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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 12

“Bringing Community Matters To You”

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December 2019

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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay I want to start by saying that it’s a great honour and privilege to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for South Okanagan-West Kootenay. I’ll continue to work hard to live up to the responsibility of that position. It was a hard-fought campaign, and the landscape of Canadian politics has shifted somewhat. We have a Liberal minority government that received only a third of the votes cast, the lowest share for a governing party in Canadian history. The Conservative opposition actually received more votes than the Liberals. In third place is the Bloc Quebecois, which managed to win 32 seats despite only getting 7 percent of the vote. The NDP elected 24 MPs with 16 percent of the vote. It’s clear that a better electoral system is needed to properly represent Canadians in Parliament and I’ll continue advocating for that. There is concern in some parts of the country that the new government does not adequately represent regional interests, particularly in Alberta. After spending a considerable amount of time during the campaign with the candidates from all other parties, I can say that we have much more in common across the country and across the political spectrum than our differences might suggest. We all want a thriving economy, a healthy environment, affordable housing and fair taxation. Politicians should work across party lines to achieve these goals instead of emphasizing the things that push us apart. While the situation seems complicated, there is actually one clear mandate that the Liberal government received from the voters - to move forward quickly with an effective plan of climate action. Twothirds of Canadian voters rejected the Conservative plan to get rid of a price on carbon and simply hope that industry will save us. The Liberals must work with the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc to set science-based emissions targets, put them into law, and create an independent office that will ensure governments meet those targets. Recently, I met with my NDP caucus colleagues in Ottawa. I met the new NDP MPs and said goodbye to some of those who retired or lost their bids for re-election. Canadians responded well to the positive message the NDP offered in the election - such as our plans for pharmacare, dental care, and affordable housing - and we will continue to press the government to carry out those plans. During November, it is the time of year when we remember the sacrifices that the men and women in our armed forces have made to protect our country and to bring peace to conflict zones around the world. Too often governments have neglected the needs of veterans after they have put their lives on the line for us. We must make sure that veterans have access to fair lifetime pensions. Perhaps most critical is ensuring that veterans have prompt access to mental health care to combat the unacceptable rate of suicide among members of the armed forces and first responders. If you have any comments or concerns that you’d like to bring to my attention, contact my office in Penticton at #202 - 301 Main Street, 250-770-4480, or Castlegar at 1695A Columbia Ave., 250365-2792, or simply email me at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca.

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During the morning of November 21st in the Legislative Assembly of BC, MLA Larson made a “Member Statement” about Miss Rose’s Years of Service as a Crossing Guard in Okanagan Falls.

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Mr Speaker, All of us are familiar with the school crossing guards that are out early every school morning and then again later in the afternoon to help our children cross busy roads on their way to school, we are blessed with many of these dedicated volunteers throughout our ridings. In the community of Okanagan Falls, where 10th Avenue crosses Hwy 97, there is one of these volunteers. Her name is Rose Mah, or as everyone calls her, “Miss Rose”. Rose started her crossing guard volunteer career in Vancouver at Strathcona Elementary in the downtown eastside. She moved to Okanagan Falls 36 years ago. When asked what she enjoyed most about her crossing guard duties, she said she loved seeing the kids dressed for Halloween or other special days, like Pyjama Day, as they were always happy to stop and chat about their costumes. Rose is very vocal about the number of disrespectful and bad drivers she has seen over the years. She represents the best of what a small town volunteer is, not just once a week or once a month, a commitment for every school day, no exceptions. This is Miss Rose’s last school year of volunteering as a crossing guard for Okanagan Falls Elementary. She has seen generations of children safely cross the highway. She has stood at this corner dressed in her bright orange jacket, holding a stop sign for 31 years! I know there will be a community celebration and sadness when Miss Rose retires next june. Thank you Miss Rose! ~ MLA Linda Larson


Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen

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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As we move into the end of yet another year, I would like to reflect a bit on Legislation that has been moved through Victoria in the sitting that started in February 2019 and ended November 28, 2019. Some of this legislation doesn’t seem to affect our rural areas directly, but some do have a significant impact. Bill 8 that changed the minimum wage has added another layer of cost to all Small Businesses and Agriculture, an increase in the cost of production that will ultimately end up in the consumer paying more. The two Agriculture Bills 15 and last year Bill 52, just keep on targeting activities that farmers have relied on for generations to supplement farm income. There have been rules in place for years to protect the footprint on agriculture property for the necessary buildings, etc. based on the size of the acreage. Farmers had the flexibility to offer activities on that footprint to promote their products to the general public. We have seen many of those wonderful experiences shut down by the new mandate of the ALC, especially as it relates to smaller farms where their ability to support their families often requires innovative new ways to introduce the public to their produce. I believe very strongly in protecting viable farm land from development that is not farm related, but I also know that there will be no farmers left to farm that land if they cannot make a reasonable return for the work they do. There have been over 40 pieces of Legislation introduced in 2019 and almost all have either created another layer of red tape for businesses in BC or will directly or indirectly cause prices to rise for all consumers. As Opposition in Government, it is our job to question all the Legislation introduced, and yes, literally, pick it apart. We express the concerns that our Constituents bring to us as their voice in Victoria. While we are unable, by vote, to change the legislation we do constantly question and offer amendments.

Recognition of women as caregivers was also top of mind for many. Support for those who act as caregivers and give up their ability to earn an income, or even get a holiday, needs to be addressed as our population ages and more demands are made on the women in our society.

This time of year I attend many events that celebrate the season. Craft fairs that give entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their products, fundraising events that will help many organizations fulfill their commitments to those in need, Christmas light up celebrations in almost all our small rural communities that draw And, yes, it is quite frustrating! I worry what challenges 2020 will people into the downtown to support our local businesses and our bring. talented local choirs who get us all in the Christmas Spirit. Our Health Critic, Norm Letnick, recently invited a group of female December can be a time of wonderful gatherings for friends and MLA members and staff to present our concerns on Women’s family, but it is a very difficult time for those without a close support Health issues for discussion to better inform him in his roll as Critic. system, a safe place to live, or enough food on the table. There are Not surprising was the consensus of the women present many charitable organizations that work all year long to make life that women are treated differently than men by Health Care better for those less fortunate, but there is always an extra push professionals. Young women often feel that their complaints are in December as expectations are higher during the Holidays to do not taken seriously, that they are told they have an emotional a bit more to help, to give more if you can. Please support these problem not a physical problem. And, while science backs up the volunteers any way you can, as they give up much of their time to facts that women present differently in many health areas, like help others in what is the true Spirit of Christmas. heart issues, health professionals do not appear to be educated on those differences and serious problems can be and are being My thoughts this December, as they were last year, will be with the flood victims in Grand Forks who face yet another Christmas in missed. uncertainty, a reminder to all of us to be thankful for what we have. There is also a lack of timely help available for sexual assault victims, particularly in our rural communities. Most Hospital My Office will be closed to the public starting on December 19th and Emergencies don’t have a rape kit or the trained personnel to will reopen on January 6th. As always, we will still be monitoring administer it and victims are waiting more than 24 hours or being all phone messages and answering emails as appropriate. sent, on their own, to other Community Hospitals for help. The BC On behalf of Larry and I, as well as Everett and Patt in my Office, I Women’s Institute took up the challenge of getting Rape Kits into wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. every Emergency in the Province a number of years ago, but little SkahaMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 5 progress has been made.


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ Merry Christmas! First of all, for those who don’t already know, our office in Okanagan Falls has reopened under the name “Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office”. All are welcome to stop in and say ‘Hi’ to Robin and Debbie, who are currently staffing the office from Tuesday to Friday. The office will be focusing on matters Ron Obirek of concern relating to economic Director of development in Area ‘D’ generally RDOS Area ‘D’ and also providing an administrative function as interface between our community and the RDOS offices in Penticton. I shall provide updates regarding this office in future Skaha Matters articles. Of local concern generally, and of heightened concern in the communities of Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, and Heritage Call to order a unique custom Christmas Gift Hills, is the recent failure of the Wastewater Treatment Plant info@okstoneworks.com (located in those Vintage Views) and ongoing repairs. I have had www.okanaganstoneworks.com 1788 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls communication with the Ministry of Environment and understand they are engaged in oversight and enforcement regarding required compliance requirements. I have asked for provincial assistance concerns related to foul balls. The ALC breach matter has been in ensuring the matter receives the necessary attention for a quick referred back to the ALC requesting a variance. Both the ALC breach matter and the danger of foul balls are under review by and proper resolution. the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. The Another interesting recent development in our community is commission shall be reviewing all options in the New Year and the formation of the Okanagan Falls Community Association shall be giving its advice back to the RDOS Board after careful under the British Columbia Societies Act. The founders plan to consideration of options and costs associated with same. form 4 committees; beautification, governance, investment, and Community input is welcome. New commission members will get communications. These committees will be looking for volunteers. an opportunity to contribute on this and other important parks and Stay tuned for more information from this quickly growing local recreation issues in our community. If you, or anyone you know, group. Many matters of local concern are being addressed. They would be a good candidate, I encourage you to volunteer or to will be working towards the betterment of our community and will please encourage them to volunteer to join the commission. Our have assistance from staff in our new and improved Okanagan community has a strong history of excellent volunteers and the Falls Economic Development Office. Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission history is only An update regarding the boat launch in Okanagan Falls: the RDOS one example of many excellent people making many contributions staff have worked hard in putting together a successful tender with over many decades. a contractor to get the new boat launch and dock project underway Governance is a topic of growing interest in our community. Many in 2020, with completion as early as weather and environmental people have asked me to describe our system of governance in my compliance requirements will allow. This will be one step forward Skaha Matters article. The Local Government Act of BC came into on a long overdue improvement to an important public amenity. force in 1965. The letters patent under that Act that created the The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is a long- RDOS were issued in 1966. The RDOS currently has 9 electoral standing community advisory commission that has authority under areas and 6 incorporated communities. Okanagan Falls (electoral the Local Government Act of BC. They meet on the 2nd Thursday Area ‘D’) is not incorporated. The RDOS Board is comprised of 19 of every month and provide advice to the RDOS Board on matters Directors. I am the director elected by Area ‘D’. related to local parks and recreation concerns. There is currently Of the 19 Directors on the RDOS Board only 9 are elected (one an opening for a few new members on the Okanagan Falls Parks each from the 9 electoral areas) and 10 are appointed by the and Recreation Commission. I ask that anyone who is interested incorporated members (4 from Penticton, 2 from Summerland, to please contact myself or staff in the Okanagan Falls Economic one each from all Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton). Development Office. The time commitment is only a few hours per There are 54 electoral votes. Electoral area votes are based on month. The opportunity is to provide local community input and population: Area ‘D’ has 3 votes; Penticton has 19 votes; and advice for the betterment of our community and for the benefit of so on. Voting on different matters require different formulas. A the RDOS Board. Please call me to discuss, if you have questions simple majority vote of all 19 members requires 10 members vote or are interested. to pass. A special majority vote requires 13 members vote to pass. Another matter of local concern relates to the baseball fields at A weighted corporate vote requires 29 weighted electoral votes Keogan Park. This park was developed with a great amount of to pass. And, voting becomes more complicated for matters that community volunteer contributions. An issue has arisen regarding require rural vote only or participating vote only. safety related to foul balls. In responding to the concern, a breach As your elected Area ‘D’ Director, I am only one vote out of 19 on of the Agricultural Land Commission requirements has recently general corporate matters. I’m only one vote out of 9 on electoral been discovered. In the result, there is a need to address both area matters. I am only 3 votes out of 54 on matters requiring a the breach of the ALC requirements and a need to address safety weighted electoral vote. Page 6 | December 2019 | SkahaMatters.com It all can become a bit confusing!

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The result is that decisions that impact Okanagan Falls and Area ‘D’ are made by members of the Board of governance that are not elected by residents of Area ‘D’ and are not accountable through democratic process to the residents of our community. Many have noticed that 53 years of this form of governance have coincided with the last 53 years of our Town Centre experience. Other communities that were incorporated in 1965 (like Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton) have had Town Centre experiences better than ours. In 1965, many people (who remember that far back) tell me that Okanagan Falls had a more dynamic Town Centre and had much more in common with Oliver, Office Hours Osoyoos, Keremeos, and Princeton. Since 1965, many have told me that the Okanagan Falls Town Centre has deteriorated, while the Town Centres in those other 4 communities of all improved. A major difference between us and them is our governance model. They make decisions at the local level that benefit them directly. We have others who don’t live in our community making decisions from a distance. The question arises: is it time for a change? If we were incorporated, we would still have a presence on the RDOS Board, as we would appoint our own representative to the board. The biggest difference is we would be making our own decisions with respect to our own community. I believe this can Welcome To The Newly Opened be done with tremendous benefits flowing to the local community without significant increase in cost (early analysis suggests there Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office may even be some cost-benefits). I will provide more information regarding this interesting question in future Skaha Matters articles. The Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office opened its doors to service the community of Area ‘D’ last month with a special Open The November 19th “Coffee with the Director” meeting was very House held on Tuesday, November 26th. Numerous residents well attended by 22 community members. This is an especially and local business owners stopped by to meet Robin Irwin, the impressive number given that the Legion AGM was scheduled new Economic Development Coordinator, and Debbie Morrow, the at the same time and regrets were received by Legion members new Economic Development Clerk, both working out of the new who would have also come to the coffee meeting, if they were Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office. not already pre-committed. Conversation and discussion focused Robin Irwin’s past position was a on many issues, including the baseball diamonds at Keogan Natural Resources Manager with the Park, the IGA closure, incorporation, roads, and other matters Upper Similkameen Indian Band. She of local concern. I appreciate all who take the time to come to brings lots of experience in working with these meetings. They provide me information and understanding government and communities in nonthat helps me do a better job representing all your interests at the profit arts, culture and tourism focused RDOS Board meetings. projects and initiatives. Robin is focused The next “Coffee with the Director” meeting is scheduled for on meeting the movers and shakers in Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9 am at the Legion. In January, our community, attending the local service I plan to have 2 coffee meetings per month; one in the morning group meetings and developing relationships with those already on the 2nd Monday of each month and the 2nd in the evening at doing excellent work in the community. With her home and family a time and schedule yet to be determined. Please watch for the here in Okanagan Falls, she looks forward to being a part of an January Skaha Matters for confirmation of date and time of the next exciting future in the South Skaha area. meeting dates. Also, the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Debbie Morrow worked previously Office will have the dates available as well. The office number is as a RDOS Scale Attendant and has 778-515-5520 (Robin or Debbie). As always, I welcome phone experience working in administration, calls or emails any time. non-profit fundraising and youth sports Yours Truly, initiatives. Debbie spent her youth in Okanagan Falls and is happy to be back Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ in the community and looks forward to Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca serving the citizens of Okanagan Falls. www.rdos.bc.ca The office is located at 5350 - 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls, just around the corner from the Post Office and next to Bullies Pizza. The office is open from 10 am - 3 pm Tuesday through Friday. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by the office any or call 778.515.5520. Alternatively, you can email Robin at Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas time rirwin@rdos.bc.ca or email Debbie at dmorrow@rdos.bc.ca.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Do You Need To Get The Lead Out ... of your tap water? The short answer is, probably not. Recent reports of high lead levels I am officially in budget time with in drinking water from some Okanagan areas have concerned many budgets and meetings to some Kaledenites. KID samples taken at our intake in 2016-2018 attend. November to March is full of ranged from <0.0001 to 0.0006 mg/L, well below the 0.01 mg/L workshops and meetings to assist the Maximum Acceptable Concentration Guideline for lead. KID’s RDOS Directors in planning the 2020 water distribution system has no lead piping, so water delivered to service levels prior to tax requisition. your property line should have similarly low lead levels. However, Here are some community updates: within your own property, the water system may be subject to Subrina Monteith Sewer design for Kaleden ~ Designs increased levels of lead from various sources, depending on the Director of are under way with contractors working age of your plumbing. Service lines installed before 1975 may RDOS Area ‘I’ on costing, which will be presented at a contain lead. If your house was built before 1986 and has copper public meeting in the New Year. I expect there will be a referendum pipe, the solder used on plumbing joints was 50/50 lead/tin (DIYers, make sure you discard any pre-1987 solder in your toolkits). Brass in the New Year as well. Boat Launch Project at Pioneer Park ~ This project has now fixtures manufactured up to 2014 also contained lead. If you know been awarded to a contractor and works should start shorty. The that your home has any of these plumbing materials (and even if design has two wide long launches with the capability to attach a you’re not sure), a simple solution to ensure low lead levels in your dock in the future. The break water feature will be in the works for drinking water is to run your tap until the water turns cold (and the future due to permits. The cost for the boat launch is funded never drink hot water taken from the hot water tank!). Several factors are involved in on how much lead can leach into your water by Gas Tax funds. from your plumbing, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, low Parks and Recreation Service Survey ~ Available online until pH (acidity), and low mineral content. FYI, the standard protocol December 10th at https://surveysrdos.limequery.com/922197. used when sampling for dissolved lead is to flush the line for five There are specific questions for Twin Lakes, St Andrews and minutes, then allow the line to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes before Kaleden communities that will be used for planning 2020 service taking a sample for lab analysis. levels. And The Award Goes To ... KID’s Administrator, Cheryl Halla, Twin Lakes has gotten its name back ~ Over the past few years received a Distinguished Service Award from Bruce Wilson, Chair mapping has shown Twin Lakes as Nipit Lake. I have been working of the Water Supply Association BC Awards Committee during with provincial staff on returning the lake back on mapping to its their 2019 AGM held original name of Twin Lakes. in Penticton. (See Twin Lakes public access points ~ I have been working with photo to left.) Cheryl the Kaleden Parks and Recreation on establishing public access was recognized for to Twin Lakes for residents. At the recent Lakes Community Group her 30 years of service event, common ideas were collected including picnic tables, in support of the washroom, garbage cans and lake access. The plan of the land is organization. Cheryl to keep it natural, but functional. Watch for more info in the New was also elected Year, as I host more planning events for the public access points. as a Director to the WSABC Board at that Aim Maintenance Contractor ~ If you wish to report a request for meeting. Given that road maintenance, contact Aim 24/7 at 1-866-222-4204 directly. only three of the ten Wishing everyone a safe and warm winter. Wishing you all a directors come from Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours. Improvement Districts If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. (Cheryl being one of Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ the three), she will provide an informed Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca and useful perspective to the Board. Kudos twice over, Cheryl! are provided by the HUB, Kaleden Community Church (KCC), Season’s Greetings ... If you haven’t done so already, please Kaleden Elementary School and generous community members, send a Christmas letter to the Province, requesting that they to families and individuals in our Kaleden neighbourhood. reconsider their policy of excluding Irrigation and Improvement If you, or someone you know, needs a Christmas Hamper Districts from accessing grant funding. Send your letter of support please call KCC at 250-497-5995 before December 16, 2019. to: Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Season’s Greetings

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PO Box 9056, STN PROV GOVT, Victoria, BC V8W 9E2. Why should we contribute tax dollars to programs that we can’t use? And, as we close the book on 2019 ... Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2020 from the KID Board and Staff!

If you would like to donate cash or non-perishable food items (including toiletry items, coffee, tea and Christmas candy/chocolates) please drop them off at the church, school or library before December 16th. Please make cheques out to KCC.

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Kaleden Community Association Update

All new website for all things Kaleden!

By Eryn Wiedner

www.KaledenCommunity.com

On behalf of the Kaleden Community Association, thank you to everyone who attended the second annual “Get Jazzed Dinner & Dance”! It was a sold out event and by all accounts, it was a great success! Final tallies aren’t in, but we are happy to report the community event raised over $3000!

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Special thanks to Chef Karl and Jo from KJ Coffee Bar who served up an incredible Southwestern themed buffet dinner. These amazing Kaleden residents donated all of their time and talent to this event and truly out did themselves! If you haven’t visited their cafe in Okanagan Falls yet, you are missing out. Many businesses supported this event and are deserving of our thanks and patronage. Oak Knoll and Skaha Vineyards, Hwy 97 Brewery, St. Andrews by the Lake, Linden Gardens, My Healing Hands, The Reidmans and Skaha Matters - all locals. In addition, Save-on-Foods Penticton, Volcanic Hills Winery and Mackenzie Certified Organic Farm. Thank you! Thanks also to the awesome KCA team of volunteers: Pinky, Glenda, Rita, Karen, Randy, Subrina and Jaynie. To Jess and Shannon for helping out, too. We couldn’t have done it without each of you!

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Keep your home and family safe by making sure your chimney is in good working order. Here are a few tips: • Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected annually • Build small fires • Use seasoned wood • Never use wrapping paper or combustible liquids in the fireplace • Use a chimney liner • Install a chimney cap • Ensure good air supply

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... The 1999 year started off with the major panic of the Y2K issue. Some would compare the computer bug generated economic collapse to rival the great depression. Fears of bank closures, power outages, food and gas shortages, planes falling from the sky. For example, a computer used by Revenue Canada was thoroughly confused the year before when it mistakenly compiled at least 20,000 corporations that hadn’t paid their taxes for almost a century. Another one, February 1999, the Ontario licensing bureau sent out hundreds of notices for traffic fines that were a hundred years out of date. There were concerns that people would withdraw their savings and panic buy. The internet was the source of much of the fear mongering. It was crowded with predictions of doom. BC RCMP were not allowed to take vacations between December 1999 to March 2000. The Canadian military also had a contingency plan called Operation Abacus. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department had the fire hall and members ready for any problems that may arise, including the use of the hall in case of power failure. The hall is equipped with an automatic generator. A house fire on February 1st in Hedley at the corner of Irene Street and Ellis Avenue shortly before 5 am was believed to be caused by arson. The older single-storey home had been recently renovated and was unoccupied at the time. Firefighters were on the scene approximately 6 hours. All that remained was a blackened shell. A tunnel fire leaves 39 dead - 38 road users and one firefighter. The eleven kilometer Mount Blanc tunnel between France and Italy was used daily by about 4,000 trucks. The blaze was started by a Belgian Volvo truck carrying flour and margarine, which took 53 hours to extinguish. Temperatures reached 1,000 degrees Celsius with most individuals dieing from poisonous smoke. One of the continent’s worst road disasters. The tunnel, opened in 1965, underwent a major three-year renovation after the fire. In April 1999, a horrific crash on Eastside Road just north of Lakeshore Highlands resulted in the transportation of a female driver with life-threatening injuries. Reports of several near misses when the Penticton woman crashed her white Pontiac into the belly plow of an Argo Road Maintenance truck. There was about 40 feet of skid marks from the truck and none from the car. Witnesses say the woman forced about 6 vehicles off the road prior to the accident. The Okanagan Falls Firefighters did not need the jaws of live to extricate the unconscious woman from the wreckage. Eastside Road was closed for more than 2 hours. In Willowbrook that night at 2:30 am, a meat processing plant was destroyed by fire. The 1,500 sq-ft building was engulfed by flames when 19 members of the Willowbrook Fire Department arrived. Two tanker trucks were used to fight the blaze, which took the firefighters about 4 hours to extinguish. The old building had been used as a slaughterhouse for years. Page 10 | December 2019 | SkahaMatters.com To be continued ...

Safety Tip: Ten of the 23 most common fires during the Christmas period involve chimneys, while another seven were caused by furniture and other combustible items moved to close to the fireplace and six were electrical fires. Before leaving the house or retiring to bed, be sure to turn off all decorative lights. Dates To Remember: •

December 6th ~ The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

December 8th ~ “A Christmas Sparkle” community event in Okanagan Falls School Gym from 2-5 pm. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2020 Year!

Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more information, please call 250-497-5700 or email okfire@shaw.ca. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Rick Wilson, Chair Amazing how time flies when you are having fun. Another month gone by and lots accomplished. Your Board of Trustees and Staff attended some, or all, of the Water Supply Association of BC (WSABC) conference in Penticton. It was well attended by the Member Municipal and Irrigation Districts. The conference meets twice a year and is a great opportunity to network with water suppliers, government agencies and industry suppliers. A great thank you goes out to the suppliers who provide a great trade show during the conference, highlighting the latest technology and products available to our industry. A thank you goes out to all the guest speakers who provided insight into a variety of topics. One topic was lead in our drinking water systems, as reported by the media to be catastrophic. I am pleased to say this is not the case according to the WSABC experts. Even lead in solder for copper pipe connections was discontinued in BC in 1986. In our system, we are not aware of any lead pipe used ever in construction of our system or buildings in our District. I had the opportunity at the conference to discuss amalgamation of services, and other ideas, with other jurisdictions in our area. In the months ahead, we will try to assemble all the Districts in our area to discuss the pros and cons of any joint efforts. We are in the process of rehabilitating Well No. 4. Progress has been slow, due to other issues and commitments. You may have seen a drill rig working, as we try to clean the intake screens and flush the aquifer in the area of the screens. The screen area becomes clogged with sediment over time and reduces the amount the system can pump and can even cause the pump to run dry. Our office system improvements are progressing well. Kim and Leesa are making good progress inputting all the data into the software. Next year it will be very easy to follow the budget and report expenses in a timely fashion. The Human Resources Committee has worked extremely hard to complete employment contracts with all our employees. Job well done Randy and Bob. Thank you to all our employees for providing insight into these documents.

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Learn To Dance Swing, Latin, Country And Ballroom By Brian Udal Fall classes are underway now, but there is still a dance party to attend or private lessons or preparing for the winter classes. The final Dance Party for 2019 will be held on Saturday, December 14th, featuring at Slow Waltz lesson (Christmas Dance). Winter 2020 group social classes commence in the New Year. Classes are 8 weeks long. Bring a partner please. Penticton ~ Starts Thursday, January 9th • 6:30 pm - Ballroom Basics Level 1 • 7:30 pm - West Coast Swing Level 2 Summerland ~ Starts Friday, January 10th • 6:30 pm - Country 2 Step Level 2 • 7:30 pm - East Coast Swing Level 1 Fast track to success: Private lessons are always available to learn or refine your dancing skills. Getting Married? See our website or call me on the phone for more information or to register with your Credit Card. There are no registration or payment capabilities online. Thank you. Change your life for the better with new skills, exercise, meet new people, have fun. Let me introduce you to dancing in the Okanagan. GET READY, GET SET, GET DANCING!

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Kal-Rec Update

Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

By Jen Charlish November was as busy as was anticipated, so it’s not that surprising that it’s already December. Congratulations to the Kaleden Community Association for hosting another wonderful and well attended “Get Jazzed” event. Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this another fantastic local event. It is so much fun to be able to attend an event like this right here in our own community.

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Congratulations also to the Kaleden Community Church group, The Kaleden Ice Rink Ready To Return who organized the Annual Church Craft and Bake Sale. There was By Eryn Wiedner such a great variety this year with so many new vendors. Thank On Saturday, November 16th, more than 40 Kaleden residents you also to all the people who donated baking and crafts for the answered the call for volunteers. Sandbags were filled and moved sale. Your support for our community is greatly appreciated. to surround the rink to prevent water escaping went it’s time for More “Thank You’s” go out to all the people who showed up to get flooding. Residents young and old donned their work gloves, the ice rink ready for flooding. Now, all we need is some nice cold worked together and got the project done in record time. weather. As always, our thanks goes to the people who spend Big thanks to the Kaleden Community Association for the their time flooding the rink. This very special part of our community community grant that purchased the drinks and snacks and to would not exist without you and you are truly appreciated. Just a Doug’s Homestead for providing delicious smokies and buns for all reminder to everyone when the ice is being made and as we go the workers (Have you tried their beef jerky yet? Tears are (almost through freeze and thaws during the winter, that each person’s literally) shed in our family when they are sold out!). help is important. Although chipping away at the ice during a melt seems like fun, it makes it harder to recover the ice surface when Finally, deep gratitude to Hugh and Len for all the years of awesome rinks in Kaleden and for mentoring the new rink crew it freezes again. Terry Arsenault, Chris Gurnsey and Stephan Wiedner. Of course, another amazing Wreath Making event was also held this month. Thank you so much to the Kaleden Seniors Committee for Now, we wait for the perfect weather to arrive. Get your skates all their organization and to Ken and Margaret Hayter for providing ready, Kaleden! the venue and all the greenery. Thank you also to all the people who showed up with amazing appetizers, their supplies and their enthusiasm. The event just wouldn’t be the same without you. The local recreation programs are winding down for the holiday season. Watch for the Winter Session Recreation Guide for new winter programs and the dates and times when regular programs resume in January. Check out the website, www.kalrec.ca, for the details of all the programs available in here in Kaleden and surrounding areas. Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking your input in developing long term plans and determining levels of service for recreation programs and park maintenance. Please share your thoughts ... your input matters. The survey can be found online at www.kal-rec.ca/recreation/ Wishing everyone many happy days with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec. ca where you can find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Happy Holidays From ...

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CHRISTMAS DAY CAMPS Dear Parents; Do you need a day to get ready for the holidays? Time to shop, wrap or nap? We’ve got you covered. Saturday, December 14

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RCMP Community Report Keeping The Holidays Safe & Secure Most of you are probably aware that the Okanagan Falls Post Office was broke into on the evening of November 1st or morning of November 2nd. A quantity of mail, packages and stamps were taken. Recently, there have also been several rural mail boxes broke into in the South Okanagan. A Canada Post delivery sign was also taken from the roof of a delivery vehicle, which has since been seen on the roof of a suspect silver SUV with Manitoba plates in the area.

Collect your mail daily and if you are going to be away, have someone else pick up your mail or consider using Canada Post’s “Hold Mail Service” to suspend delivery until you return. Today, there are a number of ways to easily track your packages on line, whether you are sending or receiving, so as to know their expected arrival date. If your packages fail to arrive, you need to contact the sender to ensure they had the right address and the when and how. If you are a victim of mail theft, you need to contact the police and Canada Post. By following a few of the above suggestions, you can help to keep the Grinch from stealing your Christmas.

What does this have to do with the Holidays you ask? Well, at Wishing you and yours all the best this Holiday Season! this time of year we all receive and send mail, packages and gifts. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Connecting with friends and family has always been big part of the Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca holidays, whether by phone, email, skype, mail or in person. This holds true today; however, we need to take a few precautions to ensure this tradition remains safe and secure. Mail theft continues and thieves become more active this time of year, as they also know that gifts, gift cards, cash and merchandise are sent by mail. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft, never send cash in the mail, deposit your mail close to the scheduled pick-up time posted on the mailbox. Deposit mail items containing sensitive or financial information at your local Post Office. If you see an overturned or vandalized mailbox, call Canada Post at 1-800-267-1777. And, if you see suspicious activity at a mailbox, call the police immediately.

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Stay Healthy & Happy Over The Holidays! Lifestyle Habits: The Key To Optimal Health And Longevity By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Despite the wonders of modern medicine, the plethora of emerging science regarding health, and the billions of dollars spent on medical research, simple lifestyle measures remain the most powerful tool we have to prevent and treat chronic illness. It is not the expensive therapies that are making the biggest difference, but the daily routines we follow that have the greatest impact on whether or not we develop a chronic illness or experience a rapid decline in health with aging. “Functional Medicine” is a relatively new branch of main-stream medicine that focuses on finding the cause of illness, treating the whole person, teaching people the skills required to optimize health, and using therapies based in nature to heal disease and promote health. These are also the basic Naturopathic Principles that have been adhered to by NDs for many decades. The research emerging from Functional Medicine / Naturopathic Medicine is robust in its conclusions that we all need to develop better eating, living, sleeping, and stress management habits if we want to lower our risk of chronic disease and debility and optimize our health. Some of the most evidence-based information about which lifestyle habits best support our physical and mental well being is summarized here: • Diet and Nutrition ~ This has a major influence on health. Overwhelmingly the evidence points to the need for more consumption of fresh dark green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, garlic, onions, herbs, spices, dark berries, fresh nut and seeds, healthy fats and oils, as well as wild caught or grass-fed animal products and seafood. Lowering sugar • and refined grain products, processed fats and oils, and food additives and preservatives is also enormously impactful. Certain nutrients must be supplemented, because they are no longer available in most diets. The two most notable of these are Vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin) and omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources. Research also finds most people to be deficient in Magnesium and Vitamin C. These • can all be tested if you wish to know your levels. • Stress Management ~ Evidence clearly indicates that excess stress is harmful to health. Knowing what we can and cannot control in our environment and managing our reactions to various events around us in an aim to lower • stress, can decrease our risk of developing disease and improve our health immensely. Look after yourself for you are worthy of great self care. Avoid negative inputs into your Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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life and focus on the present moment with gratitude - these are all worthy goals that have proven to lower adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body. Essentially, these stress hormones cause wear-and-tear on the body and brain when chronically elevated from stress. You have more control than you may realize about how to cope effectively with stress. Sleep ~ Quality sleep truly makes a difference. Healthy regular sleep routines such as sleeping in a cool, dark room, keeping regular sleep times, relaxing in the hours leading up to sleep, and keeping the mind relaxed with meditation, deep breathing, and/or thoughts of appreciation will help you to drift off into a long peaceful, restorative sleep. Exercise ~ Essentially humans are designed to move and stay active during the day. Sitting excessively is harmful to health and regular motion keeps our metabolism, energy, and blood flow working optimally. Moving naturally in nature is especially beneficial. Hydration ~ Water is essential to the healthy flow of energy, biochemical balance, and waste removal from our bodies. Without plenty of water to hydrate and bathe our cells and organs, tissues become more prone to a process of shrinking, hardening, and under-performing. Chemical processes require water to drive them forward and keep our body in balance. Ensure your water source is pure, clean, and free from chemicals and toxic metals. Microbiome Health ~ This is a big area of new research and what we are uncovering is truly amazing. The microbiome is the sum total of all of the bacteria and other microbes that live in our large intestine. They outnumber our own cells by a 10 to one margin and sustain us in so many ways. We are dependent on them to balance our immune system, regulate our brain chemistry, detoxify, repair and maintain tissue


health, and overall keep us healthy and happy. Maintain and improve your microbiome by consuming naturally fermented foods and a diet high in fiber, adding in a probiotic supplement, and avoiding excessive antibiotic use. Many chemicals such as chlorine in water and antibiotics kill the good bacteria, so reducing chemical exposure from manufactured health and beauty products, cleaning products, processed foods, and the unnecessary use of antibiotics will serve to improve microbiome health. • Regular Detoxification ~ This is a must in today’s paradigm of “profit over health” which has allowed our food, water, and air to become contaminated with a host of toxins. Most chronic disease is now worsened by toxins ranging from heavy metals such as lead and mercury to organophosphate pesticides, flame retardants, and solvents used in many consumer products. Supporting the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways on a daily basis by eating raw or lightly cooked dark leafy greens, dark berries, a variety of veggies, fermented foods, garlic, onions, clean water, turmeric, and a variety of herbs that upregulate detoxification pathways, is a must if we are to remain healthy. Sweating via exercise and/ or saunas is another fantastic method of clearing toxins. And, now we know that the benefits of intermittent water fasting from 14 hours daily to 3 days or longer as a supervised fast every 1-3 months, helps to detoxify as well as improve our health in many ways. Chelation is an intravenous therapy that removes toxic metals from the brain and body and can be considered as part of a regular detoxification protocol. The power is largely in your hands to prevent illness, remain optimally healthy and to restore health if it becomes imbalanced. For more support and information contact a local Naturopathic Doctor. We at the Natural Family Health Clinic wish you a warm, relaxing, and healthy holiday.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays up, you have high blood pressure. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. High blood pressure is called a “silent killer”, because it doesn’t usually cause symptoms while it is causing this damage. Your blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Someone with a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80, or “120 over 80”. Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping. The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. You have high blood pressure if your top number is 140 or higher or your bottom number is 90 or higher, or both. People with diabetes should have a blood pressure of less than 130/80. (HealthLinkBC) So, how do we avoid having high blood pressure? Try to live healthy and stress-free. Eat well, stay at a healthy weight, exercise, don’t smoke, be social, avoid excessive drinking, and get on a regular massage schedule. Massage is a natural choice for the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health conditions, including managing blood pressure. Relaxing music and aromatherapy will also greatly enhance the benefits of massage. We wish you a very, merry Christmas! Gift certificates are always available. May you have a peaceful, joyous season and if there is too much stress, remember Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com, where you can read any past articles you may have missed.

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What Do Astronomers Do All Day? By Tom Landecker The short answer to this question is: nothing, they’re asleep, because they were up all night watching the stars. That answer might have been correct in days gone by, but it’s not on the mark any more.

The “Buy It For Life” Movement By Kristy Dyer Disclaimer: Even if most Canadians followed all the advice in this column, consumer choice is not sufficient to slow global climate change. My kids used to have backpacks, plural. Sparkly backpacks, animal backpacks. Backpacks with matching lunch bags. These backpacks were purchased because they were cute, not because we needed another backpack. They were purchased (sometimes by grandparents) because they were appealing, not because they were the right tool for the right job. They have broken zippers, small holes in the corner, and peeling linings. Now, each kid has one Jansport backpack. Near the end of grade five, we sit down with the Jansport website and we pick out a “lifetime backpack”. They will use it for middle school, secondary school and university. If something breaks, Jansport will fix it or replace it. Forever. It is not just “forever backpacks”, now there is a broader “Buy it for life” movement. It has a Reddit thread, a book “A Life Less Throwaway” and a store: Buymeonce.com. The movement is based on the idea that repeatedly buying something new and shiny with all the bells and whistles is a waste. It’s a waste of resources and landfill space, as that clothes washer is thrown out. It’s a waste of your time and effort, as the repairman tells you “it’s not worth fixing” and you head out again to find the “perfect washer”. And it is a waste of money, as over the course of your life, you purchase the same items, again and again, because consumers don’t value repair or reliability. The “Buy it for life” crowd investigates warranties. They try to track long term reliability and they discuss repairs. Can you find a repairman? Can you get the parts? Is your dishwasher going to come down with a computer error code which prevents it from finishing a drying cycle? Any woman who has dressed for a formal business setting (or prom) knows that nylon stockings are like Kleenex - they are created for one-time use. Companies have known for decades how to weave a stocking so that when a single thread breaks, it doesn’t “ladder” down the full length of the stocking. “A Life Less Throwaway” presents evidence that light bulb manufacturing companies met in secret, in Switzerland, to pledge their factories to SHORTER lifetimes on bulbs - and creating a cartel made it impossible to choose a more reliable brand. I enjoy watching my kids, at age 11, make a long term decision about backpacks. They avoid prints and light colors (“It’s always going to look dirty”). They avoid special features like earphone holes or see-through pockets. They do choose something individual (“So I know which one is mine”). And, while they are young enough to listen to their parents, we agree that it’s cool to carry a backpack to school that shows proud signs of age and has a zipper that works perfectly. “This?” they say, “I’ve had this backpack since middle school”. Page 16 | December 2019 | SkahaMatters.com

Astronomy began, of course, without telescopes. Astronomers had nothing but their eyes and their notebooks. In 1610, the Italian scientist Galileo was the first to use a telescope. His telescope was simple, but his discoveries shook science to its foundations. He discovered the moons of Jupiter, he discovered that Venus has phases, like the Moon, he discovered sunspots, dark spots on the bright face of the Sun. After Galileo, telescopes improved in leaps and bounds. Mirrors and lenses were built into precise and powerful telescopes. By the 1920’s, the photographic plate replaced the human eye at the focus of the telescope. The photographic plate could accumulate light for hours at a time, something the eye could not do, and so could detect fainter light, to see things that were further away. The astronomer of 100 years ago was up all night, guiding the telescope, keeping a star on the cross-hairs of the eyepiece. In the morning, the photographic plate went into the darkroom, and the image appeared. And today? Well, for a start, today we have telescopes that gather every kind of radiation from radio waves to X-rays, and none of those telescopes have an eyepiece. Telescopes that do gather light usually don’t have an eyepiece either. The photographic plate has gone too, replaced by a much more sensitive electronic device. Is the astronomer now superfluous? If the observations are made by a machine, can the astronomer stay home and sleep? No, even though the computer is running the observation, guiding the telescope and recording the data, the astronomer still has a big job to do. Time on big telescopes is precious, and the astronomer who is running the telescope tonight has competed for that time, and has won out over other research programs. Weather can still deteriorate, and equipment can still malfunction, decisions are needed. With computer control, telescopes of all sorts can be operated remotely. We can run telescopes half way around the world from our office desks. And, when the observing is done, we have to think about the results. We compare our new results with previous results. The library becomes a vital tool. We interpret, we try to understand, and at the end we write down what we have done so that others can see what we have learned. Astronomers do indeed work all day. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

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Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair

Okanagan Falls Community Christmas Dinner By Flex Industries

With Christmas quickly approaching, we once again look forward to hosting our Community Christmas Dinner gathering. Community support is a joint effort and when you keep the shopping at home, you become part of the bigger picture. Community Christmas is our way of giving back, and saying thanks for your continued support. The Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 25th. The place and time will be given upon registration. Please note: If you are housebound, we would encourage you to call the registration number below, so that we may bring just a bit of Christmas to you. Early registrations are appreciated to allow for food and gift planning, and seating is reserved for those who might otherwise be spending Christmas alone. Registrations are through Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co, located at 5119 Hwy 97 in Okanagan Falls, from 10 am -1 pm on Wednesdays and 10 am - 3 pm on Saturdays or call 778-515-5558 during these times please. We look forward to hearing from you.

Letter To The Editor I feel compelled to respond to the recent article by Kristy Dyer in praise of carbon taxes. Ms Dyer offers a highly abstract proposition based on academic theory, and not life in the real world. Carbon taxes achieve nothing other than to enrich governments and impoverish the people who are required to pay them. In extreme cases, punitive taxes can change behaviour, and no doubt paying an extra $100 on a fill of gas or another $300 on a monthly heating bill would do this. But, should a free country operate on the basis of government coercion or personal choices? If it’s the former, I choose to live elsewhere as I’ve had the experience of living in a socialist dictatorship. BC is often showcased as a shining example of the success of carbon taxes in reducing fossil fuel emissions. Yet, the BC Government’s own data shows that we have seen no meaningful reductions in the 11 years since we started paying carbon taxes. Vehicle registrations haven’t declined, nor has fuel consumption. BC carbon taxes are also highly selective with exemptions or discounts given on aviation and ship fuel and First Nations, who do generate a per capita share of emissions. It’s important to keep this in perspective. Canada is a big country with a cold climate and fossil fuels are required for commerce, communications and our personal lifestyles. Besides, we only create 1.6% of the world’s greenhouse gases.

This year “A Christmas Sparkle” is going to be held on Sunday, December 8th from 2-5 pm at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. “Fill the Van for the Helping Hand” will be there and accepting any current dated non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations. We are also going to bring some $10 and $20 food bags for purchase, as it’s a great way to support the Helping Hand with no need to double check those expiry dates. This wonderful event is an amazing way to bring our community together and make some fun memories! We are in need of some volunteers to help with set-up, decorating, help with a child station and baking a few items for our Bake Sale. If you can help, please call Janet with RDOS Recreation at 250-497-8188 or email jblack@rdos.bc.ca. As you all know, our annual food and donation drive has officially started. Our pink bins are out in the community and the Pajama and Gift Trees are at Interior Savings Credit Union. Registration forms, like the one below, can be picked up and/or dropped off at Pharmasave, 3 Winds Hair Design and Royal LePage Locations West Realty. * Please Note: The Registration date is FIRM this year, due to necessary changes in our program. Please get your form in as soon as possible to make sure you receive your hamper. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand” at P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hamper Registration Form For Residents of Okanagan Falls Area Only

Name: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Street Address: ________________________ _____________________________________ # ofAdults: ____ # of Children (if applicable): ____ Boys Ages: ________ Girls Ages: ________ Boys Sizes: ________ Girls Sizes: ________

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I see little benefit in taxing ourselves to perdition. And our selfflagellation certainly won’t inspire change in China, which creates 27% of the problem. We are blessed with abundant and clean hydro electricity and we should be transitioning to alternatives to fossil fuels as costs and technology allow. But, let’s not look to big bang solutions or ineffective measures like carbon taxes.

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Murder for Christmas ~ Written by Francis Duncan and narrated by Geoffrey Beevers. MP3 Audiobook runs 8 hours 47 minutes. Also available as a large print book. Murder for Christmas is part of a series following the adventures of Mordecai Tremaine, a retired British man who has taken up amateur sleuthing. First published in 1949, this is a mystery with a murder taking place under a Christmas Tree on an estate filled with suspects. Unfortunately, I found myself somewhat exasperated by the pace, which is slow. Not really much else to say - some people will likely enjoy this cozy mystery in the Agatha Christie tradition quite a lot, and others, like me, will want it to snap it up and get on with it. Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Thrilling Stories of the Railway - A BBC Radio Reading ~ Written by Victor Whitechurch and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. MP3 Audiodownload runs 1 hour 9 minutes. This download available from the library combines five short stories abridged for presentation on BBC Radio in 2008. They are charming puzzle mysteries written by a clergyman author in response to Sherlock Holmes - his detective is an Edwardian expert in the working of railways, and so all the mysteries include railway trivia. Pleasant listening. Carbs and Cadavers - Supper Club Mysteries Series, Book 1 ~ Written by Ellery Adams and narrated by Karen White. MP3 Audiobook runs for 8 hours 59 minutes. Only available from the library as audiobook.

This cozy mystery is set in Virginia, with an overweight professor moving back to his small hometown to look after his father following his mother’s death. He becomes the head librarian, and also becomes involved in a murder mystery, a diet club and a little romance. I found it somewhat refreshing to come across a cozy mystery with a younger-middle aged man as the protagonist of a cozy set in contemporary times. There is a somewhat unsettling emphasis on describing the fat diet club members in their fatness Kaleden One-To-One Reader Volunteers left to right: Monica Moran, Laura and food cravings. The book induced a few smiles and includes a Weber, David Smyth, Shauna Gill, Linda Dahl and Marjorie Field-Robinson. few recipes and is over all a nice listen. Missing from the picture: Judy Libby, Les Clarke and Edie Johnson. Silence in the Age of Noise ~ Written by Erling Kagge, translated by Becky L. Crook, and narrated by Atli Gunnarsson. MP3 Audiobook runs for 2 hours 5 minutes. Also available as book and e-book. With assistance from music and sound effects, Erling Kagge, a Norwegian adventurer, shares his musings, meditations and some research into silence and its benefits, be the silence the actual sort or the more mental sort. The accessibility and applicability of his meditations might have been of greater use to the average person if they had not so often involved expensive or time-consuming expeditions, but some interesting ideas are raised, even if the philosophy is, perhaps, not quite as profound as the author seems to think. Each chapter is quite short, making this book ideal if you can only find brief bursts of time for listening. Okanagan Falls One-To-One Reader Volunteers left to right: Ruell Smith, Carrie Burke-Smith, Heather Pearce, Cathy Waldroff, Donna Taylor, Linda King and Jane Mavety.

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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm A friendly reminder to start ordering your Christmas books to read over the holidays. The last book delivery truck for Kaleden is Wednesday, December 18th. The Kaleden Library will be CLOSED for the Christmas Holidays at 5pm on Friday, December 20th, 2019 and REOPEN on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 1pm. Library materials will not be due over the Christmas closure and the book return bin will be closed. The Kaleden Library is having our annual Gingerbread House Coloring Contest! Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your colouring page. After colouring, return your creation to the Kaleden Library, where it will be put on display for the holidays. All entries must be received by Friday, December 13th. A winner will be chosen and will take home a Gingerbread House Kit to make with their family. Preschool Storytime at the Kaleden Library will continue at 10 am on Tuesday, December 3rd & 10th. A very special guest will be joining us on December 10th. Join us for Christmas stories, fingerplays, singing carols and making a Christmas craft! The Kaleden Library is hosting our annual Christmas Craft Afternoon on Thursday, December 5th! Children between the ages of 5-11 years old can make a Christmas card to give your parents or someone special, then make a Christmas Tree ornament to take home and hang on your tree. After the card and craft are made, the children will enjoy a Christmas cookie, while listening to a Christmas story. All supplies are included for this FREE Event starting at 2:30 pm. Please register for these children’s programs, as space is limited. For more information on these programs offered at the Kaleden Library, please call 250-497-8066 or email kaleden@orl.bc.ca As you all celebrate Christmas, we hope you make wonderful memories that will linger in your homes, make great friendships that will last a lifetime. May your 2020 be filled with peace, good health, and joy. Merry Christmas from the staff at the Kaleden Library.

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Travels Through Italy ~ Join George and Evelina and see some beautiful photography highlighting a trip through Italy. See hidden gems from the colourful splendor of Venice, Liguria, Tuscan Hills, and the historical center of Rome. Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:30 - 8 pm.

Communication ~ Join Elaine A. Hopkins, DHP, Counseling, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master/Teacher for this talk. You will learn new communication skills that will help you move forward in your life with confidence. Please register for this program. Wednesday, December 11th from 6:30 - 8 pm.

Book Club ~ Join local book reading enthusiasts for discussion of monthly book selections. New members always welcome! This month’s selection is, “Feeding My Mother by Jann Arden”. Wednesday, December 18th from 1 - 2 pm.

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Our Friends of the Library have a special Kids Christmas Back Pack Raffle, full of fun items. Get your tickets at the library. All proceed towards our children’s programs. Tickets are $2 each. Draw will be held on December 17th.

Silent Auction taking place December 1st-17th. Come in and see what treasures we have! Final bids in by Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm.

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Do you have something you would like to share with others at our library? Please call us for details and a date for our winter program line up. Children’s Programs: •

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Christmas Craft Fun ~ Join us for an evening of Christmas Crafts to keep for yourself or give to someone special. We will be making Christmas Creative Tiles, Snowman Tealights, Candy Cane Reindeer and a Christmas Card you can give to someone special. For ages 5-12 years. Tuesday, December 10th from 6 - 8 pm. Please register for this program.

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Okanagan Falls Staff wish all our patrons a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd, inclusive. Our book bin will also be closed during these dates. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca. SkahaMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 19


School Trustee Report For SD67

As previously mentioned, we are seeking public input regarding the bus/transportation review. On November 1, 2019, a By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee “Transportation Survey” was posted to the SD67 website. It will At the October 28, 2019 School Board meeting, the Board be open for community/public input for one month. approved the Board Policy Handbook, as presented at the June 30, On November 13, 2019, the Board visited Summerland Secondary 2019 School Board Meeting. At the June 30, 2019 School Board for a school tour. One area of concern is the school gym. The Meeting, the Board decided to extend the period for community Summerland gym is on the SD67 Capital replacement plan that is input regarding the Board Policy Handbook to the Fall 2019. The submitted annually to the Ministry of Education. Board Policy Handbook can be found on the SD67 Website. SD67 Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have will start working on the Administration Policy Handbook soon. any questions regarding the above. The Board agreed to write a letter to Adrian Dix (Minister of Health) to express support for the private members bill M210-Tobacco Great Things Are Happening At and Vapour Product Control Amendment Act, 2019 to include Vulnerable Adolescents Protection from E-Cigarettes-VAPE Kaleden Elementary School! Products. The Bill is intended to ban flavoured Vapour Products by implementing tighter regulations and restricting the sale of such By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal products without age verification. 5 “Great Things” include ... Superintendent Hyer provided the Board with the SD67 Enrollment 1. A school wide pumpkin decorating and carving session was a Update for 2019-2020. fun way to celebrate autumn. • Elementary has a decrease of 24 students from last year. 2. This Halloween was frightfully fun with a Costume Parade and • Kaleden - down by 1 a Monster Mash Dance. • Naramata - up by 8 3. Our Grade 4 & 5 students were applauded for their participation • West Bench - up by 5 in the 2.5 km Naramata Run. • RDOS → +12 4. Remembrance Day was recognized with a student led • Middle School has an increase of 6 students from last year. assembly that included poems and a class video. SLMS increased by 13 students. 5. Mrs. Lind’s Kindergarten / Grade 1 Class visited the Kaleden • Secondary Schools decreased by 59 students. PMSS has an Museum to learn more about their community’s history. increase of 12. • Penticton Schools overall → -78 • Summerland Schools Overall → -11 • Difference in enrolment → -77 (headcount) Scottish Festival Society is hosting the Penticton Scottish Festival on July 4, 2020 at the PSS sports fields. They submitted a request for Alcoholic Beverages on School District Property. The Board approved their request. At the October 23, 2019 Education Meeting, the following school initiatives were presented to the Board: • Jenny Mitchell, SD67 Healthy School Coordinator, and Dave Ritchie, Principal at Carmi, presented on the “After School Sports and Arts Initiative (ASSAI)”. SD67 received a 2 year grant of $35,000/year to implement the 8 week program. Students have an opportunity to participate in sports and art programs at their respective schools. This is the 2nd year for the program. Participating schools include → Carmi, Parkway and Giants Head School. • Steve Cann, Principal of the International Student Program, presented an overview of the program. There are currently 126 students in the program (94 FTE). Students come from 11 different countries and attend 7 schools in the District → Secondary, Middle and Giant’s Head. The goal for the program is to reach 100 FTE by 2020. • Trevor Robinson, Vice Principal at SSS, presented on Vaping. He provided the results of a survey conducted at SSS. In addition, Mr. Robinson provided statistic from 2016 to 2018 that show that adolescent vaping has doubled in the past 2 years. DE

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Ho Ho Holy Moly! Is it December already? Time for the mad scramble and fevered clicking for Christmas gifts. We have really taken a shine to online shopping haven’t we? I mean, getting to shop for gifts while wearing PJs and eating Cheetos is pretty sweet. Amazon Elves are going to be working overtime in this family’s household. Ok, so we have a few events happening during this time of yule. Our big ticket event is the annual Kaleden Christmas Concert. This year the concert will take place on Thursday, December 12th at 1:30pm and 6:00pm. The best Bake Sale on the western bank of Shaka Lake will also be held after the 6:00pm performance, so bring lots of cash. Then, you can take all the great treats home and pass them off as your own! We won’t share your delicious secret. If you are able to donate baking to the cause, please drop it off in the office between 8:30am - 3:00pm on the 10th, 11th or 12th.

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November Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1.

Candlelight Ceremony with Okanagan Falls Veterans Honouring our local veterans

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Remembrance Day Assembly - Thoughtful performances

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Gr. 2-3 Class visits the Salmon Hatchery

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Gr. 3-4 Visits En’owkin Centre - helping plant milkweed seeds

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Many thanks to all the volunteers, families, and businesses in Okanagan Falls for supporting our school throughout the 2019 year. The Okanagan Falls Elementary Staff wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2020!

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

It never ceases to amaze me the hidden talents in this community that show up with things like the craft fair! A huge thank you to the many vendors that set up tables and made this event a success. KJ Coffee Bar even donated 30% of their proceeds to the school! The lady that gets the biggest THANK YOU is Chelsea Fairweather for all her hard work organizing this fundraiser for the school. We believe she secretly gets an IV of coffee from KJ Coffee Bar every morning straight into her blood stream to keep her going with the energy she puts into these events for the school! Hmmmm, or maybe it is their Nitro coffee!? Either way, the event helped raise more money for our school to continue to build our technical education tools and enhance our recreational programs to build strong young minds and bodies! The Christmas Concert is sounding like another good one taking place the evening of Wednesday, December 18th, but beware, word has it the Grinch might be lurking about this year. The annual PJ Pancake Breakfast for the kids will then follow on the last day of school, Friday, December 20th, before the Holiday break. Parent volunteers are always welcome, especially in their PJ’s too! Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” for regular updates and find that missing sweater your kid left at school or reach us at okfallspac@gmail.com. Next PAC meeting is Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm in the school library. Free child minding will be available.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee The leaves have fallen and the colder weather is settling in. We have reached the half way point of the first semester and lots of exciting things are happening SD53. Here are some highlights from our District’s Administration Team. School Completion Rates for 2018/19 School Year: The sixyear completion rates for 2018/19 have now been released by the Ministry of Education. We are pleased to see improvement with Indigenous learner completion and anticipate an even stronger completion rate for 2019/20. Six-year completion rates for Indigenous learners is 65.4% - up from previous year of 56.3%! This is the highest rate of completion in the past five years! More information on completion rates will be shared at the December regular meeting of the Board. New Regulations Regarding Teen Vaping: On November 14th, Ministers of Health, Finance, and Education made an important announcement concerning vaping regulations and an education campaign in BC. The new regulations target product access, flavours, nicotine content, packaging, and advertising, and intends to increase taxes on vapor products, to protect youth from risks associated with vaping. Career Education Update: Our Youth Train in Trades (formerly known as ACE-IT) numbers are average for the first semester, and we will see an increase in the second semester for a total of approximately 25 students enrolled in Train in Trades programs across the province. We will have up to 9 students eligible for the $1000 award provided by the Ministry for students who graduate as youth apprentices if they work a minimum of 900 hours. We hosted the Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) day in our district on September 24th. Representatives from 15 post-secondary institutions visited Osoyoos and held a mini career fair for OSS students and visiting SESS students. They visited SOSS and held a mini career fair along with information sessions for students in Grades 11 and 12. We will be hosting a “Gateway to Trades” program in Oliver during the second semester. This will be the fourth time we have hosted a Gateway program in our district. We look forward to providing this program in partnership with Okanagan College. We will be offering a new program to our district starting in February 2020. We will be offering a “Gateway to Technology” program in partnership with Okanagan College. This program will run two evenings per week from 5:00 - 8:30 pm and will be based at the Okanagan College campus located in Oliver. In this program, students will get exposure to computer coding, web development, and other aspects of computer technology. We will be hosting the Professional Cook program at SOSS again this year in partnership with Camosun College and it looks as though we will have a full class. Currently, we are looking at having students from all secondary schools in the district enroll in the program.

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We had another student in our district complete the introductory Paramedic course through the Justice Institute during this past summer. This Grade 12 student did a great job and was the youngest person to complete the course. The student is very dedicated and will be enrolling in the Primary Care Paramedic course through the Justice Institute during the second semester in a Dual Credit model. Congrats Dayton Hayes from SOSS. On November 25th, Grade 10 students from our district will be attending the Career Fair in Kelowna. All secondary schools will be sending Grade 10 students to this large career fair where they will get a chance to meet with recruiters and business representatives as they start the process of looking at possibilities after high school. Mental Health and Well-Being Promotion Grant: We are pleased to have once again received a grant to support action plans and capacity building in the area of mental health and wellbeing. This grant, in the sum of $30,500, will support: • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which is a set of specific skills that help individuals set goals, manage behavior, build relationships, and process and remember information. These skills impact a person’s mental well-being and are connected to educational success and employment. • Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) which promotes inclusive and compassionate learning environments, understanding coping strategies, supporting independence and addressing students’ needs to minimize additional stress or trauma. • Mental Health Literacy (MHL) which is the knowledge and understanding of how to develop and maintain mental well-being, identify risk factors and signs of mental health challenges, access help when needed, and reduce stigma around the topic of mental health. Free Menstrual Products: As per a Ministerial Order passed in April 2019, the Board is moving ahead with the ordering and installation of dispensing machines for the provision of free menstrual products in school washrooms by December 31, 2019. Though most schools in our district had an informal manner in which this was being done, this new manner will protect student privacy, be barrier free and non-stigmatizing. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. See you in 2020! For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca. SkahaMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 23


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December is here and so is the hustle and bustle of the Holidays. Be sure to stay safe this holiday season. In fact, I would be happy to give safe rides home for just $20/hour, plus the cost of gas. Personally, I don’t drink alcohol nor smoke marijuana, so give me a call and I’ll be sure you get home safe this holiday season. Do you have family coming to visit this Christmas? Do you need a good overall household cleaning before they arrive, especially if they are planning to stay with you? Likely, you’ll be exhausted when leave, so I would be happy to come and help clean up your home after your guests leave. Give me a call at 778-889-9725, if you would like help with your pre and post Holiday cleaning or a safe ride home from your Christmas Party. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Free Service Improves Quality Of Life For Those With Serious Illness Submitted on behalf of Desert Valley Hospice Society and the Nav-CARE program When faced with a serious illness, “the illness can look insurmountable as there can be so many issues to face,” said Delores Brisbois. Brisbois is a retired nurse and the passionate coordinator with Shelley Middleton of the community-based service Nav-CARE. Nav-CARE is a free community-based familycentric service that supports seniors living at home, who are living with a chronic illness. In Nav-CARE, specially trained volunteer navigators are paired with clients. They visit their clients regularly in their home to enhance their quality of life amid the challenges of their illness. The volunteer can assist clients in accessing services and can provide social support to reduce the negative impact of isolation. “An illness can look like a mountain, and after they start working with their Nav-CARE volunteer, it can become more like a molehill”, explained Brisbois. She has seen firsthand the remarkable difference Nav-CARE support can make in improving a person’s quality of life. “I see many seniors who are on their own,” explained Brisbois, adding, “they are not sure about community services that might be available to them to assist with the issues that are coming up now that they are ageing and hoping to stay at home.” The Nav-CARE volunteers are equipped with extensive knowledge of resources and are empowered to find solutions for their clients. While finding logistical solutions are important to their clients, the very act of supporting them, of listening, has deep value. NavCARE volunteers are there for companionship and for clients to bounce ideas off. Nav-CARE client Bob Head said that his volunteer navigator made him feel less alone in his illness. Head’s volunteer helped him gain a stronger understanding of his needs and wishes and supported his communication with his family. Nav-CARE also made him aware of numerous programs that improved his quality of life and helped him prepare for the end of life transition. Even if a client is not on their own and has a robust group of friends and family, Nav-CARE is impactful by providing extra support to the client and relieving some of the burdens on caregivers. Brisbois found that family members who are helping with care appreciated having someone who can be with their loved one, so they could have some free time. Nav-CARE is part of a 12-year research program by the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. Over a series of studies, the Nav-CARE program has been shown to improve client’s social support, knowledge and ability to make decisions. Nav-CARE clients have consistently stated that they are highly satisfied with the program and that having a Nav-CARE volunteer was very important to them. Nav-CARE is a free community service, available through the Desert Valley Hospice Society, which services Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. No referral is necessary to register. Please call 250-495-1590 and Brisbois or Hospice Program Director Shelley Middleton will be in touch to begin the efficient registration process. SkahaMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 25


Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising & Communications

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.

What a great time of year. No snow yet, but plenty of sunshine and everyone bustling around for Black Friday deals, travel deals and planning for Christmas and other holiday parties. Now all we need is a big grocery store and a pub! Hopefully, the New Year will send us some good community minded people who want to see our mighty little town grow! Orcharding One of the more amusing stories about Mick occurred during one Speaking of that, South Skaha Place is filling up nicely. We have winter, when we had a rifle club using an empty, cold storage room some good tenants, who are helping us plan our Christmas in the packinghouse. It was the year in which Emery Lockhart had Party along with Locke Property Management. Our tenants are ventured into the turkey raising business and had ended up at the participating in conversations with us for our Garden Patio plans end of the season still holding a surplus. The rifle club decided to in the spring, so stay tuned for some fundraising fun. It’s nice to hold a turkey shoot to help him out and raise some money for the have new tenants and getting to know new people and we are all looking forward to an exciting year in South Skaha Place! club at the same time. Mickey joined in with great enthusiasm, but much to his Many thanks to our Volunteer Board Members, their families, our disappointment, not much success. The prize winners received new tenants and Locke, who have worked very hard to see us their turkeys that night, conveniently dead and plucked, but Emery, through the bumps and grinds of opening our new South Skaha seeing Mick’s dismay said, “I have one more at home that I didn’t Place. I’m sure we will have some good stories to tell a year from kill and if you want it you can have it for two dollars”. As Mick had now! Thank you Skaha Matters for keeping everyone in the loop. spent more than that in his unsuccessful attempts to win one, this Merry Christmas Okanagan Falls and an even better New Year! Thanks for your support, as always. seemed like a pretty good bargain and accepted the offer. I am sure Emery intended to slaughter and deliver the prize the following day, but Mick had come with every intention of taking home a turkey and, by golly, that is what he was going to do. HUB Every Wednesday from 1-4 pm So, at eleven o’clock at night, the turkey was rousted out of its Held at Kaleden Community Church place of abode and handed over to its new owner, who took it home in the back seat of our car, tucked securely under his arm, Join us December 11th at 1 pm for a Potluck Lunch. but emitting vociferous protests all the way, as though he had a This will be our final get together for 2019. premonition that his captor intended to make turkey burgers of him All ladies welcome for coffee, calories and conversation. the following morning. Games, handwork, quilting, crafts or whatever interests you. That indeed was his proposed fate, but after spending the night Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850 together, Mickey just didn’t have the heart to do away with his bird and so the turkey’s demise was postponed until the following week OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society when Blackie would come and do the foul (or is it fowl?) deed. The By Marla Wilson problem was that by the time Blackie came to act as executioner the two cabin co-habitants were on such good terms that the one Here it is ... November again! The swans have returned to Vaseux was adamant that no harm was to befall his feathered friend. Lake and are just looking beautiful. They are gathering on the I am rather vague as to the details of the final disposition of the north end of the Lake. I haven’t seen many sheep, but then there turkey, but do know that it lived considerably longer than was are days that I don’t go by there on my way north or south. originally intended, and indeed may have passed away of old age. The Heritage Society has been busy and productive. The Thrifty Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Boutique is just packed with winter clothing. Any shopper has a Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please large selection to choose from. Now that we have a cozy little dressing room, you can try on the garments and have a second contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. look at them. Pretty neat! The organization is getting ready for the annual Christmas Party/ Dinner to be held in the middle of December. It is always a fun time for volunteers, members and guests. We will be doing our outdoor Christmas Decorating on Thursday, December 5th. That is always an exciting day! We’ll be lighting up the Bassett House and Thrifty Boutique. Memberships are still $15 a year for the Society. There will be no business meeting in December, so our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020. That will be our Annual General Meeting and there are lots of exciting projects and things happening in the New Year. All are welcome to join us! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. DE

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Hello December! Kaleden Seniors have been a busy bunch! Ladies Group met on Wednesdays at the Kaleden Community Church and will wrap up for the year on December 11th with a Potluck Lunch at 1 pm. Cards and Games continued on Thursdays at the Kaleden Community Hall and meets for the last time on December 5th. Look in the January issue of Skaha Matters for news on when these resume in the New Year. The month ended with the fantastic Wreath Making and Appie Potluck held at Linden Gardens! Those wreaths were amazing and it was such a great way to kick off the holiday season! Thank you everyone for joining us for this festive annual tradition and to Ken and Margaret for hosting. As we wrap up 2019, we look forward to offering some new and exciting activities in the New Year. Watch for Tai Chi, Drum Circles, Estate Planning and more. To start things off, please mark your calendars for the first Lunch & Learn for 2020 on Friday, January 24th. Details in the January issue of Skaha Matters.

First Aid Course for Kaleden Residents The Kaleden Seniors Committee is sponsoring the

St. John’s Ambulance “LifeSaver” Course for Kaleden Community Members.

Saturday, January 11th ~ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm We invite one person from each of the Kaleden community groups/committees to attend at no charge. The goal is to have someone qualified in first aid at every indoor and outdoor gathering in our community in order to help keep all of us safe. Please RSVP by December 6th to kaledenseniors@gmail.com including which community group, committee or activity you represent. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the KSC at kaledenseniors@gmail.com.

Angela Mary Paterson Doyle

1931 - 2019 Angela Mary Paterson Doyle (nee Gattie), our beloved “Mummo”, passed away peacefully on November 14th, 2019. At the age of 88, On behalf of the Kaleden Seniors Committee, we wish you a very she was predeceased by both her husbands, Merry Christmas! Michael Doyle and Hugh Paterson, and her daughter Sheila Bezeredi (nee Paterson). She is lovingly remembered by her extensive “Building Community Spirit” family: her daughters Barbra (Sam) and Rosemary (David), and sons Brian (Sandra) The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. and Kevin (Michelle), and son-in-law Les Bezeredi (Connie); her grandchildren Michaela (Miles), Kevin, Sarah, Alex, Jennifer (Connor), Andrew, Madeleine, Blake, Carys, Sophia and William “Get Jazzed” Community Fundraiser! and Sam’s children Jennifer (Mario) and Cheryl (Chris); and her great-grandchildren (from Barb and Sam): Natalie and Sam, Emily, Vincent, Olivia, Kyle and Oakley. Though she had no siblings, she had many life-long friends. Angela was a true “Matriarch” - the steadfast centre of her family’s universe whom everyone willingly revolved around. She was stoic, strong-minded, and always firm but fair. Family meant everything to Angela and she was happiest when seated at the head of her large dining table surrounded by all her loved ones. With such loving capacity Angela also acted as a “surrogate” mother to many. Angela adored her dogs, cats, and horses. She was athletic, sharing with her children her love of snow skiing, water skiing, tennis, riding and swimming. Born in London in 1931, she immigrated to Canada in 1938, living most of her life in Vancouver until she moved to Kaleden, a small village in the Okanagan Valley, in 1995. She was a tireless volunteer, working for decades Kaledenites and their neighbours gathered together on Thursday, at the Arthritis Society, the Elizabeth Fry Society, several other November 14th for the second annual “Get Jazzed Dinner and Vancouver charities, and later at the Penticton Museum. Dance” held in the Kaleden Community Hall. The event was sold Special thanks to the many wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at out and was a huge success! Attendees enjoyed a catered buffet the Penticton Regional Hospital and Haven Hill Retirement Centre dinner by Karl and Joannie of KJ Coffee Bar and then danced to for their dedicated and professional care of our dear Mummo. A live music by the Thursday Night Jazz Band. All funds raised from Church service will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm at this event went to the Kaleden Community Association, which in St. Barbara’s Anglican Church in Okanagan Falls. A Celebration of turn gives back to the community of Kaleden. Thanks to all that Life will be held in the spring next year. As per her wishes, Angela supported this wonderful community event, either in sponsorship will be buried in the Kaleden Cemetery, next to her husband of 53 or participating. This was definitely “Community Spirit” at its finest. years and her daughter Sheila. In lieu of flowers, donations may If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this be made to Covenant House Vancouver. SkahaMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 27 column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca.


The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings!

December Hours: Mon-Sat ~ 3-9 pm Sun/Stat ~ 4-9 pm

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Sunday, December 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Tuesday, December 17th ~ General Meeting at 7 pm.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton

Tuesday, December 31st ~ New York New Years Eve. Ring in the New Year at 9 pm. Tickets are $20/person, includes food, and will be available at the bar beginning of December. Live entertainment by Buzz Byer, as he helps us ring in the New Year. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!

We would like to apologize to everyone about the Fowl Supper, due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to provide our dinner last month. Unfortunately, we will not be doing our LA Dinners for December either. This will be re-addressed in the New Year. Keep you posted in Skaha Matters.

Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Shuffleboard at 1 pm. Call Denise for information at 250-485-4949. Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Pool at 3 pm. Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8228. Wednesdays ~ Darts at 7 pm. Call Denise for information at 250-485-4949. Fridays ~ Youth Darts from 6:30 - 8 pm. Call Dee for information at 250-497-5975. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come out ... you could be a winner! Everyone is welcome! Sunday is Fun Day ~ Check out the fun and games with Bingo and Horse Racing starting at 1:30 pm. Pool starts at 12 Noon. (Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8288.)

On Sunday, November 17th, we held our Annual Bake & Craft Sale. We had 12 vendors in attendance. Thank you to all the vendors and shoppers that participated.

Our next LA Bingo is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th starting at 12 Noon. We are providing Soup & Sandwiches for a monthly Dart Shoot, held the 1st Sunday of each month. There Weekly Activities: Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays ~ Pool at 1 pm. Call Stan for will be a Christmas Basket Draw on Saturday, December 21st. Tickets will be available starting Friday, December 6th. pool league information at 778-531-8228.

Other Items: NEW Canteen Hours - Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2pm until close. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm until close. And, open Sunday from 12 Noon until close. Closed Christmas Day. Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Everyone is welcome! Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

Our Zone Meeting was held on November 24th at Branch #227. Our next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4th at 11 am, followed by a Christmas Potluck Lunch.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

By Bob Wilson, Past President

By Loraine Thompson

Happy December to all. We’re coming to the end of another year and the end of a decade. “2020!” Did any of us oldsters ever think we’d get here? “If I had known I was going to be around this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”, seems to be the operative (no pun intended) phrase to be using. Has anyone else noticed that when you go to the “New Doctor” (if you are lucky enough to get one!) that they’re about the age of your grandchildren? Oh well! Accept the inevitable and carry on. We are lucky enough to be able to live relatively free in this seemingly more and more restrictive world. Does anyone enjoy flying internationally anymore? It used to be something to look forward to. Now it’s a free physical exam and X-ray. So, if you can’t find a doctor, try airport security instead. Lions Club International is carrying on their programs in troubled parts of the world, which includes disaster relief, medical clinics, diabetes care and related vision conditions and ongoing eyeglass and sight related treatment. All Lions Clubs worldwide contribute to these programs by supporting Lions International, as well as working in our communities to support social needs. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is just one of the clubs in the valley working to help their individual communities with needed support. Thank you very much once again, to all those who participate in these activities and contribute to our community projects. Our School Breakfast Program is doing fine and has been the recipient of support from various organizations this year. Thankfully, great volunteers are showing up as usual to help. Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us and may 2020 be a happy and prosperous year for all. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are December 23 & 24 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/ or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7 pm. 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 www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Drop Off Non-parishables

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us! Winter Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9-4 & Saturday 10-3:30 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls info@easylockselfstorage.com www.easylockselfstorage.com

Our annual Christmas Dinner is Friday, December 6th. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members. It’s an evening with dinner and music by “Destiny”. Wine and refreshments start at 5 pm. We will have in-house draws and door prizes. Once again, we have the Helping Hands pink tubs in-house, to collect non-perishable goods for local Christmas Hampers. Thank you in advance to everyone that donates. Drop-In Bingo will have its second tacky/fun/goofy Christmas Sweater day on Saturday, December 21st . Stay tuned for details. Have you renewed your 2020 membership? Membership is $20 per year from January 1st through to December 31st. Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to one and all. 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. We look forward to meeting you.

Monthly Special Events: General Meeting ~ Monday, December 2 at 1 pm Christmas Dinner ~ Friday, December 6 starting at 5 pm with wine and refreshments - Dinner at 6pm - Music by Destiny Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, December 7 from 8-10 am Music Jam ~ Sunday, December 8 from 1-4 pm Light lunch available at 11:30 am. Runs from October to April. Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, December 21 at 1 pm Wear your tacky/fun/goofy Christmas Sweater!

Weekly Activities: Canasta ~ Mondays - December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 10 am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program Tuesday Bingo ~ December 3, 10 & 17 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm No Carpet Bowling December 25 & January 1 - Resumes January 8 Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Ole Fashion Christmas Dinner ~ Sunday, December 1 at 6 pm Children’s Pageant ~ Sunday, December 15th at 10 am Christmas Carol Sing & Cookies of Love ~ Sunday, December 22nd at 10am Hayride & Hotdogs ~ Sunday, December 22nd at 5 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ Tuesday, December 24th at 7 pm 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am Speaker for December ~ John Rankin Christmas Carol Sing ~ Sunday, December 8th at 3 pm Free Movie Night ~ Friday, December 13th at 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Service ~ Tuesday, December 24th at 6 pm Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers: December 1 - Sherri Fowler; December 8 - Rev. David Sparks; December 15 - Nancy Wyse; and December 22 - Victor Ince. Please Note: No Service on December 25 or December 29. Christmas Eve Service ~ Tuesday, December 24 at 4pm with Rev. Mark Bedford. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

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 ~ Tuesday, December 24th at 4 pm Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

Heating Bills High In Winter? If your home is heated with an electric furnace or base boards, consider installing an air source heat pump. You would save on energy costs and be eligible for a rebate of $1,200. Or, if you’d prefer, you could be eligible for a low interest loan (1.9%) for up to $6500. For more information, call FortisBC at 1-866-436-7847 or email electricrebates@ fortisbc.com.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS @

Kaleden Community Church CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Sunday, Dec 15, 10 am CHRISTMAS CAROL SING & COOKIES OF LOVE – Sunday, Dec 22, 10 am HAYRIDE & HOTDOGS – Sunday, Dec 22, 5 pm Bonfire, hot chocolate, hot dogs and fun. Dress warmly KCC parking lot. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – Tuesday, Dec 24, 7 pm

Kaleden Cares Christmas Hampers If you would like to donate cash or non-perishable food items including toiletry items, coffee, tea or Christmas candy, please drop them off at the church, school or library before December 16th. Cheques should be made out to KCC.


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Flowers to Betty Lynch for recognizing Myrt Niles as one of the founders of Music in Park. ~ From John N. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all the young environmental activists out there. Your voices are being heard. You are doing what adults are too complacent or ignorant to do! Please keep up the fight, as our planet is depending on you. Blessings to all of you. ~ From Linda F. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Pinky and Karen who have made the redesigned Kaleden Community website the beauty it is. And, that doesn’t even include the information, the writing, the creating of information about various community groups, the editing, the meeting with representatives from community groups, the organizing, the trial run before going live and solving all the glitches, etc. Amazing Job! ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Flowers to all of the Okanagan Falls Pharmasave Management and Staff, in particular Greg, Heidi, Karen and the front-end cashiers. Your caution, prudence and common sense, combined with the actions taken and the communication provided to protect a vulnerable Okanagan Falls senior citizen, are greatly appreciated. We’re lucky to have such caring Pharmasave personnel serving and actively looking out for their customers! ~ From Melody and Eleanor W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Paul Murray and Margie O’Brien for the building and creating of new shelving on the stage of the Kaleden Community Hall. It is great to be able to access all the fitness equipment, art supplies and materials for special events! ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to Karl and Jo from KJ Coffee Bar for the FANTASTIC appetizers and meal, Gerry and Sue of Skaha (Kraze Legz) Winery, Chris and Judy (Oak Knoll Winery) and John and Jen (Hwy 97 Brewery) for their donation and support of the KCA “Get Jazzed” fundraiser. Your support of the community you live in is greatly appreciated! ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to the KCA fundraising committee (Pinky, Subrina, Eryn - a great committee to work with!), other KCA directors (Glenda, Rita, Karen), and community volunteers (Jess, Shannon, Maria, Grant, Oliver, Leela) and everyone else who helped with the clean up of the hall for all your help with the KCA “Get Jazzed” event. It was a HUGE success! ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Flowers and a Big Beautiful Bouquet to go out to the team who provided the wonderful dinner to the Veterans in our community. Seventy-nine roast beef dinners were prepared and served to those who have a military history. Everyone was warm, friendly and a great evening was enjoyed by all. It was a job well done and your time and meal were excellent. Thank you again! ~ From Marla W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Pinky Bata-Reidman and Karen Smith for redesigning our KCA website. ~ From the Residents of Kaleden Fish Heads to all the big dog owners who don’t pick up their dog’s poop, some of which are big enough that a hippopotamus would be proud to claim as their own! This ruins the dog park for all other dogs and their owners. ~ From Marion D. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the person going around vandalizing vehicles, property, also stealing bikes and items in peoples’ yards. He has been spotted and one day he will be caught. There are lots of residents that know who it is, but cannot prove it yet. ~ From Judie J. of Okanagan Falls

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Skaha Matters December 2019  

Volume 11 : Issue 12

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