Straight From DeHart – Aug. 14, 2019

Lots happening at Indigenous World Winery at 2218 Horizon Drive in West Kelowna. Owned and operated by Robert and Bernice Louie, the winery has a new wine shop manager, wine club and two brand new sparkling and sparkling rose wines. Long-time local Steve Francis is the new wine shop manager. Steve has been touring guests to all the local wineries in the valley for many years and is well-known the industry. The new Indigenous wine club has many benefits, including no sign up or cancellation fees. Visit [email protected] or call or drop into the wine shop to join. New to the Indigenous winery is the 2018 La’p Cheet (Sparkling Rose) which is an Okanagan Syilx word describing the light shimmering off the shallow waters in a river spillway. The name was gifted to the Louie’s youngest daughter Cassandra. Also new to the Indigenous family is the 2018 Ho-We-Nam Ho-We-Nem (Sparkling) which is an Okanagan Syilx name meaning Hummingbird. This name was gifted to the Louie’s eldest daughter Kassina. Jason Parks is the winemaker who has been with the winery since inception. We had lunch in the Red Fox Club. Andrea Callan is the Chef De Cuisine and uses only hyper-local seasonal farm to table products and it was exceptional.  You must try the Native Spiced Duck Drumsticks, Fennel Scented Venison Pie or Grilled Elk Flank Dip Sandwich. The daily dessert was unbelievable. Andrea will be competing in the Golf Medal Plates this year. Wine shop open seven days a week and Red Fox Club open Tuesday to Saturday.

Three new businesses have opened in Rutland. Florencia’s Consignment Store is at 217 Rutland Road N., between Floral Design By Lee and Whisk Cake Company. J & A Hair Studio is located at 160 Gray Road next to Okanagan Heating and Air Conditioning and Singh Jewellers & Fashion is located at 154 Asher Road.

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery owned by Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, O.C., O.B.C. is the winner of the coveted “Winery of the Year” title at the 2019 WineAlign National Wine Awards, where more than 1,800 wines were entered from 259 wineries in Canada. In addition, Mission Hill collected an unprecedented 18 medals in the competition, including two Platinum Medals, six Gold Medals and seven Silver Medals for its portfolio of luxury wines. These awards are the nation’s largest and most prestigious wine competition with a rigorous judging process led by respected wine writers, educators and sommeliers.

The Kelowna Yacht Club is the first facility in the BC Interior region to be awarded Clean Marine B.C. certification, a voluntary eco-certification.  Clean Marine BC is run by the Georgia Strait Alliance, a non-profit marine conservation organization. Boating facilities undergo an independent audit that focuses on how the yacht club operations impact the environment. Highlights of the certification include docks that are clean and well maintained, without the continued use of foam flotation and creosote pilings being replaced with steel; spill protection kits; mandatory holding tanks with complimentary sewage pump out facility; no onsite refueling or boat maintenance; new clubhouse and facilities that are built to the latest codes and extensive onsite recycling collection. The Kelowna Yacht Club along with 32 other marinas, boatyards, yacht club facilities and harbour authority docks now fly the Clean Marine BC Flag. Thom Killingsworth is the executive director.

Murray’s Pizza at 107 – 1024 Summit Drive in the Hillside Plaza in Glenmore is now selling pizza by the slice. Owned and operated by Bryan Ruck and Steve Lenarduzzi, Murray’s makes their own house-made dough, sauces and spice blends. The pizzas are cooked on stone and come in thick, thin or gluten friendly crusts. They also offer calzones, baby back ribs, baked spaghetti or lasagna and donairs, salads and super wings. Order online at or call 778-484-3000 for pick-up or delivery. Open seven days a week.


Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union has announced the retirement of its President, Randy Bertsch effective August 30th.  Kendall Gross, Vice- President, Retail and Business Banking of the credit union’s Valley First division have been appointed the new president of Island Savings. Kendall brings 25 years of financial services experience in leadership roles and joined First West in 2015 and has worked to service members in the credit union’s communities throughout B.C.’s Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valley areas. Launi Skinner is First West’s CEO.

Lakeside School Kelowna welcomes families exploring alternative education options to visit their lower mission campus to learn more about their school and growing community. Through their integration of arts and academics using experiential learning methods, their program aims to inspire minds, build character and foster a love for learning. Their program is designed intentionally around the development needs of students, encouraging academic achievement in a pleasant and supportive environment. Teachers strive to build deep, personal connections with each student and family. For a personal tour, visit the school at 429 Collett Road, call 250-764-4130 or visit

Commemorating the rich history of the Kelowna area and a great gift idea, The Okanagan Historical Society (Kelowna Branch) 2020 fundraiser calendar is now available for purchase at $20.00 each. All proceeds are directed to Okanagan Historical Society charitable activities. For a copy contact Chris Jennens at 250-862-2801.

The annual Joe Rich Fire Rescue Community Appreciation BBQ is Sunday, August 18, at the Joe Rich Fire-Community Hall, 11481 Highway 33. The BBQ is by donation, with a fire-fit course for kids, skills demonstrations, hose-bowling competitions and a photo booth with real fire gear.  Make new friends and meet your neighbourhood firefighters. For information visit the Joe Rich Fire Rescue Page or the RDCO website at

Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) has appointed George Greenwood as their new CEO. With an MB from Dalhousie, A bachelor of Technology in Management from BCIT and with designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner, Greenwood brings a skill set that includes strategy, finance, operations and human resources. After an extensive career in the credit union system, CEO he will work in tandem with the board of directors and staff. OMREB is a member-governed not-for-profit association representing more than 1,300 realtors and 88 real estate offices within the southern interior region of B.C.

The Kelowna City Float with Float Ambassador Clarence Johnson and  Lady of the Lake Olivia Solano and Princess Jennifer Werner will be in Armstrong on August 31st.

Dine and Chat is not a dating club and there are no membership dues, accepting only 55+ single seniors. Gloria-Jean Seymour’s passion for Dine and Chat has grown from 13 to over 325 friends since its inception in 2018. It is a way for seniors to connect with other similar aged people. Dine & Chat Friends meet every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Deli City Café & Catering Co. at 111-1889 Springfield Road for lunch. For more information and reservations contact Gloria Jean Seymour at 250-763-6495.

Thanks for all the wonderful hundreds of birthday greetings, messages, voice mails, visits to the hotel, cards and voice mail birthday songs.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 100th Olga Treen, Lakeshore Place (Aug. 15);  Scot Amis (Aug. 14); Randy McBride (Aug. 14); Lorne Ettinger (Aug. 15); Kathy Sawchuk (Aug. 16); Reagan Krivsky (Aug. 16); Peter Lepold (Aug. 17); Sandy Sheriff (Aug. 17); Stuart Cook (Aug. 18); Bernard Gauthier (Aug. 19); Jim Carta (Aug. 19); Ken Bernath (Aug. 20); Tena Kristalowich (Aug. 20); Cherie Hanson (Aug. 20); Brad Buchanan (Aug. 20).

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