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Julie Funfer and her dogs, Ranger and Porsche, go for a walk with her mom Angela Chisholm, and her dog Tebo, in the sunshine Saturday at Marshall Field in Okanagan Landing.

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Gateway Shelter client Sunday. The Vernon man, believed to be in his early 50s, was visiting the shelter at around 2:30 p.m. He was at the top of the shallow set of stairs which lead to the facility’s resource room, in the basement, when he fell. “The man was transferred quickly by ambulance to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and he was then transferred to Kelowna General Hospital where he died at 8 p.m.,” said Barb Levesque, executive director for the John Howard Society which operates the shelter. Levesque said the man was alone at the time, and video footage of the incident has been turned over to the RCMP and to the coroners office. The man’s name has not been released. The death is the latest in what Levesque calls a “really rough year” for deaths of clients and former clients of the society. “It’s a really sad event when any of our clients pass away but this has been a particularly difficult year in terms of death,” said Levesque. “We have a sense it’s more than 10 people in the last 12 months.” A spokesperson for the coroners service confirmed the death and said the cause is still under investigation.

Conservation officers advising caution Conservation officers are again calling for Coldstream residents to keep an eye on their house pets and livestock following another cougar sighting on the weekend. Officers destroyed one female cougar after trapping it near Kinloch Drive Thursday, and a male cougar was put down in Lavington Saturday after the animal killed two goats. Officers have also received a report of a cougar attempting to kill a Jack Russell terrier at a home on Husband Drive.

On Sunday, officials received four or five calls in regards to the sighting of a cougar near Tebo and Kirkland Drives, not too far from Kidston Elementary School. The cat was also observed walking onto a porch. “It’s normal cougar behaviour in an unnatural environment,” said North Okanagan conservation officer Ken Owens Monday. Traps were set for the animal and were being monitored, though Owens said there had been no more reported sightings of the cougar. With its proximity to the Cougar Canyon





Ecological Reserve and Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, Coldstream is a prime cougar habitat close to where people live and where prey such as deer also reside. The cougar sightings, said Owens, are not too alarming. “We just want people to do everything they can to protect their pets and livestock,” he said. “Those are similar shape and size to a cougar’s natural prey. If they get the opportunity to kill domesticated animals, they will. “Pets don’t have the instincts of wild animals and they become an easy food source.

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We don’t want that learned behaviour to develop in a cougar. They are a highly intelligent animal.” A necropsy performed on the cougar trapped and killed near Kinloch Drive, said Owens, showed the animal had dog hair in its belly, proving it had been feeding on a domestic animal and most likely killed it. There have been eight recorded fatalities involving cougars killing humans in 100 years, and, on average, there are less than one injury attack per year by a cougar on a person.



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A loss prevention officer at a downtown Vernon grocery store did his job Saturday. Vernon RCMP received a call at 4:25 p.m. saying a 36-year-old Vernon man was being held for shoplifting about $80 worth of meat from Canada Safeway. “The suspect, at first, went with Safeway’s loss prevention officer to his office, then fled on foot after he realized he was being charged with theft,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. According to police, the suspect ran from the store and was seen going into Nature’s Fare. Safeway’s loss prevention officer and store manager spoke to Nature’s Fare’s manager. The suspect was located and was discovered to be in possession of about $43 worth of product from Nature’s Fare, including meat. All items were recovered, but while the suspect was being dealt with again at the Safeway office, the suspect is alleged to have punched the loss prevention officer in the chest. Meat, said Molendyk, is a big item targeted by thieves at all major grocery outlets. “They will flip it over for cash,” said Molendyk. “It is generally not stolen for personal use.” The suspect is now facing charges of theft and assault. He is also facing charges of failing to comply with an intermittent sentence order that he received in December. The man was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.

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A case of H1N1 influenza has claimed the life of an Okanagan woman. Interior Health has not yet released the exact location, but have just received lab-confirmed results showing the woman, who died during the last week of December, had influenza A (H1N1). “All that’s being released is a woman in her 50s in the Okanagan,” said Lannea Parfitt, Interior Health Communications Officer. Watch for updates.

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Vernon Fire rescue Services firefighters tend to a utility trailer fire shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday. Passing motorists alerted the owner of the trailer that it was on fire, so the owner pulled over. The owner rescued two snowmobiles before the fire got to them, but could not save two other sleds.

Amalgamation bid sparks forum Jennifer Smith Morning Star Staff

The resurgence of the ‘A’ word has brought Coldstream Ratepayers back into action. After several years of inaction, the Coldstream Ratepayers Association (CRA) is holding a public forum Thursday at the Women’s Institute Hall at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be to discuss the implications of a move towards amalgamation of Coldstream and areas B and C into Vernon, following the work of the Society for the Future Governance of Greater Vernon.

“This is a potentially fighting issue.” — Steve Heeren

“That’s churned us into action,” said acting president Steve Heeren. Up until now, the CRA hasn’t had a reason to meet. “We have such a good council now that I personally don’t feel that we need a watchdog group at this time to watch out for the public interest,” said Heeren. Many Coldstream residents are quite

content with their current governance structure, said Heeren, which is why the potential for change has brought the CRA back to the table. “This is a potentially fighting issue. “I’m personally totally opposed to it and most of the people out here in Coldstream are.” Heeren says many CRA members have already looked at the implications of amalgamation and it doesn’t look good for them. “Taxes would probably go up 10 per cent. Who wants that? “We have everything we need out here.”


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News Students remain priority for schools KATHERINE MORTIMER Morning Star Staff

Every day, teachers, administrators and support staff demonstrate their dedication and commitment to student success in the Vernon School District. School board chairman Bill Turanski said besides doing an excellent job daily in classrooms across the district, hundreds of staff members are also involved in professional development opportunities to learn new methods and strategies to meet the needs of all students. “For example, there are 45 primary teachers working with district staff on the Changing Results for Young Readers Program to ensure our youngest learners are able to read well and to enjoy reading,” he said. And that’s just one of the areas in which trustees take pride in the work being done in this district. But with success comes the same challenges the district has faced for a number of years: providing the services and programs that students need, with limited resources. “We are thankful to parents, PACs and community organizations for their help in providing funding for hungry student food programs, school playground equipment, many extracurricular activities and classroom equipment and supplies,” said Turanski. In order to balance the budget in the past year, reductions included relocating more than $400,000 from school surpluses; reducing teaching staff by just under 20 full-time equivalent positions due to reduced enrolment; elimination of one vice-principal position; reduction in education administrators’ budgets of $38,394; maintenance department reductions of $70,000; custodial reductions of $60,000; working to reduce natural gas costs by $160,000; and transportation reductions of $51,000.


The opening of the brand new Vernon Secondary was a highlight for the school district in 2013. “Budget discussions have not yet commenced for the 2014/15 school year,” said Turanski. “This school term was, however, the beginning of a good news story. “Our elementary enrolment increased over last year and we expect it to continue to increase next year. Our secondary enrolment is still declining but at a slower rate than in the past few years.” Secondary enrolment is expected to improve, he said, through increased international student enrolment and the addition of snowsport, baseball and Vernon Community School academies. The past year saw the opening of a brandnew school for Vernon secondary, with the grounds work expected to be completed in the spring. Next up for renovation is the board office, with an assessment to be conducted including factors such as training space, storage space and the space requirements of the District Resource Centre. As well, Turanski said an effort will be made to find ways of achieving energy savings comparable to those experienced at the new Coldstream elementary school and

VSS. The district received $887,258 Learning Improvement Funding from the Ministry of Education to help address class size and composition issues. After consultation with schools, the funds were used to add teachers and Certified Education Assistants to address identified learning needs. “Our hope is that the provincial government and the BCTF will conclude successful negotiations that will resolve the class size and composition issues.” In the fall, the district hired Dr. Doug Hoey to do a complete review of the district’s aboriginal program. He interviewed more than 100 people from all partner groups, including students, teachers and Okanagan Indian Band representatives and examined every facet of the district’s current aboriginal program and presented his report with recommendations in six areas. “Among his recommendations was the importance of achieving an Enhancement Agreement and that this should be a high priority,” said Turanski. “This is consistent with the position of the Aboriginal Education Committee and the plan is to get the pro-

cess under way as soon as possible.” While the aboriginal graduation rate is encouraging, increasing from 61 per cent in 2011 to 68 per cent in 2012, Turanski said trustees will not be satisfied until it reaches 100 per cent. Increasingly, trades training has seen an interest by students, who are becoming aware of the opportunities available to them by entering an apprenticeship while still in high school. “Trades are no longer a last option for students who have become disengaged with school. The opportunities available in the trades now encourage students to re-engage with the school system so that they can take advantage of the programs offered in our schools. “Students with high academic achievement levels are also now seeing the trades as an area that can offer a high level of return on their educational investment.” As a veteran trustee, Turanski has come to know that the job can be a very rewarding experience. “One gets to know and work with so many outstanding individuals both local and provincially and because one is directly involved in ensuring that our young people have the best learning opportunities possible.” But he’s quick to caution those thinking of running in the next municipal election be warned that the job requires a major time commitment. Each month, there are two board meetings and trustees are also assigned to a certain number of PACs, usually three, with the expectation that they will be attending their assigned PAC’s monthly meetings. The board also has trustees sitting on various committees and each trustee is expected to represent the board on the committees assigned to them. As well, special board

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Slight tax increase for Lumby JENNIFER SMITH Morning Star Staff

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Lumby taxpayers can expect a one-anda-half to two per cent tax hike for 2014. Currently, the Village is looking at a two per cent tax hike, but that number could be trimmed up as some wish list items are removed. The main thrust of the increase is for a capital reserve, which

will go towards such items as the liquid waste management plan. “Boring stuff but it’s the meat and potatoes of government,” said Mayor Kevin Acton. Based on rough projections, capital works from the liquid waste management plan are expected to exceed $500,000. Therefore annual increases are needed to build up the

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Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that City Council will hold a Public Hearing to hear representations of interested persons or persons who deem their interest in property affected by the below-mentioned bylaws at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014, in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 3400 - 30th Street, Vernon, B.C.: Rezoning Amendment Bylaw Number 5474, 2013 (ZON00230) Location:

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reserve. Water consumption charges will climb slightly, from 71 cents per m3 to 75 cents for regular consumers while large users will see a more significant rise from 37 cents to 55. The fixed base fee will also climb from $13.50 per meter to $15. The increase was originally proposed to

be $16.50 but was cut back. Sewer fees will remain unchanged for regular users but large users will see a rise from 28 cents per m3 to 30 cents. The fixed base fee will jump from $13.50 to $16.50. The budget is assisted by the first $24,000 finance and administration fee from the

Monashee Community Forest as well as a $50,000 dividend. Some of the expenditures being looked at for 2014 include a 1.5 per cent staff salary increase, increased legal expenses (now $12,000) in the event of any flooding issues. Tipping fees at the landfill could also rise 2.8 per cent as the tons hauled are expected to be similar to prior years, which is less than historically budgeted. A public consultation period is expected to take place in February for the 2014 budget.

Police investigate bear spray attack the residents.” Through their investigation, police learned that a 28-year-old man inside the home – who is known to police – was bear sprayed. And while the man provided an audio statement to officers, Molendyk said he did not provide any information for police to further their investigation. Molendyk said the incident does not appear to be a random act. “All parties in this incident appear to know each other,” he said. A bear spray cannister and other items lying around the house were seized by police. Molendyk said there was no confirmation that a gun was ever involved in the incident, which remains under investigation.

ROGER KNOX Morning Star Staff

A bear spray victim isn’t telling police a lot of details about the incident. V e r n o n RCMP received a call Sunday at 10:25 p.m. that a group of men had gone into a home in the 3700 block Gord Molendyk of Commonage Crescent with a gun. “The caller told police that people were seen running out of the residence,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officer attended and spoke to

For the record Morning Star Staff

The Morning Star would like to clarify a comment made in Sunday’s article, Cherryville opposes harvesting plan. Cherry Ridge M a n a g e m e n t Committee president Hank Cameron was speaking about B.C.

Timber Sales, not private companies, in this particular instance when he said: “They take all of the easy highvalue timber whereas if we manage, we have a lower footprint.” The comment refers to the article about BCTS seeking input on possibly allowing 209

hectares in the North Fork area to be sold off for timber harvesting. The CRMC is going to be meeting at the Cherryville hall Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposal. The Morning Star apologizes for any inconvenience due to the error.

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Kyllo quick to learn ropes of B.C. politics tracy hughes Black Press

The learning curve has been steep, but his business acumen has proved invaluable for rookie Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo as he made the transition from municipal politics to the provincial political scene in 2013. Now, with just over six months under his belt, Kyllo describes the experience as fantastic, especially in terms of the support and commitment from his B.C. Liberal colleagues. Kyllo had a tough act to follow, being elected to the post after longtime MLA George Abbott, who was well respected both by constituents and within the Liberal Party structure. Abbott held key posts in the government including Minister of Health and Education. But Kyllo’s abilities in business with Twin Anchors Houseboats and the more recently formed TA Structures have also caught the attention of the upper echelons of the party. While not given a cabinet post, Kyllo has been named to many

high-profile com- time it takes to move mittees including the things forward. As a Treasury Board, the business owner, I was Core Review, Strong used to making deciEconomy and Public sions quickly and seeAccounts. ing results immediately “I think my work and I took a lot of perin my company has sonal satisfaction out given me a of that. Now, different perin this role, spective, in you are truly that in busimore a direcness you are tor and you always thinkhave to take ing about the a longer view. most effecI’m learning tive way to to find satisGreg Kyllo spend your faction in that money. So now.” for me it really comes Kyllo says another back to asking: ‘Is this change from municipal how I would spend my politics has been the own dollars?’ That’s shift in the scope of what I would ask my issues. employees when we “After living in were looking at pur- Sicamous for 30 years, I chases and that’s how had a pretty good hanI view spending the dle on all the issues and taxpayers’ money. I ask concerns locally, and myself, ‘If I was per- a well developed personally accountable for sonal perspective on this bill, is this what I where the community would do?’ needs to go. That’s hard Kyllo has experi- to do on the provincial enced the pronounced side, because the issues difference between are so varied, especially operating a private when it comes to things company versus getting like health, education things done in public and social issues. It’s a life. lot to absorb. My col“There’s a lot of pro- league, (MLA) Todd tocols, a lot of differ- Stone, said it was like ence in the amount of trying to drink out of a

fire hose. I think that’s the best description.” Another adjustment for Kyllo has been the amount of travel between Victoria, Vancouver and Sicamous. “I’m in Vancouver three to four days a week, as most of the committee work is done there to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. The public has the perception that when the house is not in session, we’re not working, but really the heavy lifting gets done through the committee work.” Kyllo says a rewarding part of the job has been helping individual constituents out with issues, because when they come to his office they are often at their last resort. Another big accomplishment was working towards the announcement of the $3 million bridge upgrade at Hummingbird Creek. “That situation has been challenging for so many years, that it was wonderful to work to a solution. That project should be designed in the spring with con-

Van suspected in shop break-in roger knox Morning Star Staff

Vernon RCMP believe a cube van may have been used in a recent robbery at Vernon’s Four Seasons Motor Sports Friday morning. The alarm at the shop in the 4200 block of 25th Avenue went off at 4:50 a.m. Police discovered a pick-up truck was used to pull the doors off the business. It appears the truck was a stolen vehicle. A 2012 Suzuki RMZ 450 motorcycle was stolen from inside the business. A Polaris RZR 570 sideby-side was still outside the business and a witness

told police that the thieves were attempting to load it into a cube van when it appears the suspects were scared off. “A cube van that is suspected as being used in this break-enter-and-theft was located in the 4400 block of 16th Avenue when a concerned citizen called the police,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. The van was towed in for identification purposes, and was discovered to belong to a city businesses. The file remains under investigation.

struction later in the year.” The biggest challenge he sees for the future is in expanding the Shuswap’s economic base. The father of four grown daughters, Kyllo says it hurts to hear people in the riding talking about their children who have moved away due to a lack of employment opportunities. “It needs to be more diverse. We need to foster tourism, but we need manufacturing, industry that can provide those year-round, high-quality jobs. I’m like many of us in the Shuswap. I want my kids to be able to find gainful employment right here, rather than feeling like they have to move elsewhere to get ahead,” he said. “My wife and I, we’re anticipating our first

grandchild in the new year and I sure want to be able to see that baby a whole lot. It would break my heart if they were to move far away because they had no choice.” Despite his concerns, Kyllo is optimistic about 2014. “I think there was a lot of uncertainty in the past few years, a

lot of projects put on hold, but now we on track to growing the economy and moving this province forward,” he said. “By creating a framework with our policies and taxation to allow the province to grow and prosper, with that comes jobs... In my mind a healthy community is a working community.”

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And the race is on

here will be an elephant in the room for the next 10 months. Intense speculation will abound as to whether incumbent mayors and councillors in the North Okanagan will attempt to retain their seats in November or if others will enter the political scene for the first time. In fact, some of that discussion has already surfaced through year-end interviews The Morning Star has conducted with the mayors. In the case of Rob Sawatzky, he is unwilling to indicate if he wants a second term in Vernon’s top job. “My plan is to discuss it with my family and make a decision as the Richard Rolke year moves on,” he said. “You have to consider age, health and family. It’s a very time-consuming position. But it’s very rewarding to see the co-operative effort to build a community and to be part of it.” Not committing to a third term is Armstrong’s Chris Pieper. “I’m almost to the point where I can say I’d have to find a reason not to run for mayor. I’ll probably decide in the summer,” he said. Others, though, are more confident in their response. “I think I’ve just begun,” said Janice Brown, Spallumcheen mayor. “I’ve been getting lots of positive feedback and support from the community, council and staff. Because we’re working so hard and achieving things, it’s like an a-ha moment, that this is why I do what I do.” Coldstream’s Jim Garlick is considering all options. “I see myself participating in council in

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some way in the future. I don’t know if it’s the mayor’s position or not,” he said. But the crystal ball gazing isn’t just left to the current crop of mayors. There’s no question that some councillors will see 2014 as the time they make a play for the big enchilada. And one just has to look at the last civic election to see how that evolves — councillors in Enderby, Spallumcheen and Lumby ran for mayor. Some were successful and others were sent to the political wilderness. Already, there is speculation that one or two Vernon councillors are considering mayoralty campaigns. But if Sawatzky is on the ballot again, it could be challenging to present a viable alternative to voters when this city council has been relatively united on major issues. What is the distinct difference a councillor would offer instead of the leadership coming from Sawatzky? Of course the same question could be posed if Sawatzky decides to retire. What sets two candidates apart when they frequently raised their hands together as council colleagues? But not all of the scuttle will be limited to the existing powers-that-be. Elections frequently bring out prominent businesspeople and community advocates. Is there a chance that those pushing for amalgamation will place their names on the ballot in Vernon, Coldstream and the two electoral areas? And if they do, will they present platforms broader than just that single issue? The next few months will be interesting, especially as councils are occasionally accused of making decisions that bolster their chances at the polls. In other cases, major decisions are shelved so the next round of officials have their say. November is a long ways away, but the countdown is on.

Following all the joy and cheer of the holidays, January can be one of the darkest months. Take Monday for example. Many of us just back to a full work week, getting up in the dark, leaving work in the dark, all in frigid temperatures. That’s why they call it Black Monday. That’s right, Jan. 6 was supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Along with all the snow and cold, there’s not much to look forward to for many of us in January – no holiday until Family Day (which is relatively new to us British Columbians). Being winter, we also don’t get enough vitamin D (something Canadians lack between October and May, when the sunshine doesn’t come out too often). But there is a lot us North Okanaganites can take advantage of to keep our spirits high. Getting active is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood, and energy. The options around here are endless, whether it’s winter, summer, spring or fall. Take a splash in the pool at the rec centre, hit the slopes at Silver Star or take a slide down Tube Town, lace up your skates at the outdoor rink or Kal Tire Place, bundle up for an outdoor snowman-making contest with the kids or a hike (just watch your step under the ice). Or perhaps your brain is feeling a little fuzzy following the holidays. If so, Okanagan College and other area colleges offer a number of courses to keep you educated. There are also a number of classes, whether you’re into cooking, belly dancing or basketball, through the rec centre. The best way to beat the winter blues is to get active, whether physically or mentally, so be pro-active and go for it.


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Reality cannot be ignored

sn't it amazing that the same day our confused member of parliament (Colin Mayes) challenges Elizabeth May's facts on climate change in a letter to the editor, scientists release the facts that November 2013 was the warmest on the planet since records have been kept since 1880. This article was in The Morning Star Daily. The last below average November was in 1976. There is the science in simple enough terms for anyone to understand. Your "balanced" reading is obviously from ancient history books or the fiction section of the library. I'm not an extreme global warming follower, just an informed member of the population. As more evidence is gathered the small group of scientific nay-sayers is diminishing. We are now in 2014. It is time to wake up to reality. stew Wallach

common sense needed After putting up with parking meter rate increases and fine increases, I felt I needed to write a letter. As a business owner, I am disgusted with current mayor and council. You voted for this increase. After fixing up the remainder of main street at building owners' expense for the sidewalk portions, you double the rates and fines. What a slap in the face. You want to revitalize downtown, fine job you are doing. You are driving us away and you are driving our customers away. Have you counted how many empty storefronts there are downtown? I have talked to dozens of business owners and they all tell me the same thing, how customers rush out of the stores because they don't want to get a ticket. I called Kelowna city hall. Their rates are half of ours downtown. Twenty five cents for half an hour. Vernon does not have the economic and financial stability Kelowna has but our parking rates are double. Who does council think lives in this town, millionaires? Without prejudice and no offence intended to anyone, we all do not make doctor or architect wages, etc. We are a town full of people struggling to make ends meet and living on minimum wages. After talking to human resources

for the City of Vernon, I found out how much bylaw enforcement makes an hour. I think most people would be appalled to find out we have five full-time and eight parttime bylaw personnel who earn $28.97 an hour plus benefits. It's more than many health care providers make. I am not afraid of speaking up. Just because you have a title in front of your name doesn't mean you'll make a better mayor or councillor. We need people on council who will truly reflect what this town wants and needs. Not more money spending for things that serve a select amount of people. We need common sense individuals on this council. Elections are coming up in 2014. Remember this when you cast your ballot. We need people who know how to balance budgets, not always spending and raising tax rates. Lily Kerr pubLic safety Joe the logging truck driver had just driven into Oyama from the logging site above Kalamalka Lake. He was headed for the Armstrong mill with a full load of logs. Chugging up the last hill before the landfill turnoff, Joe was ready for the long downhill and windy section arriving at the Okanagan College turnoff.

Joe thought, fortunately, the lights are green at the college and should help speed up his round trip to the mill. The brakes were operating normally to this point but suddenly as he applied brakes to coast down Hospital Hill, something gave and his brake pedal slowly sank under his foot and to the floor with no brake response. The loaded logging truck was gaining speed headed to the bottom of Hospital Hill and into a red light intersection full of vehicles waiting for the light to change. This is a re-enactment of what is possible and inevitable in the City of Vernon. A number of letters sent to the Ministry of Transportation and still no response to consider building a truck stop and brake check by Okanagan College. What is predictable is preventable. barry mcdougall not getting it In the past years, when new legislation is proposed or implemented in Canada, it is brought forward by the Harper government. Later when we find the legislation to be flawed or not in our best interest it is "the Conservative government in Ottawa." Harper changed the census form and now the Conservative government takes the blame. Does Harper really think that our memo-

ries are so short? The "Harper government" wants to reform the Senate. Perhaps the "Conservative government" should get Harper to read Canadian history, namely the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords. Harper and Mulroney have appointed senators and judges at will and without the prescribed criteria set forth in the Constitution. They don't get the picture. The constitution defines how we conduct our selves. We can't have one doing what ever please themselves. dieter bauer thanK you Thank you to everyone who bought my “Broke-Down Barns” calendar. I am so happy to present $290 to the Brown Bag Program at the Armstrong schools. Also thanks to the Brown Derby for selling it for me; Final Touch, for printing more copies than we ever expected; and The Advertiser and The Morning Star for letting people know it was available. I will be putting out another “Barns 2” next year, so if you have a barn you think is particularly “broke down,”, give me a call, 546-3613. or if you missed out and would like one, that can be arranged. Thanks again, and enjoy! cyndy sturdy

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It’s the year of the Dawg AMANDA MORAZAIN For The Morning Star

The Vernon Jazz Club will be releasing the hounds as Poppa Dawg takes over the stage this Saturday. Rick “Poppa Dawg’” Halisheff will be joined by Steve Soucy on keys and Brian “Skip” Maguire on drums and vocal. This soulful band will be playing a mixture of blues, R&B, and Motown, and will have the audience grooving to songs by BB King, Little Milton, Freddie King, and Howlin’ Wolf. “The band’s sound moves from the slinky grooves of New Orleans to the down and dirty rawness of Chicago and all points in between,” said Halisheff when asked to describe his music. Halisheff has toured extensively throughout Western and Northern Canada. He has performed for blues cats at the City of Peace Blues Festival in La Paz, Mexico, and recently was a semi-

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Bluesman Rick “Poppa Dawg” Halisheff leads his band into the Vernon Jazz Club for the first concert of 2014, Saturday.

finalist at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He has shared the stage with blues greats such as Sonny Rhodes, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, and Harpdog Brown and has also had the pleasure of opening for John Mayall, Colin James, Jeff Healey, and Powder Blues. Halisheff has gained attention from other great players across the country. “Power, style, tone, feel, and energy are the ingredients that make Poppa Dawg a force to be reckoned with,” said JW Jones, a Canadian award-winning blues guitarist. 2014 promises to be an exciting year for Poppa Dawg. Along with getting crowds moving to his music, he will be recording a new live album and possibly an acoustic one. These will be added to his collection of four CDs which are already under his belt. His latest album, What You

Got, has been catching airwaves across the world and was featured in a short film loosely based on, and named after his song Deepest Shade of Blue. Soucy is a five-time consecutive winner of the B.C. Country Music Keyboardist of the Year award. He has performed with countless bands from blues, country and pop to rock and roll. Vernon Jazz Club audience members may recognize him from when he played with Julie Masi last month. Maguire has been playing with Poppa Dawg and his band Dogskin Suit for almost 16 years. He has performed with James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells to name just a few. Poppa Dawg takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at

Students explore the line for Vertigo art exhibition Morning Star Staff

“A drawing is taking a line for a walk,” said Swiss painter Paul Klee. Vernon school district art teacher Simon Challen says he was personally inspired by those words when assigning his students the theme for their latest project. Challen and his fellow district art teachers asked their students, from Grade 8 to 12, to create a piece which employs the element of line. The results are about to be seen at Gallery Vertigo for the annual School District 22 exhibition, opening this week. “It was then up to the students to conjure up materials, mediums, methods and subject matter to express the theme,” said Challen. “One of the challenges in teaching high school art is getting high school students to recognize that fine art rarely just happens. It comes from adherence to fairly stringent elements and principles of design. Line is the most accessible of these.” The themed shows, which take place annually at Vertigo, take on a life of their own and

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give the students and their teachers a chance to see what the other has been doing with their respective art. “It’s always exciting to bring the groups together and share what each has been up to,” said Challen. “The Vertigo show is special for students. It tends to be very involving. Students can assist with setup and hanging the show. They are required to provide artist statements, and their friends often play music for the opening.” The annual school district art exhibition opens this Saturday at Gallery Vertigo. The launch includes the opening of Kara Barkved’s new series of abstracts of line, form and colour in Vertigo’s Members Gallery.  An opening reception for the artists and the community will take place Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Gallery Vertigo is a non-profit studio gallery located at 3001-31st St. above Krause Jewellers. It is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Visit for more info.

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Ballet students from the Armstrong Dance Academy, led by Susan Bensmiller (standing, left), celebrate their successful passing of Cecchetti classical ballet exams in December.

Ballet students pass with flying colours Morning Star Staff

The dance season has been kind to the hard working, young ballet students at the Armstrong Dance Academy, who all passed their Cecchetti classical ballet exams in December. Twenty-seven students were examined on Dec. 13 and 14 by Mary Ross, a Cecchetti ballet examiner and director of ballet studies at the School of Dance in Ottawa. “Primary through to advanced one levels were entered, and all were successful,” said Armstrong Dance Academy owner and teacher Susan Bensmiller, who gives a special mention to student Leah Wells, who was examined in and passed both the intermediate and advanced one levels. Other dancers to pass the exams included Ashlee McAvoy, Samantha Henri, Yela Jacob, Anna Kalf, Poppy Jong, Denae Penner, Sydney Coward, Chandace Rees, Annelise Jensen, Jenna

Mazur, Jaden Corrigan, Anna Konrad, Chloe van der Meer, Clare Agassiz, Kendyl Foster, Emily Gunning, Jolene Kutzner, Aspen Hansma, Emily Groeneveld, Lily Thiessen, Lexi Mason, Annelise Leclerc, Hannah Weeks, Ainslee Page-Sagmoen, Tessa Runka and Ellie Sloot. The Cecchetti

method of ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928). Bensmiller is the only licenced teacher in the Cecchetti method to have a studio in the Okanagan and one of only a few Cecchetti instructors in B.C.




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Armstrong teen reflects on equality something unbearable about our menstrual cycles, but I didn’t. The answer I gave the person with no identity was this: “I think the worst thing about being a girl is knowing that there is an expectation of what a girl should be like and how she

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should look. Apparently we should all be prim and proper and feminine and cutesy, tall and thin with long naturally coloured hair, but the truth is I don’t believe there are real defining characteristics we all share because every girl is different. We are all special and deserve to be cherished and respected by society and the opposite sex.” To be saying this as a teenager in the 21st century is sad, it really shows that the progress made after the women’s rights movement of the ‘60s isn’t as monumental as most people are led to believe. Some employers still question placing women in managerial or leadership roles, women still are not top picks for labour-related or physically demanding jobs, and most shockingly of all, women are being let go from the jobs they need because their male bosses find them too attractive. What is it going to take for our socalled modern society to see women as equals to men? If we as women began to see ourselves in a more positive light, our confidence would


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Kayla Wirth is a Grade 12 student at PVSS in Armstrong. spread like wildfire. We would find ourselves more likely to go after those important positions and squash the male competition with our skills, understanding, and experience so no man would come out on top just based on the fact that he is a man. But, in order for us to gain that sense of self respect and pride in our abilities it has to start with modifications to aspects of our lives, the Canadian Dream, that we cannot control: film, media and advertising. Only 16 per cent of film protagonists are

female. This is outrageous, the ideas that men are superior to women and that women are not as capable as men are being subconsciously taught to us from a young age through our favourite type of entertainment. The fact that female protagonists make up just 16 per cent is pathetic in itself before looking at what they are made to look like. Take heroines Black Widow, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Cat Woman for example, how efficient would it really be to save the world or be a produc-

tive villain wearing a skintight suit with an exposed midriff and stilettos? We look for role models who remind us of ourselves, or display the type of character we would like to develop, how are young girls supposed to find someone to look up to when their female heroes are sexually objectified? It is important for everyone to have a role model to base our own morals off of and aspire to be like, but it is hard for young women to find a strong female role model to look up to when less than 20 per cent of news stories focus on women and their achievements. Women accomplish great things every day and a lot of them go unheard of. My personal role models are Kathleen Wynne and Malala Yousafzai. Wynne is the first openly gay premier in Canada and the first female premier of Ontario, and Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in her home country for campaigning for the right of girls to get an education, and now she speaks at the United Nations about youth and women’s

education and was runner up for the Nobel Peace Prize. These incredible women are wonderful people and plant seeds of inspiration in the hearts of people like me, but it is unfortunate that I have heard more news coverage of astronaut Chris Hadfield playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity in space than I have of them. Canadians do not know how big Wynne’s accomplishment is, but they know a Canadian astronaut can play Space Oddity on guitar. Maybe it would be easier to find a female role model in political figures if male broadcasters and politicians didn’t criticize them for being too professional, uptight and unattractive in the case of Hillary Clinton, or too feminine, ditzy and sexy in the case of Sarah Palin. Besides movies and media, advertising is another factor as to why women are still stuck on a lower pedestal than men. So many advertising campaigns are focused on online dating, beauty and dieting, which all contribute to

see GIRLS on page A13

Planning with enthusiasm

ith the first column of 2014, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a very happy new year. May these coming days be filled with good health, joy and peace. Not much snow on the ground so far, not that I complain but it is better for the plants to Jocelyne Sewell have a good blanket of snow to survive the freezing nights and cold winds. The other day with the sun shining, I had to open the greenhouse door as it was 21C. I wished I could have sat in there but with all the plants, I can barely put my foot in it. All the geraniums I brought in for the winter are doing very well. I just took the inventory of my plants the other day and came up with 231 in the house. All the windows except the ones facing north have plants. The Christmas cactus is in full bloom. Just for the occasion, on

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Christmas Day I had one Angel trumpet opening. This was the only branch left with leaves as I remove all the leaves in the fall when I bring it in or I have to fight the white flies. If you overwinter dahlias and other tubers, this is a good time to check on them. If you find anything moldy, better discard it. If the tubers are getting too dry and shriveling, give them a spray of water. I just noticed that one of my begonias is showing a bit of growth. I will keep an eye on it and if it is growing too fast, I will have to pot it up. I have a pail of potting soil which I can bring from the shed if things are moving too fast. No sign of life yet on all the tulip bulbs I planted in pots last fall. I just hope they survived the winter in the shed. The pots are stored in cardboard boxes with newspaper and piled on top of each other and the whole thing is wrapped in Remay cloth. Because the shed is not heated and it was freezing in December, I don’t know yet how they will do. Now is a very good time for my resolution of the new year. Make sure I have the space in the garden

for the plants I get and try to plant them in the ground before it freezes hard. Also I will try to keep the number of plants I overwinter to less than 100. Last summer I planted some marigold seeds way too late in the season. Of course they made it in the house in the fall. It is nice to have these little flowers blooming, just to look at them and I can forget that this is January. In the next week or so, I will start planning my garden for the summer. I like to rotate my vegetables so I have to create new space. Keeping records also shows the successes and the failures of the past seasons. About five to six years ago, a friend gave me some goldfish. I keep them outside in the summer but for the winter, I used to keep them in the basement. Every time I changed the water, I used it to water the plants. In December, I finally got an aquarium and the last three goldfish that have survived the seasons now have a nice little home with a filter. Come late spring, they will get back outside with my water lilies...maybe. For more information: 250-558-4556.



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ne of the easiest ways to overcome the week night dinner doldrums is with the use of your slow-cooker. This countertop cooking method can do it all, from whole meals, special entrées, to desserts. You can prep the night before or in the morning before work, Cathi Litzenberger and let your slow cooker meal simmer throughout the day while you go about your busy life. It takes stress out of meal preparation, it’s convenient, versatile, and the perfect way to enjoy a hot family meal that is ready when you are. A few tips when converting recipes to the crock pot to keep in mind: Buy roasts and other large cuts of meat that will fit in your crock pot, or plan to trim them to fit. Remove skin from poultry and trim excess fat from other meats before cooking. Fresh root vegetables, such

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as potatoes, carrots, and onions, should be placed in the bottom of the pot, under the meat, for faster cooking as they tend to cook more slowly than meat. Since slow cookers sometimes dilute flavours over a long period, be creative with your seasonings. Seasoned salt, garlic powder, seasoned pepper and complementary herbs and spices are best added near the end of cooking. And since colours tend to fade in slow-cooked foods, adding a garnish such as chopped fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers, cheese or sour cream can add much visual appeal. Today’s recipes are slowcooker favourites; the first a wonderful potato soup. The second recipe may sound strange but it tastes amazingly delicious. It’s a pork roast that can be used in many ways, from pulled pork to a meal with the addition of potatoes and vegetables. Give it a try. CroCk-Pot Potato Chowder 8 cups diced potatoes 1/3 cup onion, chopped 3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth

1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed, softened 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled Chives Combine potatoes, onion, broth and cream of chicken soup in crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender. Add cream cheese and blend. Top with bacon and chives before serving. PePsi Pork roast 3 lbs. pork shoulder butt 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup Half (1-1/4 ounce) package onion soup mix 1 (12 ounce) can Pepsi Place roast in crock pot. Mix soup mix with soup. Add Pepsi to soup mixture and pour over roast. Cook on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8-10 hours). When done, remove roast and thicken juices with cornstarch for wonderful gravy. Note: You can cook potatoes and carrots with the roast for a complete meal if you wish.

Girls need to be empowered continued from page A12

the negative way adolescent girls see themselves. Our daughters are being informed by television commercials that self worth is based on looks, with 78 per cent of girls up to 17 years old unhappy with their bodies, 65 per cent have eating disorders and 17 per cent resort to methods of self harm to deal with self esteem issues. I wonder how much of that unhappiness is due to seeing the televised version of what all girls should look like? Companies are crushing the self esteem of teenage girls in order to sell their products and that loss of confidence diminishes the belief of being able to be successful at something important. There is no longer family hour during the day on television so advertisements promoting sex (via pregnancy prevention methods), alcohol, makeup, diets, and dating play all hours of the day, not just at night, when our children are watching cartoons. The next generation is learning to see themselves as objects, and that it is all about the body and not about the brain, during the commercial breaks in SpongeBob SquarePants. When did the way we look start to trump our self worth, self respect, confidence, pride and achievements? People disagree that men are higher on the totem pole than women, but how can they when they see only three women working at the mill, two firewomen, one police woman and the woman lose the municipal election to the man based on doubts about how a woman could fulfill such an important duty? How can they when they watch movies with strong male roles and stereotypical female ones? And how can they when professional women are being bashed on television for behaving as a man would, or being sexually objectified and having their work be discounted because of their femininity? It is indeed a medieval time we live in. Kayla Wirth is a Grade 12 student at Pleasant Valley secondary school in Armstrong. Her essay was published in the school’s newsletter after she presented it at her Graduation Transition/Exit interview

with school principal, Abbas El Gazzar, and Mayor Chris Pieper. “I wrote this essay in response to a documentary we watched in my English 12 class called Miss Representation. I encourage anyone, male or female, to watch it. My essay scored 90 per cent and it scored so highly because I had such a connection with the issue of equality and empowerment because I can see all of the things described in the documentary happening around me in the real world. I did not write the essay to be a ‘man-bashing’ essay by any means; I didn’t write it as a raging feminist whose goal is to persuade people into thinking women are better, I wrote it to make people aware that even though we think we have come so far and that our generation is so much more advanced, women have still not achieved equality with men and that we will continue to fall short of equality every time if people of both genders do not change their outdated thinking.”

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Community Calendar

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january 8 IODE LambLy’s LanDIng ChaptEr mEEts Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in meeting room of Enderby Health Clinic. Visitors welcome. vErnOn & DIstrICt famILy hIstOry sOCIEty General meeting Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church ( lower level ) 1204-30th Ave. The speaker will be Richard Chandler of the “One - Name Studies Guild.” He will talk about the latest news from the Guild including updated details on DNA analysis techniques. amnEsty IntErnatIOnaL’s vErnOn grOup mEEts Jan. 8 (the second Wednesday of every month) from 7-9 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. Newcomers always welcome. Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for the international recognition of human rights. For more information, please visit fOOD aDDICts In rECOvEry anOnymOus (fa) Meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the People Place, 3402-27th Ave., room #2. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? No dues or fees. For more info., call Catherine at 250-549-1747. aL-anOn mEEts Al-Anon is a fellowship of men and women affected by someone else’s drinking. Wednesdays 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1204 -30th Ave., Thursdays 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Dr., and Sundays 8 p.m. at W.L. Seaton Centre, 1340 Polson Dr. For more info. call 250-545-4933. hOmE-COOkED mEaL fOr EnDErby sEnIOrs Seniors, please join us for a home-cooked meal at the Seniors Complex in Enderby, 1101 George St. Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., come in early, cost is just $7. For more info., call Melody at 250-838-6439. sCarbOrOugh faIrE LaDIEs ChOrus Meets Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at 1705-32 Ave. New members welcome. Call Therese at 250-558-1993 for more info. or come to the Vernon Community Music School for one of our practices. kaLamaLka tOastmastErs Come practise your speaking skills with us in a comfortable, supportive and fun environment. We meet Wednesday evenings at the Holiday Inn Express. For more information, call Laurie at 250-306-1371, and visit our website anaf hOLDs InfOrmatIOn sEssIOn Questions re: Veteran pension and benefits? Need help with meals, housekeeping, yard work? Join Veterans Lunch in Spitfire Lounge, second Wednesday of each month, or call Alan McMahon at 250-545-5467. narCOtICs anOnymOus Meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Path to Recovery, 3204 Alexis Park Dr., behind Knox Church (open to the public, 12-step meeting, Traditions meeting, wheelchair access). Our 24-hour helpline is at 250-503-3260 or 1-866-918-3574. gOOD fOOD bOX OrDErIng rEmInDEr Give yourself, a friend, or a family in need, the gift of healthy eating this month. A family-sized box of nutritious fruits and vegetables with easy seasonal recipes is available at the amazingly low price of $16 ($10 for a smaller box for one or two people). Orders must be in by the second Wednesday of the month. Call Diane at 250 -306-7800 for details or go to hI nOOn tOastmastErs Meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Bean to Brew Coffee House. Toastmasters help to build leadership and communication skills in a safe, fun environment. Make us your educational, inspirational and entertaining lunch hour Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact James at thE vErnOn ChaptEr Of thE ms sOCIEty Hosts a yoga class for people with MS, every Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. at the People Place. a COursE In mIraCLEs Join us at the Centre, 2913 - 29 Ave., for A Course In Miracles study group, Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.,

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feature Event: foster parents are needed; attend info. session Jan. 15 to find out more ttend an information session to find out how you can help children by becoming a foster parent. Foster parents are needed for many kinds of situations, from a few days a month of respite, to a few months of full-time care, or long-term therapeutic care for children with special needs. Families who can care for sibling groups are especially needed, as well as foster parents interested in caring for teens or babies. Training is provided, as well as support and financial compensation. Information sessions will be held at the People Place, 3402 – 27th Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join us to find out how you can make a difference. For more information, contact Noelle at 250-558-0939 or


all welcome. For more info. call 250-549-4399. thE haLIna CraftErs Meet every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the clubroom. New crafters welcome! If you are 50+ and like to craft, come on out and join the fun. We’re at 3310-37th Ave. Call 250-542-2877 for more information. vErnOn trEatmEnt CEntrE Do you or a loved one have an alcohol/drug and/or other addiction problem? We can help! Day and evening courses available. Please call 542-6151 for more information. CODa mEEts Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women working to build healthy relationships with self and others. We meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at Seaton Centre on 14th Avenue (off Kal Lake Rd.) WEstsIDE rEspOnsE sErvICEs sOCIEty WRS offers blood pressure testing, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - noon at the Killiney Beach Hall and Annex on Udell Road. kOrEa vEtErans assOCIatIOn mEEts The second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m., at the ANAF. All members and wives welcome. Call 542-7760 for more information. thE vErnOn LapIDary CLub (rOCkhOunDErs) Meets the second Wednesday in the Vernon Community Arts Centre in Polson Park at 7:30 p.m., everyone welcome, no obligations. Call 545-1274 for more information. Guests are invited to attend club meetings and discover how exciting the family-oriented club is. Field trips and lapidary workshops scheduled for winter. Members also welcome to drop-in to the centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $5 per session, multi-use passes also available. For more info visit aa mEEtIngs On WEDnEsDays Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m., 3204 Alexis Park Dr.; this is an open meeting and is handicap accessible.. Monday to Friday, noon, open, VTC, 2810-48th Ave. (H). Open meeting, 3204 Alexis Park Dr. Vernon (H), 5 p.m. daily. (H) Handicap access. (X) no handicap access. Info., call 250-545-4933. thE vErnOn DIEt CLub mEEts Every Wednesday in the basement of Peace Lutheran Church. Weigh-in between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Short meeting to follow. Anyone wishing support in weightmanagement is most welcome. Call 542-3252. Is sCrabbLE On yOur “tO DO” LIst? Join the local “Scrabblers” every Wednesday at 10 a.m., Schubert Centre. Come out and learn with us! Call Sharon at 545-8092 for more information. thE sChubErt CEntrE We have many activities for seniors 50+ to enjoy. We’re open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pool room and coffee shop are open daily. The Thrift Shop is open Monday to Friday, with posted hours. For more information, please call 250-549-4201. Wednesdays we have afternoon dancing to live music, and a birthday lunch the last Wednesday FLOOR MODEL OPEN A of every month. Thursdays it’s tai chi, seniors’ MACHINRM support group (fourth Thursday), Fun Time for ES Seniors, line dancing, exercise class, wood carving, with cribbage at 7 p.m. Fridays it’s canasta, mah jongg, happy hour with live music. COMPUTERIZED SERGER Okanagan artIsts Of CanaDa Meets SEWING MACHINE the second Wednesday of each month at the 4 Vernon Community Arts Centre at Polson Thread 60 Park, 10 a.m. New members are always welDifferential Stitches come. For more information, call Linda Hunt Feed at 250-545-0530 or visit www.okanaganartistOnly Only vErnOn WOmEn In busInEss hosts a monthly business meeting and luncheon the second Wednesday of each month at the Prestige Hotel & Conference Centre. Join us for educawww. tion, inspiration and motivation and connect with th 3101 - 48 Ave. in the Andre’s Plaza like-minded business women. Bring your busi250-549-2730 • 9:00AM - 5:30PM










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DIsCOvEry WOrkshOp Check out the monthly workshop held every second Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lumby Community Hall (2250 Shields Ave.) The topic for Jan. 9 will be “Fun & Laughter is good for the Soul.” Info., Olena at 250-547-8866. thE COLDstrEam ratEpayErs’ assOC. invites Coldstream/ Lavington residents to come to a gathering to discuss the issue of amalgamation that has been raised recently. Please join us Jan. 9 at the Women’s Institute Hall, 9909 Kalamalka Rd., 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. vErnOn CamEra CLub mEEts Jan 9, Vernon Community Arts Centre in Polson Park, 7 p.m. Anyone with an interest in photography welcome. Our members range from beginners to professionals. Meeting will feature evaluation of members’ photographs. Info., or Ritchie at 250-306-2255. armstrOng knIttIng CIrCLE We meet the first, second and fourth Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce on Bridge St. next door to City Hall. Info., call Rhonda Burr at 250-546-3906, Wanda Bristol at 250-546-2983, or Ouida Kempner at 250-546-3673. We are a small group but would enjoy new members if you are interested. unDEr thE spItfIrE anaf unIt 5 We are at 2500-46th Ave., Vernon. Thursday Night Pool League in the Spitfire Lounge, starts at 7 p.m. New players welcome, including non-members. Thursday league cribbage at 1 p.m. New players welcome! Call Reg Firth at 250-275-0707. narCOtICs anOnymOus Thursday Night Serenity meeting at 7 p.m., side entrance of the Alliance Church, 2601-43rd Ave. (open to the public, topic/discussion meeting). Our 24-hour helpline is at 250-503-3260 or 1-866-918-3574. thE gOOD fOOD bOX EnDErby Pay for your box every second Wednesday, no later than 5 p.m., at Baron’s Real Estate, Century 21. Boxes can be picked up every third Thursday between noon and 3:45 p.m., Evangelical Chapel on Mill Street, across from the credit union. For more information, please call 838-6298. aL-anOn mEEtIng Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., at Trinity United Church on Alexis Park Drive. aa mEEtIngs On thursDays Meeting, Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m., 3204 Alexis Park Dr.; open meeting and handicap accessible.. Monday to Friday, noon, open, VTC, 2810-48th Ave. (H) Meeting, open, 10 a.m., Schubert Centre, 3505-30th Ave. Closed meeting 8 p.m., Mug and Muffin, 2801B-34th St. Meeting (X) open, 8 p.m., VTC. Open meeting, 3204 Alexis Park Dr. Vernon (H), 5 p.m. daily. (H) handicap access. (X) no access. Info., call 250-545-4933. vErnOn ms sOCIEty suppOrt grOup Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., room 105 of the People Place. Call 542-2241 for more information. anCIEnt frEE anD aCCEptED masOns Regular communications held on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, 7:30 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, 3005A-32nd St., Vernon. JCI vErnOn mEEts JCI Vernon members range between 19-40 years of age, and work together to achieve goals and contribute to our community. JCI Vernon meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Vernon Chamber of Commerce office, 290132nd St. We welcome anyone with an interest in JCI to join us for our upcoming meeting. See vErnOn anD DIstrICt anImaL CarE sOCIEty We have a lost-and-found cat registry. If you have found a cat, or your cat has gone missing, please call Margaret at 542-3980 with a description of the cat and we will do our best to help. The registry is anonymous, if you wish, we only require information about the cat.

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Boats sit idly in their slips at the Vernon Yacht Club while the sun beats down on the North Okanagan Saturday, a precursor to a chill of -11 Sunday evening/Monday morning. Environment Canada’s forecast calls for a high of -1 today with a 60 per cent chance of flurries, followed by more flurries Thursday.

Pooch tags available online Morning Star Staff

With a few clicks of the mouse, most dog owners in Lake Country or the North Westside can either renew or purchase a new dog license online. The Regional District of Central Okanagan is now offering the convenience of buying a dog license at “In the past, only those with the permanent license tag could renew and pay for their next year’s license online,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer. “While they can still do that and have until Feb. 28 to renew, now dog owners that are purchasing a license for the first time, can go online, set up an account, complete the license application form and pay for it. The new license tag will be mailed to them.”

While dog owners with the 2013 annual license shaped like a dog house were told to swap their tag for free for a permanent license, several thousand still have the old 2013 annual tag. “They will have to go in person to one of our licensing locations to renew their license for 2014. At that time they’ll also receive the new permanent tag that will provide them the convenience of renewing online in future years,” said Smith. The annual fee for a dog that has been spayed or neutered is $20 while a dog license for those that have not costs $60. Current license holders have until the end of February to renew their license without any penalty. Starting March 1, a $20 dollar late fee is applied to renewals. Permanent license tags are available for sale at the Lake Country municipal office and the North Westside fire hall.

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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 24-hour 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 twotier service that’s only available to selected urban people? n 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:

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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 the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillowfight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic Tom Fletcher 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 Blair-type makeover. They need to be for something, and they need to leave the past behind. n Media that care about more than conflict. News organizations

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Name a Vernon Viper, and chances are Brett Mulcahy has played with them. From skating last season with Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun on the Surrey Eagles, to Major Midget with Colton Sparrow on the Okanagan Rockets, to spring league with Ryan Renz, to minor hockey with T.J. Dumonceaux and Brendan Persley, he sees a lot of familiar faces on his new B.C. Hockey League club. “I pretty much know the whole team,” said Mulcahy, who Vipers’ head coach/GM Jason Williamson acquired from the Eagles in a Monday trade. “I know a few guys off every team because I’ve been around the league for a while, but I know seven or eight guys here pretty well.” Williamson sent third-line forward Chase McMurphy and future considerations to Surrey in exchange for Mulcahy, captain and top goal-getter of the Eagles. Vernon also receives future considerations. Mulcahy, a 20-year-old Kelowna product, racked up 23 goals and 12 assists with the Eagles, who he captained to an RBC Cup appearance last season. He is committed to the NCAA Holy Cross Crusaders of Massachusetts Brett Mulcahy for next season. “He’s a two-time captain and a guy that’s won before,” said Williamson. “That experience is valuable and he’s a good two-way hockey player.” Mulcahy said last year’s RBC


Demico Hannoun of the Vernon Vipers tries to dangle past Josh McArdle of the Nanaimo Clippers in B.C. Hockey League play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. Vernon won 3-2. Cup run experience will come in handy when Vernon hosts the national Junior A tournament, May 10-18, at Kal Tire Place. “It takes a lot for a team to win like we did last year, and there’s a few guys (Renz, Sparrow, Hannoun) in the room that can lean on that experience. “A team has to be cohesive and work together and play within the systems. If everybody takes care of their role, the wins will come and the team will be successful.” With one remaining player card and an available roster spot, Vernon Vipers’ head coach/GM Jason Williamson is working the phones this week to tweak his roster one last time before Friday’s BCHL trade deadline. The extra roster spot opened up when d-man Mark Hamilton


underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With seven blueliners in the fold, Williamson is looking to add another forward. Meanwhile, Michael Statchuk’s top-shelf rocket from the point midway through the second period stood as the winner as Vernon outlasted the visiting Nanaimo Clippers 3-2 Saturday night. Statchuk was slightly more elated over his second snipe of the season, his first being an empty-netter. “(Sparrow) made a perfect pass and just teed it up for me, and I just buried my head and was hoping it went in,” smiled the Wadena, Sask. product, who missed part of the third period after taking a high stick to the face. Ex-Clipper Josh Bryan (4th goal), sneaking in from the point to bury a backdoor feed from first star


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Make a couple of changes by Friday, get into the playoffs and see what happens. That’s basically the game-plan for head coach Shawn Webb as the youthful North Okanagan Knights head into the home stretch. The Knights, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games, blew a 2-0 second-period lead and lost 4-2 to the Summerland Steam in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at Nor-Val Sports Centre. The carding deadline is Friday and the Knights have disgruntled leading scorer Mat Lambert awaiting a trade. Webb will either deal for experienced older players or younger talent that could also help the team next year. “We’re working on a few things,” said Webb, whose club is 16-18-0-1, fourth in the Okanagan Division, five points ahead of the Princeton Posse. “Our coaching staff is frustrated. We have more than enough skill, but the effort isn’t always there.” Ryan Kelm, with his sixth of the season, from Matt Halvorson and captain TJ Christensen, gave the Knights a 1-0 first-period lead. Dennon Leibel netted his seventh, shorthanded, from Brett Hawrys and Anthony Ruggiero,

to make it 2-0 early in the second. Knights’ d-man Ryley Booth was assessed a minor for instigating and a major for fighting late in the same period. Booth took a high stick to the mouth from Dylan Burton and Booth dropped his gloves. Burton did not. Former Viper Riley Hunt counted his fifth of the year early in the ensuing powerplay. Paulsen Lautard equalized four minutes later, on his 12th of the season. Jordan Boultbee supplied the winner, his sixth, with 55 seconds remaining. Lautard added an emptynetter with 20 seconds left. “Our first two periods were the best we’ve played in two months,” said Webb. “We were carrying so much of the play until they scored on the powerplay.” Lautard fooled an otherwise stellar Mitch Profeit on the equalizer, while the Steam scored the winner on a 3-on-2 after a bad line change by a Knights’ d-man. Summerland outshot North Okanagan 35-31 with Darren Hogg taking the win. The Steam improved to 20-13-1-3 for third place in the Okanagan, one point behind the Osoyoos Coyotes. Summerland visits the Knights Friday night (7:30).


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North Okanagan Knights’ goalie Mitch Profeit and defenceman Reece Steenson (13) are both ready to make a save on an incoming Summerland Steam shot during the Steam’s come-from-behind 4-2 KIJHL win Sunday

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Aimee Skinner of the Vernon Davidson Lawyers Ice Rockets (front) tries to keep the ring away from Kelowna defender Danika Brydges-Kennedy during Thompson Okanagan Ringette League U10 action Sunday morning at the Priest Valley Arena.

The Vernon Rush used deuces from Aly Carter, Courtney Bacon and Evan Koshure to brush back Kelowna 8-2 in Tween A ringette action on Sunday. Abby Williamson and Alyssa Racine chipped in with singles for Vernon, who got strong defensive play from Wynter Vanderveen and Kalen Webster. Caenan Wisse picked up the win. Carter (4), Bacon, Maddie Fox and Emily Williams supplied assists. In Junior A play, the Vernon Rockstar Drywall Adrenaline Rush fell 6-3 to the Kelowna Force Saturday at Priest Valley Arena. Kendra Ostafie paced the Adrenaline with a pair, while Saige Woodliffe added one snipe. Caleb Pope, Maddy Percy and Taigan Radomske drew assists in support of Garrett Adams. In Petite action, Grace Cornell collected the hat trick as the Vernon Victory grounded the Kelowna Chiefs 6-2 Saturday. Kenzie Koshure, with a pair, and Jaden Scott, with a single, summed up Vernon’s scoring. The Vernon DCT Chambers Roar bowed 6-0 to West Kelowna in Petite play. The Roar saw good effort from the whole pack – Ashly Shwaluk, Chayse Krause, Liam Van Wyk, Amy Demetrick, Makenzie Gilman, Julie Francis, Georgia Lannon, and Emma and Sierra Lochhead. Brooklyn Ashby was busy in the crease. In Novice action, the Vernon Ice Dragons attempted a comeback, but came up short in a 9-3 loss to the host Kelowna Rockets. Down 7-0 at the half, Vernon tightened up its defensive play as Jaya Chauhan, Brooklyn Lewis, Amelia Johnson and Astrid Beaty supported goalie Sasha Austin. Shaila Austin scored twice, both assisted by Rhys Taylor-Hawes, who added a single, set up by Amber Lowe. Sadie Christensen and Sierra Fernley also generated scoring chances. The Vernon Purple Flames posted a road win in

Bunny play, slamming Salmon Arm 11-6 Saturday at Hucul Arena. Sydney Lewis led the Flames with a hat trick, while Jocelyn Tew (2), Alley Petty, Teagan Scober, Emily Gilman, Kennedy Jackson, Ava Dawn Koskimaki and Ksenia Wiker completed the offence.


HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS – Senior girls: Fulton Maroons @ VSS Panthers, 8:15 p.m.


JUNIOR A HOCKEY – Vipers vs Penticton Vees, 7 p.m., Kal Tire Place. JUNIOR B HOCKEY – Knights vs Summerland Steam, 7:30 p.m., Nor-Val Sports Centre. PEE WEE TIER 4 HOCKEY – North Okanagan Knights tournament: Knights vs Chase Broncos, 11:15 a.m., Nor-Val Sports Centre.


JUNIOR A HOCKEY – Vipers vs Coquitlam Express, 7 p.m., Kal Tire Place. PEE WEE TIER 1 HOCKEY – Watkin Motors Vipers vs Prince George Cougars, 1 p.m., Kal Tire Place. PEE WEE TIER 4 HOCKEY – North Okanagan Knights tournament: Knights vs Vancouver, 6:30 a.m., Nor-Val Sports Centre.



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The Sun Valley Source for Sports Bantam Tier 1 Vipers and Penticton Vees have met in four hockey tournament finals this season. The Vees levelled the score at 2-2 by winning the big one, clipping the Vipers 3-2 in Sunday’s Tier 2 final of the 46th Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT). It was the first time the KIBIHT was held at a time other than Easter. The Vees scored twice on the powerplay in the tight-checking final. Vernon’s game MVP was Brady Marzocco, who also was named to the tournament all-star team. The Vipers went 5-1 in the 16-team Tier 2 division, with 34 goals for and only seven against on the strong play of the defensive core and the goaltending duo of Conor Webb and Kieran Watts. Vernon started round-robin action on New Year’s Day, downing Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence 4-3 with Stephane Richard earning MVP. Keith Chase’s Vipers rolled through the rest of preliminary round, ambushing the Spokane Chiefs 8-0 (Riley Swiscoski MVP) and grounding the Vancouver T-Birds 9-2 behind the offence of MVP Matt Kowalski. In playoff action, Vernon bounced the Prince George Cougars and Kelowna Rockets by identical 5-0 scores. Owen Beliveau and Coleton Bilodeau took game MVPs. Okanagan Hockey Academy of Penticton claimed the Tier 1 title with a 4-2 victory


Nicholas Cherkowski of the Vernon Fix It Auto Vipers collides with Cooper Graff of the West Kelowna Warriors in Bantam Tier 3 hockey Saturday at the Civic Arena. over the Kamloops Jardine’s Blazers on the Olympic-size ice at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. The Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers claimed the West Kelowna Tier 3 tournament title, grounding the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 in Sunday’s final.

The Coke boys stayed out of the penalty box while taking bumps and bruises and losing Jack Pawsey with a dislocated shoulder. Hayden Chase, Kaden Black and Brenden Zupp provided the offence with Bryce Pyle earning two helpers. Tristan Quiring was stellar in making 42 saves.

The Vipers doubled the spirited Sicamous Eagles 4-2 in semifinal action. Josh DeCoffe, Eamonn Miller, Pawsey and Chase produced snipes in front of Louis Springer (22 saves). After icing West Vancouver 7-1 and stopping the Tri-City Americans 5-3 in Friday games, Vernon ambushed Nelson 9-2 with Chase getting 3+1. DeCoffe added 2+1, while Zupp bagged two goals, Miller counted 1+2 and Main also scored. Pawsey and Black each had three assists. The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers lost 7-2 and 6-1 to Kelowna Fripps Warehouse in a home-and-home exhibition Midget Tier 1 series. Carson Richards, assisted by Jacob Dolinar, supplied the Viper goal Saturday in Kelowna. Dolinar, from Scott Latwat and Layne Greene, and Jeff Bochon, assisted by Greene and Dolinar, counted the Vernon goals at home. The Watkin Motors Pee Wee Tier 1 Vipers bowed 4-2 and 6-1 to the Kelowna Tier 2 Rockets in their home-and-home exhibition set. Lucas Zubrod and Cameron Moger scored in Rutland, while Gavin Fleck and Lee Christensen collected snipes in the home loss. The line of Fleck, Lachlan O’Keefe and Cory Lazar put out the most offence and consecutive hard-charging shifts. Kobe Grant took the loss in Rutland, while Tyler Sedlacek was in net at home.

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Vipers rally at Civic Continued from A24

The Vernon Fix Auto Vipers came from behind in a 5-4 Bantam Tier 2 win over West Kelowna Saturday at Civic Arena. The teams have enjoyed a big rivalry since the Vipers lost to West Kelowna in their home tournament before Christmas. Mason McLennan and Nicholas Cherkowski started the scoring before the midway ice clean. Dex Elders tapped in from Cherkowksi, and then Cherkowski converted from Joe Eggert to tie things up with 37 seconds remaining. Elders connected from a scrum with one second left. Ethan Huizinga made 34 saves. The North Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights lost 5-2 to the South Okanagan Coyotes in Sunday’s semifinals of the Salmon Arm Pee Wee Tier 3 tournament at the Shaw Centre. Brandon Matvenko and Alex Gilowski scored for the Knights, who split goaltending between Thomas Burton and Caedon Bellmann. The Knights reached the semis after rattling Ridge Meadows 7-3 behind two goals from Eli Dwyer and singles from Dylan Huber, Michael Kormany, Griffin Evans, Kevin Thomas Walters and Gilowski. Thomas Walters pocketed two assists in support of Bellmann. The South Delta Storm shut down the Knights 5-1 Saturday morning. Wesley Graves had the Knights’ goal, assisted by Gilowski. The Knights open their eight-team

home tournament Friday at 11:15 a.m. against the Chase Broncos at Nor-Val Sports Centre. In Atom Development C Division play, the H&L Glass Vipers settled for a 3-3 road tie Sunday with the Summerland Jets. Despite outshooting Summerland 28-14, it took some late heroics by Nick Noren to salvage a point. The listless Vipers relied on Teja Sheldrake to bar the door as the Jets came in with a perfect record in league play and set the pace early. Sheldrake kept things scoreless with a showstopping glove save in the ninth minute and seven more stops in the stanza. The Vipers came out with more purpose in the second, and on a Vernon powerplay, Colby Restiaux jammed in the opening goal after a pair of rapid-fire shots by Liam Leibel. Summerland countered against the flow of play, and then some strong board work by Chris Bond paid off for Vernon. Bond recovered the puck deep for Maddex Minard, whose centering pass to Jordyn Morris bounced in off a defender. Summerland tied it again on a late powerplay. The Jets capitalized on their first chance nearly eight minutes into the third before Emma Elders and Cash Anderson applied a furious forecheck with three minutes to go, allowing Noren to bury a clearing pass. On defence, Brock Holliday was rock-solid, while Noren and Minard extended their goal streaks to four games.



B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE INTERIOR DIVISION TEAM W L T OTL PTS GF GA Penticton 25 9 2 3 55 144 96 Vernon 21 11 3 4 49 129 118 West Kelowna 22 12 2 2 48 132 105 Salmon Arm 20 13 1 5 46 135 116 Merritt 19 16 3 1 42 114 111 Trail 8 29 2 1 20 103 181 ISLAND DIVISION Victoria 26 9 3 2 57 140 101 Powell River 25 9 2 2 54 140 96 Nanaimo 20 19 1 1 42 127 116 Cowichan Valley 14 25 1 1 30 111 146 Alberni Valley 11 22 2 4 28 110 153 MAINLAND DIVISION Langley 25 12 1 4 55 140 117 Prince George 22 13 2 2 48 126 101 Coquitlam 18 16 1 3 35 151 158 Surrey 17 22 1 0 35 136 164 Chilliwack 10 27 1 3 24 127 186 SUNDAY: West Kelowna 2, Nanaimo 2 (2OT); Penticton 6 Merritt 2; Prince George 3 Chilliwack 0; Langley 6 Cowichan Valley 2. SATURDAY: Vernon 3 Nanaimo 2; Salmon Arm 4 Merritt 2; West Kelowna 7 Trail 3; Alberni Valley 5 Prince George 2; Coquitlam 4 Cowichan Valley 4 (2OT); Victoria 3 Powell River 1; Langley 5 Surrey 1. SCORING LEADERS PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM Landon Smith, Salmon Arm 39 34 27 61 20 Brad McClure, Penticton 39 31 27 58 20 Myles Fitzgerald, Victoria 40 18 36 54 26 Michael McNicholas, Vernon 39 19 34 53 14 Gerry Fitzgerald, Victoria 33 25 24 49 16 Alex Gillies, Salmon Arm 33 23 26 49 18 Adam Rockwood, Coquitlam 37 8 41 49 10 Brett Beauvais, Penticton 38 10 38 48 26 Ryan Rosenthal, Coquitlam 37 23 24 47 10 Dexter Dancs, Vernon 17 27 44 44 37 Mitch McClain, Langley 31 17 27 44 70 Jesse Schwartz, Victoria 33 14 29 43 18 Canon Pieper, Coquitlam 38 21 21 42 36 Chad Staley, Prince George 39 19 23 42 18 GOALIES GP MIN GA W-L-T AVG SV% Jeff Smith, Powell River 19 1073 36 13-4-1 2.01 .932 Olivier Mantha, Penticton 20 1148 44 13-6 2.30 .909 Hunter Miska, Penticton 21 1237 48 12-6-2 2.39 .915 Alec Dillon, Victoria 22 1308 51 16-3-2 2.34 .922 Andy Desautels, West Kelowna 34 1937 76 19-11-2 2.35 .916

CURLING - Newcomers welcome to try Tuesday and Thursday men’s 55+ curling at either the 8 or 10:30 a.m. draws. No experience or equipment is required. Leagues start Jan. 7 and run until midMarch. FLOOR HOCKEY - Floor hockey for Youth ages 7 to 12 years at Recreation Services. Supervised and all equipment provided. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 to March 11, $48. 7-9 years from 5:306:30, 10-12 years from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Register in person or online at Call Deb at 250-550-3672. SPEED SKATING - The Vernon Speed Skating Club is accepting new members. Visit www. or find them on Facebook...Vernon Speed Skating Club – The Vortex. VOLLEYBALL - Weekly drop-in volleyball sessions go Tuesdays 7:309 p.m., and Thursdays 8:15-10 p.m. at Priest Valley Gym.

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Vernon will have 10 players on the Thompson Okanagan U16 Female hockey team at the B.C. Winter Games, Feb. 20-23, in Mission. Making the 20-member team at a 45-player tryout last weekend in Vernon were, from front left, Mairyn Tucker, Emily Clarke, Samantha Head, Tylee Cooper, Juli Gilowski. Back, Molly Box, Jenna Fletcher, Makenna Southam, Andie Kaneda and Makenna Hoffman.

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It would be best to keep a low profile and work quietly until you finish what you start. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Sign up for something that you think you might enjoy. Spending time with the younger or older people in your life will help you see your situation from a different perspective. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You will face trouble at home due to stubborn or demanding people. Work on projects that can help alter areas of your life that you find difficult or stressful. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Share your thoughts and engage in functions that will bring you in contact with creative free-thinkers. It’s a good day to make unusual lifestyle changes that will improve your emotional well-being. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Prepare to make a change, but before you do, make sure you have everything in place. Preparation and execution will determine how far you will go and how successful you will be.


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points. North used Stayman, then signed off in three notrump when South denied a four-card major. Yes, five diamonds would have made, but do not go past three notrump unless you are either sure that game cannot make or contemplating a slam in your minor. South starts with eight top tricks: two spades, two hearts, three diamonds and one club. And many players, taking one look at that gorgeous diamond suit in the dummy, would win the first trick, cash the diamond ace, play another diamond ... and go down one. Is there a way to win nine tricks even if diamonds do not break 3-2? Yes, the hearts might be 3-3. South, after taking the first trick,

should lead his low heart (or cash his top hearts and, when both opponents follow suit, play a third round). The defenders take the heart trick and lead another spade, but South wins, cashes his top hearts and the diamond ace, plays another diamond, and here claims nine tricks.

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Muriel Grace Hay

Louise Ann Bennett

August 20, 1918 – January 4, 2014

(June 14, 1941 – January 1, 2014)

We regret to announce the passing of Louise Ann BenneƩ aŌer a courageous baƩle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Bob, children Doug and Don, daughters-in-law Bernice and Lisa, and her Įve grandchildren Joel, Colin, Stephanie, MaƩhew, and Emily, and in Scotland by her older brother David Tod and his children Gordon and Emma. Ann emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1964 and married Bob in 1965. AŌer the boys were born in North Vancouver she moved with her family to the Okanagan and then on to the Salmon Valley, then Armstrong and Įnally to Enderby. For twenty-seven years she provided well received meals for the residence of the Vernon Restholm who always appreciated and admired her work ethic and commitment. When she wasn͛t tending to her chickens or puƫng her loyal dogs through obedience school, she was supporƟng her husband, children and grandchildren in all their various adventures and compeƟƟons. In lieu of Ňowers, Ann would prefer a donaƟon to the Canadian Cancer Society or your local SPCA. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love͕ even to Ěeath͘ dheLJ conƟnƵe to parƟcipate in everLJ act͕ thoƵŐht anĚ Ěecision we ŵake͘ dheir love leaves an inĚeliďle iŵprint in oƵr ŵeŵories͘ te ĮnĚ coŵfort in knowinŐ that oƵr lives have ďeen enricheĚ ďLJ havinŐ shareĚ their love͘

Muriel passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014, at the age of 95 years, at her home with loving family by her side. Muriel was born in Cabri, SK, the Įrst of 15 children. Muriel moved with her family to the Grandview Flats area of Armstrong, BC at an early age. Muriel married the “love of her life”, John, in 1940. Muriel is survived by her children: Muriel (Larry) Wynn, Jack (Linda) Hay, Bob (Marlane) Hay; sonin-law: Harland Phillips; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 8 sisters and brothers; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband John; daughter Cathy; grandson Tim; great grandson Carter; and 6 of her sisters and brothers. We would like to extend a big thank you to all the medical professionals who took care of Muriel for their wonderful care and compassion. A CelebraƟon of Life will be held for Muriel at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 at AlternaƟves Chapel (2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong, BC). In lieu of Ňowers, memorial contribuƟons may be made to Stollery Children͛s Hospital FoundaƟon (8215 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8) or Canucks Place Children͛s Hospice (1690 MaƩhews Avenue Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 2T2) . Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www. MyAlternaƟ CremaƟon arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866


FRICKER, Siegfried

1927 - 2013 Siegfried Fricker passed away peacefully in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on December 20th, 2012. The Funeral Mass will be held in St. James Roman Catholic Church on Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be oīered at www.pleasantvalleyĬ.com

POW, Florence Irene (nee: Harrop)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Irene Pow, on January 1st, 2014 at Heron Grove in Vernon. Irene was born on October 22nd, 1917 in Manitoba. She aƩended school in Armstrong and was a long Ɵme resident of that community. Irene spent the maũority of her life as a farmer with her husband, Bernard, who passed away in 1975. Irene will be greatly missed by her loving sons: <en ;CherylͿ, rnest ;>indaͿ, Mark ;>ubyͿ and daughter, Carole ;JohnͿ͖ plus many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Wayne. A CelebraƟon of >ife will be held later this year in order for her many grandchildren to be able to aƩend. In lieu of Ňowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contribuƟons in memory of Irene may do so to the Heart and Stroke FoundaƟon, η4, 1551 Sutherland Avenue, <elowna, B. C. V1z 9M9. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be oīered at

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Western Equipment Ltd – leading industrial supplier in BC, is currently recruiting for a BRANCH MANAGER based out of our Vernon location. We are looking for a talented individual that possess the following skill set: • • • • • • • Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - The Morning Star A29 A29

Knowledge of industrial/MRO industry Knowledge of local Vernon and surrounding markets Manage all day-to-day aspects of running a branch Strong inventory control skills Excellent communicator Able to build and maintain customer relationships Lead by example

What we offer is an enthusiastic work environment with a solid support organization to make you successful. In addition to this, we offer a competitive salary and bonus compensation program. Please send resume and cover letter in strict confidence to: hr@western or fax to 604-574-7571

MOTEL ASST Manager Team to run small Motel in Parksville BC. Non-Smoking, no Pets, good Health, fulltime live-in position. Call 250-586-1633 or email:

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking


Required immediately experienced Class 1 US drivers only. Must have US experience. We supply assigned trucks, company phones, US Medical, all picks and drops paid. Please fax resume with current clean abstract to 250-546-0600. No phone calls please. 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.

Education/Trade Schools

Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Class 1 Drivers and Owner Operators for the Kelowna area. Applicants must have LTL & P&D driving experience and must be familiar w/the Kelowna region.

We Offer Above Average Rates! $3500 Signing Bonus for Owner Operators To join our team of professional line haul drivers email a resume and current drivers abstract to: Call 604--968-5488 Fax 604-587-9889 or contact Brandy at our Kelowna terminal for pick-up & Delivery drivers: 2610 Enterprise Way Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y5 For more info, please call, 250-860-6208 Van-Kam is committed to employment equity and environmental responsibility. We thank all applicants for your interest, previous applicants need not to apply.

THERE IS a critical need for Medical Transcriptionists across Canada. Work from home. CanScribe graduates welcome and encouraged to apply. Apply through MTR at

EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 Drivers, F/T, P/T needed for California & Arizona produce hauling, excellent pay and benefits+ safety bonus and home time. Call Jerry or Brian 1-877-539-1750.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam



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Attention Hair stylists chair rental aval, full/part time, Memphis Hair Group, call Steve @ 250-558-6565

NEED PERMANENT, Seasonal, experienced Vineyard & Farm Laborers, March 1 $10.25/hr. Email resume to:

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If you are looking for a great place to further your dental career we are looking for you. We offer a great working environment with competitive wages and benefits. An experienced dental receptionist with CDA qualifications would be preferred. Please email your resumes to Join our great team! Dr. David Regehr & Dr. Arek Siwoski

Kindale Developmental Association


Share your home and/or your time providing support to adults with disabilities in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Lumby & Lavington. Home assessments and/or training will be provided. Send Expression of Interest letter to: Attention: Home Share Coordinator Kindale Developmental Association P.O. Box 94 Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0 Fax: 250-546-3053 Email:


Routes Available Consider being an independent carrier for ARMSTRONG RT 520 - Highland Park Dr & Highland Park Cres • 40 papers • Avail. now BELLA VISTA RT 5 - 27 Ave & 41 St • 124 papers • Avail. now BX RT 105 - PV Rd & 16 St • 71 papers • Avail. now RT 108 - Cascade & Mutrie Rd • 96 papers • Avail. now COLDSTREAM RT 204 - Coldstream Cr Rd & Hillside Dr • 73 papers • Avail. now RT 216 - Giles Dr & DeJong Dr • 92 papers • Avail. now RT 220 - Lakeview Dr & College Dr • 94 papers • Avail. now

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Tsutako Sakakibara


January 8, 2011

We can no longer hold your hand and feel the warmth of your touch. But the memories of your love, kindness and beautiful spirit will be with us always. Mom we love you and miss you. Sachie & Harold, Ak & Mia, Yosh & Sharon, Taeko, Ken, Len, Tosh & Marilyn



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Part time position avail. Interior Inkjet & Toner. Village Green Centre. Ink & Toner Sales and Ink Refilling Services. Call 250-308-5903 or 250-542-6790.

Wanted: Experienced Dispatcher for local Transport Company. We require an experienced transport dispatcher immediately. MUST HAVE TRUCK MATE EXPERIENCE Must have own transportation and be reliable. Wages based on experience. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment and have excellent communication skills. ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS WITH TRUCKMATE AND DISPATCH EXPERIENCE WILL BE CONSIDERED. Applications will only be accepted by fax or e-mail no walk ins please. Please fax resume to 250-546-0600, or by e-mail to No phone calls please.

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST (Kelowna/Vernon area) If you are experienced at the front end with success as a financial or treatment case coordinator, we would like to hear from you. We are a busy dental practice looking for a self starter that pays attention to detail, has advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office) and experience with Cleardent software. As a self starter, you will be able to run the front end proficiently. Experience as a CDA or RDA would be a definite asset but not necessary. Please send your resume and cover letter to Alice Adams. Type your first and last name in the subject line of your email to: Thanks and good luck.

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email: Required Immediately, automotive painter, ICBC Accredited shop. Permanent position. $30/hour, bonus program & tool allowances. Phone Brian at Armstrong’s Collision, 250546-3300

CAN I HELP? Seniors with chores, errands, personal care bathing, whatever you require. Reasonable rates. Certified Care Aide, 24yrs exp. Eileen 250-307-1081

Professional/ Management

*1 Vernon’s own DumpRunz Fast courteous service for around 1/2 the price of the big guys. 250-307-9449 Affordable handyman services. Dump Runs, Lawn Care. Pressure Washing. Will do pretty much anything. Large or small. Kris 250-308-4100. Carpenter for hire 250-5403520

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FULL & PART TIME POSITIONS Apply in person with resume at 2601 58th Ave., Vernon 3420 Smith Dr., Armstrong

Certified Organic mixed farm, in North Okanagan with beef, sheep and dairy, hay, irrigation looking for experienced farm help. Duties in all areas of the farm. $40,000 per year. Housing available. Meat allowance. or call 250547-2382 Fax 250-547-6080.

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Relief is only a call away! Call Renee Hubert or Marie Harding Estate Administrators at 250-545-2136 to set up your FREE consultation in Vernon. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP 33 years experience. BDO Canada Limited. Trustee in Bankruptcy. 202-2706 30th Ave., Vernon , BC V1T 2B6

J&M SANDHER ORCHARD looking for farm workers. Pruning/planting/ thinning/harvesting fruit and other labour work. Up to 40hr/wk, $10.33/hr. 250-558-2988 and/or email Martin Orchard, Pruning, Thinning, Picking, seasonal work. Apr 1 to October 31. Wage rate $10.33 or piece work. 6710 Cosens Bay Rd, Coldstream, BC, V1B 1N8, or email: WANTED Truck Driver with minimum Class 3 with air. Driver’s abstract required. Contact 250-503-4960

“Let us give you something to smile about...” CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT required for a progressive, busy general practice with a great team. We require a team player with excellent communication skills, someone who can demonstrate initiative and work well within a team environment. Please forward resume to Dr. Sean Bicknell at

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Required: Care aid who must live in Vernon, work in private home, female nonsmoker need only respond. (250)5585148, Fax 250-558-5285 Senior Office Administrator Minimum of 10 years of general office practice required with experience in customer service relating to appointment setting and technician routing preferred. We offer employment in a friendly, fast paced environment with a competitive wage dependant upon qualifications and extended benefit program. Fax resume to 250-558-6133 for email Tax Preparer for Vernon office. P/T. Min 2yrs experience req. Pls forward resume to or fax to 250-549-5168

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CDA (part-time) required for the Community Dental Access Centre in Vernon. Non Profit Charity Dental Clinic. Please call 250-212-3960




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As a Commercial Transport Mechanic, you’ll enjoy competitive wages, benefits & allowances, and a safe, clean, friendly, respectful workplace. You will perform preventative maintenance & repairs on our well maintained transit bus fleet.


To apply, please e-mail or fax 250-542-4493. We are an equal opportunity employer.


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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





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.


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Trades, Technical Busy Door Company in Okanagan is seeking qualified door tech. Should be experienced in residential/commercial overhead door & automatic gate services and installation. Email or fax 250-545-2919 HIRING in Fort St John, BC. MILL ELECTRICIANS w/ experience. Wage up to $50/hr, Housing & Benefits. Shift-7days on/ 7off. Email resume: or fax 250-630-2114 Ph: 250-2634350 PART Time-Spare board drivers needed must be able to cross the border mostly weekend work w/ some shifts during week. Shift work hauling wood chips from the Okanagan to various locations in Canada and the USA. Apply on line at www. or fax resume and abstract (250) 357 2009

Psychics Gain clarity for the new year on your love, finances & career. 45 yrs exp. Call for appointment. Ana 778-930-2602

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

Kitchen Cabinets Bring your Cabinets back to life with Remedy Cabinets. Renewing and Updating with savings for 21 years. Free estimates 250-309-9673

Moving & Storage U1ST - MOVING 2 ton. Prices starting at $65/hr. Call 250859-8362. FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

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2 Bedroom From $84500 +40 Adult, Secure Building, No Pets, No Smoking, Covered Parking, Elevator. MOVE IN INCENTIVES AVAILABLE. For more information, please call

Renovated condos with private courtyard — enjoy air conditioning and large deck, located in a convenient location right in the heart of Vernon. Affordable family living. In-house manager. Ask about rental incentives. 2 bdrm … $825 per month 3 bdrm … $925 per month To view, please call:


Cats and kittens available for adoption to approved homes. Neutered, tattooed & vaccinated. Cute Terrier Cross Pup, non shedding, $200.00 Ready to go 250-547-2433 Wolf Hybrid Cubs. Available now. $1000 Sun Valley Wolf Kennels. Kelowna Go to: or Call (250)-765-4996

Merchandise for Sale

Firearms 12 Gauge Winchester shotgun, 3.5” CHAM, semi automatic, rarely fired, $200. (250)546-3418

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

Medical Supplies Furniture Emporium WANTED: Good used Medical equipment, walkers, power lift chairs, scooters and other items. Phone 250-545-0240

Misc. for Sale Birch firewood $180 cord + delivery, Fir $160 + delivery. 250-547-6747 Free Scrap Metal & Vehicle Removal. Nothing too big or too small! We buy batteries, $4. Call (250)309-6107 IPHONE CASE Brand new, never used Iphone 5 Lifeproof.Multiple colors. Asking $15.00. 250-549-1489 or text 250-3068489 for details. RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206; STEEL BUILDING. The big year end clear out! 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. WANTED: Good used furniture, beds & appliances. Phone Furniture Emporium, 250-545-0240

Misc. Wanted Coin Op Washing/Dryer machines. Any condition. Can pick up. 250-549-0644 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! Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Estates, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins, Bills etc. Confidential 250-863-3082 PURCHASING old Canadian & American coin collections & accumulations. 250-548-3670 Wanted: 3pt hitch snow blade, 8 or 9 ft. Call (250)306-3442

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

Mobile Homes & Parks 3 bdrm, mortgagable, new siding, paint & carpets, hardwood floors, appliances. Just reduced, age 55+ $25,900. #16-1600-43 Ave. Look at all offers. 250-558-1511.

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VERNON MANAGEMENT LTD. 2805 – 35TH Street, Vernon LAKEVIEW PLACE 2 bdrm, 2 bath, F&S, DW, on-site laundry, quiet & private, great views. Sorry, NS, NP. $750/mo. Available immediately. VERNON GOLF 2 bdrm, 1 bath, F&S, DW, laundry HU. Sorry, NS, NP. $700/mo. Available immediately. Great location.

250-542-5580 Columbia Apartments Available Feb. 1 st

One bedroom + den Close to downtown. Seniors building. No Pets. Non-smoking.

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1604 31st Street

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Seniors 55+ 1 & 2 bedroom Apartments Walk to downtown Covered parking From $765 per month Call Troy at 250.546-3933 or cell 250.833-9158 1bdrm apart’s close to rec centre. N/P, N/S. $700 + utils. (250)307-4948 1bdrm apt. Clean & bright, in quiet well managed adult building, bus route, heat, h/w, cable, locker/prkg. n/s n/p Starting $650. 250-550-4069 1bdrm apt. near Hospital, laundry, heat, water, F/S, parking incl. $650. NS, Pets neg, Ref’s req. (250)542-7982

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All suites include heat, hydro and hot water, F/S, W/D, AC and DW. No smoking / No pets. Lease Incentives possible for new tenants On-site Resident Manager

250-542-1701 2 BDR, 1 bath, ctrl. located, no util., small pet OK, N/S, $790. Call Vlada 250-308-8878 2BDRM, 1bath, condo, Middleton, $750/mo. Avail Immed. 250-275-3223. 2-LARGE 2bdrm apt’s. $750 & $800/mo.+hydro, prefer NO PETS (will consider small pet) Avail Now. 250-869-9788. Bachelor & 1Bdrm - Downtown near Schubert Centre, bright and clean, F/S, Heat & Hot Water incl. No pets, $500$600/mo Call 250-308-8500 Bach. suite in quiet D/T location, 35+ H/W cable incl. a/c, coin laundry, elevator, no/pets, $590 +DD. 250-549-4220 HILLSIDE TERRACE. 39th Ave, ADULT, clean & well maintained; 1 bdrm, 1 bdrm + den N/S, N/P 250-545-5773 Rickford Manor 1 & 2 bdrm suites available to mature renters. No dogs/ No smoking building close to downtown $680.00 and up. Ask about the move in incentives. 250-549- 5254 Willow Manor, 1 & 2 bdrm reno’d suites. 50+ Walk to shops $625 & up. 250-549-9177



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Large 3bdrm up, 2 down, 2bath, carport, np, $1050 +util, DD, ref’s Feb 1. 250-542-9591

5bdrm, 2bath, S.Vernon, quiet cul-de-sac, NS/NP incl, F/S, W/D $1100+util 250-307-3586. Bella Vista, 3bdrm +den, 3 bath, garage, f/s, w/d, 2 f/p, n/s,n/p. $1400.250-351-4181. Desert Cove, 2bdrm home gated community, 40+, $1200 + utilities, call 250-549-8046 Near downtown Vernon, 4 bdrm with w/d, workshop & large fenced garden, fully carpeted bsmt, pets welcome. Ref req $1200+util 250-5493324 (New) 3bdrm 2 full/bath, upper flr, Bella Vista, 1800sqft. family rm, a/c, 5appl, shared laundry, n/s, n/p, Avail. Feb 1, $1200 + half util. 250-542-9711 aft 4pm OKANAGAN LAKE, New One Level Home, 2 Bdrms plus Den, 2 full Baths, Gourmet Kitchen, Open Living Plan, Fireplace, Double Heated Garage, Private Boat Launch and many other amenities. 20 minute drive to Vernon. Available Immediately $1300 per month, plus utilities. Ask for Don 604319-3327 PREDATOR RIDGE overlooking Birdie Lake. 2 Bdrm & den, avail Feb 1st. Fully furnished. $1300/mo. All appls, o/d pool, double garage. N/P, N/S. Call: 1-(604)649-4966. Waterfront house on Tronson Rd, Vernon. 2bdrms plus a 3rd small bdrm w/stacked w/d. 2 docks, d/w ,a/c, wood burning fp. $1450 plus util 250-5456483


8’x8’ tilted snowmobile/quad trailer, new axle, tires, rims & paint $1200.obo 250-547-8733

Mobile Homes & Pads Double mobile home, 3bdrm, 2bath, 5-appl,garage, $950/mo + util + dd 250-546-0026 In Twin Firs, near Vernon, 10 minutes, Double Wide, 2 bdrm, gas heat, f/s, w/d $950. 250-503-7044 Tom

Homes for Rent

VERNON MANAGEMENT LTD. 2805 – 35TH Street, Vernon EAST HILL Very comfortable 2 bdrm bungalow, double garage + 2 bay shop, family room, huge patio, very private yard near Silver Star elementary. Sorry, NS, NP. $1200/mo. Available immediately.

COLDSTREAM 3 bdrm, 2½ bath, family home in Kinloch subdivision. Open lofted floor plan, close to lake access, main floor family room plus bonus office room. F&S, DW, W&D. Great view of lake. Small pet OK. Sorry, NS. $1550/mo. Available immediately. ALEXIS PARK 2 bdrm ½ duplex, full bsmt with 1 bdrm down. Great location close to school & town. F&S, laundry hookup. Garden area. Sorry, NS, NP. $850/mo. Available immediately.



250-309-1742 Bachelor suite, shared washrooms, some furnished with TV. $500 including utilities & cable TV.


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1500 - 1800 sq. ft. of PRIME OFFICE space in Downtown Vernon. On-site parking. Great location, newly renovated.


250-862-7785 Great location for lease. Retail/office, 1315sf, 3414 Coldstream Ave, 21 car parking, next to Teeter Totter Toy, Aval Mar 1, Call Rick250-770-0903


Rentals 2 Bdrm House fully fenced yard and separate garage. $1050.+utilities 250-938-3187 3bdrm, 1325 sq ft, 5-appl, central location, n/s, n/p, $1200.incl util. 250-558-3664 3storey Queen Ann estate house on acreage & fruit orchard. 4bdrm + den in heritage home. 1bath with tub/ shower. Appl, f/s, dw, mw, shared w/d, gas/heat & wood fp in living room, wood stove. Formal dining room & separate sunroom. Carport, 1 vehicle. Pets neg, ns. $1300 + shared util. (250)558-3664

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3 bedroom townhouse! Call Peter for details and get a break on the rent! Peter Hill 250.558.8362 3bdrm Alexis Park, W/D, Avail Immediately, $1050/mo. To view contact Ron @ 250-3089108 or 250-542-9106 3bdrm+den 1.5 bath, lrg kitchen, 5-appl, $1000. + util, n/s, n/p, Avail now. (250)558-5006


Auto Accessories/Parts FREE Removal of unwanted vehicles etc. Dead or Alive Auto Recycling. Call Leo (250)550-5245 RE-MANUFACTURED ENGINES 2 Year, 60,000 km, Warranty. 250-542-2685. WRECKING GM FWD CARS, motors from $250; trannies from $200; doors from $50. All parts on shelf. Since 1994. Armstrong. 250-546-9055.

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Trucks & Vans 2007 Dodge Dakota 4x4, Crew Cab, auto, 109K, good cond $8,900.obo 250-308-2225

1bdrm, D.T. from $450 incl.util. furniture, cable. N/P, N/S. 250-549-0644 1bdrm East Hill, shared accom w/d, $500.incl.util.cble/int, bus rte. ns/np. Now. 250-550-0219 Quiet, central, near bus, incl/int, appls, $390+util, DD required. 250-549-7418

Storage 8X8X20 New Containers Household/ Commercial rentals. $110/mo. Your place or mine. Warren 250-545-8118 Vernon. Rent, Sale or Lease.

Suites, Lower 1 bedroom basement suite downtown, $550./mo available now. (250)542-3276 2bdrm, 1bath, Reno’d Kitchen on Kal Lake Rd, close to beach, schools, small dogs ok, n/s, no/parties $900. util incl., 250-275-3188 NEW Level Entry 1 Bedroom suite. W/D, N/P, N/S. $850/month includes cable, internet, utilities. Available immediately 250-308-2757

Suites, Upper 1bdrm suite aval immed. $800 util/incl. pet friendly 7949 Old Kamloops Rd. 250-545-0733 2bdrm, Armstrong, f/s, w/d, n/s, n/p, ref’s & Deposit req’d. $800. incl util. 250-306-9909, 250-546-3383 Long term tenant vacating Lower East Hill, quiet, bright, cozy, side-by-side 2 bdrm duplex, fenced yard, deck, adult oriented, f/s,w/d, n/s, n/p, ref’s, $750. 250-938-1101 Lumby 3 bdrm, 1 bath, lrg rec room, $900. incl basic util, n/s, no dogs (250)547-8901

Townhouses 2bdrm, f/s, dw, w/d, NS, small pet ok. Alexis Park. $900/mo + util AvailJan 15.250-558-0644

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2 bdrm, large, near Fulton school, renovated, w/d hookup, neutered cat ok, no dogs, on bus route. $950 util incl. 250-542-4310 250-308-9738. 3bdrm 1 bath, lovely, no stairs, n/s, pet neg, $950. 250558-0969, 250-938-1957 3bdrm, f/s, aval Feb 1, n/s, n/p $950/mo +util, near Harwood school 250-542-8496 Large 2-bdrm upper suite in fourplex, adult oriented, close to Kin Beach, n/s, n/p, util incl $825. (250)351-4181.

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Cars - Sports & Imports 2009 Toyota Corolla S No issues, drives great. Just needed truck,2 1/2 years extended warranty through Toyota Summers and new Winter tires Hitch for a bike rack, Standard, 97,000 kms. Great reliable car.250 938 4304

Scrap Car Removal #1Summit Auto Recycling, fair value for your unwanted vehicles 250-307-8869 Midvalley Autohaul will meet or beat all competitors cash offers for your scrap vehicles. (250)808-1894 You Call We Haul Scrap Cars & Metal. Will pay for some cars. Call Scott 250-558-8855

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Why would I want to do a cleanse and what does it involve?

Cleansing is a way to rejuvenate our organs of elimination, give our digestive systems a break, and increase our health and energy. Many common health concerns, such as headaches, PMS, joint pain, IBS, and fatigue, can be lessened or even eliminated by doing a cleanse. Cleansing is usually focused on the liver, the kidneys and the gut. There are many ways of cleansing, but the most common and simple way is to eat a whole food, ‘clean’ diet for 2-3 weeks, and eliminate foods such as dairy and wheat products, red meat, alcohol, coffee and sugar. These aggravating foods are typically harder to digest, and require more processing by the liver and kidneys. By eliminating these foods for 2-3 weeks, we give our bodies a break and a chance to heal themselves. While cleansing, it’s also a good idea to take supportive supplements to further enhance liver, kidney, and digestive system function. Cleansing is typically recommended 1-2 times per year, usually in the spring and fall. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to design a cleansing program tailored especially to you and your health concerns.

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I have lots of icicles hanging from my roof and ice is building up along the bottom edge of my roof. What is this, why is it happening and what should I do?

What you have described is known as “ice damming”. This is a result of warm air entering your attic spaces, warming the underside of your roof causing the snow to melt and run down the roof. When the water reaches the bottom edge of your roof it freezes because there is no warm air in that location. Over time the ice builds up and forms a dam. The ice can actually back up under the roofing material and start to leak into the attic and roof cavity, at times find its way into the home. There are few different things that can be done to help prevent ice damming. Sealing all air leaks into the attic from the home would be a good start. The cooler you can keep your attic, the less likely the snow will be to melt. Insulating and adding weather stripping to attic hatches is a big area where home heat enters an attic. Also at the tops of the exterior walls where the roof system and the wall system join there is generally not much insulation, adding more or better insulation to this area of the attic would be a good improvement, however an air space must be present between the roof deck and the insulation to allow air flow for attic ventilation. Another improvement would be to add more venting for the attic, under the eaves of your home so that there will be a higher turn over of air in your attic helping to keep it cool and dry. This is just a few things to do that can make a big difference. For further information, give me a call or go to the CMHC website.

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Dr. PhebeJane Poole

Yes!! Life coaching can motivate you to achieve your dreams and goals, including those New Year’s Resolutions that never seem to happen! In coaching you look at where you are now and where you want to go. You identify your motivators, the core values behind your goals and any obstacles or patterns in your life that sabotage your success. Henry Ford said “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” Life and performance coaching helps you arrive at the point where you think you can. So let it help you achieve those New Year’s Resolutions!

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A collateral mortgage is a loan attached to a promissory note and backed up by the collateral security of a mortgage on a property. • Your mortgage is registered for the same or more than your property value. • Your collateral mortgage may not be released even if you pay off your mortgage. Your lender may be able to seize equity to cover other unsecured debts such as Visa cards, loans or Lines of Credits with the same lender. • Having a collateral mortgage may affect your negotiating ability with your lender at renewal; you cannot simply switch your mortgage to a new lender. You must pay legal fees to have your collateral mortgage released in order to register a new lender. This limits your choice to only your lender at time of renewal, where your existing lender may give you a less competitive interest rate. Ask your lender or your lawyer if your upcoming mortgage will be registered as a collateral mortgage. On any existing mortgages, check your legal document called a Form B. If your mortgage is a running account, you have a collateral mortgage. Your lender may have a registered charge against your title even if your mortgage was paid off. Understand the fine print when registering your next mortgage! Contact me with any questions you may have.

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4705B - 29 Street, Vernon • 250-503-8788

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What’s the new law about Common Law Marriages in BC? Recent legislation in British Columbia has codified just what a common law marriage is and what the ramifications of living in common law are.

After two years of living together, or living together and having a child, you will be treated by the law almost the same as if you were actually married. In case of a break-up, the property-sharing regime is similar in common law as in a marital relationship. Relationships may fail. To avoid any unpleasant surprises it is wise to have a cohabitation agreement early in the relationship when things start to turn ‘serious’. It can protect your assets and spells out the respective obligations of the parties. It beats having to go to court, pouring out your life story in public and having some person in a black robe make decisions for you that affect you for a life time.

Call us for a free, no-obligation appointment! 250-260-4273 Unit #1 4205 27th Street, Vernon

How does a hearing aid work and how do hearing aids perform with background noise?

The microphone in the aid picks up the sound in the environment and changes it to electrical energy that goes to a set of amplifiers and other modifying and adjusting circuits. The modified electrical signal is then sent to a miniature speaker (called a receiver) and delivered to the ear. The newest aids are smart enough to amplify certain sounds or frequencies that are tailored to each hearing loss. Engineers and scientists are designing components to deliver sound to the ear that replaces lost or distorted cues which contribute to the understanding of speech. Changes in directionality of microphones, the nature of the amplifier and fidelity of the sound in noise remain the main focus of most research. Background noise is present in everyone’s life. Having said that, even with normal hearing, separating speech from excessive background noise can be challenging. For people with normal hearing, the brain unconsciously filters out most background noise. With prolonged and severe hearing loss, the brain becomes lazy in this process because all sounds are reduced or inaudible and the ability to filter out noise diminishes. When an individual begins using the hearing aid all sounds are once again heard and it is necessary to retrain the brain in selective listening skills. It is critical that the hearing aid user participate in follow-up and counseling sessions during this period of adjustment. Once the aural rehabilitation is underway, most clients are once again able to filter out the majority of disturbing background noise.


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Research shows that there are numerous benefits to using vibrating platforms. The Mayo Clinic’s web site states that it “can offer some fitness and health benefits, but it’s not clear if it’s as good for you as regular exercise.” In addition, it reduces back pain, and bone loss in older adults. As an anecdote, one of my clients had suffered from whiplash and I included sessions on the vibrating platform within his Personal Training, and he was amazed that he healed far faster than when he didn’t include it. It helped not only reduce his whiplash pain, but his accompanying headaches all but disappeared! You can give the vibrating platform a try for free during Trim ‘n Fit’s “5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION” on Saturday, January 18, from 10:00 – 2:00.

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Is acupuncture a medical practice unique to the Chinese?

According to a growing body of scientific evidence, acupuncture was practiced not only in China and Japan but may also have been employed among various European and North American indigenous peoples*. For Aboriginal communities acupuncture was an oral tradition* whereas the Chinese and Japanese created written documents of their medical discoveries and practices. The European and Siberian “Iceman” forensics revealed that ash injected under the skin, perhaps along meridian lines (energy pathways) created permanent tattoos thus constantly enhancing their sensitivity to the environment, hence their survival, and resolving problems of illness*. Much like Oriental moxibustion, (burning mugwort on the needles for various healing effects) American indigenous healers inserted hot thorns*. Throughout the world, healers found that life energy blockages were signs of diseases and could be treated and balanced by acupuncture point formulas, thus relieving this congestion. Acupuncture restores life force through engaging the powerful creative pulse of the energy of meridians. * See Kenneth Cohen’s Honoring The Medicine The Essential Guide To Native American Healing. (p 225-226)

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