Apex Matters September 2019

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Apex Matters

Volume 16 : Issue 1

“Keeping You in the S’know”

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September 2019

Preparing For The Season Ahead By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters


As the seasons change, rain in the valley soon means snow in the alpine. I am excited to bring back Apex Matters for a 16th season of “Keeping You in the S’know”! If you manage or own a business, showcase it here and support the local Apex Community in the process. If you have a good news story to share, we would love to hear it. For information on how easy it is to get involved, please email apexmatters@telus.net. We have some great new content coming your way this season. Stay tuned for more good news stories, helpful tips, industry updates, community information, sweet deals, special events, and much more … all about our local snow culture community. Between our many advertisers, content contributors and loyal readers, we will continue to keep our momentum going every month this entire season ahead. Stay informed on what is going on with Apex Matters. Be sure to purchase your Apex Season Pass before Oct 6th and your Nickle Plate Membership before Oct 31st.

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Time To Swap Your Gear! By Brad Nunes, CSP Member 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. 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, as well as Baldy Mountain Resort. Proceeds from the Swap goes toward first aid equipment used on these mountains. This year’s swap is taking place at the Penticton Curling Club on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st. 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 20th starting at 9 am. All unsold equipment must be picked up by 11 am on Sunday, September 22nd. Looking forward to seeing you at the Swap!

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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 15th ~ 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 and Hoodoo Adventures. Look for tickets on sale in early October. See you at the Ski Swap!

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Caution! Side effects include smiles, laughter, new ski buddies, awesome knowledge of Apex Mountain and amazing ski skills for life! 2019/2020 SEASON ~ Apex Freestyle Club is looking forward to yet another awesome winter season! Our athletes have been training all summer long out at our water ramp facility at Covert Farms in Oliver. They are counting down the days to try their newly acquired air skills on snow. SKI & BOARD SWAP ~ Come find us under the big red tent at the annual ski & board swap this year being held on September 20-21 at the Penticton Curling Rink. Ask questions, learn about our programs, and meet our coaches and parent volunteers! WE ARE HIRING! ~ Looking for a fun and rewarding part-time job? Want to inspire and develop skiing skills in young skiers? Freestyle Apex is looking for dedicated FUNdamentalz and Freestylerz coaches to add to our Coaching Team. Freestyle skiing experience is recommended, but not required. Freestyle Canada Coaching certification courses are available before the season starts. CSIA Instructors welcome. If you are interested in a part-time coaching position, please email Head Coach Tanya Callon at headcoachafc@gmail.com.

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Hello Nickel Plate fans! Winter is on it’s way, and of course there are exciting things happening for the club this year. Tricia Wilson has returned as the General Manager, and has been busy all summer making plans and getting things in order. First, we opened up registration for membership this summer (the first club in BC!) so don’t wait to sign up. Early bird pricing is in effect until October 31st. Visit https://nickelplatenordic.org for a link to register. We are looking for volunteers to help out with our booth at the Penticton Farmer’s Market on September 14th. We have two shifts available, 8:00-10:30 and 10:30-1:00. Contact Kathryn at bmffpenticton@gmail.com, if you can help. Nickel Plate Nordic will once again be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Wednesday, September 18th. Tickets are available at our market table, The Bike Barn and Peach City Runners. This event sells out, so don’t wait.

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We’re still looking for part-time office staff. See the attached job posting for details. The weekend of September 21 & 22 we’re having our first ever (that we know of) volunteer camping weekend. It’ll be a weekend of moving earth to build a kid’s terrain park and fixing the drainage solution in the rental shed. You can bring up your tent or trailer and come for the weekend, or just come up for a day. Please bring your own food and refreshments. If you have talents operating Bobcats and mini-excavators (the kind of talent that won’t run into a building!), we could use your help. Other than that, we’ll be working on more firewood and getting the daylodge into tip top shape, among other things. Email info@nickelplatenordic. org if you plan on joining us. For insurance purposes, we need participants to be registered members of Nickel Plate for this coming season in order to camp. There are a lot of exciting programming options this year to suit the schedules of more people. We’re offering our popular 5-week adult day program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, one for Skate and the other Classic. We’ll be putting on a 6-week adult course lead by none other than Tricia Wilson, our Level 4 CANSI instructor. It’ll run Sundays and include 3 weeks of Classic and 3 weeks of Skate technique. Sign up for all six weeks or just three. And of course, our children’s Skills Development Program will run as usual on Saturday mornings. You can sign up now for SDP when you purchase your membership. Registration for the adult programs will be through the office. The details of all our programs will be on our website soon and announced on our Facebook page. And new this year, we’ll be running an Adult/Masters ski program on Wednesdays for the duration of the season. Our instructor Rick Watson will be leading group skis from 9:00-11:00 each Wednesday, focusing on various techniques and skills for both Classic and Skate. Again, details will be published soon on the website and social media feeds.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Wednesday, September 18th ~ 7 pm Cleland Theatre, Penticton

Back again for the 4th year in a row is the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, sponsored by Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club. As usual, the show is at the Cleland Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday, ANTICIPATED HOURS AND DATES: Mid November 2018 to September 18th. beginning of April 2019. 13-20 hours a week, weekend work may There will be a cash bar for Poplar Grove wine, Cannery Brewing be required. beer, water and snacks, some great prizes, and a night full of the WAGE: Subject to qualifications. Minimum $16.00/hour. finest outdoor entertainment anywhere around! Tickets are $25 SEND RESUME TO: For more information about this position, each and are on sale at Peach City Runners and The Bike Barn. please email Tricia Wilson, General Manager of Nickel Plate If you have any questions or want to help volunteer, please contact Nordic Centre, at manager.npnordic@gmail.com. Kathryn at 778-476-4849 or email bmffpenticton@gmail.com.





Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Every month check in here to meet a new member of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol - Apex Zone! Make sure to come say ‘hello’ next time you see one of us floating around! Here we go ... ! What’s your Name? Brad ‘The Horkinizor’ Nunes Where were you born? I was not born. I was forged in the snowy winters of the South Okanagan, where only the most hearty of Canadian’s survive. How many years have you been patrolling? I have been running toboggans for 6 years this season. What shift are you on? I’ve been on the ‘A’ shift team since my first year, under the sensei-like guidance of shift captain Blair Phipps.

father, so I am involved with the kid’s Scouts, curling, hockey, dance, baseball and soccer. What do you do for money? I am a Sr. Clinical Informatics Analyst with Interior Health. Yeah, some days I don’t know what that means either, but mostly I am an application specialist who helps nurses, doctors and admin staff use specific software programs.

Should people hunt for you on Tinder? No. Much to the cries of anguish from all the single ladies out there, I have been taken by my beautiful wife Tamara (voice of an angel) and we have 2 kids Favorite run? Ooo that is a hard one ... I’d have to say on good Benjamin and Lucas. powder days running all the way out to “Hang Em High” or all the There we are! We have now met Brad. Check back here to see other way out to “Buckshot”. Basically, I like running all over the who you get to meet next month. Cheers! place and hitting the runs that feel good for the day. Do you ski, board, telemark or something else? I am a dedicated 2 planker for life. Head down, poles up, that’s the way I like to tuck.

What do you like most about patrolling? Has to be the sisters and brothers of the volly patrol. They are great folks who are fun to ski with and great to hang out with in general. They play hard, but also take their jobs very seriously. All and all ... a great crew.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Apex community has quickly become one of my favorite communities to represent. I’ve been attending the monthly community social BBQ’s, which has allowed me to meet more residents and learn about community concerns. I’d like to give a shout out to my newest little friend, “Lilly”. Here is a brief update on the Apex Subrina Monteith Waste Transfer Station. Construction Director of is proceeding on the metal building RDOS Area ‘I’ after the foundation was installed this summer. The RDOS is in process to hire a waste collector, a recycling processor and compaction equipment. The RDOS is actively looking for a maintenance contractor. Duties would include visiting the site to clean up any debris and ensure the site is safe. If any residents of Apex are interested they can contact the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or info@rdos.bc.ca. An “Expression of Interest” was sent out on August 30th to start the conversation with any interested groups or people that might want to bid. We want to make sure they know what they are getting into. The Garnet Mine application is proceeding through consultation with the provincial and local governments and First Nations. I’ve spoken to the proponent, who has agreed to attend a public meeting in the near future at Apex to share details of the application and to answer questions. Watch for upcoming notices in Apex Matters, as well as “Apex Home Owners/Residents RDOS Area I” on Facebook. I recently attended a tour of Apex to view the proposed cut blocks of potential future logging areas around the village. APOA members, Jeff Brown and Denis O’ Gorman, as well as James Shalman, attended the tour to share input on the locations visual quality objectives. We traveled up the quad lift to the top for an eagle view of Dividend Mountain and the village to get a clear view of the impact of upcoming logging. Apex Community Association (ACA) was created this year as a way for all Apex community activities to be under one charitable umbrella. ACA will be able to receive donations, write tax receipts and apply for grants to support all community needs. The creation of ACA is the beginning of many amazing opportunities for the community. Apex Fire Brigade (AFB) has been making outstanding progress in building its equipment and training needs to reach a level of being able to support the community. Seeing how far the AFB has traveled in the last year, makes me even more excited for the entire community of Apex. I encourage all homeowners to support AFB volunteers, as they need your support to protect the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith at the top of Mt. Beaconsfield to view the proposed cut blocks of potential future logging areas around the Apex village.

RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith presents a cheque for $1550 to the Apex Fire Brigade Chief, Gabe Lavoie, with AFBS Member, Graeme Lindsay. These funds will help purchase fire-resistant coveralls for the volunteer members.

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Holy moly! Is it September already? Myleen has kindly dragged me out of my summer hidey hole and shoved me back out into the world of spewing whatever odd thoughts bounce off my brain. The trampoline of oddities hasn’t stopped flowing into year three, so let’s keep this weird and wonderful party going! First off, a shameless plug for Ye Olde Volley Patrol. Ski swap is just around the corner, so brave your spider infested basements and haul in your old gear. We turn it into sweet sweet moolah, so you can spend it on sweet sweet ski gear ... which you can find at the amazing ski swap! It is like the circle of life, but instead of a clearly intoxicated baboon nearly dropping a lion cub off a cliff, I will personally let you yell ‘Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba (Sithi uhm ingonyama)’ whilst holding aloft your new snowboard. If my kids are around, they have been brainwashed by repeat exposure to the film and I’m sure they would even bow. A word of warning, however, if any patrollers ask you to pull their finger, politely decline. Many of them are better equipped than a warthog at ‘clearing the savanna’. But, pop on down. Say ‘hi’. Just get all warm and fuzzy about skiing/riding before it actually gets cold and you really need to get all warm and fuzzy. It is like a practice run. So, I have also jumped on the ‘low-carb’ diet fad. It is working really great too. I haven’t lost a lot of weight, but man it feels great eating 3 lbs of bacon a day. If you add a sprig of kale on top, that makes it a salad right? I’ve also resorted to steak salads, chicken salads, and tuna salads. Generally salads of any meat variety. The more meat the better. I can eat a whole cow as long as you don’t sneak a potato in there. I get to eat cheese too. Just wheels and wheels of cheese. I feel like I am single handedly supporting the dairy industry. The USMCA will have no effect on our farmers, as long as I am ‘off the big C’s’. I’m also face deep into bags of almonds. I’m like a horse at a feed bag, if you have tree nuts floating around. All and all I am really happy ... so happy ... as I watch you eat that sandwich ... lovely bread wrapped sandwich ... (please give me a sandwich!) But hey folks! We are getting close to snow time. Dust off the gear. Get your skis shined up (grab a stick of Juicy Fruit) and let the spirit of the mountain move you. We are back baby! T minus three months and we will be sliding on the white stuff again. Thanks for taking the time to read this little column and being part of this great community. Take care everyone and pray for snow!

APOA Update By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary This summer we were excited to see the creation of the new Apex Community Association. You might be wondering, why did Apex need a new community group? What about the APOA? Here’s the scoop. Finding a sustainable way of funding the Apex Fire Brigade has been an important goal for many years. RDOS Director Sabrina Monteith informed us that having a charitable community association would allow the community to start tapping additional funding and grants. The way APOA is legally incorporated has prevented APOA from accessing these resources. Unfortunately, it isn’t practical to re-incorporate APOA, so a new community organization had to be created. We’re lucky to have members of the Apex Fire Brigade who are incredibly dedicated and committed. Several AFB members and Subrina worked to establish the needed community organization. APOA applauds their accomplishment and we absolutely support this initiative. As an additional bonus, the new Apex Community Association isn’t limited to property owners, so everyone who loves and enjoys this amazing place is able to participate in the new organization. It is natural for the high-level goals of two community organizations to overlap initially, so in the coming months the APOA board and its members will be examining the future role of our organization. Having two “competing” community groups is definitely not the plan. A great outcome might be to have two focused and cooperating sister organizations. If that proves too cumbersome or just unnecessary, the APOA membership could someday vote to wind down the APOA. There is no rush to decide, the top priority right now is to help get the new Apex Community Association up and running. Our plan right now is to make the most of both organizations!

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“If you are going to change the world, start with serving your community. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, lending Date ________________________________________ a hand and listening to your neighbour will make you a better leader.” ~ Barack Obama Method Of Payment APOA The Apex Community Association (ACA) was created to facilitate Do not mail cash. Box 23016 community initiatives supported by members Penticton, BCof the community. Please make cheques out APOA, and send to: We have so manytowonderful urban activities V2A 8L7 the community would like to have funding to create and maintain their longevity, such as; a permanent paintball field, extending the cross-country mountain biking trails, potentially building a park for children, monthly and As all of you know, the success of any community organization annual community events, and of course, the fire brigade working depends 100% on the enthusiasm and active participation of towards becoming a fire department with a hall and potentially its members. APOA encourages all Apex property owners and a community hall. We have applied to have a charitable status community members to participate in the new Apex Community as well. This will allow for all sub-committees working within the Association. association to be a charitable organization. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the CSP Ski & Board Swap Excerpts from the ACA constitution ~ “The purposes of the Society on September 21 & 21. Don’t forget the X/C Swap on October 19. are to promote, facilitate, support or undertake any activity that will enhance the quality of life in the Apex Mountain community including, but not limited to, the following: • To promote community awareness and pride, and encourage the participation of Apex Mountain residents in community projects, events and the Community Association. • To identify community needs and to consult with the appropriate municipal or other bodies to promote the development of services, programs, projects and events to meet the identified community needs. • To raise awareness of and provide information on issues that Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? affect the community and its future, and to provide a forum for Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? community members to raise issues of potential concern to Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? the community. Concerned about the status of logging? • To advocate for and facilitate participation by Apex Mountain residents with developers, government agencies and other Then, the APOA needs YOU! bodies concerning neighbourhood plans, land use proposals, Many voices make a strong community. developments and public projects within the Apex Mountain community. Add your voice and become an APOA member. • To plan, administer, operate and maintain the necessary Annual Membership ~ $30/year organizational structures, facilities, and staff to achieve the purposes and functions of the association.” www.apexpropertyowners.com Our 1st AGM will be held in early December. For more information Page 8 | September 2019 | ApexMatters.com to join the ACA, please email apexcommunityassn@gmail.com.

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Apex Fire Brigade Society Update By Caroline Lachapelle, AFBS Fundraising Coordinator

Since our AGM this past winter, the AFBS has been quite busy. We set high goals and a strong vision for ourselves for 2019. We would like to share these with you and our accomplishments over the past 5 months. Under the leadership of our newly elected Fire Chief, Gabe Lavoie, we were able to forge relationships with nearby fire departments, which eventually led us to Bryan Reid from Pioneer Log Homes, a.k.a. “Timber Kings”. Bryan purchased a used 2000 E1 Spartan fire truck from Seattle Fire Department and graciously donated this truck to our brigade. We named her “Engine 121”, a.k.a. “Timber”. We unveiled Engine 121 with all members of our brigade at the July Community BBQ, where we also raised $7000 in donations which included ladders for the truck donated by our Assistant Fire Chief, Kelly Johnson, owner of Wildfire Solutions. There is something to be said about progress, the evolution of visions from the past colliding with momentum from the present. We have found ourselves as a brigade, standing at the tipping point of change. We feel interconnected and lifted by our community. Words will never describe the overwhelming feeling of gratitude each and every volunteer member of the AFBS had on the day of the truck reveal. Many years of dreams have now become a reality.

With that in mind, let’s talk about member training. Did you know that our Assistant Fire Chief, Kelly Johnson, is one of the most sought after wildland fire experts in North America? He travels all over the world consulting on wildfire mitigation and also wrote the S100/185 Wildland Firefighting Training for BC. Our members attended his weekend training and 15 of us received our S100/185 certification. This is a wonderful achievement that will surely be a step forward in the wildland and urban interface protection for the Apex Community. Jeff Burko, owner of Peak Emergency Response Training, has donated his time and curated a personalized first aid training program to get our brigade started on the path towards being able to offer rescue services at Apex. Our volunteer members will be attending this course on September 28-29. Jeff will also be donating all medical rescue equipment to outfit the fire truck. Thank you Jeff for this immense contribution and for sitting on our board of directors as the Medical Director for the brigade. Last, but not least, our Fire Chief, Gabe Lavoie, will be hosting a Exterior Structural Firefighting course on October 18-20. This will ensure all members who attend this training will become certified exterior firefighters. Another huge leap forward for our brigade training.

What’s happening over at the Barn in the Village? Apex Mountain Resort has stepped up in a big way in allowing us to utilize some of the space at the Barn as our temporary Firehall. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for putting a roof over our heads. We have received many donations from business all over Penticton and surrounding areas, allowing us to build an addition on to the Barn to fit our Fire Truck and store our equipment. We will have more information and details on this expansion in the next issue of Apex Matters. Donations ~ We have raised over $10,000 in the past 5 months. We are only as strong as our support system, and for that, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for each and every one of you who continue to donate to our brigade. We have utilized portions of these donations to pick up the fire truck from Seattle, inspections, insurance and more. As well as, purchasing fire resistant coveralls for wildland firefighting, fire practice and eventual rescue calls. We want to be transparent with all the donations we receive and will continue to keep you updated with all purchases in the future. For more information on volunteering, donating, or any other inquiries, please contact Fire Chief Gabe Lavoie at apexfirerescue@ gmail.com or follow us on our Facebook page at “apexfirebrigade”.

Hug A Tree By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Have you discussed the possibility of getting lost in nature with your kids? Do they know what to do? The tragic story that strikes fear in the heart of every mom ... a young child lost in the woods. I think of a toddler scared, tired, and hungry crying and calling out for their parents. I can’t imagine the fear in the hearts of the mom and dad. I imagine the guilt and the “what ifs”. It’s enough to never again let your child out of sight, but that’s not possible even for the best of parents. So, instead of locking your children in the house where you can always see them, here is some helpful information to teach your children to educate them in outdoor safety. If your child discovers they are lost, the number one thing for them to remember is to STAY RIGHT THERE. Explain that if they are lost, help will come to the last place they were seen. Remind them that you want them back home, and they are NOT in trouble for getting lost. It is not uncommon for young children to hide, if they think they are in trouble. Children will also hide from or not answer rescuers, because they have been taught “Stranger Danger”. Tell your child that you will find some nice people to help look for them if they are lost in the woods, and it is okay to come to them. There are additional tips that you can share with your child as they mature. But, from the time they are able to walk, tell them that if they get lost in the woods to stay where they are.

The Hug-A-Tree Rules Hug-A-Tree and Survive emphasizes four key rules to keeping children safe: 1. Tell an adult where you are going. Always tell your parents, or another trusted adult where you are going, who you are going with, and when you will be back. You can do this in person, over the phone, through a text message, or by leaving a note in a place they will see it. 2. If you are lost, “Hug-A-Tree” and stay put. A tree can help protect you from the elements while you’re outdoors, and most importantly, keep you in one place. Depending on where you are, there may not always be a tree. Perhaps your “tree” can be a large rock or bench at a park, or a sales counter at a mall. No matter what your landmark is, it is important to stay put, in order to stay safe. 3. Keep warm and dry. Temperatures change throughout the day, and can drop at night. Even if you are warm during the day, keep your jacket handy for night time. If you get cold, put on an extra layer, pull up your hood or put on your hat if you have one, tuck your shirt in, tuck pant legs into your socks, and zip up your jacket. You can also keep warm by building a nest to keep you off the ground, or by using an emergency shelter. 4. Help searchers find you by answering their calls. Whether searchers are parents, police officers, or Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers, remember they just want to get you home safely. Answer back to their calls by making noise and signaling, so you can be heard and seen. Make sure to leave lots of footprints and clues, so searchers can follow your tracks to find you. And, for all those parents out there that think this won’t happen to them, educate your children anyways, educate yourselves and don’t be afraid to be adventurous, but be safe and remember, “hug a tree”, it could save your life!

One of the programs we use and teach is “Hug-a-Tree and Survive” through AdventureSmart, which helps lost children survive in the woods. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do should they become lost. Hug-A-Tree and Survive is a great program to bring into your family, classroom, guide or scout unit, youth group, or any other community group interested in teaching kids about being safe. If a child should become lost in the woods, hugging a tree can help them stay safe, and be found. Staying near a tree offers some protection from the elements, and keeps lost children in the same place, which makes it easier for searchers to find them. Page 10 | September 2019 | ApexMatters.com

Up Your Game By Getting Better Sleep By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND One in 3 Canadians report that they don’t sleep well. That is, they don’t feel rested in the morning and may have had either difficulty falling asleep or are wakeful during the night. This lack of sleep has repercussions in the day. A reduction in productivity is what is most noticeable. Downing the caffeine to just be able to get’er done. Yet insomnia can have more insidious consequences - including increased risk in dementia, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Another area that sleep plays a role in is in optimizing healing and recovery times. If you get injured, have a look at optimizing your sleep quality as part of the treatment strategy towards getting better. We do the majority of our healing when we are getting a good night’s rest. You see, my practice is primarily comprised of Regenerative Medicine, helping you stay younger and more active. I use interventions to help heal your chronic aches and pains Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). These treatments require you to do the healing. I am just stimulating you into healing mode. Discussing sleep quality is part of my program. Those who report to be good sleepers have upped their game toward getting better results. The trick here is that people seeking Regenerative Medicine are often in pain. A contributing factor in ruining a restful night is being in pain. So, instead of just taking pain relievers to get through the night, look to solving the pain generators by getting treatment to resolve your pain once and for all.

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Women tend to be worse sleepers than men. I have found that some women report insomnia to develop during peri-menopause. Hormones go through a huge fluctuation during this time. With progesterone levels dropping, sleep disturbance rises. Adding in Bio-Identical Progesterone does not only improve sleep, it also improves well-being, mood and memory.

If your partner has told you that you are a loud snorer and you report to feel unrested in the morning, sleep apnea is something to consider. Even though you think you are a good sleeper, you may be going through multiple episodes of stopping breathing throughout the night. This drop in oxygen can be the culprit for high blood pressure or diabetes. So here too, sleep apnea would affect your ability to heal after any injury. If any of this sounds like you, talk with your physician. Here are some basics about sleep hygiene • Chill out at night by setting the mood for a good night’s rest. Have a bath instead of watching TV. • Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Your internal clock depends on this routine. • Journal before you go to bed to put the day’s worries aside. • Try not to nap during the day or drink too much coffee. • If you wake through the night, consider a small protein snack before bed. • Keep your Smart Phone & TV out of the bedroom. • Keep the bedroom dark. Use block out blinds if necessary. • Alcohol can be great at “knocking you out”, but doesn’t lend to a deep restorative sleep. With all this said, make sure you fill up on sleep this fall. As it takes time to develop healthy sleep habits, get going on it now so that you don’t sleep through deep powder days. 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. References: Wong, Manuck, DiNardo, Korytkowski and Muldoon (2014) Shorter Sleep Duration Is Associated With Decreased Insulin Sensitivity In Healthy White Men; Spira, Chen-Edinboro, Wu and Yaffe (2014) Impact Of Sleep On The Risk Of Cognitive Decline And Dementia.

Summertime Hike/Bike Trail Maintenance On Beaconsfield Mt. By Andrew Drouin, South Okanagan Trail Alliance Not all is silent and stoic on Apex during the summer season. Along with bear, bobcat and deer, the height of land is often whispering with the sound of hikers and cyclists enjoying both the amazing vistas off the summit, and the incredible singletrack trails, which wind up, down and around the mountain.

Length 12.2 km | Elevation 861 m | Average Gradient 7.9%

Passo Apex Hill Climb Race By Jason Curran

Most of these trails were hand-built 16 years ago, thanks to Apex Resort’s management at the time and their desire to host a commercial hiking and mountain biking industry - an ambition which unfortunately only lasted a few years. Diesel and his peers spent countless hours digging trails like Tarantula, The Gauntlet, Bronco Billy, Dirty Harry, Moby Dick, Prometheus, and the subject of this note; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (GBU), a fantastic single-track trail, which connects Apex summit to the upper parking lot.

Over the years, a grassroots collective have quietly maintained many of the original trails, since Apex Mountain Resort has not been open for summer operations and thus has not been maintaining these hiking and biking trails. The South Okanagan Trail Alliance Vernon’s Alesha Miller edged out two-time Passo winner, Marg has long been one of the aforementioned maintenance groups Fedyna, by three seconds to take the overall women’s title with a among many locals who volunteer their blood, sweat and beer to 46min 28sec clocking up the giant mountain. In the men’s division, keep the trails clear for recreational activities. pro cyclist and Hagens Berman Axeon rider, Ian Garrison, blitzed Saturday, September 7th found a dozen trail fans removing much the course with a record-breaking time of 36min 20sec. Garrison of the original bridging, boardwalks and small stunts on the lower had been in top form after capturing the US elite time trial National 1.5 km of the GBU trail and replacing them with new dimension Championship earlier in July. Garrison’s Australian teammate, lumber. The original woodwork was showing its age and overdue Michael Rice, finished over 2 minutes back in second place, with for replacement. 2017 Passo winner, Manuel Fehlmann from Enderby, rounding out I’d like to thank all of the volunteers for their dedication to the the men’s podium. area’s amazing trails, not only for their own future use, but also For a third straight year, the Passo Apex Hill Climb Race pitted 50 cyclists against each other, against the clock and against the 12.2 km climb up Apex Mountain on July 13, 2019.

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.

for the enjoyment of everyone that favours summer activities on Beaconsfield Mt. and the area’s extensive trail network.

Kudos also to Glenn Perrin of Perrin Orthodontics for helping to organize volunteers and supplying the crew with a major feed and brew at the end of the workday! Glenn has consistently been a strong supporter of volunteer trail maintenance in the South Okanagan. If you’d like to know how you can contribute to local trails, please contact Andrew Drouin at the South Okanagan Trail Alliance (www. SouthOkanaganTrailAlliance.com) or andrewdrouin@gmail.com. WE’VE DONE THE MATH!







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Test Of Humanity Wraps Up On September 15th After 9 Years By Sheilagh Seaton, Co-Race Director This is the final year for The Test of Humanity race, which will be held on September 15th in Summerland. This race has raised over $390,000 in the last eight years to support Canadian Humanitarian’s education projects for vulnerable children in Ethiopia. The event is a fun mountain biking event for the whole family with races and fun activities for all ages. Registration is open until September 12th and includes a donation to the local food bank as part of the registration fee. The decision to make this event the last race was difficult and involved several different issues. Nic Seaton, race founder and director, says “The race has been really successful and we would love to continue as we believe strongly in the work that is done by Canadian Humanitarian in Ethiopia, but we need to take at least a year off and then see if there is some other way we can continue to involve the mountain bike community and support Canadian Humanitarian.” The programs run by Canadian Humanitarian, encourage education as a means to break the cycle of poverty in developing countries and the success of its graduates demonstrates the effectiveness of this grassroots approach to development. “After eight years of support from the Test of Humanity, graduates in Ethiopia have now been trained as Engineers, Doctors, Nurses and Entrepreneurs. It demonstrates a direct impact as to how the money raised at the event is used to build healthier communities globally”, says Sheilagh Seaton, co-race director. The Test of Humanity attracts mountain bikers of all ages and abilities from all over Western Canada and involves over 80 volunteers. It is a fun day with events and activities for people to enjoy while riding or just watching the race. Activities include the Co-operators Kids Tent, an LTG for young bikers to learn tricks from Bike Barn experts and food and coffee from True Grain Bakery and Back Yard Beans. Riders are treated to the voice of Steve King announcing the race and nutrition is supported by Nester’s Market and Podium Imports. The success of this event locally is a result the support from many people and many organizations. To find out more about the Test of Humanity and Canadian Humanitarian, visit www.testofhumanity.com.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director 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 under ‘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 info@ volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project! Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next Team Gathering Scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm, which includes Lunch & Refreshments. Please RSVP by September 20th via email to info@volunteercentre.info. Find more info on these and other volunteer opportunities by visiting www.volunteercentre.info SS Sicamous Heritage Society is seeking Museum Reception and Gift Shop, Handy Person and KVR Model Railway volunteers. Contact Arlana at 250-492-0403 or info@sssicamous.ca. Critteraid is needing volunteers to assist at the animal sanctuary, cleaning at the cat sanctuary, helping look after our farm animals or cuddling some of our cats who need a bit of extra love. If working in a Charity Thrift Shoppe is more your style, well we have that too. Contact Andrea at 250-486-2444 or andrea@critteraid.org.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain injury Society is looking for volunteers that are interested helping out with the following; Creative Art program, Baking Group, Pole Walking, Common Grounds, Community Connections, Bowling, and helping out at annual events. To volunteer, please call 250-490-0613 or email to info@sosbis.com.

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Seniors Wellness Society is looking for volunteers to choose from the following opportunities; Friendly Visiting, Driving, Shopping, Launch Year 4 Odd Jobs, Office Support, Cooking, Social Outings, Yard Work, Snow Shoveling and Special Events. Contact Misty at 250-487- 100 Men Who Care-Penticton is about to begin the fourth year of serving charitable organizations in the South Okanagan/ 7455 or Misty.Douglas@OneSkyCommunity.com Similkameen region. To date, the group has donated $80,000 to The Okanagan Falls Visitor information Centre is seeking 36 charities. The next meeting of the group will be: volunteer hosts to help. Meet new people. Learn more about Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 the area. Help tourists with their questions. Training provided. Familiarity with the area and what it has to offer is a plus. 4 hour Slackwater Brewing shift during the day. Weekend help needed. Contact April at 778218 Martin Street in Penticton 515-6588 or lighthowes2010@gmail.com. Doors Open at 5:00 pm The Penticton and District Arts Council offers many types of Event Begins at 5:30 pm volunteer opportunities; the annual Arts Rising Festival, Workshop & Try It events, opening nights & special events, board & committee The concept of 100 Men Who Care is quite simple. Members meet members, office support, exhibition sitters. Contact Bethany at four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 250-492-7997 or info@pentictonartscouncil.com. at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre is a social club that Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and provides recreational activities and programs for its members and invited to make a “pitch” where they describe their organization, the community. We hold monthly potluck dinners and pancake explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The breakfasts, as well as weekly activities, such as cards and other 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the games. We have a very popular music and coffee drop-in program charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes several times a week and bingo every week. We have flea markets and the two other groups receiving 10% each. 100% of the money twice a year with silent auctions. Drop in and pick up a schedule donated goes directly to the three charities. of activities and come out to participate at 128 Willow Street, In May, 100 Men met at the TOPFLIGHT Helicopter Training Centre Okanagan Falls. To volunteer, contact Grethe Jensen at 250-497 where the Highway to Healing Support Society, Osoyoos & District 8199 or oldys2@outlook.com. Arts Council and Canadian Red Cross-Southern Interior Division Penticton Soupateria is located at 150 Orchard Street, Penticton. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and do everything from food pick up, shopping, preparation, serving, volunteer recruitment and coordination, clean up, yard work, building maintenance, fundraising, bookkeeping, promotion, advertising, board membership, and anything else that needs doing. Download our volunteer application form or email info@soupateria.com.

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all received funds to support their good work in our communities.

If you want to make a difference in our communities and are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to attend as a guest to see what it is all about and take the opportunity to hear from three charities you might not be aware of. If you are a member, consider bringing a friend. More information can be found on the website at www.100menpenticton.com or you can email info@100menpenticton.com.

Fall Dance Lessons & Schedule By Brian Udal Brian’s Dance Class since 2004. Get certified dance lessons in the Okanagan ... Learn Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. Accepting students for Private Dance Lessons, including Wedding Dance lessons. Monthly Dances ~ The Next Dance Lesson & Party is September 21st, featuring an East Coast Swing dance lesson. October 26th features a Latin Merengue dance lesson. Dance Parties held at St. Stephens Anglican Church Hall in Summerland at 6:30 sharp. Fall Dance Classes commence: • October 3rd in Penticton - 8 weeks or prorate 6:30 - Cha Cha 1 // 7:30 - West Coast Swing 1 • October 4th in Summerland - 8 weeks or prorate 6:30 - Country 2 Step 1 // 7:30 - Disco Hustle 1 Good News! All lessons are prorated, if you are unable to attend all 8 classes. Note: If Level 1 does not challenge you, then let me know and I will take time to give you something that will. Be brave and try new dance styles. Remember that one dance style does not cover all dance music. Always be dancing. Join my email list for the latest news and updates. Please register early for best results. For further inquiries, please call 778.516.7272 to register or email brians.dance.class@gmail.com for more information. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!


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Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ DJ Eden House Album ~ Best Funk Grooves Track ~ Dream On Baby Another season is coming up soon. So, let’s all ‘dream on’ for a great snow year! Last season was a little thin (literally) for snow. With that being said, the beginning of this season may start thin as well, but it will come ... it always does.

Great Cabin Recipes Strawberry, Lemon (& Rhubarb) Muffins By Dee Martens Hello everybody and welcome back! I am sure that if you are reading this, you are eagerly awaiting the ski season of 19/20. The following recipe is also something to be excited about! These muffins are bursting in fresh flavour, easy to make and the perfect addition to any morning, afternoon or night - they’re also the perfect ‘on-the-go’ snack (easy to grab on your way to the hill). I chose to make these muffins with rhubarb, as my garden had an abundance this year; however, if you do not have access to rhubarb, you can substitute with an additional cup of fresh chopped strawberries. To begin, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next, combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 a cup of sugar, 1/2 a tsp. of salt and 3 tsp. of baking powder together in a large bowl with a fork. Once completely mixed, create a small well in the middle of the bowl and fold in 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, and 1 cup of milk (I used almond milk). In a separate bowl, use a fork to quickly whisk 1 egg until slightly frothy before adding to the mixture, folding the egg 4-5 times until slightly mixed. Next, add the zest from one lemon (1 tbsp), and the juice from one large lemon (roughly 2 tbsp. - if you need to use more than one lemon, save the remainder of juice for your glaze) to the mixture and stir an additional 4-5 times. The egg mixture should be incorporated into the batter, and the lemon too; however, if there are chunks of lemon concentrated within the batter, stir a few more times to incorporate. Be careful not to over-mix these muffins, as they can become dense and flat. Dice approximately 6-8 strawberries (1 cup) into small chunks and set aside temporarily. Dice 2 stalks of rhubarb into equally sized chunks as the berries (roughly 1 cup) and add to a small pot over medium heat. Next, add 1 tsp. of sugar to your pot and 3 tbsp of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until rhubarb is soft (careful not to over-cook, causing the rhubarb to become mushy, as this can create an ‘uncooked’ texture in your muffin) before draining excess water from the rhubarb and adding it to the strawberry chunks. Once mixed (and cooled), incorporate your fruit mixture into your batter, stirring only until fruit is distributed evenly throughout.

Prepare your muffin tins with coconut oil to avoid the muffins sticking before evenly distributing the batter; this batter should Apex has done a lot of brush cutting on the Stock’s side and Wild fill 12 muffin tins. Bill and Okanagan Run. So, the grooming will be amazing on those Bake the muffins runs for early season. Remember, there are still unseen hazards for 15-18 minutes at the beginning of the season, so be patient and don’t end up in (until the edges are the infirmary as a patient! golden brown and a toothpick comes Let’s all ‘dream on’ that Ullr will be kind to us again like a couple of out clean). Set seasons ago. Ski you later! the muffins aside Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to cool while you to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with make the glaze. whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. In a small bowl, mix the juice from Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry another lemon (1 tbsp.) with 1/4 cup Helping the of powdered sugar. Do-It-Yourself Once the muffins are slightly cooled, Homeowner drizzle the glaze over the tops of the Jay Mallach jaymallach@gmail.com No Job Too Small muffins and enjoy! Licensed & Insured



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