Vernon's history in pictures

Vernon News, July 8, 1943 excerpt: Canada’s greatest producer of dehydrated vegetables of all kinds, Bulmans Limited, of Vernon, will commence their 1943 operations with cabbage being the first vegetable commodity to be processed. 

The photo shows the cabbage line.

Photo dated circa 1944. Greater Vernon Museum & Archives photo number 19876.

For a copy of this image or any of the museum’s other images, please contact the museum at 250-550-3145.

Get a taste of the Tattoo

We're into the final countdown before this year's Vernon and Okanagan Military Tattoo, and there will be several "tastes of the Tattoo" happening in around Vernon.

"A Taste is just what you would expect, a nibble of a piece of music by one of the many bands coming to Vernon and the Okanagan Military Tattoo," organizer Norm Crerar posted on the event website.

The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band will be practising in Lakeview Park Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Crerar said.

Wednesday the newly crowned World Champion Calgary Round-Up Band will visit the Kelowna Farmers Market at around 10 a.m. That same day, the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band will be meeting and working out with the Vernon Army Camp Cadet Band in front of the Cadet museum from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Crerar said the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band will make a brief appearance at the Vernon Farmer’s Market between 9:30 and 10 on Thursday morning.

Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6 p.m., the British Columbia Regimental Band from Vancouver will open the Civic Sounds concert in Downtown Vernon.

Buy your event tickets online at www.okanagantattoo.ca or call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469. All seating is reserved.

The Tattoo, with more than 550 performers, takes place July 27 and 28 at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

Traditionally, tattoos have provided an opportunity for civilians to witness the precision and professionalism of those who have dedicated their lives to the defence and security of their country.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion and this year’s Tribute to the Veterans will commemorate the historic event.

Headliners for the 2019 Tattoo include the 65-member Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from the United Kingdom and the 175-member Calgary Round-up Band.

— With files from Darren Handschuh

RCMP testing paint lid?

UPDATE: 4:42 p.m.

The suspect wanted in connection with the vandalism of the rainbow crosswalk at Kal Lake beach in Coldstream may have left behind fingerprints on a paint can lid.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP confirm that a suspect left behind an item at the scene, said Cpl. Tania Finn, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

Castanet reported Sunday morning that a paint can lid with white paint was seen near the fence at the crosswalk, but it's not confirmed if that is the item that was recovered for testing.

RCMP were alerted to damage at the crosswalk after a vehicle drove through wet paint, RCMP said in a release. 

RCMP believe the paint was applied to the rainbow crosswalk between midnight and 1:45 a.m. Sunday, 

"Investigators are working with our Integrated Forensic Identification Section to determine whether the item has any evidentiary value," Finn added.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Const Louis Morrison of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

UPDATE: 3:58 p.m.

The District of Coldstream issued an update this afternoon on the crosswalk vandalism.

"The RCMP were alerted to the vandalism and are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with any information about the person responsible are encouraged to contact the RCMP at 250-545-7171," they said,

"District of Coldstream crews were on site earlier today to fix the damage to the crosswalk by removing the white paint. With this work completed, the crosswalk has effectively been restored to the condition that was in existence prior to the vandalism. The crosswalk will undergo some additional warranty maintenance work in the very near future."

The rainbow crosswalk at Kalamalka Beach was installed in 2017 at a total cost of $11,100, the district noted. This project was funded from the District of Coldstream budget.

ORIGINAL: 12:04 p.m.

A day after vandals attempted to paint over the colours of the rainbow crosswalk at Kal Lake beach in Coldstream, city crews were busy power-washing the paint from the surface.

They had most of the white paint removed by mid-morning.

There is no word if RCMP are investigating the vandalism.

Rainbow walk vandalized

When contacted by Castanet News on Sunday, Coldstream mayor Jim Garlick said he was saddened by the vandalism and frustrated that a symbol of inclusion can stir hatred.

"It saddens me to see that there are still individuals in our midst that are so insecure and threatened by this gesture of inclusion that they feel the need to sneak out to vandalize and deface it," Garlick said.

Garlick encouraged any witnesses to this act to contact the RCMP with any information they can provide.

John K. White


Utility work to close lane

Expect single-lane traffic on Alexis Park Drive next week as the city installs underground utilities to a building under construction.

The lane closure will run Monday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for the remainder of the week from 5:30 am to 4 p.m. 

Traffic control personnel will be on site to guide motorists, the city said in a release. 

The sidewalk on the west side of Alexis Park in front of 3600 will be closed during this project. The sidewalk on the opposite side of the road will be open.

Bridge closing for work

The province is scheduling maintenance closures of the bridge at Sugar Lake Road near Cherryville this week.

The closure is set for Tuesday morning at 8, and the bridge will reopen on Thursday at 12 noon, Drive BC reports.

Pedestrians will be able to cross periodically, the province said.

Carved cowboy seat finished


It took several hours longer than he thought, thanks to mystery metal embedded deep in the stump, and damage from burrowing beetles.

But, chainsaw artist Kelly Davies managed to soldier on and complete this spectacular cowboy chair carving at Historic O'Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen on Monday morning.

Can't stump chainsaw artist

The comfy cowboy seat is the perfect spot to take in the expansive views from the ranch.

Davies said he is letting the sun "bake" the stump for the day before returning Tuesday to apply the sealer.

The noted chainsaw artist said — at 38 inches — it was the widest spruce stump he's ever worked on.

Curious onlookers were awed by Davies' deft touch with various chainsaws throughout the day on Sunday, which was Family Day at the ranch.

You can try the seat out or yourself by heading to the ranch, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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