Straight From DeHart – Jan. 29, 2020

Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery has opened at #412 – 2755 Tutt Street. Owned and operated by Dr. Scott Martyna and his wife, Laura Martyna, this modern clinic has a focus on digital treatment planning and offers a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. This includes wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, corrective jaw surgery, cleft lip, palate surgery and other procedures. Dr. Martyna is a fellowship trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Both Scott and Laura grew up in Kelowna and then moved around Canada and the US in order for Dr. Martyna to complete his surgical training. On a side note, Laura’s father and Scott’s father-in-law is well-known and respected dentist Dr. Ian Leitch, who practiced in Kelowna for many years.

Orchard Ford at 911 Stremel Road has achieved the #1 Vehicle Sales Volume Ford Dealer in BC for the 5th consecutive year. This has never been done in Ford of Canada’s history. Orchard Ford is also #1 in overall sales and service customer satisfaction. Trevor Pollon is the general manager.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and music director Rosemary Thomson have announced the next performances on their O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars Masterworks Series. The Diamond Anniversary concerts will celebrate sixty years of music-making and community engagement in the Okanagan. The performances will feature four talented young soloists who are graduates of the Youth Orchestra Program. They are Jana Luksts on piano, Kira Shiner on oboe, Alicia Venables on violin and Nick DentonProtsack on cello. The Kelowna performance is Friday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Modern PURAIR Kelowna is a high rated indoor air quality service provider serving both residential and commercial clients, with three generations still active in the business. In 2001, Don Martin and his son Lane Martin started Modern Furnace and Air Duct Cleaning. In May, 2007 the new name of the company became Modern PURAIR. Investing more into the company, they also established the goal of becoming the only branded Indoor Air Quality Company operating in Canada. “Clean Air. We live and breathe it.” is their tagline and is a motto by which they live and work. The franchise now has locations in Victoria, B.C. to Owen Sound, Ontario, which started right here in Kelowna. Today, the Modern PURAIR Kelowna franchise is operated by Lane’s son, Tristan Martin who is the general manager. The company also started a charity called PURKIDS where 1% of all system sales are given back to charity. For the month of February, Modern PURAIR will be running a special promotion. When you book with them in February via the call center or online, you will receive a 15% discount off your entire work order. Just use the code DEHART. or 250-765-6828.

Looking for extra storage space? Kelowna’s new state-of-the-art storage facility, Airport Village Self Storage offers indoor units with temperature control and key-less electronic access, drive-up units with spacious loading zones and RV and Boat parking with 13’ wide parking stalls and a specious lot. or 250-862-2504.

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) has expanded its Advisory Council, staff team and resources with the appointment of five new Advisory Council members presenting industry, a new COEDC manager and additional sector specific web resources. The 2020 Chair is Brad Klassen of Troika Developments with new Advisory Council members Nikki Csek, Csek Creative, Pete Patterson, Vitalis Extraction Technology, Paula Quinn, KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence Association, Brian Wall, Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. and Noel Wentworth, Wentworth Music. The COEDC has appointed Krista Mallory as manager. The 45 member Advisory Council serves as a conduit of information and insight for the COEDC.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has approved four appointments to its Environmental Advisory Commission. Joining the commission are Catherine Nesmith and Gisele Rehe. Reappointed are Tanis Gieselman and Rhianna Moghadas. The independent Commission volunteers provide expert advice to the Regional Board on environmental issues relating to land use and development applications.

Accolades to the Central Okanagan Foundation who donated $28,000 from the Kelowna Home Support Society Fund supporting future caregivers towards the construction of the new Health Sciences Centre currently being built at Okanagan Colleges Kelowna Campus. The new Health Sciences Centre is a great opportunity to recognize the values of Kelowna Home Support and support a community institution that teaches the values of caring and helping people stay at home as they age says Marliss Magas, who sat on the board of Kelowna Home Support Society that created and managed the fund in 1988 to 1999. I am honoured to be the Okanagan College Foundation Community Ambassador. For more information on how to support and donate to the new centre contact Holly Routley at [email protected]

The Greater Westside Board of Trade has a new 2020 Board of Directors. Congratulations to President Craig Garries, owner of PostNet West Kelowna and Vice President, Calvin Barr, owner of Ever-Clear Window Cleaning and Luxury Lake Tours. Other executive are Amber Hall, TELUS (Second Vice President), Sarah Sabo, Aries Accounting (Treasurer) and Ray Kandola, City Furniture (Secretary). Directors at Large are Andrea East, Pushor MitchellJulie Pringle, snap Commercial Photography, Sean Shepherd, Nucleus Strategies, Ed Stephens, Rotary and Carmen Weld, BC Cancer Foundation. Appointee directors are James Carmichael, WFM and John Perrott, Economic Development.

Global Citizen Event is hosting Taste of Home on February 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Life Centre, 2041 Harvey Avenue. Entry is by donation and tasting tickets are $1.00 each. Taste of Home celebrates the richness and diversity of people from around the world and what they bring to our community. New this year is Global Voices starting at 5:00 p.m. Games and fun activities are specifically designed to promote cross-cultural interaction and understanding. Attendees participating can win tasting tickets and gain first entry to the main event.

Yeti Farm Creative is partnering with Chopped Canada’s award-winning Chef Pierre A. Lamielle on its second independently produced digital first pre-school series, “Munchy, Munchy”. Based on Chef Lamielle’s “The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids”, and “Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook and Kitchen Scraps: A humourous Illustrated Cookbook”, the 12 x 1 minute series explores the cool, fun and quirky attributes of food. Yeti will debut the new series at Kidscreen 2020. Ashley Ramsay and Frank Saperstein are partners of Yeti Farm Creative.

The Kelowna Lioness Club sadly lost one of its oldest members Bea SummersGill at the age of 95. The club gave back $6,750.00 to local charities some of which were Canadian Diabetes, Salvation Army Christmas Hampers, Freedoms Door, Alliance of the Blind, Project Literacy and Women’s Shelter. If you would like to give back to the community and make new friends call Joy at 250-862-6885.

Kelowna Secondary School’s Annual Music Showcase is ready to knock the audience’s socks off on Monday, February 3rd at the First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road at 7:00 p.m. with up and coming talented musicians, jazz bands, vocal jazz, chamber choirs and more. Master of Ceremonies is OSO music director Rosemary Thomson and KSS music director Sheila French will offer up an energetic evening of music from a variety of genres. There will be a performance by the intermediate senior choir from Casorso Elementary led by artistic director Laura Mireau. Tickets $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students at Wentworth Music, at the door or

Youth Collections/System Librarian for the Okanagan Regional Library System, Linda Youmans is retiring after 28 years on January 31. Linda has held various positions in Kelowna and is a great advocate of resources and services for those with diversabilities, creating amazing book lists, conducting diversability workshops for 77 staff and planning programs for adults with disabilities as the Okanagan Self-Advocate Advisor for the Okanagan Self Advocate Group. Linda will continue in this role after retirement and received the 2019 Community Leader of the Year Award for all her diversability and library work. [email protected]

Award winning Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Danny Michel is bringing is unique brand of music to Kelowna Mary Irwin Theatre on February 20/2020. This show follows a sold-out gig at the same venue in 2012 and a sold out performance at Lake Country’s Creekside Theatre in 2018. Advanced tickets can now be purchased at The Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 70th Sharon Shepherd (Jan. 25); Mark Burley (Jan. 27); Dennis Macleod (Jan. 29); John Christie (Jan. 29); Bryan Proskiw (Jan.30);  Paul Clarke, Black Press (Jan. 31); Rick Potter (Jan. 31); Linda Decosta (Feb. 1); Vince Lemke (Feb. 1); Rod Romanow (Feb. 2); Sue de la Fosse (Feb. 2); Groundhog Day (Feb. 2); Jenny Krahn (Feb. 3); Rob Belanger (Feb. 4); Ross Fitzpatrick (Feb. 4); Ted Farr (Feb. 4); Pim Meere (Feb. 4); Dana Crichton (Feb. 4).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. E-mail; web-site