Skaha Matters August 2020

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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 8 August 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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There have been a number of thefts in and around our communities. Please be sure to report these to the RCMP, regardless of the value of the items stolen. This will help the RCMP to find the offender(s), which could lead to their arrest. Remember to not leave valuable items in your vehicle, plus be sure to lock away items of value around your home. Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher While COVID-19 is not going away Okanagan Matters Publications anytime soon, let’s be sure to have a safe summer, support our local businesses, and enjoy our beautiful area. But remember that some of us do have underlying health concerns, so please continue to keep your 2 metre distance and wear a mask when you can’t, wash your hands frequently and try to not touch your face. Let’s all do our part to ensure we stay open for business across our region, province and country. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications 250.490.6951 Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

ATTENTION: Okanagan Falls Families & Seniors! The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here for you! Whether you are a regular hamper receiver at Christmas, or just finding yourself in a bit of a pinch due to COVID-19, we are here to support you with: •

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Recycling Makeover Challenge Submitted Press Release The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is inviting all businesses and multi-family buildings throughout the region to take the “Recycling Makeover Challenge”. The program provides an opportunity for businesses and multi-family buildings to assess their current waste management practices, find areas for improvement, make meaningful, measurable change to divert more waste from the landfill, and become a Recycling Champion. There are two ways to participate: 1. A free, one hour on-site assessment and makeover with a specialist from local sustainability consulting firm GreenStep Solutions. This includes guidance on bin placement, advice on what goes where, plus signage and labels for your bins. 2. A Do-it-yourself (DIY) assessment and makeover complete with a digital guide, a self-assessment checklist, plus printable resources, signage and labels. “This program is a way for the RDOS to support free, on-site recycling tune-ups for businesses and multi-family buildings,” says RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich. “The goal is to help businesses save money as they reduce the amount of garbage being sent to local landfills.” At the end of each assessment, participants will receive their Recycling Makeover Challenge; a list of recommendations to help improve their recycling practices. Participants that submit evidence of their completed challenge will receive a special “Recycling Champion” window decal and certificate, a listing on the Recycling Makeover and RDOS websites, and an entry to win one of four prize packs (valued at $150 each), which will help improve waste infrastructure. Space is limited for the assessments. Businesses and multi-family buildings are to sign up

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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Imagine a country where the top one percent of the population owned one quarter of all the wealth and the bottom 40 per cent together owned only one per cent. Sounds outrageous? That country is Canada. The source of those figures is the latest report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. The disparity between the super-wealthy and the rest of us is much greater than previously estimated and the gap between rich and poor in Canada has been growing for decades. There is also growing support for actions that would turn that trend around, including a wealth tax on the richest of the rich. While this inequity is obviously unfair and some would argue unethical, it is also a drag on our economy. The more that wealth is concentrated at the top, the less it is recycled through local economies, helping to stimulate family incomes across the country. Instead, it is squirrelled away in offshore bank accounts or spent on real estate and businesses outside Canada. I remember the vice-president of Scotia Bank saying at a breakfast meeting in Penticton a few years ago that the thing that really kept him awake at night was the widening wealth gap in Canada. I assume he’s sleeping even less well now. This divergence began several decades ago as governments bought into the discredited theory of “trickle-down” economics - that lowering taxes on wealthy individuals and big corporations would spur investments and create jobs, raising everyone’s standard of living. After years of data, there is absolutely no evidence that these benefits ever materialized, and plenty of evidence that the opposite is true. Wages across the continent stagnated as corporate profits continued to soar.

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So, what can we do? Well, the obvious step is to increase taxes on the wealthiest Canadians to ensure that they pay their fair share. A wealth tax of 1 per cent on those who have more than $20 million in assets would bring in about $9 billion per year according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Naysayers point out that wealthy people have highly paid accountants and would try find ways to avoid paying any taxes at all. The easiest avenue for that - moving assets out of the country - could be closed off with a hefty exit tax for money headed offshore. And, we should move quickly to close down offshore tax havens. I’ve already written about that in a recent column. What do Canadians think about a wealth tax? A recent poll by Abacus Data found that 75 per cent of Canadians support a wealth tax, while only 13 per cent are opposed. The same poll found that 81 per cent of Canadians think that government supports should not go to companies hiding profits in offshore tax havens, nor should they go to executive bonuses or stock buy-backs. With governments around the world looking for ways to fund an economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more economists are talking about a wealth tax. The impact of such a tax would depend on the details of its implementation, but however it rolls out it could play an important role in making the wealthiest of Canadians pay their fair share. If you have any questions or concerns, please email richard. or phone 250-770-4480 in Penticton. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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pre-Covid-19) for each of the Ministries. Approximately two dozen MLA’s rotate through in person attendance in the Chamber and everyone else attends virtually through large screens set up on site. Hansard, who stitches it all together, has done an amazing job, so that those who like to watch the Legislative channel, do not miss anything. As a BC Liberal Caucus, we have voted against (and lost because of Green support for the NDP) Bill 7, which gave Government more decision making power not requiring the entire Legislature and Bill 11, which is the No Fault Insurance enabling legislation.

A YouTube video has just been released featuring the City of Grand Forks and its people. The music video asks the people of Grand Forks to “Say What You Will” to illustrate community spirit. This spring just as Covid-19 restrictions were ramping up, the video production team, headed by singer/songwriter, Justin Hines, brought the project to Grand Forks and began filming families and friends on their porches, where they were asked to write on a white The then Premier of British Columbia, John Oliver, created this board anything that offered encouragement or said how they felt Soldiers Settlement Project to provide work and viable settlement about their community. The result is heartwarming and I’d like to lands for the returning WW1 soldiers. 150 men would work on this think it represents a little something in all of us, as we face multiple project for seven years completing 40 kilometres of canal from challenges, personal and otherwise. Vaseux Lake to the US border. Princeton has recently installed new entrance signs that showcase Today, the system is just under the best of our Forestry Heritage. They were done by Sitka 20 kilometres in length providing Log Homes in 100 Mile. They have also installed an incredible more than 600 irrigation water collection of statues that are situated all around the community. services for approximately 5200 They have hit the target of being the Statue Capital of Canada. acres of land. The remaining Please don’t just drive by Princeton on your next trip to the coast, agriculture land is irrigated stop and enjoy all the wonderful art. directly from the Okanagan We receive many emails daily through our office. Those that are River Channel under individual mass email mail outs/form letters, we forward to the appropriate water licenses. Ministries. And, there are hundreds of those on a variety of current The beautiful landscapes, the issues. I understand you wanting to add your voice to many others fruits and ground crops, and on issues that are sensitive to your philosophies and beliefs and the Wine Industry in the South my office is sending them on. All personal issues are dealt with Okanagan would not be possible as quickly as possible, but we are also dealing with Ministry staff who are working from home and things can take a bit longer to get without this system. you an answer. And, we don’t expect everyone to be happy with Thank you to the Town of Oliver the answer either. Thank you to all the local Highway staff who for their incredible management are quick to respond to all concerns from the South Okanagan/ of this system and to the ongoing Boundary/Similkameen. support of all the citizens of Oliver and Area ‘C’ of the The office will be closed August 1-15 for our staff holidays. Please feel free to leave a message as the messages will be checked. Regional District. You can reach us by phone at 250-498-5122 or toll-free at 1-855The BC Legislature continues to 498-5122. Emails can be sent to work through tabled Legislation | August 2020 | Page 5 and Financial Estimates (from


Now over two thirds of the waterfront beach has been closed as a result of the determination made by COSEWIC that the Aster is endangered in Canada. It is important to note that the International Happy BC Day! I am writing this Union of Conservation Nations (IUCN) does not rate the Shorton July 21, 2020. COVID-19 cases Rayed Alkali Aster as endangered. The Aster can be found in a have been increasing in number in very large geographical area ranging from the northern part of the Okanagan Valley over the last 2 Mexico through the continental United States and into the southern weeks. I am sure many people are portion of Canada, including the southern region of the Okanagan concerned for their own and for their Valley in BC. family and friends’ health and safety. The once highly valued waterfront beach has become an unsightly Fortunately, there are things we can all infestation of weed-like plants that have taken over half of the Ron Obirek do to help make our community safer waterfront located at Christie Memorial Beach. The utility and the Director of for everyone. We all can wash our aesthetics of the area have been dramatically diminished. Locals RDOS Area ‘D’ hands regularly. We all can maintain are embarrassed and visitors choose not to return to the once safe physical distancing. We can all try to be mindful of our popular site. The local community is frustrated by what appears to opportunity to prevent the spread of this virus and take positive be a systemic failure in the administration of the Federal Species action like wearing facemasks when in public. We are fortunate in at Risk Act. The original assessment by COSEWIC in 2006 was British Columbia to have excellent healthcare and professionals made on incomplete and inaccurate information. There has been managing our provincial health services. We can continue to follow poor follow-up monitoring and no timely reassessment (as required the advice and recommendation of our Provincial Health Officer under the Act) and no actual action or implementation of recovery Dr. Bonnie Henry. Physical distancing has saved lives in British strategy. Members of both the federal and provincial government Columbia. Thank you to everyone for respecting the health and departments involved acknowledge insufficient funding for the safety rules regarding this very serious health danger. administration of the Act generally and specifically regarding The Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) continues proper monitoring and reassessment. to work on its 4 targeted areas: 1. Investment and Development; Environment Canada federally and BC Department of Forests 2. Communication and Engagement; 3. Governance; and 4. confirm minimal efforts in looking for additional populations of Community Policing, Security, and Beautification. Memberships Aster or any action to increase populations or locations. Both are $5 payable by e-transfer or contact Karen Kruger at departments have stated that no other Aster was found in the last I encourage all who are decade, and when question, admitted that they had not looked. interested to contact Karen Kruger and obtain a membership. Last year at the UBCM, I met with Minister Donaldson and brought Everyone is welcome! The OFCA will be putting on public meetings this concern to the provincial government’s attention. I have in the future. Initiatives include recognizing our area as the “Heart asked for both federal and provincial government assistance in of Wine Country” and improving signage and adding colour responding to this concern. I have also addressed this issue at the have begun. Watch for notices and details in Skaha Matters and RDOS Board table and requested support from the RDOS Board. elsewhere. Thank you very much to the OFCA for excellent work. I am certain that the Aster is not unique to Christie Memorial Park The “Save the Aster Save the Beach” Society is working on Beach. Although, most of us agree that Christie Memorial Park initiatives to identify the more than 10 locations required to support Beach has been and can once again be a magical place - it is an application to COSEWIC for reassessment. Please see not magical in the sense that the Aster cannot grow elsewhere. Skaha Matters for important announcements from the Save the Indeed it grows in 3 countries on the North American continent Aster Save the Beach Society. Also, watch for posters and other over an area that is greater than 1 million square kilometers. The communications in our local community. Aster is officially recorded growing at 2 locations at Osoyoos My next “Coffee with the Director” is scheduled for Monday, Lake, 2 locations at Vaseux Lake, Christie Memorial Beach at August 10, 2020 at 9 am at Christie Memorial Beach. I will be Skaha Lake, and one location at Max Lake (north and west of speaking specifically about the Aster initiative and will help all who West Bench). There are numerous suitable locations from the US are interested learn how to identify the Aster and ideas on where border throughout the Okanagan Valley (including numerous kettle to look. The Save the Aster Save the Beach Society is offering a lakes and ponds) where the Aster may be presently growing. bounty of $500 for qualified new locations identified. I have reports that have been previously prepared by Environment Canada that This is an opportunity for local residents to take action and help identify the 6 locations in the Okanagan Valley. I will discuss a 7th find other locations. The Save the Aster Save the Beach Society is offering a $500 bounty for each confirmed location up to a maximum location that has been identified in our area. of 10 locations. This event has potential as a community building I have authorized budget for the cost of hiring the required Biologist event and more importantly can help us get our beach back. I look to prepare the necessary report in support of an application for forward to speaking with anyone interested in participating. reassessment, which would be presented to the Committee of The July Coffee Meeting with the Director was a success. We were Species Endangered within Canada (COSEWIC). easily able to physically distance and meet and share comments Christie Memorial Beach is a waterfront beach park in Okanagan questions and concerns. I am scheduling our August “Coffee with Falls located on the south shore of Skaha Lake. Not many years the Director” meeting at Christie Memorial Park on Monday, ago it was recognized as 1 of the top 10 Beaches in Canada. August 10, 2020 at 9 am. I encourage all who are interested to Now over two thirds of the waterfront beach has been lost to an please bring your own lawn chair or blanket and your own coffee. unfortunate designation as habitat for the Short-Rayed Alkali Aster I repeat that I will be speaking on the Aster initiative and invite (the “Aster”). all and any who are interested to please attend. I ask all to be Christie Memorial Beach Park is Okanagan Falls largest beach respectful of physical distancing and safety protocols. park with over an acre of soft sand. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches throughout the park for large gatherings. Lush Yours Truly, grassy areas and large shade trees offer visitors and residents a Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | | place to relax and enjoy the views.

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... In 2003, one other fire that should be noted was the McLure Wildfire. This fire caused the loss or damage of 72 homes and 9 businesses. Due to this fire, 3,800 people were evacuated from the small communities of McLure, Barriere and Louis Creek. The fire reached a final size of 26,420 hectares. Besides the Vaseux Lake Fire of 2003, Okanagan Falls firemen dealt with 19 grass fires starting April 11 to October 28. On January 8, 2004 at 8:51 am, an MVA occurred on Waterman’s Hill with the vehicle, a Toyota car, rolled down the hill ending upside down with two occupants trapped. Jaws of life was required to free the patients and a basket had to be used to bring the patients up to the road and transported by ambulance. On January 31, a report of a structure fire came in on Cedar Street. It ended up as a mattress on fire in a basement suite. Two individuals were transported to hospital with smoke inhalation with one patient was unconscious. On June 30, there was a large mud slide by Highway 97 and Oliver Ranch Road. This resulted in blocking the Highway with wash out conditions. The Highway was shut down for several hours. Also on that day, there were 2 MVA’s, one on Green Lake Road and the other on Oliver Ranch Road, both incidents with minor injuries. On July 2nd at noon, we received a call for an MVA on Green Lake Road by the Hawthorne Winery. The car went over a 30 foot embankment with the patient receiving a broken leg. The accident happened at 5:30 am and no one saw the car until noon. On July 6, a report came in as an individual in a wheelchair setting fires by the Red Barn and along Waterman’s Hill. The individual was arrested by the RCMP. This was an odd incident and it was never found out why he was doing it. On July 28 at a couple of minutes to midnight, a call came in of a fire at the gravel pit above Peach Cliff Drive. Upon arrival, we found a Mustang fully engulfed with no one around. With 2 fire trucks and 11 members on scene, they stayed for 2 hours to put the fire out and clean up. RCMP were called and it was found that the vehicle was stolen. On August 6, mid afternoon, a head-on collision occurred on Waterman’s Hill by the bridge with the jaws of life used for both vehicles, a van and a car. 3 fire trucks and 8 members were on scene. One patient had to be helicoptered to Kelowna Hospital. On September 12, a red Chevy pickup with camper rolled over on Green Lake Road. The camper being ripped off of the truck. The driver received minor injuries. During 2004, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department attended 194 calls. To be continued ...

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair The Truck ~ We’re all getting older and feeling it. On cold mornings, it’s harder to get started. We’ve lost a step or two and find it harder to move heavy stuff. The same can be said of our old truck. She’s been with us a long time and given us her best, but it’s time to cut her some slack. We just bought a new vehicle. Our old girl is still in the mix, but with lighter and backup duties. Many thanks to Scott and staff at Murray GM for all they have done to make this truck purchase smooth, easy, and affordable. Our AGM ~ We finally have a date. Mark it on your calendar. Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Senior’s Centre will be our AGM. It’s a few months late, but we wanted to do it right and keep it safe. It’s a good opportunity to meet the board, hear in person what we’ve been up to and what we are planning. Hope you can join us.

We’ve all heard it. Old guy talk. Coffee shop talk. And, just grumblings as to why, especially when we live next to a lake, that we have to follow water restrictions. The answer is simple. Okanagan Falls does not draw it’s water from the lake. If we did, it would be costly. We would have to install a water treatment system, which would skyrocket everyone’s annual water invoice. Safety Tip: One in ten fires are caused by careless use of We get our water through an aquifer. An aquifer is a body of porous kerosene, gasoline or other flammable fluids. Pouring kerosene or rock saturated by ground water. We retrieve this water through gas on wood or campfires is extremely dangerous. our active wells that are scattered throughout Okanagan Falls and pumped to our ratepayers and visitors. At the end of the day, Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? our water supply is not unlimited. The wells can run dry. Be water Paid on call positions available. All training supplied. For more smart and do your part. info, call 250-497-5700 or email Pick up an Washroom ~ Director Obriek and I have had some preliminary application on Wednesdays between 9 am - 12 pm or 7-9 pm. discussions about constructing washrooms in Centennial Park. We’re not there yet. Lot’s more to talk about along with the rest of the board. So, for now, nothing new to go on. Water We Thinking ~ We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~ Thomas Fuller

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Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’

Summer has hit us with a bang. It’s amazing to see the community enjoying Pioneer Park, but concerns have been shared about parking alongside the roadway blocking safe passage for others. Please use the designated parking areas to safely park to access Pioneer Park. There is no parking inside the boat launch area, including the fire lane of the loading areas.

Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning ~ RDOS board has awarded the contract to Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC) for the Park Rill Creek, Horn Creek and Kearns Creek, which all flow through Electoral Areas ‘I’ and ‘C’ and the communities of Twin Many residents came to our first Kaleden Sewer Meeting held at the Gazebo Lakes, Willowbrook and rural Oliver. In 2018, flooding of several in Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 18. Director Subrina Monteith and RDOS areas, including Twin Lakes, Park Rill Creek and Sportsman Manager of Engineering Liisa Bloomfield were present to answer any questions. Bowl, highlighted significant risk to these communities. A regional approach was selected to provide a complete risk assessment Kaleden Irrigation District News to identify vulnerabilities and provide planners with an accurate assessment of social, economic and environmental impacts. By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Dock Regulation Bylaw ~ RDOS is proposing a set of amendments to the Electoral Area Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaws for lakes within the Okanagan water basin. The proposed policies and zoning regulations would be applied to all aspects of Okanagan, Osoyoos, Skaha, and Vaseux Lakes and their foreshores within the RDOS’s jurisdiction (Electoral Areas ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’, and ‘I’). More information can be found on the RDOS website at planning/strategic-projects/dock-regulation-review/

CivicReady ~ CivicReady is the notification system that RDOS uses to notify residents of important information. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so through the RDOS website at www. Using the search option, look for “CivicReady” then select Area ‘I’. Don’t forget to sign up for the notifications you wish to receive. Knowledge is power and CivicReady is one powerful notification system that only works if we all join. Let’s Chat Sewer! ~ Join me for Coffee with RDOS Manager of Engineering Liisa Bloomfield on Saturday, August 15th from 9-11 am at the Pioneer Park Gazebo. This will be the second of two opportunities to ask the lead engineer questions about the project and get the facts on the pre-design prior to the referendum in October. Please practice all safety precautions during the meeting opportunity, as we want everyone to be safe. I’ve had many residents call and ask questions as well or email staff through the website. Information is key, so we are all informed. I will provide coffee and I ask residents to provide great discussion or questions. Public engagement will continue on the project website at www. A FAQ section will be updated with similar questions and answers, as well as costing for the project for each home in the service area. Twin Lakes Public Access ~ As RDOS continues to collect suggestions on what residents would like to see at the public access point on the lake, I am also collecting interested names of residents who wish to be part of the sub-committee of Kaleden Recreation (KalRec). Please email me to get involved. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | | Page 8 | August 2020 |

Carry On Conserving! Similar to last month’s report, June’s cool and wet weather (along with your conservation efforts) resulted in over 53 million liters less water pumped than in 2019. At the time of writing this column, July was finally starting to feel like a proper Okanagan summer, and Kelowna had already implemented additional restrictions on outdoor water usage. Major irrigators are requested to check their systems, as some unnecessarily wet patches have been observed around Kaleden. All users, please continue to follow KID’s Stage 1 water conservation measures for now; Notices will be issued should additional conservation measures become necessary. Are You “Under Pressure” ... ? Do your water pipes bang when you open a tap? Or, has the flow from your taps decreased? Both of these problems can be due to a failing water pressure regulator valve (PRV). As I found out the hard way, high water pressure can result in plumbing leaks, damage appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers, or - as in my case - destroy hot water tanks. All homes will have a PRV adjacent to the main shut-off valve. You should know where these are and keep them easily accessible; seconds count with a major leak! When PRVs fail, high pressures may result. A quick and inexpensive way to check pressures is with a water pressure gauge, available at local hardware stores for around $15. Buy one that screws onto a tap; while most household taps no longer have threaded ends, the gauge should fit the tap for your clothes washer or hot water tank drain. Recommended water pressure in your home is 40-45 psi and should not exceed 60 psi; in Kaleden, water pressures in KID’s mains range from under 30 psi to over 120 psi (KID does not guarantee a specific pressure or flow). High-elevation properties experiencing low water pressure may be able to bump it up into the recommended range by installing their own booster pump system. There are also DIY videos on the Internet as to how to adjust the pressure at your PRV if it is either too high or too low, but best to call a plumber if unsure.

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Kaleden Community Association Update


By Glenda Livolsi For the month of August, enjoy the sunshine, spend time with your family and friends (small bubble), walk or bike ride along the KVR Trail and finish off with a cool swim at Pioneer Park. The Art Raffle Draw was made on Friday, July 24, which was after the deadline for Skaha Matters submissions. The WINNERS of the Art Raffle will be notified and will be announced in the September issue of Skaha Matters. Thank you to all who supported this Art Raffle fundraising event. The proceeds will go towards a park bike rack and a KCA Post Secondary Bursary for a Kaleden student. The Kaleden Committee and Dr. Henry would like to remind everyone to: Be kind, be safe and have a wonderful summer in our beautiful garden of Kaleden! If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via email to

Grant Funding Program DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA? Connect Kaleden residents? Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Bring neighbours together?


Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department August 2020 Tip Annual Garage Sale ~ Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, our Annual Garage Sale for 2020 will not be taking place. We ask that you please refrain from dropping items at the Fire Hall. There is simply no storage for items at this time. Thank you for understanding. Campfires ~ ALL campfires whether in a campground, in the back country or at the beach ... MUST be completely extinguished before you leave. Do not assume your fire is out. Always douse it with water and separate remaining wood to insure it does not reignite with the morning sun or with wind.


Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.


Grant is open to all ages.


Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.


Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.


Grant application may be submitted at anytime to or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0


Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.


FireSmart AllAugust new website for all things Kaleden!Tip

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Neighbours and friends are continuing to work together to Courtesy of the Kaleden Community Association FireSmart and reduce the fuel load on their properties. Great work on Hemlock hauling away 6 truckloads and trailers of debris.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the awesome Tools we have for community use. Call 250-497-8231 (KVFD), leave a message and we will get back to you. Pole saws, duff rake, hand saws - all to make your job easier. Would you like a FireSmart ASSESSMENT on your property to help determine what you can do to be more Fire Safe? Call 250497-8231. We can help.

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By Deb Morrow, RDOS Economic Development Clerk The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre has undergone some changes this year. We couldn’t be happier to introduce our new summer hire, Moriah (in photo below). Moriah is a Grade 10 student from Okanagan Falls. Welcome to the team!

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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator Hot sunny days have arrived, and we are so happy to see businesses beginning to bounce back. Our office complex, the OK Corral, is almost full with tenants! Just that one big space left to fill, and we are working hard with Locke Property Management to find a tenant that will serve the needs of our community. Watch your in boxes, Skaha Matters and Social Media for a survey that is in the works to get your feedback on what YOU want to see in a grocery store. This input from residents is what grocers need to Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, the good work inform the development of a store that will be supported by the of the Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA), and our local community during all four seasons. incredible volunteers, the Visitor Centre hours have expanded The Economic Strategic Plan is nearly complete, creating a vision to 7 days a week! The result is consistent access and accurate and work plan for the future priorities of the economic development information for our visitors. office. High on the list is developing a tourism destination and Things are undeniably different this year for everyone, and ensuring brand, enhancing the existing community assets and attracting that everyone is following the most up to date Provincial Health new development. Okanagan Falls has so many great features, recommendations and protocols for accessing local businesses businesses and opportunities to build on, a collective effort in is a high priority for staff and volunteers. With these changes, we growing what is already working will be huge step in the right are seeing a huge interest in cycling, hiking and exploration on direction. trails with outdoor enthusiasts visiting us daily for directions and Area ‘I’ and Area ‘D’ are both partnered in the “Visit South Okanagan” tourism initiative, which has recently launched its website. Check out, which is actively promoting the entire South Okanagan as “The Okanagan you remember” with a nostalgic marketing campaign that reminds people of simpler times and slower paced enjoyment of all the valley has to offer. If you are active on social media, watch for the #visitsouthokanagan and #visitokfalls hashtags and remember to tag your posts! Page 10 | August 2020 |


As businesses begin to open, visitors are able to spend a bit more time in the area, enjoying a slower pace to wine tastings, outdoor bistros and lazy days on our beautiful beaches. We hope that everyone has a positive and safe experience while enjoying our beautiful community. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre is active on social media. Please look for us and like us on Facebook: @visitokanaganfalls and Instagram: Okanagan Falls.

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Act, The Small Vessel Regulations, Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations, Collision Regulations, Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations and Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemical Regulations. It is the vessel operator’s responsibility to obey these rules and regulations or they may be issued a notice, voluntary fine, or court appearance. Everyone operating a pleasure craft is required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card that can be obtained by completing an accredited course and exam that you can find online or again by visiting the Transport Canada website. Also, check out horse power restriction for operating powered vessels for persons under 16 years of age. For example, no one under 16 years of age can operate a personal watercraft, something we often find occurring when out on our routine boat patrols. Finally, if your vessel is powered by 10 horse power or greater motor, you require a registration and registration numbers on your vessel. You need to carry a copy of this vessel registration on your vessel, just as you would your vehicle registration in your vehicle. It must be produced upon demand and you can be issued a fine, if you can’t produce it or your boat is not properly registered. Again, information on how to register or change the registration for your boat is on the Transport Canada website. Wishing everyone another season of Safe Boating! For more information, contact Transport Canada ( or the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300.

Boating and water sports appears to have become even more popular as a result of the COVID-19 limitations on where we can go and what we can do for our vacations. Boating is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and maintain social distancing. Thus, it is a good time to remind everyone of their responsibilities when operating a water craft. First of all, there needs to be a life jacket or personal floatation device for everyone on board your craft. And, while you are not required to wear the floatation device, it is recommended that you do so. Common sense should tell you it won’t do you much good in the event of a boating incident stowed under a seat or in a storage compartment. Red Cross 2006/2007 10 year Drowning Report found that almost 90% of the 180 Canadians (on average) who die every year in boating incidents were not properly wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device. Nearly 70% capsized or fell overboard from a small open boat. Boaters are required by law to have other safety equipment on board depending on the length of their vessel. You can find out what is required for your vessel on the Transport Canada web page (Google “Boat Safety Canada”) or by picking up a boating guide that is usually available at most marinas and boat sales lots. However, there are a few items that you should carry regardless of your size and they include: a manual bailer such as a pail, a Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police paddle, a sounding device such as a whistle or hand held horn, Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or a 15 metre buoyant heaving line, a water tight flashlight, and if you have a motor, a fire extinguisher is always a good idea. There Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic - Okanagan Falls are inexpensive kits that you can buy that contain everything Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. 250.497.7808 mentioned, except the fire extinguisher. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12 Medicines Surgery Vaccinations Operators of pleasure craft are governed by the Canada Shipping

Okanagan Falls Community Association Update


By Matt Taylor, President Some things take time ... After 8 or more major studies and a number of surveys over the past decade, a Plan for Okanagan Falls is evolving. Most of the material has been brought out in earlier studies - on numerous occasions, in many cases!


“The Plan” I’m referring to is the 2020 Economic Development & Recovery Plan. This is a 3-year work plan for the vision, economic development and Covid-19 recovery for the community of Okanagan Falls. It is intended to be used by not-for-profit associations, RDOS staff and Board of Directors, and the community at large. This Plan charts the strategic direction of Okanagan Falls, and is designed as a key engagement document for local residents, business owners, investors, local community organizations, and RDOS staff and elected officials. It’s also a call to action for all stakeholders in Okanagan Falls, to contribute to the economic fortunes of the community.

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The Short Rayed Alkali Aster is listed as a “species at risk”. You can see it in full bloom during July to September on Christie Memorial Beach. Help us find more locations and we can bring our beach back.


Okanagan Falls has suffered from a gradual economic decline and Covid-19 has exacerbated this trend. This Plan is intended to reverse this trend and build momentum in the community. The 7 overarching goals, developed with consideration of the mass of earlier work, discussions with the OFCA Board and feedback from a public webinar: • An attractive community for young families; • Continued business support through recovery; • Understand infrastructure challenges and plan for the future; • Inform residents on governance options; • Identify a community brand and continue to build Okanagan Falls as a tourism destination; • Downtown improvement and beautification; • Build on community amenities that are already a strength. The Plan is being put forward to the RDOS Board for consideration later this month, and in due course, adoption / acceptance. Any group that would like to discuss the Plan with its members, is invited to contact myself or Vice-President Karen Kruger via email to Hope the summer is going well for everyone!


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Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer! By Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, “Let’s Finish It” will step in and assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Below is a kitchen renovation, where removing a wall made a huge difference.


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

“Stay & Play” at St. Andrews By-The-Lake

Either driving through, staying the night, or playing a round of golf at St. Andrews By-The-Lake consistently leaves a lasting impression. The golf course and residential areas are pristine and welcoming. The staff and residents do an exceptional job keeping their area clean and well cared for, showing great community spirit. In fact, residents of St. Andrews take pride in ensuring that their section of White Lake Road (between their north and south gates) is clean of debris to the best of their ability. The course is full of weeping willows surrounding the lake, which provides a wonderful scenic challenge. Your putting skills will be tested by the contoured greens and the three holes with water hazards. The signature #7 hole, a 165-yard par 3, requires an accurate tee shot from an elevated tee to an island green. You can also stay at St. Andrews By-The-Lake. Each rental suite comes with a queen size bed and bar fridge and features brand new bedding. Patio areas outside each room open to views of the golf course. Email or go to Winner of a Silver Award for best nine-hole golf course in the South Okanagan in 2019 and 2020, St. Andrews offers guests and members alike a memorable golfing experience. Their clubhouse features an expansive deck that offers a stunning view of the golf course and surrounding hills. St. Andrews By-The-Lake is recognized by its members, guests and the industry for the high quality of its golf course and services. Call 250-497-5648 ext 2 to book a tee time. What a great example of “Building Community Spirit”! Let’s all do our best to make our neighbourhoods leave a lasting impression to those that drive through or stop to take in the view. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to

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By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator Did you know? We have a resident mosaic artist in our community. Robin Irwin is volunteering her expertise and talent to support your Parks and Recreation team in creating a permanent art installation.

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A mosaic is a piece of art that is composed of many tiny treasures or tile. To make a decorative object into a mosaic, you tile the surface, much like you would a backsplash. From afar, mosaic art glistens with an impressive array of colours and patterns. Up close, the intricacies involved are unveiled. We welcome you to come together in your family or social bubble to create a circular piece that will form the bigger project. Each circle will be monochromatic (one colour scheme). We supply the basic tile, board and glue. You can add little treasures, sea shells, jewelry or broken pottery that you collect. To learn more about participating, contact Janet Black via email to or call 250-497-8188.

Thanks to the local community members who volunteered to send in their concerns on the slippery surface of the Spray Park at Kenyon Park Beach. Thank you to the parks staff, who completed the resurface project immediately. This popular cooling off oasis is a ‘must do’, especially when the temperatures start reaching close to 40˚C. Thanks to everyone involved for keeping us all safe.

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Drop-in parent and tot classes. Partner up with another family, if you wish! Please contact ‘Devonne’ directly for details and registration. 250-488-7863

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A Holistic Approach To Cancer Prevention And Integrative Treatment By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health How can Naturopathic and Functional Medical doctors help patients prevent and treat cancer? Evidence is clear on the following; with optimal nutrition, sleep, proper exercise, avoidance of toxins, and stress management, much chronic illness, including cancer, can be avoided. Also, once cancer has been diagnosed, natural therapies can reduce and often eliminated the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, improve the outcomes of these therapies, and improve the way the body, brain, and immune system function to better the odds of a full recovery. Essentially, Naturopathic therapies help to improve quality of life and often quantity of life as well. In a President’s Cancer Panel report prepared in 2008-2009 (www. “Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now?”), it was concluded that 95% of cancer is primarily caused by 4 factors: air pollution, water pollution, chemicals in the diet, and ionizing radiation from procedures such as X-Rays and CT Scans. This is astounding information considering that it is not well disseminated throughout our communities and very little effort is put towards education about cancer prevention. Screening helps, and we have done a fairly good job in that respect, but lowering toxic load and educating about toxins is rarely discussed. So as individuals, it is up to us to become self-educated and do as much as we can with our own personal lifestyles to prevent chronic illness, including cancer. Research going back to the 1950’s shows that cancer mortality and morbidity can be lowered significantly with detoxification treatments such as Chelation Therapy. EDTA chelation is an intravenous therapy that is a proven method of removing toxic metals from the body such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. For instance, a Swiss study that ran from 1959-1976 with 239 patients had an outcome of 1/59 (1.7%) patients who practiced chelation regularly died from cancer (at least 10 treatments), and 30/172 (17.4%) who did not practice chelation died from cancer. That’s a 90% reduction in cancer mortality with EDTA! Incidentally, as a side benefit, death from atherosclerosis was also reduced. Today, we understand the mechanisms at work here much more thoroughly and are able to test individuals for toxic metal accumulation before and after treatments. We also now know that EDTA chelation lowers blood glucose levels, as well as bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, often resolves joint pain, and improves energy, mood, and sleep. An Oncologist, Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega, MD has presented his Cancer therapy findings from research done in his clinic. For example, he had 61 stage 4 cancer patients follow exclusively a holistic detoxification program, which included

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250-497-6681 chelationokanagan both intravenous chelation and intravenous Vitamin C, along with ozone hyperthermia and meditation. After 3 weeks of doing these treatments 5 days per week, he recorded a response rate of 72% (both tumor and symptom response). After the initial 3 weeks, patients continued to do the therapy for 5 days per month. After 18 months, out of 33 patients 2 experienced a full resolution, 6 a complete response, and another 6 a partial response. (MarcialVega, Victor. Retrospective Review of a Detoxification Program in the Management of Cancer. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group presentation. Tampa, Florida. April 2002.) These and other studies and clinical research have shown that detoxification protocols, including intravenous therapies, can be a valuable adjunct to conventional therapies. It is always recommended that patient’s follow prevention to the best of their knowledge, and follow the advice of an Oncologist once cancer has been detected. Regular cancer screening is a valuable tool in detecting cancer early, which allows for a better prognosis. In addition to EDTA Chelation, Intravenous Vitamin C has been extensively studied and proven to be safe and effective for significantly lowering the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, boosting the immune system and tissue integrity throughout the body, and providing anti-cancer effects through the production of pro-oxidants, such as hydrogen peroxide in tumors. Other therapies work by various metabolic mechanisms, such as improving mitochondrial function and energy output. This helps our healthy cells to work better and the cancer cells to do poorly, since they can effectively be starved of fuel. Alpha lipoic-acid infusions are an example of a metabolic therapy that has helped turn around very difficult to treat cancers, such as liver, pancreatic, and brain tumors. Along with diet and lifestyle measures, these more advanced therapies allow many cancers to be prevented and/or managed without having to suffer horrific side effects from

chemotherapy and radiation, nor the terrible anxiety that can occur over the sense that you are powerless against the disease. Holistic care focuses on repair, regeneration, and health optimization as much as it does on eliminating cancer from the body. A healthy mind and body are powerful tools in any disease, and should not be overlooked in your overall cancer care. I have provided only a handful of studies that support environmental medicine as a viable and effective addition to current Oncological treatments for cancer. Many more are available upon request. I strongly urge individuals to learn and practice as much as they can about prevention and if a diagnosis of chronic disease occurs, seek the help of a well-educated Naturopathic Doctor for advice about holistic, effective therapies specific to you and your disease. You can contact Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681 or find out more at The Natural Family Health Clinic is now located at Unit 8B, 5350 9th Avenue (Highway 97) in the OK Corral in Okanagan Falls. References: Blumer W. and Cranton E. Chelation Therapy with EDTA. Journal of Advancement in Medicine. Volume 2. Numbers 1/2. Spring/Summer 1989 Carr AC and Cook J (2018) Intravenous Vitamin C for Cancer Therapy – Identifying the Current Gaps in Our Knowledge. Front. Physiol. 9:1182. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01182 Berkson, Burton M., M.D., Ph.D. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (Thioctic Acid):My Experience With This Outstanding Therapeutic Agent . The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 13, 1st Quarter,1998

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner National Relaxation Day seeks to promote stress relief by practicing relaxation. Relaxation is critical when it comes to managing stress. It can also lead to a calmer and clearer mind that can assist in concentration and positive thinking. National Relaxation Day is August 15th. Reducing stress is very important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are feeling stressed, but often the reasons for being short-tempered, irritable, depressed, anxious, indecisive, can all lead back to issues of underlying stress. Stress can affect us physically as well, with headaches, upset stomach, sleeplessness, tension in the neck, shoulders, face and/or jaw. There are many things that we can do to reduce the stress in our lives. Massage, yoga, meditation, exercise, aromatherapy, spending time in places, and with people, you enjoy. If you’ve never had a massage before, a chair massage is an easy, wonderful experience. You sit on a comfortable massage chair, you do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We offer three 15 minute routines; the most popular covers the neck, upper back, lower Photo by Emily Jalava back, arms and hands. There is also a head and face routine and a legs and feet routine. These routines are an excellent way to relieve built-up stress, relax the muscles and rid the body of harmful toxins. Massage increases blood circulation thereby providing more nutrient-rich blood to all parts of the body. People who get massages regularly are far less prone to illnesses as compared to those who don’t. Chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state and your sense of well-being and happiness. Creative Wellness Solutions is able to provide services during Phase 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of our weekly locations. Please call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment. Gift certificates are always available. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com, where you can find more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.

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Twin Lake Trivia Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society How much do you know about your community and surroundings? 1) First Nations traveled to this area to gather medicinal herbs. What is the English translation of the First Nation’s name for this area? 2) Why did the first European settlers, the Greens of the Upper Twin Lake Ranch, come from Keremeos to the Upper Twin Lake via the White Lake Valley - the trail they took was along what is now Highway 3A and then into the White Lake Valley just south of Yellow Lake? 3) Which birds are harbingers of spring at Twin Lake? a) Western Meadowlarks b) Western Bluebirds c) Lazuli Buntings d) Sandhill Cranes e) all of the above f) a and c g) b and d 4) Why was the name Twin Lake, the original survey name, given to the lake? 5) What human action(s) cause erosion and damage to the Riparian Areas? a) removing shoreline vegetation b) construction c) foot traffic d) upland area construction e) all of the above f) a and c g) b and d 6) From 1937 to 1974, how many ranches were around the Twin Lake?

a) Spade Foot b) Osprey c) Rattlesnake d) Gopher Snake e) Racer Snake 14) Twin Lake is part of a waterway with a creek that runs only with the snow melt. The creek reaches Upper Twin Lake from about the end of April until the end of June in wet years. In dry years, the Creek may not reach the Upper Twin Lake. What is the name of the creek that feeds the Twin Lake? 15) The Twin Lake Area is home to wildlife protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) including, “Over ____ rare and endangered plants, and over ____ wildlife species (which) have the potential to occur within the study area, based on the available habitat types and geographical location. a) 100 / 90 b) 200 / 120 c) 45 / 60 d) 90 / 100 16) Besides water, what is so special about the Horn Creek Watershed?

7) How many animals were killed / estimated to be killed on a 12 17) What kind of very large trees are in the Horn Creek Watershed km stretch of road in the White Lake basin over a 4 year period Old Growth Forest? between April and October? 18) Can we see all of the Twin Lake Waterway? a) 2,500 / 7,500 b) 250 / 750 c) 25,000 / 75,000 d) 25 / 75 8) What is the primary cause of animal / vehicle collisions? a) too many animals b) texting c) speed d) enjoying the scenery 9) Why did the melting glacier send water from Horn Creek in two directions? 10) The Western Painted Turtles are the only native pond turtle left in BC. Why do they cross the road? a) to get to the other side b) to lay her eggs in a choice nest spot c) to enjoy the heat from the road surface d) for a better food source

13) Without this protected animal, rodent populations would soar and some predatory birds would go hungry. This animal has become threatened due to habitat destruction, urban development, disease, persecution and especially vehicular impacts. It is a ... Page 18 | August 2020 |

Answers: 1) Valley of the Healing ^; 2) Laidlaw Mountain was tight to the Yellow Lake edge making it impassable just as Parker Mt. was at the edge of Trout Lake; 3) e; 4) In the spring of wet years the lake was one lake, but with hotter dry weather the lake split to two lakes leaving an Upper Twin Lake and a Lower Twin Lake; 5) e; 6) 3; 7) a *; 8) c *+; 9) It met Parker Mountain and split; 10) a; 11) e; 12) snow melt; 13) c *; 14) Horn Creek; 15) d; 16) It contains a designated Old Growth Forest; 17) Cedars; 18) No, it is an over & under round waterway.

12) What is the source of the water which flows into the Twin Lake area?

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11) The Western Painted Turtle can live up to ____ years, if they are lucky enough to avoid predators and road mortality. a) 10 b) 20 c) 30 d) 40 e) 50

Fresh Produce At H&L Farm Stand By Lily Yang We are so excited about more and more ripening produces on the farm like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, and squashes, and corn later in the season. Of course, our beloved strawberries are back finally in August. And, we still produce yummy oyster mushrooms. Come by our Farm Stand to check out everything or “like us” on Facebook at “PhytoFun - H and L Farm”. Our regular weekly veggie box is $30 or $120 for the monthly plan. A large weekly box is also available at $40. A few locals came to purchase a box from us as a wedding gift, which I think is a great idea. We also offer beautiful cut flowers for all your special occasions. Email us at to order a bouquet for your loved ones. If you are a honey lover, please come to our Farm Stand for a jar of local honey. Our bees forage wild flowers right here in Okanagan Falls. We are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4-6 pm until October. We are located at 1644 Highways 97 south of Okanagan Falls. More information is available on our website at Stay healthy and hope to see you all at our Farm Stand.

Water Lilies By Michel Destimauville Monet was so captivated by water lilies that he built a water garden on his property and spent hours painting his Nymphaeas. Similarly, it was my love of these plants that propelled me into the water gardening world. At one point, I moved my family from a lakefront property to a more spacious location, so that I could have more space to grow my cherished lily pads. What is so special about them? Well, to me a pond is not really a pond until it has water lilies. They conjure up feelings of tranquility, maybe because the pads lay so perfectly flat and still on the water. And, the actual flowers, which evoke pure beauty, have a mystical quality about them. Their perfectly symmetrical cup-like rosette petals of pure delight face the heavens like an offering. And, if that is not enough, bend down and let your nose take in the exotic perfume which can carry you into another world fit for goddesses. Other than their pure aesthetic qualities, water lilies also do a great service to your pond by providing much needed shade. The reduced sunlight dampens the growth of algae and the leaves also offer natural protection for the fish. Some creatures use the pads for a landing, while others lay their eggs on the underside. Hardy water lilies come in several shades of red, pink, white, yellow, and peach. The plants originate from a tuber which grows horizontally, sending roots down while leaves and flower buds rise to the surface. This tuber not only grows larger in diameter, but it also grows lengthwise quite rapidly. That is why one of the secrets to growing the amazing plants successfully is to give them a lot of horizontal room. Water lilies are heavy feeders; that means that they will not perform unless they receive a lot of fertilizer, either from fish wastes or by you feeding them every spring. They also prefer lots of sun and calm water, if you want them to bloom profusely. We at Skaha Water Gardens are always happy to show you how to best tend to them, so they will be the showy stars of your pond. Then you can sit by the pond and quietly slip into Claude Monet’s world.

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Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066

Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 2 - 6 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm We are happy to announce that the Kaleden Library is OPEN for “Browse and Borrow”! Our current OPEN hours to the public are: • Tuesday Open 1-5 pm • Thursday Open 2-6 pm • Friday Open 1-5 pm All returning library material can be placed in the OUTSIDE Book Drop, which is located to the right of the front door entrance to the library. The Book Drop is open 24/7. All library material being returned to the library will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours.

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886

Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Phase 3 Re-opening: Browse & Borrow The Okanagan Falls library branch is re-opened to the public. We are very happy to see you all again. This phase requires us to have safety measures in place for you and our staff. During this phase, patrons will be able to ... • Enter the library, • Browse our collection, • Use computers, and • Borrow materials To borrow materials, we are encouraging use of our self checkout. Come in and we will be happy to teach you how!

For children in our area, we recommend our online version of our It is mandatory that all patrons sanitize their hands when entering Summer Reading Club. There are lots of online programming the library, prior to browsing. We are limiting the number of patrons features we think you will love! Summer Reading Club is for kids in the branch to a maximum of 4 at a time. One internet station is ages 5 to 12. open for public use, with 15 minute intervals. Please respect all the signs and remember to socially distance to 2 metres apart. If you have any questions, please ask your librarians Glenda or Lynn. Summer Reading Club is virtual and FREE for all preschoolers, elementary, middle school and high school students. Look for contests on our website, as well as to register online, at www. We have lots of great prizes this year, including a telescope! Wonderful virtual programs for August include: Tour the Universe; Let’s Dance; Bees We Love; Learn to Juggle; Wildsafe Rangers; Alien Slime & Soda; Newspaper Moonbase; and Read! Write! Create! Care! For more information on these programs offered at the Kaleden Library, please call 250-497-8066 or email at


SRC Online Events ~ Learn something! Try something! Do something! Sign up for our free online Summer Reading Club! Keep track of your reading online and earn a medal! Register online at Look for contests on our website or on our library window! To enter Okanagan Falls Library contests, just come to our library and take a picture of the contest window. Then email your answers to SRC Challenge Tracker ~ Challenge yourself this summer by being inventive, creative, and active. If you are up for the challenge, you could win a GRAND PRIZE! We also have fun summer programs for pre-schoolers and teens. Check out the Summer Teen Challenge for ages 13 and up. Check out Summer Reading Blast Off for kids ages 0 to 5. Wishing you all a beautiful August! Lynn Warfield (Okanagan Falls Community Librarian) For more info on these programs at the Okanagan Falls Library, please call 250-497-5886 or email


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Audiobook Reviews

The Comet!

By Kilmeny MacMichael

By Tom Landecker

Double Indemnity ~ Written by James M. Cain and narrated by James Naughton. MP3 Audiobook runs for 3 hrs 17 mins. This classic tale of murder, lust, love and double crosses was first published in 1936. An insurance agent gets involved with a seriously bad news femme fatale, and arranges for her husband to meet with an “accident”. Efforts to fool the insurance company and collect the life insurance money are derailed. If you’ve seen the movie (also available from the library), know that while it honours the spirit of the story, the novella’s ending is not the same. The two diverge about two-thirds of the way through. The Big Kahuna ~ Written by Janet and Peter Evanovich and narrated by Scott Brick. MP3 Audiobook runs 7 hrs 8 mins. This is, as I expected from Janet Evanovich, a fun story. Part of the fun is how unbelievable and out sized the story becomes, never taking itself seriously. An FBI agent and her wacky team, which includes an attractive con man and the agent’s father, tracks down a tech tycoon who has holed up in a hippie encampment in Hawaii. He’s hiding out, because it seems some people, including a couple of unfortunate hit men, are trying to kill him. An online influencer makes sure she gets good ‘selfies’ of her butt, a ‘wizard’ provides the explosive tools necessary to shoot down a helicopter, and our hero takes a luge ride through a hail of bullets. Occasional obscenities are used. Crime Scene ~ Written by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. MP3 Audiobook runs 9 hrs 44 mins. Our hero is a coroner, who is initially skeptical when a woman tells him her father has been murdered - it looks like an accidental death. However, she is ... persuasive, and as he starts to become more and more interested in her, he also becomes more interested in the circumstances of her father’s demise. This was essentially “brain popcorn” - it kept me entertained, but by the time it reached the denouement I’d sort of lost track of the plot and didn’t really care about the solution to the crime, which I’m not sure I understood. There were a few laughs, a few obscenities, and it was over all an enjoyable if not particular serious listen. The Sentence is Death ~ Written by Anthony Horowitz and narrated by Rory Kinnear. MP3 Audiobook runs for 8 hrs 39 mins. The second in a new series. This novel follows an author who is working on a TV series and is drawn into a murder mystery. He is determined to solve the mystery before the private detective he is contracted to write books about solves the case. A divorce lawyer has been killed and a mysterious number has been left painted on the wall at the crime scene. A snobby writer who looks down her nose upon our hero is a prime suspect ... this mystery novel is told in a humorous entertaining style. A few obscenities are used.

We have a visitor, Comet Neowise, from the very furthest reaches of the Solar System. The comet swept by the Sun on July 3rd. At the very end of July and in the early days of August, it comes close to the Earth (as close as 150 million kilometres) and it will give us a nice show. Look just under the Big Dipper, to the NorthWest, one hour after sunset. With a good dark sky, you will see the spectacular tail (and look at it with binoculars). Don’t miss it: comets don’t come by very often. This one is predicted to return, in about 6000 years. Comets are dirty snowballs; the Sun’s heat boils off some of the snow and the dirty bits form a beautiful tail, lit by sunlight. This comet should be visible through August, but will gradually fade as it travels far from the Sun. On the night of August 12th, the Earth will pass through the debris left behind by an earlier comet. This event, the Perseid Meteor Shower, happens every year at this time. Stay outside for half an hour and you are sure to see a few brilliant shooting stars. Tiny pieces, the size of a grain of sand, run into the Earth’s atmosphere, are heated by collision with the atmosphere, and glow white hot. We see the flash of light as they burn up. The show will get better after midnight, because then we will be on the side of the Earth facing in the direction that the Earth moves in its orbit, the collisions are more intense, and you will see even more bright flashes of light. And, since I’ve kept you up after midnight, look for Venus, rising in the East a few hours before the Sun. On the morning of August 13th, Venus will be as far ahead of the Sun as it ever gets. After all that, you should sleep well! Early in August, look for the planet Jupiter in the South-East just as it’s getting dark. Jupiter is bright, and white. Unlike a star, it doesn’t twinkle unless it’s very close to the horizon. With a good pair of binoculars, you can see the moons of Jupiter, three or four bright dots near the planet. Saturn is not as bright as Jupiter, but is visible a little lower in the sky than Jupiter. Full Moon is on August 3rd. By August 20th, Mars will be rising in the South-East just after 10 at night (a little later if you have a high Eastern horizon). Compare the colours of Mars and Jupiter - you will see that Mars is quite orange in comparison. That’s the colour of the surface, red dust. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee The Board announced the new administration appointments for the upcoming school year. Travis Bond was appointed as the Principal of Wiltse Elementary School. Marci Butler was appointed as the Vice Principal of Princess Margaret Secondary School. Dustin Hyde was appointed as the Vice Principal of Indigenous Education.

Linden Gardens

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At the June 22, 2020 School Board Meeting the following items were discussed: •

Jenny Mitchell reported on the After School Sports and Arts Initiative and what it consisted of during COVID-19. Over 100 activity packages were sent out to participating families with 130 students participating. Students participated remotely with their families. They were involved in cooking projects, art projects and games. The program currently involves students from Parkway, Giants Head and Carmi. Next year, Ms. Mitchell hopes to expand the program to include SLMS and Queens Park.

Madi Willms reported to the Board on “Mental Health and Well Being Grants”. Ms. Willms presented on an after school wellness program that occurred last year. Students from PMSS participated in various fitness activities, such as drum fit, meditation, yoga, weight lifting, etc.

The Board unanimously passed the 3rd reading of the 20202021 Annual Budget Bylaw for $71,706,544 as presented by Eileen Sadlowski.

The Board unanimously passed the Ministry of Education 2020-2021 Capital Plan as presented by Doug Gorcak.

Doug Gorcak updated the Board on the proposed Transportation revisions for 2020-2021. Mr. Gorcak indicated that the online registration will likely occur in Fall 2020. This will be managed by current staff to minimize the costs.

We are not opening the Café this year, but the Garden is Open 7 days a week from 8am - 4pm. The admission is Free! Bring a picnic, if you wish. The Ideal Location For A Getaway To Enjoy Nature!

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

By Brad Nunes Doug Gorcak updated the Board on the Summerland Gym Project. The Board directed Mr. Gorcak to proceed to the Hey there folks! KPAC is hoping everyone is having a fun and safe summer. Lots of people have been enjoying the park and beach planning phase of the project. • Acting Superintendent Manual reported on the Framework now that we have some hot weather to enjoy. While enjoying the for Enhanced Student Learning. He reviewed how schools heat, let’s all remember to “Slip, Slap, Slop”. No, that isn’t the name transitioned to remote learning. 400 digital devices were of a bad 80’s Hip Hop band. We want to keep sun safe by Slipping provided to students to support remote learning for families on a shirt, Slapping on a hat and Slopping on some sunscreen. So no, we aren’t wrestling greased up pigs, just keeping weird moles who did not have access to devices. at bay. • The Board reviewed the 6 year completion rate data for 20192020. The data revealed a drop in school completion rates We also want to remind folks to heed the advice of our wise Dr. Bonnie Henry. Keep physically distant when out and about. Wear overall. masks when you are forced into close quarters. Keep your bubble In July 2020, the Board is going through the hiring process for small and tight. And above all, it puts the sanitizer on its skin or a new Secretary Treasurer. We will announce the successful else it gets the Phase One again! That last one might be getting applicant via a news media release when a successful applicant confused with the classic movies I’ve been watching, but it sounds is hired. pretty close. In closing, the re-start for 2020-2021 school year is dependent Anyway, enjoy the summer! We are all waiting with bated breath on how well things go regarding COVID-19 over the summer. to see what the fall will hold. Regardless, KPAC knows there is an The Ministry of Education and Public Health Officer will provide amazing community supporting us. Cheers! direction and information to School Boards in August. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal •

Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding the above. DE













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Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden

Summer Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Many students enjoyed 3 weeks of reading lessons and outdoor recreational activities in our Summer Reading Programs. Thank you to Ms. Keyes, Ms. Souch, and Mrs. Walker! Enjoy the rest of the summer everyone.

Mason Beehive Building By Ben Davidson, Local Beekeeper Mason bees are a wonderful addition to our backyard gardens, farms and orchards. They are efficient pollinators that are native to BC. Mason Bees provide more pollination per bee than Honey bees and require way less maintenance. Additionally, they don’t sting, so they are a great bee to invite into your garden. As a fun family project, you can add your own wood Mason beehive to your house in a couple of easy steps.

How to make a wood Mason Beehive: What you’ll need ... •

Block of untreated wood that is 8-10 inches long. Longer or shorter is fine, but you’ll just have to change the size of the holes you drill depending.

Drill with a 5/16 inch bit. This size is quite important, as Mason bees have a specific hole size they like.

Paint if you want.

Steps to take ... 1.

Using a drill press with a 5/16-inch drill bit, drill holes up the length of your wood block, just as deep as it will go. If you don’t have a drill press, you can use a cordless drill to drill all the holes. Just keep your holes far enough apart to avoid crossing them over by accident.


Either way, put no more than 25 holes in any one house (to avoid confusing the bees), and stagger them around the block. Staggering the holes will help the bees not get confused.


If you happen to drill through to the back, just be sure to add a back piece so the bees are protected. The male bee larvae are laid at the front, and the females are laid at the back. Drilling deep nesting tubes protects the larvae from birds and the elements, making it more likely that the boys make it out alive to mate with the girls in the spring.


After you are done drilling, bang out the saw dust and hang up the hives facing the south.

Extra Notes: •

If you want you can paint the front of the hives, this will allow the bees to orient more easily.

If the bees find your hive on the first spring you put it up, it will take the bees around 2-5 years to finish using the hive. The holes in the hive will then be filled with mud and dead larvae, rendering the hive unusable to the bees. After around 5 years, I would recommend either burning the wood or washing out the hive holes.

Providing Mason beehives doesn’t necessarily increase the numbers of Mason bees in your area. Mason bees do not have a hive instinct, which means that they may fill out one or two holes in your hive and then fly off to somewhere else with better flowers. | August 2020 | Page 23

Powered By The Sun At Stag’s Hollow By Erin Korpisto, Sales & Marketing Manager Sustainability is important to us at Stag’s Hollow Winery, and it includes everything from land conservation and pest management to responsible water usage and efficient energy use. Our buildings are already heated and cooled geothermally, from air temperature to tank temperatures in the cellar, and we’ve just taken one further step by installing phase one of our solar panel system. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of construction noise around the wine shop as we’ve had solar panels installed over our south-facing deck that overlooks the hollow. Thank you to all who have endured a tasting experience during the noisy time. These panels now provide electricity to power the wine shop and offices (phase two will power the cellar), as well as providing a covered space with some respite from the hot Okanagan sunshine, where we are offering our tasting experiences this season.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

What does a Board Director do? There are numerous

resources for helping Board Directors learn what it means to be a Director on a Board. And because of this, the information can seem overwhelming. At a minimum, you must like working with other people, and within a team, and you must have a passion for the mission of the organization. Since each Board differs in their culture and approach to governing, if you are interested in helping out in this capacity, then the best way to learn what a Board Director does is to give it a try. When you join the Board, let them know this is your first time as a Board Director. You may be surprised at all the support you will receive. Other things you can do: • Learn about the organization’s mission and mandate from their website. • Attend one of the Board meetings as a guest. Tell them you are interested, but want to learn a bit more first. • Ask to speak to other Board members and ask your questions. (How often does the board meet? Does the organization have director’s liability insurance? How is conflict managed? What are the greatest issues facing the organization?) You’ll find more Board Resources such as these at http:// For more information about how our tastings are working this • Primer for Directors of Non-Profit Organizations summer, or to make a reservation, please visit our Wine Shop • Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Charities and page at If you have any questions Non-Profit Organizations or special requests, please feel free to contact Erin directly at 250- • 20 Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should 497-6162. We are located at 2237 Sun Valley Way in Okanagan Ask About Fiduciary Duty Falls. We hope to see you for a visit this summer. • Board Governance Resource Guide

SOSVC Volunteer Opportunities: Critteraid

Critteraid is seeking volunteer help for: Charity Shop, Cat Sanctuary, Pasture, Handy Person, Outdoor Yard, Administration, Social Media, Dimes Notice Rescue and Odds and Ends. To Volunteer at Critteraid contact Andrea at

South Okanagan Owl Rehabilitation Centre

Owl Rehabilitation Volunteer - Youth over 19 are welcome: Volunteers are needed for: 1. Bird Care: feeding birds; administering medication; giving fresh water and cleaning cages daily; charting the bird’s file and cleaning the clinic area. 2. Rat Care: giving fresh food and water daily; cleaning cages and charting new litters. If possible, please apply through the online application at www. For inquires and info on the application process, please contact Dale Belvedere, Manager, at

Stone’s Throw Nursery Come and see us for a great selection of Shade Trees, Fruit Trees, Evergreens, Shrubs and Perennials. Call or email us any time!

Summer Hours ~ Open 9-12 Sat & Sun

2346 Sun Valley Way Okanagan Falls


who are interested in providing organizational and governance support to the Access Centre. Plus, reception/administration help is needed on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Until September 2020, to Volunteer, please contact Andrea at

University of Victoria Self Help Program

Volunteer Health Coaches ~ Health Coaches provide a dimension of support that complements and enhances professional health Visitor Information Centre - Okanagan Falls care; they do not provide medical or clinical advice or treatment. Volunteer Help Wanted Who are the coaches? The Health Coaches are trained volunteers The Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre welcomes from all walks of life who share a passion for giving back to the volunteers of all ages and offers on-going training and opportunities community. Coaches may have chronic conditions or have loved to experience the best Okanagan Falls has to offer. Our team is ones living with chronic conditions, and have a keen interest in committed to providing a fun, supportive and rewarding volunteer working with people living with chronic conditions. They have environment. Customer service is at the forefront of this role; successfully completed an online coach training, which includes providing a remarkable experience to guests, encouraging them coaching skills and self-management strategies. to stay longer or book a return visit to our area. Volunteers will During the coaching period, Health Coaches will receive regular also help stock brochures, handle occasional light cleaning duties, support from the Program Coordinator and will be invited to attend and assist with inventory. educational updates on major chronic health conditions. Please contact Deb at or 778-515-5520. To volunteer, contact Christine Bramwell, Program Coordinator, at or 604-946-0521.

Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society is inviting nominations for Board Directors for 2020/21.

Interested in taking on a leadership role to help seniors? PSDICS is seeking diverse Director candidates who: • Are current PSDICS members OR intend to become members by September 1, 2020. • Are of solid integrity - trustworthy and honest. • Are committed to success in enhancing seniors’ lifestyles. • Will participate in strengthening and transforming our organization. • Have the gift of time for a working Board. • Are willing to use personal skills and resources to advance our organization. Please contact Joy at or 250-492-6214. Read the full description at under browse opportunities: PSDIC Director AD - LISTING for SOSVolunteer Centre - June 2020.

Okanagan School of the Arts

Interested in supporting local artists? The Okanagan School of the Arts is seeking Board Directors to help lead the society. To volunteer, please contact Kim at

The Penticton & District Access Centre

The Access Centre connects people in our community with the support, services and resources they need to move their lives forward. The Penticton Access Centre is seeking talented board members

South Okanagan Brain Injury Society

The South Okanagan Brain Injury Society is seeking Expressions of Interest in serving on the Board of Directors. Documents are available at the SOSBIS office or at Board Member Expression Of Interest. Volunteers are also needed for helping clients with using Zoom technology. Please contact Linda at to volunteer.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society

The Volunteer Centre is checking in with our registered volunteers via phone calls. We have engaged volunteers to contact other volunteers. If you would benefit from sharing and connecting with like-minded volunteers, or if you would like to participate in Wellness Checks, please contact us. Let us know if you have “Virtual Volunteering Skills” you would like to help with. Register on the SOSVC Website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Be sure to “Like Us” on our SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information. Before volunteering, read “The Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19”, which is found on our webpage. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered Charity and part of a network of 200 National and 40 Provincial Centres that monitor volunteering. For more information or to speak with a staff member, email or call 1-888-576-5661.


Kaleden Seniors Committee Update



By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Once our beloved Dr. Bonnie Henry announced we were moving into Phase 3, KSC enjoyed the opportunity to gather in a socially distanced way. Lunches were delivered for small groups to enjoy together at people’s homes. Here are a few photos from these delightful - and much needed - gatherings.

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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.

Kaleden Cameos

Guests at the lunches were challenged to some word puzzles. See if you can solve these ones (answers at the bottom):

During the pandemic, Thursday’s Cards & Games continued to meet on a weekly basis via Zoom. In July, the group met in person and enjoyed reconnecting. Regular gatherings (either over zoom or in person, if permitted) will resume in September.

As we move into August, we hope to see you around Kaleden and look forward to when we can begin gathering in person on a regular basis. Stay healthy! 1. Mind over matter 2. See-through blouse 3. Long underwear 4. Reading between the lines DE
















E. N. M. Vernon

One of the early additions to the Kaleden Community was one Eustace Nigel Maule Vernon. He was sent to Kaleden in 1928 by the Kaleden Estates, the English Company that owned about 250 acres of orchard which had been abandoned during the Second World by the original development corporation. Starting in 1929, Mr. Vernon began replanting, tending and selling the orchards and much of the land north of the old post office was planted under his direction. He remained as manager and as an active community worker until he died in November 1943. He was looked upon by the kids in the village as an old crab, since he objected to the winter sleigh riding down Lakehill Road which made the hill unusable by motorists, at least for a much longer period of time than it would have been normally. He lived in a small home on a five acre orchard, which he had purchased and planted for himself just south of the Petrocan station by Highway 97. When he passed away, he left his home and orchard to the community of Kaleden; the proceeds to be used to build a Community Recreation Centre for the children of Kaleden, much to the surprise of those same children who called him a crab, who were now considerably older. This was the financial and inspirational boost which encouraged the village to build the present Community Hall. In his Will, he stipulated that the boys and girls were to have the use of the hall without any charge. Perhaps, we should think about renaming the hall the ENM Vernon Memorial Hall in recognition of his generous gift. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson The H&M Thrifty Boutique has been doing very well. They are following all the Covid-19 rules relating to retail. Mask wearing and handwashing are part of the fun. Manager Noreen has planned a Big Bag Sale for August. Yup, it’s time to thin out the summer stuff and make room for fall and winter stock. Same rules apply. Purchase a bag for $5 and then fill it full of stock. Did Ja know? Next March, the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute would have celebrated their 100th year in Okanagan Falls. The organization was started in Canada by Adalaide Hoodless, a young housewife in Ontario. After she had an infant son die of TB from unpasteurized milk, she realized the importance of informing women of necessary procedures to keep their families healthy. Once started, the organization spread across Canada, then on to Britain and around the world. For many years, there has been a representative of the Women’s Institute sitting in the United Nations. The first event organized by our Women’s Institute was a concert. The Penticton Philharmonic Orchestra was set on a barge and floated from Penticton to Okanagan Falls down Skaha Lake. The town was invited to the lake shore and listened to the concert there. You might even say that was the first “Music in the Park” way back in 1921. They were a busy bunch. They felt the need for a community building, so they built one. The old Alexandra Hotel that sat on the lake shore was being torn down. The WI purchased the lumber and had a community building built on Willow Street, where the Red Barns sits today. That was where they held their meetings, dinners, parties, and celebrations for years (weddings, christenings, birthdays, returning vets after the war, etc.). They

sold the old hall, then in the 70’s it burnt down. Many of the original members brought their daughters, who later became members. They in turn brought their daughters, so the membership consisted of generations of families. Another project was providing a Library for the town. The first Library was in a private home. They were the push to get the community room and industrial kitchen built onto the school. They purchased the Bassett House from the Amusement Park and had it moved to its present site, thus requiring a historical group to look after it. So, the Okanagan Falls Museum and Heritage Society was born. They continued to serve the community for 95 years. There were books given to Kindergarten graduates, bursaries for high school graduates, serving cupcakes on Canada Day, and let’s not forget the great Christmas Bazaar held in the school gym year after year. At each Bazaar, a hand made quilt was raffled off. Many of those quilts are still in the community and treasured by those who won them. The last contribution of the Women’s Institute to the Okanagan Falls community was the Band Shell in Centennial Park. It took quite a while, but they got it done. At some point, we had hoped to have a sign on the Band Shell with the name “Women’s Institute Band Shell”, but that hasn’t happened yet. The town of Okanagan Falls is a better place today, because the Women’s Institute was a part of it for those many years. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, Vice Chair

Hope everyone is keeping socially distanced. If you have a loved The South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS) will be holding an one that is alone during this time, please be sure to keep in contact Open House on Thursday, August 20th from 4-6 pm, to present with them. It’s always comforting to hear a friendly voice. our proposed plans for Phase 2. The Open House will be at Open Hours ~ We will be open 7 days a week starting at 2 pm. South Skaha Place lawn/parking lot. Food and beverages are planned and social distancing will be adhered to. Tentative plans Everyone is welcome! and proposals will be presented. Stop by and see what is being Yard Sale ~ Saturday, August 8th from 8 am - 12 pm. Held in proposed for Okanagan Falls. the Legion Parking Lot. Volunteers would be greatly appreciated We are tentatively making arrangements to hold our Annual to help move tables. If you can help, call Bev at 250-809-5537. General Meeting in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym on Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, August 16th from 8-11 am. Thursday, September 17, 2020. Social distancing will be adhered Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. to. These plans could change on short notice. More information Adults $6, children $3, and those under 3 years of age are FREE. will be announced in the September issue of Skaha Matters. Max 50 people at any one time allowed inside the building. The SSHS Board of Directors are looking forward to improving our Meat Draw and 50/50 Draw ~ For now only on Saturdays starting community and are excited about the upcoming proposal. at 4 pm. Food will be served. Maximum capacity is 50 people. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served their country. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

The above rendered drawing is from Highway 97 looking north, putting the existing building behind it and closer to Skaha Lake.

Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President It took a while, but it would seem that summer finally decided to show up - at least on an intermittent basis. However, the next two weeks look more like Okanagan weather.

Where is your Happy Place? For our members and guests, it’s good times at our local Legion. Meet Dave at Okanagan Falls Branch #227 - Ready for bar service.

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton

That said, don’t go running around as though all is well. Every time somebody throws a party it seems like we get another spike of viral infection, which is the last thing we need after these few months of restricted activity. It won’t go away if we keep spreading it by lack of attention to our surroundings and the people in them. We’ve been doing a really good job compared to other areas of the world. So, don’t get in a hurry and mess things up. I was grocery shopping the other day and people just kept coming up right beside me. When I moved away, they looked at me like, “what’s your problem?” So I told them and the majority said, “Oops I forgot, sorry!“ We can’t afford to forget ... it could be terminal.

Our Lions Club members are all okay as far as I know and we’re Thank you to all the ladies who have submitted a number of looking forward to our meetings starting again in September. In the their favourite recipes for our upcoming Cookbook. We are now meantime, everyone keep well and enjoy your summer ... safely. compiling, preparing for printing, followed by binding. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, September August 3, 4 & 5 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 2nd at 1 pm. At this meeting, our new Cookbook will be available - 5:30 pm (opening for the Blood Donor Clinic only). The Canadian for view, and then for sale. Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. We are holding a Meat Draw along with the Branch on Saturdays To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or at 4 pm. Further activities will be readdressed in September. call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. We continue to wish a safe and healthy summer to all our LA If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439Members and their families. 2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. Page 28 | August 2020 |

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NOW HIRING! ~ The Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society is seeking an individual to assist with Bingos and Music. This person will be hired under contract for a period of September 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021. Hours of work will vary according to program times and dates, but shall not exceed 27 hours per month. Preference will be given to interested individuals who are members of the Society and residents of Okanagan Falls. A full job description is available by contacting Vice President, Linda Rich, at 250-497-8713 or by email to

The Green Cab Is Growing By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services On a snowy November day of 2003, Balraj (a.k.a. Raj) Gill arrived from India to Penticton to join his beautiful wife Harjinder. Today, they are a family of four - they have a 16-year-old son and a sixyear-old daughter. “There were two things that shocked me when I arrived - weather and culture”, admits Raj. “Time passed ... the snow melted and I embraced the local culture”, he adds with a smile. As many newcomers, Raj started learning English at the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS). Now, SOICS is one of his customers. Raj has always loved to drive. He felt that driving around the area would help him learn more about the land and the people, and driving with other people would help him improve his English. With all these reasons in mind, he decided to become a taxi driver. Notwithstanding his rich driving experience in India, he had to go through the licensing process from the very beginning. It took him three years to get a driver’s license of the class that he needed. Once he did, he started working as a cab driver. After ten years of hard work and continuous business planning, his dream came true. On December 25th, 2017, Raj opened the doors of Eco Taxi. Why “eco”? All the vehicles in the fleet are hybrid Toyota Prius ecological and economical. It was important to Raj to make sure his business is environmentally friendly, and to build a reliable team. “I have a great crew”, Raj proudly states, “they are hard working and friendly, and I can always count on them.” The bright green cabs are well recognized in Penticton and soon could be flagged in other areas of the region. The company has a mobile app, “Penticton Eco Taxi”, that you can download for free from your favourite app store. It allows you to pick a vehicle type, see your journey map and when your cab is coming, and even schedule your trip in advance. “Penticton is home for me. My family is here. My mom lives with us. My brother lives a few hours away. And, Eco Taxi cars are driving around, making me happy”, says Raj.

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Where Can I Travel ... Today? By Vi Creasey

As a Canadian living in British Columbia, if I wanted to travel today, July 19, 2020, where would I be allowed to go? Traveling during a pandemic is definitely not the same as prior to the pandemic. Previously, you could spin your globe, stick in a pin and say ... “I am going here!” Not so easy today. This article will tell you where you can travel as of July 19, 2020, but please remember that the list changes constantly, and to get the latest information, you can call Reliable Travel. Today, living in BC, you can travel within BC, Alberta, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. At this time, you are not required to self isolate when you return back to BC. You can travel to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia; however, there are restrictions in place for these provinces. You cannot travel to the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador. There are 23 International countries that are on the Canadian Government’s travellers list at this time, including Mexico, Greece, Germany and Sweden. A couple of the major countries not on our most current fly list is anywhere in the United Kingdom or the United States. However, if you travel to any international destination at this time, you will be required to self isolate for 14 days upon your return to British Columbia. So, should you be planning your next trip? At Reliable Travel, we would say, “Yes!” There are many specials out there right now, and the prices are good. Also, the cruise lines and tour companies are much more flexible than in the past. There are many companies that are giving you refundable deposits and final payment is much later than in the past. Also, in this time of uncertainty, travel insurance is always a good way to protect your vacation. “Cancel for any reason” insurance is definitely skyrocketing! Reliable Travel has put together a Greek Islands Cruise for October of 2021. This is an amazing itinerary and if the Greek Islands is on your bucket list, we would love you to join our group. This cruise also has a refundable deposit, and final payment isn’t until July 2021. We can also offer you a payment plan to help you budget this trip, and if you do it now, the trip will be paid for before you leave Canada. Please call us at Reliable Travel for all your travel needs. We are here to help you plan your dream vacation. Also, if you like, we can do this planning in the comfort of your own home.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - Live!

The Kaleden Church is gathering outdoors in our parking lot, located across the street from the church building, on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. You can bring a lawn chair and sit socially distanced or remain in your car and tune to 93.1 FM. Please check our website,, and our Kaleden Church Facebook posts for updates and changes. Church In The Gardens ~ Please join us for a socially distanced service at Linden Gardens on Sunday, August 30th at 10 am. Help us welcome our new Pastor, David Ohori, his wife Carmen and 3 of his 6 grown children. Come enjoy the gardens. Everyone welcome. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

Kaleden Community Church is pleased to announce the arrival of

DAVID & CARMEN OHORI David is taking on the role of Pastor at KCC. We are so excited to welcome them and three of their children to Kaleden.

Okanagan Falls Community Church - Live!

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am We are open for services with a maximum of 50 people allowed inside, while following social distancing practices. Speakers: August 2, 9, 16 & 23 is Jon Manlove. August 30 is Liz Knibbecke from Young Life. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church - On Line!

Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10:00 am. Church at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further information, please visit our website listed below. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! For local members, phone the church office for latest updates. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line!

Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Facebook! Ask a local member for the Facebook page, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

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Flowers to ... and a convoy of semis filled with flowers and a big thank you to everyone who made my last day of work a memorable one. I am lost for words. Best wishes always. ~ From Rose Mah of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Skaha Matters. Hello from Ecuador! Just a shout out to everyone in the South Okanagan. My wife and I want to wish everyone a safe Covid-19 experience. We were long time residents of Okanagan Falls and a long time member of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. We retired and relocated to Ecuador 3 years ago, where we now enjoy 12 months of summer. We love reading Skaha Matters online, as it keeps us informed of all matters back in the Okanagan. Thank you for the online information and keep up the great work. ~ From Rusty & Eileen Chartier of Ecuador Flowers to those who followed social distancing, hand sanitizing and sign in rules at the Legion’s Yard Sale in July. This event was so successful that we’re planning another one for August 8th. ~ From Elaine Chernoff & Bev Van Uden of Okanagan Falls Page 30 | August 2020 |

David and Carmen Ohori, along with only some of their 6 grown-up kids, are excited to start a new chapter of their lives in Kaleden this summer. They have lived in various parts of BC and Alberta over the past 22 years of marriage. With some of their kids attending UBCO, and family sprinkled throughout the Okanagan, Carmen and David will be making Kaleden their home base. David has pastored for almost 15 years and is finishing up his Master in Counselling Psychology. With his degree, he hopes to open a part-time counselling practice in the future. Carmen is a Certified Parent Coach, Child-mindfulness Practitioner and is working on a Child and Youth Care degree. Together, they love hiking, music, family-time and hanging out with friends. They are excited about becoming a part of, and contributing to, the Kaleden community. Flowers to the community of Okanagan Falls for their support during our Canada Cheer Parade on June 27th. We had so much fun, despite the weather, and people were so happy to see us. It was very encouraging to see all of you and it was fun to give away so many swag bags. The smiles and thank you’s made it all worth it. Thank you to Janet Black, Nancy Wigley, Lorne & Sharon Davis from Okey Dokey Karaoke and their lovely granddaughters, Athena and Victoria, for your participation and joy! Thanks to the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen for their Neighbourhood Small Grant. ~ From Heather Jackson of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to those that park in the turn around area at the boat launch in Okanagan Falls. Trailers are unable to turn to put boats in the water when vehicles are parked there. Bigger Fish Heads to those who park in the “Vehicles with Boat Trailers Only” area. We have an awesome new dock and launch, which is becoming even more popular. Please pay attention to the signage in place! ~ From Brenda Allan of Okanagan Falls

Blood Donor Clinics August 3, 4 & 5

1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St Call 1-888-2DONATE or It’s in you to give!


Annemarie was born in Berlin in 1937 into a family of 8 siblings. She was the one who had to look after three younger sisters and also do most of the housework. In 1953, she finished a 2-year apprenticeship as a sales lady. That same year she met her future husband, Gerry, in a dance hall. Shortly after, Annemarie took over his mother’s shop when she suddenly passed away. In 1955, they married, (Annemarie was just 18 years old), and in 1956 left for Canada with Gerry’s sister. The young couple lived an interesting life to say the least. They arrived in Ontario to settle down and started a family after six years. Almost from the beginning, selfemployment was on their mind. It was retail business, as well as tradesman work that kept them busy. But, thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, they moved on to Alberta and later to British Columbia, where they had their third addition to the family. With all that moving around, Gerry and Annemarie still found time to do a lot of camping and traveling all over the place. Not only did they do their thing across Canada several times with their camper-truck, but also explored the States and Mexico. As if this wasn’t enough, they took ocean voyages to Europe, Australia and even lived in South Africa for nearly two years, with their 3 children mostly by their side. By now, the children grew into adults and are spread out all over British Columbia, while Annemarie and Gerry had picked Okanagan Falls to live for the next 9 years. And, it’s been some good years. Annemarie was a mild mannered person, easy to get along with, and loved by every one. She was a good wife and mother to our 3 children. It would have been our 65th Wedding Anniversary in October this year. She went with me through “thick and thin” and without ever a complaint. Her hobbies were garden work, crossword puzzles and knitting warm footwear for the whole family on holiday events. We are all going to miss her dearly. ~ Gerry Final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services



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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos Credible Cremation Services was created with one thought in mind. To offer families the one place they could turn to for the most reasonable price for a simple cremation, without feeling obligated to purchase extra options that do not fit in with their requirements. It is a difficult enough time for families, when a beloved family member has passed away, without having to feel pressured. Credible Cremation Services is available 24 hours by telephone or email, to answer any questions that may arise, whether it be regarding a recent death, or information on pre-planning. Appointment only for office arrangements at the moment, because of Covid-19. Any questions? Call Lesley at 250-493-3912. During this difficult time, we can only stress the necessity for everyone to observe and practice the recommended guidelines. Please, wear a face covering while out in public, particularly while in our stores. Sanitize or wash your hands and surfaces frequently. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. Keep safe. It is always sad to have to announce the passing of friends and neighbours.


Rowe, Sherley Jean, late of Osoyoos, passed away in Oliver after a long battle with cancer. Sherley was born on a boathouse on Harrison Lake of parents Emil Klaudt and Jessie Vance. Her enjoyment was found in baking, gardening and frequenting local yard sales. Left to mourn her passing are Kathryn, Richard, James, Sandra and Calvin. Ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. “We love you momma. You will be greatly missed.” Final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services

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The Short Rayed Alkali Aster is listed as a “species at risk”. You can see it in full bloom during July to September on Christie Memorial Beach. Help us find more locations and we can bring our beach back.

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