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Vernon Curling Club’s Dave Merklinger accepts a plaque for the host team’s work on the provincials. (John K. White/Morning Star)

COLUMN: Vernon can take pride in junior provincial event

The volunteer crew was busy keeping time, score, and the ice conditions right on the pin.

Vernon Curling Club’s Dave Merklinger accepts a plaque for the host team’s work on the provincials. (John K. White/Morning Star)
YEAR IN REVIEW: July Farmers’ Market brought memorable performance

YEAR IN REVIEW: July Farmers’ Market brought memorable performance

I shot a video of the performance and was blown away by his improv solo that fit the song perfectly.

YEAR IN REVIEW: July Farmers’ Market brought memorable performance
FILE — The Rev. Canon Chris Harwood-Jones, the priest at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, is hoping the community will support the renovation project to the hall, which is home to numerous non-profit groups in the North Okanagan.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Church fundraiser hits high gear

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Rev. Canon Chris Harwood-Jones was willing to take a leap of faith.

FILE — The Rev. Canon Chris Harwood-Jones, the priest at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, is hoping the community will support the renovation project to the hall, which is home to numerous non-profit groups in the North Okanagan.
Team Tardi, from left, skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Matthew Hall, lead Alex Horvath and coach Paul Tardi show off their hardware after winning the BC provincial junior curling championships in Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Big third end key for Tardi in junior final

Colwell found himself chasing the game trying to push the offence.

Team Tardi, from left, skip Tyler Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Matthew Hall, lead Alex Horvath and coach Paul Tardi show off their hardware after winning the BC provincial junior curling championships in Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Team Daniels of Delta B.C. won the provincial junior women’s crown in Vernon Tuesday. From left are skip Sarah Daniels, third Kayla MacMillan, second Jessica Humphries, lead Sarah Loken and coach Katie Witt. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Delta’s Daniels takes provincial junior crown

Delta’s Sarah Daniels took deuces in three and five and a three in nine en route to a 10-4 win.

Team Daniels of Delta B.C. won the provincial junior women’s crown in Vernon Tuesday. From left are skip Sarah Daniels, third Kayla MacMillan, second Jessica Humphries, lead Sarah Loken and coach Katie Witt. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Logan Miron sweeps while skip Erik Colwell looks on. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Vernon’s Colwell punches ticket to final

Incredible 12-end odyssey in semifinal.

Logan Miron sweeps while skip Erik Colwell looks on. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Megan McGillivray calls the sweep while Taylor Reese-Hansen looks on in the semi-final Monday, Dec. 31. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Heartbreaking playoff for Vernon’s McGillivray

Just when you think it’s going your way, there’s a shocking twist that flips the script.

Megan McGillivray calls the sweep while Taylor Reese-Hansen looks on in the semi-final Monday, Dec. 31. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon third Logan Miron calls the line as skip Erik Colwell follows his rock in action Sunday afternoon. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Vernon teams to play in semi-finals Monday

It was the final round-robin games of the BC provincial junior curling championships Sunday.

Vernon third Logan Miron calls the line as skip Erik Colwell follows his rock in action Sunday afternoon. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon skip Erik Colwell listens to strategy suggestions from coach Dale Hofer during a timeout in the 10th end of their game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)

McGillivray clinches, Colwell stays alive

McGillivray is looking to keep things as they are heading into the final round-robin game.

Vernon skip Erik Colwell listens to strategy suggestions from coach Dale Hofer during a timeout in the 10th end of their game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon skip Megan McGillivray throws in the third end Saturday night. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Clutch extra-end shot a winner for McGillivray

‘I think it’s one of those that’s a real team shot.’

Vernon skip Megan McGillivray throws in the third end Saturday night. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon skip Megan McGillivray watches her rock during a shot on Friday afternoon at Vernon Curling Club. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Vernon teams in the hunt

The road to a provincial curling title often includes speedbumps, potholes and detours.

Vernon skip Megan McGillivray watches her rock during a shot on Friday afternoon at Vernon Curling Club. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon junior men’s skip Erik Colwell looks on as his team delivers a rock while Vernon junior women’s third Jaelyn Cotter does the same for her skip Megan McGillivray in Draw 2 action in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Hosts post clutch wins in BC Junior Curling opening-day action

The two Vernon teams got off to a roaring start Thursday afternoon in Draw 2.

Vernon junior men’s skip Erik Colwell looks on as his team delivers a rock while Vernon junior women’s third Jaelyn Cotter does the same for her skip Megan McGillivray in Draw 2 action in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Serious crash slows Highway 97 traffic into Vernon

Serious crash slows Highway 97 traffic into Vernon

Vernon RCMP, BCAS and firefighters are on the scene of a serious crash on Highway 97.

Serious crash slows Highway 97 traffic into Vernon
Paramedics, firefighters and police attend the scene of an accident on Highway 97 north of Vernon that caused delays for southbound traffic Thursday, Dec. 27. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

UPDATE: Crash slows Highway 97 traffic into Vernon

Vernon RCMP, BCAS and firefighters are on the scene of a serious crash on Highway 97.

Paramedics, firefighters and police attend the scene of an accident on Highway 97 north of Vernon that caused delays for southbound traffic Thursday, Dec. 27. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)
John and his sister Kelly in 1977. (John K. White archive)

White: Don’t be a Scrooge like me

It gets to the point where you simply can’t avoid Christmas no matter how hard you try.

John and his sister Kelly in 1977. (John K. White archive)
Erik Colwell (kneeling) calls the shot during Tuesday night men’s curling in preparation for the coming junior provincials in Vernon. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Vernon’s Colwell sets focus on home provincials

The provincials are the biggest stage in the game for B.C. curlers.

Erik Colwell (kneeling) calls the shot during Tuesday night men’s curling in preparation for the coming junior provincials in Vernon. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Vernon’s Connor Marritt is knocked backwards by West Kelowna’s Mike Hardman during second-period action. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Depleted Vernon Vipers run out of gas against West Kelowna

West Kelowna’s Lucas Cullen was the offensive power on the night.

Vernon’s Connor Marritt is knocked backwards by West Kelowna’s Mike Hardman during second-period action. (John K. White/Morning Star)
Jaelyn Cotter (left) and Katelyn McGillivray get together in a warm-up slide out of the hacks at Vernon Curling Club on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Home, sweet home for Vernon provincial curling reps

Focus will shift from personal improvement to lifting the team dynamic.

Jaelyn Cotter (left) and Katelyn McGillivray get together in a warm-up slide out of the hacks at Vernon Curling Club on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (John K. White/Morning Star)
FILE — Vernon’s Teddy Wooding comes with two inches of scoring on this play. (John K. White/Morning Star)

Vernon Vipers lose nailbiter in Prince George

Another plus was the solid play of newly acquired goaltender Bradley Cooper.

FILE — Vernon’s Teddy Wooding comes with two inches of scoring on this play. (John K. White/Morning Star)
John calls the line on a shot back in the day. (File)

COLUMN: I feel confident (Brain: hold my beer)

We’re starting today’s lesson with a definition.

John calls the line on a shot back in the day. (File)