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Mayhem At Rust Bros Restorations bunch with talent and passion to spare. By Jerre Paquette and Carole Jeffries Filmmakers Matt Shewchuk and Tyson First, there’s Mike: His reputation doesn’t Hepburn are in the Shuswap determined to revolve so much around old cars (although make a hit documentary series for HISTO- his 6 acres of wrecks belies that), but RY. The series will feature Mike Hall and around his expertise in stabilizing dangerhis team of talented individuals who turn ous mountain slopes. rusted auto wrecks into shiny classic treasSecond, there’s the team who compleures. ments Mike’s unbounded energy and viWhen making a documentary series sion: Avery Shoaf, Connor Hall, Tony there is no Derksen, and script – camerSarah Ward. as have to folAvery, with low the lead of his impressive the subjects problemthey’re filming solving skills and be ready to and passion shoot what for muscle happens, when cars, is the it happens. For “MacGyver” Matt and Tyon the team. son, getting a Connor is story from this Mike’s son 8-part series RUST VALLEY RESTORERS. The series group, means premieres on HISTORY on December 6th, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. and the TechLtoR: Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall, Connor Hall putting their nician of the Photo credit: Mayhem Entertainment cameras down crew— for a while, picking up some tools, and fol- nothing escapes his sharp eye on these rustlowing the lead of Mike Hall, Avery to-riches babies. Tony’s impressive organiShoaf, and Connor Hall at Rust Bros Res- zational skills make him invaluable as Parts torations in Tappen. Librarian for thousands of auto parts—any There’s no doubt that Matt and Tyson of which might be needed at a moment’s have found a story not just about restoring notice. Sarah is the team’s Parts Manager. cars, but about Mike’s team—a diverse (Continued on page 3)





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An avid car fanatic, Sarah plays a critical role in the shop ensuring that the myriad of parts they need keep coming in, when they need them. The fact that Mike hired this team promises that he knows how to get the job done. Perhaps, though, just in the nick of time. Deadlines loom, and you can see it on Matt’s face. Although he smiles a lot, Matt’s expression has become eerily reminiscent of a Jack Nicholson crazed grin. Matt has good reason to feel anxious. The moment has arrived to film the resurrection of a 1966 Mustang that Connor doesn’t think is ready for the road. Avery doesn’t care—just drive the damned thing! Connor ignores Avery. Avery won’t shut up. Mike appears a little uncertain. Go with Avery? Yield to Connor? Give in to Matt’s urgent need for action? Matt dons his Director’s hat and takes subtle charge. He gets down on his knees and grabs the handle of an expensive portable jack that Mike likes to brag about (no cheap tools for his team!). Matt pumps the Mustang’s front end up just enough to let Connor crawl under and expedite repairs. Connor jams a handy 2x4 under the car for stability, investigates the underside, and starts cranking a wrench. Avery rants. Mike looks on. It’s a chaotic Greek chorus of characters, tension, danger, action—and unsettling silences broken only by Avery; he wants lunch. Unbelievably, recording equipment appears out of nowhere and is set up


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ducted over several years in Blind Bay and Sorrento that News of Note from the CSRD effluent from the Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) thousands of septic Cell: 250-517-0810 systems in this area has infiltrated groundwater wells and resulted in bacterial counts higher than ALC Decision is a Major acceptable Canadian raw water standSetback ards. Over time this scenario can only In October, the Agricultural Land worsen as we see new homes continuCommission decided to reject the applicaing to be constructed in the South Shustion from Shuswap Lake Estates and Shuswap adding to this environmental preswap West Development to exclude the sure. A liquid waste treatment system property known commonly as the would help preserve the high quality of “Balmoral Corner” from the Agricultural water we continue to have, for now, in Land Reserve. This decision represents a Shuswap Lake. major setback for the South Shuswap as 2. Without a liquid waste treatment systhe purpose of the application was to faciltem, we can’t expect to see significant itate the development of a liquid waste medium and higher density developtreatment facility on that property, as per ment such as that occurring with indethe approved Area C Liquid Waste Manpendent and assisted living facilities, agement Plan. recreational and cultural facilities, The reasons why this decision reprehealth care facilities, rental and vacasents a major setback is because: tion housing, restaurants, food pro1. We know from a number of CSRD cessing, resorts, shopping centres, comgroundwater monitoring studies conmercial or industrial development. Area

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C continues to rely on residential properties accounting for 96% of all taxes paid in this electoral area. This is an unfavourable burden for homeowners to bear, and also further illustrates the need for additional commercial development to adequately service our population. 3. The agricultural properties that were to receive the treated effluent will have to continue to struggle to find and develop adequate and affordable sources of water for use in irrigation of their crops. A key benefit of the proposed liquid waste treatment system envisioned is that local formers would see a 60 to 80 % increase in their crops yields, while also being able to preserve the aquifer below for generations to come. The CSRD acted as the agent for the applicants in this matter, and staff are continuing to assess next steps. We have a year from the decision date to mount an appeal, however, to be successful we will need to develop new and stronger arguments in favour of this application. Over many years we have looked at a number of options to deliver liquid waste treatment services to the South Shuswap. A key problem is that the settlement areas of Blind Bay and Sorrento are closely surrounded by ALR land, and there is very limited opportunity to development a treatment facility outside of the ALR. At this time, it appears that the Balmoral Corner continues to be the best possible option. As new developments occur, I will keep you informed. On a more positive note, I would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous new year.

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South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce News Introducing Our Newest Chamber Members Please welcome our newest members to the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce, All Dressed Up and the Blush & Blossom Boutique Spa. For a full listing of all Chamber members, please visit the Directory of Members on our website. Holiday Mixer for Members January 31 2019 at the Quaaout Our Winter Mixer for Members will take place at Jack Sam’s Restaurant at the Quaaout Lodge on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be happily served to our businesses and representatives from our non-profit organizations. There will be a cash bar for alcohol available. The winter mixer will serve as an excellent networking opportunity for all Chamber members. We will also be celebrating collectively as a community, all of our business and non-profit successes from 2018. We will also be making a draw for a year’s free membership from all of the memberships who took part in the “Proud to Be a Member” campaign! Tell Us About Your Greatest Moment(s) in 2018 ! Do you have an accomplishment or a milestone to share with us? We are very proud of our membership and their respective success stories that occur throughout the year. In preparation for our Winter Mixer on January 31st, we are preparing a Recognition Board for all of the great work being done by our members. Business excellence in the South Shuswap is simple…it’s about great service, great product, and for many, it’s about keeping the ‘home fires burning’ as we make it through a long winter to welcome the rush of customers back into our doors come Spring and Summer. So don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you on your personal & professional successes, large and small. Please email Karen prior to January 15th, 2019. Non-Profits of the South Shuswap Network Meeting On November 22nd, many of our 43 non-profit organizations attended a Networking Meeting at Carlin Hall Community Hall. Topics discussed included collaborating and strategizing on area events, possible educational workshops such as retaining volunteers, reading financial statements, proper board governance and social media. The network also discussed the sharing of resources and leveraging the network to look into insurance rates. The next meeting of the network will be in February, 2019 at Sunnybrae Hall.

Workshops in 2019 Based on the feedback received from our non-profit membership and from some of our for-profit members, we will be looking into the following topics to present in the new year: • How to Recruit & Retain Awesome Volunteers • Reading Financial Statements • Governance Workshops for Working Effectively as a Board • Super Host Training / Ambassador on the Ground Work • Social Media for Business and for Non-Profits Watch for an update on workshop dates and times in January’s edition of The Scoop. The Board of Directors for the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director Karen Brown would like to wish all of our members a very Happy Holiday Season! We look forward to connecting with you at the Winter Mixer on January 31st!




Happy 45th Anniversary

Recognizing Local Business Supporters of South Shuswap Scoop cine is…working to eradicate disease, not just treat it. Distemper, for example, used to be common in dogs, but now is rare. Parvovirus first hit this area 40 years ago, and was a disaster with a high mortality rate. Now, thanks to vaccines and better hygiene, parvovirus infection is rare, and in most cases, treatable. Better nutrition and annual health checks have some support from the vets and staff) also contributed to pets living longer will soon settle in. lives…a similar statistic to humans.” SVC’s vets are available 365 days a You can hear the excitement and year and, while there are no cows or commitment in those words alone— pigs in the lobby today, these larger anieven before meeting the veterinarians mals in our farming community are also and staff of the clinic. Let’s see what theirs to care for. No wonder SVC is so the excitement is all entrenched in the Shuswap. about: This year celebrates SVC’s As soon as you enter the 45th year serving this commureception area of SVC, nity’s valued pets and stock. you realize it’s going to During those four-and-a-half 250-253-5600 take a moment to get decades, they’ve noticed huge attention from the staff. changes in their business and It’s not because they the community—and SVC has don’t want to pay attenresponded to those changes and tion to you, but they’re made many of their own. Vacation Rentals all rather occupied anThe clinic once had only two swering phones, handling vets, minimal staff, and rather Manager paperwork, and talking to spartan animal care rooms. Located on the beautiful Shuswap Jim MacEwan their patients (and their Now, SVC has 12 vets; 27 human owners, too). staff; sophisticated diagnostic Yup, around here, the animals are the machines for x-rays, ultra-sound, and patients—and, nope, you can’t take endoscopy; a rather large reception area photos of them. to accommodate patients and their ownIn the clinic, there’s a lot of chatter ers; an emergency room; an in-house and laughter (all of it from the hulaboratory service as complex as any EVCSS mans), some yipping and barking and hospital; and even a separate operating Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia meowing (from the animals), and room for dental work. No wonder the from way in the back, some whining animals in our community are living Shuswap Better at Home from a rather beleaguered, newly ar- longer, better lives. “A little extra help for seniors to remain rived pit bull pleading to go home Happy Anniversary to everyone at confidently in their own homes.” RIGHT NOW! Shuswap Veterinary Clinic. • Light Housekeeping • Friendly Visiting His canine neighbours are not at Shuswap Veterinary Clinics are lo• Snow Shoveling • Light Yardwork their best, either, but many are wagcated in Salmon Arm at 1050 4 Ave SW • Transportation • Minor Home Repair ging their tails and rolling their (250-832-6069), or in Sorrento at #7, Appointments/Shopping etc. eyes—especially the border collies. 1257 Trans Canada Hwy (250-675Staff, Volunteers and Contractors have been Everything seems so positive here 0077), and online at http:// carefully ve ed and trained for your security. there’s no doubt the pit bull (with

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Eagle Bay Fire Department By Peter O’Brien Eagle Bay Fire Department is looking forward to participating in a CSRD wide initiative to train Junior Firefighters beginning in January. Young people with a desire to fight fires will soon be able to try on firefighting for size, as the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) moves ahead with plans to establish a Regional Junior Firefighter Program. The program is designed to give youth, ages 15 to 17, an opportunity to learn basic firefighting skills in a safe and inclusive environment. It is also hoped that interest in the program will enhance the future recruitment of firefighters in the region. Junior firefighters will not respond to fire calls, but may assist in clean-up activities after an incident. The student will also be issued all the appropriate protective equipment and will be closely supervised by experienced firefighters. Training continued during the month and we had 4 members attend a two day Strategies and Tactics course in Salmon Arm. We also had 2 qualified instructors deliver chainsaw safety instruction at a Tuesday night practice to 13 members. It was nice to report in last month's column that we had no calls for October at least up to the 29th. Well that changed the next day with a call to a single vehicle mva on Eagle Bay Rd. We attended along with South Shuswap First Responders, BCAS, RCMP and assisted with a helicopter landing to medivac the patient to hospital. Thanks to the public for your patience in the long traffic line-up. We hope the patient is recovering well. Another call out for a downed powerline on Eagle Bay Rd. on November 2 closed the road for almost 5 hours. A large tree took out one hydro pole and 5 lengths of powerline between hydro poles leaving the wires on the ground and the road impassable. When this happens, never assume it is safe to walk or drive over the downed lines. BC Hydro attended to make it safe, clear the tree and downed hydro pole from the road and restore power. The pole was replaced the following day. As this is the last column of 2018, Eagle Bay Fire Dept. members wish all of you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday

and a safe and prosperous 2019. We welcome anyone interested in joining us to contact Chief Alan Rendell at 250-517-0429. He will be happy to answer any questions and give you a tour of our facility. Practice is every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. for 2 hours. All equipment and training is provided. You can keep up to date on lots of fire related and Fire Department information on our Facebook page. You can find us under Eagle Bay Fire Department.


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Cannabis Information Sessions Well Attended By Barbra Fairclough Kelowna based company Liht Cannabis Corp held two public information sessions on November 17, in Blind Bay at Cedar Center and in Celista at the North Shuswap Community Hall. The Blind Bay meeting was attended by approximately 50 people. A few people in attendance had also attended the morning information session in Celista. Liht Cannabis Corp. is in the process of constructing a state of the art grow facility for medical marijuana in Celista. The company plans to construct 10 x 10,000 sq. ft. facilities on 40 acres in Celista on Garland Road. The company announced on October 24, 2018 a change in name from Marapharm Ventures Inc. to Liht Cannabis Corp. Strategic corporate restructuring and rebranding will follow to accelerate the Company to a better position of strength, leadership and expertise in this industry. “The name Liht Cannabis Corp. will

have a broader appeal, scalability and provide long-term branding in this emerging cannabis market,” says Linda Sampson, President and CEO. Along with the name change the company announced that Linda Sampson will remain the President and become the Chief Operating Officer and Rahim Mohamed will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer. ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation) licence covers permitted activities and general responsibilities for licensed producers. Applications can be made for cultivation, processing sale for medical purposes, analytical testing, and research. Many of the features outlined in the facility design are required under the ACMPR license. Construction of facilities must satisfy the requirements of the licensing. At the information session the company presented information about operating systems, facility design, medical cannabis, organic cultivation methods, community impact and employment opportunities. Linda Sampson said their application to Health Canada is at the review stage. It had been approved for another property but had to amend its application to the new location and for a new quality assurance person. Under the guidelines for the application, a person must be named as the “responsible person in charge” in association with the application. Area C Director Paul Demenok attended the Blind Bay session and questioned agricultural land use and whether

the property had been approved for nonfarm use or if it had applied for exclusions with the Agricultural Land Commission. Construction that began prior to July 13, does not fall under the new regulation requiring cannabis producers to maintain non concrete floors. The company indicated that this guideline came into effect after the construction began and that plans were grandfathered. The remaining buildings will be subject to a separate review under new regulations. Those attending the meeting had a variety of questions covering topics from environmental and community impacts, employment, noise and traffic levels. Job postings will probably start in the spring for positions including cultivation and processing, office, sales, marketing and development services. The Company said 80- 120 jobs will be created once the entire facility is built. $15 an hour would be the no-experience starting wage and it will provide training and hire locally where possible. When asked about possible tours to the public, Linda Simpson stated that tours will be only for trades, inspection or scientific research. For public observation the company will be installing a camera during construction that can be viewed via the Liht website. This is not installed yet as they are waiting to have a covered area/building to set the equipment up in. As soon as this is available the camera will be installed. Liht Cannabis Corp is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange and trades on the TSX.

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RCMP News Possible Attempted Child Abduction-Salmon Arm

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On November 24th, 2018 the Salmon Arm RCMP received a report of an attempted abduction of a 7 year old in the area of 18th St SE and 20th St. SE. The child reported that a male dressed all in black wearing a mask, a black tuque, and driving a red vehicle attempted to get her to enter his vehicle by taking hold of her arm. The child ran into a park and the red car left the area on 20th Street SE. The child then went home and reported the incident. The child was unharmed. The police were able to learn from the child that the male spoke with an accent, had a gray beard and may have had a brown skin tone. School District 83 has sent out information to parents as provided by the RCMP.

On Sunday, December 2, 2018 at approximately 4:10 PM a head-on collision occurred on Highway 1 approximately 15 kilometres west of Salmon Arm. Upon arrival it was determined that an eastbound Ford pickup truck crossed the centre line and collied head-on with a westbound Chevrolet pickup truck. Two other westbound vehicles were caught up in the collision. The lone male driver of the Ford pickup was deceased at the scene. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to this collision. The occupants of the other vehicles involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Trans Canada East Traffic Services (Golden) is investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Agricutural Land Commission Rejects Balmoral Land Exclusion CSRD Press Release The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) has refused an application to exclude a 49-hectare parcel of land at the corner of the Trans-Canada Highway and Balmoral Road in Blind Bay. The CSRD had acted as agent on behalf of the owners, Shuswap Lake Estates Ltd and Shuswap West Property Developments, as the CSRD had intended to purchase 13.6 hectares of the land to develop a community waste water treatment storage pond. The storage and treatment facility was intended to provide spray irrigation to nearby farms as crop fertilizer. The plan was for the current owners to retain the remainder of the property for a town centre development. The October 22, 2018 decision from the ALC noted that while 12.5 hectares of the property is not suitable for agriculture, it did not justify the removal of the entire property from the Agri-

cultural Land Reserve. This decision limits the ability of the CSRD to advance a community sewer system in the area, as other possible sewer options have already been studied extensively. The other alternatives were deemed not feasible for various reasons. This Balmoral proposal was being viewed as the last remaining viable option. The property owners have up to one year to appeal the ALC decision.




Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness at Eagle Bay

Nominations Open for SASCU Board of Directors Press Release The Call for Nominations is now open for three 3-year positions on the SASCU Board of Directors. “A board that is elected from among its members by its members is one of the things that make a credit union different and strong,” said John Schlosar, SASCU Nominating Committee Chair. “It is a great opportunity to have a direct hand in the direction of SASCU.” The Board is responsible for setting SASCU's strategic direction, and ensuring adherence to sound governance and risk management practices. Candidates are not required to have experience in the financial industry as new directors are supported with continuous education. Eligibility requirements include being a SASCU Credit Union member in good standing since January 2, 2018. Nominees are sought from throughout the Shuswap. Those interested can review the Director Nomination Package at All applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.


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By Cathy Wolf on behalf of the Eagle Bay Community Association Eagle Bay co-ordinators were well represented at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Neighbourhood Emergency Program (NEP) meeting on November 13 in Salmon Arm. With an initial Meeting in Eagle Bay just a little over 9 months ago, there has been great interest and uptake in having different communities throughout Eagle Bay identify co-ordinators to work within their local area. Coordinators would support the development of emergency preparedness plans and activities, both for households and neighbourhoods. To enable communities, particularly in more rural areas, to coordinate themselves and their resources in the events of an emergency, the CSRD has been working to establish Neighbourhood Emergency Programs throughout the Shuswap over the past many years. With the increasing threat of wildfires, flooding, and windstorms, for example, there has been renewed interest in this Program. The Eagle Bay Volunteer Fire Department spearheaded efforts to have the CSRD Emergency Program Team introduce the NEP program this spring to the Eagle Bay community. Fire Chief Alan Rendell was present at the November 13 meeting as well to offer further insights and support for emergency preparedness across Eagle Bay. It was very informative to meet with co-ordinators from communities such as St. Ives,

Anglemont, Seymour Arm, Swansea Point, Ranchero, and Sunnybrae, to hear their planning processes, successes and challenges. Becoming self reliant and connected were the central themes from those communities. Knowing your neighbours, identifying concerns and issues, and marshaling resources were essential ingredients to building strong and resilient neighbourhoods. In Eagle Bay a number of NEP co-ordinators have already stepped forward and are working to connect with their neighbourhoods. They are beginning to share information with homeowners. A few local areas have had meetings, and contact information is being gathered and shared back. Community and household resources are being identified along with special circumstances and needs. Challenges and concerns are being outlined. There were a number of common questions, many of them related to roadways, emergency services, and communication. Over the next months it is hoped that areas can share more of what is working and what requires further attention. Certainly, summer residents and visitors are a large part of our community and a way of working with part-time or occasional residents was also discussed. Network Emergency Program meetings with the CSRD will continue in the spring and further updates will be provided. For more information regarding the NEP, please contact Cathy Semchuk



Mel Arnold Focus on Community Needs By Mel Arnold With the arrival of December and a New Year quickly approaching, we are all busy preparing for the holidays and perhaps starting to reflect on the year that has nearly passed. 2018 has been a busy and productive year for me as your Member of Parliament and I would like to thank all the folks from the Shuswap and throughout the riding who have taken the time to connect with me to provide their input- input that helps me focus my work on the needs and priorities of your communities. As part of my annual consultations for my federal budget submission for the North Okanagan- Shuswap, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the South and North Shuswap Chambers of Commerce and sincerely appreciate the input they provided. Local businesses are so essential to our communities and it is my honour to be your advocate in Parliament! The House of Commons is a truly interesting workplace and it is such an honour representing the region where I was raised! Growing up in the community of Notch Hill afforded me first-hand understanding of the value and challenges of living in a rural community. In order for rural communities to be sustainable, they need adequate services and opportunities for the generations of today and those who will follow. This is why I continue to press the federal government for enhanced resources for public services like water and wastewater treatment and law enforcement in the Shuswap region. These are what I consider to be permanent priorities that support the security and prosperity of rural communities. There is an unfortunate perception amongst some non-rural dwelling folks that rural Canadians should receive limited public resources based on their limited population. This view ignores the

fact that rural communities are essential bases for Canada’s agriculture, natural resources and tourism sectors. Without rural communities, these sectors would collapse and take a lot of local and national revenue with them. What’s more, by supporting rural infrastructure services, governments are supporting the growth of rural communities and better standards of living for everyone. Growing rural communities are good for local employers and families alike and deserve to be supported! Rural communities supporting the abovementioned sectors are also prone to seasonal cycles. The peaks and valleys of seasonal economies present challenges for rural communities and the Canadians who live and work there but I know these challenges can be overcome. By working together with all levels of government, we can leverage opportunities to diversify the goods and services we have to offer throughout the year. While I have heard from constituents both supporting and opposing the recently-legalized cannabis supply chain, there seems to be more questions than answers as provincial, regional and municipal governments finalize and define regulations. My hope is that regulatory certainty will soon be provided to residents and our communities will be able to build consensus that affords opportunity for those who seek it and likewise respects all neighbors and residents. I would be pleased to attend community events near you. If you know of upcoming events and would like to see me there please forward information to my office at or call 250-260-5020. In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the very best of life, health and happiness in 2019! Have a safe and memorable Holiday Season!


Sorrento Food Bank Donations

Harry Eisenberger and Ellie McGillivray from the Dragon Boat Society.

Submitted by Cathy Spalding Many thanks to the GT Dragon Boat Society, the Blind Bay Village Grocer, and everyone who donated food and money during the recent food drive. 266.8 pounds of food and $935.15 were donated to the Sorrento Food Bank.

Donate your Canadian Tire Money to Sorrento Elementary School! Donations help to purchase items for the school such as play equipment, storage containers for their lunch program and cooking supplies. If you have Canadian Tire money you wish to donate, you can drop it off at the school or next time you go to Canadian Tire you can tell them the school phone number – 250- 675-2311. The money will be donated electronically.




Recruitment Drive Begins to Yield Success By Dawn Clarke Volunteer Fire Departments are an essential service, but the number of volunteers in the South Shuswap remains low. An increased commitment to family and changing lifestyles have likely contributed to the dropping numbers, therefore White Lake Fire Department, like many other Departments in the area is constantly striving to increase their numbers. There are more meetings, practices and training than ever before, but proper training is crucial to navigating potentially deadly situations and WLFD works hard to ensure personnel receive the best possible training, whilst acknowledging family and personal commitments which demand time and attention. This summer the arrival of two families to the White Lake community has resulted in new ‘rookie’ firefighters who are now undergoing training and familiarization programs, designed to bring them ‘up to speed’ and enable their graduation to full volunteer firefighter status. Being a volunteer firefighter is a role open to everyone living in the Community, and the arrival of Emily McIsaac and Gary Winram at the White Lake Fire Department shows how two people from different generations, and interests, can be integrated into a truly diverse membership group at the Fire Hall. Emily, married with two daughters, aged 4 and 2yrs, moved to White Lake from Kamloops, with her husband, Jordan, in July.

New members at White Lake Fire Department, Emily McIsaac and Gary Winram.

She had already spent time as a volunteer in a Fire Dept as a teenager, and wanted to further develop her skills, meet people in her new community and help others in times of most need. She has found her new colleagues eager to share their experience, skills and knowledge and is currently serving as a support team member, whilst working on both practical training and written exercises. Emily is delighted with the opportunities provided to learn new skills and is impressed by the amount of training provided. She still finds plenty of time to enjoy family and friends in outdoor pursuits and is a keen runner, hiker and snowboarder. Gary Winram also came to White Lake in the summer of 2018. Retiring from a life in North Vancouver with its associated traffic and hectic lifestyle Gary, and his wife Terry, have found the White Lake community welcoming and were keen to get involved in local life. Gary had always had an interest in firefighting and seeing that the local Department was looking for members he immediately joined up to help. Learning about the role, and attending Fire Practise Training each Tuesday evening, continues to be a fun and interesting experience. Not only has Gary welcomed the opportunity to learn he also has enjoyed working as part of the team on community events. There is no doubt that becoming a Volunteer Firefighter offers great opportunities for knowledge and friendship, with the benefits of membership far outweighing the necessary time commitment. The White Lake Department hopes other residents will follow the example set by Emily and Gary and come to the Hall on any Tuesday evening at 7pm to learn more.




Tiny Homes Are Big Deals building Faye’s 220 square foot tiny would build a special tiny house to faciliBy Jerre Paquette tate her move from an Abbotsford condo to house. As they began working together, A few years ago, Ian Kobayashi and his family moved from their home near the a Shuswap farm. Particularly, Faye needed he was quick to point out that designing and building a tiny house doesn’t foster a B.C. coast to an acreage in the South Shus- a structure to shield her from electromagfree-for-all and that building codes still wap. Ian had left his career as a glazier and netic radiation that was debilitating her in have to be followed to ensure safety for the city. electrician behind. He’d left his familiar residents and communities. What Faye needed was an enclosure, West Coast lifestyle behind. He had not, For him, that meant returning to his however, left his interest in building unu- known as a Faraday cage, that would block electromagnetic fields. Ian wasn’t sure that relationship with the gas and electrical sual things behind. anyone had built a tiny house like that be- trades; the project wasn’t just a one-man During his nearly 30 years in the hobby anymore. fore, and he was intrigued. trades, Ian had worked on luxury homes There were other standards to be met, After some consideration, Ian set his with highly skilled tradespeople. Now, as he contemplated what he might do to keep own project aside and began designing and as well. “For one thing,” he says, “tiny homes are more than a trailer. himself interested and busy, someThey have to be able to withstand thing in his previous experiences hurricane-force winds. That’s beckoned. Ian talked to his brother what they experience, of course, about building tree houses—not when you’re driving them down just ordinary treehouses, but inthe highway and bouncing them credible, crazy, ingenious strucaround. So, they have to be absotures. Ian thought he’d like to lutely solid.” build one of those. To make a tiny house that solid, Meanwhile, he came across an all the exterior plywood and siding American construction company is not just nailed or screwed on; that featured tiny houses. They unlike an ordinary house, it’s also were offering a workshop in Vanglued on. Everything else, from couver on just that topic, so Ian studs to cabinets from wiring to registered. He expected to see plumbing, has to be sound, too. maybe two dozen people at the During his career in construction, workshop, so he was surprised to Ian had built many regular houses find some 200 individuals in atIan Kobayashi builds tiny homes in his South Shuswap Workshop (Continued on page 14) tendance. It wasn’t long before Ian knew he had found what we was looking for— something that would demand skill and Columbia Shuswap Regional District creativity, and that he could undertake at 2019 Meeting Schedule his own speed and on his own property. Tiny houses seemed just right. What he likes most about tiny houses is that (unlike a treehouse) you can put a The Meeting Schedule for regular meetings of the tiny house virtually anywhere you want. CSRD Regional Board has been set. You can move it around as the mood or need prompts. Meetings are typically held the third Thursday of each month And there’s more, says Ian with an unbridled measure of enthusiasm: commencing at 9:30 a.m. at the CSRD offices: “I can just go on and on about the advantages of a tiny home. They’re afJanuary 10, 2019 February 21, 2019 March 21, 2019 fordable, you can have your own deMay 16, 2019 June 20, 2019 sign, and you can create special features April 18, 2019 July 18, 2019 August 15, 2019 September 19, 2019 (as long as they’re safe). You can build or move tiny homes off-grid, you can October 17, 2019 November 21, 2019 Friday, December 6, 2019 make them green, you can build them with recyclable materials. You can Please note these dates and times are subject to change. make them all your own. You have so Please refer to for up to date information. many choices. I could go on.” He feels, too, that tiny houses can help people reduce all the ‘stuff’ that so many tend to live with and become more Visit our website at thoughtful about their impact on Mother Earth. 555 Harbourfront Dr. NE, Salmon Arm, BC | PO Box 978 V1E 4P1 Ian had just started building his first 250.832.8194 | Toll Free 1.888.248.2773 design when Faye Harrison inquired if he




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on regular lots. They often took him and a crew only two months to complete. Faye’s tiny house took about eight months because of the discussion, thought, and care that went into its individualized design and construction. As the workshop leaders in Vancouver said, “Design your tiny house to function as a companion to your lifestyle.” Together, Ian and Faye did just that. Ian recommends that anyone considering a tiny house do what Faye did: Come with a strong sense of just what it is that you want, and then work with your builder to clarify that vision and make it a reality. Nearly a year has gone by since Ian finished Faye’s tiny house. They’re both very happy with the results. Now she’s thinking of moving to a different farm—and, of course, taking her tiny house with her. Ian Kobayashi has built a huge barn-style workshop so he can build tiny homes right on his South Shuswap property. If you ‘re considering building a tiny house for yourself, you can contact him at Practical legal advice for People like you 533 Nicola St., Kamloops

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By Barbra Fairclough Newsome Creek Watershed Action Committee (NCWAG) has developed a website to advocate for quality watershed management and to ensure repairs are done to properties, roads and water resources in the Sorrento area. The website includes reports and updates as well as background Information about washed out roads, property damage, water contamination and a map of the area of concern. Both the 2017 and 2018 spring freshets caused significant erosion to the banks of Newsome Creek below the Trans-Canada Highway in Sorrento, affecting several properties along Caen Road. An Evacuation Alert was placed on thirteen properties in May 2018. The Evacuation Alert was lifted in October 2018, but the creek remains in flux. Stream bank undercutting and slope failures in 2018 resulted in the CSRD's Shuswap Emergency Program receiving funding from Emergency Management BC to assess the erosion and risk to people and property. The 2018 Westrek report stated; “Bank erosion has caused sediment accumulation and tree toppling that has altered the channel, and as a result, the stream has attacked the gully sidewall in a number of locations. As the channel process evolves, further de-stabilization within the currently affected reach is likely to occur.” As Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Area C Director Paul Demenok outlined in his article in the November Scoop, the 2017 and 2018 freshets turned into “highly erosive torrents of

water which significantly eroded the walls of the ravine it flows through to Shuswap Lake.” …the erosion of the bank now poses a threat to lives and property.” In November a delegation of thirteen residents of Sorrento who are members of the action group, attended the CSRD Board Meeting asking for board support in seeking immediate action from the provincial government. The CSRD unanimously voted to support the motion … …the Board send a letter to Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and the Solicitor General with notification that the Province under the Water Act is clearly responsible for stream activity and as such should fund the necessary studies and mitigation works to protect the Newsome Creek stream banks along Caen Road from further erosion. Paul Demenok noted that while 11 properties had to be placed under Evacuation Alert, the issues affect many more Sorrento residents. He said roadways have been washed out by flooding, debris from the creek is damaging beaches and Boil Water Notices have been issued in the area due to the high levels of sediment being deposited from the creek, which is located near the community's Markwart Water Intake. The CSRD and the NCWAG are waiting now on a response from the Provincial Government. Newsome Creek Watershed Action Group website is Information will be posted on the website as news becomes available.




Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society Submitted by Marilyn Clark Once again we thank our community for their wonderful support. The third annual Name That Tune event on Saturday, November 17, lived up to its raucous, noisy, competitive reputation as 120 people, working as teams, sought to be the evening's champion of rock trivia – recognizing the names, artists and year of release of songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. For some it took only one or two notes for them to recognize the recording. For others, it was a matter of "I know that tune – I recognize it – what was it called?" The event is the one fundraiser of the year for the Community Health Centre. The operation of the Health Centre is the responsibility of the community. We were able to provide housing for a Nurse Practitioner, an employee of Interior Health, if we provided the 'house' and we agreed to do that. So the fundraiser and your donations keep us alive. In November we celebrated five years of providing primary care right here, locally. Our local businesses and many local residents donated items to our silent auction which is a highlight of the event each year and we are so appreciative of their generosity and support. Others made cash donations. Your donations are so important to us. Every person who donates $20 or more becomes a member of the Society and receives a tax deductible charitable receipt. It's December, so if you are reviewing your charitable donations this year end, you might consider gifting your local Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society. We also appreciate the members of the River of Life Church who, for a donation, provided Safe Rides Home following the event. Great to keep our celebrants safe! The Sorrento Food Bank will be placing a box in the Health Centre from the beginning of December until December 19th. If you are visiting the Health Centre in that period, you may wish to bring along a non-perishable food item so another hamper is available to give to those in our community who are in need. Over the holidays, the Clinic will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24, 25 and 26 and also Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

The immunization clinic is scheduled for Monday, December 17, at the Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre, the THIRD Monday of the month instead of the fourth because of the holidays. Call Interior Health's Public Health Division in Salmon Arm, 250 833-4101, to make an appointment. Questions regarding vaccinations and bookings should also be directed to that number. Nurse Practitioner Theresa Smith continues to take new patients. If you are interested in becoming her patient, call 250 803-5251 to set up an appointment. We wish you all a joyous Christmas and a healthy New Year!

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The Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society THANKS all of those who contributed to the success of our fundraiser on Saturday, November 17th: those who attended, those who donated items to the silent auction, those who supported with financial donations, all of those volunteers who made it happen – set up and take down, kitchen and bar managers, silent auction organizers, ticket sales, and clean up. Donors & Sponsors • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

All Done Stump Removal Arts Council Askews Foods Barley Station Brew Pub Bayside Marina & Grill Bernice Robinson Blind Bay Hideaway Bulldog Excavating C.A Wholesale Celista Estate Winery Century 21 Copper Island Fine Homes Copper Island Framing Crannog Ales Dream Cycle Museum Fair Realty Finz Bar & Grill Gail Boden H204U Hairs To You Home Restaurant

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Jeanne's Printing Jim Nerbas JoAnne McPeek Kiss Strategies Larch Hills Winery Launch Construction Lighthouse Market Linda Hlina Lindy's Boutique Little River Framing Studio Loonie on the Lake Melany Dyer Mikki Lawrence Mud Sweat & Tears Munro's Pharmacy Phil Clark, Artisan Furnishings Quaaout Restaurant Rainbow Glass Repair Ruth Robinson 7 Sisters Boutique

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We are so thankful to live, love and play in the beautiful communities of the South Shuswap. We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a healthy New Year!




Coffeehouse Roots Run Deep During December the musical community will also be at the By Barbra Fairclough Music Swap Meet. If you are looking for a gift for a musician, From a cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as you might want to check it out. It’s at the Sunnybrae Community centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides patrons with a place to congregate, talk, read, write, entertain one anoth- Hall December 8th, 10-2pm. For more information on booking a er, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups…As sales table, call 250-675-3015. early as the 1950s Beatnik era and the 1960s folk music scene, The Carlin Hall Coffeehouse has a long and steady history. coffeehouses have hosted singer-songwriter performances, typi- Joan O’Brien says that the Carlin coffeehouse started around cally in the evening (Wikipedia) 1992. The hall was moved around to its current location in 2004 Coffeehouse culture is alive and well in the South Shuswap. and the coffeehouse started up again in 2005. Jim and Irene And a look at the coffeehouses in Smith ran the coffeehouse then the South Shuswap shows you and over time it has been run by that musical roots run deep. various directors of the hall, some Sunnybrae Coffeehouse has of which are musicians and regubeen running since 1997 Joan lar players at South Shuswap CofRobertson and Gord Milne were feehouses. The Carlin Coffeemusicians and partners in life. house is supported by many musiRobbie Milne explains that Gord cians both locally and from Kamand Joan travelled around to difloops, Chase and Salmon Arm. ferent venues to play and were Eagle Bay coffeehouse has been away a lot. They both realized around for at least 19 years. Many that they didn’t know their neighmusicians have played there over bours as much as they would like the years. so they approached the Sunnybrae Musicians congregate around the Community Association about coffeehouses for the music and renting the hall and they started the community and the chance to their own coffeehouse with the play with other artists. Many new Musicians playing at Coffeehouse in 1997 Photo credit: Joan Robertson (kind assistance, James Clark) idea they would meet more of (Continued on page 17) them.




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musicians have played publicly for the first time at the coffeehouses where they can learn from seasoned players and audiences embrace all talents. Musicians can simply show up and sign in at the door. Patrons will pay a token fee to get in and most often there are a selection of goodies, tea and coffee. It’s an uncomplicated welcoming environment that all ages can enjoy. These incubators of talent provide an easy venue for anyone wanting to improve and learn as musician. Leon Power lived in Sunnybrae and played the coffeehouse as a young teen. Leon is now enjoying a robust musical career playing with the likes of Frazey Ford, City and Colour and Deep Dark Woods. He returned to the Shuswap in 2017 with Frazey Ford to perform in the Roots and Blues Festival. Musicians wanting to play can find any number of Coffeehouses in surrounding communities as well. Enderby, Coldstream, Celista, Grindrod all host active coffeehouses. The history of the coffeehouse never gets tiresome. Music is a central hub in rural enclaves of the Shuswap. The halls become a ‘living room’ with neighbours and musicians intermingling in an evening of music and conversation. Whether you are a musician wanting to connect or you want to get out and enjoy an evening of music you will find what you need at one of your local coffeehouses. Carlin Community Hall- First Saturday of the month Oct.June Dec. and June are fundraisers for the foodbank.; Doors open at 6:30pm show starts at 7pm Sunnybrae Community Hall- Second Saturday of the Month, Oct to May / Doors open at 7pm show starts at 7:30pm

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Celista Community Hall- Third Saturday of the month; Doors open at 7pm show starts at 7:30pm; contact Tatiana Speed 778 985 5343 Eagle Bay Community Hall- Fourth Saturday of each month, Sept- Nov and Jan- May contact Gaetane Shirley, 250675-2178; Doors open at 7pm show starts at 7:30pm For a complete listing of all the coffeehouses in our area visit With gratitude to Gaetane Shirley, Robbie Milne, Diane Jewel, James Clark, for assistance with this article.




December Outdoors for the Holiday Season By Barbra Fairclough The Holiday season brings all kinds of fun outdoor activities that only happen this time of year. Here are some things that the whole family can do this December. Kick off the holiday season with the Sorrento Community Christmas Light Up! Hosted by the Sorrento Memorial Hall. On December 7th bring the family to this free community event and enjoy delicious hot dogs, hot chocolate and fresh coffee. Stay for the live musical entertainment and even a visit from Santa himself!! A spectacular fireworks finale will end the evening. This is a great family-friendly event to get into the holiday spirit! 6-830pm. For more information call Sorrento Memorial Hall 250-6750065 “The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay

for the incredible show – all in the name of community. Support the Sorrento Food Bank and come out to donate and enjoy the festivities. The Holiday train is scheduled to stop at Notch Hill on December 15th, across from Notch Hill Hall, 1639 Notch Hill Road at 9pm. Bring your family and friends for a hot chocolate and enjoy the display of lights, music and festivities. Before arriving at Notch Hill the train will also be in Canoe at 50th St. railway crossing at 6:15pm and then at 51 Lakeshore Dr. NE in Salmon Arm at 7:30pm. The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge is a local favorite. If you haven’t been yet, winter is a wonderful time to go. Open only on Sundays December 9th and December 16th from 11-3pm. Then join them for the annual Christmas with the Donkeys celebration on December 23rd from 3:30 to 7pm. Enjoy a visit with the donkeys and a cup of hot cocoa in the festively decorated barns and grounds. There is also a Spaghetti Dinner option with limited seating so call Shirley at (250)679-2778 to

purchase your tickets and book your time. More information at The Refuge is open to the public again in the spring. For some outdoor fun that’s a little different, there is Walters Sleigh Rides. Located at Broderick Creek Ranch at 2068 Notch Hill Road. Take in the sights and sounds of a horse drawn sleigh ride complete with hot chocolate and cinnamon buns. Bundle up for a fun family outing. To book a reservation or for more information call Irwin or Carol-Lynn at 250835-8384 The Caravan Farm Theatre’ winter production is ‘Sedna’ and is presenting from December 11 – 31st. For a tantalizing outdoor experience there is no comparison. Bundle up and bring the family. The farm is located on 4886 Salmon River Road. The Audience is drawn through the performance on horse drawn sleighs. This is a perennial favorite so book early. 1-866-5468533.

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Trash left illegally dumped in the parking lot of Sunnybrae Park. (CSRD photo)

CSRD Media Release Illegal dumping of garbage at the Sunnybrae Park has resulted in the a gate closure until spring. Over the past few weeks, Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Parks Coordinators have had to remove large bags of household garbage. It appears people are driving into the parking lot and dumping the bags at the curb or • Tree Removal • Extra Tree Service • Danger Tree Assessment • Clean Up & Chipping • Pruning & Hedging • Contract & Utility Line Tree Service

around the toilet. "It isn't our preference to close and lock the gate to the park, however in the past couple of years, this seems to work to curtail this illegal activity," reports Ryan Nitchie, Team Leader of Community Services. Sunnybrae Park remains open for public use. It is only access to the gated parking lot which will be closed.



Sorrento Lions Club Submitted by Judi Kembel We were saddened to hear of the passing of Donna Ramsay last month. Donna was a long time resident of Sorrento and the wife of Terry Ramsay who was a Charter Member of our club. Our sincere condolences to the Ramsay family. The Seniors’ Christmas Party and Silent Auction held on November 24th was a tremendous success. The Sorrento Glee Club entertained as well as Lion Garry who provided background music and presented us with an amusing skit “Three Legged Pete”. Snacks and liquid refreshments were served. The Silent Auction raised just over $2,000.00 which will be donated to the South Shuswap First Responders and the proceeds from the 50/50 draw ($195.00) will go to the South Shuswap Fire Department. We thank everyone who attended and supported the Sorrento Lions Club. Also in November, we were pleased to present Carlin Elementary and Middle School with a cheque in the

amount of $1,500.00 to go towards the purchase of special needs equipment. Our weekly meat draws at the Copper Island Pub & Grill on the TransCanada Highway in Sorrento will be held every Friday from 5:007:00 pm and run until June 21st, 2019. Our December 14th draw will be for ten (10) turkeys, just in time for Christmas! All funds raised go right back into the community. We hope everyone will support this worthy and fun event. We always welcome new members. If you are over 19 years of age (male or female) and would like more information about becoming a Lion, please join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento at 6:45 pm or contact the Sorrento Lions club secretary Trudy Grigg at our email address: We would love to hear from you! Check out our website at sorrentobc/

Cheque presentation to Carlin School From L-R: President Lion Hans Schmidt presenting cheque to LRT Laury Spohr, peeking over Hans' shoulder is Principal Shane Corston, Lions Judi Kembel, Patrick Wright, Hannelore Wiesenthal, Bob Johannson, Jim Mead and Trudy Grigg.


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. 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. Further details on required qualifications, please visit Make a Future at The rate of pay is $25.98 per hour. Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume with full supporting documents (proof of qualifications must accompany application), including three professional references, please apply on the Make a Future webpage at We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted. North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83

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Sunnybrae Community Association By James Clark Things are getting chilly and as we begin to hunker down for the winter, keep in mind that there are still some great Community events that are worthy of braving the weather to attend! Here's a quick rundown of your Community forecast for December and January. Dec 8th Music Swap, 10-2pm: A buy & sell opportunity for everything musical, with door admission and sales-table rental going to The Salmon Arm Women's Emergency Shelter & Foodbank. Whether it be an electric guitar, violin, instrument you can't even name, tutorial books, sound gear... you'll find it here! Please contact Dale at 250 675 3015 for more details on how to sell your wares. This will also be a collaboration with the Tappen Sunnybrae Fire Department who will be running their local food-drive in support of the same charities. Also expect by-donation coffee and delicious soup to be served during the

Music Swap: provided and in support of The Sunnybrae Community Association. It's always a great day for us all to get together and talk music! Dec 8th Sunnybrae Coffeehouse, 7:30pm – Featuring none other than the festive Kringles! Get ready for a holly, jolly, bluesy, rocky, festive time! As always doors/sign-ups are at 6:30pm. Head on over to the Sunnybrae Seniors Hall for a bite to eat 5:30-7:30pm, and don't forget this is a very familyfriendly event too! January 10th Sunnybrae Coffeehouse, 7:30pm – Heads-up for 2019. Featuring your local Salmon Arm heroes: Seal Skull Hammer at the Sunnybrae Coffeehouse! This old-timey, jug-bandy trio are back to kick off the new year with a hoot and a holler. A huge thanks to our Sunnybrae Coffeehouse volunteers, musicians, attendees and sponsors: The Tappen Co-op, Hudson

Marijuana Grow Ops on Farmland I strongly disagree with the decision to allow grow-ops on farm land. It is a gross misuse and very unfair to any neighbours who may border the grow-op. Acres of cement and bunker style buildings can go anywhere and I believe should be in industrial sites – it is an industry! It is not food! The grow-ops are noisy, light intensive, very odorous and increases traffic to the farm area where they are situated. People who live in the country do so for the peaceful existence. I, myself find the smell nauseating and if one was next to our farm, we would have to move. On top of that there is the devaluation of the land next to a grow-op. My other and greater concern is that there are families trying to exist next to the growops – surely that smell is not good for children – there is proven science that children should not be subject to marijuana odours, smoked or not.

Kringles will entertain Dec. 8 at Sunnybrae Coffeehouse

Vintage, Power Autobody, Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery and Shuswap Coffee Company, for another great year of music. And stay tuned for some special musical and fundraising announcements early 2019. From all of us at The Sunnybrae Community Association, here's to wishing you all a most wonderful festive season and a happy new near.

Good examples right now of what might become common practice are one of the largest companies in Canada constructing greenhouses on Garland Road in the North Shuswap and one on Pleasant Valley Road in Armstrong. Both in beautiful farm valleys. The one in the North Shuswap , on Garland Rd. is on what was once an old heritage farm and a lovely quiet road. What will you do if a grow-up is planned next to your home or farm? Less than 5% of B.C. is farmland – surely we can keep our farmland for just that – farming. Farmland within the ARL is subject to strict rules. Why do these grow ops not need to adhere to these rules? There are many questions and few answers. If this concerns you, please contact all government agencies involved and voice your concerns.

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South Shuswap Health Services Society Submitted by Evelyn Boyce Mobile Lab Services are available for collections and ECGs every Thursday, 8 am – 2 pm at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre, located in the Blind Bay Market Place Mall, 2417 Golf Course Drive. We have added an extra day Tuesday, December 11th for the mobile lab so mark your calendar. It is the busiest during the first couple of hours, so if you are not fasting, come a little later. The technician takes a half hour lunch break at 11:30 – noon. You may call to inquire how many people are ahead of you at 250-675-3661. This service is available to all surrounding communities. Foot Care is offered once a month on a Wednesday at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre. The fee is $30 and appointments can be made by calling 250-675-3661. Public Health Nurse from Interior Health will provide immunization for children and adults at Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre on Mondays December 10th and January 14th. Please, book your immunization appointment by calling 250-833-4101. Copper Island Seniors Resources has a volunteer on duty every Tuesday 10-2pm and Thursday 8-2pm at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre to answer any of your questions or enquiries concerning help for seniors. Also, we have suggestions for services such as; light housekeeping, yard maintenance, transportation for medical appointments, snow removal to name a few. Drop in for a visit or call 250-675-3661. Seniors Computer Program is run by the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Soci-

ety (LASS) in partnership with South Shuswap Health Services Society. Free one-on-one tutoring lessons to help improve your computer skills with your PC, Mac, Ipad, tablet Iphone or Android. Classes are held at the Okanagan Regional Library, South Shuswap Branch in Blind Bay. Tuesday 10:00 -11:00am and 11:00 – 12:00pm and Wednesday 10:00-11:00am and 11:0012:00pm The next session starts on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to March 5, 2019 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 to March 6, 2019. Volunteer tutors are also welcome. For more information, please contact LASS at 250-463- 4555 or Also, you can register at Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre 250-675-3661. Seniors Luncheon Program is cancelled for the month of December due to all the festivities being held this month. However, you may book ahead for your luncheon being held in January. Luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 31st starting at 12:00 at Duffers Den at Shuswap Lake Estate Golf Course. Please contact at 250-6753661 or to reserve your luncheon. South Shuswap Health Services Society is encouraging anyone who is interested in helping us to reach our primary goal with emphasis on primary health care including bringing health care closer to home, to give us a call at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre at 250-6753661. Have you renewed your (Continued on page 22)

By Louise Barber CONGRAUTLATIONS! To our Winner Ian Matthews of Blind Bay who correctly identified the ‘time traveller’ photo in the November Scoop.

Salter Family - Hilltop Rd. Sorrento Yes! This is the home of the Salter family. Alfred Salter obtained a homestead grant in 1908 on Hilltop Road, Sorrento. He cleared land and

built a log home. Alf planted fruit trees and then in November 1914 he enlisted in WW I and went overseas. While in England he met and became engaged to Edith Marie Jessop. After the war he returned to his Hilltop Road homestead and in 1920 Edith followed and they were married in St. Mary’s Church, Sorrento on June 21, 1920. They worked hard planting fruit trees, farming and raising two daughters. The home is still in the family with a grandson currently owning the property. Below is our next ‘time traveller’ photo. The winner will receive a history book from Hidden Gems Book store.

Can you correctly identify ONE (or more) of the following questions? • Where is this building located? • What was it used for? Send your guesses by e-mail to or call/text 250-463-2611 by Friday December 21st for your chance to win a history book. Winner will be announced in next month’s Scoop

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membership or are you new to the area? Do you want to volunteer your time back to the community? As a volunteer you can contribute in several areas and you decide how much time you can provide. You can sign up for your membership to SSHSS at Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre on Tuesdays & Thursdays or online with Paypal. Our annual society fee is $20 per person or $35 per family. By being a member of South Shuswap Health Services Society you help to provide many programs to our communities and contribute to the operation of Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre.

By Rob Marshall Running a small business, being an entrepreneur, often makes for frenetic business days. Days and weeks fly by and at the end of a month what have you got to show for all your effort? Do you know how many of the activities you undertook resulted in increased profits for your company, and how many were simply a literal waste of time? If you don't know the answer to the question above, then you probably don't know how productive your employees are either. Business activities can be broken into two types, those that aid productivity and lead to greater profitability and those that are time-wasters. If this sounds like a sweeping statement, consider the typical activities you carry out during an average business day. If you are talking to a customer, selling, helping an employee with a technical issue, thinking about the strategic direction of your company—you'd probably agree these all help your company's productivity and long-term profitability. If on the other hand you are surfing the internet watching a funny video about animals, drinking a coffee while daydreaming, or dealing with another computer glitch, then these are not only not helping productivity they are a hinderance. If you are thinking the descriptions above describe a normal business day; that's just the way it is and you can't be productive one hundred per cent of the day, you'd be correct. But, spending a



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little time focusing, or re-focusing on how you spend each working day, can be a useful exercise. We all know social media has become one of the biggest time-wasters in businesses. In fact, one report suggests that on average employees spend five hours (or roughly ten per cent) a week on nonwork, social media activities. Extrapolate that figure over a year and we're talking 200 hours per employee (or you!). The same study reports that this results in over billions of dollars in lost productivity. Consider for a minute; how do you divide up your time? Are you spending your valuable work time on the things that will grow your business and increase your profit? How much time do you waste in a day? For just one day, note down what you did during the previous 30 minutes. At the end of the week use a green highlighter pen to make note of every 30-minute period where you can honestly say you were increasing productivity or profitability. At the end of the week, if more than half your time was not spent on building your business, you might want to rethink how you are spending your time. Perhaps, try to extend the periods of the day where you can see you are working "on" your business rather than "in" your business. Rob Marshall is the Executive Director of Community Futures Shuswap. For more small business tips and resources, visit


Arts Council for the South Shuswap By Karen Brown, Arts Council Administrator Faces Winter Recital December 16th Some of the FACES Dance Students will be showcasing what they’ve learned to date at the annual Winter Concert & Dessert Event taking place at the Shuswap Lake Estates Community Hall on Sunday December 16th. Tickets are just $7 and include dessert. For tickets call Karen: 250.515.3276. The Holiday Season is Now Upon Us Why Not Give The Gift of Art! A new session of lessons will begin in January at FACES. Why not give lessons to a child in music, dance or art for the new year? For more information, visit the Arts Council for the South Shuswap website at and follow the FACES link to see all of our programming. Tuition for the year will be prorated for those wishing to start in January. Arts Council & The Shuswap Culture Community Calendar Initiative Shuswap Culture ( has been active now for exactly six months. The Arts Council launched the central community calendar in May of this year and it appears that it’s catching on! Although the Arts Council for the South Shuswap serves primarily the communities of the South Shuswap, this new calendar is serving all areas including Salmon Arm, Enderby, Armstrong, North Shuswap, Chase, Sicamous and at times, Kamloops. The calendar focuses primarily on specific events and happenings in the Shuswap, ones that locals and tourists can use to seek out events by community, by date or by interest area. The cost to share events on Shuswap Culture is free for all non-profits. There is a small fee payable for businesses. For more information on how you can share your upcoming event(s) on the Shuswap Culture calendar, please email Jacquie at:



Shuswap Community Foundation Supports Local Choir Submitted by Wendy Dean Members of the Sorrento Glee Club Choir showed off their new Roland keyboard at the Sorrento Lions Christmas Party on Saturday Nov. 24th when they entertained the audience with a selection of Christmas songs. The purchase of the new keyboard was made possible with a grant from the Shuswap Community Foundation. Director of Music, Darla Crown thanked the SCF for this

much needed support of our local choir. The choir now shares the gift of Christmas music and song with the residents of Piccadilly Care Home and Andover Place in Salmon Arm. The Sorrento Glee Club Choir is part of the Sorrento Drop In Society organization. Come and join our family of songsters! 2019 season starts on Mon Jan 21st. @ 9.30am Sorrento Drop In Society Hall.

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Episode 30 - A Celebration of Farmers! By Una St. Clair A drove of cattle, a wisdom of owls, a kindle of kittens, a conspiracy of ravens, a celebration of farmers! I hereby bestow the collective noun “celebration” upon unsuspecting Shuswap farmers, and let me explain why. You see, the thing that keeps farmers going against insurmountable odds is the fact that they celebrate the earth and what it provides on a daily basis. They recognize the constant miracles of nature, so worthy of eternal celebration. But just as deserving of recognition are the courageous, resourceful and giving spirits of the intrepid souls themselves who live and die

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How to Survive Party Season! By Debbie Armour Owner of Deb’s Style Loft The “fashion cycle” can often feel like a high speed chase for the next big thing. Well now-we are in full party mode-tis the Season. If getting ready isn’t enough, it’s the going out that jolts you awake, here’s some tips: 1.Have fun even when you only know the host. Resist the urge to stay home, embrace this social season. Find a group of three or four-if someone makes eye contact and smiles at you, cue this and introduce yourself. 2.Make small talk with strangers that isn’t soul crushing, keep it light, eg; ‘ I love your shoes’ Let the other person know

you’re paying attention to them. This helps to make everyone more comfortable. 3.End a conversation that isn’t going anywhere, eg; close a conversation by shaking the persons hand and saying, ‘it was so nice to meet you.’ Sometimes people just aren’t interested in having a chat. 4.Old school etiquette experts warn to never discuss politics, especially at a party. However living in this inferno that is take in the Beauty of the seasonthe 21st century, tread lightly. Keep the debate friendly. If the conversation bepreferably while holding a glass of comes aggressive, acknowledge what Champagne. they’ve said and change the subject. You Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Seacan always fall back to the weather. son filled with love and laughter. All the 5.MOST IMPORTANT of all, stop and best in the New Year!

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Submitted by Shaunne Letourneau It’s that time of year when we focus on celebrating the season with family and friends. For many of us that includes friends made while participating in, or volunteering for, the many events and programs at Cedar Heights. It has certainly been a very busy year for the Association. Some highlights of 2018 include: • Thirteen indoor and outdoor programs ran on a regular basis throughout the year. Examples of activities CHCA members enjoyed weekly or monthly were Fitness, Bridge, Photography, Snooker and Ukelele. • Over 40 events were held for members and the public including Bocce tournaments, Olympic style games night, a pig roast, Lobsterfest, butterhorn cooking class, Kids Christmas shopping, a Fashion Show, and movie nights. These events have proven very popular and many sell out quickly. • Many visitors were welcomed to our outdoor venues and enjoyed playing Pickleball, Bocce or Golfing the family friendly Par 3 course. Of note, renovations to the golf course are underway. Look for improvements in the 2019 season. • The Centre was a popular venue for weddings and family events. • The membership approved a 10 year Strategic Plan and the 2019 Operations plan that will serve to guide the 2019 Board of Directors.

The end result of all this activity was 25,000 visits to the Centre during 2018! Hilary Brown, CHCA President, attributes the robustness of the programming and events to volunteerism of the membership and the fact that all events and programs are member driven initiatives. She notes: “Members suggest what events and programs they’d like to see and then take leadership roles in planning and organizing them.” Volunteers are very much appreciated at Cedar Heights, from Board members, to friendly Greeters who provide information about Cedar Heights activities, to those who assist with programs

and events. All contributions matter and make Cedar Heights a vibrant and fun place to be. Many of our activities are open to the general public as well as our members. Interested in what will be happening in 2019? A calendar of events and indoor and outdoor programs will be posted on our website early in the New Year. For information on these or on becoming a member go to Wishing everyone the very best of the holiday season. May there be peace and love and joy in your hearts and homes. We look forward to welcoming you in 2019.




Shuswap Overland Adventures Adventure Becomes Tradition

By Jason Lutterman I don’t think I can count anymore the number of adventures that have changed and shaped my life. As I sit here typing with my dogs at my feet, I can’t help but feel fortunate for all the opportunities that have come my way living here in the Shuswap. From little day trips with friends to adventures that forever changed us, and some that became without our knowing, tradition. In 2017 we battled the largest wildfire in our province’s history, the incredible Elephant Hill Fire. We and

leadership of Darren Hutchinson our crew Chief (Quintech Fire Services) we trained the resort staff that had stayed during the evacuation order and quickly got to work. With clear intent, strategy and In 2017 we battled the largest wildfire in our province’s history, well executed tactics we the incredible Elephant Hill Fire. managed to do the so the great room of the remarkable log called impossible. Under the worst fire ranch, surrounded by the men and womconditions of my career, we saved the ranch and the infrastructure that was on- en who stood up against all odds for ly days before doomed. We did this with what they believed in and through the limited resource but unlimited combined efforts, saved the ranch. Without knowing it ourselves, an unbreakable spirit. The efforts of those involved bond was formed that night as fire rained from the sky and mother nature showed was beyond words, I witthat she was almost as powerful as the nessed humanity at its finest crew from Siwash. and the true capability of the Thank you to all those who read our human spirit. Last week the resort was honoured with the articles and follow our adventures, we are truly thankful to have the opportunity 2019 “Best for Romance” Conde Nast Johansens Award to share our stories with you and hear for Excellence. The resort has yours. Merry Christmas turned the forever changed our small crew were tasked with defend- landscape into a teachable ing a very remote resort called Siwash, moment and begun to showone of the Great 48 National Geographic case the immense regeneration Wilderness Resorts. and fire ecology. This is truly This magnificent place was in the the proudest achievement of direct path of the fire and was basically my life and next week for the left to its own by the provincial govern- second time, we are heading ment. They were sure it was going to be back up to the resort for our lost and made it clear to us that it was un annual Christmas dinner. -saveable and that they would not be We will sit by the fire in coming to help. Under the extraordinary

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BLIND BAY • South Shuswap Library - Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up! Erna Stassen. Registration is limited. Wednesdays, Dec. 19 & Jan. 16, 3–4pm. Paint with Diana - Tues Dec. 18, 12:30 -2:30pm and 3-5pm. Pls Register. 250-675-4818. Seniors Computer Program - FREE one-on-one tutoring lessons. Tues 10-11am Wed 11-Noon from Jan 15 to Mar 6. Volunteer tutors welcome. FMI-LASS 250-463-4555 or • Cedar Heights Christmas Dinner - Dec 10, 5:30 9pm at Cedar Heights Hall. Festive dinner, dancing, raffles & door prizes. Tickets can be purchased on Tues & Thurs from 1-3 pm at the Cedar Heights Comm. Ctr. Purchase your tickets early! • Immunization Clinics at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre on Mon. Dec. 10 and Mon. Jan.14. Book your adult or child immunization appointments by calling 250-833-4101. • FACES Winter Recital - Dance & Dessert Sunday Dec 16, 3pm at Shuswap Lake Estates Comm. Hall. Tickets 250-515-3276 • New Year’s Eve Celebration - Duffer’s Den FMI 250-675-2315 • Tuesday Night Blues - Dec 18, 7-10 pm. Join the Blind Bay Blues Club for a jam session every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Blind Bay Memorial Hall. FMI Chris Emery at 250-6752865 or EAGLE BAY COMMUNITY HALL • Christmas Potluck Lunch - Thurs. Dec. 13, noon. Bring a potluck dish & a beverage. Gift exchange (bring your own gender $10 price range). Also accepting donations for food bank. • Shed Party - Dec. 18, 7pm. Bring a goodie to share. Everyone welcome. SORRENTO • Sorrento Christmas Light-up - Dec. 7, 6pm to 8:30pm, at Sorrento Memorial Hall. Visit Santa, enjoy live music and Fireworks finale! Hot dogs, hot chocolate. Fun for the whole family. • Sorrento Drop-in Society Christmas Banquet - Dec 8, 5-10pm at Sorrento Memorial Hall • Children’s Christmas Party - Sunday, Dec 9, 25pm at Notch Hill Comm Hall. Face painting, Bongo the clown, games, etc & visit from Santa! Completely Booked! • Lions Club Meat Draw- Dec. 14, 5pm to 7pm at Copper Island Pub. Turkey Giveaway! • Sorrento Elementary School - Family Movie Night - Friday Dec 14 at Sorrento Elementary School. Doors open 5pm, movie 6pm “Small Foot”. Snacks, cash only. Book Fair - Dec 17-20.

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Bake Sale - Dec 20. Christmas Concert - Dec 20 at 12:45pm & 6pm. Notch Hill Ladies Social - Sunday, Dec 16, 25pm. Come out, bring a friend and enjoy a afternoon of good times. Bring cookies or squares & wrapped gift valued at $10 , for the gift exchange. New Year’s Eve Celebration - at Sorrento Memorial Hall at 6pm. FMI 250-675-0065 TAPPEN / SUNNYBRAE Sunnybrae Coffee House - Doors open 6:30pm, show 7:30pm. On Dec. 8 “The Kringles” will be taking the stage. On Jan 10 “Seal Skull Hammer” Don’t forget Chili & a Bun at the Seniors Hall for a pre-show dinner. Music Swap Meet - Sat. Dec 8, 10am to 2pm at Sunnybrae Comm Hall. A day of music. In support of the Foodbank and Women’s Shelter FMI and Table rental: 250-675-3015 Tappen/Sunnybrae Fire Dept Food Bank Drive - Dec. 8, 9am to 2pm Sunnybrae Seniors Christmas Dinner & Pirate Gift Exchange. Dec 15, 5-7pm at Sunnybrae Comm Hall. CHASE Chase Curling Club Pancake Breakfast Sunday Dec. 9, 9 to 11am. Pancakes, sausages, eggs, coffee/tea, juice and lots of friendly smiles. All proceeds go towards the day to day operating of the completely volunteer run Chase Curling Club Christmas with the Donkeys Sun, Dec. 23 , 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge. Donkeys in the Barns all lit up for Christmas. Spaghetti dinner avail. for a fee. Book for dinner online or Call Shirley 250-679-2778. NORTH SHUSWAP Christmas Parade - Fri. Dec. 7. Marshals at 5pm from the Hub to Super Valu Breakfast with Santa at Quaaout Lodge Dec 8, 9:30am to 12:30pm. Pancake breakfast with small donation to food bank. Pls reserve: 250-679-4200 Lions Kid’s Christmas Party & Kicker Colouring Contest Awards - Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30pm at North Shuswap Community Hall. Santa, gifts, face painting, hot dogs and treats. Surviving the Holidays Seminar - Dec. 9, 2pm to 4pm at NS Christian Fellowship. Help & hope as you navigate this Christmas season. FMI: or call 780-721-2293 At the Hub - Shuswap Gala - Sat. Dec. 15 at the Hub. Suit & tie. Jazz band transforms to rock & roll. Dinner buffet. Tennesse Walker Entertainment - 8:30pm, Dec 21, classic country with outlaw vibes. Ugly Sweater Karaoke Party -


Dec. 26, 6pm. FMI & tickets: 250-955-2002. • Christmas Bird Count - Dec. 29. Call Claudette at 250-679-8148 if you want to help. • Timber Days Dance - NS Community Hall. Mon. Dec.31. 8 pm - 2 am. Music- Country Rock Tickets at the Hub & local stores. Cash bar. Please bring own appie. • For more events in the North Shuswap check out the Kicker SALMON ARM • Shuswap Music Festival 2019 – Registration Dec. 1 to Jan. 31. To be held April 23 to May 3, 2019. Must register on-line at for participation in Junior and Senior Piano, Strings, Vocal and Choir. Celebrates the success of amateur musicians of all ages and provides an opportunity for participants to learn from acclaimed professional musicians . • Santa’s Zombie Apocalypse - Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30, with Sunday matinees at 1:30, from Dec. 616. Salmon Arm Secondary invites you to this family-friendly comedy. Shuswap Theatre (41 Hudson St. NW) Tickets:, or at Intwined Fibre Arts on Hudson St. • PEMF Therapy Presentation - Dec. 15, 1:30 to 4pm at Monarch Building, 220 Shuswap St. NE. Learn what Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields can do for your health. FMI or to register: 250-8332234 • Dark Nights White Lights Art Exhibition - runs till Dec. 22nd at Salmon Arm Art Gallery with Artist Talk on Dec. 20th at 2pm. Come check out the illuminated works of 10 BC artists. Gallery is open Tues - Sat. 11, 1am to 4pm and Thursdays open till 7pm (during this exhibition) • HD Live from the Met - “The Magic Flute” Dec 15, 9:55 am Giuseppe Verdi, “La Traviata” Bolshoi Ballet – Sunday, December 23 at 1:00pm “The Nutcracker” More info at OTHER AREAS • Caravan Farm Theatre - Dec. 11 - 31 - enjoy a performance on horse drawn sleighs. At 4886 Salmon River Rd. CANADIAN PACIFIC HOLIDAY TRAIN Saturday, Dec 15 Hot chocolate, bonfire, live music. Pls bring donation for food bank. • Canoe - 50th St railway crossing, 6:15pm • Salmon Arm - 51 Lakeshore Dr NE, 7:30pm • Notch Hill - 1639 Notch Hill Rd, 9pm.

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chocolate. Donations for the Sorrento food bank will be gladly accepted. The following day Sunday December 16th, 1 to 5pm is the Annual Ladies Christmas Social. The Hall invites all Ladies to a afternoon of Christmas cheer, companionship and carols. Bring a plate of cookies to share and a wrapped $10 gift for the gift exchange. Are you looking for a unique gift to give? The Notch Hill is selling their Fundraising locally made t-shirts for $20. The shirts will be available for purchase at the hall during all Christmas events, or on the Notch Hill Facebook page. The Notch Hill Town Hall is pleased to have non denominal Church Services starting again in the New Year at the little white Church. Dates and times to be announced. The Natter invites you to share your birthday wishes, new arrival announcements, or Historical Notch Hill tid bits for the upcoming columns. I can be reached at or 250 835-8455. For Hall and Church rentals contact Marianne at 250 835- 4721 or Sheila at 250 8035206. picture by Anna-Marie Eckhart

By Anna-Marie Eckhart Merry Christmas from the Notch Hill Natter. The Elves have been very busy preparing for the completely booked Children's Christmas Party to be held at the Notch Hill Town Hall Sunday, December 9th. The tradition of hosting a Children's Christmas party at the Hall has been going on for over 100 years. The then Pioneer Thomas Cardinal of Notch Hill, donated a sum of money to be spent on Christmas concerts/parties and goodie bags for the Children of Notch Hill School. February 2, 1907 Thomas Cardinal passed away. His grave is in the Notch Hill Cemetery. Every Spring until the School had closed in the early 1950's, the students of Notch Hill School would go tend to his grave in respect. In keeping with tradition all the children attending this year's Christmas party will be going home with a goodie bag. December at the Hall is guaranteed to be filled with laughter and good Cheer. The CPR Holiday Christmas train is scheduled to arrive at Notch Hill Saturday December 15th at 9pm. The Hall volunteers will be tending to the bonfires and serving hot


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- Luke Gubbles 250-803-1095, • Shuswap Tennis - Petra: 250.835.2202 or Dick: 250.574.4674, • Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association (SWOA), • Sorrento & Area Community Association (SACA) – Brenda Puetz 250-675-2599 •Sorrento Minor Ball Geoff 250-804-6923, • South Shuswap Canada Day Committee - Tammy Packer 250.463.2495 • Ta’ Lana Twirlers Square Dance Nancy Alison 250-803-9096 • Victim Services - Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638 • White Lake Community Hall Society - 3617 Parri Road, Thelma Materi 250-803-5231 • White Lake Residents Assoc. (WLRA) President: Bryon Every. • White Lake New Horizons Seniors Club - Tim Hoy 250-835-2141





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FYI Chris Emery at 250-675-2865. 250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage in Chase, BC • Mon: Line Dance (intermediate) 1-3pm, Carlin Hall Sponge Ball 9-12pm • Badminton - Wed. 7 to 9pm at Sorrento Elemen4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. tary School. BYO racket. Non-competitive. FMI • Tues: Ladies Bridge 1-4pm, Good Time QuiltTo book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577. 250-675-2397 ers 1st & 3rd, 9am-3pm, Sponge Ball 9-12pm • Beginner slow pitch jam Tues: 7pm to 9pm. • Environmental sensitivities including EHS, • Intermediate acoustic jam Wed: 7pm to 9pm • Wed: Line Dance (beginners) 10-11:30am, (Advanced) 1:30-3pm. Ballroom Dance 7MCS. Monthly Sharing & Support Meeting. FMI • Coffee House 1st Saturday - October-June, 9pm. Lego Club 2nd Wed 6:30-8pm Una St.Clair at 250-675-5595 for meeting details. 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. • Probus Copper Island - meets at Cedar • Thurs: Play Group 9-12pm, Shuswap Pipers1 • Singers - Meet Thurs. 7 to 9 pm at the Arts -4pm Heights Community Hall in Blind Bay - 2nd Council for the South Shuswap-Carlin Hall • Friday: Sponge Ball 9-12pm, Youth Group Thurs./mo. at 10am. Coffee at 9:30. For details lower level. Come join the Coppertones! FMI (Gr. 5-7)6:30-7:30pm - (Gr. 8 & up)7:30call Mike Murrell at 250 675-4495 Karen 250-515-3276 9:30pm, Scrappy Quilt Chics 9-3pm • Salmon Arm Toastmasters - Thurs. 7-9pm Cedar Heights Community Association Upstairs at Uptown Askews. FMI 250-5172316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012 • River of Life Service: Sun. 10am (Sunday School 10:15am) 8401 Sorrento Drop in Society • Mon - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am • Seniors Lunch - 1st Thurs. 12:30pm at Duf1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358 • Tues - Seniors theatre 1pm / Karate 7pm / fers Den, Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course. Ukulele Orchestra 7pm • Mon - Glee Club - 9:30am 804-3987/ AA at 8pm Reservations by Mon. Call 250-675-3661 • Tues - Wheels to Meals 2nd & 4th Tues. 675• Wed - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am / Carpet Bowling • Shuswap Rock Club - First Tues of the month 4871. Snooker (men )1pm 675-2829 / Crib 1pm / Crib & Canasta 1pm / Bridge 7pm 1:30 pm 675-4117 (Sept - June) 7:30 pm at Sorrento Drop in Socie- • Thurs - Probus Club (2nd Thurs) 10am / Laty. Saturday workshops 12:00-4:00 pm fall-spring, dies afternoon out 1:30pm / Karate 7pm / The • Wed - Cards, 1 pm 675-0065, Snooker, 6pm 675-2829 - Shuswap Wood Carvers: 9am to Field trips spring-fall. FMI Pat, 250-675-2849. Shutterbugs Photo Club (3rd Thurs) 2pm noon FMI Peter Husieff 250-675-2746. • The Shuswap Nature Hikers meet weekly on • Fri - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am Fridays to hike the North and South Shuswap Trails. • Sun - Sorrento Evangelical Free Church • Thurs - Quilting 10am 675-5358 / Snooker To join, contact or vis(men)1pm 675-2829 Adult study 9:30am, Service 10:55am it • Snooker 1pm every day except Wed. • Fri - Ladies Snooker, 1pm 675-5115 • The Arts OnSite with Lady Nature - meets • Sat - Scottish Dancing, 9:30am 675-3518 • Summer Pickleball - check schedule online Sorrento Lions Club Mondays, 9am (May’til the end of October) Eagle Bay Community Hall (writing, dancing, theatre, painting, drawing, • Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday at 6:45pm at Sorren4326 Eagle Bay Rd. composing music) create outdoors in the forest, to Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. We Hall rentals: 250-675-3136 somewhere near Sorrento-Blind Bay. Conwelcome anyone interested in learning more • Quilting Mon.10-3 (Bring Lunch) 675-4531 tact: or visit http:// about the Lions to join us. We are always look• Crafts Wed, 10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4282 ing for new members. FMI Trudy Grigg, sorren• Fitness Tues & Thur 9 to 10:20am 675-5098 • TOPS Sorrento #4369 - Wed. from 8:15 to 10:00 • Garden Club - 1st Thur.10am, 675-5884 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. 2385 • Darts Fri. 7:15 pm. Alan: 675-5403 • Lions Club Weekly Meat Draws Fridays at Golf Course Drive. FMI Gail 250-675-2849 Copper Island Pub 5-7pm • Coffee House 4th Sat of the Month 7:30pm Sunnybrae Community Hall • TOPS Sorrento #1856 - Thurs. weigh-in at (except Dec & June -Aug) Performers always 8:30am, meeting starts 9am at Sorrento Place welcome! Gaetane 675-2178 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd. Clubhouse on Buckley Rd. Jacquie Everett Hall Rentals - Vicki Green - 250- 835-2199, Library (ORL) South Shuswap Branch 250-675-2574 Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818 Blind Bay Memorial Hall 2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139 • Badminton Mon 7-9pm & Thur 2-4pm • Writer’s Nook - 2nd & 4th Wed. 10am-12pm. Facebook: Blind Bay New members welcome: • Karate - Tues & Thurs 6pm Community Hall & Reedman Gallery. • Coffee House - 2nd Sat - Oct to May • Fireside Knitters - 1st & 3rd Fri. 10am - noon. Website: • General Meeting 4th Wed: 7:30pm Come join by the fireplace. Sunnybrae Seniors Hall • Blind Bay Painters - Tues. 9:15am - 3pm; • Page Turners book Club - 3rd Thurs, 10am FMI: Gail Boden 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd., • Children’s Programs - For a full list of story • Tuesday Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at Maddie Welch 250-835-8255 times, baby talk, colouring, craft days, and 7pm. FMI Chris Emery 250-675-2865 or ccem• Sunnybrae Painters/Crafters Mon 9:30am more check our website or stop by. (except statutory holidays) FMI 250-835-8539 Notch Hill Town Hall • Garden Club - 3rd Wed. 10am to noon start• Quilters -1st & 3rd Wed. (250-835-8255) 1639 Notch Hill Rd. 250-803-5206 ing Oct. 17. FMI Susan Kerr su• Potluck dinner and Meeting 3rd Tues, 5:30 or 250-835-2351. pm (except July/Aug) • Meet 1st Mon. at 7pm (bank holiday 2nd Mon) • Talana Twirlers - Mon. 6:30 -7:30pm (new • Shuswap Needle Arts Guild meet 1st & 3rd Watch for special events all year. dancers) & 7:30 to 9:30 (mainstream dancing) Thursday, 10am to 4 pm (Sept. to Jun) FMI Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre Nancy Alison 250-803-9096 Jo (250)-832-9308 or Sharon (250)-832-4588. email: • Tues Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at 7 pm. Web:







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South Shuswap Scoop December 2018  

Free community newsletter serving the South Shuswap and surrounding Area.

South Shuswap Scoop December 2018  

Free community newsletter serving the South Shuswap and surrounding Area.