Year in Review: October 2011

A local woman takes a break from the daily grind to feed the birds in Polson Park. - Morning Star File Photo
A local woman takes a break from the daily grind to feed the birds in Polson Park.
— image credit: Morning Star File Photo

A parvovirus outbreak affects about 20 local dogs with five of them dying from the intestinal condition.

The Greater Vernon 2012 B.C. Winter Games office is officially opened with president Akbal Mund modeling some of the games wear.

More than 600 people participate in the 20th annual CIBC Run for the Cure at Clarence Fulton School and raise $65,965.

Dancing with the Vernon Stars brings out 10 couples and an audience of more than 500 to raise $18,000 for the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Patrick Davies, owner of Latitude Marine, announces that he will run for Vernon mayor.

Health Minister Michael de Jong attends the official opening of the new Polson Tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital but does not make any announcement about adding acute care beds in the two unfinished floors.

Two Armstrong children die after a motor home fire near Lytton in the Fraser Canyon.

The Kalamalka Rotary Club marks its 30th anniversary with a lunch for current and past members, with several of the founding members attending.

Former Vernon resident Michael Schratter makes a stop at the local Canadian Mental Health Association office in his more-than-a-year-long Ride Don’t Hide tour around the world to raise awareness about mental illness.

Almost two months into the new school year, the job action taken by teachers continues with no end in sight. The president of the Vernon Teachers’ Association, Bruce Cummings, is not optimistic for a quick solution.

The largest fundraiser in the North Okanagan’s history comes to a successful conclusion a year ahead of schedule. The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation reaches its $7 million goal for the Building a Tower of Care campaign three years after it began. The funds have purchased medical equipment for the new Polson tower at the hospital.

The Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven world-class athletes, one builder and one national championship team at a lunch Nov. 23.

A grizzly bear is shot in self defense by a Lumby hunter on Harris Creek Road. The North Okanagan is not known as grizzly habitat but the species has been seen in the region. There was a report of a grizzly bear in Lavington and well as reports from Cherryville and Mabel Lake.

Okanagan First Nations believe they may be close to resolving an ongoing land titles dispute. The dispute arose when the band began logging at Browns Creek on the west side of Okanagan Lake in 1999.

Local men get ready to grow their mustaches for a month for Movember to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. One in seven men will develop prostate cancer.























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