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Hooked on White Lake By Dawn Clarke Recent articles in the media have drawn attention to the presence of goldfish in White Lake and the perceived problems that they cause, however, this is not a recent concern. White Lake Residents Association has been working alongside the Ministry of Fisheries and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) since 2014, to help deal with fish and lake issues to maintain quality fishing in one of North America’s finest trout lakes. Back in 2010, local fishermen started to notice the decreasing size and quality of the fish that were being caught in White Lake. At first, there was minimal interest in the problem from the Ministry, but a concerted effort by the WLRA supported by meaningful concerns, has resulted in action which not only benefits White Lake, but is beneficial to 13 other lakes in BC Region 3. The beginning of the process to obtain funding, assistance and action to address the fish problem, was to obtain support from White Lake residents, which was im-

mediately forthcoming. Presentations by the Association Executive to local fishing and gaming clubs, followed by meetings with local and provincial government officials, eventually resulted in a lake study program being developed, and financed by the Ministry. Early investigation by the WLRA discovered a total lack of historical information and details regarding food sources and water quality in the lake. The Association was determined to build a long -term relationship with Fisheries which would benefit both parties, and a proposal was put forward to Fisheries that was eventually supported. A 3-5 year study plan resulted from the efforts. An extensive lake Photo credit: Jay Agassiz study is now in its third year. The results from separate elements of the study will allow a comprehensive strategy to be formulated. This will address both size and health of fish species in the lake, spawning activity, vegetation and water quality - an individual (Continued on page 3)




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Hooked on White Lake continued management strategy specifically for White Lake. The current study, has three main elements: Firstly, from spring 2014- spring 2015, WLRA led a program to collect 500 stomach samples from fish caught in the lake. These samples were collected, treated with alcohol, frozen and tagged by Sunnyshore Resort, prior to transfer to TRU for further investigation. The intent of the collection was to assist the Ministry of Fisheries with a first-time food source baseline from which to help measure the health, and available seasonal food chain, within the lake. Secondly, the WLRA is conducting a 5-year spawner counting program, now in its 3rd year, that offers analysis of spawning fish numbers and size in the tagged pools. The data from this will assist Fisheries with the calculations needed to supplement hatchery fish deposited into the lake each year. The program ensures access through a beaver dam is maintained to the spawning pools in Cedar Creek, at the north end of the


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lake, so that all size of brood stock can access the pools. (Prior to 2008, the Salmon Arm Fish & Game Club maintained the spawning pools and dam work for 30 years). Thirdly, a never-before, extensive, water test has been performed in several locations on White Lake at intermediate depths. These tests will provide data on water quality, contaminant details if any, and the general health of the lake. Once all the information is analysed and reported, the WLRA is confident that the future of the lake, and the trout habitat, will have gained its greatest tool for ongoing protection of the lake. As with any activity related to the environment, results are not always immediately obvious to local residents however Bryon Every, President WLRA, comments, “Working together with locals and government representatives could result in the rejuvenation of our Lake to the benefit of all our residents, and to the many stakeholders and visitors who come to fish the lake each year.�


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Please Provide Your Opinions By Paul Demenok, CSRD Area C Director We are currently exploring the opportunity to implement a collaboration between the CSRD, the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce and Shuswap Community Futures to stage a series of practical workshops specifically designed to address the needs of local businesses and non-profit organizations in the South Shuswap. This concept has evolved from feedback provided at granting workshops, information gathered during the Labour Market Planning Project, and at previous workshops sponsored by the South Shuswap Chamber. Our current thinking is to hold the workshops on Saturday mornings, for 2 hours, in March, April, May, June, September, October and November. Expert workshop leaders would be contracted to lead the workshops, and to ensure that our learning objectives are met or exceeded. If suitable funding is obtained through a grant, the cost to participants will be quite reasonable at $20 per session. The first step in the process is to ask you, as a local business owner, or as a member of a non-profit organization (NPO), to provide us with your opinions and learning interests. Two differ-

ent online surveys have been developed to collect this information. Each survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. If the results show that there is sufficient interest in participation in these workshops, they will be used to help develop the content for each workshop session. If you are with an NPO, please go to https:// to access your survey. If you are a business owner, please go to https:// to access your survey. The surveys will be open to collect your opinions until Friday February 23rd. The results will be communicated to you after the surveys are closed. Thank you very much for helping us to help you.




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tion of the concrete disposal fee to $80/tonne, reduction of the compost purchase fee from $30/cubic meter to $15, and an inNews of Note from the CSRD crease of the specified risk material fee to $240/tonne. These Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) changes will not significantly increase taxes because of the reveCell: 250-517-0810 nues involved. At the January Board meeting, Noise Bylaw 5754 received second reading. This bylaw has been in discussion for some time New Bylaws Moving Forward and attempts to address a very difficult enforcement issue. At the January CSRD Board meeting several bylaws were Senior officers from RCMP detachments in Salmon Arm, advanced which may be of prime interest to the public. Chase, and Revelstoke met with electoral area directors to disThe Solid Waste Tipping Fee Bylaw 5759 was amended to cuss noise complaints and unanimously recommended that a allow for free year-round disposal of yard and garden waste and noise bylaw be implemented. Their request was based on the metals (including appliances and the fee for ozone depleting sub- need for another way to deal with noise complaints, other than a Criminal Code approach. They noted that criminal charges assostances ((ODS)). Several points support this change, namely:  A number of weather-related events have resulted in requests to ciated with noise complaints would often be defeated in the courts. With the adoption of a noise bylaw, RCMP officers would waive tipping fees to accommodate clean-up of debris from be able to issue a ticket which would carry a fine. It was felt that storms, wind and floods. Waiving tipping fees can only occur this approach brings the remedy more in line with the nature of with CSRD Board approval, so substantial delays may occur the offense. Moreover, if a particular property is associated with a before implementation. It also necessitates use of grant-in-aid funds, which reduces funds available for other community initi- history of ticketed complaints, then a following criminal charge was felt to have a greater likelihood of succeeding. atives. It was very useful to consult with the RCMP as it was recog A Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR) stewardship group has been formed in BC to help finance recycling of nized that CSRD bylaw enforcement staff would not usually be involved with noise complaints. Most noise complaints occur major appliances. Incentives offered from MARR along with after hours and attempted enforcement by CSRD staff would the market value of scrap metal have eliminated the need to raise serious and unacceptable safety concerns in addition to charge tipping fees for metals, appliances and ODS. staffing and cost issues. Key amendments to this bylaw, in effect February 1, 2018, It was also recognized that noise bylaws are very difficult to include removal of the metal disposal fee, removal of the ODS fee, increase of the wood waste disposal fee to $40/tonne, reduc- enforce, particularly in rural areas. Understandably, a noise complaint is a much lower priority than a traffic accident or criminal act, and given the distance between the nearest RCMP detachment and Area C, time and ability to respond is an issue. Another issue affecting this is the collection of objective evidence that can be effectively used in court. Hours of enforcement for the noise bylaw will be from 12:00 am to 7:00 am. This bylaw will not deal with complaints outside these hours, nor will it deal with noise complaints involving boats. While it is recognized that any noise bylaw will be imperfect, I think Bylaw 5754 a good step forward and will be helpful in many situations.

South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce News Submitted by Karen Brown, Executive Director Last Call Chamber AGM February 22, 2018 The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting and Wine & Cheese reception for members on Thursday February 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The meeting location is Cedar Heights Centre, 2316 Lakeview Drive in Sorrento. After a 45 minute networking reception, the business of the AGM will begin at

6:45. All members of the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend. Chamber to Offer Educational Workshops In 2018 This year, the South Shuswap Chamber is planning on hosting a number of monthly workshops for businesses and for non-profits. Keeping our businesses and non-profits healthy and informed is part of building a stronger community. (Continued on page 5)



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More information on the slate of workshops will be announced at the Chamber AGM later this month, however business owners can expect to see workshop assistance in matters such as Marketing & Advertising, Social Media, Reading & Understanding Financial Statements, Tax Remittances & Filings, How to Start & Grow a Business, Writing a Clear Business Plan and more. Non-profits in the area can expect to see a series of monthly workshops, targeting such matters as the New Societies Act, Social Media, Board Governance Training, Reading & Understanding Financial Statements, Directors Roles, Responsibilities & Liability, Accessing Grant Monies, Volunteer Recruitment & Retention and more. Chamber Requests Meeting

with Ministry Of Highways The Board of Directors for the Chamber has secured an upcoming meeting with Mr. Steve Sirett, District Program Manager for Ministry of Highways out of Kelowna. There are a number of topics that the Board would like to discuss including the Hwy 1 Corridor through the South Shuswap and what future planning may look like for the region. Chamber Plans for Six More Tourism Kiosks To Be Built The Chamber will be constructing five more visitor information kiosks throughout the South Shuswap region. They will also be collaborating with other chambers to see that a sixth tourism kiosk will be constructed just after one enters the North Shuswap after crossing the Squilax bridge. At the time of printing this article, the exact location has yet to be determined.


February 22, 2018 NOTICE is hereby given on this 1st day of February, 2018 that the Annual General Meeting for the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday February 22nd, at 6:30 pm at Cedar Heights Centre, 2178 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay, BC All South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce members in good standing are invited to attend to review and approve financial statements for 2017 and to vote in the 2018 Board of Directors. The complimentary wine & cheese reception will begin at 6:00 pm prior to the start of the meeting.

February 12th RCMP News Contributed by Chase & Salmon Arm RCMP Detachments Drugs and Cash Seized In the early morning hours of January 24, 2018, members of the Salmon Arm RCMP intercepted a male and female from the Vernon area who were stopped after leaving a residence in the Tappen area that is a known to police. The male and female in the vehicle from Vernon were stopped and arrested. After searching the vehicle, a significant quantity of heroin, cocaine, meth, and MDMA was seized along with a large sum of Canadian currency. With the evidence gathered during this traffic stop, the Salmon Arm RCMP then executed a search warrant at a residence in the Tappen area where another female and male known to police were arrested. During the search of the residence a substan-

tial amount of what is believed to be heroin and other drugs was seized along with Canadian currency. All parties involved were released for court in Salmon Arm. Notch Hill Checkstop On January 5 at 10:45 pm, Chase RCMP conducted a check stop on Notch Hill Road in Sorrento BC. During the checkstop, a 27-year-old man was found to be driving while impaired by drugs. Police seized a small amount of shatter, a substance made from dried cannabis marihuana, and issued a 24 hour driving prohibition. A 36-year-old female driver was found to be driving while impaired by alcohol. After failing a roadside screening device, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Vehicle Hits Fence On January 14, Chase RCMP received a report of a damaged fence in the 1300 block of Notch Hill Road in Sorrento BC. A vehicle left the roadway breaking 6 fence posts before returning to the road and leaving from the area. No description of the vehicle was obtained. Violation Tickets On January 16 at 8:25 pm, Chase RCMP received a report of a white van hitting the ditch on the Trans Canada Highway near Kinghorn Road in Sorrento, BC. Police located the 49-year-old male driver of the vehicle at a residence near Chase, BC. The driver was issued Violation Tickets for Drive Without Due Care and Attention and for Driving Without a Driver’s Licence.






How Big is Small? By Dawn Clarke Whether planning an interior renovation or looking at those items on the ‘honey-do’ list which just keep mounting up, we all have to think about who to call when we just don’t want to do the work ourselves. The role of the handyman in our homes has never been greater. We are inspired by all those shows on TV which make everything look so straightforward, and give us ideas that may be totally impractical for our own homes. A TV ‘cast of thousands’ make renos look so easy, but actually it is quite different. Maybe, we only need a picture hanging or a new window installed. So, who can we call for the job, big or small? Mark Betts at Small Jobs Only, founder and owner of the handyman and renovation business, hopes to get our call. He can explain the size of job he will undertake, how good value accompanied by quality workmanship is the core of his business, and most importantly what he can do for you. Typically, Small Jobs Only will take on any interior project, but does not undertake work that requires expansion of the exterior envelope of a property. Mark, a drywaller by trade, moved to Blind Bay from White Rock in 2006. After renovating and selling his first Blind Bay home, then building his own house on Fairview Place, he quickly realized that the handyman business he built at the coast, could be relaunched here. Blind Bay and Eagle Bay, which provide the majority of his business, is a market where there are many homes occupied by residents who are busy enjoying the Shuswap life, and have neither the time or inclination, to take on interior projects large or small. Mark’s hobby, which became a business, has seen 20% year on year growth since 2011, and has seen Mark going from a oneman operation to a small business with one full time carpenter, and two part-time employees. The ethos of his business has not changed – to give the best value combined with quality work-


manship. Bathroom renovations, basement finishing, sundeck repair, window and door installations, drywalling, hanging blinds and pictures…..the type of work that the company offers is long, and is all completed by qualified, experienced handymen with an eye for detail and quality work. Smaller jobs are undertaken by Mark, or a member of his team, on an hourly basis. If undertaking a larger project, which may call for electricians and plumbers, Mark has a network of subtrades who he works with, all of whom offer the same standard of workmanship. Any large project is managed by Mark, and he always remains the point of contact for his clients. A good handyman is a person to have on your call list, and it is advisable to consolidate your requirements before calling. No job is too small for Mark and his team, however, if there are numerous items on your list, it is often much more cost effective to combine them, thereby enabling all the work to be done in one visit. Small Jobs Only has grown primarily by referral and recommendation, and Mark believes this straight forward approach to helping customers find the best solution to their reno or small job requirement, has been the key to the success of his business.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS WANTED School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) requires School Bus Drivers to work in All Areas. The work involves the operation of school buses used to transport students within the district and on field trips. Applicants will have a demonstrated safe driving history as presented by a Driver’s Abstract from the Motor Vehicle Branch. Practical working knowledge of school bus maintenance and repair requirements, along with the ability to deal in a friendly, courteous and effective manner with a variety of passenger situations is required. Drivers must also possess a good knowledge of the North Okanagan-Shuswap Area. The successful applicant will have a valid B.C. Class 2 Driver’s license with an air brake endorsement. Work experience in the operations of passenger buses an asset. The rate of pay is $25.49 per hour.

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South Shuswap Non-Profits Coming Together February 28 NOTICE OF MEETING TO ALL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING ELECTORAL AREA C OF THE CSRD Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm Blind Bay Community Hall 2510 Blind Bay Road, Blind Bay, BC

FREE to Attend This is the first of a series of networking meetings for nonprofit organizations within Area C co-hosted by the CSRD and the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce. Organizations are encouraged to attend to share ideas, foster cross-promotion of events and to discuss common hurdles and ways to solve those challenges. Members of the public are welcome to attend as well. Although this is a free event to attend, pre-registration is encouraged so that we can plan for numbers. Please send your RSVP by email to the Chamber: on or before February 23rd, 2018.

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Contributed by South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce Are you part of a non-profit organization in the South Shuswap? Then you may want to ensure that your group has a representative free on February 28th, 2018. At a recent Granting Workshop co-hosted by the CSRD and the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, it was determined by a good majority of non-profit organization representatives present, that meeting throughout the year as a ‘network of nonprofits’ could assist each organization in their planning and in overcoming the challenges that they face. The Chamber is partnering with Community Futures and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District to present a slate of educational and interactive workshops for businesses and nonprofits in 2018. This series of non-profit meetings fits nicely into this workshop initiative. The first of the non-profit community discussions will take place on Wednesday February 28th, 2018 at the Blind Bay Hall. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Coffee and a dessert will be served. Although a good portion of the nonprofit sector has taken out a membership with the Chamber of Commerce, you do not have to be a member to attend; in fact, this meeting is open to all members of the public. This is an open discussion of the area’s societies and organizations to share ideas and initiatives and to assist each other in tackling common hurdles faced by non-profits. By hosting these meetings periodically throughout the year and by offering educational workshops specific to non-profits, it is the goal of the Chamber, Community Futures and the CSRD to foster strength and sustainability in our non-profit sector, thereby making the community stronger as a whole.

South Shuswap Health Services Society 2018 Age Friendly Grant Submitted by Doug Brown Working With Seniors To Access Nutritious and Safe Food The South Shuswap Health Services Society (SSHSS) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C, made available by Age Friendly B.C. SSHSS will involve a wide range of community participants to develop and implement a program of education, food-related activities, and community interaction to enhance the nutritional status of seniors and others in Area C. A number of two-hour, monthly workshops will be

offered during Spring and Fall seasons on health and wellness. These sessions will feature how to:  identify healthy food and food sources  access affordable, quality food  determine the most effective and economical way of preparing food  determine which foods to avoid  determine the foods that will soften the impact of one’s chronic diseases  select foods that will help to prevent chronic diseases, and (Continued on page 9)




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 use food to enhance sleep. Sessions will be offered by a selection of dieticians, farmers, chefs, Young Agrarians, and food outlet owners/managers. Such an inter-generational approach has the advantage of serving more than one goal. The time that younger people will spend with seniors allows more opportunities to provide support in other areas, including the detection of elder abuse. Seniors will gain knowledge and skills in accessing good food that may make it possible for them to maintain their health and stay in their own homes. SSHSS’s ultimate goal is to develop a sustainable age-friendly community of support for seniors in the South Shuswap by involving service providers and the communities in discussion and participation. The anticipated start date of the program is April 1, 2018. Call 250675-3661 or email to participate! Food is not just about eating: it's about community, connection, and conversation.

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By Anne Long I confess that I have battled through my life and realize I am now at an awkward age. Now I live alone, am reasonably active, healthy, able to drive. It takes me longer to make use of new computer, cell phone, and media technology. Sometimes I drift off into my thoughts memories and activities. When I "come-to" the gas stove burner is still on, or a door has blown open. Worst of all, I fell - just a minor tumble - no serious injury. The time has come to do some planning. If I were medically fragile with heart disease, diabetes, physical or cognitive disabilities, I would get a medic alert system to wear 24 hours a day. When the alert detects a fall or the wearer presses the help button, a friendly voice assesses the situation and calls your designated contact or calls 911. Although I don't need that level of monitoring, I must imagine how

SUPPORTING OLDER ADULTS IN PLANNING FOR AGING WELL Do you have a vision of what your later years will look like? Making plans and decisions today will help you better prepare for tomorrow so you can achieve your goals in your lifelong journey. B. C. Healthy Communities with South Shuswap Health Services Society are providing a free “Aging Well” workshop

February 24, 2018 Registration 10:00 AM, includes lunch, finishes at 2:30 PM Shuswap Lake Estates Recreation Centre 2404 Centennial, Blind Bay, BC Adults of all ages, caregivers and people who work with older adults are invited to participate in this engaging dialogue. If you are interested in:  Developing a plan to help you have a healthy, happy aging journey  Learning about resources and information to help actualize your plans  Connecting with new people in your community

Register Now! Call 250-675-3661 For email: my friends, neighbours, or First Responders would get into my home to help me? Would I be able to get to a phone if I have a serious fall or collapse? I am comfortable carrying my cell phone on my person at all times because I dispatch for First Responders. A call to 911 or a neighbour would get help. Usually we keep our house doors locked (any burglar knows to look under the planter or

doormat for a key). Further, repairs could be expensive if someone has to break a window or door to enter. First Responders want to help you as quickly as possible but a call for emergency entry takes time. I plan to give my house key to neighbours I trust. Another idea is a key lockbox that can be opened with a (Continued on page 10)




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combination. Give the combination to your medic alert company or leave a telephone number to a family member or friend who can give the combination to a first responder. Another important help to responders is a list of medications, doctors' names, friend or family contact, and a general description of health concerns. We want to live independently as long as possible. It is an awkward age when life throws surprise accidents and illnesses at us. A bit of planning and checking up on each other keeps us going. Please contact South Shuswap First Responders with questions about our Volunteer Services: 250-833-5060.

By Dawn Clarke The education, development and growth of children and teenagers in our Society is a responsibility that all of us need to consider - they are the future, and it is our duty as adults to provide them with opportunities and knowledge, and to involve them in our community. Encouraging today’s youth to utilize the same enthusiasm they have for all things related to technology, and to get involved in the arts, and sports, requires exciting programs and fun activities. The number of families moving to this area is growing, and we need to ensure we are equipped to offer the best in cultural and sports programs tailored to children and teenagers of all ages. There are many advantages to raising a family in a natural, rural location over the urban lifestyle, the challenge is to ensure we are all on board to get involved and provide support in terms of time and knowledge. One organization that maintains a clear focus on youth is FACES, originally established as a private business 6 years ago, it

now operates as a non-profit committee under the Arts Council for the Shuswap. Dance, drama and music to suit all ages, tastes and interests, are offered by eight talented local instructors. Programs offered and being developed, cover a wide range of subjects from a ballet to hip hop, private music lessons to choral, and workshops in various elements of visual arts, including an exciting and interesting winter 2018 series that includes Indigenous art forms. Membership rates are kept to a very competitive level [Children $10, Adults $20 or a Family membership for $40] and scholarships have now been approved by the Board, which are offered to the entire membership. Programs are individually priced, and details can be found on the website The availability of an organization such as FACES, not only allows for young people to be inspired in a new direction and enjoy a social connection with peers and adults, but also provides a safe loca(Continued on page 11)

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tion for those who sometimes just need a place, or some time for themselves away from their everyday environment. A time to interact and enjoy a new interest and meet with new friends. There is no doubt that the 612yrs age group are the largest demographic at FACES with music (60 students), and dance (45 students) being the most popular classes, however the Executive is working on expanding the appeal of programs and events. Regular feedback is solicited both from attendees and parents with exit interviews and regular interaction with Board members and Administrator Karen Brown. Karen’s significant expertise and experience in working with local and provincial governments accessing and applying for grants, together with support from local CSRD Director Paul Demenok, has resulted in the Arts Council and FACES benefitting from significant financial assistance. Monies obtained have not only increased the availability of programs for all ages but have allowed a focus to be placed on youth. For example, the Board has been able to attract new younger instructors who offer hands-on music instruction and


jamming sessions. Before any theory; it allows for someone who just wants to learn to play an instrument – not alone in their room at home, but in the company of like-minded children and teenagers. Besides the cultural activities related to the Arts, Karen emphasizes that sport and especially the outdoors, is very much part of our culture. Future programming at the Arts Council may focus on the coming together of certain sports and activities such as golf, tennis, boating or hiking, with more traditional art forms such as painting, sculpting or photography. The summer months are ideal for allowing those more interested in sport to enjoy the FACES approach to those outdoor activities that so many of us undertake, but instructors are the first requirement in setting up programs for the outdoors. Anybody interested in helping with this can contact Karen at: It is certainly apparent that the younger generation in the South Shuswap are on the minds of many community leaders, which can only lead to a stronger, healthier, interesting and diverse local neighbourhood for the benefit of everyone.



Applications are invited for the Custodian Spare Board for casual custodial assignments throughout the District. Custodian positions are Union positions and the salary will be $20.50 per hour.

 Qualifications required include: Minimum grade 10 with a Building Service Worker Certificate, or equivalent from a vocational institute. Must be able to perform all custodian duties including lifting heavy objects and shovelling snow, ability to perform cleaning and minor maintenance of school plants.

 Duties will include: Cleaning of School District No. 83 sites, security, snow removal from sidewalks and entrances, other related duties as may be assigned or required. Please submit resume with full supporting documents to We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83

Eagle Bay Fire Department By Peter O’Brien We had one call out in January for a structure fire. A shed attached to a home caught fire from wood stove embers placed in a rubber tub too close to the shed. The resident had extinguished the fire with a garden hose before we arrived and we removed any hot spots and checked for more with our Thermal Imaging Camera. This is a strong reminder to store embers and hot ashes in a metal container far away from any combustibles outside the home. I wrote last month about reflective address signs and the need for every home to have one for responders to find you at night in the dark. January's callout is another example. While the home did have a number sign, it was not reflective and the homes we passed close to our destination on the way to the fire had no address signs visible to us either. Again, how will BC (Continued on page 12)

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By Dawn Clarke Local Indie author Robyn Wideman, whose books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Available at Sorrento, Celista best seller lists, is offering other authors & other Farmers Markets the opportunity to benefit from his April till October knowledge and experience to help them mirror his success. Robyn, born in the Wenndee & Albert Quinn Shuswap and now living in Sunnybrae, has been writing for the last three years, and has achieved internaEagle Bay Fire tional acclaim and success with his series of fantasy Department fiction novels. Detercontinued mined to help other au(Continued from page 11) thors trying to break through into this highly Ambulance, First Responders, RCMP, competitive world, he is Fire Department and others find you in offering a free workshop: your time of need? Please take a critical ‘Amazon, Algorithms, look at your property from the road and and Achieving Success as see if your house number stands out when a Self-Publisher’, at the it is dark. We urge you to order a reflecCurling Club, in Salmon tive address sign so all emergencies can Arm on Saturday, 24th be dealt with as quickly as possible. It February, 3-5pm. doesn't cost much in the big scheme of The concept of self things and could save property or lives publishing has grown YOUR PROPERTY AND LIVES! You exponentially over the last can order reflective address signs by conten years and the need to understand and tacting Debbie or Tom at 250-675-3355. navigate this, sometimes complicated Pat MacNeil, a 12 year member of process, is an area that Robyn believes Eagle Bay Fire Dept. resigned his posicauses some authors to miss opportunities tion in January. We wish Pat all the best for their books, and become demotivated in the future and thank him for his serregarding the entire process. His workvice. shop will provide an overview of how the You can keep up to date on lots of fire system works, and what any author needs to address, when looking to publish outrelated and Fire Department information side of the traditional printed medium. on our Facebook page. You can find us Robyn dreamt of becoming a full-time under Eagle Bay Fire Department. Stay writer for over 30 years until he decided safe and feel free to contact any member to face the challenge of moving from regif you have any questions. ular paid employment to a life based totally on his dreams. He has never looked back, and as well as writing books which have generated a Service You Deserve following of fans in Serving the South Shuswap and Surrounding Area Canada, Australia, ALL ELECTRICAL SERVICES USA and the UK, he has had to learn ■ Standby Power ■ Residential & and excel at selfSystems Commercial publishing. ■ Essential Services ■ 15 yrs Experience Robyn’s fiction, ■ Generator Systems ■ Fully Bonded, based on fantasy Curtis Butler ■ Control Systems Insured & Certified and sorcery type FSR A stories, is a genre Master Electrician initially popular Blind Bay, BC with young adults, but which is now @butlerelectricltd

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Power Outage Doesn’t Dampen Spirits By Clare Hale Sorrento’s Musical Christmas Coffee House was a lively event despite the power outage just hours before the doors opened. “Now we were faced with a Coffee House with no power to brew coffee, no power for music and no lights. A couple of quick prayers and hasty phone calls was all that was needed.” Recalls Pastor Paul Paquette “Friends arrived to rescue us will two 100 cup thermos cups of coffee and a generator.” Tables were decorated and goodie trays arrange by flash lights and emergency lights as we continued to prepare. “Just as guests began to arrive BC Hydro restored the power. We were able to place hot cups of coffee into the hands of our first guests. The evening was a success and a good time was had by all” claims Pastor Paquette, who is also a Team Member going to Guatemala. The Christmas Musical Coffee House was a fundraiser hosted by Shuswap Community Church Sorrento, and ran by the team planning a mission to Guatemala in March of 2018. The team has chosen to do a water project in Guatemala and are required to raise at least 10,000.00 to cover the cost of said project. They are planning a number of activities which they are planning to gather funds which are open to the community of Sorrento to partake in. "we want the community to feel they are apart of something bigger than just donating. We would like them to feel they too are invested in this project. So, they will also be doing an event after the trip to update and share with the community the team's experiences and results from the project." The next event will be a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, February 17th at Sorrento Memorial Hall. Doors will open at 5pm and dinner will be at 5:30pm. All funds will go to support the Guatemalan Water Project. For more information and to donate to the Auction please call 250835-2023. The vision of Compelling Love Ministries is to follow Christ’s example in word and deed by extending a helping hand, providing opportunities for the less fortunate, and teaching Bible-based principles for life and success. We are committed to fulfilling this vision by supporting community development in rural Guatemala through building schools, churches, water projects, sanitation projects, etc.

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Shuswap Water Protection Groups Call for Improvements to Agricultural Waste Control Regulations Submitted by Jim Cooperman, SEAS President The Shuswap Water Action Team Society (SWAT) and the Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) recently submitted a brief to the B.C. government’s Agricultural Waste Control Regulations Review that is tasked to provide recommendations to improve regulations for agricultural practices province-wide in order to better safeguard drinking water quality. The process was prompted by the review of the Hullcar Aquifer, which has been contaminated by elevated levels of nitrates from industrial dairy wastes. In the Shuswap, concerns about deteriorating lake water quality and corresponding algae blooms resulted in numerous studies and the creation of the Shuswap Watershed Council that is tasked with ongoing monitoring, as well as developing solutions. While the concern in Hullcar is primarily with nitrates and in the Shuswap it is with phosphates, both pollutants are primarily from the same source – cow manure, which is sprayed on fields in liquid form at industrial dairy farms. The application of chemical fertilizers also contributes to the problems. “Our primary goal in participating in

the review was to ensure that any improvements to the regulation also address the growing concerns regarding the rising levels of phosphorus in both river soils and the watershed,” explained SWAT president Ray Nadeau. “One of our key recommendations is that waste control decision making and planning must consider the cumulative effects from years of nutrient loading of soils and water bodies,” added Nadeau. Currently, nutrient management plans (NMPs), which are an effective way to reduce both nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into water bodies, are only prepared if there are recognized negative impacts. The SEAS/SWAT brief that was prepared by consultant Natalya Melnychuk, PhD, recommends that NMPs be prepared proactively for all large farming operations. Environmental farm plans (EFPs), which provide farmers and ranchers with opportunities to complete agri environmental risk assessments, plans, and projects to increase agricultural sustainability, are currently voluntary. SEAS and SWAT have recommended that environmental planning should be mandatory. “The current “self-reliance” system of agricultural waste control management is clearly not working,” explained Jim

Cooperman, SEAS president. “Our brief focuses on the use of the precautionary principle in decision making and the need for improved monitoring and enforcement by government staff to help minimize nutrient run-off into Shuswap rivers and lakes,” he added. Another key SEAS/SWAT recommendation that has also been made by the Shuswap Watershed Council is that the Shuswap watershed should be designated as a sensitive receiving environment, given documented evidence of stress (e.g., algae blooms) from excess nutrients in the lakes. Also, future nutrient planning should address the recent study that shows 86 percent of fields in the Shuswap River valley already have high to very high levels of residual phosphorus in the soil. “We believe that the inclusion of our recommendations along with appropriate resources to support farm operators in complying with the new regulations and adequate monitoring and enforcement will help the B.C. government protect water bodies from agriculturally-sourced nutrient loading,” added Cooperman. The SEAS/ SWAT brief can be read or downloaded from




GT Dragon Boat Society Adds to Its ‘Fleet’ Whilst this stage progressed, Harry’s By Dawn Clarke A May telephone call, a waterlogged team, acquired the materials needed for the repairs and called in additional volundragon boat, and a hard-working group of volunteers has resulted in a ‘new’ boat teers from the GT Society. Harry and two of his colleagues, Dan being added to the GT Dragonboat SociLetourneau and George Landry, each had ety paddling capability. The 48ft 6-16 experience working with fibreglass and Dragon Boat was deteriorating in the by September they had completed that Shuswap Lake, adjacent to the Sunnypart of the project. In addition, old wood brae Bible Camp, but despite its condition, the GT members have now renovat- had to be stripped and new seats were ed the craft to its former glory, ready for built, sanded and varnished. At every stage of the next summer’s process various paddling season. members of the The 6-16, Society arrived originally built in at Harry’s Vancouver, was home to help first viewed by with cleaning, Harry Eisentaping and berger, GT Prosanding prior to ject Leader, on the ‘finishing’ May 21st, and the site of the boat stage of the underwater and project – the full of sand, folpainting of the lowing an earlier boat. storm, certainly Throughout presented a chalSeptember, the lenge. The GT renovated 6-16 Executive decidbegan to look ed if the boat more and more would float, then like a ‘new’ the renovation boat for the GT project would be group, and Top: Dragon Boat 616 underwater at Sunnybrae Bottom: A new look at the interior with purpose feasible. Bible three coats of built cedar seating Camp members paint with debailed out the boat, towed it to their raft tailed sanding in between, resulted in a in the lake and awaited the arrival of GT craft to be proud of. Currently, a with their trailer for collection. High drummer’s chair and a steering arm are water levels at the time posed a challenge being built with a view to their installafor loading the boat on the trailer, how- tion going ahead in the Spring. ever on June 23rd, the boat was taken to The completion of the 6-16 to her the Aquatech facility, on White Lake ‘new’ state has not only given the GT Road, and mounted on saw horses to dry Dragon Boat Society an additional boat out. to meet the demands of its membership, In August the renovation began. but has generated a new-found camaraWith a budget of $1000 and an enthusi- derie amongst members both male and astic group of GT members, the 6-16 was female, who tackled the demands of a towed and parked alongside Harry’s boat renovation project. All that rehome ready for repair. The amount of mains other than paddling is for the craft water and sand penetration in the boat’s to be named and launched into the 2018 structural fibreglass layers required addi- paddling season. The impressive handitional drainage and drying. Holes had to work of the GT members will be on view be drilled into the boat itself, (much to at Blind Bay Marina once the Spring the horror or some members), and weather is here and paddling season has clamps positioned to open the layers to arrived. facilitate better air circulation and drying.

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Submitted by Paula Shields With a new year comes an awareness and acknowledgment of the potential to embark on a new path and to make changes in our quest to live a life that is purposeful. As we contemplate our place in our community and the role we play we may ask ourselves:  How do I want to be remembered?  Does my life reflect the values that are important to me?  What kind of legacy do I want to leave?  What more can I do to ensure that my contributions have a positive and lasting impact on my community?  Have I taken the steps necessary to define my legacy?  Will 2018 be the start of a clearly defined path to unlocking my potential, and making a difference? Community building and connecting those who care with the needs in our community are two of the founding principles of Shuswap Community Foundation. At SCF, working with charities across the Shuswap, we have our fingers on the pulse of our communities. Identifying the needs in the Shuswap is a natural part of our process as we receive applications from non-profit organizations. Determining how you want to leave your mark is a personal decision that often requires careful consideration and often consultation with family members, a financial advisor, accountant, and/or a lawyer. Shuswap Community Foundation can help guide donors though the process of choosing how to give back and make a difference to the Shuswap in ways which align with their values. Choosing to align your philanthropic goals with a community foundation offers two key advantages:  Simplicity – contact a Director of the Foundation, or your financial advisor/estate planner No legal or registration fees – once you determine the purpose(s) of your Family Fund, or other Named Fund, a “Deed (Continued on page 17)

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of Gift” is drawn up for you to sign. Your wishes will be respected and followed, in your name, forever. The Shuswap Community Foundation is already a registered charity, therefore your fund does not have to be registered separately, as it would if it were a private foundation. The Shuswap Foundation charges 1% on capital for the administration of its endowed funds. The balance of the earnings on the fund is paid out to other local charities as prescribed in the Deed of Gift. The Shuswap Foundation can establish a Family Fund or other Named Fund for a minimum contribution of $1,000

with a contract to grow the fund to a target goal of $10,000 within a reasonable time frame, in order to advance the disbursement of the earnings from your fund into the community. The tax rules as they apply to gifts to Community Foundations are simpler, and in most cases more generous, than the rules that apply to the establishment of private foundations. Call SCF today or drop in for a visit. We can help you define your legacy and ensure that your gift keeps on giving to the Shuswap. 250-8325428 /102-160 Harbourfront Drive Salmon Arm across from the Prestige Hotel.


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Arts Council For The South Shuswap By Karen Brown, Arts Council Administrator As we move through the darker months of winter, the community is doing a great job of offering up a nice slate of things to do, especially in February. Checking out our local community halls and centres, you’ll find movie nights, dinners, sporting events, wine & cheese receptions, dances and more. This is also a great time to cozy in and take in the local music scene at all of the music coffee house concerts in the area. Four of the community halls in the South Shuswap offer up a great program of music each Saturday. For a few dollars’ admission, you can sit back and relax listening to a few hours of music and have a refreshment while you’re at it. Coffee House Circuit ~ All Doors Open At 7:00 pm  Carlin Hall in Tappen: First Saturday of the Month  Sunnybrae Community Hall: Second Saturday of the Month  Notch Hill Hall: Third Saturday of the Month  Eagle Bay Hall: Fourth Saturday of the Month Arts Council Hosts AGM February 21, 2018 The Arts Council will host its Annual General Meeting at the Arts Council Studios on Wednesdays February 21st 2018 at 6:30. Meeting location is 4051 Myers Frontage Road (on the lower level of Carlin Hall) in Tappen. Members are encouraged to come out to hear about what lies ahead for 2018 in the world of arts & culture, approve the year’s financials and to vote in the 2018 Board of Directors. Community Meeting of Non-Profits February 28, 2018 In November, a very successful Granting Workshop and Community Planning Meeting was held wherein most of the non-profits in the South Shuswap region, gathered. On the 28th of this month at Blind Bay Hall, there will be a follow up meeting for networking amongst groups. Watch the local papers or

the Arts Council newsletter for more information. If you are not already receiving the Arts Council for the South Shuswap monthly newsletter, simply email Karen: Arts Council Membership We hope that you will consider joining the Arts Council for the South Shuswap Membership to support arts and culture here in the South Shuswap. Membership also includes access to the Annual General Meeting which is being held on February 15, 2018. Adult memberships are $20 per year; child memberships are $10 per year and a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) is $40 per year. Call Karen 250.515.3276 or email her:

February 21, 2018 NOTICE is hereby given on this 1st day of February, 2018 that the Annual General Meeting for the Arts Council for the South Shuswap Society will be held on Wednesday February 21st, at 6:30 pm at the Arts Council Studios on the lower level of Carlin Hall, 4051 Myers Frontage Road, Tappen, BC. All Arts Council for the South Shuswap members in good standing are invited to attend to review and approve financial statements for 2017 and to vote in the 2018 Board of Directors.



Sunnybrae Community Hall By James Clark A huge thanks to the Shuswap community for all the support with our Jack Marks concert last month! On Friday 26th January we welcomed Toronto's Jack Marks to the stage at the Sunnybrae Community Hall. Luckily for us, the winter weather held off on the night and we opened the doors to a crowd of enthusiastic attendees. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the Coffeehouse, as well as welcome a bunch of new faces from Sunnybrae, Salmon Arm and surrounding areas. A special thanks to our opening acts: Steph Clifford and Sue Kyle & Al Bates (of Birchbark), who set the perfect mood for an intimate night of singer-songwriter, folk-music. Cheers to all the volunteers who pitched in with baked goodies, running the show, set-up and tear down and to all our local businesses who acted as ticket vendors: Acorn Music, Shuswap Pie Company, Hudson Vintage and Eco Treats. Last but not least, thanks to the rest of the Tappalachian Stringband: Joan Robertson, Rob Milne, Denis Severino and Myra Morrison. Contrary to our on-stage appearance, at times, we can actually be an organized bunch, and the work and dedication of these people made it all possible. I guess there's actually one more thank you whilst I'm at it and that goes out to everyone at the Shuswap Scoop, for keeping our community connected. Cheers! Moving on to our next evening of entertainment, be sure to check out this month's Sunnybrae Coffeehouse on Sat 10th February at 7:30pm. This month's feature act is Doc & The Disorderlies who are no strangers to the Sunnybrae Hall. From all the

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way down the road... Kamloops, BC... this energetic group of musicians return to the stage to bring the audience an “eclectic mix of originals, swing, blues, old standards and contemporary ballads.” There is a reason we have these wonderful folks back time and again, and once you hear them... you'll know why! Full details can be found on the Facebook Page: “Sunnybrae Community Association”. As always, all ages are welcome, audience and performers alike. And don't forget dinner at the Seniors Hall 5:30 – 7:30pm. See you there!

Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society By Marilyn Clark Women’s Wellness Clinic – Thursday, March 1, 2018 Women of the South Shuswap – please take note: At our clinic a female Nurse Practitioner will provide PAP exams and screening for sexually transmitted infections when requested or clinically appropriate. We will provide recommendation for Mammogram Screenings. Copies of the PAP and other test results will be sent to your primary care provider. The goal at the Women's Wellness Clinic is to provide accessible and collaborative care for women's health. Call 250 803-5251 or 250 803-5257 to book your appointment. Medical Student Search We are considering how we might support a local student studying medicine but struggle over trying to identify who those medical students are. Don't know what the support would look like but would like to be able to identify a student. Any help in our search would

be helpful. If you are or know such a student living in the South Shuswap, please email Marilyn Clark ( with their contact information. Footcare Practitioner If you, or someone you know, is a certified footcare provider, we are seeking such a person for a few sessions a month to service some of our seniors in the area. Our former footcare specialist is no longer able to come to the clinic as a result of illness. Interested? Please call the Health Centre at 250 803-5251 or 250 803-5257 and leave your contact information with Emily. Someone will get back to you. 2018 Dates for your Calendar  Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Women's Wellness Clinic, Community Health Centre  Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Health Fair, Sorrento Memorial Hall  Saturday, November 17, 2018 Name That Tune – Sorrento Memorial Hall

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The Myth of Multitasking By Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching "When we think we're multitasking we're actually multi-switching. That is what the brain is very good at doing quickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we're being productive. We are, indeed, being busy. But in reality we're simply giving ourselves extra work." Michael Harris, Author Often we have heard people say they are good at multitasking as a source of pride. Multitasking was almost a buzzword for efficiency and effectiveness in the business world. People seemed to aspire to being good multitaskers. There are certain mundane tasks that we can do while concentrating on another thing or two. Generally, these are rote or habitual tasks that make up our day and do not require our full attention. Brushing our teeth and thinking of the conversation we will be having later with a colleague, is a kind of multi-tasking. The part of the brain we use for thinking is not able to do two tasks at the same time, this is why we see laws being changed about texting or speaking on a hand-held cell phone when driving. We as a society have learned that "multiswitching" can lead to dire consequences. When it comes to the important things in life, we need to focus on what is important, what requires our attention, and what needs to be done. Recently in a prelude to a meditation, Oprah Winfrey said her day starts with three important questions that helps her focus on the best use of her time. We can certainly benefit from reflecting upon these questions. The first question is, what is really

important? The idea of focusing on what it is we should be concentrating on as we move through our day. Keeping mindful of the "goal" of the day, ensures we make time to work on it without distraction. Second, we need to think of what else has to be done. It may not be related to the first question but it does figure into our day. This may be a personal errand or activity that is outside of the working day. It may not seem as important to us, yet it needs to be accomplished. (If we end up not doing it and it didn't matter then we need to ask, why was it on the list?) Her third question relates to deciding how much time and attention we will allocate to both questions during the day. This is an integral part of planning our day in a thoughtful and constructive way. It all comes back to focusing on the important parts of our life and rejecting the unimportant aspects. We need to take control and get in the habit of asking these types of questions each and every day. "The scarcity of time is the reason we have to concentrate on one thing at a time." Onsite, On-time, Matt Perman, AuResidential & thor. Rob Marshall Commercial is the Executive Computer Services Director of Community Futures Shuswap. For more small business tips and resources, visit

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Submitted by Evelyn Boyce St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance fundraiser will be held on Saturday March 17 at the Lodge downstairs in the Shuswap Lake Estate offices. Music by the Sultans and tickets will be $45 per person and available at the Estate Office. It will be a Cash Bar Only.....sorry, no credit cards. FYI tables are seating for 8. So, pull out your Irish and get ready for some fun. The Mobile Lab at the Health and Wellness Office is getting busier, so we are asking for everyone’s patience, but could we also ask that the first thing in the morning be reserved for the people who are fasting...... just so they can be done first and get their morning coffee. The ECG’s should also delay until the office is less busy. The Lab is still only every Thursday 8am until 2 pm. so there is time for everyone, but this should be more efficient. You could call ahead to see how long the wait is. 250-675-3661 The more people that use the Lab Services the sooner we can add another day. Please let all your friends know the lab is there. The Health and Wellness Office is still looking for a Registered Massage Therapist so please get the word out and if there is anyone interested, please call 250-675-3661 for more information. The Seniors Luncheon is still the first Thursday of the month and reservations are required by the prior Monday. It is a popular event enjoyed by all who attend. Call 250-675-3661 if you would like to attend.

Contributed by Arts Council Administrator Karen Brown Those into the local music scene no doubt have heard of Jasmin Frederickson from Chicken Like Birds and James Clark from the Tappalachian StringBand. Both artists are wildly talented and to the delight of FACES, an arts education program run out of the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, James and Jasmin have offered up their teaching skills through FACES. Not only is James the mandolin player with Tappalachian StringBand, he is also a highly skilled winemaker with Sunnybrae Winery. He shares that a friend taught him the basics to guitar when he was a teenager and from there, his love of music and ‘learning by doing’ soared. James moved to Canada from Scotland almost 6 years ago and has since picked up the banjo, mandolin and a little bit of the upright bass. As James shares, ‘there really is no age limit to starting music’. His philosophy is as long as one is having a good time, the learning should come naturally. James will offer lessons in beginner guitar, beginner banjo (clawhammer style) and beginner mandolin, and he is open to students of all ages. His passion currently lies with “old-time fiddle music” and “folk music” but he would be more than happy if students shared their musical interests. Jasmin Frederickson may be most known in the community for her entertaining presence and unique sound as the upright bass player and singer in the playful roots duo Chicken-Like Birds. However, Jasmin’s own musical experiences go well beyond roots with training in jazz vocals, choir, musical theatre, guitar, bass and harmonies. With 20 years’ experience in songwriting and singing and 10 years’ experience in performing, her approach to music focuses on what else…the songs! Under Jasmin’s guidance, students will follow their own individual paths in music, whether it be on guitar, bass, songwriting, singing or general performance. She will not only assist one in learning the language of music but in learning to convey emotion through song.

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Carlin School News By Tricia Peloquin, P.A.C. President A warm Hello to all the Carlin School families. I hope everyone has enjoyed playing in our last few snowy days! I am sure all the kids, big and small, have enjoyed the great outdoors we live in. A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Unplug and Play event on January 23. It was a perfect evening to visit around the bonfire with our school principal, Mr. Corsten and vice principal, Mrs. Langston, while the kids played hockey, sledded and made snowmen. During our last P.A.C. meeting, I brought up the important plan for us to come up with some goals. I asked everyone to think about what they would like to see the P.A.C. work towards as our main goal. With the Carlin country market starting to take shape, it's time we have a plan for all these wonderful funds we are raising. What would you like to see happen at the school? A new playground, an outdoor learning area, some desperately needed landscaping to remove scary rocks and tree stumps, a water filtration system to fill water bottles or how about a small roller coaster? Great! I have your attention! Please let me know your thoughts or ideas on this extremely important subject by emailing me at or, Facebook carlinpac or even send a note to school with your child, attention Tricia P.A.C. Please, let's hear all your amazing ideas. The first parent teacher conferences took place February 7th and 8th. I hope everyone took the opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher and learn how your child has progressed since their report card in December. You would have also been told about your child’s goal and how you, along with their teacher, can help them achieve it this year. The P.A.C. is happy to announce we have provided the funds to the school to purchase another classroom smartboard. This instructional tool allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a digital projector. The teacher can then manipulate the elements on the board by using his finger as a mouse, directly on the screen. Each year, the school is allot-



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ted a certain amount of funds for this date. This year they installed four and with our donation, five. These are fabulous additions to the classrooms and the kids are super stoked when their class gets picked for one. The administration deEVCSS cides who gets one by a lottery process, so it’s the luck of the draw! Shuswap Better at Home As I mentioned, Carlin Country Mar10.5 “A little extra help for seniors to remain ket is a go this year and we have had sevconfidently in their own homes.” eral meetings to get the ball rolling. We  Friendly Visiting  Housekeeping are brainstorming to come up with some  Yardwork  Grocery Shopping fresh new twists to this amazing annual event. If you have any ideas, or are just  Transportation  Home Repair curious, we meet every Friday at 1:00  Snow Shoveling  p.m. in the library. No fear, we won't load Staff, Volunteers and Contractors have been  you with any work you don't want to do. carefully ve ed and trained for your security.  With that in mind, is there an area of the SBAH  Central Intake Wysteria Sholtz 250‐253‐2749  market you would like to help in and just have never had the chance? Maybe you are a whiz at face painting, have a knack Q: Why shouldn’t for selling raffle tickets, are creative at you fall in love setting up displays or have a hidden talent with a pastry chef? to add to an entertainment stage? Boy are we the place for you! It's all about fun! It's A: Because he’ll all about the kids! Any questions please dessert you contact me or come and laugh with us in one of our Friday meetings! My email is or facebook carlinpac. If anyone has a child entering kindergarten in September 2018, please register as soon as possible. Date and time is recorded and will be used to determine placement if the school exceeds student capacity. Call the school for more information (250) 835-4520. We have some long weekends coming up in February, on Monday the 12th and Friday the 23rd. Yay, extra days with your kiddo! Happy Valentines Day to everyone!



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Episode 21 - Let Me Out! Part 2 By Una St. Clair The plane from Memphis screeched onto the runway, and disgorged me into the underground labyrinth of Minneapolis Airport. Six hours later, I was still waiting for another flying metal tube to Seattle. At hour five, I had realized the horror of a full blown migraine splitting my skull in two, followed closely by a second horrific realization that if I resembled an incoherent plague victim, I would be barred from boarding! I gulped down a double dose of migraine pills and Gravol and propped myself up close to the departure gate. I was determined to get on that plane, even if I was a wobbly, half asleep, cross eyed numbskull! The day before, I had given Ernest his marching papers. “Look here, Ernest, I need you to spring me from the States! It’s simple, just drive down and pick me up from Seattle Airport and you can tell them at the border what a good “Canadian” wife I have been for the last 30 years!” His response left me in no doubt that my importance ranked below stoking the fire and taking care of the off grid system. He just couldn’t leave the farm, you see! I had now arrived in Seattle to no protective husband, with cold rain dripping down my neck as I waited for a hotel shuttle. Alone and worried, I contemplated my future. Was this going to be my fate? Living out of a “no star motel” until I was “authorized” for re-entry? The next day, I dressed to impress and took a taxi to the Seattle Greyhound Bus Station. I had purchased a bus ticket to Bellingham by phone the night before but showed up three hours early just to be safe. “Here’s my ticket info” I said brightly to the uninterested attendant. “Nope, you’re not on that bus.” was the casual reply, “That reservation is for Kent Wong to Long Beach, California!” It took twenty minutes to work out that no, I wasn’t Kent Wong, and no, I wasn’t going to Long Beach, but yes, that was my reservation number. I gave up trying to figure out their wonky booking system, blew goodbye to $40, and said politely, “Well, let’s not worry about that, how about I just buy another ticket?” “Well ma’am, I think that bus is full…” The bottom dropped out of the floor, and I held back some good ole’ farm cursing. “Oh, you’re in luck. One ticket left!” The bus trundled off into the rain swept night with me on board, another step closer to Canada. The Bellingham station looked dark and empty when we

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Open Exhibition Courtyard Gallery

February 6th through to March 10th, 2018 Submitted by Valeri Rogers Are you an artist? DO you draw, paint; create with clay, wood, metal or glass? Do you love your camera and take pictures. Courtyard Gallery in Enderby invites you to participate in its Annual Open Exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Each Artist is invited to submit up to 2 works of art, all of which must be for sale. Courtyard gallery is looking for original works no larger than 16 x 20 inches. Three dimensional pieces should be similar in size. Each artist will be guaranteed to have at least one piece hanging in the exhibition.

This will depend on the number of artists who submit. In order to participate you need to be a member of The Enderby Artist’s Initiative. Membership or renewal is $20 for the year. There is a small application fee of $10. Forms are available at the gallery, and should be dropped off by January 23, 2018. Drop off artwork, February 2nd or 3rd between 10 and 4. The Official Opening will be on Saturday February 10, 2018 between 10 am to 4pm. We invite you to come to the opening to meet and greet visitors, and have refreshments.




Tech Talk

difluoroethane, triflorouethane and tetrafluoroethane By Stefan Schielke Three large words for something you wouldn’t want in your immediate surroundings. Why are they relevant to the tech world? These are gases found in cans of “compressed air”. The cans are commonly used in our households to remove dust and debris from hard to reach areas, including electronics. The purpose of compressed air is pretty straight forward; we have dust in our electronics and we want to remove them. However, there are other factors that we should consider including safety to ourselves and our environment. Cans of “compressed air” should be called “Compressed Mixed Gas” since they are not actually made up of just “air.” Material Safety Data Sheets for some gases in these cans state that they should only be used in properly ventilated environments, whilst wearing respirators. The dangers of these gases can include: fire, explosion, asphyxiation, and even death. The gases in the cans can take a liquid form, which are quite flammable. Sparks from electronics can start fires and release toxic fumes. Compressed gases are susceptible to high temperatures and may result in explosion. The shrapnel from the exploding cans could result in serious injury to people and their surroundings. When the can’s trigger is depressed the “air” that comes out, as well as the cans, becomes quite cold to the touch

and leaves a frosty substance. Moisture residue from the frost can short electronics. The temperature of the frosty substance may also cause frostbite to exposed skin. “Deterrents” are added to the cans to discourage people from inhaling the gases to obtain a “high”. However, these deterrents also leave a residue on the electronics they are intended to clean. Even shortterm exposure can damage electronic components, resulting in failure. Inhaling the gases can cause respiratory issues, disorientation, and serious injuries to internal organs which could result in death. Some products contain propellants such as Freon, or other toxic compounds. Even in well ventilated areas, the released “air” is in fact ozone-destroying, greenhouse gas. If you require any of your products to be cleaned with pressured air, I recommend using dry compressed air from an air compressor. An example would be a compressor used with power tools or to fill vehicle tires. The maximum pressure should be 30 psi, as higher pressures can detach small components. When we consider the potential harms resulting from cans of compressed air, I hope that you agree that these items should not be in our homes, or even in our stores. If you have any questions, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, by email or phone.

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Singing the Blues – bass guitar have Canada covered when it comes to their roots. By Dawn Clarke The South Shuswap is a hive of creative talent, local painters, From Great Lakes, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta respecwoodworkers, crafters, dancers or musicians are all inspired by tively, all four perform vocals, and with a repertoire of many living in this beautiful area of stunning scenery, geography and songs at their fingertips, an evening with this Band is never reculture. No more so than the ‘Blind Bay Blues Band’ with 160 petitive or dull. They are a fun group with a very professional years of music among them and still going strong. Founded 20 delivery. A band that practises for at least four hours a week to years ago by Chris Emery, the band has seen a few changes in concentrate on harmonies and back up vocals, to work on new their lineup, but the current group of guys has been together for songs and to ensure they can showcase their musical talents to four years and their popularity goes from strength to strength. the best of their ability. The Band enjoys getting together with other talented local musiAs well as being committed to the Band, they all have busy cians and on Tuesday, 23rd January they launched and hosted working lives: Richard as a Lab Technologist at the Shuswap ‘Tuesday Night Blues’ at Blind Bay Memorial Hall, an event Lake General Hospital, Derek is a blaster at Highland Valley, currently scheduled to take place every third Dale is busy as a writer and cartoonist Tuesday in the month. Hosting a Jam night with a Moose Jaw newspaper, whilst on drums is something that Chris Emery did Chris is a semi-retired specialist in elecfor 10 years on a Tuesday night, and he is trical control systems. Besides their ‘day delighted to now have the opportunity to jobs’, Dale and Richard both host shows jam with this lineup of the band and invite on the Voice of the Shuswap where they other musicians to join the fun. can further explore and share their musiAs their names suggests, the Blind Bay cal roots and tastes. Listening to Dale’s Blues Band focuses primarily on Blues mushow ‘All Over the Map’ certainly gives sic, but they are all quick to comment that the listener a chance to listen to a cross whatever they play, it is great for dancing section of musical genres, whilst Richand a good party. The four members of the ard’s ‘Live in the Shuswap’ features inThe Blind Bay Blues Band at ‘Tuesday Night band, Chris Emery - drums, Richard terviews with local musicians. Blues’, a new regular event at Blind Bay Memorial Sevigny – lead guitar and slide guitar, Dale Hall. Next date: Tuesday, 20th February at 7pm. Many South Shuswap residents already Come and join the fun. Bush - rhythm guitar and Richard Bottcher know the band from their many appearances at local events and concerts, and this coming season they are taking their talents further afield with planned attendance at other music festivals and events around southern BC. Their faces are also familiar to many as they can be seen every year at Salmon Arm Roots & Blues where they work backstage. One thing is for sure, Singing the Blues continues to be music that we want to hear, and the ‘Blind Bay Blues Band’ are only too happy to oblige. Check out the next ‘Tuesday Night Blues’ at Blind Bay Memorial Hall currently scheduled for Tuesday, 20th February, but check social media for additional dates following this feedback from the first event: “For blues fans, once a month is not enough”.

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Sorrento Lions Club By Judi Kembel We were all very saddened to hear of the passing of long time club member, Vic Kerr. Vic was inducted into the Sorrento Lions Club on May 22, 1997 and was a very active member holding several executive positions over the years including President for two terms, Chair of several committees and Director for three years. He was awarded for his 20 years of service with a Milestone Chevron Award in May of 2017. We are happy to report that a total of 1,185 pair of eyeglasses and lenses were shipped to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (LERC) in Calgary, AB. A special thanks to immediate Past President Terry Timms for collecting these from InView Optical, Evelyn’s Eyewear and Alpine Optometry in Salmon Arm. The Sorrento Lions Club will be holding its first Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 pm to midnight at the Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd., Sorrento. Tickets are $20/00 per person and include a light supper and dancing to the music of local entertainer Al Weldon. There will be a 50.50 draw as well as door prizes. All proceeds will go to the Sorrento Food Bank. Tickets are available at Lighthouse Foods in Sorrento and the Blind Bay Village Grocer in Blind Bay or call 250-675-2616. On Friday, January 12th, our President Lion Hans Schmidt was proud to present a cheque in the amount of $1,350.00 (proceeds from our Senior’s Christmas Party Silent Auction held at the end of November 2017) to the Shuswap Lions Manor. We also delivered an upright freezer which was originally purchased by our club and donated to the Copper Island Wellness Centre. They offered it back to us and we donated it to the Shuswap Lions Manor to replace their old chest freezer. Our weekly meat draws will be held once again every Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 until June 23rd, 2018 at the Copper Island Pub & Grill on the TransCanada Highway in Sorrento All funds raised go right back into the community. Please come out and support this worthy and fun event. Upcoming events include: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 1st at 11:00 am sharp at Sorrento/Blind Bay Park on Davidson Road, Sorrento. This event is free and includes distribution of approximately 8,000 chocolate foil wrapped eggs to be found, a visit from the Easter Bunny who arrives onboard a fire truck and an Easter Bonnet Parade and contest. We are currently planning many more events for our community. Watch for details in upcoming issues.

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President Lion Hans Schmidt was proud to present a cheque in the amount of $1,350.00 (proceeds from our Senior’s Christmas Party Silent Auction held at the end of November 2017) to the Shuswap Lions Manor. Also pictured are Linda Greig, Simon Brown & Bill Nykiforuk.

Notch Hill Natter By Jill Goward I recently visited Keith and Anita Walters, two of Notch Hill’s better known and wellloved residents who have almost lived here long enough to be called pioneers. Their family farm property in the heart of Notch Hill is a treasure in itself, spanning much of this beautiful valley with its cedar-fenced grassland, creeks, forest, weathered log cabins, barns and homestead. From their warm and comfortable house, Keith and Anita look out towards their former home, now occupied by son Irwin and Carol-Lyn who, together with their sons Derek and Aaron run their Popular Sleigh Ride business. Guests from all over the world have been given a rare and relaxing, old fashioned treat. The two-horse team has quietly glided over the snowy trail, making a serene picture worthy of the cover of Canadian Geographic magazine. The two grey horses are called Cash and Cody; the black ones are Duke and Dan - four

gorgeous Percherons. In the short time spent with the Walters and from reading through Anita’s collection of newspaper cuttings, I learned about a few of the area’s pioneers with such names as Sjodin, Salter, Skroder, Wakabayashi, Winger, Cardinal, Copeland, Peacock, Lindberg, Mackie, Christofferson, Dahll, Gradine, Cross, Hlina, and Johnson. Those are just a few of the people who tirelessly carved out a living from farming, forestry or the railroad. Some of their rough and tough cabins are still standing though most are either lost to old age or boarded over to look modern. Anita can relate stories of the colourful characters she got to know over the years of raising a family of four strapping young men. And if I saw a smile on Keith’s face, I knew he was about to add a few more anecdotal details. Not only have Keith and (Continued on page 27)




Cedar Heights Community Centre Submitted by Lynne Lowes February, a time for love and romance, but for many it’s a sad reminder of how alone they feel. Today, over 40% of adults report feeling lonely, more than doubling since the 1980’s. Loneliness is a growing health epidemic, despite living in the most technologically connected age in history. Loneliness can reduce our life span as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! Most people who are lonely have inadequate social connections. It’s common in seniors who are no longer working, they may have lost their partners and many have mobility issues. However people between the ages of 18and 35 report they are lonely despite being connected on social media. Like seniors they live alone, their classmates and families are far away, and having friends on Facebook is not the same as meeting face to face. So what is the cure for loneliness, how do we increase connections between people? It may seem strange but extending help to others and allowing yourself to receive help builds connections that ensure greater health and well-being for everyone. We can all benefit from a friendly greeting, someone who knows your name, a neighbour who checks to makes sure you are OK. This is a role our Community Centres can fill by providing a place for people to connect as well as a place to volunteer! At Cedar Heights Community Association we have a network of volunteers who befriend new people in the neighbourhood, they organize fun events, they run bridge clubs, card games, photography clubs, ukulele orchestras and Keep Fit programs. Our volunteers will tell you helping others is a reason to get out of bed in the morning, it gives some structure and purpose to their lives, and best of all it makes them feel good. Drop into the Centre during the Keep Fit after class coffee session to see what a difference a 25 cent cup of coffee and a chat can make to someone’s life. As Orson Welles, once said: “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”

Notch Hill Natter cont’d Anita been huge supporters of Notch Hill Town Hall, they have worked hard on keeping its history alive. For several decades they were also “guardians” of the Notch Hill Cemetery, preserving with pride that revered historical record. While I couldn’t possibly cover the entire Wal-

ter’s family story in this short column, I hope I have given a glimpse into the lives of these precious members of our community. Perhaps I will continue with some Notch Hill history in March’s Scoop. Until then, please remember that the Hall is closed for meetings and events until March.

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BLIND BAY Hasta la Pasta - Fri., Feb. 9 at Shuswap Lake Estates: Dinner by donation, dessert and entertainment along with a silent auction as a fundraiser for Mexico Missions. RSVP: (tickets avail. at the door depending on availability) Family Day Carnival - Mon. Feb. 12th 11:00 - 2:00 at Shuswap Lake Estates….50¢ carnival games, concession, face painting, orbs and surprises ~ all proceeds to our Mexico Mission South Shuswap Library Events- For a list of children’s events, check our website below. Life of Di: Tues Feb 13 at 2pm-3pm. Join Diana as she tells her life story in the fun, lively hour . Dr. Jerre Paquette: Tues Feb. 20 at 10am. Join the doctor for his talk on good health Crafty Saturdays: March 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm. For school aged children. Pre-registration is required & begins 2 weeks prior to date. (250-675-4818) Valentine’s Wine & Dine at Duffer’s - Wed. Feb.14 , 6-9 pm. Entertainment by Travis Sutherland. Reservation required 250-6752510 Tues. Night Blues Jam - at Blind Bay Memorial Hall. Feb. 20, 7pm. Bring your favourite instrument! FMI 250-675-2865. Lego Club - Feb. 21 & Mar. 7, 6:30-7:30pm at Shuswap Lake Estates. All ages welcome to drop in. Fee includes take home project and snack. Chamber AGM / Wine & Cheese - Thu. Feb. 22 at Cedar Heights Ctr, 2178 Lakeview Drive. Join us for wine & cheese 6pm. AGM meeting starts at 6:45. South Shuswap Chamber members are encouraged to attend. Aging Well Workshop - FREE on Sat. Feb. 24, 10 am - 2:30pm at Shuswap Lake Estates Rec Centre. Adults of all ages, caregivers and people who work with older adults. Includes lunch. FMI and Registration 250675-3661 South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce & CSRD Notice of Meeting - to all NON-


PROFIT organizations serving area C, on Wed. Feb. 28 at 6:30pm. Blind Bay Community Hall. FREE to attend. RSVP on or before Feb. 23 Paint & Sip with Sidney Rose - March 10, 610pm at Duffers Den. FMI 250-675-2510 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance Fundraiser - Mar. 17 at Shuswap Lake Estates Rec Centre. Cocktails at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm. Live entertainment by The Sultans. Tickets 250-675-3661 EAGLE BAY Shed Party - Sat. Feb. 17 at 7pm. Everyone Welcome. Bring goodies to share! At the hall. Valentine Luncheon - Thur. Feb. 15 at Noon. Tickets at entrance of the hall. SORRENTO Sorrento Lions Valentines Dance - Sat. Feb. 10, 7pm to midnight at the Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. Tickets include a light supper & dancing to the music of local entertainer Al Weldon. 50/50 draw & door prizes. All proceeds go to the Sorrento Food Bank. Tickets available at Lighthouse Foods in Sorrento and the Blind Bay Village Grocer in Blind Bay or call 250675-2616.  Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction - Sat. Feb. 17 at Sorrento Memorial Hall. Doors open at 5pm. Meal begins at 5:30pm. Auction on-going. All funds going to Guatemalan Water Project. Women’s Wellness Clinic - Thur. Mar. 1 at Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre, above Munro’s. Open to all women in the South Shuswap. Call for an appt. 250-8035251 TAPPEN / SUNNYBRAE. Sunnybrae Coffeehouse Feature- Doc & The Disorderlies, Sat. Feb. 10. Doors open at 7pm. All age entertainment. Chili, Rice & Bun - Sat. Feb 10 & Mar 10, 5:30 to 7:30pm at Sunnybrae Seniors Hall. (Regular or Vegetartian) Sunnybrae’s Legendary Country Breakfast - Sat. Feb. 17, 8-11am at the Senior’s Hall. Fresh cooked and delicious!

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Arts Council AGM - Wed. Feb. 21, 6:30pm at Carlin Hall-lower level. FMI Karen 250-515 -3276 or WHITE LAKE White Lake Local Business Fair - Sat. Apr. 14, 9am-1pm. At White Lake Community Hall. SALMON ARM Advance Care Planning - FREE info session Tues Feb 13, 10am to 2pm at Shuswap Hospice Society. 781 Marine Park Dr. Salmon Arm. Prepare for your future health-care decisions. FMI 250-832-7099. 2nd session in Sicamous Tus. Feb 20, 10am-2pm at 1091 Shuswap Ave. Salmar Classic HD Live Met OperasBolshoi Ballet - Donizetti “I’Elisir d’Amore Opera, Feb. 10 at 9am / Lady of the Camellias Ballet, Feb 11 at 1pm / Puccini “La Boheme” Opera, Feb. 24 at 9:30am / The Flames of Paris Ballet, Mar 4 at 1pm / Rossini “Semiramide” Opera, Mar. 10 at 9:55am FMI 250-833-4881 CSRD Budget Review Meeting - Fri. Feb. 16. Consult the CSRD website to confirm meeting times and location. Let’s Go to the Hop! - Feb. 16, 6-10pm at the Elks Hall, 3690 - 30 Street NE, in Salmon Arm. Music by Rockstar DJ Liz Blair . Happy Days style menu. No host bar. Tickets available at Hidden Gems Bookstore. A Shuswap Association of Writers fundraiser in support of FREE Self Publishing Workshop ‘Amazon, Algorithms, and Achieving Success as a Self-Publisher’, Sat. Feb 24, 3-5pm at the Curling Club, in Salmon Arm. Hosted by New York Times best selling author, Robyn Wideman For more events in and around the Shuswap check out:

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS To add an event email or call 250-463-2611 Web: 250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage in Chase, BC Tues Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at 7 pm. Mon: Line Dance (intermediate) 1-3pm, FYI Chris Emery at 250-675-2865. Badminton - Wed. 7 to 9pm at Sorrento EleSponge Ball 9-12pm Carlin Hall mentary School. BYO racket. Non-competitive. 4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. Tues: Ladies Bridge 1-4pm, Good Time QuiltFMI 250-675-2397 ers 1st & 3rd, 9am-3pm, Sponge Ball 9-12pm To book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577. Environmental sensitivities including EHS,  MCS. Monthly Sharing & Support Meeting. FMI Beginner slow pitch jam Tues: 7pm to 9pm. Wed: Line Dance (beginners) 10-11:30am, Una St.Clair at 250-675-5595 for meeting details. Intermediate acoustic jam Wed: 7pm to 9pm (Advanced) 1:30-3pm. Ballroom Dance 7-9pm. Lego Club 2nd Wed 6:30-8pm GT Dragon Boat Society meets 3rd Friday, 6pm Coffee House 1st Saturday - DecemberThurs: Play Group 9-12pm, Shuswap Pipers1March, 7pm. Doors open at 6:45. at Duffers Den. FMI 4pm Singers - Meet Thurs. 7 to 9 pm at the Arts Susan Eisenberger, 250 675 3608 Friday: Sponge Ball 9-12pm, Youth Group (Gr. Council for the South Shuswap-Carlin Hall Probus Copper Island - meets at Cedar 5-7)6:30-7:30pm - (Gr. 8 & up)7:30-9:30pm, lower level. Come join the Coppertones! FMI Heights Community Hall in Sorrento on the Scrappy Quilt Chics 9-3pm Karen 250-515-3276 second Thurs./mo. at 10 am Coffee at 9:30. River of Life Service: Sun. 10am (Sunday Cedar Heights Community Association For details call Mr. Doug Brown 250-803School 10:15am) 8930 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012 Sorrento Drop in Society Seniors Lunch - 1st Thurs. 12:30pm at Duf1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358 fers Den, Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course. Mon - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am / Bridge 1pm Mon - Glee Club - 9:30 am 675-5021/ AA at 8pm Reservations by Mon. Call 250-675-3661 Tues - Seniors theatre 1pm / Karate 7pm / Tues - Wheels to Meals 2nd & 4th Tues. 675Shuswap Beachwalkers - Annual "Free the Ukulele Orchestra 7pm 4871. Snooker (men )1pm 675-2829 / Crib Foreshore" beach walk on Earth Day, Sunday, Wed - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am / Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm 675-4117 April 22, 2018, 1pm at Markwart Rd. Public 1pm / Crib & Canasta 1pm / Bridge 7pm Wed - Cards, 1 pm 675-0065, Snooker, 6pm Boat Launch (off Henstridge Rd). All ages Thurs - Probus Club (2nd Thurs) 9am / La675-2829 - Shuswap Wood Carvers: 9am and mobilities welcome. TrailRider or Sand dies afternoon out 1:30pm / Karate 7pm / The to noon FMI Peter Husieff 250-675-2746. Chair available by prearrangeShutterbugs Photo Club (3rd Thurs) 2pm Thurs - Quilting 10am 675-5358 / Snooker Fri - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am ment. FMI: Dan McKerracher at 250 319 (men)1pm 675-2829 Sat - Karate 8:30am 5121 or Fri - Ladies Snooker, 1pm 675-5115 Shuswap Rock Club - First Tues of the month Sun - Sorrento Evangelical Free Church 9am Sat - Scottish Dancing, 9:30am 675-3518 (Sept - June) 7:30 pm at Sorrento Drop in Soci- (3rd Sunday 3pm) / Tots Dance afternoon Sorrento Lions Club ety. Saturday workshops 12:00-4:00 pm fallSnooker 1pm every day except Wed. Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00pm at Sorspring, Field trips spring-fall. FMI Pat, 250-675- Summer Pickleball - check schedule online rento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. 2849. Eagle Bay Community Hall We welcome anyone interested in learning The Shuswap Hiker Ladies meet weekly on 4326 Eagle Bay Rd. more about the Lions to join us. We are alHall rentals: 250-675-3136 Fridays to hike the North and South Shuswap ways looking for new members. FMI Bob, 250 Trails. To join, conQuilting Mon.10-3 (Bring Lunch) 675-4531 -679-2299 tact or visit http:// Crafts Wed, 10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4282 Meat & 50/50 Draw Fridays 5-7pm (until Jun Fitness Tues & Thur 9 to 10:20am 675-5098 22, 2018) at the Copper Island Bar & Grill The Arts OnSite with Lady Nature - meets Garden Club - 1st Thur.10am, 675-3884 Pub, Sorrento Inn, Sorrento, BC. FMI Call Mondays, 9am (May’til the end of October) Darts Fri. 7:15 pm. Alan: 675-5403 Wayne 250-675-2616. Coffee House 4th Sat of the Month 7:30pm (writing, dancing, theatre, painting, drawing, Sunnybrae Community Hall composing music) create outdoors in the forest, (except Dec & June -Aug) Performers always 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd. welcome! Gaetane 675-2178 somewhere near Sorrento-Blind Bay. ConHall Rentals - Vicki Green - 250- 835-2199, Library (ORL) Blind Bay Branch tact: or visit http:// Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818 TOPS Sorrento #4369 - Wed. from 8:15 to 10:00 Badminton Sun 2-4pm & Wed 9-11am am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Writer’s Nook - 2nd & 4th Wed. 10am-12pm. Karate - Tues & Thurs 6pm Coffee House - 2nd Sat - Oct to May 2385 Golf Course Drive. FMI Gail 250-675-2849 New members welcome: General Meeting 4th Wed: 7:30pm TOPS Sorrento #1856 - Thurs. weigh-in at Sunnybrae Seniors Hall 8:30am, meeting starts 9am at Sorrento Place Fireside Knitters - 1st & 3rd Fri. 10am 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd., Clubhouse on Buckley Rd. Jacquie Everett noon. Come join by the fireplace. Maddie Welch 250-835-8255 250-675-2574 Children’s Programs - For a full list of story Sunnybrae Painters/Crafters Mon 9:30am Blind Bay Memorial Hall times, baby talk, colouring, craft days, and (except statutory holidays) FMI 250-835-8539 more check our website or stop by. 2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139; Quilters -1st & 3rd Wed. (250-835-8255) Notch Hill Town Hall Facebook: Blind Bay Potluck dinner and Meeting 3rd Tues, 5:30 1639 Notch Hill Rd. 250-803-5206 Community Hall & Reedman Gallery. pm (except July/Aug) Website under construction  Shuswap Needle Arts Guild meet 1st & 3rd Blind Bay Painters - Tues. 9:30am - 3pm; Meet 1st Mon. at 7pm (bank holiday 2nd Thursday, 10am to 4 pm (Sept. to Jun) FMI Betty 250-675-2249 - bschrive@ Mon) Watch for special events all year. Jo (250)-832-9308 or Sharon (250)-832-4588. Talana Twirlers - Thurs. 7-9:30pm; Nancy Coffee House on 3rd Sat. Oct to May Alison at 250-675-5375 or Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre Betty Bergman at 250-675-4408 or email: Al-Anon Wed. 8-9pm, Evangelical Free Church,







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South Shuswap Scoop February 2018  

Free monthly newsletter serving the South Shuswap and surrounding area

South Shuswap Scoop February 2018  

Free monthly newsletter serving the South Shuswap and surrounding area