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HAPPY NEW YEAR — City of Penticton Mayor Garry Litke was all smiles in preparation for the new year. With budget talks behind him, the mayor is looking forward to the holiday break and the new year.

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Log JaM — a logging truck lies on its side as spilled logs litter Highway. 97 following an accident recently on the corner just north of the okanagan river Channel bridge past west Bench Hill road. it is believed the truck driver escaped injury and no other vehicles were struck by the logs, a number of which went onto the southbound lanes. northbound traffic was re-routed through the west Bench area briefly before crews were able to open one of the lanes. rCMP said speed was not a factor in the accident. Mark Brett/western news

Gallagher Lake residents say street light not enough Joe Fries

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A group of Gallagher Lake residents concerned about negative impacts associated with recent infrastructure improvement projects in the area appear to have gotten the attention of government. Residents are worried about speeding vehicles and pedestrian safety following a four-laning project on Highway 97 just north of the community, while business owners are upset with a three-week project to install water and sewer lines that chased away customers. Following a public meeting Dec. 9, about 40 residents sat down this week with officials from the B.C. Transportation Ministry, Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen and the RCMP. Most importantly, the group learned the ministry intends to install a street light near the Gallagher Lake Resort to assist people crossing the highway there, according to resident Scot Hutchinson, who helped organize the meeting. “Now at least the vehicles will be able to see the pedestrians crossing the highway,” he said.

A female pedestrian was killed there in February when she was struck by a vehicle at night. The new light should be in place sometime this spring. The residents’ group is still pushing for installation of a proper crosswalk and a reduction in the speed limit through the community, and plans to take up those concerns during a meeting with MLA Linda Larson in the new year. Despite the success of this week’s meeting, Hutchinson said residents are “extremely disappointed” that Allan Patton, the RDOS director for the area, didn’t attend. “If he is really concerned about his people, he should attend the meetings,” said Hutchinson. Patton said he wasn’t invited until just a few hours before the event and was content to let RDOS staff represent the organization, since he’d been in touch with the community before the gathering and planned to follow up afterwards. The director also noted that an Official Community Plan review for the area will begin in the new year that will help organize community concerns. “Things will progress,” Patton said. “Maybe there were some hiccups along the way, but I think we’re OK.”

ConstruCtion on HigHway 97 at gallagher Lake left much to be desired, according to residents and business owners in the area. attending the unveiling of the completed project in november, were (left to right) allan Patton, director for area C of the regional District of okanagan similkameen, MLa Linda Larson (Boundary-similkameen) and oliver Mayor ron Hovanes.

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Local political landscape changed in 2013 Editor’s note: This is the second of two issues in which the Western News looks back at the news and events from 2013, including sports beginning on page 10 and arts and entertainment beginning on page 13. Photos from 2013 can be found on pages 8.

John Slater leaves politics under a cloud

For former Boundary Similkameen MLA John Slater, the first couple of months of 2013 were a rough ride, starting in mid-January when the B.C. Liberal party refused to endorse him for re-election in the May provincial election. “They said ‘no, we have no intention of letting you run,’” said Slater. The Liberal party press release gave no reason for not endorsing Slater, stating only that his “candidacy is not being approved due to personal issues that, in our view, impact his ability to represent the party.” Speculation began to swirl that the “personal issue” was Slater having a problem with alcohol, including a rumour that he had attended a caucus meeting while inebriated. “I have been know to have a few drinks, yes,” said Slater. “It’s never been in the press, it’s never been an issue that way. It’s not like a DUI or something like that.” Slater said alcohol has never influenced his judgment at caucus or any other meetings. “I am an animated person at the best of times and if I have a few beer, I get more animated.” Slater announced that if the Liberal party wouldn’t endorse his candidacy, he would run as an independent, citing strong support inside his riding and resigning from the Liberal caucus. Slater’s decision to run in May no matter what lasted about a week. The next twist came when a political blogger announced he had “exceedingly disturbing information” about Slater and Marji Basso, the NDP candidate for Boundary Similkameen, that would hand the riding to Linda Larson, the new Liberal candidate, if released. The information was never made public, but within a week, Basso had resigned her candidacy and Slater had reversed his decision to run as an independent. “It’s been a brutal week. And you have to look at your health and your family and your friends and supporters,” said Slater. “I am a little disillusioned, I don’t want to go through four months of garbage and rhetoric.” Basso never spoke publicly about her reasons for leaving politics, which a NDP press release only gave as “personal reasons.”

Owner wade wagstaff of grizzly excavating Ltd. (above) surveys the idle construction site where a proposed dormitory was to be built. He and other contractors who have already done substantial work there are currently waiting to see when or if they will get paid. wagstaff is glad the municipality protected taxpayers from having to pay the fees but feels he, his company and the other local sub-trades are also taxpayers and should receive due consideration as well from the city; Left: air Canada Jazz plane prepares for take off at the Penticton airport. the B.C. Property assessment branch adjust the value of the control tower at the airport to $20 from $1.4 million, chopping $2,000 in tax revenue for the city.

Barisoff resigns, Ashton and Litke move up

The political scene in the Penticton riding changed drastically over 2013 as well, triggered by the resignation of longtime MLA Bill Barisoff, who chose not to run again in the May provincial election. After 17 years as an MLA and 18 years before that in local politics, Barisoff said his time had come and he would be taking away many memories from his time in office, but few regrets. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a diverse role in politics and government, to be able to see it from the opposition side, from the government side and from the role of the speaker where you are looking after the members from both sides,” said Barisoff, who has also served as minister of revenue and minister of environment. “I really can’t complain at all, I don’t think I could ask for a better term of office.” Barisoff was looking forward to a lot more family time, along with some golfing and fly fishing. “I think I’ll be spending a lot more time with my wife Edna, family and my grandkids,” said Barisoff, who turned 64 in 2013. ‘We have two of them here and one in Vancouver, so I certainly hope to spend a lot more time with them.” Dan Ashton, then the Penticton mayor, won the Liberal nomination and eventually the provincial election. He resigned in June to take on his new duties as MLA, prompting Garry Litke to resign his seat on council, freeing him to run for mayor.

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He won that post in a September byelection along with Katie Robinson, who took Litke’s council seat.

Hockey dorm goes to court

The controversy over the failed hockey dorm project on Eckhardt Avenue returned to haunt the city in February as contractors, who had filed $1.6 million in liens, filed five notices of civil claim against the city in the Supreme Court of B.C. The project came to a crashing end in March 2012 as backers pulled out and news broke about allegations of previous fraudulent business practices on the part of developer Loren Reagan, whose Okanagan Hockey Elite was to purchase nine lots on Eckhardt for $925,000. That deal was never closed; financing fell through three times before the city ended the deal on Feb. 1, 2012. However, Reagan had been allowed to begin preliminary work on the property in order to fast-track the project, leading to the liens placed by the contractors, who were unpaid.

Penticton airport value crashes

News that Penticton airport’s tower is now worth only $20 according to the latest figures from the B.C. Assessment branch came as a surprise to city officials. In February, Nav Canada convinced the B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board the control tower at Victoria Airport had essentially no market value, since it couldn’t be used for anything but an airport control tower. The appeal board reduced the assessment to $20 from $1.4 million, and applied the same ruling to Castlegar, Pitt Meadows and Penticton airports. “At the end of the day, the effect regardless is approximately $2,000,” said Penticton’s chief financial officer Doug Leahy. “ The airport building is valued at about $270,000, including the property value and improvements. It doesn’t include hangars and other structures built by companies utilizing the airport.”

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City Hall plays keep-away with tourism funding Tourism funding has been the subject of controversy through much of 2013, as it was through 2012, when tourism marketing became split between two groups: the newly formed Tourism Penticton Society, funded by the city of Penticton; and the Penticton Hospitality Association, who signed a contract in July 2012 to manage the funds collected through the two per cent additional hotel room tax. This year started on a positive note, when Tourism Penticton announced their board of directors and said they were ready to market the city through 2013. “There was some flux last year in 2012. And so I think the most positive and exciting thing for staff and the board is that we are now completely in place and able to move forward with all the planning that did take place last year,” said Sally Pierce, vice-chair of the society. The music turned sour by March though, when city council called on PHA representatives to justify how they were using the HRT funds, collected for the express purpose of external marketing of the city. PHA president Robert Appelman, operations director Tim Hodgkinson and secretary treasurer Marko Crucnik were grilled by council regarding spending, future plans and lack of collaboration with Tourism Penticton. Hodgkinson said they were new to the experience of tourism marketing and so, took some time to review and research, wanting to ensure the funds are used effectively. “It’s not just about going out and meeting people and handing them a cheque,” said Hodgkinson. “We had to meet the existing people that are working, like Tourism Penticton, and figure how we can work with people as best we can.” On Oct. 31, after months of back and forth between the city and the PHA, city council decided to withdraw the HRT funds from the association, effectively breaking their contract, and award the funds to Tourism Penticton. The PHA, said Mayor Litke, was not living up to the terms of the contract and “significant funds that have been accumulated remained unspent.” The PHA began legal action against the city in November, prompting Litke to meet with Appelman in hopes of forestalling a court battle, but the situation remains unresolved as the year comes to a close.

Fish hatchery breaks ground

Years of planning for a salmon hatchery on Penticton Indian Band lands came to fruition in May when the Okanagan Nation and a range of partners gathered near Shingle Creek to break ground for the building. The long list of speakers included representatives from the hatchery project team, the ONA fisheries department, the Colville band, along with the Chelan and Grant Public Utility Districts on the Washington side of the border. “I would also like to take this moment to reflect back, because this has been a long journey,” said Kruger, making particular mention of past Chief George Albert Saddleman as having the original vision. “Bringing the salmon back has been a journey and has taken a lot of hard work and this is one more step to ensure we will always have salmon.” This ceremony marked a milestone for the Okanagan Nation Alliance and its eight member communities, the culmination of more than seven years of collaborative visioning, planning, and detailed preparations for the new hatchery, which is part of a long-term program to restore the range of sockeye in the upper Okanagan watershed, Okanagan Lake, and Skaha Lake systems.

Painting the town red, or blue, or green.

In June, Penticton proved that Main Street does matter when it was selected as one of the top 20 communities in Benjamin Moore’s Main Street Matters competition, putting the city on the list for enough paint to refresh a three-block area of downtown. City hall, the Downtown Penticton Association, the Chamber of Commerce and a variety of other community organizations all spent the month of June exhorting everyone in the community to get out and vote in the online contest day and on as many devices as possible. “You know when you read something and you think this would be possible,” said Tracy Kelly, coowner of the local Benjamin Moore outlet. She said it was the community effort that pushed Penticton over the top. “There wasn’t just one organization involved. There was so many organizations and everyone was doing their own promotion on it. In store, we did so much advertising about the promotion and everyone we talked to on our Facebook page, our twitter. And the DPA did the same, and the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Penticton.”

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Wine bloggers toast the town Drink up

Penticton played host to many successful conferences and gatherings in 2013, but one of the most talked about had to be the Wine Bloggers’ Conference. Allison Markin, along with Tourism Penticton and lots of help from the community, spent the 2.5 years working to produce exactly that effect on the nearly 250 bloggers that attended, who started tweeting and blogging about coming to Penticton before, during and after the conference. “I’ve never seen so many pictures of beautiful sprawling Okanagan vistas posted on social media,” said Markin. “The last time I checked the Twitter count and the number of impressions, it was more than two million and the tweets are still coming in. “This reinforces our story that we are a fantastic wine region and people should be coming to visit us.” Attendees also gave the Penticton version of the conference the highest rating in its six-year history, with a 4.13 out of five. The first conference in 2008 in Sonoma scored 4.12.

Cleanup on channel

In June, Coyote Cruises, attempted to bring in a $2 environmental levy on people floating down the Okanagan River channel. The Penticton Indian Band company, which offers tube rentals and a return bus ride, said that the levy was needed to create a fund to keep the channel and the walking path beside it clean and wellmaintained. “It’s been a challenge and it’s been a struggle for us to keep it moderately clean,” said PIB Chief Jonathan Kruger, who estimates they collect between six to 10 large garbage bins full of trash and abandoned floatation devices every year, and another two bins worth of dog feces. That’s where the environmental levy for all channel users came in. In past years, the city and the regional district helped, according to Kruger, but then declared they didn’t have money in their budgets. The levy was in place less than a week before the PIB came together with the City of Penticton and the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen at the 11th hour, with an agreement to work on a new cooperative structure. That deal was signed in August, with the city, the RDOS and the PIB splitting the $42,000 annual cost

to keep the trail in good repair, remove garbage and maintain toilets at Skaha Beach.

The hills are alive

In November, the Penticton Indian Band announced a partnership with Greyback Construction to build Skaha Hills, a 550-acre, $250-million development to be built on PIB lands on the bench west of the Penticton airport. Skaha Hills, formerly known as Arrowleaf, has been long in the planning. It traces its roots back to 1997, when the band voted in support of a casino resort on these lands. “Without question this is an outstanding development site,” said Larry Kenyon, president of Greyback. “The lack of good developable land has stagnated Penticton’s growth in the past and we believe there is a pent-up demand for a nice master-planned community offering some resort style amenities.” Skaha Hills will be built in seven phases, to a full complement of 600 homes with protected lands surrounding the community to preserve the views from the bench. Proposed amenities include golf, beachfront access, hiking trails, pools, clubhouse and sports courts.

SOEC reborn

A little competition is a good thing, especially when it comes to negotiating a new contract for the South Okanagan Events Centre. After a months-long request for proposals process, Penticton city council voted in July to award the next contract for operating the SOEC to Global Spectrum, who have operated it since it opened in 2008. “In the last three years there has been a significant difference in SOEC management and subsequent performance,” said city manager Annette Antoniak. “We believe the new terms represent a significant improvement from the previous contract.” The operating deficit for the complex is continuing to decline from the $2.2 million it was at prior to Global changing their management team at the SOEC. It’s expected to hit the $1.25 million mark in 2014, which Antoniak pointed out is nearing the $750,000 deficit the Trade and Convention Centre operated at prior to the building of the SOEC. The new terms, Antoniak explained, include lower performance and management fees, along with terms that are more incentive-oriented to Global. “I think the city is much better off with this contract. Global Spectrum worked for this, earned this and the city benefits, Global benefits,” said Mark Ziebarth, chair of the SOEC committee.

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New Year’s is a time for many things. To be sure, it’s one of the great party times of the year, but coming after the hush and quiet of the last week of December, it’s also a time for reflection, for looking back and looking forward. That reflection usually gets expressed in a couple of ways: top ten lists and resolutions for the new year. Top 10 lists are fun enough, but resolutions are basically a recipe for disaster — trying to make a resolution to change your life for the better while intoxicated, on a sugar high from all the Christmas goodies or both. Small wonder studies show that only about 12 per cent of the people that make New Year’s Day resolutions succeed. But let’s throw caution to the wind by combining both activities and look over lists of New Year’s Day resolutions. Not surprisingly, health-oriented resolutions top lists of most popular and lists of most-broken resolutions. Getting fit, losing weight, quitting smoking (people still smoke?) are all in there, as is drinking less, though that seems to place much lower on most lists. A new one popping up this year could be put in the healthy lifestyle category: spend less time on Facebook. If you’re looking for ways to pay it forward, how about making a resolution we have suggested before, to help others — sadly, a category of resolutions that usually shows up at the bottom of lists. For instance,WESTERN think about what would happen PENTICTON if we all resolved to increase our donations to the food bank, or your favourite local charity, by just one dollar a month. If only a third of Penticton population followed through on it, roughly $120,000 more aid would be flowing into the coffers of service groups. That’s something worth thinking about.

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A hopeless wish list for 2014

Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life in the coming year, but won’t. An orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring and one in the fall. I canvassed this topic with Premier Christy Clark in our year-end interview, and got the usual runaround about how it’s always been optional since old Gordon what’s-hisname set the schedule of sittings and elections more than a decade ago. Spring is for the budget and MLAs sit in the fall if they need to discuss legislation. They need to all right, but what governments want to do is ram it through as fast as they can, so that’s what they do. The last couple of years of this have been a sham worthy of a South American banana republic, with three chambers running simultaneously and opposition members trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes

in new laws and adds to the public’s cynicism about the whole business, but it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to criticism. Stephen Harper would approve. A political debate about real issues, rather than just a competition to score points in an endless election campaign. I appreciate that this is hopelessly naive, but setting aside enough time to consider issues could, at least in theory, lead to that happening occasionally. Certainly the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party. The main growth area today is people who have given up on the whole thing. An opposition with ideas. The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in 2014, and they’d better bring more modern policy to the table than they had in

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B.C. Views the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillowfight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it. These guys need a Tony Blairtype makeover. They need to be for something, and they need to leave the past behind.

Media that care about more than conflict. News organizations are in bad shape these days, and the competition for a rapidly fragmenting audience is having some ugly effects. One thing that needs to go is obsessive coverage of who’s winning and who’s losing. If the news media are going to be interested mainly in the gaffes and gotcha moments, is it any surprise that’s what politicians try to provide? The Canada Post announcement that it has to wind up home delivery offers a recent example. Is it really so outrageous for the CEO to suggest that walking to the corner is good exercise? When there’s a 24hour news cycle to fill, it’s a scandal! How many people know that Canada Post’s unfunded pension liabilities amount to $6.5 billion, as it

continues to pay a dwindling workforce to hand out mostly advertising flyers? Should they just keep doing that until they run out of cash? Are taxpayers really expected to maintain another two-tier service that’s only available to selected urban people? Facts to go with opinions. Whether it’s the government’s fantasy figures on job creation or the opposition’s arithmetic-challenged child poverty claims, serious problems can’t be understood, much less solved, without defining them accurately. Submitting government advertising to scrutiny by the auditor general to make sure it is accurate and non-partisan would be a good place to start. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca.


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The proposed north and east expansion of our downtown is not exactly a new idea. Some folks would have us believe it was even thought up so a couple of our councillors could have their land included in the urban growth area. This concept began over 100 years ago when Summerland was conceived as a real estate venture for wealthy English folks. Lower town began on the lake shore necessitated by transport but when the railroad made stern wheelers obsolete the commerce moved to West Summerland. From there the town grew to the north and east with continuing “in-filling” between the two zones. Even the hospital was built on the hillside beside Solly Road. Later the highway further encouraged development along the main transport corridor. It was only in 1972 with the advent of premier Barrett’s vote catching ALR scheme that orderly urban growth came to a halt at Bristow and Quinpool. Thus began our quest for urban sprawl when planners, land owners and developers were forced to ferret out small parcels that were either too small to be included in the ALR or were exempt. In spite of this restriction our community did continue to grow but often in a very convoluted fashion and sometimes in places that are difficult and expensive to live, service and maintain. One reason why it has taken so long for urban planners to get it right is because former councils always put a caveat on the consultants that there was to be no change to the ALR boundaries. I was on two OCP committees and this was our mandate. At least the last time we managed to get some of the preamble and vision right, but we were not allowed to change the maps. Over the past year the consulting group came up with very innovative and inclusive methods of trying to obtain input from all factions in the community. The workshops were well attended by a reasonably good cross-section including students, business people, seniors and growers. We were all given a chance to participate in a constructive, hands-on venue. I understand over 1,300 townsfolk provided input. Collectively these participants agreed this was the best plan for our community. I think it would be very difficult to fault the methodology behind the process. Those who preferred to not take part but now wish to complain do not have much credibility in my books. The opportunity was very well presented. Don Hudgeon Summerland

Axing firefighters will burn city

Sorry to hear news on GlobalTV about Penticton’s firefighters, who have apparently worked hard to prevent what local government council has voted for: cutting two positions, despite being warned by firefighters it’d force them to work with less than the professionally desired number of personnel. Typically, similar to government health-care management, policy wonks willfully ignore knowledgable professionals in favour of promoting a private-sector based cost-cutting agenda. Who, among Penticton’s decision-makers, have any knowledge or experience in firefighting providing them with credentials to make a decision that contradicts the best professional advice? So when Penticton’s taxpayers determine they’ve received less firefighting service than they’ve paid for, perhaps they’ll sue these decision-makers for losses suffered due to fire. After all, in this day and age of government-byrisk/issues-management, it seems one of the last means for the people to hold the powers that be’s feet to the fire. Liz Stonard Port Alberni

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Clandestine businesses need to pay license fees I have been in contact with the City of Penticton for several years with regards to clandestine business operators competing with my operation of lawn and garden maintenance. I consider this unfair competition, since these operators pay no license fees to the City of Penticton, or to the province, hence they can provide their service for less than we licensed operators can. It is perhaps difficult for the city to monitor who provides these clandestine services. I have collected dozens of license plate numbers of vehicles operated by these people, which I would gladly provide. Since they have no logos on their vehicles, identifying them personally would have to go to the RCMP to do the name search. I would appreciate the City of Penticton’s co-operation in dealing with this issue. I do not feel I need to pay license fees for operating my business if others are allowed to do without.

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LOOKinG BACK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; February: Janette Damsma (top left) watches as the snowy owl she released returns to the wild in a rural region of Kaleden a short distance from where it was found in a chicken coop earlier. The young bird had been recovering at the South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls. July: Joyce Fauteux (top right), dressed in her best Mardi Gras outfit, has a laugh during a break in the action at the Christmas in July celebration Sunday at the Oliver Seniors Centre, where she was one of over a 100 women attending the annual Crown Jewels of Canada Society themed event. February: Jessica Seminiuk (middle right) of Princess Margaret Secondary School keeps her eraser handy just in case while writing the English 9 exam in the gym as students in secondary schools throughout the district were busy with the first of two sets of provincial tests. May: Penticton Secondary School students (middle left) Monique Mooijer and Sydney Overland rake bark mulch as part of work for the Rotary Peace Park on a section of the KVR Trail. A number of shrubs and trees were also planted during the day. September: Digby had a twinkle in his eye as he and owner Teagan Cranston, 6, relax during a break the action at the Paws for Cause fundraiser at Gyro Park Sunday. August: Young Leroi Bent shows his stuff has he takes part in the opening day powwow at Aboriginal Cultural Village, part of the 2013 Peachfest celebrations.


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NICHOLAS HILL, owner of two construction companies, admits the best part about building homes is helping his clients realize their dream home, as well as working with his employees.

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Building is a passion for Nicholas (Nick) Hill. But for Hill, 33, owner of Ritchie Custom Homes, building relationships with customers, contractors and the community is just as important as building homes. “It’s working with clients and our employees and seeing their dreams of building a home come to fruition,” Hill said. “Going on the journey with them, providing that experience and meeting their expectations and putting a smile on their face. “It’s really cool.” This week’s nominee to the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40, Hill said he was grateful for the recognition, but acknowledged the contribution of his employees. “My success is not just me,” Hill said. “I have eight amazing employees that work with me day to day. It’s not by any means a one-man show. There’s also a great set of contractors in this town.” Hill’s journey to being the owner of two businesses did not take the obvious route, but it is the detours that put him where he is today. A graduate of Penticton High School, Hill spent his first year after high school going to college and traveling around New Zealand. He then attended Camosun College in Victoria, taking courses in the Professional Golf Management program. Following a summer of working at a golf course, Hill came to an important realization. “I realized that’s the last place I want to spend the rest of my life,” he said. Although he didn’t know it at the time, his next move would eventually lead him to his current journey. Hill, interested in physical geography, transferred to the University of Victoria to complete a degree in social sciences with a major in geography. He points to one specific lecture in one of his courses that set him down a new path. “It was a lecture about green building that really caught my attention,” said Hill. “It showed how we could build homes and buildings better, to a more energy efficient standard, to a healthier standard. “Doing something better for the earth, for the environment and for people really intrigued me.” Hill was only midway through his degree, but the topic stayed with him and he kept talking about it. “I just knew that was where I wanted to go,” he said. Upon completion of his degree, Hill had two options ahead of him, either travel, or

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learn the rammed earth construction technique. Hill chose the latter, and the rest, as they say, is history. He headed to Osoyoos to take part in the construction of the rammed earth wall at the The Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre. It is the largest rammed earth wall in North America. Enthralled with the technique, Hill followed up with additional training in rammed earth construction, partnered up with a friend and went into business, Solum Rammed Earth Builders, with the odds apparently not in their favour. “We had no business background, we had just learned this trade, there was no industry for this product,” said Hill of the road ahead. “It was a super exciting dynamic time. We were completely naive. But we were stubborn, believed in what we were doing and just did it. “Sometimes you just have to believe in what you’re doing.” But opportunity knocked, and a contract to build a house in Washington state came along, followed by a handful of contracts in the Okanagan. With a few years under his belt, Hill contacted Ted Ritchie, owner of Ritchie Contracting & Design, looking for work in the winter. It started with a kitchen renovation and then two years later, in 2010, Hill seized an opportunity to take ownership of the business. “It was an amazing opportunity,” sid Hill Although he is a busy person, Hill has one priority when he isn’t at work. “Family,” he said with a smile. “I have a wonderful wife, Jehanne Fauquier and a 17-month old son, Gavin. An avid mountain biker, Hill also enjoys spending time on the snow in the winter months Despite his commitments to business and family, Hill also finds time for his community, including volunteering with the Canadian Home Builders Association South Okanagan, the Climate Action Advisory Committee for the City of Penticton. Hill has been recognized with several industry awards, and was recently named finalist in four Georgie Award categories – Best Public Private Partnership, Best Environmental Initiative, Best Outdoor Feature, Best Kitchen Valued under $100,000 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 contact info and a brief reason for nomination.

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VICTORIA UNITED FC defender Ivica Bratonovic kicks the feet out from under James Fraser of Penticton Pinnacles James Fraser during second half action in the Pacific Coast Soccer League U21 men’s reserve match this summer in Penticton. Bratanovic was red carded and the United dropped an 8-0 decision to the host squad.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Matt Zornes is a forward for the Princess Margaret Mustangs junior boys basketball team. His personal goal this season is to become a better player. He enjoys playing basketball because of the need to count on people to do a good job. During the Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic, Zornes helped the Mustangs defeat the Rutland Voodoos 69-66 in their opening game.

Pinnacles pitch perfect

The second part of the sports year in review kicks off with the Penticton Pinnacles FC picking up two medals at provincials On the soccer pitch, Penticton Pinnacles FC revelled as the under-18 boys won a provincial championship, while the under-18 girls took bronze in early July. It was the fourth time is the charm for the Pinnacles FC U18 boys, who after three straight years of hunting for gold at provincials finally nabbed it. Having earned a silver and two bronze in previous years, the U18 boys defeated Vancouver Coastal in the finals 3-1 to earn their gold medal at the B provincials. “They were a strong and physical team but the whole key for us during the provincials was teams didn’t know how to approach us because we played a tactic called low-pressure defending and none of the teams could penetrate us,” said coach Murali Venkataraman. “They were very confused and getting frustrated.” Venkataraman said it came as a huge compliment to the Pinnacles FC that coaches, refs and others were coming up to them after the game saying they were impressed by the strategy. The tactic, said Venkataraman, is something that all teams across the Pinnacles FC have been incorporating since executive director Ezra Cremers came into the fold. It is a European style of playing with quick, short passes that emphasize a possession- style game. Venkataraman said his team completely embraced the concept after winning regionals against Salmon Arm which took them to provincials. On the girls side, with a shortened bench of just one sub, Penticton managed to hold on to take the bronze medal in the B provincials, defeating Comox Valley 2-1. “We were expecting to go back and win gold again but we had a few girls that had to leave on Saturday so I was down to 12 players in the medal game. We went up 2-0

and were playing very well but then the team ran out of gas and just held on,” said coach Derrick Webb. “Overall we played very well on the weekend, we just couldn’t catch any breaks.” The team kicked off the tournament with a 2-1 win against Terrace but missed opportunities in their second match against Surrey United. They had the tables turned on them with a 2-1 loss. The U18 girls then found their scoring groove and defeated North Shore 7-0, with Caitlyn Spooner earning the shutout. Leading the team in scoring over the

weekend was Shayla Hearne with three and Emily Jones and Alix Varchol with two goals each.

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Vees can’t repeat BCHL championship REVIEW from p. 10

Vees unable to defend Fred Page Cup as BCHL’s best

The Penticton Vees had their hopes of defending their 2012 RBC Cup championship dashed by the Surrey Eagles during the Fred Page Cup in late April. Cheers exploded from the South Okanagan Events Centre as Michael Rebry scored the 2-2 equalizer over the Eagles. It just wasn’t the final sound that night. It went from constant oohing and aahhing to silence as over 3,100 Penticton Vees fans had their hearts broken. Adam Tambellini beat Chad Katunar over his glove 2:34 into the second overtime for a 3-2 Eagles win in the BCHL final. Following the game, an emotional Vees coach Fred Harbinson said his players laid it all on the line. “They have nothing to hold their heads down about,” he said. “They battled right to the end. It was a heck of a series, two great teams. The last two games we had multiple chances to get it done.”

PMHA midgets win penant at provincial championship

The Penticton Ironman Canada midget tier 2 Vees never lost faith. Playing against the Vancouver Spirit on Wednesday for the provincial championship at West Kelowna’s Royal LePage Place, the Vees found themselves behind 2-0 midway through the

first period after quick tallies. But when the clock struck zero, it was the Vees, not Spirit, spilling onto the ice in celebration. Penticton won 4-2. Vees captain Tyler Ehlers said it felt unreal to become a champion. “Never felt this way before,” said Ehlers, who had a golden B.C. Hockey medallion resting alongside his jersey. “Great experience.” The Vees had to work for it against a Spirit team that didn’t shy from physical play and had speed to burn. Ehlers said it was tough to be trailing, but they just had to fight back. Throughout the game the Vees used every inch of ice. They worked the puck along the boards and battled through checks to get it to the net. Michael Crawford got them on the scoresheet as his shot from near the crease found its way past goalie Sergio Del-Linz. In the second period, Jackson Dematos evened it at two when he blazed down the ice and beat Del-Linz with a backhand move. His goal came immediately after Vees goalie Lawrence Langan denied the Spirit. In the third period, Blake Holowaty buried the winner, while the insurance marker was potted by Ehlers high on the goalie’s glove side. “We went to the spots you had to to get it in,” said Ehlers. “It’s a great group of guys throughout the whole season. Good coaching staff.” See REVIEW on p. 12

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Arts And entertAinment newsmakers of the year continues with concerts that packed the crowds in. Counter-clockwise from top right: Loretta Lynn graced the sOeC stage in October, motley Crue frontman Vince neil gets the audience amped-up on their stop at the sOeC April 20, Alan Jackson was one of the best attended concerts this year, Celtic thunder mesmerized the audience and country continued to reign at the sOeC with Brad Paisley â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Beat this summer tour stop in August.

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It was once dubbed an eyesore, but as the South Okanagan Events Centre turned five in 2013 many in the community have come around to align with its vision. Over one million people have been through the SOEC doors over the five years. The facility has forever changed the face of entertainment and events in the South Okanagan. “I think the negativity in the beginning towards Global Spectrum was one of the biggest challenges. There were certainly mistakes made on our side, but to know that you have this vision and the potential, but to read letters to the editor was a tough slog for a lot of our staff to constantly be hit with,” said marketing manager Carla Seddon. “I think a lot of us took it as a personal challenge as well. We knew that Global Spectrum was a really good company and it was a matter of learning this city.” In 2013 Eric Church set a record as the highest attended concert to date at the SOEC. This was followed by Brad Paisley, Motley Crue, Alan Jackson and Celtic Thunder. One of country music’s hottest acts right now, Florida Georgia Line, helped set a first-day ticket sales record at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Dec. 13. “I think the ticket prices are at a good price point and they were just on the American Country Awards and won six of the seven awards they were nominated for. I don’t think you can get a better band that are hotter right now.” Florida Georgia Line is bringing their Canadian tour to Penticton on April 10. Global Spectrum has also brought in an array of entertainment including Cirque du Soleil, Avicci, the Harlem Globetrotters and musicals to appeal to a wider demographic. It also has been the home for two Vancouver Canucks Young Stars tournaments, curling and in the summer, Canada’s national women’s hockey team trained in the building. Kevin Webb, director of events and operation manager, also saw the potential the building had when he came to Penticton during the construction phase. Still, he never would have expected to have played host to some of the megastars. “Who would have thought when we were sitting in a trailer for our office that Brad Paisley was going to be here, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Rihanna which was 20 trucks and a pink tank,” he said. “The vision of what everyone wanted this building to be has happened.” An economic impact study of the SOEC and the immediate facilities managed by Global Spectrum shows $33.9 million in total economic activity, generating the equivalent to 368 jobs.

Pentictonite leads Invictus Entertainment to success

It has been quite the year for Penticton businessman Jim Cressman who is president of Invictus Entertainment Group. In September he accepted the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards. “It was an amazing weekend for sure. To win it in really my first year of business solo, under the Invictus Entertainment Group banner, really meant a lot,” said Cressman, who has been nominated for the award five times, but this was the first under his own business. The multi-faceted company includes booking services, management services and they are also promoters working with big Canadian and international acts to put together shows. Carrie Underwood, KISS, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Motley Crue and others have been brought in by Cressman by working with venue management like Global Spectrum at the South Okanagan Events Centre. “Penticton and the secondary markets which have been the focus of my company and touring have really stepped up over the years. “We have just had incredible luck with growing these secondary markets because there is a hunger for the ticketbuying populous to enjoy something A-level in their home towns. “I have to tip my hat to Global Spectrum, they have found innovative ways to make it work for the artist and work for promoters like myself.” Invictus Entertainment Group is behind several concerts that will come to the SOEC in 2014 including Florida Georgia Line. The band set the fist-day ticket sales record at the SOEC on Dec. 13. Cressman said one of the coolest parts of his job is looking out into the audience to see people so excited that an artist of the magnitude of Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood

Eric church (top) set an attendance record for the South Okanagan Events centre when he came through Penticton on Feb. 1 on the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour bringing the almost capacity crowd on their feet and two-stepping in the aisles. (Above) Jim cressman, invictus Entertainment Group president, and his staff celebrate being awarded the canadian country Music Association award for Buyer of Promoter of the Year award.

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would come play their small town. “Then seeing the artist who has 5,000 screaming fans singing back every lyric of every song they have ever put out,” said Cressman. “In both cases of Keith Urban and Brad Paisley this happened and they came up to me after the show and said I want to do more places like this. This was amazing and why I do this.” Cressman also is a big believer in homegrown talent and manages George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett, Brett Kissel, Charlie Major and One More Girl among others. Many of those artists appeared in a movie Cressman executive producer of, Coming Home For Christmas. According to him, the DVD had strong sales in Walmart

and it was debuted on TV on CMT in December. If this wasn’t enough, along with welcoming another child into his family, Cressman also launched a record label, Big Star Recordings. “Everyone says in this business if you want to make it you have to believe in yourself. That is partially true,” he said. “More important than that, you need to surround yourself with people who believe in you because you are going to have moments when you lose faith in yourself and when that happens you need someone there to pick you up. I absolutely have had those moments and those people who helped me and I believe in paying that forward.” See REVIEW on Page 15


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2013 was the year for a local business, a handyman and models to shine in national spotlight. In May Burger 55 was featured in the TV show You Gotta Eat Here! on the Food Network Canada. John Catucci, host of You Gotta Eat Here!, visits Canada’s small burger joints, greasy spoons and legendary restaurants to taste the food that made them famous and to the meet the colourful characters that make them institutions. He dives into the kitchens to find out what makes the signature recipes so good. Burger 55 owner Chris Boehm said before the show aired on national television his establishment already saw the benefits. “It definitely got even more busy after they filmed. A lot of people saw in the newspaper that we were going to be on the show and there are a few commercials kicking around that we are going to be on it soon,” said Boehm. Summerland’s John Rousseau couldn’t prove he was Canada’s Best Handyman, but the Journeyman tile setter did make his mark on HGTV’s Canada’s Handyman Challenge with his sense of humour. The show puts contestants through rigorous challenges to test their handyman skills in order to be crowned Canada’s Best Handyman. Rousseau quickly found out that time management was one of his downfalls when put in a crunch and it kept him out of the finals. “You give a man tools and time and you get perfection. You give a guy tools and no time and you get deception,” he said. If one of the faces for the First Choice Haircutter’s promotion material seems familiar, there is a reason for that. Penticton resident Colleen Bachmann was chosen in First Choice Haircutter’s Be The Face contest and the print campaign was released across the country in February. Bachmann joined other winners from across Canada in New York to receive modelling training and shoot with professional photographer Guy Aroch, whose clients have included Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret and other top designers. Another Penticton woman also had the opportunity of a lifetime to be pampered like a fashion model. Amberlee Erdmann won the Internet competition Be The Face of Bootlegger. The social worker’s photos can been seen in Bootlegger retail outlets across the country. “It is totally empowering and I get that some aspects are superficial with modelling, but honestly it made me feel so confident and beautiful,” said Erdmann “When I look at those images, I can’t believe that is me. I still can’t believe I won and did it.”

Smell of popcorn returns to Penmar Theatre

When the shiny new Landmark Cinema seven-screen theatre opened it left behind a building that the Penticton Community Arts Society is convinced has many years of life left in it. The group plans to make the theatre an entertainment hub again, restoring it not just to its former glory, but as a centre for a wide range of community entertainment. “I know in my heart this is great for Penticton. We need the facility,” said Jim Morrison, principal of Wildstone Construction and owner of the theatre. “You will be amazed come the end of April what it is going to look like and what we can do with it.” Morrison said he was approached by a furniture company who liked the space for their business, but seeing a different vision for downtown he waited for the right opportunity to come around. The first step to restore the Penmar is to reunite two of the theatre’s four auditoriums, which will result in a theatre of approximately 350 seats. The complete plan will see the auditorium restored to its original size, up to 650 seats. “The result is a facility that is usable for presentation of movies, live music, live theatre, speakers’ series and many community events,” said Jennifer Vincent, director of the Penticton Community Arts Society. “A clear demand was identified for a variety of film types that are not currently being shown in the region, including ethnic, foreign, second-run

South okanagan reSidentS were featured in national and tV print campaigns this year including amberlee erdmann (top left) for Bootlegger and Colleen Bachmann (top) for First Choice haircutters. the Penticton Community arts Society is making the move to revitalize the Penmar building to return it to its former glory as an entertainment hub and already have plans of what their vision is (above).

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and children’s films.” The society is hoping people support the concept by becoming part of the group. Memberships can be purchased at www.penmar.ca and include a range of incentives. A formal gala grand opening is scheduled for April 2014.

Art House opens new opportunity for creatives

There are big things brewing in shared spaces, and not just when it comes to offices and business. 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. “Artists are the original co-workers. They have been in collaborative, collective studios since time immemorial … I strongly believe in supporting the artistic community and my husband is an artist and it was something that always rolled around in our mind,” said Jennifer Vincent, Cowork Penticton co-owner. The Art House, located in the industrial area at 2345 Government St. opened in November as a fixed location for committed creatives and artists. It has both dedicated and common

work spaces, a mixture of full-time and casual member artisans who will be able to use the space. Vincent said Art House Penticton will bring together artists to work together to even hold small events or exhibitions. There are six dedicated studio spaces, four of which have been reserved already. Dedicated studio space can be rented by month or shared by artists and there is also a casual membership which allows artists to store some materials in a cupboard, set up in the common areas while they are there and put things away when they leave. Penticton artist Kindrie Grove is combining forces with Nick and Jen Vincent of Cowork Penticton to create the Art Experiment, a new series of fun evenings to create and play. “We are teaming up on a couple of things. We have one which is called the Art Experiment, which is going to be a creative experiment night for people to come and play with different materials,” said Grove. “There will be stuff set up for musicians if they want to jam, or poetry readings, anything goes.” The Art Experiment will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. and rotates between Kindrie Grove’s studio and the Art House.


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Tools Brand new Sears Craftsman snow blower, $1600 new, never used, sell for $600 or trade for anything of equal value, also older snow blower available, offers,250-770-0827

Real Estate Lots By Owner 1 acre Okanagan Lake View Lot off Tronson Rd, serviced, secure w/private lake access. Offers. 250-275-1626

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT 2013-50 (617 Ellis Street) A Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2014 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2013-50 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone Lot 1-6, District Lot 202, Similkameen Division Yale District, Strata Plan KAS2991 located at 617 Ellis Street, from C5 (Downtown Commercial) to RM5 (Urban Residential). The applicant is proposing to convert the existing commercial units into residential units. Any person whose interest may be affected by the proposed amendment may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014 to Attention: Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5A9; Email: publichearings@penticton.ca. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-4902400 prior to the meeting. The above mentioned bylaws and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, January 6, 2014, in the offices of Development Services and Corporate Administration at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street; Penticton Public Library (hours vary), 785 Main Street, and the Penticton Community Centre (hours vary) or online at http://www. penticton.ca/EN/meta/city-news/latest-news.html. Anthony Haddad Director of Development Services

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December 31 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. okanagan Falls senioRs’ Centre has pool at 6:30 p.m. and music from 7 to 9 p.m. meditation / y oga VegetaRian

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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 the Outreach Centre. Call/text Guy at 250460-2466 or Niki at 250-460-0798. 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 250492-2362 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.

WEDNESDAY January 1

anaVets CluB has a New Year’s Day open house on Jan. 1 with entertainment by Buzz Byer from 3 to 7 p.m. Join us at South Main Drop-In Center, 2965 South Main St. on Jan. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. for our Day One dance. Music by Vince’s Orchestra. $10 per person. Advance tickets only. Call 250-4932111. the pentiCton aCademy of Music String Orchestra rehearses from 7:15-8:45 p.m. in the lounge of the Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. New members welcome. Please call 250493-7977 for more info. the naRamata sCottish Country Dance Club has classes at 7 p.m. Please

bring soft-soled shoes to wear for dancing. For more information call Davina at 250-4871272. Classes are held Wednesdays through April from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Shatford Centre. Neither Scottish background nor a partner is required. okanagan Falls senioRs’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and carpet bowling at 1 p.m. summeRland aRt CluB meets Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summerland Library. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. Contact Mary at 250-494-5851 for info. the oRdeR oF St. Luke meets on the first and third Wednesdays in St. Saviours’ Church at noon for healing prayer. the BeReaVement ResouRCe Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-4901107. FosteR CaRe inFo sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250770-7524 or visit www. fosterbc.ca or www.mcf. gov.bc.ca/foster. pentiCton dupliCate BRidge CluB holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Penticton library. Call Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. 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. oliVeR douBle o Quilters have drop-in activities Wednesdays. Everyone welcome. Bingo eVeRy Wednesday in the Legion hall with the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. senioRs’ ReCReation and Wellness Centre at 439

Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. anaVets has hump Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and music by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. kiWanis CluB has a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. 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 250-492-7630 for info. alCoholiCs anonymous has Nooners meetings Monday to Friday noon at 352 Winnipeg St. 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. 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. 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.

THURSDAY January 2

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. okanagan Falls 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 250-770-8093. 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 p.m., crib and drop-in eight-ball pool at 7 p.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. City peaCh 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.

FRIDAY

January 3 Royal Canadian legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m. 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. elks CluB on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts and pool at 7 p.m. eagles haVe dinneR from 5 to 7 p.m. and Karaoke at 7 p.m. alCoholiCs anonymous has a group meet in Naramata at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. in Community Church hall. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Friends Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd.

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at Oasis United Church. al-anon meets at the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. the BeReaVement ResouRCe Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more information on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-490-1107. 890 Wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. anaVets has kaRaoke at 7 p.m. with Jack Ramsay, Scotch doubles pool at 6:30 p.m. pentiCton senioRs ComputeR Club drop-in sessions Monday and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. People may sign up for memberships, classes or have computer problems solved. Lectures on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on computingrelated topics. okanagan Falls senioRs’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and crib at 1 p.m.


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