Direct from DeHart – February 23, 2022

This week’s column is dedicated to well-known local personalities Curatolo d’Onofrio (Ono) died February 10 at Hospice House. The Curatolos were great friends of the DeHarts. I was always happy to receive a phone call asking if we would like plums or apricots from his garden fruit trees, of which he was very proud. Sometimes I would come to my office at the Ramada and find a fruit basket on my desk, which was much appreciated. I have always enjoyed our visits. Our personal condolences to Cleofe, all her family and many others. many friends.

WA SKEW’R Sushi & Bar has opened in Rutland. at #22 – 590 Hwy. 33W in the Willow Park Shopping Plaza. The fully renovated restaurant, owned and operated by a lovely husband and wife team Jake Tang and Mika Toyohara, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that offers a lunch and dinner menu of all kinds of skewers and sushi. We tried a variety of items including Sunomono salad, tuna tataki and shared skewers of wagyu beef, beef tongue, rib eye, pork belly, chicken, lamb and vegetable skewers of asparagus, oyster mushrooms and kale. We also tasted a grilled fish fillet with mico yuzo sauce and rice. Jake made us their special sushi rolls from Mangover and Avoca. Everything was absolutely delicious. WA SKEW’R’s menu is extensive, featuring high-quality items of appetizers, stir-fries, rice bowls, noodle soup, nigiri, sashimi, and an extensive menu of all types of kebabs you can choose from. can think of. Everything is homemade, including the pickles, sauces, and yuzu miso dressing. The restaurant is fully licensed with premium sake, meant to be enjoyed cold. They also offer gluten-free and vegan products. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Take-out meals are also available. Call 250-762-4026

Beachtek is now a local reseller of Canadian made EV chargers. The company, owned and operated by Harry Kaufman has been manufacturing professional audio adapters for over 20 years and has now expanded into electric vehicle chargers. As demand for home charging is growing rapidly, Harry decided to wear the Grizzl-E brand after installing one in his home. The devices are made in Canada in Markham, Ontario and are fully UL certified and also eligible for the FortisBC rebate of 50% of the purchase price. Beachtek stocks, delivers and installs the Grizzl-E to residents and can also help claim the FortisBC rebate. The company aims to provide personalized and exceptional service.

Copper Brewing at #102 – 1851 Kirschner Road has lots of news. Owned and operated by business partners Sean White and Darla Ariss, Copper Brewing has now bought the MTL restaurant next door, has a new chef and is launching a full menu. MTL will remain closed for the time being, but with the new kitchen will provide food to the brasserie side. Stay tuned for the new launch and new name of MTL by early summer. Chief Derek Johnson, formerly of Krafty Kitchen and The Modest Butcher launched a full menu for Copper Brewing, including making all sauces and other homemade items, making their own bacon, smoking their own chicken wings and fried donuts made to order in duck fat. Of course, their most popular gourmet hot dogs and burgers will remain on the menu, along with hot dogs from Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen and buns from Specialty Bakery. Copper Brewing has 70 seats inside and a 40-seat terrace excluding the new MTL space. They offer 19 house-brewed draft beers, a house flagship beer and a Copper lager draft beer. Some of their most popular beers are Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout, Fresh Hop IPA, and Cranberry Vanilla Cinnamon Sour.

After 32 years of civil engineering, Matt Cameron, co-founder of CTQ (Cost, Time and Quality) Consultants Ltd. hangs up his helmet and replaces it with a captain’s hat. Matt and his co-founder Wild Gord started the business in 2003 with four people and quickly grew to meet client needs offering two offices in Kelowna and Kamloops by 2008. Eventually they decided to combine these offices into one, still offering engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture and GIS services. Today, CTQ employs 26 professionals across all disciplines at 1334 St. Paul Street in Kelowna. Some highlights that stood out for Matt in his career were Dilworth Mountain, UBC Okanagan, University Village, Harrison Hot Springs, and numerous municipal systems such as pump stations and reservoirs. Matt is an avid fisherman, enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, skiing and also plans to return to sailing this spring.

An independent company based in Kelowna, Peters Wealth Management has over 20 years of experience. Located at 304 – 1447 Ellis Street, the company is a fully licensed financial advisory firm dedicated to your success by giving you access to three world-class insurance and wealth management platforms. They also have a state-of-the-art digital platform that rivals Questrade and Wealthsimple. Serving Western Canada, their team provides customized solutions for wealth management, insurance, tax, intergenerational wealth transfers, estate, charitable and estate planning. Their clients include professionals, farmers, ranchers, vineyard owners, arborists, business owners and retirees. The company provides advanced, independent and impartial strategic advice, always in the best interest of its clients. William Peters and Nancy Nadeau are never more than a phone call away.

Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) Advisory Board Executive and 2022 Chair Mike Checkley welcomed new advisory board members. They are Brad BuchananAvalon Event Rentals Group; Jeremy DawnMissionary Group; Dr Maurice BlitzSociety of KGH Physicians; Rich ThrelfallTroika Management Group; Tony Stuartthe Stewart family estates and Angela Nagy, GreenStep Solutions. The 45-member Advisory Council serves as a conduit of information and insight for the COEDC and includes industry leaders, elected officials, local government employees and community organizations representing a cross section of industries.

Happy 65th bruce and Betty Vogl (February 16).

Students for Heart Health was founded by UBC Okanagan graduates Venessa Thorsen (Honours B.Sc.) and Tyler Woloshyn (BSc) with the goal of raising awareness of heart disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, and supporting heart and cardiovascular foundations through fundraising and collaborations. Both have personal ties to heart health with surgeries and loss within close family and friends. Since its inception in May 2021, the nonprofit has partnered with many other organizations across the country and has raised several hundred dollars to support cardiac research at the University of Ottawa through events and has facilitated nearly 30 blood/plasma/stem cell donation drives in the Kelowna area since September. Now they have partnered with the KGH Foundation to raise $10,000.00 for the KGH Cardiac Service. A donation of $10,000.00 could buy a new echocardiogram or improve lifesaving equipment. Through bottle drives and community donations, they have raised $8,500.00 since December and would like your help in bridging the gap to raise the $1,500.00 towards their goal. If you would like to donate funds or bottles, contact [email protected] or Venessa at 250-826-1749 or Tyler at 306-536-2431. Facebook – Students for Heart Health and Instagram @studentsforhearthealth

The final of the OKGN Angel Summit on March 16 will feature Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band and Husband and Wife Team Renee Warren and Dan Martell as keynote speakers. Renee is an award-winning entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, author and founder of We Wild Women. Dan is a serial entrepreneur who started several multi-million dollar tech companies starting when he was 17 years old. Join us to find out who will win the $150,000 investment. This year, 32 investors are participating in the investment fund and have narrowed down the list of candidates to 24 quarter-finalists. For tickets to the final, more information and a full list of participating companies, visit

Beachcomber Home and Leisure ran a successful Save the Tax campaign in January in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Customers generously donated tax savings to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. Owner Kent Melvin said many of their clients donated more than they saved in taxes. A total of $8,565.00 was raised for the food bank. On average, more than 100 households receive food baskets every day, representing 54,000 people served in the last year, of which 34% are children and young people, while 20% are elderly people, many of whom live on a fixed income.

I won’t be writing a column next week. See you on March 9.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 60and Leon Gaba (3rd of March); Anita Kinasewich (February 23); Marc Jeanes (February 23); Ed Stange (February 24); Wayne (Kactus) Farr (February 24); Mike Jacobs (February 24); Franck Servedio (February 24); Sherri Miller (February 25); Ammar Bin Halabi (February 25); Keisha Clarke (February 25); Eric Thorsteinson (February 25); Jeff Hudson (February 26); Jason Sekhon (February 26); Eva Simon (February 27); Kirsten Moxness (February 27); Norm Le Cavalier (February 27); Kenny Tai (February 27); Ken Laloge (February 28); Ken Salvail (February 29); Brad Sieben (1st of March).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councilor and local hotelier. Call him at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; Email [email protected] and website

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