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Straight From DeHart - May 15, 2014

Photo Credit: Contributed; Footbar, Owner - Mel Schmidt (seated), Manager Alisa Speed (right), and Footbar Relaxology artist Allyssa Chomechko (left)

Footbar has opened in the rear of the shop of Cream Hair & Makeup Lounge at #2 – 1771 Cooper Road. Owned and operated by Mel Schmidt and Curtis Adams, Alisa Speed is the Footbar manager. Footbar relaxology offers a zen-like experience, inspired by traditional reflexology and massage techniques. Custom, locally made, natural products for rejuvenation are used such as a detoxifying sea salt soak, lush organic sugar scrub and hydrating body butter. All products used are vegan containing essential oils and nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, Shea butter and natural components. Footbar offers a tranquil, warm, modern atmosphere and is the perfect setting for those looking to unwind, de-stress and simply relax. The space is perfect for small get- togethers with friends or just to put your feet up after a long day. Call 250-868-4889 for appointment.

After 23 years, Caroline Ann-Alter has retired from the Bay. Caroline worked in many areas, including 14 years in receiving and marketing, seven in jewellry and the last two years in shoes. Although she will be missed, all her colleagues and friends wish her a great retirement.

The Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary to the KGH Foundation is opening the new Royal Bistro, formerly known as The Generals’ Snackery, located in the Royal Lobby at KGH. The Snackery first opened 22 years ago selling dainty sandwiches without crusts and tea served in china cups. Now, this business venture has grown to a viable entity, but needed a face lift to go along with the many great changes at KGH. The Auxiliary raises funds that assist with the purchase of medical equipment for KGH. In the past 82 years they have raised in excess of $10 Million. The new Royal Bistro, the latest jewel in the Auxiliary’s crown, has been designed and built with the support of many local companies and provide individuals who volunteered time, materials and services to help complete the project. They were Heather Fowler (Fowler Interior Design) and PCL Constructors Westcoast. Local suppliers are Cherry Hill Coffee, The Bread Co., Valley Produce and Extreme Pita on Banks Road. Nancy Wells is the Business Enterprises Manager for the KGH Foundation. Call 250-862-4300 (7497).

Elmer Epp is Kamloops has been re-elected as chair of the Board of Directors of Interior Savings Credit Union. He is an associate at the law firm of Epp Cates Olen and now begins this 13th year as Chair of the Interior Savings Board. Other directors elected are incumbent Rolli Cacchioni and nominee Rick Weger (Central/North Okanagan Region) and nominee Liza Curran (Thompson/South Okanagan Region). All were elected for a three year term.

Congratulations to Jordan Rowe, Evan Hilts and long-time local Don Burnett in reaching their long standing goal of achieving their 1st Degree Black belt in the Honourable Fraternity of Black belts. Don received his after five years of hard work. In attendance were Master instructor Dan Zaleski (8th degree Black belt and president of Tae Kwon-Do International Canada); Master Robert Gill (6th Degree Black belt of Thompson Valley Tae Kwon-Do in Kamloops) and Chris Rowe (4th Degree Black belt and Chief Instructor of Quest Martial Arts Academy and President of Tae Kwon-Do International B.C). Jordon is also Chris Rowe’s son. Also promoting was Cameron Johnson to 2nd Degree Black belt and Donald Godon promoted to 3rd Degree Black belt.

Athletes from Alberta and Washington joined BC racers for the inaugural Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon. It featured a 700m pool swim at the H2O, then onto bikes for a three loop 21km ride to East Kelowna and ending with a 5km run. The event was directed by local Olympians Malini Elmore and Graham Hood along with James Young of the Kelowna Triathlon Club. Congratulations to locals Jake Van Allen, with his race best 17:47 run split to fend off fellow Kelownian Chad Reid who arrived in third, 18 seconds behind. Carmelle Guidi-Swan took the women’s title in a time of one hour, 12 minutes and 13 seconds. West Kelowna’s Claire Young arrived in third place with a scorching 20 minute, 28 second run split. Also congrat’s to Derek Edstrom, Ryan Smith and Jim Gabriel of the City of Kelowna who entered and won in the team category.

Bogie & Bacall Hair Design is celebrating 30 years in business and all those years have been in the same location in Orchard Park Shopping Centre across from Chapters and next to Shoppers Drug Mart. Originally owned and operated by husband and wife team, Rod and Donna Robinson, now the entire family is involved in the operation with stylist and colour specialist, daughter Tracy Guido and son Jeff Robinson who is the manager of the shop. Their daughter-in-law, Whitney Robinson is also a stylist in the shop. Bogie and Bacall now have 14 stylists on staff and offer many brands of product. They cater to absolutely everyone and every age group. Call 250-860-3765

Ross Johnson is now an associate insurance advisor with The Co-Operators a 120-1640 Leckie Road. Call 250-861-3777 or

The Okanagan College Alumni Association has bestowed its highest honor on two former Okanagan College students. Congratulations to Lane Shupe and Donnie Ungaro who are being recognized for their distinguished careers and achievements in June. Lane is a certified dental assistant who graduated from the College in 1981 and will receive the OCAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of the commitment of her profession and her exemplary record of volunteerism. Donnie, Young Professional /Culture Development Officer with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission is being honoured with the association’s Young Alumni Award, which recognizes the achievements of Okanagan College or Okanagan University college graduates under the age of 35.

Happy 50th Anniversary Ken and Donna Good (May 9).

Springfield Auto Body, owned and operated by long-time businessman Garry Grigg has received the prestigious 2013 AutocheX Premier Achiever Award for outstanding customer service. AutocheX is a third party company that measures customer satisfaction levels for body shops through surveys. They were one of 14 other ICBC c.a.r. shop VALET facilities that achieved customer satisfaction scores in the top five per cent of thousands of participating shops across North America. Springfield Auto Body offers lifetime guarantee, keeping your freedom, free vehicle pick-up and drop-off and high quality repairs.

Congratulations to Councillor Robert Hobson and Adair Hobson who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 11th. It was also Adair’s birthday and Mother’s Day.

The Bay is hosting a spring BBQ Patio Party on Saturday, May 17 with all proceeds going to the United Way at The Bay’s Harvey Street entrance form 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.. There will be hot dogs, chips and a drink for a minimum $3 donation and you cannot beat that. Enter to win a deluxe chaise lounge with the ballot box located in their outdoor living shop to be drawn at close of business on May 17th. It’s time to get out, visit the patio shop, grab a bite and help the United Way.

It’s that time of year again, which is time to consider running a half marathon. Christy Lovig is coaching this year’s half marathon clinic through Fresh Air Concept, the official clinic for the Wine Country Half Marathon. It’s a 13 week program starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, culminating in the Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, September 6. Participants should be able to comfortably run 10 km. Pricing is $99 and clinic plus race entry is $189 (plus tax). You can sign up at Fresh Air Concept or Fresh Air Experience or call 250-763-3425. Details of the race are at

For all you cookie or chocoholic addicted people, K Town Cookies take pride in providing their customers with an unforgettable and enjoyable experience, all uniquely packaged to help ease that daily, hourly, or even minute to minute craving for some scrumptious, delectable treats your taste buds have ever experienced. Owned and operated by Janice Hayward, who shares her passion, cravings and obsession for sweets, all of her yummy products are custom designed and created to match any occasion or theme. K-Town caters to corporate gifts, weddings, golf functions or even the simplest of occasions. Call 250-470-7460

Photo Credit: K Town Cookies

The Annual Health & Wellness Expo at Stewart Centre, 1851 – 1855 Kirschner Road is today, May 15th from 7:30 a.m. (Arthritis Society Pancake Breakfast by donation) to 7:30 p.m. (Karate and Fitness by Paul Atkin) and everything in-between. There will be The dish Pizza – Grand opening Lunch/BBQ; Open House Brix Family Chiropractic, TWP, Kasugai Corner a Japanese Cultural change, Komatsu Japanese Market – evening BBQ and much more. All the businesses are included from Rosebud’s to the new Sassy Shoes. All proceeds are going to the Arthritis Society.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is Thursday, May 22 hosted by Prospera Credit Union at 2106 Harvey Avenue (across from Orchard Park) from 5 – 7 p.m. Parking is available at the Park Boulevard Mall behind Prospera and at Orchard park Mall. Pre-registration is not required ($10 for members and $20 for future members). Also the Chamber’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, May 23rd at Sunset Ranch Golf Club. Register as a team of four or you can team up with someone. Lots of fun, Texas Scramble, over $50,000 in prizes and dinner. Call 250-861-3627

Ogopogo Rotary Club’s 17th Annual Fresh Lobster Dinner, Dance and Auction is Saturday, May 31 at Parkinson Rec Centre. Music by Cover2Cover and tickets only $75. Proceeds designated in support of the Kelowna City Park – new water park slide activity centre and other charitable projects. For tickets call Cal Nesdoly 250-762-4744 (220) or

Order of the Eastern Star Kelowna #62 hosted the Spring 2014 Fashion Show at the Kelowna Golf and Country Cub and raised $2,200 for the BC Cancer Foundation. Stores participating were Ten Bridal Fashions, Jacques-Vert at The Bay, Dlux Fashions, Cadence Shoes, Inspired Eyes, Metallic Hair Salon and the Okanagan Diamond Gallery. There was a Diamond Dig hosted by the Diamond Gallery and the participants are minded to go into the store and have their stone checked by May 31/2014 to see who got the real diamond. The fundraising convener was Eva Sanders.

Not sure if anyone knew, but John O’Brien is a primary physical education teacher at St. Josephs School and his claim to fame is that he is on the only male teacher in the entire school. What are the chances of that? Good luck John and glad to have met you!

Birthdays of the week – Lynn Hamilton (May 13); Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel (May 16) Judy Syrnyk (May 17); Dean Clarke (May 17); Graham Bell (May 17); Jerry Reiber (May 17); Rae Stewart, Regional Waste (May 18); Art Born (May 18); Bruce Wilson (May 18); Margaret Bernath (May 19); Martha Laser (May 19); Carrie Metzger, BC Sheriff Service (May 20); Beryl Itani (May 21); In memory our dad, Edward Abram (May 16).

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 and web-site (click on Good Stuff, Columns and then Maxine DeHart).

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