Skaha Matters August 2022

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A Baker’s Dozen By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters Here we are with 13 years now behind us. I am very honoured to have reached a “baker’s dozen” in providing Skaha Matters to our local area. It was August 2009 when the first issue of Skaha Matters was delivered to all residents in the South Skaha area. I would like to thank all the advertisers over the years for their monetary support, as this paper wouldn’t exist without them. I would also like to thank all the content contributors who continually keep us updated and informed. Finally, a big thank you to our strong readership who faithfully read this newsletter each month. Up To Date Weekly eCalendar! Sign Up Online

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Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan - West Kootenay

Happy BC Day! As British Columbians, we have so much to be grateful for in our beautiful province. May your summer be spent safely with friends and loved ones. Have a splendid BC Day out enjoying the lakes, rivers, and mountains that make this such a wonderful place to live. Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca

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Our Ironman Aid Station Is Back By Michael Livingstone & Heather Jackson, Co-Captains From 1984 to 2012, Ironman was part of Penticton and the South Okanagan/Similkameen. Then, it was gone ... and now, it’s back! The Ironman race is on Sunday, August 28, 2022. There will be a Bike Aid Station in Okanagan Falls. Volunteers will be needed for the morning from about 7 am until about 11 am. Then, there will be the tear down, clean up, and return of all equipment to Penticton. Let’s show the world what our volunteers can do! Any person wishing to volunteer can do so by signing up and registering online at https://ironman.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=59967. At the top of the page where it says, “Have a password?” Enter it here:”, please use the password “OK Falls”. This will allow you to select our group’s volunteer position. Scroll down again and fill out the personal information before submitting the registration. The swim and run portion will take place in Penticton only. Should you require more information on the bike aid station, please contact us at OKFallsironmanbikeaidstation@gmail.com.

Special Notice - Ultra520K Canada 2022 Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1

Once again, over the August long weekend, the South Okanagan and Similkameen will play host to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: Ultra520K Canada. The organizers of Ultra520K Canada would like to give notice to all the residents of Okanagan Falls and area that at the time and dates above Okanagan Falls will be hosting the event for all three days. Only 19 athletes are taking on this challenge representing Canada, USA, France, Spain, South Africa, and Australia. Two of the oldest athletes are women at 63 years of age. Susan Evans from Penticton and Paula Rochman also a Canadian from Ontario. Stephen Sanderson a firefighter from Chilliwack is planning on doing the 84 km run in full firefighter gear as a fundraiser for Chron’s Colitis. We would love to see a good crowd cheer him on. Organizers will be closing 8th Avenue for set-up starting at 4:00 am on Saturday, July 30 and ask that residents have their guests park in other areas and leave 8th Avenue open. PLEASE DO NOT PARK OVERNIGHT from Friday, July 29, as vehicles may get blocked in by the set-up. Spectators are invited down to watch the Opening Ceremonies at Christie Beach starting at 6:15 am. The Swim Leg starts at 6:30 am. The Swim Course (10 km) consists of 2 loops 5 km long. Please be aware of swimmers and their escort crafts during the race time frame and please use Skaha Lake with caution. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. After exiting the water, athletes will then run to the bike compound located on 8th Avenue and start the Bike Leg of the race. Spectators can watch the departure of the athletes all along 8th Avenue. Christie Beach will be cleared as quickly as the possible once the last athlete is out of the water, which will not be later than 12 noon. Other course changes have taken place to allow each day to begin and end in Okanagan Falls, except Day 2 Bike, which will begin in Penticton. The finish of each day will be on 8th Avenue at Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls. Day 1 Bike Course (149.6 km) ~ The course starts from the 8th Avenue bike compound, and loops back to Okanagan Falls after passing through Oliver, Osoyoos and completing the Richter Pass Loop to Keremeos and then back to Kenyon Park, as it has done for all previous 20 years. Day 2 Bike Course (276 km) ~ We have redesigned the course, utilizing as much of the original as possible. This includes a loop down to Osoyoos and back, up Green Lake Road to Twin Lakes, then an out and back section that takes them to Bromley Rock near Princeton and then return to Okanagan Falls for the finish at Kenyon Park same location as Day 1. Day 3 Run Course (84.4 km) ~ Consists of a 28 km looped course which will be run 3 times. Beginning and ending at Kenyon Park. The course utilizes Maple Street/Oliver Ranch Road, McLean Creek Road, and Eastside Road. We expect our first athlete to finish: Day 1 (July 30) at approximately 1:30 pm, Day 2 (July 31) at approximately 3:00 pm and Day 3 (August 1) at approximately 3:00 pm. Anyone wanting to access the Sun and Sand Resort, please follow the signs which will be displayed directing traffic to the resort through the shopping centre parking lot. Also, watch for the athletes and crews on the roads in and around Okanagan Falls and please consider coming over to the park to cheer these athletes on. For further information on Ultra520K Canada, contact Race Director, Steve Brown, at 250-809-1798 or visit www.ultra520kcanada.com.


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By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Canada Day. What a blast! After over two years of exhausting COVID challenges, people were certainly ready to gather again and celebrate. From Kaleden Community Day to Oliver’s Canada Day breakfast to Osoyoos’ Cherry Fiesta, it feels so good to be back together with friends and strangers alike.

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Recently, I’ve been honoured with more opportunity for me to spend more time in our communities, such as setting up at a local café in Osoyoos for an open opportunity for people to drop in for a chat, visiting some local farms and hearing their visions for regenerative agriculture, or listening to our wineries share their view of regulatory challenges that they want to see addressed. We had a chance to hear from Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre about the good work they do for our area, and have spent a significant amount of time talking with local government, doctors and other health care professionals, and other stakeholders about how we help turn the tide on the challenges with ensuring that our residents have good access to primary care services. It’s great to properly get into these discussions in-person, and in-community.

Speaking of community, our legislative community and our province is set for a change with Premier John Horgan’s recent announcement of his intention to retire as leader. His leadership in the 2018 Floods and his personality were a big part of why I chose to put my name forward to serve our communities in the BC government. John’s humanity and authenticity will always be remarkable and admirable to me for someone in a position such as his, and while I’ll be sad to see him moving on, I’m so impressed with what he helped accomplish in his time as our leader. Under John’s leadership we saw schools and hospitals built, child-care made more available and affordable, a crackdown on real estate speculation, real movement in the fight against the climate crisis, a massive change in how we manage disasters, diminishing costs for families by eliminating MSP and slashing ICBC rates, and so much more. Thanks for giving so much of yourself for BC, John. With summer - and heat - finally upon us, being aware of wildfire risk is critical. Yet another wildfire near Lytton showcases this. Please report signs of wildfire to 1-800-663-5555 (or *5555) or via the BC Wildfire app (check it out!). Also, Ember the Fox (that I saw out and about on Canada Day) taking up the baton as the FireSmart BC mascot is a good reminder of how to mitigate fire risk near our homes, such as moving debris away from your home or riskreducing landscaping to mitigate yard fires. You can find more about how to be FireSmart (and Ember) at FireSmartBC.ca I’m thrilled to have more time and fewer pandemic restrictions this summer to allow for more community conversations and look forward to continued traveling all across the riding. For future opportunities to engage (events or otherwise - I’d love to have a chance to talk) please watch social media (rr4mla) or our MLA newsletter!

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 2022 GENERAL LOCAL ELECTIONS NOTICE OF NOMINATION Public Notice is given to the electors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen that nominations for the offices of: Electoral Area Director: Electoral Area “A” (Osoyoos Rural) - one to be elected Electoral Area “B” (Cawston) - one to be elected Electoral Area “C” (Oliver Rural) - one to be elected Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls) - one to be elected Electoral Area “E” (Naramata) - one to be elected Electoral Area “F” (Okanagan Lake West/West Bench) - one to be elected Electoral Area “G” (Keremeos Rural/Hedley) - one to be elected Electoral Area “H” (Princeton Rural) - one to be elected Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex) - one to be elected will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows: By hand, mail or other delivery service: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

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RCMP Community Report Block Watch

Interest in the above initiative has increased lately, as communities try to come up with solutions to reduce crime and unwanted activities. Block Watch or Neighbourhood Watch were very popular programs in the 80’s and 90’s. However, times change and so do solutions and initiatives that address crime. With Block Watch, neighbours came together and organized a group usually consisting of a Block Watch Coordinator, who liaised with the police and oversaw the operation of the program. If the area was large, you could have Area Coordinators and then Block Captains and then the Block Watch members who all reported to the Block Watch Coordinator. The whole goal of Block Watch was and is for neighbours to watch out for one another, and to report suspicious activities and persons in the neighbourhood. By doing this, it was hoped that it would help to reduce crime and/or the fear of crime in the neighbourhood. This does work. It worked then and it works now. However, part of a successful Block Watch is being home to watch. Studies showed that if you and most in your neighbourhood were home to “watch” and thus participate in Block Watch, that crime really was not an issue. However, studies also showed that in areas where everyone in the neighbourhood were away for work and school during the day and thus no one home to “watch” and participate in Block Watch, that these areas were more susceptible to crime. In other words, where you had Block Watch was not really where you needed it to prevent crime. However, the principles of Block Watch are still valid today. Get to know your neighbours, lookout for one another and record and report suspicious person and activities. Most people today just don’t have the time or desire to organize into such a structured Block Watch format as before. Today, many find it easier to exchange phone numbers or emails with neighbours to keep each other informed of unwanted activities and people in the neighbourhood. Some even form a Facebook Group solely for their neighbourhood to keep everyone informed. Others meet once in awhile at an individual’s home to discuss concerns in the neighbourhood. Keeping a watch out for one another, communicating with one another and reporting crime are still a great way to help reduce crime without a fancy title or organization. If you need more information on Block Watch, you can contact me at 250-770-5684. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Summer At The Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre By Nikki Panagiotopoulos Curious about Okanagan Falls? The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has all the information you need to know, and more! Stop in for the best hikes, bikes, and climbs in the area, and ask about any special events and other exciting news that’s happening. You can also see our events calendar on our website at visitokfalls. com/events. You may notice the visitokfalls.com website has had a makeover. Updates will be ongoing throughout the summer, and we will see a fully revamped website by September. Stay tuned! The VIC’s staff and volunteers got to go on their first familiarity tour led by Karen at Grape Friends Wine Tours. It was a great way for everyone to get to know the company and become experts about the products. It was an excellent tour with knowledgeable guides, with a very personalized touch! Grape Friends can take up to 6 people per tour, and it’s a great outing if you are curious about the extensive and award-winning list of wineries we have in Okanagan Falls. Call Karen at 250-328-2008 or email grapefriendstours@ gmail.com to book a tour! The VIC will be participating in familiarity tours with local wineries each spring, to be able to give the best information possible. Interested in telling us a little more about your company? Set up a familiarity tour with us, so we can let all our visitors know about the best of your products and services. New summer student, Megan Donesley, will be working to help communicate how Okanagan Falls is a must-see location, due to its accessibility for all kinds of people. She is an accomplished student with lots of knowledge about accessibility, and we are excited to communicate what that means for our visitors. Keep an eye on our social media! You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok with the username “VisitOKFalls”. Our Visitor Information Centre is located at #2 - 5350 9th Avenue in the OK Corral Mall. You can reach us by phone during our open hours at 250-497-6260. Visit our website at www.visitokfalls.com.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair For RDOS Area “D”

A Sign Of Summer ~ What a nice surprise! The Irrigation District was recently contacted by the folks that sponsor Music in the Park about erecting a sign on the band shell for the summer showing of Music in the Park. We are pleased to have it hang around for the season. A great summer time addition to the band shell and Centennial Park. Special thanks to all the band shell volunteers and Marla Wilson. A Visit From The Teacher ~ In my world, a visit from the teacher The Area “D” Services and Boundary meant nothing but bad news. A week or so ago, I had a visit. It was Configuration Study committee from our student for the summer Luke Beertema’s teacher, Miss recommendation will be reviewed Chloe who is with Okanagan College. She showed up to grade Ron Obirek by the RDOS on July 21, 2022. I the OFID as to how we were involving Luke in our system for the Director of will provide a further update in my summer. In the past, some employers have not really used the RDOS Area “D” September Skaha Matters article. students as the program has intended. The school now drops in Congratulations to local business “Junk in the Trunk” for receiving and just wants to make sure that the student for the summer is a Gold Medal for 2022 from Penticton Now “Best Of”. actually doing work they were sent out for. In our case, irrigation. I was meeting with Grant Henderson at the Bassett House and Not picking up garbage, not weeding, not being given all the Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum site recently. Grant has ‘Mickey Mouse’ jobs that our operators would like to pass off. In excellent vision and ideas for the heritage site with significant plans our case, we got a good grade. A couple of A’s all around. Luke for improvements that in some cases will be restoring some key has jumped in to put his skills together with our operators. We features of the site to their more original style and design. He has have sent him a course or two to help him along with for the rest plans for some new signage and increasing visibility and viability of of the summer. A good visit from the teacher and a good report the attractions featured. As part of his plans, he mentioned to me card to us. that he is looking for an older heritage object like an old tractor or Conversion Update ~ The summer months are usually dry. waggon or farm equipment that could be donated to the museum Activity and many of our meetings tend to dry up as well. Staff at on loan or permanently for presentation on the south west corner the RDOS, as well as our employees, are all taking well deserved of the site. If anyone in community is aware of such an object and time off. This means that some of the conversion mandates have would be interested in discussing same further, then I urge you had to take a summer break as well. We are still on track for a to contact Grant Henderson at the Okanagan Falls Heritage and January 1st take over. Our staff have are already been in contact Museum site. with the RDOS regarding what comes next. There will be more to Grant Henderson is also now running “Music in the Park”. come in the next few months. This is still a work in progress, and I Congratulations on a wonderful July 1, 2022 Canada Day event will keep you up to date and informed.. and all that Music in the Park is doing in our community. It’s really Wet Spring. Dry Summer ~ Let’s not be fooled that just because great to see people out again and return to more vibrant activities we had a really wet spring that we don’t need to worry about the summer. The furnace has already fired up and in the next few in Centennial Park. My next “Coffee with the Director” meeting will resume in weeks the heat will be turned on. We all still need to do our part September. There will not be one held in August, as we all enjoy in keeping our water consumption under control. One valley. One these lovely summer days and evenings with family and friends. source of water. Let’s all work together. In the meantime and as always, I welcome telephone calls and Water We Thinking ~ “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein emails to listen to any concern or just to share ideas. Happy BC Day. I am writing this article on July 19, 2022. Hopefully, nothing changes too much by the time it is published. Summer has been wonderful. People are out again enjoying the parks and the beaches and visiting friends and family.

I hope everybody has an enjoyable summer. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area “D” Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Colin Pickell Summer is here! If the weather isn’t a dead giveaway (and really, it hasn’t been), the increased volume of traffic on our roads sure is. Unfortunately, more cars and trucks driving through town means more motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s). When someone dials 9-1-1 for an MVA, it triggers a series of responses from different emergency services. Our fire department is usually first on-scene, followed by paramedics and police, and often a host of others from tow trucks to Fortis electric to AIM Roads. When our trucks and crew arrive at an MVA, our first priorities are to make the scene safe and attend to the medical needs of any injured parties. For us, it’s a lot like walking into a movie theatre ten minutes after the movie has started. We need to quickly establish who the main characters are and what has happened in the story up to the time of our arrival. We need to get as much information as quickly as possible to determine where to direct our resources. Is the scene safe for our crew and the people involved? Who is in the greatest need of medical attention? What are the greatest risks to the scene: leaking fuel? Downed power pole? Approaching traffic? Is anyone still trapped in a vehicle? What additional resources do we need? Quite often we get a lot of this information from witnesses and bystanders, but it can be a challenge to separate out the bystanders from those involved, and to clear the area of cars that weren’t involved to make room for emergency vehicles. It’s important that people stop and help when an incident occurs, but it’s also important to think about parking a safe distance away from the incident to give responding crews clear access. This will help us do our job when we arrive. Thanks, stay safe on the roads out there and have a great rest of the summer! This month we responded to: medical first response - 22; MVA’s 2; grass fire - 1; marine rescue - 2; alarm - 1; burning complaint - 1.

Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President Summer Has Definitely Arrived ~ Hopefully, everyone is enjoying some time with family and friends by the lake. With luck, care and good fire management, the community and residents can perhaps have a carefree summer. Okanagan Falls Worst Kept Secret? If you’ve STILL not heard, perhaps you should check your STANDING with the local rumour mill. Still Standing, CBC’s hit comedy series starring Jonny Harris will be filming in and around Okanagan Falls in mid-August. First suggested by a community resident some 3 years ago, RDOS staff and OFCA volunteers had an excellent fact-base to demonstrate that Okanagan Falls is “STILL STANDING”. We look forward to celebrating the community’s history, characters and stories with humour and respect - to entertain and inform the rest of us. Stop The Press ~ On July 21, the RDOS Board voted strongly in favour of recommending to the Province that an incorporation study be carried out on the area recommended by the RDOS Area “D” Services and Boundary Configuration Study. Noted last month, that area is summarized as the survey’s ‘Option D’ with some modifications. More information at rdosregionalconnections.ca. What Do YOU Think? Is traffic control adequate to maintain safety for pedestrians and vehicular traffic - at the rightangled 90˚ corner on Highway 97 in the middle of Okanagan Falls, or are improvements warranted? This is the corner with flashing lights by the Interior Savings Credit Union. We want to hear from you. Send us an email detailing your thoughts/experiences to okanaganfallscommunity@gmail.com.

Music & Market In The Park By Grant Henderson For me, it has been a very satisfying experience coordinating and executing the Music in the Park concert series for 2022. This year, we started holding a craft/farmers’ market in conjunction with Music in the Park to offer our spectators more to see and do. So far, it has successfully drawn people outdoors where we can once again enjoy the feeling of community and small-town friendliness. The market opens at 3 pm, while the music starts at 5 pm, and we wrap it all up at 8 pm in Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. While the weather didn’t particularly inspire people to come outside in June, the month of July turned out to be much more favourable in the way of attendance and community spirit. We’ve had some excellent bands and musicians this year from right here in the South Okanagan. A good time is always had by all. Come along and tap your feet, sing along, or dance on the grass. It’s up to you. August promises to finish up with a bang. On August 14th, we will be featuring a band called 13 Broken Bones. They have played for us before and were a real hit with the crowd. By popular demand, we had to get them back again. Our final performance is by Rebel Luv on the 28th of August. They, too, have played several times in our bandshell and never failed to provide everyone with a rockin’ good time. Let me remind our readers that Music and Market in the Park is FREE TO ATTEND, thanks to the generous support of our corporate sponsors and the support and cooperation of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District and the RDOS. All we ask of you is to show up and have some fun. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs and enjoy an August of outdoor fun in the sun. SkahaMatters.com | August 2022 | Page 7


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area "I" Kaleden Irrigation District is working towards using the same Voyent Alert emergency system that the RDOS started using in 2022. This will align KID with the RDOS for notifications, but will require that residents sign up to receive the notifications in Fall Subrina Monteith 2022. Once you sign up, make sure Director of to select KID on the account to receive RDOS Area "I" notifications. It has been my pleasure to represent the communities of Area “I” for the last four years. Reflecting on this time, I can see the impact that my efforts have made in my first term as your Area Director. • Fostered transparency through increasing communication and engagement with each community. • Brought together advisory committees to represent the entire Area “I”. • Reducing taxes where possible in services that the Director has budgetary authority. • Working closely with service providers from the Ministry of Transportation, AIM, Kaleden Irrigation District, Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, as well as Advisory Committees/ Commissions in each community, etc. • I have built strong strategic working relationships with service providers. • Shared concerns of the community and advocated for change or supported decision making. • Supported cost effective decision making on topics that have been discussed for many years. • Found creative solutions to challenges and supported through to change management. I will be letting my name stand for re-election in October and believe that I have the relationships, skills, and knowledge to continue representing the communities within Area “I” and the entire Regional District. It has been one busy four years. It has been my honour and I look forward to having your support to continue representing electoral Area “I” within the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen for another term. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area "I" Direct: 250.460.0723 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Ah, Summer Time ... And let’s hit the lake - but gently, please! KID’s Intake Protection Zone (IPZ) boundaries span from 300 m to 450 m out from the shoreline, and extend some 600 m north and 300 m south of the KID Pumphouse. This area is in front of about half of the homes along Alder Avenue, and extends right to Pioneer Park’s main beach. Within the IPZ, water quality should take priority over other uses, and special care must be taken in the use and handling of potential contaminants. So: • DON’T fuel your boat or drain bilges within the IPZ • DO go slow in your powerboat when in shallow water (prop wash can stir up bottom sediments 8 m down!) • DON’T anchor or fish in front of the KID Pumphouse to avoid snagging waterlines and the intake screens (about 22 m deep) - we won’t be returning your favorite lure! • DO use the Park washrooms before swimming! And always remember ... if you don’t want to drink it, don’t put it in the lake! Water Tax Bills ... will be sent out to all KID customers in early September, with payments due in early October (the exact date will be specified on the bill). Please pay on time, as there is a 10% penalty for late payments. For the nine properties in Kaleden still owing 2020 taxes, those properties are now in a tax sale position, with the tax sale date now set as November 7th, 2022. Registered owners and mortgage holders will receive an official Tax Sale Notice from KID, if payment is not made immediately. Voyent Alert System is Coming ... KID is working with the RDOS to provide a separate alert system for our water users in the event of emergency outages, planned projects, etc. A flyer will be included in with your Water Tax Bill on how to sign up for this important alert database. Issues With Irrigation ... Did you know that your property has a water allotment based on your property size? Properties up to 0.33 acre can only use one sprinkler (2 gpm); properties 0.34 0.66 acre are allowed two sprinklers (4 gpm); and properties 0.67 - 1.0 acre are permitted three sprinklers (6 gpm). If you are installing an underground irrigation system, there is an application form on the KID website (see the HOW DO I? section) that MUST be submitted, along with a plan, for approval. Why? Because KID has found that past designers/Installers were utilizing more than the allotted gpm. Vacuum Breakers, Anyone? The KID Office still has a good supply of free screw-on backflow preventers. Be a good neighbour and avoid contaminating our community water supply by installing them on any of your exterior taps that are without a backflow preventer.

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Kaleden Community Association Update

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

By Glenda Livolsi I hope everyone is enjoying these hot days of summer! If you are walking or biking in our beautiful community, be sure to stop by at the old Historic Kaleden Hotel. A QR code was installed on a pedestal at the corner of Lakehill Road and Ponderosa Avenue, giving everyone more information on the old hotel in our community. This QR code and sign was donated by the Kaleden Community Association and installed by the RDOS staff. For more community information, please visit KaledenCommunity.com.

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The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is asking the residents of Kaleden and St. Andrews for your assistance in making sure your home address is clearly visible. Recently while on emergency calls, it has been difficult for the KVFD to see address numbers. Over grown grass and shrubs can obstruct the view for emergency vehicles, which may cause a delay in reaching you quickly in your time of need. Try not to place trailers, large planters in front of address numbers. The KVFD is offering all residents of Kaleden and St. Andrews to purchase a reflective 911 Emergency Address sign. 911 emergency house number signs are reflective and improves response time for emergency services. The bright house number may even aid your late arriving guests. The sign can be mounted with screws or you can choose to add your own bracket. As mentioned above, it improves response time for emergency services and increased awareness of your property access. The cost to residents is $30 payable on delivery. Signs are double sided, green in colour, and come either vertical or horizontal. Call the KVFD at 250.497.8231 or email kaledenfire@ shaw.ca to order. Please leave your name, address, phone number and indicate if you want your sign to be vertical or horizontal. KVFD will call you when your sign is ready and you can pay upon pick up. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Twin Lakes Fire Services Society By Richard Hellyer The Twin Lakes Fire Services Society encourages you to think “FireSmart” during these hot dry periods. Check out how you can be FireSmart by going to FireSmartBC.ca or check out our Facebook page at “Twin Lakes Fire Volunteers”. The Twin Lakes Fire Services Society will be holding a few community events this coming year. We invite you to attend the events to meet your neighbours and ask the society questions about fire protection in our community. Put these dates in your calendar: • August 27, 2022 ~ Goodbye to Summer BBQ! Held at the boat launch from 12 noon - 3 pm. • October 29, 2022 ~ Twin Lakes Fire Services Society Annual General Meeting. Location TBD from 10 am - 12 pm. • December 28, 2022 ~ Skate on the Lake Day! Held at the boat launch from 10 am - 4 pm. • June 25, 2023 ~ Welcome Back for Summer! Held at the boat launch from 12 noon - 3 pm. If you are a person that likes to organize and run fundraisers, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join our team. How do you contact us? Email TwinLakesFire@gmail.com, phone 250-460-1369, or visit our website at Twinlakesfireservices.ca.

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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl Wildfires destroy many homes with embers or sparks. Embers are burning pieces of debris that can be carried ahead of the flaming front by up to two kilometres. This means residents do not have to live in a home that backs onto a forested area to be affected by wildfires. These embers can land and accumulate in combustible materials such as dried vegetation, lint in open vents, and personal items stored against the home. The following are some simple, cost-effective steps residents can take to protect their homes and properties from wildfires. • Clean up debris, such as leaves, pine needles, and branches, out of gutters, eaves and along the roof. • Clean up surface fuels such as dead grass, dry shrubs, leaves, pine needles, brush, and deadfall. • Regularly mow and water lawns. • Prune out lower branches on trees. • Properly store away combustible materials. • Move firewood and construction materials away from the home. • If away during fire season (May to September), store flammable personal items like patio furniture in a shed or garage. SkahaMatters.com | August 2022 | Page 9


New Research Supporting Vitamin D, Omega-3 And Exercise For Cancer Prevention By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by the BC Ministry of Health The recent DO-HEALTH Trial, published in April 2022, is a 3-year multi-centered double blind, randomized-controlled trial testing the combined benefits of 3 public health interventions: Supplementing Vitamin D3, supplementing marine Omega-3 oil, and following easy home strength exercises. This study showed promising cancer prevention results with these simple and inexpensive interventional lifestyle therapies. The trial looked at 2157 generally healthy and older adults at the peak of age-related cancer risk (age 70 and over). Comparisons were made between people following one or all of the health interventions. Notably, in the final analysis, a cancer risk reduction was most notable in the group following all 3 interventions. The hazard ratio (HR) in the treatment group was 0.35 relative to the non-treatment group. This means that the treatment group experienced 35% of the cancers compared to the non-treatment group over a 3-year period. The lower the HR the more influential the intervention is at preventing cancer. For various cancers this reduction was stratified as the following: Gastro-intestinal cancer HR=0.70, Breast cancer HR=0.22, Prostate cancer HR=0.16. This is the first trial of its kind to explore the combination of these 3 complimentary, inexpensive, and simple therapies available to everyone. Although further research is always warranted, these early results are promising and support the notion that lifestyle and nutrition are significantly correlated with cancer development in the elderly. Prevention truly is the key. There is so much a person can do to thwart chronic disease through the judicious incorporation of health promoting lifestyle factors. This is only one of many studies that support this concept. It is empowering to know your health is largely in your hands and you have the power to positively influence outcomes to a large degree. Knowledge and the discipline to implement that knowledge are key to living a long, healthy, disease-free life.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner 1 in 5 Canadians suffer with the constant pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. It is one of the most common chronic health conditions in Canada and is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among older adults. It is common for people who are in pain to shy away from being touched, but massage can actually soothe the pain and stiffness. In an Arthritis Society article Claire Gavin, a Torontobased RMT explains, “Massage helps relieve pain and eases the muscle stiffness associated with arthritis by improving circulation, and helping to reduce inflammation. That translates to enhanced blood flow to arthritic joints, improved movement, and reduced pain”. She adds that massage uses soft tissue manipulation to help release muscle tension for better flexibility and pain relief. And as most people with arthritis can attest, less pain and more flexibility helps keep you moving, which in turn helps keep you out of the cycle of being sore, stiff and sedentary.

“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.

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The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen would like to ask for your feedback through their Parks & Recreation Survey. Sometimes the best way to ‘build community spirit’ in your neighbourhood is to simply take the time to fill out a survey and help shape your community in the process. Your feedback to build programs and facilities in our area is very important and highly valued. If you have any questions about Recreation or an RDOS Facility, please email rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca or call 250-497-8188.

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Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal Dance lessons for partners are starting this October. There will be lessons from green beginners to experienced intermediate students. Focus for now will be on Swing and Latin dance styles. All lessons will be in Summerland at this time. Covid health rules apply. Private lessons and wedding couples are encouraged and affordable at $70 per generous hour. Group classes are $25 per couple and 8 weeks long. My background is formerly a professional drummer and dance has put the music back in my life. All my experience will help you learn how to listen to music and assist your dancing pleasure. Dance venues are starting to open up again. The gift of dance is the gift that keeps giving back for years to come. Enrollment is limited. Sign up today. Call Brian Udal at 604-220-6256 cell.

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Summer Reading Club ~ Summer Reading Club continues twice in August on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. Ages 5-12 years • August 2 ~ Little Reptile Queen • August 9 ~ Wind up Pizza Party Special thank you to the Okanagan Falls Friends of the Library for their support in funding our Summer Reading Program special guests. Also, to Belich’s AG Foods and Bullies Pizza for their support for our Wind-up Party. Your assistance is very much appreciated. Summer Book Sale ~ Please join our Friends of the Library and support our children’s programs. We will be at Belich’s AG Foods selling books at bargain basement prices, hot dogs, and even sweet treats! We will also have a basket raffle. Come on out and get some great deals! Saturday, August 6th from 11 am - 2 pm. Friends of the Library ~ Our local friends group are canvassing for new members! Would you be willing to help us out at few events throughout the year? This group helps with book sales, basket raffles, and a silent auction. All proceeds raised at these events go towards our children’s programs and any other items that our budgets do not permit. There is not a huge commitment involved, but we need some help! Please contact the library for more information. Crafting Circle ~ Wednesday, August 10th & 24th from 1-3 pm. Bring your creative talents and participate with like-minded individuals. Have fun while you create! Did You Know? • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to test telex/two communications) • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple. • Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. Beep, Boop! Borrow a Robot! ~ Borrow a robot from our “Library of Things” collection! We have Ozobots Evo and a Code & Go Robot Mouse kits that are great for kids ages 5+, and the Sphero Bolt for kids ages 8+, with a caregiver’s help. Happy BC Day! Submitted by Lynn Warfield, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian

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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) 2022 GENERAL SCHOOL ELECTIONS PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN AS FOLLOWS:

NOTICE OF NOMINATION Nominations for the offices of:

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 general local election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply: Board of Education Trustee $5,398.92 (Areas 1, 3 and 4) Board of Education Trustee $5,523.12 (Area 2) THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING LIMITS

Trustee Electoral Portion of Area D and Area I of Regional Area No. 1 District of Okanagan-Similkameen lying within School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)

One

Trustee Electoral Town of Oliver and Area C of Regional Area No. 2 District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Two

Trustee Electoral Town of Osoyoos and Area A of Regional Area No. 3 District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Two

Trustee Electoral Village of Keremeos and Areas B and G of Area No. 4 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Two will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows: By hand, mail or other delivery service: School Board Office 6161 Okanagan Street, Oliver, BC for all electoral areas;

CAMPAIGN EXPENSE LIMITS

From To

9:00 am Aug 30, 2022 4:00 pm Sep 9, 2022

By fax to: 250-498-4070

From To

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Originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2022.

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Interested persons can obtain information on the requirements and procedures for making nominations, including nomination forms at the above listed offices between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm or on our website at www.sd53.bc.ca. QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a School Trustee if they meet the following criteria: • Canadian citizen; • 18 years of age or older on general voting day October 15, 2022; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed September 9, 2022; and • not disqualified under the School Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or being nominated for, being elected to or holding office as a trustee, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

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July Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Summer Reading programs were a hit! Thanks to Ms. Souch, Ms. Keyes, Ms. Mosimann and Mrs. deRuiter for organizing and making it fun for everyone! Enjoy the rest of the summer, Falcons!


School District No. 53 Board Report

Raise Your Voice!

By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee

By Kim Palmer, Executive Director

Board of Education Report ~ Following are some items that were discussed at the final School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting for the school year 2021/2022 that was held on June 21, 2022. Staff reported that the District will once again be offering literacy and numeracy programs during the summer. Elementary school administrators and summer program teachers are now receiving the materials and information for their programs and have already communicated with families. There are 14 groups running this summer based on student enrolment, with 4 of these groups being numeracy focused and 10 being reading focused. The 2-day Women in Trades Bootcamp was very successful. The event was held at all 3 secondary schools for girls in Grade 10 and they had exposure to a variety of trades including welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and drafting. This hands-on program was delivered by our shop teachers in the District, as they pooled their talents together to create a safe and fun experience for the students. Superintendent Young reported that the District applied for a grant offered through the Ministry of Education and Child Care to develop a program in Early Childhood Education with a postsecondary partner and that we were successful in that application. The grant is for $20,000 with an additional $15,000 provided to pay tuition for students in the Dual Credit structured program. We have been approved to start this program in September 2023 with a target of 5 students in our cohort. We will be partnering with Okanagan College to deliver a blended program of some on-line education and some face-to-face instruction. We will be reporting more details on this exciting opportunity as they become available. The Board recently held a retirement and long-service recognition ceremony. We recognized 11 employees (teachers and support staff) who are part of the retiring class of 2022, and we wish them good health and joy in their retirement. The total years of service for our retiring class is 248 years of experience and dedication! We were also proud to recognize employees for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to students in School District No. 53. The Board passed a new policy, F-17 Sexual Harassment Among Students, that will come into effect. The Board believes all students have the right to attend school in a safe environment free of sexual harassment and assault. Sexual harassment and assault violate the fundamental rights, dignity, and integrity of the individual. The Board condemns any acts of sexual harassment and assault against students to and from school and at all school sanctioned events and wanted this policy to be in place for the next school year. In accordance with Section 113 of The School Act, The Board adopted and submitted the 2022/2023 annual budget for a total bylaw amount of $38,334,480.00 The Board would like to thank staff and stakeholders who participated in the budget sessions. For more information, feel free to contact Janice Stevens, School Trustee for SD53, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

On Saturday, August 13, the OSA will host an exciting new musical opportunity for Penticton. You’re invited to practice stylized singing techniques as you learn some great songs from Lonnie Delisle, director of Vancouver’s Universal Gospel Choir. Whether you’re a seasoned choral singer or someone who is just getting their choir feet wet, there will be something for everyone to learn and enjoy. As a bonus, two of the songs sung at the workshop will be performed by the Universal Gospel Choir at a concert at Naramata Centre that evening! Performing in the concert will be optional for workshop participants. Don’t forget that the OSA’s Creativity Camps run throughout August, offering artsy fun for youth in week-long sessions at the Penticton Community Centre. Pre-registration for all sessions is required and spaces are limited. Sign up today at www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com/courses.

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June 20, 2022 Board of Education Meeting ~ The Board reviewed and approved the Board and Committee meeting schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. All regular board meetings will occur on the third Thursday monthly with a few exceptions. The Board and Committee schedules are posted on the SD67 website. The Board reviewed and adopted the Board Annual Work Plan for 2022-2023. The Work Plan is a document that identifies the monthly priorities for the board for the upcoming year. Superintendent Manuel’s Report-June 2022 ~ Summer School 2022 occurred from July 4-13 for Middle and Secondary students with Principal Lindsay Guza and July 4-14 for Elementary students with Principal Dianne Haddow. Middle and Secondary students focused on remedial support in core subjects. Elementary students focused on reinforcing concepts and skills through games and fun hands on-activities. Penticton Secondary’s Graduation Ceremony took place on June 10, Summerland Secondary’s Graduation Ceremony took place on June 27; and Princess Margaret Secondary’s Graduation Ceremony occurred on June 29. It was fantastic to have our grad ceremonies back to in-person events this year. The District Track Meet occurred for the first time in two years, due to the pandemic. It was wonderful to see and hear students cheering each other on. Special thanks to school administrators, teachers, and support staff for organizing the event. Principal Chris Van Bergeyk recognized Lisa West for receiving the 2021-2022 Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award from the British Columbia Association of Math Teachers (BCAMT). Each year, the BCAMT recognizes teachers for their outstanding work. Congratulations to Lisa on this outstanding recognition. In closing, it was a fantastic school year. I wish everyone a safe and restful summer. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live streamed and can be accessed at www.sd67.bc.ca.


Trail Of The Okanagans ... Connecting Our Communities By the Trail of the Okanagans Society Communication Team The Trail of the Okanagans Society is a volunteer advocacy group with a vision of a fully connected hiking and biking trail from Sicamous, BC to Brewster, Washington. Our name and vision is founded on the historic Okanagan First Nations Syilx trade route that followed the Okanagan River, valley and lake system. We are focused on building partnerships with the West Bank First Nation, the Penticton Indian Band, and the Osoyoos Indian Band. It is our hope that the trail will be delivered with the collective guidance and vision of our First Nations partners as an act of meaningful reconciliation. We have mapped a preferred trail route between the Bennett Bridge and the International Border. Of the 125km from the Bennett Bridge, approximately 91km or 73% can be cycled now. For more information on our efforts to complete this trail and view the map of the biking trail group, go to www.trailoftheokanagans. com or contact Chris Scott via email to cscott@scottadvisor.ca. Please consider becoming a member of our society and help us connect our communities. Our advocacy focus is on a linear trail between the Bennett Bridge in Kelowna and the Canada/US Border. These efforts would connect at the north end to the work of the Okanagan Rail Trail and Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. The Trail of the Okanagans Society is governed by a board of directors with representation from each community from West Kelowna to Osoyoos. We are a registered non-profit society and anticipate achieving charitable status in 2022. Why is the group called the Trail of the Okanagans? We hope to build on the example and spirit of partnership to the north of us under the leadership of the Splatsin Band to deliver the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. How was the TotO route chosen? Wherever possible, the route uses existing First Nation, Regional or Municipal active transportation plans. Our priority is for safe trails away from motorized traffic and for trail design that meets the BC Active Transportation Design Guidelines “All Ages and Abilities” standard. We work with all jurisdictions along the route, to include the Trail of the Okanagans within their official plans and to implement trail design standards that meet the BC Active Transportation Design Guidelines. We advocate for the trail to be a priority for delivery within active transportation plans and projects. How much of the Trail is usable now? Of this, 24% is AAA or suitable for all ages and all abilities; 18% is rail bed; 5% is suitable only for hiking and 1% is private land. Where are the missing links? There are 6 missing links or gaps in the Trail of the Okanagans route. To better understand where these are, you can explore our ‘Missing Links’ web page at https:// www.trailoftheokanagans.com/new-page-4-1. Who is working to fill the missing links? We do not build or maintain trails. The vast majority of the trail route between the bridge and the border is within First Nation, Regional District, Municipal or Ministry of Transportation jurisdiction. As a result, the development, ownership and maintenance of the trail will fall within their respective authorities. In some cases, agreements are made between jurisdictions for the delivery and maintenance of the trail. The primary role of our society is in advocacy for the development of the linear pathway.

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Patio Deck Membranes Over A Heated Space - Is It A Roof Or A Deck? By Randy Smith, Building Scientist This is a topic that is dear to my heart, only because I have had to investigate so many failures. A deck that acts as the primary source of weather protection over a heated (indoor) portion of a building is a ROOF. Period. As such, it requires a proper roofing membrane. The key to picking a proper roof membrane for your deck is to understand how the deck is to be used. Is this a common area for people to gather? Maybe it is an area used for gardening? Maybe just a storage space? Once the use has been determined, it is important to look at the architectural and design aspects. Is the wear surface going to be the deck membrane itself or will an additional wear surface be added over the membrane (i.e. wood planking, pavers on pedestals, etc.). If you are going to cover it, make sure whatever you cover it with can be lifted up, so the membrane can be inspected and repaired. Okay, so now you know what the deck is going to be used for and what you want it to look like. Time to pick a membrane. There is a large variety of roofing products available, each with pros and cons. 2-ply Modified Bitumen (SBS) Membranes ~ These are the most durable roofing membranes available. They are applied in 2 layers, with the first layer usually mechanically fastened or bonded to the substrate, and the second layer heat (torch) welded to the first layer. The overall thickness is approximately 4 mm (or 160 mils). Although 2-ply SBS membranes are very durable, they have a granular finish and are not particularly nice to look at. Most people cover them with an additional wear surface of raised planking or pavers. 2-ply SBS also tends to be the most expensive option. PVC Membranes ~ These are likely the most common membranes you will see on decks over open air spaces, but they are also commonly used as roofing membranes over heated spaces as well. They are typically 1 mm to 1.5 mm thick (40-60 mils) and come in a variety of architectural colours and patterns. These membranes are bonded to the deck substrate, with lap joints hot air welded to form a continuous membrane. The issue I find with these membranes is they’re puncture resistance. If you are having a BBQ on your deck and someone drops a steak knife point down, you can easily puncture the membrane. This can easily be repaired, BUT you must make sure to get it fixed. I have seen significant deck sheathing and structural water damage below PVC membranes, due to only a few holes that have been left Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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unrepaired for 2-3 years. PVC works well, but you must maintain it. Liquid Applied Membranes ~ These are less common as deck/roof membrane, but there is a push in the industry with new products coming on stream. These membranes are applied to your deck as a liquid and allowed to cure. The membrane is commonly applied in 2 layers, sometimes with a reinforcing mesh installed between. The membrane thickness can vary significantly, depending on the manufacturer. Liquid applied membranes commonly vary between 0.5-1 mm (20-40 mils), but some can be much thicker. The benefit of these membranes is that there are no laps to seal. The membrane is monolithic when applied. Depending on the manufacture, a variety of colours are usually available, some with fine stone aggregate to provide a more granitic appearance. Again, the issue with these materials is durability. They can be punctured and they have to be applied to the deck surface under fairly strict environmental and surface conditions, dictated by the manufacturer. They also don’t tend to take movement well. I have seen wood-framed decks where, under the natural movement of the structure, the liquid applied membrane has split open at corners and joints. They are, however, usually the least expensive option. To summarize, understand that a deck over a heated space is a roof. Think about how the deck is going to be used. Decide on whether you want to cover the membrane with an additional wear surface or leave it exposed. Then, pick a roof membrane that fits your needs and your budget. As with any roofing product, have the membrane installed by a qualified (and even manufacturercertified) contractor. Read the warranty documents carefully, visually inspect your roof/deck membrane regularly, and keep up with the maintenance. There is much more to say on roof/patio deck design, but my space is limited. Feel free to send any questions to jmlent2017@ gmail.com. SkahaMatters.com | August 2022 | Page 17


Kaleden Museum ~ Fun Facts By Meredith King For the next few issues, we are going to relate some fascinating fun facts about Kaleden. Interesting anecdotes you should know, so that you can entertain your family and friends. Did You Know? Kaleden used to have a two lane bowling alley. It was located about 1/2 way down Juniper Avenue. The building was originally built, in the forties, by one of the Lockharts and he operated a small store there for a number of years. On the second floor, he built living accommodations. The property was later sold to Bob Miller, who lived on Oak Avenue at the southern end of Kaleden. He developed the property into a two lane bowling alley and leased out the facilities. The business was never very successful and went through a number of different operators over the years. This continued until the arrival of the Quinn family from Calgary in the mid 50s. The Quinns, along with their boarder who was also an investor, entered into a rent-to-purchase agreement with Bob Miller and came up with a deposit. The family of 4 (2 young girls) plus their boarder, moved into the living quarters and began renovating the alley. They added two pool tables, a small bar which provided a selection of beverages and snacks, a few cafe tables and generally spruced the place up. With the improvements made, the place started to become popular and with the boarder’s income from working at the gas station on the highway, they made it through the startup phase and gradually began to make money. Things were looking up and they began to realize their dreams. The alley was not mechanized, so there was no automatic pin or ball retrieval. Someone had to sit on a stool at the pin end of the alley to get fallen pins out of the way, roll the ball back to the other end and to reset the pins at the end of each persons turn. It must have been pretty chaotic at times, especially when both lanes were in use and only one person was manning the back end. Then disaster struck. Early one morning in 1957 (?) a passer-by noticed smoke rising from the front corner of the building. They rushed to the entrance of the residence (which was luckily at the rear away from the fire) and pounded loudly on the door to rouse the family. They all escaped, but with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing. The building burned to the ground leaving nothing behind but the foundation. The Quinns were ruined. The deposit and the additional monies they had invested in the renovations were gone, along with all of their possessions. The building was insured, but the proceeds went to Bob Miller since he was the owner on title. The rent-to-purchase agreement had not been registered and probably had never even been legally written up and the Quinns had no insurance on the contents. They stayed for a number of months, but finally returned to Calgary. A sad end to a great dream! Join us each 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.

Aging Well Seniors Community Painting Project

Submitted by the Penticton & District Community Arts Council The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is partnering with the RDOS Recreation for a special event at the Kaleden Community Hall on August 6th - the Aging Well Seniors Community Painting Project! Seniors, 55+, are invited to create their own painting of what aging well means to them, with Alice Strohmaier of Artsy Aging with Alice. Participants attend the group painting session and work on an individual 10”x10” canvas using acrylic paint. The project is free to participate. All supplies provided. Registration is required. No painting experience? No worries! Alice and her assistant will guide you.

The paintings will be hung as a group exhibition in September at the Leir House Cultural Centre. Participants may use their names, or be anonymous, and are also invited to include a write up of what aging well means to them. Participants are welcome to attend one or more drop-in painting dates to finish their work. Future painting drop-ins will be held in Penticton and Naramata later in August. Seniors Community Painting Project August 6th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall, 320 Lakehill Road Current Exhibitions • July 9th to August 28th: Made of Clay annual group exhibition by the Penticton Potters’ Guild featuring functional and decorative pottery. • July 9th to August 28th: A Few of My Favorite Things solo exhibition by Tucker Cameron The Penticton Arts Council Galleries are located at 220 Manor Park Avenue in the Leir House Cultural Centre. Please visit our website at www.pentictonartscouncil.com for current gallery hours and event information.

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By Marla Wilson So far, this has been a most amazing summer. There have been 3 “Music in the Park” concerts, and other than the cool rainy day on Fathers Day, the weather has been super for outdoor entertainment. Grant Henderson has done an excellent job choosing his musicians for the summer. The same Grant Henderson is now living in the apartment on the Heritage Grounds. He has taken on the responsibility as the H&M Thrift Shop Manager as well. When you stop in at the shop, you can see all the positive changes there. A new OPEN/CLOSED sign is on the railing right in front of the door. No more lugging the “Open Sign” out to the road. Thanks for that! The shop is still short on staff. We welcome anyone interested in volunteering for 2+ hours a week. All staff members get any clothing, shoes, etc. they purchase from the shop for half price. We all take part in the running and care of the shop by having staff meetings, where we can discuss and share our ideas and thoughts. Shifts run Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am - 12:30 pm and from 12:30-3 pm and on Saturdays from 12-3 pm. If you have the time to help us out, we would welcome you. Did’ja Know? Reading through the August 1972 Okanagan Falls Viewpoint, I found this interesting item about Centennial Park. “In passing the park during the summer we have been struck by the lack of use to which it is put. With the exception of the Fireman’s Barbecue in June, it seems to be limited to the occasional visitor having a picnic lunch. The installation of a horseshoe pitch and a checkerboard do not seem to have caught the interest of the local residents. Of course, it does provide a square of greenery in the center of the village. However. when we consider the efforts that have gone into developing and caring for the park, we feel it should be used more than that. We feel that the tall trees and green grass would provide an excellent setting for performances by musical groups. We understand that there are many amateur groups in the Valley who would donate their services for such occasions. They do require that transportation be supplied for them of course. It would seem to us that it would be worthwhile for the recreation commission, or any of our local organizations to undertake to promote the occasional project such as this for an hour or two on Saturday or Sunday evenings. Besides the pleasure of music, it would provide an excellent opportunity for people to meet under relaxing circumstances, free from the pressures of business.” It took another 45 years to get the great Women’s Institute Band Shell, and then “Music in the Park” was born. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Wednesday Car Show ~ Starting at 4 pm. Burgers & Smokies available every Wednesday. Drop Off Any Recycling ~ Donations to be left at the Legion or call/text Bev at 250-809-5537. Friday Meat Draw at 5 pm. Saturday Meat Draw at 4 pm with food available. Breakfast on Sunday, August 21 ~ From 8-11 am. $8/adult. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Call 250-497-8338 Become A Member Today ~ You don’t have to be a veteran to support a veteran. Any Canadian or Citizen Alliance nations 18 years of age and older is welcome to join and help us help Canadian Veterans. Come into the branch and join. Get The Latest Updates ~ Always check the Facebook page “Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC”, the sign outside, or come into the Branch. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart!

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society By Donna Taylor Okanagan Falls Senior Centre - 1128 Willow St, Okanagan Falls. The local bus stops very conveniently across the street from the front doors. We have a book/puzzle library for all members to use. Please call Donna, if you would like to use the library when the centre is closed. Remember that Carpet Bowling will be starting in the fall. We are looking for people to join our activities and run an exercise program or we are happy for other suggestions. Coming in September is a Crib Tournament. Please watch for more information. Activities in August 2022 Pancake Breakfast General Meeting Music and Coffee Canasta Tuesday Bingo Evening Pool Mexican Train Scrabble Bridge Cribbage Saturday Drop in Bingo Potluck Dinner Carpet Bowling -

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Better at Home is a non-medical program helping seniors remain independent in their homes. We are recruiting the following positions for the Okanagan Falls area: Volunteer Drivers • Mileage reimbursement • Clean driver’s abstract required • 3 million liability car insurance required Housekeepers • Flexible schedule • Part time To discuss these positions, please contact 250-495-6925 and/or email bah@desertsun.ca. Thank you very much!

Are you retired? Do you play an instrument or sing? If you would Okanagan Falls Lions Update like to get involved with a music group, contact Malcolm Mckay By Bob Wilson, Incoming President for 22/23 at 250-497-6675. Starting in September, we will be back playing Here we are ... headed for month #8 already. Can music at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre on Wednesday anyone tell me where the last 7 went? June 19th saw our return to mornings from 9:00 till 10:30. Music in the Park as a local Lion’s project, and we’re still on board Booking Agent - Heather at 250-497-1171 until the end of this month. Then, it’s planning for next year. Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! July 1st was a great day in Okanagan Falls! We did a hot dog and smokie BBQ in Kenyon Park. A huge thank you to Belich’s Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! AG Foods for their meat donation, as it allowed us to build up our Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society! school breakfast and general accounts to continue our activities For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669. in the community this coming fall, winter and spring. Following the BBQ in Kenyon Park, we were off to Centennial Park for the Market & Music in the Park, which took us to 7 pm. Thanks to all who attended. Our cookie sales went well also. Meet Cleocatra Eyeglasses collection boxes are still around the communities. We My name is Cleocatra and I am a DIVA! I collect, clean and ship used eyeglasses to an evaluation centre to was pretty opinionated when I first be graded and sent to vision centres worldwide. These glasses are arrived, but as I let my guard down and distributed to people who require them and are unable to purchase took a few deep breaths, I realized, I their own. Thanks for helping support this valuable program. LOVE a great massage and the feel of a The School Breakfast Program will start up again in September kind touch. I still have my moments of with the beginning of the new school year. Thanks again to all the my way or the highway, but I know with people who got up early to prepare the food and serve it to the the right person, I will be eating out of children. your hand in no time. If you would like to meet and get Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held acquanted, please reach out to my booking agent, Alley Cats on August 1, 2, 3, 27, 29, 30 & 31 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Alliance, as they take care of my appointment schedule for me. Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs www. AlleyCATSAlliance.org both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques The Okanagan Falls Lions Club will resume meetings in September. Recycling the Elegance of the Past If you would like to join us, call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ and 250.497.6733 www.jardinantiques.com www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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Flowers to Belich‘s AG Foods staff for rescuing a beautiful necklace that meant a lot to us. Thank you for your honesty and good Okanagan Falls Community Church service! ~ From Okey Dokey Lorne & Sharon D. of Okanagan Falls Sunday Service at 11 am ~ Pastor Jon Manlove Flowers to whoever built and erected the Little Library at Garnett Children’s Church also available. Online services at okfcc.net. Family Park in Heritage Hills. It’s a wonderful addition! FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome! ~ From Donna B. of Heritage Hills 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls | Office: 250-497-5131 Flowers to the RDOS park maintenance workers for Okanagan Falls. Your efforts to maintain our parks in pristine condition are Okanagan Falls United Church Sunday Service at 9 am ~ Speakers: August 7 - Judi Ritcey; greatly appreciated. Tressy, as a local resident, we thank you and ~ From Bruce P. of Okanagan Falls August 14 - Victor Ince; August 21 - Rev. Paul James; and August keep up the super work. 28 - Victor Ince. All are welcome to stay for coffee fellowship after Flowers to Diane Chatfield from Reliable Travel. Thank you for the service. Please visit okfallsunited.ca or call us for more info. all your help that you gave me as I planned my trip. You made it 1108 Willow St, OK Falls | 250-497-1171 or 250-460-2560 stress free. ~ From Sam J. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to everyone who came out for Kaleden Community Day. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service You each played a part making a summer Saturday in Kaleden a Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church memory I’ll never forget. See you on the second Saturday in July, 1039 Willow St, OK Falls | Father Thomas Kakkaniyil | 250-498-3934 2023! ~ From Rick J. of Kaleden St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Flowers to everyone involved in the planting and maintaining of Sunday Service at 9:30 am & 4th Sunday each month at 1 pm. the barrels placed throughout Okanagan Falls. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls | Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi | 250-899-0163 ~ From Diane S. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the amazing members of the Okanagan Falls Do you ever feel like you're in survival mode? Volunteer Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service. You are so professional and also so kind. All of us at Peach Cliff Estates are The cost of everything is going up, and up, and up. so very grateful for all of you. ~ From Sandi M. of Okanagan Falls Except for our wages! Flowers to Cst. Liz Vant Erve. Thank you for your compassionate Food, housing, gas ... even entertainment! company while we waited for my daughter to arrive. You made a You name it, it's going up. difficult time quite pleasant. ~ From Sandi M. of Okanagan Falls I don't recruit. I don't pester. Flowers to and a Happy 91st Birthday to my mom, Gerrie Jackson, I don't bug people. I don't chase anyone. on July 31st. There is nowhere I’d rather be than living with you Looking for a Plan B? Looking for a second income? in Okanagan Falls. I promise there won’t be a huge celebration like last year, but there will be something for such a momentous I Can Help! milestone! I love you to the moon and back! ~ From Heather, Britney, This is a reputable - respectful - honest Sam & Marlee (& Bobbi - wherever she is) of Okanagan Falls Online Business Opportunity. Flowers to the ‘mystery lady’ driving slowly around town each Training, Support & Mentorship Included. morning in her BeeMer and making stops to water all the beautiful The only variable is YOU! flower planters. We are talking several hours a day here ... Thank you Judy! ~ From Matt T. of Okanagan Falls "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." Flowers to Isaac Boehmer of Okanagan Falls for achieving his dream to be goalkeeper for the Whitecaps. ~ From Skaha Matters Heather Jackson ~ 250-488-6464 Fish Heads to the immature individual(s) who thought it was fun www.heatherejackson.com to take the hand towels from the park washrooms and use them to plug the toilets with a resulting flood of the area. The result: South Okanagan Similkameen no paper towels for anyone using these very much appreciated facilities. ~ From Bruce P. of Okanagan Falls Volunteer Centre Update Fish Heads to the person responsible for taking the plaque from the By Subrina Monteith, Executive Director Snodgrass Monument in Kenyon Park. A vital piece of Okanagan SOS Volunteer Centre invites everyone to give back to their Falls history is no longer available for locals and visitors. community. Residents who invest time in their community or with ~ From Bruce P. of Okanagan Falls a cause near to their heart build stronger bridges to access social services. We believe there is a meaningful volunteer role for everyone, and we are here to help you discover what works best for your skills and available time. There are many opportunities to Semi-retired professional couple looking for long term support non-profit organizations who provide vital social services rental of larger unfurnished home in the South Okanagan. in communities through the Okanagan/Similkameen region. Visit Yard work no problem. References to verify that we will www.volunteercentre.info/opportunities. Residents can be a part treat your home and property with great care and of their community through volunteerism. Consider making an respect. We are non-smokers, have no young children and appointment to find the best volunteer opportunity to meet your have no pets . (Although, we would love a small dog!) needs. 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Credible Cremation Services offers families the most reasonably priced direct cremation service in the Okanagan. No hidden costs, whether at-need or pre-need. All possible extra costs that may apply are clearly noted on our Price Quotes. Lesley is always available at Lesley@crediblecremation.ca.

Call Lesley, our own Senior, Licensed Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

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We bid a sad farewell to three of our neighbours ... BC Lic# 49382

Darrell Vincent Merriman

Bruce Allen Volden

March 17, 1941 - June 6, 2022

April 8, 1937 - July 2, 2022

We extend our sincere condolences to the Merriman, McKinnon and Volden families, whose final arrangements have been entrusted to Credible Cremation Services 110-1960 Barnes St. Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 250-493-3912 Lesley@crediblecremation.ca Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand during the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 778-559-2412 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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The HUB has a collection of used medical equipment ranging from large items such as a scooter, lift chair, wheelchair, etc. to bath and shower chairs, raised toilet seats, hoists, pillows, crutches and more. If you are looking for this type of equipment for the long or short term, please call the HUB.

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Eleanor Coleen McKinnon, 85, of Oliver, BC, went on to Eternity peacefully on Saturday, July 2, 2022, surrounded by her family. Eleanor was born in Cardston, AB on April 8, 1937. When she was two years old, the family relocated to Yahk, BC. She met Mervin (Spud) McKinnon in Willow River, BC in 1955 and they were married on January 14, 1956. Coleen was predeceased by her grandson, Frazer, her sister Maureen, and her brothers, John and Jim. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Mervin Alden (Spud) McKinnon, her four children, Bev Brown (Rick), Brenda Marunchak (David), Joyce MacAllister (Andrew), Larry McKinnon (Alane), eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and her siblings, Lloyd, Maxeen, Charlotte, and Norma-Jean. Coleen will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew her.

My Viking husband, soul mate and best friend, has sailed away on his Norse ship to Valhalla and beyond. He died of heart failure at our happy place, Sunny Bay campsite by Skaha Lake, at the age of 74. Born, raised and educated in Penticton, BC, he spent his final years of high school in California. Bruce was an eclectic entrepreneurial businessman from an early age until his retirement: Mayor of Teen Town, Mr. Mikes, Duffy’s Restaurant, car salesman, politician, owner of Volden’s Floor Specialties, and Falls Garage. He will be remembered for his priceless collection of people from all walks of life who impacted him. Known for his wicked sense of humour, our Viking was delightful, opinionated, maddeningly (mutually) annoying, but always a bearhug and belly laugh away. There was never a dull moment with this Thor character - god of love, lightening, thunder, storms, strength and ardent protector. Perhaps this summed up the vibrant chemistry between us - my “big bad Viking” whom I loved so much. He leaves behind Janey, sons Oliver Bell and Casey Volden (Tammy), many close relatives and friends from all over the world. Predeceased by parents Duff and Della Volden and brother Bryan Volden. Grateful thanks to my caring “second family” Sunny Bay campsiters and to the paramedic team. A Celebration of Life on Skaha Beach Park to be announced.

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July 14, 1948 - July 15, 2022

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Darrell passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, of heart failure at his home in Okanagan Falls at the age of 81. He will be greatly missed by Sandi, his wife of 53 years, and his daughters, Jenn (Erik), Steph (Dave), Nardene (Robin) and eight grandchildren, as well as his sisters Judy (Greg) and Kim (Nolan). Darrell was born in Winnipeg and worked in Churchill and Thompson, MB before moving to Whitehorse, YK where he met and married Sandi. They moved to Vernon, BC in 1975, where Darrell built numerous houses and owned and operated a logging truck. In 1984, they moved to Houston, BC, where they lived for thirty years and Darrell also worked in logging and construction. Retiring to Okanagan Falls in 2014 and spending the winters boondocking in Quartzsite and Yuma, AZ fulfilled a lifelong dream. Darrell enjoyed his prospecting passion, travelling to Mexico and the Caribbean, camping every weekend rain or shine, and fishing the many lakes and rivers in BC and the Yukon. A memorial get-together will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and BC Ambulance first responders, and Cst. Liz Vant Erve; you are angels on Earth.

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110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 Lesley@crediblecremation.ca

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If you live in the Kaleden area and have needs during this time, please call the HUB. Our frozen meals (mostly soup) are available immediately. We can also provide grocery shopping - Please allow a few days advance notice. We are grateful for all the neighbours helping neighbours! HUB NUMBER: 250-460-3387

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