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FROM THE DIRECTOR “A Most Wonderful

Time of the Year!”

Tom Siddon

Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

As we approach the Magic of Christmas once again, I want to offer a big “thank you” to all those who have given so much to the communities of Area ‘D’ during the past year. It has been a tumultuous and somewhat unpredictable year. Yet as always, many citizens have risen to the challenge and pitched in to meet the needs of others living in our midst.

First, I’d like to thank the army of service providers, RDOS staff and voluntary citizens who came to the aid of our Emergency Operations Centre and many neighbours in need during the long spring of flooding, followed by the devastating wildfires during the summer. RDOS staff and the emergency service providers were honoured for their many hours of service at a special Appreciation Event held at the Lakeside Resort on November 23rd. During this spring’s flooding on Lower Twin (Nipit) Lake it became evident that we need a much better understanding about the effects of climate change on the volume and timing of freshet flows from the upper Twin Lakes watershed. Under the leadership of Coral Brown and the Lower Nipit Improvement District, and with local project funding from Electoral Areas C, D and G, a preliminary study is now underway by professional hydrologist Don Dobson, P.Eng. to develop new flood control measures to protect homes on Lower Nipit Lake and other rural properties further downstream. We hope this study will help the residents of Twin Lakes to avoid future flood damage. Our thanks also to Norm Gaumont and the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association for organizing a series of important meetings to address Vaseux Lake water quality, inlet siltation, milfoil control and construction of a new wetland filtration project at the outlet of the Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant. Due to Norm’s efforts, the RDOS and the Okanagan Basin Water Board have agreed to commit more than one million dollars to improve the water quality and to suppress the build-up of milfoil in Vaseux Lake. The resulting projects will produce lasting environmental benefits to residents, farmers, and First Nations; and will also protect fishery stocks along the lower Okanagan River. My compliments to you and your team Norm, for taking the lead on this important work. Okanagan Falls Town Centre Moves Forward ~ Following a final round of community consultations in September, Phase 3 of the Town Centre Development Plan was finalized by Lance Berelowitz of Urban Forum Associates, and approved as a “guiding document” by the RDOS Planning Committee on November 16th. This final report is the outcome of numerous consultations over the past 4 years. It includes a set of Development Design Guidelines, a new “Town Centre” policy section for the Area D-2 OCP, a location for a future “Place Magnet” in the town centre, and a new plan for local street improvements, sidewalks, trail corridors, park space and lakefront access. The objective over time is to create an additional population density of 300+ dwelling units in the town centre, 60 new tourist accommodations and at least 700 m2 of additional commercial space. Our thanks to Mr. Berelowitz, the RDOS Planning staff, and all those residents and property owners who have contributed to the development of this new Master Plan for Okanagan Falls.

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to fire protection and energy conservation, the number of units will be reduced somewhat. However, the design work is proceeding positively. My congratulations to the Housing Society and its Chair, Robert McLeod! Budget Projections for Area ‘D’ in 2018 are now well underway. The various service providers have now submitted their detailed estimates, and the RDOS Board is presently reviewing the composite tax impact on a program-by-program basis. We expect the Board will give first reading to the overall 2018 Budget early in the New Year. Kaleden Community News ~ Aside from developing their operating Budget for 2018, the Kaleden Recreation Commission is proposing upgrades to Pioneer Park and the adjacent parking lot by requesting a gas tax grant to match new capital funds included in their Budget. KalRec also wants RDOS to complete the resurfacing of the KVR Trail from Pioneer Park to the old Kaleden Hotel. Finally, the Commission has asked RDOS to secure a “Licence of Occupation” on all remaining Crown Lands in lower Kaleden to maximize public access to the Skaha Lakeshore, as recommended in Section 15 of the new OCP for Area D-1. Should you be interested in any of these projects, please contact the KalRec Chair, Mr. Doug King, and consider attending the AGM on Tuesday, January 16th at the Kaleden Community Hall. Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation ~ I’m sorry to report that our well-respected Chair of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission, Mr. Donald Clark, has decided to resign from the Commission effective December 31st. Much has been accomplished at the Commission under Don’s leadership, especially the successful purchase of new lands and plans for new park developments in both Okanagan Falls and Heritage Hills. Don, I know I speak for the entire Commission, and the RDOS staff who have worked with you, in expressing our sincere gratitude for your gentle yet effective leadership in recent years. Don’s successor will be chosen at the forthcoming AGM of the Okanagan Falls Parks Commission on Thursday, January 11th. Meanwhile, I’m pleased to commend Don and his Commission colleagues in their recent decision to seek up to $500,000 toward the furbishing and development of the new neighbourhood park in Heritage Hills. My compliments to all of you, and especially to Ron Obirek and Brian Jackson of the Heritage Hills parks committee for moving this project along. Of course, I’m happy to confirm that up to half of the required funds will be made available from the Area ‘D’ Gas Tax reserve, once matching funds have been approved from other sources. Christmas Festiv-All - What a great way to kick-off the Holiday Season! Lots of fun and festivities will be enjoyed at the WI Band Shell in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls on Sunday, December 10th. The fun starts at 4:30 pm with treats and Christmas carol singing and special guests. Watch the lights come on as Santa arrives on the Fire Truck at 5:30pm. I hope to see you there. Finally, don’t forget to share with those in need, at this Special Time of Year! In closing, I want to say “Thank You” once again to all our volunteers, to our RDOS Community services and Recreation staff, the downtown support staff, and especially to our very capable Community Services Manager Shona Schleppe and my always helpful Alternate, Mr. Tom Styffe. To each and every one of you and your families I extend a Very Merry Christmas, and the best of Health and Happiness in the New Year to come!

Sincerely, South Skaha Housing Society Making Progress ~ While I haven’t attended the most recent meetings, I understand that the Housing Society is making good progress with consultant Douglas Orr and contractor-partner Greyback Construction toward finalizing the design of the new Senior’s housing project to be built on the east side of the former flea-market property in downtown Okanagan Falls. Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Unfortunately, due to new design requirements of BC Housing relating Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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Linda Larson, MLA

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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As we work our way through a long fall session at the Legislature, we continue to hold the NDP/Green Coalition’s “feet to the fire” on legislation that will have an economic impact on the provincial economy. Bill 2 and Bill 3 both have tax implications that will affect everyone. The bill that raises the greatest concerns for myself and should be of concern to all the people of British Columbia is Bill 6, which is the background of a change to our democracy as we know it. The “First Past the Post” democratic system that currently serves the BC voters and most of Canada allows the voter to choose who they want to represent their interests based on similar economic and social principles. Bill 6 proposes a referendum for 2018 that will allow a vote on several options for choosing representation, foremost of which is “ Proportional Representation”. The referendum in itself, is a democratic process; however, the vote will pass or fail on a 50% plus 1 outcome. As the population of a very small physical area of the lower mainland is greater than the population of the entire rest of British Columbia, this vote will be decided by those living in Surrey/ Vancouver. A vote on Proportional Representation has failed twice before in BC as there was a 60% over all approval required and at least 50% of the ridings also had to approve, thereby ensuring Rural BC had a say in the outcome. Please stay informed on this issue - the voice of the taxpayers in rural BC is at stake. I will be introducing a Private Members Bill before the end of November to end the practice of switching our clocks twice a year to Daylight Savings Time. This change of time began in 1918 as a means of saving coal, it was phased out at the end of World War 2, and then reinstated in the 1960’s. Every year, numerous studies and articles are published about the detrimental effects on our health and our productivity, costing millions to our health care system and our economy. As I am not currently on the Government side of the House, it will be up to the NDP to decide at some point in the future whether they will support my bill. I sincerely hope all of you participated in some way in Remembrance Day services in your communities. Thanks to all our local Legions for their support of all Veterans and their continued educational work in our schools to make sure our youth also understand the significance of Remembrance Day. Congratulations to Princeton’s Legion on celebrating 90 years of service to their Veterans and Community. The weather certainly has us thinking about winter and Christmas is just around the corner. All communities celebrate in December with Christmas Craft Fairs, Concerts, and office parties. It is also the time of year when charitable organizations work even harder to support those in need. I hope you also find it in your heart to reach out to those who need a helping hand this Christmas. Be safe and from Colleen, Patt and I and our families, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Welcome ~ We are pleased to announce the appointment of Travis Prystupa to the position of Operator for Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. He joins us from Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island and prior to that, from a career in Saskatoon. Travis is a fully certified Water Operator with many years of related experience. We are all looking forward to working with Travis. Travis is replacing operator Ken Peters, who, after nine years of service to OFID, is retiring. We thank Ken and wish him well. Communication ~ For immediate notification regarding water emergencies (eg. breaks, flushing, need to shut down service, boil water notices), go to OFID’s website or contact the office and sign up to be notified by text or email. This is a very effective service and we highly recommend it. Street Lighting ~ Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is responsible for maintaining the street lighting in the town site. If you should notice an issue with a light, please call or email our office and we will report the issue to Fortis. Year-End Reflection ~ With the end of 2017 approaching, Staff and Trustees have taken time to look back at our work over the year toward improving the system and service. Some of our major accomplishments in 2017 include: • Restructuring the organization such that Administration and Operation is under the direction of Manager, Judy Morris • Completion of the schedule for repair and replacement of all OFID assets for the Asset Management and Investment Plan • Completion of the first phase of the capital project to upgrade water mains in order to improve the distribution system • Completion of a grant application to Okanagan Basin Water Board to meter agricultural properties and parks We all look forward to continuing our work in 2018 on your behalf. The Staff and Trustees of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Holiday Season. From Judy Morris, Travis Prystupa, Sig Held, Bob Haddow, Ted Lynch, Randy Perrett, Marjorie Bracconier and Bob Daly

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We wish you all a Peaceful and Safe Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2018!

with Shona Schleppe

It is hard to believe it is that time of year again, the festive season! A cold bite is in the air and Christmas Carols are playing on the radio! Embrace the season - get active outdoors - there are a lot of opportunities in the Valley to get outdoors, ski, snowshoe and skate! Shona Schleppe It was a very busy spring and summer Rural Services for Regional District Emergency Manager Management and Fire Services with the floods and wildfires. The past couple months has provided an opportunity to debrief and assess strategies for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Regional District has approved a new Emergency Program Coordinator position. This position would provide leadership during emergency events and monitor the performance of independent contractors. He/she would be the key contact for the Electoral Areas and member municipalities to prepare, respond, recover and perform during emergencies. Lots of focus on fire - thanks Kaleden Community Association with support from RDOS, KVFD and BC Wildfire for hosting the informative workshop on creating a FireSmart Community Plan. Taking preventive measures - your community is leading the way! FireSmart begins at home ... download a Homeowner’s Manual and take a FireSmart Assessment Test ... www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/ managing-our-forest-resources/wildfire-Management/prevention/foryour-home-community. Electoral Area “D” projects have been making the headlines recently! It appears that the Wetland Project is moving forward. The Okanagan Falls Wetland Enhancement project has been in the future vision for wastewater treatment in the area since the idea was initially discussed during the development of the Okanagan Falls Sewage Treatment Plan. In 2015, a nearby property was purchased that could be used for the constructed wetland. Design work is now required to refine cost estimates and continue discussions with Ministry of Environment. The extension of the Sewer Project will begin with the hiring of a consultant to carry out professional services required to prepare the predesign and update the costing of the new sewer system to allow a referendum process to proceed for the establishment of the Skaha Estates service area. The Phase 3 Town Centre Plan was approved and will now provide direction and a guideline for future development. The report makes a number of recommendations including: the implementation of new Development Permit Area Design Guidelines; an amendment to the Official Community Plan; a location for a future “place magnet” to act as a new Town Centre attraction and a new plan for local road upgrading, sidewalk and trail connections; and, a new direction for redesignation of most of the existing Commercial land to medium Density Residential/Mixed Use development. After a citizen petition in the Spring of 2016, we have moved forward with a Feasibility Study for the McLean Creek Pedestrian Corridor and will work with MOTI on future development. The Regional Recreation Approach is “active”. Thank you PlanH, BC Healthy Communities and BC Alliance for Healthy Living for the funding. A Regional Task Force has been established, it consists of 14 individuals representing municipal recreation, the Healthy Living Coalition, PacificSport, Parks and Recreation Commissions, School Districts and Osoyoos Indian Band. The first meeting with this dynamic, informed group was held on November 7th. The group shared knowledge on best practices in recreation, collaborated on programming for recreation and physical activity, and provided suggestions for branding and marketing. A Regional Recreation website will be launched soon! We were also successful in receiving funding from British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) for a nature based play program. This program will be

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offered in four communities (Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Naramata and West Bench). Look for this program in January! The Skaha Lake - Okanagan Falls boat launch has been removed. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission during the November meeting discussed the importance of the boat launch for the community. The Phase 3 Town Centre Plan recommends a plan for moorage and we have had several office visits from passionate fisherman and water enthusiasts regarding the need for an enhanced boat launch at the south end of Skaha Lake. So, RDOS staff are assessing the repair/replacement costs and will be seeking opportunities to access grant funding. Area “D” residents, stand up and applaud the efforts and commitment of our community groups. Whether it is ensuring clean water, developing affordable housing, fire suppression and responding to emergencies, clean environments, a program or place to recreate or coordinating cultural and family events. These organizations are making our community a better place to live, work and play! Congratulations Director Siddon on your recent induction into the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction. The Hall of Distinction is an assembly of extraordinary alumni, selected for membership by their peers for their lifelong accomplishments. These are graduates whose performances have ultimately defined what is most exemplary in engineering graduates and the engineering profession. See ya all on December 10th at the Christmas Festiv-ALL! 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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with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator RDOS, Active Living & Healthy Communities

What is Physical Literacy and why does it matter?

Physical literacy is no different than other aspects of literacy. Kids aren’t born physically literate - just like they aren’t born knowing how to read or count. Physical literacy can be defined as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities (International Physical Literacy Association) Children who are physically literate are able to make the most of opportunities for fun and activities, regardless of the setting, season or playing surface (whether it’s land, air, ice, water or snow). It is not about excellence in just one sport or activity. It’s about each child having the competence to engage in a full range of activities in any discipline, such as running, swimming, trampoline, skating, outdoor obstacle courses or sports of any kind. Watch for the launch of two new programs that emphasize fundamental The Pickelball Group in Okanagan Falls is looking for some new players. All ages and movement skills - the building blocks for a life-time passion for activity skill levels welcome to join in the fun on Thursdays at 3:30 in the Okanagan Falls Gym. and sport. A sneak peek at January programs: • SHINOBI! A ninja warrior themed obstacle course for children, Give the Gift of Wellness! Gift Certificates Available! youth and teen. Adults too, if we’re keen. Over, under, leap, spin Locally made health & beauty products at our shop, and fly ... all new equipment and lots of cool challenges. online, and at the Keremeos Christmas Craft Market • Move ‘n' Play Days for Preschoolers! An active-for-life program at Victory Hall on December 2nd & 3rd. based on fundamental movement skills curriculum - an active 623 7th Avenue in Keremeos oksacupuncture.com Call Toll Free 1.877.649.2499 start for the little ones ages 2-4. Your January flyers and new website will be out soon for details on these and other fun times at your community centers. Registration will be simpler too, with new software that will both take your registration Update and your payment on-line. with Jen Charlish See you at the Christmas Festiv-all in Okanagan Falls. Another month has flown by and another year as well. Here we are in December, reflecting on the events of the past year and counting our Making you feel safe blessings. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the multitude of people who volunteer in our community. There are numerous people who spend long hours in committee meetings, planning and Lorne Davis organizing activities for the community. There are also many people Security Professional who donate their time and energy for the “feet on the ground” projects lorne@winevalleysecurity.com Do you travel and need house check sitting? Are you planning a organized by the various committees. We also have many people who donate their services and equipment to help complete various Special Event, needing support in your Beer Garden? Do you endeavours. And of course, we want to thank all the participants in require Mobile Patrol Security? How about using us to provide the various programs and activities. To all of you, we are truly grateful. Commercial/Residential/Construction Security? Your contribution to the community is a big part of what makes this such an amazing place to live. If you are looking for an activity to participate in the coming weeks, we have a “Wreath Making” workshop on December 1st from 5-7 pm Kaleden Gardens. Bring an appetizer to share and any wreath Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas at making supplies you might have. “Cards and Games” also continues and a Safe & Happy New Year! to run on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm and now includes a new poker table. A variety of games are available and there are many knowledgeable people who are willing to teach and support you, if you From Linda, Debbie, Mary and Jennifer are learning a new game. This activity will run until December 14th and will resume again on the 11th of January. 837 Main St. Okanagan Falls On behalf of myself, all of the Kaleden Recreation Commission and all of the Kaleden Community Association, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Holiday that is merry and bright, and filled with the things you love. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, Laurie Kingsfield and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you Cell: 250.498.1110 want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can LKingsfield@telus.net email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

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AN OBSTACLE COURSE CHALLENGE Hosted over multiple days for all ages Dates & Details Coming Soon!

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Safety Tip: If you have purchased a Kidde or Garrison Branded Fire Extinguishers with plastic handles, there is a recall on these items. Fire Hall History Continued In 1986 ... Please check this out online ... http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recallIn February 1986, Terry Batstone was elected alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2009/12605r-eng.php Fire Chief in the Kaleden Fire Department. Erle Gardiner stepped down after 13 years of service. Reg Murfitt was elected as Deputy Fire Chief. Okanagan Falls rancher Morrie Thomas was honoured by the BC Institute of Agrologists for his significant contribution to BC agriculture. He was president of the BC Cattlemen’s Association and Chairman of the Cattle Industry Development Board. He operated a 500 cattle ranch with his two brothers. Morrie was awarded the Institute’s “Agriculturist of the Year” award for his leadership in the cattle industry. He also put in many years with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. Drinking laws were changed to allow bars to open on Sundays. In April 1986, Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred, which is described as the world’s worst nuclear disaster. A small town, Chernobyl, was home to about 12,000 residents and Pripyat population of 50,000 are ghost towns today. The Chernobyl Nuclear Plant kept reactor #3 operating till December 2000. It’s reported that this area won’t be safe 2017 Okanagan Falls Fire Department for human habitation for 20,000 years. (Photo courtesy of Lori Oliver) I.W.A. went on strike and shut down all the Weyerhauser mills in the The members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department wish you all valley. 187 employees in Princeton and 136 in Okanagan Falls. a Very Merry Christmas. May your heart and home be filled with all To be continued ... the joys the season brings. Have a Happy & Prosperous 2018. This years “Get Out Alive Contest” was won by Makyah Prescott, who received a bike from the Okanagan Falls Fire Department Society, and was Fire Chief for a Day. Deputy Fire Chiefs were Finn Olsen and Abigail Ugolini. Congratulations!

Robert Oliver is officially our new Fire Chief! Rob has been with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department for over 35 years with 8 years as Deputy Fire Chief. With his promotion he brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience to the department. Congratulations Rob!

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“Why A Tech Savvy Agent Is Important To Seller’s SUCCESS” By Sergej Sinicin Staying current with the most up-to-date and cutting edge technology is extremely important for real estate agents now-a-days! Not only to stand out from the rest, but more importantly, to effectively facilitate the sale of their clients property. During the interview, potential sellers not only should, but absolutely must, inquire what technology tools that agent utilizes when selling their client’s properties. Technology helps the agent to be more effective when serving their client. One thing to ask prior to selecting them to sell your home, is about the quality of their photos. There’s an old saying in real estate that “Buyers buy with their eyes”. Will that agent be hiring a professional photographer or will they just use their phone to take a “few quick shots”? Do they use drones to get a bird’s eye view to showcase the beauty of the property? Buyers start their home search online, so it’s imperative that the photos of your home are of the highest quality. If a real estate agent takes poor photos and has no videos, it’s possible that a buyer will rule out your home before even walking through your front door! Ideally, your real estate agent should have a website (brokerage they are employed by and their own site) that draws traffic and showcases all their properties for sale. They should also be using social media, like Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and other platforms to market your home. All of these online options take some time for an agent to develop, but will ultimately strengthen their business and help their client’s homes get SOLD. Technology is changing the experience of buying a home; from listing services to 3D virtual tours, where basically your home has an Open House 24/7 - potential buyers love it! Buyers can walk through the

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Voxx socks have been designed with the end user in mind. Every Voxx STASIS sock is embedded with Voxx HPT technology. In addition to providing benefits that make these the best socks in the world, we have made sure to use the best materials in producing the best quality and feel for all of our products. We want the experience of first using a Voxx product to make you know that you’re using a quality product. Outstanding results have already been experienced in patients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bunions, Parkinsons, ADHD, balance problems, and foot pain.

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for you? Deliver more energy? Yes! Improve balance and stability? Yes! Help with pain relief? Yes! Be safe and recommended for diabetes sufferers? Yes! Be non-binding socks that don’t fall to your By Anita Bains, R.H.N. ankles? Yes! Have extra padding on the bottom for ultra-comfort? The “Healthy Snack Series” in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls is winding Yes! The future of wellness is spelled S-T-A-S-I-S. Get yours now! down and it has been a great success. As a holistic nutritionist running the program, it was wonderful to see children having fun and being Call Jaysone at 250-488-8154 for more information on Voxx socks. He creative in the kitchen. From fruit kebabs to granola bars to seven has testimonials available that share the outstanding results others have experienced with wearing Voxx socks on a regular basis. layer dip, we learned some great recipes to share with our families!

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Sugar was always my vice growing up and I remember following the triple C diet - chocolate, candy and cookies. It was very easy for me to reach for these sugary treats, mesmerized by their colourful and shiny packaging. It was only when I was an adult that I realized that the stomach aches and cavities that followed my sugar cravings, were really taking a toll. I started learning about whole foods nutrition and soon my snacking world turned upside down. Armed with my hummus, fruit smoothies and energy balls, the attraction of those highly refined and sugary snacks lessened significantly. Not only that, it was nice to introduce subtle new flavours and textures to a palette that was so used to having such sweet foods. Now, you will find me happily sharing my love of whole foods nutrition with children and families. I think it’s so important to teach children the basics of food preparation, and healthy snacks are a great place to start. When there is a chocolate bar or cookie waiting around the corner, it’s good to have some nutritious and delicious options! For information about upcoming children and family cooking classes, please visit anitabains.ca or www.childrenforabetterfuture.org. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

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What Is Chelation?

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health I am often asked, “What exactly is Chelation therapy? To answer this question, the following article will explain the basics of this therapy and how it may benefit your health. To Chelate means to remove unwanted toxic metals and mineral from the body. This is accomplished with various Chelating agents that can be administered in either a pill form or through intravenous therapy. Research to date supports the use of intravenous chelation as the most effective and safest method of detoxifying body heavy metal burden. It may take 10 or more treatments to remove toxic metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminium, cadmium, nickel, and tin. With proper testing, almost everyone today is found to carry some level of toxic metal load in their bodies. Some people naturally detoxify more effectively than others. And, it has been determined that many chronic illnesses are associated with heavy metal toxicity (likely more prevalent in those who do not naturally detoxify metals easily). In particular Autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and possibly cancer (to name a few), may be associated with metal toxicity. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that “exposure to mercury stood out as the main risk factor or autoimmunity” (Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ ehp.1408751 Mercury Exposure and Antinuclear Antibodies among Females of Reproductive Age in the United States: NHANES Emily C. Somers,1,2,3 Martha A. Ganser,1 Jeffrey S. Warren,4 Niladri Basu,2,5 Lu Wang,6 Suzanna M. Zick,7 and Sung Kyun Park2) Mercury is particularly toxic to the entire body, but has been specifically identified as a neurotoxin, kidney toxin, and immune system toxin. There are no safe levels of this metal in the human body. We accumulate mercury from dental amalgams, contaminated seafood, fungicides, pesticides, batteries, cosmetics, coal mining emissions, and many other industrial sources. Historically, Chelation was first administered by intravenous infusion around World War II, as a poison gas antidote and to remove lead from the bodies of industrial workers. It was observed that many of the patients who received Chelation therapy also had general health improvements and in particular had improved blood flow dynamics. Symptoms such as angina, intermittent claudication (leg pain with walking), poor memory, eye sight and hearing, all improved with this therapy. Research since this time has consistently shown improvement in cardiovascular disease symptoms and a reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent NIH (National Institute of Health) clinical trial in the U.S. (the TACT trial) showed an overall 18% reduction in clinical events, such as heart attacks and strokes in patients who had previous cardiovascular disease. These numbers were even better in a sub-group of Diabetic patients in which the clinical events were reduced by 39%. This was based on a total of 40 intravenous chelation treatments. These infusions last 90 minutes to 3 hours each and are administered from 1-3 times weekly. Chelation is a medical therapy that is effective for both toxic metal removal and cardiovascular disease prevention. It is administered by Physicians with specialized training in this area and in BC is approved for use by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC under the Ministry of Health. Doctors who offer Chelation therapy have advanced training and certification in this area. It is not a stand-alone therapy and works best when accompanied by a holistic approach addressing lifestyle factors, such as exercise, diet, nutraceutical supplementation, and stress management. Naturopathic Physicians are the trained and experienced physicians in lifestyle approaches to health and wellness. For more information, call 250-497-6681 or stop by the Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls located at 1040 Main Street.

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December is a month of JOY, LOVE and GIVING, and Pharmasave is in full spirits! All month we have Great Sales, Gift Baskets to be won, and let’s not forget Santa Clause’s visit! Join us on Thursday, December 7th between 3-5pm. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and get your picture taken with Santa. All Free with a Helping Hands donation! We are open Boxing Day from 9am to 3pm with Savings up to 75% off! So, stop in today and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list ... From Friends, Family and Fido!

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May Cooper ~ UkeNPlay

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Vitamin D ... the newest data ~ During the winter months, Canadians do not get enough Vitamin D, due to minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is required to increase the absorption of calcium into the body, which is crucial to maintain bone health. Sunlight is the primary natural source of Vitamin D in humans. Food/fortified sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish, egg yolks, margarine, milk, infant formulas, meal replacements, and nutritional supplements. A recent meta-analysis of over ten thousand participants in 25 randomized, controlled trials showed an overall protective effect of Vitamin D supplementation against acute respiratory tract infection. The benefit was greater in those receiving daily or weekly Vitamin D, and the protective effects against the infections in this group were strongest in those with profound Vitamin D deficiency. These findings support food fortification to improve Vitamin D status, particularly in settings where profound Vitamin D deficiency is common. Most importantly the use of Vitamin D did not influence risk of serious adverse events of any cause or death due to any cause. Come on in and talk to Greg or I to discuss if benefits of Vitamin D are for you!

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UkeNPlay & How You Can Be Happier with May Cooper

I’ve been playing music for many years. I’m a part of a family band that plays a wide variety of instruments and genres, and have a background in education. I started playing the ukulele when I was ten, and am certified with an international, well-known pedagogy to teach it. It is a wonderfully diverse instrument that is easy to learn and can bring a lot of joy, cognitive challenge, develop important life skills, as well as vocal abilities. I bring support, good spirit, patience and that gives a boost in the right direction for children, youth and adults. I tailor every class or private lesson to the individuals, combining different methods of teaching, as well training people on vital musical skills. I teach all levels, whether you want to be that musician around the camp fire or on stage. Music is a huge part of our livelihood, combining both passion and compassion to create something of our own, as well as connect with others around us. Who doesn’t look friendlier with a uke strapped over their shoulder? You can communicate with anyone using your music, even if you do not speak their tongue. The ukulele is enjoyable, rewarding and challenging, can enlarge your circle of friends, and your knowledge, and help you develop important social and emotional skills. Top Fifteen Reasons Why Ukulele: 1. It’s inexpensive and proven way to explore the world of music. 2. It’s portable - the ukulele can go everywhere with you. 3. It has a happy, pleasant, mellow sound that fits into any social situation. This means you literally have every opportunity to practice and explore the instrument. 4. It’s a solo instrument - you can learn to play melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once on a single instrument! In other words, the ukulele is a self-sufficient musical tool. 5. It’s an ensemble instrument. It mingles very well with practically any other instrument, and is great in a band. 6. You automatically join an ‘underground’ society. If you get a group of ukulele players ... you can be the cool club! 7. It’s multicultural - you can play songs from all over the world, any kind of music: rock n’ roll, jazz, pop, soul, Hawaiian, Spanish, metal ... even experimental! 8. It’s a great way to learn music theory - the ukulele takes abstract concepts like harmony, voice-leading, and intervals and makes them tangible and “hands-on”. 9. It’s an ideal tool for ear training - I teach students to figure out songs, even when they don’t have printed music, or a background in notes. 10. You can sing and play at the same time - learning to sing and strum simultaneously is a surprisingly challenging skill that you will cherish long after you leave the class. 11. It’s fun! The ukulele has a well-deserved reputation for making music fun. Students report that, years later, they’re still playing ukulele and enjoying music. 12. When you travel, the uke becomes a pocket universal translator to communicate. 13. It’s a great starter instrument for kids and music novices. The ukulele is probably the least intimidating musical instrument out there. Learn a few chords and you’ll be strumming simple songs in no time! 14. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument significantly improves cognitive abilities and increases IQ. 15. It will charm anyone. Too many reasons, it’s hard to cap! For more information, please visit www.ukenplay.ca or call me at 250.497.7162. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Kaleden Library will be hosting a “Christmas Card” making class on Thursday, December 7th from 2:30-3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. Make a Christmas Card for Mom & Dad or someone special in your life. After the card making, a Christmas story will be read, and a small snack will be included. Please register for this Christmas Children’s program, as space is limited. Preschool Storytime continues at 10 am on December 5th and 12th. Join us for Christmas stories, singing Christmas songs, crafts and meeting new friends! Preschool Storytime will start again on Tuesday, January 16th at 10 am. The Kaleden Library is having their annual “Gingerbread House Coloring Contest”, so get creative and you might be the winner of the Gingerbread House to take home and build with your family over the Holidays. Stop by the Kaleden library to pick up your colouring page. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, December 14th - winner will be notified on Friday, December 15th. The Kaleden Library is Closed for Christmas Holidays from Friday, December 22nd through Monday, January 1st. We reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. ‘Tis the season to wish one another joy, love, and peace. Glenda and Lynn would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy 2018!

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle! Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Join us Wednesday afternoons December 6th & 20th from 1-3 pm. • Discover the Incredible Power of Your Mind with Elaine Hopkins, DHP. Elaine is a counseling Hypnotherapist, and a master teacher of the traditional Japanese Reiki. You will learn the law of attraction, how the mind works, how to access the subconscious mind for positive change, how visualization works, how to improve your health and increase your energy, and how to develop your intuition. Saturday, December 2nd 11-12 pm. Pre-registration is required. • Health & Happiness Workshop ~ Join Parul to learn more about our mind and emotions and explore some simple yet powerful ways to manage them. Experience a very relaxing guided meditation. You will leave recharged and refreshed! Saturday, December 9th 10-11 am. Pre-registration is required. • Book Club Meeting ~ Tuesday, December 19th 10:30-11:30 am. Children’s Programs: • Holiday Story Time - Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, December 12th 9:30-10:30 am. • Christmas Extravaganza - Join us on Tuesday evenings for some Christmas fun! Ages 5-12 years. • Christmas Card Making ~ December 5th 6-7:30 pm • Christmas Craft ~ December 12th 6-7:30 pm • Decorating Cookies ~ December 19th 6-7:30 pm • Pre-registration required for above, as space is limited. Lynn and Shirley wish all our patrons a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Okanagan Falls library will be closed December 21st - January 1st, inclusive. Our book drop will be locked during this time, but your due dates will be extended into the New Year. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner It’s December again already! My how time flies! I know many people find this time of year very stressful and commercialized. I hope everyone can make the season what they want it to be and take the time to enjoy it. Try a walk through your neighbourhood on a beautiful, fresh evening and enjoy a stroll to look at all the pretty Christmas lights and decorations. Reminisce... remember the good times with those no longer with us... share your stories... reach out to others... enjoy traditions, or start new ones! Make it the wonderful time of year it is supposed to be! If you are finding the season getting stressful, treat yourself or someone you love to a relaxing chair massage. There are many health benefits of chair massage and it reduces stress and will improve your sleep. You do not need to remove clothing or get up onto a table and no oils are used. A regular chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state, and your sense of well-being and happiness. Creative Wellness Solutions wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas season! If you would like to give the gift of well-being and feeling great, we have gift certificates available! We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis, including the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

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Kaleden School Bus Meeting

with Ginny Manning

with Myleen Mallach

The Rural Education Enhancement Funding (REEF) grant will continue for the 2018/19 school year. Schools currently receiving funding are asked to submit updated costs by February 15, 2018. That would include increases to the principal’s salary, utilities, maintenance costs, etc. In our district, West Bench Elementary and Trout Creek Elementary are supported by the REEF grant. Board Chair Linda VanAlphen attended a provincial Board Chairs’ meeting on October 27th and requested that the REEF grant remain in the budget and that should the criteria change and our schools no longer qualify, that they are grandfathered in to continue to receive the funding.

Over 40 parents, along with SD67 Trustee Ginny Manning, SecretaryTreasurer Bonnie Roller Routley and Director of Facilities Doug Gorcak, met on Monday, November 6th in the Skaha Lake Middle School Library for an open discussion on the many issues surrounding bussing students between Kaleden/Twin Lakes and Penticton.

This fall, the Ministry of Education launched Phase 1 of an Education Funding Model Review for public schools only. The MoE anticipates a new funding model will be in place for the 2019/2020 school year. Lisa Edwards, currently principal at Uplands Elementary, has been appointed Principal of Columbia Elementary, effective January 1, 2018. Columbia principal Lloyd Lindsay will be retiring effective December 31, 2017. Andrea DeVito has been appointed principal of Uplands Elementary. Interviews took place on November 9 and 10. Andrea has taught in our district for many years, was Vice Principal at Summerland Middle School for five years and is currently a Vice Principal a Penticton Secondary. Enrollment in SD67 is essentially flat with an overall increase of nine students over last year. Enrollment is down 11 in the Summerland area, up 26 in Penticton area and down 6 in the Regional District. The draft curriculum for Grades 10-12 has been available for use and feedback since July 2016, with the original aim to fully implement the new curriculum in the beginning of July 2018. The MoE has had lots of positive feedback; however, many educators and partner groups feel that more time is required to ensure everyone, including post-secondary institutions, are fully prepared. Full implementation of the new curriculum for Grade 10 will be effective July 2018. Full implementation of the new curriculum for Grade 11 and 12 will be effective July 2019. Instead of provincial exams, BC students will be completing provincial graduation numeracy and literacy assessments. Post secondary institutions have not fully prepared how they will assess BC students coming into their schools. More time is required to implement the graduation program to be sure the assessment protocols are in place and understood across the education system. During this extended period, the Ministry will be working with school districts and education partners to ensure readiness across the system. The provincial graduation numeracy assessment will be implemented for the first time in January 2018, with subsequent sessions in June and August 2018. The provincial graduation literacy assessment will align with implementation for the first time in January 2020, until then the provincial English 12 exam will continue to be written.

Parents spoke with regard to the current bus scheduling problems ... i.e. the early morning bus is not early enough for high school students to participate in before school activities and yet arrives way too early for others; the later morning bus, which is the same bus on a second loop of the routes, has middle school students late to school far too often, plus makes high school students late for school daily. After school, the first bus leaves way too soon, causing students to actually leave class early in order to catch that bus home; and the Twin Lakes bus leaves way too late taking those students away from home much longer than parents would like. Another topic discussed was policy surrounding the “Courtesy Rider”. It was confirmed that “courtesy riders” are being picked up at Wright’s Beach Camp and Sun Leisure, who reside within school boundaries to walk to school according to SD67 policy, yet get bused with Kaleden students due to safety near highway traffic (it should be noted that many of these students are in the Elementary grades K-5 at Parkway). Many parents were concerned that these Penticton courtesy riders are likely bumping seats for Kaleden students getting on the middle morning bus from Twin Lakes. New this year, students are told they’re not allowed to get on this bus in Kaleden, due to it being “full” to accommodate the potential capacity from these courtesy riders. This was not the case last year, as many students chose this bus due to its timing. Parents were then informed that Kaleden students who attend French Immersion at KVR or attend PenHigh instead of Maggie are “courtesy riders” as well. It was stated that courtesy riders are an issue and may not be allowed to ride the bus at all, as SD67 is not obligated to provide them with bus transportation, especially between PenHigh/KVR and Maggie/SLMS. However, it was also said that all bus transportation policies need to be reviewed and updated. Currently, the biggest overall concern is that the school bus schedule actually makes Kaleden children lose instructional minutes each day, which can directly affect their learning outcomes, is already disrupting classrooms and creating anxiety for some students, let alone the potential for negative lifestyle habits of showing up late and leaving early from responsibilities. The repeated suggestion was to have the early morning bus start 8-10 minutes earlier and then start 3-5 minutes later in the afternoon. The number of stops was also relayed by parents as being too many and too much time taken. The administration relayed repeatedly that the solution isn’t that quick and easy, as they need time to fully research all factors involved with bus transportation and how that affects the entire school district.

For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at In follow up the next day with Ginny Manning, our School Trustee that 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com. was present at the meeting, she relays this message ... “I would like to thank everyone who attended the bussing meeting for the questions, comments and suggestions expressed during the discussion. The district acknowledges and heard the parents’ concerns. The situation was discussed at a senior management meeting the morning of Tuesday, November 7th. They are committed to look into some of the feedback that was received. Parents can expect to receive a district response by the Christmas break.”

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in Wednesdays from 1-4 pm

Thank Your from Mrs. D’s Playschool

Thank you to Bears Fruit Stand in Keremeos for the amazing pumpkins and goodies you donated to Mrs. D’s Playschool, which is located in Kaleden Elementary School.

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Happy Holidays From the Wild Goose Family to yours this holiday season

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Winter Tasting Room Hours: Mon-Fri. 10:00 am—4:00 pm for sales only or by appointment The Smoke & Oak Bistro is now closed for the season. See you again in Spring 2018

Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! with Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

A school wide pumpkin decorating session was a creative way to celebrate autumn. This Halloween was frightfully fun with a Costume Parade and a Monster Mash Dance. Our Grade Five students attended the District Leadership Conference to participate in a variety of team-building and leadership development activities. Our Senior Buddy Program began with our Grade 2/3 class getting together with their buddies for the first time. Remembrance Day was recognized with a student led assembly that included poems and songs of remembrance.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Christmas, Christmas time is here. Time for joy and time for beer. And when you get your beer, be sure to consider Fairview Liquor. When you tell them to put your receipt into the KPAC PILE OF AWESOME, the store will donate 5% of that sale to our PAC. It doesn't cost you a dime, your liquor cabinet is stocked, your kids are well supported, and you are ready to deal with all those wonderful holiday moochers looking for a free drink. (PS: When can I come over?) It is an awesome way to support our school. And let's face it, you were going to buy that wine anyway. KPAC is supporting redoing our Community Banners. The project was a huge hit a few years ago, but sadly they have not fared so well lately. The plan is to replace and possibly expand the banner program currently on Lakehill Road and Linden Avenue. Keep your eyes open for some new banners soon. The next KPAC meeting will be Thursday, December 14th at 6pm. I was promised this will be a quick meeting. I assume this is so that Mrs. Lomax has time afterwards for her 180 min one lady production of The Nutcracker. Her Sugarplum Fairy is breathtaking. Our Christmas Concert will be held at the Kaleden Community Hall again this year. There will be both an afternoon and evening production. KPAC asks that you please not park at the Kaleden Firehall. They need to be able to access the hall in case you forget that way overdone tuna casserole in the oven while at the concert. You don't want your Subaru blocking the tanker. They have 'ways' of removing it. As has become tradition, we are also hosting a bake sale. If you have item for the sale, please contact me to sample and Karen Cheung to let her know about your goodies. She will tell you where and when to drop them off. That is all I have for this month. Stay warm, stay safe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at KPAC!


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Monthly Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School with Principal Karen Sinclair

Okanagan Falls PAC Update with Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President A huge THANK YOU to BLUE MOUNTAIN WINERY for generously collecting donations for our school as entry to their Sparkling + Fire Open House! It was great to be able to go taste their bubblies and use the excuse ‘you are doing it for the kids’. PAC would like to extend an open invitation to the Okanagan Falls community to come enjoy the Okanagan Falls Elementary Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 20th. A reminder - the last FARM BAG PICK-UP will be December 14th at KJ COFFEE BAR between 3-5:30pm. PAC owes a big THANK YOU to Sholeh Pickell for her work in volunteering for the Farm Bag Program and a big THANK YOU to KJ Coffee Bar for the use of their location for the pick-ups. A very happy holiday season wish to everyone in the community. I hope you are able to find ways to tap into your inner child and find the joy in little everyday moments with friends and family ... or tap into your inner adult and find the joy in the quiet that follows time with family and friends. The next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the school library. We apologize for the mix up with childcare for the November meeting, but we have a hired babysitter to mind the kids during each PAC meeting from now till the end of the school year.

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Remembrance Day Assembly ~ A wonderful assembly with thoughtful performances by our Gr. 6/7 class, K/1 class and Okanagan Falls Glee Club. Curling ~ Gr. 5-7 students are taking curling lessons at Oliver Eastlink Curling Club. Students will also be attending a game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February in Penticton! THANK YOU Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 ~ A $1000 donation to our Early Intervention Program that supports one-toone literacy and numeracy development in our early learners. THANK YOU Okanagan Falls Fire Department for the “Get Out Alive” Presentations ~ Chief for the Day (and winner of new bike and helmet) was Makyah Prescott. Deputy Chiefs for the Day were Finn Olsen and Abbie Ugolini. Students were treated to a ride to school in the fire truck! THANK YOU Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars ~ A $535 donation to our school for our Healthy & Active Living Initiative from their “Sparkling + Fire” Open House Holiday Event.

Christmas Craft Fair Saturday, December 16th

Held in the OK Falls Hotel

Bring food donations for the food bank & gently used winter clothing for the homeless shelter.

OK Mini School Our Annual “Christmas Preschool Concert” will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30 pm in the Okanagan Falls School Gym. Everyone is welcome to join us. 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 or to register your child, please send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

We would like to invite everyone to our Christmas Concert held on Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm in the school gym. Doors open to guests and students at 5:45 pm. We will be accepting donations of non-perishable items for the food bank. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee

Curriculum Implementation Timeline ~ The Grades K to 9 revised curriculum is in place in all schools in British Columbia. We still have some work to do to support educators with the changes, but we are well on our way. The draft curriculum for Grades 10 to 12 has been available for use and feedback since July 2016, with the original aim to fully implement the new curriculum in July 2018. The new curriculum contains fully updated course content for every subject area with a focus on big ideas and core competencies, including Aboriginal content, and in the case of some subject areas, completely new course structures. Associated with the rollout of the new curriculum are changes to the 2018 Graduation Program, which includes two new provincial graduation assessments and a renewed focus on career education. At this time, the Ministry has decided to take more time to ensure the Ministry (under the new government), teachers, administrators, and post-secondary institutions, along with students and parents, are fully prepared. To most effectively prepare for a successful implementation, the following changes have been made to the implementation schedule: 1. Grade 10 ~ As scheduled, full implementation of the new curriculum for all subject areas in Grade 10 will be effective July 2018. The Grade 10 curriculum documents will be finalized and available for use by April 2018. 2. Grades 11 and 12 ~ Grade 11 and 12 courses will receive one additional year of transition support prior to full implementation in July 2019. The Grade 11 and 12 curriculum will also be finalized and available online June 30, 2018. 3. Numeracy Assessment ~ The provincial graduation numeracy assessment will be implemented for the first time in January 2018, with subsequent sessions in June and August 2018. The January sitting will be a managed rollout with just a few thousand students from across the province. OSS and SOSS will be involved in the January 2018 assessment. 4. Literacy Assessment ~ The provincial graduation literacy assessment will align with the implementation of the Grade 11 and 12 curriculum, and the first administration will now be scheduled for January 2020. Early Learning ~ An update on some of the early learning initiatives this fall include: Making Learning Visible ~ SD53 and SD67 have begun a joint project called Making Learning Visible. This project is all about viewing the child as a competent citizen full of strengths they can offer the community, and full of curiosity about the world. The intent of the Reggio-inspired practice project is to identify, explore and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with Reggio-inspired practice. We are hoping to establish a culture of inquiry through the use of pedagogical narrations, and documentation of learning, language-rich environments, and play-based approaches. Dr. Laurie Kocher from Capilano University has worked side by side with teachers in our district twice this year introducing the educational part of Reggio, and Kim Atkinson from University of Victoria will be here this week and two more times in the spring to help us with documentation of learning. We have several teachers in our district involved in this project.

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Changing Results for Young Children ~ CR4YC - Changing Results for Young Children is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Through CR4YC, Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers work collaboratively to inquire into practices that support the social and emotional wellbeing of young children. The goals of CR4YC is to identify, explore, and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with increasing the social and emotional wellbeing of young children. It is also to establish and/or strengthen a culture of inquiry through the use of documentation, collaborative critical reflection, and a supportive ‘community of practice’ amongst community and schoolbased practitioners. The participants include Kindergarten and Strong Start teachers from Oliver Elementary, Osoyoos Elementary and SenPok-Chin. We also have Oliver ECE’s joining us as well. Early Learning Network ~ The network has been very busy this year! We now have 28 members of the network who are all working on amazing inquiries for students! We have a group who just returned from Opal School who are bringing “Playful Inquiry” into their classrooms. In these classrooms, you will witness children making sense of the world using natural learning strategies such as using their senses to gather information, collaborating on ideas with others, and telling stories to build relationships with each other and their own communities. We have another group who are relatively new to inquiry and are beginning with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. The students are given a task and use trial and error to complete it. Some teachers are using real life examples of “problems” and the students collaborate to come up with solutions. Look for demonstration classrooms to open in the spring. Wishing all our students and their families and school staff and their families a wonderful Christmas and holiday celebration. Be safe, stay active, and keep learning! For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee for SD53 at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca


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Wishes For A Magical Christmas with Diane Chatfield of Reliable Travel It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. Every sense we possess is acutely conditioned to anticipate another magical Christmas. The smell of pine and cookies baking. The sight of the gifts under the tree, the snow in the yard, and the lights in the windows. The scrumptious taste of turkey dinners with all the fixings. The sounds of our favorite Christmas carols, and shouts of “Merry Christmas”. The feel of the cold snow on our hands as we make a snowman, and the touch of a loved one’s hand that truly warms our heart. It is a wonderful time of year to be joyful, charitable, generous, kind and forgiving. From all of us at Reliable Travel, have a magical Christmas and remember to contact us when you are ready to book your magical vacation!

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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! The South Okanagan has a new Ballroom dance instructor. Welcome Brian’s Dance Class. Whether it be Salsa, Waltz, West Coast Swing or Country 2 Step or more, you can now learn from DVIDA Certified professional Brian Udal.

Brian and partner Natalie are formally from White Rock and are the previous owners of the well known dance company Roca Blanca Dance. For 13 years, Brian has been teaching thousands of students to be comfortable on the dance floor. Since earning his Masters in San Francisco in 2004, he has also been running a Teacher Training Course for those interested in becoming a professional certified dance instructor. In 2010, Brian proudly won the Chamber of Commerce How do you starve the Christmas Grinch? Lock your valuables and Outstanding Business Award for under 7 employees. purchases in the trunk or at very least out of sight. If you are away If your goal is to learn your First Dance at your wedding or brush up on over the holidays, ensure that your home has the lived in look. Don’t your dance skills in a private dance lesson, then Brian can help you. let mail or snow pile up and have someone check on your home every For now, Brian is teaching private lessons, but will be starting group day. Most insurance policies also require this in the winter months to social classes commencing on January 11 in Penticton and January ensure the heat is on and your pipes don’t freeze. 12 in Summerland. Monthly dance parties commence February 24. Be careful when using your credit and bank cards that someone is not Brian Udal states, “We are all students. With this in mind, you can looking over your shoulder for your PIN and check your statements expect to receive instruction delivered with patience and humour. regularly to ensure the purchases on same are yours. Keep a record Breaking down a pattern while imparting the correct techniques and of serial numbers of valuable gifts, so that in the event they are stolen character of the dance style is what my students will learn.” prior to the giving of same you can accurately report and describe them to the police. I have responded to break-ins where the Grinches Whether you are a green beginner or have ambitions of burning up the have taken all the wrapped gifts from under the tree while the family dance floor, then give Brian a call today. Everyone is welcome to join. was out at the kid’s Christmas concert. As you can appreciate, it was Get ready, get set, get dancing! very hard for them to come up with a list and description of what For more information, please contact Brian Udal at 778.516.7272 or was taken. Getting property back is difficult at the best of times, it is 604.220.6256 cell and leave a message. Or, send an email directly impossible without a description. to brians.dance.class@gmail.com for a cover letter with fees and Grinches are again like bears in that once they find an easy ”food” schedule. Gift certificates are now available. source they will keep coming back. The best protection is to lock up your valuables to keep the Grinches from rummaging through your neighbourhood in the first place.

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Selling Your Home at Christmas - To Decorate, or Not To Decorate? That is the question. with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

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

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

and then took over road maintenance for the district for many years. He was a familiar figure, either on his grader or with his beloved horse Bess, hitched to a democrat. Evalora died in 1930 and W.P. in 1945.

This is the 14th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering The W.P. Simpson family became well known in the valley. Perley served families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of with distinction in WW1 earning the Military Medal. Following the war, he the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982. became a Government timekeeper and a Justice of the Peace. He was later appointed Chief Customs Officer at the Osoyoos border crossing.

The Simpson Families

Hartley also served during WW1 and also won the Military Medal, being wounded twice while in action in France with the Second Canadian Mounted Rifles. After the war, he returned home and became a stage driver for Hatfield, finally buying the stage route. In his later years, he was a fruit grower, operating Marjorie’s orchard for her and working N.K., with his wife Ida and 15 year old daughter Marjorie, arrived first, in the packing house. He remained in the family home on Oak Street on April 24, via Kansas, where he was a Baptist minister. They bought until it burned to the ground in 1976. and planted a five acre parcel on Linden, just south of the present Iva married Jud Findlay on Sept 23, 1914, uniting two of our pioneer day school and N.K. became Kaleden’s first water bailiff, working on families. They had the original N.K. Simpson house moved onto their the system that was still in the process of being completed. N.K. was property on Pineview Drive and lived there for all of their married life, a gregarious and likeable fellow, so it was a great shock to this small adding on over the years as their family grew. village when, on Nov 16, 1910, during an impromptu horse race with Vernon worked for years as both a grower and a packing house J.C. Tomlin, he was thrown from the horse and killed. Soon after his worker. He majored in agriculture at UBC and on graduation planted a death, Ida and Marjorie moved to Vancouver, although they retained large acreage in Oliver. He married Dorothy Tomlin, whose father was ownership of the orchard. Ida died in 1922 and Marjorie became a the contractor for the construction of the Hotel and store in Kaleden missionary to China. She was interned by the Japanese in 1943 and and they remained in Oliver. later repatriated on the Swedish ship, the Gripsholm, commissioned Velma graduated from Normal School and returned to teach in Kaleden by the Red Cross to bring back POWs. at the same school she had attended in her early years. After teaching Shortly after N.K.’s arrival in Kaleden, his brother W.P. followed. He here and in Testalinda, she married Jim Stowell, an orchardist and arrived on May 7, with his wife Evalora and three children; Iva, Vernon, operator of the Stowell Canning Company in Oliver and remained there. and Velma, meeting up with their 2 older sons Perley and Hartley who had preceded them. They purchased two acres on Oak Street, Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical overlooking the townsite and lived in two tents, while waiting for their path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to home to be built. W.P. became the road construction foreman in Kaleden the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. Two brothers by the name of William Patterson (W.P.) Simpson and Rev. Nathaniel Knox (N.K.) Simpson were among Kaleden’s earliest settlers. Both were born, raised and married in Gagetown, New Brunswick and both made the move to Kaleden in 1910.


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The Kaleden Seniors committee was thrilled with our first “Fun Food and Facts” series featuring Indian cuisine. The participants had a blast! Thank you Jas Garib for an informative, fun class!

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Our next HANDS ON COOKING CLASS takes place on Friday, January 19th. Sheanne Moskaluk, who was featured with her husband RCMP officer Dan Moskaluk in the “Eating You Alive” documentary (www.eatingyoualive.com), will share her health tips, a hearty vegan lentil/bean chili, roasted potatoes and very berry vegan crisp with pear whipping “cream”. Class time is from 9:30 am - 12 noon. Space is limited! Registration for the “Vegan Delights” cooking class opens on December 29th. After the cooking class, the vegan lunch will be served at 12 noon, followed by an interactive presentation about the do’s and don’ts of recycling by Cameron Baugh from the RDOS. All ages are welcome! Invite your friends, family and neighbours. Lunch is by donation. Thank you for your support. For more information on any of our programs and to book a spot for our “Vegan Delights” cooking class on January 19th, please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans” Angus McRae Duncan, L/cpl

Enlisted March 31, 1942. Regina, Saskatchewan #12 District Depot. Canadian Army Active Union Truck Driver / Mechanic. Service Canada ~ March 31,1942 - May 31, 1942. UK ~ June 1, 1942 - July 4, 1944. Europe ~ July 5, 1944 - January 14, 1946. Awarded ~ 1939-45 Star. France - Germany Star. Defence Medal Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Branch #227 Okanagan Falls Legion President 1974. Thanks you for your service to your country.

December Events at the Okanagan Falls Legion: Sunday, December 17th ~ Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8-11am. Adults $6, Children $3 (ages 6-10), and Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Matt Dufus will be there singing and the kids can join him with their favourite Christmas Songs. Tuesday, December 19th ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out the latest and get involved. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. All money raised goes to charity. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. All the sports are up & running at the Legion: •

Wednesday Darts ~ Starts at 7pm - Sign in at 6:30pm

Dart Shoot ~ 1st Sunday of each month - Sign in at 10:30am, Towline at 11am. Get your darts sharpened!

Shuffle Board ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm

Pool ~ Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Stan is your man for all your pool information. Call 778-531-8228.

For more information on darts and shuffleboard, please call Denise at 250-485-4949. For other information, call the Legion at 250-497-8338. Remember to pay your 2018 dues. January 1, 2018 ~ Ring in the New Year at Branch #227 Legion. Come on down and party! Dance to “Shindigger”! Admission $12 each, includes food. Doors will open at 1 pm.

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Interior Health and UBC have asked the members of the Senior Centre to participate in a study they are doing on the mental health of seniors in the South Okanagan. We will be hearing more about this from Elaine Chernoff, who is heading the committee along with her volunteers. Speaking of volunteers, the Senior Centre will again be voting for "Volunteer of the Year" and the winner will be announced at our next General Meeting on Monday, December 4th at 1 pm. The exercise group has added another day to the schedule. We will now be bending, lifting, jumping and stretching every Tuesday, Thursday, and now Sunday, all at 9 am. Kings Cribbage is on Fridays at 10:30 am and needs more participants, so drop in and give it a try. Non members may try for three sessions before they have to commit to a membership. The walking group has discontinued for now, due to lack of interest. "The Falls Music Group" will be playing every Friday from 3-5 pm. Stop by and have a listen and maybe a cup of coffee. Music Jams are very popular again this year, drawing large crowds. Lots of toe-tapping and dancing, as well as talented musicians playing their hearts out. You are welcome to attend every second Sunday of the month. The Executive for the 2018 season did not change drastically. However, we now have a secretary, Loraine Thompson, and two new board members, Heather Jackson and Denise Ashton. Welcome aboard! The Centre is a bee-hive of activity preparing for the Annual Christmas Dinner on December 9th at 5 pm. You can expect a scrumptious dinner, excellent door prizes and unique entertainment. Tickets may be purchased from any board member at a cost of $15 for members and $17 for non-members. FYI ... Anyone can join the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, but voting privileges belong to the 50+ age bracket. And, on that note, let me reaffirm that membership fees are now due for the 2018 season. See you all at the Christmas Dinner!

SENIORS ~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Pancake Breakfast ~ 8 - 10 am on Saturday, December 2nd General Meeting ~ 1 pm on Monday, December 4th Christmas Dinner ~ 5:30 pm on Saturday, December 9th We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. Music Jam Session ~ 1 pm Sunday, December 10th It’s a lot of fun! You get to meet friendly people at Branch #227. Drop In Bingo ~ 1 pm every 3rd Saturday - December 16th Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Canasta ~ 10 am 1st 3 Mondays each month Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Shuffleboard ~ 1 pm last 3 Mondays each month “Where you are always welcome to join us!” Exercise Class ~ 9 am Tuesdays / Thursdays / Sundays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1 pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month Evening Pool ~ 6 pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9 - 10:30 am Wednesdays & Fridays with Barb Few Carpet Bowling ~ 1 pm on Wednesdays Scrabble / Bridge / Cribbage ~ 10 am / 1 pm / 7 pm on Thursdays The winners of the door prizes at the 22nd Fowl Dinner were: Helen Blewis, who won the gift basket in the raffle; Tammy, who won the big Kings Cribbage ~ 10:30 am - 12 noon Fridays basket of goodies for the door prize; and Lynn, who won the free meal. Afternoon Music ~ 3 - 5 pm Fridays It was a lovely occasion enjoyed by over 80 people.

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

Our usual monthly LA Bingo will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 1pm. The branch will be holding it’s “Turkey Dart Shoot” on Saturday, December 9th with food catered by the LA. We wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and may 2018 bring all that you wish for.

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WWII Veteran in Okanagan Falls

90 year old Edward Ernest William Palmer joined the British Royal Marines at 17 years of age. Along with other recruits, he was trained at the renown Royal Marine Training Camp near Exmouth in Devon, England. It was, and still is, a very stringent training program requiring a peak of fitness. Following training, Edward was sent to fight in Italy. Tragically, during an engagement he broke his back, but he made a good recovery. Edward was very proud to attend last month’s Remembrance Day Service in Okanagan Falls, as a survivor of the second world war. He was joined and supported by his wife Wenda, his two sons, Craig and Terry and their wives Teresa and Lisa.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update

with Bob Wilson, President Halloween and Remembrance Day have come and gone once again and our attention turns to Christmas with all that holiday’s inherent festivities and good cheer. It’s still November, but December is coming up fast and will be gone before we realize that something happened. The winter solstice happens just before Christmas on Dec 21st and heralds the shortest day of the year, from then on the days get longer and the Winter heads for Spring - a new growing season for the earth (at least in the Northern Hemisphere - reversed down South). So, let’s all get ready to brave some cold days in anticipation for warmer ones - life’s like that also, with good days and bad days we must endure. Lions Club International is beginning new programs designed to aid poorer countries in areas that we take for granted, such as immunization clinics for measles and help for diabetic related illnesses. These two causes gives Lionism the opportunity to be a good neighbour around the world and adds to the historical fellowship that all Lions share. Our New International President has chosen as his motivational phrase “Where there’s a need - there’s a Lion”. We can make this world a better place through cooperation and caring. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is once again meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion upstairs on every 2nd Monday beginning the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm. We are continuing our Breakfast Program at Okanagan Falls Elementary School every Thursday and are happy to support the student cooking classes that are ongoing - maybe one day they will be cooking for us! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 26 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/ sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Our membership has increased since last year and we welcome the new Lions to our club. If you would like to join us in our community efforts, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Christmas Greetings to All and Wishes for a Great and Prosperous New Year!

with Marla Wilson I open my report with the announcement that our winter residents are back. That’s right, the swans have returned to Vaseux Lake bringing the cygnets for “Winter Fun in the Okanagan Sun”. There aren’t many yet, but the early birds are here. They are so beautiful! The Heritage and Museum Society is celebrating the Christmas Season on December 3rd at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. Our Christmas Party this year is a free dinner for all members and volunteers. Non-members/volunteers will pay $15.00 each for their supper. This is a membership/volunteer appreciation for all they do for the society. The Bassett House needs a bit of work. Plans are in place to get supplies and materials over the winter to do some work in there next spring. You will have to check it out next summer! Andrew Feniuk has volunteered to be our handy man. He has been doing a lot of clean up on the grounds and gardens. It’s really looking good! A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends and neighbours.

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250-492-5754 South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

The Holiday Season is soon upon us and we are excited about our Christmas Celebrations and our upcoming progress in the New Year! We hope to see y’all at the Christmas Festiv-All in Centennial Park on December 10th. Come on out and visit our table and catch up on the latest SSHS news. You may want to become a member or renew your membership with SSHS for a big fat $5.00! We will be enjoying along with you a great BBQ, hot chocolate, popcorn, singing a few carols with the Glee Club, Okey Dokey Group and having fun with the great folks in our might little community. On Friday, December 22nd, we are having our SSHS “Jingle Bell Swing and Sing” at the OK Falls Hotel from 6-10pm. We will have our infamous Raffle Baskets, 50/50 Draws, Wine Tasting, Carol Singing, and of course Okey Dokey Karaoke. We are also having a Gift Exchange under $10, if you wish to participate. Members and Non Members are welcome to sign up with Sharon for Free at shapro@ shaw.ca or call 250-497-5701. Food and drinks from the Menu is on you, but I hear there may be some Good Specials! We hope to see y’all around town enjoying the festivities and we are definitely looking forward to a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year with our new Affordable Housing Project for Seniors!


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December 2017

Spotlight on Volunteers

Take a Second Look at what the South Okanagan has to Offer!

Meet Dwayne Eisen of Okanagan Falls If you haven’t crossed paths with Dwayne in one of his volunteer roles, you are sure to soon. He is a regular helper at the Legion Br#227, the United Church, the School Breakfast Program and the Museum. Dwayne also quietly helps out all over town and with the less fortunate, offering food and friendship. When asked what volunteering means to him, he told us ... “I enjoy seeing the difference volunteering makes in our community. Volunteering feels like the right thing to do.”

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Services For The Heart & Home with Patty Irwin I am a certified Swedish Massage and Indian Head Massage practitioner. I have been working in the healing field for over 15 years. I am also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor with extensive training in energy work. I enjoy bringing an awareness of breath work into my sessions, so my clients can feel relaxed and grounded.

There are many therapeutic benefits to relaxation massage, including support to reduce tension in our body, promote circulation, decrease If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, sympathetic nervous system firing thereby giving ourselves greater please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. mobility and a sense of deeper relaxation. Swedish Relaxation Massage also includes massage to the back, neck, shoulders, legs, Volunteer In Your Community! There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any arms, feet and head. The Indian Head Massage is a flowing sequence of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! of non-invasive, dynamic movements that are focused on the upper back, neck, shoulders and head. The method can be done seated. I offer packages which can include both massage and energy work, or just massage. I also offer cleaning services, along with lawn and yard maintenance. Call and ask about the different packages available for both cleaning and massages ... “Services for the heart and home”. p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 toll free 877.311.7722 service@okanaganofficesystems.com 523 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna

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For more info, call Patty at 778.889.9725

3 Ways To Support Volunteerism This Holiday Season: 1. Join in the Holiday Season ON-LINE Auction. Shop for unique gifts to keep or give away. Place your bids between November 24th - December 10th at 12 Midnight. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre (SOSVC) is hosting an online auction to raise funds to support volunteers and encourage more people to volunteer. Bid on items donated by local businesses and local officials such as: Bird Watching with MP Richard Cannings A ride to work or school in a Fire Truck with Fire Chief Larry Watkinson A Lunch for 2 with Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, Superintendent De Jager, MLA Dan Ashton & MP Dan Albas

2. Donate to support Volunteerism and receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes. 3. Register as a Volunteer to receive updates on volunteer positions as they become available.

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“Kaleden Cares” Christmas Hampers

are provided by the HUB, Kaleden Community Church, Kaleden Elementary School and generous community members to families and individuals in our neighbourhood. If you or someone you know needs a Christmas Hamper please call KCC at 250-497-5995 before December 15, 2017.

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Helping Hand Update

with Laurie Kingsfield, Helping Hand Chair Helping Hand has been distributing Christmas Food Hampers and Christmas Gifts to the Okanagan Falls area for over 30 years. Last 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 2nd from 10 am - 2 pm. 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 10th from 4:306 pm at the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls. Donations of food and gifts can be dropped off during this event. • Christmas Hamper Pick-up Day ~ Friday, December 15th. Christmas Hamper recipients will be called with their pick up time. • Christmas Hamper Delivery Day ~ Saturday, December 16th from 10 am 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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December 2017

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

CHRISTMAS EVENTS AT Kaleden Community Church

Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Christmas Dinner ~ Sunday, Dec 3rd at 6:00 pm at Kaleden Hall Children’s Pageant ~ Sunday, Dec 17th at 10:00 am at KCC Hayride ~ Friday, Dec 22nd at 6:30 pm at KCC Parking Lot Christmas Eve Service ~ Sunday, Dec 24th at 7:00 pm at KCC 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

CHRISTMAS DINNER - Sunday, Dec 3, 6 pm - Kaleden Hall Tickets: Adults $15, Children (6 - 12) $8, Families $45 Get your tickets from any member of Kaleden Church or call 250-497-5995

CHILDRENS’ PAGEANT - Sunday, Dec 17, 10 am - KCC

HAYRIDE - Friday, Dec 22, 6:30 pm - KCC parking lot

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ Sunday, Dec 24th at 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Bonfire, carols, hot chocolate, goodies and fun. Dress warmly.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - Sunday, Dec 24, 7 pm, KCC

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for Dec: 3rd - Judi Ritcey; 10th - Rev. Mark Bedford; 17th - Victor Ince; and 24th Rev. Mark Bedford. Note: No AM service on 24th. Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 pm. No service on Dec 31st. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Last 2017 “Sing For Your Life” is a Christmas Songfest on Monday, Dec 11th at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome. “Sing for your Life” will resume on Monday, Jan 8th. Participatory fun with music! Lessons & Carols ~ Wednesday, Dec 13th at 7:00 pm 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Kaleden Cares Christmas Hampers

If you would like to donate cash or food items, you can bring them to the Christmas Dinner, drop them off at the church or call 250-497-5995 for pickup.

Coming to PENTICTON ...

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

SUNDAYS at 10 am

Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am on Dec 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Christmas Day Mass & New Years Day Mass ~ Both at 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

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St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join!

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 1st 3 Sundays & Sunday, Dec 31st Coffee and social time after the Church Service. Christmas Eve Service ~ Sunday, Dec 24th at 4:00 pm 4th Sunday of Advent Eucharist ~ Wednesday, Dec 20th at 10:00 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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

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DARYN POTTINGER

5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 OK Barber Shop will stay open until 4pm on Saturday, December 23rd, then close for the Christmas Holiday’s, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:00 am. OK Barber Shop wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Flowers or Fish Heads?

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

Flowers to all the local children. This past Halloween I have never experienced such wonderful, polite children in our neighbourhood of Okanagan Falls. Every single child from toddlers to teens wished us a ‘Happy Halloween’ and a good night, and always a thank you. This made my heart soar! Thank you kids. And, to one very special little man (pretty sure first Halloween) as he just started walking into our house. When we gave him his first candy in his pack, he literally squealed with joy. A special little ‘Dalmatian’. ~ From J.M. of OK Falls Flowers to the Halloween Spirits - Thanks to the young gentlemen who came to my door on Halloween. You were polite, had wonderful, scary costumes and you shared laughter with an elderly person. Thank you! ~ From Betty L. of OK Falls Flowers to Sue Sloan for this amazing pumpkin carving on display at Matheson Creek Farm during October. All of the pumpkins at the end of October were by donation with 100% of the money received going to the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand and the Food Bank. ~ From Arlene S. of OK Falls Flowers to all those you’ve sent their many well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. Much appreciated! ~ From Nancy W. of Kaleden Fish Heads to cat owners who let their cats loose in neighbourhoods to poop where they may, which ends up in my yard. And, Fish Heads to bike riders on the KVR who quickly approach and startle walkers from behind without a warning or a bell. ~ From Maggie R. of OK Falls

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd. The first to offer families in the South Okanagan, seamless door to door personal service at a very reasonable price, with no hidden costs. Credible Cremation Services can save you hundreds of dollars. Just call Lesley if you have any questions. December is here, and the festive season will soon arrive with all the trimmings and anticipation of Christmas. While the holidays bring most families together for the celebrations, and cards from friends past and present bring memories flooding back, there are families that have suffered the loss of a loved one. Some were totally unprepared. For them, the holidays will be filled with grief. Another empty chair at the table. May we extend our heartfelt condolences to all those families who have suffered the loss of a loved one during the past year, and hope that the blessings of the season will somehow bring some comfort. Our sincere thanks to all those families who placed their trust in Credible Cremation Services Ltd. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to one of our Okanagan Falls Residents:

Raymond “Ray” Ayotte

Raymond Ayotte passed away peacefully on November 16th in Penticton. He was a resident of Okanagan Falls, where he had lived since 1980. He was born in Midale, Saskatchewan in 1927 to parents Willard and Beatrice. In 1952, he married Agnes Hibbard. Throughout his life, Ray was a keen aviator obtaining his pilots license in 1948 and maintaining it into his seventies. Ray is survived by his wife Agnes, his sons Wayne (Kim) and Keith, his grandchildren Katie (Matt) and Shannon (John-Paul) and his great grandchild Xavier. Ray is also survived by his two brothers Robert and Curt. Ray will be deeply missed by his family and many friends made throughout his long and full life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. Lesley is available by telephone 24 hours 250-493-3912.

Tis’ the Season to Be Noble! Holiday shopping is as easy as 1 ... 2 ... 3 Visit nobleridge.com for great gift ideas! Gift wrapping, greeting cards and shipping available! Receive a $25 NR Gift Card when you purchase 12 bottles or more! Our Wine Shop is open by appointment until December 15th ~ Please call 250-497-7945

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SAGE VALLEY VOICES Christmas Concert 7pm Saturday, Dec 2nd & 2:30pm Sunday, Dec 3rd Performances held at Oliver United Church $12 at door, under 12 free / Refreshments to follow

Dash Eventure Planning No Event 2 Small or 2 Big

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Receptions, etc.

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Appetizers

Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95 Great on a chilly day (in season) ................................... $5.75 Baked 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 Tsatziki ...................................................... $8.95 SMALL - Carrots and celery with dip .......................... $4.95 LARGE - Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes ........... $8.95 tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

Munchie Basket

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.

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 Farmer Burger Add a hash brown .......................................................... $10.95 Ham & Cheese Burger ............................................................................................ $11.95 Hawaiian Burger Ham and Pineapple ....................................................... $11.95 Greek Burger Feta Cheese and Cucumber ...................................... $11.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $11.95 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 Crispy 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 strips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss $1.50. Add Feta $1.95.

Salads Garden Salad

Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

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

Pizza

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.95 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

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

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Ye Olde Breakfast

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

1 lb: $9.95 | 2 lbs: $19.95 3 lbs: $28.95 | 4 lbs: $38.95

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

All Day Breakfast 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.

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, Swiss $1.50, Feta $1.95 / Sauteed Shrooms & Onions $1.39

Entrées

Steak & Seafood

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!

Grilled Ham & Cheese Add ham to the classic sandwich ............................. $10.95 The BLT Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Hot Roast Beef

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

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

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $14.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $17.95 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.

2 Lobster Tails

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

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 cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

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

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-Rype Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

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Volume 9 : Issue 12

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