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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Volume 7 : Issue 12

December 2015 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter


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a “place magnet”. The plan also includes north-south view corridors through the properties between 7th and 8th Avenues, and features “Light the Advent Candle, one a new pedestrian walkway along the old Willow Street right-of-way, Now the waiting has begun” connecting the proposed town centre plaza northward to the Skaha Mary Lu Walker, 1975 lakefront parks. The lighting of coloured candles on the The consultants confirmed that this modified ‘Plan B’ layout was the Advent wreath is a long-practiced Christian clear preference of those who participated in the design charrette, tradition during the four weeks leading but were careful to point out that nothing was written in stone at this up to Christmas. In fact, the practice of point. Future development would have to respect the rights of existing “lighting up” during the winter Solstice has property owners in the proposed development area. A clear majority ancient origins in religious and cultural of those in attendance favored the new town plan as presented but practice. These include the lighting of the two participants, speaking on behalf of one major property owner Menorah in Jewish tradition, and the Hindu on 7th Ave, registered his objection to any proposal which would celebration of Diwali, or “Festival of Lights”. include pedestrian walkways or view corridors through his lakefront Tom Siddon These Holiday traditions remind us of the properties. This difference of opinion will likely become the focus for Director of triumph of light over darkness; of hope over serious negotiations, in the months ahead. RDOS Area ‘D’ despair; and of peace over tyranny. As we A questionnaire was circulated at the end of the recent November 16th prepare for this Christmas season, let us pray that the gifts of Hope, meeting which asked questions of preference about the new design Joy, Peace and Love will bring new light into a darkening World. concepts which have evolved through the charrette process. The Christmas Festiv-All ~ In the spirit of “lighting up” for Christmas, findings of this survey, together with the consultants’ recommendations you might enjoy attending the old-fashioned family Christmas party for developing a comprehensive “plan of implementation”, will be in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls, from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, included in their Phase II report. We expect to receive this report December 6. There will be treats, entertainment, and winter games before the year end. for the kids. Santa will be arriving with a bag full of surprises. Special Final Wrap-up of the Area D-1 OCP Review ~ At least 75 residents thanks to Stan Maber, his hard working team of elves, and the local turned out for a final information session on the D-1 OCP Review, held businesses and community groups who pitched in to make this a in Kaleden on November 18th. The project consultants from Ecoplan, wonderful and memorable time. RDOS staff and members of the Citizens Steering Committee were November was a busy month. The highlight for me was the all present to answer questions prior to wrapping up their final report. Remembrance Day observance held on November 11th in Okanagan The OCP Review report will be forwarded to the RDOS Board for Falls. The opening service at the Community Centre featured the further discussion and ultimate adoption. Key features will include ceremonial entry of the Colour Party, hymn singing accompanied by future growth strategies for Twin Lakes, Kaleden, St. Andrews and Marlene White, and prayers led by Pastor Ron Crooker. Mary Findlater Apex; and enhanced policies for environmental protection throughout read an inspiring poem, and long-ago memories were shared by WWII Area D-1. Veterans Audrey Steeves and Fred King. Cell Tower Decision Looms For Kaleden ~ After a well-attended A large crowd was gathered at the Cenotaph when the Colour Party public meeting in Kaleden on October 29th, and comments received and Veterans parade arrived. Under a brilliant November sky, we from residents living within a 1000 meter radius of a planned new experienced a fly-over of several vintage aircraft, heard the Last Post cell tower, Rogers Communications are now reviewing their proposal played and shared in the silent Remembrance followed by the wreath to install a 12 meter ‘monopole’ antenna on Greyledges Hill, within laying ceremony. It was a fitting tribute to those many thousands who about 200 meters of the Kaleden School. Due to the efforts of a gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. My compliments concerned Kaleden parent, more than 300 residents of the area have to President Wayne Knight and the Members of the Royal Canadian submitted a Petition and several letters of objection to the installation Legion Branch 227 who made Remembrance Day so special for all of this radio tower, so close to the Kaleden Elementary School. A decision to proceed will now be a tough one for Rogers, and also for who attended. the RDOS Board which must submit its advice to Industry Canada on Sewer Extension Committee ~ On November 14th I met with this application. members of the Skaha Estates and Kaleden sewer extension Steering Committee. Guided by our RDOS engineer, Liisa Bloomfield, we As a reminder ~ The Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commission discussed necessary preparations for the next round of Building is holding its AGM on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 pm in Kenyon Canada Infrastructure grants, for which applications are due by April House. Please attend if you’d like to learn more about the programs 28th. As well as firming up the cost estimates for the sewer trunks and and future plans of the Commission. collector systems for each community, our application must also show Finally ~ As we prepare to share with our loved ones in the Joys evidence of a willingness by property owners to contribute up to one and Gifts of the Season, I hope those who are able will consider third of the project capital cost. including a few extra gifts to help “Light up Christmas” for those who To facilitate public awareness, information sessions will be held early are less fortunate. A donation to the Helping Hands Hamper Fund next year. These sessions and mail-out materials will explain the in Okanagan Falls (250-486-2767) or to the Kaleden Cares Hamper project costs and phasing, service area layouts, and the proposed Fund (250-497-5995) are good places to start. public assent process. Any final decision will be based on the Best wishes from Pat and me to you and yours this Christmas. expectation that senior governments will fund two-thirds of the “Merry Christmas to all required capital cost. and to all a Good Night!” Town Centre Revitalization Update ~ On Monday, November 16th more than 60 residents of Okanagan Falls turned out to hear an update and participate in an open discussion of the new plan for town centre redevelopment. The design concept was developed by citizens and stakeholders during the recent “design charrette”. Our planning consultants, Bob Ransford and Lance Berelowitz of Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ Urban Forum Associates described the proposed new “town centre Cell: 250-809-2548 // Penticton Office: 250-492-0237 plaza”, which faces North from the present flea market property, as Email: tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca // Website: www.rdos.bc.ca


December 2015

Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Monthly MLA Update

By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen As we move into the end of another year, 44 bills have passed through the Legislature in Victoria. Some of them generate more citizen interest than others. The Tobacco Control Amendment Act changed the availability of flavoured tobacco and e-cigarettes to youth. The Electoral Districts Act will affect the boundaries of this riding for the 2017 election by adding Princeton, and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act creates more transparency and fairness for all seeking local government positions. The changes to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act has enhanced the experience our local wineries can offer their customers and made access to BC wine, beer and spirits easier at farmers markets, etc. There are always bugs to be worked out with new legislation, but the ultimate goal is to improve it. Some of the acts are housekeeping ones where old legislation is revisited and revised, and many are new. To see all the legislation for 2015, please go to the legislative assembly website at www.leg.bc.ca. The communities and businesses in the riding continue to be recognized on many fronts. The British Columbia Destination Marketing Organization Professional Excellence Award was presented to the Destination Osoyoos Development Society for the great job they have done marketing Osoyoos to the rest of the world. Keremeos was one of only four communities in the province to receive a FortisBC Community Giving Grant for LED lighting for the village walking trail. Money for programs related to environmental stewardship have also been received by the Osoyoos Desert Society, the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO), the Christina Lake Community Resource Stewardship Centre and the Boundary Invasive Species Society for the good work they do. Funds have also been distributed to several schools in the riding to do muchneeded upgrades. As always, regardless of the season people continue to raise funds and hold events to help those in need in our area. I recently attended a Habitat for Humanity event in Greenwood to help raise money to build a home for one of the families in Westbridge. This event was attended by close to 200 people and raised $10,000 for this worthy cause.

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Open House ~ 4-6 pm Friday, December 18th Join us for Christmas Goodies at 6369 Main Street in Oliver. The Desert Valley Hospice Society held its annual wine and cheese social and auction at the Frank Venables Atrium. Thanks to Janet Shaw for her leadership and hard work in raising the profile of Hospice and all the wonderful volunteers who help the people of the South Okanagan in their time of need. The Desert Sun Resource Centre holds an annual fundraising event for the women’s shelter and just completed a very successful “Empty Bowl” event in Osoyoos. A sold-out crowd enjoyed gourmet soups prepared by a dozen of the valley’s chefs served in a beautiful pottery bowl made by the Osoyoos Potters (with a little help from an Oliver potter) which we then were able to take home as a gift. A unique experience for all. Thank you to all who took time to send in thoughtful and innovative ideas on managing the sensitive environment of the South Okanagan through the website and in emails and letters. This was not a poll. A small focus group will only review and summarize all the comments and suggestions; they will not be making recommendations. With the help of ministry staff, they will pass on their findings to Environment Minister Mary Polak. I am hopeful that in January the minister will be able to move forward on some common areas of interest and support. I want to thank a very special group of volunteers who keep my Food for Thought Muffin Program at South Okanagan Secondary School alive and well in my absence. Muffin bakers Christina Ruddiman, Irene Covey and Pam Dunn, who also, with her husband Lawrence, are the friendly faces at the school twice a week. Thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Oliver, Buy Low Foods and the BC Tree Fruits Co-op who continue to donate money and goods to this program. The Christmas season is nearly upon us once again. On behalf of the staff in the Oliver office, Colleen and Patt, and myself and my husband Larry, I hope you all enjoy time with friends and family and take a moment to share with someone less fortunate. Join staff and I for Christmas goodies at our Open House on Friday, December 18th from 4-6 pm at 6369 Main Street in Oliver.

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Area ‘D’ Community Services Office with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager The cooler weather is upon us and the snow is visible in the hills! Apex is scheduled to open with two new runs, an updated park and a season full of fun events. Get those boards tuned up, as an early opening is announced due to recent snow falls November 28th rather than December 5th! Shona Schleppe A bit further up the mountain at 6,000 ft Rural Services elevation there are 56 km of groomed trails Manager for both classic and skate skiing. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre already has over 12 km packed and trackset! Don’t ski? Try out the 16 km of designated snowshoeing trails. Really looking forward to the Okanagan Falls Christmas Festiv-ALL on Sunday, December 6th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Centennial Park). A lot of businesses from the community have stepped up, there will be games, entertainment, stories, draw prizes and maybe a visit from the famous fella from up North. Bring your family and help us light up Okanagan Falls for the Holiday Season! Town Revitalization Open House was held on November 16th with a great turnout of community members (over 60 individuals). CounterPoint Communications and Urban Forum Associates presented a summary report. A review of the design principles, the land use plan, a road/cycling/walking network, many illustratives and implementation constraints and opportunities were shared. If you were not able to attend, a copy of the presentation and illustratives can be viewed at www.rdos.bc.ca - Hot Topics. An Open House for the Official Community Plan for “D1” was held on November 18th. Many attended to hear the presentation and complete the Survey. Top three issues of the Plan are: Natural Environment - local area policies for Kaleden, Apex, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews and Green Mountain Road; new section features updates to Riparian and Foreshore, Terrestrial and Conservation areas; and a new section on Environmentally Sensitive Development Permits. Water Resources - new surface and groundwater conservation and management policies and directions to develop a groundwater bylaw flor RDOS; and new polices to require additional information for Twin Lakes and St. Andrews for aquifer protection. Infrastructure and Services - revised policies on protecting operations at the DRAO; revised water and sustainability policies for groundwater monitoring; and new policies to support sewer extension to Kaleden. The specifics can be found at www.d-1update.ca Do you live or own property in Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Lakeshore Highlands, Upper Carmi, Heritage Hills, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews or Apex? Have you ever wondered what services the regional district provides? Learn about how the RDOS makes decisions that affect the local services you receive - Fact Sheets for each service will be available soon. Please consider attending the next meeting scheduled for Monday, December 7th at 6:30 pm (Okanagan Falls Community Centre - Club Room). If you can’t attend, don’t worry there will also be a Survey and Open Houses coming your way in 2016. More details available at www.rdos.bc.ca and on top right click on Area “D” Governance Study”. The Province has committed to striking a Provincial Urban Deer Advisory Committee, as well as the provision of up to $100,000 for future urban deer management operations. A Regional Deer Committee met on October 21st with representatives from RDOS, WildsafeBC, BC Conservation Officer, Councilors, Mayors and Regional Biologists. The discussion focused on dwindling habitat for deers, fencing, restricted corridors, vehicle incidents and residential encounters. The Committee also had some preliminary thoughts on accessing the provincial funds, as well as the importance of public education.

RDOS and Area “D” engaged the past Sewer Extension Committee to reopen discussions related to options, costs, service area and public engagement for the sewer extension to Skaha Estates and Kaleden. Stay tuned for more details! The Province held a public meeting on November 4th to review a revised management plan for the Skaha Bluffs. The meeting had low public turnout, but several key groups attended. Overall, there seemed to be positive feedback on the draft plan. A major issue was the mounting concern of theft from vehicles. Parks have made a commitment to work with the Climbers Access Society to develop some low cost approaches to address this problem. At the conclusion of the planning process, a revised management plan will be approved by the Ministry. The RDOS will be holding the first of a series of public information meetings to provide an overview to residents regarding two items of environmental importance. RDOS will introduce proposed changes and updates to the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP). These are bylaws housed in Official Community Plans used to minimize the impact of development on the natural environment. This is the first comprehensive update of this tool since 1997. Second, SOSCP is working with RDOS to introduce the concept and gauge public support for the establishment of a Conservation Fund to support nature conservation activities. Join Electoral Area “D” on December 8th from 5-7 pm in the Okanagan Falls Community Centre.


Voluntary Discharge & Early Termination of Land Use Contract No. LU-3-D; and Official Community Plan & Zoning Bylaw Amendment “Heritage Hills” and “Lakeshore Highlands” (Electoral Area “D-2”) Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm Okanagan Falls Community Centre Club Room - 1141 Cedar St. We have an updated website - check it out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome any comments, suggestions, pictures, etc. Visit the Community Services Office for some Festive Fun! We are located at #1-5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls. Lastly, a safe and happy holidays to all from Denise, Vickie and Shona!

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with Bob Daly, Chair Area “D” Governance Study on Schedule! To resident and property owners in Apex, Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, Twin Lakes, Upper Carmi, Vaseux Lake, and surrounding areas. The Area D Governance Study, established to review and consider methods of improvement to local governance and services in your communities and surrounding areas is proceeding on schedule. The Governance Study Committee, made up of residents of communities throughout Area D, has been working with consultants, Leftside Partners, who have visited each community and who are researching and preparing a series of “Fact Sheets” which will describe and make the residents of each community familiar with the governance and services they receive. Over the next two months (December and January), the Fact Sheets will be available on the RDOS website. In addition, printed versions will be available at locations in your communities. In February, residents will be asked to participate in the first of two surveys in order to provide feedback to the committee on the services and governance they receive. In Early March, residents will be invited to attend a Community Forum and Roundtable Discussion at which resident views can be further expressed and received. The Committee is encouraging as many people from each community as possible to participate in the study in order to get a clear picture of what is working well and what is not in the governance and services for Area D. What can you do to express your views? • Keep yourself informed by regularly addressing the Area D Governance Study link on the RDOS website • Participate in the surveys - the greater the response, the higher the quality of the information gathered by the survey • Attend the Governance Study Forums & Roundtable Discussions • Encourage your neighbours to participate If you will be away for all or part of the winter, you can still participate in the Governance Study, including surveys, by regularly checking the RDOS website and also reading Skaha Matters and Apex Matters online for current information. Regular meetings of the Governance Study Committee are open to the public, and are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Club Room at Okanagan Falls Community Centre (Okanagan Falls School). Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say.

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What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? Well, we’re right on schedule!

Fact Sheets ~ Rolling out during December & January. Read online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.

Survey #1 ~ We need your feedback in February. Complete online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.

Open Houses & Roundtables ~ Attend in Early March. Set up in 3 locations - Apex, Kaleden & Okanagan Falls. Watch for posters.

Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say. Curious about the Electoral Area “D” Governance Study? www.rdos.bc.ca | areadgovernance@rdos.bc.ca | 250.492.0237 Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

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Update 250.497.8188 kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca kal-rec.ca Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From your Parks & Recreation Commission & Staff

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD December Tip:

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

This program is a part of the services provided by the Kaleden HUB.

RCMP Community Report ‘Tis the Season to Give and for Some to Steal!! As you read this, the Holiday Season will be well upon us. As such, there will be the inevitable Grinches that are out to steal your joy and your stuff if they can. As many of you are aware, there has been a rash of Break Ins and Thefts in the area over the last few weeks. Some of this is attributed to the fact that some of our prolific offenders that were sent to jail earlier this year are now back out and have not been rehabilitated as one would hope. One was released the first week of November and immediately went to work at his chosen profession of stealing vehicles and quads. Fortunately, we again have him arrested and charged for a number of thefts, but not before he was able to victimize a number of people here and in the interior. There are others that we are still looking for in connection to thefts that have been occurring. I suggest you familiarize yourself with the South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers website at sostips.ca. Here you will find Mugshots of people that are wanted in Penticton and the South Okanagan/Similkameen. Click on the ‘mugshots’ tab on the top left for a view of all the mug shots. If you scroll down back on the main page, you will come to a crime of the week which deals with area crimes that we are looking for information on. Also, click on “past crimes” to view other outstanding area crimes that we are looking for information on. The bottom of the page further explains how you can provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. We ask that people report suspicious activities, people and vehicles to the police or Crime Stoppers. Make note of the make of vehicle and licence number where possible. Keep a watch on your neighbourhood for things out of the ordinary. If you plan to be away over the Holidays, make sure you advise someone and ensure your home has the look of someone being home. Unplowed driveways or sidewalks, no lights on and mail piled up is a sign to thieves that no one is home and thus a good target. Secure your snowmobiles, quads and trailers. We are still having vehicles taken with the keys left in the ignition or in the vehicle. Security measures are varied from chains/cables, wheel locks, immobilizers, cameras and alarm systems, including GPS. Most of this security is readily available and often with easy do it yourself installation. Granted nothing is an absolute guarantee against theft, but the harder you make it, the more likely the thief will move on to some easier target. After all, most of them are lazy and are looking for the easy score. Don’t let some Grinch ruin your Holidays! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 250-490-2374 or drop in for a visit at our Community Policing Station at 185 Lakeshore, Penticton, right next to the ‘Peach on the Beach’. Season Greetings and Happy New Year from Penticton RCMP members, staff and volunteers. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

Be Prepared For Winter Driving

At this time of year, even in the Okanagan, the roads can become slippery and you may encounter black ice and snow. BE PREPARED! Have directions and check road conditions before you set out. (DriveBC | Weather Network) Always wear a seat belt. Stick to welltravelled roads when possible and take a cell phone and car charger for emergencies. Ensure your car is in good mechanical condition and that you have appropriate tires for the road conditions you may encounter. Have the correct car seats for children and make sure they are installed properly. (ICBC | BCAA) Keep an emergency kit and blankets in your trunk. If you need to use your GPS or your cell phone, pull over to the side of the road when it’s safe to do so. Advise someone of your travel route and the times you plan to leave home and arrive at your destination.

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Mother-Daughter Trip to Scotland with Wendy Busch of Reliable Travel

My daughter and I are planning a trip to Scotland to explore our roots! This trip will not involve 5 star hotels. We would like to experience the history and the culture of the Scottish people. Guest houses and small hotels are going to be the norm. The one big thing on our wish list is to spend one night in a castle! We would like to invite other mothers and daughters to join us. My 99 year old Mom and I regret not sharing travel while she was still able. My daughter and I would like to create memories that will last us a lifetime. This adventure is planned for September 2016. Please call me at 250-488-7490, if you are interested in joining us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Reliable Travel. We hope the past year has given you some memorable travel experiences. We would be happy to book your ‘fun in the sun’ this winter!

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Sneak Preview of January Programs in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden

And for KIDS ~ We are welcoming back Chrissie, our beloved teenage HIP HOP artist. The Kaleden Kids Club will be revamped along the same format, so watch for details. Nancy is offering some "Kids Can Cook" sessions again, and Janet will coach the "Cartwheel Club" with Janet Black, again. Dave O has some new plans up his sleeve too. We have had Recreation Supervisor for Okanagan Falls & Kaleden We’ll have our winter flyer out to the public in early December. Lots of record numbers of youth and teens out to the Friday Night events, so new programs and some of the old favorites will be back by request. look for some more of those and field trips. If there is something you’d like to see at your Community Centre, Office number for both communities is 250-497-8188. we’re always up for new ideas. Here’s a sneak peek for the next few See you at the Community Centres! months: Tai Chi / Chi Gong ~ Richard Lautsch is the instructor everyone loved at the Mobility Fair we hosted in the Spring. Classes will be Wednesday afternoons at the Zen & Fitness Centre. Would Kaleden like a session with Richard as well? Please let us know if you are interested or can get together some group interest. Carrie will be back with her "Gentle Yoga" at the Kaleden Hall, too. There’s a whole roster of instructors and classes at the Zen & Fitness Centre, just watch the website or sign up for our e-news for all the listings.

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

TIME Program ("Together in Movement and Exercise") ~ The awareness of the need for exercise programs for individuals with chronic conditions is growing. The TIME™ Program is based on a model of partnership between health care and community recreation organizations. The TIME™ Program was initially developed by Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and has now expanded to many communities across Canada, and now to Okanagan Falls. January will mark the launch of a new program tailored for people who have balance or mobility problems, including those with medical issues such as brain injury, MS, stroke or other conditions. It is designed by physiotherapists and we now have trained fitness instructors and volunteers. ‘Kaledenites’ ~ The HUB has mentioned they could be available to assist with rides, so don’t hesitate to connect with us if you would like to attend but transportation is an issue.

Farm Bag Supporters! Here is Wendy and Larry picking up their Farm Bag from Local Motive at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. The idea is simple - an innovative program providing a way to buy local fruits and vegetables over the winter months, while directly supporting the local school and local farmer. For more info, visit localmotive.ca If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas! from the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commission & Staff

Yogassage Workshop with Sloane A restorative yoga session enhanced by massage therapists (Sloane and Kenna), pranayama & meditation. December 20th.

Cartwheel Club Returns in January! Watch for your full program flyer out in the middle of December.




Visit our website for all our programs & facilities available. Enroll on line & pay at your first class. Office - 1141 Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls


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Reiki with Carolyn

Reiki is an energy modality that allows an individual to be within themselves and their own energy. This supports balance in every level of their being. We are so much more than just the physical; we are also emotional, spiritual and mental energy. Our lives create imbalance, as our higher selves try to communicate with us, but we are too preoccupied to hear. This is why we end up with disease. Reiki supports rebalance of our energies - even within the Practitioner.


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Have you had a stroke?

Recovery Following A Stroke

Want to learn how to cope with changes caused by stroke and how to avoid another stroke?

Located in Penticton, the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS) is a non-profit service provider to acquired brain injury and stroke survivors. SOSBIS has been providing support and information programs free of charge to survivors of stroke since 2004. Learning About Stroke is offered in the autumn, winter and spring, in Penticton and rotates through the outer communities in our catchment area. The goal of our education-based stroke support program is to provide resources and tools to individuals, so that they may live their lives to their fullest potential. The small group setting also provides an opportunity for survivors and caregivers to learn new strategies and share their experiences with others. The stroke support program runs for 8-10 weeks consecutively covering issues commonly experienced by stroke survivors and their caregivers. Topics include general health and lifestyle improvements to lower the risk of having a second stroke and developing a better understanding of memory, problem solving, and communication challenges. Anyone who has had a stroke and still lives in their own home or anyone who is an active caregiver of a stroke survivor can participate in this program. To reserve placement in the next Learning About Stroke program in Penticton or the South Okanagan, call SOSBIS at 250-490-0613 by Friday, January 8 for both Penticton and Oliver groups.

Learning About Stroke is an education-based, 9 week

program offered to stroke survivors and caregivers. • Sessions are 1.5 hrs long and focus on providing information on the lifestyle improvements needed to lower the risk of having a second stroke, as well as, memory, behavioural and other issues. • This program is designed to show survivors and caregivers how to improve their quality of life. To reserve placement in the next Learning About Stroke program to be held IN YOUR AREA, please call: South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (250) 490-0613 before: Friday, January 8 for both Penticton and Oliver groups. This program is offered at NO CHARGE.

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Preventing Colds and Flu Naturally: What the Science Says By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Certain vitamin, herbs, and minerals have immune stimulating and anti-viral effects making them extremely useful for cold and flu prevention and treatment. Population studies show that most people are deficient in particular vital nutrients required to stave off viral respiratory illnesses, such as colds, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and even pneumonia. These deficiencies are generally more severe in the winter months due to a lowered exposure to sunlight, as well as other factors which may include lower mood and activity levels and perhaps less consumption of fresh foods. Some simple things everyone can accomplish to keep the immune system strong this time of year are as follows: Supplement daily with: • Vitamin D3 ~ Vitamin D deficiency may be the greatest cause of seasonal colds and flu. During the colder seasons and at higher latitudes our bodies produce much less Vitamin D because of lowered skin exposure to direct sunlight. A large study involving 19,000 Americans showed that those individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds and flu. The risk was even greater in those with chronic respiratory disorders such as Asthma. It is now known that adults can safely consume 5000 IU daily from September through May. (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Feb 23;169(4):384-90. Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) • Vitamin C ~ Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous vitamin C is an effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous vitamin C has cured viral infections which can be debilitating and even life threatening such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flu. Orally take 1000mg daily. Citrus or berry bioflavonoid compounds have added benefit towards immune stimulation and symptom prevention. • Zinc ~ Taking supplemental Zinc at the first signs of a cold or flu can cut down the time of the illness significantly as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. Take 75 mg daily in a lozenge form once symptoms have started, or 30mg daily preventively. (Cochrane database review of 15 randomized control trials with 1360 participants: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001364/ ARI_zinc-for-the-common-cold) • Vitamin A ~ This vitamin also shows promise as an anti-viral agent. It inactivates viruses, stimulates the immune system, and protects the mucus membranes of the respiratory track from viral invasion. 10,000 IU daily is safe and effective. Single treatments with much higher doses (100,000-200,000 IU) have shown benefit in treating upper respiratory viral illnesses and childhood viral illnesses such as Chicken Pox and Measles. • Selenium ~ This mineral is deficient in processed foods and has become increasingly deficient in soils that grow our food. Selenium plays a role in immune function and improves liver function. Taking 200 mc g daily seems prudent. • Probiotics (and avoiding excessive use of antibiotics) ~ Ensuring a healthy population of intestinal bacteria is one of the best ways to keep the immune system strong and functional. 80% of our immune function stems from these healthy bacteria. I often

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observe less inflammation and infection in people with healthy bowel flora. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy balance of microbes and it is therefore recommended that with any course of antibiotics, probiotics be administered concurrently and for several weeks afterwards. The following herbs all help to prevent and treat colds and flu: Garlic, Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry syrup, and Oregano Oil. These can be taken as directed. Also, a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum works wonders when used at the onset of a cold or flu. It can stop the development of these illnesses if taken near the beginning. It comes in little sugar granules which dissolve easily under the tongue (great for children). And last but not least, the food we eat contributes greatly to immunity. The most significant dietary contributor to seasonal viral infections is sugar. By reducing sugar (and grain carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body), the immune system remains robust and highly functioning. Studies clearly show that refined sugar lowers levels of immune cells in the blood stream. And of course as always, ramp up your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, healthy oils, and lean protein. Unfortunately, often prevention is left up to the Flu vaccine alone. But to rely on this method is unwise considering the latest evidence for its relative lack of effectiveness. A review of the science states the following: “The preventive effect of parenteral inactivated influenza vaccine on healthy adults is small: at least 40 people would need vaccination to avoid one ILI (Influenza-like-illness) case (95% confidence interval (CI) 26 to 128) and 71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.” - See more at: http:// summaries.cochrane.org/CD001269/ARI_vaccines-to-preventinfluenza-in-healthy-adults#sthash.E9KHtt5n.dpuf


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Creative Wellness Solutions

with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Creative Wellness Solutions provides wellness coaching and chair massage. We have chair massage programs set up at numerous local retirement residences. The benefits of chair massage for seniors are numerous, but what is wellness coaching? Wellness coaching has become an increasingly prevalent strategy to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Recently, wellness coaching was found to improve quality of life, mood and perceived stress, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Wellness coaches are trained professionals that help individuals identify their personal values and desires for change. The coach will help the individual transform their goals into action, sustain the changes over time, and improve their quality of life. Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P., lead author of the Mayo Clinic study states, “Wellness coaching focuses on the specific problems someone wants to address, such as weight loss, stress management or goals focusing on work-life balance.” Wellness coaches assist clients in identifying goals and potential barriers to success, and then create strategies to help them improve on a week-by-week basis. After the initial consultation our wellness coaching sessions consist of one half hour coaching and one half hour chair massage. The wellness coaching program commonly lasts about three months. We help empower people to succeed and provide inspiration to achieve their lifestyle goals and create a better life, whether it’s socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally. “In our recent study, we looked at participants three months after completing wellness coaching. We found that people not only maintained the changes, they exhibited signs of further improvement,” says Dr. Clark. Please call Dee-anne to arrange your first free consultation at 250497-5974. Creative Wellness Solutions also offers the option to purchase pre-paid cards for services, which makes for a great gift idea for friends and family. Check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Better Sleep: Skills Before Pills ~ Everyone experiences difficulties sleeping from time to time. But continual poor sleep leads to a variety of issues ... some obvious, others not so much. Fatigue, reduced concentration and memory, diminished balance or coordination are all familiar consequences of bad sleep, but sufferers also report higher levels of depression and anxiety and the link between poor sleep, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain and obesity is increasingly clear. Unfortunately, insomnia remains a condition that is often difficult to manage, even with sleeping medication, where effectiveness can be limited or short-lived. Often, the best results come with adequate sleep hygiene, which includes (but is not limited to) approaches to minimize stimuli in and around bedtime. This means reducing noise as much as possible and avoiding exposure to light from TVs, cellphones and computers for at least an hour before bed. Other pillars of sleep hygiene include waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday, exercising earlier in the day, avoiding caffeine after lunch and avoiding or limiting alcohol, particularly before bed. But what if the mind wont slow down? Recently, the practice of mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve sleep quality and daytime functioning in older adults. This involves focusing one’s awareness on breathing, then gradually moving this awareness around the body, on sensations and the surroundings, with the goal of reducing reflexive thinking about past events or the future, and the semi-conscious mind wandering we rarely catch ourselves doing. With practice, taking 20 minutes a day to be aware of the present will help your mind learn to relax.

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Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Deborah Rivest

Deborah Rivest is the Okanagan Falls Parent Advisory Council Chair. Deborah dedicates numerous hours each week to the task of keeping parents informed and involved in the school community. Thank you Deb!

Volunteers Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250497-8188 or info@okfalls.net.

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

Okanagan Falls Elementary School Christmas Concert & PAC Basket Raffle Event Thursday, December 17th School Gymnasium 5:45 pm ~ K-7 Students report to classrooms & parents to gym 5:45-6:00 pm ~ Last chance PAC basket raffle ticket sales 6:00-6:30 pm ~ “Broadway Santa” K-7 Christmas Concert 6:30-6:45 pm ~ PAC Basket Raffle Draws! Spread the word, as ALL Okanagan Falls students, families, friends, neighbours and community members are invited! Non-perishable donations to the Helping Hand are accepted at our front entrance. Many thanks to all the supporters and sponsors contributing to this annual community school event!

Santa’s Coming To Pharmasave! Avoid the long line-ups & join us ...

Friday, December 4th 1:00 - 5:00 pm Okanagan Falls Pharmasave Receive a FREE Picture with Santa Claus, with your donation to Helping Hands. Pre-made bags available at Pharmasave. Pictures will be available starting Wednesday, December 9th.

OK Mini School We currently have one spot available in our M/W/F class. We have a wait list for a possible T/Th class. If you are interested, let us know. Thank you once again to everyone who supported our annual Poinsettia Fundraiser to support the preschool. Much appreciated! OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, call 250-497-5576 or email Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair Our PAC would like to thank the following businesses and private donations for their wonderful generosity, which has helped to make 29 baskets for this years Annual Christmas Basket Raffle. With a total value exceeding $2600. Prizes will be drawn following our Annual School Christmas Concert on December 17th starting at 6pm. Thanks to Robbins Drilling, Wild Mare Contracting, Value Contracting, Okanagan Falls IGA, Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, The Gym, Apex Mountain Resort, Gunbarrel Restaurant, Nickle Plate Nordic Centre, Hoodoo Adventures, Oliver Subway, BC Tree Fruits, Penticton Shoppers Drug Mart, Nature’s Fare, Whole Foods Market, Grizzly Excavating, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, 3 Winds Hair Salon, Lakeside Resort, Earls Restaurant, Purdy’s Chocolates, Tinhorn Creek Winery & Miradoro Restaurant, G&R Auto, Oliver Murray’s Pizza, Penticton London Drugs, Penticton Total Pet, Grower Supply, Farm Bag Program, Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, Penticton Garden Works, and Pipsqueaks & Damsel’s. Thank you for your Support! We invite ALL parents to join us for our next PAC meeting of the school year on Tuesday, December 1st for one hour only from 6:30-7:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available during all PAC meetings. If you would like to have an item added to the agenda, please email Ms. McCall at lmccall@sd.53.bc.ca. If you have any questions or ideas for our PAC, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384. Wishing Everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas! From Okanagan Falls Elementary School PAC

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Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre with Samantha James

During the month of December, we have visits from Mental Health on Dec 2nd, Infant Development on Dec 3rd, and the Health Nurse on Dec 10th, all at 10am. We have Storytime with Georgia on Dec 9th. Our last school day of the year is Friday, Dec 18th. We will be joining the school for their “PJ Pancake Breakfast” that day and then continuing our Christmas Party. Our project this month is “Christmas”. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


December 2015

School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee Okanagan Falls Elementary News ~ Thank you to those that contributed to the annual Christmas Basket Raffle. Make sure you join us at the Christmas Concert on December 17th at 6:00 pm. Breakfast Programs & Daily Canteen Snacks ~ We are very grateful to the volunteers in Okanagan Falls that help provide meals and snacks to our students. The Lions Club continues to run our breakfast program every Thursday morning in the Community Room. In addition, on the other school days of the week, the United Church is offering homemade muffins. For light snacks, students may purchase items from our daily lunch Canteen, facilitated by leadership students. Again, a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who make this possible StrongStart Program ~ Our StrongStart Program welcomes children ages 0-5 years with their parent/caregiver Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am. Samantha James is our facilitator who coordinates a number of early learning activities for families. It is a wonderful opportunity for toddlers and young children. Check out the monthly calendar of events on the StrongStart bulletin board! District Class Size Averages ~ Information has been released to the Ministry regarding class sizes across the district along with an indication of support for those classes. As of October 17th, class size averages in our district were: Kindergarten 17.7, Grades 1-3 22.9, Grades 8-12 19.5 Career Education Update: ACE IT ~ This past school year saw the greatest number of ACE IT completions we’ve ever had in our school district. 12 students successfully completed an ACE IT program by the end of August 2015. Our enrollment for this current semester is 7 students, with at least another 16 for semester 2. We are already planning for the 2016/17 school year, especially in the welding trade. We will have at least 6 students in the welding program that will be offered in Penticton in August, 2016. Programs that are offered in Penticton are attractive to many families, as their sons/daughters don’t need to move out to Kelowna or further. SSA ~ Our target for this year is 15 new registrants. Last year our target was 14, and we are very proud to report that we achieved that goal. As it’s only November, we are sitting at 11 new registrations, therefore, we feel getting 15 new SSA students is easily within our grasp. As a result of us meeting our targets, the district has once again received the SSA grant which helps support our efforts in having students register as SSA students. YES 2 IT ~ The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is working with our district to promote trades to young people. This year’s focus is on the construction trades of sheet metal, metal fabrications and welding. Please take note of the following press release indicating the events scheduled for all our elementary schools. Trades Exploration Week Press Release ~ The Province is expecting to have a shortage of skilled workers in the coming years. As a result, the ITA is working with School Districts to promote trades to young people. Throughout the 2014 -15 school year grade 5, 6,and 7 students will be participating in YES 2 IT Trades Exploration Week . This is a joint initiative between School District 53, the Industry Training Authority, Local Trades People, and Local Businesses. There will be 3 local tradesmen coming into the schools to demonstrate their trade, and allow Grade 6 and 7 students hands on experience. This year we are focusing on the Construction Trades of Sheet Metal, Metal Fabrication and Welding. Local businesses and the Industry Training Authority have stepped up to provide materials for this day to allow students and in depth quality hands on experience in a variety of trades. • Similkameen Elementary Trades Exploration Week - Nov 2 -6 • Oliver Elementary Trades Exploration Week - Dec 8-14 • Tuc el Nuit Elementary Trades Exploration Week - Jan 4-8 • Okanagan Falls Elementary Trades Exploration Week - Jan 11-15 • Osoyoos Elementary Trades Exploration Week - Jan 18-22

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As part of the YES 2 IT Program, we are encouraging parent participation. This will allow parents to increase their understanding of Trades, Benefits of Trades, Opportunities in Trades and how Trades Programs are an option as Post-Secondary Education. By providing the same experience for both parents and students, we hope this opens the door to a discussion of Trades as a possible career choice. It is our hope that students exposure to Trades will get students interested and excited about being able solve problems and build solutions. Teacher/coordinator: Boyd Turnbull For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

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Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal

November’s Great Things Include ... Kaleden students took part in a variety of Remembrance Day activities this year. Many students chose to submit an entry into the Okanagan Falls Legion’s Annual Remembrance Day Poster Contest. We were honoured to have the Okanagan Falls Legion Colour Party take part in our assembly, along with World War 2 Veteran, Mr. Fred King. Many classes participated in our assembly by offering oral readings of poems and reflections about peace. Thank you to all that helped make this assembly special and memorable.




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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Holiday greetings from all of us at KPAC. We hope your festive season is filled with joy, family and small credit card bills. This month the KPAC would like to remind parents to dress kids appropriately for snowy conditions. While kids love playing in the snow, soggy pants make afternoon learning ... challenging. Dressing kids in snow pants and even sending some spare cloths allows fun frolicking in fluffy flurries and keeps kids cozy at the carpet. If you are looking for your Christmas flora, KPAC is selling Poinsettias again this year. Please contact any members of the PAC or stop by the school for details. This year’s annual Christmas Concert will be on Wednesday, December 16th. There will be two shows. A matinee at 1:00pm and an evening performance at 6:30pm. This year the little thespians will be performing at the Kaleden Community Hall (and NOT at the school). We encourage anyone who can attend the afternoon show to do so, as the evening show tends to fill up. The PAC will also be running a bake sale. So for those of you who need to cheat on your Christmas baking, we have you covered. Thank you once again for all your support. We have a great school and through the support of the community, you make it better. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

There are a number of students coming into Kindergarten who are not ready for school. For most children the Kindergarten atmosphere is wonderful, but for children with autism it is difficult. A process was needed to address the sharing of information from one community agency to the schools. With the help of government funding to support children with Autism going into Kindergarten, Sarah Lowe, OSNS Speech Language Pathologist and Susan Thomson, District Principal for Student Services partnered together on the ASD Kindergarten Pilot Project. Certified Education Assistants were given training for Autism and they worked in co-ordination with the teachers and the schools to help identified students for anywhere from two sessions to several sessions over a three-week period. The transition work finished by mid-October and the EA’s are now working on IEP’s (Individual Education Plans), if desired by the teacher, offering suggestions and working with the children when challenges come up. The Minister of Education announced the first 17 projects accepted into the K-12 Innovation Partnership by the Innovation Partnership Working Group. More than 75 proposals were received from districts and independent schools across the province. The proposal from SD67, titled ‘Making Learning Visible’ was one of the 17 projects selected. Giant’s Head, Trout Creek, Wiltse, Uplands, Summerland Middle, Queen’s Park, Columbia, Naramata, Skaha Lake Middle and Connect Ed schools propose to move away from traditional report cards and engage in continuous communication with parents and students through digital portfolios. These portfolios will demonstrate the learning of big ideas, core competencies, social responsibility and learning standards for reading, writing and math. Some schools will be using the Fresh Grade program to do this. In lieu of traditional report cards, reporting will be ongoing as the focus is more about assessment than grades. A final report card will be produced however. The group received $8000 in support for release time, supplies etc. There have been five public consultation meetings in the Facilities Review process thus far. Please note that there have been no decisions made. The Board is appreciative of the feedback received so far and is looking forward to hearing more. The next round of public consultation meetings begin on November 30th at 7pm at McNicoll Park Middle School. If you are unable to come out to a meeting, you can still have your say right up until January 10, 2016. A full schedule of meetings and feedback options is available at sd67.bc.ca, click on the banner ‘From Challenge to Opportunity’. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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Design the ORL’s New Library Card! The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is inviting artists and graphic designers of all ages to submit their ideas for new library cards for the regional system. Four winning designs will be chosen and printed, with each designer receiving a $100 cash prize. The current library cards haven’t been substantially updated in over three decades. “I heard one ORL member say she outlined her card in fluorescent marker so it was easy to spot, because it was the most valuable thing in her wallet,” says Marla O’Brien, Public Relations and Fundraising Manager with the ORL. “We’ve been wanting to update the cards for a while and could never come up with the right design. Then one of our Board members suggested holding a contest to invite people to submit their own concepts.” The contest is open to anyone in the ORL region, which spans from Golden and the Shuswap, south to Osoyoos and west to Princeton. Entries can be either handmade or digital, and have to be submitted by January 4, 2016. Full contest details and entry forms are available at any of the ORL’s 29 branches or online at www.orl.bc.ca/cardcontest.

Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

The Kaleden Library will be once again holding our Annual Gingerbread Colouring Contest. The winner to receive their very own gingerbread house making kit to share with their family! Winner will be announced December 17th, so come by and pick up your coloring page. (Only one entry per person please.) Glenda and Tracy would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2016! Watch for more fun after school programs to come in the New Year! Our last van trip will be on Wednesday, December 16th, so start ordering your reading material for our Holiday closure. The Library will be closing at 5pm on Tuesday, December 22nd for the Christmas Holidays and re-opening on Tuesday, January 5th at 1pm. The book drop will be locked and no items are due over the Holidays.

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

The Bergeron Family loves to read!

Congratulations to the Bergeron Family to be the first to get through the “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”. Family Storytime continues on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 until December 16th. This is a free program that features stories, songs and a small craft. December brings our Christmas closure and once again longer book checkouts. The last day our branch is open is Tuesday, December 22nd and our first day back is Saturday, January 2nd. During our Christmas closure, the book drops will be locked and no books will be due during this time. Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Online “Talent Quest” registrations will continue up to December 31st (if required) to book up our 3 age groups, as well our NEW GROUP (duo’s, trio’s, bands, dance) category which are booking up so “SIGN UP NOW”, because you do not want to miss our SEASON 4! We greatly appreciate the support from our local and area Okanagan (public / private) music schools, voice coaches, dance studios, and the performers parents. FREE Performers Workshops start on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at the Sandman Inn. Great presenters being lined up, as well a Special Workshop presentation for Parents / Performers 19+ in the evening. Highly recommended and requested from last years presentation. * All Acts and Skill Levels Welcomed * Open to Ages 9 -18 yrs. * Featuring 3 Age Group Categories * New GROUP Category * Free Performers Workshop * Parents / Performers 19+ Workshop more details on website. Special thanks to Skaha Matters for their continuous support of our young local talent and Fresh BC Talent Quest show. Online Registration / Show Details at www.cmeliveproductions.com Info: 250.460.2221

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year filled with peace, love and happiness. Many thanks for your continued support. Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location

We will be accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Ok Falls Helping Hand all year long. So, anytime you have a little extra to share, come on by and donate to a local worthy cause that needs your support. Help us help those a little less fortunate at this time of year.


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Selling Your Home At Christmas ... To Decorate or Not To Decorate? That is the question.

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West We have now officially entered the “Christmas Season” of the year. But, just because we are in the midst of the Holidays and close to the New Year does not mean that Real Estate Transactions screech to a halt. People still buy and sell houses during this time of year for all types of reasons. Many of my clients, whom are preparing their homes for sale ask me the question, “Can I put my Tree up and decorate even though buyers will be viewing my home?” My answer is simply this: Of course you should decorate your home inside and out for the Holidays! A tastefully and moderately decorated home during the Holidays shows to the buyer your “Pride in Ownership”. BUT, when your home is listed for sale, the key is to edit the amount and type of decorations that are on display. When we are living in a home, some of us tend to go a little overboard with Holiday decorating. And, that is perfectly acceptable, as we decorate according to our own personal tastes. But, when we are selling, we now have to appeal to the senses of the masses. When we are selling a home, we aim to be as free of clutter and excess items as possible in order to maximize available floor-space in the buyer’s eyes. Keep this in mind when decorating. Key pointers to keep in mind while selling your home during the Christmas Season: 1. Try to not obstruct views of the front-exterior of your home with lawn decorations. 2. Ensure that any strings of lights you have on your home’s exterior are in good working order and hung neatly. 3. Have those exterior lights on in the evenings, as it makes your home stand out, and lights up the walk to your front door. This welcomes buyers and makes your address more visible at night. 4. A nice festive wreath hanging on your door-exterior is nice and decorative. Holly berries (real or fake) add a nice pop of red. 5. A Holiday-appropriate “Welcome Mat” outside the front door is a nice touch. 6. Inside, remember that the most important, longest lasting first impression is made on the buyer as soon as they open that front door. Be mindful to not over-fill that front area too many with decorations. 7. If your home is open-concept, ensure you are not blocking the views. 8. If you are putting up a tree, try to choose the LEAST filled space in the house to erect your Tree. 9. Remember that buyers are interested in buying your house, not your “stuff”. So, ensure that you have not completely disguised/ masked/covered-up your architectural features with decorations. Many people end up doing this with fireplaces. Avoid this. 10. Also avoid putting up stickers or glass-art on your windows, or hanging tinsel/garland from structural features. Keep decorations to furniture surfaces as much as possible. 11. Remember that flow, or ease of movement, within rooms and throughout the home is very important to buyers. Try to keep decorations contained to avoid blocking pathways. 12. Avoid the use of too many colours with your decorations. Using more than 2 or 3 main colours is simply distracting and is visually cluttered. 13. Also avoid the over-use of conflicting patterns in decorations as this distracts buyers as well. 14. Try to keep gift-wrapping supplies contained to one area in your home, and tuck it away for showings.


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Haircuts For The Helping Hand Deb and Chad Wetter of East Side Salon have set aside Saturday, December 5th, as their fundraising day for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. Book your Holiday haircut now, make a donation to the Helping Hand, and help us to help those a little less fortunate this Holiday Season. They will cut and style women, men and children’s hair. (No chemical services.) They will have a suggested donation price, but whatever people want to give will be fine. Book your haircut now!

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Management of Burnell Lake By Larry Martin

Burnell (Sawmill) Lake is managed as a trophy fishery, thus all fish caught must be released. No ice fishing is allowed and only an artificial fly with a single barbless hook can be used. No bait is allowed. The fishing regulations are important; however, there is much more going on that contributes to the production of trophy fish and protection of the lake. Aeration of the lake is required to reduce winter kill and starts when first ice occurs until spring break up. The aerators are monitored all winter by volunteers and paid staff to ensure they are working properly, and in part, to ensure no one is ice fishing. Thin ice due to aeration is dangerous and warning signs are posted. In the top photo to the left it shows a fence around the lake to manage cattle. As there are three different range users, cross fences are required to keep the cattle on their own range areas. Cattle need access to water, thus each range user has an access point to the lake shown in the middle photo. The fence continues into the lake to keep the cattle from crossing to the other range permit areas. The fence is being repaired this spring before cattle return. Cattle guards will be strategically placed to allow vehicles to use existing roads. In addition, there will be smaller cattle guards on a well used quad trail to allow continued use. Lack of water is another issue clearly shown in the bottom photo. The ministry has a water license, which allows capture of spring run off water from a seasonal creek in the area. Depending on need, there is a permanent underground water pipe system which can be supplemented by a temporary over land irrigation pipe. This requires maintenance and monitoring during spring run off. The lake management plan requires the cooperation of all users, when we work together good things seem to happen. For more information, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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To Renovate or Not To Renovate?

With Christmas just around the corner, it seems crazy to be even remotely thinking about Spring. However, for homeowners thinking about listing their home for sale when the real estate market typically picks up in March, now is the time to start planning. And so, therein lies the big question ... to renovate or not to renovate? As sellers, we all want to get the best price for our home. Updating or renovating your home can make all the difference, but not all renovations are equal. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about putting money into a home you are about to sell. Ideally any money you put into your home at this point, you’ll want to get back in the sale price of your home. Most professionals agree, renovating kitchens and bathrooms bring the best “bang for your buck” and it’s no wonder. Our kitchens tend to be the central hub of our homes, where our families come together to share a meal and where we gather to entertain friends and neighbours. Our bathrooms are where we go to retreat from the demands of our busy lives and take solace in a little downtime, even if that means a 10 minute hot shower! While prices can vary when renovating a kitchen or bathroom, one thing is certain: kitchen and bathroom makeovers bring the highest returns on investment and money spent in these rooms will find its way back into your wallet. If a larger renovation isn’t feasible, even small, low-cost improvement projects can change the face of your home more dramatically than you might expect. For example, a fresh coat of paint will transform the character of a room. Likewise, adding new plantings or hardscaping to the exterior of your home can greatly enhance curb appeal. Replacing tired, worn-out flooring with low-cost laminate or tile will also make a big difference. In either case, it’s important that your home make the best possible impression on buyers. To be sure you’re spending wisely, your best bet is to talk to your real estate agent to determine how particular renovations you may be considering will affect its sale price. You can also call James or Christian at RenoWerks for a free consultation and estimate of any renovations or repairs you may want to undertake. We’ll work within your budget to be sure your home shows at its best when you’re ready to list. For more information, please contact Christian Noel and James Friedt of RenoWerks Construction at 250-492-7770.

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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree at 250-497-5572SkahaMatters.com or Janet at 250-497-5521

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Audree Sikorski

Well, it looks like the cooler weather is what we will have, as winter threatens to take over. November was a time to remember and give thanks to all the men and women who fought for us. It was also our Elections for a new 2016 Executive. Audree Sikorski was re-elected as President, also elected was Robert McLeod as Secretary, and Arlene Vogalar was re-elected as Treasurer. Gretha Jenson was reelected as 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President was Margaret Rosenburg. The elected six directors are; Edna Moreland, Merle Laidlaw, Joan Rundle, Shirley O’Connor, Stan Smallenburg, and Darlene Ludwig. They will all be installed on January 4th, 2016. 2016 Memberships are now on sale through any of our board members. Memberships are only $15/year for anyone over 50 years of age. Come down and check out all the activities we have going on. We have all winter days ahead to fill ...

Our Potluck Dinner will be held on November 28th with a pie auction. Lots of fun will be had. Our Christmas Dinner will be held on December 12th. Tickets were on sale for members starting in November. Nonmembers may purchase their tickets after December 1st. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Evening Pool ~ 6:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Music Jam ~ 1pm every 3rd Sunday, which is so much fun! So, bring your instruments and voices and get right on stage & enjoy! Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays - You don't have to be an expert! Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, Hot on the heels of being named one of the world’s top wine touring please call Audree at 250-497-5572 or 250-462-0268. regions, the Okanagan is getting even more international exposure, thanks to a Lifestyle TV series set to air in New Zealand this Fall. The six part series, “Ventures in Wine Country,” follows three Tue-Fri ~ 8:30-4:30 Okanagan wineries through the 2014 vintage, chronicling a grape-toDaniel W. Markin - Certified Barber Mon & Sat ~ 8:30-1:00 glass account of winemaking in the valley. It features Covert Farms 5208 9th Ave. OK Falls 250-328-3888 Closed Sundays & Holidays Family Estate in Oliver, Painted Rock Estate in Penticton (member of Okanagan Falls Winery Association), and The Hatch in West Kelowna. The first four episodes are already airing on Optik TV to more than a half-million viewers in BC and Alberta, with the Canadian public release slated for Dec 4th. Now, thanks to its first distribution deal, Hill Family Penticton Denturists Covering 3 Generations the series will also be airing on The Country Channel in New Zealand. “It’s very gratifying to get this kind of response,” says series creator Traditional Hospitality & Service and producer, Kenton Gilchrist of Asymetriq Productions Inc., adding that overseas broadcast hadn’t even crossed his mind two years ago BPS Masters ® Certified when he began the project. “We think we have a great product, but FREE Institution Consultations it’s always validating to have others think so too,” adds Gilchrist, who is also excited by what the added exposure will mean for the valley Walk-ins Welcomed that he and his family call home. “Everyone benefits from something like this - wineries, tourism, real estate,” Gilchrist says. “Exposure in FREE Chair-side Professional Consultations the news, or in industry publications is fantastic, but a Lifestyle Series Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures reaches an entirely different audience. And, to have it picked up overseas in one of the world’s top wine regions is really amazing.” FREE Patient Take-Home Dentures Trial Gilchrist and business partner Jon Hunwick, who are currently in Personalized Teeth Arrangement - Adjustments production for a documentary on the Area 27 Raceway construction in Oliver, will be hosting a launch party to celebrate the Canadian release 570 Martin St, Penticton of “Ventures” during Winter in Wine Country. The event will take place at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos on the evening of Dec 4th, and is open to the public. More info at www.VentureInWine.TV

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Michèle’s Flowers & Gardens Michèle Brown

Christmas Wreaths, Traditional Advent Wreaths, Table Decorations Weekly Fresh Flower Deliveries - adding life and colour to your day Wedding Consultations - finding the perfect fit for your style Floral Classes & Workshop - very relax & informal. (See Facebook page for details) Classes for Homeschooled Students - working on various crafts Afternoons Crafts Classes - for students during vacation

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Audrey Steeves The following were returned by acclamation at the November Election meeting of the Okanagan Falls Ladies Auxiliary. President Louise Sax; Vice President Colleen Clark; Secretary Denise Head; Treasurer Louise Johnstone; and Executive Members - Helen Brewis and Bernie Diachuk. Nominated and elected to the Executive was Lana Maber. Installation to take place at a later date. The LA Fowl Supper was a huge success with a sell out crowd. The winners of the two free draws were Shirley Newrasky and Russ Gesson. Winner of the large door prize hamper was Lorne Chestnut and six other recipients were the winner of smaller baskets. November was a busy month for the LA, with arrangements for the regular Friday and Saturday Meat Draws, a Luncheon on November 15th for the LA Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, which from all reports turned out to be a very successful event (in spite of the very wet day), and finally the catering for the November 21st Lions lunch. The next meeting of the South Okanagan & Similkameen Zone is November 22nd at Branch #97 Oliver at 11am. Official delegates from Branch #227 are Louise Sax and Lucy Smallenberg, several other members will also be attending. It was reported that 150 Fruit Christmas Cakes had been sold, many thanks to Lana and Stan Maber for their selling efforts. The LA Christmas Dinner will be held on December 7th, with a social hours starting at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. The members voted to have Chinese Dinner again this year. The cost per member and guest will be $10 each. Also, an exchange of gifts will take place, so be sure to bring a gift to the value of $15. Members also asked to bring food items for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hampers. President Louise Sax expressed her thanks and appreciation to the members for all their hard work throughout the year at the various events. This in turn has enabled the LA to give donations of approximately $10,000 to local organizations, schools, hospitals, Guides, Air Cadets, and to Branch #227 as well. Winners of the meeting draws were Jean Mellish, Nicole Woodard. The Early Bird Renewal Membership went to Pat McNealy. There will be no regular meeting in December, so the next regular LA meeting will be on January 6th. Happy Christmas Greetings to ALL!

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Douglas Harrison

Comrades, neighbours, friends and citizens from afar ... Thank you for participating in our Remembrance Day Services. The weather was glorious, the Warbirds fly by went off without a hitch, and it gave time to pause and reflect on why, who, and how under unimaginable pressure the workers who supplied the allied services with the machines, the unsung heroes, the steelworkers, the smiths, the merchant marine, supplies for the effort to ramp up after the 1930’s to what became unimaginable now. It also brought to mind the founders of Branch #227, for without them I would not be writing these words. Thank you! The Ladies Auxiliary provided an excellent dinner for our Veterans Night. The turn out was great with awards and presentations given. Our executive slate for 2016 was elected at our AGM on November 17th. The new branch executive is as follows: President Wayne Knight; Vice President Marius Van Uden; Secretary Julie Forstad; Treasurer Lorraine Harrison; Executive Officers are Liz Leochko and Myrt Niles for one year terms. Douglas Harrison, Bev Van Uden and Barb Few for two year terms. All positions were filled by acclamation . Here’s what’s up at your Branch #227 for December: • #227’s Legendary Meat Draws every Friday and Saturday. Please Note: During the Christmas Holidays, Friday Night Meat Draws on Dec 25 & Jan 1 will be to Thursday, Dec 24 and Dec 31. Boxing Day is business as usual. • The Ladies Auxiliary have their pre-Christmas Bingo on Dec 5th. • Pub Darts every Saturday is starting up again. League play, dropins, and we’ll be hosting for the Zone Playdowns on Feb 21, 2016. • Billiards and Shuffleboard - Tables are available to all members and bona fide guests. • The Annual Turkey Shoot is on Dec 12th. • A mini craft fair is happening in the Jack Hill Room on Dec 13th from 9am to 2 pm. • Co-installation of Branch Executive and Ladies Auxiliary Executive will be held on Dec 13th at 11am. • Santa’s Pancake Breakfast is on Dec 20th, with live entertainment by Mat Duffus. • New Year’s Day Drop-in - Welcome in 2016 and get together on January 1, 2016, with music by “Three Piece”. The recent 2015 Strategic Vision Plan states, “... based on current trajectory, as Legions operate currently, and doing nothing differently ... the point of potential crisis in ALL Branches is the year 2022.” This is in just 6 years! This cannot and should not be allowed to occur! The document is on display and available for ALL members to read, and ponder what this means to you and our Branch. This memorandum is numbered #116.15. Time to renew your Branch membership! Members can renew at the canteen during the operating hours. When planning your next event, why not book the Jack Hill Room. Great rates, dance floor, beer tap and more. Kitchen also available to rent. Call the branch at 250-497-8338 for details. Thanks for reading and participating in your Branch #227. Until next month ... “We will remember them.”

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

Here we are at the end of another calendar year, with many accomplishments made. Now looking forward to the coming year with many new plans.

Muir Steuart, a member of the Summerland packinghouse, built the first packinghouse in Kaleden in 1917, on the site of the present day Community Hall. He owned and operated this facility until he sold out to the Penticton Co-operative Growers in 1922. For just one year, 1922, the Penticton Co-op handled the entire Kaleden fruit crop, but in 1923, the local growers broke away to form the Kaleden Co-operative Growers with F.W. King, president, R.D. Mutch, vice president and H.W. Corbitt, Reg Hody and H.H. Whitaker as directors. George E. Brown was the first manager and Harry Brown the foreman. F.W. King remained as president until 1949, when he became vice-president. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1961 at the age of 72. The Kaleden Co-op took over the packinghouse, where the fruit was sorted and packed. It was then trucked to the new wharf in front of the 1912 and loaded directly into refrigerator cars on barges, which the ‘York’ propelled between the railway slips at either end of the lake. This was major means of fruit transportation for 10 years until the missing rail link between Okanagan Falls and Penticton was completed in 1932.

with Thelma Detjen

At the November meeting, the historical note was a letter written in 1913 from one lady cousin to another about a Dance. These were important events way back when. A report of from the recent library presentation on the ‘History of Okanagan Falls’ was well received. The WI was asked if another presentation could be given. A meeting booklet will be prepared by Marla Wilson using the same format as used previously now that we are going forward. On Sunday, December 6th from 4-6pm, WI members will participate at the Christmas Festiv-ALL in Centennial Park. Also, on December 14th, members including prior members will hold a Pot Luck Supper at the home of Pat Diewald. The Rock Creek Womens Institute Calendars have been received and are really worth the price, as proceeds go to assisting Rock Creek and area residents who were burned out last summer in forest fires. To order at $15 ea or 2 for $25, email rockcreekwi100@gmail.com.

with Meredith King

2016 Election Results: Co-Chairs Eleanor Walker and Melody Walker, Secretary Diane Huey; Treasurer Pat Diewald; Executive Members are Thelma Detjen, Betty Lynch, and Marla Wilson. One more note regarding the BAND SHELL ... a donation of $5,000 has been received from UEE Employee Fund. This is to complete the electrical wiring. Needless to say, the Committee is very pleased to receive this donation. Thank you UEE! Our regular WI reporter had computer glitches this month. Who says Women Institute members are not resourceful? The Women’s Institute meets 2nd Monday every other month at 1pm in the Club Room of Community Centre. For more information, please phone Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.

Kaleden Weekly Ladies Drop-in Wednesdays from 1-4 pm

Meet at the Kaleden Community Church

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation & crafts. Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson The frost has been on the pumpkin a few times already. On bright sunny days, the air is crisp and clean and we know that winter is here. The Heritage and Museum Society has planned their Christmas Party for Thursday, December 17th at the Okanagan Falls Hotel. We will meet and greet at 5:00pm and Christmas Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Cost is $15/plate. This year, we are selling Dinner Tickets at the Thriftee Shop. We need to know how many are planning to come for the cooks in the Hotel. You can purchase your tickets up to Saturday, December 12th. To reserve dinner tickets, you can phone Marla at 1-778-439-2275 (home), or the Thriftee Shop at 250-4866371. Leave your name and how many tickets you would like to have. The Thrift Shop has been busy with sales of winter clothing. We still have a nice collection of new popular books that were donated. If you have a reader on your list, check them out. We will be closed for the Holidays on December 21st and will not reopen until January 5th. From all the members and volunteers of the Heritage and Museum Society, we wish you, our friends and neighbours, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Packing crew of the Kaleden Co-operative Growers - 1926 The packinghouse built by Muir Steuart had all the modern conveniences of the day. With a diesel generator, it had electric lights and an automated conveyor belt and employed about 25 people handling, sorting and packing fruit. It was the major employer in Kaleden, although the vast majority of its employees worked there for only about 4-5 months of the year. Over the ten years that the Kaleden Co-op owned it, from 1922-32, there was substantial growth in the production of fruit which necessitated a succession of building additions and equipment upgrades. When the railway arrived in 1932, a great many changes took place in the packing industry in Kaleden and also in the lives of many of its citizens. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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December 2015

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

Happy Birthday Okanagan Falls Lions Club! The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is pleased to announce our 36th Anniversary of service to Okanagan Falls. Yes, 36 years ago Okanagan Falls joined the Lions International Service Organization. Their mission statement is “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.” Since inception, the club has returned well over an estimated $300,000 to our community, plus an unknown amount of volunteer hours of labour. Over 74 students from Okanagan Falls have been given bursaries to continue their education after they graduate from the South Okanagan Secondary School. Two parks in Okanagan Falls had underground sprinkler systems put in by the Lions. BC Lions Society Camp Winfield has had children from Okanagan Falls experiencing the time of their lives while at camp. Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Dog Walk has received donations from the Lions Club, along with donations raised from the Annual Dog Walk held in the Spring to assist Canadians needing the assistance of a guide\service dog. When Shuttleworth Creek flooded, the Lions Club was there with shovels ready to do battle to save homes in Okanagan Falls. During the 2003 fire season, the Lions served breakfast to the firefighters fighting the fire South of Okanagan Falls. We have served breakfasts once a week to the children at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School since 2000. Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is a favourite with youngsters from Okanagan Falls and area, and it also brings former youngsters with their own children back for the fun they remembered. One of our members has sent close to 50,000 used eyeglasses collected from the South Okanagan to third world countries. And, we continue to collect those eyeglasses. So, if you have any glasses you want to part with, we have a place for them to go to help people to see. Ask your eye care provider if they have a drop box from a Lions Club for used eyeglasses. If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization, talk to a Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486. H&M Thriftee Shop


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Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd. the first to offer families in the South Okanagan, seamless door to door personal service at a very reasonable price. One phone number. One door. One price. 24 hours. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to:

Kent Richard Lillie It is with a heavy heart that we announce that on October 22, 2015 Kent Richard Lillie of Okanagan Falls passed away in the Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 74. Kent was born in Ocean Falls, BC and moved to Vancouver with his family. At the age of 19, he left Canada to New Zealand and stayed there for a period of 9 years. Upon his return to Canada, he moved to Abbotsford where he worked at Dairyland until he retired and settled down in Okanagan Falls, a place he lovingly referred to as God’s Country. Kent had a passion for hunting, fishing and everything that is the Denver Broncos. He loved animals and most of all his dogs. Kent is survived by his mother Eileen Lillie of Okanagan Falls; brother Ross (Sonya) of Oliver; wife Mira Lille of Okanagan Falls; children Brad Lillie of Winnipeg; Elaine Lillie of Calgary, Adam Kociniak (Brittani) of Edmonton, Patrick Kociniak (Arrlin) of Edmonton, Jackie Day (Craig) of Lethbridge; nephew Eric of Kelowna; grandchildren Ashlee, Alexander, and Carter; dogs Bella and Charlie. He is predeceased by his father Ken and dog Woofer. He was a kind, loving and passionate man who will be missed by his friends and family. In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Canadian Transplant Society or register yourself to be an organ donor.

Mary Ellen Hibak

May 26, 1946 - November 13,2015 With sadness we announce the passing of Ellen (to all that knew her). Ellen enjoyed the many charities that she was involved in. She also crocheted many a blanket and was so happy knowing her handy work was keeping her friends snuggled and warm. Predeceased by her father, mother and only brother. Survived by husband Jim Hibak, eldest daughter Sharon Hibak, grandson Stephen Hibak, youngest daughter Karen (Cory) Carruthers, granddaughters Kiya and Chloe Carruthers, sisters in-law, brother in-law, nieces and nephews. In lieu of cards or flowers, Ellen would have loved donations to Breast Cancer Research or the Salvation Army in her name. Memorial service to follow at a later date. Our sincere thanks to all those families who placed their trust in Credible Cremation Services Ltd, during the past year. “Blessings and Peace to All”

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December 2015

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am To Mexico With Love ~ Thank you for your continued support of the bottle drop off. Our next trip will take place from March 14-26, 2016. Stay tuned for details on our annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser! The HUB ~ A program for knowing and responding to individual and family needs in the Kaleden Community. For more information, please phone Les Clarke (250-497-5995), Heather Rose (250-770-7692) or Judith King (250-497-6985). 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 8:00 pm All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca





We hope you can join us in celebrating the Christmas season INTERRUPTED by HOPE: Turning Towards Advent

Christmas Eve Service:

Sundays at 6:30 Nov.29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 Please join us for a short celebration of Advent each Sunday evening

Kaleden Community Christmas Dinner:

Tickets $15 (adults), $8 (children 5-12) Purchase tickets from: Les Clarke (497-5995) Please bring something for “Kaleden Cares”

Christmas hayride & Carole Sing Friday, December 18 6:30

Kaleden Community Church

KALEDEN CARES Each year members of the community donate cash and nonperishable food items to Kaleden Cares to help families in need at Christmas time.

Monday, December 14 6:00 Kaleden Community Hall

Great dinner, and lots of friends

Thursday, December 24 7:00

Please give generously by dropping off food at the Kaleden School, Library, or Church. Thank you and Merry Christmas

Meet in the church parking lot. Dress warmly.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Mass 11:30 am ~ Sundays, Christmas Day & New Years Day 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1pm. Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 4:30 pm Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well

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


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The transportation program is part of the Kaleden HUB

Wondering what to give your family?

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December 2015

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Blood Donor Clinics

Dec 2, 3 & 4 | Dec 28 & 29

1:30-5:30 pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre 2965 South Main Street in Penticton




To donate BY APPOINTMENT, call 1-888-2DONATE OR www.blood.ca It’s in you to give!

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Update

with Keray Levant, Helping Hand Chair

2015 will be the 30th year the Helping Hand will distribute Christmas food hampers. Providing Christmas Hampers Last year 100 hampers were delivered For Those In Need between Skaha Estates and Vaseaux Lake. Helping Hand is a non profit society, run 100% by volunteers. Your Arlene Sloan of Matheson Creek Farms, located on Eastside Road, presents a financial support and food donations are the core of the program and cheque in the amount of $885.00 to Vera Gilbert, Vice President of Okanagan Falls your generosity is greatly appreciated. Financial donations can be Helping Hand. The farm had a late harvest of corn, and Arlene did not set a price, sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls instead asked her customers to make a donation to Helping Hand. The money will be BC VOH 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. used to purchase groceries for Christmas food hampers. Thank you for your support! If you are in the need of a hamper this year, please fill out the registration form on this page and drop it in the registration box at the IGA on or before December 9th or mail to the above address.

Wishing all the readers, advertisers, and the many content contributors ...

Have A Very Merry Christmas!

December Highlights: “Fill The Van” at IGA ~ Saturday, December 5th from 10am - 2pm Check out “Gift Tree” at IGA & “Pajama Tree” at Interior Savings Christmas Festiv-ALL ~ Sunday, December 6th 4-6pm at Bandshell Hamper Delivery Day ~ Saturday, December 19th from 10am-Noon

I hope your holidays are filled with memorable festive times with family and friends.

If you have any questions or concerns, our contact number is 250486-2767. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

With much thanks for your continued support,

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand

Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters

Christmas Hamper Registration Form For Residents of Okanagan Falls Area Only

Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to the members of the Kaleden Tennis Club who have once again taken down the windscreens on the tennis courts. Also, this year new screens have been purchased for just over $2000 by the club and donated to the community. The new screens will be put up in the Spring. ~ from Yvonne of Kaleden Flowers to the editors, staff and contributors of Skaha Matters. As a newcomer to the area, I immediately felt a part of the community. You do an awesome job keeping everyone well informed. Thank you! ~ from Sandi in OK Falls Flowers to Jerry Hook and his therapy dog Molly for visiting the story time children at the Kaleden Library. ~ from the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Karen Dematoes for presenting the Christmas Card Making Class at the Kaleden Library. ~ from the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to the compassionate fellow who regularly rides his bike over to the River in Okanagan Falls to visit with his feathered buddy. ~ from a River Neighbour Flowers to the NEW Skaha Matters Website! ~ from everyone so far Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2015 Okanagan Matters Publications.

(Skaha Estates to Vaseaux Lake)

Name: __________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Street Address: ___________________________ _______________________________________ # of Adults: ____ # of Children (if applicable): ____ Boys Ages: __________ Girls Ages: ___________ Boys Sizes: __________ Girls Sizes: ___________

Deadline Date for Registration: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Request made by:_________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Send Registration Form To: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 Or place registration form in the drop box at the Okanagan Falls IGA.

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December 2015

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Profile for Skaha Matters

Skaha Matters December 2015  

Volume 7 : Issue 12

Skaha Matters December 2015  

Volume 7 : Issue 12