.”

2. Vernon Vipers

Key Returnees: F Mason Blacklock (19-16-35), D Jason Bird (3-4-7), D Ryan Renz (3-23-26), G Austin Smith (13-26-1, 2.82 GAA, .908 SAV). Rookie Sensations: F Matty Saharchuk led the KIJHL-finalist North Okanagan Knights in regular-season scoring with 32-28-60 in 50 games, and added 15 playoff points. Dallas Calvin, a 6-foot-5 forward, was fifth in KIJHL scoring last season with 31-43-74 in 40 games. Liam Coughlin is a 6-foot-4 centre out of Catholic Memorial, the same Boston-area prep school that produced Viper grads Garrett Noonan and Mike Collins. First-

ANTHONY CONTI (71) and the Penticton Vees have been chosen by Black Press sports writerd and editors to finish first in the Interior Conference as the British Columbia Hockey League’s 52nd season starts. Mark Brett/Western News

year associate coach Mallette is coming off a stellar season as head coach with the KIJHL-finalist North Okanagan Knights, and will demand structure and accountability from the Viper back end. Strengths: With the return of Blacklock, Craig Martin and Dexter Dancs, along with the addition of snipers Michael McNicholas and Demico Hannoun, the Vipers should easily outperform last year’s league-worst offence. Renz, Bird and Josh Bryan lead a physical defensive corps. The team is the biggest Vernon has fielded in years. Coach’s Quote (Jason Williamson): “We’ll be good defensively, but at the same time we definitely have some offensive guys, so we’re going to be tough to defend against. We’re going to get the same out of all four lines.”

3. Salmon Arm SilverBacks 

Key Returnees: F Alex Gillies (21-2647), F Evan Anderson (10-14-24), D Mitchell Ferguson (6-16-22), G Adam Clark (18-16-1, 2.89 GAA, .914 SAV). Rookie Sensations: Vernon minor hockey product Colton Thibault excelled in his first year of junior B with the Knights, racking up 16-2642 in 49 games. Jack Berezin, the son of former NHLer Perry Berezan, is a 17-year-old forward who recorded 12-5-17 while playing a gritty twoway game with the Calgary Buffaloes. Strengths: In his first year as Salmon Arm’s GM, Troy Mick gutted the program, trading 13 of 16 returnees, and they still made the playoffs. The ‘Backs top line of Gillies, Anderson and Landon Smith will be supported by a deep forward corps. Coach’s Quote (Mick): “I’m a lot happier where I am today than I was this time last year because I really didn’t know our roster. We’ve improved our program from top to bottom.”

4. West Kelowna Warriors

Key Returnees: F Seb Lloyd (24-42-66), F Ambrose Firkus (11-9-20), F David Pope (17-

22-39, drafted by Detroit), F Matt Anholt (9-2231), D Adam Plant (5-23-28). Rookie Sensations: F Liam Blackburn comes from Prince George where last season he was the second-leading BCMML scorer (35-50-85) with the Cariboo Cougars. West Kelowna’s Brett Mennear garnered 24-31-55 in 38 games with the major midget Okanagan Rockets. Boston native Carl Hesler is a 19-year-old rookie out of prep school south of the border and is already committed to Dartmouth University Big Green for the 2014-15 season. Strengths: With the likes of Lloyd, Firkus and Pope all returning up front, the Warriors will have a skilled offensive attack and will rely on youth and newcomers to round out the forward lines. On defence, Plant returns after last season playing on the top pairing, while 20-year-old Jaden Schmeisser, acquired in an off-season trade, will bring a veteran presence after playing the last two seasons in Victoria. Coaches quote (Rylan Ferster, who signed a five-year extension in the off season): “I’m optimistic about the season. We have more new faces than we had last year so it will take some time to get a read on the team. It’s going to be a tough division. There are going to be two really good teams that don’t make the playoffs. Our goal is to make the playoffs and go from there.”

5. Merritt Centennials

Key Returnees: F Sebastien Paré (1727-44), F Scott Patterson (11-14-25), F Jeff Wight (13-10-23), D Tyler Martin (6-17-23), D Dane Birks (5-15-20), F James Neil (7-13-20, acquired from the Powell River Kings), D Shane Poulsen (7-15-22, acquired from the Smokies). Rookie Sensations: Head coach Luke Pierce spent the summer looking specifically for players who could provide more offence. In the likes of Rhett Willcox (96), Gavin Gould (96) and Adam Tracey (95), the Cents may have just what the

doctor ordered. Willcox, the younger brother of former Centennial and Philadelphia Flyer’s 2012 draft pick Reese Willcox, netted 21 goals and 52 points in 40 games last season with the Valley West Hawks of the BCMML. Gould, whose older brother, Malcolm, played three seasons in the BCHL (2009-2012) with Quesnel and Chilliwack and is currently attending Michigan Tech, had 8-18-26 in just 24 games last season with the Vancouver NW Giants (BCMML). Tracey, from Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., played last year for the Long Island Royals, the 2012-13 U.S. Tier 1 U16 National champions. The 6-foot-2 winger scored 34 goals and picked up 27 assists for the 59-6-3 Royals. On the blueline, the Centennials have added a pair of solid Americans in Wayland Williams (94) from California (who played last season for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the NAHL) and Chicago’s Jake Clifford (94) from the NAHL’s Minot Minotauros. A pleasant surprise in net has been Devin Kero. The 19-year-old from Hancock, Mich., didn’t allow a goal in almost five periods of exhibition play. Strengths: The Cents, who finished third last year in the Interior Conference of the BCHL, just five points behind first-place Penticton, have a solid nucleus of returning veterans (including 2013 NHL draft pick Birks on defence) as well some exciting, talented new recruits. They expect to once again contend for top spot in their division. Watch for a possible Cents’ top line of Wight, Paré and Patterson. It has the potential to be one of the league’s best. The departure of goalie Tyler Steel to Brown University left a big hole to fill. Sophomore starter Russell Sanderson allowed just one goal in the preseason. Coach’s Quote (Pierce): “We are very excited to get this season started with what appears to be a very promising, young group of players. This past year saw many of our long-time players move on, and we can’t wait to work on building the Cents’ culture with this new group. Expectations here are to remain in the upper echelon of our conference. We know how daunting that task is.”

6. Trail Smoke Eaters

Key Returnees: F Adam Wheeldon (8-10-18), D Braden Pears (6-29-35), F Scott Davidson (11-23-34), F Jesse Knowler (9-14-23), F Bryce Knapp (injured last season), and G Adam Todd (12-6-0, 3.63 GAA, .891 SAV). Rookie Sensations: Although listed at fivefoot-eight, Riley Brandt plays like he’s a foot taller. The 16-year-old combines sheer grit and determination, with touch and finesse around the net. He collected 10 goals, 27 points and 70 PIM in 49 games with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks last season. The arrival of 20-year-old rookie Dustin Nikkel (13-7-1, 2.71 GAA, .922 SAV) from the Knights gives the Smokies a legitimate goaltending tandem that can single-handedly win games. Strengths: The Smoke Eaters should have a strong and versatile defensive core with returning veterans Pears, Braedon Jones, and Valik Chichkin. Throw in newly acquired 20-year-old Curtis Toneff and Alberta pickup Joel Webb, 18, Nick Patey, 18, and Nathan Browne, 19, of Vernon, and the Smokies will be big and stingy in their own end. Todd came in and performed brilliantly last season, winning 12 of 18 games he appeared in. Coach’s quote (Bill Birks): “Our goaltending is the best we’ve ever had here, with two legit guys that can play goal. Our back end played real well (in exhibition games). Our top nine, I think we’re pretty solid. We’re not going to score seven or eight goals a game but with our goaltending and our back end, we got a pretty good core group of kids . . . I’m excited to get going.” Contributors: Graeme Corbett in Vernon, Kevin Parnell in West Kelowna, Emanuel Sequeira in Penticton, Ian Webster in Merritt and Jim Bailey in Trail.


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Jeff Symonds drew motivation from each of the 42 sets of eyes on him belonging to kids from the TriPower Triathlon Club. Symonds, the Challenge Penticton champion, is a coach with the camp that took place in Summerland last Wednesday to Friday to help prepare triathletes ages six to 15 for the Summerland ORCA KOS race held Sept. 1, a fundraiser for the Summerland swim club. Symonds said speaking to the kids and working with them is inspiring and

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January 9, 1942 – August 29, 2013 Beloved husband of Mary Murkin, father of sons David Murkin of Penticton and Andrew (Lauren) Murkin of Buffalo, NY, and grandfather of Marren Murkin of Buffalo, NY. He is also survived by his sister Lorraine (Bill) Allison of Burnaby and niece Colleen (Mark) Allison of New Westminster. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Moog and Friends Hospice for their compassionate care. Stewart David Murkin was a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA. 1965 and MSW. 1969). His career as a social worker started in Nanaimo, BC. and included Vancouver, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Osoyoos, Oliver, and Princeton with the Province of British Columbia and the Interior Health Authority. For the past ten years he was in private practice in Penticton. Stew will be missed by his many friends. Stew had a love for history, especially involving military. He loved being the first to have the newest gadgets, he enjoyed aerobics, entertaining friends, and dancing. Donations may be made to Moog and Friends Hospice, 1701 Government Street, Penticton, BC. V2A 8J7. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 150 Orchard Avenue, Penticton, B.C. on Saturday September 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Messages of condolence can be sent to the family by visiting: www.hansonsfuneral.ca ARBOR FUNERAL CHAPELS & CREMATORIUM 250-492-4202

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An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta. Full-time/Part-time meat cutter required, Apply at: 667 Eckhardt Ave. W., Penticton

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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Employment

Help Wanted

Trades, Technical

FIELD CLERK Needed for out of town work site (21/7 schedule). Mature, flexible and positive communicator, understanding of importance of safety culture. Reporting to onsite foreman & Edmonton HO. Transportation to & from work site provided. Potential to grow with company; jobs@commandequipment.com Fax 780-488-3002.

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Merchandise for Sale

Financial Services

Financial Services

Carpet Cleaning

Home Improvements

Garage Sales

BELCAN

Warehouse Sale, Harley after market parts, motorcycle clothing & helmets, leathers, vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles, tons of stuff, 13006 Lakeshore Dr. South, Summerland, 250-490-6644

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PENTICTON, Last Call Liquor Mart is looking to add to our great staff. Must be available for day, evening and weekend shifts. Please apply in person with resume to Last Call Liquor Mart . We are located Next to Wal-Mart. Please ask for Fred or Barb. 250-770-2337

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

GUARANTEED JOB Placement: General laborers and tradesmen for oil and gas industry. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message. For Information 1-800-972-0209.

WRANGLER RENTALS LTD. is now recruiting Excavator Operators. Rig experience an asset. Camp jobs, day rates, health benefits & steady work rain or shine. Contact Monika 780-980-1331 or email resume: monika@wranglerrentals.com.

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Legal Services AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; w w w. b i g i r o n d r i l l i n g . c o m . Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. 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.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Volunteers, Employees and Contractors

Yard work & painting, fences, deck repair or new, garbage hauling, demolition work, site clean-ups, roofing, licensed, ins., call 250-462-2146

Home Improvements

Better at Home is a new program providing practical help for Penticton seniors wishing to remain living independently in their own home. Services are provided by a team of volunteers, employees and contractors. This community initiative requires the help of people who respect seniors and support the goal of aging in place with options for assistance when and where it is needed; and to expand services to a greater number of community members. If interested in volunteering, casual employment or contracting services, please call Myrna Tischer at 250-487-3376 or e-mail: mtischer@pdcrs.com. Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Garden & Lawn HERBARIA Garden and Lawn. Quality landscape maintenance. Ten years experience. Call Paul for your pruning, hedge-trimming and general gardening needs. Free visit for first-time customers to answer any questions. 250-493-3362

Handypersons

Building Community Capacity to Support Seniors’ Independence

Education/Trade Schools

Cleaning Services Cleaning Services in your home or business, reas. rates, (250)498-7963, Pent-Osoyoos Housekeeping - not just the basics, anything you can’t or don’t want to do, I’ll do it for you. Move-in’s, move-outs, 18 yrs. in the business’s & I’ve never had an unhappy client. You’ve had the rest, now try the best. (250)462-0644 Peachy Kleen Enterprises is accepting residential & small business clients; bondable, insured, (250)328-0213

Education/Trade Schools

Rocky Ridge

DEVELOPMENTS LTD. • Project Management Specialist • Custom Home Design & Building • Small to Large Home Reno’s • Landscaping • Track Skid Steer with Attachments for Hire INSURED 33 YEARS IN BUSINESS CALL FOR ESTIMATES WE DO IT ALL

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rockysridge@telus.net HOME RENOVATIONS.Bathrooms,Kitchens and Basements.Also Energy Efficient Window installs..Free Estimates.Serving Kelowna to Osoyoos.Call 250-4885338

Education/Trade Schools

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT

Painting & Reno’s

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painting, tiling, ooring, kitchen/bath reno’s, carpentry nishing,

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HOME RENOVATIONS. Bathrooms, Kitchens, Basements, Windows, Doors and more. Call 250-488-5338

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

Painting & Decorating HERE COME THE PAINTERS, 12 years experience, Interior/Exterior, 250-486-2331 WWW.PAINTSPECIAL.COM

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(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls. Cloverdale Premium Quality Paint. NO PAYMENT, until job is completed!

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

Pets & Livestock

Livestock Premium Wood Shavings New supplier of Animal bedding, starting at $250 for 54 cubic yards delivered, (250)770-0214

Merchandise for Sale

Fruit & Vegetables Gala and Mac Apples, 1260 Broughton Ave., off Upper Bench Rd., (250)487-9295 Nectarines, Red Roof Fruit Stand Upper Bench Rd. 250487-9295

Firewood/Fuel A-1 Firewood, split & delivered, full cords Pine $200, 1/2 cord $100, 1/4 cord $50., mixed, $225 cord, hardwood, $250/cord, senior disc., incl. free delivery, 250-770-0827, 250-809-0127 eves.

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Furniture BRAND NEW Queen Mattress & Box Set. Company coming? Tired of your old mattress? Still in plastic Mfg. warranty 250.870.2562

Garage Sales

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’ in stock. SPECIAL 44’X40’ 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 www.rtccontainer.com 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

Misc. for Sale 16’ Fiberglass Canoe $500.; Metal Bird cage on wheels, 40”x49” $500; 3 Bred St. Croix Ewes $150. (250)547-6115 42” pewter ceiling fan, new Simmons crib mattress, Two 16” frosted ceiling lights, dining room fixture, 30” electric floor heater, (250)492-0133 Apartment sale, moving BY Sept. 30/13, 5 pce bdrm suite, plants, pic’s etc., #215-431 Winnipeg St., 250-490-9774 Freezer beef, grain fed, no hormones, no antibiotics, by the side, $3.25 lb. CWF. 250307-3430 or 250-546-6494 Graco lively dots travel system (carseat & stroller). Excellent condition. Bought 6 months ago, but used for 2 months only before I bought a jogging stroller. Easy fold & lightweight. Price is for the set, but will consider selling as individuals. Carseat manufacture date is January 2012. Will consider offers. Smoke free & pet free home. Stored indoors, very clean $75 OBO 250 462-2142 RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. www.allcalm.com Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. Sci-Fi p/book’s & mag’s, Mother Earth news mag’s, Issues 101-199, LP’s, (250)490-3494 STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Misc. Wanted Genuine Coin Collector Buyer Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 250-499-0251 Private Collector looking to buy a coin collection, Can., US & specialty foreign coins. Also looking for error coins. Todd: 250-864-3521

Garage Sale, 1653 Carmi Ave., Sat, Sept. 7, 8am-1pm

Old spoon collector, 864-3521 Wanted to buy Jewelry to repair or recycle or out of date. 1-778-932-2316

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

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Merchandise for Sale

Rentals

Transportation

Auto Accessories/Parts

Musical Instruments

Apt/Condo for Rent

MUSIC LESSONS! Guitar, piano, voice, ukulele. Maeve Lily School of Music, Penticton, (778)476-5917, info@maevelily.com

PENTICTON, 2 BDRM condo, 2 bathrooms, AC, secure ug parking, newer building, in suite laundry, available now. $950/mo. Tel: 250-462-4007.

Sporting Goods

Commercial/ Industrial

***2009 Electric Golf Carts*** $2100 each, Club Cars (250)493-6791 Hunting Season Kick Off & Customer Appreciation Day. Saturday Sept. 7th, 10am-6pm Celebrating over 25 years of Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, The Best Little Gun Shop Arround. Quality Firearms Buy & Sell. 250-762-7575 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kel. Like us on: Facebook.com/Webermarkin

Real Estate

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: dana@trucktransformer.com PRIME Commercial Space: 2300sqft. in busy Apple Plaza, ample parking. Call Barb 250492-6319

Acreage for Sale

WAREHOUSING in Salmon Arm/Shuswap can also provide Delivery 250-253-6642

$75,000. 6.27 acres near Edgewood, Well, Hydro & Septic, 250-269-7328

Duplex / 4 Plex

For Sale By Owner

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CANOPY - FORD 250

short box, white, absolute mint condition. Wired for brake light. Solid window between cab/canopy, dual lock. $800.00 250-868-1508.

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

Auto Financing

Transportation

Adult

Recreational/Sale

Escorts

Illness Forces Sale: 1999 FourWinds Class C 29’ MH. Ford V10. ONLY 34,300 KM!!! REDUCED TO: $24,900. Sleeps 8. Private BdRm: Walk Around Q-bed, new memory foam mattress. Shower with skylight + Outdoor shower. Dual 2 door fridge. 3 burner gas range with oven & exhaust hood. MW. Tons of storage space inside and out. Chesterfield. Accordian dual blinds. Winter tank heaters. New Marine battery. BU camera. Generator-inside controls. Roof & dash AC. Cable hookups. AC/DC TV avail. Offers considered. For Pics email: karenchuck@eastlink.ca 250-495-3385 or 250486-1565

BEACH BUNNIES Upscale Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 www.beachbunnies.ca 250-448-8854 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048 SABRINA For the Discerning Gent, Relaxation Bodysage, 1-778-821-3338 Vernon’s Best! Jayde 24, Starla 40, Savanna 21,Alice 19. Short notice appts.For your safety & comfort, in/out 250-307-8174. DTWN. Hiring!

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Scrap Car Removal Scrap car removal, We are licensed & insured, more weight = more money, 250328-8697, Penticton

2 Bdrm apt., Insuite W/D, prkg, A/C, storage, located off Government & Penticton. N/P, N/S. $875 +utils. Avail Oct 1st. Phone 250-486-3539 or 1-888-669-9844.

Trucks & Vans 1998 Chevy Silverado 4x4 SB step-side, 5.3 Vortex, auto, Full load w/leather, great shape. $6500. (250)542-6916

483 Maurice St. - Penticton Open House, Sat., Sept. 7 10 AM - 12 PM SELLING AT COST Top 5 nalist for Okanagan, Provincial & National Awards. Luxury 2BR, 3 bath townhouse, Lg. dbl. garage. Low Strata fees. 250-492-6756 BEST BUY EVER! Age and health forcing the owner to sell, owner needs to go into care home. Reduced from $299,000 to $160,000. The house is in Greenwood BC, 420 Gold Ave. Built in 1970, 2apt, total size 3800sqft, lot size 8400sqft, 7bdrm 3.5 bath fully furnished. Call Arthur 250-492-4060 Owner Financing, on 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in Coldstream area of Vernon. Lrg Landscaped Lot .71 acre with kids playhouse, beautiful gardens, front patio with view, rear patio with privacy on quiet Rd. Will accept RV, property or? as down payment. Asking $429,000. 778-475-2112, 250-309-1506. PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS from $140,000. www.orlandoprojects.com Also: 1 precious 3 acre parcel, owner financing. 250-558-7888

Recreational 60’ Lakefront on Westside Rd w/quad bunk 32’ RV trailer sewer holding tank, hydro & water. $75,000. 250-938-0755

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Property Management

RENTALS The Verana: Exec. 2 bdrm + den condo. F/s, w/d, d/w, air/heat, pkg and deck. $1250.00 incl water. Avail Sept. 1. Kaleden House: 4 bdrm w/den. F/s, d/w, w/d, 2 f/p’s, cent. air/heat, 2 bathrooms, rec. room, large yard w/garage and deck. Avail Sept. 15. $1375.00 + util.

250-770-1948

101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD.

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,$950/mo., 2bdrm w/deck $1000/mo., incl. sum util. 150 McPherson Cres. Off st. parking, a/c, in unit storage and laundry, 50+ building, n/s preferred, 1-sm pet ok, 250492-8834 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. Tiffany Gardens, 2bdrm, no pets, $800/mo., (250)4920413

Homes for Rent 2bdrm 1ba, 5appl.,+ window coverings, beside Cherry Lane, ns, np, Oct. 01, $1200/mo. + util., Dep. Req.,mature couple prefered. (250)493-0090 2bdrm house on large lot, nice setting, 790 E. Duncan Ave., non-smokers, long term, $1050, (250)487-8185 $800./MO Olalla 1/2 hr south from Penticton 2 bdrm w/d s/f NS Closed in deck for smoking outside lrg fenced yd and a carport 250-4999703

Olalla, spacious bright 3bdrm, 1 full bath, laundry room, w/d/f/s, garage, large deck, landscaped, No pets, No smoking, ref.’s, avail. Nov. 1, $875/mo., (250)499-5700

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

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Cars - Domestic 2006 Chev Impala, Estate Sale, 98,000k, Good Condition, $6500, 250-462-4367 SMART ForTwo - 2008, like new, only 46,000 km. Comes with 2 sets of rims and tires, heated seats panoramic roof, and CD. Asking $8,500 Phone 250-493-6565.

Cars - Sports & Imports

Rooms for Rent ROOM, quiet, ND, NA, NS, no guests, welfare welcome, $410, (250)493-5087

RV Pads PENTICTON RV Park now open for seasonal camping. Sept. to April. $450 plus hydro. No dogs pls. Also require retired couple with own RV for onsite caretakers. Oct 1 to March 1 - invatech@shaw.ca

Shared Accommodation Responsible hardworking, clean, roommate needed. Fully furnished apt., own bathroom, shared kitchen/living/dining rm, laundry, ref. req. $450/mo incl. local phone & internet. Avail. Sept. 05. Students welcome, DT Penticton 250-490-3530

Suites, Lower BEAUTIFUL lg 2bd on estate w/lake view & water access, n/p, n/s $1000 (250)497-8130 Immaculate, spacious 2bdrm w/view, close to amenities, $1000+util., 250-462-2472, Spacious 2bdrm, avail. Oct. 1, 250-770-1381, 250-462-2472 Rural Summerland, 1bdrm basement suite, fenced yard, pets welcome, $900/mo., (incl. Util. & TV), call 250-494-4409, after 5pm

Suites, Upper 1bdrm, private ent., across from PCC, ns, np, avail. Oct. 1, $620+util., 250-494-8741

Townhouses STEPS to Duck Lake! Easy entry lower unit townhouse, 1256 sqft 2bdrm + den, 2bath, 5appl, laminate floor, mins from Kelowna airport, UBCO. Very clean. $950/mo + utilities. Avail Oct 1st, 250-212-4737

1998 BMW Z3 Roadster 1.9 Convertible Soft top, 5 speed manual. Heated leather seats,power windows, seats & mirrors. 4 new Uniroyal tires, Alpine stereo w/ipod wired in. Wind blocker on roll bars, Air bags and more. Summer driven only and garage stored during winter. Very Sleek looking & Well maintained. $14,000. (250)804-6399

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2004 Pontiac Montana, V6, auto, 7-pass, low mileage, like new inside/out, $4950, phone (250)487-1225

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Apt/Condo for Rent

REALTY EXECUTIVES VANTAGE APARTMENTS: $1300 Alysen place, 4th floor, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, H.W floors, 6 appl, sec’d parking, large balcony. Avail. Oct. 1 (OT590)

UNFURNISHED AND FURNISHED TERM RENTALS $950

Near college & SOEC, 2 bdrm unfurnished older home, f, s, w, d, fenced yard. Avail. Sept. to June 30/14. (H679) $1200 Newer ground floor 2 bdrm, 2 bath furnished condo by Skaha Beach, garage. Avail. Sept. or Oct. to June 30/14 (A441) $1400 Alysen Place, furnished 6th floor 2 bdrm, 2 bath executive condo, sec’d parking, large deck. Avail. Sept. 1 to June/14

HOUSES $1400 Near Columbia school, 3 bdrm large family home w/ 1 bdrm in law suite, 5 appliances, garage, low maintenance yard. Avail. Sept. 1 (H656-1) $1650 Naramata, panoramic lakeview, 4 bdrm home, 5 appliances, covered veranda, wood fp. Semi furnished or unfurnished. Avail. NOW (OT589) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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

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CONDO’S

246 HASTINGS AveNue 2 bed, 2 bath, 5 appliances, 4th floor, 1 parking stall.

202 eDMONTON AveNue

2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd floor corner, 5 appliances, 1 parking stall. (55+ Adult Building) 2007 Toyota Yaris, 4 door sedan, auto, silver, p/w, p/b, a/c, am/fm cd, 14,850 original km’s, great on gas! $9100, 250-809-6020

Motorcycles 2005 Harley Davidson, Dyna low rider, saddle bags, windshield, 24,500 kms, 1449 cc, $8900 obo, (250)492-4089

Recreational/Sale 1978 Okanagan Camper, 8 ft (lightweight), comes with Ice box, 3 burner stove & aluminum folding steps, asking $650 OBO, 250-488-9899 2002 Itasca Spirit V10, 22’ Cls C, Qu O/Cab bed, lg sofa, slps-6, lg bath, ducted a/c, custom cargo deck, cab shelf & stovetop cover. Dual fr/frzr, ext. shower, awning. 94,000 KM. Spotless, Exc. cond. $27,900 OBO. 250-490-3483 2002 Titanium 29/34 RL, 5th wheel, easy towing, very good condition, solar charging batteries & inverter, view at Gallagher Lake, Oliver, $14,000, call (780)686-1942

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2 bed, furnished house, 4 appliances. Avail. Sept. 15 - May 31

955 ROBINSON AveNue 3 bed townhouse, f/s, dishwasher, garage.

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1+2 bed, lakeview, furnished. Avail. Oct. 25 - May 31

499 eCKHARDT AveNue eAST 3 bed duplex plus fully finished basement with 2 bed and family room.

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selected varieties, 300 g

selected varieties 175-210 g

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Every week, we actively check our major competitors’ flyers and match the price on hundreds of items*. Look for the Ad Match ch message in store for the items we’ve actively velly matched. Plus, we’ll match any major competitor’s flyer item if you show us!

Prices are in effect until Thursday, September 5, 2013 unless otherwise stated or while stock lasts.

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Quantities and/or selection of items may be limited and may not be available in all stores. No rainchecks. No substitutions on clearance items or where quantities are advertised as limited. Advertised pricing and product selection (flavour, colour, patterns, style) may vary by store location. We reserve the right to limit quantities to reasonable family requirements. We are not obligated to sell items based on errors or misprints in typography or photography. Coupons must be presented and redeemed at time of purchase. Applicable taxes, deposits, or environmental surcharges are extra. No sales to retail outlets. Some items may have “plus deposit and environmental charge” where applicable. ®/™ The trademarks, service marks and logos displayed in this flyer are trademarks of Loblaws Inc. and others. All rights reserved. © 2013 Loblaws Inc. * we match prices! Applies only to our major supermarket competitors’ flyer items. Major supermarket competitors are determined solely by us based on a number of factors which can vary by store location. We will match the competitor’s advertised price only during the effective date of the competitor’s flyer advertisement. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES (note that our major supermarket competitors may not). Due to the fact that product is ordered prior to the time of our Ad Match checks, quantities may be limited. We match identical items (defined as same brand, size, and attributes) and in the case of fresh produce, meat, seafood and bakery, we match a comparable item (as determined solely by us). We will not match competitors’ “multi-buys” (eg. 2 for $4), “spend x get x”, “Free”, “clearance”, discounts obtained through loyalty programs, or offers related to our third party operations (post office, gas bars, dry cleaners etc.).We reserve the right to cancel or change the terms of this program at any time. Customer Relations: 1-866-999-9890.

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WE DELIVER TO OLIVER, OSOYOOS, KEREMEOS, WESTBANK, PEACHLAND, GRAND FORKS AND PRINCETON


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