Skaha Matters August 2018

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Skaha Matters

Volume 10 : Issue 8

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August 2018

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By Myleen Mallach, Publisher I received a call in July from a local reader of Skaha Matters, sharing how he had come across “BC Historical Newspapers” online through the UBC Library Open Collections website. He went on to share about finding an interesting local newspaper that was published in our area a very long time ago. Did you know the first “Okanagan Mining Review” newspaper was published in Okanagan Falls on August 19, 1893? That was 125 years ago! There are 11 issues of this old newspaper available to read online at If you find yourself needing to stay cool inside one day this summer, why not take a step back in time. Discover this historical newspaper online and learn a little something more about our area. Then, add to the historical adventure by stopping by the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum complex next to Tickleberry’s. The Bassett House, Kenny McLean Room and Museum are all here to explore. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications | 250.490.6951 Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All Up To Date residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Weekly Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations eCalendar! also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit our website. Sign Up Online Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent 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, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Hot Summer Nights”

Wastewater Treatment ~ Since opening the new Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Okanagan Falls in 2013, plans have been moving ahead to connect the Skaha Lakefront communities of Skaha Estates and Kaleden into this new state-of-the-art facility. A $6.6 million Federal/Provincial Infrastructure Grant was awarded in 2017 toward building the Skaha Estates portion of this project. These funds may not be adequate to cover 2/3 of the East Side Road construction cost, so RDOS staff are now proposing to re-allocate the Phase I funding to enable the less-costly Kaleden project to be built first, should taxpayers agree. • Governance Review and Division of Area ‘D’ ~ Guided by a broadly representative Citizen’s Committee chaired by Bob Daly, and funded by the Community Services Ministry, the complex governance structure of Area ‘D’ has been thoroughly assessed and revised, creating two new Electoral Areas, ‘D’ and ‘I’, located on the East and West sides of the Okanagan watershed. These new Electoral Areas were recently approved by the Provincial Cabinet, and will form the basis for two new Directors to be elected at the upcoming local elections on October 20th. And, What About Taxes? ~ I’ve listed these major projects, because I’ve heard rumours that a few residents feel they’re being over-taxed. In fact, property taxes sometimes have to rise at a modest rate if we expect to make local improvements. But, please note: the combined tax level for the dozens of services provided by RDOS in the communities of Area ‘D’ was about $700 in 2017 for an average home valued at $400,000. By comparison according to Provincial records, a home of corresponding value in the City of Penticton was subject to general municipal taxes at a level of $1,750 in 2017. That is 250% higher than the local taxes paid on a similar home in Area ‘D’! So, although our taxation levels may vary up and down from year-to-year in accordance with local assessments and services provided, I think we are fortunate to live in rural Area ‘D’. Given that most of the major projects listed in the previous section were funded at least partially by grants, and approved by the RDOS Board only after full public consultation, I think our taxpayers are getting a pretty good deal for our tax dollars. I hope you agree. Speaking of Grants ~ Unlike the practice of previous years, we will not be awarding the usual small Grants-in-Aid support to various community groups and their deserving projects during 2018. This year I have chosen, on behalf of the taxpayers of Area ‘D’, to devote our entire GIA budget of approximately $20,000 toward the cost of fees and building permits arising from construction of the new Affordable Senior’s Housing Project, soon to be underway in Okanagan Falls. Meanwhile, I’m willing to lend my written support to assist local community groups as they seek alternative funding toward their worthy projects. What’s Up and Coming ~ So far this summer, all our parks have been extremely busy, filled with families enjoying our pristine lakes and beautiful beaches. Here are a few reminders of other happenings during August. In Kaleden, there will be a Garden Party at 286 Pineview Drive on August 1st from 2:30-4:30 and don’t forget the family Beach Party from 3-5 pm on August 30th. In Okanagan Falls, don’t miss “Music in the Park” on August 12th & 26th. And, I hope to see you at the big Shriner’s Car Show in Kenyon Park on August 25th. Finally, you might drop by at the Okanagan Falls “Market in Centennial Park” every Wednesday from 4-7 pm. Have fun in the sun, and don’t sweat the hot August nights! Cheers,

Hello everyone! It is hard to believe that we are already half-way through another year, and another hot and smoky summer. I know you will join me in expressing our gratitude to all the emergency service workers who are helping to protect us against the devastating wildfires. May they all come home safely. I also want to express my heartfelt consolation to all Tom Siddon those who have been impacted or may Director of yet be affected by this year’s tragedies of RDOS Area ‘D’ fire and flood. FireSmart Thinking ~ I hope each of you will take the time to ensure the safety of your home, your loved ones and assets by picking up a copy of the Provincial FireSmart Booklet from our Area ‘D’ Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls or by reading it online by searching “BC FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual”. As I contemplate the future and the approaching wind-up of my political career as your RDOS Director, it gives me cause to reflect on the many projects we have achieved together these past several years. I’m thankful for the support of our Community Services, Parks and Recreation and Visitor Information teams working out of the Area ‘D’ office in Okanagan Falls. I’m especially grateful for the leadership of our Community Services Manager, Shona Schleppe, and the Recreation Coordinator, Janet Black, in getting so many things done for Area ‘D’. Major Projects Moving Forward ~ A number of significant community projects have been achieved during my time as RDOS Director. These include: • Parks and Recreation ~ Supported by more than $1.5 million in new funding and with the leadership of our two Parks and Rec Commissions, several important projects have been completed at our parks in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. Also, the long-promised neighborhood park in Heritage Hills/ Lakeshore Highlands has been purchased, the site has been graded and is now being developed. • Senior Citizens Housing ~ After several years of planning, the South Skaha Housing Society has received final approval and a $5 million grant from BC Housing toward construction of a 26 unit senior’s housing project in downtown Okanagan Falls. A 1.25 acre parcel was purchased last year at the eastern end of the former flea-market site. Design drawings and construction approvals are now in place. A sod-turning and site preparation by Greyback Construction will soon begin. • Town Centre Revitalization ~ After many years of waiting, and four years of detailed public discussion, a new town centre development plan for Okanagan Falls has been approved. This will create a pedestrian-friendly densification with small business, tourist accommodations and attractive year-round housing to be located between Highway 97 (9th Avenue) and northward to the lakeshore parks. The required zoning changes and infrastructure improvements are now underway. • Public Mobility ~ In cooperation with BC Transit, new bus services are now operating through Okanagan Falls with connections to Penticton, Oliver/Osoyoos and Kaleden. Also, the KVR walking and cycling corridor has been widened and resurfaced from Okanagan Falls to North Kaleden. A paved 2 km pedestrian walkway has been completed from the Kaleden exit of Highway 97 down Lakehill Road to lower Kaleden. A similar walkway is in the final design stages for Okanagan Falls. It will run from Peach Cliff Estates along McLean Creek Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 Road to Main Street.

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Sunrise apples, peaches, cherries, berries, tomatoes, peaches & cream corn, and so much more ...

Fire season is upon us and I can’t stress enough the importance of being careful when moving around in our beautiful backcountry or even stopping at the roadside for a picnic. While there have already been lightning strikes to the north of us, the majority of fires are often through the carelessness of ordinary people. We On Eastside Road are experiencing some of the highest temperatures recorded in Open Daily from 9:30-6:00 in Okanagan Falls the last 20 years and there is not an end to the dry weather in sight. Please be careful and report fires quickly to *5555 from your “We invite you to enjoy our farm and fruit stand. Relax mobile or 1-800-663-5555 from a land line. under the arbour with a fresh fruit smoothie or a crisp apple, take in the beauty of the area and share with us our My office is still answering concerns daily on flood related damage love and passion of farming.” ~ The Sloan Family and repairs throughout the riding. We are compiling lists of properties affected, particularly those where the river banks were Celebrating 70 years of farming in your neighbourhood! eroded allowing the water to flood agricultural land and impact crops and where properties or specific infrastructure were damaged. Percussion in the Park Some of you may already have been turned down for financial assistance through the normal DFA process with the RDOS By Patricia Irwin Prepare to dance and shake to the beat of “Percussion in the Emergency Plan. Please contact my office with specific addresses Park”! This celebration of summer, music and community will and costs of damage and we will do our best to assist you. be held Saturday, August 4th from 6-8 pm in Kenyon Park and Many of you will be impacted by the ending of Greyhound Bus will feature a group percussion music session. Bring your own Service to our rural communities. While the overall ridership was percussion instrument or use one that’s provided. This event is too small to run a profitable business for Greyhound, it offered the only transportation for some to get to medical appointments in open to all, young and old. See you there! larger centres or visit family anywhere in Western Canada. There are many transportation networks that are subsidized by the BC RESIDENTS OF OK FALLS PRESENTS Government like BC Ferries and BC Transit in the Lower Mainland, but I hesitate to push taxpayers to fund even more. It would be wonderful if a new company using smaller more efficient buses could begin service and perhaps be supported in their start-up by the Government. I am hoping, as all of you are, for a quick solution. I am currently making my rounds to the communities in the riding to talk about the UBCM Conference in September and the issues each local government will be presenting to the Ministers and their FREE staff. I believe, however short each of these Ministerial meetings ENTRY are, it is very important for Councils to present their projects face to SAT AUG 4/18 face with the people who can really make things happen. I attend 6-8PM between 30 and 40 of these meetings over 4 days to ensure there is follow up by each Minister’s staff to the requests and concerns KENYON PARK presented. The Osoyoos Desert Centre has launched a campaign (including a JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF GoFundMe page) to fund the replacement of its aging trailers with MUSIC, DANCE AND GOOD TIMES! a new modular building. They experienced considerable flooding and damage to their buildings this spring and the replacement BRING YOUR OWN PERCUSSION has become urgent. The Desert Centre’s primary function is to INSTRUMENT OR USE ONE OF promote awareness and conservation of the antelope brush OURS! ecosystem through guided tours, special events and education. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please support this gem in the South Okanagan. QUIETLIGHTHEALING@GMAIL.COM This is the time of year our valley is packed with tourists that are here to enjoy the sun and fill their vehicles with our fruit to REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED take home. As I have mentioned before, we all need to exercise ALCOHOL FREE EVENT patience on our highways, as people move on and off the road into our orchards, fruit stands and wineries. Allow at least an extra FUNDED BY: 15 minutes to get to appointments between communities and try to stay cool headed. I spend a lot of time on the highways and I know how frustrated one can become when in a lineup of 30 or NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS more slow moving vehicles. Stay hydrated and enjoy the summer!


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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2809, 2018 Notice of Alternative Approval Process NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen seek the approval of the electors within the boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in its entirety, which includes: City of Penticton, District of Summerland, Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Princeton, Village of Keremeos, Electoral Area “A” - Rural Osoyoos, Electoral Area “B” - Cawston, Electoral Area “C” - Oliver Rural, Electoral Area “D” - Kaleden/ Okanagan Falls, Electoral Area “E” - Naramata, Electoral Area “F” - Okanagan Lake West/West Bench, Electoral Area “G” Keremeos Rural/Hedley, Electoral Area “H” - Princeton Rural, for the adoption of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2809, 2018. In general terms, the bylaw is to acquire such licenses, rights or authorities as may be required or desirable for or in connection with the provisions of the Transit System Service, and to enter into contracts with such authorities and companies as may be necessary or appropriate to implement a Regional Transit System Service. The alternative approval process applies to qualified electors within all Electoral Areas and Municipalities of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Regional District may proceed with the approval of Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen Transit Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2809, 2018 unless at least ten percent (10%) of the qualified electors (those meeting the criteria below) within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen indicate their opposition by signing the Elector Response Form. The Regional District has estimated the total number of qualified electors in the service area to be 65,160 and that 10% of that number, or 6,516 qualified electors, must submit signed Elector Response Forms to prevent the Regional District from adopting the bylaw without the full assent of the electors by referendum. An elector response form must be in the form established by the Regional District. Elector Response Forms are available from the Regional District office, including by mail, fax, or email, on request or on the Regional District website at www.rdos.

Okanagan Falls Market In The Park Grows To 25 Vendors By Elaine Chernoff

We’re so fortunate to host a market each Wednesday afternoon from 4-7 pm in the shade and coolness of Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. This venue is one of the reasons we’ve grown from 10 to 25 vendors in just one month! Some are from Penticton, Osoyoos, Kaleden and Oliver, but most live in Okanagan Falls. A recent vendor sells eggs, honey and greens, another creates pottery (known around the world), someone else crafts unique cement planters and ponds. New to the Market is a fantastic food vendor who sells bannock burgers, hot dogs and fresh cut fries, along with refreshing cold drinks. Organic salsa is also available. If you want something sweet, you can find home baked desserts Page 6 | August 2018 |

The deadline for delivering the original signed Elector Response Form to the Regional District is 4:30 pm on Friday, August 31st, 2018. The only persons entitled to sign an Elector Response Form are those who meet the following criteria: Resident electors must: (a) be 18 years of age or older; (b) be a Canadian citizen; (c) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (d) be a resident of the Regional District for at least 30 days; and (e) not be disqualified by an Provincial enactment, or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election. Non-Resident property electors must: (a) not be entitled to register as a resident elector of the Regional District; (b) be 18 years of age or older; (c) be a Canadian citizen; (d) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (e) be a registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days; (f) not be disqualified by any Provincial enactment or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election; and (g) only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one parcel of real property in a jurisdiction. The bylaw is available for public inspection at the Regional District Office 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or alternatively, on our website at For more information on the alternative approval process please contact: Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 250-490-4146 1-877-610-3737 (toll free)

(some gluten free) and fresh fruit from other vendors. Several vendors create fabric crafts, original artwork and cards, leather work, jewelry, gnomes and woodwork. Small businesses provide services and offer advice on plants, travel and computers. Live performers in August include: Mat Duffus (August 1st); Megan Lauridsen (August 8th); Grant Henderson (August 15th); “Play in the Park for Older Adults” is hosting a “Drumming Circle” (August 22nd); and Richard Knox (August 29th). A few people want to sell antiques and collectables at this market. If you’re also interested, please contact Elaine at 250-497-8608. PLEASE NOTE: Not all vendors set up each week, but new vendors join us so there’s always a variety. Be sure to get there early for produce and home baking! REMEMBER: The Market is cancelled if it’s raining. For full details, please phone Vivian at 250-462-7579.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News


By Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Asset Management Plan ~ OFID is pleased to announce the completion of the “Water Asset Assessment” by WSP Ltd. Engineering Firm. The report includes an inventory of all OFID water system assets (pipes, pumps, buildings, etc.) with their life expectancies, schedule for replacement, and replacement costs. The schedule projects costs over the next several decades and will be instrumental for OFID to develop a renewal fund or “Replacement Reserve” in order to afford the cost of replacing these assets as they reach their life expectancy. The report is available for reading at OFID office. Repairs/Maintenance and Dirty Water ~ The District has been doing repairs/maintenance work on the water system that, at times, has resulted in dirty water to residents. If you experience this, please report it to the office to ensure staff is aware of the situation and open an outside tap to flush your system. The water should clear within minutes. OFID Responsibilities ~ The following are the responsibilities of OFID: Water system within the boundaries of OFID; Street lighting within the town site of Okanagan Falls; Okanagan Falls Cemetery; and Centennial Park. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a matter relating to any of these functions, please contact OFID’s office and not the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen. Camera Found ~ Following the July 1st festivities in Centennial Park, a camera was found. It can be claimed by identifying it at the District office.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Rini Van Uden

Fire Department History continues ...

Okanagan Falls Community Church on McLean Creek Road was vandalized on April 24, 1992. Three crosses were ripped off the wall and tossed onto the benches. Garbage was thrown all over the floor. Downstairs received more damage. An attempt was made to burn the building that left a wall scorched. Obscenities were written on the blackboard and foodstuff was wiped on the walls. Despite the mess, there was little actual damage and the fire caused mostly smoke damage. A Monday morning fire in June 1992 on Oliver Ranch Road Office Hours: Tue/Thu 8:30-4:30 (Closed 12-1) and Rolling Hills Road was so swift that there was little that the 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department could do to douse it. P: 250.497.8541 E: There was little left of the garage and home. It was believed the fire started in the garage. In July 1992, the firemen started Information Centre Update testing the new rescue boat. A 16’ Bombard Zodiac powered by a 70 By Barb Aschenbrenner, Vistor Information HP Yamaha motor. Since then, it has Centre Information Centre Manager reported to numerous incidents and Well, by the time you read this, we will be half way through summer! has been an asset to the community. Where did it go? Talking to people, they say they have never seen such strange weather, hot-cold cold-hot, but their comments are Also in 1992, there was uncertainty about provincial government they are not letting the weather stop them from doing all they can funding and that it may jeopardize a new fire hall. Without their to enjoy the beautiful Okanagan. Many visitors are enjoying our funding the project could be postponed. Two separate studies fresh fruit, warm beaches and the children are enjoying the water were conducted by the Insurance Underwriters in 1986 and 1991. park. So, keep smiling and welcoming all our guests. I know they Both studies recommended that a new fire truck and new building was needed for Okanagan Falls. To be continued ... sure appreciate it.

Safety Tip: At the time of writing, the fire danger is extremely high with a rating of 5. Be extra careful when outdoors. Fire requires Can you find or do you know where the following locations are in 3 things; fuel, oxygen and heat. There is plenty of fuel - trees, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden? grass, bushes and they are very dry right now. Oxygen is always The KVR Trestle Bridge The Real Blasted Church available. Heat is the one we can control - cigarettes, matches, sparks, engine heat, campfires, etc. We need to make sure that 108 yr old Pre-fab House The Little Falls the heat is removed and put out. Keeping it from doing so, is “Fire Life-size rodeo rider on his horse 1911 Kaleden Hotel Prevention”. A Salmon Chief A 26m Dish Antenna Frog City Café Follow the Bead Trail Enjoy our fresh August Hours: Corkscrew Drive An Endangered Flower home-made Mon-Sat ~ 3-9 pm Golden mountain resembling a peach Sun/Stat ~ 4-9 pm Tid Bit of History ... Where is this?

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Fire moves fastest uphill. The steeper the slope, the faster the fire will spread. If your home is on a hill, you should consider removing trees adjacent to the slope and plant fire-resistant plants, such as deciduous, leafy type trees. If you are planning on building a new home, have your home set back at least 10 meters from the crest of hills or slopes and landscape around it.



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The Kaleden Community Association is still “fine tuning” ideas for a Jazz Music Concert at the Kaleden Community Hall in the fall. Stay tuned for more detailed information in the next issue. The KCA is seeking artists, potters, sculptors, and photographers who would be interested in donating one of their pieces of art for a fundraising raffle towards bettering our community. If you are interested, please contact us at Just a reminder that the KCA is a charitable organization and any donors will be given a receipt to claim on their income tax. Thanks to everyone who attended our July “Party in the Park” community event in Pioneer Park. A delicious meal of pulled pork sandwiches was served and many people shared their favourite salads and the yummy desserts! Looking forward to our next community gathering coming soon. Stayed tuned!


We live in an agricultural area and many people on large lots enjoy gardens and plants with plenty of foliage. The use of pesticides are common. Pesticides are used to control insects, weeds, fungus, molds, and rodents. They come in different forms, being liquids, powder and gases. Some people are exposed to pesticides in their jobs (farm workers, warehouse workers, etc.), while others are exposed to pesticides in their homes, and still others are exposed through the food they eat. Sprayers, applicators, and handlers of pesticides should always wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) listed on the pesticide label while handling pesticides. Pesticides should be stored in a secure location, which is always away from a child’s reach. Be sure to seek medical help if you experience any prolonged headaches, nausea, chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, etc. from exposure to any pesticides. And, ALWAYS wash your hands after working with or near pesticides.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Water - Never Enough to Waste ...? KID Trustees are often asked why watering restrictions are put into place, despite there being lots of water (lately too much, even!) in the Okanagan system. The primary reason is to reinforce a water conservation attitude that will become increasingly necessary throughout the Okanagan Valley. Climate change experts predict extreme weather events will become the norm, such as spring floods followed by summer “Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or droughts, just like what we experienced in 2017 and may see even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. again in 2018. So, what are the results of our water conservation efforts to date? Looking at the KID April-June pumping records for 2011-18, on average we pumped only 73% of that done in 2001-10; some 38 million gallons (144 million liters) less each year just for that threemonth period! Although there is annual variability due to weather, much of that reduction results from improved agricultural irrigation practices, domestic watering restrictions and repair of system leaks. Aside from the cost savings to pump and treat less water, we also reduce wear and tear on our aging infrastructure with less pumping, and benefit the Okanagan aquatic environment more generally. But, we can do even better; that is quite obvious to me when I head up Lakehill Road and see water coming down driveways and continuing down the road. To that end, KID has hired a summer student, Carson Stocker, whose primary duties are to monitor adherence to watering restrictions and encourage water conservation. I see that questions regarding water quality and watering restrictions have been posted on the Kaleden Community Facebook page. Kaleden’s Canada Day Celebration! Check out the KID website, email or call (contact details provided A big thank you to ALL the community members who came out and below), for answers to these and other questions about our water joined in Pioneer Park to celebrate Canada Day together! There supply. Your suggestions as to topics for future articles regarding is no doubt that ‘community spirit’ is alive and strong in Kaleden! our water supply are also welcome. A special thank you to the Kaleden Community Association for 250.497.5407 | always making every Kaledenite feel important and welcomed. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to Page 8 | August 2018 |

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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish Wow! It’s August already! We have already had so many fun events and more are planned for this month. First, a Thank You is in order to the people who changed the lights in the Hall. It is a T-A-L-L order and your efforts are much appreciated. I know everyone will enjoy the illumination when we heard back into the Hall for activities in the fall. Also, another Thank You to the Seniors Committee for organizing “Party in the Park” again this year. The weather was HOT, but participants of all ages had a wonderful time - playing, visiting and eating. The Kaleden Recreation children’s programs have started with Megan in Pioneer Park on Thursdays. Pre-School Park Play goes from 9-10 am followed by Sun and Sand Play Days from 10 am Noon. These are drop-in programs for a $2 donation. Details for these programs and more can be found in the Kal-Rec program guide or online at Of course, there are also all our ongoing programs in full swing. You may have noticed we have a new RDOS “Play Box” on site in Pioneer Park. The box contains a variety of toys and equipment for a variety of ages. This is an opportunity for parents and community members to join us in promoting active play by volunteering to host a play session. Kaleden has been chosen as the first site in the valley to host a Play Box and to gauge the success of this selfdirected recreation opportunity. If you are interested in using the equipment in the box, gather a few people together and contact Janet at 250-497-8188 to open it up for play!

“Play In The Park” Series For Older Adults By Aja Jackson, Program Coordinator

Every Wednesday in August, “Play in the Park” hosts activities and games from 4-7 pm in Centennial Park. Big Game Checkers, Bocce and Croquet are set up for you and your friends to have a match! On Wednesday, August 1st, we will feature “Banner and Market Bag” painting. Paints and smocks provided. What does Okanagan Falls mean to you? Bring your ideas and paint a banner or a cloth market bag. All ages and experience welcome to pick up a paintbrush! On Wednesday, August 22nd, Barb Seiler will lead a “Joyful Drum” drumming circle. Barb provides a selection of drums or feel free to bring your own. Joyful Drumming will be in the WI Bandshell at Centennial Park 5:30-6:30 pm. ALL “Play in the Park” activities are at NO CHARGE! We would like to hear from you too. Drop into the “Market in the Park” and let us know what games and activities and supplies you would like to see in our community parks. Check out the wonderful food and fruit vendors, musicians, crafters and games all summer long! If you would like to borrow FREE sports equipment for your family and friends in the parks, call Janet at 250-497-2016 or email

There are a couple of special events happening this month open to people of all ages. The first is the “Garden Party” on Wednesday, August 1st from 2:30-4:30 pm at 286 Pineview. Please bring your own chair, park on the road, and walk down the driveway. Assistance will be available if you need it to get down the driveway. Then, at the end of the month on Thursday, August 30th, it is the “Family Beach Party” from 3-5 pm. This event is supported by a CFSO Neighbourhood Small Grant and coordinated by Eryn Wiedner. Thanks Eryn for all the time and effort to sponsor this event. On the business side, a couple of years ago Kal-Rec asked the RDOS to apply to the provincial government for a License of Occupation for several parcels of Crown land between Pioneer Park and the Kaleden Irrigation District property. Our hope is to be able to expand the park in compliance with provincial requirements and the official park plan. This has been a lengthy process, but it will mean an expanded park and better use of areas presently in the park. The Kal-Rec board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. If you are curious or have any concerns, please come to one of our meetings or contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda. Summer is a great time to be outdoors and get involved in some type of activity, even if it is just sitting in the lake in order to beat the heat. Enjoy! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email 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@ Page 10 | August 2018 |

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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Something for All Ages! What’s on Wednesdays ??? Kenyon Park - until August 22nd A very special event every Wednesday! Enjoy a medley of creative, fun, wacky or educational activities. Like us on Facebook for a sneak peak or drop in and be surprised. Something for all ages! July 11 - August 22nd 11:00 am - 2:00 pm No Fee!

Play in the Sun & Sand Pioneer Park Thursdays - until Aug 16th From balloon Olympics to leaky bucket races and everything in between. Active play for all ages! 9:00-10:00 am Pre-school crafts and active play

9:30-10:45 am Miss Sam’s Park Play (Pre-school)

10:00-Noon Families and middle years (ages 5-12)

11:00-2:00 pm Middle years and families

Your host: Megan and Friends

2:30-4:00 pm

Beach Party for youth and teens

August 6-10th is ‘Recreation Chin-Wag Week’ Recreation Coordinator Janet Black will be out and about in the Parks to chat with you and get input on programs and events. Watch for her at programs listed above and at the following locations and times:

Okanagan Falls Market - August 8th 4-7 pm In Kaleden - Pioneer Park - August 7th 7-8 pm (The new Play Box will be open!)

How do you want to Play? Coming this fall … Revolution Fitness! Join the REVOLUTION before you need a RESOLUTION The Zen Centre is offering two fall Fitness Classes with Certified Personal Fitness Coach James Chicalo. September 18 - October 25 & November 13 - December 20 Six weeks each - T wo times per week Build strength/lose body fat/develop your core … Stay tuned!

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A Good Night’s Sleep Is Critical For Health

By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health

Insomnia affects one in three adults worldwide and is one of our world’s leading contributors to poor health, fatigue, loss of productivity and diminished joy. Research shows that this is a bigger problem than previously understood and should be taken seriously by anyone wanting to achieve optimal health and wellness. Chronic insomnia has clearly been linked with an increased risk of death and chronic disease. Sleep allows our minds and bodies to regenerate, revitalize, detoxify, and recharge for the following day’s activities. If your sleep is unrefreshing and you feel fatigue throughout the day, you may not be sleeping enough or obtaining quality sleep that is truly restorative. Ideally, we should sleep soundly for about 8 hours nightly, and feel vital and energetic for the remaining 16 hours during the day. So, although not all insomnia is created equal and various contributing factors can lead to this problem, the following natural solutions will benefit all with this condition: 1.

Deal with underlying sources of bodily inflammation and pain, such as gut dysbiosis, food and environmental allergies, blood sugar imbalances, toxins, and nutritional deficiencies.


Create good sleep hygiene practices: This means avoiding evening use of electronics and other sources of bright or blue light, which inhibit your brain’s production of melatonin. Brain melatonin will naturally be produced when the daylight turns to darkness, inducing sleepiness at night. Relax in the evenings with a warm epsom salts bath, relaxing stroll, or other relaxing practices, such as meditation or reading. Stay busy and active during the day and avoid napping. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants, especially in the evening. Keep a regular sleep-wake schedule. Lower your stress level and develop stress-relieving practices, such as gratitude journaling, meditation, yoga, etc. And finally, sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room.


If required, take natural substances to help your mind settle down and your brain waves to adjust to a healthy sleeping pattern. The most effective of these are supplemental melatonin, L-Theanine, 5-HTP, and Valerian, plus the essential oils lavender and hops which can be dabbed onto your skin and inhaled.


Ensure your hormones are balanced and at adequate levels. Hormone imbalances, for instance the decline in hormones that occurs around menopause, are a major cause of tension and insomnia. Another sleep depriver, adrenal fatigue, a condition that occurs due to prolonged stress, also leads to lowered hormones. Adrenal hormones are responsible for regulation of the circadian rhythm, and when the adrenals run low, our 24-hour sleep wake cycle can be disrupted.

If you suffer from insomnia and the resulting fatigue and lethargy that result from inadequate sleep, visit a Naturopathic Doctor to investigate the cause and to find safe, effective solutions. Adequate, restorative sleep is essential to preventing chronic debilitating illness. Call Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681 or visit to receive the help you need to sleep soundly again. Page 12 | August 2018 |

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner

Volunteer Spotlight To ALL the Volunteers on Canada Day! A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL the volunteers who helped out on Canada Day in Area D! These community events simply wouldn’t take place, nor be as successful and a ton of fun, without the time and effort of volunteers. It is always the folks behind the scenes doing countless tasks that keep these community events running smoothly. Thank you for sharing your time on Canada Day! In photo above: The Okanagan Falls Lions Club served up a delicious BBQ lunch in Kenyon Park on Canada Day.

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Like massage, chiropractic adjustments can help relieve neck and back pain, headaches, and can improve mobility and range of motion. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, approximately 4.5 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year. Dr. Rick Hawthorne, who’s office is on Government Street in Penticton and has been practicing for 27 years, has explained this to me personally, many times, that together massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can greatly increase the effectiveness of both treatments. While chiropractic focuses on the nervous system, the musculoskeletal structure, and hard tissues; massage therapy manipulates the soft tissues; the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When we are out of alignment, it can cause the muscles around the area to protect it by tightening or going into spasm. As well, a tight muscle can potentially pull a bone out of alignment. After a chiropractic adjustment, it is very common for those tight muscles to pull the joints back out of place, again causing pain. We know massage improves circulation, increases blood flow and relaxes muscles, which help to increase the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Massage warms the soft tissues, causing them to loosen and relax, which allows the chiropractic adjustment to stay in place. As Dr. Hawthorne explained to me, when things get really tight, inflammation starts and that is when the pain gets worse. Part of the inflammatory process causes pain nerves to become much more sensitive. That is why anti-inflammatories reduce pain, but they do not correct the cause of the pain. That is why massage and chiropractic help, they correct the cause. Maintaining a strong, healthy body and mind can take a consistent effort. It is more beneficial to have treatments on a regular basis, rather than only when there is severe pain. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Our upper body massage focuses mostly on the neck, upper back, arms and hands. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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1 in 10 - Who’s Your Connection?


By Annick Lim

Kaleden residents Char Boyce and sister Lornel Mitchell saw their dad struggle through Policystic Kidney Disease (PKD - a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys) for many years and finally needing dialysis. When the family found out they weren’t able to donate one of their own kidneys, they were advised to tell everyone and anyone who would listen to their story of their dad needing a kidney. Missy Reiter was a massage therapist for Lornel’s son’s hockey team. When she heard of their plight to save their dad’s life, she volunteered herself to ‘give the gift’ of life without giving it a second thought! Ed Mitchell was able to live an incredible life with Missy’s kidney. In fact, he lived an extra wonderful ELEVEN years and lived to see 80! He had a lifetime bucket list to visit Europe, and was able to achieve that while living with a kidney transplant, something that would have been nearly impossible while on dialysis. The entire family will be forever grateful to Missy for her selfless gift and has adopted her as a permanent part of the family. Since donating her kidney, Missy has been able to have two children (Ava, 11 and Calder, 8) and continues to celebrate her good health. “Knowing that Ed didn’t have to go through dialysis anymore and Ed Mitchell with his son Dean, who having a part in that, it has left a also has PKD, and his children Lindey very positive effect on my life and I and Lochlan, who both have a 50/50 am forever grateful to have donated chance of having PKD as well. Further testing at an older age will indicate the a kidney”, says Missy. children’s fate of this genetic disorder. YES!! This is possible!! Would you like to help families like Ed’s? 1 in 10 Canadians has kidney disease, so who do you know? On Sunday, September 23rd, the 11th annual (2.5km) Kidney Walk will be held at Gyro Park in Penticton. Registration is at 9 am, warm up at 9:45 and the walk starts at 10 am. You can register online at Walk • Run • Volunteer • Donate! This event is perfect for the whole family, including children and pets. It is designed for participants of all levels, walkers, strollers and participants with limited mobility. It’s about changing lives and inspiring hope one step/dollar at a time. Take the first step and register today at Corporate donations towards our Silent Auction and Community Sponsorship Proposals are also available. If you would like more information, please call Annick Lim at 250-488-9777.

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RCMP Community Report


Protect Your Bike


By Rick Dellebuur I have noted an increase in bike thefts over the last few weeks. With bikes costing thousands of dollars, they have become a target for thieves to steal and sell for money to further their lifestyle. Even if your bike is not a high end bike, it still cost you money to buy and will cost more money to replace. Some of our criminals use bikes as cheap transportation and don’t hesitate to help themselves to your ride where ever you have left it unsecured. This type of theft can easily be prevented, or deterred at the very least, by taking some steps to secure your bike. Locks provide a level of security, if you use a high quality lock designed for bicycles. Avoid inexpensive cable and chain locks. Always lock a wheel and the frame to a secure bike parking structure. This disables the bike from being ridden and makes it difficult to attack with tools. By attaching an accessory cable to your primary lock, you can secure the second wheel, a helmet, and also the saddle. Your local bike shop can help you choose the right lock for you, as well as show you how to use it properly. One of the best ideas in combating bike theft to come out recently is a program called “529 Garage”. You can down load the app on your smart phone, or visit to record the important details of your bike and capture key photos. It only takes a few minutes and is easy to do. This ensures you have this information needed by the police, insurance and the community to help recover a lost bike. You can also purchase a 529 Shield, which is tamper resistant decal with a unique code that lets thieves know your bike is registered and aids police in the recovery. Shields are available at bike shops, or at our Community Police Station at 185 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. We will even help you register your bike, if you bring it by our location. Protect your bike so you and not a thief can enjoy it this summer!!

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Local residents are invited to witness the end of all stages as follows: Day 1 / Stage 1 ~ 10 km Swim, Sovereign Road Boat Once again over the August long Launch just off East Side Road starting at approximately 8:30 am; weekend, the South Okanagan Day 1 / Stage 1 ~ 149 km Bike, Kenyon Park, Okanagan Falls, and Similkameen will play host first finisher will be approximately 2:30 pm; Day 2 / Stage 2 ~ to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: 275 km Bike, Princeton Arena, finish approximately 3:30 pm; Day Ultra520K Canada, a unique, individual, three-day event consisting 3 / Stage 3 ~ 84.4 km Run, Memorial Park, Summerland finish of 520 km of swimming, biking and running. This years’ event approximately 2:30 pm. Alternatively, the event can be followed marks the 18th running since its inception in 1993. Live on FaceBook, as we will stream live from all the finish areas. This year is unique in that the event will be dedicated to the The local community has been incredibly supportive of this event, Memory of Bruce Schoenne of Penticton, who recently passed most notably the District of Summerland, Town of Princeton, away after a battle with liver cancer. Bruce twice participated in the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, Speedo, F2C Nutrition, event and was a big supporter and part of our videography crew Hoodoo Adventures, Peach City Runners, Black Iron Grill, H2O for the last few years. Athletes will be asked to wear arm bands in 4U, and Natures Fare. Bruce’s Memory during the race, which is co-sponsored by “Ride to Survive”, one of Bruce’s favorite charities and one in which he For further information, please visit or contact Race Director Steve Brown at 250-809-1798. participated for a number of years. The 2018 race by the numbers: 32 athletes (12 women, 20 men) hailing from 9 different countries including Canada (11), United States (10), Australia (2), Spain (1), United Kingdom (1), Guatemala (2), Costa Rica (3), Mexico (1), and France (1). 11 Veterans, 9 of which are returning to Canada for at least a second time. In order to be invited to this demanding endurance race, competitors must complete at least an iron distance race (226.3 km) in under 14.5 hours during the previous 18 months. Locally, Dave Matheson, one of our previous Champions and course record holder, is returning but will be solidly challenged by Arno Selukov from France, another Champion who won in Australia and finished 3rd in Hawaii against a very strong field. “We believe this is going to be the race within the race”, said Steve Brown, Race Director. “These are two guys that can go fast and hold the pace for all three days. This will be an exciting race and should go down to the wire on the last day of competition”. Katie Welton of the UK and Michele Turner from the US are both capable of very high finishes overall. Ginny Sellars of Vernon is a returning athlete that knows this course, as is Suzy Serpico from the USA, all are motivated to improve and leave their mark on the race. Okanagan athletes include: Dave Matheson (Penticton), Tony Buckingham (Penticton), Ginny Sellars (Vernon), and Rory Bass (Kelowna) was scheduled to start this year, but had a serious bike accident a few weeks ago and had to drop out. Day 1 (August 4th) begins with a 10 km swim in Skaha Lake from Penticton to Sovereign Road near Okanagan Falls. After which, athletes complete a 149.8 km bike ride through the South Okanagan, over the Richter Pass, and ending back in Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls. Day 2 (August 5th) continues with competitors cycling a 274.2 km bike route from Penticton to Osoyoos. They return to Okanagan Falls, then climb “The Wall” to Willowbrook and Twin Lakes on their way to Princeton where they complete an out and back section along the Old Hedley Road to finish at the Princeton Arena. Day 3 (August 6th) completes the event with an 84.4 km run from Princeton to Summerland along the Old Princeton Summerland Road. The athletes finish at Memorial Park in Summerland.

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NOTICE TO OKANAGAN FALLS RESIDENTS: Ultra520K Canada on Saturday, August 4th In Kenyon Park from 5 am - 8 pm The organizers of Ultra520K Canada would like to give notice to all 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. The race involves 32 athletes, each of whom has a crew that travel with them. Kenyon Park and 8th Avenue is the end of the Swim and Bike Stages for Day 1 of this 3-day stage race. As this will necessitate the set-up of a Finish Line Structure and a clear path for the athletes to enter and cross the line, as well as increase traffic and cause some parking congestion by the crew vehicles, we ask that you please avoid driving or parking on the portion of 8th Avenue adjacent to Kenyon Park and behind the IGA Shopping Plaza on Saturday, August 5th. We will be closing the road for set up at 5:00 am on Saturday, August 5th. We would ask that you please park and have your guests park in other areas and leave as much area open as possible along that portion of 8th Avenue, as the crews and finish line personnel need to prepare for the arrival of each athlete. Please do not park on 8th Avenue overnight on the 4th of August, as this creates problems for the crews when setting up. The Organizers are working with the Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission to minimize any inconvenience to residents, while providing appropriate access and services for the athletes and other guests and residents of Okanagan Falls. We would encourage residents of the area to come down and cheer on these extraordinary athletes undertaking one of the toughest races in the world. We expect our first athlete to arrive at approximately 2:30 pm with the final athlete arriving not later than 7:15 pm. We fully expect to be out of the area not later than 8:00 pm. We would also ask that you keep pets under control for the duration of time mentioned above for the safety of both your pets and the athletes. Please contact Steve Brown at 250-809-1798 if you have any questions or concerns. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, August 12th Planning is well underway and registration is now closed for the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim scheduled for Sunday, August 12th, 2018. The swim is an 11.8 kilometres in length starting from Skaha Beach in Penticton to Christie Memorial Beach 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. And, this year’s event is sold out once again!

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The 2017 female winner, Chantel Jeffrey, is returning to defend her title. 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 volunteer can go to the website at www. 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 call Shelie Best, Race Director, at 250-488-3583.

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Hardworking Okanagan Falls Goalkeeper Joins Vancouver Whitecaps FC U19 Soccer Team

16 year old Isaac Boehmer of Okanagan Falls has been invited to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC under-19 soccer team, starting this August. After several years of training with and playing for both the Thompson Okanagan FC (TOFC) in the British Columbia Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) and the Penticton Pinnacles FC (PFC) in the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League (TOYSL), this is a dream come true for the Okanagan Falls native. Isaac gives the most credit for this accomplishment to time spent with his three older brothers, Aaron, David, and Michael, as well as his parents, Karl and Sandy, at various fields in Okanagan Falls, practicing his overall soccer as well as goalkeeping-specific skills, thereby laying the foundation upon which to continue his development. He is grateful to the various coaches he has had the privilege of training with and playing for over the years. In Isaac’s mind, coaches such as Shaun Flanagan and Kai Tolpinrud of TOFC and Tom McGill of PFC, as well as Luca Dalla Pace of BC Soccer and Raegyn Hall of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, have propelled him to take this next very important step in his promising soccer career. Isaac also remembers the countless hours spent driving with his parents, to and from training in Vernon and for the various TOFC home games that are spread throughout the region, from Kamloops to Kelowna and Vernon to Penticton. Isaac’s career with TOFC started in spring 2013 and came to an end this June; he calculates he must have travelled 10s of thousands of kilometers to accomplish his goal of joining the Vancouver Whitecaps U19 residency team. Isaac’s soccer career so far also includes training with FC Schalke 04’s world-renowned youth academy (“die Knappenschmiede”, in Germany), playing for this club in an exhibition game, as well as suiting up for British Columbia regularly throughout the years. He has had offers from several Universities in Canada to join their soccer programs. While the Penticton Christian School grade 11 student has managed to meet all BC High School Graduation requirements already, he plans to continue his studies on-line while in Vancouver in order to work on material of interest to him, such as continuing his studies of the German language. Isaac’s declared goal is that of becoming a professional soccer goalkeeper. The Vancouver Whitecaps, one of Canada’s three Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, represent the logical next step for him. Their U19 team competes in the United States Soccer Development League, the highest level of play available to a youth player in all of North America. The recent allocation of the 2026 Soccer World Cup to Canada, Mexico, and the US has given Isaac further incentive to pursue this goal. Who knows, perhaps one day Isaac will play in the MLS or suit up for a Bundesliga team in Germany, or represent Canada at the international level. For this young, hard-working Okanagan Falls goalkeeper, the sky is the limit.

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Isaac Boehmer, on left, with his older brother David Boehmer, on right, are both excited about Isaac’s recent invitation to join the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U19 Residency Team. Congratulations Isaac!

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes We now bring you back to “PAC-Watch 2018” with your host, Brad Nunes ... “Thank you and welcome. We have had a major shake up over at KPAC this year. We now go to Chuck in the field in Kaleden, Chuck?” “Hi Brad, yes KPAC has had some major changes heading into the 2018/2019 school year. Some big players have come onto the scene” “So who do we have at the helm?” “Well Brad, we have a unique co-chair situation with both Leanne McClarty and Joline McNolty steering the ship.” “It can be a big boat Chuck and sometimes you just need 4 hands on the wheel. Who do we have as the ‘first mates’?” “Nice boating reference there Brad. At the vice-chair slot, we again have duelling support with both Karen Pennington and Jaimie Wolowidnyk occupying the seat.” “Let’s hope they don’t use those kiddy chairs in the Library or someone may end up on the floor, eh Chuck?” “You know it doesn’t mean they are literally sharing a chair, Brad? Anyway in our Treasurer slot, we have Judy Elphick handling the whole position by herself.” “I hope she gets full pay, Chuck.” “They are in fact all volunteers, Brad. You know that right?” “Sure. And, who do we have ‘rocking the typewriter’?” “It is 2018 Brad, nobody uses typewriters, unless you dress in tweed and have a ‘manbun’. The co-secretaries are Lorna Venman and Jessica ter Wolbeek. As with most of the seats, they will be ... AHHHGH!” “Chuck? Chuck! Oh dear! It seems Chuck has been struck by one of the unlicensed golf carts that have been plaguing the region. Well, that will do it for “PAC-Watch 2018: KPAC edition”. I’m Brad Nunes and thanks for tuning in.”

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Summer Reading Club is a great way to maintain and even improve your reading skills over the summer. Keep reading and remember your reading records and challenge lists for rewards. The Kaleden Library welcomes children and their parents and Dates for August SRC are: Tuesday, August 7 ~ “Motion Commotion Magic Show” caregivers to Family Storytime on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 am. • with Leif David. Back by popular demand. This magic show We will be having a special guest - Shauna Gill, local author, who will be open to everyone, so bring your family and friends for will be reading her book “Henrick the Rooster”. She will be selling an awesome time. FREE and FUN! 6:00 - 7:30 pm copies of her book after the storytime program. Tuesday, August 14 ~ SRC Wind Up! Prizes and Medals. Summer Reading Club continues for the month of August on • Make your own Ice Cream Sundae Treat! 6:00 - 7:30 pm Thursday evenings at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Children ages 5 to 12 years old are welcomed to join us for the following programs the Craft Circle ~ Wednesday, August 1st and August 15th from Kaleden Library is offering: 1-3 pm. Craft Circle will continue throughout the year on the first • Thursday, August 2 ~ Magic Show with Leif David. Back and third Wednesdays each month. Join the fun and bring your by popular demand! Leif’s show features magic tricks, projects to work on, or get some inspiration from others! comedy and audience participation ... bring the whole family Friends of the Library ~ The Okanagan Falls Library would like to enjoy show! to start a ‘Friends of the Library’ group to help raise funds through • Thursday, August 16 ~ Get Jacked for Kids with Jackie book sales and various other fundraisers to help the local library Goodfellow. A bootcamp workout for kids. Fitness instructor with funding for our children’s programs and various items or Jackie will teach us about being healthy with a fun fitness furnishings for the library. Are you interested in volunteering some time for this? Please call Lynn at the library for more information. workout! • Thursday, August 30 ~ Summer Reading Club Wind Up For many years, the Women’s Institute (who are no longer active Party! This is the last session of the 2018 Summer Reading in our community) acted as ambassadors for our library. For all you Club at the Kaleden Library. Please join us for prizes, awards, members that were part of this organization, I wish to thank you. Your help was very much appreciated! and games. For more information on any of our programs, call 250-497-8066 Community Information Sessions will begin in September. Do you have a special talent or something you would like to share or email us at with your community? We are looking for you! Please contact the library with your ideas.

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Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey

The Kaleden Bursary Committee was pleased to award six bursaries to graduating students from Kaleden. The committee awarded the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department bursaries to Katie Roos and Tayedra Koppe. The Allen Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary was awarded to Mackenzie Wallich. The Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary was awarded to Meghan Stayberg. The Kaleden Bursary Committee also sponsored and awarded Thor Morhart and Kale Lawrence with bursaries. The Kaleden Bursary Committee would like to thank the sponsors of the bursaries for investing in our students. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the bursary fund, please contact myself. The bursary fund received donations in 2018 from the Kaleden Community Church Bottle Recycling Depot and the Kaleden Community Association. The bursary committee sold smokies at the annual Kaleden Fire Department Yard Sale. Congratulations to all our graduating students. For more information, please contact Darlene Bailey by phone at The Okanagan Falls Library enjoyed an awesome performance of “Bubble Wonders” with Geoff Akins. Thank you for a great show! 250-497-8140 or email | August 2018 | Page 19

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find more opportunities to connect at Unity House, Canadian Mental Health Association is currently looking for a volunteer with woodworking experience to lead the Men’s Group in making Bat Boxes. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30pm. Please call Maggie for more information at Unity House Clubhouse is located at 2852 Skaha Lake Road in Penticton. Phone: 250-493-6327. Critteraid is needing volunteers to assist at our animal sanctuary, cleaning at the cat sanctuary, helping look after our farm animals or cuddling some of our cats who need a bit of extra love. If working in a Charity Thrift Shoppe is more your style, well we have that too. Please contact Andrea, Critteraid Volunteer Coordinator, at 250486-2444 or email if you have any questions. The Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for Bike Ride Event Day volunteers who can help on September 8th and/or 9th to: • Give us a hand on-site at Rona Home and Garden Centre in Kelowna • In participant support vehicles on-route • Rest stop volunteers • Dinner and auction volunteers • And, we are in need of an awesome pancake chef or two Those who have any questions or wish to volunteer can contact or 1-800-268-7582 ext 7262. Volunteers are needed to help out at the Seniors Wellness Society. Please contact Misty Douglas at 330 Ellis Street in Penticton, or phone 250-487-7455 or Toll-free at 1-877-364-2345 , or email

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There are open positions at the BC SPCA Penticton Shelter in the areas of administration, canine care, cat care, fostering and recruitment assistant. The SPCA is also looking for maintenance people to help with small maintenance projects in the shelter and also some help with yard work, i.e. weed eating, tree trimming, etc. For more information on these roles and how to apply to be a BC SPCA Volunteer, please email Carolyn at Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo - September 22, 2018. Penticton to Kelowna on the Kettle Valley Trail. Raising funds for the Myra Canyon Restoration Society. Event starts from 8:00 until 8:15 (2 heats) then take down of tent/registration and bike racks, etc. by 9:00 am. Volunteers are needed for: • Registration - 3-4 volunteers. • Truck unload and set-up - unload bicycles and set up bike racks and fencing - 6-8 able bodied volunteers from 6-8am. • Course Marshals. • Cardboard Recycle Volunteer - we have cardboard placed between bikes to stop damage. • 1 Aid Station - Need a car with 2-3 people. We provide all the equipment and directions. Past Naramata, but not too far. Approximately 7:30am load car until 9:30am at the latest. • Volunteers Receive a T-shirt and $25-30 donation per person to a society/charity of choice. Contact Dean Stanton, Tri 1 Events, by email to or call 604-771-9869.

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would be acceptable to flush the toilet, let the sink run for a minute and search for strange noises coming from the plumbing system. This can be an indicator if the plumbing is old or faulty. However, first make sure the water is on. If sellers are not living in the house at the time of showing, they might turn off the water. Before you try anything, ask the seller or listing broker about the water. Of course, should an emergency arise and you must use the bathroom during a house showing, be sure to leave it as you found it.

Don’t: Bring Food ~ It is never polite to bring food to a house showing, so leave the snacks in the car. Sometimes, a seller or a listing broker might provide water and dry snacks to potential buyers, such as pretzels because they don’t stain. Honestly, food The Dos and Don’ts Of is a bad idea due to any unknown food allergies. You never know Viewing Homes For Sale if the seller or any potential buyers looking at the house after you might have an allergy (even to a smell), so it’s best to avoid Courtesy of Allison Chalmers of Quicken Loans Inc. Do: Arrive on Time ~ First impressions are everything, so start bringing any food to the showing. off on the right foot with the seller or listing broker by arriving Don’t: Negotiate While You’re in the Home ~ The house showing on time. After all, you could potentially be putting a bid on this is not a time to sit down and discuss negotiations. Additionally, particular house. Brokers report back to the seller, especially if it’s not the time to pick out every flaw in the house, as this could there is a bid on the home. You want to present yourself in a very mark you as a “buyer who would not get past inspection”. Instead, positive light, remembering that it’s the job of the listing broker to wait until you have left the showing to discuss your findings and opinions. The listing broker is the “spy for the seller” and could help pick a great buyer that will get to the closing table. Do: Take Your Shoes Off ~ While it might be just an understood pass along any commentary you make during the showing. REALTOR

common courtesy to take your shoes off at the door, you may encounter sellers from different cultures who may require shoes to be taken off before entering their home.

Some signs to look for that may tell you to remove shoes: Is there a pile of shoes directly outside the front door or on a rack inside? Is the carpet in the home a lighter color? Did you do an outdoor tour before you came in? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, take off your shoes. Sellers appreciate that you respect their home or culture by taking your shoes off. The short answer: Just ask! Before you walk in, ask the seller or listing broker if you should take off your shoes. Do: Ask Questions ~ It is perfectly alright to ask relevant questions about the home, i.e. the age of the roof or furnace and information about the neighbourhood and surrounding community. Additionally, while in the house, it’s acceptable to open closets, kitchen cabinets, bedroom doors, bathroom doors, pantries, linen closets, dishwasher door (if it’s staying with the house), refrigerator/freezer doors (if they’re staying with the house), and washer/dryer doors (if they’re staying with the house). If any or all of these things are part of the decision-making process, it’s acceptable to want to view these items. If you’re feeling shy, just ask! Most likely, the seller or listing broker will allow it. However, it’s unacceptable to open dressers, night stand drawers, medicine cabinets, and laundry hampers/baskets. Often, sellers will leave a written request for what they do/don’t want viewed during house showings. For example, any private areas of the home (a safe room, home office or anything that contains private information) may be off limits to potential home buyers. Always be respectful of their wishes. At the end of the day, if you end up going through with the sale, you can always view these areas during the home inspection. Don’t: Use the Bathroom ~ Unless it is an absolute emergency, there should be no reason to use the bathroom at a house showing. Some sellers are very uncomfortable with the thought of strangers using their bathroom, especially if the house is vacant and has already been cleaned. However, there are a few instances that would appropriately allow you to use the bathroom. For instance, if you’re really looking to buy the home, you might want to check the plumbing. With the listing broker’s or seller’s permission, it Page 22 | August 2018 |

Don’t: Bring Your Kids or Pets ~ While kids should most definitely be a part of the house-hunting process, it may be wise to attend the initial house showing without them, if possible. Here’s why: they may require your undivided attention, forcing you to miss parts of the home; they may accidently open certain drawers, doors or cabinets that the seller asked to remain unviewed; and they might not want to spend time looking around a house and could become restless. All of these reasons and more might contribute to your decision to leave your kids out of the initial viewing. Remember that purchasing a home can be a hectic process, so by alleviating any possible stress that may arise during the process, you’re better able to focus on the home.

Same rule of thumb goes with pets. While we all love our fourlegged, furry friends, they might bring complications into the house showing that you may have not anticipated. For example, your pet might go to the bathroom in the seller’s backyard. While you might not see an issue with this (when you gotta go, you gotta go!), the seller might be protective of their lawn and might not appreciate the mess. It’s also important to remember that some people may have allergies. If the seller is allergic, it might not be wise to bring your pet to a showing, as their hair and allergens could spread in the home. Go with Your Gut ~ At the end of the day, it all comes down to first impressions, so it’s critical to get it right. As a buyer, you’re looking to make a good impression with the seller and listing agent. Be on your best behavior and remember: When in doubt, go with your gut. If you think an area of the home is off-limits or leaving your shoes on might be offensive, talk to the listing broker and find the best way to view someone’s home. It just might benefit you when it comes to making an offer.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

Life in a Pioneer Community The church was a classic example of the type of inclusivity which existed in the early community. It was, from the very outset, Baptist in its affiliation, yet the choir master was Anglican, the Sunday School superintendent and the teachers would include Brethren, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Anglican as well as Baptist. Until roads improved and cars became more common there was no sense that going to church meant anything other than to the little building halfway up the hill. The church young people’s group was the Kaleden ball team and all the social activities for youth centered around this group. The same homogeneity existed in nearly all aspects of community life and such organizations as the Cooperative Growers, the School Board or the Irrigation District we’re locally controlled and run with community interests in mind. One example of this was the decision to build a bunkhouse where itinerant fruit workers, employed by the packinghouse, could be housed and fed. The directors decided to make it large enough, with high enough ceilings, to accommodate a badminton court, to be used in the off season, although it must have been hard to justify the extra expense as having the remotest connection to the avowed purpose of providing housing. As said before, as kids none of this was evaluated - it just was. As a result, growing up in Kaleden was a very special experience. There were roads but as kids we seldom used them. Well trodden trails crisscrossed the village, taking shortcuts through orchards, pastures, back and front yards. I cannot recall any of these actually going in the front door and out the back of any neighbour’s house, but if it had been found advantageous I’m sure it would have accepted as perfectly normal. Everybody knew everybody and as a child, the family nature of the community made every adult either an aunt or an uncle, though not connected by blood since Noah’s time. A paradise in more ways than one. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson Summer is here, and that is a for-sure! The Heritage Society has been busy and active this summer with tourists visiting our Bassett House, Museum, Kenny McLean Room and the gardens. It all has kept us all very busy, but the results are great. We have had visitors from all over the North America, and a few from Europe. They are all busy seeing all they can in the time they have here. Thanks to Barb Aschenbrenner and her volunteers at the Okanagan Falls Visitors Centre, as many people who come and ask “what is there to do here” are told about our Heritage complex and all it has to offer. Some even do a little shopping in the Thrifty Boutique, just for the fun of it. Our group of friendly, helpful volunteers make all the visitors welcome. Circle Tuesday, August 14th on your calendar! That is the day shop manager, Noreen Fowler, set for the Summer Clothing Bag Sale. It will run through to September. Buy a big bag for just $5 and go into the big room and fill it up! The bag sales are always well attended, so come early while there is a great selection to choose from. Our Heritage Conservation Project is moving right along, We may have some reports for the community later in the year. Our next general meeting will be held on September 25th. Stay cool and comfortable.

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I have a three things I would like to share with the community. 1. Summer Holiday Closure ~ OK Barber Shop will be closed from Tuesday, August 7th through Monday, August 13th, 2018 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 14th at 8:00 am. 2. Reducing Winter Hours ~ Effective Tuesday, September 4th, the OK Barber Shop will be reducing the hours of operation for the upcoming winter. New Hours of Operation will be: Tuesday to Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. 3. WANTED: Part-time CertiďŹ ed Barber ~ To provide Holiday and Part-time Barbering Services. For more information or to apply, please contact Daniel at 250-328-3888.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson

And just like that, July showed up all hot and sassy, and poof it’s gone! We jumped in with Canada Day celebrations and slowly fizzled and melted into those ‘dog days of summer’. The Canada Day Pancake Breakfast had a great turnout, with lots of folks bringing company and family from out of town. Thank you to everyone that participated in the food drive that we held during the Canada Day Bingo. The response was far greater than expected and very much appreciated by our Okanagan Falls Helping Hands. We also had a bit of fun with our ‘Flamingo’ Bingo, Summer in the Okanagan themed games and Good Neighbour prizes. Have you ever seen the fly swatter and fly pattern? Guess what the Good Neighbour prize was! Our Centre activities have slowed down for the summer. There will be no Canasta, Evening Pool, or Bingos during August. The Falls Music Group has also decided to take a bit of a sabbatical until fall. But, don’t let that stop you from popping in for a visit. Our building is nice and cool and coffee only takes a few minutes to brew. We’ve got a great selection of books in our library, or maybe you want to rack ‘em up and challenge someone to a game of pool. Or, just sit and visit while listening to some great local talent on the stage. Our exercise group is always looking for more bodies to come out and stretch and move with them. Maybe you can share your skills with the Bridge club. There’s always room for more Cribbage players, just make sure you don’t end up on the skunk’s list. I know it’s only August, but you might want to think about the Fall Flea Market coming up in October and set a box or tub aside to fill with extra stuff the grand kids left behind. Spring cleaning, fall cleaning, does it have to be confined to then? We have a little bit of everything for everyone and occasionally we even have fun. Have you considered becoming a member? We’re not the biggest. We don’t have a lot of programs, but we have a lot fun. It’s only $15 a year for membership. So, ciao for now ... enjoy your summer!


Exercise Group ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, September 1 from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, September 10 at 1 pm

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer, despite all the smoke. Come down to the Branch for a cool one. Or, just to get out of the heat. You are always welcome to join us!

August Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Music Trivia will return in September. General Meetings will also resume monthly starting on September 18th at 7 pm. All sports will start up again in September and October.

Monday, August 13th ~ Canadian Heros will be at the Legion. Time TBA. Come out and see the work they are doing. Saturday, August 18th ~ Karaoke with Candi - Food will be available. Come and join us for a great evening of fun and entertainment! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Friday & 4 pm on Saturday. Ladies Auxiliary Meat Draw every Friday and Saturday at the same time. Everyone welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30 pm start. Pool Table & Shuffleboard is available. Come & try your luck. Come and see what our Legion is about. Everyone is welcome to become a member. We are a small Legion with a BIG HEART! For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hi everyone! It’s Sharon reporting to you on our latest developments for our Affordable Housing for Seniors Project. Our grant is approved. Our land is payed for. Our construction mortgage papers are signed. After several inquiries, it looks like our “Sod Turning” is going to be delayed a little more with people being away on vacation, etc. No worries, as we’ll get ‘er done! Stay tuned for our Sod Turning announcement coming real sooooon!

Music In The Park By Barb Few We have a real variety of music this month for your enjoyment. On Sunday, August 12th, we have “SAX AMONG FRIENDS” playing in their usual great style with hits from musicals you will all recognize, plus Yanni will be singing with the band. Then on Sunday, August 26th, we have the return of the popular duo “REBEL LUV” who always get peoples feet tapping. A special thank you to our sponsors, Greyback Construction on August 12th and the United Steelworkers of Canada on August 26th, as their support makes these concerts FREE to enjoy! All you need to do, as usual, is bring yourselves, friends and chairs! Make it a real night out with a picnic supper make by the Ladies Auxiliary. Both August events will be held at the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls starting at 5 pm both nights. See you at Music in the Park! H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Singer/DJ, Grant Henderson has entertainment in his blood. His beginnings in stage presence began in drama classes in high school. Grant became a DJ in 1978 working in Vancouver’s downtown scene and earned a reputation of excellent song selection and flawless mixing. Many people claim that, “with his voice, he should be in radio”.

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Being a good DJ is much more than playing one song after another. Anyone can do that. It’s the DJ’s job to set the mood on the dance floor. A good DJ observes the crowd, plays more of what they dance to, and remains always open to requests. Grant’s policy on music requests is simple, “If I’ve got it, I’ll play it.” Lighting can play a critical role in setting the mood on the dance floor. Although Retro-Tunes plays only the hits of yesteryear, their lighting system consists of an impressive array of modern LED fixtures and Laser lights. Naturally, a water-based fog machine also helps to further enhance the lighting effects.

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Grant’s real talent, however, is in his voice. Nothing beats live entertainment and Grant loves to sing at almost any gathering. “A live singer brings an energy to the room that is difficult to obtain with recorded music”, says Grant. Grant sings a variety of Country, Soft Rock, and Classic Rock tunes. He can be found singing at the Okanagan Falls Legion from time to time and Grant will be treating us all at “Music in The Park” on Sunday, July 22nd starting at 6:30 pm. How can Retro-Tunes Entertainment make your event even better? Call 778-531-8557 and ask Grant today!

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 ~ 5-8 pm WI Bandshell in Centennial Park Ladies Auxiliary serving supper from 5-7 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, kids, dogs and visitors.

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Mark Your Calendars For Oliver’s Sunshine Festival August 16-18, 2018 By Benita Baerg The countdown is on to Oliver’s 2nd annual Sunshine Festival, August 16-18, 2018! The Sunshine Festival is entirely family friendly, so bring the kids to Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The weekend starts on Thursday, August 16th with “Music and Market in the Park”, featuring the Steve Jones Band. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, but be ready to dance! Join us from 6:308:30 pm at the Oliver Community Park. On Friday, August 17th, bring your family and friends back to the park for Oliver’s first ever “Rock and Roll Picnic”. This is the official fundraiser for the “Roots and Fruits Expo”. The evening will kick off at 6:00 pm with “The Burying Ground”, a band reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920’s and ‘30s. At 8:00 pm, expect the volume to crank a bit higher when “High Voltage”, the Okanagan’s best AC/DC tribute band, leaps onto the stage. Come hungry. Your ticket includes hot, roasted corn and the best (and most creative) hotdogs you’ll ever eat. Some of our area’s best chefs will compete for glory in the no-holds-barred “Top Dog” gourmet hotdog competition. And, you get to taste-test all the delicious results. Think you know hotdogs? Think again! In hopes of going home with the “Golden Wienie” People’s Choice trophy and a year of bragging rights, Chefs will use locally sourced ingredients to transform humble hotdogs in works of culinary art. Oliver’s own Firehall Brewery will be selling craft beer and the “Uncork the Sun Sangria Party” will feature white and red wine sangria mixed with local fruit available for purchase. On Saturday, August 18th, plan to spend the whole day enjoying the 2nd annual “Roots and Fruits Expo”. The Expo is an all day, free-to-all, fun for all ages celebration of Oliver, its agriculture and its history. The day kicks off at 10:30 am with Oliver’s annual Sunshine Festival Parade, which travels along Main Street and Station Street led by the Summerland Pipe Band. Once the parade wraps up, stroll down to the Oliver Community Park. The Roots and Fruits Expo gets rolling at 11:00 am and is jam-packed with non-stop music and entertainment on two stages, with headliners including Victoria based Celtic band, “Knacker’s Yard”, and local favourites “ToonMade”. If you can pull yourself away from the great music and entertainment on stage, other Expo activities include everything from mechanical bull rides, pie eating contests, pony rides ($5/ ride), and baby goat petting, to a pop-up water-park, a waterslide, bouncy castles, gold panning, an Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre exhibit, a beverage garden featuring local beer, cider and wine, a pop-up farmers’ market, food trucks, and so much more. Do you dream of being a car designer or race car driver? Build yourself a “Zucchini Car” and get ready to roll at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo! A zucchini car is exactly what it sounds like: a whole or carved zucchini attached to or mounted on top of any kind of wheels, as long as the whole vehicle does not exceed 30 cm in width. Cars will race in pairs with the winner of each race moving on to the next heat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, most creative, and best looking cars built by competitors in each age category (under 7, 9-12 , and 13 and over). Zucchini car making supplies will NOT be available on site at the Roots and Fruits Expo. Make your car at home and bring it along to race for glory! Is your baking, artwork or produce blue-ribbon worthy? Now’s the time to prove it! Brand new this year, the Roots and Fruits

Expo is offering an opportunity to showcase your artistic, culinary and gardening talents. Plan to enter your tastiest baking, best art, craziest-looking produce, and more in the Roots and Fruits Exhibition, set to take over the Community Hall during the Roots and Fruits Expo. Competitive categories include everything from collage to photography to sculpture, tomatoes to flowers to garlic, cookies to bread to canning. Kids are invited to participate too, with categories for those aged 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15. Exhibitor tags can be picked up at the Oliver Parks and Recreation office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm the week prior to the festival. Entries will be accepted at the Community Hall from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, August 17th. Full details about the Exhibition including entry categories can be found in the prize book, available along with all Roots and Fruits event details at oliver-sunshine-festival/.

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Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

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!

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Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for August: 5th - Victor Ince; 12th - Nancy Wyse; 19th - Rev. Mark Bedford; and 26th - Judi Ritcey. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

August 2, 1941 - June 23, 2018 “Bill” passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home in Langley with his partner of 20 years, Maria DeFran. He leaves a huge connection of broken-hearted families and friends, who will miss his smiling face, sense of humour, and kind heart. Born in Manitoba, he moved his young family, wife Beverly (Okanagan Falls), and sons Carey (Oliver) and Rick (Lloydminster) in 1969 to Okanagan Falls, where they ran the family business being the Chevron Service Station and Restaurant for 14 years. Moving to Vancouver in 1984, Bill then became lease manager of Peace Arch Toyota in White Rock for over 20 years. In his retirement, he often spent time with family in the Okanagan, RVing in his much loved ‘mo-ho’. Bill leaves behind his two brothers, Jack (Okanagan Falls) and Barry (Penticton). Bill’s ashes will be laid to rest in Okanagan Falls Cemetery beside his brother Al and parents, Sam and Jennie Woods. In lieu of flowers, and because of his great love of animals, family ask that donations be made to your local SPCA. ~ From the Woods Families

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Wedding Dance Lessons By Brian Udal

The season for weddings is in the Okanagan air. Brides and Grooms are twitterpateing again with wedding plans of caterers and limos and churches and mother in-laws, but oops ... What about our First Dance? We don’t know how to dance! No one ever mentions that in the Bridal booklets now do they? Have no fear, Brian is here with all the patience in the world to help you learn how to dance in a jiffy. Even a basic 6 count step can be taught in less than an hour and voila you are now in command of a pattern that in most cases is 100 times more than the people watching know how to do.

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July 17, 1923 - July 23, 2018

Twin Lakes regal, adventuresome Lady, Betty Lillian Purdy, born July 17, 1923 passed on July 23, 2018. Brian Udal has taught hundreds of wedding couples learn how to Betty and her twin brother Guy were dance since 2004. Most couples choose 5 x 1 hour lessons for born in Calgary, Alberta to Lillian $325. At the end of that, you will have learned an entrance to the and Guy Winstanley. The twins had dance floor, a beginning, a middle, an ending with a flourish and an an older sister Lois. exit. You will probably in that time frame learn about 5 to 7 patterns that you can spread out over a 3 minute song. All the cameras will Betty joined WWII in July 1939 to be clicking away and at the end of the routine you will be so happy do administration work overseas with your accomplishment. You will have memories and pictures until 1946. Betty married Lloyd that will last for years and a routine that will keep giving back if you Purdy on July 21, 1950 (deceased 2004) and had two children decide to relive that song and that dance routine again, even if it is Lesley (nee Purdy) Armstrong and Jeffrey Purdy (deceased just twirling around the kitchen. Now that’s romantic. 2003), and a daughter-in-law Loreen Purdy-Chasse. Betty has 4 Brian’s Dance Class holds seasonal dance lessons in Swing, Latin, grandchildren, Katherine Armstrong of New Westminster, and the Country and Ballroom Dance styles in Penticton and Summerland. Purdy grandsons - Ryan, Ryley and Carter all of Invermere. Betty Brian also holds monthly Dance Parties in Summerland. The next also has nieces Robin Kent and Lee McTavish, along with nephew Dance Party is Saturday, September 22nd and the next set of Bud Winstanley. seasonal Dance Lessons start October 4th & 5th and run for 8 Betty lived in Vancouver, Ocean Falls, and Campbell River. They weeks. Check out my new website or call me on the phone for moved to the Twin Lakes Area in 1986. Betty and Lloyd were more information. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing. avid hikers/hunters in many parts of BC. Betty was a Marriage Commissioner for several years in the South Okanagan and spent 30 years as a volunteer with the Lower Nipit Improvement District. 778.516.7272 Betty was the glue of Twin Lakes and will be sorely missed by Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons many - all who knew and loved her, her family, and her Twin Lakes Monthly Dance Parties ~ Certified Instructor Since 2004 neighbours, who all also consider themselves family too.

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Flowers to the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for their prompt, professional, and very skilled assistance with a medical emergency at Linden Gardens. You are a true asset to this community and everything you do is so very appreciated. Thank you! ~ From Alex S. of Kaleden Fish Heads to the RDOS for taking so long to clean up the beach in Okanagan Falls. It is tourist season and the beach is a total embarrassing mess as of July 6, 2018. ~ From Gary S. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads or Flowers to encounters with nature? We live in a beautiful place, there is no question about it. However, we sometimes forget how close to nature we live, so a reminder is always good. In late June, a Skaha Estates family dog was attacked by a mother otter that was under their dock with its young. Thankfully, the startled dog survived with just a puncture wound and some scratches. Remember that wildlife in the springtime can be more aggressive than usual, especially when protecting their young. Regardless, it is always best to keep your distance from any wildlife any time of the year. If you encounter a problem, be sure to call a Conservation Officer for help. ~ From Skaha Matters Fish Heads to the people fishing Okanagan River below the Okanagan Falls dam who leave fish hooks, fishing line, dead fish and rubbish, and who light camp fires on the grassy east bank below a residence. Totally irresponsible! ~ From Eleanor W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Heather Jackson for competing in the Aquabike event in the Peach City Classic Triathlon. Congratulation on this huge achievement! ~ From JoAnne K. of Okanagan Falls

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Credible Cremation Services is now able to serve families from Vernon to Nelson, BC. We are available 24 hours to assist you with final arrangements whenever the need arises. We offer seamless personal service at the most reasonable price in the Okanagan. If you require help, information or just need to know how to proceed when a death occurs in the family, or you wish to make your prearrangements, feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or send an email to During this hot weather, everyone should make sure that they stay cool, drink lots of fluids, and keep any exertion to a minimum. Have a safe and happy summer. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 250-493-3912 (by telephone 24 hours) email Flowers to ... Hello and welcome Summer visitors! We like the cheer and buzz you bring with your family and friends to our little piece of paradise during the Summer months. We chose this place as our home because we enjoy the year round close contact with nature and we take care of it today, thinking as well in the years to come. We brainstorm during the year about how to make it better, greener, and cleaner. Many of us volunteer time (and money) to improve the green spaces and community services. You can just “show up” and that is fine. However, after you leave, many of us walk around with big garbage bags collecting tons of litter around the trails. Could we ask you to make yourself at home and show us your civility and gratitude by keeping the outdoors free of litter? Yes, we know that some locals are still undergoing training in that department. Help us showing them how is it done. Thank you! ~ From Angi L-T of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the owner of the speed boat that launches every evening in Kaleden. The noise pollution is ruining everyone’s dining experience, due to the fact we can no longer talk to each other over the roar of his engine. ~ From Raoul G. of Kaleden Flowers to Elaine for organizing the awesome community market in Okanagan Falls. It’s great to see all the beautiful local produce out now. ~ From Janet B. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all the vendors and those that support the “Market in the Park” every Wednesday. Thank you all for promoting our lovely town. ~ From Vivian B. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the dog owners who don’t “pick up poop” at Centennial Park. Horrible thing to deal with at the Market. ~ From Elaine C. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the people fishing at the Okanagan Falls dam who stopped the people lighting campfires on the east side of the river. We are very grateful. ~ From Eleanor W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Skaha Matters and the new colour print editions. I thoroughly enjoyed Skaha Matters before, but now it is even better. Keep up the great work! ~ From Stan M. of Okanagan Falls | August 2018 | Page 31