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Sunset markers tear a page from history STEVE KIDD

“It points out the enormous range where the sun sets up and down the western horizon as you go through the year.”

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Next Tuesday is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. And while the return of the sun is always a cause for celebration, the Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society plans to do it in style. Starting at 3 p.m., they’re inviting the public to come to Munson Mountain for the dedication of Pen Henge, an array of stone sunset markers they’ve installed on top of the mountain. Standing behind the heel stone, you can watch the sun lower and set just above one of the other stones, or watch as the shadow of the stone grows longer and swings around until it points directly at the heel stone just as the sun touches to horizon. “It points out the enormous range where the sun sets up and down the western horizon as you go through the year,” said astronomer Chris Purton, spokesperson for the group. “At the beginning of each season, the sun will set directly in line with two of the stones. “It’s a fun thing to do and it’s roused an amazing amount of interest. Anyone I talk to thinks it’s a great idea … people can relate to it.” The project got started last year, during the International Year of Astronomy, when a group from the astronomical society went up Munson Mountain to watch the sun set on the summer solstice and install a marker pointing to the northernmost setting point of the sun. While the project now looks to be garnering a lot of attention, Purton said it didn’t start out that way. “We thought it would be kind of

— Chris Purton

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CHRIS PURTON checks the alignment of one of the Pen Henge stones at the top of Munson Mountain Thursday. A dedication of the array of sunset markers will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, just prior to the winter solstice.

neat to have permanent markers up here for that. And If we’re going to do summer solstice, why not do the whole lot?” said Purton. “The stones are all in place now.” Purton’s group applied to the city for permission to put the stones in place and got an enthusiastic

response and offers of aid. The city beefed up the access to the top of the mountain, Purton said, improving safety for people visiting the site. “They also helped us put the stones in, we needed some machinery to cart the stones up the side of the hill,” said Purton of the

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Turmoil greets incoming chamber executive KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is ready to get down to business after a tumultuous meeting on Wednesday. Policy and governance headaches were made apparent by the many questions board members had for the executive. Most of those involved how the executive is elected. The issues seem to be so problematic it led to longtime chamber member Judy Poole rejecting a nomination to take over as president. “I love the chamber of commerce and I hate what is going on even in this room today. It makes me sick. I think I could add value because of my experience in that chair, but I believe it would be contentious. For that reason and that reason alone I will say no, but I will provide whatever support I can,” said Poole. The presidential chair became vacant after the president-elect, who was to take over the position, resigned because of personal issues. New president-elect Donna Lomas said she was not ready to take on the duties and Cary Schniederat, who was to move to past-president, announced on Wednesday that he did not want to extend his presidential term by six months. The board then nominated Keith Bevington and past-president Jason Cox, with the first vote ended in a 7-7 tie and one board member not voting. On the second vote Cox won the position of president in a 8-6 vote. Cox said the nomination came as a surprise, but he feels that having just become self-employed with his own consulting service he has the time to resolve some of the chamber issues. He pre-

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JASON COX stands in front of the Visitor Information Centre where the offices of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce offices are housed. Cox is returning to the role of chamber president.

viously served as president in 2009. “There is a lot of big work to be done this year, and with the opening in the presidency I

think it was time for a steady hand, someone who has done it before recently,” said Cox, adding the board and executive seem ready

to move forward after being hung up on election issues. “It was agreed to around the table today that that was an acceptable way to proceed ... The current board, and I can’t speak for all of them, is interested in moving forward now.” Cox said it is a challenging upcoming year for the chamber with the city contracts up for review in 2011 regarding the chamber’s administration of economic development and tourism. The chamber is also hosting the 2012 B.C. Chambers conference and a committee is being struck to deal with policy and governance issues. On top of this, chamber manager Lorraine Reynard announced her resignation at Wednesday’s meeting, something she had decided prior to the elections. “I had handed it in prior to the elections in November because I didn’t want the message to be that I had resigned because of (elections). The chamber board has been great and it has been a great place to work,” said Renyard, who has plans to travel and visit her children and grandchildren in the Northwest Territories and England. Bevington said after the meeting that moving forward is what has to happen with the chamber, and he feels the election issue has been ironed out. At the same time he said there will be a review of the bylaws to get clarification on the recent legal opinion that was given to the chamber on the election. “It’s not like over the years there hasn’t been discussions as far as how the chamber is managed and run, and certainly there has been discussions similar to this during other periods of time. When you get 15 people there are different points of view and hopefully we can get it all sorted out,” said Bevington.

Farmers’ market not sold on city licensing policy BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

The Penticton Farmers’ Market is not opposed to a proposal that would require all of its vendors to carry business licences as long as the shift in city policy is administered in a fair and thoughtful manner, according to the market’s president. But Cameron Smith said Wednesday he wonders if it is even possible for the city to implement such a policy without overburdening its staff and its budget, as he contends the fees charged both the farmers’ market and DPA community market vendors for a business licence should be a fraction of what a standard business pays. “They need to take into account the fact that the farmers’ market is only operating for four hours a week, six months of the year,”

said Smith. “That roughly equals what one retail business in the City of Penticton would do in a week. “I just want to make sure that it is fair as possible for the farmers’ market with regards to what other businesses pay and what other businesses can potentially earn.” But even if the fees were prorated, there is also the question of whether the city has sufficient personnel — particularly after this year’s 30 job cuts — to issue the volume of licences the two markets would require. Smith said the market does not have the staff or budget to administer the licences for the city, and currently City Hall is not open on Saturdays. “That is the problem,” said Smith. “We have vendors that come from all over the place. We have vendors that just come once a year. “I just wonder with the insignificant amount

of money that can be generated by this, if it is of actual value to the city in the end.” It is a question that came up during city council’s deliberations on the matter. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit wondered why the city would even consider an action that could potentially hold back the successful market — the second largest of its kind in B.C. — when it draws so many people, local and otherwise, to Penticton’s downtown core. “People are coming downtown to buy. They are engaged with the merchants. It has been nothing but positive. I don’t think you will find a merchant downtown who doesn’t say that the markets are positive,” said Jakubeit. “Why would you want to try and jeopardize that?” Only Mayor Dan Ashton and Coun. Mike Pearce made arguments for the proposed policy. Ashton said the licences, the fees of which

could either be reduced or waived all together, would provide the city with a certain amount of control over who operates on its streets. “When you have one licence per block, it is like having a bad apple in a bin. Unless you can pull that bad apple out you have to deal with it,” he said. “I look at everybody else in this community that is required to have a business licence to operate their business, and mark my words: those are business people that are in that marketplace.” Pearce, a prominent local lawyer, noted that every solicitor in his firm is required to have their own personal business licence, and questioned why the vendors in the markets shouldn’t have to do the same thing. “I have a hard time rationalizing (that),” he said. Council voted unanimously to send the proposal back to city staff for more vetting.


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Thieves in the midst of their own holiday rush KRISTI PATTON Western News Staff

The gall of some thieves seems to increase around the holiday season — at least that’s how it would seem according to some of the latest reports received by Penticton RCMP. In the past week there have been at least two instances where a thief has picked up a television and walked

out the back door of a retail shop. Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said one thief went into Staples on Monday, picked up a television and walked out the back door. A similar theft took place at London Drugs. “It is not only the consumers, but it is the businesses being hit by these grinches, if you want to call them that, that come in and steal. Shoplifting usually

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increases at this time of year and certainly thefts out of vehicles do,” said Dellebuur. “People need to be cautious with their valuables.” As the shopping centres fill up with people looking for last-minute gifts, thieves see it as a perfect opportunity to find deals of their own. While police resources are taxed, Dellebuur said they have been doing some parking lot audits. Even with all the awareness brought to shoppers, RCMP still find people with unlocked vehicles, windows rolled down and Christmas gifts and valuables left out in the open. Dellebuur said when officers see this they will leave a warning note on the windshield of the vehicle, letting them know of the concerns. “We know that these type of people are out there sitting in parking lots, watching for those who drop off parcels or gifts in their vehicles and

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CONST. BRAD POWER of the Penticton RCMP attaches a note warning the car owner to be aware the contents inside may be in jeopardy of being stolen. The campaign involves checks of local parking lots for insecure vehicles or those where valuables are visible.

then head back in to do more shopping. They are opportunists, the crooks want to have Christmas

too,” said Dellebuur. Police warn another practice people should avoid is advertising their

holiday plans on social network sites. Dellebuur said he can recall times in previous years where

families have gone out for a Christmas party or concert and found everything under their tree gone. “You have one kid saying the family is going to a Christmas party, a concert or church on a certain day and people are listening. On social networks people put their whole life on it, and that is out for the whole world to see. You have people announcing they are going to Mexico after Christmas and they are telling people what they got for Christmas — well it’s not rocket science here and makes for an easy target,” said Dellebuur. RCMP warn not to leave your purse, wallet, cell phones, garage door openers or personal information in your vehicle. Parcels and other bags can be theft attractors. When shopping, park in a well-lit area and never leave your car unattended with the motor running or with the keys in the ignition.






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BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon was in Penticton Wednesday to answer questions regarding his bid to replace Premier Gordon Campbell. Falcon, who previously headed the portfolios of health, transportation and infrastructure, said people in the South Okanagan should know he would be good for them as premier because he had been good for them as a cabinet minister. “I led some of the largest investment ever in the history of the Okanagan in terms of road and bridge infrastructure,” Falcon said. “While I was minister of transportation, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on the Highway 97 corridor alone, not to mention improvements on the Coquihalla.” Falcon said if he becomes premier he wants to invest more money in upgrading Highway 3 between Penticton and Hope. “What I want to do is sit down with all the mayors along the Highway 3 corridor and say, ‘How can we figure out a five-year vision for the Highway 3 corridor that will see us accelerate some capital improvements along the entire corridor, recognizing how important it is, particularly for tourism, but also for some of the economic activity that we are going to see happening along there,’” he said, pointing to Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton. TheSurrey-Cloverdale MLA also said he supports a federal initiative to make it easier for Okanagan wineries to have access to interprovincial markets. “We have some of the best wine in the world and yet we have this bizarre law in the books, dating back from the 1920s, that restricts folks that are visiting or are from British Columbia that want to buy wine and send it to family or friends across the country,” he said. “We shouldn’t treat Canadians like bootleggers because they are trying to simply take wine from one province to another.” Falcon said his style of leadership would be different than Campbell’s and closer to that of former Social Credit premier

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BC LIBERAL PARTY leadership candidate Kevin Falcon answers a question during an interview this week on a stop in Penticton during a swing through the Okanagan.

Bill Bennett. “People had no doubt that he was tough and he could make decisions, but he also allowed his cabinet ministers a lot of latitude and that allowed them to build up a profile to demonstrate to the public there was a team in government,” he said. His leadership, Falcon contended, would also represent a generational change. “I think that I have an ability to reach out in a way that can rejuvenate our party and our government and reach out to young people, in particular, and get them interested and excited about public life and politics,” he said, committing to what he called the three Ls of leadership: listening, learning and leading. “I honestly believe that politicians are often their own worst enemies because what happens with politicians in public life is that they often try to make everything sound good and the truth is everything isn’t always good in public life, sometimes we make mistakes as government.” The harmonized sales tax can be pointed to as one example of the party not following the three Ls when the tax was introduced. “No, we didn’t and that is one of the reasons why we are paying such a big political price and it is one of the reasons, in part, that it has cost the premier his job,” Falcon said, while asserting that the tax itself is good public policy . “I think that it is the

right tax policy for British Columbia if we want to have a competitive tax regime that will encourage

investment in our province, create jobs and generate the kind of revenue we need to support our

health care and our education systems.” Complimenting his fellow candidates — Moira Stillwell, George Abbott, Mike de Jong and Christy Clark — Falcon said he agreed with Abbott’s idea to move the HST referendum up to June 24 as long as it can be done responsibly. His only criticism of the other leadership hopefuls was levelled against Clark’s platform idea to scrap the HST referendum and hold a free vote in the legislature instead. “The public deserves the right to have the vote. I just want to make sure they have an informed vote,” he said. There are between 300 and 400 members of the BC Liberal Party in the Penticton riding. For a full transcript of the Falcon interview go to:

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hurches and schools are very different places, with very different purposes. What they do have in common is the desire to educate our young about social responsibility. Charity, after all, is an idea that crosses all religious boundaries. Don’t worry, this isn’t an editorial about how we should stop using the word Christmas in public education. However, it is about keeping public education and religion separate. Three years ago, the Okanagan Skaha School District struck a fine balance when they chose to allow local schools to continue participating in Operation Christmas Child, providing that the accompanying religious materials be removed first. That decision came after much discussion and consultation with the district’s lawyer to ensure that they would be staying within the bounds of provincial education policy separating religion and public education. But local organizer Reverend Callum Jones has become concerned the practice of turning the supplied Christmas Child boxes inside out is teaching the children false ethics. School trustee Tom Siddon took that concern a step further when he suggested to the board of education this week that students were being shortchanged by not including awareness of religion, including the comparison of creationism as an alternate theory to evolution. So what’s the problem with incorporating religious discussion into the classroom? Well, while the majority of students are probably being raised in some Christian doctrine, there are many other religions represented, from Sikh to Buddhist. And even the Christian denominations don’t all agree on the same path all the time. Siddon is being unfair to the students in the district when he suggests that eliminating the religious aspects of Operation Christmas Child teaches them it is not a good thing to give to less-fortunate children around the world. Rather, students are being taught that social responsibility and caring for others is something that goes beyond religion, something to be pursued beyond any challenges and barriers.

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his space has often criticized the BC Liberals, and Premier Gordon Campbell in particular, for their woolly headed notions of responsible public policy. It was with more than a little relief that most British Columbians greeted the news of Campbell’s departure, and horrified fascination with which we watched the NDP train wreck. Finally the decks looked to have been cleared for real change at the top, and the possibility of a new direction for the province. The NDP, regardless of who the new leader is — outside of a few ridings in East Vancouver and on the Island, where most residents are dependent on government largess for their livelihoods — remain unelectable, unless the Liberals hand them the election, which is entirely likely. But a change is as good as a holiday, and we need a holiday from the James NDP. The BC Liberals will eventually come to the realization that any cabinet minister who sat through years of meetings while Campbell pandered to any special interest that met his everchanging dreams is also unelectable as premier. So despised is Campbell, that any of his recent appointees will be a proxy for voter angst against the former premier. Thus we have the entrance of Christy Clark to the Liberal leadership race. At first glance, Clark would appear to be a viable candidate, reasonably unscathed


by recent Liberal misdeeds, high name recognition and relevant executive experience as a former deputy premier and cabinet minister. Clark would also appear to have good organization in place, with a website up and running virtually concurrent with her announcement to run for the leadership. Notwithstanding the obvious baggage of BC Railgate, her failed bid for the Vancouver mayoralty, and her long-standing, deep ties to Campbell’s political underground, Clark still appears as a strong candidate. She will doubtless be attacked in the press and on the left (essentially the same thing in B.C.) for her past, and doubtless she and her handlers have developed a strategy for addressing her past transgressions, real or imagined. Clark’s real shortcomings are evident in the policy pages of her new website. Rather than taking the opportunity to present

a clear philosophical alternative to the Campbell cadre and the NDP, Clark wades up to her pelvis in a mind-numbing notion of a “Families First Agenda”. We may as well be voting on James for another term. Clark’s platform, which she threatens to develop with your input, is to unleash the power of “Families First” policies to grow the economy, save our farms and forests and push the green economy. All of which plays well to first-year poli-sci and social work students, but does nothing to address the issues facing B.C. Clark’s handlers are pandering to the suburban, female and metro-sexual vote in the Lower Mainland, which is a vote the Libs will never get. But Clark and the BC Liberals would be better off, as would the families of B.C., if Clark thought about putting families fifth (or sixth) and gave us some ideas of how she, as premier, would address the real concerns of the rest of B.C. Like cutting public-sector payrolls and benefits, reducing individual and business taxes, dealing with the ridiculous First Nations and environmental laws that are used to blackmail any resource developer in the province, killing jobs and investment. Clark appears to insist on pushing Campbell’s bankrupt notion of a “green economy”, suggesting she’ll “unleash” private enterprise to cash in on

this nonsense. In the absence of a declaration that she would immediately cut off any subsidy, rate increase or tax incentive to the crony capitalists in the green industry, one can assume the only unleashing that will take place will be the lids of public coffers continuing to finance electricity made from pixie dust. On health care, Clark will, as ever, throw more taxpayer money down the black hole of public-sector health care unions for increased wages, benefits and pensions in the hope of maintaining labour peace. This of course will not result in reduced wait lists or better patient outcomes, but it is apparently more expedient to promise to outspend the NDP than to address the real issues that dog the public health care system. After all the excitement around Campbell’s departure, we are left with a long and rather unimpressive list of Campbell acolytes, and one outsider, all of whom publicly distance themselves from Campbell, but all of whom, particularly Clark, intend to continue the Campbell agenda. What is most disappointing, is that it will be more of same for B.C., and thanks to the lack of vision presented by the Liberal leadership candidates, the NDP still has an outside chance of forming a government. Mark Walker is the publisher of the Penticton Western News.





The truth hurts I support Wikileaks and admire the work of journalist Julian Assange. Okanagan Coquihalla MP Stockwell Day’s report to his constituents last week requires a response. Julian Assange is the face of Wikileaks and the “lightning rod” or the front end man for journalists interested in getting the truth to the people. I take it that Mr. Day presumes that all those “in the slammer” are criminals. A local Swedish prosecutor would not proceed with charges against Assange in the reported rape matters. A Swedish politician arranged to have the matter directed to another prosecutor who obtained an Interpol warrant to have Assange in for questioning. Accordingly, Assange has voluntarily submitted himself to the jurisdiction of Great Britain. At present, the Swedish prosecutor has declined Assange’s offer to be interviewed in Britain. Assange is currently released on bail without charge. I seriously doubt that Mr. Day has any evidence that Wikileaks published any information identifying Afghan freedom fighters and human rights advocates. I seriously doubt that Mr. Day has any evidence that Wikileaks gave bomb detection secrets to the Taliban. We do know that Wikileaks asked the Pentagon to vet material they received from

whistle-blowers and that the Pentagon refused. Mr. Day uses the label “Taliban death cult”. All sorts of religions, east and west, rely upon death to deliver one to a better world. Well, Mr. Day. I don’t know of any armed conflict that has not featured killers of civilians on either side. Canadians are long past believing we are in Afghanistan in support of human rights. Women and girls certainly aren’t doing better with the corrupt Afghani government we helped to get elected. The Afghani insurgents, including the Taliban, are using any weapon at their disposal to rid their country of a foreign army. Mr. Day points to horrid “weapons of choice”. Consider our use of unmanned robotic drones for sudden deadly firepower. In the annals of war I have not come across a case where each side did not feature the other as child killers and rapists. It is tragic that we have sent our people in such an awful and fruitless mission. Between criminal gangs, insurgent Afghanis, corrupt officials, renegade police and confused NATO forces, it is no wonder that everyone is in danger in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the truth will out.

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ing of the pleasure it gave him to hear of British servicemen being hanged in an orange grove. Israel has the right to share Palestine with its then occupants, but the borders of Israel, granted by the UN, end at the West Bank and the eastern part of Jerusalem, which was then part of Jordan. Israel seized those lands after the war in 1968 but it was never ratified by the UN. As a matter of academic interest, when the city of Jebus successfully defended itself against Joshua it allowed both Jews and Jubusites to live together in peace. The Jewish word of peace “Shalom”, Arabic “Salaam”, or English “Salem” was added and it became “Jerusalem” — The City of Peace”

The latest spin words are “transparency” and “self interest groups”. It is nice to see this same principle in letters to the editor. Regarding the letter to the editor from a Mr. Ed Bastac (Penticton Western News, Dec. 8), it is well known that this gentleman has property in the same area as the controversial loan for the Upper Carmi subdivision. Should the city go ahead with financing the water upgrade to the area, it would provide the necessary water and infrastructure to make the development of his property that much easier. Is there no one operating without a hidden schedule any more? If this subdivision was inside the city limits, then it would be an upgrade, but it isn’t. As far as the much-bandied “sunset clause”? It is pretty easy to see that these clauses have been merely lip service in the past. None have ever been discontinued when the desired project was paid up in full. There needs to be a cease and desist clause until this city can actually support these costly projects by an adequate population base. That is not now. Lois Linds Penticton

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Plan for pathway following flawed logic I would like to provide some information regarding the issue of the pathway to the park area above the old Pleasant Valley Golf Course and Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park. First, the “pond” that is being used to stop the building of the pathway is in fact not a pond. It is a manmade lake put on city property by the former owner of the golf course. It does not feed water into Penticton Creek as said by the environmental expert. The water for this lake came from Penticton Creek itself. Water was diverted above this small lake into a larger lake in the middle of what is now the Bridgewater development. The water was fed down into the small lake when the larger lake was full. Now if, as this so-called environmentalist feels, no work can be done around the small lake as it is important to the fish in Penticton Creek, ask yourself how is it that the larger lake was zoned for houses to be built on it and the lake filled in. If what the expert said is true, the area around the larger lake should have been declared a riparian zone also. The pond in question is not an active part of the habitat in that area. Mr. Durman purchased both the golf course and the mobile

Public doesn’t want the HST

I am writing in response to Tom Lawrence’s letter, “Be careful what you wish for” in the Nov. 26 edition of the Penticton Western News. He states that we shouldn’t lose sight of the “fact” that the HST is good for the B.C. economy and more jobs will be created. I don’t know how he can say that this is a fact, as I for one, don’t know of one person who has been hired as a result of the HST. We also hear about business being down because people are not spending as much as they used to. I don’t believe that jobs will be created by businesses whose products consumers can no longer afford to buy. Business owners are going to keep trying to tell us that it is good for us and that it will cost us to get rid of the HST because they are getting a major tax break on the backs of the consumer. He says he is a retail store owner and that the 12 per cent HST is the same tax rate that we paid on goods under the GST/PST so there is no change. With all due respect Mr. Lawrence, maybe the goods in his store were subject to GST and PST before, so he now sees no difference under the HST. He fails to mention that we are now paying HST on goods that were not subject to both taxes previously. Mr. Lawrence says that the HST makes us competitive with 140 countries that have a similar value-added tax. I guess he’s referring to all of the countries in Europe whose governments are wallowing in debt because their economies have ground to a halt as a result of over taxation of the consumer. Are we sure we want to be competitive with them? He then goes on to say that the government needs taxation to operate, and that if they don’t have enough revenue they will raise the tax rate or target sectors that are not currently paying it, so the result will be a huge cost to the taxpayer. The HST has already done this. The HST was supposed to be revenue neutral to the government, so saying that going back to the old system will result in the government not having enough money is just a scare tactic that he and other business owners are going to use to try to make sure they don’t lose their tax break. He also says that we will have to repay the $1.6 billion that the feds gave us. He may be right, but that would be a one-time thing, and we already

home park at the same time. He indicated that the land given to the city was a large portion of the golf course property. I believe that this also included property around the mobile home park, which would not be 50 of 90 acres. I stand to be corrected on this. Mr. Durman says that access across his property, the Bridgewater development, will be granted. This property is being sold as a strata development. When enough of these properties are sold, a strata council will make any decision as to public access, not Mr. Durman. Even if granted, this leads only to the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park and back to square one. The reason for the access to the park being blocked at the upper section of the mobile home park was due to people trying to drive vehicles up the old road — cars, trucks and motorized bikes. As well, many people who walked up this old road parked their cars at the end of the road at Pleasant Valley and blocked the access to homes there. At one time parking was available at the golf course and that is gone. Mr. Durman was supposed to look into providing guest parking for the mobile home park but that did not happen.

owed that money anyway. Under the HST, you and I will be paying about $1.6 billion extra every year because this is the tax break that has been given to business. I am retired, so even if a few minimum-wage jobs were created as a result of the HST, I don’t see how this is going to help me in any way, other then to make my wallet lighter. We are supposed to be living in a democracy and the people have said that they don’t want the HST, so the sooner we get to vote no on the HST referendum and repeat what we have already told the government, the better. Bill Copeland Cawston

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An apple a day? Not if they are GM apples. First of all I would like to thank the Western News for informing us in their Dec 3 issue regarding genetically modified apples to be introduced in the Okanagan (after approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — which we are aware approves of mega multinational food industries modifying foods). It is not just B.C. fruit growers that are troubled by genetically modified apples — as a consumer, I am also. Just when interest in and demand for organic products is growing, Okanagan Specialty Fruits wants to launch GM apples on us. They have “spent five years of field testing.” (Did they do their research first and survey consumers?) For whose benefit is this GM produce for? Apparently the apple slicing and fresh-cut fruit sector of the industry — their convenience not consumers. It is simple, I will not buy GM apples. I don’t mind if apples turn brown, never have. And I would encourage anyone else who agrees to voice their opinion via the government or media. In many countries of Europe, GM produce is actually banned. Why should it be good enough for us? I hope also that if supermarkets consider selling GM produce that they will label them as such, so that consumers can make an informed choice. M. Close Penticton


At the meeting for the zoning of Bridgewater in 2008, the council indicated that the area above Pleasant Valley was part of the watershed and environmentally sensitive. They stated that this area would be zoned as park and that all vehicles including bikes would be banned. Signage was supposed to be put up. Years later, bikes and motorbikes still roar around this area, tearing it up. It is understandable that a developer who is having problems with selling his development would try to get some of his money back. But if the city staff of the day who recommended the rezoning of this land had done their job and Mr. Durham had done his job, he would not be asking the taxpayers for his money back. One has to ask, how did the employees at City Hall make a recommendation to the city council of the day that this project be approved if so much information was missing? How could a golf course build a lake on city property and run a stream through it without the city being aware of it and use it for years? Answers are needed.

Christmas a Canadian tradition

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. It’s not that hard to display both and respect the majority of us who celebrate Christmas. Changing things to holiday this and holiday that is offensive to many, and yet we are not considered. I know for a fact that only a small minority are offended by Christmas for reasons that make no sense. I know for a fact that others of different beliefs also celebrate Christmas and are not offended by merry Christmas etc. They celebrate in their own way and this whole, them being offended thing is an illusion. Merry Christmas, happy holidays can and has been displayed and covers the majority and the minority. In Chilliwack people spoke up against calling it winter break, and they changed back to Christmas break. Only one person represented at this meeting spoke against it. My sister who lives there was telling me about this, cheers to the Chilliwack school board. Note that not all represented were Christian. Point of the last remark, there is a majority who are tired of not being considered over what offends them. The hindrance of free speech by political correctness and tolerance mantra no longer silenced these people. Christmas is how you celebrate it, and for business to insult the majority of us by ignoring Christmas and pushing holiday this and that is offensive. Retailers know it is Christmas that the majority shop for so include it. The whole holiday this and that is offensive, because its focus is on Christmas sales but yet slights the majority of us who celebrate Christmas, and again there is a misconception that it’s just a Christian thing. It’s a Christmas tree, they are Christmas lights, Christmas ornaments, this is what the majority of Canadians celebrate. It’s time that others become tolerant and quit telling the majority of us to be so. I have to ask this, if Canada and its traditions are so offensive, then why come to this country? Why should Canadians have to change for those that come to this country? Shouldn’t those that come here be tolerant to

Bob Otway Former Pleasant Valley resident for 17 years

our history and traditions? Maybe the hypocrites that push tolerance should show some themselves. Practice what you preach and tolerate Christmas. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. David Mercier Penticton

Water supply in doubt

The Sendero Canyon development in the eastern hills of Penticton has not only raised issues about taxpayer subsidies for private developers, urban expansion and the ethical underpinnings of the reverse petition process, but also raises questions about water supply. According to the Okanagan Basin Water Board, our water supplies are close to fully allocated. Assuming the Sendero development will provide housing for an additional 500 to 1,000 people, and using information from a recent OBWB study, which estimates our domestic consumption to be 675 litres per person per day, the Sendero development will require, in round numbers, something like 125 to 250 million litres a year. At the same time, we current citizens of Penticton are constantly reminded, and properly so, to conserve water. On Penticton’s website, the “Every Drop Counts” theme outlines water restrictions and fines for Bylaw 2005-02 and proclaims “Using only the water you need today is an investment in tomorrow.” Water ambassadors are dispatched each summer to root out “water hogs” or households with above-average water use. There was also a recent initiative to encourage homeowners to trade in their water-guzzling toilets to low-flush models as part of the water conservation plan. Promoting household water conservation because we are facing a shortage of supply while proceeding with development plans that will substantially increase demand through the addition of many more households is contradictory. Have we suddenly found new sources of water for all this future development? Laure and Gordon Neish Penticton

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in the bedroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with Caspian (Ben Barnes) at the helm. It seems there are fresh threats to the kingdom, and the quest begins to seek out the seven lost lords of Narnia and unite their swords at Aslanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table. (Yes, though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absent for much of the picture, Aslan, once again boasting the smooth pipes of Liam Neeson, does appear. And I know this much â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if I ever encounter a lion, I hope he sounds as cool and reassuring as Liam Neeson.) Aptedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effects are solid, yet donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t steal the

spotlight. In fact, Narnia is one of the few visual feasts that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk away from without giving props to the computer wizardry, and little else. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a story with too much depth and resonance to drool over special effects. Is this the last visit to Narnia? Rumour has it, yes â&#x20AC;Ś and the final emotional few moments of this film certainly feels like it. But never say never. There are four more books in this series and, although the finale of The Dawn Treader would be a fitting close to the cinematic journey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trip Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d gladly take again. Out of a possible five stars, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader a four. The feature is currently playing at the Pen-Mar Cinema Centre in Penticton. Jason Armstrong is a movie reviewer living in the Okanagan.

Showcase delivers music Next up in the 2010-11 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Showcase series is HOJA, continuing the local societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate of offering a wide variety of live childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatre. Organizers describe the Canadian a capella group as celebrating the joy of music and the power of the human voice, a high-energy ensemble explores musical genres from doo-wop to rock and disco to country, creating the sound of an entire band, instruments and all, with just three voices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have audiences laughing, tapping their feet and itching to sing along â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or even dance in the aisles,â&#x20AC;? said Julia Cox. Since 1998, the group has recorded five CDs and performed more than

3,000 shows across Canada. Suitable for ages three and up, HOJA will be appearing at the Centre Stage theatre in Summerland at 2 p.m. on January 9. Tickets are $12 at the door, or just $30 for a season ticket for all three shows and are available at the Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton or the Sweet Tooth CafĂŠ in Summerland. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Showcase Society is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to making quality live performances accessible to Okanagan families for more than 25 years. For more information about HOJA or other upcoming shows, visit www. or call 250490-3652.



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BARLEY MILL PUB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karaoke 2.0 every Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. Thursday: Big Slick Poker at 7 p.m. Watch sports on 23 TVs and one 11-foot screen. COPPER MUG PUB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Big Slick Poker on Sundays at 7 p.m.

the Okanagan Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter concert. This fun-filled family concert will be held in Penticton at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Tabernacle. Tickets are available from the Penticton and Wine Country Information Centre, 553 Railway St, or call 250-770-1470. Dec. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lou Lou and the Scrappers are lighting up the Dream CafĂŠ with their dazzling renditions of timeless classics. With their repertoire coming primarily from the WWII era, Lou Lou and the Scrappers is both classy and chic and has an unusually broad age appeal. Dec. 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With their rich harmonies and guitar-driven roots music. The Cruzeros are recognized internationally as a rocking country group also play select shows at more intimate venues, like Pentictonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream CafĂŠ. Boxing Day always sells out so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait too long to book your seats, if you wish to attend.

Concerts Dec. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Party with classic rock band Retroactive from 6 to 11 p.m. at Decoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern. Wear your favourite Christmas sweater, pjâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, jewellery, toque or scarf for a chance to win a door prize. Donations and non-perishable food items for the food bank would be appreciated. Dec. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Canadian songwriter Ky Babyn brings a rowdy performance that will have you stomping your feet and shaking the tables at VooDooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge. This rural Alberta boy sings about swinging hammers and drinkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; whiskey with an intense percussive, yet poetic lyrical style. Dec. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Get in the mood to celebrate with Let it Snow,

Dec. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; VooDooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presents their third annual Winter Festivus with special guests Tech Noir, Brigs Kabonge! and The Pasties. Dec. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Take a shopping break and enjoy popular Christmas selections at 7 p.m. in Cherry Lane Shopping Centre with the Penticton Concert Band under the direction of conductor Gerald Nadeau. For more information, call 250809-2087.

Events Dec. 17 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tumbleweed Gallery at 207 Main St, is opening their doors and inviting everyone for enjoy Christmas cheer, view the art, and enjoy Christmas carols on the cello, with Elmie, Stuart and Co. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17, 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hooked on Books this month is partnering with Literacy Now to sponsor Wrapping for Reading. Buy a book or other gift and Literacy Now volunteers will gift wrap it, in exchange for your donation to Literacy Now. Volunteers will be wrapping from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has a karaoke party from 7 to 11 p.m., pot luck as well as drop-in darts. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with music by Total Gin. All members and guests welcome to their hall of 1197 Main St. SENIORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-493-0789 for more information. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250-490-0200, ext. 1 for more information ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has a branch dinner with entertainment by Down the Road with Paul Birt. D ROP - IN S ENIORS â&#x20AC;&#x2122; CENTRE has social bridge and beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line dancing at 1 p.m. F UNTIMERS T HE BALLROOM Dance Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. for Ballroom and Latin dancing. New members welcome. For information call Brian 250-4927036. THE CITY OF Penticton recreation department and the Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club has a place for youth (12 to 17) to hang

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out on Friday nights. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Youth Etc. open gym at Holy Cross School gymnasium (1299 Manitoba St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. Try dodgeball, floor hockey, basketball and more in a safe, supervised environment. For more information call 250-490-2436. P UBLIC P ENTICTON LIBRARY is open for business during the holiday season. Regular hours include Dec. 24 until 3 p.m., Dec. 28 to 30 and until 3 p.m. on the 31. The Library is closed Dec. 25 to 27 and Jan. 1. The library will be open seven days a week starting in January: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first Sunday is scheduled for Jan. 2, 1 to 5 p.m. P ENTICTON S ENIOR â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S DROP-IN Centre on 2976 Main St. is having an evening of dance with After Eight. Music start-

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and guests welcome to the hall on 1197 Main St. THE CELEBRATION CENTER and Metaphysical Society has a Christmas Celebration - Revs. Loro Tylor and Brenda Gelsthorpe at 10:30 a.m. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS are serving breakfast from 9:30 a.m.. to 12:30 p.m. in St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church Hall on 1296 Main St. Cost is $5 per person. Parking

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FREE DROP-IN after school club for elementary aged children every Tuesday from 2:45 to 5 p.m. in The Ark at First Baptist Church. Supervised activities, crafts, games, gym time. Call 259-492-3824 for more info. VIPASSANA BUDDHIST MEDITATION and discussion group meets Tuesdays 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Call 250-4621044 for details. OKANAGAN CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND will start practices again in the New Year at the Legion. Watch for information on our annual Robbie Burns Night. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


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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 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the Bethel Church, 945 Main St. Phone Tina at 250-7701613 or Susan at 250-4965931 for more information. SENIORS’ DROP-IN 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 to 9:30 p.m. at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre. Call 250493-8274 for info. PENTICTON CONCERT BAND will be at Cherry Lane Mall near the food court at 7 p.m. ANAVETS IS HOSTING karaoke with Hazel at 5:30 p.m. Stu’s kitchen open. LIVING IN BALANCE. Mental Health and addictions has a support group at the Ooknakane Friendship Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. Individuals aged 19 and older, who would like to learn about the medicine wheel, learn a wholistic approach to well-being.

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Thanks to the efforts of a Grade 8 class at KVR Middle School, some people in Penticton will be a little warmer through the winter months. “We collected sweaters for the less fortunate so they could be warm during our winters,” said Morgan Sara, one of the students in Sandy Hodson’s home economics class. “It feels good, With boxes in every class that they because you’re emptied twice a week, showing that the group managed to collect 600 sweat- you care about ers and other items of people, that clothing, in a school with a population of you care for just 441 students. Hodson explains their warmth that the idea came from and comfort.” her daughter Kirby, a Grade 12 student at — Morgan Sara Penticton Secondary, who had helped organize that school’s Ugly Sweater Day, where they also collected sweaters for redistribution. The success of that project inspired Kirby to take the project across the road to the middle school, helping the younger students organize their own project and inspiring some leadership skills. “It feels good, because you’re showing that you care about people, that you care for their warmth and comfort,” said Sara. Hodson explained that her class wanted to do something that involved recycling and that wouldn’t cost people money, instead making use of something they already had. “So we said bring in your used old sweaters that you don’t need anymore. So it was free and it provided for other people,” said Gabby Galloway, another student involved in the project. “It makes us feel like leaders, that we’re setting the example for younger grades.” It took about 30 loads of laundry to get the sweaters and other clothes ready to be donated to various charities, Hodson said. “I would wash and the kids would dry, fold and sort,” she said, adding that some sweaters even got some repair work from the students. “It was just sewing on buttons and making them nice and fresh and clean.” Even the sweaters that couldn’t be mended are

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SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER — Hayden Mcintyre gives elf Sparky’s (Becky Kay) candy cane boot a tug to see if it’s real during the parks and recreation Kids in Motion program Christmas party at the Adidas Sportsplex this week. A similar program for teens operates out of the same facility while expansion and renovation work continues at the pool complex. Mark Brett/Western News

United Way nears goal as campaign wraps up United Way is wrapping up its 2010 campaign. With over $125,000 raised so far in the South Okanagan Similkameen, United Way is close to its campaign goal of $140,000. “I am proud of the efforts of our team,” said Dan Albas, 2010 United Way campaign chair. “The volunteers and staff at United Way have put 110 per cent into this fundraising campaign and the results are showing.” All money raised in the South

Okanagan Similkameen stays local to support social services providers who help the most vulnerable in our community. United Way helps to fund 12 non-profit community partners from Summerland to Osoyoos to Princeton. “Once again, United Way in the South Okanagan Similkameen is standing by the people who need the resources most,” said Albas. “United Way’s community partners do an

incredible job serving the needs of children, families, vulnerable adults and seniors. This contributes greatly to the overall health of our whole community.” Donations dated Dec. 31, 2010 or before will receive a 2010 tax receipt and will count towards the 2010 campaign. To make a donation or to learn more about United Way visit www. or contact Tracy St. Claire at 250-492-2842.

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The holiday season can be a time for excess, but steps can be taken to reduce waste. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is suggesting several ways to incorporate recycling into your annual holiday traditions. As people are preparing to trim the tree and put lights around their home, they often find old Christmas light strings that no longer work. Instead of throwing these out, the RDOS suggests taking them to a local landfill for recycling. Campbell Mountain, Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos landfills can take old Christmas light strings and other electric cords, just remove the glass or plastic bulbs and put those in the garbage. The valuable metals inside the light strings or electrical cords can be turned into thousands of new objects. According to the RDOS, around Christmas the landfill receives up to 25 per cent more household waste, a large portion of that is wrapping paper. Many brands of wrapping paper are not designed to be recycled or

reused and end up spending an eternity trapped in the landfill. Check the label when you buy wrapping paper. Newspaper is a great alternative as it can go straight out for recycling. After Christmas, many homes have a natural Christmas tree they need to dispose of. Firefighters in Penticton and Summerland are organizing Christmas tree collections by donation. Remove all the tinsel and ornaments from the natural tree and contact the Penticton Fire Department at 250490-2300 or the Summerland Fire Department at 250-494-7211 ext. 5 for pickup details. There are also a number of free Christmas tree drop off locations throughout the RDOS. Every landfill in the RDOS will take up to 500 kilograms of yard waste (including Christmas trees) free of charge. The towns of Oliver and Osoyoos also provide free drop off locations at the Oliver public works yard, Osoyoos Kinsmen Park and the Sun Bowl Arena for a limited time only after Christmas. Trees that are collected or dropped off can be chipped instead of burned. The chips can then make valuable compost.

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High caliber soccer will be kicking around Penticton. While the South Okanagan Youth Soccer Association will host the B Cup provincials, the Penticton Soccer Club and its under-21 Pinnacles program will host the 2011 Pacific Coast Soccer League championship July 23 to 24. “It’s a good thing for Penticton because it helps our players who are wanting to play at the next level have that opportunity from under-16 and up,” said Ray Hintz, who coached the women’s under21 Pinnacles. With the Pinnacles hosting, it guarantees them a berth into the playoffs and Hintz views it as a great opportunity for the organization since in the last four years, he feels both teams have held their own in the league. Hintz’s team won the championship in 2007 and 2009. The men’s team last made the playoffs in 2008. Hintz said the last time the Pinnacles hosted the championship was 10 years ago when the men’s team competed in the Premiere Division. After placing the bid, Hintz thought it would be tough to get it since Kelowna hosted two years ago and he knew some Lower Mainland teams wanted it. Pat Conway, manager of the under-21 Pinnacles women’s team knew differently. Conway spoke to

"It helps our players who are wanting to play at the next level have that opportunity from under-16 and up" — Ray Hintz a representative from the PCSL and said they could host the championship with Kings Park having four fields. Conway said he received a call from the PCSL saying they would like Penticton to host it. “We said sure,” said Conway, with a laugh and downplayed the fact that he and Barry Hubber, manager of the men’s team, played key roles in landing the championship. “It was just as simple as that. “It was more Ray talking than me and Barry but in the playoffs last year, Ray and I talked to the PCSL,” he continued. “They have always wanted us to go up a division into the Premier and we’ve said we’re really not ready.” Dale Anderson, president of the Penticton Soccer Club, said landing the playoffs “was unreal.” He feels this brings the highest level of soccer be played in Penticton. Anderson said it’s crucial to bring it and is a reason they pay to have a team in the league. Anderson noted that when the SOYSA B Cup championship comes, following the opening cere-

monies, the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team will play a league game. “Any time the Whitecaps come to Penticton, it gives us a little more exposure to their coaching, their players,” said Anderson. “Last time they signed autographs for three hours without batting an eye.” One thing that could help the under-21 Pinnacles program win the championship next year is that the PCSL has changed the overage player rule allowing a team to carry five. It was three previously. However, Hintz’s main concern for the Pinnacles future lies off the field. They are looking for sponsorship as Structurlam couldn’t continue. “Structurlam did a great job for the girls the last four years,” said Hintz, adding that Tim Horton’s is continuing to sponsor the men’s team. “It’s too bad that we’ve lost them but I understand their reasoning (as they chose to sponsor other athletic teams).”



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With five players sitting in the stands on Wednesday, the Penticton Lakers suffered a 5-0 shellacking at the hands of the Princeton Posse. The Lakers were without defenceman Brendan Halls, Kyle Ambrosie, Zach Urban and Mike Berry along with forward Grant Nicholson, who were suspended for a multiple fight incident at the end of their 4-3 loss to the Columbia Valley Rockies on Dec. 11. The loss to the Posse extended the Lakers losing streak to three games and coach Evan Marble said the

shortened roster made a huge impact. “It’s hard on your affiliate players,” said Marble. “For what we had for guys, we played hard.” The Posse pleased their fans at the Princeton and District Arena early as Tylar Bestward opened the scoring. A minute later it was 2-0. After two periods of play the Lakers were down 4-0. Lakers goalie Jacob Mattes was pulled after the second period after making 22 saves in favour of Cole Hensen. With the circumstance the Lakers faced, Marble didn’t

change the approach of playing an aggressive game. “The defence has been getting better and it shows in the one-goal games,” said Marble. “Sitting back and doing the trap doesn’t make sense.” Marble is still frustrated by the fighting incident, which took place at the South Okanagan Events Centre last weekend. The Lakers fought their way back into the game scoring three unanswered goals before the melee ensued at the final buzzer. “I have no idea,” said Marble when asked what caused the fight. “There was

a minute left and we had a power play. Our motivation was to score, not fight. I have never sent guys out to fight.” Marble feels his situation is ridiculous because it came out of nowhere. Along with the five who aren’t eligible to return until the New Year, the Lakers are also missing three players to injury. The Lakers next game is in Rutland on Saturday, as they face the Kelowna Chiefs before the Christmas break. The Lakers are 10-26-0-1 and last in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.

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Brendan O’Donnell’s 15 goal of the season gave the Penticton Vees a 2-1 decision in Westside against the Warriors. After coming up short offensively in the first two periods, the Vees tied it at one when Kyle Mountain scored his ninth midth

way through the third period. Peter McIntosh then went off for crosschecking, which led to O’Donnell’s second game-winning goal on Wednesday. Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson said their power play, which has been strong of late, finally capitalized when they needed it most. The Vees coach was pleased

with how his players performed while trailing 1-0. “We didn’t panic when we were down in the third,” he said. “I thought our best period might have been our third.” The Vees play their final home games against Vernon today and Nanaimo Saturday before the Christmas

break. The Vipers are 7-0-21 in their last 10 games and are 13-8-2-3 on the road. The Clippers are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games but have struggled on the road going 5-10-1-2. They have lost the first two of a sixgame road swing, 5-1 to Westside and 7-3 against Salmon Arm. Harbinson said the

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he jury is still out on the origin of Men’s Curling Championship. the word bonspiel, but you are the For Canadians, this tournament judge. equals or nearly equals the importance Since curling is believed to have of the Olympics and the World Curling originated in Scotland, it could be Championship. that bonspiel is a modern adaptation of the Scottish Gaelic words: Bonn Around the house (coin) and Spiel (skate) in unison “coin Our annual member and friends skate.” Spiel could also mean “game” “Christmas Open House” is Dec. 18. as it is in other European languages. In Ken Lauzon from The Black Iron that case, the Scots may have intended KIM KIRKHAM Grill and Steakhouse will be carving the word (or words) to mean “bonn up some of his famous Baron of Beef. ON THE BUTTON spiel” or “cornerstone game.” Dinner 6-8 p.m. Turkey Shoot 6 and The cornerstone (or foundation 7 p.m. Music by Uncorked. Advance stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in Tickets are $15 at the door $17. the construction of a masonry foundation. Hmmm. The Curling Club is putting on the Ritz on New Okay maybe? Years Eve. DJ Shylo will be rocking out the tunes. Also a Dutch term bond spel ‘league game’ Spot dances and door prizes, party favours. Appies has been in print since 1772. In middle Dutch a at 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $30 at the door $35. bont was a group of people bound (bonded) into a Last night of curling before our Christmas break league. Or, as a source, you may side with bone- is Dec. 23. Karaoke 7:30 to11:30 p.m. everyone spel, a West Flemish children’s game. welcome. Curling will resume on Jan. 3. In recent centuries the word bonspiel has been shortened and fondly referred to as spiel. This Dates to Remember word takes on a new theory. Senior Men’s Bonspiel Jan 3. to 5. The English dictionary meaning of spiel is: the things that someone says on a particular occasion, Men’s Tin Cup Open Jan. 21 to 23. especially things that are not interesting or sincere because they sound like a prepared speech. Master’s 60-plus Regional playdowns Jan. 29 The English word spell: ‘a magical charm to 30 “spoken” to put someone under the power of another,’ hence the original meaning of spellJunior Bonspiel Feb. 5 bound, an adjective where the roots of bonspiel are reversed, so to speak. This would give the English Mixed Inter-regional play downs Feb. 19 to 20 dictionary meaning of spiel some merit. (Zone 3, 4 & 7) The origin of the word may lie hidden, forever Happy Holidays Everyone! in the overgrown heathery waysides of Scottish history. The most notable tournament or bonspiel Kim Kirkham is the spokesperson for the Penticton in the world is The Brier, which is the Canadian Curling club.

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Junior Lakers basketball rolling Western News Staff

Hayden Craig collected 16 points en route to helping the Pen High Grade 9 girls basketball team to a 67-14 win over Osoyoos. Other contributors to the offence were Abi McCluskey and Kiana Casavant with nine points, while Mikaila Vujcich and Georgia Hurry with eight points and seven rebounds respectively. McCluskey also had six rebounds. “It was great to see a few of the girls get into a good rhythm,” said Laker coach Chris Terris. “Georgia, Mikala and Abi were all very active and got their hands on a lot of loose balls. Kiana has been out with a concussion so it was nice to see her get on a bit of a roll.” The Lakers opened the season with a 56-17 win over the South Okanagan. Last weekend the Lakers were edged 44-43 by Sahali (Kamloops) giving them a fourthplace finish. Craig led the Lakers offensively with 19 points and added nine rebounds and seven steals, while Shayla Hearne and McCluskey collected seven and six points repectively. The Lakers opened the tournament with a 39-26 victory against the Kelowna Christian Knights then were defeated 51-35. In the opening game, Craig led with 16 points and again in their second game with 12 points. “This was a very good weekend for us,” said Terris. “We got three tough games. As much as we’d like to win every game we play, at this point in the season, there are more important things. All the girls got meaningful minutes in tight games and as coaches, we got a chance to evaluate performances.” Craig and Loewen received tournament allstars and McCluskey was named player of the game versus Sahali. The Lakers next game is Jan. 6 in Princeton and then head to Kalmalka for

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WHILE TEAMMATE Hayden Craig watches Laker Annaka Ramsay wrestles a player from Dr. Knox for the ball during a match in the Grade 9 Penticton Secondary basketball tournament.

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Number 13 proved lucky for Ty Moorman and the Pen High Lakers junior boys basketball team as that’s how many the tournament MVP scored in the Fulton tournament final in Vernon. The Lakers defeated the host Fulton Maroons 61-22. The Lakers were aggressive on defence and while executing offensively. The Lakers coaching staff were impressed by how hard perimeter players worked to feed the their offensive weapons. Alongside Moorman’s recognition was a first team all-star berth for Jordan

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Farmer. The Lakers defeated No. 7 ranked Kelowna Secondary School Owls 51-34 to face Fulton. Lakers coach’s Brad Findlay and Bob Rafter feel the Lakers are looking confident and strong for their home tournament, which began Thursday and concludes Saturday.

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The Kelowna Secondary School Owl’s pressured run and gun style helped them cruise to a 94-51 victory. The Pen High Lakers had a good start tied at 16 during the opening quarter. Ranked No.6 in the province, Lakers coach Dustin Hyde


The Maggie junior boys basketball team stung the South Okanagan Secondary Hornets From Oliver 62-37 in South Zone League play. Emery Lawrence was a dominant force scoring 17 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Jas Sahota hit for 16 points, while Mitch Brodt added 14. The team played great defense and executed well on the offensive end to earn a well deserved road victory.

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Penticton sent an elite girls under-17 to -18 for a showcase soccer tournament in Seattle. Coached by Ray Hintz, the team went 1-2-1 with their only win against Spokane. They also played WestSound FC from Seattle, the Northwest Nationals and CMFSC from Vancouver. Hintz said the team played well but the players need to improve their first touches and communicate better.

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said the Owls pressure forced them into turnovers and challenged the Lakers to initiate their offence. The Lakers also had a bit of foul trouble. “I do feel that we can compete and give KSS a good run,” said Hyde. “Our team has loads of potential and has much to learn. We are relatively young and have played few games with all 13 guys. KSS got the best of us this game no doubt. They will come to our place in the new year and we will be better prepared for them.” Leading scorers for the Lakers were Joel Moorman with 11 points and Colten Prestholdt with 10.




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LISA DOUCETTE of Sirius Science and Nature goes through some of the unique items for sale at the store's downtown location. Shoppers are expected to be out in full force as the countdown to Christmas winds down.

does better when we all support each other, hopefully that message is getting out,” she said. The big advancement for downtown is that they are drawing people from other communities to shop in Penticton’s core. This has been helped by the fact downtown stores have been open until 7 p.m. every Thursday right up until Dec. 23. Cherry Lane Shopping Centre has also seen a lot of traffic. Kim Lawton, marketing director at Cherry Lane, said it is the first time in years they are completely full with tenants and kiosks. While the shopping centre is busy, she reports people are still being careful with their money. “What we are hearing is that the economic situation is having an impact on people and that they are being very careful in

the ways they are spending their money. They are still spending and buying Christmas gifts, but they are maybe just being more purposeful in their choices and they may be shopping for a little bit more longer. Our position here at Cherry Lane is that regardless of the economic situation we want to make sure people have a great time here so we have free entertainment, we have got a whole bunch of different things that are free throughout Cherry Lane and we have elves walking through Cherry Lane giving out little gifts for kids,” said Lawton. Lawton said since consumer confidence is down a bit people tend to wait until later to make their purchases in hopes that they will get a better deal. “Our big Christmas promotion started this

week and we have some great deals. I think we are seeing a lot of things going on sale that normally wouldn’t be until boxing day and I think there are expectations that in order to get really good deals you have to wait until boxing day but when you actually go and look in the stores there are a lot of really great sales on right now. There are stores with 40 to 50 per cent off on things going into these last two weeks,” said Lawton. Extended shopping hours at Cherry Lane (open until 9 p.m. except Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec.24) has been good for those looking for extra hours or temporary jobs as retailers have bulked up their Christmas staff. Wal Mart is now open 24 hours a day and on Friday Zellers will be open until midnight.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is asking you to help raise $400,000 Nearly 2,000 patients per year have urology surgery. The surgery is performed to diagnose and evaluate urinary tract and kidney disorders. Diagnosis may include bladder stones, chronic urethritis, cysts, diverticula, polyps, prostate abnormalities, traumatic injuries, ulcers and cancerous tumors of the kidney, bladder or prostate. Penticton Regional Hospital requires new specialized state of the art urology equipment for the operating room which includes cystoscopes, ureteroscopes, radiology aprons and a new HD (high definition) video camera system to enable the surgeon to clearly view the inside of the bladder, urethra and kidneys. The camera allows the surgeon the opportunity to show the patient a photo of the problem area they are viewing during the operation. Please help us raise $400,000 in our effort to acquire these crucial pieces of equipment.

Send your Donations to: South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton, B.C. V2A 3G6 Ph: (250) 492-9027 • Toll Free: 1-866-771-0994 Visit us on-line at:



United Way - South Okanagan Similkameen


Employees from the Penticton & District Community Resources Society ran a workplace campaign to support lasting change by focusing on children, vulnerable adults and seniors. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. Penticton & District Community Resources (PDCRS) employees celebrate their workplace giving with United Way’s Tracy St. Claire. PDCRS is a United Way Community Partner.

Call United Way at 250-492-2842 to start your own LIVE UNITED campaign.



Business A Huge Thank You! You have helped us to assist 130 women & their children with over $4,000 worth of clothing & house hold supplies pp this year! ear!

Customers Donors Volunteers Guerards

(don’t forget your re-usable bag)

Holiday Hours Dec. 20 - Jan. 2, 2011 Closed Tel: (250) 770-9799 Fax: (250) 770-9779 456 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 4C7

Council rejects dog daycare BRUCE WALKINSHAW Western News Staff

A proposal to open an indoor dog daycare and grooming business was rejected by Penticton council last week. Entrepreneur Zelna Elgazzar had applied to rezone the former Chevron gas station site at 3693 Skaha Lake Rd., now a residential dwelling unit, so that she could use half the building there to facility a centre capable of hosting 10 to 12 pets at any particular time. The plan was to offer both grooming and daycare services, where clients could leave pets, sometimes overnight, in a 24-hourstaffed cage-free environment with various activities to keep them busy. The building would be lined with soundproof walls and metal-clad doors, said Elgazzar, and animals would never be outdoors, except when taken on walks to nearby parks or the channel pathway. She said the daycare services would likely be utilized by residents

and tourists alike, an assertion supported city staff. “Research has found that this type of use appears to be growing and it could have a benefit to the tourist community,” reported planning tech Darryl Haddrell. “Although there are medium-density residential buildings in the area, staff feels that the proposal to provide animal daycare and grooming indoor only, will not have a negative impact on the neighbourhood.” The soundproofing assurances, however, were not enough to ease the fears of some residents in the neighbourhood. Opponents to the proposal turned up at a public hearing on the matter, expressing concerns regarding noise, dog droppings left in the park and the negative effect the business might have on property value in the neighbourhood. “I heard a number of residents in the area talk about their concerns about the privacy, the sanitary nature of their neighbourhood and the noise,” said Coun. Garry Litke, who was concerned with the lack of

a clear set of parameters for what the limits of the facility might be. “If successful it will expand, getting even bigger and even noisier,” he said. “I don’t think that it is a good fit for the neighbourhood.” Only councillors Judy Sentes and Dan Albas voted for the business. “We have let many different veterinarians’ kennel-like operations operate side-by-side with residential use,” said Albas. “(Skaha Lake Road) is the main thoroughfare and I think that there is a lot of tourism that goes through there.” He said the business should be given the chance to open and be subject to all the bylaws, including noise complaints. After the vote, Elgazzar was upset at the ease with which council rejected her application. “I have worked incredibly hard over this past year to try to ensure that this business, Okanagan Canine, is a viable business, and to just have it dismissed in a quick session of 10 or 15 minutes is a little bit overwhelming for me,” she said.

Chamber welcomes new executive

t the Penticton and Wine Country A Chamber of Commerce,

December is a time of transition with 2010 president Cary Schneiderat (Pearce, Taylor, Schneiderat) passing over the gavel to 2011 president Jason Cox. Donna Lomas (Okanagan College) is presidentelect and Charles Cornell (Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen) will be vice-president. The newly elected two-year directors are Keith Bevington, Re/ Max Front Street Realty; Frank Darin, Sherwood Trophies; Jackie Frederick, individual member; Crystal Froese, Dunham & Froese Estate Winery;


George Little, G. Little Electric; Andre Martin with the Penticton Herald; and Judy Poole, Raymond James Ltd. Independent Financial Services, as the one-year director. They join the returning directors who are Campbell Watt, the Mortgage Centre, David Spence,

Judy Poole of Raymond James Ltd. Soutth Okanagan South Immigrant Imm migrant & Community Commu C unity Services 250 492-6299

Presents FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS FOR WOMEN For a private consultation call 250-493-3711 You can’t afford not to call! Raymond James Ltd., Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

Royal Bank, Brandon Moore, TD Waterhouse Investment Advice, and Lauren Cornish, individual member. Cary Schneiderat deserves a special thank you for the countless hours he has given to this organization over the past year as president. He showed great leadership and we are very grateful for the time he put into each challenge that came his way. The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2010 Business Excellence Awards. These awards recognize businesses and persons in Penticton and area that have achieved excellence in the community through their own abilities, efforts and initiatives. In keeping with the values of the chamber, recipients of a Business Excellence Award are businesses or persons that display a significant and sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth and diversity within the region. There have been many positive developments this past year in Penticton. If you know of a business or individual worthy of being considered for one of the awards, we would like to hear from you. Award selection is based upon criteria listed in the synopsis of each of 10 categories, and those can be found on the 2010 Excellence Awards nom-

ination form at We thank all of our sponsors along with FortisBC for making this an event to remember. The theme for the Business Excellence Awards gala is “Casino Royale” and the event takes place on Jan. 29 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Tickets are $60 + HST or $440 + HST for a reserved table of eight. For more information contact the chamber at 250-4924103 or email admin@ Penticton Economic Development recently hosted two business-related seminars. One seminar addressed how businesses can bid on government contracts. The other seminar focused on Canadian Border Service tips on importing and exporting. Over 20 local businesses attended the seminars. Over the past three years 19 businesses in Penticton secured over $26 million in government contracts to supply goods and services in our area. The second seminar showed local businesses the process of importing and exporting goods. Many companies in Penticton are already importing and exporting goods and services outside of the Okanagan region to international markets. Lorraine Renyard is the general manager of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.




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COMMUNITY SCORES — Penticton Vees coach Fred Harbinson (left), South Okanagan Events Centre GM Dean Clark and Duane Jordan of the Pasta Factory look over some of the 2,412 pounds of food donated for the Salvation Army Food Bank and last Friday’s Vees game against Salmon Arm.

HAPPY CAMPERS — President Gerry Klappe of the Penticton Gyro Club presents a $250 cheque to director Dave Morgenstern of Agur Lake Camp Society. The Gyro Club purchased 10 feet of trail in Agur Lake Camp Society’s Foot Buy Foot campaign. To participate in this campaign go to

Steve Kidd/Western News

BANKING ON SUPPORT — David Head of the South Okanagan Brain Injury Society joins with Clay MacKenzie and United Way chair Dan Albas as they receive a $1,000 donation from CIBC, courtesy of Penticton branch managers Adrianna Saccom and Shelley Kazimirowich.

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HELPING HAND — Investors Group division director Lisa Hopper hands over $500 on behalf of the company to Christine Simmons, community ministries director of the Salvation Army. The money will be used for the food bank.

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DONATION TAKES FLIGHT — South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club members look on as past-president Robert Handfield (left) presents a cheque for $250 to the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls manager Ken Fujino (right). Much of the food used by the centre to feed injured birds of prey must be purchased so donations are always welcome.

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SHOW OF SUPPORT — Coldwell Banker representatives Dennis Ebner (left), Garry Gratton, Joni Cutler, Brian Cutler, Mike Mann and Peter Byrnes present a $1,000 cheque for the United Way to Jodi Taylor (second from right), a volunteer United Way cabinet member.



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Christmas Corner

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LOOKING for a lady who’s as lonely as I am. Have home, incl,. hot tub, motor home etc. Lets meet for coffee. Call 250497-5449

“The Okanagan Golf School has indoor golf available through the day. You can sign up as a group or individually(great way to meet new golfers).Games run from 9am to 1pm and 1:30 to 5:30 ,7 days a week. The cost is $25 per person and it takes 4hrs to play. We will be running demo days for any one who is interested in the next few weeks. To check available times or find out more info email ( or call Paul @ 250-494-8178.” “Great Christmas gift, $25 for 18 holes @ Pebble beach on our indoor golf simulator. Gift Certificates available.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam


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Childcare Available LOVE’S Family Daycare, Young St. area, licensed, (3-5yr olds), 1 full-time spot avail. for your child (250)4930566

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LOGGING CO. looking for owner/operator logging trucks and experienced logging equipment operators for McKenzie area and the Kootenay area. Forward contact info & qualifications to Ben, email: or fax 250714-0525

Help Wanted 18-26 Men & Women needed immediately, for our Kelowna office. Positions available in all departments. $2500/mo, to start Must be 18+. No exp. We provide full training. Call (250)860-3590 NORTHERN Lite MFG is looking for exp fiber glass person. Fax 250-765-3708

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The Trades Assistance Program (TAP) is looking for you, to start your new career in the trades! Call: (250) 486-5158 Presented by: Southern Interior Construction Association The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this Initiative

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking Lease operator to purchase truck and run Pacific NW (see ad under Commercial Vehicles for sale). Call 250-809-6116 or 250-490-8116.

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Medical Office Trainees Needed! Drs & Hospitals need Medical Office & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459

Need Christmas Cash? Cash Factory Loans offers payday loans up to $800 using employment, CTB, EI or Pension, or Collateral Loans up to $10,000 using almost any vehicle! NO HIDDEN FEES like the other guys! 366 Main Street across from City Centre Fitness or 493-7999.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Electricians and Apprentices needed Summit Electric Ltd. with offices in Kamloops and Quesnel is looking for certified electricians and 3rd and 4th year apprentices for full time work. Applicants must have the ability to travel to job sites across Western Canada. Company pays for travel, LOA and any flights. CORE COMPETENCIES • Industrial and commercial experience an asset • Must demonstrate the ability to work under pressure and adapt easily to severe time constraints as needed • Able to work with little or no supervision • Must be able to pass mandatory drug testings Reply to or by fax to (250)992-7855 Penticton Restaurant hiring part time cooks, for interview, please call 250-763-4141 or 250-490-0375, ask for Linda

Cards of Thanks

Thank you to all family, friends, great neighbours, Pall Bearers, Knights of Columbus, Father Pat, Father George, Father Joe, Pianist & Soloist, C.W.L., Parishioners, a special thank you to Erwyn Marx for the eulogy, to Penticton Hospital and Moog & Friends Hospice House nurses and staff for all the care, to Doctors in oncology and to Doctor Kooy for all his help and kindness. Thank you to all from Frank Helfrich Family




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Your lifelong friend Kris Walterson & family, your Penticton roommate & dear friend Corrie Lundstrom & your godson Zen Alkier

Something in it for everyone! PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS



In Memorium

May the winds of love blow softly & whisper for you to hear How much we love & miss you & wish that you were here. The depths of sorrow we cannot tell of losing you - the one we loved so well Gone are the times we used to share But in our hearts you are always there Life goes on we know that’s true But it’s not the same since we lost you we think of you in silence & often speak your name Your memory we shall always keep along with your picture in a frame. Forever in our aching hearts...

THE PENTICTON & WINE COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is looking for a outside contractor to manage their bookkeeping requirements. This person needs to have minimum 3 years experience in bookkeeping, strong knowledge of Simply Accounting and Excel computer programs. This position is expected to handle all accounts payable and receivables, taxation reporting, bank reconciliations and monthly financial reports. Must have excellent client-focused communications skills. Compensation is based on approximately 20 hours a week. Full job description available at Expressions of interest can be sent to Deadline for application is January 10, 2011.

The 2011 Regular Council meetings begin at 6:00 pm unless otherwise posted.

CITY HALL CLOSURE DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to advise that City Hall will be closed from 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24, 2010 until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011. The closure will affect the following departments: Administration, Accounting, Building Inspection, Business Licences, Bylaw Enforcement, Cemetery, Collections, Engineering, Human Resources, Planning, Regulatory Services, Taxes, and Utilities. All requirements for utility connections or disconnections must be made prior to December 24, 2010. If you require electrical services during the closure, please call 250-490-2324. For further information, please call 250-490-2400.

Accepting applications for a 19week Construction Trades Training Program. Get hands-on experience in various trades followed by practical on-site training. Program will be offered In Penticton. For applications & additional information, call Penticton:

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Help Wanted PUBLISHER The Fernie Free Press is looking for a new leader. Serving the communities of Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford, the award winning Fernie Free Press is seeking a Publisher to manage all facets of our successful operation in this amazingly beautiful part of British Columbia. We are seeking a motivated, dynamic individual who has a strong sales and marketing background. You must be a selfstarter, view problems as opportunities and be willing to help our customers with all of their advertising and marketing needs. You will be able to manage and lead a long-standing and very capable team. You will be able to look at all aspects of our business from the ground -up approach. This position is a great opportunity for someone looking to grow their career in an exciting market that is one of the more dynamic smaller communities in B.C. Please send your resume, with cover letter and references, to Chuck Bennett, chuckbennett@ Working 4th Class Engineer with maintenance experience needed for processing plant. Applicant needs to be willing to get his hands dirty and be able to work unsupervised. Bring resume to Colonial Farms 3830 Okanagan Street, Armstong, between 8am & noon. (250)546-3008.

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National Moving & Storage Complete packing services available, Okanagan Valley, your moving specialist anything, anywhere. Coast to Coast. Free estimates

J. Floyd Ent. Ltd. Snow Removal Services, truck plow, quad/plow, man/shovel, fully licensed and insured, 250488-1410


Home Improvements BELCAN Painting & Renos Licensed, Insured, WCB Painting Ceramic tile, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s Len 250-486-8800 15 years in business

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,, references available. Natural Wood Flooring, various widths Rouck Bros. Lumby, BC 1-800-960-3388

RENO windows, manufactured direct installed only we pay the HST Ron 250-486-7085 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

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

Handyman Al, Renos, Decks Roofs, Drywall, Painting Carpentry, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Yard work. Licensed, Insured, WCB, References. 250-8099441 Seniors Discounts

FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance throughout 2010 Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

Home Improvements

Home Improvements

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services TEMPORARY FULL time cook AdvoCare is currently looking for it’s Penticton location for 4 on 4 off shifts. Must have a minimum of 2 years experience. Please apply direct by email to lori.stankovic@ or fax to 250-861-3112 attention to Lori.

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Rubbish Removal 250-808-0733 SKYHIGH DISPOSAL. Full service Junk Removal & Bin Rentals. “JUNK REMOVAL” CHEAP, OKANAGAN 250-462-3715 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Snowclearing HIRE A HUSBAND INC. Snow removal - big or small 250-490-6088 Residential snow removal. Phone 250-492-8319 or cell 250-460-0622

Tiling KALEDEN TILE - Installation of ceramic, porcelain, granite, & slate. I tile floors, decks, backsplashes, fireplaces, showers, make shower pans & curbs. Free estimates, Insured, references & pictures available. No Job too big or small. Glen 250-488-1985

Tree Services OK Tree Removers, bucket truck avail, no job too small. Free estimates 250-493-2687

Window Cleaning DIRTY WINDOWS ? Call 250-809-1851 Brighten Your Outlook

Feed & Hay First cut round $55 bale. Second cut round. $60bale. 600 lb bales. Alfalfa grass mix, some square bales avail. 250-8337785.


HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs, delivery avail. on larger orders, also Silege bales or Feeder hay. 250-838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763.

EXTREMELY LOW PRICES on popular BRAND NAMES because of slight scratch and dent.


MAYTAG ATLANTIS Washer/Dryer Pair. $400 for both. Excellent condition. Phone Penny/Steve 250-495-3937 or email

Adorable pups! Labs; all colors, beautiful Shitzu x family raised 1st shots 250-547-9224 Boxer Puppies - 5 female brindle pups ready Dec 23. $850. 250-260-6039. Lab/collie pups, ready for new homes Dec.24. Makes excellent Christmas gifts $250.each 250-517-7836 (Grindrod) Male Bichon pups, great disposition, litter trained, non shedding, micro chipped, 1st shots, $550. 250-832-4923 Purebred Chihuahua puppies, ready now, 250-547-7970, 250-307-3767 Rottweiler pups, 8wks, tails docked, 1st shots, dewormed, Socialized $500 250-307-2333

SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Washer/Dryer set starting at $399 Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50” $599

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Why buy retail? When you can buy BELOW WHOLESALE

Camera Equipment 2 Panasonic DVC200 camcorders, extras. $6,000. pair or sell separate. (250)542-6385

Farm Equipment Wanted to buy 8-10 foot field disc, call Vic at 250-493-6791

Food Products SALE - 20 sides of BEEF, naturally grown, approx 250lbs sides, no additives, $2.49lbs cwf. 250-546-6494



Kenmore HD washer, Hotpoint HD dryer, $75 each, 250-7701122 or 250-487-8368

A1 Firewood. Full cords split & delivered. Pine $180, Mixed $150 250-770-0827

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Home Care/Support Highly motivated & trained professional care aid for in home services, 25 years experience, (250)770-1140

Painting & Decorating

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Feed & Hay

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ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? RELIEF IS ONLY A CALL AWAY! Call Anne Hamilton, Estate Administrator, 12 years experience, at 1-800-661-3661 today for appointment in Penticton to set up your FREE consultation. Jim Gilchrist CA, CIRP, KPMG Inc. Trustee in Bankruptcy, 300-1674 Bertram Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9G4.

We are adding to our TEAM! Experienced Service Advisor required as soon as possible • Need to be Customer orientated and help develop lasting relationships with our customers. • Able to communicate well with others from customers to techs. • Pleasant and personable and able to sell maintenance and repairs to our customers. • Able to work in a fast-paced environment interacting with many different customers. Come and soar with the Eagles at Skaha Ford!!! Please contact Darren Geddes at Skaha Ford Inc. Phone: 250-492-3800 E-mail: Fax: 250-492-8181

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LODGEPOLE Pine. Split, dry, delivered. Ted 250-276-5415 or cell 250-486-7300

2 bookshelves, 72”x30”x12”, 2 burgandy table lamps, 1 burgandy floor lamp, computer work center, 1 20” color TV, above ground pool, brand new, (250)487-2232 COMPUTER armoire, 1930’s vanity, bookcase, cd stand, bistro table w/4chairs, garden bench arbor, fooseball table, keyboard, ski equipment child & adult, air hockey table, wooden train w/table, boys bike 16”, girls bike 20”, playstation 2 w/games & controllers. 250-490-0682 Dynasty nylon microfibre, loveseat, black onyx and rainbow design, excellent condition, $150, 14” Toshiba TV, $20, Canon document scanner, $20, (250)492-4318 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 NEW deluxe sauna 3-person, wood far-infrared, carbon flex emitters, colored lights, CD + stereo, paid $6000 sell $2500 obo 778-514-2246

MUSIC XMAS SALE. Acoustic guitars from $69.99, amps from $49.99, guitar stands $8.49, keyboard stands $24.99, Xbox 360 systems from $99.99 Wii systems $99.99, Xbox & Wii games $8.99, blue rays $8.49 much much more Pawntraders & Music Sales 71 Nanaimo Ave

2 Large 2bdrm apt., for rent. 1st & 3rd floor, +45 bldg, $850 +util. Call 250-487-1136 998 Creston, 1bdrm apt, living room. Incl f/s, laundry, rent starts @$600 incl util 250492-7570 Large 2bdrm 2nd floor, DT Penticton, ns, np, incl. w/d/f/s, mature tenant, ref’s req., Vitto 604-291-1059 LARGE 2bdrm, Penticton Ave., close to schools/transit, $875, call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 Newer 2bdrm, 2bath, 6-appl a/c heat incl,. $1500/mo u/g prkg corner unit 250-809-9955 NEWLY reno’d 1bdrm units, 1ground floor, 1 third floor, laminate flooring, parking avail. great location, quiet secure building, heat/cable incl. n/s, cat ok w/deposit, 250-4887902 Penticton, 1 & 2 bdrm apartment, $775-$895+util. in clean, quiet 50+, elevator, covered prkg & close to bus & DT ns, np, Avail. now, (250)490-9159

Olalla Spacious Home, Bright 3bdrm, 1.5ba, f/room with skylights, w/d, f/s, dw, workshop. pet neg., $900/m. No Smoking. Ref.’s req., 250-499-5700. Penticton, 3bd+ sewing rm, 1ba, Heritage on VanHorne, ns, np, lg fenced yard, 4appl., avail. Jan. 1, $1100+util., 250770-1122 am, 250-487-8368 PENTICTON 4 bdrm Family Home Avail Jan 1/11 Near Transit & School $1400 + utilities NS NP Short Term Lease only 250-492-5264 Summerland - 2-3 bdrm , centrally located. Ideal for quiet professional couple or single person. NS, NP. $1000. p/m. 250-768-4695 Summerland - 2 bdrm mobile home, laminate flooring, private setting in orchard, fenced yard. $750. + utilities. Available Jan 1. Summerland. Upper level of house. 1350 sq.ft., 2 bdrms/baths plus ensuite. Large open floor plan, large covered deck, 6 appl. NS. Small pets considered. Rent negotiable. Avail. immed. Phone 250-494-8617 Vernon, lakeshore, spacious, clean, 3bdrm, living rm, covered deck, laundry, f/s, avail. now $1200. 250-766-1428

Furniture 3 in 1 oak table dinette/poker/bumper pool, approx. value, $800, asking, $350, (250)4923622

Garden Equipment NEW 1130SBE Hasqvarna snowblower, elec. start, hand warmers, headlight, 30” cut with side cutters, $2000 firm. 250-832-4923 for more details

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL Shipping Containers/Bridges Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20’24’,40’,45’,48’,53’ Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’48’53’ CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours A-STEEL Shipping Containers/Bridges Super Sale On NowNew/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES. 20’24’,40’,45’,48’,53’ Insulated Reefer Containers 20’40’48’53’ CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are Overstocked, Delivery BC & AB 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours

Misc. for Sale 10x10 commercial overhead steel door, white panels, track, fittings & lock, (250)492-8324, 250-809-0728 Guitars, amps, drums, keyboards, PA, lighting, music books, lessons and accessories, Skaha Sound, (250)4924710


Misc. Wanted I am a private collector and want to buy your old coin collection & accumulations. Todd, 250-864-3521 We Buy Estates, Antiques, Silver, Coins Moorcroft, China, Furniture, Native Artifacts etc. Please call 250-863-3082

Musical Instruments BAND and string instruments, music books, lessons & accessories. Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave E 250-492-4710 Drums and Accessories! Best service, selection, prices and lessons, Skaha Sound, (250)492-4710 Music lessons for Xmas! Most instruments, voice, song-writing and recording. Parents and tots introduction to music. Penticton. 778-476-5917


PENTICTON BARGAIN STORE 256 Westminster Ave. W. Our stock includes: Oak and Teak dining room tables and chairs, china cabinets, Oak lockable sideboard, Ikea Pine dining room set with lockable sideboard, Antique hi-boy dresser, computer work stations, single pedestal older desk, bedroom dressers, futons, mirrors, framed Paintings and prints, head and footboards, Love seats, Seat beds, lamps, TV’s, stands, Flatscreen TV stand, entertainment centers, Dbl jogging stroller, Treadmill, exercise bike, housewares and many, many other items. Christmas gift items now on display. New stock coming in. We buy and sell furniture

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$100 reduction on 1st months rent with 6 mth lease 1 bdrm, f,s, grd flr. Avail. Now (A304) 1 bdrms $100 off 1st months rent, f,s, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. Now (EFR) 52nd flr of 150 Skaha Pl, f,s, balcony, elevator, off street parking. Avail. Now (A428) 55+ near library, 2 bdrm updated condo, f,s,d/w covered parking. Avail. Now (ot428) 2 bdrm at 130 Skaha Pl. one bath, south facing, coin-op laundry, near Skaha beach. Avail. Now (A372) Brand new, 1 bdrm + den condo near dwntwn, 6 appl., 2 parking spots, 6 month lease req’d. Avail. Now (A426) 55+ large 2 bdrm, 2 bath condo, near downtown, sec’d parking, extra storage, 1yr Lse req’d. Avail. Now (A424) 1 bdrm + den at Lakeshore Towers, 6 appl, sec’d parking south facing. Avail. Jan. 1 1 year lse req’d (ot387) The Grandview, top flr corner unit, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl, balcony, elev, sec’d parking. Avail. Nov. 1 (A374) Large 2 bdrm top flr condo, 3 balconies, sec’d parking,m extra storage in suite. Avail. Now. Rent is negotiable (ot425)

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Sporting Goods 4x8 Pool table with accessories, 3/4” slate, new cloth, $700, Phone Ed, 250-4932030 Get your curling equipment @ the Okanagan golf schools in Summerland,no need to drive to Kelowna.Call 250-494-8178

Garage Sales Royal Albert china German dinner set service for 8, silverware, some furniture, Barbie and Bisque dolls, lots of small items + good gift items. Call 250-497-5498

Apt/Condos for Sale 2BDRM, totally reno’d, close to downtown, quiet, secure building, elevator, insuite laundry, $149,900. 250-307-5522.

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KELOWNA Furnished “Casita” including utilities & T.V. $700 p.m. Preference given to handyman interested in odd farm jobs from time to time for pay. Call 250-861-5441

Commercial/ Industrial 1200sqft shop for rent, reasonable, excellent location. 250-809-0728, 250-492-8324

2 MONTHS FREE RENT Commercial/whse/office spaces avail on Government St., Penticton,1024 sq ft., 250-493-9227 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

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Mobile Homes & Parks 1968 12x48’ 2bd, 1ba, must be moved, $8000obo, (250)7701122, 250-487-8368

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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 1bdrm at Orchard House, downtown corner of Martin and Orchard, $750 (incl. util.), call Dennis at Realty Executives, (250)493-4372 2BDRM executive on 8th floor of Lakeshore Towers, over 1600sq.ft, direct view of OK Lake, gym, hot-tub sauna, pool. Negotiable lease $1500, call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-493-4372 2bdrm, lakeview, spacious apt., historic house, oak floors, on bus route, clean, quiet person, NP, 250-492-6319

2bdrm in 4 plex, f/s, $750+util., avail. Jan. 1, no pets, (250)493-0922 Deluxe 2bdrm, near downtown, Ok lake view, new laminate flooring, fresh paint, covered parking, 5appl., gas fp, ac, ns, np, $1000/mo.+util., avail. immed., 250-493-5161 Ok Falls, Duplex 2bdrm, $465/mo + util, middle aged couple preferred. Avail now n/p, n/s 250-497-7873 PENTICTON 563 Burns St. 3 Bdrm 1 Bath 5 appl, 1200 sqft $1250, Avail. Dec 5th 250492-2070

Misc for Rent 2 side by side parking stalls in secure heated parkade. $200/month. Call Keith Jakes (250) 492-2266 (day) or (250) 492-8056 (evening). 6 acres suitable for ground crops, long term lease avail, 3kms north of Oliver. 250-4982222 or 250-498-1033

Homes for Rent 128 Roy Ave., 2bdrm+den, huge backyard, vacant, call VJ 250-490-1530, 250-486-3791 Deluxe 2bdrm, 2bath, 5appl., large deck, gas fp, covered heated parking, 250-486-3791 KEREMEOS lg 2bdrm house appl incl. Avail Jan 2011. $725 + util 250-493-1744 NARAMATA 3 BR 3 BA, 2 levels, 5 appl, carport, near KVR, bus route. NS, pets neg. Ref required. $1400/mo + utilities. 604-894-6798

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3 bdrm home, 1 bath, some reno’s, older home, new furnace & roof, f, s, storage shed. Avail. Now (H612) 2 bdrm top half of home, f, s, shared laundry, large deck & spacious fenced back yard. Avai. Jan. 1 ( H673-1) Reno’d 4 bdrm, 1 bath duplex, near parkway school, event centre & beach, f, s, w.d. Avail. Now (H736-1)

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Lakeshore Towers: 8th floor facing south. 1 bdrm, w/den, f/s, w/d, d/w, f/p, m/w, a/c, w/ammn. incl. pool, gym etc. Sec’d u/g prkg & storage .................. .................................... $1150.00 incl. water & gas. Lease req’d.

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1991 Mitsubishi Pjero, 7 passenger, diesel, turbo, right hand drive, $8000, 250-8091398, 250-496-4192 1994 Volvo 850, 300k, auto,sedan, $2500. (250)5463477 1999 Honda Civic Hatchback, auto, 155,000kms, new winters, cd $5,500.(250)542-5048 2002 Volvo S60 T5, fully loaded, 150kms, 300hp intake exhaust, custom brakes, winter & summer tires & rims, $12,000 obo. 250-938-2868 2004 Toyota Matrix XR, 4wd. auto, lots of extras. Excellent cond. $7900. 250-542-7381 2007 Honda Fit LX 4dr, HB, auto, air, pw, pl, alarm, remote start, c/w 4 std winter tires on rims, 55,000kms, like new, $11,500. 250-547-6568

4 Hancock tires 185/70R14’s on rims $200 + 2 185/65/R14’s without rims $25 ea 250-4944311 Four studded Hankook 245/65R17, Four Dunlop Ice radials 225/45R17, $200 each set, (250)462-1508 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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LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, available for rental from Sept. 15-May 2011 Fully furnished, utilities/cable included, quiet location, near Mall and bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205

Sport Utility Vehicle 1993 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4x4, 3.0L, auto, fully loaded, heated leather seats & sunroof. $1400obo 250-809-2203 1999 Expedition XLT, loaded, tow pkg. great cond. winterized, $10,500. 250-308-6574

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Suites, Lower 1bdrm/2bdrm, level entry suite, s/f/w/d, a/c, cable, deck utilities inc $700/$800 250494-0033 250-486-3692 1bdrm, bright, ground level suite, np, ns, hydro/cable/util. incl., 6appl., laundry incl., avail. Jan. 1, $750, (250)4909384 2bdrm basement suite, Wiltse area, brand new, ns, no pets, $900, avail. now, 250-4933056, 250-460-0081 after 3:30 3BED fully furnished, 2000sqft, util/incl. avail. immed until May 31. Suitable for student sharing or seasonal workers. np, ns, From $1500/mo. (250)558-3059

PENTICTON, large 1000sqft 2bdrm, seperate laundry, entrance, prkg, storage, NS, NP $725 + electric, Avail. now, 250-492-9866 Vacant 2bdrm suite. Quiet neighborhood, Mature wrkg person. New appls, ns/np, util incl $700/mo 250-493-3428

Townhouses 298-296 Maple St. townhouse Penticton. 3-4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, w/basement, garage, Rent starts at $1100. Call 250-4901700 250-486-3791 3BDRM, 3bath f/s, w/d, close to school, transit & stores. Call Dennis @ Realty Executives 250-499-5996 PENTICTON Renovated Clean 3 Bdrm 1.5 bath In fourplex 4 Appl Dec 1. $1,075 + util. NS, Pet on Approval Dave 250-770-8156

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Commercial Vehicles 2003 Volvo 770 tractor with job for qualified driver. 800,000 with 70,000 on tranny & clutch. In top condition & ready to work. $45,000 including equipment, etc. Call 250809-6116, 250-490-8116, or email: for pics and specs.

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Cars - Domestic 1996 Pontiac Firebird, T-top, 3.8L, auto, air, pw, pdl, good condition, 2 new tires, windshield, $4750 obo, call (250)460-0437 2005 Malibu Maxx Hatchback. Computer info centre, all power, air ABS, traction control, $1000 snow tires on aluminum rims, RV towable, 97,600 kms, V6 auto. REDUCED $8000. 1 (250)5492623

02 Ford F150 4x4/ lb, 220k, new pump. $3500.obo 250-307-0002 1988 F150 Ford, reg cab, 6cyl auto, runs great $695. 250486-5390 1992 Ford 4x4, diesel, new transmission & clutch, $4000, 250-809-1398, 250-496-9192 1997 Chev Tahoe, 5.7L, 4wd, all power options, very good, cond., new tires, $4950, call (250)460-0437 2001 DODGE RAM 4x4. Good, Ext. cab. $3700. 250-549-1703 2001GMC Savona Cargo Van, low kms, rear heater, new winters, $7500. (250)542-5222 2003 Chev Avalanche 4x4, 142k, 20” rims & snow tires, all power options, sunroof, $14,500 obo. 250-351-9587 2003 Ford F350 diesel, 4x4, crew cab, 210k-motor, 311ktotal, all power options, all service history-Watkin Motors, $12,200 obo. 250-351-9587 2003 GMC Sierra Truck, 178,000kms, $8500 obo, 250809-1398, 250-496-4192 2004 F350 c cab, lariat, diesel, dually, auto, 5th whl hitch, box liner & headache rack. 205K km. $16,500. 250-260-0137 2004 Sierra Z71 fully loaded, new brakes, no accidents, good shape 234kms. $12,000obo 250-490-6136 2005 Chev 2500 HD 4x4. Ex cab, lng/bx. Very good cond in & out. $12,900. 250-503-0320 2005 Ford 250 SD 4x4. Cr/cab Diesel. 160K. Good condition in/out. $12,900. 250-308-2225 Need Christmas Cash? Cash Factory Loans offers payday loans up to $800 using employment, CTB, EI or Pension, or Collateral Loans up to $10,000 using almost any vehicle! NO HIDDEN FEES like the other guys! 366 Main Street across from City Centre Fitness or 493-7999.



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Invitation to Tender Contract: OK Falls WWTP Site Preparation, Earthworks, and Preloading The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen invites Tenders for 4,300 m2 of site clearing, 450 m3 of topsoil stripping, 15,500 m3 of subcut excavation, stockpiling and placement, and 24,400 m3 of imported granular embankment fill for the Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant site. All inquiries shall be directed to the following: AECOM, #201-3275 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9 Jon D. Holland, EIT: Telephone: (250) 762-3727 Facsimile: (250) 762-7789 Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Alfred E. Hartviksen, P. Eng.: Telephone: (250) 490-4210 Facsimile: (250) 492-0063 Contract Documents are available at the offices listed above on payment of a non-refundable amount of $50.00 (HST included) payable to AECOM. The Contract Documents are available for viewing at the Southern Interior Construction Association in Kelowna. Tenders are scheduled to close at 2:00pm local time, Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at the RDOS office

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at the Friendship Center, 310 Ritchie Avenue., Naramata, BC Purpose of Meeting To elect two (2) members to the seven member Naramata Water Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of elected/appointed local citizens (volunteers). The Water Committee is established under Bylaw 1969 of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. The Naramata Water Advisory Committee (NWAC) will provide Naramata residents with updates on matters relating to the water system and litigation issues. Purpose of Naramata Water Advisory Committee The committee is delegated the basic authority to consider and form recommendations to the Regional Board regarding annual water system operating budgets, user fees, rate structures, proposed capital upgrades, watershed management issues, potential boundary expansions, provincial compensation offers, arbitration/litigation cost recovery mechanisms, out of court settlement offers regarding existing and emergent legal actions, easement acquisitions and quarterly operational status reports, including actual versus budgeted financial information provided by the Public Works Manager. Nominations Nominations for this position must be in writing up to two days prior to the annual general meeting. The nominations must include written consent from the person being nominated. Additional information regarding nominations can be obtained from Peter Graham at (250) 496-5805. Written nominations can be given to Tom Chapman Electoral Area ‘E’ Director or Peter Graham, Chair or the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC. Alternatively by Email: or fax: (250) 492-0063. Eligibility: In order to be eligible to be nominated for office or to vote for the committee, the individual must be a ratepayer or spouse of a ratepayer within the boundaries of the Naramata Water System Service Area. Furthermore, all user fees for the use of water must be current and not in arrears. Meetings: The committee meets once a month and all members of the general public are welcome to attend. Bill Newell Chief Administrative Officer G:\Administration\N W A C\AGMs\2011 Notice of AGM.doc

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Wolfgang Roenitz adjusts the lights on his Christmas display in east Penticton recently. The other displays include the annual beauty of the Riordan House on Winnipeg Street. The lighted candy cane lane is on Penticton Avenue.

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