Skaha Matters April 2019

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April 2019

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Spring Is Here! By Myleen Mallach, Publisher With warmer temperatures, spring rain, and snow melting in the mountains, I guess we shall see what else spring may bring beyond tulips and daffodils. It’s time to be prepared for anything, especially floods, landslides and fires. Are you ready to leave your home in a Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher moment’s notice? Okanagan Matters Publications The Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen (RDOS) has resources available online to help you get ready in advance of any possible emergency. Do you live in a flood prone area and need to sandbag? Do you live next to a fire hazard and need to be FireSmart? Do you know the difference between an Evacuation Alert and an Evacuation Order? Did you know there is an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)? For more specific information and helpful tips, please visit news-events/eoc/active-eoc-information/. EOC: 250-490-4225. The RDOS wants to make sure our citizens are safe, informed and involved in their communities. CivicReady® Mass Notification System is a communication service available to our residents to receive emergency and routine notifications. Communications can be received through email, text and/or phone call. Your notification preferences, account information and groups can be managed when you sign up. The information you provide is confidential and will not be shared. To sign up for the CivicReady® Mass Notification System to receive Emergency Notifications instantly to your email, mobile phone or landline, please go to Another very useful resource is the “Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan - A Homeowners’ Resource

Guide”, which can be found at PublicWorks/Building_Resilience_Guidebook/SOREBRDOS.pdf. While you start to get things in order for emergency planning, it may be time to cart some things to the curb. The RDOS will be collecting two large items from rural homes in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden on Wednesday, April 10th. The “Large Items” collection is provided annually in the spring on a specified regular collection day. There is no need to phone in advance, but anyone with items missed at the end of their collection day should contact Waste Connections of Canada at 250-490-3888. Missed collections not reported within 5 days cannot be collected. Common items that will not be collected include demolition materials, toilets, water tanks, furnaces, barrels, plumbing, doors, carpeting, rugs or appliances containing gasoline. Due to breakage, televisions and computer monitors will not be collected. All electronic equipment is recyclable for free at local depots and our local landfills. The Okanagan Falls Landfill reopened on Saturdays as of March 1st and will remain open on Saturdays through to November. The landfill is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am - 1:45 pm, except on Statutory Holidays when this landfill will be closed. The Campbell Mountain Landfill in Penticton will be open every day from 8:30 am - 4:45 pm, including Sundays and all Statutory Holidays from March until the end of November. Remember, yard waste is free to unload at any landfill, plus you can recycle cardboard, paper, glass and electronics in the labelled bins. The Campbell Mountain Landfill also has a designated bin for plastic bags. For more information, contact the RDOS Solid Waste Division at 250-4904129, or visit Have a great month of April, as you plan ahead and get ready for spring and summer. You’ll be glad you took a little time to prepare for the worst and are ready for whatever comes next. Hopefully, with fingers crossed, its just fresh flowers and new spring babies.

Volunteer Spotlight National Volunteer Week Is April 7-13! The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre celebrates and thanks all volunteers in our community during National Volunteer Week. The Volunteer Factor recognizes the exponential impact of volunteers and how they lift our communities. The beautiful image of the hot air balloons of different sizes, shapes and colours reflects the diversity of our community volunteers. When people volunteer together, the sky is the limit, in terms of what they can achieve.

Celebrating Volunteers - Everyone Welcome! April 12th - Salvation Army Penticton Community Church, 2469 South Main, Penticton. Starts at 12 Noon - Refreshments Served. RRSP Rose at 250-492-6494 or PentictonVolunteerCoordinator@ April 24th - Cherry Park Retirement Residence, 317 Winnipeg Street, Penticton. Starts at 2:00pm - Celebrating Senior Volunteers. Refreshments and Music. RRSP Michelle at 250-492-2447 or Volunteer Opportunities: •

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Canadian Red Cross - Emergency management and equipment loans program volunteers. Numerous locations across the region. Job descriptions at www.volunteercentre. info under ‘browse opportunities’.

Salvation Army - April 18, 10 - 11:30 am Volunteer Information Session at 2469 South Main Street, Penticton. Contact Rose at 250-492-6494 Ext 202 or PentictonVolunteerCoordinator@

Walk for Alzheimer’s May 5 to make a difference in the lives of people who have been touched by Dementia. Contact Abby at or Mary Beth at 250493-8182 or

Penticton’s 8th Annual Defeat Depression Walk - May 25, 1 pm Rotary Park. Helping our Youth. Volunteers Welcome. Call Sharon at 250-488-4895 or

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Hoodoo Adventures - May 25-26 ½ Corked Marathon Oliver & Osoyoos. June 8 - Penticton Beer Run. Contact Lyndie at 250-492-3888 or

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Find more ways to contribute at under “Browse Opportunities”. Register as a volunteer for volunteer opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Gathering. Everyone is welcome. April 24 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by April 19 to or 1-888-576-5661.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ First signs of spring are the sighting of Spring flowers and the announcement of community events! April is one busy month in Area “I”!

Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’

The Kaleden FireSmart Committee is presenting our community fire risk assessment at a community meeting on April 4th at 7pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. After the scare our community experienced in 2017, we need to work together to clean up areas identified as high risk.

A Kaleden Community Website will be launched in the next few weeks. The website is a tool that will gather all our community activities in one location, making sharing of information with residents who don’t use Facebook possible. Our community has two Facebook groups to join, being “Kaleden Community Page” and “Kaleden Watch”. Both groups require that you live in Kaleden to join. Twin Lakes residents have asked for a map showing the public access points. If you would like a copy of the map, I will share it via email. Residents of Area ‘I’ have access to all public lands, but as always when using any area, pack in and pack out to reduce litter and environmental impact. Results of the “Recycling Survey” show that residents wish to purchase their own bins. 50% of 316 participants from Area ‘I’, voted to provide their own bins for recycling. You don’t have to wait to change to bin collection for recycling and can start anytime. Resident provided labeled recycle bins can be used anytime, but must be in use by July 2020 as plastic bags will not be accepted.

If you’re not aware of the required upgrades placed on KID by 2025, please get informed. Many residents I have spoken too recently were not aware of the upcoming infrastructure upgrades If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. required to meet drinking water standards. We all want fresh, Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ quality and reliable drinking water! KID board has created a Direct: 250.486.1346 | | reserve fund by levy on water users, to help cover some of the costs for upgrades to our water system. Irrigation Districts are not eligible for grants that RDOS systems have access to. KID is an efficiently operated water provider and water users value fresh clean drinking water. Upgrades will be required in the future to maintain the quality of water we receive. For more information, attend KID’s Annual General Meeting on April 25 at 7:30 pm in New Bobcat Service in the South Okanagan, the Kaleden Community Hall.

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Crime continues to happen in Kaleden with reports of gasoline and bicycles that go missing over night. Please do everyone a favour and make sure your property has motion lights and valuables are out of sight. If we all do our part, then our community will be less attractive. I ask residents to consider motion lights vs static outdoor lighting to reduce the light pollution that some are now experiencing with lights on overnight.

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Economic development service that provided a Community Service Office currently located in Okanagan Falls has started its review process with the hire of Mr. Greg Rose, who will facilitate public engagement. Watch for opportunities to provide feedback in the near future to redesign the service. Many have said that to have an office located in Kaleden would be convenient and could offer services in our community, including a location to pick up garbage tags, dog licence tags, grant writing, registration for recreation, etc. The community feedback will provide me with information to create the new service, which will be at a cost savings when located within the Community Hall. Area ‘D’ Director Obirek and I have a joint article this month with more details. MEA












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Welcome to spring! Many of you may have noticed that the picnic shelter is gone from Kenyon Park. In late 2018, the log picnic shelter was identified as no longer structurally stable. For safety reasons, the shelter was taken down and the logs have been stored under cover. Over the next few months, the Okanagan Parks and Recreation Ron Obirek Commission will review the feasibility Director of of reusing the original log structures RDOS Area ‘D’ versus other picnic shelter options, including possible better locations for a replacement picnic shelter. The Commission is respectful that volunteers built the original structure as a community project and every effort is being made to re-use the material, if possible, and to rebuild and potentially relocate the replacement structure (consideration is being given to alternate locations with a view to improving the benefit of the picnic shelter). We had an excellent public meeting with the Police on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Gymnasium at the school. Special thanks to Superintendent Ted de Jager. “Citizens On Patrol” will be reinvigorated. Special thanks to the eight community members who volunteered that evening. We are looking for a few more volunteers and asked that anybody who is interested to please contact me. We are also considering a hybrid community policing project that will include “community watch”. In this regard, I will be approaching members of the business community and coordinate the business community into the community watch program to work together with the Citizens On Patrol. The RCMP will provide training. If we can get enough community volunteers, we will requisition a vehicle through the RCMP forfeiture program and I will seek financial contribution through our budget process for incidental costs going forward. Working together with the police, I believe we will be able to be successful identifying problem areas and achieving successful results. I ask anyone who is interested in participating to please contact me. Superintendent Ted de Jager has confirmed a constable will be assigned as a liaison constable for our Area ‘D’ generally (and Okanagan Falls specifically). I will invite the liaison officer to our Monday morning coffee at the Legion on April 8th and I will also invite the liaison officer to our next Community Partners Meeting. Superintendent Ted de Jager has confirmed the liaison officer will be making contact with local businesses and community offices including the school, the fire department, the Community Services Office, and local groups and associations. I have offered the Community Services Office for the police to use as needed. Welcome to Greg Rose, a consultant hired by the RDOS to assist us with the transition for the Economic Development Bylaw and the Community Services Office related to the split into the new Areas ‘D’ and ‘I’. A series of public engagement meetings and opportunities for public input in consultation has begun. Watch for notices of public meetings and opportunities. I encourage everyone to participate in this important process. Please Note: Area ‘I’ Director Monteith and I have written a separate joint article specific to this public engagement process regarding the Community Services Office and Economic Development Bylaw.

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On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Premier Horgan and BC Housing Minister Robinson were in Okanagan Falls to make an important public announcement. I met with them at Structurlam where they announced a change to the BC building code to permit up to 12 story construction using timber/wood in place of steel and concrete. This has exciting potential for jobs in the local region. I learned that changes are coming nationally and internationally for this new building practice, which will result in value-added jobs in BC related to the manufacturer of the laminated wood product manufactured here in Okanagan Falls. I expressed our concerns regarding affordable housing to BC Housing Minister Robinson. I’ve also spoken with the Ministry of Housing regarding programs that may be of potential benefit to our area and I will pass on the information I receive to the South Skaha Housing Society. I will also ask for more programs that could benefit our area specifically. At present, my understanding from the Ministry of Housing is that Speculation Tax funds are only available in areas that are subject to the tax. I will specifically request the province to change this policy so that areas like Area ‘D’ that have need for affordable housing can benefit from that program as well. Thank you to all who came out to our coffee meeting held Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Legion. Special thanks to the Legion for making the premises available. Apologies to all who showed up and could not get in through the front door. The public entrance is at the back of the Legion on the south end. There is lots of parking. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 8, 2019 at 9 am at the Legion. All are welcome. I will be available to meet with anyone who would like to speak regarding any concern, comment or question. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

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of agricultural land, removes the 2 zones, regulates house size and siting on agricultural land, and puts soil removal or dumping on Agricultural land into legislation from regulation. The impact of Bill 52 will be felt more in the lower mainland. Bill 15, the Agriculture Land Commission Amendment Act, should raise red flags for all of us in the Okanagan/BoundarySimilkameen. The definition of “persons” in this Bill excludes individual land owners and corporations from making application for exclusion of any land, big or small, from the ALR. Only a recognized Government will be able to make applications for exclusion and the owner’s consent is no longer required. In the past, land owners could make applications based on a change in family situation, to create a farm related business on site or to expand a current processing facility. The new rules do not allow the owners of the land to make applications or to present their case directly to the Commission. The Commission, which currently reviews applications, is dropping from 13 members to 11. The individual Regional Panels of 3 will be eliminated and one person will be appointed by Government from each Region to be on the new Commission. Unfortunately, the new rules and regulations will only discourage farming, not enhance it. Remember, these new rules also apply to Northern BC in areas that have never been farmed due to climate and soil conditions and that are now locked into an ALR designation. On a different note entirely, I have introduced for the third time in the last two years a bill to end time shifting. The Bill M201 is called the Uniform Pacific Time Zone Act. We currently live in the Pacific Standard Time Zone (our winter time zone), but since 1918 we have been turning our clocks one hour forward every Spring into Daylight Savings Time and everyone else in our Pacific Time Zone has done the same (Washington State, Oregon and California). In 2018, those States started processing Bills through their respective governments to keep Daylight Savings Time all year round. Bill M201 proposes that we go to Daylight Savings Time permanently also to maintain a standard Pacific Time Zone. While there has always been a great interest in stopping the clock switching twice

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engagement and consultation. The cost of the consultant is included in the budget that has been used in previous years and represents no increase in cost under our budget related to this office. During the transition year, the office will be in a state similiar to a business going through a “renovation”. We are moving out some staff, inviting lots of public input and discussing ideas and plans for the future. We apologize for the inconveneince that this transition process may cause. We are excited to see this process completed within the calendar year, so that we can make proper planning and budget decisions for 2020. Amendments may or may not result to the bylaw. The goal is to improve the quality of the service to our community and find cost savings at the same time. The public engagement process is legally required, but is also a good and proper practice. This office and its contribution to our community has been highly valued and appreciated by the community. The split of Area ‘D’ into the new Areas ‘D’ and ‘I’ presents us with the opportunity to consult with the public and receive public input, so that we can provide better and higher value service in response to community concerns and expectations. Greg Rose will be available at the Community Service Office for drop in meetings and consultation. He will also be attending a number of public meetings and events to engage the public in order to receive public input and comments and provide information and answers to questions. We, Directors Obirek and Monteith, will also be available to participate and provide information throughout this process. When we are finished, we expect to have a better focused more efficient and high-value functioning Community Services Office focused on economic development and betterment for all who live work and reside in both Area ‘D’ and Area ‘I’. Each area will only pay for the services they participate in. We will continue to update you in Skaha Matters as we move the public consultation and engagement process forward. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director Area ‘D’ & Subrina Monteith, Director Area ‘I’ DE



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The Community Service Office is staying open. The cost this year will be shared between Electoral Area ‘D’ (62%) and Electoral Area ‘I’ (38%). The cost of this office has been paid by us for the past 11 years. There will be no increase in cost for this transition year. Director Monteith and myself are expecting to be very successful in this transition process without any increase over the 2017 budgeted cost for the Community Service Office. The Community Service Office has been very active and has contributed significantly to the success of the $7.4 million housing project, which is expected to open this fall. It is also been very active in the Town Centre Revitalization Plan Bylaw and planning process related thereto. The Community Services Office has also been highly impactful in grant applications (resulting in over $400,000 in successful grant applications in recent years) in addition to contributing significantly to tourism, parks and recreation and miscellaneous community services. The primary impact has been promotion of economic development in the old Area ‘D’. The review of the Community Services Office and Economic Development Bylaw is necessitated by the division of the old Area ‘D’ into the new Area ‘D’ and Area ‘I’. All of the bylaws of the old Area ‘D’ must be reviewed and changed and properly reestablished for each of the new Area ‘D’ and Area ‘I’. The Economic Development Bylaw requires additional public engagement and input, because of differences between Area ‘D’ and Area ‘I’. Tourism is an important component of our local economy. Tourism revenues mean jobs. We have 14 wineries in our 2 areas that are members of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association; we have water front parks and beaches in both areas; Area ‘I’ has 2 golf courses, 3 campgrounds, a downhill ski resort, a beach front resort, a café with gardens, restaurants, and award winning wineries; Area ‘D’ has a speedway race track, 3 campgrounds, the Upper Carmi Intensive Recreation Use Area, award winning wineries with a new sub appellation; and, Area ‘D’ has industrial zone land with significant potential for further economic development. Both areas have significant concerns regarding sewer, water, housing and matters related thereto, all of which are part of our economic development. Through this process we will sort out what services Area ‘D’ will retain going forward and what services Area ‘I’ will share in. Economic development includes infrastructure and services related to roads, parks, affordable housing, crime prevention, schools, job creation, neighbourhood development, real estate development, recreation, business retention and expansion, business development, and includes fire, police, and emergency services. All of these things contribute to our collective prosperity. Controlled strategic growth means a broadening tax base and the benefit of sharing costs over the increased tax base. The result is more quality and better services at a lower tax cost for each of us. The Community Services Office was established in 2008 further to an RDOS bylaw (Economic Development Bylaw) establishing a service for the promotion of economic development in the old Area ‘D’. The office has been functioning and very active up to the present time. The office has evolved. It has been funded through the annual budget process. It’s function and focus has been revised and fine-tuned continuously throughout the past approximately 11 years. The RDOS has retained the services of a consultant, Greg Rose, to assist in the transition process, and specifically the public

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain…? In a previous column I outlined why KID must increase water charges over the coming years. Some have suggested that, in order to access government grants to reduce costs, and improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy of scale, KID should transfer water system ownership to RDOS. The KID Board doubts that those goals would be achieved, and we’re not alone in thinking this. In 2015, the BC Chamber of Commerce issued a report titled Providing Improvement Districts with Equal Access to Grants, and advised against such takeovers. Examples from this report show why: •

An Improvement District on Mayne Island approached their Regional District to take over responsibility and move critical sewer and water projects forward. After years of delay and an RD estimate of up to $9.5M for just the sewer upgrade, the ID withdrew from the collaboration, and completed both water and sewer projects to health authority standards for just $1.5M, using reserve account funds and bank loans ...

After RD takeover of the Bella Coola ID, operational costs skyrocketed. Taxes and tolls to businesses alone increased 668%. Tolls alone went from $162/yr to $583/yr, plus a new $500/yr parcel tax. This despite the RD receiving grants totaling two-thirds of the costs for significant infrastructure upgrades ...

Data from the Thompson-Nicola RD showed taxes associated with the RD assuming and operating ID water systems, always increased significantly, in some cases by 40%.

The Chamber report concluded that “… improvement districts, with their volunteer structure ... do not form an additional costly bureaucratic layer of government. In fact, they are an efficient means to deliver a critical infrastructure service that supports local economies.” And, it formally recommended that the provincial and federal governments allow IDs equal and direct access to grant funding, without ownership of their systems shifting to RDs (the current requirement). For the full report, see: policies/providing-improvement-districts-equal-access-grants To date, the provincial government remains dedicated to discarding IDs. KID is pursuing other options to assist with funding, but if this situation seems unfair to you, let your MLA know! Note that Irrigation Season starts April 15th - NO watering permitted before then!

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi The winners of the Art Raffle are: • Connie Denesiuk won the “Old Hotel” encaustic art by Jane Bland. • Bill Willson won the framed historical print of Kaleden by Nel Whitteman. • Huxley Eichler won the unframed historical print of Kaleden by Nel Whitteman.

Kaleden FireSmart Community Meeting Thursday, April 4th Kaleden Community Hall Doors Open at 6:30 pm & Presentation at 7:00 pm Check Out The Displays! Win Door Prizes!

Congratulations to the winners and THANK YOU everyone who purchased tickets to support community projects in our community of Kaleden. KCA is still looking for local artists who would be interested in participating in an “Artists in Kaleden” evening, hopefully held this Spring. If you are a local artist, photographer, sculptor, and would like to be involved in an evening displaying and/or selling your art, please contact KCA at We are still working with a local artist for a design a Kaleden T-shirt and hoping to be able to sell them over the summer to family, friends, and tourists! The KCA Small Community Grant Program continues to be successful. If you are interested in planning an event for the community, please submit a grant application to or Box 136 Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0 The grant funding criteria are: Applicants must be a resident of Kaleden; Grant is open to all ages; Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation; and grant funding is limited to a maximum of $150 once a calendar year.

Andy Low will share the Kaleden WILDFIRE ASSESSMENT REPORT, as completed by Davies Wildfire Management. Also, local speaker, Rob Friberg - RPF - PhD Candidate UBCO, will speak on Climate Change and Fire Maintained Landscapes - Consideration for Community Adaptation and Resilience. We will also share details on the Kaleden 2019 FireSmart Project and Private Property Fire Risk Reduction. Everyone is welcome to join us on April 4th. See you there!

Kaleden Pitch In Day Saturday, April 13th

This is the day we clean up the garbage that is blown around and collected in the streets, ravines, ditches and trails. Come and help clean up our community between 9-11 am. Bags and gloves provided! Meet at the Kaleden Community Hall at 9 am to pick your route. Refreshments served after ... Yum! Are you a regular walker? Would you like to “Adopt A Street” to keep clean all year? More information on April 13th.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Bob Daly OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The Annual General Meeting of the taxpayers of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Seniors Centre. An election will be held to fill two Trustee positions. Trustees Bob Daly and Randy Perrett’s term expire at the meeting. Those interested in running for a Trustee position must file a nomination paper by 4:30 pm April 11, 2019. Nomination papers are available at the District office. Those running for election must be a Canadian citizen, be eighteen years of age or older and an Owner of land in the tracts of land included in the District’s Letters Patent. Both Mr. Daly and Mr. Perrett have indicated that they will run for re-election. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ Sprinkling restrictions begin May 1st. For information, check our website or look in the article in the May edition of Skaha Matters. OFID News and Alerts ~ For information and news about OFID, visit OFID’s website. While there, you can sign up for “Alerts”, which will notify you by text or email with immediate information regarding water emergencies (breaks, flushing, shut down of services, boil water advisories.) We highly recommend this service, especially for businesses.

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By the time this issue of Skaha Matters comes out, hopefully we will have seen the last of the snow for the 2018/2019 winter. We had to make a quick trip to Prince George last week and were fortunate not to have snowy roads on our trip. We noticed quite a few ‘Snowbird Motorhomes’ returning from their winter jaunts down south. Soon to follow, the spring/summer tourists will be here. Looking forward to welcoming them to our Visitor Centre, which will be opening on Monday, May 13th. We are still looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please call April between 9-5 Monday through Friday at 778-515-6588. It is a fun and happy place to volunteer.

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... The Okanagan Falls firemen dealt with 132 calls in 1996. Several motor vehicle accidents at the corner of 10th Avenue and Maple Street occurred that year. The first one was a 1978 T-Bird that caught on fire and the vehicle was not insured. In July, a 1979 GMC pickup vs 1967 New Yorker, which caused a structure fire and knocked down power lines. In October, a GMC pickup caught on fire on Maple Street. All incidents had only minor injuries. On July 12th, a suspicious fire was dealt with at the Twilight Motel at 2 am. Only minor damage was done and no one was injured. An incident of a structure fire including a vehicle was reported on Birch Street at 3:38 am. No injuries were reported. A fire broke out on Giant’s Head Mountain in Summerland with dozens of homes being evacuated. The fire torched more than 60 hectares. The high winds didn’t help the firemen, which saw the fire spread a kilometre in a few seconds, eventually they got it under control aided by helicopters, bombers, forestry and Summerland, Peachland, Penticton, Naramata Fire Departments for a total of 70 firefighters. No homes were damaged. On November 15th at 10:43 am, the stage curtain caught on fire at the local school. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department responded. The fire was quickly put out and the area checked over. No children were injured. Langruth Manitoba local firefighters could only watch as their fire hall and local municipal building went up in flames. Believed to have been started by an arsonist at about 3 am. Fire crews from nearby Amaranth and Gladstone arrived by 5 am and by that time most of the building was gone. The fire destroyed the building, fire truck and extensive damage to the municipal grader. A fire destroyed a 3 bedroom home in Willowbrook on Wednesday, March 1997 at 1:30 pm. No one was home at the time. The 10 year old single storey home was completely gutted. Okanagan Falls Fire Department was put on standby in case assistance was needed. In April, Sun-Rype announced the closure of Okanagan Dried Fruits Plant on Maple Street which would be moved to Kelowna. Okanagan Dried Fruits first opened in 1979 with two expansions in the 80s before being purchased by Sun-Rype. This came with a loss of 192 jobs. To be continued ... Safety Tip: SIREN = “Cue to get out of the way” for firefighters, ambulance personnel and police officers. These people need to get where they are going in a hurry. Any holdups could mean the difference between saving or losing a building by fire or saving or losing a person’s life.

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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish Yeah! Spring is here! Of course with it comes all kinds of outdoor and annual activities, so it is time to get your calendars out. Thursday, April 4th is the Community FireSmart meeting at the Community Hall at 7 pm. Come find out the results of the Wildfire Assessment that was completed last year and hear about the recommendations that come from that report. Saturday, April 13th is the annual Kaleden Pitch-In Day. Time is spent picking up garbage on the side of the road and in the ditches and ravines. A couple of hours of your time and we can make Kaleden sparkle. Meet at the Community Hall at 9 am. Bags and gloves will be provided. Saturday, April 27th is the Annual Pioneer Park clean up day. Meet at the park at 8 am. Hot dogs will be provided at noon. Finally, on Sunday, April 28th is the Annual Heritage Social. This year features an Antique Car Show, Cherry Delight for dessert, and the second installment of the movie series “The History of Kaleden”. It all starts at 12:30 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Of course, with so many activities, there are so many thank you’s to go out to all the people who volunteer their time to set up these events and to all the people who volunteer their time and participate in these activities. Our community is so lucky to have each and every one of you. You make Kaleden a great place to live! Thank you! Well, if all those activities aren’t enough, check out the Spring Recreation Guide. There are all kinds of activities for all ages coming to a Hall or Park near you. As well, many of the regular programs from the winter season continue at their regular times, in their familiar places. Also, watch the bulletin boards and sign boards for posters about special events. On the business side, the work in Pioneer Park continues. It will be exciting to see this phase of the park plan completed. Again, please be careful around the construction area. We also need to send out a word of thanks to Tyler Brown who installed new flashing on the back roof of the Hall. The next regular meeting of the Kaleden Recreation Commission is Wednesday, May 8th at 7 pm at the Hall. If you have something you are curious about or have any concerns, please contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda and come to one of our meetings. Members of the public are always welcome. We are also still looking for additional board members. If you are interested in joining us, talk to a Kal-Rec board member, come visit us for a meeting or contact Nancy at the office number below for information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ We have a website at where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

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Strength & Mobility Classes By Kandice Davidson In Okanagan Falls at the Zen & Fitness Centre every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 am, you’ll find mostly women (men are welcome!) working hard to build or maintain their strength and improve mobility. Especially as we age, our bodies need more than just a ‘sweaty workout’. So, in this class we pay attention to how our bodies move and how our bodies feel as we move. We make sure training is safe and effective. In each class there is a warm up and cool down. We focus on form versus how much weight is being lifted, making sure the body is aligned correctly and working in a controlled manner. Paying attention to our breathing during an exercise is important. As we progress, we challenge ourselves by slowly increasing weight or resistance. Establishing a routine is important, as I like to say “practice makes permanent” and “consistency is key”. We also learn how to recover more efficiently (chasing soreness is not the goal). Classes are kept simple, but simple isn’t necessarily easy. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. Work hard and reap the benefits. You are welcome to join us. And, the first class is FREE! Our rates are Drop in = $10, Flex Pass 5 = $42, Flex Pass 10 = $68.25, and Flex Pass 20 = $126. Please register through Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation at 250-497-8188 or

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April is OK Falls Multi Sport Month! After school, unstructured and outdoors. Outdoor Play on the school grounds … Tennis, Pickleball, Hoops… Maybe we should even set up the slack line? All Ages. Parent, guardian or older sibling required to be onsite to supervise children Grade 3 and under. Indoors only if rain. Thursdays 2:30-3:30 $2 Drop-in (Held in OK Falls) April 18th, May 2nd, 16th and 30th

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New Fitness Classes in Okanagan Falls: TRX - Suspension Training POWER UP your FITNESS with Jackie during a 60 minute fast moving strength, flexibility and cardio class on the TRX (suspension trainer). Runs Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm April 2nd - May 7th $55 REV It Up Fresh Air Challenge High Intensity Interval Training shreds fat and builds strength. Rev it Up! April 2nd - May 30th 18 Classes over 8 weeks $126 Tuesdays AND Thursday 5:00-6:15 pm

(Awesome Kids Athletics) is Back! An afterschool program in Kaleden

Spring into Spring with AWESOME KIDS ATHLETICS. Coaches James and Corina are back with a few new tricks and fun ideas for this popular ‘semistructured’ play program. We’ll see a visit from PAT , the RDOS Physical Activity Trailer, and Walk & Play at the beach. Dress for the weather, we’re only going inside if we absolutely have to! Register online or in person at the Kaleden Hall on Thursday, April 4th 4-6 pm.

Nature Play We’re out and about for 4 fun-filled outdoor sessions. Plant a garden, explore the duck pond, dig an archeology pit! Suited for Grades K-3. To explore the full variety of the spring seasonal weather, this program is every second Thursday in Okanagan Falls. April 18th, May 2nd, 16th and 30th 4:00-5:30 pm $40 per child PLAY OUTSIDE - This is a rain or shine program!

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Would you like to see Yoga offered in the evening in Kaleden? We invite you to drop-in. Wednesday, April 3rd at Kaleden Community Church 5:30 pm for a sample class. $10 Twin Lakes Residents … Do we have enough Yogis out there to support a small class? Call or email your thoughts/ideas for recreation in your community!


Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Heart disease is a very common problem nowadays and is affecting younger people more and more. In an article on the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website, Alex A. Kecskes writes the following: Regardless of age, massage therapy performed by a skilled and qualified therapist can reduce stress, cause relaxation and enhance feelings of well being. A good massage can stimulate the nerve endings in skin, release endorphins (the feel good hormones) and inhibit the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Blood will circulate more efficiently, blood pressure will drop and heart rates will slow down. A regular massage regimen can reduce the risks associated with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias (the heart pumps less effectively, so less blood reaches the brain and other vital organs). A number of long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. And, maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of one having a heart attack. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart. In this way, massage offers a drugfree, non-invasive and humanistic approach for allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure to check out our website at and visit our Facebook page.

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An Introduction to Brain Health April 24 2019 Workshop Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well! This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019 Time: 10:30a.m. – 12 p.m. Location: Okanagan Fall Library 850 Railway Lane, Okanagan Falls Cost: Free to attend. Donations are appreciated. *Pre-registration is required. Programs with insufficient registrants will be cancelled.*

Call to register: 250-493-8182 or 1-888-318-1122 E-mail: Thank you for helping us make this a fragrance-free environment by not wearing perfume or scented products. This allows people who are chemically sensitive to attend.

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Metabolic Dysfunction: The Central Cause of Modern Disease Epidemics

By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Chronic diseases are on the rise and affecting all of us to some extent. Whether they affect you or a loved one, it seems that today we are all exposed to the suffering caused from chronic degenerative conditions. Arguably, (and the science now support this theory), the key factor in this “tsunami” of chronic illnesses in our society, is metabolic dysfunction. Metabolism is defined as the manner in which our trillions of cells burn fuel for energy production. Many of our modern day habits diminish or hinder our metabolism, by damaging the energy producing machines that live in our cells called mitochondria. “Mitochondrial dysfunction” is at the heart of the vast majority of chronic illnesses. The good news is that an emerging body of research is discovering that a few fundamental daily habits can increase our metabolism by repairing our mitochondria and in turn improving energy and mood, while also lowering our risk of developing chronic diseases of aging such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and obesity. A virtual avalanche of research now supports this concept and provides even greater evidence that the power is in your reach to obtain optimal health at any age. Here is a list of the most mitochondrial damaging habits: Sedentary lifestyle; Sugar and a high refined carbohydrate diet; Over eating; Essential fatty acid deficiency, particularly Omega-3’s; Other nutritional deficiencies, especially B-Vitamins, magnesium, and Vitamin C; Toxins in processed foods and polluted air and water; A stressful lifestyle; Poor sleep; and Dysbiosis (a lack of beneficial microbes and an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms in the large intestine). It turns out that a high carbohydrate/sugar diet is very harmful to our mitochondria and stimulates weight gain, inefficient energy production, blood sugar dysregulation, and inflammation. Over time, this eating pattern contributes to many chronic diseases from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, neurological impairment disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. A diet higher in good fats, however, is very beneficial to our mitochondria. Fats burn more efficiently and provide more sustainable energy than do carbs. Thus, the Ketogenic diet, which is higher in healthy fats, moderate in protein and low in carbs, is proving to not only help us with energy and weight loss, but also with vast improvements in overall health and well being. The answer lies in the habits of healthy populations both from the past and present. Modern eating with its heavy reliance on fast and processed foods is very damaging to our health. Healthy populations eat food grown locally and in natural conditions, and rarely develop the chronic degenerative conditions that are so prevalent in developed countries today. We can see this in the growing incidence of obesity and chronic illnesses. Although there are definitely genetic alterations that contribute to disease, by and enlarge this factor pales in comparison to the effect of metabolic dysfunction on health. In recent years, research has discovered that the environment can turn genes off and on, a phenomenon called epigenetics. In essence, a healthy environment turns on beneficial genes, and an unhealthy environment turns on harmful genes. Thus, the root of most chronic illness is indeed an unhealthy environment. For advice about repairing and optimizing your mitochondria, contact my office in Okanagan Falls at 250-497-6681.

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Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some Join us for Preschool Storytime on Tuesday mornings at 10 am. creative inspiration from others. Wednesday afternoons This program is for ages 2-5 years old and includes singing songs, April 3rd and 17th from 1-3 pm. stories, action rhymes, meeting new friends and making a small, • Book Club Meeting ~ Wednesday, April 17th from 1-2 pm. easy craft. • Advanced Care Planning ~ Attend a free presentation on A special Easter Storytime is on Tuesday, April 16th at 10 am. Advanced Care Planning sponsored by Desert Valley Hospice We will have fun looking for hidden eggs in the library from the Society. Learn about the steps you take to ensure that your Easter Bunny. Please register for this program as space is limited. medical choices are followed according to your wishes, By popular demand, Miss Glenda and Miss Lynn are welcoming whether it is after an accident, surgery, or illness. Tuesday children ages 5-12 to sign up for the Easter Card Making Class. April 16th from 1-3 pm. Workshop to follow on Tuesday This program is on Thursday, April 11 from 2:30-3:30 pm and April 30th from 1-3 pm. will be held at the Kaleden Library. Each child will make one or • South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author two cards, and an Easter Story will be read, while the children eat Faye Arcand, leading the newly formed writing group at the their Easter cookie. Please phone the library to register for this Okanagan Falls Library. A safe place to share while building program as space is limited. a writing community, having fun, learning, and growing in your There will be a Guess How Many chocolate eggs are in the jar? craft. Tuesday, April 16th from 6-8 pm. Winner of this contest will be announced on Thursday, April 18th. • Heads Up: Introduction to Brain Health ~ Please join Mary Beth Rutherford, support and education coordinator of the Alzheimer Society of BC. Wednesday, April 24th from 10:30-12:00 Noon. Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

Children’s Programs: • Spring Story Time ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, April 16th from 9-10 am. Friends of the Library (F.O.L.) is having their first annual Book Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 25th. We are accepting your books, DVDs, CDs, in good condition at the library. For more information, please call the library. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email Mrs. D brought her day camp children to the Kaleden Library for a visit. Miss Glenda read them the story “Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathan London. After the story, we all made jumping frogs from an origami craft book. The Okanagan Regional Library also offers eBooks to their patrons. These eBooks can be great for travelling with the upcoming summer months ahead. Learn how to download eBooks to your computer and transfer them to an eReader. Stop by the Kaleden library to pickup a brochure to teach you in 5 easy steps how to download your favorite book! DE



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South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program ~ April Events April 6 - Okanagan River Restoration Initiative Volunteer Planting ~ Fish enhancement work is now completed at the mouth of Ellis Creek. To complete the project, Okanagan River Restoration Initiative/Okanagan Nation Alliance is seeking volunteers to help plant a mixture of native species. The ground is soft and rough and some holes will be dug with an auger. Planting goes from 9:30 am until noon. Meet at the dog park on Industrial Place and please bring your favourite shovel and gloves. For more information, contact Lee at or 250-499-5404. April 12 & 13 - Bat Matters: Chiroptera Conference ~ Bat Education Ecological Protection Society (BEEPS) in Peachland is organizing a 2-day bat conference aimed at individuals who work with or want to learn more about bats. For more information, email April 17 - Critical Habitat Screening Workshop ~ Habitat loss and modification are leading causes of population decline in many rare and endangered species. Participants will learn about the different jurisdictional issues affecting federal versus non-federal lands and be given the opportunity to “workshop,” in group sessions through mock scenarios of situations requiring SAR permits. The workshop will be of interest to consultants and government and regional district employees involved in projects requiring critical habitat screening. For more information, email

March Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Enjoying the last of the snow. K-1 students love learning about the planets. Maako & Corporal Goodfellow teach us about teamwork. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) at work building marble tracks. Spring is here ... baby lambs visit OKF.

School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee Happy Spring Everyone! At press time, I am away with my daughter on the SOSS Europe trip. We are enjoying an exceptional educational experience, meeting new friends, taking some risks (like riding the metro in Paris!) and gaining perspective on history in London, Paris, Avignon Barcelona and Madrid. Following are some highlights of items discussed at the February 27, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting. As many in the district may know, a 13 year-old student from Southern Okanagan Secondary School survived cardiac arrest due to the presence of an AED and the training of PE teachers, Steve Podmorrow and Mike Russo. The Board wants to recognize the actions of these two teachers and the partnership the district has had with the ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) foundation since 2012. It is through this partnership that schools in our district have AED units on site and have ongoing training for staff. The district is proud to continue to support this initiative and have encouraged neighbouring districts to have these life saving devices in their schools. Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School hosted the Okanagan-Similkameen Day this year on February 20th. Grade 3 students from around the district joined Tuc-el-Nuit students in learning about and celebrating the Okanagan and Similkameen language and culture. Great work by our District Indigenous Teacher, Helen Gallagher and our Indigenous Education Advocates, who all did a fantastic job organizing and running the day. Kenton Thomas, from North Okanagan, highlighted the afternoon storytelling session with Coyote stories which mesmerized a gym full of mostly Grade 3 students. The Board would like to thank Patsy-Anne Takacs and the staff of Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School for hosting this annual district event.

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

The Board would like to remind parents that kindergarten registration is open in all schools to register children who will be five years old by December 31, 2019. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card. We encourage all parents to register their children as soon as possible as it assists us in class planning.

Well, Spring Break is over and it’s back to a routine again. Then, in just 3 shorts months and they’re out of school again. But, it’s for 2 months and not 2 weeks! Be sure to stop, take photos, and enjoy The Board would like to note that the draft calendar for 2019/20 is memorable times with your kids before they’re grown up and gone. on the district website for comment and feedback.

The next Okanagan Falls PAC meeting is Thursday, April 4th at For more information, feel free to contact me. Janice Stevens, 6:30 pm in the school library. All parents/guardians of children in SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or our school are welcome at meetings and childcare is provided. | April 2019 | Page 17

Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. Our Before and After School Lego Club was another huge success this year!! A BIG Thank-You to our community volunteers, who make this annual activity a creative and fun event over the cold winter months. 2. Glenda Livolsi, from the Kaleden Library, shares her love of reading with our Kindergarten students. 3. The Kelly Road High School Band from Prince George inspired our students with their musical performance early in March. 4. Our Grade 4 & 5 students learning to Cross Country Ski up at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. 5. The talented Bobby Bovenzi taught our all our students drumming and dancing skills.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Well, dare I say it? I think I shall. Spring has burst forth! Now, there may still be the odd patch of ice hiding in the shade, but gosh darn it, I think I’ll just fire up the mower and plow on through it anyway. Safety glasses engage! On a serious note, KPAC always encourages you to talk to your kids about being safe around our spring creeks. With the water raging, there isn’t time for second chances. Please be safe and enjoy natures raw power at a safe distance. Ok! A few items to think about this month. Your favorite annual crustacean feed is right around the corner. Tickets go on sale April 6th. They sell out fast, so don’t delay. If you have a thing for safety vests and playing in traffic, we are looking for some traffic safety monitors to help encourage proper traffic behavior in front of the school. New this year, we are having a blueberry fundraiser! If you are into blueberry muffins, pancakes or other azure bush fruit delights, contact the school in early April. Lastly, our KPAC meeting is on Monday, April 8th at 7pm. Come on out and get the inside scoop on all things PAC-ish. Happy Spring Everyone!





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1. The Board approved amendments to 2019-2020 School By Taylor Bentley, Calendar. Given that the October Provincial Professional Race Director Development Day is on October 25, 2019, the District School Calendar needs to be amended, moving the approved date from Attention Parents: Time to mark your calendar! Registration October 18, 2019 to October 25, 2019, so that educators can opens at 6:00 am on April 1st for the 8th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. As always, this fun event is Free participate in the provincial wide Pro D Day. 2. Parkway Elementary School is the recipient of a $10,000 for kids aged 3-13. You can register online at www.okfallsjrtri. com, but don’t delay as the registration cap is 200 participants. donation on behalf of your local London Drugs store and Intel. We do expect another “sell-out”, so please register early to avoid 3. School Board reviewed the annual projected 2018-2019 budget. disappointment. Kevin Lorenz presented amendments to the annual budget to reflect the actuals for the current school year. The School Board The event is being offered at no charge due to our awesome approved the amendments. The final 2018-2019 school district sponsors. Thanks to those businesses who have already confirmed their support again this year. If you are interested in becoming one budget is $70,902,957. of our fabulous sponsors, please contact Taylor at taylor.charley@ 4. School Board Approved 4 upcoming school field trips: • 47 international students are traveling to Banff and Edmonton This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 15th, and once Alberta on March 17-21, 2019. again the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park • • •

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is on Friday, June 14th. The race course is in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park. For more information on the 55 students from KVR School Band 8 are traveling to event, to volunteer, or to register, visit or email Edmonton, Alberta for a Band Trip on May 8-11, 2019 80 students from SLMS Band 8 are traveling to Edmonton, Alberta for a Band Trip on May 15-18, 2019.

5. Congratulations is extended to Naramata Elementary School for their artwork currently displayed at the school board office. 6. School Trustees did a workshop with Eli Mina on February 20, 2019. We learned about Board Governance and running effective Board Meetings. 7. The School Board visited Kaleden School on February 13, 2019. It was a treat to see all of the amazing things happening at Kaleden Elementary School. 8. At the March 5, 2019 Business Meeting, Secretary Treasurer Lorenz updated Trustees regarding the Transportation Review and the resulting recommendations. It was recommended that the District consider updating its transportation policy and that students pre-register for transportation services. The Transportation Policy will be reviewed later in March 2019. 9. The Director of Information Technology, Williams provided the Board with an update on technology initiatives in process or completed in alignment with the strategic plan. The following areas were discussed: Core infrastructure; IT Process; Shared Services; ED Tech and End User Computing. 10. On March 6, 2019, Behavior Intervention Support Program Coordinator, Randy Jones, provided an overview of the BIS Program and of the team he works with. Also, Allen Beckingham, District Principal of District Program and Curriculum, and Maureen Dockendorf provided an overview to the Board about the professional learning series. The PLS provides educators with strategies to take action to care for themselves and their children. 11. On March 15, 2019, Sloan Consulting worked with the Board to review and revise Policies and Procedures. The workshop provided clarity regarding the Roles of the Board and the Superintendent. Workshop Part 2 is planned for later this Spring. 12. On May 15, 2019, two Penticton Secondary School students will be presenting at TEDxYouth Event in Kelowna. The entire TEDX Talk will be streamed online for anyone to watch. For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to | April 2019 | Page 19

“The Odd Couple, Female Version” By Many Hats Theatre Co. We’re pleased to update you not only on our hilarious upcoming production of “The Odd Couple, Female Version”, but the exciting news that tickets to Many Hats shows are now available on, which is the world’s largest event ticket seller! The Odd Couple, Female Version is Directed by Eric Hanston and is produced by Ben Amos. The cast includes Shannon French, Anita Reimer, Beth Fotheringham, Monica Keetch, Jason Lane, Rob McCaffery, Sharon Moriarty, and Heidi Taman. After Olive and Florence are thrown together due to circumstances beyond their control, their collection of wacky friends and colourful neighbors elevate their lives to levels of hilarity seldom seen in this modern age. Leave it to master playwright Neil Simon to create characters as funny and believable as these. You won’t want to miss Many Hats’ 2nd production of our 12th season. And, tickets are easier to buy than ever! Just visit and search “The Odd Couple” to purchase your tickets. You will be able to download digital copies to your smart phone or print out paper tickets at home. If you experience any difficulties, give us a call at 250-462-6428 and we’ll assist you. The Odd Couple, Female Version opens April 11th and runs until May 4th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2 pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be two gala opening nights. First on Thursday, April 11th and then on Friday, April 12th, with a reception following both performances. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students or seniors (GST included). Again, visit to purchase tickets. The Nest and Nectar will be open with full dinner service on show nights and they also have a dynamite Sunday Brunch, which has proven extremely popular. Call 250-493-7275 for a reservation to avoid disappointment. Check out their menu and hours of service at For more information, please visit our website at Please note that the Cannery Trade Centre is a very busy place! Often parking is a premium. Please plan to arrive early and observe the ‘no parking’ signage. Failure to do so may result in your vehicle being towed!

“The White Lake Basin is one of the gems in The Nature Trust of BC’s conservation land portfolio,” says Nick Burdock, Okanagan Conservation Land Manager. “The Park Rill Creek property is one of the finest examples of mixed riparian habitat along the Park Rill corridor. You really get the sense that this piece of land has been cared for in a way that protected its conservation values.” “The Odd Couple” The property will be added to The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s Nature Trust Of April BC 11 Completes - May 4, 2019 White Lake Basin Biodiversity Ranch complex, which is one of Stage Venue in Penticton the largest intact grasslands in the region. The White Lake Basin AcquisitionCannery Of Park Rill Biodiversity Ranch is an innovative program where The Nature Courtesy of Trust works with a ranching family to help protect species at risk, The Nature Trust of British Columbia gave a holiday gift to nature, while they maintain a viable ranching operation. this past December. With the help of many community partners, “The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is very pleased to The Nature Trust has purchased the Park Rill Creek property. support The Nature Trust of BC with the purchase of this key in Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC, says, “Thanks to holding property within the wider 8000+ hectare White Lake Basin the outstanding support of key partners and individual donors, we Biodiversity Ranch, one of the largest intact grassland areas in are able to protect this important habitat for a wide range of wildlife the South Okanagan and a biodiversity hotspot in BC,” says Brian and plants. This property connects to other Nature Trust lands, Springinotic, CEO of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. expanding conservation in the South Okanagan.” Funding for this project was provided by the Habitat Conservation Located in the White Lake Basin in the South Okanagan, this 32.2 Trust Foundation, South Okanagan Conservation Fund which is hectare (80 acre) parcel is home to some of the most endangered overseen by the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, and rare species in our province such as the endangered Half- BC Conservation Foundation, Sitka Foundation, Collings Family moon Hairstreak butterfly and the rare Painted Turtle, which is Foundation, Gosling Foundation, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, named after its distinguishing bright yellow and red stripes. And, BMO Bank of Montreal, Odlum Brown Limited Land Acquisition this area also provides important habitat for birds including the Fund, the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club and individual donors. Sage Thrasher which nests in sagebrush. The property is rich with This project was undertaken with the financial support of the vegetation including aromatic gray sagebrush, desert grassland and Government of Canada provided through the federal Department broadleaf woodlands. Park Rill Creek winds through the property. of Environment and Climate Change.

“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

A New Community Radio Station The radio airwaves in the South Okanagan recently welcomed a new addition. On Friday February 1st, Peach City Radio (CFUZFM) began broadcasting as a full-time community radio station, from it’s studio at the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton. Establishing a community radio station in the South Okanagan has been a 10 year long project, made possible by an amazing team of volunteers led by Okanagan Falls residents Dave and Jackie Del Rizzo. This radio station promises to make the airwaves accessible to the public, by providing training and support to allow anyone to become a DJ or talk show host. As a result, the programming is interesting, and most definitely eclectic. The station is at 92.9FM on the radio dial (an antenna is required in Okanagan Falls) or you can listen online at

Fishing From Shore In Early Spring By Larry Martin Fishing from shore any time of year where creeks and rivers enter lakes can be very productive. In Spring, there is a short window of opportunity for calendar quality pictures, before the muddy waters of freshet, and an increase in less hardy fishers. Give it a try, but don’t forget your annual fishing licence expired on March 31st. For information on regulations and to purchase your licence on line, go to

Money from the purchase of licences goes directly back into fisheries and habitat, not into general revenue. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC depends on money from licence purchases In the photo: Left is Tech Director Nils Finnsson and on right is to run “Learn To Fish” programs and several hatcheries, including Program Director Dave Del Rizzo raising the CFUZ antenna tower. our local Trout Creek Hatchery, to supplement area lakes. Photos shown above: Left photo by Greg Stone. Right photo by Ken Woodward. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to For more info, just ask Larry Martin at


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By Brian Moen, Royal LePage Realtor Moving can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. There is a lot to remember when planning your move, but with some organization your experience can be a lot less stressful. A Few Weeks Prior to Moving 1. Arrange your moving day well in advance. When booking a truck or hiring a moving company, it’s often worth comparing several estimates. Your Royal LePage agent can provide you with some referrals for local and national movers. 2. Re-direct your essential services to your new home. Arrange to have services such as gas, electricity, and cable TV to be connected on the day the sale closes. 3. At your current home, arrange to have your gas, water, and electricity meters read on the day you leave and have the bills forwarded to your new address. If necessary, water heater and furnace rental agreements should to be transferred to the purchaser. 4. Update your contact information and provide a forwarding address for schools, work, and services such as banks or insurance companies. 5. Also, don’t forget to make arrangements for pet or baby sitters for the day of the move. Days Prior to Moving 1. Gather all important personal, medical and insurance documents and keep them separate from other moving items. 2. Pack valuables and any personal items that you will require in the interim of your house being unpacked. 3. Make sure to pack and label items by a theme, such as kitchen or bathroom, so you can easily get organized when unpacking. Day of the Move 1. If you are using a moving company make a list of all items to be moved and compare it to the movers to make sure you agree on contents to be delivered. 2. Check all shelves, closets and cupboards for any items that may have been left behind. After the Move 1. Apply for a new drivers license, health card or other items that require an up to date address. 2. Register your car at your new address. Your insurance company will have a limited time grace period, so make sure you register before the deadline. 3. Check open and closing hours of stores and services in your new neighborhood. This will help you feel settled earlier. Moving can be difficult, but with careful planning your move can go smoothly, so that you can start enjoying your new home right away.

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Managing your taxes can be as important as managing the investments you hold to generate your income - and they often go hand-in-hand. Here are a few basic tax planning considerations to discuss with your qualified tax advisor: 1. Hold the right assets in the right accounts ~ Holding the right investment types in registered retirement accounts is a key component of minimizing taxes. Consider sheltering interestgenerating assets, as they are taxed at your marginal rate, while income from dividends and harvested capital gains are generally taxed lower. Further, dividends are treated quite differently than capital gains, and the potential impact on benefits such as Old Age Security (OAS) should be considered. 2. Manage asset sales in non-registered accounts ~ The order in which assets held in your non-registered investment accounts are sold is an important consideration. Whether an asset sale will trigger a capital gain or loss can have a significant impact on your taxes. You should be aware of whether you have the opportunity to offset capitals gains and losses, and should always consider which assets make most sense to sell from both a tax and investing standpoint. 3. Balance your registered account withdrawals ~ Withdrawing funds from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is generally most beneficial when your tax rate is relatively low. On the other hand, Tax-Free Saving Account (TFSA) withdrawals do not trigger taxes and can make sense when your taxable income is relatively high, but additional funds are still required. Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) have minimum withdrawal requirements, but if extra funds are needed, consider making withdrawals when your marginal tax rate will be lower. 4. Equalize your income with your spouse ~ When one spouse is in a higher marginal tax bracket than the other, income splitting strategies can help reduce the total taxes paid by a couple. Employee pensions, government pensions and RRIFs all follow slightly different rules, but the income can often be split with a spouse. Spousal loans are another way to help equalize income between spouses to lower total taxes. 5. Insurance solutions ~ Insurance solutions can offer more than just the security they’re typically associated with, especially with respect to retirement income. Insured annuities typically provide higher after-tax yields than GICs and bonds, while tax-exempt life insurance has the potential to provide tax-free income during retirement. Please contact us for more information about planning your retirement. This information is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer! By Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ can assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Call for your free quote today. Below is a recent renovation, where the entire inside was dark, outdated and needed a serious overhaul from top to bottom. The kitchen, living room and bathroom were completely renovated and an additional powder room was added on. Many custom handmade features were added in to personalize the space. Give me a call and we can discuss your ideas and options for a better home.

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For many years, then, our picture of the Universe was of a space populated by galaxies, expanding steadily. The expansion would over time slow down, as gravity would fight the expansion and eventually win. Twenty years ago the whole apple cart was upset when astronomers discovered that the expansion was not slowing down, it was speeding up! We don’t know why, but we have invented a name for the undetected influence pushing the Universe apart ... we call it “Dark Energy”. CHIME, the newest telescope at the Observatory, was built to study Dark Energy, by looking back at the Universe as it was 7 to 11 billion years ago. CHIME will do this by mapping signals from the hydrogen gas, the basic material of stars and galaxies. The technical challenge is enormous, and we use and invent leadingedge technology to help us. The signals from those distant galaxies are buried under a signal from our own Milky Way by a factor of 100,000. It will take two years of accumulating data to get the first hint of an answer and five years to go all the way. That’s what it takes to solve one of the biggest puzzles in science today. Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

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Those little recycling icons on plastic do not mean that the plastic can be recycled. When plastic recycling started, the first hurdle was to know what KIND of plastic it was. To this day, number seven is a catch-all for non-recyclable plastic. There is no such thing as “standard recycling”, there is only “local recycling”. The answer to the question “Is this X recyclable?” is another question. “Where are you collecting X?” Each city weighs the costs and benefits of adding another category to what they recycle. If you live near a port city with container shipping, you have low transportation costs = more recycling. If you are a large city producing reliable amounts of HDPE plastic, you can find buyers ($300/ton). If you are small city with half a ton to get rid of, you would be lucky to find someone to take it off your hands without charging you. Recycling costs money rather than makes money. We think since aluminum and cardboard are worth money, the city should make money from recycling. As of June 2018, aluminum cans was worth $800/ton and cardboard was worth $120/ton and most places pay money to ensure their plastic gets recycled. These markets fluctuate, so you can’t count on aluminum paying for plastic. Add transportation costs and labor and you realize that recycling is a commitment to the environment, which is paid for out of tax dollars. You should strive to get a “B” grade. Think of the items that can be recycled in your area. That’s 100%. Your goal should be to recycle 80%. Why? Adding even a tiny amount of extra items (“this looks like metal”, “there’s no reason to throw caps away”, “bags are plastic too”) contaminates the load. There is a special name for a load that contains 105% of what’s locally recyclable. It’s called “garbage”. Either the entire load goes to the landfill, or someone making $15/hour has to remove each not-recyclable-here item. High achievers in recycling aren’t doing their city or their planet any favours. Upcycling can be cool ... it can be art, it can be fashion, but it doesn’t help the environment. The basic problem is scale - we drink thousands of juice pouches every year, but we don’t need more than one really cool purse made of juice boxes. The problem of too much stuff overwhelms the value of turning stuff into items that are to be treasured.

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Adventures In Crucita, Ecuador By Vi Creasey My husband and I spent a portion of December and January in Ecuador. Most of that time was spent in a coastal small village called Crucita, in the province of Manabe. Now, you may ask “Why Crucita?” Our major attraction to Crucita was because our previous neighbours decided to try International living, chose Crucita, built a house there, and then invited us to come for a visit. So, Crucita, Ecuador was our choice for a portion of our winter! We first flew into Quito and stayed there for 3 days. Quito is a large city with a population of slightly under 3 million people and was one of the first places ever designated as a UNESCO site. Quito is a city that is 10 thousand feet in altitude, so the air is thin. However, saying that it is a beautiful city and any trip to Ecuador should not miss Quito. Also, one hour north is where the equator is and partaking of the experiments that take place should not be missed. The next leg of our trip was to Crucita. There is a flight from Quito to Manta, which is about a half hour drive from Crucita. However, being who I am, I decided that I wanted to see the country side, so decided that we should drive. And, what a drive it is. The highway takes you over the Andes Mountain range. You go from an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level to sea level. We passed through all types of vegetation and could see why Ecuador, even though it is a very small country, has huge exports. The drive took 7 hours, so if you are in a rush, you should fly. Crucita, Ecuador has the reputation as one of the top spots in the world for paragliding and hang gliding. The pristine beaches and largely undeveloped area are rapidly become a magnet for expats seeking that unique blend of adventure and affordable living. I would sell this destination as a “adventure” vacation, as opposed to a “lay in the sun” vacation.

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Mike Creasey on the beach in Crucita, Ecuador There were not many international tourists in Crucita; however, when Christmas arrived, our small village was overtaken by local Ecuadorians. The Ecuadorian people were very friendly and more than willing to do most anything to help you. Spanish is the language spoken, but many people do speak English. We were so fortunate to have friends there, because we were shown so much of the local culture. One day before Christmas, we were invited to fill candy bags and then we delivered them to the local primary school. The children sang to us, and were very appreciate of the candy bags. Parasailing is huge in Crucita, and lucky for us, the majority of them landed right in front of our beach apartment. On Sundays, the skies were magnificent when about a dozen colourful paragliders lit up the sky. This was probably my very first beach vacation where I could find large, unbroken sea shells and starfish on our beach walks. In town, the beach is long and sandy. As we walked south, the beach became much more scenic with large rock formations like the one in the picture above. If you are thinking of Ecuador, don’t forget the Galapagos Islands. That is another trip that I did a few years back and should be put on everyone’s bucket list of travels. Please call anyone of us at Reliable Travel for information and or to book your next vacation.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

With all the nice weather, warmth and sunshine, our regular activities will soon be settling in for their summer siesta. Check in By Loraine Thompson here, or the weekly e-Calendar, for updates and times. There’s a definite feel of spring in the air! A great big huge thank Have you renewed your 2019 membership? Membership is just you goes out to all the folks that helped with our annual Spring $15/year. For more info on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, Flea Market we held Saturday, March 9th. The turnout of people please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out. that came by was astounding. Thanks for the generous donations Monthly Special Events: that allowed us to offer a Silent Auction, White Elephant, Books, General Meeting ~ Monday, April 1 at 1pm Puzzles, Videos and Bake Tables. Our volunteers were kept very Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, April 6 from 8-10am busy until the end of the day. Joan and her crew kept everyone (The Silent Auction ends at 9am) fed and coffeed up. The few vendors that I spoke to said they’d Music Jam ~ Sunday, April 14 from 1-4pm (lunch at 11:30) also had a good day. I would like to congratulate the folks that (Last Music Jam until October) won a raffle prize and thanks to everyone else that bought tickets (sorry we couldn’t all win something). But, a BIG thank you goes Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, April 20 at 1pm to our local businesses that once again have provided us with Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, April 27 at 5:30pm wonderful raffle prizes and gift baskets, specifically; Okanagan Weekly Activities: Falls IGA, 3 Winds Hair Design, G&R Auto Repair, Pharmasave, Canasta ~ Mondays - April 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 10am and The Heritage Market. And, thank you to Dave Stewart, who Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30am coordinated the event. The finale for the Silent Auction will take (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) place during the April Pancake Breakfast. You have until 9am on Monday, April 1st to get your final bids in. There are some very Bingo ~ Tuesdays - April 2, 9 & 16 at 1pm nice auction items in the display cases, so stop by and check them Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6pm out. There just might be something that you just can’t do without. Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30am And, if you haven’t before, be sure to check us out at the same Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm time, maybe take in an activity, pick up a calendar, talk to some of Volunteer Income Tax Program ~ Thursdays 10am-12pm the folks that are here. We’re really quite a friendly bunch. April 4, 11, 18 & 25 By now, many of our Snowbirds have flown off and away, back to (This is a FREE service for the community of Okanagan Falls.) their other homes, but they promised that they’ll be back come fall. Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10am In the meantime, we’re gonna hold one last Music Jam on Sunday, Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1pm April 14th. So, grab your guitar, your song book, your hunny, your Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7pm neighbour, and put on your dancing shoes and we’ll see you there! Tuesday Pool nites have become very popular. But as we only have the one pool table, there is talk of adding another day or evening of play. The Income Tax Preparation Service will continue every Thursday in April from 10am to 12 noon. You can drop by any time and put your name on the list for which day you’d like, or stop in and sit a while, grab a coffee, visit with some folks, while you wait your turn. Be sure to take advantage of this free service.

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. 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.

Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal

Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please email Spring Group Social Classes Commence: Penticton ~ Starts April 11th - 8 weeks • 6:30 - Romantic Night Club 2 Step, Level 1 (Learn to dance the slow songs.) • 7:30 Salsa, Level 2 (So exciting, hot moves) Summerland ~ Starts April 12th - 8 weeks • 6:30 Single Rhythm Swing, Level 2 (The most fun you will ever have.) • 7:30 Rumba, Level 1 (Sultry Latin, great for beginners) Monthly Dance Parties with lesson held in Summerland: April 27 - Swing // May 25 - Foxtrot // June 22 - Cha Cha Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered. Register early for your place on the dance floor by calling Brian at 778.516.7272. (Snap a picture for your convenience.) Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

That winter mode just sort of held on didn’t it. I don’t By Bev van Uden think I’ll have to store my winter clothes this year, as I April Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: think I wore them out. I must be getting elderly, everything seems to take longer to complete than I remember ... But then again ... Tuesday, April 16th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the Where was I, oh yes, the Okanagan Falls Lions Club! Carrying on month at 7 pm. as usual, around the community. Sunday, April 21st ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. We On Sunday, April 21st around noon, the bunnies are laying eggs have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausages, again as usual in Lions Park. Bring the children for a lot of fun! coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat free! Later in the spring, we have the Walk for Guide Dogs and we’re Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. winding up for “Music in the Park” complete with Lions Cookies. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 Lions Spring Conference happens April 5 & 6 in Penticton, where pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... You could Lions from all over the District are coming to town to compare be one of the lucky ones! Everyone welcome. notes, plan events, eat and get together. Sunday Fun Day! Bingo and Horse Racing starts at 1:30 pm Our School Breakfast Program runs on Thursdays at Okanagan every Sunday. You can join in Snooker starting about 12:30 pm. Falls Elementary School. New volunteers are always welcome. Youth Darts ~ Every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Okanagan Falls Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is April 17 Legion. For youth and teens aged 11-18 years. Call Dee at 250& 18 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood 497-5975. Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool ~ Both darts and shuffleboard are 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. in the play down now. Call Denise for more information on Darts & Shuffleboard at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for information on the The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday Pool League at 778-531-8228. each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. If NEW Canteen Hours - Open 2 pm to close Monday - Saturday you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439- and Open 12 pm to close on Sunday. 2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian org/sites/okfalls/ and Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Well, another month has passed, and it looks like Spring is here. Upcoming Events: Saturday, April 6th - LA Bingo at Noon and LA Dinner following the Meat Draw. April is the Ladies Auxiliary Convention, we are busy with final arrangements to make this a wonderful time for all visiting Ladies Auxiliaries. On Friday, April Photos above and below are from the 2018 Lions Easter Egg Hunt in Lions Park. 12th, there will be a “Dinner & Dance” held at Branch #227 in conjunction with the Convention. On Sunday, April 28th, the Zone Meeting to be hosted at Branch #227. We have our meat draws along with Branch #227 on Fridays and Saturdays. As we continue with fundraising and donations to various charities, our Ladies Auxiliary was able to present our Branch #227 with two cheques on separate occasions each in the amount of $1,000 each. Great going ladies! Look out for posters on our upcoming Annual Garage Sale to be held in May at which time we will be looking once again for donations. Our Ladies Auxiliary welcomes anyone to come and check us out. | April 2019 | Page 27

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

By Marla Wilson

By Meredith King

Doesn’t this nice warm spring feel great? Winter just seemed to This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer hang on, long and cold. The pussy willows will be showing their Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second catkins soon. child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life The Heritage Society meeting in March selected May 4th for a in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, clean up day in the gardens of the Society Complex. It will be a his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on busy time getting the Bassett House and Museum all spruced up sentences included.

Growing Up for the summer visitors. We have received a new painting of Kenny McLean that will be displayed in the Kenny McLean Trophy Room. Elementary School in Kaleden was complete at the end of Grade The grand opening for this coming season will take place in May, 8, at least that was the way it was in 1929 when I reached that date to be confirmed at the April Meeting. stage (it changed often over the years). In those days, a student The Thrifty Boutique is doing really well. We want to thank the had to pass Grade 8 Government Examinations before they were Community for supporting our spring Big Bag Sale. Noreen Fowler allowed to continue on to Grade 9. There must have been some says there are some shifts open for the spring and summer exceptions to that rule since, in Penticton, Elementary School coming up. You can contact her by phone on Fridays at 250-486- ended at Grade 6, Grades 7-9 were junior high school, 10-12 6371. It is a great way to meet people and be part of a pleasant were high school, with Grade 13 being the equivalent to first year work environment. The staff changed out all the winter clothing to university. Through that configuration, students in Penticton were able to avoid the Grade 8 exams, but that did not apply to us, the summer. The fresh new spring frocks are so bright and colourful. students from the sticks. The April meeting of the Heritage Society will be held at 1pm on In June of 1929, when I should have been writing the provincial Tuesday, April 16th in the Community Room at the school. exams, I, together with numerous siblings, cousins and other A little-known bit of history in Okanagan Falls ... assorted young fry, was incapacitated by a virulent outbreak of Does anyone remember the Grey Sage Wildlife Park? This measles. I was sick and contagious enough that I missed the interesting endeavour was operated for a few short years, but whole course of exams. Hence, I had to sit the exams, later in during that time, interested and amazed tourists and local folks August, in Kelowna.

My parents drove me up and saw that I was safely ensconced Carleton MacNaughton was the first owner/operator of this in the home of the Baptist pastor there for the duration of the gathering of animals, but then the park was purchased by the exams, about 3 or 4 days on which the exams were administered. Ian and Deirdre Ross family. Their three daughters, one of whom I would like to be able to tell you that, in spite of the delay of 2 is Kelsey McLeod, gave guided tours to visitors. Their eclectic months which must have removed any knowledge that had been gathering included some cougar cubs. These little beasts would retained in June, my marks displayed evidence of true genius. I follow the Ross girls to school, creating a minor panic situation. Of can’t remember - although I must have at least passed the basic course, a resident magpie would have to be named “Maggie”. The requirements, because I did go on to Grade 9. I can only recall one Ross family operated the Park for about five years, and the Ross of my marks achieved in that epic experience and only because it daughters were inconsolable when the park was broken up and was a truly memorable mark. That was the rating of 49 out of 100 the animals sent to various other sanctuaries. The property is just in drawing, showing the high level of achievement in the artistic field, which I can proudly say I still maintain. south of Okanagan Falls and is now known as Harleywood. ~ Submitted by Betty Lynch The most interesting part of the whole episode was the trip home on the Pentowna, a little steamer whose name was derived from the contraction of the names Penticton and Kelowna. We called in New Independent Epicure Consultant at every little dock between the two cities, dropping off or picking up passengers and cargo such as milk cans, animals, fruit and Heather Jackson vegetables. attended to enjoy the array of North American wildlife.

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Wednesdays from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation & crafts. Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

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Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator Spring bounced out of the crocuses on March 29th at Linden Gardens! Ken Hayter inspired the crowd with tips on growing healthy green veggies and bee loving flowers in our gardens and planters. A huge thanks to Ken for sharing your love of seeds and soil and to Harold Blower for filling our bellies with the “oh so creamy” mushroom soup and vanilla and chocolate trifle. We all hope to see Ken and Harold kick off spring next year in Kaleden with gardening tips and great food in the kitchen. This month the Kaleden Seniors Committee revs up the engines and waxes the hubcaps! On Sunday, April 28th, we invite your new and former Kaleden neighbours and friends to our “Cherry Delight Heritage Tea and Antique Car Show”. The fun kicks off at 1pm at the Kaleden Community Hall with the Antique Car Show, museum artifacts, trivia, games and prizes. At 2pm enjoy the scrumptious Cherry Dessert and Tea followed by the screening of the movie, “Kaleden: The Building Years” at 2:30pm. Invite your friends, family and neighbours for an afternoon of community fun! For details and inquiries on all of our exciting family fun events in the future, please email

First Meeting Of 2019 On Wednesday, April 10th Join us for our 1st event of 2019! Wednesday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at Ashley HomeStore in Penticton. Please RSVP at We are a group of women who get together each quarter to drink a little wine, network and give back to the community. We combine our donations to be able to offer one local charity a substantive donation, as well as to give two others $500 each. It’s a great way to have a fun evening and make a difference. No charge to attend.

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Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Easter Sunrise Service at the Lake in Pioneer Park at 7:00 am Easter Service at the Chuch at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Old Tyme Hymn Sing on Sunday, April 7th at 6:00 pm ~ Please join us for a Old Tyme Hymn Sing. All are welcome. Good Friday Service on Friday, April 19th at 10:00 am Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 am 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Kaleden Community Church Join us for our Celebration of EASTER 7:00am Sunrise Service at the Lake Meet at the fire pit, dress warmly, bring a folding chair, blanket and a mug. mug. 10:00 Easter Service at the Church Church Easter Perspectives and Stories with a potluck lunch following. following.

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Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am April Speakers: April 7 - Rev. David Sparks with Holy Communion and AGM; April 14 - Judi Ritcey; April 21 “Easter Sunday” - Victor Ince; and April 28 - Nancy Wyse. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Holy Week Services: Sunday, April 14th 1:00 pm - Sunday of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms; Thursday, April 18th 3:30 pm - Maundy Thursday - Service of the Word and Stripping of the Altar; Friday, April 19th 10:00 am - Good Friday Service; and Sunday, April 21st 1:00 pm - Easter Sunday Service. Everyone is invited to these Holy Week Services. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368

Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair The Helping Hand Annual General Meeting will be held at the Okanagan Falls Community Church on Tuesday, April 9th at 10am. We would love it if anyone who is interested in volunteering a bit of their time would stop by to get acquainted with what we do, where and when we could use your help and ask any questions. Everyone is welcome. For more info, to volunteer, or to apply for an emergency hamper, please leave a message at 250.486.2767.

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.

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Flowers to the three young boys who picked up garbage along Linden Avenue in Kaleden while bike riding. Awesome! ~ From Linda D. of Kaleden Flowers to everyone that helped keep the Kaleden Fire Hall plowed out all winter. It seemed endless, so Thank You! ~ From the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Flowers to Eric Livolsi for helping the librarians move shelving at the Kaleden Library. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Dr. James Robertson for all your years of medical service to the South Skaha area. We wish you a wonderful retirement with time to do what you love most. Thank you! ~ From the Community of Okanagan Falls Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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October 21,1982 - February 10, 2019 Always loved and forever missed. Matthew leaves his mother, Catherine Lucas of Okanagan Falls and sister Vanessa of Victoria, and all his loving family from BC, Alberta and MO, USA. Matt was born in Cranbrook, BC and grew up on the Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, close to his grandma “on the farm”. He moved to Calgary in 1998 with his mother, and he loved Alberta. He then moved to Penticton in 2016 and appreciated the smaller town life. Matt will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him for his outgoing and fun filled personality, and remembered for his helpful, compassionate and empathetic nature towards people and animals. We never forget the ones that we love.


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August 12, 1931 - March 19, 2019 Frank was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and graduated in New Westminster, BC. He worked as a copy boy for the Province newspaper. Joined the R.C.A.F. in the 1950’s and trained as an Air Traffic Controller. He retired in the late 1980’s and moved to Okanagan Falls, where he served for many years as a Volunteer Fire Fighter. Arne is survived by his wife Petra, children Jody (Leanne), Judy (Fraser), Mark and their children. Frank will be sadly missed by all his friends and family. No formal service by request.

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