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February 2015

February 2015 Community Calendar

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Burn Awareness Week OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre* LA 57th Anniversary * Teen Night at Dogtown Last Day for Free BC Meeting / Lunch from 11am 6:30-8pm with OK Falls P&R * Transit in OK Falls * Feb 1-7 General Meeting at 1pm Tuesday Bingo at 1pm Kaleden Church * OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Legion #227* Kaleden Community 1st 3 Tuesdays each month OK Falls Senior Centre* Bible Study 2pm at Churc Carpet Bowling Wed 1pm Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm Dart Shoot 10:30am OK Falls PAC Choir Practice LA Dinner on Feb 6 & 20 Fun Day starts at 1pm 6:30pm School Library OK Falls Legion #227* Genealogy Meeting 7pm at Church * Super Bowl Party from 3pm

League Darts Wed 7pm

8 OK Falls Senior Centre* Jam Session 1pm

15 OK Falls Legion #227* Pancake Breakfast 8-11am Fun Time with Hotdogs, Horse Racing & More! Sundays 1:30pm



Women’s Institute * Meeting at 1pm


Family Storytime *

Tues & Thurs 9am

Wednesdays 1-4pm


OK Falls Senior Centre 7pm* General Meeting at 7pm

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Kaleden & OK Falls Community Churches 10am OK Falls United Church & Anglican Church 9:30am Catholic Mass 11:30am

Pancake Breakfast 8-10am

OK Falls Legion #227* LA Bingo at 1pm

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RDOS Budget Meeting OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227*

St. Barbara’s Church OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Senior Centre* 1st 3 Sundays at 9:30 4th Sunday at 1pm


OK Falls Senior Centre*

OK Falls Senior Centre* Dogtown Valentine’s * OK Falls Legion #227* Kaleden Library Tues 10am OK Falls Library Wed1:30pm Thursdays Scrabble 10am, Valentine’s Celebration with Dinner - Feb 13 & 14 Thursdays Bridge 1pm & Valentine Party Feb 10th Live Music of “Timeline” Kaleden Women’s Thursdays Crib 7pm OK Falls Hotel * OK Falls Senior Centre* Weekly Drop-in * Valentine’s Celebration New Exercise Classes Kaleden Church * Kaleden Church

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Music & Coffee Wed/Fri 9-10:30am

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OK Falls Senior Centre* Drop-in Bingo 1pm

Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm LA Dinner on Feb 6 & 20

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Kaleden Hall 9:30-12:30

OK Falls Legion #227*

St. Barbara’s Church

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Drop-in Darts Saturdays 1pm

Preschool Storytime * Kaleden Library Feb 27th PJ Storytime

March 2014 Special Events March 11 ~ Ready, Set, Learn - 5:30-6:30pm at Okanagan Falls Elementary March 13 ~ Kindergarten Registration Deadline - Register your child before March 13th March 14 ~ Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair March 14 - 29 ~ Spring Break - No School (Easter Weekend is April 3-6, 2015)


February 2015

FROM THE DIRECTOR “Midwinter Blues??”

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Public Budget Meeting on February 17th ~ On January 22nd, the RDOS Board gave first reading to the proposed Budget for 2015. However, before final adoption the Budget must be taken to a series of public information meetings, where all of the proposed changes and their implications for taxpayers will be explained. The Area ‘D’ budget information meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17th at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre starting at 7:00 pm. Our Treasurer Sandy Croteau will be present, assisted by other RDOS officials, to explain the proposed budget changes for 2015. Please come out to ask questions or offer comments on the modest tax increase being proposed for residential property owners in Area ‘D’ (about $28 for the average homeowner).

Now that the holiday celebrations have given way to chilly winds and the inconvenience of ice and snow, we have more time to wonder about what is happening in the world around us. What’s going on with the collapse of oil prices and the Canadian dollar; what can we do about these horrendous acts of violence and terrorism, the growing threat of infectious diseases, and the spectre of economic Special Workshop on Electromagnetic Radiation ~ Are you concerned about the growing (yet invisible) intrusion of electromagnetic calamity? Tom Siddon radiation into our everyday lives? A special workshop on this subject On the other hand, I think we can all take Director of will be held at the Kaleden Hall on Saturday, February 21st from 9:30some comfort in knowing that after every RDOS Area ‘D’ 12:30 pm. This event is being organized by health care practitioner “bleak midwinter” comes the inevitable Jennifer Strong of Twin Lakes. I have agreed to moderate the return of another spring, full of freshness and promise. So, let’s think discussion. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mac Paterson, a resident of ahead with optimism about new possibilities for the residents of Area Heritage Hills who is an internationally respected bio-geneticist who ‘D’: has made important contributions to understanding the causation and The Buses Are Rolling ~ On Monday, January 19th, I had the honour the treatment of early onset cancers. Dr. Paterson will describe his to ride on the inaugural Transit Bus # 20 - from Okanagan Falls to recent investigations into the potential linkages between the growing Penticton via Eastside Road, with a side trip into Heritage Hills. On proliferation of cellphone towers, so-called “smart” meters, high voltage the return run (Bus # 20/21), we made five stops on a loop through transmission lines, and the many wireless devices now invading our Okanagan Falls, ending up in front of the IGA. From my conversations everyday lives. This should be an informative and thought-provoking with several enthusiastic riders, I am sure this new, 5 times daily, discussion. Monday to Friday service is going to be an unqualified success. Area D-1 OCP - Public Open-House ~ The Official Community Plan The new bus will interconnect with all the other BC Transit Routes Review project for the West side of Area ‘D’ (Kaleden, St. Andrews within and beyond Penticton. After the free ride period, which ends and Twin Lakes to Apex/Green Mountain Road) is off to a good start. on Feb. 6th, the fare will be $2.00 for adults and $1.75 for students. A second meeting of the citizens committee was held at St. Andrews My next priority is to establish a scheduled transit stop near the gas in late January to discuss the OCP work plan. A Public Open House station at Kaleden, with regular scheduled pick-ups and adequate has now been scheduled for Thursday, February 26th at the Kaleden parking for residents of Kaleden who will want to use the anticipated Elementary School from 5-8 pm. All interested residents are invited new BC Transit services from Princeton and Osoyoos, once they are to attend this information session where you can learn about and offer your input into the long-range land-use planning for Area D-1. For operating daily to Penticton. My thanks on your behalf to Lindsay Bourque of RDOS and Adriana further information, please call Evelyn Riechert at the RDOS office at McMullen of BC Transit for working so hard these past few months to 250-490-4204. get the buses “up and running”.

Special Public Meeting on Parks Development ~ As announced in last month’s column, I hosted a special community meeting on January 13th to discuss the possibility of acquiring the last remaining privately owned lakefront property in Okanagan Falls (the Lamb property), and to purchase and develop the additional parcels of land needed to complete the long-awaited neighbourhood park in Heritage Hills. The cost of borrowing to purchase these lands will only affect the some 2000 residential properties in the Okanagan Falls Parks and Rec Service Area, whose consent by referendum will be required.

Sewer Extension for Kaleden/Skaha Estates ~ A third meeting of the ad hoc Sewage Service Planning Committee was held on January 28th. Residents of Kaleden and Skaha Estates may recall that this project has been placed at the top of the RDOS priority list for the next round of Infrastructure Canada Grants, for which applications are due by the end of February. We have been told that there won’t be enough money in the first round of grants to do both Kaleden and Skaha Estates in the first phase, so a choice will have to be made. This has implications for which of the two corridors (KVR or Eastside Road) would be the most cost-effective route for the main sewage line into Okanagan Falls, and if there should be an underwater crossing of Skaha Lake to connect the two services. I’ll have more to report on this issue next month, once the consulting engineers have completed their analysis of the two options.

I believe the meeting on January 13th was an unqualified success, with more than 70 residents turning out to hear the detailed presentations by RDOS staff and the strong support given to these projects by members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, residents of Heritage Hills and the general public. Most of those present were Well, that’s it for now. Don’t let the winter chill get you down. Spring clearly in favour of proceeding with the park purchases and the is just around the corner! required Referendum. Sincerely, Subsequently, at the RDOS Board Meeting on January 22nd, the Directors unanimously agreed to ask the Provincial government to approve a Referendum and borrowing Bylaw in order to facilitate the purchase of the required properties. The Referendum question would Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ // tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca ask the affected Electors to approve a loan through the Municipal 250-809-2548 // Penticton Office - 250-490-4215 // www.rdos.bc.ca Finance Authority in the amount of $950,000. Our Treasurer assured the Board that a loan of this magnitude, amortized over 20 years at 4 percent interest would only increase taxes by about $32 per year Open Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat from 10-3 Accepting Clean & Gently Used for an average residential property in the service area. Once Victoria Red & White 1/2 Price ~ Feb 10-14 Clothing & Accessories approves of the Referendum, information packages will be circulated Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street and consultations held, prior to the final vote. H&M Thriftee Shop


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February 2015

Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen

As we move into 2015, my to-do list already seems to be getting longer and longer. There are many projects in every corner of the constituency. Some new, some ongoing, however all are equally important. We will see work commence on the Lakehill Walkway in Kaleden along with involvement from the school to look at ways to make it safer for the children to cross Lakehill and walk along the side of the roads to school. I am confident that the Hedley Cemetery will finally come under the umbrella of the Cemetery Society, this important piece of history will be cleaned up and restored to the people of Hedley. The Town of Midway is working with volunteers in Rock Creek continuing the work on improving fire protection for all the people in the rural area. This is a great example of communities coming together and sharing resources to benefit residents in the area. I would like to thank the Mayor of Midway and the Fire Chief for their ongoing support for this project. There are also issues that affect the entire constituency. The 2-tiered system of electrical billing by Fortis continues to raise questions to the actual benefits of this system, versus the negative impacts on those who are captive to only electricity for all their needs. My office has been an active participant in meetings with the BC Utilities Commission and Fortis for the past year, and we continue to raise this on behalf of all constituents. This remains a top priority for us for 2015, and all these issues are just a sample of the many projects my office is involved in. The recent re-allocations of hunting tags for resident hunters versus guide outfitters has prompted many emails expressing dismay of this change. This is of course not just a local issue, but concerns hunters across the province. I am a supporter of the BC Wildlife Federation and admire the efforts of volunteers who spend their time and energy working on programs to educate the public, in particular for youth. Our office will continue to forward all your concerns to the Minister and I will advocate on behalf of my constituents. The threat of destructive invasive mussels getting into our waterways is being acted upon locally, provincially and hopefully at the federal level. Our MP’s are pushing their colleagues in Ottawa and the provincial government will also be announcing some programs this spring. This issue requires a coordinated national response. I also expect a resolution to the issue of how best to preserve and protect the sensitive environment of the South Okanagan. The Minister and staff are consulting with all the stakeholders and will be bringing possible solutions to the discussion table later this spring. I appreciate the spirit of co-operation that was demonstrated at the last round of meetings and I am confident that there will be ideas coming forward that can be supported by all. And of course, there is the snow! When it happens all at once we are taken by surprise, but it is wonderful when neighbours step up to help each other. Many thanks to all who helped someone else during this snow event. We are fortunate here in rural BC to live amongst so many caring and generous neighbours. Heavy snowfalls are especially difficult for people with mobility issues and can keep them from getting out of their homes for basic needs like milk and bread. It could be several days before sidewalks and side streets are cleared enough for those using scooters or other mobility equipment to be able to go out. Please check on those who may have extra problems as a result of the snow. There are still a few weeks of winter left, and we could certainly have more snow until spring. Thanks to Mike Stiles and his great article in the Osoyoos Times about the challenges of day to day living when you use a wheelchair to get around in the community. I welcome his input and advice on how we can all do a better job in making our communities more user friendly for all who have accessibility challenges. The Legislature will resume sitting on February 10th, which means

Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca I will soon begin my weekly commute once again. I find it is often a benefit to be in Victoria with access to all the Ministers and staff every day in pursuing specific issues for the Boundary-Similkameen. And, I know my staff in the Oliver office will continue to work hard on your behalf while I am out of town. Our government’s focus this year will continue to work on growing the economy, supporting businesses who create opportunities and new jobs for British Columbians, helping find the right fit for those who are under-employed and controlling the debt. Government does not fund social programs, you, the taxpayers do. The healthier our economy, more funding will be available to those who need assistance. I am looking forward to a busy and productive year.

BC Transit Service for Okanagan Falls

On Monday, January 19th, the new transit bus service started up in Okanagan Falls. This new service runs Monday to Friday and offers five daily round trips between Okanagan Falls and Penticton, plus five daily loops around Okanagan Falls. You can hop on the bus and try it out for FREE until February 6th. After this date, trips cost $2 each way for adults and $1.75 for seniors and students. Once in Penticton at the route’s end at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, riders can then transfer to the city bus system. The new route is currently served by a 20-seat bus with bike rack, but the hope is that it will soon be replaced by a 28-seat bus with a wheelchair ramp and bike rack. For more route information or any general inquiries, go to www.bctransit.com or call 250.495.8054.

RDOS Rural Projects Coordinator Lindsay Bourque with Area D Director Tom Siddon and Adriana McMullen of BC Transit. (Photos courtesy of www.okfallsdailynews.com)

The Electromagnetic Age A Sleeping Giant??

Alzheimer’s, sleep disturbances, cognitive disorders, dementia, male infertility, immune dysfunction, brain tumors, childhood learning impairments - all linked by scientific studies to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). The World Health Organization has classified EMF producing wireless devices as possibly cancer-causing. Dr. Malcolm Paterson, PhD, a worldrenowned cancer researcher now living in our district, will present on the health-related science of wireless devices including smart meters. A Fortis representative and other informed speakers are invited. Area D Director Tom Siddon will moderate. Learn the science-based facts and what you can do to protect your and Dr. Malcolm Paterson your families’ health.

Join Our Informative Community Meeting Saturday, February 21st 9:30-12:30 Kaleden Hall 320 Lakehill Road in Kaleden


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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office with John Powell

As mentioned in previous editions of Skaha Matters, I am working to position Okanagan Falls and other Area ‘D’ communities more prominently within the wider region. Work is well underway on a number of initiatives. One such John Powell initiative is the following: In partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) organization in Penticton has been selected as the backbone organization to support a new Local Immigration Partnership Council (LIP) for the South Okanagan/Similkameen. The objective of this LIP council is to develop a regional strategy which will help us to assist immigrants to better integrate socially, culturally and economically into their new life in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, thus helping us to retain the talents, skills and experience of these new Canadians for the long term. The Council is made up of 50 representatives from community organizations that provide services to or have an interest in the integration of newcomers. These members have been drawn from all levels of government, immigrant serving agencies, public institutions, regional employment networks, employers, local associations and key community stakeholders. I am pleased to represent Area ‘D’ as one of its representatives. The Council is currently developing a coordinated, comprehensive and strategic approach to immigration and integration for the South Okanagan & Similkameen. Our objectives will support communitylevel research and strategic planning; and the coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration. While immigration and immigrant attraction and retention is only one component of the work I do, the work that SOICS is doing and especially the outcome of this LIP initiative will certainly feed into, and complement many other components of my job. About South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services SOICS is a one stop shop that works together with immigrants to help them settle, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada. Their multi-lingual staff appreciates the valuable contributions immigrants make to Canada, while also understanding the difficult challenges of settling in a new country. They work together with immigrants to help them realize the full potential of their lives in Canada. For more information, contact Nora Hunt-Haft, Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator, at 250-492-6299 or cell 250-809-9987 or email to norahh@soics.ca. If you want to discuss items raised in this article further, find out more about the role of the economic development office, talk about the work I’m currently doing, get assistance with RDOS-related matters or other related questions, please contact John Powell, Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator at 778.515.5520 or jpowell@rdos.bc.ca

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with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Band Shell ~ One of the most welcome announcements in our community for some time was the recent news from the Women’s Institute that they have secured the funding to build the band shell in Centennial Park. Well done! The contract has been awarded to Greyback Construction Ltd. and materials have been ordered. The “shovel turning” ceremony took place on January 27th in Centennial Park with MLA Linda Larson and Director Tom Siddon participating in the celebration. As the band shell will be part of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District’s Centennial Park, the Irrigation District will manage the construction and ongoing maintenance for the facility. Look forward to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony with the project completion in the spring. New Well in Upper Zone ~ This project has gone for tender, and the contract should be awarded by the beginning of February. The well and pumping station, complete with emergency power is located on Maple Street. It will reduce the stress on some our older wells and will enable operation in the event of a major power failure. This project should be completed by the summer.

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Granite and Bronze Memorial Markers

RCMP Community Report with Sgt Rick Dellebuur, Penticton RCMP

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Happy Valentine’s Day! How about a Wine Club membership for that special someone? Delivery to your door, 3 times a year. Next delivery in March 2015.

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Valentine’s Early Celebration ~ Feb 13th Entertainment by “Jeff and The Boys”

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Come check out our Mexican Chef! Weekly Schedule Everyday ~ Buffalo Burger & Beer ~ $10.95 Monday & Tuesday ~ Mexican Food All Day Wednesday ~ Music Bingo 7pm (Wings $6/10pc) Friday & Saturday ~ Mexican Lunches Saturday ~ Baron of Beef with Salad ~ $9.95 (12-2:30pm)


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The winter months are prime time to be catching up with friends and making new ones through social media. Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Twitter, Ning, Digg, Meetup, etc. are a number of social networking sites and tools. As police, we are becoming more involved with crimes involving social media. Through social media, people are being accused of activities they have not done, reputations are being attacked, compromising photos posted and private information being stolen. People have the expectation that all current laws apply to internet activities in the same way as they apply to activities outside of or before the internet. Unfortunately, our laws have not always kept up with the technology and the various cybercrimes out there. Traditional methods of investigating and apprehending cyber criminals is much more complicated and time consuming, which equates into more costly as well. Often there is little that police can do when it comes to some cybercrimes. It is often said, once something is posted on the internet, it is very hard to remove it or to take it back. Like many crimes, the best way to not become a victim, is through prevention. There is a lot of information on the internet on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of social media crimes and internet scams. However, here are a few timely reminders. Social networking means opening up and sharing information online with others, but there is some information you should never share online. Protecting yourself from sharing “too much information” (TMI) can save you from identity theft and even protect your physical safety. Let’s start with the obvious. Never share your Social Insurance Number, your birth date, home address or home phone number. Ensure that you protect all of your passwords, PIN numbers, bank accounts and credit card information. The more information you share the more likely that someone can use this information to steal your identity, obtain credit cards, and even come and pay you an unwanted visit. Some sites allow you to restrict who can see your birthday and home town, but not every site has these options. Be aware of someone who might be trying to access your social media and not be who they say they are ... Don’t trust, just verify. Most importantly avoid accidental sharing of personal details. You would not put a note on your door that read “Away for the weekend ... returning Monday”, so why would you put that up on social media. Do you really want all your social media contacts and their associates to know that you’re away, and thus invite them to help themselves to your home or property? Forget the popularity contest, as with social media the one with the most friends is not necessarily the winner. It is just more people, possibly strangers who now have access to your information. Finally, it is a good idea to search your name on Google and check out your profile as others see it on social networking sites. It is also a good idea to search your name once a month and if you see your name unexpectedly in locations you don’t frequent, it could give you a heads up someone else is using your identity online. Social Media is a great way to keep in touch and make contact with others. It can be fun and enjoyable experience, as long as you take steps to protect yourself. If you require more information, or become a victim of an internet crime, please contact the Penticton RCMP.

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February 2015

New Teen Program & Venue

Update By Jodie Hopper, Kaleden Parks & Recreation Assistant Party in the Park ~ Over 75 people rugged up and joined together roasting hot dogs and s’mores for a wonderful experience on January 17th in Pioneer Park. Under rain and snow the kids played Skittles and Hula Hooped their way to plenty of snowflake smiles. Thank you Brian, Kim, Tracey, Doug and Wendy for all their hard work making this event a great success. Thank you to Dylan for preparing the “green” space. Thank you to Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Bonfire Party on January 17th for the loan of the fun equipment. Kaleden Community Hall - Kitchen Renovations ~ The renovations are almost complete. Keep an eye on Facebook, Kal-Rec Notice Board and the website to be notified of “Open Days” to see the stunning new kitchen. It is a great resource for our community. Lakehill Walkway Project ~ Tender request has now closed for the massive project. We look forward to hearing of the progress from the Regional District, as they progress through this project. Stay tuned through our Facebook, Website and the Kal-Rec Notice Board to hear more developments. Movie Night at The Hall ~ As we move into a New Year, we are pleased to announce Kaleden Elementary’s PAC will be overseeing the Movie Night at The Hall. We look forward to the same great family entertainment opportunities for our community and new developments as the PAC build on this experience for us all.

with Janet Black

Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation is happy to announce a New Youth & Teen Program, which is being held in a new venue as well. The Recreation Department has partnered with Karen Washburn, the new owner of Dogtown Coffee Co, to be the venue for this new Teen Night Program. Karen is proud to continue the true community spirit that the café is loved for ... And with this new venture, she hopes to help build community spirit with our younger generation. Abby is best known for helping lead the younger children’s programs for Parks & Rec and she is excited to be working with this youth and teen program now too. So, all those 11-16 years of age, please join Karen and Abby every Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Dogtown Coffee Co. Enjoy a drink and a treat on the house on the first Thursday in February! It’s going to be a great weekly night of fun and games, with opportunities for community leadership, fundraising and Youth are keen for new Dogtown Teen Night. outings in the future!

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250.497.8188 info@okfalls.net www.okfalls.net Visit our website for all our programs & facilities available. Enroll on line & pay at your first class. Office - 1141 Cedar Street Sunny the Clown comes to OK Falls

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With his Amazing Magic Show! Learn balloon twisting techniques, too. For ages 5 –12 Friday, Feb 20th 6-8:30 pm (A Friday Night Fun Event for Kids)

Feb 7th at 10 am OK Falls School Gym $10 Drop–in or use your Zen & Fitness Passes

Feb 27th ~ Tubing At Apex

Ride the coconut express bus up to the hill for a night of tubing and fun in the snow. Bus leaves from the Okanagan Falls Community Centre with a second pick-up at the Kaleden Hall . For ages 11 & up This is a supervised evening event. Pre-registration is a must. Limited seats.

Youth & Teens For 11 years & up Dogtown Teen Night is teaming up with Ok Falls Recreation for a Youth and Teen Night. Stop in from 6:30-8 pm Thursdays. A drink & a treat on the house February 5th. Hang out, get involved & share your ideas for special events.

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

Mr. Plow Is Ready!

Park paths will see a lot more winter walking after the RDOS purchased snow clearing equipment. Enjoy!

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

School Lunch Program

Students loading up with veggies. Okanagan Falls Elementary offers a fresh salad bar lunch to students. Good choice kids! If there is someone you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, contact Janet or Nancy at info@okfalls.net or 250-497-8188.

By Appointment Only

Watch for the new handy plow helping keep our walking paths clear all winter long.


Lawn & Yard Maintenance Time to book your Spring Clean Up, Lawn Aeration, Power Raking, Fertilizing & Weekly Lawn Cuts. Call Ken or Cassidy @ 250-488-4209 Serving Kaleden, OK Falls, St Andrews by the Lake, Heritage Hills, Skaha Estates, Penticton & Area.

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Dream It!

By Wendy MacKay You may or may not be someone who makes resolutions. According to statisticbrain.com the top 10 resolution for 2015 are: 1) Lose weight; 2) Get organized; 3) Spend less, save more; 4) Enjoy life to the fullest; 5) Stay fit and healthy; 6) Learn something exciting; 7) Quit smoking; 8) Help others in their dreams; 9) Fall in love; and 10) Spend more time with family. It’s no a surprise that health, wealth and relationships are the main focus. The problem is only about 8% actually achieve their resolution. If these statistics are any indication of how people are with goal setting, business or life planning, it may be why so many are unhappy. Goal setting is a process. Done properly it should be inspiring and motivating. No one intentionally sets themselves up for failure, so why are 92% of resolutions not achieved? I know with law of attraction it is important to really feel into what we want. Being able to visualize the end result as though it has already happened and focusing on that each day is inspiring, IF it’s really what we want. Sharing your goals with an accountable partner and asking for encouragement and support helps too. There are lots of tips and tricks, so if you want help achieving your goals don’t hesitate to contact me: wendy@ wendymackaycoachinginc.com. “If you can dream it, you can do it” ~ (Walt Disney). Just put your heart and soul into it.

Meet Betty Kuijpers Betty is a Certified Reflexology Practitioner who took her training in 1997 through the Reflexology Association of Canada. She has run a successful home-based business for 18 years. New to the Okanagan, Betty has recently moved from Kamloops to Penticton and is ready to receive new clients into her lovely new home. Come and experience a safe, pleasant and supremely relaxing treatment, therapeutic, and conducive to your well-being. Reclaim your health and reduce pain and stress through simple acupressure and massage to your feet. A one hour treatment in a relaxing recliner will have you coming back for more. Reflexology improves blood flow, and improving circulation reduces high blood pressure, arthritic inflammation and aids in toxin removal. Other health benefits include mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety. Betty has also spent time in the delivery room, easing pain and shortening labour times. Call for your reflexology appointment with Betty at 250-493-1782 or email to bkbornrich@gmail.com.

Sole Survival Reflexology Betty Kuijpers Certified Reflexologist


bkbornrich@gmail.com 184 McGraw Court, Penticton

Perry Tompkins, Pharmacy Mgr

brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring: Is it worthwhile? In the developed world, high blood pressure continues to be a very common problem, especially among older adults, contributing to stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and vision loss. Fortunately, home monitoring can help patients maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce the risk of these complications. What makes home blood pressure monitoring so advantageous is it can provide a more complete picture to compliment the intermittent readings taken by your doctor. This is valuable because blood pressure is notoriously variable: it changes day to day and according to whether you have eaten, drank, exercised, or have been disturbed by a phone call from a persistent telemarketer. By taking regular readings, patients can get a better sense of their long term blood pressure trends leading to more informed treatment decisions. For this reason, home blood pressure monitoring is recommended by expert Canadian and international medical guidelines. But, not all blood pressure monitors are created equal. When selecting a blood pressure monitor, look for a professional endorsement or consult a health care provider for a list of validated monitors. For instance, the LifeSource UA767Plus is an automatic blood pressure monitor endorsed by the Canadian Hypertension Society. Its user friendly, holds up to 90 readings, displays average blood pressures and is accurate in patients with irregular heart beats. And, its also on sale for the month of February! In closing, while blood pressure monitoring doesn’t replace periodic trips to your doctor’s office, it may help prevent extended trips to the hospital. So, feel free to drop in and find out more about tracking blood pressure and how to get the most out of your blood pressure medication.

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Healthy Weight Loss Tips

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health This time of year many of us become motivated to lose those extra pounds and improve our fitness to feel better, look better, and prevent illness and degeneration. However, so much conflicting information has been written and talked about with regards to the optimal plan to achieve these goals, that it has become difficult to know what to do! I will summarize some of the latest research in an effort to provide logical guidelines that anyone can successfully implement. Always keep in mind that weight loss does not equal optimal health. There are many damaging weight loss programs on the market. Don’t be fooled by slick advertising and unrealistic promises. Any program based on processed foods (that you must purchase), is sure to be unhealthy and lead to unhealthy weight loss and yo-yo dieting. Although everyone agrees that exercise and calorie restriction are important for weight loss, not everyone agrees on the ”what and how” of achieving successful, sustainable weight loss. Not all calories are created equal and neither is all exercise. Plus, other lifestyles factors play a big role, such as water intake, sleep, and stress levels. So here are the main themes to consider: 1. Exercise: This is critical to optimal health and body weight, so ... just do it (no excuses!). Move regularly and try to stay active throughout your day. Aim for walking 7000-10000 steps daily, sit less, and try to add some high intensity peak fitness exercises to burn fat and increase muscle mass. This well researched form of exercise involves moving with maximal speed or intensity for 30 seconds, followed by a slower pace for 90 seconds and repeating this cycle up to eight times. Always start with a 3 minute warm up. This type of workout can be adapted to many forms of exercise and takes less time than traditional aerobic exercising (just 20 minutes 3 times a week), with better fitness parameter outcomes. It can dramatically improve cardiovascular fitness and fat burning while building muscle. Exercising in a fasting state is even better for weight loss, so consider exercising in the morning before eating. 2. Fast intermittently: Allowing the body regular periods of rest from digestion, enables proper calibration of its metabolic processes and enhances burning of excess stored fuel. There are several versions of this method which involve abstaining from eating for a period of time either daily, every other day, or once weekly. The easiest is likely the daily regime which has you eating all of your calories within a 10 hour period, allowing a 14 hour period without food. 3. Eat real food: Simply put this means eating fresh food from the earth, not the factory. The majority of your intake should be fresh vegetables, greens, berries, and seasonal fruit, with moderate amounts of protein at every meal, plus healthy fats and oils. 4. Opt for organic, grass fed or wild fish and meat: Grass fed meats, dairy, cheese, and butter products, as well as wild northern fish, are higher in vital nutrients such as anti-inflammatory fats (omega-3’s) and lower in harmful chemicals, hormones, and inflammatory fats (omega-6’s) than their grain fed counterparts. Inflammation is a root cause of chronic disease and obesity. 5. Avoid plastic packaging. 6. Drink mainly water. Aim for 6-8 glasses daily. 7. Avoid processed food high in processed fats, margarine, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, sugar and grain carbs (that turn into sugar in the body), artificial sugar substitutes, sweetened beverages, and fried foods. Eat more raw veggies, nuts, seeds, and berries. Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados have healthy, fat burning properties.

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Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician 1040 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC

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Two harmful metabolic processes develop when we consume too much processed and packaged foods, particularly too much refined carbohydrate. These are termed insulin resistance and leptin resistance. These are the body’s way of trying to adjust to an overload of sugar. Insulin resistance can lead to Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes. It is a chronic state that makes cells less sensitive to insulin. Insulin normally allows cells to absorb and burn sugar. When resistant to insulin sugar is available in the body, it is just not getting into the cells to be used for fuel. The cells are left starving in a sea of fuel! Leptin resistance works in a similar fashion. Leptin is a hormone that is released while eating to tell the body it is full or satiated. So leptin regulates appetite. People with leptin resistant don’t get the message that they are full and tend to overeat. Most people who struggle with excess weight are both insulin and leptin resistant to some degree. The answer? Eat less sugar and grains that convert in the body to sugar. For more information on healthy weight management, call my office in Okanagan Falls at 250-497-6681. Dr. Mercola has more detailed information and scientific reference for this and other weight loss tips at www.mercola.com.

Blood Donor Clinics February 25, 26 & 27

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

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

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Free Wireless Internet!


Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm February is an exciting time for Preschool Storytime at the Kaleden library. On February 10th, there will be a Valentine’s themed Storytime with crafts and heart-shaped cookies. Don’t forget to wear red or pink that morning! Then, on February 27th, we are hosting a PJ Storytime, so please wear your PJ’s and bring your favourite stuffy from home Storytime is a FREE program that runs every Tuesday morning at 10:00am until March 10th. Love is in the air ... stop by the library to pick up a romantic read! Happy Family Day to all!

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm Family Storytime ~ Wednesdays at 1:30pm. As always, this a free program featuring stories, songs and crafts. No registration required and everyone is welcome. Free Wireless & Internet Access Computers ~ Anytime while open. Library Book Club ~ Anyone interested in a Library Book Club, please contact Georgia at the library or email at gbruyel@orl.bc.ca.

Books for Babies Program Success

The Books for Babies Program continues to be successful with the partnership of many in Okanagan Falls. Robert McLeod, Okanagan Falls Legion Vice President, represents the monetary donation which makes this program viable. A huge thank you for their continued monetary contribution. Ruell Smith, Books for Babies Okanagan Falls Volunteer for the South Okanagan Community Literacy Society, helps to ensure the program continues to run smoothly. “This program has never worked so well ... Such a great connection to young families”, says Ruell. Sam James at StrongStart is the distributor of the Books for Babies, which are given to newborns through 6 months of age that come through the doors. As the child grows, the family will receive 3 coupons for more books through the “Next Step” program. Sam at StrongStart hands out the coupons which can be redeemed through Georgia at the Okanagan Falls Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. These 3 coupons/books are for 6 months, 12 months and 18 months of age. A huge thank you to all the partners in this Literacy Program. Your time and support is greatly appreciated by many recipient families.

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Official Community Plan (OCP) Meeting Kaleden School ~ February 26th See you there!


Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden

Ready, Set, Learn Event

Tonya Munns and 2 month old daughter Poppy receiving their “Books for Babies” If your child will be three years old between package from Sam James of StrongStart (middle left), along with Robert McLeod, VP January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, please of the Legion (on right), and Ruell Smith, Books for Babies Volunteer (on left). attend our RSL Event!

Okanagan Falls Elementary School 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday, March 11th 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls

Ready, Set, Learn is an opportunity for families to begin positive connections with the school system and with community agencies providing early childhood resources, support and services. RSL is sponsored by School District No. 53, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children & Family Development, and Ministry of Health Services. By participating, you will receive: • An age appropriate book for your child • A parent/family kit with helpful tips for supporting your preschooler’s learning and development • Information for families from early childhood service providers • Tours of the school and kindergarten classrooms • Connections with school system & parents with similar-age children

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James This month is all about our bodies and friendship. We have no school on Monday, February 9th for BC Family Day. We have Storytime with Georgia on Wednesday, February 11th at 9 am and CCRR on Wednesday, February 18th at 10 am. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2014/2015 school year. Please Note - We are no longer open for afternoon time as of February 2nd. For more information, please call Sam at 250-809-2802.

Please confirm your attendance with Ms. Sam James (StrongStart) at 250-809-2802.

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School District No. 53 Report


Career Programs YES 2 IT ~ The Province is expecting to have a shortage of skilled workers in the coming years. As a result, the ITA is working with School Districts across the province to promote trades to young people. Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, grades 5, 6 and 7 students will be participating in a YES 2 IT Trades Exploration Week. This is a joint initiative between School District 53, the Industry Training Authority, Local Trades People, and Local Businesses. In our district, local trades people came into our schools to demonstrate their trades, allowing our students hands on experience. This year we focused on the construction trades of carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Local businesses and the Industry Training Authority have stepped up to provide materials for this day to allow students an in depth quality hands on experience in a variety of trades. The five elementary schools, Similkameen, Tuc el Nuit, Oliver, Osoyoos, and Okanagan Falls, took part in the Trades Exploration week during the month of January. Okanagan Falls Elementary Trades Exploration has wrapped up now. The Journeymen who participated were carpenter James Rosouski of Karoleena Homes, electrician Blake Martins from Eckhart Electric, and plumber Scott Sarsons of Sarsons Mechanical. Congratulations to Boyd Turnbull, SESS Career and Shop teacher, who made the program a great success. Thank you to all elementary staff for welcoming the program to the school and to guest trades people and parent volunteers for sharing their skills and knowledge. Learning Forum on Response to Intervention (RTI) ~ The Board will be hosting its next learning forum on February 11th at 6:30 pm in the annex of the school board office. Response to Intervention (RTI) is one of the main initiatives of the BC Ministry of Education. RTI is a philosophical approach to teaching that emphasizes the inclusion of all students. Furthermore, RTI promotes “highly effective education” that ensures the needs of all learners are met. Allowing for and promoting student differences through the classroom delivery of differentiated instruction is critical to a RTI model. Student Support Services will provide an overview of RTI and explain how the District and school staff are working to implement this approach through academic and behavioral interventions. Educators and administrators will hear firsthand of the vision and plans of the Student Services department. Parents and community members will be able to understand how schools are investigating and implementing this model to accommodate the diverse learners and how they can be valued partners. We encourage everyone to come out. 2015 Board of Education Committees ~ Chair Tarr recently confirmed the Board of Education committee Chairs and representatives. Trustees Harrington and Allenbrand are assigned to Education Committee with Vice Chair Hancheroff serving as Chair of the committee. Trustees Coates and Allenbrand are assigned to Finance and Facilities Committee with Trustee Zandee serving as Chair. Trustees Martens and Coates are assigned to Policy Committee with Trustee Harrington serving as Chair. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250-497-5878.

1. Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2015, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September 2015. These will be children who were born in 2010. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 12 to Friday, March 13, 2015 at the following schools: Cawston Primary 250-499-5617 8:30 - 2:30 pm Okanagan Falls Elementary 250-497-5414 8:00 - 2:30 pm Oliver Elementary 250-498-3468 8:00 - 3:30 pm Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary 250-498-3415 8:00 - 3:30 pm Osoyoos Elementary 250-495-7248 9:00 - 3:00 pm YouLearn 250-498-4597 Special Hours 8:30-7:00 pm (Mon to Wed) & 8:30-1:00 pm (Thur) 2. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and Medical Card with you. Should you require further details, please contact your local school. 3. Parents may defer the entry of their child into Kindergarten for one year, but registration must occur in the following school year. 4. Early registration assists the district with plans for September 2015. Also, Kindergarten spaces in a school may be limited and placement is done on a first come, first serve basis.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) PARENTS OF GRADE 1 TO 12 STUDENTS REGISTERING OR REQUESTING A CHANGE OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2015 Parents or guardians may enroll their son or daughter in an educational program at any school in our district, as outlined in Section 74.1 of the School Act, and providing there is space available in the respective grade. Registrations prior to June 12, 2015 will be accepted on a first come, first served and availability basis. Beginning June 15, 2015, registrations will be accepted in the following priority order as per section 74.6 of the School Act: (a) a catchment area child who, in the previous school year, attended the school at which the educational program is made available; (b) a catchment area child; (c) a non-catchment area child; (d) a non-school district child For further information, please contact your local school’s principal.

with Sam Hancheroff

Kim Harris

Cell: 250.462.4232 kimharris@royallepage.ca Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

My Passion ... Helping you to reach your Real Estate goals

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School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha)


Children born in 2010 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2015. Parents, who feel their child is not yet ready for Kindergarten, may defer enrollment for one year. Please contact Wendy Hyer (250-7707700) at the School Board Office for more info on this. Placement in your neighbourhood school kindergarten is based on your address and registration date. The earlier you register, the more likely your child will attend a school close to your home. Register at your neighborhood school during regular school hours. A birth certificate will be required, as well as your child’s BC Care Card, parental BC Care Card and proof of address (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, lease agreement). Kaleden Elementary School is also accepting registrations for all other grades 1-5. Come visit our school at 152 Linden Avenue in Kaleden.

Piano and Theory Lessons in Kaleden Members of BC Registered Music Teachers

Dillys Richardson, ARCT

Carmen Leier, ARCT



Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!

January’s 5 “Great Things” include … 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Kaleden School has begun a school-wide focus on Mindfulness. January’s theme is “Mindful Awareness”. All students are enjoying our weekly Yoga sessions. Students are learning to be mindfully aware of their bodies. January is a time where we re-evaluate and set new goals for the New Year. All Grade 4 & 5 students have set a reading goal for this next term and are working hard to reach them! We are looking forward to our next “Spirit Day” on Wednesday, January 28th. Students will be encouraged to wear their PJ’s to school on that day. The last week of January is Literacy Week. Students will engage in a variety of literacy activities to celebrate our love of books and literature.


School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning School District 67 graduation rates (six year completion rate) for 2013/14 continue to be at or above the provincial average at 83.5%. Female students: 86.2%; Male students: 81%; Aboriginal students: 62.9%. In 1998, the completion rate for Aboriginal students was 9%. We have come a long way, but there is still work to do. The district employs a number of initiatives such as Through A Different Lens, Smart Learning, the Response To Intervention program and infusing curriculum with Aboriginal culture, where possible, to provide all students with the tools for success. There is also one person in every school that works with the Ministry of Children and Families to provide students and parents support towards success in school. The inaugural board meeting was held on December 8. The board elected Linda VanAlphen as Chair and me as Vice Chair. The BC School Trustees Association Provincial Council Representative is Shelley Clarke with Barb Sheppard as the alternate. I was elected as the BC Public School Employers’ Assoc. Representative and Julie Planiden is the alternate. The board has approved a new policy that folds the Education, Policy, Buildings/Grounds/Transportation and Finance committee into two Committees of the Whole. Education and policies attached to education will be part of the new Education Committee chaired by Trustee Bruce Johnston. Finance, Buildings/Grounds/Transportation and the relevant policies will come under the Business Committee chaired by Trustee Bill Bidlake. The committees will meet two weeks prior to the monthly board meeting. Please check sd67.bc.ca for meeting times and dates. The meetings are open to the public. The district received an $8110 annual grant from Artstarts this year. This year the grant is larger than in previous years and will cover most of the costs of bringing two cultural/drama presentations to schools. The remainder of the costs come from student activity fees. The Artstarts committee, chaired by SLMS teacher Will Schlakel, attend the Artstarts Showcase where they are able to see the performances available and choose the ones best suited for our students. The Board and senior staff met with the new City of Penticton council and senior staff for an in depth discussion with regard to the electrical rates charged to the district and other issues of mutual interest. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with LeeAnn Thompson, Chair Kaleden PAC

Well, January has come to a close with lots of snow and a little bit of cold! As a PAC, we have had a quiet January, still recovering from Christmas and New Year’s. Kaleden students learn to be mindfully aware of their bodies through weekly Yoga. The Apple Fundraiser that occurred was yummy, with delicious Gala’s supplied by Summerland Farms. The Farm Bag Program has been a great success. The last month is February. Thanks to all that supported Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department KES and the local farmers. PAC has taken over the Monthly Movie Night at the Kaleden KVFD February Tip: Community Hall. Any kids of any age looking for a fun way to spend a Burn Awareness Week ~ February 1st - 7th Saturday evening? This is the place to be! Help keep the children in your home safe from burns, scalds and other And just in case you were all wondering, yes Lobster Fest is back hazards. Accidents do happen, but the majority of burn injuries are again this year! But, I have heard through the grape vine that Lobster totally PREVENTABLE!! Fest is sold out! So, if you do not have your tickets, sorry. Please do try Prevent Burns Before They Happen! Be careful with hot water, again next year. Looking forward to a great event in March! soups and drinks. Stay away from open flames. Lego Club is still up and running and thank-you to all the volunteers Don’t Play In The Kitchen! Do not touch pots or the oven. Don’t that make this program possible for our children during the cold months. climb on cupboards or the stove. Matches and Lighters are TOOLS, not TOYS! Do not play with Any questions or concerns about what is going on do not hesitate to contact me, LeeAnn Thompson at 250.488.0789. them! Tell an adult if you find one. Know what to do if you are burned. Stop, Drop & Roll. Cool a Burn. Everyone have a great February and see you in March!


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To Do-It-Yourself or Not

Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

with Leann Robbins of the ONYX Team

Recently, I saw a funny article about the do-it-yourself (DIY) craze. It featured twenty photos of Pinterest ideas and below each one, the epic fail. It resonated with me on many levels. As a lover of DIY, I had already tried some of these and the truth is that for most of us, myself definitely included, our versions look nothing like the original! My attempt at a chevron patterned acrylic painting being the best example. The subject of DIY is near and dear to my heart for other reasons. As an owner of a custom concrete fabrication business, our work is often the target of the DIY enthusiasts. Everyone loves the look and functionality of concrete countertops, but not the price tag. A case study in concrete How do you decide if DIY concrete countertops is the route for you? To start, make sure you go in with your eyes open. Below are the three top things to consider before you buy that first bag of cement. 1. There is science behind it. Although it may seem just as simple as mixing a bag of Portland cement with aggregate and water, there is science behind the materials and the process we use to get the results and strength you need for a beautiful and functional surface that stands the test of time. Some of the materials used in the construction that add strength are not readily available at your local hardware store and need prior knowledge to use them. 2. The equipment is specialized and hard to come by. While the average DIYer usually has access to an assortment of tools to complete most basic home renovations, there are probably some concrete specific items that you will need. You must either purchase a mold, which can be expensive if you’re only going to use it once or you must have the knowledge to build your own. Specialized grinders are also required in order to achieve the beautiful finish concrete is known for. 3. It takes time and it’s messy. When homeowners choose to fabricate their own countertops, they are usually created in place. You must take precaution in this method, so as not to damage new or existing cabinetry. This process also disrupts the use of your space for several weeks from start to finish. And, the grinding process, used to achieve a smooth finish is incredibly messy. So, as a lover of DIY, I say do your research and go for it, but be realistic with your expectations. Remember that all professionals concrete fabricators included - spend all of their time bettering their craft and have learned a lot through trial and error. Don’t expect your ‘one time kick at the can’ to look like the professionals’. And if it does, call me, I might have some work for you ;-) Contact ONYX Castings to find out more about working with concrete or to discuss your own design ideas. Call 250.488.2798 or visit www. onyxcastings.com for more information.

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Is now the time to sell your home? By Mike Ingraham

We’re at the bottom of the real estate market after five years of steady decline. So, what’s the best strategy if you want to sell? Sales statistics for 2014 in the Skaha Matters readership area show that values held steady, compared to 2013. The average sale price of a single-family home last year was $470,512, up slightly from $464,612. That’s a drastic difference from the peak of the market in 2008 when the average sale price was $586,757. (These numbers include waterfront properties.) Many homeowners who have wanted to sell since 2008 have either delayed listing their property, hoping for a quick turn-around, or found that buyers weren’t prepared to pay their price if they did list. Now that the market appears to have stabilized, what’s the best thing to do if you really do want to move? The answer, unfortunately, can be best found in a crystal ball. Two conflicting factors come into play: 1. History says Wait because values will eventually start climbing again and could actually surpass the 2008 peak. Typically the market stays stabilized for up to two years before values start to climb so, worst-case scenario, prices should start rising by the spring of 2017. 2. The current news says Sell Now. If oil prices continue to stay low, layoffs in the Alberta oil patch are almost a certainty. The Okanagan housing market has always been affected by the economy in Alberta. But, this line of thought has a big wild card too - reduced energy costs could well breathe new life into the US economy which in turn increases demand for Canadian lumber products, one of the principal industries in British Columbia and the Southern Interior. If selling now makes the most sense, be smart about how you do it. Know that virtually all buyers first look at a property on the Internet even your neighbors when they see the For Sale sign on your lawn. So, really good pictures, quality video and intelligent descriptions are L - ONYX Castings Custom Built Bathroom Countertop. R - DIY Bathroom Countertop critical. The goal is to have every buyer find out about your property at the same time and have them feel an urgency about getting to it first. Steam Cleaning / Specialty Cleaning That all starts on the Internet.

Spot & Stain Removal MURRAY MILNE Owner/Operator murraymilne@shaw.ca 250-462-6070

Mike Ingraham and Jaclyn Kinrade are well-established realtors with Royal LePage Locations West. They both live in the Skaha Lake area. www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

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February 2015

Advice for Buyers

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West (The comments contained on this page are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.) Finding the perfect home doesn’t happen in one day. It takes careful planning and lots of work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to simplify the process. 1. Things to Consider Before Starting Your Search What Features Do You Need? Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what’s most important to you. What’s the Ideal Location? Where you live obviously affects your lifestyle; it’s also one of the most significant influences on the value of your home. Your choice of location may be somewhat limited by the price you can afford. Even so, make sure to consider such things as distance to work, schools, shopping and entertainment. What Kind of Home? What type of property do you want? A single-family detached home is attractive to many people because it typically provides more living space and land. On the other hand, a condominium may be a more appropriate choice for you, with an emphasis on maintenance-free living. Determine what type of home best suits your desired lifestyle and budget. What’s Your Budget? How much do you want to spend? Just as importantly, how much do you have to spend? Note there are numerous additional expenses (detailed below) that you’ll pay to complete the purchase of a home. 2. Choosing a REALTOR® A REALTOR® can help you answer all of these questions and help you navigate through what can be a complicated business transaction. Start by finding REALTORS® in your city by using CREA’s handy search tool. Then, talk to some of them and compare their services. It’s important that you’re comfortable and confident with the agent you choose. 3. Searching For a Home A REALTOR® will use various tools to try and find properties that meet your specifications. The most important is a local Board’s MLS® (Multiple Listing Service®) System. Your REALTOR® can quickly search through numerous properties available for sale in specific areas to find suitable listings; that is, houses that best match your needs, choice of neighbourhoods and price range. You can also view listings in Board MLS® Systems that are advertised on the national REALTOR.ca web site. 4. Seeing Houses When you select a property and decide to visit a house, there are many things to consider. Does it have all the features you want? Is the neighbourhood what you expected? Try to picture your favourite furnishings in a room. Remember all of the technical considerations, including: • What type of heating system does it use? Heating costs can vary drastically by type. • Have the roof and foundation been well maintained? • What condition are the windows in? • What about the plumbing? There are numerous other things to consider as well. If you don’t have time or don’t feel comfortable doing it, home inspection services are available for a reasonable fee. Having a qualified home inspector look at the house is always a good idea. The older the home, the greater the need for professional inspection. 5. Making an Offer Once you find a house you want to make your home, your REALTOR® can help you develop an offer. In the offer, you should specify how much you’re willing to pay. State when the offer expires and suggest a closing date for the transaction. You can also propose some conditions on the offer. Some common types of conditions are:


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Getting a suitable mortgage. Selling your current home. The seller having title to the property. If there’s a septic system, the seller having a health inspection certificate, stating that the system meets local standards. • An inspection by a qualified engineer, should you have any doubts about the home’s safety and construction. • Any inclusions of appliances and other items - basically, what stays and what goes. You will need to present a deposit along with your offer. An appropriate deposit will show your good faith to the seller. Note that the seller’s agent, if they are represented by one, is bound by law to bring all offers to the seller’s attention. 6. If Your Offer is Accepted After your offer is accepted and all conditions met, the offer becomes binding on both sides. If you later refuse to honour the agreement, you may lose your deposit or might be sued for damages. Before signing, make sure you understand and agree with all terms of the offer. Before the property can formally change hands, there are still a few things to do. Be prepared to furnish proof to your lender that you’ve insured your new house. On or before closing day, both side’s lawyers will arrange to transfer title of the property from the seller to you. The mortgage money will be transferred to your lawyer’s trust account, and then to the seller, and your lawyer will bill you all additional expenses, such as land transfer taxes or outstanding legal fees. At this time, be sure to check with your lawyer that everything is as stated in the offer-to-purchase. Once you’re satisfied and the keys to the front door are in your hands, there’s nothing else to say, except welcome home! Don’t forget to thank your Realtor for all their hard work. Extra Expenses No matter what type of home or property you’re buying, plan on some extra expenses. • A land transfer tax (a sales tax on property). • A mortgage broker’s fee. • An appraisal fee. • Surveying costs (if the seller couldn’t come up with a current survey). • A high-ratio mortgage insurance premium. • An interest adjustment. (Mortgages are normally calculated from the first of each month. If your closing date is the same as the beginning of your mortgage, there will be no adjustment. However, if your closing date is July and you move in on June 15, those last 15 days are the interest adjustment period. Your lender will expect you to cover the cost of the interest during that time.) • Reimbursement to seller for the unused portion of any prepaid property taxes or utility bills. • Legal fees, and, if applicable, REALTOR® fees.

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February 2015

Fresh BC Talent Quest Season 3 - Starts April 2015

We are looking forward to a great 3rd Talent Quest Season and new workshops have been added. All forms of entertainment and skill levels welcomed. Registration starts now in the following group categories. Our confirmed show dates and host venues are as follows: Opus Bistro Café (Venue Sponsor) - Located in the Cannery Trade Centre at Duncan Ave & Fairview Rd • Saturday, April 11th ~ Group A (9-13 yrs) • Saturday, April 18th ~ Group B (14-18 yrs) • Saturday, April 25th ~ Group C (duo’s up to groups - max 6 persons per group / mixed ages) Semi-Finals & Finals at Orchard House (New Venue Sponsor) Located at 157 Orchard Ave & Martin St • Semi-Finals - Saturday, May 2 • Show FINALS - Saturday, May 9 Performers are to register online at www.freshbctalent.com. Registration fees include the Performer’s Workshops. Registration cut off date is February 22, 2015. Presenting New & Exciting Performers & Parents Workshops: Workshops are a great opportunity for all young performers to gain valuable coaching technique’s in voice, singing, stage, speaking, dance, band, performance skills, etc. We look forward to our Professional entertainers and Workshop Presenters from Vancouver, Kelowna and Penticton.. Workshops to be held at Even Dance Studio located at The Cannery #221 on Duncan Ave & Fairview Rd Performers Only Workshop: Sunday, March 1 (9:30am - 5pm) Performers Only Workshop: Saturday, March 7 (1:30pm - 5pm) Workshop breaks include refreshments and snacks. Everyone on their own for the 1 hour lunch break during the March 1 workshop. Parents Workshop and Presentation: Saturday, March 7 The Parents Workshop will support parents who may not know “what to do next” should their child gain attention or music career opportunities. Parents need to know how to protect their child’s future in the music industry! A $10 fee is payable at workshop. Refreshments and snacks provided during breaks. More details on website. Thanks and your support is appreciated. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 3 - 2015 www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250 460 2221

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Yellow Lake Youth Ice Fishing Event

By Larry Martin January 24th ... It was zero degrees out, raining and generally a dull day. The perfect day to be inside playing video games. However, these kids prove that given a chance they would rather be out fishing! Yellow Lake was again the venue for what I am sure will become an annual Youth Ice Fishing Day. By the end of the day, more than 200 kids and parents had officially signed up as participants and there were many more who just dropped in and joined the fun. Event organizers included BC Wildlife Federation and their local area clubs, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, BCfishn.com, and the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resourced Operations. The invitations simply read ... “Bring warm clothes and fishing gear if you have it. Ice fishing gear and bait will be supplied. A BBQ hot dog lunch provided. And best of all, it will all be FREE!” The Learn To Fish Program was launched to introduce youth and new fishers to recreational fishing. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.gofishbc.com or www.bcfishn.com. For more information, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Spotlight on Volunteers!

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Meet Grethe & Elaine

Grethe and Elaine volunteer at the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre. They’d like to welcome seniors to come and play scrabble or take a fitness class with them. Check out the Senior Centre Schedule of Events in this edition of Skaha Matters. Come and join in the fun!

Volunteers Making A Difference

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February 2015

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson It seems there has been much more snow this year than in recent past. Some long-time residents tell of such winters as this being more frequent than now. However, the large flock of swans are still out on Vaseux Lake. By the end of February, all this snow will be gone and that is a good thing! Heritage Society is in sleep mode. There is some activity taking place, but you won’t be able to see it till next spring when we have our opening for the Museum for the summer. Then, you’ll all have to come over to the Heritage buildings and inspect the improvements being done. This year, the Heritage Week theme is “Main Street”. We fit right into that theme! The Thriftee Shop is doing well. February is Valentine’s month and we are having a “Red and White Sale”. All items in the shop that are red or white will be half off for the week before Valentine’s Day. Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th, Friday the 13th, and Saturday the 14th are the days of the big sale. The Thriftee Shop is open from 10am to 3pm for 4 days a week. See you there!

1911 was a busy year for the citizens of Kaleden. James Ritchie was busy overseeing the construction of the Hotel and planning for future public buildings, including the Lapsley store and a home for the Bank of Montreal. He had a new frame building erected north of the present KID office to serve as a cookhouse to replace the old log cabin kitchen and 12x24 foot tent that was used as a dining room to feed the many workers. In 1911, he sold his freight boat to James Fraser Campbell and A.S. Hatfield. Campbell and Hatfield formed the South Okanagan Transportation Company and took over the hauling of freight up and down Skaha Lake between Penticton, Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. The new government sponsored highway between Penticton and Okanagan Falls was in the process of being completed. This road began around Banbury, came right through Kaleden, and joined the old highway near OK Falls. This road completely did away with the huge hill south of the Kruger Ranch near Penticton and most of Waterman’s hill near OK Falls and provided new roads for developing Kaleden. Tom McAlpine was responsible for the section north of the townsite, W.P. Simpson was in charge of the piece from the townsite Winter Hours to the cemetery, and Neil McLean was looking after the section from the cemetery to Waterman’s hill, what we know as the old Kaleden 8-4 Tuesday - Friday Road. This section was the heaviest work and a European immigrant, 9-3 Saturday “Community with Every Cup” (Closed Sunday & Monday) Nickala Krajacie, left a monument to his memory in the beautifully built dry rock walls, which are still there today. The rest of the families in Kaleden were working on their orchards, 5121 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls NEW OWNER! gardens and businesses. Some were planting their orchards, some irrigating, weeding and babying their newly planted trees, some Stop by & say ‘Hi’ to Karen 778-515-2210 developing other businesses, others finding work wherever they could. All of them supporting their families while waiting for their orchards to produce a cash crop, knowing there was another few years to wait. Dogtown Coffee Co. in Okanagan There was still time for fun in Kaleden. During this time, a good deal Falls has a new owner. A big welcome of interest was taken in canoeing and so in 1911 Seaman Hatfield and to long-time Okanagan Falls resident, Harry Corbitt brought nine Chestnut canvas covered canoes out from Karen Washburn, who is excited and New Brunswick and sold them to various members of the community. ready to serve you! One trip undertaken was a two day paddling trip down the river to Osoyoos Lake with a five day trip poling back. There were also annual Karen is friendly face you’ve seen duck hunting trips to Vaseaux Lake for many years. throughout the community over the years, so when you head into Kaleden was a busy, bustling community. Dogtown next you’ll be greeted with Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical a familiar face. If you don’t know path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to Chef Jo & Karen ready to serve you! Karen, then you will soon enough. the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. Karen has brought back Chef Karl Mancheron and his wife Jo, who many of you will remember at Dogtown a short while back. The food service side of the business is being contracted out to Karl and Jo of “Karma Creations”. It’s exciting to see their culinary skills back in My Name is Courageous Dogtown. You will love their breakfast and lunch creations, along with I am called Courageous, because I have their daily specials. As a result, the large menu board is fresh and learned to trust in spite of some family new, and of course, there is something to suit any appetite or desire. issues from my past. I am currently in a The Dogtown Signature Dinner Series is back too! Chef Karl and Jo will half way house in Kelowna and really be serving up “A Love At First Bite” Valentine’s Dinner on February desire to meet someone who 13th and 14th, with seatings at 6pm or 9pm. Cost is $40/person. An understands I am loving, but still a bit amazing menu that you’ll need to call for the details. 778-515-2210. reserved. I must confess to having a small conceit with my Dogtown Coffee Co. has their winter hours now in effect. You can stop beautiful long hair, (it is rumoured I may have some relatives by between 8am - 4pm Tuesday through Friday and between 9-3 on from Maine), so if you don’t mind a bit of vanity mixed with Saturday. They are currently closed on Sundays and Mondays. Their shyness I would love to meet you! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org hours will expand come spring time, so keep an eye open for that. On another note, Dogtown Coffee is the new venue for an exciting new ad sponsored by Teen Night in Okanagan Falls. Those aged 11-16 years are all invited to come down and hang out on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm. There will be lots of fun and games, along with opportunities for growth and Recycling the Elegance of the Past leadership within our community. Abby from Okanagan Falls Parks & 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls Recreation will join Karen of Dogtown for this special teen evening. 250.497.6733 www.jardinantiques.com We hope to see a full house every Thursday night!

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

with Betty Lynch Hearts and Flowers to you dear reader, as the month of February dawns upon us and brings us ever closer to Spring. I am mightily impressed with all of the activity at Centennial Park. Did you ever think you would see the day?! Just a small reminder that the sign thanking certain organizations is necessary as a condition of their donations to us. Further evidence of our gratitude to all of our donors will appear as we get closer to the completion date A picture of the sign accompanies this little effort of mine. In all of the excitement, I nearly forgot to advise those interested that our next ‘meeting’ will be held Monday, February 16th at 1:00 pm in the club room at the Community Centre. We fool ourselves by pretending it is a real meeting, when, in fact, it is an excuse for a lovely little Valentine social time. So come along, all members or used-tobe-members, or just if you want a cup of coffee and a heart-shaped goodie, or two. I am, as always, “For Home And Country”. The Women’s Institute meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September - June, at 7 pm in the Club Room of the Community Centre. For more information, please call Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.

Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree at 250-497-5572SkahaMatters.com or Janet at 250-497-5521

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Dianna Stewart While this cold weather (to say nothing of the surprise snow that just won’t melt) is enough to tempt one to just stay home, programs seem to be going really well at the Centre! Thursdays are especially exciting with Exercise in the morning, followed by Scrabble. After lunch the Bridge group gets together and in the evening we have about 20 people playing Crib. Anyone and everyone is invited to take part in any of the programs offered (see Mark Your Calendar below) and it seems participants are all having a good time. Our new executive are getting started and the year promises to be exciting with new ideas and programs in the works. Audree and her board are hard at work thinking up a few new ways of doing things and members are invited to add their ideas to the mix. Our support is important to the executive and we hope you will be at the General Meetings to learn what is going on. We can always use more carpet bowlers, scrabble players, bridge players, and crib players. If you’re a bit rusty at any of these activities, come anyway and people will be glad to help you out! If you have any questions or need information, please phone Audree Sikorski 497-5572 or Janet Laczo 497-5521 MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ Monday, Feb 2nd (1:00) Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, Feb 7th (8:00-10:00) Jam Session ~ Sunday, Feb 8th (1:00) Drop In Bingo ~ Saturday, Feb 21st (1:00) Don’t forget Tuesday Bingo (1st 3 Tuesdays at 1:00) Exercise Classes ~ Tue & Thur (9:00) Pool ~ Tuesdays (6:00) Scrabble ~ Thursdays (10:00-12:00) Wednesday & Friday Music & Coffee (9:00) Thursday Bridge (1:00) & Crib (7:00) And Carpet Bowling Wednesday Afternoons (1:00)

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“The HUB” in Kaleden

The Community of Kaleden is coming together to help those in need. Whether you may need assistance or would like to volunteer to help your neighbour, The HUB is a great new way to know and respond to those needs within the Kaleden area. From meals provided in times of illness or crisis, to welcoming new neighbours to Kaleden, to help with small projects and maintenance, to compassionate care and local transportation, to women networking and even confidential prayer ... The HUB is Kaleden’s opportunity to take care of our neighbours. Look for our poster around Kaleden and call to either receive help or volunteer when and where you can. The HUB contacts are: • Les Clarke ~ 250-497-5995 or kalgarden@shaw.ca Pastor of Kaleden Community Church • Heather Rose ~ 250-770-7692 or hrose@summer.com Principal of Kaleden Elementary School • Judith King ~ 250-497-6985 or judithking@shaw.ca Kaleden Community Member The HUB is a work in progress ... neighbours helping neighbours in and around Kaleden, St. Andrews and Twin Lakes. We look forward to hearing from you and growing this community service together.

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February 2015

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Sharon Proctor

Hi Everyone. I am proud to be your new “Legion Reporter”. Our own Barbara Few has retired for awhile. Thanks Barb for all your hard work in the Community! We had an action packed January. Many thanks to all who attended our Events, our Chefs, Entertainers, and our Wonderful Volunteers! February is literally “Kicking Off” on February 1st with: 10:30am for Registration for Drop in Darts, Everybody Welcome; 1:00pm is Horse Races & Bingo (with Hot Dogs); and 3:00pm is our Super Bowl Sunday Party with lots of fun and activities, and Cheese Burgers, Super Burgers with Bacon,and Homemade Fries. Definitely a Sports and Fun Day! One of our most popular ‘Sports’ was credited by Calvin Ek, who won the 1st Place Trophy in the “Zone Dart Shoot” and by Russ Ashton and Calvin Ek, who won the 1st Place Trophy in the Doubles. They will be heading to the Provincial Dart Shoot in Kelowna. Congratulations also to our Dart Team who came in 2nd. We will keep the February Festivities going with our February 14th “Valentines Celebration” with a ‘Cordon Blue Dinner & Dessert’. Food tickets will be available at the Bar for $10/person until February 10th. Entertainment ... We are excited about a ‘new to us’ band, called “Timeline”. Come and join in the festive fun! On Friday, February 6th and Friday, February 20th, don’t forget the Ladies Auxiliary Beef Dip sold after the Meat Draws and the LA Bingo on Saturday, February 7th starting at 1:00 pm. We have our Branch General Meeting on Tuesday, February 17th starting at 7:00 pm. Ìt was great to see seven new members initiated in January and even better to see a good membership turn out at our January meeting. Come on out to our next meeting on the 17th and bring your ideas, suggestions and support. WE NEED YOU!

Dates to Remember:

February 1st ~ Dart Shoot 10:30 Reg. Everyone Welcome! February 1st ~ Fun Day starting at 1pm February 1st ~ Super Bowl Party starting at 3pm February 6th ~ LA Beef Dip following Meat Draw February 7th ~ LA Bingo starting at 1pm February 14th ~ Valentine’s Celebration & “Timeline” Entertains February 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am February 17th ~ General Meeting starting at 7pm February 20th ~ LA Beef Dip following Meat Draw

Weekly Activities: Mondays ~ Crib at 2pm with Audrey Steeves Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons ~ Shuffleboard at 1pm Denise Head was installed into office as Secretary by President Wednesday Nights ~ League Darts at 7pm Louise Sax at the January meeting of the Okanagan Falls Legion Fridays & Saturdays ~ Meat Draws at 5pm Ladies Auxiliary. Also installed was Colleen Clark as Vice President. Saturdays ~ Drop-in Darts & Pool at 1pm Thank you letters were received for the many donations that had Sundays ~ Fun Sunday (Hotdogs, Horse Races & Bingo) at 1:30pm been sent to the various organizations, school and hospitals. Reports showed that December had been a busy month catering for the Auxiliary. One brighter spot had been the Christmas Dinner and party www.marykay.ca/ganderson attended by members and guests, including members of the Br #227 Independent Sales Director Executive and South Okanagan & Similkameen Zone Commander, who was presented with a gift of appreciation by President Sax. Winner of the “Funky Sweater” competition was Sandra Hrich, winner of the basket was Debbie Kelley. Help was arranged for the meat 92 Different Flavours of Cheesecakes draws and special dinners for the month. (& always adding more!) The next zone meeting is February 23rd at the Penticton Br#40. Available in 4 Different Sizes Delegates to be appointed at the early February meeting. The Ladies Gluten Free Items / Cookies / Loaves / Desserts Auxiliary will be celebrating its 57th Anniversary on February 4th. Appetizers / Assorted Platters Please note that the meeting will be held at 11am followed by a Pot Luck Luncheon in the Jack Hill Room. Over 118 Different Cake Pans Available 250.809.7038 LA with perfect meeting attendance in 2014 were Helen Brewis, For Birthdays, Holidays & Weddings. cheesecakesbylisa@hotmail.com Iris Moldowan, Colleen Clark, Bernie Diachuk, Audrey Steeves and Shirley Clarke. Winner of the Christmas Basket was Melissa McLeod, Call or email for more information. Find us on Facebook! meeting draws went to Merle Laidlaw and Wendy Hughes.

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Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Book Club ~ Begins February 12th from 7-8:30pm. Our next book is “In Constant Prayer” by Robert Benson. Call the church for details. Thursday Bible Study ~ Begins February 5th at 2pm at the Church. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info To Mexico With Love 2015 is a humanitarian service trip to Mexico. We will be travelling to Baja, Mexico during the School Spring Break (March 16-28) and will be building homes, helping with a community movie night and other service projects. For those of you who are not familiar with our group, To Mexico With Love 2015, is a group of adults whose desire is to provide opportunities for youth to experience serving the poor and underprivileged. We partner with “LiveDifferent” and their ‘Build Program’ to provide this life changing experience for leaders and youth alike. We have two main fundraisers which contribute to the cost of our trip. One is the ongoing collection of bottles, cans and other refundable recyclables, which can be dropped off at our collection site at 434 Lakehill Road (in Church parking lot). Let me say a BIG thank you to all who have contributed this year for with your generous donations we have so far collected enough funds to cover the cost of one of the three houses we will be building in March. THANK YOU! The second fundraiser is our annual Spaghetti Dinner at the community hall. Please see details below: To Mexico With Love 2015 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Saturday, February 7th at 6 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall $10 adults / $5 children (12 & under) / Raffle Baskets - Tix .50 each For more info or to purchase your tickets, call Les at 250-497-6323 or email newby56ca@gmail.com

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Ron Crooker ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 - 10:30 am Children are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / For more info, call 250-497-1171 or visit us at okfallsuc.shawwebspace.ca. New Minister is Wade Liston.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service will be at 1 pm. February 18th ~ Ash Wednesday Service at 10am. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well


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Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. 1141 Cedar St, OK Falls - in the OK Falls Parks & Recreation Centre Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

“The Well” In Okanagan Falls

So, what is “The Well”? Well ... a well is where you come to be filled. It’s a place to pray, support, encourage and learn. Over the past months, a small group of Believers has been meeting in living rooms and backyards and at the beach in OK Falls, with the intention of forming a church that will offer a place for our community to be “filled”. We’ve now moved beyond our small group and want to invite the community to join us. There will be music, fellowship and teaching. It might not look like “church” as you know it, but we hope and pray that it will be a place where the Holy Spirit moves and that lives will be touched. We hope that you can join us! Everyone is welcome, no matter what their background or beliefs. Join us Sundays from 6-7:30pm in the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Centre (attached to the school), located at 1141 Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls. Free childcare is provided! For more information, please call Dave at 250-488-9514. We have also been hosting a weekly drop-in Men’s Ball Hockey Night on Mondays at the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Centre. Come and join us for a great men’s night. Just a $3 drop-in fee. For more information, please call Dave at 250-488-9514.

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Beatrice Evelyn Martin (nee Hood) February 26, 1923 - January 14, 2015

Bea Martin (91) of Okanagan Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 surrounded by the love of her family. She was born in the Hood farmhouse in Ituna, Sask. and was the sixth child born out of twelve brothers and sisters. Bea met and married James (Jim) Martin (predeceased Oct 1991) in July 1949. Together with their three sons; Kenneth (Ken), Robert (Bob) and Gordon moved from Ituna to settle in Okanagan Falls in 1968. Bea worked at Covert Farms, loved gardening and enjoyed playing cards. She also cherished any time spent with family and adored her grandchildren. She truly was the best Grandma ever and will be dearly missed. Bea will be fondly remembered by her sister Cora Mufford of Langley, BC; her brother Bruce Hood of Enderby, BC; her three sons Ken, Bob (Bev) and Gordon (Kathy); grandchildren Michael (Heather), Jason, Jorie, Stephanie (Caleb), Dustin (Laura), Brett (Joanna), Kayla (Jerald); her great-grandchildren Summer, Layla and Jack; as well as many extended family and friends. Bea had the biggest heart ever when it came to her family. We were her life. A memorial service for Bea was held at 2pm on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Okanagan Falls United Church. Donations are gratefully accepted for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton, BC V2A 3G6. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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