Straight from DeHart: Stuffed animals for the holidays

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Lexis Dollevoet changed the name of her salon to Back Bar Beauty and has Corina Wagner and Angie Devine working alongside her.

Lexis Dollevoet changed the name of her salon to Back Bar Beauty and has Corina Wagner and Angie Devine working alongside her.

I’m sure there are not many people who have 300 stuffed animals lying around their home. Local long-time resident Andy Schwab does. After many years of collecting the toys, he donated close to 300 stuffed animals of all types, shapes and sizes to the food bank last week. Many children had a very happy Christmas with this huge heartfelt donation.

Long-time downtown Kelowna business, Tripke Bakery at 567 Bernard Ave. has closed its doors. The café bakery that also had an outdoor patio is owned and operated by Rick Kormish who purchased the business from the Tripke family over 25 years ago. The Tripke bakery location in Glenmore at 538 Yates Road will continue to operate as a bakery but not have a café.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary is Monashee Adventure Tours, owned and operated by lead guide and trailhead Ed Kruger, and now offering the Myra Trestles 365 days a year.

New for the 2017 winter season is the Wonder of Winter Snowshoe Adventure Tours of Myra Canyon. You can see the national historic site of the Kettle Valley Trail (1915 – 1972) with 11 trestles and two tunnels. This tour is good for both youth and adults. The price includes snowshoe rental, transportation from the Kelowna area, snacks, surprises and water.

The trip is about three to 3 1/2 hours return and the time of day is customized as needed. Call 250-878-3587 or

Lexis Dollevoet was the co-owner at Vivid Hair Studio at #2 – 2925 Pandosy St. Lexis has now bought out her business partner and changed the name of the salon to Back Bar Beauty at the same address. Lexis also has Corina Wagner, a senior stylist and Angie Devine, a master stylist working with her at the shop.

They are all experienced and independent stylists and accepting new clients. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-763-1626.

Congratulations to the Peachland Business Excellence Award Winners. Johnston Meier (Community Booster); Restoration Station Massage (Retail, Wholesale and Service); Dunamis Projects Home Builders (Trades); World of Wheels (Tourism & Hospitality); Restaurant 91 (Rising Star); Brandi Wilcox, Bliss Bakery and Bernice Colin, Peachland Pharmacy (Staff Members of the Year); Beach Avenue Café (Food Service Restaurant); Sam Vong, Dragon Lotus (Business Person of the Year) and Westside Curb Appeal (Business of the Year).

Just in time for your winter holidays, Brown Sugar Tanning Salon at 235 Rutland Road N. has no terms and no hidden fees. They offer low pressure beds with a lower UV-A ray and higher UV-B ray for a more natural glow. Call 250-491-3939 or check them out on Facebook.

The Uptown Rutland Business Association will not be hosting an After Hours event on Wednesday, Jan. 4. They will however, be hosting one on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The location will be posted on the website in January,

La Belle Boutique Fashions and Accessories, owned and operated Marie Yvonne Cleaver in the Towne Centre Mall at 565 Bernard Av., is having a huge Boxing Day Week Sale from now until Dec. 31. Get what you really wanted for Christmas at savings up to 75 per cent off regular prices. Call 250-860-6038.

Several students from Okanagan College’s School of Business will be spending their winter break preparing to compete in the final round of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious case competition, Queen’s University Inter-Collegiate Business Competition. Congratulations to Adrianna Knuth, Madison Blancher, Kyla Wiseman, Kirstin Pitzoff, Anthony Peterson and Jared Hubner.

In order to advance to the final round, Okanagan College teams competed against 32 post-secondary institutions from around the world. The finals will take place in Kingston, Ontario from Jan. 19 through 21.

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) has a new huge 40 plus member board for 2017.

The executive consists of Domenic Vinci (chair), Victor Narynskyyi (past chair), David McDougall (vice chair), Martin Cronin, Jim Grant, Raghwa Gopal and Murray Ramsden. New to the advisory board are Matt Gomez (Soil Mate), Chris Lapointe (Flair Airlines), Chris Mazurkewich (IHA) and Janice Larson (BC Ministry of Technology). Board members are James Calissi (Calissi Farms), Mike Checkley (QHR Technologies), Alex Greer (Adaptive Ventures), Lynn Heinrich (Sun-Type); Peter Jeffrey (Okanagan Peer Mentoring Group), Brad Klassen (Troika Group), Karen Olsson (Two Hat Research) and Kale Wallgren (Levelton Consultants). Appointed directors are Matt Vader and Jamie McEwan (Lake Country), Brad Sieben and Robert Fine (City of Kelowna), Fernanda Alexander and Mandi Carroll (WFN), Bryden Winsby and John Perrott (West Kelowna); Peter Schierbeck (Peachland); Gail Given (Regional District) and Myles Bruns (BC Ministry of Jobs). Other appointees are Martine Hickman, Larry Widmer, Gary Schlenker, Ken Carmichael, Sam Samaddar, Camae Thompson, Kelsey Helm, Heather Schneider, Lynette Keyowski, Peter Stapleton, Daniel Bibby, Phil Barker and Laurel Douglas.

Congratulations to Pip Dryden of Okanagan College Kelowna on winning the three-hour short story contest titled This Time. It was an appropriate name for a winning story, considering the contest is all about time – 180 minutes precisely.

The seventh annual contest took place across all four college campuses and writers were up against the clock with only three hours to create and edit an original short story while incorporating a secret phrase revealed at the competitions start. This year’s phrase was “under the weather.”

Trustee Moyra Baxter has been appointed chairperson of the Board of Education for the Central Okanagan Public Schools for the upcoming year. Board of Education appointed Terry-Lee Beaudry, deputy superintendent of schools and Eileen Sadlowski, assistant secretary-treasurer as scrutineers.

Trustee Deb Butler was appointed as vice-chairperson of the Board of Education for the first term of the 2017 school year and Trustee Lee Mossman was appointed as vice-chairperson for the second term of the 2017 school year. The BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) Provincial Council representative is Trustee Lee-Ann Tiede with Trustee Julia Fraser as the alternate. The BC Public School Employer’s Association — Bargaining Representative Council is Trustee Butler with Tiede as alternate.

Election of board Standing Committee chairpersons is Trustee Mossman (Education and Student Services); Trustee Butler (Executive Staff Management); Trustee Rolli Cacchioni (Finance and Legal); Trustee Butler (Policy) and Trustee Fraser (Planning and Facilities).

Nominations are now being accepted for the City of Kelowna’s 42nd Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations whose contributions and achievements brought recognition to the city in 2016.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 17 and can be submitted by email or hard copy. Online nominations forms can be found on the Civic and Community Awards webpage under news and events on the City’s website ( and hard copy forms are available at City Hall, Parkinson Rec. Centre and regional library locations.

The Young Male and Female Volunteer of the Year finalists will receive funding towards their post-secondary education through the Dillon Thomas Budd Youth Scholarship, sponsored by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. The award ceremonies will be held on May 10 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. For more information contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967.

Canadian Blood Services is inviting Kelowna’s hospitality industry, including wineries, hotels, restaurants, and suppliers to join in the movement and come and see their hospitality in January.

To join the challenge, contact territory manager Gayle Voyer at or 250-979-8063 to sign up, book presentations at your workplace and receive posters.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 75th Carol Wardrop (Jan. 3); Terry Balfour, Puerto Rico (Dec. 26); Audrey Kowalchuk (Dec. 28); Randy Topham (Dec. 30); Derrick Edstrom (Dec. 31); Midge Mason (Dec. 31); Gwen March (Dec. 31); Celia Runka (Dec. 31); Claire Burns (Dec. 31); Donna Martin (Jan. 1); Wayne Pierce (Jan. 1). In memory of George Van Wilde Rode (Jan. 2) and Peter Sebastian (Dec. 25).


story text created on Tuesday 12/27/2016 at 5:18:48 am by Kevin Parnell

story text modified on Tuesday 12/27/2016 at 8:40:53 am by Angela Millear

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