Apex Matters February 2019

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Apex Matters

Volume 15 : Issue 6 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

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February 2019

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Valentine’s Day & Family Day By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters I love Valentine’s Day at Apex! Spending a day in the snow with my loved one, enjoying a great meal, wine, chocolates, and of course, lots of snuggles to stay warm. Check out the many Valentine’s Day specials at Apex, all designed for enjoyable lasting memories. On Monday, February 18th, how will you spend your Family Day? I love this new statutory holiday. A day specifically meant to spend with your family doing the activities you love, or perhaps trying something new together. Apex is offering 50% off lift tickets for this special holiday, when you show your BC or Alberta ID. So, get up here to enjoy your Canadian Family Day together at Apex! On a personal note, I would like to extend a huge thank you to my Apex family for their amazing support after my Dad suffered a stroke on Christmas Eve in Oregon while visiting my sister. Helping with the medivac back to Canada, I am simply overwhelmed with gratitude and love for my Apex family. While my Dad is now stable, there is a long road of long term care ahead. Please make sure you purchase medical insurance every time you leave Canada. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed monthly from September 2018 through April 2019. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland, and Apex Mountain and Nickel Plate. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 15th season in print! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2019 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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February 2019 Special Events: Feb 1-2 - Cornstarr plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22 - Friday Night Special ~ Lift Tickets for T-Bar & Magic Carpet, Rental Equipment and Tubing are all just $7.50 + GST each. Feb 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Wednesday is Ladies Day! Feb 7, 14 & 21 - Long Table Dinners in the Longshot Wine and Tapas Bar Feb 9 - Brewski - Receive 25% off lift tickets for Feb 9 & 10 when you show your 2019 Brewski ticket at the ticket window. Feb 9 - Mike Mackenzie plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Feb 14 - Valentine’s Day! - Enjoy 2 for 1 at the ticket window when you say something ... i.e. “Roses are red, violets are blue, can we ski for 2? Join in the Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt - Find the ”Kissing Booths”, then #LoveApex to your photos to win prizes. Feb 16 - Jack & Jill play live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Feb 18 - Family Day! - Receive 50% off a full day lift ticket when you show your BC or Alberta license or proof of residency. Feb 23 - DJ Rob plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Mexico Spring Break Loppet ~ Nickel Plate is once again hosting the Mexico Spring Break Loppet on Saturday, March 30 at 10 am. The race is a skiathlon that features 15 km of classic technique, followed by 15 km of skating technique. Do the race solo or with a partner. This is a really fun and challenging event. There will be shorter distances for skiers under 19 years of age. Anyone over 19 years of age who participates in the race will be entered in the main draw prize for a trip for 2 to Mexico. Trip includes airfare and 6 nights hotel accommodation. There will be prizes for best costumes too. Thank you to our major sponsor, Los Suenos in Sayulita, Mexico. Register online at Zone4.ca. If you are available to volunteer or have questions, please contact Carolyn at vp.nickelpn@gmail.com. Wax For Sale ~ Nickel Plate Nordic now has a small selection of glide and grip wax available to purchase. Choose from: Swix V Grip Wax - $14; Swix VR Grip Wax - $25; or Swix Bulk 180g LF Glide Wax - $69.90.

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Congratulations Rick ~ Rick Watson, one of our part-time instructors, recently accomplished his Level II CANSI Certification at Nipika Ski Resort. (Rick in photo below.)

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5 Week Skate Course ~ Back by popular demand, we are offering a second round of our 5 Week Skate Course. The next course start date is Saturday, February 16th. The lesson starts at 10:45 am and runs until 12:15 pm. The cost is $180 + GST.

Photo above and to right - Participants in the current 5 Week Skate Course.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Are On The Rise By Patrick Brouwers, NP Junior Racer The Nickel Plate Junior Racers had an amazing start to January. On January 5th and 6th, Nickel Plate Nordic hosted BC Cup and OK Cup races with over 400 participants. Fred Albrechtson excelled by winning both his races, while Benjamin Wilkie took a 1st and 2nd in his races and Thomas Wilkie finished 3rd. Although not all Junior Racers competed at these races, those that did were Nordic machines that gained many points for the team. In more recent news, the Junior Racers attended the BC Teck Cup #2 in Revelstoke on January 25 and 26. With over 300 competitors participating in the races that weekend, coupled with a grueling course, meant every member of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers had to dig deep and step up to the challenge - and step up we did! Leading the Junior Racers was Fred Albrechtson who easily took 1st place in the 7.5 km skate ski and finished with 3rd in his age category after an exciting finish in the 900 m sprint. Matthew Broder and Caitlyn Michael also finished well in the sprint B-Finals. The rest of the racers were a force to be reckoned with, as they again worked hard to bring in many points for the team.

Fresh Snow On Nickel Plate Trails - Photos by Rick Leslie on January 24, 2019.

As the season progresses, the Junior Racers are growing into an amazing team, experiencing plenty of success and even more camaraderie. Practicing together three times per week, our friendships and skills just keep getting better and better. We look forward to competing in future races. Look out Nordic racers, Nickel Plate is coming for you!

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Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S HAPPENING February 28th - March 3rd ~ FIS NorAm Grand Prix - Single & Dual Mogul Event. Apex Freestyle Club will be hosting the final NorAm Cup this season. It is one of five continental cups in the FIS series and considered a stepping stone to the World Cup circuit. Get front row seats to all of the action by signing up to help out on the course! Mogul skiing not required. Visit www.freestyleapex. com/events/volunteer-signup/ Save The Date! March 2nd Apex Freestyle Club Live & Silent Auction. You’re invited to join us Saturday, March 2nd from 4-6pm in the Gunbarrel Saloon. Tons of awesome items are up for grabs from local wine and art to fishing lodge vacations and much more. Left - Mogul course open for training. Right - Olympic Sit-skier and Executive Come out and help support your local freestyle ski club. Director for BC Freestyle, Josh Dueck, giving Nate Parsons his medal.

NEWS A huge thank you to all our parent volunteers and Apex Mountain Resort staff for all of your help in making a super successful Timber Tour event! Athletes aged 7-17 from around the province came to Apex Mountain Resort from January 17-20 to participate in single moguls and dual moguls, as well as Super Youth slopestyle and big air disciplines. Apex Freestyle Club athletes took home some hardware with 25 medals from the first Timber Tour & Super Youth event of the season! Apex Freestyle Performance Team dominated the podium in the U18 category in Single and Dual Moguls, with double gold medal performances by Ethan Phillips and Nozomi Emura and double silver medal performances by Nate Parsons. In the U16 category, Alec Henderson earned triple gold, earning a top spot on the podium at every event (slopestyle, single and dual moguls). On the female side, Ainsley MacDonald claimed the silver medal in single moguls and a bronze medal in dual moguls. Another double gold performance goes to U14 athlete, Leda Walker, taking the top spot in both single and dual mogul events. Other U14 podium spots include a bronze medal for Grady Parsons in single moguls and a silver medal in dual moguls. Sharon VanSchalm, U14 competitor, also earned two bronze medals in slopestyle and dual moguls. All other U14 boys placed top 10 respectively in single moguls.

The Apex Freestyle Performance Team and Coaches.

Our young Freestylerz did exceptionally well at the Super Youth Challenge, with a U8 triple gold podium sweep in all events by 7 year old, Francesca Farcau. Lillian McCaughey also got two silver medals, one for slopestyle and one for single moguls. Charlie Longstreet took home two medals, one bronze for slopestyle and one silver for big air. U12 athlete, Emelie McCaughey, took home the silver medal in single moguls and U14 skier, Nolan Cornell, took home the bronze medal in moguls.

FUNDRAISING We need your help! Our club is actively seeking donations, big or small, for our Silent Auction Fundraising Event, being held on Saturday, March 2nd in the Gunbarrel Saloon. The deadline for donations is February 24th. Please contact Terri Parsons at 250-462-2351 or email terrip@ shaw.ca to donate to the club’s silent auction event. Page 6 | February 2019 | ApexMatters.com

Apex Mogul Courses - Kristi’s Run on the left and Andi’s Alley on the right.

What’s New At The Edge? By Chad Henderson and Colin Mottershead February already? And, just like that, we are to the halfway point of the ski and board season. January came to a close about the same as it started, with a lower snow pack than normal, but with loads of locals still up and enjoying everything the mountain has to offer. We may not have had as many powder days as we like, but we certainly are fortunate to be above the clouds and enjoying blue skies and sunshine. Not a bad alternative. The Edge Bistro has had fun serving up coffees and hot meals to all the snow enthusiasts who are getting out to enjoy the slopes, snowshoe trails, and ice-skating fun times. Our “Edge Event House” has had several sold-out events throughout the month, and Locals Night and Staff Nights have been a huge hit too. Be sure to join us on Instagram or Facebook, so you can get the calendar and event updates as we book up quickly! Contact us anytime at theedge@nethop.net, if you have any ideas or would like to discuss events at “The House”. Thanks again for a great month, and let’s look forward to more snow in February!

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Great Cabin Recipes Valentine’s Day Easy & Wonderful Flank Steak Recipe By Dee Martens While I may not be a big fan of the annual ‘Love Day’, I am a big fan of cooking a wonderful meal for (or with) someone you love! For that reason, I am going to give you a fool-proof recipe that is sure to please both yours and your loved one’s palettes. The following flank steak recipe is made with the most aromatic and flavourful brown sugar, garlic and soy marinade – trust me, it is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Begin by preparing your marinade: in a medium bowl, mix together 6 cloves of garlic, smashed and sliced thin, 3 tbsp. of brown sugar, 3 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce and 3 tbsp. of dijon mustard. Once mixed, the marinade should have a pastelike texture. Next, soak 1 bunch of green onions in a shallow dish with one inch of water for 5-10 minutes before charring them on a grill (or in a cast-iron skillet in a 400˚F oven). Once charred (not too burnt, but dark brown on the ends), mince the white and light green part of the onions into small pieces. Add diced onions and 2 tsp. of coarse salt to your marinade and set aside. On a clean surface, lay out two large pieces of cling-wrap, ensuring that the edges are overlapping on one side to create an extra large rectangle. Next, take your 2 lbs of flank (or skirt) steak and pat to dry with paper towel before setting your meat in the center of the cling-wrap. Pour the marinade mixture generously over the steak and pull the sides of the cling-wrap together until the steak is tightly sealed and the marinade is covering the entirety of the steak - I used a smaller piece of cling-wrap to ensure that the ends were sealed tight. Marinate the steak over night or for a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge. Preheat the grill to high (or if you’re using a cast iron skillet, add 3 tbsp. of oil to the pan and place it in a 400˚F preheated oven for 3-5 minutes). Remove the marinated steak from the cling-wrap and place steak directly on the grilll (or hot pan), allowing the steak to cook on one side for 3 minutes without being disturbed. Flip and cook the steak on the other side for another 3 minutes, undisturbed. Continue to flip the steak and cook it for 3 minutes on each side until the steaks reaches your preferred doneness (I flipped it one more times for a total of 9 minutes ‘cooking’ time for the perfect medium-rare). Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before slicing it in thin slices, along the grain. This meal is excellent when served with roasted garlic Parmesan roasted potatoes. To cook these, simply combine 2 lbs of red potatoes (cut into 1 inch pieces), 2 tbsp. of olive oil, ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 3 cloves of minced garlic, ½ tsp. of oregano, ½ tsp. of salt and ½ tsp. of pepper in a bowl and toss to cover potatoes. Next, add potatoes to a non-stick baking sheet and roast in 400˚F oven for 30-35 minutes (or until golden brown/crisp). If you are making the steak in the oven as well, preheat the oven to 425˚F instead. Page 8 | February 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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On The World Cup Ski Cross Circuit By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni I have been really busy training and studying. I started Geomatics at SAIT in Calgary in January. Then, I took a week off to compete at the Blue Mountain World Cup. I placed 7th there, which qualified me for the World Championships at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah. I was 2nd out of 4 Canadians and they take 4 guys and 4 girls. The World Championships will be my last World Cup Race of the season, because I will be going back to school.

With family to cheer him on, Reece Howden placed 7th in a World Cup Ski Cross Race held at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario. This qualified him for a spot in the World Championships at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah.

Apex Ski Club Update By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Apex Ski Club had a banner month of racing! What a month the club has had. U16/18 headed off to Sun Peaks Resort in the second week of January for their first provincial race. The group competed in GS and Slalom over the 4 day event. We felt like we were well prepared from having amazing training at Apex over the month of December. What the resort lacked for powder was an amazing learning environment for everyone who was able to get out there. Heming Sola claimed the GS title, as well as the Slalom title. Noa Rogers claimed a Slalom win, as well as 2nd in Slalom and 3rd in GS. These are historic results for Apex Ski Club, having a male and female take wins at the Provincial level. This was the first time ever for the club. Both racers will attend Canada Winter Games later in February. Ana Large, returning from an injury which caused her to miss last season, was really solid with 4 top 10 finishes (8th, 6th, 6th and 10th). The other athletes in our group skied amazing as well. Everyone who attended, Jaras, Jake, Conner, Peter, Adam and Blanka, all skied with top 20 results, which is so good for our group. Just a super event for the kids.

Noa Rogers claimed Slalom Gold & Silver, as well as Bronze in GS at Sun Peaks.

Our U12/U14 group traveled a week later to Sun Peaks Resort for the Okanagan Zone Race. Again, some great results by this group! In U14, Sam Lawlor took the podium Gold twice. Sienna Blaser took a Silver. Molly Raymond took a Silver over the weekend as well. In the men, Tal Exley was on fire taking Gold in day one and then received “Most Improved”. Max Gainey took a Silver as well over the weekend. All the U14 racers skied so well! The U12 Group had an amazing weekend. Madi Seddon showed speed all weekend, taking a Gold on Sunday. Balint Gerloczy showed speed as well all weekend and on Sunday he claimed a Silver. The group was really skiing well! Next up for the U14, U12 group they will travel to Revelstoke for a GS later in February.

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Apex Carvers ~ We are one month into the program. So fun to watch these rippers building confidence on our amazing mountain. Every weekend the coaches come back expressing how much better they are getting. Very cool program for kids aged 5-12 years old. This group has a south event hosted by the club and the resort at the end of February. The kids all do a couple runs in a dual event followed by a rewarding hot dog at the club cabin. Don’t forget to register for our 3 Day Camps during Spring Break. Registration can be done online at www.apexskiclub.com. Heming Sola claimed GS Gold and Slalom Gold while competing at Sun Peaks.

Always stop by and watch these kids working hard on their craft. Big shout out to Apex Resort for all they do. See you on the slopes.

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Dino’s Diaries & Conversations By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide This issue’s conversation is with Kay Scarfo. Kay loved hiking and cross country ski touring. She is a longtime member of the Penticton Outdoors Club of which most of her activities were with. Kay is 94 years old. (A reminder, my comments are in brackets and italics. Unfortunately, Kay did not have any digital photos to share and I without a scanner apologize.) Have you got a favorite area that you like to recreate in? ~ We either went up to the Apex area or Carmi, depending on the weather. If it was milder, we went up to the Apex area. (Any favorite trail?) No, I enjoyed them all equally. What does getting outdoors do or mean for you personally? ~ From the first time we went out (skiing), we enjoyed it so much we couldn’t get enough. (You went out for the sun and scenery?) Yes, it was just so great to get out there! Every day we couldn’t wait to go out again! (I’m that way too.) How many years have you skied for? ~ I started skiing in about 1975. The Prowse’s had brought in cross country ski equipment, so my late husband (Harry) and I bought all the necessary gear. My husband had been to see Dr. Brad Houstan for an appointment. Brad asked my husband what he did for exercise and he explained that we had just bought all new cross country gear. Brad said, “That’s what you need to do. You should also think about joining the Outdoors Club”. We didn’t join the club right away rather went out on our own. Then one day while skiing up Carmi, we ran into a group of skiers. We were having trouble getting use to the skis. They were friendly, they not only asked us to join them, but also waxed our skis for us. These were members of the Penticton Outdoors Club, which we then joined. I stopped skiing in about 2004. Nearly 30 years of skiing. What other sports did you get involved in? ~ Just hiking all summer and skiing all winter. I grew up in Winnipeg and skated a lot there. Any other stories you would like to talk about? ~ We had a lot fun and a lot of laughs. At times we were out skiing when it was 25 below and asked ourselves,”what are we doing out here?” Also, I broke a shoulder and a wrist one time. Art Dewitt was one of our main leaders and trail breakers. Sometimes he would tell us to wait and off he would go. When he came back, he would say, “well, we’re not lost, but we’re making good time.” (As in we’ve just gone astray?) Yes. Now he has had two knee replacements (Wow!) and two strokes and still goes out on his own. (Wow!) He phones someone to let them know where he was going and if he’s not back by a certain time to let someone know. He is close to 80. What is the longest ski you have done? ~ I can envision the beginning of a trail, but not usually where it went. I remember that we skied and skied and skied. It was up Apex way. I asked Brad how far we had gone and he said 9 miles and then we had to go back. That was a long day! Most of our outings were all day. Page 10 | February 2019 | ApexMatters.com

And now, for a bit of my Diaries ... Wednesday, January 23rd ~ As I make my living as a house painter, I am usually more than happy to take on work at Apex, as I can usually fit in a ski or snowshoe. This was the case today, as my job was completed at noon. My plan was to head over to “Cemetery Road” and ski that area. The night before brought fresh snow, which accumulated to about 25 cm or so. I was looking forward to some great powder; however, lunch at The Edge Bistro came first. As I was about to head over, I got a call from my friend Frank. He was cross country ski touring in the meadows below the Apex Proper Road saddle. Somehow an alpine skier had made his way off of the Grandfather’s Trail and into this meadow, way off course! Frank would guide him to the corner of Nickel Plate Road/Winters Creek Road/Powerline Road. I would drive out and pick him up there and take him back to the village. How does one get so far off the ski runs? On a big pow day? Not sure. But, it did give me something to write about.

Fresh Powder Morning on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Driving out to Cemetery Road was an adventure in itself, as the road had not been plowed past Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Gotta love new studded tires! I skied a short section of regrown cut block and was amazed at the lack of base, practically right down to the bottom. Wumffing happened every 5 meters, which made for tough going. After skiing a short loop, I decided to head back to my truck to enjoy a nice cold beverage in the nice warm sun. Gotta love it!

Cut Block Wumffing Stay tuned for a story in the next issue of a new adventure for me ... A ski trip to Little White Mountain.

Locals Rock Locals Night By Julia Valenti, Member of Garage Groov The first Locals Night of the season on Friday, January 25th was a huge success! Thanks to a full house turn-out of 60 attendees, who rocked The Edge Event House in fine, boisterous style. The Edge Bistro created a most fabulous roast beef buffet that truly deserved the rage reviews it was getting that night. Bar staff was kept hopping and did so in a timely manner all evening ... the lineup was continual, but the wait was short. A tribute to the efficiency of seasoned Bistro employees. A 60th Surprise Birthday gathered together 20 revelers, adding to the festivities. Other tables were filled out with the usual Apex suspects, who lived up to their party vibe reputation, filling the dance floor from the first tune at 7:30 to the last at 10:50. Opening the live music for the evening was a trio of guitar slingers, who got the people primed with some folk tunes and a home grown song about Apex itself.

“Thank You” From ApexHockey.com By Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer

Apexhockey hosted 3 outdoor hockey events at Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments took place in January. The Shootout was made up of 14 teams from all over BC and Alberta. Winners were “Hwy 97 Brewers” from Penticton in the There was lots of singing along to Garage Groov’s tunes from the Old-timers Division. The Recreational Division was won by the 60s, 70s and 80s with a few old cowboy and swing tunes thrown “Oilers” from Abbotsford. The Women’s Open Division was won by in ... Rawhide got the rodeo going with horse bucking imitations a new team to the tourney, “The Ravens” from Langley. exhibited in exuberant manner on the dance floor. Boots was a The Firefighters Hockey Tournament was made up of 16 teams ladies only dance and they were in full-on get down mode, swinging from as far away as California, Oregon and Kitimat, BC. The A each other around and belting out the chorus without reservation. Division was won by the “Richmond Firefighters”. The B Division There was a call made for a guy’s only song, but that stumped the was won by “Surrey Firefighters”, and the Ladies Division was won band. However, now the band will search for a song of that nature by a new team called “Kanakas”. to play and will be interesting to see if the guys will actually have The third event, called the Shotgun Hockey Tournament, had the balls (ha, ha) to get out on the dance floor together next time. 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from BC, Alberta and An impromptu rendition of the Hokey Pokey in the last quarter of Washington State. Winners of the A Division were the “Value the evening saw a conga line formed and some confusion as to Village People” from Aldergrove. B Division winners were a which arm or leg to put in our out, largely due to the singer in the new team called the “Ice Wolves” from the lower mainland. The band not remembering which arm or leg she had just sung about! Women’s Division saw two local teams fight it out with the “Ice Big accolades to The Edge Bistro and staff for creating a wonderful Winers” defeating “Hatrick Swazey” in a hard fought final. dinner and smoothly operating evening. However, there would We know everyone enjoyed the mountain activities. Many of these have been no party without the partiers who supported this event participants ski and board during the day and play a game of by attending, and more importantly, by getting into the groove and hockey, then enjoy the night life Apex has to offer. raising the bar on fun with their all out desire to participate and I would like to thanks all the teams for participating and the have a good time. Nothing is more satisfying for a band than to Apex staff who worked so hard to keep the event going during see people dancing and singing along. Apexers, you are the best the adverse weather conditions. I would also like to thank all the audience any band could hope for and Garage Groov left that residents at Apex Mountain for having the hockey world invade night with hearts full of gratitude, infused with enthusiasm for the your space. A special thanks goes to our tournament sponsors, next band practice and for finding that perfect “men only” dance being Highway 97 Brewery and Jackson Triggs Wines. Hope to song ... hmm, YMCA comes to mind ... See you next time! see everyone next year! For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.

Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ Foster The People Album ~ Torches Track ~ “Pumped Up Kicks” Since the last issue of Apex Matters, we’ve had a little snow here and there, and then one big dump of 25+ cm. It’s been adding up, which has allowed more terrain to open, such as one of my favourite areas being the “Gun Runs”. When you do head down these runs, “get pumped up”, ride light and cautiously like a gun was just shot. There are still unseen hazards out there, so please ride like your life depends on it ... well, you now what I mean! February is usually a great month for snow. So, keep up those Ullr snow dances and perhaps a prayer to Ullr too. Ski you later! 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 | February 2019 | Page 11

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Planning For Retirement In 10-15 Years By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities.

With retirement at least 10 years away, you might be thinking about your plans for life after work Start with a financial plan ~ If you have an existing financial plan that’s due for an update, or if you’ve never had one created, this is the time. With an all-encompassing financial plan, you’ll have a better sense of the income you’ll need in retirement and actionable strategies that can help bridge any gaps in your income. Ride the RRSP bandwagon ~ Canadians contributed over $40 billion to their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) in 2016, according to Statistics Canada - and it isn’t hard to see why: investment income in your RRSP is earned on a tax-deferred basis, so you don’t pay any tax on it until you withdraw it. By that time, you’ll be retired and likely in a lower tax bracket due to earning less income. The result? Greater potential investment growth compared to a regular taxable account.

Consider an Individual Pension Plan (IPP) ~ An IPP is a defined benefit pension plan established by an incorporated business owner or professional that may enable you to make higher contributions compared to an RRSP, and enhance your retirement income. The contributions are tax-deductible to your corporation, making it ideal for self-incorporated professionals and ownermanagers. The Retirement Compensation Agreement (RCA) ~ RCAs enable high-income earners such as senior executives to receive retirement benefits equivalent to what you would have received if you had not been subject to the contribution limits on registered plans. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible by your employer and are not taxable to you until you receive the benefits, when you may be in a lower tax bracket. Don’t forget non-registered investments ~ Even if you’ve contributed the maximum to your RRSP and TFSA, you might still need to save more to maintain your current lifestyle when you retire. By diversifying the stocks, fixed-income and cash investments in your savings plans, you build in protection from the risk of losing income from poor investment performance in any one sector, region or company. Speak to us to help determine a suitable investment mix for the time you have to invest and your comfort level with risk.

Consider insurance to build wealth ~ Instead of exposing your non-registered investments to a high tax rate, consider investing through a tax-exempt life insurance policy. The income generated by your assets accumulates tax-deferred, as in a registered plan. For retirement income, simply use the insurance policy as collateral to secure a tax-free loan. When your estate is settled, the loan is repaid with the insurance proceeds, and the remainder Maximize your Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) ~ With a goes to your beneficiaries, also tax-free. TFSA, you can make contributions that grow tax-free, and you can Plan for business succession ~ If you own a business that you make withdrawals any time, for any reason, also tax-free. What’s plan to sell, speak to your tax advisor early in the process about more, any amounts you withdraw are added back to your available restructuring the business ownership to minimize taxes on sale. contribution room the next year. In addition, TFSA income and Talk to us today, and as your retirement plans evolve, to learn withdrawals will not impact any federal income-tested benefits you more about tailoring a retirement strategy appropriate for you. may be entitled to, once retired, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or Old Age Security (OAS). If you haven’t This information is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal yet opened up a TFSA, you can “catch up” on previous years’ advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or contribution room - a total maximum of $57,500 for the years other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy. 2009-2018 - or gift funds to a lower-income spouse so they can This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian maximize their own TFSA. Investor Protection Fund.


A little different CatMATCH this month. AlleyCATS Alliance has a pair of bonded feral cats that cannot go back to their original location. They are looking for a barn or industrial building location, where they will be able to live out the rest of their lives while working to keep the rodent population under control. Phantom is a spayed female and Trigger is a neutered male. Both have been dewormed, vaccinated and health checked. Trigger does have some digestive issues, which require him to have a special diet outside of his naturally caught meals. If you would be interested in adopting a working pair of “mousers”, please visit www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

How Are The Roads To And From Apex?

Argo Road Maintenance is the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call Argo at 1-800-663-7623.

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Gunbarrel Daily Specials & Happy Hour! Longshot Tapas Long Table Dinner Series Thursday Evenings In February!

February 7 ~ French Night ~ $45/person Salad Lyonnaise, Cassoulet, duck confit, sausage, kale Creme brulee

February 14 ~ Valentine’s Night ~ $60 a couple House made bread to share Two charcuterie items, two mains, two sweets Two glasses of wine

February 21 ~ Mexican Night ~ $45/person Tomato salsa and crisp tortilla Mole pork, dirty rice, refried beans, sour cream, cilantro Churros

Valentine’s Day at The Gunbarrel Saloon February 14 ~ $47.97 + tax & gratuities Enjoy a three course custom meal & a glass of wine!

Running Throughout The Season!

Daily Specials & Happy Hour 5-7pm Monday Mini Perogies & GB Draft Lager or Pale Ale $5 $0.50/each, increments of 10

Tuesday Taco Tuesday & Margaritas $5

Either Chicken or Beef Taco loaded with Mexican inspiration. $4 each

Wednesday $1/oz Dry Pork Ribs & $1/oz Wine

Dry Pork Ribs served with choice of sauce - Add Ranch $2

Thursday “Highway (97) to Hell” - $12 Burger & Craft Beer Apex Burger - Add Cheese, Bacon, Mushroom $2

Friday Regular Daily Shot, Cocktail and Beer Special Saturday Regular Daily Shot, Cocktail and Beer Special Sunday Family Roast Night & Caesars $5

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Ice Or Heat - Which One Is Better? By Christine Campbell, BHK, MPT, CAFCI, FCAMPT Registered Physiotherapist Should I put ice or heat on my injury? I get asked this question almost on a daily basis. Fortunately, even though there has been some controversy on this subject over the last few years, the answer is relatively simple. As the ski and snowboard season continues, I hope the following information will explain the difference between ice and heat therapy, so that you can manage your own aches and pains at home without confusion. Ice and heat both work using the same mechanism, but with opposite results. When ice is applied to tissue, the blood vessels in that area will constrict and decrease the amount of blood to the surrounding tissue. When heat is applied, the blood vessels in that area will dilate and increase the amount of blood that can reach the tissue. Inflammation is inevitable and an essential biological response following acute soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains. These types of injuries might happen if you catch an edge and injure your knee or wrist, or when you slip on some ice and roll your ankle. Inflammation is designed to protect the injured area and start the healing process. Signs of inflammation include: redness, swelling, heat and/or pain to the touch. This is where the controversy lies. If inflammation is a natural response, why are we trying to change that by applying ice? By applying ice and decreasing local blood flow, we are attempting to limit secondary damage/injury in the early stages of healing. Inflammation peaks at 24 hours post injury; therefore, it is most effective to use ice within the first 24-48 hours. Ice should be applied anywhere from 10 minutes for smaller areas (such as fingers) up to 20 minutes for larger areas (such as knees or lower back). Ice can be applied multiple times throughout the day, as long as the skin temperature has returned back to normal before re-applying. Ice can increase pain threshold and pain tolerance and thus is also a good pain management tool. Following the first couple of days after an acute injury, once the initial swelling has diminished, I always tell my patients to apply either ice or heat ... whichever one makes them feel better. This brings us to heat. Tight muscles, stiff joints and old/chronic injuries all require an increase in blood flow to help manage them. Blood is rich with oxygen and nutrients that help promote healing and increase tissue extensibility. This means that when heat is applied and blood flow is increased to the affected area, tight muscles are able to relax and stiff joints regain some range of motion. Heat can be applied for 10 to 20 minutes, but be sure to put a barrier between your skin and the heat to avoid burns. I know what you’re thinking ... “Should I hot tub after a day on the hill?” Good question! It is thought that delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), the type of soreness you would experience after going hard on the hill all day, is caused by micro trauma to your muscles, which may trigger a low-grade inflammatory response. However, the mechanism which causes sore muscles or delayed onset muscle soreness has yet to be determined. The research has shown that any modality to increase blood flow to the muscles can be beneficial. Therefore, grab a drink (of water) and hit the tub, unless you have an acute injury, then you should probably ice it. If you are still unsure about what you should use for your specific injury, or if you have taken a hard fall on the hill, make sure you book an appointment with your local physiotherapist. Stay safe out there and have fun! Page 14 | February 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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Outdoor Education Camps By Lyndie Hill In 2019, we have some amazing opportunities for kids and their families to experience the outdoors, create lasting memories and providing skill advancement and self growth. This month, registration for our unique adventure camps will open with new opportunities for an outdoor education and even spend a week at a time at overnight wilderness adventure camps at different locations throughout the valley. From mountain biking, hiking or glacier lake paddling from our Big White base camp, to multi-day paddling on Okanagan Lake, riding on the KVR trail or endless adventure and the opportunity to learn how to live off the land at Chute Lake, our communities in the valley are blessed to have the access we do to the outdoors. At Hoodoos, we offer an array of adventure opportunities, so there is no question that we are most passionate about getting kids active outdoors. Our enthusiastic staff knows the invaluable impact an outdoor education can have on our youth, and in turn our community. After all, we were once those kids!

to a range of positive outcomes, not only in social and emotional skills, but also in academic performance (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011).

With a focus on enhancing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2003), school-based SEL interventions target the same areas in which practitioners of outdoor programs report observing benefits. Programs and initiatives for young people that provide For this reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again opportunities to develop and enhance emotional self-regulation, outline the facts that support our cause by sharing a section of a and that can be delivered on a wide scale, hold considerable study done by the International Journal of Educational Research appeal and may plausibly lead to savings in delivery of healthcare, on the Impact of Outdoor Youth Programs: welfare, and forensic services during adolescence and in later Each year, millions of adolescents internationally participate in life. Current and extensive use of structured outdoor programs outdoor adventure programs such as camps and journey-based and camp experiences provides a well-resourced platform for nature experiences, often in the context of regular schooling. The promoting positive development in young people, with a capability outdoor programs sector, which includes education, government, for broad-scale implementation through secondary school not-for-profit, and commercial providers, is a large, multi-national systems. Results from a plethora of existing non-experimental industry providing tailored outdoor experiences across all evaluations and field trials are suggestive of a range of positive corners of the globe. Motivating this significant level of activity effects, including increased self-efficacy (e.g., Sibthorp, 2003) and investment is a belief in the fundamental value of providing improved self-esteem (e.g., Herbert, 1998), improved rates of young people with the opportunity to engage in, and learn abstinence from substance use (Bennett, Cardone, & Jarczyk, from, undertaking personally challenging activities in natural or 1998), reduced rates of recidivism (Wilson & Lipsey, 2000) and greater internal focus of control. wilderness environments. Consistent with this belief, there is an abundance of anecdotal support for positive effects of participation across all developmental domains, in particular, around social and emotional wellbeing. In an Australian audit of outdoor youth programs conducted by the investigators and industry partners (Williams & Allen, 2012), practitioners who were surveyed identified personal development (e.g., improving self-esteem, confidence, independence, wellbeing) and social development (e.g., improving relationships, group cooperation) as the two domains where participants in outdoor programs receive greatest perceived benefits. These benefits were cited more often than were benefits related to learning about the environment, or learning about regular classroom subjects (such as Mathematics, English, Geography, or Science). Adolescence is a watershed period in development that profoundly influences transition into adult life and subsequent patterns of functioning, health and wellbeing. As such, the adolescent years provide a unique opportunity to both prevent psychological disorders and positively influence developmental trajectories, with outcomes that will be felt long into the future (Patton et al., 2016). Improving opportunities for personal and social development in students is of particular interest to schools. The last 20 years has seen a burgeoning interest in the multidisciplinary field of social and emotional learning (Weissberg, Durlak, Domitrovich, & Gullotta, 2015). Teachers and schools have come to recognize that social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to success in school, work, and life for all students (Bridgeland, Bruce, & Hariharan, 2013). SEL programs designed to promote positive adjustment, as well as prevent problem behaviours, are increasingly appearing in educational settings (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2015), and a growing body of evidence points

The benefits of outdoor recreation and experiences within our natural environment that remove us from our comfort zones reach far beyond an individual child. At Hoodoo Adventures, we believe that all children deserve the right to take part in these experiences. If you would like to know how you can support us in our drive to give all youth in our community safe access to adventures in the wild, consider taking part in one of our fund raising events where you can play and support a cause at the same time(!) or making a donation through the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society (YORS), a not for profit that subsidizes the cost of outdoor recreation programming in the Okanagan to assure cost is not the barrier to access. For more information, visit www.youthoutdoorrecreationsociety.ca. For more information on our Summer Adventure Camps and events, visit www.hoodooadventures.ca Hoodoo Adventures is based in Penticton and has been servicing the Okanagan Similkameen since 2007. The main administration office and climbing gym is located at 131 Ellis Street in Penticton. They also operate the Chute Lake Lodge. For more information on their services, programs, special events or to book your next adventure experience, please call 250-492-3888 or email info@ hoodooadventures.ca or visit www.hoodooadventures.ca.

Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Carpal tunnel syndrome is possibly the most common nerve disorder experienced today and affects women three times more than men. Common characteristics of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling, pain or a dull ache in the fingers, hand or wrist, which is caused by a compression of the median nerve. The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in your wrist, called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. The use of a wrist splint, especially at night, reduces the pressure on the median nerve while limiting mobility. It has been found that massage therapy of the hands, arms and shoulders has been a highly successful treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome as it reduces the inflammation, promotes circulation and helps relax the muscles and tissues. Massaging of the shoulders, neck and upper back will also help reduce pain and will improve sleep. 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, conferences, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne 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.

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A Glance At Our Night Sky

Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.

Double Stars

Ursa Major, “The Great Bear” is a big constellation. It fills a substantial chunk of the northern sky and looks like a large animal, maybe something like a bear. Most of the stars are faint, apart from seven of them, with which we are very familiar; they make up the shape of the “Big Dipper”, “The Plough”, “The Saucepan” or many other names, depending on where you’re from. Starting from the end of the handle, the stars are named Alkaid, Mizar, Alioth, and going counterclockwise around the “bowl”, Megrez, Phad, Merak and Dubhe. These names are part of the enormous contribution to astronomy made by Arab scientists. Merak and Dubhe, marking the side of the bowl opposite the handle, are special. They are known as “The Pointers” because they show the direction to Polaris, the North, or Pole Star, which is an important navigation reference, although maybe, in these days of GPS, less so. Look closely at Mizar. On a dark night those of average sight will see a faint star close by. If necessary, try using averted vision. Mizar has a companion, named Alcor. If you point a telescope at Mizar, you’ll see another companion star orbiting it. Alcor has a very close companion too. This time of year the constellation of Taurus, “The Bull” is prominent in the sky. Look right from Orion or left from the Pleiades. Find Aldebaran, a bright, orange-red star. It lies at the top of a “V” of stars, which represent the bull’s head. Aldebaran is his angry red eye. Look halfway down that leg of the “V” and you will see Theta Tauri (our modern star names are nothing like as romantic as the Arab, Greek or Latin names). Each of the two stars is actually a close double star. There are many other double stars. Two of the prettiest and easiest to find are Albireo, a blue and orange pair in Cygnus, “The Swan” and Epsilon Lyrae, in Lyra , “The Lyre”. This is a quadruple star. Both look wonderful through binoculars or a small telescope. Actually, a large fraction of stars are in fact double or multiple. Why this is takes us back to how stars form. A cloud of gas and dust collapses into a disc. As it shrinks it rotates faster and faster, just as a skater spins faster when she pulls in her arms. The core of the cloud collapses to form a star, but the rest of the disc is spinning too fast to fall onto the new star, so it forms a number of other lumps, all circling the star. The planets of the Solar System formed in this way. Whether a lump becomes a planet or a star depends only on the size of the lump. If the lump is large enough, the pressure and temperature in the collapsing lump may become high enough for nuclear fusion to start, in which case we have a second star, or maybe a third or fourth. If the lump is too small, nuclear fusion does not start and we end up with a planet, asteroid or some other small rocky body. Many planetary systems have some large planets, “gas giants”; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are examples in our Solar System. If Jupiter, for example, were a few times larger, it would have become a red dwarf star. Luckily for us it didn’t. One of the most memorable scenes in the first Star Wars movie was Luke Skywalker looking wistfully at sunset on the desert planet of Tatooine, with two suns heading below the horizon. This scene would be improbable in reality. It is likely that double-star systems have planets too. However, their orbits would be very complicated and the temperature variations on those planets as they pass closer to one star or the other would make them highly unpleasant places to live. So if we seek potentially life-bearing planets, double star systems will not be the best places to look. Next Full Moon ~ February 19. Next New Moon ~ March 6.

Keeping Up With The Kids By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Some of you may know that I have two young rippers on the mountain. It brings me such joy seeing them improve over the years. Only two years ago, my youngest son was tethered to a harness. Now, he is seeking his own tracks along the little tree runs. As their skiing ability trajectory is only up, I strive to keep up and often fail at doing so. Whether it is my own skill or the aches and pains in my own body that prevent me from keeping up with my kids, I often have to succumb and let them win our races. This presents me with the question of how to slow down the aging process to have some hope in skiing alongside the younger generation. It’s true that injuries often come back to haunt you. With time and age, pain often is tied to a myriad of injury stories from over the years. To reduce the haunting pains, best to take care of those injuries today. If you haven’t recovered from the acute injury, in time you can still give yourself an upper edge by following some of these tips to keep active and to continue to do what you love. Exercise ~ Conditioning can keep you going longer on the hill. Most injuries occur when we are fatigued. That one last run phenomena. Strong muscles and greater stamina can prevent injuries, keeping you out on the runs longer. Kids naturally do conditioning with the variety of sports they are in, gym class and monkey bars. Let’s mimic this by joining a bootcamp, getting in regular fitness or bending into yoga strengthening poses. Glucosamine Sulphate ~ This can pack a punch to treat arthritis pain and inflammation. If your knees swell after a bumps day, consider trying Glucosamine. This compound is naturally found in your joint’s synovial fluid and has been shown to slow progression of arthritis by preventing cartilage breakdown. Your own body’s production of Glucosamine often abates after 40, making supplementation sensible. Glucosamine works best for those with Osteoarthritis where cartilage is lost - coined as “bone on bone”. I typically suggest for patients to give Glucosamine a 3-month trial to see if it reduces pain from the degenerative joint disease. Up Your Oils and Reduce Inflammatory Foods ~ Wild salmon. Mackerel. Herring. Cod. All of these fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. If you suffer from osteoarthritis or can’t get enough of these fish in your diet, supplementing with high quality omega 3 oil is a way to go. If your regular diet leans toward anti-inflammatory foods - think plant based organic diet - your body has a head start when it comes to any recovery process. The pain you experience after a tough day following the kids can be lessened if your body has the fuel to keep inflammation in check.

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Stay Hydrated ~ No that’s not beer or wine. You should consume half your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you feel that you are up on your water intake and very active, adding electrolytes into your day can be what you need to keep your cells hydrated. Joints are made up of a fluid filled capsule. Dehydration will affect this fluid, and as such, the cushioning in the joints. Dehydrated muscles also become stiffer, and are more prone to muscle aches and pains. Keep Aligned ~ Muscle tension or structural imbalance can create referral pain. Tight muscles or nerve impingement in the low back can cause hip pain. Knee pain can be sourced from up or down the chain - ankle instability or muscle tension in the low back. Keeping structurally aligned can help alleviate pain and keep you in top form. Having an assessment from a chiropractor can do wonders, as well as scheduling regular massage. Or if injuries are more chronic in nature, looking into injection treatments like prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma would be an option.

I encourage you to keep persevering. Kids have an advantage, as their trajectory of improvement is quite steep. But having grit and willing to keep at it, overcomes obstacles every time. So get your sleep, keep up with the strength training, eat well and above all, have fun. The way I see it, it’s great family time, even if we only are sticking together while on the chairlift or when they are seeking Keeping at your Ideal weight ~ If you are overweight, there is treats at The Edge. more pressure and stress on your weight bearing joints, being your hips and knees. Progression of osteoarthritis can slow down Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, with even modest has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet weight loss. Keeping Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at within a healthy body Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her mass index not only on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian reduces your risk for Ski Patrol. chronic disease, it also reduces your risk Blood Donor Clinics of injury. I have found the key to weight February 20, 21 & 22 loss is an individual 1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St journey. Looking at Call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca It’s in you to give! food sensitivities, hormone balance or optimal sleep can be what is needed for you to get to that ideal weight. ApexMatters.com | February 2019 | Page 17

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Exciting things are happening a Apex this year. Currently, we are waiting on RDOS Board approval to proceed, which should come on February 7th. Right now, we have a RFP (Request for Proposals) out for the supply of the metal building. After February 7th, if the Board approves, we will tender for the construction of the facility, including Subrina Monteith the concrete base and installation Director of of the building. We will be hiring a RDOS Area ‘I’ waste contractor to supply and collect garbage and recycling. Other work includes maintenance of the site and snow removal. The intended opening date is currently November 1, 2019. I have had a good turn out at my coffee events recently held at Apex. Those conversations have helped me work on the community budget. The next “Coffee with the Director” will be held on Sunday, February 10th at 10am in The Edge Bistro. An Apex Community Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 24th from 1-3 pm at Longshot Tapas. We will be going over Apex community financials and receiving an update on the Waste Transfer Station project. Staff will be on hand to present financials and discuss the waste transfer project. If you have any other questions, please contact me anytime. 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 A fully involved structure fire ensued as firefighters arrived on scene during the early, bitter morning of December 7th. An unconscious victim had been found laying in the snow just steps from the inferno. It would seem that he had barely escaped the smoke filled hut, having stumbled out, barefoot and coatless, when he collapsed on the cold ground. Neighbours, first on scene and qualified nurses, were proficient in offering the medical attention that sustained the middle aged man during the critical moments and had him safely transported in a local’s vehicle A hissing sounded from the connection and a gurgling emitted from to meet with the ambulance on it’s way up the mountain. down deep, as the hose swelled and stiffened with the pressure. Hoses were laid from the nearest fire hydrant, run down the road, Water raged through the lines and swiftly made it’s way to the and split at the driveway. Nozzles were connected and the call blaze. A cheer rose up as our local firefighters battled the flame, for water was sent over the radio. Adrenaline rushed through the suppressing the fire and cooling the nearby structures. veins of the men and women who had donned their turn out gear in the dark, with sleepy eyes, their warm beds abandoned at the It was with great relief that the situation was brought under control as quickly as it had accelerated. It didn’t take long for the team sound of the alarm. to bring the inferno to a smouldering pile of ash and rubble. The hydrant crew cracked the valve with no water to show. Could Clean up, salvage, and overhaul pursued and appreciation was this hydrant be frozen? Dry hydrant systems keep the water extended to all the locals who had assisted in the scenario. Our well below the freezing level of the earth for just this reason? local emergency siren on the barn was out of commission (recently Mechanical issues? There was no time to surmise or ponder. The repaired and in working order once again), but word travels fast flames grew bolder and urgency could be heard over the radio, in in a small mountain community and it was heartwarming to see the voices of the persons manning the nozzles. so many step up and help out. Only the cabin was lost to the There was no time to contemplate. Action was paramount at fire. All persons involved were established as safe and mending, this stage of the incident. A decision was quickly made by the while all the nearby structures were rendered unscathed. As for commander on scene to tie into the next nearest hydrant, beyond the hydrants in question, they were promptly repaired by Apex the driveway, and downhill from the now blazing fire. Mountain and are now in full working order. Firefighters leapt into action, abandoning the first hose lay as During emergency situations, often unforeseen circumstances the sun crested the horizon. Gathering more hose from the local can arise. It is our good fortune that we have such a diligent, fire boxes, tapping into the second hydrant, 4 inch hose was laid knowledgeable, and resourceful team on our local Fire Brigade, uphill and connected with the Y already ripe at the driveway. Once but tools and equipment are of utmost importance. Many of our again, the urgent call for water was heard loud and clear over the hoses are outdated, some have even burst during our frequent radio. The second hydrant was cracked and, to the dismay of all hose testing, and other vital tools are in short supply. The Apex involved, there was no show of the precious water. Fire Brigade continues it’s efforts to fundraise for desperately Moments felt like eternity as the crew awaited instruction from the needed equipment in order to maintain a certain level of adequacy members in command. It was expeditiously decided to maneuver during our emergency responses. Please assist us by making a a third hose lay from the hydrant in an adjoining neighbourhood, donation to our fundraising page at GoFundMe.ApexFireBrigade. through the forest in thigh deep snow, and approach the fire from behind. Exhausted crews promptly leapt into action once again, hauling the heavy hose through the challenging terrain with a commendable sense of urgency. Thrice now the call for water went from nozzle to hydrant. Thrice now the prepared firefighters hovered in limbo while the wrench spun the nut, opening the valve to release the crucial substance ... water.

AFBS has responded to two incidents during January, 2019. January 17, 2019 ~ At 9 pm, AFBS members responded to the fire alarm sounding at Beaconsfield. With Apex’s help, the building was walked through, the alarm found, and with no sign of fire or smoke, declared clear. January 19, 2019 ~ Just before 8pm, Kelowna 911 Dispatch notified AFBS of “Gas - Gas/Oil Smell Spill” at 156 Clearview Road. Members responded to find a propane tank leaking. After digging in the snow, the leak was found, reported to Superior Propane and tank was shut off. AFBS members, as well as a few residents, knocked on doors to warn affected units. Superior Propane was up the next day to repair the leak.

Happy Family Day 2019 From our family to yours!

Helena Konanz

Conservative Candidate

South Okanagan West Kootenay Conservative Association 250-462-8676 helena@sowk.ca

A National Park Reserve? By Helena Konanz

Supporting The Okanagan/Similkameen On Wednesday, January 23rd 100 Men Who Care - Penticton donated $6,700 to three charities serving a broad area of the South Okanagan/Similkameen. TIME Winery & Kitchen on Martin Street in Penticton generously hosted the event and provided a selection of appetizers throughout the one-hour meeting. The meeting kicked off with Jennifer Anderson, Regional Director of the South Okanagan Boys and Girls Club sharing stories of how a previous donation from 100 Men has benefitted clients. In October 2018, this group received funds to help support and grow their Community Kitchen Program that brings families together to learn how to shop on a budget, use coupons, read nutritional labels, prepare menus for nutritional meals and cooking skills. The Boys and Girls Club provides the food, kitchen facilities and supplies for this program. Jennifer read a letter from one client who shared how this project has changed their life and that of their family. The Osoyoos Desert Society received $5,360 to support their ongoing education programs and, in particular, to provide opportunities for children to connect with and learn about nature at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. The 67-acre nature education centre showcases Canada’s antelope-brush ecosystem, one of the four most endangered ecosystems in the country. Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society received $670, funds that will help promote the rich history of Okanagan Falls and the area. The Bassett House Museum, one of the rare mail order “kit houses” ordered through Eaton’s in the early 20th century and still standing, is the base for the Society and visitors can view the museum and its artifacts at no charge. The Princeton Community Arts Council also received $670. Princeton Arts Council is a hub for a variety of cultural activities in the town and area ”H”, also the work of the Council includes connecting with the rich arts heritage of the First Nations Upper Similkameen Band. A winter music concert series, local theatre and a traditional music festival are mainstays. Some of the Council’s new initiatives are an Artist in Residence program bringing artists into local schools, and opening a community art gallery. To date, 100 Men has donated $72,800 to thirty-three charitable organizations in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen region. The Spring meeting date of 100 Men will be announced shortly.

The national park reserve has become a contentious issue, particularly for those living in the South Okanagan. It would be difficult to find anyone who dislikes national parks. But when a new park has the potential to disrupt the land you live, work and play in, it is not hard to see why local residents may feel uneasy. A major issue is that it is difficult to understand the impact of the new park without laying out a specific boundary for that park. Residents and business owners may consider a park located near their homes, but many are concerned about living within or adjacent to its boundaries. There are other outstanding questions, including how will this park effect farming and ranching, key drivers of the local economy? There are also other existing stakeholders. Those who may hold crown grazing, mineral or timber rights in the impacted areas and how they will be compensated and at what cost. Indigenous rights must also be respected in this area, as a national park could potentially create a loss of resource opportunities for local first nations. On the other side of this issue, there are opportunities. An opportunity to preserve and protect an area of our region that I believe we can all agree is unique, diverse and truly special. Supporters of a national park also promote the opportunity for new economic benefits that result from increased tourism, as well as a hike in employment with new Parks Canada staff positions. As the federal Conservative Party candidate for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay (SOWK) region, I am often asked if I support this national park proposal. The challenge I have at this point is not knowing the total costs to taxpayers. From my time in public office, I have always believed in the importance of knowing the costs, so that I’m able to weigh the advantages versus the disadvantages of a national park reserve. Most of us, if asked, would never sign a blank check. Online Public Consultation were launched in late 2018 and will be available until February 28th. With it, citizens are welcome to share their views and eventually a “What We Heard” report will be prepared and shared with the public, with a goal to decide on a boundary and an approach to the management of the land by this summer. I urge all residents of this riding to participate in this survey at https://letstalksouthokanagansimilkameen.ca/Okanagan Seeking input is always good when it comes to major political decision making, provided that input is actually heard and acted upon. In this case, there are serious concerns that must be resolved and there will be potentially significant costs in addressing those concerns. If I were representing this region federally, I would insist on a transparent process and that the Liberal Government fully fund all costs to local taxpayers involved in this process. I believe we all agree on the need to protect this area of land; the question is Left to Right: Sue Walker of the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society; the national park the best way to achieve that goal and will Ottawa Valerie Blow of the Osoyoos Desert Society; and Isobel Mantle from the Princeton Community Arts Council receiving their donations at our January 2019 meeting. financially ensure that local concerns are fully satisfied?

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Discover more ways you can contribute and make a difference at www.volunteercentre.info under ‘Browse Opportunities’. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Gathering where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next Volunteer Gathering scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, includes Lunch & Refreshments. Please RSVP by Friday, February 22 to info@volunteercentre.info or 1-888-576-5661. Join the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s organizing committee in Penticton. As a member, you make a difference in the lives of people with dementia. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Walk committee helping with promotion, participant and team recruitment and sponsorships. Funds raised at the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 support local programs, services and research. Contact Abby at pentictonwalkchair@alzheimerbc.org or Mary Beth at 250-493-8182 or mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org. The Penticton Regional Duplicate Bridge Tournament is a not-forprofit organization hosting a Duplicate Bridge Tournament from June 10-16, 2019. Bridge players and their families come from all over the world to play. The Tournament held annually at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre boasts more than 3000 attendees. Hospitality and reception volunteers are needed to help out from June 10-16. Orientation provided. There are 3 shifts a day. It is desired that volunteers help out with more than one shift during the week. Everyone welcome to volunteer: Youth, All Groups (Wheel Chair Accessible). This is an exciting opportunity to greet the public and be an ambassador for the Community. Please contact Betty Hunt at blhunt@shaw.ca.

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? 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. It is an interesting phenomenon that people often have the most fun at a gathering when there is music being played. The key to this exalted feeling is that the music is recognizable and familiar. Have you ever noticed that you tend to hum the last tune you heard, even if it was from a commercial? How do you feel leaving an event where you didn’t recognize the music at all? Without a doubt, music sets the pace and the mood of any gathering. Therefore, it is wise to hire a well-seasoned professional for your event. Retro-Tunes Entertainment can bring decades of experience and personality to your special day. Call Grant today! “I do not sing because I am happy. I am happy because I sing.”

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The warmth of human connection. Share your passion and help residents at Cherry Park Retirement Residence feel better than they ever thought possible. Volunteers are wanted to teach basic computer skills to seniors every second week or every week for 1 hour. Most seniors have iPads and computers and are wanting to learn the basics like how to set up email, access internet, how to use Skype, set up banking online and social media. Bingo Callers Wanted: Mondays through Saturdays to call Bingo from 10-11 am Contact Michele Coates at 250-492-2447 or in person at 317 Winnipeg Street in Penticton or michele.coates@siennaliving.ca.

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Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master instructor Brian Udal. The Hoodoo Adventure Company is looking for volunteer help at events and activities, various roles available. Contact Chrissy There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. There is currently a Dance Practice in Summerland at events@hoodooadventures.ca or 250-492-3888. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are every Friday from 7:30-8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please looking for volunteers to help provide information to the public email for more information.

Special Olympics British Columbia is seeking a volunteer local Private lessons can be provided. Know someone getting married? coordinator with strong leadership, communication and Gift Certificates are available. organizing skills. Contact Leanne Kelly at 1 888 854 2276 or Register your place on the dance floor by calling 778.516.7272. lkelly@specialolympics.bc.ca. (Snap a picture of this ad for your convenience.) The Multiple Sclerosis Society is seeking friendly visitors for Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! residents living with MS in a long-term care facilities. Contact Rebecca Cooke at 250-314-0773 or rebecca.cooke@mssociety.ca. The Canadian Red Cross is seeking emergency management program volunteers for Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos and equipment loans program volunteers are needed for Oliver and Princeton. Find job descriptions for both programs at www. volunteercentre under ‘Browse Opportunities’.


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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 assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ can assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Call for your free quote today. Below is a recent renovation, where an interior wall was removed and custom hand-made handrails and spindles were installed. Before removing any interior wall, you must check to see if it is a load bearing wall. Not sure? Give me a call and I will let you know.

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Ahhh ... February is here. The month of forecasting rodents and forced displays of affection. Like for real though, who thought of this idea that a lazy brown pest would herald the coming of the Spring? I mean we’ve had calendars for a really long time. We should know when Spring is at this point. We’ve also (as the human race) been living where we have been living for a pretty long time. Who, in Canada, wakes up on February 2nd, throws out the parka, and says “The rat told me it was Spring!” It is super, super odd! And, what’s with the whole shadow thing? Like I could get behind “It isn’t super cold” or “It isn’t snowing”. But, no. It is largely determined by the chance of an overcast sky. I mean what if Wiarton Willie’s neighbours didn’t spring for the high efficiency fireplace and they are chugging out a bit too much smoke on a clear, crisp February morning, they will have doomed us all to more winter ... or summer. See, I don’t even know! I think if he sees his shadow that is a bad thing! So, that means good weather heralds a longer cold snap? Let’s just all go bonkers and pretend the giant hamster is immortal. OH! But they DO! In Pennsylvania, they claim their dirt rat has been alive since 1887! That fruitcake you finally threw out this year wasn’t even that old and you are pretty sure great, great grandpappy brought that over as a pillow for the crossing of the North Atlantic. This lands the mutant gerbil in the supercentenarian category. Maybe I am cynical, but I just can’t drink the kool-aid and support this madness. I mean if we were talking something real and concrete like the Easter Bunny, I am all over that. That dude is totally dope! I guess if I can look back at all this crazy groundhog madness there is a little good that came of it. I likely made you try to pronounce the word ‘supercentenarian’ and that gives me a little joy. I for one hope ‘wannabe badger’ calls for more winter. Specifically, that dude needs to get us some snow! I mean things are getting pretty desperate. My rock skis have almost become my regular skis at this point. We have had a couple of real nice powder days, but I’d really like to start skiing between some trees and not over them. It is hard when we have been spoiled so much over the last 3 (ish) years. The dumps last year were just ... mmmm. I guess we can’t win the climate lotto every year. At least not until that weather control satellite the Illuminati has been working on comes online. Until then, it is offerings of gouged skis and delaminated boards to Ullr. We could just make a huge bonfire. Maybe close enough to a groundhog’s burrow, so it casts a perfect shadow. A shadow long a dark enough to scare that bugger deep underground, so we can delight in the snow that I still have faith in that is coming soon. Happy February Everyone! Cheers!

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Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 6 By Zoe Mallach In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over some years, all humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and saved those who did not. Here is the 6th Chapter ...

certainly won’t like to see you in one of his moods.” Jessie brought a finger to his lips as he whispered, Acer now on his left shoulder. “Alright, but I thought I should’ve come over. Walter has been freaking out a bit ever since we parted, and I don’t know why.” Kyle brought his hand up defensively, as Walter climbed out of his jacket onto the carpet, looking up towards Acer. Still perched on his shoulder, Acer’s head tilted to the side, wings now spread, looking more like clear cellophane then avian joints. Jumping off Jessie’s shoulder, Acer used the breeze coming from the open window to his advantage, and descended slowly towards Walter, as Walter spread his wings in response. Acer landed next to Walter, nodded with a smile, and stretched a wing around Walter. The two teenagers watched with open mouths, unable to do, say or think anything as this happened before them. “I think this is some kind of trusting ritual or something. I would guess that’s why Walter was freaking out.” Kyle said, getting up slowly next to Jessie, as to not disturb the two small dragons. “Well duh, Captain Obvious.” Jessie scoffed, hitting Kyle in the back of the head lightly. “Ow.” Kyle glared up at Jessie with a smirk. He shook his head slightly and pushed himself off the ground so he was standing. “So, did you tell your dad yet?” Kyle asked, holding his hands in front of him. “No. I haven’t. But he doesn’t need to know. You’ve heard and seen the way he treats me. I’ve been wanting to get out of this place for years.” Jessie walked around his room, using vigorous hand motions as he talked. Kyle folded his arms, and nodded in response. Acer and Walter were still on the floor, but now flapping and playing over each other. “I can’t stand him. He treats me like I’m a child if and when he does pay attention to me. It’s crap. So for that, he deserves nothing from me.” Jessie brought his hands to his hips, an annoyed look in his eyes and serious tone in his voice, Kyle hadn’t said anything for a couple minutes, listening to Jessie rant, and observed the behaviour of their two dragons. His eyes grew wide for a second, and Jessie stopped talking. “What are you thinking?” Jessie asked slowly, moving at a leisurely pace towards his only friend. “What if we opened a safe house for dragons?” Kyle blurted, eyes expanding in size, turning and shifting his full attention to Jessie. He looked up, noticing Jessie’s features of concern and openmindedness. “I mean you obviously have the money for it, and we could find a secluded area so your dad doesn’t know about it. And, people who don’t have dragons can come and connect with the dragons we rescue or something.” Kyle had a glint of excitement in his eyes, and Jessie soon become convinced with the plan. “That’s not bad. It will definitely show my father. And, I know exactly how to do it.”

Swiftly turning around and leaning on the door, Jessie serenely takes Acer out of his hood, and lets the crystal-like organism rest in his hands. Smiling softly, Jessie locked and pushed off the door, sauntering to his bed. Acer curled his neck and tail around Jessie’s fingers, showing a soft and apologetic look in his grey eyes. Jessie only smiled small, sitting on his messy orange duvet. “It’s okay. As long as we keep you hidden, we can keep you safe.” Jessie said in a small voice, placing Acer on his pillow. A look of horror crosses Acer’s slender face, thus making Jessie pet Acer’s back scales to reassure him. “Everything will be fine. Actually no never mind, whenever someone says that, it will certainly not be fine.” Jessie took his jacket off, placing it next to him, sighing deeply. “I’ll figure something out. But in the meantime, you are gonna have to ...”. Jessie turned to his dragon, only to find nothing, but a compressed area of the pillow dipped down as if the small dragon was still there. “Impressive.” Jessie whispered with a smile. “But, if it’s alright with you, could you stay in the closet? Just for the time being?” Acer’s slowly reappeared with every scale, his head the last thing to appear, with a sour look shown across his features. “I know you don’t like it, but please? For me?” Jessie pleaded, hands clasped, and leaning forward. Acer only eye rolled and nodded slightly in response. “Thank you.” Sighing, Jessie flopped onto his bed, sinking into his mattress. He sensed Acer get up from his place on the orangecovered pillow, and move like a cat towards his owner. Claws slowly gripping into the duvet, Acer made his way onto Jessie’s chest, massaging his small and delicate head into Jessie’s neck. Jessie chuckled, and brought his warm hands up to Acer’s crystallike wings, pressing tenderly against the sensitive and fine pinions. “Only had you for a day and you already calm me.” Jessie laughed slightly, closing his hands, and bringing them to Acer’s ears, and rubbing them with his knuckles. Suddenly, he heard a soft knock on the window. Acer dug his claws into the long john material of Jessie’s shirt, causing Jessie Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the to sit up and curl around Acer, unable to tear him from the cloth March 2019 issue of Apex Matters. If you would like a copy of on Jessie’s chest. The tapping continued, along with a quiet voice. earlier chapters, please email apexmatters@telus.net. “It’s me, Kyle. Let me in, otherwise your dad is going to kick me off the property ... again.” Jessie looked over his shoulder, seeing Kyle pressed up against the glass with Walter’s small head poking through Kyle’s jacket. Jessie rushed to his feet, and speed walked towards the casement, and swiftly slid the sash up. “Get in here.” Jessie grabbed Kyle’s jacket, making sure not to get Walter in the process, and managed to pull him up through the frame halfway. Kyle let out a grunt, and succeeded to pull himself through the rest of the way sliding through the frame with ease, ending with a crash on the carpeted floor. “Keep it down, will you? My dad is already annoyed with me. He