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Jan 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers and friends. It was a bad ending for me because of health problems. I was in KGH Christmas Day and came home on the Friday. My doctor was on top of it and he sent me home. It has been a difficult time for me but...

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Dec 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
I saw your comment while reading your business article on Castanet regarding Harvey’s Hamburgers being the “Best Tasting Hamburgers". It is true, Harvey’s usually wins that award each year in Canada. Here is some good news that you may not be aware of. At Swiss Chalet in...

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Nov 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
Change is the name of the game this week with lots happening and about to happen in this city. The rumours are wild and interesting. So you can see it is a very exciting in the Naked City. There are always 8,000 stories in the Naked City and this will be one of them. It all started in Toronto...

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Nov 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
Every month the Krieg family, a long-time real estate family from ReMax, put this information together for the column. They can be reached at 250-868-8000. Sales of Single Family Dwellings (SFD) reached 166 this October, which is 36% above October 2012 and was just one sale under the...

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Nov 14, 2013 / 5:00 am
Last week everything was going well on Monday and Tuesday and during the afternoon on Tuesday I couldn't do anymore so I decided to take a break from my writing. It was dinner time and I still had time Wednesday morning to finish everything up before my deadline Wednesday. A little later we...

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Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 am
Is there about to be a change at Prospera Place in Kelowna? Those in the know tell me that the naming of the building is about to come due again. The building when it was new was named after a company in Edmonton and the owner had a home here. Prospera Place, formerly known as Skyreach...

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Oct 24, 2013 / 7:00 am
There is a new show coming up at The Creekside Theatre in Winfield on Saturday, October 26th. I'm calling this one " Rann Berry's Rhythm & Soul Review". Rann Berry says, "Our group has been performing this show for years at corporate functions and I thought it would go...
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Oct 17, 2013 / 5:00 am
It was a good week for rumours and things because everyone I talked to had a story regarding something new or something that was going to change. Some I can’t use quite yet, but I will. A new craft brewery is coming to Penticton and what is surprising about this project is that it is going...

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Oct 10, 2013 / 5:00 am
Quietly in an industrial area in Kelowna sits a company that no one knows is there. This company is called Event Max and is a merchandising and manufacturing company that has been in the same location for ten years. Robin Henry and his staff produce all the clothing components for a number of...

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Oct 3, 2013 / 5:00 am
What do you think will be next with the price of gasoline for the future? It has been a number of weeks that we have been holding at the same $1.29 per litre. Yet in the marketplace oil is going in the other direction. At the moment big oil is making a lot of profit on their pump prices. I must...

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Sep 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
It was an evening in July 2010 and the sky was lit up in Kelowna. A major fire was filling the sky with flames and smoke from the commercial area just east of the Landmark development. The Stewart Centre on Kirschner Road was on fire. One of the buildings was destroyed and the second one was badly...

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Sep 19, 2013 / 5:00 am
At the top of the list this morning is a rumour from Naramata about some changes and a development. This rumour just keeps getting bigger. Down by the lake where the old packing house was situated there is said to be plans for a large care home facility for those looking for a new experience. Also,...

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Sep 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
I have known of Kim Calloway for a number of years throughout his career here on the lakeshore. I always thought he was an excellent newsman and was impressed with his ability to manage and host a talk show there. When he passed away it was a surprise to many although he had decided, along with his...

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Aug 29, 2013 / 5:00 am
The CBC National did a feature this week on Vernon’s Larry Kwong, the first Asian player to ever play hockey in the NHL with the New York Rangers. I remember immediately that I had done a piece in my column on Larry a number of years ago. The CBC was honouring the Canadian hockey star...

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Aug 22, 2013 / 5:00 am
It was quite a weekend in the news across Canada as there were two more incidents of pythons being found. In one case, 48 pythons were in one house although other reports stated 60 snakes. This was two blocks from a school. Down east in a motel room 40 more were found. This was a unit being...

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Aug 15, 2013 / 5:00 am
Eleven years ago I did an interview with A.J. Hazzi, the founder of Vantage West Realty. In those days there was an MLS book that realtors worked from and there were not a lot of cell phones in use at the time. It was a business as it is today, with customer service being first and foremost but...

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Aug 1, 2013 / 5:00 am
That was quite a surprise on Monday morning to wake up to the news that Hudson Bay had made an offer to buy Saks Fifth Ave., the American high-end retailers. I immediately thought back to my younger days when Simpson’s and Eaton’s were our only major department stores in western Canada....

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Jul 25, 2013 / 5:00 am
This has been a smoldering rumour for months and finally we have the rumour confirmed; there is going to be a new super “Keg” restaurant in Kelowna as part of their expanding plans with ten new locations this year. I think there is now 110 “Kegs” across the country and down...

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Jul 18, 2013 / 5:00 am
It has been quite a week with lots of good leads and everywhere I went people were talking about the weather. It is also a scary time because of the dryness of the forests that surround us. We certainly don’t want to see another Kelowna Mountain fire. Yet we all know with the changing...

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Jul 11, 2013 / 6:00 am
The new yacht club is finally on its way for the Kelowna lakefront. The Board of Directors of the Kelowna Yacht Club have asked five major builders to submit bids for construction of the very expensive new property. It is a long needed service for the boating industry which has grown by leaps and...

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Jul 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
After many months under the contractor’s eye The Four Points Sheraton Hotel has opened across from the Kelowna International Airport on Highway 97 N. Ted Callahan and his group have been watching the progress daily and dealing with the changes taking place. Callahan is both the owner and the...

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Jun 27, 2013 / 5:00 am
He is a lad from Tabor, Alberta who wanted to be a broadcaster and you’re right, didn’t want to grow corn. Rick Maddison graduated from Lethbridge College with a communications degree. And so the career began, first doing anything they wanted him to do at CFCN in Calgary during his...

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Jun 20, 2013 / 5:00 am
For the first time in two and half years we travelled by car to visit our family in Langley. We went to attend our grandson Taylor’s graduation at Simon Fraser. Ever since I have been on dialysis I haven’t travelled, so this was quite an experience. But back to the real story -...

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Jun 13, 2013 / 5:00 am
This is good news for Kelowna and the valley. Penticton’s Greyback Construction has signed a management contract with the Edmonton developers who have taken over the SOPA Square development. The Penticton company, one of the best in Canada at what they do, can be remembered from all the...

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Jun 6, 2013 / 5:00 am
There is some good news from IKEA International. The CEO was in Canada for a visit to some of the stores and he said the growth of the company will continue with the addition of 25 stores a year around the world. I don’t know what that means to Canada at the moment but it is still positive...

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May 30, 2013 / 5:00 am
Last week I wrote about some notes I had on my desk. I write these all the time to myself on notes pads I have all over the house and in my car. This was a note about the Cuban Lunch chocolate bar we bought for many years. Do you remember it - the dark chocolate and nut bar in the red baking cup?...

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May 23, 2013 / 6:00 am
I vowed when I started this column twenty-five years ago that I wasn’t going to write about politics and I have held the line until today but this item is really about questions. I looked back over the last four weeks in Ottawa and the boys and girls have had quite a time of bungling just...

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May 16, 2013 / 5:00 am
I do a lot of thinking about everything to do with my column which is now twenty-five years old, and as I get older I think of so many things from the past that were good. Like the Cuban Lunch chocolate bar. It was made by Paulin’s in Winnipeg and was mostly a Western Canadian thing. They...

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May 9, 2013 / 5:00 am
It has been quite an up and down two weeks for the executive at Loblaws as the chairman of the board Galen Weston and his board members tried to figure the next move in the never ending public relations drama that has gripped the company. When the news hit the wires two weeks ago they became front...

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May 2, 2013 / 5:00 am
It has been quite a week. I got a new computer; I think it is the third one I have owned. I remember when I had my first one and my granddaughter, she was twelve at the time, taught me how to use it. This time our IT guy Gary Scott, of Scottek Computer Services built this one. After having looked...

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Apr 25, 2013 / 5:00 am
Love your column. Have you heard anything about an opening date for the Target store in Vernon? Keep up the good work. I really don’t know what is going on with the Vernon Target store because the company has everything locked down so you can’t get the information until they want...

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Apr 18, 2013 / 7:00 am
I am writing this while the news on TV is all about the explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. It’s shocking because all we have read, watched and heard over the last few weeks is A-bombs, missiles and war. I immediately started to think of the worst things because this day...

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Apr 10, 2013 / 5:00 am
These are e-mails I received last week and I thought I would bring them to my column and do my answering here. Everyone seems to be interested in these projects. John, a couple of weeks ago I sent you a message wondering about the current situation at SOPA - there does not seem to be any...

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Apr 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
You own a penthouse second to none in the valley and while the boom is on you put it up for sale for $5 million. This unit is the entire floor with four balconies, one of which is set up for barbecuing. There is marble everywhere and lots of room. It just sold last week for $1.65 million....

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Mar 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
There is just nothing in TV land like the NCAA basketball final four. The event simply takes over TV for the month and that’s it. CBS carries every broadcast minute they can and the other major networks program against it with repeats. The amazing thing about this tournament is how well...

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Mar 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
All that action taking place on native land near the office of the Westbank First Nation Indian Band is the preparation of the land for the proposed Medical Centre we have written about many time times before. There are those that don’t believe it can happen but they should hold back...

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Mar 14, 2013 / 5:00 am
I know it is early but I have a good suggestion for a Father’s Day gift for good old dad. If your dad is a golfer it’s the perfect gift. It a book called “Moe & Me” written by the former golf writer for the Globe & Mail, Lorne Rubenstein. It is a wonderful book and...

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Mar 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
It seems to be official now - Target Canada will open 24 of their 124 stores this month. There was a lot of guessing going on but Target Canada‘s head office in Ontario has said that 24 stores (which was the original number I had reported months ago) will be ready to go. The first store...

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Feb 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
There could be a change coming in the deal with Lowes Home Improvement buying into the Canadian market. They now have over thirty big box stores in Canada. They are looking at the changes that are being made with the Rona group in Quebec who are insisting it's time to go back to the basics and...

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Feb 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
The Target Canada people have decided to open a training store this month to see if all their systems are working. The first store and the training store will be in Guelph, Ontario not too far from their head office in Mississauga. Meanwhile, their food supplier for all the stores as they open...