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Vernon Fire Rescue were called to a wetland area behind Clarence Fulton Secondary School Tuesday afternoon for a call of a brush fire.

The fire was in the tall reeds that border the wetland.

Dep. Fire Cpt. Darren Cecchini said the fire was knocked down quickly and was not a threat to nearby homes or the school.

“Some kids were seen in the area but they fled once we arrived and the police arrived. They are being dealt with by the RCMP,” said Cecchini, adding this was the second fire crews were called to.

At 1 p.m., fire crews responded to small grass fire on Tronson Road.


The city of Vernon road crack sealing program is underway.

Crack sealing extends the life of pavement by reducing water penetration.

The program will run four to six weeks and contractors will be in the Foothills and East Hill area.

The traveling public is asked to be patient, slow down and obey all traffic control.


Vernon’s Rylie Marchand is not only a Canadian MMA champion, she is the youngest Canadian MMA champ ever.

At just 17, Marchand has already earned a name for herself when she won the Canadian Amateur Championship in Lethbridge.

And she did it in impressive fashion on short notice.

When Marchand arrived in Lethbridge, she weighed in and thought she did not fight until the following day.

However, she was actually scheduled to fight in a few hours, but the miscommunication did not slow her down as she dispatched her opponent with leg hammer lock just one minute and five seconds into the first round.

Marchand, who trains at Unity MMA and Kickboxing, went on to win the title the next day in the second round via TKO from the mount.

“She has many options now available for her including going to the worlds or getting more title fights lined up,” said coach Raja Kler . “She did Team Unity proud she is a true warrior and great representative for the club as well as her community.”

Marchand now a perfect 3-0 record.


The SPCA helps critters of all description, but now they could use some help themselves.

The Vernon SPCA garage sale is taking place on May 4 and they are looking for donations.

Money raised from the sale goes to the various programs at the animal shelter.

Donated items can be dropped off at the Big Steel Box at the BC SPCA Vernon & District Branch, 4800 Haney Rd., Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

The SPCA will accept small working appliances, tools and power tools, dishware, furniture, artwork, frames, books, home decor, desks, chairs, children’s toys, garden tools and equipment, camping equipment, sporting equipment and music instruments.

For large pieces of furniture or any items you are not sure about but would like to donate, inquire at 250-549-7297.

The SPCA will not accept large appliances, clothing, waterbeds, mattresses, cribs, walkers, car seats, highchairs, household chemicals, magazines, outdated computers and electrical equipment such as old phones, fax machines etc.

More information can be found online.

For those of us with arachnophobia, it was not the post we wanted to see.

A picture of an eight-legged monstrosity popped on the Vernon and Area Community Forum Facebook page and it immediately had people chatting about what kind of spider it was.

Most agreed, it was a scary spider.

Amanda Darbyson posted the picture of the black, hairy arachnid that she saw near her home on Wellingtion Drive in the Harwood area of Vernon.

The post received dozens of comments ranging from pure horror such a beast is running wild in the Okanagan, to people wondering what it was.

Darbyson said she was shocked when she spotted the spider.

“It sure was freaky, wonder if it’s a new breed of spider in the area,” she told Castanet. “I’ve had a lot of guesses from people on the Vernon Community Forum, but nothing 100 per cent confirmed. We did send the pic to a spider website who said that it looked like a folding-door spider.”

A quick Google search for a folding-door spider comes up with a similar looking critter.

“I don’t normally take pics of spiders but with this one I had to, nothing I’d ever seen before,” she said.

According to Wikipedia, the folding-door spider, also known as a trapdoor spider, “is difficult to see when the door is closed because the plant and soil materials effectively camouflage it. The trapdoor is hinged on one side with silk. The spiders, which are usually nocturnal, typically wait for prey while holding on to the underside of the door with the claws on their tarsi. Prey is captured when insects, other arthropods, or small vertebrates disturb the ‘trip’ lines the spider lays out around its trapdoor, alerting the spider to a meal within reach. The spider detects the prey by vibrations and, when it comes close enough, leaps out of its burrow to make the capture.”


In a world full of bad news and tales of woe, it’s good to know there are still some honest people in this world.

David Scarlatescu spent two days conducting a social experiment on downtown Vernon recently where he intentionally dropped a fully functioning cellphone to see what people would do.

And, he admits to being a little surprised that 100 per cent of the people pointed out he dropped his phone, with a few even chasing him down the street to give it back.

“The results were shocking, but in a positive way. Everybody gave back the phone. We did it a dozen times. It was super awesome to see everyone give the phone back,” he said.

“I expected maybe one would take it and walk away. We tested the limits, we went by the shelter, by the mission, some of the rougher sides as well.”

The video can be found on The Fig Bistro Facebook page and is gaining a lot of traction.

This is not the first time Scarlatescu has produced a popular video. Last year, he sat in a car with the windows rolled up on a hot summer’s day to show what an animal must feel like trapped in a hot car.

When Scarlatescu was asked what might happen if it was a wallet or money dropped, his response: “We’ll find out. Maybe we’ll do another video.”

Madison Erhardt

Predator Ridge has officially teed off for the season with a number of amenities and activities. 

”There are very few communities like Predator Ridge anywhere in Canada. Our homeowners don’t have to go anywhere to really appreciate this region,” said senior vice president Brad Pelletier.

”We have over 1,000 programmed events for our residents to enjoy every year,” Pelletier added 

One of the main programs is ‘Swing Like A Girl’. 

”To get people ready to go out on the golf course we arm them with skills to know what club to use and how to approach a shot. There are no stupid questions,” said Instructor Kyla Inaba.

The program is built by former LPGA Tour player, AJ Eathorne.

A new feature this year is a state-of-the-art pickleball facility. 

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net. 

”It’s the fastest growing racket ball sport in North America. It’s so great because anybody can really play it. You don’t need any previous experience. You can start when you’re 60, five or anywhere in between,” said facility manager Joachim Nierfeld.

For more information on the number of programs offered, click here

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