Straight From DeHart - November 11, 2020

Kettle Valley Public on Main Bar & Grill at #100 – 5305 Main Street in Kettle Valley has new owners and has completely renovated the premises. Now, owned and operated by Pam and Mike Turgeon, who reside in Kettle Valley, Dave and Michelle Holland and Scott McLean, the day to day operations are managed by Pam.  The restaurant has been completely renovated with new modern paint colours, booths, tables, chairs, artwork and tvs. Co-chef’s Robin Roy and Vince Miller have created an inspired menu of burgers, entrees, appies, and salads. Their most popular menu items are Stuffed Yorkies, Sweet Chilli Crispy Chicken Wrap, Signature Burger, Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl, and Schnitzel. We tried the Rack of BBQ Ribs and Schnitzel and both were delicious with generous portions and are reasonably priced. The signature Turtle Cheesecake dessert is fabulously smooth and not too sweet. The restaurant is fully licensed and families are welcome. Kristi Robarts is the bar manager. Public on Main has 80 seats inside and a patio that seats 40. Eat-in or take out. Open Tuesday to Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 for brunch. Closed Mondays. 

Malibu Marine in downtown Kelowna has a new name, new ownership group, and new general manager. Now known as Flagship Marine, Malibu was originally started by Ron and Lydia Pfob in 1986 and has become one of the most established boat dealerships in the valley. With the Pfobs being part of the new ownership group, including partners Sam BrovenderRob Haberman, and Kyle Lawrence, Flagship Marine has also hired Kevan Winship as their new general manager. Kevan has been in the marine industry since 1991. Flagship Marine is now the exclusive dealer in Western Canada of Formula boats, adding the models 350CBR and 310 Bowrider and Sunsport, which are particularly popular in our area. The company also offers boat storage, consignment sales, servicing, parts, mobile boat repairs, winterization, detailing, hauling, and financing. www.flagshipmarine.ca 

There is a new investment firm in town. Industry veterans, Mark MariottoCurtis CousinsMarc Bellerive, and their long-time assistants, Michelle McWattersAnita Dalton, and Debbie LeBlanc have opened the first branch of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth in Kelowna. Located at 500 – 1632 Dickson Avenue, (Landmark 3), this group of forward-thinking investment advisors was formerly with TD Wealth Private Investment and have over 20 years of investment experience. Wellington-Altus is one of Canada’s fastest-growing independent investment firms. They are a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). Wellington-Altus offers financial service and asset management to high net-worth individuals, families, business owners, and organizations. The company has offices in 23 cities from coast to coast and was ranked the number one firm in Canada in the Investment Executives 2020 Edition of the Brokerage Report Card. Wellington-Altus was built by independent advisors to serve clients. mark.mariotto@wprivate.cacurtis.cousins@wprivate.camarc.bellerive@wprivate.cawww.wellington-altus.ca.     

The Okanagan Historical Society (Kelowna Branch) 2021 fundraiser calendar is now available for purchase at $20.00 each. The calendar commemorates the rich history of the Kelowna area with beautiful photos. It’s a great gift idea. All proceeds are directed to Okanagan Historical Society (Kelowna Branch) charitable activities. To purchase contact Chris Jennens at 250-862-2801.  

After a life filled with travel and adventure, local Edith H. Lavroff who always indulged her passion for history and learning as she moved throughout the world and living in more than 15 countries has published her first novel. Edith went back to school in her fifties and earned a BA in English literature with an extended minor in Psychology from SFU while taking courses in history, archeology, and astronomy. After retiring, Edith spent 17 years leading classes on ancient civilizations at the Society for Learning in Retirement. At the age of 83, Edith’s autobiography and novel Kismet was born. From the few previous lines, you can imagine its incredible content. It’s a novel about WWII war years, a story of romance and love that turned into a horrendous battle, children, and the ancient history of the places she lived. It is fairly light-hearted but no life is without its tragedies. Kismet takes you on an absorbing, emotionally gripping tour of times and places that many of us will never see or that no longer exists as they once were. A must-read. Order at www.edithlavroff.com, Amazon, or Indigo.

Joe Rich Fire Rescue is looking for new members during this month’s fall recruitment drive for paid-on-call firefighters. Applications will be accepted until the end of November and prospective members must live within eight kilometers of Station 51 at 11481 Highway 33 or Station 52 at 6550 Goudie Road. They must be between the ages of 19 and 65 and in good physical condition. Ben Wasyliuk is the Joe Rich Fire Chief. Visit www.rdco.com/firerecruit for applications. 

Castanet is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. On November 1st, 2000, radio station SILK-FM owner Nick Frost debuted the new website serving the Okanagan. Two decades and 300,000 stories later, the company celebrates its milestone and now employs 46 people in BC. In April 2019, the company was purchased by Vancouver-based media company Glacier Media. Chris Kearney is the Senior Vice President and Kelowna General Manager.    

Do not miss the United Way 70th Anniversary Stay at Home Gala presented by Sun Life on Thursday, November 19th from 6:00 p.m. for Happy Hour entertainment and cocktail class. Pre-order your cocktail kit from Born to Shake. Enjoy the main show from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There are amazing local musicians to create a show through seven decades for United Way’s 70 years of service to the community, hosted by Robert Fine. The music is combined with an entertaining program, with stories of the region, its history, and the people who have shaped it from 1950 to today. Be sure to watch out for yours truly, introducing the 90’s decade which was the time that my first United Way Drive-thru Breakfast was initiated. going to be a fabulous evening. Tickets at www.locallove70.com. In addition, the online silent auction is also now live and in a few clicks you can bid on many cool items over the next two weeks and find out on gala night if you are the winning bidder. Place your bids at https://auction.trellis.org/locallove70. One incredible item is a beautiful original Alex Fong painting. See you on their virtual night.  

Three Okanagan Colleges students were honoured by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) at the organization’s Annual Outstanding Student Awards. Presented to students who have displayed distinctive leadership and meritorious service in the water and wastewater industry, the award which includes a cash prize, was given to Ruben KubbengaDaniel Soroka, and Peter Wilson. All three students were enrolled in the Water Engineering Technology Diploma program at the Kelowna campus and have seized the opportunity to complete co-op terms with BC employers.

Animal Food Bank (AFB) Fill the Container Drive is a registered non-profit in BC providing pet food to the no and low-income pet guardians. It is a completely volunteer-operated organization and relies on donations from the community. Sponsors Secure-Rite Mobile Storage and Total Pet have joined forces to hold a week-long Fill the Container event from November 13th to 20th. Businesses and the public are invited to stop by Total Pet and drop a donation in the Secure-Rite bin. They are in need of dry cat and dog food, wet cat and dog food, treats, toys, leashes, harnesses, jackets, and beds. Nicole Wilks is the co-founder of the Animal Food Bank. www.animalfoodbank.org to donate online. 

All six dealerships of the Kot Auto Group will be participating in the Second Annual Kot Coat Drive. For the month of November, all Kot Auto Group dealerships across B.C. will be collecting new and gently used coats on behalf of the Salvation Army. The goal this year is to donate 500 coats. John Kot is the President of Kot Auto Group. Visit www.kotautogroup.com for a list of the dealership locations.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 65th Jan Johnston (Nov. 12); Jeff Bourne (Nov. 11); Paul Cleland (Nov. 11); Gord Hunting (Nov. 12); Greg Capozzi (Nov. 12); Michael Wynne (Nov. 12); Eleanor Howk (Nov. 12); Mark Filatow (Nov. 13); Ruth Rescsky (Nov. 13); Carlee Turner (Nov. 14); Mayor Colin Basran (Nov. 14); Alli McNeill (Nov. 14); Nick Imthorn (Nov. 15); Erwin Malzer (Nov. 16); Doreen Giebelhaus (Nov. 17); Stacey Hadden (Nov. 17).
 
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail max@maxinedehart.ca and web-site www.maxinedehart.ca 

This week's segment was not broadcast on AM 1150.