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Volume 8 : Issue 12

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We Have Pedestrian Controlled Lights! with Pat Burton, Petition Coordinator

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Congratulations to the community of Okanagan Falls for speaking as one voice through the petition process to have pedestrian and vehicular safety concerns addressed at the intersection of Highway 97 and Cedar Street. This is the definition of community ... “citizens working together for the benefit of the community as a whole.” Steve Sirett (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure or MOTI) in response stated that, “... sidewalks on the North and South side of Highway 97 and landscaped medians must be installed (conceptual planning objectives) before installation of pedestrian activated lighting occurred.” Thankfully, this decision was reversed and we now have the pedestrian activated lighting installed, as of late November. We will not receive full traffic signals at the intersection to address the vehicular safety needs until community planning is completed. This is the norm for all communities. Both MLA Larson and Steve Sirett (MOTI) have stated it is the responsibility of RDOS to ensure the community planning is completed. There are significant challenges in the current conceptual planning objectives that may or may not be resolved, due to publicly stated opposition to the planning by key property owners. Citizens will need to encourage RDOS to place the transportation planning throughout the community as a top priority for pedestrian and vehicular safety action to occur at the intersections of Highway 97 and Main Street and Highway 97 and 10th Avenue. On another note, I am currently investigating the Speed Watch Signage program through ICBC. This is to address the issue of motorists exceeding the Highway 97 posted speed limit within the community limits, due to a lack of local policing presence (another public safety issue to be addressed) to enforce the posted speed limit. Every time you push the button to activate the lights at the intersection of Highway 97 and Cedar Street have pride that you as a citizen of Okanagan Falls made it happen! Thank you for your support.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Tis the Season” Well, the Holiday Season is fast upon us once again. At this time of year, I often catch myself humming that old Bing Crosby favorite: “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in Holiday style In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas ... Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch, this is Santa’s big scene.

Tom Siddon

Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

And above all the bustle Yule hear ... Silver Bells! Silver Bells!”

So as we enter December, I hope you and yours will be filled with the Joy and Wonders of the Season. And, if you want to get an early start on the Spirit of Christmas perhaps you can pick up the kids or other friends and head down to the annual Christmas Festiv-ALL, which will be held in Okanagan Falls on Sunday, December 4th from 4-6 pm at the Bandshell in Centennial Park. I’m told there will be lots of goodies and entertainment for the young ones and that Santa will be arriving by fire truck with a bag-full of treats around 5:30 pm. Later that evening, the Kaleden Community Church is hosting an Ole Fashion Christmas Dinner starting at 6pm in the Kaleden Community Hall. There will be a great meal and lots of Holiday fun. Everyone is welcome! To reserve your tickets, just call Lisa Mach at 250-497-6545 or Rita Masson at 250-497-8305. Santa Came Early! Speaking of Christmas surprises, residents of Okanagan Falls received two much-appreciated gifts a couple of weeks ago, compliments of our MLA Linda Larson and the Provincial Government. On November 12th, MLA Larson announced that the Transportation Ministry has finally agreed to install a system of pedestrian-activated cross-walk lights at the Cedar Street crossing of Highway 97. This light will afford seniors, children and the mobility challenged a measure of personal safety and security as they attempt to cross the ever-increasing stream of traffic along Highway 97. The flashing yellow cross-walk lights were installed in late November and are now fully operational. Congratulations to Pat Burton of the Sun & Sands RV Park who organized an 1151 signature petition in support of this long-sought safety upgrade, and to MLA Larson who persistently pressed the Transportation Minister Todd Stone and his officials, to get the job done before Christmas! A $4.7 Million Grant for Senior’s Housing ~ As part of the $500 Million dollar Affordable Housing Initiative announced recently by Premier Christy Clark, BC’s Housing Minister Rich Coleman has now given his approval for a $4.7 Million dollar grant to the South Skaha Housing Society, toward the cost of constructing a $5.9 Million affordable housing project for seniors in Okanagan Falls. The 35 unit “independent living” project is proposed to be built on the four residential lots fronting on Willow street, just West of the Legion Branch #227. This substantial grant was announced at the Legion on November 16th by our MLA Linda Larson, on behalf of Deputy Premier Rich Coleman. MLA Larson was joined on the podium for this announcement by Mr. Robert McLeod who is President of the South Skaha Housing Society, several of his fellow Directors, and the Legion Branch President, Wayne Knight. When I met Minister Coleman at the UBCM on September 28th, he told me that funding for the Okanagan Falls project would be conditional on the Housing Society securing a unified title or longterm lease from the Legion for the three lots at 1209, 1237 and 1251 Willow Street (these lots were gifted to the Legion by the Edge family several years ago), to be combined with the fourth (corner) property at

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5035 Veteran’s Way that is presently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Nelson. Letters of support for the project were submitted to BC Housing last June 14th by the Legion President Wayne Knight, and by the Diocesan financial officer on behalf of Bishop John Corriveau, subject to project approval by BC Housing. I was delighted to learn that a special general meeting of Branch #227 was held on November 8th with almost 100 members in attendance. I am told that an overwhelming majority of those present gave President Wayne Knight a clear mandate to negotiate with the Catholic Diocese for the purchase of the corner property at 5035 Veterans Way for an agreed price, and to commence negotiations with the South Skaha Housing Society for a long term lease of the four properties, in accordance with the requirements of BC Housing. Sad to say, in spite of all the progress to date, I have just been informed that the required property arrangements between the South Skaha Housing Society and Legion Branch #227 may not be possible due to internal difficulties at the local Legion Branch, and a failure to obtain adequate input and approval from the BC and Yukon Central Command. Should this opportunity be lost, it will be heartbreaking news for the many older folk in Okanagan Falls, including scores of Legion members who have long anticipated the prospect of moving into a modern, affordable rental suite in this new housing project. I can only hope that these difficulties will be resolved very quickly by the Legion leadership and that common good will prevail. Let’s not jeopardize this much-needed project, of such benefit to our older senior citizens! Other Good News ~ I am pleased to report that significant progress has been made on several other issues of importance to Area “D” during the past year. We are now close to finalizing the amended OCP for Area D-1. The Governance Study is now complete and implementation steps are now being considered by the RDOS Board. Both of these initiatives were guided by separate citizen’s committees that led excellent public engagement sessions on a variety of policy choices to be made, and by senior RDOS staff who managed these projects from beginning to end. Guided by our two Parks and Recreation Commissions and the capable RDOS staff, there have been numerous upgrades to our park facilities and the increasingly popular recreation programs. New park designs were recently commissioned for a new neighborhood park in Heritage Hills, and for portions of the lake-front parks in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. Also, the KVR Trail was recently upgraded and resurfaced through much of Kaleden. Budget Preparations for 2017 ~ The RDOS Budget proposals for 2017 are now under review by the RDOS Board. These will be brought forward for public discussion early in the New Year. A Word of Thanks ~ As we close-out the year, I want to offer a personal “Thank You” to all those community volunteers who sit on a variety of agencies, advisory boards and commissions, giving freely of their time and talents to support the work we do for the communities we serve. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t extend my sincere gratitude to all the staff members at the Regional District who often go “above and beyond” to keep our operations and services “humming along” for the benefit of all. And finally at this Christmas Season, may I urge you to give generously as you are able, to help those less fortunate in our midst and elsewhere in this troubled world. And, remember to hold your loved ones close at this special time of year, and cherish your moments together. Merry Christmas to All! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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December 2016

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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Monthly MLA Update

with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Congratulations to Ken and Sandra Oldfield and staff at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards for receiving Canada’s Safest Employers Award 2016. The wine industry from ground to table is a complicated process requiring skills at many levels. To be recognized for keeping all employees safe at all levels is an incredible honour. Tinhorn is the first winery in Canada to support carbon neutral practices and continues to lead in green stewardship in the industry. The Osoyoos Indian Band has been a good friend and neighbour to all of us in the South Okanagan, and their work ethics and job creation have been recognized as some of the best in Canada. The standard of living for residents of the OIB rates among the top in the country. Chief Clarence Louie and his Council manage a fine balance between protecting the history, traditions and culture of the First Nations people they represent, and the well-being of their members. New Affordable Housing initiatives for Okanagan Falls and Keremeos were recently announced. In Okanagan Falls, the Province presented $4.7 million to the South Skaha Housing Society for 35 affordable rental units for seniors. The Society has worked for 8 years to develop this project and will continue to work with the Legion to get a shovel in the ground as soon as possible. In Keremeos, the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society has received $3.1 million to create 24 new units of affordable rental housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. These two projects are part of a commitment by the Province to invest $500 million to create 2900 affordable housing units across the entire Province, not just in the lower mainland. These projects do not happen without the dedication of the volunteers who give their time and expertise to their Community Housing Societies.

Meet The South Skaha Housing Society

This group of volunteers has been working hard to ensure that Okanagan Falls has a viable housing plan, along with appropriate funding, for affordable seniors housing in our community. On November 16th, MLA Linda Larson announced that the BC Government selected South Skaha Housing Society to receive $4.7 million in capital funding toward their new housing project. Thank you for all your hard work! L-R above: RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, MLA Linda Larson, Robert McLeod, Wayne Knight, Sharon Proctor, Mike Creasey, Leslie D’Andrea & Michael Livingstone.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

Volunteer In Your Community!

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

Okanagan Falls has a new safer crosswalk thanks to residents like Pat Burton, and the hard work of RDOS Director Tom Siddon and associates at the recent UBCM convention. The passion for this project demonstrated to the Minister of Transportation and to the Premier how important this safety issue was to the community. This resulted in an early completion of this project. Congratulations to the Osoyoos Soroptimist Club who is celebrating 30 years of service to support women and children in both their community and internationally. Their recent Fashion Show at the Watermark not only raised funds for their causes, but also showcased small businesses in Osoyoos and Oliver that have the latest fashions for women. What a great showcase during Small Business month! Thank you ladies for all your hard work in putting this event together. Many Arts and Craft Fairs occur at this time of year and I encourage all of you to check out the wonderful local products. While many individuals create for their own pleasure, they are small businesses who also need our support. As our weather starts to look a bit more wintery, I would like to wish Apex and Baldy a great Ski Season. The rebirth of Mt. Baldy has created a much needed boost for the people who have waited patiently for the hill to come under enthusiastic new management. We wish “Snowy Joey” and everyone one involved much success for the 2016/2017 Ski Season. While the need at Food Banks and other Charitable Organizations exists all year, it seems to touch our hearts more deeply during the holidays. If you are able to contribute financially then do so, but even lending a helping hand to a neighbour to clear snow from a pathway or fetch groceries can make a difference. Be careful on the road. Best wishes to all.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager As the season changes, so does the community of Okanagan Falls ... two terrific happenings in November that will have tremendous impact on our community! The installation of the Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Signal at Cedar Street and Hwy 97 and the announcement from BC Housing Shona Schleppe of $4.7 million for the Affordable Seniors Rural Services Housing Project. The funding will facilitate Manager the construction of the planned project; a 35 unit, 3 story facility to be operated by South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS), on a parcel of land to be leased from Legion Branch #227. However, as we go to print, it has come to my attention that negotiations with the Legion Branch #227 and BC/Yukon Command have stalled. While I realize that some Legion members may have valid operational and logistical concerns (i.e. parking, shed, taxes), these can be addressed and resolved during the design build process. Branch members should realize that by accepting a $4.7 million gift from the Province, the Branch will receive a tax exemption on the lots, title to a fourth lot, a monthly lease payment, a well maintained capital asset, and most importantly, Branch #227 members will have first call on several units. I hope we can rescue this project, this is our one chance to have modern affordable housing for our seniors. These two projects have been on the radar for many years and finally due to the cumulative effort of many individuals in the community they are now happening! I salute all the individuals, businesses and community groups for your efforts. I also extend a big thanks to MLA Larson, Director Siddon and Alternate Tom Styffe for supporting the needs of the community. Let’s continue to cooperate, together we can make a difference! The Age Friendly Business Project is wrapping up. We had over 30 businesses participate in the Age Friendly Assessment. Look for the colorful door decal! The Age Friendly Benches (transit) installation should be completed by mid-December. A big shout out to Kim English for her efforts and commitment to the Age Friendly Business Project! The Warren Miller film was fantastic! The season has officially started. Apex’s opening day is scheduled for December 3rd (weather permitting) and we are hoping for a season like last year with record snowfall! The Apex community was also engaged in a Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessment workshop on November 29th. As well, Public Open Houses are scheduled for the Waste Transfer Station on December 5th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Longshot Day Lodge and on December 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at RDOS (101 Martin Street). Please visit the RDOS website for background details, design options and to complete the Survey - www.rdos.bc.ca - click on Popular Links (right side) for Apex Transfer Station Survey. The City of Penticton, RBC Blue Water Project and RDOS hosted a series of workshops in November. The first was a workshop on “Protecting our Natural Assets - Water and Landscapes along our Shorelines”. The workshop was focused on protecting our shoreline habitat, how to recognize and maintain health habitat. If you were unable to attend, a ‘hands on’ neighborhood field day is scheduled for the Spring of 2017. The second workshop hosted renowned author Robert Sandford and focused on Meeting Water Challenges: Are you Ready?” Thanks for the educational opportunity to learn more about our precious ecosystem, building local resilience and the acceleration of hydro-climatic change! I am fortunate to be involved with the South Okanagan Similkameen Economic Development Society (SOSEDS). We have been involved in the development of an investment attraction strategy. An important part of this project was to better understand the local and regional economy of the South Okanagan area. Stakeholder

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consultations (interviews and site visits) were conducted with community and business leaders. When examining the outcomes, it became clear that the Agricultural Sector was at the centre of the majority of the opportunities identified for investment attraction. In addition, the research findings showed that four of the sectors being investigated overlapped - Agriculture, Food Processing, Grape and Wine Production, and Bio-products. Drawing on the findings from the SWOT analysis and the collective filtering process, the target sectors were then subjected to a set of evaluation criteria. The purpose of this was to establish a priority pathway so that SOSEDS understands what it should focus on first, and that these areas of focus will have a cumulative and overlapping benefit, as activities are undertaken. In summary, the strategy recommends three key strategic directions for SOSEDS to undertake in the next five years: establish an official economic development framework; create formal investment attraction programming; and develop ongoing after care supports. SOSEDS is committed to creating an action plan for this strategy and working to attract investment into the South Okanagan. From Beaches to Bluffs • Thanks to the Legion Branch #227 for the Remembrance Day service and commemorative ceremony! • Helping Hand “Fill the Van” is on December 3rd (IGA Parking Lot). • The community is invited to the Christmas Festiv-ALL event on Sunday, December 4th from 4-6 pm in Centennial Park. • The Community Service Office has a few ideas for your Christmas List ... Bead Trail beads, necklaces or what about a Kenny McLean Statuette? • 2017 Schedule will feature Area “D” Town Hall meetings, so stay tuned! • Don’t forget to sign up for your Skaha Matters Weekly eCalendar. It is a terrific reminder of community events! Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca


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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Electoral The deadline for delivering the original signed Elector Response Form Areas “D”, “E”, and “F” Victim Assistance Contribution to the Regional District is 4:30 pm on Friday January 6, 2017. Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2750, 2016 The only persons entitled to sign an Elector Response Form are those who meet the following criteria: Notice of Alternative Approval Process Resident electors must: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 86 of the Community (a) be 18 years of age or older; Charter, that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of (b) be a Canadian citizen; Okanagan-Similkameen seek the approval of the electors with the (c) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; boundaries of Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, and “F” of the Regional District (d) be a resident of Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, or “F” for at least 30 days; and for the adoption of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (e) not be disqualified by a Provincial enactment, or otherwise Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, and “F” Bylaw No. 2750, 2016. disqualified by law, from voting in an election. In general terms, the bylaw establishes a service to contribute funds to the Penticton Victim Services Program for provision of Victim Non-Resident property electors must: Assistance services to the residents of Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, and (a) not be entitled to register as a resident elector of Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, or “F”; “F”. The annual maximum amount that may be requisitioned for the cost of the service shall not exceed the greater of $10,000 or $0.0039 (b) be 18 years of age or older; (c) be a Canadian citizen; per $1,000 net taxable value of land and improvements. The alternative approval process applies to qualified electors within (d) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (e) be a registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, and “F”. least 30 days; PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Regional District may proceed with (f) not be disqualified by any Provincial enactment or otherwise the approval of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Electoral disqualified by law, from voting in an election; and Areas “D”, “E”, and “F” Victim Assistance Contribution Bylaw No. 2750, (g) only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one 2016 unless at least ten percent (10%) of the qualified electors (those parcel of real property in a jurisdiction. meeting the criteria below) within the Electoral Areas “D”, “E” and “F” The bylaw is available for public inspection at the Regional District indicate their opposition by signing the Elector Response Form. Office 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, weekdays (excluding statutory The Regional District has estimated the total number of qualified holidays) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or alternatively, electors in the service area to be 8,420 and that 10% of that number, on our website at www.rdos.bc.ca. Please note the Regional District or 842 qualified electors, must submit signed Elector Response Forms office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day. to prevent the Regional District from adopting the bylaw without the For more information on the alternative approval process, please full assent of the electors by referendum. contact: Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services An elector response form must be in the form established by the 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 2A5 Regional District. Elector Response Forms are available from the 250-490-4146 or 1-877-610-3737 (toll free) Regional District office, including by mail, fax, or email, on request or cmalden@rdos.bc.ca on the Regional District website at www.rdos.bc.ca.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Sharon Proctor, Secretary & Communications Director

with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Hi everyone. This is Sharon reporting on our good news! Wow! As you can see by our picture and our media news reports, we have been very fortunate to receive a $4.7 Million Grant for Seniors Housing from BC’s Housing Minister, Rich Coleman and Linda Larson, our MLA. Our first choice is to award these funds towards building an Affordable Housing for Senior’s on Branch #227 Legion Land. Since early Spring, we have been working very hard with the Legion President, Wayne Knight, to make this happen. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that communication between Legion Branch #227 and BC/Yukon Command has not been happening as we expected. We trust that this is a temporary setback and that the Society and the Legion can iron out any obstacles, so that we all may benefit from this much needed project. It is our goal, as a society, to ensure that our seniors have affordable housing in Okanagan Falls and that they can remain in our ‘Mighty Little Community’ and not be forced to move elsewhere. A project of this scope and magnitude is a rare opportunity indeed and something that will benefit Legion Members, Seniors, and the community at large. Let’s hope that the ‘Affordable Housing for Seniors’ project will succeed and not end up as an opportunity lost. For more information on our project, please feel free to contact Robert McLeod, Chair SSHS at rhmcleod@shaw.ca or Sharon Proctor Secretary, Communications Director at shapro@shaw.ca

With the end of 2016 approaching, Staff and Trustees have taken time to look back with satisfaction on our work toward improving the system and the service during the year. Some of the accomplishments include: •

Providing the public with news and alerts through the OFID website

Adopting a long-term capital plan, bringing improvements to the system now, and into the future

Developing a sustainable system for budget planning

Conducting a security audit in order to minimize risk to the system and to the public

Developing a Centennial Park beautification plan in order to bring the park to a high standard

We all look forward to continuing our work in 2017 on your behalf. The Staff and Trustees of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Festive Holiday Season. From Judy Morris, Ken Peters, Ed Smith, Bob Haddow, Ted Lynch, Randy Perrett, Marjorie Bracconier and Bob Daly

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A sample architectural drawing of the proposed 35 unit senior’s housing project planned for the Legion property fronting on Willow Street in Okanagan Falls.

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December 2016

RCMP Community Report

Keeping Your Holiday Season Happy!

As I write this, those of us in the valley bottom are still enjoying fall like temperatures and no snow, although the weather people say it could come any time. Also on its way is the Holiday Season, a time when we look forward to spending time with our family and friends. It is a time of sharing and giving, but also a time when thieves are taking. These thieves or “Grinches” are opportunists looking to take whatever it is you have to make their life and holidays more joyous. They don’t care about your family or property or ruining your Christmas Season. But, the good news is that if you take some simple steps, you can prevent the Grinch from stealing your Christmas and anything else you have lying around. When out shopping, don’t leave parcels and valuables in your parked vehicle that are visible. If you must leave anything in your car, ensure your car is locked and parked in well-lit area visible to others. The best place for valuables is locked in your trunk or at least out of site of the prying eyes of the Grinches.

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KVFD December Tip

Congratulations to the residents of Kaleden on having a pretty safe 2016. There were very few major calls in the community and we are pleased that most people are adhering to the burning bylaws so far this season. Remember, you MUST apply to the RDOS to obtain a burning permit. Once approved, you have to check the venting index on the day you wish to burn. All pertinent information can be found on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca. Have a safe and healthy Christmas holiday, check road conditions before you travel and drive carefully within the community. If you are walking at night, wear something reflective to help drivers see you.

When you leave home, ensure that your home is secure and has that lived in look, especially if going away for any length of time over the holidays. Make use of light timers in your home, ensure that your mail and papers are not left to collect on your doorstep. Ensure that your driveway is shovelled or at the very least has the look of someone coming and going. Nothing tells the Grinches that you are not at home like 6 inches of snow in the driveway. Have someone check on your home daily to ensure everything is secure. Most home insurance policies require that someone regularly checks your home in the winter to ensure that the heat is on to prevent damage from frozen pipes and such. Your policy will tell you the particulars and the frequency required of these checks. When using social media, be careful when sharing details of your holiday plans such as when and where you are going, what you are planning to buy, give or receive. Grinches would love to know that Bob is getting a new 55 inch flat screen and that the family will be away at the relatives over Christmas! Finally, I can’t stress enough the importance of “logging” and marking your valuables for identification. Nothing is more frustrating for police than having to let the Grinch go with the stolen property, because it can’t be identified. It is recommended that you engrave your BC driver’s licence on your valuables as it is easily recognized and searchable by the police, so that they can better Thanks to Ineke Fleming for making this card. identify the rightful owner. I investigated a break-in a number of years ago where the family had gone to a Christmas Concert and when Fire Safety Tip: Keep your real Christmas tree watered and your fake they returned they found that the Grinches had taken all the wrapped tree away from any open flames, such as fire places, candles, etc. Christmas presents from under the tree. The family understandably Got Your Cook Book? did not have a very good idea of what was taken, which makes it Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department difficult to recover property and put Grinches in jail. It does not mean have produced their very own “Steaming Hot that you have to immediately engrave Bob’s new flat screen before Recipes” cook book. It is full of their favourite you know whether he even likes it, but you should have a record of its recipes. Support your local fire department serial number, make and description and this should be done where and Muscular Dystrophy by purchasing one possible with your other gifts. these fabulous cook books. They make for Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas! On behalf of the Penticton a great Christmas gift! The cost is $12 and RCMP and the Community Policing Unit, I would like to wish you and they are available at Pharmasave, 3 Winds your family all the best during this Holiday Season. Hair Design and G&R Auto. Any purchase of Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator $20 or more is able to request a tax deductible Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca receipt. All proceeds go towards Muscular Dystrophy. Let’s get cooking with ‘steaming hot recipes’! Thank You to our Sponsors of our Cook Book; 3 Winds Hair Design, Allistair Wilson, Blasted Church Vineyards, Bob Pearce of Value Contracting, Bullies Pizza, D&J Auto & Storage, Dutch’s Painting & Renovations, Easy Lock Self Storage, Falls Restaurant, G&R DARYL TARR ~ 250-770-0585 Auto Repair, Higher End Contracting, Holiday Beach Resort Motel, LICENSED INSURED BONDED Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, Kettle Valley Pizza, La Villa Motel, Mordek Trucking, Natural Family Health Clinic, OK Barber Shop, OK a Call for LET US BE YOUR SECURITY BLANKET Falls Hotel, Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, Pure Balance Spa, Royal E E R F Use our dependable, trustworthy and friendly services to Canadian Legion Branch #227, Laurie Kingsfield of Royal LePage, have peace of mind, while you are on vacation or away. Quote! Sarsons Mechanical Services, Structurlam, and Sun & Sand RV Park.

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Update with Jen Charlish I’d like to start this month’s column with a big Thank You to all the Have a Merry Christmas & the Best New Year Ever! people who showed up for the Kal-Rec Public Budget Meeting. I understand that a few of our interested community members were Our thanks for your continued support. away and of course we were in competition with the U.S. Election, From all of us at The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co. but your participation is always appreciated. The budget will now be 5119 Hwy 97 in Okanagan Falls submitted to the RDOS for approval. www.flexindustries.ca 778-515-5558 We are also looking for more Recreation Commission members. If you are interested, watch the newspaper for the advertisement of the positions or contact Kal-Rec through any Commission member or through the phone number and email below. Please consider getting involved and lending your voice to the direction of our great community. As I have been out in the community over the last few weeks, I have realized there are a wealth of opportunities for people of all ages to Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice! become involved in both physical, social and intellectual recreational activities. I must admit there are so many things going on that I am having trouble keeping all the dates straight. Thank you to all the The T.I.M.E. Program organizers and participants. You are the people who make these with Judy Mortensen, TIME program volunteer endeavours fun and successful. I’m doing the Together In Movement and As always, if you are interested in finding out what is going on in the Exercise (TIME) and loving it. My role is community, check our calendar at www.kal-rec.ca/calendar.html. If to assist Kandice, our certified Fitness you want to get in touch with us to give your suggestions, ideas or Instructor, so that we have low ratios feedback, you can contact us by email to kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca or of participants to leaders. It is a very call the Kaleden Parks & Recreation Office at 250-497-8188. You can rewarding experience to see the amazing also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most progress that people are making. It is a current information. life-altering program. I have witnessed that participants improve their confidence Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a and ability to do everyday functions with wonderful Holiday Season. I wish you happiness and hope you have better ease and control. There is a real time to enjoy that things you love most. I also challenge you to make camaraderie that develops with the group a New Year’s Resolution to pick an activity try something new in 2017! too. Most of the exercises are gentle and suited for anyone who would benefit from improving their balance and mobility in a safe way. You can be involved too, either as a participant or a volunteer leader. I am personally so full of gratitude to be a part of TIME. The next series will start in January. Call Janet for information at 250-497-8188.

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Give “Stick Curling” A Try! with Larry Martin

Curling in various forms is a life long sport with both competitive and recreational leagues throughout the Province. Delivery aids, like the stick, were first used to allow those with injuries or wheelchair athletes the ability to join in play. In recent years due to growing interest, many clubs have stand alone Stick Curling Leagues. The game has been modified and has some unique rules of play. There are only two people on a team. They remain at opposite ends

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of the ice and each person must skip and throw rocks. No sweeping of the rock is allowed until it passes the hog line of the receiving end. Curlers do not need to use ‘sliders’, thus are more stable on the ice. The stick delivery does not require the strength and balance needed for a regular delivery. I’m not saying you don’t need to know the game, but you don’t have to curl for several years to have fun or be competitive. In league play, you will find your opponent willing to help new curlers with shot decisions and delivery. The Penticton Curling Club plays most Fridays at 1pm, so come out and take a look or arrange to give it a try. The Summerland Curling Club has a Bonspiel planned for early December. Each game takes about one hour to play, being half the time of a conventional game, thus Bonspiels can be played in one day. Stick Curling is also an excellent way for seasoned or new curlers to gain experience skipping a game. If you haven’t curled before and enjoy watching the game on TV, come out and give it a try. Even if you decide not to continue with the game, it will give you an added appreciation of the skilled play required of the professionals. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Percussion Orchestra Saturday, December 3rd Okanagan Falls Community Centre 10:00am - 12:00pm | Kaleden Community Hall 1:00-3:00pm A drum and rhythm circle where children will have the opportunity to play instruments from around the world. Parents are welcome too! We have dropped the price to just $10/child & adults are free! Please pre-register. Led by musicians Yam & May Cooper.

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Metabolic Dysfunction: The Central Cause of Modern Disease Epidemics... Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease & Dementia By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Chronic diseases are on the rise and affecting all of us to some extent. Whether they affect you or a loved one, it seems that today we are all exposed to the suffering caused from chronic degenerative conditions. Arguably, (and the science now supports this theory), the key factor in this “tsunami” of chronic illnesses in our society, is metabolic dysfunction. Metabolism is defined as the manner in which our trillions of cells burn fuel for energy production. Many of our modern day habits diminish or hinder our metabolism, by damaging the energy producing machines that live in our cells called mitochondria. “Mitochondrial dysfunction” is at the heart of the vast majority of chronic illnesses. The good news is that an emerging body of research is discovering that a few fundamental daily habits can increase our metabolism by repairing our mitochondria and in turn improving energy and mood, while also lowering our risk of developing chronic diseases of aging such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and obesity. A virtual avalanche of research now supports this concept and provides even greater evidence that the power is in your reach to obtain optimal health at any age. Here is a list of the most mitochondrial damaging habits: sedentary lifestyle; sugar and a high refined carbohydrate diet; over eating; essential fatty acid deficiency, particularly Omega-3’s; other nutritional deficiencies; toxins in processed foods and polluted air and water; a stressful lifestyle; poor sleep; and dysbiosis (a lack of beneficial microbes and an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms in the large intestine). It turns out that a high carbohydrate/sugar diet is very harmful to our mitochondria and stimulates weight gain, inefficient energy production, blood sugar dysregulation, and inflammation. Over time this eating pattern contributes to many chronic diseases from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, neurological impairment disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. A diet higher in good fats; however, is very beneficial to our mitochondria. Fats burn more efficiently and provide more sustainable energy than do carbs. Thus, the Ketogenic diet, which is higher in healthy fats, moderate in protein and low in carbs, is proving to not only help us with energy and weight loss, but also with vast improvements in overall health and well being. The answer lies in the habits of healthy populations both from the past and present. Modern eating with its heavy reliance on fast and processed foods is very damaging to our health. Healthy populations eat food grown locally and in natural conditions, and rarely develop the chronic degenerative conditions that are so prevalent in developed countries today. We can see this in the growing incidence of obesity and chronic illnesses. Although there are definitely genetic alterations that contribute to disease, by and enlarge this factor pales in comparison to the effect of metabolic dysfunction on health. In recent years, research has discovered that the environment can turn genes off and on, a phenomenon called epigenetics. In essence, a healthy environment turns on beneficial genes, and an unhealthy environment turns on harmful genes. Thus, the root of most chronic illness is indeed an unhealthy environment. In my next article, I will delve into certain dietary patterns that have been found to improve all health parameters and prevent chronic illness. These eating patterns promote ideal weight, energy, sleep, brain function, heart health and mental wellness. For advice about repairing and optimizing your mitochondria, contact my office at 250-497-6681.

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Concussion Symptoms: Bringing Balance Back To Your Brain By Scott Fisher of Wellness in Motion Are you feeling fatigued or foggy with pressure in your head? The change of seasons to shorter days with overcast skies can bring on some of these feelings. However, if this doesn’t resolve quickly once your body has adjusted to the season, you may be dealing with lingering concussion symptoms. Even a blow to the head from years ago can cause ongoing symptoms that can affect your quality of life. The immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion generally last for 7-10 days and then completely resolve. In some cases, it may take weeks or months to heal. Depending on the nature of the concussion and the number of past concussions, symptoms can be ongoing for years. Having a history of previous concussions may increase the likelihood that you will take longer to heal. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head. Concussion can also be caused through whiplash, very commonly seen in car accidents. Regardless of the cause, the result is that the brain is ‘shaken’ against the skull, as the brain is our key coordinator of mental and physical behaviors, the ‘shaking’ of the brain can result in a wide variety of symptoms. A concussion cannot be seen on X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs; however, this does not rule out the many changes that occur. It is monitored and measured directly through an assessment of your brain function. Concussion should be suspected with a history of a blow to the head or whiplash and the presence of any of these life-altering symptoms: • Blurred vision, headache, pressure in the head, trouble with regular sleep • Impaired brain function (confusion, memory loss, feeling slowed down, or ‘in a fog’) • Physical signs (physical unsteadiness, neck pain, nausea) • Abnormal behavior (irritability, sadness) If you have received a concussion, you can assist greatly in your healing process by following these recommendations. • Provide the brain with some quiet space to heal by avoiding overworking. • Minimize strain on the brain by limiting reading, computer time and watching TV. • Limit vigorous physical activity during the initial healing process. If you have had a recent blow to the head and are not seeing improvement, osteopathic treatments can provide a corner stone for getting you back on your feet. Using a series of specialized techniques for concussion treatment, Osteopaths with work with the skull, brain and spinal cord to remove restrictions and tensions that haven’t resolved on their own. Osteopathic treatments for concussion will remove long held strain patterns and other physical aches and pains, getting you back to enjoying these fall and winter days! Discover the benefits of Osteopathy for the symptoms of concussion by booking an appointment with Scott Fisher at “Wellness In Motion” in Okanagan Falls. To find out more about Osteopathy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion”, find us at www. discoverwellnessinmotion.com.

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Live Well HEALTH TIP Jeff Hickey, Pharmacy Manager

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Medication Manager / Compliance Packaging / Blister Packing helps address the need for patients to adhere to their medication schedule and is a practice that’s been in place in long term care pharmacies for years. It is also becoming more common in community practice. The basic objective behind dispensing medications in compliance packs is to assist patients in maintaining an administration schedule and thus optimizing the effectiveness of treatment. Compliance packaging is one option that can be introduced when treating certain disease states, addressing cognitive impairment, managing a large number of medications, improving ease and efficiency of administration and convenience. Each weekly blister pack is designed with compartments representing each day of the week and administration time; typically morning (7-9am), midday (11am-1pm), early evening (4-6pm) and bedtime (8-10pm). Here at the Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, we blister pack 1, 2 or 4 weeks at a time, and have a schedule in place to ensure we have them ready for either pickup or delivery in advance. They have been shown to be safe, accurate, simple, proven, effective, efficient, convenient, helpful and practical. Also, a friendly reminder that we offer free delivery to Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Vaseux Lake and Oliver. Happy Holidays to all of you! I look forward to a wonderful 2017 and continuing to getting to know the community.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner As we head into the busy month of December, we would like to remind you to take some time for yourself, try not to stress about the upcoming holiday season, enjoy the beauty and treat yourself or someone you love to a relaxing chair massage. And remember, massage is not only relaxing, but has many health benefits as well. Gift certificates are available in time for Christmas! Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page. Creative Wellness Solutions would like to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!

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“Letter to the Editor” Re: Flea Market Property Update

Submitted by Ed Iceton of Okanagan Falls This update has been prepared by some very concerned citizens. It is Terry Feeny’s plan (the new property owner) to build affordable rental apartments, and I think that we as citizens of Okanagan Falls should support Terry and help him get this project going. What we need here in Okanagan Falls are more people, not more retail shops. We already have enough store fronts in this town that are sitting empty and unrented. I think that we need more housing in Okanagan Falls, so we have enough people to support the businesses that we already have. In my opinion, the dream of having a fancy shopping mall just is not going to happen. I think that it is time to “wake up folks”, get a petition going, and let’s help get things going here in the Falls. Rental places in the South Okanagan are hard to find at the best of times. I am sure that everyone out there knows someone who is currently looking for an affordable place to rent. Terry’s idea of affordable rental housing is a solution that would help the already affordable housing crisis here in BC, which was talked about on Global News on November 22nd. Quotes I’ve taken from the Oliver Daily News: MLA Larson stated, “This investment is essential in keeping our community strong by providing local seniors with affordable housing options,” she said. “Seniors have worked hard to create the prosperous province we call home and I’m glad that our government’s strong fiscal management can provide the funds needed for this project.” RDOS Electoral Area “D” Director Tom Siddon described the long overdue project as very exciting news for the community with a high demographic of older citizens. This enthusiasm was shared by members of the society, who have spent years working on this project. These quotes were meant for another housing project planned for on the Legion property. Now, I say let these directors know that a similar housing project would look good situated on the “Terry Feeny Property”. It being more centrally located to everything in town, like walking distance to IGA, Pizza Shop, Post Office, Doctors Office, Dentist Office, OK Falls Hotel, Pharmasave, Caitlin’s Restaurant, Interior Savings Credit Union, Library, Legion, and the many existing shops that are empty now, but would probably fill up with new retail businesses. This letter comes from a very concerned citizen. Having lived here for the past 40 years, I have seen many changes come and go in the community. I am ready to back Terry Feeny and sign a petition.


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In Other News ... By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters Below is an announcement that was made on Monday, November 21st with regard to the sister publication, Apex Matters. For those of you who are not aware, Skaha Matters was created after Apex Matters finished it’s 7th season and was to enter its 14th season this month. You can view past issues of Apex Matters at www.ApexMatters.com. Just to put any and all concerns aside, Skaha Matters is not going anywhere whatsoever! Your continued strong support has confirmed that we together are meeting the needs of our community through Skaha Matters ... “Bringing Community Matters To You”, with your help.

Apex Matters ... Off To ‘The Heavens’ To Rest!

Inconsistent commitment levels has led to the decision to not publish Apex Matters this winter season. I thank every business that has stepped up and supported this grassroots community newsletter with financial contributions over the past 13 seasons. Without your advertising dollars, we simply would never have joined together and connected as a snow-loving community through Apex Matters. And especially now, a huge thank you to those that have attempted to assist with the return for this coming 14th season. It is terribly unfortunate that we simply do not have the numbers to keep Apex Matters feasible this winter, especially when the sister publication Skaha Matters is so strongly supported and hugely successful in serving the needs of the Okanagan Falls and Kaleden communities for close to 8 years now. Honestly, this is a very heart breaking announcement for me to make. I have thoroughly loved working on Apex Matters and have always been thrilled to present a new issue to all you enthusiastic readers that make all my long working hours in isolation all worthwhile. “Keeping You in the S’know” was my mission and my passion with Apex Matters and all your support and contributions over the years have made that a reality to share with everyone. Perhaps commitment levels and things will change in the future, but for now ... I wish everyone a great winter season of playing in the snow. I know I will enjoy more quality time with my family this season. See you all in ‘The Heavens’ real soon! Sincerely, Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

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Jody Graham of Structurlam in Okanagan Falls presented a cheque in the amount of $250.00 to Laurie Kingsfield, Chair of the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. This money will be used to purchase groceries for Christmas Food Hampers. Thank you to all the members of USW Local 1-423 for your support! Your generosity is appreciated.

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with Laurie Kingsfield, Helping Hand Chair

Helping Hand has been distributing Christmas Food Hampers and Christmas Gifts to the Providing Christmas Hampers Okanagan Falls area for over 30 years. Last For Those In Need year just over 100 hampers were given out. Helping Hand is a non-profit society, run 100% by volunteers from your community. Your financial support, along with food and toy donations are the core of the program. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Financial donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, PO Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. Toys can be left at the Christmas Tree that will be set up at the Okanagan Falls IGA or in any of the pink bins in local businesses. If you are in need of a hamper this Christmas Season, please fill out the registration form on this page and drop it off in the registration box at the Okanagan Falls IGA on or before December 6th or mail to the above address. December Highlights: • “Fill the Van” at Okanagan Falls IGA ~ Saturday, December 3rd from 10am - 3pm. Hotdogs and coffee will be available. • Check out the “Gift Tree” at Okanagan Falls IGA and the “Pajama Tree” at Interior Savings Credit Union, Okanagan Falls. • Christmas Festiv-ALL ~ Sunday, December 4th from 4-6pm at the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls. Donations of food and gifts can be dropped off during this event as well. • Christmas Hamper Delivery Day ~ Saturday, December 17th from 10am until noon. If you have any questions or concerns, our contact number is 250486-2767. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

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From all of us a Caitlin’s, we wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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EVERYDAY SPECIALS Breakfast - Sausage, Bacon or Ham, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast ... $5.00 Mini Benny - 1 Egg, Ham & Bacon, Hollandaise, English Muffin, Hashbrowns ... $5.00 Two Pancakes ... $2.00 Deluxe Burger or Chicken Burger & Fries ... $6.00 Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap & Fries ... $6.00 Turkey Stuffing Cranberry Mayo Wrap ... $7.00

WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS Monday ~ Shepherd’s Pie Shepherd’s Pie, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread + Dessert Tuesday ~ Two Can Dine for $20 Full Turkey Dinner with All the Trimmings + Dessert Wednesday ~ Pork Steaks Pork Steaks in Mushroom Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables & Biscuits + Dessert Thursday ~ Traditional Roast Beef Dinner Soup or Salad to start, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding + Dessert Friday ~ Fish & Chips Fresh Battered Cod or Halibut & Fresh Cut Fries

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“Grandpa’s Gift” ~ Special Author Visit

Late October, Yasmin John Thorpe visited with Mrs. Stayberg and Ms. Souch’s classes for a chance to share her new book “Grandpa’s Gift: The Story of Canadian’s WW1 Battle to win Vimy Ridge”. The interactive workshop enabled students to learn about Vimy Ridge, which was a defining moment for Canada when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Canadian troops also earned a reputation as formidable, effective troops because of the stunning success. More than 10,000 killed and wounded. Our gratitude goes out to Yasmin John Thorpe for her continued support in fostering a love of literacy in our school over the years through Raise a Reader and this recent book workshop event.

Many thanks to the Okanagan Falls Legion for purchasing a copy of “Grandpa’s Gift” for every student shown above. The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command delivered 2 copies of the book to every school library in BC/Yukon with Grades 4-8. Yasmin John Thorpe covered the cost and shipping for the books, while the Legion Okanagan Correctional Centre - Grades 5/6/7 Guided Tour members helped follow up and ensure delivery was made to all the schools. On Wednesday, November 9th, Okanagan Falls Elementary School students had the opportunity to tour the newly constructed Okanagan Correctional Centre located at the Senkulmen Enterprise Park. This state of the art facility will house 378 cells and is a medium to high security prison facility. Qualified staff will transport inmates through the Okanagan, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Kootenays, and Northern BC. Highlights of the tour included students viewing the cells, fresh air areas, greenhouse, observation area, exercise room, library, eating area, processing area, administrative offices, staff area, and learning interesting fact about the “cell pod”. Students also had the chance to ask questions about restitution practices and restorative programs being offered to inmates and inquire about various job descriptions Annual Remembrance Day Assembly at Okanagan Falls School with Legion and roles within the facility where some of the Okanagan Falls School Representatives, Colour Guard Veterans and Student Poem Presentations with this parents are currently employed. Many thanks to Mrs. Kristine Robbins, year’s theme being “Women at War”. our PAC President for making this valuable learning field trip possible!

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary This past week my daughter and I got into a debate about whether it was frost (me) or snow (my daughter) on the ground that morning. This debate carried on from home to school, only to have it turned into several kids on the playground weighing in and choosing sides. I guess you can tell those on the side looking forward to the holidays and Christmas coming soon …. and those of us that are nowhere near prepared! It was a good reminder to stop being such an adult sometimes and give in to the promise of fun in things. The kids are getting ready though! They have been practicing their songs for the Okanagan Falls Christmas Concert coming up the evening of Thursday, December 15th at 6pm. Everyone in the community is welcome to come out and enjoy the show. We will be having our Annual Pancake Breakfast on Friday, December 16th at 8:30am (parent volunteers always welcome to join in the fun). Hot Lunch Program Reminder: Bullies Pizza Days are on December 2nd and 16th. Hot Dog Day is on December 9th, thanks to the lovely PAC volunteers, Nadine Cobb, Karen Pearce, Tammy Martin, and Kristine Robbins. Business Challenge Updates: So far the following businesses have stepped up to the Business Challenge and we can’t say THANK YOU enough for helping us to provide donations for field trips, extracurricular activities, and of course helping towards our proposed Ukulele program: Myleen of Skaha Matters for all the ad space and grammar corrections she has provided to help promote our school and this fundraiser; Robbins Drilling; Tickleberry’s; Avante Furniture; and Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors. There is still room for more of you! Extracurricular activity ideas put forth by the teachers will be voted on and budgeted at the December PAC meeting. For those looking to find out more about the dream of a Ukulele Program in our school, please feel free to contact Lindsay Hainstock at lindsayhainstock@ hotmail.com. Also, please feel free to contact PAC President, Kristine Robbins, with any questions or suggestions at 250-488-1271. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the school library with free childcare. All of us at Okanagan Falls PAC wish all our families, teachers and support workers the best this Christmas Season and look forward to working with all of you in 2017. Now ... dreaming of a ‘white’ Christmas!

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre with Samantha James

We have Infant Development here on Wednesday, December 7th at 10am. We also have our Annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 16th. We depart for the Christmas Holidays after the party and we come back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 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 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

OK Mini School

Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 Past President Mary Findlater (left) and Treasure Lorraine Harrison (right) presented a cheque for $1000.00 to Donna Mae Thompson (centre) for the United Church’s Breakfast Program at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Thank you to all who help support and run this much needed program at the school. The parents, school staff, and most definitely the children, all appreciate it!

Our Annual “Christmas Preschool Concert” will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 pm in the school gym. A big thank you to Interior Savings Credit Union in Okanagan Falls for their “Local Give Campaign”. The gift was presented by EJ Walker. This picture is us with the gift and our fish we made during our Aboriginal Art time with Mrs. Etty. 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, please send Thank you for supporing the an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@ OK Mini School! shaw.ca.


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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee Throughout School District 53, students are working hard to complete first term assignments, preparing for winter concerts, and looking forward to individual class functions. Okanagan Falls students and teachers are excited about their upcoming K-7 Christmas Concert “Jingle all the Way”, scheduled for Thursday December 15th at 6:00 pm in the Community School Gym. District News: Parent Engagement on Student Reporting ~ Early last month, we received notification from the Ministry of Education that they are beginning a new process to engage with families around the province on student reporting. The government would like to hear from parents about how they want to be informed about their child’s progress at school, as they are developing a new reporting approach for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9. With the revised curriculum being implemented this year, the way student progress is reported must be revised as well. A letter to parents from Min. Bernier was issued to schools for families. Learn more about the process at engage.gov. bc.ca/yourkidsprogress School Learning Plans ~ School teams presented their plans for the 2016-17 school year and beyond to address student achievement and success. All schools are using an inquiry framework to guide their work. Schools scanned what was going on with their learners to determine priorities to address. A common theme for focus was improving academic achievement through Social and Emotional Learning (school connectedness, sense of belonging, self-regulation) and engaging instructional strategies. It was very evident in the presentations that school learning plans are aligned with, and supported by, inquiry time, professional growth plans. This kind of alignment brings coherence and meaning to school and district improvement efforts.

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Middle Years Development Indicator Assessment ~ In November, we completed the 2016-17 assessment in our schools. This is a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grades 4 and 7. It asks them about how they think and feel about their experiences both inside and outside of school. The questions relate to the five areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement. For this assessment, we look at populations, not individuals measuring developmental change or trends in groups of children. The data from the MDI is used to inform school direction and progress with goals, and program delivery by schools and community organizations. MDI can also be used for funding opportunities, for determining allocation of existing resources, for setting priorities in school, district and community planning, and for advocating for children’s health and well-being. District Innovation / Initiatives ~ ITA Youth in Trades Performance Award: Trustees, district staff and secondary school principals have been invited to join ITA (Industry Training Authority) staff, other district representatives and local employers for a reception on December 7th to celebrate SD No. 53’s Performance Award for “their outstanding work with young apprentices in your community.” The new Youth Work in Trades Performance Awards are awarded to eight districts, one in each of the eight economic development regions in BC, that have the highest Youth Work in Trades registration numbers (currently called SSA and transitioning to this new program name). Our district will receive $5,000 in additional funding to assist with the development of our Youth Work in Trades program. Congratulations to the businesses, trades and school personnel, district staff, and trustees for believing in this initiative and the benefits for our students! On behalf of the Board of Education for School District 53, I wish you all a very happy Christmas season and winter holiday! I look forward to seeing many of you at the Okanagan Falls Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm. 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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Take Back the Wild - Raising the Voices of South Okanagan-Similkameen Seniors

with Kim Denis, Passionate Environmental Conservationist In-Training Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) launched this exciting conservation training program for seniors. The project will bring a diverse and passionate group of seniors together to talk about conservation issues and learn how to take action by running their own conservation campaign. I am quite interested in learning more about environmental conservation in the South Okanagan, so I personally applied to attend their four November workshops. Along with 20 other seniors and older adults, we met over four days and learned how to be involved in environmental protection and conservation campaigns. The guest speakers were amazing, educational and inspirational! Participants now have the opportunity to take the skills and knowledge we’ve gained and apply it to existing projects in our communities or start a new project related to conservation. I would love to hear your voices and learn what you think are endangered ecosystems in the area and if there any current or potential wilderness protection campaigns that you are interested in. If so, let’s discuss them. You can contact me at kimmer246@shaw.ca.

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Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Closed December 23rd - January 2nd (inclusive) We are hosting our annual “Gingerbread House Colouring Contest” at the Kaleden Library. So, get creative and you might be the winner of the Gingerbread House to take home, and make with your family over the holidays! You can pick up your colouring page at the Kaleden Library. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, December 15th. The winner will be notified on Friday, December 16th. We’re hosting an after school “Christmas Card Making Class” on Thursday, December 8th from 2:30-3:30 pm. This is for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Please register at the Kaleden Library for this fun, holiday themed program, as space is limited. The Kaleden Library will be closed on Friday, December 23rd to Monday, January 2nd for the Holidays. Please note that during this time, the drop off bins will be locked. Glenda and Lynn would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and see you in 2017!

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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 Closed December 22nd - January 2nd (inclusive) The Okanagan Falls Library will be having a special Christmas Story Time on Tuesday, December 20th from 9:30-10:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! Christmas LEGO Night is on Tuesday, December 20th from 6:307:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO skills! Duplo is available for younger siblings. We are always looking for donations of regular LEGO bricks! Drop-In Adult Colouring at the Library on Saturday, December 10th anytime between 10 am - 2 pm. Created for adults for relaxation, peace of mind, or just to express creativity and meet people who share the same interest. All supplies are provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Community Information Sessions at the Library will resume February 2017. We would like to hear some ideas on topics for discussion, as well as anyone interested in hosting an information session. Please call Lynn at the library. Book Club meets on Tuesday, December 13th from 10-11 am. The Okanagan Falls Branch will be closed over the Christmas season from December 22 - January 2, 2017, inclusive. We will be open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Please note that during this time, the drop off bins will be locked. Wishing all our patrons a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

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

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

November’s Great Things Include ... •

Students enjoyed a wide variety of Hallowe’en activities, including a school-wide pumpkin carving event and Monster Mash. Thank you to all families that helped the students carve their Jack O’ Lanterns. We were fortunate to have the Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Colour Guard join us for our Remembrance Day assembly. Our Grade 4/5 students were in charge of leading this assembly this year and did a commendable job. Mr. Herman Edward and School District Aboriginal Cultural Coordinator Anona Kampe joined Kaleden students recently to offer some aboriginal oral storytelling focussed on Kaleden’s school mascot, The Coyote. Mr. Edward also delighted the students with some playing of the reed flute.

Hello all. Because there really is only half a month of school this month, I tried getting away with only half an update. But, I was told I had to write the whole thing and that crying wouldn’t make anyone change their minds. Oh well. I really just do it for you, my legions of adoring fan(s) (thanks mom!). We have made our way into the Holiday Season! We are now scrambling to cram in all the hay rides, Christmas concerts, staff parties, present wrapping and Boxing Day fist fights into our calendar. With all this rush of activity and pressure to ‘perfect’ the season, please be sure to actively set aside some family time. Go for an evening walk in fresh fallen snow (or ankle deep slush around here) or have a nice relaxing drive looking at all the amazing light displays (until the boys spill hot chocolate in the truck). The point is no matter what you do, the holidays will never be perfect. Be sure to celebrate and laugh at the imperfections and take stock of how truly blessed we are, pimples and all. The big date that everyone wants to pencil into their calendar this month is our Christmas Concert. It will be held on Thursday, December 15th at both 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. It will not be at the school, but at the Kaleden Community Hall again this year. Remember to be early to get optimal seating. Please be sure to arrive 5 minutes after I do, so I can have first pick. The last day of school before the break is Friday, December 16th. For kicks, I recommend telling your kids that Ms. Rose has cancelled all classroom holiday parties in lieu of her annual Christmas 3 hour math test. The look on their faces always brings me holiday cheer. There is no PAC meeting this month (we are too busy baking for the sale at the concert). Otherwise, please keep your eye on the Kaleden Community Facebook page for events in the community. There is a community Christmas Dinner and a Community Caroling Hay Ride in the works. I am sure there will be much more. PAC would like to thank everyone for an amazing year. 2016 has been awesome at KES. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and look forward to what is to come in 2017.

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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning Every three years, Kindergarten teachers take part in the Early Development Index (EDI) questionnaire. It is a made-in-BC questionnaire used worldwide to measure patterns and trends in children’s developmental health in their first five years. The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC analyzes each district’s data in the following areas: Physical Health and Well-being; Social Competence; Emotional Maturity; Language; and Cognitive and Communication Skills. These areas are good predictors of health, education and social outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. Districts and community groups use the information to help with planning and allocation of resources. For example, a lot of information from the EDI was used in the successful Early Learning Centre grant application. The EDI report indicates an increase in rates for language in our district, which correlates with the school/community focus on language programs. This year’s report is showing there are more children who are vulnerable on an emotional scale, which could be a reflection of anxiety issues across the province, social media, families under stress, etc. Skaha Lake Middle School is in talks with Hockey Canada to potentially bring a Hockey Skills Academy to SLMS. The intention is to provide a program for 90 students, 30 in each grade. The Academy would focus on students who would like to learn how to play the game and not on the elite player. As it is an Academy, there will be fees associated with it. More information to come. The Minister of Education was in the district on November 28th and toured Trout Creek Elementary. He also had a short meeting with the Board after the tour. Recently, the School District received capital upgrade funding for the following:

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Summerland Secondary School - $1,115,000.00 for roof replacement and exterior upgrades • Penticton Secondary School - $125,000.00 for a solar panel system • Uplands Elementary School - $530,000 to replace boilers and HVAC systems Policy #750 School Closure has been reviewed and is available for comment on the district website, www.sd67.bc.ca, until January 4, 2017. I encourage you to have a look at it. The Board has embarked on developing a Strategic Plan and engaged the services of retired Superintendent, Dr. Terrance Sullivan, to guide us through the process. Many thanks to our partner groups for their active participation in laying the groundwork for the creation of a relevant Strategic Plan. The Board will examine all the input before developing the plan. The Ombudsman’s report concerning complaints filed by West Bench community members regarding the recent school closure process has come in. They reviewed all the documentation received, considered the district’s communications with the public, its compliance with district policies and the public consultation process. The Ombudsman was satisfied that the district followed a fair and reasonable procedure, concluded that further investigation was not necessary, and closed their files. Overall district enrolment is up by 36 students. The numbers break down as follows: • Summerland schools decreased by 18 students • RDOS schools increased by 18 students • Penticton schools increased by 36 students Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.


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Be More Comfortable & Save!

Easy Lock Self Storage Is Expanding!

with Kelsey Robinson, Owner We are very excited to share some big news with the community. We recently bought the 9.5 acre property next door. We are expanding our business to now hold an “Easy Lock RV Super Centre”, as well as additional rentable storage spaces and expanded retail onsite. The Easy Lock RV Super Centre will have storage space for over 100 recreational vehicles. This new area will provide some spots with a covered roof, some with electrical outlets to keep batteries topped up, and we will have paved access into and out of the facility. Any combination of these special features are available to meet the needs of our clients. Tenants will have access from 6am - 11pm to our secure facility with pin pad coded entry through our electronic gate. There are cameras and lights throughout the facility, along with local security on patrol. A fantastic new addition will be the sani-dump for our tenants, which is a great service to have onsite before you store away your RV. But wait, we will also have a new wash bay you can use too! We plan to have our RV Super Centre open in February 2017. Bookings are already coming in, so give us a call to ensure your RV Storage needs are met too. Easy Lock Self Storage is also expanding our rentable storage space with an additional 10,000 square feet of storage units starting in Spring 2017. We offer storage spaces from 5’x5’ up to 10’x30’, with a small number being climate controlled. Plus, each unit is individually alarmed for the extra protection you deserve. We are adding to our retail supplies onsite as well, just to better meet your storage and RV needs. Check out our new merchandise coming in the New Year! Prebook your space now for your needs this Spring. Head to Easy Lock Self Storage located at 1964 Oliver Ranch Road in Okanagan Falls. For more information, contact Kelsey, Dianne or Crystal at 250497-3279 or email to info@easylockselfstorage.com.

WE ARE EXPANDING! Please see the featured article in this month’s newsletter for more details. 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!

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Here’s why you should consider listing your home during the Holidays. with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off. Or, if they haven’t listed their homes yet, should they wait until after the first of the year? Maybe hold off until Spring? Conventional wisdom used to be that you shouldn’t even try to sell your home during the busy holiday season. Potential home buyers were too preoccupied with attending parties, cooking meals, buying presents or planning vacations. With all that going on, there just wasn’t time to ride around with a real estate agent, looking at properties. But with the Internet, smartphones, tablets and our always-on lifestyle, that conventional wisdom isn’t relevant anymore. The reality is that home buying season is now year-round. Today’s buyers never stop looking online and the holidays are no exception. They may check out the latest listings in a Zillow Mobile app before bed or while waiting for the kids’ school holiday show to start. Our hectic lifestyles also play a role. Many serious buyers today work hard. They don’t shift into holiday mode until the last minute. Even during the holiday break, they’re still squeezing in work. There’s no such thing for them as “going off the grid”. So, why not continue to monitor real estate listings too? The inventory, and the competition, is usually lighter. Despite our always-on lifestyles, many sellers still believe buyers can’t be bothered to look for a home between, say, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. At the same time, sellers who’ve had their homes on the market often take them off during the holidays. The net effect is that the inventory for good homes often tightens this time of year. So, there’s less competition for sellers, at a time when motivated buyers are out there looking, and no doubt wishing there were more properties to see. If you’ve been considering selling, are motivated, are flexible on timing and have a home that truly sparkles, consider listing right after Thanksgiving. There’s still a window of several weeks to get buyers into your home before the end of the year. And, those buyers flipping through listings at their kids’ basketball game will be excited to see something new and awesome hit the market, especially if there’s a lack of good inventory in their area. These buyers will be motivated to see your home, regardless of what the calendar says. Home not selling? Now’s the time to lower the price or change your strategy. If your property has been on the market for months, most buyers and their agents will see it as stale or overpriced and disregard it no matter how great it is or how light the competition is. In that case, it’s time to take action, and the year-end holidays can be a great opportunity to shift course. Dramatically reducing the price or overcoming some major obstacle that’s been preventing the sale, might be what’s needed to sell your home. If you received lower offers early on but weren’t ready to accept them, or you keep hearing there are issues with how your property shows, this is a good time to show the market you’re listening and are serious about selling. The motivated buyers, desperate for good inventory, will notice you and take a look. You might even get a sale closed before the end of the year. Before you make any big changes, talk it over with your real estate agent, as always.

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2017!

Brian Moen

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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Robert 778-515-0015. SkahaMatters.com

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

Thank You to All the Participating Businesses! Look for the “Age Friendly Decal” at these Businesses: OK Falls Hotel Pub & Liquor Store; Okanagan Falls IGA; Bullies Pizza; Matheson Creek Farm; OK Barber Shop; Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner; Royal LePage Office; 3 Winds Hair Design; Pharmasave Okanagan Falls; The Natural Family Health Clinic & Chelation Centre; OK Falls Medical Centre; Centre for Dentistry; Johnson Meier Insurance; Sun & Sands RV Park; See Ya Later Ranch; Liquidity Winery & Bistro; Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery; Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars; Okanagan Falls Museum & H&M Thrifty Boutique; Interior Savings Credit Union Okanagan Falls; Heritage Market; Okanagan Stoneworks; The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co.; G&R Auto Repair; Tickleberry’s; Okanagan Falls Post Office; Okanagan Falls Regional Library; Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre; Area “D” Community Services Office; and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Centre.

Watch for NEW TRANSIT BENCHES ... Coming Soon! Contact Janet Black at 250-497-8188 or email jblack@rdos.bc.ca

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President In 2017, the organization known as “Lions International” will celebrate its 100th Anniversary! Also, Canada will be celebrating it’s 150th Birthday! A proud member of the Lions International family, the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, will be celebrating 38 Years of Service to its community. As part of the Lions Family, the Okanagan Falls Lions has supported Camp Winfield for 37 years. The “BC Lions Society for Children with Abilities” is also part of the Lions family, and was started in 1947 to transport children with disabilities to school, doctor appointments and other important events. This province-wide project, with the integration of the Easter Seals franchise in BC, started the Easter Seal House in Vancouver in 1970. The Oak Street House continues to provide affordable accommodations in Vancouver for children seeking treatment at BC Children’s Hospital. These children stay free and their families stay at a highly subsidized rate. Easter Seals Camp Winfield was started in 1968 and continues as one of three camps for “Children with Abilities” in BC. Each camp is fully handicap accessible and every summer over 800 children attend camps at Camp Winfield, Camp Squamish and Camp Shawnigan. Lions continue to support this needed project and the Okanagan Falls Lions Club is part of that grass roots support. Lions provide local funding, work parties in the Spring to prepare for the camping season, and support for local attendees to the camps. Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinics are December 28, 29 & 30, at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our Lions Club members support the Canadian Blood Services Clinics, so be sure to say ‘hi’ when you stop by. To book an appointment, call

1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca.

To join a Lions Club, talk to a Lion Member or phone 250-497-8486.

with Shirley O'Connor The first general meeting of the fall-winter season was held on Monday, November 8th. After the business at hand was dealt with, it was time for the Election of Officers for the coming 2017 year. Elected as President is Grethe Jensen; Vice President is Velva Popowich; 2nd Vice is Loraine Thompson; Secretary is Robert McLeod; and Treasurer is Dianna Stewart. Some of the names put forward by the nominating committee for Directors were deemed null and void, as they were not present for the election because of health or business reasons. So, voting for these positions will continue at the next general meeting on Monday, December 5th at 1:00 pm. Running for Directors are; Vi Creasey, Darlene Ludwig, Lana Maber, Shirley O'Connor, Joan Rundle, Gail Skuce and Dave Stewart. There may also be nominations from the floor. News from the various activities is that everyone seems to be enjoying them. There is much "jocularity" (our instructor's favorite word) at the well attended exercise classes held every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 am. Come and join us, as there is always room for more. Apparently Carpet Bowling is a very fun time and Shuffleboard is shuffling along in an unorthodox, but enjoyable manner. Cribbage is in need of more players. Tickets are going fast for the Annual Christmas Dinner slated for Saturday, December 10th. You may purchase your tickets by dropping into the Activity Centre or call Robert McLeod at 250-515-0015. And lastly, we want to celebrate one of our LIFE member's Birthday. Mary Ferris will turn 100 years young in December and there will be a party for her on December 18th at 11:00 am. It will be a pot-luck lunch and all Mary's relatives and friends are invited to the Seniors Activity Centre. Mary is a very active member of the Seniors Centre, always attending meetings, enjoying the music programs, and helping with the Flea Markets in the Spring and Fall. A truly, lovely lady. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, December 3rd General Meeting & Voting Continues ~ 1pm Monday, December 5th Annual Christmas Dinner ~ Saturday, December 10th Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, December 11th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm Saturday, December 17th Mary Ferris' 100th Birthday Party ~ 11am Sunday, December 18th Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Shuffleboard ~ 1pm the last 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Melody Walker

Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Music Bingo with Russ - Friday, December 9th ~ Begins about 6:30pm (after the Meat Draw). A purchase ‘dinner’ option will also be offered this evening (Menu TBA). Please join us! Turkey Shoot Dart Game - Saturday, December 10th ~ Win a turkey! Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, December 18th ~ Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are FREE. Special Holiday Guests Santa & Mat Duffus will be attending too! Please join us! Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Beginning at 1:30pm. Check out all the fun and games. Please join us! Every Monday is Member Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Friday & Saturday Meat & 50-50 Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday Night beginning at 5pm. The Meat & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion & the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. “Ace Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay, presented Mr. Ed of Spades” every Friday Night, where the money pot grows until the Findlater, Royal Canadian Legion Okanagan Falls, BC, Past Command Chairman, ‘Ace of Spades’ is drawn. Please join us! with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on Monday, November 7, 2016. Sports Teams - Please join us! • Darts: Pub League Teams ~ In-House Fun League & Monthly Drop-In Tournament. Monday Pub League at 7pm. Wednesday In-House Fun League at 7pm. 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Tournament (December 4th). Register at the Legion. • Shuffleboard: Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons at 1pm • Pool: Weekday Afternoons at 1pm • Cribbage: Anyone for ‘Crib’ on Monday Nights? Details and sign-up sheet at the Legion. 2016 Memberships ~ Outstanding unpaid 2016 Memberships. If your Legion Membership is in arrears, please contact Trudy (or leave a message for her) with regard to same. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. 2017 Memberships ~ Fees are due for 2017. welcome to join Branch #227. Please join us!

New members

Poppy Campaign ~ Thank you for your continued support this year! General Meeting - Tuesday, December 20th ~ Always the 3rd Lorraine Harrison (left) and Mary Findlater (3rd from left) of Okanagan Falls Legion Tuesday of the month starting at 7pm. Hear an information update #227 present a $1000.00 donation to Laurie Kingsfield (2nd from left) and Linda Horn with regard to the ‘Vacant Lots’ Proposal for the Senior Affordable (far right) of Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. Thank you for your continued support! Housing Project with the South Skaha Housing Society - The project proposal remains ‘under negotiation’. We will also have an election for Secretary &/or Treasurer positions for 2017. Please join us!

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Volunteer Recruitment ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws recruiting volunteers! Interested persons, please contact Bev. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. It’s fun and easy to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draws or with the 50-50 Draw. Additional details & sign-up calendar at the Legion. Bartenders interested in volunteering with our Serving Team: Contact Mel for information. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. Questions? Contact Mel at mellwalker@shaw.ca or 250-487-8765 Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227... “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Barb Few

The Okanagan Falls Ladies Auxiliary are gearing themselves up for Christmas, following a very successful Christmas Craft and Bake Sale. The ladies are taking some time for themselves and just have their Christmas Party and Supper on Monday, December 5th. So, no regular meeting this month, but we will have one in January. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and we will see you in 2017.

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2017! From Mary, Debbie, Jennifer and Linda 837 Main St. Okanagan Falls

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute with Betty Lynch

Dear reader, the time has come for me to thank you for your loyalty for oh, so many columns. This could be the last epistle to struggle through, as great change will be evolving soon for the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute. In the New Year, all will become clear to you, my dear reader friend. In the meantime, all of the Institute Members wish to all of you ... A Very Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch


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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the 7th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The Kay Family The Kay family lived in Bolton, England and two of the boys emigrated to Canada early in the century, Arthur in 1908 and Christopher in 1909 or 10. Both of the boys ended up in Kaleden working on the construction of the Kaleden Irrigation System and though Arthur’s interest took him to the prairies, Chris remained in Kaleden. Living in Kaleden at that time was Mrs. Keziah Eugenia Kerr, whom the family called Aunt Tidy. (I don’t know which name is more interesting.). Aunt Tidy had three nieces growing up in New Brunswick by the names of Alma and Vi Davis and their cousin Ventura Machum. The three girls made the long trip several times to Kaleden to visit their aunt and during one of the visits a romance developed between Chris and Alma, or Allie as she was called. The two sisters took a dressmaking course, moved west and started a business in Vancouver. Their modus operandi was somewhat unique, but remarkably efficient. When one of the wealthy families wanted a new wardrobe, the girls would move in with the family for a week or two and the cutting, sewing and fitting would take place right on the premises. It not only provided them with a good income without much overhead, but also gave them with an entry into some of the most fashionable homes in Western Canada. Meanwhile, the long distance romance continued. When WW1 broke out, Chris joined the Second Canadian Mounted Rifles and after basic training in Vernon went overseas in 1915 and saw action in France. Early in 1916, Chris was severely wounded, had his lungs damaged by gas and was taken prisoner. Eventually, the Red Cross arranged an exchange of wounded prisoners and he was taken to Switzerland for recuperation. At that time, correspondence with Allie resumed and when he returned to Canada she travelled back to Montreal to meet him, marrying him there on November 1, 1918 at the home of friends. Upon returning to Kaleden, they planted a 5 acre parcel on Oak Street, where they produced two children, Fred and Frances. By 1925, Chris’s health had deteriorated to the point where his doctor told him to move into Penticton to be closer to medical treatment, and in May 1931 he passed away leaving his young widow and 2 children not yet teens. She remained in Penticton and died almost exactly 40 years after her husband. Fred Kay began his schooling in Kaleden at the age of 5 and after graduation in Penticton he went to work for Hunt Motors. He remained with the firm until his retirement. Frances who, after graduation, married Gordon Parker, also remained in Penticton. She died there in 2014. Although circumstances took them away from Kaleden at an early age, they recall their happy years here and retained the friendships formed then. We salute a family that made such great sacrifices for the community and country. 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. With the onset of winter, The HUB would like your assistance. Please inform us if you are willing to volunteer to help with snow removal in Kaleden. We shall compile a list of volunteers and coordinate the service when the need arises. If you feel that you may need such assistance, please inform us, so we can compile the necessary details to assist you. To volunteer or request assistance, please call The HUB at 250-460-3387.

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250-492-5754 OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson It feels like winter has arrived. Just yesterday morning, a heavy frost covered the car windows and roofs of the houses. The swans are back on Vaseux Lake and the sheep have come down from the hill tops to graze beside the highway across from the lake. My house smells like crab apple jelly, a sure sign that winter is nearly here. The Heritage and Museum Society has had a good year. Sue Walker is working to keep up with the needs of the Bassett House and the Museum. She is making a few changes and that is good. We will have to do some work on the irrigation system, but that will wait till Spring. The volunteers at the Thrifty Boutique have decorated for Christmas. It is cheery and bright in there. The shop will be closed from December 17th to January 3rd, so all staff can celebrate Christmas with their families. Gift Certificates will be going into the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hampers this year. The Heritage Christmas Dinner will be on Saturday, December 17th at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The charge is $15.00 a plate. Tickets are being sold at the Thrifty Boutique, so that we will know how many to prepare for. We still get the odd pile of garbage. The last big dump was on Remembrance Day. Those people do not know the difference between “gently used clothing” and an old broken TV set. The good news is that piles of garbage are less frequent then they were a few years ago. Watch on Facebook for our upcoming site “Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum and Bassett House” ... Coming Soon! A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our neighbours and friends. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

Warmest Wishes for a Merry Christmas!


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A Charitable Update

100 Men Who Care-Penticton continues to grow and support charitable organizations in the South OkanaganSimilkameen. The organization had its first meeting in June at the Cannery Brewing Company and at that time 37 members raised $3,700 in under an hour. St. Saviour’s Anglican Church received 80% of the funds or $2,960 to launch their Community Meals Program for families; the Learning for Little People Preschool program now has $370 towards their garden greenhouse project and the Similkameen Trails Society another $370 for trail clearing and preparation near Keremeos.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of the Providence family. Family Owned and Operated Trusted Since 1908 PENTICTON CHAPEL - 250.492.0713 SUMMERLAND CHAPEL - 250.494.7752 www.providencefuneralhomes.com

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Help Your Community By Volunteering with Bobby Armstrong, Program Manager “Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer.” Read the full article at www.volunteercentre.info under “News”. 100 Men Who Care donated $5,900 back into the community on September 28th. In photo from left to right - Nina Munckhof, Kyle Fossett, Brandon Coxon, members of the Oliver Osoyoos Search & Rescue (with two future members Nathan and Anna Munckhof); Ann Collins of the Penticton & District Hospice Society; and Sarah Taylor of the Canadian Cancer Society. On September 28th, the 100 Men met for their second meeting, hosted by HNZ Topflight Helicopter Training Centre and was able to donate $5,900 to three other charities in the region. The 100 Men voted to donate 80% of the funds, or $4,720, to the Penticton & District Hospice Society to support grief and bereavement counseling for children and youth; Oliver Osoyoos Search & Rescue received $590 to support ongoing training and state-of-the-art equipment; and the Canadian Cancer Society received $590 which will be used to support patient stays at the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge when they seek treatment while away from their home. So, after only two meetings and only two hours of their time, 100 Men Who Care-Penticton has distributed $9,600 directly to area charities; 100% of the funds donated has gone to these worthy and hardworking groups. Over the summer months, the 100 Men group received a lot of help from word-of-mouth and media support, including Skaha Matters. The group has grown to 64 members - a huge leap forward towards the goal of at least 100 members. The next meeting of the group will be 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 where the membership is anticipated to reach the 100 mark - and hopefully beyond. Anyone interested in becoming one of the 100 Men Who Care can go to the website at www.100menpenticton.com or email the group at info@100menpenticton.com. A women’s version 100 Women Who Care also is very active in the area.

Volunteer Opportunities: South Okanagan Women in Need Society Share the Spirit Campaign. Contact: Bethany Handfield at volcoord@ sowins.com; Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation - Canvassers in Penticton & surrounding area for February Heart Month Campaign. Contact: Ayeana Mills at 778-313-8088 or amills@hsf.bc.ca; The Canadian Mental Health Association - Advocacy, Unity House Help & Housing Support. Contact: CMHA-SOS at 250 493-8999 or cmha_ sos@shaw.ca; The Salvation Army Community & Family Services - Hamper Packers & Hamper “Scampers” Contact: Miriam Leslie at 250-492-6494 or Miriam_leslie@can.salvationarmy.org; Penticton Recovery Resource Society - looking for help with market tables over the next couple months. Contact Jerome at 250-462-1388 or prrs@shaw.ca; The Canadian Red Cross - in need of volunteers to help out in several areas. Contact Vicky Hitch at 250-498-6700 or bichitch@hotmail.com; The Alzheimer Society of Canada Co-facilitators needed to assist support group facilitators. Contact: Laurie Myres at 250 493-8182 or lmyres@alzheimerbc.org; South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services - Employment mentors needed for new immigrants. Contact: Angelika Eneas at angelikae@soics.ca. The SOS Volunteer Centre is a registered charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www.volunteercentre. info and search under “Browse Opportunities”. For more information, please email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Special Events and Programs coming soon: • Group Lectio Divina (Listening to the Word of God in Scripture) Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30 am at the Church. • Special Christmas Events - See display ad space to right. • To Mexico With Love - Thank you for your continued support of the “To Mexico With Love” bottle drop-off. Plans are now underway for our next trip scheduled for March 21st - April 1st, 2017. Stay tuned for details on our annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Baptist Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 6:00 pm Christmas Day Service ~ December 25th at 10:00 am Drummer Wanted: We are seeking a drummer for our Sunday evening service. If interested, please call Ray at 250-488-4397. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

KALEDEN COMMUNITY CHURCH CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2016 250-497-5995 kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org Facebook: Kaleden Community Church

We hope you can join us in celebrating the Christmas Season Kaleden Community Christmas Dinner: Sunday, December 4 6:00 PM

Christmas Eve Service: Saturday, December 24 7:00 PM Kaleden Community Church

Kaleden Community Hall Great dinner, lots of friends and “Raffle Baskets” Tickets $15 (adults), $8 (children 5-12) Purchase tickets from: Les Clarke (497-5995) Please bring something for “Kaleden Cares”

Christmas Hayride & Carole Sing: Saturday, December 17 6:30 PM Meet in the church parking lot. Dress warmly.

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

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 5:00 pm No Service on December 25th or January 1st Back Door Wednesday Gatherings from 6:30-8:30pm: Board Games on December 7 & 21; Crystal Bowl Guided Meditation on December 14 & 28. $5 cover charge, includes tea, coffee & cookies . 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

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

If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. Lessons & Carols (All Welcome!) ~ December 18th at 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 4:00 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

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167

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A wonderful time was had by all creating a mural, meeting new friends at the Okanagan Falls Communitry Centre on November 13th. Thanks to all who came out to the Community Gathering”. Thanks also goes to Kim English who works with the Community Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grants, the RDOS staff, RONA Penticton, and KJ Coffee Bar for supplying coffee for the event. Thank you for your energy and support in helping make this community event possible. This was intended as a community building event that each region can create yearly and is open to all to participate.


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Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net Your full name and location is required on any submission. (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to all the Employers who have allowed their Employee’s to leave work to attend emergency incident call outs for the Kaleden Fire Department. It is with the employers wellness that we have been able to attend emergencies with a dedicated group of fire fighters. ~ From Kaleden Fire Chief Darlene Bailey Flowers to Interior Savings and their “local give” campaign. ~ From Eleanor Walker of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the person that saved someone’s paddle boat. During a wind storm in mid-November, someone rescued a paddle boat on Skaha Lake and we now have it on our beach. Please call 250-4971164 to identify your paddle boat. ~ From Vivian King of Kaleden Flowers to Lori and Ron at OK Stoneworks, along with Bill Jackson and Ted Lynch for all the help with the Band Shell recognition plaque. ~ From Eleanor Walker of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the property owners at the east end of the bridge with the Canadian flag hanging in ribbons the day before Remembrance Day. Shame on you. ~ From Ray of Okanagan Falls

HELP WANTED: Five Full Time Seasonal Vineyard Workers required for Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R5. $10.85/hour, 40 hours/week. Job duties include all aspects of vineyard work, pruning, tying, suckering, shoot thinning, etc. Physically demanding, repetitive tasks, outdoor work in all weather conditions. Start date Jan 15th, 2017. Email resume to work@blastedchurch.com.

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior Owner & Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 www.crediblecremation.com

If Basic Cremation is Your Choice $990 + taxes - Penticton ~ $1190 + taxes - Kelowna with Lesley H. Luff of Credible Cremation Services (Resident of Okanagan Falls) Folks, the evenings are getting darker earlier and for those who have to drive, please be extra vigilant, especially if you use Eastside Road. The deer are all over the place right now. If someone flashes their lights at you, it usually means that there are animals on or beside the road in the vicinity. Take notice of this warning and slow down accordingly. No one wants to kill an animal, or damage their vehicle if it can be avoided. So, please take extra care and drive defensively. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of another Okanagan Falls neighbour.

KEVIN JOHN PRINCE

Kevin John Prince, born in Sydney, Cape Breton on December 19th, 1942, passed away very suddenly in Okanagan Falls on November 18, 2016. Kevin was a man of many talents. Besides being an accomplished carpenter, he was an avid sports supporter and was well known as a sports writer. Kevin will be sadly missed by his son Glen (Taytene), daughter Laura (Mark) Chapman, sisters Gladys, Evelyn and Jacqueline, brother Jimmy, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his many friends. “He lived his life his way”

GARDINER, Louise Ann

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After a long battle with her health, Louise died peacefully with her daughter Lynn by her side on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in her 78th year. She was a long time resident of Kaleden and best known as the Kaleden Librarian. She leaves behind her daughter Lynn, brother Allen and extended family. A private family service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com.

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with Barb Few Mark your calendar ... the Okanagan Falls Christmas Festiv-ALL will be held from 4-6 pm on Sunday, December 4th in Centennial Park, and “Music in the Park” are proudly presenting the VINTAGE VOICES from Oliver. This male choir will be leading everyone in Carols and Christmas music starting at 4pm in the WI Bandshell. This will lead up to the arrival of the man himself, Santa Clause! So, come everyone and join in the Christmas Spirit in our community. Plus, you can watch all the children getting excited for the coming Holidays.


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Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits Dry Garlic Ribs Calamari Veggie Platter Veggie Platter Munchie Basket

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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95

Salads

Please ask server for your favourite dressing.

Garden Salad

With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.50 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Bakedd with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............. $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Flat Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95 SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

Gluten Fr & Buns ee Breads Availab le!

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar Salmon Casesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95 Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $9.95 | 20 items: $18.95 | 30 items: $28.95 | 40 items: $37.95

Pizza 12” 2 toppings: $12.95 | 14” 2 toppings: $19.95 | add topping $.95 ea

Burgers All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) & your choice of fries, perogies or salad. Ask for Gluten Free!

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Surf & Turf Burger Beef and Calamari .......................................................... $11.95 Medieval Burger Our Best Burger .............................................................. $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A Soy and Rice patty, dressed to please! ................. $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon! .............................................................. $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95 Add mozza, cheddar, 2 bacon stips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss or Feta: $1.50

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ..................................... $10.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $13.95

All Day Breakfast Ye Olde Breakfast Steak and Eggs

2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $12.95 or without a meal $14.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.50 / Side of 3 perogies $5.25 / Add Mozza or Cheddar $1.39, Swss $1.50, Feta $1.95 / Sauteed Shrooms & Onions $1.39

Steak, Seafood and Ribs

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or garden salad with your choice of dressing. Grilled Cheese A Classic Sandwich ............................................................ $9.95

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions or upgrade to Caesar for only $1.39!

Medieval Steak

Our spicy medieval ground beef patty, .................... $12.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

The BLT

Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $13.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Hot Roast Beef

Lean roast beef piled high and ................................. $11.95 smothered in our own gravy

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $16.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad. A full rack of pork ribs with garlic toast ............... $18.95 and baked potato or fries or garden salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $11.95 garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $11.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95

Rack of Ribs

cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

Served with garlic toast ................................................ $11.95

2 Lobster Tails We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

TWO lobster tails, garlic toast and ......................... $29.95 baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Iced Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Ryoe Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

250-498-8840

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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Entrées

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