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Is That Your Dog?
By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters Did you know that if you own a dog while at Apex Mountain you must follow the RDOS Dog Control Bylaw No. 2671, 2017? You can view a copy of this Bylaw at www.rdos.bc.ca by visiting the “Regional Bylaws” page and clicking on “Bylaw Enforcement”. Should I have my dog on a leash? Yes, your dog should be on a leash for its own safety. The bylaw requires that all dogs must be under the control of a competent person when off their owner’s property. Apex Mountain Resort requests that dogs be on a leash when in the village, as loose dogs cause dog excrement to not be picked up in the village, can scare children, can chase skiers and boarders, and create havoc on the mountain and in the village. When a dog defecates, is the owner required to remove the feces? Yes, owners are required to promptly remove and dispose of the feces. Be a responsible owner and clean up after your dog! If you cannot produce a bag when asked by an Animal Control Officer, you will likely face a fine. All calls and complaints with respect to dogs at large are fielded by calling 250.490.4113 and complaints can be emailed to info@ sossecurity.ca. All dogs 24 weeks of age or older require that the owner obtain a dog tag. Dogs found at large (not under control of the dog owner or the owner not in sight) may be impounded or a ticket/fine issued. All impoundment fees and any outstanding fines must be paid and the dog must have a current dog tag prior to being released. Any questions or concerns, call: Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator ~ 250.490.4130 Noise Complaints ~ 250.492.0911 | Animal Control ~ 250.490.4113 Published by Okanagan Matters Publications email@example.com | 250.490.6951 Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed monthly from September 2018 through April 2019. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and Naramata and around Apex Mountain. 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. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.
Strata Owners Complex
NOTICE Illegally Parked Vehicles On Roadways It was brought to Argo’s attention at our recent stakeholders meeting held on June 13, 2018, that vehicles from the Strata Complexes were parking on the roadway. Once winter is upon us, the parking of vehicles on the roadways adjacent (Strata) makes winter maintenance very difficult. If a vehicle is standing or parked in a position that causes it to interfere with the removal of snow from the roadway, Argo Road Maintenance (South Okanagan) Inc., in accordance with section 188 (3) of the Motor Vehicle Act, will have your vehicle removed for continuation of winter highway maintenance. All costs incurred for the removal, care, and storage of a motor vehicle removed under these situations shall be the responsibility of the owner of the motor vehicle, as set out in section 188 (4) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Please remind all Strata users that their vehicles are to be parked on their property or Argo will arrange to have the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation. Don’t Despair We’ll Repair! ICBC Insurance Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty Computerized Free Estimates
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Carvers Corner By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director The season is fast approaching. Soon our weekends will be full of snow activity. The club is very excited for another season, as we had fresh snow last night! We are pleased to be bringing back Shelby Naylor as the Connection Coach for the group. We are very excited to have a bunch of tired happy kids this year. We are so lucky to have such a challenging hill. I have always said, “if you can ski Apex, you can ski anything!” Apex Carvers Program is a program that can give your child the confidence and skills needed to ski for a lifetime! And, 3 Day Christmas Camps for just $99 are a great way to get the kids rolling. Program Start Dates: • 3 Day Camp #1 ~ December 27-29 • 3 Day Camp #2 ~ January 2-4 • 11 Week Program Starts January 6 ~ 1/2 Days on Saturdays • 11 Week Program Starts January 7 ~ Full Days on Sundays • Spring Break Camp #1 ~ March 19-21 • Spring Break Camp #2 ~ March 26-28 Pre-Season Checklist: • Check all equipment - Your kids have grown! • Check ‘Buy/Sell’ on our website for gear to purchase or you can post gear you would like to sell - www.apexskiclub.com • Get all bindings checked out by your local shop technician. • Wear proper socks! Good ski socks are available at your local shops and make a world of difference in your skiing experience, plus warm feet. Always make sure they are clean! Early Bird Savings ends November 15 for Carver Registration. Register online at www.apexskiclub.com today! The Club is pleased to bring Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter” to town. Friday, November 16th at Cleland Theatre in Penticton. Show starts at 7pm, but come early to check out the booths in the lobby. Big ‘Shout Out’ to Dr. Tom Evans of Eckhardt Dental for his sponsorship of this event. Tickets are $15 each and available for advance purchase at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride Boardshop, Pentagon Boardshop, True Outdoors and Hoodoo Adventures. Be sure to join this annual fun event for the entire family! Apex Ski Club U12-U18 ~ This group has been working hard during dryland training, eagerly awaiting pre-season training in late November at Apex. We are so lucky to have such an amazing training environment at Apex Mountain Resort. These kids will have what most would consider ‘a season’ by Christmas break. Such an exciting time for these kids ... it’s all for the love of skiing. As coaches, we are so lucky to help these kids on their journey through the sport. U16 members all have a chance to qualify for Canada Games this season. Exciting stuff, as this only comes around once every four years. The club is very excited for Reece Howden, who is a member of the National Ski Cross Team. Reece just returned from Europe this week and he is poised for another great year. Reece won the Noram title last season, as well as winning the National Championships. We are all super excited to watch the results come in again this year. Stay tuned for more from Reece! Marcus Athans has made the BC Ski Team, which is very exciting news for the club and kids in our program. Marcus has also just returned from Europe. We are very excited for Marcus this season. Follow us on Facebook! We post lots of photos/videos regularly.
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Volunteering At Nickel Plate Nordic Centre And It’s Surprising Beneﬁts By Tricia Wilson, General Manager With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community and even learn new skills. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. Here is a list of positions available this season at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre: • Director of Facilities • Director of Event Management • Director of Coaching • Nickel Plate Writer for Apex Matters • Social Coordinator • Fundraising and Finance
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If you are interested in what these positions may involve or would like to jump in and start volunteering, please email us at info@ nickelplatenordic.org. And, if simply joining our club isn’t enough to motivate you, read on to discover other great benefits of volunteering this season with Nickel Plate Nordic. Our Community One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people already helping and to the kids who participate in our programs. And, volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family, as much as the organization. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Friends One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
Family Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people see things grow and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know our Volunteers participating at the Nickel Plate Wood Cutting Party in October . organization in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family. Reduce Stress and Better Health The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. Please consider volunteering today, your health can depend on it.
One Nordic Ski Instructor Needed!
The Nickel Plate School Cross-Country Ski Program needs one more instructor to join our team this coming season from January 14 to March 15. The program caters to all grade levels, but our main focus is on Grade 4 & 5. We operate Monday through Friday each week with a different school each day. Prospective instructors would be required to teach at least two days each week. Proficiency and confidence on Nordic skis is required and experience in teaching and coaching youngsters in any sport is a helpful asset. Two mandatory CCC (Cross Country Canada) workshops are required for your licence - one on line and the other on snow at Nickel Plate, both of which are available in Penticton late November to early Dec. For further information for those interested, contact Mike Townley, Co-ordinator of NP School Program, at 250-492-2512 (evenings only please) or email (preferably) to email@example.com.
SDP Coaches Needed!
Please consider supporting our cross country skiing community by making a volunteer commitment to coach children this coming season. The Skills Development Program requires an inﬂux of new volunteer coaches every year in order to keep the program going. In recent years past, the program has been over capacity, as we did not have enough certified coaches. If we do not have enough volunteer coaches, we will be forced to limit enrolment into the program and turn children away. As a part of the club’s risk management requirements, Nickel Plate requires that there are two trained coaches present with each group during all ski lessons. The club’s insurance provided through Cross Country BC (CCBC) requires that coaches complete Coaching Association of Canada certification courses in order to be covered by the club’s liability insurance. The cost of the course training and coaching certification is paid for by Nickel Plate Ski Club. Coach training is professionally delivered through National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Coaches are required to take both the ICC (on line E-Course) and the CC (two days - on snow) training in order to be certified. The details of the coaching courses and dates are listed below. Introduction To Community Coaching E-Learning Workshop “ICC” ~ The ICC workshop has been reformatted from a classroom workshop to a new online module. This workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches with basic information and a feeling of confidence, as they begin their role as a coach. It teaches coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the guidance/supervision of more experienced coaches. The orientation is to skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age. Coaches are taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development
considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground. There are no prerequisites except enthusiasm and the minimum age requirement of 14 years. 4-5 hrs / E-learning workshop. $52 for CCBC members. Free for volunteer coaches (payment online with a credit card is required. Nickel Plate will reimburse coaches upon receipt of proof of payment). New prerequisite for ICC ~ The new online ICC module requires the completion of a short online module called the Coach Initiation in Sport module. It is a multi-sport module that all new coaches, no matter what sport, must complete. It takes approximately 1 hour and costs $15 for CCBC members. Free for volunteer coaches (payment with a credit card is required. Nickel Plate will reimburse coaches upon receipt of proof of payment). Community Coaching Workshop “CC” ~ This workshop is the second step in the NCCP coach education program. It provides essential training for coaches delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age. This program is designed to train coaches to teach children technical skills, select games that reinforce the technical skills being taught, design and lead on-snow sessions, select and prepare equipment for young children and make learning FUN. Successful completion of the ICC Workshop, enthusiasm and a minimum age of 14 years are the only prerequisites. Two day / on snow 16 hrs / workshop. $105 for CCBC members. Free for volunteer coaches. This workshop is December 1 & 2 at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Please contact Steven Bamford, Coaching Coordinator, for more information or to sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A HUGE Thank You to The Bike Barn for hosting our annual Cross Country Ski Swap. 25% of the proceeds went towards supporting the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. Thank you!
Ski Skills For Life!
Whatâ€™s Happening ~ There is snow in the mountains and the ski season is fast approaching! Freestyle Apex is gearing up for a By Head Coach Tanya Callon busy season, as we are hosting three different events this year. The first one is a national level event called Canadian Selections, Moguls, Terrain Park, where the top mogul skiers in Canada are qualifying to compete at Big Air & All Mountain the next level, being North American events. Canadian Selections for the kids club and community is scheduled for December 13-16, 2018. Competitive & Non-competitive The second event is a provincial level event, and Apex is the first Programs for 6 years & up stop on the provincial BC Timber Tour. Kids from around the province will come to Apex to compete in Moguls, Slopestyle and REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Big Air. The BC Timber Tour is scheduled for January 17-20, 2019. www.freestyleapex.com The third and final event Freestyle Apex will be hosting is a North Freestyle Apex coaches are officially certified to teach your kids American Mogul event, where international skiers will come to how to jump safely in terrain parks, in the moguls, or on a jump compete in this high profile event! The Nor-Am is scheduled for site. Programs are filling up fast ... register today! February 28 - March 3, 2019. Trampoline & Dryland Training is underway at two locations: Want to be involved? No freestyle ski experience necessary. Sign up to volunteer today! www.freestyleapex.com/about-afc/ Fitkidz Penticton & Kelowna Gymnastix volunteers/ Pictured below, these freestyle skiers are having lots fun while News ~ With the continued support of Apex Mountain Resort, building air awareness, strength, speed, agility and balance. Freestyle Apex is very proud to announce a new addition to the Freestyle Apex Area. This world class freestyle training area is now home to our very own Super Youth Moguls Course, which will allow groups of all ages an additional area to train, as well as a dedicated course for Super Youth events!
How To Report Free Roaming Horses On Or Near Highway 3A & Green Mountain Road By Raydene Good-May There has been a ongoing concern with regard to free roaming wild horses in our area, especially when they are on or near Highway 3A, as well as Green Mountain Road. The following is information that I posted on the Kaleden and Twin Lakes Community Facebook pages back in mid-September. I have been investigating this issue for a while now and have come to the realization that this is a very, very complicated matter indeed. After numerous emails, phone conversations, and personal interviews there is far too much information to post here. All I can report is that I (and your comments from my post) have brought a huge awareness of this situation to all stake holders once again. I am so hopeful after this civic election that negotiations can recommence. At this point, here are the steps you need to take if you ever see the free roaming horses on or near Highway 3A and/or Green Mountain Road: 1. Call ARGO Road Maintenance at 250-493-6969, then Press 5 for emergencies. They will now come out and post a warning sign to drivers indicating horses maybe on the highway/road. 2. Call RCMP Constable Brian Evans in Keremeos at 250499-5511, as he wants to keep statistics on this issue. 3. Call Joe Johnson Chief Administrator OfďŹ cer of the Penticton Indian Band at 250-493-0048 for statistic purposes and pressure to solve this ongoing issue. All three contacts listed are fully aware of the issues involved and are ready to receive your phone calls as the need arises. I thank everyone who has shown concern in this important safety matter. Hopefully, progress will be made soon.
9th Annual “Warm Up Winter”
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2018 Warm Clothing & Blanket Drive “For Those in Need” It’s expected to be a long cold winter ... Will you help? We are looking for blankets, sleeping bags, toques, scarves, gloves, mittens, winter coats, outdoor pants, socks and long underwear! Either new or gently used to give to the homeless and to “those in need”. Did you miss putting items in the recent Ski & Board Swap? Or, did your items not sell? Why not donate your gently used winter clothing to this great cause.
Diesel’s Snow Removal
The South Okanagan Real Estate Board has taken over the ‘Cover with Kindness Blanket Drive’ that was launched 9 years ago by the Penticton Soupateria Society. The SOREB, with the help of many outstanding corporate citizens in our community, will be collecting warm clothes, blankets and other essential items for those less fortunate. This year, there are several offices in our region who are participating as drop sites. Collection began on October 24 and will conclude on November 23. All donations collected in Penticton will then be distributed at the St. Saviour’s Church Hall on November 27 and 28 from 10am to 5pm. All other donations collected in other regions will go to agencies to assist those in need before winter sets in. Drop Sites: Penticton
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Royal LePage Locations West Realty ~ 484 Main Street. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
RE/MAX Penticton Realty ~ 101 - 3115 Skaha Lake Road. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Century 21 Amos Realty ~ 104 - 383 Ellis Street. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.
Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty ~ 101 -1873 Main Street. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
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Apex Mountain Resort Main Administration Office ~ Apex Mountain Resort has graciously offered to allow a drop box at their main office in order for people on the hill to conveniently drop off their unused winter clothing and blankets. Please note, we are not collecting skis, boots, poles, helmets, etc.
People wishing to reference a list of needed items may visit www. soreb.org or phone 250-809-1260. If you have a donation and cannot make it to a drop site, please give the South Okanagan Real Estate Board a call at 250 492 0626 to arrange a pickup. Thanks very much for your caring and compassion! Please spread the word ... If you know of anyone in need of these items, invite them to come to St. Saviour’s Church Hall on November 27 & 28. ApexMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 9
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I know most residents and recreational users of Apex and area are familiar with the logging that is and has happened and how much time, energy and frustration it takes to try to stop logging in areas where “it just shouldn’t happen!” Well, the Carmi Recreational Trails is another one of these said areas and it needs your help, as the following article from Andrew Drouin’s “South Okanagan Trail Alliance” newsletter conveys.
“Carmi XC Trails Logging proposal; If you’ve been paying attention to the local press, you’ll have no doubt read about the planned 250-809-1165 logging of the Carmi XC Recreational Trails. email@example.com The Upper Carmi Neighborhood Association, the South Okanagan Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries & Adventures Trail Alliance and concerned area residents are determined to make a stand against this proposed detriment to our signed By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide and sanctioned trail network. The Carmi XC Trails are used in all The snow is falling and building up, which prompts me to remind seasons by hikers, bikers, trail-runners, equestrians, snowmobile you to check your winter gear for the season ahead. I like to riders, xc-ski and snowshoe user groups, dirt-bike, quad and sidevisually inspect my snowshoes deck, frame and bindings for by-side enthusiasts. That’s a heck of a lot of all-season user-groups. any rips, tears or cracks, which could seriously compromise the Compare that incredible daily use to the estimated 200 trucks snowshoes reliability and make for a hellish walk out of the bush. worth of once-in-a-century tree harvesting; given the physical and Next, I put the boots I will be wearing into the snowshoe binding mental well-being attained through free family outdoor recreation, to ensure a proper fit and that the bindings are working properly. we don’t believe that the balance-in-favour tips toward logging this Boots will be weatherproofed if needed and laces inspected and small recreation area. replaced if worn. I strongly advocate the use of poles, so they will Given the unbridled clear-cut logging that goes on throughout the get a cleaning and lubrication if necessary, as well as a visual Carmi-Beaverdell sub-alpine zone, which anyone can view using inspection for any defects. the free Google Earth software, we don’t feel that protecting this My backpack is critical for a safe and comfortable snowshoe two square kilometer zone of recreational trail infrastructure is adventure, so it too gets a visual inspection for any rips, tears onerous. or broken buckles. The contents of my pack are then inspected, The area’s convenient proximity to tens of thousands of South replaced or replenished for: Okanagan residents, its well-signed trail network and free, family1. Navigation ~ Compass, topographical map and GPS. oriented terrain are extremely popular with all ages, in all seasons. 2. Sun Protection ~ Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses or goggles. Long-time resident and Trail Alliance member Neda Joss, is 3. Extra Clothing ~ Socks, gloves, toque, balaclava, ﬂeece organizing this push for a halt of plans to log the area. Neda has jacket, light windbreaker, pair of tights, long sleeve merino created a website that you can visit, learn about the proposal and wool undershirt (when reaching the summit of any lengthy sign the online petition against timber-harvesting in this recreation climb, I like to change into a nice dry undershirt which keeps area.” me warmer and comfortable). ~ Andrew Drouin, South Okanagan Trail Alliance 4. Illumination ~ Headlamp with extra batteries and bulb. Here is the link, if you care to sign the petition. Last I heard, there 5. First Aid Kit ~ Without getting into specifics, as there are are 1000 signatures opposing this ludicrous idea of logging such many sizes of kits, at least have the basics which can be put an intensely used recreational area! together in a zip lock or purchased as a kit. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWzK5w0zmVq 6. Fire Starter Kit ~ Lighter, waterproof matches in a waterproof MoIow7m9uo8pVbnj5jkMnLH85aR2DnEnXxa1w/viewform?fb container, candle, lint from your dryer for fire starter or a zx=4657951742995413000 commercial type fire starter. There will also be a Public Information Meeting held in Salon A 7. Repair Kit and Tools ~ Swiss army knife or multi-tool, folding at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on Monday, November 12th saw, duct tape, zap straps, string or cord, small bungee cord. at 7:00 pm. 8. Nutrition ~ Energy bars, mixed nuts and dried fruit, brown Please help in any way you can! See you out on the trails! sugar. On longer trips, I will bring along sandwiches, or if I plan on having a fire something to cook, along with a thermos holding a hot beverage. 9. Hydration ~ I like to hydrate quite well prior to a snowshoe trip, but also bring along a litre or two of water. Plus, iodine tablets in case of an emergency. 10. Emergency Shelter and Misc. Items ~ Emergency bivy shelter or space blanket, hand and foot warmers, whistle, shovel, cell phone and a camera.
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These are the items that I carry, plus some, when I am out snowshoeing. Ya, it’s heavy, but well worth it. Most snowshoers won’t bring along a fraction of this, but please have at least some basics as trouble can happen anytime, even just steps away from help. Your snowshoe outing will be much more pleasurable if you are prepared, especially if lost, hurt or heaven forbid, you have to spend the night outdoors. Page 10 | November 2018 | ApexMatters.com
“Squirrel Loop” in the Carmi Recreation Trails is one of the proposed areas to be logged.
Did You Know? By Michiko Nelson, Director of Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society The public consultation by Parks Canada on the South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Reserve will start in November 2018. There has been a great amount of discussions on the creation of the National Park, but there seems to be some inaccurate use of statistics and figures that have caused confusion amongst interested residents and non-residents. Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society has gathered seven basic facts surrounding the creation of National Park Reserve, so that we can discuss and agree or disagree on the creation of a National Park based on accurate information. 1.
In a 2015 survey by McAllister Opinion Research, 75% of the respondents indicated that the present provincial park status of the Mount Kobau region was insufficient to protect the species and habitat presently in the area.
In a 2015 survey by McAllister Opinion Research, 23% of those surveyed had not heard of the national park proposal proposed for the South Okanagan Similkameen Area.
The South Okanagan Similkameen Area has one of the highest concentration of both endangered and threatened species in Canada. Endangered or threatened species in the South Okanagan Similkameen include the following; Badger, Tiger Salamander, Common Nighthawk, and Pallid Bat, as listed by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Existing cattle leases would be honoured and there will be no expropriation of land involved in the National Park, according to the Parks Canada Project Manager for the Okanagan Similkameen, Sarah Boyle.
You Can Help Save Penticton’s Carmi Trails From Logging
Pease help us save the multi-purpose and well used trail network in the Upper Carmi Area from logging. Please show your support and sign the online petition before November 15, 2018.
The Online Petition states: “DO NOT LOG this ‘Intensive Recreation’ classiﬁed area, just 10 5. With the creation of a National Park in the South Okanagan minutes from Penticton. Logging will destroy mountain biking, Similkameen, motorized off road vehicles would not be hiking, ATV, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and allowed within the park boundaries. skiing trails. Wildlife habitat, too. Families, couples, friends, and 6. With the creation of a National Park in the South Okanagan clubs meet and play here, enjoying healthy, outdoor activities. Like Similkameen, Parks Canada will work with the Provincial the lakes, it’s one of Penticton’s lifestyle treasures. Government and local communities to respond immediately The 4 meter wide trails (most of Pine, Squirrel, and Fir Loops) to fully suppress wildfires. will become 12 to 20 meter wide industrial roads. And, for what? 7. The creation of a National Park is a lengthy affair and at Just 200 truckloads of timber. Even the Ministry of Forests says, present the consultation with public will begin in November “It won’t be the same.” BC Timber Sales (Ministry of Forests) is 2018. According to Minister McKenna, this step will focus ignoring its own special harvesting limitations and considerations for land with this ‘Intensive Recreation Area’ classiﬁcation. only on soft boundaries of the park concept. About Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society (OSPS) ~ The Their plan: 1. Widen the trails for roads. 2. Clearcut block K7H0 OSPS works to acquire and preserve parklands for the health, (40 hectares). 3. Log patches of block K713 (37 of 117 hectares). recreation, education and natural enjoyment of the public, to PLEASE SIGN to demand that the Ministry of Forests NOT LOG seek preservation of habitat for wildlife, and to protect natural the Carmi recreation trails area.” biotic areas for scientific study. Formed in 1966, the OSPS has If you have any questions or would like to receive updates, please successfully established Cathedral Lakes Park, Conkle Lake Park email firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive a link to this and Okanagan Mountain Park. In addition, the OSPS has helped online petition, please email email@example.com to preserve historical trails such as Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade Trail, the Kettle Valley Railroad and more. The OSPS supports Nature in Focus at Penticton Museum and works with other naturalists and conservationists, and all levels of government in its endeavors. The OSPS is registered as An exhibition entitled Nature in Focus opened October 5th and runs to January 2019 at the Penticton Museum and Archives. a charitable organization in Canada. The show is a photographic exploration of the South Okanagan For more information, questions or concerns, contact Ian Graham, Similkameen and features 100 images from the winners and Director, at 250-494-8996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. honourable mentions from the recent photo contest sponsored by the South Okanagan Naturalists Club. The contest received just Would you like to read Apex Matters year round? under 600 entries in six categories; Waterfowl, Other Birds, Flora, Fauna, Landscapes and Invasive Species. All photographs had to We are considering carrying through May - August. Your thoughts? be taken within the geographical boundaries of the RDOS. email@example.com | 250.490.6951 | ApexMatters.com ApexMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 11
Charles “Chuck” Allan Eggert August 1, 1953 - October 7, 2018
Chuck (Charlie) Eggert passed away on October 7th at his home in Penticton, surrounded by his family and his beloved dogs. Chuck lived a very full life as a systems design engineer and avid outdoorsman. His career took him from Alberta to the Middle East, but his dream was always to settle in the Okanagan to help his brother Bill with his vineyard and winery. Chuck was an avid skier and volunteered with the Apex Ski Patrol for over 20 years. He was fond of showing people “short cuts” on the mountain and spent much of his time in the trees. Chuck also loved his volunteer work with the Children’s Festival and the Kiwanis Music Festival. He was a superb family man, who helped homeschool his children and fostered a love of music and learning in both of them. There will be a Celebration of Life on Apex Mountain at 1pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Volunteer Ski Patrol Cabin. In lieu of ﬂowers, his wife Anne and children Allan and Lily, would be honoured if donations were made to the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna.
We are saddened by Chuck’s sudden passing; however, we are also thankful thinking of all the many things that he was to us. First of all, a family man and with Anne, his two wonderful kids. He was a community volunteer including years of work on the kids festivals, bicycle events, hosting students, hosting visiting Bergwacht ski patrollers, and a faithful Apex patroller for many years, all this while helping his brother Bill in the vineyards and winery near Oliver. He helped organize and worked tirelessly on our Ski Patrol Ski/Board Swaps year after year, then on the new patrol cabin during the past several years. But most of all, I think we loved Chuck for his passion for skiing, his clearing underbrush It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of my and nick naming many tree “runs” for the locals. And, of course, brother Chuck Eggert. his keen wit and sense of humour. For all those that knew Chuck, you know that he had a limitless I was fortunate enough to travel on two great ski trips with Chuck, love for life. And, life at Apex especially. His years on patrol, some one to Red Mountain with a few other Apex patrollers and another as leader, his passion for “finding” new runs, but for me it was his to ski the Wasatch ski areas in Utah. We visited several ski resorts love of the farm and the winery that he was a founding partner in. such as Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, Park City and Powder Chuck was always willing to chip in. Whether it was shoot thinning Mountain. Chuck was always enthusiastic and ready to ski each on the farm, helping organize the children’s festival, setting ropes day, making this one of my best memories with him. on the ski hill, cutting firewood for the patrol cabin, or organizing My last ski day with Chuck was closing day on April 1, 2018. Many the ski swap, Chuck could always be counted on. of you will recall it was a great powder day with some sunshine for If you were one of the many lucky ones that got to follow him into great skiing at Apex. Three of us started the day together, Wayne some of his own runs, you could smile as he disappeared in front Wood, Chuck and myself loading the quad for first tracks. At the top, of you knowing where every opening for a turn was, mostly of we quickly unloaded and started down together. It was beautiful course because he had cut that opening. powder with both Wayne and Chuck along ... I thought this is it, we For me, Chuck was an integral part of Fairview Cellars and much are retired and living the dream! It was an end to a great season of the reason that I was able to build a successful business. at Apex and we skied down the mountain without a care it seemed. Missing you Chuck. Rest in Peace. We were so wrapped up with the powder skiing that we soon were separated, but met up later in the morning at The Edge. And so it ~ Bill Eggert is in life, we are fortunate to have great friends, we often become separated, but always remain together in spirit. Goodbye my friend. We will remember you and we will miss you! ~ Kilian Jungen I too was on a couple of road trips with Chuck. Road trips or just a day of skiing was always like Christmas Day with Chuck. “Powder” he would always verbalize, even if he had to dig for it on the leeward side! Many a morning, he’d get to the cabin, start the fire and get his yoga moves going. One Christmas he even was Santa, which surprised us all as most didn’t know who it was. Chuck was a proud patroller and handled it exceptionally, as any professional would. As tears swell up in my eyes, I will miss Chuck dearly and sincerely, my patrol friend and a part of my family forever. ~ Deb Johnson
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Intramuscular Stimulation By Ashley Reddy, MSc(PT), BSc Registered Physiotherapist, IMS Practitioner & Local Adventure-Seeker Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques and tools to ultimately help people decrease pain and get them moving again. One of those tools is the use of thin filament needles (think thin like a few hair strands ... not like the ﬂu shot!) in the execution of dry needling approaches. Dry Needling is a term that broadly includes Acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation, commonly known as IMS. Trying to simplify things here, an Acupuncture approach is based on re-achieving the ﬂow of your system using the Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridians that cover your body. It’s aimed at pain management in a way of changing how you process pain. IMS uses a more Western or anatomical approach to re-establish balance. It’s aimed at treating pain directly, anatomically, and physiologically. They are each a separate discipline with their own unique origin, progression of knowledge, and emergence as important musculoskeletal treatments. The similarity is the tool, being the needle. So what is IMS? How does it work? What are it’s effects? When IMS is used, the needle is inserted into targeted trigger points in the muscle. Trigger points are hyper-sensitive sites of the muscle that do not receive as much blood ﬂow as regular, healthy tissue. The action of the needle in the trigger point causes a twitch response in the muscle, which is a spinal reﬂex response. There are a few theories as to why this actually occurs ... but, these are all theories, so let’s focus on what we know happens, according to research. The twitch response causes local blood ﬂow and with it, biochemical changes. The needle causes a small disruption in the tissue, stimulating new repair. Overall, there is improved muscle activation. What does it feel like? Like a short-lived cramp in the muscle, and it usually leaves an achy feeling after. This achy feeling can last a few hours to a few days, or give that “after-workout” feeling. There are local effects of improved health of muscle, connective and neural tissue, as well as improved contractility of the neuromuscular system, and improved joint mobility. There is improved communication and accuracy between the body and the brain. There is improved representation of areas of the brain and improved coordination of the system as a whole! Clinically, it means that IMS can be used to increase blood ﬂow and decrease sensitivity to a muscle or nerve. Then, we can focus on the good stuff ... restoring or re-teaching proper movement. A take away message here is that IMS is a tool, and like many of the other tools in the Physiotherapists toolbox, it is most effective when used in combination with other therapies or techniques. Every tool has it’s benefits and risks, and any diligent IMS practitioner should review those personally with each patient. But, in collaboration with exercise prescription, education, and other therapies, IMS can be an effective technique to decrease pain and regain function.
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Hoodoo Adventures Takes Over The Historic Chute Lake Lodge Submitted Press Release Effective October 9th, 2018, Hoodoo Adventure Company announced today that together with local investors they have purchased Chute Lake Lodge in Naramata, BC. They will take over operations effective immediately. The Hoodoo-led investor group intends to invest in renovations to refresh the historic recreation property, while ensuring to honour it’s history in order to offer a world-class adventure destination in Naramata. Under Hoodoo’s management, Chute Lake Lodge will become a year-round recreation and adventure destination, serving locals and attracting tourists looking for an energizing vacation. Mike and Lyndie Hill, Owners of Hoodoo Adventure Company, are extremely excited about this opportunity to further their adventure offering in Renovations at the resort are commencing immediately. Chute the Okanagan Valley. Lake Lodge is aiming to re-open December 1st to the public this winter for individual, group and corporate bookings for accommodation, activities and catered functions. For more detailed information and to make your next booking, please contact email@example.com or call 250-492-3888. For project updates, please visit chutelakeresort.ca. Hoodoo Adventure Company is the largest Adventure Tour operator in the Okanagan, hosting thousands of travelers each year from around the World. They specialize in unique adventure experiences that highlight the best that the Okanagan has to offer year-round. Hoodoo has received multiple Business Excellence and Luxury Travel awards, as well as being ranked for the 3rd Best Kayak Tour in Canada.
“Chute Lake Lodge is an adventurers’ dream nestled right on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and bordering the Okanagan Provincial Park, it has amazing potential. We look forward to working with our partners to create a unique destination to stay, play and take advantage of all that the Okanagan has to offer”, said Lyndie Hill. Mike Hill added, “In our business, we see first hand the positive impact outdoor adventure offers all ages. In today’s world, there is a greater need than ever to unplug and get outdoors. We are excited to develop Chute Lake in an eco-friendly manner to allow more people to access adventurous activities.”
All photos this page are courtesy of Wylie Photography. 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. For more information on their services, programs, special events or to book your next adventure experience, please call 250-4923888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit their website at www.hoodooadventures.ca for full details.
Strengthening Your Financial Security Robert A. McLennan, FMA Investment Advisor
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Riding The Bull Market By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. To be considered a qualified ride, a bull rider must stay mounted for a minimum of eight seconds - the moment when a bull starts to tire and its bucking weakens. There’s no such qualification for a bull market, but by coincidence, our current bull is into its ninth year. Every day it seems the Dow Jones and TSX hit new highs. While RBC investment strategists believe the markets still have room to ride, some investors may be wondering if the bull is starting to tire and if it’s the right time to invest in equities. What’s an investor to do? Let It All Ride ~ Timing the end of a bull market, while tempting, is famously difficult. Legendary mutual fund manager Peter Lynch claims, “Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections, or trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost on corrections themselves.” No one wants to invest at the wrong time, but over the long-term, the markets tend to ride on. Consider investing $100,000 on October 9, 2007 at exactly the “wrong time” - the peak of the S&P 500 Index, right before the crash. That day, the S&P 500 closed at 1,565.15 points. By the time the Great Recession had bottomed in 2009, the S&P 500 had more than halved. But 10 years later, the S&P 500 closed at a towering 2,544.73 points. That’s over 6.2% in annualized returns over 10 years - $100,000 became $162,586. Not bad for investing the day before one of the biggest market crashes in history. Let It Ride A Little At A Time ~ Timing the markets may be nearly impossible, but with dollar-cost averaging, you don’t even need to try. To dollar-cost average is to invest a fixed amount in a specific asset at regular intervals - for example, investing $10,000 each month in company XYZ for 12 months, instead of $120,000 at once. Your fixed investment buys more shares when prices decline, and fewer when prices rise. Essentially, you smooth out price swings over a period of time to give you an average purchase price. You may not get the thrill of getting in at a market low, but you also escape the pain of investing at a market high. Let It Ride Into The Ground ~ “One dollar invested in stocks in 1802 would have grown to $8.8 million in 2003, in bonds to $16,064, in Treasury Bills to $4,575, and in gold to $19.75.” Jeremy J. Siegel, Wharton Professor of Finance, leaves it to our imagination as to what becomes of a dollar invested in nothing but cash and subjected to 200 years of nibbling inﬂation (if it even lasts that long). We can avoid investing in equities till the cows come home, though research tells us time and again that for investors with a longer investment horizon, equities can be a bull worth riding. Ultimately, your personal goals and comfort level with risk help us determine the best strategy for investing in equities. To learn more, please contact us today. This article is supplied Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
Creative Wellness Solutions
By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Mother Teresa said that there is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. There have been numerous studies done over the years that prove that the value and importance of touch is incredibly strong and is actually a critical element to our physical and mental health. The studies show how the touch of another human being can alter what goes on in our bodies and minds. Physical touch increases levels of dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin which are responsible for our happiness. This has a significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and well-being. For infants, early nurturing touch from caregivers plays a key role in shaping children’s emotional security and even whether they live or die. Children who don’t experience enough loving physical affection are more prone to violence once they reach adulthood. When a touch is withheld due to increased isolation and fewer opportunities, like what can happen with many seniors, it can trigger poor mental health, physical sickness, and chronic health problems. For people experiencing pain, both physical and emotional, holding hands or a hug, or a soothing touch can actually ease suffering. There are studies that have shown that touch boosts your immune system, thereby reducing the number and severity of colds. A hug can actually lower our heart-rate and blood pressure, as well as reduce anxiety and depression by reducing levels of cortisol. Platonic touch provides a positive sense of connectivity. We live in such a homophobic and touch-phobic society that we are uncomfortable touching strangers and even friends. Platonic touch has incredible benefits in everyday life. “To touch can be to give life,” said Michelangelo, and he was absolutely right. The benefits of touch through massage therapy have hard science on its side. It’s not just good for our muscles; it’s good for our entire physical and mental health. 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. I truly hope our readers enjoy the articles I submit each month. I try to help educate people on the great benefits regular massage treatments provide. Massage is therapeutic for both our body and mind and I talk about how massage can help different issues such as arthritis, depression, dementia, stress and many more. I post my articles on my website each month, so if you missed any or would like to re-read an article, that’s the easiest place to find them.
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Concussion By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Fall often is a time of training for me. Ski Patrol. Medicine. I recently returned from a conference focusing all on the brain. This was one of the most impactful seminars that I have taken recently. Why you say? Well it brought to light that we can heal the brain. Even after a trauma. Like in a concussion. Concussions happen. Skiing and snowboarding can lead to a fall and hit to the head. Other sports are culprits too. Even motor vehicle accidents where there has been no hit to the head, but an indirect force as in whiplash, can cause this sort of brain injury. Some of the symptoms of a concussion include new onset headaches, brain fog, dizziness, seeing stars, nausea/vomiting, memory loss. Not all people who have suffered a concussion experience loss of consciousness. When it comes to healing the brain post concussion, I look to allowing for the brain to rest, to keeping inﬂammation in check and to ramping up neurological support.
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and that is high in fats to maximize the nerve connections. What I am talking about here are smoothies rich in wild blueberries. Dropping gluten and dairy from the diet, as these foods are particularly inﬂammatory to the brain. Load up on wild salmon, rich in essential fatty acids, or gain these good fats from DHA based fish oil supplements. Increase choline rich foods that aid neurotransmitter function, like brussel sprouts, turkey, and eggs. Drink green tea or turmeric tea to drive down inﬂammation. Top Supplements: •
Omega 3 Fatty Acids ~ As mentioned earlier, DHA is the key component here, as it reduces oxidative stress and inﬂammation in the brain and improves cognitive function. Whereas the omega 3 fatty acid EPA is ideal for the body.
Curcumin ~ This is a powerful inﬂammatory modulator. Not all substances can cross the blood brain barrier, but curcumin is an exception. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, is effective at reversing dysfunction of the nerves, as seen in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers.
Limit Electromagnetic Frequency Exposure ~ The brain is a series of electrical signals, so you want to limit cross wiring from external electronic devices. Apex is a great place for this. I don’t • Taurine ~ This is an amino acid. It has been shown to directly mean getting back out on skis, but being up at the hill where there improve memory. Taurine is considered to be neurotrophic, is limited EMF pollution is great for the brain. Even at home you aiding in the growth of nervous tissue. Taurine also has the can reduce EMF pollution by turning off the wireless hub at night, capacity to increase blood ﬂow to the brain. Eggs, seaweed keeping your cell phone away from your head and putting your Fitbit and fish are all rich in taurine. device on airplane mode. I believe it is common When it comes to brain healing, time and persistence is of the knowledge to reduce essence. Seek early treatment and follow a comprehensive screen time, but also program to accelerate healing. Above all remember that the brain remember that your brain has an immense capability to self heal. gets affected by the ever Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, present Electromagnetic has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Frequencies in our home Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at environment. Alpine Natural Health. You can also ﬁnd her Sleep is the ever powerful healer ~ We all need 8 or more hours on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian of deep sleep to heal, and even more so important after an injury. Ski Patrol. Sleep is when the body rejuvenates. There is even a lymphatic highway that drains the days build up in the brain, called the glymphatic system, that works only during sleep. That is why if you have had a poor night sleep, you experience brain fog, as the brain hasn’t had the ability to detoxify. There are multiple natural agents Steady residual income with a management that can help people sleep more soundly. Melatonin is one of them. focussed on catering to your property. Melatonin is commonly known for inducing sleep, but it also helps bcvpm.com with nerve stem cell development, making melatonin to be a great BC Vacation Property Management multitasker for the brain. John Redenbach 250-498-0942
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The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!
By the APOA Board The Apex Property Owners Association was founded in 1995 as a non-profit society to assist the interests of Apex Property Owners. We are a volunteer board that is dedicated and committed to supporting its members’ interests in the development and planning of an attractive and sustainable resort community and its surrounding natural resources.
APOA membership is open to all Apex property and condo owners.
Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? We encourage and welcome all property owners at Apex to join Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? our association. The benefits of membership include: Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? • Provided funding to support and assist with training and education of the Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade. Concerned about the status of logging? • Liases with municipal (RDOS), provincial (ARGO - Road Then, the APOA needs YOU! Maintenance, and forest harvesting practices), and federal Many voices make a strong community. agencies to protect and preserve our recreational and natural resources. Add your voice and become an APOA member. • Input into community master planning. Annual Membership ~ $30/year • Specific and on going presentations on community interest topics, such as wildfire protection and forest practices. www.apexpropertyowners.com • All information is available on the website regarding meetings, newsletters and socials. The Campaign Trail • Having a larger membership creates a STRONGER VOICE to Win or lose, the ground covered on the campaign trail was a good protect your interests. path to be on. Meeting the community, making new friends and Our annual Season Opening Member’s Social is planned for seeing old ones, I would like to thank those who supported and Saturday, December 8th. If you’re an APOA member of if you’re encouraged me, shared their opinions, and made comments and an Apex property owner and would like to join APOA, mark that suggestions. An awareness of Area ‘I’ - its beauty and natural date on your calendar. More information will be provided as views, was one of the highlights of the journey. Whether it arrangements are finalized. Visit www.apexpropertyowners.com is me or someone else, I am hopeful the Water, Land, Air and Quality Lifestyle of Area ‘I’ will always be respected and protected for more details and be sure to check Apex Matters next month. throughout our community. ~ Thank You, Gary Vollet Apex Property Owners Association
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Thankful And Excited For New Area ‘I’ By Subrina Monteith
Thank you to all the residents of Area ‘I’ for electing my to be your representative. I’m excited and honoured to begin representing residents of Kaleden, St. Andrews, Twin Lakes and Apex on November 15, 2018. I would like to thank Director Tom Siddon for all he has done for Area ‘D’ over his terms as Director at RDOS. Your efforts and accomplishments for our South Skaha communities has been greatly appreciated. Should you have questions, concerns, or wish to share your thoughts on community issues, I’m always available to chat. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-460-0723.
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Great Cabin Recipes Arequipean Pork Adobo By Dee Martens Hola! I have just been on a culinary trip around the world ... well, to Peru to be exact. Whether I was trekking Machu Pichhu, exploring the highlands in Cusco, or hanging by the ocean in Lima, there was one dish - one ‘arequipeño’ dish that was always in the back of my mind: the Pork Adobo Stew. This stew is aromatic, tender and delicious! I asked one of the chefs at a restaurant for a copy of their recipe, and he shared it happily! Some of the ingredients are difficult to find in these regions of the world, but the following recipe has been adapted to bring a taste of Peru to your household. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. To begin, cut approximately 4 pounds of pork roast (any type will do) into large 2 inch chunks and place them in a Tupperware container. Next, season the meat with 2 teaspoons of paprika (in Peru, they use annato, it is a mild spice that is used mostly to add colour in dishes, but I found that paprika does the trick just as well!), 2 teaspoons of cumin powder, and roughly 1 teaspoon of both salt and pepper (add more or less according to personal preference), mix the spices and the meat in the container until the meat is evenly coated. In Peru, they always marinate their Adobo with Chicha, a highalcohol content corn-based-beer, that is often drank by the locals. In this recipe, I choose to marinate the pork with Corona, a light beer that is fermented with corn syrup - to come up with the most similar ﬂavour profile. Once the meat has been seasoned in the Tupperware container, add 1 cup of beer, 3 tablespoons of water, 3 onions (sliced thinly), and 4 tablespoons of ancho chili pepper paste (if you’re using ancho chili powder, add 1 teaspoon of water to create a ‘paste-like’ substance). Add the lid to the container and shake the pork and spices to evenly coat for maximum ﬂavour. Allow the meat to marinate for 18-24 hours in the fridge, in your sealed Tupperware container to ensure that the meat becomes extra tender, ﬂavourful and juicy. On the next day, in a large pot (or dutch oven), over medium heat, add 1/2 a cup of oil and 8 cloves of thinly sliced garlic. Once the garlic is lightly sauteed (but not blackened or burned), add the marinated pieces of pork and cook until lightly browned on all sides. Next, add half of the pork marinade to the pot, extracting as many of the onions as possible, ensuring that the meat is almost covered with liquid. I like to throw in a sprig or two of rosemary at this time, but this is not part of the traditional dish. However, I find that the ﬂavour marries well with the beer and adds to the aromatics of the dish. The traditional dish often has one bay leaf added during cooking time. Cook the Adobo Stew at 225˚ F for 6-8 hours, checking ever 2 hours to ensure that there is enough liquid in the bottom of the pot. In the event that the meat is not at least 3/4 covered during cooking time, feel free to add the remaining marinade. When the meal is done, your kitchen will smell delightful! Traditional Adobo is served over white rice or yellow potatoes. My preference is the potatoes, boiled and lightly salted. This dish satisfies the eyes, the stomach and your taste buds!
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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Hello all you beautiful people. It is November. Are you getting excited? Can you feel it? The great call of the great white stuff. We are a mere month away from sliding down our glorious mountain. I can nearly taste it. I mean I likely will taste it when I try to bomb down a run and forget I don’t have my ski legs yet. One more month until we hear the ‘swish swish’ of supple turns or the ‘Dude, Dude!’ call of the wild snowboarder. Someday I hear that science may find a way to tap into their simple, but beautiful, brains. We might then be able to understand the snowboarder language and culture. Clearly it takes a superior being to master the two planks AND two poles of skiing. The way of the skier is that of a beautiful ballet. This of course led to some very unfortunate literal ballet. Just Google ‘Ski Ballet’ and drink in the great shame of 1980s ski culture. I mean for real. It happened. And, people clapped. Grown men whirling and twirling on their ski tips (just the tips mind you). It is like doing really cool aerials, but without the whole exciting ‘being in the air’ part. It is no wonder people ﬂocked to snowboarding. “Did that dude just get a 6 from the Russian judge? After that heel spin? That is it! I’m gluing my skis together and wearing a board leash at all times!” The feud between skier and boarder has been with us since the dawn of man. There are ancient and primitive cave paintings in the French Alps depicting what can only be skiers with their poles clearly raised in anger towards a man planted on a single board. Above the head of this painting, which science has dubbed ‘The Burton Man’, is inscribed in rough script ‘WTF Man?’ I am happy that today the feud has simmered down to a gentle ribbing. It is more like a friendly wedgie fight between brothers. Brothers bonded by a common and complex love of deep deep pow-pow and sick jumps. These days we live mostly in harmony. We gather together and share the mountain and share our disdain for anyone who still clings to hope that snowblades will ever become a thing again. One plank or two, I think we can all agree that snowblades just aren’t cool. This is just one of many tributes that I am sure will be in this issue, but I have to dedicate some space here to remember Chuck ‘The Woodchuck’ Eggert. He was a true Apex legend. All those sweet little secret trails you think you found? You can thank Chuck for those. His passing is a loss for the entire Apex community and especially for the Apex Zone Patrol family. My prayers are with his family and loved ones. I am so sorry for your loss. He taught me so much about this hill. I am proud to have skied with him. Thanks Chuck. We all miss you. ApexMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 19
Apex Fire Brigade Society By Kyle Parker
My name is Kyle Parker and I am a member of the Apex Fire Brigade Society. I am also an Initial Attack Firefighter for BC WildFire Service. Initial attack firefighters operate as part of a three-person crew and are usually the first on scene of a new wildfire. Once there, the initial attack crew works quickly to set up water pumps, remove fuel from the fire’s path, and dig fire guards to control or extinguish the blaze. The majority of fires in British Columbia are responded to by initial attack crews. My experience as a Wildland Firefighter has been very rewarding. I have been given the opportunity to participate in many eye opening experiences, such as ﬂying in helicopters to access fires, working in beautiful parts of BC that most people would never have the opportunity to see, and being part of one of the most hard working teams out there. With this past summer being another busy fire season, AFBS partook in a Wildland Fire Practice to hone our skills should the need to action a small fire arise. Some of the skills practiced included; fire line safety, assessing fires, fire pumps and water delivery, and finally, actioning fires. The practice was conducted at a local residence to simulate how AFBS would respond to a fire utilizing both resort fed fire hydrants and portable fire pumps. Water provided from a local hydrant was fed to a nearby “relay tank” (like a swimming pool), where it was then pumped out via a newly acquired high pressure pump to firefighters operating nozzles at the fire. Members even had the opportunity to train on the operation of sprinklers, which are useful in protecting structures, infrastructure and holding fires. The practice was a great success providing insight to our members on fighting fires in This past summer, AFBS held a special Wildland Fire Practice session led by member Kyle the wildland urban interface areas. Parker. Wildland-Urban interface fires are a reality that we need to be prepared for.
If you are at all interested in learning more about Wildland Firefighting or looking to join the Apex Fire Brigade Society, drop us a line at 250-488-1008 and come out to a fire practice.
Need Fire Wood? Pick Up or Delivery? Pine Fire Wood! Trim ends of various lengths & diameters. For pick up info ~ 250.295.7911 ext 100 For delivery info ~ Brian Coyne - 250.295.0606 or Henry Tebrincke - 250.502.7421 We are located 18 km east of Princeton, close to Bromley Rock.
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.
Birth Of A Planet
Although we have a pretty good idea how stars and planets form, we have only now got our first image of a newborn planet. This image was obtained by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. It shows a star surrounded by a disc of gas and dust, with a gap in the disc, and sitting in that gap is a planet. It is a big one, 5-14 times the mass of Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System. The large size of this planet is probably why it could be detected. Getting this image was a tremendous challenge. When we point a telescope or binoculars at a star in the sky, we see something twinkling, ﬂashing different colours and dancing around. What we are seeing is beautiful, but has little to do with the star. The huge distances stars are from us mean that even through our biggest telescopes they would appear as mere points of light; at least they would if there were no atmosphere. Putting telescopes in space bypasses the atmosphere problem, but at the moment the only telescopes we can deploy in space are in the small to moderate size range, with mirrors maybe up to three or four metres. The Very Large Telescope consists of four telescopes, each with a mirror 8.2 metres in diameter. In order to minimize the atmosphere problem, it is located on a high plateau. This helps, but is not a total cure. To image a star and its planets requires an ability to resolve extremely fine detail, and to see something extremely dim - a planet - very close in the sky to something extremely bright - a star. Even on that high plateau, the shimmering in the image due to the atmosphere is still enough to wipe out fine details in what we try to observe. If this were the end of the story, then there would have been no point in making this telescope, because the atmosphere would prevent the instrument ever reaching its true imaging potential. What made the project worthwhile is a technique known as adaptive optics. This is easy to visualize, but technically extremely challenging to actually make happen. If we are looking at a star in the sky, we can predict what its image should look like through our telescope. However, the turbulence in the atmosphere makes it look like something else altogether. So we add a very ﬂexible mirror to the telescope, which has a lot of computer-controlled actuators on the back of it. The computer then rapidly adjusts the actuators to correct that star image to make it look the way it should, and in the process, the rest of the image is corrected too. If there is no suitable reference star, we shine a laser into the Earth’s upper atmosphere to emulate one. In order to make the planet visible despite being close to its “sun”, a blocking disc was used to block out the starlight, rather like using our hands to block out the Sun’s glare on a sunny day. The image shows a planet that has swept out a clearing in the disc of material around the path of its orbit. From how far it has got in doing this suggests the planet is no more than about 5 million years old. Our Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. This very young system supports an idea that astronomers have been discussing for a while, namely that when giant planets form, they slow down and ultimately limit the growth of their star. They do this by taking up material that would have become part of the star, and then gravitationally interfering with the spiralling in of material the star would otherwise have captured. That young planet is already much bigger than Jupiter and is still growing. An interesting question is whether it will grab enough more material for it to get promoted from giant planet to red dwarf star. However, we won’t find out for at least a million years or so.
Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist - I don’t know how but they found me Song - “Do it all the time” When I heard this band for the first time, I automatically liked them right away. Also, their name kind of stuck with me as well. As a ski patroller myself, and I am sure all the other patrollers out there would agree, I can appreciate the humour in the name of this band. We here this line from patients quite often. The ski patrol have great knowledge of the runs and side trails at Apex. So, when we are called to help an injured rider, there is always someone on patrol who knows exactly where they are and the fastest way to get to them. We “do it all the time”! Also, a big thanks to the locals who witness an accident, call it in and help out when they can. This adds to the riding experience at Apex, knowing that everyone is looking out for each other. 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. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry
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Learn Swing, Latin, Country & Ballroom By Brian Udal Christmas Gift Certificates now available! Dance Parties in Summerland at the Anglican Church Hall • Saturday, October 20 ~ Merengue Lessons • Saturday, November 24 ~ Waltz Lessons • Saturday, December 15 ~ Night Club 2 Step Lessons
South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre 25 Awesome Places To Volunteer This Fall: Alzheimer Society Critteraid Habitat for Humanity SPCA Okanagan Boys & Girls Club Salvation Army Special Olympics Mental Wellness Society Canadian Mental Health Association Haven Hill Care Centre Cherry Park Retirement Residence University of Victoria Penticton United Church Multiple Sclerosis Society Oliver Parks and Recreation Oliver and District Heritage Society South Okanagan Women in Need South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls South Okanagan Brain Injury Society South Okanagan Restorative Justice South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre South Okanagan Seniors Wellness-Better at Home South Okanagan Women in Need
Join us on November 28
The Volunteer Centre’s Team Volunteering Project is open to new and seasoned volunteers who meet once a month to discuss volunteer experiences and opportunities and the potential to work together as volunteers. Everyone is welcome. The next Team Gathering is Nov 28 11:30-1:00pm, includes lunch & refreshments. RSVP by Nov 23 to email@example.com.
Purchase Your Holiday Gifts AND Support Volunteers!
SOS Volunteer Centre Holiday Season On-Line Auction - Nov 23 - Dec 2, 2018 Items include HNZ Helicopter Tour, Laps around Area 27, Rootz Bound Band, Tour & Tasting for 6 at Bad Tattoo, Wine from Local Wineries & many, many, more. Follow the auction at www.volunteercentre.info
Join our 8 week session Dance Classes starting the New Year. Learn how easy it can be! Lesson types to be announced. • Thursday, January 10 ~ Dance Classes start in Penticton • Friday January 11 - Dance Classes start in Summerland Private lessons and wedding lessons also available. Call Brian Udal at 778.516.7272 to register your place on the dance ﬂoor. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!
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100 Women Who Care South Okanagan
“Little Black Dress” year end party is coming up on Wednesday, November 28th at 5 pm at Time Winery in Penticton. 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan were sipping wine and sampling food at the stunning Sumac Ridge Estate Winery last month, while giving out thousands of dollars to three worthwhile charities. The three charities who benefited were SOS Pride, the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre and Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. While all three charities received donations from the 100 Women members of $500 each, the SOS Pride Society won our votes and took home the largest donation of more than $4000 to assist the LBGTQ community programs within the South Okanagan. And, we are at it again. On Wednesday, November 28, women guests from the South Okanagan are invited to join the 100 Women members at the “Little Black Dress” party at Time Winery at 361 Martin Street in Penticton. The newly opened, renovated former Penmar Theatre is unrecognizable with a great restaurant, fabulous wood beams and lots of wine. The team at Time Winery have put together an amazing menu and are looking forward to hosting our annual year end event. What better time to break out your favourite heels and little black dress. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more details about 100 Women Who Care on our Facebook page at 100WomenSouthOK or at www.100womensouthokanagan.com. For a similar program for men, visit www.100menpenticton.com.
7th Annual Choral Extravaganza Featuring Six Wonderful Okanagan Choirs
Sunday, Nov 18 at 2pm - Penticton United Church, 696 Main St. Admission is $15 at the door. Half the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 3
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 20 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 3rd Chapter ...
Jessie suddenly started to feel a pang in his stomach, mild enough to make it seem like it was anxiety. He stopped moving, thinking and breathing. The small white dragon tilted its head to the side, the petite movement making it seem like it was studying Jessie. It moved slowly down the branch towards Jessie, who was paralysed with curiosity and slight fear. Ice dragons were the rarest, barley ever seen, or domesticated. They were just as beautiful as they were dangerous. They fired ice shards when threatened, and were so cold to the touch, that it burned. They were only ever found, if they wanted to be seen. Jessie’s eyes went as wide as tennis balls, as the small ice dragon stopped just above his head. Jesse slowly brought his hands up to take off his ski goggles, gaining a clearer image of the dragon. The body of the magnificent creature was covered in translucent white scales, making it look more like an ice statue than a living beast. Four paws were padded white, with sharp talons able to cut a small tree down in one swipe. A golf ball sized head was connected to a long neck, about the length of a small child’s hand. Long wings were neatly folded at the back of the dragon, scraping the tree branch with every step it took. It’s steel grey eyes curiously watched Jessie, as small puffs came out of the dragon’s nostrils. The dragon fascinated Jessie greatly, from it’s behaviour to it’s appearance. He was looking almost straight up now at the dragon. The ice dragon simply clung to the dark brown evergreen branch like a koala would upright, it’s head turned to the side. They stayed like that for a few seconds, staring into each other’s eyes, before Jessie slowly took his right glove off his warm hand. The dragon noticed the sudden change of movement, and went back a couple steps on the branch, almost scared for the next action. Jessie gently raised his hand towards the dragon, smiling softly, trying to convey that he was no harm to the remarkable dragon. The dragon’s eyes first showed fear, but then changed to content. It glanced at Jessie’s out stretched hand, and gradually made its way to the end of the branch, towards his open hand. The anxiety feeling started to grow in Jessie’s stomach, until the dragon nudged his hand with the slight amount of force. A cold shiver ran through him, as he gently pet the top of the dragon’s head with his thumb. Jessie smiled slightly, and managed to shake off the other glove off his left hand. The new sound of the glove falling to the crisp snow, made the ice sculpture of a dragon retract from Jessie’s hand, but it did not move from its perch on the branch. It tilted its head once more and looked right into Jessie’s forest green eyes with its cloudy orbs. Jesse, taking his left hand brought it to the other side of the dragon, which was looked at with interest, and had it lightly touch the left side of the small dragon. The ice dragon was scared at first, scratching and biting at Jessie’s hands. Jessie cringed with pain, but kept his hands at the sides of the small dragon, trying to calm it. It eventually composed itself once it knew the warm hands weren’t leaving, and it looked at Jessie with both anger and awe. It came forward suddenly, and walked onto Jessie’s head. Jessie kept calm, not wanting to anger the dragon further. It crawled down his head and neck onto his right shoulder. It rubbed its head into Jessie’s neck, making him gasp slightly. He simply smiled at the dragon, while bending down very slowly to grab both of his gloves. “I’m guessing you need a name”, Jessie said calmly, glancing on his shoulder towards the ice dragon. It just clawed gently at his neck in reply. “Well, how about ... Acer?”, Jessie suggested. The dragon opened its left wing and wrapped it around the back of Jessie’s neck, and rubbed its head into Jessie’s cheek as a reply. Jessie chuckled, as he turned around and headed into the trees, back towards Kyle, almost bursting with excitement.
Jessie and Kyle had skied for an hour, already completing 5 runs. The snow was still crisp, powder still ﬂuffy and the ice still soft enough to ski easily over. Trees were still softly sprinkled with white snow, and the teenager’s smiles never left their faces. Turns were easy, and snow ﬂuttered down delicately, covering the ground further. For the 6th time that day, Kyle and Jessie made their way through the line of the Crewmann Lift with ease, few people were out enjoying the new snow. Now on the lift, Jessie sighed, a small smile spread across his face, and eyes closed. A breeze lifted the stray pieces of blonde hair off Jessie’s forehead, making him feel content and open minded. Kyle sat next to Jessie quietly, trying to keep Walter warm in his jacket. He looked over and noticed Jessie’s eyes closed and breath slowed due to the small puffs of cloud from his orange balaclava. Kyle smiled slightly, and turned to Walter, his small blue head rubbing against Kyle’s neck. Kyle smiled down at him, taking his hand out of his glove, and petting the small dragon softly. Walter closed his eyes in delight returning to the warmth in Kyle’s jacket. Jessie’s eyes ﬂuttered open once they rode past the second to last tower. Turning his head to the left, he noticed a ﬂicker of sunlight shinning off a tree, which both intrigues and interests him. Jessie kept his green eyes on the shiny object, and tapped Kyle hard on the shoulder, gaining his attention. “Woah man, what is ... “, Kyle is cut off once Jessie points at the gleaming object. Kyle’s head whips towards Jessie. “Dude, we have to go over there.” Lifting the metal bar, Kyle and Jessie get off the lift with ease, turning sharply to the left towards where they both saw the reﬂective object in the trees. Speeding across the smooth and soft power, they made their way swiftly towards the area in question. “This was about the place where we saw it right?” Kyle exasperated, breathing heavily and looking around upwards in the trees. They were surrounded by large and small evergreens, covered with a white sheet of snow, while clouds ﬂew across the sky like large white birds. Sunlight shone through the trees, casting shadows along the snow gracefully. “Yeah, I think so”, Jessie replied, looking through the tall trees, eyes squinted, looking for the abnormal glint. Observing each spruce and evergreen for a few seconds, Jessie started to see the familiar glint a few meters away. Forgetting to tell Kyle, Jessie started to ski slowly towards the reﬂective shine. As he got closer, the glint became a small white shape, and it was slightly camouﬂaged from the dark tree branches. Jessie’s eyes squinted further, managing to clearly make out a head and small body. Jessie neared the glinting object slowly, eyes now widened slightly. “It’s a dragon ... “, Jessie said under his breath, with a small puff of cloud escaping out of his mouth as he spoke. The dragon’s head snapped up towards Jessie, making him stop instantly. The dragon was now clearer, its white translucent scales contrasting in the sunlight. It didn’t look like a living being at all. It’s piercing grey Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the eyes followed Jessie’s small movements, as Jessie followed the December Apex Matters. ApexMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 23 dragon with his forest green ones.
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