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convinced the SOCC shuttle is the best way to tackle it. “My concern is that the destination seems to be Osoyoos, and Penticton is This summer, you may be able to hop a just in the middle somewhere,” said Litke. shuttle bus and travel anywhere from Osoyoos “I am worried it will encourage people from to Kelowna, if the South Okanagan Chamber the South Okanagan, like Osoyoos, to even of Commerce’s plans work out. more travel out of the Kelowna Inspired by shuttle services airport.” in Mexico and elsewhere that Bringing people in is good, connect airports with hotels and said Andre Martin, president of tourist destinations, the SOCC Penticton & Wine Country Certainly we the has issued a request for proposals Chamber of Commerce, though looking for a company to take on don’t want to he is also concerned the traffic operating a similar service. may be between the two end“I work in Penticton and live in short change points. Osoyoos. I have flown a couple of the Penticton “Certainly, we don’t want to times in the last month and I have shortchange the Penticton Airport had to go up and pay some pretty airport in this in this whole deal. All visitors big dollars to park at the (Kelowto the valley is good, we whole deal. coming na) airport,” said Myers Bennett, are all for that,” said Martin. president of the SOCC. Linttell said there is no desire — Andre Martin A shuttle bus, he continued, to rob Penticton of traffic, but would solve that problem and be there are many people wanting to more convenient for travellers flying out of access Kelowna. Penticton or Kelowna airports. “It has a broader number of services, in“Or vice versa, bringing some tourists in cluding the international airport access,” said that want to go do wine tours. They fly into Linttell. “At the same time, there is a tourism Kelowna and there is no way to get into the interest in that the Kelowna airport has been South Okanagan,” said Bennett. successful in getting direct flights in to Los Robert Linttell, the former transportation Angeles and there is an initiative being created chair with the SOCC, said the project grew out to draw people from that area in terms of tourof a long-standing concern in the South Okan- ism to come to the South Okanagan.” agan that other than personal vehicles, there Litke said there may be benefits, but he was no convenient way to get to Kelowna. wants to hear more and invited the group to B.C. Transit and Greyhound services, he make a presentation to city council March 17. explained are too infrequent for people want“I am just not convinced the benefits will ing to access services: health care, grocery outweigh the negatives,” said Litke. shopping, tourism interests, or getting to air“They are also looking for some funding ports. and the way it sounds right now, council would “Over a long period of time, it has simply be reluctant to fund this unless we could see become an issue that was felt had to be ad- some clear benefits.” dressed,” said Linttell. The SOCC request for proposals closes on Penticton Mayor Garry Litke supports the April 15, with an announcement of the propoconcept of a regional transit plan, but isn’t nent expected on April 30. Steve Kidd

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Local liquor retailer OK with new rules Steve Kidd

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It seems the province was listening to presentations made during the liquor review process. Next year, shoppers in B.C. might be able to pick up a case of beer along with their groceries, thanks to planned changes to the province’s liquor policy announced last week. And, satisfying at least some of the requests from the existing private liquor stores, the one-kilometre zone around existing liquor stores is to be maintained, preventing small stores from being overshadowed by larger grocery stores. “During the B.C. Liquor Policy Review consultations, I heard that consumers want convenience and choice and the industry wants government to be flexible and promote an open, fair market - these changes address both of those calls,” said John Yap, parliamentary secretary for liquor policy reform in a press release. According to the announcement, more work is needed to clearly define what qualifies as a grocery store but convenience stores will not be included and the current moratorium on the number of private liquor stores licences will remain in place. Under one part of the model set out, qualifying grocery stores able to obtain a private liquor licence, either transferred into or sold to the store, will be able to develop a “store within a store” with a separate checkout to sell liquor products. A second model will be flexible to accommodate Vintners Quality Alliance licences, as well as a limited number of new licences that sell VQA wine in grocery stores.

Under this model, VQA wine will be allowed to be sold off designated shelves within the store, and purchased at designated checkout tills. Jeff Leonard, of the Government Street Liquor Store and Wine Shoppe, said the new rules shouldn’t hurt business at existing private liquor store, though he is waiting to see what the new regulations look like when the legislation is introduced. “Until all the rules are laid out and it is finalized, it is still up in the air. I am absolutely happy they are keeping the one-kilometre zone in there,” said Leonard, who is concerned that though the regulation has been extended to include government liquor stores, VQA wine stores were not mentioned. “I have been assured that was an oversight on their part, but we are still waiting for them to make it official. That could potentially affect my store,” said Leonard. As it stands now, he explained, the Penticton IGA across from his store could get a VQA license and start selling wine. “That would be my only concern I need some clarification on,” said Leonard. The recently inked trade deal with South Korea could also impact the marketing and sale of Canadian wines. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement lifts a 15 per cent tariff on wine. South Korea is currently Canada’s fifth largest wine export market by value, account for exports of 37,000 litres last year, valued at $2.2 million. Tariffs on icewines, which represent 96 per cent of that total, will be eliminated immediately the deal is ratified. All import tariffs on other wines will be eliminated over a three-year period. Over all, South Korea will remove duties

John Vasslaki, owner of last Call liquor Mart, pours some ice in his beer cooler bins. Proposed changes to B.C. liquor policy allowing grocery stores to carry alcohol, also protect small retailers like him by retaining the one-kilometre exclusion zone.

on 98.2 per cent of its tariffs covering virtually all of Canada’s imports under the CKFTA. Jacquie Carlson, general manager of Poplar Grove and vice-chair of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, said small and medium-size wineries like theirs should benefit from the agreement. “We are definitely starting to look at marketing our wines to Asia,” said Carlson, adding that they have already sent wine to China and Japan and had interest from export companies to the Philippines and Taiwan.

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“It is definitely something that most wineries are considering. If it means it is easier, it will be something we will consider as will,” said Carlson, explaining that what they have found is that Asian markets are looking for niche wineries. “This markets the people that are catering to in those Asian countries are looking for luxury brand items and for high-quality wines. “So I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be a benefit to us.”

Backyard chickens back on city council’s platter Steve Kidd

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Backyard hens are back on the table for Penticton City Council. The idea was nixed last year in a tie vote, but Coun. Judy Sentes said interest in the idea of keeping egg-laying hens in urban backyards hasn’t dropped off, and she wants council to revisit the idea. In January 2013, council directed city staff to begin the process of setting up a trial program that would allow participants to keep up to five hens in the backyards of urban sized lots. Months of planning, however, fizzled away last May when council nixed the plan in a 3-3 tie vote. Council also heard from two

ardent supporters of the urban hen concept, Aaron Quast and Lana Barr, who jumped the gun last year and didn’t wait for official approval before starting their own pilot project. They’ve been operating an illegal chicken coop since early in 2013, accruing a number of $100 fines along the way. Quast told council that once neighbours get used to the advantages of chickens, prejudices would evaporate, and pointed out that beyond the basic health benefits of fresh eggs, there were other advantages including disposing of kitchen waste. Their manure, unlike dog and cat droppings, can be mixed with

garden waste and composted to create high quality fertilizer. Coun. Helena Konanz remained opposed to even reconsidering the idea, saying the hens might attract predators like coyotes or vermin. “I think we have had a lot of animal issues lately in this city and this is one more,” she said. “I have had a lot of calls lately from people lately that are having trouble with rats in their yards. “I think this is something that might exacerbate that problem. “I think we don’t need to have those hens inside city limits or on lots that are very small in city limits.” Sentes said the city already had

bylaws in place to cover any misuse or other concerns and the original pilot project specified a maximum of five hens and no roosters. Coun. Wes Hopkin, however, was more concerned with why Quast and Barr had started before the project was okayed, concerned that if council did okay it, others might not follow the rules of the pilot project. “The reason we went ahead, we didn’t have chickens before we applied for the pilot project,” said Quast. “The reason we went ahead is there is a small buying window for chicks. “You can buy full size chickens year round, but we wanted to

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raise them from a chick. “We would have missed that window and would have literally been sitting without chickens for most of that pilot project term. “Once we had them and things went sideways, it was tough to get rid of them. “It is not something we would normally do.” Quast and Barr are appealing their fines, with an adjudication session to take place this week, but promised to honour whatever decision was made. After a six-one vote, with only Konanz opposing Sentes’ motion, council will be reconsidering the backyard hen pilot project at their Mar. 17 regular meeting.

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Recycling rethink urged nesses will be hit with new costs, but said locals have largely been quiet on the issue. An alliance of business groups opposed to Businesses with annual revenue under $1 million the new Multi Material BC recycling system are or generate under one tonne of packaging material demanding the province halt the planned May 19 yearly are excluded from the fees, as are those that launch and go back to the drawing board. operate from a single location. MMBC, an industry stewardship But Martin said businesses group, is poised to take responsibilthat do mass mail-outs, like credit ity for curbside blue box collection unions, could be hit with fees, as – with more containers and material could farmers who package their types collected than before – while products in boxes. charging businesses for recycling of “Whether they pay it or it comes packaging and paper they generate. from their supplier, the cost will But it’s in a bitter fight with small get passed down the line,” Martin business groups that complain they warned. will pay punishingly high fees. He acknowledged the principal The battle took a new turn Monbehind MMBC is good, “but how to day, when the Canadian Federation get it paid for, I guess, is the question.” of Independent Business and eight Newspapers are also grappling other associations launched the ReAndre Martin thinkItBC campaign in newspapers with that question. and online to amplify the pressure on Canadian Newspaper Association Victoria. chairman Peter Kvarnstrom warned the new system CFIB provincial affairs director Mike Klassen will be “catastrophic” to B.C. newspapers, resulting predicted job losses and some business closures as a in job losses and reduced service to communities result of the MMBC regulations and fees. Member papers could face a $14-million-a-year Both the City of Penticton and Regional District bite out of their operations because of the 20 cents of Okanagan-Similkameen have accepted incenper kilogram they will pay on newsprint, a high tives from MMBC that will see existing recycling proportion of which is already recycled in B.C. programs continued through 2016 with the current through blue boxes. contractors. Kvarnstrom said newspapers are considering However, it’s still unclear how many businesses options to create their own newsprint collection in the South Okanagan will be impacted by the system — a move that could also deprive MMBC MMBC fees. of newsprint revenue and undermine its viability. Andre Martin, president of the Penticton and Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said he understands Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, noted the the concerns of the business groups, but urged them B.C. government has estimated up to 3,000 busito continue negotiating with MMBC. Western News Staff

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A group of parents fighting to boost enrolment at Naramata Elementary School has been denied its request for a larger territory from which to draw students. The board of the Okanagan Skaha School District at its meeting Monday received a letter from the school’s parent advisory committee, which asked for “serious consideration” of an expanded catchment area. As of Feb. 28, the school was operating at just 40 per cent of capacity with 64 students. However, school board chairman Bruce Johnson said parents are already free to send their kids to whichever schools they like, so an increased catchment area for Naramata wouldn’t necessarily remedy the situation. “It’s not like the old days where you could say: ‘Thou shalt go this school because you live on this street,’” said Johnson. “Nowadays, there’s a lot more choice and flexibility for parents, for families to apply for a transfer to whichever school they want, regardless of where they live. “We’re in full support of a vibrant Naramata school. However, it’s not something you can mandate to people.” Naramata PAC president Deb Lin-

ton told the board she understood its logic, but said expanding the catchment area would require parents who don’t want to send their kids to the school to attend at least once to sign transfer papers. “They would at least have to go visit the school and see what a fantastic place it is,” Linton explained. Superintendent Wendy Hyer said that would cause unnecessary turmoil for parents of kids who get caught up in the shuffle. “I don’t think it’s worth upsetting our parents at the other schools,” said Hyer. “I do think that it’s a worthwhile question when there’s another subdivision or development that goes in. That’s a much more appropriate time to look at those boundaries,” she added, alluding to a proposed 1,000-unit residential development in the Spiller Road area at the northeastern edge of Penticton. The closest school to Spiller Road is Uplands Elementary, which was at 87 per cent of capacity as of Feb. 28. Trustees also heard at Monday’s meeting there is no minimum studentpopulation threshold that would trigger discussion of the closure of Naramata Elementary School, and Johnson said he hasn’t heard of any plans to explore the topic. “Not at this time, and none that I’ve heard of,” he said.


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Sentencing delays prolong nightmare for victim Kristi Patton

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Helpless is how one mother feels after delays in sentencing the man who was convicted of exposing himself to her son. The woman, whose name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of the children who were victimized by Roy Charles O’Donaghey, said the whole ordeal has been going on for three years because of delays. “I am tired of him being here in my face and my son being scared … I have had sleepless nights with my son crying as he does not understand how someone could get away with this,” said the mother. “I have gone shopping and had my son run to me thinking he has seen O’Donaghey in the store. It affects him every day. Three years is way too long for a system that we are supposed to trust and follow.”

Hello spring, goodbye winter Kristi Patton

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Spring has officially sprung in the South Okanagan, with different towns taking the title of Canada’s hot spot earlier this week. “It is the season where I say we have seen our last snow but we still could get something overnight or on a cooler day, but anything that will stick to the ground is done,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist. “We could still see small hail or snow, but it won’t last.” On Sunday, plenty of people took advantage of a beautiful day and rightly so with the temperature rising to 17.3 C. This narrowly beat the previous record for that day set in 2005 of 17.2 C for Penticton. That was followed by Osoyoos earning the hot spot in Canada with a temperature of 14.8 C on Monday. During those same days the coldest spots in Canada ranged from -41.5 C to -44.2 C in Nunavut. Environment Cana-

da is forecasting much of the same mild temperatures throughout the week in Penticton ranging from highs of 12 C to 14 C and mostly sunny but with a mix of cloud over the weekend. “There is a few other systems coming of instability in atmosphere and I wouldn’t be surprised if the forecast turns out to be a little different than we predict right now. I bet there will be a couple days in the mid-teens then cooler days back to 10 or 12 C. Spring is an up and down season,” said Lundquist. The meteorologist said while for the most part this week will be sunny with cloudy periods, the higher terrain could see what they call snow pellets, not quite snow and not quite rain, but from Kelowna to Osoyoos he said it should be dry with a possibility of light showers late Thursday night or on Friday. “That is mostly in that higher terrain, in town we would be lucky if it is spitting and lasting a short while,” said Lundquist.

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While the graphic details brought forward in the trial where the Keremeos man was found guilty of two counts of exposing his genitals to minors left many in the gallery noticeably uncomfortable, O’Donaghey claimed his penis had been accidentally exposed. The man said he pulled the leg of his shorts to the side to allow his dog to lick his genitals in an attempt to clean boils located in his groin area. Crown counsel argued O’Donaghey had “sexualized conversations” with both of the youths and one of them was exposed to O’Donaghey’s penis when he placed it on the back of his truck tailgate and told the youth to use it as target practice with a pellet gun. Defence counsel suggested the two exposure charges be dismissed because they were childish games of dare and were not for a sexual purpose. Instead, Judge Gregory Koturbash sided with Crown counsel Catherine Crockett that O’Donaghey’s statements to

the RCMP about giving in to certain urges he had, telling one of the victims to not tell their parents and the fact he showed remorse to the point of wanting to apologize to the youths showed the acts were sexually motivated and not innocent exposures. The mother of one of the victims of O’Donaghey’s exposure said the past three years have been a nightmare for the families involved because the man still drives the streets of Keremeos. “I have kept my mouth shut and followed the court system,” she said. “My son has no peace neither does the other victim. They still wait and both have long since lost their faith in the court system.” O’Donaghey was most recently scheduled to be sentenced on Feb 12 but during his appearance the court heard the psychiatric portion of his assessment had not been completed. He is now scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

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Misdiagnosing Mother Nature Nature deficit disorder is a term that is gaining traction, especially among nature enthusiasts and environmental activists such as David Suzuki. Author Richard Louv coined the term in a book entitled Last Child in the Woods. The book claims to explore the direct link between the absence of nature in children’s lives to rising rates of obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Unfortunately, all of the links are based on correlations and not direct links. The scientific evidence regarding the development of childhood obesity, summarized by a team led by Georgia Papoutsi, published in the Journal of Economic Surveys in 2012, points to a myriad of factors, from an increase in the consumption of soft-drinks, busing students to school, a decline in physical activity, socio-economic status and a host of other factors. Likewise with the cause of attention disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. According to a 2013 review led by Anita Thapar published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, a myriad of factors can potentially lead to the development of attention disorders, both genetic and non-genetic, none involved the lack of communing with nature. Nonetheless, being out in nature has many benefits. For example, a 2006 study by Kuo and Taylor, published in the American Journal of Public Health found that subjects with attention disorders showed fewer symptoms of the disorder after PENTICTON spending time inWESTERN nature. This shouldn’t be a surprise as most people will say communing with nature has a calming effect. Mother Nature does not have the ability to prevent obesity, depression or attention disorders, she can only attenuate the symptoms, and that, she does very well.

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Forget the issues, pass the muffins Proceedings here at the B.C. legislature were briefly thrust into the spotlight last week, firing up the radio talk shows and twitter feeds. No, it wasn’t the B.C. Liberal government forcing through legislation to allow industrial “research” for things like pipeline routes in provincial parks, or the debate on sanctioned wolf and grizzly kills. It wasn’t the teacher strike vote, as the scripted motions of that ritual combat are well known to weary parents. It was muffins. More specifically, “free” muffins in a newly relocated and equipped MLA lounge, and a rack installed to hold the said muffins at a cost of $733. This was portrayed as part of a spending spree by Richmond East MLA Linda Reid, elected Speaker last summer. In fact it’s just the latest phase of a strikingly expensive refit to provide wheelchair access, which Reid has championed.

The new MLA lounge replaces a seldom-used one at the top of steep stairs high in the 1898 stone structure. The new lounge is served by a ramp near the chamber exit to another under-used room in the library, and equipped with bigscreen TVs to follow proceedings, similar to those installed in the legislature chamber last year. Everything done here is expensive, from matching ornate woodwork to upgrading ancient plumbing and wiring. But the public, conditioned by media to expect corruption and scandal, would rather be outraged about free muffins. Prior to this, MLAs had to troop down to the basement dining room to put muffins and coffee on their expense accounts, or have an assistant fetch them. The outraged talk shows didn’t mention that. There are access issues in the dining

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B.C. Views room too, a fact more difficult to ignore with Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Paralympian Michelle Stilwell and former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan now elected to serve using their wheelchairs. A costly new outside access ramp assisted Kenny Michell, who visited last week to tell his harrowing story of the Burns Lake sawmill explosion that nearly burned him to death in 2012 and left him in a wheelchair. The NDP brought a delegation of survivors

and family members of the dead from sawdust explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George. They supported the opposition’s demand for an independent inquiry, although their own demands ranged from counselling for long-suffering wives to seeing someone punished for alleged negligence. The scandal pushed in this tragic story is that some evidence was not protected by WorkSafeBC and wouldn’t have been admissible in court. Prosecutors also said they had enough evidence for charges, but the companies or executives would be able to show “due diligence” that would likely result in acquittal. What that means in English is that the explosion risk of extra-dry dust and air wasn’t fully grasped by either mill operators or WorkSafeBC. All B.C. mills are now subject to more scrutiny, and a coroner’s inquest will be calling

witnesses this fall to see what lessons can be learned. Back to pipelines through parks. This may seem like a scandal to urban B.C. residents who already fret about the possibility of the 60-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline, or one of several proposed gas pipelines, intruding on a park. It’s not as well known that Trans Mountain completed a major twinning and upgrading project on the Alberta side in 2008. It crosses Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park, without incident or scandal to date. But back to muffingate, as it’s become known around here. I don’t know why people are so cynical and uninterested in serious issues. I wish I did. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca.


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“I���m gay.” Your son, your brother, your uncle, your father. What do you say back? How can you support them now that they have trusted you? What if a family member says they are a lesbian, transgendered, or not sure of their sexual orientation? Are you uncertain what they mean? A new branch of PFLAG Canada is here to help. PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is an organization that offers support for parents and family of LGBTQ persons. PFLAG Canada no longer uses the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays title, we hope to act, and to be seen by the community, as an inclusive organization, there for anyone or any organization affected by the issues facing the LGBTQ community. Three local individuals have gathered to sponsor this organization. Wilma Perry, a retired psychiatric nurse, has seen firsthand the damage that rejection and persecution cause LGBTQ individuals, whether they are in or out. Brenda Kroschinsky, a retired family life educator in SD 67, has, for years, provided accurate, supportive information about human sexuality to youth in our schools. Ron Smuin, a retired teacher, found his attitudes changing radically when his younger brother Gerry came out to the family in the early 1980s. For information about PFLAG, check the web at www.pflagcanada.ca, or call Ron at 250-493-5530. Parents, family, friends and members of the LGBTQ community are welcome. Ron Smuin Penticton

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March will be a busy month for the Penticton & District Stamp Club. Besides our regular meeting, we are also hosting the Valley wide OMPA (Okanagan Mainline Philatelic Association) meeting on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is open to the public. During the last two months we have received quite a few stamp-related material donations that will benefit our club’s charities. We thank all those who make these contributions. One of the donations came to us because the donor had requested in his will that his entire stamp collection be donated to our club and that monies derived through auction go towards the Penticton hospital. Most of you have seen our ability to do just that recently. We look forward to receiving further donations which can be left at 2600 Cornwall Dr, Penticton or by calling Gus at 250-492-3875 or e-mail: gboersma@telus. net It is at this time of the year that we offer new members a chance to belong to our club for only $5 until the beginning of September when the new stamp club year starts. Come and see what we are doing and enjoy an afternoon with stamp club members. See you at one of our meetings. Gus Boersma, President Penticton & District Stamp Club

Lampooning Harper is boring

How tiresome and boring it is to open the editorial page to a lampoon of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Feb. 28 depiction of him riding a wrecking ball against a wall labeled “en-

vironment” wasn’t nasty enough so let’s spice it up and depict him nude. All I can say is how tedious and boring. When your cartoonist runs out of ideas, no problem. He just goes to his trash can of thought he calls a brain and thinks to himself, I don’t know what to do today. Let’s take a kick at Harper, that is always sure to entertain half our readership. Oh and let’s spice it up a bit. We’ll get more of a laugh if he is nude and kicking one of our favourite pet subjects, the environment. Why not look for a conservative editorial cartoonist? No wonder daily and weekly publications have trouble gaining readership. You alienate anyone who disagrees with your liberal (small L) bias. Jack McNeil Summerland

Access Society offers thanks

The Access Society would like to thank all those who helped make the Jazzy Night fundraiser a success. We’d like to thank the Thursday Night Jazz Band for their great music, Mandy, Chris and staff at the Barking Parrot, the Ramada Inn and Suites and BC Wine Information Centre for contributing to the raffle prize and Prospera Credit Union for selling tickets. Thanks as well to those who contributed by attending the event, and our volunteers, who help to make everything we do possible. We would also like to thank Shoppers Drug Mart for their contribution of nearly $2,500 from their Tree of Life event. We are very grateful to Shoppers, as well as London Drugs, Riverside Pharmasave, Chatters, Dr. R. Bentham and Dr. J. Neufeld who donate toiletries throughout the year to our free shelf at the centre. With the help of our volunteers and donors, we have been able to provide assistance over 10,000 times in the past year. Aside from our free shelf, we provide assistance with legal issues, disability applications, taxes, and information about resources in the area. Thank you, to a caring community. Elmie Saaltink Chair, Access Society

Harper bashing deserved

Have you noticed all the letters to the editor castigating Harper and the members of the Conservative government? Nearly every paper has someone taking them to task over one issue or another. With the single exception of Paul Crossley, who else here voted for the Conservatives in the last two elections? There must be somebody, because our district voted in our present Conservative MP. Perhaps they have finally realized the gullibility of their decision. Can’t think of a single good thing to say about our fearless leader? Frank Martens Summerland

Leave casinos alone

So they are after the casinos again and are crying about people who gamble Let me see, they have a person in every casino in B.C. being paid $45 per hour to tell you gambling is bad for you. They say they are helping you by signing a piece of paper telling you to keep out and giving you some papers to make you feel better. I wonder what happened to

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common sense that you should stay out if you can’t afford to be there. You are a big kid now or does someone really have to tell you to stay out? Now where is the person in the liquor stores telling you not to drink and drive? Where is the person that tells you not to smoke? Where is the person that tells you not to buy lottery tickets? Where are all the pamphlets to warn people of all these evils? So how many gamblers, smokers or lottery ticket buyers have gotten into their cars and smashed their cars up and killed five people? None. It is always the drunks and yet nobody is in the liquor store talking about the evils of drinking and driving. I think if anything they should have people in liquor stores and put pamphlets in their purchases. Why do they always pick on the casinos and yet ignore the rest of the problems. Especially drunk driving. Doris de Grood Penticton

Arts community real winner

I was both surprised and tickled pink, yes, I am sure I blushed and had a hard time believing the call of my name, as everyone in that category of supporter should have been the winner at the inaugural Arts Award Showcase held in the historic Shatford Centre. All who either go to visual or performing arts events or support financially the arts are truly a supporter. The audience from the very young to the greying heads, were, like myself, awed at all the categories and scope of each. These were so ably expanded upon by the gracious, humorous and loquacious Bob Nicholson, master of ceremony. A large thank you must go to Lynn Allin, administrator of the Penticton and District Arts Council, her staff and the board of directors for getting this show on the road. Now that takes organization! To see in one room so many people, only a few it seemed whom you knew, getting to know and appreciate what each other do, that was the real winner. Congratulations Arts Council and sincere appreciation for what you did. It was a triumph for all, and fun. We have and we need the arts in our lives. Donna Schellenberg Penticton

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paid staff member but when funding fell short she continued to do the job which has become so important to her and the people whose lives she helps improve. While her position ended as a result of the lack of money, Shea and others are doing their best to keep Martin House alive. To that end, Thursday evening the Martin House Mad Hatter Bash dress-up fundraiser will take place at the Best Damn Sports Bar at 260 Martin St. “We don’t get any government support and we help about 1,800 young people (16-30 years old) and these are the kind of things we have to do to keep this very necessary program running,” said society branch president Sharon Evans. “The Mad Hatter Bash seems like a really fun event and small amounts (donations) gratefully accepted, large amounts really gratefully accepted.”

Martin House programs are aimed at people at an age when many forms of mental illness begin to manifest. “It is very crucial to help then because many times people don’t get intervention until they’re older and unfortunately that can be too late,” said Shea. “To me it doesn’t matter what the problem is. They will tell me they have this or that and I tell them, ‘I don’t remember what your diagnosis is because I don’t care.’ “You have to listen to them, to who they are as a person and work with them. “Everyone wants to be out in society and have a very fulfilling life.” Whether it is finishing high school, beginning college, finding a job or just learning the basic life skills, she allows each to progress at their own pace. Other activities involve socialization with various events such as

movies and recreational pursuits. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness is still very prevalent but Shea and Evans hope events like Thursday’s Bash can help end that. “Yes, it is about raising money but it’s also about raising awareness and understanding. Knowledge is power, the more people understand about mental illness, the less stigma they will place on people who have it,” said Shea. “We look at somebody with cancer and we have so much compassion and empathy, however, many still look at somebody with mental illness and think ‘what’s wrong with them?’” Tickets are $20, which includes a burger, fries, a beverage and door prize entry. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 draw and prizes. There will be prizes as well for best costume. Action gets underway at 6 p.m.


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Despite owing a yoga studio, Wendy Goudie admits she isn’t the most flexible inductee into the Top 40 under 40. “Probably not,” she said, pointing instead to friend and fellow instructor Raina Dawn Lutz, who was featured in Week 17. “But I’m stronger than her,” Goudie added with a laugh. She’s the owner of the Get Bent Yoga, Dance and Wellness Centre, which she created in 2003 after moving to Penticton from Calgary. The business began with Goudie alone teaching yoga and belly dancing classes, but has since expanded to include 22 instructors, both paid and volunteer, whose expertise covers things like nutrition and the arts. Up to 300 people visit the studio at the Cannery Trade Centre each week. Many of the programs are aimed at building healthy kids. “I’m deeply passionate about giving youth the tools and the confidence to get through high school without drugs and alcohol and early sexual behaviour, and I think belly dancing is a really good vehicle for that,” said Goudie. She’s working hard to remake belly dancing’s image to ensure it remains a good activity for youth. “The art form itself is leaning at times towards really sexual objectification and it has a sketchy history, and Get Bent is a leader in the belly dancing community to change it and make it more family friendly and appropriate so it’s only about the technical merit and the athleticism and the art,” Goudie explained. Get Bent has also spun off a non-profit society that offers a handful of programs to help build self-esteem in youth, provide scholarships for arts and sports activities, and put on touring cultural performances. Goudie, 36, enjoys helping adults maintain their bodies, too. “I get a lot of reward out of the seniors, like an 85-year-old coming in and saying, ‘I put my shoes on by myself today,’ or someone who gets to golf 18 holes and says, ‘I got to work the next day and my back didn’t hurt.” Besides running the studio, Goudie also operates the annual B.C. Yoga Conference and is involved with the Penmar Community Arts Society and OneWorld Penticton multicultural festival. Penticton, she added, is filled with many health-conscious and artistic people who have allowed her and Get Bent to flourish. “It’s very much a city, but it’s just removed enough that everybody isn’t sucked into that consumerism and that image of keeping up

Wendy Goudie strikes a pose in front of a mirror at her Get Bent yoga, dance and Wellness Centre, a primary focus of which is building healthy, confident kids.

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with everybody,” she said. Kerri Milton, the executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association, met Goudie when she signed up for a belly dancing class nine years ago, and said her teacher’s zest for life is contagious. “Wendy has an enthusiasm and energy that can’t be matched by anyone else I know,” said Milton, who still takes classes with Goudie and was the Top 40 inductee in Week 5. “When she’s teaching, if she notices

someone seems a little off in class, she has this great way of just kind of sidling up beside them and being like, ‘Are you OK?’ She has a very good sense for those types of things.” Goudie, who lives with her husband, John, and one-year-old daughter, Cheysa, said she draws energy from keeping busy. “Some people get more energy from doing things, and some people get revitalized from being still and quiet; being still and quiet really drains me, so I get more energy from being

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14 at the Dream Café. It took Arruda, Woodward and McMahon over 30 years to find each other, but only one month to realize they were meant to join their voices as one. In May 2012, the three men set out on tour to promote their respective solo efforts. Over wine, campfires and nights in cheap hotel rooms and woodland cabins on a tour much like this one, an unshakeable bond began to form. They shared stories of their lives, successes and failures in the music industry and, ultimately, their dreams of what they hope to accomplish as artists. Three big voices began to support each other during shows, and at the tour’s conclusion, they had a setlist worth of material. See FREEDOM on p. 11


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Dubbed Captain Clutch by Penticton Vees broadcaster Fraser Rodgers, Brad McClure continued to deliver for the Vees as they swept the Merritt Centennials in the BCHL’s opening round. In Game 3 on Friday at the Nicola Valley Arena, McClure ended the 4-4 deadlock by beating Centennials goalie Devin Kero midway through overtime. He was at it again after the Vees tied Game 4 at 3-3. McClure setup defenceman Brett Beauvais for the game-winner and what the defenceman said ranks as one of his biggest goals of his junior career. The assist gave McClure two for the series and six goals. Beauvais said McClure is a great leader. “He showed that all year. We have had a lot of guys step up in our lineup. We know that Brad is going to bring it every night,” said Beauvais. “He’s definitely a good role model for a lot of the younger guys.” Vees coach Fred Harbinson said with that play to Beauvais, McClure has lived up to his nickname. “He’s been a clutch player all year, but especially in the last month,” said Harbinson. Following Game 2 in which he scored twice, while assisting on two others in a 6-3 win, McClure said his play is a result of the time of year. “I’m a 20-year-old, last opportunity to try and win something,” said McClure. “Every game is special to me. I consider that before every game.” What impressed McClure about the series win over the Centennials was the performances of the veteran players. He praised Cody DePourcq, Chris Rygus, Patrick Sexton and Travis Blanleil. “Those guys deserve a lot more credit than they get,” he said. To take Game 4, the Vees had to erase the Centennials’ third one-goal lead of the game. That happened with Jack Ramsey’s equalizer with six minutes remaining. Beauvais’ winner came 3:19 later. “It was a great feeling,” said Beauvais of his series-clinching

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goal. “Going into Merritt, a pretty hostile environment. It was really nice to get that.” Beauvais said the deciding game was competitive as the Centennials fought for their season. The Centennials threw everything they had at the Vees. “We really proved to ourselves that we could shut a team down,” said Beauvais. “It was really intense. We play our best hockey in those situations.” Harbinson described that final game as frantic, but he didn’t see panic in his group and their depth came through. “There’s no room to make plays in there,” he said. Harbinson said Ramsey’s equalizer was huge, while “a great play with Beauvais jumping into the rush to win the game.” “Same situation from a day earlier with (Paul) Stoykewych jumping into the play,” continued Harbinson. “Our guys competed extremely hard. It was nice to get the sweep.” Centennials coach Luke Pierce said the Vees had a couple of lines that defended well and the whole team bought into

a style hard to play against. “They backcheck hard and don’t give you a lot of time and space with the puck,” said Pierce to the Merritt Herald. “What we lacked against Penticton was a real shutdown line that we could match up against their best.” The Centennials also dealt with injury problems. Leading scorer Diego Cuglietta was sidelined the entire series. Defenceman Dane Birks, drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft and Jason Bird, a trade-deadline acquisition from Vernon, played little in one game, and Rhett Willcox played two. “Given the circumstances, with the number of injuries that

we had and what not, there’s a level of pride in the way we played, especially in Games 3 and 4,” said Pierce, who had Jeff Wight playing with bruised or cracked ribs, Sebastien Pare with torn ligaments in his hand and Gain Gould was throwing up on the bench. “We had every excuse and reason in the book to not compete that hard, but we did. “It was a gutsy effort,” he added. “The bad luck and unfortunate circumstances just conspired against us.” The Vees will face the winner of the Vernon and West Kelowna series. Vees notes: Forward Jack Ramsey is on TSN’s Craig’s List, but dropped from 54 to 65. Future Vees Warren Foegele, who plays for St. Andrew’s Ontario High School team is ranked 69. Foegele, who committed to the University of New Hampshire, scored 14 goals and 23 points in 14 games in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association. Vees goalie Hunter Miska was featured in a video by TSN about how he became a goalie.

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Winning two of their four games at the 2014 AAA B.C. Secondary School Championships helped the Pen High Lakers finish 10th. “It was an awesome weekend,” said Lakers senior girls coach Lesley Lacroix. In their final game in Langley, the Lakers bowed to the Burnaby South Rebels, the Lower Mainland’s No.1 ranked squad, 69-67 in what Lacroix described as a nail biter. “It was a solid defensive performance,” said Lacroix. Ana Moroziuk led the Lakers’ attack against the Rebels with 18 points, while adding 12 boards and six steals. Hayden Craig dropped 17 points to go with eight boards. Emily Clarke, playing with a sprained ankle, finished with 14 and Natasha Reimer with 10. She also grabbed 15 rebounds. The Lakers’ other loss was in the opener 56-54 against the Fleetwood Park Dragons. Craig led the Lakers with 17 points, while Moroziuk earned player of the game honours with 13 points and five steals. Lacroix said her team didn’t block out well or get the rebounds they usually do. Had that happened, Lacroix is confident they would have won. The Lakers defeated the Mt. Baker Wild from Cranbook 77-27 and Victoria’s Claremont Spartans 70-56. Against the Wild, Haylee Rob-

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ertson dropped 16 points, while Tessa LannonPaakspuu was named player of the game for playing with intense pressure that led to eight steals. She also finished with three assists and nine points. Against the Spartans, Annie Plant suffered a serious knee injury that seemed to ral-

ly the Lakers. Craig earned player of the game honours with a 23-point effort and 11 boards. Clarke and Moroziuk also had a double-double as Clarke finished with 17 points and 10 boards, while Moroziuk had 10 and 10. “We belonged there,” said Lakers forward Jessie Garcha of their performance. “If we would have won our first game, the competition would have been tougher. It was still really good matchups. Seeing good teams play is an experience on its own. Just watching them ups your own game.” Even though Lacroix was disappointed with the first loss, she added the draw put the Lakers on a side that allowed them to have success. “The top three teams (1. Brookswood Bobcats, 2. Oak Bay Breakers, 3. Holy Cross Crusaders) are head and shoulders better than anybody else,” said Lacroix, as the Bobcats defeated the Breakers 64-57 for the championship. “Everybody else is sort of the same.” A top-10 finish, the Lakers goal, allows them to get their name up on the wall in the Pen High gym for athletic achievements. “The Langley Events Centre, it’s ridiculous how great it was,” she said. “It’s a first-class facility. The kids said they felt like rock stars. “We’re Cinderella, we weren’t supposed to be there at all,” continued Lacroix, who credited Chris Terris and Dustin Hyde for the development of some of her players. “We’re still pretty jacked about this season.”

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Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls basketball team finished their AA season ranked 14th in B.C. Taking on Vancouver Island’s Lambrick Park, the Mustangs lost 64-46 for 13th place and finished with a 1-3 record in the 2014 BC Secondary Schools Girls AA Basketball Championships in Langley. The Mustangs trailed 38-21 at half-time with six girls in foul trouble. The closest the Mustangs got was within seven points late in the third quarter. Danielle Ruocco rang up 27 points, while Maddie Winter earned player of the game for the Mustangs. Mustangs co-coach Jeff Goodis said the championship tournament was a great experience for the players. “We believe that we could have and should have placed higher than we did,” said Goodis, adding that the opening loss was tough to come back from but the players battled. “The province was very competitive this year. There were some excellent teams that didn’t even qualify for provincials.” The Mustangs opened the championship with a 53-45 loss to Vancouver Island champ and No. 5

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Apex Ski Club members swept the boys’ podium in the first Under-12 Inter-zone Giant Slalom and Slalom race at Kelowna’s Big White. Isaac Athans took gold on Saturday, while Heming Sola was second and Devin Blaser-Ladouceur third as the racers made their season debuts. In the second GS race, Noa Rogers earned second place in the girls event as did Athans for the boys. On Sunday, Apex skiers performed well again with many top-15 finishes in the slalom races. Rogers earned gold and silver in her races, Athans took gold and silver in his, while Sola earned silver and bronze. Devin Blaser-Ladouceur finished fourth and seventh, while Adam Koczij finished 10th and 15th. Jake Erickson earned 11th in his first slalom race, while Connor Robinson earned 13th. Peter De La Mothe earned 14th in his second slalom race. The event at Big White attracted 75 from clubs including Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Grouse, Prince George, Whistler, Red Mountain and Hemlock. Anyone interested in learning more about racing with Apex Ski Club can contact Jorgen Anderson at apexskiclub@gmail.com.

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Qualifications: • Recreation Diploma or equivalent • Clean Class 4 license If you have the required credentials/experience for the above positions and you enjoy working with a team that is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and support to its clients, we invite you to submit your resume in confidence to:

Lisa Beattie Scheduler/HR Assistant 103 Duncan Avenue Penticton, BC V2A 2Y3 Fax: (250) 490-8523 lisa.beattie@thehamletsatpenticton.com Thank you to all applicants. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Lost & Found Found on Friday, March 1st in the IODE Thrift Shop, hearing aid, please bring ID to claim. Lost at Skaha Lake park: Toyota key with fob. Please call 250-490-2791 Lost near/in Haven Hill, large unique 18 carat gold earrings, round with design, please call (250)493-1738

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1930-2013

Manager of Payroll The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Manager of Payroll. This is a full time Management Professional position offering a competitive salary and full benefit package. The position:

Obituaries Vera Elizabeth Born September 15th, 1926 in Frobisher, Saskatchewan died peacefully on March 6th 2014 in Penticton at the age of 87. She leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband of 65 years, Bob Murray and her daughters, Gail, Lynn (Dwight), Nancy (Blaine) and Peggy (Bruce). She adored her grandchildren, Lindsay (Toby) and Lauren Butters, Matt Redmond (Ashley), Kert, Daniel and Nichole Redmond and Murray Gaffney and her great grandchildren, Blake and Kade Redmond. Vera was predeceased by her parents Carl and Magda Bogyo and her four brothers. Her love of life and people touched the lives of all who knew her. Vera had an astounding ability to set up a new home and make friends in numerous Canadian cities and in France and Holland as Bob was engaged in a military career. After retiring from the military Bob and Vera resided in Penticton for 47 years. Vera was an avid volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Heart and Stroke Foundation. She loved to travel with Bob and enjoyed long walks, exercise classes, cooking and gardening but most of all family and friends. A celebration of life will be held in June. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimers Society of BC would be appreciated. The family would especially like to thank the caring support of the staff at Haven Hill Retirement Center during Vera’s long illness. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.

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Obituaries

DOYLE

Reporting to the Manager of Finance, the Manager of Payroll, as a key member of the Finance Team, is responsible for the efficient operation of payroll and benefits systems for 1000+ staff and for performing various accounting analysis and reconciliations, including, but not limited to, payroll operations. With the assistance of payroll clerks, the incumbent will be responsible for the preparation and distribution of payroll for all teaching and non-teaching personnel, ensuring that all regulatory and contractual requirements relating to payroll and benefits are maintained. Experience with automation of payroll processes such as electronic timesheets and/or payroll experience in a school district environment would be considered an asset.

Judy (nee Hunter)

Judy passed on February 24, 2014. Born in Kitchener, ON, April 7, 1938. Predeceased by Father; Bruce Hunter, Mother; Marge, brother; David, dear husband John Doyle, and two infant daughters Jennifer and Jacqueline Doyle. Survived by son David Michael of Penticton, BC; step-daughters Ann McLelland, Mary Bardonnex, Margaret Fenton and Patricia Stephenson; several grandchildren, sister, Diane Wixted, US and many friends and relatives in Ontario. Judy taught elementary school in Ontario from 1961-1966. After marrying John in 1967, she became a full working partner in various businesses with him. Including Doyle’s Sports, ON, Georgian Pools, ON and BC, Four Winds Investigations, ON and BC and Courtesy Cabs, Penticton, BC. Celebration service will be held March 14 at 11:00am at the Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, 945 Main St., Penticton. Cremation. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

The successful applicant will possess the following qualifications: • CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation, accounting knowledge, several years progressive experience in managing large, complex computerized payroll and benefits systems, supervision of payroll staff and integration of payroll and HR functions; or a comparable combination of education, training and experience. For a further detailed job description, please visit the Make a Future website at www.makeafuture.ca. Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and all supporting documentation by MARCH 21, 2014 by noon. All applications must be emailed to apply@sd83.bc.ca or faxed 250-832-3751. For further information, please contact Kyle Cormier, Director of Human Resources at (250) 804-7841. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. School District No. 83 (North Okanagan Shuswap) is an equal opportunity employer.


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Employment

Employment

Farm Workers

Help Wanted

SUN City Cherries 4759 Lakeshore Rd Kelowna req’s Farm Labourers. Pruning, picking, packing, sorting and general farm work. Seasonal. 40hrs/wk minimum 7days/wk. $10.33/hr 10 positions starting March 1, 2014. 100 positions starting July 1st. Email resume: suncitycherriesjobs@shaw.ca 250-764-1872

DRIVERS WANTED

AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 w/ Airbrake • Guaranteed 40hr. Work Week & Overtime • Paid Travel & Lodging • Meal Allowance • 4 Weeks Vacation • Excellent Benefits Package

Must be able to have extended stays away from home. Up to 6 months. Must have valid AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 with airbrake license and have previous commercial driving experience. Apply at:www.sperryrail.com, careers & then choose the FastTRACK Application.

HIGHWAY OWNER OPERATORS $3500 SIGNING BONUS

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

CLEANING CO., looking for P/T help (Penticton). Must have own car, fluent in English, crim. record check req. $13/hr to start, (250)809-7760.

Constellation Brands Canada

Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Highway linehaul Owner Operators based in our Kelowna terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving experience/ training.

is looking for part time experienced vineyard equipment operators. Experience operating Harvester, Tractor, and Sprayer is an asset. Please send resumes to lisa.venables@cbrands.com, fax: 250-498-5189, or to P.O. Box 1650, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0, Attention: Lisa

We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.

Manual Machinist wanted for busy shop in Burns Lake BC.

To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract & details of your truck to: careers@vankam.com Call 604-968-5488 Fax: 604-587-9889 Only those of interest will be contacted. Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

REGIONAL and Long haul drivers wanted. We offer stable secure employment, Extended Benefits, Pension Plan, Auto Deposit Pay, $0.70 per mile BC runs, $0.65 BC/AB runs, paid tire chains, tarps, and extra picks /drops. Class 1 with clean abstract and verifiable mountain experience, apply online: at sutco.ca or fax: 250-357-2009. Call 1888-357-2612 Ext:230

We are in search for a manual machinist who is qualified in machining and welding. We do a variety of different jobs for the logging industry and mills in our area, such as machining, hydraulic cylinder rebuilds and repairs, fabricating, mechanical repairs, lineboring and welding. We offer a competitive wage based on experience and benefit package. Full time employment. Please send resumes to Andy at andypat@telus.net

NOW HIRING

426889 BC Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons 1077 Westminster Ave, Penticton 1697 Fairview Road, Penticton #100-2695 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton 8907 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC 185-5717 Main Street, Oliver, BC 7710 Prairie Valley Road, Summerland BC Food Service Supervisor (NOC: 6212) 6 Vacancies Flex Position: Permanent, Full-Time, Part-Time, Shift, Weekend, Day, Night, Evening, $10.25 – $12.53 Hourly + Medical Benefits Start Date: ASAP 1-2 Years Experience Required. Education not required Apply now to b.sym@shaw.ca Fax: 1.778.476.5991 Mail: 331 Martin St, Penticton, BC, V2A5K6

NOW HIRING

426889 BC Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons

1077 Westminster Ave, Penticton, 1697 Fairview Road, Penticton, #100-2695 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton Food Counter Attendant (NOC: 6641) 25 Vacancies Flex Position: Permanent, Full-Time, Part-Time, Shift, Weekend, Day, Night, Evening, $10.25 Hourly + Medical Benefits Start Date: ASAP No experience or education required Apply now to: b.sym@shaw.ca Fax: 1.778.476.5991 Mail: 331 Martin St, Penticton, BC, V2A 5K6

P/T janitorial evng staff req’d., $12.48/hr to start. Plse call 250-869-5165 or fax resume to: 250-764-6460, email: evergreenbuildingmaintenance@gmail.com

Summerland/Trout Creek, Okanagan Traveland requires lot attendant, exp. on forklift, as well as detailing, wage $14$15/hr.based on exp. Please bring resume down and ask for Kim. Twin Lakes is looking for extremely fun people to work in the Pro Shop, Restaurant & concession, please email: twinlakesgolfcourse@telus.net Wanted: Landscapers helper, commercial mowing exp. an asset. Must be physically fit. 250-462-3461

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

RPR Heating & Air Conditioning requires an

OFFICE MANAGER Farm Workers Farm workers req., 40hrs/wk full-time, minimum wage, AprilOct., call 250-809-6249 Ghuman Farm is looking for farm workers; must be able to work outdoors on the farm in the Okanagan area. Duties: pruning, thinning, planting, irrigation, spraying, operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment, load and unload and transfer crates and supplies and farm produce. Fulltime work, $11/hr, 40hrs perweek, please send resume to: charnie.gos@hotmail.com

Education/Trade Schools

Must have great organizational skills for one person office. Experience in banking, A/R, A/P, month end, year end and all aspects of accounting using Quickbooks, scheduling and answering phones. Must have valid drivers license, vehicle and bondable. $14-16/hr depending on experience. Available to start immediately.

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ENSIGN IS looking for Assistant Drillers, Drillers, Night Tour Pushes, and Rig Managers for our Australian Division. Recruiter’s will be in Nisku, Alberta, March 31 - April 9 to conduct interviews. If you want to hear more about our International opportunities please contact our Global group and apply online at www.ensign jobs.com. Call 1-888-3674460.

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Employment

Exp. framer and/or apprentice req., must have hand tools & vehicle, 250-490-6794

LICENSED PLUMBER/ GAS FITTER

Req. at Canuck Mechanical in Prince George Must have exp. doing service work & be proficient with trouble shooting heating systems & plumbing problems. Top wages & benefits Email resume to: canuckm@telus.net

Hairstylists We are currently looking for an experienced hair stylist at our busy salon, come join our team at Innervisions in Oliver, 576 Fairview Road, phone 250-498-3064, email: inrvision@hotmail.com

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

Carpet Cleaning

HEATING & AIR All information CONDITIONING will be varified.

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Sub-Contractor Driver Must have 1 ton Van 2 days a week - Wednesday & Friday Early morning deliveries For more info please call 250-492-0444 Ext: 219 or 205 or email: circulation@pentictonwesternnews.com

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Financial Services ANNACIS ISLAND Pawnbrokers open ‘till midnight 7 days a week. 604-540-1122. Cash loans for jewellery, computers, smartphones, games, tools etc. #104-1628 Fosters Way at Cliveden. annacisislandpawn brokers.com. DROWNING IN debt? Cut debts more than 60% & debt free in half the time! Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1-877-556-3500 BBB Rated A+ GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 www.pioneerwest.com

MEADOWVALE CONST. Window and Door replacements Renovations. Call Mark 250-809-8425

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Do you enjoy working with children? Early Childhood Educators not only teach children, they aim to help children develop good habits in learning and in life. Career Opportunities: Preschools O Strong Start Facilitators O Group Child Care Cruise Ships and Resorts O Supported Child Development

CALL PENTICTON: 250.770.2277 OR VISIT SPROTTSHAW.COM

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF S.D. NO. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

CALL 250-809-4965

Please submit resume and references to: 154 Ellis Street, Penticton Attention: Kathy www.bryantcanada.com

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Education/Trade Schools

Temporary Operations Maintenance Planner (exempt) – 2 year employment opportunity The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 invites qualified individuals to apply for the temporary position of Operations Maintenance Planner. This is a full time Management Professional position offering a competitive salary and full benefit package. This position will be for a two year period. The position: The Operations Maintenance Planner reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the maintenance management programs for the school district’s assets including, facilities, sites, and fleet. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a dynamic, flexible and cohesive maintenance management team. This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity for the successful candidate. The person: The preferred candidate must hold a trade (Red Seal) certification. A Maintenance Asset Planning (MAP), or Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certificate and experience working in a complex public sector environment would be an asset. The ideal candidate possesses: • Three years experience in the supervision of operations staff including trades, labourers and contractors. • Demonstrated ability to operate computers and application software such as Microsoft Office and ability to access and effectively use a variety of web based applications. • Experience working with a Capital Asset Management System (CAMS), and understanding capital planning processes. Those with VFA software experience will be given preference. • Minimum of three years experience working with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Those with Web Works software experience will be given preference. For a further detailed job description, please visit the Make a Future website at www.makeafuture.ca. Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and all supporting documentation by MARCH 28, 2014 by noon. All applications must be emailed to apply@sd83.bc.ca or faxed 250-832-3751. For further information, please contact Jerry Westby at (250) 832-9415. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. School District No. 83 (North Okanagan Shuswap) is an equal opportunity employer.


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Rentals

Transportation

Transportation

Auto Financing

Cars - Domestic

Countertops

Auctions

Sporting Goods

Apt/Condo for Rent

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

HUGE AUCTION - MASSIVE INVENTORY OF FLOORING UNRESERVED - Equipment, forklift, tools, displays, racking, more - SAT. March 15th 2207 48th Ave., Vernon - 10 AM - Advance viewing 8 AM or view online @ www.westernstarauctions.com

RUGER GP 100’s, American’s, 243, 308, 270, 30-06, Scout, Hawkeye, Glock 17, 20, 21, 22, CZ 527 & 452, all in stock at Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, The Best Little Gunshop Around 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat. 10-6 facebook.com/ WeberMarkin

Firearms

Real Estate

WANTED: FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1.866.960.0045 website: www.dollars4guns.com.

For Sale By Owner

50+, fully reno’d, larger cozy, corner unit. Close to Skaha Lake. 2bdrm, 2bath, 5 appl’s, NS, NP, underground secure parking. Avail Now. $1100/mo. Call Larry: 250-462-2658 DAWSON Place 1 or 2 bdrm apt in clean, quiet NS NP 55+ building near Cherry Lane. Balcony, parking, in-suite storage, f/s/dw/ac, coin lndry, elevator, 6-month lease then month to month. $675 / $750 + utils. Avail now. 250-462-6745 Ground level, 2bdrm condo, 5appl., avail. April 1, ns, np, $950/mo., (250)487-1354 KEREMEOS, newly renovated 2bdrm, large deck and yard, great view $750+ util., call 250-809-1185, 250-488-8035 Pent. 2bd, avail. Mar. 1, quiet, adult-oriented 8-plex, on bus route, patio, great view, f/s, ns, np, $725+util., 250-494-0668 Tiffany Gardens, 3140 Wilson, 1bdrm loft, np, $750/mo., (250)492-0413, 250-462-5854

Garden & Lawn Valley Wide Lawn & Yard Care. Fully experienced fruit tree and landscape pruner. Now booking 2014 lawn care packages. Mowing, power raking and aeration. NO charge fertilizer program, free estimates. Phone Gerald at 250493-5161. Serving Penticton to Osoyoos areas.

Home Improvements

HOME RENOVATIONS

• Bathrooms • Kitchens • • Basements •

250-488-5338 ARE YOU WANTING TO RENOVATE? Framing, gyproc, painting, ooring, bathrooms, decks, windows and doors 35 years experience home/business References Available Licensed, Insured, WCB Ted Lund (250)490-7991

BELCAN

Painting & Reno’s

licensed, insured, WCB

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

Len (250)486-8800 www.belcan.ca lenmass@gmail.com

CK&S Home Improvements. Finish carpentry, concrete, framing , windows, doors, full kitchen/bath, basements, garages, tile, hardwood & laminate. No job too small, licensed & insured, Chris 250488-4147

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

Painting & Decorating HERE COME THE PAINTERS, 13 years experience, Interior/Exterior, 250-486-2331 P.A. Design, Interior Decorating consultations, for appointment call 250-490-6756 WWW.PAINTSPECIAL.COM

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3 Rooms For $299, 2 Coats Any Colour

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

Rubbish Removal Garbage hauling, metal hauling, batteries, furniture/appliances hauled to dump, dirty jobs too! (250)462-2146 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Pets & Livestock

Livestock 2 Black Angus Bulls and 1 York/Landrace X Boar for sale. (250)546-9766 Premium Wood Shavings New supplier of Animal bedding, starting at $250 for 54 cubic yards delivered, (250)770-0214

Pets Brussells Griffon x Schnauzer puppy. 9/12lb. Phone:250548-3039 or 250-540-0754

Flea Markets Flea Market, Sun., March 16, 8:30am-2pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 502 Martin St., Penticton, 3 tables avail., call Michel at 1-250-304-3687

Firewood/Fuel A-1 Firewood, Full cords, Fir, $250, split & delivered, 1/2 cords & 1/4 cords avail., free delivery, 250-770-0827, 250809-0127 eves. Dry firewood, pine, $200/cord, split & delivered for free, partial cords also avail. ,call (250)462-7476

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SLIDE INTO COMFORT w/ A BRAND NEW QUEEN MATTRESS $160. Still in plastic, mfg. warranty. 250.870.2562

AFFORDABLE LUXURY BETTER THAN NEW. Completely redone beauty, over 2100 sq ft on one level. Many features not found in an new home in this price range. 9 new app. 4 rooms with fireplaces, huge birch kitchen, hardwood and tile flooring, built in wall to wall entertainment centre, huge garage, lots of parking. Country setting, Vernon area. Compare value, you won’t be disappointed. $479,900. 403540-2991

Garage Sales

Rentals

Our renovations have left us with a stockpile of useful ofce items up for grabs; desks, tables, chairs, ling cabinets, etc. SAT., MARCH 15 8 am - noon SKAHA FORD 198 Parkway Place Penticton, 250-492-3800

Apt/Condo for Rent

Furniture Queen pillowtop mattress & boxspring, $150, single pillowtop mattress & boxspring, $100, Washer & dryer, $175, delivery avail., 250-770-0827

Heavy Duty Machinery SCRAP PAPPY Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc., All insurance in place to work on your property. www.scrappappy.ca 250-260-0217.

Misc. for Sale Queen mattress w/new box spring, $200, foot of the bed brass love seat, $50, “L” shaped black leatherette upholstered bar w/12 bar stools, $900, workshop full of tools, a must see, $950, 250-493-0625 SAWMILLS FROM only $4,897 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw mills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING sale. Big year end clear out continued! 20x20 $3,915. 25x28 $4,848. 30x32 $6,339. 32x34 $7,371. 40x50 $12,649. 47x68 $16,691. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. www.pioneersteel.ca STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Misc. Wanted Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Estates, Gold & Silver Coins + 499-0251Chad 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 Royal Canadian Mint, Franklin Mint, US Mint & others. Todd 250-864-3521 I make house calls!

1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-3626 1bdrm $650, 2bdrm, $750, adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-492-7328 1bdrm top floor, quiet adult bldg, storage, ns, np, walk to town & beach, avail. now, $650+util., (250)492-4558 2 bdrm, 1 bath, quiet, bright, cheery condo available now. 1 block from Cherry Lane mall, transit. Designated parking outside your door. No smoking, no pets. One-year lease. $800 includes hot water. 198 Roy Ave, Penticton. Call 778997-5517 (Vancouver #). Clean 1bdrm suite, full size f/s & a/c, , $625/mo +util., 250492-7129

Apt/Condo for Rent

Duplex / 4 Plex 1bdrm, grnd level, 30+, ns, lg bright suite, close to bus & shopping, $700/mo.,incl. water. 250-492-0274 mornings 2bd, 5appl., close to Comm. centre, util not incl., avail. April 1, personal/employment ref’s req., ns, np, 250-490-7436 2bdrm 2bath unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok with deposit, $900/mo., 250-488-7902 2bdrm adult building, ns premises, large bright suite, private patio, near shopping & bus, $850+util., water incl., (250)492-0274 mornings

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

Transportation

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

REALTY EXECUTIVES VANTAGE APARTMENTS: $675

One bdrm condo, 1 bath, f,s, coin-op laundry, elevator, np, ns, close to Skaha Beach. Avail. NOW (A342) $675 Grd flr one bdrm, close to OK Beach, incl util, no smoking, cat ok. Avail. March 15 (WGA102) $675 1 Bdrm, 1 bath, f,s, newer kitchen cabinets, coin-op laundry, elevator, close to Skaha Beach. Avail. April 1 (A341) $800 1 bdrm & den, on level, f,s, w, d, patio area, tile flr through out, extra storage. Avail. April 1 (H656-1) $1000 Corner 2 bdrm unit at The Ellis, 2 bath, 6 appl, elec fp, laminate floors, sec’d parking. Avail. March 15 (A425) $1500 Exex. 2 bdrm and den, near Skaha Beach, single car garage, open concept, vaulted ceiling, 6 appl. No pets, no smoking, 1 year lease. Avail. April 15 (OT611)

HOUSES: $975

Recently reno’d, 2.5 bdrm, 1 bath, grd flr, of duplex, 5 appliances, unfinished bsmt. No pets, no smoking. Avail. March 1 (H691-4)

TOWNHOUSES: $1200 3 bdrm 1.5 bath, f,s, d/w, w.d, hardwood flrs, across from middle and high school, near Walmart. Avail. NOW (th501) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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

Scrap Car Removal AAA SCRAP REMOVAL. WE WILL BEAT ALL COMPETITORS PRICING, 250-801-4199

Trucks & Vans 2007 Nissan Murano Mint, loaded, ready for 4 season fun. Awesome snow, +4 GY Eagle tires. 6 stacker bose stereo, sunroof, leather, keyless entry. $14,500. Call or txt: 250-870-2474 2010 Honda Civic Si 6 sp 47,000 km v-tech Dohc w 197 hp recaro seats performance suspension and tires (summer & snows) fully maintained. $16,900. 250-215-4246

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calendar Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. t he P entiCton aCademy of Music String Orchestra rehearses from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the lounge of the Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. New members welcome. Please call 250-493-7977 for more info. new to the Oliver Senior Centre: Zumba lessons, all-around active exercise. Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Call 250-498-6142 for more information. bingo e v e ry wednesday in the Legion hall with the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. okanagan falls seniors’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and carpet bowling at 1 p.m. al-anon for friends and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info. oliver double o Quilters have drop-in activities Wednesdays.

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Care Closet thrift Store at 574 Main St. has weekly specials and special auctions. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds to the local hospital and hospice. Donations and new volunteers always welcome. summerland art Club meets Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summerland Library. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. Contact Mary at 250494-5851 for info. foster Care info sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250-770-7524 or visit www.fosterbc.ca or www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/ foster. PentiCton duPliCate bridge Club holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Penticton library. Call

seniors’ reCreation and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. hand and foot Canasta at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250492-7630 for info. anavets has humP Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment by Shindigger at 6:30 p.m. kiwanis Club has a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. 65-Plus singles Coffee Club meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250770-1018. south main droP-in Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m., a coffee social and medical Qi Gong at 10 a.m., and easy to intermediate line dance

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and cribbage at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. the order of St. Luke meets on the first and third Wednesdays in St. Saviours’ Church at noon for healing prayer. eagles have a $5 lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Members and guests welcome.

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Cowork PentiCton is hosting the next in a series of free info sessions at noon for people considering self-employment. Our goal is to give people exploring entrepreneurship a simple, one-stop resource for their questions. These free sessions will be offered once a month from February to June. astronomy soCiety meets at the Okanagan College Penticton campus at 7:15 p.m. with guest speaker Chris Purton on the topic: Your Future In The Galaxy. Call 250-490-8682 for more info. desert sage sPinners and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the

Oliver Community Centre. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerickson@telus.net or 250-498-4959. south main droPin Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., bingo, improver line dance and crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. a l C o h o l i C s night a nonymous group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the men’s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. elks Club on Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. f alls o kanagan seniors’ Centre has Scrabble at 10 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and crib at 7 p.m. anavets have fun pool at 7 p.m. and 269 dart club at 7:30 p.m. fraternal order of the Eagles has musical

trivia bingo at 7 p.m. Members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. al-anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. C anadian r oyal legion branch 40 has a Friendship Force meeting at 11 a.m., crib at 7 p.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. fitness friends meet at 10 a.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. Come get in shape. Call Dot at 250-492-5400. PeaCh City toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4922362 for info.

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register by March 12 by calling Donna at 250493-0150. f alls o kanagan legion has a meat draw at 5 p.m. friday soCial danCe at South Main Drop-In Centre, 2965 South Main St. Join us for music by About Time starting at 7:30 p.m. $6 per person. All welcome. C anadian r oyal legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m., dinner at 4:30 p.m. and karaoke with Lloyd at 7 p.m. the oliver senior Centre, 5876 Airport St., has bingo with a loonie pot every Friday at 1 p.m. seniors singles lunCh Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. t he f untimers ballroom Dance Club holds a dance most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street. Ballroom and Latin American dancing is featured from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Non-members welcome. For more information visit www.pentictonfuntimers.org or call Brian 250-492-7036. elks Club on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts, poker and pool at 7 p.m. 890 wing of South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. eagles have dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and entertainment by Affordable Music from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests welcome. seniors PentiCton ComPuter Club dropin sessions Monday and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. People may sign up for memberships, classes or have computer problems solved. Lectures on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on computing-related topics. anavets has karaoke by Smart Ass Entertainment at 7 p.m., Scotch doubles pool at 6:30 p.m. bereavement the resourCe Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more information on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-490-1107. okanagan falls seniors’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and crib at 1 p.m.


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