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Celebrating 15th Season ... In Colour! By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters
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I am excited to bring back Apex Matters for a 15th season! And, in full colour print! Since the beginning of Apex Matters in December 2002, this snow culture newsletter has been printed in black & white each month. Viewing the colour version online was a visual treat. From the start, it has always been the determined goal to reach colour in print one day. Well, that one day is finally here! I look forward to preparing fresh new issues every month through April. My goal is "Keeping You in the S'know", so read online or in print, catch up on the latest and greatest in the snow industry, hear about adventures, stay current with club updates, find out about ski and stay specials, never miss out on a big après party, enjoy specials, win prizes, and even push your thinking a little further ... it's all right here at your finger tips in Apex Matters. I would like to give a huge thanks to all the advertisers and content contributors. Without their support, we wouldn't have Apex Matters. Cheers to them, Ullr, and a great season ahead!
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Time To Swap Your Gear! By Kirk Marleau, CSP Swap Coordinator It’s that time of year again to start putting away the summer toys and start thinking about heading to the mountains in search of that perfect run through the snow. To really get ready for the season ahead, you must look in your basement or garage, check out your skis and boards, and determine if new equipment is needed to ride the mountain.
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To help you move out the old and replace what is needed, the Canadian Ski Patrol - Apex Zone is hosting it’s Annual Ski and Board Swap. The Apex Zone Ski Patrol is a volunteer organization that provides first aid services on the slopes and in the village at Apex Mountain Resort. Proceeds from the Swap goes toward first aid equipment used on the mountain. This year’s swap is taking place at the Penticton Curling Club on Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd. Skiers and boarders can bring in their used equipment to sell on consignment and then purchase what they need to hit the slopes. There will be a great selection of both new and used equipment for all ages and all ability levels. Patrollers will be on hand to offer assistance in helping you choose the gear appropriate for you. The consignment goods can be dropped off on Friday, September 21st starting at 9 am. All unsold equipment must be picked up by 11 am on Sunday, September 23rd. Looking forward to seeing you at the Swap!
Welcome to the Season By James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager We are all getting excited for another amazing season following one of the best snow years Apex has ever had. Last year, Apex hit a settled snow base of 300 cm’s, which is hard to achieve in the Okanagan. The forecast for this season looks amazing as well, and we’re hoping to have another epic season. We have purchased another Beast grooming machine from Prinoth which was delivered from Quebec in August. The Beast is one of the biggest grooming machines on the market. This means that we can free groom (without having to set up a winch) more runs faster. The Beast has more horsepower, wider tracks, and a wider tiller, which all equates to seeing more runs groomed each night. The lift maintenance crew have installed a new panel in the Triple Chair and installed new comfy seats on the Triple Chair as well. Looking after the maintenance of all of the lifts at Apex is a massive job that requires our staff working throughout the summer to ensure we are as ready as we can be to start the season. Apex hired a company to come in from Canmore to machine brush the lower aspect runs. They did a fantastic job and we have our own crew out brushing the higher aspect runs. We have purchased an alpine mower to assist the brushing crew in getting ready for early season conditions. We welcome Nicole Cullen, manager of Apex Places, to the Apex Team. Nicole will be looking after booking lift ticket and accommodation packages with the Apex Places inventory. If you are not staying at your accommodation on the mountain and would like to make some revenue when you are not there, contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can explain how easy it is for Apex Places to manage your vacation home. Chad and Colin will be back running the Edge Bistro, making their fantastic specialty coffees, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and too many treats to list, all served with the ﬂair that The Edge always brings. Chad and Colin will be hosting any groups, functions or
events at the restaurant located in the Apex Mountain Inn. The Vintage Hospitality Group will be back running the Gunbarrel Saloon, Gunbarrel Restaurant, the Trading Post and the Longshot Wine and Tapas Bar. The Longshot Wine and Tapas Bar was a new venture last season and exceeded all expectations providing an intimate venue showcasing local Okanagan Valley wineries and serving creative perfectly wine matched tapas. We are going on a sweet little venture this winter by opening a candy store in the village. Located where the Artisan Store was last winter in the northwest corner of Beaconsfield building, the candy store will have all sorts of treats for all ages to get you on a sugar high you might need to get a few more runs in. Steve Sheridan did a fantastic job running the Mountain Shop last season and he is stoked for another great season of getting customers in the latest gear, so they can take full advantage of the great terrain at Apex. Steve has sourced out new product lines to not only get you looking good in the lift line, but performing to the best of your abilities carving up whatever terrain you like to ride. Season pass sales are in full swing and are available at the discounted sale rate until September 30th only. After a 3 year price freeze, we only increased our rates by 5% in an attempt to keep up with all of our overhead cost increases, not to mention minimum wage increasing by 10% this year. Season pass application forms are available at Freeride, Pentagon, Apex Ski Shop, True Outdoors and Sportchek. You can also buy your season passes online anytime at apexresort.com. Apex staff will be on location selling season passes at the Ski & Board Swap from September 21-22 at the Penticton Curling Rink and in the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre from September 28-30. We are always looking for ways to improve the mountain and enhance your resort experience. If you see something that could be improved upon, I have an open door policy and would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me anytime on the mountain or by cell at 250-490-6172 or email email@example.com. It’s going to be another fantastic season at Apex Mountain Resort and I look forward to seeing you on the mountain this winter.
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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update Welcome To Tricia Wilson This year the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre welcomes Tricia Wilson as the new General Manager of the club. Tricia’s technical qualifications in the industry include her Level 4 CANSI and Level 1 CSIA, but she offers much more than just 20 years of Nordic skiing instruction. She also has a wealth of experience in ski school management, developing school and adult programs, staff training, and having spent the last several years as the assistant manager of Trail Sports at the Canmore Nordic Centre positions her well for a successful tenure with Nickel Plate. Outside of skiing, Tricia moved to a little 3 acre slice of paradise near Twin Lakes a year ago, where she’s either chasing her dogs and cat, learning about beekeeping and growing vegetables, or riding mountain bikes. Sometimes though, she just sits on the deck overlooking the Marron Valley, wondering if life could possibly get any better.
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A New General Manager Means New Programming Change brings opportunity, and the 2018/19 ski season up at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is offering the public plenty of opportunity to improve their skiing and enjoy the winter season above the clouds at Nickel Plate. The club is organizing several new lesson formats, both for the raw beginner just looking to figure out how to use these sticks, and the more experienced hoping to hone their skills. For more information on any of these lessons below, please visit our website at http://nickelplatenordic.org. To inquire about signing up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Five Week Skate Lessons Come join us in January to top up your skate skiing ability. This program runs each Saturday for 5 weeks and is a great opportunity to increase your skills and enjoyment of the sport, and meet new ski partners. The club is offering a 25% discount on rentals for the lesson for those just getting started. Program runs January 12 February 9 from 10:30-12:00 Noon. Drop-in Beginner Lessons For Classic Skiing On weekends, we will be running drop-in beginner lessons for classic skiing. Each Saturday and Sunday you can participate in an hour long lesson that will prepare you to head to the trails on your own. In order to offer the best opportunity for all participants, skiers must be at least 12 years old to join. Program runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30-1:30 pm. Family Lessons Bring the whole family out for fun on the snow. Although we will try to accommodate drop-in family lessons, to avoid disappointment please book in advance. There is no age limit on family lessons, so bring out the whole gang! Private & Semi-Private Lessons If you want an instructor all to yourself, call ahead to book a private lesson. You’ll be able to focus on specifics without distraction. Semi-private lessons are another great way to get more “me time” with an instructor, and perfect for friends and couples. Again, although we will try to accommodate drop-in private lessons, to avoid disappointment please book in advance. Skills Development Program Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s Cross Country Ski Skills Development Program is for kids aged 4-13. This program runs for 12 weeks from December 8th - March 9th. We teach skills, technique and competition at a progressive level. Kids will learn both classic and skate skiing at the appropriate lesson levels. We also like to have fun race days, games and campfires. We have a great season planned with lots of fun for the whole family!
Banff Mountain Film Fest Wednesday, September 19th ~ 7 pm Cleland Theatre, Penticton Banff Mountain Film Fest world tour is playing in Penticton at the Cleland Theatre on Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm with general seating. This event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets early! Tickets are $25 each and are available at Peach City Runners (cash only), or also at The Bike Barn and True Outdoors. There will be wine and beer sales, door prizes, and it is a great night out! Join us to view 8-10 amazing independently-made short films with a focus on outdoor sports, environment and living life to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fullest! This event is brought to you by Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club. This is an annual fundraiser for the club, so please come out and support this event. For more information, please email bmffpenticton@ gmail.com or call Kathryn at 778-476-4849. Please view the Nickel Plate Facebook page to see a sneak preview of the films we will be presenting.
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By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director The club is poised for another fantastic season! Apex Carver’s entry level 11 week program is ready for your registrations. As always, we will have Christmas Break Camps, which have been very popular over the years. Early registration is key to deliver a quality program. The club has simplified the registration process via www.apexskiclub.com. If you have any questions, please ask through the website and you’ll receive a prompt email response. Warren Miller Movie Night is November 16th ~ Visit with ski friends and enjoy the trade show in the foyer prior to the 7 pm show. $15 tickets at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride, Pentagon, True Outdoors and Hoodoo Adventures. Look for tickets on sale near the end of September. See you at the Swap!
Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist - The Beaches | Album - Late Show | Track - Moment Another big season awaits us yet again. I’ve heard a lot of talk and speculation that Apex will get the same amount of snow as last year. I can’t wait for that “moment”! I really enjoy listening to this band from Ontario. It’s refreshing to hear some original music and these women rock! Don’t forget to hit the annual Ski Swap this Sept 21st & 22nd. You might just find that new piece of equipment to get you into the “moment” this season up at Apex. 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.
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Inaugural “Passo Apex” Hill Climb Race By Jason Curran
The Passo Apex Hill Climb Race returned to Apex Mountain on July 7th, pitting some of the best cyclists in Western Canada against the clock and against themselves. For a second straight year, Edmonton’s Marg Fedyna was the top overall finisher among the women with a clocking of 45:58. Kelowna’s Connor Martin edged out American and World Tour Professional cyclist, Nate Brown, for the top spot among the men in a time of 37:09. Apex Mountain has long been thought of as one of toughest, steepest paved roads to cycle in the province. Inspired by a Canadian Cycling Magazine ranking of Canada’s toughest climbs, the mighty mountain just southwest of Penticton features an average gradient of 7.9% over 12.2 km, and some pitches up to 20%, leading the magazine to compare it to climbs featured in the Tour de France. Coincidentally, Brown rode the 2017 Tour de France for his EF Education First Drapac p/b Cannondale pro cycling team and ranks as an elite level climber. His brother, Jonny Brown, coming off a surprising USA Cycling Pro Road National Championship win in June, also tested his legs in the Passo Apex race this past July. This year’s hill climb race, part of a series of events connected to the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan cycling ride on July 8th, attracted more than 50 cyclists and was supported by mobile bike shop business, Velofix, along with the partnership of Apex Mountain Resort and Kelowna’s Tree Brewing. Axel Merckx, Granfondo co-founder and former Belgian professional cyclist, raced the event for a second straight year and was reminded just how hard a climb up Apex Mountain can be. “It always seems cycling up Apex gets tougher each year,” Merckx said following the race. “At the end of the day, we’re thrilled to offer a true hill climb race in one of the most beautiful regions in Canada.”
A New Season Ahead By Andi Naude It’s that time of year again! The countdown to the new ski season is on! I hope that you have all had a fantastic summer, filled with quality time with family and friends. After an incredibly memorable ski season, including representing Canada at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, I have decided to take a step back from competitive mogul skiing for the 2018/2019 season. I truly believe that this time away from competition will be the best thing for me, as I will be able to reﬂect on the past six years of intensive training, competition, and travel with the Canadian National Team. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the world with amazing people, representing our fantastic country, and participating in the sport I love most.
Great Cabin Recipes Fall-Off-the-Bone Pomegranate Molasses Short Ribs with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes By Dee Martens
If there’s one thing that I am always in the mood for, it’s ribs. Wait, correction: if there is something that I am always in the mood for, it’s fall-off-the-bone ribs! This succulent dish will have you begging for more, and thanking me for this recipe. These are bold in ﬂavour and easy to make - a win-win, I would say. This meal can be made in a dutch oven or a slow cooker for a tender, juicy and gourmet dish. Short Ribs are a great meal for entertaining, as all of the hands-on work is done in the beginning - the rest is left to the oven (and they smell delicious while cooking). I will now embark on an entirely new chapter; following my dream Start by rinsing 4 pounds of beef short ribs with cold water and pat of becoming a veterinarian. I am very honoured for the opportunity them to dry. Next, season ribs on all sides with salt and pepper (be to study abroad, at one of the top three veterinary schools in the generous here, as the salt helps to break down the tough meat). world. I will be leaving to study in London, England at the Royal Once spiced, drench the ribs in 1/4 cup of ﬂour for an even coat Veterinary College mid September. Words can hardly begin to - this is tricky, as you don’t want the ﬂour too thick or too thin, I describe how excited I am for this new challenge and change of simply brush the excess ﬂour off with a dry hand and ﬂip the ribs. pace. Let sit for 3 minutes while heating 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil Again, I want to thank you all so much for being behind me in a large Dutch oven that has an oven safe lid. Once the oil is every step of the way. The love and support I have received hot (not smoking), sear the short ribs on all sides. It is easiest to over the years has been absolutely overwhelming, and I simply do this with tongs, ensuring an even sear. I prefer my ribs to be cannot thank you enough. Without you all, I would not be where seared with a caramelized crust on them, it seals in the ﬂavour I am today, that’s for sure. This is not a goodbye, but simply a and adds texture to the finished product. Once seared, remove to break from competitive skiing. I do not want to close any doors; a plate and set aside. I will reassess in the spring, and decide whether I will return to In the same pan, saute one large onion, diced until translucent. competition to push for the next Olympic Games in 2022. Until Add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 cups of beef stock, 2 tablespoons then, I am really looking forward to seeing you on the slopes over of ketchup, 1/4 cup of pomegranate molasses and 2 cups of red the winter holidays! Thank you again for letting me share my story wine (any variety, stale wine is okay!) Bring to a slight boil and add with you, and I wish you all the very best. 1 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary (add the stems to the broth if you want for added ﬂavour), 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme (dried works too - 1 teaspoon instead of tablespoon), 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of paprika, and 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Whisk spices to combine and add short ribs back to the pot. Cover with a lid and braise for 6.5 hours at 250˚ F. Be careful to ensure that the meat is not entirely covered by the liquid, at least 1/4 of the ribs should be above the marinade level. Once ribs have cooked for 3 hours, ﬂip them so the other side is immersed in the liquid. Remove the lid and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes, until the tops of the meat are blackened, if ribs were cooked at 250˚ F, increase temperature to 350˚ F before putting the dish in the oven without a lid. This meal goes perfectly paired with hot, creamy mashed potatoes! Here is a simple, fool-proof method for my Rosemary Butter Mashed Potato Recipe: Peel and quarter 8 large russet potatoes and place in a large pot. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and cover with water, bringing the potatoes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes (or until potatoes are fork-tender). Place the potatoes in a Apex’s Andi Naude competing in the Womens Moguls Finals on Sunday, February 11th at large bowl, add 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup of cubed the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Kevin Light) butter, 1/2 a teaspoon of minced, fresh rosemary (or a pinch of dried), 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and pepper (to taste), beat with a hand blender for smooth, silky potatoes or with a hand-masher for traditional Steady residual income with a management ‘lumpy’ potatoes. focussed on catering to your property. bcvpm.com Pair this meal with Perseus’ 2013 Eclipse wine. The blend of Cab Sav, Syrah and BC Vacation Property Management Malbec give an acidic and sweet taste John Redenbach 250-498-0942 Krista Redenbach 250-498-1750 that pairs perfectly with these succulent 1M liability coverage included - See contract details. ribs and rich potatoes. Enjoy!
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Introducing Head Coach Tanya Callon! Raised in Penticton, Tanya Callon grew up skiing Apex Mountain from the age of 5. She has been involved in the world of Freestyle Skiing for over 25 years. Tanya started coaching after she retired from the National Mogul Team, while attending school for Massage Therapy. Since making the transition from athlete, to student, to coach, Tanya has been highly inﬂuential to the success of many athletes around the province, as well as Apex Freestyle Club alumni. With over 10 years of experience leading and coaching successful high performance programs and over two decades of development club coaching, she is excited to be back where it all began! Tanya is looking forward to creating fun, strong, skilled-based development and performance programs for Freestyle Apex.
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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Here we go again! Apex Matters is back. Now I have to come up with 3+ months of pre-snow hype prior to bragging about our sweet sweet pow pow. It may be total guess work, but in my 10 seconds of internet research this year I hear our El La Nino-pinto system is bringing higher low level upward down drafts resulting in a sub cold movement of great precipitation resulting in snow. It is going to be a great year! I mean really when is the last time you ever heard a ski hill say, “Oh boy ... she is going to be dry this year”. Somehow every system type seems to be just perfect conditions for the best snow season ever. Personally, I hope this is true, but it really starts to cast a little doubt in the reliability of anyone to parse out the finer details of long range meteorological data. I say we should just all off up our sacrifices (blood or otherwise) to Ullr or whatever deity you feel will bring us favourable snow conditions. I hear tell that petting a Yeti brings good snow luck. On that note, you can find your local Canadian Ski Patrol president and unconfirmed (but he totally is) resident Yeti Josh Mercer at our Annual Ski & Board Swap (September 21st & 22nd). Make sure to grab a selfie of you #pettingtheyeti. Tell him Brad sent you. He will LOVE it! You know what? There are a few furry fellows on the patrol. Grab a selfie with any of them and #pettingtheyeti. Let’s make this a thing people! Whatever god is responsible for the white stuff is bound to find this amusing. At the very least, I think it is funny and that is good enough for me!
2019 brings more incredible freestyle events to Apex Mountain. Apex is internationally known for our outstanding moguls course and facilities. Because of the amazing support from Apex Mountain Resort, we host some of the highest caliber freestyle skiing events in the world ... right here at Apex Mountain! I saw the hill has a brand new Beast groomer this year. I actually was ﬂoating the channel when something other than the beautiful ... Here’s what’s in stock for 2019: ‘foliage’ ... caught my eye as it rolled along the parkway. I’ve notice 1. 2019 Canadian Selections - December 13-16 that the ‘foliage’ on the channel is so enticing that every summer 2. The BC “TIMBER TOUR” and “SUPER YOUTH” Provincial the amount of skid marks along the channel grow exponentially. Series kicks off right here at Apex - January 17-20 That ‘foliage’ distracts a lot of drivers it seems. Huh. Anyway, the 3. This year the North American Champion will be crowned here new beast is a HUGE unit, which will destroy powder faster than on Apex Mountain in the NorAm Finals! Feb 28 - March 3 ever! I mean who needs beautiful natural white ﬂuff when you can Interested in getting involved? Help out at the events! ski delightfully along teeth chattering corduroy. It is a great way to test your fillings. But I jest. We all know that groomers have their Open to everyone, so come out and see how much fun it can be! place. That place may be in the deep basement of loathing for Get close to the action and meet some great people, make lasting some, but it is a place. But as I move away for jest, once again I’d friends and watch some of the best freestyle athletes in North like to throw a big shout out to the grooming crew. They really do America from up close. an awesome job of keeping the mountain in tip top shape. We all There are many event jobs to be done from course workers to like to give grooming a hard time, but really is there anything better coffee runners, freestyle is a great way to meet good people and than 20cm of fresh over a well packed run? It is truly hard to beat. watch incredible skiers compete. Apex Freestyle is always looking I am excited for this new season! Can’t wait to strap the planks on. for volunteers to help. No experience or skiing ability required! Happy skiing everyone! ApexMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 9 Visit our website and click on “Events” to learn how!
Test Of Humanity By Sheilagh Seaton, Event Organizer The Test of Humanity event attracts mountain bikers of all ages and abilities from all over Western Canada. This year, the race is taking place in Summerland on September 16, 2018. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support Canadian Humanitarian’s projects educating vulnerable children in Ethiopia. In the past seven years, a total of over $333,000 has been raised. It is a family fun day with events for all ages and all abilities. Sheilagh Seaton, who organizes the race in partnership with her husband, Nic Seaton, claims, “The kids events are so fun to watch. Little people as young as three years old are out there riding their bikes and grinning as they hear Steve King announce their names.”
Young mountain bike riders enjoy their race experience just like their parents do.
To keep the riders on their bikes, The Bike Barn provides technical support. A nutrition tent is sponsored by Nesters Market and Podium Imports. In addition to the racing, there are activities for the kids including The Co-operators craft tent, and a low to ground bike skills area. True Grain Bakery and Backyard Beans are there to look after the spectators and riders, and there is a BBQ hosted by Mountain View Landscaping. Many other local businesses also sponsor the race to help make it successful enabling all proceeds from the race, including registration fees and pledges, to be used to support Canadian Humanitarian’s projects. In addition, each racer is required to make a contribution to our local food bank as part of their registration fee. Nic Seaton, race director, states, “The race is all about giving, both locally and globally. It brings out the best in people.”
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Community Partners Project By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Over the past several years, we have been working to create and grow events and programs in the community with a goal of getting more people active and outdoors. The Okanagan is a unique and special place where we can have amazing outdoor adventures year round. We want to help to create a culture of adventure by introducing people of all ages to the many opportunities we have here. We assist with access, equipment, education and fun experiences. We have had fun ourselves finding creative ways to spend time outside with others and instill a passion for adventure within our youth.
In 2016, I founded a not-for-profit called the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society (YORS). The mission of the society is to provide affordable programs for mainstream and at-risk youth in the Okanagan to participate in outdoor recreation, education and leadership activities. These activities provide the platform (or opportunity) to help youth develop and nurture their physical, emotional and intellectual selves by enhancing their relationship and confidence in the surrounding natural environment. We provide accessible pro-social and therapeutic recreational programming to reduce the isolation of high-risk and marginalized youth and promote community integration, relationship building, and life-skills development. We provide therapeutic and recreational expertise that acknowledges the mind-body connection for optimal health and reinforces the value of active engagement in natural contexts for improved physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
In 2017, we changed the structure of our events so that partial or net proceeds of all of our 7 annual events would be donated to YORS. We wanted to stand behind what we believe in and get the word out about what our goals are with YORS. As a Society and a Board, we want to use YORS to help put free Outdoor Recreation Programming into every school in Penticton. Every child deserves to play outdoors and to discover nature and learn about the natural environment. We believe outdoor education should be a right, not a privilege. As Richard Louv said, “the more high-tech we get, the more nature we need.” As I go through my career of adventure tourism, event management, outdoor education and business, I see how closely they are all tied to the Economic Development of the area. Our events increase shoulder season tourism and showcase that we have awesome year round activities. When people visit us here for an adventure tour, many leave considering Penticton as a future home because of the amazing lifestyle we have. For those looking for a new place to live, knowing they’re children would be guaranteed an outdoor education and they could access the outdoors themselves or as a family, makes Penticton an even more desirable place to call home. The benefits of outdoor experiences reach far beyond teaching life lessons. It is the bigger picture that is so special about our impact on the community.
This year, we have partnered with some amazing local companies to help us achieve our goals. These companies have become our Community Partners and share our vision for Penticton. They have assisted us in getting kids to spend more than 20,000 hours outdoors. They are volunteering their time, helping us spread the word, growing our events, and raising funds for our cause. I personally want to thank our partners at Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Nature’s Fare Markets, Penticton Lakeside Resort and Radec Group for their amazing support over the past few months. It is because of these companies we are able to offer programming for almost 800 kids through a unique leadership game we are bringing to local schools, which started at Uplands Elementary this past June. This is something that would not be possible without our Community Partners. Thank you for sharing our vision and our passion for our Community. It is partnerships like this that make what we do possible. If you would like more information about the Community Partners Project and how to become a partner, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 our services, programs, special events or to book your next adventure tour, please call 250-492-3888 or email email@example.com. Be sure to visit our website at www.hoodooadventures.ca for full details.
Dino’s Snowshoe & Mountain Bike Diaries By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide I like to think of time as an avalanche, it stops for nothing. And here we go again, another Apex Matters season slides upon us. But wait! It’s too early for me. I can barely lift my pen to make it eke out a few words relating to the white stuff. Ahhh, my two wheeled steed to the rescue. I can write about my other passion, “mountain biking”. I purchased my first mountain bike, a Miyata Ridgerunner, in about 1983, so can safely say that I have been mountain biking for about 35 years. I started with a non suspension bike and jumped right into a full suspension, steel to aluminum and now carbon fiber and have enjoyed them all. Mountain bike technology has come a long way and the sport has exploded in popularity with ski hills, resorts, towns and cities and bike clubs spending millions of dollars building trails from beginner to expert for all to enjoy. My good snowshoe buddy Joe and I we’re probably some of the first mountain bikers to ride and explore sections of the KVR from Rock Creek to the Coquihalla. Two of the most memorable sections being the Myra Canyon trestles, which were a bit nerve wracking to ride before they were made as safe as they are now, and the Adra Tunnel, which was closed many years ago for safety reasons. The Adra Tunnel was a special treat, as it is 489 meters long and is eerily pitch black in the middle. What an amazing tourist attraction this tunnel could be if re-opened!
Enjoying a rest at “the bay” on Nickel Plate Lake.
From here, the trail heads clockwise around the lake to the northeast end. This section is beautiful single track with some technical rocky, rooty and wet sections. One can stop at the “bay,” which has some of the nicest sand anywhere, and either have a snack break or go for a swim, if feeling brave as the water can be quite invigorating.
From the northeast end of the lake, you can turn around and go back the same way or without getting into too much detail, (the Over the years, my mountain bike adventures have taken me complete loop back to Nickel Plate parking lot can be found on from riding the KVR to exploring wilderness back roads and back Andrew Drouin’s Sweet Singletrack or Traiforks) ride up a steep country to alpine riding and even chair lift assisted riding. Heli two track road to the “big rock” and then to the “3 ponds parking biking is certainly on my bucket list! Exploring on my bike, with lot”. Then up and down Riordan Mountain on both single and two a dose of hike-a-bike, is probably my favorite form of mountain track all the way to the intersection of the power line and Proper biking. Having said that, a well built ﬂowy cross country trail road. A stiff climb up Proper road will take you to the “Prometheus” single trail. This is a super fun downhill all the way to Winters peppered with a few jumps and stunts runs a close second. Creek Road. Some tricky navigating through the Nickel Plate As I like to call it, the Apex/Nickel Plate Recreation Area is one of cross country trails will return you to the parking lot. my favourite places to mountain bike and explore, especially in the summer months when it is hot, dry and dusty in the valley. Unlike This route, which I and a hand full of others maintain, is only some trails in more populated areas such as Whistler, where there one of the many hidden trail treasures in the Apex/Nickel Plate are hordes of riders one must share the trails with, here the hordes Recreation Area. The potential for mountain biking is untapped in are mosquitoes, black ﬂies and a few other winged biting pests, this beautiful area. but nothing repellent can’t take care of. And, come September So, until the snow ﬂies, I will be writing about my mountain bike and October, the bugs are mostly non existent. adventures and perhaps I might see you on the trail. Fall time is One of my favourite rides in the Apex/Nickel Plate Recreation one of the best times to ride, so get out there and ride!! Area, most of which was used for the mountain bike races in 1999 Till the next issue ... Keep your front wheel straight and you & 2000 (est.) is the Nickel Plate Lake Trail. This trail is typically shouldn’t go over the handle bars! accessed across the road from the Nickel Plate Nordic parking lot. It is a beautiful mostly single track trail for intermediate riders, which winds its way through the forest eventually joining up with the dam on the southwest end of Nickel Plate Lake. It is always tours rentals sales worth stopping to take a picture up the lake from the dam.
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A Glance At Our Night Sky
measurements of what is going on in the solar corona, close to the Sun. It will be exploring the environment where the solar wind Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the begins, solar ﬂares happen and coronal mass ejections (solar snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought storms) start their journeys to Earth. Our radio telescopes pick up provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s emissions from a complex menagerie of plasma processes in the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. solar corona. Now we can hope for direct measurements of what is going on. This spacecraft has the potential to be a real solar Getting Close To The Sun We are seriously interested in understanding the Sun for two research and space weather game changer. reasons. First of all, it is the only star in the universe that is close The spacecraft is named the “Parker Solar Probe”, after the enough to study in fine detail. Knowing how the Sun works is an eminent American solar physicist Eugene Parker, who, apart from important step in making sense of the many different types of stars writing a series of important text books found on the bookshelves that in their billions populate our and other galaxies. The other of most solar physicists, predicted the existence of the solar wind reason is that it is the engine driving our environment on Earth. All 60 years ago. This is one of those rare cases where the spacecraft the energy we use, with the exception of nuclear energy, comes is named after a scientist who is still living. from the Sun, either now or in the past, stored in fossil fuels. It also The Sun is a very difficult object to get to for a spacecraft launched can degrade or completely disrupt our power, transportation and from Earth. Our planet is orbiting the Sun at over 110,000 km/h. communication infrastructure. To get the spacecraft into an orbit that closely approaches the Until now, we have been confined to observing the Sun from a safe Sun, we need to cancel almost all that speed; that is, launch distance, using ground-based optical and radio telescopes, orbiting the spacecraft backwards from Earth at close to 110,000 km/h. telescopes, and a selection of space probes. Our information has We currently have nothing able to do that. So, the vehicle has been partly second-hand; we find out what is going on by observing been launched backward along the Earth’s orbit at around 88,000 the emissions produced, rather than studying the processes and km/h. There are launchers just capable of doing that. This will their environment directly. This autumn things will change, when get the spacecraft to Venus, where it will use the planet’s gravity we expect to have the closest encounter we have ever had. to change its course and speed, so that it can continue on to its A NASA spacecraft has been launched which is in an orbit that close encounter with the Sun. Eventually, the probe will succumb will eventually take it to within 6 million kilometres of the “surface” to the Sun’s heat and radiation, but for a while it will be the fastest of the Sun, and then, over the following seven years or so repeat spacecraft ever launched from Earth, reaching around 720,000 this encounter 24 times. During those encounters the spacecraft km/h during its closest passes to the Sun. The spacecraft will be will encounter more than 600 times the amount of heat reaching exposed not only to heat but to blasts of high-energy particles and the Earth. To survive such heat levels, it is equipped with some X-rays, which can damage or destroy instruments and electronics exotic cooling technologies, plus a heat shield made from a that are not radiation hardened. This is a challenging mission any special carbon composite material. The objective is to make direct way we look at it, but the science we expect will be really exciting.
Apex Property Owners Association
By the APOA Board APOA has been busy this summer representing the interests of Apex property owners and the broader community of recreation users of the Apex area. APOA is actively participating, both directly and indirectly, in two separate, but related government initiatives. APOA is a founding member and active supporter of the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform (BCCFR.org). BCCFR is a provincewide group of community organizations that are seeking a greater voice in how their local forests are managed, harvested, and protected. Through APOA’s membership in BCCFR, APOA has been able to participate indirectly in two rounds of discussions that are shaping upcoming changes to the regulation and oversight of “professional reliance”, which is the model of governance currently used in forestry and other resource industries in BC. This is all part of a broader government initiative that we believe will create significant and positive changes to forestry regulation in BC, and ultimately, better protection of the tourism and recreation resources of the Apex recreation area. Jeff Brown, Chair of the APOA Forestry Advisory Committee, is also a member of the BCCFR’s steering committee. In this BCCFR role, Jeff participated in a two-day, multistakeholder round-table discussion in Vancouver organized by the Environment Ministry. These ongoing discussions are occurring with government, industry, regulators of professional associations, environmental groups, and First Nation representatives. The other area of APOA activity this summer is our contribution to the Forest Practice Board’s Special Report on the Management of Forest Recreation under the Forest and Range Practices Act. The APOA Forestry Advisory Committee made a formal submission to the Forest Practice Board (FPB), answered follow-up questions asked by the FPB, and has offered to support FPB should they choose to make Apex one of their case studies for examining how current forestry regulation impacts recreation and tourism. We look forward to further assisting the FPB in this important study. Sometimes people ask, “Why should I join and participate in the APOA?” It isn’t just that we throw great season-opener parties, although we do that too! APOA gives Apex property owners a ‘seat at the table’, something that is tough to get as an individual. Your participation in APOA helps shape Apex’s future, protects your property value, and ensures the Apex area remains a fantastic tourism and recreation area for generations to come.
The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!
APOA membership is open to all Apex property and condo owners. Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? Concerned about the status of logging? Then, the APOA needs YOU!
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Apex Fire Brigade Society Summer Summary By Gary Vollet, AFBS President All of us dealt with a smoky summer with one of the worst forest fire seasons in BC and the same goes in other areas too. AFBS took a proactive role this spring, as we sent six of our members to the Oliver Fire Fighters Spring Training Seminar. Our own scheduled training continued every Wednesday evening through spring and summer, with veterans and nine new members, two of which are trained and certified already. We reviewed protocols, tested equipment in emergency fire scenarios. The emphasis was on forest and interface fires and water delivery. In August, Kyle Parker, our AFBS / BC Wildfire Service Fire Fighter, and Max his colleague, took time out on their days off to deliver an excellent forest fire training session here at Apex. It was very detailed, informative and well presented. Special thanks again to Max, Kyle and BC WildFire Services. During this past summer season, AFBS responded to two 911 call outs and three fires during the fire ban. For the first 911 call out, AFBS was alerted by 911 Dispatch, ‘I AM Responding’ and AFBS radios of a car fire 3 km down the hill from Apex. Our first member arrived on the scene within 4 minutes for initial attack using fire extinguishers. This was followed by eight more members shortly thereafter. 911 Dispatch also informed us that Penticton Fire and Rescue were responding as well. Interestingly, Penticton does not respond to Apex calls, because we do not have a fire truck. But, due to a Provincial State of Emergency, they were allowed to respond. A crew of three arrived in a pump truck similar to one AFBS would like to acquire in the future when funding permits. At this point, the car fire was under control and Penticton’s pumper truck with foam and water completely extinguished it. Fortunately, a major forest fire was likely prevented with thanks to AFBS’s quick response. A second 911 call came three days later, which was a reported MVA (motor vehicle accident). Though AFBS isn’t equipped or trained to attend MVA’s, we are available to assist. Eight members showed up to locate the MVA, which turned out to be on the way to Apex. Three members continued to the scene to assist and no injuries were reported.
AFBS Member Gabe using a fire extinguisher on a recent car fire on Apex Mountain Road.
will need to replaced. Hoses are hundreds of dollars each and so thousands of dollars will be required. As most of you know, AFBS is a non-tax funded fire protection service, thus relying on donations to fund its operating costs. This year, the RDOS has cut our funding - a small grant that we will no longer receive.
AFBS would like to thank the heart of our community and the true locals, as well as businesses Apex Mountain Resort, Diesel’s Snow Removal and Apex Matters, who have supported us in the past and continue to support us now. We would also like to thank any of the new locals and property owners who can help us As you can appreciate, fire protection can be very costly. Your continue to grow to better serve the Apex Community. Apex Community fire protection costs include many things, such We welcome any and all donations. We have an Apex Fire Brigade as training, equipment, licensing, radios, ‘I AM Responding’, to Society “Go Fund Me” campaign at www.gofundme.com. Plus, name just a few. This year, all of our primary fire hose used for donations can be dropped off at the Apex Administration Office or basic fire protection has reached the end of its service life and included with your water or utility payment. Cheques can be made out to “AFBS”. Thank you again to everyone who can help. Of the three fires occurring during the issued “Fire Ban”, two were Category II and one a non-conforming “camp fire” at a rental unit. If you have a fire pit, check with BC WildFire for specifications and regulations.
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My name is Subrina (Herbst) Monteith and I would like to officially announce my candidacy for “Area I“ Director of Regional District Okanagan Similkameen. I have lived in the South Okanagan for most of my life and have spent the last 15 years in Kaleden with my husband raising our family of three girls. Currently, I’m completing a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resources and a minor in Economic Development and Political Science. I have always been an active and integral part of the community which I live in, and if elected I will share my talents on a broader scope. As a Kaleden resident, I have been involved in many leadership roles. I have been involved on countless committees at the Kaleden Elementary School over the past 14 years. I am also proud of my involvements with leading the Kaleden/Okanagan Falls Girl Guides and cherish the opportunities it has given me to relate to our community youth. I help to organize and volunteer for almost every Kaleden community event, allowing for many events to continue to be annual community events. In addition to my Kaleden involvements, I have been on countless boards including past roles of vice chair of Penticton Peach Festival, Terry Fox Run organizer for Penticton, board of directors for BC Senior Games to coordinator for BC Championship Pool Tournaments for over 10 years.
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My diverse community dedication demonstrates the importance I place on building strong community spirit and working together with local government to develop a rural community we can all be proud to call home. One of my best strengths is that I am an action-oriented person. When I see a problem that needs to be addressed, I respond with an action plan that is always thoughtful and comprehensive. I believe in taking time to contemplate issues from a variety of angles, and work toward solutions that are realistic. It would be my honour to represent Area ‘I’. In preparation for this important role, I have put considerable time and effort into learning about local issues affecting residents. Since my decision to run, I have attended all RDOS meetings for the past six months. Furthermore, I continue to request opportunities to open dialogue with as many residents as possible in an effort to understand and support residents in their concerns. Elections will be held on October 20th, 2018. Should you have more questions or wish to share your thoughts on community issues, I’m always available to chat. Please contact me at email@example.com or my cell 250-460-0723.
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Local Government Elections
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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Electors of the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen will elect an Electoral Area Director for a four year term ending in the fall of 2022. This will be the first election for Area “I”, covering Skaha West (St. Andrews & Twin Lakes), Kaleden, and Apex. The official list of candidates for Area “I” Director will be announced on or before September 24, 2018. Did you know that if you reside outside of RDOS Area “I” and own property at Apex, you can have one vote on behalf of that property for the Area “I” Director? Below explains the details involved.
Non-Resident Property Electors
You may vote in the 2018 General Election as a non-resident property elector if: • You do own property in the electoral area, however, you do not reside there; • As an owner, you are an individual, not a corporation, and you do not hold your interest in trust for a corporation or another trust, • You are a Canadian citizen; • You are at least 18 years of age on the day that you vote; • You have lived in BC for at least 6 months prior to voting day; • You have been a registered owner of real property in the Electoral Area for at least 30 days prior to voting day; • You have written consent of the majority of registered owners (if applicable) for the real property authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property. Please note, only one non-resident property elector may vote per property. • You have not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in the Electoral Area. • You are not disqualified from voting or convicted of an indictable offence for which you are currently in custody or have been found guilty of an election offence. Do you need to register prior to voting? No. All electors register when they vote on voting day. To register, non- resident property electors will need to bring the following: • Proof of ownership of the property in question, for example, your tax notice, or a legal Certificate of Title. • Form 2-7 “Application for Registration as a Non-Resident Property Elector Form” - See www.rdos.bc.ca under “Election”. • If applicable, Form 2-8 “Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form” (A Non-Resident Property Elector Consent form must be completed if the land title registration of the real property indicates that there is more than one individual who is the registered owner. The person registering must do so with written consent of the number of those individuals who, together with the person registering, are a majority of those individuals) - See www.rdos.bc.ca under “Election”. You are required to produce two (2) pieces of ID that together prove who you are and where you live. One MUST have your signature. Acceptable forms of identiﬁcation include: BC Driver’s License; BC Identification Card; BC CareCard or Gold CareCard; Citizenship Card; Credit or Debit Card; ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents; Residential Property Tax Notice; Social Insurance Card; and/or Utility Bill.
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Your Fall Financial Clean-Up By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor Simplify your ﬁnances ahead of a busy year-end. For many people, the fall season offers a bit of breathing room before the holiday season rush. It can therefore be a good time to get an early start on your end-of-year to-do list. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to help simplify your financial plan. 1. Set-up a regular Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contribution. A pre-authorized bi-weekly or monthly RRSP contribution is a simple way to set-up a pay yourself-first savings plan. A regular contribution also eliminates the need to come up with a lump sum contribution each February. The funds provide ﬂexibility for your portfolio and can be used to rebalance your portfolio, dollar-cost average into specific investments, or allocate as opportunities arise. 2. Open a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), or consolidate it with your other accounts. With the contribution room growing to almost $58,000 since its inception in 2009, the TFSA is quickly becoming an important, tax-efficient tool. TFSA contributions grow tax free, income earned inside your TFSA is not taxable, and you can make tax-free withdrawals, at any time, for any reason, providing both ﬂexibility and tax advantages. 3. Review your asset allocation. If this is something that often gets put off, the fall might be the right time for this review. It’s an important part of managing your portfolio and a basic review might simply ask: 1. Are you still comfortable with your target asset allocation? 2. Is it still appropriate for your overall financial plan? 3. Do you need to rebalance? 4. Talk with your tax advisor. There are several year-end tax considerations that can benefit both individuals and businesses. For example, individuals might want to look into tax-loss selling opportunities to offset taxes on investment gains. Business owners might want to consider whether to pay a corporate dividend, or the benefits of making asset purchases this year rather than next. The 2018 federal tax changes may also affect your finances. Getting organized now might allow you to benefit from tax-saving opportunities this year. 5. Help make a difference - set up a regular charitable contribution. Many Canadians donate to their favourite charities around the holiday season each year. While always appreciated, many charities struggle due to ongoing costs or heavy use of their services at different times of the year. As a result, many charities can greatly benefit from regular bi-weekly or monthly contributions.
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The Bear Facts In Ski Country By Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator At this time of year, it isn’t only humans getting prepared for another winter season; enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and heading up to the ski cabin or winter recreation areas. Local wildlife is getting ready for winter too. Managing attractants in and around your mountain home, cabin or chalet will reduce the risk that unwanted critters will take up residence, get into mischief and become a danger. When getting our winter shelters ready for the season, consider implementing attractant management systems before the season starts, and making sure all users know the rules. If we manage attractants with bears in mind, it deters other wildlife and vermin from loitering in your space. Knowing a few key bear facts will make modifying procedures at your property easier. Following a few simple actions can avoid putting you and your neighbours at risk. Bears can smell ﬁve times better than a bloodhound. They can smell a peanut butter sandwich over a kilometre away: • Keep garbage securely stored until disposal or pick up. • Freeze really pungent foodstuffs and then put in the garbage right before disposal. • Manage BBQ’s - burn off any residue from cooking. These steps will keep out bears, raccoon, deer, dogs and rats. • Clean up everything after all outside activities, like cook outs at the fire pit. Tidy up all food related bits, such as ‘Smores’, hot dog remnants, bottles and cans.
Bears need upwards of 24,000 calories per day between August and late November to bulk up for denning: • Remove Bird Feeders (or bear-feeders), as they are a 5,000 calorie meal for a bear. Make sure only to feed the birds after December 15th until March 1st. This keeps out bears, deer, raccoon, mice, cats and rats. • If you have a backyard composter, make sure they are working, with equal parts of browns and greens, veggie or garden waste only and keep it damp. NO meats or breads. Stop using it before the hard frost and cover with lots of leaves to allow it to freeze. This keeps out bears, raccoons, rats, mice and coyotes. • Feed pets indoors and make sure no leftover food is available outside. This keeps bears, coyotes, rats and mice off your porch or patio. Keep in mind that bears will return again and again, if they obtain even a small food reward. Bears can mistake non-food items as food ~ Bears may confuse waxes, fertilizers, automotive products and even some paints as food. Keep all well sealed and stored in a secure area. Bears are well known for eating or trying to eat just about anything! Bears get up early and stay up late ~ Dawn and dusk are prime times for wildlife movement, so be cautious walking or hiking with children and pets on wilderness trails. Dogs are great alert systems, but if not on a leash can create a hazard. Bears will chase dogs, who always run back to their owners. Carrying bear spray (and knowing how to use it) can go a long way to staying safe when in bear country. Be cautious walking around your sheds and outbuilding near dawn and dusk too. Surprising a bear can make it more defensive. Wildﬁres can affect bears and other wildlife ~ During and post wildfire season, areas that have been subjected to wildfire along with heavy smoke (like the South Okanagan this past two years) can affect bears and wildlife causing them to be more unpredictable. This is especially true if they have had to ﬂee their regular home range. They are looking for water, food and safe shelter in unfamiliar surroundings. Most wildlife, predators included, are range animals and can become anxious and act irrationally when a perceived (or real) imminent threat is anticipated. This can put them in conﬂict with other wildlife and humans. Apex Mountain and the surrounding area is a beautiful, easily accessible four-season playground, providing residents, cabin owners and visitors a stellar outdoor experience. More and more ‘new’ folks are discovering the area, buying land, cabins, condos, and chalets. Share your ‘wildlife’ knowledge with newcomers. Help keep you, your loved ones and your community safe. For more information on attractant management, visit www.rdos. bc.ca, click on the WildSafeBC tab, or www.wildsafebc.com. For a great video on how to use bear spray, visit https://www.cbc. ca/news/canada/british-columbia/spray-simple-acronym-bearspray-1.4784095 If you have a conﬂict with wildlife, call the BC Conservation Officer Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277. For any further questions or concerns, please contact RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Zoe Kirk at 250-490-4110 or email@example.com.
Here Are A Few Helpful FireSmart ® Tips:
FireSmart: It Matters To Apex
By Kelly Johnston, RPF Executive Director Partners in Protection Association (FireSmart Canada)
Your Building: • Ensure roofing meets Class A fire rated requirements. • Install vents that are covered with non-combustible and screening with less than 3 mm (1/8”) spacing. • Gutters should be non-combustible metal gutters kept free of combustible debris. • Open eves should be closed with appropriately screened vents. • Siding should be fire-resistant or non-combustible siding. • Windows should be multi-pane or tempered glass. • Decks should be constructed of heavy timber, fire rated or non-combustible materials. • The area under the deck and the deck surface should be free of combustibles (e.g. twigs, leaves, firewood, construction materials, or foam deck furniture cushions). • Fences within 5 feet of your building should be noncombustible.
The residents of Apex have once again avoided the impacts of yet another record breaking wildfire season in BC. Hot on the heals of a disastrous 2017 wildfire season, many others in BC and around the world were not as fortunate as new historical records were set for the second consecutive year. Wildfire experts and climatologists alike warn that this is the new norm of wildfires. The combination of forest fuel build-up, hotter and drier summers, and an increasing number of homes being built in the wildlands is resulting in an unprecedented number of uncontrollable fires that Your Landscaping: are threatening and destroying homes and property. • All combustible debris should be removed from within 1.5 Look around on your Apex home. Note the dense stands of trees, metres (5 feet) of your building. the dead and down logs and debris; the homes; and the firewood, • Keep grass and weed shorter than 10 millimetres (6 inches) tree needles, twigs and other combustibles piled on, against and in height. under the buildings. It’s not a matter of “if”, but “when” a wildfire • Maintain only low ﬂammability plants. will threaten our community. And, under the wrong conditions, this • Move firewood to at least 10 metres (30 feet) from the can result in disastrous consequences. structure or store in an enclosed ember proof structure. Although wildland fire plays an important and necessary role in our • Thin trees and clear surface vegetation out to 30 metres forest ecosystems, we do have the knowledge and understanding (100 feet) from your building. to significantly reduce the impacts of these fires on our homes and cabins. However, it is the responsibility of each home owner to For more information on how to become FireSmart ®, please visit look after their own properties. www.firesmartcanada.ca. FireSmart ® best practices applied in the critical area immediately surrounding and including the home, known as the “Home Ignition Zone” (HIZ) will significantly increase the likelihood of home survival. These best practices are focused on reducing the impacts of the radiant heat, direct ﬂame contact and airborne embers. Although every step towards reducing the ignition vulnerability helps, effectively addressing the entire HIZ should be the goal.
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. ApexMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 19
Antioxidants By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician What a summer. I am currently writing this article on an airplane, taking a trip with family to seek out clean air to breathe. A bit of respite. For weeks now I have been seeing status updates on my news feed with a variety of recommendations on how to combat the poor air quality. Anything from reducing exposure - sticking indoors and filtering the air - to supporting the respiratory system - increasing use of inhalers or adding in respiratory herbs or supplements. The environment here dictates the need to boost up the antioxidants. If you are unfamiliar with what the antioxidant category is, they are the compounds that help give us a buffer from chemical exposures and hasten healing time. Without antioxidants, our body couldn’t repair as well as it does. Our forests and air have become a stress to our bodies this summer. Yet, it is not the only time that our bodies can be under stress. Take for example pre-season training. Getting your body up to speed prior to the lifts turn can be a stress of its own. You know the drill ... Upping cardio, cross training, squats, running, and more squats. In the realm of antioxidants, these are my favs. Load up on the greens ~ Some of us are hard pressed to fill our plates with veggies. If that sounds like you, load your veggies in a high-powered blender. The colours in our veggies are what are packed full with antioxidants, keeping our body in a surplus ready for repair. Veggies win over supplements every day, as they are the most complete, unadulterated and super yummy when prepared right. Vitamin C ~ Such a well-known antioxidant. It’s well thought of when we are getting sick. A cold comes on, so downs the Vitamin C. But, what about when it comes to muscle, ligament and tendon repair. Vitamin C is also integral to collagen production, where collagen is the glue in the body. Multivitamins ~ When it comes to Multivitamins, I am more on the side of taking them only when you need them or utilizing custom formulas based on the symptoms your body is presenting. As symptoms are the way that the body communicates with us about what is not in balance. Listening to the symptoms will guide you to what your body is missing. But when it comes to short bursts of stress - airplane trips, smoke covered skies and pre-training taking a multivitamin can be a quick easy way to reload your body to prevent symptoms from occurring. Curcumin ~ This power antioxidant is the yellow pigment of turmeric - the major spice in Indian curry powders. Curcumin is a bit of a panacea where it modulates inﬂammation - a source of many disease conditions. Curcumin is also neuroprotective and modulates one of our main stress hormones, cortisol. Like any antioxidant, Curcumin is powerful in reducing the oxidative damage on the body.
Dr. Deirdre O’Neill
Natural Pain Solutions
Naturopathic Physician & Prolotherapist 3373 Skaha Lake Road Penticton, BC
Hydration ~ Our kidneys filter our blood and aid in removing toxins that we come in contact with. To help the kidneys ﬂush toxins, hydration is key. Like the kidneys, our muscles need to be hydrated to reduce risk of injury, under strenuous conditions. It is so easy to get dehydrated, especially in desert country. Many of us don’t drink enough water in the day. My rule of thumb is 1/3 of your body weight in ﬂuid ounces per day, plus another 8 ounces for every hour of exercise and another 8 ounces after any vice (coffee, pop, juice, alcohol). Yet in desert country, throwing in electrolytes into water is key to its retention, as so much can be lost in sweat. One of the tenants of Naturopathic medicine is to appreciate the innate healing power of nature. My hope is always that there is a healthy cycle of “Play, Injury, Repair, Repeat”. As will it be with our forests, wild fires will die down and snow will begin to fall. Not too long now will we be breathing fresh crisp winter air along the runs of Apex. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.
Creative Wellness Solutions
It is important to note that we listen to our client’s needs. Getting a massage doesn’t mean we’re going to hurt you. Some people do By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner enjoy a deeper massage, but we always strive to meet the client’s It’s amazing how many people I talk to suffer preference for appropriate pressure. Our upper body massage from neck pain. And strangely, statistics show focuses mostly on the neck, upper back, arms and hands. We about 60% more women are likely to develop provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a neck pain than men. comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, most neck pain is associated with poor Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the posture combined with age-related wear and Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning. Call Deetear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head centered over anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your your spine. Some simple changes in your daily routine may help. appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose Consider trying to: from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, • Use good posture. When standing and sitting, be sure or any combination. Come and see how effective massage can your shoulders are in a straight line over your hips and your be to your well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite ears are directly over your shoulders. • Take frequent breaks. If you travel long distances or work chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the long hours at your computer, get up, move around and workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. stretch your neck and shoulders. • Adjust your desk, chair and computer, so that the com and visit our Facebook page. monitor is at eye level. Knees should be slightly lower than hips. Use your chair’s armrests. Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching • Avoid tucking the phone between your ear and shoulder Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 when you talk. Use a headset or speakerphone instead. www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com • If you smoke, quit. Smoking can put you at higher risk of
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developing neck pain. Avoid carrying heavy bags with straps over your shoulder. The weight can strain your neck. Sleep in a good position. Your head and neck should be aligned with your body. Use a small pillow under your neck. Try sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows, which will ﬂatten your spinal muscles. Neck pain can also be caused by an injury, but most problems with neck pain are quite often caused by muscle dysfunction so respond very well to massage therapy. Regular massage of the area will go a long way toward eliminating the problem and many people will feel better immediately. Massage therapy is enjoyable and has a multitude of health benefits. Since neck pain can also cause headaches, it can be a drug-free approach to relieving the pain.
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.
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Learn To Social Dance This Fall By Brian Udal
Swing, Latin and Ballroom dance lessons are being held this Fall starting October 4th for 8 weeks in Penticton and October 5th for 8 weeks in Summerland. There are monthly dances for the enthusiast in Summerland. The first dance is September 22nd at St. Stephens Anglican Church Hall in Summerland. It is only 10 years young, 1800 square feet, bright and airy with myself as DJ spinning great danceable music. There is also a mini dance lesson at 7:30 pm before the dance party starts, which will feature a Salsa lesson. Dancers are coming from all around the Okanagan to take lessons and get together for fun, exercise and meeting new dance friends. Brian Udal is a certiﬁed DVIDA dance instructor since 2004. Brian specializes in American Rhythm dances. Brian is new to the Okanagan and has had great success since starting his 2018 Winter and Spring Classes and Dance Parties. Dancing has been scientifically proven to be a top rated activity to improve your health. It improves your brain, physical and emotional health, plus meeting new friends on the dance ﬂoor. Get yourself ready for a cruise, a party, a wedding, a date night or a spin in the kitchen. All ages are welcome. I am also speaking to the youth. You can improve your social life and the quality of people you meet by learning to dance. You can go to any country and seek out the dance community and be instantly welcomed. You all have a common ground and it beats the heck out of being awkward. Young adults/adults this is your chance to take wedding dance lessons. Brian Udal has taught hundreds of couples to be comfortable on the stage for your big day. Just 5 private dance lessons can get you started on your way to memories that will last a lifetime and also keep giving back. It is a skill that pays you. Check out Brian’s website and then call him on the phone or email him for current schedule information. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!
778.516.7272 www.briansdanceclass.ca Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons Monthly Dance Parties ~ Certified Instructor Since 2004
100 Women Who Care South Okanagan
We are a group of women who get together each quarter to drink a little wine, network and give back to the community. We combine our donations to be able to offer one local charity a substantive donation, as well as to give two others $500 each. It’s a great way to have a fun evening and make a difference. No charge to attend. Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is hosting our 3rd quarter 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan event starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 12th in Summerland. Come join us. Our event starts out in the Sparkling Wine Cave. We get to explore the entire winery, including the Black Sage Hall and the Far Side Barrel Room. The winery has planned food and wine pairings, tastings and more. We have three worthwhile charities presenting this evening and we will be donating more than $4500 towards them. For more information or to RSVP, either visit us on Facebook at 100WomenSouthOk or www.100womensouthokanagan.com.
South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find more opportunities to connect at www.volunteercentre.info The Volunteer Centre works with organizations to help fulfill their community service mandate through effective volunteer help. New member organizations are always welcome to join. Find more information on membership through our website or contact our office to speak with our member coordinator. Thank you to those members who signed up since July to learn how to increase and sustain the number of volunteers they need in the upcoming year: Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Okanagan Women in Need, South Okanagan Restorative Justice, Critteraid, Canadian Mental Health Association SOS Branch, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, Habitat for Humanity, Haven Hill Retirement Complex, South Okanagan Brain Injury Society, Cherry Park Retirement Residence, Oliver Parks and Recreation, University of Victoria, SPCA, Salvation Army, Oliver and District Heritage Society, Mental Wellness Society, Peach City Beach Cruise, South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre, Seniors Wellness / Better at Home, Penticton United Church, and South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls.
Strategic Volunteer Involvement Info Session
Wednesday, September 19th ~ 10:00-11:30 am Location: Penticton TBA RSVP by Friday, September 15th to: 1-888-576-5661 or firstname.lastname@example.org Volunteers are ambassadors for your organization and for the area! They are most likely the first people guests meet at events, festivals and programs. Strategic Volunteer Involvement is free to staff and volunteers of organizations that draw on volunteers for programs, events and festivals. There is a new publication from the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre available. Thank you to the City of Penticton for supporting this initiative.
Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project
Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Team of Volunteers where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. The next team gathering is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, which includes lunch and refreshments. Our organization guest speaker is Mirriam Leslie from the Salvation Army. RSVP by September 21st to email@example.com. The SOS Volunteer Centre is a registered charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www. volunteercentre.info and then click on “Browse Opportunities”. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-576-5661.
Finding Your Dragon
They would go outside and make snowmen, complete with hats, scarves, twig arms, and carrot noses. Jessie and Nicole would By Zoe Mallach have an annual snowball fight with one another in the garden, In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, which was smaller than it was now. Grabbing sleds, she would came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started take him to enormous hills in his mind, and they would slide down to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over 20 years, all the hill gracefully, like a swan ﬂying over water in the summer. humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages Jessie smiled slightly, remembering the small, but valuable of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without memories he had with his dear mother before her mysterious death. Before she died, she taught Jessie how to ski, so when he dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in couldn’t think clearly, Jessie would go up into the mountains and their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many ski until his problems were solved or all forgotten. more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every His phone buzzed in his back pocket, causing him to jump, and generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and drop his lunch to the carpeted ﬂoor. He shook his head, and took his phone out of his pocket. The once black screen now showed saved those who did not. the name of his best friend, Kyle Deans. Jessie Nieve woke on a crisp morning of December, with snow Kyle was a quiet teen with a Water type dragon. It was a deep blue falling from ﬂuffy white clouds and landing softly on the ground. with aqua wings, and was one of the most common dragons. But, Sunlight peeked through the small pockets of cloud, and found its Kyle couldn’t care less. He treated his dragon with respect, as you way into Jessie’s room. His platinum blonde hair covered half of should, and was granted with new powers from his dragon that he his face as he sat up. He brought his hands to his face and moved now called Walter. Walter wasn’t fond of the name, but he didn’t the wavy hair out of his eyes. As Jessie’s eyes got adjusted to the mind anyway. natural light, he hit the alarm clock that was blaring “How Do You Like Me Now?” by The Heavy. The music instantly stopped and let Jessie and Kyle became friends at the young, ripe age of 5 in the year of 2057 in a Kindergarten class. They have been very good him think clearly. friends ever since. Once he got his bearings that he was in his room, Jessie swung his legs off his bed. The bright orange covers slipped off the bed Jessie hit ‘Accept Call’, and brought his phone to his ear. slightly from his movement. Jessie didn’t care about anything at “What’s up, Kyle?” Jessie smiled. Kyle was really the only person he trusted and could talk to. the moment, stood up and walked towards his wardrobe. After changing into a white shirt, blue over-shirt and black jeans, “Haven’t you heard? School’s out for the next week due to Principal Jessie took his phone off his desk. Turning it on, he noticed that he Barnes getting terribly sick or something. That means we can go had no notifications. Shrugging, he opened his bedroom door and escape to Mount Crewmann!” Kyle exclaimed. He was the tall and silent type, but when it came to skiing or snowboarding, or even walked towards the kitchen. Jessie’s socked feet hit the white and black tiled ﬂoor and noticed winter in general, Kyle would go nuts. his father with his black dragon on his shoulder. It was an Ash type, “Really? Awesome! I’ll meet you at your house. I will also bring usually found in volcanic areas, and is one of the most dangerous food and water.” Jessie hangs up before he gets a response. dragons to find. Shoving the lunch in a black backpack, Jessie runs back into the The large kitchen was very extravagant, complete with two full- kitchen to get one more bagged lunch. His father is no longer in sized silver fridges, marble counter tops, an immense oven and the kitchen and now possibly back to dwelling in his home office. stove combo, white back splash, two chandeliers, and a vast island Jessie took one other bagged lunch and put it in the backpack. He in the middle of the room. Jessie’s father was leaning against the finds two water bottles, and fills them with water. counter next to the fridges, reading the local newspaper. After putting the water bottles in the bag with the food, Jessie goes “Morning”, Jessie grumbles, grabbing a piece of toast off a plate to the garage, and puts on a bright blue ski suit. Grabbing his on the island. His father just grunts back, paying no attention to neon coloured skis and poles, Jessie opens the garage door and decides to ski to his friend’s house, as the beautiful scenery and his only son. Jessie rolled his eyes, and went to one of the fridges, and grabbed weather gave enough snow to ski on. a paper bag filled with a lunch for the day. “Nice to know that you care about me”, Jessie grumbles, and leaves the room before his father can answer. His father, Ryan Nieve, was mayor of the town they lived in called Crewmann. He was elected due to the power of his dragon, which resulted in the amount of wealth he had. At this point, Jessie Nieve was one of the wealthiest 17 year olds in North America. Because of his job, his father never had time to see Jessie, and had spent less time at the house after Jessie’s mother, Nicole Nieve, died suddenly. Ryan paid no attention to Jessie as his age came closer to 18. Jessie returned to his room and finally noticed the snow falling from the sky outside his bedroom window. The snow fell soundlessly onto the soft white ground, trees and bushes in the vast garden. The scene completely calmed him, making him think of nothing but the chilling and crisp morning that waited for him outside ... and Dragon drawing on page 183 of “Dragons Among Us” history book in Crewmann Library. then, thoughts of his late mother. Nicole loved the snow, ever since she was a little girl, as she Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the told Jessie herself, and passed the love of snow down to him. October issue of Apex Matters. ApexMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 23