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BOBBY DAVIS continued to mature as the Okanagan Sun starting QB in leading his team to a big win over V.I. Raiders last weekend. A14
REPORTS OF the closure of Bernard Callebaut chocolate stores elsewhere in Canada don’t ring true for Kelowna, where the local sweets shop says it’s business as usual for them at Guisachan Village Mall.
JULIE DONNELLY was looking for her own big break when she moved to the Okanagan, and today, as a talent agent, she is helping others find their own big break in landing film and commercial acting parts.
ALISTAIR WATERS says birth and death may be givens in our lifetime but it’s what we do in between that really matters.
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Crown seeks prison term for teen’s death
Ex-fire chief’s money payout revealed
Cheryl Wierda STAFF REPORTER
Clutching a copy of the murder mystery book, Killing Red, Jake Cybak strolled through downtown Kelowna yesterday afternoon on the last day before his sentencing for the manslaughter of a teenaged boy three years ago. A judge is expected to sentence Cybak today for his role in the methadone overdose death of Geordie Sutherland. Sutherland’s mother, Carolyn, said yesterday that she was nervous but hopeful that Justice Richard Brooke would accede to Crown’s request, made at a sentencing hearing Tuesday, that Cybak serve two to three years in jail. “Geordie lost his life and I think (Cybak) needs to go to prison for it,” said Sutherland. Defence lawyer Michael Kennedy asked that the 51-year-old be given a conditional sentence, which would allow him to serve his jail sentence in the community. Geordie Sutherland It was back on June 2, 2007, that Geordie Sutherland, 15, was hanging out with a buddy, consuming marijuana and then beer at a bush party, before they returned to the friend’s Nickel Road home. There, the friend realized he had forgot his keys and the two encountered Cybak, who was in a relationship with the friend’s mother. Cybak invited the boys into his home and, after receiving permission from the friend’s mother (she was at work), they went to Cybak’s home. Cybak offered the boys beer and chips and then the three began to play video games. The other boy began to make calls, trying to acquire pot, and the conversation turned to drugs, said Crown counsel Murray Kaay.
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TAKEDOWN…Police officers arrested a man on the W.R. Bennett Bridge during the noon hour on
Tuesday after a man in West Kelowna told officers that he saw the suspect steal his boat. The West Kelowna man followed the truck that was towing his boat and, when the truck was caught in traffic on the bridge, officers closed in. Police say the man attempted to flee from police but was quickly arrested. The driver, police also note, neglected to put his truck in park during his alleged attempt to flee police and the truck jolted forward, causing minor damage to a car that had been stuck in traffic. The investigation was in its early stages yesterday afternoon and no charges had been laid as of press deadline.
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Kelowna’s former fire chief leaves his post with an 18 month severance package—or a month’s pay for every year he was employed with the city’s fire department. For 18 years worth of service, the chief will receive 18 months of compensation, or roughly $210,000 in salary and benefits according to the documents provided. The severance agreement stipulates the former fire chief’s legal expenses, some $2,500, will also be paid by the city and the car leased for him as a member of city management will be paid for through May 2011, a year after he left his post. The municipality did not release the severance amount when Blanleil’s departure was announced earlier this year, but the Capital News was able to obtain at least a portion of the information under the Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday afternoon.
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Print shop switches hands, takes on a new name STRAIGHT FROM DEHART
he now former Encore Printing has new owners and a new name, but will remain in the same location at 1-1980 Bredin Rd. The company is now called E Printing & Business Solutions, owned and operated by Ken Chung. Along with the quality printing of stationery, business cards, copying, binding, wide format printing, brochures, flyers, forms, cheques and any promotional materials, E Printing will offer website hosting and design, postal and shipping services, mail boxes and a host of business solutions. Call 250-869-0954;www.encoreprinting.com Contrary to what you might have heard about Bernard Callebaut nationally, our local store Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut in the Guisachan Village Mall on Gordon Drive, owned by Tracy Hansen and Duane Peters, has not closed. In fact, things could not be going better for the chocolate store. Product is being received from the Calgary plant which is also in operation. Bernard Callebaut has been in Kelowna since 1993 as Peters not their store “is not going anywhere.” I hope not, as my favourite product they sell is the most incredible chocolate cups that can be filled with ice wine, mousse or fruit. No one else makes them. James Moller, district manager of Lakeview Irrigation, is moving on and moving out of Kelowna. He has accepted a position as city manager for the city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan’s newest municipality. James joined Lakeview Irrigation in 2004 and his last
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KEN CHUNG and his staff at the former Encore Printing shop on Bredin Road in Kelowna, now under new ownership with a new name, E Printing & Business Solutions. vide employers with a job coach to help with the initial training if needed, which at Cabana has been crucial in making the partnership a success. Sebastian has been heard saying “Can I have this job forever?” Not only has it helped his self esteem, it has also had a wonderful affect on the Cabana staff. If you are a local business and are looking to hire, the society is happy to meet with you. Call Linda Berger at 250-7639499; firstname.lastname@example.org Toys “R” Us Wish List is a new feature of the redesigned company website that allows kids to create their own birthday/ holiday registry and for those sometimes forgetta-
ble or procrastinating outof-town friends and family, they now offer eGift cards, the gift cards that are sent virtually and can arrive in recipients’ inbox in a matter of seconds. To browse the new feature on the website go to www. toysrus.ca/wish list/index.jsp The Kelowna Ambassadors collected $3,000 from the luggage carts at the airport and divided it amongst Lake Country and West Kelowna food banks to kick start their Christmas in July campaign and also to the Sunshine Foundation. Since 1999, the ambassadors have given out $52,000 to charities. In May, the ambassadors started a junior ambassador program and
have 12 high school students working at the airport, which is the only junior program in North America. Call Abby at 250-712-1634 Had a lovely lunch recently at Guisachan House Restaurant, 1060 Cameron Ave. in Kelowna. It’s always a delight to see chef Georg Rieder. The renovated premises are beautiful as is the scenery from the dining room onto the beautiful manicured grounds. Some advice—go with a huge appetite as the portions are large and flavourful. Ramona Rieder (Georg’s daughter) is the general manager. Call 250-862-9368 to make a reservation. Had the pleasure of
touring and having dinner at the new Sparkling Hill Resort, located on 174 acres overlooking Okanagan Lake in the neighbourhood of Predator Ridge Golf Resort. The $122 million, 149room hotel and KurSpa is the only place outside of the Swarovski Crystal showroom in Wattens, Austria, where all of the design and technology of Swarovski can be experienced in one location. Sparkling Hill has incorporated $10 million of Swarovki Crystal elements into every aspect of its design. And let me say you won’t see anything like this in the world, except in Austria. I was literally blown away with all the crystal enhance-
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In Max’s column today: Contrary to rumours reported elsewhere, the Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut shop in Guisachan Village Mall is not closing its doors; James Moller is leaving the Lakeview Irrigation District to take on the role of city manager in Humboldt, Sask.; Kim Parker and Donna Lowe have co-authored a new book called Radical Love Forever Changed; a classic car show and outdoor movie night is planned for Rutland’s Centennial Park on Aug. 14, organized by the local Uptown Rutland Business Association.
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day is Sept. 15. Call 250769-4322 Funny story! Bryce Gibb, with WestJet, was golfing at The Harvest. He was on the13th hole (big dog-leg right) hitting from the blues, which were set back from the pins. He unleashes a mighty swing, hit a tree and has to play his second shot from behind the tee box. The drive was officially 20 yards measured by Mel Kotler. Incidentally it is Bryce’s birthday on Aug. 14. Two Schleppes have retired. Both well-known locals, Tony Schleppe, who was a senior product advisor with Toyota for 28 years, and his wife Janet, who was with Shoppers Drug Mart in Orchard Park for over 33 years, have both decided it was time to throw in the towel, so to speak. They will now have time to enjoy what they love—gardening, fishing, camping and traveling. Locals Kim Parker and Donna Lowe have co-authored a new book titled “Radical Love Forever Changed.” It’s a Christian-based book addressing some of the “spicy meatballs” of faith. As such, the two authors will serve up real meatballs at their book launch at Bell Tower Books, 392070 Harvey Ave., on Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 778-7542236;www.radicallovebook.com Cabana Bar and Grille has partnered with the Kelowna District Society for Community Living (formerly Sunnyvale), a non-profit organization which believes that all individuals have the capacity and ability to participate and contribute as equal members of the community. Cabana has hired Sebastian Lajeune, a 29-year-old male with autism. He has been hired to work three days per week at an industry standard wage as support staff to the kitchen and dining room. Part of KDSCL’s service is to offer and pro-