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10th Edition

January 2017

Do you live or own property in Sunnybrae, Tappen, White Lake, Blind Bay, Sorrento, Eagle Bay, Notch Hill or another Area C community? Columbia Shuswap Regional District Have you ever wondered what services the regional district provides, how service decisions are made, or how you can express your views as decisions are made? The Area C Governance Study will answer these questions and offer opportunities for residents and owners throughout Area C to share their perspectives. What’s working? What’s not? What should be done differently? How do you feel about the current model for Area C? The study will explore the current structure of regional district governance and will reach out to Area C communities to understand their interests and concerns. The study will assess the need for change and will identify future options to improve the way Area C is governed and the way local services are delivered.

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The Final Area C Governance Study Report, including the outcomes of the study’s public involvement process, is expected to be presented to the CSRD Board of Directors in the fall of 2017. The study will be led by the Governance Study Committee, together with a local government consultant engaged by the Regional District. Twelve Area C residents, representing a broad range of local communities and interests, have been appointed to the Committee by the Regional District Board of Directors. The Electoral Area C Director is an ex-officio member of the Committee. The work of the Study Committee and the consultant will be shared openly with the public and informed by thorough community engagement processes. The first step in the study process is to (Continued on page 3)

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provide opportunities for Area C residents and property owners to learn more about their community and their current system of local government. A South Shuswap Governance and Service Overview will be developed to highlight important aspects of the local government system in British Columbia, and more specifically, local governance and service provision in Area C. An Interim Governance Study Report will also be developed to provide a comprehensive view of the brochure content. We Want to Hear from You! There will be many opportunities throughout the spring and summer of 2017 to learn more and to share your

views. Sign-up for email updates, attend an open house or a presentation in your community, or complete a project questionnaire. Check the February Scoop and the CSRD website for future details on the public involvement process ... and share your views. All Governance Study Committee Meetings are open to the public. Committee Meeting Dates & Locations Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 pm, Carlin Hall Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 pm, Carlin Hall (to be confirmed) For more information got to http://

South Shuswap Historical Society By Dave Barton In keeping with our intention to have our public meetings at different municipal halls within electoral Area C, we had our second meeting at Sunnybrae Seniors Centre in early November. It was hosted by Barbra Fairclough and was very interesting and informative. The Mobley Family was prominent in the early settling of the area. Laura Burkitt and her daughter, Gail read an interesting item from the Salmon Arm Scrap Book printed in1980 titled “Chronicles of Sunnybrae” written by Howard Mobley. It goes as follows… “Granddad was in charge of stores at the Columbia River Lumber Mill at Kualt. To get back and forth, he and his sons, Charley and George, built a wagon road to the lakeshore where the present day Sunnybrae park is located and he crossed the lake back and forth in a scow

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like boat. For many years, this location was known as “Grandpa’s Landing”. By Publisher: Jan Wojciechowski about 1913 the road was extended to the Director: Tracy Wojciechowski railroad at Tappen, and in 1915 Dad and Editor: Jo Anne Malpass Henry Calhoun of Tappen, engineered Design & Sales Co-ordinator: the birth of the Granite Trading AssociaCatalina Turingan tion which is now the Tappen Co-op.” We were loaned a copy of ‘Carlin Drop boxes: Steamers Coffee Shop, Family Favourites’ cookbook prepared Sorrento AND Blind Bay Country Market by the Carlin School Parent Advisory (at Blind Bay Market Place) Committee. At the beginning of each The South Shuswap Scoop is a division of the recipe section there’s a photo and history North Shuswap Kicker NewsleƩer Ltd. of each of the old schools in Area C. What a great source of history of our schools. D e l i v e r y Fe b r u a r y 1 0 Our next public meeting will be at White Lake Community Hall on Thursday Jan. 26 at 2:00 pm. We are lookBecome a ONE TO ONE Volunteer ing forward to hearing more great history. One to one reading program supports child literacy. • • • •

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the Salmon Arm landfill. Paper and plastics were the next two largest categories at 17.4% and 17.2%, respectively. So, over 50% of the News of Note from the CSRD waste being deposited at our landfill is recyclaPaul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (CSRD - South Shuswap) Cell: 250-517-0810 ble, and can therefore be diverted to other programs that will manage this waste in a much more environmentally-friendly manner. Curbside Waste Pickup Being Considered At transfer stations across the CSRD, residents can deposit A 30 week food waste collection and composting trial inrecyclables sorted into six different categories including paper/ volving 9 depots and transfer stations in the CSRD was completed in 2016. Due to very low levels of participation the pro- fibre, metal and plastic containers, white Styrofoam, coloured Styrofoam, plastic overwrap, and glass bottles. Bottle depots gram has been discontinued as it wasn’t a cost-effective apare also used by residents to return cans and bottles that provide proach to waste reduction. a cash deposit. Resident participation in these various recycling The goal of achieving a food waste disposal ban by 2020 remains an important strategic objective for the CSRD. One key programs is far less than optimal, as indicated by the waste factor supporting this objective is the enormous cost to close an characterization study. We can do much better! CSRD staff are now proposing that curbside pickup of recyexisting landfill (about $3.4 million) and to open a replacement clables and garbage be considered in order to increase the (another $12.5 million). The solid waste characterization study done in 2013 showed amount of waste being recycled. Currently, several private that food waste, or compostable organics, was the single largest waste management companies are collecting garbage across waste category in contributing 23.8% of all waste deposited at Area C. For a once weekly pickup of one bag of garbage, these companies charge homeowners $180 to $230 per year. With these services, no monitoring of waste occurs, so undoubtedly, recyclables end up in this waste. A new study has been completed which calculates that we could have weekly pickup (52 pickups) of compostable organic waste, and biweekly pickup (26 pickups) of paper/plastics and garbage costing each homeowner between $240 and $270 per year. If we could combine this service contract with the service provided to Sicamous, the annual costs could be reduced to $215 to $230 per year. Combining with Salmon Arm could potentially yield further cost reductions. Seasonal residents could participate with a half-year service agreement. A key benefit of curbside pickup is the significant increase in recyclable waste volumes that will occur as well as the • Airport Shuttle • Shopping Assistance overall reduction of household waste being deposited at the • Home Renovations • Meal Preparation landfill. This benefits all of us as the cost for a new landfill is • Window Cleaning • Maintenance moved into the more distant future. Recyclables are reused as • Pressure Washing • Yard Clean-up new products and this represents a more environmentally re• Grocery & other Deliveries • Tree Trimming sponsible way to deal with household waste and the limited • Meal Preparation • Lawn Care resources on this planet. • Appointment Transportation • Gardening This proposed program is currently in the developmental • Packing & Moving • Painting, you name it! stage, and new information will become available over time. • Downsizing Assistance • Trips & Outings As this information comes available, I will cover this in future • Storage Organization • Companionship columns. At present, the timetable being considered is to initiate curbside pickup in Area C in 2018.

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Chamber of Commerce News Submitted by Karen Brown, General Manager Newest Chamber Members The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce welcomed Aquatech Marine, Turner Contracting & White Lake Community Hall Association in December. For a full listing of all Chamber members, please visit the Directory of Members on our website Mark Your Calendars – Area C Governance Committee Meeting February 16th Are you interested in what the future holds for CSRD Electoral Area ‘C’? Should Area C incorporate ? Should we look at a model that sees more than one Director representing our area ? Should we ‘stay the course’ and remain unchanged in our governance model ? All of these questions are being explored by a Governance Committee at a series of meetings and public engagement sessions in 2017. The next Governance Committee meeting for Area C, which is open to the general public, will be held at Carlin Hall on Thursday February 16th at 6:00 pm. Mark your calendars to attend this very important meeting. Annual General Meeting February 23rd The Annual General Meeting for the South Shuswap Cham-



ber of Commerce Vacation Rentals will take place at the Cedar Heights Community CenLocated on the beautiful Shuswap tre 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay on February 23, 2017. Please note that this is a date change from February 16th. The Wine & Cheese portion of the evening will take place from 6:30 to 7:00, with the meeting starting right afterward. If you are interested in running as a Director for the South Shuswap Chamber, please contact Karen Brown at: In preparation for the Annual General Meeting in February, we are preparing a Recognition Board for all of the great work being done by our members. If you’ve received recognition or an award or have had a particularly successful 2016, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you on your professional successes. Please email Karen prior to January 15th, 2017 to share your news! 250.515.0002,,

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Official North Okanagan-Shuswap School Trustee Mike McKay agreed with staff that there will be no consideration for closure of Silver Creek and Armstrong Elementary schools at this time. At the December 13 board meeting, McKay decided on what action to take on many of the outstanding motions from 2015. With increased enrolment, the move out of funding protection, and access to several new government funding programs, the circumstances have changed. He noted the main factor in the recommendation to remove the amalgamation of Silver Creek and Salmon Arm West is the overall improvement in district finances as well as the institution in June of 2016 of the Rural Enhancement Fund. This fund provides districts with an allocation equal to that of what was being saved from a potential school closure or amalgamation. In Armstrong, the main factor is the additional funding that has been provided to the district through the return of the administrative savings, the new transportation funding and the fact that the district is now out of funding protection. Each of Armstrong’s schools has a population sufficient to make it a dynamic learning environment and there will be ongoing efforts to bring new program initiatives to attract area students who have chosen to attend other schools. Other initiatives passed by McKay include: • further investigation of the proposed K-12 school in Sicamous to ensure that the desired end results will be met by whatever decision is taken; • a study be completed looking at the education impact on students who are in three and four grade splits to ensure that such classrooms have the resources and the capacity to provide quality experiences to the wide age and agility range of learners; • establishment of a task force to explore ways to reduce the number of transitions in the Salmon Arm area; and, • a comprehensive district review be completed by De(Continued on page 7)

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cember 2017 that will address demographics, school configurations and catchment areas. In other business at the meeting, it was noted that the Learning Commons at Carlin Elementary Middle School was expected to be ready for students when school resumed on January 3. Over the holidays the Operations department planned to convert the old library into a classroom, which will make space for a StrongStart program in January. The remaining siding on the addition should be installed in February. This project was funded by local capital and the annual facility grant. The 2015/16 Statement of Financial Information will soon be available at under the District Information drop down menu. Click on Financial Reports and then SOFI report 2016.

Volunteer Computer Tutors Needed The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) wants to help seniors in the South Shuswap gain the computer skills needed to connect with their families and to participate safely in the computer literate world of 2017. If you are a computer user you can help - no need to be a computer expert! Commitment is one hour per week for 6 to 8 week sessions. Tutoring Sessions run at the: Copper Island Seniors Resource Center (CISRC) in Blind Bay

South Shuswap First Responders Need You in 2017 By Sandi Reutlinger Ringing in the New Year of 2017 was a memory making event for the Smith family. After surviving the packing, presents and people visiting at Christmas, Joan (or Mama Smith as the neighbour kids affectionately called her) was looking forward to getting through New Years rituals and getting on with routine and reindeer deflation - man those inflatable decorations in the yard needed to get packed away soon. The kids were looking forward to the strike of midnight when they could bang their pots and pans. Jamie was munching popcorn and had the poodle all decked out in tinsel and toques (one over each end) and Marshal was chopping carrots for the veggie tray while Dad stood precariously on the ladder putting up the disco ball. Now, you take the story from here. Whether it's a slip of the knife or dive off the ladder, accidents happen and attention is needed quickly. "911 - ambulance please" calls the "Smith family". The ambulance is dispatched to the house as are the first responders - those dedicated volunteers who arrive within minutes to attend to the patient until the ambulance can get there. The "tones go off" on the dispatchers radio. After getting all of the information from 911, the dispatcher tones out the call to the responders and those closest to the address will grab their emergency gear and go. Responders drive to the address and sure love it when houses have the house number clearly marked, preferably with a reflective sign so that it is easily identifiable in the dark. Living in a rural area, and depending on where the ambulance is coming from (ie another call, Salmon Arm or Chase) it will take about 20 minutes or more. The "Smith family" or anyone else needing emergency care can be assured that there is a team of trained, committed and compassionate Responders in the area. Being a First Responder or the Dispatcher is not a job for just anyone but we'd love to have you check us out, ask some questions, come to some meetings and see what you think. Training meetings are every other Wednesday at 7:00pm. For more information please call Debbie @ 250 675 3355 or Lynda @ 250 804 5195.

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South Shuswap Health Services Society Submitted by Gillian Richardson Welcome to 2017 at CISRC! The Copper Island Seniors’ Resource Centre reopened on January 3 after a holiday break, and our energetic volunteers are eager to respond to local seniors’ needs. Here’s what’s on tap for the first month of the New Year. A popular social event, the first monthly seniors’ luncheon will be held at Olde Town Centre on Thursday, Jan 19 at 11:30. Be sure to reserve your spot at 250-515-6047 or by Tuesday, Jan 17. Watch the media for menu details. Don’t be left out! The December meal was fully booked! Stuck at home with no transportation to the luncheon? Let us know if you need a ride when you call to book your spot, and we’ll do our best to get you there. It’s income tax time again! If you need help with filing your 2016 income tax forms, trained CISRC volunteers are ready to assist local seniors who qualify for this free service. Call 250 515 6047 to see what’s available. Did you get a new computer, tablet or smart phone for Christmas? Puzzled about how to use it? A new session of the LASS Cyberseniors Computer Program will begin on Jan 30. Volunteer tutors will be on hand to demystify those devices and get you on the road to confident computer use. Call if you would like to get on the list. TAKE NOTE: if you are a regular computer user (you don’t have to be an expert!) who could help others with the basic tasks—we need more tutors! Along with those special activities, CIRSC will carry on with the regular services you have come to welcome.

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1) Frozen meals are available for $7.50. Why not stock up with a few of your favorites? They could sure come in handy on snowy days when you can’t get outdoors to shop. Instead, opt for easy microwave preparation of a nutritious three course meal! Pick up at CISRC or call us to check out our menu ahead of time to order your choice. 2) The Foot Care Clinic will be available on Wed, January 25. After a February break, the nurse will be taking appointments again for March 1 and 15. This is a 20-minute session for a $30 fee. Call 250-515-6047 or for information or an appointment. 3) Cathryn Rankin will be offering Massage Therapy on January 18 and February 22. Could be just the thing you need after shoveling this winter’s snowfall. The fee is $35 for a 30 minute session. 4) Did you know we offer Hearing Screening? Call the Centre to arrange for a free hearing test. Let us know what you need. 5) Other Services: CISRC has a list of local service providers who can help with many tasks. If you aren’t sure who to call for things like snow shoveling, house cleaning, rides to medical appointments, let us know. We can put you in touch with skilled assistance. You’ve heard a lot about volunteers here; they are the lifeblood of CISRC. The folks who answer the phone, respond to your emails and offer the valuable information you seek are all dedicated local volunteers. They are your neighbors! Since CISRC is funded by donations to cover rent and operating expenses, we need that volunteer help to keep this busy place running. If you’ve had an occasion to use the Centre, you’ll agree that it is a valued amenity in our community. Consider becoming a volunteer yourself. Are you willing to contribute a couple of hours once a month or so during the open hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Please call 250-515-6047. Manager Shaunne Letourneau or Volunteer Coordinator Madonna Arbuckle will give you all the information you need.




Cedar Heights Community Association By Lynne Lowes 2016 was the year to try new things and embrace technology at Cedar Heights! We started off the year by revamping our mission statement and created a marketing plan to ensure our programs and activities meet the needs of our community. In addition to more than $10,000, contributed by the Association, we were fortunate to obtain government grants to purchase and install an electronic sign to advertise events at our Centre. We are awaiting approval from CSRD to sell advertising space to local businesses to provide additional revenue in the New Year. If you’re driving down Cedar Drive you can’t miss it, and you can even check out the time and temperature! Over half of our 400 plus members are members of our sports programs. Our Par 3 golf course has been greatly improved by removing a number of large trees and we installed a driving cage this summer which was used by our golf members who attended the free Pitch, Putt and Drive clinics. The course is open to the public and it’s the perfect place to learn the

game. Visitors to the area and many families took advantage of our reasonable rates over the summer. Our Pickleball members held their first two day Pickleball Tournament attended in September, by over 80 enthusiastic players. We now have over 100 signed up for our co-ed Keep Fit program and there is still a waiting list. Our newest indoor program is Carpet Bowling which is a great way to stay active during the winter months. Our members also like to have fun! We had our first Hawaiian Pig Roast and roasted a 100 lb pig, which is sure to be an annual event given the turnout. We also had a successful Wine and Cheese in September for those new to the community, where we showcased local wineries and food producers as well as the Centre. Another new event was a fall fashion show featuring unique clothes from a local boutique in Blind Bay modelled by local ladies. We now have a new more vibrant website that enables our members and visitors to see what’s happening at the Centre, learn all about our programs and

activities, and they can even watch the movie trailer before coming out to our Friday night movie. Take a tour through our website at Some events are so successful they become annual events like our spring Plant Sale, fall Pie Sale and Artisan Market, Soup and Bake Sale in December which brought in record crowds. This was followed by our 19th annual Kids Only Shopping day so kids can buy presents for their families at low prices which are carefully wrapped by our volunteers. The profits this year funded a dance program in the local school and helped families purchase brownie uniforms for their children. All of these programs and activities are made possible by our amazing volunteers who contributed more than 9000 hours last year. If you are interested in giving back to the community and want to make new friends join our association. On behalf of all our members at Cedar Heights we wish you a healthy and Happy New Year.




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Episode 10 – The Turkey Express! By Una St. Clair The clock was ticking and I was in a big hurry to get back to the farm. Loaded into coolers in the back of the vehicle were 25 fresh turkeys, destined to grace Shuswap Christmas dinner tables everywhere. Loaded into my stomach were at least 25 ounces of chocolate, destined to provide me with “the turkey in my tank” extra energy to get through a crazy day. The speedometer needle was the least of my concerns as I perfected the low flying aircraft impression down the hill past Carlin Hall. I was late and worried about my turkey customers stomping their feet in the cold with nary a gobble gobble in sight. I barely registered the RCMP cruiser coming the opposite direction until he decided to join in the fun by doing an about face and turning on his pretty Christmas lights. Oops! Well, saying “Oops” to an irate member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police doesn’t cut the mustard, so I opted for the recent YouTube advice on how to avoid

being shot or tasered when pulled over. With all paperwork beautifully displayed in clear view on the dash, I arranged my hands on the steering wheel in an artful pose designed to reassure no farmer’s knives tucked between my fingers. His glare removed any doubt that the Spirit of Christmas was being embraced by highway police. “Lady, I am going to impound your car right here and now!” he yelled “You were going 141 in a 100 zone. That’s 1 km over the 40 over, which gives me the right to immediately impound your car!” His loud and withering anger came in waves, completely dousing the “Hey, I have Happy Turkeys!” feeling. I decided the best action plan was to sit perfectly still, perfectly silent with preternaturally wide eyes in tacit agreement that, yes indeed, he had just apprehended the worst reprobate on the roads. “Now, I am going back to my vehicle to check out your driving history and order the tow truck!” he vehemently bit off each word in a way that transported me back 40

years to my headmaster’s admonitions interspersed with the smacking of the leather strap on the back of my hand. But now I had a bigger concern than this RCMP fellow who appeared to be impersonating my old headmaster, as I seriously considered my options. Would he give me AND the turkeys a lift home after impounding my car? No, I could see it now, he would throw me to the side of the road and I, with my 25 dead friends lined up beside me, would be stranded on the highway, with a “Find your own way home, lady, that’s your just punishment…” ringing in my ears. Suddenly, his angry form loomed at my window again. “So, what’s your reason for speeding?” he demanded. I qualified what I was about to say, “Umm, well, I don’t think you’ll think it’s important, but I’m loaded with turkeys for customers waiting at the farm….. and I ate a lot of chocolate….. and I understand about impounding my vehicle, but would you be able to deliver the turkeys to the farm in your squad car?” I was willing to swallow my punishment, agreeing that he could leave (Continued on page 11)



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ME, the reprobate, on the side of the highway, but not The Turkeys! A change came over his face. Begone! strap-wielding Headmaster. A new apparition was before me, the very likeness of my wonderful Uncle Ben! “Well, then, that’s an important job! I’m going to let you off with a warning and a speeding ticket. Now get those turkeys delivered – safely mind! And stay off the choco-

late, it’s not good for your driving!” Yes, folks, true reverence for the Christmas Turkey Dinner remains alive and well in the Shuswap and I’m not speeding any more. The chocolate imbibing continues unabated though! Una St.Clair, No Guilty Gobblers Here! HighCroft Farm, Sorrento

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A Time of Resolve

By Marilyn Clark It is a new year. 2017! What do most of us do upon the turning of the year? Well, as individuals we make resolutions, we review the year just past, we set goals and we wonder . . . what will this New Year bring? We resolve to do better – usually in regard to our health, sometimes in regard to finances and sometimes in regard to our community and social contributions and encounters. So, we resolve to eat better, drink less, quit smoking, exercise more or we resolve to create a budget, stick to our budget, save 10% of all we earn or monitor how and where the money goes. Organizations and institutions also set goals. The Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society has set aside a day in April to review where we are and where we want to be . . . in one year; in five years. That day of strategic planning will allow us to focus on our operation; the extent to which we are meeting the community's expectations and needs; what we can do to improve our service; identify the barriers and the challenges we face; and cele-

brate our successes. We won't wait until April, however, before making some moves to improve our care delivery. As we have noted before, we have already taken steps to: Have a locum physician added to our practitioner complement for the summer months; Have placed a posting to recruit a physician; Are seeking to have an International Medical Graduate assigned come 2018; and We continue to lobby Interior Health to fund a second nurse practitioner. In November, 2016, we celebrated the three year anniversary of opening our clinic. Our nurse practitioner, Judy Deringer, has a full complement of rostered patients. With a second practitioner, we would be able to provide walk -in service that we cannot provide at this time. We have extraordinary support from our community, we are pretty good but we resolve to get better! Happy and Healthy New Year everyone . . . wishing you success in whatever your resolutions might be!

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addition to Carlin Hall. After months of preparation, and a window of opportunity from Mother Nature, our electronic sign is now up and running. We continue to learn about colours and their visibility and aim to have messages displayed that are clear, easy to understand and visible from the TCH. This must be accomplished while still adhering to very specific guidelines. As we improve our messaging skills, we know that this means of communication will become a great way of letting everyone know about the many things happening at Carlin Hall.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Arts Council for the South Shuswap Society Monday January 23rd, 2017 Time: 6:30 pm Location: The Arts Council Studios on the lower level of Carlin Hall 4051 Myers Frontage Road, Tappen All ACSS members in good standing are invited to attend to review financial statements for 2016 and to take part in the election of the 2017 Board of Directors.

By Judi Kembel The Sorrento Lions Club concluded a superb 2016 with presentations to Sorrento Elementary and Carlin Elementary/ Middle School in the amount of $6,500. The gifts to Sorrento Elementary enabled the school to fund their breakfast program as well as purchase special equipment for their special needs students. The gift to Carlin Elementary/ Middle School enabled the school to purchase special needs equipment for their special needs students. We also awarded four bursaries to local graduating students in the amount of $6,000; Camp Winfield was presented with $5,000 and the Shuswap Hospital Foundation $1,800. We are very proud of the fact that all funds we raise at our various events throughout the year, go right back into the community. We are looking forward to our 2017 annual events: April 16 - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Sorrento/ Blind Bay Community Park; May 27 - Garage Sale at the Sorrento Memorial Hall; June 18 - Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at the Sorrento Memorial Hall; July 1 - Canada Day Pancake Breakfast at the Blind Bay Community Park. Our weekly meat draws restarted on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Copper Island Pub & Grill on the TransCanada Highway in Sorrento and will be held until June 24, 2017. The pre-Christmas turkey and ham draw on December 16, 2016

was a huge success and we will have a pre-Easter all ham draw on April 7, 2017. The Sorrento Lions Club are proud to have been holding our meetings (1st & 3rd Thursday of each month) at the Sorrento Memorial Hall since we received our Charter in May of 1973. Over the years, we have played an integral part in supporting the Hall Association. DID YOU KNOW: All residents and property owners in the Sorrento & Blind Bay Fire Protection District are eligible for membership in the Sorrento Memorial Hall Association? The registration of a member shall be effective upon the receipt of a written request from anyone eligible for membership. If you are over 19 years of age (male or female) and would like more information about becoming a Lion, please contact Sorrento Lions club secretary Judi Kembel at 250-675-2616 or, we would love to hear from you!

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Arts Council Submitted by Karen Brown, Arts Council Administrator AGM The Annual General Meeting for the Arts Council for the South Shuswap will take place at the ACSS Studios (lower level of Carlin Hall) 4051 Myers Frontage Road, in Tappen BC on January 23rd, 2017, starting at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in running as a Director for the Arts Council and have been an Arts Council member for a minimum of four (4) months, please contact Karen Brown at: The Arts Council oversees a number of arts and cultural programs in the South Shuswap namely: Music in the Bay – Waterfront Concerts in the Summer FACES – Lessons in Art, Dance & Music for Children & Adults South Shuswap Children’s Theatre – Theatre Programming for Youth Shuswap Lake Culture Crawl – Formerly the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts The Board of Directors of the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, together with Administrator Karen Brown, extend their warm wishes for a safe, healthy & arts-filled 2017 ! January Intake Now On At Faces To register for any of the following programs, please contact Karen at 250.515.3276 or email If your child is considering dance lessons, now is the time to register so that they can try something new for a half-year! Registration is on now in ballet, jazz fusion, contemporary/lyrical and a cro. All classes are instructed by Miss

Emily Pugsley. The South Shuswap Children’s Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons under the excellent instruction of Ms. Nicole Auger and is also open to registration. The choir has two age categories: Junior Choir (ages 8 to 10) rehearses Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 ~ Yearly Cost $99 Senior Choir (ages 11 to 14) rehearses Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 – Yearly Cost $129 A new session of Children’s 2D Art Explorations started January 4th. Kids aged 6 through 13 will work with Lynn Erin on a number of 2D art projects in drawing and painting. The session will run six weeks from January 4 to February 8. Classes are two hours in length for a total of 12 hours of instruction. Total cost is $199 for the six weeks. No experience is necessary.

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What to do with your Canadian Tire Money All year long, Sorrento Elementary School is collecting Canadian Tire money in an effort to fundraise for the School. During the year, fundraising efforts go to things such as field trips, play equipment, booster seats and much more. The community is invited to help. You can donate your Canadian Tire money to the school or have your child drop it off at the office anytime. You can also give the school phone number to Canadian Tire when you shop there and they will donate your Canadian Tire money electronically. Sorrento School Elementary School - 250675-2311.

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The Meeting Schedule for regular meetings of the CSRD Regional Board has been set. Meetings are typically held the third Thursday of each month commencing at 9:30 a.m. at the CSRD offices: January 19, 2017 April 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 October 19, 2017

February 16, 2017 May 18, 2017 August 17, 2017 November 16, 2017

March 23, 2017 June 15, 2017 September 21, 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017

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FINZ Helps SAFE Society By JoAnne Malpass Finz Resort in Blind Bay held a raffle and raised $2,205 for the Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society (SAFE). Bekki Richardson, one of Finz star servers, organized the “Help Finz Help the SAFE Society” fundraiser. Finz donated the first two prizes and local merchants donated the gift basket for third prize. SAFE was established in 1979 by a group of women in the community who recognized the need for a women’s shelter/safe haven for women experiencing violence in the home. Based in Salmon Arm, it provides safe, temporary ac-

commodation, non-judgmental support and counselling. At the raffle draw on December 17, first prize of an 8-hour jet ski or boat rental went to Mike Chovan, second prize of one week RV site rental went to Pat Disney and third prize Merchants Gift Basket went to Beth Olson. Finz thanks all who donated and bought tickets and the local merchants for the donations, much appreciated. Local Merchants for Gift Basket were Munro’s Pharmacy, Sebastian's Hair Salon, It's All Good Health & Bulk Food, Annie Briggs, Shuswap Marina, Shuswap Pie Company and Breathe Yoga.

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By Jill Goward Since this is make-a-wish time of year and as it is also Canada’s 150th Birthday, I thought I would appeal to the gods of common sense on behalf of our neighbourhood for a few everyday things. So, dear gods, could we please have the following: • Pride in personal property restored • Old barns renovated and returned to their former grand selves • Some shelter for every farm animal and dry feet to go with it • All abandoned vehicle wrecks towed away to the scrap metal dealer • House construction projects completed • A vegetable garden patch at every house • Notch Hill restored to its former glory as a thriving railway community • A railway museum with a caboose and/or a real locomotive

No train whistles sounded at night • An infirmary for Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge • Thousands more sponsors for that amazing sanctuary • The Order of Canada for Shirley Mainprize and Robert Miller (TVDR) • Unlimited funding for all community halls and a tripling of members • A new and safe four-lane highway from Sicamous to Pritchard • TV programming that delivers • Lower prices on organic food • Pensions raised to equal or surpass inflation rates • Street parties to celebrate Canada’s 150 years as an awesome country That surely isn’t too much to ask for! Coffee House will continue at Notch Hill Town Hall at 7pm on the third Saturday of each month but there will be no general meeting in January or February. •

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Facebook Scams By Stefan Schielke, inTechrity Scam artists love Facebook because they can reach many potential victims cheaply and quickly. You can help yourself and your family, friends and colleagues by being able to recognize a scam. Here are four of the most common scams. 1.Like-Farming posts claim to award a prize for liking or sharing a page or post. Generally, they offer attractive prizes such as a Range Rover or all-inclusive world-wide trip and aim to get many users signed up. The user information is sold or the survey scams are sent out and the scammers get paid by further user interaction. Legitimate companies do offer prizes, but extravagant prizes like vehicles or luxury vacations are usually false. What to watch out for: • Check if the page has a verified icon beside its name. All large companies will have an official page. • Scroll down the page to see how long it has been active for. If it is a newly created page, it is likely false. • Check for spelling mistakes, or additional punctuation, in the name. 2.Cloning is when someone recreates a person’s profile using publicly available pictures and information. Friend requests are then sent out which people unknowingly accept. The fake account is then used for further spam and lottery scams. It is important to note that cloning is NOT hacking. Scammers are just using what is publicly available. What you can do: • If you think a friends account has been cloned, notify them to alert Facebook and have the false profile removed. • View your profile as ‘Public’ and change your settings to ensure that your account is secured for ‘Friends’ or ‘Only Me’. 3.Phishing is when someone tries to get you to release your private information. An email containing a link takes you to a realistic (but fake) page asking you to sign into, or verify, your account by entering your user id and password. Unfortunately, you will have been taken to a cloned page and provided them with your private information. How to avoid: • Hover your mouse over a link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on a link unless you are sure it is valid. Be certain the page is authentic before supplying your banking or credit card information. 4.Lottery Scam messages appear to come from large corporations claiming that a user has won a large sum of money. People are instructed to pay fees upfront for bank transfers, taxes or insurance to collect their prize. Monies promised will never be awarded. What to do: • If you haven’t entered a promotion, delete the message. • Do not supply your personal information unless you are 100% certain that the prize is legitimate. I hope this information will help you to recognize the four most common scams to avoid becoming a victim. If you think that your account has been compromised, please give us a call to discuss your options. Happy Facebooking! 250-679-7744 - -

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS WANTED School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) requires School Bus Drivers to work in All Areas. The work involves the operation of school buses used to transport students within the district and on field trips. Applicants will have a demonstrated safe driving history as presented by a Driver’s Abstract from the Motor Vehicle Branch. Practical working knowledge of school bus maintenance and repair requirements, along with the ability to deal in a friendly, courteous and effective manner with a variety of passenger situations is required. Drivers must also possess a good knowledge of the North Okanagan-Shuswap Area. The successful applicant will have a valid B.C. Class 2 Driver’s license with an air brake endorsement. Work experience in the operations of passenger buses an asset. The rate of pay is $25.02 per hour. Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume with full supporting documents (proof of qualifications must accompany application), including three professional references and send to We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted. North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83




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Submitted by Darcy Calkins Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” is coming to speak in Salmon Arm on Jan 25 during Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week. The New York City columnist-turned-reality TV show host got that title after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone. In response to the enormous media blowback, she founded the book and blog, “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Lenore is fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) and many community partners have all come together to bring this hilarious and controversial speaker to Salmon Arm to hopefully spark a necessary community conversation. She is also speaking in Kelowna and Kamloops. To book a ticket to this free presentation go to and follow the links.

By Rob Marshall, Executive Director of Community Futures Shuswap Happy New Year from the team at Community Futures Shuswap! Statistically speaking, by the time you read this article you’ll likely have begun some new routines, set some new goals for 2017, and possibly already broken a New Year’s resolution… or two. Don’t worry. Most of us are right there with you. And as the great Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” Resiliency is the key. There are those who make New Year’s Resolutions and there are those who don’t. Likely the ones who don’t have already come to the realization that the ones they have made in the past don’t last, and the ones who still do are eternal optimists. There is something to be said for consistency - even when you consistently break your resolutions! So why is it that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them? That can’t possibly be answered easily and many factors play a role in this statistic. Let’s agree that one thing business owners should never do is stop setting goals and striving to achieve their dreams because those are the very traits that set entrepreneurs apart from those who work for others. Here are some tips that will help give perspective to your resolutions and business goals so you can chart a course for success in 2017. 1. Define Your Goals. Writing down your goals is imperative. Start a journal and be as specific as you can about what goals you are setting, defining achievable timelines, and what measures need to be put in place to achieve them. 2. Track Your Success. Journaling will help you track your success. Decide what will define your success such as sales targets, new clients, leads, and follow-up. This exercise may help you identify a need for a more robust client management system or accounting system so you can follow your progress. 3. Have Patience. Be kind to yourself and set realistic timelines. Think of your goals as a working document that is fluid enough to adjust to unexpected changes. Doing one thing every day that is another step toward your goals and making your business money keeps you focused and stepping toward success.

4. Tell Others About Them. Sharing your goals and objectives with trusted advisors, friends and family will help you stay accountable to them. It will give you an outlet to express your dreams out loud and fuel your passion and drive. If you don’t have a good circle of support, perhaps this might be the best place to start in 2017. 5. Schedule Check-Ins & Deadlines. Using a calendar system, decide how often you want to spend time with your goals and dreams in your business. This could mean a weekly time set aside just for the purpose of journaling, reaching out to your support base, or having a focus time to check-in. This time could become your most treasured of your week. 6. Stop ‘All or Nothing’ Thinking. There is no such thing as a neutral position in business. You are either moving forward or backward. If you have a challenging week or month, don’t give up. Dig deep and refresh, reach out to your support group, or tweak something. But do keep moving. 7. Get Back Up! Getting back up is usually the one key step in learning how to skate or ski or snowboard or ride a bike! Once you've mastered the ‘getting up’, you know the ride is less scary because you know if you fall, you can get back up. Take this concept into business with you. Falling down is part of the learning curve. But do get back up. It’s the one resolution that is a must-have! We wish you all the very best in 2017. We look forward to supporting you. We’re here to help.





Eagle Bay News By Rod Dale I must be one of the very few who dream of a green Christmas. I thought we might make it this year … but no … here we are with 8 inches on the ground and more to come. I don’t wish the ski hills any ill .. in fact in the not too distant past I was a patron; sadly no more, but the damn stuff still needs to be shoveled. Eagle Bay held the traditional Christmas potluck lunch before Christmas. We had a beautiful meal (always seem to, without any preplanning), exchanged gifts and sang carols (with our new friend Lisa on piano). No dice game this year .. we never seem to able to fit everything in. I’ll let you know how the New Year’s dance went. The regular Coffee House is on January 28th. I’m almost certain that I saw a wolf in the bush not far off Ivy Road in Eagle Bay … much bigger than a coyote, a beautiful big bushy tail, grey and very quick. I didn’t think that they were lone animals … but perhaps he was just scouting for the rest of the family. Keep your little pets safe. Well I’m sure relieved that the Donald was officially voted in by the electoral college; at last we’ll see the end of all these attempted terrorist attacks, jobs will flood back to the US, and ISIS had better watch out, they’ll be out of business in a matter of weeks. Oh and did I forgot … the Israeli Palestine problem will quickly be resolved. Watch this space.

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Volunteers Needed To Support Literacy Submitted by Darcy Calkins Parent and community volunteers are needed to support our students with their reading. The commitment is 1.5 hours per week for 10 weeks starting February 1st. During that time, volunteers will read with 3 children for 30 minutes each. The children are in grades 2 to 5 and are selected by their teachers to receive this special reading help. All tutoring is done at one of the local elementary schools during regular school hours. The One to One program is organized by the

Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) in partnership with School District #83. A three hour training session for all volunteers in basic reading strategies is mandatory as well as a criminal record check. A training session will be held on Friday January 13th from 9am to noon. To sign on as a tutor or for further information, please contact Darcy Calkins, Literacy Outreach Coordinator, at 250-463-4555 or

Submitted by Heather O'Brien Over the Christmas break all of the library books were moved in to the new Learning Commons space! The furniture is on its way and we’re hoping that it will all be here in time for the Unplug and Play Carlin Winter Celebration Tuesday, January 24th. We have been waiting almost ten years to see this space come to life and to celebrate we will be hosting an open house in conjunction with our annual sliding party and scholastic book fair. Everyone is welcome to come in for a tour, and to enjoy hot chocolate and snacks. If the weather cooperates there will be sliding outside, if not the gym will be open. Doors open at 6:00.




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Sorrento Food Bank Successful Fundraisers The South Shuswap Fire Fighters food drive collected 1200 pounds of food, $1410.05 and coats were collected. A special thank you to Blind Bay Village Grocer for the use of their facilities for this event

Dustin Harasym from Tirecraft, Sorrento Parts and Service pledged $2.00 for every tire sold in 2016 to the Sorrento Food Bank. This year-long support raised $3126. Pictured; Tina Hysop (manager of the food bank) receiving the cheque from Alyssa and Dustin Harasym. This dedication, generosity and overwhelming support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the residents of the White Lake Fire area. Your generous donations on Tuesday Dec 6th during the White Lake Fire Department’s 9th Annual Food Drive, raised $548.00 and approximately 1000 pounds of food which the VFD delivered to the Sorrento Food Bank.

Submitted by Jim McEwan It’s the start of a new year, and people's thoughts often turn to diet and exercise, making up for holiday indulgences. With more than 50 percent of pets in Canada classified as overweight, there’s no better time for owners and pets to commit to a “fresh start” including a new diet and exercise regimen for 2017. Need some ideas? Here are five resolutions to make this year, your pet’s (and your) healthiest year yet! #5 Measure Your Pet’s Food - Every Time! Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. It’s important to use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start. Drop by the clinic and speak with one of our client representatives for some advice and pick up a cup at the same time. #4 Choose an Age and Breed -Appropriate Diet Growing pets have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. For example, some senior pets may have lower energy requirements. Choosing a diet specifically tailored to your pet’s life stage is a great way to keep them in optimal health #3 Try a New Activity with Your Pet It’s easier than ever for

people to incorporate their pet into a new exercise routine. It’ll get you both out of the house, and you both will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. Meet-up groups are a great way to find likeminded pet owners to join you in your exercise, too! #2 Incorporate (More) Playtime into Your Routine Toys that trigger a cat’s predatory instinct are a great way to get them off the couch and engaged in a little aerobic activity. Experiment to see what really gets your cat going — in addition to lasers, catnip toys, crinkly balls, and climbable cat trees are perennial feline favorites. #1 Make a Date with Your Vet Make a resolution for good preventive care. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in aging pets and much easier to manage when detected in the early stages of the disease process. Veterinary visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting your bonding with your pet. Bring in the New Year not only with yourself in mind, but also with your loving pet. After all, they’re family, and they deserve the proper attention throughout the year — just like you. Stick with these recommendations so both you and your pet can have the healthiest year yet. What are your New Year’s resolutions going to be this year? Here’s to wishing for a happier and healthier coming year for both you and your pet!


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for the South Shuswap • White Lake - 3607 Parri Rd. Chief Jayson • Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers - 1-866-293Karen Brown 250.515.3276 Tracy, 250-835-4500, email: WhiteLake3851, email:, web: •Blind Bay Community Society Jean Toker - 250- 675-5521, jtok• Regional Fire Chief (LAFC) - Kenn Mount, • South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce 250-833-5945, email:, Karen Brown 250-515-0002, FIRST RESPONDERS - Debbie Edwards •Blind Bay painters - Inge Maier 250-675-2860 email: •Carlin Country Market -, email: • Shuswap Better at Home - Wysteria 250-253HEALTH SERVICES Heather 250-835-4422 2749, email: • South Shuswap Health Services Society •Carlin Elementary Middle School PAC • Shuswap Hospice Society - 250-832-7099 Sue McCrae 250-515-6047,, Heather 250-835-4422 • Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue - Luke Gub• Copper Island Seniors Resource Centre • Sorrento Health Centre – 250-803-5251 bles 250-803-1095, (CISRC) - (beside SLE sales office) 250-515• Sorrento Health Centre Society – Marilyn •Shuswap Tennis - Petra: 250.835.2202 or 6047, email: Clark, 250-675-2449 Dick: 250.574.4674, • CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-222-8477 • JPW Road Maintenance - Attendant 1-877-546- •Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association 3799, Main office (Armstrong) 250-546-3765, • CSRD Area C Director - Paul Demenok, (SWOA), web: Celista yard (answering machine) 250-955-2231 •Sorrento Minor Ball - Geoff 250-804-6923, Cell: 250-517-0810, email: • Lions Club Judi Kembel, Secretary - FIRE DEPARTMENTS 2616; email and • South Shuswap Canada Day Committee website is Sorrento Lions Club - Lions e• Eagle Bay - 4445 Eagle Bay Rd., Chief Alan Tammy Packer 250.463.2495 Clubhouse Rendell, 250-517-0429, • Victim Services - Brandi Nakazawa 250-679• North and South Shuswap Community Reemail: 8638 source -, Leigh 250-515-4682 • Sorrento Hall #1 - 1164 Passchendale Road, • White Lake Community Hall Society - 3617 •Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) South Chief Gary Hoult, 250-675-3555, Parri Road, Thelma Materi 250-803-5231 Shuswap - Leigh Schaffer, 250-675-4818 email: • White Lake Residents Assoc. - (WLRA) • Sorrento Hall #2 - 2505 Greer Road, Chief dent: Bryon Every. Email: wlrassocia• Sorrento & Area Community Association Gary Hoult, 250-675-4441, (SACA) – email: email: • White Lake New Horizons Seniors Club Brenda Puetz 250-675-2599 • Tappen/Sunnybrae - 3732 Sunnybrae-Canoe Tim Hoy 250-835-2141 Point Rd., Chief Kyle Schneider, 250-835• Shuswap Beachwalkers - Dan McKerracher 8696, email: 250-319-5121 or



BLIND BAY South Shuswap Library Events: • Children’s Programming: • Crafty Saturdays - Come to the branch on February 4 & March 4 at 2pm & create awesome art! FMI • Baby Talk - Fridays, until Feb. 3rd, 10:15am, 18 months & under. Fitness for Independent Living - Jan. 5 -Feb. 23. Thursdays at 10:00 am at Blind Bay Hall lower level. 2510 Blind Bay Rd. FMI contact or 778-490-5060 Seniors’ Luncheon - Thurs. Jan. 19, 11:30am at Olde Town Centre. Be sure to reserve your spot 250-515-6047 or by Tues. Jan 17 Robert Burns Banquet Olde Town Centre Sat. Jan 21 at 5:30pm. Buffet dinner with Haggis. Tickets in advance Tammy 250-463-2495 or Kent 604-885-0142 Cedar Heights - 2316 Lakeview Dr. • Movie Night - Friday, Jan. 20th at 7pm. Movie “The Wave”. Popcorn, & drinks available for purchase. • Estate Seminar - Tues. Jan 24, 10am. Topics: Probate, Power of Attorneys, Cremation & Health Services. FREE • Live Radio Play - Our Seniors Theatre group will be doing a live radio play that will be broadcast on CKVS, the Voice of the Shuswap. Tickets at the door. Refreshments avail. South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce AGM February 23, 2017 at Cedar Heights Community Centre 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay. Wine & Cheese portion of the evening will take place from 6:30 to 7:00, with the meeting starting right afterward. If you are interested in running as a Director for the South Shuswap Chamber, please contact Karen Brown at: SORRENTO Beachwalk - Sat. January 21 Join the Shuswap Beachwalkers for a two-hour beach walk, ski or


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snowshoe. Every third Saturday at Markwart Boat Launch at 10am. All ages and mobilities welcome. FMI Dan McKerracher at 250-319-5121 or Sorrento Food Bank AGM - February 7, 2017. AT 7PM. 2806 Arnheim Rd. For further information contact: 250-675-4900 SUNNYBRAE Chili and Rice or a Bun - Sat Jan 14th 5:30 7:30 pm. Come for the Food and Stay for the Coffeehouse at the Community Center!! 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd. Sunnybrae Seniors Country Breakfast - Sat Jan 21 8-11am. Everyone Welcome!!! 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd. TAPPEN Arts Council AGM - Jan. 23, 6:30pm at ACSS Studios (lower level of Carlin Hall) 4051 Meyers Frontage Rd. Tappen. FMI 250-515-3276 Unplug & Play Carlin Winter Celebration Jan 24, 6pm at Carlin School. Sliding party, Scholastic book fair, hot chocolate, snacks. Tour new Learning Common space. GOVERNANCE STUDY MEETING - Thurs. Feb.16 at 6pm, Carlin Hall. The Area C Governance Study will answer questions and offer opportunities for residents and owners throughout Area C to share their perspectives. What’s working? What’s not? What should be done differently? FMI WHITE LAKE South Shuswap Historical Society meeting Thurs. Jan. 26, 2pm at White Lake Community Hall. FMI Dave Barton 250-675-4887 OTHER AREAS Parkside Community Open house - Jan. 14, 1 to 4pm. 743 Okanagan Ave. Chase. Refreshments and live entertainment. “ Your life belongs to you. We respect this at Parkside Community.” FMI 250-320-0400 33nd Annual “Reino Keski-Salmi” Loppet

Saturday, January 14 Families, friends and neighbours of all ages are invited to gather together at the Larch Hills, Salmon Arm to enjoy the snow powdered, rolling trails followed by a BBQ beef hot lunch, pool time, "appy hour" and a family dance. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Larch Hills ski area. Online registration closes on Thursday, January 12 - at FMI: Tina Letham at 250-832-8676. Free Range Kids - Jan 25, 6:30 to 7:30pm. At Sullivan High School in Salmon Arm. Enjoy a presentation for parents by Lenore Skenazy author and speaker. Her belief is that our kids are safer and smarter than our culture gives them credit for. FMI 250-463-4555 Developing Housing Workshop - Thurs. Jan. 26. Representatives from BC Housing, CMHC & BCNPHA will be attending; focused on developing and operating affordable housing. FMI 250-833-7414. Have Your Say on Kids Report Cards - Mon. Jan. 30, 5pm to 8pm at Henry Grube Education Centre in Kamloops. BC’s new school Curriculum is making sure students are ready to succeed in our changing world. The Ministry of Education wants parents to share how they want to learn about their child’s progress from kindergarten to Grade 9. everyone welcome. FMI Shuswap Music Festival Registration closes January 31st. - Musicians, vocal artists, speech artists, bands and choirs are invited to register online at for Salmon Arm’s 2017 Shuswap Music Festival running from April 12 to 28. Celebration of musical talent offering promising young artists an opportunity to perform for their community and to learn from a cadre of professional and renown musicians.

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olism. Drink water before a meal to avoid overeating, and replace other beverages with water for immediate results • Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Base your diet on whole foods. They are healthier, more filling and much less likely to cause Long term weight loss. Make it your lifestyle overeating. • Get a good night’s sleep, every night. Sleep is a cornerstone of weight management because of the impact it has on your horKaitlin McPherson, mones that control how you burn fat, how you store fat, and how BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer/ Group Fitness Instructor Happy Holidays everyone! Lets rock 2017. Here are some you're maintaining muscle. The better your hormone balance, tips to help you kick start to a healthier you. the better your weight management. • Eat a high-protein breakfast. Eating a high-protein breakfast • Diversify your workout. When you work multiple muscles at has been shown to reduce cravings and calorie intake throughout the same time, you're getting your cardiovascular exercise in the day. while you strength-train. You're not only saving time, but you're • Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. These are the worst burning more calories while you're doing it. • Think Long Term. Don't trade something you'll enjoy in the things you can put into your body, and avoiding them can help long-run for something that will only bring you satisfaction you lose weight • Drink plenty of water. Drink more water. Doing so keeps you now. Sure, it might be nice to give in to a craving or skip a (Continued on page 21) more energetic, hydrated, fuller, and can even boost your metab-

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MCS. Monthly Sharing & Support Meeting. FMI Una St.Clair at 250-675-5595 for meeting details. • Probus Copper Island - meets at Cedar Heights Community Hall in Sorrento on the second Thurs./mo. at 10 am Coffee at 9:30. For details call Mr. Doug Brown 250-803-8930 • Seniors Lunch - 1st Thurs. 11:30am (winter months) at The Olde Town Centre (Blind Bay). 250-515-6047, • Shuswap Beachwalkers - Two hour beach walk, ski or showshoe - 3rd Saturday at Markwart Boat Launch (Sorrento) at 10am. All ages and mobilities welcome. FMI: Dan McKerracher - 250-319-5121 or • Shuswap Rock Club - First Tues of the month (Sept - June) 7:30 pm at Sorrento Drop in Society. Saturday workshops 12:00-4:00 pm fall-spring, Field trips spring-fall. FMI Pat, 250-675-2849. • Shuswap Women in Business - meet the 3rd Monday of the month: Sept. 19 to Dec 19 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. Network with other businesswomen in the community! • TOPS Sorrento #4369 - Wed. from 8:15 to 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. 2385 Golf Course Drive. FMI Gail 250-675-2849 • TOPS Sorrento #1856 - Thurs. weigh-in at 8:30, meeting starts 9am at Sorrento Place Clubhouse on Buckley Rd. Jacquie Everett 250675-2574 Blind Bay Community Society/Hall 2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139; Hall bookings - Jean Toker - 250- 675-5521, BlindBayHall (& Reedman Gallery) • Blind Bay Painters - Tues. 9:30 am - 3 pm; 675-2860 or 675-3164 • Carpet Bowlers - Wed. 1 - 5 pm; 675-5110 • Square Dancing - Thurs. 7 to 10pm 675-5375 • Talana Twirlers - Thurs. 7-10:30pm; 675-5375 Carlin Hall 4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. To book call Marcha, 250-835-8577 or Jane 250-675-5426. web: • Beginner slow pitch jam Tues: 7pm to 9pm. • Intermediate acoustic jam Wed: 7pm to 9pm • Coffee House 1st Saturday - October - May, 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45. Proceeds donated

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to the Second Harvest Food Bank. - Meet Thurs. 7 to 9 pm at the Arts Council for the South Shuswap-Carlin Hall lower level. Come join the Coppertones! FMI Karen 250-515-3276 Cedar Heights Community Association 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012 Enjoy many regular activities including: Keep Fit (aerobic & weight training), Bridge, snooker, potlucks, golf tournaments, movie nights, and so much more. FMI Eagle Bay Community Hall 4326 Eagle Bay Rd. Hall rentals: 250-675-3772 or 250-675-3136 • Quilting Mon.10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4531 • Crafts Wed, 10-2 (Bring Lunch) 675-4282 • Fitness - Tues. & Thurs. 9-10. 675-2408 • Darts Fri. 7:15 pm. Alan: 675-5403 • Coffee House 4th Sat of the Month, except Dec, June, July & Aug. 7:30. pm. Performers always welcome! Gaetane 675-2178 Library (ORL) Blind Bay Branch Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818 • Writer’s Nook - 2nd & 4th Wed. 11am to 1pm. • Knitting & Crocheting - 1st & 3rd Fri. 10am noon. • Children’s Programs - For a full list of story times, colouring, craft days, and more check our website or stop by. Notch Hill Town Hall 1639 Notch Hill Rd. 250-675-4174 • Meet 1st Mon. at 7pm (bank holiday 2nd Mon) Watch for special events all year. • Coffee House on 3rd Sat. Oct to May Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre email: Web: 250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage • Alcoholics Anonymous - Sat, 9:30-11:30am • Ballroom Dancing - Wed., 7-9pm • Blind Bay Quilter Chicks - Fri. 9-3pm; 675-5077 or 675-4567 • Family Movie Night - 3rd Fri. 6 to 8pm • Good Time Quilters (1st, 3rd, 5th Tues. 9am-3pm. • Ladies Bridge Tues. 12 to 4pm • Lego Club - 2nd Wed 6:30 to 8pm • Singers

workout, but before you give in, ask yourself if the satisfaction it brings now is worth the dissatisfaction you may feel later when you haven’t reached your goal • Pencil in Your Workouts. Write down your workout and fitness class schedule before the week starts and treat each workout like an important appointment. This will help you stick to a more consistent workout schedule, which can aid weight loss efforts Feel free to email me or call 250.864.2386 if you have any questions!

• Line Dancing-Mondays @ 1pm-Intermediate,

Wednesdays @ 10am-Beginners, Wednesdays @ 1:30pm-Advanced. 2 FMI Maureen 250-675-3683 • Play Group Thurs. 9:00 - 12:00 • Shuswap Pipers - Thurs, 1-4pm • Sponge Ball Mon. Tues. Fri 9:30 to noon • Youth Group - Fri 6:30 - 9pm • River of Life Service: Sun. 10am (Sunday School 10:15am) Sorrento Drop in Society 1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358 • Mon - Glee Club - 9:30 am / AA at 7pm • Tues - Wheels to Meals 2nd & 4th Tues. 6754871. Snooker (men )1pm 675-2829 / Crib 1:30 pm 675-4117 • Wed - Canasta / Five Crowns, 1 pm 675-0065, Snooker, 6pm 675-2829 - Shuswap Wood Carvers: 9am to noon FMI Peter Husieff 250675-2746. • Thurs - Quilting 10am 675-5358 / Snooker (men)1pm 675-2829 • Fri - Ladies Snooker, 1pm 675-5115 • Sat - Scottish Dancing, 9:30am 675-3518 Sorrento Lions Club • Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00pm at Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Lions to join us. We are always looking for new members. FMI Bob, 250-679-2299 • Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw every Friday (except stats) 5-7pm at Copper Island Pub on T.C. Hwy Sunnybrae Community Hall 3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd. Hall Rentals - Vicki Green - 250- 835-2199, • Badminton Sun - 2 - 4pm & Wed 9-11am • Karate - Tues & Thurs 6pm • Coffee House - 2nd Sat - Oct to May • General Meeting 4th Wed: 7:30pm Sunnybrae Seniors Hall 3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd., Maddie Welch 250-835-8255 • Sunnybrae Painters Tues 10am (250-835-4625) • Quilters -1st & 3rd Wed. (250-835-8255) • Potluck dinner and Meeting 3rd Tues, 5:30 pm (except July/Aug) • Shuswap Needle Arts Guild meet 1st & 3rd Thursday, 10am to 4 pm (Sept. to Jun) FMI Jo (250)-832-9308 or Sharon (250)-832-4588.




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