Skaha Matters December 2018

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Skaha Matters

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December 2018

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New Penticton-Kelowna Service: Which Option Works For You? Submitted Press Release

Residents of the South Okanagan will have an opportunity to comment on proposed transit service changes, including options for a new service connecting with the Kelowna region. The Route 70 Kelowna/Penticton is to begin service in Fall of 2019 and would provide a new interregional transit service connecting Penticton, Summerland, Peachland, and the Kelowna region. It would begin with two round trips a day. Two additional daily round trips are proposed for future expansion, depending on funding availability.

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

Festive-ALL 2018 ~ Dec 9th 4:30-6:00 pm Our annual community Christmas gathering is once again taking place in Centennial Park, a tradition going back several years now. The barbeque will be fired up and ready for hungry families by 5:00 pm. Please bring your choice of a cash donation to the School Hot Breakfast Program, or some items for the Helping Hand. We are happy to announce that the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Glee Club will be on the stage again, led by Ms. Gittel. The highlight of the evening for the children is always the arrival of Santa Clause on the fire truck around 5:30 pm. Community Spirit is alive and well! Appreciation goes out to our many community volunteers: IGA ~ Hosting the barbeque and supplying the food The Legion ~ Hot chocolate and public washrooms OKF School ~ Ms. Gittel and the OKF Glee Club Interior Savings ~ Decorators Lions Club ~ Cookie bakers and burger flippers Fire Department ~ Safely delivering Santa and his Elves Skaha Matters ~ Advertising This is ‘pretty much’ an all-weather event. Our exception would be winter rain, in which case we will relocate to the school gym. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with Community Recreation at If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to Page 2 | December 2018 |

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and BC Transit are inviting members of the public to provide feedback on a number of options, including: Commuter or midday service trip times; Key transit destinations in Penticton and Kelowna; Routing through Summerland and Peachland; Options to better integrate other regional transit services, including the 30 Summerland/Penticton, 40 Osoyoos/Penticton, 50 Princeton/Penticton, and 60 Osoyoos/ Kelowna; and Fares. There will be five engagement sessions over two days: Tuesday, December 4 ~ Osoyoos at Osoyoos Town Hall (Council Chambers) from 8:00 - 9:30 am; Princeton at Okanagan Regional Library from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; and Peachland at Peachland Community Centre (Main Foyer) from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Wednesday, December 5 ~ Penticton at Okanagan College (Penticton Campus) from 9:00 - 11:00 am; and Summerland at Municipal Hall (Council Chambers) from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. For those who can’t make it to the person-to-person engagement sessions, there will be an opportunity to participate online. The survey will be available until December 14. The Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Future Plan, which spells out transit infrastructure and service recommendations through 2040, identified a connection between Penticton and Kelowna as a highpriority interregional transit service. For more information about the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System, visit

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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen This has been an incredibly busy and frustrating Fall Session of Parliament. We have looked at 22 Bills that have been either related to raising taxes, creating more red tape, or been totally selfserving on behalf of this NDP/Green coalition. We spoke on the floor of the Legislature for as long as we could on all the tax bills, spent many days trying to get government to clarify Proportional Representation, and many Question Periods were spent arguing against the regulations imposed by the NDP earlier that locked out of government infrastructure projects 85% of the people working in trades who do not belong to the 19 Unions preferred by the NDP. As a member of a free enterprise party, I am very upset by policy that discriminates against the British Columbians who are paying the taxes that government projects are being built with. I believe in equal opportunity for all. Despite the disappointments of not being able to stop these Bills or new regulations, my colleagues and I will continue to stand up for those who are impacted by negative legislation. The Proportional Representation Ballot return date has been extended to December 7th. It may be some time before results are known. Thank you to all of you who participated despite the confusion. My message from the beginning was to do your research and be an informed voter. I have met with, formally and informally, most of the newly elected and returning Municipal Council Members and Regional Directors. Please allow them time to get to know better the issues they will be dealing with in their areas. Some promises made during the enthusiasm of elections are difficult to follow through on in a timely manner. As we move into a season where there will be many celebrations with family and friends, it is important to remember that there are often more accidents and home fires as well. The Kaleden Fire Department is asking residents to have their homes properly marked with visible numbers, especially in rural areas where visibility is less due to trees and other vegetation that conceal your house numbers and even your street names. There are house numbering programs available through the RDOS, so ask your Regional Director about what might be available. Christmas Celebrations and Fundraising Events in all our communities are happening now and your support makes a difference to many organizations that focus on those in need. Food Banks need your support now and all year. With the introduction of legal cannabis, I ask you all to be responsible for your own safety and the safety of those around you. Don’t drink or use drugs and drive. This is the season to celebrate life, not for families to have to deal with an avoidable accidental death. Our office will be closed from December 19th through January 9th, but we will continue to monitor all messages and emails during that time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Colleen, Patt and I and our families to all of you. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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Here are some special updates for Area ‘I’: • Kaleden Community Association held a “Get Jazzed” fundraising event, which was a sold out success! Apex Mountain Resort is scheduled to open on December 8. It’s my honour to have been elected to • represent Area ‘I’ residents. I would • Nickel Plate Nordic Centre opened on November 24. like to acknowledge Tom Siddon for • Argo Road Maintenance - Call 1.800.663.7683 to report the his service this past seven years as need for snow clearing. our Area ‘D’ Director. I have enjoyed • Area ‘I’ Goal Projects: learning from Mr. Siddon and know • Pathway from Lakehill Road to Kaleden Elementary that I have large shoes to fill. Enjoy a School to keep our community safe. long relaxing retirement Tom and Pat • Apex Waste Transfer Station - Awaiting for provincial Siddon. Subrina Monteith approval in order to move forward. Area ‘I’ was officially created on Director of • Pioneer Park - Boat launch replacement in Spring 2019 November 15, 2018, when the oath RDOS Area ‘I’ funded by Gas Tax Funds. of office was taken by myself and Alternate Director Ginny Manning. Ginny Manning has sixteen Wishing everyone in Area ‘I’ a safe and Merry Christmas with family years of political experience with her service as our local Rural and friends. 2019 will be an outstanding year with many exciting Trustee for School District #67. An alternate Director is called opportunities for Area ‘I’. I look forward to working with all residents upon when the elected Director is unavailable. I look forward to and am always reachable through the contact information below. working with Ginny for the next four years. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ It has been a busy month attending orientation training, budget Direct: 250.486.1346 | | meetings, and a valley wide governance conference which allowed me to meet many of the local politicians throughout the Honour Box Self Serve Okanagan Valley. As promised during my campaign, I intend to work on keeping all services and taxes as close as possible to previous years, which will allow a transition to occur between Area ‘D’ to Area ‘I’. I appreciate your patience in our transitional year and acknowledge it may be challenging at times, but I encourage everyone to become excited about the future for all Area “I” communities. I have met with local community groups to learn each community’s priorities. Some of the common priorities include keeping our Self-Serve Fruit Stand communities “powered by volunteers”. If a call goes out for help, Open 24 hours a day & 7 days a week! 598 East Side Rd & 6th Ave, Okanagan Falls Area ‘I‘ community members always show up to lend a hand. I attended a stakeholders meeting hosted by Argo Road Maintenance to learn about road maintenance and future plans for our communities. I observed an informational Town Hall Meeting with regard to the proposed logging of the multi-use Carmi Recreational Trails. Forest management and timber permitting also affects areas around Apex, Nickel Plate and Twin Lakes. I had the pleasure of meeting with MLA Linda Larson, along with RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Ron Obirek and his Alternate Director Tom Styffe, to discuss issues affecting our areas. MLA Larson shared history and future plans that are back for impact Area ‘I’. It was an insightful meeting that will assist me in understanding our unique diverse communities and how the provincial government is involved. Flooding is a serious Enjoy Farm Direct Pricing concern for all RDOS areas, especially Area ‘I’ and Area ‘C’. For large orders of 20 lbs or more, call 250-809-5353.


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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe & Happy New Year! From Linda, Debbie, Mary and Jennifer 837 Main St. Okanagan Falls


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ Merry Christmas and Holiday Greetings to All!

Christmas is just around the corner. Watch for the Christmas Festiv-ALL on Sunday, December 9 at Centennial Park from 4:30-6:00 pm. Thanks to all who are participating in and putting on this community event. Remember Ron Obirek to bring a donation to the Okanagan Director of Falls Helping Hand, which is always RDOS Area ‘D’ appreciated this time of year. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to spending time with family, friends and loved ones. I encourage everyone to drive safely and be mindful of the needs of others. Support each other in positive choices to not drive under the influence and thereby contribute to safe road travel for all. I attended the Community Partners meeting on Wednesday, November 21st and was impressed by the strong attendance by so many of representatives from many of the important partners in our community. Members present included; Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission, Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, Okanagan Falls Fire Department, Interior Savings Credit Union, Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society, Okanagan Falls Lions Club, Okanagan Falls Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, Music in the Park, South Skaha Housing Society, Okanagan Falls Winery Association, Okanagan Falls Elementary School, School District #53 Trustee, and Skaha Matters. My apologies to anybody I may have missed. Much interesting and positive information was shared by all. Of special interest, I would like to report that at the meeting I heard that both Structurlam and Interior Savings are looking to hire. This is very positive good news and I encourage anybody who knows anyone who might be looking for a job to pass on the information and invite them to make inquiries. Regarding the Aster on the beach, I report that the Parks and Rec Commission has formed an Aster Committee. We also have many volunteers from the community who have agreed to join in to work on this project. We will meet in the new year to begin our strategic planning to take action to move this important project forward. We also have very exciting good news regarding the Heritage Hills Park project. The Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association has been successful in their application for a Community Gaming Grants Branch Capital Projects Grant application in the sum of $210,183. The approval was received late on November 2, 2018. In conjunction with this application, a further sum was committed by past Director Tom Siddon as matching funds from the gas tax fund in the event of a successful application. This means slightly more than $420,000 will be available for necessary capital cost to complete the very substantial next phase of the build out of the Heritage Hills Park. Work will commence early in 2019 and the project is expected to be completed in 2019. Stay tuned for more news on this project. The success of the Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association grant application is significant to everyone in Area ‘D’ for a few reasons. Firstly, the communities of Heritage Hills and Lakeshore Highlands will have a long overdue community public park space. This will contribute to facilitating further housing construction and development in the community. More homes means a rate base increase of taxpayers, which means more money for services provided to all of Area ‘D’.

Secondly, the $420,000 received by way of grants means that we have just saved $420,000 for the taxpayers of Area ‘D’ that would otherwise have gone to pay for these capital costs (which would have been spread out over a long number of years). Thirdly, funds in the capital budget that would have been spent on the Heritage Parks Project will now be available for other significant projects in Area ‘D’. Examples include needed repairs and improvements to the Picnic Shelter in Kenyon Park and development of the Lamb property. The Parks and Rec Commission will be working hard to provide advice and community input through myself as your Director to the RDOS Board regarding these important concerns. More good news is the commitment by past Director Tom Siddon prior to his ending his term in office of providing $120,000 of gas tax monies towards improvement and repairs necessary to the boat launch in Okanagan Falls. These repairs and improvements have been necessary for some time and these funds will permit proper upgrades and significant improvement to the boat launch. This will result in better access to the lake for safety and rescue operations. It also will mean better access to the lake for residents of Area ‘D’ for recreation and sporting activities on the lake. There are also funds in the budget carried over from last year to contribute towards dock repairs and upgrades next to the boat launch. Special thank you to past Director Tom Siddon for his work to make these funds available for this important community project. The new RDOS Board of Directors (including myself) took their oath of office on November 15, 2018 and we have been very busy ever since with orientation and introduction to the budget review process. In the next few weeks, we will be continuing with budget review and also participating in strategic planning for the coming years to come. Both myself and Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith are working to keep the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls open. I will keep you posted on this important issue in the months to come. There is also news regarding roads. The contract between Ministry of Transportation and Argo has been reviewed by the province and there is a change coming in May 2019. The new provider of the road services will be Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. I have a few details on what will be happening in the change over to the new contract service provider. What I have learned from our MLA Linda Larson is that the new managers will be working closely with Argo in the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. Many of the employees and some of the equipment of Argo will be taken over by the new operator. My understanding is that the value of the front line workers knowledge and experience is an asset that is respected and valued and efforts will be made to not lose that benefit. My understanding is that the change is being made with cost and quality of service betterment in mind. In other words, better value for money. Better outcomes at a better cost. It sounds good. I am sure we will all be watching and hoping those goals are achieved. Last, but definitely not least, of good news to share is that Tom Styffe will remain as Alternate Director for Area ‘D’. I am truly honoured that Tom will continue in this roll, as he is an immeasurable asset not only to the success of Area ‘D’, but to the RDOS as a whole. On a final note, I will say warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas to all. It looks like the beginning of what I hope will be a very good year. If anyone has questions or ideas that they want to share, then I ask that you please contact me at 250-328-9800. And, I remind everyone that I will be at KJ Coffee in Okanagan Falls at 9:30 am on Monday, December 10th for anyone who wants to come and meet with me to share concerns or ideas. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.487.8957 | | | December 2018 | Page 5

Concerns On Twin Lakes Development By The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society

Update On Supporting Penticton’s Carmi Trails From Logging By Neda Jess Thank you for your support in signing our petition before November 15th to help us save the multi-purpose and well used trail network in the Upper Carmi Area from logging. Well, we’ve had a couple of whirlwind weeks. On November 12th, we held a Town Hall meeting and approximately 70 people were present. Andrew Drouin of South Okanagan Trail Alliance was present, along with myself, and we presented a summary BCTS’s proposal for the trails. There were many good comments and information passed during that meeting. On November 22nd, we handed over our petition (1403 signatures) to our MLA Dan Ashton, to take with him to Victoria to present to the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in British Columbia. Along with the petition were approximately 50+ opposition letters that individuals had written for MLA Dan Ashton to present as well. We had a group meeting Saturday, November 24th, to agree with some strategies dependent on the response from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in BC, to our “Do Not Log the Carmi Trails” position. In the middle of our meeting, MLA Dan Ashton called, and confirmed his presentation of our petition will be on Monday, November 26th to Minister Doug Donaldson. MLA Dan Ashton asked that we continue to pressure Minister of Forest and BCTS by writing letters, calling and voicing our concerns, etc. If anyone has not written a letter to Minister of Forests, now is the time to do so. We agreed to have a web page up and running shortly, https://, where updates will be posted, and membership sign up is available for free. Carmi Trails Appreciation Day has been narrowed down to the weekend of January 5-6, 2019. Stay tuned for more details on this special event. Many of us who have written are getting responses back. BCTS position remains constant that “both recreation and timber harvesting can occur”, which is a contradiction for these trails as they are dependent on the network of paths and the timber surrounding it. Their guidance for land use management within Intensive Recreation areas as written states, “when planning for industrial activities ensure the trails corridor/network and associated recreation opportunities are maintained or enhanced for continued public use”. This will not be the case, if the area is logged!

The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society continues to express concern about the proposed Twin Lakes Golf Resort (TLGR) development. The Twin Lakes Golf Course development threatens the community’s only water source, according to the 2010 Summit Study, the 2011 Golder Peer Review which agreed with Summit, the Ministry of Forests critique and the Dobson Review of the 2016 Golder Study which show that the Twin Lakes aquifer has limited water availability during dry years and is already at capacity with current use. The Twin Lakes aquifer supplies the entire area with water, including providing water essential to protected wildlife. The Twin Lakes area is home to wildlife protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) including, “Over 100 rare and endangered plants, and over 90 wildlife species (which) have the potential to occur within the study area, based on the available habitat types and geographical location”. (Summit 2010, Appendix A Environmental Assessment Memo, A. de Jong Westman, M.Sc., RP Bio, attached, p. 4). Documented SARA protected species include the Western Rattlesnake, Great Basin Gophersnake, Western Racer, Spadefoot, Tiger Salamander, Brewer’s Sparrow and Snowy Phlox. Nearby White Lake is a designated Important Birding Area. In the Impacts of Water Management (Summit 2010 App. A, p. 6) “At present, water licenses are provided based on an instantaneous and potential water content of lakes or streams, as is the case in the Twin Lakes Study Area. Therefore, when development increases and the environment changes, the water licenses do not typically reflect those changes, and water shortages can result. Humans are not the only animals impacted by reduction in available water. Wildlife, particularly those dependent on ponds and lakes as providers of habitat and food sources, are significantly impacted.” The Recommendations and Good Stewardship Practices (Summit 2010 App. A, pp. 6,7) include, “4. Restriction of further development in the Twin Lakes area so that water resources are not further depleted.” We must continue to provide critical habitat for the over 100 rare and endangered plants and over 90 wildlife species in the Twin Lakes area. Being responsible stewards of the land requires us all to not allow negative impacts to the Twin Lakes aquifer and watershed. To date, 216 people have signed our petition, found at https://, asking for protection of our only water source, the Twin Lake Aquifer, and the watershed. If you agree, please add your name!

Managing Bats In Buildings Workshop

Got Bats? Managing Bats in Buildings Workshop is a free seminar for pest control operators, roofing companies, and construction contractors. Participants will learn what to do when you come into contact with bats and how to properly exclude them from a property or structure. The workshop runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday, January 23rd at 102 Industrial Place. Advance registration is required. For more information, please email Thank you for your support with this time sensitive matter! Our next step is dependent on what MLA Dan Ashton comes back to us with, as per the Minister’s feedback. I will certainly pass along This eco-management workshop is possible thanks to funding from the South Okanagan Conservation Fund and Canadian the outcome as soon as we hear. Government HSP. Brought to you by the BC Community Bat If you have any questions or would like to receive updates, please Program Okanagan Branch in partnership with the Okanagan email Similkameen Conservation Alliance, BC Government, and BC Page 6 | December 2018 | Conservation Foundation.

The Big Picture For Spring Change By Coral Brown The Twin Lake water level is always guided/ordered by the Ministry to protect down stream. How long, when and at what rate water maybe released from Twin Lake is controlled. Unfortunately, the climate (snow pack, precipitation and timing of rains) is unpredictable. In 2017 and 2018, Twin Lake was used as a reservoir to protect downstream Willowbrook and Sportsman Bowl. “The never-before-observed” Twin Lake’s 8 foot of flood water was costly both to BC Emergency Measures and to residents. 54 out of 69 properties around Lower Twin Lake were impacted by water, not just the 9 properties behind the sand bagged Heco Bins. Many who were flooded have no compensation for damages. However, our concern must be about the Spring of 2019. Rather than blaming, we must learn about the watersheds of the 4 creeks feeding into the wetland called Myers Flat, and the 5 creeks feeding Sportsman Bowl. What about land use allowed on flood plains or development allowed on recharge limited areas? Lower Horn Creek which should run from the Twin Lake overflow outlet was closed by ranchers 58 years ago to control their gravity feed irrigation before power was added to this area. Twin Lake is on a waterway, but with the overflow outlet to Lower Horn Creek closed in 1960 with 20 feet of fill, this allowed the lake to be used as a reservoir, which it is not. Old 1930-1990 water licenses still govern the waterway. The watersheds of Horn Creek, Myers Creek and Orofino Creek, must be considered. Orofino Mountain had an unusually large snow pack and many washouts up on the mountain occurred. Twin Lake flooded and water was held in Twin Lake for about a month after Willowbrook and Sportsman Bowl had flooded. It sounds like the down stream residents think the water should still be stored in Twin Lake. It had to be released before more water enters in the spring of 2019. There are many problems in the Park Rill catchment, such as drainage maintenance, restoring creek beds, updating water licenses, stopping development on flood plains and approvals, allowing increased water use, in recharge limited areas. Providing water storage in wet years to off set the 10+ dry year water cycles, which historically plague the Okanagan Valley is an important aspect of fixing the waterway. Thus again, look at the ‘Big Picture’, so not to be short sighted. We all need changes for next spring and the springs of the future.

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Thanks For Supporting My Goal By Sergej Sinicin

What an incredible year. I had an opportunity to do what I love and am passionate about. I would be dishonest if I said that every day in the office was an exciting one. Often, just like in many other professions, you face challenges that can bring you up and many of them can take you very low. Most of you would agree it is up to us how we look at these challenges. If you can put yourself in the right state of mind, you can see a lesson in every bad situation which you may experience. If you can take that negative experience, dissect it and see the value from that, it’s a guarantee ... It will make you a stronger person next week! On a brighter note, I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of my clients, who chose to do business with me this year. TOGETHER with your help (and some personal contributions) we surpassed the goal I set early this year of donating $20,000 back to local and other charities. With your help, we donated $20,500! That is an incredible accomplishment and I feel ecstatic to see this goal come to fruition. Most importantly, I want to thank my family who’s been supporting me 24/7. The real estate profession is not as glamorous as it seen on TV. As an agent, you spend many hours away from your family. So, thank you to my wife Laura who has been very understanding. You’ve been a rock for me in 2018. To everyone, I wish you amazing Winter Holiday!

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HUGE praises to Rollof Family of Summerland, Erik & Brittany Hansen of OK Falls, and Mykahla W. & Frank O. of Summerland for choosing to donate to such great charities, such as Critter Aid, SORCO and SOWINS after buying their new homes in November with Sergej’s help. Awesome choices guys!

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

Brian Moen

By Bob Daly, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Chair OFID Responsibilities ~ In last month’s Skaha Matter article, we focused on Employee Health and Safety. This month, we would like to explain how we work to maintain a safe standard of the water you use: In accordance with the Operating Permit issued by the Interior Health Authority, OFID must test its water weekly, one sample from the lower zone and two samples from the upper zone of the District.


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The water samples are collected by OFID staff at various locations within the District and tested by Caro Analytical Services in Kelowna, BC.

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The samples are tested for E.coli and total coliform counts. The presence of E.coli indicates recent faecal contamination and the potential presence of microorganisms capable of causing gastrointestinal illnesses; pathogens in human and animal faeces pose the most immediate danger to public health.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my past and present clients, as well as my loyal followers in Skaha Matters.

Total coliform counts are used as indicators to determine how well the drinking water treatment system is operating and to indicate water quality changes in the distribution system. If a test result is positive for E.coli, OFID is contacted immediately by the laboratory and OFID issues a Public Notification to reduce risk. OFID then goes to work to determine the source of contamination. When Interior Health Authority is confident the water is safe, the Notification is lifted. (Have you signed up for “Alerts”? See the District’s website for instructions.) Presently, only the lower zone of the District must be chlorinated, as mandated by Interior Health. We are fortunate in that the upper zone water remains chlorine free. In the spring and fall annually, the water distribution system is flushed. Although this may cause some inconvenience to residents, it is an important step in maintaining water quality by removing sediment from the water lines. In the early spring annually, a Chemical Analysis is done for each well (source) and these results are posted on the District’s website. Please check OFID’s website, or contact our office, if you require more information. Year-end Reflections ~ Staff and Trustees have enjoyed working this past year on your behalf. Two major achievements have been: 1.

A great start on bringing our equipment, practices and procedures to a high standard and improving reliability within the system.


Establishing a schedule of sustainable rates in order to ensure OFID has the financial capability of meeting our Capital, Replacement and Operating responsibilities now and into the future.

The Staff and Trustees look forward to meeting your water needs in 2019 and would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. From Judy Morris, Travis Prystupa, Peter Maliepaard, Ted Lynch, Randy Perrett, Marjorie Bracconier, Rick Wilson, and Bob Daly.

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From Brian Moen

May 2019 bring good health and much happiness to all.

RCMP Community Report Don’t Drink & Drive AND Don’t Smoke & Drive! The Holiday Season is upon us, which in the past also kicked off the Counter Attack Season where Police in British Columbia focused on impaired driving. In years past as a police officer, we would set up road checks during this time to look for holiday partyers that chose to drink and drive. Personally over the years, I saw a reduction of drinking and driving at this time a year because of the checks and Counter Attack which got the message out about the consequences of drinking and driving. Counter Attack eventually expanded to other times of the year as well and has had success in reducing impaired drivers. However, society’s efforts to reduce and eliminate impaired drivers is far from over. Now, with the recent legalization of Cannabis, we can add “Smoking and Driving” to our holiday list of ‘taboos’ and make it one of our Not-to-do New Year’s Resolutions as well. As government wrestles with the new laws as to where you can and cannot smoke cannabis, I would like to think as a forward thinking society that we would all agree that one place you should not smoke cannabis is while you operate a motor vehicle. I am sure there will be some that say they drive better after a few joints, just as there were and still are some who feel that they drive better after a few drinks. Don’t fool yourself ... you don’t! And, study after study, test after test has proven this wrong for both cannabis and alcohol. You may very well feel that you are doing better, which is a typical early reaction to both cannabis and alcohol. However, you are not at the top of your game as you may think. Your reaction time, vision, memory, balance are all being affected by both alcohol and cannabis and the effects are compounded if you mix the two. The Police will again be out doing road checks and watching for Drunk Drivers, but they will also be paying particular attention for signs of “Impairment by Cannabis”, as well as other drugs. For the first time in addition to wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years, I will also remind you “Don’t Drink and Drive”, and “Don’t Smoke and Drive”, so everyone can enjoy a Safe Holiday and New Year. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... A Red Cross Blood Service Truck parked behind the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre caught on fire in May 1994. Flames and smoke filled the vehicle. Neither the truck, nor the fire, could not be seen because of the smoke, said one witness. The truck’s heater and refrigeration system shorted and ignited the empty boxes. The damage was so severe the truck had to be replaced. There was no blood lost and the donors returned to the lineup. A fast moving wildfire whipped by strong winds roared over a Colorado mountainside, trapping 50 firefighters. Fourteen were killed. The firefighters were trapped about 2100 meters up the slope of Storm King Mountain, where rough terrain left them no place to flee. Some of the firefighters tried to climb into their fire shelters, shiny blankets used as shields during flare-ups. They were all burned beyond recognition. On July 20, 1994 at 6:30 pm, a fire was reported in the rugged Ellis Creek Canyon to the east of Penticton. The Ellis Creek Canyon and Upper Carmi fires became a problem when 80 kilometer winds pushed the fire towards Penticton on two fronts. The Ellis Creek fire, K5087, was officially renamed the “Garnet Fire” in honour of Charles Garnet Grimaldi. He was a respected long time forestry firefighter with many years of experience. He had died from an illness within minutes of the start of the fire. Up to 500 firefighters from Vernon, Merritt, Princeton, Kamloops and military from Shilo, Manitoba were on scene with 28 skidders, 25 bulldozers, 28 tank trucks, 7 excavators, 30 ambulance staff, Mars Bombers, helicopters and CI-215 amphibious air tankers dubbed the Mighty Ducks. Dennis Gaudry, Ministry of Forests Resource Protection Officer, said “the steep and rocky terrain added to the difficulties of controlling the fire”. Three fire departments from the Penticton surrounding area, including 5 members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, assisted in fighting these fires. Evacuated areas were Wiltse Flats, Quail Ridge, Upper Carmi, Columbia Heights, Spiller Road, Carmi Substation area, Duncan Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The Community Centre received 3,593 evacuated people, 1,050 people were provided emergency housing, 1,100 people were provided food referrals, 150 people were provided emergency clothing, there were 394 telephone inquiries, 92 animals were evacuated, 5,500 hectares were scorched, and 18 homes were destroyed. No lives were lost. It took 20 days to get the fire under control with a cost of $5.5 million. On August 11th, a 19 year old Penticton man was charged with arson. Jeremy Blake Kraiger, son of Fred Kraiger - a Penticton fireman who fought the Garnet fire, received 4 additional arson charges. Jeremy Kraiger pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to a one year house arrest, because of his mental condition. A special news show was aired and a book was published from the Garnet Fire incident. To be continued ... Don’t forget the Christmas Festiv-All on Sunday, December 9th at the Band Shell in Centennial Park. Okanagan Falls Fire Department will help Santa and his Elves arrive on time.

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By Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations Hello Everyone! As you can see, things are going well and moving along at our construction site. Members of our board meet regularly with Greyback at their Monthly Construction Draw Meeting. We have also formed a Building Management Committee, Lease Tenancy Committee, and a Management of Tenants Committee. We will be accepting possible tenant’s applications in March/April 2019. Wow! It’s all coming together and just as 2018 has been good to us, we know 2019 will be even better! Thanks for all your support. We all wish you a Very Merry Christmas and an even better New Year!

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Living Room Live By Nicola Davies Have you ever considered inviting musicians into your living room to play a concert? “Living Room Live” is setting out to offer just that, connecting new and experienced hosts with classical musicians for cosy house concerts. House concerts have been around for years, and you may be surprised to learn just how many exist. They are generally private events, with hosts building up their own guest list over time. Acoustic music is arguably best suited to a house, where musicians play for a small group of attentive listeners who can appreciate the music from a few feet away, often with a glass of wine or coffee in hand. The majority of house concert organizations, however, cater to every acoustic genre except classical. That’s where Living Room Live comes in. Founders and pianists Nicola Davies and Lisa Rumpel are currently expanding their newly created tour routes through Manitoba/Saskatchewan and BC/Alberta, with about forty concerts planned for the opening 2018-19 season. These tour routes help create opportunities for residents in rural areas where professional performances may be less common than in large cities. In addition, Living Room Live will act as a platform to connect hosts and musicians for flexible concerts in urban centres. The organization is currently reaching out to new hosts from BC to Manitoba, and will offer advice and assistance in becoming a house concert host for the first time. Hosts can either join a tour route and present diverse seasons of two to three concerts per year, or for those in and around cities, can try out hosting on a one-off basis. Anyone who enjoys organizing events and inviting friends into their home could be a good fit for a house concert host. A wellmaintained acoustic piano is ideal, but not always necessary. Some ensembles may not require a piano or may be able to bring a digital piano instead. If you are interested in hosting one of these musical events, please contact More information is available on our website at Living Room Live still has space in their tour circuit for this year or future seasons, with several diverse and exciting ensembles planned. Page 10 | December 2018 |

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As we come to the end of another calendar year (the 96th year that the Kaleden Irrigation District has served this community), thanks go out to all our water users for their efforts in conserving water in 2018. My letter to Santa asks that 2019 be a “Goldilocks Year” for all residing in the Okanagan – not too much water (flood), not too little (drought), but just the right amount! Here’s hoping that this wish is granted, along with all of yours. On behalf of Kaleden Irrigation District staff and Trustees ...

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department December Safety Tip As the Christmas and Holiday season quickly approaches, its time to gear up to ensure that this time is as safe as possible. It is flu and cold season - Wash hands often to prevent the spread of germs. Bundle up to stay warm and dry. Manage stress by walking, going to Yoga, getting lots of sleep. Don’t drink excessively ... Let others drive, if a drink has been enjoyed. Be smoke-free. ALWAYS fasten your seat belt. Practice your Fire Safety Plan. Prepare and store food safely. Stay active and have a fantastic end to 2018!

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Fire Smart Committee Report By The Kaleden Fire Smart Committee This is the time of year that Burning Permits are issued, October 15 through April 15. It is a great opportunity to clean up larger properties and brush piles. Please refer to the RDOS Burning Permit page on their website to get all the information needed to get you started. With Christmas coming, it’s a perfect time to gift helpful tools that will make ‘Fire Smarting’ your property easier. Consider giving: • Hedge trimming tools • Pruners and shears • Small power saw for tree thinning • Gas powered weed wacker • Pole saw for limbing and thinning trees and shrubs • A Gift Certificate for Spring Yard Maintenance! DE















By Glenda Livolsi Over 90 people attended Kaleden Community Association’s inaugural “Get Jazzed” Dinner and Dance held on November 15th at the Kaleden Community Hall. The dinner was delicious, all the guests had a choice of a vegetarian, chicken or beef entree accompanied by rice and locally grown roasted vegetables. The delicious desserts served with tea and coffee were a wonderful way to end the evening. The Thursday Night Jazz band from Penticton entertained us and had most of the crowd up and dancing throughout the evening. Dave Brunelle is the music director of the band, consisting of 19 local musicians. We would like to thank everyone who donated their time to this community event! After gathering feedback from attendees, we’ve agreed to make this an annual event. For anyone interested in getting involved, either with a donation, sponsorship or as a volunteer, please email the Kaleden Community Association (KCA) at What started out as a small idea at the Kaleden Community Association meeting ended up being a wonderful evening. Thank you to all our volunteers who assisted with printing the tickets, purchasing and cooking the food - then serving, setting up the hall (loved the vinyl record place mats!), staffed the bar, and last but not least, the clean up crew. Everyone did an amazing job, and the Kaleden Community Association appreciated all your help in making this night successful! Thank you also to all the individuals and businesses who donated towards making this event a success: The MacKenzie and Fiechter families for the donation of ALL the vegetables they provided for the dinner; to Jackie Goodfellow for designing the logo; the Kapusty’s from Hwy 97 Brewery for the beer and raffle prizes; Volcanic Hills and Blasted Church Wineries for the wine; My Healing Hands Massage and the Fairview Liquor Store for raffle prizes; Myleen Mallach for the advertising in Skaha Matters; River Road Rentals for the candles; Save-on-Foods, IGA and Safeway for grocery coupons; AND, the Thursday Night Jazz Band from Penticton. Thank you for helping make the Kaleden “Get Jazzed” event a HUGE SUCCESS! Applications are still be accepted for the KCA Small Community Grant Program. Three applications have been funded so far: Adopt a Block/Pitch In Day, Sign Board for Twin Lakes and shelving in the storage room behind the boy’s washroom in the park to increase storage and accessibility of summer park materials/equipment. If you have an idea that will engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation, please contact KCA ( for the ONE page application and grant criteria.

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The Kaleden Outdoor Skating Rink A special thanks to these amazing volunteers working on the Kaleden Community Outdoor Skating Area, which will be ready for flooding once the weather turns cold. It takes a village to make a community beautiful and Kaleden is picture perfect, because of all the dedicated volunteers behind the scenes.

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It’s December already! Time to get out the lights, the decorations, and the special treats you only get at this time of year. I know there are a few volunteers getting things ready and hoping for cold weather, so that they can make ice for the rink down in the park. First, a big Thank You to Tom Siddon for all his years of service to our community as the Area ‘D’ RDOS Director. We know we will continue to see him involved in community issues and events. Congratulations and Welcome to Subrina Monteith, the RDOS Director for our new Area ‘I’. Many people in the community know Subrina as an involved activist in our community. We look forward to working with her in the coming years. Also, congratulations to the organizers and participants of the Kaleden Community Church Craft and Bake Sale, the Get Jazzed Dinner and Dance, and the Kaleden Seniors Committee Wreath Making event. We are so lucky to have so many amazing people planning such a diverse assortment of events. There truly is something for everyone to be involved in right here in Kaleden. Now, on the business side. The time of the Kaleden Recreation Commission meetings has been changed. We are now meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm. We are still looking for more commission members. If you think this might be something you are interested in, please come join us and see what you think. Members of the public are always welcome. We have now seen the contract awarded for the first two phases of the Pioneer Park upgrade project. It is a flexible project, as we are waiting to hear from a couple of government ministries about permits for the projects. When the permits are in place, you will see the construction of about 100 metres of the KVR Trail and the replacement of the existing boat launch. Both of these improvements will enhance Pioneer Park. The following phases of this project and other projects will proceed when permits and funding are attained. As the holiday season approaches, all the commission members wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday. Enjoy the season with all of it’s diverse traditions and maybe even start some new ones of your own. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email We have a website at www.kal-rec. ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly you can email us at kaledencommunity@

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Functional Testing To Uncover Hidden Causes Of Illness By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Naturopathic Doctors are uniquely trained and qualified to assess health problems with various tried and true methods ranging from lab testing and physical exams to complete history taking. They also use various leading edge functional laboratories which test the terrain or environment of the body to uncover the source of illness. Two simple, but powerful, in-office tests which use a finger monitor to measure the elasticity of the arteries, as well as the health of the autonomic nervous system, are the DPA (Digital Pulse Analyzer) and the HRV (Heart Rate Variability). These are screening tools which examine whether or not the patient has underlying circulatory problems or an out of balance nervous system. This is vital information for anyone wanting to know if underlying and covert problems are lurking which may lead to health problems down the road. DPA is a tool to monitor the health and elasticity of the arterial system. Youthful arteries are very flexible yet strong allowing for optimal control of blood flow throughout the body in every circumstance. With aging, a hardening process occurs which diminishes the flexibility of the arteries leading to disorders such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, weakening of the arterial walls, poor blood flow to the extremities and brain, and eventually even heart attacks and strokes. DPA is a valuable tool in assessing the level of arterial stiffness and can be used to monitor progress as lifestyle measures are adopted over time. HRV is a cutting-edge measurement of the autonomic nervous system. Heart Rate Variability is a measure of the continuous interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic influences on heart rate that yields information about autonomic function of the body. The sympathetic influence is also known as our “Fight-or-Flight” mechanism. It involves the release of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol to help the body manage stress. Although useful in short bursts, if over used for long periods, being stuck in sympathetic dominance (i.e. ongoing stress or anxiousness), can lead to adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and burn out. The parasympathetic influence involves the release of relaxing, happy hormones. This influence allows the body to rest, digest, and repair. Thus, the importance of relaxation as a tool to create optimal health. We require both sides of the autonomic nervous system to work in harmony together for optimal health. In general, a low HRV reading has shown in numerous longitudinal studies to be related to a higher mortality rate in both healthy and unhealthy subjects.

Is That Your Dog? By Myleen Mallach Did you know that if you own a dog you must follow the RDOS Dog Control Bylaw No. 2671, 2017? You can view a copy of this Bylaw at by visiting the “Regional Bylaws” page and clicking on “Bylaw Enforcement”. Should I have my dog on a leash? Yes, your dog should be on a leash for its own safety. The bylaw requires that all dogs must be under the control of a competent person when off their owner’s property. When a dog defecates, is the owner required to remove the feces? Yes, owners are required to promptly remove and dispose of the feces. Be a responsible owner and clean up after your dog! If you cannot produce a bag when asked by an Animal Control Officer, you will likely face a fine.

Do you have a complaint? All calls and complaints with respect to any dogs at large are fielded by calling 250.490.4113. Any and Other functional tests available to Naturopathic patients are toxin all complaints can be emailed to and heavy metal tests, microbiome and digestive functioning tests, food allergy testing, detoxification ability, genome testing, nutrient levels, hormone levels, advanced Lyme disease testing, arterial Do I need a Dog Tag? All dogs plaque testing, and cardiovascular health profiles. Most of these 24 weeks of age or older require that the owner obtain a dog tag. involve a simple blood draw, while a few rely on urine or stool Dogs found at large (not under control of the dog owner or the owner not in sight) may be impounded or a ticket/fine issued. All samples. impoundment fees and any outstanding fines must be paid and the Talking to your Naturopathic Doctor will help you to work together dog must have a current dog tag prior to being released. to determine which tests may benefit you most. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND, at 250-497-6681 or If you have any further questions or concerns, please call: Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator ~ 250.490.4130 at Noise Complaints ~ 250.492.0911 | Animal Control ~ 250.490.4113 Page 14 | December 2018 |

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A “Hat Trick” Of Support For Three Charities On Wednesday, October 24th, the Penticton Vees organization and the South Okanagan Events Centre came together to host the quarterly meeting of 100 Men Who Care - Penticton who donated $7,700 to three local charities. SOEC provided meeting space and put on an exceptional food service and the Vees provided complimentary tickets for members to stay and watch the Vees play the Coquitlam Express. The Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs in Penticton received $6,160 to support their Community Kitchen Program. Once a month, families learn skills such as: how to shop on a budget, use coupons, read nutritional labels, preparing menus for nutritional meals and cooking skills. The Boys & Girls Clubs provides the food, kitchen and supplies for these families to come in and prepare the meals to take home. Last year, a total of 3,780 lunches were served to children and parents, 850 meals cooked and taken home for families to enjoy. South Okanagan Women In Need Society (SOWINS) received $770 towards a proposed new initiative, Sexual Assault Support Services or S.A.S.S., a program to support sexual assault survivors with all necessary community supports at the same entry point. This “wrap around” approach will help mitigate re-victimization and further trauma and provide a streamlined response for sexual assault survivors, increase awareness and education, and remove barriers to reporting. The Penticton Soupateria Society also received $770. Many people do not have ready access to hot meals, whether they be homeless, single parents with children, lonely senior citizens and others. The Soupateria offers a hot meal once a day and an opportunity to meet others and socialize. The average cost of a meal is $2.05 and the Soupateria serves over 45,000 nutritious meals each year. The funds from 100 Men will be used to continue to provide meals to those who need this support. To date, 100 Men has donated $66,100 to thirty charitable organizations in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. NOTE: The next meeting of 100 Men is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at “Time Winery” in downtown Penticton.

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Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. A school wide pumpkin decorating and carving session was a fun way to celebrate autumn. 2. This Halloween was frightfully fun with a Costume Parade and a Monster Mash Dance. 3. Our Grade Five students attended the District Leadership Conference to participate in a variety of team-building and leadership development activities. 4. Our Grade 4 & 5 students were applauded for their participation in the 2.5 km Naramata Run. 5. Remembrance Day was recognized with a student led assembly that included poems and songs of remembrance.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Ginny Manning

Nick Korvin, at KVR Middle School, has been working with a group of teachers on an inquiry project, under the ‘Through A Different Lens’ umbrella, that focused on classroom strategies to support students with anxiety. For example, every morning at attendance students were asked to give a one-word response to or elaborate on a question, such as “Would you rather be super strong or fly?” This has proven to be very effective to create participation for anxious speakers. 2X10: Teachers connect one on one with students for two minutes every day for 10 days. Teach a growth mindset - changing the mindset from failure to success, positive language. The strategies are used universally with the whole class. Two policies are up on the website for comment or suggestions until December 10, 2018. • Policy 740 Tobacco, Cannabis and Vapor-Free Environment • Policy 311 Substance Abuse Both policies have been edited to include vaping, cannabis and some updating of language in accordance with new legislation. The student head count as of September 30th is 5833, which is an increase of 15 students over last year. Summerland is up by 37 overall, Penticton is down by 26 and the Regional District is up by 8. The numbers don’t include International, Entre Lac, ConnectEd or Out-of-Province Hockey School Students. There will be many opportunities to enjoy some wonderful Christmas/Winter concerts and plays in the next few weeks. Many thanks to the staff, students and parents for all the time and effort they put in to make these performances so special. A list of concerts will be available on the district website. As this is my last report as the Rural Trustee on the SD67 Board of Education, I would like to thank you for the work you do to help create an excellent education experience for the students and staff in this community. Canada and BC, in particular, are ranked among the top ten in the OECD* PISA** worldwide assessment, of 15 year olds, for reading, math and science. We truly have a world class education system and your support is one of the reasons our students succeed. It has been a privilege to serve the students, staff and community as your representative at the board table for the past 16 years, thank you. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019! * Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development ** Program for International Student Assessment


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The Kaleden Library is having their annual Gingerbread House Coloring Contest, so get creative and you might win the Gingerbread House to take home and build with your family over the holidays. Stop by the Kaleden Library to pick up your coloring page. All entries must be received by Tuesday, December 18th. The winner will be notified on Thursday, December 20th. Preschool Storytime continues on December 4th and 11th, from 10:00-10:45 am. Join us for Christmas stories, crafts, singing songs, and meeting new friends. Preschool Storytime will resume on Tuesday, January 22nd from 10:00-10:45 am. The Kaleden Library is hosting a Christmas Card Making Class on Thursday, December 6th from 2:30-3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5 to 11 years old. Make a Christmas Card for your parents or someone special. After the card making, a Christmas Story will be read and a small cookie snack is included. Please register for this FREE Children’s program, as space is limited. (All supplies are included.) Start ordering your “Christmas Reads”, as the last book delivery will be on Wednesday, December 19th. The Kaleden Branch will be CLOSED at 5 pm on December 21st and REOPEN Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 1 pm. Library materials will not be due over the Christmas closure. The Book Return Bin will be closed. Merry Christmas from Glenda and Lynn. May the magic and wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming New Year.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Welcome to December everyone. I hope your fall was as magical as mine was, locked in my bedroom with cold after cold. I hope I’ve caught everything my children have picked up. Last thing I want for Christmas is nasal congestion and phlegm. Nothing says Christmas time like the annual trip to stock up the liquor cabinet. When you are stocking your cupboard (or finding that special bottle of Scotch for your favourite Skaha Matters contributor), please stop by Fairview Liquor Store in Penticton. They donate a percentage of all sales if you mention ‘Kaleden Elementary’ at the till. You don’t even need to have a kid at the school! This costs you no extra! It just helps out KPAC and you still stock your cupboard. A few extra yuletide dates for you. Our next meeting is Thursday, December 6th at 7 pm. The KPAC choir will perform following the meeting, so I’ve been told. Our Christmas Concert is on Thursday, December 13th in the school gym this year. There is a daytime and evening show. And, if you have a good whipping arm, we would love it if you could whip up some baking for the bake sale! If you have sweet treats to donate, please contact the school. That is all we have this month. From all of us at KPAC, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Craft Circle ~ Wednesday, December 5th and 19th. 1-3 pm. Book Club ~ Wednesday, December 19th. 1-2 pm. Our current book club book for discussion is “Inside the O’Brien’s”. Friends of the Library ~ Okanagan Falls Library is pleased to announce the formation of a F.O.L. group. We are planning to have a book sale in the spring and are accepting your books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition. No encyclopedias or Readers Digest Condensed books please.

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Penguin Storytime ~ Join us for stories, songs, crafts and more!! Preschool age to 8 years. Tuesday, December 11th. 9-10 am. 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza ~ Join us Tuesday evenings in December for Christmas fun! 6:30-7:30 pm. Ages 5-15 years. Register now, as class size is limited! • December 4th ~ Christmas Card Zentangle with Jeannie. Show off your creative side and make some beautiful Christmas Cards. • December 11th ~ Metal Hanger Christmas Trees. Make your own decorated Table Top Christmas Tree. • December 18th ~ Decorate Sugar Cookies and Ginger Cookies to give or to keep as a yummy treat! Easy Origami Christmas ~ Saturday, December 8th starting at 10:30 am. Join us to make EASY Origami Christmas Creations. Ruell is back to share her special talent of paper folding! Ages 5 to adult. Register now, class size limited! LEGO Club ~ Resumes in January

Okanagan Falls Branch will CLOSE on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 pm and REOPEN on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 10 am. Library material will not be due during the closure. The Book Return Bins will be closed during this period. Wishing our patrons a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC would like to send our sincere THANK YOU to the following businesses for their donations to the Halloween Dinner & Dance Fundraiser: Pharmasave Okanagan Falls; Wild Willow Cosmetics; Younique Rep Karen Pearce; House of Dennison; Stag’s Hollow Winery; Meyer Family Vineyards; Blasted Church Vineyards; Synchromesh Winery; See Ya Later Ranch; Bad Tattoo Brewing; Last Call Liquor Store; Cannery Brewing; Dream Café; BC Wildlife Park; Mt. Baldy Ski Resort; Melt Mineral Spa; Phoenix Therapeutic Massage; White Lioness Metaphysical; Ebb & Flow Jewelry; Alas de Agua Leather; Make it Mine Design; Garden Works; Tim Horton’s (Skaha Location); and Miss Sam. The dinner was ‘lick your fingers and the plater’ good thanks to Joannie and Karl from KJ Coffee Bar. Fun was had by all that came with special thanks to DJ Dwight Schrute (Aka Peter Verge) keeping the party going into the wee hours ... I mean wee ones bedtime hour! A final special thank you for the amazing ladies that put the whole thing together; Chelsea, Stephanie, Erin, Alisha, Daina, and Miss Walker. They dedicated many hours doing so for our school. We will let them rest a little bit before we talk about making this an annual event! The event managed to raise over $3000 towards expanding the school’s educational computer technology. Our next PAC meeting will be on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30pm in the school library. Childcare is available during meetings. Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” or email any comments/questions to

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Remembrance Day Assembly - Thoughtful performances by all classes. Candlelight Ceremony with Okanagan Falls Veterans Honoring our local veterans. K/1 students building human graphs. Thank you to the Legion volunteers for teaching our Grade 6-7 students how to play darts, pool, and shuffleboard. Congratulations to Megan Donesley for winning tickets for her whole class to attend WE Day in Vancouver on Nov 22nd. Recognizing “Movember” at OKF.

School District No. 53 Board Report

policies if deemed appropriate by the Board. The Board will also be reviewing student code of conduct policies, as well as Tobacco By Janice Stevens, School Trustee and Vaping policies, to be sure expectations to students and employees are clear about what is acceptable and not acceptable. Okanagan Falls Elementary Schools News: I had the opportunity to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies Health Promoting Schools ~ Health promoting schools has at Okanagan Falls Elementary School on November 9th. It was coordinated a range of events in term one. These include, #change lovely to see all the students participating through artwork, poems your mood in the Gr 7 classrooms at Tuc el Nuit Elementary and and songs in remembering those whom sacrificed so much our Okanagan Falls Elementary. This program involved 6 sessions exploring how youth can identify and manage their mental wellness. country. A huge congratulations goes out the Okanagan Falls PAC on a Safeteen presented to all the District Gr 6 and 7 classes, as well very successful first (hopefully annual) Halloween Dinner and as to students at Osoyoos Secondary and Southern Okanagan Dance. Everyone had great time and much needed funds were Secondary. Two Dash BC grants for $5000 have been submitted. The first proposal is to support a partnership between SD#53, raised. Well Done! physiotherapist, Dan Colbeck and OIB Knowledge Keepers. The District News: proposal is to develop learning posters for classes to use in outdoor 2018/19 Enrolment ~ As of October 31st, schools reported spaces combing healthy developmental movements, developed enrollment of 2,379.188 FTE which is an increase of 19.813 FTE by the physiotherapist, and land-based knowledge. The second from September 28th, 2018 enrolment of 2,359.375 FTE. proposal is in collaboration with Interior Health and is to increase Take-A-Risk Grant Applications ~ Once again, we have set aside mental wellness knowledge and supports for SD#53 staff and funds from BC Education Plan funds received from the Ministry to Interior Health staff with a training workshop on understanding and support teachers who are using a collaborative inquiry approach managing secondary trauma led by Dr. Linda O’Neill. This term to try new ideas or pedagogical approaches and assessment there has also been collaboration with the Oliver and Keremeos strategies to meet the needs of their students. Applications have to Food Securities. In Oliver, there is a knowledge campaign about be in by November 23rd and funds are set to support release time the cost for a family of four to eat healthy, as well as a campaign to for planning, debriefing and assessing the results of their inquiry. develop edible planting boxes throughout the town. Successful applicants are expected to participate in a celebration Wishing all our students, their families, and school staff a wonderful of learning event in the spring at the Board’s Education Committee and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! to share their learnings. See you in 2019. FSA Marking ~ A team of 15 teachers and administrators met For more information, feel free to contact me any time. Janice in the evening on Thursday, November 15th to mark the FSA Stevens, School Trustee for SD#53, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@ sections on writing, reading, and numeracy that are scored locally. We hope to receive the results in January, which will help inform our district strategic plan for learning. Master KF Aerospace ~ 12 students from SOSS had the opportunity Stylist to visit KF Aerospace at the Kelowna airport. In all 3 of the KF Aerospace locations, a total of 1100 people are employed, most of whom are Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. There is a huge demand for this trade and the students had a chance to observe this interesting profession. The maximum tour size is 12 students. Secondary students from other schools will have an opportunity in the next few weeks. 439 Panorama Cres 778-515-1497 Okanagan Falls RECON Astronomy Joint Secondary School Project ~ SD#53 is extremely fortunate this year to have two schools chosen as participants in an exciting RECON project. RECON stands for Research and Education Collaboration Occultation Network. It is a network of communities across the United States who each have a telescope and video camera, and on predicted occultation events, look at objects in the Kuiper belt (where Pluto is). The organizers have made it international by extending it up into Canada (currently in our district, Penticton, and Kelowna and looking to move into Vernon and further north) and it has been deemed one of the most important astronomical studies by the international community. The RECON project has purchased a telescope, a video camera, and most of the necessary equipment for our schools to conduct their role in this project. For more information, please visit http:// Cannabis Legislation Effective October 17th ~ Legislative changes to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis in Canada has come into effect as of October 17, 2018. 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By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. Whether it’s teaching them the value of a dollar or helping their future financial independence, many parents strive to teach their children how to make sound financial decisions. While every child is different, instilling positive spending, saving and borrowing habits can help ensure a lifetime of financial confidence. Get Started Early ~ Your involvement is key to starting your child on the right path to financial literacy. As early as age six, children can understand the basic principles of saving and spending, including the value of saving first, or for longer-term goals. Many experts recommend a “save-spend-share” concept. This means that whenever children receive money, they put some aside for savings and charitable donations, and can spend the rest as they like. Opening a high-interest savings account can also help introduce bigger kids to budgeting, investing and borrowing. Childhood is also an ideal time to instill a lifetime desire to give back. Consider talking to your children about causes they might like to support and incorporating their ideas into how your family gives back. Preparing Young Adults To Leave The Nest ~ Whether they’re planning for university, moving out, or starting a new career, money plays an important role as your children start the journey of “making it on their own”. Budgeting - Post-high school is a great opportunity to create a first “real” budget with your child. Encourage them to track spending, and list income sources and projected expenses. Adding these numbers up can help determine whether they’ll run short or have a surplus. If they’re running short, they might want to look hard at “wants versus needs” or ways of increasing their income. If they have a surplus, introduce the idea of contributing to a Tax-Free Savings Account or Registered Retirement Savings Plan. Credit - Young adults are often presented with easy access to credit. Teach them to be aware of anything that sounds too good to be true, stick to their budget and borrow only what they can afford to repay. Grown-Up Children Still Have Plenty To Learn ~ Adult children eventually enter a world where they need to balance their financial goals, such as owning a home, with basic living expenses or the costs of raising children. This is an ideal time to pass on your own financial experiences, including the challenges you overcame to build wealth. Preparing children to receive their inheritance is another key element of financial education, and helps perpetuate your family legacy. Consider talking to them about what they will inherit and how they can manage their inheritance, or passing on assets while you are alive to allow them to benefit from your guidance. The Value Of Advice ~ While informal family conversations and real-world learning are essential components of financial education, it can make sense to introduce your children to your financial, legal and tax advisors, who can help provide guidance that might be difficult for you to convey. Your trusted advisors can also provide education in many areas, or assist with getting your children’s affairs in order.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner In an article on Holly Chavez writes, “Massages are much more than just relaxing. In fact, our natural instincts turn to them in moments of need. This is the reason that you self-massage sore muscles, and it has also led to the rapidly growing field of massage therapy. As an added bonus, there are numerous health benefits associated with a massage. Fortunately, massages come in a variety of lengths and styles, which means that even people with truly hectic lifestyles can take advantage of this health-boosting technique. 1. Massages Can Alleviate Headaches ~ Whether you have a tension-type headache or suffer from migraines, medical research has proven that regular massages can help reduce or even eliminate this painful problem. 2. Massages Soothe and Relax the Body ~ A Swedish or hot stone massage offers the right amount of pressure, sometimes combined with heat, to soothe your achy muscles. If your body is tight from a tense week at the office, either of these massage styles is a good way to relax. 3. Massages Reduce Joint Pain ~ Joint pain is a common issue that is experienced by everyone from pregnant women to fibromyalgia sufferers. Receiving a regular massage will relieve this pain. In fact, many medical professionals refer patients with joint pain to a licensed massage therapist. 4. Massages Can Dramatically Reduce Anxiety ~ Approximately 40 million Americans have some form of anxiety, and this can be borderline emotionally crippling at times. Anxiety is even responsible for almost one-third of the nation’s total mental health expenses. The good news is that massage can cut your body’s level of stress hormones in half, which will alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. 5. Minimize Back Pain with a Massage ~ Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, but you do not need to live in pain. Studies have shown that massage reduces the need for painkillers by 36 percent, and it is more effective than chiropractic care or acupuncture. 6. Neuromuscular Massage Addresses Repetitive Movement Injuries ~ A staggering 86 percent of U.S. adults have a desk job, and the vast majority of them perform repetitive tasks that can injure their hands, wrists, arms, neck and back. Although a typical massage will help reduce this pain, neuromuscular techniques can actually address the root cause of the muscular problem to provide you with optimal results. 7. Massages Promote Flexibility ~ Most people are not nearly as flexible as they would like to be, and this often causes uncomfortable stiffness. Fortunately, a sports massage is tailored toward making it easier to increase your flexibility. 8. Research Shows Massages Help Cancer Patients ~ 4 out of every 10 adults will battle with cancer at some point during their life. Massage is now being widely used as a complementary treatment because it offers a reduction in many of the symptoms associated with cancer, including nausea, pain, insomnia and fatigue. 9. Re-energize with a Massage ~ Do you often feel drained by the end of your workday? Swedish massages will relax you, but they are also known for making the receiver feel more energetic throughout the rest of the day. 10. Massage Relieves Insomnia ~ At any given time, one-third of adults are experiencing a bout of insomnia, so it is no surprise that people are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of sleep. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massages and reduced insomnia. This is extremely important

when you consider the many health issues that are caused by a lack of sleep, including a weakened immune system and a greater risk of depression. 11. Increase Your Quality of Life with Massages ~ Medical patients receiving palliative care experience a boost in their quality of life with regular massages, and the same is true for everyone. This is one of the primary reasons that more than half of the 32.6 million Americans who get a massage at least once a year do so for health reasons. 12. Massages Help Digestive Issues ~ Everyone experiences the occasional digestive issue, and an abdominal massage can help. Regardless of whether you have been constipated for three days or have a chronic digestive issue, a massage is a good way to get your system working more properly. 13. Massage Combats Stress ~ Chronic stress increases your risk of contracting cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and lung ailments. Additionally, it is responsible for many accidents and suicides. In other words, stress is quite literally killing some people, but you do not have to remain so stressed out. Instead, you can take advantage of the stress-busting benefits of massage therapy. 14. Boost Your Immune System with Massages ~ Everyone can benefit from a boosted immune system, especially people who typically deal with several minor illnesses every year. A research group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that a single 45-minute massage alters the human body’s immune response. Therefore, getting a massage weekly or biweekly is a great way to strengthen your immune system. 15. Massages Can Beat PMS ~ The pain that some women experience before and during their menstrual cycle can be effectively combated by a massage. Even better is the fact that studies have shown a direct connection between massage and a reduction in water retention, depression and other symptoms of menstrual distress. 16. Become More Alert with a Chair Massage ~ Many businesses now offer chair massages to their employees, and this is a scientifically backed way to make people feel more alert. The mental boost you receive from a simple 15 minute chair massage will make daily tasks much easier and can reduce your odds of being in an accident. 17. Massages Improve Face, Scalp and Hair Health ~ A simple face and scalp massage is very relaxing, and it will also boost the health of your scalp, hair and facial skin. Some studies have even found that face massages can stop skin from sagging and ward off wrinkles! 18. Massage Fixes Postural Stress ~ Another major problem associated with sitting all day is the development of serious neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by postural stress, and it can also impact your glutes and lower back. Massages address this physical stress and will relieve your painful symptoms. 19. Massage will Lower Your Blood Pressure ~ If you have issues with high blood pressure, then scheduling regular massages is definitely a good idea. Individuals with a hectic lifestyle and high blood pressure can benefit from as little as a 10 minute chair massage once a week. 20. Increase Your Blood Circulation with Massages ~ Massages help your blood circulation, and this offers a long list of benefits. For example, if you have any health conditions that slow down your blood circulation, massage will provide healthier skin, better organ functionality and improved cell growth.”

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Large Okanagan Rainbows By Larry Martin

Good news for Okanagan Rainbows. Shore spawning Kokanee numbers have been fairly steady, which is a major food source for larger Rainbows. Spring flooding has provided much needed nutrients to a lake that is now too clean to support fish numbers that we saw 30 years ago. A lake fertilization program would be a tough sell to Okanagan area residents who have spent big dollars for improved sewer systems. Tourist organizations and many local residents support clear water for boating and swimming, not nutrient rich water to provide fish food. My question to the experts is ... “Can we have both?” Is it time to revisit the Okanagan Lake fishing plan in concert with the Okanagan Water basin board? I’m not suggesting we start dumping raw sewage into the lake ... the good old days are not good enough ... but we may be able to enhance nutrient loads during critical rearing times in non-flood years or for planned seasonal growth cycles. The lake is not an aquarium, thus changes can take several years. I do feel we need to yet again visit the current operational plan with regard to enhanced fishing experiences. I don’t often see a frown on the face of a person who lands a decent sized fish. I’m sure there is room for consensus among area water users. I have a request ... Please email me photo’s of recent Skaha Lake fish that you would like to see published in future. I know, I should just go out there and catch my own, but it is fun to see what others are up to. Photos above and below are courtesy of Rodney’s Reel Outdoors. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at

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How To Report Free Roaming Horses On Or Near Highway 3A By Raydene Good-May

There has been a ongoing concern with regard to free roaming wild horses in our area, especially when they are on or near Highway 3A. The following is information that I posted on the Kaleden and Twin Lakes Community Facebook pages back in mid-September. I have been investigating this issue for a while now and have come to the realization that this is a very, very complicated matter indeed. After numerous emails, phone conversations, and personal interviews there is far too much information to post here. All I can report is that I (and your comments from my post) have brought a huge awareness of this situation to all stake holders once again. I am so hopeful after this civic election that negotiations can recommence. At this point, here are the steps you need to take if you ever see the free roaming horses on or near Highway 3A: 1. Call ARGO Road Maintenance at 250-493-6969, then Press 5 for emergencies. They will now come out and post a warning sign to drivers indicating horses maybe on the highway. 2. Call RCMP Constable Brian Evans in Keremeos at 250499-5511, as he wants to keep statistics on this issue. 3. Call Joe Johnson Chief Administrator Officer of the Penticton Indian Band at 250-493-0048 for statistic purposes and pressure to solve this ongoing issue. All three contacts listed are fully aware of the issues involved and are ready to receive your phone calls as the need arises. I thank everyone who has shown concern in this important safety matter. Hopefully, progress will be made soon. | December 2018 | Page 23

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Velva Popowich and Loraine Thompson

Well, where has this year gone? The Yuletide season is fast approaching and we have been busy as beavers here at the Seniors Centre. The Market in the Park folks held an indoor Fall Market here on November 3rd and it was very busy. A good attendance and lots of items to be found for gifts or personal use. Also, the annual Country Christmas Fair on November 24th is always a big hit with shoppers looking for something special. Our annual election for officers was held on November 5th. The new executive duties will commence in January 2019. We are still in need of a Vice President. The monthly Music Jam was a huge success with many participants, even with it being bumped to a Saturday. This event is extremely popular with locals, as well as our many ‘Snowbirds’. The next Music Jam is from 1-4pm on Sunday, December 9th. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music and dancing. A light lunch is also available. It makes a nice break from all the shopping and baking we are all doing at this time of year. Our annual Christmas Dinner is Saturday, December 8th. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non members. This a very nice evening with live music by ‘Destiny’. Wine and refreshments start at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. There will be in-house draws and many door prizes. We hope to see you there. Tuesday Bingo will have their Christmas Bingo on Tuesday, December 18th. Also, we have the pink tubs in house from Helping Hands to collect non perishable goods for local Christmas Hampers. Thank you in advance to everyone that donates. DropIn Bingo will jazz things up for December with a tacky/ugly sweater day on Saturday, December 15th. Stay tuned for details. We hope this will become a fun annual event that everyone can enjoy. Be sure to check with activity leaders or our calendar, as your favourite activity may take a Christmas Holiday - of course to return again in the New Year. As this year is drawing to a close, have you renewed your 2019 membership yet? Memberships are just $15 per year, covering January 1 - December 31. We hope you enjoy your Christmas plans and look forward to a very blessed New Year. For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Mark Your Calendar! Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, December 1 from 8-10am General Meeting ~ Monday, December 3 at 1pm Christmas Dinner ~ Saturday, December 8 (Wine/Refreshments at 5pm / Dinner at 6pm / Music by Destiny) Music Jam ~ Sunday, December 9 at 1pm (lunch at 11:30) (Music Jams regularly run 2nd Sunday from October to April) ‘Ugly Sweater’ Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, December 15 at 1pm Canasta ~ December 3, 10, 17 at 10am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9am Tuesday Bingo ~ December 4, 11, 18 at 1pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm (No Carpet Bowling on Dec 26 & Jan 2 - Resumes Jan 9) Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7pm The Falls Music Group ~ Fridays from 2-4pm (May take a break!)

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

As 2018 comes to an end, we would like to thank the community for their continuing support, without donations at barbeques, cookie sales at Music in the Park and the Legion, and the generosity of the people in our area, we would be unable to continue our community projects. Through Lions Clubs International, all Lions Clubs support world vision, diabetes and dog guide activities not only in our communities and North America, but worldwide. Little things mean a lot in some countries, for example in some African villages there are no pill containers, so a collection has been started to collect and distribute prescription containers to needy areas. Imagine your doctor giving you a handful of pills, verbal instructions and sending you home, which could be a long walk in some areas, not to mention weather conditions. One of our members has collected over 64,000 pair of eyeglasses to be used for world distribution. There are no optical stores in some areas of the world, and this enables people in those areas to see clearly, in some cases for the first time in their lives. Sight loss is a side effect of diabetes and we are approaching that as a world health goal everywhere. Our school breakfast program is going strong every Thursday morning. A huge thanks to our members who get up early to cook. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are December 26, 27 & 28 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 or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Okanagan Falls and Area, we thank you once again for your support and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous Happy New Year! The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at and “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet, including Diabetic Foot Care Serving the Veterans & the South Okanagan Janel Bailey LPN 250-462-5666

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barb Few

How quickly this year seems to have gone by, and during December the Ladies Auxiliary will be in a relaxed mode. Our monthly Bingo will be on Saturday, December 1st with special treats. And, please bring a donation for the Helping Hands. Our General Meeting and Get Together will be on Wednesday, December 5th. Once again, members are invited to being a donation for the Helping Hands. During our November meeting, a new Executive was elected: President - Iris Moldowen; Vice President - Edna Moreland; Secretary - Louise Sax; Treasurer - Louise Johnstone; Executive Members - Helen Blewis, Denise Ashton and Donna May Thompson; and the Past President - Colleen Clark. We wish them all the best in 2019 and know they will guide us well. We Wish Everyone A Very Happy Christmas And See You Next Year!

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

December Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Saturday, December 8th ~ Turkey Shoot following the Meat Draw - Hams & Turkeys to be won! Sunday, December 16th ~ Breakfast with Santa & his helpers from 8-11 am. We have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Mat Duffus will also be here for a sing along for the kids. Tuesday, December 18th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Wednesday, December 19th ~ Music Trivia. Just one night only during December. Join in the fun starting at 7pm. Food is available.

Remembrance Day Ceremony In Okanagan Falls By Bob Shanks The Remembrance Day Ceremony in Okanagan Falls began at 10:15 am with Ed Findlater officiating. Ed requested the Colour Party proceed to the front, which they did directed by Rod Few, Sgt at Arms. O’Canada was sung. Bob Wilson read the Prime Minister’s message and Rev. David Sparks led the gathering in prayer. Bob Wilson then lead the ceremony with “Onward Christian Soldiers”. Kate and Kylie, two young girls, did a tremendous job of reciting “In Flanders Fields”. The poem was done perfectly with the flow and dignity that would have made the author proud. Following the Ceremony, the Colour Party departed the school auditorium and there was a parade of colours to the Cenotaph at the Legion (as shown above and led by an RCMP vehicle). The Last Post was played, which was followed by 2 minutes of Silence. After the Last Post and during the Silence, Ed presented the Act of Remembrance and recognized Robert Christie. The Silence ended with the playing of “The Rouse”. There was laying of the wreaths by many dignitaries and there were many children who helped with the many wreaths. (Photo below showing the wreaths Monday, December 31st ~ New York, New Year’s Eve Event! at the Cenotaph.) The ceremony was completed with the singing Watch the ball drop at 9 pm New York time. Tickets are $15 each of “God Save the Queen”. Refreshments and fellowship followed and available at the canteen. Buzz Byer will rock the house. Doors inside the Legion. open at 1 pm. Appies will be served. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Friday & 4 pm on Saturday. Come on out ... You could be Lucky! Everyone welcome. Sunday Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games. 1:30 pm start. Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool ~ Call Denise for more information on Darts & Shuffleboard at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for the information on the Pool League at 778-531-8228. NEW Youth Darts ~ Fridays at 7pm at the Okanagan Falls Legion. For youth & teens aged 11-18 years. Call Dee at 250-497-5975. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. It’s a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome to become a member. 2019 Memberships are now due. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” FROM EVERYONE at Branch #227 Legion in Okanagan Falls, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

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H&M Thrifty Boutique Open 10-3 Tuesday - Saturday 250-486-6371

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Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories In Person When Open Please!

Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator The Kaleden Seniors Committee invites you to Ken and Margaret Hayter’s Linden Gardens for a “Wreath Making Appie Potluck” on Friday, November 30th from 5-7 pm. Bring your family, friends, wreath supplies, holiday bling and an appie to share. Some materials will be available. Wine by the glass will be served from Kraze Legz and Oak Knoll Wineries. To kick start the New Year, we will feature lunch and a “Developing World Experience” presentation. On Friday, January 18th, join us in the Kaleden Community Hall at 11:30 to learn about the role the Gleaners play in the world. Lunch by donation will follow at 12:30. There will also be the opportunity to get active with Get Bent Studios. Looking ahead to February our “Fun Facts and Food” series continues with a “Taste of the Philippines” hands-on cooking class and travel tips. And in the spring, more gardening fun! Look for details in the January 2019 edition of Skaha Matters. For information on events and programs, please send us an email to Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Holiday Shopping In Penticton? Take The Bus And Relax! Submitted Press Release Christmas time shopping will be more convenient for people in the South Okanagan, as once again, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, BC Transit and their local government partners are pleased to offer additional service between Osoyoos and Penticton on Fridays in December. On December 7, 14, 21 and 28, Route 40 Osoyoos/Penticton will run with a morning trip leaving Osoyoos at 8:30 am, in addition to the regular trips at 7:15 am and 12:30 pm. The bus will follow its usual route through Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden, arriving at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton at approximately 9:45 am. An additional afternoon return trip leaves Cherry Lake Mall at 1:30 pm. For more information, routes and service alerts in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System, please visit bctransit. com/south-okanagan-similkameen.

HOUSE WANTED: Long Term Rental

We are a semi-retired couple currently living in the area. Willing to look after your property as if it were our own, yard care no problem. Looking for 3 bedrooms + den/office, 2 – 2 ½ bathrooms. Parking for 3 vehicles. References available. Call Dale at 250-497-8065.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson The swans are back on Vaseux Lake. They seem to be flocked together on the north end where the riven runs into the lake. It is always great to see them. The sheep haven’t come off the top of the hills yet. They will be along soon. And, so begins winter. The Heritage Society has moved its meeting time and place for the winter months. We will be meeting in the Community Room at the School on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 1:00 pm. Please note - There will be no meeting in December, and the next meeting will be our AGM on Tuesday, January 15th at 1 pm in the Community Room at the School. It was the feelings of the membership that afternoon meetings would be better for the winter months, especially as it gets dark so early. Memberships for 2019 are now due. Gerrie Jackson, Membership Chair, is at the store on Wednesday Mornings from 10 am to noon. The Thrifty Boutique is still very busy. The Volunteer Staff have so many lovely frocks to choose from. Many thanks to the Community for your support. Have a very lovely Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year. We’ll look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

School Daze

My schooling was somewhat delayed since I did not begin to attend the two room schoolhouse in the hollow until September of 1922, when I had reached the ripe old age of seven. This had nothing to do with an assessment of my intellectual capabilities, nor did it take place because the pedagogues of that day were intimidated at the prospect of having the unruly behaviour of yours truly to cope with. I did not start school until almost seven, since that would have required a class of one. Instead, it was decided that I would wait a year, at which time there seemed to be the likelihood of amassing a beginners class of two. So it was - and the primary class of 1922 consisted of Mary Block and myself. Our teacher was Miss Thelma Hobbs of Summerland and what a fortunate lass she was to start her teaching career at the same time that two such eminent students started their voyage on the sea of learning. This manipulation of the time frame at which pupils should enter the classroom proved to be of little value since Mary, very shortly, moved to Summerland, leaving me the honour of coming first in my class, as well as the distinction of being last. Later, new students moved into the district and I was shoved ahead a grade to accommodate the presence of the new arrivals and once again had classmates, or at least one classmate. The school facilities included the main building, initially designed as a two room structure with massive hallways both front and back. At the time I attended, only one room was used and it had been divided in two, primarily I presume, to cut down the heating required during the winter months. There was a dirt floor basement, which might have been 8 feet high at the front tapering down to a foot or two at the rear. Except for a storage room, it was used only to house a venerable and totally inefficient wood furnace. Later on this was discarded and a circulating heater was installed in the classroom itself. In addition to this main edifice there were two very imposing

outhouses, one for each gender, and further back yet was a stable which served the beasts of burden owned by the students who came in from a distance. In earlier days, when Kaleden was short of enough students to keep the school open and Okanagan Falls had some with whom they were willing, if not downright eager to part, several students had ridden up daily from that southern metropolis. During my days at the local institution, the stable was used only intermittently by whoever happened to be living in the Roadhouse home situated at the bottom of the very long hill on the road to Keremeos. The Windsor boys are the only residents of that abode whose names I remember, but there were others who lived out there and walked into school - a hike of several miles. On one occasion, one of the boys from out there did something during noon hour that was deemed an affront to some of the local girls. They immediately tattled to the teacher, who was having her lunch and a well earned rest. “Well, you go out and tell him to come in here and I’ll deal with it”, was her weary response to the loud protestations of indignation from the offended females. So, all trooped out to tell the offender to come in. He, feeling discretion the better part of valour, decamped for home with all the boys and most of the girls following. No attempt was made to force him to return, but we felt it was our duty to carry out the teacher’s orders, especially if that took all afternoon wandering along by Turtle Lake - a nature study trip for which we paid dearly the following day. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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CatMatch My name is Limoge, which is a very fine type of china. I choose this name because even though I was brought up in a poor part of town, I believe I am worthy of a good life and home. I was a teenage mom and gave my children up for adoption, so that they also could have the life they deserve. And now, am hoping that somewhere the right person is waiting to treat me like a “Queen”. I am currently residing at this wonderful little bed and breakfast called Bosley's in Oliver, where I welcome anyone to come visit to see if we share a "spark" and would like to commit to each other!

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In Memory of Tanzy Ayers March 17, 2005 - November 3, 2018 No longer by my side, but forever in my heart. There’s an empty space where you used to lay, And an ache in my heart that won’t go away. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. You were my faithful companion ‘till the end. All my love, Barb and Fred too. Tanzy was adopted from Penticton SPCA, and if you choose to donate in her name, she thanks you. | December 2018 | Page 27

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member , please email or call 1-888-576-5661. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting and search under Browse Opportunities. The Mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. Would you like to make a difference and become a Friendly Visitor? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. The Friendly Visiting program matches volunteers with residents living with MS in long term care facilities. We are seeking 5 long term volunteers (about a year’s commitment). The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life of isolated persons with MS living in long term care, by fostering supportive relationships between a resident and a volunteer. For more information or to become a Friendly Visitor, please contact Rebecca Cooke by calling 250-314-0773 or email rebecca. Coordinator, Volunteer and Community Engagement | BC & Yukon Division, MS Society of Canada.

Storyteller - Justyn Rees • Singer/songwriter - Russ Rosen Musicians - Graham Ord • Stephen Toon Songs and stories like you've never them heard before.

Coming to

Okanagan Falls Community Church 1356 McLean Creek Rd.

Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm As seating is limited, please call 250-497-2027 to reserve your ticket and ensure your seats, (must pick up tickets by Dec 9th) Refreshments during intermission Free Will Offering

“Christmas Tales” Performs Live At Okanagan Falls Community Church

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Christmas Tales will have you singing along with the traditional carols and inspired by some new ones. These songs form the musical backdrop for author and raconteur Justyn Rees’ hilarious and delightful retelling of the First Christmas. With wit and insight, Justyn draws on his rich and well travelled history to bring the ancient stories alive. You’ll meet characters re-imagined in UK dialects and world accents - Joseph, the Inn Keeper, Dick the shepherd and many others. Russ Rosen and band have been the feature performers at Vancouver’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade for the past 6 years and know how to turn a Christmas Parade into a street party. For this show they are on their “best behaviour”, as they nimbly weave both the festive and reflective carols throughout this upbeat and down to earth production. Christmas Tales is booked to play throughout the Holiday Season from Victoria to Vernon with stops in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. So, grab ahold of mom and dad and granny and the kids, load up the truck and head on down to Christmas Tales, it’ll be more fun than Christmas Dinner! For more information, links to videos or to book Justyn and Russ and band for the Christmas Tales show, please visit to Show time is 7 pm on Tuesday, December 11th at Okanagan Falls Community Church. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot and call Diane at 250-497-2027 for your Free ticket by December 9th.

Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hamper Registration Form

Helping Hand has been assisting families in the Okanagan Falls area with Christmas Hampers and Gifts for over 30 years. Last year, we distributed nearly 100 hampers to homes in the Okanagan Falls area. Helping Hand is a non-profit society, run 100% by volunteers from your community. Your financial support, food and toy donations are the heart of the program. Your generosity is greatly needed and appreciated! Financial donations can be mailed to: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, P.O. 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 at Okanagan Falls IGA or in any of the pink bins in many of our local businesses. If you are in need of a hamper this Christmas season, please fill out the Registration Form to the right and drop it off in the registration box at the Okanagan Falls IGA on or before December 5th or mail to above address. December Highlights: •

“Fill the Van” at Okanagan Falls IGA is Saturday, December 8th from 10am - 2pm. Hotdogs and coffee will be available.

Check out the “Gift Tree” at the Okanagan Falls IGA and the “Pajama Tree” at Interior Savings in Okanagan Falls.

“Christmas Festiv-ALL” is Sunday, December 9th 4:306pm at the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls. (Donations bins will be on site.)

Christmas Hamper Pick-up Day is Friday, December 19th and Saturday, December 20th. Christmas Hamper recipients will be called with their pick up time.

Christmas Hamper Delivery Day is Saturday, December 20th from 10am - Noon.

For Residents of Okanagan Falls Area Only

Name: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Street Address: ________________________ _____________________________________ # ofAdults: ____ # of Children (if applicable): ____ Boys Ages: ________ Girls Ages: ________ Boys Sizes: ________ Girls Sizes: ________ Deadline Date for Registration: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Are you able to pick up a hamper on December 19th? Please circle either: Yes or No Would you like to take part in a Special Family Event at the Penticton Community Centre after Christmas? Please circle either: Yes or No If yes, would you need transportation? Yes or No Send Registration Form To: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 Or place registration form in the drop box at the Okanagan Falls IGA.

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

This year we have had a significant turnover in volunteers, so we would like to say welcome to the new members and a huge thank you and best wishes to the ones who have moved on! If you have any questions or concerns, please call 250-486-2767. Leave a message and your call will be returned. JOHN NUNES

Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner ... Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Half portions always available. Or, add a plate to share for just $2.50! 5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls

December Hours: Mon & Sat ~ 8 - 3 Tue - Fri ~ 8 - 7 *NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 8-3* CLOSED Dec 24-26 Eat In or Take Out Order Your Baking In Advance!


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BREAKFAST SPECIAL: 8 - 11 am Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast ~ $7

LUNCH SPECIALS: 11 am - 4 pm Beef Burger with Fresh Cut Fries ~ $8 Cheddar Burger with Fresh Cut Fries ~ $9

DINNER SPECIALS: 4 - 6:30 pm Thursday ~ Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes, Veggies + Dessert ~ $14.95 Friday ~ Everyone’s Favourtie ... It’s Fish and Chips! 2 piece Cod with Fresh Cut Fries ~ $14.95


Christmas in a Wrap ~ Cranberry Aioli, Turkey, Stuffing, Cheddar, Fries & Turkey Gravy to Dip ~ $12.95 Hot Turkey ~ Loaded Turkey over grilled French Bread, Fries, covered in Turkey Gravy & Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ $12.95 Turkey Dip on Ciabatta ~ Loaded Turkey, Special Sauce, Cheddar, Onion Tanglers, Fries & Turkey Au Jus ~ $12.95

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Kaleden Christmas Dinner ~ Sunday, December 2nd at 6 pm Children’s Pageant ~ Sunday, December 16th at 10 am Hayride ~ Friday, December 21st at 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ Monday, December 24th at 7 pm 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Sounds of the Season ~ Sunday, December 2nd at 6 pm Christmas Tales ~ Tuesday, December 11th at 7 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ Monday, December 24th at 6 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am December Speakers: 2nd - Rev. David Macmillan; 9th - Victor Ince; 16th - Nancy Wyse; and 23rd - Rev. Mark Bedford. Please Note: there is No Service on Christmas Eve or Sunday, December 30th. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Christmas Eve Service ~ Monday, December 24th at 4 pm Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368

OK Barber Shop Holiday Schedule

Your invited to join us and celebrate Christmas in song

Sunday, December 2nd


Refreshments to follow

Okanagan Falls Community Church, 1356 McLean Creek Road

By Daniel W. Markin

To all my valued customers, please note: To get your haircut Learn Swing, Latin, Country & Ballroom early for the Christmas Holidays, Thursday, December 20th is the By Brian Udal last day for haircuts! I will close on Friday, December 21st and will Christmas Gift Certificates now available! re-open at 8 am on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. Lessons start on January 10th in Penticton ~ Learn East Coast OK Barber Shop wishes Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Swing (Bronze 2) or Salsa (Bronze 1). A Happy New Year. All the Very Best in 2019! Lessons start on January 11th in Summerland ~ Single Rhythm Jive (Bronze 1) or Merengue - Latin (Bronze 1). Monthly Dance Parties in Summerland. Everyone welcome. Tue-Fri ~ 8-2 / Sat ~ 8-12 Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber Open: Private lessons offered for bridal couples or dance refinement. Closed: Sun/Mon & Holidays - 778-515-6585 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls Learn to dance with “Dance Vision International Dance Association” certified instructor Brian Udal. Register your place on the dance floor by phoning 778.516.7272. (Take a picture for your convenience) HUB The Kaleden HUB is looking for volunteers to help out with Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! occasional snow removal in Kaleden this winter. We could use people with machines or just a shovel and elbow grease. To volunteer or if you feel you may need some assistance with snow 778.516.7272 removal, please call the HUB at 250-460-3387. DE





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Flowers to Kate and Kylie for their outstanding presentation of “In Flanders Fields” at the Remembrance Day Ceremony. Outstanding! ~ From Eleanor and Carol of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Air Cadets for their participation at the Cenotaph. Tough to stand so still for so long on a cold day. Well done! And, a special thanks to the organizers who did an excellent job and also to the RCMP members who attended. ~ From Eleanor W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to those that take an extra couple of minutes to really recycle: washing and separating the glass into another bin, folding down boxes, no plastic bags or styrofoam, clean tin cans, etc. You make our planet happier. ~ From Angi T. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Joe of Millar Tree Service who donated his time and equipment so our electrician could replace the light in the Okanagan Falls Community Church parking lot. You are appreciated! ~ From the Okanagan Falls Community Church Members Flowers to Randy Cranston, Eryn Wiedner and Sabrina Warkentin for organizing the “Get Jazzed” fundraiser for the Kaleden Community Association. And, Flowers to all who attended “Get Jazzed” and to all the sponsors of the event. ~ From Subrina Monteith, RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Fish Heads to the new glossy colour version of Skaha Matters. Some of our readers have a hard time reading the new format, due to the glare in certain light. Please call me at 250-490-6951 if you have a hard time reading the new colour editions. ~ From Myleen Mallach of Skaha Matters

Join us for Special Holiday Events Get Your Sparkle On ~ December 9 from 2-4. Join Katherine McEachnie, Master of Champagne, as she leads you through a flight of The One sharing how traditional sparkling is made and how it compares to other international brands. Enjoy perfectly paired bites and special gift packages. We Three King’s ~ December 16 from 2-4. Join Wine Maker Benoit Gautier

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Bring the whole family and join in the Christmas Cheer!

Sunday, December 9th 4:30 - 6:00 pm Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls

Visit from Santa 5:30 pm

Performance by the Glee Club


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