Skaha Matters August 2019

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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 8

“Bringing Community Matters To You”

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10th Anniversary!

By Myleen Mallach, Publisher After much research into the need for a grassroots communication medium that could have consistency and longevity, the creation of Skaha Matters came to fruition with the August 2009 issue. While working from a home office can be lonely month after month, it is totally worth it when I hear all your words of Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher support and encouragement. Okanagan Matters Publications

A HUGE Thank You to each and every one of you ... the loyal readers, the dedicated content contributors, the committed advertisers ... this is your community newsletter. 10 years of “Bringing Community Matters To You” through Skaha Matters has been an absolute honour. I am so glad to be of service to our South Skaha Area.

“I was happy to present a certificate of congratulations to Myleen Mallach for Richard Cannings, MP, presents a very successful first ten years of her a certificate to Myleen Mallach. Skaha Matters Publication. Local news outlets are so important to our communities!” ~ Richard Cannings, Member of Parliament South Okanagan - West Kootenay.

$45,000 Raised In Support Of Families! By Tracy MacFadden, Vice President

The 2nd Annual Drive to Provide golf tournament by local charity Highway to Healing has grossed $45,000. These funds are in support of families from Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls who must travel out of the area for medical care for their children. July’s event at Fairview Mountain Golf Club included 100 golfers; these teams all had a fun day golfing, enjoyed a fabulous dinner and took home auction items and prizes. In addition to golfers, President Gail Barriskill says, “our over 40 volunteers braved wind, thunder, rain and even a momma bear and her cub to ensure our event was fun and successful”. She adds, “Our sponsors and donors were generous as always; their donations were invaluable and integral to the success of our event.” (A few volunteers shown below.) When a child is ill or injured, costs can quickly add up, and for many families these costs can create hardships at a time of great strain. Highway to Healing is able to offer assistance with travel expenses not covered by any other groups, such as; fuel, food, parking fees and accommodation, which can add up very quickly. Because of our community’s donations, H2H has been able to donate over $40,000 to help ease the stress on more than 20 families since inception. For more information, visit

I am truly honoured to receive this special recognition, which was a huge surprise. Thank you to everyone for your emails, social media posts and continued support, as this truly is a reflection of our communities coming together and supporting each other. Cheers to another successful 10 years of Skaha Matters!

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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen It is summer and although it hasn’t started with the usual amount of sunshine, it has been warm. The intermittent rain has been a challenge for our farmers, so we all hope for mainly sunshine for August and September.

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While most of us can appreciate the value of our agricultural growing season, much of this region is dependent on forestry. There have been multiple Mill closures and temporary shutdowns all over BC. But, there are still opportunities for forest dependent communities in the industry. There are still multiple areas destroyed by last year’s fires where there is an opportunity to harvest the burnt timber. 1 in 17 jobs in BC are tied to the Forest Industry directly and indirectly contributing $12.9 billion in GDP to the Provincial economy. Many people forget that Forest products companies are major purchasers of transportation services, energy, equipment, silviculture services and many professional services such as foresters, geoscientists and others who have offices in the lower mainland. The Premier needs to step up and make money available to local governments specifically for displaced forestry workers providing them with the social and mental health services to address the cumulative impacts on these workers of recent fires and floods. There is an opportunity here to put many of these workers back into the forest dealing with the scorched standing timber that is salvageable. There is room to develop new industries within forestry and new partnerships with First Nations. Vaagen operations in Midway are proof that many small forestry initiatives working together can create significant jobs for our rural communities. There has been a shift in responsibilities in Victoria between FLNRORD and the office of the Solicitor General as it relates to flood and fire recovery. The Solicitor General, Minister Farnworth, who is already responsible for EMBC, will now take on the responsibility for fire and flood recovery efforts and support across the Province. Many of you are still waiting for a resolution to last year’s flooding impacts on your homes and property. I am hopeful that this shift will help to expedite many outstanding files.

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local government and the Federal Government appears to have stayed the same. Even more of an issue for most surveyed was access to labour and the cost of labour. And, of course, affordable housing is always a concern. It appears from the survey that most businesses are just trying to maintain their current status, not attempting to grow, and very nervous about what this BC Government might do next that will negatively affect their ability to maintain a profitable business in BC.

My office is working hard this summer on outreach to all those people in our communities that sometimes slip through the government cracks. Seniors, those needing Social Assistance, people with any and all levels of challenges/mobility, disability, etc. The BC Chamber of Commerce recently did a survey of its Please contact Patt Vermiere in my office if you would like her to members to take the pulse of business in BC. Businesses with come and talk to any group or individual who may have missed out less than 5 employees still make up the largest percentage of on government assistance that could be available to them. 250businesses in BC. Over the last two years, the confidence of 498-5122. As Patt is on the road a lot, please leave a message businesses surveyed in BC’s economy has declined by 49%. and she will get back to you. The overall costs of doing business has increased due to more This is tourism season in our region and the volume of traffic on regulation, paperwork and higher taxes. In 2016, more than 78% the roads has increased dramatically. I am on our highways a of businesses felt the Provincial Government was supportive of lot and I have come to allow myself extra time to get from one BC Business, that number has dropped to 46%. The support from community to another. There are not a lot of opportunities to get by slower moving traffic and I have seen many near misses, as BUS: (250) 497-5541 impatient drivers make a move to pass. There also appears to Brian PENTICTON: (250) 493-2244 24 HR. PAGER be more holiday RVs this year and their ability to quickly adjust FAX: (250) 497-8449 Moen to potential problems are limited. The economy of our areas are CELL: (250) 809-6192 dependent in many ways on these visitors, so please be courteous on the road. PRESIDENT’S GOLD AWARD



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Happy BC Day! I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful summer weather. My deadline for this article is July 20, 2019 and as of that date the summer weather has been spectacular. A big improvement over the last 2 years, where we had awful flooding and terrible wildfire smoke and worries. Ron Obirek Progress is being made on the Director of Heritage Hills Park project. Doug RDOS Area ‘D’ Lychak and Dale Fehr of the Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association have been meeting with Doug Reeve, Project Manager with the RDOS, and report that progress is being made on plans for lighting, playground equipment, work-related to the pond, and plans for washroom. Special thanks to Doug Reeve for his innovative work on the project and his constant attention to detail and cost-effectiveness. A FireSmart consultant has been chosen in connection to the UBCM funded project related to the forest interface region in the Heritage Hills and Lakeshore Highlands and Vintage Views communities. Initial consultation and review of the interface region is scheduled for the end of August 2019. Stay tuned for further updates in September. Work is continuing on the transition of the Community Services Office to better service Area ‘D’. RDOS staff in the Human Resources Department are assisting in job descriptions for both the transition period to the end of 2019 and positions for the new year starting 2020. Once the job descriptions are put into final form, then postings for hiring will commence. In Area ‘D’, we expect to continue the services that were previously offered with enhancements to better serve the community of Area ‘D’ in the areas of Economic Development and RDOS administration. Specifically, the office will provide a valuable interface for the community and the RDOS main administration building located in Penticton. I will keep you updated as this process continues. I understand that the Sunniva’s sale of the Okanagan Falls medical marijuana production site to CanaPharmaRX is proceeding and expected to close later this summer with construction to reconvene sometime in the autumn. I have spoken with Constable Chad Jackson of the RCMP. Constable Jackson is the liaison officer assigned to Okanagan Falls and Area ‘D’. We are planning a meeting in the near future and will discuss policing issues of concern in our area, including community policing, citizens on patrol, and community watch programs. I will provide further updates. I continue to work on issues related to MOTI. Request for review of this matter has been forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation and we are awaiting reply. I have asked for this matter to be put on the list for discussion with the Minister at the UBCM conference in September.

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Call for a FREE quote! Google: DT Professional Home Watch The Aster project committee has incorporated a not-for-profit society called “Save the Aster ... Save the Beach Society”. The Society is working on strategy and plans going forward. Anyone interested in joining in or volunteering to help are welcome. Stay tuned for further updates. I have also asked for this issue to be put on the list for discussion with the relevant Minister at the UBCM conference in September. Our coffee meeting with the Director at the Legion on July 8, 2019 was well attended. The meetings have now moved to the top floor of the Legion and have become a good venue where the community can share concerns and ideas. Issues discussed included: the need for better broadband Internet connection generally throughout our region; continuing concerns about abandoned vehicles and issues related to the roads generally; matters of concern regarding police and bylaw enforcement; and suggestions for improving road safety including the possibility of speed bumps or rumble strips along the waterfront to slow down the speed of traffic. At the July 4, 2019 RDOS Board meeting, the board supported the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation to reverse the RDOS administration decision to shut down the gateway on the Heritage Attraction Trestle Bridge. I received a tremendous amount of input from the community on this issue, which enabled me to speak to the matter at the board meeting effectively on behalf of the community. In the result, the RDOS Board supported a motion to place appropriate signage and return the gate with enhanced self-closing safety hinges and to upgrade the ladders with the goal of improving safety generally. Our next coffee meeting with the Director is scheduled for Monday, August 12 at 9 am at the Legion. All are welcome. I will be available to meet with anyone who would like to speak regarding any concern comment or question. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Rick Wilson, Chair

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. It’s been a very mixed bag with the weather and that reflects on how much pumping we complete each day. During the first two weeks of July, we completed our summer flushing program and we found a significant amount of pipeline debris coming out. This is caused from not flushing often enough and with the correct method. The inner walls of the pipes and valves in the system build up with iron, manganese, and the effects of chlorine. This is caused when the water in the pipes don’t flow with enough volume, which is most of the time in our system. When we flush the pipelines by using fire hydrants, we increase the flow to force the debris to move and we try to get the debris to come out where we can safely allow water to flow over the ground. We will make a better effort in the future to sign the areas when we are flushing and post the flushing schedule on our website. We encourage residents to flush their system at the same time. Please use your outside faucet for flushing, if you experience dirty water. We invite and encourage all our Ratepayers to go to our OFID website,, or call our office at 250-497-8541 to sign up for the ‘Alerts’. When things occur in the District, such as flushing or boil water advisories, you are sent an Alert to your email or mobile phone. We received approval for two rebates from Fortis BC for upgrading our electrical system to save energy. One is for $7,500 for Well No. 3 electrical upgrade and one for $12,900 for Well No. 5 electrical upgrade. This is a great program and we will be applying for further rebates, as we upgrade our electrical systems. Thank you to Perry Feser of Fortis BC for your support and providing the correct application format to follow. Congratulations to Skaha Matters on their 10th Anniversary of great community support and involvement. Thank you! Please use water responsibly!

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Pioneer Park project is entering into the landscaping phase of the project. Kaleden Parks and Recreation (KalRec) has met and will share feedback with staff to finalize the parking lot project. Staff expect to have permitting in place in the near future for the boat launch. Many residents know that KalRec exists, but few know the role it Subrina Monteith plays in our community as volunteers Director of representing our community voice. RDOS Area ‘I’ Kal-Rec is an advisory only committee since 2016 of local residents, whom meet monthly to discuss projects and services with staff around the park and recreation services that RDOS provides to the service area. As advisory their opinions are valued in representing the community views, but staff provide oversight on projects to completion. Pioneer Park project started after a survey that was completed a few years ago that indicated a need for upgrading the boat launch, which lead down the path to the current project after many hours of discussions and planning. The Kal-Rec commission members are: Chair Doug King, Neal Dockendorf, Wendy Busch, Gail Jeffery, Jennifer Charlish, Randy Cranston, Wayne Lee, Dave Gill and Margie O’Brien. Kal-Rec can be reached at If you’re interested in learning more about current projects or to get involved, email KalRec to get the next date of a meeting to attend. Area ‘I’ is moving forward with the separation of services from Area ‘D’. Most of the bylaws are easy to split after the recent division of Area ‘D’, but financial bylaws require a review of the service with tax payers. Area ‘I’ will move forward with its own Economic Development bylaw. Separating from Area ‘D’ allows Area ‘I’ to select services to meet its needs on an annual basis. I’m looking at contracting a grant writer and contributing to the Tourist Information Centre in Okanagan Falls. Having an Economic Development bylaw allows us to support community projects and the local economy. Expect a decrease in your taxes, as this service will not be $56,000 as in prior years.

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At a recent board meeting, RDOS Directors learned that one of the top reasons for calls to 911 are abandoned 911 calls. Abandoned calls take staff time and officer time to investigate, which draws from other tasks they could be completing. RCMP Superintendent Ted De Jager also gave the Kaleden Community some praise, as we have worked to flush out the undesirables from our community by working together as a community through communication and being aware of unusual activities. Recently, a group of residents formed a new committee called “KOP” (Kaleden On Patrol). KOP The “Lakes Community” held a Twin Lakes social event at the is up and running in Kaleden after residents received basic COP Twin Lakes Golf Course on July 19th, which was attended by 100 (Citizens On Patrol) training and are ready to start scheduling guests. The event saw neighbours reconnecting as friends and patrols of the area. If you are interested in being involved, please enjoying the evening. Watch for more community social events either email or call 250-809-0807 to get in the near future at Twin Lakes. Shout out to Wayne Lee, who’s involved with patrols. vision started the committee and brought together other volunteers Residents have noticed that on the Kaleden Irrigation District who worked together to make the event a success. minutes there was communication around a proposed cell tower Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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on Grey Ledge, which is property owned by KID that is located behind the Kaleden Elementary School. There is a process that is required before a cell tower can proceed, which includes the RDOS board needing to vote to submit a letter of concurrence (support) or non-concurrence (non-support). If we issue a letter of non-concurrence, Rogers can still get approval to proceed from Industry Canada. Residents are given an opportunity to provide feedback when the project is presented to the RDOS Board. As of this week, staff have shared there is no current application for a cell tower project in Kaleden area. I will share more information, if it becomes a live project. As of right now, it’s in the planning phase by Rogers Communications. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | |

Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee To Drought or Not to Drought ...? So far, so good. Despite the warm and dry conditions up to June that prompted a Level 3 Drought declaration for the Okanagan region, we have enjoyed somewhat cooler and wetter conditions than forecast. KID’s June water consumption this year was 5% lower than last year (a saving of almost 11 million liters), due to a combination of weather, leak repairs and your water conservation efforts. So, KID has stayed at Stage 1 water conservation measures to date. Some forecasts predict a hot dry August to offset our cooler July, so keep an eye on the KID notice boards at the entrances to Kaleden, should a shift to Stage 2 become necessary.

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All Take and No Give ... ? KID Chair Mike Gane recently spoke with Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Premier John Horgan about the plight of Irrigation Districts being unable to access grant funding. They both were of the opinion that all Irrigation Districts are poorly run, in trouble and want to be bailed out. While some districts are in trouble, that’s not the case with KID. While taxes paid by Kaleden residents fund infrastructure grants for local governments, KID and other Irrigation Districts are excluded from applying. Seems unfair to you, too? Do like Mike did and take the time to write to your MLA, Provincial cabinet ministers such as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the Premier, and ask that they reconsider this deliberate disparity.

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The One That Always Gets Away ...! I am seeing more anglers Traffic Accident Woes out on Skaha, perhaps going after both bass and trout that Everyone who lives or travels in the Kaleden area probably are enjoying the additional young sockeye now available knows of the high accident rates on Highway 97 and the three in the lake. A word of caution: Avoid trolling at 20 m (70 ft) depth junctions of Lakehill Road, Highway 3A and at White Lake Road. off the KID Pumphouse, or you may lose your favorite lure when it Most of these accidents are preventable by slowing down, “catches” our screened water intake! learning to judge the rate of traffic and looking more closely at where the traffic is. If you come upon an accident scene on this 250.497.5407 | stretch of highway, please pay attention to the traffic controllers Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur and do what you are directed to do. Slow down! Do not take 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 photos as you go by, as this is illegal while driving. Be patient, you will be on your way as soon as possible.

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi The Kaleden Community Association would like to welcome two new members. Karen Smith has volunteered to take on the role of website editor for our new website. Karen will work on the uniformity of the website, review posts, and correct all our spelling mistakes. Our second new member is Pinky Bata-Reidman, who is the website manager. Pinky’s role will include collecting KCA membership fees from groups who have tabs on the website. If any business wants to have their calling card or poster on the website, please contact Pinky through the website. Remember, our new website is Its a great resource to stay informed on all that Kaleden has to offer its community. Other members of the KCA are: Randy Cranston, Eryn Wiedner, Sue Kelly, Jaynie Molloy, Rita Mason, Gail Jeffery, Neal Dockendorf, Doug King, Glenda Livolsi and Subrina Monteith. Thank you to all who contribute by donating their bottles and cans to the Kaleden Bottle Depot. For the month of May, $440.06 was raised. Thank you to all the volunteers who help sort the bottles and cans each week. Your time and effort is very much appreciated!

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To bring neighbours together? Connect Kaleden Residents� Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Kaleden Community Association is making Grants available to support your idea. Grant Criteria 1. Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area. 2. Grant is open to all ages. 3. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation. 4. Grant funding is limited to a maximum of $150 once per calendar year. 5. Grant application may be submitted at any time to kaledencommunity@ or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0 6. Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.

The FireSmart Board is confident that we are on track for recognition for activities that have been done in 2019 as well. Good work Kaleden and area. For more information, please visit the FireSmart link on the community webpage or visit www.

Kaleden Becomes A Recognized FireSmart Community! By Linda Dahl The Kaleden FireSmart Board was recently presented with a plaque that will be proudly displayed showing that in 2018, several goals were reached to significantly reduce the community’s vulnerability to wildfire, thus becoming a FireSmart Community. After the 2017 Wildland Fire on Oak Avenue, a FireSmart Board was established. With the support of the Kaleden community, a Public Forum was held to plan the next steps in becoming more ‘Fire Aware’ and making properties more ‘Fire Safe’. A Grant was applied for from FireSmart Canada and on May 5th, 2018, the First FireSmart Day in Kaleden was held. A Demonstration Property was cleared to show what FireSmart looks like and a very successful Community Chipping event took place.

Kaleden FireSmart Committee Members with new plaque. Left to right - Hugh Ongoing monthly FireSmart tips in Skaha Matters, have Winter, Denis Gaudry, Linda Dahl, Neal Dockendorf, and Mike Gane. encouraged homeowners to focus on their properties to cut the potential for home ignition due to an interface fire. DE














With the help of another Grant, a Wildland Fire Assessment was initiated late in the year to further help implement FireSmart principles tailored to Kaleden’s needs.



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Fire Department History Continues ... In July of 1998, a head-on collision at the sharp curve at Vaseux Lake resulted in the extrication of 2 individuals with a total of 4 people going to the hospital with serious injuries. The collision with a Ford Escort versus a Chev 1/2 ton sustained heavy damages to both vehicles. On July 13th, Okanagan Falls fire crew responded to a camper fire at the Sun & Sand Campground. Minor damage was caused and no injuries. On July 18th at 9 pm, our firefighters responded to a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, it was discovered to be a 1939 La Salle Hearse. The interior was completely gutted. An Okanagan Falls woman was taken to Penticton Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at her Brockie Place home. On July 26th at 3:45 am, the Okanagan Falls Firefighters were called to the home for a fire originating in the crawl space, which triggered the smoke alarm. She was the lone resident of the double wide mobile home. Firefighters doused the blaze and the house sustained minimal damage. For the 1998 year, the Okanagan Valley saw several serious fires. A dramatic fire at Vaseux Lake with air tankers, forestry and Okanagan Falls Firefighters converged on the area immediately after the fire broke out at 2:30 pm. The fire could be seen from Highway 97. The fire burned a 5 hectare area just 100 meters off the old Vaseux Lake Road. A larger fire at Silver Creek, 20 kilometers south of Salmon Arm, grew to 40 hectares within days. Extremely steep terrain made ground crews unable to access the fire. Residents of Silver Creek were evacuated after 2 days of notice, when winds picked up to 70 kilometers an hour and the fire sprang up from 40 hectares to 300 hectares overnight. The fire headed towards Salmon Arm after that and 8,000 residents were evacuated, half of Salmon Arm, making it the largest in BC history at that time, with an additional 10,000 put on evacuation alert. When the winds shifted and the fire turned on itself, it was found that 22 homes, 3 farms and 25 outbuildings were destroyed with one fatality, with over a 63 square kilometer area scorched. The fire started on July 30th by a lightning strike. In addition to the 300 firefighters, including 100 soldiers, 2 Martin Mars water bombers, 14 helicopters and more than 100 pieces of heavy equipment was used to fight the blaze. Another fire at Fintry, near Vernon, caused the damage of 3 homes and 40 hectares of forest, but that fire was quickly put under control. To be continued ...

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RCMP Community Report “How to Keep Your Bike 101” Bicycles are the hot item to steal at this time of the year. First of all, they are great transportation for our prolific offenders to use as they ply their trade in our neighbourhoods and communities. Secondly, the area is a popular location for cycling and cycling events. As a result, many locals and visitors have expensive bikes on which to enjoy cycling in the area. These expensive bikes provide our offenders with a source of quick cash. People need to secure their bikes with good quality locks. Do not leave them unattended in your yard, in campgrounds, in the back of pick-ups and on vehicle bike racks. Again, ensure you record the make, serial number and engrave your BC driver’s licence on the bike in several locations, such as the frame, pedals, crank, and handle bars. Thieves are quick to paint and part out these bikes.

One of the best ideas in combating bike theft to come out recently is “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 a 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 CONGRATULATIONS to Skaha Matters with their 10th Anniversary. Drive in Penticton. We will even help you register your bike, if you Thanks to Myleen Mallach for doing such an awesome job with bring it by our location. Protect your bike, so you and not a thief the local paper. It’s informative with upcoming events and dates, a can enjoy it this summer! great source for local information and social media. In closing, I would just like to congratulate Myleen and Skaha Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more Matters on their 10 Year Anniversary. Thank you for giving us information, please call 250-497-5700 or email an opportunity these past 10 years to inform the community on Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or policing initiatives, programs and safety issues. 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or

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Market In The Park Introduces ... H & L Greenhouses By Lily Yang

Last Sunday Evening Markets On Sunday, August 4 & 18 By Elaine Chernoff The last TWO SUNDAY Markets are on August 4th and 18th at Centennial Park both starting at 5 pm. Come early for a good spot in the shade and shop the Market, as some items sell out quickly. If you want, bring your own picnic and buy dessert from the Lion’s Club - “cookies for breakfast” program. The Sunday Evening Market includes; sun catchers, garden ornaments, alpaca products, art, knits and crochet, baking, relish, jams and jellies, BBQ items, quilts, greeting cards, jewelry, unique kitchen items, and new this year, wood crafted items. There’s a large variety of handcrafted and homemade goods, plus a great selection of local fruit, veggies and eggs. We hope to have some of those delicious organic peaches from Keremeos soon. Each market is different, depending on our growing season and who has time to travel from Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Keremeos. Come out and meet these hard working farmers, home cooks, crafters and artists. Also, check out the Weekly Wednesday afternoon Markets.

My husband Henry and myself own H and L Greenhouses. Our farm is located on the south end of Okanagan Falls, just off Highway 97. We have been farming on the property since 2015. Four years ago, we purchased this property, which was completely covered with hay. We barely had any farming experience or equipment. All we have is passion for farming and limited knowledge from text books. Now we are into the fourth year of farming on the land. We New vendors are always welcome. No fee, just bring your own are so proud to see our property turning into a real farm gradually. table and chair. For SUNDAY MARKET details, phone Elaine at We are also very grateful for all the support and inspiration we get 250-497-8608. from the local community. We really enjoy farming on our 2.9 acre land very much. We grow vegetables, flowers, and fruits with no chemical spray. We are open for strawberry U pick every Sunday from June to September. We also have eggs from our free run A perfect place to experience the freshest fruit you will ever eat. chickens. You can find us at the Okanagan Falls Market every Wednesday and at the Penticton Farmers Market every Saturday.

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Music & Market In The Park By Barb Few Well, we are now in the “Dog Days of Summer”, so come on down for a restful evening at the Bandshell in Centennial Park, which is located on Highway 97 opposite of the Legion. You can enjoy live music with trees to give you shade.

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As usual, the performances start at 5 pm. You can wander around the tables of the “Market In The Park” and marvel at what crafts people can do and have for sale. Since the concerts are free, thanks to our sponsors, all you have to do is bring family, friends and chairs. On Sunday, August 4th, we have our own GRANT HENDERSON, who will be playing music from the 60s and 70s. Then, on Sunday, August 18th, we will have a return visit from ROB-N-WALKER BAND, who will get your feet tapping for sure. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish It’s August!!! The time sure seems to fly by in the summer! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in our Canada Day event. You made it a special celebration. And, thank you to all the people who organized the day’s events. Without our volunteers, these special events wouldn’t happen.

The first phases of the Pioneer Park project are awaiting some final landscaping and for some signs to be put up. The KVR path that runs between the park and the parking lot is now paved. We are encouraging everyone to cycle carefully, to watch for pedestrians, and for pedestrians to watch for cyclists. I am always reminded when I have visitors and we are touring Kaleden what an amazing park we have. People look at the park and the supporting infrastructure and are amazed at the level of sophistication for a small town park. I know many would like the park to remain the way it always was, but our kids and grand kids will continue to enjoy the park for many years to come. The next phases of the park plan are awaiting funding and permit approvals. Are you interested in what is going to happen next? Watch for a community meeting or come and attend a Kal-Rec meeting. Of course, summer recreation programs continue. If you would like more information on any of the programs, see the Kal-Rec program flyer at for more information or contact the office at 250-497-8188. Remember, there are also lots of summer drop-in programs at the park where everyone - all ages - residents and visitors - are welcome. The next regular meeting of the Kaleden Recreation Commission is Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm at the Hall. Members of the public are always welcome and we are always looking for new commission members. Come and check us out. Enjoy the blue skies, clear days and just enough rain at the right time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ We have a website at, where you can find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Are you 65 or older? Wanting to get more physically active? Then ActivAge™ is for you.

This fun, FREE and social program will get you moving in a relaxed and inviting class environment with likeminded people. ActivAge™ is also a physical activity option for program participants.

There is no fee for the program You must be 65 or older to participate Demo class is Wednesday September 4th 10:00-11:30 am Okanagan Falls Community Centre.

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For questions or to pre-register, please call Janet Black Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen - Recreation 250-497-8188

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Sun and Sand Play Days - Kaleden We're going to have a blast ! Plans include loose parts play - largely unstructured, creative, active and fun! Create your play experience. A chance to stay connected with your friends and meet some new ones, too. Preschool: Tuesdays 9:00 - 10:00 am All Ages: Fridays 10:00 - Noon

Preschool Play - Okanagan Falls Mini Camp for the 3-5 year olds with ECE Renata Hext. A creative, active, structured play program. Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00-11:30 am

August 12th & 13th - Jungle Safari August 19 & 20 - Land Before Time (Dinosaurs) $20 per session Register early, as space is limited.

Please Note: The Zen & Fitness Centre will be CLOSED from August 26th - September 8th. See you in the fall with new programs and schedules.

WHAT’S ON WEDNESDAYS??? Kenyon Park Wednesday, August 14th 11 am - 1 pm

Kenyon Park A very special event every Wednesday! Bring the family down to the park to enjoy a medley of fun, creative, wacky or active activities. Like us on Facebook for a sneak peak or drop in and be surprised. Preschool: 9:30 - 10:45 am All Ages (family fun): 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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People of many cultures have been using honey and cinnamon to treat many different health issues for centuries. Some of these By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner include arthritis, bladder infections, high cholesterol, colds, upset 1 in 4 Canadian women and 1 in 6 Canadian stomach, gas, indigestion, pimples, skin infections, fatigue, cancer, men have arthritis. Nearly 1 in 2 seniors over and even hearing loss. One cup of hot water with two tablespoons 65 have arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with of the joints, which causes a lot of pain. More regular massage may make a huge difference in your health and than 70% of Canadians use complementary battle with arthritis. and alternative health care therapies regularly Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with and I have previously written about how innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not massage can be so beneficial to those suffering with arthritis, but I need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. have found another natural remedy that will also help. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Arthritis is inflammation; therefore, it makes sense that an anti- We are conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre inflammatory will help ease the pain. I have read many articles every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton on the benefits of eating honey and cinnamon every day, twice every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a a day, to help in the management of arthritis and have a couple mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports of clients who do this and have noticed a difference themselves. events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for Obviously, I cannot make any guarantees, but I love hearing how more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper natural remedies work and wouldn’t hesitate to give it a try. Honey is used to treat arthritis pain, due to its natural anti- body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to inflammatory properties and healing power. It reduces joint check out our website at inflammation and provides a natural form of pain relief. The and visit our Facebook page. phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immuneboosting and anticancer benefits. Honey is also thought to be a sleep aid, a memory booster, a natural aphrodisiac, a treatment for yeast infections and a natural way to reduce plaque on your teeth.

Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with antioxidants. Cinnamon may help treat neurodegenerative diseases and protect against cancer. Some have also suggested that cinnamon may be a natural treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and food poisoning. A 2008 study published in “Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry” looked at the use of cinnamon and its possible effects on bone disease and damage as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. This bone damage is caused by increased activity by cells known as osteoclasts that break down bones for resorption. The study showed that cinnamon slowed the activity and reduced bone damage.

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Save The Aster ... Save The Beach By Matt Taylor ‘Save The Aster ... Save The Beach’ Society was formally incorporated in July 2019! Loosely stated, the society’s objectives are to identify additional locations of the Short Rayed Alkali Aster, and return the Christie Memorial Park beach to unrestricted public use. A brief presentation was made to the RDOS Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission at their July meeting. And, a grant application was prepared and submitted. An ‘Action Plan’ is being prepared by the Society, as a follow up to the Parks and Recreation Commission presentation. The Action Plan will set out a joint collaborative approach that makes best use of the resources available. Please look for our September update in Skaha Matters, which will include information on a fun, and possibly financially rewarding, contest activity!

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Debunking Dietary Myths: Fats Do Not Make You Fat! By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health It is hard to imagine an area of life that is more misunderstood and confusing than diet and nutrition. We are bombarded with information, much of it conflicting and changing rapidly. The greatest scourge to sensible eating is the marketing that factory food processors are able to get away with. Putting profits over health has led our society down a road of vastly increasing disease rates. Understandably, with all of this deliberate misguidance, we lose our way in our efforts to best nourish our bodies. One absolutely misunderstood area of nutrition is in the realm of fats and oils. One of the most profound things you can do to prevent disease and promote wellness is to consume adequate amounts of health-giving fats and oils. The “low fat” approach has proven not to work, either for weight loss or for the promotion of good health. Our bodies are absolutely dependent on natural, wholesome fat to function effectively. Keep the following health tips in mind:


Quality protein is essential to good health.


In our society we tend to over consume carbohydrate, especially refined grain carbohydrates. The majority of our carbohydrate should come from vegetable sources, not grain sources.


Processed fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils, trans fats, and margarine are very harmful to our health. Natural fats including saturated fats do not increase our risk for heart disease, cancer, or any other chronic degenerative disease. As a matter of fact, in the context of a low carbohydrate diet, healthy fats tend to improve our cholesterol, triglyceride, blood sugar, and inflammatory blood markers thus lowering risk of heart, brain, and all other organ diseases.

The benefits of fresh organic virgin coconut oil ~ This is an example of a primarily saturated fat that is extremely good for overall health and is stable at high temperatures, so it can be used in cooking. Coconut oil has proven to help prevent and fight many diseases and is particularly good for preventing heart disease and diabetes. It helps regulate blood sugar and diminishes the negative effects of diabetes; it helps raise the metabolic rate causing an increase burning of calories and weight loss; it acts as an antiinflammatory in the digestive tract and has shown benefit in the treatment of Crohn’s disease and IBS. It also has antimicrobial properties and kills troublesome microbes that cause chronic digestive inflammation and dysbiosis/candidiasis.

The benefits of fish oil ~ Cold water contaminant-free fish oil is high in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are profoundly anti-inflammatory and extremely beneficial to the brain, heart and circulation. Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, fish oil is anti-arrhythmic, anti-thrombotic, and cholesterol modifying (decreases bad cholesterol, LDL, and increases good cholesterol, HDL). It helps to normalize the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat and prevent potentially fatal arrhythmias, clot formation, prevent plaque accumulation inside the arteries, and helps to normalize blood pressure. I recommend supplementing with clean sourced fish oil capsules, which contain at least 1000 mg combined EPA and DHA at a dose of 2-4 per day, since much of the fish we consume is not contaminant-free and may contain harmful levels of heavy metals and other toxins. If you do eat fish, make sure it is wild northern smaller fish such as salmon, halibut, bass, sardines, and mackerel. Naturopathic Physicians are uniquely trained to advise about all areas of diet, nutrition, wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention. We base our advice on facts and not on the latest fads, marketing hype, or for the purpose of selling products. For more information on how fats and oils can help or harm you, contact a Naturopathic Doctor near you. RI









The benefits of extra-virgin olive oil ~ Olives and olive oil contain the heart healthy omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s). Since it is not a saturated oil, it will be harmed by high heat cooking and is best used cold or lightly warmed. It is vital

to use cold-pressed olive oil that has not been overly processed so that is still contains the healthy constituents such as vitamin E, vitamin A, chlorophyll, magnesium, squalene, and other heart protective nutrients. The greener the better! Olive oil helps protect the body from heart disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis.


Fat does not make you fat; at least, natural, unprocessed fat does not make you fat, and will in fact aid in weight loss and improve health.




Processed, de-natured food is harmful to our health. (i.e. white sugar, white flour, margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oils).




Natural, whole, unprocessed, organic, local food is the most nutritious and toxin-free.



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Putting honour before duty ~ You may feel like you have to name someone in particular as your executor - someone who may “expect” the honour. However, your executor will have duties that require a certain level of technical expertise, such as filing tax returns. What’s more, your executor could potentially face personal legal liability if they don’t properly carry out their duties. As a result, you should carefully consider your executor’s level of expertise.


Not getting professional assistance when you need it ~ Ultimately, you may find it difficult to find someone ideally qualified to act as your executor. Avoid naming someone just because you have to name someone. Give some thought to either hiring a professional to act as your executor, or to support your executor in carrying out their duties.

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Naming Your Executor - 7 Common Pitfalls and How To Avoid Them Provided By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. If asked by a family member or friend to serve as their executor, most of us would consider it an honour. However, it can be a complicated, sometimes overwhelming undertaking.

For information about choosing an executor, please contact us. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

An executor is often responsible for a long and detailed task list to ensure your last wishes are carried out. To settle even a simple estate, it can take about 18 months. Your executor must complete numerous tasks and duties, including: •

Finding and, if necessary, probating the Will

Protecting, selling or distributing assets

Reviewing insurance and pension benefits

Paying outstanding debts and taxes

Preparing a final accounting for the beneficiaries of the estate

That’s why it’s important to carefully consider your choice as executor. Following are seven issues you should be aware of when naming your executor: 1.

Not considering your executor’s age and health ~ Many people choose someone close to their own age to act as their executor, such as their spouse, a sibling or a close friend. That may be fine when everyone is younger and in good health. However, when the time comes to act, the person you have named may no longer be up to the task due to their age or health. It’s also possible that they will predecease you. Make sure you review your choice of executor as time goes on, and consider naming someone from the next generation.


Overlooking family conflict ~ Let’s face it, family can be complicated. That’s why it’s important to select an executor who is able to manage potential family discord and balance conflicting interests. To help your executor, consider talking with your beneficiaries in advance, so they clearly understand your final wishes and the reasons for your decisions.


Selecting someone too busy ~ It can take one to two years to settle a basic estate, and longer if you have a more complex estate. If you are establishing trusts in your Will, your executor’s responsibilities could stretch into many years or even decades. This can be challenging for your executor if they have a busy life, so think about naming someone who will likely have the time to carry out their duties, or arranging professional assistance to help them.


Choosing someone too far away ~ Your executor will be responsible for many tasks that are much easier to do if they are closer to where you live.


Naming an expat executor ~ When a non-resident of Canada acts as the sole executor of a Canadian estate, the estate may be considered a non-resident of Canada. This could result in the loss of tax advantages enjoyed by Canadianresident estates.

NOTICE TO OKANAGAN FALLS RESIDENTS: Ultra520K Canada on Saturday, August 3rd In Kenyon Park from 5 am - 8 pm Once again, over the August long weekend, the South Okanagan and Similkameen will play host to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: Ultra520K Canada, which is a unique, individual, 3-day event consisting of 520 km of swimming, biking and running. This year’s race will have 27 athletes (8 women, 19 men) from 11 different countries, including one Penticton local, Stephanie Rivest, participating in her first Ultra520K Canada race. The organizers of Ultra520K Canada would like to give notice to all the residents of the Kenyon Park area of Okanagan Falls that at the time and date above, 8th Avenue and Kenyon Park will be used as the Day 1 Finish Area for the Ultra520K Canada Triathlon Championships. Organizers will be closing 8th Avenue for set-up at 5:00 am on Saturday, August 3rd and we would ask that residents have their guests park in other areas and leave as much area open as possible along 8th Avenue. PLEASE DO NOT PARK OVERNIGHT from Friday, August 2nd to Saturday August 3rd, as vehicles may be blocked in by the set-up. We expect our first athlete to arrive at the Day 1 Finish at approximately 1:30 pm. Our final athlete must complete by 7:00 pm and we fully expect to vacate the area by 8:00 pm. We also ask that people please keep their pets under control for the duration of the event for the safety of your pets and the athletes. Please Note: The Swim Portion starts at 6:30 am at Skaha Beach in Penticton and finishes at 12:00 pm at the Sovereign Road boat launch at the South End of Skaha Estates. Banbury Point and Ponderosa Point areas are used as sighting points and swim areas for the race. Please be aware of swimmers and their escort crafts during the race time frame and please use Skaha Lake with Caution. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. For further information on Ultra520K Canada, contact Race Director, Steve Brown, at 250-809-1798 or visit

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Train With Nickel Plate Junior Racers Sunday, August 11th

By Matthew Broder, Nickel Plate Junior Racer

With the 2019-2020 ski season already creeping around the Planning is well underway and registration is now closed for the corner, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers are already starting to Skaha Lake Ultra Swim scheduled for Sunday, August 11th, 2019. plan for the upcoming season. Our training season starts in the The swim is an 11.8 kilometres in length starting from Skaha early fall with dryland sessions being led by our coaches: Chris Beach in Penticton to Christie Memorial Beach in Okanagan Falls. Garwah; Jerome Jang; Jeff Ellis; Kikkan Randall, the Olympic The swim starts at 7:00 am and ends at 1:30 pm or 6 hours and Gold Medalist; and Murray Farbridge. With hard cardio workouts 30 minutes after the start. Entry is limited to 100 athletes and their and strength sessions, our pre-season dry land training is perfect support paddlers. And, this year’s event is sold out in just over 3 for any athlete looking to gain strength and maintain their cardio weeks, with 75 on a waiting list! throughout the fall and winter. Many cyclists, runners, and any Last year’s winner was Casey Riess in endurance athletes will enjoy the rigorous training. the Male 14-19 Age Category in a time of The Junior Racer Program has two different levels; there is the 2:26:55. Both parks and beaches are open “Train to Train” program and the “Learn to Train” program. The to the public and in fact the organizers Learn to Train program is perfect for younger athletes looking to want to encourage people to come down learn how to train at a high level of completion. It allows kids to to cheer on the swimmers as they start learn to train with two days a week of training in the winter and and finish. one day a week throughout the dry land training progression. The Anyone interested in signing up to Train to Train program is perfect for any high-end athletes looking volunteer can go to the website at www. to grow their fitness and train at high altitude throughout the winter. for complete The program offers two days a week dryland training and three information. You can use the social media days a week spent on-snow training during the winter. links on the website to follow us and keep What Is Involved In Training? The Junior Racer Training up to date with current developments. Program consists of our dryland pre-season training and our onFor further information, please call Shelie snow training come winter. The dryland training involves lots of Best, Race Director, at 250-488-3583. cardio work, including hiking, trail running, and roller skiing. There is also the physical conditioning part of training, which includes core workouts, strength training and working on explosive muscle groups. As soon as the snow allows, Junior Racers begin training at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. The racers train 2-3 days a week with differing work outs; changing between skate technique and the authentic classic technique.

We also hold two annual training camps; one in the fall and one early season on-snow. These camps build tremendous amounts of team spirit, as the entire team spends the weekend taking on and defeating all the rigorous training the coaches may throw at us. They also build perseverance and create a great work ethic, as does the whole sport of Nordic skiing. The combination of the early on-snow camp and the earliness of the snow, as we are typically on-snow much earlier than our competitors, provides a substantial advantage for the Nickel Plate athletes. The high altitude of the Nordic Centre also provides the racers with an altitude like no other in Canada. It will substantially benefit and grow the fitness of anyone who trains in such vicinities. If your children, or you, are interested in enrolling them, please email or visit the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre website at for more information.

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is “IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES”. Each Okanagan Regional Library branch is hosting special programs, contests and prizes to encourage children to read over the summer months. There are two programs offered during August at the Kaleden Library on Thursday evenings at 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Keep reading over the summer and get your name in to win a prize! August 8 ~ “Imagine the Possibilities” with magician Leif David. Step into a world of imagination where the impossible is possible! This show features magic, comedy, music and participation! August 22 ~ Awards and Wind Up Party. Summer Reading Club children can join Miss Lynn and Miss Glenda for award and medal presentations, fun prizes, games, and a special “cool treat”! Congratulations to Russel (in photo to the left) who just completed his “100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten”! Russell starts Kindergarten in September. A special thank you to Geoff AkinsHannah (Bubble Wonders) who put on amazing show for us at the Kaleden Library. Geoff was full of bubble tricks, including the bubble caterpillar, dancing bubble, and his most famous trick of all, putting a child inside a bubble! In the photo below, Geoff put Shannon into a huge bubble. What a great show!

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What’s Happening at the Okanagan Falls Library? Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 21 both from 1-3 pm. • Friends of the Library ~ Meeting Wednesday, August 14th at 1 pm. If you would like to become a member of this great volunteer group, please join us! Fall programming is happening now! Do you have something you would like to share with other members of the community? Please call us for details and a date for our fall line up. Children’s Programs: Summer Reading Club is for children 5-12 years old. This year’s theme is “Imagine the Possibilities”. Registration Required. • Code Mobile Squad ~ Join us and explore a variety of tools and coding concepts and learn some new technology! Tuesday, August 6th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. • Wind Up ~ Join us for our SRC Wind-up. Award Medals and Certificates will be distributed, as well as fun prizes! Ice Cream Sundaes too! Tuesday, August 13th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Remember to enter a draw for a Nintendo Switch. Present your completed reading record and have your own library card before the end of August. Summer Book Sale ~ Saturday, August 17th from 10am - 2pm. Okanagan Falls Friends of the Library is having a summer book sale just outside the library. Come down and get some great deals on books and support your local library! A big thank you goes out to Barb Ayers, on her donation of a puzzle table for the library in memory of her late husband. It will have much use in our library and is very much appreciated. Another big thank you to the five young ladies who came to the library and donated $58.85, that they had collected by doing a circus skit while vacationing in Okanagan Falls. May they always have their lovely spirit! For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email

Five young ladies recently donated to the library. Their names are Elle, Nova, Kingsley, Amelia, and Gypsy. Thank you ladies!

Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey The Kaleden Bursary Committee was pleased to award eight bursaries this year to graduating students from Kaleden. Reading the applications showed the students have very fond memories of their years at Kaleden Elementary School. The committee would like to thank the sponsors of the bursaries. We would not be able to award the bursaries to assist our students without these sponsors. The committee awarded the Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary to Paige Kennedy. Two bursaries were sponsored by the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department and they were awarded to Montana Smith and Keira Thompson. The Allan Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary was awarded to Sophia McNolty. Neil Burnett sponsored two bursaries, which were awarded to Isaac Kohler-Mergel and Kascia Lovett. “Pay it Forward” bursary was sponsored by Glenda Livolsi and awarded Alyse Kohler-Mergel. With donations received from the Kaleden Church Bottle Depot and the Committee selling smokies at the Fire Department Yard Sale, the Bursary Committee awarded a bursary to Jake Stocker. Congratulations to all the graduating students! For more information, please contact Darlene Bailey at 250-4978140 or email

Forensics camp is a fun, accessible way for children to be amazed by science. This is a structured, hands-on experience. Activities and projects use scientific methods and tools, microscopes, instrumentation. Kids learn how to analyze different compounds, examine clues, and even collect fingerprints! With appreciation: Aegir Analytical wine chemistry solutions are volunteering their expertise and instrumentations—All profits donated to the OK Falls PAC. August 26th—30th $150 Siblings 25% off Register early! 9:00 am—3:00 pm (Experiment in the morning, unstructured PLAY in the afternoon)

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hi Everyone. Sorry for the short update this month, but we have been yachting on Skaha for most of July. Well, I like to refer to it as yachting, but mostly it is just throwing money at an old boat and patching tow floaties as children watch on with disappointment in their eyes, because you promised this year they could go tubing. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great summer. KPAC would like to remind everyone to “Slip, Slap, Slop” under the summer sun. Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some sunscreen. You only get one skin (well technically you shed your skin all the time constantly renewing it, but I digress) and you need to take care of it! KPAC would also love to give a great big, huge shout out to Skaha Matters for their 10th Anniversary. They have always been a huge supporter of KPAC and we wish them 10 more! Happy summer everyone. Cheers!

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School District No. 53 Board Report

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By Janice Stevens, School Trustee Following are some highlights of items discussed at the June 25, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting. The Minister of Education paid a brief visit to the district on Monday, June 24th where he took in the “Celebration of Learning” event at Osoyoos Elementary and also facilitated the Grand Opening of the new accessible playground, which was funded in great part by the Ministry of Education.

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The end of school year usually comes with some district staff announcing their retirement. This year, the Board paid tribute to 12 retirees at an event held in Osoyoos. This included 9 support staff and 3 teachers. The Board also recognized long service employees who have been with us for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. District staff informed the Board that the students in the Health Care Assistant program offered by Okanagan College in Oliver are in their clinical rotation placed at either McKinney Place in Oliver or Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos and they are doing extremely well. They complete the program at the end of July and will enter the workforce immediately thereafter, as there is a huge demand for Care Aides in our region. The Board is proud to offer this educational opportunity for students, while also serving community needs. School District No. 53 is excited to announce that we will have a new program in our district partnered with Okanagan College. We will be offering a “Gateway to Technology” program in February 2020. This program will allow students to improve their skills related to technology and coding and will help them explore career opportunities in the field. This program will be offered two days per week from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. This year four schools in School District No. 53 are piloting a “Summer Numeracy Program” for students in Grades 4 through 7. This program is designed for students who could utilize extra support in math, gain confidence with their numeracy skills and discover that working with numbers can be fun. The Numeracy Program will run in lieu of the Read and Tech program at four schools. We once again have fourteen programs running this summer based on student enrollment and need, with four of them being numeracy focused and ten being reading focused.

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The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

Canada Day Community Spirit!

Community Spirit was alive and well on Canada Day 2019. Thanks to all the many volunteers, who made for such a memorable event in both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden!

The Board passed its 2019/2020 budget and budget bylaw in accordance with the School Act. While we are anticipating slightly fewer students next year, this will be offset by slightly higher per student funding. Finally, on behalf of the Board of Education of School District No. 53, I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing all students in September! For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or

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The July 1st Bike Parade along the beachfront in Okanagan Falls. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to

July Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY SKAHA MATTERS from Okanagan Falls Elementary School! Our Summer ‘Read and Rec’ Programs were very successful and a lot of fun! We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, September 3rd from 8:28-11:00 am. If you are new to the area and need to register your child, please stop in at our office during the week of August 26-30th.

Thank You From “Frälik In The Falls” By Carrie Ferguson Now that the tents have been taken down and the park has been put back together, we wanted to send out a thank you to all of you who attended and supported our first “Frälik in the Falls”. The time you spent drinking wine and dancing raised funds for The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning, a charity founded to support children with Autism. The money raised at this year’s Frälik will help run Autism programs in our specialized learning centre. Our programming emphasizes communication, social/play skills, emotional/selfregulation, sensory functioning, and independence/life skills for children between the ages of 6 and 18. We could not operate without financial help from community members like you. Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight Thank You Caylie & Ashley! Meet Caylie and Ashley. These young ladies volunteered for the first three weeks of July with the Okanagan Falls “Read and Rec” Summer School Program.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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Volunteer In Your Community!

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

As with any event, there were things that went well, and areas for improvement. We have definitely learned a thing or two (or three or four) for next year, and have begun implementing changes to improve next year’s event. We would also appreciate a helping hand from Mother Nature, but that is a different story. Sincere thanks go out to OFWA’s Shawna Thompson and our pouring partners: Blasted Church Vineyards; Bonamici Cellars; Crescent Hill Winery; Skaha Vineyard @ Kraze Legz Winery; Liquidity Wines; Meyer Family Vineyards; Nighthawk Vineyards; Noble Ridge Vineyards; Pentage Winery; Play Estate Winery; See Ya Later Ranch; Stag’s Hollow Winery; and Wild Goose Winery. We would like to thank our main sponsors ATS Healthcare and Westminster Tent & Party Rental, as well as the following companies and individuals who supported our event: Castanet; Enamel Dental Centre; Fountain Tire; FYI Doctors; Glow SUP Adventures; Gold Dust Jewellers; Hester Creek Winery; IGA Okanagan Falls; Jennifer Ahlstrom; K’uL Group; Melt Mineral Spa; Michael Hill; Moraine Winery; Nest & Nectar; Okanagan Office Systems; Patio Burger & Ice Cream Co.; The Penticton Lakeside Resort; Penticton Vees; Ruby Blues Winery; Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique; Skaha Matters; Sleeping Giant Winery; Smooth Effects Laser Hair Removal;; South Okanagan Event Centre; Starbucks Riverside; Summerland Sweets; Swagman Racks; The Smile Enhancement Studio; and Three Sisters Winery. And, one last very special thank you to JAK Meyer, President of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association, who helped make the event possible.

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

The Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society is hosting a

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“Talk and Walk to Turtle Pond” 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 10th

Did you know that Western Painted Turtles are the only native pond turtle left in BC? Western Painted Turtles are interesting for lots of other reasons, too! They range farther north than any other turtle in North America. Here in BC they are found as far north as Kamloops. Western Painted Turtles swallow their food underwater, and they can live up to 50 years, if they are lucky enough to avoid predators and road mortality.

Don Gayton, MSc, Consulting Ecologist, will speak with us about the Western Painted Turtle and lead the walk. Meet in Twin Lake at the corner of Eastview Road and Sagewood Lane. No dogs please, as there may be cattle in the field. For more information, please email

Western Painted Turtles eat insects, snails, earthworms, frogs, tadpoles, algae, aquatic plants, and dead animal matter. You may have noticed logs crowded with sunning turtles. They aren’t getting a suntan - turtles need to absorb the sun’s warmth to digest their food. Some of us go south for the winter, but Western Painted Turtles go down, into the mud, where they stay until the ice melts. Then courtship begins. Many males will swim after one mature female. The fastest male will swim in front of her, facing her with front legs stretched out. Sometimes, he strokes her head. If the female follows him, they sink to the bottom of the pond to mate. Interestingly, Painted Turtle females do not always wait for the males to initiate mating - occasionally, a female turtle will pursue the suitor of her choice!

Summer Dance Schedule By Brian Udal

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Accepting students for private lessons, including Wedding Dance lessons.

Dance events include - Lesson & Dance at the Dirty Laundry Winery on Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, August 17.

Why did the turtle cross the road? To lay her eggs in a choice nest spot! In early summer, females lay 6 to 18 oval eggs about the size • 3 Day Intensive Workshops will be held August 5, 6 & 7 or 12, of a two-dollar coin. So, watch out for what looks like a large rock 13 &14 or 19, 20 & 21. Experienced dancers please. or clump on the road. It might be a female Western Painted Turtle. • Next Dance Party - Saturday, September 21 featuring an East Slow down and safe a life (or maybe 19 lives, if she is on her way Coast Swing lesson. to lay eggs!). • Fall Dance Classes commence Thursday, October 3 in Western Painted Turtles are on the provincial red list, meaning Penticton and Friday, October 4 in Summerland. they are at risk of being lost entirely! Western Painted Turtles are • Be on my email list for the latest news and updates. vulnerable and require our care to prevent habitat loss caused by For further inquiries, please call 778.516.7272 or email brians. human activity, like housing developments and waterway changes. We can all drive more slowly, watching for wildlife on the road. The ‘sticks’ may be snakes and the ‘stones’ may be Painted Turtles! Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! As with all wildlife, always keep your distance. Don’t trample nest sites. Never take wild turtles home, as Painted Turtles often starve to death in captivity, and because the BC Wildlife Act prohibits interfering with all wild creatures. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints!

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Meet Chocolate I am a long-haired beauty that somehow found myself living in a commune with all these strangers! There was an intervention and I was forced into a car and taken away! At first, I was so afraid of what was going to happen, but then a wonderful lady explained that I would be given proper medical care, properly fed and given a warm place to live! It has been so wonderful, but I would really like to have a long term relationship where I can set down roots. I am currently at the wonderful bed and breakfast called Pet Smart in Penticton, if anyone would like to come and visit with me.

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A Sky Full Of Shooting Stars By Tom Landecker Shooting stars: what are they? What we see on a dark night is a momentary flash of light that crosses the sky. These events have nothing to do with stars, and even less to do with shooting! The Earth, moving in its orbit around the Sun, runs into a tiny fragment left over from the origin of the Solar System. The tiny piece, the size of a grain of sand, enters the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 30 kilometres per second, the speed of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Collisions with the atoms and molecules of our atmosphere heat the incoming piece until it burns, and we see a flash of light. On any dark night you can see one shooting star every ten minutes. On Monday August 12th, the Earth predictably runs into an extra dense cloud of tiny pieces, and we can see as many as one shooting star every minute. This is the Perseid meteor shower. This year, as usual, the Observatory grounds will be open to give you a front seat at this spectacle. Gates open at 7:30 pm. From 8:30 pm, we will be presenting talks describing what you will see, and talks on other science topics. From 9:30 - 11:30 pm, you can enjoy the view from the lawn. Local amateur astronomers will be there, their telescopes ready to show you interesting things in the sky. Come and renew your acquaintance with the stars! But remember, it’s on a Monday night. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket. If you can’t come to the Observatory that night, you can see the event quite well from any dark place. Allow 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark, and relax. There is no special direction to look, the shooting stars will be all over the sky. The event is the “Perseid” meteor shower, because all the shooting stars seem to emanate from the constellation of Perseus (towards the North from the Okanagan), but it’s better to look away from Perseus rather than at it. Binoculars and telescopes don’t help with this event, nothing is better than your eyes.


Le 12 août 2019

Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Apportez une chaise ou une couverture.



Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory 717 White Lake Rd. Kaleden, B.C.

Observatoire fédéral de radioastrophysique 717, ch. White Lake, Kaleden (C.-B.)

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Gates open

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11:30 pm

Gates close

23 h 30 – Fermeture



Telescopes provided by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Okanagan Centre.

Télescopes fournis par la Société royale d’astronomie du Canada – Centre de l’Okanagan.

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As you gaze at this natural spectacle, think about its deeper significance: you are watching the same process that built the Earth five billion years ago. It was faster then, but it’s still going on, day and night. Each day the Earth sweeps up about 30 tons of new material, about three large truck loads. Come to the Observatory on August 12th to learn all about it. Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more info, 250-497-2300.

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin The August heat is on! Our gardens will need a little more water. It’s been nice with the rain. Less watering. I have a pretty good system set up with dollar store sprinklers that I move around the yard. Remember to follow your Irrigation District’s watering rules. Call me of you need basic lawn and maintenance assistance or would like your home cleaned. I can also clean cars and do detail work. Call me at 778-889-9725. Happy August!

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OK Barber Shop Holiday Alert By Daniel W. Markin To all my valued customers, please note: OK Barber Shop will be Closed on Tuesday, August 5th through Saturday, August 11th and will reopen on Tuesday, August 13th at 8:00 am. Thank you for your continuing support.

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Renewable Energy Certificate By Kristy Dyer Let’s start with a simple definition of a Renewable Energy Certificate. Imagine you are business that really wants to put Significant Rule Changes Renewable Energy on a building, but there’s no wind at the site. Also, your building is just to the north of taller building, so you For Local Fishers are in the shadow all day. What to do? You could pick another By Larry Martin place with a good southern exposure. You could measure your In Season Change: For Skaha Lake, quota for kokanee over 35 electric output at the home building, and create the same amount cm = 0, July 10 to October 31. Note: picture above is obviously of energy at different location. It might be property you own, or a sockeye, thus has to be released. It is not always obvious, as one where a nice owner will let you build the solar array you wish there are kokanee of this size in Skaha Lake, thus a rule change you had on her business. If you pay for the installation, you get was required to ensure no one was keeping sockeye when they credit for the renewable energy, in the form of RECs, even if the are closed to fishing. I would have preferred a bit larger size, 50 electricity is not plugged directly into your building. cm with the caveat to release fish of any size that appear to be RECs also allow renewable energy to work on a smaller scale sockeye or large kokanee that are in advanced stage of spawn $5-10 dollar a month. If a wind farm is built, and hooked into the condition. This of course could be abused and not easily enforced grid, there’s no way to tell the clean, carbon-neutral wind-electrons Be aware that another in season change may be eminent for the from the electrons made from dirty coal. An electricity consumer Okanagan River, if drought conditions continue ... low water flow that prefers renewable energy can’t turn off the coal-electric-tap at and high temperatures. There were signs posted for a few days their house and turn on the renewable-energy-tap. Instead, each along the Okanagan River Channel that indicated it was closed to megawatt hour of renewable energy is matched with a Renewable fishing July 15 to September 15. We of course got several days of Energy Certificate. The utility buys the wind energy and the REC. cool wet weather and the order was not officially issued and the If you, as the homeowner, want to support renewable energy signs were removed. Expect it may again be closed in August. As you pay a little extra on your electric bill. Who’s making sure that responsible fishers, regardless of “official closures”, we should money goes to the wind farm, rather than the coal plant? The consider not fishing, especially the lower elevation water ways utility uses the money to purchase RECs - insuring that there is during high summer water temperatures. If you are fishing an area more renewable energy than there would be without your extra where you intend to release fish, be aware they will most likely die purchase. once released.

Regulations for salmon in our area can be found at In season changes for Region 8 can be found at fish/regulations/changes/1719/region8.html. You need to check both sites, especially for areas where migrating salmon may have open seasons. Osoyoos is not expected to open for recreational sockeye fishing this year, due to low sockeye returns.

This leads to an odd situation. It’s common in New Jersey or California for businesses to put solar installations on their roofs. Then the accounting department, doing its job to hold the cost of investments down, finds out that some of the money from building the installation could be regained by selling the RECs. They sell the RECs on the open market - to them it seems quite straightforward, a bit like selling advertising space on the side of a building.

However, the people who bought the RECs are now claiming For those interested in how many sockeye are coming, check that their electricity is carbon neutral. Therefore, the business out this site at who owns the solar panels, installed the solar panels, and is Adults.htm. At the bottom of the page you will see the Wells Dam electrically attached to the solar panels, cannot claim that their fish count. This is the last dam on the USA side and many of these electricity is carbon neutral - that would be double counting. Think fish will be heading for Osoyoos and Skaha. A few chinook have of it as being a renter that remodels their kitchen - it seems like you ought to get some of the increase in property value, but in been seen in the Okanagan River Channel. fact, since you don’t have underlying ownership, you don’t get the For more info, just ask Larry Martin at benefits. Businesses are floundering for a way to describe this shouldn’t they get some credit? Can they say they are “hosting” “Everything you need for your Ponds and Waterfalls” solar power? The US Federal Trade Commission is researching Open 10-5 Thursday to Saturday deceptive trade practices in renewable energy. They conducted or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment a study that showed that customers couldn’t tell the difference between claims that a business “generated solar energy” and “hosted solar energy”. Page 24 | August 2019 |

Heating Bills High In Winter? If your home is heated with an electric furnace or base boards, consider installing an air source heat pump. You would save on energy costs and be eligible for a rebate of $1,200. Or, if you’d prefer, you could be eligible for a low interest loan (1.9%) for up to $6500. For more information, call FortisBC at 1-866-436-7847 or email electricrebates@

That’s A Place To Be ... Regional Hub For Newcomers By Elmira Galiyeva There is a surprising place on Ellis Street in Penticton. If you are new to the area you may not know it. It is a small centre of a multitude of cultures, languages, stories and smiles. It is the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS). If you are new to Canada, that’s a place to be. SOICS is hub for free services for all immigrant newcomers to the region: employment and settlement supports, English language classes, computer classes, community connections and much more. One of its newest programs is the OneWorld Youth Crew, which is a volunteer-based project for young leaders to design and implement art and media initiatives focused on creating inclusive and welcoming communities in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. The organization also leads a partnership table (Local Immigration Partnership) that includes mayors, councilors, businesses, health and education organizations, community agencies and newcomers to develop a strategy for successful newcomer integration. Of course, you will not want to miss a celebration of diversity of our community - OneWorld Festival held annually in February.

100 Men Who Care Continue To Give On Wednesday, May 29th 100 Men Who Care - Penticton donated $7,400 to three charities serving a broad area of the South Okanagan/Similkameen. Topflight Helicopter Training Centre at the Penticton Airport generously hosted the event and gave the members a close-up view of the equipment used to train pilots from around the world in mountain-environment flying techniques. The meeting kicked off with Barb Hoolaef from Penticton Rotary sharing a story of how a prior 100 Men donation had an important impact. In October 2017, the Rotary Club received $5,680 to support the “Starfish Pack” Student Meal Program. The program provides backpacks full of nutritional food to kids to take home on weekends to make sure they and their families have sufficient nutritional food. The 100 Men donation allowed the program to expand and support more students and families. At this meeting the Highway to Healing Support Society, a project of the Rotary Club of Oliver, received 80% or $5,920 to help the organization provide much-needed support to families who have a child requiring medical care that is not available locally. The Osoyoos & District Arts Council received $740 to support their ongoing education programs and to develop a digital infrastructure to support artists and creative people in the community. Canadian Red Cross - Southern Interior Division also received $740 to help with training volunteers to provide support and relief to those impacted by emergencies and crisis situations across the region. To date, 100 Men has donated $80,000 to thirty-six charitable organizations in Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Princeton and Penticton in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen region. The next meeting of 100 Men will be on Wednesday, September 25th and the location will be announced in the September issue of Skaha Matters. Information about the group can be found at the website

Notwithstanding it’s 40 years of experience, this non-profit organization is constantly developing thanks to the support by the community. If you want to share your experience and support your new neighbours, that’s a place to be. Left to Right: Ted Osborne - Osoyoos & District Arts Council; Gail Barriskill and Tony Monday - Highway to Healing Support Society; Cameron Weir and Diana McGregor - Canadian Red Cross Southern Interior Division. Don’t Despair We’ll Repair! ICBC Insurance Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty Computerized Free Estimates

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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.

Linden Gardens

Fruitful Pursuits

June 1934 marked the end of my school career and I became an orchardist. The family owned ten acres at what we called the North Bench, out near the junction of Pineview and Spruce. There was also fifteen acres around the King House (the 2 storey house across from the hair salon) and we also operated Aunt Kate’s 5 acre orchard (the small home directly across the street from the hair salon). In addition, in the next year or so we would buy the ten acres Whitman lot which ran from the present fire hall down to Pineview, so there was plenty to keep both Dad and me busy year round. Later, as power sprayers became available, it was not practical for everyone to own one, so we bought a caterpillar tractor and did custom spraying on about another 100 acres. That meant numerous employees and my most vivid memories of orchard life are some of the men who worked for us. For a number of years, the main labour pool in the orchards came from Grand Forks, Krestova, Brilliant and similar Doukhobor settlements. Most of the young men and a number of girls as well would come to the Okanagan for the months of July to October. They became part of the community and in Kaleden, where we regularly had a four team softball league, they provided the bulk of the players. They were good, experienced workers and full of fun, but hiring those of the “Sons of Freedom” sect sometimes turned into a bit of an adventure. One never knew when one of the more radical leaders might call for a demonstration in Grands Forks or elsewhere and we would have a mass exodus. We never hired any of the women since our main crop was apples and the trees were large, requiring sixteen foot ladders, but the Kaleden Estates, with more soft fruits and smaller trees usually had six or eight women employed along with many men. I remember one Sunday afternoon as I drove out to our North Bench orchard to change the sprinklers, I passed the cabins along Spruce Street (where Viking farms is presently located) where the

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Kaleden Estates workers were housed. As I approached, half a dozen women were outside cutting wood for the next week. They were attired in shorts and halters, actually quite modest, but at the sight of my car they screamed, grabbed shirts and ran into their cabins. Two weeks later these same women were part of a nudist parade in Krestova. Most of the Doukobours we hired professed to be vegetarian, as befitted their religion, but it could be noted that Spam cans were plentiful in their garbage. When questioned they assured us that Spam was not meat - which, come to think of it, was not far from the truth. When we put on a turkey dinner in the bunkhouse (the bunkhouse was a building which housed the men working in the orchards) one year to raise money for some cause, a group of the men and women volunteered to make borscht as an alternative on the menu. The influx of Doukobours came to an end, or close to it, around 1940, when the lumbering business picked up in the Kootenays and we sorely felt the loss since that meant we were limited to itinerant workers from the coast to carry us through the peak employment season. They were truly a rum lot and a regular Monday morning ritual was to go in and bail your crew out of jail where they were sleeping off a bender. I recall one group of two couples we hired that looked a cut above the usual types we had been hiring - until two days later when several police cars came screaming into the yard and picked up the four, wanted for armed robbery. Such were some of the interesting facets of orchardist life in Kaleden. 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.

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update

Advantages To Group Travel - Join Us!

By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator

By Vi Creasey, Reliable Travel

Happy Summer from the Kaleden Seniors Committee! We trust Anyone out there thinking of an Alaska Cruise? Reliable Travel is you are enjoying another beautiful Okanagan summer, here in putting together a “group” cruise for Alaska on May 31, 2020. We Kaleden and out exploring our neighbouring communities. would love to have you join us. Hearty congratulations to Myleen on 10 great years of Skaha Matters! This awesome paper allows community groups and local businesses to share their news and keeps us connected. Thank you from the entire KSC committee!

What is the advantage of group travel? There are many, but a couple of the top reasons to travel with a group, is that you will be travelling with “like minded” people. There is always companionship and the cost may be less than the regular price. There is also The Seniors Committee was busy in June and early July. We safely in numbers. started with the second Linden Gardens Tour in 2019. On this We are booked with Royal Caribbean line on the “Serenade of the tour, Ken Hayter focused on water-wise gardening, which is such Seas” for 7 nights, departing and returning to Vancouver. an important consideration for gardeners everywhere, but in this We, at Reliable Travel, can also offer you the option of a “payment semi-arid region in particular. Attendees had lunch at the Frog City plan”, so your trip can be paid in 12 equal installments. The cost of Café following the tour and it was enjoyed by all. Thank you for an inside cabin starts at $1069 per person, the ocean view is $1319 hosting us again, Ken and Margaret - it is always such a pleasure per person, and the balcony cabins start at $1719 per person. The to visit Linden Gardens! tax will be an additional $245 per person. These prices are based At the end of June, locals young and old(er) gathered in Pioneer Park for the annual Party in the Park on June 27th. Potluck salads and desserts were served alongside catered Beef on a Bun. Pickleball, Bocce, Spikeball and Line Dancing kept us active and it was a great opportunity to visit with friends and neighbours.

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Reliable Travel is also participating in the “Market in the Park” on Wednesdays in Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. You will also find us at Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House in Oliver every Tuesday between 10 am - 2 pm. We are also planning a Consumer Night on October 1st with Collette Vacations. We will be focusing on Italy, so stay tuned. We are here to help you with all your travel plans and we will come to you! Call us today.

On July 10th we had our annual Garden Tea Party. Marjorie FieldRobinson graciously welcomed us to her garden oasis where we enjoyed refreshments and treats provided by the KSC. Thank you to Marjorie for hosting and sharing your beautiful garden with us!

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson What a great summer we have had this year so far. Sure don’t miss the smoky days we had the last two summers. The rain that has come has kept everything green and the air fresh. Feels good! The Thrifty Boutique has had a great summer. The staff are all working to keep everything running smoothly. Manager Noreen is planning a “Summer Bag Sale” to begin on August 13th. It will be a clearance of summer clothing. The same old rules apply, buy a bag for $5 and fill it to the top with frocks of your choice.

In September, Cards and Games will resume on Thursday afternoons at the hall. The Ladies Weekly Gathering at the church will again gather on Wednesdays. And, we will be starting up the popular Lunch and Learn series in October. Keep your eyes on the September issue of Skaha Matters for details on all these awesome activities. We welcome your ideas and participation! If you have any feedback or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Please email and someone from the committee will be in touch.

There has been a new roof put on the Museum/apartment building. The old one was estimated to be around 30+ years old. Time for a new one. That is all done and so there will be no more leaky problems. The gardens are looking well kept and if there is in interest in having wedding photos taken in the gardens, please contact Sue Walker at 250-462-4128. The Chimney project is still underway. Watch for the RDOS tent in the “Music and Market in the Park” to help us to decide the next step in the project. We have been given 3 options by the engineering firm as to the future of the chimney. We would like to know what the community would like to see happen. Have a safe and happy summer. | August 2019 | Page 27

South Skaha Housing Society Update

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations

By Loraine Thompson

Happy Summer Everyone! We recently enjoyed a tour of our new building and I am impressed with the work and progress that is being made. And, we are right on track! Soon we will announce a date for a viewing of a Display Suite. For submitting applications for rental information, please see below. Stay tuned for more bulletins regarding our building progress, occupancy dates, grand opening ... Could this mean ‘Party Time’ coming soon?


If possible, please return your Applications to: Locke Property Management 528 Main Street Penticton, BC V2A 5C7 250-492-0346 Locke will be reviewing Applications from July 15 to approximately August 15. A display suite at the Housing Site will be available soon! Occupancy will be October 2019.

As I write this, it’s the middle of July, and yet, there’s still a chill in the air. Where’s our hot summer? Oh well, I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer. If you’re too hot at home, drop by, we’re open most days. Renovations are coming along nicely, things are starting to look, well, in the middle of getting ‘spruced-up’. Things will definitely be quieter here during August, but the card games are still on, the pool table is waiting, the music’s still playing, and coffee, in just a moment or two, and presto, it’s done. I know this is a repeat, but please, be sure to keep your calendar open for our Fall Flea Market. This year, because of the coming Federal Election and the advance polling station held here, we will have our Fall Flea Market earlier, likely Saturday, September 28. The first Music Jam will also be affected and date changed. Stay tuned for more information and watch out for posters. We always look forward to meeting you. Membership is just $15/ year. For more information on the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Weekly Activities: Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30 am (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Please Note: No Bingos in August, as well as No Canasta, No Carpet Bowling & No Scrabble until September/October.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Our summer heat seems to be absent so far, but we have lots of time to go (hopefully) before Fall steps in to start the cool down. The wet weather has been a blessing for Smokey the Bear this year up to now. He hasn’t had much to report. Canada Day went well in the Falls at all the events. We were serving up hotdogs and smokies in Kenyon Park until 1 pm. Then, picked it up again at the Bandshell in Centennial Park at 5 pm for the Big Band Show. All in all, a really great day! (and the weather cooperated as well). We had our windup meeting, actually more of a BBQ with the club, at our newly elected President’s place. Vi Creasey is president elect for 2019-2020.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

August Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Wednesday, August 14th ~ Music Trivia Night starting at 7 pm. Food will be available. A great time to be had! Sunday, August 18th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Everyone Welcome! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... you could be the lucky one! Everyone welcome! Sunday Fun Day ~ Bingo and Horse Racing starting at 1:30 pm. Bartender always cooking hot dogs. All are welcome.

Lion Colin van Blerk turned 80 this July and we celebrated his octogenerianism with him in Penticton. Happy Birthday and congratulations Lion Colin.

Pool ~ Guys & Gals, Everyday at 2 pm and Sundays at Noon. Join us for a game & a cool one Working on getting the Wii game going.

August finds us in location at the Music/Market in the Park a couple more times, both of these events are now sponsored by the Lions Club to participate in our community commitment in Okanagan Falls and area.

Youth Darts ~ Keep your eyes open for more information about Youth Darts starting back up again this fall.

The Breakfast Program on Thursdays will continue at Okanagan Falls Elementary School near the end of September as usual. As the song says, “See you in September”.

Canteen Hours - Open Monday to Saturday from 2 pm to close and open Sunday from 12 Noon to close.

Darts & Shuffleboard ~ Starting up in September. Looking for more players for shuffleboard.

Show Your Support & Become A Member ~The Royal Canadian Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is August Legion care for those who have served our nation. We are located 7, 8 & 9 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. 250-497-8338 Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or “Where you are always welcome to join us!” call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets September to June on every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7 pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at and www. We will be back at our meetings same time and same place in September. Have a great summer and drive safe! “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

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The Mural at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 is finished. Thanks to the artist, Laura Morrow, as well as to Cloverdale Paint in Penticton for their generous donation of the paint. Thanks also goes to Rod and Barb Few for their generous donation, and thanks to Rini and Bev van Uden for the prep work. This group made it happen. Plans are underway to have dedication ceremony in August. Stay tuned for updates on this at the Legion.


Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update


We continue with our Meat Draws on Friday & Saturdays along with the Branch. We catered for Music In The Park, for the month of July. We will also be catering the next two Music In The Park events to be held on August 4th and August 18th. Our next General Meeting will be held on September 4th at 1 pm. Hope to see you there. | August 2019 | Page 29

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By Denise Ashton

Now that we are well into summer, there’s not a lot to report.

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Flowers to the people who trimmed back the hedges on Linden Avenue just south of the Kaleden Elementary School. It was always dangerous to walk there, because of limited visibility. ~ From Rick J. of Kaleden Flowers to Jen Strong and the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society for organizing an informative program on snakes that was held at the Kaleden Library. Jade Spruyt from Thompson Rivers University taught us all about the snakes in our area and how to protect them. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Sherlee for getting a trapped customer out of locked dressing room in the Thrifty Boutique. Job well done! ~ From the Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society Flowers to the community who come and enjoy “Music and Market in the Park”. Our corporate sponsors were smaller than expected this year, so the donations that have been collected during the music concerts are most appreciated. Thank you all so much for your support! ~ From the OK Falls Music & Market Committee Flowers to the Kaleden Community Association for supporting the Summer Reading Club program, “BUBBLE WONDERS” at the Kaleden Library. Geoff’s performance was amazing! The children and adults loved his bubble tricks and uplifting message that “anything is possible”. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Doug King for your assistant in putting back the shelving unit in the storage area at the Kaleden library. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

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 Speakers: August ~ John Manlove / September ~ John Rankin Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers: August 4 - Rev. Mark Bedford; August 11 - Judy Ritcey; August 18 - Kerry Brewer; and August 25 - Nancy Wyse. 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 / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368

Flowers to my wife Myleen, who has dedicated the last 10 years to bringing you Skaha Matters every month. She works long hours on the details of coordinating everyone and their important contributions. Thank you for appreciating her hard work. ~ From Jay M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Myleen and Skaha Matters on your 10th Anniversary! What would this ”Mighty Little Town” do without Myleen and this great news and social communication gem? ~ From Sharon and Lorne D. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to everyone who’s given support and contributed content, as this stay-at-home mom built this home-based business this past 10 years. Thank you so much! ~ From Myleen M. of Skaha Matters

Penticton & District Dart Association Monday Night Pub League Are you interested in playing darts in a fun, competitive league? Monday nights 7:30 p.m. September to April Miniumum 4 member teams

2019/20 Season Registration Meeting Monday, August 12, 2019 7:30 p.m. at Penticton Elks Lodge #51 Email: for more information

Put your team together, pick your venue and register your team! 2018/19 venues were OK Falls Legion, Penticton Legion, Pirate’s Cove Pub, Clancy’s Pub, Elks Lodge, Eagles Club, Roll ‘N Stones Fun Centre (There is a team looking for players out of the OK Falls Legion, Contact Denise at 250-485-4949)

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It has been almost three months now since we moved to our new location at 110-1960 Barnes Street, Penticton. We are really pleased with our new facility, which offers an ‘on-site’ crematorium, more space, better parking and a much less noisy location. For those who are familiar with Penticton, come along Main Street, turn up Okanagan Avenue (beside the Apple Plaza) continue up to the end of Okanagan Avenue to the Petro-Can Cardlock station, DORÉ: RAY LLEWELLYN turn right on to Barnes Street, then left into the first laneway beside Ray Doré - 1933 - 2019 of Okanagan Falls, passed away at home the Union Kitchen. We are number 110, just watch for the sign PENTICTON CREMATORIUM over the doors. on July 16, 2019. Ray is survived by his loving wife Barbara Moen, son Murray (Linda), Lesley is always available to answer any questions that you may daughter Christine (Doug), step daughters Rebecca Saundry have. Call 250-493-3912 or email (Garrett) and Nancy Plank and his beloved grandchildren Nicole, It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Haley, Alex, Ian, Cameron, Colby, Calista, Teagan and Chloe. two of our Okanagan Falls neighbours. Ray will be remembered for his love of music, playing his saxophones and clarinet in many bands over the years, including the Kitsilano Boys Band and the RCMP Band in Ottawa. As well, he will be remembered for the love of his dogs. There is not a person April 7, 1937 dash July 13, 2019 who met Ray that did not hear about his big Newfoundland dogs. After 82 years, Clare has A career in banking with CIBC saw him living in many BC finished the dash that was his communities, with him eventually retiring as manager of CIBC in very full and happy life. He Nelson in 1994. died at home with his entire There will be a family gathering at our cabin at Christina Lake at family there at the finish line. a later date. Anyone who would like to come to remember Ray is The family wish to thank all invited. who helped him and them As an expression of sympathy donations in the name of Ray Doré through this difficult time. A can be made to the charity of your choice. service of remembrance will be held at a later date. “Those we love are always in our hearts, out of sight, but never forgotten” “Those we love are always in Final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services. our hearts, out of sight, 250-493-3912 but never forgotten”


Hospice Volunteer Training - Fall 2019

Fall “Hospice Volunteer Training” serving Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls runs from Sept 21st to Oct 26th. Deadline for sign-up is Sept 13th. Contact Julie, Interior Health Coordinator of Volunteers at 250-498-5026 or Shelley, Volunteer Program Director, Desert Valley Hospice Society at 250-495-1590 ext 103.

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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David Robinson: August 17


Figurative sculptor David Robinson is showcasing pieces throughout Liquidity, including his monumental work, Equestrian. Join us to hear more from David on his life as a sculptor. Get free tickets now for an amazing afternoon August 17 at 3pm.

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