Holiday market in town

Finish up some last minute Christmas shopping at a pop-up market in Vernon on Sunday.

The  Pop-Up Holiday Market is taking place throughout the day today.

The market features unique gifts from local artists and crafters.

Purchase some local honey, finely crafted wooden spoons and knives, leather goods, linen textiles, jewellery, wooden cheese and cutting boards, and original clothing and art.

Everything is made locally and makes great gifts

The market takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ritual Barbershop.


Chilling out on Kal Lake

It's kind of like a polar bear swim on a stand up board.

Once again Kalavida’s annual Winter Chill Paddle and Social drew people to Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream for a quick paddle before indulging in some warm bevvies and friendly banter.

Kevin O'Brien, with Kalavida, organized the event, calling it a summer reunion for SUP enthusiasts.

“It's such a beautiful day, it feels like it's June,” said O'Brien Saturday. “It's a social gathering. Just a go out and paddle to say 'I did it.'”

People come from the Lower Mainland, Kootenays and, of course, the Okanagan to hit the water for a paddle.

Last year, strong winds limited the paddling time, but this year the lake is calm under sunny blue skies, making for ideal, if not somewhat chilly, paddling conditions.

The high on Saturday was expected to reach 5 C.

“It's just stunning outside right now,” said O'Brien. “People will drive by and they will honk and people in the cafe watch as we walk past them and think 'What the heck.' It's a fun event."

Yellow Vests come to town

Carol Bohem never considered herself an activist.

But when she read the UN Global Migration Compact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed on Dec. 10, she could not stand on the sidelines any longer.

So, Bohem helped organize a Yellow Vest rally in Vernon.

The Yellow Vest Movement started in France as a way to protest government, and quickly gained steam around the world.

Bohem said she became an activist out of concern the migration compact will have a negative effect on Canada.

Bohem has poured over the compact and while it says the agreement is non-binding, she feels it will be binding and will open a door Canada cannot close and will allow groups outside of the nation to determine how many migrants are allowed into Canada and when.

“I spent my life reading corporate legal documents and when I read this document, my heart stopped,” she said. “Under this new global compact for migration – and that's the important word, it's not immigration, it's migration – that it will be an international entity that controls who, what, where, when migrants come in and Canadian citizens will have no say.”

Bohem said the movement is encouraging all citizens to become educated on the compact to see for themselves the negative impact it will have on Canada.

The Yellow Vest movement is not aligned with any political party and supports legal immigration, while denouncing illegal and irregular immigration.


Did you lose a boat?

If anyone in the Vernon area is missing a boat, it has washed ashore near Kin Beach.

A Castanet reader spotted the boat while going for a Saturday morning walk.

The red and white boat was possibly dislodged from its moorings by the strong winds that whipped through the area early Saturday morning.

The boat has washed ashore on the Okanagan Indian Band portion of the beach.


40 more runs at the Star

Powder hounds were lined up Saturday morning to get a crack at the fresh snow on some newly opened runs at SilverStar Mountain Resort.

SilverStar opened the backside of the mountain today to the delight of some 200 people who were lined up to hit the slopes.

The annual ‘ribbon drop’ took place at Bergerstrasse Gate to officially open Putnam Creek and the Powder Gulch chairlift and Home Run tee lift.

The opening of the backside means an additional 40 runs will be available for snow lovers.

'New' captain for BCDs

In a Christmas tradition dating back years, the commanding officer of the 1705 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps BC Dragoons traded places with the newest member of the unit.

The annual mess dinner saw Cadet Ford Race don the captains pips and assume command of the unit – at least in spirit.

Race addressed his fellow cadets, officers and their parents as the new 'captain.'

Tuesday training nights will begin again in the new year and recruits are always welcome.

Museum calendars are back

They're back by popular demand.

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives will once again be selling the popular calendars for 2019.

Staff poured over the museum’s database of more than 30,000 digital images to select the historic photos in the calendar.

The cover pays tribute to the Vernon Civic Arena with a photo dating back to 1937.

The calendar includes information about Vernon’s first mayor, W.F. Cameron, a brief early history of Vernon, as well as the story of the beginnings of the Vernon Museum.

The 2019 Calendars are $15 each and can be purchased in person at the museum until Dec. 21, and then again after Jan. 2.

Calendars can also be found at Swan Lake Nurseryland during their regular hours, or online.

All money raised from calendar sales will go directly to support the museum and its programs.


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