Movie 'Triumph'

“Rolling!” shouted the director as a movie scene was shot at a Vernon coffee house, Wednesday.

Extras and film hands were seen inside Triumph Coffee on 30th Avenue around noon, with movie lights shining inside the building which was closed to the public. At least a half dozen trucks for lighting and gear lined a nearby street.

The coffee shop was one of a number of locations in the North Okanagan being used in the production of a thriller called 'Distorted'.

'Distorted' stars Christina Ricci, John Cusack and Brendan Fletcher and is being directed by Rob W. King. The Canadian production company behind the film is Minds Eye Entertainment out of Saskatchewan.

People walking down the street had to move around extra equipment lying on the sidewalk under the eye of a security guard.

Polson Park was also the scene of some movie action while the former glass plant in Lavington was to be used as another film location this week, according to someone involved in the production.

The movie is also being shot in Kelowna.

This is the third feature film that Minds Eye has shot in the Okanagan Valley.


She's top in Armstrong/Spall

Sandy McMurray has been named Armstrong-Spallumcheen Citizen of the Year.

McMurray is being honoured for her lengthy role as a volunteer, assisting many organizations and programs.

A teacher in School District 83 for 34 years, Sandy never let working full-time interfere with volunteering.

“A tireless volunteer for Armstrong Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament, Sandy created hand drawn team posters for each and every team that registered,” said one nomination. “It was something teams looked forward to every year and many have saved.”

McMurray has been a member of the Armstrong Lions Club since 2007, elected to a number of positions including: secretary, zone chair and president. She has organized fundraisers, such as the 2016 Mystery Dinner, and community events, like the upcoming Lions Family Picnic.

“Sandy is always the first to volunteer for fundraisers to benefit the community,” said another nomination. “In 2016, the Mystery Dinner benefited a young woman who needed a prosthetic leg and in 2017, it will benefit the Armstrong Vision Centre.”

McMurray has also sat on the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce board, volunteered at hockey games, assisted with the Legion garage sale and remains a member of the Armstrong Ladies Club.

Another nomination said” “Sandy is always the first to step up to give a hand with whatever someone might need, including; improvements to the Memorial Park playground and the Lions gazebo that is used all year and at Valley First Music in the Park during the summer.”

McMurray will be honoured at a tea hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce on June 22nd.

She will receive official recognition as Citizen of the Year 2017 during the opening ceremony of Canada Day celebrations in Memorial Park on July 1st. 

Arrest in murder probe

A man is in custody in Vernon following the death of a woman in an apartment building on the shore of Okanagan Lake.

Vernon RCMP were called shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday to a reported assault at an apartment unit in the 7300 block of Okanagan Landing Road.

An injured woman was found inside and transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. However the victim, 49, later succumbed to her injuries.

“Her death is being considered a homicide,” said Staff. Sgt. Annie Linteau, RCMP spokesperson. “A 21-year-old man was arrested at the residence in connection with this incident. The victim and suspect were known to each other.”

The scene has been cordoned off and the police said the investigation continues.

No further information has been released.


Run for the drum

About three dozen members of the Okanagan Indian Band began the Run for the Drum at top speed at Head of the Lake Wednesday morning, cheered on by family and friends.

The 2.8 kilometre race was one of a number of events being held to celebrate Aboriginal Day.

“We've always been active runners,” said a race organizer. “We've always had foot racing and this promotes being healthy and physical.”

While many of the runners were kids, the eldest in the race was 79. As well, a mother could be seen dashing along with the others pushing her baby in a stroller.

For the OKIB, the day began with sunrise prayers followed by breakfast. Other events included hand drumming, a stick game and cultural workshops involving cattails, beading and plateau bags.

Band councillor Allan Louis said Aboriginal Day activities were all part of community building.

“Remembering our culture, remembering to have fun and to be together,” said Louis.

Property taxes due

The City of Vernon is reminding homeowners that 2017 property taxes are due on or before July 4.

The bill must be paid by then to avoid a one-time 10 per cent penalty. As well, home owner grants, if eligible, must also be received on or before the due date.

Tax notices were mailed on May 19.

The City of Vernon offers MyCity, a free, secure online service that allows property owners access to information about their municipal tax and utility accounts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To set up an account, you need to set up a folio/account number and access code located on your bill.

Information you can find using MyCity:

  • Check your account status anytime
  • Claim your Home Owner Grant online
  • View your property tax transactions (up to two years)
  • Change your mailing address
  • Print off payment and grant confirmations for mortgage providers

If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, call 250-545-1361 or visit www.vernon.ca.

If you have not received your bill, contact city hall.

Largest ever Canada Day

Organizers are promising Vernon's largest ever Canada Day in Polson Park.

“We are excited to announce there is something for everyone,” said David Frost, president of the North Okanagan Canada Day Society. “Along with an expanded Extreme Motocross show, ATV rides, O’Keefe Ranch hayrides, we will also have a freestyle skateboard competition hosted by Vernon’s very own Okanagan Skate Co.”

This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday and Frost said Polson Park will see "the biggest Canada Day event ever to be presented here in Vernon."

July 1st activities will take place in the park 10 a.m.-4 p.m., beginning with the official opening ceremony. The big birthday cake will be cut at 12 p.m. 

The society said there are many stage events throughout the day as well as food vendors, a dunk tank, bouncy castles, mini golf, a military display by the BC Dragoons and carnival games presented by Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The full schedule of events will be posted to the society's Facebook page. 

NOCDS thanked sponsors including: Dump Runz, Black and McDonald, Army Navy and Airforce Club #5, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Canadian Heritage, Craftsman Collision and KISS FM. 

More Vernon roadwork

The City of Vernon is advising drivers of more roadwork.

Silver Star Road will be closed Wednesday to all but local traffic between East Dedecker Road and L&A Road while crews install sanitary sewers, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drivers are asked to take a detour route along DeDecker and L&A roads while work is in progress.

Meanwhile, working continues on 30th Street in the downtown, with the next phase set to start soon.

Construction on 30th Street, from 30th Avenue to 34th Avenue, will start the week of June 26 and continue until late October.

“The project continues as part of the city’s investment in infrastructure, helping make Vernon a great place to live and work,” said city spokesperson Tanya Laing-Gahr. “The project includes road reconstruction, a new multi-use path, new street lights and replacement of water, storm and sanitary sewer.”

30th Street will be closed in several phases, starting from north of 30th Avenue to 32nd Avenue until late August.

All businesses in the area will retain access during the work. Detour routes will be modified as construction progresses.

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