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PUBLISHER

BRIAN HIGHLEY has run international campaigns with Adbusters magazine and published the OK Sun newspaper in Osoyoos. He is of course writing this, and feels strange referring to himself in the third person.

REPORTER & PROOFREADER ANDREA DUJARDIN-FLEXHAUG

has been living in the South Okanagan and writing for newspapers for 25-plus years, ever since she graduated from the Journalism Program at Langara, VCC.

CONTRIBUT0RS JUDY HARVEY has always had a passion for food and loves to learn and share the knowledge she has gleaned. In the early 1990’s she looked after the cooking classes at Benkris School of Culinary Arts in Calgary. Judy has been helping with classes at Osoyoos Home Hardware for the past seven years.

PETER HOVESTAD has been an avid photographer since discovering the dark room tucked under the stairs of his high school in the 1970’s. He is the president of the Osoyoos Photography Club.

JEN JENSEN has been the Osoyoos Coyotes

team photographer since the first season, when her son Stefan played for the team. She can be seen dodging pucks during home games to get the perfect action shots.

JORG MARDIAN is a Certified Kinesiology

Specialist, Myoskeletal Therapist, Fitness Trainer and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. He specializes in injury/pain therapy, functional fitness, weight loss and holistic nutrition.

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CONTENTS DECEMBER 8 Outlast Taekwondo 10 Business Beat 13 ILLskILL Clothing’s Rider Bio 16 Lynnea Holmstrom Fights Leukemia, Celebrates Second Birthday 19 Christmas Gift For The History Buff

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Joanne Muirhead of JoJo’s Cafe

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IN THIS ISSUE Thank-you for picking up this copy of Okanagan Sun Magazine. It is free to you thanks to the support of our advertisers. The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its business excellence awards until December 16. Can you think of a business in our area that deserves a bit of extra recognition? Or maybe you’d like to nominate someone for entrepreneur of the year? Visit www.sochamber. ca to salute your favorite business. MON & TUES 7AM - 4:30 In this edition we feature Joanne Muirhead of JoJo’s Cafe in Osoyoos. Turn to page 18 to learn WED, THURS & FRI 7AM - 7PM about two experiences that led her to launch the SAT 7AM - 4:30 neighbourhood coffee bar. CLOSED SUNDAYS We also salute Kendall-Leigh Beal of Outlast Taekwondo. Check out the profile on page 8 to Main Street, hear about how the sport not only teaches selfOkanagan Falls defense, but also confidence and respect. And it’s fun! May we suggest that you try this recipe Festive Mulled Wine With Citrus for Festive Mulled Wine with Serves 8 Citrus, provided by our friends at 2- 750 ml bottles of Tinhorn Creek Merlot Tinhorn Creek? It’s the perfect 2 cups of water drink for flipping through these 2 cups of sugar pages. 1 sliced lemon On page 36 you may notice that Judy 2 sliced oranges Harvey’s recipe page has expanded like 4 cinnamon sticks a waistline a Christmas time! She shares 12 whole cloves some timely recipes that are sure to en2 teaspoons whole allspice rich your holiday entertaining. We wish all our clients, contributors and friends a most wonderful holiday seaCombine all ingredients in a heavy bottom stockpot. son, and we hope that all good things are headed your way this Christmas and Cover and let simmer over low heat for half an hour to always. There is no January edition of the blend flavours. magazine, so we’ll see you again in February. We are looking forward to bringing Remove fruit and spices and ladle into mugs. you more success stories from the South Recipe courtesy Tinhorn Creek Winery Okanagan in 2014!

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Not only does the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre promote conservation efforts for desert wildlife, but it all takes place in an eco-friendly building. The centre has received top awards for its environmentally innovative architectural design. The building was designed by Bruce Haden of Hotson, Bakker, Boniface Haden and completed in 2006. The building is semi-underground, a design which is an homage to the traditional winter dwellings of the Okanagan First Nations and makes use of the insulating properties of the surrounding hillside. Rammed Earth Walls

Rammed earth is an ancient building technique updated for modern construction. Each layer made of concrete mixed with local soil and mineral pigment, is poured and tamped down separately. The thick walls have a layer of added insulation and steel reinforcement, greatly increasing energy efficiency and earthquake resistance. Pine beetle damage walls

The wood used as a decorative accent in the building is local blue-stained pine that has been discoloured by microscopic fungi, giving it a unique blue tint. Our centre was one of the first to promote the use of blue-stained wood from beetle damaged trees. Green Roof & Radiant Heating/Cooling Twenty cm (8 in.) of soil lies atop the concrete roof and has been planted with desert vegetation, creating a “green roof”. The overall aesthetic of the building is intended to be a seamless extension of the desert environment. Hot water radiant piping located within the floor is an energy efficient means of heating the building during the winter, while cold water radiant ceiling pipes cool the building in summer, eliminating the need for air conditioning. 6 www.oksun.ca

Ten things to see and do at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre:

1. Explore indoor and outdoor cultural and nature exhibits 2. Discover the desert ecology and wildlife in “Critter Corner” and “Living Land” displays 3. Hear the legends of Sen’klip (Coyote) in two multi-sensory theatres 4. Meet our interpreters giving daily trail walks and programs. 5. Take a peek inside a traditional pit house and sweat lodge 6. See eye-to-eye with a Western Rattlesnake, a Great Basin Desert Snake 7. Bring your camera to photograph the desert landscapes and sculptures by Smoker Marchand found throughout the 50 acre site 8. Shop for unique aboriginal crafts, jewelry and giftware in ‘Coyote’s Gifts’ 9. Experience the beauty of our sage and antelopebrush desert environment 10. Sign up for a desert hike/rappelling excursion in the desert or book a fishing excursion with www.okanagannationfishing.com


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Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Treasurer Louise Sax presented a cheque for $875.45 to Janice Perrino of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation along with members Rene Johnson and Grant Anderson and Sharon Proctor, Event Coordinator for the Digital X-ray Campaign at Penticton Regional Hospital. On behalf of the Board of Directors, medical staff and patients, a sincere thank-you for all of the incredible work you do, and for your continued generosity and support.

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Outlast Taekwondo In Osoyoos Builds Confidence

By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug Outlast Taekwondo at the Summerland Summer Camp Annual Tournament in July 2012. Photo contributed

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t isn’t karate or judo, or some kind of attack mode routine like you see in the movies. Taekwondo is a martial arts sport that gives its students more than strong and fast kicking

moves, it gives them the confidence and life skills to handle everyday life. Taekwondo Black Belt instructor Kendall-Leigh Beal takes her students through such moves

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regularly in her classes, which are held at Desert Park Recreation Complex in Osoyoos. The sport of Taekwondo originates in South Korea, and no weapons are used. However, students of Taekwondo do learn selfdefense, and says Beal, “You learn confidence and respect, and get that discipline, but still have fun.” Beal was only five-years-old when her parents put her in Taekwondo class in Prince Rupert, and she has been going strong with it ever since. “I was a shy little girl with no coordination,” explains Beal, and her parents hoped the sport would instill in her a sense of confidence. Beal’s Taekwondo career began as a junior instructor under the guidance of Master Paul Bozman and

Grand Master Jay Park. Always following the guidelines of the World Taekwondo Federation, Beal became a head instructor in 2005. When Beal moved to Osoyoos in 2010, there were no Taekwondo classes here. So by January of 2012, the young woman had started up the business Outlast Taekwondo. Beal started with five students, and now has almost 30. Through

OutlastTaekwondo classes are held at Desert Park Recreation Complex in Osoyoos.

fundraising efforts, Beal, along with assistant instructor Neil Stewart, takes her students to out-of-town tournaments, and hopes to hold one in Osoyoos in the coming year. Taekwondo is a sport for all ages, and Beal has classes for kids, adults and seniors. For more information, go to the page ‘Outlast Taekwondo Ltd’ on Facebook, or visit their website at www.outlasttkd.com. Photo: Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

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staff familiar and friendly face, Randy Kassian, who of course owned the local Sears a few years back. So what has Kassian

Helen’s Seafood Cove in Osoyoos will close its doors at the end of this year. Owner Helen Knight wishes to thank her customers for their patronage. The Stedmans store, a longtime fixture on Main Street in Osoyoos, is closing down, after 30-plus years in the same location. But don’t worry, present Stedmans owners Trish and Leo Callarec will still be around. They will be opening a new smaller store, just across the street and down a block at 8313 Main Street (former Os Audio & Video) . It will be strictly women’s fashions and accessories, with household goods no longer being part of the equation. Incidentally, there are big sales on now until February at Stedmans, while stock lasts. The Callarecs expect to open their new venture in February. Former owners of the Os Audio & Video store, Spencer and Theresa Toepfer, have settled into their new business, Sears Hometown Store, which they took over at the end of August. Longtime Osoyoos business owners,the young couple has on

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been doing since then? He first worked at Oliver Buy-Low when it relocated, then Oliver Sears for a year and also for six months at the golf course in Princeton. When Kassian returned from that stint and told Spencer that he needed a job, Spencer welcomed him back to Sears. One note: The yearly ‘Christmas Wishbook’ is in! Sears is located

kittykorner to the post offce at 7611 85 Street. Another business of note is the newly built Petro-Canada gas station in Osoyoos, which

Mike Campol, General Manager of Spirit Ridge, tells us is slated to open on Thursday, December 5. He also informs us that The Lunchbox vendor, who you might have seen around town this summer, will be taking up residence in the convenience store side, serving up homemade specialties. This Petro-Canada building is uniquely designed with First Nations architectural aspects and a magnificent statue gracing its corner. It is located at 12000 Rancher Creek Road in Osoyoos at the turnoff to the NK’MIP Centre. Wine Kitz in Osoyoos is moving from Main Street to the plaza on 89th Street, across from Safari Beach. Owners Gail and Jona-

than Smith took over the shop in April of 2012. The move will take place early in January. Renovations are almost complete at Elite Jewellers on Main Street in Oliver. The expanded store will be unveiled early in the New Year, but the store remains open while the work is ongoing. Meanwhile, the former D&L Pawn Shop in Oliver remains closed while the new owners work with the building and inventory. The store will reopen with a new name in the upcoming weeks. The Town of Osoyoos has awarded the tender for construction of the reclaimed water booster station to Cumming Construction of Penticton in the amount of $399,495. This booster station is crucial to the


overall expansion of the Town’s reclaimed water spray areas and essential in managing treated effluent disposal. The station will send treated effluent water to the airport and the high school playing fields. The project is scheduled to start in January of 2014, and the construction of the pipeline from the lagoon to this booster station, and the pipeline from this booster station to the airport will be put out to tender. Nominations for this year’s South Okanagan Chamber Of Commerce Business Excellence Awards are being accepted until December 16. To nominate a business, visit www.sochamber. ca The Chamber wishes to welcome the following new members: Accountant Kim L. Hadley, Rona Home Centre in Penticton, Contractor ACS Inc. of Okanagan Falls, Visual Telecom Solutions Ltd. and Nurse Next Door Home Care Services of Penticton. If you have news about your business to share, drop us a line at businessbeat@oksun.ca

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his year we have 25 community sponsored trees on display at the main lodge of Spirit Ridge and NK'MIP Cellars Winery. Sponsorship of the trees, along with funds raised by votes on the trees, is donated to BC Children's Hospital Foundation. We also support the Spirit of the Game Society with funds raised through sponsoring stranding on the Tree of Hope ($10 each), contests guessing how many lights are on the Tree of Hope, gingerbread draw and a silent auction which will close on Sunday, December 22. This is the fourth year for the Festival, and over the last three years we have raised over $34,000 for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and the South Okanagan Children's Charity. We find this to be a great event for families around the area, and a great way to spend an afternoon with guests coming for the holidays. The festival will be open daily through Sunday, January 5 from 10 am to 6 pm and until 7 pm on weekends. OKANAGAN SUN • DECEMBER 2013 • 11


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FUN FACTS ABOUT LUC GRADISAR Luc Gradisar is 18 and hails from Colorado, the same state as Coyotes Captain Colin Chmelka. In fact, they played in the same hockey association, although never on the same team, as Chmelka is two years older. Coach Ken Law scouted Luc there during one of the prep camps and describes him as “very skilled, with lots of speed, good hands, and who will turn some heads with the moves that he will pull.” If you’ve been watching the Coyotes games regularly, you’ll know exactly what Coach is talking about. Luc is a fun player to watch. As advice to his younger fans, Luc says that “anything is possible if you keep working hard; the harder you work, the more you will achieve.” He can be found interacting personally with these youngsters and other members of the community through the various volunteer opportunities set up by owner Randy Bedard. Luc loves to cook. And bake. Tweet him @Grad_Z to find out his favourite thing to cook.

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have that, I just had BMX. It was usual pro riders that most look up to, basically my life, as it continues to be he looks up to his friends and prefers my life to this day. to keep more realistic goals. Calvin dreams of riding profes“Kyle Demelo, Brandon Demelo, sionally, touring, partying, and living Tanner Ericson, Michael Da Costa, to the fun lifestyles of a pro BMX rider, name a few... when your friends do however he...positive, remainsupbeat humble. something cool, it makes you want to stories from the South Okanagan “But that’s just a dream, you do something cool.” know? I’m sure I’ll just be like everyLaunier concludes, “But don’t just one else, working a full time job, and do what everyone else is doing, do 177 Okanagan Falls, BC · what V0H you 1R0 want to do.... oh, and wear ridingBox BMX for· fun, on the side.” Calvin’s inspirations aren’t the a helmet!”

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- Anonymous By Jo Knight Joanne Muirhead’s recipe for success is simple, a desire to make people happy and to do things well. Saturday afternoon, and most tables at the popular Main Street Osoyoos coffee shop are full; the lineup is two deep and 10 long. Joanne Muirhead

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and staff are moving seemingly at the speed of light, often greeting each person by name as they take orders; or call up the standing orders they took to memory weeks before. A “feel good machine” is in motion. It is clear that the flow behind the counter is well-choreographed, efficient and happy.


JoJo’s Café owner Joanne Muirhead stands in front of one of her own works of art inside the popular coffee shop. Photo by Jo Knight

As I sat sipping a fragrant Earl Grey tea waiting to speak with Joanne, I was struck by a sense of ‘community’ as I looked around the room. Tables of friends, moms with babies, folks bent over laptops, laughing, chatting, problem solving, working ....each its own private world; yet together sharing a vibrant space. Muirhead, or “Jo” as family, friends and many of her loyal customers call her, recounts two life-altering experiences that led her to the launch of the neighbourhood coffee bar. Thanks to high school teacher, Paul Nathan, whose words of wisdom, “You can do what you want when you put your mind to it,” inspired Jo to finish grade 12, take a four -year program in Environmental

Technology and earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Wildlife Biology. Joanne worked in the Forest Services department in Prince George, before coming to Osoyoos to serve the South Okanagan as the Executive Director of the Desert Society. During the seven years that Joanne was Executive Director, she kept her dream of owning her own coffee shop alive. She would regularly refine her business plan, and continually create new menus. The sudden passing of Jo’s father was the catalyst to take the leap. “Grief was stronger than my fear,” she said. “I asked myself, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ If I could live with the worst , then it was worth the risk.

No risk, no reward.” JoJo’s Café opened in August of 2010. Since then, it has come to employ a team of 12 staff yearround and an additional six for the summer season. The team serves up great food, with great service seven days a week, 7 am until 3:30 pm. Jo shared two keys for success: “Hiring great staff,” she said. “It’s all about mutual respect.” And also “location, location, location! I am not sure if my business would be as successful if it was one block further in any direction,” she said. JoJo’s is right in the heart of the downtown, but also just steps from the beach. Visit www.jojoscafe.ca for menu items and daily soup selections.

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Lynnea “NeNe” Holmstrom Of Oliver Fights Leukemia, Celebrates Second Birthday

“The gift of time is really what people are giving us..” - Alanea Holmstrom

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ittle Lynnea Holmstrom celebrated her second birthday on December 1, but it was not at her home in Oliver. It was in Vancouver, where she is being treated at BC Children’s Hospital for leukemia. It had all happened so quickly. On November 10, Alanea (Baptiste) Holmstrom had taken her baby daughter into the Oliver hospital emergency room due to pain in Lynnea’s legs and difficulty in walking. She was later airlifted to Vancouver for further assessment, and by the end of the day Lynnea was diagnosed with a serious condition, acute

lymphoblastic leukemia. It was a terrible shock for Alanea, whose husband Reid rushed to join her and their precious baby Lynnea at the hospital. “Reid is able to stay with us, it is important for us to be together as a family, Lynnea and her daddy have always shared a very special bond and she needs him more than ever,” says Alanea. Alanea describes her daughter Lynnea as a sweet little girl who is loving and affectionate. “She is my dream of what I envisioned in the perfect daughter. She is the ultimate little girl who loves pretty things, cute clothes and anything

that sparkles. She is beautiful and gentle. But she has a feisty side and she can tell you what she wants, and defend herself when her big brother gets a little too rough.” Her beloved big brother Gustav is staying with relatives in Oliver, and in his daily routine, but makes regular visits to the coast to see his parents and little sister. No time was wasted by the medical team at BC Children's Hospital, and treatment was soon underway for Lynnea. Since November, she has already been through multiple chemotherapy sessions, blood transfusions and three surgeries. Lynnea and


Leona Baptiste serves some delicious homemade cupcakes to the guests at a dinner fundraiser for her niece Lynnea Holmstrom, at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Centre recently in Oliver. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

her devoted mom and dad are staying at the coast for the duration of treatment, which doctors say could last as long as eight months or more, depending on how she responds. Alanea and Reid are grateful in that during the times Lynnea doesn’t have to stay in the hospital, they can all be together at their ‘home away from home,’ the nearby Aboriginal Patient's Lodge.

Lynnea's Second Birthday The Lodge is where Lynnea and her family spent her second birthday, with only family there

due to Lynnea’s delicate immune system from her treatment. But her parents made it as memorabe as possible, with a special cake made by a local baker, giant signed card and birthday wishes video from friends and family back home, decorations and of course presents. Alanea says that “before all this happened, she was so excited about her birthday and sang, ' Happy Birthday to Nene', almost every day for weeks. Lynnea will be in her chemotherapy induction phase (a more intense phase) until December 12. On this day, the original tests

used to diagnose her will be performed again, to see how her body is responding to treatment. This will also determine what direction her chemotherapy will take, if they can continue what they are doing or they need to be more aggressive. If things go well, she will be able to move on to maintenance, where she will only receive chemotherapy once a month for the next two to three years. Lynnea will not be in the hospital at Christmas, she will be with her family at the nearby Aboriginal Lodge. Alanea says she is thankful for the accommodation

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and helpful staff at the lodge. “They want their guests to feel like they are home, and will be decorating each suite for Christmas with a tree and lights,” she says. Alanea is also amazed at the generosity shown by Oliver residents and area as far as the $7,083.50 in donations that were made through a fundraiser November 26, held by family members and friends towards expenses during this ordeal. “A big thank you to everyone who came out and supported the dinner and donated to the

Loonie auction,” says Alanea. She says she cannot thank

people enough for all the planning, hard work and care they put into the event. Similar fundraisers are planned by family and friends in the new year. “I wish so much I could have been there so see it all in person. It means so much to us, the gift of time is really what people are giving us," reflects Alanea. " Time to care for our beautiful little girl while she is on her healing path. “ For anyone who wants to keep up-to-date on Lynnea’s progress or to make a donation, please request to join her Facebook page ‘Supporting Lynnea “Nene” Holmstrom.’

Attendees signed a giant birthday card that was given to Lynnea on her birthday December 1..


Christmas Gift For The History Buff By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

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he Okanagan Historical Society’s 77th Report is ‘hot off the presses,’ just in time for the holiday gift giving season. It is 225 pages full of original short articles on the history of the South Okanagan, complete with black and white photos. The book has five main sections, from Student Essay, First Nations and National History to People & Events and Tributes. Stories of particular interest locally may be ‘Bringing the Burrowing Owl back to B.C. Grasslands’; a feature on the South Okanagan Naturalists Club and ‘The Battle of the Okanagans & Shuswaps.’ There are also tributes to the late Okanagan Falls publisher and author Margaret Hayes and South Okanagan arts and culture community leader and author, the late Jean Webber. The Student Essay contest winner is the first article in the report. ‘It is entitled “Lost Okanagan” No More. How I discovered my B.C. Roots’ by Karen “Kerry” Sloan. The winner of the first OHS 2013 student video contest is Brittany Meter for her video ‘A Journey down Okanagan Lake with the S.S. Okanagan Sternwheeler.’ There is also a ‘Lives Remem-

bered’ section, which includes mentions of longtime residents of note of the Okanagan valley. Near the back of the book are highlights from the OHS AGM and brief reports of happenings from each of the seven branches of the society, including the Oliver-Osoyoos one. The book is available for purchase at the Oliver Archives, and the winter hours there are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 4 pm. It is also available at the Osoyoos Museum, during the winter hours of 11 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Friday. Believed to be one of the longest, continually published historical periodicals in British Columbia, Okanagan History is a well-researched, illustrated annual volume which contains stories and pictures of families,

individuals, businesses, events, tributes, obituaries and memories which define life in the Okanagan Valley. Articles and stories are contributed by members and non-members and are an integral resource for researcher and interested readers all over the world.

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8th Annual Tree Of Dreams Campaign

t is that time of year once again, and this year the Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH) has asked the South Okanagan Simikameen Medical Foundation to strive to reach the goal of the Image Is Everything campaign, through the Eighth Annual Tree of Dreams. The goal was to raise $1,500,000 to change the three X-ray rooms, along with a portable machine used for the Emergency and ICU departments, from outdated X-ray cassette equipment into state of the art X-ray Digital Radiography. To date we have raised just over $1,000,000. We still need your help to raise the balance of $410,000 to achieve the goal, and have the equipment in PRH by the summer of 2014. Digital Radiography is a form of

Mark Ziebarth, Chair of the Image is Everything campaign, with John Johnston, VP People and Clinical Services, with Interior Health and Janice Perrino, Executive Director of the Medical Foundation. Photo contributed.

X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of the traditional cassettes. Similar to a digital camera, this technology uses a digital image capturing device. This gives the advantage of an immediate image preview, and the elimination of costly time intensive cassette processing steps. Digital has the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image, and the process is fast, with the least amount of radiation. Used on practically every part of the body, on infants to the elderly, whether we are diagnosing a trauma injury, a chest infection or a cancer, X-ray equipment is the most widely used diagnostic device recommended by doctors. More than 40,000 patients had Xrays from all over our region last year, and that number is a four percent increase from the year before. X-ray is available in several of the communities served

by PRH, however, many patients need further treatment and additional X-rays are required. Digital Radiography will bring a tremendous equipment improvement and diagnosis which will benefit all of our patients. The Image Is Everything campaign focuses on providing increased image quality, reduced radiation and allows for faster, more efficient diagnosis of diseases and injuries. What is also important for our citizens to remember is that as we prepare for the future hospital patient tower expansion, this new equipment will stay in its current location at PRH, and will be used for many years to come. Our hope is that the community will join us in this exciting Christmas campaign for the purchase of Digital X-ray equipment. For more information and to make donations, contact the SOS Medical Foundation office at 250-492 9027.


Winter Hours For Local Landfills

Reduced winter hours will be in effect for the Campbell Mountain, in Penticton, and Oliver Sanitary Landfills from December 1 through the end of February. Campbell Mountain Sanitary Landfill will be closed Sundays starting December 1 through the end of February. Campbell Mountain Landfill will also be closed on all Statutory Holidays and Boxing Day. Campbell Mountain Landfill will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Starting December 2 through the end of February, Oliver Sanitary Landfill will reduce weekday hours to Noon until 3:45 pm. Saturday hours will remain 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Oliver Landfill is closed Sundays and on all Statutory Holidays and Boxing Day. For further information on landfill hours or programs please contact RDOS Solid Waste at 250-490-4129, info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.

Family Literacy Day

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On January 27, 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate 16 years of learning as a family. The initiative, created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, has been embraced by literacy organizations, schools and libraries all across Canada. This year, ABC is encouraging families to take time each day to have “15 Minutes of Fun.” “Making time each day to learn together with children helps to develop a shared culture of lifelong learning,” says Gillian Mason, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Learning opportunities happen every day at home, in the park, with friends and family. It is vitally important that all of us, parents and caregivers, understand the benefits of learning outside the classroom and seize these opportunities to learn and grow together.” Time spent following a new recipe, playing a game, or reading a story together can focus on learning in a fun way. These teachable moments at home help children learn listening skills and language skills, and develop their imaginations and creativity — and are also opportunities for adults to practise their skills to keep them sharp. For more great ways to have 15 minutes of fun together, visit the HSBC Learning Activity Centre, at www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.

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Oliver Art Gallery Introduces

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Patricia Grace

Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it wonderful that we are already coming into the winter festive season, and community organizations are starting the usual festivities which lead into the Christmas celebrations? There will be Santa Claus visitations with parades and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos, choirs singing carols and numerous retailers offering amazing holiday specials. Well, the Oliver Art Gallery is also preparing for December celebrations. During December, we will be participating with the Oliver Business Association's 'Shoppers Draw,' staying open on the evening of the Christmas light-up, and offering shopping specials to our customers in the community. During December, the gallery will be featuring specially painted art by all our artists that will be priced at, around or below $100. These are original paintings created especially for this event. The 'Shoppers Draw' dollars will be able to be used for any purchases in the gallery. Although some of our art is valued in the thousands, we will have some low- priced art; and of course there is a large selection of cards and prints. We are also announcing the membership of a new artist in December. We are honoured to have Patricia Grace join our ranks, and to add her amazing paintings expressing mystical and spiritual dreams to our collection. Patricia Grace was born in Ab-

botsford and went to architectural school. She changed her career to pursue her passions, and has been painting ever since. She spent some time as a member of the Group of Seven artists created by Marcel Debrueil. Her works have been displayed in galleries in Vancouver, Kelowna and

throughout southern BC. We are certainly glad to have her with us. Come and enjoy the fine art during December. Purchase some cards, prints or fair-priced originals for your holiday shopping. We are at 6046 Main Street in Oliver, and open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.


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Festive Treasures and FCA Show

n perfect time for Christmas gift buying, the annual Festive Treasures show runs until December 21 at the Osoyoos Art Gallery. The work of 49 local artists and artisans is on display, including painting, pottery and ceramic art, fine art photography, wood and soap stone carving, weaving and knitting, quilting, jewellery, glass sculpture and stained glass panels, wheat art and a few hand-made candles. This year’s event includes offerings from a local chocolatier and a maker of fine soaps. Former museum curator Sharon Leonard, who has been very involved in preparing this year’s event, said that in order to qualify for the show works are hand-made and essentially one-of-a-kind. “There are lots of gift ideas and the prices are very reasonable,” she said. Prices run the gamut, starting from stocking-stuffer appropriate bees wax candles at $2, knit socks for $7and boxes of local chocolates for $9.50. At the high end is a soapstone carving priced at $2,000. There are acrylic, watercolour and oil paintings priced from $35 to $1,500 and all manner of pottery at a wide variety of prices. The Osoyoos Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 at the corner of Main and 89th Streets. Look for the blue canopy next to the Town Hall.

Mike Jorden with a work-in-progress at his home studio overlooking Spotted Lake

FCA show coming in January Entries are coming in for the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) show at the Osoyoos Art Gallery January 18 through February 8. The Colours in Winter show will feature “active” and “signature” members from the South Okanagan chapter of the FCA. Coordinator Mike Jorden said he expects between 15 and 25 members will exhibit up three paintings each. There will be about 40 paintings on display. Since it is a juried show, prospective entrants must submit digital images of their works to the FCA

provincial offices in Vancouver. From there the three-person jury will select the pieces that will be in the show. Then, they will select the best-in-show, second and third places and honourable mentions. The winning entries will be announced at the Saturday, January 18 opening reception. The pieces will be on sale for the three weeks of the show. Deadline for entries on the FCA site is December 15. Jorden doesn’t yet know which of the about 85 South Okanagan members will end up in the show, but that information will be available on the chapter website at fcasos.ca in early January.

Festive Treasures includes gift ideas from paintings and pottery to candles and chocolates

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Okanagan Wines For Holiday and Christmas Dinners By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

South Okanagan Wine Selections For Christmas Dinner By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

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ince we live in the midst of ‘wine country,’ at this time of year with Christmas festivities soon approaching, the Okanagan Sun asked some local wineries which wines go best with the traditional turkey or ham dinner. Heidi, the wine server at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, says it really comes down to which wines appeal to one’s palate. But if she had to choose just one? “If you want a white that goes with anything, I would probably pick the Auxerrois,” she says.Gehringer Brothers 24 www.oksun.ca

describe it as having “a classic wine character with soft acidity, rich in subtle flavours and delicate fruit. Vinted in an off-dry style.” Gehringer Brothers, one of the oldest wineries in the valley, also produces something rather unique, a red ice wine. Unique in that ice wines are traditionally made from white grapes. They term it as “reminiscent of a Port, but with more initial fruit. Pricey, yes, but great as a special treat

at Christmas as an accompaniment to chocolate, nuts and aged cheeses. Or they have a Riseling Icewine, similar to a liqueur and best as a dessert by itself. If you ask Oliver Twist Winery about Christmas dinner wines, there is no hesitation about what they recommend, the Kerner. “That’s what we’re known for,” says their cheerful wine server and sales person Judy Taylor. “It’s not dry, it’s very unique. And that’s our flagship wine. It just pairs really well with the turkey.” And they do have a dessert wine named Rosada Splash. “And ours


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Oliver Twist Estate Winery owners Gina and Trevor Mitchell with their seasonally decorated truck. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

is only three in sweetness, so it’s not terribly sweet,” she says. If you really want to go a little further, she adds, “You can mix it with a little vodka and make a Oliver Twist Martini." Finally, we head over to Tinhorn Creek Winery, with its spacious wine tasting room and friendly staff. On this day, harpist Ingrid Schellenberg is performing ‎for onlookers in the foyer.

ine, even during this festive season, but would really like to add it as a dessert in itself at your table; there are always good Okanagan Late Harvest wines. They are easier on the pocketbook and just as delectable.

Rose with turkey dinner? “We really suggest the Gewurztraminer, and also the Rose is turning out to be very, very nice,” says Carol Lydiatt. “It’s so pale that it’s beautiful.” This Rose though is not so sweet as other ones are, and it should be served nice and cold with dinner. It’s excellent with turkey,” she says. "It just seems to go." Tinhorn Creek also has a Kerner Icewine. “It goes really well with pates or any of those kind of spreads, and it’s great for dessert,” says Jerralynn D’Alfonso, Wineshop Assistant. Tinhorn recommends pairing it with spicy appetizers or blue cheese. If you cannot splurge on Icew-

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Old-Fashioned Country Christmas Season At Rustico

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ustico Winery & Cellars, located on the Golden Mile between Oliver and Osoyoos, is always decked out in a festive style at this holiday time of year. The old country- themed winery is set on a hillside with low mountains overlooking it, and at dark, its Christmas lights are

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colourfully lit on its heritage log home. The nearby wine tasting ‘saloon’ is also resplendent with holiday cheer. An old wooden wagon sits outside its door, decorated with a red Christmas bow, and strands of lights draped over an old covered wagon nearby. Rustico owner Bruce Fuller al-

ways looks every bit the cowboy with his cowboy hat and duds. He welcomes visitors warmly into the cozy tasting room, which is decorated with all manner of ranching and farm artifacts; and old empty bottles lined up on its shelves. On a recent Sunday, it felt somewhat like Santa’s workshop inside, with

Rustico Farm and Cellars Estate Winery is always festively decorated with old country-style charm for the Christmas holiday season. Photo by Andrea DujardinFlexhaug

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a bearded older gentleman from Keremeos in the corner, busily carving little wooden figures of elves, Santas and even some “cowboy” snowmen. “I carved when I was a kid, but then I got away from it for a long time ,” says Keith Stewart. Now that he is retired, Keith finds that he has the time to once again

take up his enjoyable hobby of whittling. And every so often he drives over from Keremeos, stops in at Rustico, and sets up in the ‘saloon’ to work on his carvings; that Fuller sells in his tasting room. If you go up the narrow steps to the top floor of the building, you will see more of his work in Quail’s Roost Art Gal-

lery, including a mini stagecoach complete with four horses.The quaint little gallery also exhibits the artwork of various local artists from Oliver and area. Rustico Winery & Cellars is open all winter long and if you hit it right, there may also be a campfire to warm up beside.

Woodcarver Keith Stewart works away at Rustico Winery & Cellars. Photo Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug.

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Mikie Spillett has a new Rock/Country band based in Oliver named ‘Wined It Up’ along with Ken Repkow, Jim Ruhland and Ed Dukes. They have been playing for about a year throughout the Okanagan valley. ...positive, upbeat stories from the South Okanagan “Now we’re in the studio recording an album,” says Spillet, “so hopefully that will be done(finished) in the spring.” The work in progress is titled ‘Wined It Up,’ and should be available for purchase in local winer250.535.0540 ies, especially at Rustico where she performs from time to time, such as during the recent Winter In Wine Box 177 Country. Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug · Okanagan Falls, BC · V0H 1R0

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Plant Stem-Cell Therapy

tem cells are the most powerful cells in the body. We know that stem cells, once they're circulating in the bloodstream, will travel to any area of the body that has been compromised or damaged and turn into healthy cells. There have been controversial discussions about the new stem cells found in embryos, but the truth is that everyone has adult stem cells in their own bodies. We are all created from stem cells. As a child or a young adult, your body automatically releases stem cells whenever you injure yourself. That's why you heal so fast when you are younger. After about age 35, we don't heal as fast anymore, because the stem cells aren't released the same way as when we were younger. Stem cell nutrition uses a patented process derived from a natural plant source rich in AFA and polysaccharides. It gives the body the raw materials it needs to regenerate damaged tissue. It does not treat symptoms, it goes right to the cause. Aging is nothing more than the breaking down of cells. Stem cell nutrition combats that action. As cells break down, stem cell nutrition replaces them with healthy cells. If you look at the New England Journal of Medicine, you'll find that the number one indicator of a healthy heart is the number of stem cells circulating in the body. Stem cell nutrition is the organic and all-natural way to stimulate the bone marrow to release adult stem cells into the bloodstream. The healthy bone marrow of a human being contains an estimated 150 million stem cells. The trick is to put a portion of those cells to work. Unfortunately, as we age, the marrow starts losing its ability to respond as well as it should, so we don't always have an adequate amount of stem cells in circulation.

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The result is deteriorating health as our worn out tissues fail to renew themselves. Two grams of stem cell nutrition cause the release of about four million stem cells into the bloodstream. Once stem cells arrive at the site, communication occurs between the injured cells and the stem cells to determine which type of cell should be replaced. Whether it is heart, brain, or thyroid tissue – whatever type it is – the new cells replace the old. Stem cells divide and increase in number. The mother cell creates a daughter cell, and one of them remains attached to the bone marrow, so you never use them all. Users of stem cell nutrition report more energy, a better sense of well-being, better sleeping patterns and reversal of many different conditions as seen in arthritis, asthma, diabetes, pms, prostate problems,and much, much more. Stem cell nutrition has zero negative side effects, is very powerful, and we know how it works. It's good for children and pets as well as adults. “This is the best, most natural way I know to optimum health. If you just want to use it for prevention, this is the best thing I know for staying healthy. And if you do have health challenges, it's the best way I know of overcoming those and regaining optimum health. I recommend it to everybody. Cliff Minter, D.P.M.” For an information booklet on Stem Cell Therapy, drop into Bonnie Doon Health Supplies and see Diane or Laara. Ref: Natural stem Cell Therapy Health News International, Inc.


When Is A Healthy Lifestyle Unhealthy? By Jorg Mardian

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n the fitness industry, people talk about what is required to meet health goals, and that’s important. Without dedication, commitment, and singular purpose it can be easy to get sidetracked. Today’s society has many “trappings” that can steer us away from our goals – entertainment, friends, lifestyle and so on. But let’s say you shun these things and really buckle down on this new-found venture. You eat healthy foods, your workouts are making you feel great, your stress levels and weight are dropping, and your work performance increases in tune with your increased energy. Yet you notice something new – something disturbingly different. Along with the positives, you realize you’re sacrificing too much of your time to be healthy. You are now structuring every meal according to calorie content, and getting macronutrients at exact intervals. Likewise, if you miss a workout or a meal, you feel like a failure and have associated guilt. It’s an all or nothing approach structured on finding happiness through bodily perfection – meeting unrealistic, media driven ideals rather than incremental, structured goals that work on the principle of moderation; and can be achieved within your means, your body type and your lifestyle. With such an approach, obsession can take over. And getting upset or considering yourself a failure because of a minor setback is a surefire way not to win-friends or influence people. Think about it. If you’re the only one eating carrot sticks and water at the family get- together, you’ll probably upset the hosts with your phobic approach. It’s one thing to be dedicated, and quite another to show irritating behaviour to everyone else around you. So unless you’re dieting for a contest, having some mashed potatoes isn’t going to kill you. As long as your base of eating is healthy, you have a certain leeway with foods. But a dedication that becomes an obsession and takes over your personal life does not serve as a complement, but rather as a distraction and sideshow. It becomes a selfish, out of balance spectacle that

leaves a bad taste in the mouth of others around you, which is probably the opposite of the more happy and fulfilling life you seek. Finding a moderate approach Worrying about a single missed workout or eating too many calories at a meal and then having to weigh yourself is probably borderline neurotic behaviour. Our lives are structured in decades, and a single event is probably not going to define our future goals. If you have a few setbacks outside of this area, locate the root cause of slip-ups and simply try not to repeat them. But even if you do, it’s not the end of the world because you have many chances to succeed. It’s easy to lose a few battles, but in the end, you can still win the war. Look, you started this whole health kick to feel better, right? Who told you that perfection was at hand? We all have flaws, wrinkles and bumps – no exceptions. You’ll be happier being comfortable in your own skin and doing the best you can to be healthy, have energy and enjoy family and work, rather than speed off in pursuit of unrealistic expectations and sink into depression by fussing about menial issues all day long. Those that stay focused over the long run usually have a balanced approach. They can experience new foods without feelings of guilt; they don’t fuss over missing a single protein shake at an exact time; they don’t care about being impeccable in exercise. What they do best is put in a great effort when they can, and doing so consistently, but without worry. Because in the end, good health is about controlling your life, not allowing life to control you. OKANAGAN SUN • DECEMBER 2013 • 31


AlleyCATS Alliance Seeks 'Forever Homes' For Kittens And Cats By Theresa Nolet

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unny how words on paper can motivate people to take action. That is what happened when Sine Newbold got frustrated enough to write a letter to the Penticton Herald . Sine had been chosen by a small abandoned cat as a safe haven for herself and her small kittens. First showing up on Sineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patio with two kittens. Then the next day there were four kittens with their mom, five pairs of large hungry eyes looking through the glass of the patio doors. How could Sine resist helping them? She could not take them into her home due to severe allergies. But a friend 32 www.oksun.ca

assembled a nice, safe and warm house for them on the patio. Sine took on the task of making sure they were fed, while she tried to find an agency to help her to have mom and kittens spayed/neutered and find homes for them. Sine realized if they were not altered soon, there would be more pairs of hungry eyes looking through the glass, and that would not be good for anyone. Sine had contacted various organizations, but none were able to help her. AlleyCATS Alliance was one of those organizations. But with our foster homes already overloaded with cats and kittens in


our care, we were unable to offer anything other than perhaps to help her with spaying the mom if funds would permit. AlleyCATS Alliance is a new non-profit dedicated to the feral and abandoned cats of the Okanagan, and like all charities, money is always tight. And money is not the only hurdle we are faced with, as we are always looking for qualified foster homes which seem to be in short supply. Frustrated Sine wrote her letter, and that is when the magic started to happen. All of a sudden we had people calling to offer help with the financial cost of having these kittens and mom get the vet care they needed. Some donations were small, but they all counted. Now we were in a position to offer help, and that was all AlleyCATS Alliance needed to spring into action. The next mornin, AlleyCATS

took a large dog crate, fragrant cat food and a lot of determination to bring this little family in out of the cold. And cold it was, the temperature had taken a dive to below freezing. When we arrived, the first kitten we saw was sitting on a low wall visibly shivering. Hoping for the best, we formed a plan. We set up the dog crate in the kitchen, filled dishes with tempting cat food, placed them inside the crate, opened the patio door and waited. It was not long before mom entered the house and the dog crate. Next came the kittens a little tentatively, but the lure of the food was too great. If mom was ok with it, they would trust her. Soon all five were in the crate! Sine slowly walked over, shut the door on the crate and voila! Mission accomplished! However, having the cats in our possession is just the beginning of the process. Mom is friendly,

having obviously belonged to someone at some point. Two of the kittens are fairly relaxed about being handled, but two are still very suspicious of humans. They will need some time to become more social. This little family is being temporarily fostered by one of our board members, but we still need a foster home to look after them until they are adopted. All of these kittens and their mom will soon be available for adoption. So if you are thinking of adding a cat to your home, please consider contacting AlleyCATS. Along with these precious wee ones, we have many others currently in our care. All need loving forever homes. To learn more about AlleyCATS Alliance, and how you can help us to rescue more forgotten felines, visit www.alleycatsalliance. org or our Facebook page or call 250-488-2223.

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Take It To The Cleaners By Billi Hall

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always feel that women have to pay more for everything. So when I was at my local dry cleaners recently, I needed to have a cost explained to me. In my usual offhanded manner, I asked the owner about it. “Why do women have to pay more to have a shirt dry cleaned?” I 34 www.oksun.ca

asked. “The buttons are on the other side, so what difference does that make?!” I did receive a very calm and sound explanation, but I am not going to tell you the trade secret. I was curious to know exactly how my ‘dry cleaning only’ wardrobe got ‘drycleaned’ when everyone knows

that you must get things wet in order for them to be cleaned. I was welcomed behind the counter of Plaza Cleaners in Penticton and met Walter and Bernice Nowek. Let me tell you that these two are definitely hands-on owners. They are at the shop every morning around


7:30 am and stay until at least 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. They have been in operation for more than 18 years ,and have heard and seen it all Bernice laughingly confesses. “People think that we can make old new again and stains miraculously disappear,” she said. “We have had training on how to clean the latest fabrics and have many different stain remover solutions, but sometimes it is either set in or has completely discoloured the garment. Every effort is made to please the customer, but that too can sometimes backfire.” Walter recounts how demanding it can be to hanNoweks. Since there are no technical professionals dle fabrics that say ‘dry clean only’ but can’t really to fine tune or repair, Walter finds himself rescuing be cleaned by any method ,due to dyes that bleed. flood areas, leaking pipes or computer glitches. A So, on to the misnomer of what the ‘dry’ in dry phone call to New York, USA can be more disconcleaning really is. Because I am not a chemical engineer, Walter had to explain this in simplistic ter- certing than actually fine tuning it yourself. It was a great pleasure to have a little chat with Bernice minology. Simply put, it is a chlorine based solvent and Walter and not feel that I am being ‘taken to the which does not penetrate and separates the fibers cleaners,’ but want to take my things to the cleanlike water would. We have front end loader maers. chines that are for the water based fabrics and are One little trade secret that I can confide to you is gently spun. that when you need to put a safety pin through thick I also received some great advice regarding the material or layers, you simply rub the pin on your care of my garments. For example, toothpaste has hair and it slides right through. bleach in it, so Bernice recommended that I never So read your labels carefully, go to your dry cleanbrush my teeth after I have dressed. Hairspray or deodorant should never be used to get stains out or ers for professional advice and always take care of even used while you have your precious silk blouse your wardrobe with a regular dry cleaning schedule. Your local dry cleaners has many brochures on fabon. ric care, cleaning and stain removal and just overall Sometimes when professionals offer advice, it garment storage and quality. can feel like they are ‘taking you to the cleaners,’ Walter and Bernice Nowek are owners of Plaza but the Noweks told me that dry cleaning really can Cleaners in Penticton and Summerland. enhance the life of your garments. For instance, now that winter is on the way, they see a lot of coats coming in. Unfortunately, people had not had them cleaned before they put them in storA-1 SECURITY age over the summer months. This means that moths, bugs and even RENE’S LOCK & KEY stains have done a lot of damage just hanging in the closet. The best option is to have these items cleaned before storing. Also, men’s suits should be cleaned every three months or so to maintain the quality and rid the fabrics of pollution and body odour. Even women’s dresses that have more than RENE BOUTIN one colour combination can be somewhat of a dry cleaning nightmare when improper dyes are used and bleed into the other colours. RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • AUTOMOTIVE The maintenance of their machines can also be a big challenge for the OKANAGAN SUN • DECEMBER 2013 • 35


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Serve foods you are comfortable cooking. Don’t hesitate to mix and match homemade with storebought.

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attended a Food Forum in Mesa this past weekend. The following recipes should enrich your holiday entertaining:

Elevated Eggnog 6 – 8 oz glass

1 ½ ounces of Tuaca (vanilla citrus liqueur or any liqueur of your choice) Pinch of cinnamon Zest of 1 orange, plus a little for garnish 4-6 ounces of eggnog 1 tbsp. melted vanilla ice cream (leave in fridge overnight) Pinch of nutmeg Combine liqueur, cinnamon and orange zest in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail coupe. Top with eggnog, leaving a ½ inch at the top of the glass. Mix melted vanilla ice cream with a pinch of nutmeg. Slowly pour vanilla ice cream over top of eggnog drink. Finish with orange zest. Light a flame and caramelize the zest. There is so much oil in the zest you will never believe it. Make the effort to mix cocktails with fresh, high-quality ingredients. A touch of fresh makes such a difference.

Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts Makes about 20 pieces depend36 www.oksun.ca

ing on how many there are in each can. Rule of thumb with appetizers is 3 – 4 per person. 2 cans (8 oz each) whole water chestnuts. Drain and flush well with water. 2 cups low sodium soya sauce 1 cup sugar 10 – 15 bacon thickly sliced, cherry-smoked (if available) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain water chestnuts. Combine soya sauce and sugar. Add water chestnuts and marinate for 5 – 10 minutes.

Cut raw bacon strips in half and wrap around water chestnut, and hold with a toothpick or skewer. Repeat until you have used all the water chestnuts. Place on a baking sheet and cook in oven for 10 – 20 minutes until bacon is crispy. Remove from oven and remove toothpicks. If desired, arrange on a platter or chafing dish. Serve immediately. Make food look as good as your home. To reduce stress, keep it simple.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Butternut Squash Puree and Candied Hazelnuts

(8 servings)

Prepare ahead – enjoy your party. 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each) 1 cup olive oil 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tbsp. chopped garlic 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage salt and pepper to taste 2 butternut squash 2 tbsp butter (cut into about 4 slices) 2 sprigs of rosemary 2 cups water 2 cups sugar ½ lb. Hazelnuts 2 tbsp. cooking oil (75% canola and 25% olive oil) Chopped fresh parsley for garnish For the marinade: Place pork in a large bowl with a lid or in a ziplock plastic bag. In a medium bowl combine olive oil, orange juice, garlic and sage. Whisk until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Pour the rest of the marinade over all the pork and refrigerate for 4 hours. For the Squash: You can make this 2 – 3 days ahead Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Half butternut squash lengthwise.


Remove and discard seeds and place squash on a baking sheet. Place half of the butter slices on the squash, along with the rosemary sprigs. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until caramelized and tender all the way through. Remove squash from skins and pass pulp through a sieve into a bowl. Puree squash with remaining butter; season with salt and pepper to taste. For the hazelnuts: Bring water to a boil in a medium pot over med-high heat . Add sugar. After sugar dissolves, reduce heat to medium and add hazelnuts. Stir every minute for 5 minutes. Hazelnuts should be slightly softened but still crunchy when finished. Strain hazelnuts from liquid and dry on a perforated rack until dry about 30 minutes. For the pork: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove tenderloins from marinade and season with salt and pepper. Heat one large oven safe sauté pan over medium high heat. Add cooking oil and sear tenderloins on all sides until golden. Put tenderloins in oven to finish and roast 8 – 10 minutes for medium doneness. Instant read thermometer should read 150 – 160 degrees. Slice against the grain into ½ inch rounds. If pork is undercooked for you, place medallions back in oven until desired doneness. To serve: On each plate, make a

swipe of butternut squash puree and place 3 – 4 slices of tenderloin down the middle of the puree. Place hazelnuts into the puree using 4 – 6 nuts per dish. Drizzle remaining marinade on top of pork. Garnish with chopped parsley. Bacon-roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts, Pomegranate Seeds and Aged Gouda Makes 6 – 8 Servings 1 pound brussel sprouts 1 cup diced maple-cured bacon or pancetta 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. minced garlic ½ cup white wine (use only wine that you would enjoy drinking) 1 cup chicken stock 1 tsp. Finely chopped thyme Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup toasted pine nuts ½ cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries ½ cup aged Gouda cheese Clean brussel sprouts, cut in half and set aside. Cut bacon into ¼ inch dice and place in a cold, large sauté pan with the olive oil. Cook over med high heat. Once bacon is crisp, remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Add sprouts and garlic to pan with the oil and bacon fat; toss until they begin to caramelize. Add the wine, chicken stock and thyme. Cover pan and cook until the sprouts are just about done. Remove the lid and continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated and sprouts take on a golden brown colour. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish. Top with pine nuts and pomegranate seeds and sprinkle with gouda cheese

Neat trick for removing seeds from pomegranates: Slice pomegranate in half across the fruit. Slice across the top one way, and then the other into four sections through the tough red skin of the fruit to the pith. Hold in your hand fruit side down, and tap sharply with a hammer or meat tenderizer, or whatever, over a dish. The seeds will drop cleanly into the dish and the pith will remain behind. It is a miracle and really fast. They are touting this as the wonder fruit these days. To get you and your family into the Christmas spirit, take a drive to 4312 Black Sage Road. Experience the light show at the Sights and Sounds of Christmas at the Valley Congregational Church. It is between Road 18 and Road 22. It opens on December 1 through to December 31 from 4 pm to 9 pm daily. It is our church’s gift to you. Your children will love it and so will you. In the next issue of Okanagan Sun Magazine, we will feature recipes from Hong Lac, owner of the Wild Scallion restaurant in Penticton, and his cooking class at Osoyoos Home Hardware. We will also tell you all about Cana Vines Winery in Oliver, who did the wine pairing. Osoyoos Home Hardware is the place to find those unique and gratefully received gifts this Christmas. Have the best Christmas ever and everything wonderful in 2014!

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Nov 23 - Jan 6: Festival of Trees. Beautifully decorated trees will be on display at NK’MIP Resort in the Spirit Lodge & NK’MIP Cellars buildings, with 35+ trees decorated in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Vote for your favourite with a minimum $2 donation. View the spectacular Tree of Hope and guess how many lights, to win a Bellstar hotel stay in support of Spirit of the Game Society.Gingerbread houses and silent auction also. Weekdays 9 am – 6 pm & Weekends 9 am – 7 pm. Open to the public, no charge, but request for donations to the charities. Dec 1: Okanagan Falls Community Christmas at Okanagan Falls Community Centre, 2 pm - 5 pm. Quilt Raffle, Gift making, Baking and craft sale, Live music, and Santa’s photo booth. Sponsored by Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec. Dec 5: The Osoyoos And District Arts Council presents Strings and Swings as part of their Concert Series. 7:30 pm at Osoyoos Secondary School. Jazz, Soul and Celtic music. Tickets $23 at Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos or Sundance Video in Oliver. Dec 6: Osoyoos Coyotes vs. Kelowna Chiefs at Sunbowl Arena in Osoyoos. Game time 7:35 pm. Dec 7: Come and enjoy the flavours of the holidays at Osoyoos Credit Union’s “Member Appreciation Day” from 10 am - 2 pm. The staff will be serving up yummy baked goods for all to enjoy. Dec 7: Breakfast with Santa. Children aged 3-11 years and their accompanying family members are invited to enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, holiday music, several children’s craft stations and a chance to get a photo with a very special guest from the North Pole! $7 per child, adults by donation. 9:00 - 11:30 am at Oliver Community Centre. 38 www.oksun.ca

Dec 11: Osoyoos Coyotes battle the Grand Forks Border Bruins at Sunbowl Arena in Osoyoos. Puck drops at 7:35 pm. Dec 22: Winter Wonderland Family Skate. Celebrate the countdown to the big day and see the Oliver Arena transformed into a Winter Wonderland on ice! Visit the gingerbread cookie decorating station, enjoy a hot chocolate and join in the on-ice games and contests. Everyone welcome, regular public skating rules will apply. Admission by donation & free skate rentals (while supplies last). 6 – 8 pm Oliver Arena Dec 28: Osoyoos Coyotes take on the Summerland Steam at Sunbowl Arena in Osoyoos. Game starts at 7:30 pm. Dec 31: Bring that special loved one to Walnut Beach Resort and enjoy a special 3 course meal prepared by Chef Justin Paakkunainen. The evening will include the lovely sounds of local harpist Ingrid Schellenberg. For more information or reservations please contact the resort directly. Dec 31: Dale Seaman and Highway 97 at the Community Hall in Kaleden. Tickets $18 at Kaleden Family Restaurant and Sweet Grass Feed and Tack shop. Country Dress Theme. Doors open at 8 pm. Jan 17: South Okanagan Concert Society presents KHAC CHI. Two of Vietnam’s premiere musicians showcase unique bamboo instruments. Their haunting lyricism, energetic rhythms and fascinating timbres give the audience an intriguing glimpse into Vietnam’s rich musical traditions spanning 4,000 years. 7:30 pm at Oliver Alliance Church. Jan 23: Desert Sun Counselling’s Ninth Annual Grand Night, ‘Under the Tuscan Moon.’ Formal Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction. $1,000 grand prize draw. 6 pm. at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. Tickets available at Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos and Beyond Bliss in Oliver. Jan 18 - Feb 8: Federation of Canadian Artists ‘Colours of Winter’ at the Osoyoos Art Gallery. Add your event to the Around Town calendar by emailing info@ oksun.ca. It’s free!

Every Monday Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, St. Anne Parish, Osoyoos, 7 pm Every 3rd Monday Arthritis community group, Osoyoos Health Centre, 1 pm Everyone welcome Info: 495-8041, 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease group, Osoyoos Health Unit, 1 pm Maureen 250-495-7978 Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday Oliver Kiwanis Club, Community Centre, noon lnfo: Rosemary 250- 498-0426 Every Tuesday Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Oliver Search & Rescue Bldg. 4 pm-5:30 pm Info: Norma 250-498-8455 Third Tuesday Soroptimist Osoyoos, McKia’s Restaurant, 6 pm (no meetings summers) Info: Doris 250-495-442 New members welcome Third Tuesday Women of Oliver for Women Info: 250-498-0104 First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Quilters, Anglican Church Hall, 9 am Info: 259- 4954569 First & Third Tuesday Oliver Royal Purple Lodge #63, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: Annie 250- 498-2170 Every Tuesday Toastmasters, Oliver, 7 pm Info: Bill 259- 485-0006. First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club, Room above Art Gallery, 7 pm Info: Peter 250-535-1278 First & Third Wednesday Osoyoos Royal Purple Lodge #240, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: 250-495-6748 First Wednesday & Second Thursday O’s Own Writers, Osoyoos Art Gallery, 10 am (Wednesdays) and 7:30 pm (Thursdays) New members welcome Last Wednesday every month Osoyoos Reiki group, Holistic Desert Connections Info: 250-495-5424 Every Thursday Bingo, Osoyoos Senior Centre,1 pm First & Third Thursday Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos, Cactus Ridge, noon. Info: Donna 250- 495-7701 Second Thursday Multiple Sclerosis group, Oliver Community Services basement, 10 am – noon. Info: Cathy 250-4956866 Thursdays Osoyoos Rotary Club, McKia’s Restaurant, noon.Visitors welcome Every Thursday Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers drop-in, Oliver Community Centre, 10 am to 3 pm. Info: 250-498-6649 First & Third Thursday Osoyoos Lake Lions Club, Jack Shaw Gardens, 7 pm Info: 250-495-2993 Every Thursday Oliver & Osoyoos Search & Rescue. Oliver SAR hall, 7 pm www.oosar.org. Every Friday night Osoyoos Elks Bingo. Doors open 5 pm Bingo starts 7 pm


Known around the Okanagan for fresh food & excellent service! Set under the dramatic landscape of McIntyre Bluff (Indian Head), the historic Ye Olde Welcome Inn has been a long-time favorite place for people to relax and dine by the real wood burning fireplace. Enjoy a barbeque on the patio or play a game of pool or darts.

39008 Hwy 97 Oliver at Gallagher Lake

250-498-8840

Our extensive menu features most meals for under $10 or up to $19.95 for a New York Steak and Lobster. You can depend on Dale or any of the eight year-round staff to give you â&#x20AC;&#x153;old school serviceâ&#x20AC;? every day of the year, with a chef on duty until 11:00PM seven days a week. Come savour fresh, homemade food served by well trained staff in our warm, friendly and comfortable establishment! Eat in or take out.

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