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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Volume 9 : Issue 8

August 2017 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter


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August 2017

Weekly eCalendar

Back in June 2013, a Community Calendar was created and included in every issue of Skaha Matters. But after 3 years of filling in the monthly calendar, we outgrew it! We simply have too many events and activities in our local area happening on the same dates to fit into a calendar type of format. Skaha Matters covers such a wide demographic reach, that some of Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher these events are only suited to a smaller Okanagan Matters Publications group of targeted individuals, hence many events overlapping. The solution was to offer the local readership the opportunity to sign up for an “Online Subscription” to receive our new Weekly eCalendar. Since July 2016, we have been sending out weekly emails listing activities and events for the coming week and the week following. Any ads or articles with special dates in the monthly Skaha Matters are automatically included in the Weekly eCalendar. If you would like your special event added, please call 250.490.6951 or send an email to skahamatters@telus.net To sign up for the Weekly eCalendar, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com and scroll down to the “Online Subscription” link. Stay connected and don’t miss a thing!

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Thank You from “Party in the Park”!

with Roland Kruger, Wild Goose Winery Owner & President of OFWA Our 6th annual “Party in the Park” was held on July 7th to a sold out crowd, who enjoyed wine tastings with our 15 member wineries, dinner by Flambé Catering, and danced to the live music of “Uncorked”. Thank you to our Primary Sponsor ATS Healthcare, a leading single source, full-service transportation solutions provider; 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 Jasmine and Kirsten, the driving force behind “Party in the Park” this year, along with the entire OFWA PIP committee and volunteers for their brilliant efforts. Thank you everyone!

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “In the Heat of Summer” Given the long, wet spring of 2017, followed by the widespread flooding of May and June, little did we expect that summer would bring the devastating wildfires that have wreaked hardship and heartbreak through so many communities of central BC, these past few weeks. Our wake-up call here in Area ‘D’ came Tom Siddon on the late afternoon of July 4th, when a Director of fast-spreading fire broke out near Oak and RDOS Area ‘D’ Tamarac Avenues in the Southern part of Kaleden, somewhere above the KVR trail. Although the cause of this fire is still under investigation, it is suspected that human activity may have played a role. The fire “took off” due to the accumulation of tall grass, sagebrush and wood waste in the area near an abandoned orchard. Driven by a stiff wind from the South, the flames threatened to engulf entire residential areas of Kaleden. Fortunately, thanks to the swift response of the Kaleden VFD and neighbouring fire departments, supported by the early and strategic dropping of fire retardants by aircraft from the nearby BC Wildfire base, a major tragedy was avoided. Only one home and a few secondary structures were destroyed, as the fire grew to engulf 6.5 hectares (about 16 acres) before being brought under control. Kaleden Says Thank You ~ As soon as the fire had been fully extinguished, a large sign appeared outside the Kaleden Community Hall - “To all the firefighters, first responders and air crew - thank you for saving our town!” That said it all. And perhaps by no coincidence, just after the fire was stopped, Kaleden’s Acting Fire Chief, Denis Gaudry, decided to accept the position of full-time Fire Chief, replacing his long-served predecessor, Darlene Bailey. Thanks for stepping up when duty called, Denis! The Case for Strategic Wildfire Prevention ~ This Summer’s devastating fires in the interior of British Columbia, ranging from the Cariboo and Cache Creek through to rural Princeton, Lake Country, and our own “early warning” fires in Kaleden and West Bench all tell us that the time has come to “get smart” about wildfire prevention at the urban/wildland interface. The National strategy for doing this is for each vulnerable community to establish a Wildfire Protection Plan, jointly with all other stakeholders, under a program called Fire Smart. The guiding principles of Fire Smart include measures to eliminate the build-up of fuel-load around structures and along rightsof-way, the thinning of interface forests, building fireguards to protect urban areas, and setting up programs of community awareness and emergency planning. I am pleased to announce that Mr. Neal Dockendorf has offered, on behalf of the Kaleden Community Association, to head-up the preparation of a Fire Smart pilot project for Kaleden. I have no doubt that this organized approach to wildfire prevention will be wellsupported by Kaleden residents, and may soon expand to other communities throughout the Regional District. Watch for a public meeting in early September to get this Fire Smart project underway.

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Summer Fun in the Sun ~ On a lighter note, I have been delighted to watch the many families and countless children who are enjoying the amenities of our wonderful beaches, parks, and lakefront trails, ever since the beginning of summer. Due to the planning and hard work of our RDOS staff, the Recreation Commissions of both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden, and participation by several volunteer groups, our parks and recreational programs have been really humming along, creating “Memories of Summer 2017” that will last a lifetime. Of special note were the Canada 150 Celebrations on July 1st, three great “Music in the Park” Concerts, the “What’s on Wednesday” program for kids, and an old-fashioned community pot luck supper, complete with games for all ages in Kaleden’s Pioneer Park, on July 18th. My compliments to all those who made these activities so successful. What’s Up and Coming ~ There’s still another month of Summer fun yet to come. On August 12th, Okanagan Falls will be visited by a large gathering of assorted classic and collector cars for the 5th Annual Shriner’s Show & Shine Car Show in Kenyon Park, organized by Geoff Walter-Hughes. The next day, on August 13th the UltraSwim, Canada’s longest point-to-point swim race kicks off from Skaha Beach in Penticton at 7am. About 100 competing athletes will swim the 11.8 km length of Skaha Lake. Most are expected to arrive at Kenyon Park beach in Okanagan Falls sometime before 1pm. The arrival scene should be really exciting! Later on August 13th, between 5-7:30pm, Don Wade’s “Sax Among Friends” will be playing “Music in Centennial Park” - this should be a great evening of relaxing contemporary music, and a fitting way to wind up a very special weekend in Okanagan Falls. Later, on August 27th, the Summer draws to a close with another evening of “Music in the Park” and another great performance by a very popular band, “Shindigger”. They will be playing from 5pm in the Centennial Park Bandshell. This should be a real rock’n evening! Open Houses on Area ‘D’ Governance ~ As I announced last month, there will be two Open House meetings held in early September to assess public feedback on the proposed plan to divide Electoral Area ‘D’ into two separate EA’s, roughly following the Okanagan watershed division line, prior to the next round of local elections in the Autumn of 2018. Interested residents can obtain a copy of the draft discussion document by contacting the RDOS Legislative Manager, Christy Malden at 250-490-4146. The Kaleden Open House takes place at the Kaleden Hall from 3-5pm on Tuesday, September 12th, followed by a second meeting from 6:30-8:30pm on the same evening, at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. Finally, a special word of thanks to a good friend ~ A little birdie told me that a special friend of Okanagan Falls has taken it upon himself to repair, sand and re-finish the Memorial benches from Lion’s park, near the trestle. Many thanks to Bob Daly, a modest man of many talents, who has dedicated his time to this considerable project on a strictly personal basis. Many thanks Bob! Remember to keep Fire Safe as you enjoy the remaining days of Summer. Sincerely,

And What About Fireworks? ~ Speaking about fire risk, I have had a number of calls in recent days concerning the unauthorized discharge of fireworks in tinder-dry and unprotected rural areas. This in spite of our Fireworks Prohibition Bylaw 1127, which expressly prohibits the sale and disposal of fireworks and firecrackers in Electoral Areas ‘D’ and ‘F’. So, at the RDOS Board Meeting of July 20th, I gave notice of a Motion to amend the fireworks bylaw by increasing fines substantially, and prohibiting the unauthorized discharge of all fireworks in designated areas of high fire risk. In these times of hot, dry forests and mandatory campfire bans, it is inexcusable to allow the Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 unregulated use of fireworks. Please be forwarned!

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Twin Lakes 5th Annual Meet & Greet BBQ Sunday, August 6th 1-4 pm 176 Twin Lake Road (The Jager’s Home) Meet your neighbours, enjoy our lake and check out the Twin Lakes Party Barge! Hot dogs, hamburgers & refreshments will be served! Sponsored by Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society

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

The irrigation season is now well under way, and the District would like to introduce our summer student, Jerrod Poehnell, who has been hired to put the District’s water system connections and valves into a GPS program. Jerrod is currently in the Water Engineering Technology Program at Okanagan College, and as well as completing the above project, he will be active in the community promoting our Water Conservation Program.

Canada Day ~ What a wonderful day was July 1st! The Staff and Trustees were so happy for the part Centennial Park could play in the celebration of Canada’s 150 Year Birthday. The Time Capsule was planted, and we are sure many of our young children who contributed to it will be around 50 years from now to open it. And, a special thanks to Myrt Niles, Marla Wilson and Barb Few for a great evening of “Music in the Park”. Water Main Project ~ The first phase of the water main upgrade project has now been completed. OFID sincerely thanks the residents of 14th Avenue, Brockie Place, Micmac Court, and McLean Creek Road area for your patience these past two months. We also thank the residents in the upper zone affected by the necessary water shut offs. In the long term, these projects will serve the community well. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ • May 1st to September 30th, sprinkling/watering allowed on Odd/ Even address system • No watering/sprinkling between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6am on your odd/even address matching the odd/even date. • Strata complexes use the address of the complex, not the unit number to determine your watering day. • Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis, however not between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm. • For further tips on how to conserve water, visit the OFID website. Communication/Alerts ~ For immediate notification regarding water emergencies (eg. breaks, flushing, need to shut down water service, boil water advisories), visit OFID’s website and sign up for “Alerts” where you will be notified by text or email, or contact the office to get on our email list. OFID highly recommends this service, particularly for businesses. Also, if you are aware of any emergencies or problems with the water system, please tell your neighbours.

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Jerrod will be visible in the community regularly, while providing guidance and education on the benefits of water conservation. We are currently in Stage One water conservation measures, details of which were sent out with the annual billing; these measures can also be found on our website at www.kaledenirrigation.org. The District sincerely appreciates efforts made by Kaleden residents to conserve water. This greatly aided the efforts of Kaleden’s fire fighters while fighting the recent fire in Kaleden on July 4th. A big thank you to the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for the tremendous job they did containing the fire so quickly! We are always open to any suggestions that you may have, so please feel free to contact our office at 250-497-5407. Enjoy the summer!

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Willow holding a golden shovel helping bury the Time Capsule in Okanagan Falls Centennial Park on Canada Day. To be opened in 2067. (Submitted by Vi Creasey)


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RDOS Wins Canada Wide ‘Water’s Next’ Award for Innovation and Customer Service

Water Canada, Water’s Next is the only nation-wide, peer nominated award program of its kind. And, it appears the RDOS for its innovative programming, water conservation outreach, and customer service caught the award committee’s attention in the ‘Government - People’ category. The RDOS was pleased to be informed that Zoe Kirk, RDOS Public Works Projects Coordinator was one of 60 nominations, with winners announced at the Canada Water Summit in Toronto late June. The RDOS conducts a variety of water stewardship projects and workshops, many times with partnerships and grants from funders such as the RBC Blue Water Project Grant and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. But, it was an in-house program that might have tipped the scales for this prestigious award. “The West Bench Homeowner Leak Detection Program, identifying and assisting homeowners to fix leaks on their side of the water meter before volume based pricing was implemented, is very innovative” according to Water’s Next. “I am humbled, and quite frankly, didn’t really believe it at first”, says Kirk, “I am honoured to be the one named on the award, but these programs and outreach initiatives would not be possible without the support of the RDOS Board, funders and dedicated fellow workers in the Public Works and Engineering Department.” Recent floods and now drought conditions means that Kirk will not be idle anytime soon. Drought and flood workshops and debriefings, acting as liaison with the BC Climate Adaptation for Agriculture and the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Make Water Work Campaign, continuing and broadening the leak detection program and a riparian ‘cottonwood’ restoration collaboration project with local First Nations are just a few items on the ‘to do’ list for the remainder of 2017.

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Spotlight on Volunteers

Thank You to ALL the Volunteer Fire Fighters! With the month of July being so hot and dry, it was inevitable that the annual fire season would arrive a bit earlier than usual this Summer. But, no one could have predicted the “State of Emergency” it has brought about in our province. All of us have been affected in some way by these forest fires; either have been on an evacuation order or an alert, had family or friends come to stay with us, know of someone who has lost their home or possessions by a fire, or have witnessed a forest fire burning. Thankfully, there have been no lives lost! Needless to say, this month’s “Spotlight on Volunteers” goes out to ALL the Volunteer Fire Fighters out there! We all greatly appreciate your hard work, long hours, and dedication to keeping our communities as safe as possible. Doing your job to the best of your ability, while putting yourself in harm’s way, is something that your community values greatly. Thank you so very much for all that you do!

Colourful signs, balloons and cheers welcomed the arrival of volunteer fire fighters in Kaleden to their regular practice following the fire in Kaleden in early July. Bottom Right - Acting Fire Chief Denis Guadry smiles with appreciation of these efforts made.

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KVFD August Tip

Close to 100 Kaledenites gathered outside the Kaleden Fire Hall on the evening of Wednesday, July 12th to give a surprise and heartfelt “community thank you” to the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Fighters. Amazingly, these fire fighters were unaware of the mass gathering that was planned. As they arrived one by one for a regular training practice, the numerous signs, balloons, cheers and whistles from the crowd truly expressed their overwhelming gratitude. An ice cream cake in their honour was also a welcomed treat for those in attendance. It was the fast response of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, supported by the BC Wildfire Service and surrounding fire departments, that are credited with saving the community of Kaleden from the wildfire that sparked near Ponderosa Point on Tuesday, July 4th. Unfortunately, one home and multiple outbuildings were destroyed by this fire. Remember, to report a wildfire or irresponsible behavior, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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

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

July 4th proved to be a pretty stressful day for our little community and we are very lucky that the situation didn’t turn out worse than it did. Our department is grateful for the quick response of Forestry crews, Mutual Aid from Okanagan Falls and Penticton and for the amazing Air support. Also, there were several individuals in the community that leaped to our aid and helped save neighbourhoods from encroaching fire. A quick evacuation was needed and many people responded cooperatively. Staying away and allowing Emergency personnel to do their jobs was crucial. NOW ... Being prepared and having a plan needs to be on everyone’s mind. 1. Is your property ‘Fire Safe’ and how can you improve it? 2. Does your family have an ‘emergency plan’? What if you are separated, kids are at the beach? Talk about this with your children. 3. Is your ‘to go bag’ ready? What needs to be in it? 4. As a community, what steps can we take to improve overall conditions? Go to the following sites to help you get ‘fire smart’: www.getprepared. gc.ca and www2.gov.bc.ca (wildfire safety).

KVFD is Now Recruiting!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.


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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department


In August 1982, Salmon Arm firemen started selling T-shirts saying, “Trudeau say’s we’re # 1” slogan. Trudeau gave the famous finger to the West. The sales were very brisk, so the firemen decided to turn the operation over to the Suswap Community Centre Society, who were seeking federal funding for the $8 million centre. Also in 1982, the Halifax firefighters went on strike and received an annual salary of $24,500 at that time. In December that year, the citizens of Keremeos approved the construction of their new firehall and ambulance station. Locally, Weyerhauser upgraded the mill with new equipment and operating methods worth $5 million. An interesting bit of history during 1982 - In Dunmore, Pennsylvania, 8 volunteer firefighters including the Chief and Captain, were arrested for setting 59 fires for thrill and excitement. The fires dated back to 1977. To be continued ... A Special Delivery ~ About 2 months ago, some of our members were the lucky ones to have witnessed a baby come into this world assisted by his father. While trying to get to the Penticton Hospital, Baby Owen didn’t want to wait any longer and decided to be born on Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls - On 9th Avenue to be exact. His proud parents, Trevor and Artessa Wiker, were very calm about the situation, but excited at the same time. Baby Owen weighed 6 lbs. Congratulations! Have you thought of Volunteering as a Firefighter? Please call 250497-5700 or email okfire@shaw.ca for more information. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

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with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager August, where is the summer going? Visitors from all over the world have popped into our little community over the last few months and they say what a friendly little town we have. They love our beaches, and some have wished we have more campgrounds so they could stay right in our community. So, once again I say thank you to you all for making them feel welcome. I would also like to welcome Laura Livingston to our team. Now ,a little history lesson ... In 1929, when the Alexandra Hotel was taken down, the Women’s Institute here in Okanagan Falls used the building material from the demolition and financial support from Hugh Fraser to build a Community Hall, which they operated until 1972. Also, the first library in the community was started in 1933 by the Women’s Institute. These sure were busy ladies. Enjoy the rest of the your Summer and be sure to stay safe! Vistor Information Centre

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RCMP Community Report


Anytime is Scam Time

Scams are always out there trying to get you to part with your money. However, scammers also take advantage of local situations and events. For example, the Canada Revenue scam is more prevalent during tax time. As I write this, there are thousands of people evacuated from their homes and many legitimate fundraising efforts to provide the basic necessities for these fire victims. Unfortunately, the scammers are taking advantage of this ongoing situation for their own greed by fraudulently soliciting funds for these same fire victims. Some are even so bold as to go door-to-door taking advantage of people’s good will and caring to get donations, which they have no intention of passing on to anyone but themselves. To protect yourself, ensure you only give to recognized charities and fundraising by legitimate companies and organizations. When in doubt, don’t part with your cash or donation. For example, if someone says they are collecting on behalf of the Red Cross and you are suspicious, go on line and obtain legitimate contact numbers and call to find out more. And if you suspect something is not right, don’t rely on the contact number the person doing the soliciting provides. This will usually direct you to another partner in crime, who will naturally tell you it is legitimate or get you to part with information to help their scam. At present, the computer scam is targeting our area. I even received a call on my work phone which stated that Microsoft had found a security breach in my computer and I needed to call a phone number to speak with a Microsoft Technician who would help me with the issue. Had I called the number, they would have tried to get control of my computer remotely under the disguise of helping me fix the so called security breach. This would allow them to lock up my computer and then ask for a ransom money to unlock same or get into my banking or other personal information. A local person recently fell victim to a similar scam where the caller said he was a Macintosh technician and he would help the person with their computer issues. A couple of days later, the caller called back and said that he had accidently put $1000 into the person’s account. He asked that the person buy $1000 worth of $100 Apple gift cards, which the person did. The caller then called back and got the validation numbers off the gift cards from the person. The person is now out $1,000 with the value of the gift cards being used by the caller with little hope of recovering the funds. The scam of a large sum of money or inheritance is also again making rounds locally with myself and my co-worker both getting such emails promising riches if we only respond! Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Don’t let a scammer spoil your Summer. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Stopping by the Okanagan Falls Community and Farmer’s Market, held at the OK Falls Hotel every Sunday morning, is a great way to find someone sharing the “Heathy Choice” available to our community. Met Tanya (in photo above) and Jesse of Vintage Harvest Farms. Their informative colourful signage shown here is definitely an interesting read, then hear of their lifestyle passion for healthy farming, and you can’t help but follow your senses and purchase some of their produce. Their “feed the soil” approach means you get tasty nutrient dense foods you can trust. They are so passionate about the healthy produce they sell, that they actually offer a 200% satisfaction guarantee! Tanya and Jesse live in Okanagan Falls and have leased a parcel of land in Kaleden for their farm. Their fresh produce booth is at both the Penticton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and the Okanagan Falls Farmer’s Market on Sundays. You can also visit their farm in person on Fridays from 4-7pm, located at 704 Pineview Drive in Kaleden. For more information, visit their website at www.vintageharvestfarms.com. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.


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SPECIAL NOTICE August 5th 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: Ultra520K Canada. The organizers of Ultra520K Canada would like to give notice to all the residents of the Kenyon Park area of Okanagan Falls that at the time and date above, 8th Avenue and Kenyon Park will be used as the Day 1 Finish Area for the Ultra520K Canada Triathlon Championships. Organizers will be closing 8th Avenue for set-up at 5:00 am on Saturday, August 5th and we would ask that residents have their guests park in other areas and leave as much area open as possible along 8th Avenue. PLEASE DO NOT PARK OVERNIGHT from Friday, August 4th to Saturday, August 5th, as vehicles may be blocked in by the set-up for this finish area. We expect our first athlete to arrive at the Day 1 Finish at approximately 1:30 pm. Our final athlete must complete by 7:00 pm and we fully expect to vacate the area by 8:00 pm. We also ask that people please keep their pets under control for the duration of the event for the safety of your pets and the athletes. Please Note: The swim portion starts at 6:30 am at Skaha Beach in Penticton and finishes at 12:00 pm at the Sovereign Road boat launch at the South end of Skaha Estates. Banbury Point and Ponderosa Point areas are used as sighting points and swim areas for the race. Please be aware of swimmers and their escort crafts during the race time frame and please use Skaha Lake with Caution. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. For further information, please visit www.ultra520kcanada.com or contact Race Director Steve Brown at 250- 809-1798.

Swim, Cheer or Volunteer August 13th

Planning is well underway and registration is now open for the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim scheduled for Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The swim is an 11.8 kilometres in length starting from Skaha Beach in Penticton to Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls. The swim starts at 7:00 am and ends at 1:30 pm or 6 hours and 30 minutes after the start. Entry is limited to 100 athletes and their support paddlers. Organizers expect to sell out this first year. Both parks and beaches are open to the public and in fact the organizers want to encourage people to come down to cheer on the swimmers as they start and finish. Anyone interested in signing up to swim or to volunteer can go to the website at www.skahalakeultraswim.com for complete information and use the social media links on the site to follow us and keep up to date with current developments. For further information, please feel free to call Steve Brown at 250809-1798 or Shelie Best at 250-488-3583.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

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Adult Yoga and Fitness Three mixed-level YOGA classes to choose from: Monday and Friday 9:30 am (Zen Centre OK Falls) Tuesdays 9:00 am (Hotel Park Kaleden) Strength and Cardio Fit 9:30 am Tuesday and Thursday (Zen & Fitness Centre - Okanagan Falls)

Special Events for Children and Youth Every Thursday in August 6:30-8:00 pm

Move It! August 3rd We are bringing a load of sports and games equipment to the Park. How do you want to play?

Giant Games August 10th

Summer Fun Days on Mondays Two fun filled theme days of play, games and crafts: August 14th - Wacky and Wonderful August 21st - Create-a-Village Runs 10am-3pm

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Cooperative Play August 17th Art Projects August 24th This is a drop-in program at Pioneer Park. We are running two age groups simultaneously Children 9 & under - parent supervision please. $2 per child or teen / $5 per family

Questions? 250-497-8188


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Update with Jen Charlish July has been quite a month! Our hot summer weather arrived quickly and stayed! Along with the hot weather, comes a few risks and I know we all send a HUGE heartfelt Thank You to our local fire department, the forestry service and all the other local firefighters who arrived to help quickly put out the Kaleden fire. Our thoughts go out to all those in the province who have not been quite so lucky. Now, we all need to do our part to clean up those old brush piles and dead grass and be vigilant when we are out in our yards, the community and the surrounding hills. At the risk of showing my age, I quote a saying from my youth, “Smokey the Bear says, Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” We have had a Garden Tea Party and a Party in Pioneer Park that have been well attended and enjoyed by all. Thank you to Rita for allowing us to use her yard and garden for the tea party and the members of the Kaleden Seniors Committee and the Kaleden Community Association for organizing and coordinating these events. If you want to learn more about these types of events, contact any member of the Kaleden Recreation Commission, the Kaleden Community Association, or the Kaleden Seniors Committee and we will make sure you are added to the email lists. Also, you can check the sandwich boards, which are located by many of the mailboxes in town. Thanks again goes to Rita for keeping those updated and current. There are also some kids events planned through the Recreation Department. You can go to the website below to find out program locations and times. Please remember all are welcome, including your guests and visitors. Now, it is time to get out and enjoy our summer weather! The seasons pass quickly. Hopefully, you will get a chance to make some warm and happy memories with family and friends that you can draw upon on the grey winter days that will creep up on us all too quickly. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com.

Canada Day at Pioneer Park: Top Left - Director Tom Siddon with Girl Guides and MC Randy Cranston. Top Right - Legion Colour Party. Bottom Right - Cathie and Margot at the Dedication Tree to the late Fred King. Bottom Middle - Line up for Kaleden Community Association BBQ. Bottom Left - Jaynie, Pat and Randy serving.

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How to treat insect bites and stings ~ Last month we

talked about Mosquitos and how to protect yourself and your family using various repellents. But, what do you do if they get through the repellent? Or, what if you get different kinds of bites and/or stings? Regardless of the type of insect involved, wash the area with warm soap and water. Apply ice or a cool compress. For itching, apply an anti-itch cream or spray, such as Hydrocortisone 0.5%. An oral antihistamine can be helpful, especially if there is swelling, such as Reactine or Benadryl. And as everyone says, try not to scratch! Seek medical attention right away if you have any of the following: - a red flush or itching all over your body - chest or throat tightness or difficulty breathing - hives - nausea, vomotting, stomach cramps - dizziness or fainting - hoarse voice or swelling in the throat - change in hear rate (fast or slow) Contact a doctor if: - a rash develops around the bite - the bite reaction spreads to large area such as an entire arm or leg - an unusual reaction around a bite develops, such as blisters or a purplish colour And if you are in any doubt, you can always come in and ask one of the pharmacists here at Pharmasave. We will be happy to help you select a treatment and let you know if we think you should see the doctor.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Massage therapy can help clients with dementia by providing relaxation, stress relief and the essential benefits of human touch. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are over 560,000 people living with dementia in Canada today and this number increases by 25,000 every year. 65% of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women and you have a 45% higher risk of developing dementia if you smoke. There are several types of dementia, these consist of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, Huntington’s disease, alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff’s syndrome), and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. There is currently no cure for any type of dementia, nor is there any treatment to stop the progression. Lack of human touch has been known to cause negative feelings of anxiety, isolation, loneliness and lack of trust in caregivers. Our upper body massage includes arm and hand massage which has been found to reduce cortisol levels and produce a physiological relaxation response and slow-stroke back massage which requires moving the palm of the hand in long, firm and rhythmic strokes. It has also been found that foot massage can reduce agitative behaviour symptoms such as verbal aggression, wandering and repetitive movements. At Creative Wellness Solutions we are trained in providing massage to senior clients and with our specially designed massage chair there is no need to remove clothing or climb onto a table. We have found massage helps our clients reduce sundowning symptoms and improve sleep. Creative Wellness Solutions goes to local retirement residences and is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 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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Mitochondria Rescue: Natural agents which wake up dormant mitochondria By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of the cell. Unfortunately, they can become damaged by free radicals and toxic chemicals, and will under-perform due to age or illness related factors such as low hormone status, hypothyroidism, inflammation, infections, and low oxygen utilization. The mitochondrial damage then leads to poor energy production. The end result is chronic fatigue and often fibromyalgia and a host of inflammatory and chronic degenerative disease processes. Your mitochondria have enormous potential to influence your health, and specifically, it has been discovered, with cancer. Optimizing mitochondrial metabolism may be at the core of effective cancer treatment. We now know that one of the universal characteristics of cancer cells is that they have serious mitochondrial dysfunction with radically decreased numbers of functional mitochondria. The mitochondria can still function in cancer cells. But one of the things that occur [in cancer cells] is that they immediately become dependent on glucose and revert to fermentation, thus they’re not using their mitochondria even though they have mitochondria there. They make this metabolic switch which produces an acidic environment, uses enormous amounts of glucose (about 200 times more than a healthy cell), and yet, produces very little energy. Dr. Otto Warburg was a physician with a Ph.D. in chemistry and was close friends with Albert Einstein. Most experts recognize Warburg as the greatest biochemist of the 20th century. He received a Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery that cancer cells use glucose as a source of energy production. This is called the “Warburg Effect” and, sadly, to this day it is essentially ignored by nearly every expert. He discovered that healthy cells can burn either glucose or fat (ketones), but cancer cells are entirely dependent on glucose for energy. Thus, replacing glucose with healthy fats in the diet may provide the best metabolic environment to starve cancer cells. Intermittent water fasting also helps to promote the health of beneficial cells and diminish the energy in cancer cells. Mitochondrial function can be optimized by taking the elements required for proper energy metabolism. These include resveratrol and grapeseed extract, CoQ10, Alpha lipoic-acid, acetyl L-carnitine, D-Ribose, essential fatty acids, the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, B-vitamins, and magnesium. Furthermore, optimizing tissue oxygen and hormone levels (particularly thyroid hormone, T3), will increase mitochondrial function and the body’s high energy compound ATP. Restoring the mitochondrial cellular membranes with healthy phospholipids also helps the cells and the mitochondria to detoxify and function optimally. For this, essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) plus phosphatidylcholine (high in the foods lecithin and egg yolks) are required.

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Other lifestyle factors that are generally health promoting such as adequate exercise, fresh air, adequate sleep, fresh wholesome food, hydration, and stress management contribute to mitochondrial health as well. Think of the mitochondria as our engines that require regular tune-ups to optimally function. This issue is becoming ever more pressing as the environment we live in becomes more toxic. Lower your toxic burden by filtering your water, avoiding household and personal items that are chemical laden (if you can’t understand the label it is likely not good for you!), and sticking to a diet high in detoxifying foods such as healthy fats (fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil), dark leafy greens and a variety of other fresh veggies, dark berries, fresh nuts and seeds, free-run grass fed eggs, wild fish, and turmeric as well as other fresh herbs and spices. Plenty of clean water also helps to flush out toxins. Tune your engine by exercising on a regular basis, taking some supplemental mitochondrial nutrients as advised by a Naturopathic Physician, eating and sleeping well, intermittent fasting, and keeping your stress to a minimum. Avoid junk food, excess alcohol, cigarettes and other toxic substances which effectively smother the mitochondria. For information and guidance on mitochondrial health, seek help from a Naturopathic Doctor.

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Congratulations Bonney!

50 year old powerlifter, Bonney Rempel formerly of Okanagan Falls, took a Silver Medal in the World Classic ICBC Insurance Powerlifting Competition in 250.276.6257 Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement Minsk, Belarus recently. 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty This was the biggest IPF THE BODY SHOP NETWORK Computerized Free Estimates (International Powerlifting FIX AUTO PENTICTON Federation) event of the www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com year, attracting more than 900 lifters, 64 International referees and 410 coaches and officials from over 30 plus nations. Part of the WildSafeBC (a program owned and administered through the BC Canadian Team, Masters II Conservation Foundation) has received funding from Telus in support (50 - 59 years old) category, of the WildSafeBC Junior Ranger Program. Bonney was part of the 50+ The RDOS uses Junior Ranger Kits and materials at all outreach members that travelled to events. Kits are especially appreciated in the fall, when local RDOS Belarus to compete. It was WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Zoe Kirk is busy at local schools Bonney’s second World and youth clubs teaching students about reducing conflicts with wildlife competition and finished in a through education, innovation and cooperation. The grant partnership high pressured battle against with Telus reflects their social commitment, ‘Working together we can her USA opponent for the build stronger, healthier communities.’ podium placement, coming “Activities that are fun and educational resonate with children,” says down to the very last deadlift. Kirk, “I am thankful to have the Junior Ranger Kits, as kids are excited Bonney’s Lifts in the 84+ kg weight category were: GOLD medal in to learn about sharing our ecosystem with wildlife through these funsquat 368.6lbs; SILVER medal in bench press 242lbs - set 6 new BC filled activities.” Powerlifting Records in Open, Masters I & Masters II age categories, Junior Ranger kids learn about managing wildlife attractants at home 4 new Canadian records in Masters I & II and one World Record in and while camping outdoors. Once familiar with the concepts, the Masters II; BRONZE medal 385lbs in deadlift - set 2 new BC Records children pledge to ‘keep wildlife wild and communities safe.’ For this in Masters I & Masters II; and OVERALL SILVER MEDAL podium new knowledge, they receive a JR membership card and a badge finish with a 995.5lbs total pounds to wear along with stickers, educational colouring books, bookmarks, Bonney trains out of Pro Trainers Gym in Langley for the past 8 years pencils, and temporary tattoos. under coach Mitch Walls, to whom she credits for all her success. As with many programs local governments and other groups promote, Walls has trained several World champions in the past, competing adequate funding is always an issue. Grants from businesses like in both Body Building and Powerlifting himself. Bonney is a proud Telus contributes to the benefit of all the WildSafeBC programs member of both the BC Powerlifting Association (of which she sits throughout the Province. on the Board) and the Canadian Powerlifting Union. Bonney was also recently awarded as the “Female Athlete of the Year” for the BC Powerlifting Association. Powerlifting, often confused with Olympic lifting, is an individualized sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition each in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Each lifter is classified by variables including gender, weight class and age group. Every lifter is allowed three attempts at each lift, making for a total of nine competition lifts throughout the day. A lifter’s total is determined by the sum of his/her best lifts, and the individual with the highest total is considered the all-around strongest lifter in his/her division. All athletes are subject to drug testing both in and out of contest. Doping testing is carried out by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport (CCES) in accordance with World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines - also used by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Summer Reading Club will be held on Thursday, August 10th from 6:30-7:30pm with a “Search and Rescue” Presentation. A member from Penticton Search and Rescue will be teaching the children how to survive in the woods. Our Wind Up Party will be held on Thursday, August 24th from 6:30-7:30pm Don’t forget to hand in Summer Reading Club “coloring pages” and “make at home projects - birdhouse or birdfeeder”. Drop off at the Kaleden Library, as you might win a prize! For more information, please call the Library at 250-497-8066 or email kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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 We still have space available for kids to join us for Summer Reading Above - Summer Reading Club children making a flower bookmark to take home. Club!! These programs are free and geared for ages 5-12 years. Our Below - Ken Hayter from Linden Gardens talking to the Summer Reading Club programs for Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm include: • August 2 ~ Walk on the Wild Side and learn all about Extra Solar children about growing flowers and vegetables in our gardens. Planets with special guest, Dr. Roland Kothes, from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory • August 9 ~ Walk on the Wild Side with the South Okanagan Naturalists Club • August 16 ~ Walk on the Wild Side for our SRC Wind Up. Prizes, Medals, and make your own special Ice Cream Sundae! Remember your entries for our colouring contest, recycled birdhouses, and guessing contests at the library! Come in and check out our “Summer” displays for your reading and viewing pleasure! If you have a talent or topic you would like to share with the community at the library, please drop in or email us. We are happy to host an information session. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Holy smokes what a month July was! I know we wanted some summer, but man did we get the heat! I have been sporting a great mask tan trying to cope with the smoke. KPAC would like to extend our thanks to firefighters and support staff here and all over the province. We know first hand how amazing you all are. Thank you. Moving to other news, I would like to introduce the new KPAC executive for 2017/2018. First, we have a tag team duo brand new to the scene. In the red corner, we have Jessica and Lorna, The Secretaries! And, another new kid on the scene filling the role of Treasurer, Ms. Moneybags Judy! Whoa and back again and ready to rumble, we have Joline, aka Vice-grips. And lastly, we have the leader of this killer crew ... Watch out for Darcia 'The Chair'. I will continue to be your monthly announcer. If you want to see these ladies in action, be sure to stop by a KPAC meeting starting in September. We give you a free seat, but you'll only need the edge! That's it from KPAC! Stay safe and have a great summer!

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

Five Bursaries were awarded to 2017 graduating students from Kaleden. Caitlyn Hook and Morgan Biron received bursaries from the Kaleden Bursary Committee. Carson Stocker was awarded the Allen Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary, Kevin Stevenson received the Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary and Emma Roos received the Kaleden Fire Department Bursary. The Kaleden Bursary Committee wishes all the graduating students all the best in their future. The Bursary Committee would like to thank the sponsors of the bursaries. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the bursary fund, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey, at 250-497-8140.


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New Fence At Sawmill/Burnell Lake with Larry Martin

The new fence at Sawmill/Burnell Lake is now complete. This was a co-operative venture involving area Range Permit holders, Ministry of FLNO and local BC Wildlife federation clubs. The perimeter of the lake has a new barbed wire fence. Cattle guards installed and/or improved to allow access to the campsite and specialty guards to allow quads to pass through. Pictured are members of Penticton Flyfishers finishing a cattle drop which allows access to the water, while reducing damage to the remaining foreshore. Area clubs will visit the site on a regular basis to ensure any damage is repaired in a timely manor. The fence has been built and destroyed several times and had fallen into disrepair in recent years. The intent of the fence is not to prohibit use, but to reduce riparian area damage while allowing adequate access for cattle to water and motorized traffic to pass through the area on established roads and trails. There has been a significant improvement in the behavior of local ATV users and those camping at the lake, thus we are hopeful the new improvements will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the area. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Helping Check Off Your Chore List

with Patty Irwin We all have that dreaded “Chore List”. But, checking off that list can sure be rewarding. Wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared in advance for those guests coming to stay, with your house all clean and your yard in tip top shape? Well, I can help organize and clean your home, as well as help get your yard looking great, and just in time for your Summer guests to arrive. Detailed cleaning is my speciality and I also love working in the yard, plus I can do both of these tasks for you on the same day. From weeding and mowing, to kitchens and bathrooms, your home will look fantastic again in no time. Whatever is needed, just give me a call to help check off your chore list. Enjoy a $10 off coupon for all first time costumers with a two hour minimum booking! “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your yard work and house cleaning chores. Call 778-889-9725.

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Should You Buy or Build a Home?

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

A home is usually the single largest investment that a person makes. Most buyers end up spending lots of time and energy either searching for or designing “the perfect home” before signing any contracts. Location, price, market trends, property taxes, homeowners association fees and the condition of the property are factored into the house hunt. Also, each buyer typically has a wish list that includes specific needs (the things the buyer absolutely have to have) and wants (the features the buyer would like, but could do without if necessary). While the home-buying process involves a number of important choices, one of the very first decisions buyers need to make is whether to shop for an existing home or build a new one. Each path has its advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a look at both sides. Buying an Existing Home ~ There are two primary advantages to buying an existing home: convenience and cost. Once you are preapproved by your lender, you can shop around, pick out a home and make an offer. A qualified real estate agent can streamline the process by helping you find appropriate properties, guiding you through negotiations and assisting with the paperwork. Once your offer is accepted, you may be able to close and move in within a month or two. Even though the process involves numerous steps, such as financing, viewing homes, making offers, home inspections and closing, the convenience of being able to move in right away is compelling enough for many people to choose an existing home over a build. This may be especially true for buyers on a tight schedule, such as those relocating for a new job or whose children will be starting at a new school. Then there’s cost: In many (but not all) cases it is cheaper to buy an existing home according to data compiled by the National Association of Home Builders. Once you’ve found a prospective, existing home, use a mortgage calculator to get a better estimate of the total cost of purchasing that home based on today’s interest rates. Convenience Versus Customization ~ Another reason an existing home may be a better option is if you would like to be in a particular established neighborhood, near work, school, friends and/or family. Odds are, too, that the home will have mature landscaping, so you won’t have to worry about starting a lawn, planting shrubs and waiting for trees to grow. And if you want to live close to town, your best bet will be an existing home since most, if not all, of the land will have already been built upon. On the flip side, the biggest disadvantage of buying an existing home may be that you won’t get exactly what you want. You may not be in love with the floor plan, may wish that half bath on the first floor were a full bath or that there were another bedroom on the main floor. Older homes, in particular, may be functionally obsolete, and no longer meet the needs of most buyers. For example, an otherwise beautiful fourbedroom house may only have one bathroom, or the kitchen may be too small with no room for expansion. Unless you find an existing home that has exactly what you want and is in perfect condition, you will have to spend additional money on remodeling, repairs, decorating and/or landscaping. These additional expenses should be factored into the overall price, especially when choosing among various properties or comparing the cost to building your own house. Building a Home ~ Building a new home does not offer the same convenience as buying an existing house. Not only do you have to find the land, which will very likely not be in an existing neighbourhood, you also have to factor in the time to find an architect or builder, and choose every element of the new structure. Joining an existing development can streamline the process, though it may limit your degree of choice. You also need to worry about systems, such as whether the land gives you access to municipal water and sewage, or requires a well and septic system, along with any environmental and other permits. The big advantage is that you are much more likely to get exactly what you want. For many, this factor alone is enough to choose building over buying, but there are other advantages too. A new home is more efficient, especially with today’s technology in HVAC (heating,


(250) 497-5541 (250) 493-2244 24 HR. PAGER FAX: (250) 497-8449 CELL: (250) 809-6192 brianmoen@royallepage.ca www.brianmoen.ca 837 Main Street, P.O. Box 329 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 BUS:




ventilation and cooling), insulation and air filtration standards. Better efficiency is good for the environment and can save you money on your utility bills each month. Another perk is that a new house is less likely to have the health concerns or toxic materials of an older home, i.e. asbestos, lead paint, mold, etc. And, it can be built with certain materials making it better for the environment, i.e. Energy Star rated appliances, more efficient toilets, plumbing fixtures and electrical fixtures allow you to build “green” for a more sustainable home in the long run. Even though the upfront costs of building can be higher, it may be easier to recoup your investment. A newer home is typically more appealing than an older home to most people. Plus, a new home will require fewer repairs and less maintenance, which can save both money and time. And, you’ll have a warranty with a new home, so even if something does go wrong, you may still be covered. Money and features aside, building a house can lead to a level of satisfaction that you can’t achieve through buying an existing home. This is your creation that matches your style and personality. Time and Money ~ The biggest drawbacks to building a house tend to be the higher costs and longer timeframe, both of which can increase throughout the home-building process. That said, you can limit the risk that your house will go over budget or take longer than you expected by working with a reputable builder and having a good contract in place. Have your potential builder provide references and then check their past homeowner references. In addition, your contractor should work with you to help you reduce costs. Substituting different materials and fixtures can save thousands of dollars, so if costs are a concern, ask ahead of time if there’s a cheaper alternative. And, keep in mind that anything out of the ordinary is going to cost more. To control the timeframe, negotiate a building contract that includes a construction time duration, so you have a definite plan and schedule. Ask that your builder keeps you up to date with the progress, and determine who will be your main point of contact throughout the process. In addition, to save both money and time, maintain good communication with your builder and make sure you are happy with the design/specs before the build begins. It’s not good for you or your builder if you change your mind about the colour of the granite countertops after they’ve already been installed. The Bottom Line ~ Even if you start off your home search set on finding the perfect existing property, you may end up deciding to build to get exactly what you want. Conversely, you may plan on building and later decide an existing home is a better fit. In either case, working with a qualified and experienced professional, whether that’s a real estate agent or a general contractor, can help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Pond Supplies

Design & Consulting


Aquatic Plants & Fish

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

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Ask about our $11 Golf Special!

250.497.5648 standrews@shawbiz.ca 111 St. Andrews Drive in Kaleden


Summer’s Happening at St. Andrews!

Perseid Meteor Shower Event Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory 717 White Lake Road, Kaleden

Saturday, August 12th

with Gail Scott, Executive Administrator

Free Admission. Bring a blanket or lounge chair. Dress warmly.

St. Andrews Golf Resort is now into full Summer swing and the course has never looked better, nor been busier. If you haven’t been out this year, book a tee time and come enjoy the beautiful scenery and serenity of St. Andrews. Our greens are fabulous, the fairways are beautifully manicured, and the lake is still a challenge worth experiencing. Our restaurant is now open 7 days a week serving breakfast for lodge guests and golfers starting at 8am; lunch is served between 11am and 4pm; and dinners are served on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We have just dropped the start time for our Twilight Golf from 3pm to 2:30pm. Weekend Warriors is every Saturday and Sunday between 8-11am. Twilight Golf is $20 for as many holes as you can get in before dark and Weekend Warriors is $20 for 9 holes and $30 for 18 holes. Book your next tee time online to ensure you take advantage of these great rates. St. Andrews Ladies Open is Saturday, August 12th. It will be a 4 Lady Best Ball Scramble and is limited to 68 Ladies with established handicaps or Index. Entry fee is $65 per player, which includes morning coffee and muffins, 18 holes of golf and skill game prizes, followed by a buffet dinner. Deadline for entries is August 5th. Registration starts at 10am and shotgun starts at 12 noon. For more information, contact Christy Petersen at 250-488-2370 or Joann Noble at 250-497-7071. Our Pro Shop is having it’s ‘SUMMER SIZZLER SALE’ on its clothing, accessories, and golf equipment. Any 2016 stock is 40% off. For 2017 stock, your first item will be 10% off, 2nd item is 20% off and your third item is 30% off. Our Stay & Play packages are a real bargain. All packages entitles 2 guests to one double room and 18 holes of golf per person for each day with a power cart. Guests have access to our outdoor pool, tennis court, horseshoe pits, and exercise room. We also offer a limited number of RV Dry Camping spots for $25/night. To book call the Pro Shop at 250-497-5648. St. Andrews is the perfect location to host weddings and social events. The new Restaurant and Events Management Team are pleased to announce that they have contracted with Diamonds & Champagne, a local South Okanagan business that specializes in wedding coordination to make your event special, streamlined and stress free. For more information about weddings and events at St. Andrews, contact Jackie or Randy at 250-497-5768. For more information, we invite you to visit www.standrewsbythelake. com ... your new home for the $11 golf special.

Gates Open at 7:15 pm. Talks presented at 8:15 pm by Chris Purton, Ryan Ransom, Tom Landecker and Ken Tapping. By 9:30 pm, dusk should allow viewing of the brightest meteors. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Okanagan Centre will set up telescopes for the public to enjoy other celestial wonders. The event concludes by 11:00 pm, with gates closing by 11:30 pm. Should inclement weather (i.e. clouds) alter the quality of the meteor and telescope viewing, the grounds will still be open and talks presented.

For directions to the Observatory at White Lake, Visit www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/herzberg or Call 250-497-2300

Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic

- Okanagan Falls


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




CatMatch Meet Hobo!

My nickname is Hobo, as I was living a nomadic lifestyle for a while. However, that got to be a little difficult never knowing where I would rest my head. I am currently in a half-way house recovering from minor surgery to help eliminate my wanderlust, if you know what I mean! I am definitely ready to settle down and put the past behind me. And, I must say I am a very handsome lad and would look lovely on your bed. (Hope that is not to risque to say!) www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

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




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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

Gardens & Café Open 7 days a week

with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans”

Supply Sergeant Pete Pedersen Pete joined the Navy in 1956. His first ship he served on was the HMCS Jonquiere, where he worked as a stoker. In 1958, the HMCS Ontario was decommissioned. From 1958 to 1961, Pete worked on the HMCS Miramichi, and then in 1961 the HMCS Margaree. After that, he changed branches in the Armed Forces to “Supply”. From there, Pete worked on the HMCS Antigonish in 1962/63. Then, 1063/64 on the HMCS Saint Laurent around the East Coast and brought HMCS to St. Croix and then back to the West Coast. Then, CFS Churchill during 1965/68. Followed by the HMCS Qu’appelle in 1968/69. Then in 1970, Pete was at Royal Roads Military College as Procurement Supervisor. From 1971-76, Pete was HMCS Provider and then 1977-80 CFB Cold Lake. During Pete’s service, he was part of the nuclear accident supply group for the West Coast. Pete spent in excess of 35 years with St. John’s Ambulance, 25 years teaching with Canada Safety Council, and 10 years President of the Okanagan Falls Citizens On Patrol. Recently, Pete has been volunteering with the Legion’s Meat Draws on Friday and Saturday. Thank you for your years of service Pete!

Well, Lion Mike Livingstone started the last article with the welcome of Summer, but now we are experiencing the heat and have something else that is becoming a constant Summer threat in our province ... forest fires.

August at the Okanagan Falls Legion: It has been hot out there, Come in for a cool one. Sunday, August 20th ~ Pancake Breakfast. Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Adults $6 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. All money raised goes towards charities. Come on out for a good cause. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

Our “Cookies for Breakfast” will continue throughout the year. This is a community fundraiser for our “School Breakfast Program”, providing a hot meal for both Elementary and High School students at Okanagan Falls Elementary School during the school year. Thank you to all the breakfast volunteers, some of whom have been there for a long while and also to our new members for showing their community spirit and pitching in, even if it means early mornings at the school (really early!). You can find the Lion’s tent in the middle of the park at every “Music in the Park” performance. Cookies are also available in the Legion, as we are working with the “Toonie for Veterans” program which helps with Canadian Armed Forces Veteran rehabilitation.

Installing Air Conditioning? If plan to put in air conditioning this summer and your home is heated with an electric furnace or base boards, consider installing an air source heat pump. You would save on energy costs summer and winter, and be eligible for a rebate of $1,200. Or, if you’d prefer you could be eligible for a low interest loan (1.9%) for up to $6500. For more information, call FortisBC at 1-866-4367847 or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com.

The Ideal Location For Your Next Special Event


Café Open 8am - 3pm

250.497.6600 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Bob Wilson, President

To all the evacuated people and to those who have lost their homes and property over the last few years, those of us who remain unscathed can only offer our sympathy and support through these trying times and help wherever and however we can. Our Lion’s Club has a different focus for the Summer fundraisers, to build a washroom facility in Centennial Park. This project isn’t a new one and we have been working with the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District to come up with a plan for the park area. This year, besides being Canada’s 150th Anniversary, is also the 100th Anniversary of the Lions Clubs, started by Mr. Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917, making it a double special year for all of Lionism. Hopefully, over the coming year we can come closer to our goal, “The Lion’s Loo” in the park.

Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is August 9, 10 and 11 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. If you would like to join us in our community efforts, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. We meet every second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion upstairs.

Ken Brown

Certified Landscape Horticulturalist


Weekly Lawn Cuts Pruning Spring & Falls Clean Ups Quality Work Reasonable Rates

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson

Thanks to all that came to our Pancake Breakfast and Drop-in Bingo on July 1st. And, a special thanks to Richard Cannings, M.P. for South Okanagan - West Kootenays, who stopped by to meet and greet 'Breakfasters' during our celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday. Our next Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 9th, while our next Drop-in Bingo will be held on Saturday, September 16th. We also have a special performance by the Kettle Valley Brakemen at the Seniors Centre on Friday, September 8th at 2pm. The admission to this special event is by donation. During the month of August, our hall is undergoing some renovations. Many of our activities are on hold during the Summer months anyways, but a few activities will carry on regardless of the dust, hammering, and painting. Come and join us for Bridge and Cribbage on Thursdays, as well as Music and Coffee on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Evening Pool will carry on at 6pm on Tuesday evenings. The Walking Group, newly formed in July, will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am and walk gently for 30-45 minutes,. Please note, the exercise class that usually follows at 9am will not run during the month of August. Have a wonderful summer and talk to you again in September. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Walking Group ~ 8am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Bridge Club ~ 1pm Thursdays Cribbage ~ 7pm Thursdays Kettle Valley Brakemen ~ 2pm on Friday, September 8th General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, September 11th Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am on Saturday, September 9th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm on Saturday, September 16th

Serving Your Favourites Daily This August! Half orders always available. Or, add a plate to share for just $2.50! Breakfast ~ Served 8-11am Bacon & Eggs ~ $5 Also serving: Pancakes, French Toast, Breakfast Kaisers, Breakfast Wraps or Omelettes

5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls (Across from Pharmasave) * Overflow parking available at gas station, along Cedar Street & behind station.

August Hours: Mon - 8 am - 4 pm Tue - Fri ~ 8 am - 7:30 pm Sat ~ 8 am - 3 pm

Eat In or Take Out Baking by advanced order only!


Basket Deals ~ Served 11am - 4pm Deluxe Burger & Fries ~ $6 Cheddar Burger or Crispy Chicken Burger & Fries ~ $7

Sandwiches ~ Served with fresh-cut fries Choose from: Grilled Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Denver, Bacon Lettuce Tomato Cheddar, Tuna Melt, Veggie Melt, Chicken Caesar Wrap or Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap

Burgers ~ Served with fresh-cut fries Bacon Cheddar, Mushroom Cheddar, Ham & Cheddar, BBQ Bacon Cheddar or Veggie Burger

Your Favourite Extras or Sides Chicken Fingers, Poutine, Fries, Onion Rings, Caesar Salad & Daily Soup

For tables of more than 6 people, please call ahead.


August 2017

Walter & Fred Hill Denturist Free Consultations BPS Masters ® Certified Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures Personalized Teeth Arrangement Hospital / Institution Visits Flexible Hours Upon Request

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Director

Hi everyone. It’s Sharon reporting to you that we are celebrating our success and doing some fundraising to get our Senior’s Affordable Project on it’s most valuable way. Please come and join us for the South Skaha Housing Society’s Celebration Party! Golf ‘Swing and Sing’! is from 2-10pm on Saturday, September 9th at St. Andrews Golf Course. Come and enjoy 9 holes of golf, a Build Your Burger Buffet, Okey Dokey Karaoke with Lorney, Raffles and 50/50 Draws all for $60 per person. For registration and more information, please call Sharon Proctor at 778-931-0349 or 250-497-5701.

Mark S. Hill R.D 570 Martin St, Penticton






9 Holes, Raffles, 50/50 $60.00

Breaking Good News ... OK Barber Shop is Expanding!


with Daniel W. Markin, Certified Barber Since September 3rd, 2005, the OK Barber Shop has been a one person operation. The OK Barber Shop is pleased to announce that effective Tuesday, August 8th there will be a second barber chair in operation. First, to the awesome town of Okanagan Falls and all of the OK Barber Shop clientele family, “Thank You” kindly for your support over the past 12 years. It has been a very rewarding career and very satisfying experience. And, I am looking forward to many more years of continuing service in our community. Second, please note: OK Barber Shop has a New Phone Number 778-515-6585. New business cards are presently being ordered. Third, the OK Barber Shop will now be Open on Mondays. Plus, with the addition of a second Certified Barber (Donna), we will also be open until 6 pm for the later working clientele. Our New Barber Shop Hours are effective as of Tuesday, August 8th: Tuesday to Friday 8am - 6pm; Saturday 8am - 12pm; and now Monday 8am - 4pm. There will be two Barber shifts: Daniel’s shifts are Tuesday - Saturday from 8am - 12pm. Please note, Daniel will be accepting appointments by request for Saturday afternoons; there is a scheduled shift change from 12-12:30pm; and then Donna’s shifts are Tuesday - Friday from 12:30-6pm and Mondays from 8am - 4pm. Please note, hot shaves are available by appointment during Donna’s hours. Next month, we will introduce Donna and our newly renovated OK Barber Shop. Remember, you are always welcome to stop by any time. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great Summer!

Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber okbarbershop@shaw.ca - 778-515-6585

Mon ~ 8-4 / Tue-Fri ~ 8-6 / Sat ~ 8-12 Closed Sundays & Holidays 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls

For Registration Call Sharon Proctor at 778-931-0349 or 250-497-5701

Making you feel safe


Lorne Davis

Security Professional


Do you travel and need house check sitting? Are you planning a Special Event, needing support in your Beer Garden? Do you require Mobile Patrol Security? How about using us to provide Commercial/Residential/Construction Security?

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

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 thompson298@hotmail.com

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Kaleden Seniors Programs

with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator The Kaleden Seniors Committee would like to thank everyone who participated at our July “Party in the Park”. It was tons of fun! We are gearing up for an action-packed Fall season of events for adults and family members. I am Aja Jackson and very pleased to announce that I am working alongside the Kaleden Seniors Committee as their “Event Coordinator”. The games are back this Fall. Mah-jong, Poker and other card/board games start Thursday, September 7th and run weekly until December 7th. Everyone is welcome to join us on Thursdays from 1-4pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. There is a new $3.00 drop-in fee, or you can pay $34.00 in advance. That’s a savings of $8.00 for the 14 weeks. On Sunday, October 1st is the “Apricot Heritage Social” from 1-3 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Enjoy homemade scones with locally grown apricot preserves topped with cream! Learn about the history of Kaleden with a Heritage quiz, museum artifacts and more ... Reserve your seat. This will be a fruity scrumptious sell out. On Friday, October 27th, we kick off our new “Fun, Facts and Food” Lunch series. Have fun in the kitchen, learn how to use our amazing vegetables and fruits, and then share a community lunch with an informative interactive presentation afterwards. Watch for more information in the September issue of Skaha Matters about signing up for this cooking class, as there will be limited space. As a vegan cook and an organic gardener, I am thrilled to be part of an initiative that involves older adults and newcomers to enjoy fun in the kitchen and to share food and learning with members of our community, all while supporting local food growers. If you would like to share your knowledge and recipes in the kitchen, or to participate in any of our events or programs, please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com. We all look forward to meeting you at our events this Fall.

saTurday, sepTeMber 2nd 5pM 9pM Meyer Family Vineyards partners with Joy Road Catering for an interactive evening of terroir focused food and wine. A family-style harvest dinner paired perfectly with a side-by-side single vineyard selection of our award-winning wines, sparkling reception and live music with Aidan Mayes. TickeTs $125 +gst each Wine Club members receive 10% off. Only 70 tickets available. Purchase online at MFVharvestdinner2017.eventbrite.ca 4287 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls | 250.497.8553 tasting Room Open Daily 10-5PM


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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson Happy summer! Other than the smoke from the awful fires up North, it has been a pleasant season. Gardens are getting ripe and folks are getting rosy cheeks from eating all those fresh beans, peas and potatoes. There are lots of tourists coming to the Museum to see what is here. A group from a senior’s residence had booked a tour, but had to cancel because it turned out to be a smoky day. Last week, three couples were traveling together from Oregon. They stayed for about an hour and oo’d and ah’d at our Bassett House and Museum. And now, they know all about Kenny McLean too. Speaking of Kenny, lots of people visited our Kenny McLean table on Canada Day at Kenyon Park. Some said they didn’t even know we had a room full of his trophies and awards. So, I would like to invite everyone to stop on by one day this summer and learn about our infamous Kenny McLean. Special thanks to Donna May Thompson for helping with the tours. She is a fountain of wisdom and remembers stories of the past that she shares with the tourists. Sue Walker is also getting lots done in the complex. The H&M Thrifty Boutique continues to be busy 5 days a week. Currently, we have a lot of summer clothing to choose from. Head on in and see what we have available at some great low prices. Have a safe and happy summer, from all of the members and volunteers at the Heritage and Museum Society.

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

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

Kaleden: A Can-Do Community

Kaleden has always been an independent, do-it-yourself, don’t rely on any outside help, type of community and virtually everything that has been developed here has been produced, built and financed through the citizens of this village. A good illustration of this is found in one of the events in the history of the volunteer fire department. The first attempt to form the KVFD was in 1966 and lasted until 1969 when an opportunity came up to purchase a 1942 Chevrolet wartime crash truck from the Penticton Fire Department. When a plebiscite was turned down by Kaleden residents, the Chief and volunteers resigned. A ‘Save the Fire Truck’ committee was formed, but made little headway in raising the funds needed to purchase the truck. With time running out and Salmon Arm ready to step in, Arnold Reum decided that something needed to be done. The truck, because it was a 6-wheel drive, was particularly suited to the hilly terrain and inaccessibility of many spots in Kaleden and he decided that it was needed here. So, in the summer of 1969, while installing waterlines for KID, he approached homeowners in Kaleden with a proposition: loan the KVFD $100 to purchase the truck (at 0% interest, with the hope that someday it would be paid back) and donate $25 to operate and maintain it for the first year. Within two months he had pledges from 46 homeowners and all turned up with their $125 to purchase their share of the truck (All except 2, who could only afford $75 each). With a “paid” note beside their name and a handshake, the deal was done. (When, in 1972, the homeowners were given the opportunity to get their money back, most declined and left the money with the fire department.) Enjoying socializing in the shade during the Annual Heritage BBQ in Okanagan Falls. Many of the assets of our community have been developed in much the same way: • Kaleden Community Church ~ 1912 - donations, pledges and free labour • Kaleden Co-op Growers Association ~ purchase of packing house - loans and pledges • Community Hall ~ donations, loans and free labour • Pioneer Park ~ loans, a grant, free labour and in-kind donations • Kaleden Library ~ loans All these projects were financed and built by Kaleden residents with the vision and determination to provide for the future. A new opportunity for community involvement, like the ones above, has now arisen, with the chance for the citizens of Kaleden to help procure the land for a Seniors Housing Project. The Seniors Housing Committee is looking for loans from community members to purchase the 4.3 acres beside and behind the KVFD. The loans would be at a rate of 2% simple interest paid out at the end of the 5-year term. They are hoping to raise the $350,000 by the 20th of August. Marla & Donna May ready with aprons on. Heather serving Iced Tea at the BBQ. Can you help? Please call Meredith King at 250-497-6995 for details. Are we willing and able to do it again? Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the ongoing history of Kaleden. H&M Thrifty Boutique

H&M Thrifty Boutique

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10-3 250-486-6371

Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories

Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street

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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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Church in the Gardens ~ August 13th at 10am at Linden Gardens 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Email: kalgarden@shaw.ca / Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers for August: 6th - Victor Ince; 13th - Judi Ritcey; 20th Cathy Fouchard; and 27th - Rev. Mark Bedford All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. We will be welcoming ‘Sing For Your Life’ in October. Stay tuned! 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

with Barb Few, Committee Member Boy, do we have a treat for you on Sunday, August 13th. Appearing at the WI Band Shell in Centennial Park is “SAX AMONG FRIENDS”, a swinging band that plays well known swing and light jazz numbers. Some members of the band appeared on our successful Canada Day, playing with one of the bands, but because they love their music so much they have also formed their own band. The sound has to be heard to be believed! This FREE show starts at 5pm and runs until 7:30pm. There will be food for you to have a picnic supper, cooked by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 4:30-6:30pm. So, as usual, all you have to do is bring chairs, family and friends, sit back in the cool of the evening and enjoy yourselves. Then, our last concert of the year on Sunday, August 27th will be the very popular group “SHINDIGGER”, who will get your feet tapping for sure. Again, it will be held at the WI Band Shell in Centennial Park and the show time is 5-8pm. Bring chairs, family and friends, while enjoying a picnic supper from the LA Ladies between 4:306:30pm. This performance is sponsored by the Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union and the United Steelworkers. Without sponsors, we would not be able to have these free concerts, so we thank them very much. See you all at the August concerts enjoying yourselves!

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Cell: 250-567-0865

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Tel: 250-497-8785 Toll Free: 1-866-497-8785

Email vicreasey@shaw.ca or ddevos@tpi.ca today!

Volunteer Opportunities with Wendy Weisner

When we volunteer, we all want to have an experience that fits with what we expected, or better. The first volunteer experience is especially important. Individuals that have a good experience are more likely to continue to be involved. This is particularly true for youth. Our Volunteer Centre plays a vital role in providing access and information to help volunteers have the best volunteer experience. We advocate for the volunteer and help agencies build better volunteer programs. We are interested in hearing about your volunteer experience(s) at info@volunteercentre.info. The Dragonfly Pond Family Society supports families with children 0-18 years of age who have complex care needs and/or disabilities in the South Okanagan Similkameen Region. “Dragonflies and Minnows” is a children’s program that runs one week over Spring Break and four weeks over the Summer. Volunteers are needed to support the families and assist the children with activities. To volunteer, contact Traci Fladager at 250-490-3305 or email to Dragonfly@vip.net. In-community volunteers are vital to Canadian Blood Services by participating in local events, and promoting community awareness and assisting with donor recruitment. Full training is provided. Interested volunteers can fill out an application at www.blood.ca or email Patti. kilback@blood.ca or call 250-859-6341. The Canadian Red Cross is currently seeking volunteers for Disaster Management and the Health Equipment Load Program in your community. For more info, www.redcross.ca/volunteer/who-is-needed. The Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships (August 19-27th) needs Course Marshall Volunteers to keep race courses safe. They are offering anyone that will volunteer for two 4-5 hour shifts a $50 honorarium. Interested volunteers can email Jenni at volunteers@penticton2017.com or call 250-460-2807. Technology@Work, a Neil Squire Solutions program, supports people who have a work related barrier, due to a disability or a functional limitation and who require Assistive Technology for employment or volunteer activities. They will help you and your employer to determine the equipment and services to better perform your job tasks. To benefit from the Technology@Work program, call 1-844-453-5506 or visit www.BCTechAtWork.ca. The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Find 100’s of ways to contribute at www.volunteercentre.info under “Browse Opportunities”. Register as a volunteer to receive updates. To meet with staff, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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

info4@nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES



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


August 2017

Flowers or Fish Heads?

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

Flowers to all the first responders who conquered the Kaleden fire. Great job saving our community! ~ From Peggy & Vern S. of Kaleden Flowers to Jaynie Molloy. Thank you for keeping our little flower garden so pretty! ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Mickey. Thank you for the delicious carrots during the Kaleden Fire. ~ From “Bella the Bunny” Flowers to the Kaleden Fire Fighters! THANK YOU for all your hard work to save our community! ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Ken Hayter. The children loved to hear your stories of growing up in Kaleden and also your presentation on growing flowers and vegetables in our gardens. The children all received a bean or zucchini plant to take home. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Myrt. Best thoughts from all of us in Okanagan Falls for all you have done for us. ~ From the Okanagan Falls Community Fish Heads to the RDOS for spraying Glyphosate, a carcinogenic herbicide, on the diamond field at Koegan Park in Okanagan Falls on July 6th. No signs where put up to inform the public. ~ From Ria O. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the dog owners near the Cemetery in Okanagan Falls, who let their dogs continually bark at all hours of the night and early hours of the mornings. I personally love dogs, but over the past few years have seen a great influx of new dogs to the area that are not being trained by their owners or told to stop barking when this occurs on a daily basis. ~ From K.M. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to smokers who toss their cigarette butts out their moving vehicles during a ‘state of emergency’ in this forest fire filled province. The current fine is NOT high enough! ~ from Joy of Okanagan Falls

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Flowers or Fish Heads? Your actions decide! In light of the recent fire in Kaleden and fire safety in general, caution in all outdoor activities is essential. Any machinery, including whipper-snippers and lawn mowers can throw a spark. Tossed cigarettes are a real disaster in the making. As a frequent KVR walker, I’ve noticed dozens of cigarette butts strewn around the trestle, the benches nearby and elsewhere on the trail. Here’s a photo that is really scary. ~ From Dianne B of Kaleden Fish Heads to the young horse riders in Kaleden. I love to see the young out on their horses, but when I drove up the hill just now [Monday morning] I saw a large pile of horse manure in the middle of our nice new sidewalk. Of course they would know when it happened and should have come back and cleared it off. Just got the doggie’s trained and now its horsies. ~ From Nella Hinchliffe of Kaleden Flowers to the many volunteers and service clubs who made the Canada 150 parties in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls so awesome. Charlotte and Isabelle sang the national Anthem in Okanagan Falls, pictured below with recreation Coordinator Janet Black below. Photo by Sandy Walker. ~ From the Parks & Rec Staff

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations Cathy & Barry Underwood of Vaseux Lake ~ August 18, 2017

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

Live Music with “Doc James”

August Long Weekend ~ Sat & Sun 2:00-5:30

Winemaker Wednesday

“Taste of Terrior” with Benoit Gauthier 3-5pm Live Music with “Doc James” 4-6pm

Harvest Work Days October 3 & 4

Call, click or visit us for tickets T: 250.497.7945

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

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications.

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits Dry Garlic Ribs Calamari Rings Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out


Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95 Great on a chilly day (in season) ................................... $5.75 Baked with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............ $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Tsatziki ...................................................... $8.95 SMALL - Carrots and celery with dip .......................... $4.95 LARGE - Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes ........... $8.95 tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.


All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) & your choice of fries, perogies or salad. Ask for Gluten Free!

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................. $9.95 Farmer Burger Add a hash brown .......................................................... $10.95 Ham & Cheese Burger ............................................................................................ $11.95 Hawaiian Burger Ham and Pineapple ....................................................... $11.95 Greek Burger Feta Cheese and Cucumber ...................................... $11.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $11.95 Surf & Turf Burger Beef and Calamari .......................................................... $11.95 Medieval Burger Our Best Burger .............................................................. $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Crispy Chicken Burger ............................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A Soy and Rice patty, dressed to please! ................. $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon! .............................................................. $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95 Add mozza, cheddar, 2 bacon strips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss $1.50. Add Feta $1.95.

Salads Garden Salad

Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ..................................... $10.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $13.95


Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.95 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

12” 2 toppings: $12.95 | 14” 2 toppings: $19.95 | add topping $.95 ea

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Ye Olde Breakfast

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

1 lb: $9.95 | 2 lbs: $19.95 3 lbs: $28.95 | 4 lbs: $38.95

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

All Day Breakfast 2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns.

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $12.95 or without a meal $14.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.50 / Side of 3 perogies $5.25 / Add Mozza or Cheddar $1.39, Swiss $1.50, Feta $1.95 / Sauteed Shrooms & Onions $1.39


Steak & Seafood

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or garden salad with your choice of dressing. Grilled Cheese A Classic Sandwich ............................................................ $9.95

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions or upgrade to Caesar for only $1.39!

Grilled Ham & Cheese Add ham to the classic sandwich ............................. $10.95 The BLT Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Hot Roast Beef

Lean roast beef piled high and ................................. $11.95 smothered in our own gravy

Our spicy medieval ground beef patty, .................... $12.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $14.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $17.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, garlic toast and ......................... $29.95 baked potato or fries or garden salad.

garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $11.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95 cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

Served with garlic toast ................................................ $11.95

Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Iced Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Rype Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!


Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $11.95

Medieval Steak

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840


August 2017

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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Skaha Matters August 2017  

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Volume 9 : Issue 8