South Shuswap SCOOP - February 2020

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February 2020

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Efforts Continue to Resolve Newsome Creek Erosion

By Barbra Fairclough across Black Mountain south of Sorrento Newsome Creek Watershed Action and dramatically changed the watershed’s Group (NCWAG) and the Columbia Shus- ability to absorb the spring run off. Since wap Regional District(CSRD) have contin- then every spring freshet has magnified ued to appeal to government agencies reflooding issues and continues to present garding erosion along Newsome Creek that challenges in the Newsome Creek Wateris affecting Sorrento water system quality shed. and threatening to undermine homes. In the spring freshet of 2018, more eroArea C Director Paul Demenok and sion occurred in Newsome Creek below NCWAG resiHighway 1. More dents have met trees fell into the or communicatravine, and banks ed with several were undercut even provincial and further. On May 3 federal repredue to the risk of sentatives insudden slope failure, cluding Mike an Evacuation Alert Farnsworth, was placed on 11 Minister of Pubhomes and remained lic Safety and in place until OctoSolicitor Genber 24. eral, and Hon. There was also damJonathon Wilage to various roads kinson, Ministry upstream of the of Fisheries and Trans-Canada HighCaen Road home overlooking ravine on Newsome Oceans and the way along NewCreek in Sorrento. Photo Credit: courtesy Westrek Canadian Coast Geotechnical Services Ltd./ Columbia Shuswap Regional District some Creek, caused Guard. by the spring melt. “We recognize that funding remains a The Ministry of Transportation and Insignificant obstacle in reaching a long term frastructure(MoTi) wanted to get the roads solution,” Mike Farnsworth wrote in a Jan- re-opened as quickly as possible to help uary response to the CSRD. Although he people who live and work in the area, so didn’t have any immediately available pro- short-term repairs to damaged culverts vincial funding to offer, he wrote that his were completed at the time. department would continue to work with The damaged culverts were on Taylor the federal government “and will look to Road, London Lane and Dieppe Road. The capitalize on any opportunities that may repairs also included armouring of the inlet arise to provide funding for this work.” (Continued on page 3) In the summer of 2009, wildfires swept






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and outlet at Dieppe Road. Hydrotechnical, geotechnical and design engineers have been working to come up with an appropriate long-term solution. MoTi states “Once all of the engineering reports have been finalized by early spring, we will be able to determine the next steps.” In November 2018, the CSRD board voted unanimously to send an urgent letter to the Province to request funding. Director Demenok has worked closely with affected residents to reach government officials in Provincial and Federal offices who have jurisdiction to fund solutions to this situation. In April 2019, an evacuation alert was issued for two homes south of Hwy 1 along Newsome Creek when stability issues presented that “could potentially impact physical property and human safety.” This alert remained in placed until September 25, 2019. The CSRD and the provincial government have both contributed funds for site assessment, geotechnical report, hazard tree assessment and mitigation options. These studies are required in


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order to demonstrate the funds required. Demenok and CSRD staff will meet with the NCWAG in February to discuss options and seek community guidance on what options to take next. Demenok states, ”This is a very concerning situation that will require $5-6 million dollars for proper mitigation. The funding windows for the amount of funds we need are not open right now. The other part of this is to work on the source of the issue.” Demenok states, “Over the years numerous properties have been affected and the siltation has affected the water system in Sorrento. Water quality is one of the larger issues associated with the Newsome Creek situation.” NCWAG is focused on solving both the immediate and long term needs regarding Newsome Creek Watershed issues. Although some of the most pressing needs are below Hwy one along Newsome Creek, the impacts are also being felt uphill from Hwy1 into Notch Hill as well. The next meeting will be at the Sorrento Centre (1159 Passchendaele Rd) on February 27 at 6:30pm. For more info:


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BC RCMP Notifies IIO of Police Involved Shooting in Tappen RCMP News Release The RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident where a man has died as a result of a policeinvolved shooting. On January 7, 2020, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of mischief at a home in Tappen, British Columbia. The complainant indicated that somebody had severely damaged their property. RCMP officers responded and located

a male suspect at a neighbouring residence, where an attempted arrest was called off due to risk. RCMP officers set-up a containment perimeter, and called the Emergency Response Team to assist with the arrest. A warrant to enter the home was granted, and officers deployed a chemical agent in an attempt to make the man leave the residence. The man did leave and attempted to flee the area. In the resulting interaction between a police officer and the man, the man was shot. The male died and no one else was injured during the

incident. The IIO BC is now investigating police actions as it relates to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police. Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit it’s website at






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2.Traditional “economic development” is gradually being replaced by an approach called “community economic News of Note from the CSRD development”, which is described as “ a community-centered process that blends social and economic development to foster Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap) the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of Cell: 250-517-0810 communities.” A Town Hall session is a strong approach February Town Hall Meeting to Focus towards a community-centered process. on Economic Development 3.As described in the Area C Governance Study, the South As outlined in my previous columns, a number of Town Hall Shuswap may be overly reliant on residential assessments as sessions will be held in the South Shuswap in 2020 to engage they make up about 97% of the total property assessment. In a residents in facilitated discussions on a series of key topics for community of 8,000 residents, this information points out that this community. Overall, these sessions will focus on themes Area C is significantly underdeveloped commercially, and that related to answering components of the question, “What sort of homeowners carry a disproportionate load of the local tax community would you like to see?”. burden. It also suggests that there is ample room for new business development, and expansion of current businesses as a The next Town Hall will be held on Wednesday February means to promote jobs, economic and community well-being. 26, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Cedar Centre, and will focus 4.The Shuswap Labour Market Study pointed out that a sizeable on the topic of Shuswap Economic Development (SED). percentage of current businesses in this area are facing challenges in attracting suitable employees, and this is This topic is timely for our community for several reasons, hindering business growth. Workforce planning and including: development is a core element of any successful CED plan. 1.In June of 2019 the CSRD Board elected to move forward with 5.In 2019, following substantial community consultations and the establishment of an “arms-length” delivery model for research, a new Shuswap Economic Development Plan was Shuswap Economic Development. This decision, spearheaded approved by the CSRD Board. This plan needs to be better by the Directors of Electoral Areas C, D and F, was largely communicated to the residents of Area C, and a Town Hall made because of a feeling of dissatisfaction with the in-house meeting is an ideal medium for this. model driven by the perspective that we could generate much I think greater community involvement will be an important better value for the dollars spent by going with a non-profit element contributing to the success of Shuswap Economic society approach. A new SED model will be initiated in Development going forward. I would encourage you to get January 2021, so it’s now appropriate to collaborate with the your thoughts on this critical topic. community on developing new approaches to addressing local involved and to contribute th ! See you on the 26 economic development needs.




Local Knowledge and Neighbourhood Resilience Key to Severe Weather Emergency By Barbra Fairclough The weather at the end of 2019 and early January 2020 was a storied affair. Power outages from December 30th continuing into January put neighborhoods in darkness and heavy snowfall and winds caused downed power lines and trees, making roads impassable and recovery slow. Tom Hansen, Shuswap Emergency Program Coordinator, says Automated Snow Stations in local mountains are monitored and during the time of this event, snow water equivalent very quickly rose above the historical daily average. Snow water equivalent is a measure of how much water is in the snowpack. As a result of this current snowpack, levels are above normal. Volunteer emergency workers responded to calls and many local fire fighters were dispatched into their neighbourhoods to assist door to door. In the last news release relating to the emergency, dated January 5, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced that the temporary warming center at the Lakeview Community Centre in Anglemont had been closed and power was restored to all those affected in the North Shuswap. Neighbourhood Emergency Program (NEP) Coordinators located in areas affected by these conditions activated their neighbourhood emergency plans and contacted the Shuswap Emergency Program to describe local conditions. Linda McClure, NEP Coordinator in

Anglemont says having the power out for four days and lack of access to the area certainly increased stress levels. McClure says “We are so grateful to have a Neighbourhood Emergency Program and to be connected to the Shuswap Emergency Program. We contacted the CSRD and let them know we were isolated.” “NEP Coordinators can convey information about the local situation,” says Hansen. “By talking on the phone and knowing there is confirmation that there are agencies working on it during emergencies, it gives the opportunity to dial into what is needed with the situational awareness of what is going on.” Cathy Semchuk, Shuswap Emergency Program Facilitator, was in close contact with the volunteer NEP Coordinators during the severe weather event and coordinators were able to confirm local conditions, giving Semchuk the information she needed to respond. An Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated in support of the severe weather. The EOC assisted Emergency Support Services to open two Warming Centers. Semchuk says that a debriefing with all NEP Coordinators will happen in April sometime and input on what worked and what can be improved will be welcome. This is an opportunity for neighbourhoods to convey information about their local area needs. Hansen says debriefing with responders and stakeholders will occur in the days

to come and that lessons learned from this event are important to reflect on and incorporate in future emergency response plans. The NEP Coordinator can work with your local neighbourhood to create a ‘made in your neighbourhood” plan that will help you know what to do during an emergency. Every neighborhood has unique challenges and needs, and this can be conveyed through the NEP Coordinator to the Shuswap Emergency Program staff so resources can be targeted into the neighbourhood. Amateur radio operators are one resource that can provide valuable communications during emergencies. If you know of ham radio operators in your neighbourhood and to find out how to create a “made in your neighbourhood” Emergency plan contact Tom Hansen at 250 833 5910. To view the Automated Snow Stations map, go to https:// webappviewer/index.html? id=c15768bf73494f5da04b1aac6793bd2e You may also want to consider joining the local Volunteer Fire Department in your area as they are always looking for new volunteers.

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Recognizing Local Business Supporters of South Shuswap Scoop By Barbra Fairclough After a long break from working in retail, Deb Armour decided to jump back in with both feet and opened “deb’s Style Loft” in Salmon Arm. This small business focuses on the goal of helping women build an amazing wardrobe with a smaller carbon footprint. A lovely mix of new and consigned clothes, deb’s Style Loft offers a variety of clothing options. You can find sizes from 0-24. Stocking a variety of footwear and accessories, the Loft can complete any look. The store is brimming with many fashion options. Clothing consignment is a green option

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and is gaining in popularity among all ages. Customers age 16- 90 years are regular shoppers. Women from all over the continent stop in to consign clothes as well as to buy fashions to complete their look. Visiting from New York and London and across Canada, Deb has dressed a wide variety of tastes and interests. “We get the continued support of so many wonderful women who are shopping local as well,” Deb says. Having been in business for three years now, the Loft sees loyal customers returning all the time. Consignment shopping allows customers to purchase beautiful high-end brand names for a fraction of the price. By extending the life of clothes, it reduces the amount that would otherwise go into the landfill. You can find a good look and you can feel better about it too. With consignments always changing and with new items in store as well, shoppers will find just about anything they are looking for. “We are all becoming more environmentally aware of how important recycling has become. Consignment is green,” says Deb. “Refresh, Renew, Recycle.” In store you might find deb’s staff Kim, Thelma and seamstress Margaret, all assisting customers in dressing from head to toe. Described as “amazing” Deb trusts her staff to deliver great customer service. “Our philosophy is simple, no matter your style or budget, you will always find something to complete your look.” Giving back is something Deb also likes to do. A proud supporter of Pacific

Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), the Loft hosted a fashion show in June last year at the Comfort Inn and raised $2500 that paid for the naming rights to a dog in training. They named little ‘Levi” in reference to the clothing business. This annual event is not to be missed and tickets sell out fast. Stay tuned for “awesome plans” for this year’s fashion show at the Comfort Inn on April 18. Consignments are done by appointment only. If you have clothes that are clean and of good quality that you would like to consign, contact the Loft to make arrangements. The Loft does not take drop offs. You can find Deb in store most days at deb’s Style Loft, located at 151 Hudson Ave NE, Salmon Arm. Open 9:30 am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, Deb says there are new items arriving all the time so visit often to find out what’s in store. Give deb’s Style Loft a call at 250 832 0131 or visit their Facebook page to find out what’s new.

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Eagle Bay Fire Department By Nigel Collett new life skills and By the time you read this the other fire fighthopefully you are not still ers are very supportshovelling snow daily – the ive of the rookie! novelty wore off some time For example I now ago for me and I’d really like feel confident hooking up a to be spending my time doing hose to a fire hydrant, tying other things! But to quote certain knots which will be @shuswapsoul ‘I still love it useful next time I need to tie here’. the boat up, and following the Last month was busy early procedures for traffic control on as the Fire Dept was called amongst other things. I’ve out multiple times for downed been up a ladder which isn’t power lines caused by the my most favorite of things but heavy and wet snow. Thankyou’re never in any danger and fully the patyou’re never tern didn’t pushed to do repeat with a something change to you are unlighter drier comfortable snow falling – doing – safethere’s just so ty first. I’ve much of it! even started Consequently to work on the callouts donning my quickly tailed Fire Fighter off. I know turnout gear this because in under the even though I required two am a new minutes recruit and which is my ability to impressive if contribute is you saw the limited, for amount of Unique snow conditions led to a now, the Fire equipment busy month Chief gave you need to me a pager so I could listen in suit up with - it will come with on the nature of the callouts practice (currently at three for the local Fire Halls. What minutes). strikes me is how simple, effiI’m truly enjoying the cient and effective the system learning and support which is is even when there are multire-enforcing my decision to ple trees and power lines com- take that step to join. It was the ing down all at once across the right thing to do. region. Here’s hoping the melt is Keen as I am to be contrib- long and slow to prevent uting as soon as is possible, I flooding. know there is no rush. With Eagle Bay Fire Department the promise of spring training, welcomes anyone who would I have dived into the like more information – please ‘Essentials of Fire Fighting’ contact Alan Rendell 250-517manual for now and although 0429. He will be happy to antaking the chapter tests reswer any questions and give quired may not be for everyyou a tour of our fire hall. one it really hasn’t been oner- Practice is on Tuesday eveous, and I am passing them nings at 7pm. All equipment easily. Learning from a manu- and training is provided. al is one thing but learning by You can keep up to date on actually doing something is of lots of fire related and fire course totally different. The 2 department news on our ‘Eagle hour practices every Tuesday Bay Fire Department’ Faceevening are introducing me to book page.






FAQ About Area C Incorporation Study CSRD Release Through the end of July 2020, the Area C Incorporation Study Advisory Committee will be exploring the service, governance, financial, and taxation impacts that would be expected as a result of a decision by local electors to incorporate a SorrentoBlind Bay Municipality. The Shuswap Scoop will be printing some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the study, with answers from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. A full FAQ list updated as required, will be available at under Electoral Area C Incorporation Study. 1. Why is the Incorporation Study being undertaken? The Incorporation Study is being undertaken to understand what a decision by electors in Sorrento and Blind Bay to incorporate a new Sorrento-Blind Bay mu-

nicipality would mean for residents in terms of: • local service provision (i.e., who would provide services to the community) • local governance (i.e., who would make decisions for the community) • local government finances (i.e., how much would services and government cost) • property taxes (i.e., how would property tax bills change) 2. Can the Study Area boundary be changed? The current Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Study Area boundary was developed as part of the Boundary Analysis exercise commissioned by the Ministry in 2018. Based on the recommendation of the CSRD Board, the boundary was confirmed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, then assigned by the Ministry to the

Incorporation Study Committee. Any change to the boundary must be agreed to, and ultimately implemented, by the Ministry. In response to a recommendation by the Committee, the Ministry may be willing to consider a change to the boundary. Any such recommendation, however, should be supported by a strong rationale, should highlight a special circumstance, and should be informed by the results of the service and taxation impact analyses now underway. 3. Who will decide if a new municipality should be created? The decision to create a new municipality is made by Cabinet on the recommendation of the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Under the terms of British Columbia's Local Government Act, however, the Minister may only recommend the incorporation of a new municipality if eligible voters within the study area vote in favour of incorporation. Voters within the study area, therefore, will determine through referendum if a new municipality should be created. Only voters within the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Study Area will participate in any referendum that occurs on incorporation. Electors outside of the study area will not be responsible for the costs and decisions of a new municipality, and therefore will not have a vote. The rules that govern voting are set by the province in the Local Government Act. Eligible voters include electors who have lived inside the study area for at least 30 days prior to the time of voting, and who have lived in British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting. In the Local Government Act, these voters are referred to as "resident electors". "Nonresident property electors" are also identified in the Act. These voters are those (Continued on page 9)

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who meet the BC-residency requirement (six months), and who have owned property within the study area for at least 30 days prior to voting. Only one person qualifies as the nonresident property elector in cases where a property is owned by more than one person. 4. What would incorporation cost taxpayers? A key purpose of the Incorporation Study is to understand and document the expected cost impact on local taxpayers of a decision to create a new Sorrento-Blind Bay municipality. Costs associated with individual services will be determined and publicized over the course of the analysis phase of the study, which will stretch from January to August 2020. The full expected cost impact will be known at the end of the analysis and will be presented to the public during the community engagement phase in the fall of 2020. 5. What opportunities will residents, community groups, and stakeholders have to review information and ask questions? A key role of the Incorporation Study Committee is to ensure that the community —residents, community groups, and stakeholders — receives the information and understanding it needs to make an informed decision on incorporation. Opportunities for the community to receive, review, and question information include the following: • Committee Meetings — Every meeting of the Committee is open to the public and includes, as an agenda item, an opportunity for questions from community members in attendance. Committee meetings are advertised by the CSRD online (, in media, and through social media. • Website — All background materials, all Committee meeting packages, and all analyses (i.e., service sheets, issue sheets) are posted online at Questions can be submitted through email link. • Hard Copy Materials — A complete hard copy of all materials is available for review at the South Shuswap Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, the Sorrento Centre and at the CSRD office in Salmon Arm. • Community Engagement Process — In the fall of 2020, the Committee will undertake an extensive two-month engagement process that will include open houses, a mail-out, a moderated discussion, and several other pieces.



South Shuswap Chamber Needing Community Input on a New Work Hub By Karen Brown The South Shuswap Chamber Board is exploring a creative option for shared work space – one that could cater to freelancers, small business owners, start-ups and anyone dreaming of working in an affordable coworking environment. Chamber Board members have been touring work hubs in neighbouring communities; ones that offer a workspace to a wide variety of users – entrepreneurs, contractors, creative types, retired professionals and others. Those using a shared work space can reap the benefit of sharing hard costs such as office space, equipment and utilities. While sharing costs is a notable bonus, a work hub is more about the people who share the space and the culture that is created within it. Bringing business owners and entrepreneurs together in a work hub is designed to forge connections and to promote networking amongst its users. Business owners can see a rise in productivity and many experience increased creativity. Connecting with other business owners can lead to a robust exchange of ideas and commonly, problem solving occurs. Work hubs very often offer business consulting, mentoring services and occasional, professional or legal advice. Economic development services can also be available, making these hubs not only a work space for the community, but a business development centre as well. Educational workshops and conferences are often offered; most engage speakers, coaching and other opportunities to increase one’s expertise in a certain area. A successful community work hub offers a welcoming environment, one that can serve the needs of all who use the space. Because needs of work hub users tend to be

quite diverse, the work areas within a hub need to be varied. Frequently, one will find large work tables where one can take a seat and begin the work day. Others may feel more comfortable at a side desk or, taking it a step further, others may need a space to call home on a continuous basis. For this reason the hub should offer varying sizes of rooms – anywhere from a small phone room to a large board room or educational workshop space. Working from home for many can be very isolating. Quite often, business owners or entrepreneurs are looking to separate their work from their home life. The work hub can offer many options for users to book space by the hour, day, week and month or they can look to something more long-term. At this time, the Chamber is seeking those individuals who may be looking for a work model of this type. If you are interested in receiving more information on this innovative work model, please visit the South Shuswap Chamber’s website: to take the online survey.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6pm NOTICE is hereby given on this 5th day of January, 2020 that the Annual General Meeting for the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday February 19th 2020 at Cedar Heights Centre, 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay, BC. All South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce members in good standing are invited to attend to review and approve financial statements for 2019 and to vote in the 2020 Board of Directors. A complimentary wine & cheese reception will be held at the start of the evening, with the business portion of the meeting commencing at 6:45 pm. Guest Speaker will be CSRD Area Director Paul Demenok.




Volunteer Firefighters – A key element in Communities in Canada White Lake Fire Department

By Dawn Clarke Lake with the enrolment of four new members and one junior It is a statistic that always surprises, of the 152,000 local fire- firefighter, however, with a growing number of senior members fighters in Canada, 83% of that number are volunteers*. retiring from the Department, White Lake needs to build memThis information can make everyone feel comfortable about bership to meet local needs. their own community being well protected and served by the So, what does anyone need to consider before making that local fire department, however, despite these numbers, there are decision to join White Lake Fire Department? Basic requiremany areas that need more volunteers. The CSRD is one of ments for any person considering the role of a volunteer firefightthose districts searching for new recruits to join, and White Lake er are: Fire Department is working hard to encourage area residents, • A Valid Driver’s License (minimum) male and female, to visit the Fire Hall to see how rewarding a • Minimum 18 years of age volunteer firefighter role can be. Supported by a CSRD recruit- • Physically able to perform tasks and duties of the job ment campaign on both local • Able to commit to training radio and in print media, White • Live and/or work in the reLake is hoping more people sponse area will be inspired to join its And, what are the benefits of team. being a volunteer firefighter? There are many individuals In addition to providing a who have thought about the service to fellow community challenge, and for those who residents, the CSRD not only come forward the value of rewards a person financially for being part of a dedicated team time spent training and attending of individuals determined to ‘call-outs’, but also provides play a vital role in their cominsurance and tax benefits plus munity is high. The White there are no out-of-pocket exLake fire protection area copenses. Comprehensive practivers over 360 homes and resical training to provide the experdents can be reassured by the tise and knowledge necessary to knowledge and expertise of the respond to any incident is provolunteer members should any vided with a commitment of just WLFD Fire Chief, Bryan Griffin explains air pack apparatus with new recruits at White Lake. L to R: Wyatt Gibbons, Marcus Wheeler, Jayson two hours each week on Tuesincident occur. Tracy [returning Firefighter], Jesse Young, Bryan Griffin and Keesha 2019 was an encouraging day eveningsat the White Lake Friesen [Junior Firefighter] year for recruitment at White firehall. Bryan Griffin, White Lake Fire Chief, has himself served as a volunteer firefighter for over 19 years and comments: “The role of a volunteer in our community brings a great feeling of pride and honour to serve and provide protection to everyone in our area. Not only do we support White Lake we are also sometimes called on for mutual aid with neighbouring Departments. I am proud of each, and every member of our group and look forward to welcoming other new members in the future. I hope this campaign led by the CSRD will further strengthen our role as an important part of the community.” *Statistics provided by NFPA Canadian Fire Departments Profile ●Practical ●Available ●Nearby

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Invasive Asian Clam Shells Found on Shuswap Lake Beach CSISS Urges ‘Clean-Drain-Dry’ Protocol CSISS Release Clam shells found on a beach in the Shuswap last fall have been identified as invasive Asian clam. At this time only dead shells have been found. “The Provincial staff have told us they have not confirmed any live individuals, and indicated that monitoring will continue for the coming season” says Sue Davies, Aquatic Coordinator for the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society. However, populations of the invasive clam aren’t far off: they do exist in several lakes in the lower mainland and are widely distributed in Washington State. This is the first indication that they may have spread to Shuswap Lake. Members of the public are asked to please report any suspected invasive species via the Provincial “Report Invasives BC” smartphone application (available for download from and any suspected invasive zebra or quagga mussels to the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline 1-877-952 -7277. Asian clams are small bivalve shellfish, originating in Asia. They are considered invasive due to their negative impacts on many North American waterways. Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) provides education and information to the public regarding invasive species such as Asian clam. CSISS has been monitoring lakes in the region for invasive species as part of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s provincial lake monitoring program. To date, none of the samples from Shuswap Lake have come back positive for Asian clam larvae.

Asian clams are selffertile, so a single clam can start a new population. They can produce up to 70,000 eggs per year and can reach densities of up to 20,000 individuals per square meter of lake bed. They are filter feeders and can reduce biodiversity and food available for fish. Dense populations may have the potential to clog filters on hydro systems and water pipes, imposing costly maintenance. They are also known to harbour parasites that are harmful to humans if the clams are consumed raw. A fact sheet for Asian clam is available at environment/plants-animals-andecosystems/invasive-species/alerts/ asian_clam_alert.pdf Travellers bringing watercraft to BC are encouraged to visit the provincial website, content/invasive-mussels/bringing-yourboat-to-bc The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is a non-profit organization Asian clam shells found on a beach on the dedicated to the prevention, management Shuswap Lake (CSISS Photo) and reduction of invasive species in the your watercraft when moving it between Columbia Shuswap Regional District. waterbodies,” she adds. “We encourage CSISS is thankful for the generous supall boaters, anglers, and paddlers to Clean port of the Habitat Conservation Trust Drain Dry their watercraft and gear every Foundation, Shuswap Watershed Countime they move from one lake to another cil, Columbia Basin Trust, the Columbia because it is the most effective way to Shuswap Regional District, the Ministry prevent the spread of invasive species.” of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource “Just walk around your boat, remove Operations and Rural Development, and any mud or plants, drain compartments, the Ministry of Transportation and Inframop up standing water with a chamois structure. cloth, and make sure everything, includTo learn more about invasive species ing your fishing gear, is properly clean in the Columbia Shuswap region please and dry before relaunching into a new visit: http:// lake or river. It’s pretty simple and can prevent a world of problems,” explains Davies. The larvae of Asian clam are microscopic and could potentially be transported in standing water in boats. Adult Asian clams are also small – the size of a fingernail – and could be embedded in mud on a boat or boat trailer. “It’s possible that Asian clams came to the Shuswap as fishing bait, as live food, or accidentally inside a watercraft,” says Davies. “It is super important not to transport invasive species. Never release live animals or plants into waterways, and remember to Clean Drain and Dry




CSRD Recommends Approval for First Retail Cannabis Outlet CSRD Media Release Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Directors voted unanimously to support their first-ever application for a retail cannabis store in Blind Bay. At the Regular Board meeting on Thursday, January 16, CSRD Directors

agreed to send a recommendation in favour of the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch issuing a licence to Copper Island Cannabis Co. to open a retail store at 2798 Balmoral Road. The Blind Bay Village Grocer and Shell Fuel Station are also located on this same property.

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As part of the decision-making process, the CSRD conducted public consultation to obtain feedback from area residents which included a survey and public meeting. Support for the application from Electoral Area C residents came in at 55 per cent, with 42 per cent in opposition and three per cent neutral. Results from citizens who identified themselves as Blind Bay residents was closer to a 50-50 split for and against. The Board agreed with the CSRD staff recommendation to support the application, noting some of the public concerns would be mitigated by provincial regulations that govern onsite cannabis use, odour and security. These provisions are similar to those already in place for liquor outlets. Electoral Area C Director Paul Demenok noted that while some residents did not support the application, the majority of people responding to the survey and attending the public meeting were in favour. “It is important to recognize that this business is a separate operation from the Village Grocer and its management has gone through an exhaustive application process involving multiple levels of government. They have fulfilled all the requirements to operate a legal business, and will make a contribution to our local economy,” said Demenok. As part of the discussion, Board Chair Kevin Flynn, who is also a City of Salmon Arm Councillor, said the City has not had any issues or complaints with the five retail outlets located within its boundaries. “I can’t think of a better location for this,” he said. “There’s parking, a gas station, grocery store and alcohol sales already on that site. I think it is the perfect spot.” The final decision on issuing the Cannabis Retail Sales licence now rests with the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. The province will not approve a location that is not supported by the local government, which is why the CSRD’s recommendation was required in order for Copper Island Cannabis Co.’s application to proceed. X




Sunnybrae Boil Water Notice Rescinded CSRD Media Release Repairs to the Sunnybrae Water System's intake line have been completed and water samples from the system confirm safe, acceptable drinking water quality. A leak in the system's main water intake line was discovered in December and plans were to repair it in early January. The leak in the water line was causing sediment to enter the intake pipe resulting in higher turbidity levels in the water supply. Severe winter weather delayed some of the attempts to repair the system, however, crews were able to complete it last month by sealing off the leak. The repair was able to be made by inserting tools and a camera down the waterline and using a special epoxy that expands within the pipe to seal off the leak. These tools allowed the pipe to be

A Boil Water Notice for all users of fixed without digging down more than 20 feet to that section of pipe. Crews contin- the system was implemented because high turbidity can interfere with the waued to test the repair by pumping water ter treatment plant’s disinfection process through the system. causing an increased risk of illness. When turbidity levels exceed the 1 NTU standard recommended in the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, the CSRD will issue a water quality advisory. The Boil Water Notice was rescinded on February 4th. Repairs to the Sunnybrae Water System's intake line have been tested and indicate that the problem has been resolved. Water system users should be noticing an improvement in the clarity of their water. The CSRD thanks water system users Contractors prepare a set of tools wrapped with a section of a special epoxy material to for their patience and understanding repair the Sunnybrae water intake line. When while the system was under repair and inserted into the water line at the site of the leak, the epoxy bonds to the inside of the pipe, while the water sampling tests were being conducted. sealing off the leak. (CSRD photo)




Arts Council for the South Shuswap By Jacquie Middlekoop primary focus when leading a community choir is ensuring Introducing the South Shuswap Children’s Theatre everyone feels included and has FUN and providing excepTroupe - Ms. Kelly Coubrough of FACES is bringing tional instruction to help them find their ‘true voice. theatre to the children of the South Shuswap! Kelly The choir rehearses at the FACES studio every Tuesday brings 20 years of experience in providing music edunight at 7:30pm. To register visit cation in many different forms and genres. Beginning Get Your Tickets for the Small Hall Music Crawl February 14, Kelly will run rehearsals every Friday NOW - Tickets are now on sale for the annual Small Hall leading up to two performances in June 2020. Music Crawl featuring some of the best local live music The year’s production is “The Big Bad Musical: acts in the ‘Shu’. This year’s performers include: The A Howling Comedy.” This smart and wickedly funKelly Coubrough Jordan Dick & Jake Verburg Band, Ari Lantela, The Eioffers theatre and senhauers, Stephanie Clifford, Josh & Bex and Sue Kyle ny musical is great for actors and audichoir training at ences of any age. The notorious Big & Al Bates. Full venue and artist information can be FACES Bad Wolf is slapped with a class-action found at: lawsuit by storybook’s quirky characters who want to get even: Tickets are $20 – when purchasing online you have the option Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs to add on a charcuterie platter for two filled with fresh, local inand the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With gredients for $15. Visit to get yours. Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two •Feb 15 at Carlin Community Arts & Cultural Centre - The greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest – the Evil StepmothJordan Dick & Jake Verburg Band with Ari Lantela er and the Fairy Godmother – clash in a trial that will be remem•Feb 22 at Sunnybrae Community Hall - The Eisenhauers with bered forever after. Stephanie Clifford Students in the theatre troupe will have the opportunity to •Feb 29 at the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre - Josh learn theatre singing, acting and dancing from the talented and & Bex with Sue Kyle and Al Bates qualified instructors of FACES. To register visit All venues are licensed and will be serving beverages ing local wine selections, beer and cider. Open Your Hearts to the Music Inside You - The Adult ConVisit Shuswap Culture for all Seasonal Events & Happenings. temporary Choir at FACES is underway under the leadership of Shuswap Culture is fast becoming THE go-to calendar for many Ms. Kelly Coubrough. Kelly is a professionally trained opera (Continued on page 15) singer with years of experience leading choirs of all ages. Her



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area events and happenings in the Shuswap. Check out these featured events: The North Shuswap Winter Festival – FEB 15 & 16 – Bring the family for a weekend of FUN at the North Shuswap Winter Festival! Featuring skating, snowman building, bed races, a chili cook off and more there’s fun for everyone! Visit the Shuswap Culture website for more information. Ski and Snowshoe Concert Weekend Retreat – FEB 28 – MAR 1 - The Sorrento Centre Retreat and Conference


Centre is hosting a weekend filled with outdoor fun and live music! Enjoy a ski and snowshoe tour in partnership with the Skmana Ski Club during the day on Saturday. Finish off the night with a concert sponsored by the Arts Council for the South Shuswap – JOSH & BEX. For complete event info: If you are an event organizer and would like to see your event on Shuswap Culture, please send an email to

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First Responder on Scene By Sandra Reutlinger "Dispatch, you can show #207 on scene." "Copy that," replies Dispatch. Typically, 15 minutes or more after this, another radio transmission comes in: "Dispatch, you can show ambulance on scene." Here is another number: 343. 343 is the number of times that a radio transmission like the one above transpired in 2019. The South Shuswap First Responders attended 343 medical emergency 911 calls in our area in the past year. Some days had no calls and some days had more than one. The First Responders are the trained medical emergency workers who usually arrive first on scene, before other resources arrive. Living in rural communities like we do means that our residents live quite a distance from the hospital, ambulance station and medical care. This area is fortunate to have an organization called the South Shuswap First Responders with its team of dedicated volunteers. Responders have trained to acquire the life saving skills and knowledge to perform patient care to the public in emergency medical situations until BC Ambulance Service is ready to transport the patient to the hospital. Responders continue to strengthen their skills at twice monthly training meetings along

with other continuing education. Often, we have people join our meetings to get a feel for who we are as an organization and what kinds of duties we perform before they decide that they would like to join. It takes approximately $2500 to train and equip each volunteer. The restocking of medical supplies, upgrading and maintenance of equipment and other expenses are all met through the generous donations of our community, along with grants. The support we have received over the years has been invaluable and greatly appreciated. This gratitude extends beyond our organization and comes from the many, many individuals who have benefited from receiving our care and resources. You might want to check us out and help by volunteering in some way or by donating. A big help is when you purchase a reflective house sign so we can find an address quickly and easily. Check us out: or give us a call: 250-833-5060



Cates Ford Epp Merges with Soll & Company

Cates Ford Epp is pleased to announce it has merged with Soll & Company to become Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP. We will continue to serve Chase and the surrounding area through our branch office at #4834 Shuswap Avenue. You can reach our office by phone (250)6793180, fax (250)828 -6697, or email at Thank you for your continued support during this transition. Our best wishes go out to all our clients in 2020. Important notice to existing clients of Cates

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Neskonlith Elder Realizes Dream of West Bay Trail

Witnesses for the Signing on January 31st of the Memorandum of Understanding for the West Bay Connector Trail. Photo Credit: Barbra Fairclough

By Barbra Fairclough The commitment to construct a walkway from Salmon Arm Bay to Tappen signifies a realization of a 40 year old dream held by Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas. Over 40 people have died on the CP rail tracks that form the only direct connecting between Salmon Arm and First Nations lands to the west. In a press release from the Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA), Louis Thomas said “I hope that maybe this time it’s a success, I’ve been working for so many years all about the safety for our people. To me it’s about the lives that were lost on there and when you look back, we don’t even have the absolute numbers. Seems like every other year someone has passed away on there. I see other benefits that come from it, originally it was about the safety of the people, and now I want people to enjoy what the delta has to offer, the loons, otters and ducks.” The STA also talked to two Indigenous Chiefs and the Mayor of Salmon Arm about the connector trail. Adams Lake Band Kukpi (Chief) Clifford Arnouse says “Cultural names and place names will be used, which will be great, and will get our story out with

more facts. We can show the environment and how we are trying to look after it as naturally as we can.” Kukpi Judy Wilson, Neskonlith Indian Band acknowledges and supports the decades of work by those who have championed the regional trails and safety of our communities. “The trail signifies the building of connections between our communities and provides a safer pathway for school, work, shopping, exercising and getting outdoors. The Salmon Arm Delta is one of the pristine and key habitat areas for birds, animals, aquatic plants and fisheries.” The City of Salmon Arm included the connector and recreational train in its Greenway Strategy in 2011. Mayor Alan Harrison said, “We appreciate this partnership with our indigenous neighbours, to help us move one step closer to realizing a regional trail system around the bay and westward toward Tappen and beyond. The West Bay Working Group is the Neskonlith and Adams Lake Indian Bands, Switzmalph Cultural Society, Province of BC, Greg Kyllo (MLA), Mel Arnold (MP), Columbia Shuswap Regional District, City of Salmon Arm, Interior Health, CP Rail and Shuswap Trail Alliance.

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Coach's Corner Creating an Engaging Workplace By Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach "Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it." Timothy R. Clark, Founder CEO of LeaderFactor Engagement of our employees should be a goal for us as leaders. How do we create a work environment where employees feel engaged and respected? Here are five ideas that may help us move towards that goal for a more engaged workplace. Aligning goals and having clear expectations: As leaders it is important for us to clearly define the goals of our company or department. We need to clarify the importance of what we are trying to achieve and outline expectations that lead to fulfilling these goals. How clear are we about our goals and expectations? Can all of our team members—new and old— articulate these expectations and goals? Build trust: Both trust of the team and of the leader is crucial to engagement. When people do not trust either their team members or their boss, the engagement factor is partially or wholly negated. Trust is earned and very much a reciprocal relationship. A leader who trusts his/her team, as well as the individuals of the team, will certainly earn that trust back. We need to ask ourselves, what are we doing to build the trust of our team members? Model desired behaviors: Engaged staff take their cues from both their colleagues and their leaders. Similarly, a disengaged person is following the lead of other staff or maybe the leader. Often dis-

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engaged people will be in a work environment that exhibits a "do as I say" mentality. The adage, "Actions speak louder than words," is very apt for the work environment. When leaders take responsibility for their actions, employees will follow: "Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability." Anne Mulcahey, Former CEO & Chairwoman of Xerox Celebrate contributions: When we celebrate employee contributions, we are recognizing the importance of the individual or the team. Engaged team members will feel that what they do is important and valued. How can we ensure that everyone is recognized in an authentic way? Job satisfaction: How do we ensure that people are satisfied in what they do for the department or company? How do we infuse a love of coming to work as opposed to the dread of the workplace? "Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.” Zig Ziglar, Author & Motivational Speaker. What are we doing that engages our employees and colleagues? Rob Marshall is the Executive Director of Community Futures Shuswap. For more small business tips and resources, visit Snow Many Fun Activities… Details on page 29 or in Feb Feb KICKER pg. 17 15 & 16


South Shuswap Canada Day By Sandra Reutlinger Would you like to help make "the biggest little celebration around" happen successfully this summer right here in our community? South Shuswap Canada Day is a nonprofit society run by a group of local volunteers who are dedicated to making our local Canada Day festivities a whole lot of fun for the whole family. We sure do have a lot of fun planning the day's events and even more fun celebrating on Canada Day! We'd love to hear your ideas! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram or Join this great team or just see what we are all about: Planning meeting: Feb 25th, 7:00pm upstairs in the Pool Room at Shuswap Lake Estates




Plenty of Interest in Shuswap Village active-living community for 65 Plus By Laurie Jones developments and independent/assisted living facilities. There is plenty of interest in Shuswap Village, a proposed The initial plans for the community were unveiled at three state-of-the-art 65+ active living development in Salmon Arm. public information sessions on Wednesday January 15 at the The aim of the project is to enable aging adults to preserve home Prestige Harbourfront Resort. Gary Arsenault, owner of Green equity while remaining in their own homes and community as Emerald Construction was on hand to answer questions followthey age. The development will feature a community centre, ini- ing a presentation by VRS director Gardner. tiatives that promote healthy aging, smart home technology, acGardner said, “The intent on Wednesday was to reveal the cess to amenities and services within the neighbourhood, comidea and the concept because we do believe it is world class and bined with eco-friendly buildings and practices. that Salmon Arm is the perfect fit for our first project.” The turnThe non-profit group, Vancouver Resource Society (VRS) out for the sessions was better than they had anticipated, despite will operate and oversee the site. It has an established reputation cold weather and road conditions. “We were thrilled with the as a leader in community housing solutions throughout British response, especially to see people’s genuine interest and also Columbia and now owns and operates Shuswap Lodge in Salmon hearing from the locals just how much this type of community Arm. “We have years of experience village was missing in the region. within our leadership team and with This turnout definitely supports us in the amount of seniors we provide working further with the City and our housing and care for, have a good development partners to take this proidea of what is important to this popuject to fruition. lation”, said Martin Gardner, Senior “Obviously the key message that I Director, Operations and Business wanted to communicate to the audiDevelopment for VRS. “We found an ence was that we wanted anyone inideal partner in Green Emerald terested in the project to share with us (construction) who has a great reputatheir needs and desires in order for us tion and a significant presence in the to shape, polish and customize a vilcommunity.” lage suited just for Salmon Arm. I The village was conceptualized as was very impressed with the thought a housing solution to fill the void and consideration that some people Shuswap Village artist render supplied by Vancouver between the options of 55 plus condo Resource Society

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have put into their questioning at this early stage. After each session we were able to go back to the drawing board and fine tune and tweak our current model purely based on this initial feedback. The process is working already!” The plan is to make unit pricing attainable starting at approximately $150,000 for level entry home and $430,000 for the largest three-bedroom home. The bungalow homes range from 500 square feet studio units to three bedrooms of 1500 square feet (plus garage) with detached duplexes, or smaller row housing options also available. All homes will be open concept, accessible, no stairs, walk-in showers, radiant in-floor heating, and sprinklered for added peace of mind. Building Strata fees are still yet to be finalized but are proposed at approximately $300 a month and include all the maintenance on the exterior, grounds, and community centre. There will be many features in the community centre and amenity spaces to choose from combined with optional a la carte programs and services available as needed. There are also wellness and hospitality packages available, dependant on the level of service and care people desire. There are many programs that could support us having a recreation coordinator or a concierge available onsite. Gardner said, “It really depends on what people want. Do they want meals, such as a continental breakfast in the morning, or perhaps they want housekeeping provided? There is a cost associated to providing this level of service unless it is determined that Shuswap Village becomes more of a ‘selfgoverning’ model.” There will also be rental units with studio, one and two-bedrooms. The units will be row-house bungalows varying in size from 500 to 850 square feet. Approximately 10-20% of the project would be rented and owned by VRS. “We like to cluster these type of rentals as we have special care delivery programs and options in mind,” Gardner mentions. The plan is for construction of the first homes to start later this year and be ready for residents to move in by late spring (June) of 2021. “We are proposing approximately 80 homes be built initially but that all depends on the demand for the 2 or 3 bedroom homes which would impact how many total homes can be built on this site. If there was a desire for a smaller one bedroom units, then we could build more.” A questionnaire will be distributed

soon to highlight elements of the village and identify some of the programs that could be potentially offered. Register at A sales package will be developed based on the results and on what VRS considers may work best in Salmon Arm. “It is somewhat of a democratic process. If we get an overwhelming response that they would like x, y, or z at the Village then that’s what we are going to provide,” says Gardner. “I have studied many different village concepts worldwide and we have also ex-

plored what is currently not working within our existing properties and the seniors housing market here in BC and our solution to this growing concern is offered at Shuswap Village.” A second set of information sessions will be held possibly within the next month.





Sunnybrae Community Association By James Clark Big apologies to those who may have turned up to our cancelled Coffeehouse on Saturday 11th January. In the week leading up to the Coffeehouse the weather forecast certainly didn't look promising, and by Friday it definitely appeared to be the right decision to cancel, in terms of everyone's safety. Thanks to the Scoop and Shuswap Culture for helping to spread the word online, and we do apologize if the message didn't get out to you. Fortunately, the feature act Chicken-Like Birds have agreed to come back to the hall for the Coffeehouse on Saturday 14th March, so all is not lost! As for February's Coffeehouse we look forward to welcoming “Margit Sky Project” as our feature act. A talented duo based in Kamloops, Margit Gossage and Rod Bandura are welcomed and familiar faces to our neck of the woods, having played concerts at both the Sunnybrae and Carlin Community Halls. Margit Sky Project brings together the musically immersed lives of two individuals, to create a singer-songwriter collaboration founded in Acoustic Rock. Saturday 8th February, don't miss it! On top of the Coffeehouses, February finds itself to be a busy month in the South Shuswap. As part of a collaboration with the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, the Sunnybrae Community Hall will be hosting one of three evenings of live music, as part of the second annual “Small Hall Music Crawl on Saturday, February 22”. Expect a truly intimate evening of acoustic music, a cash bar with beer/wine/cider (sorry, this is a no minors event) and gourmet charcuterie plates available for order. This year we are honoured to welcome The Eisenhauers: a

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married pair of songwriters that have earned their keep playing music all over the continent for the last ten years. Vancouver was home for the couple and their kids until the mystical mountains of the Kootenays called them East. Their harmonies blend traditional alt -country with modern folk, collaborating the great sounds The Eisenhauers of the past, with new innovation and depth. The Eisenhauers graced the stages of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in 2017, arriving with their new album “The Road We Once Knew”, hot off the press from Steve Dawson’s recording studio in Nashville. “ The heavenly vocals, the simple, heartrending string arrangements, the gentle harmonies and the duo’s overall maturity of sound will endear them to all who love sweet, earthy acoustic roots.” – Revelstoke Mountaineer. Supporting will be special guest, and Shuswap favourite, Steph Clifford, who will be opening the show with her beautiful collection of singer-songwriter covers and originals. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Acorn Music, Steamers Coffee Co, or at the doors (subject to availability). For more information on the Small Hall Music Crawl, visit or the Facebook Event: “Small Hall Music Crawl 2020”. Coffee House performance date: Saturday Feb. 8

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Sorrento Lions Club By Judi Kembel January and February are quiet months for our club but we are looking forward to gearing up for our 2020 events. We will begin with our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sorrento/Blind Bay Community Park on Easter Sunday, April 12th. On May 21st, we will celebrate our 47th Charter Night, May 30th will see our 6th Annual Garage Sale at the Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Road in Sorrento. If you have any items to donate, please call Lion Wayne Kembel at 250-675-2616. Next on the agenda is the annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast on June 21st also at the Sorrento Memorial Hall followed by the Canada Day Pancake Breakfast and Beer Garden on July 1st at Centennial Field in Blind Bay. In keeping with the current bans on plastic bags, we wish to announce that the Sorrento Lions Club has gone green. We are using paper bags imprinted with our crest and name for the meat draw prizes. We also have bright yellow, jumbo tote bags imprinted with our crest and name for sale at $5.00 per bag. These cloth bags will be available for purchase at our meat draws or you can call Wayne at 250-675-2616 to place an order for the bags and

we still have a few 2020 calendars featuring pets of the Shuswap remaining. Remember when you support your Sorrento Lions Club, you are supporting your community. Our weekly meat draws at the Copper Island Pub & Grill on the TransCanada Highway in Sorrento began on September 20th, 2019 and will run until June 26th, 2020. All funds raised go right back into the community. Tickets are $1.00 each and are good for each of the ten draws made between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm with the 50/50 draw being held at 7:00 pm. Friday night is Fish and Chip night at the pub, so come for supper and fun. 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 Lion Leona at our email address: We would love to hear from you! Check out our website at sorrentobc/ .

Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre By Sandra Reutlinger Good times and green beer! Want to bring a Doctor here? Great music with Juke Box band, it’s gonna be just grand. St Patrick’s Day is on the way, with a great event in Blind Bay! March the fourteenth, mark it down, let’s bring healthcare close to town. It’s a fundraiser you’ll want to support, to help ensure we don’t fall short In our vision of bringing health care closer to you, with services available right here in the Shu’. We want a community that’s healthy and well - with the ability for seniors to age right where they dwell. Join us as we improve the place we live, there are many ways you can give: Donate to the auction or volunteer some time, come to the fundraiser and spend more than a dime. Working together for health and wellness, lets make this project a true success.!

Great to know for this time of year: * Free income tax services if you qualify. Drop by the centre for more information * Dr. on call at the Walk in Clinic: Saturday's 9:00am1:00pm * Lab Services, ECGs, Senior Resources: Tuesday's and Thursday's 8:00am2:00pm * Foot-care, immuniza-

tions and more, give us a call. * LASS Seniors Computer Program: Spring Session starts March 24. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1 hr per week for 6 weeks. Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre is a volunteer run organization dedicated to bringing health care closer to home. For more info: 250-6753661 or




Notch Hill Natter By Anna-Marie Eckhart Happy New Year from the Notch Hill Natter! In review of our past year of events and on goings at the hall, we had a great time getting together for a wide range of community events. The hall put on 12 different events in 2019 including our first annual Heritage Day and Show'n Shine. Two very well attended Artisan Markets were held at the hall during the spring and summer. Bluegrass music filled the hall in September with songs sung and instruments played from the band Rough Cut. October saw the original hardwood Fir flooring restoration project completed. Our first painting party was held in November with Rayna Vdh, a mixed bag of art. And we finished the year off in December with a bang! We held our annual Children’s Christmas Party, followed by the CP Holiday Train with guests Terri Clarke and Dallas Smith at the hall and one more time old tradition, the Ladies Christmas Social. The hall and our little white church

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were the host to weddings, family reunions, private and business parties, community forums, Hall Board, general and entertainment meetings and birthday parties. It has been a busy year! We are a Non-Profit Society and rely solely on volunteers to make ALL these events happen. We have welcomed 20 new members, making us a membership of 45. We are looking forward to our Community Events planned for 2020 at the hall. Come be a part of it, give back to your Community, and have a part and say in Preserving our Heritage. As a Non-Profit Registered Society, all operating costs incurred at the hall are funded by fundraising, donations and from grants applied for. We work hard to keep our Community Hall doors open. To help NHTH members achieve this, the hall is applying for a Government Issued Charitable Status Number. This will allow the hall to apply for supporting grants without the help of sponsorship, something that is a must for a non-profit without a Charitable

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Status number. It also will allow the hall to open an Endowment/ Preservation Fund Account. The NHTH is looking for two estimates for a kitchen reno at the hall. We are looking to add cupboards, electrical outlets, storage and installation of appliances. This project will be funded by pending grant applications, in spring 2020. March 2, 2020 - General Meeting at 7pm followed by entertainment meeting. Coffee will be on! New members welcome. Annual membership fee of $10. For information on our Heritage Rentals, please contact Marianne at 250 8354721 or Sheila at 250 803-5206. For all other enquiries: LIKE us on Facebook at our Facebook page: Notch Hill Community Hall. Email us at: Find us at: 1639 Notch Hill Rd, Sorrento Phone message at: 250 835-8455

Curling, Skmana Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Skating, Archery, Story Telling, Snowman Building, Games, Face Painting, Dance, Chili Cook-off, Bed Races, BBQ, Fireworks, Beer Gardens and So Much More‌Details on Community Events on pg 29 or in Feb KICKER pg. 17




Carlin Hall Community Association Submitted by Jane Stephenson As the second month of this new decade and year gets underway, I think it would be accurate to say that there has probably been a run on shovels and snowblowers the past month. The extensive snowfalls have had people looking for new places to pile the white stuff. It certainly has created the feeling of living in a snow globe as neighbours help neighbours dig out from under the snow. We all do take care of one another in times of need. This was evident from the way folks pitched in as our sister province to the east, Newfoundland, was being lambasted by blizzards. Now those were some serious snowfalls. Perspective is always a good thing! A big shout out to Larry Blaine for keeping the snow at bay in the Hall’s upper and lower parking lots. Bobcat operator, Dave Matson, also did a fine job in removing as much snow as possible from around the building. The wet, heavy snow, which caused power outages across this area and beyond, caused the cancellation of January’s Coffeehouse. The Memorial Tea for Kaye Baumann has been postponed twice, first because of the power and snow, and secondly, due to the much colder weather. I am happy to announce that the Tea for Kaye will be held on Friday, March 27 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please mark this date on your calendars. The February Coffeehouse and the Andrew Collins Trio Concert took place prior to print. As always, thank you to everyone who comes out to support live music. The Second Annual SMALL HALL CRAWL gets underway on Saturday, February 15 as The Jordan Dick & Jacob Verburg Band, with special guest, Ari Lantela, take to the Carlin Hall stage to kick off three consecutive Saturdays of entertainment. Their exceptional talent is well known throughout the area. Jordan and Jacob’s improvisational skills will take you on a journey to where the unexpected happens. Melodies, harmonies, and rhythms lead them in the pursuit of invention. You are strongly encouraged to get your tickets ($20) early at ACORN Music, Steamers Coffee Co, at the door, or at Doors open at 7pm/Show at 7:30pm. There will be a cash bar (beer and wine), charcuterie platters available by pre-order. Sorry No Minors Vice President, Don Cavers, has been spearheading a fundraising initiative for Carlin Hall. There is another month remaining in this endeavour. Being as everyone likes to eat, and there-

fore, needs to buy groceries, please consider purchasing Askew’s Gift Cards from Don. This is a win, win, win for consumers, for an extremely supportive local business, and for Carlin Hall. For information and ordering, please email Don at Regular programming continues for the Tuesday Beginner Acoustic Workshop. The 10 session, second term got underway on January 14. Those dusty instruments that people have had hiding in their basements are sounding dang fine as everyone continues to learn more and play together. Contact Larry at 250 675 5426 for details. The Wednesday night acoustic jam has started up again after a holiday break. Bring your guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and have some fun playing with other people! This intermediate/ advanced jam takes place in a circle format. Time is 7:00-9:00 pm. Drop in fees are $3 for members $5 for non members/ per session. For more info contact Diane at 250-517-0861. Lastly, please watch for an exciting Concert Series announcement coming in the March edition of The Scoop. Director Jen Gamble has been working to put together an interesting series of musical acts for your enjoyment. Stay tuned!




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Submitted by Lynne Lowes Greens for Geezers…. and their Grandkids All of us get requests for donations from charities that help people in dire need all over the world. We hope you continue to give to those less fortunate but we hope you also will consider donating to a charity in your own backyard. It may come as a surprise that Cedar Heights is a registered charity, as we usually try to fund our community association programs and activities from membership and program fees. We have not publically asked for donations in the past five years. Like many associations, our expenses have increased more than our revenues. That has resulted in a need to raise our fees again this year, which rightly concerns many of our members. A substantial part of our income in the past has come from our golf course. That helped us to provide all of our wonderful programs and activities for a reasonable cost. However, the golf course has fallen on hard times in recent years. During the past seven years, we renovated the Cedar Centre and built pickleball and bocce courts. There was little money left over to do the maintenance needed to keep the course in good condition. The final straw was the

collapse of our 40 year old irrigation system last year. This forced us to close the course early and resulted in much lower revenues. A dedicated team of volunteers contributed over 600 hours of labour, watering the greens by hand, digging trenches, and rebuilding tee boxes. We used our own funds, but we also received generous support from the CSRD. Our major contractors, Lessard Excavating, Nico’s Nurseryland and SPARQ Industries & Automation as well as many other local suppliers provided topnotch service at lower than expected costs. Our lovely treed short Par 3 golf course which lies on 7 1/2 acres behind the Cedar Centre, is a hidden gem in our community. Although it is not widely known, the course, just like our pickleball and bocce courts, is open to the public. It is an ideal course for families, new golfers and those looking to work on their short game at a reasonable cost. We don’t want to lose this valuable community asset as there are so few places locally where parents and grandparents can get outside and play with their kids. There are lots of golf courses in the area, but (Continued on page 25)

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none that are so well suited for first-time players and young children.. So, bring your kids. If they are under 12 and accompanied by an adult, they can play for FREE. We also are working to establish a youth golf program with professional instruction. Our local schools have expressed an interest in bringing their students to play golf, pickleball and bocce at Cedar Heights as part of their sports program. There are more young people moving to the Shuswap every year. Our course may save some parents from having to drive their kids to Salmon Arm to participate in a sports activity.

So we are asking you, the public, to consider donating to our Greens for Geezers GoFundMe site so we can finish our project and continue our mission of promoting an active lifestyle for everyone in our community, including geezers and their grandkids. If you can help, here is the link to the page: https:// -for-geezers. You can find the link on the front page of our website as well: http:// Your contributions will be 100% tax deductible. And while you are on the website, take a look at the events and programs that we offer and consider this as an invitation to join us.



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Practicing Neighbourliness with Folk Music and Wintry woods! By Michael Shapcott What do the Canadian dream folk duo Josh + Bex, snowshoes and skis have in common? They are part of the way that the Sorrento Centre seeks to be a great neighbour in the Shuswap! During the cold snap in early January, when the power was out and people were hunkered down, the staff at the Sorrento Centre was hard at work figuring out all sorts of ways to engage with our neigbours! We made plans for a lovely musical showcase on Feb 29, part of the Small Hall Crawl of the Arts Council of the South Shuswap. Josh + Bex, emerging artists from Kelowna, will perform in the intimate space of Caritas on the Sorrento Centre campus. It’s not just a beautiful

evening evening; it is a chance to celebrate the incredible talent in the interior of BC. Not only that, the Sorrento Centre is joining with Skmana (the wonderful crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing area near Chase) to offer an outdoor package the celebrates our beautiful natural region even as we celebrate the great music indoors. At the Sorrento Centre, we think a lot about what it means to be a good neighbour. It means pointing with pride to the people and places in the Shuswap. We are proud to be part of such a wonderful region and dedicated to showcasing all that our neighbours have to offer! Check out all the details on our website at:

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Shuswap Overland Adventures “On the Bottom”

By Jason Lutterman Walking down the seemingly endless shoreline of our uniquely shaped lake often yields a glimpse into the Shuswap’s feral past. A rust stained piece of driftwood now just debris, is evidence of a bygone era. The stories I come across learning about my hometown often seem more suited to a mystery novel than that of local history. The untamed waters of potent winter storms have been the setting for many of these tales. The SS Whitesmith a 78 foot, wood burning steam-powered paddlewheel built in 1928, went to the bottom by Sicamous after a fierce storm in 1933 battered it against the old CPR Hotel’s pilings, ultimately piercing the hull and sinking the ship built to carry people and cargo across the lake. Now a popular dive attraction with a plaque placed at the wreckage by the Underwater Archaeological Association of British Columbia. Not far down the lake lay the intact remains of a horse drawn sleigh that didn’t make its journey across the ice of the narrows. It lays at the bottom with the remains of the horses still harnessed to the sleigh. Rumour that National Geographic has taken interest in raising it has been floating around.

March 22, 1930 proved to be the last day that the Model T Ford driven by John Joseph Smith would be used to deliver mail across the frozen lake. At that time, the Model T pulling two sleighs was the fastest method of delivering mail and supplies during the winter months. Incredibly surviving the incident, Smith continued to deliver mail and supplies until he drowned in the Shuswap on May 21, 1940 near the narrows. There also lies a plaque at the site of the sunken Model T, sitting well preserved at the bottom of Sicamous Bay. There are countless stories like these ones from long ago. It was well regarded back then that 3 out of 4 winters the lake would freeze completely over. While we haven’t seen the lake freeze in a long time, the fierce winter storms continue. And we now have a new vessel settling on the bottom. Sitting north of Copper Island along the 5200 block of Squilax -Anglemont Hwy lays the most recent casualty of a brutal winter storm, an approximately 45-foot grey and red paddle wheel looking vessel. Taken to the bottom by the pounding waves of the recent storm. The more I read about our past, the more it adds value to the present. While I hope the boat is raised and removed from the lake, it may be destined for a story similar to these ones, one hundred years



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Chocolate Auction for a Good Cause By Clare Hale What do all things Chocolate and building a new school have in common? A lot if planning a mission trip to build one! A team from Shuswap Community Church will be heading to Guatemala this summer to help with a school building project with Compelling Love Ministries. Compelling Love Ministries is a Canadian registered charity that believes Education is foundational to human development and has a clear multiplier effect with benefits in health, broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction. The cost of the project is

something chocolate. SCC Sorento will approximately $5000. The team will be doing a variety of events to raise funds to be hosting a fun event at Sorrento Memorial Hall, 7 pm February 15. cover the cost. It will be a Valentine’s themed evenThe first one will be… you guessed it, ing of fun and excitement. A little ‘Familiar Feud’ game, some musical entertainment and a “Death By Chocolate” Dessert Auction. The community is invited to attend. Learn about the Project. Talk to the team members and discover their passion. And participate in the auction. All funds raised at this event will be receipted for tax purposes by Compelling Love Ministries.

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250-832-5428 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 250675-2599 • Sorrento Food Bank Tina Hysop 250-253-3663 •Sorrento Minor Ball Geoff 250-804-6923, • South Shuswap Canada Day Committee - Tammy Packer 250.463.2495 • 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) email: / • White Lake New Horizons Seniors Club - Tim Hoy 250-835-2141 •Shuswap





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le Orchestra 7pm BYO racket. Non-competitive. FMI 250-675-2397 • Wed - Sit and Keep Fit 11am / Carpet Bowling 1pm / Crib & Canasta 1pm / Bridge 7pm • Probus Copper Island - meets at Cedar Heights Community Hall in Blind Bay - 2nd Thurs./mo. at • Thurs - Probus Club (2nd Thurs) 10am / Ladies 10am. Coffee at 9:30. For details call Mike Murrell afternoon out 1:30pm / Karate 7pm / The Shutterat 250 675-4495 bugs Photo Club (3rd Thurs) 2pm • Salmon Arm Toastmasters - Thurs. 7-9pm Up• Fri - Co-ed Keep Fit 9am stairs at Uptown Askews. FMI 250-517-8401 • Sun - Sorrento Evangelical Free Church - Adult study 9:30am, Service 10:55am • Seniors Lunch - Last Thurs. noon at Duffers • Snooker 1pm every day except Wed. Den, Call to reserve 250-675-3661 • Summer Pickleball - check schedule online Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre • Shuswap Rock Club - First Tues of the month (Sept - June) 7:30 pm at Sorrento Drop in Society. 2417 Golf Course Dr. Saturday workshops 12:00-4:00 pm fall-spring, Field Blind Bay Market 250-675-3661 trips spring-fall. FMI Pat, 250-675-2849. • Walk-in-Clinic - Saturdays 9am-1pm • The Shuswap Nature Hikers meet weekly on Fridays • Immunizations - Adults & Children. Book appt. w/health nurse 250-833-4101. to hike the North and South Shuswap Trails. To join, contact or visit http:// • Volunteer on Duty - Tues & Thurs 8-2pm. To swer questions about help for senior support services. Visit or call 250-675-3661 email • The Arts OnSite with Lady Nature - meets Mondays, 9am (May’til the end of Oct.) (writing, dancing, theatre, painting, drawing, composing music) create • Foot Care - Wed. Call 250-675-3661. outdoors in the forest, somewhere near Sorrento• Mobile Lab Services & ECGs Tues & Thurs. Blind Bay. Contact: or 8am-2pm. Bring Dr. Requisition & Medical card visit • Seniors Lunch - monthly Eagle Bay Community Hall • TOPS Sorrento #4369 - Wed. from 8:15 to 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. 2385 Golf 4326 Eagle Bay Rd. Course Drive. FMI Gail 250-675-2849 Hall rentals: 250-675-3136 • TOPS Sorrento #1856 - Thurs. weigh-in at • Quilting Mon.10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4531 8:30am, meeting at 9am. Sorrento Place Club• Crafts Wed, 10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4282 • Fitness Tue & Thu 9am Wanda 675-5098 house (Buckley Rd). Jacquie 250-675-2574 Blind Bay Memorial Hall • Garden Club - 2nd Thur.10:30am (except June to Aug) 675-2125 or 675-2029 2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139 Facebook: Blind Bay • Playgroup Fri, for parents & children under 5 yrs Memorial Hall & Reedman Gallery. 9:30-11:30am 604-725-0691 Website: • Darts Fri. 7:15-9pm. Alan: 675-5403 • Blind Bay Painters - Tues. 10am - 3pm; FMI: • Coffee House 4th Sat of the Month 7:30pm Gail Boden (except Dec & June -Aug) Performers always welcome! Gaetane 675-2178 • Full Throttle Fitness - Mon,Wed, Fri. 7am & 6pm Library (ORL) South Shuswap Branch • Impulse Movement Dance - Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop & more. Seniors & Pre-school. 780-996-0623 Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818 • Probus - 1st Thurs. 10am 250-803-8930 • Tues Night Blues Jam - 3rd Tues. at 7 pm. Oct • Writer’s Nook - 2nd & 4th Wed. 10am-12pm. 15 - Apr 20, 2020 New members welcome: Carlin Hall • Garden Club - 3rd Wed. 10:00am - noon. FMI Susan 250-835-2351 or Donald 778-490-5008. 4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. To book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577. • Fireside Knitters - 1st & 3rd Fri. 10am - noon. Come join by the fireplace. • Beginner Acoustic Jam Tues: 7pm to 9pm. (Oct 15-Dec17) FMI Larry 250-675-5426 • Page Turners book Club - 3rd Thurs, 10am • Intermediate acoustic jam Wed: 7pm to 9pm • Children’s Programs - For a full list of story times, baby talk, colouring, craft days, and more • Coffee House 1st Saturday - October-June, 7pm. check our website or stop by. Doors open at 6:30. Notch Hill Town Hall • Singers - Thurs. 7 to 9 pm at the Arts Council for the South Shuswap-Carlin Hall lower level. 1639 Notch Hill Rd. Pres. Anna-Marie Eckhart 250 Come join the Coppertones! FMI Karen 250-515835-8455. Check us out on Facebook 3276 • Meet 1st Mon. at 7pm (bank holiday 2nd Mon) Cedar Heights Community Association Watch for special events all year. Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012 email: Web: • Mon - Sit and Keep Fit 11am 250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage • Tues - Seniors theatre 1pm / Karate 7pm / Ukule-

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Line Dance (intermediate) 1-3pm, Sponge Ball 9-12pm • Tues: Ladies Bridge 1-4pm, Good Time Quilters 1st & 3rd, 9am-3pm, Sponge Ball 9-12pm • Wed: Line Dance (beginners) 10-11:30am, (Advanced) 1:30-3pm. Ballroom Dance 7-9pm. Lego Club 2nd Wed 6:30-8pm • Thurs: Play Group 9-12pm, Shuswap Pipers1-4pm • Friday: Sponge Ball 9-12pm, Youth Group (Gr. 5-7)6:30-7:30pm - (Gr. 8 & up)7:30-9:30pm, Scrappy Quilt Chics 9-3pm • River of Life Service: Sun. 10am (Sunday School 10:15am) Sorrento Drop in Society 1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358 • Mon - Glee Club - 9:30am 804-3987/ AA at 8pm • Tues - Wheels to Meals 2nd & 4th Tues. 6754871. Snooker (men)1pm Rick 675-2829 • Wed - Five Crowns, 1 pm Ralph 675-5485, Snooker, 6pm 675-2829 - Shuswap Wood Carvers: 9am FMI Peter 675-2746. • Thurs - Quilting 10am Kathy 675-3605/ Snooker (men)1pm 675-2829 • Fri - Ladies Snooker, 1pm Sheena 253-0820 Sorrento Lions Club • Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday at 6:45pm at Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Lions to join us. FMI Trudy Grigg, • Lions Club Weekly Meat Draws Fridays at Copper Island Pub 5-7pm Sunnybrae Community Hall 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd. Hall Rentals - Vicki Green - 250- 835-2199, • Badminton Mon 7-9pm & Thur 2-4pm • Karate - Tues & Thu+rs 6pm • Coffee House - 2nd Sat - Oct to May • General Meeting 4th Wed: 7:30pm Sunnybrae Seniors Hall 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd., Maddie Welch 250-803-8890 • Arts & Crafts Mon 10am- 2pm (except statutory holidays) FMI 250-803-8890 • Sit & Fit Tues. & Fri. 1-2pm • Games Day Wed 1pm • Potluck luncheon - 3rd Wed, 5pm (except July/ Aug) • Shuswap Needle Arts Guild (SNAG) meet 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9am (Sept to Jun) FMI Jo (250)832-9308 or Sharon (250)-832-4588. • Coffee House Dinner 2nd Sat. 5pm. Please Reserve: Cam 250-835-8800 White Lake Community Hall 3617 Parri Road 250-803-4616 • Electric Music Jam Thursdays 7pm



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Wellness Centre, Blind Bay Marketplace 250-675 -3661 • Cedar Heights Community: • Movie Night - Feb 7th-The Best of Enemies, Feb 21st –The Rocketman a must see all about the life of Elton John. Doors open at 6:30. • Shed Party - Feb 11th at 7:00 pm. Everyone welcome to sing and play with us. • Chinese Dinner - Feb 14th at 5:30. Food from the Chinese Garden – buy your tickets asap at the Centre Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 pm. • Social Bridge Group - plays every Wednesday 7pm. New players welcome. Lessons available. For a list of all events at Cedar Heights go to • South Shuswap Library - Lego For ages 3-12. Just drop-in. Baby Talk resumes Feb. 7. Social and interactive hour, variety of topics. Fridays at 10:15 am. Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 Ages 18 months and under with caregiver. Drop-in. Free. Pyjama Storytime Fun with songs, stories and fingerplays. Light snack served. Tues. Feb. 11, March 10, April 7 from 6-6:45pm. Create a Valentines Card Sat. Feb. 8 at 1 pm. Please call to register. “Adult Events” - Laughing Yoga! You will feel refreshed, invigorated and relaxed. Call to register. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat. Tues, Feb.18 and March 3, 1 to 2pm. Introduction to Reiki. 3 session series. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Pre-registration. is required. Wed., Feb. 13, 20, 27, 1- 2:30pm. English Paper Piecing (EPP). Yes, hand sewing can be fun! Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies. Wed, March 10, 10am-1pm and Tues. March 17, 1-4pm. Pre-registration required. • INCORPORATION ADVISORY MEETING - Feb 12, 6-8:30pm at Cedar Heights Community Centre. Find out how incorporation can affect you. Public welcome. FMI see ad on page 8. • Power up your golf swing - 6 week course starting Feb. 13 at Blind Bay Memorial Hall. FMI 250253-5200 • Duffer’s Valentine’s Dinner - Feb 14. Reservations required. FMI see ad on page 13 • Tuesday Night Jam - Feb. 18, 7pm at Blind Bay Hall. Join the fun with the Blind Bay Blues Band. • South Shuswap Chamber AGM - Wed. Feb. 19, 6pm. Wine & Cheese to start. Meeting starts at 6:45. • South Shuswap Canada Day Meeting - Feb. 25, 7pm at Shuswap Lake Estates Pool Rm. Come see what we are plannning. Share your suggestions and ideas. FMI: • TOWN HALL MEETING - Wed. Feb. 26, 6:30pm -9:30pm at Cedar Heights Centre. Topic: Shuswap Economic Development (SED). More info CSRD Directors notes pg. 4 • Learn to Fly - 2-day Fly Tying workshop with Steve Maricle, Feb. 29 and March 1. Blind Bay Memorial Hall Phone 250-253-5200. Register:


• St. Patrick’s Day Dance/Fundraiser - Mar.14 at

Shuswap Lake Estates Lodge. Lower Level; Cocktails 5pm Dinner 6pm Music by “Juke Box” Reserve tables/tickets call 250-675-3661. FMI see ad on page 21 • Loose and Animal Acrylics - with Anita McComas. Capture the feeling of an animal in a realistic style, using expressive strokes. March 21, 10 to 3 pm. Agnes at 250-253-5200 or EAGLE BAY HALL • Eagle Bay Hall Coffeehouse - Feb 22 at 7:30pm • Playgroup 5 yrs and under - Friday mornings 9:30am to 11:30am. FMI Christine 604-725-0691 SORRENTO • Sorrento Lions Meat Draws - every Friday at Copper Island Pub. 5-7pm. • Death By Chocolate Fundraiser - Feb 15, 7pm at Sorrento Memorial Hall. Familiar Feud game, musical entertainment, dessert auction. Church. FMI see ad on page 27. • Newsome Creek Water Action Group MeetingFeb. 27, 6:30pm at Sorrento Centre. FMI • Ski & Snowshoe Concert Weekend Retreat Feb 28 to Mar 1 at Sorrento Centre. Enjoy a ski and snowshoe tour in partnership with the Skmana Ski Club during the day on Saturday followed by a concert Small Hall Music Crawl Feb 29 featuring Josh & Bex. Opening performance by Sue Kyle & Al Bates. FMI or • Notch Hill Community Hall General Meeting Mar 2 at 7pm, followed by Entertainment Meeting. New members welcome. • School District 83 Long Range Facilities Plan Meeting - Wed. March 11, 6pm at Sorrento Elementary School. Community members are invited and encouraged to participate in the consultation process for North & South Shuswap Schools. Information and ideas gathered from will guide trustees as they develop the district’s 10 year long range plan. TAPPEN / SUNNYBRAE • Carlin Hall: • Small Hall Music Crawl - Feb 15 Featuring The Jordan Dick and Jake Verburg Band. Opener Ari Lantela, FMI • Coffee House - Mar 7, 7pm • Sunnybrae Coffeehouse & Dinner - Feb 8, featuring Margit Sky Project. Dinner at the Seniors Hall Doors open 5:30pm-7:30pm. Please reserve dinner 250-835-8800. • Small Hall Music Crawl - Feb 22 at Sunnybrae Hall. Featuring The Eisenhauers. Opening performance by Steph Clifford. FMII WHITE LAKE • Electric Music Jam Thursdays, 7pm at White Lake Community Hall. 3617 Parri Road SALMON ARM & AREA • CSRD Board of Directors Meeting: Feb 20, 9:30am at CSRD office in Salmon Arm • Salmar Classic Theatre: HD Live from the Met Agrippina Feb. 29, 9:55 am. Der Fliegende Hol-


lander - Mar. 14, 9:55 am. On Screen Bolshoi Ballet “Swan Lake” - March 1, 1pm • Regional Job Fair/Business Showcase – Mar. 9, 11am to 5:30pm at Splatsin Community Centre. Enderby. Registration and more info at: http:// NORTH SHUSWAP North Shuswap Winter Festival Feb 15-16, various locations. X-Country Skiing, Cultural Activities, Snow Sculpting, Bed Races, Fireworks and more! February 15 • Lakeview Centre Games Day from 10am to 2 pm for pool, table tennis, carpet bowling, foosball, and air hockey. Anglemont Fire Department serving hamburgers and hotdogs, 11am to 1pm by donation. • Ski Skmana X Country & Snowshoe Trails 11am-3pm. Bring a lunch, sit by the fire and enjoy a sweet treat from the Club. Tours at noon & 2pm. • Quaaout Lodge hosting C7istkten Story Telling 1:30-2:30pm in their Kekuli. Archery 2:45-3:45 over age 15. Both events drop in by donation. • Celista Estate Winery - Snowman building contest, hot dogs & hot choc. 11am-3pm • Farrell’s Field - family skate, hotdogs & hot choc. 1-4pm. • Face Painting - NS Community Hall 4pm • Family Dance - NS Community Hall 5-7pm Feb. 15 & 16 • Drop in Curling NS Community Hall 9am-5pm February 16 • Bed Races - Participants arrive 1pm, Race begins 2pm Shuswap Lake Provincial Park • Chili Cook Off - 4pm The Hub. Outdoors with firepits, free glow sticks, ice cream, beer gardens. • Fireworks - 7pm behind the Hub. Bring a chair. • Bingo - begins again at NS Community Hall on

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For more North Shuswap Events check out the Kicker CHASE & AREA • Chase Curling Club Pancake Breakfast - Sun Feb. 9, 9 to 11 am. All proceeds to the volunteer run Chase Curling Club. Cheap rentals: We have shuffle board, food safe kitchen facilities, catering, bar with bar tenders and music. • Bubble Wonders - Sat. Feb 29, 2pm at Chase Community Hall. Doors open at 1pm for kids activities. You won’t be believe what the Bubble Man can do with bubbles! Donations accepted for Chase Young Learners Society.

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