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Vernon Rec expanding programs

There is now another option for parents in the Vernon area in the event the teachers dispute drags into the new school year.

Greater Vernon Recreation Services will continue to offer many of its summer camp options, and expand them to include experiential, educational and/or physical activity components.

In addition to its current programming, Greater Vernon Recreation Services are also partnering with the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre to provide several great programs for children in grades one through five.

At the Kingfisher camp, for example, the kids can enjoy a day of outdoor play and experiential environmental education.

They will have an opportunity to explore and learn about an interior cedar hemlock rainforest: the plants that grow there, local First Nation traditional ways of life and knowledge, and about the salmon that call the Shuswap River home.

The camps will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided to and from activities.

Parents can register for as many or as few days as they like.

For more information on these or any other programs, please contact Greater Vernon Recreation Services at 250-545-6035 or visit their website.

Aggressive driver targets cop

RCMP in Vernon had to deal with an aggressive driver following reports of a stolen truck.

After a tip from a resident they spotted the vehicle speeding on Hartnell Road on Saturday.

"The driver tried to run one of our officers off the road, but (the officer) pulled over onto the shoulder," says RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.  

A spike belt was deployed a little further down the road but wasn't needed. "The vehicle crashed into the ditch at Hartnell and Dixon Dam just prior to where it was set up"

Two people got out of the truck and fled.  

"A perimeter was set up by the police service dog unit, and one of our officers arrested one of the suspects and took him into custody," says Molendyk. The 21-year-old Vernon man had minor injuries and was treated in hospital.

Molendyk says the second suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested.

"The file is still under investigation with possible charges being laid at a later date."

Equal fault in boat crash


UPDATE AUG 25 12:20 P.M.

Vernon RCMP have determined both drivers are responsible for a mid-day crash on Okanagan Lake.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the crash happened Sunday, just before noon, when a Seadoo boat collided with a fishing boat sending one to hospital.

“One of our officers who investigated the crash determined an18 foot bow-rider Seadoo boat was travelling west at approximately 15-20 knots when it collided with an older Hourston Glascraft outboard boat, approximately 16 feet long that was travelling east at 2-4 knots while fishing,” says Molendyk.

“The two boats were travelling directly at one another until the operator of Hourston attempted to get out of the way at the last minute. He turned to the right, which caused the Seadoo to broadside the port (left) side of the boat and launch up on top of it. The Hourston boat suffered a broken hull. The Seadoo boat only suffered scrapes to the bow,” says Molendyk.

The crash occurred at 11:28 a.m. and the driver and sole occupant of the fishing boat was taken to hospital with either a sprained or broken ankle. The driver and six passengers of the Seadoo were all unhurt.

Molendyk says alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

“Our officer has reviewed the Canada Shipping Act Collision Regulations, Rule 14 states that since both vessels were under power and meeting on a reciprocal course, each vessel has the responsibility to alter their course to the starboard so that each shall pass on the port side of each other.”

This file is still being investigated with a possibility of charges under the Canada Shipping act.

ORIGINAL: A man was sent to hospital with a broken ankle after a boat crash on Okanagan Lake Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 12 p.m. when a small power boat carrying around six people smashed into the side of a 14' fibreglass fishing boat. 

"He was trolling along fishing and someone t-boned him," said North Westside fire chief Doug Gardiner. 

The fishing boat was heavily damaged, but the driver was close enough to shore that he made it to a dock in the Fintry Delta area.

BC Ambulance attended the scene and took him to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital



Thief steals from charities

Vernon RCMP are looking for a thief who made off with two donation tins after he failed to open a cash register at Lakeview Market.

The man entered the market at the corner of 15th St. and 32nd Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with a camouflage hat, a white t-shirt covering his face, and yellow gloves on his hands.

Finding the clerk away from the till he tried to open it himself. When that didn't work he grabbed two donation cannisters and fled on a bicycle.

It's not known how much money was in the cannisters.

The man is described as Caucasian, about 35, and 5' 5" tall.

What is 115 years old?

The 115th Interior Provincial Exhibition & Stampede is just around the corner and Armstrong is gearing up for another fun-filled event.

The annual fair, that attracts upwards of 150,000 people a year, is an Okanagan tradition that delights the young and old alike.

“We are just under a week away and it is going crazy,” shares an excited Burns. “There is lots of action going on, tents are going up, vendors are coming in, we are getting all of our things in place so there is lots of action right now.”

Burns says the fair offers everything from agricultural displays to chuck wagon races to lumberjack competitions and rides.

“It is one of those family traditions and there is so much to see and do,” says Burns. “We've got agricultural stuff to rodeo to the 220 vendors. There are so many amazing things to do, it is great value for your money,” says Burns.

The fair runs from Wednesday to Sunday, August 27 to August 31. Burns says the busiest day of the fair is Saturday which can see upwards of 50,000 people on that day alone. Saturday is the most popular as the day kicks off with a parade that features over 110 entries.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate and you can get all the details on pricing here.

But, even better, you can click here for a chance to win free passes to the event.


Dream wedding for dying man

The focus of this story starts at the 1:30 mark.

Ryan Langley is nearly 30, an avid motocross competitor who's found the love of his life, but he's dying.

Langley was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and after 9-months of battling the disease he was given the news, in February, that there was nothing more the doctors could do.

With just 12-weeks to live he proposed to his girlfriend and was adamant that he would marry her before his time was done. After all of the treatments he was broke, so he did not know how he was going to afford a wedding.

Instead, a woman he hardly knew made sure they had a wedding of their dreams, stress free and cash free.

Prank-it-fwd is a newer fad working its way around the Internet that has people doing kind things for each other in a pranking fashion.

The most famous is a YouTube video called 'The Best Shift Ever' has an unsuspecting restaurant server in Venice California being surprised with the best tip and best day of her life: she was given a new car.

In response to that video, Abbotsford company T-Lane Transportation challenged its employees to come up with their own Prank-it-fwd idea.

Shelley Raspberry was one of those employees and her first thought was Ryan Langley.

As it turns out a good friend of Raspberry, Tanner Attfield, had competed with Langley in motocross and knew his tragic story. Raspberry knew right away that she wanted to try to provide the wedding of their dreams.

She nominated them and the whole company backed her idea and then they were off to the races.

“Everyone at the company and all my family and friends were behind this,” says Raspberry. “I sent out emails and requests and letters asking for money and donations. Every single thing I asked for I got, thousands and thousands of dollars to make this happen.”

Raspberry was blown away by the donations, which quickly provided the ability to throw a dream wedding in Kamloops for the young couple.

She was provided with cash, a tent, a DJ, a caterer, decorations, furniture, photographer, videographer, everything she could have dreamed of.

“We stepped in and were able to take away all of that stress, the wedding stress, the money stress and they were able to just concentrate all their time and energy on him and his health and it worked, a miracle happened” says Raspberry.

She says she had to be planning a wedding and a celebration of life at the same time because they really didn't know if Langley was going to make it.

“But, with us taking that stress off him he gained so much energy. He was bed ridden a couple weeks before the wedding... but a couple days before the wedding he was up, he was standing, at the day of the wedding he even stood at the alter.”

Raspberry says after two quick months of planning, the most beautiful wedding she had every seen came together.

“It was just amazing, everything just fell into place. They were so touched. They are just really good people that deserve this but, they just couldn't believe it. I am part of their family now and they are still just so grateful,” says Raspberry.

Raspberry was able to enlist the help of people coast to coast who donated and spread the word.

Because the idea was initiated by the Prank-it-fwd movement, she decided to tell them about her plan and they immediately jumped on board.

Their team filmed the entire event, which can be seen above. They also arranged for one of Langley's idols to make an appearance. Motocross champion Cory Graffunder attended the wedding and he gave Langley some special motocross items.

The Vernon dirt bike club that Langley is involved in also had an amazing sign made and a dirt bike path will be dedicated to his honour in the area.

“The energy, the love, the spiritual energy that came from that day was overwhelming. I have never felt anything like it. When I started this I had 60 days to plan a wedding for strangers, and now we are family. It was such an amazing day,” smiles Raspberry.

The surprise wedding took place July 5 in Kamloops at Ryan Langley’s father's home, where friends, family and love surrounded the young couple.

Langley is now in the final stages of his life living in a hospice in Vernon.

You can also check out the Prank-it-fwd website here


Smash grab & run

Vernon RCMP are still on the hunt for multiple suspects following an early morning crash and chase.

It all started Thursday just after 1 a.m. when an officer was dispatched to a report of an accident in the 3700 block of Welker Rd. in Vernon.

“The person who called said that there was a small vehicle in the ditch that had crashed just behind his house, and now two males were on his property looking in one of his cars,” explains RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

The vehicle in the ditch was a 1995 Honda Del Sol that had been stolen earlier in the evening from a driveway on 20th Street in Vernon.

Molendyk says as an officer went to investigate a vehicle came racing towards him.

“He noticed a vehicle coming at him at high speed. Our officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it went around him and off the road into a shallow ditch,” says Molendyk.

According to the officer, two women were in the vehicle. The car took off before the officer could get a plate number.

The cop continued on to the original call where he was directed to a shed in the back yard where two men could be heard rummaging around.

“When our constable announced his presence he heard the two take off. He chased them for a short distance and then requested a police service dog team,” says Molendyk. “The dog team tracked them along East Vernon Road then lost the track near Bolduc Rd.”

While they were tracking the men they came across a Red Ford Mustang that had the driver’s door open, the ignition had been tampered with.

Police continue to investigate all of the thefts and attempted thefts of vehicles and the female racers.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything in relation to the activity in the area is asked to call the Vernon RCMP Detachment at 250-545-7171.

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