In one year and out the other! Happy New year everyone! I will not be writing a column for next couple of weeks. See you Jan. 23.
This week’s column is dedicated to a dear long-time friend, Vern Burnell who passed Dec. 16. I will truly miss his smiling face, humour and whit when he visited the Ramada. Both Vern and Verna will be missed, but always remembered for the lives they touched in our community. Personal condolences to the family and many friends.
A Coca-Cola truck at Save-On-Foods
Drop into Save-On-Foods Orchard Plaza and check out their iconic Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Display. It’s absolutely incredible and will be on display until mid-January. Made by Save-On-Foods’ very own and very talented Eric Falkenberg, the full-size commercial transport truck is 50 feet long, was made with 5,000 Coca-Cola cases and is 13 feet tall to the ceiling of the store. The 5,000 empty cases are put together with clear tape and are sitting on a huge wooden frame. The project took Falkenberg four weeks to build and it is sized to scale of a real hauling truck and depicts the first commercial holiday truck with Santa that aired in 1995. You will certainly recognize the picture of Santa on the truck when you see it, bringing a huge smile for the holidays.
After 36 years in the business of branding your logo, conveying your image and staying one step ahead of the competition, Gordon and Brenda Hunting of well-known Apple Valley Promotions have sold the business to Chris Whitney of Kelowna-based Dynamic Promotions. Whitney has assumed management and ownership of Apple Valley and will retain the name and phone number. Gordon and Brenda, along with Norm Sandvik and Daphne Pretty will all be staying on and working with Whitney to help with the transition. www.applevalleypromotions.com
It’s… a Bakery has opened at No. 101 – 4629 Lakeshore Road in the new heritage development complex next to St. Andrews Church, just off the round-a-about in the Mission area of the city, built and restored by Shane Worman. Owned and operated by Kathleen and Joachim Nierfeld and Holger and Karen Nierfeld, this cozy, quaint, 600 square foot bakery is a perfect place to have a coffee, pastry or a quick lunch. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, the bakery serves coffee, speciality coffees, fresh organic breads, pastries, sandwiches and soups. There is bar/counter seating for six and the patio will be open this spring. Dustin Nicholls is the bakery’s barista. Call 778-477-0010
After four years as Key Account Development Manager, Jon Bandringa of Coca-Cola Refreshments has moved on and accepted a positon with TELUS in Kelowna, also managing accounts. Colin Picheniuk is the interim manager for Jon’s position at this time. You can reach Bandringa on LinkedIn and Picheniuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distinctly Kelowna Tours former owner, Debbie Dupasquier has accepted a positon with BlueStar Coachlines as their outside regional sales representative. Bluestar Coachlines represents the next generation of motorcoach travel with experienced and professional drivers, proven quality maintenance, high safety standards and a modern motorcoach fleet with all the travel amenities. Founded by Jason Neale and Mark Krehel, and with its head office in Kelowna at a brand new facility at 1482 Velocity Street, the company services all of Western Canada. Contact Dupasquier at 778-478-3866 or email@example.com. Bluestar was a major sponsor of the Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast this past year and donated a full size BBQ, which was won by James Janzen. www.bluestarcoachlines.com
Kelowna salon wins award
A kind thank you
Walk for Alzheimer’s
Rent free. The Friends of Fintry Society is taking applications from history buffs, heritage lovers and people who embrace rural living. In exchange for free rent at the Fintry Manor House, you are expected to take visitors on house tours, supervise student guides in summer and do a little gardening. Friends of Fintry need a presence for security purposes and they want the house to have a heart. The caretaker job suits a couple but individuals are also eligible. To apply contact Kathy Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-542-4139. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.
Birthdays of the week
Birthdays of the week – Happy 60th Canady Hamilton (Dec. 25); Wayne Pierce (Jan. 1); Laurie Paxton (Jan. 3); Austin Hawkins (Jan. 3); Mitch Carefoot (Jan.2); Elaine Reiben (Jan. 2); Carol Wardrop (Jan. 3) Stephen Fleming (Jan. 4); Monty Cordingley (Jan. 4); Brenda Gray Geen (Jan. 5); Howard Morgan (Jan. 5); Barb Douglas (Jan. 6); Vern Tompkins (Jan. 6); Paul McIntyre (Jan. 6); Rick Halisheff (Jan. 6); Angela Nagy (Jan. 7); Kirk Stott (Jan. 7); Cam McIntosh (Jan. 7); Len Tonn (Jan. 10); Todd Sanderson (Jan. 11).