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Ice cream shop smashed

A popular destination for Okanagan ice cream lovers was damaged by vandals overnight.

The operators of Tickleberry’s ice cream parlour in Okanagan Falls reported on Facebook this morning that their gift shop had been seriously damaged by an apparent vehicle collision with the building.

A wall was pushed in by the force of the impact, scattering debris inside the shop and leaving broken glass from the vehicle all over the ground.

The owners asked customers to be on the lookout for an SUV with a broken back window.

Photos on Tickleberry’s show the destruction inside and out at the popular tourist spot on Highway 97.

Although not confirmed by police, the proprietors say two people smashed the gift shop and did “horrific damage."


Another park rally planned

Opponents of the Skaha Lake Marina Development are planning another rally in front of Penticton City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The Save the Parks rally will be held at 5:30 p.m., before the city council meeting.

Clifford Martin, one of the organizers of the last rally, said they are holding another, because they don't feel council is listening to the public.

"City council and the mayor are being blind to the demands of the public," he said. "And it's disrespectful what they are doing."

Penticton city council announced this week that it will not revisit its decision to move ahead with the controversial development.

The decision came after a closed-door meeting on the matter, with Coun. Campbell Watt casting the only opposing vote.

Wednesday was the last day of a 30-day window during which the matter could be put back on council's agenda.

The marina and water park development by Trio Marine Group has met with staunch opposition, with the first rally, including opposing sides, held at city hall on July 20.

Following the rally, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, who has asked people to educate themselves more about the project, said council remained united in going forward with it.

That did not stop opponents, who continue to collect names on a petition opposing the water park.

Meanwhile, supporters have been taking to social media to state there is a need for such development in the city.

Martin said they are continuing to gather signatures on the referendum petition from 5 to 7 p.m. every day at the park.

They will also gather signatures at the rally for legal purposes. 

Martin said there will be no protests during the Peach Festival, out of respect for the event.

Bartenders compete

Bartenders from throughout Western Canada are demonstrating their biggest and best moves at an event this long weekend in Penticton.

FlairFest 12, Canada's longest running bartending competition, got underway Friday night and continues through Sunday at the sun-splashed Barefoot Beach Resort on Skaha Beach.

"This competition is about uniting the people who share a passion for flair bartending," said Dave Simpson, president of the Bartenders Guild in Kelowna. "And this in my opinion is the most beautiful place on earth to do this."

Flair bartending, entails making dazzling moves using liquor bottles and cocktail shakers.

On Saturday afternoon, seven bartenders performed big ass moves, where each one got one minute to do their best moves.

The qualifiers are slated for 8 p.m. tonight and the finals will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, with prizes awarded later in the evening.

"Bartending on its own used to be mundane, but with flair bartending you get to express yourself more," said Simpson. "It's a big show."

 A live band Her Brothers is also slated to play at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Event costs are $10 for a weekend pass and $10 for a Sunday ticket.


Good turnout for car show

Saturday's heat didn't stop people from flocking to a vintage car show in Penticton.

Hundreds showed up for the 20th annual Rotary Wheels Car Show at Rotary Park.

"I love the location, and there is a lot of fellowship and 100 beautiful vehicles to look at," said Colleen Lister, chair of the car show committee.

The one day event featured vintage cars from Washington, and all over BC, many from right here in the Okanagan.

There was live entertainment with three different bands performing and a beverage garden offered for the first time.

"We licensed the whole park, so people can walk with their wine or beer and enjoy the cars," said Lister.

Trophies are given out in different classes, and the most coveted trophy is the people's choice. There is also the Ken Paton Memorial Trophy, that goes to the most deserving car.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club. Funds raised go to local club projects, and they sponsor a $1,500 award for a deserving student enrolled at Okanagan College in the automotive trade.

Visitor Dave Johnston, of Peachland, liked the venue and the fact there were a lot of high quality cars to see.

"There is sun and shade and some very special vehicles," he said.




Hot weekend of fun

Events ranging from music in the park to a display of vintage cars and bartending competition are all on tap for the long weekend in Penticton.

A night market takes place tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gyro Park. It features live music as well as vendors.

The Rotary Wheels Car Show will be held Saturday at Rotary Park, east of the Peach concession on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

The all-day event includes live entertainment, a beverage garden and food and merchandise vendors.

Penticton Speedway hosts the Gordie Mannes Invitational Weekend, with racing starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday will be the streetstock invitational, plus hornets, dwarf cars and a hit-to-pass race.

Sunday includes more streetstock racing, hornets and the "Eve of Destruction" race.

The Ultraman 520K Canada takes place Saturday through Monday. It's a three-day, 520-kilometre individual endurance event.

The Downtown Penticton Association will host a B.C. Day Family Party at Gyro Park on Monday. Entertainment includes belly dancing, alternative music, folk music, zumba, drumming and dancing and more.

FlairFest12, Canada's longest running bartending competition, is on at Barefoot Beach Resort today through Sunday.

The casual competition is more about bragging rights and catching up with industry friends than strict rules and a formal environment, say organizers.

Snowbirds set to shine

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform in the air as well as sign autographs on land next week.

The Snowbirds will dazzle with their aerobatics on Wednesday, during Peach Fest, as part of their 45th year in action.

The 40-minute show is choreographed to music with a performance featuring more than 50 different formations and manoeuvres. 

Not only will the pilots be in the air, they will be in the parking lot of the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino for an autograph session, from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday.

The public is welcome to meet the pilots, have pictures taken and autographs signed.

Additionally, the pilots will be on the mainstage at Okanagan Lake Park (next the resort) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, just prior to the Barney Bentall concert

Their last performance in Penticton was in 2013.

Organizers say this year performances may be hindered if boaters do not adhere to respecting marshalled-off areas at the south end of Okanagan Lake.

The Aug. 5 show will begin at 6 p.m.

Home burns - again

An under-construction home on Joy Road, east of Penticton, burned to the ground this morning.

The fire was first reported at 6:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Wayne Williams said despite the fire's potential to spread, it did not affect any other homes.

The homeowner, who was at the scene, said this is the second time he has had a fire burn a home at the same location.

"I am very devastated and asking for any help from the public if anyone saw anything suspicious going on," he said. "I had a house burn here eight years ago, and at that time beer cans were found."

Other neighbours described the fire as shocking and upsetting, because if one structure burns it puts the rest of the homes in the area at risk.

While some were pleased with the firefighting efforts, one neighbour expressed concern about the response.

"This is the second time, this man's house has burned down, so I feel horrible for him," he said. "But I feel a lot more anger about the way this was handled, because no one wanted to respond."

Williams said the fire was outside of the fire department's response area, and they were requested by forestry to assist with the fire that had the potential to spread into the interface.

"Our crew did a good job and forestry was great," he said. "If there was a wind, it would have been a totally different scenario."

Several RCMP officers were also on scene.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, but RCMP are investigating.

The fire is now in the mop-up stage.

With files, Deborah Pfeiffer

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