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Astronaut lands to speak about the marvels of space MARK BRETT Western News Staff

How do you use the bathroom in space? According to NASA astronaut Col. Alvin Drew that’s one of the most frequently asked questions when making public appearances to talk about his job. “Especially school kids, invariably that’s what they want to know,” said Drew with a chuckle during a telephone interview Thursday from Houston where he is training for the last scheduled space shuttle flight in September. “I just explain that gravity is a key ingredient to using a toilet here on earth and you need something to make up for that loss of gravity when you’re up in space. So what you use is a big vacuum suction motor to make sure everything heads in the right direction which usually gets a lot of ewws as they finally picture what I’m alluding to.” That will be just one of the marvels of space travel and living in small metal container 122 nautical miles above the earth’s surface, the 47-year-old mission specialist will share at a special engagement next Thursday at the Cleland Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the community centre and are expected to go fast according to organizer Bob Pope of the city’s recreation department. Drew is actually a fairly regular visitor to Penticton, coming here as often as his schedule allows to see his partner Patricia Tribe who has lived in the city for the last three years. His first shuttle mission was aboard Endeavour in August 2007 where he was a member of a seven-man crew that included Canadian astronaut Dave Williams. Drew vividly remembers the events of launch day. “It’s very different in different parts of the mission, the first part is

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what I describe as a Nantucket sleigh ride, you put in your quarters and hang on for dear life it’s eight-and-a half minutes of just raw power.” he said. “There’s those big solid rocket boosters that sit on the side of the shuttle and when they light up you’re going to go somewhere you may not go into the orbit you planned on but you’re going to go somewhere. “There’s a whole lot of power around you. It’s not so much that you hear it but you feel it right in your bones, everything just vibrates and shakes as it comes off the pad and that’s for about two and a half minutes.” At that point the space craft is in the upper levels of earth’s atmosphere accelerating to orbit speed of about 17,500 miles an hour or five

times the speed of sound pushing the crew back in their seats at about three times the force of gravity. “Then suddenly you go from this thrill ride — you can imagine with heavy guitars and rock and roll music playing to suddenly you’re in that scene from 2001 (movie 2001: A Space Odyssey) with Blue Danube playing; you’re weightless and things are floating peacefully and serenely around you,” said Drew. At that stage those inside the shuttle finally have an opportunity to take a look out the window. “My first impression was we’re definitely not in Kansas any more,” he said. “You’ve got that incredibly black sky and the atmosphere around the earth, a light blue band that gets increasingly darker as it trails off into

the blackness. It just seems frighteningly thin — egg-shell thin — compared to the size of the earth.” Drew and Tribe actually met while she was working at the space centre in Houston and began dating just over a year ago. Originally from Saskatchewan, Tribe worked for NASA for about 13 years before leaving her final job as director of education “I had a real passion for space and I thought, oh well, what the heck why not go where the real stuff happens and I just lucked out,” she said. “One day I phoned down there (Houston) and told them what I had and they said you know we just might have something.” Drew admitted he has considered moving to Penticton.

“It’s really gorgeous there, that saddle between the two hills and lakes but unfortunately Penticton doesn’t have much of a space program.” When asked what will be going through her mind as she watches the rockets fire up on that September day and seeing Discovery slowly lift off and go thundering skyward, Tribe thought for a minute before answering. “I’m really not sure,” she said. “You’re sending somebody you love up on a bomb basically. It’s dangerous and people can minimize it all they want but it’s the most dangerous thing you’re going to see happening on earth. “I guess I’ll be wishing he have fun and ... come home safe.”

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News Groups looking for space to give kids their freedom KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

Reese Penner, 17, gets few opportunities to act like a normal teenager and those chances just got even more limited. Penner is what is termed global, he lives most of his life in wheelchair and does not communicate. The year-long closure of the Penticton Community Centre will be an annoyance for many groups while it gets a makeover but none so more than Penner and the rest of the youth who take part in special classes in the pool and programs like Teens in Motion that uses the gymnasium. “It is mostly during school day it is affecting Reese, it really is affecting his whole program in school and the mobility and the freedom he gets from swimming. He learned to swim through this program and now when he goes in the water he is free,” said his mother Trina Penner. “It is the one chance Reese has in his life that he is able to move on his own. He is actually able to hold his own weight in the water.” Reese swims three times a week at the Community Centre in a program through Pen-High and is involved in Teens in Motion where a special and bike and swing allow him to be active. Even though he is unable to communicate, his mom said she knows what being active means to her son. “It is going to affect his day because they will have to find other things to do. It is a big chunk of his life. He is not able to tell us that he is going to be disappointed, but we know what it means to him. It’s a form of independence,” she said. “Reese’s life is based around the few things he enjoys doing.” Marlene Keen, who runs the Teens in Motion program along with Kids in Motion for elementary school age children, said the City of Penticton searched for alternate venues where the programs can be hosted but has ran into difficulties. Because the programs are run during the day it is difficult to find gymnasiums or something comparable that the special equipment can be used and

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ALEX HAVERSTOCK PEDALS his way around the community centre gym in a specially designed trike during the Teens in Motion program recently. Those who organize the weekly sessions are desperately in search of a new location when the Community Centre closes for renovations.

stored. She said they have to go with what has been offered and that is the auditorium at the library/museum. “I said we would take whatever we could get but this isn’t ideal. It is not ideal for a program as large as this. If there are other options out there that the city hasn’t looked into it would be nice if someone would let us

know about them,” said Keen. The youth involved in the program have even created a poster in the community centre gym saying ‘help us find a new home’ and all the children have signed it or drawn pictures on it. Keen said both the parents and children are worried about the fate of their programs. Keen said giving the special needs children an

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opportunity to socialize and exercise means so much to them. “They never forget about it. Even when I see kids at PDSCL they remember coming to Teens in Motion. I have two volunteers right now that have finished school and have come back to help me with the program because they got so much out of it,” she said. Tina Myers is a coordinator at Dragonfly Pond, a service provider for families with children who have complex care needs or disabilities, said the programs they run at the community centre are free of charge, taking a financial burden off them. “It will affect not just children but the families. We see a real problem for our families because with the programs you have a happier child, who are happier at home and have burned off more energy. When you don’t have these programs the stress is on the families to find alternatives for the kids,” said Myers. “They may not have any other activity that they enjoy but the pool is one of them and sometimes the only thing they really enjoy. A physically disabled child gets boyancy in the water or a child with autism thrives with that pressure under the water.” Myers said another concern is that the pool is getting an upgrade but there wont be a bigger space for the programs out of the water. “We could offer more programs but they don’t have the space or the time for us to be there. Who knows once the pool opens what kind of use we will have, the city programs take precedence over everything else,” said Myers. The same thought has passed Tina Martin’s mind. The mother of three has started a petition and is campaigning for signatures outside of the community centre. She is petitioning that the same high quality staff, service and programs run when the community centre reopens its doors, which is expected to be in the spring of 2011. Coordinator for the Teens in Motion and Kids in Motion asks anyone with potential large spaces where they could hold their programs to contact her at 250-493-5262.

City council and senior managers to discuss core review BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

This Monday city council and senior city managers will meet privately to discuss the core services review for the first time since council received the $70,000-report March 1, according to Mayor Dan Ashton. Since then, council acted on the most pressing of the 61 private recommendations in the review, terminating the employment of the director of corporate services Jack Kler, general manager of the city’s electric utility Terry Andreychuk and director of human resources Dwayne Burdeniuk, before releasing a less-detailed, recommendation-less version of the report to the public Friday. The less-detailed public version was hardly sparse, however, and so with assertions ranging from: “the growth in operating spending is unsustainable” to “Penticton has three to six more management positions than required” to “there is

“We are aware of the stress and uncertainty it has created for our employees...” —Dennis Back a significant discrepancy between the cost of delivering these services through the public sector and the private sector,” the review has triggered an avalanche of employee anxiety throughout the city as staff and managers alike ponder whether they will soon loose their jobs. “I think Kyle (Stamm) has done a very good job,” said Ashton, of the lead consultant from Helios Group, the Vancouver based company that researched and prepared the core services review. “Kyle went in and he conducted thousands of interviews with employees, with management, with people from the community and with council. And he made his recommendations based on that.

“What happened was that when council got a hold of the document, we saw that there were some initial changes that had to be made in order to initiate a change of culture at the City of Penticton in regards to productivity, efficiency and customer service. “Because of that, there was a decision that had to be made regarding the senior staff, which to me is always time sensitive, and when these things come forward it is only fair to everybody that they are acted on immediately and that is what we did.” Ashton confirmed that beyond the three managers that were let go, no other city employees were mentioned specifically in the core

services review’s 61 recommendations, although, he said, there are comments regarding specific departments at the city. “What we have done, after we acted on that initial recommendation is we have given the full report to the city’s (remaining) senior management team and I know that Dennis (Back, city CAO) has been working very hard with senior managers to come up with a game plan, looking at the recommendations that were brought forward,” said Ashton, noting that due to the detail, scope and game-changing nature of the report both council and senior management have required some time to digest its ramifications. “What we have been saying is that for years the City of Penticton hasn’t had a hard look at how the city conducts its business and now that is what we have challenged staff and challenged the management to do.” Ashton said he look forward to hearing management’s input on a number of the review’s findings.

For instance, although the review seem to point to a disproportionate number of workers at the city compared to similar municipalities, Ashton said that did not necessarily mean the City of Penticton employs too many people as there may be extenuating circumstances for why. For example, Ashton said, because Penticton has a higher population of seniors than other communities, perhaps the city requires more staffing at facilities such as the swimming pool or community centre. Contacted Thursday evening, Back confirmed that he would be presenting an initial report to council Monday in order to attain their input on which direction the city should be moving in light of the review. “(The management team) are aware of the stress and uncertainty the review has created for our employees and we are working diligently to create an implementation plan based on it’s recommendations as soon as possible,” said Back.


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The man charged with the 2009 death of Terrence Dale Wooley in Penticton was previously convicted of beating a three-year-old to death in Ontario. According to the Globe and Mail Michael Richard Beauchamp killed the daughter of his girlfriend at the time in an attack the judge at his trial described as “atrocious, horrendous, wicked and hateful.” Beauchamp was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the child’s death in Kingston in 1999. He was given double credit for the two-and-a-half years he served in jail while waiting for his trial. The Globe and Mail reported the coroner said the three-year-old’s injuries were inflicted by a blunt instrument, probably a fist, and she showed multiple bruising from previous beatings. They also stated Beauchamp and the girl’s mother were drug addicts and were unable to support or care for the

child. Penticton RCMP arrested Beauchamp on March 5 and charged him with second degree murder in connection with the death of the 53-year-old Wooley that occurred on April 25, 2009. At the time of the incident police responded to a complaint at Slack Alice’s bar. When they arrived found Wooley unconscious near the back door of the establishment. RCMP said on Tuesday at a press conference that Wooley was escorted out by Slack Alice’s staff members under the liquor control act. It was after exiting that the assault took place. RCMP confirmed Beauchamp was also a patrol of the establishment that evening. Wooley was in critical condition with severe head injuries and remained in a coma until May 25, 2009 when he died as a result of his injuries while in care at the Andy Moog Hospice in Penticton. Cpl. Clayton Wiebe said during Tuesday’s press conference that Beauchamp is “a fairly new resident of Penticton.”

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Wetter than normal but still a concern for area growers KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

With the effects of El Niño producing warm and dry conditions around the province, an Environment Canada meteorologist said the South Okanagan is one of the few places that hasn’t been as dry. Meterologist Doug Lundquist said for precipitation Penticton had 154 per cent of the normal winter, which takes into account the months of December to February. The normals are defined as taking the information from 1971 to 2007 and averaging them all together. “We did have a lot of precipitation in the South Okanagan ... for those three months Penticton was over 50 per cent higher than normal precipitation,” he said. The normal precipitation for Penticton through the winter, taking account of both snow and rain melted together, is 66.5 milimetres. Penticton had 102.6 mm. Lundquist did add that the amount of snow Penticton had was less than normal. He attributes this to the effects of El Nino which raises temperatures by one or two degrees, making the freezing levels higher and creating more rain than snow. Penticton had 68 per cent of the normal snowfall throughout the whole season, although Lundquist said a bit more may fall in March and April. “Penticton might have just clipped the northern edge of that southern stream and that is why Penticton and the South Okanagan was wetter than normal throughout the winter. Further north, like in Kelowna, it was much drier. It was different for Penticton than the rest of the province, it is kind of the exception. There were some other areas that had exceptions but Penticton was one of the most notable ones, the most different from the rest of the southern Interior,” said Lundquist. Still, the low snowpack further north in the Valley has B.C. Fruit Growers Association president Joe Sardinha concerned. He said the Central Okanagan looks to be worse off in terms of

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snowpack than some of the points south. “It is going to be an interesting year. Naturally it has got everyone concerned because quite simply last year we didn’t have normal snowpack in most of the region and some of the water purveyors were watching their resources quite closely,” said Sardinha. “It is shaping up to be a dire situation. We have all heard of the lake being down a metre and I’m not sure if that is going to fill to full pool this year. There is a lot of users drawing water from the lake and we also have to consider the downstream effect. What flows into Okanagan Lake also flows into Skaha and down into Oliver and onto Osoyoos.” Sardinha said without a heavy rainfall and less snow, growers could be looking at irrigating a little earlier which he added is normally not

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EDITORIAL

Gently stepping is a political gesture he regional district’s board meeting on March 4 T included a lengthy discussion on how the board might address their concerns over the Penticton Indian

Band’s acquisition of the former KVR right of way along Skaha Lake through West Bench. The board was attempting to answer a request by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs for comments regarding the band’s application. The decision to transfer the property back to the PIB seems imminent, based on a court decision resulting from litigation several years ago. The board’s dilemma centred on the tone of their communication with INOC, which in analysis, seems to us to be more of a “politically correct” gesture than anything else. It should be obvious to everyone involved what concerns (and that is what they should be called) local residents — communicated through the regional district — would have over the land transfer, especially given that in the PIB application no mention for recreational use was made for future uses to which the PIB might use the KVR. Stating the obvious should not be a cause for ill feeling. The board had every right to put their concerns in succinct language, in answering the INOC request. It is unfortunate that the communication will flow through the bureaucracy of a government agency, rather than a head-to-head communication to the PIB themselves. Those on the board, who felt that the issue had to be handled delicately in order not to offend need to consider what their approach would have been had the application been someone other than the PIB. Would they have been as charitable to that applicant’s sensibilities? Modifying the concerns of the regional district to placate suspected sensitivities will not result in a rosier outcome of this issue, especially if residents feel their concerns have not been adequately addressed — or represented. -From the Keremeos Review

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Council’s unanswered question

here’s tried and true axiom in business that says never hire a consultant unless you’re absolutely certain he knows what you want him say. The City of Penticton’s release of it’s “Core Services Review” is a good example of that axiom in action. The review (available at penticton.ca) while providing cover for council for recent management terminations and speculation over service cuts, really doesn’t say anything taxpayers or local politicians didn’t already know — delivery of core services cost more than than City can afford. This doesn’t mean taxpayers didn’t receive value for the consultants report, if for no other reason than current council can use the report to blunt, to some extent, the inevitable blame game with former City officials about which council spent more, or spent more ineffectively. Hopefully the public can be spared such drama over the coming months as this council deals with the issues. There are a few red herrings in the review that ought to be dispensed with forthwith. First among these is the notion of “Long Term Debt” being “too high” as a percent of total revenue, compared with so-called peer municipalities. This metric is meaningless with respect to impact on taxpayers because the city is not in the same position as a private corporation or

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individual in terms of securitization of the debt. Whether or not we stack up well against, say, Port Moody in this comparison is also not illustrative for a number of variables — for instance, Port Moody residents can access services from a number of adjoining municipalities and has access to GVRD and TransLink assets. Taxpayers expect and, in fact demand, municipalities incur debt to build the capital infrastructure that makes a community a community. There is no business model to justify the building of libraries, roads, pools and rinks. But these projects make up the fabric of our communities and must be financed. This is a good use of our tax dollars. Another red herring is the notion of management salaries being appropriate at the same time as management being

deemed as “top-heavy,” or in some cases having a span of control (number of employees reporting to the manager) as too small to justify the salary level. While troubling in that this metric reflects poorly on the management competency of city council, addressing this issue (which has to some extent happened last week with the termination of three top management positions) will have only a symbolic impact on the overall budget woes of the City. As such it should be largely ignored in discussions of the big picture. The challenge for the city, like every other level of government, is the impact of public sector union employees wages and benefits on the total expenses required to deliver services, core or otherwise. In Penticton, over $.77 of each tax dollar spent on delivery of services goes to municipal government employee wages. About $.19, or 25 per cent of that amount are benefits. According the review, City of Penticton wages, not including benefits, are as much as 30 per cent higher for city employees than for employees in similar private sector positions. Unfortunately or by design, there is no wage comparison in the review against other “peer” municipalities. Whether one supports or opposes wage/benefit levels of public employees, the mes-

sage the consultants delivered, and the message this council wants, is that the City must significantly reduce public sector payrolls to meet the impending fiscal challenges. The review also makes clear that increased property and business taxes are not seriously being considered. Nor should such measures be considered. This message will be rejected by the union leadership, and articulated with much apparent reluctance by the city. In the end, we’ll see increased contracting out of services, reduced city employee numbers and an increase in various fees and other “non-tax” related revenue sources from the city. This will be a painful process, particularly for the effected city employees and their families. However it is a necessary action, that should have been dealt with by previous councils, and now falls to this council. The only significant action the city has to meet its fiscal objective is to reduce the number of city employees. It is not clear why we needed a consultant’s review to justify the strategy — it is clear everyone already knew the answer to that question. The unanswered question is when does the downsizing start? Mark Walker is the Black Press Group Publisher - South Okanagan


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Letters Privatization punishes the public My comments are regarding the ongoing speculation about privatization of services at the newly renovated community centre. I am a relief/casual lifeguard at the pool. My concern is not related to my personal financial gain or job security but to the negative effect that uncertainty of the potential privatization brings. There are numerous city employees who are being laid off during the renovation. I am concerned that staff are not being informed if they will have their jobs back when the new pool opens or if the new facility will be privatized. As it stands now, only a small number will have an opportunity to work in other capacities for the city and it is possible that staff may lose all of their seniority. An unknown number of staff will be forced to leave to find work elsewhere. With this loss of experienced staff who know the details of planning for programs and have expertise in working with disabled patrons, there will also be the loss of people who have the capacity to train others in preparation for the higher staffing levels required for the new facility. If these people are not given some indication of employment upon re-opening, will they be available when needed? If they are not, who will take their place to ensure the same level and quality of service? Another concern is the cost to the public. While some increase in cost may be necessary, I feel very

Finding a balance with nature

After I read yet another article about Oliver mayor and council and how they view animals in their community I felt I needed to respond. To date I have read how council thinks using paint balls could be an appropriate manner of treating deer that enter a person’s yard. How council feels about multiple animals in a person’s home, and now how Oliver council thinks they can legislate wildlife by fining individuals. Wildlife is an important part of this valley and I, for one, feel blessed every time I am allowed the privilege of viewing something such as a coyote or, dare I say it, even a deer on my way to work. Has council given any thought as to why deer have become so troublesome? I offer an opinion. Could it have anything to do with the fact that the valley now has miles of deer fencing surrounding fields of grapes cultivated for the making of wine? All of the natural balance of the valley is being thrown off kilter as the pathways of the wildlife are blocked. The deer have no choice but to enter into the more residential areas, they need to eat. Perhaps the Oliver mayor and council should be meeting with the Ministry of Natural resources and the wine industry to come up with some way of restoring the natural pathways of the animals and the valley would see some relief. Oh no, that won’t work either because they still have nothing to eat as all of the natural food is being replaced with grape vines. Oh no, we don’t have anything to eat from our agricultural lands either as wine is not food for us either. What to do? Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice glass of wine once in a while myself but I also love cherries and

strongly that the community centre is a place where all residents of the city, regardless of age or income, should be able to use the pool, fitness room, facilities and programs. I regularly see seniors using both the pool and fitness room, and many young families and teens using the pool and other programs. Part of the reason that this facility is so widely used is because it is affordable. I fear that not all groups will be able to financially access the same services if privatization occurs. Council has a responsibility to ensure this does not exclude the most vulnerable in our community. Lastly, I feel that delaying the announcement to privatize, or not, will seriously hinder the staffing potential of the new facility and subsequently the quality of programming. It would be a shame and an embarrassment to have a wonderful new pool and fitness facility, and not be able to find enough staff to run programs that maximize its use. Planning needs to be in place now for how to staff (ie: training, recruitment, etc) the new facility, not once it opens. To summarize, I believe privatization will not benefit the public. If council decides to do so, the decision should be made as soon as possible to enable adequate planning to take place. If you have an opinion on this, I urge you to contact city council and express it. Sharon Otke Penticton

peaches and apples. What we need is balance not fines. Lets start looking at the reason we have so many deer coming into areas they never frequented in the past, and work towards a solution. We are after all the more highly evolved species. Aren’t we? Theresa Nolet Penticton

HST a smart tax

In Don Rudzcki’s letter “Join the fight against HST” in the Penticton Western’s Feb. 26 edition, Rudzcki accuses the B.C. government of constantly trying to raise taxes. Is it the government’s fault, or is it the people of British Columbia’s high demand for programs. Obviously it is of the latter. Mr. Rudzcki also stated that the government should hold the line on spending. What he is really saying is gut social programs. I agree with Mr. Rudzcki that the provincial Liberals may have stretched the truth about the HST in the last election, but look at what greatness they did by fibbing. We didn’t get stuck with a NDP government because of a mindless reaction by the electorate. Sometimes a lie is a good lie. I will never forget the state our province was in under NDP rule, and I don’t ever want to see it again. Mr. Rudzcki also stated in his letter that the HST would not bring forth cheaper goods. Many people say why should we care about business? I say to all that if we don’t get cheaper goods — which I think we will, but not immediately — then at the very least business’ would be able to hire more people. What a horrific thought. The HST is a smart tax. It will benefit the economy, and sustain social programs at the same time. It’s like killing two terrorists with one stone. As far as real estate is

concerned, if people don’t want to pay HST on housing then prices will drop. Realtors hate this idea because lower house prices mean lower commission — unless you actually think they really care about you. When I think of the enormous cost it must have taken healthcare to remove a cancerous brain tumor, and then pay for the cost of proton radiation treatment in Loma Linda California, the small amount of products currently PST exempt but will be taxed by the HST is a mere drop in the bucket for me. I’m sure many anti-HST advocates have had expensive medical procedures done to them too. Do we want to live like Americans? I prefer to be Canadian and pay taxes that make sense. John Gjaltema Summerland

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Reprieve for laid-off workers The laid-off Penticton civil servants should take a page out of the free enterprise private-sector play book. Years ago when W.A.C. Bennett was building B.C.’s infrastructure, the heavy equipment sector, the logging and trucking industry convinced the banks, finance and mortgage companies to allow a company/business to (skip payments) during the Spring breakup or over a Winter freeze up, or during a construction slowdown in the economy. In Alberta, except for the logging and trucking industry, the process works in the opposite months as most oil and gas activity is done during the winter months. This program could be compared to ‘bridge financing’. Some realtors/mortgage companies do it when a person has not sold their home; in order they be allowed to

buy another house, then after the original house sells, the cost of the “skip period” is added to the overall price. They will pay a slightly higher interest rate for the (skip), but at least they will not lose their home due to a temporary loss of employment. Penticton’s civil servants, particularly those that will be rehired after the new pool is built, should be able to arrange the (skip payments) with their bank or mortgage company. The simple way to start the program would be to contact the city and ask for a registered letter; stating they will be rehired when things get back to normal. The registered letter will indicate the city is serious about supporting the initiative. The financial institutions should not hesitate to allow the process to proceed. Ernie Slump Penticton

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Letters Figures don’t add up

It is understandable that ex-mayor Kimberley is disappointed by the South Okanagan Events Centre’s failure to live up to his expectations. He is, of course, entitled to defend his decisions in any reasonable way. One set of figures he uses is, however, somewhat surprising. Using figures supplied by Tourism BC, he states that in 2009 the convention centre enjoyed 36,000 delegate days of activity generating $11.5 million for the local economy. This suggests that there were, to take possible figures, 18 conventions, each lasting four days with 500 delegates at each, during 2009. Alternately, there might have been nine conventions with 1,000 delegates or 36 with 250 — or any combination which adds up to 36,000. If these conventions did take place the local press was surprisingly silent about them and at least two members of city council knew nothing about them. Perhaps the ex-mayor or Global Spectrum could name these seemingly secret conventions and enlighten us about all the successes of our city. An alternative suggests itself. Perhaps everyone who attended the convention centre was included in this “delegate” count. That would include visitors to trade shows, seniors fairs, balls and even those who received the flu vaccine at the convention centre in October. If these figures were ten sent to Tourism BC, as a “delegate count” and converted by some standard formula relating to delegate expenditures, this would explain the sum of $11.5 million. It is doubtful if Tourism BC carries out an independent audit of the figures sent to it, and so the exmayor is probably correct in reporting the

numbers given to him. Why anyone would send in such misleading figures to Tourism BC is another matter. One other comment: The $81 million for the events centre came from taxpayers, one way or another. To pretend that we, as some of those B.C. taxpayers, are only paying $21 million betrays a contempt for government finances and the public, which is surprising in someone who held the position of mayor. Raymond Corteen Penticton

Museum encouraged by support

From the lively tea drinkers to the dressup divas, Pentictonites again made the Museum Valentine’s Day Tea an event to remember. In the elegant setting with piano and violin music, the guests enjoyed an afternoon of tea and conversation. The food was again memorable and delicious. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and the volunteers for their work that made the tea so special. With friends and museum volunteers working together, we accomplished our best tea ever. And as a result, the friends of the Penticton Museum are pleased to announce that they will be donating $1,200 toward museum equipment. Thank you again to all who were able to join us at one of the museum events. For information on the Friends of the Penticton Museum, call Pamela at 250-493-7791. Pamela Walford Friends of the Penticton Museum

Hazard on the road

This is a message to a young person, lady I think, driving south on South Main Street in a small red car at about 1:25 p.m.

on March 2. The message is you are a dangerous driver. At the corner of South Main and Green Avenue I was driving northbound waiting to turn left to the west onto Green Avenue. A large truck was approaching from the north signaling to turn left to the east onto Green. I started to make the turn, as did the truck driver, when suddenly from behind the truck, where you could not be seen, you passed the truck on the right next to the curb, in the bicycle lane and parking lane, speeding through the intersection, all in the school zone. It happened so fast that I was unable to catch the make of car and license number. I managed to stop but you went by inches from the front of my car. Whoever you are don’t you understand how dangerous that is, passing on their right at an intersection in a school zone in the bicycle lane, with pedestrians around including children. If you don’t review the driving regulations, particularly the one about passing on the right, you are going to hurt yourself and probably others. You are supposed to stop behind the vehicle ahead of you and wait to move forward. In fact, you are not to pass on the right anywhere except on multi-lane roads or where road markings indicate it’s OK to do so. On South Main, on Dawson, and on Government this “passing on the right in bicycle lanes has become and epidemic. It is time somebody did something about it. I, and some of my friends, are fed up with the sloppy driving that goes on now. Driving is the most dangerous thing people do every day. It also is the sloppiest. David S. Stevenson Penticton

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Amos legacy to live on through students STEVE KIDD Western News Staff

It was a very emotional Rotary luncheon Wednesday afternoon as the service group gathered for their weekly meeting. It was also a special meeting, dedicated to remembering Sharon Amos, who died suddenly in early February — and the launch of a new endowment fund in her name to benefit arts students in the community. “A little different from most Rotary meetings, I’ll tell you that,” said Rotarian Rory McIvor, who handled setting up the fund. Along with the Rotary members and their guests, the luncheon also had some special guests — along with Ben Amos, Sharon’s husband and a Rotarian himself, her mother, Vernis McCuaig and two daughters, Andrea and Jana Hill were in attendance. “Rotary doesn’t usually do this stuff, but given Sharon and her huge involvement in the community, it seemed appropriate to do so,” said McIvor. He’s quick to point out, though, that the endowment fund has the full endorsement of the club. “We all know that flowers fade and cards get put away,” McIvor told the club. From that thought, he said, it was an easy transition to creating a lasting memorial to Amos by setting up the endowment fund with the South Okanagan Community Foundation. Throughout the meeting, Amos’ many accomplishments were remem-

bered. Not only was she a major force on Penticton’s theatre and arts scene, she was a community activist, leading the fight to keep what is now Okanagan Lake Park from falling to developers. “Sharon became known to some members of council as ‘that woman,’” said McIvor. “Those members of council did not have the faintest idea of who they were tangling with and the resources that she had mustered in the community.” Amos was especially well-known for her leadership of the Centennial Committee which was behind the year-long party celebrating Penticton’s 100th birthday in 2008. “Pretty much everything Sharon did was never for herself, it was always for others, which is a remarkable attribute,” said McIvor, adding that Amos would be first to admit she could have never done it all by herself. “But she had this uncanny ability to draw people to her,” he said. “She was a great mobilizer of talent.” Ben Amos was visibly shaken and nearly overwhelmed with emotion as he forced himself to take the microphone and “I know I’m with friends, so bear with me,” he said, thanking the meeting for the showing of support for his family, expressing his own grief and belief that Sharon would be happy. McIvor describes the endowment fund as a “permanent and enduring testament to Sharon

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News Area women recognized at awards dinner and gala Western News Staff

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service, health, education, community work and volunteerism. A second standing ovation greeted Bella McLeod of Penticton, who was honoured for courage in overcoming an extensive background of abuse. “Bella, you’re my hero,” declared Penticton Provincial Court Judge Gale Sinclair, as he made the presentation. SOWINS will add another category for next year’s edition of the women’s awards gala. The Courage category will acknowledge women who have overcome extreme adversity. The evening also paid tribute to the accomplishments of women of the 1950’s, with several on hand dressing in the styles of the era. “It wasn’t all back to the kitchen, pointy brassieres, red lips and cigarettes, like on the hit TV show “Mad Men”! Women then, as of now, were making inroads in a variety of fields, both here and beyond,” said SOWINS spokesperson Donna Henningson. Winners in the various categories are as follows, along with the artists who donated art pieces as awards: Laurene Sloboda of Summerland, Excellence in Service (artist Sharon Snow); Dana Johnsen of Penticton, Finance, Entrepreneur, Business (artist Gerona Hanze); Michelle Price, Trades (artist Gerona Hanze, as well); Alyson Jones of Naramata, Health & Wellness (artist Alisa Nielsen); Juleen McElgunn of Oliver, Excellence in Instruction (artist Judith Rackham); Lynne Leydier of Penticton, Arts (artist Kim Greenhow); Sheena Miller of Penticton, Sports (artist Melissa Voth-McHugh); Lisa Needoba of Penticton, Community Contribution (artist Lynne Marand); Emelie Friesen of Penticton, Volunteerism (artist Grace Shaw); Neetu Garcha of Penticton, Young Leader (artist Carol McQuaid); Linda Larson of Oliver, Lifetime Achievement (artist Janice BlackieGoodine) ; Bella McLeod of Penticton, special presentation, Lifetime Achievement (artist Catherine Jameson).


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Taking Hansen’s story to the stage STEVE KIDD Western News Staff

Like Rick Hansen himself, a new theatre production about his life covers a lot of ground. In 1987, Rick Hansen completed his Man-in-Motion tour, a 25,000 kilome journey around the world — in his wheelchair. It’s a journey that took 26 months, which was still almost a year less than it did to produce the play. “It’s been three years trying to put this thing together,” said Gord Osland, executive director for the Rotary Okanagan International Children’s Festival. The festival partnered with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People to create A Celebration of Two Journeys — The Torch Relay and Rick: The Rick Hansen Story. The play focuses on the accident that left Hansen a paraplegic while leaving his friend Don Alder, uninjured. It looks at issues of friendship, guilt and the drive that fuelled Hansen on his journey and remarkable life — and eventually being asked to be an Olympic torchbearer. “We’re very fortunate because after it premieres at the Paralympics, it’s coming straight up here for four shows, then it goes back to Manitoba,” said Osland. Three of

the performances are reserved for students, but there will be a general public showing at 7 p.m. on March 29. Tickets are available at the Penticton Visitors’ Centre. Osland said the production is not so much about the Man-in-Motion tour, though that is integral to the play. He describes it as a message of perseverance, courage and friendship. “It’s really about how did he get there, how did this happen?” he said. “The play is really about the friendship between these two guys and what happened.” Hansen was paralyzed at the age of 15 when the truck he and Adler were riding in crashed on the way back from a fishing trip. But just before the accident, Alder had switched seats with Hansen. Part of the play deals with the survivor guilt Adler experienced; that he should have been the one that got paralyzed and not Hansen. However, Hansen didn’t let Adler dwell on it. Instead, he called Adler out and told him that he had to live up to his potential as well. Alder went on to become a talented guitarist, winning the 2007 world championships for fingerstyle playing. “He’s an unbelievable player,” said Osland, adding that Adler will be well known to some Penticton residents, having

conducted guitar workshops with students at both Penticton and Princess Margaret Secondary Schools. Osland describes the play as amazing, with strong performances from the actors, especially Kyle Jesperson, the Vancouver actor who plays the part of Hansen. Jesperson trained for the role by confining himself to a wheelchair so he could experience the challenges. The production is also unique in it’s use of video, Osland said, describing a new approach to using video, with the five screens set up on stage for the characters to interact with. “When it happens, you’re in the truck as it goes down the road. You’re in the woods with them … you’re in the surgical room,” said Osland. “It’s very powerful. People were leaping out of their seats at the end of this thing it was so powerful.” Adler isn’t in the show, though he co-wrote the musical score with Cathy Nosaty. But he will be accompanying the show when it comes to Penticton at the end of March, helping out with a question and answer period at the end. “Plus he does a five-minute blistering guitar workout that just tears it up,” said Osland. “Kids just love it.”

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be sure — yet rather hollow on an emotional level, Alice In Wonderland is a tough one to love, but almost impossible to dislike. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy Johnny Depp playing a nut? The trouble is, with the images a little er … shall we say out there? … for the wee ones and the ride a little too storybook-style for older viewers, I can’t quite get a handle on which target group will overly dig this flick. But then, Burton seems so swallowed up in his own bizarre delirium with this one, I doubt he cares. The tale, probably more inspired by Lewis Carroll’s work than the chipper animated Disney version, follows Alice (newcomer Mia Wasikowska), a 19-yearold dreamer, down the

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But she has to wade through a seemingly endless parade of loopy creatures in order to do it. How offbeat does it get? Suffice to say, by the time this thing hits its final act, you feel like you’ve breathed in too much of whatever it is that the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) is puffing on. Hidden under an orange frock of hair and oversized, almost creepy eyes, you’ll either adore or despise Depp’s Hatter — and for those who routinely enjoy the thespian’s fearless antics on unusual playgrounds such as this, I’ll wager on the former option. He’s not only great in this role, he saves the movie. Depp’s performance is weird, yes … the whole darn movie is weird, people … but he brings enough humour, tragedy and overall weight to the character, that you care for him. And, as a result, the rest of the movie is that much more interesting. Without him, this is Puff’n’Stuff with a bigger budget and a lunatic at the helm. Out of a possible five stars, I’ll give Alice In Wonderland a three. The feature is currently playing at the PenMar Cinema Centre in Penticton. Jason Armstrong is a movie reviewer living in the Okanagan.


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BARLEY MILL PUB — Karaoke 2.0 every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Big Slick Poker at 7 p.m. Watch every regular and PPV hockey game on 23 TVs and one 11-foot screen. JOSE’S PEPPER CLUB — Weekdays: Spanish classical guitarist plays live from noon-2 p.m. THE MUSIC CLUB — Tuesday: Karaoke at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday: Acoustic guitar circle at 6 p.m., jam session at 8 p.m. COPPER MUG PUB — Wii Sports Spectacular on Tuesdays until April 6.

Concerts Mar. 18 — Thursday Blues Jam at VooDoo’s hosted by Ken Martin and Blue Sky Flyer. Mar. 19, 20 — With the release of her second CD, Heart Strings and Guitar Things, Penticton performer Gail Riddall is playing for two nights at 8 p.m. in the Cannery Stage Theatre. Tickets are available at The Can Coffee Co. Mar. 19, 20 — Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars are bringing their cajun-style rockin’ roots and blues music to the Dream Café. Mar. 20 — Gypsy Fist, Run Rabbit Run and Tusk Mountain are performing at the Fibonacci Cafe at 7 p.m. Mar. 26, 27 — Cuban harmonica playing Carlos del Junco is coming to the Dream Cafe for two performances.

Events Mar. 13 — Ken Smedley and The George Ryga Centre are proud to present The Return of El Mariachi at the Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. Tickets at Martin’s Flowers (250494-5432) in Summerland and The Dragon’s Den (250-492-3011) in Penticton. Mar. 17 — The Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club is hosting a benefit dinner for ShelterBox at the Trade and Convention Centre prior to the Reba McEntire concert. Tickets are available from valleyfirsttix.com. Mar. 17 — Reba McEntire, with special guests Crystal Shawanda and Melissa Peterman, will be performing at the South Okanagan Events Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through valleyfirsttix.com, the SOEC box office, the Wine Country Visitor Centre or charge by phone at 1-877-763-2849. Mar. 22 — Hedley, Vancouver’s power poprockers, will be playing at the South Okanagan Events Centre at 6:30 p.m. along with special guests Faber Drive, Stereos and Fefe Dobson. Tickets are available through valleyfirsttix.com, the SOEC box office, the Wine Country Visitor Centre or charge by phone at 1-877-763-2849.

The S.S. Sicamous Restoration Society has announced the Curtis Parry trio will perform at the first concert of their 2010 season, a fundraiser to help keep the heritage sternwheeler going. If Michael Buble played jazz guitar like Joe Pass and if Frank Sinatra added a touch of vocal spice you would have the uniquely entertaining and swinging sound of The Curtis Parry Trio. Parry studied under seven string jazz virtuoso Ron Eschette, and was fortunate to learn from guitar greats such as Scott Henderson, fusion master Alex Machacek, Dean Brown of Marcus Miller fame, and be-bop stylist, Rick Zunigar. Curtis played for The Hollywood Dance Academy’s Red Carpet Evening, playing alongside Macy Gray back singer, John Walker. He has also been awarded the Musician’s Institute A & R for outstanding live performance. Performing alongside Curtis will be local standup bass favourite, Stefan Bienz, who plays bass in a wide variety of styles. In addition to playing jazz with Brian Russell and Curtis Parry, he is also the bass player for songwriter Daryl O’Neil of The Darylectones. Bienz also plays for slam poet Shane Koyczan who was recently featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games. Drummer Bill Macavoy rounds out the trio. After an early musical start in Glasgow, Bill moved to London where he played with some of Britian’s greats including The Duncan White Band and George Paxton. During this time he played in Berlin, Zurich

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to 5 p.m. in the childrens library.

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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. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 10 a.m., baron of beef lunch at 11 a.m., a meat draw at 2 p.m. and singalong at 4 p.m. and karaoke with Blake at 5:30 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has hamburgers from noon to 4 p.m., with all proceeds to fundraising. All members and guests welcome to come to hall on 1197 Main St. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., a meat draw at 4:30 p.m., drop in darts and pool. Roast pork dinner will be served and dancing and Karaoke by Russ Treit to follow. F ALLS O KANAGAN R OYAL Canadian Legion has a meat draw at 5 p.m. A PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be held at the Senior Drop-In Centre on 9710 Brown St. in Summerland from 8 to 11 a.m. $5.

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March 14 P ENTICTON P OWER WHEELCHAIR soccer is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Centre gym. All power chair users welcome. Contact Cathy Cunningham at 250-770-9065. CRIBBAGE CONGRESS, grass roots club meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Drop-in Centre on South Main. Call Joe at 250-493-5073 for more

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information. CELEBRATION CENTRE M ETAPHYSICAL AND SOCIETY has healing at 10 a.m. and meets at 10:30 a.m. in Seniors Drop-in Centre on South Main. Guest speaker is Cheryl Plewis on More Than Just Yoga. Everyone welcome. Call 250-497-8292 for more information. ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has pool at noon with games at 3 p.m. and chili dogs. C ANADIAN R OYAL LEGION branch 40 has a meat draw at 2:30 p.m. BRING YOUR FRIENDS and family to the Legion Ladies pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $3.50 will get you pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Just 50 cents more will get you strawberries and cream. Everyone is welcome. A WALKING GROUP gathers every Sunday afternoon at South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society, 696 Main Street. Call 250487-7455 for more info.

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March 15 KIWANIS K-KIDS meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Concordia Lutheran Church at 2800 South Main. Open to all kids ages 6-13. For more information visit www. kiwanispenticton.com or call Colleen Emshay at 250-490-0976. STRESS AND RELAXATION every Monday, 1-2:30 p.m. at the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society, 696 Main St. Call 250-4877455 for free registration. S ENIORS ’ D ROP - IN CENTRE has beginner’s line dancing at 9 a.m. scrabble at 10 a.m., carpet bowling at 10:45 a.m. and intermediate to advanced line dancing and duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has bridge at 1 p.m. and Miser Monday with entertainment by Kevin

Keinlein at 5 p.m. offers A L -A NON help to families and friends of alcoholics. Meetings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at various locations. Call 250-490-9272 for more information. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB has sessions at 439 Winnipeg St. from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 250-493-0789 for more info. FITNESS FRIENDS IS every Monday at 10 a.m. in the hall at 502 Martin St. Everyone is welcome. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has a special on chicken wings from 4 to 7 p.m., and free pool. All members and guests welcome. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music Children’s Choir under the direction of Joanne Forsyth rehearses from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the lounge at Leir House, 220 Manor Park Road. Newcomers welcome. For more info: phone 250-4937977. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music Adult Choir under the direction Joanne Forsyth rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. in the lounge at Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. Newcomers welcome. OKANAGAN COLLEGE SPEAKERS Series presents A Travelogue with Ron Spence on raw material for entertaining. This is at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C. will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. at the B.C. Resource Centre on 104-35 Westminster Ave. E. For more details contact Laurie Myres at 250-493-8182. O KANAGAN S OUTH ORCHID Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Okanagan College in room C109. Guest speaker will be Gordeon Heaps with a power point presentation on What’s Bugging You. Guests welcome.

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March 16 FREE DROP-IN after school club for elementary aged children every Tuesday from 2:45-5 p.m. in The Ark at First Baptist Church. Supervised activities, crafts, games, gym time. Call 259-492-3824 for more info. BUDDHIST VIPASSANA MEDITATION and discussion group meets Tuesdays 7:15-9:15 p.m. Call 250-462-1044 for details. OKANAGAN CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND practises every Tuesday from 7-9

p.m. Anyone who wishes to join in on the pipes or drums is welcome to come out. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles on 1197 Main St. has euchre starting at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome. TOPS B.C. 4454 meets from 5:30-7 p.m. in the basement of the Bethel Church, 945 Main St. Phone Fran at 250490-3927 or Susan at 250-496-5931 for more information. D ROP - IN S ENIORS ’ CENTRE has intermediate line dancing at 9 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. SQUARE DANCE CLUB has mainstream, plus and round dancing from 6:45-9:30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre. Call 250-493-

8274 for info. PENTICTON CONCERT BAND holds rehearsals every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Dixieland, Broadway, big band music, classical and more. New members welcome. Phone Gerald at 250-809-2087 for info. SENIOR’S COMPUTER CLUB has sessions at 439 Winnipeg St. from 11 a.m. to noon for membership enquiries and class information in the annex room. Call 250-493-0789 for more info. ANAVETS IS HOSTING Tightwad Tuesday with karaoke combined with food and drink specials. F RATERNAL O RDER OF Eagles has Euchre starting at 7 p.m. All

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take on the task that would normally be a two-year project. So it is very important for us to utilize every possible means to expedite this project and to fast track it at every step,� said Kirbyson. At an estimated $23.8 million to build, the project requires over $15 million of funding from provincial and federal infrastructure stimulus grants, money that the city will only get in full if it is “substantially completed� by March 31, 2011. Traditionally, for a project this size the city would use a “design-bid-build process� where the project would be designed in full and then put out to tender with the winning general contractor overseeing all of the work for the entire project. But because time is limited, said Kirbyson, “we are using a process of staging the construction one step at a time.� The city’s architect is producing a series of designs and specifications for various packages of sub-trade contracts, he explained. As soon as one of the packages is ready, Stuart Olson will put it out to tender and get

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The owner of 153 Linden Avenue is facing injunctive action by the regional district, as the two parties disagree over interpretation of certain aspects of the building code. The property owner claims that certain errors were made during the subdivision of the property, and his efforts represent a creative solution to the errors. Boyd Jacobs faced the wrath of the regional district board of directors at the March 4 regular board meeting. An administrative recommendation to commence injunctive action against a category three building bylaw infraction, concerning health and safety deficiencies with his Kaleden property was passed by the board after hearing from staff and property owner Jacobs. The property in question is well known to residents of Kaleden because of its unique construction. The dwelling is being constructed, in part, out of a series of what were formerly bridge structures, one of which has come into the regional district’s building inspector’s sights. The building inspector’s report indicated that

one of the bridge structures had been placed contrary to a zoning bylaw, and that a stop work order had been removed and ignored. The bridge structure had originally been part of the building plans, but had been noted as non-compliant and had been removed from the plans prior to the issuing of a building permit. In his address to the board, owner Boyd Jacobs admitted that he had “unknowingly created a tourist attraction,” because of the number of interested passers-by who had stopped and indicated an interest in his construction. Jacobs questioned the terminology used by regional district staff in the report, stating that the piece of bridge structure being targeted by the regional district was placed in order for Jacobs to move materials around the work site. As far as any safety issue went, Jacobs had completed a handrail in accordance with Worksafe BC wishes. The property has been the subject of other issues in the past, including sideyard setback issues and building over a covenanted septic area. There were a number of errors made during the subdivision of the property,” Jacobs told the

board. “ “I thought that this was a creative solution to those errors.” Jacobs also questioned the regional district’s requirement for a variance based on building materials used at the site. Area “D” Director Bill Schwarz questioned the owner about his communication with the regional district over the issues. Jacobs claimed to have faxed the required material to the regional district office, stating that he had, “no interest in coming back to this office as a result of previous dealings.” He reiterated that the design of the building included the bridge structure as part of the original plan, and that the definition of “attached” according to the regional

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wants to revolutionize snowboarding with a redesigned boot mount that allows boarders to pivot their feet while waiting in line. “It sounds like a great idea, it’s amazing no one has ever thought of that before,” said David Kalaski, the co-ordinator of career programs for the Okanagan Skaha School District. All these ideas come from student teams who have entered into a high school version of the

popular CBC TV show Dragon’s Den, where hopeful participants vie to get funding for their business idea. There’s been one round of judging already, on March 2. Six local business owners came together to evaluate the ideas put forward by the teams in the first stage of their business plan development. “The presentations made by local students were innovative and impressive,” said David

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now students will be able to take a business certificate program as part of their high school graduation. “We thought this would be a way to connect high school students with college students, promoting an area that to some extent … is declining in number of students taking business electives in school,” Kalaski said. “This is a way of demonstrating to students that there are some real connections here between courses that exist in school, at the college and without the community at large.” The competition is laid out in three stages: developing the concept, creating a financial plan, then developing the product. The final leg of this program is the selection of the most viable business idea and the top team award for the best entrepreneurial idea. The winning team will receive a $2,500 dollar prize in order to encourage them to start their business this summer. “This is the real thing. They have a product, so if they’re going to

manufacture and market their product they have to know how is it going to work and what does it take — that’s what they’re looking at,” said Kalaski. “It’s giving them a level of learning which is above what typically happens at a high school.” Kalaski explained that the concept underlying this and other career oriented programs is to get beyond the notion of high school ending at Grade 12 and then something else starting. “We want to embrace the concept of continual learning,” he said, adding that while students still have to meet provincial standards to graduate, he wants to see them move smoothly into learning beyond high school, whether it’s apprenticeship training, a business diploma or something else. “It definitely benefits the students, it also benefits our community,” said Kalaski. “We have students that are leaving our high school system and taking on other levels of learning and being productive in our community.”

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Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon was quick to reject union efforts to secure a contract for the province’s 3,500 ambulance paramedics. Falcon did admit that the ambulance service is broken and needs fixing, which the union has been saying for the past four years. In a bid for a new contract after more than a year of on-again off-again talks, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC leadership had suggested rolling over the current collective agreement until April 1, 2012. CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier said the move could have provided “some much needed stability to ambulance paramedics while we all work to improve the ambulance service.” The current collective agreement expires March 31 and the union and BC Ambulance Service had been meeting regularly at the bargaining table since mid- December. No further talks are scheduled.

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Vees step up game, take 2-0 series lead EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

Game 1 between the Penticton Vees and Westside Warriors nearly put the crowd of 1,347 to sleep, minus the 50 Warriors faithful who took the bus to cheer louder than the homeside. Game 2 Wednesday night was a different story. With a smaller crowd (1,232) at the South Okanagan Events Centre, both teams played with an urgency that resembled a playoff game and the Vees again came out victorious 3-2. “We played physical and with energy and smarts,” said Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson. Aside from spending too much time in the sin bin giving Westside seven power plays, the Vees coach liked what he saw. “We generated a lot of offence and cycled the puck down low and were well rounded,” he said. “Guys stepped up. We wanted to win two games at home.” It all started with Alex Szczechura depositing a rebound upstairs over Kevin Jebson’s glove with the goalie stretched and Spencer Humphries watching. Before the period ended, Cole Wilson evened things up on the man advantage when his shot from the point deflected and fooled Bonar. In the second period Garrett Milan, who took some abuse from the Warriors and bit back, got the last laugh as he pounced on a rebound and went forehand to backhand beating Jebson on the power play. Vees captain Denver Manderson scored the winner on the power play. That was his sixth goal in as many games. Aside from the Vees scoring and delivering hits to get fans cheering, referee Steve Papp got the crowds attention with some questionable calls. One on Vees defenceman Derik Johnson, who was called for tripping when he took down a Warrior forward near the boards with a hipcheck. Johnson exchanged words with the official. Vees forward Eric Filiou said those are things that players can’t control. “You try not to argue too much or talk about it but we did feel that there was a couple of calls that could have been made,” he said. Between the pipes, Bonar didn’t have to be as stellar as Game 1, which he was named the first star. However, he still made 21 saves, which earned the praise of Warriors coach Darren Yopyk. “Bonar outdid Jebson,” he said. “We have to get pucks on net because Bonar is playing strong.” Yopyk felt the Vees stepped up their game while his own players didn’t answer in certain situations. What he liked is that they competed hard and forechecked better. Down 2-0 in the series, Yopyk mainly wants to see more pucks on net. While they crashed the Vees net on occasions, in the third period it resulted in Tyler Bricklers goals, Yopyk said it’s not part of their plan to try and throw Bonar off. “Five-on-five not much is happening,” he said, who noted the Vees defence clogged the middle. “We’re getting chances. They are burying more chances.” Manderson gave the Warriors credit as he felt they played better from the first game and added they “just found a way at home to get a couple of wins.” What impressed Manderson on Wednesday

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WESTSIDE WARRIORS forward Patrick Bartoshyk breaks down the ice ahead of Penticton Vees Andrew Pickering and Byron Sorensen during first period action in the BCHL playoffs at the South Okanagan Events Centre Wednesday. The Vees hung on for a 3-2 win.

“Bonar outdid Jebson. We have to get pucks on net because Bonar is playing strong.” — Darren Yopyk along with Bonar’s performance was how guys like Jake Johnson, Logan Johnston and Joey Holka stepped up. Eric Filiou was given more minutes in place of Ben Sexton, who missed Game 2 following a hit in Game 1 when his head met the boards thanks to Trevor Bailey. Manderson also praised the efforts of defencemen Matt Paltridge and Johnson. “They are playing like 30 minutes a game,” he said. “They are very steady. I have never seen them go glass and out so many times and it seems like not a skilled play but it’s really working.” Games 2 and 3 are in Westside Friday and Saturday. In other BCHL games, the Quesnel Millionaires defeated the Vernon Vipers 4-2 evening the series at one. Alberni Valley defeated Nanaimo 3-2 in overtime evening that series, while Powell River won 5-3 against Langley to take a 2-0 series lead. For video on this game, go to www.pentictonwesternnews.com.

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WESTSIDE WARRIORS Tyler Krause battles Penticton Vees netminder Sean Bonar for the puck in the third period.


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Sports Tyees cap stellar season with provincial title EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

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CAMPBELL RIVER Tyee captain Gavin Rauser attempts to score on this shot between the legs on Cranbrook Ice goalie Brock Lefebvre in the ďŹ nal game of the Tier 2 BC Hockey Championships at the Penticton Memorial Arena Wednesday. Tyee clinched the title with an 8-3 win.

The Campbell River Tyees were more like pirhanas as they played with relentless hunger in pursuit of the peewee provincial Tier 2 championship. Sticks and gloves went flying in Memorial Arena as the Tyees cruised to an 8-3 win over the Cranbrook Ice. It was the perfect ending to a dominating season. Tyees coach Paul Stapley was impressed at how strong his team came out. Even though the Ice scored first, Stapley said his players weren’t about to let the Ice reach championship glory. “The goal was to win provincials and we didn’t celebrate the other wins. We didn’t touch the banners or the trophies,� said Stapley of his team, which came out of the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association. Prior to becoming provincial champions, the Tyee had gone 45-03 during the season, which saw them win four tournaments and went 10-0

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“The goal was to win provincials and we didn’t celebrate the other wins.� — Paul Stapley in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association (Tier 1). The team is made up of 10 to 12 core players who have been together since they were five and six-years-old. “They have played well all year,� said Stapley. While the Tyees ran away with the game, things never got out of control as both teams didn’t shy away from physical play. Tyees captain Gavin Rauser gave credit to the Ice for trying to come at them all game and said they played well. “It feels great to win,� said Rauser. “We worked all year to get here. We did great and you couldn’t ask for more.� In the second period with the score 4-1, the Tyees forced Ice goalie Brock Lefebvre to make a few key saves early. The Tyees then scored

two minutes in when Jaret Knowles deflected a shot. The Tyees gained momentum from that and dominated in the Ice’s end pressuring the defence, which struggled to clear the puck. A scoring spree began with Lucas Merriott-Spencer sneaking a weak shot through the five-hole near the faceoff dot. That goal was followed by Sage Lim, who found a loose puck near the side of the net, showing patience and going upstairs on the outstretched goalie to make it 7-1. The Ice managed their final two goals during the last five minutes of the second when two point shots beat Nicholas Kirchner high glove and blocker side. Ice coach Dwayne Dergousoff said he’s proud of his players and added that being second best is very good. “I told the kids to leave it all on the ice,� said Dergousoff. “I’m proud that we got here. It’s a good accomplishment for a small town like Cranbrook.� In the bronze medal game the Semiahmoo Ravens defeated the Westside Warriors 4-2. Penticton finished with a 2-1 record.

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Heat on arenacross riders EMANUEL SEQUEIRA Western News Staff

Turning 18 on Saturday, the best present for Summerland’s Zack Ruff would be winning the Canadian Arenacross event. Ruff, 17, feels good heading into the final weekend of the Canadian Arenacross Championship and has been training hard to reach his goal of making the podium. Ruff, a Prince George native, is no stranger to the racers he’s up against during his first pro season. “It’s been good so far,” said Ruff. “My best finish was sixth in Chilliwack.” Having lived in Summerland for six years, Ruff’s motivation to get on the podium stems from having family and friends going to the South Okanagan Events Centre today and Saturday to watch. Ruff expects the weekend to be challenging as Kyle Beaton, who sits atop the MX2/Lites and Open standings, as well as Brock

Hoyer, who is second and Cole Siebler will be hungry for glory. Beaton is looking to claim the overall championship. Ruff’s dad bought his first bike when he was six but it wasn’t until two years later when he really got into it. He loves the aggressiveness of the sport and how tight things can get among the riders. This weekend he will have four races each night and event organizer Robin Gibbs expects Ruff to do well. “He has the speed of frontliners,” said Gibbs. “It’s important for him to have a good showing, especially in front of the home crowd.” Gibbs also expects a nailbiting performance for the crowd as Beaton is going against three teammates, which could make things interesting. “There are three people in contention for the championship,” he said. Gibbs added that with second and third being tight, riders could be “going for broke.”

Sports IN BRIEF Tribe returns with silver and bronze

Jackson Tribe captured silver and two bronze medals at the BC Winter Games. He fought his way to bronze in middle weight kumite [sparring] and was teamed up with other members of the Zone 2 Thompson Okanagan to win a silver in Team Kumite and a bronze in Team Kata. Krista Hansen of Penticton participated on the girl’s side in kata and kumite. Coached by Chris Taneda and Michelle Taneda the Zone 2 team won 13 medals.

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Penticton’s Jeff Symonds has won the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series two years running. Conditions were more spring like than the winter and Symonds time was almost a full minute quicker 15:18, well over a minute clear of second-place Nathan Champness in 16:36. Glenn Lear won the sprint for third in 17:24, beating out top junior Gord Minaker 17:25 and top master Sergio Pio 17:30. Junior Sarah Bailey too was over a minute quicker as she improved from third-place last year to win in 19:21. Last year’s winner, Adrienne Stedford of Penticton was second at 20:38. In a battle for third place Mandy Sellars edged out first master Laurelee Welder, 20:54 to 20:56.Complete results here: http://www.interiorrunning.ca/

Whitecaps perform at showcase

The Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League Whitecaps were in the Lower Mainland for the Whitecaps College Showcase. The under-17/18 Whitecaps played four games and opened with a 1-0 loss to Edmonton. In their second match the Whitecaps faced Sherwood Park and played to a 1-1 draw. They then faced the Langley Mustangs, considered the top team and will play in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s under-21 and lost 2-0. Their final games was against Coquitlam Metro Ford which ended in a scoreless draw. Check www.pentictonwesternnews.com for more briefs.

“Team strategy could come into play,” he said. “It won’t be a yawner.” Along with having top riders, the audience can also look forward to seeing local riders, which includes a few from Penticton Honda, and amateurs are welcome to enter the day of the race. Gibbs said the entertainment will be a well-rounded package. “We have nice looking girls,” he noted. “There are nine models.” There will also be a DJ and two of the best free-

style riders adding to the value of what people get. “It just doesn’t stop,” said Gibbs, who added that ticket sales have reached 2,000 and chances are it will become an annual event. “No one will feel like they didn’t get their monies worth.” Tickets can be purchased at the SOEC box office, online at www. valleyfirsttix.com or by calling 1-877-763-2849. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show begins an hour later.

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FAB FOUR — Glengarry Figure Club members Megan Van Kesssel, third, Angelina Veltri, first place, Carolina Rahkola second and Carolina Bevanda, fourth, competed in the Skate at the Park competition in Spokane, WA.


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DESTINATION OSOYOOS board includes (back left to right) Derek Noske, Past Chair; Peter Bueschkens, Secretary-Treasurer, Don Brogan, Chair, (front ) Mohamed Awad, Vice-Chair, Gayle Cornish, Paul Scanlon. Missing are Rob Rausch and Jason Parker.

Destination Osoyoos ready to promote KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

A new contract, executive director, board of directors and governance structure is helping Osoyoos areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism agency move forward. Destination Osoyoos has reorganized itself and is ready to ramp up promotion in the South Okanagan resort town to travellers from around the world. As a result of Destination Osoyoosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010-2012 partnership agreement with the Town of Osoyoos, the NKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;MIP Resort Association, and Area A of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, the tourism agency will focus on tourism marketing. The Town of Osoyoos will take over the economic development function which Destination Osoyoos formerly handled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very, very excited about this,â&#x20AC;? said Jo Knight, executive director of Destination Osoyoos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The big key is the new partnership. With the new governance we formed a new partnership so our funding partners are not only the Town of Osoyoos but Area A

and Nkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mip resort. The entire community is now being represented by definition Osoyoos and we are representing them. That is the key I think, in the collaboration.â&#x20AC;? The tourism agency will continue to provide visitor services at the B.C. Visitor Centre under terms of a contract with Tourism B.C. which extends to March 31, 2011. The new governance structure will provide for all tourism-related businesses or organizations in the area who will be Destination Osoyoos stakeholders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; making them eligible to take part in Destination Osoyoos programs and vote for the members of its board of directors. It is estimated there are more than 150 eligible stakeholders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the way we have gotten responses for Osoyoos what other tourism services are saying and the increase in visitors and resorts coming here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty clear, I believe, we have done a good job in the past and we will continue to do so,â&#x20AC;? said Knight. At the annual general meeting held last week, Destination Osoyoos revealed it served over

50,000 visitors and the new website recorded over three million hits. Some of the other accomplishments in 2009 listed included attracting the major motion picture Gunless to film in the area, promoting more shopping at local stores, promoting Osoyoos as an increasingly popular fishing destination and helping to manage the local two per cent additional hotel room tax for tourism marketing. Knight added the involvement with the Scotties curling tournament has had a huge response and the release of Gunless is coming up in the spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing we are working on is last year we worked with Black Hills Winery for a celebrity auction. This year it has become a celebrity wine festival it will be a three-day event held here in Osoyoos and there will be lots of stars around for that so that is very big,â&#x20AC;? said Knight of the festival slated for June. Barry Romanko, CAO of Osoyoos, said because the five year contract with Destination Osoyoos to deliver both tourism marketing and economic development services had come to term and a vision held be the

new town council is the reasons behind the separation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council came in with a vision for economic development to be handled internally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to provide contracted services but council felt they had more control over direct delivery when services were delivered internally,â&#x20AC;? said Romanko, adding they can point out the priorities they want specifically worked on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is one of the benefits that was most evident when they made that decision.â&#x20AC;? The town is also taking a different approach in hiring. Instead of hiring an economic devlopment officer they are looking for a community development manager. This person will be focused on not just economic development but also creating a sustaibable community concept. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will have its challenges,â&#x20AC;? admits Romanko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council wanted to focus on our community and how we can do economic development in a green fashion so there would be more of a focus on working with the business community to improve their environmentally friendliness.â&#x20AC;?

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WHY A NEW ZONING BYLAW? The Zoning Bylaw is intended to manage the use and development of land in the city. The new Zoning Bylaw will improve customer service, reduce red tape and ensure consistency with the Official Community Plan. WHAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE? The overall goals of the draft bylaw are to simplify and modernize the zoning regulations, improve the clarity and usability of the bylaw and strengthen the Zoning Bylaws ties to the Official Community Plan. Key changes in the draft bylaw include: • Re-organized for simplicity and clarity A copy of the proposed Penticton Zoning • Addition of more definitions Bylaw and map may be viewed on the • Consolidated zone categories second floor of City Hall, 171 Main Street, • New parking regulations between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday • Enhanced landscaping and screening section or on the City of Penticton website at www.penticton.ca • Creation of comprehensive development zone • Introduction of Official Community Plan amendments The proposed bylaw will affect WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PROPERTY OWNERS? development standards in Penticton. For most residential properties, your zoning district has been relabeled to match YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT TO US the draft Zoning Bylaw, and development rights are not affected. For some commercial and industrial properties, there may be zoning changes and new standards for future development. For further information, contact:

171 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5A9 widdisd@penticton.ca www.penticton.ca

ARE you highly motivated and looking for a home based online business? Flexible hours, free training, great income and incentives, real support. www.greenlivingconnection.ca TURN 10hr/wk into an extra income without specializing in direct sales. www.edithann.net

Learn to operate a mini office outlet from home, free online training, flexible hours great income www.123BossFree.com

Administration

PRESSURE washing business for sale, equip. & van. Call 250-260-8473

Administration

Penticton Auto Dealer requires person for BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Must have... • excellent organizational skills • excellent phone skills • extensive computer skills required • conduct in a professional manner Renumeration based on experience, full benefits package included. Send resumes in confidence to: Box #802 2250 Camrose Street Penticton, BC V2A 8R1

Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities

Information

Public Open House, Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Council Chambers, City Hall, 171 Main Street

David Widdis Principal City Planning Consultant

Business Opportunities

FRANCHISE AVAILABLE Information

A NEW PENTICTON ZONING BYLAW

David Widdis Community Planning

Business Opportunities

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? An open house is scheduled for March 17, 2010 at Council Chambers in City Hall from 4pm to 8 pm. This is a time to allow persons to discuss their zoning issues with the consultant and planning staff. There will be an opportunity for scheduled one on one discussion with the consultant during the week of March 22, 2010 to discuss any specific items regarding the draft Zoning Bylaw. Appointments can be made after the initial open house night.

The Leader in the healthy fast casual food industry is now expanding into Kelowna, Westbank, Vernon, Penticton, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Merritt, and is granting franchises to qualified applicants. Featuring: Smoothies and Fresh Squeezed Juices Wraps, Paninis, Salads and Soups Herbal Teas and Organic Coffees For information on this rare franchise opportunity, contact us today at

250-320-5036 or derek@cafefresh.com www.cafefresh.com

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

We currently have an opening for an experienced sales representative. We provide a highly competitive pay plan, a company demonstrator, aggressive advertising, and a friendly work environment. You need to bring a strong work ethic and a high level of integrity. Fax your resume to Kevin Lamb at 250-493-7118 or email to kevinlamb@bobbrowngm.com.

BOB BROWN PONTIAC BUICK GMC LTD.


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Business Opportunities UNIQUE Business Opportunties !!! Operate your own electric bike rental company. 100% turnkey operation. Rapid return on investment. No franchise fees!! See us at www.electric-bike-rentals.com

Career Opportunities WANTED The Trades Assistance Program (TAP) is looking for you, to start a new career in the trades! Call:(250)-486-5158 Presented by: Southern Interior Construction Association The Government of Canada

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

The Peninsula News Review

Road Construction Superintendent As Superintendent you will be involved in bidding and overseeing the daily site contruction activities. You will be responsible for overall coordination of company resources, subcontractors and suppliers as well as WCB regulations. You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work within a team environment. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. Please submit resume in confidence to:

Located in scenic Sidney, B.C., has an opening for the position of publisher. The News Review is published twice a week and has a circulation of 15,000. We are seeking an individual with proven leadership skills and a record of community involvement. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of community newspaper operations, with an emphasis on sales, marketing and financial management. Black Press is Canada’s largest privately held, independent newspaper company with more than 150 newspapers. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity for career advancement.

has contributed funding to this initiative

Education/Trade Schools Become a Psychiatric Nurse –train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $29/hour. www.stenbergcollege.com 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. www.iheschool.com 1-866399-3853

Farm Workers FARM workers wanted starting June 1st, thinning, picking and general labour, $9.14/hr. 40/hrs week. Apply at Lekhi Orchards ph:250-490-1895

Help Wanted

Forward resumé and cover letter by March 19, 2010 Mark Warner, President Black Press Vancouver Island 818 Broughton St., Victoria, BC V8W 1E4 fax 250.480.7217 e-mail: mwarner@blackpress.ca ATTENTION: LOCAL people needed to Work From Home online $500-$4500 PT/FT. Complete Training provided. Call Candace 1-877-822-8170 GENERAL Laborer req. to work with Brush Clearing Crews. Working in the Southern Int. Seasonal & Full Time. Drivers licence and clean abstract req’d. First Aid Cert., Herbicide Cert. are assets. Fax resume: 250-861-8737 Hair Stylists, Share your knowledge as an instructor, benefits available, min 5yrs exp. req., contact 250-4925195, leave message looking for qualified men’s hair stylist at busy men’s hair studio, apply at 297 Martin St.

Cantex-Okanagan Construction Ltd

780 Okanagan Ave E. Penticton, BC, V2A 3K6 Fax: 250-492-0195 Attn: General Manager No phone calls please. Only those short-listed will be contacted. ESTABLISHED underground construction company requires highly skilled professional pipe layers, equipment operators, truck drivers, flaggers, concrete finishers & foremen. Strong work ethics and extensive experience are mandatory. The successful applicant will be self driven, have an aptitude for the construction industry and a high level of motivation. As well, they will pass a mandatory skills and safety written exam and drug testing. Top wages and extensive benefits pkg offered only to those that have a strong desire to be successful and maintain the highest standard of work results & ethics on a long term basis. Please apply in person to BC Underground, #203-171 Commercial Drive, Kelowna BC, STUDENTS Spring Break Cash. Ages 11 & up earn up to $40/day. 1-866-856-5655

FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN THE CLASSIFIEDS

House cleaning company requires a mature adult to be able to work alone or with others. Must have a vehicle and a clean criminal record. Jobs need to be done in a timely manner and attention to detail is a must. Please email resumés to masterb1@shaw.ca

Help Wanted

Sales

Executive Director Position A part-time position is available for Birthright of Penticton Centre. Under the direction of the Board, the Director is responsible for managing the Birthright Centre, implementation of policies/procedures, providing leadership and vision to meet our Mission. Birthright information available at www.birthright.org To obtain a Job Description, or submit a resume and cover letter, contact Jean Fornari O’Fallon: email: candjo@gmail.com or FAX 250-492-9884

Ok Sales & Lease has an immediate opening in the sales department, if you have previous sales experience or a desire to enter the fast paced automotive selling industry. Apply today @ oklease@shaw.ca or 250-4931981 or in person @ 997 Westminister Ave W Penticton

Trades, Technical COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT MECHANIC With MVI Ticket required for Cullen Diesel Power Ltd, Penticton, BC. Detroit Diesel & Allison experience would be considered an asset. Union Shop. Full Benefits. Factory Training. Flexible Shifts. Interested individuals fax or

Hospitality Looking for a retired or a semi-retired couple to work as relief managers 2 days/week for a small Vernon hotel. Prefer a motel/hotel mgnt background or similar experience. although we will train the right individuals. Call Ed 250-9389944.

email to:Harry Hohmann Fax 250-493-6800 Email: hoh@cullendiesel.com

ROOFING FOREMAN

Our classified ads are on the net! Check it out at www.bcclassified.com

Req. for Mid - City Roofing based in Kamloops. BUR, Torch, Single ply (TPO & PVC). Must have own transportation & valid class 5 D.L.

Home Care/Support

Home Care/Support

Good Wages & Benefits Package. Please call 250.376.7663

HOME SUPPORT ~ HAIR STYLIST Men, Women, Seniors Call PAMELA

250-490-8618 Franchise

Education/Trade Schools

SPROTT-SHAW

Education/Trade Schools

Summerland Seniors Village Maintenance Worker - Casual Summerland Seniors Village requires an experienced Maintenance Worker to join the team on a ‘Casual’ basis. While hours cannot be guaranteed, the successful candidate must be available to work Full Time (37.5 hours per week) if required. You will be responsible for regular maintenance repairs, building improvements, environmental issues and fire and life safety. A proven knowledge of plumbing, carpentry, commercial painting, gardening, electrical and HVAC is required, as well as computer literacy and the ability to organize maintenance schedules. A positive attitude and a commitment to customer service are essential. Please apply IMMEDIATELY, in the strictest confidence, via our website; www.retirementconcepts.com/careers. Only those candidates selected will be contacted. Retirement Concepts is an equal opportunity employer.

Something in it for everyone! PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS

250-492-0444

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

4261255

Shefield Express Convenience Store A high end convenience store franchise specializing in retail outlets in enclosed malls and office towers. Has current and future opportunities in Penticton. *Lottery *Candy/Snacks *Tobacco *and more Investment is $200,000 - $350,000

Call 1-800-663-4213 Ext. 118 www.shefield.com

Sales

South Okanagan Import Dealership is now accepting applications for a career oriented sales person. Must be able to be licensed with “Vehicle Sales Authority.” Self motivated and goal oriented team player, mature and energetic with good verbal and written communication skills. Customer service and prospecting potential new customers is a definite requirement along with a professional appearance, strong work ethic and computer proficiency. All potential applicants will be considered and reviewed in strict confidence. We welcome female applicants. Apply to Box #123, Penticton Western News, 2250 Camrose Street.

Education/Trade Schools

Trades, Technical

Franchise

Sales

Golf Course Pro shop, flexible shifts, $11-13/hr, bring resume to Sage Mesa Golf

Trades, Technical

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

It Just Makes Sense

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is seeking a self-motivated and energetic leader for the position of Visitor Services Supervisor. This person must enjoy working with the public, be well-organized, possess good writing skills and have experience in managing staff and volunteers. The Visitors Services Supervisor will be skilled in public relations and communication skills as well as have proficient computer/internet knowledge. Job Description can be found at www.penticton.org. Please send resumes to Lorraine Renyard, Manager, Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce at chamber@penticton.org Resumes will be accepted until the end of the day on April 1, 2010.

Facilities Services Specialist Belong. Be Valued. As an employee of Valley First you belong to our family of dedicated professionals and your contributions are valued. If you value the importance of relationships and seek a rewarding career with opportunities for continuous learning, consider Valley First, We are currently recruiting a regular full-time Facilities Services Specialist for the Valley First Regional Office in Penticton. Reporting directly to the Senior Manager, Property and Facilities, the Facilities Services Specialist is responsible for maintaining a comfortable environment for Valley First members and staff while minimizing energy consumption. The Facilities Services Specialist is responsible for ensuring Valley First facilities offer safe and secure surroundings for our members and staff. We invite you to visit our website at www.valleyfirst.com for more details on the qualifications required for this position. Qualified applicants are invited to apply on-line at careers.valleyfirst.com

• Practical Nursing • Home Support Worker / Resident Care Attendant

Applications will be accepted until March 27.

• Early Childhood Education • Medical Office Assistant • Tourism & Hospitality Management • Administrative Assistant

Call our PENTICTON Campus:

770-2277

(250)

sprottshaw.com

The choice is yours... ENROLL TODAY AND GRADUATE IN LESS THAN 1 YEAR Funding May Be Available

We thank all applicants for their interest in Valley First; however, only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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Work Wanted

Financial Services

Any kind of Reno’s or Repairs, are you looking for a carpenter or plumber? Call Glenn @ 250-462-3635

Reduce Debt by up to

Education/Tutoring Is your child struggling in school or have a failing grade? I am a certified school teacher and will tutor your child in any elementary and most high school subjects (your home or mine). Please call Shari @ 250488-3499, or email me at: sharisboys@hotmail.com to discuss us working together to better assist your child and enable them to be as successful as possible in school.

Financial Services REDUCE DEBT by up to 70% Avoid bankruptcy. Free consultation. BBB accredited. 866-888-8681 www.4pillars.ca

70%

• Avoid bankruptcy • 0% Interest

1-866-888-8681 www.4pillars.ca

Fitness/Exercise ACCELERATE PERSONAL Fitness Training. Offering mobile personal training in Penticton. Services include: Personal Training, Group Fitness, Fitness Assessments, and Program Design. For more information check us out at www.acceleratefitness.ca, or contact Brent @ 250-488-2113 / info@accele ratefitness.ca

Cleaning Services 1-800-222-TIPS

MISS MOP N’ TASKER. Licensed, bonded & insured professional house cleaning service. Contact 250-809-7522

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

• Bath Remodels • Decks • Drywall

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

1-800-88-HANDY

✓ EXPERIENCED CRAFTSMEN ✓ QUALITY WORKMANSHIP YOU ✓ SERVICE CAN TRUST

Licensed, Bonded & Insured INDEPENDENTLY OWNED

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

Farm Services

Farm Services

Cleaning Services Quality work and reliable service done by family housecleaning team, bondable and 10% senior discount, call Jenean, 250-460-0864 Too tired to clean your house, we’re not. Sun Valley Home Services 250-770-8775

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

Drywall ANY size job drywall complete, textured ceilings, new/re-do, 30 years experience, 250-490-7573, 250497-6848

Fencing CEDAR FENCE PANELS, 1-800-838-6036 Armstrong

Lawn & Garden Aerating, poweraking, spring clean-up, V & G Landscaping Services, (250)492-8319 GREENWORKS Property Maintenance. Booking for 2010. Professional exp in all aspects of property maintenance Licensed/Insured/Residential/Commercial/Strata. 250-487-0373 250-490-8852 Will meet or beat any competitors quote.

Handypersons FREE CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING. When you hire me for your Handyman, Painting, Reno or Yard work. Call Al @ 250-328-8832 Handyman Al, Renos, Decks Roofs, Drywall, Painting Carpentry, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Yard work. Licensed, Insured, WCB, References. 250-8099441 Seniors Discounts

Home Improvements BELCAN Painting & Renos Licensed, Insured, WCB, Friendly, References. Painting in/out, Ceramic tile, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath. Len 250-486-8800

Agricultural Equipment Custom Bodywork Custom & Car Restoration Car Builds From Plans

Eric Campbell 250-486-4159

Get your equipment ready for spring, tractors, sprayers, and mowers.

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 http://greatcanadianbuilders.awards.com Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing. Hardwood floors, doors, windows, vast colour selection, dustless sanding, Licensed, Insured, Frank 250-488-3376 NATURAL WOOD FLOORING FIR, HEMLOCK & PINE www.rouckbros.com Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388

Feed & Hay

Home Improvements MB Home Improvements and Construction, well established renovation company, licensed, insured, WCB, residential and commercial, additions, kitchens, bathrooms, all flooring, drywall, painting, decks, finishing carpentry, custom cabinets and furniture to suite your individual needs, for your free estimate, call Mark, 250486-0767, mbhomeimprovements.com, references available. OKANAGAN Home Improvements. Fully licensed/Insured/WCB. Trevor Bush 250-486-0440 Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131

Landscaping EDGING Emerald Cedars Okanagan Grown SPECIAL!

6 ft-10 for $280 5 ft-10 for $189 4ft-10 for $150 2 Gal.-10 for $135 1 Gal.-20 for $95 3 ft-Blue Spruce-10 for $250 Volume Discounts Free Delivery

Budget Nurseries Toll free 1-866-498-2189 Fully experienced pruner; fruit trees, evergreen hedges, ornamental trees & landscapes. Picture portfolio and reference list of satisfied clients available. Phone Gerald at 250-493-5161 Lake Breeze Lawn Care now booking for spring clean-ups, power raking, lawn care programs, pruning and more, call 250-809-2398 Landscapes Unlimited; retaining walls, decks, deck coverings, lawns, all your landscapes needs in one call, 24-7, 250-328-0638, 250-4623472

Misc Services 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

Moving & Storage 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, 250493-2687

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

Feed & Hay

Southside Structures

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Painting & Decorating 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

Rubbish Removal 250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL Full Service Junk Removal & Bin Rentals. PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump,250-770-0827 We will pick up and recycle your old car batteries, stainless sinks, brass taps, copper pipes and wire, radiators, and other nonmagnetic metal items. Give us a call at 250-488-3499 WILL take anything to the dump. Also odd jobs, (250)770-1874

Tree Services Phipp’s Tree Service, Removal, complete clean-up, also pruning hedges, gutter blowout, etc. Landscape rock collection, must see, 250-4938757, Penticton local boy, 48 years, delivery available, free quotes TREE SERVICE DAVE, Registered Professional 250-490-8370 removal, prune, residential line clearing, consultation, hourly or contract Walt’s Stump Grinding, removing the stump after the tree has gone, grinding it below the surface, free estimates, fast and friendly service, call 250492-2494

Feed & Hay

Garden Equipment Toro personal Pace Lawnmower, used very little $650obo 250-492-3158 250328-8140

Appliances 5ft deepfreeze $150, dryer works perfect $75, stove $100. Can deliver 250-770-0827 EXTREMELY LOW PRICES on popular BRAND NAMES because of slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Washer/Dryer set starting at $699 Ranges starting at $399

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

Building Supplies EXTERIOR sidings: board & batten, channel, bevel, log cabin. Dry. T&G; fir, cedar & pine (1x4 1x6). Fencing; fir & cedar. Latice panels. Timbers & beams. Lumber for garden boxes, retaining walls, hobby wood. 1-800-838-6036 Armstrong. Soaker tub, corner shower, vanity, toilet, excellent cond., $650 obo. 250-764-7940

Farm Equipment 245 Massey Ferguson diesel tractor w/easy-on loader, dbl clutch, power steering, clean. $9200OBO sacrifice. Fertilizer spreader (never used) $500 250-492-7886 250-8098220

Fertilizers Compost for sale, tested and screened, 250-486-3552, (250)497-5942

Food Products

Feeder hay. Round bales $160 ton. Delivery available. 250-838-6630. HAY for sale, alfalfa grass mix, 70lb bales. Call (250)545-2434 *HAY SALES GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

Livestock 3 - 2 year old Bulls; 6 yearling bulls; 6 yearling Steer calves; 11 yearling Heifers; Cow Calf pairs - Call (250)992-2294 GETTING out. Registered 3yr old black angus bull, approx 1400lbs, 4 cow calf pairs, black baldy pairs, 6yrs old, 6 bred cows, 6yrs old or less. (250)547-9642 HORSE Disposal, Call Dave @ 250-309-0629 Peacocks for sale $20 each 250-498-3204 250-498-4617

Pets Basset Hound Puppies, ready April 2nd, vet checked, 1st shots, $600 (250)833-4081 Beautiful Great Pyrenees Border Collie puppies, 6wks old guardian/ great family pet, $350. 250-260-2627 DOG GROOMER, small grooming salon is looking for a gentle, reliable, dog groomer very flexible hours, Mon-Fri in a pleasant, relaxed work environment in Penticton call Noelle, 250-809-8128 NOW available in the Okanagan! Common Sense Raw Dog Food. The best raw food on the market. Available in chicken, beef, & buffalo. 100% complete. Also Large Buffalo bones available. Cindy (250)540-4333

Garage Sales

Pets Pure Shar-pei puppies, ready to go, $400. (250)547-8876

Naturally grown, governt inspected, grain fed Beef. $2.65/lb. CWF 250-546-6494.

Free Items Free windows assorted sizes up to 8ft long. 250-489-0989

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.

Furniture 6PC Cherry sleigh bdrm set. Queen bed, dresser, mirror, chest, 2 night stands. New!! Still boxed. Worth $5000, Sell $1295 Can deliver. call 1- 250550-6648, 250-550-6647 DBL Pillowtop w/boxspring + frame $100. Queen pillowtop w/boxspring + frame $100. King mattress $100. Can deliver 250-770-0827 DELUXE mattress, new still in plastic w/warranty, sell for $280. 250-488-4677 NEW 3-pc Sectional Sofa w/ottoman, In orig. pkg. Worth $1499, Must Sell $899 250550-6647 can deliver NEW queen orthopedic pillowtop, mattress and box, still in plastic cost $1250. Must sell $350. King-size $595. Can deliver 250-488-4677

Garden Equipment 42” Craftsman hydrastatic dr. rider mower with brass catching bags, electric start, used 3yrs, excellent cond., also Bluebird power rake, new beater bars, excellent cond., 250-492-3158, or cell 250328-8140

Garage Sales

Quonset and Gable 24’ to 130’ width length can be customized to any length

Garage Sale Items Wanted

Free Standing Buildings

for S.O.R.C.O.’s Annual Open House April 25th

Great for: • Agricultural • Equestrian • Commercial/Industrial Lease to Own Program Available

Ken Rose Phone/Fax: (250) 694-3500 1-877-485-3500 email: krose@lakescom.net

www.southsidestructures.com

If your Spring Cleaning and would like to make a donation, please call 250-498-4251 or email: sorco@telus.net Please donate items by April 21st

Heavy Duty Machinery 2003 EX 200 LC c/w Q/A & new cleanout bucket, 3200hrs, very clean machine $69,500 obo. Len 250-550-4100. 3500 $ Gallon water tank w/3” pump. Chubb 250-492-1078 A-STEEL Shipping Containers Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20,’24,’40,’45,’48,’53’.Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’53’. CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,000! Semi Trailers for hiway & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours.

Misc. for Sale 4 Galv racks (breadracks) 2’xWx6’L on castors $300ea. 1 Bunrounder div by Eberhardt, heavy duty $1700 250-4941299 after 5pm Downsizing. Hostess server 80x28.5x14.5 electric heater $300. Large mirror 56x33 $300, 2 oval mirrors 21x24 $50/ea. Old type washing dresser, w/harp shaped towel rack $50. Old chest of drawers w/bevelled mirror 33x35x16 $50. Dbl sofa bed $50. 3 swag lamps $50. 2 tall lamps w/red shades $60. Decorated Bridge table $10. Lg wooden T.V/Radio console 72x23x29.5 $300. Smaller radiogram $50. Smaller wooden radio $50. Wooden coffee table $100. Dinning table 3/leafs & 12 chairs $600. Healthometer scale $100. Infant scale $50. Blue cupboard w/6 lg drawers 50x72x29 $30. Gun cabinet $300. Open cupboard 50x25x37 w/3 shelves $30. Tall shelving 90x13 $50. Shelving 57x11 (7”x7”) $30. Hospital bed electric $200. Two 10x10 rolls of carpet $20/ea. 250-497-5731 DO YOU NEED LARGE AMOUNTS OF FREE FILL? no trucking charge 250-307-3839 Dacron Enterprises LTD. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com

Misc. Wanted WANTED to buy Apple G4 computer, older pre intel model 250-493-9454

Musical Instruments Fender steel guitar (50’s) in original case $700. Fender Showman Amp (50’s) 2.3amp 117V $1500. 250-498-1857

Sporting Goods Golf launch monitor club fittings. Get your golf clubs properly fit by C.P.G.A. professional Paul Monaghan . Call 250494-8178 for an appointment. RUSSIAN SKS’’s - top choice, cleaned, oiled & inspected, from $299. Ammo - 1120 RDS-Case $195. 12 ga shotgun ammo & clay targets $99. Quality Firearms bought & sold. GLOCKs + accessories stocking dealer. Weber & Markin Gunsmiths. 4-1691 Powick Rd, Kelowna, (250)762-7575 WANTED gas golf cart around $2000 250-492-4946

Stereo / DVD / TV 4 month old Samsung 52” TV, 5yr warranty, paid $2100 sell for $800 250-493-2381

Tools Carpentry air/power tools, compressor, nailers, saws, drills, Hilti ect + many handtools. 250-487-1236

Garage Sales 3 family indoor garage sale, Sat, March 13th 8am-1pm, 430 Young St, glass, jewelry ornaments, toys & lots more Antique brass, some furniture, stacking washer/dryer, garden tools, much more, Sat. Mar. 13 8am-3pm, 921 Dynes Ave. Downsizing, sofabed, electronic organ, cabinets, lawn swing + furniture, handyman/garden tools, plywood/lumber, electric motors + outboard, wine making books & equip. Sat Mar 13th 8am-1. 311 Brandon Ave


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PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS March 12, 2010

Apt/Condos for Sale

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $625Downtown 1 bdrm and 1 bdrm + den, in 4 plex, carpets, f, s, $675 coin op laundry, near creak. Avail. Now & April 1 (A329-2/4) $650 150 Skaha Pl. 1 bdrm apt, grd flr, no pets no smoking, coin laundry. Avail. Now (A380) $650 150 Skaha Pl. 1 bdrm apt, 2nd flr, no pets no smoking, coin laundry. Avail. Now (A381) $750 2 bdrm in 4 plex, lam flrs 1 bath, f, s, no pets no smoking. Avail. March 15 (H686-2) $750 2 bdrm in 55+ building, f, s, h.w. flrs, incl.. hot water and heat. Avail. Now (WT203) $800 2 bdrm incl cable, hydro and heat, parking, extra storage. Avail. Now (SSM204, 205) $995 Top flr, 1 bdrm condo w/vaulted ceiling, 6 appl., 1.5 bath, sec’d. parking. Avail. Now (A386) $1300 2 bdrm, 2 bath, large balcony, 6 appl., sec’d. parking, at the Alysen. Avail. Now (A404) $1350 2 bdrm at The Alysen, 6 appl., large balcony, elevator, sec’d. parking. Avail. Now (OT390) $1500 2 bdrm at The Alysen, 6 appl., large balcony, elevator, sec’d. parking. Avail. Now (A405) $1650 Lakeshore 3, furnished exec. condo 2 bdrm, 6 appl, 2 bath, lakeview, sec’d. parking. Avail. Now (A399) HOUSES: $950 2 bdrm house in Trout Creek, on large lot unfinished basement. Avail. April 1 (H557) $985 Large 2 bdrm + den grd flr, near Pen Hi, h.w. flrs, 1 bath. Avail. Now (H710-1-2) $1000 Older 2 bdrm home near OK Beach, f, s, Partial fenced yard. Avail. March 15 (H559) $1100 Older 2 bdrm + den on nelson near KVR School, f, s, unfinished bsmt garage. Avail. April 1 (H508) $1200 2 bdrm house in Red Wing, dble garage, 40+ age restriction, 2 bath, f, s, d/w. Avail. April 1 (H678) TOWNHOUSE: $950 3 bdrm, townhouse near schools, laminate flrs, 1.5 bath, f, s, w.d. Avail. Now (TH473) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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

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Huge yard sale. Antiques, furniture, collectibles, 50’s & 60’s stuff & lots of misc. 1158 Naramata Rd (at Podd Rd) Sat 13th & Sund 14th 8am ? LOTS of household goods, kitchen & misc 8am-12 March 13th. 201 West Bench Dr Moving/Garage Sale, Sat 13th & Sun 14th, 8am-2pm. 615 & 617 Wiltse Blvd Ok Falls Senior Centre Spring Flea Market start this Saturday, March 13th 9am-1pm. Sat March 13th only. 8am-12, 101-582 Alberta Ave in back. Lg coffee table, wood rocking chair, bike trailer, lg winerack, bookshelf & lots more. Sunday March 14th 8am-1, washer/dryer, BB’Q, exercise bike & household. 41-1825 Atkinson St (back patio) Toys, household items, dvd’s, some furniture, Sat. Mar 13, 8am-1pm, 2480 McKenzie St

SHUSWAP RIVER FRONT 11.3 acres w/shop $400,000. 1985 house on 22.5 acres $799,000. 15.9 acres $400,000. Water and services. 250-838-7660.

Acerage for sale, Penticton Executive, 4900 sqft, custom built in 2005 Rancher with attached 2 car garage, 2 bay & RV bay detached garage on 1.03 acre finished low maintenance landscaped, paved driveway, fantastic view of both lakes and the city of Penticton, priced at $1,670,000, for more information, (250)493-0358 or on line: www.comfree.ca #1272

Affordable 55+ Community in Enderby, BC features large late model homes, low taxes, close to shopping & recreation RV prkg. For information call (250)838-0025, 250-308-6703

Apt/Condos for Sale

Cars - Domestic

Apt/Condos for Sale 50+ Clean, high security condo, Enderby. 2-bdrm, en-suite, balcony, elevator, newly renovated. $225,000 (250)838-0121

For Sale By Owner 1/2 Duplex, 2 storey, 3bdrms, 3baths, hardwood floors, lg kitchen, gas fire, cental air. Walking distance to shopping malls. Call 250-493-8725 5BDRM house w/basement, 3 full bath, 2850 Paris St., close to school/shopping, gas fp, central air, central vac, 250460-2703, 250-493-7190

Acreage for Sale READY to build on this 3 acres in Whitevale area, Lumby. Flat, few trees, drilled well. Gas/hydro to driveway. Price $245,000 GST.obo. 250-5476932.

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Houses For Sale ******* OKHomeseller.com Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576 2-bdrm house under construction, by Bedrock Projects LCD, 976 Mount Ida Drive, Vernon. $439,000 Avail June 15. Darcy Goossen, 250-550-4582, info@bedrockprojects.com 5BDRM, 2.5bath, close to school/Cherry Lane 164 Troy Court. 250-493-6523 For Sale: HOUSE TO BE MOVED, 1000sqft, up-on blocks $30,000 (250)546-8999

Apt/Condo for Rent

Lower Mission 2bdrm +den, 2.5baths, fenced in, dbl garage. (250)491-0823 Open House: Lake Country, Mar.14, 12-5pm, 1000sqft main floor, 1000sqft in-law suite, 28x30 sep. garage, on oversized lot, $415K, 10059 Kelwin Rd. Lake Country. (250)766-9243, 250-212-3182

Lots LUMBY: 3 view lots on new subdivision (Schunter Drive) Lot 2: $115,000 + GST. Lot 3: $120,000 + GST. Lot 4: $125,000 + GST. Call Mike 250-547-9402, 250-309-1042

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Kingsview Properties

APARTMENTS 1 & 2 bedroom from $650 up. Central location, mature tenants, quiet bldg, near bus and Safeway, NP, NS, secure covered parking. CONTACT: LOCKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LTD. 250-492-0346 (03-19 & 03-16)

FOR RENT • 250-493-7626 1 - BEDROOM 2 - BEDROOM $750 / Month $850 / Month Utilities Included

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101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD.

1 Bdrms. Available Now: Dwntwn Pent. Ave. 2 bdrm, 1 bath, newly f/s, a/c, pkg, secure bldg. incl. util. & updated facing Penticton Creek. cable.............$645.00-$695.00per mo. F/S, D/W, A/C, carport parking, w/ storage....................$845.00 incl. water. Burns Ave.Large 2 bdrm suite, F/S, W/D, D/W, A/C, Incl. pkg, storage and Feb 15: Waterford; 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath water. Quiet, adult oriented complex. No townhouse, F/S, D/W, pkg, fenced yrd. pets. ..................................... $850.00 ................................$1,000 incl. water

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Beautiful country 1740 sqft home, flat 1/2 acre, overlooking Twin Lakes, minutes to Twin Lakes Golf Course, no thru road, 20 min. to Penticton, lots of bright designer windows, skylights, fir floors, lots of extras, 870sqft 2nd building, $499,900, call 250-497-6525 for appointment

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Mobile Homes & Parks 12x70 2bdrm mobile home+ addition, carport, fenced backyard, pets/kids okay, $56,500, (250)493-6443 2bdrm modular home in Armstrong, BC features large lease lot, privacy, exc. access, $129,500. Call Vern at Re/max Enderby 888-609-7764 or cell: 250-308-2110 AVAIL. IMMEDIATELY. Double-wide modular home on acreage in Naramata, 4 bdrm, 1.5 ba, great layout. Fenced & very private with a great view. Pets negotiable. Must have refs. & 4 wheel drive. Contact Steve @ (250) 487-8386 or email: slloyd15@telus.net 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

Mortgages BANK ON US! Mortgages for purchases, renos, debt consolidation, foreclosure. Bank rates. Many alternative lending programs. Let Dave Fitzpatrick simplify the process. Mountain City Mortgage.1-888-711-8818 dave@mountaincitymortgage.ca

Townhouses Luxury 3bdrm townhouse, open modern architecture, S/S appl. laminated wood flooring, quiet location, borders creek. Selling $30,000 below assessed value at $429,000. qualified buyers 250-545-2219

Apt/Condo for Rent 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-770-1331 1 & 2 bdrms apt, clost to DT & library, n/s, cat on approval $750 & $850 include heat/cable 250-490-1706 MOTEL Suites & RV Park, off season rates, Penticton & Summerland 250-492-8422

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PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS March 12, 2010

Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Antiques / Classics

1bdrm apt, 3rd flr, ns, np, $625+util., secure bldg, caretaker, ref. req., Avail Mar 15, 922 Dynes 250-493-2377 1 BDRM apt downtown Summerland $660/mth incl water/ sewer & shared laundry, newly painted. NP, NS Avail immediately. 778-516-5535 to view. 2bdrm+ den, Verana, pool and amenties started, $1300, call Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-493-4372 Pent. 1bdrm, new reno 2nd flr quiet loc, full k/b balcony, storage,ac elevator, $725/mo., np, 21, prkg (780)474-0901 Pent 2bdrm, lg den, 2bath, Ok Lakeview, 1 balcony, rooftop patio $1185+util. 1-604-8700576 250-498-6959 VANCOUVER HILL, 1bdrm, quiet area, April 1, ns, np, $700/mo.+util. lease/ref req. (250)492-4558 Wanted, Female christian roomate for brand new 2bdrm, 2bath condo, ns, np, (250)4879728

BEAUTIFUL 4 BR, 2 bath home in Oliver for responsible tenant; near school, fin. basement, garage, pet cons.,1 yr. lease, $1495 + util, or Lease to own. 250-704-6516 ~ joannemuriel@hotmail.com/ IN Summerland, rural setting, lg lot, 3bdrm & partly finished basement $1500. 1 yr lease (250)494-9331 OK Falls 2brm, 2 1/2bth on 1/2 acre across from Skaha Lk $850 NO smoking NO pets 604-594-5442 reduced rent for keeping grass cut. 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 RENT or Rent-to-Own with $20,000.downpymnt. Westside Rd/LaCasa. 2bdrm+den cottage/home Av. now. F/P, lrg deck, garage, w/d, 30mins. to Kelowna, $1500. +utils. ns/np. 250-769-0980 SINGLA HOMES 298/296 Maple St. townhouse Penticton. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, f/s, w/d, w/basement, garage, security patrolled, cable hookup and 1st month free cable, Rent starts at $1200.250-4886875 250-490-1700 1002 Gov’t St, 4bdrm house. 159-1458 Penticton Ave. 250488-6875, 250-490-1700 998 Creston, 250-492-7570

1986 Pontiac Trans AM, 305 V8, fully loaded, ex. cond., 135ks, $25,000.obo. 868-2832

Bed & Breakfast BED AND Breakfasts, Attractions, tourism operators get incredible exposure for your business…Advertise in the 2010-2011 BC Alberta Bed & Breakfast directory. Call Annemarie at 1-800-661-6335 ext. 744

Commercial/ Industrial APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business. Call Barbara 250-492-6139 FOR LEASE 2400sq’, 690 McCurdy Rd, avail May 1. Rick 250-770-0903. OFFICES. Unit 101 has 3 offices, ea/with front reception room $785+util or rent separately w/joint washroom. Unit 102 3/offices, good for home based business or Therapist, livingroom size reception, washroom with shower + w/d $985+util 1-604-870-0576 or 250-498-6959 Penticton Industrial area for lease or rent, 3600 sqft, warehouse or shop space, 14ft overhead door, office & washroom ,access to fenced yard, also another 2000 sqft unit, 250-493-5909 SHOP or warehouse 1200 sq.ft o/d,3phase. $6.50p/sq 250-809-0728,250-492-8324

Duplex / 4 Plex 3bdrm, 3bath, f/s/dw, window coverings, close to school & lake, 250-809-4949 250-4900875 Avail April 1 3BDRM, close to Columbia school. No pets, avail April 1st 950 + utilities 250-770-8705 New lg 2bdrm, 2.5bath end unit, lg garage, a/c, 6appl. White at Government $1300. Call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372

Misc for Rent Tenant wanted to sublet rec. property. Must have own camper/trailer. (250)542-0944

Homes for Rent 1 BDRM Lane House. Penticton near Safeway & college. Very clean. Private driveway into private fenced yard. Level entry, 10’ ceilings, efficient infloor heat, air con. Incls: F&S, W&D. No dogs. $850+ 250487-9377 2 BD main floor, fenced yard, spacious deck (600 sq ft) with hot tub, close to downtown, $1,200/mo. includes all utilities (gas, electric, cable), avail. April 1. Call (250) 490-3060. 2BDRM, one level rancher w/garage between malls, close to schools $1100/mo + util. Pets neg 250-493-0898 3BD, NS, NP, Rutland area, avail immed. WD, FS. 250765-9575 3BDRM, 2bath in Kaleden, avail Apr 1st, ref req’d $1300/mo. 250-497-5402 3bdrm $900/mo Keremeos 250-499-2158. Penticton 2bdrm duplex orchard location $800 250-492-0247 ref req’d 3BDRM + den f/s, w/d, fenced yard $1100/mo, n/p. Avail Mar 15th 250-493-6083 4BDRM 2bath, 2 living room 2500sq.ft, fenced yard, f/s, w/d c/a n/p. Close to school and Duncan store 1500 mth + DD 250-490-1640 4BDRM house, across from Event Centre, $1450 util included. 250-492-2543

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

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Recreation DESERT SPRINGS CA., 2Bd. +den 1600sf. house, next to Executive Golf Course, only 10min. from Palm Springs located in secure gated community. Pics. avail: louellacowie@ hotmail.com 1-250-392-3058

Rooms for Rent 1bdrm in quiet condo, single working lady, $500/mo. incl. everything, ns, no pets, 250486-5440

Shared Accommodation Private bdrm semi-pri bth, quiet person, $475-$500, everything incl.,250-492-2543

Storage Storage 1320 sq.ft. Downtown storage, retail potential, lane access, grade level, $600 per month. Contact Chris Knight @ Locke Property Management Ltd. @ 250-492-0346 02C29

Suites, Lower 1bdrm basement suite, ns, np, $650 (incl. util), no laundry, 250-492-0556 after 4pm, available immediately 2bdrm basement suite, Wiltse area, np, ns, f/s, util included Avail. April 1, 250-492-3856 2BDRM daylight suite, near shopping/school avail April 1 n/p, n/s $850/mo incl util & cable 250-276-6172 2BDRM near Cherry Lane Avail April 1st, n/s, n/p $900 includes util 250-490-8452 Wiltse Blvd, 1-bdrm suite, n/s, n/p, must have references, $600, incl. util. 250-493-2109

Suites, Upper 2bdrm, Wiltse flats, ns, no pets, $900 (incl. util.) phone after 5pm, (250)493-3904 BRIGHT and spacious, 2bdrm with view,private ent, hardfloors close amenities, $1000+util, 250-462-2472 Large 2bdrm upper suite, recent renovation, backs on to creek, very private, w/d, ns, np $895/mo. incl. util. 250- 8095156

Townhouses 3BDRM, Baskin Gardens, f/s/w/d, painted, newer flooring, large storage, fenced yard, close to school. Avail now, 1 small pet ok $975, 250490-9082 Pent 3bdrm, 1.5bath, 5-appl, backyard close to school, Lake, Walmart, pets on approval kids ok, $1200+util. Avail Apr 1st 250-486-5480

2001 VW Passat, 110,000kms, black leather, sunroof, fully loaded, $8500. 250-546-4099 2002 TOYOTA Corolla CE, Auto, AC, CD, very clean lady driven car only 126k $9,000 firm. 250-493-3654 daytime 2006 Toyota Yaris 2dr HB, exc/cond! 90,000K auto, a/c, p/s, cd player, exc winter/summer tires, PRICE REDUCED $8500 250-545-0997

Commercial Vehicles 1997 F550 Diesel 14’ Cube Truck. Excellent condition. Service records available. 314,000 highway Km’s, $7,500. 250-490-7715

Recreational/Sale

Trucks & Vans

Trucks & Vans

2006 Campsite by Komfort 23ft travel trailer, like new, used a few times $13,700 250487-4307 Hookup & go 1992 Chev 3/4ton w/1988 25’ Prowler 5th Wheel. Both in great shape. Will sell separate. $7500 OBO (250)542-6399 TOY HAULER, 2003 20’ Thor, fully loaded incl air, sleeps 6, $12,500. (250)558-1483 Westland RV Manufacturing from custom building to major repairs, insurance claims, renovations, for all your RV needs, call 250-493-7445, Penticton

2007 GMC 3500 4x4, SLE Duramax diesel crew cab, long box, $24,950. 250-545-5394 www.teskovernon.com D10160

1988 Ford 4x4, good tires, runs great $800 Chubb 250492-1078 1989 Dodge Dakota P/U long box, 3.9L, standard, good cond 250-492-3158 250-3288140 offers

1990 GMC Sierra 2500 4X4, auto, singal cab, a/c, full size box lined, 219k, well maintained $3500 250-493-0630 1994 Diesel Chev 4x4 dually 1-ton, many new parts, new & reconditioned transmission $4500. 1985 Toyota King cab truck w/canopy $1200. 1985 Trans Am ready to go $1500. 250-550-6287. 1994 Dodge Caravan, 7 pass, runs great, remote start $1300 obo, 250-770-0827 1995 Dodge Grand Caravan 3L all wheel drive, p/s, p/w, a/c, built in kid seats $1500 OBO 493-2878 1998 GMC Sierra 1500. Auto, new battery/canopy/tires. Running boards, boxliner, pewter color, 3-dr, a/c, pw win./locks exc cond $9000 121kms 250493-0838 2000 Dodge Dakota 156k’s, silver, auto, air/tilt/cruise etc. Sat. radio/bluetooth, 2 canopies, 2 sets tires, auto start, trailer pkg., well maint., all service work done, $13,000.obo. 250-878-7772 2002 Dodge 1500 4x4, 4.7L V8, quad cab, shortbox, auto, a/c, full load, chrome wheels all terrain tires, 208kms. Quick sale $8900 778-514-2423 2004 Avalanche, 5.3L, 121,000kms, after market sound/dvd system, custom wheels, very sharp $19,500 (250)558-9760 2005 Ford 150 Supercrew, 134kms, looks & runs exc, loaded $11,500. 250-503-1124 2006 2500 Dodge p/u 4dr 5.7 Hemi auto, 4x4, 115K, asking $15,500. (250)212-3075 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4, CR/CAB, Hemi, auto, good cond. $14,900. 250-503-0320 2006 F150 Lariat 4dr, blk & gold, 4x4, 5.4L auto, 55,000k, $17,000. (250)212-3075 2007 Chevy Silverado, 4x4, 2500HD, 4dr, 117,000kms, full load, $21,500. 778-475-0521.

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Scrap Car Removal

Motorcycles

Motels,Hotels GOOD Place to stay for workers, students & retired. Rent starts from $550/mo fully furnished/cable/electric/phone (250)492-7015 (250)770-0816

Cars - Sports & Imports

Cars - Domestic 1994 Toyota Tercel 4dr, auto $1500, 86 Toyota Le van all power, 7pass, tires ok, no rust, runs good $1500. 250-4935854 250-809-1068 1995 Buick Regal V6, 3.1L auto, a/c, loaded, new tires, mint cond, 150k’s $2250 Ph Ken 250-488-6785 2000 Buick LeSabre, loaded w/leather, 173k, exc.shape. $5500. 250-260-1818. 2001 Olds Alero, new brakes & tires, well maintained, $3500 OBO 250-307-4379 2006 Honda Civic Ex, 2dr, silver, exc shape, 2sets of tires, $13,900. 250-490-1603 Ford Focus SE red, 5spd trans, 200kms, new tires, serviced all records, lady driven, garage car $4300 after 5pm 250-494-1299

Cars - Sports & Imports 1981 Mercedes 300 SD turbo diesel, exc. cond. $3000. 250558-3966, 250-306-0293 2003 RSX Acura, 5spd man. 105,000kms, exc. cond. asking $9800. (250)212-3075

Recreational/Sale

1994 Honda XR 100, recent tune-up, new rear tube & tire. Starts easy, runs good $1250 250-494-4372 2002 HD Softail std. luxury blue, lots $$$ in upgrades, exc.cond. $17,500. 250-5421881 H, 250-558-8928 C. LEARN to ride from the most experienced instructors in the BC interior. Small class size; courses start every two weeks. Use our bike for the road test at no extra charge. www.vtwinokanagan.ca or 250-764-7075 Motorcycle & sidecar $9000. For more info 250-545-1109 or 250-308-6823.

Off Road Vehicles $AVE E-SCOOTER $ALE *Brand New* E-Scooter $779 Kids Dirtbike/ATV Start@$249 Adult@ $1499 Buggie, UTV, etc. www.KDMSports.com 1-866-203-0906/250-863-1123 Recreational Park for off road vehicles & dirt race track for quads/buggies. 250-306-6692

Recreational/Sale 1988 34’ Fleetwood Pace Arrow motor home, excellent condition inside and out $15,500. (250)804-8275 1989 Class C Ford 350 27’ motorhome, good condition inside & out, 126,000kms, $14,500, (250)770-8770 1990 Class A Windjammer, 25.5’, rear bdrm, new fridge, TV, roof air, owen gen. 454 fuel injected, 80,000miles, well maintained. $12,900. 250-5587939, 250-542-1906 1993 Jayco 22ft tandem trailer, bunkbed model, sleeps 8, oak kitchen w/micro, a/c, exc cond $8000 250-492-7801 1993 Nomad 27’’ 5th wheel, genset, rebuilt fridge. MOVING MUST SELL BY MARCH 30! $6900 obo. 250-838-2336.

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Free tow away and safe disposal of your unwanted vehicles no wheels? no papers? no problem! Fast and professional. Mike 250-486-4278. maydaytowing@gmail.com SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $2 and up/each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Sport Utility Vehicle 1993 SOFT Top Tracker 4X4 with 165.000 km Standard Transmission. Has tow package, Has 4 winter tires on rims & 4 summer tires on rims. Call 250-497-8529. Asking $3500.

Trucks & Vans

Estate sale. 2000 Dodge Caravan good cond, good tires, Sony CD player $3500obo 250-493-8839

Utility Trailers Interstate Box utility trailer, 2006, 10ft long no rust, hardly used $2850. 250-488-3444

Legal Notices Notice to Creditors and Others, Re: The Estate of Harold Douglas Colbourne, also known as Harold Colbourne, late of 1234 Sykes Crescent, Keremeos, B.C. who died on October 5, 2009 (the “Estate”) Creditors and others having claims against the Estate are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims are required to be sent to the Executor of the Estate at 101 - 123 Martin Street, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 7X6, on or before April 9, 2010, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims of which the Executor then has notice. Executor: Donald Colbourne Solicitor: Bernice Greig, Gilchrist & Company, 101 - 123 Martin Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 7X6, (250) 492-3033

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Zoning Amendment Application 289 Clearview Road, Apex, Electoral Area ‘D-1’ Strata Lot 5, District Lot 395s, SDYD, Plan KAS1487, together with an interest in the common property in proportion to the unit entitlement of the strata lot as shown on Form 1.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 – 7:00 pm RDOS Boardroom 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC.

PURPOSE: Proposal: amend the Zoning Bylaw to introduce a site specific zoning designation to reduce the minimum parcel size requirement from 505 m2 to 300m2 to facilitate the subdivision of a jointly held duplex into two separate titles. Amendment Bylaw No. 2457, 2008: to amend the Zoning Bylaw by changing the zoning designation of the subject property from Mixed Use Alpine Zone (RMU) to Mixed Use Alpine Zone Site Specific (RMUs). Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2457, 2008:

Clearview Road

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VIEW COPIES OF THE DRAFT BYLAWS & SUPPORTING INFORMATION AT: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC on weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed bylaw amendments can present written information or speak at the public hearing. All correspondence for the public hearing to be addressed to: Public Hearing Bylaw No. 2457.05, c/o Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received after the conclusion of the public hearing. This public hearing has been delegated to a Director of the Regional District.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES: Telephone: 250-490-4107 Fax: 250-492-0063 Email: planning@rdos.bc.ca Web: www.rdos.bc.ca

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Donna Butler, MCIP Manager of Development Services

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LONE SAILOR — A sailboat pulled from the waters of Okanagan Lake sits on dry land near the Penticton Marina. The waterfront walking pier is visible in the background.

Volunteers drive clean up Western News Staff

It’s becoming something of a tradition for some Penticton community members to spend part of the first full weekend of spring helping beautify one of the city’s most popular walking trails, participating in an volunteer driven clean-up. Each spring since 2007 Okanagan College staff and students have invited volunteers to join them in the annual revitalization of Penticton Creek and surrounding banks. Donna Lomas, regional dean for the college, has described it as an opportunity for people to join with others and show how they really care about their home. Over the four years, Okanagan College has led the charge, and in partnership with the Skaha Rotary Club and other community groups, organized the annual adopt-a-trail event, which takes place this year on March 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. In the first year, the volunteers only tackled

RCMP team up for marijuana bust Western News Staff

Princeton RCMP in conjunction with the Osoyoos -based Integrated Border Enforcement Team seized a sizeable amount of marijuana last Thursday. Police said the roadside marijuana seizure was bound for the Lower Mainland. The investigation led to RCMP seizing 300 freshly harvested marijuana plants. “It is a sizeable roadside seizure and we are glad to remove any large amounts out of circulation prior to it’s further distribution in a neighbouring community” stated Sgt Dave Clare, NCO of the Princeton RCMP. Police took four males from the Lower Mainland in their late 20’s and early 30’s into custody as the result of two separate roadside stops. The suspects were released with the investigation continuing with charges pending.

a part of the creek corridor, from McNicoll Park Middle School up to the water treatment plant, but over the years, the project has become more ambitious. This year, while the volunteers are still being asked to meet behind the school to kick off the event, but the goal is to cover the entire trail from the water treatment plant to the Penticton Art Gallery. The City of Penticton will supply tools, garbage bags, gloves and litter removal service. Jack’s Java Stop and Save-on-Foods will provide morning refreshments at McNicoll Park School for volunteers. Registering for the adopt-a-trail event is as easy as coming by McNicoll Park School on the morning of the event. It also where you can pick up garbage bags and other supplies. For more information on the spring clean up, of the walking trails and revitialization of Penticton Creek contact Jake Mason jmason@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-492-4305 ext. 3205.

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