This week’s column is dedicated to former B.C. premier Bill Bennett, who passed away Dec. 3. He was premier from 1975 to 1986. Personal condolences to his wife Audrey of 60 years; sons Brad, Kevin, Stephen and Greg; his entire family;and his former colleagues and many friends.
Dewey, Cuttem & Howe Hair Company at 140-1876 Cooper Rd. (Orchard Plaza) has a new owner.
After 23 years, Maureen Anderson has sold the shop to well-known stylist Paul McIntyre, but will continue to work there as a hair stylist. Paul has been in the industry for more than 23 years, and was with Chatters for the past eight years. He is a certified Redken colourist and a national finalist in a makeover competition. Both Lisa McIntyre (Paul’s sister) and Vernita Boies, stylists in the shop, are also award-winning stylists. A recent addition to the hair salon is Rhonda Pearson, who was with Regis in Orchard Park Mall for the past nine years. Call 250-861-8442.
A new fire chief has been appointed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the Ellison Fire Protection District. David Bates will take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call fire department. He has served as its acting chief since mid-June with the retirement of former chief Kurt Szalla. He has been a firefighter with the Ellison department since October 2006 and most recently was the department training officer.
Well-known mortgage gal Lesley Pierce, founder and owner of Creative Mortgage for the past 15 years, plans to retire at the end of December. Lesley previously worked for HSBC for 20 years, the last six of those as a mortgage broker before opening her own business. Her son Shaun Pierce becomes the new owner of the business, located at 200-1505 Harvey Ave. Call 250-717-8949.
Relocating from Whistler where she was with the Aava Whistler Hotel, Stephanie Sanderson is the new front desk supervisor of the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave. She will be working with Mike Isaac, who is the new front office manager.
Former Holiday Inn Express general manager, Michael Wynne is now the new assistant manager at Mission Villas Retirement Community, 4433 Gordon D. Mission Villas has 51 units of independent living with a combination of rental and ownership units.
Chopsticks Asian Taste Restaurant, 34-10071 Main St. (beside IGA) in Lake Country will celebrate one year in business on Dec. 15. Owners and operators Paul Lu and Susan Feng will celebrate by offering a special buffet dinner Dec. 11 to 13. I have tasted the cuisine at Chopsticks and everything was delicious. Their buffets have a huge array of items with something for everyone, with both Chinese and North American dishes. There is plenty of parking. Open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the buffet available, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Call 250-766-1111.
Peter Angle, formerly with Bell Media, is the new general manager of K96.3 Classic Rock in Kelowna and Country 100.7 in Penticton.
Tom Fellhauer, with Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP, has been re-elected as the bencher of the BC Law Society for the Okanagan for an additional two-year term. This will be Tom’s fourth term as a bencher, who sit on the Board of Governors for the Law Society of B.C.
This month, Smart Betty, founded by CEO Bruce Maki, celebrates four years in business in Kelowna dating back to Jan. 12, 2012. Through “gorilla marketing” tactics and timely acquisitions, Smart Betty has become one of the largest deal sites in Kelowna. Smart Betty helps local small to medium businesses grow through their promotion platform and every month they donate $1,000 of marketing and design work to local non-profit organizations. Mike Mason, former area sales representative for Groupon for several years, has joined the Smart Betty team in business development. He will be able to help the growth of the company. Smart Betty has been a major contributor and supporter of the Maxine DeHart, United Way-Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast for the past several years. Their office is located at 200–2033 Gordon Dr. (corner of Springfield and Gordon). Call 778-478-0765, website is smartbetty.com.
Lee Valley Tools will be opening their first store in Kelowna, and in the B.C. Interior, in the spring of 2016 at Orchard Plaza’s former Target store location. Lee Valley Tools is more than a tool store. It sells good quality gardening, home and hardware items. The store will be approximately 15,000 square feet. Stay tuned for more details.
WhiteWater Industries in Lake Country has won the B.C. Export Award in the category Manufactured Products. WhiteWater designs waterparks and produces waterslide parts, installing thousands around the globe. Geoff Chutter is the CEO of the company.
Happy 59th anniversary Glen and Pat Rea (Nov. 2).
Artisto Gelato is locally made and delicious. A family owned and operated business by Rob and Nica Graziotto and their two girls Isabella and Daniella, Artisto produces a variety of frozen desserts that have been gaining popularity in the Okanagan and Vancouver. Their gelato does not contain any artificial ingredients and while similar to ice cream, the ingredients, product, nutrition and texture differentiate it. Gelato is made with milk reducing both the fat and calorie content and is made more densely with less air allowing it to have a truer, more intense rich flavour. They use local ingredients where possible and the balance is imported from Italy with each batch handcrafted one at a time. All products are gluten free along with their sorbetto which are diary, lactose and fat free. Artisto now offers more than 50 flavours of their various products, including Sea Salt Caramel, Double Chocolate, Espresso Bean, Festive Eggnog (seasonal) and Fresh Lemon, Wild Strawberry and Mango Mania Sorbetto. You can purchase Artisto at Peter’s Your Independent Grocer, Quality Greens, Urban Fare, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Sunshine Market, GioBean, Granny’s Fruit, SunCity Cherries, Bella Rosa Orchards and Bordello Pizzeria.
Several City of Kelowna employees from the city yards department received long service awards. Congratulations to Mark Torgerson, utilities foreman, Brian Whittle, traffic signals technician, and Kim Johnson, roadways foreman (25 years); Joe Creron, civic operations director and Mike Rout, roadways field service worker (20 years); Darryl Astofooroff, public works manager; Kevin Grills, mechanic shop foreman; Perry Yaremchuk, sign technician, John McGale, sign worker, and Thomas Crawford, sign worker (10 years).
Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has a new board of directors for 205-16. Congratulations to Bruce Hibbad, Hester Creek (president); Christa-Lee McWatters- Bond, Time Estate Winery (marketing chair); Sally Sharpe, Constellation Brands (secretary); Roger Wong, Gray Monk (membership chair); Carolyn Nixon, Nixon Hospitality (events co-Chair); Julian Scholefield, Okanagan Crush Pad (judging chair); Jamie Moore, Hooded Merganser (finance chair); Patti Ogden-Grady, Okanagan Wine Country Tours (events co-chair); Jonathan Rouse, Okanagan College; Annika Betts, Monte Creek Ranch Winery; Luke Whittall, Clos Du Soleil Winery; Andy Gebert, St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery; Thad Elder, ex-officio representing B.C. Liquor Distribution Board and Angela Brown, ex-officio representing title sponsor Valley First Credit Union.
Elenna Wallace has relocated from Vancouver where she worked in the financial industry for the past 12 years before forming her own company. She is now the president and CEO of Continuum Client contact Inc., at 721 Traditions Cres. Continuum is a client management company specializing in the financial industry, providing client management support to the financial advisers. Call 250-448-1988; online continuumcc.ca
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign is in urgent need for volunteers to rock and ring at locations around Kelowna and West Kelowna, both inside and outside, weekdays and weekends with a two hour commitment. If you can spare some take please call 250-860-2329 (ext. 324) or email email@example.com.
Keep an eye out for Lady Buzz, a lifestyle segment on Global TV that is meant to delight and inspire. Hosted by Karly Fiddes, the segment airs on Friday’s during the 5 p.m. news broadcast. Whether it’s a new hiking trail, a sale or an event, Lady Buzz is meant to showcase the latest, tastiest and craziest with interesting things and interesting people. She aims to find the hidden games throughout the valley.
The BC Wine Grape Council (BCWGC), a non-profit society that focuses on research and education for the provincial wine and grape industry, is looking for a new executive director on a part-time basis. This person would support the operation of the BCWGC and acts as the key liaison with its members and partners. For more information visit bcwgc.org or call 1-250-767-2534 in Peachland.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 in Kelowna is accepting reservations for its annual Christmas dinner and dance with Vic Ukrainetz and the band on Friday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $17/person. To reserve call 250-762-4117.
Opera Kelowna will honour beloved pianist and composer Arnold Draper by performing the world premiere performance of his cantata The Childhood of Christ. Draper will accompany his own work conducted by local artistic director Alexandra Babbel. The concert will be held Dec. 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2091 Gordon Dr., 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will go towards Opera Kelowna’s further training and productions.
The Mission painters Show and Sale at the Kelowna Community Theatre can be viewed at the theatre until Jan. 4 by all ticket holders to the events at the theater. There are 23 painters showing 45 paintings. The paintings can be purchased by phoning the artists as their phone numbers appear on the individual signs. The artists will the make the necessary arrangements.
Birthdays of the week: Francis Knorr (Dec. 3); Brett Wike, (Dec. 6); Terry Gossoo (Dec. 10); Barry Lapointe (Dec. 10); Gabriel Giammartino (Dec. 10); Mel Cooper, Victoria, (Dec. 10); Joe Ungaro (Dec. 10); Mary Jo Schnepf (Dec. 10); Gerry Fraser (Dec. 11); Anne Gilbert (Dec. 11); Bob Levin (Dec. 11); Anne Marie Kirby (Dec. 11); Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Lucy Litz (Dec. 13); Melina Cunial (Dec. 14); Tim Allan (Dec. 14); R.J. Bennett (Dec. 14); Anna Stuart (Dec. 15); Frank Richter (Dec. 15).