This week’s column is dedicated to Jim Ramsay who passed away June 15. I have known Jim for many years, way back when we were both in the banking and mortgage industry. Personal condolences to Darlene, Kathryn and Laura, his entire family and many friends.
As the manager of Buckerfield’s for close to 40 years, Jeff Cameron is retiring from the store, but is staying on part-time to help new manager Mark Schaeffer get adjusted. (See photo page A25.) Mark comes from Total Pet in Kamloops where he worked for the past 33 years. Afterwards, Jeff will be moving on to help Buckerfield’s with some special projects. Buckerfield’s is located at 103 – 1889 Springfield Road. Call 250-860-2348.
Brian Greekas is the new general manager of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery located in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Ave. Living in the valley for the past 16 years, Brian has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for many years. Formerly he was a realtor with Royal LePage for seven years. Call 250-717-1550. firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating being a hair stylist for 50 years, Wendy Young of Adventures in Hair at 1611 Ellis Street is giving away 50 free hair cut cards. Clients, former clients and the public are invited to pick up the cards at the shop on June 29 and 30. All 50 will be given out. Wendy says she has seen hair styles come in and go out three times during her 50 years. She loves the style trends in today’s market, all being so old, but at the same time, so new. She is still taking upgrades to learn new ways of doing old styling. Adventures in Hair are also celebrating their 12th year in business this month. Call 250-762-9868.
URBA Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, July 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hollywood Station. Rediscover Rutland and all they have to offer while networking and enjoying food and local wine.
New Leaf Physiotherapy (NLP) is a mobile physiotherapy clinic that was developed to eliminate barriers to physiotherapy and to make physiotherapy convenient for the client. Owned and operated by Rob Ewanuk, PT, NLP comes to your home. They also direct bill some insurance companies so the client only pays the amount not covered. Rob formerly was a physiotherapist working with the Canadian Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force while living in Halifax. He has done extensive post graduate courses with the Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and helps teach some of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division post graduate curriculum mainly in Vancouver at UBC. NLP travels from Lake Country to West Kelowna. Call 778-363-4888 www.newleafphysio.ca
BC Bin Wash is a new locally owned company launched this spring by Nicole Knight. The company provides a curbside residential bin cleaning service to homeowners from March to November. Turning yucky garbage, recycling and yard waste bins into things you won’t mind touching is their business. They come by your house on garbage day, after your regular pickup, and clean your bins using their specially designed automated bin wash truck. The cleaning is done inside the truck, not on your street, lawn or driveway. They recapture all waste water, leaving nothing but clean b ins behind. The cleaning process is environmentally friendly, using high powered rotary cleaning heads that wash your bins with hot water inside and out, deodorizing and sanitizing them while using 75 per cent less water than if you tried to do it yourself with a hose. Various pricing for one time only, monthly and bi-monthly service. www.bcbinwash.com or call 250-868-8842.
Jason Satterthwaite is the new chief for the North Westside Fire Rescue appointed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Satterthwaite has been acting chief for the past three months on an interim basis.
Art director Brazen Edwards has opened Ellis Art Studios, a new and innovative 6,000 square foot artist facility at 1021 Ellis Street. The studio houses 15 resident artists and hosts a variety of art classes from introductory to master classes and offers specialized art supply and canvas/framing services for both established and emerging artists. The studio has private space where a diverse group of artists of painters, printmakers and metalsmiths can create together. Ellis boasts a 1,400 square foot workshop space, one of the largest in the Okanagan that can be rented by local and travelling artists to facilitate their own art instruction or host their art related endeavours. They utilize a mentor-apprentice model that prepares artists, emerging or professional to develop their art and design skills as a pathway to successful entrepreneurship. The individual studio spaces are open 24/7 with full spectrum lighting and individual skylights to the gratis amenities that are provided with the workshop rental. Artists can also book the workshop space to facilitate their own classes. All workshops can be found on the calendar of events. Call 250-300-4668 www.ellisartstudios.ca
Happy 50th anniversary Walter and Doreen Gray (July 2).
Integra Tire & Auto Centre, owned and operated by Bruce Stranaghan at 2160 Enterprise Way hosted its largest ever Carma Project Triple Car Giveaway. Car number 10 was given to Laura and her two children, car number 11 was given to Kennedy and Mike and their three sons and car number 12 was given to a young woman, Crystal. Integra Tire is most grateful for the continued support they receive from the community who give generously and keep the project wheels turning. It is their goal to provide as many vehicles as possible to as many applicants as possible. To continue on with this great project, they need vehicles donated that can be viably renovated. To donate call Penny at 250-215-6189 or Bruce at 250-860-3155. Visit www.thecarmaproject.com
In its second year, Nancy Quinton’s Okanagan Foodie Tours are once again ready to offer locals and visitors to a unique “foodie” experience. The foodie experience offers a planned walk with stops at five to six special eateries, sampling tantalizing foods and cool refreshments. Tour guests will also meet new friends and learn interesting facts about Kelowna. There are now three options to choose from; Cultural District, Patios ’n Pubs and new this year, Trendy Sopa. The Sopa tour introduces guests to amazing restaurants in the South Pandosy/Mission area. For more details and to book visit www.okanaganfoodietours.ca
Happy 45th anniversary Vic and Joy Nykiforuk (July 3).
Lianne Baumann has started Kona Ice of Central Okanagan. The colourful mobile truck serves flavoured shaved ice, which reminds me of the snow cones we all had as kids. Kona offers 25 flavours that you can add to the shaved ice of which 10 are changed out daily. They also have another 15 free pour flavours inside their truck, so there are plenty to choose from. Flavours are not high in fructose corn syrup, have no added artificial sweeteners, no peanut derivatives and gluten free options. You can mix and match your flavours. The three most popular flavours are blue raspberry, ninja cherry and island rush. Kona Ice has many fundraising opportunities for schools, sports, events, daycares, workplaces and parties. Call 250-826-4060. Visit www.kona-ice.com .
The famous and popular Cipes Brut from Summerhill Pyramid Winery has won a double gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The bubbly has won many awards over the years since its first bottle release in 1991. Double gold was also won for their 2012 Cabernet.
The City of Kelowna received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2015. This is the 13th consecutive year that the city has received this award which recognizes excellence in governmental accounting and financial reporting that results in the production of comprehensive annual financial reports that are designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties without a background in public finance.
The City of Kelowna also received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2015 Budget. This is the 14th consecutive year that the City received this award, which recognizes governments that prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on state and local budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.
The board of directors of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra has received the Distinguished Patronage of the Honourable Judith Guichon. Her Honour attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2014 and her support inspired them to apply for the distinction. The Lieutenant Governor of B.C. grants patronage in order to support and encourage worth endeavours, being a patron in many community, military and cultural associations as well a public service organizations, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society. Tracey Read is the president. www.okanagansymphony.com
If you love Rhythm & Blues, Soul Music and the Big Motown hits from groups like the Temptations, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Aretha Franklin, you won’t want to miss Rann Berry’s Soul of Motown Revue on Saturday, August 13 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. They have added two sunken dance floor areas into the stage area so that people, who want to dance, can now dance without disturbing other’s views. Rann and his crew create the atmosphere of a Detroit nightclub in the 1970’s which is super funky and soulful. Special guest Vicky Nish will be adding her powerful heartfelt vocals to the show with her amazing Aretha Franklin tribute. Tickets at www.selectyourtickets.com or call 250-762-5050.
Mission Painters will host their annual huge summer sale and show on July 9 and 10 at the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre, 4398 Hobson Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of paintings in acrylic, oil and watercolour as well as mixed media by 24 artists. There will also be a raffle and door prizes as well as refreshments.
Birthdays of the week: Happy Birthday Canada (July 1); Happy 96th Madelaine Jennens (July 3); Happy 60th Trixi Gaymer, nee Dolexsar (June 19); Happy 60th Mo Bayat, (June 23); Sattu Mahaputra (June 30); Paul Byrne (June 30); Rick Maddison (June 30); Linda Brandon (July 1); Marlene Trelenberg (July 1); Anne Ellchuk (July 2); Cathy Butler (July 2); Derrick Johannson (July 3); Herb Fallow (July 3); Ralf Rohrlack (July 3); Clarence Johnson
(July 4); Don McArthur (July 4); Dr. Iain Allan (July 4); Robert Caley (July 4); Karen Warner (July 4); Finbar O’Sullivan (July 4); Steve Harvey (July 4); Gladys McCulloch (July 5); Wayne Moore (July5); Ian Robertson (July 5).