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NEWS 2014 COMES IN WITH A BANG — Jenna Ferguson and Patrick Kendrick were among the thousands of people who rang in the new year with the annual dazzling display of fireworks which lit up the night sky over Okanagan Lake, courtesy of the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Overall Penticton RCMP reported a relatively quiet night with no major incidents.


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Proud parents Alison and Mark McNeil of Penticton with baby Grace Elizabeth, who was born at 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 1, making her the South Okanagan’s New Year’s baby.

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First baby makes graceful entry Joe Fries

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Penticton’s New Year’s baby was nearly a day late. Second-time parents Alison and Mark McNeil welcomed daughter Grace Elizabeth into the world at 8:10 p.m. on Jan. 1 at Penticton Regional Hospital. The nine-pound, six-ounce bundle of joy arrived a day past her original due date, after her mom spent 20 hours in labour. Alison said the possibility of having the first baby of 2014 crossed her mind when she learned she was due on New Year’s Eve. “We joked about it at the midwives’ appointment saying it would be kind of funny,” Alison said in an interview Thursday at PRH. “We’re pretty competitive, but it just

happened (this) way.” Despite her extended labour, the 30-year-old school teacher, who became a stay-at-home mom in 2012 following the birth of her son, Micah, has quickly returned to good spirits. “I was really thankful that everything went well and very grateful for the staff here. They’re fantastic,” she said. Mark, a 28-year-old electrician, said the couple, married in 2011, selected the baby’s name based on a divine suggestion. “God told us the name. I was walking one day and I really felt strongly that He told me to name her Grace,” Mark explained. “And then Alison had a dream a few months later with the same type of thing.” Alison is planning to stay in hospital for a few more days to recover before taking

Grace home. The couple hopes to eventually add a couple more children to their family. Meanwhile, the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency has reported that Olivia and Ethan were the most popular baby names in 2012. The agency said in its annual report this week that 297 baby boys were named Ethan that year, while the next most popular choices were Liam (264), Lucas (231), Mason (207) and Logan (203). Olivia was the name bestowed upon 274 girls, while Emma (265), Sophia (232), Emily (195) and Ava (187) rounded out the top five. Grace was the name of choice for 101 baby girls, making it the 18th most popular selection for females. There were 44,270 births recorded in B.C. in 2012, up from 43,911 in 2011. Data for 2013 is not yet available.

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Driver refusing to pay for pier crash Mark Brett

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The operator of a cabin cruiser which struck the Kiwanis Walking Pier on Okanagan Lake last summer is refusing to pay a $7,500 bill from the city until he gets some answers to his outstanding questions. René Bourque and a female passenger were returning from a trip to Kelowna just after dark in early July when the 8.5 metres boat they were in hit the wooden structure, breaking through the railings and coming to rest on the deck. Neither the couple nor any of the young people on the pier at the time were seriously hurt. “I’ve got the money and I’m willing to pay it and take responsibility for the accident as soon as the city can prove to me that that dock has been certified by Transport Canada,” said Bourque, who also wants a better breakdown on how and where the $7,500 was spent. “But until they prove it to me I’m not going to pay a friggin penny.” He maintains on the night of the accident the only signal that was on was a red, flashing navigation light. According to Bourque, normally there is a larger white light and a couple of smaller ones beneath it which were not on at the time. “I was so used to coming in there and seeing those bottom lights but they weren’t

A cAbin cruiser sits on the Kiwanis Walking Pier the morning after it collided with the structure in July of last year. beside the boat is a pole with a red navigation signal and the white light below it to illuminate much of the deck surface (shown in top right photograph taken in 2010). According to the boat operator, it was not lit at the time of the accident.

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working,” he said. “When we hit that pier there was no light that either one of us saw.” Bourque added he has since talked to several young people who indicated the pier was a popular party spot in the summer and that kids used to climb the pole the lights were attached to and shine a flashlight into a sensor which turned out the main light. Chuck Loewen, the city’s general manager for facili-

ties and recreation, said this week he was not aware of such interference with the light. “All I do know is that the light at the time (of the accident) was functioning as it should and the light has been functioning ever since and whether there is tampering happening on an ongoing basis I cannot comment on,” he said. “Light tampering is completely new to me.” Bourque believes Transport Canada regulations in-

dicate that because the pier is under federal jurisdiction and is bound by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the light should be on day and night. Loewen said he understands Bourque’s frustration in getting information from the federal department. “I think it’s frustrating for all parties,” he said. “I sent the federal and provincial guys a note last week saying ‘What’s the detail? What’s the follow up?’ and I’ve

heard nothing back. “Transport Canada had promised to get back to us, I think it was by the end of August, and it’s just been month, after month after month and I keep following up but I get nothing back from them.” Following the accident the city began looking at other types of lighting options to make the dark structure more visible, especially in the evening and at night but said it required authorization from Transport Canada before going ahead with any work. Also after the collision, two commercial boat operators who regularly use the waters in the area at night came forward with similar visibility concerns about the dark-coloured pier. One of those people was John Rae, whose friend crashed his boat into the dock in the ‘90s and was killed instantly. Slow speed and a higher lake level were credited in

part with a lack of injuries in the case of the July 2013 accident. Some boaters say the navigation light is difficult to see because it blends in with the shore lights in the background. Bourque is also continuing to try and have his day in court. He said an initial ticket for operating a vessel with undue care was dropped. He was given another one but was told because it did not have an issue date, he could not fight the matter. At one point he was denied insurance for the trucks he uses in his towing business but that was put on hold until the matter of a court date is straightened out. “I went to the police and they told me to just pay the ticket, but I said I couldn’t because that would be an admission of guilt so now I have a ticket I have no right to fight,” he said. “This whole thing is getting very, very frustrating.”

Transition created new dynamic for city council in 2013 Steve Kidd

Western News Staff

Many of the things Mayor Garry Litke is looking forward to in 2014 build on groundwork laid in 2013 and earlier. One of the biggest is the ongoing revitalization of downtown Penticton. After years of consultation and study, the first phase of work will begin on portions of Martin Street and Westminster Avenue this year, and detailed planning will be done for the 100 to 700 blocks of Main Street. Litke said the planners have done a phenomenal job putting the plan together through public process and engagement, but are now facing the final task of getting a stamp of approval from stakeholders. “They are going to need to be able to convince the business owners in the downtown that this is a good idea,” said Litke. “The reason we have so many downtown improvement plans sitting on the shelf gathering dust is we have never had the capability to communicate the benefits of downtown redevelopment with the business owners. That is why it has always failed in the past.” Litke hopes the business owners who have a vested interest in the redevelopment of the downtown will understand and be patient; he admits there will be a difficult period of construction and some costs on their part, but adds this redevelopment will set the tone for downtown for decades to come. “On the flip side, if we don’t, we are going to get left way behind. If we don’t do it now, we are going to lose our competitive advantage,” said Litke, explaining that Penticton could fall far behind other cities in attracting tourists and providing amenities

for people visiting for conventions, concerts and other attractions. One major amenity for 2014 is being developed by a community group, though with seed money from the city. The Penmar Theatre, closed when Landmark opened their new theatre complex, will reopen this year as a performing arts centre. That, said Litke, has been a dream since 2008, but the concept of building a new $30-million theatre downtown has never managed to get off the ground. “In the absence of any solid business plan coming up for that project, another group of independent citizens have formed a non-profit society … and have just a killer business plan,” said Litke. Litke added that given the thoroughness of the business plan to redevelop the Penmar, he will be surprised if it fails. “It is judicious, it is strategic and it is fiscally prudent,” he said. “It doesn’t throw $30 million on a project then hope we can run it. It is starting small in a fiscally responsible way. They are so ambitious to be open by April.” Challenge Penticton, according to Litke, was both one of the greatest accomplishments of 2013 and something to look forward to in 2014. The city took a big risk when it chose to end a 30-year relationship with Ironman Canada, but it has paid off, he said. “Getting that first race run was a huge achievement. We are now on the ground floor of an exciting development that will take probably three to five years to actually mature that it will be able to run on its own. In the meantime it requires a lot of city assistance,” he said. “That would be a major achievement of this past year, making that transition, a very difficult transition from a major corporate entity to a small family-run operation.”

A solid number of housing starts in 2013 is a good sign for 2014 and necessary to stabilize the city’s finances, in Litke’s view. “That’s also what we need to address the structural deficit in our budget. We don’t have any expenses left to cut,” said Litke. “The only solution to our structural deficit is to create more revenue and that means more homes, more taxpayers, more people paying into city coffers. “More homes, more residential development and more jobs.” But some of the biggest changes that will affect how the city is run in 2014 are the result of changes at council itself throughout 2014. Former mayor Dan Ashton’s move to provincial politics resulted in Litke resigning his council seat to run for mayor, and a byelection for a new councillor. “There were a lot of transitions going through the by election and having in effect a rotating mayor for a period of six months,” said Litke. “That created significant difficulty for the operations of the city during that period. That was an unusual and difficult time for the city.” While there is only one new face on council, Katie Robinson, Litke said the group dynamics have shifted, in effect creating a new council. “This new team that we have is incredibly strong. It’s easily as strong as any council that I have ever had the privilege of serving on. Their strength comes from their disparity; they are all so different,” he said. “That presents a challenge for me as mayor, to try to arrive at consensus in a group that has such strongly held beliefs and values. I admire all of them for their core values; they are all people of significant integrity.”


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unit, as well as signs indicating where attempts were made to light (ignite) the trailers,” he said. “There were also tracks to another unit with evidence indicating an attempt to set it on fire as well.” The flat-deck trailer located near the burned-out vehicles suffered heat damage. Bosscha has since turned the matter over to Keremeos RCMP. Fire personnel spent about 90 minutes at the scene. The incident was also attended by the Keremeos RCMP and BC Ambulance Service. This was the third overnight fire the volunteer department has responded to in several weeks. The others included one at a residence on Ferko Road in Cawston on Dec. 9 and the other at a manufactured home at aproperty on Beecroft Road in Cawston on Dec. 19. Neither of those are believed to be suspicious.

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A 67-year-old Summerland woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal motor vehicle incident last week on the Okanagan Connector. Margery May Fox was riding in the rear seat of an SUV that crashed on Highway 97C near Merritt around 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 27, according to a B.C. Coroners Service press release. Road conditions were icy when the

SUV left the road and rolled down a 20-metre embankment just east of the Aspen Grove turn-off, the release stated. Fox was taken by ambulance from the crash scene to hospital in Merritt, where she died later that day. The coroners service did not reveal the SUV driver’s identity, nor the condition of the other vehicle occupants, but noted the Fox family had asked for privacy. RCMP are still investigating.

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for chipping at Fire Hall #2 located at 285 Dawson Avenue from December 27 to January 31, 2014. For more information please call the Fire Department at 250-4902315.

SNOW REMOVAL SURVEY Residents are invited to complete a survey to help the City understand expectations in relation to snow and ice removal. The survey asks 16 questions that include rating current service levels of snow and ice control and gauging the importance of control measures

on roadways, sidewalks, lanes and trails. Residents and businesses can provide input on what their expectations are, and what they consider to be priorities. The survey is available in hard copy at reception at City Hall (171 Main Street) and the City Yards (616 Okanagan Avenue East). Residents and businesses can also complete the survey online by visiting www.penticton. ca/Snow. The deadline to complete the survey is January 31, 2014. For information, call 250-490-2500.

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Hospital high on RDOS agenda Joe Fries

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Increased public engagement was high on Mark Pendergraft’s Christmas wish-list. The chairman of the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen hopes people take a greater interest in the local government’s affairs in 2014. “It is nice to hear from (constituents) and have some interest shown in things that are going on,” he said. His wish could be answered when RDOS staff and directors hit the pavement to discuss the proposed 2014 budget, which so far features a 4.85 increase to the tax requisition. “I think overall, the majority of those big increases are specific to some small areas, so it isn’t that much of an increase to everybody,” noted Pendergraft, the director for rural Osoyoos. “I don’t know that we need to chisel at it right now, but I think we really need to wait and see what the public thinks after the consultation and go from there.” The 2013 budget process was bogged down by opposition to proposed improvements to the region’s shared fire dispatch equipment. Those upgrades, such as a new radio repeater on Okanagan Mountain, carry a $1.6-million capital cost that was tough for directors in Summerland and Osoyoos to swallow. The new system will regroup 16 fire departments into three zones, each of which will share a radio link to the Kelowna dispatch service, meaning Summerland will lose its direct connection, while Osoyoos will help foot the bill for other communities that didn’t invest enough. Despite opposition, the budget eventually passed and work is underway to get the new system up and running. Pendergraft said a committee

not implementing a single safety system across all of its operations, such as volunteer fire departments. To do that, RDOS staff recommended hiring a full-time health and safety specialist, but the board voted down that $73,000 item during the initial stages of the 2014 budget process. “It’s going to be something that we still work at, but it will not be a very rapid process. I guess someone will end up working on it off the side of their desk as time permits,” said Pendergraft. Pendergraft himself made headlines in 2013 when he took over as board chairman from Dan Ashton, who held the post for 12 years before making the jump to provincial politics. “Most definitely it was a learning experience. Being the vicechair for almost 1.5 years, you start to think, ‘I think I’ve got a handle on this,’ and lo and behold it’s a little bit more involved than you expect,” Pendergraft said with a laugh. Ashton’s departure also shook up the 18-member board, with Wes Hopkin replacing John Vassilaki in one of the four representatives for Penticton. More change could come this November after the municipal election. Pendergraft said he’s leaning towards running for a fourth term. Besides public engagement, he’s got at least one other big project on his wish-list for the year ahead. “The one that jumps to mind — and it’s not one that I specifically deal with — is the (Penticton) hospital patient care tower and the commitment from the province,” Pendergraft said. “It would be nice if we could have something tangible happening, instead of just a business case. I mean, it’s important, but it’s not something you can grab onto.”

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Penticton travellers were lucky this holiday season. Lucky, that is, that no one was driving around the curve where Eckhardt Avenue turns into Highway 97 when a logging truck spilled its load across four lanes on the morning of Dec. 23. A similar incident last October in Whistler didn’t turn out so well. In that case, a motorcyclist was crushed to death under the logs. Unfortunately, logging trucks incidents are far from an uncommon happening — that was the second in a month for Whistler. In the wake of the Penticton incident, concerns have been raised about the speed logging trucks travel through town on their way to the mills. It was, it seems, just a matter of time before such an incident occurred, but let’s hope there isn’t a tragHG\OLNH:KLVWOHUœVLQWKHRI¿QJDVZHOO Our intention isn’t to vilify the trucking industry as a whole, but to point out the need for stepped up enforcement from the RCMP and the Ministry of Transportation’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement program. By and large, we believe the trucks on the province’s roads are well-maintained and driven, but in the trucking industry, time is money and there is always the temptation to push the limits. Considering the road conditions and variable weather Penticton has been experiencing lately, overloading, skipping safety checks or pressing the accelerator down a little farther with a fully loaded logging truck could be a fatal mistake. The curve where the Penticton accident occurred is a dangerous one at the best of times; it’s a sharper turn than it appears and many southbound drivers pay little attention to the speed limit change. PENTICTON WESTERN Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said it was unacceptable that a logging truck should lose its load in the middle of town, calling for the RCMP to review the situation. Though Penticton doesn’t have anywhere near the same amount of logging trucks passing through as Whistler, the same RCMP attention is needed before there is a bigger tragedy.


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New year, new board for brain injury society On Dec. 12, the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society members elected a new slate of directors at their Annual General Meeting. There were 130 people present, which was the largest AGM attendance in SOSBIS’s history. The new board is comprised of people who represent a wide cross-section of professional backgrounds in our community. Jason Cox is a local business owner and is a director of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, Jessica is a CGA, Elaine Edmond works in the health care field, Roger Curry is a medical doctor, Jason Poon is a personal injury lawyer and Don deGagne is a retired CAO of Summerland. This well-qualified group will form our policy board. The brain injury society offers services and programs for people who have experienced changes in functioning caused by brain injury acquired after birth that is not neurologically caused, such as injuries from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sport

Environmental concerns trump oilsands expansion

To MP Dan Albas: Clearly your government is not acting responsibly on behalf of Canadians. Please address this in your next column, Mr. Albas, and tell us what you are doing to stand up to Harper to stop this from going ahead. It is in yours and your childrens’ best interest to help ensure that we are not going to allow Shell and other companies to cause serious consequences forever by their irresponsible actions, destroying our environment, our fish and wildlife. Just because Harper has no conscience, does that mean you don’t either? Irene MacDonald Penticton

Mandela was not a saint

Nelson Mandela, revered and almost elevated to sainthood, was anything but a saint. He deserves recognition for preventing a South African holocaust after the Apartheid state disappeared, but his incarceration for what he did as a Marxist rebel in his earlier life was well deserved, and I think he knew that. He must have realized in his cell that violence only breeds violence, and burning opponents (black and white) by necklacing them with burning tires until death is not promoting freedom and justice. And, I think, nobody should receive a Nobel prize for peace by committing terrorist acts. South Africa today is not what the world is led to believe: Government corruption runs high, so does crime, murder and unemployment — worse than under the white rule. The virtues of freedom, justice, integrity and honesty belong to all peoples, regardless of race or creed, and no one should

related injuries. Programming includes groups such as the brain injury 101, coping skills for managing emotions after brain injury, women’s support group, men’s support group, stroke recovery program and other recreation programs. SOSBIS also has three housing programs: subsidized housing for people with disabilities; mental health housing program by referral through Interior Health; and a homeless outreach program SOSBIS also wishes to thank the outgoing board members for all of their effort and commitment: Peter Armstrong, John Pethybridge, Darin Anderson, James Palanio, Elmie Saaltink, Rita Peterson and Max Uhlemann. Have a safe and enjoyable 2014 from the SOSBIS staff. Marjan Kroes, administrative assistant South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society

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When will Khadr be freed?

Further to the recent letter sent in by Dave Cursons of Cawston in reference to Omar Khadr. How often we hear on the television news or whatever by doctors, therapists, even lawyers, who make the comment that a young persons brain is not fully developed at the young age of 15? Their brains are not capable of thinking far enough ahead to consider the outcome of an action they may or may not make. So I ask, is this defence only being allowed for some persons? Certainly it is not for all. What about Omar Khadr? He was only 15 years of age when he allegely committed a crime. Did he by some miracle have the maturity of brain to realize the consequences of his crime? Or, was he actually following an adults instructions to do the crime he has been convicted of? So, when is our government going to step up to the plate and have Omar Khadr released. He has done his time. Or are the designated officials going to do to Omar what was done to Nelson Mandela when he was just a young man? Lock him away for another ten years or so. Now I’m sure I’m not the only citizen in this country that thinks this way. I just think our government needs to do the right thing and get Omar home to his family. Doesn’t anyone out there think just maybe, had Omar been advised as to his consequences ... would he have followed those instructions to cause another human to die. Was he given that option? J. Johnson Penticton

Poor growth strategy

There are many supporters for Summerland’s growth strategy which represents very good short-term thinking, as it allows a compact town with minimal infrastructure costs. However, we should be thinking long-term (meaning 40 or 50 years) in which case this strategy is very poor as it assumes that we will always continue to import food. For example, with droughts and depleting aquifers, I would not count on California continuing to export food. Therefore, we must save our prime agricultural land and densify our downtown core by eliminating barriers such as building height restrictions and infilling wherever possible. George Brake Summerland

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Jan. 9 — The Band Perry performs at the SOEC with special guests Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell. Jan. 11 — Live music at the Barley Mill Brew Pub featuring Pistol Pete. Jan. 17 — South Okanagan Concert Society presents Khac Chi, Vietnamese bamboo music. Concert is 7:30 p.m. at Oliver Alliance Church. Tickets are $20 at Beyond Bliss, Imperial Office Pro or some available at the door. Jan. 18 — The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents Romance In Vienna at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleland Theatre. Special guests include Chelsea Rus, Taylor Pardell, Martin Sadd and Aaron Durand. Jan. 18 — Live music at the Barley Mill Brew Pub featuring Brian Highley. Jan. 19 — The Barenaked Ladies brings their tour to the SOEC with special guests Ladies of the Canyon. Jan 24 and 25 — Juno award winning blues musician Jim Byrnes at the Dream Café. Tickets $34. Jan. 25 — Elvis tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick at the Cleland Community Theatre with the Bringing It Back Tour and special guest Joe Kelso as Roy Orbison. Jan. 25 — Live music at the Barley Mill Brew Pub with Will Schlackl. ART AT WORK — Artist Shayn Hagel in his Artwerkx studio at the Art House Penticton at 2345 Government Street this week during his Diesel and Gearz show of industrial and mechanical abstract Paintings that included open studios by Jan Little, Liz Marshall and Derrie Selles.

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Family fun with the Super Cooligans Kristi Patton

Western News Staff

For years as a child Thomas Tumbach sat in the audience in awe watching international performers grace the stages in Summerland and Penticton. He was inspired to study music after he watched percussionist Bill Usher at a Children’s Showcase performance in the 90s. Now the father of four is taking his turn to get on the stage that inspired him. “At that time you didn’t see a lot of diverse music or international performances. It expanded my ideas of what was possible as a musician and artist. It definitely opened up my eyes to the possibilities of what could be done,” said Tumbach. “It is really neat to play for a group of people that I used to (belong to when) sitting in that audience. It is a real honour.” Tumbach will get his chance to pay it back as part of the musical headliner for the next Children’s Showcase performance. He is part of a newly formed group, The Super Cooligans, who will be performing a one hour extravaganza of local talent on Jan. 12 in Penticton to celebrate the Children’s Showcase 30th anniversary. “I really enjoy performing for kids because they are so excited about music, especially when you can interact with them,” said Tumbach. Children’s Showcase is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing professional quality live entertainment to the South Okanagan four times a year. Tumbach learned as a youth through the Children’s Showcase that music is to be shared

THE SUPER COOLIGANS are performing at the Children’s Showcase on Jan. 12. They are (left to right back row) Bobby Bovenzi, Milan Starcic and Chris Ward and (left to right front row) Thomas Hunter and Yanti Sharples-Roland. Missing Thomas Tumbach.

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with all age groups together. It is a philosophy he still carries today. “By incorporating the family, what you have is all of a sudden the parents are really interested and they want to be more a part of it. When the kids see their parents taking part in music, subconsciously it shows the kids that it is OK to have fun as an adult and to enjoy some kind of artistic thing

with your family,” said Tumbach. “I really appreciate the fact all of the hard work the Children’s Showcase has done to provide an avenue for performers and to provide something for the children as well as their parents to enjoy together.”

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events Jan. 12 — Children’s Showcase returns with The Real Cooligans at the Cleland Theatre in the Penticton Community Centre with special guests dancer Cheline Lacroix, mime/clown Jenny Moon, hip hop aritsts Warren Hooley and Austin George and urban dancers Jake and Damien Evans. Show is at 2 p.m. Until Jan. 19 — Okanagan Artists In Their Studios at the Penticton Art Gallery. Guest curated by Patricia Ainslie. Jan. 22 to Jan. 25 — Soundstage Productions Presents Les Miserables at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Tickets are $45 plus taxes. Shows at 7 p.m. except Jan. 25 which has a matinee at 1 p.m. and a 7 p.m. show. Jan. 23 — Kitchen Stove Film Festival returns to Landmark Cinema 7 with a screening of the Canadian film Watermark. Pre-purchased single tickets: $13 each, available at the Penticton Art Gallery or The Book Shop. Limited single tickets $15 may be available at the door. Showtimes are at 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 — Naramata Scottish Country Dancers and the Shatford Centre are hosting the annual Robbie Burns Supper with all the traditional ceremony, finery, speeches and lively Celtic entertainment. Tickets are $40 and available at the Shatford Centre and The Book Shop. Jan. 25 — The Great Gatsby Prohibition Party, a roaring 20s party on the SS Sicamous paddle wheeler. Go back in time to be served sumptuous canapés and fine wines from the Okanagan. Dance the Charleston with Penticton School of Dance. Music from DJ Capitan K. Event starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30. Feb. 6 — Snowed In Comedy Tour brings a night of stand up comedy to the Barking Parrot by Arj Barker, Pete Johansson, Craig Campbell and Dan Quinn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Acts start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Feb. 27 — Inaugural Penticton and District Arts Awards night, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contribution and support of arts and culture in Penticton. Event is at the Shatford Centre.

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Lacroix dancing her way to success through Kiwanis Kristi Patton

Western News Staff


Penticton dAncer cheline Lacroix has laid a path of success with the help of the Kiwanis Festival. this year Penticton will host the provincials.

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host because it will really help the younger community and hopefully inspire others to come out and learn to dance.” Lacroix has been dancing for 14 years and is a regular participant at the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival. She was selected to attend the Performing Arts B.C. Provincial Festival for three years in a row and last year was one of the top three senior modern dance competitors. She previously has won full scholarships to Gotta Sing Gotta Dance in Vancouver through the festivals. While the three-week course was focused on musicals, Lacroix said she is thankful because it just added one more weapon to her arsenal. “I had a huge fear of singing, and it was an all-singing program. It definitely tested my limits but I really enjoyed it. After, I was super thankful for the festival providing me that opportunity and it is one more thing that I can add to my list of things I can do,” said Lacroix. Registration deadlines are nearing for the Kiwanis festival. Those wanting to enter in the piano,

choral, classical voice, strings, instrumental or classical guitar disciplines have until Jan. 15 to sign up. Disciplines that take place in the April portion or the festival, including popular, musical theatre, speech arts, classical dance and stage dance, have until Jan. 31 to register. The festival will open on March 5 with classical voice and choral and follows with junior and senior piano, strings, instrumental and classical guitar. Popular music begins on April 5, followed by classical dance, musical theatre and stage dance. Competitive sessions are open to the public. The program will be available online at the end of February. Two final concerts will be held at the Cleland Theatre with music highlights on May 2 and dance highlights on May 3. Winners of the Penticton festival will continue on to the Performing Arts B.C. Provincial Festival which is being hosted in Penticton in June. To register for the Penticton festival or for more information visit

Awards celebrate arts and culture Western News Staff

The Penticton Arts Council announced it is launching the inaugural Arts Awards. The evening will be a celebration recognizing award winners for their outstanding achievement, contribution and support of arts and culture in Penticton and the surrounding area. The awards will also underline the importance of the arts in the area. Nominations are open to all ages and to anyone who resides, receives instruction or training in Penticton, Naramata, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Categories include arts educator, dance, design, graphic arts, literary arts, media arts, music, supporter of the arts, theatre, visual arts and youth. A lifetime

achievement award will be presented on the basis of overall contribution to the arts. This is not a nomination award. Individuals, groups, associations or businesses are eligible for the lifetime achievement award. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 24 with the presentation of awards on Feb. 27 at the Shatford Centre. Take the time to nominate a star of the arts, raising their profile and honouring the calibre of art in the community by going to The Penticton Arts Council is a non-profit organization that exists for the purpose of providing support for anything and everything that is the arts within its district.

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We want kids to find their inner talent and express it. — Bobby Bovenzi

hop artists) and Jake and Damien Evans (urban dancers). Moon warmed to the idea of performance as a child while visiting Granville Island market and seeing various buskers there. As a teen she was insecure and waited until post-secondary to take acting classes that she said changed her life. “Clowning reminds people to play, and to be silly and to be in their hearts. I hope that my clown can remind people of their own clown, their ability to laugh, to connect and to play,” said Moon. After years of acting classes she found one particular art form, clowning, allowed her to connect with others and be moved by the work. “I clown because it makes me feel alive. It propels me to pay such close attention to the present moment and to

be affected by what is going on around me,” said Moon. “I want to make people laugh and help people to connect with their own vulnerability. It’s something that everyone can relate to. My sense of humour is one of my greatest tools in my life. I carry it with me everywhere I go.” The Super Cooligans, along with special guests, perform at the Cleland Theatre at the Penticton Community Centre on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available at the door on the day of the show. Advance purchase tickets are only available in the form of a season ticket. One season series ticket is $40 and will provide admission to the three remaining shows including The Super Cooligans (Jan. 12), Peter and the Wolf with Figura Theatre (Feb. 9) and Robin Hood with Dufflebag Theatre (April 27). Season series tickets can be purchased at Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton or The Beanery Coffee Company in Summerland. A Penticton and District Community Arts Council grant has made The Super Cooligans show with Children’s Showcase possible.

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JORDAN KOBER, above, is striving for consistent mogul runs this season with the Canadian Sport Institute team, which he competes alongside older brother, Josh, below. Josh has his sights on making the Canadian national team as he competes on the NorAm circuit. Mark Brett/Western News

Goals in sight for Kober brothers in moguls Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Brothers Josh and Jordan Kober both think about making the Canadian national team, they just have different timelines to achieve it. Josh is focused on it this year, while Jordan, a student at Pen High, is looking further down the road. The seasons for both Penticton athletes and Apex Freestyle Club alumni began last month during the Canadian Selections camp with the Canadian Sport Institute team. Jordan finished fifth, while his brother Josh was 14th. That event was a springboard for Josh, 19, while Jordan, 17, was after consistency. Josh said he’s confident his goal can be accomplished by earning solid results on the NorAm circuit, which is one step below the World Cup. “I feel like if I just ski my best every event, that should be no prob-

lem,” said Josh. “I think that this is going to be my year. I’m really going for it this year.” Chasing a spot on the national team has been in the back of his mind for a while. He put in a lot of work for training and just wants to see re-

sults. For Jordan, this season with CSI is about putting down consistent runs; he is coming back from a second degree tear in his medial collateral ligament. What may help the brothers accomplish

their goals is their own relationship. They enjoy being around each other and train together to push one another. They support each other any way they can. Even when not on the mogul course they enjoy skiing.

While a new year of sports is set to begin, lets take a look at some of the great achievements by some athletes and teams in Penticton and the surrounding area with the honour roll. Penticton’s Andi Naude won the most coveted prize for mogul rookies, the FIS Rookie of the Year award in March. Naude’s Canadian national team coach Marc Andre Moreau said looking at the past, all the big athletes who have had success won that trophy. “It’s kind of a big thing for them,” said Moreau. The former Apex Freestyle Club member said she was amazed by the recognition and honoured to get it. “It’s just an amazing feeling,” said Naude. Penticton Vees forward Wade Murphy torched the Coquitlam Express on Feb. 6 for two goals and seven points. Prior to that game, the Victoria native’s career high was five points with his hometown Victoria Grizzlies. “Everything was going my way. That was one of the best games I’ve played in a Vees uniform that’s for sure,” said Murphy, who helped the Vees win the game 11-0. Also in February, Louie Nanne torched a goalie for four goals, something he had not done since his minor hockey days. “Things just started to click on Saturday and I started taking more shots, which the coaches have pressured me to do,” said Nanne of his feat. “I was two-way minded but my offensive mindset was just really going I guess. The coaches are always telling me I have a decent shot so why not take it.” From eighth to second, that’s how the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers finished their under-18 midget AAA season. The Tigers lost 11-2 to the Cloverdale Spurs in the provincial championship game in August. Tigers coach Junior Deleon said despite the score, it was one of their best games at the plate as they collected 13 hits. see HEAT PLAYER on page 13

Vees hungry to win again many shots on net as possible. “The big difference, I think, going through the home-and-home series is Last year didn’t end like the Penticspecial teams as well,” he said. ton Vees wanted. West Kelowna handed Sixteen penalties were handed out in them 3-1 and 4-0 losses in a home-and- the last two games between the teams. home series Dec. 20 and 21st, respec- The Vees going 3-for-8, while the Centively. tennials were 1-for-7. The Vees have the Now they are focused on making a best power-play in the BCHL at 25 per statement in 2014. cent with 37 goals on 146 chances. The “We want to get back to our win- Centennials are seventh best, scoring 19 ning ways,” said defenceman per cent of the time (28-forChris Rygus, who went home 145). to Missassauga, Ont. for the The Vees players also know Christmas break. “Really start now what to expect from the separating ourselves and put Nicola Valley Arena with the really good winning streaks tostrange bounces that the puck gether like we did just before takes at times. the break.” “It was kind of like a rude Rygus said those two losses awakening, the first five minkind of stung, but what they utes, but everyone is stressing learned is not to look too far how different it is,” he said. Chris Rygus “We will have a game plan ahead. based around that.” The Vees begin the new With the Christmas break over as year with a home-and-home set with the Merritt Centennials, the first game in he spent time with family and friends, Merritt on Friday with the second Sun- Rygus said he’s refreshed and was eager day in the South Okanagan Events Cen- to get back to Penticton two days before tre at 3 p.m. The Centennials are fifth returning. “Just taking your mind off hockey in the Interior Division with 19 wins in 36 games and have won their last two for a bit,” he added. Ice chips: Former Vee Zac Dalpe games. The Vees have a five-point cushion on the Vernon Vipers for first with 24 scored his first goal as a Canuck during a 4-2 loss against the Tampa Bay wins in 37 games. Rygus said the importance of these Lightning on Jan. 1. Dalpe’s goal had next two games is getting back into a tied the game at two … BCHL grad and groove. The Vees are 3-0-0-1 against the former Vee Michael Garteig has been Centennials. The loss came at the SOEC named ECAC Hockey goalie of the on Oct. 16 in double-overtime. In the week again. He went 1-0-1 during the four games, the Vees have outscored the UConn Hockey Classic to record a .936 save percentage and 0.96 goals against Centennials 15-9. Rygus has noticed that the Centenni- average. He stopped 19 of 21 shots in a als like to play a physical style and get as tie against UMass. Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

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Heat player becomes national champ from HONOUR ROLL on page 13 Kiana Casavant helped Team B.C. win its first junior female national lacrosse championship. Casavant, who played for the Penticton Heat midget lacrosse team last season, said strong team chemistry and great coaching were factors in their championship win in Halifax, NS. during Kiana Casavant the Female National Box Lacrosse Championship held July 23 to 28. B.C. defeated Ontario 12-4 to claim national glory. “It was an awesome celebration,” said Casavant, 16, the youngest member of the team. B.C. finished the national tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. Casavant finished with one goal and three assists in five games. Sixteen Special Olympics athletes won 33 medals at the Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games held in Langley July 11 to 14. The athletes competed in 5- and 10-pin bowling, bocce and aquatics. Mona Hazel, who coached 10-pin bowling for Region 2, said their performances were great. “Every athlete came back with a medal,” said Hazel. “With some, it was four medals. They were all going in with the hope of getting medals to get to the next step.” Athletes coming home with medals were MacKenzie Walker, Jake Huff, Tyler Zanatta, David McPherson, Alfred Wiltse, Jesse Frigon, Kevin Ellis, Ariel Eastland, Chad Conlon, Lynden Hicks, Margaret Burnell, Angela Klein, Avery Newton, Amanda Schleppe, Larry Cavenaile and Cam Stoddart.

Penticton’s Avery Newton set a Canadian record, while Andrew Cooke enjoyed a strong performance during the CanAm Championship Para swimming in early April. Newton set a Canadian record in the 100-metre fly, which she completed in 1:52.01. “It was so awesome. Jane Bentley was really proud of me,” said Newton. “It was a really good experience. Jane is working me really hard.” Cooke’s best performance came in the 200 individual medley in which he placed second and swam a world qualifying time. Bentley said he was disqualified because he performed his butterfly illegally. Cooke was pleased with his performance. “I think there was something like 20 Canadian records set,” said KISU super juniors/ intermediate coach Jane Bentley. “Tells you how much Canadian para swimming is improving.” The ultimate goal now is to get to Brazil for the Paralympics in three years. Initially, Derrick Surowski thought his induction to the B.C. Baseball Roll of Honour was a prank. Then the call came from B.C. Baseball executive director David Laing. “I was in awe,” said Surowski. “It’s an absolute honour to put it mildly. I was just flabbergasted when they phoned saying I was being inducted. I’m so humbled by it all.” His journey began as a coach with Penticton Minor Baseball. During his time with PMB, Surowski served in nearly every role from coach to president. He also served as the coaches co-ordinator as well as an umpire and eventually umpire in chief. Lucas and Kyle Hooper of the Penticton Lakers track team earned gold medals during the Nike High School Grand Prix invitational meet in Toronto from May 9 to 12. Lucas took top spot in the boys 200-metre finals and boys

400-m finals. “This was my first time winning gold and it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt,” said Lucas. Kyle won gold in the high jump (1.80-m). More than 280 athletes representing 12 provinces and territories competed in the Grand Prix, now in its second year. Megan Cumming, 15, delivered strong results for the Apex Ski Club. She earned a gold medal in the grand slalom at Rossland’s Red Mountain and bronze in the slalom event. “I thought she skied really well,” said Apex Ski Club coach Jorgen Anderson. Cumming said it was a good way to Megan Cumming end her Kinder 2 (age 13 to 14) year. “The conditions were really nice,” she said. “The course was quite flat, which wasn’t that great. I normally tend to do better on steep runs.” Cumming won all her zone races, which helped her qualify for the B.C. Alpine High Performance Program and the B.C. team selection. Summerland’s Greg Nield earned bronze during the 2013 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships held at the University of Long Beach Pyramid in California May 30 through June 2. Nield won his first three matches before being stopped by Teemu Koivisto of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Finland in the semifinal round. Nield was happy with his world championship debut performance. “I didn’t really have too much expectation. In the back of my mind, I had the goal of trying to get a medal,” said Nield. “It was just a good way of me getting more matches and more experience.” Nield won a provincial championship in 2012 and a Western

Canadian Championship in 2013. Podium finishes by Chloe Kober and Shaina Finlayson during the Canadian Junior National Freestyle Ski championship in March made Apex Freestyle Club coach Kenni Kuroda very happy. “I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Kuroda. Kober and Finlayson placed second and third respectively in the big air event March 16. Kober scored 56, while Finlayson landed a score of 47.6. “They really put on a good show. They competed hard and got the results,” said Kuroda. “I just can’t say enough about how well they competed. It was over and above anything that I could have imagined.” Kevin Ellis and Teneesha Coulson came back from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. with medals. Ellis took gold in cross country skiing 500-metre distance, while Coulson struck gold in alpine skiing. “I can’t believe that I beat other countries,” he said smiling. “I broke down in tears.” Coulson faced the same challenge as Ellis, in being bumped from the intermediate level to advanced in Super G alpine skiing. Jackson Tribe of Penticton won gold for the Taneda Karate Dojo during the Canada national championship in Toronto March 15 to 17. Mike Ditson, coach for Team B.C., said Tribe, who recovered from surgery, picked the “perfect place and time for a best performance.” Tribe, a brown belt, said it felt good to perform as he against Ontario’s Max Verzunov. “I had already fought the guy before and I’d won,” said Tribe, who breezed through his first three bouts before Verzunov. “I knew it was going to be a lot harder of a fight.”


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Penticton will be hosting the second race of the Okanagan Cup series at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre on Feb. 2. This is a free skate technique race with distances of one-kilometre for the youngest age group starting at age 5, and increasing based on age category up to 15-km for adults. The Teck OK Cup is the regional version of the B.C. Cup Series, the crosscountry ski competitive series. Other regions in the series include northern, Kootenay, and coastal with clubs from each region attending races. The

goal of the B.C. Cup regional series is to allow competitive racing for all ages without the need for extensive travel, while allowing new skiers to compete at a high level event. This experience is in preparation for the 2016 B.C. Winter Games to be held in Penticton, with the Nickel Plate Nordic Club set to host the crosscountry ski events.

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In part two of the Penticton Western News’ sports newsmakers of the year, published Dec. 31, the photo on the front was of Penticton’s Jen Annett, who was the women’s winner of the Peach City Classic triathlon.

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Participants in the Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip warm themselves beside the fire following the 29th annual event Wednesday at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park. Over 100 people welcomed 2014 with a splash in the chilly waters of Okanagan Lake.

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Swimmers usher in 2014 with a cold dip Mark Brett

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Participants, like the temperatures, hovered around the freezing mark at the 29th annual Summerland Kinsmen New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip. At the stroke of noon over 100 brave souls ran screaming en masse into the chilly waters of Okanagan Lake at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park to usher in 2014. Most exited even quicker. Those taking part ranged in age from seven to senior and were dressed as everything from sumo wrestlers to bananas and beyond. One of those who spent the most time in the water was 48-year-old Summerland publisher Michael Berrisford. “It’s a shock to the body but a reboot to the brain,” he said looking longingly towards the bonfires burning further up shore. “But I highly recommend it, it’s great way to start the new year.” With 18 polar bear swims under his belt, Berrisford feels it is the second one that is most difficult to talk yourself into. “The first one you’re naive, but the second one you know what’s coming,” he said. Just prior to the countdown, eightyear-old Emma Selsky of Summerland was gearing up for her first polar bear swim. “I just thought I would do it for fun. It’s a good way to start the new year, but I’m looking forward to having a hot dog,” she said. The free hot dogs, hot chocolate and participant T-shirts were supplied by the Kinsmen who had a number of club members looking after a variety of duties, including a safety diver who was in the water during the swim. “The club’s mandate is service to the community, there’s nothing

we gain financially, it’s just a matter of giving back and making sure the people of Summerland have a great event to come to,” said Kinsmen’s Ben Forbes. “People absolutely enjoy this and what I’m finding is that we have more and more young kids coming out who are under 10 and going in the water with their mom and dad. We have older people as well, so there are a lot of repeat clients.” When asked if he ever goes in the water himself, the club spokesman replied: “Absolutely, ah, not,” although he added should his name be called he would be up to the task. “The point of us being here today is to renew and regenerate and to have a good time so I guess there is no real point to it,” said Forbes with a laugh. “We’ll bring in the new year and hopefully shake off the old from last night.” Fourteen-year-old Grace McDonald’s father Gary, is also a club member and was the reason she first got interested in the swim. “This is my third or fourth one so far and it’s freezing but I look forward to it,” she said. “It just gives you a jump start with the cold water and I think I’m going to keep doing it until I get too old.” Penticton’s Keisha McLean has taken part for the last few years, although she still admits to having second thoughts when this time of year rolls around. “I keep saying I’m not going to do it, I’m not going to do it but last year we got the team together and we won a trophy so I can’t stop now,” said McLean. For more photos see Page 17.

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t he f untimeRS ballRoom Dance Club holds a dance most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street. Ballroom and Latin American dancing is featured from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nonmembers welcome. For more information visit or call Brian 250-492-7036. anavetS haS kaRaoke at 7 p.m. with Phil Lawrence, Scotch doubles pool at 6:30 p.m. PentiCton S enioRS ComPuteR Club dropin 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 computing-related 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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January 5 Come danCe to the greatest dance music ever made with D.J. Emil from 7 to 9 p.m., $3 per person. South Main Drop-In Centre, 2965 South Main St. All welcome. elkS Club on Ellis Street has dog races at 2:30 p.m. with an M&M food draw, door prizes, darts and pool. fun afteRnoon at Okanagan Falls Legion #227 starting at 1 p.m. With horse racing and other fun activities. Hot dogs available. anavetS have hoRSe races and meat draws at 2 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs available 1 to 3 p.m. fRateRnal oRdeR of Eagles has pool league, starts at noon sharp. Canadian Royal legion has perogies and sausages and a meat draw at 2 p.m. Sports Sunday with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary catering food and beverages. lakelandS ChuRCh holdS Sunday services on the second floor of the Penticton Community Centre from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact info@lakelandschurch. com.

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fitneSS fRiendS meet at 10 a.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. Come get in shape. Call Dot at 250-492-5400. the legion ladieS Auxiliary to Branch #40 will hold their general meeting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the hall, 502 Martin St. President Mary Mayes presiding. CaRe CloSet thRift Store at 574 Main St. has weekly specials and silent auctions. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated and new volunteers are always welcome. All proceeds to the local hospital and hospice.

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PentiCton whole foodS Market presents a free seminar with Mehrnaz Massoudi on a new-year plant based cleanse from 7 to 8:30 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. PentiCton ConCeRt band rehearses at 7 p.m. Intermediate to advanced musicians. All band instruments. The band is available for performances. Phone 250809-2087 for info. alCoholiCS anonymouS young person’s group at 7:30 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. Call/text Guy at 250-460-2466 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. mental wellneSS CentRe has individual support for family members in Summerland from 10 a.m. to noon at 13211 Henry St. 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.



Royal Canadian legion has an executive meeting at 10 a.m., Navy Vets lunch at 11:30 a.m., service officer at 1 p.m. and Navy Vets meeting 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. fRateRnal oRdeR 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. elkS on elliS Street has crib wars at 1 p.m., fun darts and 10-card crib at 7 p.m.

Come one, Come all to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. till noon on Jan. 12 in the hall at 502 Martin St. $4 gets you pancakes, sausage, ham, orange juice and coffee. Fifty cents extra for strawberries and cream. an afteRnoon day camp (all the fun and activities of summer camp rolled into one afternoon) will be held on Jan. 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Penticton Alliance Church. This event is open to all special needs adults. There is no charge and refreshments will be provided. Register before Jan. 18 or contact Jacquie at 250832-6907 or by email at for more information.

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Over 100 people (top) run down to the beach at the start of the annual Summerland Kinsmen Club New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim at Sun-Oka Park Wednesday. Michael Berrisford of Summerland (at left) was one of the last ones in the lake while Grace McDonald (below), of Summerland, wore her sumo outfit. Keith Kello (left) and Cameron Pereira of Penticton were dressed in their finest amongst those vying for the best costume award. Mark Brett/Western News

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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SignUp online! 1-866-399-3853

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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking Wanted: Experienced Dump Truck drivers for Northern BC. Must have own Tickets, H2SALIVE & WHMIS. Must be available immediately, have own transportation and be reliable. Wages depending on experience. Please fax resume and abstract to: 250546-0600. No walk-ins or phone calls please. Only those considered will be contacted.

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Career Opportunities


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LPN & RCA Permanent Positions Available CAREER OPPORTUNITY

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

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Grand Fork’s Premier Seniors’ Housing and Care Community Attractive Compensation Package Flexible Hours Innovative Support Team to Ensure Your Success Opportunity for Growth within an Expanding Company Vibrant Professional Atmosphere Silver Kettle Village Grand Forks, BC Please apply by email (include job #) or fax at: (250) 442-0665 Email:


Licensed Staff

The Nelson Police Department has an immediate opening for a recruit police constable. The successful candidate will be trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia beginning in the spring of 2014. By Appointment


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McNEIL, Robert 1913 - 2013

Bob passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the age of 100 years. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his three sons; Allen (Lois), Roy (Jan), and Don (Joanne), as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob was born in Calgary and pioneered in McBride. Working for Slade and Stewart for thirty years, he lived in Kamloops and Prince George. After retiring he settled in Okanagan Falls with his wife of 70 years; Elsie, who sadly predeceased him on December 3, 2009. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends and relatives. Our thanks to the staff at Trinity Care Centre for the great care he received and to Yvette for her tireless visitation and support. A service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice in Bob’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

EXEMPT PATROL CONSTABLE The Nelson Police Department has an immediate opening for an Exempt Patrol Constable. The successful candidate must be a certified Municipal or RCMP Constable. Detailed information regarding this position can be found at Expressions of interest, including a covering letter and resume may be submitted by 4:30, January 15, 2014 to: Office of the Chief Constable, Nelson Police Dept. 606 Stanley Street Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N4 While we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for involvement in the selection process will be contacted.

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The City of Penticton Fire Department is currently recruiting for Auxiliary Fire Fighters to join our team. ƒ Are you 19 or older? ƒ Do you have a class 5 license and a good driving record? ƒ Are you physically active? ƒ Do you want to be a part of a team? ƒ Do you want to learn about fire-fighting and emergency skills? ƒ Can you attend weekly Wednesday night practices? ƒ Do you live and work in Penticton? ƒ Can you respond to day time &/or night time emergencies? ƒ Do you want to make an important contribution to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Penticton? If you can answer yes to these questions we encourage you to apply. For more information: Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Spalding

Do you have over 600 hours as a Health Care Assistant?

Applications must be received by Monday, January 27, 2014, at 4:00 pm

Application packages are available at under “Employment” or at:

Do you want to upgrade from HCA to LPN in as little as 56 weeks?

The City of Penticton, Human Resources 171 Main Street, Penticton BC V2A 5A9

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We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for these positions and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Wolseley Plumbing & HVAC is seeking an individual to fill the Role of Outside Sales Representative in their Lloydminster Branch. The successful candidate will fully utilize their professional, technical and industry sales abilities to fulfill this role. Direct industry experience in residential and commercial plumbing, HVAC, R and hydronics is required. You will have the ability to work individually or in a team based environment, a drive to contribute and a commitment to exceptional customer service. An attractive compensation package is available for the right candidate. Please submit your cover letter and resume stating salary expectations and the position you are applying for to

Get Trained for a Profitable, Long-Term Career in Various Trades


Applications are now being accepted for our 19-week Penticton Training Program. Program in Penticton call:

Help Wanted

NOW OPEN Shelley’s Vintage Inspirations


Moving & Storage

TUG SKIPPER Full time senior & junior positions available. Minimum Limited Master <60GT Certificate required. Apply via email: or by fax: (250) 974-5216

Carpet Cleaning Owner - Operator

Professional/ Management DIVISION MANAGER Needed for trucking company. Position is Salmon Arm Based. Minimum 5 years verifiable experience in truck or supply chain management. Details on line @ or call 888-3572612 ext 230.

RED SEAL LICENSED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN REQUIRED. Minimum 5 years experience. Must have experience in Automatic Trans. Diesel Engines, Electrical Diagnostics and Fuel Injection, and have C.V.I.P. Send resume with references to Sabyan Automotive in Oliver email: We are looking for an experienced Electrical/Estimator Manager to join our firm. The successful candidate must be skilled in electrical design, and be able to manage the day to day operations of a small to medium-sized firm, including dispatching, purchasing and cost accounting. Excellent benefit package including a vehicle. Please send resume to:

Apt/Condo for Rent

HERE COME THE PAINTERS, 13 years experience, Interior/Exterior, 250-486-2331 WWW.PAINTSPECIAL.COM

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3 Rooms For $299,

CALL 250-809-4965

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

Green - Clean - Thorough Dry in 2 hours only! or visit:

2 Coats Any Colour

Countertops REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

Home Improvements BELCAN

Painting & Reno’s

licensed, insured, WCB

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

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

Pets & Livestock

Must have 1 ton Van 2 days a week - Wednesday & Friday Early morning deliveries For more info please call 250-492-0444 Ext: 219 or 205 or email:

Heavy Duty Machinery

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Applications are being sought for three individuals interested in being one of nine (9) members needed to serve a two-year term of office on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is a volunteer advisory body established by ordinance. The Commission consults with and makes recommendations to the Area Director regarding the Parks and Recreation Commission’s policies for the planning, development and use of the communities’ parks and recreation facilities. Working in partnership with the community, the Commission provides the leadership to assure that the community receives quality recreational facilities and services. The Commission is responsible for the maintenance and beautification of its parks, for ensuring the preservation of these sites, and for the development and running of quality recreation programs. Commission members are required to attend monthly meetings and to serve on standing committees. The time commitment is approximately eight (8) hours per month. In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident or own real property within the Local Service Area, which includes Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates and Heritage Hills. Copies of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw 2253, 2004, are available from the RDOS at 250.490.4215; or alternatively at

The deadline for applications to be received is 4:00 pm on January 8, 2014. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those appointed to the Commission will be notified.

Auto Financing

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Merchandise for Sale


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

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

Apt/Condo for Rent

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR W/ COMFORT! BRAND NEW QUEEN MATTRESS $160. Still in plastic, mfg. warranty. 250.870.2562

Auto Accessories/Parts


1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-3626 1bdrm unit, parking avail. great location, $700 heat/cable incl. n/s, cat ok w/deposit, 250-488-7902 CLEANING up building, be part of the change, looking for respectful quiet tenants. No drugs, NP, smoke on balc. Must have ref, coin laund, cable & hot H2O incl. Bach $525, 1bdr $700, 2bdr 750. Trishia 250-493-5193. Large 2 Bedroom, 3rd floor, $850/ month plus utilities, 40+ Building, 250-487-1136 Spacious/clean 2bdrm, grnd fl. condo, 5appl., storage, 1 parking stall, patio, ns, np, Jan. 1, $950/mo. 250-487-1354

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 -


Misc. Wanted or Call (250)-765-4996

Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

BACHELOR suite, ground floor in clean, quiet NS NP 55+ building near Cherry Lane. F/S/AC, hot water, parking. Coin laundry. 6-month lease then month to month. $475 + utils. Available now 250-4626745

COLLECTOR looking to buy a coin collection. Also looking for coins, bars, medals, ingots from RC Mint, Franklin Mint, US Mint & others. Todd 250864-3521 I make house calls!

Apt/Condo for Rent

A-1 Firewood, Full cords mixed, $250, Pine, $200, split & delivered, 1/2 cords and 1/4 cords avail., free delivery, 250-770-0827, 250-809-0127 eves. Seasoned firewood, split, stacked & delivered (Penticton area), Larch, $225/cord, spruce pine & larch, $200/cord, pine & spruce, $190/cord, 250-462-4401

Suites, Upper

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper?



Wiltse area, 2bdrm ground level, w/d/dw, close to school, util. incl. a/c, small pet,ns, ref’s req, $850, (250)493-2109

Misc. for Sale

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



ForkLifts for Sale. Various brands and sizes.18 to choose from. Call (250)-861-9171, or (250)-762-4883


Any person interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission can apply by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail fax or email to: Justin Shuttleworth Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250.492.0063 E-mail:

94 Ellis Street


HAVANESE puppies, vet checked & shots, $660. each delivery to be arranged. 250804-6848 Wolf Hybrid Cubs. Available now. $1000 Sun Valley Wolf Kennels. Kelowna Go to:

Be Part of Our Team. Sub-Contractor Driver

Browse our fine collection of Shabby Chic Home Decor and Antiques Open Wed to Sun 10-5:30pm

Len (250)486-8800


Legal Notices

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

Painting & Decorating

$1000 Newer 2 bdrm 1/2 duplex, laminate floors, 5 appliances. Avail NOW (H691-3) $1050 Spacious 4 bdrm 1/2 duplex near McNicoll school. Newer laminate floors, ample parking. Avail NOW (H615-4) $1500 Near Wiltse school, large 4 bdrm family home, carport, 2.5 bath, low maint. yard. Avail NOW (OT606)

Help Wanted

Suites, Lower HIGHLAND motel suites avail now, 1140 Burnaby Ave., 250809-1253, 250-488-2206

Home Improvements CK&S Home Improvements. Finished carpentry, concrete, framing , windows, doors, full kitchen/bath, basements, garages, tile, hardwood & laminate. No job too small, licensed & insured. call Chris 250-488-4147


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Work Wanted LIVE-IN CAREGIVER I am a mature lady, independent, speak English and German, have extensive experience with seniors and children. Lv. Msg at 250 767 6545, Email:

Near library & downtown, 1 bdrm ground floor condo, f, s, w, s. Avail Now (OT593) $825 Third floor walk up spacious 2 bdrm apt includes heat & elec. Avail Now (WGA) $1400 Lakeshore 3, 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo 6th floor, 6 appliances, sec’d parking, extra storage. (OT592)

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Merchandise for Sale

Help Wanted




Experienced parts person required immediately for James Western Star in Williams Lake. Full time, competitive wages, benefits and signing bonus. Fax resume to 250-398-6367 or email: Northern Lite MFG has an opening for an EXP. Fiberglass/Gelcoat Repair Person, fax: 250-765-3708 or email:

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Commercial/ Industrial 1800 sqft. shop, o/h door w/office, free rent for January on 12 month rental agreement, $1800/mo., (250)490-6332 800sqft shop/whse space, Industrial area, Commercial Way, O/H door, avail. Jan 2014, phone 250-492-8324 or 250-809-0727 APPLE PLAZA, Prime Central location, 2300sqft. in busy plaza, ample parking, also 5821100 sqft. shared office space avail., call Barb 250-492-6319

Duplex / 4 Plex 1/2 duplex in S’land. Spacious 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath. Central location. NS, NP. $1000/mo + util. Avail Feb 1. Ref’s req’d. Phone 250-494-9081.

Room & Board College students, wifi, tv, w/d, healthy food, modern home, n/s, n/d, n/p, ref’s pls., shared room, $350, single room, $450, call 778-476-3944


Trucks & Vans 92 Ford Diesel w/Western snowplow. Very well maintained. $7500 250-542-8385

Adult Escorts BEACH BUNNIES Upscale Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 250-448-8854 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95., Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048

Suites, Lower

SOOO SEXY SANDY The Original K-Town Girl. 38D, 29, 34. Let’s Play! 878-1514

1bd daylight basement, close to Wiltse Elem. Sch., N/S, N/P, prefer mature resp. person, ref’s req., $650 incl. util., avail. immed., 250-493-5630

Vernon’s Best! New Grand Location! Discrete, Upscale, Beautiful Attendants. In/out Spoil yourself! 250-307-8174. Hiring!







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200-3107 - 48th Ave. (250) 542-3000


Friday, January 3, 2014 Penticton Western News

ANDRES CAR AUDIO WEST KELOWNA 1881 Harvey Avenue (250) 860-1975


101-2601 Skaha Lake Rd. (250) 493-3800

Villiage Green Mall (250) 542-1496

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ANDRES WIRELESS Cherry Lane Mall (250) 493-4566







101-2601 Skaha Lake Rd. 200-3107 - 48th Ave. (250) 493-3800 (250) 542-3000

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2153 Springfield Road #200 - 2180 Elk Rd. (250) 707-2600 (250) 860-2600

745 Notre Dame Drive (250) 851-8700


200-3107 - 48th Ave. (250) 542-3000


Penticton Western News, January 03, 2014  

January 03, 2014 edition of the Penticton Western News