DeHart: Chasing damaging woodpeckers away from buildings

Working in masonry, Keith Eisenkrein has seen a great deal of damage done to buildings by woodpeckers.

Keith Eisenkrein, of Ogopogo Stucco and Masonry, has been in business for the past 12 years. Over those years, Eisenkrein has seen a great deal of damage done by woodpeckers making holes in a building’s cladding. From commercial highrises and small buildings to residential homes, woodpeckers can cause serious damage. Now, Eisenkrein has come up with a solution to the problem, having created a new product called EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish Systems) Armour, a brand new, patent pending product which is the only product of its kind, guaranteed to stop woodpecker damage in buildings where the EIFS cladding has been installed. They are currently only repairing existing damage to buildings with EIFS systems, however intend to also use it as preventative maintenance with new buildings, once they have the required regulatory approvals to do so. The product is now being offered throughout the Okanagan, Tsawwassen and Victoria. It has been field tested in Kelowna with a 100 per cent success rate. Contact 250-575-8124; www.eifsarmour.com.

Along with celebrating their 20th anniversary in business, Sun Valley Foam is operating out of new premises. Owned and operated by Jason Druitt, Sun Valley Foam is now located in the rear portion of Dinah’s Cleaners, 172 Asher Rd., in Rutland, which is owned by Dinah Druitt.  This time of year, Sun Valley is   busy with RV, trailer and vacation home foam replacement. The company also offers foam mattresses, bed toppers, hip/knee replacement cushions, bed wedges, specialty application foams like Latex and memory foam, futon mattresses, bed frames and bedroom furniture. Call 250-765-3112.

Paul Sievwright, formerly with Kelowna Chrysler, is now a new sales agent with Kelowna Ford Lincoln at 2540 Enterprises Way (between Honda and BMW). Dean Bradshaw is the sales manager of the dealership. Call 250-868-2330.

If you have not been to the Brook Bar and Grille Restaurant located at Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Course lately, you will be blown away with the complete renovations that were undertaken over the winter. Everything has changed from floor to ceiling and the restaurant/lounge has a brand new bright, open, modern atmosphere, with upscale décor, but very fitting for the golf course. The clubhouse now boasts a huge fireplace with comfy couch seating around it, new flooring, tables, chairs, drapes and accessories. There is also new round and rectangular tables with leather chairs and a new menu. Call 250-763-7888.

The long awaited new Target store located in the former Zellers location at Cooper and Springfield is slated to open July 9.

Kmotion Motor Sports Apparel and Supplies has relocated to larger premises, moving from 2463 Highway 97 N (Kelowna Crossing) to 287 Bernard Avenue (across from the Bank of Montreal). Owned and operated by Bob Ban and his son Chris Ban, the store offers the newest niche concept in lifestyle apparel for both men and women, with the hottest, cutting edge line-up of International brands for motor sports. The in-store brand line-up may well change the game in retail lifestyle stores. Some specialty brands offered are Troy Lee Design, Sled Necks, FXR, Unit which is an Australian brand and Reevu Helmets. Kmotion is the only dealer in Canada for both Original Black and Roland Sands. The store has a good selection of jackets, T-shirts, gloves, caps, hats and even helmets with rear-view mirrors. If you are into motor sports, this is the store for you. Call 778-478-9935.

On Friday, CPA Canada and CGA Canada announced that CGA Canada has come back to the merger discussions and the merger agreement of the three designations (CA, CMA, CGA) which will be presented to the board chairs for their review. The transition of the CA and CMA staff has already commenced and will now embark on including CGA staff into the transition after May 8. A great step forward to having all the designations under one CPA designation.

After another strong year for a local company, StarDyne, now ranked amount the best on the Branham300, the definitive listing of Canadian IT companies. StarDyne is ranked as one of the top technology companies in Canada. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has earned a place on that list. This year, based on 2012 revenues, StarDyne appears at number 100 on the Top 250 Canadian Information and Communication Technology companies, up from 114 last year and number 24 of the Top 25 Canadian Software Companies. Check them out at www.stardynetech.com or www.branham300.com.

The new “LacQit” One Step Gel Polish Kits for use in your own home, launched by local owner and founder Nanci Spencer, has a website, www.lacqit.com. This product only takes about 10 minutes to apply and the kits have everything you need to do about 30 gel polish manicures.

West Coast Authentic has opened a new store at 1863 Harvey Ave. (beside Andres). It offers a collection of sports and celebrity memorabilia. Open Monday to Saturday, call 250-448-9939.

Sales agent Klaas Nierop has a new sand and soil screener. Called the  Greener Soil Screener, a division of D.E. Signs Plus Inc., it’s an amazing tool for maintenance departments, landscape contractors, municipalities or school districts. With this equipment there is no maintenance, no break downs, no gas, grease or batteries and it is quick to attach. It also screens pea gravel, baseball diamond gravel and everything that is left over is recyclable. You can dig up and screen on any site. By screening your own materials you could save up to 50 per cent or more.  Call 250-863-6207; www.greenersoilscreener@shaw.ca.

Congratulations to Curtis Pannell (Best Buy) and Christina Elliot (Kelowna Yacht Club) on the birth of their first child, Cameron William on Tuesday, March 26.

The Astral Radio 10th annual Have a Heart Radiothon takes place today (May 2) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Orchard Park Shopping Centre in the Sky Court. This annual 12-hour live broadcast calls upon listeners to help raise much needed funds to support care for young patients, enable the acquisition of new specialized pediatrics equipment and provide parents with support services. For how to get involved, including online auction and online donations go to www.1015ezrock.com; www.thesun.net or www.am1150.ca.

Calling all people in the 55 plus age group who would like to work.  Job Options BC is featuring an Urban Older Worker Program through the Okanagan Education Centre, which has been delivering employment programs in Kelowna for more than 15 years. The centre has a new employment program which is geared specifically to the “55 and better” group. The prerequisites to apply for the program include age 55 or older; no EI or Reachback attachment (including maternity/paternity); unemployed and seeking employment; live in the Central Okanagan and legally able to work in Canada. The program will include up to seven weeks of in-class training; life skills/emotional intelligence; career assessments including personality dimensions; basic computer skills; work search strategies such as resumes, cover letters, references, business cars, networking and interview skills;  weekly training allowance; certifications in First Aid, WHMIS, customer service excellence and subsidized work experience or volunteer placements. This is an incredible opportunity for this age group to receive the best employment training available. Contact Maureen Taylor at 250-860-3166 ; www.okanaganeducationalcentre.com.

Happy 53rd anniversary to Dave and Marj Roseberry (May 4).

The Central Okanagan Heritage Society has a new website, www.okheritagesociety.com.

Don’t throw away your unwanted cell phones. Donate them to the local diabetes association so they can earn some cash. Every qualifying cell phone they collect counts towards their goal. Drop them off at Kelowna Cell Repair, 103-1125 Bernard Ave., Streaming Café, 596 Leon Ave., World Gyms (Kelowna and West Kelowna) or MVP Hair for Men, 1957 Harvey Ave. Call Ed Laverock, operations manager, at 250-868-2077 for more info.

The CARP Okanagan Chapter 30 will host a free seminar on investment fraud Tuesday, May 7, 2 to 4 p.m.,  at the Okanagan Seniors Club Hall, 1353 Richter St. A speaker form the Securities Commission will provide wise information on protecting your savings against fraudulent activities.  Members and non-members welcome. For info call 250-868-8171.

If you are looking for a wine tour for a bachelorette party, girls’ day or evening out, women’s groups, women’s sports team or corporate retreat, Club Wine Tours will offer Girls Just Want to Have Fun, a four-hour wine tour including appetizers on the sun drenched patio at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Book at 250-762-9951; info@clubwinetours.com; www.clubwinetours.com.

Did you ever live in Kitimat? The fourth Okanagan Valley Kitimat reunion is Thursday, May 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cousins Park in Peachland. Bring your lunch and a chair and come out and meet old friends and workmates. Call 250-767-6509 or 250-768-2437 for more info.

The Hospital Auxiliaries Annual Blossom Time Fair is Friday, May 10, at Cottonwoods Care Centre, 2255 Ethel St. If you have healthy, clean garden plants to donate, call Clare Mallow at 250-762-5814. From a penny collection at KGH, the Auxiliary will be presenting a cheque to the Astral Media Telethon for $912.43.

Asian Heritage Okanagan hosted its Opening Gala on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Rotary Centre of the Arts. Join them for their opening proclamation, heritage displays, musical performances and Asian style refreshments. Tickets $10; www.asianheritage.ca.

Meet Ryan Morice, with the Mount Everest Summit Team, at True Outdoors Sports Gear, 100-2340 Highway 97 N, on Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. The sports gear store celebrates its one year anniversary this month,  with three other locations being Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton.

The popular Kelowna & District Safety Council’s Win Two 2013 Harley Sportsters raffle will be drawn on Father’s Day. The prize hogs are currently on display at Rona until May 5 and then at Princess Auto until the middle of May. There are many raffle locations with the schedule at www.kdsc.bc.ca or call 250-765-3163.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 100th Gertie Johnston, the IODE (May 5); happy 65th Bill Traverse, Bloomers Florists (May 1); happy 60th Chris Cowan, Kelowna Flightcraft (May 4); happy 55th Mary Krupa-Clark, Morningstar Enterprises (April 23); Susan Steen, Hospice (May 3); Verna Burnell (May 3); Lorina Dick (May 4); Brenda Bell (May 7).

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