Apex Matters April 2019

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 15 : Issue 8 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

April 2019

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15 Seasons Of Apex Matters By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters Well, this issue wraps up 15 seasons of Apex Matters! Where does the time go? It definitely goes by faster the older we get. We never know what the future may hold, but I trust mine is full of many more seasons to come at Apex, my favourite winter destination. Back in September, I joined a high intensity interval training class. I worked very hard to get into the best shape possible for this season. And, I did. I lost over 20 pounds and gained a squat that was solid for deep powder days ahead. I was focused and visualizing the race back to the quad after an exhilarating charge through fresh powder. I was ready for those ski cutting circuits to open the steep terrain as a paid patroller. But then, the weather didn’t cooperate. And then, I needed to care for my extended family. Sadly, at the end of the season, I wasn’t able to get even one powder day in. So, I am left with my dreams of past epic days and days yet to ride. I am left wanting more, so now my focus is to maintain my fitness and work towards an amazing next winter of new adventures. The latest in social media ... Those interested in helping keep Mt. Riordan dedicated to recreational use for our families, and generations to come, please visit www.mountriordan.ca today! Also, for the local residents of Apex, there is a 1st monthly Apex Community BBQ on Thursday, April 25th at 6pm in the village. There are a lots of updates that happen year round on Facebook, so join in the conversation of those you want to follow. Best page to get it all is the “Apex Mountain Resort Official Facebook Group”. A HUGE thanks to all the advertising businesses, who make this publication possible. Thanks to all the content contributors, who make this great to read. And, thanks to you the readers, who are our inspiration for “Keeping You in the S’know”. Please email any feedback or suggestions for next season. Have a great summer!

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Thanks From The Edge By Chad Henderson and Colin Mottershead April 1st ... No joke, this was a great year at The Edge Bistro. With a slower start and less snow than we are used to, it was sometimes a challenging season, but our local staff and mountain enthusiasts made each day a success. Not every season can have great snow records and deep champagne powder days, but this year showed us that cross country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and just enjoying the mountain life keeps many people active, healthy, and hungry for Cheffy’s famous soups. I hope every skier and boarder got out enough to feel like they still had a good season and are excited for next year. As this season winds down, look for The Edge famous “Edgestravaganza BBQ” and weekend fun out in the village. We always enjoy signing off the year with trying to create a festive atmosphere in the village and feeding everyone their favorite BBQ treats. Thanks to all who supported “The Edge Event House”, it was a fun endeavour and we will keep you all posted on Facebook and Instagram with next year’s plans. Have a great summer and keep the activity level up, so your ski legs are ready for next year’s bounce back powder year!

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Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Chris Garwah, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Coach The Nickel Plate Junior Racers’ season concluded with the Mexican Loppet at Nickel Plate on Saturday, March 30th. I would personally like to thank all the athletes, coaches, parents, volunteers, and the club for all their hard work in making this another successful season. This year’s racers consisted of a dozen athletes who trained 2-6 times per week. Our practices typically involve skiing anywhere between 10 and 20 km, alternating between classic and skate technique. Although our mandate is to improve each athlete’s Nordic ski skills and encourage a competitive atmosphere, the team takes great pride in developing values such as sportsmanship, leadership, respect, and environmental stewardship. The team had many highlights this year, which I would like to reflect upon. The season kicked off with dry-land training back in September with some instruction from 5-time Olympian and gold medalist Kikkan Randall and her husband Jeff Ellis, an accomplished skier himself. Both provided ongoing support throughout the season and the team is indebted to them both. Don’t Miss Out! Thank you Kikkan and Jeff. The dedication shown by Fred Explore 56 km of Cross Country ski trails and 16 km Albrechtson all year culminated with a 5th and 6th place finish at of marked Snowshoe trails at the Nickel Plate Nordic Nationals, adding to his numerous provincial victories. As a junior Centre in Penticton, BC this Ski Season. boy, Fred is now one of the five fastest skiers of all age groups in Find more information at:on the province. Congratulations Fred! Noa Rippy competed in the first races of her short career and won the best technique award at nickelplatenordic.org Open late the BC Champs in Salmon Arm. Caity Michael picked up a bronze or medal at the OK Cup at Sun Peaks. There was a 7th place finish November at the BC Champs for Thomas Wilkie. Anna Farbridge, in her first visitpenticton.com to early April year of competition, placed 10th at the BC Midget Championships. Top 20 finishes and personal bests were achieved by many others including Ben Brouwers-Gertz, Jake Garwah, Matthew Broder, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update Patrick Brouwers-Gertz, John Garwah, Kai Rippy, and Jonas By Tricia Wilson, NP General Manager Mengr. Ranking up there with these results is each athlete’s Well, that’s a wrap for our 18/19 season! As it was my first year dedication to put forth the effort to push their bodies at altitude, as the General Manager the learning curve was steep, but I think often in the dark with the aid of headlamps, in cold conditions, we’ve accomplished some great things with more to come. Thanks forever changing their physical constitution. I am extremely proud to all the hard working volunteers and the great staff we had this of this group of young individuals and look forward to working with them in the future. year. All of you helped make this a great experience. But, the fun doesn’t stop! This summer, provided we have the funds, we have a lot of projects underway. If you’re interested in helping out with the maintenance committee, we’ll need some extra hands to help complete some tasks like improving the outhouses, stabilizing the woodsheds and repairing the wood stove chimneys, and possibly even some upgrades to the rental shed. Please email info@nickelplatenordic.org, if you can contribute. AGM Is May 28th ~ Nickel Plate Nordic Centre will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th at the Penticton Community Centre at 7:00 pm in Room 7. All Nickel Plate Nordic members are eligible to attend and there will be draw prizes, including a $180 backpack, generously donated by Swagman. Thanks once again, from the Board of Directors, the staff, and of course myself (Tricia). We’re already looking forward to next year! Soaking up the sun during Mexico Spring Break Loppet

On a final note, I would like to thank Jerome Jang for his technical instruction each Saturday and helping me coach the program. Any young future racers interested in joining our team should keep on eye on the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s website as registration begins in early July.

2nd Annual Mexico Spring Break Loppet By Carolyn Buzikievich, Chief of Race The 2nd annual Mexico Spring Break Loppet was a big success. 131 racers took part in different categories and distances under blue-bird skies in spring snow conditions. There were 26 local skiers that competed in this event that drew people from as far away as Winthrop, Washington and Canmore, Alberta. The race was won by Ian Williams from Telemark Ski Club in Kelowna. He completed the 30 km skiathlon course in 1 hour and 22 minutes. Top female was Laura McCabe from the Methow Valley Ski Club in Winthrop, Washington in a time of 1 hour and 38 minutes. A huge thank you to the over 40 volunteers who worked hard to make this race a success. A special thank you to our major sponsors; Affordable Storage, Thule, and Hotel Los Suenos in Sayulita, Mexico. A lucky skier from Winthrop won the main draw prize of a trip for two to Mexico.

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Managing your taxes can be as important as managing the investments you hold to generate your income - and they often go Top 10 At Nationals & Hungry For More hand-in-hand. Here are a few basic tax planning considerations to discuss with your qualified tax advisor: By Fred Albrechtson, NP Junior Racer Nationals in Nakkertok, Gatineau marked the end of yet another 1. Hold the right assets in the right accounts ~ Holding the thrill-ridden season filled mostly with ups. It was a season fuelled right investment types in registered retirement accounts is a key component of minimizing taxes. Consider sheltering interestby more support and hard work than I have ever experienced. generating assets, as they are taxed at your marginal rate, while I would like to thank my biggest supporters from this and past income from dividends and harvested capital gains are generally seasons, being my grandparents, Bill and Arlene Souch, both taxed lower. Further, dividends are treated quite differently than accomplished athletes of the past. They attended nearly all of my capital gains, and the potential impact on benefits such as Old Age races this year, even flying back east for a week and driving the Security (OAS) should be considered. 201 to come watch the Western Canadian Championships in West Kelowna. I truly couldn’t thank them enough for all they have done 2. Manage asset sales in non-registered accounts ~ The order in which assets held in your non-registered investment accounts to motivate and back me behind this incredible sport. are sold is an important consideration. Whether an asset sale will The year ended on a good note, with a 5th, 6th, and 7th place trigger a capital gain or loss can have a significant impact on your finishes at Nakkertok. However, they fell short of my season-long taxes. You should be aware of whether you have the opportunity to goal of achieving a podium at national level. Not landing on the offset capitals gains and losses, and should always consider which podium will definitely be a key motivator for next season, as now I assets make most sense to sell from both a tax and investing am hungrier than ever for that top 3. standpoint. Ottawa itself was rather fascinating, with the Parliament buildings 3. Balance your registered account withdrawals ~ Withdrawing and the francophone culture just across the interprovincial Rideau funds from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is Canal. And, to top it off there were the never-ending potholes generally most beneficial when your tax rate is relatively low. On making BC’s roads look neat and well-kept. the other hand, Tax-Free Saving Account (TFSA) withdrawals do A while ago, Sovereign Lake was nominated to hold the 2020 not trigger taxes and can make sense when your taxable income Canadian Ski Nationals. For those that do not know, Sovereign is relatively high, but additional funds are still required. Registered Lake is located only 2 short hours from Penticton, creating vast Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) have minimum withdrawal opportunities for a larger array of Nickel Plate racers to go and requirements, but if extra funds are needed, consider making represent Penticton. Perhaps, even some of the young up-and- withdrawals when your marginal tax rate will be lower. coming Nordic phenoms Chris Garwah has been working hard to 4. Equalize your income with your spouse ~ When one spouse brew this season. is in a higher marginal tax bracket than the other, income splitting If you see me rollerskiing on the side of the road, don’t be afraid to strategies can help reduce the total taxes paid by a couple. honk, as I enjoy the encouragement and most likely need it. Employee pensions, government pensions and RRIFs all follow slightly different rules, but the income can often be split with a spouse. Spousal loans are another way to help equalize income between spouses to lower total taxes. 5. Insurance solutions ~ Insurance solutions can offer more than just the security they’re typically associated with, especially with respect to retirement income. Insured annuities typically provide higher after-tax yields than GICs and bonds, while tax-exempt life insurance has the potential to provide tax-free income during retirement. Please contact us for more information about planning your retirement. This information is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. ApexMatters.com | April 2019 | Page 5

Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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www.freestyleapex.com Our 2018-2019 winter ski season is over and what an epic season it has been! We saw new faces & new places. We hosted 3 successful high level events, bringing hundreds of people from all over the world to Apex this season. Athletes from all over the province came to Apex to train on our mogul courses. WHAT’S HAPPENING… Spring/Summer 2019 ~ We will be opening our water ramp facility at Covert Farms in Oliver towards the end of May. Scheduled team training, as well as camps and other training opportunities, will be posted on our website at www.freestyleapex.com. This facility boasts 2 different jumps made out of wooden ramps, covered in a plastic sliding surface. There is a large jump with an extension to make it even bigger for our high performance athletes to learn bigger inverted maneuvers without hurting themselves on snow. The smaller jump is excellent for younger kids, as it is adjustable in height and pitch to accommodate beginner jumpers to first-time flippers. There is also 2 ground-level trampolines for athletes to

work on developing their air awareness and new tricks before taking them onto the water ramps. This facility is one-of-a-kind here in the Okanagan, the only other facility in BC for safely developing air awareness, as well as inverted and off-axis tricks, is in Whistler. We are grateful to have this amazing facility so close to home. Clubs and provincial programs come from all over to use this facility and enjoy everything that the Okanagan has to offer in the summer. NEWS Apex Performance Team & Freestylerz Team travelled to Silver Star Timber Tour & Super Youth Challenge #3 at Silver Star Resort. At the Timber Tour, Friday’s single mogul event had some great successes. In the U14 category, on the girls side, Leda Walker won gold & Sharon VanSchalm won bronze. In the U16 category, Alex Henderson took the gold in the boys U16 category. In the U18 category, Ethan Phillips came 2nd and Nate Parsons took home the bronze. Saturday’s Slopestyle event also brought in a few podium performances. Sharon VanSchalm won a silver medal in the U14 category and Alec Henderson won yet another gold medal in U16. On the Super Youth Challenge courses, Apex Freestylerz did awesome! Lillian McCaughey, U8 girls, won double gold in Slopestyle and Moguls. Naomi Cornell came 3rd in the U10 Slopestyle event. Jackson Kendall won a bronze medal in the U10 category for Moguls, Leo Longstreet also won a bronze medal in the U12 category for Moguls and Nolan Cornell won a bronze medal in the U14 category for moguls.

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The Rising Son

After placing 5th at the Apex NorAm final on March 2-3, local mogul skier Brayden Kuroda headed off to Japan to compete at the Emperor’s Cup mogul event, a part of the Miyasama Ski Games in Sapporo, Japan. The Miyasama Ski Games is the second largest ski games in the world and this year was the 90th Anniversary. Unfortunately, the Emperor of Japan was unable to attend due to health issues, but Princess Akiko of Mikasa opened the games at a formal banquet at which Kuroda met and talked with the Princess. “It was amazing! To actually meet and talk with the Princess in English was an unforgettable experience.” The Princess who graduated with a Ph. D. from Oxford University speaks English perfectly in a British accent.”

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Alas fellow readers, we have come to our sunset issue. I would like to thank you for joining me on this journey through the season. We may not have had the best snow, but the important thing was there was snow. And, we slid on that snow. And, it was good. Also, with all the rock repairs, I’m sure the Apex Mountain Shop was well supported.

She got REAL cold this year. I had to put long underwear on my long underwear just to keep it from freezing. Patrollers were seen cuddling together in the Bump Shack and it wasn’t just because they loved each other this time. James could have made a killing selling T-shirts that read “I froze my peaks off at Apex and all I got was this stupid T-shirt ... and maybe some frostbite”. Next time you need shirt ideas you give me a call. It may have been cold, but we braved it. We made excuses like, “It’s cold, but it’s a dry cold” or “You only really feel the wind-chill at tower 12”. It made it harder to tell the difference between the ice and the rocks, so you just sent it. Despite the cold and the less than stellar snow, we love our sport and we love our hill. We can’t control Mother Nature (unless you are a member of the Illuminati Lizard People), so we make do. And, we do. We get out there and shred the best we can. We wear our rock skis/boards and we bundle up and we have a great time doing it. I have always said, “A bad day skiing is better than From there, it was on to Listel Inawashiro Ski Fantasia Resort for a good day working” and it really holds true. At the end of the day, the Japanese National Mogul Championships. With very little snow I’m making turns and often doing it with people I love to hang out and one of the steepest mogul courses in the world, 38 degrees with. That is what a small hill like ours offers. It is the community. into the first air, saying it was challenging is an understatement. It’s saying ‘Hey!’ to Chad and Chefy in The Edge or chatting with The Japanese World Cup Team had their problems negotiating Ian while your skis are being waxed. It’s waving to Tyler racing the course; however, Kuroda put down 3 solid runs to take 3rd off on his sled or giving high fives to all the great lifties. So, if you place overall. are chilly and you can’t find powder, who really cares. Throw on Upon returning to Canada, it was a day’s rest and then on to Val St. another layer and hit some groomies with good friends. Bask in Come, Quebec for the Canadian National Mogul Championships the totally amazing views from the top of the hill. Spend some time March 21-24. The first event was single moguls where Kuroda on the bunny hill watching little kids tumble down the slope. Try placed 5th, sandwiched between 9 members from the National out the skating loop or hockey rink for a change. We got out and Team, including World Champion Mikael Kingsbury who placed enjoyed it. That is what makes hanging out at Apex so awesome. 1st. The second day was the dual mogul event with Kuroda So, as we close out this season, try not to remember what made qualifying in 7th place and ending up in 5th losing to National Team it crumby, but hold onto those experiences that made it fun and member Laurent Dumais by 1 point in a very exciting race. unique. Also, next year, ya’ll better put your game faces on and Kuroda put down his first run at Ban K Ski Resort just outside of Sapporo, placing him in second place. His second run was even better than the first, but lost out to the local favorite Takuya Skimakawa by only .14 points. As Kuroda placed second overall and was first in the U20 category, he was awarded a gold medal at a very formal awards ceremony where Princess Akiko also attended. (In photo to right - Kuroda with his Emperor’s Cup Gold Medal)

Kuroda is now off to the Junior World Championships being held in Valmalenco, Italy where he will compete against the best U21 mogul skiers in the world. Good Luck Brayden!

really start praying for snow early. I’m talking July. If we get a stinker snow year again next year, I think the first born among us may have to watch our backs. Have a great summer everyone.

Apex Ski Club Update By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director

Wow, what a great month of skiing at our amazing resort. Some could say it was a tough year, but I beg to differ. What we learned as skiers ... 1) Tuned skis work better then untuned skis. Stay on top of this folks. 2) Have those pow skis always ready. You never know when it will come. 3) We still have the best grooming ever. 4) Movement - understanding movement makes us all better skiers. 5) We still have the best resort around.

all skied amazing. Noa Rogers and Heming Sola both took gold. Ana Large was really consistent finishing strong with a silver, as a best result. Blanci, Peter, Jaras and Adam all had some amazing results as well. Fun to see it all come together at home.

U14 crew ventured to Prince George for their Provincial final. What a cool trip for all of them. Really cool race hill as well. Visualize an old Apex. Purden is a small little place that resembles an Old fashioned Apex. Not as steep of course, nothing compares to our beloved Apex, but just a relaxed feel ski resort. Really cool place. It must have been, as the Apex kids put the hammer down. Not often a team can say they took four podium finishes. Max Gainey and Molly Raymond started the day one party. Max took silver in Special thanks to our patrol team at Apex. You folks keep us safe. the day one slalom, while Molly took the bronze in the ladies. Day You are the unsung hero’s at our wonderful mountain. Thanks to 2 the party continued. Samatha Lawlor won the GS and Siena the team of lift operators, who always have a smile, play awesome Blazer finished right behind her coming 2nd. The large group of tunes and keep those lifts spinning for all of our enjoyment. Thanks U14 had the greatest time. Finished off the trip with a group roller to the management team at Apex, who have made it awesome for skating evening. all of us this year. You were dealt challenges and made the best U12 group - They are young, yes, but they can rip! Really impressed of them. Thanks to The Edge, as your coffee and food was always with this group of skiers. The group is in the beginning stages, but spot on. Thanks to the staff at the Gunbarrel and Trading Post ... they are troopers. Carrying gear up and down the hill. Preparing you made this place special! daily for their journey into this amazing sport of alpine ski racing. Always sad to see a season come to an end, but we have lots to look forward to. A new season will be upon us sooner then you think. Stay strong and be ready for the lifts to spin again in early December. You can look forward to the annual Warren Miller Movie to get you stoked. We will kick off next season with the Swap in September. Always my favourite time to run into the familiar winter faces again. The Apex Ski Club just finished one of the most successful seasons ever. Form Provincial Championships to National Championships. We also have a young Reece Howden skiing World Cup and Young Marcus Athans ripping it up on the Provincial Alpine Ski Team. Always exciting times! This past month has been a busy one. The club most recently just hosted the Provincial Teck U18 open. 4 days of racing at this amazing resort. Kids arrived from all over the Province. The club and resort did a fine job hosting these kids. Individually, the kids

The group is just finishing off the spring break block of training. My favourite time of year. Consecutive days and lots of mileage. They are off to Big White for their second to last comp before finishing off in Vernon first week in April. They are all ready for the final push of the season. Good luck kids!

Apex Carvers ~ This was a tougher season on these rippers, if you can remember back in the season when it was cold. One of the toughest variables in skiing with those under 10 year old kids is the cold. I think they all feel that - 5 is like Hawaii now. These kids were really tough this year. One of the toughest weather years in recent memory for little ones. So proud of them. Big thanks to all the coaches for keeping them motivated all winter. Don’t forget registration will come your way in early September for this program. I will be on hand at the yearly swap to answer any questions regarding the program. Also, you can email me via our website at www.apexskiclub.com. See you at the Swap!

What Apex Means To Me By Judy Ford

That feeling you get in December.

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Last month, in her column, Myleen asked what the mountain means to us. For me, one word explains my love for this place: Family. When you come to Apex, if you spend more than a few days here, you become a part of the fabric of the place. When we were new here, people who had been here since before there was a ski hill welcomed us fully as did their children and grandchildren. At the same time, we observed that Apex employees were having the same experience. We met lifties and ski instructors in the GB after hours, we all shared stories with locals who lived here, locals from the valley, tourists from other countries, we met people who owned businesses here, we met the people who cleaned the bar, who maintained buildings and lifts, and the people who shoveled snow, every last one, here because they loved the place and they felt welcome. I am grateful for the originals, the people who set the stage for this place, who skied and played hard, and taught us and our Apex Family to do the same. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to pass this on. Sometimes, it’s to a random stranger in the lift or at the bar but most frequently, and most importantly, I am most honored when I can pass this on to someone who has come to work here. The most prominent face of any ski resort is it’s lifties, the people we interact with the most on the hill but of course, it is also the bartenders, baristas, store keepers, and ski instructors. These are the people who make us all feel welcome here, they are the folks who infuse our ski day with humor and care. They keep us safe. They feed us and serve us drinks. They make this more fun. They make us comfortable, and they share our joy. And so, when we are at Apex we make it a point to invite employees who live here over for dinner, bake them cookies (not often enough) and make sure I thank them for being here. The women of Apex get together for Stitch and Bitch now and again. Over the years, that has meant sharing a meal with women from New Zealand, Australia, England, The Maritimes, The Yukon. I tell them all, you can never fully leave this place. Apex will always be with you. I want to tell you, that when I got my first pair of skates, a complete newbie, it was the bartender at the Gunbarrel who offered to sharpen them for me, for free, something I did not even know I needed to do. My first day skating, I wobbled my way around our beautiful skating loop with complete strangers who encouraged me and laughed with me. They impressed me so much, the 3 and 4 year old grandchildren who spun around and raced forward or backward, their mother who skated effortlessly and their grandmother who was beautifully dressed in a camel hair coat and wool slacks, her hair done just so her skates polished to a sparkling white. All equally capable on the ice. I was so out of my element, so far out of my league, and yet, so completely welcomed and made to feel at home. I’ve been invited into homes all over the hill, for refreshments, for dinner, for parties, for Christmas, New Years, and Easter. One of the very best things I’ve ever done here was to attend the ski school races for their youngest members one night many years ago. Under the lights, 4 year old kids skied under crossed poles, around boxes, in and out of traffic cones and eventually over the terrifying “jump” at the bottom (just a few inches high). You’ve never seen so much pride, so much effort, so many nerves, a few tears followed by gigantic successes. I had never seen ski instructors with this much heart. The kids included us all in their celebration. At 4, they were Apex locals, sharing their joy. I am grateful to call this place home for a precious few months every year, for the skiing yes but also for the community. In that regard, Apex is in a league of it’s own.

Our destination was a plateau high above the “Shatford Creek drainage”. This spot has plenty of firewood and fabulous views! New this year, would be a winter camp out for the Edmontonians, Need your cabin or myself and friend Steve. I can honestly say I have never had condo painted at Apex? such a heavy pack on while snowshoeing, which made for a little tougher going. The snowshoe to this location is mostly uphill and Interior & Exterior takes about 1.25 -1.5 hours. There was a 4-6 inches of fresh snow, which was welcome as References Available I enjoy the softness over a hard packed trail. The route starts 250-809-1165 dsnowshoes@vip.net out with a steady 25 minute climb and eventually meets and old cut block, where the real climbing begins and some real whining started as well. A new saying was created on this climb by my Dino’s Diaries & Conversations friend Steve, “f#@*ing fit old people”! I love it! Once this steep By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide climb is tackled, there is a short road section and then another Where does time go? It seems like a fraction of time ago I was short less steep climb and the destination is reached. (The route is writing my first article of the season, and here we are, the last. And, quite different for those that skied in.) what an odd snow year it has been, but a good one nonetheless. Once at the celebration location, everyone kicked in clearing snow, We just never know what this planet will send our way weather starting a fire and preparing food and drink. To introduce everyone wise, so we have to deal with it as best we can. to each other, we gathered around the fire and each took a minute This was the first time for me, in over 20 years that I got in more days or so to give a “brief” of who we were and whatever else came to cross country ski touring than snowshoeing. I partially attribute this mind. A great way to break the ice, so to speak. What an amazing to snow conditions and partially to enjoying ski touring with my day with food, friends, conversation and drink! partner Lorna and other friends, some that do not snowshoe. This was also a great season for new adventures. Some of the new areas I thoroughly enjoyed exploring, mostly on skis, were; multiple adventures along the 201 forest service road (most people may have become accustomed to this route as it was used as an alternative detour when the highway between Summerland and Peachland was closed), Little White Mountain (which I wrote about in my last article), the north ridge of Brent Mountain, the Twin lakes area and finally the Keremeos Creek drainage. I’m looking forward to even more new adventures next season and perhaps tick one off the “bucket” list - a heli tour! In the past, I have written about the annual Febrarian-Aquarian snowshoe/ski event. This event was started nearly 20 years ago by myself and best friend Joe to celebrate our birthdays, which are a It’s crazy how time flies when having too much fun. Soon friends day apart, and has become a “tradition.” We would snowshoe to a were leaving two or three at a time and the only ones left were predetermined destination, start a fire and commence celebrating those of us staying overnight, and my friend Frank who stayed till our birthdays with food and beverages. Eventually, we invited 9:30. He made his way down with a headlamp. Before dark set in, others that were either born in February or that were Aquarian. we commenced building our sleeping quarters with tarps. (I was This has grown to inviting like minded friends born anytime, and I hoping to have an igloo built ahead of time, but lack of snow nixed have been chastised for this, but it’s “men only”. that idea.) Having a few carpenters in the group made this chore This year’s celebrations took place on February 16. The day fairly quick and easy. was mostly cloudy and temps would be about -10 to -15. Not We were lucky enough for the moon, which was almost full, to too bad. We had 14 friends join us this time, which included my make an appearance which prompted Frank to get us out for a nephew Jeremy and 3 of his buddies from the Edmonton area. bit of a “near full moon” snowshoe before he headed down the (Unfortunately, one of his friends couldn’t join us as he tweaked an mountain. This, out of boarding, karaoke and who knows what old knee injury the day before while boarding at Apex.) else, was the “highlight of the weekend” for one of the Edmonton boys. Great to hear! I have finally crossed “winter camping” off the “bucket list”. I was deprived of the opportunity back in Grade 7 or 8 for, lack of chaperons, which we were suppose to do as part of the Hunter Training Conservation Course. It wasn’t the -15 temperature that was bad, it was the uneven ground which made sleeping just as rough. All in all, one of the best Febrarian- Aquarian gatherings ever. Thanks to all who came out and added your character to the day. I look forward to next year’s! Even though I’m sure there is another month or more of snow activities to be had, it will be next to impossible for me to do so, because “mountain bike season” is here! Of course, if there is a big dump ... Whatever your sport, get out and enjoy it. Life is short and we never know when it will end. Ciao for now.


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The Passo Apex Cycling Race Returns To Apex Mountain In July 2019 By Jason Curran

The Passo Apex hill climb cycling race returns to Apex Mountain on July 13th, pitting some of the best cyclists in Western Canada against the clock and against themselves. This year’s Apex hill climb race, part of a series of events connected to the 9th Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan cycling ride on July 14th, enters its third year and hopes to attract up to 100 cyclists to battle up one of the toughest, steepest paved roads in the province. Inspired by a Canadian Cycling Magazine ranking of Canada’s toughest climbs, the mighty mountain just southwest of Penticton features an average gradient of 7.9% over 12.2 km, and some pitches up to 20%, leading the magazine to compare it to climbs featured in the Tour de France. Last year featured several professional cyclists in the field, including Nathan Brown, who rode the 2017 Tour de France for his EF Education First Drapac p/b Cannondale pro cycling team and ranks as an elite level climber. For 2019, Axel Merckx, Granfondo co-founder and former Belgian professional cyclist, will race the event for a third straight year. “Each year we aim to build on the success of this classic event, including attracting more participants and enhancing the overall profile of the Passo Apex event,” said Merckx. “At the end of the day, we’re thrilled to offer a true hill climb race in one of the most beautiful regions in Canada.”



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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ I attended the Apex Property Owner’s Association Annual General Meeting to share some updates with residents on exciting things that are happening in RDOS Area ‘I’. APOA is an association that works as a collective voice to represent homeowners. When issues arise, a collective voice stands strong. Service Subrina Monteith providers look to organized groups for Director of input and guidance, which makes APOA RDOS Area ‘I’ an important voice of the community. Consider getting involved to ensure the Apex Community has a well rounded voice for concerns to be heard. More information on the APOA can be found at www.apexpropertyowners.com. Garnet mining is proposed on Mt. Riodan, which has some residents concerned. Watch more information from the APOA, as they are working to create a community response. The Waste Transfer Station project at Apex is on schedule with building ordered and plans for work to begin on foundation this spring. The goal is to have building operational for the next ski season, thus by November 2019. A review of the Economic Development or Community Service Office is underway. Apex residents have an opportunity to provide feedback in the process by having a voice through the public engagement process. Should RDOS create an “Apex Community Service” to support the community of Apex or continue the service with joint use with Area ‘D’ (Okanagan Falls) and all of Area ‘I’ or not participate in the service? Please contact me with your feedback or to ask questions at smonteith@rdos.bc.ca or engagement@ rdos.bc.ca. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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Apex Fire Brigade Society By Tricia Radcliffe Fun was had by all at our annual fundraiser, The Firefighter’s Ball, held on the eve of March 16th. The sold out affair occurred at The Edge Event House and a delicious meal of roast beef with all the trimmings was put out by Chad and Colin from The Edge Bistro. Folks ate and drank until contentedly satiated. And, then it began ... the merriment. The band was called Garage Groove, and groove they did, along with the crowd who danced the night away to the tunes belted out by Rick and Julia Valenti’s local band. All our favourite jingles were played, and sang along to, even on stage at one point, by a couple of members from the fire brigade! Oh, the shenanigans that went on that evening. Memories were made and stories will be told for a long time to come. Gabe won the 50/50 draw and donated the entire $350 back to the cause, while the Apex Property Owners Association donated a healthy $500, and enormous efforts were put into the night by Arnie and Joanne who organized and pulled off the entire event. All in all, the night brought in a total of $2100! Other fundraising endeavours were put on by Will and Tricia who fashioned a Firefighters Boot Drive and hit up the Gunbarrel Saloon on busy weekends raising a whopping $1200! All proceeds will go towards our local fire brigade who are in pressing need of new equipment. Thank you to all who donated, both time and money. If you missed out on our joining our Firefighter’s Ball or perhaps the “Boot” didn’t pass by your hands, you can still support our cause by donating through our GoFundMe page. Every little bit helps towards the purchase of much needed equipment. Thank you!

APOA Update By Barry Leigh, APOA Past President The APOA AGM was held on Sunday March 24, 2019. It was an informative meeting. Introductions and a report were given by President Arnie Erickson and Jeff Brown gave an update on behalf of the Forestry Committee. John Davis talked about developments and future plans for the Apex Fire Brigade and he introduced Gabe Lachapelle, the new AFB Fire Chief. Subrina Monteith, our area’s RDOS director, introduced Greg Rose who explained the process to be undertaken this summer to review the structure and purpose of RDOS’s economic development office. Subrina also talked about the timeline for the Apex Community Waste Transfer Station and answered questions about this project. Director Monteith had a surprising piece of news when she announced that she had just learned exploratory work could begin this summer on a garnet mine on Mt Riordan. Several APOA members offered to participate on a committee to examine the impact of this project. Continue monitoring the APOA Facebook page, SARA Save Apex Recreation Area Facebook page, and the APOA website for new information as it becomes available. The final item on the meeting agenda was for the election of officers for the coming year. The need for additional board members this year was vitally important, as only four members will be continuing to serve and our constitution requires a minimum of five. Fortunately, Gail Lannard offered to fill the vacant position of chairperson of the Road Committee, bringing the board to the required number and subsequently, Gord Reum has offered to sit on the Board as well. Because there appears to be a reluctance on the part of younger and more recent property owners to join the APOA and for members to serve on the board, I wonder if they are unsure of its value. I therefore thought it important to review the purpose and function of our organization. Our Mission Statement is as follows: The Apex Property Owners Association is dedicated and committed to supporting its member’s interests in the planning and development of an attractive and sustainable resort community and (preserving and enhancing) it’s surrounding natural resources. The APOA was initially formed over two decades ago to represent property owners when access to their property was in question; however, over the years it has developed the above mission statement and followed it with numerous different undertakings. These have included, but were not limited to: • Represent community interests with regard to proposed mining on Mt Riordan • Represent community and recreational interests as they pertain to forest harvesting practices in the area (Forestry Committee) • Provide financial support to the Apex Fire Brigade • Formalize, identify and maintain significant trails in the Apex area • Make representation to appropriate government agencies for assistance for wildfire mitigation • Bring up road issues with the local contractor (Road Committee) • Represent members concerning issues over electrical rates and other utility issues • Maintain a connection with local and provincial governments • Liaise with Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre • No less important - offer members the opportunity to get together and socialize at sponsored social events I believe that the time that I spend on APOA related activities is worthwhile and a benefit to the community and I know that the other board members feel the same. However, we need the

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Gratitude By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND The end of the season brings mixed emotions. It is now complete. Ski legs are feeling stronger. Joints are sore. There is a lingering sense of exhilaration. One emotion I’ll remember this season by is gratitude.

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Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy We are all familiar with the relationship between blood flow and strengthening, right? The more blood flow, the better the capacity for healing and building muscle, the greater the potential to develop strength. Well, what if the opposite were true? What if accurately restricting blood flow to a muscle group could somehow have the same, or an even greater effect on strength development? This is exactly what Yoshiaki Sato began experimenting with in Japan over 40 years ago. He realized through trial and error that when blood flow is restricted to working muscles in the absence of oxygen via a pneumatic cuff (similar to a blood pressure cuff), there are significant increases in both strength and muscle bulk. This happens even when the resistance loads are just a fraction of the high intensity loads normally associated with these types of strength gains. By placing a tourniquet pumped up to a specific pressure around a person’s upper thigh or upper arm, blood flow is restricted to the working muscle. When muscles begin contacting in an oxygen free or anaerobic environment, lactic acid forms in the muscle. We now know that large and rapid increases in muscle lactic acid levels, strongly promotes muscle development and in turn strength. Normally, these types of strength gains are only possible with maximal intensity exercise utilizing high loads over prolonged workout times. With BFR, such strength gains are possible with 10-20% of these high intensity loads, spanning just 5-6 minutes. For decades, BFR has largely been the domain of DIY strength enthusiasts, mostly because risks relating to the technique were not well understood. This has begun to change over the past 10 years, initially with the U.S. military using BFR to treat Iraq war soldiers recovering from serious blast injuries. Case studies began to emerge about BFR patients progressing from potentially not walking, to reaching near full recovery and returning to active service.

populations including those taking medications that enhance blood clotting, those with a history of Since then, a number of controlled randomized trials have been deep vein thrombosis undertaken, which not only confirm strength and recovery gains, and those with peripheral but more importantly address the concerns about side effects from neuropathies, varicosities using the technique, specifically the risk of blood clot formation as or tumors. To find out more a result of applying sustained pressure to arteries during exercise. about BFR or to find out Even in elderly and post-operative populations where the risk of if you might be a suitable blood clot formation is elevated, there appears to be no elevation candidate, contact a local in blood clot risk. physiotherapist or trainer We now know that BFR while exercising at lower intensity can with experience and training be used with subjects after surgery or in populations unable to in the correct use of this perform higher levels of exertion with routine resistance training, technique. e.g. elderly, post-operative or even bed ridden patients such as In photo - A patient at Sports those in the ICU. There is also emerging evidence that an elevated Clinic Physiotherapy utilizing lactic acid level generated from BFR, has the potential to improve BFR to address persistent fracture and tendon healing rates, although there still needs to be left Quadriceps muscle more quality research to confirm these benefits. wasting and weakness. Based on this increasing body of research, BFR is a technique you’ll be hearing a lot more about over time. I have been trialing BFR on patients (both elite/sporting and post-operative/elderly) at the Sports Clinic for 6 months with very good results. From Canada Rugby to the Canadian Ski Team to average Joe recovering from ACL surgery, BFR is becoming an increasingly common mainstay for enhancing recovery from training as well as injury. So, if you have a thigh or shoulder that remains stubbornly weaker, no matter what you seem to do, then you would almost certainly benefit from Blood Flow Restriction. Please Note: there are precautions in using BFR with certain

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Heart disease is a very common problem nowadays and is affecting younger people more and more. In an article on the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website, Alex A. Kecskes writes the following: Regardless of age, massage therapy performed by a skilled and qualified therapist can reduce stress, cause relaxation and enhance feelings of well being. A good massage can stimulate the nerve endings in skin, release endorphins (the feel good hormones) and inhibit the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Blood will circulate more efficiently, blood pressure will drop and heart rates will slow down. Thank you Paul for your 26 seasons as Ski Patrol Director. We wish you the best in your new A regular massage regimen can reduce the risks associated adventures. We’ll all miss you as our leader, especially on “O.F.F.”! ~ Photo by Harrison Hall with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias (the heart pumps less effectively, so less blood reaches the brain and other vital organs). A number of long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. And, maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart. In this way, massage offers a drugfree, non-invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page. “Off to adventure in Apex’s back country.” ~ Photo by www.leightruslerphotography.com

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A Glance At Our Night Sky

one in Jules Verne’s story “From the Earth to the Moon”. However, that would be hard on what is being launched and even harder on Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the any human crew. One popular concept in science fiction that is snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought perfectly workable in fact is to use electromagnetic acceleration. provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s The load to be sent to orbit will accelerate along the ground like a Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. maglev (magnetic levitation) train, but to much higher speeds. Then the track would curve upwards, launching the vehicle into space. Back To The Moon After many years, we are on our way back to the Moon. Moreover, Having a space station in lunar orbit has huge science potential. Canada will be part of it. There are many reasons to be excited If the orbit is arranged so that it can always have a line of sight to about the prospect. It marks a new beginning for manned Earth (critical for communications), it will see both the front and exploration of the Solar System and one day possibly the universe back of the Moon. The back of the Moon would be a fantastic place beyond. A space station in lunar orbit will be a better jump off to put a radio telescope or two. Because the Earth never rises place for space missions to Mars and the other planets. One big above their horizon, they will not have to put up with the growing advantage is that we won’t need those huge booster rockets we radio cacophony we are making. A single cell phone would be far use to get off the Earth’s surface. A space station in Earth orbit, brighter than any cosmic radio source. Being screened from the like the International Space Station, is better, but even if we build interference coming from Earth, would give researchers access our spacecraft in Earth orbit, the components still have to be to most of the radio spectrum. In addition, we would be able to lifted off the surface of the Earth. What if we could produce the observe the cosmic emissions that are blocked by our atmosphere materials and maybe do some of the construction on the Moon, and ionosphere, because the Moon has neither. hopefully using locally mined resources. There is abundant solar That’s not to say that working and doing research on the Moon will energy and there is no atmosphere. This, in addition to the Moon’s be easy. Equipment will have to handle big lunar daily temperature weaker gravity, makes it much easier to get stuff from the Moon’s changes, from far below zero during the night to around the boiling surface into lunar orbit. We can just lob them upwards, and when point of water during the day. The biggest challenge for operating what we lobbed gets to the right height, an onboard engine could equipment on the Moon’s surface will probably be the dust. Over accelerate it to orbital velocity, or someone could rendezvous with billions of years, the Moon has accumulated a layer of very fine it and catch it before it falls down again. You can’t do this from dust on its surface, like flour or maybe even finer. As the Apollo the Earth’s surface, because we will have to lob a lot harder, and astronauts found, it just gets into everything. Being very dry, it launching things from the ground at high speed will probably end easily picks up an electrostatic charge, which makes it stick to up incinerating them due to atmospheric friction. Current space anything it touches. However, we have some pretty dusty places missions are launched quite slowly and they don’t floor the gas on Earth and we have learned how to live and work there. We can be very creative when there is a strong enough incentive. pedal until they are above the atmosphere. Launching from the Moon could be done with a big cannon, like the

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FireSmart®: Building Resiliency In Apex Partners in Protection Association - FireSmart® Canada Wildfires in the wildland-urban interface are more frequent, more intense and last longer. While we cannot eliminate this reality, we can mitigate the potential damage to property and build resiliency into our communities. As we enter the 2019 fire season, the residents of Apex are reminded once again that there are many simple things that can be done to mitigate against the impacts of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface. Look around your Apex home. Take special notice of the dense stands of trees, the dead and down logs and debris, firewood, tree needles, twigs and other combustibles piled on, against, and under the buildings. When a community is threatened by wildfire, addressing these issues in advance can significantly reduce the likelihood of catastrophic loss to property. Wildland fire plays an important and necessary role in our forest ecosystems, we do have the knowledge and understanding to reduce the impacts of these fires on our homes and cabins. However, it is the responsibility of each home owner to look after their own properties.

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Maintain a 1.5 metre non-combustible surface around home and around/under decks by sweeping or raking down to mineral soil, rock or concrete, and removing all combustibles FireSmart® - Priority Retrofit Items: and plant material from this zone 3. Ensure that all vent openings have self-closing flaps, are 1. A Class ‘A’ fire-rated roof assembly offers the best protection. Examples of Class ‘A’ roofing material include metal and ember rated or are covered with 3 mm (1/8 inch) metal asphalt shingles. screening. Routinely check dryer vents and vent openings for accumulated combustible debris. Remove all debris that 2. Install non-combustible material for all vents. Should be 3 millimetre screening or ASTM fire rated vents. Metal products has built up. are recommended for vents and vent flashing. 4. Remove all combustible items, such as toys, patio furniture, 3. Some types of construction materials, such as vinyl siding firewood, cushions, decorative items and potted plants, from can melt when exposed to high temperatures, allowing the your deck and within 1.5 metres of your house, when not fire to reach the underlying wall components and penetrate in use. Store them in your home, ember resistant shed or the interior of the building. Stucco, brick, fibre cement boards/ garage. Do not store combustibles under your deck. panels and poured concrete all offer superior fire resistance. 5. Mow grass and weeds, within 10 metres of the house and 4. Select gutters and downspouts constructed of nonstructures to 10 centimetres in length, or less. combustible materials, such as galvanized steel, copper and 6. Clear vegetation and debris along both sides of combustible aluminum. Ensure metal drip edge is in place as part of the fence lines. roof assembly. 7. Remove all dead plants, leaves, and weeds, dead and downed 5. Most deck boards are combustible, including dimensional woody debris from the ground on your property. Do not store wood, plastic and wood-plastic composites. Select fire firewood, lumber piles, vehicles, propane tanks or other rated composite decking material for deck and sheath the concentrations of combustibles within 10 metres of your home. underside of the deck with non-combustible sheathing, such 8. Remove weeds, combustibles and other debris from under as fibre cement board or metal screening. Maintenance is and within 1.5 metres of large stationary propane tanks, so very important, even if the deck is sheathed. there is no combustible material near tank. 6. Wood fences offer zero fire resistance and can act as a wick directly to the home. Use non-combustible materials, such 9. Prune lower limbs on all evergreen trees (coniferous) trees on as metal, chain link, metal privacy slats, concrete, stone or property to 2 metres from the ground masonry. If a wood fence is installed, ensure there is at least a 10. Talk to your neighbours! Our Home Ignition Zones will 1.5 metre non-combustible break between the wood portion of typically overlap, so taking a grassroots and collaborative the fence to the home. For example, a metal gate with a stone neighbourhood approach is critically important. Learn more wall to break up the combustible fence and protect the home. about the FireSmart® Community Recognition Program, here https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/firesmart-communities/ Learn more about the FireSmart® Community Recognition Program at www. community-recognition-program/ firesmartcanada.ca, or call 780-718-5355, or email general@firesmartcanada.ca

The Bear Facts In Ski Country By Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator At this time of year, it isn’t only humans getting prepared for another winter season; enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and heading up to the ski cabin or winter recreation areas. Local wildlife is getting ready for winter too. Managing attractants in and around your mountain home, cabin or chalet will reduce the risk that unwanted critters will take up residence, get into mischief and become a danger. When getting our winter shelters ready for the season, consider implementing attractant management systems before the season starts, and making sure all users know the rules. If we manage attractants with bears in mind, it deters other wildlife and vermin from loitering in your space. Knowing a few key bear facts will make modifying procedures at your property easier. Following a few simple actions can avoid putting you and your neighbours at risk. Bears can smell five times better than a bloodhound. They can smell a peanut butter sandwich over a kilometre away: • Keep garbage securely stored until disposal or pick up. • Freeze really pungent foodstuffs and then put in the garbage right before disposal. • Manage BBQ’s - burn off any residue from cooking. These steps will keep out bears, raccoon, deer, dogs and rats. • Clean up everything after all outside activities, like cook outs at the fire pit. Tidy up all food related bits, such as ‘Smores’, hot dog remnants, bottles and cans.

Bears need upwards of 24,000 calories per day between August and late November to bulk up for denning: • Remove Bird Feeders (or bear-feeders), as they are a 5,000 calorie meal for a bear. Make sure only to feed the birds after December 15th until March 1st. This keeps out bears, deer, raccoon, mice, cats and rats. • If you have a backyard composter, make sure they are working, with equal parts of browns and greens, veggie or garden waste only and keep it damp. NO meats or breads. Stop using it before the hard frost and cover with lots of leaves to allow it to freeze. This keeps out bears, raccoons, rats, mice and coyotes. • Feed pets indoors and make sure no leftover food is available outside. This keeps bears, coyotes, rats and mice off your porch or patio. Keep in mind that bears will return again and again, if they obtain even a small food reward. Bears can mistake non-food items as food ~ Bears may confuse waxes, fertilizers, automotive products and even some paints as food. Keep all well sealed and stored in a secure area. Bears are well known for eating or trying to eat just about anything! Bears get up early and stay up late ~ Dawn and dusk are prime times for wildlife movement, so be cautious walking or hiking with children and pets on wilderness trails. Dogs are great alert systems, but if not on a leash can create a hazard. Bears will chase dogs, who always run back to their owners. Carrying bear spray (and knowing how to use it) can go a long way to staying safe when in bear country. Be cautious walking around your sheds and outbuilding near dawn and dusk too. Surprising a bear can make it more defensive. Wildfires can affect bears and other wildlife ~ During and post wildfire season, areas that have been subjected to wildfire along with heavy smoke (like the South Okanagan this past two years) can affect bears and wildlife causing them to be more unpredictable. This is especially true if they have had to flee their regular home range. They are looking for water, food and safe shelter in unfamiliar surroundings. Most wildlife, predators included, are range animals and can become anxious and act irrationally when a perceived (or real) imminent threat is anticipated. This can put them in conflict with other wildlife and humans. Apex Mountain and the surrounding area is a beautiful, easily accessible four-season playground, providing residents, cabin owners and visitors a stellar outdoor experience. More and more ‘new’ folks are discovering the area, buying land, cabins, condos, and chalets. Share your ‘wildlife’ knowledge with newcomers. Help keep you, your loved ones and your community safe. For more information on attractant management, visit www.rdos. bc.ca, click on the WildSafeBC tab, or www.wildsafebc.com. For a great video on how to use bear spray, visit https://www.cbc. ca/news/canada/british-columbia/spray-simple-acronym-bearspray-1.4784095 If you have a conflict with wildlife, call the BC Conservation Officer Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277. For any further questions or concerns, please contact RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Zoe Kirk at 250-490-4110 or zkirk@rdos.bc.ca. ApexMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 19

Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please email Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com. Spring Group Social Classes Commence: Penticton ~ Starts April 11th - 8 weeks • 6:30 - Romantic Night Club 2 Step, Level 1 (Learn to dance the slow songs.) • 7:30 Salsa, Level 2 (So exciting, hot moves) Summerland ~ Starts April 12th - 8 weeks • 6:30 Single Rhythm Swing, Level 2 (The most fun you will ever have.) • 7:30 Rumba, Level 1 (Sultry Latin, great for beginners) Monthly Dance Parties with lesson held in Summerland: April 27 - Swing // May 25 - Foxtrot // June 22 - Cha Cha Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered. Join the Spring Group Social Classes starting April 11th & 12th. Brian’s Dance Class ... Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

Music Is Now By Grant Henderson Music has a way of taking us on a journey into the heart, mind and soul of our being. I believe it is because music can only be enjoyed in the present moment. One cannot enjoy a song ten minutes ago, nor can we plan to enjoy it five minutes from now. Music is not something we enjoy at the end of the song, either. We enjoy it from note to note ... from moment to moment. Music is very much a part of our daily lives. Yet, so much of it we “tune out”. Elevator music is a good example of this. So, why is it there in the first place? Why have music in an elevator or a store?

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We are a group of women who get together each quarter to drink a little wine, network and give back to the community. We combine our donations to be able to offer one local charity a substantive donation, as well as to give two others $500 each. It’s a great way It is an interesting phenomenon that people often have the most to have a fun evening and make a difference. No charge to attend. fun at a gathering when there is music being played. The key to Since 2014, we have donated over $80,000 to 35 local charities. this exalted feeling is that the music is recognizable and familiar. For more information on “100 Women Who Care” or to join our Have you ever noticed that you tend to hum the last tune you group, please email info@100womensouthokanagan.com or visit heard, even if it was from a commercial? How do you feel leaving www.100womensouthokanagan.com. You can also follow us on an event where you didn’t recognize the music at all? Facebook at “100womenSouthOK”. Music is played everywhere in our daily lives to “soothe the savage beast”. That is to say, that it is presented in an effort to soothe our stresses and help us feel more comfortable within our environs.

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National Volunteer Week Is April 7-13 The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre celebrates and thanks all volunteers in our community during National Volunteer Week. The Volunteer Factor recognizes the exponential impact of volunteers and how they lift our communities. The beautiful image of the hot air balloons of different sizes, shapes and colours reflects the diversity of our community volunteers. When people volunteer together, the sky is the limit, in terms of what they can achieve.

Celebrating Volunteers - Everyone Welcome! April 12th - Salvation Army Penticton Community Church, 2469 South Main, Penticton. Starts at 12 Noon - Refreshments Served. RSVP Rose at 250-492-6494 or PentictonVolunteerCoordinator@ shaw.ca April 24th - Cherry Park Retirement Residence, 317 Winnipeg Street, Penticton. Starts at 2:00pm - Celebrating Senior Volunteers. Refreshments and Music. RSVP Michelle at 250-492-2447 or michele.coates@siennaliving.ca Volunteer Opportunities: • BC Interior RV Show - April 5-7 is seeking hosts. Contact Gayl at 250-496-5336 or info@BCInteriorrvshow.ca • Canadian Red Cross - Emergency management and equipment loans program volunteers. Numerous locations across the region. Job descriptions at www.volunteercentre. info under ‘browse opportunities’. • Salvation Army - April 18, 10 - 11:30 am Volunteer Information Session at 2469 South Main Street, Penticton. Contact Rose at 250-492-6494 Ext 202 or PentictonVolunteerCoordinator@ shaw.ca • Walk for Alzheimer’s May 5 to make a difference in the lives of people who have been touched by Dementia. Contact Abby at pentictonwalkchair@alzheimerbc.org or Mary Beth at 250493-8182 or mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org • Penticton’s 8th Annual Defeat Depression Walk - May 25, 1 pm Rotary Park. Helping our Youth. Volunteers Welcome. Call Sharon at 250-488-4895 or bcsspenticton@shaw.ca • Coast to Coast Against Cancer Tour d’Epicure - May 25th Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Beyond Kids Against Cancer, Philanthropic South Okanagan Artist ~ New Order adventure on two wheels. Visit www.volunteers.ctcacf.org Album ~ Best of New Order • Hoodoo Adventures - May 25-26 ½ Corked Marathon Oliver & Osoyoos. June 8 - Penticton Beer Run. Contact Track ~ “Blue Monday” Lyndie at 250-492-3888 or events@hoodooadventures.ca Well, it’s a “Blue Monday”, because another season has come to • Penticton Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament - June an end. Even though it was not as great of a season as the last few 10-16. Hospitality help wanted. Contact Betty at 250-494years, we did have some good days out there. 7999 or blhunt@shaw.ca All the Apex staff did a fantastic job with what Mother Nature and Find more ways to contribute at www.volunteercentre.info under Ullr gave us. From the maintenance crew dealing with the hiccups “Browse Opportunities”. Register as a volunteer for volunteer of the stocks chair, to the groomers working with little snow to opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer create fresh cordory each morning, to the lifties and front end Gathering. Everyone is welcome. April 24 from 11:30 am to staff who always had a smile, and the patrol who wanted to open 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by up more terrain sooner, but simply could not for safety reasons. April 19 to info@volunteercentre.info or 1-888-576-5661. The restaurants kept us fueled for the day ahead and helped us celebrate après. All the mountain staff worked hard to ensure your day was the best it could possibly be, regardless of what the weather was doing. So now, let’s look forward to next season. I hope your next “Blue Monday” is one with a fresh 30 cm dump and blue bird sky day! Thanks for listening and ski you next season! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. ApexMatters.com | April 2019 | Page 21

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Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer! By Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter

Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little Now that Spring has finally sprung, everyone has an excuse to fill assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the their homes with sweet aromas to match the blossoming flowers project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ can assist to whatever outside. My personal favourite sweets to bake are pies! Okay, in level of assistance you need. Call for your free quote today. the nature of being honest, I got this really beautiful ceramic pie Below is a recent renovation, where the entire inside was dark, dish and I just couldn’t wait to try it out. I opted for a classic, Apple outdated and needed a serious overhaul from top to bottom. The Pie, and this one was out of this world delicious! kitchen, living room and bathroom were completely renovated and To begin, combine 2 ½ cups of flour with 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar an additional powder room was added on. Many custom handand 1 tsp. of salt in a medium sized bowl. Next, add ¼ cup of made features were added in to personalize the space. Give me a vegetable oil, blending together with a fork. Once incorporated, call and we can discuss your ideas and options for a better home. add 1 cup of cold butter that has been cut into small pieces and blend together (preferably with a pastry blender) until the mixture looks evenly crumbly in texture (you want to be able to see small pieces of butter). Stir in ¼ cup of cold water and 2 Tbsp. of vodka and mix together just until the dough comes together, trying not to use your hands as much as possible. Shape the dough into 2 disks and wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerating for at least 20 minutes. The dough can be made ahead of time and chilled in the fridge for up to 48 hours, or it can be frozen for up to 3 months’ time. If freezing, be sure to thaw dough in the fridge before rolling for pie dish. Once the dough is ready to be rolled, having removed it 15-30 minutes before rolling, preheat the oven to 400°F. Begin by slicing 3 large gala apples into ¼ inch thin chunks. You do not have to be precise during this process, as long as the apples are the same width, differing sizes add texture to your pie. Start by cooking apples in a saucepan with 2 Tbsp. of butter for 3-5 minutes, until apples are soft but not mushy. Next, add 2 Tbsp. of fresh citrus juice to the pot. I used freshly squeezed orange juice, but lemon works perfectly fine. Once the juice has reduced by half, add ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of nutmeg and remove the pot from heat, setting aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your first disk into a ¼ of an inch-thick circle, slightly larger than your pie dish. Lightly dust your pie dish with flour before placing your pie dough, pressing firmly with your fingers to ensure even distribution, before adding 3 tbsp. of rolled oats (which will help to absorb any excess liquid). Next, spoon the apple filling into the shell. To make a lattice topping: roll out your second pie dish to resemble a rectangle and cut into 10 even slices. I find it easiest to prepare my lattice topping on plastic wrap (I use the same wrap from one of my disks) and then to flip the lattice on top of the pie filling, pressing firmly around the edges and discarding of any excess. Brush your pastry with an egg wash made by whisking the yolk from 1 large egg with 1 Tbsp. of water and sprinkle with sugar before placing on a parchment lined baking tray, in the oven, for 10 minutes at 400°F. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry bake for 50 minutes more, until the crust is golden Helping the in colour and the filling Do-It-Yourself is bubbling underneath. Homeowner Cool the pie slightly before slicing and serving. Add some cheddar cheese, Jay Mallach jaymallach@gmail.com No Job Too Small if you dare, for an added Licensed & Insured 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca boost of flavour that I love! Page 22 | April 2019 | ApexMatters.com By Dee Martens

Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 8

mean, this backroom leads right into the caves and mine shafts ... it’s perfect. Then, once teens and their new dragons are matched, By Zoe Mallach they can bunk together on the north side during the transition In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, process before moving back into Crewmann or to a new city. came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started “This is going to be amazing. I can already tell. This place has to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over some years, all a ton of potential.” Kyle said, raising his hands to his hips and humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages looking around the interior. “I can totally see it!” of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without Jessie only smiled in response, but his attention was on the door dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. into the kitchen. He thought he saw something in there. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in “Hey, let’s go see what order the kitchen is in.” Jessie walked their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many towards the flip door, and pushed it. Inside was just what he more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every expected, but a set of white stairs in a spiral fashion stood strong generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and in the corner of the old and beat up mining camp kitchen. He saved those who did not. Here is the 8th and Final Chapter ... glanced back to Kyle, who only shrugged and smiled in response, “Are you sure that this is the best place that your Dad won’t find and Jessie looked back to the stairs with a look of confidence. you? I mean, I have heard that he has eyes and ears across He marched towards the stairs and slowly placed his left foot on Crewmann.” Kyle said, walking towards a very old and abandoned the first stair, relived to know that it didn’t break under his weight. mining camp with Jessie and his dragon at his side. The main Jessie continued this process until he made it to the top, where he two-story building and numerous bunk houses looked as if they was surprised even more. An apartment for two was on top of the had a colourful history of its own. All the windows were dirty or cookhouse, only making the diner-apartment combo the best place broken, front doors withering down, and vegetation grew uneasily for the two teenager’s plans. It was complete with a living space, by the front entrance and walkways. It was a colour of what its own kitchen, two separate bedrooms and a single bathroom. seemed a white, with a bright blue outline of the doors, windows, “This place is absolutely perfect for what we need. Of course and a trim of the same blue at the top of the buildings outside wall. everything here is a fixer-upper, but we got this. We can do this.” The bunkhouses were in the same rundown state, but still had Jessie said triumphantly, looking back at Kyle with a new found somewhat usable beds and beat up furniture inside. assurance and buoyancy. Kyle shook his head with a smile, and “Yes I’m sure. My dad pays no attention to this old mining camp, Walter with a happy look in his eyes. Acer nudged Jessie’s cheek. because it’s just outside the town limits, plus it can’t be seen unless “I’d say that we can get this fixed up to be functional and modern, you travel down this unserviced road. He doesn’t care enough for with a retro twist, in about 2 months. That is if we keep working this forgotten place.” Jessie scoffed, now by the front doors. He on it.” Kyle said. Jessie nodded; Acer licked Jessie’s cheek with slowly ran his fingers down the old glass in the window of the door. reassurance. “We can do this ... a shelter for dragons and teens!” Scared it may fall off its hinges, Jessie gently pushed the door open. It made a loud squeal, but stayed where it was meant to be. ABOUT 2-3 MONTHS LATER ... Inside, a long bar, the colour white with a line of blue running In honour of Jessie’s mother, a bright blue neon sign illuminated through the middle, stood at the left of walking in, discarded plates, the words, “Nicole’s Dragon Den” above the entrance of the new utensils, and a white fridge were discarded behind it. Bar stools shelter. Rose and lilac bushes and other flowers grew in front of the colour of the blue from outside, were toppled over, forgotten, the building and around the walkways. The buildings shined with along with old pieces of faded papers and napkins. On the other new paint, doors and windows. It felt like a safe place to call home. side of what we realized to be an old cookhouse, were small blue Inside the main building, the bar by day became a place for teens booths, some tattered with petit pieces of wood and cotton coming to enjoy a cup of coffee and quick nourishing meal for a reasonable out. Tables were dusty, the ground cracked, and lights smashed, price. Booths were filled with cheerful people enjoying desserts or but it was an easy fix with the amount of money they took from simply being sociable playing cards or board games. A single pool table stood in the far corner, giving another option for inclusive Jessie’s Dad and the carpenters Jessie and Kyle knew. “This is perfect.” Jessie smiled, observing every nook and cranny. play. At night, the bar filled with locals for cheer and live music. Kyle walked behind him, walking towards the bar, and noticed a A notable sight were dragons flying, helping or walking around in the shelter. The outcast teens without dragons were welcomed flipping door leading to what seemed the kitchen. “I agree.” Kyle smirked, looking back at Jessie. Their eyes filled with open arms, understanding the simple rule ... never dare to with hope and wonder, Walter and Acer now perched on their steal a single dragon, otherwise they would definitely be banned for life. No dragon tried to escape, unless they chose a single owner’s shoulders. person to be their owner and then moved away together. “Dude, I can bake and cook here, giving food to dragons and teenagers who need it. They can eat and drink here.” Kyle And to make sure nothing went wrong, was Jessie the co-owner motioned to the bar. “And there,” he motioned to the line of blue of the shelter and the night bartender, with Acer, the alpha of the dragons occupying space. Kyle was the other co-owner, also booths against the shattered and old windows. being the cook and night bartender (taking turns with Jessie), with “Yeah, and then these old bunkhouses on the south side can Walter, who helped Kyle with drinks and food. They hired additional actually be safe places for outcast teens to stay that haven’t found staff to run the shelter, with donated funds that continually came in. their dragons yet. We can house the untamed dragons without masters in the old mine shafts out back, where those tunnels and Jessie’s father eventually forgave Jessie for stealing the money caves could allow for better protection and care, especially for the from his safe, but only because the shelter was named after his less social dragons that need more training before finding their wife. Jessie’s father never came to the shelter, even though he owner. I don’t want to limit them, they are such beautiful creatures.” bragged that he funded it like it was his idea to credit the success. Jessie said excitedly, rubbing his fingers against Acer’s icy head. Jessie and Kyle worked hard and played hard, and kept the shelter I believe that there is a backroom around here somewhere ... there running for many years and helped teens and dragons alike. it is and it’s way bigger than I hoped. It is perfect for meetings If you would like all 8 chapters of this fantasy adventure story as and introductions of teens and potentials dragons to match up. I published in Apex Matters, please email apexmatters@telus.net.