Photo: Canadian Armed Forces
A large search and rescue aircraft seen flying low over the northern Okanagan during the lunch hour was on a training mission.
Maritime Forces Pacific Public Affairs Officer Lt. Pamela Hogan says the CC-115 Buffalo spotted over Vernon was doing routine flight training.
Search and rescue aircraft are based at 19 Wing Comox.
âIt’s common for Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft based at 19 Wing Comox to train across the province,â says Hogan.
A sure sign that the ski season is not too far away is the return of Vernon’s ski swap.
This year is the 52nd for the Vernon Ski & Snowboard Swap.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the Center rÃ©crÃ©atif de Vernon, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Vernon Ski Club.
As usual, there will be deals on new and used downhill, snowboard and cross-country ski equipment and clothing.
The sale takes deliveries on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Organizers say they will follow all provincial health guidelines and check vaccine passports as well as identification documents.
Silver Star Mountain Resort has set a tentative opening date of December 3 for the downhill season.
UPDATE 12:19 pm
Emergency crews face a single vehicle rollover on Westside Rd. Near Killiney Beach.
A large flatbed trailer and earth moving equipment can be seen overturned with emergency crews directing traffic. Traffic is reduced to one lane and DriveBC always says the next update will be at 3pm.
ORIGINAL 10:45 a.m.
Westside Road. traffic was reduced to one lane following a collision 32 kilometers north of West Kelowna.
The collision occurred between Elliott Rd. And Killarney Way, 20 miles north of West Kelowna, near Killiney Beach.
DriveBC reports that the traffic has been reduced to single lane alternative traffic. Emergency teams are on site and an assessment is underway. There is no detour available the next update is not expected at
Photo: archive photo
Three candidates have so far registered for the next municipal by-election in Vernon.
Flora Evans, Arthur (Art) Gourley and Stephanie Hendy are vying for the board seat left vacant by the death of multi-term councilor Dalvir Nahal.
Gourley also ran for mayor in the 2018 municipal elections.
The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on October 29.
Candidates are allowed to campaign from November 6 until election day on December 4.
Every Halloween there’s usually a theme or costume that stands out, whether it’s Michael Myers, Harley Quinn, or even a witch – but this year there seems to be a different trend.
Value Village regional sales manager Marissa Kielman says she’s noticed that most people stick to classic costumes.
âFor this year, we notice a lot of animal costumes. Children want to be different animals, like a fox, a cat and stuff like that. Also a lot of classic costumes like angels and demons and that sort of thing, âsays Kielman.
A recent Google Trends analysis conducted by Fathermag.com showed that this year’s most popular costume in Canada and around the world is from the popular Netflix Squid Game series.
The analysis shows data for the last 30 days.
However, Kielman says she hadn’t noticed too many people looking for costumes resembling the Squid Games sets in the Okanagan.
âWe haven’t seen a lot of it, so I don’t know. Maybe Vernon is a different demographic, âKielman says.
Fathermag.com reported that the Squid Game tracksuits were the most popular costumes in five provinces, including British Columbia.
Harley Quinn, Cruella and the Witch Costumes have also been named among the most popular Halloween costumes in Canada.
âTypically there is something in pop culture that is very popular, but this year we haven’t had a lot of it, maybe it’s because of the COVID restrictions, so there is not a lot of parties, âsays Kielman.
“It’s a lot more about the kids this year.”
Kielman Value Added Village offers a wide selection of costumes, new and used, to choose from.
âWhatever you really want to put together, we can help you put all the parts together. There are a few new costumes that have all the pieces, everything is ready to go, but lots and lots of used accessories and costumes, âsays Kielman.
Value Village has an ongoing promotion throughout the Halloween season that offers a chance to win a $ 100 gift card.
To enter, post your costume design on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #ValueVillageHalloweenContest between October 1 and November 1 and you could be one of five winners of the $ 100 gift card.
More details can be found on their website.
Photo: Jon Manchester
The Town of Vernon wants you … to help shape the future of the town.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 City Volunteer Council Committees.
Members are sought for the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Development Review Working Group, the Tourism Commission and the Transportation Advisory Committee.
Four positions are available on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
Two members of the general community, a builder and an elder are wanted to join the committee.
Its objectives are to monitor and provide updates to the council on its accessible housing strategy and to provide advice on affordable housing issues.
Three community positions are available within the Development Review Working Group.
The group acts as an intermediary between city staff and development industry stakeholders, and is encouraged to raise concerns about the development approval process.
It will provide a forum to discuss the interpretation of regulations / policies, stakeholder concerns, and gaps that may cause delays in approvals.
Twelve members are wanted for the tourism commission – four from accommodation, two from arts and culture and one each from attractions, biking, golf, restaurants, skiing and sports / events.
Members will collaborate with stakeholders, board and administration and help increase the economic benefits of tourism for Vernon.
Finally, four positions are available on the City’s transportation advisory committee – one from the community in general, one with accessibility training, one from the cycling community and a senior.
Pick up volunteer requests at City Hall or online at https://www.vernon.ca/government-services/mayor-council/council-committees.
The deadline for applications is October 27 at 4:30 p.m.
It’s the scariest time of year – and we want to know where the best decorations are.
As Halloween approaches, Castanet Vernon searches for the best decorated homes in the North Okanagan.
If you know of a particularly macabre lair, email us with the address of the spooky place at [emailÂ protected].
We will compile a list and map of Halloween hot spots for your viewing pleasure.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
It’s a dark spot in Vernon’s history.
An internment camp once stood in McDonald Park, adjacent to where WL Seaton High School is now located.
It was one of many World War I internment operations across Canada that housed âenemy aliensâ in Canada. Most were of Austro-Hungarian and German origin.
They were stripped of their rights and deprived of their liberty, some of them even remaining imprisoned for several months after the armistice.
The Vernon camp opened on September 18, 1914, and some 1,100 men, women and children walked through the front door before it closed in February 1920.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has launched an internment education campaign on various media platforms with a focus on mobile devices and social media.
The campaign will raise awareness of WWI internment operations through a series of videos and images that will be posted on social media and with BellMedia.
Photo: Teams sports club
The next actor to take the stage at Roster Sport Club in Vernon is Justin Nichol.
âI’m really excited to have comedy being allowed again and to be back on the road in Vernon making people laugh,â Nichol said.
Nichol is described as a hard working everyday guy who will win you over with his outlook on life as a new dad and his frustrations with the way the world seems to work.
Before the pandemic, Nichol was touring the country on stand-up, with several television appearances.
David Kopp, founder of Kelowna Comedy, which offers shows twice a week at Dakoda’s in Kelowna, said he’s excited to bring comedy to Vernon.
âWe are very happy to have partnered with The Roster to bring comedy to Vernon. We’ve sold the previous two shows so there’s definitely an appetite for a few laughs. “
The Roster will host the comedy event on Saturday, in its licensed lounge. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. for the morning show, which starts at 6.30 p.m. Late show doors open at 8.15 p.m., and the show starts at 8.45 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite on The Roster website.
Photo: archive photo
A woman charged with second degree murder will return to a Vernon courtroom next month.
Paige Courtney Howse made a brief appearance on Tuesday and will be back in court on November 25 to consult with a lawyer.
Howse is accused of the death of Alishia Lemp.
Lemp’s body was found in a room on the second floor of the Best Value Inn and Suites on February 28, 2020.
Howse was arrested and charged with the murder last month.
North Okanagan RCMP Serious Crime Unit investigators arrested Howse in Surrey.
âOver the past 18 months, our investigative team has worked tirelessly, across multiple jurisdictions, to bring the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ms. Lemp’s death to this point,â said Cpl. David Hoekstra said at the time of Howse’s arrest.
“We wish to express our deepest condolences to Ms. Lemp’s family and our appreciation for their patience during this incredibly difficult time.”
This is not Howse’s first run-in with the law.
Court records show she also faced charges of arson causing damage, being illegally in a dwelling, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes and motor vehicle theft.
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