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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Volume 9 : Issue 4

April 2017 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter


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FROM THE DIRECTOR “It’s Blossom Time!”

We know that Spring has finally arrived when Mother Nature breaks out in all her glory, with beautiful blossoms, and colours and fragrance all around. With the advent of “April showers” and the inevitable “busyness” of the birds and bees, we can be certain that an abundance of green and new growth will soon follow. Just as with Mother Nature, so has it been with the business of Area ‘D’. Following the Tom Siddon well-attended Town Hall meetings I hosted Director of in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls last month, RDOS Area ‘D’ and the recent adoption of our 2017 Budget by the RDOS Board, our area has suddenly come alive with several “good news” announcements. Congratulations to Ed Findlater! ~ First, I want to extend my compliments to Edwin Findlater of Okanagan Falls on being chosen to receive the BC Medal of Good Citizenship, awarded by the Honours and Awards Secretariat of British Columbia. This honour is bestowed on persons who “through exceptional long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities”. Ed is widely respected for his many areas of voluntary community service over the past 30 years, including his leadership within the Royal Canadian Legion, the Red Cross, the local Visitor’s Centre, Citizen’s on Patrol, Special Olympics, Helping Hands and the South Skaha Housing Society. Mr. Findlater received his Medal of Good Citizenship from our MLA Linda Larson, at a special presentation ceremony on March 23rd. Well deserved Ed! Rural Dividend Funding for Okanagan Falls Town Centre ~ On March 3rd, I was delighted to learn from MLA Larson that Area ‘D’ will be receiving a grant of $36,747 from the Rural Dividend Program, toward the completion of the Town Center Revitalization Project for downtown Okanagan Falls. This third phase will include a further round of public consultations, a traffic management study, an infrastructure review, and preparations to include the town centre “master plan” in the Official Community Plan for Area D-2. Phase 1 of Sewer Funding Approved ~ On March 12th, we learned that funding for the first phase of our proposed sewer system extension, which will connect Skaha Estates to the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Okanagan Falls, has now been approved!! Under the joint Federal/Provincial Infrastructure Fund a total grant of $6.6 million has been allocated by the two senior governments, covering 2/3 of the capital cost for this long-awaited project. This welcome news was announced by our MLA Linda Larson on behalf of her two Provincial colleagues, Minister Peter Fassbender and the Hon. Todd Stone, and by the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, the Federal Minister responsible for Infrastructure Canada. This major funding is great news for the residents of Skaha Estates and along lower East Side Road, but is also welcome news to all those who wish to protect the water quality of Skaha Lake. This includes residents of Kaleden who will ultimately benefit from the second phase of this project, once additional funds become available. There will be more detailed discussions about the implementation of the sewer extension project in months to come. But today, I want to pay special tribute to our RDOS Project Engineer, Liisa Bloomfield, P.Eng., who has propelled this project forward since day one. My compliments also to the members of the Kaleden and Skaha Estates Sewer Steering Committee who have provided valued guidance and support for the project along the way. My thanks to you all! More Upgrades for the Sewer System ~ Over and above the foregoing, we have just learned that RDOS will receive a grant of $38,648 from the Canada/BC Clean Water Fund. This will be used to fund necessary improvements to the operation of three older lift stations in the Okanagan Falls collection system.

Saturday Openings at the Land Fill ~ As a result of suggestions made by residents during the recent Governance review, the Okanagan Falls Landfill will now be open Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm from April 1st to October 28th. This is great news for backyard haulers! Park Upgrades Coming Soon ~ With the advent of Spring, work will soon be underway to get our parks in “ship shape” for the coming Summer season. Thanks to the leadership of our two Parks Commissions and the hard work of RDOS staff and volunteers, everything should look great by the start of Summer. This will include grading and seeding of the new neighbourhood park in Heritage Hills, and completion of the Lakeshore Walkway through the old Lamb property in Okanagan Falls. Senior’s Housing Projects Moving Forward ~ By the time you read this, a conditional offer may have been secured by the South Skaha Housing Society for a suitable property on which to build the new 35 unit “affordable” housing project in Okanagan Falls. This project is supported by a $4.7 million grant from the Provincial government. Kaleden is not far behind with planning underway to build a smaller and perhaps “self owned” project at a central location in town. “Pitch-In” on April 21st ~ Once again, the Pitch-In Canada Project gets underway on Friday, April 21st in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. Marked garbage bags will be available to residents who wish to help with cleaning up Winter refuse in their neighbourhoods. Please wear gloves. Bags may be obtained at 10 am at the Kaleden Community Hall or the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls. Refreshments will follow around 1:00 pm. Please join the team and “pitch-in”, if you are able. For further information, please call 778-515-5520. Thanks to MLA Linda Larson ~ By now it will have become obvious that we, the residents of Area ‘D’, owe a great deal of credit to our MLA Linda Larson. Linda, as a long-term Councillor, RDOS Director and Mayor of Oliver, knows the needs of our local communities very well. As our MLA, Linda Larson has delivered on many projects and initiatives of benefit to our area. Thank you Linda for your consistent support of our needs! Words of Appreciation to the RCMP ~ Before closing, I want to offer my words of gratitude to Inspector Kirsten Marshall, the Acting OIC of the South Okanagan RCMP, for her attendance (with two colleagues) at our recent Town Hall meetings in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. Inspector Marshall gave an excellent overview of policing activities and crime statistics in our area, and heard several suggestions from residents for increased police presence in our communities. Inspector Marshall will shortly be replaced by the newly appointed Detachment Commander for the South Okanagan/Similkameen Region, Inspector Ted De Jager. Thanks for your support Kirsten, and a big welcome to Insp. De Jager. Well folks, enjoy “Blossom Time”, and the coming of Spring! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

in the Kaleden Community Hall AGENDA: • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 25, 2016 • Trustees Report • Superintendents Report • Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2016 • Remuneration of Trustees for 2017 • Introduction of Candidates for Trustee • Setting of Election Date • New Business 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, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Cheryl E. Halla, Office Administrator ~ Phone 250-497-5407 PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SPRINKLING / IRRIGATING PERMITTED UNTIL APRIL 15TH.

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Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

Do you like people? If so, we need you! Volunteers are needed at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre opening in May. Meeting and greeting visitors, helping them know about Okanagan Falls and the surrounding areas, helping them with the rest of their visit to BC. Training will be provided. This is a happy relaxed job with lots of satisfaction received from meeting different people from different countries. To learn more, please phone Barb at 250-497-8283.

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FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 10 am to 1 pm It's time for a Spring Cleaning in Area “D”! Pick up your free garbage/recycle bags at Kaleden Library, School or Area “D” Community Service Office

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by picking up litter from our roadways. Gather all the garbage you can from the ditches, roadways, ravines, etc. and bring it to the dumpster at the Kaleden Hall or behind the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls.

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They say Spring is here, but as I write this it still feels a lot like Winter at times. With the arrival of warmer weather, it is time to put away the skis, the skates and Winter gear and get out our skateboards, bikes and Summer stuff. The theft of bicycles continues to be on the rise in our area. We are a cycling community and a cycling destination with many upcoming cycling events and great trails and scenery. Bikes are very appealing to our thieves, both for resale and for transportation. To help prevent bike theft and to aid in returning bikes to their rightful owners and prosecuting thieves, Penticton RCMP Community Policing is partnering with the successful 529 Garage Bike Security Program. Bike theft is a $500 million annual epidemic in North America, with a bike being stolen every 30 seconds. Bike theft in BC has increased 40% since the 2010 Games. Each year in BC, 1,000s of recovered bikes go to auction, because the police cannot identify owners. Stolen bikes are often used to commit secondary crimes like theft from auto and breakins. Most bikes parked outdoors are not secured properly and about 20% of bikes are stolen form indoor locations are often unlocked. 529 Garage gives owners the opportunity to register their bike online via their smart phone, including photos, in just a few minutes. You can put on your bike a 529 Shield, which is a tamper resistant decal with a unique code the lets thieves know that your bike is registered and aids law enforcement in recovery. Penticton Community Policing is currently waiting for the delivery of their supply of 529 registration kits and decals. Community Policing will be announcing dates and locations where they will be available to help bike owners register their bikes. They will also be working with local bike shops and bike organizations to get bikes registered. Currently, Vancouver, Surrey, West Vancouver, Richmond, Kelowna, Kamloops, Granville Island and Prince George have all partnered with 529 Garage and are pleased with the results of the program. For example, Granville Island was experiencing a bike theft a day in 2015 and cut that down to one bike theft a week in 2016 with the implementation of 529 Garage and other cycling security initiatives. Bike owners are encourage to always use a high quality lock designed for bicycles. Always lock a wheel and the frame to a secure bike parking structure. This disables the bike from being ridden and makes it difficult to attack with tools. Adding an accessory cable can prevent bike prowls. Attach it to your lock to secure the second wheel, helmet or saddle. This approach requires multiple tools to defeat. 529 Garage makes reporting a stolen bike to the police even easier, as you have all the information already registered with 529 Garage. This information you report to police will be published on different police systems and will help to recover and return your bike. You can also send out a missing bike alert that 529 will fan out to others on the 529 network and social media. Watch for your bike on online sites such as Craigslist, Kijiji and eBay and if you find it, contact the police immediately and work with them to get your bike back. For more information on 529 Garage, visit www.529garage.ca or stop in at the Community Police Station at 185 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton (next to the Peach) or call 250-490-2374. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Sanitary Land Fill Concerns ~ In the February edition of Skaha Matters, OFID reported our concerns regarding a large quantity of contaminated waste deposited in Okanagan Falls Sanitary Landfill. We received a response to our concerns from the RDOS, which points out that the Landfill is highly regulated by the Ministry of Environment and that RDOS has followed strict safety protocols where receiving of contaminated waste is concerned. Further, the response concludes with, “Based on the testing performed and the information available, the Regional District will stipulate that there is no harm to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District water source.” Water Main Flushing ~ Please be advised that the District will be flushing the water mains commencing April 1 - 14, 2017. Water entering the system from each of the district wells is of a very high quality; however, over time, sediments can build up in the pipes, affecting the quality of the water. Flushing the lines by way of the fire hydrants is a regular maintenance procedure carried out each year to avoid the build up of sediments. During this period, you may experience some discolouration or sediment in your house water. If you do experience this, run your cold water tap or outside tap until the water is clear. OFID Annual General Meeting ~ OFID Annual General Meeting will be held on April 24th at 7pm at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, 1128 Willow Street. Agenda will include Auditor’s Report, Report from the Chair, Election of Two Trustees, as well as New Business. Anyone interested in running for a Trustee position must file a nomination paper by 12:00 noon on April 11, 2017. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ Beginning May 1st, Sprinkling Restrictions come into effect: • From May 1st to Sept 30th, sprinkling / watering is only allowed on the ODD / EVEN address system (matching the odd / even dates.) • No watering / sprinkling is allowed between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6am on the odd / even address system. • Strata complexes use the street address of the complex, not the unit to determine watering day. • Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between the hours of noon to 7pm. • For further tips on how to conserve water, go to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website.

Skateboarding on the Band Shell ~ The use of the Band Shell for skateboarding and the resulting damage has continued to be a problem. OFID staff have personally asked the skateboarders to refrain from using the Band Shell as a skate board park, yet it has continued. We have been advised by the RCMP to report any incidences directly to them, and OFID is asking the public to do the same. A donation from an OK Falls Family built a skate board park in Keogan Sports Park a number of years back, so there is no reason why the community’s citizens should expect damage to any of the many assets that have been built by the community through their hard work and generous contributions. Sadly ~ It is with great sadness that OFID Trustees and Staff announce the passing of former OFID Standby Operator, Ed Smith. Ed was with the Irrigation District for nearly two years, and had recently retired from OFID. He was a highly-skilled operator and a great member of OFID team. Ed will be truly missed. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. OFID Information ~ For information about any matters related to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, check the website or call the office at 250-497-8541.

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It is never too late to quit smoking! ~ Although most of us are aware and can appreciate the negative effects of smoking and the benefits associated with quitting, it remains one of the most difficult addictions to shake. But, GOOD NEWS, the BC Ministry of Health continues to provide free smoking cessation products to its residents. This year’s smoking cessation product has been very successful throughout the entire province. Of note, I have had many patients quit this year, both for the first time, and for the tenth (and final) time! So, if you are ready to quit smoking, or are contemplating it, or know you are not ready right now, but eventually would like to try quitting ... Come in and talk to me and we can discuss different options. The Smoking Cessation Program has been renewed for 2017 and includes nicotine replacement therapy products (gum, patch, inhaler, lozenges, etc.) and two prescription smoking cessation drugs Zyban (bupropion) and Champix (varenicline). The nicotine replacement therapy products DO NOT require a prescription. Just come into the pharmacy and you will be given 12 weeks (84 days) of a product at NO CHARGE! As for the two prescription options, these are both efficacious options for the right patient. These require a prescription from the doctor, they are both Pharmacare benefits (i.e. covered by BC Medical), but not necessarily ‘free’. Pharmacare will cover one attempt at quitting per year. It is not overly often that the government is willing to give us Freebies ... Why not take advantage of it?!? So, tell your family and friends about this program. And, tell them to come down and see Christie or Jeff and we can work together for the best chance of leaving that smoking addiction in the dust! ;)

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Kaleden Tennis Club Registration


Sunday, April 9th at 9:30am

with Jen Charlish

at the Gazebo in Pioneer Park in Kaleden

Well, the calendar says it’s Spring, even if the weather hasn’t been convinced quite yet. The new Spring Program Guide has been released. It contains programs for toddlers, children, teens, adults, seniors and families. It also includes some special events. Check it out online at www.kal-rec.ca or drop into the Community Services Office at #1 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) in Okanagan Falls for your copy. A big “Thank You” goes out to the steering committee of the New Horizons program. Their leadership and dedication has provided many opportunities for older adults in our area. Many on-going programs have been set up by this committee with more on the way. Check the website for a list of programs, dates and times. We would like to welcome two new members to the Recreation Commission. Welcome to Randy Cranston and Jennifer Strong. Their appointments will be confirmed at the first RDOS meeting in April. Mark your calendars, as the Community Open House and Information Fair will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at the Kaleden Community Hall from 6-9 pm. The fair will provide information from a number of community organizations. Come out and see the wealth of opportunities available right here in Kaleden. The Recreation Commission is always looking for volunteers for various projects. Do you have any special talents you would like to share or are you just willing to share some of your time and energy, but don’t want to be responsible for a whole project? Let us know through the contact information below or talk to one of us at the information fair. There are always lots of volunteer opportunities available. We are also still looking for ideas for Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations. If you have an idea for an event or are interested in helping out, please call 250-497-8188 to share your thoughts or perhaps join us on a Canada 150 committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

Join us for league play in a singles ladder or mixed doubles, along with fun tournaments with BBQs. May-Sept. $35. More info, call Yvonnne at 250-497-7147.

Join the Kaleden Tennis Club

Do you play tennis? Would you like to join a group of social players this season? If you enjoy playing tennis, have a good understanding of the rules of play and can sustain a rally with people at your level of play, we want you! The Kaleden Tennis Club sign up for the 2017 season is on Sunday, April 9th at 9:30 am at the Gazebo in Pioneer Park. There will be a short meeting followed by sign up. The cost is $35.00 for the season. This includes league play in a singles ladder or mixed doubles, as well as fun tournaments with BBQs. For more information, please call Yvonne at 250-497-7147 or email ykennedy880@gmail.com. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Who says tweens just plug in? Our Teen Night takes a new twist with Natalie taking the lead. A little structure, food and most of all laughter. Join Natalie on Friday, May 5th at 5:30pm for the next Teen Night, and no cost to anyone. It is FREE, as part of BC Youth Week. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.


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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs and facility rentals! Kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497-8188 | info@okfalls.net | okfalls.net

Is your child a budding young artist? Join instructor Leza Macdonald as we discover the arts through a variety of mediums. Each week will have an exciting new theme with a take-home project. Sat, Apr 8—May 6 (No class Apr 15) 1:30-2:30pm $60 per child/$55 per sibling — Kaleden Hall

Cooperative Play is also known as “social play’ in which kids get to truly work together toward a common goal. Through a variety of games led by an experienced instructor, kids will develop problem solving and social skills. Emphasis will not be placed on winning or losing but rather success through relationship building. Thu, Apr 13th — May 4th 5:30-6:30pm $40—OK Falls Gym

Join our experienced dance instructors as they take you through the Foxtrot, Waltz, and Jive. No partner needed.

Climb, swing, jump your way through this unique program. Youngsters will get an opportunity to learn through play as they discover the natural world around them. This program builds emotional, physical, and social development through hands-on learning. Mon, Apr 10—June 19 (No class Apr 17 or May 22) 2:30-3:45pm $45 per child/$25 per sibling — Kaleden Elementary School (350—152 Linden Ave)


Join us for a tea social and heritage dance, held at OK Falls Recreation Centre. Dance the afternoon away with some good old’ fashioned music, and watch a demo led by our qualified instructor. Light refreshments will be provided. Quantities limited, please register soon.

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HEROES aren’t Born, They’re REGISTERED: How You Can Help Those Waiting for Life-Saving Transplants with Annick Lim, Volunteer & Organ Donor Organ donation can save lives. In fact, one organ donor can save up to 8 lives. This is why many British Columbians will celebrate National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week from April 23-29. At the same time, there is a desperate need for more organ transplants in British Columbia. There are 640 people across the province waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and over 500 of those are waiting for a kidney. Sadly, many of these patients will die waiting. While there is no cure for kidney disease, a kidney transplant is the best option a kidney patient has for a better quality of life. The good news: There is overwhelming support for organ donation. In fact, 95% of British Columbians say they support organ donation. The challenge? Only 22% of British Columbians are registered through BC’s organ donor registry. This is why the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch has set a goal to increase organ donation registration rate by 50% over the next 5 years. How can you help? Here are 3 easy ways: 1. Register your wishes for organ donation. Go to www.kidney. bc.ca and click on the big red register button. 2. Think you are registered - check again. Too many people still believe that they are registered through their driver’s license. This system has not been in place since 1997. Check to see if you are registered with BC’s organ donor registry at www.transplant.bc.ca. 3. Tell your friends and loved ones about your organ donation decision. It is key that you not only register your decision, but also that you tell your family and loved ones. Remember: HEROES aren’t born, they’re REGISTERED. Everyone can be a hero and do their part to help make a second chance possible for those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

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The Importance of Magnesium By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Naturopathic Medicine is my passion. I believe strongly in the benefits of healthy living, prevention, and using knowledge to live longer and stronger lives. That’s why I spend hours researching the best science behind natural medicine, which as its name implies, uses natural methods to help prevent and treat illness. These methods are generally much safer and health promoting than many conventional methods. I believe we all deserve to choose the best health care options for ourselves and that blending a variety of health services is often the best choice an individual can make. In this article, I will discuss the benefits of a tiny nutrient that packs a powerful punch. This inexpensive, readily available nutrient is often deficient in our modern diet and has been found to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by a whopping 38%. That beats any drug! The nutrient is Magnesium and it is involved in many bodily processes. Besides its critical role in cardiac and circulatory health, it is beneficial in any condition where spasms or cramping are involved. It is nature’s relaxant and works to calm anxiety and mental tension. It also aids in blood sugar regulation, aiding diabetics and helps in detoxification of heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemical toxins. Magnesium has been coined the “anti-stress” nutrient and for good reason. Can’t we all use some of that? Research is piling up to support the benefits of adequate tissue levels of magnesium. Data from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study indicates that magnesium intake is inversely associated with arterial calcification. Also, as a natural calcium channel blocker, magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure through vasodilation (relaxation of blood vessels). Both of these effects (decreasing the build-up of calcium in artery walls, and relaxing the artery walls) contribute significantly to fewer heart attacks, strokes and other complications of poor blood flow. Other cardiovascular benefits include an antiplatelet effect (decreasing risk of blood clots), lowering of vascular injury and atherosclerosis development, improving angina symptoms, improving symptoms of mitral valve prolapsed, and improving the chance of avoiding death and debility after a heart attack or stroke. Research also indicates that magnesium helps prevent kidney stone development, helps to calm restlessness, cramping, and muscle pain, contributes to a regular heart rhythm, and improves internal energy production. Good sources of dietary magnesium are dark leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, legumes, millet, brown rice, cocoa and avocado. Supplement from 200-1000 mg daily if required using the citrate, malate, glycinate or taurate forms. Often, simple, non-toxic, natural solutions are available for what ails us. Naturopathic Doctors have the expertise to guide you with these solutions which may involve nutritional advice, herbal and homeopathic medicine, counseling, intravenous therapy including Chelation, detoxification, and pain management techniques. Combining modern and ancient medical traditions, Naturopathy exercises both the art and the science of medicine. For more information, drop by my clinic in Okanagan Falls for informational packages or call to book a consultation. Sources: Peacock et al. Serum Magnesium and Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Am Heart Journal, 2010;160(3):464-470 Benzie, IFF, Wachtel-Galor S., editors. Herbal Medicine: Biochemical and Clinical Aspects, 2nd Ed. Boca Ranton (FL): CRC Press; 2011 Hruby A. et al. Magnesium intake is inversely associated with coronary artery calcification: the Framington Heart Study. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Jan;7(1):59-69


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April 2017

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We know so much more about how we damage our eyes these days, so let’s do our best to protect them! One of the most damaging things to our eyes is something called “Blue Light”. This is the light that is emitted from all of your computer/cell phone screens. These days our electronic devices are a big part of our lives. I see very small children playing on their parents phones or watching a movie on a tablet. Don’t get me wrong, these are wonderful devices, but we should really be limiting the time our children are in front of them or think about protecting their eyes while in front of them. Fortunately, we now have lenses and coatings that can be used to protect our eyes from these harmful rays. For those of you who work in front of a computer most of the day, ask about getting a lens that will protect you. Let’s not forget sunglasses when you head out doors, for both sunny and cloudy days. UV rays are always there. It doesn’t cost a fortune for a pair of sunglasses that gives you full protection. Just make sure they have 100% UV protection on it or UV 400. Spring is here! Remember to put on your sunglasses before you head outdoors. For more information or to book your next appointment in the comfort of your home or business, please call Brenda Yunker at 250-328-5898. Visit eyes4you.ca or find us on Facebook at “Eyes 4 You.summer”.

Spring Cleaning Time with Patty Irwin

It’s spring cleaning time for your yard and home! I can help organize and clean your home. Detailed spring cleaning is my speciality and I also love working in the yard. Yard clean-up, weeding, light pruning, raking the lawn, preparing the beds for planting, or just tidying up the edges and sweeping the sidewalk ... What ever is needed, just give me a call. I can also shop for annuals and perennials that grow well in our climate and are deer resistant. I am happy to extend a $10 off coupon for all first time costumers with a two hour minimum booking for the month of April! “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your Spring Cleaning, so call Patty at 778-889-9725 today.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Finally, after a long, snowy winter IT IS SPRINGTIME! Of course that means it’s time to start that spring cleaning and preparing gardens for planting. Throwing open the windows and enjoying the warmer spring air blowing through the house has always been a spring cleaning motivator for me. Some people have tried and true spring cleaning lists or rituals, but if you don’t the internet is a great resource if you’re looking for help with your list. It’s always nice to get out in the yard and garden to start cleaning it up and making it look nice after all that snow is finally gone. We are finally getting ready for the beautiful sunny days that we will soon enjoy! Massage is an ancient form of healing, which dates back some 5,000 years. Massage can help you if you find all this gardening and spring cleaning is causing aching muscles. Chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state and your sense of well-being and happiness. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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KVFD April 2017 Safety Tip Fire Management at Home!

It’s time to take a really good look at what is happening right around our own backyards. With a Community Clean Up planned for April 21st and Earth Day on the 22nd, please remember that clearing and cleaning up around your own property is equally as important for fire protection and prevention. Get rid of dead piles of wood and lumber, clean up tangled bushes that are close to the house, remove all cardboard, plastics and garbage that just needs to be hauled away. The less ‘fuel’ that you leave around your property, the safer it will be in the event of an unplanned fire.

KVFD is Now Recruiting!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter 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 specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.

Pitch-in & Help Clean Up Kaleden ~ April 21st

It’s Pitch-in Time! Let’s do a Kaleden Community Clean Up! Join us on Friday, April 21st from 10am - 1pm. We are meeting at the Kaleden Community Hall to get bags, gloves and to pick your route. Gather all the garbage you can from the ditches, roadways, ravines and bring it to the dumpster at the Kaleden Community Hall. Water and treats to follow. Remember ... Many hands make light/ faster work!

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...

In March 1978, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department burnt down an old house on the Thomas Ranch. It was an excellent tool for training and very well controlled. In September 1978, Northwood Mill was sold to Weyerhauser with a promise to modernize the operation with an investment $2.2 million. Northwood Mill was built in 1971. Items to note during 1978 ... The fall dance set up by the Fire Hall raised $835.59 for equipment needed by the department. Fire hydrants in Skaha Estates were installed. New sewer system went into operation on November 1, 1978 at a cost of $1,395,000. Harold and Dorothy Kenyon gifted their property, 1.7 acres on the beach known as Kenyon Park, to the people of Okanagan Falls area. A gift that is still appreciated today as can be seen by the activity there. Dr. J. Robertson joined Dr. J. Munroe at the Okanagan Falls Medical Clinic. He is now in practice with his son. Dogs running around in packs in the Falls attacking deer, geese, ducks, domestic animals and chickens. Six dogs were shot that year by the RCMP. In March 1979, a series of grass fires which had gotten out of control along Maple Street close to Vaseux Farms. The firemen worked hard to prevent it from getting into the timber. Peach Cliff Drive got approval in April 1979. St. Andrews-by-the-Lake had their Grand Opening on June 23, 1979 with an estimation of 150 homes. Also in 1979, Kaleden officially opened their Fire Hall with an expansion and upgrades and a new fire truck. This was done through fundraising which grew to $23,000. Other items to note during 1979 ... A huge forest fire on Green Lake Road took over 12 hours to get under control. Arson was suspected. There were 8 channels on your TV set with a charge of $7 a month. Sun Dew Newspaper clipping about grass fire from Okanagan Falls Viewpoint - June 6, 1979 Foods Ltd. erected a fruit processing plant, with 10,000 sq.ft. and opened on October 2,1979. 1979 was the second worst year for forest fires since 1912, when Forest Services started keeping records with 3,380 fires reported. Most were caused by lightning. The worst was 1970 with over 4000 fires. For the 1979 year, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department attended 70 calls: 27 fires, 32 emergencies, 5 false alarms and 6 forestry fires. Total cost for these calls came to $4,997. Many thanks to the Assistant Chiefs or Deputy Chiefs: Earl Edge, Pat West, Bob Pearce, Matt Baumgartner, Bert Bazley, Keith Robbins and Rob Oliver. To be continued ... Safety Tip: With the time change, it’s also a good time to check the batteries in your Smoke Detectors.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

April 2017

with Ginny Manning Eileen Muzzin, Okanagan Skaha Early Years Centre Facilitator updated the Board on the work she has been doing in the community with regard to assisting parents with young children or parents in general find access to community assistance or programs they need. The Early Years Centre offers a one-stop shop ‘family hub’ that focuses on early intervention and Kindergarten readiness for young children and their families within the Region. Summerland, Kaleden, Naramata and Penticton each host the program one day/week. For more information, you can find her on Facebook under Okanagan Skaha Early Years Centre at www.facebook.com/Okanagan-SkahaEarly-Years-Centre-138866552949989/ The Board approved the Amended Annual Budget for the current school year. The final budget bylaw, in the amount of $65,112,237, is $2.6M more than the projected budget passed in June 2016. The increase is due to unanticipated revenue from the REEF grant for West Bench and Trout Creek Schools, interim funding to hire teachers resulting from the Supreme Court Decision, funding due to higher than expected enrolment, transportation supplement, revised curriculum implementation funding, more than projected revenue from international student tuition and rentals and leases. Virtually all the revenue was allocated to increased staffing costs. With the increase in enrollment, the district has come out of funding protection for the first time in 15 years. Planning has begun for the 2017/18 budget. The province will make the funding announcement around mid-March. The public budget meeting, for input on the 2017/18 budget, is scheduled for April 27th at 6:30 in the IMC. It will be part of the agenda for the District PAC meeting. Everyone is welcome. Children born in 2012 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2017. Placement in your neighbourhood school Kindergarten is based


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on your address and the registration date. The earlier you register, the more likely your child will attend a school close to your home. Register at your neighbourhood school during regular school hours. A birth certificate will be required, as well as your child’s BC Care Card, parental BC Care Card and proof of address (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, lease agreement, etc.). More information can be found on the SD67 website at www.sd67.bc.ca/Schools/Pages/Registration.aspx The Ministry of Education recently announced a $27.4M Student Learning Grant. We anticipate SD67 will receive approximately $280,000. The money will come directly to the district as a special grant. The Superintendent will be meeting with Principals to discuss the needs around district and school priorities. As this is one-time funding, it cannot be spent on anything that needs to be sustained. Districts will need to track how the funding is being spent and report out to their District PAC with a copy going to the Ministry. The school district is pleased to be the recipient of a portion of 2016 BC Winter Games Legacy money. Princess Margaret Secondary received $10,000 for archery equipment, which helps support indigenous culture, and it is a Winter Games sport and $7000 went to district elementary schools for equipment for Winter Games sports. Schools have paired up and will sharing the equipment. The Board adopted the district Strategic Plan, which will be available on the district website. Many thanks to students, teachers, support and district staff, trustees, principals/vice-principals, parents and the Aboriginal Education Committee for their significant contributions during the development process. The plan is truly a reflection of the input received from all the district partner groups.


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Please Note: All the branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be Closed for Easter from Friday, April 14th through Monday, April 17th. Our Book Bins will be locked and no items are due over this closure. Happy Easter from Lynn, Shirley and Glenda!

Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

Preschool Storytime ~ Join us Tuesday Mornings from 10:00-10:45 am. This is a Free program which features stories, songs, and a small craft. We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt for the preschool children inside the Kaleden Library on Tuesday, April 11th. The Kaleden Library is also having their annual “Guess How Many” Jelly Beans are in the Jar? Winner of this contest will be announced on Thursday, April 13th. Kaleden Easter Egg Hunt ~ Saturday, April 15th Mother’s Day Card Making Class ~ Karen and Darlene are hosting Pioneer Park ~ 1 pm Arrival Time & 2 pm Hunt Time another card making class at the Kaleden Library on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30 pm. This adult program will teach you how to make a Come prepared with 15 pre-filled plastic eggs per kid hunting. There wonderful Mother’s Day Card for your Mother to treasure. Registration will be games and face painting organized by teens of our community. is required for this program, as space is limited. Any questions, please contact LeeAnn Thompson at 250.488.0789. After School LEGO ~ Hey Kids! Join us on Thursday, April 27th from 2:30-3:30 pm for our After School LEGO program for children ages 5-12 years old. Registration is required for this Free program, as space is limited. Please call 250-497-8066 to register for all of these programs.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Hello Everyone! April showers may bring May flowers, but I could sure use at least a few days of sunshine. March was a near write off. I only hung up my toque a week ago! We have done it fellow parents. We have pushed into the final term. Our little ones are on their see-saw ride down towards Summer and the next grade. Keep up the great work supporting them, even though you may be tempted to just jump off and let them come crashing down like Billy did to me all those years ago ... #ElementryFlashbacks. PAC would like to remind parents that proper footwear makes happy students! Wet days require boots. Soggy socks lead to a 20% drop in retention of Math skills. Also, 100% of my stats are made up on the spot! But for real, right foot ware for the right weather! Calendar marking time. We got lots, so let’s go rapid fire! April 8th, LOBSTERFEST! April 12 is Ready, Set, Learn for Pre-K kids. April 13th is a Pro-D (Plus, we don’t want to press our luck), and finally, our Volunteer Appreciation Tea is April 19th at 11:30am. PAC would like to thank all our amazing and dedicated volunteers. You really do make an amazing difference to the kids. Have a Happy Spring Everyone!

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Easter Storytime ~ Tuesday, April 11th from 9:30-10:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! LEGO Night ~ Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO building skills! Duplo available for younger siblings. Creative Colouring for Everyone! ~ Saturdays in April. Drop-in anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. This program is designed for both adults and children. All supplies provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Colour to express your creativity and meet others who share the same interest. Children must be accompanied by parent. Book Club ~ Tuesday, April 18th from 10-11 am. This month we feature “A Perfect Night To Go To China” by David Gilmour. Okanagan Falls History with Eleanor Walker ~ Please join us on Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Hear about the historic housing adventure of homes which came to Okanagan Falls from Copper Mountain. Community Enrichment Information Sessions ~ Please join us at the library on the following Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 pm. • April 5th ~ Wild Spring Greens and Herbs - Please join us for Jen’s Spring Herbal Talk. Learn which local plants you can harvest for a delicious spring salad, or for creating a delightful syrup, or for transforming into a healing balm for weary skin. • April 12th ~ Fostering Connections - Help Foster your Community ... Become a Foster Parent! Learn how to get started. • April 19th ~ Stitch and Sip - Are you a keen knitter, a committed crocheter, or just cross-stitch crazy? Why not join us for a sociable stitching experience! Bring your project and stitch or even share your talents while conversing with others who share your interest over a cup of coffee! For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email us at okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

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April 2017


Coach Leochko - Our Okanagan Falls School Athletic Hero!

Hat’s off to Coach Tim Leochko who has given six years of volunteer coaching service to our Elementary School helping all students gain athletic skills, game sense, and learn the benefits of healthy activity! Tim gives limitless hours to lunch and after school practices, refereeing games, and attending district tournaments with our school teams. Tim was honoured at our Term Two Assembly for his awesome contributions to our school community and his exemplary role modeling of what it takes to be a contributing citizen and is truly making a difference in the lives of so many children helping them develop a love of sport and athletic play!

Okanagan Falls Elementary - Term 2 Highlights

February and March were filled with a number of special events for students at Okanagan Falls Elementary School including: Rocks and Rings Curling, On-Ice Curling at Eastlink in Oliver, Swimming Lessons, Starlab Mobile Planetarium, Science World, Basketball Games, Maple Man French Cultural Performance, Mewslings Journal Project, and Ukelelee Demo to name a few. Below are some highlights of our community school in action during Term 2.

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with Samantha James We are back to school on Monday, April 3rd. This month we will be learning all about ‘bugs’. We have Storytime with Lynn on April 12th at 9:00 am. Aboriginal Art is on April 19th and Dancing with Miss McCall is on April 26th, both at 10:30 am. We have visits from Infant Development on April 26th and the Health Nurse on April 28th. Be sure to join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 12th. Please Get Bent “Bollywood Dancing” gets students shaking it up! Note: We will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. 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 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

Get Bent Bollywood Dance workshops happened in February and gave our classes the chance to learn a choreographed dance routine complete with dynamic music and creative costumes! Our entire school community came together to put on a remarkable dance show with all students displaying their skills for an afternoon of artistic enjoyment and fun! Many thanks to Get Bent Dance company and facilitator Celine for their inspirational leadership and passion for the arts!

Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club Hot Breakfast School Program Okanagan Falls Elementary students and South Okanagan Secondary School High School Bus students are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast every Thursday in our Community Room, thanks to the dedication of our Lion’s Club volunteers! Huge thanks to the committed team pictured here: Jim Hammersly, Michael Livingston, Valerie Livingstone and Bev van Uden. We thank you from the bottom of our Okanagan Falls School hearts for your efforts ensuring our students start off the day with a healthy breakfast to kick start our brains and bodies for our learning day ahead!

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with Natalie Alexander, Recreation Coordinator (RDOS) Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities (Whitehead, 2016). The importance of physical literacy in recreation programming has been steadily growing over the last decade, with more organizations placing it as a high priority in their strategic planning. Research has shown that children who have been introduced to the basic tenants of physical literacy participation are more likely to be active for life, and make healthier choices. Kids are often encouraged to develop their literacy when it comes to subjects such as reading, writing, math, and the like - and now there is a growing trend for the same principles to be applied to basic physical movement. How would you expect a child to learn how to play baseball, if they have not mastered the basic principle of throwing? Here at the RDOS Recreation Departments, we strive to incorporate the principles of fundamental movement skills in our early and middleyears programming. We encourage our program leaders to foster a positive learning environment that encourages youngsters to feel comfortable in developing these basic skills, while also building confidence to pursue other activities. For more information on the types of programs we have, please find our Leisure Guide online or give us a call at 250-497-8188.


April 2017

School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53

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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit with Andi Naude

Okanagan Falls Elementary News: On behalf of the board, I welcome all our students and staff back to school after the Spring 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 17th, we had a number of Kindergarten registrations at Okanagan Falls. 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 2017.

The 2016/2017 competitive ski season was full of ups and downs, learning experiences, and great times with great people. Following a great off-season, filled with quality training and personal growth, I knew I had the ability to rank amongst the best female mogul skiers in the world. I arrived at the World Cup Opener in Ruka, Finland with a confidence I had never experienced before. I truly believed that if District News: I skied my best, the results would come. Apex’s Andi Naude, Trustees attended a branch meeting in Merritt at the end of February. Unfortunately, the beginning of my season (Okanagan Falls Resident) A key discussion amongst the trustees was to ensure that public did not go as planned; I was off to a very Ranked 4th in the World education remains the number one issue in the upcoming election. rocky start. Poor results, along with a major For Women’s Mogul Skiing Trustees believe that public education is the great equalizer in our crash, left both my body and ego incredibly society. Our Board will be engaging our communities to keep education bruised. With the help of my amazing coaches, sports psychologist, as the number one issue in the election by submitting questions to our and family, however, my confidence was quickly rebuilt. I was ready to MLA candidates for their All-Candidates meetings. In addition, we will tackle the remainder of the long season and ski my very best. I started be inviting our municipalities and bands to meet in April to discuss to focus more on the process, and not so much on the results. Just public education. We believe that issues to be addressed that are key two weeks after my crash, ambulance ride, and hospital visit, I was to all parties in our district are: economic growth, thereby resulting in job overjoyed and relieved to reach the World Cup podium, and contribute creation and stabilizing enrolment in our district, aging infrastructure in to a Canadian sweep! I felt that my hard work was finally paying off. the district, and the support of 21st Century Learning. It is of utmost After two months on the road, competing in 14 competitions, taking importance that our buildings be maintained and upgraded to support 31 flights, and visiting 9 countries, it feels absolutely incredible to be the current transformation in education. home. Reflecting on my season, it was definitely the best in my life We would like to thank the many businesses in all our communities thus far. I finished the World Cup tour ranked 4th in the world, and in SD53 for providing valuable work experience to our students. This managed to reach the World Cup podium four times. Just last weekend semester, 73 of our students have been placed and these business I had the honour of being named Canadian National Champion for the owners and/or employees are spending many hours providing second time in my career. With the 2018 Olympic Games just around mentorship to them. the corner, this season has left me confident that I will be there, in top On March 3rd, School District No. 53 students participated in form, proudly representing Canada and the Okanagan! the Skills Canada Regional Competition at Okanagan College in I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the unbelievable Kelowna. We had 52 competitors competing in automotive, carpentry, support. You have enabled me to rise above and perform to the best cabinetry, culinary arts, drafting, electronics, welding, junior gravity of my ability. Thank you so much, I could not do it without you. cars, and junior sumo bots. SD53 brought home 14 medals taking gold, silver and bronze in a number of competitions. We have 9 entries competing at the provincial competition at Trade X in Abbotsford on April 5th. Gold medalists from the provincial competition will have the opportunity to compete at National Skills from May 31st to June 3rd in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We will plan to highlight student projects and results at the April Education Committee. The Ministry of Education has confirmed that districts will receive the 2017/18 preliminary revenue on March 15, 2017. The draft budget will be developed based on preliminary enrolment projections and anticipated staffing allocations and will be reviewed by the Finance and Facilities Committee on April 12th and at the public Board meeting on April 26th. There is a further opportunity for public feedback and input on the budget at the Budget Learning Forum on May 10th at 7pm. The Board has until June 30th to approve the 2017/18 budget. It was a Canadian woman sweep at a recent World Cup! From left to right: Andi For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53, Naude (Silver), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Gold), and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (Bronze) at the 2017 Val St. Come, Quebec World Cup. Photo by Laris Thompson. at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca.




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April 2017

Should I Paint Before Selling My House?

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale, but it’s looking a little bit too well-loved, there are several ways to spruce it up. Tired, old homes can be given a makeover with a simple fresh coat of paint. This can not only make your property look more modern and appealing, but it can also potentially increase its property value. Both interior and exterior paint jobs can lead to great returns on investment. A newly painted home will be worth more, and it may also be capable of attracting a higher number of buyers. Painting the Property’s Exterior ~ The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. As potential buyers view your home for the first time, their first impression will be made based on your home’s exterior. It’s vital to make sure that it is as well-presented as possible. Badly maintained homes or those with a distasteful paint colour will be off-putting to buyers, causing them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls of your property, you can increase curb appeal and make your house stand out from the neighbours’ homes. Neutral colours are generally recommended, because they will appeal to a wider range of potential buyers. Although bold colours can be exciting, they may fall out of fashion or make your home stand out for all the wrong reasons. You can play around with colour by painting the trim a bolder shade, to make your property really pop. Interior Painting Benefits ~ Making a good first impression with a tidy exterior to your property is important, but the interior of your home should be given just as much attention. Peeling paint inside the home will signify to buyers that you haven’t taken good care of the property, and that there may be other problems lurking below the surface. Wallpaper is usually a turn-off as well, because it makes the house seem outdated and often features busy patterns. Choosing light, neutral colours is recommended for the interior, as well as the exterior of the home. This is because light colours can open up even a small space, making it appear brighter and larger. Neutral colours can also allow the buyer to visualize themselves living in your home. This helps to depersonalize the property and create a clean slate. Painting Tips ~ If you do decide that your property could benefit from a fresh coat of paint, be sure to take care of this before you take photos to advertise the property. For the cleanest, most efficient job, you may wish to hire a professional. They will have the equipment and experience to get the job done right. As you search for real estate agents using the free comparison service at sellmycastle.com.au, you may wish to choose a local agent who will have connections to professional painting services in the area. You could also decide to take on the painting yourself if you have the time and the inclination to do so, or even split the job half and half. For example, you could do the interior walls yourself to save money and then hire a professional to take care of the trickier areas, such as the exterior or ceilings. Before painting, you’ll want to smooth over any blemishes or cracks in the surface. This will give you a clean finish. A good primer can also provide you with a smooth area to work on. Although this may seem like a time-consuming step, primer can make a big difference in how professional and clean your finished walls appear. Primer allows you to apply a more even coat of paint, saving you time and money on additional coats. If you decide that you don’t need to paint the whole house, the property might at least benefit from a few touch-ups in weathered areas. Outer regions, such as the front door and window sills, can take a beating from constant sun and moisture. Extensive sun exposure can cause the paint to blister or buckle in these areas. Whether you prefer to paint the exterior, the interior, or both areas of your home, you’ll find that creating a fresh new look can be a worthwhile investment. A good paint job helps show buyers that you care about your property, and that it will serve them well in the years to come. This can lead to a great return on investment when you achieve a sale.


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April 2017

Don’t Forget ... Renew Your License! with Larry Martin

Your current annual fishing license expired on March 31st. Don’t forget to renew your license. This year there may be several lake specific changes that will increase catch limits and reduce gear restrictions. A few lakes will have reduced catch limits and increased gear restrictions. I cannot comment on the changes, as at the time of publishing this report I have only seen the proposed changes. The changes will appear in the new regulations that will be in affect on April 1st for several lakes in our Region. The regulations will be available on line at www.env. gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations. No need to wait for ‘ice off’ ... Both the Kettle River and Similkameen River are open and exempt from Spring closure. Please Note: Both rivers currently have areas where Rainbow Trout must be released. Tributaries to the Kettle also have different regulations than the main river, so please check Region 8 Okanagan Water-specific regulations prior to fishing. Whitefish are available in both rivers and willingly take fly’s. In the photos ... Greg Stone out on the Kettle River testing the new net that he built earlier this year ... it seems to be working. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Protecting our Natural Assets along the Water’s Edge Learn how to recognize and maintain healthy habits along our shorelines and riparian areas. What is a riparian area, and what does it do for you? What are the regulations for homeowners along waterways, shorelines and beachfront? How can you landscape with easy-care hardy, native plants? Identify and keep out invasive species.

FREE WORKSHOP When: Saturday, May 6th, 10:00am - 12:30pm Where: Kaleden Community Hall, 320 Lakehill Road All Welcome. For more information and to register, contact: Coordinator: Eva Antonijevic at eva.anton@shaw.ca or 250-486-2303 Generously sponsored by:

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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, callSkahaMatters.com Grethe at 250.497.5669.

Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

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The X-WI held their 96th Anniversary Dinner on March 20th. This was the actual “Date of Inception” of the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute. It was heartwarming to have all of these wonderful women gathered to share memories and ‘new’ news of their families, etc. Also honoured through the conversation were the women who inspired and brought the organization to reality. Of course, some sadness prevailed as our own ‘reality’ set in. The Anniversary Dinner ... WOW! The meal was an indescribable delight. The chef, Debbie of Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner, cooked us huge meals. When we all spied our plates, there was a general noise of “oh, no, we can’t eat all that!” Guess what, dear reader, we all did a fine job of cleaning up our plates. And, after all of that, our wonderful, very pleasant server, Joe, brought out an absolutely humongous raspberry shortcake. And, would you believe, we all did a splendid job devouring that, too! Many thanks to Debbie and Joe of Caitlin’s for helping to make our little affair memorable.

Our General Meeting on March 6th started off with President, Grethe Jensen asking for nominations or volunteers to fill the vacant position of Secretary. There were no takers. Margaret Rosenberg was unanimously elected for a Lifetime Membership with the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre. She has been instrumental in many activities, such as bridge and bingo, and took on official positions, such as Vice President and as a Member of the Executive. Margaret's donations to the Center are legendary and she is always the first one to volunteer to bring a cake to the next meeting, which are always delicious. She has worked tirelessly for our Flea Markets, either at the "White Elephant" table or the "Bakery" table. We, the Seniors Club, are honoured to have her as a Lifetime Member. In other news, the Senior Activity Centre received a sizable grant from New Horizons for Seniors, which will be used to spruce up our centre ... fresh paint, new cabinetry, etc. Work will begin as soon as the quotes for the various projects are submitted. Election Day is just around the corner, May 9th to be exact, at the Senior Centre and advance polls will take place on April 29 and 30th, May 3, 4, 5 and 6th. All normal scheduled events will be cancelled until May 10th, when regular programs will resume as usual. Make sure you pick up your Events Calendar. Our Annual Barbecue will be held Saturday, June 10th, maybe outside if the weather co-operates. If you don't want to eat off paper with plastic, bring your own china and cutlery. Also, remember; either a salad or a dessert should be donated to the table, as this event takes the place of the Pot-luck Supper usually held on the last Saturday of the month. Pot-lucks will resume in the Fall. If you are a Senior with a low income and you need help with your Income Tax Return, remember Ron Crawford is willing to give you a helping hand every Thursday morning from 10am to 12 noon at the Senior Centre until April 27th. And for all you music lovers, the last Music Jam Session will be April 9!

with Betty Lynch

This photo was taken by Dave Wilding with instructions on just how to do it, properly, by Marlene White. Thank you for the photo and the fun. Please take advantage of the wonderful entertainment being performed all summer in The Women’s Institute Bandshell. The entertainment is sourced by the “Music In The Park” Committee. Well done people! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm Held at Kaleden Community Church

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, April 1st General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, April 3rd Jam Session ~ 2nd Sunday each month - April 9th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm Saturday, April 15th Canasta ~ 10am the first 3 Mondays of the month Shuffleboard ~ 1pm the last 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Barb Few

At last Spring is here and the LA are ready for it, along with everyone else! On April 1st (I fool you not) is the LA Bingo starting at 1pm. Then on Saturday, April 8th and 22nd will be the LA Suppers following the Meat Draws. A reminder to our members the General Meeting will be at 1pm on Wednesday, April 5th. If you are Spring Cleaning and find items you would like to donate, consider donating them to our LA GARAGE SALE. This popular sale will be held on Saturday, April 29th. And, to make your outing complete that day, join our PANCAKE BREAKFAST as well. Both will run from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, April 29th. See you there!


April 2017

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 in Okanagan Falls has made available to the community over $29,000 in funding in the past year alone. These donations were made possible by the Legion’s Friday and Saturday Meat Draws and 5050 Draws. All funds raised through our BC Gaming License and Special Events are returned to the community by means of various donations. Branch #227 does not benefit from this activity; however, associations and non-profit societies have, such as: Crisis Centre; Special Olympics BC; Arthritis Society; Okanagan Falls Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt; Kaleden Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee; ALS; Kids Help Phone; Okanagan Falls Elementary School Parents Advisory Committee; Village By The Station; South Okanagan Women In Need Society; BC Blind Sports and Recreation; Muscular Dystrophy; Canadian Deaf Sports Association; Lions’ Purina Dog Walk; BC Lung Association; Girl Guides of Canada; Broadmead Care Foundation; Penticton Safety Village Society; Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department; Similkameen Medical Foundation; Elks Recreational Children’s Camp Society; Okanagan Boys and Girls Club; Victims of Violence; 232 Bighorn Royal Canadian Cadet Squad; OK Mini School; Okanagan Military Tattoo Society; BC Wheelchair Sports Association; BC Children’s Hospital Foundation; Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse; Summerland Pipe Band; Okanagan Falls United Church Breakfast Program; Okanagan Falls Helping Hand; Warbirds; C.H.I.L.D Foundation; Canadian Cancer Society; Heart and Stroke Foundation; and also from the funds are bursaries awarded to graduating students of the South Okanagan Secondary School. All this was made possible through the local community support of the Legion’s activities. Branch #227 Legion in Okanagan Falls thanks you for all your continued support. Our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance was well attended. All money raised was to repair our rose garden and flower bed. Our thanks goes out to all the volunteers. Derek Routley for his wonderful Chinese dinner. His assistants in the kitchen where Wayne Knight, Rick Hunt and Rini van Uden. Thank you to Lynda Routley for your organization. Thanks to Karmyn Hunt and Jenna Bodin for greeting our guests and helping with the dinner. Thank you to Dawn Hunt for her wonderful Rainbow Cupcake Dessert ... It was yummy! Karmyn Hunt and Colleen Goodman performed an Irish dance. Thank you to Sandy Walker for the goodies on the tables. And, our wonderful bartender Dawn, who always has a smile for you.

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Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, April 16th ~ Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are Free! Karaoke & Fun Talent Show ~ Saturday, April 29 from 7-10pm. Taco Bowl Salad will be served for $6. Come join in the fun! Regular Weekly Activities ~ Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ beginning at 1:30pm. Check out all the fun and games. Every Monday is “Member Appreciation Day”. Every Friday & Saturday starting at 5pm are the Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws. Everyone is welcome. Monday Dart Pub League is at 7:30pm. Wednesday In-House Fun Dart League is at 7pm. The 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Dart Tournament, with registration at 10:30am at the Legion. Shuffleboard is Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Pool is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. Volunteer Recruitment ~ Volunteers are need for the Meat Draws and 50/50 Draws, as well as bartenders. It is fun and easy to volunteer! If you’re interested, call the branch at 250-497-8338 and leave your name and your number. General Meeting ~ Tuesday, April 18th. Always the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm. Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!” H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

On Your Mark, Get Set, EASTER! The great hunt for the Lions Easter Eggs is coming up on Sunday, April 16th at 1pm sharp at Lions Gardens in Okanagan Falls. Yes, it is “The Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt”, with lots of gifts and candies for the Easter egg hunters. Our School Breakfast Program continues on Thursday, April 6th, being the first Thursday after Spring Break at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Our breakfast program this year has been quite successful in giving a hot nutritious breakfast every Thursday to 35 - 50 students, both elementary and high school aged. Our volunteers look forward to continuing to serve the children on April 6th. One of the bonuses the volunteers look forward to is the fact that the students are very polite, friendly, and very well mannered. To you the parents, teachers and family members who encourage this conduct, it is something we look forward to. It makes it a pleasure to SERVE them! Our Annual Purina Dog Walk Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, May 28th. Registration will start at 1pm at Lions Gardens in Okanagan Falls. Let’s make this year’s walk the best it can be. To the users of service/helper dogs, their help really is life changing. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is April 19, 20 and 21 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and or volunteer, go to www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, talk to a Lions Club Member or call 250.497.8486.

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April 2017

Spotlight on Volunteers!

Congratulation to Edwin Findlater! with Barb Few, Committee Member

L - MLA Linda Larson presents award to Ed Findlater. R - Ed & Mary Findlater of Okanagan Falls.

On Thursday, March 23rd, Edwin Findlater received the Medal of Good Citizenship from MLA Linda Larson, on behalf of Premier Christy Clark. The Medal of Good Citizenship was introduced to recognize individuals who, through exceptional long-term volunteer efforts, have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities. Recipients exemplify the virtue of good citizenship and will have acted in a particularly generous, kind or selfless manner of service for the common good without expectation of reward. Read more on this story at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017IGRS0015-000648

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.

Volunteer In Your Community!

There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!

Winter is now behind us and we are ready for our new season of “Music in the Park” concerts. The first one for your calendar is Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th. This one is just for you mothers, aunts, uncles and those who just love kids, as we are having choirs from Okanagan Falls and Oliver Elementary Schools performing. And then to end off the concert, it is “Diego and Friends” with their lively Mexican music. This concert is in the afternoon starting at 2pm and running until 4pm. A special thank you to our sponsor, FortisBC. There will be snacks available. So, make a note to come and enjoy Mother’s Day with us. Bring your mother and all your family and friends. More dates to note ... We are not forgetting the Dad’s, because on Fathers Day, June 18th, Elvis is coming to town! So, all you Elvis fans welcome Jeff Bodner together with country singer Terri Bremner to the Park. This will be in the evening from 5-9pm, with food being served from 4pm onwards for your supper. Last year we had over 300 people for this event, so bring your lawn chairs early. For Canada Day, we are celebrating on Saturday July 1st with not one, but three bands! A Swing Band and two Jazz Bands, 80 musicians in total! Also during the Summer, we have booked Mikie & Ken (Rebel Luv), a Saxophone Band with vocalist, and a new version of Flashback. All these concerts with be in the evening with food for your supper. We are very proud of the way, thanks to our sponsors, these free family concerts are attended. And because they are family affairs, there is no alcohol allowed in the park. If there is any community minded business who would like to help sponsor a concert, please get in touch with Marla Wilson at 1-778-439-2275 or Barb Few at 250497-6224. You will be glad you did.


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April 2017

Neighbourhood Small Grants Returns

with Kim English, Community Development Officer The Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen is proud to announce the return of it’s “Neighbourhood Small Grants” program to the South Okanagan Similkameen. Neighbourhood Small Grants help connect and engage residents in their community by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas for how their neighbourhood can be strengthened. Small grants of up to $500 are available for projects by local residents living in the communities throughout South Okanagan Similkameen. The grants are administered through our program partner organizations and resident advisory committee members - all local community volunteers. “We take great pride in helping create a sense of community”, says Executive Director Aaron McRann, “when people feel a sense of connection and belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live.” How it works ~ Grants are given to projects that connect and engage residents, share skills and knowledge within the community, build a sense of ownership and pride, and respect and celebrate diversity. Block parties, art shows, craft workshops, yoga at sunrise, there’s no limit to creativity! A simple online application is all you need to do. Resident advisory committees make all final grant decisions, leaving community building in the hands of the people that know best - your community. Neighbourhood Small Grants deadline for applications is Friday, April 28, 2017. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program was created by the Vancouver Foundation in 1999. Neighbourhood Small Grants help connect and engage residents in their community regions through co-funding partnerships with Vancouver Foundation and the City of Penticton. For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, and to apply online, visit www.cfso.net or email kimenglish@cfso.net

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April 2017

Heritage Workshop

Monday, April 10th from 9:00am - 2:00 pm At The Grist Mill & Gardens, Keremeos The RDOS seeks your input to help identify potential heritage sites in the Twin Lakes, Cawston, Keremeos, and surrounding Electoral Areas “B”, “D” and “G”. Heritage sites are recognized due to a range of heritage values including the aesthetic, historic, economic, scientific, cultural, social, or spiritual significance for past, present, and future generations. Sites may also vary in type, including buildings, structures, districts, or landscapes. Help us capture the stories of the land by participating in a one-day workshop, in which we will identify sites and articulate their significance while drafting a Statement of Significance (SOS). Upon completion of the SOS, the site will be considered for inclusion in the Regional Community Heritage Register. Please RSVP by contacting Candice Gartner, Rural Projects Coordinator at cgartner@rdos.bc.ca, or by phone at 250-490-4218. Space is limited, so register early!

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Historical Keogan Cabin & Chimney with Doug Cox, Local Historian

Michael Keogan arrived at the time of the Rock Creek Gold Rush and was the first European to have crown granted land at Okanagan Falls in 1876. Only part of the chimney remains beside the road a half mile south of Okanagan Falls, pictured above on the right. For many years, this cabin was called “Aeneas’ Cabin”, named after Aeneas Marcel a sheep herder who lived in it. In the photo above on the left is Jim Stelkia, the gent standing next to the abandoned cabin. Keogan eventually sold out to Tom Ellis. This information is courtesy of Betty Bork. Photo on left is a Jane Stelkia photo from the Doug Cox Collection. Photo on right is courtesy of Doug Cox.

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Spring is really trying hard to get here; however, it truly has arrived at the Heritage Thrifty Boutique. All the remaining Winter clothing that was left after our bag sale has been put away in storage for next Fall. All the frocks on the racks and displays are fresh and new. The beautiful colours are amazing. A very progressive meeting took place on the third Thursday in March. Three new people have joined the volunteer staff for the Society. We started opening the H&M Thrifty Boutique on Thursdays beginning in March and are getting a good response from the Community. Our treasury is in good shape. Sue Walker gave a great Museum report. The Grand Opening for the Museum this year is happening on Saturday, May 6th. There are some repairs needed on the Bassett House that will be taken care of this year. Also, a garden maintenance person will be keeping the flower beds and rose garden looking great for Summer. Our Annual Summer Barbecue is set for Sunday, July 16th. More details will follow in future Skaha Matters. The membership has done away with a set charge for the Museum tours and entrance will be “by donation”. The Kenny McLean Room has a computer that is loaded with information about Kenny and his success in Rodeo riding. Did you know that our Kenny McLean is the only Canadian Cowboy ever to receive the “Order of Canada”? According to his bio on the computer, he was to Rodeo what Gretzky was to Hockey. What an amazing guy! The next meeting of the Heritage Society will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 pm in the H&M Thrifty Boutique.

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April 2017

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the 11th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

James Ritchie It took many different kinds of men to open up Western Canada for the settlers who would eventually populate the cities, towns and hamlets of this province - the explorers, fur traders, gold miners and the entrepreneurs. But after these, it required a special breed of men - the dreamers, who could look at dry barren hills with little on them but sage brush, scrub pine and bunch grass and visualize orchards, gardens, homes, stores, schools, churches and people. James Ritchie was that kind of dreamer. He came from Pilot Mound, Manitoba to Summerland in 1903 and immediately sensed the potential of the area. So, he set about to acquire 320 acres which he subdivided, laying out the present townsite, known for years as West Summerland. In 1905, he went back to Manitoba to marry Margaret Findlay, bringing his bride back to a home in the new subdivision. As the development of Summerland neared completion, he looked around for other suitable property for a new development and found exactly what he was looking for in pre-emptions held by Arnott, Worgan, Cheeseman, Lawrence and Gillespie to the west of a small lake known as Lac du Chien or Lower Okanagan and finally Skaha. In 1906, he began to purchase the preempted land, eventually acquiring 3000 acres and at the same time, began the task of obtaining water rights, planning the system of dams, flumes, ditches and pipes, which would be completed in 1910. Latimer, who had laid out the Summerland subdivision was hired to survey the streets, town lots, five acre orchard lots and some larger farm areas, such as the Junction and Gillespie ranches. Financing for this was obtained, for the most part, in England and hence the Kaleden Development Company came into being, but Jim Ritchie remained the driving force behind the project and, to a large extent, the early character of the community was a reflection of the qualities which distinguished the man himself. Even a cursory perusal of the advertising material used gives the clear impression that what was being offered here was not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, but rather a quality of life, suggesting that the climate, the fruitfulness of the land, and the beauty of nature made this an ideal spot to live. The early settlers were people who shared this vision, some because they were here and could see the potential, but many, friends, relatives or total strangers, came because of Ritchie’s reputation and integrity. The dream materialized with amazing rapidity. In May 1909, the only people on site were three surveyors, but two years later the irrigation system was in, 110,000 trees had been planted, along with homes, a general store, butcher shop, post office, land office and livery barn all dotted the landscape. School, Church and Sunday School had been running for over a year in makeshift accommodations and the population approached the one hundred mark. Kaleden was born! Even more exciting, work was about to get underway on a number of other projects, which would all be completed within the next two years - a wharf, a two room school, a church, an imposing new hotel and a new store with 2500 square feet on each of it’s three floors. All completed dreams of one man - James Campbell Ritchie. Although James and Margaret Ritchie, with their children Bill, Margaret and Catherine never lived in Kaleden, they maintained a keen interest in the community, partly because of the family’s early involvement and partly because of the number of friends and relatives living here. A Great Dream - A Great Community. Thank you James Ritchie. 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.

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“Self Help by Dummiez”

Many Hats Theatre Company is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for “Self-Help by Dummiez”, being the 2nd show in our 10th Anniversary Season! Hilarity ensues when a psychologist is delayed on the trip to his office, where a growing collection of mixed nuts in his waiting room are left to fend for themselves ... with hilariously unexpected results. SelfHelp by Dummiez takes hilarious shots at our society’s dependency on easy-answers, quick-fixes, and pseudo-scientific pop-psychology. Self Help by Dummiez opens April 6th and runs until April 29th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be a reception immediately following the opening night performance in “The Nest and Nectar”, featuring wines from our official winery sponsor, Play Estate Wines. Tickets are $22/adult and $19/student or senior. Purchase tickets at The Nest & Nectar in The Cannery or call 250-493-7275. www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

“Self Help by Dummiez” April 6-29, 2017

Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton


Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 5 Performers Music Workshop ~ Saturday, April 8th

SANDMAN Hotel ~ Group A - 9 am & Group B & C - 1 pm Proud To Present: Wayne MacDougal - Shaw TV Producer; Aidan Mayes - Award winning singer; Event producer - Denis Chaykowski. Special Guest Presenters: BEAMER - song writer, recording artist, Tiana Ferlizza - musical stage performer, and Shaughnessy Rose singer song writer, performer. Talent Quest starts at Elite Restaurant - 370 Main St. in Penticton Saturdays on April 22, 29 & May 6. All show times at 1 pm. Show FINALS at Orchard House in Penticton on Saturday, May 13th Awards - Presentations - Celebration to follow. Public Welcomed. Door Donations Appreciated. Performer’s Registrations on going to April 21st Online: www.freshbctalentquest.com or contact: Denis 250.460.2221


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April 2017


Become one of the

100 Men Who Care - Penticton

Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Easter Services on Sunday, April 16th ~ 7:00 am Sunrise Service (227 Ponderosa Avenue) Parking available at Pioneer Park. 10:00 am Easter Worship with a Potluck Brunch following the service. To Mexico With Love 2017 ~ Watch for a follow up article on our trip to Mexico in the May issue. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Good Friday Service ~ 10:00 am on Friday, April 14th Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

and support charitable organizations across the South Okanagan and RDOS.

April 12th Meeting

Doors open at 5:00 pm & Event at 5:30-6:30 pm At the S.S. Sicamous Museum, 1099 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton For more information and to join and pay online, visit the website at www.100menpenticton.com. You can make a significant impact on the good work of the charities that help our communities. All of your tax deductible donation goes directly to the charities. For any questions email: info@100menpenticton.com

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Easter Sunday, April 16th with Worship Leader Judi Ritcey All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Back Door Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 pm ~ Join Doreen Olson and Ian Hunt as they talk in favour of the creation of a National Park. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 www.okfallsunited.ca

info4@nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES



5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

Volunteer Opportunities with Bobby Armstrong, Program Manager

Do you like to teach or want to learn how? The Arthritis Society is looking for Workshop Facilitators. Workshops are being held April 6, Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 13, 20, 27 in Penticton in preparation for “The Walk to Fight Arthritis” 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil on June 4th. For more information, contact Lynnea Westlind at 250Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 868-8643 or Lwestlind@arthritis.ca. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Healthy Living St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Fair on March 11th. We are happy to report that 120 members of the community registered as volunteers! If you are interested in signing Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. up as a volunteer, visit www.volunteercentre.info/volunteer Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre proudly presents the 2017 Pillar Community Innovation Awards, an evening to recognize The Well outstanding people who volunteer in our communities and non-profits Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm and service groups who have made an exceptional contribution to Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. improve the well being of individuals and families. Tickets for this Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514 event to be held on Saturday, April 22nd at The Days Inn in Penticton are $50 and include a 3 course dinner, champagne reception, and live entertainment by Gary Leggott Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are available online at www.volunteercentre.info/nomination-awards/ The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www.volunteercentre. info and searching under “Browse Opportunities”. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, please email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Ron & Taraleigh Crooker

PREPAID FUNERALS COMPLETE ESTATE PLANNING Call us for a complimentary in-home consultation.


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April 2017

Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net Your full name and location is required on any submission. (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to Hugh Dunlop for cleaning the snow out of the fire hall parking lot. It was a long winter and lots of snow to shovel. We sure appreciated it. ~ From the Kaleden Fire Department Flowers to the individuals that volunteered to take away the couches by the Catholic Church and to those that emptied the overflowing garbage container by the Okanagan Falls Dam on Green Lake Road. ~ From the RDOS Community Services Office Flowers to Skaha Matters, as it is packed with information and lots of interesting material. Thank you for the special work you do. I know lots of time and effort goes into it. ~ From Abe of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to those who take their dogs onto school grounds and don’t clean up after them. ~ From Students at Kaleden Elementary School Fish Heads to the vandals that spray painted the KVR Trestle, set fire to the picnic tables, and smashed the Community Art Project. Please consider making a positive contribution to our community! ~ From the RDOS Community Services Office

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! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet ~ Serving the South Okanagan

Janel Bailey LPN janelmariebailey@gmail.com 250-462-5666

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior, Licensed Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 www.crediblecremation.com

If Basic Cremation is Your Choice with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls

I am sure you are all asking yourselves the same question, “when is Spring going to arrive?” This has been one winter to remember. So dull, and so little sunshine. Right now, the only thing jumping out of the ground are the potholes! Nevertheless, I am sure warm weather is just around the corner, and we shall all be complaining about the heat very soon. In the interim, those of you who have not made your final arrangements, should give it some serious thought. Believe me, your loved ones do not wish to make those important choices for you. Credible Cremation Services Ltd is fully licensed by the Province of BC and managed by Lesley H. Luff with over 25 years of dedicated service to families. Cremations are completed in Penticton, and we offer the very best in personal and efficient service, whether it be an at need or pre-arranged requirement. For further information and costs, please call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email crediblecremations@shaw.ca.

A Celebration of Life in Loving Memory of

Evelyn Hilda Richardson January 13, 1936 - December 12, 2016 to be held

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1pm Okanagan Falls Community Church 1356 McLean Creek Road | Lunch to follow

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Visit our Wine Shop Saturday & Sunday from 11-4 Open Daily as of April 14th from 10am-5pm

Visit our website for our 2017 event listings! Mother’s Day at NR ~ May 14th Stampede Breakfast ~ June 18th T: 250.497.7945

E: info@nobleridge.com W: nobleridge.com 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd, OK Falls FB: Noble_Ridge Tw: @Noble_Ridge

If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.

Need help to get your Spring Cleaning done?

House Cleaning ~ $20/hr Call Nancy at 250.493.2277 or 250.485.2026

Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications.

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Owned Business For 11 Years! 39008 Highway 97 at Gallagher Lake, North of Oliver

Serving the South Okanagan’s Biggest & Best Wings!

Wednesdays ~ Wings - $5.95/lb & Prawns - $.49/ea

Built in the late ‘60’s, Ye Olde Welcome Inn has been a long-time favourite place for people to relax and dine by the real wood burning fireplace or to enjoy a game of pool or darts.

Eat In / Take Out Until 10 pm Everyday!

Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Located just an 11 minute scenic drive south from Okanagan Falls.

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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April 2017

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Profile for Skaha Matters

Skaha Matters April 2017  

Volume 9 : Issue 4

Skaha Matters April 2017  

Volume 9 : Issue 4