South Shuswap Scoop January 2019

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34th Edition

January 2019

Screen Free Family Fun in the Shuswap

other community organizations, looks forward By Barbra Fairclough to hosting a week of fun activities and reduced The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap (LASS) is excitedly planning for a week of screen time! See the LASS website for inforunplugged fun January 26 to February 2, mation 2019! For the 8th year they will Snowshoeing and be encouraging families to disCross-Country Skiing During Unplug and Play week you connect from electronics and won’t want to miss “Under the join in a variety of screen free Lights” family snowshoe night on events and activities hosted in January 26 – January 28 from 5-7pm at Little communities around the region. Local businesses and organi- February 2, 2019 Mountain Sports Complex in Salmon Arm at 250 30th Street, SE. This free event zations throughout the North OkanaganShuswap support Unplug and Play by hosts family games, and a lantern walk. Responsoring free events such as swimming, member to bring your own snowshoes, limskating, snowshoeing, storytime and magic ited supplies are available. shows. The Larch Hills Nordic Society cares Over 3,000 people participated in Unfor 170km of trails including trails for skate/ plug and Play last year and more people are classic style skiing as well as trails for caexpected to participate this year, so mark it nines and snowshoers. The Larch Hills are down in your calendars. located 26km south east of Salmon Arm at Unplug and Play Passports will be dis300-398 Larch Hills Rd. Take Hwy 97B to tributed to elementary school students Grandview Bench Road. throughout the Larch Hills is school district and home to the Reino a full list of activiKeski-Salmi Loppet ties will be reon January 19 and this leased soon. The year the race is in its passports encour35th year. Previously age children to called the Larch Hills spend more time Marathon it was reoutside, with faminamed in 1985 after ly and away from Reino who, was an electronics. LASS, international ski Larch Hills hosts Annual Pirate Loppet event along with many Photo credit: Larch Hills Nordic Society

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Screen Free Family Fun continued Recreation Sites and Trails BC, user friendly trails at the Skmana Forestry champion and a founding member of the Recreation Site on Skmana Lake, near club. Cross Country Canada describes a Lop- Chase. 18km of trails, toboggan hills pet as “a great gathering of skiers who ski and a cozy warming hut make this a on a specifically groomed trail either clas- great place for an easy fun family outing. From January 8 until February 12, sic (diagonal stride) or free (skating techthe Skmana Ski Club offers lessons for nique) of various distances.” If you have interests in ski racing this is a great place to children through the Bunnyrabbits get involved. Progam. This program is designed to help On Friday February 1, the volunteers at children develop positive self image, Larch Hills are hosting Elementary fundamental movement skills and make Schools Pirate Loppet. Participants, teachers and chaperones are encouraged to ski friends in the natural environment. Through these organized lessons the dress in Pirate theme in ski friendly objective is to introduce cross country clothes. skiing through orgaAlong with many draw priznized activity and es, a school superintendent’s active play. TROPHY is awarded to the Bunnyrabbits classes school with the largest repreare free to club memsentation, based proportionately bers. on the total student enrolment At the Skmana in the school. This non competitive event is fun for everyone. Ski Club Open House on January 13, Hot dogs and hot beverages 10-2 pm, there will be will be available by donations guided trail tours for and hosted by the Shuswap Nordic and snowshoe, Lady Striders. Donations go to with goodies in the the ‘skis for schools’ program warming hut. for school district 83 schools to Donations accepted at purchase X-C ski equipment. the trail head go toward If your child has never skied keeping the grooming before, the School Ski Host equipment and facilities Program prior to the Pirate in good working condiLoppet will give your child an Bunnyrabbits Program is opportunity to get familiar available for children at Skmana tion. Get directions and with skis and the trails ahead Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe find out about the online Club. Photo credit: fundraiser “Skmana: Ski of time. Up to three sessions are offered where a volunteer hut and kids programs host will take up to 10 students on the trail support” at Direct on a friendly outing. This program has ena- questions about programs and facilities to bled a 33% increase in student ski visits to Larch Hills and a 62% increase in the numSkating At Scoop press time, conditions hadn’t ber of students attending over 2017. been right to make ice at either the SorrenFor information about the Pirate Lopto Blind Bay Park Ice Rink at Sorrento pet, contact Karen Huster at kaBlind Bay Park, 2670 Davidson Road or , or visit the website at the Celista Ice Rink at Farrells Field, 5051 . The Skmana Cross-Country Ski and Meadow Creek Rd. in Celista. Both offer night lighting. For information on when they Snowshoe Club co-manages, along with


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C.E.O.: Jan Wojciechowski Publisher: Tracy Wojciechowski Editor: Jo Anne Malpass Assistant Manager: Catalina Montgomery Writer/Co-Editor: Barbra Fairclough Freelance Writer: Jerre Paquette AD DEADLINE: January 23 EDITORIAL/ CLASSIFIED: January 27 DELIVERY: February 8 will open, watch the CSRD website or Facebook page or follow CSRD on Twitter at CSRD@ColShuRegDist. The Salmon Arm Arena (Shaw Centre) at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre in Salmon Arm has two NHL sized indoor rinks. Even on those extra warm or extra cold days, public skating is available. To find out about public skating schedules and skating programs go to https:// Ice skating sessions for all ages are one of the main attractions at Art Holding Memorial Arena in Chase. The indoor rink is located at 320 Shepherd Rd. For information about skating and ice times call 250 -679-2800 or email In next month’s issue of the SCOOP we will bring you more interesting choices and helpful tips for family screen free winter activities.




The Director’s Scoop News of Note from the CSRD

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Key Issues and Priorities for 2019 I like to start each year by identifying key issues and priorities for the South Shuswap for the next 12 months and the action steps that will help us to realize the many opportunities before us. Fortunately, having had many meetings with residents of the South Shuswap over the past several months has enabled me to gather and share opinions and views about a wide variety of issues. Currently one of the most important issues because of the urgency and the potential danger involved, is to help the people who live along Newsome Creek, both above and below the TransCanada Highway, to reduce the risks to their homes, businesses, and properties from erosion. It is a complex problem that affects the entire Newsome Creek watershed, but also affects all of the residents of Sorrento with the boil water advisories that have occurred as a result of the creek flooding effects. It is critical that we receive help from the province to implement an emergency mitigation plan as soon as possible, but we also need to consider the longer-term concerns of the entire

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watershed, and all of the properties affected. An important action step will be to generate and communicate strong community support. In this regard, a community information meeting will be held at Sorrento Memorial Hall on Tuesday January 22 at 6:30 pm. I would encourage everyone to attend and participate in the process. You can learn more from the website at Early in 2019, the CSRD directors and staff will be meeting to work on a new Strategic Plan for this regional district. This is an exciting new project and I believe it will be an important step forward in meeting the needs of our community for years to come. In Area C in 2019, we will see new projects initiated as we move to implement several plans recently developed with significant community consultations. This includes implementation of the new Area C Parks Plan and the Shuswap Economic Development Plan. The Parks Plan, which is available for review on the CSRD website, outlines a series of projects over the next 10 years which will improve the quality and quantity of parks across the South Shuswap. As access to parks is a major contributor to quality of life, I am very supportive of seeing this plan implemented to the fullest extent possible. The Shuswap Economic Development Plan will largely be dependent upon receipt of grants, including a very large grant application with the BC Rural Dividend Fund. Obtaining this grant will enable implementation of the Shuswap Agricultural Plan and a number of other initiatives designed to encourage new and expanded business investments in our region. As outlined in a previous column, another very high priority for the South Shuswap is the development of a liquid waste treatment system. There should be a considerable effort put forward in 2019 on this priority, including an appeal to the ALC. Early in 2019, it’s anticipated that we will be following up with the province in order to obtain funding for a restructuring study of the South Shuswap. In 2018, we contracted the Shuswap Trail Alliance to conduct a mapping exercise of the South Shuswap peninsula to determine if there may be an opportunity to develop a major destination trail network in that area. While we await a final report, a preliminary presentation of the findings suggests that we do have an area with significant tourism potential. There are many other key issues and priorities to discuss, but they cannot all be covered here at this time. As new developments occur, I will provide ongoing updates in this column.

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CSRD to Gather Input on a Residential Curbside Collection Service for Garbage and Recycling in Electoral Area C CSRD Media Release Do residents of Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) want curbside waste collection in their community? That's the question the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) will be asking citizens in the upcoming year, with the Board of Directors' decision to proceed with a public education and outreach program to determine the level of support for the establishment of a Residential Curbside Collection Service for Garbage and Recycling. Based on feedback from the 2015 Solid Waste Management Plan review, residents of Electoral Area C are interested in exploring the option of a curbside garbage and recycling collection service. The CSRD is planning a six-month community engagement process to explain the proposed service and gather feedback from citizens. As part of this, the CSRD intends to conduct an online and mail-out survey for residents, hold public information meetings and open houses, and

provide information to the public through advertising, the CSRD website and social media. This will begin early in 2019. The program would only proceed if there is sufficient public support. The proposal is proposed to have weekly curbside garbage collection and then unlimited collection of mixed recyclables once every two weeks. It involves each household paying a flat-rate user fee of approximately $150, plus a $3 user-pay system for each week garbage is collected. Bi-weekly recycling pick-up would be at no extra cost to residents. "The user-pay system is by far the fairest way to administer the fees for curbside garbage services," says Electoral Area C Director Paul Demenok. "You pay based on your volume of waste. If you’re away, you don’t have to pay for pickups. So this service is truly user-based.” Demenok also notes the user-pay system encourages waste reduction because there is an incentive for people to save money by producing less garbage.

The CSRD would supply refuse containers that track and record when garbage is collected. If there was no waste placed at the curb, there would be no user-fee charged. The cart would fit approximately the contents of two regular-sized garbage bags. Curbside collection programs have been shown to increase the recycling collected and decrease the amount of garbage sent to the landfill. Studies show more people use the service because it is more convenient. As well, it reduces the number of vehicles travelling to the landfill. Director Chad Eliason praised the initiative, noting the success the City of Salmon Arm has had in working with the CSRD towards reducing waste through its municipal curbside recycling program. "I am excited to see more people come on to this service. The CSRD has gone from an organization which really just managed landfills to a leader in waste collection and management. This is another step forward," he says.




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By Barbra Fairclough Wozniak and Walker, (Barristers, Solicitors and Notary Publics) is a legal general practice which serves Kamloops and the South Shuswap. Growing up, Kevin Walker, partner in the firm, spent his summers with his family on the Little Shuswap Lake. In the nineties he worked summers in Scotch Creek, at FINZ Bar and Grill at Captain’s Village Marina. Kevin Walker has followed in his father’s (Ken) footsteps and today they work side by side as partners at the firm. Ken was nominated as Queens Council in 2012 an honorary designation “to recognize exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.” (Ministry of Justice). Ken started the practice with Wally Wozniak in 1974. Today, Ken and his son Kevin have a courteous, professional team that can support a

range of services to meet your requirements. Lawyers in the office today include Ken Walker, QC., Kevin Walker, James Ross and articling student Kristjan Thorsteinson. Their practice covers a wide range of corporate, family and civil law, including among other things, wills and estates, conveyancing and traffic fines. Kevin Walker says, “We aim to be friendly, accessible and practical.”

The main office for Wozniak and Walker is located an easy drive away in Kamloops. Kevin visits Sorrento regularly, often on Friday mornings. Wozniak and Walker hope to make legal services more accessible to people living in smaller or remote centers in our area. His Sorrento office is tucked inside the SASCU branch at 1240 Trans Canada Hwy. If you have questions and want to speak with a lawyer, arrange a time to meet with Kevin when he is in Sorrento next time. It is best to call the office and prearrange a time to meet. Appointments in Sorrento are often booked for Friday mornings, but there is flexibility. Office hours in Kamloops are 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday. Wozniak & Walker’s number is 250 374 6226. ( Practical legal advice for People like you 533 Nicola St., Kamloops

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Shuswap Voters say First Past the Post By Barbra Fairclough Voters were asked whether they would prefer to keep the existing firstpast-the-post system or move to one of three forms of proportional representation. The current First Past the Post voting system received a majority of votes with 61.30% (845,235) of the valid votes for Question1. Shuswap electoral district saw 20,617 valid votes returned. 14,404 votes (69.86%) were for First Past the Post. Province wide 41 percent of eligible voters returned ballots by December 7th. There are 44,015 registered voters in the Shuswap Electoral District. Elections BC says there is no evidence of voter fraud. A simple majority would be enough to change the voting system for provincial elections.

Cedar Heights Par Three Greens Vandalized By Barbra Fairclough At the end of November, the newly constructed putting green and the new greens 1 and 9 at The Cedar Heights Pitch and Putt Golf Course were vandalized. The golf course is operated and maintained by the Cedar Heights Community Association. It is located on five acres at the Cedar Heights Community Centre at 2316 Lakeview Drive in Blind Bay. The golf course closed early September 2018 to complete this new construction which involved re-contouring of the fairways and greens. The 1st and 8th green have been improved to have a more playable slope and proper fringes. Green 9 has been enlarged and converted to a putting green and a new 9th green has been constructed. Holes 9 and 18 will play shorter as a result of these changes but the elevation will not change. Brian Waddington, Golf Course Coordinator, worked with about ten volunteers in completing these renovations this fall. A contractor brought in heavy equipment to rebuild the greens with gravel and then a sand soil mix. Volunteers came with rakes and elbow grease to do leveling and the fine tuning, so the greens could be seeded with time to grow before winter.

Brian says that the damage on the new improvements will have to be repaired in the spring. The ninth hole has received the most damage. Footprints, dog prints and holes are all through the greens and on surrounding areas. He says once the snow can be cleared from the greens in the very early spring 2019 and the ground is thawed then repair work can begin. Greens will have to be releveled and reseeded in time for the golfing season, so work will begin earlier if possible. This year volunteers plan to upgrade the tee boxes and the completion of a new irrigation system is also scheduled.

Damage to new ninth green at Cedar Heights. Photo credit: Brian Waddington

Damage to first hole and new putting green at Cedar Heights. Photo credit: Brian Waddington

Even though there is a professional greens keeper taking care of the greens, there is a small army of volunteers who dedicate time through out the season for the upkeep at the course. Volunteers are the heart of the operation and work will begin prior to golfing season. Before you pick up the clubs, reach for a rake and come out to the course and help with the renovations. Bring your foursome! To volunteer for golf course renovations or to find out more about Cedar Heights Community Association email



Wanted Man Arrested Previously released October 25th, 2018: CAMERON, Jason ROSS, DOB: 1977 -07-28, is wanted for Break, Enter & Theft; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.00 and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. CAMERON, 41 years of age, is described as a Caucasian male, 6 feet 0 inches tall, weighs 161 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. CAMERON is of no fixed address but is believed to be in the North Shuswap area. UPDATE: On December 28th, 2018 members of the Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment located Jason Ross CAMERON. He was placed under arrest and taken into custody without incident. The RCMP would like to thank members of the public who provided information regarding CAMERON’s whereabouts. It is through the public’s assistance that he was located and taken inJason Ross to custody. CAMERON


South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce By Karen Brown Introducing Our Newest Chamber Members Please welcome our newest member to the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce, Breathe Yoga Studio. For a full listing of all Chamber members, please visit the Directory of Members on our website: Holiday Mixer for Members January 31 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. Annual General Meeting To Be Held March 7, 2019 The Annual General Meeting for the South Shuswap Chamber will be held on March 7th, 2019 at Cedar Heights Centre starting at 6:00 pm. After a complimentary cocktail reception, the business of the AGM will begin. At this time, we are looking for active members who are interested in becoming a Director on the Chamber Board. If you are interested in serving as a Board Member, please do not hesitate to contact Karen: 250.515.3276.

CORRECTION - last month in our front page article “Mayhem at Rust Bros Restorations” we incorrectly spelled Tony Derksen’s last name (we printed: Derkensen.) Sorry about that Tony!



Sunnybrae Community Shows Support for Fire Victims raised and the proceeds were By Barbra Fairclough On December 17th at 1:40 distributed to the family. am Tappen-Sunnybrae and In response to the generosity South Shuswap fire departof the community the family ments responded to a house wrote “… (we) would like to take fire call on Bohn Road in Sun- this time to thank Tappen Co-op, nybrae. management and staff, Sorrento Three occupants in the Lions Club and all the people home were who graciously dotaken to Shusnated on our bewap Lake half. General HosWe also have to pital and have thank all friends since been reand neighbours for leased. Emerall their well wishes gency Social and offers of help. Services also We are truly assisted the blessed to live in family immethis community of diately after Tappen with such the tragedy. kind and thoughtful The family people. experienced You will forever significant be in our hearts losses just pri- Donation boot at Tappen Coop and thoughts. or to the holi- Photo credit: Barbra Fairclough Brian, Judy day season. As Matiowsky & well, their beloved dog and cat Amy Biberich.” sadly did not survive the fire. Although the donation boot In light of this misfortune has been removed from the Tappen Co-op and Tappenstore contributions are still beSunnybrae Fire Department ing accepted on behalf of the worked together to gather do- family at Tappen Co-op locatnations in support of the fami- ed east of the Sunnybrae Caly. A donation boot was noe Point Road on the TCH. placed at the Co-op where peoThe Sunnybrae Tappen ple were able to drop off con- Fire Department and the Taptributions for the family to help pen Co-op are grateful for all with their immediate needs. the community participation. Approximately $1,700 was

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Notes from CSRD Board in Brief Procedure to address Cannabis Retail and Production Referrals - The Board adopted Cannabis Related Business Referral Procedure (PR-32) which provides guidance for how referrals for cannabis retail sales and cannabis production are processed by the CSRD. Road Rescue Feasibility Study - This report was forwarded to the Board from the Electoral Area Directors’ Committee. The Board directed staff to work with existing road rescue service providers to determine strengths and weaknesses in the existing programs and work collectively towards finding solutions to servicing issues and provide a report to the Board at a future date on the process and steps necessary to establish road rescue service and the associated implications. 2019 Appointments to Committees and other External Board/Agencies - Annual appointments are needed to internal CSRD Committees and to external Boards and other agencies. These appointments are recommended by Chair Martin or as required through applicable legislation. The Board endorsed the appointments list circulated with the Board report. Community Emergency Preparedness Fund Grant Application - The Board supported staff recommendation to apply for a Community Emergency Preparedness Fund Evacuation Route Planning grant in the amount of $25,000 to complete evacuation route plans for the electoral areas encompassed within the Shuswap Emergency Program service area. Community Resiliency Investment Program - The Board supported staff recommendation to apply to the Community Re-

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siliency Investment Program for a FireSmart Community Funding & Supports Program grant for the development and implementation of localized FireSmart educational activities and tools up to a maximum amount of $100,000. Release of In-Camera Resolution – Property Acquisition Update - The Board authorized the release of an In Camera resolution and a report from Ben Van Nostrand, Team Leader, Environmental Health Services, dated November 20, 2018 in regards to an amended Purchase Agreement for the Mounce Property located adjacent to the Salmon Arm Landfill. Purchase of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus - The Board approved staff recommendation to acquire MSA G1 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus packs and cylinders for CSRD fire departments from Rocky Mountain Phoenix for a maximum cost of $217,000 including applicable taxes in January 2019 in accordance with the 2018 Five Year Financial Plan. Electoral Area C Community Works Fund - Sunnybrae Waterworks Acquisition and Upgrade - In accordance with CSRD Policy No. F-3 “Community Works Fund - Expenditure of Monies” the Board gave approval for access to the Area C Community Works Fund for up to $50,000 plus applicable taxes for costs associated with the Sunnybrae Waterworks acquisition and upgrade project. 2018 Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5792 - The Sunnybrae Water System budget needed to be amended to reflect the higher upgrade costs and other higher operational costs. The funding for these expenditures is from a combination of capital and operating reserves and Gas Tax funds. The Electoral Area Director has been advised of the requirement for an amended budget. The Board adopted this amendment. Sorrento Waterworks Service Area Amendment Bylaw The owners of the property located at 774 Armentieres Road have requested their property be connected to the Sorrento Water System. The Electoral Area C Director has been notified and a successful public assent process to include this property in the Sorrento Waterworks Service Area was completed on November 7, 2018. The Board gave the bylaw amendment first, second and third reading and it will now be scheduled for adoption in January 2019. MacArthur Heights/Reedman Heights Waterworks Service Amendment Bylaw No. 5793 - Through the budget process, it has been determined that the MacArthur Heights/Reedman Heights Waterworks capital reserve account is seriously underfunded and even though the maximum parcel tax has been requisitioned each year, the amount going into the capital reserves is not adequate for a water system of this size and age. The current maximum parcel tax requisition limit is the lowest of all CSRD water systems. In order to maintain the ongoing sustainability of the water system, the maximum parcel tax requisition needs to be increased to allow for additional contributions to the capital reserve account. The bylaw amendment was given first, second and third readings and will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval. Upon receipt of approval it will be scheduled for adoption at a future Board meeting.




White Lake’s Generosity Shows Again By Dawn Clarke With winter months upon us, and festive celebrations over for another year, White Lake Fire Department once again thanks and celebrates their community. Not only do they receive support from their area during the year, but their Annual Food Drive always confirms the community’s generosity. December 2018 was no exception when the Department Members collected over 1900lbs of food and more than $800 in cash donations. Despite a callout in support of Shuswap Fire Department, just an hour prior to the start of the Food Drive, members were able to return to White Lake and carry out the annual event without serious delay. The door to door collection, plus the excitement provided to local kids by the appearance of the fire truck together with firefighters in Santa hats, all helps to encourage area residents to offer bags of seasonal food items, or some cash, to help the Sorrento Food Bank. Winter Safety Tips At this time of year, Bryan Griffin, White Lake Fire Chief, likes to remind the Community of important winter safety tips and advice. First and foremost, he emphasizes the need to maintain clear access to property. Many properties in the area feature long driveways where access can be difficult for fire

trucks and equipment, if snow and ice is not cleared. Additionally, he likes to remind everyBest wishes one of the folto the Shuswap lowing: from our Family 1. Ensure the to Yours furnace in the home is checked and working properly. 2. Check chimney and vents. If a famikitchen, bedrooms and the laundry. ly regularly uses a fireplace, an annu- 4. Always cover the fireplace with a al chimney check is recommended to screen to prevent sparks leaving fireavoid creosote build up which is caplace. pable of igniting. 5. Beware of lit candles. Although can3. Test Smoke Alarms. Double check dles set the mood for a relaxing and batteries are fresh and will last through calm environment, they can be easily winter. Units should be placed in the knocked over by kids or pets. Always extinguish any lit candles when leaving the room. 6. Be careful of Space Heaters. Avoid placing near curtains, tablecloths or flapping fabrics. Ensure any space heater used features an automatic shut-off switch which forces the heater to shut-off if it reaches a dangerously high temperature. If anyone has additional fire prevention or safety questions, White Lake Fire Chief can be reached at 250 517-8604 or by email: whiteWhite Lake Fire Department members with Food Bank donations 2018

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Raising Awareness of Newsome Creek Problems Submitted by Mark Hemmingson Newsome Creek Watershed Action Group in partnership with Columbia Shuswap Regional District is hosting a community meeting on January 22, 2109 at 6:30 pm, held upstairs at Sorrento Memorial Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness for problems that are occurring in the Sorrento/Notch Hill area due to changes in the Newsome Creek Watershed. Since the Wildfires of 2009 changes in the ecosystem have resulted in Property Damage and Damage to Roads up and

down the creek, as well as Water Contamination in the Sorrento and Notch Hill area. Appeals have been made to the Provincial Government to take responsibility for better watershed management, which is under their jurisdiction, but no action has been taken and requests for help have been inadequate. In November 2018 the CSRD made a formal request to the Province to meet so problem solving can begin on Provincial level. Area C Director Paul Demenok and CSRD staff are ready to travel to Victoria immediately to meet with Provincial counterparts, but no response has come from the government.

Currently homeowners below Highway 1 are experiencing rapid erosion of the creek's gully walls, which is putting property and lives in danger. Officials in Victoria don't appear to be taking the situation seriously, even though they have been notified by NCWAG, CSRD, and private citizens alike. Sorrento and Notch Hill area residents are invited to find out more about the extent of the problem, and to explore ways to engage the Province to step up with practical help. Get background information on the NCWAG website:

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By Alan Rendell, Fire Chief Junior Firefighter Program The Eagle Bay Fire Department in conjunction with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is offering the opportunity for younger members of the community to come and join us in a Junior Firefighter program starting January 2019. This program is offered to youth aged 15 -17 years of age and will allow them 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. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the Eagle Bay Fire Department. Looking back over 2018 Looking back over 2018, we again saw an increase in calls up from 23 in 2017 to 27 to date this year. These were broken down into 1 major brush fire, 9 false alarms, 4 burn complaints, 6 wires down, 1 BC ambulance assist, 1 structure fire and 5 motor vehicle accidents. So an increasingly busy year with 2 major fires and a high amount of MVA's for Eagle Bay. The department sent many of our members on numerous training courses throughout the year covering varying aspects of Firefighting. The courses covered, First Aid, Hazmat Awareness, Pump Operation, Interior and Exterior Live fire, Strategy & Tactics, Emergency Driving, Forestry & Marina Firefighting etc. This amounted to over 900 hours of additional (Continued on page 13)




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training undertaken by our dedicated members. At the end of May the Fire Department hosted an Emergency Preparedness Presentation at Eagle Bay Community Hall. This was well attended by some 80 local residents and has led to numerous local Eagle Bay Neighborhood Emergency Program (NEP) Co-Ordinators being created to assist in the communication of information in the event of a major incident in our area. A second meeting of NEP personnel was also held in November. In August we held our annual Fire Hall Open House day which many of you attended. We also participated in the Eagle Bay Mercantile customer appreciation day in September where several of us ended up in a very cold dunk tank. The department continues to push forward into the 2019 with on-going training for our members and involvement in the community and with the NEP Co-Ordinator group. Fire Dept. Stats & Call Outs Call Outs 2018 = 27 Fire Department Personnel = 21 Membership and Recruitment We still need a few more Volunteers to come and join us. You just need to be willing and keen to learn and we will provide all the training required. Want to find out more, then give me a call at 250-517-0429 and I will try to answer any questions you may have and arrange for you to come have a look around the Fire Hall. Alan Rendell - Fire Chief Cell : 250-517-0429 Email : Facebook : Bay Fire Department

First Responders Get Winter Ready

By Sandi Reutlinger South Shuswap First Responders take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and happy New Year in 2019. Our well wishes are extended all through the year and that’s a big part of why we volunteer as Responders to help in medical emergencies - we want to see our neighbours both healthy and happy. Like it or lump it, it is that time of year when healthy choices need to consciously made. Maybe you made some New Years resolutions and maybe you just didn’t bother. Whether it’s to eat more nutritiously after all of the sweets, food and drink from the Christmas season, or to get into shape, we all have daily decisions to make. For example, now that there is finally snow, before you don your toque and mitts to go outside and shovel it is a good idea to stretch a bit and warm up those muscles. We know you just want to get the job done but lifting too heavy of a load, especially without using your knees to lift, can strain muscles and throw our back out. Shovel safely. Another good choice this time of year is to consider those winter road conditions and leave yourself lots of time to reach your destination so that you aren’t tempted to rush. Clean your automobile windows and lights off really well (haven’t we all seen that person driving with just one small circle cleaned off the windshield?) Drive safely. Just walking outside requires good decisions. Does your foot wear have enough grip for the ice? Are you watching out for ice patches? Are you doing the ’shuffle’ so that you can stay upright • Tree Removal • Extra Tree Service • Danger Tree Assessment • Clean Up & Chipping • Pruning & Hedging • Contract & Utility Line Tree Service or just barging ahead willey nilley with no consideration of your surroundings. If it’s dark outside when you are walking, are you wearing something reflective and carrying a light so that drivers can see you? Walk safely. Ya, some of you are shaking your heads and saying out loud that this is all just good ole common sense. Yep, you are right, but sometimes we are too busy or otherwise occupied to access that part of our brain and a bit of a reminder doesn’t hurt. Accidents do happen and that’s why our community has a well trained group of First Responders who will come and attend and offer medical care and comfort until the Ambulance arrives. If you’d like more information about the South Shuswap First Responder or would like to know about how to volunteer with us as a radio dispatcher or a responder, give us a call at: 250833-5060 and check out our website: Let’s have a safe 2019




Sorrento Centre Plans for Sunny Savings By Barbra Fairclough Sorrento Centre’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ crowd funding campaign on has set the stage for Sorrento Centre to embark on a plan that will reduce the carbon footprint and increase energy savings. Sorrento Centre (1159 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento) is a 24 acre retreat and conference centre that includes orchards, groves, trails and an 8 acre farm (nearby). It has been described as “…a holy place of transformation for learning, healing and belonging.” Michael Shapcott, Executive Director of the centre says that it makes sense that Spes Bona is the first project in the long term plans to improve the carbon foot print at Sorrento Centre. In January the historic estate house will have a 13.8 kW solar array installed on the roof. In the first year there is an expectation it will generate 15,147 kWh, which will reduce the annual electric bill by 62%. During the sunniest months between April and September the array will generate enough power that energy will be sold back to BC Hydro. When the installation is complete there will be an online monitor where you will be able to track the generation of power in real time.

Spes Bona Photo credit: Sorrento Centre

This campus-wide greening initiative will then continue, and it will bring more savings including geo-thermal and aero -thermal, plus energy efficiency throughout. There are also plans to heat a new greenhouse on the farm with a high-efficiency, wood-fired boiler. If you would like to contribute to this ambitious program contact the centre at or call1866-6942.




What is a Lion and What do Lions do? By Judi Kembel Over the past few months, I have been asked this question several times so I will try to give a brief description of just what Lions are and do. Lions serve. It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. Our Mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs and our vision is to be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. There has been 100+ years of serving humanity and there are 1.4 million Lions around the world in 47,000 Lions clubs with 200+ countries and regions served. What does the Sorrento Lions Club do? We donate funds to support: • BC Diabetes Programs for research and support • The Copper Island Seniors' Resource Society to assist in providing support to seniors who live in Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, White Lake and Sorrento • The Shuswap Hospital Foundation to purchase equipment for the hospital in Salmon Arm • Camp Winfield (Easter Seal's) to provide camperships for disabled children for one week in the summer • The Sorrento Elementary PAC Breakfast Program • The Sorrento Elementary School and the Carlin Elementary/Middle School for the purchase of special needs equipment • The Salmon Arm Women’s Shelter We assist families in need in our area. For example, in December 2018, we were proud to have been able to donate $900.00 to a Tappen family who lost their house and pets to a fire on Monday morning, December 17th. We BBQ hot dogs for school and special events in the community as well as the Sorrento Memorial Hall annual Light Up Sorrento event. We also have two mobility scooters for loan which are currently being used by local residents as well as a walker. Tables, chairs and grills are available for use for a reasona-

ble donation. Special events held during the year include: • The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt every Easter Sunday at the Sorrento/Blind Bay Community Park, rain, shine or snow • Our annual Garage Sale at the Sorrento Memorial Hall always held on the last Saturday in May • Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast every Father’s Day at the Sorrento Memorial Hall • Canada Day Pancake Breakfast every July 1st at the Centennial Field in Blind 250-253-5600 Bay • Free Halloween Party for Children on October 31st and includes free hot dogs and juice; a haunted house, cake walk, several fun games, costume contests Vacation Rentals with prizes and a goody bag • The Seniors Christmas Party - free to all seniors in our area and includes a Silent Located on the beautiful Shuswap Auction the proceeds of which, this year were donated to the South Shuswap First Responders. This event is always held the last Saturday of November • Pancake breakfasts several times during the summer at the Sorrento Farmers’ Markets from May to October Our weekly meat draws at the Copper Island Pub & Grill on the TransCanada Highway in Sorrento are held every Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm and run until June 21st, 2019. 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: sorrentolionsclub@yahoo. ca. We would love to hear from you! Check out our webFor an appointment 250.675.3252 site at sorrentobc/ / Dr. Topley BSc O.D C.T. Brenda Topley C.T.




Excellent News for Shuswap Watersheds 2018 Sampling Finds No Invasive Mussels CSISS Release The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) has been completing early detection lake sampling in the Columbia Shuswap region for microscopic larvae of the invasive zebra and quagga mussels for the past 4 years. Throughout the 2018 season, CSISS staff collected 118 samples from 22 waterbodies in the Columbia Shuswap Region. Similar programs are taking place across the province, and as with previous years, there was no detection of zebra or quagga mussels found in any sampled waterbodies in British Columbia. “This is such great news,” said Robyn Hooper, executive Director of CSISS, “if mussels did get into BC waters, we could be looking at huge costs to just manage them on underwater infrastructure, let alone the damaging effects on fish and water quality, and the fact that our beauti-

ful sandy beaches would become nasty banks of razor-sharp, stinking shells.” CSISS collaborated with many partners and stakeholders throughout the region to provide extended outreach and monitoring efforts in 2018. The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund funded CSISS to monitor waterbodies in the Columbia Shuswap region, and the Shuswap Watershed Council and Columbia Basin Trust funded aquatic outreach activities, along with extra monitoring. Outreach at boat launches, aquatic-focused events, and a special marina focused networking event attended by, politicians and the BC Ministry of Environment’s Invasive Mussel Defense Program was also held in June to increase awareness of the issue. Mel Arnold, MP for North OkanaganShuswap, has called for federal funding to be available to protect BC from the threat

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society staff sampling for invasive zebra/quagga mussel larvae in the Columbia Shuswap.

of invasive mussels. At present, only a small proportion of the federal Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) budget is spent on Western Provinces. MP Arnold has won unanimous support for a bill to study the federal government’s approach to managing the spread of AIS. Columbia Shuswap Regional District supported this study and asked for an examination of whether federal funds for these types of programs are distributed in an equitable way around the country. The Okanagan Basin Water Board has called for the BC government to tighten the laws around out-of-province watercraft to allow for spot checks of out-of-province watercraft at any boat launch, and to increase the watercraft inspection station program to include locations in the interior of BC. How can you help? All watercraft users coming into B.C. are required to stop at provincial inspection stations, where decontamination may be required for potentially infested watercraft. It is mandatory to stop at the inspections stations if you are transporting any type of watercraft, including canoes, paddleboards, fishing float-waders, or any other type of boat. It is also illegal to transport invasive mussels, dead or alive, on boats or related equipment into or within B.C. Failure to clean mussels off boats or equipment can result in a fine of up to $100,000. CSISS Outreach Coordinator Sue Davies said, “We encourage all boat or water(Continued on page 17)

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craft owners to be sure to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” your watercraft and water toys every time you move it to another waterbody. Clean off all weeds, mud, and any encrusting material (ensure your trailer is clean too); drain all water from all parts of your watercraft onto dry land; and dry off your watercraft. If you see a boat with clinging mussels, you can report it by calling the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-9527277.” To report a mussel fouled boat, or to arrange an inspection, please call the Report All



Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277. Invasive species are of concern across Canada, and humans can play a large role in preventing their spread. To learn more visit our website at or contact CSISS at or 855-785-9333. CSISS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, management and reduction of invasive species in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. CSISS is thankful for the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust, the CSRD and the Province of BC.

Hot Party Tickets, New Ales and Shuswap Trails STA Press Release The Shuswap, BC, Secwepemc Territory - Hot off the press - those coveted tickets are back for the annual Shuswap Trail Party & Fundraiser just in time for stocking stuffing over the holiday season - and they come with a brand-new twist this year. The Barley Station Brew Pub in Salmon Arm is raising a toast to trails with a brand new beer made exclusively for Shuswap Trails called Trail Head IPA. It goes on sale over the next few weeks and will be featured during the February 1st event. "Everyone working together, growing the Shuswap Trail system each year - it's something good to celebrate; something to support," said long-time Trail Alliance supporters, Stu and Kathy Bradford at the Barley Station Brew Pub in Salmon Arm. "We're delighted to offer this special new beer to celebrate." Proceeds from every glass served throughout the year will go to support trails, greenways, and active transportation development throughout the Shuswap. The Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser organizing team is delighted too. "It models what we've always tried to promote," said event committee co-chairs Margaret Moores and Cathy Bartsch. "The event is a celebration of Shuswap trails, a taste of the Shuswap community spirit and working together, it's a way to give back to the Shuswap. . .not to mention get out and dance in the middle of winter," they are quick to add. This year's event features the Shawn Lightfoot Band with DJ Partico's Patrick Ryley sharing the stage to keep the dance floor bouncing, locally made applies fresh from the DeMille's Farm kitchen, and another silent auction table featuring more uniquely Shuswap experiences. "Expect to find everything from ski passes to outdoor gear and backcountry tours to Lewiston Ultra Trail Run packages on the auction table," say Moores and Bartsch. "Every single penny raised goes toward planning, building, and caring for trails and inspiring people to get outside on foot and bicycles and snowshoes and skis - even by paddle," says

Shuswap Trail Alliance Executive Director, Phil McIntyre-Paul. "We were able to support another 5 new trails this year, and have 8 new trails approved and ready to build in 2019 - not to mention helping to move the big legacy projects forward like the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail and the West Bay Connector. Plus watch for another bloom of new trail signs in the spring and launch of the Secwpemc Landmarks and Trailheads project under direction of leadership from the First Nations communities." STA leadership are quick to acknowledge all the regional partners working together to make it happen. "The Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable continues to be a defining hallmark of our efforts here in the Shuswap," says McIntyre-Paul. "The commitment to work together, to reconsider our relationships in the landscape, to find a more just way to work as Secwepemc and non-Secwepemc leadership - it is humbling and inspiring, even when it's hard." Tickets to the February 1st, 2019 Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser are available now exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm (Tickets $40, cash or cheque only). For information on the Shuswap Trail Alliance, regional partners, projects, and how to contribute, visit




Arts Council for the South Shuswap were hand crafted by Otto ElBy Louise Barber, lingsen. The first wedding in Unfortunately we did not get any correct guesses for our the Eagle Bay Church united “Time Traveller” photo from Elizabeth Swanton and George Galligan on August 15, 1949. the December Scoop. The first child This baptized was building is the Eagle Bay Church Donna Best (nee original Eagle Turgeon) in Bay Church September 1947. located in EaThe first person gle Bay. buried in the EaThe land gle Bay cemefor this church and adjacent cemetery tery was Adelbert Galligan in 1948. was donated by Robert and In 1985 this original EaSigne Davidson in 1946. Congle Bay Church was moved struction for the community church began in the fall of that several hundred feet and year and with volunteer labor turned sideways so a new, larger community church the small church was completed before the snow arrived. could be constructed to accommodate the growing popuLocal residents donated aplation in the area. The original proximately $400 toward the materials and Canoe Mill do- church still remains today and together both churches emnated 500 feet of siding. A church board was formed and body the warmth, comfort and friendly atmosphere this comit was decided that the community church would have in- munity has to offer. Below is our next ‘time terdenominational services in the summer, with special ser- traveller’ photo. The winner will receive a history book vices to be held at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. South Shuswap Historical Society. The 8 pews, lectern and altar

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

By Karen Brown, Arts Council Administrator Faces Winter Recital Brings Joy During Holiday FACES dance students showcased what they have learned to date at the 6th Annual FACES Concert & Dessert Event on December 16th. Dancers shared their talents in ballet, musical theatre, lyrical and modern for a good crowd at Shuswap Lake Estates. Registration is now on for the next half of the year in all dance disciplines, musical theatre, music and art. Contact the studio at: 250.515.3276. Small Hall Music Crawl Taking Place In February Final plans are currently underway between the Arts Council and the Carlin Hall Community Association and Sunnybrae Community Association to host a Small Hall Music Crawl in February. The Crawl, will feature an opener and a headliner over the last two weekends in February (February 16th and 23rd). Tickets will run $20 for each concert or $35 for both concerts. Each venue will offer a cozy ambience complimented by wine and beer service. For more information on the music crawl, visit: Resources to Share The Arts Council has a number of community resources to offer for rent to the community for larger events. Tents, chairs, tables, audio/visual equipment and even a portable stage are available. Please contact Karen 250.515.3276 if interested. Is Your Event on Shuswap Culture? Shuswap Culture ( has been active now for exactly six months. This new calendar is serving all areas including the South Shuswap, 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:

Grandma's been staring through the window ever since it started to snow. If it gets any worse I'll have to let her in.




South Shuswap Health Services Society Submitted by Bette Walmsley 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. This service is available to all surrounding communities. Call 250-675-3661 for information. 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 250675-3661. Public Health Nurse from Interior Health will provide immunization for children and adults at Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre on the 2nd Monday of each month. Please, book your immunization appointment by calling 250833-4101. Copper Island Seniors Resources has a volunteer on duty every Tuesday 102pm 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 Society (LASS) in partnership with South Shuswap Health Services Society. Free one-on-one tutoring lessons to help im-

prove 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 on Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 -11:00am and 11:00 – 12:00pm. 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 held on the last Thursday of each month. Our next luncheon is Thursday, January 31st starting at 12:00 at Duffers Den at Shuswap Lake Estate Golf Course. Please contact at 250-675-3661 or to reserve your luncheon. Income Tax - As of January, we again are offering free income tax preparations for those who qualify. Call 250-6753661 to see if you qualify. Bring your 2018 Income Tax information to our offices. South Shuswap Health Services Society Join & Win Join or renew your 2019 annual membership and win a $25.00 gift certificate from Duffers Den OR a Beautiful Valentines Gift Basket (worth $75.00). Sign up right away and have your name submitted for this draw being held on February 12th 3:00 pm at Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre. Our annual society fee is $20 per person or $35 per family.


Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia

Shuswap Better at Home • • •

“A little extra help for seniors to remain confidently in their own homes.” Light Housekeeping • Friendly Visiting • Snow Shoveling Light Yardwork Minor Home Repair • Transportation

Appointments/Shopping etc.

Staff, Volunteers and Contractors have been carefully ve ed and trained for your security. Central Intake


Do you have an opinion about something printed in the Scoop or another topic? Send your Letter to the Editor Some restrictions may apply Email: 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. Join on line or pick up a membership form at Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre #10 – 2417 Golf Course Drive Blind Bay For information: 250-675-3661 Open: Tuesdays 10:00 2:00pm. & Thursdays 8:00 – 2:00 pm.

Possible Disruption to CSRD Dog Control Services CSRD Press Release Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) areas with dog control services may see a temporary interruption in the service beginning January 1, 2019. Currently, Electoral Area C, the Ranchero area of Electoral Area D have dog control services, while Electoral Area F has dangerous dog control service. All of these are provided through a contract with K9 Control. The contract expires Dec. 31, 2018 and K9 Control has advised the CSRD it does not wish to extend the agreement.

CSRD staff are looking at other available options for dog control services, however, it is unlikely a new contractor will be in place before the December 31, 2018 deadline. This means dog control officers within the CSRD areas will not be responding to dog control complaints until a suitable new option is put in place. Staff are continuing to work on the issue in hopes a solution can be implemented before the end of the year. The CSRD will keep residents updated on the status of the situation through our web-

site, and our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Dog control complaints can still be made to They will be recorded and kept on file until a new contracted dog control officer is secured. The possible interruption in service does not affect the ability of people to purchase a 2019 dog license, which can be done online at, by phone at 250.833.5950 or at the CSRD office at 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm.




New Year Sees Changes for Fair PharmaCare By Marilyn Clark I recently assisted a senior unaware of the Fair PharmaCare plan with his online registration. It became apparent, with a nudge from my trusty advisor, that there may be others out there unaware of the program who should make application in order to be eligible for assistance with medication expenses. Coverage under the plan is based on family net income, available to single people and to families. In order to be eligible, you must have valid Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage and have filed an income tax return two years ago. (In 2019, that is a return for 2017. New residents to Canada who have not filed a return should check the Fair Pharmacare website.) There is no premium payable for the coverage. Coverage will begin on the date you apply. Once you have met

your deductible in a calendar year, the plan will contribute to the cost of your drugs for the balance of that year. You can register online. If you are not sure if you have registered previously, you can call Health Insurance BC toll free 1 800 663-7100 from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday or on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. Once you have registered, you will receive a consent form in the mail which must be returned within 30 days. This consent form gives permission for your income to be confirmed with the Canada Revenue Agency. The changes occurring effective January 1 provide more assistance to single individuals and families most in need. Deductibles will be eliminated for those with net family income of up to $13,750. Fair PharmaCare will pay 100% of your eligible prescription costs right away. For

those with family income between $13,750.01 and $30,000, there will be no deductible and Fair PharmaCare will pay 70% of your eligible prescription costs right away. For families with at least one spouse born before 1940 and earnings up to $14,000, there will be no deductible and Fair PharmaCare will pay 100% of your eligible prescription costs right away; there is no deductible for such families until net income exceeds $33,000. Full information on other income categories can be found on the Fair PharmaCare website. Trust this information is of benefit to many of you in our communities. Happy, Healthy New Year! And remember, our Nurse Practitioner, Theresa Smith, is taking new patients.

JAM the GM Submitted by Sierre Allison The 2019 Jam the GM Children's Book Drive takes place throughout the month of January. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) and Salmon Arm GM are challenging community members to “Jam the GM” with donations of gently used children’s books. All books will be distributed to local organizations that provide services for families to then be taken home by children

in the North OkanaganShuswap. The kickoff for this event took place on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at the Salmon Arm GM dealership. Book donations are accepted at the Salmon Arm GM showroom throughout the month of January. You can also drop books off at the Enderby Library and the South Shuswap Library (clearly bag and label books for donation) and there are also several

book collection points in Sicamous. You can also “Jam the GM” at Piccadilly Mall during Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week (January 26 to February 2, 2019). The GM truck will be in parked in front of the Salmon Arm Library. For more information about book donations please go to or contact LASS at 250463-4555.

GM Children's Book Drive. Photo is from the 2018 Launch event.




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Coach's Corner - Making Habits Stick By Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching Often, we have great intentions for a new year. We have grand ideas of how we will change and become better. With this in mind, it's best to focus on one habit to ensure it sticks around long enough to actually become a habit. Here are a few thoughts and questions you might ask yourself that may help you overcome the odds of not succeeding. What is the one habit you would like to gain in this new year? What is important to you about incorporating this habit? What do you feel will be achieved by adopting it? How will it improve your personal or business life? Knowing yourself and understanding why it's important to you is one of the first keys to being successful in implementing habits. How can you use, or connect it, to other habits you already have? What can you learn from those past habits you added? What worked for you? If we look back and see where we have acquired some good habits, it will often help us see what worked for us then and how that may help us now. How do you start adopting the habit? What steps are you going to take? How do you ensure you don't become overwhelmed and easily defeated? Whatever the habit, it's advisable to take small measurable steps that can easily be attained and incorporated into the routine you wish to

achieve. Thinking about how you start, and then how you incrementally add steps over a period of time may thwart failure. Keeping it challenging but not overwhelming is a key to successful integration. How will you acknowledge your achievement of incorporating this habit into your routine? What small successes need to be celebrated? Celebrating those successes often ensures you will continue and move forward. Letting others know what you are trying to achieve not only adds a level of accountability, it may also be helpful in the celebration of achieving the intermediate steps. The key to successfully adding any desired habit, is to become very focused and almost fanatical about it. If it is truly important to you, then you need to prioritize it for the time it takes to make it a habit. By continually asking the question, "Why is this important to me?" you will develop the heightened awareness and focus necessary to incorporate the desired habit. "Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex." Norman Vincent Peale, Clergyman, Author Rob Marshall is the Executive Director of Community Futures Shuswap. For more small business tips and resources, visit


Sunnybrae Community Association For the newcomers, expect a truly funBy James Clark filled time with local trio Frankie Seal, Happy New Year! - from all of us at Johnny Skull and AJ Hammer. From washthe Sunnybrae Community Association. I'm sure everyone is just dying for the opportunity to eat more sweet treats and goodies... so why not pair that with a taste of the Shuswap's beautiful musical talent, a delicious cuppa with the neighbourhood (thanks Shuswap Coffeehouse Company!) and perhaps even a $6 dinner at the Sunnybrae Seniors Hall? On January 12, dinner kicks off at 5:30pm, Coffeehouse doors/sign-up at 6:30pm and the show at 7:30pm. This is a family-friendly event so grab the whole gang and join in on continuing the festive winter times! Bringing the Sunnybrae Coffeehouse's 22nd season into 2019 will be the almighty Seal Skull Hammer Seal Skull Hammer. Need we say more?

tubs to sandpaper these fine gentlemen blend cutting-edge instrument technology with great old-timey music, traditionals and covers. In other news, here's a heads-up to keep February 16th and 23rd on the mind. With a few additional community events in the pipeline, details should be following in next month's Scoop! Other than that if you are a local radio kind of person, tune into Voice of the Shuswap this month and keep an ear out for a short piece re-capping the SCA (Sunnybrae Community Association), the Community Hall and it's role in the area since 1953! We are all looking forward to a new year working with and amongst the Shuswap Community. See you soon!




Cedar Heights Community Association (CHCA) Where Neighbors Become Friends

Submitted by Shaunne Letourneau December was a very busy month at Cedar Heights with most activities centered on the holiday season. A highlight of the season is always the “Kids Christmas Shopping”. The excitement was palpable as ninety-one children between 4 and 12 years showed up with lists of who they needed gifts for in hand. Santa’s very tall elf made sure that no parents were allowed in to peak and other elves helped the children find presents for their parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, siblings and even their 4 legged friends. Nothing was priced over $5. Over 70 volunteers contributed 260 hours organizing and tagging the 1300 new and gently used items, helping the children shop and then wrapping and tagging all the gifts, ready for each child to put under their tree. It is debatable who had the bigger smiles – the volunteers or the children. The funds raised at this event are donated each year to a local children’s organization. This year the recipient of the $822 raised was the Shuswap Children’s Association. The Annual Christmas Dinner was enjoyed by 120 members. Dinner was followed by a rousing ditty performed by our very own President Hilary Brown and ac-

companied on the piano by the talented Peter Blacklock. Carol singing and door and raffle prize draws added to the entertainment. The evening was rounded out by a rollicking dance with playlists created by our swinging DJ Brian Waddington. January and February Coming Events Enjoy movies? Want a night out close to home? Movie nights begin again in January. Everyone is welcome. On January 11 we will be showing Stronger (14A), a biography based on the story of Jeff Bauman who lost both his legs during the Bos-

indoor mini Winter Olympics, Friday January 25 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Join us for an evening of fun and surprises. No special training or skills needed; just a good sense of humour. Cost: Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00. What’s Included: games, refreshments, snacks, desert and prizes. Tickets: Are on sale now and can be purchased at the Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Maximum Number of Participants: 80. Teams: Participants will be randomly assigned to a team. If you are looking for somewhere to take your sweetie for Valentines Day and you don’t want to drive far, come to Cedar Heights for our Valentines Dinner and Dance. If you don’t dance or you don’t have a dancing partner, just come and have dinner with your friends. Join us on February 14th from 5 pm to midnight. Tickets can be purchased at the Centre on Tuesday and Thursday between 1 pm and 3 pm beginning January 8th. The The Annual Christmas dinner event includes appetizers, dinton Marathon bombing. Crazy Rich Asians ner and a dance. Tickets for this event are (PG), a romantic comedy drama will be limited so don’t delay. Cost: $50/ticket. showing February 8th. For more information on upcoming Need some laughter and fun in our cold events, please visit our website at and dark January? CHCA hosts its own

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said the idea to offer the giveaway came from a conversation with SASCU Insurance General Manager Janice Giesbrecht. “It is something that Fix Auto has done in other communities and when Janice suggested we do it here, I was thrilled!” said Miller. “When I approached the other businesses about coming on board, SASCU Media Release it was an immediate ‘Yes’.” Christmas came early to the Lees family of Salmon Arm. Justin Braby, Sales Manager at Braby Motors-Chrsyler Nikki and Tom Lees were the surprised recipients of the first Dodge Jeep Ram Salmon Arm, watched for the right vehicle for Shuswap Car Giveaway from local sponsors Fix Auto, Braby the event then each sponsor did their part refurbishing. “It has Motors, Kal Tire, and SASCU. been an amazing experience to be a part of something so meanThe Lees along with their children Anna, 4, and Thomas, 6 ingful for a family that truly deserves this,” said Braby. mos., were overcome when presented with the fully refurbished Kal Tire Manager Justin Myhre appreciated being able to help 2012 Dodge Caravan at Braby Motors on Monday, December 17. The gift included a voucher for 1 year SASCU vehicle insurance a family in such a big way. “It is especially nice that we could bring this boost to them at this time of year.” and gas cards. The family was nominated by friend Sarah Has“The hard work the Lees are putting into building a stronger selaar. When asked what this gift will mean to their lives, Tom simp- future is really touching,” said Giesbrecht. “This vehicle will help them move forward.” SASCU staff also donated $270 for the ly replied, “Everything.” family. “It will allow us to move forward,” added Tom. “We will finally be able to do things and go places as a family,” said Nikki. In her entry, Sarah noted that when Tom found himself unemployed just before their new baby was born, he “made the best of a bad situation”. Now he is juggling three jobs and rides from friends to make ends meet for his growing family, and doing his best to pursue an apprenticeship. A reliable vehicle will allow Gardom Lake Park him to get to the school apprenticeship program. Nikki can often be seen walking with the stroller and preschooler in tow. Something is happening to our park but we’re not sure what. The “This young family contributes to this community through parks landlord, the Ministry of Forests & Lands(FLNRORD) refuses to volunteerism and spreading their positivity with friends and communicate with the parks voluntary Board of Directors since they strangers alike,” said Sarah. “No matter what challenges they advised them that the Parks Society’s “ License of Occupation” would face, Tom and Nikki keep on smiling.” be terminated June 2019. No reason, no explanation. Hardly fair or the Derick Miller, General Manager of Fix Auto Salmon Arm, right thing to do to a voluntary Board who has successfully managed the Park for 22 years with local volunteer labor with minimal funds from the CSRD. Rumours have it that “Special Interest “ groups want more access to the park & lake. Gardom Lake & Park have adequate access, it is a small lake, the park is full of trails, a beach, playground, picnic area & ball field. It is an ecological area, it does not require more access. We understand your first attempt at meeting with the ministry was unsuccessful. It’s time now for you to pursue them more aggressively before we lose our park. Help keep the park operating successfully as it has in the past & keep our taxes down. We need your help Now. Roy H Moor, resident/park volunteer

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(A story from my Scottish Childhood, Torphins, 1971) animal lived in harmony with the other, the actual ring to place on the tortoise’s back By Una St. Clair with which we could seal the union. This We had been banished from the house dogs being wary of even looking at the to the garden, to play quietly and well out smaller animals so good was their training. wouldn’t do at all! Luckily I had the answer, which required tiptoeing inside, then Boredom was not an option for us in of earshot of our mother who was lying stealthily crawling into my mother’s bedprone in a darkened bedroom with a severe such a garden, and this fine spring afterroom to silently pilfer her favorite ruby noon we decided it was time for a wedmigraine. It was no hardship to spread our wings ding! Within short order we had the bride ring from the top of the dresser. I was sure she would never notice it was gone! and groom lambs dressed in lace and silk in the garden, as it was a truly beautiful The wedding was fabulous, the bride finery, with other animals as bridesmaids place, in part thanks to Queen Victoria. The Royal Deeside Railway ran along the and footmen, the tortoise being ring bearer. and groom perfectly matched in their creamy woolliness and lace, the dogs with We were giddy with excitement, and the bottom of our garden, wending its way their bow ties and capes, and rabbits with through the Scottish Highlands to Ballater animals jumped about us equally thrilled flowery hats. The ring rested on top of the Railway Station, from whence Queen Vic- with the attention and unusual playthings toria would take carriages to Balmoral Cas- draped upon them. As we proceeded to the tortoise on a red satin hankie, and he stood wedding ceremony, we realized we had no importantly right beside the lambs. We tle. agreed it was a match made in heaven, a Queen Victoria was the ultimate in spectacle to please even Queen Victoria! decorum, and she had decreed that all As the ceremony progressed, the time for houses built along “her” railway must tortoise to hand over the ring arrived, and present their best face towards the royal it was then that disaster struck and utter train, thereby giving her elegant vistas to panic enveloped us. The ring was nocontemplate instead of yesterday’s washwhere to be found! At that moment, my ing. In short, she wanted houses back to father returned home to find two little front, with the front entrances at the back, girls screaming hysterically while chasing and the back entrances at the front, so as strange looking animals dressed in wedto please her sensibilities. ding finery! And so it was that our two acre garFor the next two weeks, I was required den held a delightful assortment of roses, to find and dissect with a fork every rhododendron and azalea bushes, with smelly, squishy lamb poop in that beautifruit trees and massive beech and oak ful, big garden! Of course, the expensive trees towering above the six foot granite ruby ring was an irreplaceable family wall on either side. Our sparkling pink heirloom, and of course, it was never granite house posed at the top of the garfound. In a way, it pleases me now to den, its red front door facing Queen Victhink of it as a hidden treasure still resting toria’s stern eye, with sweeping stairs and in that special garden built for Queen Victwo big bow windows for her enjoyment. toria’s pleasure. With the help of our veterinarian faUna St. Clair – ther, our special garden was a children’s Still Turning Gardens into Treasures! paradise! There were rabbits and guinea Una (in blue shoes) with sister Lisanne HighCroft Off Grid Farm, Sorrento pigs nibbling on grass, tortoises mean‘Every house has a name in Scotland, and this house is dering under hedges, numerous dogs still there, just the same, called Ravelston in Torphins. and cats bounding about, and always in Even the gates are the same.’ the spring, two rejected lambs being reared on the bottle. Amazingly, every

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2019 Fashion Trends By Debbie Armour Owner of Deb’s Style Loft Just as you’re getting comfortable with your winter wardrobes and rediscovering the art of layering, the close of 2018 has got us thinking about our 2019 wardrobe. We may have another few months before we can truly “indulge,” I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring is coming! From animal prints to statement sunglasses, here are some forecasted 2019 trends. Though 2018 was filled to the brim with iconic fashion moments-the return of the bike short, the revival of tropical prints, the resurgence of 1980’s silhouettes-we’re bidding the last 12 months adieu. After reading about and watching New York Fashion Week, here are some top trends I suspect we’ll see everywhere in 2019. 1. Marigold Yellow has cemented it’s place as a 2019 color trend. This shade isn’t going anywhere soon; integrate it into your wardrobe to brighten up any look. 2. Snakeskin: Animal prints are a tried and true favorite. But toward the end of 2018, classic leopard prints and zebra stripes were effectively replaced by an often overlooked animal print: snakeskin. Snakeskin has gained steam over the past few months-so much that it has become a bona fide trend. There are many trendy faux snakeskin and snake options. 3. Team Tie-Dye: Tie-dye is another exciting trend, giving new life to the retro-classic print, infusing it with

new, undeniably edgy life. Tie-dye is truly back in fashion, opt for bold. 4. Patchwork Party: Maximalism thoroughly pervaded 2018’s style and it promises to further it’s grasp over us all in 2019. This patchwork trend is creating a varied and exciting patchwork landscape we’ll all be shopping in 2019. Patchwork is officially the edgiest, most exciting, most on-trend stay. Not one for the faint of heart, thing anyone could wear. There are vibrant zesty hues are back with a plenty of patchwork accessories to bang after endless seasons drooling shop for as well. over everything pastel. Get ready for 5. Statement Sleeves: Statement sleeves your wardrobe to beam brighter than may have had their stride in 2018, but the sun. This 80’s trend, fluorescent they’re not going anywhere anytime shades have already hit the fashion soon. In fact statement sleeves promscene confidently championing lime ise to get bigger and bolder in green, blinding yellow, extra hot pink 2019. Puffed shoulders, yes, bold and flame orange. Whether it be a shoulders are no new thing, but rather painting, a film or an abstract conthan padded, boxy numbers, next seacept, inspiration is all around us. And son’s take is a whole lot puffileave it to fashion designers to cash in er. They work well with square neckon all this creative goodness and prolines on feminine dresses and blousduce something stunning like an enes. Before you go thinking statement tire ready-to-wear collection. Ladies sleeves are strictly a spring/summer remember: Never confuse Fashion trend, remember that puffy sleeves and Style. Fashion is always shiftcan seriously elevate any sweater ing, something you’re wearing is 6. Fringing: A western inspired trend deemed “in fashion” today, it likely infiltrating our wardrobes next season won’t be very soon, possibly as early adorning everything from jackets to as tomorrow. Style is the expression skirts via handbags and everywhere of who you are and your sense of in between. Not ready for a full-on self. It’s about honouring your fringe? Start by subtly adding a tasuniqueness, it’s about utilizing the seled accessory to your outfit and best aspects of you. then work your way up to a big state- “Give a girl the right shoes and she can ment piece. conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe 7. Neon: The neon trend is here to



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Shuswap Overland Adventures Adams River Gorge

By Jason Lutterman Every step forward feels like a step further into the past as I make my way down the trail into the Adams River gorge. No matter how many times I visit this serene place, it captivates me as if it was the first. The old overgrown road has now become a wellestablished trail that follows the river as it bends away from the gorge. The river is rich with local history and is known for old pictographs and archaeological sites scattered along its riverbanks. Most of these locations are kept secret but the pictographs are easily found if you follow the River Trail, dating back to before the European settlers arrived in the area. Not far in from the parking lot the trail forks, giving you the option of

the higher ground Packer Trail or taking the River Trail that follows every bend of the canyon as you climb through the rocks and over the moss-covered ledges set high above the flowing white water. I have sat there on many occasions and watched kayakers gracefully move through the powerful river and listened to the cheers of whitewater rafters as they pass by. The two trails meet at an old wooden bench set on the hillside, granting those with tired legs and beating hearts a rest before pressing on to complete the loop. The area is a favourite among mountain bikers and avid outdoorsman. It’s commonplace to meet happy dogs and frustrated fisherman, along the way. I can’t stress enough that this in an ever-changing environment and, depending on what time of year you visit, the ecosystem is both fragile and

fierce. In the fall, it’s the spawning grounds of our vibrant red Sockeye Salmon. During the spring with the dramatic increase in outflow there have been people and pets, even recently, swept down river. This trail is the perfect choice for a family outing or for a solitary reprieve from the day to day grind. The trailhead is located just across

the Adams River bridge on the west side of the Tsútswecw, (pronounced choo- chwek) Wade Rd parking lot. So, put on your hiking boots, grab the snow shoes and get outside. Share your favourite spots and stories with us at Shuswap Overland Adventures on Facebook and Instagram.



BLIND BAY • South Shuswap Library - Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up! Erna Stassen. Registration is limited. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 3–4pm. Okanagan World of Reptiles. Come see what interesting reptiles Patrick will bring! Sat. Jan. 26 at 2:00pm (drop-in). Introduction to Reiki - Jan 24, 31 & Feb 6, 13 from 1pm to 2:30pm pls register. Dance & Drum Party - Jan. 30 (drop -in) FMI see • Cedar Heights Community ♦ Movie Night - Jan 11, & Feb 8 - 7pm ♦ Indoor mini Winter Olympics - Fri. Jan. 25, 6:30 - 8:30pm, games, refreshments, snacks. ♦ Valentines Dinner & Dance - Thurs Feb 14, 5pm ♦ FMI: • 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 • Zumba Dance Workouts - Blind Bay Memorial Hall, 2510 Blind Bay Road, Wednesdays, 7pm. Drop in fee. FMI Agnes 250 253-5200. • Live Music at Duffer’s - with the Green Room, Jan. 12 & Feb. 2, 6-9pm in the Sun Room. FMI 250-675-2315. • Immunization Clinics at the Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre on Mon. Jan.14. Book your adult or child immunization appointments by calling 250-833-4101. • Seniors Lunch - Thurs Jan. 31. 12pm at Duffers. Pls reserve: 250-675-3661 EAGLE BAY COMMUNITY HALL • Decorative Bird House Workshop - Wed. Jan 16, 10am to 1pm. Bring your birdhouse, paint/brushes, decorations and lunch. FMI and to register Carol at 250-675-2125 • Coffee House - Sat. Jan 26, 7:30pm. SORRENTO • Community Meeting - Regarding Newsome Creek Watershed. Hosted by Newsome Creek Watershed Action Group in partnership with CSRD, on Jan. 22 at 6:30pm. Upstairs at Sorrento Memorial Hall. FMI • Sorrento Food Bank AGM - Feb. 5, 4:30pm at 2804 Arnheim Rd., Sorrento. FMI 250-253 -3663 TAPPEN / SUNNYBRAE • Coffeehouse - Sat. Jan 12 at Sunnybrae Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm. Featuring Sea

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Skull Hammer at 7:30pm. Stop in at the Seniors Hall next door for dinner first at 5:30pm. Small Hall Music Crawl - Feb 16 & 23 at Carlin Hall & Sunnybrae Community Association. Cozy ambience complimented by wine & beer. More details to come. Visit NORTH SHUSWAP Annual Skating Party - at Farrells Field Jan 12 from 11am to 3pm. Hot chocolate and hotdogs will be served by the Lions. 5051 Meadow Creek Rd, Celista Coffeehouse - NS Community Hall Jan. 19 for coffee, treats, friendship and amazing music. Doors open 7pm. Open mic 7:30. Feature is Tennessee Walker. Volunteer to help set up at 6pm. The Boom Booms Music Concert - Wed. Jan 23, 7pm pm at the Hub in Scotch Creek. Blend of storytelling and dance music with draws on funk, soul and Latin styles. FMI 250 -955-2002 Winter Mixer for Members - Quaaout Lodge -Jack Sam’s Restaurant. Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30pm. South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce. Stand Up Comedy Night - Fri. Feb. 1st, 8pm at the Hub in Scotch Creek. Starring James Uloth (and guest). Guaranteed to leave you in stiches! For tickets call the Hub at (250) 955-2002 Sweet Soul Burlesque - Fri. Feb. 15, 9pm at the Hub in Scotch Creek. Vibrant, critically acclaimed burlesque troupe from Vancouver. From ribbon staffs to giant Venus fly traps to life-sized jack-in-the boxes. FMI & tickets call the Hub (250) 955-2002 NS Winter Festival - Feb. 16/17. Variety of winter activities in locations around the North Shuswap. From curling, skating and snowballs to wine, dancing and chili cook-off. Organize and register a team soon. Email to receive updates as plans progress. For more events in the North Shuswap check out the Kicker SALMON ARM PEMF Therapy Presentation - Jan 12, 1:30 to 4pm at Monarch Bldg, 220 Shuswap St NE. Learn what Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields can do for your health. FMI or to register 250-833-2234 Kamloops Symphony returns to The Nexus at First at 2:00 pm on Sun, Jan. 13 with Four

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Seasons Two Ways. 450 Okanagan Ave SE . Tickets at Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866 -374-5483 or, from Wearabouts Salmon Arm, or at the door. 35th Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet in Salmon Arm’s Larch Hills is on Sat, Jan. 19. Ideal for families and friends. Recreational and competitive distances for all ages. Details and on-line registration are at Registration deadline Jan. 17. HD Live from the Met - Bolshoi Ballet – “La Bayadère” Sunday, January 20 at 1:00pm More info at Family Snowshoe Night - Mon. Jan. 28, 5pm to 7pm at Little Mountain Sports Fields, Salmon Arm. Family games & Activities, lantern walk in the forest. Fun for all ages. Shuswap Music Festival 2019 – Registration until 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. Annual Shuswap Trail Alliance Fundraiser/ Dance - Feb 1, 6:30 pm - 1:00 am at SASCU Community Centre. Tickets are NOW on sale at Skookum Cycle & Ski. Cash or cheque only please. Featuring the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Partico Patrick Ryley, catering by DeMilles, the Barley Station's new Trail Head IPA, bar tending by the Firehall 3 team, a fully stocked Silent Auction table, wine pull, 50/50 draw, plus more best-of-the-year photos from Shuswap Trails. FMI OTHER AREAS Public Skating - Chase, Art Holding Memorial Arena, 320 Shepherd Road. Sundays 5:306:30pm, Mondays 5:00-6:00pm and if not a minor hockey tournament weekend, on Fridays 3:30-4:30 pm. Till mid March. Ski Skmana Events - January 13 - Open House, 10am to 2pm. February 16 - Family Day, 10am to 2pm. March 28 - AGM, 7pm. FMI or (250) 6792309. Enderby Old Time Valentines Dance - Feb. 1, 7pm at Enderby Drill Hall. All ages welcome. FMI 250-515-1176

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do to help make the Shuswap a better place is so appreciated,” says Barry Delaney, CEO of SASCU Financial Group. “It has become traditional for SASCU to give something extra to foodbanks in light of the holidays. This year SASCU’s Community Support Committee of the Board included local emergency shelters in the year end donations.”

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Notch Hill Natter By Anna-Marie Eckhart Happy New Year wishes to all from the Notch Hill Natter. As the past year wrapped up at the Notch Hill Hall a whirlwind of events finished off the year. We had the children's Christmas party. 60 children filled with glee as Santa arrived by special delivery from the White Lake Fire Department. Santa's red sack was filled with a gift for every boy and girl. The next anticipated event was the CPR Christmas Holiday Train. Never mind Rudolph's nose lighting up the night sky, the Holiday Train pulled into Notch Hill bright and twinkling with Sam Roberts and crew belting out the Christmas tunes. Bonfires and hot Chocolate and a joyful crowd made for a very entertaining evening. And last but not least was the annual Ladies Christmas Social. An afternoon of desserts, gifts and caroling were to be had, not to mention new friends and new Volunteers/ Members joined too.

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This brings me to talk of the importance of Volunteering. The Notch Hill Town Hall is a non profit group. We have a board of directors and a few Members. Everyone wears a different hat so to speak, all Members bring to the Hall different strengths. Some help with the gardening of the flower beds, maintenance and repairing of the Heritage buildings, promoting and letter grant applications, cleaning, painting, kitchen help, event planning and set up, rentals. Many hands are needed in many areas. We are desperate for more Volunteers. You do not have to live in Notch Hill to become a Volunteer/ Member. We have one Member who comes from Kelowna to our meetings and events. We would be very grateful for your helping hands. We recently at our last meeting had our Mission Statement amended as it was the original from when the Hall was built in 1910. We have brought it now into the twentieth century.

This is our new Mission Statement To preserve and maintain the Heritage buildings of the Historical Notch Hill Town Hall by means of promotion, education, and hosting Community events. In keeping with community minded events the Natter and the Hall would like to wish one of its youngest volunteers Grayden Eckhart a Happy 11th Birthday on January 7th. If you have a New arrival, Birthday wish or Historical tid bit that you would like to share please contact me at tageckhart@gmail .com Our next calendar of events at the Hall starts in March 2019. March 4th, 2019 ~ General/ Entertainment meeting 1639 Notch Hill Road Sorrento 7pm. New Volunteers welcomed. March 16, 2019 ~ Spring Fling. Local Artisans, Home based busines & Vendors. More info to follow. For Hall and Church rentals please contact Marianne at 250 835-4721 or Sheila at 250 803- 5206.


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office (Armstrong) 250-546-3765, Celista yard (answering machine) 250-955-2231 • Lions Club - email and website is Sorrento Lions Club - Lions eClubhouse • North and South Shuswap Community Resource -, Leigh 250-515-4682 • Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) South Shuswap Leigh Schaffer 250-675-4818 • Shuswap Better at Home Wysteria 250-253-2749, • Shuswap Community Foundation 250-832-5428 •Shuswap Hospice Society 250-832-7099, 250-675-2568 (Sorrento) • Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers 1-866-293-3851,, • Shuswap Theatre Society - & • South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce - Karen Brown 250-515-0002, manager@

• Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue

- 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





To add an event email or call 250-463-2611 • Al-Anon Wed. 8-9pm, Evangelical Free Church,

email: Carlin Hall in Chase, BC Web: 4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. 250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage • Badminton - Wed. 7 to 9pm at Sorrento ElemenTo book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577. tary School. BYO racket. Non-competitive. FMI • Beginner slow pitch jam Tues: 7pm to 9pm. • Mon: Line Dance (intermediate) 1-3pm, 250-675-2397 Sponge Ball 9-12pm • Intermediate acoustic jam Wed: 7pm to 9pm • Environmental sensitivities including EHS, • Tues: Ladies Bridge 1-4pm, Good Time Quilt• Coffee House 1st Saturday - October-June, ers 1st & 3rd, 9am-3pm, Sponge Ball 9-12pm MCS. Monthly Sharing & Support Meeting. FMI 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. Una St.Clair at 250-675-5595 for meeting details. • Singers - Meet Thurs. 7 to 9 pm at the Arts • Wed: Line Dance (beginners) 10-11:30am, (Advanced) 1:30-3pm. Ballroom Dance 7• Probus Copper Island - meets at Cedar Council for the South Shuswap-Carlin Hall 9pm. Lego Club 2nd Wed 6:30-8pm Heights Community Hall in Blind Bay - 2nd lower level. Come join the Coppertones! FMI • Thurs: Play Group 9-12pm, Shuswap Pipers1 Thurs./mo. at 10am. Coffee at 9:30. For details Karen 250-515-3276 -4pm call Mike Murrell at 250 675-4495 Cedar Heights Community Association • Salmon Arm Toastmasters - Thurs. 7-9pm 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012 • Friday: Sponge Ball 9-12pm, Youth Group (Gr. 5-7)6:30-7:30pm - (Gr. 8 & up)7:30Upstairs at Uptown Askews. FMI 9:30pm, Scrappy Quilt Chics 9-3pm 8401 • Mon - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am • River of Life Service: Sun. 10am (Sunday • Tues - Seniors theatre 1pm / Karate 7pm / • Seniors Lunch - 1st Thurs. 12:30pm at DufSchool 10:15am) Ukulele Orchestra 7pm Sorrento Drop in Society fers Den, Shuswap Lake Estates Golf Course. • Wed - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am / Carpet Bowling Reservations by Mon. Call 250-675-3661 1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358 1pm / Crib & Canasta 1pm / Bridge 7pm • Shuswap Rock Club - First Tues of the month • Mon Glee Club 9:30am 804-3987/ AA at 8pm • Thurs - Probus Club (2nd Thurs) 10am / La(Sept - June) 7:30 pm at Sorrento Drop in Sociedies afternoon out 1:30pm / Karate 7pm / The • Tues - Wheels to Meals 2nd & 4th Tues. 675ty. Saturday workshops 12:00-4:00 pm fall-spring, Shutterbugs Photo Club (3rd Thurs) 2pm 4871. Snooker (men )1pm 675-2829 / Crib Field trips spring-fall. FMI Pat, 250-675-2849. 1:30 pm 675-4117 • Fri - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am • The Shuswap Nature Hikers meet weekly on • Wed - Cards, 1 pm 675-0065, Snooker, 6pm • Sun - Sorrento Evangelical Free Church 675-2829 - Shuswap Wood Carvers: 9am to Fridays to hike the North and South Shuswap Trails. Adult study 9:30am, Service 10:55am noon FMI Peter Husieff 250-675-2746. To join, contact or vis• Snooker 1pm every day except Wed. it • Summer Pickleball - check schedule online • Thurs - Quilting 10am 675-5358 / Snooker (men)1pm 675-2829 • The Arts OnSite with Lady Nature - meets Eagle Bay Community Hall Mondays, 9am (May’til the end of October) • Fri - Ladies Snooker, 1pm 675-5115 4326 Eagle Bay Rd. (writing, dancing, theatre, painting, drawing, • Sat - Scottish Dancing, 9:30am 675-3518 Hall rentals: 250-675-3136 Sorrento Lions Club composing music) create outdoors in the forest, • Quilting Mon.10-3 (Bring Lunch) 675-4531 somewhere near Sorrento-Blind Bay. Con• Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday at 6:45pm at Sorren• Crafts Wed, 10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4282 tact: or visit http:// to Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. We • Fitness Tues & Thur 9 to 10:20am 675-5098 welcome anyone interested in learning more • Garden Club - 1st Thur.10am, 675-5884 about the Lions to join us. We are always look• TOPS Sorrento #4369 - Wed. from 8:15 to 10:00 • Darts Fri. 7:15 pm. Alan: 675-5403 ing for new members. FMI Trudy Grigg, sorrenam at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. 2385 • Coffee House 4th Sat of the Month 7:30pm Golf Course Drive. FMI Gail 250-675-2849 (except Dec & June -Aug) Performers always • TOPS Sorrento #1856 - Thurs. weigh-in at • Lions Club Weekly Meat Draws Fridays at welcome! Gaetane 675-2178 Copper Island Pub 5-7pm 8:30am, meeting starts 9am at Sorrento Place Library (ORL) South Shuswap Branch Sunnybrae Community Hall Clubhouse on Buckley Rd. Jacquie Everett Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818 250-675-2574 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd. Blind Bay Memorial Hall Hall Rentals - Vicki Green - 250- 835-2199, • Writer’s Nook - 2nd & 4th Wed. 10am-12pm. 2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139 New members welcome: Facebook: Blind Bay • Garden Club - 3rd Wed. 10am to noon at the Community Hall & Reedman Gallery. • Badminton Mon 7-9pm & Thur 2-4pm FMI Susan 250-835-2351 or Donald 778-490Website: • Karate - Tues & Thurs 6pm 5008. • Blind Bay Painters - Tues. 9:15am - 3pm; • Coffee House - 2nd Sat - Oct to May • Fireside Knitters - 1st & 3rd Fri. 10am - noon. FMI: Gail Boden • General Meeting 4th Wed: 7:30pm Come join by the fireplace. Sunnybrae Seniors Hall • Tuesday Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at • Page Turners book Club - 3rd Thurs, 10am 7pm. FMI Chris Emery 250-675-2865 or ccem3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd., • Children’s Programs - For a full list of story Maddie Welch 250-835-8255 times, baby talk, colouring, craft days, and • Talana Twirlers - Mon. 6:30 -7:30pm (new • Sunnybrae Painters/Crafters Mon 9:30am more check our website or stop by. dancers) & 7:30 to 9:30 (mainstream dancing) (except statutory holidays) FMI 250-835-8539 Notch Hill Town Hall Nancy Alison 250-803-9096 • Quilters -1st & 3rd Wed. (250-835-8255) 1639 Notch Hill Rd. 250-803-5206 • Tues Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at 7 pm. • Potluck dinner and Meeting 3rd Tues, 5:30 FYI Chris Emery at 250-675-2865. pm (except July/Aug) • Meet 1st Mon. at 7pm (bank holiday 2nd Mon) • Zumba - Weds. 7pm. FMI Agnes 250-253• Shuswap Needle Arts Guild meet 1st & 3rd Watch for special events all year. 5200 Thursday, 10am to 4 pm (Sept. to Jun) FMI Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre Jo (250)-832-9308 or Sharon (250)-832-4588.







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