Straight From DeHart – Nov. 28, 2018 with a showroom at 1880 Spall Road is a fresh new value alternative when it comes to cabinetry. Owner/designer Marcus Herron, who has been in the industry for many years, has started this innovative kitchen and bathroom cabinet design center offering an uncompromising focus on delivering high value of  affordable options without the sacrifice of quality or service. You can actually get cabinets for a 10 foot by 10 foot kitchen for under $2,000.00. The cabinets are produced from a high grade material, using state-of-the-art German machinery for precision fit and finish. Marcus feels that his cabinets are a value alternative to businesses like Ikea. Bargoon also has many other cabinets to choose from in all sizes, styles and pricing. They provide quality sinks, taps and handles along with a full closet line of cabinets, shelving and accessories.  You can install the cabinets yourself with ready to assemble instructions or have them installed. Upgrades are available with 55 doors and colours to choose from or upgrades of solid birch dovetail drawers. Bargoon offers free in-home measures, consultation and cabinet design. Call 250-550-8000

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Marcus Herron -

Chris Sobon of Global Okanagan (CHBC TV) is the new managing editor of the TV station. Chris will be overseeing all news operations and has worked at the station for 34 years, starting as a master control operator in 1985. Chris has worked his way up ladder, so to speak, becoming an ENG cameraman, assignment editor in 2003 and now the managing editor.

Come join the celebration at the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay in Kelowna on Friday, November 30th at 3:00 p.m. at Stuart Park, which is in conjunction with the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is a significant element of the Canada Games, uniting communities across Canada for 51 years. The Canada Games Torch was lit in Ottawa on October 4th with celebrations being held in 50 communities across Canada and now in Kelowna on November 30th. I am truly honoured to have been chosen to be a Torch Bearer along with Mayor Colin Basran and MLA Thomson, Raghwa Gopal (Accelerate Okanagan), Ivan McLelland (BC Sports Hall of Fame Goalie), Renee Simons (World Curling Champion) and Christina Acton (Former Canada Games Coach). It’s going to be a party! The opening ceremonies for the 2019 Games will be held on February 15th in Red Deer, Alberta. Visit

Kevin Bourdin has opened his third Booster Juice in our area. The newest addition is located at 1612 Powick Road (same centre as new Holiday Inn). Other locations are in West Kelowna and Capri Centre. The grand opening is all day, Saturday, December 1st with two for one smoothies, special offers and draw and door prizes. Some of the popular menu items are Strawberry Sunshine, Tropi-Kale and High-Impact ACAI. All are fresh, made to order and healthy. For a limited time, Boosterballs are also being offered.

Congratulations to the winners of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mentally Healthy Workplace Awards. They are William & Associates Counselling Services (Small Business), TWP Fitness (Medium Business), and Interior Savings Credit Union (Large Business). Jessica Samuels is the Communications and Events Manager for CMHA

Kudos to the City of Kelowna Strong Neighbourhoods Program recipients. They are Andrew JonesBonnie Sheppard and Sue HarperDarcy KlassenDerek TuppenDwight Willet and Laurel SteinGary WelderJames PerreauxJerry KnellerJohn DouglasJohn MummeryLen McFarlaneLeslie GambleMonty and Brenda TuckRory FaderTim Bayliff and Tina Ward.

The Annual Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market & Tree Lighting is returning for its 30th year on December 1st at Stuart Park with live entertainment, activities for kids, skating, food and Santa. Finish the evening off by lighting up the giant tree.

URBA Rutland Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. hosted by ANAF at 270 Dougall Road N. $10.00 per person. Food by IGA.

Well-known media guy, Mark Burley is the new Executive Director of the Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA). Mark spent over a decade as Group Program Director for Bell Media, overseeing programming for all 22 Bell Media stations in the B.C. Interior and managed large employee and stakeholder teams. His responsibilities included the operations and programming of three stations (99.9 SUN FM, 101.5 EZ Rock and AM 1150). [email protected].

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Mark Burley - executive director of the DKA

Kelowna Hair Design at 1525 Gordon Drive (across from Mediterranean Market) owned and operated by Colleen Woelders has been nominated for Hair Salon of the Year – Okanagan/Boundary and Color Technician of the Year by Creative Oceanic Events. Colleen, who has had the shop for eight years, is taking her three staff members to the event on December 9th in Vancouver. Stay tuned for the results. Call 250-861-8878.

Well-known media journalist, Barry McDivitt’s newly published book, which has just been released is titled Rank Six – Firestorm. Rank Six refers to the most destructive type of forest fire and the story is set in B.C. during a forest fire. You can purchase the book online on Amazon or at Mosaic Books or Indigo Chapters. [email protected]

Local researcher, first-time author and graduate of UBC Okanagan with a degree in Freshwater Science, Raphael Nowak has had a passion and interest for studying Okanagan Lake back to 2005 when he was only 10 years old. Over the last 13 years, he has been conducting research into the science, history and environmental aspects of Okanagan Lake. This is what led to the creation of the Okanagan Lake book, the first and only book written about our precious freshwater resource. The 272 page novel provides a holistic view of all aspects of the lake in addition to a chapter on Raphael’s own underwater research expeditions into the deepest regions of the lake. Much of the research that he has been involved in concerns itself with the biology, geology and the anthropogenic interactions with the lake. In 2008, when the Ministry of Transportation was mere days away from sinking the old Okanagan Lake Floating Bridge into the lake, Raphael was an instrumental voice in opposing this decision from using our lake as a landfill and the bridge contractor was forced to recycle the materials. This is a must read. Available at Mosaic Books, Heritage Museum, Indigo online, [email protected] or [email protected]

Congratulations to Stephanie Slaman, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Business Development Officer who graduated with an MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) from the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University. The MBA in CED offers a leading edge curriculum with an emphasis on economic development, leadership, governance and management of change.

Poet, Fern G. Z. Carr’s poetry is currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft for her debut poetry collection Shards of Crystal (Silver Bow Publishing November, 2018). Shards of Crystal is a metamorphosis of darkness to light that moves readers to the brink then snatches them back. Themes deal with the harshness and beauty of life ranging from mental illness, the death of a child, drug abuse and animal cruelty to musicality, the philosophy of existence, inspiration and spiritual liberation. To purchase, read excerpts from the book or contact Fern visit

Happy 60th Anniversary Steve and Marie Mandl (November 22). The Mandl’s were former owners of Kelowna Tobacco and Smitty’s Pancake House.

The Taste of Japan is Sunday, December 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Parkinson Rec Centre. Admission $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family. Tea ceremony, Japanese cuisine, gift basket raffles, Japanese goods, Sumo wrestling, games, crafts and a ton of fun.

Hudson’s Bay Kelowna is hosting Ladies Night on Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an extra 25% off ladies clearance fashions, gift wrapping by donation, door prize draws, refreshments and tokens of appreciation in cosmetics and fragrances.

Bags, Baubles & Bevies hosting by BrainTrust Canada is Thursday, December 6th at #11-368 Industrial Avenue from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. It’s a fun evening of socializing and bargain shopping while donating to a great organization. Tickets $10.00 for applies and a glass of wine. Tickets on Facebook.

The Kelowna Liedertafel is presenting their annual Christmas Concert on December 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road. Special guests are Thomas Bauer (Flute), Esther Goertz (Piano) and Richard Mervyn (Drums). Admission by donation.

Birthdays of the week – Patricia Todd (Nov. 25); Bryan Feagan (Nov. 29); Gary Wahowski (Nov. 25);  Gary Filifilo (Nov. 28); Ken Black (Nov. 28); David Kopp (Nov. 28), Dr. Mike Shepherd (Nov. 29); Lou Goncalves (Nov. 30); Jana Hardy (Nov. 30); Dan Willms (Nov. 30); Meryl Corbett (Nov. 30); Jane Fletcher (Nov. 30); Vern Martindale (Dec. 1); Dan Albas (Dec. 1); Don Holzer (Dec. 2); Krystyna Werbury (Dec. 3); Hal Puder (Dec. 3); Sherry Cote (Dec. 3); Sonja Rosco (Dec. 3); Heather Zais (Dec. 4).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; fax 250-860-3173, E-mail [email protected].