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Officer standing trial sees himself as victim KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

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FEATHERED FRIENDS — Two-year-old Jonah Tonhauser and mom Julie watch as the flock of ducks they were feeding on the shores of Okanagan Lake take flight. Feeding the waterfowl is a popular pastime to beach visitors to both lakes in the winter months.

Testimony from a former Summerland RCMP officer paints a very different picture of a roadside assault which brought criminal charges against him. Cpl. Andre Turcotte took the stand at Penticton provincial court this week facing charges of assault causing bodily harm in an incident that took place on Highway 97 in Summerland Nov. 20, 2007. “I see myself as the victim in all of this, not the assailant,” said Turcotte on Thursday while being cross-examined by the Crown prosecutor. While returning to Summerland from Penticton with a friend on the evening of the incident, Turcotte said a speeding car came up behind them near Pyramid Beach, causing them to swerve right onto the gravel section. “It was close enough that I thought I was going to end up in the lake,” said Turcotte, who was off-duty at the time. “My heart was pounding. I thought I was very close to being in a serious accident.” Turcotte said an excessively speeding red Acura was weaving in and out of the lanes and glanced off a meridian. The off-duty officer said by the time they got to the intersection at Prairie Valley Road, the Acura was sitting at the red light. As they proceeded through the intersection Turcotte said the male passenger (Scott Campbell) in the Acura gave the middle finger to them. “He then gestured with both his hands, proceeding to shoot me like he had hand guns in each of his hands,” said Turcotte. The Acura maintained speed with them and appeared to swerve into his lane twice, prompting Turcotte to flash his headlights. Turcotte said he was planning to make a U-turn to get away from the vehicle but the Acura veered quickly into their lane and slammed to a complete stop. Turcotte said the passenger immediately got out of the Acura and made his way to his window. In July, Campbell testified that it was Turcotte who got out of the car and came to his window. Campbell also said the off-duty officer had flashed


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Telethon gives Penticton teen reason to smile MARK BRETT Western News Staff

Penticton’s Ciara Walls will be back for a repeat performance on this weekend’s annual Variety Show of Hearts telethon. Featured on last year’s fundraiser which airs on Global TV, this time around the 17-year-old will help open the show and reveal the first donation total for the evening. However, unlike the 2009 program there won’t be any surprises waiting in the wings when she takes to the stage as one of the seven Variety Kids featured during the 23-hour broadcast. “It was awesome last year and I will never forget that, I met my favourite singer JD Bixby,” said Ciara with a huge smile as she recalled that special night. “I will never forget how he popped up on the screen saying he was sorry he couldn’t be there — the little stinker — and then the lady who was interviewing me told me to look the other way and he came walking towards me. I freaked out and ran towards him so fast I lost my microphone.” Along with a big hug, Bixby gave her a guitar and treated his biggest fan to an exclusive concert later that evening complete with a limousine ride to the venue. “It just lit me up that day and

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CIARA WALLS and mom Jacki relax at home prior to leaving for Vancouver to take part in this weekend’s Variety Show of Hearts telethon. This will be the second year Ciara has been on stage at the popular Children’s Charity event that raised over $8 million in 2009.

for months afterwards,” she said. “It helped me from feeling sick.” Ciara was diagnosed at age 12 with a rare, potentially deadly auto immune disease and struggles daily

with memory loss and fainting spells. Jacki Walls also noticed a real difference in her daughter after the weekend. “She just sort of came alive that

night, and for two or three days she was a different person. It just sort of gave her back her worth,” said mom. “It’s not only the material things but Variety Children’s Charity helps with

the kids’ self esteem, giving them a purpose and giving them some fun. “Sometimes they (sick children) get to the point where they just want to give up and they don’t want to do this any more so Variety just sort of gives them back that gleam in their eye.” The organization has also helped the Walls with a wide range of financial assistance related to her many trips to Vancouver for medical care. The organization even purchased a laptop computer for her use when she can’t attend school. “Ciara doesn’t want to fall behind because that’s a big stress for her which can cause a relapse in her illness,” said Jacki. “So to take any of the pressures off is wonderful.” In spite of her own condition, Ciara remembers getting tears in her eyes when she saw some of the other sick children at last year’s telethon. “I just felt so sorry for them and I want to do whatever I can to help and that’s what I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” she said. “It really makes me feel great that I can help and I hope other people will care too and call to donate whatever they can. “Even if it’s just pennies, it will really put a smile on their faces so they don’t have to feel sad — just like it did for me.” The show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and the Walls are scheduled to be on between 8 and 9 p.m.

Okanagan Falls looks to accommodate new growth KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Campgrounds, developments and a marina — an open house/town hall meeting held in Okanagan Falls on Tuesday by area director Bill Schwarz unveiled potential for all these things to happen. The two things it will take for all of these initiatives, and a few more, to become a reality is time and money. The loss of the Weyerhaeuser mill left many without jobs, but the promise of a new developer for the land is expected to bring around 500 jobs back in the next five to 10 years. Last June, Zinfandel Holdings announced that an agreement to purchase and develop the former site had been made. The concept plan showed a light industrial park, affordable housing and several vineyards to be developed. “For Weyerhaeuser to clean that property up is a daunting task. They have been working on it for over a year and a half. Originally they thought in a year and a half they would have

it completed but as it stands right now there is probably another six to eight months time that will be required to remediate the entire project,” said Zinfandel Holdings Larry Lund, adding at least two major light industry companies are looking at the site. “We are looking forward to the completion of the re-mediated park and we have had a lot of interest in light industry relocating in the area.” Lund said the purchase of the property is under contract and it will be completed when the cleanup is finished. It is expected the business park will be completed before the type of housing to be constructed will be decided. Schwarz said there are also many other things Okanagan Falls can do to help boost its economy. In particular, he said, the town could reap benefits off the loss of camping sites in Penticton due to development. Working with the provincial government, Schwarz said an agreement has been negotiated for a 17-unit campsite across from the Okanagan River Channel, west of the cattle yards. “The plan is that the ministry is prepared to

create a forestry campground within that area,” said Schwarz. “The plan is for the campground to be run by the Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission. If that works, we will look to expand the campsite to the property immediately north of it.” Schwarz said another piece of land they could expand to is the property where the sewer is, once the property is reclaimed and cleaned up after a new sewer is constructed. The fees charged would be sufficient to run it, have temporary facilities and to pay for staff to keep it clean. Another recreational pursuit addressed was the possibility of reinstating the marina that once serviced Christie Memorial Beach. In the ‘70s there was a boat facility in Skaha Lake but it eventually fell into disrepair and was taken out, the area director said. One of the major problems now is boats are being pulled up to the shoreline damaging the sensitive floor and destroying the fish habitat. “In order to alleviate that problem, I propose that we re-activate a small boat docking

facility in that area,” said Schwarz, who added he already has contacted several ministries and concerned groups about the 50-slip marina proposal that would include some daytime docking spots. “There are so many steps to go through ... the simple answer is that no, this will not happen soon but yes we will start moving ahead with it,” said Schwarz. Another item on Tuesday’s agenda that is expected to happen in May is a change in rural policing. RCMP Insp. Brad Haugli introduced Cpl. Martin Trudeau to the residents as the officer who will be taking leadership for the rural areas. Haugli said they will be reverting back to a system that previously was in place where one police officer from each watch will be assigned to the rural area. “That police officer will be directed to deal with policing issues, concerns and initiatives within the rural area around Penticton,” said Haugli. “He is going to be your voice to bring to me the concerns you have so I can come up with solutions to deal with those.”







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Community displays appetite for generosity Dreamlift raises a record total of nearly $100,000 BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

Ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and forty-two dollars and fifty-eight cents — not bad for one day’s work. The 16th annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day brought in the fundraiser’s biggest total ever Wednesday, coming up with just under $100,000 for the Sunshine Foundation’s Interior Chapter’s Dreamlift program which flies children with serious disabilities or life-threatening illnesses to Disneyland for a day of fun. The money raised includes the gross profits and salaries from staff, management and owner-

ship of nine Southern Interior Wendy’s restaurants, adding to an accumulative 16-year total of $885,698. In Penticton, local support for the fundraiser was overwhelming, with walk-in lineups at the Main Street restaurant resembling those found at Magic Mountain and the drive-through looking like a border crossing on a long-weekend. Inside the packed dining room, the mood was festive with city councillors, local celebrities, firefighters, BC Ambulance Services personnel, members of the RCMP and other volunteers, including Wendy’s employees past and present, taking orders, preparing meals and busing tables. “What a great turnout,” exclaimed Mayor Dan Ashton, broom in hand. “And what a great

way for the community to be able to come out together and show their support for such a wonderful cause.” Visitors to the restaurant were greeted at the door by Investigator Gene Inouye of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Bureau. Inouye, who helps facilitate the Dreamlift program by accompanying participants throughout the park, was a guest of Wendy’s franchisee John Tietzen, along with five other representatives from the department, to help support the fundraiser. “When we fly 80-plus children from the Southern Interior down to Disneyland, there are 150 volunteers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who take the day off without pay

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PENTICTON COUN. DAN ALBAS pours another soft drink behind the counter at the local Wendy’s Restaurant during the annual Dreamlift Day fundraiser Wednesday.

to take all the children through Disneyland and back. Without them and without the logistic work that they do at the other end, we couldn’t make Dreamlift happen. They are so invaluable.” said Tietzen. “So, seven or eight years ago, we started

bringing them up for the Wendy’s Dreamlift Day fundraiser so they could see how the money was raised to bring the kids down there.” Tietzen said that while he is proud of the Wendy’s staff and managers for hosting the event, without the community’s support,

the fundraiser would not be nearly as successful as it is. “When we first started this we wanted to give something back to the community and we still believe in that. But as it has grown ... it has become a community event that we just happen

to be the caretakers of,” he said. “It seems like it has a catch that seems to permeate within the communities that this is a special event to raise money for special kids that need help. And I think that is the drive that keeps everybody going to it.”


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Couple copes with Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories set for Sunday at Cherry Lane KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Ralph and Elva Coyston were on the cusp of enjoying the rest of their lives in retirement when everything was suddenly turned upside down. It was the little things at first. Elva’s co-workers noticing she was forgetting things, confused by tasks that once came easy to her, and finally her husband found her cheque book was tougher to decipher than a Sudoku puzzle. That was over 10 years ago, the beginning of the loving couple’s life with Alzheimer’s. “Very much so, our lives changed. We were set to retire, travel and now we couldn’t do that,” said Ralph, who has been Elva’s primary caregiver, until she recently was moved into a facility. “I had to become a jack-of-all-trades, from cooking dinner, cleaning to taking care of the finances.” Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired. The emotional toll it takes on those affected and the people who care for them can be exhausting. Ralph said this, along with losing his wife one small bit at a time, is one of the hardest parts of the disease. The couple had already been through a lot together, raising four children, and Elva successfully battling breast cancer. Still, they met the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease head-on with characteristic, dignity, grace and humour. Because of that, Elva was chosen as this year’s honouree in recognition of the Investors Group Walk for Memories. The walk is held each January to bring awareness and as a fundraiser to support families facing the disease help build the skills and confidence to maintain quality of life and get one step closer to finding a cure. It takes place on Sunday at Cherry Lane shopping

HOLY CROSS SCHOOL IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2010 READY, SET, LEARN! Holy Cross School and The Ministry of Education invites Parents / Caregivers of 3 or 4 year olds to an early childhood information session.

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ELVA COYSTON and her husband Ralph Coyston had their lives

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changed drastically when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Elva was named the honouree of this year’s Walk for Memories.

centre starting at 8:30 a.m., registration takes place at 7:45 a.m. One piece of respite both Ralph and Elva found is the Alzheimer’s support group in Penticton. “The association has really done a lot for both of us, I really don’t know what we would have done without it. This is a disease you have to live with ... there is no cure and it is a slow process,” said Ralph. It is also a disease that Penticton residents should take note of. A new national study says Canada faces huge economic and social costs in dealing with dementia in the coming decades. If nothing changes over the next 30 years, findings from the national Rising Tide study indicate that the prevalence of dementia in B.C. will more than double, bringing an associated economic burden totalling more than $130.2 billion. “These findings are a reality check because the fact is that our Baby Boomer generation is aging and the incidence of dementia is increasing,” said Laurie Myres, regional support and education co-ordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. in Penticton. “The impact will be felt by everyone — not only the cost to the health care system but the economic and social costs to caregivers and families, so we need

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Penticton ready to let the Games begin


he Olympic flame made its way through Penticton Monday to much fanfare in the streets and an estimated 5,000 people at the South Okanagan Events Centre. And despite the overtly corporate nature of the torch relay sponsors’ presence at the celebration, not to mention the “Hello Cleveland”-feel of Premier Gordon Campbell’s speech, it is fair to say it was a good party. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and perhaps more intensely its franchiser and franchisee — the IOC and VANOC — have attracted plenty of criticism and for often valid reasons. The IOC is an uncompromising puppet-master, hellbent on pleasing its corporate sponsors, and VANOC, while comprised of hardworking well-meaning people, has on occasion gone a touch overboard in its quest to make Vancouver the most favoured Olympic city yet. And certainly, there is a reasonable argument that in a country and province where the debt and deficit are growing while governments cut budgets in sectors such as health care, education, social work, community sports and arts, we should not be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a big party. However, the reality is we are doing it and no amount of complaining or protesting is going to stop it now. Short of a natural disaster, the Games will happen; they will be run smoothly and efficiently by VANOC. So, have fun with it. People are coming from all around the world to be here and many more will be watching on TV. They have problems in the places they are from too, they don’t need to hear about ours. Now, that the torch has lit a flame here in Penticton, it’s time to get behind the Olympics and show the world that the people in B.C. know how to throw a good party. Like it or not, the Games are upon us. There’s nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy the show.

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Obama’s Middle Eastern adventure


arack Obama had worse failures to address in his State of the Union message on Wednesday, but a few days before he owned up to the most foolish miscalculation that his administration had made in its first year in power. In an interview with Joe Klein of Time magazine, he confessed that he had not understood the obstacles to an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. “The Middle East peace process has not moved forward ... For all our efforts at early engagement, (it) is not where I want it to be,” Obama said. “If we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high.” But why didn’t he anticipate them? Is there really nobody in Washington who could have told Obama the truth about the Middle East? Every non-American commentator who knows anything about the region has been saying for the past year that there is absolutely no chance of a breakthrough in the “peace process” at the present time. In fact, it is probably dead for a generation. The answer, I fear, is that there really is nobody in Washington who can tell President Obama the truth about the region. Nobody, that is, who would be allowed through the cordon of academic “experts”, think-tank pundits and State Department and Pentagon officials who devoutly believe in an orthodoxy that sounds quite


reasonable on the Potomac, even if it makes no sense whatever in terms of Middle Eastern reality. For example, Obama wanted the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to enter direct peace talks with the Israeli government, even though he knew that Abbas only ruled around 60 per cent of the Arab population of the occupied territories. The other 40 per cent, in the Gaza Strip, have for the past several years been under the control of the radical Islamist movement Hamas, which rejects a permanent peace settlement with Israel. So what was Abbas going to do? Sign a peace treaty with Israel, and get the Israeli army to impose it on the Gaza Strip? He certainly hasn’t the military forces to do it himself. And why would he sign a “separate peace” with Israel — and turn himself into an eternally reviled traitor to the Palestinian cause — just to serve Obama’s agenda? No wonder he has been saying he wants to resign for the past year.

Similarly, why would even the most pro-peace Israeli government make a deal with Abbas, who cannot deliver the assent of all, or at least most, of the Palestinians? Yitzhak Rabin himself would not have signed a peace treaty with Abbas under current circumstances, because he would have understood that it could not last. Binyamin Netanyahu, the current Israeli prime minister, does not bear even a passing resemblance to the martyred Rabin, and the coalition he leads is not particularly “pro-peace.” It depends on the hard right and the settler parties for its majority in the Knesset (parliament), and it is not going to sacrifice its vision of a greater Israel to the whim of some passing American president. It is Israel, not the White House, that controls U.S. policy on Arab-Israeli issues, due to its huge influence in Congress. Only one U.S. president in the past generation, George Bush Sr., has successfully defied Israel. His threat of sanctions brought the Israelis to the negotiating table after the Gulf War of 1990-91 — but he is convinced that that is why he lost the 1992 election. Obama has had to relearn that lesson over the past year. He began by backing the Palestinian demand that Israel halt new settlement building in the occupied territories before the start of peace talks. After all, the peace talks would be about granting Palestinians sovereign-

ty over those territories, among other things. For 40 years they have watched more and more of their land disappear under Israeli settlements, and they are a bit sensitive on the subject. Netanyahu simply said no. Then, after six months had passed, he made a tiny concession. Israel would not start any new building projects in the more rural parts of the West Bank for 10 months, although it would continue work on all current projects to expand the settlements. It would not accept any limitations on its freedom to build new Jewish neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem. It was virtually meaningless: I promise not to steal from you on Thursday afternoons. But Obama had learned his lesson by then. It gave him an excuse to switch his position and demand that Abbas drop his preconditions for entering peace talks too, as if Netanyahu had dropped his. Blame the Arabs for intransigence, and move on. The question is: what deluded adviser told Obama that there was any point in embarking on this foredoomed enterprise? The answer, unfortunately, is that it could be almost any of the recognized “experts” on the Middle East in Washington. They have been spouting nonsense for so long that it sounds like sense to them. Gwynne Dyer is a Londonbased independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.




Politically correct but fiscally foolish It’s at every level of government, the constant chatter of raising taxes. We keep hearing how they don’t have the money but yet they continue to spend it as though it was infinite. It’s your money, would you spend it as foolishly as them? Then again you may, but it’s your money and how you spend it will affect you and not the rest of us. The problem with the spending of all levels of government is that our money is pooled and often wasted on projects that only benefit a small group of people. It seems every time I read the paper I hear some city council member talking about not having money, then I read about the city once again spending money followed by talk of a tax rate hike. The most recent is the Shatford restoration. I would like to know how many people would benefit from this and will it benefit the community enough to justify it? Is

Skepticism a welcome trait

To reply to Frank Marten’s letter (Western News, Jan. 8) about David Suzuki, no one may say that he doesn’t deserve a PhD. He has a PhD in zoology, speciality genetics, and so taught university students, among them my son at one time. For the record, I too earned a PhD (1963) in the subject of soil science. Dr. Suzuki is an icon to the general public but the problem that I and other scientists have is that he does not have a PhD in plant science, soil science, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, food science, political science, history, animal science and more. Yet he speaks publicly about all of these sciences as if he is an expert in all of them. No one can be that. In the academic world there is an old yarn that says a scientist is one who learns more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing, whereas a philosopher is one who learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything. I think that most of us are in between somewhere, but please remember that the doctorate degree is highly specific to one or two sciences and most scientists stick pretty close to that notion for their entire career. Dr. Suzuki once criticized my field of science by saying that we know about plants above ground but we know nothing about water and mineral uptake by plants below ground. He ignored more than 100 years of scientific papers and books from all over the world. At the time I wrote about that to the president of the Canadian Society of Soil Science who later agreed with me, nothing came of it. On the subject of climate change, thousands of scientists on the subject suddenly appeared out of nowhere in a short space of time. That in itself is strange. One wonders where that many PhDs of that academic background came from. I think Mr. Martens and Mr. Goerlitz (who wrote earlier about this), all of us, ought to read some of the dissertations of Dr. Gilbert Plass, a brilliant Toronto born scientist of the ‘40s ‘50s and ‘60s. He wrote of CO2 and climate in about 1956. There were others who wrote of the same thing as far back as the early 1800s. I don’t pretend to be a climate change

Okanagan School of the Arts a good investment? What will be the return and how will it benefit us? Couldn’t the private sector cover these costs or at least the majority of the costs? Like every level of government, our city council has the inability to spend wisely and on things that will benefit us as a community and not just a handful. I would rather do without and get some tax relief then to continue in this bottomless pit of spending. There are too many projects wanting taxpayers money that benefit a few in the community. Penticton has a population of about 33,000 people; we need to ask ourselves, out of this population, is the city spending in our best interest? Want to stimulate the economy? Put more spending money in the pockets of the people and not in the pockets of politicians of any level of government.

scientist, but I reserve the right to be sceptical enough to raise a question or two, something all scientists should do. Hard questions are the backbone of science. David S. Stevenson Penticton

Food for thought

As I read the paper this morning I was struck by the hoopla in the article surrounding the Stop Emotional Eating program. That eating is emotional is not a breakthrough, rather a tricky part of life we all have to deal with. The article focused on the facilitator, Dick Stroda, and his recent successes, which is great, but his information and strategies are available from many of the great registered dietitians here in town. These professionals all receive training in emotional eating and the research backing it up. With a quick visit to Stroda’s website, I see he is not a registered dietitian. The Heartmath concept is also provided by a few others in Penticton, who may have something to say about Stroder’s exclusive title. I was a bit disappointed in the article which seemed like blatant advertising for his company, with all the tooting of high people and thought the dietitians needed someone to speak on their behalf. Now I’m all riled up, I’m going to go eat ice cream. Nicola Korvin Penticton

Every life has value

Today, at loose ends with nothing to do, I pulled up the Chilliwack Times ‘Letters’ page on the Internet. The first thing that caught my eye was the heading ‘Where is the humanity?’ on one of the letters. This letter is truly a must-read if you care about life on this planet. It may break your heart, and maybe, just maybe, it will open the locked minds of the unsympathetic, unfeeling components of humankind. The letter was about a cat that was hit by a car near a railway crossing and was left — still alive but immobile and bleeding — in plain sight of ogling motorists waiting for the train to pass. When our letter-writer’s turn came to wait in line, she got out of her car and offered

Our city council wastes too much money on non-essential services, and until they can get spending under control, projects like OSA should be shelved. I know the extremists will be up in arms about this letter but those that are willing, please consider the people and not everyone can afford the continuing tax hikes. We hear often, it’s just another two per cent, then another three per cent and another three per cent and before you know it, those just anothers, become one big percentage. More people need to speak up and not be afraid. It seems people are worried that they will not be politically correct. If that were the case then isn’t political correctness a form of oppressing one’s right to speak. Political correct is just a fancy way to sensor what people say. But that is another topic. David Mercier Penticton

assistance by picking it up (for this she received frowning glares and dirty looks) and transported the poor animal to a veterinarian, who euthanized it because the injuries were too great to sustain life. Like the letter-writer, I too wonder what has happened to the state of human beings. Was a large portion always so cold and heartless? Is it hereditary? Is it transmissible? Hmmm. Daily I find myself wondering about the self-centeredness of certain inhabitants of civilization which show evidence of uncaring and sometimes violent, behaviour; about exhibiting the got-no-time-for-nothing-but-me outlook; about displaying attitudes that the world revolves around me, and only me. Then again, I wonder if humanity has changed over the thousands of years it took to develop, maybe from benevolence to lack of knowledge; which breeds lack of sympathy, which leads to indifference and thereby cruelty, which results in suffering and sometimes death to others of our race and to other species as well. Getting back to that letter I mentioned in paragraph one, the writer asks: What happened to the value of life itself? She goes on: Every life has value. We must not forget that. How very true. Gives cause for speculation, doesn’t it?

late. After devastation and countless dead, nature released horror from her seabed. People have no place to sleep or hide, we look to God for peace on earth and peace of mind. Haiti seeks help from near and far away, as war devastates another earthly zone day after day Canada is proud to lend a helping hand in this distant land, which proves united we can take a stand. If only this were true at home in the true north strong and free, how we could dance and sing with glee. Hardly a word, not even a peep, for our homeless who sleep in the streets. For a measly portion of money sent away, imagine how this could brighten our country day after day. Money builds machines of war and tears down things like the Berlin wall, but even money can’t fix it all. Money can bring joy and happiness and material things, but it can’t buy love, health, or stop the birds that sing. Haiti and tsunami that came before could be warning our planet once again, nature’s devastation is real, more powerful and out of control of men. Tomorrows are being used at an alarming rate, peace and goodwill needed now, no time to wait. Tom Isherwood Olalla

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I shed many tears when I viewed the terrible devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti and could not help visualizing the many unsold articles within the various thrift stores sitting unsold for many weeks, perhaps never. I wonder if we could organize volunteers, myself included, to pack these items and ship them to these desperate loved ones in so much need. The transportation, hopefully, would be paid by our government. Doreen Bright Penticton

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The price of glory

The moment of glory, the pursuit of medals is only weeks away from being a reality. Another real fact is that for 20 years or longer the majority of middle or poor income B.C. taxpayers are going to be paying off the millions of dollars in hidden Olympic expenses that the government does not dare to inform the public about. We, the low-income majority, will be paying and paying just like Montreal paid their hefty price for the 1976 Olympics. Also, is it right and just that a few thousand rich people will be enjoying Olympic activities while a country like Haiti suffers day after day? Would there not be more glory, more gold, in the hearts of the politicians, Olympic committees, the athletes and the rich spectators if they put more effort in helping Haiti. Could any person involved with the Olympics look into the eyes of a Haitian child and say, “This is our moment of glory, yours will have to wait.” Robert Fast Penticton

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The media hype is focused on the U.S. bullish presence in Haiti, but America is not always the hero of the world and we need to acknowledge countries that do get the job done while America brags that it is going to. Our Canadian contribution is one that is calming the situation in Haiti and capable of digging through the mud. Let us praise Canada’s contributions to the world and the airlift of the survivors back to Canada and amicable relief distribution. We should also acknowledge Israel, which is quietly operating relief efforts in Haiti which make a difference. As for Israel’s relief efforts to Haiti, they include the following: A field hospital, the only hospital in operation, with 40 doctors, 25 nurses, paramedics, a pharmacy, a children’s ward, a radiology department, an intensive care unit, an emer-

LPNs in HEU. A new grad fresh out of school makes the same wage as LPN with 30 years experience, how sad is that. I suggest that HEU executives go get your LPN and work as an LPN. Take on a patient load that you are totally responsible for, while the care aid next to you makes $2 an hour less and the RN $12 an hour more and see how you feel. Like I said, HEU does not even begin to understand that we are nurses, not support workers, we should not be bargained with housekeeping, dietary etc. This will be your downfall, as eventually even those who are afraid will have had enough. Furthermore, how can you call what BCNU did a raid when over 3,000-plus would love to leave, and wrote letters for years asking them to do so. I would call that a mass exodus, not a raid. If the government truly wanted to expedite bargaining with HEU they would move us over to BCNU themselves. Even the general public are shocked to find out LPNs are HEU and not BCNU. Nurses need to be in a union with nurses, this undoubtedly would be best for health care. Lee-Ann Seidler Oliver

gency room, two operating rooms, a surgical department, an internal department and a maternity ward. The hospital can treat approximately 500 patients each day, and in addition will perform preliminary surgeries. A search-and-rescue team, which has rescued about five people from under the rubble. Dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment and 220 personnel in total. Latest reports are that the IDF Medical Corps have treated some 200 injured people in Haiti, performed 10 life-saving surgeries and saved the lives of 140 others. On Sunday night, a resident of Portau-Prince gave birth to a boy at the Israeli field hospital. In appreciation and gratitude, his mother decided to name her new son “Israel” in honour of the country that helped her. The director of the Haiti field hospital, Col. Dr. Itzik Reis, explained that the IDF delegation is also giving assistance “to people from emergency crews from all over the world, who simply are not capable of dealing with everyone who needs help and giving them treatment. For example, when we understood that the Dominican team is not set up to provide full treatment, we created an order by which they stabilize the patients and we give them the remainder of the treatment.” Other Israeli relief operations in Haiti include: A six-man ZAKA rescue unit, which worked for 38 consecutive hours and succeeded in pulling eight students alive from the rubble of the collapsed university. IsraAID, which sent a planeload of food and medical equipment. “Latet” (To Give) – a 15-member mission to Haiti, including three physicians, three nurses and three paramedics. Anniteh Zanne Penticton

Conspiracies abound

I find that the prorogue of Parliament is a terrific idea. I believe that the less the government is active, the less government can do damage.

We are sitting up to our necks in economic and financial trouble and the governments all over the world have no idea of how to get out of the mess. This is probably a good reason for government to take a little holiday. In times like this, Plato says “a person that is not even able to swim, should run the government,” because such a person is afraid to do anything. By doing nothing, he does the best service to the country. I would even suggest taking the roof of the Parliament building, so that the politicians would have their meetings under the open sky, just like the old Romans had. Then Parliament would not have any meetings when it is raining, snowing or freezing. Then the government could look at comets at night and predict their own demise. Some conspiracy theorists already draw a connection with prorogue of government and a possible false flag attack, sometime during the Winter Olympics. These conspiracy theorists suspect a connection, because the same security firm that had the security at the London attacks will also look after the Canadian security in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. The conspiracy theorists like me have uncovered so many lies over the last few years. These lies include Climategate, Swine flu, bird flu, SARS, West Nile virus, mill foil, Gypsy moth and so forth. The “Underwear bomber” did not even carry enough explosive to knock off his own family jewels. They have uncovered the corrupt connections of pharmacy with the Swine flu. The veterinarian inventor of Swine flu is being sued because he created the fear mongering about the pandemic. We the conspiracy theorists have enough of all these false flag terrorists attack and do not want any more airport securities as result of fake terrorists. Frequent flyers should be aware, because more than four X-rays a year could damage your health. Otto Sturhahn Penticton



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Midway through the schematic design process for the Penticton Community Centre pool upgrade, council voted 5-2 Monday morning to endorse the work of the project’s designing team, headed by architect Bruce Carscadden. With a completion deadline of March 31, 2011, city recreation manager Dave Lieskovsky told council that the design team had been working hard to get the project shovel ready in a timely manner while also taking care to incorporate public input into the designs. “Stakeholder groups were established, meetings took place and a design charette was held, involving engineers and consultants to assist in the process,” reported Lieskovsky. Subsequently, the architects revised the design and a public open house was held on Jan. 8. Lieskovsky said that the design team took great effort to tackle the concerns of local swim club representatives. Some of the priorities expressed from the clubs included: increasing deck space; maximizing use of lanes; ensuring international swim standards are met; and adding a special swim club office and timing room, as well as other details such as an expanded timing display board. “Almost all of the (swim club’s) requests were addressed,” Lieskovsky told council. “The (requests) that could not be met are basically two of them: one is controlling the shut down or construction schedule, and the other is accommodating 600 spectators for swim meets. “While, the construction schedule is not yet known, it will definitely have a substantial impact on swim club programs and the building design will not likely provide for more

than 400 spectators. But having said that, the building does provide exceptional support for swim clubs.” With the information gathering process now complete, Lieskovsky said the design team can now finalize the overall schematic drawings of the project. “Overall, project objectives can be met,” he reported. “Significant improvements in recreation, sport tourism, building upgrades and several specific improvements were implemented as a result of the continued engagement from all the stakeholder groups and the public.” Public input-driven refinements to the design include: the relocation of the fitness room, which will allow for a single control point for admissions to fitness and aquatics; improved spectator allowance for events; an office and timing room location for the swim club; an upgraded child-minding space with improved lighting and glazing; and additional features for the leisure pool component. Last year, after an initial set of public open houses and stakeholder input meetings, council voted to approve a concept design for the project which will: add a 10-lane, 25 meter competition pool complete with supporting amenities for hosting competitions; construct a warmer, multi-purpose pool with swim lanes and leisure components; create space for spectator viewing; address accessibility issues; implement energy audit recommendations; upgrade filtration and disinfectant systems; design improvements to the building layout; implement remedies to structural problems; improve entrance, circulation and control functions; and design and construct features that “continue to facilitate the community’s growing interest in improving sport, fitness and wellness opportunities.”


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Penticton is crying out for a community radio station. At least, that was the consensus of the 70 people that turned out in support of creating a community radio society Wednesday evening. “I think the community has been asking for this for a long time,” said Cameron Baughen, the meeting’s organizer. He explained that several members of the group, knowing of his experience with community radio, had encouraged him to instigate the process . “It’s a good start, we can only get bigger.” Co-op radio, once reserved for large communities and universities, is spreading, thanks to easier, more available and cheaper technology. Baughen said many small vibrant communities are getting even more vibrant through community radio.


— Cameron Baughen “Outside of the Okanagan, it seems to be everywhere,” said Baughen. He listed community stations in several smaller communities, including Gabriola Island, Rossland and Nelson. “They’re kind of popping up like mushrooms all over B.C.” With so many supporters attending, there was no problem assembling a pro-tem board to get the society going. The next step, Baughen told the group, will be to go through the necessary steps to register the society and begin fundraising efforts to raise the money needed to purchase equipment and rent a location. Baughen explained there are several routes that a community radio

station could follow, starting from a small five-watt transmitter, with minimal licensing requirements. Cost could be as low as $3000 and the broadcast range would be small, but Baughen said an internet broadcast component would help bring the station to a wider audience, while at the same time developing capacity. “Volunteers are the key to this kind of setup,” Baughen said. “You need to train volunteers and get the community excited about it.” A low-power station, up to 50 watts, would cover a larger area — equivalent to downtown Penticton — but would cost at least $7,000 and require a

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ids will like Tooth Fairy, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest cutesy, cuddly family comedy. So if you’re a kid, that pretty much says it all. No sense reading any further. Bye now… …Okay, now that they’re gone, here’s the deal. And believe me, the tooth hurts. I’m a big fan of Johnson; he has charm, he has decent comical chops, and his biceps are bigger than my head. I don’t necessarily think that family friendly fare is a bad route for him either — The Game Plan was a decent movie with a gigantic heart. But, after this mediocre muddle, it’s time for the Rock to go back to the action stuff, at least temporarily. ‘Cause his journey through general admission fare is decaying quicker than a molar munching on a Nestle Crunch. In Tooth Fairy, Johnson plays a minorleague hockey player, branded the “Tooth Fairy” for his penchant for knocking out opponent’s

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chompers. Essentially, he’s — deep breath — yet again playing a narcissistic jock about to be brought down a notch, probably by some wee ones. Sure enough, Johnson is steered towards redemption by the children of his girlfriend (Ashley Judd). It all starts when our hero tells a six-year-old girl that there is no such thing as the tooth fairy. Then he proceeds to steal money from under her pillow to pay off a poker debt. Well, for all his naughty behaviour, Johnson finds a little treat under his own pillow: a summons to appear in Fairyland, where he is accused of disseminating false beliefs. A pair

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HOCKEY PLAYER-TURNED TOOTH FAIRY Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) wings it with some makeshift duds that combine the best of both worlds

of wings and a pink tutu later, the hockey goon is sentenced to hard time — two weeks as a real tooth fairy. The tutu, thankfully, disappears before the second act, but the predictability of this whole project doesn’t. Expect the usual slapstick, bad puns and a sometimes-clever, sometimes-downrightembarrassing cameo by Billy Crystal, who sort

of acts as Johnson’s “Q,” suiting him up with magical gadgets and such. (I’m thinking, with Crystal’s old pals Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel having a hand in the script, someone was owed a favour.) The legendary Julie Andrews is part of the cast as well. (Tired of waiting for a third Princess Diaries, I suppose.) Tooth Fairy isn’t a bad movie, just an overly

contrived one that leans way too much on a flimsy, paint-by-the-numbers blueprint. Again, kids will like it, so it’s serviceable. It’s just not overly great. Out of a possible five stars, I’ll give Tooth Fairy a two and a half. The feature is currently playing at the Pen-Mar Cinema Centre in Penticton. Jason Armstrong is a movie reviewer living in the Okanagan.


The Penticton Western News will be publishing “New Beginnings” - a Wedding Planning supplement on February 17th. We want your Wedding or Engagement photos to include in this special feature. Readers can submit a photo of the happy couple along with information on where and when the ceremony took place or will take place, the couple’s hometown, as well as any other pertinent details. The Western News will run the announcement free of charge. Announcements should be sent to the Penticton Western News by Feb. 9th, 5pm. Penticton Western News Att. Editor, 2250 Camrose Street, Penticton, B.C., V2A 8R1 or by e-mail to <>.

Penticton is proving to be a popular stop on the country tour as another major country artist announces a concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Randy Travis has been a mainstay of the country scene for 25 years, with a long list of accomplishments, including over 25 million albums sold with 22 number one hits, six number one albums, six Grammys and a checklist of other music honours, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Travis is touring his latest album, Around the Bend, which is being hailed as his greatest album yet, without a single out-of-place note or a false emotion. Travis reunited with longtime friend and producer Kyle Lehning to record Around the Bend and the result of their collaboration on this album is nothing short of amazing. Along with his full-time music career, Randy has also become an accomplished actor, with TV guest appearances on Matlock, Touched By An Angel and Texas. His film credits include The Rainmaker, Texas Rangers and a starring role in The Wager with Jude Ciccolella and Nancy Stafford. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the April 29 concert and are available at SOEC Box Office, Wine Country Visitors Centre,by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or order online at


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It all started when Jeremy Hiebert took a margarine tin out of the freezer. The tin had a chunk of ice in the bottom. Hiebert popped the ice out and thought the pattern of air bubbles frozen inside looked interesting. With his point and shoot camera, he took half-a-dozen photos. One of the resulting images is the first in Hiebert’s photography show Looking Into Ice, now exhibiting at the Summerland Art Gallery. Hiebert said he posted the photo online and got a great response from those who saw the intricate pattern of bubbling lines captured in a picture. As it was spring, he had to wait until the following winter to take more photos

of the delicate structures he had seen. When the ice returned, Hiebert began regular trips to Trout Creek and Rotary Beach to capture the patterns he saw frozen there. He said he was first drawn down to the lake after a cold snap in December of 2008 dropped the temperature to -20 degrees. “The things that drew my eye were the more dramatic structures.” Hiebert said he looked for visual patterns that caught his eye or that he had not seen before. He noted finding striking patterns in ice is an issue of scale, looking at the surface both from the extremely close distance and from far away. One of his photographs captures a winding crack in the ice close to 100 feet away. “You never know what

you’re going to find until you get down there.” He pointed out a series of roiling bubbles frozen in Trout Creek, which he discovered walking upstream from the mouth of the creek and then back again. Hiebert said he will often return to the same spot to find the ice gone or reformed into new shapes the next day. “The Okanagan weather cycles through warm and cold so fast. You can go back to the same spot and it will be gone, or you can tell it was gone and then came back again.” The assembly of many pictures marks the first show for Hiebert, a photographer since the age of 10. “I’m really excited about it.” Looking Into Ice is showing at the Summerland Art Gallery from Jan. 28 to Mar. 13.

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Concerts Jan. 30 — Murray McLauchlan, one of Canada’s best known songwriting performers, will be performing for two nights at the Dream Café. McLauchlan’s performances are filled with the creative storytelling, social commentary and wit of performer who enjoys sharing his music and experiences with an audience. Call the café at 250-490-9012 to reserve. Feb. 3 — The Dream Café presents New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen. His blues, roots and rock musical hybrid combined with his sorrowing and soulful voice has earned him a fervent audience wherever he graces the stage. Feb. 4 — Thursday Blues Jam at VooDoo’s, hosted by Ken Martin and Blue Sky Flyer and starting at 8:30 p.m. Blues Jam hosts an incredible lineup of musicians from the South Okanagan, both pro and amateur including horns, harmonica players and a number of the best guitarists, drummers and singers in the area. Feb. 5 — VooDoo’s presents Blackberry Wood, a wonderful, secret and magic combination of original alt-country-gypsy punk-circus music-super fun high energy dance grooves and exotic world beats.

Events Jan. 28 — Looking Into Ice, featuring the digital photographs of Summerland artist Jeremy Heibert is the Summerland Art Gallery’s first show of 2010. Heibert’s abstracts of snow and ice document the ever-changing and ephemeral beauty of snow and ice. The show opens with a wine and cheese reception on Jan. 28 from 7-9 p.m. and continues until March 13. The gallery, 9533 Main St. is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.




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Last week, Stockwell Day got a promotion of sorts when Stephen Harper shuffled cabinet postings, moving the Okanagan Coquihalla MP from minister for international trade to president of the Treasury Board. Though he’s happy to take on the challenge, Day said he wasn’t expecting the move. “When you’re busy with constituency and ministerial business, you don’t sit around wondering if there’s going to be a cabinet shuffle,” he said. “You shift gears, you pick up the new Stockwell Day responsibilities and you keep on moving.” As president of the Treasury Board, Day holds one of the most important positions in Cabinet, but though the Treasury Board plays a major role in government decision-making, the public tends to know little about its operation and activities. When Harper announced the cabinet changes, he said his executive team was ready to tackle life after government stimulus. In other words, that means returning to restraint policies, and eliminating the deficit spending used as an economic stimulus. Some of the responsibility for that now falls on Day. The work is nothing new for Day, who was minister of finance in Alberta from 1997-2000 — that was as part of Ralph Klein’s Conservatives, a government known for spending cuts and tight budgets. “The prime minister has been clear and the caucus has been clear, we want to keep spending efficiently and smartly and we want to lay out a road map to a balanced budget,” said Day. There’s still money in the Economic Action Plan that has to flow out to the public, but Day said that future budgets won’t continue that level of spending. “To get through this terrible economic crisis, we did take on some debt; we announced that we would do that to help infrastructure spending along across the country,” he said. “Now it’s time to signal that we are going to keep the debt under control and we’re going to chip away at it until it’s down to zero. That’s the process I’m going to be involved in.” The Treasury Board has a number of roles, including accountability and ethics, personnel, administrative management and finances. Generally, the three main roles of the board are financial management, financial advisor and personnel management. While spending policies are set out in the budget, the Treasury Board has a significant role in influencing those policies as well as the responsibility for both distributing the money afterwards and keeping government departments accountable. Unlike most parliamentary committees, which can be changed at the prime minister’s whim, the mandate and composition of the board is established in Canadian law, and is formally recognized as a committee of the Queen’s Privy Council. Even though it brings with it substantial responsibilities, Day said his commitment to the riding remains unchanged. “I’ve always maintained that constituency is job number one and I designate a certain amount of time to be in the constituency and on constituency business,” he said. “Constituency time is important time. That’s where I get my best advice, right here.”

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FRIDAY Jan. 29

ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has homemade pizza by Joseph at 5:30 p.m. with music and dancing by Halamigo and guests. Drop-in darts in the evening. SUMMERLAND PLEASURE PAINTERS meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lower level of the Wharton Street public library. New members or drop-ins welcome. Call 250-583-9448 for more information. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinners from 4-7 p.m. with all proceeds to charity and music and dancing starting at 7:30 p.m. in their hall at 1197 Main St. SENIORS’ COMPUTER CLUB has members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the annex room. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. PENTICTON’S DROP-IN CENTRE has an evening of dancing with Destiny at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. THE CITY OF Penticton Pipe band meets every Friday at the Carmi School gym from 7-9 p.m. It’s for all ages for those interested in learning to play bagpipes, tenor, bass or snare drums. For more information contact SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN CENTRE has Friday evening dancing and fun with music by After Eight at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome, tickets are $5 per person. SENIORS’ DROP-IN CENTRE has social bridge and beginner’s line dancing at 1 p..m. ANAVETS HAS FIREWATER Fridays with karaoke, food and drink specials. GETACTIVE PENTICTON SPEAKERS series presents Limitless Vision with Donovan Tildesley, who won the first of his five Paralympics medals in Sydney. Tildesley, who was born blind, will speak at the Cleland Community Theatre on Jan. 29 from 7-8 p.m. Tickets are free in advance at the Community Centre. Contact 250-4902426. BUDDHIST MEDITATION IS every Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society (the big blue church). Registration is $10 per month. For further information, please call 250487-7455. PARENT-CHILD RHYME-

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FREE POLE WALKING CLINIC every Saturday at the Rose Garden parking lot from 9-10 a.m. Learn how to turn a simple walk into an effective, efficient total body workout. Demo poles supplied. Call Jana at 250-487-4008 for info. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 10 a.m., baron of beef lunch at 11 a.m., a meat draw at 2 p.m., Western Rib Night at 5:30 p.m., dinner/dance with Shindigger entertainment. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has hamburgers from noon to 3:30 p.m. with all proceeds to charity and Ogopogo races starting at 4 p.m. in their hall at 1197 Main St. THE LAND CONSERVANCY of BC’s South OkanaganSimilkameen Stewardship Program is offering a free event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for local residents to learn about protecting grasslands and its species. The event will take place on TLC’s 16-hectare Peachcliff Drive property in Okanagan Falls. Wildlife biologist Aaron Reid and grassland ecologist Don Gayton will be presenting and answering questions. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., meat draw at 4:30 p.m., followed by spaghetti dinner, caesar salad and garlic bread. Okie Dokie karaoke.

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from 7 to 9 p.m. with DJ Emil Sajna at the Senior’s Drop-in Centre on South Main. Call 250-493-2111 for more info. FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES has a Mystery Draw at 4 p.m. in their hall at 1197 Main St., with all proceeds to charity. CRIBBAGE CONGRESS, grass roots club meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Drop-in Centre on South Main. Call Joe at 250-4935073 for more information. PENTICTON COMMUNITY CONCERT will have John David Jasper, a baritone, at the Bethel Pentecostal Church on 945 Main St. at 7:30 p.m. CELEBRATION CENTRE AND METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY meets at 10:30 a.m. in Seniors Drop-in Centre on South Main. Guest speaker is Aggie Stevens on Never Too Old, Never Too Late. Everyone welcome. Call 250-497-8292 for more information. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has games day, pool and darts. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has zone crib and a meat draw at 2:30 p.m.. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION in OK Falls is having a Pro Jamming for Haiti relief fund on Jan. 31. Doors open at noon. Starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be 10 bands performing. The Ladies Auxiliary will be selling 50/50 tickets. There will also be donated prizes for draws. SUMMERLAND UNITED CHURCH hosts a variety concert in aid of Haiti. The musical smorgasbord of sound and rhythms gets underway at 7:30 p.m., with admission by donation. Summerland United Church is located at 13204 Henry Ave. For more infor-


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Maxwell has earned the Vees’ respect EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

It takes only a few words for equipment manager Don Cameron to sum up Murray Maxwell’s devotion to the Penticton Vees. “He lives and dies with this team.” Maxwell is in charge of dressing room services for the BCHL team and loves doing it. “He’d be lost without it,” said Cameron, adding that if there was an apartment for rent at the South Okanagan Events Centre, Maxwell would be the first to rent it. “He likes being around the guys.” Maxwell is so devoted to the Vees that his answering machine has updates on the team. If they lose, he says he’s certain they will turn it around. “He likely takes losses worse than the players,” said Cameron. Murray travels with the team on the bus and likes to show off his TSN tape when he was interviewed for his accomplishments with Special Olympics. According to Vees play-by-play man Ryan Pinder, it’s a tear-jerker. Defenceman Matt Paltridge said watching that was “pretty special.” The 53-year-old, who loves skiing as much as he does the Vees, has been hitting the slopes for 35 years and has won a dozen gold medals. Along with skiing at Apex Mountain, which he has been seen hitchhiking to get to, Maxwell loves to play hockey, enjoys listening to music and traveling, especially by train. In 2000, Maxwell hopped aboard Via Rail in Vancouver and rode it all the way to Halifax. “It was phenomenal,” said Maxwell, who went to Alaska with his brother. Cameron, who has been helping the junior A franchise since the early 1980s, describes Maxwell as a big teddy bear. “The (Calgary) Flames had Jim (Bearcat) Murray,” he said. “We call him Murrcat.” Murray joined the organization in the 1990-91 season when he decided to help out with laundry services. Maxwell decided to see if he could do it and since then he has enjoyed meeting the countless players that have come through Penticton.

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MURRAY MAXWELL replaces a water bottle on the players’ bench of the Penticton Valley First Vees prior to the start of a recent BCHL game at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The longtime volunteer helps in any way he can throughout the season for the club.

“Murray is a lot of help,” said Paltridge. “He does a lot of things. He always has words of encouragement whether we win or lose. He’s definitely a positive factor around the arena.” Because the players have such admiration for Maxwell, they include him in everything.

WHL Cougars sign Carter

Penticton’s Carter Rigby signed with the Prince George Cougars to a standard WHL contract. The 15-year-old was drafted in the eighth round of the bantam draft. This season, Rigby, who has 54 goals and 33 assists for 87 points in 48 games for the midget AAA Penticton Vees, will debut with the Cougars on Friday against the Kelowna Rockets. On the Cougars website, Cougars general manager Dallas Thompson said, “This is another important piece for the Cougars future and we’re very pleased to have Carter sign with us. Carter uses his size very well and has shown that he’s got solid finish around the net.”

Princess Margaret wins in Nelson

The Princess Margaret Mustangs are road warriors. The Mustangs claimed the L.V. Rogers Bombers tournament in Nelson as they picked up wins against Trail’s J.L. Crowe 44-35, the Mustang’s Grade 9 team 55-12 and the Bombers 33-17. Game stars were Yolanda George, Pardeep Sidhu and Brooklyn Pichette. High scorers for the tournament were Evyn Haberstock, Kari Pym and Sabrina Leibel. Lisa Cherko was a defensive and rebounding terror all tournament. Gurlene Phachu won the “Big Women” dribbling, passing and shooting contest. Next games for the Mustangs will be a showdown with Pen High Juniors and 9’s on Feb. 6

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Andi Naude, a member of the Apex Freestyle Club, has been training with the B.C. Moguls team last May. Naude

“He wishes he could be one of us,” said defenceman Luke Curadi, who met Maxwell when he came for a visit last May. “Murray was roaming around the locker room and introduced me to him,” said Curadi, who recalled Maxwell telling him that St. Louis



just returned from Val-St-Come, Quebec where she represented BC in the Canadian Series – a National Event for Canadian Freestyle Skiers. Andi competed in the moguls that were held on two consecutive weekends – 16-17 and 23-24. Andi brought home a bronze medal in the ladies finals with a score of 22.5 very close to the first and second place scores of 22.7 and 22.6 competing against 28 ladies from across Canada.

Minor hockey round up

Ethan O’Rourke, Jordan Nemes, Max Lauder and Carter Edwards had two-goal efforts for the Penticton Blue Bandits against the South Okanagan White Lightning. Xander Whyte and Sam Togyi scored multiple points with help from Keegan Allen and Ethan Giroux providing strong defence. Faith Stark and Jack Fortune powered the White Lighting up front and Caleb Pearson in goal and faced 48 shots. Jake McHale earned the shutout in a 6-0 win over the Merritt Centennials in atom house action. The Johnston Meier Penticton Extreme were led on the road by Ross Millar with two goals, Tanner Brooks, Tyson Allen and Brook Decosse scoring singles. Liam McHale scored his first goal of the season. Penticton OHS defeated Merritt 8-2. Donovan MacVicar,

Blues forward Paul Kariya is the best player he has seen come to Penticton. “Right from then you knew he was a great guy. He’s one of those big lovable teddy bears. He’s a big boy.” While Curadi is big himself at six-footfive and 258 pounds, he won’t tangle with Maxwell. “I’d actually be afraid to do that,” joked Curadi. “I’m pretty sure he could pop my head with those two big meat hooks that he’s got.” When told that the players respect him, Maxwell became choked up momentarily. “It means a lot,” said Maxwell, who confidently wears a stud in his left ear. “It’s a real honour just doing work with them. Knowing they do respect me that much.” Along with Kariya being a Maxwell favourite is recent Vees graduate Brett Hextall, who plays for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks. The two are good friends and spent time together last summer when the former Vees captain returned for a visit. Hextall said Maxwell is a “pretty special guy,” especially after learning of his antics. “Just being around him is so much fun,” said Hextall from North Dakota. “He doesn’t have too many bad days. He’s always cheerful and always has jokes. Always happy to be around people.” During the two years Hextall spent with the Vees, the 21-year-old forward developed a close relationship with Maxwell and said the Tofield, Alta., native takes things to heart. During Hextall’s visit, he called up Maxwell for an afternoon of mini golf at Loco Landing. “He rode up on his bike wearing pink sunglasses and told me how great they were,” recalls Hextall with a laugh, of the famous glasses he heard all about. “He really appreciates the small things,” said Hextall. “If you’re just a little extra nice to him or whatever, he appreciates that so much and it makes such a big difference in his life. He will let you know. He’s never shy to tell you how much he cares about you or how great he thinks you are. That emotional side to him I think is what really draws people towards him.”

Brock Schlenker and Daniel Carlese scored two goals each. The two teams met again with Penticton winning 8-1. Schlenker scored five goals, while Cosmo Johnston collected four assists. Baillie Stang collected two goals and three points while Carlese had a goal and two points. Against Penticton Kal Tire, the OHS won 6-4 Schlenker scored three goals. Ben Schwabe was in goal. The Bantam Smile Enhancement Studio Vees won gold at their final Bantam Tier 1 hockey tournament in Lethbridge. In the finals the Vees got to avenge their earlier loss (5-2) by beating Lethbridge 8-5. Austin Lee and Cody Depourcq had hat tricks and Matt Needham had a pair to provide the scoring for the Vees. Adam Plant earned Star of the Game honours with his stellar defensive play to go along with his three assists. In the semi-final, the Vees rolled over Lumsden 7-1. Needham had two goals, while Tyler Ehlers, Depourcq, Jackson Dematos, Adam Plant and Lee scored singles. In their other games, the Vees defeated Richmond 8-5 and Winnipeg 6-4. The Vees begin playoffs Saturday against Kamloops at home in the Community Rink starting at 12:15 p.m. A 4-2 loss concluded the season for the Penticton Ironman Midget Vees against Kelowna at Memorial Arena. Sam Nigg had a goal and Carter Rigby a goal and an assist for the Vees. The Vees finished second in Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association and will start the first round of best-ofthree playoffs against Vernon Midget Vipers on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Community rink. Kelowna finished first, Penticton second, Vernon third and Kamloops fourth in league play. For remaining briefs, check www.pentictonwesternnews. com.



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After watching his own highlight reel, Denver Manderson lit up the Powell River Kings for two powerplay goals. The Penticton Vees honoured its captain at the South Okanagan Events Centre for reaching the 100-point plateau. “It doesn’t hurt to watch a highlight reel of yourself,” responded Manderson with a smile when asked if the tribute pumped him up for the game. “It was an honour and it was great to be recognized.” Manderson teamed up with forward Beau Bennett and defenceman Joey Laleggia to score twice in under seven minutes and get the crowd of 1,654 excited. Manderson said both goals were the result of good plays. On the second, Laleggia found him open to the side of the crease and the BCHL scoring leader made no mistake one-timing the shot behind Kings goalie Josh Watson. Manderson’s second was a beauty in which he picked the top left corner of Watson’s glove side with a wrist shot. The Kings didn’t get many solid scoring chances among their 28 shots, but they poured on the pressure late in the third period. Matt Garbowsky, a former teammate of Vees rookie forward Alex Szczechura during their junior B days, scored his second of the game making it 3-2 on the powerplay. Szczechura was in the box for an interference call and watched as Garbowsky managed to hide in the crowd of players creating chaos in front of Vees goalie Sean Bonar. The Vees netminder nearly stopped the redirection which he said he never saw. “They were in great desperation,” said Bonar. “They had some great opportunities and were a good challenge.” Vees fans may have been on the edge of their seats as Bonar was forced to make his last of 26 saves at the buzzer sounded. Bennett scored the winner in the second period as his shot trickled past Watson

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— Denver Manderson at 13:30. Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson smiled and said he was glad to get two points when asked what he liked of the win. “It was two good teams playing hard,” said Harbinson. “Powell River is a good club and they didn’t quit. They hung in at the end.” Manderson said he expected a hard game from Powell River who he felt played well. “They have guys that can make plays,” he said. “That was a good test for us and we responded well.” A visit from the Kings also brought back former Vee Mitch Labreche, who returned for the first time since being traded at the start of the season. Manderson said he’s a

great guy who players miss. When it came to facing the speedster, Manderson said you don’t really “notice him” only because when players are out there, “it’s just black and white.” “I’m happy for him and he’s done well,” said Manderson. Labreche said he had a strange feeling returning to Penticton. “I was here for two years and guys like Murray (Maxwell, dressing room services for the Vees) here cheering me on and my billets too, it was just like coming back to the rink like I was playing for them,” said Labreche, who has 10 goals and 26 points in 50 games. “It was good. In the end, I think we would make it a pretty good series in

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Sports Sharks feast on competition EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

Entering Saturday night’s final against the KVR Express, Tony Orioli, coach of the Skaha Lake Sharks girls team, has lasting memories of their last two games. In December, the Sharks lost at KVR by two points. Then in their host tournament in January, the Sharks won by that same total. “This time we stressed man-to-man defense with pressure the entire game and outside shooting,” said Orioli. “The result was limiting KVR to one point in the second-half on a free throw. At half the score was Skaha 17-12.” The Sharks won 29-13. “We played well, we just could not find a way to put the ball in the hoop,” said Express coach Blair Haddrell. “The ball just wouldn’t go in for us.” Haddrell was happy with his teams defence, but the Sharks still took advantage when they had scoring chances. Haddrell added that the Sharks got to more rebounds and capitalized on second chances. In the Sharks’ other games, they defeated the Notre Dame Jugglers from Vancouver 38-35 and the Fulton Lady Maroons from Vernon by 15. Orioli was impressed with the performance of the Sharks as they had a 10-point lead at half time against the Jugglers. Callan Cooper earned Player of the Game honours. Madison Winter earned the same honour in the first game. Haddrell felt the Express gained valuable experience that will help them heading into the playoffs. “We know the concentration level needs to stay up,” he said. “Stay aggressive.” Throughout the weekend, the Express received balanced scoring as Abi McCluskey twice led the team with 10 points. Others contributing to the offence were Shayla Hearne with eight and Maddi Everton with seven. In the final, Everton and Emily Clarke had four points. Haddrell looks forward to the next meeting

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THE SHARKS’ Ravan Klar easily rises above a blocking attempt from KVR’s Tennisen Conkin. Making good use of their height advantage, the Skaha Lake Sharks easily defeated their crosstown rivals in the semifinal match of a Middle school basketball tournament last weekend.

with the Sharks in the playoffs, when he hopes their offensive touch will be found. “The girls are working hard and becoming a better team every day,” he said. Some of the matches on the girls side were physical, which Haddrell attributed to the style that teams such as Abbotsford and Notre Dame play. “They come up here and are not used to it. They don’t have real

refs,” he added. On the boys’ side, it was the Jugglers defeating Abbotsford Middle School Huskies for the championship. The Sharks defeated the Express 42-20 to claim third place. Express coach Rene Aubin said it was their best defensive game of the year. “It was a matchup of skill on the Skaha end and desire on the KVR side,” he said. “Skaha was coming off two losses and we were

coming off a win against Len Wood Extreme of Armstrong 37-27. I liked our performance.” Heading into the weekend, the Express’ focus was on defence. “There were some really skilled teams here from the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan,” said Aubin, whose team lost to the Huskies 70-17. “Some really good competitive games. The level of play was highest I had seen for this grade.”




City urged to embrace China marketing opportunity BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced last December that his government had finally secured approved destination status from the Chinese government, tourism communities across the country began to salivate over the possibility of marketing their destinations to the Asian superpowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing middle class, estimated to be over three times the population of Canada. The decision certainly caught the attention of Ramada Inn and Suites Penticton general manager Gordon Ferguson. Ferguson, a member of Penticton and Wine Country Tourism, wrote a letter to city council discussing the merits of creating a Chinese marketing strategy for Penticton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of out-

bound travels (from China) is expected to clear the 50 million hurdle for the first time in 2009, confirming the status of China as Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest international tourism source market,â&#x20AC;? said Ferguson, quoting numbers from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even China itself is promoting outbound travel as they see the sheer number of people will help stimulate the global economy as a whole. Chinese officials are hoping that within five years, the outbound number will exceed 90 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Penticton received even just one per cent of those visiting Vancouver, we would have over 16,000 Chinese visitors per year in our city. Rough estimates would show that the economic gain from that would be in the neighbourhood of $18 million annually.â&#x20AC;? One way, Ferguson

suggested, that the city could attempt to attract Chinese visitors was to market the city to Asianfocussed tour operators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is no secret, the love Chinese people have for wine, golf and natural landscapes. Consequentially, I cannot think of a more ideal place, than Penticton, to include on a west coast travel itinerary,â&#x20AC;? said Ferguson, also proposing that Penticton seek out a sister city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe it would be in Pentictonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest to immediately develop a relationship with a city in China and begin communicating on how both cities can benefit economically in tourism and other industries.â&#x20AC;? Ferguson asserted that because Canada was one of the last countries to receive destination status approval, due to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stressedâ&#x20AC;? relationship with China, Canadian

communities such as Penticton are already behind tourism destinations in other countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can be assured that Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Banff, Lake Louise, Toronto and Montreal all have a marketing strategy in place,â&#x20AC;? furthered Ferguson, stressing the need for expedient action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Council should) consider spending some time and effort developing our relations with the most important market in the world.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he is right on,â&#x20AC;? responded Coun. Dan Albas, a member of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development services advisory committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, the 2010 Olympics will be huge for Vancouver and Whistler but it will be good for the whole industry across British Columbia, as well. And we have a lot of elements maybe Vancouver

and Whistler donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have as much. Maybe we could be seeing more flights into Kelowna and then almost selling Penticton as part of a tour on the way down to Vancouver, the Rockies or other locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The advantage of some of these tours that come through is that typically the guides speak both English and Mandarin fluently and if they know the area well enough they will be able to help visitors enjoy the best things that Penticton has to offer, like a round of golf or maybe a wine tour.â&#x20AC;? Albas said that the marketing strategy would have to be an integrated effort between local and regional members of the business, hospitality and tourism community and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism development services through the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and their

strategic plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is that we should really show support in encouraging it,â&#x20AC;? said Albas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to figure out how we can come together and make




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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Train on Full-Size Excavators, Dozers, Graders, Loaders, Pertinent Oil Field Tickets, Provincially Certified Instructors, Government Accredited. Job Placement assistance. 1-866-399-3853

Career Opportunities

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN We are a Regional District on the forefront of program development and service delivery in areas such as Regional Planning, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Planning – and Engineering Services. We have two exciting opportunities for individuals who share our progressive approach, and who want to work, live and prosper in the beautiful North Okanagan. GENERAL MANAGER, ENGINEERING Competition No. 10-02 Reporting to the Administrator, the General Manager, Engineering is responsible for providing professional leadership and overall management, including staffing, policy development and dayto-day administration relative to the Engineering functions. The General Manager, Engineering is a member of the Senior Management Team and participates in development of strategic and corporate goals / objectives, business plans and budgets. This position offers an annual salary range of $111,228.02 - $122,936.22, along with a comprehensive benefits package. PROJECT ENGINEER Competition No. 10-01 Reporting to the General Manager, Engineering, the Project Engineer is responsible for managing the technical and financial aspects of a variety of engineering projects. This position provides support to the department by managing a variety of projects, and administrative and technical functions. This position offers an annual salary range of $89,839.85 - $99,296.67, along with a comprehensive benefits package. A list of qualifications for both positions, along with further information regarding the Regional District of North Okanagan may be viewed on our website at Applications, quoting the applicable Competition No., will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010 to: Human Resources Officer Regional District of North Okanagan 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 2K9 Fax: (250) 550-3723 e-mail:

Farm Workers

Help Wanted

BILGA Farms, Kelowna BC. Permanent FT Orchard Workers Wanted. Pruning, thinning, harvesting fruit & veggies. Tractor operator/driver. $12/hr. Req’d immed. Email FARM workers wanted starting in April, thinning, picking and general labour, $9.14/hr. phone 250-490-1895 Looking for farm workers @ Sandhu Fruit Farm Summerland. 40-60 hrs/week, $9.14. 250-492-3618 250-494-9078 Fax:250-494-9076 Royal Orchards is looking for a Farm Worker, duties include pruning, thinning of fruit trees and other laboring activities, no education or experience required, $10/hr, vacations and benefits as per BC Employment Standards. Cell 250-490-7384 evenings

EXPANDING Veg. mgmt co. has immediate openings in the S. Interior & Kootnays for exp. saw op. w/slashing/falling exp. Herb. Ticket, Cert req’d. Respond w/detailed work history resume to fax: 250-861-8737

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K-Rod Steel requires rebar placers for the Penticton area. Positions are temporary. Experienced only need apply. Email resume HYPERLINK mail or fax 250-549-1662. *NOW OPEN* Aplus Delivery Looking for reliable drivers to work in the penticton area. Part time / Full Time hours available. Apply online at or by phone 250-328-1506

Help Wanted ATTENTION: LOCAL people needed to Work From Home online $500-$4500 PT/FT. Complete Training provided. Call Candace 1-877-822-8170 ATTN: Wanted 33 Overweight People! WE PAY YOU for lbs you lose on our program! Call Candace 1-877-264-4713

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VEG. Mgmt co. req’s exp’d Crew Foreman/Lead Hand w/slashing & veg. control exp. Cert. Faller, Herb. Ticket, Level lll First Aide & Danger Tree Cert req’d. Respond w/detailed work history resume to fax: 250-861-8737

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Dairy Queen is hiring. Please drop off resume

Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community

There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $29/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Government funding may be available.

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Education/Trade Schools

Golf course mechanic 25-20hrs pr wk, maintain & repair equip. Certification not essential $13-$18/hr. Resume fax 250-490-3330

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South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services & Penticton & District Multicultural Society (PDMS/SOICS) Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Cawston, Osoyoos

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Help Wanted Requiring an experienced heavy duty mechanic. This position requires vast knowledge in off highway trucks and trailers. Candidate must have 5 yrs experience, able to work in a fast paced environment, have own tools, organized with leadership skills. Company has complete benefit package and competitive wages. Please submit resume by fax to 250 542 2325. Salesperson Sales manager For water treatment company operating throughout the Okanagan/Shuswap. Only those with current experience selling reverse osmosis and softeners need apply. Must be able to generate leads and work unsupervised. Huge commissions paid to the individual with experience. Fax resumes 250-558-6133 or email SUNLIFE SEEKS CUSTOMER SERVICE REP FOR NEW LOCATIONS • • • • •

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Home Care/Support

Trades, Technical


Home Improvements

Rubbish Removal

Help wanted, female caregiver for a 65lb quadriplegic woman in my own home. Some housekeeping/cooking involved. Must have drivers licence, exp, & CPR. RCA course an asset. Non smoker preferred. Will train. For more info call. 1-250-494-1195.

YOU CAN Define Us! SMS Equipment is looking for Journeyperson Heavy Equipment Technicians and Electricians. These positions will be working out of Princeton, BC at the Copper Mountain Project. Please submit your resume, quoting reference number HET-12220-091208 for the HET position or E-12220091208 for the Electrician position, to: or by fax at 780-451-2646.

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

✔✔✔ THAT GUY & His Work Truck LTD. Junk Removal & Bin Rentals 10,15 & 20 yard Bins. We haul EVERYTHING

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GREENWORKS Property Maintenance. Taking bookings for the 2010 season. Professional experience in all aspects of property maintenance from the growing season through to snow removal. Licensed/Insured/Residential/Commercial/Strata. 250-487-0373 250-490-8852

HOME Renovation’’s, big or small, basements, garages, baseboards casings, doors, counter tops, floors, fences, decks concrete, framing, finishing carpentry, Quality #1, Chris, 250-462-1121 MEADOWVALE Const, Carpentry, tile, bathrooms, laminate, hardwood, paint, window replacements, doors. Over 30yrs exp. Ph Mark (250)809-8425 NATURAL WOOD FLOORING Fir, Hemlock & Pine Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388 Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodelling, doors, trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131 SPECIALIZING in Renovations. Plumbing, Electrical, Drywall, Paint, Tile, Cultured Stone, Finishing Carpentry. 30 yrs experience, free estimates (250)487-9139

Hospitality OPPORTUNITY Penticton Heritage House Bed & Breakfast requires a mature, adult couple with previous experience dealing with the public as Resident Operators managing a four-guest suite B & B. This is a full time position. All inquiries and application in person to: 528 Main St, Penticton. Locke Property Management Ltd.

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services AUTHENTIC Thai food cook required, min 3yrs exp., F/T permanent, $2950, bring/send resume to Iyara Thai Restaurant, 2985 Skaha Lake Rd. Penticton, BC, V2A 6G3 or fax 250-770-9791

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5% Return on RRSP and TFSA. Loans are available. To make your contribution call 250-486-0400. GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad Credit? bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer West Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 REDUCE DEBT by up to 70%

OASIS UNITED CHURCH 2964 Skaha Lake Rd, Pent V2A 7H2

Attn: Judi Ritcey job description available

Trades, Technical Grizzly Excavating looking for an experienced operator & dump truck driver. Fax resume to: 250-492-7448

Home Care/Support


250-490-8618 Help Wanted

Are you experiencing financial distress? Relief is only a call away! Call Harry Martens, Estate Administrator at 1-800-661-3661 today to set up your FREE consultation. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP, KPMG Inc. Trustee in Bankruptcy

EXPERIENCED PARTS PERSON REQUIRED We are a progressive player in the automotive retail industry and need a self-starter who can build and manage our wholesale and retail parts business and complement our team. If you’ve got the ambition to take over this critical position, hit our high standards and grow fast with our company, send your resume to Include a separate write-up describing your most significant team and individual accomplishments. We offer a very competitive wage and benefit package.


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Office Support Clerk Resumes accepted until Feb 3rd.

DRYWALL and textured ceiling repairs, specializing in small jobs, 250-487-7558, Cell 250-809-2944

Lawn & Garden

Financial Services


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Home Care BAYSHORE HOME Health one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies - has been helping Canadians since 1966. Our dedicated staff provide nursing, personal care, footcare, housecleaning, babysitting and companionship. Until Feb. 15, book your first 2 hrs of service and receive 2 hrs free of charge. Phone 1-877-717-7528 or email

Cleaning Services MISS MOP N’ TASKER. Licensed, bonded & insured professional house cleaning service. Contact 250-809-7522 Okanagan Fine Shine Janitorial excepting new clients. All Residential/Commercial cleaning available, family owned business. It’s not clean unless it’s A Fine Shine 250-770-1331 Rob


Home Improvements

Handypersons Handyman Al, Renos, Decks Roofs, Drywall, Painting Carpentry, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Yard work. Licensed, Insured, WCB, References. 250-809-9441 Seniors Discounts J & B Handyman Services Renovations, painting, decks, fencing, yard clean-up, appliance installation, drafting & design, snow removal. No job too small No job too large Competitively priced Senior discounts Serving Summerland & Penticton area. Jerry 250-460-1569 or Brad 250-809-7426 WINTER’S HERE !! Looking for a Job. 15 years experience in Carpentry, Drywalling, Flooring, Painting, Plumbing, Tiling. James (250)499-9897 or (250)770-8619

Hauling & Salvage GET IT DONE YARD CARE is offering a discount for spring on yard care and garbage /waste hauling and ease trough cleaning. Get your yard ready for summer. On call service and bi-weekly services available, contact for more info 250-809-5308 or visit our web site at www.getitdoneyardcare. Seniors discount for spring cleaning. Handy man service available to!

Home Improvements ALL renovations and home repairs, any size job inside & out. Ron 250 276-0744 BELCAN Painting and Reno’’s. Licensed, Insured, WCB, Friendly, References. Painting, flooring, kitchen & bath. Small or big jobs. Len 250-486-8800

GREAT Canadian Builders Ltd. “Turning Houses into Homes.” Your complete renovation specialists. 25 years experience. All interior & exterior work, concrete, sheds, garages, fences, roofing, decks, drywall, framing. Restorations, additions. Insurance claims. Licensed and insured, for your free estimate call Steve 250-490-9762, 250-488-0407


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CASUAL COOK WANTED We are seeking a Cook to prepare full service meals for up to 30 people in a residential complex. Other duties include cleaning and meal service. Quali¿cations include Experience in volume food preparation / Food Safe Level I / Basic First Aid with CPR / Knowledge of food storage procedures / Ability to organize and prepare nutritious and appealing meals / Knowledge of provincial health, sanitation and safety regulations including WHMIS protocols / Housekeeping/ cleaning experience Clearance through a criminal record review is required. Closing Date for applications is February 12, 2010 Please send applications marked “Con¿dential Cook 01-10” to: Sarah Martin, Administrative Assistant Lower Similkameen Community Services Society 720 3rd Street, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N3 Fax: (250) 499-2333 E-mail: Call 499 2352 to request a job description.

• Bath Remodels • Decks • Drywall

• Kitchen • Basement Remodels Finishing • Painting • Tile Work • Plumbing • Much More



QUALITY GRANITE, Let the Beauty of Nature Inspire Your Home, Update Your Kitchen with Quality Granite Countertops @ Affordable Prices. Free In-home Estimate Serv. 250-878-7040 Call Joe.

Misc Services Free materials-crew wanted to dismantle and remove 32’x32’ bldg in Penticton, no concrete. ASAP 250-809-0013 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage, $95. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048

Moving & Storage DO you need storage? We have 8x10’’s & 8x20’’s. Also car & RV parking. Call Carleen at ALCar Storage. 250-462-0065. FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance throughout 2009. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687



Blinds & Drapery

Home or Jobsite, Renovations Cheapest rates in the Valley 250-486-4533

Snowclearing Tree Services


Phipps Tree Service. Trees, hedges, rubbish disposal. Make sure you get a quote. Book now eve 250-493-8757

Siberian Husky pups, blue eyes, beautiful markings, vet checked. Good family pets 250-770-1417 $700

SNOW REMOVAL, 250-488-1410

Window Cleaning LET US BRIGHTEN YOUR OUTLOOK, Commercial, Residential Window cleaning, seniors discount, (250)809-1851

Equestrian Big M Saddles & Tack 5765 Falkland Rd (behind the pub, Falkland) February 10% off sale. Every item in the store. We have purchased a large inventory close-out including; Aussie & English saddles, Aussie pads, Girths, saddle bags, over 100 English headstalls in stock, Gypsy, Pony, Full size driving harness. Driving bridle, over 50 show halters, leather halters, Western headstall & reins. Winter & Stable blankets. Giftware & much more. Why pay more. Shop at Big M. 250-379-2078 Visa, Mastercard, Interac.

Feed & Hay Feeder hay. Round bales $160 ton. Delivery available. 250-838-6630. FIRST crop alfalfa & second crop alfalfa. Sm. square bales. Armstrong 250-546-3371. HAY for sale $8/bale Meadow hay, $10/bale Alfalfa mix (250)498-2918. Oliver *HAY SALES GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

Pet Services PET Sitting in your home. Well known Penticton business couple dog trainer Klause and dog groomer Liz Sturze, former owners of the Penticton Pet Center for over thirty years offer reliable care for your pets in your home. References available. For appointment 250-493-2676

Now open again Sat. & Sun. 10-5 Or by appt. 4262 MacDonald Rd.5 minutes from Armstrong (off Otter Lake Rd.) Quality antiques.(250)546-2529

Jardin’s Estate Jewelry and Antiques is OPEN! Mon-Sat, 10-5, 5221 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls, 250-497-6733

Appliances EXTREMELY LOW PRICES on popular BRAND NAMES because of slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

All stainless steel Fridges for only $1299 at CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS #104 2100 Dartmouth Rd, Pent, 250-490-0554 1-877390-0554

Why buy retail? When you can buy BELOW WHOLESALE

USED appliances, fridge’’s, ranges, washers, dryers, premium condition, Lake City Appliances, 475 Main St. Penticton, 250-493-4220 washer/dryer. $100/set, fridge $100, stove $100, can deliver, 250-770-0827 * WINTER CLEARANCE SALE ON NOW Save an extra 30-50% off our low priced items! Selling scratch & dent Brand names you can trust. Prices that can’t be beat. Come in & check us out. SMART CHOICE LIQUIDATORS. 3124 30th Ave, Downtown Vernon 250-549-5010. Unit #4-2720 Hwy 97N, Kelowna, 250-712-9855.

Farm Equipment Massey Ferguson Tractor, w/4 accessories, mower, auger, forks & blade. $3100 call Kathy (250)766-1685

Free Items FREE 2 windows with sliders 3x6 ft each 250-492-0256 Free windows various sizes, must pick-up 250-487-7659


Fruit & Vegetables THE Apple Barn is now open 7 days a week. 10 varieties to choose from. Located past Windmill Garden Centre on Jones Flat Rd E. Summerland.

250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL Junk Removal fr. $75., Bin Rentals fr. $125.



Painting & Decorating All your Painting needs at affordable prices. Jump into Spring now. Beautiful repaints, Feature walls & Faux’s. 25yrs Free est call 250-809-1386 ALWAYS the Best in Quality & Reasonable in Price. 18yrs experience, Nick 250-486-2359

Roofing & Skylights GRIZZLY Roofing, specializing in New & Reroofing. 20 years experience & 24hr repair service. 250-486-0070

D.C. Welding and Repairs - Blinds - Custom Draperies - 3M Window Film - Phantom Screens


American Cockerspaniel pup 8 mth male. Tail docked/dew claws/neutered. Can’t keep him. For a chance meeting with your forever friend call 250-492-8480 $550. LABS 2 yellow lab males, all shots, family raised $500. SHIH-TZU 3-female Shih-tzu X, $500, shots, family raised. 250-547-9224. 250-547-9224 MAREMMA PUPPIES, Born Nov 5. $500. 250-491-5005 or view at 6011 Goudie Rd. Mini Daschund puppies $300 (250)422-3399, (250)420-7417 PUREBRED Bichon puppies, both male & female, 1st shots, dewormed, litter trained, microchipped for identification, wonderful family pets w/great disposition. 250-832-4923. REGISTERED German Shephard Pups, great temperment, bred to be adaptable to all lifestyles. $1200. 250-768- 7241

Rubbish Removal

Licensed, Bonded & Insured

AND LOCALLY OPERATED Now serving all the South Okanagan Summerland, Penticton, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos

Blinds & Drapery

Kitchen Cabinets Kitchen for sale in Penticton.Over 24 ft cabinetry.Solid oak raised doors.Corian countertop.Double sink & taps,Slide in electric Kitchenaid cooker,Whirlpool fridge freezer,Kenmore vent hood. (built & installed by Medallion kitchens). Buyer to remove. $3995.Call 250-486-5450


24 Hr. Mobile Welding and Fabricating H.D. Mechanic Serving the Logging, Lumber, Mining & Construction Industries

DENNIS CURLE Bus. 250-488-7034


Firewood/Fuel LODGEPOLE Pine. Split, dry, delivered. Same day service. $130. Summerland; $145. Penticton. Ted: 250-486-7300; Home: 250-276-5415. SEASONED FIREWOOD for sale. Split, delivered, and stacked. Starting at $180. for a full cord. Half cord, or smaller loads are available. Ask for Lisa. 250-498-6292 or 250-462-4401 SEASONED Pine rounds $100 pick-up load. $120 split, 250-493-0652, 250-488-4111

Furniture 6PC Cherry sleigh bdrm set. Queen bed, dresser, mirror, chest, 2 night stands. New!! Still boxed. Worth $5000, Sell $1695 Can deliver. call 1250-550-6648, 250-550-6647 Beautiful solid maple twin beds, can convert to bunkbeds $600(both) obo 250-493-7352 BRAND new Sectional couch with ottoman, microfiber (2 colors to choose from) $899 call 1-250-550-6647 single/double/queen/king mattresses, $100 each, can deliver, 250-770-0827

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Heavy Duty Machinery

Misc. for Sale

A-STEEL Shipping Container Storage New/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20,’’24,’’40,’’45,’’48,’’53’’.Insulated Reefer Containers 20’’40’’53’’. CHEAP 40’’ Farmers Specials on NOW! Semi Trailers for hiway & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 call 24 hours.

DO YOU NEED LARGE AMOUNTS OF FREE FILL? (250)307-3839 Dacron Enterprises LTD. HOT TUB COVERS . 3” high density foam . Extra Aluminum Reinforcement . Marine vinyl . Custom fit to any tub . We will measure your tub & deliver at no charge

Penguin Mfg. 250-493-5706

Misc. for Sale

Misc. Wanted Empty Virgin HP Ink Cartridges Needed #60 black #60 color #75 color #22 color

7 HORSE 2 Stage snow blower in very good running cond. Offers. Also looking for used gym equip.250-309-6187 Acrylic jetted massage tub with headrest, good condition, motor like new, $250, 250-492-6337 almost new wood pieces, 2x6’s, 2x4’s, 4x4’s, plywood, $175obo, (250)493-0290

Sporting Goods RUSSIAN SKS’’s - Special Selection, cleaned, oiled & inspected, $299. Ammo - 1120 RDS-Case $195. 12 ga shotgun ammo & clay targets $99. Quality Firearms bought & sold. GLOCK stocking dealer. Weber & Markin, The Okanagans Professional Gunsmiths for over 25 yrs. 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kelowna, (250)762-7575


Stereo / DVD / TV

Will pay $2.50 per each quality cartridge.Mr. Cartridge 102-1475 Fairview Road, In The Cannery (250) 770-2950

Speaker Cables by Pure Sonic, MSRP $900, 2.5 meters, 2 channel, stereo, spades, 250-276-3286 $599

Wanted to buy: canoe, canvas covered wood strip canoe in need of repair, preferably chestnut or Peterborough Brand, call 250-494-1125

Acreage for Sale 2 flat grassy acres in Willowbrook, w/5yr old Modular home in excellent cond. New 2 stall barn, directly across from Community riding ring & private park w/miles of trails. $329,000 250-498-2082 4.9 acre hobby farm in Lumby w/barn, outbuildings, large insulated workshop, 4bdrm, 3bath house mostly renovated incl.fir flooring, slate tile, new kitchen. Asking $489,000 250-558-9601 to view 5 beautiful acres, Km 47, Summerland/Princeton Rd., minutes to dozens of lakes on the KVR, $150,000, (250)493-7703


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BUILDING LOT FOR SALEPENTICTON.Nice quiet street, close to schools, shopping, & downtown core. 760 Bird Street. Approx 47’ x 100’. Presently zoned single family. New service to lot line. Raw land ready for your building ideas. Asking $199,000. Call days 250-490-7633 or eve/wk 250-770-1488.

Apt/Condos for Sale Condo in newer Lake Country development, 2bdrm, 2bath 842 sq.ft 6appl, Pool, Gym, Hottub, Lounge Move in Now $269,900 and save the GST Contact 250-550-0399

Houses For Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576

GREAT Mtn view, central location, Penticton, immaculate executive, 1100 sqft, 2 levels, 2bdrms, 1.5bath, s/s f/s, dw, w/d, central air/heat, covered parking, $1200 + DD economic util, ns, n/p, ref req, avail. Feb. 1, (250)496-5465 LG quiet 2brm 1st floor, storage, prkg, bus route, cl to hosp/Gov’t St, n/s, n/p, 40+ digital cable, $800/mo. 250-809-8952 250-492-2006 MOTEL Suites & RV Park, off season rates, Penticton & Summerland 250-492-8422 Spacious, brandnew, 2bdrm + den area. DT at Meritage Loft, 6appl. Available now, call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372 The Ellis 3rd fl, NW corner w/balcony, 2bdrm, 2 full bath, 6-appl, a/c, window coverings, secure prkg, ns, np. March 1st $1100+util, DD + references 250-496-5465

2BDRM lower 1/2 house Pent close to DT $900/mo 1/2 util. (250)492-2991 2 BEDROOM house, carport, covered deck, privacy with view of lake on 5 acre orchard in Kaleden. $1,200/mo. Phone 250-497-8039 / 250-490-6777 3+ bdrm home, lake view, private setting, $1300-$1500/mo. 250-809-0329 3bdrm house, $1150+ util. ref req. 250-492-8681, 250-809-1693 after 4pm, avail. Feb. 1st 3bdrm house, orchard location, $1100, no dogs 250-492-0247 AVAIL now, immaculate, 2bdrm rancher, sunroom/den, all appl. gas f/p, ac, lrg.lot, single garage, newer paint & flooring, located on Westside of Kelowna in Fintry a rural lake community, 35mins to either downtown Kelowna or downtown Vernon. $1300/mo. R.R. Kristi 1-604-862-8039, email IN Oliver lg 1250sq.ft bright 2bdrm, 1.5bath separate dinning-room, full basement 55 complex, RV prkg, pet neg. Avail imm $950+util. Contact Bob or Ann. (250)768-4117 IN Summerland, rural setting, lg lot, 3bdrm & partly finished basement $1500. 1 yr lease (250)494-9331 Kal Lake home, Feb 1.-June 30/10. $1200 + utils.Furnished, 3bdrm, 2 baths, ample parking. Ideal for retired or prof couple. N/s. No cats. botter 250-545-9528 Olalla, spacious, bright 3bdrm, 1 full bath, laundry room, w/d/f/s, garage, landscaped, no pets, no smoking, ref. req. available now, $900/mo. (250)499-5700 Osoyoos, avail. immed, 4bdrm renovated, close to DT, ns, np, $100+util. 250-770-1548 SINGLA HOMES 134-1458 Penticton, 4bdrm, 2.5bath, f/s, w/d, garage. 348 Van Horne, upper, 3bdrm, f/s wd, 2 full baths. 298/296 Maple St. townhouse Penticton. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, f/s, w/d, w/basement, garage. Rent starts at $1200. 250-488-6875, 250-488-1887 998 Creston, 1bdrm apt, livin room. Incl f/s, laundry, rent starts @$600 incl util, 250492-7570 WANT TO OWN? HAVE YOUR RENT MONEY WORKING FOR YOU!!! Rent to own, all areas, generous rent credit. QUALITY FREE INFO!!!!! 250-549-7090

Mobile Homes & Parks 1bdrm mobile home, Penticton, $44,700, 250-488-1442, Open houses; Jan 31, 1-3pm, #96-3245 Paris St. MOBILE home just steps from beach in Ok Falls. 39’’ Hy-Line fully furnished, covered deck, newer roof, 2 storage sheds. Adult park 45. Year round living. $39,900 (250)490-9159

Townhouses OLIVER, BC - 1250 Sq. Ft. 2 bdrm, 2bth, 2 yrs old. A/C, F/P, radiant flr heat, water sftnr, reverse osmosis & lg. garden deck. Next to River. $265,000. 250-307-4750 or

Acreage SHUSWAP RIVER FRONT 11.3 acres w/shop. $400,000. 1985 house on 22.5 acres. $800.000. 15.9 acres. $400,000. Water and services. 250-838-7660.

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Penticton, 9bdrm house with 2 suites, single family home is a non-conforming tri-plex, 4700sqft, includes dble garage, paved parking for 8+ vehicles, prime 1/3 acre, near malls, schools and Skaha Lake, great for B&B, care home or large extended family, possible trade down, $639,900, 250-490-8888

1 & 2 bdrm apts, over 45 bldg, must have references, $775-$850. 250-487-1136 1bdrm apt. w/balcony in quiet 55+ bldg, near Cherry Lane, fresh paint, new carpet, 4appl., in suite storage, $650+util., also Bachelor apt. $450+util., ns, np, 250-492-4265 2bdrm main floor, end unit, 150 Skaha Pl, adult building, NP, NS, damage dep. $800, (250)492-8048 Avail Imm. Newer 2bdrm, 2bath condo. Lake Country NS/NP, close to amenities, bus route, 6appl, 1 u/g parking & storage. Gym, Pool, Hottub, Lounge. $1075. 250-550-0399 Avail now 1bdrm, top floor Skaha Place $675+util. Adults only, n/p 250-276-9394 DOWNTOWN Penticton, 2bdrm, 2bath, 5appl, secure parking, ref req, avail. Feb.1, $1200, (250)495-2329

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Apt/Condos for Sale

For Sale By Owner FIND OUT WHAT THE HOME DOWN THE STREET SOLD FOR! Homesellers visit: WWW.HOME-PRICE.CA OK Falls 3bdrm rancher single car garage, rv prkg, 3 decks, 1 sunroom, lg private lot. New paint/carpet $349,900obo 250-497-8358

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $650-$800 1 & 2 bdrm apts on Dynes, f, s, balcony, Avail. Now (A312, A316, A333, A362) $695 1 bdrms, near library, f, s, elevator, coin-op laundry.Avail. Now (EFR) $750 2 bdrm, near library, 1 bath, grd flr, 3 appl., f.p, no pets, no smoking, Avail. Now. (A379) $750 Large grd. flr, 1 bdrm suite, f, s, shared laundry, close to library. Avail. Now (ot362) $800 2 bdrm view of Skaha Park, f, s, balcony, coin-op laundry. Avail. Now (A372) $1200 2 bdrm +den in the The Verana 2nd phase, 6 appl., large deck, sec’d parking. Avail. Feb. 1 (A400)

Commercial/ Industrial SHOP or warehouse 1200 sq.ft o/d,3phase. $6.50p/sq 250-809-0728,250-492-8324

Duplex / 4 Plex 1/2 duplex 3 bdrms, 2bath, Columbia area $1300/mo 778-476-5594 2BDRM, 1.5bth sxs private garden, 5-appl, Quiet working, ref $870+ elec 250-490-8053 2BDRM, 2ba, f/s/w/d/dw, $900 util, ns, np, 250-490-1706 2BDRM main fl, 800sq.ft available March 1st $850+util. 250-492-5100 250-490-5354 3 BRD half Duplex close to Okanagan lake. Fenced yard, quiet area. N/s N/D, small pet with approval. $1200 per month. 250-490-2705 4 bdrm, 4 bath, 2100 sq. ft. Centrally located. Pent. Large yard. $1400. Avail now. Parking. Side by side. N/S, N/P 5 appl. 250-770-1853. BRIGHT, spacious downtown, 3bdrm upper floor duplex, OK Lake view, master bedroom has ensuite, walk-in closet & balcony, 5appl, ac, gas fp, new laminate flooring, ns, no pets, Avail now $1200/mo, 250-493-5161 Executive 3bdrm+den 2.5 bath, brandnew, dbl garage, 6appl, a/c, n/p, deck/patio very spacious. Avail now $1400 & $1450 call Dennis @ Real Executives 250-493-4372 New lg 2bdrm, 2.5bath end unit, lg garage, a/c, 6appl. White at Government $1300. Call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372

Farms APPROX 3 acres on Naramata Bench producing 13 tons of good quality Merlot. Looking for person to manage it and or buy grapes 2010. email:

Modular Homes 2BDRM 2bth private property $800+util, Keremeos. Ref req’d 250-499-5719 after 6pm

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Lrg. 2 bdrm + den in 4 plex, unfin. bsmt, f, s, d/w, wood fp. Avail. Feb. 15 (H691-3) 2 bdrm upstairs house, 1 bath, f, s, hardwood flrs, large fenced yard. Avail. Now (H673-1) 2 bdrm +den upstairs, 2 bdrm in-law suite dwn, f, s, w.d, fp, carport, on Norton. Avail. Now (ot413)


Furnished exec. 3 bdrm twn hse, 2.5 bath, unfinished bsmt, near college & dance & yoga studios. Avail Now-June (th487) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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

GOOD Place to stay for workers, students & retired. Rent starts from $550/mo fully furnished/cable/electric/phone (250)492-7015 (250)770-0816 LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, available for rental until June 1/10. Fully furnished, utilities/cable included, quiet location, near Mall and bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 492-7205

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2bd in Winfield. Panoramic lakeview, 1.5bth, 5appl, avail Feb 1., CA, NS, NP, Nchildren, $1100mo incl utils. Call 250-766-1834

house to share, recent reno, furnished, $600+ 1/2 util. (250)462-3377 Private bdrm semi-pri bth, quiet person, $475-$500, everything incl.,250-492-2543

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ROOMATE WANTED to share near new 2 bdrm 2 bathroom condo. Central location, 5 minute walk to okanagan college. Nice quiet building. $650/month includes utilities. Call Angela at 250-589-8946. ROOM FOR rent in house owned by landlord, nr dwtn Penticton - furnished, incl cable, internet. Ideal for student. $475 Ph: 250-462-4162 Roommate wanted DT area, 2bdrm, 2bath, 6-appl, secured prkg $700/mo 250-328-9965 Roommate wanted to share large house-close to mall & Skaha Beach. $600 incl. rent, util. & internet. A must see! Leave msg at 250-770-1865

Suites, Lower 2Bdrm, 1bath, f/s, w/d, Husula Highlands area. $850/mth incl util. 250-492-7182 2BDRM 1bath, lg livingroom, seperate laundry, n/p, n/s, near Cherry Lane/Parkway school, avail now 250-493-1093,250-486-1924 2BDRM, large living room, close to Wiltse School, a/c, cable, ns, np, avail immed., 250-809-7514, 250-490-2028 2bdrm new basement suite, NP, NS, Wiltse area, +util. Avail. Feb. 1, 778-476-4821 bright, spacious 2bdrm, Columbia area, cable, parking, util, laundry incl., $900/mo. (250)488-4828 LG 1 BD above ground suite, newly reno’d, sep ent, cble/internet incl., wd, dw, stove, fridge, ns, pets ok, encl. back yrd, centrally located & blocks from shopping, quiet area, 1/3 utils. $800/mo. Avail Feb. 1 Neil @ 250-460-1976 to view.

Suites, Upper 2bdrm suite, $750/mo., dogs, call 250-492-0247


Townhouses $1050, Avail Feb 1st or Mar 1st, Laundry, Pet-cat.1200 SqFt close to McNichol School Smoking-out. 2 washrm. 604-808-4819. Deluxe townhouse in Penticton, 3bdrm, 2.5 bath, oak kitchen, oak floor in living and dining room, gas fp, central air, 5appl, patio and balcony, dbl garage, np, ns, avail. Feb. 15, $1200, (250)496-5267

Antiques / Classics 1966 CHEVELLE 283 CU. MATCHING TRIM, BUCKET CENTRE CONSOLE, OBO. 250-493-6256 6PM


Auto Accessories/Parts 4 Goodyear Wrangler tires, LT275/70R17, new, $500, (250)490-8556

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Alysen Pl. 2 bdrms, f/s,w/d, d/w, cent air/heat, 2 baths, large balconies, pkg and some have extra storage ............. $1375.00 + utilities

Elm Ave.: 2 bdrm, 2 bath, fully updated condo. This condo overlooks Skaha Lake w/2 decks. Includes f/s, w/d, d/w, a/c, water, cable & pkg. Dec. 1,..$1200.00 + elec.

1 Bdrms. Available Now: Dwntwn f/s, a/c, pkg, secure bldg. incl. util. & Feb 15: Waterford; 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath cable.............$645.00-$695.00per mo. townhouse, F/S, D/W, pkg, fenced yrd. ................................$1,000 incl. water Avail Now: Large 2 bdrm lower unit in 4-plex. Adult oriented. F/S, W/D, D/W, A/C, nice patio & pkg, sec’d bldg........... ..............$875.00 incl. water. Property Management

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Cars - Domestic 1986 Ford Tempo GT Sport, 5spd, $700 obo, 1989 Chrysler New Yorker, $1700 obo, set of 4 1991 Honda Accord EXR Rims, $200 obo, (250)809-0644, Nicole 1990 Chevy Lumina, runs but needs some work ( head gasket?) Some new parts + good tires, body good. No time to work on it, first $220 takes it. 492-6674 eve



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2001 Neon, great cond., snow tires, 2 sets rims, air, 4 disc cd, black, manual. $1999. 250-558-6736

Hookup & go 1992 Chev 3/4ton w/1988 25’ Prowler 5th Wheel. Both in great shape $7500 OBO (250)542-6399

Hardbody 4Hire 34-28-34 5’5, 115lbs, tight, toned tanned. Safe clean comfortable incalls or out 250-462-3510 HIRING

REDUCED $2999. 1999 Pontiac Firefly Suzuki 4dr auto, BC owned, 148,860k, $1000 service bills. 2008 45 Hwy Mile/ga. 250-979-2027

SACRIFICE Sale: 2008 Regal 33’ 5th wheel, deluxe model, loaded, 3 slides, bought new used only 3months, new over $60K, asking $39,900. (250)836-5529 (250)814-9711

1984 Ford Bronco II XLT 1FMCU14S4EUC35774, Debtor Name: Stephen Shane Salamandick, Total Amount of Debt: $792.54, Vehicle on Sale at Skaha Ford Inc., 198 Parkway Pl., Penticton, B.C. Sale Ends on: Feb. 24 2010

Cars - Sports & Imports

Scrap Car Removal SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip $2 - $12/each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Toll Free 1.877.334.2288


■ Lubrico & Global Warranty Authorized Repair Facility ■ Domestic and Import ■ Front or Rear Wheel Drive or High Performance

1998 Plymouth Voyager in great shape. V6 fwd. Dual opening doors. Seats 7 w/captain’s chairs. $3000.00 obo. Phone 250 809 6471.


Owner 23 Years Experience

2002 Dodge 1500 4x4, 4.7L V8, quad cab, shortbox, auto, a/c, full load, chrome wheels all terrain tires, 208kms. Quick sale $9200 1-778-514-2423

ATV-UTV CLEARANCE!! Kids Dirtbike/ATV Start@$249 Adult@ $1499 E-Scooter $689 Buggies, UTV, Plows, Snowblower 1-866-203-0906/250-863-1123

2004 GMC 2500 HD, 4x4, 6L, both gas & propane, nice truck $15,800OBO (250)542-2822 2004 TOYOTA Tacoma XTRACAB 4x4. V6, 5 SPD Only 54000 KMS. Has A/C, cruise control and power group. W/ security system and chrome alloy wheels $17,900 Private seller 778-476-4457

2001 28’ Four Winds Motor home. 105,981 Km. Sleeps 7. Very clean unit, no smoke, no pets. Dash and roof a/c, 3 burner stove top with oven, microwave, skylight shower, split bath, walk around queen bed, mounted flat screen tv, many features. Ford V10 Engine. $28,485 Contact for more info, Tina 250-493-0988



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2002 Toyota Tundra LTD, 180K +, fully loaded, remote start, clamshell doors, $17,000 call Jason (250)558-6709


Auto Services

■ Specializing in Automatic Transmission Repairs

1997 GMC 2500 4x4, new diesel motor, exc/cond, $6800 OBO (250)838-6075

2007 Kawasaki 450, 4 stroke, new tires, exc.cond. $3900. 780-240-1171, 250-545-7867.

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2000 Summit 600, reverse, excellent shape, $3000 firm, (250)497-8301

2005 Honda Accord loaded, warranty, lots more. $17,500 obo. 250-541-0789.

Call 1-800-667-3742

Auto Services

04 Yamaha SX Viper 700 triple bender pipes & reeds $1800 value, reverse $800 value. $5550 250-493-7131

2004 Honda Civic, low miles, new Michelen tires, always maintained by Honda shop that serviced as set out by Honda, driven by elderly nurse, looks and runs like new, no accidents of any kind, power steering, power brakes, a/c, stereo system, 2dr coupe, $7500, (250)494-0033

Help for today. Hope for Tomorrow.

1999 Ford Windstar LX 2FMZA5148XBB61686, Debtor Name: Rainia Charbonneau, Total Amount of Debt: $4180.94, Vehicle on Sale at Skaha Ford Inc., 198 Parkway Pl., Penticton, BC. Sale Ends on: Feb 24 2010


1990 Volvo 740 GL 4cyl auto, $500obo 250-462-0806

XXX’s and O’s by Donna, Independent Penticton 250-809-8041

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