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Fire guts mobile home in Cawston Steve Arstad Black Press

Fire has consumed a Cawston residence sending one occupant to the hospital with burn injuries. The owner of the property at 655 Beecroft Ave., which contains several trailers and living quarters, said a neighbouring tenant saw the flames around 11 p.m. Thursday evening. “The fire department got here pretty quickly,” said Keremeos fire chief Jordy Bosscha, adding that it was lucky the property owner discovered the fire, as he believed the man inside had been cooking when he fell asleep. “She called 911 right away. The fire department wasn’t able to save much, other than a few shelves,” said Bosscha. The lone occupant of the trailer was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with undetermined burns to the upper portion of his body. He was expected to be released Friday. One of two cats, however, did not survive the fire. Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department was called after a

neighbour saw flames coming from an older model manufactured home located on the property. Bosscha said the initial crew arrived to find the front portion of the trailer engulfed in flames. It took 13 firefighters, two fire trucks with two support vehicles about four hours to knock the blaze down completely. Damage to the trailer was extensive, with heavy smoke, water and heat damage throughout the interior. There was no insurance on the trailer. This is the second time this month that fire has destroyed a Cawston residence. Wind-fanned flames destroyed a storage building with second floor accommodations in addition to a main residence on a farm about 15 kilometres south of Cawston. Owners of the property, Craig and Angie Erikson, said a pair of farmworkers, one from France and the other from the U.S. had been sharing accommodations in the storage building. The male was allegedly drinking and been kicked out by the female. Erikson said it was cold out and

A fire late in the evening of Dec. 19 gutted this mobile home on Beecroft Avenue in Cawston. The fire, attended by 13 firefighters, is the second in a month to destroy a residence in the Cawston area.

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the man started a fire and passed out. When he woke up the building was on fire and flames jumped to Erikson’s home. The Eriksons had been taking part in family activities in Penticton

and returned home around 9 p.m. Somewhere between midnight and 3 a.m. they were awakened by smoke in their family home and despite efforts to save anything, they managed only to grab their cell

phones and personal identification before fleeing with their children. The family, who has insurance, estimate they lost $60,000 worth of summer’s crop of squash in the workers accommodations.

Tax rates expected to rise across regional district Joe Fries

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AllAn PATTon, rDoS director for rural oliver, hoped additional tax juggling could save the district $43,000.

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Local politicians have their work cut out for them after giving preliminary approval to a 2014 budget for the regional district that contains a 4.85 per cent tax increase. Following a series of budget workshops, the board of the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen last gave first reading to its new financial plan. The document will now go out for public consultation ahead of adoption in March, so numbers are subject to change. As it stands now, the City of Penticton’s requisition is slated to climb by 3.63 per cent to $1.4 million, with the increase driven by higher costs for general government expenses and to implement the solid waste management plan. “It’s going to be less than an extra $2 per household, approximately, for the entire year,” noted Wes Hopkin, a Penticton city councillor and RDOS director. Ratepayers in Area F (West Bench) are facing a 4.58 per cent increase, while those in Area E (Naramata) can expect a 3.64 per cent

jump and Area D (Okanagan Falls-Kaleden) a 2.08 per cent boost. Among the biggest increases are in the Town of Oliver, which is facing a 14.66 per cent hike, and Area C (Rural Oliver), which could be hit for a 10.35 per cent increase. Those changes would cost the average household in each jurisdiction about $20 a year. Oliver-area taxpayers are being hit by costs associated with operation of the Frank Venables Theatre, which is expected to reopen Feb. 6. Allan Patton, the director for rural Oliver, unsuccessfully proposed carving out $43,000 — about a third of his requisition increase — by cutting spending on parks and recreation and the local heritage society. “It’s incumbent on us to do our best to find tax savings or tax juggling somehow so that we just don’t constantly go back to the taxpayer for more,” said Patton, who was careful to note he appreciates the work of the volunteer organizations he proposed trimming. Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes opposed the move.

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Core review worries school trustees Joe Fries

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Some school trustees are worried local boards of education will be easy pickings as the B.C. government looks for ways to cut costs. They’re concerned one of the recommendations from the ongoing core review of government services will suggest reducing the number of boards for the 60 public school districts across the province. “It is essential that we firmly establish the critical importance that locally elected boards of education play in the system and dispel the myths of easy economic gains that amalgamation

or regionalization would bring,” B.C. School Trustees Association president Teresa Rezansoff wrote in a letter to members. She said the BCSTA considers the core review “a top priority and an important call to action for boards of education as cogovernors of B.C.’s public education system.” The BCSTA intends to commission a study to analyze the cost of its members’ work that it will submit to the government, and embark on an external relations campaign to make its case to the public and politicians. Bruce Johnson, chairman of the board

PeNtictoN MLA Dan Ashton has not ruled out the amalgamation of regional school boards as a cost-cutting measure.

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of the Okanagan Skaha School District, said he isn’t worried about

the outcome of the core review on the board or education funding. “It’s just that we want to be proactive and we want to get our message out there for what our district and other districts are trying to do.” Johnson said the B.C. education minister told trustees at a conference earlier this month that boards should continue to seek efficiencies and revenue-generation opportunities. “He was very blunt that the funding we’ve been receiving is pretty much what we’re going to get and there’s no magic wand and no pot of money,” said Johnson.

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton, who is a vice-chair of the cabinet working group on core review, said a specific money-saving proposal related to school boards would originate in the Education Ministry, and so far, “that hasn’t come to us.” “I think, personally, as what we did in Penticton, everything should be on the table,” Ashton added. The former mayor said he hasn’t

personally considered the idea of school board amalgamation, However, he did say that he “always appreciates local input,” and also believes “there are huge opportunities to look at stuff regionally.” Recommendations from the core review are expected to be finalized by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year, with completion of the process by the end of the 2014 calendar year.

Firm to evaluate creek restoration Steve Kidd

Western News Staff

City council moved the project to restore Penticton Creek one step along this week, choosing a firm to design the work that needs to be done. Penticton Creek was channelized in 1950, after the river flooded destructively in 1948. But after 63 years, the concrete bed has decayed significantly and native populations of rainbow trout have been all but extirpated. In the past, the creek had been a major producer of both trout and kokanee. “If you only ever go along the creek by car, you have no idea of the deterioration that is happening to that creek,” said Coun. Judy Sentes. “There are some pretty significant holes in the concrete along there.” The city received its first year of funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation last spring in the amount $63,680 to begin planning the rehabilitation of the creek, which is the third-largest tributary of Okanagan Lake.

The committee set up to handle the project reported back to council on Dec. 16 with a recommendation that Stantec Consulting be awarded the contract to design the rehabilitation. The committee received 12 applications to a request for proposals and narrowed the results down to four. “Of those four firms, the firm with the best overall score was Stantec, they topped in three out of the five project categories, including price,” said planning manager Jake Belobaba. The top three firms all scored closely, but price put Stantec at the top of the list. “They met all their qualifications that were required and they came down to a price that was with in our project budget and lower than the other firms,” said Belobaba. “Technically it was a very close score, but that price issue was key in the decision making process.” Council voted unanimously in favour of awarding the contract to Stantec.

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New section of lakeside walkway opened Steve Kidd

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Walkers and joggers will be able to use the full length of the Okanagan waterfront walkway in early January. A new section of the walkway was opened on Monday, but there is still work left to do before the full length is reopened to the public. According to the latest estimates, the project, which was originally hoped to be completed in mid-November, will be finished by the end of the first week of January. “They still have one more concrete pour left to do,” said the city’s director of operations, Mitch Moroziuk, adding that he expected the pour would be done

by Christmas Eve. “Then it needs to be tarped so the concrete can cure, and the tarping won’t be removed until the first week of January.” Crews from the contractor, Kenyon Construction, have been working through the early cold weather to complete the project, but have needed to do some extra work to set up the concrete. “They were heating the ground and insulating and heating the concrete as it was curing,” said Moroziuk. “We will be continuing to open the remainder of the walkway from Power Street to the SS Sicamous from now to the end of the first week in January.” Litke said he recognized the pent up demand for the popular walkway when they were opening

the latest section on Monday. “The strollers and the joggers were racing by us as we opened the sidewalk,” said Litke. “We thought we were the first on to the pavement. “We started walking but immediately it was being well used by the public so that was very satisfying to see, not withstanding the fact it was cold and windy out there.” Litke also said the curb letdowns for wheelchair and scooter access were smooth with no bumps. “Mr. Pichette has had an effect,” he said, referring to an afternoon he spent with accessibility advocate Doug Pichette, who put the mayor in a wheelchair to experience the bumps and rough spots for himself.

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Here’s the big idea of 2013 One of Canada’s great entrepreneurial success stories in recent years is WestJet, the Calgary-based airline that is expanding across the country and taking on European routes. Clive Beddoe, the founding CEO of WestJet, was famous for helping the cabin crew tidy up the plane before getting off a flight. And the company is also known for its profit-sharing program, with all employees referred to as “owners” who have a stake in the success of the operation. I thought of this management approach when news emerged that the B.C. government was offering public service unions a new kind of contract, with a five-year term and wage increases tied to improved economic growth. The surprising thing is that unions are accepting the idea, even though provincial growth must exceed the government’s

independent economic forecast council projections before it can take effect in a given year. The generally nonmilitant Health Sciences Association was the first to recommend acceptance of a fiveyear agreement with only 5.5 per cent raises guaranteed. Then they were joined by negotiators for 51,000 health and social services employees, represented by the B.C. Government Employees’ Union and other unions that have long been adversaries of the B.C. Liberals. John Fryer, negotiator for the BCGEU going back to the epic battles with Social Credit governments and now a professor at University of Victoria, wasn’t impressed when he heard the news. “These deals reflect what happens when public sector unions back the losing party in a provincial election,” he said.

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“Union bargaining power takes a trip down the pooper.” I think there’s more than that going on. Perhaps today’s union leadership is beginning to accept that its wage, benefit and pension arrangements look pretty good compared to the harsh reality of private businesses competing in a global economy. I asked Premier Christy Clark if this new approach is inspired by private-sector profit sharing. She agreed that is the model. “I think that’s a great principle for all of us to

work from,” Clark said. “Until now, the growth of public sector wages has been completely insulated from changes in the private sector. And this is the first time we’ve ever been able to successfully link those two things. At this point it’s still a small increment wage growth, but it’s a big change, and I hope we can continue to build on it.” From an employee perspective, it is indeed modest. If real gross domestic product increases one per cent beyond the independent forecast used in the provincial budget, employees get an additional half of one per cent raise for that year. Contrast this labour relations development with what’s happening on the federal scene. A classic confrontation is brewing between the Harper government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

A key dispute is over sick days, which the government estimates are averaging 18 a year. PSAC currently has 15 “bankable” sick days a year, which the union president refers to as a “negotiated right.” It takes me back to my first union job, where I was warned never to take just one sick day. We negotiated for two at a time, so always take two, the union rep told me. Implicit in this is the mindset that employees should give as little and take as much as possible. Looking through my files each December for the B.C. story of the year, I consider what is likely to matter five or 10 years from now. This partnership approach to building the provincial economy is my pick for 2013. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca.


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Christmas is fast approaching and children all across North America are sending lists off to the North Pole and waiting to sit on Santa’s lap to tell the jolly old fellow face-to-face what their hearts desire is. At the top of the list for many will be a pony and some of the lucky ones will actually receive one. Many of these youngsters and their parents will spend the next years taking riding lessons, travelling to different events and collecting ribbons to decorate bedroom walls. However once off to college the horse that meant so much that special Christmas morning will become part of their past with no place in their future, put away with all of the other symbols of their youth. The parents make the decision to sell the horse and if the horse is lucky they will be successful finding someone to love and take care of him. If the parents are unsuccessful the horse will be sent off to auction. This is where the Christmas joy ends. What most people do not know is that because of the high costs of taking care of a horse and the troubled economy that 80 per cent plus of all horses that go through auction are purchased by kill buyers, people who buy horses at low prices and ship them to slaughter for profit. According to Agriculture Canada over 82,000 horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2012, averaging 316 horses killed each work day. The meat is mainly exported to Japan, France and Belgium but is also consumed within Canada as well. Horses come to the slaughterhouse from various sources — ex-race horses, event horses and the unwanted Christmas ponies. Kill buyers in the U.S. are now shipping horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Horses are given many drugs during their lives, many of which are banned from entering the human food chain even if given only once in its lifetime, yet the government allows slaughter and consumption of these horses based on a Equine Information Document or EID. The language is loose and set up in favour of the seller, using wording such as “during the time you owned the animal or to your knowledge.” Obviously if someone has purchased horses at auction they do not know the health history of those horses, yet the Canadian government turns a blind eye on a document which states to my knowledge selling meat with unknown quantities of drugs not allowed in other livestock for human consumption. MP Alex Atamanenko currently has a private members Bill C-322 to ban horse meat for human consumption based on the banned drugs and loopholes in the EIDs. If you want to help stop the slaughter of past Christmas ponies and childhood pets please write to your local M.P. and tell them to stand up against horse slaughter in Canada. To learn more go online research horse slaughter, view videos on YouTube. Contact www.defendhorsescanada.org. Get involved, speak up for these beautiful creatures that deserve so much better than to end up on a plate beside the mashed potatoes in a foreign country. Surely that is no child’s Christmas wish.

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Village tradition — Charlene Mcintosh looks over her Christmas Village display which currently takes up the better part of her family’s dartmouth road home and takes several days to set up. over the years the colourful village has grown to three levels with flashing lights and many moving displays. there are over 1,500 pieces which make up the town.

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Sunshine, Sister or Ma, whatever the ladies behind a free weekly breakfast are affectionately called by those who use the service, it doesn’t matter. As long as everyone obeys their rules. That is, be respectful and leave with a full belly. “We welcome everyone and don’t turn anyone away,” said Norma Hill. “That is kind of the neat thing about this we see people of all ages, races, backgrounds. Everyone should leave full and that is a good day for us because we know that at least they got one good meal today and they were safe while they were here.” It was by chance Hill met Pastor Pete Harris, who is also known as the street pastor in Penticton, while out on her morning walk. He called her over to join a group he was speaking to and serving food on a cold morning near Gyro Park. Ruth Hilaria also joined to volunteer and about two years ago they found salvation from the cold in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. It has grown from serving 10 people outside to upwards of 100. Every Tuesday Michael Pratt makes the trek from Summerland to Penticton by bus without fail to volunteer his time even if that is to wash dishes and clean. “I’ve been around the block and know how it is to feel like you are constantly walking up a hill with a strong wind in your face and snow on the ground and you need a lift up,” said Pratt. “I try and volunteer as much as I can because of that. It also gives me something to look forward to.” It is because of the tireless efforts of the volunteers that anyone can drop into the St. Andrew’s Church on a Tuesday morning to get a hot meal, receive a friendly smile or just sit down and talk with others. Earlier this month there was a free flu shot clinic and sometimes social or mental health workers will drop in to sit and talk with people. Occasionally they will get a pastor in to speak with those who want it, but there is no pressure. “Just because it has been called God’s Kitchen by some, doesn’t necessarily mean it is all about religion. This is a place for people to come in, eat and feel safe,” said Pratt. The facility is donated by the church and monetary donations mostly come out of the volunteers pockets as they are not a registered charity. For that reason they welcome donations

Volunteers (from left to right) norma Hill, Mike Pratt, Brenda Mcdowell, Judy West and ruth Hilaria at a tuesday morning breakfast service that is open to anyone who needs it at st. andrew’s Church. the group provides a hot meal every week serving up to 100 people.

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of food items. Already they receive bread from Unity Hall and sometimes those who use the service will bring day-old food they have gathered from Penticton grocery stores that then is turned into a hot meal. The women, while taking a break from their duties, joke about who is the best chef. It is decided Judy West comes up with the best creations. West said she has only just recently joined the group but is surprised of the amount of people in the small town who rely on the breakfast. The volunteers say the need has grown for more food as there has been a significant increase by the amount of people who drop in. “There has been a lot more this year than past years and that seems to be the matter for a bunch of services around town like Inn from the Cold who had an increase so far this

year,” said Hilaria. “We have noticed there are a lot more seniors coming here and families with small children.” But the volunteers stretch their limits of what they can do with the food they have to ensure there is a hot, nutritious meal to feed all who need it. Sitting around a table enjoying what was left in their bowls and plates last Tuesday morning a few of the men were talking about what the service some have dubbed God’s Kitchen means to them. “I always look forward to Tuesdays,” said one man who preferred to go by his street name, Gator. “I get a hot meal and full belly. For me there is no place like home, and this feels like home.” Anyone looking to donate food items or have clothes that can be dropped off are asked to phone 778-476-2617.


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Just over $27,000 was distributed to the group as part of the proceeds from last month’s Business Gives Back fundraiser. “This year we raised over $84,000 in gross revenues in one lunch thanks to those businesses and the people who participated,” said Gitta Schoenne, who has chaired the organizing committee for nearly two decades. “We did $77,000 last year and $88,000 the year before so we’ve given over $1.2 million back to the community in the 22 years we’ve been going.” Earlier this week just over $27,000 was distributed to about a dozen organizations which assist other people in the communities. “It’s a chance for the business community

to donate something representative of their business which may not be costly for them to do but that we can generate at least a retail income and sometimes even more,” said Schoenne. “The auction items we try to gear toward businesses such as advertising, so they can actually buy it and support charity, so it’s a win-win.” The 2013 fundraiser was held at the Barking Parrot and was hosted by television personalities Zack Spencer and Sarah Daniels, who also served as auctioneers. In addition to the items up for bid, which ranged from jewelry to recreational equipment, there was also a trip to Bali and $3,000 in cash for the winner of the big draw. While much of the group’s activities centre

around the Christmas season, its work goes on year round. According to the committee chair, Business Gives Back assists others whenever help is required. “We support families who are in immediate need of assistance, due to say a cancer diagnosis where their child has been diagnosed and all of a sudden they have to go to Vancouver and can’t work,” said Schoenne. “There are no hoops for them to jump through. Nothing. We can have the cheque in their bank account the next day.” In the past year that included paying the funeral costs for the family of eight-yearold Cody O’Connor of Oliver who died in September from injuries he received in a fire a few weeks earlier. “I think that was very important because any other money the family received from the fundraiser they can keep because they lost everything,” said Schoenne. “It is just a great feeling knowing that we are able to help people like that when they need it most.” In addition to the money given away each year, there is also

an ongoing Business Gives Back legacy fund through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan which currently stands at about $80,000. “The foundation invests the capital and the revenues generated are then donated to a charity of our choice every year,” said Schoenne. “The legacy fund will always be there and will continue to give back every year even after the event (Business Gives Back) is no longer held.” Along with Schoenne, other organizing committee members are: Brian Cutler, Michelle Jamieson, Carolyn Kidd and Trevor Nelson. The organizations that received help this year included: The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, Princess Margaret and Penticton Secondary School scholarship funds, Critteraid, Toys for Tots, the Soupateria, Salvation Army Food Bank, Dragonfly Pond Society, the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society, the Pen-Hi Breakfast program and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.


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Confidence is the theme when talking about the success Cody DePourcq is having this season. The Penticton Minor Hockey and Okanagan Hockey Academy grad has been very happy with his play and it’s a direct result from how he feels on the ice. “I’m taking the puck to the net more and I’m shooting the puck a lot more too,” he said. “I’m just trying to do all the little things. Defensively I’m working my butt off and trying to help the team.” Offensively, DePourcq admits he expected more of himself his first two years, but he’s not too concerned with that now. It’s been more important to him that the Vees win and that he doesn’t let the opposition score. Like most players, he enjoys turning on the red light. He believes his offensive success, 13 goals and 28 points in 35 games, has come from being a straight shooter. “When you shoot the puck you create rebounds, you create traffic in front of the net,” said DePourcq, who considers himself a leader on the Vees and takes pride in helping the younger players. DePourcq then quoted Wayne Gretzky. “You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.” His summer training was normal. He shot a lot of pucks and focused on getting stronger and said it’s been nice having more weight, though he recently shed some pounds, putting his 5-foot-5 frame in the 150-pound range. The strength helped him score one of his favou-+rite goals this season against the Vernon Vipers in the crease area. “A puck came through and I think the defenceman blocked it. I just pushed it forward and I had three guys around me,” recalled DePourcq. “I was already falling over so I tried to put as much weight as I could into the puck and I ended up being in the air. Just shot it and it went in. I was a little surprised. I was going blocker side. I was happy it went in.” Vees coach Fred Harbinson always knew what he was getting in DePourcq. “I think his game has evolved over the last couple of years,” said Harbinson. “He’s one of our key contributors in every area of the game.” Last year the Vees counted on DePourcq to be

a solid checker, now it’s to produce. “He’s playing on one of our power play units. He’s one of the guys that still plays hard against the other teams’ top lines and kills penalties,” said Harbinson. Harbinson said outside expectations are hardly fair. DePourcq has paid his dues with the Vees when he could have been ringing up big numbers in midget. “I think he’s learned to play the game the right way,” said Harbinson. “He’s won a national championship. He understands how to win.” What DePourcq has done hasn’t gone unnoticed by teammates. Vees captain Brad McClure describes him as a hard worker. Because of that, he’s earned good bounces at the net. “It motivates me to play to be honest,” said McClure of watching DePourcq. “He’s a small guy, but he’s got a big heart. I think a lot of the guys on the team see that.” “You look at a guy like Cody and you say you want to play like him because he works so hard,” said linemate Matt Serratore. “So determined. Makes a lot of good decisions out there.” Serratore credits DePourcq for his improvement as a player and his adjustment to the BCHL. “I think I learn a lot from watching him. Playing with him everybody has to step up their game,” he said. “He’s such a good player.” Travis Blanleil, DePourcq’s other linemate, said it’s obvious when he plays well. “You can tell he’s lit up,” said Blanleil. “The crowd loves when he scores. He loves it too.” What impresses Blanleil is DePourcq’s work ethic each day. “Being such a small guy, he doesn’t let it affect him at all,” said Blanleil, adding that DePourcq has a no-quit attitude and fearless mentality that allows him go up against bigger players. What Harbinson loves about coaching DePourcq is that he’s such a great kid. “There’s a reason people in town love him. I think people root for good people,” he said. “I think the reason everybody cheers for Cody and want to see him have success, there’s never a moment he’s not thinking about somebody else or his teammate or somebody on the street. He always has time for the people around him. He’s one of those key guys that lives his life the right way.”


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The fifth annual KVR Middle School Winter Classic produced vastly different results for the host teams. The Express girls finished second at their home tournament Dec. 13 to 14 as they played with a shortened roster due to injuries. Against KLO in the final, the Express lost 43-22 to the Cougars. The team played hard and at one point trailed 22-18. The Express were without three post players. The Express were led by point guard Britney Young who did a good job distributing the ball to teammates in an up-tempo style. “Katie Roos and Mattie Philip were incredible in their battle and toughness as they often had to guard players bigger than them,” said boys coach Blair Haddrell, who spoke on behalf of both teams. “The four Grade 7 girls playing with the Grade 8s are proving to be very valuable members of the team as they have a good understanding of how we want the team to play basketball.” The Express opened the tournament with a 55-17 win against Shuswap Middle School. In the semifinal, they defeated West Kelowna’s Constable Neil Bruce in overtime 35-34. The girls side featured six teams. On the boys side, missing five players, the Express were unable to get a win despite their best efforts. The Express lost to the eventual runner-ups Rutland Middle School 52-23. They played two tight games Saturday losing to Constable Neil Bruce 53-50 and to Shuswap Middle School 43-41. “Having only nine players really took its toll on the boys as they just ran

out of gas in the fourth quarter versus Shuswap,” said Haddrell. The team was led by Andre Rachinski, who averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds. Matthew Jones and Jackson Coates stepped up in the absence of the missing players and were put in positions they had not played yet this season. “When the team is fully stocked with all their players they have a lot of potential to be a good basketball team,” said Haddrell. “We have stressed to the boys all year that no matter the score or who we are playing we must compete the whole game, and they are starting to get it.” KLO Middle School also won the boys side, which had eight teams. Also playing in the tournament was the under-13 Okanagan Hoops girls team, made up mostly of students from KVR Middle School. They won one of three games, their lone victory, 52-18 against Summerland. In that game, Kayley Davis scored 18 points. Kate Coombes, Kalli Doel and Vanessa Edis contributed six points each. The team opened with a 63-33 loss to Okanagan Mission, Olivia Devito led with 10 points. In their final game, a 50-36 loss to Kelowna Christian, Davies scored 14 points and Jennifer Hayman was named player of the game. “Jennifer had a great weekend leading the team in rebounding and playing some great defence against some much bigger opponents,” said coach Chris Terris. “Overall, it was just a terrific weekend for the girls. For most, it was the first tournament experience and to compete so well against some good teams bodes well for the future.”

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Sports editor’s note: Throughout the season, Hunter Miska and Olivier Mantha will write a column for the Penticton Western News giving readers insight into their lives on the ice and away from the rink. While being on the road with the Vees, we have a great time and now that we’re getting more wins away from the South Okanagan Events Centre it’s even better. At the start of the season, we weren’t having our best games

on the road. We had to figure out a way to play good not just in our home arena but in our opponents’ as well. Playing in another barn with a crowd that is cheering against you for some can be tough. It’s a mental game and you have to be able to fight through that and keep focus. I take it in when I am getting chanted at. They try to get me off my game and try to get me to lose my focus, but I just take it and compete to the best of my ability to win. Then by the end

of the game they have nothing to chirp about. Also with having a road game, the bus rides can be tiring depending on the length of the trip. It’s good to get in a light jog or stretch before the bus ride because all your going to do is sit there. When you get off, your body won’t be as stiff and tired. We make sure to drink lots of water and have snacks to munch on so we’re hydrated and ready to go. When we stay in hotels, we all have one

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GENERAL MANAGER Steven Parker (above) and Leah Muzzillo (above right) of The Mule raise some balloons they plan to use to ring in the new year at the downtown nightclub. A 1,000 of the dollar-filled inflatable will drop from the ceiling at midnight. Getting in the spirit of the New Year at the Penticton Lakeside Resort are staff members (left to right) Brannigan Boyd, Grant Swebeck, Jamie Moore and Mandy Black (front). Mark Brett/Western News

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When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, places all over the Okanagan will be popping bottles, except at the Mule. “Everyone will get a toothpick on the way in and when those balloons fall it will sound like a popcorn machine,” said Mule owner Steve Parker. The entrance for 2014 will mark the second annual Make It Rain New Year’s Eve part at the Mule where they will drop $1,000 in $1 US bills from the ceiling at midnight. “We have 1,000 balloons and it is quite a site to see. At midnight we pull the netting and all the balloons fall and everyone pops as many as they can,” said Parker. As well, the Mule will serve champagne at midnight and will hand everyone party favours as they come in the doors. Tickets for the Make It Rain New Year’s Eve event at the Mule are available for $5 at the Mule or Green Beanz Cafe in the daytime. Doors open

at 9 p.m. and closing is 4 a.m. The Penticton Lakeside Resort will also be hopping on New Year’s Eve with four separate events. “Everyone in any of the venues receives a champagne toast, party favours and of course the fireworks,” said Brannigan Boyd, director of regional sales and marketing. “People are encouraged to book their room sooner than later if they want to take the elevator upstairs at the end of the evening to view the fireworks.” At the Barking Parrot DJ Mike Omara will get the party started spinning tunes to get everyone going on the dance floor. Party favours and champagne will be served with a great view of the fireworks off the back deck at midnight. There is no cover. In the Grand Ballroom they are serving a deluxe dinner buffet and live entertainment by Papa Wheely and DJ Tyrone. Tickets for the event are $54 per person and reservations can be made at 250-493-8221. The Hooded Merganser will host a special

evening of live music by Gord McLaren with a midnight champagne toast. Call 250-4874663 to reserve. Next door at the Bufflehead Pasta and Tapas Room they will be serving a special menu and have entertainment by DJ Billy Retro. Tickets are $50 a person and can be reserved by calling 250-493-9768. Good food, good music and country dress is the theme at the Kaleden Community Hall for their New Year’s Eve community dance. Entertainment will be by Dale Seaman and Highway 97 who will bring their rock and roll country brand of music. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the dance running from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be door prizes, spot dances, table snacks catered by Kaleden Family Restaurant, refreshments and a cash bar. This is a Safe Ride Home event. Tickets are $18. Expect an evening of great live music at Voodoos who will be hosting multiple local live bands all night long. They are featuring hourly giveaways and party favours at the door. Tickets are $15 in

advance and $20 at the door. If you are looking for something a little more intimate, the Barley Mill Brew Pub is hosting a candle lit event with a four-course dinner for $35 per person. Live music will be by Brian Highley starting at 8:30 p.m. Reservations recommended by calling 250-4938000.

Getting around town

B.C. Transit encourages everyone to make the safe and smart choice to ride transit on New Year’s Eve. The choice is easier than ever with free rides on New Year’s Eve. From 6:50 p.m. onwards, the B.C. Transit bus service will run free of charge to riders. A second bus will be put on the schedule and run until about 3 a.m. The Night Route will see extended hours and a Party Loop will be added to service the malls, downtown Penticton, both lakes and the community centre. For more information about the Penticton transit system visit www.bctransit.com.


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Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars’ soul seems to have taken a long and inspiring detour through Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. Comeau, born and raised in Nova Scotia as a French-Acadian, discovered the New Orleans rocking roots and blues in Alberta, from a Oklahoma musician nonetheless. “I really didn’t discover that style of music until later in life,” admits Comeau, who has three gigs at the Dream Cafe this week. “I think it was part of my ancestry and that is why I gravitated to it in a big time way. It was something that resonated with me.” Having played in bands for years, Comeau was touring in Alberta when they took a break at a truck stop and came across a rack of tapes. “This fella from Oklahoma playing in the band found this one that was all this Louisiana, history of cajun music and he bought it. It ended up being the only thing played in the van for two weeks,” said Comeau. “That is when it really stuck with me in a big time way.” But New Orleans music isn’t all they are about. Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars take the rhythm of the Maritime Acadian music, zydeco swamp, bayou blues, swing and whatever else they are feeling when the moment hits to sync with their impressive showmanship on the stage. The Voodoo Allstars consist of Tim Hearsey (guitar/vocals). Jerry Cook (saxophone/percussion), Larry Church (bass/vocals) and Gord Osland (drums). Comeau sings and plays a handful of different instruments. For him it all started with simply strumming on a guitar with a buddy. “I had a friend that was a good singer/songwriter and what happened is we were both 17 and decided it was springtime and we were going to hop on a train across the country from Nova Scotia. Our parents

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didn’t even know, my mom found out the night before we were leaving and she figured if she let me go I would come back a month later with my tail between my legs,” said Comeau. “We came out to Vancouver and started troubadouring and street singing in Gastown, which was a real artist scene at the time with poets, writers and musicians. It was 14 years before I went back home.” As freeflowing as his life is, so is picking up other instruments in a moments notice. He saw a fiddle sitting in the window of music store and decided it was time to learn the instrument.

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“I started playing the fiddle, squeaking and squeaking and all that stuff. At the time I was living with my brother who worked on night shifts and it took about a week and half and he came out of the bedroom screaming at me, ‘get out.’” said Comeau. “I came back to the coast and the fiddle player in the bluegrass band had left. I knew one tune on the fiddle and that is when I started, otherwise I would have never made that jump.” Then came along the mandolin, piano, accordion, banjo and the trumpet. “I bought it and went on YouTube. I tried that for about

an hour then I couldn’t feel my lips anymore,” said Comeau. “Three years later it’s sitting in the corner and every once and awhile I will pull it out and the geese fly away from under it. I would love to play it all, there just isn’t any time. I love it all. In some ways music has been a blessing for me. It’s like travelling, there is always new places to go and things to discover.” Since 1997, the band has released three CD’s and Comeau’s song Marianne was featured in the film Double Jeopardy starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. Another song, I Think About You All The Time, was featured in the movie Wise Guys. Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars are mainstays at the Dream Café in Penticton having playing there well over a dozen times. They love the place so much the band are considering putting together a new album at Blue Frog Studio in Vancouver with a potential for some of the live tracks they have recorded at the Dream Café being included on it. The band leader said the Dream Café is a special place where people come because the music brought in is so varied. He said musicians also come from all across the country just to say they played there because of the audience and atmosphere the venue has built. “Music is a conversation. There is this interaction between the players and the audience. Every night is different which makes it very fun,” said Comeau. “Our show is like a Mardi Gras experience and is all about fun and interaction.” It is exactly what he hopes to bring to Penticton. “Hopefully the sky will be blue, the ground will be white and the music will be hot. That is all I can ask for, oh, and the roads will be clear.” Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars are performing Dec. 26 to 28 at the Dream Café. Tickets are $30 and reservations are made at 250-4909012.

Shayn Hagel grew up among trucks, machines and construction. It is what he is reflecting on in Diesel and Gearz a series of industrial, mechanical abstract paintings in collaboration with Art House Penticton during his show Dec. 27 to Dec. 30. Introduced to the culture at age four when his father started driving a big rig, Hagel has taken aspects of that life along with his 10 years in the plumbing industry and his passion for working on and racing bicycles into his artwork. Hagel said his father was also known for his artist up-

holstery talent and opened his first shop in Penticton in the late 70s. “The Hagel’s have all been artistic, be it upholstery, custom vehicle interiors, graphic, visual and sculpted arts. I was always creative as a child, but I didn’t focus on the arts until Grade 8 when my teacher Mr. Buchko opened my eyes to my potential,” said Hagel. It was with that teacher he first painted on plywood. Like many youths his passions were varied and in 1999 he returned to art after receiving his first commission. In 2003 he began to paint again and recycled 10 large panels of plywood into fantastic colourful

images that will be on exhibit at his show. Also appearing at Art House will be the open studios of Penticton artists Jan Little, Liz Marshall and Derrie Selles. The Art House Penticton is a project of Cowork Penticton, based on the idea of allowing artists working in a wide range of media to rent space and provide an opportunity to share ideas between other artists. The working studio and exhibition space is located at 2345 Government. St. Diesel and Gearz will be on display from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening night is from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes food, music, wine and the open studios.


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As an entrepreneur and former studentathlete at a big U.S. university, Martina Zamecnik is not the kind of person who’s adjusting easily to a more sedentary lifestyle while she recovers from hip surgery. “It’s been quite a transition,” confirmed the 30-year-old owner of 360 Learning Academy, which has branches in Penticton and Summerland. “Being a type A personality, I’m always doing something, so for me to just sit still and watch a movie or read a book, it’s been a little bit challenging for sure,” she said with a laugh. Zamecnik is recovering from a procedure earlier this month to repair a torn labrum that likely resulted from her athletic pursuits like running, swimming and adventure racing. But just two days after leaving hospital, she was back at work tutoring high school students in math and science. The 360 Learning Academy opened in spring 2012 and just recently expanded to a second location in Summerland. The service has 65 clients and five subcontracted tutors, who work alongside Zamecnik. “Every couple days we get a call from a new student, so it’s constantly growing,” she said, adding she’d one day like to add two more offices elsewhere in the Okanagan, which welcomed her upon arrival two decades ago. Her family immigrated to Canada from Slovakia when she was nine, and settled first with her aunt and uncle in Summerland. “I think my parents just wanted a better life for us,” she said, adding her first weeks in Canada were tough, but she quickly adapted to the culture and learned English. “Within a few months, I think a child becomes quite fluent if they’re immersed in it,” she said. Zamecnik, whose parents are both teachers, graduated from Penticton Secondary School in 2001, then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a full scholarship for swimming. She said student-athletes are treated well there and get to travel, but the lifestyle is tiring. “I practised five hours a day, and then you have your study hall,” she said. “That’s pretty much your life.”

After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 2005, Zamecnik moved back to Penticton to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She’d done some tutoring while in university and gave it a try here at the urging of Dave Nackoney, a counsellor at her old high school. “I started with one student and it just built from there,” she said. “I was (working) in people’s homes, the library, the school, and then it got to the point where I was getting so many calls I realized there had to be a different way.” So she and fiancee Lee Agur, whom she’s set to wed in August, bought the building across from Penticton Secondary and launched 360 Learning Academy. “That gives an opportunity not only to help more students, but I have other tutors who work in this space,” she said, adding some colleagues are teachers-on-call or retired teachers who just enjoy the work. Nackoney, who first met Zamecnik when he was her Grade 8 teacher at McNicoll Park Middle School, said his former pupil has excelled in the tutoring business because of her energy and positive attitude. “She’s really a tireless person,” he said. “Martina has a way of getting people to learn, obviously, but I think one of her biggest strengths is making people feel good about themselves.” He also noted that some of the kids she has tutored played for the Penticton Vees or the Okanagan Hockey Academy, and she could relate to the pressure they face. “She was an athlete, too, so when she works with athletes it makes it easy,” Nackoney said. Zamecnik said her other key to success is working hard to establish good rapport with students and community connections. “Just being a people person, I think, is huge,” she said. “People come back if they like you.” Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by the Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from the White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants. Nominations should be sent to manager@penticton.org with the subject line ‘Top 40 Nomination.’ Please include nominees Martina ZaMecnik, 30, is the owner of a tutoring agency that works with high school contact info and a brief reason for nomina- students in Penticton and Summerland. Since launching in spring 2012, her client list has grown to 65 kids, who are assisted by herself and five other tutors. tion. Joe Fries/Western news

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calendar p.m., crib and drop-in eight-ball pool 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.

TUESDAY

December 24 St. Saviour’S anglican Church presents their children’s nativity pageant at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a 30-minute family musical celebration of the birth of Jesus. All children will be invited to participate as an angel, king or shepherd. Colouring, cupcakes and balloons. 150 Orchard Ave. chriStmaS EvE SErvicE at Penticton Vineyard Community Church, 1825 Main St., at 7 p.m. r oyal c anadian lEgion has a service officer at 1 p.m. viSpaSSana (inSight) mEditation for beginners or mature practitioners every Tuesday evening from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Please call Debora for details at 250-462-7340. All welcome, no charge. o rdEr F ratErnal oF Eagles has drop-in euchre at 7 p.m. Guests welcome. ElkS on ElliS Street has crib wars at 1 p.m. Lounge closes at 3 p.m. okanagan FallS SEniorS’ Centre has pool at 6:30 p.m. and music from 7 to 9 p.m. yoga mEditation/vEgEtarian SuppEr is upstairs in the Elks Lodge at 344 Ellis St. in Penticton Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Donations accepted. topS B.c. 4454 has weekly meetings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 445 Ellis St. Use back lane entrance. Meetings are downstairs. Phone Susan at 250-496-5931 or Sally at 250-4926556. o kanagan S outh toaStmaStErS meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the community services building at 5876 Airport St. in Oliver. Become a more confident speaker. Call Bill at 250-485-0006 or Melba at 250-498-8850 for details. a l c o h o l i c S anonymouS young person’s group at 7:30 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in

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WINTER TUNES — Rina Kim performs on the flute during the performance of the McNicoll Park Middle School band at the school’s recent winter concert.

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the Outreach Centre. Call/text Guy at 250460-2466 or Niki at 250460-0798. As well, the beginners’ meeting runs at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 157 Wade Ave. al-anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main St. and 6:45 p.m. at 157 Wade Ave. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian. Call 250-490-9272 for info. pEnticton concErt Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Intermediate to advanced musicians. All band instruments. The band is available for performances. Phone 250-809-2087 for info. p E n t i c t o n toaStmaStErS mEEtS every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shatford Centre at 760 Main St. Toastmasters is an excellent way to enhance confidence, speaking, and leadership skills in a fun, supportive setting. Membership is open to anyone 18 and up. Guests are welcome and allowed up to three free meetings. Call 250-4922362 for more info. WEllnESS mEntal cEntrE has individual

support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon at 13211 Henry St. 90 Wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together for a gab and coffee every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at 126 Dakota Ave. thE South okanagan and Similkameen MS Society has an informal coffee group that meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre. For more info, call Sherry at 250-4936564 or email sherry. wezner@mssociety.ca.

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chriStmaS day dinnEr at 5 p.m. in the Oliver Senior Centre, 5876 Airport St. Must be an Oliver resident or a member of the centre. More info at 250-4986142. h av E a n av E t S chriStmaS dinner at 3 p.m., sign up sheet at the bar.

THURSDAY

December 26 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. 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. F allS o kanagan SEniorS’ Centre has Scrabble at 10 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and crib at 7 p.m. ElkS cluB on Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. FratErnal ordEr oF the Eagles has musical bingo at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. o kanagan S outh and i mmigrant Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. a l c o h o l i c S night a nonymouS 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. topS B.c. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250-493-5968 or Liz at 250-493-7997 for more info. topS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 523 Jermyn Ave. Call Merle at 250770-8093. dESErt SagE SpinnErS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerickson@telus.net or 250-498-4959. al-anon For FriEndS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. c anadian r oyal lEgion branch 40 has NFL football at 5:30

SummErland plEaSurE paintErS meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre. New members and drop-ins are welcome. Contact Ruth at 494-7627 for info. SEniorS SinglES lunch Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. c anadian r oyal lEgion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m. 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.

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