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Year in Review: December 2011

The annual Realtors’ Food Drive in December collects enough food to fill crate after crate at the local food bank. - Morning Star File Photo
The annual Realtors’ Food Drive in December collects enough food to fill crate after crate at the local food bank.
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Vernon Powerhouse Theatre readies for its latest production, It’s Snowing on Saltspring.

Video surveillance helps RCMP track down and arrest a suspect in a would-be robbery attempt at the Lincoln Lanes bowling alley parking lot.

The United Way has raised $93,121 of its $300,000 campaign goal with only a month to go.

NDP leader Adrian Dix visits Vernon’s Okanagan College calling for the reinstatement of needs-based grants for B.C. post-secondary students.

Vernon RCMP are investigating potential links following a fifth robbery in four nights. Surveillance footage from one of the robbery attempts shows a suspect in a black hoodie with a skull-like mask.

Vernon’s new council is officially sworn in at city hall, and immediately sets out an agenda for 2012.

Not only do police find drinking drivers during their Counter Attack seasonal program, but also weapons and drugs. Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP made weapons and drug arrests at the first Counter Attack check of the season.

Kal Secondary graduate Sam Mullins will bring his autobiographical storytelling monologue, Tinfoil Dinosaur, to his alma mater’s Apple Box theatre for two performances.

The annual Realtors’ Food Drive throughout the North Okanagan is an overwhelming success, with tons of food collected for the local food banks’ shelves.

Councillor Patrick Nicol becomes the first Vernon director to be elected chairperson of the Regional District of North Okanagan board since its inception in 1965.

The B.C. Hockey League endorses the City of Vernon’s bid to host the 2014 Royal Bank Cup Canadian Junior A hockey championship tournament.

A new operations and maintenance centre for Vernon and North Okanagan transit officially opens at 43rd Avenue and 25th Avenue.

Vernon Vipers snap a nine-game winless streak with an 8-3 home-ice victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters, but suffer a 4-1 loss in West Kelowna to the Westside Warriors the next night.

Veteran curler Darren Heath secures a spot in the B.C. Men’s Curling championships in Parksville by grabbing one of two regional berths at playdowns held in Vernon. Heath joins fellow curler Jim Cotter at the provincials. Cotter’s foursome gets an automatic berth as defending champions.

Vernon council agrees in principle to the Vernon Public Art Gallery being located on city-owned land on 31st Avenue at the old Vernon Flower Shop.

Preliminary costs for a new Vernon Recreation Complex will be investigated after the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee was told that almost $2 million in structural repairs are required for the centre.

Silver Star is given the spotlight Down Under as Australia’s Channel Nine’s Today breakfast show, which draws two million viewers, broadcasts live from the resort.

The B.C. Games Society unveils a new design for the ceremonial podiums and medals that will be part of the B.C. Winter and Summer Games. The medals and podiums will make their debut at the 2012 Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games.

Vernon Vipers’ struggling offence gets a boost as the team’s leading scorer from a year ago, Dylan Walchuk, returns to the club after leaving the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.

Vernon is hit with a seventh robbery attempt in December as a thief made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the VantageOne Credit Union in Okanagan Landing.

Greater Vernon Museum curator Ron Candy is recognized for distinguished service by the B.C. Museums Association.

Wendy Thomas, namesake of the Wendy’s Restaurant chain, is confirmed to participate in the Wendy’s Dreamlift Day, Jan. 25, in the Okanagan, including Vernon.

Former Vernon resident Craig Jones is appointed a Queen’s counsel, a designation conferred on lawyers to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Jones is the supervising counsel of the administrative and constitutional law group of the Ministry of the Attorney General in Victoria.

A fire and explosion at Sperlich Log Construction Inc. in Enderby kills volunteer firefighter Dan Botkin.

Two Vernon pedestrians, both wearing dark clothing, are killed in separate incidents on consecutive evenings.

 

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