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Accident claims life of 44-year-old Keremeos woman Mark Brett Western News Staff

It’s a scenario RCMP Const. Mike Leiding has replayed many times over since Saturday’s accident that claimed the life of 44-year-old Jeanine Terbasket of Keremeos. “You just wonder what else you could have done, and really I haven’t been able to come up with anything better, but I guess that’s just what the mind does,” said Leiding this week. “We tried as hard as we could and we did what we could do — you always hope you could do more but that just wasn’t the case.” Leiding and Dave Groff, an Argo Road Maintenance employee, braved the frigid waters of the Similkameen River just outside Princeton in an unsuccessful attempt to free the woman from a partially submerged, overturned vehicle. The accident happened about nine kilometres east of Princeton on Highway 3 just before 7:30 a.m. The victim was driving a 1995 Honda Accord which went out of control on the icy road, plunging over a 25-foot embankment before coming to rest on its roof in the river. Three other women in the vehicle — all relatives of Terbasket — managed to escape with varying degrees of injuries. Leiding ¿rst realized something was wrong that morning while on patrol and seeing what appeared to be an injured person on the side of the road. It was only after pulling over he spotted the vehicle in the water and a

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A 44-YEAR-OLD Keremeos woman died despite desperate rescue attempts to free her from this vehicle which went off Highway 3 near Princeton and wound up on its roof in the Similkameen River last weekend.

woman lying on an icy outcropping holding onto another female who was still in the river. By then Groff had arrived, and the pair went down and pulled the one woman to safety and quickly did their best to make her comfortable. At that point the attention turned to the vehicle they knew still had someone inside. Standing on the frozen river bank, Leiding did not think twice about what had to be done. “It was just instinct, Dave and I looked at each other and said we have to go in,” recalled the of¿cer.

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“It wasn’t quite waist deep and we waded out to the car which was three-quarters of the way underwater and tried to Àip it over, but it was too lodged in there. We couldn’t open the door and tried to cut the seat-belt off the driver (through the broken window) but weren’t able to.” He then ran back up the bank to the highway and began Àagging down vehicles in an attempt to get some rope or chains, which he managed to do. With the clock ticking, the two men attached the lines to the car and Groff’s truck and on the second at-

tempt managed to pull it up on its side. “Most of the driver’s body was out of the water and I got on the edge of the vehicle to check on her and cut her seat-belt off, but I guess it was too late,” said Leiding. “But the cold does do different things. It does preserve life because it’s so shocking it slows the heart and all the other organs down, so we never did give up.” A tow truck showed up and pulled the car out of the water, where paramedics attended to Terbasket who was unable to be revived.

For his part, Groff was reluctant to comment, and like the police of¿cer, was quick to point to the many other people who stopped to help. He too expressed his frustration in not being able to get the victim out of the car. “You’ve only got a few seconds but it seemed like an eternity and you feel helpless because somebody is in there and you might be the difference between them ever seeing their family again,” he said. “You just feel like it’s all up to you. It’s probably the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my entire life and I really hope I don’t have to go through that again. “I was glad I tried and we did help the other girls, so there were some lives saved and that was really the good part of it, but like I say, if we could have got the last girl out...” One of¿cial at the scene said afterwards there could have easily have been four fatalities. “I think everyone, especially Dave (Groff) and the women all deserve a lot of credit,” said the of¿cer. “They (injured) tried for a period of time to get the driver out before they actually got up on the river bank.” The three females were taken by ambulance to Penticton Regional Hospital with what police report as moderate to severe, non-life-threatening injuries. Kym Gouchie, a friend of the deceased, left a message on the Western News’ Facebook page: “Love and prayers to the Terbasket family and friends. This is a huge loss to the Okanagan Nation community. Jeanine was a corner stone in her family and an incredible role model in the community. I will miss seeing her beautiful smile and gentle spirit. Rest in peace Jeanine. You will be missed and never forgotten.”

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A Cawston man who made off with a total of $130 and two Subway sandwiches in three separate robberies is headed to a federal penitentiary. Mike Wicentowich was sentenced to three years and three months for three counts of robbery and one count of dangerous driving stemming from incidents in Penticton, Keremeos and Vancouver. Around 2:35 p.m. on Dec. 7, Penticton RCMP were dispatched to a robbery at Britannia Pies located on West Industrial Avenue. Wicentowich, who was on bail for robbing a Vancouver coffee shop of $80 on Aug. 30, demanded the Britannia Pies cashier give him money and Àashed what looked like a gun in his waistband to the clerk. Wicentowich left the scene with $50. Two hours later, Wicentowich walked into the Keremeos Subway and ordered two sandwiches. When the cashier rung up his order, Wicentowich

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pointed what she believed to be a handgun. He then took the food and left. An employee went out the back door and began writing down the man’s licence plate number when Wicentowich noticed and pulled the gun out and pointed it before the employee retreated back inside calling 9-1-1. About a block away, Wicentowich collided with another vehicle and kept driving. RCMP then found the man on Highway 3 speeding and driving erratically without headlights on. The of¿cer saw Wicentowich cross the centre line and hit a sedan head on. No one sustained serious injuries in the crash. RCMP found two Subway sandwiches and a toy replica gun on the passenger seat and recorded the man as having a blood alcohol level of 221 milligrams. “It is rather a strange situation,” said Crown counsel Nashina Devji, who was asking for a four to ¿veyear sentence. “Where someone with no criminal record all of sudden accrues a number of criminal charges.” Judge Meg Shaw said at the man’s sentencing on Monday at Penticton provincial court that she believed the Britannia Pies robbery seemed to be premeditated, and although it was minimal violence “it was increasing with each robbery.” Shaw, who also gave Wicentowich a three-year driving prohibition, called the robberies “amateurish”, but said it was paramount to show citizens that safety of store clerks is important. Wicentowich told Penticton RCMP he had purchased the gun from a store while out Christmas shopping and he had committed the robberies to pay for Christmas presents for his parents. Wicentowich had been living with his parents who were trying to help him in his alcohol and heroin rehabilitation. Defence counsel Robert Maxwell had asked the court for a provincial jail sentence of two years less a day. He claimed the 31-year-old man would receive more assistance towards his rehabilitation including years of tough probation conditions, rather than the less restrictive conditions when released from federal time. “No probation, no parole. What you get is a loose cannon when he gets out,” said Maxwell. The defence said Wicentowich had been an alcoholic for 14 years before he sought rehabilitation. It was only three weeks after leaving rehab that he began using heroin. Wicentowich sent the Penticton Western News a letter, dated Dec. 25, apologizing for his acts and to the employees he robbed. “It was never my intention to scare either of you. I would have never harmed either of you,” said Wicentowich in the letter that also apologized to the people in the cars he crashed into. “The only thing that I am happy with this whole situation is that no one was seriously hurt except for myself ... I pray that at sometime I could be forgiven by those I affected. I just truly am sorry for my actions.” The Vancouver robbery happened months prior to the Okanagan incidents. On Aug. 30, Wicentowich robbed $80 from a cashier at a 24-hour coffee shop in Vancouver at 4:55 a.m. RCMP found Wicentowich later that morning where he confessed to committing the robbery, stating he needed money for drugs and alcohol. While in custody, he wrote an apology letter to the coffee shop employee.

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Prison could unlock economic benefits Kristi Patton Western News Staff

Dentists, coffee shop owners and real estate agents are just some of those in line to bene¿t, according to B.C.’s premier, from a correctional centre being constructed on an industrial park on Osoyoos Indian Band land. “I was talking to a dentist who operated in Oliver and he has gone through something like 20 assistants in the last ¿ve years. Why? Because their husbands can’t ¿nd permanent, good family-supporting work. Well, this prison is going to provide good work for people either inside the prison in one of the 240 permanent positions, but also all the contracted positions as well,” said Premier Christy Clark. “It will mean people can come to the community, settle down. But, hopefully, it will mean people can come from outside the community bringing their families, sending them to schools in the region and settling down. That is really important for the region as it ages, to have an inÀux of younger families coming in to support schools and all those other services that people depend on.” Clark, who was in the South Okanagan last week to make the announcement This is one of the of the $200 million, 360cell Okanagan Correctional biggest governCentre, said she talked to people in what will be the ment investments in correctional centre’s neighbouring community of Oli- economic activity in ver and found people most- the region in a long, ly had positive outlooks long time. People about the centre. While talking to one are pretty excited coffee shop owner, Clark said a question came up of about it for a reason. will the jobs remain local. — Premier Christy Clark Clark went back to the dentist reference, stating there will be inmates in the prison that will need that service, and they aren’t going to be able to be provided from someone in Vancouver. “I think Oliver Redi-Mix is probably going to put a pretty good bid on the cement construction part of this, just for one example. But what about the thousand workers on this project? Where do you think they are going to go for coffee? Where do you think they are going to have their dinner? And where do you think, if they don’t live in Oliver or Penticton, they are going to be staying overnight? Where are they going to get their car ¿xed?,” said Clark. “It is all going to happen locally, so all of that activity is going to be a huge ripple across the community. This is one of the biggest government investments in economic activity in the region in a long, long time. People are pretty excited about it for a reason.” Clark said there was a couple of reasons the Osoyoos Indian Band land was chosen out of the potential sites. The Osoyoos Indian Band is an attractive partner when considering they have the distinction of owning the most businesses per capita of any First Nation in Canada. “The other is we needed to look at and think about what region of the province needed the economic stimulus that would come from putting a prison here. We are going to put it some-

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B.C. CORRECTIONS officers stand at ease during last week’s announcement of the construction of the new provincial prison near Oliver. The economic benefits of the project are expected to be felt throughout the region.

where, why not put it in a part of the province where people are really concerned about the level of economic activity? We are going to put it somewhere, so why not put is where people need the work?” said Clark. Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond said it takes about four years to build a correctional facility the size proposed at the OIB industrial site, Senkulmen Enterprise Park. The ¿rst step is creating a business plan with the OIB to present to the ¿nance minister. Bond said it could take up to six months to have that ¿nalized. “We are pushing the envelope trying to get the corrections centre done by the end of 2015. It may be early 2016,” said Bond. Oliver real estate agent John DiBernardo, with Re/Max Wine Capital Realty, believes the correctional centre will help build the commercial base and bring more families to grow Oliver and the surrounding area, albeit not immediately. “I don’t think it will have an overnight effect on us. I don’t think prices are going to start to march up right away because there are too many other uncertainties in the global economy to do that. But over a period of time, it de¿nitely is going to have an impact on us. It is going to bring a lot of temporary workers into town that are going to be looking for rental accommodation and they will be visiting our restaurants, spending money in our town and there could be families relocating,” said DiBernardo. The real estate agent said Oliver has pretty attractive hous-

ing prices compared to Penticton or other Okanagan areas. Some clients that have been on the fence about investing have already told DiBernardo they are now ready to jump in with the thought that rental property needs will increase. “Once the new high school is ¿nished construction and given a couple of different things put together with the prison announcement, such as prices remaining low and interest rates being low, it should have a really good effect for us,” said DiBernardo. Oliver has seen its share of rocky times and an inÀux of young families is welcomed. Last year, the closure of Tuc El Nuit Elementary School in Oliver was taken off the table after parents rallied to keep it open. Provincial funding loss was forcing the school district to consider making drastic changes, including closing the school, based on enrolment. Oliver also was hit hard employment-wise with the closure of General Coach, that saw about 80 jobs lost, and the closure of Weyerhaeuser in Okanagan Falls that provided hundreds of jobs to South Okanagan residents. “We think it is very good news for our schools. Enrolment in every community is always a concern, but I think there is a real opportunity to have more younger people with families moving into the area,” said Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. “There are many spinoffs here. Just the opportunity for business, suppliers, all kinds of jobs. I am looking at it in a very optimistic manner, and for the most part, feedback from citizens has been extremely positive.” Carpet l Area Rugs l Hardwood l Laminate l shawfloors.com/HGTV

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Last week, in an effort to resolve the current contract dispute between B.C. teachers and the province, a fact-¿nder was appointed to look at whether there were prospects of the two parties coming to a negotiated settlement. This was done at the request of Education Minister George Abbott, who visited the Okanagan Skaha School district earlier this month. “My well of optimism is not exactly overÀowing at this point. I’d love to look forward to hearing at the end of the day that there had been something constructive at the table,” said Abbott, adding that there had been about 75 bargaining sessions and the negotiating teams from the B.C. Teachers Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers Association have not moved signi¿cantly from where they were the ¿rst time they met. “You can imagine what I am hearing from teachers, that they will be most disappointed and feel awful,” said Kevin Epp, president of the Okanagan Skaha Teachers Union. “I have been trying to reach (Penticton MLA Bill) Barisoff for the better part of a week.” On Monday evening, Epp appealed to the Okanagan Skaha Board of Education for their support in encouraging the government to come to a negotiated settlement.

“We will end up with a lot of hard feelings if we have legislation,” said Epp. “I feel for those bargaining teams, because I feel they are both set up for failure. So anything you could do would be appreciated. If nothing else, teachers need to know that trustees feel it is important that a negotiated settlement occur, not an imposition and certainly not back-to-work (legislation).” Board chair Ginny Manning agreed that the board also desires a negotiated settlement, but said they have no plans to take action, writing to the minister either in support of a negotiated settlement, or, as in the case of some school districts, asking for a legislated end to the dispute. “Ideally, a negotiated settlement would be the best outcome, but at this point we have not written to the education minister to encourage either way,” said Manning. “We have given our support to BCPSEA in trying to get a negotiated settlement.” While Abbott, in a letter to the board announcing the planned inquiry, called the dispute a strike, Epp pointed out that this is only a job action, with teachers refusing to do administrative jobs though they are continuing many other non-classroom work like organizing the district science fair, music festivals and coaching sports. “I won’t refer to it as back to work,” said Epp, referring to all

the work being done, both in the classroom and outside. “I think it would be facetious for anybody to call it back-to-work legislation. It might be an imposed contract, but the job action hasn’t stopped teachers in this district or any other from working.” And while teachers are refusing to issue report cards as part of the job action, that doesn’t apply to Grade 12 students, many of whom need ongoing marks as they apply for post-secondary education. “All Grade 12 students are receiving marks for courses that have been completed,” said assistant superintendent Dave Burgoyne. Teachers did complete marks for those courses, he said, and submit them to the of¿ce for distribution. “We haven’t got to the point of talking about Dogwoods, but report cards will be done for ¿nal grades for Grade 12 students. That’s something we met with Mr. Epp on.” Epp added that teachers have just agreed to provide graduating students with the ongoing and mid-term marks they need for their applications, should the job action continue. “They will get those on a formal report card if that smooths things out for a university or trade school application,” said Epp. “From the outset, teachers have said we are not going to hinder students moving on to university with this job action, that wouldn’t be the point.”

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anada’s ¿nance minister last week put the ¿nal exclamation mark on the legacy of the Me Generation. After saddling our children with a burgeoning debt and allowing tuition fees to climb to a level that puts post-secondary education out of reach for far too many Canadians, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said that those under 50 should not expect the same pension bene¿ts enjoyed by their parents Speaking at an event in Oshawa, Ont. Friday, Flaherty said any changes to Old Age Security won’t take effect until at least 2020. It is the ultimate pro¿le in political cowardice. It is a move designed to shift the ¿nancial burden onto the next generation, thus mitigating the political risk of alienating Canada’s seniors and the political clout they wield. Yes, Canada’s debt is reaching unsustainable levels. And yes, governments at all levels need to take action to bring spending under control. But the government has an obligation to look at all areas for potential cuts and a duty to investigate any possible new revenue sources. Most importantly, the government must ensure that the sacri¿ce is shared by those from all walks of life and all income levels. But the Conservatives have kept any other trial balloons tethered tightly to the ground. Ottawa is still committed to spending billions on F-35 ¿ghter jets for the Canadian military. Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t backed off his support of Bill C-10 and the funding it will commit to the construction of more prisons. And when a group of politicians of all political stripes — backed by provincial health of¿cers — called for changes to Canada’s marijuana laws, the prime minister dismissed it out of hand, with no consideration of the millions in enforcement costs it would eliminate and billions in potential tax revenue it would create. The Conservative government has shown it is in no hurry to tighten its belt on issues it has an appetite for, only a willingness to stick the next generation with the tab.

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Floating on a sea of shale gas Premier Christy Clark’s recent fanfare about developing a natural gas export industry in northern B.C. included a major change in electricity policy. Last year Clark’s government forced BC Hydro to trim its operations and keep its next two annual rate increases below four per cent. Part of the savings will come from rede¿ning former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate strategy, which required BC Hydro to be self-suf¿cient in even low-water years, with no net electricity imports. The target is now self-suf¿ciency in average-water years, limiting expansion of independent power projects. It also means B.C. will import more gas-¿red electricity in the coming years, and burn some of its own abundant gas to generate new power up north. North America ¿nds itself Àoating on a sea of shale gas. Campbell’s plan entailed using B.C.’s big dams to stabilize and store power from new intermittent sources of hydro and wind, building the Site C dam on the Peace River and exporting clean energy at a premium in a carbon-priced North American market.

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B.C. Views Both the carbon market and the export market have evaporated. While B.C. was developing run-of-river to sell to California, the U.S. west coast built new capacity, much of it gas ¿red, after an electricity crisis that caused brownouts more than a decade ago. Today, Washington state producers are actually paying BC Hydro to take their excess power because they need to move it into the grid, and B.C. is the only place that can store it using dam capacity. NDP energy critic John Horgan is celebrating this change in BC Hydro policy. He says the government made a multi-

billion-dollar miscalculation by assuming California’s electricity shortage would continue inde¿nitely, and surplus power would be pro¿table. He says independent power contracts are part of BC Hydro’s current ¿nancial problems, but political interference in planning is the bigger issue. Horgan would not endorse the Wilderness Committee’s call to cancel electricity purchase contracts BC Hydro has signed for more run-of-river developments. Additional projects are planned for the Upper Lillooet, Upper Toba and Harrison Rivers in southern B.C., and the Kokish River on northern Vancouver Island. Most are aboriginal partnerships. Energy Minister Rich Coleman told me no contracts will be cancelled, and he rejected my suggestion that BC Hydro could end up with too much power in the wrong places and at the wrong time of year. BC Hydro can move power around as well as store it, and that ability will improve when the smart grid is completed. Independent power doesn’t end there. It shifts to northern B.C., where three lique¿ed natu-

ral gas projects will need output equivalent to two-and-a-half Site C dams to operate. Coleman con¿rmed that at least one modern gas-¿red power plant will be needed to develop LNG, which is expected to be in business before Site C could be built. That powerhouse will likely be built by the LNG developers, and used to back up new intermittent sources of offshore and land-based wind and any river or geothermal sites available along a new northwest power line. B.C. will likely have a second gas-¿red power plant in the northeast corner, to supply the Horn River shale gas development and processing plant now underway. Coleman says that plant should be able to capture carbon dioxide and sequester it deep underground. Fort Nelson and points north will remain off the BC Hydro grid. Even with carbon capture in the northeast, Campbell’s greenhouse gas targets look to be the next part of his legacy to be abandoned. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com. tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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Teachers deliver message to minister This is an open letter to Education Minister George Abbott. Thank you for your visit today. We are pleased and honoured that you have chosen to visit Giant’s Head School. We certainly believe Giant’s Head School is a very special place. It’s a people place. It is a place where we strive every day to make a difference in children’s lives. We put our heart and soul into our work here. No doubt, that can be said for many public schools in our province. Teachers care about kids. That is why we do what we do. We are the voice for those children. Today we want you to hear our message on their behalf and on our behalf. We thrive on learning as professionals. For seven years, we have had an active learning community at Giant’s Head which has always sought to solidify best practice in areas such as language arts, math, or social responsibility. When we determine an area where we want to see professional growth, we make it happen. We bring in experts to enhance our music, art and other programs. Other times we are the experts and we share that expertise throughout the district and province. This year, in the midst of job action, we jumped into a book study based on Ross W. Greene’s Lost at School. We sit with our colleagues after school and try to solve the dilemma of how to reach those kids in our building who are “lost at school.” We do this not because we are directed to do so, but because we want to make a difference in

Keep focus down to earth

In reply to Guenter Hoernig’s letter, I would like to thank him for not disputing any of the facts in my original letter. On being ignorant, it would appear that Mr. Hoernig is ignorant of the fact that the Middle East is considered to be the number one Àash point in the world that could lead to another world war. And I cannot see any amount of Hubbard (whoops Hubble) telescopes being of much help if one does break out, except perhaps to give a grandstand view of a war that could leave much of the world inhabitable. He may also be ignorant of the fact that contrary to what the Americans had hoped for, many of the Middle East Arab countries that have recently rid themselves of dictators have now elected radical Islam parties to power. Many of the young politicians and activists in the parties went to the madrasas and were indoctrinated in ways that can only lead to a huge confrontation with the ‘in¿dels’, which take in both myself and Mr. Hoernig. I, and many others, have pointed out that much of the radical brand of Islam taught at the madrasas has been indoctrinated into the mostly poor students who attended the madrasas, as their parents sent them there as it was the only way they could get any education. If a fraction of the money spent on the Hubble telescope program and sending troops into Afghanistan had been spent on providing decent schools that taught the students how to think not what to think, we would not have half the problems we have now and perhaps, just perhaps, the World Trade Center towers might still be standing. In fact, I used to curl with Carmen Costaine, who worked out at White Lake, and we had several polite conversations on the age-old subject of ‘science for science’s sake,’ so I am not going to waste time rehashing the age-old arguments on that subject. However, as I tried to make clear, even one light year is one heck of a long way to travel if a nuclear war should break out, so should we not be spending our time and brains in improving life on Earth so it is tolerable enough for everyone to live in peace? I know I do not want my children and grandchildren to grow up and see the wreckage that was caused (by what are now long outdated bombs) on Coventry where I was

our students’ lives. So Mr. Abbott, we get worried when we hear talk about the government changing professional development from being locally developed to something that is going to be prescribed to us from afar. We know what we want and what we need to best support our students. “Top down” is not the model that has worked so well for us at Giant’s Head School. Support us, but please don’t try to control us. We need your support in many crucial ways. We need your help to right the wrongs of slashed contracts. We need language in our contract to ensure classroom environments are student and teacher friendly. Smaller class sizes would be a great place to start. All of us have seen the challenge of teaching with too many children in a classroom. The amount of individual attention is limited. We are putting in more of our own time, funding our own resources and still we cannot meet all of their needs. Adequate funding for special needs children is also crucial. This applies for children not only at both ends of the spectrum, our gifted and our learning challenged, but also our behaviorally challenged. We have many special needs children who get very little specialized help because our special education teacher and learning assistance teacher are stretched to the maximum. We turn to them for help but they are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of children they service, not to mention testing, developing individualized education programs, school based meetings and

born. Several science ¿ction writers have written, postulating what it will be like after a nuclear war, and as Will Rogers would have said, “It ain’t pretty.” Brian Sutch Penticton

Only one trail

The day is coming when Canada’s 18,000-kilometre trail will be completed from sea to sea. The Okanagan, with its beautiful lakes, mountains, orchards and wineries, will be the No. 1 destination for cyclists from all over the world. We should all become acquainted with our trail and start burning calories, not carbon. We would like to see the trail designated as a park, with park bylaws restricting motor vehicles. In the meantime, it would be great if the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen would do what they can to stop the careless destruction of an irreplaceable treasure that is our trail by motor vehicles. Happy trails. Rod Hollett Penticton

A sad state of affairs

What I think is really sad in this so-called “place to live forever”, is that my monthly pad rent in the trailer park I live in is higher than my monthly mortgage payment. It’s sad that the park is still on useless 1970s 60-amp power. It’s sad when you think trailer park living is low-income living, when in fact, it is not. It’s sad when you have to pay property taxes on a piece of land you don’t even own. (You’d think that was the purpose of pad rent, to ease the burden of one less bill and the owner would be responsible for the entire park’s property taxes.) It’s sad when people drive through our trailer park like it’s a Nascar race strip and yet we can’t even get speed bumps put in here. It’s sad that no updates have happened in the park, such as paving the roads, updating the sidewalks, private property and speed limit signs that don’t exist, and yet the pad rent increases each year with no justi¿cation. It’s really sad that the owner makes a $400,000 pro¿t off this trailer park each year. Wendy Tapping Penticton

parent meetings. We have other children who need help, but because the funding formula has changed they no longer qualify for funding because the bar has been raised. In the meantime teachers are working harder than they ever have to meet the needs of every child in their classroom. Without extra support in the classroom to meet the increasing mental health, physical and emotional concerns of the children of British Columbia, teachers are ¿nding it overwhelming to even implement the exciting initiatives we are passionate to put into practice. As technology is a cornerstone for personalized 21st century learning, we wonder how we will manage with a lack of funds for hardware, software, training and support. Please, fund the equipment and maintenance of it, and fund the training we might need to use the equipment. Right now much of our equipment and software is outdated and we struggle daily to make do with what we have. We are passionate about kids and we are passionate about our work with kids. We urge you to see us as stakeholders and to support us in the work we do so well. We are not adversaries; we are a part of this family of learners that stretches across this wonderful province of ours. We need your support and welcome the opportunity to further communicate with you about what is happening here, “in the trenches”.

Taxpayers picked up major cost

Me thinks Cathy Ciardullo missed the point of my letter. All taxpaying citizens of B.C. paid the major cost of the college, through income tax, HST, etc. Jim Pattison’s donation is a tax write off, wealthy people never give money away for free. Pattison is not Bill Gates or a philanthropist by any stretch of the imagination. The name for the college should have reÀected something near to home, giving the students and locals something closer to ponder upon. Let’s not get carried away with the simple fact $2.5 million is been given in bits and drabs and not a cheque for the full amount from the Pattison Group. As for being jealous, this is not the reason I made a statement. I do not care if he worked all his life, and as to his wealth, this is not an issue with me. The fact is that many thousands of citizens in B.C. and Canada work just as hard. Pensioners, after working till their retirement, now have to go seek employment in their golden years to make ends meet, but will never leave a legacy to the college because they did not have funds to make a donation, but contributed just as much. Ethel or Fred working as greeters will never have there names over the door, but do their job with all the enthusiasm they can muster, without the true thank you we should give them. Did you know that the total cost of the project will be over $28 million, with most of the money coming from the government. Okanagan College will contribute $5 million, thus the $2.5 million from good old Jim is a tax incentive. This does not warrant his name over the door. As a free and democratic society we all can express our options, whether right, wrong or indifferent, and this makes for a better understanding of our free values. People seeking welfare are often regarded as scroungers, but the simple fact is welfare money is never looked upon as subsistence to the poor, sick, mentally ill. Business employing tax consultants who ¿nd loopholes not to pay tax is regarded as an asset to being in business. We the people are the federal government. We the people are the provincial government. The welcome sign should say, from the peo-

Marian Rudisill, on behalf of the teaching staff Giant’s Head Elementary School

ple to the people. Education is better than ignorance. Knowledge is power. Ignorance is bliss. The stats can be obtained on the Okanagan College website, giving clear insight to funds. R. Robertson Penticton

Deer option worth exploring

What a positive gesture from Dave Chaplin from the Oro¿no Nature Farm, Willowbrook; offering an alternative option to the planned slaughter of deer in and around Penticton. I totally support Dave in his offer to capture and relocate these beautiful deer to his wildlife farm. I hope our council will seriously take Dave up on his offer, and instead of hiring ‘snipers’ to kill the deer, (why are we so quick to resort to guns to solve perceived problems?) use the money instead to relocate these beautiful creatures to Dave’s protected wildlife habitat. As I see it, this is the most sane way to handle these deer. Must we traumatize our children and grandchildren by examples of such barbaric means of handling our wildlife, when there is this other, kinder, more compassionate way? Laara Branzsen Penticton

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Trail use drives response I believe I should be allowed a rebuttal to Brian Sutch’s letter of Feb. 3 in the Western. He is deceiving the public out there. In his haste to chastise me for my letter of Jan. 12, he rambles on about unsubstantial issues, which it is obvious that he has no knowledge of. A few examples: no knowledge of PSI on terra ¿rma, which by the way has no bearing whatsoever related to horsepower; that ATVs are not considered a motor vehicle and can’t be used on a public roads or property (I never even remotely inferred anything like that); and on and on. Well Mr Sutch, try this on. PSI on terra ¿rma is loaded. An ATV is considered a motor vehicle under several acts, including the ¿sh and wildlife regulations, parks, etc. It needs to be licensed and insured for use on any road that is in part or totally serviced by the government. There is a minimum age limit and you must have a valid driver’s licence. On public property — ie., KVR, logging roads, existing trails etc. — an ATV, motorbike, SUV, etc. are still required to have a $1 million liability insurance, unlike yourself, other hikers, horses, etc. which do not require same. So you see these operators of that cursed ATV must go through considerable study and expense, more so than the 35 questions or so to operate a boat. On that

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I don’t know where Niels Veldhuis gets his information. I know of an individual who had two children and an income of less than $800 a month including social assistance. Not too bad I guess when the average rent for a threebedroom home is somewhere in that neighbourhood. Of course, the landlord would not make repairs like ¿xing the septic system. I purchased a mobile home and moved them into town, and low and behold their social assistance dropped to $200 per month and the children were now over 18. It did not matter that they were unable to get work. Yes, unable to get work. All their applications for employment led nowhere. I have gone to the MP’s of¿ce and the MLA’s of¿ce for assistance, but it appears they, for some reason, do not qualify. What about work camps like they had in the ‘20s and ‘30s I inquired. No, too much liability. It seems like the only solution is to let them starve or let someone come to their aid. But we will not allow that person to claim the aid as a deduction because he/she did not donate through a registered society. OK, at 68 I will jump through the hoops and try to get a society going. But, of course, I will not be able to claim the $200,000 I spent over the last three years trying to keep someone from going in to care and helping these families. That’s all right. If I can manage to get more work, I’ll just pop more pain killer and keep working. I’d even settle for a senator’s seat, but I have no political af¿liation, so that lets that avenue out. Perhaps we have too many agencies involved and each one ¿nding loopholes for others to look after those less fortunate. OK, I’ve had my rant. If anyone out there is looking for an older employee, my phone number is 250-492-6028. Bob Richards Penticton

latter, you don’t need insurance for the small ones (also unfair). And by the way, just how does someone inÀict thousands of dollars damage to a dirt trail or old logging road that are ditched? Oh yes, donations. Many people who donated do not want their name published. Now could I just be one of them that has a small ego. Although you will see the Bonthoux name on the Sicamous cairn. I must commend you for cleaning up the Carmi trails. It hard work peddling a bike up 7-10 per cent grades, pulling a bike cart, hauling it down, sorting it and then peddling to the land¿ll for disposal. Finally, I assume, from you quoting yourself and other members of the Adventurers Club, that your are speaking on behalf of that club. Yes, I am an ATV guy, and yes I am a most responsible driver on same. Further, I have two arti¿cial knees that make me a disabled person. So I too must make you feel like upchucking, like the ATV clubs you pointed out. You couple your nausea for the disabled to the city, slaughtering deer and letting the meat go to the soup kitchen. What a way to promote your club and other associations you belong to. Ed Bonthoux Penticton

Fines not justified

After reading the Jan. 18 Vernon Morning Star about seat-belts being ignored, with 17 tickets issued Jan. 11, they should be proud. I can’t imagine how anybody in their right mind can possibly think of ¿ning someone who has done no harm to anyone. But maybe it’s better to wear the seat-belt and have an accident. Then we can blame it on road conditions or that the corner was too sharp and we couldn’t make it. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure their car is safe for the road. And it’s up to the drivers to keep it under control at all times and be prepared to stop at anytime. Then just maybe our roads will be safe. There is one thing that was right. This is 2012 not 1972, then our police of¿cers were of¿cers and didn’t ¿ne us for doing nothing wrong and our passengers were spared. I would personally be ashamed of myself to even think that ¿ning someone for doing no harm is all right. We are supposed to be a democratic country, not a dictatorship. Thank God. Nick Oberle Penticton

Scandal defies explanation

I would like the chance to present a more balanced view for Mick Black, who submitted the letter “Attacks cut both ways” to the Western News Feb. 4. Mick, it is impossible to explain the seven-year, $6 million B.C. Rail scandal — you see it was a cover up where the truth may never be known. Maybe you could ask Christy Clark or her involved husband at the time, or the shameful Gordon Campbell, for the truth, and perhaps you can share the truth with the public. As far as the RCMP investigating, I suggest you take that with a grain of salt, along with the copinvestigating-cop technique they so enjoy. Four members of our beloved RCMP are still not clear of the death of Robert Dziekanski, who died needlessly at the Vancouver airport

some years ago. Seems the four amigos involved may have perjured themselves into another future spotlight of truth or consequences. Then there is the ongoing saga of Picton who lured women to their death at his piggery. A member of the RCMP recently apologized in public for the shameful way the disappearance of women from Vancouver’s East End was handled from the get go. Just to let you know, I detest all of those slime bag attacks, as not one of them will tell me where to put my X, except perhaps at the toe of my boot. Tom Isherwood Olalla

Habitat board in the making

Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan is looking for interested parties to join our board of directors and to head some of our committees. This active organization needs people with strong business backgrounds. Experience in accounting, real estate, house construction, volunteer organization, safety training or fundraising would be an asset. Our board meets once a month, on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the club room at St. Saviour’s Church, 150 Orchard Ave. in Penticton. This af¿liate is in the process of building its third house and is currently raising funds to complete the Habitat home on Huth Avenue in Penticton. We will announce our annual general meeting in March soon and would like to have contacted and interviewed potential board members and committee heads before our AGM. If you have an interest and feel that work with this volunteer af¿liate whose mission is to build simple, decent, affordable housing for local families, please contact Lynn Popoff at 778-4760609 or Merle Kindred at 778-4761319 or email info@habitatsouthokanagan.ca. Lynn Popoff Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan


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Hackers siphon Penticton man’s bank account Kristi Patton Western News Staff

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sponse. Fraud, he said, comes in many different forms including phishing. This technique is where people try to impersonate a legitimate business, usually a bank, and will send an email asking customers to put in their personal information such as user name and password. He encourages customers to regularly update accounts, at least every 90 days, with unique passwords that are a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers. The TD spokesperson added that in the event a customer does experience fraud, they are protected by the Canadian Code of Practice for Consumer Debit Card Services. Under this, proven victims of fraud who have experienced a loss are fully reimbursed. If you think you have been hacked, immediately change all of your passwords, notify the service provider for your hacked account and notify the police. Meerman suggested people visit the Canadian Bankers Association website to learn about staying safe.

Banquet benefits animal sanctuary Western News Staff

If you love your pets, what better way to show it than taking them to a fundraiser for Critteraid. The I Heart Animals banquet is a one-of-a-kind event where people bring their dogs along with them to dine in the ballroom of the Penticton Lakeside Resort. “Last year we had about 60 dogs in attendance. It’s always a blast,” said December Foster, Critteraid board of directors vice-president and director of the Feral Kitten Rescue Program. “All proceeds from the banquet will bene¿t speci¿c Critteraid projects.” Critteraid was established in 1992 to provide refuge for unwanted, abused, abandoned and feral cats. The sanctuary is based on a 10-acre farm in Summerland where cats, dogs and livestock are provided a place to stay. Volunteers keep the animals’ lives free from anxiety, provide a healthy environment, see that they receive medical attention and encourage adoption to responsible people. Every cat that comes to Critteraid is neutered or spayed and receives vaccinations and examinations from a quali¿ed veterinarian. The evening is sponsored by Total Pet and Lindsey Veterinary Hospital and hosted by Dennis Walker of Giant FM. Guests will be treated to the talents of Ryan Schick on the grand piano. After dinner, guest speaker Rob Laidlaw, founder of Zoocheck and author of several books, will hold a presentation. There will be a silent auction and other fundraising activities throughout the evening. Joy Caravello of Petography will be returning for the annual banquet, doing pet portraits by donation. Guests are asked to sign up early to reserve you pet portrait appointment by emailing decee74@gmail.com. The I Heart Animals banquet takes place on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 (dogs are free) and are available for purchase at Pet Pantry in Penticton, Country Corner in Summerland or by calling Deb Silk at 250-493-9752.


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OKANAGAN ARTIST Kindrie Grove will soon be seeing the famous Andalusian horses she likes to paint firsthand, when she leads an art workshop in the Spanish province.

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When Okanagan artist and art instructor Kindrie Grove heads to Spain in May, she will be joining a very select list of artists. Grove has been chosen to lead an art workshop in Andalusia, part of a series of culinary and art workshop vacations that have featured the likes of Nick Bantock, the author of the Griffin and Sabine series, who had recently had a major retrospective at the Penticton Art Gallery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nick has gone every year,â&#x20AC;? said Tina Baird, who handles public relations for A Flavour of Spain out of her Naramata home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had suggested and recommended Kindrie to Mike and Hilary Powell,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Powells started the operation in 2004 as a way to satisfy their love of Spain, art and food (Mike is a chef who owned a restaurant in Spain for many years.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really liked her work.

They really take high-calibre artists over â&#x20AC;Ś everything they do is very high quality,â&#x20AC;? said Baird. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very rich and personal experience, they are very hands-on when they are hosting. While the Powells have been doing this sort of thing for a while now, Grove admits it will be a brand-new experience for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first one I have done. I had plans to organize one to Africa, which I am still going to do,â&#x20AC;? said Grove. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that I would really like to explore more, the combination of travel and creative workshops.â&#x20AC;? However, Grove isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t new to teaching art and has plans that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise her Penticton students, some of which have signed up to take the workshop, which takes place in a renovated mill in the Andalusian countryside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-directed so students work on their own projects, decide what materials they would like to bring. There is usually a morning meeting, critiques and discussions,

then a bit of fundamental instruction,â&#x20AC;? said Grove. After a gourmet lunch, the students are left to work on their own for the afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing I am going to require is that people choose one subject matter, one body of work to work on. The chances of going deep enough, through the layers, increases when you are working with a single topic.â&#x20AC;? There will also be some special experiences, one especially so for Grove, who is known for her paintings and sculptures of animals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to be doing three excursion days and one of them is going to be to an Andalusian stable, so I will be able to see Andalusian horses first hand,â&#x20AC;? said Grove, adding that the students wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be required to work with her favourite subject matter. Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work can be viewed online at www.kindriegrove.com and more information about the art workshop experiences is available at www.flavourofspain.net.

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City Hall in line for software update Penticton council approves upgrade to financial productivity system Simone Blais

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Investing in new software may compute to better ¿nancial reporting at the City of Penticton. Last week, Penticton’s city controller Colin Fisher outlined for council the bene¿ts to the proposed enterprise resource ¿nancial productivity planning system (ERP) and highlights of the process involved in transition process, scheduled to go ahead in October. Fisher explained that the city’s core services review in 2010 highlighted how the city was failing in the realm of ¿nancial productivity systems — meaning ¿nancial reports for any given department or project couldn’t be readily generated. That

meant departments could not track their budgetary progress, because up-todate information wasn’t at their ¿ngertips. Change does not come without a price, however. Council already approved a $750,000 budget for the ERP changeover, which would include the software purchase, conversion services, transition support, project management and training. Fisher said staff’s ¿rst task in determining what kind of ERP City Hall would need required talking to the various departments. “The process to date has been an all-inclusive process, driven ¿rstly by the needs of internal users — the primary stakeholders,” he said. Fisher explained that decisions on software were primarily in line with the needs of the ¿nance department, but is only one of many departments looking for timely ¿nancial infor-

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mation. They met and interviewed the various department heads to determine needs. “That told us speci¿cally what they’re looking for,” he said. Senior managers and designated staff visited other municipalities to determine what systems they used and how they function in a real application. Fisher said that process short-listed three systems for further analysis: J.D. Edwards, Great Plains and Agresso. Staff were able to partake in vendor demonstrations, where the candidate systems were evaluated by Penticton staff based on the identi¿ed needs of the department and given scores for functionality out of six. Staff also visited Kelowna and Kamloops to see the systems in action. “We were anxious to make sure the system we chose was the best for the City of Penticton,” he said. The J.D. Edwards system scored 5.22 for functionality, and would cost $663,408 for the software before implementation costs are factored in.

The Great Plains system, priced at $455,605, scored only 3.76 for functionality. Fisher said staff were recommending Penticton invest in Agresso, which earned the highest score for functionality at 5.83, with a price of $460,000. “The most signi¿cant (feature) is access to information,” he said, adding the program can handle the full range of city functions including accounting, human resources, payroll, public works, work orders, Àeet management and more. While the $750,000 budget is more than the initial outlay, Fisher explained that the transition process will require a business analyst and other temporary staff devoted to moving data and ¿les over to the new system. Mayor Dan Ashton recognized the need for the investment. “This is a substantial purchase for the City of Penticton, but probably long overdue,” he said, asking whether the Agresso system had the capacity to be built upon to handle the city’s future needs. “The Agresso system

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Deal opens Chinese market to Okanagan cherries Steve Kidd Western News Staff

Local cherry growers are looking forward to new opportunities in a new market this season, after the provincial and federal governments co-operated to sign a ground-breaking deal with China last week. An agreement signed between the governments of Canada and China in Beijing this week commits the two countries to work on access for a number of speci¿c Canadian foods, including cherries. British Columbia produced 94 per cent of Canada’s sweet cherries in 2010, with top export markets including Taiwan and Hong Kong. “We are very pleased to see this progress on access to China for B.C. cherries. A ¿nal agreement has the potential to immediately garner

Strategy, which is expected to be released this spring. “B.C.’s excellent farm products are already in high demand in China. This clearly shows the importance of the additional cargo Àights to and from YVR,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom. “This agreement signed between the governments of Canada and China is an exciting step forward to opening more markets in Asia.” In July 2011, Canada’s ¿rst dedicated cargo Àights to Mainland China began from YVR to Shanghai. The three-times-per-week Àights typically deliver B.C. seafood and could also carry cherries and other fresh foods. B.C. has posted record exports of agrifood products to China in each of the last three years, with exports topping $100 million for the ¿rst time ever in 2010.

keeping the cold chain intact during the three weeks it could take to ship the cherries there, Norton said there are growers able to meet those challenges. “Not every operation is equipped or prepared to make those kind of decisions to get that product out there. People that are able to do that will be shipping to China instead of locally, so that should relieve some of the pressure on the local markets,” he said. “It may be a little more indirect for some cherry producers, but overall it will be a positive.” As part of the B.C. Jobs Plan, the provincial government is focusing on building export markets for B.C. food, encouraging international consumers to look to B.C. for high-quality and trusted foods. Don McRae, B.C.’s minister of agriculture, said expanding exports to Asian markets is a key theme of the new Agrifoods

$10 million or more in cherry sales to China,” said Christine Dendy, a director of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association. In 2010, B.C. growers exported about $29 million worth of cherries, including more than $7.5 million to Taiwan and $5 million to Hong Kong. Greg Norton, a third-generation orchardist who has been growing cherries in the Okanagan for more than two decades, said he is excited about the possibilities. “It gives us an alternate market. I think the whole industry will feel the effects of this,” said Norton. “It is not a simple country to get into. But having the prime minister signing agreements should reverse the Àow of bureaucracy, it’s now coming from the top down, which will encourage the local bureaucrats.” While exporting to China brings with it some challenges, like high fruit standards and

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Penticton council has passed ¿rst three readings of a bylaw to increase fees and charges for parks, recreation and culture facilities. According to general manager Chuck Loewen, fees and charges were adjusted by three per cent to approximate the Consumer Price Index over 2011. The only exception to that was a ¿ve per cent increase to theatre rentals and adjusted theatre technician rates, which had been lower on average than others. The bylaw features phased-in rates for areas like meeting rooms, activity spaces, the library, museum, auditorium, parks and sport ¿elds. “Three years ago, a study was conducted and the results showed that our rates were extremely low compared to similar facilities,” Loewen said. “An immediate rate adjustment in 2010 would have been too onerous, and therefore, a three-year phased-in approach was taken.” Drop-in rates for ¿tness, public skating and swimming have seen between a zero to ¿ve per cent change in price, while membership rates give greater discounts for regular participation. Loewen said 12-month memberships have been developed for the pool, ¿tness and a combination of the two “for the best overall value” to those who use the Penticton Community Centre. Council unanimously passed the ¿rst three readings of the amended fees and charges bylaw. The new rates are scheduled to be effective April 1.

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info call Moe at 250770-7524 or visit www. fosterbc.ca or www.mcf. gov.bc.ca/foster. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has a management committee meeting upstairs at 7:30 p.m. FRATERNAL ORDER OF the Eagles has a general meeting for all members every second Wednesday at the hall on 1197 Main St. OLIVER DOUBLE O Quilters have dropin activities every Wednesday. PENTICTON QUILTERS MEET on the second Wednesday of the month at the Salvation Army hall at 9 a.m. Check their website at www.pentictonquilters.com or email ggovier1@shaw.ca. P ENTICTON U NITED CHURCH has liturgical dance sessions the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 250-492-2684 to register. No fee. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music has string orchestra under the direction of John Suderman from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Leir House. Open to intermediate and advanced string players ages 16 and up. New members welcome. KIWANIS CLUB HAS a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St., Penticton PIECEFUL EVENING QUILT Guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre on 2965 South Main St. For more info call Sue 250-4920890, Fran 250-4977850 or Penny-April 250 493-8183. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NIGHT group meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday noon at 361 Ade Ave. 890 WING OF the South Okanagan Air Force Association of Canada will be having a roast beef dinner at 126 Dakota Ave. For tickets phone Verna at 250-492-5369. LITURGICAL DANCE SESSIONS will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Phone 250-492-2684 to register for free event. OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has school concerts from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the Cleland Theatre. Admission is $6. THE PENTICTON & District Hospice Society is hosting an open house at the new Bereavement Resource Centre at 626

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FRANCO 50-PLUS CLUB meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drop-in program for French speakers wanting to socialize in French, including activities such as games, outings, discussions, hobbies and projects. Call Lina at 250492-2549 for info. DESERT SAGE SPINNERS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Members create beautiful handworks. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerickson@telus.net or 250-498-4959. CITY PEACH TOASTMASTERS meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church, Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4860601 for info. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call Merle at 250770-8093. SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., improver line dance at 12:30 p.m., bingo and crafters meet at 1 p.m., and table tennis at 7 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Betty-Lou at 250-492-7623 or Liz at 250-493-7997 for more information. O KANAGAN F ALLS S ENIORS ’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. Ladies Fitness and Friends at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall.


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calendar S OUTH O KANAGAN I MMIGRANT and Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250-4926299. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has Joseph’s Famous Pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. Music trivia by Affordable Music. Prizes. Members and guests welcome to hall on 1197 Main St. ANAVETS HAS POOL and the 269 Dart Club at 7 p.m. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NIGHT group meets at 8 p.m. on 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. PENTICTON WRITERS AND Publishers meets every third Thursday at the Leir House at 7 p.m. If you love or want to write, come join us. For more info, contact Penny Smith at 250-494-2299. SPECIALIZED FOSTER CARE program through the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is looking to recruit therapeutic foster homes for youth who are experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. For more information, dropin to the Penticton office at 1295 Manitoba St. any Thursday between 9 to 11 a.m. and ask for Christine or Laurene, or call at 250-493-0512, Ext 116.

PENTICTON AND AREA Women’s Centre & Okanagan College Women’s Centre is hosting world day for social justice at 6:30 p.m. at Okanagan College. Guest Speaker Julius Bloomfield and the inspiring film Hannah’s Story will be on the agenda. For more information contact Angelika Eneas at pawcevents@gmail.com, or Michelle Beckley pawc.events@gmail.com 250-493-6288.

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SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Tai Chi Chuan at 10 a.m., cardio dance at 11:10 a.m., new beginner line dance at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE with Jack and Owen at 6 p.m. 890 WING OF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HAS a big book meeting and 12x12 thumper group meets at 7:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. in Penticton. Naramata group is at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday at noon at 361 Ade Ave. FUNTIMERS BALLROOM DANCE Club meets most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club on Ellis Street from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For ballroom and Latin American dancing. instruction is provided on certain Fridays. For more info please contact Brian at 250-492-7036 or visit www.funtimers. bravehost.com. THE 12TH ANNUAL Penticton Winterfest dart tournament is Feb. 17 and 18 at the Elk’s Lodge. Mixed doubles registration is at 6:45 p.m., with toe line at 7 p.m. On Saturday, mens singles and ladies doubles registration closes at 9:45 a.m., toe line at 10:30 a.m. Ladies singles and mens doubles registration closes at 1 p.m., toe line approxi-

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Coach pleased with young skaters results Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Members of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club scored positive results during the 32nd Ogopogo Freeskate. Coach Alex Sergueev said everyone did well. However Angelina Veltri, Nadia Snyman, Julia Crowther and Ekaterina Sergeeva performed better than expected. Sergueev was impressed with Crowther, who scored 14.32 points during the prepreliminary skate. Crowther, eight, loved her first time competing in the event, which was also her first time on the competitive stage. “It was fun,” said Crowther, who placed seventh. “I landed all my jumps. They (judges) were kind of strict.” Crowther found her competition tough and said she felt some nerves. “I thought I wouldn’t get a good mark,” said Crowther. Veltri placed fourth in the introductory women. “She had the best performance I saw, even much better than the practice,” said Sergueev. “I did pretty good,” said Veltri. “I was just hoping to do my best.” Veltri did find the other skaters to be very good making it a challenge for her. She also learned from the experience and knows what she needs to work on, mainly her jumps.

Sergeeva placed second behind Summerland’s Desiree Bortolussi, her only competitor in the gold interpretive. Bortolussi scored 51.91, while Sergeeva finished with 50.75. Sergeeva was happy with her performances, but noted she completed a few illegal jumps in her second skate. Sergeeva and her coach, who is also her father, had discussed the jumps before hand, but according to Sergueev, “they are teenagers and don’t listen sometimes” as she had forgotten what he told her. “I’m really pleased with what she is doing,” said Sergueev. “I just wanted to get a better mark and have a clean skate,” said Sergueeva. “I felt pretty good about it.” Snyman, who placed sixth in the pre-introduction group, said she performed well and it was improvement from her last competition. She was focused on having a clean skate and accomplished that despite feeling nervous before skating. “I just think of how I would do it during practice and do the same,” said Snyman. “It helps me skate better.” “She knows her technical aspects need to improve,” said Sergueev. “She needs to do more double jumps. Find full story at www.pentictonwesternnews.com.

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Driving the Canada 2 sled has been great for Summerland’s Justin Kripps, but it’s also been a whirlwind. Kripps, who is teamed up with Tim Randall, Derek Plug and James McNaughton, said it’s been an adjustment with the new sled and crew. In his Àrst event, they placed 12th in the world cup four-man bobsleigh at Whistler Park posting a time of 1:44.38. He also placed 17th in the two-man event. “I didn’t drive particularly well in my

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Ekaterina Sergueeva of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club placed second in the gold interpretive competition of the Ogopogo Freeskate. After her first Ogopogo experience last year didn’t go well because of problems with her music, Sergueeva achieved her goal of having a clean skate.

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Ekaterina Sergeeva of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club performs her routine in the women’s gold event at Memorial Arena during the final day of the Ogopogo Free Skate.

opinion, I was forcing it a little bit, luckily it was good enough to still get a good result,” said Kripps in an email. “It’s a challenge for me as a former brakeman to still push the sled fast but then settle down and relax so that I can drive smoothly.” Kripps also said this situation is different from when he road with Pierre Leuders, who is now his coach. “As a crewman, I would just get myself pumped up and crush the sled off the line as fast as possible, now I have to do the same but stay relaxed and focused as there’s an extra 1,500-metres of track for me to drive.”

Kripps, who was a brakeman at the 2010 Games with Lueders’ sled, told the Summerland Review that he only started driving last year so he is happy right now just to have the opportunity to compete at a world cup. “I think this track in Whistler has been critical for my quick development as a pilot,” he said. “It is very technical and challenging. We are very lucky to have this at home because it really slows other tracks down when we leave here.” Story written with Àles from the Summerland Review.

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sports Emanuel Sequeira CURTIS LOIK congratulates Cody DePourq as the Vees forward skates away from the Salmon Arm goalie after scoring the first goal in what would become a 10-1 drubbing of the Silverbacks and the Vees’ 31st consecutive win. (Below) Frank Darin, president and owner of the Vees, signs the giant congratulatory plaque dedicated to the record-breaking team Friday night. The number of wins on the plaque will continue to increase until the Vees lose a game, then the sign will be laminated as a permanent display. The Vees earned their 32nd straight win Saturday, downing the Westside Warriors 7-5.

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Vees streak continues with a scare Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

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Having a 6-1 lead evaporate in the span of five minutes is something the Penticton Vees prefer to happen now than in the playoffs. With a comfortable five goal lead in the third period, the Westside Warriors clawed back in on goals by Shawn Hochhausen at 4:57, Marcus Basara at 5:13, Connor Dempsey at 11:51 then pulled within one at 17:55 on Max French’s goal. That’s as close as the visitors got as Joey Benik netted his hattrick goal with 37 seconds left into an empty net to seal a 7-5 Vees win, their 32nd straight. “Nothing you can really do,” said Vees goalie Michael Garteig, who set a career high with 37 wins on the season. “We learned from it and watched video. We still got the win and that’s all matters. We had a little extra gear at the end to get the job done, which is also a thing that no one really realizes.” Benik said they wanted the third period to go differently. “Like coach said, our minds were somewhere else,” said Benik. “Five minutes into the third period and we just fell apart there. It

was scary. We haven’t been in that situation all year. It was all on us, it was our fault that we kind of stopped working, stopped thinking and let them back into the game.” Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson said his players “went to sleep for about five minutes.” “It wasn’t the whole period, but we took moments off,” he said. “Got away from our work ethic and they didn’t quit and it was a good little lesson to our guys that no matter who you are playing and what the score is you can’t stop the level of work ethic that you bring.”

Garteig said Saturday was “just a wake up call to let us know we’re not the best and we’re our own enemy.” “We all work extremely hard,” he said. “If it was getting to our heads, we wouldn’t be working hard.” On Friday, the Vees aim to extend their winning streak against the Vernon Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The team did work Monday on a few things, including drills to show the players why they don’t want them taking extended shifts. Garteig said they just have to keep things simple. With

the Vipers possessing offensive threats in Michael Zalewski (31 goals), Darren Nowick (26 goals), and Adam Tambellini (22 goals), they just need to get to the Vipers D-core and goaltender. The Vipers, 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, appear to be coming on despite a 3-1 loss to Chilliwack. Benik said this matchup will be a good test for them. “They are fighting for a playoff spot,” he said. “It’s a huge game. It’s a team we might be seeing in playoffs.” Vees notes: Forward Steven Fogarty has scored four gamewinning goals in the Vees last seven wins.


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AIR HRYNYK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BRI HRYNYK scored 11 points to help lead the Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team to a 61-36 win against the Salmon Arm Jewels. Kelsey Desroches led the Lakers with 16 points. The Lakers travel to Rutland today to play the Voodoo, then host South Kamloops on Friday and North Kamloops on Saturday at Pen High.

Freestyle skiers can shine at Games Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Results for the Thompson-Okanagan freestyle and alpine skiing teams could be on the opposite end of the spectrum during the 2012 B.C. Winter Games in Vernon Feb. 23 to 26. Being on the podium is a strong possibility in freestyle skiing, while alpine could provide surprising finishes. Brian Spence, vice-president of B.C. Freestyle Skiing and president of the Apex Freestyle Club, said skiers from the AFC tend get on the podium a lot. One who has the potential to do well is Jordan Kober. He won his age group at the B.C. Series. Kassidy Todd of Keremeos is another who has a chance to win. Because the talent is strong in the area, Spence said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they have a lot of competition to get these spots.â&#x20AC;? While the team took a hit when Matt Finlayson broke his collarbone, other members include Shaina Finlayson and Noah Spence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noah barely got a spot,â&#x20AC;? said Spence. He earned it by winning the B.C. championship last year. Skiers earn their positions based on results from three events with the best one getting them in. In alpine skiing, the Alpine Ski Club will be represented by Jesse Howden of the Fraser Valley. Mt. Baldy in Oliver has Nils Rauhala of Kelowna and Pentictonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nicholas Everton competing. Warren Everton, an assistant coach for the Thompson-Okanagan team,

said Nicholas enters the Games ranked fourth, while Rauhala is sixth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are reasonably high up on this team,â&#x20AC;? said Everton, adding that both can finish in the top-20 for sure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they pull off an exceptional run in one of the disciplines, you never know, it could end up in top-10. If the cards played right, maybe even medal. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably a long shot though. The 11- and 12-year-olds is hard to read.â&#x20AC;? Everton is just pleased they are competing as he said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;privilege to qualify.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had an athlete qualify for a number of years so our program is starting to build,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rauhala and Everton are both excited to experience the Games for the first time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My sister (Silken, who competed in the Games) was telling me all about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really fun experience. There are so many good players there,â&#x20AC;? said Rauhala, who is targeting a top-15 finish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be really awesome. Almost like a tournament.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to meet a lot of other racers from B.C.,â&#x20AC;? said Nicholas Everton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will be cool. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a little bit nervous because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been skiing well, getting lots of top-10 finishes.â&#x20AC;? Check the Penticton Western News for more coverage on the Games, www.pentictonwesternnews.com and click on the B.C. Games tab.

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TENNERT EILEEN SARAH Eileen Swaney, age 95, passed away on February 8, 2012 at Haven Hill Retirement Centre, Penticton. She was born May 22, 1916 in Vanguard, Saskatchewan where her family homesteaded. Eileen took her nurses training in Regina and married Ed Swaney. They lived in Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Field and then came to Penticton. She was active in Girl Guides and the Royal Purple. She was passionate about animals, particularly her dogs. She loved her home and yard, travelling the world and reading. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed in 1977; sister, Muriel and brother, Bob. She is survived by her son, Robert Swaney of Sparwood; daughter, Karen (Dan) McAfee of Penticton; grandchildren, Rob (Sherrie) Swaney, Sean Swaney, Sandy McAfee, Laura (Mike) Schwarz; great grandchildren, Terrill, Kaitlynne, Steven, Janine, Robyn and Adam; sister-in-law, Joyce Wharton as well as nieces and nephews. Mom was able to stay in her home for a long time because of loving neighbours and friends. The past two years she was lovingly cared for by the staff of Haven Hill and Dr. Laurie. We cannot thank them enough for the comfort and care they afforded our mother. A Celebration of her Life was held Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Everden Rust Funeral Services (1130 Carmi Ave., Penticton). At our mother’s request memorial tributes may be directed to the SPCA, Women in Need Society, Penticton Hospital or a Food Bank. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112

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Betty passed away with her family at her side on February 7, 2012 in Penticton. She was born October 19, 1921 in Regina, Saskatchewan and was raised in Milestone Saskatchewan, The Pas & Churchill Manitoba. In 1942 she moved to Williams Lake B.C. and worked for the Bank of Commerce for a year before following her beau Herbert to Wells B.C. where they were married in 1943. After the war they lived in Wells, where she excelled at badminton, dance and entertaining. In 1956 she joined Herb as the assistant postmaster, a position she held until she retired in 1980, and they moved to Penticton. She was predeceased by her husband Herbert in 2009 and is survived by daughter Linda (John) Griffin; son Ross (Lynn) Hadfield; grandchildren Steve (Nicki) Griffin, Alayne (Tyler) Mittelsteadt, Scott (Sam Marx) Hadfield and Mike Hadfield; great grandchildren Benjamin and Meghan Griffin and Ava Mittelsteadt; nieces and nephews. Betty loved to entertain and has been known to cook more turkeys on a weekend then most people would cook in a lifetime. She had an infectious laugh, loved nothing better than a good joke and being around her family and friends. She was generous, loved playing cards and always got in the last word. Betty will be missed by all of us. Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Providence Funeral Home, Parkview Chapel, 1258 Main Street, Penticton BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the MS Society. Condolences may be sent to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com. Providence Funeral Homes Parkview Chapel (250) 493-1774


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LOGGING TRUCK DRIVER’S NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for Interior and Vancouver Island for well established Company (Kurt Leroy Trucking Ltd). Full time for 12 months. Please fax resume and drivers abstract to 250-287-9914. NO PHONE CALLS!!!!

Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities

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THE Individual Placement Program, a subsidiary of WJS Canada, is currently accepting applications for a two bed Youth Care Home in Penticton. In this position you will provide structured care in your home for 2 male at-risk teens. The successful applicant will have some youth care experience and will be subject to a criminal records check. To apply please send your resume and three current references to bchr@telus.net or fax to 250-4925898. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. For more details phone 250-492-2787 and speak with the Program Manager.

Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic Required F/T for a metal recycling facility in Burnaby. Must have inter-provincial Red Seal.

• Competitive Wage • Excellent Benefits Package • Pension Plan • Life Insurance • Profit Sharing & More

Income Opportunity

Please e-mail: recruiting @abcrecycling.com

HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

JOURNEYMAN HEAVY duty mechanic – required at HMI Industries, a growing metal recycling company based in Red Deer. Please fax resumes to 403.346.3953, or email: resumes@hazco.com

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

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Run AB, SK, BC on a FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE! Do you want to: • Work a Tuesday – Saturday schedule? • Work a Sunday – Thursday schedule? • Work a Monday – Friday night schedule? • Be home every second day/night? …or tell us what works for you! We can work with our available options to help create the position you have been waiting for – we are busy in the West! Get into the Driver’s seat with a recognized industry leader earning the income you deserve! Are you a quality Class 1 Driver or Owner Operator? Our Recruiters are ready to take your call!

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Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

Toll Free:

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Employment

Employment

Services

Services

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Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

Education/Tutoring

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Home Improvements

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Legal Services

Murray’s Appliance Repair, former customers of Lumb’s, give Murray a call, (250)4935780

Business/Office Service DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca

Cleaning Services Cleaning - Household & Business, friendly, professional service, Penticton to Peachland, $20/hr. Supplies Included. 250-878-3498 Cleaning, household, small office, professional, friendly service, Penticton area, references avail., (250)490-0884 EFFICIENT House Cleaning. Honest, Reliable, Trustworthy. References available 250-4924226

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Education/Trade Schools

BELCAN Painting & Renos

OF EDUCATION

Property Maintenance Licensed & Insured

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

Education/Trade Schools

GIFT SUCCEED.

Decks - Siding Fences - Sheds All Interior & Exterior Renos

HANDS ON HANDYMAN SERVICES, we do just about everything, reno’s, basement suites, kitchens, bathrooms decks, painting, tile work, etc. 250-493-2525, 250-809-1730

For all your drywall, boarding, taping & light framing needs. Free estimate, call John (250)809-8708

STUDY.WORK. S U . O

Improvement Experience

Licensed-Insured-WCB, Painting, Tiles, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s. Call Len 250-486-8800

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

THE

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ATTENTION - Painters, Printers and Potters. Register for Visual Arts Diploma program. Multi-use workshop, painting, drawing, sculpture studios. No portfolio required. Grande Prairie Regional College. University transferable. 1-780539-2909 or www.gprc.ab.ca.

Education/Trade Schools

HIGHLANDER

RENOVATIONS

Drywall

Home Improvements

Register for any Sprott-Shaw Community College program between Dec. 1, 2011 - Feb. 29, 2012 and receive up to $1000* towards tuition. *Some conditions apply

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Landscaping

Auctions Auction Water/Wine Bottling Line, Bottling Line, s/s tanks, filtration system, restaurant equipment & more. Feb 25, 11AM, West Kelowna, BC, View photos at (Special Auction) doddsauction.com 1-866-545-3259

Merchandise Rentals FOR lease, approx. 4 acres of irrigated land in the city limits of Penticton. Deer fencing in place. Suitable for fruit trees, hay, alfalfa, ground crops. w e n d e n bu r g . w i n e. c o n s u l t ing@gmail.com

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

Painting & Decorating Painting Interior/Exterior. Excellent work, fast, neat, low prices. 30 years experience. Small jobs welcome. Phone Dave at (250)497-7912

Rubbish Removal PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay 1st $6.50 & 2nd $7.00 cut Alfalfa grass mix, Irrigated, 70 80lb bales, barn stored, (250)547-6816 800 lb round bales: this years grass hay $50./bale, last years grass hay $25./bale. Shavings & Sawdust available 250-804-6720 HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs. Large square bales, 3x3x8, $160/ton. Delivery avail. on larger orders. 250838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763. McLeery Ranch, Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass small squares, Haylage $45., Dry Rounds $50., Armstrong. 1- 250-546-0420

Shavings Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132

TRAIN TO BE A COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER IN PENTICTON TODAY!

Pets BOUVIER PUPS, home raised, loyal & loving. var. colors $800. Call 250-486-6773. sm.white@shaw.ca

Home Care/Support

Home Care/Support

24 hr. Live-In Support Required (Kamloops, B.C.) Dengarry Professional Services Ltd. is seeking experienced individuals or couples for contract to provide live in 24 hr support for short term stabilization to adults with mental and physical disabilities in Kamloops. Applicant must have education and experience either in behavioral and/or medical supports. Applicant will undergo extensive screening including reference checks, Crim Check and drivers abstract. Housing included with compensation package.

If interested, please forward resume to Kristine Toebosch at ktoebosch@dengarry.bc.ca or fax to 250-377-4581 or mail Attn: Kristine PO box 892 Kamloops BC V2C 5M8

Merchandise for Sale

Fully Experienced Pruner. Fruit trees, evergreen hedges and landscapes. Picture portfolio and reference list of satisfied clients available. Phone Gerald 250-493-5161

Livestock

Learn more at sprottshaw.com/gift

Community Support Workers support and aid recipients of social assistance & pensions. They provide assistance to clients living in group homes & half-way houses by facilitating & supervising their activities. Train locally for the skills necessary in this rewarding career Àeld.

Services

Pomeranian puppies Ready to go, (250)547-6963 e-ore@telus.net Purebred registered Havanese pups, great disposition, litter trained, 1st shots, many different colors to choose from, great pets for any family. For information call 1-250-8324923 or 1-250-517-7579. Shih-Tzu puppies, 2 males, 2 females, black & white. phone 1(250)547-8974

Merchandise for Sale

Antiques / Vintage Coin Collector & Silver & Gold Buyer will be at Vernon Museum Antique Show this Friday & Saturday, Feb. 17 & 18. Come in person or call: 1-800-948-8816

Appliances Slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Washer/Dryer set starting at $399. Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50’’ $499.CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS 250-490-0554.

Building Supplies IN Stock Windows, Doors & Cabinets - 50% Off! Limited Time Offer! Heritage Millwork p. (250)492-0069 @ 165 Okanagan Ave E, Penticton Steel Building Sale. Inventory Discount Sale. 30x40, 42x80, 100x100. Erection Avail, 40 yr paint. Must Sell, Will Deal Source# 1KD. 800-964-8335

Firearms REMINGTON Rebate Round up at The Best Little Gun Shop Around, Weber & Markin. 4-1691 Powick Road Kelowna 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat 10-6

Free Items You haul away, Hammond Colonade full orchestra organ, (250)492-8258

Firewood/Fuel WANTED Applewood, will buy as rounds/logs, or can remove trees for wood. 604-970-4041

Furniture Memory Foam Mattress 8” Queen. New, still in package. Worth $990. Must Sell for $375. Call 250-307-3236 or 250-550-6647. Can deliver

Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / BRIDGES / EQUIPMENT Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Smallforklifts/F350C/C”Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & Storage. Call 24 Hrs 1-866528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

Medical Supplies CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991

Misc. for Sale Black wall oven, counter cooktop, 60” metal bifolds, offers. 250-499-7050. Freezer beef, grain fed, no hormones, no antibiotics, by the side, $2.65 lb. CWF. 250307-3430. Moving Sale, everything must go, piano, oak desk, outside furniture, bedroom suite, etc., (250)493-7816 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & Save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - Building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

Misc. Wanted I want to buy gold coins from all over the world. All years. Call Todd 250-864-3521 PRIVATE Coin Collector Looking To Buy Collections, Olympic Silver & Gold Coins, Also Buying Bulk Silver Coins. Call Chad at 250-863-3082. wanted, Vilas dresser in Candlelite color, (250)492-0133


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Merchandise for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Penticton Western News

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Misc. Wanted

Musical Instruments

Will buy bags, rolls, containers or piggy banks etc. full of older 10¢, 25¢ & 50¢. 778-932-2316

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON

Guitar, Piano, Voice, Song Creation, Performance and Recording Lessons. Aidan Mayes, Tim Holman, Maiya Robbie & Ari Neufeld. Phone 778-476-5917.

APARTMENTS: $600

Between Malls, 1 bdrm bsmt suite, f,s, w.d, laminate floors. Avail. NOW (OT444) $600 Skaha Place, 1 bdrm grd flr, new flooring and paint, fridge, stove, a/c unit, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A444) $625 Near library, 1 & 2 bdrm apartments, children welcome, f, s, a/c, /$750 balcony, elevator, covered parking. Cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR) $750 Top floor 2 bdrm condo, 1 bath, laminate flrs, balcony, elevator, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A360) $900 Alysen Pl. 3rd floor, 1 bdrm + den, 6 appl, sec’d parking, Rent $900 until May 31 then $1075 after that. Avail. NOW (OT449) $950 Across from Skaha Beach, top flr, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5appl, extra storage, cov’d parking, incl. cable. Avail. NOW (A443) $975 The Ellis, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl, in suite storage, balcony, sec’d parking, Avail Now(A369) $1600 Lakeshore 3 – 12th floor, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, exec. condo, park and lakeview, seasonal pool, sec’d parking. Avail. July 1 (A412)

FURNISHED HOUSE: Avail. NOW until June 30, 2012. Furnished 2 bdrm home, with finished basement, dble garage, hot tub and BBQ. (OT422)

Homes for Rent

BEST BUYS Free list with pics of 10 Best Buys in Penticton & Area.

PentictonBestBuys.com Free recorded message.

1-888-267-4599 ID#3040 Gil Szabo & Associates

Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty

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Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

RENTALS

(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Skaha Pl. 1 Bdrm, f/s, a/c, secure building & Pent. Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, A/C, storage, carport pkg. $72500 & $77500 incl. pking. Avail. Now $62500 incl. water Downtown: 1 bdrm/bach, F/S, A/C, decks, water Van Horne. 2 bdrm hse, F/S, W/D, garage. incl. pkg. $60000-$64500 incl. util & cable 00 OK Falls: Feb. 1st, 1 bdrm hse, w/detached Pkg. $900 +util guest room, F/S, W/D, 1 bath, garage & lrg Bassett: 2 bdrm, bath, F/S, W/D, F/P. Garage. $87500 +util. fenced yard w/deck $77500 +utilities Property Management

Newer, 2 bdrm duplex near College and SOEC, 1 .5 bath, f,s, d/w. Avail. NOW (H714) $1000 Across from Columbia School, 3 bdrm upper portion of duplex, f,s, shared washer/dryer, 1 year lease req’d. Avail. NOW (OT447) $1300 Near Hospital, 4 bdrm home, in-law suite, 2 bath, carport, fenced back yard. Avail. Feb. 1 (H693) $1500 Large 3 bdrm house, with in-law suite, single garage, 2.5 bathroom, f,s, d/w, w.d. Avail. March 1 (H656)

Property Management #2 Front St., Penticton, B.C.

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

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Musical Instruments

Houses For Sale

Mobile Homes & Parks

Guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, band & string instruments, music books & access., music lessons, sales & rentals, Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave. E, 250-492-4710

132 POWER STREET

ASK FOR DEBBIE

.................................................. $900

2 bed renovated, fr/st, includes utilities. Avail. NOW

310 YORKTON AVENUE

Sporting Goods

Rentals

WANTED: 22. Magnum Rifle. Must be in excellent condition. Please call Dave 250-4977071 780-799-6277 Weber & Markin Gunsmiths Quality Firearms Buy & Sell at The Best Little Gun Shop Around, 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat 10-6

Apt/Condo for Rent

MOVE IN

INCENTIVES 241 Scott Avenue

Stereo / DVD / TV

Cable Included, Senior Building, No Smoking, No Pets, Secure Building, Parking, Balcony 1 + 2 Bedroom

PARADIGM MONITOR 9 v.3(pair). Floor standing loud speakers. Mint condition and excellent sound quality. $500 (paid $1000 new). Phone 250488-6716 after 6pm.

Real Estate

250-488-1800 250-488-2881

Commercial/ Industrial Property

1 & 2 bdrm at 1353 Penticton Ave, updated, $700 & $825. Call Dennis @ Realty Exec (250)493-4372 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-7146 1 & 2 bdrms avail. immed & Mar. 1, newly reno’d, $650$800, central Penticton, water incl., (250)493-4903 to view 1bdrm, downtown on Orchard at Martin, large, util. incl., f/s, air, avail. now, Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-493-4372 1bdrm unit, laminate flooring, parking avail. great location, $725 heat/cable incl. n/s, cat ok w/deposit, avail. Immediately, 250-488-7902

..................................... $1000

For Sale By Owner 2+1bdrm, 2ba, 2000 sqft, 1/3 acre, Trout Creek, (Kijiji), newly reno’d, privacy plus, $429,000, (778)516-1974

2 bed, six appliances, ground floor unit. Avail. MARCH 1

HOUSES

80 GREEN AVENUE EAST ............................. $1000 3 bed, 1½ bath, 4 appl., fenced yard. Avail. NOW

296 KINNEY AVENUE (NEW) ..................... $1375 3 bed, 3 bath, 5 appl., c/a, fenced yard, dble garage. Avail. NOW

Cars - Domestic

FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE modular homes, manufactured homes, and park models. New homes starting as low as $37,209, 16 wides $49,183, and double wides $70,829. www.hbmodular.com or 877976-3737 The Home Boys.

We’re on the net at www.bcclassified.com

APARTMENTS

$1000

Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

250-492-2233

Front Street Realty

HOUSES:

Real Estate

Second-hand business already operating on premises with potential live-in. 900 sq.ft. Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls. Call for details (250)497-8800.

MONDAY - FRIDAY

BRAND NEW 2.5 Bdrm Naramata townhouses 2.5 bath, unfin bsmt, garage, near school. Avail. NOW (Th496-1)

Real Estate

Homes for Rent

TOWNHOUSE: $1200

Merchandise for Sale

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

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

The Bank says... SELL!

A BEAUTY

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe All Wheel Drive 3.5L automatic, alloy wheels, traction control, satellite radio, MP3, IPod, USB, this is a very nice vehicle. 17,000 kms. RED METALLIC. P184A

$

GREAT CONDITION

POWERSTROKE

2008 Ford F-350 Shortbox Crewcab 4x4 XLT 6.4L Powerstroke Diesel engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, tow pkg. with electric brake controller, power pedals, fog lights, park aide system, alloy wheels. Only 59,800 kms! RED exterior. P1107A

2.4L 4 cyl. engine, automatic transmission. Air conditioned. Power windows, power locks and more. BEIGE. P1105B

2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Extended Cab 4x4

With only 2500 KMS!! 1.6 L Ecotec 4 cyl. engine, automatic transmission, power sunroof, cruise control, Onstar with pone, fog lights. Power windows/ locks. SILVER. P1101A

VortecMax tow package. It comes with a 6 speed automatic transmission, electronic brake controller, alloy wheels, satellite radio, power seat & lots more great features. 44,000 kms. Rare truck so hurry! P183A

$

28,998

$

13,890

$

8,290

JUST LANDED

2011 Chevrolet Aveo 5 LT Hatchback

LOCAL TRADE

AS NEW

2007 Dodge Caravan 7 Passenger 3.3L V6 engine. This van only has 58,900 kms! DVD player, power drivers seat, and many more great features. Better hurry on this one. WHITE. P138A

34,800

VORTEC MAX

2008 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.2 CVT automatic transmission, alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruse control, steering wheel audio controls, IPod Jack, deep tinted glass. Only 49,200 kms! SLATE BLUE exterior. P1103A $

13,998

VISIT OUR WEBSITE! www.olivercarandtruck.com Many vehicles to choose from!

250-498-0570

Email: olivercarandtruck@persona.ca 33882 HWY. 97 SOUTH OLIVER, BC DL 8590

Toll Free 1-877-498-0570

GREAT BUY

CUMMINS

TOWABLE

2002 Toyota Highlander Frontwheel Drive SUV

$

28,998 NOW $26,998

NO MILES!

LOW KMS!

$

2004 Honda Civic 4 Dr. Sedan

2008 DODGE RAM 2500 QUAD CAB 4X4

136,000 kms seniors trade-in. Mint condition, 1.7L 4 cyl. Air conditioned, cruise control, power windows power locks and more. BEIGE. P0995C

6.7L Cummins Diesel, 6 speed automatic with manual shift mode, only 70,200 kms. Power seat, 6 disc CD player, backup sensors, hands free phone, running boards, fog lights an more on this INFERNO RED BEAUTY. P1110A

$

11,820

$

8,770

DURAMAX LONGBOX

LOW KMS!

36,998

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2007 Saturn VUE FWD 4 Dr. SUV Economical 4 cyl., engine, 5 speed manual transmission, air conditioned, power windows, power locks, CD player, Onstar, steering wheel audio controls & more. 68,000 kms. BLUE GRAY. P123A

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2008 Ford F150 Supercrew Shortbox 4x4 XTR Plus 5.4L Vortec V8 automatic, alloy wheels , Power pedals, park assist, 6 disc CD player, power seat, sliding rear window and lots more Only 34,200 kms. WHITE. P180A

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2011 Ford Focus SE 4 Dr. Sedan

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2010 Dodge Challenger SXT with Leather

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1 bedroom condo, 6 appliances with A/C. Pet friendly. 5 min. walk to college and shopping! 825/mo. Util. included Avail. Mar 1st. 250-488-2357 or 250-462-0244 1 Bedroom - Near Cherry Ln Mall - ready NOW - laminate floors, quiet, full size appl., A/C. On bus route, close to schools. RV Pkg. call Chris 250-809-0015 1 BR country, bright, priv entry 15 min to Penticton, suitable for quiet single or couple, N/S N/P, $850 incl utilities. Reference required. 250-497-6889 2-1 bdrm lofts $750/mo, 1 unit reno’d. Tiffany Gardens, 3140 Wilson. Jim 250-492-0413 2bdrm, 2ba, Penticton, quiet building, luxury, 6app, ug park, ac, $1050+electric, small dog ok, ns, 250-497-8864, 250488-6528 3rd fl, corner w/balc, 2bd, 2 full bath, 6-appl, inste laundry, a/c, blinds, secure ug prkg, ns, np. refs & DD avail now, 250-4965465 ADULT condo near Skaha Lake. 2BR 2BA 6 new appl. A/C Large deck/covered parking. NS NP Avail Mar 1/12. Ref Reqd. $1150/mo. Call (702)569-8131 or email hrk1953@yahoo.com

4bdrm house, family rm, living rm, 3.5ba, np, ns, $1500/mo., avail. March 1, 250-488-4882 Avail. immed., 3bdrm, 2ba, ns, np, ref’s req., $1000 w/o appl., $1075 w/appl., 250-492-5931 For Rent 2300 Sq. Ft. 4 bedroom log home located in the Twin Lake area on 11 acres. Fenced and cross fenced for horses. Contact Irv Wood at 778-931-0051 for more details. Private 2+1bdrm, 2ba, full basement, partial lakeview, garden area, adult, ns, np, $1300+util., (250)492-4558

3bdrm, Baskin Gardens, reno’d, paint, f/s/w/d, fenced yard, large storage room, close to school, kids welcome, 1 small pet, $1050/mo (250)490-9082

“CHEAPER TO OWN THAN TO RENT” Updated 1bdrm condo at 803 Fairview Rd., 10% down payment and mortgage payment, approx. $440/mo. (OAC), Dennis Ebner, Coldwell Banker, 250-492-0750 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $500/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. LARGE 1 & 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $750 & $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 Seeking long term tenants for 1 & 2 bdr apts in a clean, quiet n/s bldg, elevator, near Cherry Lane, n/p. Prefer semi-retired or retired.$600-$725+utils.250492-4265. SUMMERLAND 1 BDRM apt D/T. $660/month incl water, sewer and shared laundry. NS Available immediatley. Call 778-516-5535 ext 105 to view. Summerland: Large 1 bdrm apt for rent. F/S. Ref’s req’d. NP, NS, ND. More info call 250-498-4370.

Summerland studio unit, 6appl., wall bed, quiet, reliable, ns tenant, $760 (util incl.), (250)494-7488

Commercial/ Industrial 2 MONTHS FREE RENT on 1024 sqft., 2148 sqft., 2280 commercial/whse/ office spaces avail. on Government St in Penticton FREE local use of moving truck for move-in, FREE advertising on LED road sign call 250-493-9227 900 sq.ft. recently renovated on Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls. Currently operating as a second-hand business for sale. Potential live-in. Call for details. (250)497-8800 APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business, also 2300 sq.ft. available. Call Barbara 250-492-6319 Bays for rent, Summerland, 8720 Alder St., 800-960sqft, $6-$625/mnth., 250-494-8555

Duplex / 4 Plex 4bdrm, 2ba, 4appl., ns, np, avail. immed. $1200+util., (250)462-0669 Penticton downtown, lower 2 bdrm+den, all appl. patio, fenced yard, new paint & updates. $1150/mo + utils. 250770-8020, (604)533-0302 Spacious 3bdrm, 3ba, master bdrm & walk-in closet, freshly painted, lg deck, walking distance to DT & lake, f/s/dw/w/d. incl, small pet with DD, $1200+util. Avail. Mar. 1, 250809-9970

Homes for Rent 3bdrm, 2.5ba w/garage, ns, all appl., ref’s req., $1000+util., (250)499-7877, evenings 3 bdrm in Olalla. Detached 30x40 heated 2 car garage. Fridge, stove, W/D. $850/mth plus utilities. 250-498-6553

Motels,Hotels LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, avail for rental until May 2012. Fully furnished, utilities/cable incl., quiet location, near Mall & bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205 or Maple Leaf Motel Inn Town 250-498-3497

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1BDRM+ Den, 575 Wade Ave East. $800, Avail. Mar. 01. Call Jim 250-492-0413 2 bdrm, main level. $1000 incl util. (250)462-0669 Upper suite available for rent, 2bdrm, 1bath, just under 1000sqft., older home, completely renovated. The utilities etc. are split between upper and lower suites, they’re not included. Laundry facilities on both floors, not shared, suites both have private entry. Extremely private location with no neighbors visible even when sitting on the front deck. Side yard has a concrete patio; again completely private and the back yard is large and completely fenced. There is a garage on the property that is not included in the rental, though there will be storage for the lawnmower etc provided. The yard is completely landscaped and fenced with a large deck on the front. No smokers please and no pets. References required. Walking distance to downtown and Okanagan beach Long term renters preferred, $1,100/mo. Avail. Feb 1st. I have a bunch of pictures, let me know when you reply if you’d like to see them. Please reply to bhanover@telus.net but don’t be afraid of my spam filter, you’ll have to type the word in the box to get through to my inbox.

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Trucks & Vans

Cars - Sports & Imports 2000 Corvette convertible, tan top, tan leather interior, loaded auto, new tires fresh certification $20,000obo 250-558-1078 2004 Chrysler Crossfire loaded leather, Immaculate, V6, 6-spd $12,900. (250)558-1078 2009 Black Hyundai Sonata Sport 4 door sedan, 17” rims and comes with winter and summer tires, Too many options to list: Sunroof, A/C, keyless entry, power windows and locks, alarm, cd player, 5 speed shiftable automatic transmission, cruise, 4 cyl., large trunk, leather trim in interior, metallic gray trim package, 109,468 kms, Gorgeous car! Divorce sale so this car needs to sell fast! $16,500 OBO, financing available, Call to view and test drive, Dean 250-497-5191

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1972 GMC 2500 4x4 longbox, complete frame off restoration 46,000 original miles. $23,000. obo. 250-558-1078 1987 Chevy 2wd shortbox, complete frame off restoration, $16,000.obo 250-558-1078 1999 GMC 2500 std, 4wd, reg cab, long-box, 213,000kms, grey, tow pkg, new brakes, runs great, a couple dents, $3500, (250)492-8087 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab, 4.7L Magnum, 4wd, tow pkg, one owner, well-maintained, 91,500km, 17” 10ply tires/chromes, c/w canopy, Dovetail boat loader, 12fr newer boat, 4.5H Evenrude motor, electric motor, 2 batteries, oars & seats, $18,000, (250)295-6408 2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 V6, 7 pass, 191,000 kms,new tires.$7200 obo 250-307-3170 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, 5.7L, loaded every option, painted Tonneau cover, dark green in color, dark grey interior, lots of extras, $36,000.obo 250-558-1078 wanted, rims for 2000 HD GM truck and or tires, cheap, (250)492-8087

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In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On December 10, 2009, at Highway 33 near Kettle River Provincial Park, Rock Creek, BC, Peace Officer(s) of the Kelowna RCMP IRSU seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $7990.00, on or about 11:07 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence under Section 5(2) CDSA, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2011-811, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture

unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website accessible online at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/ civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria BC V8W 9J1.

C I T Y PA G E THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PENTICTON 171 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9 250-490-2400 (phone) 250-490-2402 (fax) web page: <www.penticton.ca>

ZONING AMENDMENT – 2007, 2013 & 2019 MAIN STREET BYLAW 2012-03 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2012-03 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone amended Lot 1 (DD J72485F), District Lot 115, SDYD, Plan 9176 located at 2007 Main Street and Lots 2 and 3, District Lot 115, SDYD, Plan 9176 except part shown outlined Red on Plan M11556 located at 2013 and 2019 Main St., from C7, (Service Commercial) to C6, (Mixed-Use Commercial). The applicant is proposing to develop an eight (8) unit mixed-use office/retail development.

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1bdrm, bright, ground level suite, np, ns, hydro/cable/util. incl., 6appl., laundry. Avail Mar. 1, $750, (250)490-9384 2bdrm basement suite avail. now, close to Wiltse school, spacious, natural light, f/s, cable & internet, ns, np, 250492-3856 or 250-328-8757 2bdrm basement suite, Wiltse area, $900/mo., np, all appl., (250)490-8398 2 bdrm, spacious & bright, stunning view, priv ent, secure, close to malls & schools, cats ok, no dogs. A must see! $950+util., 250-486-0458, 250462-3863 2 bedroom basement suite for rent on private half acre in WB Penticton. 5 minutes to town. Utilities included, has own laundry facilities. Available immed, np, ns. $850 month plus $400 damage deposit. Owner lives on property. Call Lori 250-785-0886 new 2bdrm bsmt,Wiltse area, w/d, $900 util. incl., np, ns, avail. immed., (250)493-8961

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Site Specific Zoning Text Amendment Bylaw No. 2012-04 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Add to Chapter 10–Urban Residential Zones, Section 10.6.4, Site Specific Provisions: 1. “In the case of Lot 10, Block 32, District Lot 202, SDYD, Plan 269 located at 125 Eckhardt Ave. E., assembly and office uses shall be permitted. The applicant is proposing to convert a portion of the building into a ‘co-work’ studio. Any person whose interest may be affected by the proposed amendments may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 12 noon on Monday, February 20, 2012 to Attention: Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5A9; Email: publichearings@penticton. ca. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-490-2400 prior to the meeting. The above mentioned bylaws and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, February 20, 2012, in the offices of the Development Services Department and Corporate Administration Department at the Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton; Penticton Public Library (hours vary), 785 Main Street, Penticton and the Penticton Community Centre, 325 Power Street, Penticton or online at: http:// www.penticton.ca/EN/meta/city-news/latest-news.html Anthony Haddad Director of Development Services


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Forget less is more: More is, in fact, more when it comes to Penticton city advisory committees this year. Mayor Dan Ashton said he wanted to have more citizen members with more varied backgrounds, in addition to more council representation on more advisory committees for 2012. He thanked those who volunteered their time previously, who “have all done a wonderful job. “Their commitment and dedication to the city have been extraordinary. For the new people, it’s a big commitment,” he said, noting many new people came forward with a range of expertise. “They do an incredible amount of great work. In

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City increases citizen members on committees my opinion, I don’t think they get the full recognition that they should get.” Two strategic priorities for council in 2012 included downtown revitalization and waterfront enhancement, which have separate select committees to tackle the large-scale projects. “They’re going to be front and centre. Those were the areas in our strategic priorities that we focused on,” Ashton said, noting that work would have already begun had it not been for a new council coming in. “I’m quite sure those committees will be very busy right off the bat.” Councillors John Vassilaki and Judy Sentes will sit on the downtown revitalization committee, while the waterfront enhancement committee will be headed by Ashton and Coun. Helena Konanz.

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Wind power carries some environmental cost Late last year we learned that a company called Zero Emission Energy Developments plans to develop and operate (subject to permitting) two wind farms about 30 kilometres west of Summerland, a location that, strictly speaking, places them outside of the Okanagan Valley. These projects are called Shinish Creek North and South and each is projected to produce about 15 megawatts of power. These are relatively small when compared to the 105 megawatts produced by B.C.’s ¿rst operating wind farm, located near Dawson Creek. All of which are dwarfed by the WAC Bennett Dam’s output exceeding 2,700 megawatts. Wind power has been touted as the environmentally friendly way to solve the problem of ever-diminishing fossil fuels and increasing CO2 emissions. But like most things, the truth is never as simple as we would like it to be. A column in this very paper raised a number of issues associated with wind farms in general and these developments in particular. Of course, there is no known source of energy that is free of environmental concerns. Even B.C.’s main source of electric power, hydro generation, has its problems. There is no free lunch. Wind farms, once they are built and operat-

Robert Handfield

Nature Wise ing, do have extremely low, if not zero, CO2 emissions. However, they do have signi¿cant environmental impacts that range from habitat impairment or destruction to mass killings of birds and bats. This is not to suggest that wind farms should not be built, but that rather they should be built to stringent standards and employ the latest technology for avoiding bird and bat fatalities. Wind farm proponents argue that each wind turbine kills on average only two birds per year. Nevertheless, there are many examples of signi¿cant bird kills, especially when wind farms have been poorly situated or when “operational mistakes” occur. An example of the former is the Altamont Pass wind farm in California which turned out to be built on an eagle migration route. It is estimated that more than 2,000 golden eagles have been killed by the wind turbines. An

COMMITTEES- Council appoints representatives The transportation advisory committee will include Jakubeit and operations director Mitch Moroziuk, nine at-large members and representation from Okanagan College and Handy Dart. Development services will feature Ashton and Vassilaki, in addition to several staff from the department and 10 at-large members. Heritage, arts and culture advisory committee will include representatives from a trio of councillors — Sentes, Hopkin and Konanz — and seven appointed members. Representatives from the SS Sicamous and Okanagan College are forthcoming, and select committees for arts and culture, heritage and museum remain to have terms identi¿ed. The agriculture advisory committee will feature Coun. Wes Hopkin as the council representative, alongside nine at-large members. Litke will serve on the climate action advisory committee, alongside seven at-large members and representatives of Interior Health, Fortis, the Penticton Indian Band, Okanagan College and secondary schools. Ashton and Hopkin will serve on the airport select committee. Council approved the appointments during an incamera meeting on Jan. 25. For the full list of appointments, visit www.pentictonwesternnews.com.

example of the latter is a recent incident at a West Virginia wind farm where nearly 500 birds were killed in one night when some lights at the facility were accidentally left on and migrating birds became disoriented by the light. A new wind farm consisting of 86 turbines on Wolfe Island near Kingston, Ont. killed 602 birds and 1,270 bats in the ¿rst six months of operation — averaged over a year that would work out to 14 birds per turbine per year and of course even more bats.

So proponents of wind farms should be required to do more than just conduct wind and weather studies; they should also be required to conduct reasonably long-term environmental surveys to determine the likelihood of birds and bats being impacted by the development. In addition, there are a number of features (technological and operating) that need to be incorporated in modern wind farms. These range from bird detecting radars which can shut down the

turbines if large numbers of birds are approaching, to restrictions on operating hours so that the turbines are shut down when bats are likely to be present. Of course, there is a visual impact as well. A modern large wind turbine is approximately the same size as a Boeing 747; just imagine a large number of 747s whirling about like pinwheels and you have some idea of the scope of a wind farm. Currently operating wind farms in the world occupy between 23 acres

(rock bottom minimum) and 400 acres per megawatt of installed capacity. Being very generous and assuming that the Shinish Creek projects will be at the lower end of the scale, this means that each will occupy at least 400-500 acres and possibly much more. Wind power is here to stay, but the environmental downsides need to be taken seriously. It is not suf¿cient to merely study whether the wind blows suf¿ciently before building every project that is proposed.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (also celebrating its 50th anniversary) are joining with the Penticton Museum in presenting an exhibit entitled Walk on the Wild Side. Opening night will be March 16. Watch for additional details at: www.southokanagannature.com. Robert Handfield is past-president of the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.

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