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Car ends in Timmy's flowers

Multiple people were injured in a three-vehicle crash this morning in Penticton.

According to witnesses, the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., leaving debris from the three vehicles spread across Channel Parkway and Fairview Road.

The accident caused one vehicle to leave the road and end up on the Tim Hortons front grass and flower bed.

Debris was spread over multiple lanes of Fairview, causing closure of the road westbound for part of the morning.

While multiple injuries were reported, it is believed none was life threatening.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.  

Accident snarls traffic

No one was seriously injured, but two cars were badly damaged, after an accident Sunday afternoon in Penticton.

At about 3:55 p.m. fire, police and ambulance were called to an accident involving a car and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Martin Street and Eckhardt Avenue West.

Eckhardt Ave. was closed while crews cleaned up the accident.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

JCI program gets recognition

Penticton's Top 40 Under 40 program recently earned recognition.

The program, held in 2013/2014 in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, was recognized as the best local community empowerment program in Canada from JCI Canada at the JCI National Convention last month in Calgary. 

A community empowerment project is run by JCI local organizations to improve the community and extend their mission. 

The project was evaluated on aspects of planning and execution, financial management community and long-term impact, as well as overall participation. 

Daniel Lo, the project chair and current JCI membership director, said he was delighted with the award.

“I would like to thank all the members of the committee for all their hard work on the project. Many thanks also to our membership at large and community partners for promoting and supporting the Top 40 campaign," he said. 

JCI Penticton also used the convention as an opportunity to promote its upcoming 75th Anniversary Gala and Auction on Nov. 14 to members and senators from across Canada.

The gala and auction will be held at the Ramada Inn Penticton at 6 p.m..

JCI is an international community-minded training and leadership organization for people aged 18-40.

JCI Penticton’s next meeting is at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at its clubhouse on Hastings Ave.

More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/jcipenticton 

Amazing habitat race

Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan is presenting the second annual Amazing Habitat Race in Penticton on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Based on the hit TV show “The Amazing Race," teams of four will travel by foot and vehicle around Penticton, completing challenges along the way.

At the start of the race, each team will be given a list of challenges they can choose to attempt.

Challenges will range in difficulty - some will be mental and others physical. The goal is to complete as many as you can in four hours before the time is up.

Teams can be made up of friends, families, or co-workers age 16 or over.

Each team must raise minimum $200 in order to enter and there will be a prize for most money raised.

Prizes will be awarded to Most Flags Collected, Best Team Costume, and Top Fundraiser.

Proceeds raised will be used to build or repair homes for deserving families in the South Okanagan.

Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan will also be making the draw for the playhouse raffle at the opening announcements the day of the race.

Please purchase tickets for the draw at Rona before Oct. 16 for your chance to win.

To enter your team, donate to an existing team, or for more information please go to: www.habitatsouthokanagan.ca

Daycare centre opens doors

It was a long time in the making, but late last month the doors of a new daycare centre in Penticton finally opened.

On Saturday, owner Tina Bootsma joined others in celebrating the grand opening of Kid's Connection at Yorkton.

"It has been a bit of a haul, but it is well worth it," she said. "And we really enjoy being in this neighbourhood."

It was back in September of 2014 that Bootsma purchased the house at 96 Yorkton Avenue with the rezoning starting in October.

Along the way she met with opposition from some residents, who felt a daycare did not belong in a residential neighbourhood, and delays before it finally went to a public hearing in April.

After hearing from neighbours, as well as young families who described being on long waiting lists for childcare, council approved a zoning application to allow the daycare.

It officially opened Sept. 21 and so far, Bootsma said she has had a good reaction.

"Some of the neighbours came and complimented us on improvements on the front of the house, and neighbours have been friendly when we've been out for walks," she said.

The centre has a group day care license for age 30 months to school age and also a multi age childcare license from infants up to and including school age children.

The spacious facility, filled with different learning spaces, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

There are currently 18 children enrolled, and there is room for five more.

Bootsma said she is happy to have the new daycare open, at a time when there is a need for childcare in the city.

"There are more young families moving here that need childcare," she said. "Every other centre is full, but we have room because we are new."


Library ribbon-cutting

An estimated crowd of more than 200 people gathered Saturday morning to be the first customers at the new Summerland Library.

The official ribbon-cutting happened at 9:30 a.m. and the doors were opened to invite guests into the new 8,000 square-foot building.

Invited to participate in the ribbon cutting were the eldest patron of the library, 97-year-old Fred Urchyshyn, and its youngest cardholder, 4-year-old Evelyn Roberts.

Inside, residents enjoyed the soaring ceilings and open spaces of the new facility designed by Urban Arts Architecture and built by Tango Construction Management.

The structure features several environmentally friendly building techniques and local materials, and includes a large community meeting room, dedicated teen and children’s areas and an outdoor terrace.

A custom designed feature wall was also constructed by local woodworker John Topham using native woods and fossilized rocks in honour of the Friends of the Summerland Library Society's contributions to enhance the building.

The new library branch is at 9355 Main Street in Summerland and is owned by the ORL.

Library membership is free to anyone who lives in or owns a property or business in the ORL region.

Centre ponders refugee role

Things are picking up at the Naramata Centre.

There has been little activity at the centre since it closed, but a community meeting was held Thursday night, and three work and engagement weekends are planned in this month.

"The purpose of the gatherings is to clean up in preparation for the winter and also to have a conversation with people who support the centre about future plans," said Doug Woollard, board chair.

The centre closed in Jaunary, after the board undertook a thorough review of its future operations, revenue potential, staffing plan, expenses and ability to be financially viable.

The review concluded the centre could not continue to operate on a long-term basis.

A new 12-member board is now in place, focused on what's next for the facility. In addition to the board, there are more than 200 society members.

"One of the things that came about at our annual general meeting in June was a real expectation from members of the society that we communicate and keep them informed, as well as keeping them involved in decision making," said Woollard. "There are a number of people who live in the village and members of the society interested in what happens with the centre."

As brainstorming begins, one idea that has been proposed is bringing Syrian refugees to the centre.

Woollard said board members are concerned about what is happening in Europe and the Middle East.

"The United Church has been very active in responding to this crisis across Canada and in the Okanagan Valley," he said. "If there are individuals, congregations or groups who wish to sponsor refugees to come to the village of Naramata, we would welcome their efforts.

"The future is not yet clear for the centre, making it challenging for the society to make a long-term commitment to housing refugees.... As we move forward with our planning for the future, we would welcome conversations with those in Naramata who would sponsor refugees to determine how we could work together."

For more information on the centre go to: http://www.naramatacentresociety.org 

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