Support lends stage to stars

A fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society has received the support of taxpayers.

A fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society has received the support of taxpayers.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will waive the $938 fee to rent the recreation complex for the fourth annual Dancing with the Vernon Stars.

“The money is going to Hospice and there isn’t anyone who doesn’t support Hospice,” said director Jack Gilroy of the unanimous decision.

The event is anticipated to raise about $15,000 for Hospice and its end-of-life care.

Ten couples will compete in the dance event Sept. 30, with public tickets to attend set at $40 each.

Tickets will soon be available from Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio and at www.nohs.ca.

Questions Over Duteau Continue

A few Greater Vernon politicians question why some residents still have to boil their water.

A water quality advisory was issued for Duteau Creek because of maintenance and it has now been extended indefinitely because seasonal water sources are being used to meet irrigation and domestic needs. Regional district staff have stated the advisory is procedural and there is nothing wrong with quality.

“If we don’t need the advisory, why have it?” said director Doug Dirk, adding that it should be removed until quality issues arise.

“If we need it, we can put it on. I don’t understand the logic.”

Al Cotsworth, utility manager, says removing an advisory and then reinstating the alert can be confusing for residents.

“For public health, we’re always trying to be as cautious as possible,” he said.

Under a water quality advisory, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are urged to boil their water for one minute for drinking, washing produce, making beverages or ice and brushing teeth.