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December 27, 2013 / Volume 9 Number 52 / www.peachlandview.com
Peachland council had a busy 2013 with a range of projects
As we approach the New Year, it is timely to look back and summarize some of the work undertaken by council and staff during 2013. Many projects have been initiated or completed. page 5
Joanne Layh Peachland View
An RGS was adopted in 2000 but since then most local governments in the region have updated their Official Community Plan (OCP), prompting the regional district to attempt to stitch those OCPs together to reflect an updated view of the region. The updated RGS is a directional document, not a land use plan, but it does include significantly more policies and provisions than the existing strategy. The strategy addresses issues such as housing, transportation, regional district services, parks and natural areas, economic development and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The total population of the Central Okanagan, according to the 2011 census, was 179,839. RDCO regional growth
The overall quality of service provided by the District of Peachland has improved over the past six months, but there is still opportunity for further improvement, a customer service report to council revealed earlier this month. “Since the June report there has been improvement in the area of overall quality of service, timelines, ease of access to service, staff courtesy, staff knowledge, quality of information received and the feeling of being treated fairly,” director of corporate services Polly Palmer said. Palmer went on to say that any dissatisfaction expressed was attributed to not receiving complete and timely information and was represented by only three of the 18 feedback cards received. The district installed three customer service kiosks in 2012 and since then has been tracking responses. The overall quality of customer service from June 2013 – November 2013 was as follows: • 72 per cent very satisfied; • 17 per cent very dissatisfied; and • 11 per cent dissatisfied. The overall quality of customer service from November 2012 – June 2013 was as follows:
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Peachland Chamber of Commerce has a lot to be proud of
With an old year ending and a new year beginning, the Peachland chamber of Commerce has a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. Okanagan Paddlefest, Festival of Trees, and Christmas Light Up were a major undertaking for a small chamber. page 8
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JAIDEN, MARCUS, AUSTIN, JARED AND AIDEN practice their hockey skills at Turner Park. The Peachland Fire Brigade ﬂoods and scrapes the ice surface regularly to provide a unique outdoor skating opportunity for Peachlanders. Provided the temperatures remain below zero, the ﬁre brigade will continue to maintain the ice until spring.
Growth strategy needs work Joanne Layh / Peachland View Last week Peachland council rejected the regional district’s updated Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) citing numerous concerns with details of the document. Kelowna and West Kelowna have also rejected the strategy and along with Peachland have submitted their concerns about the document to the regional district for consideration. The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a long-range planning tool to help the regional district and local governments take a coordinated approach to dealing with issues that cross local community boundaries. The strategy reflects a collective vision from the regional partners about how they plan to promote growth in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially healthy.
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Regional Growth Strategy rejected by council Continued from page 1
strategy coordinator David Widdis says the population in the region is expected to increase by 70,000 in the next 20-25 years. “We’ll see some substantial growth if those projections are correct,” Widdis said. “When we look at growth management we look at how we are going to accommodate those 70,000 people, so to speak, in a way that preserves the lifestyle we enjoy today and that it doesn’t impact negatively on our transportation systems, services, environment, et cetera.” Although Peachland council expressed support for regional growth objectives and coordination, several concerns about the strategy were brought forward including the following: • The obligation of the member municipalities is often unclear. For example, some policies state the regional partners agree to “ensure” something while other policies are more softly worded to “support” or “promote”; • The relationship between municipal and the regional decision-making roles over land use and development within municipal boundaries should be expressed more clearly; • More opportunity to understand the district’s commitments under the RGS is needed; and • Some areas of Peachland that are intended for future urban development (such as
the New Monaco property) are shown as rural in the land use map. “I do have some real concerns about it to the extent that the way I read this document, it becomes an agreement to which we all subscribe and the language used here, in my opinion, surrenders some of Peachland’s sovereignty over its territory to the regional district,” Councillor Terry Condon said at the committee of the whole meeting. “I really don’t have any concern about this, quite frankly,” Councillor Eric Hall said. “If the province was giving the regional district control over zoning issues it would be a huge change that would be reflected in the community charter and the Local Government Act and I think it would be an issue that would be very, very high profile. I don’t think they’re attempting to do that.” Peachland staff will forward a report detailing the areas of concern to the Regional District of Central Okanagan so the interests and concerns of the district can be considered in a revised RGS. “It is just a matter of us going back and having more meetings and discussions with staff and seeing how they want to deal with these issues and come back with an amendment to the document,” Widdis told The View. Widdis says he expects an amended document should come back to local governments for their approval in February or March.
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Sample size of feedback update deemed too small by councillors Continued from page 1
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57 per cent very satisfied; 19 per cent satisfied; 9 per cent no response; 5 per cent neutral; 5 per cent dissatisfied; and 5 per cent very dissatisfied. “If this was my business as an entrepreneur, I would be very unhappy with these results,” Councillor Schierbeck said. “I appreciate these getting better but we still have a ways to go.” Councillor Eldon Kerbes said because of the small number of samples it is difficult to draw any conclusion with any statistical certainty.
Councillor Terry Condon also concluded that more responses are needed. “The sample size we’re getting is so insignificant that it is not statistically valid,” Coun. Condon said. “I think it is important and a positive step that we’re providing and encouraging a level of feedback from our residents so that we can learn from the comments…What does work for me is we have a process for feedback that is public and open and we encourage people to use it and we’re doing something useful with the information we get.” The next customer service feedback update will be reported in June 2014. The customer service kiosks are located at the district office, public works office and community centre. An online questionnaire is also available at the district’s website.
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Cancer screening guidelines Early detection of cancer greatly increases a person’s odds of surviving this potentially deadly disease. Screening can range from relatively simple self-examinations to more complicated procedures conducted by physicians. The following are the widely accepted screening guidelines, courtesy of the American Cancer Society.
Women should begin self-examinations of their breasts starting in their 20s. This helps women familiarize themselves with their breasts early on, which makes it easier to detect any abnormalities, including lumps, later in life. In addition to breast self-exams, women should receive clinical breast exams, or CBEs, every three years while in their 20s and 30s, and then an annual CBE starting at age 40. The ACS also recommends women begin receiving annual mammograms starting at age 40. Some doctors may also recommend women with a family history of breast cancer or other significant risk factors receive an MRI in addition to a mammogram. These additional tests are rarely necessary, but women at a higher risk of breast cancer should discuss their options with their physicians.
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Men and women should begin
screening for colorectal cancer and polyps beginning at age 50. Polyps are growths on the inner surface of the colon that are often noncancerous, but some can develop into cancer. Some tests may be conducted to find both polyps and cancer, and these tests should be conducted at various intervals. Beginning at age 50, men and women should get a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, a colonoscopy every 10 years, a double-contrast barium enema every five years, or a CT colonography, also known as a virtual colonoscopy, every five years. When tests other than a colonoscopy are positive, then a colonoscopy should be conducted as well. Testing can also be conducted to detect colorectal cancer. Beginning at age 50, men and women should receive an annual fecal occult blood test or a yearly fecal immunochemical test. When results are positive, a colonoscopy should be conducted.
Despite the prevalence of lung cancer, the ACS advises against screenings for lung cancer in people whose risk for developing the disease is average. But the ACS does recommend screenings for those individuals who are at high risk for the disease. These include men and women who meet all of the following criteria:
• 55 to 74 years of age; • in fairly good health; and • have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history and are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years. More information about lung cancer screening is available at www.cancer. org.
Endometrial (uterine) cancer
According to the ACS, at the time of menopause all women should discuss the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancer, often referred to as uterine cancer. Detection often begins with women themselves, who should report any bleeding or spotting to their physicians immediately upon detection. Some women may be candidates for yearly endometrial biopsies. This includes women who have hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, or HNPCC, a condition also known as Lynch syndrome. Women known to carry HNPCC-linked gene mutations are also candidates. Women from families with a tendency to get colon cancer where genetic testing has not been done also are candidates for yearly endometrial biopsies. These yearly biopsies should begin at age 35, and women should discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of the tests with their physicians. More information on cancer screenings is available at www.cancer.org.
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Boxing Day Joanne Layh / Peachland View
ou hear it from somebody every year: “The holidays are becoming too commercial.” While one could try to argue that the origins of Christmas included the element of gift-giving (gold, frankincense and myrrh ring any bells?), there’s little dispute that Boxing Day has always been a commercial affair. Traditionally, Boxing Day was a day when servants or tradespeople would receive gifts from their boss. These days, most workers get the day off so they can buy stuff themselves, so it’s not too much different. So, if like most Canadians, you hit the shops this Boxing Day, give yourself a pat on the back for keeping the spirit of the holiday alive. Sure, for some people Boxing Day is a sport. But unlike some Black Friday hooligans, Boxing Day participants usually know where to draw the line. Perhaps that’s because Black Friday marks the lead up to Christmas, when p e o p l e are feeling stressed out and under pressure to get gifts under the tree and everything else that goes along with Christmas preparations. Boxing Day has the right timing. Post-Christmas, the pressure is off and people can shop just for the fun of it. Boxing Day has a nicer vibe to it than Black Friday because people are generally more relaxed and looking for a good way to work off some of that Christmas dinner. Even the name of America’s favourite shopping holiday has an ominous tone to it: Black Friday. No wonder there are deaths. Boxing Day sounds better than Black Friday. Everybody likes boxes. Boxes are good. Boxes hold promises and exciting surprises! Having a holiday sandwiched in between Christmas and New Year’s is also nice because it keeps the holiday vibe going. If you’re suffering from postChristmas letdown, Boxing Day is there to the rescue with adrenaline and exciting outings. So I’m all for keeping Christmas as a traditional, non-commercial holiday dedicated to family togetherness and warmth and charity. Let’s let Boxing Day be the lightning rod for the depraved commercial circus that we all want but nobody wants to admit to. Christmas is the holiday we all want; Boxing Day is the holiday we can’t resist.
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Farewell, Valley First Credit Union Yesterday I told the staff at Valley First Credit Union that I was moving my accounts to another banking institution. It was not an easy decision. Years ago when the Bank of Montreal left Peachland, Valley First came to the rescue. Over the years they not only looked after our financial needs but they contributed to many worthy causes. The staff were like friends, attentive and helpful. Now they are abandoning us. It may be more efficient and convenient for Valley First in West Kelowna but what
about their customers here, especially the elderly? Financial institutions are enjoying huge profits, but money shouldn’t be everything. What about good old fashioned service? A number of large developments, such as New Monaco and Ponderosa will be bringing citizens who will need a banking institution. How convenient (and profitable) it would be to do it in Peachland. My hope is that another bank will soon see the advantage of moving into our community and flourish as we grow. Phyllis Papineau, Peachland
Dog owner not sold yet on new regional policy I’m probably not the only one who thinks that the recent drive by the RDCO to coerce dog owners by threats of zero tolerance and $300 fines if they don’t license their dogs to be nothing but a money grab. If they can get owners to purchase that initial license, then all they have to do is send out renewal notices annually and hopefully the money will
role in. The claim that licensing your dog will make it easier to return your dog if it strays is bogus, especially with tattoos, microchips and personal ID tags. Besides I haven’t heard See DOG OWNER on page 5
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OPINION | COMMENTARY
Dog owner questions zero tolerance policy on licensing Continued from page 4
there is a big problem with straying dogs. Has anyone seen any stray cats around? What exactly is zero tolerance? Are they going to have some bylaw officer patrolling
streets and walkways checking dog walkers for a license? If not, does that mean they get a $300 fine? Or is it if they pick up a stray dog with no license and they happen to find the owner via a tattoo or microchip that the owner is issued a $300 fine?
Being a responsible dog owner, I may decide to purchase licenses for my two dogs. If I do, I’ll justify it by assuming that the $40 or so will go directly to the SPCA on a yearly basis, but I’ll take that into account should I consider any future donations to
them. Likely though, they are probably trying to recoup the hundreds of thousands of dollars it cost them for impound and legal fees in their latest debacle earlier this year. David Blair, Peachland
FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK
2013: A Busy and Productive Year Mayor Keith Fielding / Commentary As we approach the New Year, it is timely to look back and summarize some of the work undertaken by council and staff during 2013. Many projects have been initiated or completed: • C o m pletion of renovations to the Peachland Historic Primary School building within a budget dependent on grants, in-kind conMayor Keith Fielding t r i b u t i o n s and donations, and a municipal contribution capped at $200,000; • Agreed-upon improvements to evening and weekend transit services to take effect in 2014; • Continued progress on major developments – Ponderosa/Pincushion, New
Monaco, and Tabletop Mountain (formerly Trepanier Manor); • Introduction of a downtown revitalization tax exemption as a development incentive; • Completion of a renewable energy study to support future district energy opportunities; • Progress on plans to achieve IHA required water quality standards while reducing water master plan costs and creating revenue through micro-hydro generation; • Completion of the Skate Park at Lambley Park; • Partnership with the Lions Club, Rotary, and Wellness Centre for installation and use of seniors’ fitness equipment at Lambley Park; • Implementation of wayfinding signage in consultation with the Peachland Chamber of Commerce; • Partnership with UBCO and New Monaco on grant driven studies regarding water sustainability and management; • Partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create four affordable homes on municipally owned property at the food bank site on Princeton Avenue – to include food bank relocation;
• Completion of a corporate review, completion of bylaw and policy reviews, and initiation of a development services review process as well as installation of customer service feedback kiosks; • Implementation of webcasting for committee of the whole and council meetings making possible live, and post-meeting, viewing via internet; • Completion of a new walkway on Princeton from Turner to Somerset; • Measured progress towards greenhouse gas reduction through management of corporate emissions and energy saving strategies; • Major capacity upgrade to the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant with our regional district partners West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation; • Productive relations established with federal, provincial and regional partners including Westbank First Nation: continued dialogue on key issues affecting Highway 97 and seniors housing;
• Improved fire and safety protection with purchase of mini WASP and 2014 replacement of outdated marine rescue boat; and • Establishment of, and support for, the dog park committee with implementation of recommendations being phased in stages beginning in 2014. I want to take this opportunity to thank our staff, our contractors, and my council colleagues for their achievements during the past year, none of which would have been possible without their dedication and hard work. I want also to acknowledge the amazing contribution to our quality of life made by Peachland’s volunteer community: volunteers remain the heart and wealth of the community and we are proud to provide support and partnership whenever possible. My best wishes to all for a happy, and healthy, Christmas and New Year. I am always pleased to respond to reader’s questions or comments and can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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With an old year ending and a new year beginning, the Peachland Chamber of Commerce has a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. From an events perspective, the chamber planned and implemented two new community initiatives this year â€“ Okanagan Paddlefest and Festival of Trees. The chamber also agreed to take on the coordination of Christmas Light Up for the District of Peachland as a pilot. All of these events were a major undertaking for a small chamber. I believe these chamber directed community development initiatives have added another dimension to our community. They have given people more reason to participate in community events, to invite their friends and families, to showcase our valued businesses as sponsors and chamber members, which translates into new economic development investment dollars into Peachland. With each new initiative the chamber launches, the radar screen bleeps with the attraction of many more locals and folks who reside outside of our area. It takes a community of communities to grow a community and it takes sound investment of resources â€“ capital, social and human â€“ before a community can attract outside investment. It also takes time to see actual investment results. It doesnâ€™t happen overnight. I for one believe we are on the right path.
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By Erin Boyes, District of Peachland The 2014 chamber membership renewal drive is in full swing. If you havenâ€™t already completed your emailed renewal forms and arranged to pay your dues please drop by or call the office at 250-767-2422 to do so. Membership dues are the main source of revenue for the Peachland chamber and your continued support of our services and activities is critical to developing strategic priorities attracting Water aimed Rates at Bylaw ConďŹ dential counsellin g services are offered new economy business investors and entrepreneurial and rePaddlefest Fun Amendments free of charge. ding is provided by the Province of British Col umb locating families. We are stronger together. Kudos toww Peachland chamber president Gabi w.bcresponsibl ia. Haas egambling.vice ca and her incredible team of volunteers for producing a fun Council gave first, secfilled July Paddlefest that was not only well organized but Business After Hours ond and third readings to also well attended. It was a spirited event that put a new face This monthâ€™s Business AfterWater Hours Rates event was hosted by Bylaw No. on Peachland for summer attractions. Not a lot of money was Dragon Lotus Restaurant â€“ the1931, best Chinese food in Peach2010 Amendment made but it did not lose money. For a first year event it was land â€“ on December 3. Sam put on a great evening offering Bylaw Number 1981, absolutely a success. Paddlefest demonstrated that self-sus- up local beverages and tasty deep friedThis wontons and crispy 2011. amendment taining partnerships are a product of a communityâ€™s ability egg rolls as appetizers. The informal event drew bringsnetworking the agricultural to nurture and maintain effective involvement, commitment, 23 people, including two new rate businesses Ian Johnson and in lineâ€“with the 2009 team building and leadership. his wife of West Kelowna Craftsman Collision Kristin level from $0.04and to $0.10 Skjerpen of Novastar. Marimper Henselwood of Valley cubic meter, with First no Credit Union spoke eloquentlyincrease and fromintheany heart about the Festival of Trees other rate Hills in the new year. Festival of Trees started as a small discussion during the relocating of Valley First to Vintage category. first Christmas Light Up planning meetings. It was going Members were asked to share their thoughts about the rechamber to be a challenge to make it happen with limited resources location decision and Rob Campbell, Earthworks Bylaw president, Amendaddress the issue. and limited time to dedicate to it but because of the level of provided thoughtful insight into plans to ment support for the event from many folks in this community it The door prize of Hainle Vineyards wine and Xocolious of West Kelowna Craftsbecame a reality. There are 15 wonderful trees all themed chocolates was won by Ian Johnson Council gave final reconman Collision. The next BAH sideration is scheduledand for February 12. differently up for auction. adoption office atControl 250-767The following sponsors and supporters did an excellent job To sponsor the next event call the to chamber Earthworks of getting this first-time event off the ground: West Kelowna 2422. Bylaw No. 832 AmendCraftsman Collision, New Monaco Developments, Xocoliment Bylaw Number Kelly Joseph cious, Patrick Your DollarBell Store With More,Kimberly Happy Cow Gluten Free Upcoming 2014Jacoe first quarter events 1977, 2011. This amendBakery & Deli, TNI, Peachland Art Group, Bliss Bakery, â€˘ January 8 â€“ Q4 2013 Quarterly Meeting (sponsor required); ment allows for landscapâ€˘ Personal â€˘ Wills & Estates â€˘ February Real Estate Peachland Visitor Centre, Injury Johnston Meier Insurance, Okana- â€˘ 12 â€“ Business Aftering Hours (sponsor required); businesses to be exgan Boys Girls Club, West Kelowna Salvation Army, â€˘ March 8 â€“ Business Awards; â€˘ &Civil Litigation â€˘ Family LawWest â€˘ Corporate Law Excellence empt from the permitting Kelowna Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Peachland United â€˘ March 12 â€“ Business After Hours (sponsor required); and process. Church Bargain Bin, Peachland Ambassadorial Society, â€˘ AprilBC 12 â€“V0H Business 13211 N. Victoria Rd. P.O. Box 520, Summerland 1Z0Expo. Peachland Central Okanagan Railway Club and Peachland Watch for information about the Business Excellence Historical Society, Joan March and Dunamis Projects. Awards and Business Expo in January.
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LOCAL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS | firstname.lastname@example.org SUNDAYS Jerry Dober Breakfast, 8am, Peachland Wellness Centre Peachland United Service, 10am, United Church St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Worship, 10am, St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Emmanuel Church Workship Service, 10am, Peachland Elementary School Peachland Baptist Service, 10:30 service fellowship 11:30am, 4204 Lake Ave. Meat Draw, 2pm, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69
MONDAYS Yoga Advanced Beginners, 7:45-8:45am, 50+ Activity Centre Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:30am, 50+ Activity Centre Tai Chi, 12-1pm, 50+ Activity Centre Needle Arts/Quilting, 1-4pm, 50+ Activity Centre Peachland Guides, 5:15pm, community centre Youth Boxing Club, 6-8 pm, 4th Street Place Wood Carving, 7-9pm, 50+ Activity Centre
Mid-week Study and Conversation Coffee, 9:30am, St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Carpet Bowling, 10am-noon, 50+ Activity Centre Wellness Circle Fitness Equipment Guides, 10am. Call 250-767-2133 to register for your spot. AA, 12-1pm, 50+ Activity Centre Toastmasters, 12-1pm, Peachland community centre. www.peachland.toastmasters.org Friendship Tuesday/Movie, 1-3:30pm, 50+ Activity Centre Tween Drop-In, 2:30-5pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 5-6 Youth Drop-In, 3:30-8pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 7+ Peachland Sparks and Brownies, 5:45-7pm, community centre Bridge (Experienced), 7pm, 50+ Activity Centre
Yoga, 7:45-8:45am, 50+ Activity Centre Aerobics For The Not So Young, 9:30-10:30am, 50+ Activity Centre Art Class, 1-4pm, 50+ Activity Centre Chess, 1:15-3:30pm, 50+ Activity Centre Writer’s Bloc, every second Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm, Peachland Wellness Centre. Tween Drop-in, Cooking Night, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 5+ Lions Den Meeting, 7 pm. 2nd week: 6th Ave. Police Station. 4th week: community centre. Dan 250-767-9034 Central Okanagan Model Railway Company Group, 7pm, Peachland Museum
Bereavement, 10am, Peachland Wellness Centre Iron and Silk Exercise, 11amnoon, 50+ Activity Centre Peachland Rotary Club Meeting, 12pm, Gasthaus Pub AA, 12-1pm, 50+ Activity Centre Breastfeeding Cafe, second and last Thursday, 1pm, Peachland Wellness Centre. Call 250-7670141 Tween Drop-In, 2:30-5pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 5-6 Youth Drop-In, 3:30-8pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 7+ Seniors Classes for Computer Tutorial, 3:45-4:45pm, until November 14. Call 250-7683305 to register. Meat Draw, 4pm, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 Bingo, 6:45pm, Doors 5:30pm, 50+ Activity Centre
Yoga Beginners, 10:3011:30am, 50+ Activity Centre Friday Art Club, 1pm, 50+ Activity Centre Art Class, 1-4pm, 50+ Activity Centre Youth Drop-In, 3:30-8pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 7+ Ladies Snooker, 5pm, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 Potluck, Meeting, or Entertainment, 6pm, 50+ Activity Centre (4th week of the month only)
week long event. February Freeze Up 5K, February 16. 5K Run. Registration required, volunteers welcome. Girl Guides Thinking Day, February 22. A day of fun with the Girl Guides! Join in for crafts lunch, performance and more! Public is welcome to attend. Volunteer Recognition Breakfast, March 7. Invitation to organizations and volunteers to enjoy a Council prepared breakfast. RSVP required. Chamber of Commerce Business to Consumer Expo, April 12. Vendors, presenters, antique appraisals and more. Peachland Spring 10K and Half
Marathon, April 13. 10K and half marathon options. Registration required, volunteers welcome. Peachland Variety Singers Concert, April 13. Easter Egg Hunt, April 18. For children 2 and over. Crafts, activities and an Easter egg hunt. Volunteers welcome. Civic Awards Night, May 2. Recognizing volunteerism and excellence in Peachland. Awards night is open to everyone. Annual Rotary Spring Gala Fundraiser Event, May 10. Dinner, dancing, live music. Live, silent and balloon auction. Tickers are $50/person and can be purchased from any Rotarian.
SATURDAYS Carpet Bowling, 10am-noon, 50+ Activity Centre Meat Draw, 3pm, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #69 Youth Drop-In, 3:30-9pm, Peachland Youth Centre. Grades 7+
UPCOMING EVENTS Turner Park Skating, Turner Park. The weather has cooperated and the skating rink is now open at Turner Park! In partnership with the Peachland Fire Brigade, the District of Peachland has provided outdoor ice skating at Turner Park sport box. The Peachland Fire Brigade floods and scrapes the surface regularly to provide a unique outdoor skating opportunity for Peachlanders. The rink is unsupervised and participants are encouraged to inspect the ice surface prior to use being mindful of any deficiencies in the ice surface. Provided the temperatures remain below zero, the Fire Brigade will continue to flood the sport box.
New Year’s Day Polar Bear Run and Walk, January 1. Get your New Year Resolutions to be active, fit and lose weight off to the right start by participating in our New Year’s Day Polar Bear Run and Walk. Participants can choose between a 5K run or walk or a 2K run or walk. New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim, January 1, Swim Bay. Celebrate 2014 with a dash and splash into Okanagan Lake. This event is free but pre-registration will allow for a special participation certificate to be prepared for you. You can pick this up after the event at the community centre. Check in is at 12:30 pm at the community centre to sign waivers,
or download the form and bring a completed one with you. Peachland Variety Singers, January 6, 9:30am, 50+ Activity Centre. The Peachland Variety Singers will be starting special music to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Anyone wishing to join should be able to carry a tune. The cost is a $15 membership in the activity centre. Peachland Sportsmen Game Banquet, February 8. A dinner open to the public. Tickets $50/ person, available at Valley Glass in West Kelowna. HeArts Festival, February 10-16. All art-related groups are asked to think about participating in this
Medical Services Directory Chiropractor Dr. Peter Stapleton
www.lakesidechiro.ca 4403 2nd St, Peachland
Dr. Don MacRae Dr. Phil Kachanoski Dr. Karl Oppenheim Dr. Peter Cormillot Dr. Jeff Krawchuk
Wes Bedford, B.Sc Geoff Davis, B.Sc Garnet Lloyd, B.Sc Wesley Bedford, B.Sc
Peachland Dental Centre
Function Massage Therapy
Elisa McCoy, RMT
Beach Ave Medical Clinic FAMILY PRACTICE
Dr. John Brinkerhoff Dr. Praven Chetty Dr. Alanna Leverrier
250-767-3432 OPEN Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm Sat 10am to 2pm Closed Sundays
FREE HEARING TEST
Colin VanBergen, M.Sc. Audiologist
778-754-1424 Every Tuesday by appt. Inside Peachland Pharmacy
DECEMBER 27, 2013
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Orchard Labourer BK Orchards is looking for a fulltime seasonal (Spring 2014-Autumn 2014) vineyard/orchard labourer. Pruning, trimming, picking and packing! $10.25/hr + vac. pay. Located in Peachland. Please contact 250-767-3129 or 250-4987494. E-25
Suite For Rent 2 bedroom, fully furnished upper suite; 5 appliances, wood burning fireplace, includes LCD satellite TV, internet, large deck with lake view, gated driveway with carport. Utilities included, $950. Avail from January 1 - June 30, 2014. Call Debi 604 720 4058. FR-47
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Off Season Room For Rent Off season room for rent in beautiful Peachland, located on Beach Ave. Studio, carriage house or room available. Monthly or weekly rental, fully furnished, all utilities included. TV, wi-fi. Price negotiable. Please call 250-767-2714.
Painting Services Residential or commercial, New construction or repaint. Interior or exterior. Call G. C. Contracting for a free estimate. 250-767-2701 S-3
J&M Cleaning • Commercial • Residential • Move-Outs • Locally owned and operated • References available 250-878-9729 S-18
1 Bedroom Suite Peachland 1 bedroom basement suite, furnished, private entrance. W/D, utilities, cable, internet, gas fireplace, no smoking. $750 + damage dep. 778-214-5155, 250864-7372. FR-50
Gentle Beginner Yoga Starting January 5th, Sunday evenings from 7-8:30pm. I will be offering gentle beginner Yoga at The Little Schoolhouse off 4th St. Drop in is $5 Please contact Naomi @ 250 801 8796 firstname.lastname@example.org S-26
Renosense Home Repair Ltd. Renovations including dry walling, textured ceilings, etc., decks, tiling, etc. No job too small. Call Eric at 250-317-6570 S-2
Alcoholics Anonymous Peachland Fellowship
Meets Monday at 7 p.m. (closed meeting) and Friday at 8 p.m. (open meeting). Call 250-763-5555 for more info.
3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, large living area, fenced private yard, home on the north end of Beach Ave. Furnished optional. N/S. $1500/month. 250-862-4662 FR-43
2 storey, 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 baths. On quiet cul de sac, friendly neighbourhood, sought after street. Rec room w/ F/P in full bsmt. plus a large storage area. Walk-in closet and ensuite in master bdrm. Eat in kitchen w/ adjoining covered sun deck. Did we mention the fabulous lake views! Lots of off street parking and drive-in garage. Avail. Jan. 15, 2014. Rent $1400/month + utilities. Smoke free home. Sorry, no pets. References please. Inquiries 250-767-6698 or 250-8592444. FR-48
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Peachland gorgeous LAKE VIEW home; furnished; gas fireplace; garage; available until May 15; $1200 call 604-328-9890 FR-51
SERVICES Carpenter Professional semi-retired finishing carpenter. 35 years experience. Call Stuart Wainwright C: 778-2142354 or H: 250-767-6662. S-18
Castles to Cabins Housekeeping, cleaning, offices or yard work. move ins and move outs, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly appointments. Experienced and reliable. Call Michelle 250-8266285 S-14
Children’s Yoga Starting January 9th, Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. I will be offering children’s Yoga classes at The Little Schoolhouse off 4th St. Drop in is $10 Please contact Naomi @ 250 801 8796 email@example.com S-26
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DECEMBER 27, 2013
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Journey to Bethlehem Robin Graves St. Margaret’s Anglican Church They are an unassuming couple, hand knit from odds of wool in shades of blue and beige and rust, somewhat worn, well travelled, much loved. They are Mary and Joseph – two of the figures that make up a Christmas crèche that was gifted to our family many years ago and that has travelled with us ever since. I find it hard to believe that it was only two years ago that they embarked on a new venture, journeying from the East – as have others before – to begin a new chapter in our family story. Their long trip from St. Catharines, Ontario came to an end as we found the carton in which they had been safely packed, as the box was quickly opened and as they took their place in the celebration of our first Okanagan Christmas. Mary and Joseph may well have thought that this marked the end of their travelling days, and one could certainly understand if that were true. Yet often life surprises us – inviting us to new perspectives, to new possibilities. And so it is that Mary and Joseph once again found themselves on the road, not in the dark confines of a cross-country long hauler, but in the company of fellow pilgrims on the streets of Peachland and beyond. Through the season of Advent, members of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church welcomed Mary
and Joseph into their homes for a day. Recently they spent the day with Gale and Frank, attending the annual Christmas lessons and carols service at St. Margaret’s, introduced both to visitors and to leaders from the community who shared in the service. That evening they went to Edward’s home and the following day they arrived at Betty’s home, where they had next been invited. It would have been enough, perhaps, had Mary and Joseph simply been invited into people’s homes. Yet that was not the case, as they were also invited to share in people’s lives, to travel with them through their day-to-day activities. It was not a planned itinerary, but one that found them in the most unexpected places. There was opportunity to sample local cuisine as they joined others for meals at Boston Pizza and the White Spot. They shared in festive events, attending birthday gatherings and a wedding – not as long ago at Cana, but in Penticton. They joined in preparations for Christmas, shopping at the Superstore, Costco and other local retailers. In their travels Mary and Joseph were invited to places of care, spending time at the Peachland Dental Clinic, attending the BC Cancer Agency’s Volunteer Christmas Tea and then visiting at the Cancer Lodge, accompanying folks to the Kelowna Eye Associates and visiting friends at both Lakeview
Peachland United Church
Lodge and Village at Smith Creek. They rested in homes filled with memories and stood before a home under construction, a home that carries the hope of tomorrow. They were received by family and friend and stranger. They were welcomed with curiosity and delight as their story was told. There is a truth at the heart of this adventure, a truth that is central to our Christmas celebration: the journey to Bethlehem continues. Certainly the story remains familiar to many, and yet in its very familiarity there lies a danger that it may simply be heard as a story from the past – and not only as one from the past, but as one for a different place and a different people. But it is neither of these. Indeed, the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is a story fresh for today, one that invites our participation. It is the story of a journey unplanned and unanticipated, through unfamiliar country to an uncertain future. It is the story of a journey fraught with danger yet
filled with possibility, one undertaken in faith - not with certainty but on the strength of an assurance: “Fear not, I will be with you.” It is the story of a journey ventured for the sake of a promise – the promise of new life – and with the recognition that the seeds of new life are already borne within. In this Christmas season we are invited to travel with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Like them, we are called to a journey unplanned, carrying us to future as yet unknown. It is a journey through the unanticipated and unfamiliar to possibility and hope fulfilled. It is a journey we undertake in faith, sustained by an assurance, confident in a promise. Like Mary and Joseph, we are called to the place where new life is born, to the place where God comes among us – Emmanuel, God with us. And in our journey to that place we recognize not only the gift of God’s new life, but the truth that we are called to carry that new life to one another. Woven from the strands
St. Margaret’s Anglican Church
Advent Services December 29 First Sunday of Christmas- 10 am
Everyone is welcome to all services For information, contact Lyn Stewart, 250-767-6211 St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 4464 4th St. Peachland, 250-767-3131 Church Office open Mon. to Fri. 9:30 to 11:30 am
of our personal histories, many of us somewhat worn, we are indeed like Mary and Joseph. As we celebrate this Christmas, may we recognize their story as a story for today– and sharing in their journey, may we celebrate the new life come in our midst, knowing ourselves in this day to be both blessed and blessing for those we meet.
BARGAIN BIN Bargain Bin will be closed for Christmas
December 21 to January 9, 2014 Please do not drop off any donations during this time. We thank everyone for their patronage this past year and wish everyone a very merry Christmas!
William ‘Paul’ Stewart
March 22, 1935 – Dec. 18, 2013
Paul passed away peacefully at home in Peachland with his wife Lyn holding his hand. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Lyn, sons Randy and Drew (Deb), step-children Christine (York), Allan (Gretchen) and Noel (Sabrina). Also by his grandchildren; Dayton, Serene, Lyndsi, Kirsten, Erin, Madison, Nathanial, Kristopher, Akaysha and Jayden. Paul will also be greatly missed by his extended family Bruce, Esther, Kelsey and Trent Kitch; his family of the heart. Paul is predeceased by his parents Aubrey and Mary Stewart, his siblings Bruce and Sandra. A special thank you to the nurses of Westside Home Care for all of their support. At Paul’s request, an informal gathering was held on Monday Dec. 23, 2013. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.HansonsFuneral.ca
Places of Faith
St. Margaret’s Anglican Church
Advent and Christmas Services Grace Lutheran Church 1162 Hudson Road West Kelowna, B.C. 250-769-5685
New Contemporary Worship Service 9 a.m.
Dec. 1: First Sunday in Advent- 10 am Dec. 8: Second Sunday in Advent- 10 am Dec. 15: Third Sunday in Advent- 10 am Lessons and Carols- 4 pm (refreshments beforehand) Dec. 22: Fourth Sunday in Advent- 10 am Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service- 7 pm Dec. 29: First Sunday of Christmas - 10 am Sunday Worship 10 a.m.
Mid Week Study & Conversation Tues. 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 thru to Grade 6 www.gracelutherankelowna.com
Everyone is welcome to all services For information, contact Lyn Stewart, 250-767-6211 St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 4464 4th St. Peachland, 250-767-3131 Church Office open Mon. to Fri. 9:30 to 11:30 am
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Peachland United Church
Peachland Baptist Church
4421 4th Street
4204 Lake Avenue
Find a friendly welcome, good music, great fellowship, Bible messages
“Let Us Worship Together”
Sunday School: 9:30 am Sun. Morning Worship: 10:30 am
Ben McGillivray, NGM Associate Pastor
10:00 am - Combined Worship Service at Emmanuel Church
Peachland Campus Pastor cell: 250.870.3087 Ofﬁce: 5848B Beach Avenue
2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna 250.768.7638 emmanuelnet.ca
Fellowship Coffee: 11:30 a.m. Office Hours - Tue, Wed, Thur 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hall rental contact Doreen 250-767-2132 Sunday Morning Service 10 a.m. Rev. Elaine Diggle
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Women’s Bible Study: Wednesday, 9:30 am Dr. Gordon Denison, Pastor 250-707-1735 firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 27, 2013
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