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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You” www.SkahaMatters.com

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

Volume 8 : Issue 8

August 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter


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Fort St. John brothers, Dexter and Anderson, enjoy a water fight in the Kenyon Beach Water Park, while visiting their grandparents in Okanagan Falls. Remember folks, there are no age limits in enjoying this fabulous cooling off oasis! Check out the weekly free program, “What’s on Wednesday?” with a new theme for the kids from 11 am - 3 pm in Kenyon Park every Wednesday. See you at the beach this August!

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petition will be publicly presented to our MLA, Linda Larson, and to Premier Christy Clark within the next few days. I will also be pressing “Have Fun in the Sun” this matter once again with Highways Minister the Hon. Todd Stone, While the start of summer was somewhat when I meet with him at the UBCM Convention in September. damp and cool this year, I don’t think I’ve Commercial Zoning Changes Proposed for Okanagan Falls ~ ever seen our hills and vineyards looking Meeting on January 21st, 2016, the RDOS Planning and Development as lush and green as they are today, as Committee directed staff to prepare amendments to the Area ‘D’ we head into the “second half” of summer. zoning bylaw to update the commercial zones, and to redefine the And, I notice that our parks and beaches in Highway Commercial zone (C4) to provide a range of permitted uses South Skaha are now teeming with families, “that complement the vibrant, mixed use vision for the downtown kids and sun-worshipers, many of whom area of Okanagan Falls that the (recently amended) OCP seeks”. are happy holidayers who have come to The proposed changes, which include the creation of an Okanagan soak up our “sun and sand”. Please play Falls Town Center zone, were given first and second reading at the Tom Siddon safe and have fun! RDOS Board meeting on July 21st. A public hearing on these zoning Director of Incidentally, with the influx of sun- changes will be held on August 10th at 7:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls RDOS Area ‘D’ seekers have come some less desirable Community Centre. These amendments will have a direct bearing consequences. In recent weeks, I have received several complaints on the future development of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre. For from local residents about visitors who sometimes let their dogs run further details, please call Chris Garrish at 250-490-4101. free on our sandy beaches, or don’t pick up their droppings. And, Parks Planning Project Underway for Kaleden, Heritage Hills, complaints about a few trailer and motor home owners who insist on and Okanagan Falls ~ On July 19th and 20th, the Kaleden and parking their rigs and boat trailers along our narrow streets in ways OK Falls Parks Commissions met with the recently appointed parks that obstruct pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicle owners from safe planning consultants (LA West) and myself to tour our Area “D” parks use of our streets and boat-launch facilities. in Heritage Hills, Kaleden and OK Falls (at the former Lamb property); If you are a tourist, please remember that you are welcome as a and to discuss content for a park development questionnaire to be guest in our communities. We appreciate your visit, but please be circulated in each community. Copies of the questionnaire can now considerate of the posted signage and rights of others. And, if you’re be obtained from members of either Parks Commission or from the a dog owner or horse rider, take note that free-roaming pets are not Community Services Office at 778-515-5520. allowed on our public beaches or swimming areas at any time. Contract Awarded for KVR Trail Upgrade in Kaleden ~ At the Things are Hopping in Okanagan Falls! ~ Over and above the RDOS Board meeting on July 21st, bids were reviewed for widening normal influx of summer visitors to our area, there are several new and resurfacing of the KVR Trail through Kaleden for a distance of developments in Okanagan Falls which bode well for the future. about 4 km, from the North end of Alder Ave to a point almost 1.5 km With the renovations at the pub and re-opening of the restaurant at North of the Banbury Campground. The 3 metre wide trail surface will the Okanagan Falls Hotel, together with two new pizza shops, and be composed of a compacted semi-asphaltic material much like the Caitlin’s planned relocation to 9th Avenue, there are several new earlier section from Kaleden to Okanagan Falls, completed in 2013. choices for “eating out”. We also have two new markets, a Community After reviewing two competing bids, the Board decided to award the & Artisan’s Market on Sundays from 10-2pm at OK Falls Hotel and a contract to McKinley-Clark Paving at a cost of $317,331. About twoWednesday Market 4-7pm in Centennial Park, featuring fresh produce thirds of this amount will be funded from our gas-tax reserve of over and local artisans. The IGA, under new management, also seems to $210,000 - the balance to come from a Bike BC Grant should it be be thriving these days. received from the Provincial government. Other shorter portions of The IGA will soon have a brand new neighbor, the Center for Dentistry, the trail, behind the McGinn property at the North end of Alder, and owned and operated by Dr. Gina Georgeson, a dental graduate of the through the Banbury Campground, are being paid for by the Province University of Alberta who will be opening up a state-of-the-art dental and the owners of Banbury, respectively. It’s going to be a beautiful clinic just west of the IGA, on August 18th. ride when finished later this fall! It’s also great news to note that Unit Electrical Engineering (UEE) is embarking on a multi-million dollar expansion of their Integrated Manufacturing Facility at 1406 Maple Street. The new facility will provide a dramatic increase in UEE’s operational efficiencies for fabrication, paint, assembly and electrical design of advanced systems for power distribution and control equipment for mining, oil and gas, commercial and industrial applications on a global scale. Watch for an imminent announcement of a grand opening event for this state of the art facility, which promises to bring more year-round employment and prosperity to Okanagan Falls.

Some Final Events to Watch For ~ Don’t forget the “Music in the Park” programs at the Bandshell in Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. This weekend there’s Dale Seaman and the Highway 97 Band, with Beamer Wigley on Sunday, July 31st from 6:30-8:30 pm. Then on Sunday, August 28th, it’s Flashback from Penticton - a great Rock ’n’ Roll Band playing from 6:00-9:00 pm. And, don’t forget the fabulous, 4th Annual Shriner’s Show & Shine Car Show at Kenyon Park on Saturday, August 13th. For registration details, call Geoff Walter-Hughes at 250-473-7454.

Well, enjoy those “Hot August Nights”, while we have the fine weather! On another note, we have just learned that a new owner has now purchased the flea market property on the north side of 9th Avenue See you next month, in Okanagan Falls. I am looking forward to meeting with the owner to discuss his plans for development of this strategic property and how it will fit in with the long range conceptual plans we have been developing for the core area of Okanagan Falls. Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cross Walk Petition Reaches 1100 Signatures! ~ Thanks to the Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 untiring efforts of Pat Burton, who manages the “Sun and Sands RV Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen Park” some 1100 signatures have now been compiled on a petition 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 calling upon the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to install a pedestrian and vehicle activated system of highway-crossing traffic Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 lights at the corner of Cedar Street and Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls. “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca This safety-justified system of crossing lights is long overdue. The

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Area “D” Community Services Office with Vickie Hansen, Area D Clerk

Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager, thought you might like the office clerks’ perspective on what is going on in the Community Service Office, so this month’s column is written by Vickie Hansen, Clerk for Area “D”. Things that are on my desk: Monday, July 25th is the big day! Area “D” Community Services, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation and Kaleden Recreation offices will now be in one location at the Area “D” Community Services Office, located at #1 - 5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls (next to the IGA). Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Recreation programming and facilities bookings will not be affected. All classes will run as scheduled. Payments for all recreation programs and RDOS utility bills can be made at the Community Services Office. Stop by or call us with your payment information at 250-497-8188 or 778-515-5520. Vickie Hansen Rural Services Clerk

We have applied to HeritageBC for funding to hire a Heritage Consultant to provide us with a plan to preserve and conserve Michael Keogan’s chimney. We will find out if our funding application was approved by the end of August. We will require public consultation during the process, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for upcoming information. The Parks and Trails Donation Program is being updated and could include picnic tables, park benches, bike racks, trees, and so on. If you are considering a donation in one of our parks or trails, please contact the Area “D” Community Services Office at 778-515-5520.

Christmas in August? We have limited edition Kenny McLean bronze statues and Roy Henry Vickers prints of Kenny of his horse Warpaint for sale. All proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Kenny McLean statue in Centennial Park. Call Vickie for details on how to purchase a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special on your list or go to www.okfalls.ca for more details. Common complaints in our parks in the summer months involve dogs and parking. What is a bylaw and why do we need them? A bylaw is a law created by the local government, in this case the RDOS, to meet the needs of citizens and resolve issues. We are in the process of reviewing our park signs and parks bylaws. Clear and concise signs ensures all park users are able to enjoy the parks. An excerpt from Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 704.02, 2011 which amends Parks Bylaw No. 704, 1982, Schedule A, Section 1 states: a) Dogs must be kept on a leash, except in the designated dog beach area; b) Dogs are not allowed on the public beach area. We will explore other Bylaws in upcoming issues. It will be a year in September since I joined this office and I have really enjoyed meeting the Area “D” community members. Any time that you have a question, a problem, a flower or a fish head - please give me a call. I’m always happy to help! Check out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

Park Planning has started for Heritage Hills

We are assessing areas on the Okanagan Falls to Penticton bus route for the installation of transit benches. Age Friendly funding will enable us to install the benches. Please call the Area “D” Community Services Office to provide input on bench locations. Did you know that there are hundreds of Volunteer Opportunities in the South Okanagan? Need to get out of the house? Like to be busy? Check out www.volunteercentre.info to see if you fit in with a job that needs doing. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities: Research shows that volunteering contributes to a happier, healthier and longer life. Volunteering boosts self-confidence, reduces depression, protects against stress and helps us stay physically active.


TWO FINAL MEETINGS Area “D” Governance Study Committee Meetings are Open to the Public.

Monday, August 8th at 6:30pm Club Room at the OK Falls Rec Centre

Reviewing the Results from Survey #2 Survey #2 Summary will be on the website by mid-August.

Monday, August 29th at 2:00pm Club Room at the OK Falls Rec Centre

Reviewing the Draft Final Report

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING! You Got Informed. You Got Involved. You Had Your Say! www.rdos.bc.ca | areadgovernance@rdos.bc.ca | 250.492.0237 Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans



Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection

Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits

Kaleden and Okanagan Falls The Parks and Recreation Commissions seek your ideas for the PARK in your community? Your feedback is valued! Questionnaires will be placed in locations around your community, at the Area “D” Community Service Office and online at rdos.bc.ca.

Matheson Creek Farm A perfect place to experience the freshest fruit you will ever eat.

Opening for the Season! Wednesday, July 27th

Sunrise apples, peaches, cherries, berries, apple juice, tomatoes, peaches & cream corn, and so much more ... On Eastside Road in Okanagan Falls

Open Daily from 9:30-6:00

“We invite you to enjoy our farm and fruit stand. Relax under the arbour with a fresh fruit smoothie or a crisp apple, take in the beauty of the area and share with us our love and passion of farming.” ~ The Sloan Family Celebrating 68 years of farming in your neighbourhood!


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Information Centre Update with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

Vistor Information Centre

The Houses of Copper Mountain

To serve you better……. On July 25, 2016 Area “D” Community Services, OK Falls Parks & Recreation and Kaleden Recreation offices will be in one location: RDOS Area “D” Community Services Office #1-5350 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls (next to the Marketplace IGA) Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Come in to make your online payment for RDOS services at our new office. We also accept cheques. Please have your invoice with you.

Payments for all recreation programs can be made at the Community Services office at #1-5350 9th Avenue. Stop by or call us with your payment info. 250-497-8188 Recreation programming will not be affected. All classes will run as scheduled.

As told by Trevor Jones and Ray Edmonds in February 2000 The houses were owned by the Allenby Mining Company. I (Trevor Jones) was informed of the sale by a Mr. Lewis from Hedley, who was in charge of selling them. Muriel and I went up there to see them and made a purchase. When back home, I contacted Mrs. Isabella Vader, and they went up and made a purchase. The people that bought the houses are as follows: Trevor Jones - 1; Laurence and Isabella Vader - 5; Fred Phelps - 1; Lyle Badgley - 1; Ray Edmonds - 1; Charles Yule - 1; Adolph Lorenze - 1; United Church Scout Hall - 1; Mrs. Katherine Bell - 2. There were 14 houses altogether. The buyers of these houses met in my garage (Shell Service on Hwy 97) to arrange the moving of these houses to Okanagan Falls. I was elected to find someone with the equipment to transport all 14 houses to OK Falls. Princeton Movers required $1000 per house. I contacted Bassett Transfer and came to an arrangement of $400 per house, provided they were all raised up ready for removal under these terms. I guaranteed all 14 houses for them to bring down to OK Falls. We had to deal with West Kootenay (Power) and BC Tel to lift the wires. I was able to convince West Kootenay we could do this if they could loan us the special poles. We received the poles with a lecture on their proper use. As we were required to jack up the houses, we were in need of a truck to carry the blocking up to Copper Mountain and back to OK Falls. I asked Ray Edmonds about his truck for blocking. The gas for these trucks was supplied by Bassett Transfer. Some of the houses had to be partially dismantled and the roofs lowered. All houses were moved down without incident. A good move all around. It was in 1947, when the Copper Mountain Mine was having a low time when 14 houses were purchased by residents of Okanagan Falls from the Granby Consolidated mining hamlet of Copper Mountain and then had them moved into Okanagan Falls. Not all the houses remain, but there are still some in the area, especially around Ash Stret and 11th Avenue that people are still living in today.

AlleyCATS Alliance is pleased to be the recipient of a grant from New Horizons for Seniors Program to create an inspirational LIFE WITH CATS journal. Join AlleyCATS at Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Centre to learn more about how to become involved as an artist, writer, editor or story teller for this artistic journal featuring poetry, jokes, stories and artwork about CATS! This journal will be published and sold as a fundraiser for AlleyCATS Alliance. Come out for some creative fun:

Thursday, August 4th 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre 1141 Cedar Street For details, call 250-462-8195 or email alleycatsalliance@gmail.com You are invited to add to the LIFE WITH CATS Journal! Share your stories, draw a picture, tell a joke, or write a poem ... This is all about what your little kitty has done or may be up to right now.

Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic

- Okanagan Falls


Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12




CatMatch Meet Oreo

Oreo is a rare and special cat. He was rescued from a colony as a kitten and it was discovered that he has a rare condition. Oreo is actually being written up in Medical Journals! However, his condition is easily treated. Oreo just needs one tiny inexpensive pill twice a day! He is very socialized now and ready to have a family all of his own. If you think you would like to adopt this wonderful little guy, call us and we can arrange a meeting! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls



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July 30th in Kenyon Park

Once again over the August long weekend, the South Okanagan and Similkameen will play host to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events. The Ultra520K Canada is a unique, individual, three-day event consisting of 520 km of swimming, biking and running. This years’ event marks the 16th running since its inception in 1993. In order to be invited to this endurance race, competitors must complete at least an iron distance race (226.3km) in under 14.5 hours during the previous 18 months. This year’s race features 15 athletes hailing from 5 different countries, including Canada (6), United States (3), Australia (1), Spain (4), United Kingdom (1). The field consists of 2 women and 13 men. Day 1 - July 30th ~ Begins with a 10km swim in Skaha Lake from Penticton to Sovereign Road near Okanagan Falls. After which, athletes complete a 149.8 km bike ride through the South Okanagan, over the Richter Pass, and ending back in Kenyon Park in OK Falls. Day 2 - July 31st ~ Continues with competitors cycling a 274.2 km bike route from Penticton to Osoyoos. They return to OK Falls, then climb “The Wall” to Willowbrook and Twin Lakes on their way to Princeton, where they complete an out and back section to Alison Lake to finish at the Princeton Arena. Day 3 - August 1st ~ Completes the event with an 84.4 km run from Princeton to Summerland along the Old Princeton Summerland Road. The athletes finish at Memorial Park in Summerland. Local residents are invited to witness the end of all stages as follows: Day 1 / Stage 1 ~ 10 km Swim, Sovereign Road Boat Launch just off Eastside road 8:30 am; Day1 / Stage 1 ~ 149 km Bike, Kenyon Park, Okanagan Falls, approximately 3 pm; Day 2 / Stage 2 ~ 275 km Bike, Princeton Arena, approximately 3:30 pm; Day 3 / Stage 3 ~ 84.4 km Run, Memorial Park, Summerland approximately 2:30 pm. Alternatively, we will be offering live streaming for the 3rd time of selected portions of the event at www.ultra520kcanada.com. Shaw Cable have been instrumental in providing the appropriate connections for our technical staff and have made the streaming possible. The local community has been incredibly supportive of this event, most notably the IGA in Okanagan Falls, District of Summerland, Town of Princeton, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, Speedo, Hammer Nutrition, Hoodoo Adventures, Peach City Runners, Penticton Hospitality Association (Explore Penticton), Black Iron Grill, H2O 4U, Sabretooth Lifestyle, PHD Nutrition and Natures Fare. For further information, please visit www.ultra520kcanada.com or contact Race Director Steve Brown at 250- 809-1798.

EAST SIDE SALON Deb and Chad Wetter

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Communication ~ We are finding that the quickest and most effective way to provide the public with information about emergencies such as water main breaks or the need to shut down service for repairs is through OFID “Alerts.” This service will let you know of any emergencies with the water system through e-mail or text. To subscribe, visit OFID website (search Okanagan Falls Irrigation District) and click on the box, “Sign up for Alerts.” If you are already subscribed, please encourage your neighbours to do so as well. District Office Improvements ~ Along with the upgrades to Centennial Park, the Irrigation District is taking the opportunity to make improvements, along with routine maintenance, to the District Office. Last month’s project was painting the outside of the building (thanks to Dave Anderson), and this month we have replaced the old garden with Xeriscaping around the District Office and the Band Shell. Thanks to Michele of Michele’s Flowers and Gardens of Okanagan Falls for a wonderful job. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ Although the rain the past two months has given us some respite, it’s still important to remember that our water comes from wells and ultimately from the aquifers that serve them. As aquifers deplete, it takes time for them to recharge. We can use this rain and our prudent use of water to that end.

No watering/sprinkling during the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during off peak hours of midnight to 6am on your odd/even address matching the odd/even date.


Strata Complexes please use the street address of the complex, not the unit number to determine your watering day.

See Chad

for hair cuts, colour, beard & mustache trims, and eyebrow shaping.



Please Remember: May 1st - Sept 30th, sprinkling/watering is allowed on the ODD/EVEN address system.

439 Panorama Crescent Just off Eastside Road in Skaha Estates


Is it time to paint your house?

Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between 12 noon and 7pm. Thank you for helping to conserve water. Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm

Fragrance Free Hair Spray Available!

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



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Upcoming August Volunteer Opportunities

By Mackenzie Dickeson, Program Manager Celebrate the sun with the SOS Volunteer Centre by becoming more active in your community. Volunteering is a great way to become involved in a worthwhile cause and meet amazing people. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is an excellent community resource for people looking to volunteer. Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s website http://www.volunteercentre.info/ for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you’d like a more intensive introduction to volunteering please make an appointment to explore your options in more depth call 1-888-576-5661 or email info@volunteercentre.info. Here are some organizations needing volunteers this August: • Alzheimer Society of BC ~ Looking for a new challenge? The Alzheimer’s Society requires volunteers for their support & education programs. Orientation and training are provided. Individuals interested in assisting with support group facilitation and delivery of education sessions or office administration support are encouraged to contact Laurie Myres @ 250-4938182 or 1-888-318-1122 or email: lmyres@alzheimerbc.org • The Salvation Army ~ Volunteers are the backbone of the Salvation Army. They help to pick fruit, mentor Community Kitchen participants, sort food, pack food hampers, assist with Christmas, and many other opportunities. Volunteers will form new friendships and help people in need. If interested please contact Miriam Leslie at 250-492-6494 or email miriam_leslie@ can.salvation.org. • SS Sicamous - High Tea - Sunday, August 14th from 1:30-3:30 Travel back to a time of elegance with a 1920’s themed high tea on the S.S. Sicamous! The afternoon will include tea, appetizers, lawn games, live music, and the chance to experience a historic atmosphere. Teas and weaves will be providing the tea for this event, helping to make it possible! Funds raised will go towards restoration and reparations on the ships in the heritage park. Volunteers are needed to help out with games and serving tea. Please contact Michaela at info@sssicamous.com or call 250492-0403 for more details. Employment Opportunity! ~ The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is seeking to fill the position of a Part-Time Program Manager (20 hours/week). The primary role of this position: Promoting volunteer opportunities to residents through deadline delivered advertising and events, provide guidance to residents seeking to volunteer, provide resources and support to community organizations who rely on volunteers, tracking and reporting on volunteer and organization contact and feedback. The ideal candidate will have: A bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or Marketing, at least 2 years experience in working with the public and non profit sector, experience with website and database management and social media, superior communication skills, including listening and public speaking, project planning and management skills For more information, including a job description and how to apply, please go to www.volunteercentre.info and see attached PDF.

NEW Community Lost & Found RDOS Rural Services Office ~ 778.515.5520

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#1 - 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) - Next to IGA Found: A bolo (bolero) tie at Centennial Park over the July 1 weekend. Call 778-515-5520. Lost: A set of keys in the Dog Park at Skaha Lake - REWARD! Call 778-515-5520. Found: A pair of binoculars near Mahoney Lake. Please call Paul at 250-460-0095 to claim your lost item.

BBQ Buffet Dinner With LIVE MUSIC!

Every Thursday Evening In July & August

At The 1912 In Kaleden Call or text for reservations 250.486.8939

Kaleden Irrigation District News By the Staff & Trustees of the Kaleden Irrigation District

As the irrigation season is now under way, the District would like to introduce our summer Water Ambassador, local resident, Andrea Livolsi, who will be active in the community promoting our Water Conservation Program. She will be patrolling regularly, and providing guidance and education to residents on the benefits of water conservation. Details of our Stage One water conservation measures indicating permitted watering times were sent out Andrea Livolsi, Kaleden with the recent billing, and are also on Summer Water Ambassador our website www.kaledenirrigation.com. The District sincerely appreciates the efforts made by Kaleden residents to conserve water. We are always open to any suggestions that you may have, so please feel free to contact the office at 250-497-5407. Enjoy the summer!

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

Open 10-5 Wednesday to Saturday or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment www.SkahaWaterGardens.com




JACLYN KINRADE 250-493-2244

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

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Update with Jen Charlish It has been great to see people down enjoying Pioneer Park. It is always nice to be so close to home, especially when the wind and thunder start a person can quickly pack up and return home without feeling that the whole day is wasted. Hopefully, we have had our share of storms and the weather will get back to normal for this time of year. This month the Recreation Commission has been involved in the initial stages of a park planning project. We have met to tour the park and share ideas for possibilities for both Pioneer Park and future park expansion possibilities. We have also met with park consultants from a company hired by the RDOS. The consulting company will be distributing a questionnaire throughout the community in the next couple of weeks. Look for them in the library, the post office, and other public venues. Please take the time to fill it out. We want the input of the whole community as we try to put together a vision for Kaleden Parks over the next 20 years. A copy of the questionnaire will also be available on the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca), if you don’t happen to get one. After the results from the questionnaire are compiled, a public meeting will be held. Watch for the announcements of details for that meeting. We would love to see you there. There are some special children’s events being planned for the summer. “Medieval Day” is planned for Thursday, August 11th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Pioneer Park. Come and have fun at this free event. Keep an eye open for advertising posters of more events. As always, EVERYONE is welcome. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office, please phone 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

Tuesday, August 9th 4:30 pm Pioneer Park, Kaleden Adults Welcome - Bring a friend and learn how to play PICKLE BALL

Bocce Ball

or play a game of



POTLUCK PICNIC @ 5:30 pm Bring a picnic dish to share, your own plate, cup, utensils and a lawn chair. Beverages Provided! apfadults@gmail.com OR 250-497-8188

Princesses, Knights and Dragons... OH MY! Thursday August 11th 2016 @Pioneer Park

Open daily

From 11am - 3pm

11 am – 9 pm

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES! Come dressed as a Medieval Character of your choice and join in with Games, Crafts and Fun! Foam Sword Battles GIANT Cardboard Castle Making Crown and Shield Crafts

… Just watch out for the Dragon… Free, no registration required RSVP appreciated! hlamont@rdos.bc.ca or 250-497-8188

Dinner served 5-9 pm Come and enjoy our food, wine and view Weekly seasonal fresh sheets Featuring ingredients fresh from our local farms Reservations recommended: 778-515-5500 www.liquiditywines.com/bistro


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Summer Fun Camps DAY CAMPS For ages 5 to 12 years old Camps run July 11th to Aug 19th 9:00-4:00* Monday - Friday (*Early bird drop offs can be arranged with OK Falls Recreation) Six fun-filled weeks of play, sports, crafts, music, creativity & water play fun. A different theme each week! Pre-registration is important, so that we may provide the highest quality experience.

For more information: Okanagan Boys and Girls Club 250-493-0512 x122 Or OK Falls Recreation 250-497-8188 Email: info@okfalls.net $32 single day or $150 per week + $10 Annual Membership to the Club No refunds after registration / No drop-ins

Summer Fun Kids Camp Continues Until August 19th

Our camp leader, Yam Cooper is a musician, artist and author. He has been delivering camp days full of creativity and team work games. His motto is ‘sunny days and happy ways’. We still have a few spots in our last three camps: Little Chefs August 2nd - 5th; Inventors Workshop August 8th - 12th; and Wild About Water August 15th - 19th. Here’s some comments in the kids’ own words: “I feel excited and everything that means happy”, says Maria. “I can’t wait to come again - I love this camp”, says Georgia. “We got to jump off a mini trampoline in the water!”, says Preston

Theme Weeks ~ Something for Everyone! July 11-15

Kick Off Week - Let’s Get the Party Started!

July 18-22

Captain Jedi and the Superhero's

July 25-29

“Camps Got Talent” - Drama games, song, dance and art

Aug 2-5

Little Chefs

Aug 8-12

Inventors Workshop - Weird & wonderful experiments; oopy & goopy!

Aug 15-19

Wild About Water - With our annual trip to the Peachland rope swing

($120 this short week)




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

Teen Night Saturday, August 13th 6:00-8:00 pm Glow-in-the-Dark Games & More! Minimum age of 11 ~ $2 Drop In In the OK Falls School Gym

What’s on Wednesday? Join the Okanagan Falls Recreation Summer Team in Kenyon Park Special Events every Wednesday from 11:00-3:00 pm this August Check out okfalls.net for details!

Learn Why, What and How YOU can save a life in the event of a cardiac emergency. The Kaleden Hall and Okanagan Falls Community Centre have now installed Automated External Defibrillators. AED’s are saving thousands of lives across Canada every year. Please join us in learning how to use this valuable tool. ALL Welcome. Recommended minimum age of 11.

Two Training Sessions: Tuesday, August 2nd

Kaleden Hall ~ 7:00-8:15 pm

Thursday, August 4th

OK Falls Gym ~ 7:00-8:15 pm RSVP to ddunham@rdos.bc.ca or call 250-497-8188.

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Madden Lake and Ripley Lake

What have been your experiences with the impacts of climate change?

What are the solutions that you would like to see governments, businesses and communities implement to reduce greenhouse gas?

What are some ideas to promote innovation and new technologies in the effort to reduce CO² emissions?

What can Canada do to better adapt to impacts of climate change and support affected communities including indigenous ones?

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Meet The Okanagan Falls Gators

The Okanagan Falls Gators Baseball Team qualified for the Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken U-12 Regional Championships held in Kennewick, Washington from July 13-18. The Gators represented BC, as Canada’s Top - Advice before taking the field. lone entry in the tournament. They Bottom - Adrian Orioli swings during played 4 round robin games vs the State Champions from Oregon, Idaho, the Home Run Hitting Contest. Montana and Washington. Overall the team played well; however, were overmatched and went 0-4 in round robin play. The top team advanced to the Cal Ripken U-12 World Series held in August in Aberdeen, Maryland. The weekend started with a Team BBQ, Opening Ceremonies, a parade of teams onto the field, then the Canada and US National Anthems, speeches, etc. This was followed by a skills competition. They didn’t win any skills comps, but overall did well and had lots of fun. Away from the field, the team got to be recognized as Canada’s featured team one evening at a Triple A Professional Baseball game in Pasco, Washington ... The Tri City Dusty Devils. Each player got to stand at a position on the ball field with their baseball buddy during the national anthem ... What a very cool experience for these kids.

with Larry Martin It has been a while since I last visited Madden and Ripley near Oliver. Both lakes are small and can produce larger fish, if you are willing to work at it. If you can, avoid the weekends as they will be full and there is limited camping. The sites are showing their age, tables and docks have been vandalized and some have burn scars. There can be a disappointing amount of garbage, noisy neighbours, dogs and quads running wild, but locals who care will often clean up the sites. I visited the site on a Monday and the remaining camper had already cleaned up the mess (none of which was his) and was preparing to take the garbage out on his way. The water was surprisingly high for this time of year, so fishing from the docks on both lakes was possible. The roads are not well marked and my GPS backloads map did not follow the best route, so I suggest you take a map. I went in from Fairview Road which is not marked with a sign, but the junction for Madden and Ripley is marked. I just took the road that looked most logical and I found both lakes first try. They are not far from the main Fairview Road, so the adventure should not be to painful if you get on the wrong road. It is not remote wilderness, but gives the feeling that it is when other campers co-operate. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Docks at both Madden Lake & Ripley Lake show their age, but still great to fish from.

Becoming an Energy HERO!

Provided in partnership by BC Hydro and FortisBC, the Home Energy Rebate Offer (HERO) provides a wide variety of rebates to help you make it easy to reduce your ongoing energy costs, and improve the comfort of your home. Rebates are available for insulation, ventilation, hot water tanks and mini-split ductless heat pumps. Plus, if you have a pre- and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation and make two or more eligible upgrades you could qualify for a draftproofing rebate of up to $500 and the $750 Bonus Offer. Also, for a limited time, FortisBC is doubling rebates for electric heat pump, hot water tanks, and central system heat pumps and offering a 1.9% interest up to 10 year loan for heat pumps, which means even bigger savings. For more details visit www.fortisbc.com/rebates, call 1-877-740-0055 or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com.

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RCMP Community Report

Keep Your Property Safe for You to Enjoy

Summer is upon us and it is the time when many people leave for a holiday or get out and enjoy various summer activities. Unfortunately, break-ins and thefts continue to be a problem in the area and can certainly put a damper on your holiday or summer fun. To reduce the chance of becoming a victim of a break-in while you are away on vacation or out for the day, ensure that you have locked up your residence and property. Don’t make it easy for thieves. Keep valuable such as jewellery, passports and such hidden for safekeeping in the event someone does get into your residence. Ensure that your home has the lived in look while you are away by using light timers, having someone collect your mail and cut your grass. Alarm systems provide you with the best level of security and the price of systems have come down and some can even be monitored and controlled from your smart phone. Ensure you mark your property for identification, record make and serial numbers and take photos of your property. Putting your BC Driver’s licence number on your property helps police to quickly identify the property owner and helps police in returning the property to the owner and prosecuting persons found in possession of stolen property. People have become very lax in marking and recording their property, and as a result police often have large quantities of recovered property that they cannot return to their owner, nor prosecute anyone for having same. It is very frustrating to police to find someone in possession of property that is no doubt stolen, and yet unable to positively identify as stolen. Right now bicycles are the hot item to steal. First of all, they are great transportation for our prolific offenders to use as they ply their trade in our neighborhoods and communities. Secondly, the area is a popular location for cycling and cycling events. As a result, many locals and visitors have expensive bikes on which to enjoy cycling in the area. These expensive bikes provide our offenders with a source of quick cash. People need to secure their bikes with good quality locks. Do not leave them unattended in your yard, in campgrounds, in the back of pickups and on vehicle bike racks. Again, ensure you record the make, serial number and engrave your BC driver’s licence on the bike in several locations such as the frame, pedals, crank, handle bars, as these thieves are quick to paint and part out these bikes. Also, take photos of your bike, where the identifying marks and engravings are. Without a way of identifying these stolen bikes as stolen, police are unable to return and charge anyone with the theft or possession of the stolen bike, which in turn does nothing to deter them from continuing to steal bikes. Finally, boats, personal watercraft and summer toys need to be secured, inventoried with everything recorded. Leaving these items on unattached trailers is an invitation for thieves to simply hook up and drive off with your boat , watercraft or ATV, which will certainly take away from your summer enjoyment. Again, there are good trailer locks and alarm systems that can help you protect your summer investment. Remember, if it is not secured and has value, there is a chance that someone will deprive you of it and if this happens, you want to be able to provide the police with enough information and identification to help them recover the property and charge those responsible. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Sun Safety Tips ~ Rates of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, continue to rise in Canada, even though it is one of the most preventable cancers. A few sun safety recommendations: 1) Canadians need to be extra careful to protect their skin between 11am and 3pm (when the UV index is 3 or more, typically between April and September). 2) Cover up as much as possible with tightly woven or UV-protective labelled clothing. Clothes generally provide better protection than sunscreen. 3) Use a sunscreen with a minimum skin protection factor (SPF) of 30. Also, sunscreen should be labelled “broad-spectrum” and “water resistant”. 4) Seek shade, like a tree or an awning, or bring your own, such as an umbrella. 5) Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head, face, ears, neck and eyes. 6) Wear close-fitting sunglasses in a wrap-around style with full UVA/UVB protection. 7) Never use indoor tanning beds. 8) Get your Vitamin D from your diet or by taking vitamin supplements, rather than through UV ray exposure. Enjoy the sun safely by protecting your skin and your eyes and preventing cancer. Have a wonderful summer in the South Okanagan! CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, August 31st ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

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Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS) are related modern day maladies that cannot be explained medically. The two syndromes share overlapping symptoms; however, FM is primarily defined by debilitating pain throughout the body for more than 3 months and CFS by tiredness not relieved by sleep. Many people suffer needlessly with these syndromes because the underlying causes are not thoroughly investigated. Further, well established and clinically proven Naturopathic therapies are not available through mainstream medicine. It is estimated that over 1 million Canadians suffer from these disorders. Some of the possible underlying causes include: • Low thyroid hormone levels • Low or imbalanced hormone levels • Adrenal fatigue • Nutrient deficiencies • Toxicities • Chronic viral, fungal, or bacterial infections • Poor energy production due to mitochondrial dysfunction • Poor oxygen utilization • Food allergies Naturopathic Doctors offer testing and therapies that target these underlying causes. Natural treatments are recommended because they do not add further to the burden of toxicity which can occur with pharmaceutical medications. Natural therapies have no adverse side effects, are gentle, and work with the body’s innate healing system to encourage balance and optimal health. Oxygenation therapies and nutrient repletion therapies both have shown good clinical outcomes for both fatigue and muscle pain. Addressing hormone, thyroid, and adrenal imbalances further helps the body to heal and regain homeostasis. Often, infections are at the heart of the disorder and by clearing these out of the body, good health can be restored. Diet is almost always a component of pain and fatigue. Following scientifically based nutritional guidelines and eliminating food sensitivities or allergies is a core component of healing these disorders. All of these therapies help to improve energy production (in the mitochondria, our cells’ energy producers) which is always sluggish with FM/CFS. If you are suffering from FM/CFS perhaps a visit to a Naturopathic Physician is in order. Alternative therapies offer hope for many who are not receiving adequate relief from conventional therapies. You can contact Dr. Browne at 250-497-6681.

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

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Physiokey Therapy - Activating Our Natural Healing Mechanisms By Carol Fisher of Wellness in Motion

The Physiokey is a small hand held device that stimulates the body’s natural pain relieving mechanisms. The Physiokey finds and treats problem areas and naturally brings the body back to a state of homeostasis. The technology behind the Physiokey was originally developed as part of a secret Soviet space program during the Cold War. The goal was to create a small, energy efficient and highly effective device to keep the astronauts in top form without the use of standard medicines, the result was a device called SCENAR (self-controlled energoneuro adaptive regulator). Germany continued developing the neuro stimulation technology, adding more diagnostic and treatment features and increasing the ease of use, resulting in the Physiokey series. By moving the device over the skin the Physiokey interprets electrical resistance. The Physiokey does this by sending small, very short duration electro-impulses through the skin to the brain that mimic the body’s nervous system. This bio-feedback reading is a reflection of the internal state of health in that area of the body. When the signal reaches the brain, it begins a dialogue through the skin with the Physiokey device. Based on its readings, appropriate settings are entered, enabling the Physiokey to send signals through the nervous system to the brain suggesting a state of homeostasis in the body. This dialogue activates the hypothalamus, the master of the endocrine system, stimulating C type nerve fibers and triggering the release of neuropeptides, nerve chemicals that are considered the body’s most powerful healing elements. The Physiokey biofeedback process asks the brain hundreds of times per second in a language it understands, to bring the body back to balance by using it’s innate self repair ability. This process naturally relaxes the nervous system, reduces stress, increases range of motion and decreases pain. During a treatment, the Physiokey device is brushed along areas of your skin resulting in a deep tingling sensation. During a treatment, settings are constantly adjusted to reflect the current state of your body. Regular treatments can build quickly on each other resulting in a faster long-term resolution of problem areas. By releasing neuropeptides, the Physiokey is a holistic treatment modality resulting in the brain treating everything that it considers a problem, naturally concentrating on the greatest problem areas. Treatments as soon as possible after an injury occurs are the most productive. Chronic conditions also respond well to treatment over time, assisting in controlling chronic pain. You can benefit from Physiokey treatments if you have: acute or chronic pain, muscle spasms, limited range of motion, post-surgery rehabilitation, frozen shoulder, trapped nerve conditions, poor circulation, or inflammation. Discover the health benefits of Physiokey Therapy by booking an appointment with Carol Fisher at “Wellness In Motion”, alongside Dr. Tamara Browne, ND and “The Natural Family Health Clinic” in Okanagan Falls. To find out more about Physiokey Therapy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion”, visit our website at www.discoverwellnessinmotion.com.

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MANUAL OSTEOPATHY, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, PHYSIOKEY THERAPY & YOGA THERAPY Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P. Carol Fisher, RYT500 wellnessinmotion@outlook.com 101-1040 Main St, Okanagan Falls



Okanagan Falls Wednesday Market 4-7 pm Centennial Park Fresh Produce & Local Artisans Call 250.809.5722

Welcome to the Wednesday Market

Thank you to all the locals who have visited thus far in the beautiful Centennial Park on Wednesday in June and July. Our hope was to compliment the awesome new Sunday Market at the OK Falls Hotel and give locals another option for buying and selling their goods. Come on down for fresh produce, arts & crafts, kids crafts, imported clothing, cottage collectables, and much more. Each week is different and new vendors are welcome to join. We are always kid friendly and welcome you to bring your picnic dinner too, as you enjoy this lovely green space with us in Okanagan Falls. For more info, call Maria at 250-809-5722. See you every Wednesday!

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Okanagan Falls Hotel Pub & Restaurant featuring wine from the


Thank You from “Party in the Park”!

with Gerry Thygesen, Kraze Legz Owner & President of OFWA Our 5th annual “Party in the Park” was held on July 8th to a sold out crowd, who enjoyed wine tastings with our 14 member wineries, dinner by Flambé Catering, and danced to the live music of “My Kind Of Karma”. Thank you to our Primary Sponsor ATS Healthcare, a leading single source, full-service transportation solutions provider; Penticton Ramada, recipient of the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award; Structurlam, a manufacturer of high quality cross-laminated timber; Westminster Party Rentals, for tents, tables, dinnerware, linens, and other event supplies; and Okanagan Falls IGA, where you can always expect service with a smile. Finally, a big thanks to Monica, the driving force behind PIP this year, along the entire OFWA PIP committee and volunteers for their brilliant efforts. Thank you everyone!


July 7-20: Blue Mountain & Noble Ridge

(wine tasting held on July 7 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

July 21-August 3: Liquidity & Painted Rock

(wine tasting held on July 21 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

August 4-17 : Nighthawk & Stag's Hollow

(wine tasting held on August 4 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

August 18-31: Blasted Church & Pentâge

(wine tasting held on August 18 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

September 1-14 : Wild Goose & Krāzē Legz

(wine tasting held on September 1 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

September 15-28 : Topshelf

(wine tasting held on September 15 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

Sept 29-Oct 13: Synchromesh & Meyer Family

(wine tasting on September 29 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

Visit www.OFWA.ca for more details

Artist Lecture Series T O I N F O R M A N D I N S P I R E ...

Charles Malinsky

We are taking the art experience one step further by bringing internationally respected artists to Liquidity to speak about their art and what inspires them. Whether you are an artist yourself, or simply appreciate art, these lectures will be interesting and engaging.

NEXT LECTURE: SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH: CHARLES MALINSKY Charles Malinsky is an internationally acclaimed Canadian painter. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in countless publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his careers have made him one of the most dynamic figurative painters working in the 21st century. Book quickly – the July lecture was a sold out event! Tickets are free but seating is limited. For more information or tickets visit www.liquiditywines.com

September 10th: Jeff Burgess, Program Founder, Capilano University & Langara College October 8th, 3pm: David Burdeny Professional Photographer of the Year: Nature, 2008 & 2010

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Challenge Penticton Course Update

On Sunday, August 28th, Penticton will be hosting the Challenge Penticton Long Course Triathlon National Championships. The event will be part of a week long festival this year from August 23rd -29th. The festival will be based out of Okanagan Lake Park, Rotary Park and Gyro Park in downtown Penticton. For a more extensive version of the schedule of events, please visit http://challenge-penticton.com/ schedule/. The Long Course Triathlon will be the only event that will affect traffic at the south end of Penticton. Athletes will begin the swim at 6:30 am. The first athletes are expected to be out of the water at 7:00 am and will begin the bike by riding out to Summerland on Highway 97 before returning to Penticton and heading south on Government Street. Wade Avenue & Government Street will be closed from Ellis Street to Dawson Avenue from 5:00 am to 2:30 pm. Athletes will then take Dawson Avenue to South Main Street. Dawson Avenue will be closed from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm between Government Street and South Main Street. From 7:00 am to 2:00 pm South Main Street will be closed to southbound traffic from Dawson Avenue to Green Avenue. Eastside Road will also be closed to southbound traffic from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Residents of Eastside Road between Brantford Avenue and McLean Creek Road can exit one way, northbound on Eastside road to Green Avenue. To enter this segment, residents should travel to Okanagan Falls via Highway 97 then travel north on Eastside Road. McLean Creek Road will also be closed to southbound traffic between Eastside Road and 10th Avenue from 7:00 am to 2:00pm. After McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls athletes will make a right hand turn down Maple Street, a left down 7th Street, a left down Cedar Street, a right down 8th Avenue, a left down Railway Lane and then continue right on Highway 97 back to Penticton. Lane closures will be in effect along sections of Highway 97 to safely accommodate cyclists. Closures and altered traffic patterns will be in place between Penticton and Summerland until 10:30 am and between OK Falls and

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Penticton until 2:00 pm. Once in Penticton, the athletes will ride Skaha Lake Road to Lee Avenue then turn right down Eastside Road to complete the second lap of the bike course. Traffic control personnel will be stationed at major intersections and access points along the race route to safely manage traffic. Motorists are asked to avoid travel during impacted hours and consider alternative times for corridor trips or alternative routes for local trips. Motorists that need to travel during these times are advised to plan ahead for potential delays and short stoppages, as well as to use caution in the presence of large volumes of participants. Challenge Penticton organizers and participants apologize for any inconveniences, thank you for your patience and cooperation, and remind you to drive safely. Challenge Penticton invites you to get involved in the event this year. Participate, volunteer or cheer athletes on as a spectator. The festival this year is hosting 5 National Championship races also including an Aquathlon, a Duathlon, a Cross Triathlon and an AquaBike. There will also be many events throughout the week that are open to the public, such as the Family Fun Run at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 25th, and the After Party from 8:00 to 11:00 pm on Sunday, August 28th. Come down to Okanagan Lake Park to be a part of the action! The event is still looking for volunteers to fill various positions. Get involved by contacting Jenni at volunteers@challengepenticton.com.

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Kaleden Branch:

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

This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “Book A Trip” and each library branch is hosting special events, contests and prizes to encourage school-age kids to read during their summer holidays. Its not too late to still sign up! For more information, visit the Kaleden Library or call at 250-497-8066. The Kaleden library is hosting these programs on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. The Okanagan Regional Library’s “Summer Reading Club” has already handed out over 5,000 reading records to the children between the ages of 5-12 year-olds. August 3 - Fly with Bees ~ Tim Bouwmeester is going to tell us all about honeybees. August 17 - Learn Origami ~ Ruell Smith will show us how to make animals from a single piece of paper! August 31 - Wind Up Party ~ Medals & Awards Presentations.

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

Summer Reading Club theme for 2016 is “Book A Trip”. Keep reading and get your name in for some great prizes! For the month of August we have the following programs from 6:30-7:30pm: Tuesday, August 2 - Book A Trip to Learn About the SPCA ~ Animal Educator, Laura, will teach us about care and safety of animals. Tuesday, August 9 - Book a Trip to Imagination Land ~ Come & join our Volunteer Community Readers who will read fun summer tales. Tuesday, August 16 - Book A Trip to Camp SRC ~ This is our wind-up for the Summer Reading Program. Please join us for an old fashioned campfire singsong with special guest Cowgirl Kelly and her guitar! Our award medals and certificates will be distributed, as well as fun prizes! Congratulations to Nate Michiel (in photo to left) for his completion on 100 books to read together before kindergarten! Good Job, Nate! We appreciate any donations of used books in good condition for our ongoing book sale which goes towards our youth programs. We are also still in need of some more original LEGO bricks. A special thank you to Uncle Chris the Clown (in photo below). He entertained the children at both libraries in July and was a highlight for the Summer Reading Club.


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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

with Brad Nunes We have reached the midpoint of summer, and by the grace of God, I have pulled myself out of my sun-soaked stupor to actually put an update together! We hope your summer has been so far filled with fun, family and solar powered frolicking. Because “Pokemon GO” released this summer, I have officially for the first time got sunburnt while playing a video game (the wonders of modern technology). Remember kids ... always slip, slap, slop before going hunting for that Machop. As always, the PAC wants to remind parents and their kids to have a fun, but safe, summer. Always wear life jackets when boating or paddling around the lake. Also, don’t forget to be sun aware. When out in the sun, use sunscreen or put on a shirt. My wife and neighbours must really be concerned with my health, because they are always pleading with/yelling at/begging me to put on a shirt. I am sure it has nothing to do with my unkept body hair and everything to do with keeping me safe. Thanks folks! Two final reminders: Number one is if you did not participate in the school supply pre-order offered in June, you should be able to find class supply lists at Walmart and Staples. And, number two is school starts in just over a month. Sept 7, 2016! Enjoy the summer everyone.

We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call 250-460-3387.

BC SPCA Summer Camps Mrs. D‛s Playschool

Morning & afternoon spaces available for 3-5 year olds. Starting in September in the Kaleden School. Call Grizela Dos Santos at 778.931.0070

Kaleden Bursaries Awarded for 2016

The Kaleden Bursary Committee Awarded three bursaries this year. The committee would like to thank all the sponsors of the bursaries who without their sponsorship we would not be able to assist these students with their post secondary education. Ashley Stocker received the Allen Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary sponsored by Judy Leman. Tyler Koppe received Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary sponsored by Mike Gane and his sister Lynda Nelson. Danika Peters was awarded the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Bursary. We would like to congratulate all the Kaleden students and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. ~ From the Kaleden Bursary Committee

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Week-long camps for kids ages 6-9 & 7-11 Half day options available in August

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August 2016

Sleeping needs & age? It is well known that as children get older they need less sleep. Different people have different sleep needs. The advice in the table below is only a guide. You can make a good guess if a person is sleeping enough at night - observe how they act and function during the day. Here’s a chance for you to look at sleep routines in your home and adjust as needed for the ages of your family members.

The Importance Of Sleep Hygiene For Optimal Physical & Mental Health with Lisa McCall, Principal of Okanagan Falls Elementary School Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being throughout life. Sleep also has a direct affect on learning as it helps strenghten our short term and long term memories, recall, focus, emotional resiliency and engagement making it vital for us all to find ways to experience optimal sleep in our daily lives. What are good sleep habits? Good sleep habits are often referred to as good sleep hygiene. There are many things that can be done to improve sleep. While most of these are common sense, life is very busy and we often don’t think about them. Here, we will give you some guidelines for what you should and should not do for a good night’s sleep. Many people have trouble with their sleep. If you are one of them, some of these simple things may help. Children are especially sensitive to sleep routines, as their bodies are still growing both physically and mentally and the amount of sleep they get will affect their overall health, emotional resiliency, and ability to engage as focused attentive learners at school and home. Here are some tips to support healthy sleep hygiene in your home, as getting enough sleep will set us up for success throughout life. What should I do in the evening? Try to go to bed at the same time each night. The body has an internal clock and hormones that control sleepiness and wakefulness. This clock works best if there is a regular sleep routine. When working well, you will feel sleepy at bed time. Try not to ignore this by staying up, as this is a window of opportunity for sleep. Going to bed too early can also disturb your sleep. In the hour before going to bed, it is important to have a relaxing sleep routine. This may include a warm bath, reading quietly or a warm milk drink. Going to the toilet is important to avoid having to get up in the night. Are there things that I should avoid doing in the evening? Caffeine should be avoided for at least 4 hours before going to bed. This isn’t just coffee and tea. It is also found in colas and soft drinks. Smoking also makes it difficult to go to sleep, so there should be no cigarettes before going to bed or during the night. Alcohol might help you get to sleep, but it will make it harder to stay asleep. It makes sleep problems like snoring and sleep apnea worse as well. Activities that are stimulating should be avoided in the hour before bed. This includes moderate exercise, computer games, television, movies and important discussions. Being in brightly lit environments or the blue light of the computer screen can reduce evening levels of the sleeppromoting hormone, melatonin. Don’t fall asleep on the couch during the evening, as it reduces your sleep pressure and makes it harder to fall asleep when you go to bed. What about eating before sleep? It is important to not be hungry at bedtime. But having a full stomach makes it difficult to sleep. The evening meal should be at least 2 hours before bedtime. Some people find that having a small snack at bedtime helps them to sleep better.

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Have you registered your child for the Okanagan Falls After School Program? We welcome children aged 5-12 years old. Please call our Penticton office for details at 250-493-0512.

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August 2016

EXCEL Doubles In Size!

After just the first year open, the Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning (Penticton EXCEL) is doubling in size. Due to their growing wait list, they have made the leap and are expanding to be able to support more students. The Centre provides a specialized learning environment and customized learning plans for children with high-functioning autism. As the current 10 students enjoy a welldeserved summer break, staff and volunteers are busy with getting the centre ready to accommodate up to 21 students this September. Research suggests that one in 68 North American children will be diagnosed with autism. For some of these children, the public school system works very well and can provide a nurturing, inclusive environment. For other students with autism, the public system is simply unable to meet their very diverse needs, thereby leaving children’s self-worth shattered and families emotionally exhausted. “Our mandate is to help students who are unable to find success in traditional schools. We offer training in life while supporting the provincial curriculum from Kindergarten through to Grade 12,” says Carrie Ferguson, founder of the centre and mother to one of its students. “We had no idea the centre would be so well received and that we would be expanding after only one year.” Construction is well underway on four additional classrooms, a second sensory room, a multi-purpose room, a large student lounge, a conference room, an expanded library and a gymnasium with a 16 foot lateral climbing wall. It really is an amazing well planned facility! “We couldn’t have done it without the support of local business and community members,” says Carrie. “Families are able to use their Autism Funding for program fees, but all funding for the centre and the new expansion has been donated by companies like Struthers Tech, a local engineering firm that offered to match contributions for the expansion up to $20,000.”


The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning would like to thank the following supporters of their expansion: Gold Sponsors - Struthers Technical Solutions Ltd. $20,000 and Prime Engineering $7,500; Silver Sponsors - Rhyason Contracting $3000 and Wildstone Construction & Engineering $2000; and Bronze Sponsors - Goran Markovic and Valhalla Communication. If you would like to donate, please visit www. pentictonexcel.com/donate. The Centre is a registered charity and they welcome your support in helping these students. Penticton EXCEL was created by a group of local parents who wanted more for their children. More than what public schools could offer. More than what they could offer by home-schooling. A learning centre designed and staffed specifically for students with high functioning autism. A sensory-sensitive centre where students could augment their Ministry of Education curriculum with life skills, social skills, and executive function skills. A centre without bullies. A centre where being “unique” is “normal”. This type of alternative education for students with autism is not new, but it is new to the South Okanagan. There are excellent private learning centres in which students on the autism spectrum are thriving: our children deserve this chance to thrive too. To fully meet the needs of the students, the centre is partnering with behavior consultants, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists. These specialists meet with the students to further identify areas of deficit and strength, so that they may customize and deliver additional needs-based training. Life skills including how to safely ride public transit, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals will be part of our students’ education. Our students will be set up for success in their athletic endeavors as well, with exposure to individual sports such as golf, swimming, tai chi, paddle boarding and yoga. The Penticton EXCEL program operates Monday-Friday from 9-2 during the regular school year. The centre is located at #120-3547 Skaha Lake Road. To inquire if Penticton EXCEL is the right fit for your child, please call the Executive Director, Carrie Ferguson, at the 236-422-0207 or email to info@pentictonexcel.com.

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A realistic pricing strategy can reap you the highest reward when you sell your home.

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with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West One goal when you’re selling your house is to get as much money as possible. It’s tempting to overprice ... there’s always a chance you might score big. Right? Technically, yes. But that doesn’t mean testing the market by setting your home’s price above what the house is worth is a good strategy. In fact, there are many reasons not to test the market this way.




1. You won’t get offers (but your neighbors might) ~ It’s great to be a good neighbor, but unintentionally sacrificing your sale to help your neighbors sell their homes might be going a bit far. When you price too high, you’re “helping sell the other homes in the neighborhood that have listed for less”. After seeing your high-priced home, buyers may be eager to get the better-value house nearby, even if they liked your home better.

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3. Not everyone likes to play Let’s Make a Deal ~ A common reason sellers price high is that it leaves lots of room for negotiation. The problem with this tactic? If buyers overlook your house because it’s out of their budget, there will be no one to negotiate with. While some buyers might enjoy the negotiation process, a solid buyer respects and appreciates a home priced just right.

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4. You’re turning people into “yes men” ~ Some sellers who price high are given false hope by agents who are uncomfortable telling their clients the truth. Beware of “sign agents”. What’s a sign agent? Some agents may agree to any price you want just to get their sign on your lawn. Some agents like the prestige of having a high-priced listing associated with their name. Instead of listing at the inflated price, come to realistic expectations of what the home will likely sell for. 5. You squander the early days ~ Sellers are in the driver’s seat the first 30 days a house is on the market. The listing is still new, so you have buyers’ attention. The ideal scenario is that you price to sell in the first two weeks. That way, you stand to get multiple offers. When you price a home too high, you waste some of the time you have the most leverage with any potential buyer. 6. Your house gets stale ~ If your house is on the market longer than similar homes in the area, buyers will start wondering whether something’s wrong with it. Real estate agents refer to this as a “stale home”. When you price your home too high, all you’re doing is putting blood in the water for the sharks who will wait until you lower your price. Yikes! And here’s the real problem: When you do drop the price, you often get less for your house than if you offered a realistic price from the start. The longer a house sits on the market translates directly to a larger discount from list price to ultimate sales price. 7. People won’t even see your listing ~ People generally set up search parameters by price when looking online for a home. Let’s say your house is worth $375,000, but you’re asking $419,000. You won’t capture buyers who search for houses within the $350,000 to $400,000 range. But, if the house were priced properly, it would show up in the buyer’s search results. 8. The house won’t appraise at the high price ~ If you’re selling to buyers who are getting a mortgage ... in other words, most buyers ... the lender will need an appraisal. If comparable home sales over the last six months and current market conditions don’t support your sales price, then your buyer won’t get the mortgage. If you’re set on a higher price, consider making improvements that add worth. One great source for suggestions? Your real estate agent.

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August 2016

Is It Too Early To Book Your Christmas Vacation? with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel

The answer to this question is NO! Christmas is a time that many people want to go on vacation, with family or friends, or sometimes they just want to get away from family and friends. We always get calls a few weeks before the holiday season, asking “where can I go?” “I will go anywhere” “All I want is some sun”. The other situation that arises is that people want to go home for Christmas, but the airfares are extremely expensive, if there are any seats available on the plane! Booking early will save you both money and stress. Many of the charter companies, have what they call “EBB’s” or early booking bonuses. The first EBB ends August 31st, then there is a second “EBB” which ends October 31st. Early Booking Bonuses will take hundreds of dollars off the price of your vacation. If you have a large number of people, either family or friends, who all want to go together to a specific resort, let us know. We can often get “group” rates for as few as 10 people. Some resorts and/or companies have a higher number of people to make up a group, but we are here to help you with that and can recommend the companies that will give you the best deal available. Connecting flights from Penticton, or other locations, can also often be arranged at a much lower price if you have a group. Some examples of the Christmas prices available today are: Out of Kelowna, 7 nights and include air, hotel and transfers • Cuncun - Dec. 19th, EP (European Plan - no food) 4 star resort $1109 per person • Cuba - Dec 18th, AI (All inclusive) 3 star resort $1165 per person • Los Cabos - Dec. 19th, BP (Breakfast plan) 3 1/2 star resort $1191 per person • Puerto Vallarta - Dec. 20th, AI 4 star resort $1833 per person • Riviera Maya - Dec. 20th, AI 4 star resort $1969 per person • Puerto Vallarta - Dec. 20th, AI 5 star resort $2003 per person Vacations to the United States, out of Vancouver. These vacations are all European Plan, which do not include food, and are all 7 nights. • Las Vegas - Dec. 20th, 3 star resort $601 per person • Las Vegas - Dec. 20th, 4 star resort $666 per person • Las Vegas - Dec. 20th, 5 star resort $864 per person • Anaheim California - 3 star hotel $990 per person. At Reliable Travel, we will find a vacation that will suit your needs. Please give Vi a call at 250-497-8785, or call Dy at 1-250-567-0865. If you are calling from outside the area, please call 1-866-497-8785. Prices cannot be guaranteed until booked, but all the above prices are available today. We will also come to your home, or place of business if you want or need that service. We can also arrange vacations for people who are physically handicapped and need special services both on the plane and at the resort. Please give us a call for all your travel needs. Have a great summer and don’t forget to attend the free “Music in the Park” on Sunday, August 28th.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Are you still wondering if massage is right for you? Do you question if you really need it or not when you could be spending that money on something else? It can be difficult to make time for massage, I get it, I feel the same way and I’m a massage provider myself. But I never regret it, I feel so much better, it’s definitely time and money well spent. We need to remember how important it is to look after ourselves. Massage is not just a luxury, but should be a part of your wellness plan just like proper nutrition and exercise. A head and face massage is especially pleasurable and can help alleviate tension headaches and migraines. It improves lymphatic drainage, which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins. Head and face massage has also been known to help ear aches, ringing in the ears, and sinus congestion. It also improves blood circulation which increases the amount of oxygen flowing to your brain, which can help with memory and clearer thinking. A head and face massage is very relaxing and paired with the upper body massage is an experience everyone deserves for their mental and physical well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre on Cedar Street. 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 price for one routine is $20. We are a mobile service, so are available to meet your unique needs. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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August 2016

Age Friendly Businesses Can Help Reduce Falls and Injury

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with Kim English, Age Friendly Business Coordinator

With nearly 1/3 of adults over 65 years falling at least once a year and with nearly 50% of falls occurring outside the home, “fall prevention” and creating safety for people outside their homes is paramount in our aging communities. Businesses can help by removing risk factors and reduce the chance of customers falling by creating a safer environment. Reducing clutter in walk ways, securing rugs and mats, providing grab bars in public washrooms, and increasing lighting are all steps to ensure a safe experience. More ways to ensure your business is Age Friendly by preventing falls: 1. Steps are indicated with yellow or contrasting paint or tape. 2. Floors are non-slip and non-shiny. 3. Obstacles and hazards are clearly marked, i.e. Step-up, Stepdown, Low ceiling, etc. 4. Stairways have sturdy handrails on both sides. 5. Service counters have a place on which to hook a cane so it doesn’t fall. There’s lots we can do in our business community to make our older citizens feel safe, visible, comfortable and respected. Let’s keep everyone on their feet and help prevent falls! To learn more on how to improve your business by becoming Age Friendly, email Kim English at okanaganfallsAF@gmail.com.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

Where you are always welcome to join us! Buzz Byer - Friday, August 19th ~ Enjoy a Steak Sandwich Dinner & Live Music Entertainment with Buzz Byer. Country rock, plus music we can all relate to and dance to. Buzz plays a great steel guitar and sings the songs we know and love. Buzz will begin shortly after the Friday Night 50-50 & Meat Draws. Tickets are available for the sandwich dinner in advance (which helps with inventory reckoning), or available ‘the night of’. Please join us! Pancake Breakfast - Every 3rd Sunday ~ Our Pancake Breakfast is from 8-11 am on Sunday, August 21st. Breakfast includes your choice of pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee or juice. Adults are $5, Children 6-10 years are $3, and children under 5 years are FREE. Please join us! Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Starting at noon every Sunday. Check out all the fun and games … Please join us! Monday Member Appreciation Day ~ All day, every Monday. Please join us! Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays Happy Hour ~ from 3-5 pm. Please join us! Friday & Saturday - 50-50 & Meat Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5pm is our regular 50-50 and Meat Draws. These support both the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! In Other News: The Branch #227 Ladies Auxiliary donated a cheque for $2000 to the Branch. Gratefully received, and some of the money has already been put to good use ... A Brand New Gas BBQ! Our Annual Legion Day was held on Saturday, June 25th, which resulted in another successful membership drive. Appreciative ‘thanks’ to all existing and new members for their support … As Skaha Matters readers may have surmised … We Welcome New Members … Please join us! Kenyon Park hosted another successful Canada Day Celebration on July 1st. The Legion Colour Guard valiantly held their ground, battling extensive wind gusts during the ceremony. In Memoriam ~ Legion Members ~ John Cawthorne, Doug McRae, and Elaine Smeeton. Reminders & Future Matters: General Meeting (always the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm) is September 19th. Please Note: There is no General Meeting in August. September’s General Meeting will be an important one for members to attend. The membership will receive information with respect to two different ‘Project Proposals’ for the ‘Vacant Lots’ west of the current Legion Building. you $15/yr to helping join! We Need VolunteersAre ~ We canover always50? makeJust use of additional Enjoy activities that interest you. hands … ask us about helping out! Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! In closing, Okanagan FallsaRoyal Canadian Branch #227... Become member of the OKLegion Falls Seniors Centre! “Where you are always welcome to join us!” Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

Top Left - Legion Day BBQ on June 25th with Lucie Flath & Renny van Uden cooking. Top Right - Matt Duffus & Joy signing on Legion Day. Below - Legion Colour Guard at Kenyon Park on Canada Day. (Photos courtesy of Bev van Uden.)

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

As we get into the swing of summer, even if a it’s been a cool one so far, things are a happening. The Rock and Country music of Dale Seaman and Hwy 97, along with Beamer Wigley, will be performing live at “Music in the Park”. Let’s give our support to our local groups by enjoying the music and the food services at the park. The Lions will have their “Cookies for Breakfast” fundraiser for the school breakfast program during this event. Remember, 6:30-8:30 on Sunday, July 31st at Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. A big thank you for your support at the Canada Day Celebrations in Kenyon Park, put on by the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation. It was a Patriotic event and we didn’t get rained on, but it was close. The Legion Colour Party carrying our flag proudly was a reminder of with Shirley O'Connor Activities at the Centre slow right down over the summer; however, we how fortunate we are to live in such a great country. still offer exercise classes, bingo, pool, bridge and cribbage. Plus, you Although the Lions are taking a bit of a break for the summer, we are still raising funds for our projects. Your support for our School can always drop in Friday mornings for coffee and music. Breakfast and other Lions programs is appreciated and much needed Have a wonderful summer! for them to continue. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays August 8 & 9 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our volunteers Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club that help with the Canada Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Blood Services Clinics look forward to seeing you there. To book an Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (August 20th) appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Fridays Only If you would like to be involved and join the Okanagan Falls Lions Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Club, please call 250-497-8486 or talk to any Lions Club Member. Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department

with Marla Wilson Well, What is it??? That was the question most asked on Canada Day when the Heritage Society had their guessing game. The item in question was a ball about 10 inches in diameter, that had a rough exterior. We keep it under a glass lid in the Museum. Anyway, only one man knew what it was and how it was formed. He called it a HACKA-MATACK Ball. It is more commonly known as a Larch Ball. These are produced on lake shores where larch trees shed their needles in the fall. As the water laps onto the shore, these needles start to stick together and form a small ball. As the water pushes the ball around in the dead needles, it keeps picking up more and more needles, much like a snow ball picks up more snow when it is pushed around in the snow. The correct answer was from Malcom McKay of Okanagan Falls. He said he had seen some as large as 2 feet in diameter. The other two items were a cobbler’s anvil for fixing shoes and boots, along with an Autoharp, a stringed cording instrument for blue grass music. The Historic Walk has had a slow start mainly due to the fact that every Friday and every Saturday morning since the end of May, it has rained. We don’t grumble about the rain, because we can use the moisture for the forests and grazing areas for wild life. We did have a group from Cherry Park Senior’s Residence come to visit the Museum and have their lunch on the patio by the Kenny McLean Room. When they had finished their walk around the Museum and were ready to go back to Penticton, I got on the bus with them and asked the bus driver to drive the route the Historic Walk takes around Centennial Park. I read from my guide book the histories about the area, the Park, and buildings. In front of the Legion, I got off the bus and went back to the Heritage Society. It worked well. Handyman Reg Voice continues to spruce up the grounds with his fresh paint. Michelle has put annuals in the pots around the Museum and tidied up the Memorial Rose Garden. With the rain, the grass, where the watering pipes need replacing, is still green. Mark Thompson keeps the lawns looking just great. There are some openings in the volunteer schedule at the Thrift Shop. It would be nice to have enough staff to open on Thursdays. If you have 2 or 3 hours once a week to help out, just drop into the Thrift Shop and let us know. We’ll fit you right in. We are beginning to plan for a special event this fall, so whatever we plan to do will come out in next month’s Skaha Matters.

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Fire Hall History Continued ... One event that the volunteer firemen had was the annual Firemen’s BBQ. It was always held in June and that event started in 1967. The beef was something special, as the roasts were barbequed in a pit of hot coals. All during the night before the event, the firemen kept feeding the fire in a pit behind the fire hall with apple wood. By morning, there would be a bed of hot coals into which the beef, wrapped in burlap, is placed and covered with coals. The pit is then covered and the meat allowed to barbeque all day till 4 pm. It was then taken from the pit, carved and served. As Marlene White has said, “the fire hall was more ‘family’ than a club and her husband, Harry, told her it made him feel that he belonged.” On October 24, 1978, a fire caused extensive damage to a railway cattle car and loading ramp. It was beside the Livestock Producer Co-op and the car was owned by CP Rail. No animals were injured. One of the worst accidents for our area was on January 30, 1979, when two Texans driving a transport truck loaded with apples were killed on Waterman’s Hill. They were coming from Kelowna and heading to Dallas Texas. The other vehicle was driven by a Penticton man, who suffered a fractured pelvis. Penticton Fire Department attended with the “jaws of life”. They worked almost 2 1/2 hours to extricate the men. The OK Falls Fire Department didn’t have that equipment at that time. The highway was closed for 7 1/2 hours. In May 1979, the fire hall started a program called “VIAL of LIFE”. It consisted of a card with medical and medication history and kept in a Vial at the home in case of a medical emergency. It was meant to give the medical attendant instantaneous Okanagan Falls Fire Hall from 1960-1994 medical history of the patient. Thanks to long term members: Jack Kinsey, Bruce Elvins, Kevin Hivon, Robert Haddow Jr., Peter Maliepaard, Judy Morris, Rob Somerville, Scott Stephens, Ron Jenken, Frank Salter, Alex Lamont, Ian Few, John McMillan and more to come. To be continued ... Safety Tip: Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire. H&M Thriftee Shop


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Spotlight on Volunteers! Meet Reg & Christine

Reg and Christine wanted to contribute their spare time to do something meaningful in the community and choose the Okanagan Falls Museum to share their skills and camaraderie. Christine helps out at the museum thrift store and shares her knowledge of local history with visitors. Reg is an experienced carpenter and recently made several improvements to ensure visitors have access and feel comfortable while touring the exhibits and gardens. Thank you for volunteering your time!

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


August 2016

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the third in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering Home Safety for the Elderly families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of While home may be where the heart is, it is also where most accidents the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982. happen. Anyone can have an accident, but for the elderly, a small accident can have serious and lasting consequences. Here are a few The Corbitt Family pointers to reduce your risk and to be ready for the unexpected: H.W. (Harry) Corbitt was among the very earliest of Kaleden’s setters. • Keep all walkways clear of clutter He came to BC from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia during the • Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairways summer of 1908 and spent one year in Summerland, where he met Jim Ritchie. The following year he came to Kaleden as one of Ritchie’s • Put grab bars in the bathroom foremen, with his crew being responsible for digging ditches for the • Get your vision checked regularly wood stave pipe that would be installed the following year. He and • Have a plan in case of fire Reg Tait batched together, living in a tent very close to the present site • Keep items you use daily on lower shelves of the Kaleden Irrigation District office. That fall, he and Jim Harrison • Try to exercise regularly to maintain and increase mobility, took an agricultural course at Pullman, Washington and on their return balance and stamina went into partnership with A.S. Hatfield planting 27,000 trees for the • Keep emergency contact numbers close by Kaleden Development Company in the spring of 1910. They then spent the next few months watering each individual tree by bucket until the irrigation system and flumes were completed in mid summer.

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Harry had purchased 5 acres on Linden Avenue running back to the slopes of Lookout and some of the thousands of trees planted that spring were on his own lot. During the next 4 years, he continued to plant thousands of trees for the Kaleden Development Company and at the same time developed his own orchard and built a small home. To him went the honour of having the first commercial shipment of apples from Kaleden - 129 boxes of Jonathan’s. In 1914, Harry joined the army and served overseas. On his return, he married Carolyn (Babs) Veits and they settled in Kaleden. At that time, returning veterans were being offered land at attractive prices in the new instant town of Oliver, so he purchased and planted 20 acres there. Again, Harry went into business custom tree planting as this area boomed. Harry also acquired an orchard in Summerland and during the early 1920’s he commuted by horse between the three holdings. Finally, this got to be too much and he left it to Babs to decided where they would settle. Fortunately for Kaleden, this was her choice and they built their permanent home on the slopes overlooking their orchard. Here their two daughters, Charlotte and Jane, were born and raised. These two girls excelled both scholastically and in sports. Between them, they dominated the ski hills for several years and did a great deal to introduce the sport to the valley. There were few people who were more involved in as many facets of community life as Harry. He served as Justice of the Peace for many years. He was a member of our first school board, serving from 1910-1914. Later, Harry was board chairman from 1935-1942, during the time the school was built in its present location. He was one of the original Directors of the Kaleden Coop and on the first Board of Trustees of the Irrigation District when it was formed to take over from the Development Co and he served on both bodies for many years. In addition, Harry was active in the Red Cross, the Historical Society, the Anglican Church, the WWII War Bond Campaign and when his girls became interested in skiing, he became an active member of the Ski Club. In 1958, during the BC Centennial, Harry Corbitt put together many of his recollections of our early years in the booklet, “The History of Kaleden”. Following his wife’s death in 1963, Harry moved into a small home across from the school and lived there, still vitally interested in all community affairs, until his death in 1967. He was one of those people that epitomized the frontier spirit in that if there was a need, he felt a responsibility, and if something needed doing, he would step up. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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