Local archers score national titles, provincial silver

Rob Marty, Bridget Coulombe and Michaela Wong with coach Brock Paton.

It might not have been a visit to the White House, but for three local archers it was a pretty decent deal.

Rob Marty, Bridget Coulombe and Michaela Wong got a handshake from Mayor Sue McKortoff last Monday after earning some provincial and national recognition in recent archery events.

Coulombe and Wong each won gold medals in national Mail-Match competitions; Marty won a silver medal in recent provincial indoor championships held in Victoria.

The trio are coached by Brock Paton, who organized the visit.

The online Mail Match competition involves competitors shooting 30 arrows from a distance of 18-metres and submitting to the Mail Match coordinator up to 13 scores (one for each week).

At the end of the competition, the six best scores for each archer are averaged and medals awarded.

Wong scored an average of 198 out of a possible 300 to win her class; Coulombe — a yeoman (or first-year) archer — scored 157.

Marty finished second in the men’s barebow competition.

Besides coaching, Paton also still competes. The 74-year-old plans to attend the Canadian Outdoor 3D championships in early August, looking for a fifth visit to the World championships, this year scheduled for Lac La Biche in September.

“This is my last hurrah,” he said.

Town wants to recoup
immigrant entrepreneur costs

Entrepreneurs looking to immigrate to British Columbia to set up a business could be looking at an additional $350 in costs if they decide to set up shop in Osoyoos.

Council granted three readings to an Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw change that adds an application fee of $100 for perspective BC Provincial Nomination Program (BCPNP) candidates interested in settling in Osoyoos. Additionally, an exploratory visit fee of $250 would be charged to arrange a visit to the community.

“The program is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in B.C.” explained Gina MacKay, the Town’s Director of Planning and Development Services.

“Staff have reached out to other communities in BC and have heard that the review and processing of applications can be time consuming.”

The Town is only accepting applications for business start-ups focused on food services and drinking places, nursing and residential care facilities and professional, scientific and technical services.

RVs and trailers OK’d for boat parking lot

Council voted to adopt an amendment to the Town’s Off-Street Parking Bylaw that changes the wording of Section 12 to allow for the parking of recreational vehicles and utility trailers in the boat trailer parking lot.

The vehicles must have a permit and pay a fee.

RVs will be able to park for up to seven days; utility trailers used to haul cars, motorcycles, or equipment can park for the the duration of specific special events in Town.

The Town expects to set aside five or six RV parking spots at the west end of the boat trailer parking lot.

Coun. CJ Rhodes reiterated his concern that the parking be only for unoccupied RVs and other vehicles.

“Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to inhabit whatever is parked in there,” he said. “Also, in no way or shape of form will this ever compete with any of the existing commercial RV parking businesses that we have in our community and around our community.”

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