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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 4 April 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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Skaha Matters is committed to publishing each month and every precaution will be taken to deliver this paper safely to your mailbox. It is extremely important to keep our community connected, local businesses supported, and share local good news stories. We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this together!

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Volunteers contribute millions of hours and millions more in economic and community value, and for this and many other reasons, we welcome this opportunity to shine a spotlight on volunteers. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is here to skahamatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 support volunteers. Please keep safe and follow protocols for www.SkahaMatters.com dealing with this viral threat. Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date All Volunteer Gatherings are postponed until further notice. businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly April 4 Display (Tourism Penticton Expo) has been postponed. St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. eCalendar! Here are a few things you can do: Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. • Let us know if you have experience with friendly visiting via Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of telephone and if you would be interested in contacting others the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this in isolation when need be. This program is in the early stages publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the of development. Please send your contact information and right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as experience to info@volunteercentre.info or call our centre at possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their 778-476-5661. final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications. • Encourage others to register as a volunteer at www. volunteercentre.info/volunteer/. When the time is right, we Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry will be calling on volunteers help to assist the community. • Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SOSVC1/ to Helping the stay up to date as we post additional information.

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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay The COVID-19 crisis continues to deepen around the world, across Canada and throughout British Columbia. We are at a critical time in the progress of the pandemic where we can all make a huge difference ... by staying home and avoiding close contact with our friends, neighbours and other community members. These actions may be difficult, but as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said, they are “not optional” - they will literally save lives. I want to thank all of you who are doing what you can to “flatten the curve” by staying home. And, I want to thank all the health care workers who are working every day, putting their lives at risk to make sure our hospitals and clinics are functioning smoothly. Whether you are a nurse, a doctor, a midwife, a paramedic, a cleaner, a receptionist, you have my thanks. Here are some of the provincial health demands and guidelines: • Keep at least 2 metres from others. • Stay home as much as possible, do not visit with friends. Call them instead! • It’s okay to go outside for fresh air and exercise, but stay away from others. • If you are returning home from outside Canada, you must selfisolate for 14 days. Stay at home, do not visit friends or family. Have groceries and other necessities delivered. • Self-isolate in your home if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19. • Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated. • Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists. • Dentists should provide emergency services only. These self-isolation measures are absolutely essential, but are having a huge impact on our economy, and I’m not just talking about the obvious effects of the stock market crash and the collapse in oil prices. Local hotels are empty, restaurants are closed. All scheduled air service in the South Okanagan and West Kootenay is stopping as of April 1st. Orchards, vineyards and nurseries are waiting for seasonal workers to arrive from Mexico, but travel bans have thrown up barriers to that. Many small businesses and

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As the coronavirus pandemic progresses across the world, we have witnessed the terrible human toll in China, Iran and Italy, and the disease continues to take lives in dozens of countries. While we can be thankful to have a publicly funded high-quality system of health care here in British Columbia, we cannot be complacent, or rely upon hospitals and health care workers as the only way to deal with this epidemic. All of us must do what we can to stop the transmission of the virus from person to person, so that we can defeat this epidemic. As a community, each of us have a responsibility to those most vulnerable to this virus - those with compromised immunity and seniors. In addition to the risk from the virus, we must consider the anxiety and isolation that the next few weeks will bring to many of our neighbours. This is especially true of seniors living on their own. Please make a point of contacting your neighbours, without getting too close, and checking that they are OK. If all of us call one of our immediate neighbours every day, we will have a safer and healthier community. Personal Conduct ~ The Provincial Health Officer has advised that we avoid shaking hands or any physical contact, maintain a minimum distance of one meter from everyone outside your family and please do not leave your home if you are ill. Do not travel other than in an emergency. Limit your contact with public surfaces such as touch screen terminals and payment machines. And, avoid public events with sizable gatherings of people. What if I feel ill? ~ If you are sick, please stay home, rest, and avoid contaminating others. You should seek medical care as you see fit, just as you would with any contagious illness, but you may be directed to stay away from Emergency Rooms. If you have reason to believe you have been, or may have been, exposed to COVID-19, you should remain at home, call 8-1-1 for advice and be prepared to self-isolate and monitor your health. Anyone returning from outside Canada is expected (this may become must) to self-isolate for 14 days. Reliable Information Sources ~ Please visit the website for the BC Centre for Disease Control at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/ diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel) for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19. Normally, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Health Minister brief the public at 3:30pm on weekdays, and this is available live from a number of radio and TV channels. It can be found on BC1 and Global BC has been live streaming it on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalBC/ Constituency Office at 6369 Main Street in Oliver, BC ~ Given the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak, the office staff will not be taking any in-person meetings at this time. We kindly request that you either call us at 250-498-5122 or email us at Linda.Larson. MLA@leg.bc.ca and we will respond as soon as possible. Please look after yourselves, your loved ones, and your neighbours If we help each other, take precautions with contact with each other, and allow our health care system to take care of those who are ill, we will defeat COVID-19 ... together. DE

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Welcome to Spring 2020 and social distancing, as we all hibernate through COVID-19. RDOS is working on measures at the government policy making level to help educate and release information as it becomes available to residents. To stay informed, join www.rdos.bc.ca/newsevents/civic-ready/ with a direct link Subrina Monteith under the area map to your Area ‘I’. Director of Make sure to sign up for the groups of RDOS Area ‘I’ interest and I highly recommend all for the area, as well as including your cell phone for text alerts. This tool is only successful if used by everyone and at your disposal. A step by step guide to joining the CivicReady platform can be found at www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/admin/CivicReady/Step_by_ Step_Tutorial_New_Member.pdf Some recent highlights are the change of operations for landfills to debit and credit payments and away from cash transactions, as well as the temporary closure of all RDOS facilities to the general public. For live updates, follow me on Facebook at Subrina Monteith RDOS Director Area ‘I’. I will do my best to share the steps moving forward. I wanted to share a conversation that I had with a resident concerned about supplies of necessary items and how her neigbourhood is working together. One resident shared that when one person goes to town they call the others along the street to get a list of supplies, e-transfer funds for payment, and then supplies are dropped off after shopping at the door to honour social distancing, yet showing the true Kaleden spirit of ‘helping thy neighbour’. I challenge all neighbours to reach out and offer to assist each other through the next few weeks as we weather this storm. Kaleden has a community group under the Kaleden Community Association called “The HUB”. The HUB can be reached at 250460-3387. The HUB is prepared and willing to drop off meals for those in need, due to social distancing or quarantine. The HUB also continues to offer rides for medical appointments. Currently, The Hub needs our support in preparing soups to be frozen. Call The HUB at 250-460-3387 to sign up to prepare a soup. Stay safe and enjoy spring clean up with your family. This is a great opportunity to jump on being part of the FireSmart initiative or a home renovation project that you have been meaning to accomplish, but never had the time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ Happy Easter. A lot has changed in the last month. I am writing this on March 21, 2020 to meet the deadline for publication. I know a lot will have changed before you read this article. COVID-19 is a serious health emergency. Every level of government has taken action to slow down the spread of the virus. The immediate Ron Obirek priority is to lessen transmission and Director of thereby save lives. Action has been RDOS Area ‘D’ taken to achieve this goal. Every one of us must do our part contributing what we can to slow down the spread of the virus. Every one of us must participate in the recommended action of social distancing. The virus spreads through contact with others. Every one of us can help ourselves and our community stay healthier by actively participating in physical distancing practices. This is important, because our health care resources and capacities are limited. If the virus spreads more quickly and more people become sick, our healthcare capacity can be exceeded and then people who are seriously ill may not receive lifesaving care. This has happened in other countries and could happen here. Additionally, if our hospitals and healthcare services are overloaded by the COVID-19 cases, then necessary healthcare services for other serious health concerns like heart attacks and strokes and car crashes will be less available and preventable deaths could result. We will get through this pandemic. The economic challenges and other uncertainties will resolve in time. Testing and treatment protocols will improve. Action we take now will save us all more suffering and more cost in the future. All levels of government in Canada are taking action based on the best information and expert advice available. As circumstances change and more is learned, corrective action will be taken. We all need to be patient and obtain the best information we can. This will be exhausting and at times frustrating. We are very fortunate to have excellent technologies available in both the healthcare and communications industries. Stay in touch with family and friends through telephone and FaceTime and Skype. Reliable information is available on the following websites: covid-19.BCCDC.ca; interiorhealth.ca; and, who.int. The RDOS has taken action closing down all public meetings and focusing resources on essential services and matters requiring urgent attention. RDOS staff are to be commended on the excellent job they are doing. Public Safety is their prime concern. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre has been activated. The RDOS website has information (rdos.bc.ca). All interested can join the CivicReady platform. Google RDOS CivicReady for step-by-step instructions on how to join.

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emergency first responders are in extremely dangerous jobs as they help and respond to those who are sick with the virus. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please take extra care to isolate yourself from others. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please telephone healthcare providers for advice. Proper physical and social distancing from healthcare providers is also critical for the best public health and safety. Over the phone instructions will be provided specific to your circumstances. Additionally, BC CDC has provided an online assessment tool that may assist you in determining whether you have symptoms of concern at www.thrive.health/covid19. Recommended behaviours that can reduce the transmission of the virus include: regular handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects like door handles and hard surfaces at home, in your car, and out in the community shopping or at work; cough and sneeze into a tissue or crook of your elbow; avoid touching your mouth eyes or nose; self isolate if symptomatic with any illness for 14 days; social distancing of 6 feet minimum in all circumstances; contact healthcare providers by telephone as needed; follow strict hygiene principles when caring for ill family or anyone diagnosed positive with the virus; and stay informed and up-to-date the best you can as new information and recommendations are being shared. Special thanks to the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department and all members thereof for the excellent work they are doing in preparedness and response capabilities during this difficult time. Chief Oliver and all the members of the OK Falls Fire Department are doing an excellent job taking extra precautions and paying specific attention to the new dangers provided by the virus. All activities for old and young that involve groups of people are to be avoided. This includes sporting activities like playing basketball or hockey or baseball. Outdoor walks and activities in isolation can be healthy, but need to be avoided by anybody with symptoms or those following isolation precautions. People of all ages are at risk and some groups are in much higher risk. All recreation programs and playgrounds are to be closed and activities cancelled. These actions are temporary. The faster we all participate in these actions, the better our results will be and the sooner we will return to a safer more normal activity level. Thank you to everyone for your kind attention and cooperation regarding these serious matters. I have cancelled all future ‘meet the director’ coffee meetings with myself until future notice. As always, I welcome phone calls or emails and can be reached at robirek@rdos.bc.ca or 250-3289800.

We can all be grateful that each level of government is positively engaged in helping all of us work together and be successful during this difficult time. Unprecedented assistance and attention is being brought to this issue by every level of government. Please do all you can to follow recommendations and orders to avoid contact with others. The virus can be transmitted by people who do not have symptoms. Testing is being done as fast as possible. Yours Truly, In the short term, things will get worse before they get better. In Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ time, things will get better. Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca I want to encourage all to be mindful of the high risk that our SkahaMatters.com | April 2020 | Page 5 healthcare providers are facing. Doctors and nurses and


Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator Okanagan Falls is a strong community, and I feel very fortunate to live and work in a place with such generosity, genuine concern for our neighbours, and a beautiful natural surrounding that reminds us of nature’s rhythms, and unwavering ability to heal and transform. The RDOS Board has been forced to make some difficult decisions in recent weeks, one of which was whether or not to keep our office here in Okanagan Falls open throughout the coming days of unknown. As of March 19th, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Board voted unanimously to close corporate and satellite offices to the public. This means that our office is closed to the public, but Deb and I are still here, and available by phone and email. Economic Development is an ever changing field, and the coming weeks and months ahead will be no exception, with financial hardship experienced by many. We will be staying on top of any information available to local businesses, who may need support during this difficult time. We encourage you to call or email us with your concerns, and we will do whatever we can to find the most accurate and relevant information available. We do have some good news to share. Deb Morrow has been working with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan to get the word out about the Neighborhood Small Grants program. Any individual is eligible to apply for $500 to host an event or (social distance) gathering in their community. This could be a block party, garbage pick-up day, or any creative event you can dream up. Deadlines for submissions have been extended. Applying for a Neighborhood Small Grant: • Online application closes Monday, April 20th (submission date extended, inquire for detail) • Multiple languages supported • 2 coapplicants not living together • $500 max. award • Free, inclusive, and accessible • Budget may include: decorations, food, craft and art supplies, honourariums, permit costs and liability insurance. The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan also supports Community Endowment Funds, and we are looking forward to working with CFSO to explore opportunities for our area to participate.

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, Interim Chair Our plans to host workshops to involve the community in setting the Association’s priorities and to work with the RDOS to develop the economic development strategy are on hold due to the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to resuming these activities when safe for the community and permitted by BC’s Provincial Health Officer. In the mean time, we wanted to share some of the highlights from the voluntary feedback form you were invited to complete in the last few months. We were thrilled to have heard from 200 residents. The graph below shows what you identified as the top issues facing the community compared to the statistically significant Citizen Survey conducted by the RDOS in 2017. Not surprisingly, the lack of a grocery store surfaced as the top issue for area residents. This was followed by concerns about attracting and keeping businesses, safety and security of the community and the vibrancy of the downtown.

I also wanted to highlight a new business opening soon in Okanagan Falls. Green Light Cannabis is hoping to have their doors open by the 3rd week of April. Keep your eyes open for signage at 5212 9th Avenue for their Grand Opening. Again, we encourage anyone who is having concerns in our community to call us at 778-515-5520 or email to rirwin@rdos. bc.ca or dmorrow@rdos.bc.ca. During this difficult time lets work together to keep each other safe, healthy and cared for. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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The information collected in the feedback form has been provided to the RDOS to inform the development of the economic development strategy. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. We expect to continue with this process when it is safe to do so and recognize the community’s needs may evolve further as a result of the current public health emergency. We encourage all residents of Okanagan Falls to comply with the recommendations and orders provided by BC’s Provincial Health Officer. Excellent resources are available on the BC government website at www2.gov.bc.ca and call 8-1-1 if you need additional support or show signs or symptoms of COVID-19.


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air. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from We are pushing back the history article a month an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. Clean to supply you with COVID-19 information. and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for COVID-19, also known as: SARS-CoV-2, nCov, surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either 2019 Novel Coronavirus, is a new infectious disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered. disease caused by severe acute respiratory If the Okanagan Falls Firemen are called to your home concerning syndrome coronavirus 2 illness that can affect your lungs and a medical issue, we will have personel protective equipment on. airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The disease We will also ask that you put on a nose and mouth mask, which was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. we will supply and anyone close to you. This is for your protection There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to and ours. We will then ask a few questions concerning COVID-19, relieve the symptoms until you recover. It’s not known exactly how followed by what ever is needed concerning the issue that brought COVID-19 spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are us to your location. spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through BE SAFE EVERYONE! things like packages or food. Symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. Stay at home if you have either: a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, a new, continuous cough - this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly. But, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms, while your body fights the illness. You’ll need to stay in isolation up to 14 days, away from other people, until you have recovered. If you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance. How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus is through social distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet between yourself and another person. Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. It is particularly important for people who are 70 years of age or over, have a long-term health condition, are pregnant, or have a weakened immune system.

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RCMP Community Report Spring 2020 ~ Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!

With the current COVID-19, it is unknown exactly what this spring is going to be like. Normally, we would be preparing for spring activities and events. I would be reminding you about safety on spring and summer activities such as motorcycling, cycling and Do: Wash your hands with soap and water often ... do this for at boating. At present, I still think that people will be getting out as the least 20 seconds; always wash your hands when you get home or weather warms, but they just won’t be doing it in large groups and into work; use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available; such. Thus, I will still remind everyone to watch out for one another cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your and share the road, and obey the rules of the road. hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands; only travel on public transport It seems with any incident or event, there are people who try to if you need to; work from home, if you can; avoid social activities, profit from the suffering of others. It should not come as a surprise such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas (which that this pandemic is no exception. I say I am not surprised, but were closed across the province the week of March15th); avoid I think we are all disappointed considering this unprecedented events with large groups of people. Again, ensure you have a situation the world finds itself in. distance of 2 metres or 6 feet between yourself and someone else. We all have heard about the toilet paper and sanitizer re-sellers, Don’t: Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are but the scam artists aren’t about to miss an opportunity either. not clean; do not have visitors to your home, including friends and They are contacting people by email and telephone telling them family that do not live with you; avoid close contact with people they have been exposed to the virus and requesting credit card information, so they can send them medication and such. As who have symptoms of coronavirus. always, don’t provide credit card or any financial information to How to clean and disinfect surfaces: Wear disposable gloves unsolicited calls or emails. Legitimate health agencies will not be when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be soliciting money for medications and cures for COVID-19 through discarded after each cleaning. Clean hands immediately after unsolicited calls and emails. gloves are removed. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Diluted There has also been a spike in online shopping, due to people household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the staying home and away from crowds. Again, make sure that you surface. Check to ensure the product is not past it’s expiration are dealing with reputable companies when purchasing goods date. Expired household bleach will not be effective against online. It is suggested that a credit card with a lower credit limit be coronaviruses when properly diluted. Prepare a bleach solution used for online shopping in the event that the card is compromised. by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or Our Community Policing Office is no longer on Lakeshore Drive 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. by the Peach. It has been re-located back to the main RCMP Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill Detachment, located at 1168 Main Street in Penticton. Our contact person and then discard after each use. Clean hands immediately number remains the same at 250-492-4300 (Detachment front after gloves are removed. If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. counter) or direct at 250-770-2374. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the Take care, stay safe, stay healthy and look out for one another. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair Today’s date says that we have moved into spring. Let’s hope that Mother Nature and the Weatherman remembered to turn the page on their calendars. Nicer days mean that our operators, Travis and Sig, can spend more time outdoors. You’ll see more hydrant maintenance and flushing. We flush a couple of times a year to clear out our lines. Chlorine breaks down other things in the water that eventually makes for sediment and clogs things up. When flushing is in progress, we put up signage in the neighbourhood. We also put out a notice on our website and phone alerts. If you haven’t signed up for alerts, contact us and Kim will take care of things. A quick tip ~ When flushing is in progress there could be some discoloration in your water. Try not to turn your taps on while flushing is in progress. If your water is still murky after we are done, turn your outside tap on until the water runs clear. Hope this helps. The COVID-19 precautions mean that we all have to make adjustments and change the way we do things for the time being. The Irrigation District have put the following procedures in place: •

Our operators are still working outside daily in the district. Regular pump checks, and sampling are being performed.

We are trying to keep face to face contact to a minimum.

Our office is now closed to the public until further notice. Kim is still on hand to deal with any inquires over the phone.

Cheques can still be dropped off at the office though our mail slot. Online payments are encouraged. Please contact Kim at the office over the phone to either sign up for our alerts or to register as an online customer.

Annual General Meeting Postponement Notice Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be postponed until further notice. The decision was made in light of the current COVID-19 concerns. When we are advised by Health Officials that is safe to have regular meetings and assemblies the meeting will be rescheduled.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: The Okanagan Falls Irrigation Office will be closed to the public until further notice. As we provide an essential service, this measure has been taken as a safety precaution to reduce exposure to our Staff, to keep them healthy so they can continue to perform their duties. Okanagan Falls Irrigation Staff and Crew continue to work behind the scenes to keep our water service intact and safe. Emergency services for leaks or repairs will continue to be available; however, some non-essential operations will be reduced. Staff will continue to answer your calls or return messages at 250-497-8541 from Tuesday through Thursday between 9:30-4:30. Please ensure you leave a message.

For WATER EMERGENCIES, call 250-809-6122. Thank you for your understanding.

We normally hold our AGM just about this time each year. Two trustee positions are up for reelection. If anyone would like to put their hat in the ring, Kim will make arrangements for those interested to receive nomination papers. Nomination papers must be returned to the office by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15th. Our usual venue at the Senior’s Centre has been closed. We will advise you of a new time, date, and location. As your Irrigation District, we want to take a proactive roll in protecting our friends and neighbours, and to our staff. We want to keep your water safe, you safe and our staff safe. Water We Thinking ~ Plan don’t Panic. And, just remember what Mom used to say, “Wash Your Hands!”

Office Hours: Tue/Wed/Thu from 9:30-4:30 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls P: 250.497.8541 E: ofid@telus.net www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department April 2020 Tip The COVID-19 virus has presented all of us with some very challenging decisions and changes in our daily routines. This has been a daunting task for many and has caused increased stress to already busy lives. Keep yourself and your family as healthy as you can by following the guidelines as set out by the Provincial Health Services Authority. Visit www.bccdc.ca for current information. As basic as it sounds, the simple task of washing your hands is the best precautionary step that all of us are quite capable of doing. Stay safe and healthy.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News

KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Grant Funding Program

All Ratepayers, Please Attend ... KALEDEN IRRIGATION DISTRICT

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 AT 7:30 pm At the Kaleden Community Hall AGENDA: • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 25, 2019 • Trustees Report & Operations Report • Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2019 • Remuneration of Trustees for 2020 • Introduction of Candidates for Trustee • Setting of Election Date (if required) • New Business Trustee nomination papers are available online at kaledenirrigation.com or at the District Office at 119 Ponderosa Avenue on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings, and must be filed at the District Office by Noon on Monday, April 20, 2020. Cheryl E. Halla, Administrator 250-497-5407 or k.i.d@shaw.ca Summer Student Employment Opportunity ~ KID has again applied for funding to support a summer student. The primary duties of the position will be to promote knowledge of, and adherence to, seasonal water conservation measures, and to assist KID staff in various tasks. Applicants should have good public communication skills, have a Class 5 Driver License, be able to work flexible hours and perform manual labour. Preference will be given to Kaleden residents. A formal notice will be issued once funding is confirmed, but interested parties can drop off, email or mail their resumes in advance to the KID Office. For Whom The Bill Tolls ~ If you have a secondary suite or provide B&B or boarding accommodation, please ensure that you advise the KID Office, as there are extra charges (tolls) applicable to these activities due to their additional water demands (current annual toll charges are $140.25 for a self-contained suite, and $116.70 for Bed & Breakfast or boarding accommodation). There are a number of other activities for which additional tolls are required; see the full list in Schedule ‘A’ of Bylaw 408, which can found on the KID website in the Bylaws Section. COVID-19 Precautions ~ Until the COVID-19 situation is resolved, please phone or email the KID Office for all matters that can be dealt with remotely, instead of coming by. Until further notice, the KID Office will be open by appointment only. These measures will help to keep KID staff healthy and able to continue to provide safe water for all. Should the COVID-19 situation worsen, the AGM on April 27th may have to be cancelled or rescheduled; further notice(s) will be issued, should this become necessary.

250.497.5407 | k.i.d@shaw.ca Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 www.kaledenirrigation.org

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA? Connect Kaleden residents? Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Bring neighbours together?

GRANT CRITERIA 1.

Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.

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Grant is open to all ages.

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Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.

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Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.

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Grant application may be submitted at anytime to kaledencommunity@gmail.com or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0

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Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.

KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION HAS GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT YOUR IDEA

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ART RAFFLE Sandhill Cranes Migrating through Kaleden. By Bill Trumbull

Tickets $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 Available at the Library or from any KCA director. Proceeds to:

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All Is Well By The Pond

Massive Pond Inventory Clearance Sale

By Michel Destimauville

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As many of us spend more time at home during these difficult times, backyard water features provide a great source of peace, that can take your attention away from worrying thoughts. All is well at this very moment that you sit by the pond, watching the fish swimming about or listening to the flow of moving water. You can let go of less pleasant thoughts fuelled by media reports and remind yourself that right now all your basic needs are looked after. If you don’t yet have a water feature, you can use your extra home time to plan and construct your backyard oasis. The activity will take your attention away from worry, as you focus your attention on creating your own replica of nature. Skaha Water Gardens is happy to help you with design and ideas (no charge) and right now may be an ideal time, since we have hundreds of items discounted by 40, 50 and 60 percent.

Fountains and lily pads add character.

Goldfish rising to the surface to eat.

We have decided to stay open during the COVID-19 crisis (unless we are directed otherwise). We consider that many of the supplies that we provide are essential for our customer’s pet fish. It is relatively easy for us here to practice social distancing, since we rarely have more than one or two customers at one time. We are also taking extra precautions to disinfect counters and sales equipment. We encourage you to call, if you need any advice. And, it’s also a good idea to call ahead if you need supplies, so we can orchestrate your visit to the best and safest time possible. I encourage you all to stay positive and if you are lucky enough to have a back yard, do spend some time in your yard breathing in the fresh spring air. Stay well.

Michel’s daughter, Sophie, above her Grandpa’s fish pond.

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Wishing You Health and Wellness! 250-497-8188 Email: rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca To Our Valued Patrons and Friends, To support national, provincial and regional efforts to contain and control the spread of COVID-19, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has implemented various preventative measures, which includes the closure of recreation facilities until further notice. Fitness Passes: All customers who hold valid fitness passes will receive an extension to their pass equal to the duration of time that we are closed. No need to call unless you require a refund. Facility Bookings: User groups and guests who have reservations at any of our recreation facilities in the near future will be contacted by a Facility Booking Clerk to discuss the possibility of rescheduling, crediting or refunding, if required. These are early times in this global health crisis and we cannot predict when we will re-open. We can be reached by phone or email and welcome your communication. Your recreation team wishes you wellness and sunshine.

Virtual Recreation Thank you to the following local fitness, dance and yoga instructors who have moved quickly to provide on-line classes for our community: Join Get Bent Yoga and Sparkle Dance to learn from

Kenyon Park award winning instructor Wendy Goudie: Wednesday August 14th Facebook.com/GetBentStudio 11:00—1:00 pm

Wendy and her family reside in Okanagan Falls and are known for their generosity & community spirit. For the HIIT Evolution Fitness crowd: James Chicalo is ready with virtual training and lifestyle coaching. Here’s an opportunity for us all to stay motivated and on track with fitness goals: jameschicalo.com James lives with his family in Okanagan Falls. Jackie Goodfellow (Get Jacked!) of Kaleden is also offering on-line classes, with no fee at this time. “Get Results” Thank you Jackie! Facebook.com/Get-jacked.com Tune in & stay fit through Virtual Recreation!

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Community Challenge

Can you: balance on a log, climb a tree, leap over puddles? a leaf pile? This is the first inTumble a series into of community challenges we’ll be out.8:30 We and hope9:00 youa.m. Drop off at School gymrolling between will join in our to say connected. 4 Pick upus 2:30 pmefforts For Kindergarten—Grade Easy to Participate: Pre-register by Oct 23rd. #1 ~ Head outside and play! This is a rain or shine adventure. #2 ~ Email a goofy picture and a caption to: jblack@rdos.bc.ca or text 250-809-7936 #3 ~ Follow us on Facebook! We’ll be drawing prizes from all entries.


Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Spring has got to be the best of the four seasons. Warmer weather and longer days are embraced after the cold, dark winter. With spring comes new growth and hope for the future. People usually feel happier, healthier and more vibrant in the spring. We are in better moods and enjoy being more active. It is always a joy to see the birds come back and all the baby animals exploring the new world, especially the hummingbirds and chipmunks, so it’s time to fill the feeders and put out some peanuts! Seeing the leaves come out on the trees and the flowers starting to sprout up makes the world look so beautiful is inspirational. My favourite time is when the lilacs bloom and the smell wafts in on the warm wind through the open windows. So, let’s all keep busy with spring cleaning, yard work, maybe some home renovations or getting to those jobs we’ve been putting off like organizing closets, basements, sheds, etc. Get inspired and creative, there’s tons of learning available on the internet, both educational and artistic. So learn something new, teach your dog some new tricks or skills, start a new hobby or get back to one you already enjoy! Let’s all do our best to stay busy and healthy as we look forward to better days. 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 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. 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 Dee-anne 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. The cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com where you can read any past articles you may have missed.

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Science Demonstrates Vitamin C Combats Infections And Saves Lives By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health New research is again providing robust evidence that intravenous Vitamin C at adequate doses is a powerful therapy for combatting infectious disease. This safe, effective therapy has the potential to save lives and reduce suffering in hard to control bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Unfortunately, to this point, the research has largely been ignored and Vitamin C has not been incorporated into mainstream protocols despite the science that supports its use. Dr. Alpha A. “Berry” Fowler, III Professor of Medicine, division of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, has furthered the research on this topic. His team looked at mouse and human models to determine if Vitamin C could be useful for saving the lives of the most critically ill patients, typically those admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Sepsis is described as a systemic infection caused by pathogenic microorganisms, especially bacteria, that have invaded the bloodstream, usually from a local source. Sepsis is characterized by fever, increased number of white blood cells, increased heart rate, and other signs of widespread infection. If uncontrolled, sepsis will lead to fluid in the lungs and respiratory failure. In the Unites States, 832 people die from septic lung injury every day (equivalent to two 747 jet liners crashing every day). This is one person every 2.5 minutes. This represents the costliest ICU diagnosis and despite studying over 15,000 patients and spending in excess of 1 Billion US dollars, no effective therapy has been developed to save more lives.

Patients fortunate enough to receive IV-Vitamin C therapy in the ICU had increased survival rates and earlier releases from urgent care on average. Other research has determined that severe burn victims benefit from IV-Vitamin C by losing 50% less fluid through Vitamin C (ascorbate) levels are found to be extremely low in very the skin compared to matched controls. ill patients and is a constant feature in septic patients (those with As the science continues to grow in the area of Vitamin C therapy, difficult to control infections). In fact, the lower the ascorbate level, it appears that this is an invaluable treatment for saving lives in the higher the incidence of multiple organ failure and death. Normal and out of the ICU, as well as for combatting many varied types ascorbate levels drop as people of human infections. It is an inexpensive, safe therapy that has get sicker. This has been shown the potential to prevent and treat many serious inflammatory and to be the case in patients with infectious diseases. It is my hope that the awareness of Vitamin gastritis, diabetes, pancreatitis, C therapy continues to grow in the mainstream medical world and osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, one day becomes fully incorporated into disease prevention and and to be the lowest in cases treatment protocols. of massive trauma, burns, and References: sepsis (in fact the levels were Borrelli al. Crit Care Med. 1996. 24(3) 392-397, PMID 8625625 found to be close to those found Buettner Garry R. et al. Tumor cells have decreased ability to metabolize H2O2: Implications for pharmacological ascorbate in cancer therapy. Redox Biol. 2016. with Scurvy). In mouse models in which sepsis was induced, those mice provided with intravenous vitamin C survived, and those who had no vitamin C therapy did not survive. The lungs of the treated mice had much less fluid retention and the barrier function has been maintained. In human studies, IV-Vitamin C was found to be a safe and effective therapy for severely sick individuals, to reduce mortality, reduce organ failure, and reduce inflammation.

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Fingerprints

Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

By Tom Landecker The light from a star carries fingerprints that tell us what the star is made of. Stars, it turns out, are made of ordinary stuff, materials that we know from our immediate surroundings, not made of special or exotic substances. There is nothing in the Sun and the stars that we can’t find here on Earth. How do we know that? We can’t go to the nearest star and bring home a sample to look at. We analyze the starlight, and that lets us learn at vast distances what makes up a star. At the telescope we spread out the light, blue goes one way and red goes the other way, just as raindrops spread light into a rainbow. The rainbow of light is the “spectrum”. Each substance within the star leaves tiny, but recognizable, fingerprints on that spectrum. Spectroscopy, analyzing substances by examining their spectrum, was developed in the 19th century. In 1860, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff were working at night at the University of Heidelberg (they needed to work in the absence of sunlight). They were heating different substances in a flame and using their spectroscope to analyze the light. Suddenly, they noticed through the window that a house was burning on the other side of town. Turning their spectroscope to look out the window, they were able to see the fingerprints of many elements within the burning house, such as the Calcium in the mortar. Their very next thought was that they could do exactly the same thing with the light from distant stars. The easiest star to work with was the Sun. Soon astronomers found out that the Sun was mostly made of hydrogen. There are two atoms of hydrogen in every molecule of water, so hydrogen is very common on the Earth. Other elements were detected, Carbon, Oxygen, Sulphur, Iron and so on, all known on Earth and all well understood in the laboratory.

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Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. Members of the Okanagan Falls Legion presented prizes to some of our students for their entries into the Remembrance Day Poster, Poetry and Essay Contest. 2. Aboriginal Support Worker, Anona Kampe, told the story of The Four Food Chiefs to our primary students. 3. Our Grade 4 & 5 Basketball Players wrapped up the season with tournaments at Pen High and Skaha Lake Middle School. 4. Our Kindergarten / Grade 1 Class is very proud of their drawings of “The Cat in the Hat”! 5. Our Grade 4 & 5 students celebrate Canadian authors during “I Read Canadian” week.

For the first half of the twentieth century, astronomical spectroscopy was confined to analyzing light. The tools of spectroscopy led to huge advances in understanding the Universe. When radio telescopes were developed, spectroscopy proved to be possible at radio wavelengths as well. By 1951, hydrogen atoms had been detected at a wavelength of 21 cm, not from stars but from the space between the stars. A big part of the work of our Observatory today is mapping the hydrogen in interstellar space, and understanding the structure of the Milky Way. Other radio telescopes are able to trace molecules in interstellar space, some as simple as water, others as complicated as alcohol. Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html

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The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

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School Trustee Report For SD67

Please check the District website for updates, as Assistant Superintendent Manual will continue to post information as it By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee becomes available. Robotics World Championship Competition ~ Congratulations Upcoming Events - Financial Literacy Workshop ~ The Board to students from PMSS and PSS who won the “Rookie All Star is scheduled to participate in a Financial Literacy Workshop with Award” at the Robotics Competition in Victoria. This qualified the financial consultant, Joan Axford, on April 20, 2020. team to participate in the World Championship in Houston, Texas Joan Axford is a CPA who was hired by the Board to assist with the in April. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, the trip to financial oversight of the 2019-2020 Budget and the development Houston has been cancelled. of the 2020-2021 Budget. Ms. Axford is a professional accountant International Field Trip Update ~ Unfortunately, due the with over 35 years of experience in education finance. COVID-19 situation, all international field trips have been Hiring Process for New Superintendent ~ The Board has cancelled. This includes the New York School Trip scheduled for completed the hiring process for the new superintendent to Spring Break. Trip organizers and District Staff are working to commence August 1, 2020. We would like to congratulate determine if travel vouchers or refunds are available for parents Todd Manual on being the successful candidate. In addition, the and students. Assistant Superintendent Todd Manual expressed Board would like to extend our appreciation to Anne Cooper for that “this is disappointing news and it was a difficult decision to developing and initiating the hiring process for the superintendent make; however, the safety of our students is paramount.” position. Motions from the March 9, 2020 Board of Education Meeting ~ Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have The Board of Education passed a motion asking the staff to further any questions regarding the above. investigate the transfer of School Funds to SD67 District bank accounts and to bring a report to the next Business Committee Meeting scheduled for April 14, 2020. AlleyCATS Alliance wants everyone to stay safe For the 2020/21 Annual Budget, the Board will establish a during these uncertain times. Coronavirus is budget advisory committee to include the board as a whole and affecting everyone, even the animals because representation for partner groups, schools, district leadership and of the current restrictions and shutdowns. We the community. are asking if you see a cat in need of help, do The Board approved hiring a consultant to assist and provide still contact AlleyCATS, but also if you can assist additional consultation with the preparation of the 2020-2021 the animal in anyway such as putting out food Annual Budget. Currently, the Board is looking to identify someone or water, providing a safe place for them to who will assist with the process. sleep please do so. We all need to look after The Board requested that Assistant Superintendent Todd Manual each other during this time, and the animals are looking to us to provide draft policies for the approval of local capital purchases help them as well. Let’s not let anyone down. Together we will and the use of operating surplus reserves. Currently, the district come out the other side of this stronger than we went into it. staff are working on this motion and will have an update at the April www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org 14, 2020 Business Committee meeting.

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Pandemic Procedures initiated by the Ministry of Education ~ On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer announced the closure of schools indefinitely for face to face instruction. Assistant Superintendent Manual has sent out a letter to parents, students and community members indicating the school district will provide continuity of instruction. District staff and school administrative will provide information to parents and students regarding what this will look like. To follow up on the school closure decision, Education Minister Rob Fleming sent a letter to School Districts indicating the following: • Every student will receive a final mark and all students on track to move to the next grade level will do so next fall. • For Grade 10 and 11 students, graduation assessments will be postponed. • Every student eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate. In addition, Minister Fleming will work with the Minister of Advanced Education and post secondary institutes on admission and the smooth transition of graduating students.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Hello Everyone. So yeah ... this is a weird one ... Everything has gone a little bonkers hasn’t it? And, things are changing by the minute it seems. We submit these things about a week before printing. I mean, a week before we wrote this we were going to concerts and planning parties and now we have #socialdistancing, daily updates from our Chief Medical Officer, and Spring Break got extended indefinitely. Makes it hard to keep up. With that all said, we are still hoping to be able to go ahead with Lobsterfest. If we think we can green light the event, ticket sales will start on April 20th. This will of course entirely depend on where we are at with social distancing in May. Please reach out to Leanne, if you can help out in any way. We would really appreciate it. SD67 District Staff are working diligently on updating the District’s Pandemic Response Plan for COVID-19 to ensure adequate We also have a KPAC meeting scheduled for April 6th at 7pm. This may have to be done via Skype or telephone ... or we could just procedures and communications are in place. stand on our roofs and use big white boards?! SD67 is beginning to develop the “Continuity of Learning As always, thank you all so much for the amazing community Framework” to support students during the school closure. support. Now more than ever, we will continue to rally around each Information will be made available to students, families and the other. Reach out to your neighbours and make sure everyone has public when a plan has been formulated. District Staff are asking what they need. We’ve got this everyone! Much love from KPAC. for your patience while the plans are being developed, as they will SkahaMatters.com | April 2020 | Page 15 take some time to plan and then implement.


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OK Mini School Spring Fundraiser

OK Mini School is proud to have teamed up with Growing Smiles for our Spring Fundraiser. We are selling fabulous flowers and veggies. Orders are due by Tuesday, April 28th with delivery or pick-up on Monday, May 4th. This is a perfect time and a perfect opportunity to support your local community and to get outside! You can choose from: • 12” Premium Hanging Baskets - $30 • 12” Patio Planter - $30 based on the direction and recommendation of the public • 12” Strawberry Basket - $20 health officials, and out of care and concern for the public, our • 10-pack 4” Succulents - $32 customers and our staff. • 10-pack 4” Herbs - $30 The book bins are closed. • 10-pack 4” Veggies - $30 Please enjoy the library materials you have out right now. • 10-pack 4” Geraniums - $32 (full colour packs only) Don’t worry; you won’t be charge fines or penalties. 10 Red / 10 White / 10 Pink All of our online resources will still be available 24/7 and can • 10-pack 4” Petunias - $32 (full colour packs only) be accessed remotely using your library pass. Visit orl.bc.ca 10 White / 10 Purple for a full list of available resources. • 10-pack 4” Marigolds - $28 (Orange only) • 30L Premium Soil - $10 For up to date information visit • 1.8kg Fertilizer - $15 orl.bc.ca To order, please contact Steph Webb at steph655@hotmail.com. These are perfect gifts for Mother’s Day! Thanks for your support. Continuing To Give OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We To Great Causes are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children Welcome to another year of 100 Women Who Care! We are a Appointment to become life longBy learners. We willOnly re-open as soon as we can. group of more than 270 local women, who over the last 5 years have donated more than $100,000 to local charities. Working together, we make our charitable donations count. Come join us as a member for the year or a guest at a meeting. Mark your calendar for the following tentative events in 2020: • 1st Quarter ~ Was April 22nd - Now Postponed! • 2nd Quarter ~ June 25th - Serendipity Winery, Naramata • 3rd Quarter ~ September 30th - Hosted at one of our own 100 Women’s home, Winston Estate Vineyard • 4th Quarter ~ November 26th - Little Black Dress Party at the Audiobook Reviews Penticton Lakeside Resort By Kilmeny MacMichael All events run from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. To join and make a difference The Right Attitude to Rain - Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 3 together, please visit www.100womensouthokanagan.com. ~ Written by Alexander McCall Smith. Narrated by Davina Porter. MP3 Audiobook runs 8 hours 55 minutes. Also available as Audiobook CD, Book and e-Book. Okanagan Falls PAC Update This MP3 audiobook appears to be a digital recording of this book By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President from CD. There are a few occasions when that CD appears to have While continued learning has yet to be determined or announced skipped. Previous knowledge of the series is unnecessary. This is by the Ministry of Education, there has been some rumour in a very gentle story about a wealthy middle-aged lady philosopher this regard. I know everyone is doing their best to adapt and in Edinburgh who contemplates life questions big and small, while accommodate everyone’s needs. Us, as parents, can do our part falling in love with a younger man. While the series declares that too. It’s definitely time to snuggle our little ones, read some books Isabel Dalhousie is an amateur sleuth, in this entry her encounter and play some games together. There are great resources online with possible crime is quite peripheral. Single narrator deploys on how to talk to your kids about the global pandemic. It’s time to multiple accents and voice changes for a number of characters. find cool apps and online challenges we can do to stay connected 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste ~ Written by Kathryn Kellogg. with friends. There were some local parents putting together an Narrated by Chloe Cannon. MP3 Audiobook runs 4 hours 38 online “Nailed It” bake off for their kids to keep busy ... bake a minutes. Also available as Book. cake, take a photo, share it on Facebook, and then vote who wins. So, let’s get creative parents … teach our children some life skills, This short book provides, as it says, 101 tips towards producing such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and gardening. You can never less household waste, as well as some recipes. I’m not sure all of go wrong with teaching your child how to plant a garden or how to the advice included in this book is right - statements about what is recyclable, would require further investigation for local application. make a meal from scratch. There are also many products mentioned which are probably only The next PAC meeting has been postponed, along with everything available to us through online ordering. Some tips or recipes seem else at the moment. Remember, you can always contact us to require an awful lot of work, and the author seems to make through our Facebook page at “OkanaganFallsPAC” for the latest the assumption that readers are starting from a more luxurious updates. Let’s inspire each other and stay connected! lifestyle then I think is generally the case. However, among the 101 Page 16 | April 2020 | SkahaMatters.com tips mentioned, there may well be one or two that you find useful. I Will Send Rain ~ Written by Rae Meadows. Narrated by Emily


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By Taylor Bentley, Race Director Important Update: Over the past few weeks, we have been paying careful attention to the COVID-19 pandemic in BC and Canada. To ensure the health and safety of all our racers and volunteers, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s race. We would like to thank all racers, sponsors and volunteers for the continued support of our event. If you are looking for more information on how to sponsor or volunteer for next year’s race, please visit www.okfallsjrtri.com or email taylor.charley@hotmail.com. We look forward to being back better than ever in 2021! We’ll get through this together!

School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee

March Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1.

Grade 3s & 4s attended Multi-Spirit Festival at Nickel Plate.

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Volcanoes erupting on our sidewalks! Great multi-grade learning in science!

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A lucky leprechaun visited each class giving out gold coins.

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Division 5 learns about scale drawing - who knew it is actually math skills?!

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Legion Remembrance Day poster and poem contest winners - Congratulations!

While classroom instruction is suspended starting March 30th, our school will be implementing a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students through other methods of delivery. All updates and announcements will be posted on our website at www.sd53.bc.ca, and/or emailed to families. Thank you to everyone for their patience during this time.

Dear Parents, The only thing we know for sure is that the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. I am anticipating that we will see an even different version of life by the time this article goes to print. Our Superintendent Bev Young, her amazing staff, principles and vice principals and school teams are working around the clock to implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students through other methods of delivery. For the most up to date information, please go to the district website at www.sd53.bc.ca. Please see following letter from Bev Young, Superintendent of Schools for SD53. SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53

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March 20, 2020 Dear Staff, Parents, Guardians and Families of SD No. 53: Re: Continuity of Learning for School District No. 53 Students On March 18, the B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to COVID-19. The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, and allows critical federal, provincial and local resources to be delivered in a coordinated effort. While classroom instruction is suspended, it is expected that schools/school districts are planning to implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students through other methods of delivery. I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to assure you that we are making plans for what this will look like using a variety of approaches, platforms and resources, and will be working with administrators and staff next week to refine our approach which allows flexibility and local school considerations. Teachers will be ready on March 30th to make plans for instruction that are as engaging and creative as possible. Their priority during week one will be to contact students and families, consider the social and emotional needs of students, and outline their approach to continuity of learning. We are very cognizant of equity of opportunities in our delivery of continuity of learning and will be making plans to reduce any gaps we can. Please be confident that we will work tirelessly to look after our students, families and community the best we can given these challenging and ever-changing circumstances. Students on track to graduation will not be penalized because of this health crisis. The Ministry of Education is making changes around provincial assessments, and all students will receive a final mark in June. Minister of Education, Rob Fleming encourages parents to continue to talk with their children, ensuring them that “these measures are designed to best protect them and to protect the people most vulnerable to COVID19.” While we know this is an added burden at this stressful time, we ask that parents make arrangements for necessary childcare during this period of time. Schools and the district office will continue to provide updates as we receive additional information from provincial authorities. All updates and announcements will be posted on our website at www.sd53.bc.ca. If you have immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at byoung@sd53.bc.ca or contact your school principal on March 30th Sincerely, Bev Young Superintendent of Schools

Stay safe everyone. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

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Harry Corbitt was one of the earliest residents in Kaleden. He was hired by Jim Ritchie to plant and tend over 150,000 trees for the first orchards belonging to the Kaleden Development Company, between 1910 and 1912. During that time, he also purchased his own five acre parcel and settled down in a house he built right on the slopes of Lookout Mountain. To him went the honour of having the first commercial shipment of apples from Kaleden - 129 boxes of Jonathan’s. He joined the army in 1914 and served overseas. On his return, he married Babs Veits and had two daughters, Charlotte and Jane. There were few people who were more involved in as many facets of community life as Harry. Along with Bert Mutch and Bill King, he was involved in the construction and operation of the irrigation system and the formation of the Kaleden Co-operative Growers and served on both bodies for many years. He served as Justice of the Peace for many years. He was a member of Kaleden’s first school board from 1910-1914. Later, he was board chair from 1935-1942, during which time the new school was built at its present location. He was active in organizations such as the Red Cross, the Okanagan Historical Society, the Anglican Church, the War Bond Campaign in WWII and many others. He was one of those people that epitomized the frontier spirit of a pioneer community in that if there was a need, he felt a responsibility. He took a tremendous interest in the youth of the village. He was involved in the formation of the first ski clubs in the south Okanagan and both his daughters were avid skiers and prize winners in those early days of slalom racing. At another time, when a ball field, backstop and equipment were needed for the young people of the community, Harry went out and collected a poll tax of five dollars and saw that the facilities and equipment were provided. In later years, one would wonder exactly which Canadian statute authorized such an assessment, but it is a measure of the esteem in which he was held that no one ever questioned the taxation or the use to which the funds were put. In 1958, at the time of the British Columbia Centennial, Harry and I put together many of his recollections of our early years in the booklet, “The History of Kaleden”. In addition, in his concern that we preserve some of this heritage he entrusted to Helen King, the stylish, swallow tailed black suit which he wore at his wedding, with the instruction that it was to be kept until Kaleden had a museum of its own. I am sure he would be proud to know that his wish has come to pass and hopefully in the near future the museum will have the space to display his gift. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Kaleden Seniors Committee is naturally concerned about the safety of our community during these trying times. As such, we have made changes and cancelled some of our upcoming events. Ladies Drop-in on Wednesdays and Cards & Games on Thursdays are both postponed until further notice. Container Gardening at Linden Gardens on March 27th is cancelled. Our April event is tentatively scheduled for April 17th, so hold the date for that and we’ll send out information (on Facebook and via email) when it is confirmed. Social distancing gives us the opportunity to engage in things we wouldn’t otherwise ... maybe people’s gardens will be better prepared than in other years and neighbour’s checked on more regularly. Those unfinished house projects might get completed or hobbies renewed. In whatever ways you’re choosing to spend time during the pandemic, we wish you peace in your heart and health in your body and mind. You can always reach the KSC at kaledenseniors@gmail.com.

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When Fat Gets You Places!

Spring Is On The (Red)Wing!

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By Lexy Shepherd

Fat is good when you have to fly 4,000 km to get to your winter or spring breeding grounds. Me-tabolized fat releases more than twice the amount of energy released by burning carbohydrate or protein, as well as releasing water which prevents dehydration. “The Ruby-throated hummingbird adds 2 grams of fat to its 3 gram frame before setting out to fly nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico.” * Most birds which fly long distances increase their fat reserves to 50% or more of their total body weight. With 10% body fat, a bird can be expected to migrate 500-750 km, whereas a bird with 50% body fat can usually fly 3,000-4,000 km. Many species of birds travel great distances returning to the same wintering or breeding grounds every year. Their migratory guidance system is complex, combining orientation and navigation abilities. Orientation involves an internal compass. Navigation guides the bird from one location to the final one in a given migration, as if through an internal map. Once signalled by a change in daylight hours and hormone levels, birds can orient by the sun, the night sky and likely other cues. Orientation cues include polarization patterns of light, the star compass and the magnetic compass. Navigation cues include landmarks like coast lines, mountain ranges and major river systems. Earth’s magnetic field may also provide navigation cues. When close to the destination, local landmarks will provide guidance, and for some birds, smells bring them to their nest burrows. In North America, 75% of the birds migrate. Some fly across the continent, some across the Atlantic, and many between North and South America. Migratory patterns can vary with age and sex. Adult female juncos travel the furthest of their species, down to the southern United States while young males often remain in Canada. Adult males and young females land between. Young males may stay closer to the breeding grounds for the opportunity to The Western Meadowlark claim territory before the adult Photo from BIRDS of Interior BC and males arrive. Adult females the Rockies, used with permission. may travel further south to reduce competition and improve winter survival rates. Springtime in the south Okanagan sees the return of Western Meadowlarks, Juncos, Western Bluebirds, House Finches, Northern Flickers, Lazuli Buntings, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, and many more, while Sandhill Cranes may be heard overhead and if you look carefully, you may see them high up in a ‘V’ formation and they sometimes overnight at White Lake. In view of current events, the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society is postponing a migratory bird walk until the fall. * The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behaviour, p.62.

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Growing up on our family farm in Oliver, I learned to celebrate the arrival of spring via the sweet sounds, smells and sights of Mother Nature coming awake. I would smell the freshly-turned earth in the garden and adjacent farms. The orchards boldly advertised their rebirth with heavy coats of blossoms, beautiful to both the eye and the nose. But in particular, I have always eagerly awaited the first heralds of spring, the redwing blackbirds. Quite elusive they are, unlike the brassy Canada geese or the ducks dabbling along the shores of Skaha Lake. When I first hear that melodious call of a redwing blackbird coming from the marshes, I know that spring is on its way. Their calls are much rarer now, what with the marshes shrinking and disappearing, making their songs ever more precious. I still watch the valley clouds dissipate, the snow retreat up the sides of our smoky blue mountains, and the hillsides change from drab browns into fresh new shades of green. Now replacing many orchards, the soldier-like columns of vineyards shyly begin to bud, with spring wine festivals showing off last year’s treasures and promising better ones yet to come. In the Springtime of my life in this beautiful valley, my senses were surrounded by all these signs of new life, capped off by the fresh smell of new clothes, hats and gloves for Easter Sunday. Now in the Autumn of my life, new outfits seem less important, but my heart still swells with that first serenade of the redwing blackbird, coaxing life back into our valley and reminding me once again as to how blessed I am to be able to live amid such beauty.


Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson

I’d like to start off by giving out a huge thank you to everyone that helped with our Spring Flea Market on March 14th. Edna Moreland was our coordinator, and she did a great job pulling everyone together. The turnout of people from near and far was impressive, despite the concerns of the COVID-19 virus. A special thank you to our local businesses, whom once again have generously donated to our in-house raffle; Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, 3 Winds Hair Design, Tickleberry’s and Dash Soapworks. An emergency Board Meeting was called and held on March 16th. It was decided at that time that our Centre will close until further notice. Any and all activities will be suspended at this time, along with any hall rental bookings. We regret this decision, but believe it is in the best interest of our members and the general public. For many of our members who are in the older age bracket, this is likely a much harder time to deal with than others. If you’re able, reach out to someone, check in on them, by phone of course. And, as spring is coming, many folks will be starting to spend time in their yards, getting gardens ready for planting. So, take care of yourselves until we are able to congregate once again, in friendship and fellowship with one another. Ciao for now!

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden As of March 17th , all pubs and clubs have been closed in BC. We will be open as soon as we get the all clear to do so. Our veterans and patrons are very important to the Legion. Please follow our Facebook page for any updates. You can also leave a message on Facebook and I will get back to you. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. The executive wishes you good health and stay safe. Royal Canadian Legion Br #227, Okanagan Falls, 250-497-8338

Are you over 50? Just $20/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.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

March didn’t exactly bring in spring like I hoped it would. We got a surprise along with the normal occurrences and not a very nice one! Everything is going into shut down mode now wherever you look. I was just at the grocery store in Oliver and they have a security guard at the door ... stopping people from running off with toilet paper is my guess. I believe it was Confucius who said, “May you live in interesting times”. Which in light of our current situation, does indeed constitute a curse. The Lions Club is helping worldwide, but also observing the isolation notices. If you think we can help without breaking the health requests, please call our contact number below. All functions will reinstate as soon as possible. The Lion’s Easter Egg Hunt this year may move Easter somewhat, only the Easter Bunny knows when and where. The Easter Bunny called to say he’s running late, but hasn’t forgotten you. So, kids (of all ages) watch for the new date! School breakfasts are also on hold until further notice. Hopefully, the late May “Walk for Dog Guides” will be possible without the same problems, but only time alone will tell. Keep safe everyone and this too will pass. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are April 13 & 14 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 5:30 pm (opening for the Blood Donor Clinic only). The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month at 7 pm. Our meetings are currently on hold until further notice. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook. com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Page 20 | April 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Due to the COVID-19 situation, our Ladies Auxiliary wishes everyone to stay safe and healthy. We will readdress activities when we are able to do so. The Ladies Auxiliary are planning to create a cookbook for purchase in the fall. We are now looking for submissions of favourite recipes from LA Members. Members of Branch #227 are also welcome to submit. Please send your submissions to the attention of Denise Ashton, via Mail to Ladies Auxiliary, or email Denise at lunarae2013@gmail.com. Submissions will be accepted until June 15th, so we have the summer to compile, print and bind.

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin

Spring is here, so let’s start gardening! I love spring. Everything is fresh and new. I am continuing with lawn and yard maintenance this year, as I enjoy digging in the dirt, cleaning up the yard, and making room for the spring growth. I have a hedger, weed wacker and lawn mower, plus all the tools needed for ‘smaller’ type yards. I can also have others working with me (while social distancing), so the job can get done faster or if it’s a bigger job to tackle. The services I offer include; house cleaning, spring cleaning, yard work, dog walking, house sitting, and grocery shopping. I have worked with people where I do both house cleaning and yard work on the same day, which works great for them. Call me for a quote on what you need done at 778-889-9725. Happy Spring Everyone!

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson

Starting on a positive note ... Spring has arrived! Although it has not been easy, the agreement throughout the community to keep everyone at home and safe is a great effort to see this problem pass without any disasters. The Heritage Society has followed suit. The Thrifty Boutique closed in March and will remain closed until it is safe for staff and customers to come together again. Heritage meetings were cancelled for March and will resume when it is all clear to do so. Executive and Membership of the Heritage Society send out positive greetings to all in the community and thoughts that this will be over soon. Please stay home and keep safe and well. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Okanagan Falls “Market In The Park” Tentatively To Resume On June 24th By Vivian Botting

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Okanagan Falls “Market in the Park” is unable to hold its customary pre-season and planning meeting at the Okanagan Falls Library. While so many in the community are not able to socialize, hopefully once the weather warms up, they will discover the joy that comes from gardening. Our Wednesday afternoon market is the ideal place to sell your surplus produce. As we are encouraged to spend time outside, we hope everyone will come out and enjoy the benefit of our lovely Centennial Park, where “safe social distancing” will not be a problem whether you are a shopper or vendor. We hope the market will start again tentatively on Wednesday, June 24th. For more information and details, please phone or text Vivian at 250-462-7579 or email vbotting44@gmail.com.

A Travel Advisor Is Key By Diane Chatfield

The entire travel industry is in uncharted territory now, due to the novel coronavirus. These really are the moments when having a travel advisor is key! Rest assured, as travel advisors, our current role is to provide the most up-to-date options to our clients, so they can make informed decisions at a minimal cost, and to spend the time on hold (untold hours) to fulfill their wishes. The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation for the travel industry with rules changing at an extremely quick pace. We, as advisors, have access to real-time information and can arm our clients with the facts needed to make confident decisions and handle the logistics that sometimes can’t be avoided. Many travellers who have booked their own travel have found themselves lost or unable to get help understanding what they purchased, the penalties, and insurance coverage. We do all this with little to no cost to the client. This latest travel emergency also highlights the importance of purchasing travel insurance. Many travellers have lost thousands of dollars due to the coronavirus. Travel insurance is a plan you purchase that protects you from certain financial risks and losses that can occur while traveling. These losses can be minor, like a delayed suitcase, or significant, like a last-minute trip cancellation or a medical emergency overseas. It’s important to educate yourself on the nuances of travel insurance to determine the best option for your unique needs. Please contact us to discuss the many options available. Now is the time to book 2021/2022 trips, because everyone else is and you will have trouble finding space. Many travel companies have relaxed deposits, cancellation penalties, and “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) waivers, to encourage those willing to start thinking about the next window of opportunity. Life is short and the world is wide!

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Music In The Park

By Grant Henderson At the time of this writing, the “Music in the Park” summer program is still set to move forward. All, but one, of the bands have been booked for the concert series. That being said, it remains to be seen how our corporate donations pan out, what with the coronavirus pandemic shaking the world population like it is. It will be necessary for me to make a decision whether or not to proceed with the “Music in the Park” this year based on the progression of the pandemic over the course of the next few weeks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and our prayers plentiful, as we pull together to combat this challenge. I will keep our fans updated through this medium as time goes on.

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Helping Hand Update

By Richard Stone

By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair

We have been encouraged by the Public Health Minister to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. This is so important for our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. One thing we can all do to ease this global pandemic is to get our outside spaces ready for spring. Whether you have a balcony, patio, garden or full landscaped yard, we can all prepare for the next steps to enjoy our outdoor spaces starting right away. We can keep busy and encourage our kids to help, which is just what we need. Why not learn some basic gardening skills online, or perhaps teach our children what we know. You can have your own fresh flowers for indoor displays! Growing your own fruits and vegetables is relatively easy and actually a lot of fun. All of this will help promote good mental and physical health. Fresh air, fresh scents and beautiful plants will help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and your efforts now will be there for years to come for your enjoyment. We feel safe to remain open, due to the outdoor environment and the ability to distance ourselves appropriately from each other. We can also arrange to have your order ready for your arrival for your convenience. Stone’s Throw Nursery is located in Okanagan Falls and is open from 10am - 4pm from Friday through Sunday. They carry an amazing selection of perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits and ornamental grasses and all at the best prices in the Okanagan. Check out their website at stonesthrownursery.com. For more information, please call 250-497-5641 or email stonesthrownursery@shaw.ca.

As our community starts to feel the pinch financially from the effects of fighting the spread of COVID-19, the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here to help those in our immediate area. If you live in Okangan Falls and are in need of an Emergency Hamper, please call and leave a message at 250-486-2767. Your call will be returned. On the flip side, if you have a little extra food or money to help your neighbours who are struggling to get by due to job loss during this difficult and challenging time, please call 250-809-4496 to arrange for the pick-up or drop-off of non-perishable food items or other donations. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support. We are in this together and we will get through this together!

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Temporary Stage Closure By Ed Schneider, Many Hats Publicist

From a strong sense of obligation to protect the health and wellbeing of our patrons, cast and crew members, technical staff, volunteers, friends, family and indeed everyone in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel “This Random World” scheduled to open April 9. Tcket sales have been terminated. If you have purchased a ticket, of course we will offer you a full refund. Please email us at ManyHatsTheatre@shaw.ca with your confirmation number and we will endeavor to process your refund promptly. However, we are hopeful that you might consider the fact that even though ticket revenue is curtailed our expenses continue. If you could find it in your heart to not request a refund, the added cash will be a great assistance as we navigate the uncertain waters in our future. Please don’t forget our friends at the Nest and Nectar or any of your favourite restaurants who are also surfing these choppy waters! Consider purchasing a Gift Certificate to be used later to celebrate the end of the ‘viral nightmare’! A tip of our many hats and a deep bow to you! Here’s to healthier, happier times! For updates on our shows, sign up at www.manyhatstheatre.com.

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To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

This is a very difficult and unprecedented message to share with you! These are unusual times that we are currently experiencing and we in this beautiful valley are not insulated from the fallout from the worldwide health threat that is topic one right now.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - On Line!

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In order to love our neighbours during this time, we have cancelled all gatherings and services. Our website at www. kaledencommunitychurch.org will have new reflections and songs posted every weekend in our “Sermons & Stories” section. If you have any needs or questions, you are invited to contact Pastor David Jenkins at kaledenchurch@gmail.com or 250-497-5995

Okanagan Falls Community Church - Closed!

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Okanagan Falls United Church - Closed!

By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos

Our Sunday services have been cancelled until further notice. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Credible Cremation Services is available to serve families in need 24 hours. At the moment and for the next few weeks, Lesley will not be arranging with families face to face. In light of the coronavirus, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! arrangements will be handled via email and telephone only. This For local members, phone the church office for latest updates. also applies to those who wish to make their pre-arrangements. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique We realize that this is inconvenient for everyone, but in order to protect the families that we serve and to protect our funeral St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line! directors and transfer teams, we have no choice but to implement Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Facebook! these measures. Ask a local member for the Facebook page, if you’d like to join in. In the meantime, we can only stress the necessity for everyone 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842 to follow the recommended procedures. Stay at home if possible. Wash your hands frequently. Stay away from crowds. Do not Flowers or Fish Heads? hoard, but only shop for what you need. Stay safe and healthy, and we should all come to the other side of this very serious virus soon. Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net Your name and location is required on any submission.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Lesley of Credible Cremation Services at 250-493-3912 (24 hours) or contact her Surprisingly, no Flowers or Fish Heads were submitted this month. by email to crediblecremations@shaw.ca. (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

During this time of adversity, let us strive to BE NOBLE. Lend a hand to help your neighbours where possible. We have closed our Tasting Room to help our community with social distancing. If you would like to order online, we have created a promo code for FREESHIPPING. We appreciate your support and look forward to hosting you in the near future. Please feel free to contact us at info@nobleridge.com or 250.497.7945.


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Skaha Matters April 2020  

Volume 12 : Issue 4

Skaha Matters April 2020  

Volume 12 : Issue 4

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