James Dessert, a Grade 8 student from Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby, was the big winner of the 2014 Spaghetti Bridge contest held at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on March 7.
Dessert’s bridge weighed in at a mere 994.99 grams, but more than held its weight as it took on 112.58 kilograms of pressure before collapsing before an enthusiastic crowd of students, parents, teachers and onlookers.
Dessert took home $1500 in first place winnings, courtesy of the event’s title sponsor, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).
Fellow Lumby student, Brendan Mattenley, Grade 9, was awarded third place with a 962.44 gram bridge that held 63.10 kilograms. Second place went to the Okanagan College team led by Glenn Watson, whose 970.64 gram bridge held 70.92 kilograms.
Students from Charles Bloom Secondary are historically strong competitors, typically ranking high in the Secondary category contest results.
Creating engineering marvels out of a common kitchen staple is the order of the day at Spaghetti Bridge.
This year, 186 students participated in building bridges in either the demonstration or competition categories. The Spaghetti Bridge world record of 443.58 kilograms was established in Kelowna in 2009 by a team from Hungary and remains intact.
- First - James Dessert, Grade 8, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby. Bridge weighed 994.99 grams. Bridge held 112.58 kg
- Second - Glenn Watson, Shaun Bliss, Eric Chovancak, Okanagan College second year Civil Engineering Technology students, Kelowna. Bridge weighed 970.64 grams. Bridge held 70.92 kg
- Third - Brendan Mattenley, Grade 9, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby. Bridge weighed 962.44 grams. Bridge held 63.10 kg
- First - Daniel Roodzant, Gaelyn Gilliam, Grade 9, Kings Christian School, Salmon Arm
- Second - Kyle Sobon, Jaden Balogh, Rylan Skelton, Connor White, Grade 9, KLO Middle School, Kelowna
- Third - Finn Tobin, Ryan Pybus, Sean Steeves, Grade 8, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, Kelowna
- First - James Dessert, Grade 8, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby
- Second - Brendan Mattenley, Grade 9, Charles Bloom Secondary, Lumby
- Third - Gary Todd, Grade 9, KLO Middle School, Kelowna
The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire on McKay Ave.
The first arriving engine company reported they had a fully involved detached garage.
The renter (not the owner, as was originally stated by the fire department) was quick to let the crew know there was a grow-op in the garage. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly and contain the fire to the structure.
The garage was a complete loss. There were two occupants in the house; one was complaining of chest pains, he was looked after by BCAS.
Fortis BC Electrical disconnected power while RCMP interviewed occupants.
It is believed the grow-op caused the fire.
Kelowna Fire Department personnel were back on the scene Saturday morning to conduct a secondary investigation and ensure the fire was entirely put out.
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Liquor industry insiders are tipping their glasses for the new liquor laws introduced by the BC government Thursday.
Among those most delighted, the BC Wine Institute, which learned Thursday VQA wines will be allowed on grocery store shelves beginning sometime in early 2015.
Miles Prodan, President of the BC Wine Institute, says putting VQA wines in grocery stores means a new retail channel for wineries in the Okanagan.
Up until now, wineries had the opportunity to sell their products in house and at private or government liquor stores.
Prodan adds the new regulations have the potential for a great fit.
"We see an opportunity for the farm to table or buy local, and hopefully the grocery stores see likewise," says Prodan.
"Pairing 100 per cent BC VQA wine with local BC produce is the ultimate pairing and it's a chance for consumers to recognize that and get their BC wine when they are getting their BC agri-food and the rest of it."
Prodan says details are still being ironed out, but does confirm there are two different grocery store models.
One is the store-within-a-store model and the in-aisle model that is being offered to VQA wines only.
He adds that the BC Wine Institute has been told it will be consulted as the details of the program are rolled out.
Prodan also says the new program will give the wine institute the opportunity to further educate the buying public.
"We like to have consumers think about wine as a food quite frankly," says Prodan.
"BC VQA wine is known worldwide from all the awards we win for its ability to pair with food so food pairing, tastings and educating consumers what goes with what and how much wine can enhance a meal. It's a perfect opportunity within a grocery store."
According to information released by the government a limited number of new licences will be available for grocery stores wishing to stock VQA wines on shelves.
That is not the case with the store-within-a-store model.
It does mean grocery stores will be able to sell other wines, beer and hard liquor, if they have a licence. But no new licences will be made available by the provincial government for the store within-a-store model; and that, according to Metro Liquor senior product consultant, Jim Martin, could be problematic for many grocery stores.
"A Safeway or Sobery's or whoever would have to partner up with an existing licence and that would cut into the profit of that existing store," says Martin.
"Or if (a grocery store) wanted to purchase a licence, they could but that price has, as of yesterday, gone up to close to $1M or more. Does somebody want to do that and have to renovate their store to accommodate the new store. There are a lot questions a retailer would have to think about before approaching this."
As a private retailer, Martin says he is not concerned with the way the new program is being rolled out.
What he is pleased to see is a pledge to go to wholesale pricing across the board for both private and government liquor outlets.
Martin says private liquor stores currently do not buy product at wholesale prices as government liquor stores do.
He says they currently purchase at 16 per cent off of the liquor store price.
"Going to wholesale pricing we'll be on par with the government liquor stores. Whatever they buy at wholesale, we'll buy at wholesale.
Now the playing field has been levelled. That's what I've personally wanted for years now."
Martin says theoretically, prices in private liquor stores could come down.
"But I don't know how it will play out."
The young man known for his comedic semantics while breaking into a home in the Black Mountain area, back in 2012, will now serve nine months behind bars for his actions.
Brandon Seberras-Pick who was 18 at the time of the offense, will also serve another 3 months in jail for attempted arson.
Provincial Court Judge Jane Cartwright says she can't ignore the fact that there were pieces of a lighter stuffed in the gas cap of a car, and although Seberras-Pick admitted to lighting the mirror of the car on fire he denies trying to ignite the gas cap on fire.
"I don't know what other decision I can come to other than he was trying to light the car on fire."
Cartwright explained that attempted arson is a very serious offence for which she felt imprisonment was necessary.
Seberras-Pick will spend a total of 345 days behind bars, after consideration of his 14 days time served.
The Kelowna resident has already been on probation since the incident, and has never breached his conditions, which contributed to Cartwright only handing him a one year probation term after his jail sentence.
Some terms of his probation include, keeping the peace, no alcohol or drugs, attending counselling, and having no contact with the woman whose car he attempted to light on fire or the man's home he broke into.
He is also restricted from the Black Mountain Area.
Cartwright also told Seberras-Pick that he must attend school or seek employment once his jail term ends, and perhaps follow up on his idea to go to Okanagan College for welding.
It is going to cost the City of Kelowna another $1.12M to upgrade Lakeshore Road from Cook Road to Lexington Drive.
The project, which includes replacement of the Mission Creek Bridge, is scheduled to begin in April and completed by November.
The extra costs include $700,000 for construction of the trunk sewer main and $750,000 for additional features.
The additional costs will be funded through current reserves and existing capital projects.
As a result, three capital projects planned for 2014 have been cancelled and will be re-evaluated for the 2015 capital program.
"The detail design process of this signature road corridor has revealed additional items that will require additional funds," says project manager, Purvez Irani.
In his report to council, Irani says two options are available, requesting the additional funds to complete the project as scheduled or complete the project over two construction seasons. The second option would likely mean the portion of Lakeshore Road would have to be closed for two consecutive years.
It is recommended the additional funds be used to complete the project as scheduled this year.
The main components of the project are replacement of the Mission Creek Bridge and up-sizing the sewer trunk.
Since the tendering process is still ongoing Irani says he doesn't know yet the exact dates for demolition of the Mission Creek Bridge.
He expects it to happen sometime in May.
Irani says before the project begins an open house will be held to inform the travelling public when the road will be shut down and what detours are available.
Overall cost of the project, with the new money added, is approximately $11M.
Video of Lakeshore Road drive over from Richter Street to Lexington Drive
Fog is slowly beginning to clear in and around Kelowna International Airport meaning air traffic is beginning to move again.
There were a few hours earlier Friday morning when nothing was moving in and out of the airport while fog engulfed the region.
Airport spokesperson Jenelle Hynes says the fog has now lifted enough to allow flights to begin arriving and leaving.
Hynes says the airport put 'Reduced Visibility Operating Procedures in place for about three hours Friday morning due to the fog.
"Each airline and each aircraft has their own abilities and limitations when it comes to visibility and fog," says Hynes.
"Because the fog was so thick, there was really no movement happening during that period."
About a half dozen flights were delayed coming into YLW and another eight were shown as delayed leaving at one point.
According to meteorologist, Doug Lundquist, the fog should dissipate by late this morning or early this afternoon.
"We have such warm air aloft, the lake is still cold and there is still snow on the side of the hills," says Lundquist.
"Basically it's warm air riding over top of a cold lake which is producing that fog. But, with the sun this morning it's burning it off fairly quickly."
Lundquist says the fog should only be a one day event.
With a storm moving north of the Okanagan Lundquist says the winds will pick up Saturday making it extremely mild.
He expects temperatures to reach into the double digits.
The fun and excitement of the annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest returns to Okanagan College on Friday, March 7 when 186 Okanagan Valley students arrive at the Kelowna campus to compete for trophies and cash prizes of up to $1500.
Students from Grade 3 to post-secondary are entered in a variety of categories. In the morning, elementary school students participate in the non-competitive demonstration followed by the lightweight and team building competitions.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., Middle and Secondary School students and post-secondary entrants will vie in the suspenseful show-stopper heavyweight competition that tests the amount of weight pre-built spaghetti bridges will support.
Contest organizer Michelle Lowry said, “The heavyweight competition is always exciting, and this year is shaping up to be especially interesting. We have a real variety of individuals and teams participating.”
“My favourite part of the contest is watching the elementary school students get excited about engineering and the creativity and ingenuity it requires.”
The competition’s title sponsor is the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). Cash prizes range from $150 for individuals in the ASTTBC Secondary and Post-secondary Competitions up to $400 per team in the ASTTBC Team competition.
The winner of the heavyweight competition will be awarded $1,500.
Additional sponsors include PCL Construction, the Okanagan College Students’ Union, MMM Group, CTQ Consultants Ltd., AECOM, Okanagan Precision Machine Ltd, APEGBC Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and Focus Corporation.
Events get underway at 10 a.m. in the Student Services building.
A live webcast of the contest is available at: http://klo-media-1.okanagan.bc.ca.
A new bail review was expected to take place today for Nathan Fahl, the man accused of running down a paper carrier last December, but that was adjourned after it was learned he has now been charged with more crimes.
Fahl broke his strict bail conditions, that had been likened to house arrest, on Feb. 11 and then he allegedly lied to police.
He is now facing four new charges including obstruction of a police officer, failure to carry out his bail order, failure to remain in his residence and being in a vehicle without the registered owner.
During the brief court proceeding, by which Fahl appeared via video, he continued to interrupt the court and yell out from the TV, as he has in the past.
In an attempt to explain himself, he told the court that he had been on his way to see his bail supervisor and had missed his bus. But according to the Crown, that person has said Fahl had no reason to report on the day in question.
The Crown went on to say that they will make an application to revoke Fahl’s bail when the matter goes before the courts again.
Kelowna residents will get their chance to learn more about the new RCMP building slated to be built at the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.
There will be two open houses at the Royal Anne Hotel with representatives on hand to answer questions about the project, the elector approval process and the proposed borrowing arrangement.
The first session is Thursday afternoon from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and the second session will take place on Monday, March 10 at the same place and time.
The City says its finally time for a change, and the current 50-year-old facility no longer meets the required building codes and policing standards.
Cost for the project will be just over $42-million which the city will borrow from the province. And taxpayers would begin feeling the impact in 2015.
Anyone unable to attend the open house can view the same project information online, under Police Services Building.
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