Single Story For Sale in Lower Town, Summerland

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Comfy, spacious, character home

•  1726 sqft , 1 bath , 3 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  CAD889,000 . Phenomenal Okanagan 180 degree Lakeview! MLS® 192161

Phenomenal Okanagan 180 degree Lakeview! Comfy, spacious, character home. Hardwood and tile on main floor. Sunny den off living room, open kitchen, 2 bedrooms plus den on main floor. Basement includes: 1 bedroom and 1 den, large workshop, outside entry. Large newer 10 x 28 deck and hot tub overlooking the Summerland Yacht Club and Okanagan Lake. Lots of Parking, room for your RV. Home is located on end of the street. New roof 2021. Large 0.27 acre lot.

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E-bus joins school bus fleet in School District 67

 

First school e-bus arrives

School District 67 has added its first ever electronic school bus to its fleet, part of a longer-term plan to transition completely away from diesel-powered vehicles.

“The bus will be at our Summerland Yard. We are working with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement to finalize the permit as a school bus, and have a charging station built,” said Doug Gorcak, Director of Facilities for School District No. 67.

“We anticipate it will be on the road doing a Summerland school route beginning next week.

The bus cost $363,216, but the school district only needed to pay $31,366 due to the Ministry of Education and Clean Energy B.C. kicking in some funding.

At full charge, the bus can cover approximately 220 kilometres and regenerates power while driving.

Heaven’s Gate Winery.

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Presenting the award-winning Heaven’s Gate Winery.

•  5177 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE  CAD3,495,000 . Home to handcrafted, small-batch wines. MLS® 184670

In the Heart of Summerland lies a place so peaceful and alluring that it can only be described as Heaven on Earth. Once a thriving peach orchard, it is now home to handcrafted, small-batch wines made from 100% BC VQA grapes. The volcanic soils of Giant’s Head Mountain, hot summer days & the lake breeze consistently rolling through the vineyard help to create a distinct experience trapped in every bottle just waiting to be released. Presenting the award-winning Heaven’s Gate Winery, a stunning 10-acre, panoramic lake view property on popular Summerland Bottleneck Wine Route. Includes quality log constructed principal residence, detached log carriage home, BBQ gazebo perfect for events/entertaining & a welcoming tasting & sales building with public patio area. In addition, there is a fully licensed winery/manufacturing building; the upper level, a workshop /garage that holds all your toys & equipment & at the lower level you will find the infamous wine making room.Dup List 184672 SF. Listed By: ROYAL LEPAGE LOCATIONS WEST

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Summerland and Osoyoos residents asking for more pickleball courts in their communities

More pickleball courts

Both the District of Summerland and Osoyoos Town council will be reviewing requests from residents in their upcoming meetings asking for more pickleball courts.

As Summerland council reviews the 2021-2025 financial plan bylaw on Monday, they will be receiving 24 written submissions, with 22 of those submissions supporting Council’s commitment to add pickleball courts at Peach Orchard Campground in 2021.

Many members of the Summerland Pickleball Club sent in letters explaining the importance of the upgrades for the community.

“Please support the resurfacing/court expansion at Peach Orchard. This very cost-effective expansion will allow the Summerland Pickleball Club to offer more Fundraising Tournaments, Programs and Drop-in play to not only Club members but every Pickleball player in the community,” a letter from one resident reads.

“Mayor and Council, Please make 2021 a priority for the health and wellness of a large group of seniors in Summerland. For many, pickleball is their social connection, where they meet friends, where they get exercise and have enjoyment,” adds another.

“As we age we still need somewhere to keep fit and socialize. With only two courts in Summerland playing time is limited. To add 4 more courts would be a big help. With a total of 6 courts, that would allow us to put on tournaments, which would also bring tourists and competitors to Summerland increasing the economy,” reads another email of full support.

For the Osoyoos players, a delegation from the Osoyoos Pickleball Association will be speaking at Tuesday’s meeting on their plan to build a dedicated Indoor Pickleball Facility.

“This is an exciting development and we will be over the top if our three asks of the Town Council are positively affirmed. The two buildings will be built in a more timely manner if Town Councillors decide to support/champion our proposal,” the letter to council reads.

The group added that will also attempt to create opportunities for all who desire to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony in person or virtually if the building is completed.

“The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce has been sending us links to grants that are outside the usual sources. Businesses are attempting to assist in an economic recovery. We will apply for any/all applicable grants as they become available. Two grants have been applied for to date,” it reads, adding that more will be applied for shortly.

A short presentation with a slide show, building concept animation and projected costs and benefits will be made to the Osoyoos town council on Tuesday.

Summerland affordable housing project heading to council, with information session in meantime

Housing project scrutiny

A new affordable housing complex will face Summerland council scrutiny later this month.

The proposed development, located at the former Summerland RCMP detachment site at 8709 Jubilee Rd. E, will need council approval for bylaw rezoning.

Concerns from neighbours have popped up wondering whether the project, which would be run by Turning Points Collaborative Society, will be supportive housing versus affordable housing. Supportive housing includes support services for those suffering from mental health or addictions crises.

Summerland director of development services Brad Dollevoet said that isn’t the case.

“It isn’t a homeless shelter or anything like that,” Dollevoet said. “It’s homes for families and things like that. They’re targeted to families, people with handicapped accessibility issues as well as seniors in need of income support.”

He said the development includes “spaces for women and children leaving family homes as well,” and
30 per cent of the units are required to have handicapped accessibility.

It is not Dollevoet’s understanding that support services for those experiencing addiction will be part of the housing project, nor will that be the demographic the complex is seeking to attract.

“This form of housing is something we want to encourage in the District,” Dollevoet said.

“Targeted to renting, targeted to low-income families … This proposed project addresses a number of goals in the District planning framework.”

There is a public hearing tentatively scheduled for March 22, should council move forward with first and second reading at the upcoming Feb. 22 meeting.

If that moves forward, the District will send letters to nearby residents letting them know about the planned public hearing.

But in the meantime, residents can learn more via the information meeting, which is being run by the developer.
Interested residents can pre-register here for the information meeting, happening on Feb. 18. at 6:30 p.m.

Summerland urged to take swing at indoor tennis

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Kids swinging their raquets at the UBC Tennis Club in 2019. An effort is underway to build indoor tennis courts in Summerland.

Penticton’s loss could be Summerland’s gain.

As the City of Penticton continues dragging its heels on a request to make good on a 14-year-old promise to build new indoor tennis courts, the District of Summerland has an opportunity to corner the market, council was told at its meeting Monday.

“There’s no indoor tennis anywhere in the South Okanagan. There are facilities in Kelowna, there’s a facility in Vernon, there’s a facility in Kamloops, but there’s nothing (in Summerland) and to the south of us,” said Bill Everitt, past-president of Summerland’s Lakeshore Raquets Club

“For Summerland to host the only indoor tennis facility in the South Okanagan, we think, would be a big boost for our town, bringing tennis players from around the valley to stay and play with the economic benefits that follow.”

Everitt suggested indoor tennis courts could be incorporated in the proposed Summerland health and recreation centre, which is under discussion now. Including indoor tennis courts as part of a larger facility would reduce capital costs, he said, while making the community more attractive to families and retirees.

“We have, essentially, a two- or three-month playing time (outdoors) with shoulder seasons on the front and back end. Trying to develop any kinds of programs with kids, with schools, is very limited,” added Everitt.

He submitted to council letters of support from every tennis club in the region, along with information from Tennis Canada that claims it’s the third-most-popular sport among new Canadians.

Coun. Doug Holmes suggested tennis courts will be as important to future generations of Canadians as swimming pools and arenas were to previous generations.

“If you think of the sports that are available here, they’re not really the sports that are of interest to a diverse population,” said Holmes.

“If we’re talking about tackling systemic racism and institutional bias, we have to look at all the services and facilities that we operate, we have to look at ourselves, and is there a way to address that through what we provide our people.”

Summerland’s recreation manager, Lori Mullen, said consultants hired to design the new health and recreation centre have already heard the tennis presentation and are considering courts as part of a larger, multi-purpose facility.

As envisioned, the new health and creation centre would replace Summerland’s failing aquatic centre and the undersized gym at Summerland Secondary School, plus include space for a new primary clinic and other health professionals.

The partners in the project are School District 67, District of Summerland, Interior Health and South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice.

Funding has not yet been lined up for the centre, except for $10 million committed by SD 67 to replace the school gym.

Penticton city council in February voted to turn down a request for a new tennis bubble while a broader review of municipally owned assets is underway. The last such bubble was torn down in 2007 to make way for the South Okanagan Events Centre. City council of the day pledged to rebuild it elsewhere, but that never happened.

FIGHT AGAINST PLASTIC WASTE

Summerland refillery store providing options for less waste on cleaning and hygiene products

 

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Hoping to help the environment by reducing plastics, a zero waste store in Summerland is encouraging people to move towards more reusable containers, especially with an increase of single-use items during COVID-19.

“With COVID, unfortunately there’s been a lot of plastic waste. We were doing really good last year and I noticed we kind of stepped back a little bit,” Angela Machuik, owner of Replenish Refillery and Zero Waste Store said.

“But I think it’s the way of the future. I’ve had so many positive comments, people coming in and I think people really just want to make a difference.”

Featuring strips of laundry detergent, toothpaste capsules and cleaning products all available to be filled in plastic, glass or metal containers, the store wants to make it easy to be low waste. Especially since the use of plastic containers, shopping bags and cleaning products have gone up.

Replenish was announced back in March, and was supposed to officially open back in April, but because of the lockdown had to delay the store launch.

“The grand opening didn’t really happen. What we did was curbside pickup and we did some delivery,” Machuik said. “Now that everything is starting to open up again, we’re doing really well. We’re seeing more people coming in every month.”

Once her spot inside of Beadtrails Experience Store was starting to be known, Machuik said she saw a lot of support from locals.

“I think that more people now more than ever want to support local. They want to support a local company and a small business.”

The store was also easily able to adapt to safety protocols and sanitization. Machuik requests that people bring in already cleaned and sanitized bottles to fill, or they have their own stock ready to go for the customers.

From there, customers will sanitize and fill from the larger, regularly cleaned bottles and weigh what they’re taking to purchase.

“It is going to be a little bit more work than just going to the store and grabbing something off the shelf and going home. But the amount of effort it takes to pop in and it just takes minutes and it makes such a huge difference cutting back on the plastic.”

Summerland mayor asks for community conversation on racism

Toni Boot, Summerland’s first Black mayor, is calling for a community conversation about race issues following incidents which happened in the community in July, 2020. (Summerland Review file photo)

Incidents in July prompt calls for dialogue

Following displays of racism within the community, Summerland Mayor Toni Boot is working to have a community conversation about issues related to race.

“We need to address this as a community. It’s absolutely critical that we have a safe place to talk about this.”

Summerland’s first Black mayor, Boot has also asked for provincial funding.

Her calls for a dialogue on racism began in July, after the home of an Indo-Canadian family was vandalized on July 13. Windows were broken and graffiti, including swastikas, was left on the wall of the home.

Days later, a Confederate flag, often displayed as a symbol of white supremacy, was shown to participants in an anti-racism parade in the community. Boot said the flag was a bandana which had been purchased at a store in Summerland.

Boot approached the owner of the store and asked to buy all remaining Confederate bandanas. The owner gave her the bandanas, which she then destroyed outside, in front of the store.

The flag display and also the destruction of the bandanas has generated considerable outcry in Summerland.

Boot said she has received some of what she describes as “a really horrible racist voicemail messages” following the incident.

Yet, she has also received many emails and messages in support of her actions.

Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

Hubert Pomerleau picks Red Delicious apples from an orchard in Summerland, in this 2016 photo. (Summerland Review file photo)

The managed seasonal worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground

The District of Summerland, alongside the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and other partners, has implemented a temporary, COVID-safe campground for seasonal workers.

Providing managed seasonal accommodations for domestic temporary workers, who support farms and the agricultural economy, has been identified as a need for Summerland. Some workers may not be able to be immediately accommodated on farms with new standards. Workers that cannot stay on-farm don’t always have access to safe and sanitary conditions.

The managed seasonal-worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground. It will include 24/7 onsite supervision and will be monitored regularly by bylaw and RCMP.

Fourteen campsites have been allotted for the workers, allowing a maximum of 50 workers using these facilities at any one time, from July 8 to July 31.

“Seasonal agricultural workers are a designated essential service, and play a crucial and appreciated role in our food supply chain, local and regional agricultural economy”, said Anthony Haddad, the District of Summerland’s CAO.

Haddad said the three-and-a-half week period for agricultural workers, using a small portion of the Peach Orchard Campground, will assist the local agricultural industry.

“The campground has been used in the past by agricultural workers, so we see this as a good short-term solution on land that can accommodate the workers,” Haddad added.

 

An on-site camp manager was specifically hired for the initiative. That person will provide oversight for the workers, and bylaw support will provide further monitoring of the campsite, as required.

The district said the camp is only needed for a short time, while there is an influx of workers during the main cherry harvest season, in advance of the workers relocating to private farm campsites.

After July 31, the infrastructure will be removed, and the 14 sites will be open to the public again.

“Workers in between farm jobs will be able to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by having a safe place to stay, and that is good for everyone,” said Glen Lucas, general manager of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association.

Fruit Growers Association staff will be providing AgSafeBC-approved COVID-19 safety training to all workers who stay in the campsite.

The site will be entirely funded by the Ministry of Agriculture. No funding from the District of Summerland is required.

Protocols and measures to ensure the safety of those at the camp have been developed with the Interior Health Authority. Those measures include the following:

  • On-site COVID Coordinator and site Supervisor 24/7.
  • Separate sanitation facilities and basic hygiene supplies for workers, which will be totally separated from the public.
  • COVID industrial camp standards for cleaning and disinfection.
  • COVID screening and orientation to precautionary practices upon entry to site.
  • Infection Control and Prevention Plans, Emergency, and Isolation Plans developed with health authorities are in place.

MOVIE SHOOT IN OKANAGAN

Okanagan Film Commissioner, Jon Summerland tells Castanet the Okanagan film business has so far survived COVID-19.

“There are four Lifetime movies being shot in the Okanagan right now and through July and August,” says Summerland.

Summerland says an unnamed Hollywood film is also set to begin shooting in mid to late July and one of the reasons they can go ahead is because of the availability of Canadian crews.

“We’ve got skilled people here in B.C. and particularly in the Okanagan, that has allowed us to basically quarantine crews together to shoot these movies.”

Summerland says every production in the Okanagan now has a Health and Safety Officer on set daily to ensure protocols are adhered to.

“We have a dedicated space where everyone has their temperature checked daily and we make sure everything is cleaned and that everyone gets individual hand sanitizers.”

Until recently all of the shoots have been either on location at The Cove on the road or in an open space, “now that things have loosened up a bit we are starting to use different locations like the one on Doyle Ave the other day.”

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