Engaged in quarantine
Gold’N Time Jewellery in Vernon went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure one couple returning from travels amid the pandemic’s start could put a ring on it.
Brian Lemay and longtime girlfriend Stephanie Tessier flew into Honduras on March 8, 2020, and everything seemed normal, but a week later, the Vernon couple said a curfew was put into effect and businesses on the island started to shut down.
They knew they had to get home as quickly as they could, but not before Lemay proposed.
Before the pair’s departure, Lemay and Gold’N Time owners Ziba and Fareed Lor began working on a one-of-a-kind diamond and rainforest green passion topaz engagement ring, but it wasn’t quite finished yet.
Lemay popped the question with a photo rendering of the unfinished ring on his cellphone while sitting on the beach under the stars.
She, of course, said yes.
The two worked fast to make travel arrangements that would get them home, but this was no easy feat.
One-way tickets from WestJet were being sold for nearly $2,000 a piece, Lemay said.
After essentially being rescued by Air Transat, the two were to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Vernon. This means Lemay couldn’t pickup his fiancee’s newly completed ring.
Fareed immediately offered to deliver the ring and even asked if he and Ziba could pick the couple up any groceries.
The delivery aspect is a small ask for Fareed, he said.
“But it meant so much for them because they are stuck at home,” Fareed said. “This is something they will always remember — it’s not a regular proposal.”
Restaurant delivers to trucks too big for drive-thru
Vernon’s Freshii went above and beyond to ensure truck drivers could get good eats despite mandatory closures amid the early days of the pandemic.
Owner Shane and Tarra Kohlman began to deliver food to pulled-over truck drivers.
“I had a friend who is stuck over in Turkey working on the oil fields, he actually saw a post from a trucker (in this area) who said he couldn’t get any food,” said Shane, of how he came up with the idea to deliver to truckers and delivery drivers.
This wasn’t the first unique idea the local franchise owner came up with.
Vernon Freshii announced its free delivery service mid-March, and buy-one, get-one-free to all nurses, police, firefighters, doctors and other health-care professionals and frontline workers.
“It’s one way we can say, ‘We appreciate what you are doing to keep our community healthy,’” Shane said.
Lights, camera, isolation
COVID-19 cancelled classes for students across the province, but nine-year-old Lucy Popowich decided to get creative with all this extra time she had on hand.
Instead of turning on the TV and melting into the couch like many, the young Armstrong girl decided to make her own program. Enter the Morning Kids Show starring Miss Lucy Popowich.
Inspired by her TV talk show idol, Jimmy Fallon, Lucy took pen to paper and crafted her first script.
Garnering topical inspiration from conversations over dinner with family, the Armstrong Elementary student’s show covers anything from fashion to fitness.
The five-minute-long videos see Miss Lucy interviewing her special guests, often played by mom and dad.
“We’re running out of guests,” Lucy said.