DeHart: Local development offers home for PNE prize house

The luxury 2014 PNE Prize Home will be located again this year on a beautiful lot in Kelowna’s Kirschner Mountain residential development .

Kirschner development

The home is professionally designed and built by Britco, with furniture and accessories from Lane Home Furnishings, a division of Yaletown Interiors; Jenn-Air and Maytag appliances supplied by Coast Wholesale; outdoor living package by Coast Spas Lifestyles; energy efficient home design in partnership with Power Smart and a $2,500 grocery package from MarketPlace IGA. Drop in to the Kirschner sales centre, 1261 Loseth Rd., and see where the 2014 PNE home will be built. Take a moment to also put your name in for a weekly free draw for a five pack (value $25) of tickets for the PNE Prize Home Lottery. If you announce that you heard Kirschner Mountain’s ad on the radio, saw it on TV, read it in this column, viewed it on the website or saw it on Facebook, you will qualify for an extra entry. Call 250-858-3510; website

To get to Kirschner Mountain, drive up Highway 33 past Garner Pond and turn right at Loseth Road. The Kirschner development takes in  370 acres, and involves family members Allen and Angie, Don and Amy and Gord and Heidi. Close enough to be part of the action and far enough to enjoy peace and quiet, Kirschner Mountain overlooks Kelowna and is within easy reach of Orchard Park Shopping Centre, 20 minutes to downtown and the lake, 12 minutes to the airport and university, 45 minutes to Big White and about five minutes from schools, medical clinics and grocery stores. The valley and lake views are spectacular. Kirschner offers the freedom to choose your own builder for your craftsman style home with its unique distinguishing features.

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce manager of finance Tammy Meyers has decided to pursue new career endeavours. Meyers and her partner Miles Maziani have started a tech company, QuestUpon. Call Tammy at 250-808-3014. She will be replaced at the Chamber by Jim Fisher. Email

Watch for a series of stamps being brought out by Canada Post honouring four well-known Canadians today. Tommy Hunter, Shania Twain, Hank Snow and k.d. lang are being honoured on the postage stamps. Some interesting trivia regarding Tommy Hunter. Fifty years ago this month, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and Bob Hall (Walter Gray’s former business partner, now deceased) toured Western Canada with Hunter, a long-time friend, for three weeks in 1964, including the Calgary Stampede with the famous and popular Country Hoedown Show.  Hunter was one of the stars of the top rated Friday night CBC-TV show, along with Gordie Tapp, Cousin Clem, Tommy Common, Al Cherny, Maurice Bollier, Pat Hervey and the Hames sisters. The TV show ran from 1956 to 1965. It was replaced by the Tommy Hunter Show in 1966. Who would have known?

Leah Schurian has joined Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP as an associate. She practices law in the areas of general civil litigation and family law. Call 250-869-3885; email

Big White has been voted the best International Family Ski Resort by Out and About with Kids Magazine of Australia. Each year, the magazine polls their readers to vote for their favourite ski hills in various categories for the Best of Family Travel Awards over a six month period from October 2013 to April, 2014. Big White beat out mountains such as Vail, Aspen, Niseko, Banff and Japan.

National team newcomer Kierra Smith (our neighbour) has made a big splash in her senior international debut this past weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Commonwealth Games. She was fastest in the 200-m breast heats earning lane 4 in the final with a personal best of 2:25.19 and the fastest Canadian time for a female swimmer this year. Smith also raced the semi-finals ranking second in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:08.49 qualifying for finals. In finals she placed seventh overall. Her next major event is Pan Pac at Brisbane, Australia, in August.

On Wednesday July 23, the Kelowna and District SHARE Society unveiled a memorial plaque honouring the late Cathie Harnett for her 30 years of contribution and support to the society. Harnett served on the board, oversaw the administration and office at the society depot and for years assisted many low income locals with their annual income tax filings. She led many of the society’s initiatives and often, almost single handedly, met and overcame the many challenges the society has faced. Harnett passed away on Feb. 12, 2014 and is sorely missed by everyone involved in the Kelowna and District SHARE Society.

Amni Athletica, is located at 14-565 Bernard Ave. in the Towne Centre Mall. Owned and operated by Lily Wilkinson, the shop has a great selection of Brazilian athletic wear, including leggings, shorts, pants, capris, tops, cover-ups, jackets and shock absorbing bras—just about anything you need in the athletic wear area. The store is also starting to bring in Canadian athletic wear. Amni has a small selection of ladies clothing including long, short and pencil skirts, accessories, purses and some jewelry. Wilkinson hopes to have casual and semi-casual office wear this fall, and look for the famous sleeve wonders. Check them out at

B.C. and Canada’s first U-Pick Gourmet Garlic Farm has opened on Granville Road, off Longhill. Farmer Bill Campbell has 50,000 garlic bulbs planted with some already sold to high end retail grocery stores in Vancouver, some to local stores and some being saved for the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. The rest are for the local and visitors who love the savings they get on a U-Pick. The garlic at U-Pick is at least half the price of garlic he sells at the market. Garlic available is Persian Star, Russian Red, German Red, Spanish Roja and Yugoslavian garlic still available. Garlic picking times are  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 250-808-7034, website

Seasoned music veterans Jim Rhindress and Kim Foreman have formed an acoustic duo together called Smitten. They specialize in singing all forms of love songs. Their new website has just launched at and the duo is available for weddings, private parties and winery/restaurant bookings. Call 250-878-8724.

The popular Kelowna City Concert Band fundraiser corn sale: Ears for Music 2014, is Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy fresh Chilliwack sweet corn for $10 per dozen at the following locations: Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Rona, Trinity Baptist Church and Mission Liquor Store (Kelowna); Canadian Tire and London Drugs (West Kelowna) and Swalwell Park in Lake Country.

Each Wednesday at noon on Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave., will be conducting heritage tours of its 100-year-old Anglican Church building. Explore the beautiful old grey stone landmark made of local materials, one of the few Craftsman church buildings in B.C. Hear the stories and history associated with the church’s interior and experience its wonderful acoustics when you hear the organ played. After the tour (30-40 minutes), relax, smell the roses and walk the labyrinth in the beautifully landscaped grounds. The tour is free to the public.

The 32nd annual Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon is Aug. 15 to 17, starting and ending in downtown Kelowna. Organizers are asking for volunteers for positions of bike and run course marshals, set-up and take-down, security, body-marking, finish line duties and assistance to paratriathletes. About 600 of the 1,100 needed have been filled. Online registration is now open at You can also contact the volunteer management team via email at or call 250-763-5287. Lots of fun and great prizes at their volunteer appreciation party the week after.

On Saturday, Nov. 29, the Living Positive Resource Centre will host the World AIDS Day Kelowna Art Gala at the Laurel Packinghouse. The evening will feature live paintings by local artists as well as the attendance of local celebrities whose original pieces of art will be presented and auctioned. Toby Tannas, Ian MacKinnon and yours truly will present the submitted artworks for auction, all of which were commissioned specially for World AIDS Day.  As a non-profit organization, the LPRC is seeking sponsors and donations from the local community. To support this event, contact Mandy Kraft at 778-753-5830.

From Oct. 7 to 12, a three-day dog trainer’s workshop and three day trainer shadowing/adventure safari will take place in our city. These seminars feature three days of presentations for trainers and an optional additional three days available to join in for more activities, exploration and fun. Called “Walk Into Excellence—Linking Trainers with Trainers, Dog Trainers Workshop and Shadow Program,” it’s presented by Dogzies Pet Services, owned and operated by Wayne Dorman. Feature presentations are by Ted Efthymiadis of Halifax, NS, Wayne Dorman and Sarah Fulcher, of Trail. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from three different trainers, three different styles and really diverse subject matters. For more information contact Wayne Dormer via email at

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 60th Ron Eberle, Global Okanagan/Shaw (Aug. 5); Maxine DeHart (Aug 6—no age required, haha!); John Law (July 27); Ray Keen (Aug.1); Dave Roseberry (Aug 2); John Gilbert (Aug. 2); Steve Francis (Aug. 2); Herb Assman (Aug. 2); Sheldon Vance (Aug. 3); Mike Christian (Aug. 4); Peter Coates (Aug. 5); Mohini Singh (Aug. 6); Roger Sellick (Aug. 7). In memory of Sandy Apostolidis (Aug. 7).

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