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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Volume 8 : Issue 4

April 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter



Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry copies.

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April 2016

April 2016 Community Calendar

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May & June 2016 Community Special Events May 1 ~ Linden Gardens & Frog City Café Open for the Season May 1 ~ Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery - Open Daily from May 1 May 1 ~ Wild Goose Vineyards’ Johnny Cash Tribute - 12-3pm May 3 - June 14 ~ Recreational Baseball for Children in Okanagan Falls May 7 ~ Kaleden Fire Department’s Annual Yard Sale - 8am - Noon Church Services* 3

Kaleden & OK Falls Community Churches 10am OK Falls United 9am St. Barbara’s 9:30am Catholic Mass 11:30am The Well 6pm

May 15 ~ OK Falls Hotel’s New Farmers’ Market - Sundays 10am-2pm May 19-23 ~ Meadowlark Nature Festival - Visit meadowlarkfestival.ca May 29 ~ Purina Walk For Dog Guides - Hosted by OK Falls Lions Club June 18 ~ 5th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon June 18 ~ Meyer Family Vineyards’ Wine Club Pick Up Party

Chair Massages * 4


Creative Wellness Solutions OK Falls Parks & Rec* Zen Centre Mondays 11am Soccer Tots Apr 5-26 9:30am

OK Falls Senior Centre* Melenka’s Going Away General Meeting 1pm

OK Falls Rec Ctr 4:30-6pm

Women’s Chair Yoga * OK Falls PAC Meeting *

Kaleden Church Mon 1:30pm



School Library 6:30pm


OK Falls Legion #227* Breakfast 8-11am


Women’s Institute *

OK Falls Library Wednesdays 10:30am

Thursdays Scrabble 10am Thursdays Bridge 1pm Thursdays Crib 7pm

Family Storytime *

Kaleden PAC Meeting*

OK Falls Library Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm

OK Mini School * 12

OK Falls Rec Centre 7pm


1st 3 Sundays at 9:30 4th Sunday at 1pm

OK Falls Parks & Rec* Baseball Registration

Farmers’ Market General Meeting

OK Falls Senior Centre* 1st 3 Tuesdays Bingo 1pm Tuesdays Pool 6pm

OK Falls Hotel 7pm

St. Barbara’s Church

Origami Crane * 19

OK Falls Library 6:30pm

Music & Coffee Wed/Fri 9-10:30am

Pancake Breakfast 8-10am

OK Falls Hotel *

LA Monthly Bingo 1pm

OK Falls Legion #227

“Ken & Mikie” Live April 1-2

Community * 6 7 8 9 Enrichment Program OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Parks & Rec*

Bulky Item Day * 20 Kaleden Ladies Weekly Drop-in *


Kenyon Park 2pm

Tai Chi in Lions Park

Linden Gardens 2-4pm

Starts April 20th 3pm

Kaleden Library Tues 10am


Pitch-in Day OK Falls*

Kaleden New Horizons Program Launch Tea *

Kaleden Church Wed 1pm

25 Family Storytime * 26

Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm

Soccer for Kids Apr 9 - May 7

OK Falls Hotel *

OK Falls Parks & Rec*

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OK Falls Senior Centre 7pm


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First Responders Night Get & Let Live Fundraiser* Linden Gardens 6pm

“Jeremy Messenger” Live April 15-16


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OK Falls Zen Centre*

OK Falls Legion #227*

OK Falls Hotel *

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Gentle Yoga Mon/Fri 9:30am Drop-in Darts Saturdays 1pm Potluck Dinner 5:30pm

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Delivery of Pharmasave’s OK Falls Parks & Rec* May Skaha Matters Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays LEGO Night* Customer Outdoor Fitness with Freya by Canada Post. OK Falls Legion 7pm OK Falls Library 6:30-7:30pm Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm Appreciation Day * T.I.M.E. April 12 - June 14 Okanagan Falls OK Falls Hotel * Kaleden Irrigation * OK Falls Legion #227* Irrigation AGM * Inner Bliss Belly Dancing Live Music TBA April 29-30 AGM Kaleden Hall 7:30pm Drop-in Darts Weds 7pm

OK Falls Lions Club

ZUMBA Gold 9am April 9 - May 14

Rain Barrel Fundraiser*

School Library 6pm


Open House 10-11am OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Zen Centre* RDOS Sewering Card Making Class * RDOS Sewering Kaleden Library 6:30pm Music Jam 2nd Sun 1-4 Gentle Yoga Mon/Fri 9:30am Public Meeting * Public Meeting * OK Falls Rec Centre 4-9pm OK Falls Senior Centre* Kaleden Tennis Reg* OK Falls Canada Day Kaleden Hall 4-9pm Senior Tax Return Help OK Falls Senior Centre* Kaleden Pitch-in Week* Planning Meeting * OK Falls Legion #227* Carpet Bowling Wed 1pm Thursdays 9:30-Noon OK Falls Rec Centre 5pm Volunteer Week * General Meeting 7pm

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OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre*


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Sewer Extension Steering Committee ~ A well-attended meeting of the Sewer Steering Committee took place on February 29th. Our Engineer, Liisa Bloomfield led the discussion with input by Tom Styffe “All in an April evening” and myself. We discussed plans for a new funding application to the At this blossom-filled time of year I can’t Building Canada Infrastructure Program, for which applications are help but reflect on those memorable family due by April 29th. outings when our two young daughters, Beth and Katie would hold forth in The Committee agreed that a newsletter would be mailed out to passionate harmony, singing that lovely old homeowners living within the two proposed sewer service areas of hymn “All in an April evening” from the back Kaleden and Skaha Estates, to be followed by two public information seat of our car. The words are especially sessions at which more detailed information will be presented and poignant: “The sheep with their little lambs discussed. The information meetings will be held on April 12th at the passed me by on the road; the lambs were Kaleden Community Hall, and again (for residents of Skaha Estates), Tom Siddon weary and crying with a weak, human cry. on April 13th at the Okanagan Falls Community Center. Both sessions All in the April evening, I thought on the will be held between the hours of 4 pm and 9 pm. A discussion of Director of possible costs and project options will take place at each meeting, Lamb of God.” RDOS Area ‘D’ and a feedback form will be circulated to assess public support for Remembering Thelma ~ Thelma Detjen was born in Summerland the different project options. For further information on the meetings, on an April evening in 1931. She spent her childhood years caring please call Shona Schleppe at 778-515-5520. for orphaned lambs and other young animals at the Shingle Creek Great News - Wetlands Wastewater Treatment Project is a Go! Ranch near Faulder. At the age of 12 she moved to Okanagan ~ I am delighted to announce that final decisions are now in place Falls with her mother and brothers where she lived all of her adult to build a world class effluent treatment and research centre just life, until her passing away only a few weeks ago. Throughout her south of Okanagan Falls. Its purpose will be to reduce or “polishlife, Thelma gave generously to the needs of her community; to the out” the residual chemicals (often called “endocrine disruptors”) from Women’s Institute and the Legion Ladies, to the Heritage Society the wastewater stream of the Okanagan Falls sewage treatment and the Housing Society only to name a few of her good works. plant. These trace chemicals, often in parts-per-trillion; can include Wherever there was a need, Thelma was there to help. Thelma, you the residuals of pharmaceutical products, growth hormones, food have been a shepherd to your community, and will be sadly missed! additives and other industrial sources. Such chemicals cannot be Farewell to Denise and Ed ~ There are many in this world who removed by normal nutrient-removal processes, yet are suspected to quietly serve to help others, with little fanfare or recognition. I want to be causative factors harmful to human health, fish stocks, and other mention two in particular who deserve our debt of gratitude. Ed and species. Denise Melenka recently sold their orchard and are in the process of By diverting the already treated wastewater from the Okanagan Falls moving to their new home in Kelowna. Many of you will know Denise treatment plant, through a series of meandering channels within the who has worked diligently as the RDOS Rural Area Clerk for several constructed wetland, precise measurements of inflow and outflow years. You may not know that husband Edward has also been active, contaminant levels will be recorded before the water is released to the serving as a member of the Advisory Planning Commission, the Parks Okanagan River. This new facility will operate as a “living laboratory” and Rec Commission and volunteering for numerous other initiatives and will offer an important public education tool and a viewing area for in Area ‘D’. Ed, in his quiet way has always been there to assist migratory wildlife. by carrying out many unseen tasks. My thanks to you both! “Team An agreement has been reached to purchase a 3.8 hectare (about Melenka” is going to be sorely missed. 9 acre) portion of the McCall property just to the east of the present Kal Rec News ~ The Kaleden Recreation Commission held its treatment plant, where the wetland project will be built. Funds for the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 15th. The current members of land purchase (just under $200,000) will be drawn from the Sewage the commission were all returned to their respective positions, with Plant capital reserve. The site development costs have already been the exception of Kim Denis who has decided to step down after three allocated from gas tax reserves. Several partners have offered their years of dedicated commitment to the programs and activities offered support for the important research that will be carried out at this facility. by Kal Rec. Thanks also Kim for your lasting contributions to our These include the Okanagan Basin Water Board, UBC Okanagan, community, such as your advocacy for the pedestrian walkway along the Okanagan First Nations, Interior Health, Health Canada, two Lakehill Road. Environment Ministries, and the South Okanagan Conservation My compliments to Doug King who has agreed to continue his diligent Society. All told, this promises to be a very significant and beneficial work as the Kal Rec Chairman, to Paul Chahil who will carry on as project for Area ‘D’ residents and the down-stream water users of the Treasurer for another year, and to all the other capable members South Okanagan. of the Commission who volunteer their time and many talents to Finally, I’m happy to note that progress is proceeding on the the management of our parks and recreation programs in Kaleden. Governance Study, which is now focused on suggestions to improve Thanks also to the RDOS staff support team; to Janet, Nancy, Luis the delivery of government services in Area ‘D’; and on the OCP and Justin for keeping the facilities and programs in good order. Review for Area D-1 which is now under review in draft form, prior to Kal Rec priorities for 2016 include the completion of a year round, submitting the necessary bylaw amendments to the RDOS Board and wheelchair-accessible washroom in Pioneer Park, a comprehensive to Public Hearing. Parks Master-plan for Kaleden, and further studies to assess and preserve the old Kaleden Hotel structure. One position still remains Enjoy your April Evenings! to be filled on the Commission for 2016. If you are interested in Sincerely, volunteering, please call Doug King at 250 497-1164.

KVR Resurfacing Project ~ I have been advised by Justin Shuttleworth, our Parks and Facilities Coordinator, that an RFP will shortly be issued for the resurfacing of the KVR cycling/walking trail from Alder Avenue in lower Kaleden to the north end of Banbury Point. Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ Funding and the required approvals are now being finalized. If the Email:: tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca | Cell: 250-809-2548 contract is awarded by mid-May, this long-awaited project could be Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 | Web: rdos.bc.ca completed by the beginning of July. Let’s hope!

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Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Monthly MLA Update


The ability for retiring veterans to transfer their driving certification directly into our system has the Teamsters able to access muchneeded transport drivers. These are just two examples of red tape reduction that have a positive impact on British Columbians. The consultation was so successful it will continue, and you can input your suggestions at any time at: https://interceptum.com/s/en/RedTapeReduction

Spring is definitely here, enjoy the milder weather and hopefully the By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen sunshine. This is a busy time in Victoria with budget estimates being discussed and bills being introduced in the Legislature almost daily. I will touch on another two that have interest for the Boundary-Similkameen: Bill 11, the Food and Agricultural Products Classification Act, replaces tore the Food Products Standards Act, the Agri-food Choice and Quality ket.liquor.s /falls.mar y c cebook.com n .fa w Act and the Agricultural Produce Grading Act eliminating a lot of red e w w g at Follow us uor Aagan Falls tape. It’s designed to create a framework to regulate the term “organic” Smoking Cheap BC L91iq , Okan et re St n Mai “Pack” Deals and also allows for new classifications of wine like the appellation of y 97 & 0 Hw e or orner” St origin. The Certified Organic Associations of BC are supportive of (OK Food Mart) The “C Your One Stop Shop for All Your Needs! new regulations that will give consumers confidence in the “certified organic” labelling. We have some wonderful organic growers in our Ice Cold Beer & Wine Full Selection of Liquor Unique Variety of Wines region who have all been recognized for excellence by their peers Grocery Items Confectionary Treats Movie Rentals Smittys Live Bait provincially and federally. Klippers Organics and Harker’s Organics, both in Cawston, and Covert Farms in Oliver are to be commended for 6 pack cans - 355ml their passion for growing organically and sustainably. *WOW! Lowest Price Around!* The first phase of regulations for the new Water Sustainability Act were brought into force on February 29th. The WSA updates and replaces the previous Water Act bringing in a number of changes for existing Call for Special Orders and new surface and groundwater users. Much of the Water Act has tax inc. 250.497.5194 been brought into the WSA and existing surface water rights granted Stocked with the LARGEST Craft Selection in the South Okanagan! under the old Water Act will continue with no impact, except in extreme drought conditions. Domestic well owners who use water for their household, garden and domestic animals are exempt from licensing and paying provincial water fees and rentals. However, we encourage domestic well users to register their well at FrontCounterBC, so that their source can be protected. Aquatic Ecosystems are further protected with expanded prohibitions on dumping debris into streams Kaleden and Skaha Estates Sewering and aquifers. Many community organizations throughout the riding receive gaming grants to help with their programs and services. Most recently, South The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be Okanagan Integrated Community Services Society received $25,000 holding Public Information Meetings to provide an overview to for five various programs; Scouts Canada - 1st Oliver, $4,000; and residents and property owners in Kaleden, Skaha Estates and along the Lower Similkameen Community Services in Keremeos, $20,500. Eastside Road south of Skaha Estates regarding the potential for These and many other organizations do amazing work in their bringing sanitary sewers to these communities. communities. In the past two years, supported by my office, just Information on sewering design layout of the communities, possible under $8 million has been received in this riding through a multitude service areas, estimated costs, grant funding availability, benefits of grant programs managed by the province, supporting all areas of and various challenges will be available. Short presentations will be our society. given at the beginning of each hour summarizing the major topics. And thanks to our government’s fiscal discipline and balanced budget, RDOS Staff will be present to discuss questions and concerns and the Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school districts each receive feedback from the public during the meetings. with a $5,000 grant to help them develop opportunities to support Kaleden Residents Skaha Estates Residents students who want to pursue skills and trades training, and career development. I’m happy to report that applications from both School Tuesday, April 12 ~ 4-9pm Wednesday, April 13 ~ 4-9pm District 51 (Boundary) and School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) Kaleden Community Hall OK Falls Community Centre have been approved. 320 Lakehill Road 1141 Cedar Street The Gold Rush Exhibit that was at the Royal BC Museum last year will be touring the province. If your community is interested in hosting For residents and property owners unable to attend the Public the display, please let me know and I will try to get you on the list. Information Meeting, additional information (including feedback Almost all of the South Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen were forms) regarding the proposed sewering are available for download impacted by the gold rush in the late 1800s and the talk of “gold” still on the Regional District’s web-site at: www.rdos.bc.ca. Information shared at the Public Information Meetings will be available after interests us all. Thank you to all who sent in ideas for the Red Tape Reduction April 14, 2016. consultation. An event was held in the legislature to recognize some FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: of those who sent in ideas and to talk about some significant changes Liisa Bloomfield, P.Eng. that have already happened. The changes made to simplifying RDOS Engineering Supervisor registration for organ donation have greatly increased the list of Lbloomfield@rdos.bc.ca potential donors, and as a result, the number of transplants in BC has 250-490-4229 increased significantly.

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The Area “D” Governance Study has now passed the halfway point in the year-long project. The study is designed to consider methods to improve governance and services to the communities of Electoral Area “D” and their surrounding areas. Through the fall of 2015 and early winter of 2016, the residents and property owners of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and their surrounding areas were introduced to the study and were presented with a series of “Fact Sheets”, which gave a comprehensive description of services provided by the RDOS. In March, the public attended three Governance Study Forums in Okanagan Falls, Kaleden and Apex where they were invited to learn about the study, ask questions and discuss their views on local governance and services. At the same time, public were invited to participate in a survey to express their attitudes toward the current governance framework for service and to provide an opportunity to identify issues and to note concerns or positive aspects of the current system. Information from the surveys and Forums is now in the hands of the study consultants, Leftside Partners who will be analyzing it and recommending options to the Committee for responding to the governance and service related issues that are identified. Next Steps ~ Through spring and early summer, a second series of detailed “Fact Sheets” which describe the implications related to each of the possible governance changes will be prepared for the RDOS website, and distributed to the public throughout Area “D.” The Committee will also invite the public to participate in a second survey, which will ask for their preferences of the possible changes. By the end of summer, the consultants will have compiled the results of the second survey, and included them in the final report. The report will be presented to the Committee and RDOS and be made available to the public. To keep informed about the Governance Study go to the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) or read future issues of Skaha Matters.

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Thank You for reading the Fact Sheets, completing Survey #1, and participating in the March Open House and Roundtable discussions. What’s next? This spring, look for a Few Additional Fact Sheets, which describe implications of possible changes to governance and services as a result of your feedback from Survey #1 and Open House and Roundtable discussions. Watch for and complete Survey #2, which will ask for your preference from among the possible options for changes to governance and services.

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with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Leftside Consultants were very pleased with the response to the Governance Survey (deadline was March 13th) and attendance at the Public Meetings. The Consultants are compiling the results and will prepare a summary of the responses from the surveys and from what they heard at the Public Shona Schleppe Meetings. The Governance Committee and Rural Services Consultant will analyze issues and develop Manager possible options to improve governance and service delivery to Area “D.” These findings will be posted on the website. Leftside will again seek your preferences through Survey #2. Summary of findings, possible options and Survey #2 will be available online, as well as in print form. Anticipate a Final Report by the end of Summer. Proposed Sewer Extension for Skaha Estates and Kaleden … Public Meetings are scheduled for Kaleden Community Hall on April 12th and for Skaha Estates (residents/property owners) on April 13th (Club Room - Okanagan Falls Community Centre). Please check your mail, as more details on the sewer extension conveyance options/cost calculations and public meetings will be distributed to residents and property owners. We are starting to make progress on the Age Friendly Buildings and Benches Projects. We hope to announce a coordinator for the Age Friendly Buildings project, as the deadline for proposals was March 18th. Businesses - we will be approaching you to seek your cooperation! The Bench Project has stimulated some community partnerships, as we work with BC Transit and MoTI to verify the stops and paved pullouts. We will also work closely with Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission and the Irrigation District on Bench Dedication and Beautification projects. Don’t forget, the South Okanagan Wood Stove Exchange Program is in effect until April 30th - still open for exchanges. Trade in your old wood stove or wood insert for a new clean burn. You could receive a $250.00 rebate. Please contact Janice at 250-488-4151 or janicejo@ shaw.ca for details. From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Thank you to the Okanagan Regional Library and the Community Enrichment Program for hosting the Wednesday Workshops. Another great month - looking forward to April! • Apex and Nickel Plate had a record breaking season - heaps of snow and many successful events. • Evidence of spring ... valley hills full of Buttercups ... the name buttercup derived from a false belief that the plants give butter, its characteristic yellow hue (in fact it is poisonous to cows and other livestock). • Okanagan Falls Community Partners and The HUB (Kaleden) great examples of collective impact ... community groups working together to make a difference in our communities! • Thanks to Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society for hosting a Celebration Tea and recognizing the Women’s Institute on their 95th year of community service. Visit the Museum and become a member today! • Don’t forget to order your Rain Barrel - Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society - go to https://rainbarrel.ca/gtlass ORDER by April 9th and your Barrel(s) will arrive on April 16th at Twin Lakes Store between 9 am - 3 pm. • Swenxnitkw Park (former Okanagan Falls Provincial Park) will grow by 0.4 hectares, bringing the park up to 2.6 ha. Please register to secure a site via Discover Camping at www.secure. camis.com/DiscoverCamping/OkanaganFalls(sx̌ ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ)

Area “D” RDOS Events: • April 12th - Kaleden Proposed Sewer Extension Meeting • April 13th - Skaha Estates Proposed Sewer Extension Meeting • April 17-23 - Pitch-In Week - Join us on April 21st at 2pm at Kenyon Park Picnic Shelter and help clean up Okanagan Falls. Kaleden’s clean up is the week prior from April 10-16 (see pages 7 & 24). • RDOS Board Meetings - April 7 and 28th • Large Bulky Items Collection - April 20 We salute on April 5th the tremendous efforts and community commitment of Denise and Ed Melenka. They are moving to the big lights of Kelowna. Okanagan Falls and other communities in Area “D” will miss the Melenka’s. They were passionate, insightful and dedicated to many special events, community initiatives, committees and projects. Best wishes on life’s next chapter! Check it out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Pitch-in & Help Clean Up Kaleden ~ April 10-16

Kaleden is just not looking very clean after this winter. Garbage has blown all over, there are cigarette packages everywhere and we have As our weather continues to improve, people are venturing outdoors a chronic beer can litterer among us. It’s a big problem! to hike, bike and explore. Although we hate to think that anything can Residents can now help by cleaning the ditches, ravines, streets ever go wrong, preparing for the unexpected should be the most basic and trails in and around our community. Get your garbage bags and gloves at the Library, the School or use your own. Filled bags can be and essential element of trip planning. Here are a few pointers: dropped into the dumpster that will be placed at the Kaleden Church • Bring the necessary outdoor survival essentials parking lot between April 10-16. Do your part, every little bit helps! • Always check the weather forecast before you go

KVFD April 2016 Safety Tip

Tell someone your plans - where you are going and when you expect to be back. No one ever expects to get into trouble outdoors. But, a sudden turn in the weather, an unexpected injury or equipment failure, a mistake in judgment, an unfavorable encounter with dangerous wildlife, getting lost, sudden illness or sudden nightfall, can quickly turn any outdoor adventures into a crisis. Plan ahead and stay safe!


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Kaleden Community Hall

KVFD is Now Recruiting!

We are in need of new community recruits. To become a volunteer firefighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition, and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as the opportunities to take training close to home. This is a paid on call position. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message. We will call you back.

AGENDA: • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 27, 2015 • Trustees Report • Superintendents Report • Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2015 • Remuneration of Trustees for 2016 • Introduction of Candidates for Trustee • Setting of Election Date • New Business

KVFD Annual Yard Sale

Nomination papers are available at the District office, located at 119 Ponderosa Ave. in Kaleden, weekday mornings and must be filed at the District office by Noon, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Held at the Kaleden Fire Hall, located at 303 Lakehill Road. The event starts at 8am Sharp and ends at Noon. Donations are gratefully accepted. Only items in working condition please. Articles may be left at the fire hall, or for pickup in the Kaleden Fire Protection area on Wednesday, May 4th after 7pm. Call 250-4978231 and leave a message. You may also call any firefighter.

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Accommodation is needed in or near OK Falls. A Winemaker working in OK Falls needs accommodation part-time in the off season (about 1 week every six weeks) and full-time from September 1st to November 30th (during harvest time). Responsible, low key professional winemaker looking for a furnished place to stay with internet and quiet desk space, along with access to a kitchen. Work long hours, need quiet space and place to rest near work. Would consider Oliver, Kaleden, South Penticton, Vaseux Lake area, but Okanagan Falls preferred. Room in shared house or short-term sublet of summer housing would be ideal. Yes, I bring home good wine to taste. I travel frequently to the area, so longer term revenue from my stays is likely if situation is good. Please call Mark Simpson at 604-862-3420 or send an email to mark@artisangroup.ca. Thank you!

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Snairs Plumbing Services Qualified

The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society & The Lower Nipit Improvement District

Dedicated Honest Plumber Bonded with over 30 yrs exp. No Travell Time charge 10% Discount For Seniors

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are pleased to announce that we have partnered with RainBarrel.ca to host a


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News


with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Water Main Flushing ~ Please be advised that the District will be flushing water mains from April 4-15, 2016. During this period, you may experience some discolouration or sediment in your water. If so, run your cold water tap until the water is clear. To avoid any inconvenience, please check the water prior to doing laundry. Annual General Meeting ~ The 2016 Annual General meeting of the Taxpayers of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held one Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Senior’s Centre. The meeting will include the Auditor’s Report, Report from the Chair, as well as New Business. Valve Project ~ This month we will begin the project of installation of a series of valves throughout the system. This will better isolate sections of the system in the event of breaks, and thereby reduce the number of homes and businesses affected in such emergencies. We expect to have the project completed by the end of summer. OFID Information ~ For information about any matters related to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, be sure to check out our website or call our office.

OKANAGAN FALLS IRRIGATION DISTRICT 1109 Willow Street | P: 250.497.8541 | E: ofid@telus.net Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 8:30 - 4:30 (Closed 12-1)


Each rain barrel includes a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor, a spigot and an overflow hose. Rain barrels are $65 each and must be pre-ordered online at www.RainBarrel.ca/gtlass Pre-ordered rain barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 16th between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM at Twin Lakes Store, 1066 Hwy 3A . For more information, contact Jennifer: RainBarrelsSouthOkanagan@gmail.com or 250-497-1109

A Canadian Icon! Join renowned Chef Richard Desnoyers at our revamped Smoke & Oak Bistro. Menu items for all tastes—including BBQ! Reservations are recommended 250.497.8919 wildgoosewinery.com

2016Vineyard Stage Concert Series Johnny Cash Tribute Sunday, May 1 12:00 - 3:00 pm $79

plus tax

(includes seating, glass of wine and lunch buffet) visit us online for full details

Bistro Hours: April 1-June 14 June 15 -Oct 15

Wed-Sun 12 -5 Daily 11-5

Tasting Room Hours: Daily 10-5

2145 Sun Valley Way Okanagan Falls 250.497.8919 wildgoosewinery.com


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Restaurant Now Open For Limited Hours:

Catering Now Available!

Serving 10-200 people

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday ~ 5-8 pm Sunday Breakfast ~ 9-1 pm Family Friendly ~ Kids Menu Available!

Live Entertainment:

Ken & Mikie ~ April 1-2 Liberty ~ April 9-10 Jeremy Messenger ~ April 16-17 Tomberwolves ~ April 22-23 TBA ~ April 29-30 NEW WEEKLY MENU SPECIALS:

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Sunday ~ Breakfast 11-1pm Only $5.00 Monday ~ All Day Steak Sandwich $10.95 Tuesday ~ Pasta Night $9.95 Wednesday ~ Music Bingo Wing Night Thursday ~ Rib Night - ½ rack $11.95 full rack $15.95 Friday ~ Surf ‘n’ Turf Saturday ~ Prime Rib AAA Alberta Beef & Yorkshire Pudding $18.95 1045 Main Street, Okanagan Falls

RCMP Community Report

aily 250.497.5768 okfallshotel@shaw.ca

legitimate, as most user inboxes only present the display name. If it looks suspicious, don’t open the email. Spring Phishing Season! 2. Look, but don’t click. Hover your mouse over any links embedded It is Tax time again and prime time for the Tax Scam to work at trying in the body of the email. If the link address looks strange, don’t click to get you to part with your money and/or information. This scam has on it. If you want to test the link, open a new window and type the web been around now for the past few months. In fact, I got one sent to me address directly rather than clicking on it from unsolicited emails. on my RCMP email recently. It advised me that I had a $107.41 refund 3. Check for spelling mistakes. Brands and companies are pretty and all I had to do is click on the attached link. Immediately, I knew it to serious about emails, and as such, don’t usually have spelling be a scam, as I had not yet even submitted my tax return. Purely for mistakes or poor grammar. research, I clicked on the link and it took me to a very official looking 4. Analyze the greeting. If the email is addressed to a vague Canada Revenue page, just like the ones on their site. However, when valued customer, watch out. Legitimate businesses will often use I looked at the top for the URL address, I could see that it was not a personal greeting, such as your first or last name. that of the CRA. I went no further, as I knew the next click would be 5. Don’t give up personal information. Legitimate banks and asking me for personal information, particularly my bank information to companies will never ask for personal credentials via email. deposit my fictitious refund. A man visited our office recently to advise 6. Beware of urgent or threatening language in subject line. how his elderly father had received an email advising he owed money Invoking a sense of urgency or fear is a common phishing tactic. to Revenue Canada, another scam that is making it way around this Beware of lines claiming that your account has been suspended time of year. His father was determined to pay the amount, as he did or your account has an unauthorized login attempt. not want problems with Canada Revenue. The good news is that the 7. Review the signature. Lack of details about the signer or how son managed to convince his father it was a scam, but what of the you can contact a company strongly suggests phish. Legitimate senior who does not have family to look out for them or to explain that businesses always provide contact details. it is a scam. They are the ones these scammers are after. Canada 8. Don’t click on attachments. Including malicious attachments Revenue does not ask for payment or offer refunds via email. that contain viruses and malware is a common phishing tactic. If you were not expecting it, don’t open it. Phishing is the term used to describe when fraudsters attempt to get personal and financial information from the victim. What happens is 9. Don’t trust the header from email addresses. Fraudsters not only spoof brands in the display name, but also spoof brands in the victim receives an email that appears to come from a legitimate the email address. and trusted business. Usually from a bank, or in this case from Canada Revenue, and it will ask you to enter your financial information and 10. Don’t believe everything you see. Phishers are extremely good at what they do. Just because an email has convincing brand logos, send it back to them. Tips to identify phishing emails: language and a seemingly valid email address does not mean 1. Don’t trust the display name. For example, from: MY BANK that it is legitimate. If it looks remotely suspicious, don’t open it. <accounts@secure.com>. You may recognize the display name: MY BANK as your bank; however, since MY BANK doesn’t Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator own the domain “secure.com” the email gets delivered looking Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Lots Of Activity For Older Adults And Senior’s with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

Over 25 years experience


Located in Kaleden


CUSTOM ORTHOTICS BY PRESCRIPTION 90 min. Biomechanical assessment, including gait and pressure analysis.

CUSTOM FOOTWEAR FITTING Including Walking, Running and Hiking .

*By Appointment Please* 250.490.5887 | tmakos@telusplanet.net | www.footworksokanagan.ca


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Pedorthic Association of Canada College of Pedorthics of Canada Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join!

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

3 WINDS HAIR DESIGN Reflexology with Dakota Available Monday Mornings

Call 250-497-8801

Reiki with Carolyn

Esthetics with Jennifer

Call 250-497-8801

Call 250-462-4912

Relieve Stress Release Blockages Support Healing Shift Energy

Foot & Hand Care Shellac Polish Hair Removal Lash & Brow Tinting

Hairstyling with Debbie, Mary & Linda

Open Monday to Saturday. Walk-ins - time permitting.

Carolyn Is Providing Hairstyling Again

Call the shop to book with Carolyn on Monday or Tuesday

837 Main St. Okanagan Falls


INNER BLISS BELLY DANCING by Jenny Reiki & Ra-Sheeba Master ~ Professional Teacher/Performer ~ Egyptian

Goddess Drop-in Class: Thursday 7:10pm in Kaleden Affordable Belly Apparel ~ Have Fun, Get Fit, Feel Fabulous!

More Information? 250.497.1189 or jpuls@shaw.ca or www.innerblissbellydancing.com

Kaleden Tennis Club Registration

First, a little good news for residents of Kaleden. We are so pleased to announce our successful application to the New Horizons for Seniors Program a Government of Canada initiative that supports community projects that are led or inspired by older adults. The program provides financial assistance for new and/or existing community programs. With input from Meredith King and friends, we proposed to “create or enhance meaningful recreational activities for older adults in Kaleden”. We’ll be kicking off this year-long project with a catered tea and planning session. It is important that local seniors are involved in all stages of this project, from planning to participation. Total grant value is $15,500. Eligible expenses include the purchase of equipment and supplies and coordinator and instructor fees. It’s a great opportunity to test drive some programs (through a series of sample activities), while figuring out a more permanent plan for affordable seniors recreation. How do we proceed? The New Horizons Program Launch Tea will take place April 21st see our advertisement. We’re planning an energizing and inspiring brainstorming session, with a Tai Chi demo for good measure. If you are an older adult living in the Kaleden area, please join us in planning our recreational sampler series. Email your interest in attending to Janet at jblack@rdos.bc.ca or call 250-497-8188. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In Okanagan Falls, eight participants recently completed our first ten week "Together In Movement and Exercise" (T.I.M.E.) program. The evaluations were outstanding and the benefits were impressive. All participants reported improvements in their balance and mobility and most have signed up again for our next session, scheduled to start on April 12th. Of the anecdotal comments on the evaluations, my favourite is from a participant who noted that her confidence had improved enough “to walk the dog without a fear of falling”. As a dog lover myself, that really hit home for me. How I would miss that daily ritual if I were unsure of my balance. We have room for new participants if you, or someone you know, would benefit from this specialized program. We are also welcoming back Chair Yoga Specialist Annette Shattenkirk from a winter of snow-birding. We’ve had a number of requests for Chair (mostly seated) Yoga. To this end, Annette will be offering a free demo class Friday, April 15th at 11:00 am. A chance to try it out and see if it’s for you. We expect to make this a regular Friday feature. No need to register, just come to the Zen and Fitness Centre. Two more great programs with the gentler approach in mind: • Tai Chi with Richard - in Lions Park on the nicer days and the Zen centre if it rains. • You might also think about joining the Zumba Gold sensation. This is a toned-down version of Zumba that is a little easier to follow. Enjoy Latin inspired dance rhythms that are fun and energizing. See ad or website for details. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

Sunday, April 10th from 9-11am at the Tennis Courts in Pioneer Park in Kaleden

Join us for Mixed Social League Play, Sunday drop-ins, Round Robin Tournaments and BBQ’s. May to Sept. $35. More info call 250-497-7147.

Gift Certificates Available! 250.497.8806

Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden


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Visit Our Website For All Our Spring Programs! Enroll on line & pay at your first class. Office - 1141 Cedar Street

Zen & Fitness Centre

Saturdays Mornings April 9th - May 7th

* NEW Outdoor Fitness with Freya! Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm

Register at 1st class 10:00 am

12 classes a week!

Recreational Baseball with Coach Rob and Dave-O Tuesdays Evenings ~ May 3rd - June 14 T-ball ~ For ages 5-7 - 5:00-6:00 pm Coach Pitch ~ Ages 8-11 - 6:00-7:15 pm

Mandatory Registration ~ 5:00 pm April 19th

Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:00 am April 5th - 26th In partnership with StrongStart

Geared for Ages 3-4 years Drop-In ~ No Fee!

New Horizons for Seniors Recreational Activities for Older Adults - Planning Session

Thursday, April 21st 2:00-4:00 pm Linden Gardens Join us for an energizing and inspiring brainstorming session and Tai Chi demonstration. If you are an older adult living in the Kaleden area, please join us in learning about this new source of funding and in planning our recreational sampler series.

Please RSVP to jblack@rdos.bc.ca

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Now Available

$100 for a 10 punch card. Purchase for the session & get 1 class FREE!!!



Yoga is so much more than just ‘poses’ … an individual practice in a group setting. Undo the damage done to your body, resulting from our modern lifestyle with a strong emphasis on sitting. Learn how to calm your nervous system to combat the negative effects of stress & HAVE FUN!!

This is an All Levels class with a tendency towards beginner poses with challenges being presented by holding poses for longer periods of time. You don’t have to have any experience to join us, just a desire to safely move your body while learning to quiet the mind. $100 PUNCH OR $10 DROP IN


carrie@fenixyoga.com for more info

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Spring into Wellness with Detoxification

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Regular therapeutic detoxification is an important part of a healthy preventive lifestyle. We live in an increasingly toxic world and despite our best efforts, toxins are impossible to avoid. Research shows that all humans now harbor many chemical toxins. The US Centre for Disease Control found 148 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of 2400 Americans randomly sampled. Ninety percent of samples contained toxic pesticides. Also, a Mount Sanai School of Medicine study found 167 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of volunteers. The toxins included lead, dioxins, PCB’s, phthalates, DEHP and more. Some of these toxins have been banned for more than 25 years! The human body was never designed to process this array of toxins. Since it appears as though everyone carries a toxic load, and toxins contribute to degenerative and autoimmune diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis, it is logical to follow steps to detoxify on an ongoing bases. If you suffer from fatigue, chronic pain, brain fog, or chronic illness ... detoxification may help you return to optimal health. Following are guidelines which will help you to remain free from toxins, thus enabling your body to remain in balance and free from disease. 1. Take a good greens product with chlorella, and/or spirulina and other herbal detoxification aids (milk thistle, turmeric, green tea, oolong tea, rooibos tea, aloe, fiber, enzymes, probiotics, beets etc.) daily. 2. Boost your glutathione levels with Whey protein, selenium, and NAC (N-acetyl Cysteine) 500mg 3 times per day. Glutathione is the major antioxidant and detoxifier of the liver. 3. Vitamin C and polyphenolic plant compounds (the natural dark pigments in plants) stimulate the immune system, improve liver detoxification, and protect the body during detoxification. Take a minimum of 500mg Vitamin C, 3 times per day. Add polyphenols from sources such as green tea, dark berries, dark green leafy veggies, dark chocolate, red wine, olives, and extra virgin olive oil. 4. Drink 5-10 glasses per day of pure clean water or herbal tea. Green tea, oolong tea, and rooibos tea are all great antioxidants and detoxifiers. 5. Eat a whole foods diet rich in fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables, protein, and good oils such as extra-virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, and flax seed oil. Eat plenty of cold water wild fish such as Alaskan salmon. These are high in the antiinflammatory, heart and brain healthy omega-3 oils. Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussel sprouts are particularly good at improving detoxification. Aim for a 50% raw foods diet with the majority of foods being fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Juicing organic vegetables daily can supercharge your organs of elimination. (carrots, green apples, dark greens, beets etc). 6. Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. You need to perspire and increase breathing during this time to eliminate toxins through the skin and lungs. Taking regular 30 minute saunas to sweat out toxins is also very useful. 7. Chelation can remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium, as well as other chemical toxins. Testing is required to determine if you carry a toxic metal load. A recent University of Michigan study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that mercury, even at low levels that are generally considered safe, was associated with autoimmunity. Emily Somers, Ph.D, Sc.M, lead author of the study states, “In our study, exposure to mercury stood out as the main risk factor for autoimmunity”.

Preventing illness-optimizing health, naturally OFFERING:

Intravenous and Injectable Therapies:  Chelation: Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and removes toxic metals from the body.  Oxidative Therapies (Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide): Safe antimicrobials and immune stimulants. Improve cellular energy.  Supportive Cancer Care: Improving outcomes and quality of life while decreasing symptoms.  Rejuvenation and Detoxification: Personalized IV’s to reduce pain, increase energy, and improve health.  Prolozone Pain Management and Joint Rejuvenation Therapy Plus, bio-identical hormone therapy to optimize health and prevent age related illness. Balancing female hormones helps menopausal symptoms.

Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician 1040 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC

250-497-6681 www.chelationokanagan.com www.facebook.com/chelationokanagan

Environmental Working Group Recommendations: • Detoxification should be a regular part of your everyday lifestyle, not just an occasional therapy. Eating well, exercising regularly, sweating, flushing out toxins with clean water, and keeping stress levels low everyday will contribute to a lifetime of wellness and aid greatly in the prevention of disease and chronic degeneration. U.S. chemical companies hold licenses to make 75,000 chemicals for commercial use. The federal government registers an average of 2,000 newly synthesized chemicals each year. • The government has tallied 5,000 chemical ingredients in cosmetics; more than 3,200 chemicals added to food; 1,010 chemicals used in 11,700 consumer products; and 500 chemicals used as active ingredients in pesticides (EPA 1997c, EPA 2002b, EPA 2002c, FDA 2002a, FDA 2002b, FDA 2002c). • In 1998 U.S. industries reported manufacturing 6.5 trillion pounds of 9,000 different chemicals (EPA 2001), and in 2000 major U.S. industries reported dumping 7.1 billion pounds of 650 industrial chemicals into our air and water (EPA 2002a). Sources: Somers, Emily C. et al. Mercury Exposure and Antinuclear Antibodies among Females of Reproductive Age in the United States: NHANES Environmental Health Perspective, 2015; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1408751; Thorton e al. Public Health Reports. Environmental Working Group and Mount Sanai School of Medicine. 2002; US Centre for Disease Control

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Creative Wellness Solutions


with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Spring is finally here! How have your New Year’s resolutions been going? Did they fall through the cracks or are you still on track? If you are struggling, a Wellness Coach can help you succeed, that is what we do! According to a WebMD article, “Wellness Coaching: The Latest Trend in Fitness”, Wellness Coaching is relatively new, although the idea is becoming increasingly popular with the public, it’s only beginning to catch on with doctors. One doctor who has embraced the idea is Michael Lano, MD and Director of the Ridgeview Clinics, a group of primary care facilities in suburban Minneapolis, Lano refers several patients a month. “I’m a family physician and I always tell my patients that it’s my job to help them live a long, healthy life,” he says. “But 98% is their part, and that’s what the life [wellness] coach helps with ... everything from diet and exercise to emotional well-being. It’s the same thing that we [doctors] deal with, but she deals with it from a lifestyle perspective.” Lano says he sees significant improvements in patients. Most begin exercising and eating better. Many make other important changes as well, which tend to have a boomerang effect on their overall outlook and lifestyle. However, not everyone is a good candidate for wellness coaching, says Lano. Some may be too old or sick to change. Others may simply be unmotivated. The ideal patient is someone who may not be doing anything bad, but they’re not doing the good things, either, he says. “They’re not eating well. They’re not exercising. They’re stressed. They’re stuck. They’re not making progress.” Call Creative Wellness Solutions if you need a little help to make progress and reach those goals that have been eluding you. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Zen & Fitness Centre every Monday providing chair massage. Choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 to make your appointment. Come and take advantage of our try it for free offer while it’s still available! Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page often for inspiration, information and upcoming local events!

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Wellness Coaching & Chair Massage

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com

Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 18th

with Carrie Ferguson, Race Director Registration opens on April 1st for the 5th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. As always, this fun event is Free for kids aged 3-13. You can register online at www.okfallsjrtri.com, but don’t delay as the registration cap is 200 participants. We do expect another “sell-out”, so please register early to avoid disappointment. The event is being offered at no charge due to our awesome sponsors. Thanks to those businesses who have already confirmed their support again this year. If you are interested in becoming one of our fabulous sponsors, please contact Carrie at carrieferg@hotmail.com. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 18th, and once again the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park is on Friday, June 17th. The race course is in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park. For more information on the event, to volunteer, or to register, visit www.okfallsjrtri.com or email carrieferg@hotmail.com.

Perry Tompkins, Pharmacy Mgr

brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

Probiotic and Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea ~ Antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed medications and are essential tools in any modern healthcare system. They cure infection, reduce complications of disease and can be life-saving. While on an individual basis they are relatively benign, antibiotics are variably associated with diarrhea that results from an imbalance of the normal microbial ecology of the digestive tract, and probiotics, which consist of a range of beneficial bacteria, are widely used to restore this normal balance. Although probiotics have been used to treat disease since the early 20th century, it’s only in the last decade that clinical research has identified particular types of probiotics that reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). One of these products includes Bio-K Plus, which has been shown definitively in clinical trials to reduce the risk of AAD and also prevent infection with C. Difficile following treatment with antibiotics (C. Difficile is bowel bacteria that remains a significant cause of chronic diarrhea, particularly in hospitals, and can lead to fatal complications). Unlike most probiotics, Bio-K Plus is fortified well beyond typical strengths and is more resistant to diminished potency that can result when probiotics transit through stomach acid on their way to the bowel, a problem which often occurs with yogurts and weaker formulations. Bio K Plus is available in enteric coated capsules and a specially formulated drink for adults and children. So, next time you need antibiotics, speak to the Pharmacist about whether Bio-K is right for you. On a separate note, I will be giving a 1-hour talk at the OK Falls Library on April 13th at 10:30am about a subject near and dear to my heart: the science and health benefits of Mindfulness. Feel free to join us and learn how Mindfulness might benefit you!

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, April 27th ~ Receive 15% OFF*

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Present this coupon to receive:

Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Pharmasave Brand Products* *Free product must be of equal of lesser value. Coupon valid only at Pharmasave Okanagan Falls. No cash value. One coupon per customer. Excludes codeine products, phone cards and gift cards. Offer Expires April 30, 2016

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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

Time To Get Your 2016/17 Fishing Licence with Larry Martin Your current annual freshwater fishing license expired March 31st, and there are a number of good reasons to renew early. The Province will continue with their agreement to put 100% of money generated from freshwater fishing licence sales directly into Fisheries Programs and the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund rather than general revenue. Locally, we can see the benefit of this assured funding. For example: The Freshwater Fisheries Society hatchery in Summerland providing fish for stocking of local area lakes, as well as expert advice and funding for management of area lakes and rivers; support from the Learn To Fish program, along with many volunteers, facilitated the Kids Ice Fishing event at Yellow Lake; new fishing docks for Yellow Lake and others planned within the region; and portions of the planning and actual work done on Penticton Creek Restoration and other work along the Okanagan River and many riparian areas have received partial funding through the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. Purchasing your annual license early allows managers to finalize budgets for this season. And yes, the ice is coming off early this year on favoured local area lakes. For many, the first few weeks after ice off provides exciting fishing, so get out there now! For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tick Season! This is Juney. Here to remind pet owners that it is wood ticks season. While you are out and about enjoying the spring weather, please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to check your dogs for wood ticks as soon as you get home. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls. net or call 250-497-8188.




JACLYN KINRADE 250-493-2244

Left - Yellow Lake docks received funding. Right - Vaseux Lake spring fishing.

LOCATIONS WEST REALTY 484 Main St, Penticton, V2A 5C5

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Free Wireless Internet!


Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Kaleden Library has new magazines for the public to borrow: Better Homes & Gardens, Canadian Gardening, Canoe & Kayak, Lou Lou, McCall’s Quilting, Threads, and Yoga. Back issues of our magazines may be borrowed for up to 21 days with no renewals. Family Storytime continues on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Come and enjoy stories, songs, action rhymes and craft! This is a free program and walk-ins are always welcome. Kaleden Library is hosting another “Card Making Class” with Karen Dematos. Karen will showing you how to design your own Birthday Card or Mother’s Day Card. This class will be offered on Thursday, April 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm. The class is free and refreshments will be served. Please register for this program as space is limited. Lynn Warfield from the OK Falls Branch is also the new Assistant Librarian at the Kaleden Branch. Tracy Brightman has accepted a new position at the Keremeos Library.

“Your hometown realtor ... here for you!” Serving Okanagan Falls and area for over 12 yrs!

Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

Laurie Kingsfield Cell: 250.498.1110 LKingsfield@telus.net “Bringing Salmon to Skaha Lake”

Below is a chaptilk (story) of the old falls and the area. (Courtesy of Okanagan Nation Alliance)

The project Fish Passage at McIntyre Dam provided salmon access to 11.5 km of upstream important historic habitat.

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm Family Storytime continues every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 until April 27th. Please join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts!! Lego Night is on Tuesday, April 26th from 6:30-7:30. Bring your creativity and building skills with you! Lego is provided and Duplo is available for younger siblings. Origami Crane Night is on Tuesday April 19 from 6:00-7:30. Please join Ruell Smith and learn how to make the popular paper crane. Community Enrichment Program - The Community Enrichment Program provides opportunities for us to share knowledge, skills, and new experiences with others. Each session is on a Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30. Pre-registration would be appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Please call at 250-497-5886 or drop in. • Wednesday, April 6th - Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Area “D”, will present “Beaches to Bluffs” Area D Updates. • Wednesday, April 13th - Perry Tompkins, Pharmacist will present “Retrain Your Mind”, the science of mindfulness, which includes a range of activities that aim to improve focus, attention and awareness of how our minds behave. Join us for 60 minutes and explore the history, science and lifestyle benefits of mindfulness based activities. • Wednesday, April 20th - Wendie Huddart and friends invite you to bring your ideas and crafts and join our monthly Craft Circle. Ever thought of Card Making? Come on out and join Dianne Gough and learn how to make one. If you have double sided tape or tape runner, bring it along, if not, no worries Dianne will have some for you to use • Wednesday, April 27th - Myrna Tischer from “Better at Home” will present an information session on “Volunteerism”. Let’s learn about the benefits of volunteering, recruitment, and promoting what they do in the community.

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OK Falls Branch:

Okanagan Lake

Written by June Paul as per the story told orally by Richard Armstrong



sinklip (Coyote) brought salmon


Traditional fishing site



from the south (Columbia River) and into the itk (Okanagan River) in Washington and in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. On his journey, sinklip stopped at the south end of t’ucin (Skaha Lake) near itk (traditional fishing camp in Okanagan Falls) and asked the syilx people for a wife and a home. He continued his journey to the north bringing the salmon into t’ucin. When he returned for his wife and a home in itk , he discovered his given wife was impregnated by another. Coyote was very disappointed, so he put the al’ (cradleboard) above the river to let everyone know that he did not receive this promise. However, to show his promise for the salmon, he placed his fishing spear above the river, across from akspaqmix (Vaseux Lake.) at the

Okanagan River

tk itk

With Coyote’s promise for salmon he left three rock formations at s ənitk (Okanagan Falls): stunx (Beaver), sʕaʔ i (Muskrat) and c’rʔtups (Fisher). These are the Coyote’s story markers and are visible above itk between the nˁ yli t (McIntyre Dam area) and itk . ə tk itk

Columbia River



c’rʔtups Fisher was granted guardian of the higher lands. His responsibility is to regulate the creeks and watersheds.

stunx Beaver was granted guardian of the river. His responsibility is to build dams to regulate the water levels.

sʕaʔ i

Muskrat was honored as a teacher “in the water”. His responsibility is to care for the dams and vegetation in the river.


April 2016

School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning After listening carefully to all who presented, reading all the input received, researching many articles and papers, the trustees reached a decision on school closures and reconfiguration. My thanks to all those who presented, spoke, wrote and filled in surveys - your passion for your schools is evident. Throughout the entire 155 day/30meeting process, no one put their hand up and said ‘close my school’ - a testament to the calibre of our staff and the education they are facilitating in all of our schools. Thank you. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia, has found the single biggest factor in the success of students and schools is teachers, principals and systems that work together for students - it is not the building. After much deliberation at the March 9th Special Open Meeting, first and second readings were passed for the following: 1) The reconfiguration of Summerland Secondary to a grade 8-12 secondary school; and the reconfiguration of Summerland Middle school to a grade 4-7 intermediate school; and the reconfiguration of Giant’s Head Elementary school to a grade K-3 primary school; with Trout Creek Elementary school closing, effective June 30, 2016. 2) The closure of McNicoll Park Middle School effective June 30, 2016; with Columbia Elementary catchment area students feeding into Skaha Lake Middle School and with Naramata Elementary and Uplands Elementary catchment area students feeding into KVR Middle School; and all students currently attending McNicoll Park will be disbursed by their current addresses following the catchment areas and feeder schools described above. 3) The closure of West Bench Elementary effective June 30, 2016; with the current West Bench Elementary catchment area being added to the Carmi Elementary catchment area; the current students moving to the Carmi Elementary school with bussing routes times established and announced before the end of June 2016. Third and final reading will be at a Special Open Meeting on March 30, 2016 at 7pm at the IMC building directly behind the Board Office.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Hello Everyone. We are now into April! My how time flies when you are having fun. A quick reminder to change your winter tires if you haven’t already. The only studs you can legally have on your car now are dudes in muscle shirts. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents to dress their children for the weather. Let’s keep them outside frolicking as much as possible. Rain coats and boots on wet days keeps young lungs filled with fresh air. We only have one date on the schedule for April. Our PAC meeting is Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 pm in the School Library. In an effort to boost attendance, I will issue a challenge. If we see 5 (or more) new faces at the meeting, I will stand on the table and sing “I’m a little teapot”, and I will allow it to be posted on social media! Remember, it is all for the kids. Come out and show your support of the school, while watching me make a fool of myself. The PAC would like to throw out an “Enormous Thank You” to the community for the amazing turn out at Lobsterfest. The silent auction items were amazing this year and our Westjet flight raffle was a big hit. Thank you everyone! Take care and enjoy your spring!

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Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4 The SEASON 4 Show provided a fantastic variety of entertainment, featuring singers, singer songwriters, comic, belly dancer, and gymnastic performers. Special guest performances were by our SEASON 3 first place winners, being Taylor Ernst during the Semi-finals show and Nevaeh Dyson during the Finals show. Presentations of special awards and recognition of our two young Performers Workshop presenters, as well as Fresh BC Talent Quest “Spirit Awards” went to 2 performers in each age group category. Here are the results: SEASON 4 Workshop “Presenters Award”: Tiana Ferlizza & Taylor Ernst

If you have any questions about catchment areas, which school your child will be registered at or questions regarding transferring to another school in the district, please contact Assistant Superintendent Fresh BC Talent Quest “Spirit Award”: Dave Burgoyne (dburgoyne@summer.com). Group B Group C A letter has been sent to the City of Penticton, Municipality of Group A Chloe Shea Coffin Mitch Lavigne Summerland and the Regional District regarding a dedicated Police Kennedy Smith Shaughnessy Rose Barker Liaison officer for SD67 schools. Several districts around the province Kate Vandeweghe Tiana Ferlizza have one or more officers in place. The program gives students an Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4 Age Group Winners opportunity to become familiar with the police in a positive way. Group A (9-11 years) Grade to grade transitions are at or above the provincial average, 1st ~ Fiona Schwarz - Penticton as is the graduation rate. Our graduation rate has gone up in every 2nd ~ Kyah Allen - Oliver category. SD 67: All students - 87.1%; Female - 87.4%; Male - 86.7%; 3rd ~ Kennedy Smith - Penticton and Aboriginal - 68.1%. Provincial Graduation Rates, including Group B (12-14 years) Independent Schools: All students - 83.9%; Female - 86.0%; Male - 1st ~ Tiana Ferlizza - Summerland 81.9%; and Aboriginal - 63.0%. 2nd ~ Sophia Mae - Winfield Schools are back in session after Spring Break on March 29th. I hope 3rd ~ Chloe Shea Coffin - Penticton Group C (15-18 years) everyone enjoyed a well-deserved break. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 1st ~ Shaughnessy Rose Barker - Vernon 2nd ~ Trista Algar - Penticton 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com. 3rd ~ Madison Gendemann - Kelowna

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Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 5 February 2017 promises new workshops and surprises. Online registrations scheduled to start late fall. More details and pictures of our SEASON 4 winners and performers, as well August Fresh BC Talent (1st Place winners) Peachfest performances at http://www.cmeliveproductions.com/ Thank you to all our generous sponsors who have supported our young performers Talent Quest and continued to support our show. We couldn’t do our shows without your support and help. Thank you!

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April 2016

School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee

Trades Exploration Week

Written by Chloe Redenbach, Gr. 6 student Okanagan Falls Elementary school recently had trades exploration week for Grade 6/7 students to learn about welding, fabricating, and sheet metal trades. This article will tell you about what we learned and created during the experience. During the first day, Mr. Turnbull showed us what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. Safety was the first lesson and the next day we went ahead and started making our sheet metal pencil box. We started by lining everything out. After we finished lining things out, we went out to the metal bender. Two people could bend their metal at once. Once you finished bending your sheet metal, you would go to the spot welder and weld all four corners together. When you welded each corner, Mr. Turnbull would tell you to hold down a button for two seconds, after that, you were done. On the second and third day, we had some people that were not here on Monday and some people didn’t finish either, so they had to finish their sheet metal box. For the people who were done, they got started making their name tag. For your name tag, you got a little piece of metal to start. You had to make a layout and when you were done you got to cut of the four corners and each corner took about seven minutes to cut off. Once you were done, you got to go punch a hole and weld your initials on your name tag. There was a volunteer professional welder available to help you. It took about five minutes to weld your initials on. After you had your initials on your name tag, you had to dip your name tag in the water. When you were done dipping it in the water, you would bring the name tag inside and file all the bumps off of the tag. Some people like me would file their entire tag to make it shiny. For the next few days, you would continue working on your tag if you were not done. On Friday the last day, students filled out a sheet trying to name all the trades they were aware of and or had learned about. The sheet asked you, “If you had to choose a trade, which one would you choose?” The trades week experience really gets students thinking of all their options when considering a career choice. We learned that students in high school senior grades can choose to do a Secondary School Apprenticeship giving dual credit for both high school and the first level of a chosen trade or they can take a Dual Credit course or be part of an ACE-It program with OUC and receive high school/college credit. Thanks Mr. Turnbull for bringing the YES 2 IT Trades program to our school!

Okanagan Falls Elementary News: On behalf of the board, I welcome all our students and staff back to school after the Spring/Easter Break. I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to the third term, well-rested and excited to be back. Kindergarten Registration: As of March 15th, we currently have 15 Kindergarten registrations at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We are encouraging all parents of Kindergarten age students to register early, so that the schools and district can plan for next year. In addition, each of our district schools will be holding the annual Welcome to Kindergarten event in late Spring 2016. Earth Day is being celebrated April 22nd within our district; however, Okanagan Falls Elementary is embracing a week-long Earth Day celebration from April 18th to 22nd. Students and staff will be involved in SPCA workshops, author/singer visit by Rosemary Phillips, and Pitch-In Community Clean-up. For more information and specific dates and times, please contact the school directly. District News: Innovation in Schools to Benefit Students and Teachers: The Early Learning Network under the leadership of Melia Dirk was successful in being one of 15 projects from across the province to receive an $8,000 grant. The goal of the partnership grant is to provide schools with some support to innovate and share their success with the entire province. We congratulate Mrs. Dirk and her team and look forward to their involvement in this initiative. School Closure/Consultation Process: The School Board and District Administration continue to work through this very difficult process. Previous scheduled meetings: • Tuesday, February 23rd: Trustees had an informal meeting with the Osoyoos PAC Executive members. • Monday, March 7th: Trustees had informal meeting with Osoyoos Elementary and Osoyoos Secondary School staff. • Tuesday, March 8th: There was a Public Consultation meeting in Osoyoos at the Sonora Centre. Although the final pubic meeting was held on March 8th, the public will continue to have an opportunity to provide feedback to the board on the school closure recommendations until Tuesday, March 29th. All feedback received will be attached to the agenda of the Board’s special meeting scheduled for April 6th. The meeting will be held in Osoyoos and the only agenda item is the school closure recommendations. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878. VALHALLA WINDOWCLEANING


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Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James April is here! This month we have Speech and Language here on Thursday, April 7th at 10:00 am, Storytime with Lynn on Wednesday, April 13th at 9:00 am, Family Services on Thursday, April 14th at 10:00 am, and Dancing with Miss McCall on Wednesday, April 27th at 10:15 am. Please Note: We are closed for the non-instructional school day on Monday, April 18th. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

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April 2016

When Is The Right Time To Sell Your Home?

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Timing the housing market to the moment when interest rates are low and buyer demand is high may seem ideal, but if everyone had the ability to see exactly when home values are at their peak, we’d all be millionaires. The decision to sell your home should be based on a variety of factors that are both financial and emotional. While you should definitely pay attention to market conditions as part of your thought process - and those conditions will absolutely impact your home sale - you should always keep in mind that the choice to buy or sell a home is completely individual. Reasons to Sell ~ Homeowners have a variety of reasons to sell their home at any given time. Some of the obvious reasons include: an expanding family or a shrinking family that changes the amount of space you need; a job change or retirement to a different location; a local job change that impacts your commute; or a desire to move to a particular school district as your children get older. In other cases, the reason to move can be purely financial: Your income has decreased, you’ve recently divorced and you need to live in a less costly home, or your income has significantly increased and you can now afford to live in a different neighbourhood or a more expensive property. How to Decide When to Put Your Home on the Market ~ Once you have made up your mind that you want to sell your home, you need to gather some information before you determine when to put it on the market. First, find out your loan payoff amount, so you have an accurate idea of what your sales proceeds will be after you’ve paid off all home loans and paid your closing costs, including the REALTOR®’s commissions. Next, find out the recent sales price of comparable homes in your community. You will need to interview several REALTORS® and consult with them about current market conditions to estimate a listing price and how long it may take for your home to sell. Many sellers opt to put their homes on the market in the spring, because that’s when more buyers are looking, but you can choose to sell at any time of year. If your home attracts families and is in a sought-after school district, you are just as likely to get offers in the summer as in the spring, because buyers want to settle in before school starts. On the other hand, if your home is located in a resort area or appeals to young professionals or empty-nesters, the school calendar is meaningless. Prepare Your Home for Sale ~ An important element in determining when to list your home is it’s condition. You will need time to make repairs and improvements, to deep-clean your home, and to clear away many of your possessions. If you have a large, disorganized home with overflowing closets and a garage with no space for a car, you may need weeks or months before you’re ready to put your home on the market. It’s extremely important to recognize that today’s buyers have high expectations of your home’s condition, so don’t expect to be able to work on your home after it’s listed. Your home should be priced correctly and in prime condition on day one in order to sell quickly and for the best possible price. If I can be of any help in the selling (or buying) process, please give me a call anytime.




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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Director

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Hi everyone. Happy Spring. This is Sharon Proctor your SSHS Communications Director. On March 22, our federal budget information confirmed that monies will be available for ‘Affordable Housing’ projects. We are busy applying for funding for assistance to help us with our project, seeking advice from our community and government partners. We also welcome any other ideas about obtaining funds. Our Board, a good TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More), has also been working hard on adopting a Code of Conduct for our Society and our meetings through motions that are voted upon. Reviewing and clarifying our Bylaws and Constitution has also helped us to understand how to become more efficient at conducting meetings and negotiating with our external stakeholders. We are also working on our Membership List and fine tuning our criteria for future general meetings. Affordable Housing in Other Areas ~ On March 4th, Elaine Chernoff, recruited Mike Livingstone and I to head down to Keremeos to discuss their Seniors Affordable Housing with Chairperson, Walter Despot and Administrative Assistant, Sarah Martin of the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society. The Society and full time staff manage 3 Affordable Seniors Housing Projects, as well as 13 Community based programs. These are some of the priorities we discussed with them to help us move forward with our own Affordable Seniors Housing project for Okanagan Falls: • Build your TEAM first - include young/old members and workers in your community. • Determine what our community wants. • Develop partnerships with other groups/societies. • Keep levels of government involved, i.e. MLA, RDOS, BC Housing. * We were very impressed with the support and advice we received from them, plus they have some great looking accommodations. (We may sign up!) Website ~ Perry Tompkins, our Board Secretary and our local Pharmacist, plans to have The SSHS website online for the public by the end of April. The website will contain information on: • The Society’s role in the community. • Progress updates on housing projects. • Donations, support, events and membership information. • A forum for community feedback. • Access to minutes and other Society literature for members. Thelma Detjen ~ Dear Thelma, our Treasurer, worked with us right up to her passing. What an inspiration! She really Highlighted ‘V’ for Victory for Okanagan Falls Volunteers. She would be so happy to know that SSHS is moving forward and achieving our goals. Thelma, Thank You for all your hard work and support of the community, on to your next Adventure!’ Well, that’s all I have to report for now. Spring and Easter are here and soon we will be planting. With hard work and positive thinking, we may be planting big seeds for our ‘Affordable Housing for Seniors’ project. We are definitely planning to ‘bloom’ and we will keep you in the loop! If you require more SSHS information, contact our President, Robert Mcleod, at rhmcleod@shaw.ca or Sharon Proctor at sproctor@shaw.ca.


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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015April 2016


Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor Did March come in like a Lion? It seems Spring is here with all it's diversity ... sunshine, rain, wind, hail and then sunshine again, all of which promotes plant growth and makes the deer happy. Lots of buds popping their heads out of the soggy earth. And, the Senior Centre? Well, we are gearing up our energies for a busy year. We held a very successful Spring Flea Market on March 12th, thanks to the hard work of Grethe Jensen and her crew, the most profitable one to date. Thanks goes out to all who donated baking, sale items and their time, as well as to the people who attended this event. Our Cribbage Club would like more participants. Come and put your card playing skills to use every Thursday evening. Along with Crib in the evening, we have Scrabble on Thursday mornings and Bridge on Thursday afternoons. All these activities welcome new players. The Centre is planning on getting a wide screen TV. If this plan comes to fruition, one of the things it will enable us to have is exercise classes, specifically chair yoga or something similar with very little expense involved. Nothing better than getting all limbered up for the summer season ahead. The Pool sessions, both ladies and mens, are doing very well, bringing together players from all over the Okanagan region enjoying healthy competition. If you are interested in Pool, give Stan Smallenberg a call at 250-497-7929. And finally, we have fund raiser projects for the Penticton Hospital in progress, but more about that next month. MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, April 4th Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday - April 2nd Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday - April 23rd Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (April 16th) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Music Jam ~ 1-4pm every 2nd Sunday of the month. Bring your instruments and voices and get right on stage & enjoy! Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Audrey Steeves President Louise Sax presided at the March meeting of the Okanagan Falls Legion Ladies Auxiliary and welcomed Br #227 President Wayne Night, who thanks the Ladies for their recent financial donation and assistance to the Branch. Correspondence received from Pacific Command mentioned information that eight LA’s had turned in their Charters since 2015. President Sax extended her thanks and appreciation to the members who had cleaned the kitchen and took inventory. Help was arranged for the LA Saturday Bingo, also for the LA Dinners. The LA will be catering for the Branch Sports Banquet on April 23rd. The LA are asked to bring recipes for salads for this event to the April meeting. Several members attended the South Okanagan & Similkameen Zone meeting held at Westbank Br #288 on March 6th. Other events planned for were the Garage Sale in April and the May Spring Tea. More details on these events at the next meeting. The members present approved of donations in total of $3600 to be given to the Penticton Hospital, Kidney Association, United Church School Breakfast Program, the Annual OK Falls Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt, and to the BC/Yukon Command Track Suit Program. Winner of the LA Valentine Basket was Nicole Woodard. Meeting draw winners were Jean Mellish and Wendy Hughes.


Zen & Fitness Programs for Older Adults - April 2016 Office Address: 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls www.okfalls.net or www.kal-rec.ca Email: info@okfalls.net 250-497-8188 Drop–in Programs at the Zen & Fitness Centre (Okanagan Falls) Class Package Rates $40 for 5 ~ $65 for 10 ~ $120 for 20. $10 Single Drop-in. Passes valid for 6 months. 1st visit FREE!

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gentle class focuses on basic Yoga poses and how to connect them through breath, alignment and mindfulness. Mixed levels. With Carrie Fridays 9:30 - 10:45 am starts April 1 With Tammy Mondays 9:30 - 10:45 am starts April 4

Tai Chi with Richard in Lions Park integrates gentle standing movements with focused intention. Lift your life energy, or ‘chi’! Rainy days we will meet at the Zen Centre. Use your pass for this 6 week series or flat rate $45. Wednesdays - Starts April 20 3:00 - 4:00 pm ZUMBA Gold - Join the Party! Popular Latin inspired dance rhythms. Easy to learn and great exercise. Use your Zen and Fit pass (see above) or $40 for all. Saturdays April 9 - May 14 (6 weeks) 9:00 - 10:00 am * Note earlier start time

This program is tailored to people with balance and mobility issues. Each class lasts 1 hour and consists of a seated warm-up, exercise, a cooldown. (Runs for 10 weeks) $139 for 20 classes. Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ April 12 - June 14 11:00 - 12:00 noon Okanagan Falls Community Centre

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April 2016

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

Calling All Dogs! Now is the time to start spring training. Out for a walk with your trainer will up the fitness level for both of you. Be in shape for the Purina Walk For Dog Guides and help support the service dogs of our great country on Sunday, May 29th in Lions Park in Okanagan Falls. For more information, visit www. purinawalkfordogguides.com. Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is 1:30-5:30 on April 18th at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Too book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca I sincerely hope that after reading the article in the March Skaha Matters on volunteering that everybody is getting that prescription from their doctors to become a volunteer. Both you and your community will benefit. If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization, talk to a Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Douglas Harrison

Here is what’s happening at your Branch#227 in April ... As always, our popular Meat Draws are held on Friday and Saturday starting at 5 pm. It’s our annual salute to the First Responders of Okanagan Falls on Saturday, April 16th. Join us and help say thank-you or cheers to these fine people that come to our aid when we are in need. Our monthly breakfast is on Sunday, April 17th from 8-11am and our monthly regular meeting is on Tuesday, April 19th at 7pm.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Continuing from last issue on our history ... It should be noted that in the late 1950’s, the population of the Falls and area was approximately 700. Fireman Morris Thompson stated, “In those days, most houses had a stirrup pump, which in case of emergency you dipped into a bucket or washtub and directed water through a small spout at a fire outbreak. We also kept sand handy. But, since every home had a wood burning furnace, there was an ever-present danger of chimney fires”. In 1956, a lease was agreed upon with the School Board to house the fire truck in the barn, formerly used as a stable for horses ridden by students coming in from the surrounding area. A block and tackle was purchased and installed in a tree which remains today. This was used to hand the hoses. Bylaws and rules were adopted for keeping the fire truck in the district. On February 1, 1959, the first meeting to build a fire hall was held. In April 1959, Mr. Wild Newcombe resigned as Fire Chief after doing an excellent job to create a fire department. Mr. Newcombe moved to Delta in 1960 and passed away in 1975. Mr. Trevor Jones was elected Fire Chief in 1960. Mr. Jones owned and operated the Shell service station on 9th Avenue. Regular meetings were held at the Shell station and the alarm siren was fixed above the garage. Wilf Newcombe - Fire Meetings were held to discuss plans to build the fire Chief - 1954-1959 hall on 11th Ave. Approximate cost of $1200 was required for materials. The building was built in 1960. Trevor Jones started a training program for the fire truck with practices held at the Shell station on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7pm. Disaster hit the fire hall when the roof blew off and the wall collapsed, the result of 70 mph winds. Members of the Oliver Fire Department helped put Trevor Jones - Fire the roof back on. By April 1, 1962, the fire truck, a Chief - 1959-1963 1936 La France front end-pumper, was moved from the barn by the school to the new hall on 11th Ave. In addition, 2 nozzles were purchased. By 1962, the funding for the volunteer fire department started coming from taxation. Practices started at the new hall every Wednesday at 7pm. Trevor Jones remained Fire Chief until December 1963. Thanks to long-term members: Jim Sinclair, Lawrence Vader, Angus Duncan, Bob Burns, Harry Webster, Wilf Newcombe, Trevor Jones, Roy Jakins, Morris Thompson, Jim Anderson, Bill Barton, Henry Nickel, Lloyd Lindsay, Arlie Marchant, George Fleming, Warner Kaden, Don Tasker, Harry White and more to come.

We are on a roll, dear reader, really rolling along with several new members who are very interested in our group and willing to share their talents with us. Many plans are underway and they include applying for a grant to hold an Arts and Crafts seminar, among other ideas, which just keep rolling along with this group, and thanks to you, our new members. Of course, at this time of year, we are already thinking about Canada Day, which is always a huge success in our Community. And to that end, a planning meeting will be held on April 11th, under the leadership of Janet Black. All organizations and individuals are welcome, so bring your enthusiasm and your ideas to the Community Room at 5:00 pm on April 11th. This year, the event will take place in Centennial Park, celebrating Canada Day and the new Bandshell together. And, we are really looking forward to that. This Spring we will be holding the Women’s Institute meetings in the evenings. So, on April 18th and May 16th, we will meet in the Community Room at 7:00 pm. This is a trial run to see if evening meetings will be supported by a greater number of women. The date for our June meeting has yet to be decided, so when I know, you will know. We are pleased to announce a new director for the Institute - Karine Johnson. Thank you for volunteering Karine. As you know, this year, we are celebrating our 95th birthday, so we plan to celebrate all year and hope you will join us. Please note, dear reader, when you send me all of those wonderful little tidbits of information and other tantalizing pieces of correspondence, To be continued ... our new mailing address is P.O. Box 196, Okanagan Falls, V0H 1R0. “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch Safety Tip: Did you know that carbon monoxide detectors save lives?

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April 2016

Volunteering: The Best Way To Grow

By Mackenzie Dickeson, University of Victoria Co-op Student - South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre When my parents told me that we would be travelling down to El Salvador to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, I felt a sense of betrayal. I didn’t think it was fair to replace my only leisure time with hard labour, I was 14 at the time. However, once we were in the country, I began to feel differently. We were building in Santa Ana, a small city, and instead of working on just one house, we were helping to build a small community of around 30 houses. By the second day, I was enjoying making cement and mortaring walls, perched on a plank of wood. I found the work to be incredibly satisfying. During my third year of university, I decided that I needed to do something crazy. My brand of crazy was to volunteer in Poland as an English teacher. I found this plan particularly daunting because of my fear of public speaking. However, I rationalized that this would be the perfect time to face my fears. The moment that the clouds levelled out below the plane, and I could see the squat, ugly buildings I began to panic. This feeling took a while to dissipate. When I arrived at the school, it became quickly apparent that my approach to teaching, avoiding interaction with the students, wasn’t working. A teacher pointed this fact out to me, and my horror at being criticized so harshly jump-started my mission to teach the hell out of English. By the end of my time at the school, I had become quite comfortable with teaching; however, my public speaking skills were still to be tested. I was asked to speak at the year end school assembly, with a crowd of around 200 people. While my heart still pounded, I could hold my own. Volunteering in Poland was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since going to Poland, I have volunteered several times in my communities, being the Okanagan and Victoria. At UVic I became a language partner to a Japanese girl. We would talk about movies, dogs, and Japanese culture. I learnt a few phrases in Japanese, and she improved her English. Last semester the best part of my week was volunteering at an after school reading club. I love to read, so sharing my passion with these kids was always a wonderful feeling. However, the best part of the club was bearing witness to the kids’ aha moments as their reading abilities increased. Volunteering has made me into the person I am today. Though I began as a disgruntled teenager unwilling to give up my spring break, I have flourished into a confident, self-aware young woman. Volunteering doesn’t just help others, it also helps you to become a better person. I started working at the SOS Volunteer Centre a few weeks ago, for my final Co-op placement. I am helping out with activities the SOS Volunteer Centre is planning. We invite you to join in the activities during April 10-16 during National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate volunteers’ contributions both in the community and beyond. Attend the Okanagan College Speaker Series on April 11th at 7pm, where the SOS Volunteer Centre will present “Volunteering: It’s good for you, good for the Community and those you help”. Join in on April 16th from 10am - 1pm in Gyro Park, where The SOS Volunteer Centre, in association with the Downtown Penticton Association is appreciating volunteers in the community; everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy free hamburgers and cake.

If you live in the Kaleden area and need a ride please call


Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time. April 10-16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.

PITCH-IN WEEK! April 17-23, 2016 It’s Time for a Spring Cleaning in Area “D”!

The 49th annual PITCH-IN Week takes place April 17-23rd to coincide with Earth Day and will once again welcome over 500,000 volunteers from coast to coast, ready to PITCH-IN to help keep our country clean. We invite you to take part by volunteering to clean up your community in Area “D”. In Kaleden: In Okanagan Falls: Jump Start of April 10-16 Thursday, April 21st 2pm Pick up bags at school or library Drop off bags to dumpster at Kaleden Church April 10-16.

Meet in Kenyon Park Shelter Get your bags and where to go! Refreshments in park to follow.

Do your part ... Every little bit helps!

Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Ed Melenka

Ed’s Leaving! After 12 years in Okanagan Falls, Ed Melenka and his wife Denise are moving to Kelowna. Volunteering for his community was a passion for Ed, who devoted himself to Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission, Area D Advisory Planning Commission, Okanagan Falls Housing Society, OCP Review Committee, Okanagan Falls Beautification Committee, and the Revitalization Committee and Citizens On Patrol. What a list! Ed could also be found volunteering at countless other community events - always ready to lend a hand. Don’t pass up an opportunity to let Ed know how much he has meant to all of us. Join us to say goodbye to Ed (and Denise) on Tuesday, April 5th from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre at 1141 Cedar St. Enjoy some refreshments and share a few words of thanks.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.


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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

We will sincerely miss our founding member, Thelma Detjen, with her knowledge and dedication to the society. What a busy time we have had! On February 25th, we held a successful AGM. A new executive was voted in to continue the organization. President is Heather Jackson, Vice-President is Tara Lynch, Secretary is Marla Wilson, and Treasurer nominated was Thelma Detjen. We will have to select another treasurer at our next meeting. Gerrie Jackson is looking after the membership and Directors are Ron Worth, Audrey Steeves, and Donna May Thompson. On March 5th, our annual Country Kitchen Tea was held at the Seniors Centre. Biscuits, jams and jellies along with other breads, cakes and cookies were served. Marlene White played many old favourite songs on the piano. The Heritage Society was honouring the 95th year of the Women’s Institute in Okanagan Falls. Thank you to all who came out to support the event. In the H&M Thriftee Shop, many new-born garments have been donated over the winter. Most babies outgrow their clothing before the clothes wear out. So, many of these pieces are just like new. Big sale to anyone needing baby clothes! They will be selling at .25 each, or 5 pieces for a $1.00. We have no receiving blankets or crib blankets, but do we ever have lots of rompers and sleepers. Also, nearly all the winter clothing has been put into storage. The bright spring colours make the shop look so nice! I must report that we still have the odd pile of garbage in our yard. I am sure that it isn’t Okanagan Falls residents dumping the garbage. People in our town have more respect for their friends than that! We look after our neighbours, not use them for garbage collection. The last offending pile of garbage even had a broken microwave oven on the pile. Now, come on, no one would want to buy something like that. When the garbage was taken to the dump, it was such a large load, we had to pay extra to dump it there. So, to cover dumping fees that we incur, our prices will have to go up a bit.

Although life was full of hard, back breaking work during the early years in Kaleden, it was also full of fun and Skaha Lake was at the centre of most of it, especially in the summer. The wharf between the Hotel and Lapsley’s store was the headquarters of most of the entertainment for the kids and young adults, because it offered swimming, diving, and sunning on its hot planks. The occasional barge/tug coming into dock added to the excitement and served to keep the depth of the water at the end of the wharf sufficient for those daring enough to climb onto the roof of the freight shed and perform an artful dive for their adoring fans. (The artful divers, mostly boys and the adoring fans, mostly girls.) For adults, the lake offered a refreshing dip in the hot summer, or a spin across the lake or down to OK Falls in one of the Chestnut canvas covered canoes imported by Harry Corbitt and Seaman Hatfield and purchased by a number of Kaleden families. On at least two occasions, an enterprising group paddled down the river to Osoyoos, making it down in two days, but requiring five for the return trip. The lake also provided a great place for roaring fires, wiener roasts, corn roasts and many beach parties on the sandy shore, with everyone invited. The canoes and other watercraft also supplied an excellent opportunity for fishing, which was great from early spring to late fall. The marsh at Sickle Point provided a terrific place to hunt, particularly in the fall, when ducks and geese were plentiful. And in the winter, when the lake froze over, which it did with regularity, it was a great place to skate. What a fantastic natural playground!

“Give and Let Live”

Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

For the Benefit of Mike Watson & Family Dinner, Music and Auction at Linden Gardens Saturday, April 16th at 6:00 pm

This important letter is in regards to the “Give and Let Live” fundraiser for Mike Watson. Mike Watson was born and raised in the Okanagan. He and his family (partner Lisa Needoba and young children: Aidan, Laila and Shae) live in Kaleden and are a community minded and hard-working family. Mike is well known in the wine industry and has worked as a Viticulturist for Constellation Brands for many years. For reasons unknown, Mike Watson experienced a sudden and massive internal hemorrhage and was lucky to survive. In desperate need of a liver transplant and unable to get one in Canada, Mike and Lisa travelled to Hong Kong for the procedure. On March 1st, a successful live liver transplant was performed with Lisa being the best matched donor. To help Mike and his family during this incredibly difficult time, businesses and individuals throughout the South Okanagan are working together to raise funds. On April 16th, 2016, Linden Gardens will be hosting “Give and Let Live”, which includes dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions. For this event we are looking for businesses and individuals to donate items for the auctions which will be held during this evening. All the proceeds of this event will go directly to Mike Watson and his family to cover the cost of his life-saving transplant. If your company would like to donate an item for this important fundraiser, please contact Eryn Wiedner at 250-328-3866 or weedfleet@gmail.com. If you or your business would also like to make a direct financial contribution, visit: https://www.youcaring.com/lisa-needoba-and-mike-watson-493493. Tickets to this event are available at the Kaleden Elementary School.

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April 2016

DETJEN, Thelma

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info The HUB ~ A program for knowing and responding to individual needs in the Kaleden Community is looking for volunteers to help with snow removal. If you would like to help out, please call 250.460.3387.

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

April 29, 1931 - March 6, 2016 Thelma Detjen passed away at the Penticton Hospital in the early hours of Sunday, March 6, 2016 from complications following surgery. She is survived by her son Stewart (Shauna), granddaughter Jennifer, great-grandchildren Kaiden and Kiera; nieces Sandi (Adam), Joe-Ann (Richard), Karen, Lee; nephews Gordon (Connie), Glen (Gwen), and Brad (Bette) Willson, and their children. Thelma was predeceased by her father Herman and mother Gertrude (Brent), brothers Joseph, Eugene and Frederick, niece Colleen, and long time partner Gordon Willson. Thelma was born in Summerland, BC, and spent her early years at Faulder and Shingle Creek Ranch, moving to Okanagan Falls in 1943 with her mother and brothers. From lambs to horses, Thelma loved all animals, from her early days on the ranch raising orphaned lambs, and in her later years with her involvement in horse racing. She enjoyed a 35-year career at the Revenue Canada office in Penticton, retiring in 1992. This allowed Thelma more time to commit to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Heritage Society, Housing Society, Women’s Institute and any other projects that improved the life and welfare of Okanagan Falls residents. Thelma will be deeply missed by her family and friends. A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12pm at Okanagan Falls Cemetery. All were invited to attend a Tea following at 1pm in the Okanagan Falls School in celebration of Thelma’s Life. In keeping with Thelma’s sense of community, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made towards any charitable organization benefitting the citizens of Okanagan Falls. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

Kaleden Weekly Ladies Drop-in

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Every Wednesday 1-4 pm

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation & crafts.


Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please. JOHN NUNES



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Flowers to all the people who were such great help at Thelma’s Celebration of Life Tea on Saturday, March 19th. Thanks! ~ from Eleanor Walker of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Perry and his staff at Okanagan Falls Pharmasave for their wonderful service over and above the normal to both my mother and myself. We are so lucky to have them in the community. ~ from Barb Few of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all of the local business and people who made donations to the Heritage Society’s Country Tea held on March 5th. These include G&R Auto, 3 Winds Hair Design, The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co, Esso Gas Station, OK Falls Hotel, Pharmasave, Falls Market, and Christine Norman. ~ from Heather Jackson of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to ... MAJOR FISH HEADS to the totally irresponsible thoughtless self serving idiot who on March 23rd dumped garbage and an old stove on Eastside Road at the beaver pond where the rock pile is and Big Horn Sheep frequent. Don’t you have a brain? You really don’t care about your environment do you? You have no regards for anyone or anything. What you did really sucks big time. I hope someone sees this and knows it was you. ~ from Pam of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the people who want to remove Okanagan Falls from the provincial park signs. Shame on them. The Okanagan Falls residents are the ones who ensured that the site became and remained a park for all. ~ from Eleanor Walker of Okanagan Falls

WANTED: Local youth looking to rent (or buy) a 2-horse, bumper pull trailer to travel to local shows. If you have a trailer on your property that you rarely use and are willing to rent (or sell), please contact 250-497-5603 or jktt@shaw.ca.

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Planning Ahead If Basic Cremation is Your Choice with Lesley Luff of Credible Cremation Services Ltd. (Resident of Okanagan Falls)

Credible Cremation Services Ltd. was created to offer families who are faced with the death of a loved one, the choice of a simple and reasonably priced Direct Cremation without having to feel pressured into purchasing something that they do not want. When a loved one dies without having made their final wishes known, then someone else must step in and sometimes reluctantly, take charge. If that person is a family member, the emotional stress of having to make important decisions, while in a state of grief, can sometimes be almost overwhelming. Decisions made in haste can often lead to emotional overspending. Pre-planning allows you the advantage of time. Time to discuss your final wishes with your family. Time to make the choices that fit your needs and budget. Time to make or change your Will. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is fully licensed by the Province of BC and owned by professionals with over 30 years of combined dedicated service to families. Cremations are completed off-site at a local fully licensed Crematorium, which enables us to pass those savings on to you. Call Lesley at 250-493-3912 and make your appointment in your home or our facility. $990 + taxes - Penticton & area | $1190 + taxes - Kelowna & area H&M Thriftee Shop


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HELP WANTED: Two Full Time Seasonal Vineyard Workers

required for Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R5. $10.59/hour, 40 hours/week. Job duties include all aspects of vineyard work, pruning, tying, suckering, shoot thinning, etc. Physically demanding, repetitive tasks, outdoor work in all weather conditions. Start date April 18th, 2016. Email resume to work@blastedchurch.com.

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RDOS Rural Services Office ~ 778.515.5520 #1 - 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) - Next to IGA FOUND: A piece of jewelry on the trails above Skaha Estates

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FOUND: A jewelry item outside of the OK Falls Rec Centre.

biking trails. Call 778.515.5520 to claim your lost jewelry item. where it was lost. Call 778-515-5520 to claim your lost Fitbit. Call 778-515-5520 to claim your lost jewelry item.

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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out


Enough for 2 ......................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95


Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 12 jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Dry Boneless Garlic Ribs Calamari Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

10 ounces of delight! ........................................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

Served with Pita Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95

Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.


Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.50 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Salmon Casesar

SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

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Garden Salad

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Served with grilled garlic toast ..................................... $7.25

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Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $9.95 20 items: $18.95 30 items: $28.95 40 items: $37.95 Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Ice Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Ryoe Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.


Fish & Chips

All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) and your choice of fries, perogies or salad.

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Medieval Burger More than 1/2 a pound of spicy feast ....................... $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A meatless patty, dressed to please! ......................... $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon ............................................................... $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95

Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ....................................... $9.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $12.95

All Day Breakfast Ye Olde Breakfast Steak and Eggs

2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $.95

Add mozza, cheddar, 2 strips of bacon or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $9.95 or without a meal $12.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.25 / Side of 3 perogies $4.95 / Add Swiss $1.50 / Add Feta $1.95 / Change to Gluten Free Bun or Bread for $1.75.


Steak, Seafood and Ribs

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or salad with your choice of dressing.

Grilled Cheese The BLT

On white, brown or rye bread ....................................... $9.95

Hot Roast Beef

This sandwich has lean roast beef piled high ........ $11.95 and smothered in our own gravy

Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $10.95 garden salad

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $10.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95

Our spicy medieval beef patty, baked ...................... $12.95 potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $13.95 baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $16.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $20.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, baked potato or home fries and garlic toast

Chicken & Ribs

Half rack of ribs (8 oz.) and a grilled 6 oz. .................. $17.95 chicken breast, baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Rack of Ribs

A full rack of pork ribs with baked potato ............... $17.95 or home fries, garlic toast and salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, baked potato or home fries ..... $26.95 garlic toast and garden salad

cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

So good, you’ll eat the bowl! ....................................... $11.95 Served in a bread bowl with salad

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!


Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Baron of Beef Dip

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39!

Medieval Steak

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840


April 2016

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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Volume 8 : Issue 4

Skaha Matters April 2016  

Volume 8 : Issue 4