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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Last year, Gord Portman saved two people in a house fire in Penticton. When he saw his picture in the local newspaper, he said to himself, “Oh boy I need help”. Gord was addicted to drugs. So he turned to Discovery House, a local organization that helps men battle their addictions, and he now thanks them for saving his life. Over 1300 British Columbians have died from COVID-19; over the same period, 1716 British Columbians have died because of the opioid crisis. And, this is not just a big city problem happening in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. It’s happening across the province. 17 people have died in Penticton and 14 in Grand Forks. There is a misinformed and very unfortunate view among many in our communities that these people chose that path and don’t deserve our concern. But, these people were sons and fathers, daughters and mothers. They had a medical problem, not a criminal problem. Many have mental health challenges or became addicted to opioids through prescription drugs after an accident left them with crippling pain. Thousands of them are being poisoned by drugs laced with fentanyl. How can we stop this carnage and do the hard work necessary to help people with addictions? The war on drugs, with stiﬀer penalties and longer prison sentences, has been tried for 40 years and has failed miserably. We need a new approach, one that treats addiction as the health problem it is. This has been carried out with significant success in countries such as Portugal. That approach has two main components: decriminalization and a safe supply. To bring people with addictions into programs that will help them, we have to convince them that we are there to help. Defining them as criminals is a huge barrier to creating that relationship. So, we have to decriminalize the simple possession of small amounts of drugs. The manufacture and illegal sale of drugs would remain a criminal act, so that we can go after the dealers that are truly behind the opioid crisis. A safe supply program is endorsed by the police, as well as community advocates and health care professionals. Bill Spearn, an inspector with the Vancouver Police Department’s Organized Crimes Section, says that the VPD “supports safe supply and treatment on demand”. He adds that safe supply would “not only save lives ... [but] will also reduce crime, which addicts often resort to when they need money for a fix”. Many community organizations have been helping people with addictions for decades. In Penticton, along with Discovery House, there is Pathways Addiction Resource Centre. Pathways has been working here for almost a half-century, and it was a surprise to hear that Interior Health was cancelling their contracts for addictions counselling and services, to bring those programs in-house. While I have every confidence that the professionals at Interior Health can carry out this work, I think there are aspects of that mandate that are best carried out by a group such as Pathways, that is not only a step outside government bureaucracy, but has such a valuable history with this work. I’ve talked with Sheila Malcolmson, the BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, about this issue and hope that some solution can be found that maintains funding for Pathways, so that they can continue to help people with addictions. Gord Portman was recently honoured with a bravery award by the Royal Canadian Humane Association. I thank him and the people at Discovery House who saved his life, and all those who work hard every day to help people with addictions return to their families and a normal life. If you’d like to get in touch with me, please email Richard. Cannings@parl.gc.ca or call 250-770-4480.
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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen I haven’t been able to hug my mother now for over a year. I know I’m not alone ... it’s been an enormously difficult year, testing us in so many ways. But our sights are now set on some light at the end of the tunnel, given a vaccine roll-out that’s moving ahead of schedule, and mobilizing an unprecedented public health eﬀort thanks to our health-care workers and so many volunteers. We expect to have over 400,000 British Columbians getting a shot by mid April, and the current target is to have vaccines oﬀered to everyone who wants it by the end of summer. That’s great news! The announcement of a new urgent primary care centre (opening very soon) in Penticton is also hopeful news, and I’ve been in many conversations across the region about much needed support for our primary care networks and physician recruitment/retention. Likewise, the recent funding for a situation table in Oliver is great new for the community, in terms of ensuring that resources go where they can most eﬀectively be used. Essentially, the ‘table’ is a community-based team of health, public safety, and social services to deliver better/faster access to service. Legislatively, I had my first opportunity to sit in the venerable halls of our BC legislative chamber earlier this month. While I love the efficiency that legislating-by-Zoom provides for Rural MLAs, it was a remarkable experience to join the process first-hand, and to meet some of the bright lights in the professional public service. We are currently debating a variety of bills: ICBC amendments that include a new role for a fairness commissioner; Tenancy Act changes to provide more protection and dispute resolution between landlords and tenants; and a Firearm Violence Prevention Act to help get a better handle on gang violence ... among a many others. As always, reach out if you have questions, we’ll do our best to get you answers! So, the sun is shining, the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is getting brighter, and I look forward to - in the not-to-distant future being able to hug my mother once again. Stay safe, healthy, and happy. We’ll get through this, as with so many things, together.
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’
I am writing this on March 20, 2021. Wishing you all a HAPPY EASTER! I spoke to a community member today who told me they just returned from getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Regarding information on when and how to access a vaccination, I refer all to the BC CDC website (or Google “BC Immunization Plan”). As more vaccines Ron Obirek are available there will be media Director of releases regarding when and where RDOS Area ‘D’ and how the vaccine can be obtained. Congratulations to Gail Scott in the Okanagan Falls Community and Economic Development Office on achieving success in getting our Visitor Centre officially approved as “Full Status Member” of the Destination BCs Visitor Centre Network Program. This brings us $10,000 per year of provincial money every year for the VIC, plus better highway signage and other benefits. Special thank you to Barb Few (founder of the tourist information volunteers group) and all the community volunteers who contributed their time and eﬀorts in the Information Centre since approximately 2006. Congratulations to all of you for the excellent community service you have provided, which has contributed to this continuing success in our community! Watch for “Little Falls Foods” opening soon at the old post office location on 10th Avenue. The owners of the business, Derek and Dahlia, tell me that they are really looking forward to serving the Okanagan Falls community and surrounding areas. They have found the people here are so friendly and welcoming. They want to proudly provide the best service and quality and pricing that they can. I’m sure many will join me in wishing them the best of success and appreciation on their new business venture. Last month, I spoke about the Covid restart funding grant that came jointly from the provincial government and the federal government. On the top right corner of this page is a graphic prepared by one of our community members that demonstrates the disadvantage we receive in Okanagan Falls by population compared to our nearby municipal neighbours. If we were presently a municipality (i.e. incorporated), our Electoral Area ‘D’ would have received approximately $1.24 million more than we in fact received. I have recently had numerous communications with the numerous RCMP members regarding crime in our area. Superintendent Brian Hunter and Sgt. Bayliss of the RCMP have agreed to meet with me in the near future to further discuss community policing needs, including better patrols and reinstatement of “Citizens on Patrol” and community watch programs with RCMP training and support. When Covid-19 safety precautions permit, I will be scheduling a public meeting at the school with the RCMP present for community input, questions, and consultation. I will provide an update in future Skaha Matters articles. Thank you to the RCMP for their commitment to meeting with us and hearing our concerns and working together with our community. I encourage everyone to support local businesses as much as possible in these unusual Covid times. My coﬀee meetings are suspended until it is safe to reconvene. Until we can meet again in person, and as always, I welcome phone calls at 250-328-9800 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca Page 4 | April 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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With the nice weather of late, we are starting to see more bicycles and motorcycles on the road. Therefore, it is a good time to refresh on a few points to keep everyone safe. As I write this in mid March, there is still a lot of gravel left over from the winter on the roadways. This gravel can pose a hazard to two wheeled vehicles causing them to slide out of control, especially when encountered on a curve. Motorcyclist and bicyclists need to be aware and ride accordingly, especially in early spring when the street sweepers have not had a chance to wash the gravel away. Spring is a good time to check your equipment. Does your mandatory helmet still fit, properly adjusted and in good condition. How about your tires ... are they properly inﬂated, have good tread without any cracks? Have you checked your brakes ... are the pads, cables and brake lines all in good shape? Remember to test both front brakes and rear brakes and check the brake ﬂuid reservoirs on motorcycles. Next, ensure items such as horn, bell, reﬂectors, lights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights are all present and working. A very important aspect to safety on a motorcycle or bicycle is being seen, and this is further enhanced by making sure your lighting and safety equipment is present and working. In addition to wearing your helmet, the wearing of reﬂective and bright clothing also helps to keep you visible, especially at night. I rode a police motorcycles for several years while on highway patrol and municipal traffic. The training course involved completing one week on the BC Safety Council Motorcycle Operators Course followed by another week on the Police Motorcycle Operators Course. While each week taught us diﬀerent skills, they were all based on mastering them first at slow speed. The skills you learn by taking a Motorcycle Rider’s Safety Course helps you develop into a confident and safe motorcyclist. Like anything you have not done for a few months, it is good to do a little warm up before you head out on the open highways. Ensure that your balance and riding skills are up to the challenge. We all know it is easier to ride a bicycle and a motorcycle once it is up to speed, it is the starting and slow riding that is a challenge. Find an open parking lot or space where you can practice your skills and knock oﬀ the winter dust. Remember, we all need to share the road and look out for one another. Enjoy the ride! 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 Good bye to Budget Bob ~ Myself and the rest of the Irrigation District are sad to see the departure of Bob Daly as a Trustee. “Budget Bob” as we called him, for all of his work with the Budget committee has left us to continue with other projects and his ongoing work with the Community Association. Bob joined the Irrigation District, along with myself, 8 years ago. He contributed much, as a Trustee, a past Chair, and a friend. He will be missed. Shona Schleppe who joined us last year will not be seeking another term. In the short time she was with us, she brought a lot to the table. She worked on revising and reviewing our bylaws, and kept us on our toes with her questions and procedural knowledge. Good luck to both Bob and Shona. This leaves the Irrigation District with two Trustee vacancies to fill at our AGM. Applications can be obtained by contacting Kim at our office. The closing date for application to be received is Friday, April 9th at 4:00 pm. AGM ~ Our AGM will be held this year on Thursday, April 15th at 5:00 pm via Zoom. If you’re interested in attending, please register with Kim and she can provide you with the Zoom link. Water Restrictions ~ A reminder of the new water regulations this year. Eﬀective May 1st to September 30th watering is only allowed three (3) days per week. Even addresses water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while odd addresses water Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. No watering on Mondays. Strata complexes use the street address, not the unit number to determine their watering day. Relaxing COVID Restrictions ~ The board will be following the recommendations of Dr. Henry to determine when we can fully reopen our office, as well as hosting events at Centennial Park and the Band Shell. We look forward to organized events such as the Market and Music in the Park. We will keep our fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted. Master Plan ~ Our Master Plan is nearly complete. There are seventeen recommendations that our engineers have identified. They will be implemented over the next few years as time and funding permit. In some instances, the board will be challenged, but we feel we are up to the task. This space in Skaha Matters and our website will update everyone as we get close to breaking any new ground. Water We Thinking ~ It’s only a “Gimmie”, if it’s not your putt. It’s only minor surgery, if it’s not you on the operating table. ~ Troy Aikman
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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President Okanagan Falls is “On The Map!” Destination BC conferred ‘Full Status Member’ for our community Visitor Information Centre. This recognition brings with it new and improved highway signage and a limited amount of much needed grant funding to assist administration. More importantly, it puts us in a select group, a limited number of other communities are listed and linked to their website, with access to additional tools and a vastly improved means of sharing what the community has to oﬀer to a far greater audience.
OFCA plans to support the Visitor Information Centre with 2 summer students this year. The students will help and work with volunteers at the Centre and may oﬀer an ‘ambassador program’ By Hugh McDonald, Okanagan Falls Resident connecting tourists at nearby tourism attractions with the Centre The promise will be that taxes will not increase; that we will be and introducing the many other nearby attractions. better oﬀ; that the community will remain quaint and quiet; that OFCA is pleased to learn of the Avery Group’s success in rezoning there will be no big move to change. its recently purchased lands from heavy to light industrial use! But, soon the new mayor will need a new municipal hall with These lands oﬀer opportunity for new businesses and jobs that new counsellors; with new staﬀ; with a new works yard; with new will contribute to the local economy. equipment for offices and field; and with new cars. Lastly, we note the evolving partnership with RDOS staﬀ at the I do not want that. I like Okanagan Falls as a part of the Regional Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office. Over the years, District of Okanagan-Similkameen. these individuals have played an important role in the community’s There are towns close by, if you want that lifestyle. They would eﬀorts to grow. Thank YOU! love to have you move there, and so would I. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join the OFCA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For direct contact with the author, email email@example.com.
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What a wild and crazy month March was. Between numerous grant applications and way too many Zoom calls, meetings, conferences and training sessions, it has left me looking forward to a few days oﬀ over the Easter Long Weekend. The result of all this fast paced work is that the Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) with the support of RDOS and the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office was successful in obtaining an invitation by Destination BC to become a full status member of their Visitor Services Network Program. This means we will receive $10,000 to establish a full turnkey Visitor Info Centre (VIC) here in Okanagan Falls. We will get highway signage, annual professional education and training for those that work in the VIC, social media support, etc. The end benefit of being an official VIC is that it provides direct one on one opportunities to attract more visitors and potential relocations of families and businesses to our area, which is one of the major goals of our new Economic Development & Recovery Plan. We also collaborated with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, the towns of Osoyoos and Oliver, and the Osoyoos Indian Band on a joint SIDIT grant application. If successful, it will see a one year contracted small business advisor helping our South Okanagan businesses recover and pivot from outcomes thrust upon them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another grant application to Etsi-BC - Economic Trust of the Southern Interior, previously known as SIDIT - Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, will have been submitted by the time this issue is out, and if successful, will be focused on ‘Building Economic Development Capacity’. Again, this application is a collaboration between OFCA, RDOS, and our Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office. Funds will further support the delivery of services specific to business development, diversification, investment attraction, community engagement initiatives, community revitalization programs, and economic development planning, project feasibility analysis, research, etc. This is exciting times for our Elected Area “D”. Lots is happening. In the coming months, we will see groceries being made available including delivery, the opening of the Hotel/Pub, the opening of two new tourist related businesses that will be oﬀering food and beverage services, e-bikes, paddleboards, and other products. OK Falls is going to be ‘OK’.
By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator RDOS Play Recreation welcomes Joanne Stevenson to the team. Joanne will be instructing children’s programs in Okanagan Falls this spring. Joanne brings many years of recreation leadership from her past experience with the City of Burnaby. Check out her program oﬀerings in the Spring Recreation Guide, including a ‘loose parts’ after school play program for the Kindergarten crew and an ‘out and about’ explorers session for Grades 1-3. We are still seeking qualified instructors for the community of Kaleden. If you have a background working with children, or a unique skill you wish to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a job description. See you in the parks! Page 6 | April 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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Local Real Estate Update By Jesse Chapman The South Okanagan is currently going through an unprecedented red hot Real Estate Market. You can take your BC Assessment and throw it out the window, as it’s likely a few years behind. In times like these, if your planning on selling you should also be planning your next purchase in short order. In the last 3 months, 41 properties have gone firm in the Okanagan Falls/Kaleden region. Okanagan Falls property pricing has typically been 10-15% lower than Penticton, much more if you look at industrial land. However, prices are starting to catch up. Try to find a single detached home in Okanagan Falls under $400,000. Last week, a townhouse unit in the Falls had 7 competing oﬀers with the accepted oﬀer more than a few thousand above asking. In 2007, Weyerhaeuser shutdown the mill and Peach Cliﬀ ceased to glow. Since then, the property has changed hands at least 3 times. Each time fortunes were made and lost. The property has recently changed hands again. Hopefully, this time it will stick and Okanagan Falls will gain an excellent employer with long term plans. I find this very exciting. I’d love to see the school fill up again and locals that did not need to commute for work.
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On May 10, 2007, approximately 2 km south on Highway 97, a Plymouth Turismo was fully engulfed upon our arrival. While we dealt with the car fire, a 4 car accident occurred shortly after we were put to work. The vehicles involved were a Saturn, Jeep, truck & trailer and a Ford Explorer. Someone wasn’t paying attention to their driving. Only a couple of minor injuries resulted from this MVA. On June 4 at 4:32 pm by Vaseux Lake, a very lucky individual driving a Dodge pick-up decided to make a U-turn in the middle of the highway. To his surprise, he did it in front of a fuel truck carrying 4,800 litres of propane. The pick-up got t-boned on the driver’s side with the driver only receiving minor injuries. Very lucky. On June 29, at a property on Highway 97 south, the operator of a tractor was checking the rear end when the tractor rolled backwards over him. On our arrival, the patient was 20’ from the tractor with only minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital. To be continued ... Congratulations Fireﬁghter Douglas Verne Atkins, who celebrated 40 years on the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. Doug started on December 15, 1980 at the age of 27. While working at the Weyerhaeuser Mill, he volunteered as a firefighter and First Responder level 3 during that time. Doug also has several other fire related certificates. He was born in this area, married Alice Grant in 1976, and they have two sons, Chris and John, and three grandchildren. CONGRATULATIONS DOUG! SkahaMatters.com | April 2021 | Page 7
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’
Spring has sprung in Area ‘I’. Warmer days are here and I enjoy seeing residents out enjoying our community. There is lots going on in Area ‘I’, as warmer weather approaches where we can start gathering in small groups of 10 or less and enjoy our community park and KVR trail. Due to some recent vandalism, Pioneer Park washroom was closed, but is now re-opened.
If you have any questions leading up to the June 5th referendum or want to talk more, I’m here to chat. Up-to-date information can be found at www.kaledensewer.ca, or join the Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Tuesday, April 13th and Monday, May 17th both begin at 6 pm. The links to these meetings will be shared on the RDOS website, Kaleden Community Facebook group, or you can email myself or Liisa Bloomfield, RDOS Engineering Manager. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.rdos.bc.ca
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In the last issue, I talked about getting community projects and ideas oﬀ the ground by pursuing available grant opportunities, while keeping our communities in community vision in view. Here’s a project that is positioned right in the middle of the opportunities ... the Kaleden Sewer Extension Project. In essence, it is to collect your sewage and transport it over 5 km down the west side of Skaha Lake to be treated in Okanagan Falls at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is initially for 129 residential properties, one resort and 19 vacant lots, but with the potential to add more to the service area in the near future. With the referendum on June 5th, it is now time to start gathering facts, so those within the proposed service area can make informed decisions. A few things to consider:
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First, the availability of the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund program. This 6.2 million grant is a great opportunity to reduce the overall cost for our community and really hard to come by! We have an opportunity to get this project oﬀ the ground and delivered with federal and provincial money, but if the referendum is turned down and at sometime in the future sewer is required, Kaleden residents would be on the hook for the full amount rather than the 35% of total cost proposed now. Second, being a good community and lake steward means being proactive versus reactive for a good solid community foundation. The RDOS does not have jurisdiction over septic and is unable to monitor septic systems maintenance, replacement, or determine which ones have been malfunctioning or failing. It is the responsibility of each owner to be diligent with their own infrastructure, which generally works when everyone takes care of their own assets and so our conditions are favourable. The risk of septic failure and the potential contamination of our surface water increases when systems age and are inadequately maintained. Third, a community sewer service will allow residents to use their property to its fullest. This might mean building a workshop for income generating hobbies, having additional space to park your RV, adding a suite for visiting family members, or planting a garden, all of which are currently not possible with a septic system and dispersal field. These potential upgrades provide the opportunity for an economic boost in our local community. While community sewer does allow for development and secondary suites, this is neither the focus nor the driver of this project. We have an abundance of ALR land and our community values real character. With this project, Kaleden residents can help write their own future with a local area plan, which would occur after a successful referendum. Kaleden is a special community and the goal of installing a sewer is to enhance not to change that. Page 8 | April 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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Tolls vary depending on the type of activity that water is used for, but the basic domestic toll will be $437.50 in 2021. More information will come with your domestic bill and also will be found on the KID website. A Reminder ... that Irrigation Season doesn’t start until April 15. February’s consumption exceeded last year’s by over 8 million liters. COVID-19 ripple eﬀect continued, system leaks, or ...? Please don’t add to the issue by watering before April 15! KID’s AGM ... is tentatively scheduled for May 31, and likely will be a virtual meeting per current COVID-19 guidelines. Stay tuned ...
Group 1(a) - up to 0.25 ac = $62.00 Group 1(b) - 0.26 - 0.50 ac = $93.00 Group 1(c) - 0.51 - 0.75 ac = $145.00 Group 1(d) - 0.75 - 1.00 ac = $205.00 Grade A(1) - over 1.00 ac. using full irrigation allotment = $205.00/ac Grade A(2) - over 1.00 ac. not using full irrigation allotment* = $151.00/ac *Connection either not turned on, or the allotment reduced with ﬂow restrictor.
The Times They Are A-Changing ... And KID’s billing system is changing with them! Your 2021 Water Bills will look a little diﬀerent this year. All domestic customers will now receive TWO bills: (1) a domestic toll bill, sent out at the end of April and due in June; and (2) a tax bill sent out at the end of August and due in October (which will include the IHA Compliance Levy to fund the mandated water treatment upgrade). How Do Taxes Diﬀer from Tolls? Taxes paid by all cover the costs of constructing and maintaining the water delivery system; tolls cover the costs of delivering the water to meet individual needs. Why Change? Previously, domestic water charges were in the form of taxes only. KID was one of the last Districts in the Province to bill its ratepayers this way. Domestic charges are now separated into taxes and tolls, which is a fairer way of billing. Those customers who do not use water will now have the option to apply for a waiver of the toll. As before, non-payment of taxes can be recovered by Tax Sale, if taxes remain outstanding for 24 months after the due date. When this was KID’s only method of recovery, $30,000 routinely was in arrears annually. The new tolls system will allow KID to discontinue water service for anyone with tolls outstanding 90 days after the due date, which should discourage delayed payment. So, What’s the Bottom Line? KID staﬀ used 2020 billing revenue as a baseline, to ensure that most saw no increase in their bills when the new system was applied. Some may even see their bills decrease in 2021, despite a 2.9% increase in taxes and tolls required for KID’s 2021 budget. While the acreage assessment on all parcels remains the same, the tax portion is divided into six categories (note that the 2021 tax rates shown here do NOT include the $154.50 IHA Compliance Levy):
Kaleden Irrigation District News By Trustee Bruce Shepherd & Administrator Cheryl Halla
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Retro Research ... Why “You Oughta Know” Should Be The Theme Song For Kaleden Sewer By Colleen Pennington Would you do a $25,000 project in your house based on an inspection report written 25 years before? You will ... if you are in the Kaleden sewer service area. (Sources listed at bottom.) The research study to try to demonstrate the need for sewer was done between 1986 and 1995. (RDOS Q&A) As well, as the answer clarifies, the results are based on a “computer generated raw phosphorous input information”. Well, you oughta know ... in 1996 ... High speed internet was 33.6 kbps; blue eyeshadow was big, due to Baby Spice; cell phones were 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide; and IBM likely made the computer they used. The RDOS Q&A also states “the phosphorus concentration entering the lake may not be noticeably diﬀerent from its natural ... concentration”. Translation, the phosphorous levels are the same as found naturally. So, what issue are we fixing in 2021 that is still relevant? In 2013, 18 years after the research was done, the City of Penticton invested $19.7 million to upgrade one of the most advanced wastewater treatment facilities available. This made a huge diﬀerence to their discharge into the channel. RDOS staﬀ confirmed that they have “not conducted testing within the shoreline of Skaha Lake in the past decade”. Neither the RDOS nor Interior Health staﬀ have tested septic systems. So, how is the RDOS determining what might be “leaching contaminants” or “excess nutrients” to the lake system. In 2016, the Kaleden Irrigation District did conduct research. Their consultant’s report states the largest potential impacts on drinking water, in addition to discharge from Penticton Channel are “stormwater, agriculture watershed inﬂuences, residential shoreline development and power boating”. Instead of starting a $10 million project based on research data relevant in the 90’s, why isn’t the RDOS collecting some up to date data and finding out what, if anything, is aﬀecting our lake? Kaleden residents don’t deserve a $10 million dollar tax bill based on decades old computer modelling and retro studies to fix issues with phosphorus levels that aren’t diﬀerent from nature. While the 1996 words of Alanis Morissette’s song “You Oughta Know” are still relevant, work and research from the same period is not. We need a solution from the age of Snapchat, not the era of the Palm Pilot. Vote “no” on June 5. For direct contact with the author, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sources: Q&A on kaledensewer.ca; City of Penticton website; Kaleden Irrigation District website; and a phone call to Interior Health.
What’s Wildlife Habitat Worth? By Bruce Shepherd, Save Sickle Point Committee Member As the credit card commercial says, “Priceless!” Drawing from my working days as both a Federal and Provincial biologist, I can attest to the fact that it is way less expensive to protect existing habitat than to restore lost habitat. Realtors will tell you that we’re not making any more lakefront property. The Federal Department of Fisheries (DFO) once used a simple equation: No Habitat = No Fish. And, I’d suggest this mantra might easily be expanded to No Wild Places = No Wildlife. Saving Sickle Point has been a contentious subject within Kaleden and further afield. To address some of the comments and concerns that I’ve heard: It’s Too Small To Be Worth Saving ~ Despite its small size, the plant and animal diversity is quite stunning (I won’t repeat the list of species that others have provided previously), despite the damage done by previous owners. Small pieces of habitat like this are the beads on a chain connecting larger conservation areas “hopscotch habitats”, if you will. It’s Too Pricey For Taxpayers To Aﬀord ~ The RDOS scared many by setting $3.5 million as the maximum amount that might have been needed for the Alternative Approval Process (AAP), given that the accepted oﬀer came in at $2.5 million. That’s still a lot of money, but the critical thing to understand is that without an accepted oﬀer, many other groups cannot contribute funds to the cause ... a Catch-22 situation. Had the AAP succeeded, it was likely that significant additional contributions from other sources would have markedly reduced the taxpayers’ burden. Despite the AAP failing, the Save Sickle Point group is determined to pursue other avenues to raise the funds required for purchase. The Government Will Protect The Environment There Anyway Not likely. Look at what’s happened to parts of Sickle Point already, e.g. the “Marsh Road” (on top to right) and the token riparian vegetation restoration eﬀorts (on bottom to right). Now, the RDOS is considering excluding property owners from the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit process, which would then apply only to subdivision developments. Habitat protection field staﬀ are conspicuous by their absence at both federal and provincial levels, which have withdrawn into higherlevel “integrated” and “collaborative” planning processes. Meanwhile, educational tools for motivated property owners wanting to do the right thing environmentally have been buried. Try to find DFO’s Operational Statements, or the Province’s Best Management Practices that used to be readily available. Fiddling (planning) while Rome (habitat) burns ... ? It Can’t Be Done By Just Us Kaledenites ~ In February’s Skaha Matters, Meredith King summarized the many projects accomplished by Kaleden’s “Can Do” community members. Her story of how Pioneer Park came to be has some strong similarities to the Sickle Point saga, (including naysayers). When James Ritchie planned the original development of Kaleden in the early 1900s, he saw Sickle Point as one of three prime public areas. Over a century later, we have a chance to return Sickle Point to the public domain, albeit with a diﬀerent objective - conservation - as the prime objective. This is a legacy project, and one that future generations will thank us for having the foresight to make it so. Will we…?
Volunteers Needed To Stop Vehicles From Being On The KVR! By Evelyn Kansy, Fundraising Coordinator for Save Sickle Point A recent inquiry from a potential purchaser of Sickle Point brought to light that even RV’s could be on the KVR trail. QUOTE: “considering a purchase to turn it (Sickle Point) into a wind watersports area, no building, space for a couple RVs, etc.” YOU can help STOP motorized vehicles from driving on the KVR: 1. Pledge your support at wayblaze.com/sicklepoint to save Sickle Point. Share this link with all your contacts. We only have till June 1st to raise $1.5 million. 2. Sign the online petition at www.change.org/savesicklepoint. BC Government Needs to Stop Development of Sickle Point in the South Okanagan. Share this link with all your contacts. 3. Sign the paper petition, which is available at the Kaleden Library. It is diﬀerent than the online petition, so you can sign both. 4. Write a letter to the government. Letter template available at www.kaledencommunity.com/sicklepoint-how-to-help. 5. First 40 pledges to Wayblaze will receive a copy of “Cultivating the Wild” by Eva Durance (Book value is $22.95). For more information, please email email@example.com.
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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department By Jean Dube No burning permitted from April 16th through October 15th each year. For burning authorization information, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca. Time is almost up to obtain a Burn Authorization and rid your property of permitted burning materials. Permitted burning materials includes; pruning, branches, trunks and tree stumps. It is important for property owners to consider their neighbours and the environment before burning. Burning Authorization holders must confirm burning is allowed on that day by checking the Air Quality and Venting Index. Please call 250.490.4125 AFTER 8:00 am. If you have questions about the process, please contact KVFD, Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.497.8231, leave a message and someone will return your call. SPRING HAS SPRUNG, LET’S GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY IT! Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal
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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Bottle Depot at the Kaleden Community Church parking lot. Non recycle items such as milk jugs and cartons, glass pickle or spaghetti jars cannot be returned for money, please recycle these items at your home. Spring has arrived in our lovely community. The days are longer, crocuses are blooming and people are outside doing their yard clean up. It’s so nice that the warm weather has arrived; we are able to take a walk through our lovely community, talk to our neighbours, and listen to the birds singing. For more information on our wonderful community, check out the Kaleden website at www.KaledenCommunity.com.
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April 2021 Tip ~ Tool Lending Program - Call 250-497-8231 or email: email@example.com. Sign out an awesome rake, sharp hand saws, pruners or great extendable pole saws and more. A great resource to help get that PreFireSmart Event work done. The Annual Chipping and Yard Waste Bin Event will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 10 am - 3 pm. Watch for posters and more information on the Community Facebook page, sandwich boards, library, etc. Thank you to everyone who returned the FireSmart questionnaire. We will continue to improve our program delivery and try and address concerns come residents have. Having time to do the work and transporting debris were a big barrier for some folks. This is where neighbours helping each other can make a diﬀerence. Reach out if you can. DE
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“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.
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The second annual Chalk Fest was underway during Spring Break. Here is Brynn posing inside her butterﬂy art. “Fun in the sun” through sidewalk chalk spreads cheer to all who pass by. Enjoy!
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Save Our Pollinators!* Submitted by Jennifer Strong of the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society Pollinators take pollen from one ﬂower to another, allowing plants to create seeds. Beetles, wasps, hummingbirds, butterﬂies and bats can pollinate plants. Pollinators are declining, especially wild pollinators, due to diseases, pesticides and habitat loss. Over 350 bee species are native to the Okanagan! Bees can be yellow and black, blue or bright green. About 80% live in the ground, or walls, or other cavities in debris. Wild bees are key pollinators of crops and wild ﬂowers that create food for birds and bears. Wasps are pollinators which control aphids, ﬂies, caterpillars, and clean up decaying matter. Don’t kill them and don’t use poisons and insecticides which harm all insects. Afraid of being stung? Bees are just looking for food. People get stung when they disturb bees’ nests or step on bees. Stay away from hives, including colonies in cavities or in the ground. Avoid strong perfumes when gardening and dark clothing. Don’t swat at bees. If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. If you are stung: remove the honey bee stinger (a credit card works perfectly). Native bees don’t leave their stingers. Apply an ice pack. Wash the area with soap and water. If you experience nausea, wheezing, or difficulty breathing, or if stung multiple times, seek medical care. Gardeners are friends to pollinators like lacewings, syrphid ﬂies, butterﬂies, moths, beetles and wasps. Bees like blue, purple, white and yellow ﬂowers. Butterﬂies like blue, violet and red ones. Night ﬂying insects like white, cream or pale ﬂowers. Tiny beneficial insects and small bees like tiny umbrella-like clusters of ﬂowers such as native parsleys, dill, cilantro, fennel, parsley, and carrot gone to seed. Put water for pollinators in a shallow dish or bird bath. A muddy spot can supply some nutrients and nesting materials and leaving areas bare and mulch-free helps ground nesters. Allow leaf litter to remain over winter and set your mower height to allow for bee food plants such as dandelion and clover to bloom! Threats include pesticides, habitat loss, pathogen spillover (managed bees can transmit disease), invasive, exotic plants provide insufficient food for native pollinators and con-tribute to habitat loss. Protect and restore natural habitat. Keep your natural areas undisturbed. Avoid insecticides, Mason Bee in fruit tree blossom. especially neonicotinoids! Protect bee Photo by Robert Lalonde homes - let dead trees stand and fallen logs lie. Leave leaf litter on the ground, and provide stems and twigs for nesting. Make some mud! Dig holes in the dirt for bee’s nests and leave puddles for bees to drink. Remove invasive plants. Collaborate with neighbours - spread the word, plan, and plant! *Excerpted from: Guide to Gardening for Pollinators; UBC Okanagan and Emily Carr University; Nancy Holmes, Cameron Cartiere FMI: Protection & Stewardship Habitat Acquisition Trust www.hat.bc.ca E: email@example.com W: sustainabletwinlakesbc.ca/gtlass
Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Most months I try to share one of the many reasons that it is so good for your health to get regular massages. This month is Organ Donation Awareness Month and I felt this would be a good time to bring up a subject many people seem to have difficulty talking about or acting on, but the need for organ donors is great. Did you know you are more likely to need a transplant than you are to be an organ donor? To become a deceased organ donor in BC, a person must be on life support in a critical care unit, with no hope of recovery. Only 1% of deaths in BC occur in a way that would enable someone to become an organ donor. Today, misconceptions and inaccuracies about organ and tissue donation continue to exist. Don’t rule yourself out! It is even possible for people with medical conditions, including cancer, to be an eligible donor. Register your decision and let the specialists determine if it is safe for you to donate. Please, register your decision today, talk to your family about it and continue to spread the word about the powerful impact of donation. The unfortunate truth is many Canadians, including children, die waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. There is no age limit to who can be an organ donor, in fact, the oldest organ donor in Canada was 92 years old and the oldest organ donor in BC was 79. You will need to sign the registration form for any child under 19 years of age. A decal on your driver’s licence or care card is no longer enough. If you’re not sure if you are registered, or to register, go online to transplant.bc.ca with your Personal Health Number or call toll free 1-800-663-6189. I challenge everyone who thinks they are on the registered donor list to take a minute and confirm that you’re actually on the list.
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Towards Serenity And Health With Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health
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The top 11 things to know about using Ashwagandha to support health: 1.
This herb increases stamina and endurance, as well as athletic recovery. It is very supportive for athletes. It combines well with Rhodiola rosea and Panax ginseng for this purpose.
It reduces anxiety and depression, as well as lowering the sense of being overwhelmed. Research indicates that extracts of Ashwagandha produce GABA-like activity, which may account for the herb’s anti-anxiety eﬀects. GABA (Gamma Amino-butyric acid) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Its function is to decrease neuron activity and inhibit nerve cells from over firing. This action produces a calming eﬀect. GABA inhibits the number of nerve cells that fire in the brain, and helps to induce sleep, uplift mood, and reduce anxiety. For extra support in this area, consider applying lavender essential oil externally for its olfactory eﬀect, and drinking chamomile tea.
Ashwagandha helps improve thyroid function whether the thyroid is running high or low. This makes it a rare medicine in that it has both adrenal and thyroid balancing eﬀects.
Ashwagandha improves adrenal fatigue. This condition occurs as a result of chronic stress and commonly presents as a tired-but-wired state, insomnia, loss of adaptability and coping ability, a weakened immune system, anxiety, and depression.
Extended daily use of this herb leads to mood enhancement.
It also leads to brain health enhancement. Ashwagandha improves memory, focus, and concentration.
In patients with diabetes or poor blood sugar control, Ashwagandha enhances blood sugar management.
Studies conclude that this herb can help with gynecological problems such as PCOS, menopausal symptoms, menstrual issues, and infertility.
Ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian Ginseng, because of its ability to support libido.
10. Known to extend life, in Ayurvedic practice this plant is known as a Rasayana, which means it acts as a tonic for vitality and longevity. In India, Ashwagandha tea is often drank daily for this purpose. 11. Extensive pharmacologic research has identified multiple mechanisms of action across key inﬂammatory pathways. The major withanolides have proven to have anti-inﬂammatory properties, and act on essential and supportive inﬂammatory pathways. Benefits have been experienced in patients with arthritis and other inﬂammatory conditions. Safety and Dosage Recommendations: The whole plant extract of Ashwagandha with at least 1.5% withanolides is dosed typically at 500 mg once or twice daily with food. Alternatively, 3-6 grams daily of the dried root powder or 612 ml of a 1:2 ﬂuid extract per day will oﬀer the same benefits. Ashwagandha is generally safe when taken in the prescribed dosage range. Large doses have been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. It should not be combined with central nervous system sedatives and should not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. As always, for your safety, ensure that you follow the advice of a qualified Naturopathic Physician when embarking on a course of natural remedies including botanical medicine.
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Congratulations to Tayva Hardy, who was the winner of our Winter Bingo Challenge! We have Story Time Adventure Packs available at the Library for Happy Hoppy Easter to all! The Okanagan Regional Library system your child. These bags have everything for a story time, including will be closed Friday, April 2nd and reopen on Tuesday, April 6th. colouring pages, songs/rhymes, craft, stickers, and a surprise The Okanagan Regional Library is creating a Community Taste in every bag! Thank you to the “Friends of the Library” for their Recipe Cookbook for 2021. We all have a special recipe that contribution towards this. Come and get yours before they’re gone! stirs up memories and warm feelings from over the years. This For the month of April, we are featuring Canadian Authors. community project has been brought to life with the hope of Come in and browse our display for Canadian content. We hope preserving those special treasures and sharing them with friends, this display introduces you to the finest in Canadian writing and family, and neighbours. We are encouraging patrons to submit gives you a greater appreciation for Canadian literature. their favorite recipe through an online form. Visit libraryPlus.ca/ Okanagan Falls Library Book Club meets via ZOOM on myRecipe to enter yours. There will be monthly prize draws, and Thursday, April 15th at 1:00 pm. This month’s discussion is “The in the end, a cookbook will be published! All ages are welcome Gown”, by Jennifer Robson. If you would like to join our Book to join! Each month will follow one of the themes below, but you Club, just phone or come into the branch to sign up. can submit your favorite recipe anytime. January - Lighten It Up; Would you like to help the Library by joining our “Friends of the February - Chocolate; March - Around the World; April - Bread; Library” group? This group helps us to oﬀer programs, supplies, May - Vegan or Plant Based; June - Family Favorites; July - Local and a wish list that our regular funding does not oﬀer. This is a Fruits; August - Side Dishes; September - Soups; October volunteer group that hosts book sales & raﬄe baskets throughout Appliance Cooking; November - Baking; and December - Holiday the year. Call or email the Library if you are interested in joining. Favorites. Please see our online events at www.orl.bc.ca, as we still Submitted by Glenda Livolsi, Community Librarian cannot oﬀer programs at the Library due to COVID-19. There is Pioneer Park Tennis Courts Are Open! something for everyone! This spring, Lynda.com will be moving to LinkedIn Learning The Kaleden Tennis Club will not be organizing for Libraries! A change has come to Lynda.com, the Library’s any events this year or having registration. source for video courses about business, project management, If you would like to play, please call a friend. and popular software ... On the new site, you will find all of the great video courses you have come to love and more: Conservative Candidate • There will be over 16,000 videos in the collection - double the amount available in Lynda. Helena Konanz • Courses will be available in 6 additional languages, including By the South Okanagan - West Kootenay French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Conservative Riding Association Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and a big welcome to Spring! Helena Konanz has been acclaimed as Submitted by Lynn Warﬁeld, Community Librarian the South Okanagan - West Kootenay Conservative candidate for the next federal election. Keep The Dream Of Travel Alive! Helena represented the Conservatives in By Diane Chatfield this riding in the 2019 election and came short by a slim 796 votes to the incumbent, NDP MP Richard Continuing our eﬀorts to be well-positioned for the reopening of travel and following a very successful March of Virtual Travel Cannings, in one of the closest campaigns in the country. Events on Zoom, we would like to extend our invitation to attend Helena served as a Penticton City Councillor and board member these April Events: of the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen for seven years. • April 7 ~ AMA River Cruises She has an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a master’s • April 14 ~ Alliance Insurance degree from UBC Okanagan. • April 21 ~ Insight Luxury Gold She has extensive experience in business, including working for • April 28 ~ Tourcan Nike, owning a business in the Okanagan for 25 years, and is currently working as a small business coach. Helena is a former Please contact Diane, Vi or Dy for your personal invitation via world ranked professional tennis player and has won 7 national email to attend any or all of these zoom meetings in the comfort of Canadian titles. She and her husband Adam have been married your own home. The travel future is looking bright! for 28 years and have two grown children, Zakary and Zoe. “I am honoured to represent the South Okanagan- West Kootenay BC Business Licence #48999 Conservatives in the next federal election. This has been a very difficult year for everyone and, if elected, I will make certain that Locally Owned and Operated the people of this riding get the representation they deserve in We can come to you! Ottawa. 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Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 28th for a Zoom Conference from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. EVERYONE National Volunteer Week 2021 WELCOME! Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Guest April 18-24, 2021 The Value of One, The Power of Many, reﬂects on the awe- speakers are from Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, Osoyoos inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic Sonora Centre and Osoyoos Farmers Market. that happens when we work together towards a common purpose. Register on the SOSVC website at www.volunteercentre.info The power of people working together can bring about monumental as a Volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register changes. The theme is a nod to our past, a reﬂection of our present, as a Leader to receive board training and opportunities. Like us and a wink to our future. The Value of One, the Power of Many on the SOSVC Facebook page. Before volunteering, read the was the theme for National Volunteer Week in 2001. It beautifully The Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19. For reﬂects the individual and collective eﬀorts we have seen during more information or to speak with a staﬀ member, email info@ the pandemic and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. years as the value of one act and the power of many enables us to thrive together. Register to become an awesome volunteer at Jane Appleby Is Back! www.volunteercentre.info during the month of April and your name will be entered to win a $25 Tim Horton’s Gift Card. By Kim Palmer, Executive Director By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director
After a wonderful workshop last fall, the Okanagan School of the Arts is delighted to be partnering with Jane Appleby again. Jane is known for her lyrical brushwork and expressive use of colour. Her work intimates an emotional, unique abstraction of her landscape subjects, and is found in galleries and in exhibitions throughout the region. Jane received 2nd Place in the McMichael Art Museums Virtual Plein Air Competition in the canvas/panel category, and her painting, “Galiano Shoreline”, is featured in the online exhibition. Jane will lead a three-hour Zoom workshop on Wednesday, April 14th from 6-9 pm for anyone interested in learning the “37 Stroke Hoodoo Adventures are hosting the Bighorn Bushwhack and 37 Minute Painting Method”. Not only does painting in limited Adventure eight-hour race on May 1st, the Expedition Canada strokes quickly help build skills, but it also brings to light the way event on June 9-13th and the Big White Peak Challenge Trail an artist prefers to paint. The goal of this fun workshop is not to Race on July 10th. All of these events require volunteers, 5-10 for make a complete painting, but to explore possible ways to paint. smaller events such as the Bighorn Bushwhack Adventure and 25 Jane will demonstrate the technique in acrylic, while discussing or more for the Expedition Race. Contact Nathalie at E: events@ the benefits of the exercises. Participants will then be asked to hoodooadventures.ca or T: 250-492-3888. create two paintings using their own still life set up or photo: one 37 stroke piece and one 37 minute piece. Jane will be available The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen has two to answer questions and oﬀer tips as needed during this time. The upcoming volunteer initiatives ... Pitch-In Canada and Community group will discuss participants’ pieces and the process in general. Champion. Partnering with Pitch-In Canada, the RDOS is hosting a clean-up event April 22-24, around the region with the start 37 Minute Painting 37 Stroke Painting coinciding with Earth Day on April 22. That week is also Volunteer Week. The Community Champion program is about identifying key people within their communities, who are able to share accurate and timely information from the RDOS with local residents in a reliable and consistent manner. Contact Nancy at E: nwigley@ rdos.bc.ca or T: 250-490-4385. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is hosting a team of older adult volunteers to lead a project titled “Healthy Connections for Seniors”. The team will have the creative power to determine the vision and fulfill project deliverables, including helping to build networks of connected seniors and helping these seniors become engaged in volunteering. We have a volunteer team leader and at this stage are looking for others to participate on the team. We connect initially via Zoom. To learn more and/or attend a team meeting, please email email@example.com.
The Penticton Access Centre is seeking 5 volunteers some of whom can work from home. Contact Brandi at E: admin@ accesscentre.org or T: 250-493-6822. Office hours are MondayThursday from 10-4. Critteraid is looking for 30 volunteers; at the Thrift Store, the sanctuary, and the pasture - looking after a variety of birds and animals. Contact Andrea at E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 250486-2444.
Any level of painter is welcome to attend this online class, and participants will need to use their own supplies. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Sign up today!
Providing creativity and connection for Penticton and surrounding communities
778-718-5757 or email@example.com www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com
School Trustee Report For SD67
OK Mini School Update
By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee
By Chantelle Bruwer
The following topics were discussed at the February 22, 2021 School Board Meeting:
OK Mini School is proud to team up with Growing Smiles for our Spring Fundraiser. We are selling fabulous ﬂowers and veggies. Perfect for Mother’s Day! Orders are due by Thursday, April 15th with delivery or pick-up on Thursday, May 6th. This is a great opportunity to support your local community. You can choose from: • 12” Premium Hanging Baskets - $30 • 12” Patio Planter - $30 • 12” Strawberry Basket - $22 • 10-pack 4” Succulents - $35 • 10-pack 4” Herbs - $30 • 10-pack 4” Veggies - $30 • 10-pack 4” Geraniums - $35 • (full colour packs only - 10 Red / 10 White / 10 Pink) • 10-pack 4” Petunias - $35 • (full colour packs only - 10 White / 10 Purple) • 10-pack 4” Marigolds - $28 (Orange only) • 30 L Premium Soil - $11 • 1.8 kg Fertilizer Shaker - $15 To order, visit okanaganminischool.growingsmilesfundraising.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting your local preschool!
The Board approved the third reading and adopted the 2020-2021 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw. The budget was submitted to the Ministry at the end of February. The Board approved $36,000 to contract Planning Works Consulting to begin the process of developing the Long Range Facility Plan (LRFP). A Long Range Facility Plan (LRFP) is a framework to guide facilities planning throughout the school district. The Board approved delaying the implementation of the Transportation Review recommendations until the district completes the Long Range Facility Plan. The Board approved the creation and implementation of a FourYear Old program at Columbia School. This is a pilot project in partnership with the Ministry of Education to provide 10 seats to commence in Fall 2021. On March 9, 2021, the Board participated in a planning session to review the current Strategic Plan to modernize the mission, vision and values and to determine how we will enhance communication; focus on Human Early Learning Partnerships and aligning student learning focus. This is the commencement of renewing and extending the Strategic Plan until 2022. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have any questions regarding this report.
Classy Paws Grooming
Board meetings are live steamed and can be accessed on the SD67 website at www.sd67.bc.ca.
Grooming by Gail ~ 20 Years Experience
& Frog City Café
DOG & CAT GROOMING NAIL TRIMMING
COVID-19 Safety Protocols In Place! I come to your vehicle & get your pet with my slip lead.
Call 250.809.5590 Currently only taking new dogs under 60 lbs! #10 - 1133 Main St. Okanagan Falls
Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President
The Ideal Location For A Getaway To Enjoy Nature!
Scott & Maureen Hayter look forward to welcoming you to the Cafe.
Opening May 1st!
250.497.6600 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello Everyone! Lots on the go this month. First oﬀ please, Please, PLEASE slow down in the school zone! If you are so late that you think you need to clock 80 kph for one block, maybe you need to reconsider your morning routine, because getting a ticket will REALLY put you behind. New hot lunch options are coming soon. Sign up for the new PAC payment system Munch-a-lunch. Next KPAC meeting is Tuesday, April 13 at 6 pm on the Zoom. That is it folks! Cheers! Page 16 | April 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
Okay, so maybe you are getting a little tired of seeing your kids’ lovely faces coming out of Spring Break, BUT we know you still love them (most of the time) and we will miss these days soon enough. Want a photo with you in it? Peter Joyce Photography (did kid’s school photos) has provided a school fundraiser doing Family Photos! Cost is only $75 for 20 min session + 20 digital images to keep! Details on sign-up dates will be sent home from school. If you are not part of Okanagan Falls Elementary, but interested, please email PAC at email@example.com to be on list. Reminder: April’s PAC Fundraiser Epicure Weeknight Dinner orders are due on April 20th. For $25 you get 6 diﬀerent quick meal solutions that are free of gluten, nuts, corn syrup, hydrogenated fat, artificial colours, sweeteners, and preservatives. The meals are Taco Seasoning, Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry Seasoning, Pulled Chicken Seasoning, Southern Baked Crumb Mix, Mac & Cheese Seasoning, Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix. Contact Jennifer Naylor at 778-559-1570 for forms and more information. Our next PAC meeting will be via ZOOM on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 pm. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to partake in the meeting and need to be sent the ZOOM link.
Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12
- Okanagan Falls
School District No. 53 Board Report
2020/21 Enrolment ~ The 1701 report dated Feb 12, 2021 reported enrolment of 2,333.5625 FTE, which is an increase of By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee 33.875 FTE from Sep 30, 2020 enrolment of 2,299.6875 FTE. Welcome Spring! I hope all families and staﬀ had some time February 2021 YTD Financial Statement ~ Total revenue for the during Spring Break to celebrate the season. The weather in the 8 months ended Feb 28, 2021 was $18.42 million. Total expense South Okanagan has co-operated nicely and has provided some for the same period was $18.30 million, resulting in a surplus of reprieve for the grip of Covid-19. As I read the news from other $119,633. parts of the world, I am reminded how many jurisdictions did not For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, return to in class learning at all this year and how grateful we are SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or email@example.com. to know that a full 96% of students returned to the classroom in the Province of BC. March Highlights From We all recognized and experienced the difficulty of remote learning. From the beginning, it was quickly determined that the Okanagan Falls Elementary School best place for students to be is in the class and the Education By Principal Karen Sinclair Partners Working Group, (made up all sectors: teachers, parents, administrators, public health and trustees) found a way to make it 1. 100 Day Celebration - Division 1. possible. 2. Snowshoeing at McKinney with guest teacher Jen. Support from Penticton Foundry ~ Last spring, SD No. 53 3. Look what Cash found ... a big, beautiful heart of snow! began collaborating with the Penticton Foundry to further support adolescent-aged students in our communities. The Foundry, 4. Great teamwork creating an indigenous diorama! operated by One Sky Community Resources and supported 5. Puppet making is a fun way to learn and be creative. by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, oﬀers a “one stop-shop” to support integrated youth services and earlier interventions. During the 2020-2021 school year, many schools in SD No. 53 have chosen to collaborate with the Foundry. Two high schools have engaged in whole school “Zoom” sessions. During these sessions, Foundry staﬀ introduced themselves and shared information regarding Foundry services and supports as well as how to access them. These sessions were followed up with in-person site visits by their youth harm reduction and outreach workers. Foundry staﬀ have also been on-site in schools leading interactive presentations on topics such as vaping and mental health. To build stronger connections with local youth, they have accompanied classes on field trips and are currently preparing to facilitate a peer support program in one of our high schools. SOGI and Social Justice Group sessions are also being led by a Foundry youth outreach worker in two diﬀerent schools (elementary and high school). We value and appreciate this needed partnership. Career Education Update ~ Women in Trades Bootcamp was a huge success! We had 16 young women from grade 10 at SOSS attend the two-day event. They got to roll up their sleeves with projects in carpentry, metalwork, plumbing, and electrical. One of the main goals of the program is to allow the students to experience a variety of trades that may pique their interest into further education in the trades. A huge thank you to our teachers who helped facilitate this program. The Professional Cook program started on February 1st in partnership with Camosun College. We have a full class comprised of students from all secondary schools in the district. So far, they have attended three labs, and everyone is oﬀ to a great start. Keeping with the culinary excellence, we have some exciting news about one of our SOSS graduates from 2017. Siobhan Detkavich was one of our Train in Trades students as she pursued training in Culinary Arts. While she was in high school, she competed in Skills Canada and won the Bronze medal at the Canadian Finals in Winnipeg. She is now back in competition and is competing for Top Chef Canada televised on Food Network Canada. Tune in to support one of our own students as she pursues her goal! Top Chef Canada New Season April 19th. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!
School Hot Lunch Program Returns! Program resumes in April ... Come in same day & get deal on same feature. See cafe for menu.
5121 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls
Any inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 18th from 8-11 am. Come out and support the Legion. Adults $6, children $3, and children under 3 years of age are free! All social distancing rules apply and masks are also mandatory. No General Meetings until further notice. Bar Open Wednesday - Sunday from 2 pm until closing. Membership is now due ~ You can pay at the bar. Dinner Every Saturday at 4 pm! We will be hosting a dinner every Saturday starting at 4 pm. We wish everyone good health and to be safe out there. If anyone needs help, please call the legion at 250-497-8338 If you have recycling and would like to donate it, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. Any new updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart! Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!
Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society By Linda Rich Unfortunately, the Senior’s Centre remains closed, and there is no further information as to when restrictions will be lifted for our Centre to be open again. The good news is that many of our seniors have had the COVID-19 vaccine, which will make it safer for all of us when we finally get to re-open. We are hosting our popular Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 3rd from 8-10 am. You can have pancakes, sausages, eggs, juice and coﬀee for only $5.00. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this yummy breakfast! Facemasks are mandatory. The Library Book Exchange and Puzzle Exchange is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until noon. Membership for 2021 can be renewed or taken out at that time, or you can phone Linda Rich (250-497-8713) to arrange another time. The Society is hosting CRA’s Community Income Tax preparation service. There are time slots still available to have your income taxes prepared each Thursday until April 29th from 9 am until noon. You must make an appointment by phoning Linda Rich at 250-497-8713. No drop-in’s. If you have any questions, please contact President Grethe Jensen (250-497-5669) or Treasurer Linda Rich (250-497-8713).
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 Society! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.
South Skaha Housing Society Update Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Not much on the plate for the next while, as all events are on hold until we’re allowed to start again. Thanks to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand for their donation to school breakfasts. All community assistance is greatly appreciated. Everyone take care of yourselves. You’re the only you that we have! ‘Til next time ... Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on April 10, 12, 13 & 14 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. 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 1-888-2366283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. We usually meet once a month, with hopes to resume that soon. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.
Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167
email@example.com JOHN NUNES
www.nunes-pottinger.com 5855 Hemlock Street, PO Box 788, Oliver V0H 1T0
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By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair Just a brief report for this month. We continue to wait for the results of our last application. We did receive a note that there will be a bit of an extra wait, due to the amount of applications BC Housing had received. So, we will just continue waiting. Our AGM does not look to be a happening event, as there has been no changes to BC Health rules. We can hope for May or June. Other than that, all is good. Spring is here and lots of sunshine.
Picture of proposed Phase 2. No details available yet, just a suggested look of the property.
Okanagan Falls Market in the Park Held Weekly in Centennial Park
New Market Coordinator Phone/Text for Details ~ 250-462-7579
OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson
Spring has sprung! Other than the odd cool day, it has been pretty nice coming into April. The swans on Vaseux Lake have heard the “call of the north” and have packed up and gone. The Thrift Shop has remained open three days a week. All the winter stock left over has been packed away and the new spring stock is out. It is always nice to see the dark winter clothing be replaced by the colours of spring. They are planning a “one day in spring” sale on a nice day in April. They will aim for a nice warm day, so no date has yet been set. Plans are still being put together on it. Work has not yet started on the Bassett House. As the days get longer and warmer, that will be happening then. Did Ja Know? The Library has been around for a very long time. The earliest reference to a Library that I found in the archives was in the Womens Institute Community Hall. That was the building built by the W.I. with lumber taken out of the Alexandra Hotel when it was being torn down. There was no mention to when the Library opened there. Mrs. Ruth Mallory was Librarian. Open hours were on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm and Fridays from 7-9 pm. However, the Library was there till the building sold in about 1975. The W.I. Community building burnt down in 1977. While the town waited for a new location, a Library Bookmobile came out from Penticton. Then, an addition was put on the Irrigation District building and that became the new home for the Library. The new Library had its Grand Opening on July 7, 1979. The new Librarian was Ruell Smith, after Ruth Mallory retired. The books and supplies for the Library came from the Okanagan Regional Library. Rent to use that space cost $125 a month. The first contract was for 5 years. Mrs. Dorothy McLeod was the first person to check out a book that day. In 1980, the Library ran the “O.K. Falls Library Summer Reading Club”. Children were required to register to be a member. Throughout the summer, kids were encouraged to read books on various subjects, and films were shown for them. On August 16, 1980, the children, as a group, took part in the Legion Parade. In April 1981, Librarian Ruell Smith arranged for some Spring Break entertainment at the Library for 6-10 year olds. She had a clown to entertain the kids, and then there was an Easter Egg colouring and decorating bee at the Library. Around 2004 or 2005, the Okanagan Regional Library purchased the current facility on the ground ﬂoor of the Riverside Court Condominium Complex near the north entrance to the community. Librarian Smith stated, “when I began my Library career, we were filling out cards every time a book was checked out. All that disappeared when we got computers, so much more efficient.” Ruell Smith retired in 2009, after 30 years of service to the community. There is more than just books at the Library. Video films and recordings, as well as books, stock the shelves. Have a look! H&M Thrifty Boutique
H&M Thrifty Boutique Open 10-3 Wednesday - Friday 250-486-6371
Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Place - 1145 Main St
Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories In Person When Open Please!
Music In The Park By Grant Henderson It is certainly no news to anyone that the pandemic has seriously interfered with public gatherings. Even as I write this article, gatherings are still limited to ten people. With the vaccination rollout moving forward, experts are still very concerned about the variants that are spreading like wildfire. It’s now a race against time to vaccinate before the variants get a stronghold. That being said, I foresee it being many months before large public gatherings and music festivals will be able to continue as they did before the pandemic. Music in the Park draws quite a crowd on every occasion. There is no way of knowing how many people will attend on any given day. That last thing we want is a superspreader event. I would prefer to err on the side of caution. At the onset of the pandemic, our corporate donations dried up like the Sahara Desert. To our rescue came two very kind benefactors. I wish to oﬀer my sincerest thanks to the RDOS for a grant of $2000 to Music in the Park. Similarly, we were granted a further $1000 from the Community Foundation of Okanagan/Similkameen. This money is being held for use when we can begin our concerts again. Several months are required to coordinate the Music in the Park concerts each year, so it is not something that I can just pull together at the last minute in the event that all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. However, that’s not to say that I cannot remain in preparation to put something together, should the opportunity arise. Long story, short ... I wouldn’t hold my breath in anticipation of any music festivals this year. It is unfortunate, and disheartening that open air concerts are still a long time coming into the foreseeable future. Music in the Park will continue when permitted by Provincial Health Authorities.
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Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is excited to be oﬀering two new programs for the Okanagan Falls area: • •
Be�er at Home Therapeu�c Ac�va�on Program for Seniors (TAPS)
Be�er at Home oﬀers non-medical support services to anyone 65 years of age or older. The services we oﬀer are: • •
Please contact us at 250-495-6925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ﬁnd out more information and book an intake. Therapeu�c Ac�va�on Program for Seniors (TAPS) mandate is to enhance the quality of life for seniors, reduce isola�on, create connec�on, and ensure seniors experience joy. The program is crea�ng connec�on for anyone 55 years of age or older through: • • •
Recrea�on Ac�vi�es Health and Wellness Talks Friendly Conversa�ons
These activities will keep you connected, while staying safe. Please contact Bonnie at 250-408-4128 or email email@example.com to ﬁnd out more information about how to get involved. We cannot run these programs without the help of volunteers. We are currently recrui�ng volunteers for: • • • •
Presen�ng for topics of interest Conference call leader Meal delivery driver with mileage compensated Transporta�on driver (grocery, medical, etc.) with mileage compensated
Please contact us at 250-495-6925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ﬁnd out more information on volunteering.
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
In the 50s, the family began a new tradition. After pruning in the fall, they would close up the house, pack into the car and drive to By Meredith King Mexico where they would live for 3 or 4 months until the orchards The next series of articles will include the histories of some of the called them home in early spring. They continued to do this until founding families who arrived in the decades starting in the 1920s. the early 60s, when many things changed for them. These are recorded from the memories of the descendants of After graduation from high school, both Friedel and Keith chose to these families. They are written up by me and I take responsibility stay and continue to farm the orchards with their parents. for any errors. The run-on sentences are also all mine, though the In 1955, after graduation, Maria had moved to Vancouver to take tendency is undoubtedly inherited. her nurses’ training at St. Paul’s Hospital. She worked there for The Busch Family a time and then went to Europe for an extended vacation. She The family grew quickly over the next decade. Keith, born in 1931, returned to Kaleden in 1961 to look after her mother, who had was in a bigger hurry than his older brother, and was born in Jack become seriously ill, and late in that year Lucy passed away at Coltman’s car on the way into the hospital. Or, perhaps Jack was only 53 years of age. This was a devastating blow to this very just a slower driver than Jud. Maria followed in 1936 (no mention close knit family. The death of Lucy precipitated a tumultuous few years for the Busch family. of transportation) and Hannes, the final Busch, arrived in 1937. In the 1930s not only did the family grow, but the holdings of the Maria remained at home and worked in Penticton for a year following Busch family increased too. George continued to work two jobs her mother’s death and then in 1962 moved back to Vancouver. and with the income from their orchard and work on the orchards It was there she met and started dating John Oudendijk, a steel of others, income from Lucy’s work in the packinghouse and help fabricator, who had recently emigrated from Holland. from loans from the federal farm assistance program, which had In 1963, more upheavals were in the works. George travelled to be paid back, George and Lucy acquired a number of other back to Germany to visit family and friends, where he met and parcels of land. They purchased the LaTrace parcel which fronted rekindled a relationship with a childhood friend, Vera Marie. They on Linden, Bob Melville’s property below them on Oak, Desmond were married in Germany and returned to Kaleden. Clark’s near Ponderosa Point, and 10 acres at lots 109, 110 and At approximately the same time, Freidel took six months oﬀ to 111 in the hollow at 500 Linden Ave. vacation in Europe and on a skiing trip in Austria met and fell in love George and Lucy, though they arrived and lived in Kaleden during with an Austrian girl, Ingebord Hauska. After a whirlwind romance, a time of much anti-German sentiment locally and in Canada in they were married and Friedel brought her home to Kaleden. general, strived to fit harmoniously into the fabric of the community As if that weren’t enough, during this same period, the romance and developed some great friendships. They participated in many between Maria and John had blossomed and in the fall of 1963 of the activities and their children grew up and attended school they also were married. here. George was known for his violin music and later on played Meanwhile, Hannes, who had lived at home and taken the school duets with Phyllis King on the piano. bus daily into Penticton to a workshop, decided to move into a group home in Penticton run by the Ministry. What a chaotic 2 years! Tune in next month for the finale ... Join us each 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.
Stag’s Hollow Winery Now Open Daily 11-5
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Need A Ride? If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.
Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Does anyone else feel like home renovations and personal projects are at an all time high? Now that it’s spring, yard work is in full force, too. It’s inspiring to see! With all of these endeavours, let’s try our best to support local whenever possible. Did you know there is a business directory on the community website? Visit www.kaledencommunity.com/business for more information.
Tasting Experiences by Reservation Visit stagshollowwinery.com to book (Walk-ins accommodated when possible) 2237 Sun Valley Way
Okanagan Falls, BC
While we’re thinking locally, have you stopped by Doug’s Homestead yet? Hit them up before lunch to get some of their world famous beef jerky. Flambe continues with their Flambe@ Home Friday night ‘Heat & Serve’ dinners, which are a real treat after a long week. The wineries will start opening for tastings soon and for homemade perogies and other Ukrainian delights, swing by Jane’s Farmhouse on the highway. We are so fortunate here in Kaleden to have these and many other businesses available to us. Let’s show them our support! SkahaMatters.com | April 2021 | Page 21
LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Wishing you a meaningful, memorable, and wonderful Easter!
Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - On Line!
Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. If regulations allow, KCC may have an outdoor, socially distanced Easter service. Please check our website for the latest information. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: email@example.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info
“My Secret Ingredient is Love” Proudly Baked in Okanagan By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services “Community Champions” is a media campaign led by the South Okanagan-Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership. We share stories that raise awareness about the contribution immigrants make to the community, while introducing the small businesses of new Canadians.
Audrey was born and raised in Poitiers in the west of France. When she met her husband, Jean Marc, both were happy living Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Pastor Jon Manlove live on YouTube. in the beautiful Bordeaux close to the family estate winery. When Easter Sunday Service on April 4th at 10 am will be live at 10 Jean Marc’s mother sold the estate, the young couple was open am via YouTube, as will all services until we can meet again. to adventures, so Jean Marc started looking for a job around the 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 globe. And their wish was granted - Jean Marc was invited to work as a wine maker in South Okanagan. Okanagan Falls United Church - On Hold! “No, no, no ... we can’t go. Our son is too young ... you are Please visit www.okfallsunited.ca or call us for more information. expecting our second child ... it’s so far from France ... Can we 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 or 250-497-2560 really?”, exclaimed Jean Marc. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! But, they understood that they needed to take this chance. And, Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at this is how their Okanagan journey began. Christ The King Oliver. Services are on hold, due to Covid-19. For The Enixon family arrived in Oliver in 2016 with one toddler, one more information on when services will resume, call the Oliver big belly and six suitcases. Catholic Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit www.ctkoliver.org. “We decided to settle in Oliver, because it is a family town. What is 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil especially great is that it has a growing artisan community. It was a very cold winter when we moved here. My husband worked a lot St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line! and I was at home taking care of our baby girl. Since we moved, I Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a was craving good bread. I used to make bread at home in France”, local member for the Zoom details, if you’d like to join in. shares Audrey. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi - 250-899-0163 “Once I was watching a cooking show called “Cooked”, where they were talking about creating your own sourdough starter. As a microbiologist (that was my first diploma), I was fascinated by the process and decided to try it myself. And this is how “Jojo”, my sourdough bread starter, was born. I named it after my grandfather”, adds Audrey with an aﬀectionate smile. At first, Audrey was baking bread for her family. One day her friend was over for dinner and kept complementing Audrey’s bread and finally convinced her to start baking for other people as well. Audrey used to supervise three school cafeterias in France, so she was very familiar with the food industry. “Thanks to SOICS (South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services) I got my Food Safe Certificate. I researched a lot about baking at home on the Interior Health website and found out that with certain restrictions it was absolutely possible”, says Audrey. Audrey started baking small batches of bread and selling them at the Osoyoos Farmers’ Market. After four years of being a vendor, she has become a part of the Board of the market. When the market is closed and all year round Audrey’s Road 9 home based micro bakery oﬀers monthly subscriptions for sourdough bread and individual orders for free delivery in Oliver or pick up. Besides various naturally leavened breads (loaves, batard, French baguettes, focaccia, buns, etc.), Audrey makes old-fashioned almond macaroons (inspired by her grandma’s recipe). She even Daily, 11 - 4 pm makes her own ﬂour from the organic grains, and hopes to make her baking 100% organic in the future. When COVID-19 pushed a Reservations Recommended lot of community members into isolation, Audrey shared Jojo and sourdough bread recipes, and oﬀered advice on baking. Celebrate SPRING and have a picnic outside. “My goal is to make local, earthy, high quality bread. I put my heart Come join us! into it. I give my love through my bread and get it back from the community”, concludes Audrey. nobleridge.com | 250.497.7945 Road 9 - Audrey’s Breads was voted #1 in Best Bakeries of South Okanagan 2020.
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Flowers to Eva Durance for donating 60 copies of the book “Cultivating the Wild” to support Sickle Point fundraising. ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Flowers to Pat Siddon for the treats to support the crew who made the movie about Sickle Point. Watch for it coming soon! ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Fish Heads to the adults with a group of kids in Okanagan Falls Provincial Park on March 1, 2021. My girlfriend and I walked into the park and they left soon after our arrival; however, we noticed that they hadn’t put their campfire out. There were two large logs still glowing red in the campfire ring and it was very windy that day, with fall leafage blowing all around. I phoned the local school and was informed it wasn’t them. We stayed for another hour in the park and no one showed up to put the fire out. Makes you wonder what kind of education these kids are getting from these adults if they aren’t taught to extinguish a campfire completely, especially in an area where wildfires are common? ~ From Rosalind G. of Vaseux Lake Fish Heads to the anonymous anti-tax / anti-Sickle Point people who illegally affixed their posters to private property and now do not have the common decency to clean up their left over mess. ~ From Lawrie B. of Kaleden
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