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Orchard celebrates 150

Things will be popping at Davison Orchard on July 1.

To celebrate Canada Day, the farm will have free farm tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staff will be decked out in patriotic costumes and colours and people can vote for their favourite for a chance to win ice cream for the whole family.

Numerous other events are also slated for the nation's 150th birthday.

Throughout the farm, there are tidbits of information that highlight the history of Vernon and Canada, and what makes this a unique place to live.

Photo opportunities abound with hundreds of red and white flowers, including a Canada Flag flower display. 

There is also an iconic Canadian symbol, an RCMP officer in his red serge, as well as a massive red Adirondack chair that is large enough to fit the entire family.



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Canada: a picture at a time

For the past eight years, Tim Van Horn has been capturing the essence of Canada, one picture at a time.

Van Horn has travelled from coast to coast to coast taking snapshots of everyday Canadians and composing a mosaic of some 54,000 pictures which adorn the motorhome he is travelling in.

Van Horn has visited remote fishing villages, small prairie towns and metropolitan centres to document people’s lives.

On July 1, after eight years of travelling and building connections across the country, Van Horn will reveal the Canadian mosaic - an all-encompassing, inspiring portrayal of who we are as a country and a people.

Van Horn – who stopped by the Okanagan several years ago – will make a few more stops before the big unveiling.

He will then continue his odyssey with the completed mosaic and hopes to be back in the Okanagan early in July, although no firm date has been set.

In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, Van Horn will be making 150 stops across Canada.



Enderby in recovery mode

As levels of the Shuswap River subside, the City of Enderby has switched from emergency response to recovery.

Used sandbags will be collected from residents for disposal at the landfill.

Residents are being asked to place sandbags they would like disposed at the end of their driveway by 8 a.m. next Friday, June 30, and contact city hall by 4:30 Wednesday afternoon to be included on the route.

Residents can also transport sandbags to the RDNO recycling and disposal facility. They will be accepted free of charge, as long as they are not mixed with other materials or garbage.

Customers delivering sandbags to the Greater Vernon Armstrong/Spallumcheen or Lumby RDFs are required to place the bags and/or sand in designated locations at each of the sites. Burlap sandbags and plastic sandbags will be stockpiled separately.

Sandbags can be disposed of at no charge; however, customers must report to the scale prior to disposing of the sandbags.

Residents are reminded sandbags may be contaminated as a result of contact with flood waters, which may contain microbes associated with natural processes or agricultural and residential activities that are normally contained on site.

Residents are encouraged to wear gloves and proper footwear when handling sandbags. After handling, residents should thoroughly wash their hands and other exposed body parts with soap and water and launder their clothing.

If sandbags have been exposed to sewage, or if they have been exposed to oils, hydrocarbons, or other
hazardous substances in amounts that can be seen or otherwise easily detected, they should be considered as contaminated and reported by phone as a possible Dangerous Goods Incident to 1-800-663-3456.





Guilty pleas in shooting

A North Okanagan man has indicated he will plead guilty to lesser charges in a shooting incident in 2015.

In a Salmon Arm court room, Norman Dybdal entered pleas to one count of aggravated assault and one count of using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

However, his pleas have not yet been formally entered and he will be back in court on June 27 to fix a date for his pleas and sentencing.

The charges stem from an incident in Enderby in 2015.

Dybdal, 59, was arrested Oct. 19, 2015 shortly after RCMP officers found a seriously wounded man on a property on the outskirts of the North Okanagan community

The unidentified 55-year-old victim had been shot several times and was rushed to hospital.

Dybdal was facing charges of attempted murder with a firearm, using a firearm while committing an indictable offence, aggravated assault and intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless.



Jail time for robbery

Robert Toth will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, Friday.

Toth entered guilty pleas on charges of robbery and disguising his face with intent to commit an indictable offence; dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop for a peace officer while being pursued; and two counts of breach of recognizance.

Toth was given a sentence of 730 days in jail for the robbery count, and after receiving credit for 219 days he spent in custody, Toth was sentenced to a further 401 days for the robbery, and six months for disguising his face with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Toth was also sentenced to six months in jail for dangerous driving and 30 days for failing to stop for a peace officer while being pursued, both of which were consecutive to his sentences.



A sigh of relief

In a scene being played out across the Okanagan, Cindy Brassard is breathing a big sigh of relief.

Brassard lives in Louis Estates on the Okanagan Indian Band land and for the past several weeks she and her husband have been frantically trying to keep a rising Okanagan Lake at bay.

Brassard refused to leave her property as several of her neighbours had done and built a moat system around her home which succeeded in holding back the rising tide.

And with fingers crossed, Brassard is hopeful she has weathered the storm.

Okanagan Lake has been receding a little bit each day for the past few days.

“The water is slowly going down. As long as the storms stay away we will survive this,” she said, adding her neighbours are eager to be back in their homes and cabins. “We will have a long expensive cleanup.”



Lucky to be alive

A hang glider pilot is lucky to be alive after losing control of the craft thousands of feet in the air.

Thursday afternoon, VSAR received a request from the provincial Emergency Co-ordination Centre to assist in the search and rescue of a hang glider pilot in mountainous terrain south of Vernon.

Initial reports indicated the pilot had crashed and was caught in trees, with undetermined injuries. Ground teams were deployed into the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road area, where they met up with friends of the pilot, RCMP and ambulance crews.

Crews then located the pilot, who had undetermined injuries.

The VSAR heli-winch team, aboard Air Rescue One from Wildcat Helicopters in Kelowna, was also dispatched, and once they located the subject from the air he was extracted from the forested hillside and delivered to the ambulance waiting nearby.

Once stabilized, the Air Ambulance Helicopter crew took the subject directly to the Kelowna General Hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

VSAR officials said the pilot encountered severe control issues at an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet and was fortunate to survive an uncontrolled spin and crash into a heavily wooded area on the mountainside.



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