Okanagan Mountain Fire Watch
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The photos that Castanet readers submitted during the Okanagan Mountain Park fire have proven so popular, we have decided to make a coffee table book with them. Castanet, 101 Silk FM and Tiger Marketing have  partnered to produce "The Okanagan Mountain Park Fire - A Story of Unity�. It's an ambitious effort to donate a minimum of $50,000 and maybe $100,000 to the City of Kelowna and Area Fire Recovery Trust Fund. The book will be 112 pages, telling the story of the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire mainly through pictures. The focus of the book is to share the spirit and unity of the community, which was displayed by all the people fighting the fire as well as the encouragement and gratitude of local residents. Alex Fong (local artist) has also painted and donated an original painting to be featured on the cover of the book. The book will  be available first week of November selling for $29.95.  Order now online at http://www.okanaganmountainfire.com/

The Kelowna Volunteer Fire Fighters are selling Okanagan Mountain Park Fire T shirts to raise money for the Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust Fund.  The navy T shirts are $15 each.  They are only available at Kelowna Walmart and Kelowna Canadian Tire (seven days a week). All other sources will no longer be distributing shirts, including Costco.  Click for pictures of the t-shirt.  Front.  Front close up.  Back.  Back close up. 

The trust fund monies will be used to rebuild lives and areas that were directly impacted by the Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire.

Black Firestorm T shirts are also available at the RCMP detachment on Doyle Avenue, all RCMP Community Policing Offices, Canadian Tire, all Kelowna area Little Caesars Pizza outlets and The Jammery for $20.  Proceeds from T shirt sales will be divided equally between the Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the SPCA and those individuals without insurance who lost their homes.  Press release.

Myra Canyon Trestles t-shirts: The KVR Passport Company from Beaverdell are now offering Myra Canyon Trestles t-shirts depicting the water bombing by the Martin Mars Bomber, with the net proceeds going to the Myra Canyon Trestle restoration project.  They will be sold this weekend - Sept 13 & 14, at the Rock Creek fall fair.  They can also be ordered on- line at their web site http://www.kvrbiketrailpassport.com  after Sept.11.03. The price is $ 15.00 plus taxes. 

Gray ball caps commemorating the efforts of the Kelowna Fire Department and the RCMP can be ordered from the RCMP detachment office at 350 Doyle Avenue until 8:00 p.m. during the week. The caps cost $20 and funds will go toward assisting RCMP and ambulance personnel who have lost their homes. Any excess will go toward the "Cops for Kids Foundation". Press release.

The membership of the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is also offering a limited number of baseball caps for a $5 donation.  The hats are part of the RCMP and Kelowna Fire Department Fundraiser to assist the emergency personnel that were touched by the fire.  Caps are currently available only at the following wineries; Pinot Reach Cellars, Cedar Creek Estate Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, St Hubertus Estate Winery.  These wineries were directly impacted by the fire, having been evacuated at some point during the fire. 

DT's "Time to Believe", CD can now be purchased online for $9.95.  Proceeds go to the Fire Relief Fund.  It will also be available in the Kelowna Canadian Tire Store and the Kelowna Wal-mart this weekend. CINRAM Canada helped out on this project by producing the CD's in 2 weeks which usually takes 8 weeks to manufacture and ship. Thanks to everyone who has so generously given to the Red Cross and Yellow Ribbon campaigns. Proud to be part of this community!

Kelowna Doctors & Dentists have produced a �Stay Safe� poster now available at doctors & dentists� offices, walk-in clinics, X-ray labs, and blood work labs and the Volunteers� Gift Shop at KGH.  Prepared & printed at no charge by the staff of the Capital News, the poster is a collage of many of the extraordinary �signs� which Kelowna citizens have put up in recent days to express their gratitude to those who came to this community�s aid in recent days.  The posters are available �by Donation� and all proceeds will go to The Yellow Ribbon Fire Relief Fund. (PDF  1MB) September 4 - 7:16 am


Iron-On T-Shirt Instructions

We are getting a lot of questions about Wally Braun's t-shirt iron-on found in the "Thank You" folder in the photo gallery.  Basically, Wally has compiled a mosaic of images though out the fire to thank the firefighters.  Here's what you need to do to use it to make your own t-shirts:

  1. Go to a stationary store and buy special paper for your ink jet printer to do a t-shirt iron-on transfer.

  2. Get a white t-shirt.

  3. Save this inverted JPG 176K image to your hard drive.  Load up the image in your Word processing program and size the image according to your tastes.  Print to the iron on transfer and iron on! 

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Bylands is offering a special variety of rose "My Hero" to raise money for fire relief efforts.  Bylands will donate a rose to each family that has lost their home. For every My Hero rose sold, $6.00 will be donated to Fire Relief Funds.  The My Hero Rose is a double red that fades to a deep pink as it matures. Massive displays of 3.5-inch blooms are self cleaning (old blossoms fall off) and continue to bloom all season. The foliage is a satiny light green and shows well on this shrub that grows to about 1m (3 ft).  Phone 1-877-7MyHero (1-877-769-4376) during business hours, email to [email protected] or fax 1-250-769-5566 to place orders and for more details.  Picture. Details.

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