DeHart: Illichman’s celebrates 45 years

Illichmann Meats, Sausages & Gourmet Foods at 1937 Gordon Dr. is celebrating 45 years in business.

Illichmann Meats, Sausages & Gourmet Foods at 1937 Gordon Dr. is celebrating 45 years in business. Adolf and Theresia Illichmann purchased a small deli on what was then called Glenmore Road (now Gordon Drive). Adolf was trained as a sausage maker both in his home country of Czechoslovakia and later in Germany. The business expanded and in 1972 a much larger facility was built. The business is now owned by son Thomas who works with two of his sons, Jacob and Daniel and his brother Robert. Adolf’s daughter Judith Mercer runs the retail end of the business. Thomas and his sons and Robert are the producers of their product, priding themselves on making all products on site. In the last few years, the business has grown to include a catering department, bakery and a sandwich and hot food counter. It supplies many restaurants, golf courses and wineries in the valley and offers fresh local meats and sausage with a European style. Adolf Illichmann celebrated his 80th birthday on Aug. 25. Call 250-860-6604.

Halloween is getting more and more popular these days. Deb Lawless has opened a temporary Halloween store, open from today until Nov.1 called Halloween Alley. It is located at 108-1634 Harvey Ave. (beside Wentworth Music). It sells costumes, Halloween home décor and just about anything that represents Halloween. It will also be creating a little haunted alley area for kids. Call 778-484-5485.

After many years consulting and managing hotels and resorts, Raymond Keen has broadened his horizons and has attained his residential and strata manager licenses. He has joined the team of Kendall Property Management, not only managing residential properties, but also strata properties in the Okanagan. Call 778-753-5707 or

Bella’s Basement has opened at 544 Hollywood Road South, owned and operated by sisters Patty Giles and Jackie Goerzen. This unique little new and used shop is full of a mix of eclectic and funky treasures and collectibles, including clothes, shoes, jewellery, seasonable items and trinkets for men, women and children. It continuously rotates its stock so you are not likely to see the same item twice. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-808-4946.

Kudos to Liz Campbell of Okanagan Mission Secondary on successfully completing a six-week glider pilot scholarship with Air Cadets and receiving her wings on Aug. 19.

It will soon be time to winterize your RVs and trailers. Certified RV technician Mirel Eremia, owner and operator of Mirel’s On Site RV Repairs offers convenient mobile services in Kelowna and area. Mirel offers re-sealing RV rubber and aluminum roofs, works on electric brakes, repacks bearings, makes repairs on appliances, air conditioners, propane gas systems, water and electrical systems and also offers gas recertification along with exterior repairs. He does it all. Call 250-215-7008.

Richard Li has joined the firm of Pushor Mitchell LLP as an Associate Lawyer. He will be practicing primarily in the area of criminal law. Call 250-869-1120 or

Craftsman Collision has opened their newest location at 1070 Stevens Road in West Kelowna. Formerly with the Kelowna location for three years, Ian Johnson is the manager of the West Kelowna location. The new shop offers brand new state-of-the-art equipment. It will host a public grand opening Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an Indy race car, BBQ by donation and car wash, with funds raised going to KGH. Call 250-769-9495.

Stepping Stones Counselling Group, in collaboration with NOW Canada, is expanding to a second location and hosting an open house Sept 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1720 Ethel Street for community members, parents and professionals to learn more about their team and services. Debra Pyper, has relocated from Ontario to join Stepping Stones providing specialized services to clients with autism spectrum disorders or development disability, with individual, family and group services. Music therapist, Robin Schmidt, has also joined the team offering individual and group services to a variety of clients. For more info or to RSVP to the open house call 250-763-7414 or email or

Barry Porrelli and Porrelli Law at 221-3011 Louie Dr., have taken over the wills and estates practice of Bob Bassett and Chris Quiring. If you had a will or any estate dealings with Bassett and Company (subsequently Bassett Quiring & Company) call 250-768-0717.

Business partners, Danielle Crowe and Erika Checkley have opened Don’t Look Down Tattoo at 1484 St. Paul Street, offering a clean and comfortable environment for tattooing and piercing. They have several years’ experience in the tattoo industry, with Danielle formerly coordinating many of the Vancouver tattoo conventions. They employ four tattoo artists full-time and also feature guest artists. The grand opening is Sept. 17, with proceeds going to the Child Development Association for Autism. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-862-8282.

Long-time Rotarian Murli Pendharkar is chairman of the Rotary district 5060 medical equipment committee.  The IHA retires $2 million to $5 million of working medical equipment annually and has asked if Rotary would be interested in shipping the equipment to Third World countries for charitable use. The committee has decided to ship a container of the medical equipment and supplies, as well as educational supplies and clothing, to Uganda. The shipment is valued at about $500,000. The entire cost of shipping a container to Uganda and distributing the contents to identified hospitals, schools and orphanages is $24,000. The commitee has collected $11,500 from Rotarians and individuals and it is asking the public to make a charitable donation to raise the remaining $12,500. It will be arranging training in the use of the equipment for the hospital staff and Rotarian volunteers will be in Uganda when the shipment arrives to ensure that the contents are distributed to intended receivers. For more info or to donate Call Murli at 250-765-2842 or

Congratulations to five individuals at UBC’s Okanagan campus who were recognized with the Staff Awards of Excellence, which are special awards for their contribution to the university. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award recipient was Shelley Kayfish, director of health, safety and environment for the UBC Okanagan campus. Craig Eden, voice systems and data network specialist, IT, media and classroom services, received the award in the enhancing the UBC experience category. Teija Wakeman, department administrator, inthe school of engineering won in the leadership category. Russell LaMountain, laboratory manager, in the school of engineering won in the sustainability category and Garry Appleton, director of parking and security won in the global citizenship category.

Happy 50th anniversary to Peter and Eldeanna Burtniak on Sept. 9. Some of you might remember Peter was one of four musicians who played in the Country King Band for many years.

Perkins Restaurant in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre at 2170 Harvey Avenue is hosting magician Amazing Michael every Monday and Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting today, Sept. 6 and running to December.Kids eat free for ages 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée. Call 250-717-1550. Sarah Foss is the manager of Perkins.

For only $9.95, the Westbank Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational seminar for members and guests on Sept. 14 at Deep Creek Estate Winery-Hainle Vineyards at 5355 Trepanier Bench Road in Peachland at 5:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Guy Steeves, regional director of development Vancouver metro, Constant Contact, featuring complete e-mail and event marketing services for a small business or organization. For more info or how to register call Susan Shaw at 250-768-3378.

The Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-thru Breakfast is Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Ramada Hotel from 6 9 a.m. With the help of the city and the RCMP, we will use Enterprise Way as the entrance to the Ramada Hotel for the drive-thru. The enthusiasm of all the sponsors and volunteers is overwhelming again this year. New sponsors are Wealthlink Financial Services, Walton (Investing on Solid Ground), Chop Steakhouse and Bar, Taco Bell and KFC in West Kelowna, Divine Expressions by Lisa Brown (in the Ramada Hotel) and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals. Sponsors that are providing major prizes that will be hidden randomly in the bags are BFI, Westjet, Heritage Office Furnishings, Re/MAX Kelowna; Thom & Associates, Evans/Fisher Gallery, MarketPlace IGA, TAC Mobility, R.J. Quigley Financial Services, Sleep Country and Alaska Airlines. With a Big White and Silver Star opening day ski pass in every bag  and all the other goodies and surprises, the bags are valued at well over $100. Remember all monies from the drive-thru stay in our community and there is absolutely no administration costs attached to this event. If you would like to contribute a gift certificate(s) call me at 250-979-4546 or

Birthdays of the week—Chris DeHart, TAC Mobility (Sept. 11); Iris Moffatt (Sept. 7); Humberto Morales (Sept. 10); Rose Kardynal, my second mom (Sept. 10); Amber Gerding (Sept. 10); Andy James, 101-5 EZE Roc Andy & TJ (Sept. 11); Norm Sandvik, Apple Valley Promotion, (Sept. 11); Holly Yerza, Ramada Hotel (Sept. 11); Murray Smith (Sept. 11); Tom Lightfoot (Sept. 11); Jim Lanyon (Sept. 12).


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