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Warriors face ringette challenge

With the West Kelowna Warriors sitting in 2nd place in the BC Hockey League's Interior Division, it's apparent that they know a thing or two about playing hockey.

The bigger question this weekend though is this: Can they play without a blade on their stick and with a blue rubber ring?

The Warriors will be in Rutland on Sunday November 23rd for a 12:30 game against the Kelowna 18+ Open Ringette team, dubbed the Shutout Sports Challenge Cup, as part of RBC Sports Day.

Building on last years experience, where Warriors players played in a fun game, this one has an added sense of bragging rights, and a pretty big trophy as well that was provided by Shutout Sports.

"The boys that played last year had a lot of fun," says Warriors Statistician Sheldon Bank, who has helped bring it all together, "they have a ton of respect for the girls and a lot of ooh's and ahh's wondering how they could do what they did on the ice."

Kelowna Ringette is hoping for a big crowd out on Sunday, while the Warriors are hoping that their fans will make the trek across the bridge and into Rutland.

"We're asking for a non-perishable food donation as admission," says Warriors Director of Sales and Marketing Alex Draper, "and we're hoping to pack Rutland Arena and have a lot of fun there on Sunday."

As far as what it means to the ladies? Kelowna Open player Holly Langois says "there's a big rivalry between ringette and hockey. The girls hear it at school that hockey's better than ringette. I think it will be a good way to get the community involved, and just get the rivalry going and hopefully we'll kick some butt and put an end to the hockey is better than ringette idea."

Fans that cannot attend on Sunday will have the opportunity to watch the game on as Ryan Watters has all the play-by-play for the November Game of the Month.

Westside overpass near completion

On time and on budget.

Construction on the $9.3M Sneena Road overpass project, which began back in April, is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Project manager, Evelyn Lube, says everything is weather dependent.

"We'll be opening the road as soon as all the final things are done. We're at the stage where we're at the mercy of the weather a bit so as long as the weather holds and continues to stay fairly mild, we'll be able to get all of our paving done," says Lube.

"There's paving and then there is work that has to be done afterwards, there's some barricades that have to be put up, line painting is another one that is weather dependent. But, it looks good for opening the road the first week of December."

There are actually two phases to the project, the extension of Tomat Road to the roundabout next to the new mall and the new road which extends from the roundabout and connects with Campbell Road.

That portion includes the underpass which crosses under Highway 97 part way up bridge hill.

If the weather holds, Lube expects final paving work to be done on both this week.

This is the fourth highway project along that stretch of highway in the past 10 years.

The others included construction of the new William R. Bennett Bridge, the Westside Road overpass and Nancee Way overpass.

Crash victim identified

The Peachland man who lost his life in a crash on Hwy. 97C this weekend has been identified as Lawrence William Renaud.

According to the BC Coroner, Renaud was a passenger in a pickup truck that was heading eastbound on Hwy. 97C about 35 km west of West Kelowna, near Brenda Mines.

At about 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 15, the truck left the icy roadway and rolled down a 30 metre embankment.

Renaud died at the scene of the collision, while the 50-year-old female driver was airlifted to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.

Weekend crash on 97C kills one

A Peachland area man was killed following a single vehicle crash on Highway 97C near Brenda Mines Saturday.

Police say the crash occurred approximately 1:45 p.m. after the westbound truck the man was a passenger in hit a patch of ice, went out of control and plunged down an embankment.

 The 62-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene while the 50 year old female driver was airlifted to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

The name of the passenger is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Though it appears that speed was not a factor in this incident, Police remind motorists that posted speeds can be far too fast for often unpredictable winter road conditions.

"Roadways can look dry despite the presence of frost and black ice especially on the shaded areas of roadway," says Cst. Steve Holmes.

"Reduce your speed appropriate to the road conditions, have winter or mud and snow tires with adequate tread depth and add secured weight to the rear area if driving a pickup truck to ensure better traction."

97C three vehicle crash

At least three people were transported to hospital after a three vehicle crash on Highway 97C near the Brenda Mine turn off Sunday afternoon.

A witness says several other people were under the care of paramedics, three ambulances were on scene.

West Kelowna fire department responded to the accident at 4 p.m.

Castanet reporter Carmen Weld went by the crash site just after 5 p.m.. She says two vehicles were off the road, one of them had rolled, it was crushed and in the ditch on the side of the highway. Weld says the road surface was covered in a sheet of ice.

The route was down to one lane coming into West Kelowna.

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Car lands in ditch

A male driver was treated for undetermined injuries after his vehicle ended up in a ditch beside Shannon Lake Road Saturday morning.

The single vehicle accident happened around 11:20 a.m. close to where Old Okanagan Highway meets Shannon Lake Road.

West Kelowna fire engine 31, Police and two ambulances attended the scene.

Traffic was down to a single lane on Shannon Lake Road for about 45 minutes.

Forest mitigation on weekend

Residents in the Rose Valley and Bear Creek Road neighbourhoods may notice smoke plumes in the forest this weekend as forest fuel mitigation work continues in the vicinity.

Since October 27, Westbank First Nation (WFN), in partnership with the District of West Kelowna (DWK), has been undertaking forest fuel mitigation work in the forest near these neighbourhoods.

Heartland Economics LP, a WFN wholly owned company, is administering the project. The work is being carried out within the WFN Community Forest both inside and adjacent to DWK's municipal boundaries. The work will take place at:

  • An area north of the Rosewood Drive subdivision; and,
  • Bear Creek Road - approximately 5.5 km from its junction with Westside Road.

WFN will place signage in the vicinity of the work sites to alert the public of the work underway. Open burning will occasionally be required to dispose of debris.

DWK and WFN thank the public for patience and understanding during this essential wildfire mitigation project.

Accident slows traffic

A two-vehicle crash on highway 97 slowed traffic this evening in West Kelowna.

The accident occurred near Grizzly Road, at around 5:30 p.m.

Southbound traffic was down to one lane, as both vehicles remained in the road with their airbags deployed.

An ambulance was on scene, but it is unclear if anyone had to be taken to hospital.

We'll have more info when it becomes available.

Remembrance Day Service

Recorded live from West Kelowna's Royal LePage Place.

Saved by teammates

When Dennis Savage was asked to chip in $40 so his hockey team could buy an automated external defibrillator (AED), he didn't really see the need. But now that he owes his life to the machine and his trained teammates, he sees things differently.

Savage and team mate Dave Jenkins, both of whom suffered sudden cardiac arrest while on the ice this year, are alive today because of the investment.

The Ogopogo Senior Men's Hockey Club bought the defibrillator about eight years ago, and made sure all its members were trained in CPR and using the AED. It sat ready, but unused, until this year.

Savage was playing with the team in March when disaster struck.  He carried the puck behind the goal, passed it to one of his forwards, and then dropped to the ice. "I took two more steps and went down flat on my face," says Savage.

Goalie Steve Berry knew something serious had happened and called for the defibrillator while teammates performed CPR. "It took three shocks from the AED before I started breathing again," says Savage.  "They say I was dead for six to eight minutes, something like that."

Savage believes he would not have survived without the equipment and the fast action from members of the hockey team, and says in retrospect, the cost was nothing. "Some of us balked at paying $40, our share of it, and I was one." In his 50's at the time, Savage didn't expect to need the AED. But since many of the players were older, he agreed to chip in. "Cheap," he says now of the expense.

Fully recovered and back on his skates, Savage was there when fellow team member Dave Jenkins suffered his sudden cardiac arrest in August.

"For eight years or so we carried [the AED] from the storage room out to the bench and back to the storage room," says Savage. He was glad it was there when he needed it, and when Jenkins needed it. "The day that Dave Jenkins required it, I was the one that put it out on the bench."

"We were getting ready for the BC Senior Games and we had just started to practice," says Jenkins. "I was only on my second shift and felt a bit dizzy." That's the last thing he remembers.  "Apparently at that point I collapsed face first on the ice."

Again, teammates performed CPR on one of their own while the AED was fetched from its spot on the bench. "They hooked the defibrillator up, first shock I started to breathe again." Without the fast response, "We wouldn't be talking here, that's for sure," he says. "That would have been it."

Jenkins says the action prior to paramedics arriving saved his life. 

"I was alert and sitting up probably for ten minutes before the ambulance arrived. Cheap insurance as far as I'm concerned," Jenkins says of the AED purchase. "I think every place should have them. Every public building."

The Heart and Stroke Foundation says sudden cardiac arrest takes one life every four hours in BC. Victims rarely survive more than 12 minutes without help. While the terms are often used interchangeably, cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. During a heart attack blood flow to the heart is restricted but the heart usually does not stop beating. In cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops beating without warning.

Jenkins and Savage were both present Sunday in West Kelowna at a free training session on CPR and AED use. Nearly 150 people attended the session.

For more information visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation's website.



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