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Volume 8 : Issue 2

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February 2016 Community Calendar

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Burn Awareness Week OK Falls Senior Centre* January 31 - February 6

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4 5 To Mexico with Love 6 OK Falls Parks & Rec OK Falls Legion #227* Fundraising Dinner * Kaleden Library Tues 10am OK Falls Senior Centre* Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm T.I.M.E. Program OK Falls Senior Centre* Pancake Breakfast 8-10am OK Falls PAC Meeting Carpet Bowling Weds 1pm Rec Centre 11am-Noon OK Falls Hotel * Tuesdays & Thursdays School Library 6:30pm * Wendy Rodocker Live Learn To Ice Fish Day* OK Falls Legion #227* Feb 5 & 6 OK Falls Hotel* OK Falls Legion #227* Drop-in Darts Weds 7pm Family Storytime *

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OK Falls Senior Centre* Music Jam 2nd Sunday 1-4pm

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have been “visited” by a well-organized gang from out-of-town who could be targeting our rural communities due to the lack of adequate police presence, and the recent snow-falls whereby unshovelled drive“As chill winds blow ways may offer a give-away to thieves. Supt. Hewco said he would With ice and snow look into these concerns and report back with possible solutions. We can but think o’spring There are many precautions that residents and business owners can Yet home fires bright take to avoid becoming a victim of such crimes. And, all incidents And a comfort wife should be reported to the RCMP. Any residents who are concerned Assuage the winter’s sting” about crime prevention in our communities should consider attending February is a time to reflect on our good a special workshop on Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft to be held fortune to be alive on this tiny speck in the in the Okanagan Falls Public Library on Wednesday, February 24th, universe that we call home. The Festival starting at 10:30 am. of Februalia is an ancient Roman ritual of cleansing and purification, which was A Meeting with MP Richard Cannings ~ On Friday, January 22nd, traditionally held in mid-February each Shona and I had the pleasure of a detailed discussion about Area ‘D’ Tom Siddon year. Then in the early Christian era, on issues with our new Member of Parliament Mr. Richard Cannings. I Director of February 14th of 269 AD, St. Valentine is took the opportunity to brief him on several important projects where RDOS Area ‘D’ said to have been martyred by the Roman his personal intervention with Federal Government agencies might Emperor Claudius for advocating the virtues of courtship and romantic become helpful. These included the proposed sewer line extensions to Kaleden and Skaha Estates; CMHC support for the senior’s housing love as precursors to the sacrament of marriage. project; the preservation and protection of environmentally sensitive So as we endure the cleansing storms and sleet of February, and the wetlands and “species at risk” within the Skaha/Vaseaux Lake spark of new romance which is kindled on Valentine’s Day, we might watersheds; and new industrial developments and small-business be reminded of the early origins of these midwinter traditions. And, initiatives in Area ‘D’. of our collective responsibility to protect and nurture this our earthly I also mentioned a few other matters of concern such as the home. preservation of our two rural post offices, adequate funding for the Elsewhere in this issue Shona Schleppe, our Rural Services Manager, RCMP, protection of the NRC/DRAO radio-observatory site at White refers to a number of recent and upcoming events in Area ‘D’. I only Lake; and the inadequacy of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 which plan to highlight a few additional items here. regulates the proliferation of EMF (wireless) radiation. Although BC Housing Encourages Affordable Housing Projects ~ On Friday Richard Cannings has a large and diverse constituency to represent January 6th, Shona and I were invited to meet with managers of the in Ottawa, as a wildlife biologist he is well-acquainted with our Area. BC Housing Corporation to discuss future possibilities for affordable I am sure Mr. Cannings will represent us with diligence and dedication housing projects in Area ‘D’. Building on the recent proposal for a 30 in his new role as MP. unit “supportive living” project for seniors, which was submitted to BC Parks and Recreation News ~ On behalf of the Naramata, Housing by the South Skaha Housing Society in June of 2015, we Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Parks Commissions, a joint call has were urged to continue working with the Society and BC Housing to been prepared for “Expressions of Interest” from qualified design prepare a revised project application. It seems that a new round of consultants to prepare innovative plans for existing parks in the funding may become available in the near future. foregoing communities, and for the new neighborhood park to be Several helpful suggestions were offered to improve our proposal. built in Heritage Hills. The successful consultants will be expected It was emphasized that one of the major failings in our previous to engage in their design exercise with each of the respective parks application was the fact that we had not yet secured title or a long commissions and representatives of surrounding communities. term lease on the Legion and Catholic church properties along Willow My compliments to Neal Dockendorf and Hugh Winter for their Street, upon which the project was to be built. (This was a concern dedication in preparing a new outdoor ice rink in Kaleden. Sadly, that Housing Minister Rich Coleman had also expressed to me when with the recent thawing spell, the ice rink was a wash-out, as was we met with him at the UBCM last September.) the Kaleden Winter Carnival scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd. I was pleased to attend the recent Annual General meeting of the South Should the rink freeze again in February, perhaps the Carnival might Skaha Housing Society on January 18th, when a full slate of Directors yet go ahead. were elected by the largest ever turn-out of Society members. Many of the members present expressed their open enthusiasm for getting Budget Night 2016 ~ Residents are invited to attend the 2016 Budget meeting at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre starting at 7:00 pm on with the senior’s housing project. on Thursday, February 18th. Our Finance Manager, Sandy Croteau, Mr. Robert McLeod was subsequently chosen by the newly elected will be there to show you how RDOS has attempted to keep tax Board to serve as Chair for the coming year. Congratulations Robert! increases as low as possible for the upcoming budget year. Is Crime on the Increase in Area ‘D’? ~ In recent weeks, I have And, don’t forget that 2016 is Leap Year, so give your sweetie an extra heard several reports of increasing incidents of criminal activity in special treat. Area ‘D’; especially in Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. I asked Shona to have our Community Services Office document Happy Valentine’s Day! several reports of break and entry, vehicle theft, and trespass on private property. On January 21st, when RCMP Chief Superintendent Kevin Hewco attended the RDOS Protective Services Committee, I presented him with these latest crime statistics as reported to our staff. Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ / Email:: tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca At the Committee meeting, Supt. Hewco gave his report on criminal Cell: 250-809-2548 / OK Falls Office: 778-515-5520 / Web: rdos.bc.ca activity during the previous two years, broken into several categories of reported incidents for each year. 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Linda Larson, MLA

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

The budget is not just an assortment of numbers, but an illustration of RDOS citizens’ ideals, goals and objectives for the Region. Citizens are invited to engage in the RDOS 2016 Budget process. Join Electoral Area “D” Director, Tom Siddon and RDOS finance staff in Okanagan Falls on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm at the Community Centre at 1134 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls to discuss the 2016 financial plan. For general inquiries contact finance@rdos.bc.ca | 250-492-0237

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January is a long month for many of us. The lack of sun and lots of snow and ice seem to make everything more difficult. But, before we know, spring will be on its way. There has been media attention at the increase in MSP happening in January. It is about $3 a month for a single person, $5.50 for a couple and $6 for a family of three or more. We are, as government, committed to providing British Columbians with a health-care system that meets the demands of an aging and growing population. In 201516, the investment in health will reach a record $19.1 billion. The MSP premium contributes $2.3 billion to that total cost. Since 2002, health-care costs have risen 4.5% each year and premiums have increased 2.6%. That said, more than one million residents receive MSP subsidies and 800,000 pay no premiums at all. There are two Premium Assistance Programs available and if you have questions about qualifying, please call 1-800-663-7100. Health Minister Terry Lake continues to push the federal government to more fairly pay the costs related to an aging population in BC. The Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness wants your input into the future of the Emergency Program Act (EPA). All British Columbians are invited to provide their comments by Friday, February 19th by going to http://engage.gov.bc.ca/emergencyprogramact/. The input received through this consultation will be a key component of the government’s review of the EPA and contribute to possible changes to the legislation. Many of you in several communities in Boundary-Similkameen have welcomed and continue to welcome Syrian refugees to our part of rural BC. Canadians have a history of welcoming people from all parts of the world and most of us are only first or second generation Canadians. I think sometimes we forget about our own roots and the privilege it is to live in a country like Canada. We take it for granted and we complain at every opportunity. A big thank-you to all of you who are helping the newest immigrants settle into life here in our communities.

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is experiencing the beginnings of dementia, there is an excellent dementia helpline called First Link at 1-800-936-6033. The BC Alzheimer’s Society has also introduced a program called Dementia Friendly BC. It provides tools, information and education for municipalities, professionals and the public. Go to http://www. alzheimer.ca/bc/ Thank you to the Oliver Rotary Club for inviting me to speak at their meeting. It’s always a pleasure to catch up on all the good work the Rotary and other volunteer organizations do in our small towns. I also attended the Boundary Woodlot Association meeting in Midway. The “farming” of trees is a lot more complicated than you can imagine, but this dedicated group is doing a great job of managing areas of forest in an environmentally sustainable way and have developed good partnerships with all levels of the forest industry. The Legislature will resume on February 9th in Victoria with the throne speech followed by the budget. BC’s fiscally prudent management of finances and introduction of job creation programs in 2015 has positioned the province well to continue to surpass the rest of Canada economically in 2016. I’m looking forward to another successful and productive year in the Boundary-Similkameen. Wednesday, January 27th was Family Literacy Day. Please take some time to read to your children every day if possible.


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Area ‘D’ Community Services Office with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager

Please consider attending the Area “D” Budget Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 18th at the Community Centre in Okanagan Falls at 7:00 pm. Park planning and design is a top priority for RDOS, Okanagan Falls Parks and Shona Schleppe Recreation and Kaleden Parks and Rural Services Recreation Commissions in Area “D”. This Manager involves Kaleden’s park master plan, the Heritage Hills Neighborhood Park and the front south shore of Skaha Lake. This will involve securing a planner/designer and engaging Area “D” citizens. The Electoral Area “D” Governance Study Committee lead by Bob Daly and the community champions have worked hard to compile the Fact Sheets (Volume 1 and now Volume 2). Please be sure to pick up a copy of both Volumes. The Fact Sheets have information about the services provided by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to communities in Area “D”, including a description of each service, who is responsible for making decisions about the service and the costs of the service. Fact Sheets can be found at local businesses throughout Area “D” and at the Community Service Office, as well through the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca. A newsletter and survey will be released this month and open public forums are scheduled for March 2nd in Okanagan Falls, March 3rd in Kaleden, and March 5th at Apex (details to follow). The Area “D” Community Office is gathering information from local business. A strong business sector creates jobs, helps to attract new residents, creates a talented work force and builds local economy. The survey will take approximately five minutes. Your feedback is valued, appreciated and strictly confidential. Our intent is to analyze the results, then connect and collaborate to stimulate growth, develop resources and advance the economic strength of the region. The link is available at both www.rdos.bc.ca and www.okfalls.ca or directly through http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/communications-DtR/how-sbusiness-1/. Please note this survey will close on February 5th, 2016. Age Friendly Buildings and Benches are the focus for the 2016 Age Friendly Community Planning and Project grant awarded to Okanagan Falls. We will partner with BC Transit, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the community to determine the location of the benches and the style of the benches. As noted above, we are also compiling a Business Directory and connecting with businesses to develop a strategy for the Age Friendly building program. The goal of both is to help citizens to live healthy, active lives and grow old in the community! South Skaha Housing Society held a general meeting and the Society AGM on Monday, January 18th. A terrific turnout of members elected a full slate of Directors. The Society is committed to realizing the vision of ‘affordable housing’ in Okanagan Falls in the very near future. What a great event, the 2015 South Okanagan Chamber Business Excellence Awards were held on January 29th. Area “D” had a number of businesses nominated for the four categories: Entrepreneur, Small Business, Large Business and Customer Service. Please refer to the South Okanagan Chamber website for details on nominees and the winners at www.sochamber.ca. Disappointment for all the organizers, volunteers and community as the Kaleden Winter Carnival scheduled for January 23rd had to be cancelled. The rain was unforgiving, even the animals were starting to line up in pairs! March 4th marks the 50th Anniversary of RDOS, to celebrate this milestone, RDOS is planning community celebrations and other anniversary events. Stay tuned!

Once again, the South Okanagan Wood Stove Exchange Program is in effect. Trade in your old wood stove or wood insert for a new clean burn. You could receive a $250 rebate. This offer is available from January 1st to April 30th. This offer is limited to 52 exchanges. Please contact Janice at 250-488-4151 or janicejo@shaw.ca for details. What a privilege to have Carol Munro showing some of her works in our office. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase a local artist, and hope that the community visits for a look. All works are for sale! We have an updated website - www.okfalls.ca - Feedback welcome! Area “D” Community Service Office - 778-515-5520 / www.okfalls.ca Shona Schleppe Direct - 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission Invitation to Serve as a Member Applications are being sought for individuals interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission. This Commission is comprised of appointed local citizens (volunteers) who provide guidance regarding the management of parks operations, improvements and recreation programming. In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident of the local service area or own real property within the local service area. The Director of Electoral Area “D” shall review all applications and recommend candidates for appointment. Copies of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw No. 2253, 2004, are available from the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or toll-free at 1-877-610-3737; or alternatively at info@rdos.bc.ca. Any person interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission can make application by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail, fax or electronically to: Justin Shuttleworth, Parks/Facilities Coordinator Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email: jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca The deadline for applications to be received is 3:00 pm on March 3, 2016.


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All the Fact Sheets are out! The Electoral Area ‘D’ Governance Study Committee has released the last of the series of ‘Fact Sheets’ to the public as part of the governance study process. The purpose of the governance study is to examine the present system of governance and delivery of services by the RDOS with the goal of determining if there are ways they both might be improved. The study is specifically intended to examine options available within the current regional district governance framework. It is not about incorporation. To that end, a series of ‘Fact Sheets’ have been prepared, describing the nature of the services provided by the RDOS to the communities of Area ‘D’ and their surrounding areas. The Fact Sheets are designed to help the citizens of Area ‘D’ make informed decisions when expressing opinions through the study`s surveys, at public forums and meetings, or through written submissions. The Fact Sheets describe services of: - Regional District Governance - Solid Waste - Fire and Emergency Services - Library - Parks, Trails and Recreation - Transit - Bylaw Enforcement - Sewer - Economic Development - Administration - Pest and Animal Control - Water - Planning and Building Inspection Fact Sheets can be accessed through the RDOS website (look for popular links, and click on Area D Governance Study.) They are also available in print at the following locations: Apex - Apex Administration Office & The Edge Bistro; Twin Lakes - Twin Lakes Store; St. Andrews - St. Andrews by the Lake Office; Kaleden Kaleden Irrigation District Office & Kaleden Library; Upper Carmi Penticton RDOS Office; and Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Vaseux Lake, Skaha Estates, Okanagan Falls - at any of the following locations - Pharmasave, OK Falls Library, 3 Winds Hair Design, Dr. Browne’s office, Dr. Robertson’s office, Royal Lepage Realty, Interior Savings Credit Union, OK Falls Seniors Centre, The Bear Bean Café, Johnston Meier Insurance, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, and the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen Rural Services Office. Mail-Out Newsletter ~ This month everyone in the communities of Area “D” can expect a mail-out Newsletter describing the Governance Study and how they can participate in it. Survey ~ Accompanying the Newsletter is the first of two surveys to solicit feedback from residents regarding their attitudes toward the current governance and the services the RDOS provides. The surveys are designed to give citizens an opportunity to identify issues, note concerns or comment on positive aspects of the current system. It will also allow residents to express opinions on what changes (if any) they would like to see. Public Forums - March 2nd, 3rd and 5th ~ Coinciding with the surveys, the Governance Committee will be hosting a series of public forums and roundtable discussions that will allow citizens to openly discuss their views and share perspectives on governance and services, and provide the Governance Committee with information leading to initial recommendations. Written submissions on relevant issues will also be accepted. Attend a Governance Forum at a site near you! • Okanagan Falls Community Centre Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm • Kaleden Community Hall Thursday, March 3rd from 6-8pm • Apex Mountain Inn (Rock Oven Room) Saturday, March 5th from 3-5pm To keep informed about the Governance Study go to the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) or read future issues of Skaha/Apex Matters.

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What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? We want your feedback soon!

Fact Sheets ~ Know the details of what is involved. Read online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters. Read

Survey #1 ~ We need your feedback in February. Complete online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters. Complete

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Kaleden Parks & Recreation Commission Annual General Meeting Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission will be holding their Annual General Meeting; the public is encouraged to attend.

Annual General Meeting

Kaleden Parks & Recreation Commission March 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Kaleden Community Hall 320 Lakehill Road, Kaleden, BC This Commission is comprised of appointed local citizens (volunteers) who provide guidance regarding the management of parks operations, improvements and recreation programming. In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident of Kaleden Recreation Programming & Facility Maintenance Service Area. The Director of Electoral Area “D” shall review all applications and recommend candidates for appointment. Copies of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Establishment Bylaw No. 1555, 1997 are available at www.rdos.bc.ca. Any person interested in serving on the Kaleden Parks & Recreation Commission can make application by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail fax or electronically to: Justin Shuttleworth, Parks/Facilities Coordinator Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email: jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca


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RCMP Community Report Break Ins and Thefts Continue

We continue to experience a rash of residential and business “Break Ins and Thefts” throughout our region, including the South Okanagan communities of Oliver and Okanagan Falls. The area RCMP are working together to make catching those responsible a priority and it is hoped that as we get the crooks behind bars the break ins and thefts will reduce. Currently, there are a number of these criminals living in our local communities that are travelling throughout the valley plying their trade wherever the opportunity presents itself. Many of them are doing this to support their drug habits and are very unpredictable and can be dangerous. I have spoken with many concerned area residents that have become aware of who these criminals are, either by conversation with others in the community or the fact they reside near them. Residents are asked to observe and make notes of suspicious vehicles and persons seen in their communities, including plate numbers, descriptions, times and dates that could assist police. These criminals are regularly stealing vehicles enabling them to travel throughout the area to commit crimes. They continue to target vacant properties, such as vacation homes, and homes where people are away for the winter. Thus, it is important as good neighbors to keep a watch on such properties in your area and report anything out of the ordinary to police. If you are planning on being away, have someone regularly check your home or property to make sure it has that lived in, somebody is home look. There are numerous affordable security systems that can better secure your property when you are away. While security systems may not always prevent a break in, they do reduce the time the thief spends there for fear of getting caught, which reduces the amount of property taken and damage done. Good video surveillance helps police identify suspects. Simple and fairly inexpensive game cameras strategically placed on properties have assisted police and residents in confirming thefts and identifying suspects. These are just suggestions, as you are in the best position to determine your risk and how you are going to manage same. However, we all need to work together to capture these people and reduce the risk in our communities. If you have security concerns, you can contact me at our Community Policing office on Lakeshore Drive (by the Peach in Penticton) or call 250-490-2374. I can do a security inspection of your home, business, or property and based on my training and police experience can provide you with suggestions and discuss ways on how to better protect yourself and your property. If we are going to be successful in keeping our communities safe, you must report all crime to the police or to Crime Stoppers, as it is the only way the police know what is occurring and where. Even if you feel that there is nothing the police can do about your incident, it is still important to report as your report could be connected to or lead to something that the police can or are doing something about. I will be presenting ways to avoid becoming a victim of Fraud, Scams and Identity Theft at the Okanagan Falls Library on Wednesday, February 24th at 10:30 am for those interested. Watch for posters and further information. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

2016 Water Tax and Tolls ~ Water Tax and Tolls have been mailed with a due date of March 31, 2016. If you have not received your invoice, please contact the office. For Strata property owners, the Strata Councils will have received the notice. Check the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website for billing payment options. Water Consumption ~ The attached graph compares water consumption in the Irrigation District over 2013, 2014 and this past year. While the total consumption has varied somewhat, depending on weather, the trend clearly shows the marked increase over the spring, summer and fall months. OFID Information ~ For information about any matters related to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, be sure to check our website at www. okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.com or call our office at 250-497-8541.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Our 2015 Report to the Community

The 2015 year was a busy one for the local fire department, having 250 calls for the year consisting of: 158 first responder calls, 18 various fire calls, 13 burning complaints, 37 MVA’s, 5 marine rescues and 19 miscellaneous calls. Also, the 52 training nights for all the members. We have 19 members at present with a possibility of 6 new recruits this year. GOOD LUCK to our new members! Over this past year, we are pleased to have donated to the Helping Hand, Muscular Dystrophy, Penticton Safety Village, South Okanagan Baseball, Girl Guides, Okanagan Falls Elementary School, Canadian Mental Health and Penticton Fire Truck Pull. Make sure you check out the Fire Seminar in Oliver this coming May. And remember, smoke detectors save lives!


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Update These special words speak volumes. Thank you to the dozen or so young adults that volunteered their time and efforts refurbishing the Kaleden Community Hall floors. They spent a day stripping, rinsing and re-waxing. This extends the life of the floors, makes them look more appealing, and can add years more enjoyment for the various user sports teams, clubs and people who go in there for movie nights and weddings etc. We appreciate what you have done. Thank you for Volunteering! The forecast was for more rain and drizzle, which is why we decided to postpone the Kaleden Winter Carnival. Please watch for a spontaneous re-schedule in February. If you have not joined the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Facebook page, please do so and receive the most up to date information regarding scheduled community events. Someone thought they were doing a good thing this winter by removing snow from the KVR Trail south of Ponderosa Point Resort to Okanagan Falls. They used a motorized vehicle with a large blade. We were advised by the RDOS, that the public does not have permission to drive motorized vehicles or plow snow on the KVR Trail. Using equipment such as this damages the upgraded surface, which consists of a recycled asphalt and aggregate mix. It was a wonderful idea, but not permitted. We wish to continue providing people with a great walking and cycling trail. This is an ideal destination for physical activity helping make our communities a healthier place to live.

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

This program is a part of the services provided by the Kaleden HUB.

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD February 2016 Safety Tip It’s Burn Awareness Week from January 31st - February 6th. This national program helps teach kids to be responsible for their own safety, and makes their families more aware of potentially harmful situations. The program targets children in the high risk age group from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Most burns are totally preventable. Please visit www.burnfund.org for awesome activities, colouring pages and many tips on ways to keep everyone in your home Burn Aware and Safe!

January 29th & February 26th Kaleden Hall - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Drop the kids o with us for 2 hours of activities from creative to goofy, to sporty and everything in between. Grades K-5 $10 Max: $20 / Family

Gentle Yoga with Freya Come and enjoy a gentle, mixed level evening class. If you would be interested in joining us, please email jblack@rdos.bc.ca for more details. We are not yet set on the time or dates - your input is welcome.


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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 7000-10,000 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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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 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.

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Live Well HEALTH TIP

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Foot Care ~ As we age, good foot care becomes increasingly important, and declining foot and leg health can lead to falls, pain, reduced mobility and loss of independence. Loss of feeling and poor circulation can lead to chronic wounds including ulcers, leading ultimately to amputation. Regular lower limb assessment is essential for patients with diabetes and poor circulation, who are at particular risk. Recognizing the importance of regular foot care for older adults, OK Falls Pharmasave continues to host regular monthly foot care clinics in partnership with Dana Heppner of Fittings and Feet by Dana. One hour appointments include a lower limb assessment, recommendations for compression therapy, callus removal, nail cutting and skin care. Cost is $36 and appointments can be scheduled by calling or dropping by the pharmacy. But, its not just older adults who suffer from foot and leg problems. People who spend a considerable time on their feet can develop achy, tired legs and often times this is a result of diminished circulation due to long periods of standing. Compression stockings offer an affordable way to improve leg comfort for individuals with poor circulation, swelling and varicose veins, ranging from light compression in many styles for everyday wear, to medical compression for individuals requiring more intensive therapy. In closing, if you feel you would benefit from regular professional foot care or compression therapy, stop by the pharmacy and inquire or make an appointment by calling 250-497-8050. As a side note, if you still haven’t received your flu shot this season, it’s not too late and we are providing vaccinations on a walk-in or appointment basis. See you in March!

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Creative Wellness Solutions

with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Creative Wellness Solutions is excited to be offering chair massage at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every Monday at 11:00 am. It will be great to be at a location in Okanagan Falls that is convenient and close for folks to come get a wonderful, relaxing, affordable chair massage. Chair massage is a very beneficial massage that is convenient and easily accessible. You remain fully clothed, there are no oils used and you don’t have to climb onto a table. There are many benefits of massage and one of the biggest is that it improves blood circulation. Laura Levin states, “Better blood circulation is another added bonus of receiving massages regularly. A person with poor circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts, including cold hands and feet, fatigue and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Massage facilitates circulation by creating pressure that moves blood through the body and allows new blood to flow in. Massage flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid, which carries waste away from muscles and internal organs. In effect, massage improves overall body function.” Come and see how our chair massage can make you feel rejuvenated. Take advantage of our try it for free offer, we’re confident you’ll enjoy it and want to come again. We look forward to seeing you at the Zen Centre. Call us at 250-497-5974 or come by to make an appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page often for inspiration, information and upcoming local events!

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Kaleden Weekly Ladies Drop-in

Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

Gift Certificates Always Available

Every Wednesday 1-4 pm

Meet at the Kaleden Community Church

February Special:

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation & crafts.

10 FREE 10 minute sessions on TZone Vibration Technology

Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please.

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Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

Family Storytime is being held on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 10:45 am. Come enjoy stories, songs, action rhymes and crafts! This is a free program and walk-in are always welcome! After School Lego is being offered at the Kaleden Library on Thursday, February 18th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm, for ages 5 to 12 years old. Please register in person or by phone, as space is limited for this fun event! Lego will be supplied by the library and creations will be put on display for the public to enjoy. Valentine’s Day is February 14th, and the library has many “romantic” recommendations for you! Whether you like to read a book or a enjoy a movie, we have something for everyone! Just a reminder to please use our new book drop on the right side of the front door. Also, any book, DVD, or magazine donations are much appreciated, but please drop donations off only during library open hours.

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 continues every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 2:30. Please join us for stories, songs, finger plays and crafts!! Lego Night is on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for ages 5 to 12 years old. Bring your creativity and building skills with you! Lego is provided and Duplo is available for younger siblings. Lynn Warfield is our new Community Librarian. She has been with the library in Okanagan Falls for over 16 years as Assistant Community Librarian and is pleased to take on this new position. Come in and get your list of “100 Great Books for Children Learning to Read”. We encourage you and your child to explore books from different levels which are represented by coloured spines. Community Enrichment Program ~ The Community Enrichment program provides opportunities for us to share knowledge, skills and new experiences with others. Each session is on a Wednesday from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Pre-registration is required, so please phone the Library at 250-497-5886. Refreshments will be served. • Wednesday, February 10th ~ Shona Schleppe, Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager, will present a brief overview and answer questions concerning recent initiatives in Okanagan Falls and area, i.e. Town Revitalization, Community Policing, Housing, and the new Age Friendly Project. • Wednesday, February 17th ~ Wendie Huddart & friends invite you to bring your ideas, crafts & a friend to start a monthly craft circle. • Wednesday, February 24th ~ Myrna Tischer will be joining us from “Better at Home” for a discussion on “Frauds, Scams, and Identity Theft”. Rick Dellebuur, who is the Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator, will be joining us as well. • Wednesday, March 2nd ~ Everyone is invited to join the Community Enrichment Planning Meeting. Share your knowledge and/or learn something new.

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What Is Happening At Kaleden School?

with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal Happy New Year! With the onset of the new calendar year, students and staff at Kaleden Elementary have been engaged in setting and reevaluating both goals for the upcoming calendar year. Some of these goals may be short terms goals that are realized daily or quickly, while others may take months or the rest of the school year to accomplish. As a school, one of our collective goals is to appreciate and show gratitude toward the kindness of others on a regular basis. Here are some people we would like to appreciate for the month of January: 1. Kaleden PAC: We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parents and caregivers that support many educational and extra-curricular activities for our students. 2. Kaleden Seniors: Our school is thrilled to be teaming up with volunteer seniors who spend an hour with their “little buddy” each month reading and engaging in activities. Some very special connections between these two groups continue to grow and flourish. 3. One to One Readers: We appreciate the time that our One to One readers devote each week to our students. Having an adult to read with is invaluable to this group of student readers. 4. Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department: We cannot thank this dedicated group of individuals enough for the on-site support during a recent emergency at Kaleden School. We knew we were in good hands as soon as you arrived. 5. Mr. Paul Charlewood: Our Kaleden School community would like to appreciate and honour our dear custodian, Mr. Paul Charlewood, who recently passed away. Paul was a valued member of Kaleden School staff and will be deeply missed by all. We are grateful for the time we had with him.

Above - Kaleden Seniors connect with Kaleden students each month. Below - Kaleden students enjoyed a day of tubing at Apex, thanks to PAC support.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

with Brad Nunes Happy February everyone! PAC would like to remind parents it is a good idea to make sure your child has a set of extra clothes in their locker. With mounds of half melted snow and mud puddles forming, it is a given that someone will lose the ‘Clean Pants Game’ (may the odds be ever in your favour). Here are a few things to mark on your calendar. Get your sou’westers and your fiddles out because “Lobster Fest” will be on March 5th this year! Tickets go on sale February 1st. Tickets do go crazy fast, so get them soon. Also, if you have something you would like to donate for the silent action, please contact a PAC member or you can drop if off at the school. Science World will be here on Wednesday, February 3rd! As I said last month, it is a great event. We are still looking for some parent volunteers to run some simple science craft tables. Please contact the school, if you can lend a hand. Lastly, our PAC meeting will be on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 pm. Please note the early time. (I was advised I needed to get home for some ‘substantial’ beauty sleep.) As always, you can find us in the Library. Again, thank you to the amazing community we operate in. We simply can’t do the amazing things we do without your help and support.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning On Monday January 18th, after an extensive review of the many emails, survey results, telephone conversations and presentations made by parents and community members regarding all of the options for school closure/reconfiguration/reorganization, the Board made the decision to extend the deadline for input. Throughout the process, we said we would consider viable suggestions that came forward which resulted in additional options put out for public consultation. Taking the time to review all the input and being certain of all the data and demographics surrounding options “A” through “I” is simply our commitment to the process. The public decision-making meeting will now take place on March 9th, 7pm at the IMC building located behind the School Board Office. In the meantime, a public meeting to discuss alternate uses for schools on the list for potential closure will be held on February 22nd at 7pm, location to be announced. Jeff Guy, administrator of the International Student Program, gave an update at the January Board meeting. The program has grown to 114 students (approximately 58 FTE-Full Time Equivalent) from 11 countries. Students are here for anywhere from two weeks to two years and are in every Middle and Secondary School in the district. As the program has grown, it has realized a profit, which has gone back into the operating budget. The program helps to expose both our students and the international students to different cultures and broadens their horizons. The goal is to see the program grow to 100 FTE students with a shift to more long-term programs. The greatest challenge to growing the program is the shortage of quality homestays. The draft calendars for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are on the website for consultation and comment until March 1, 2016. They are virtually the same as this year with the exception of the government mandated Curriculum Instruction Development Day (CID) on the first day of school - students will attend on Wednesday, for a half day, as per usual. The BCTF and the Ministry of Education came to an agreement to provide teachers with four professional development days focussing on the new curriculum. There will be two CID days in April of this year and one in each of the next two school years. OSTU has requested that the future CID days be scheduled on the ‘normal’ first day of school for the next two years to allow staff to review the curriculum at the beginning of the year. These calendars meet the minimum number of yearly school hours required by the Ministry of Education and there will be no change to the bell schedules. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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New Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location We will be accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand all year long. So, anytime you have a little extra to share, come on by and donate to a local worthy cause that needs your support.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) NOTICE OF KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION January 11 - March 11, 2016 1. Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2016, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September 2016. These will be children who were born in 2011. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 11 to Friday, March 11, 2016 at the following schools: Cawston Primary 250-485-4434 8:15 - 2:45 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 (Call for Appt) 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 2016. Also, Kindergarten spaces in a school may be limited and placement is done on a first come, first serve basis.

Family Literacy 15 Minutes of Fun Ideas for Home In reflection of Family Literacy Week 2016, ABC Life Literacy Canada encourages families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together every day! Engaging in shared literacy activities fosters language arts skills, along with social and communication competencies. Here are some interactive ways to spend quality family moments and promote a love of literacy in your home. 15 Fun Family Literacy Activities: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) PARENTS OF GRADE 1 TO 12 STUDENTS REGISTERING OR REQUESTING A CHANGE OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2016 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 10, 2016 will be accepted on a first come, first served and availability basis. Beginning June 13, 2016, 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.

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Lights Out, Talk On: After your bedtime story, turn the lights off and talk about new endings to the story you just read together. Surfing Snacks: Go online together to find out how your favourite foods are made. Are they something you can make together at home? Find A-B-C: Have an alphabet scavenger hunt to look for things that begin with each letter of the alphabet. If you can’t find some letters, go outside or try looking in books and magazines. Travel The World: Use your library card as your passport to check out books on different countries. Learn about their traditions and celebrations. Float In A Boat: Work together to fold a family fleet of origami boats. (Find all the steps in the FamilyLiteracyFirst.ca sample module!). Let’s Go Shopping: Have kids write the family grocery list out themselves, then bring it to the store. Let them check each item off the list. (Hmm, wonder how jelly beans got on the list ...) Number Walk: As you put on your shoes, choose something you want to count during your walk. It could be dogs, trees, stop signs, cars ... anything you want! On your walk, count how many you can find. Word Wall: Learn one new word every day. Display them by creating a family word wall with Bristol board and markers. Can you make a sentence with the words on your wall? How Was Your Day Today? Exchange notes (or write a journal) with your child telling each other about the best part of your day. Or, switch it up: what’s the best thing you expect to happen tomorrow? A Course Of Course: Build an obstacle course through your back yard or house and draw a map of how to go through it from beginning to end. Sing Chat: Sing a conversation with your kids to the tune of your favourite song. Bonus points if you can make your song rhyme! Snow You Tell Me: Use emptied dish soap bottles filled with water and food colouring to write messages and draw in the snow. Know It All: Together, look online for the meaning of funny words like “collywobbles” and “onomatopoeia”. Test your parents’ word power! Have A Book-nic: Organize an indoor picnic with books and tasty treats. Choose a theme - try honey-flavoured cereal and read Winnie the Pooh. Game On: Start family board game night and play a different game each week. Family members can take turns reading instructions and game cards as well as keeping score.

Remember, taking a walking trip to your local library, purchasing a gift card for a local book store, or doing an online search for an ebook are other ways you can encourage literacy experiences for you and your family throughout the year! Resource: ABC Literacy Life Canada

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair We invite ALL parents to join us for our next PAC meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd for one hour only from 6:30-7:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available. If you would like to have an item added to the agenda, please email Ms. McCall at lmccall@sd.53.bc.ca. If you have any questions or ideas, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384.


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

Okanagan Falls Elementary News: Yes2It, Okanagan Falls ~ I attended one session where I watched the grade 6/7 students being introduced to working with sheet metal fabricating and welding. I was impressed how well the students worked with different tools and followed the safety rules. The district believes opportunities such as these will give students some trades background when choosing courses in Grade 10. Thank you to our district trade coordinator, Mr. Boyd Turnbull, and to parent helpers for making this program successful. District News: 2015/16 Enrolment ~ As indicated in the enrolment report for January 5, 2016, district enrolment is 2,251.825 FTE. Compared to October 2, 2015 (snapshot day), elementary enrolment decreased by 2 FTE, secondary enrolment decreased by 4.25 FTE and YouLearn.ca increased by 33.25 FTE, for an overall increase of 29 FTE. February 19th Professional Development Day ~ Administrators and teachers are gathering around the district in schools or teams to engage in professional development sessions around teaching and learning to improve student success. In addition, there are a number of very rich workshops being planned for that day by local and provincial facilitators including Infusing Aboriginal Content, Social Media, Poverty as a Classroom Issue, Numeracy in the Early Years, Career Education, Developing a Growth Mindset, Microsoft 365, and Breaking the Silence - Understanding LGBTQ Issues in Schools. School Closure Process ~ In 2009, the Board of Education contracted with Matrix Planning Associates to provide a long term facilities report. In January 2010, the Board received a report that contained several recommendations regarding the SD53 facilities. In September 2015, the Board requested that district staff update the 2010 “Okanagan Similkameen School District Facilities Plan”. Three factors were considered as part of the facilities plan review: • Optimizing educational opportunities for students; • Minimizing the impact of declining enrolment which is expected to continue to decline into the 2021/22 school year; • Eliminating the structural deficit projected to increase from $530,000 to $1.4 million by 2017/18. The Board reviewed scenarios for the schools in all communities in the district, including Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Cawston and Keremeos. After considering the rationale and recommendations, the Board approved the following motions: 1. That the Board proceed with a consultation process to consider the closure of Osoyoos Secondary School and the transfer of students to Southern Okanagan Secondary School. 2. That the Board proceed with a consultation process to consider the closure of Osoyoos Elementary School, the renovation of Osoyoos Secondary to a K-9 school and the transfer of grades 10 to 12 students to Southern Okanagan Secondary School. The following timeline has been established for the consultation process in accordance with the board policy on school closure: • February 9th ~ first community consultation meeting to share information on implications of recommendations and for public feedback to the board.

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March 8th ~ second community consultation meeting to report back to the community on the feedback received to date and further opportunity for public feedback to the board. • April 6th ~ special public board meeting for decision on the recommendations. All meetings will occur in Osoyoos. In addition to the public meetings, written feedback can also be submitted through the district website, email (osoyoosconsult@sd53.bc.ca), mail or hand delivery to the district office (PO Box 1770, 6161 Okanagan Street, Oliver BC V0H 1T0). The Board of Education is committed to listening to the residents of Osoyoos and the surrounding area on the impact of the potential school closures. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James The month of February means celebrating Valentine’s Day. We have lots of great activities planned for this month. Special dates for February include: StrongStart is CLOSED on February 1st; Infant Development visits on February 3rd at 10am; StrongStart is CLOSED on BC Family Day February 8th; Child Care Resource & Referral on February 9th at 10am; Storytime with Community Librarian Lynn on February 10th at 9am; Health Nurse visits on February 11th at 10am; Aboriginal Art on February 17th at 10:15am; Infant Development visits on February 23rd at 10am; and Dancing with Miss McCall on February 24th at 10:30am. 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 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

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Spotlight on Volunteers! Meet Sandy Walker

Sandy Walker is shining light as a community volunteer. She helps to run the Girl Guides in Kaleden, which serves both communities of Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. She helps out at the Okanagan Falls Legion, the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society, as well as with the Helping Hand over the years. Sandy is often a liaison between the school and different community groups. She was also one of the volunteers working at the “Minute to Win it” event put on by Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation in January. Sandy can always be seen jumping in with special event support and community development. There are likely many other things she is involved in too. Just want to recognize Sandy for all the extra things she does for our community. Thank you Sandy!

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


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Why Use A Realtor? 6 Important Reasons.

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Real estate is a big deal. For most Canadians, a home is the most expensive purchase they’ll make in their lifetime. It’s a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical. Today’s buyers and sellers agree, with a full 91% of buyers used a real estate agent, and so did 90% of sellers. Realtor® representation during a real estate transaction is important for both buyers and sellers. Here are six of the chief reasons: 1. Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a Realtor®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. That’s big! The value of that commitment cannot be overstated. “For more than 100 years, Realtors® have subscribed to the strict Code of Ethics as a condition of membership,” says National Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas. “Realtors® have the expertise and experience to help sellers protect their investment and help buyers build theirs.” 2. Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations. Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from Province to Province. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can, and usually does, change between transactions. Realtors® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Once you retain your Realtor®, they put that knowledge to work for you. 3. Help finding the right home, beyond square footage and baths. Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search. In fact, almost 90% of people start their home search online. But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. Realtors® live and breathe real estate, and they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know. Your Realtor® can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you’re considering. 4. Pricing and selling a home. There are lots of sites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35%, and they often rely on tax records and data that can be as old as 6-12 months. Realtors® know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings. 5. Contracts and negotiations. Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins. Today’s contracts can be up to 50 pages long, not counting addendums and riders. Realtors® can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your Realtor® is your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation. 6. Following a code of ethics. When you work with a Realtor®, you’re partnering with a professional who operates according to a strict code of ethics. In place for over 100 years, the Realtor® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a Realtor® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters.

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If you’re considering adding or upgrading much-needed living space in your home, a well-planned basement renovation could offer an affordable and highly functional solution. Not only will it provide your family with additional usable square footage, if done correctly it can completely transform your home, adding multiple and highly desirable rooms, such as a home office, gym, guest room, additional bathroom, media/gaming room, built-in storage, finished laundry room and/or a revenue or mother-in-law suite. The options are endless and can add significant value to your home. As with any renovation, planning is crucial. Before starting a basement reno, be sure you have a strong, well-thought-out plan to work from. Since most homes’ mechanical systems, plumbing and electrical are found in the basement, a professional renovator can help you come up with the best design for your space and present the most efficient options for its makeover. For a free consultation, preliminary plan and detailed written estimate, contact Renowerks Construction at 250-492-7770.


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Youth Learn To Ice Fish Day By Larry Martin

Yellow Lake will again be the site of a “Youth Learn To Ice Fish Event” on Saturday, February 6th. Last year the new fishing dock was put to use as a platform to serve free hot dogs and refreshments. Volunteers from several local area BC Wildlife Federation Clubs co-sponsored the event with the Freshwater Fisheries Society and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations. There is no charge for the event and experts will be on site to help those new to the sport. Once again, equipment will be available on loan for those who do not have their own. In the area near the event, it is likely you will catch Perch or at least get a bite. They will be attracted to the activity, but are known for removing bait from hooks without being caught, so you have to pay attention. You may note others fishing in deeper water, a common haunt for Kokanee. As some Kokanee tend to move about the lake in schools, you can sit for some time without a bite. Wear layered clothing and warm boots that have at least a water proof lower portion, so you can adjust to changes in weather. The main theme is to have “fun” and don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Research Continues To Confirm The Health Benefits of Wine Drinking Cultures all over the world have been making and drinking wine for many thousands of years, but wine is more than just a drink. For some ancient cultures, wine was a medical treatment and health tonic, and for some, it was a sacrament. These days, we tend to drink wine for reasons other than the strictly medicinal, and for the pleasure we get from the taste and aroma of a good wine. But, there’s also an extensive body of research showing that wine does in fact confer some health benefits on those who enjoy it regularly. Many studies show that moderate daily consumption of alcohol in general can be beneficial, but it’s wine in particular that has, time and time again, been shown to have the most positive effects on health. To read the full article, check out www.mfvwines.com/health-benefitsof-wine-drinking/. Credit to Helen Corlett for the content above. Thanks to Meyer Family Vineyard for the contribution and to Something Blue Photography for the photo. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

HELP WANTED: Two Full Time Seasonal Vineyard Workers

required for Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R5. $10.59/hour, 40 hours/week. Job duties include all aspects of vineyard work, pruning, tying, suckering, shoot thinning, etc. Physically demanding, repetitive tasks, outdoor work in all weather conditions. Start date April 18th, 2016. Email resume to work@blastedchurch.com.

A Neighbourhood Food Drive For the Helping Hand

Volunteers from the Heritage Hills / Lakeshore Highlands Homeowner’s Association organized a food drive in their neighbourhood the last week of November for The Helping Hand in Okanagan Falls. The idea for the drive came from Tim Devlin, who is associated with, and volunteers for the Helping Hand every Christmas delivering hampers. A collection bag with explanatory letter was left on every front door in the area with instructions for the food collection, which was for one week later. Volunteers then collected the food on the designated day and time and members with trucks and SUV’s delivered the collected items to the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand for their Christmas hampers. The response to the drive was overwhelming. In the true spirit of Christmas, many homes put out several bags of food items and almost every home in the neighbourhood participated. Many thanks to all who donated to this worthy cause. In photo: Tim Devlin, one of the organizers of the food drive, is shown here in his garage as the food bags were piling up.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor The first general meeting of the New Year for the Okanagan Falls Seniors was held on Monday, January 4th. It is always held on the first Monday of the month at the Senior Activity Centre, located at 1128 Willow Street. Everyone over 55 years of age is welcome, although I don't think anyone is checking birth certificates. Number one on the Agenda was the installation of officers for the 2016 season. They are as follows: Past President - Ed Magee; President Audrey Sikorski; Vice President - Grethe Jensen; 2nd Vice - Margaret Rosenberg; Secretary - Robert McLeod; Treasurer - Arlene Vogelaar; and rounding out the executive as Board Members are Merle Laidlaw, Darlene Ludwig, Edna Moreland, Shirley O'Connor, Joan Rundle and Stan Smallenberg. Membership fees of $15 for the 2016 season are now due, so please drop in to the Centre where any member of the executive will be happy to take your money, as well as issue you a new membership card. While there, you may want to pick up a Calendar of events happening at the Centre. A couple of events that took place over the Christmas season was the Christmas Dinner prepared by Joan Rundle and her staff on December 12th and later in the month Eleanor Walker directed members of the Okanagan Falls Senior Players in two plays to a standing room only crowd. Hopefully, there will be more presentations in the near future. Something New! Starting on Monday, January 11th, we now have a Ladies Pool League. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board and for more information, please contact Stan Smallenberg at 250-497-7929. I look forward to reporting to you next month. Happy Valentine's Day! MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, February 1st Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (Feb 20th) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Music Jam ~ 1-4pm every 2nd Sunday of the month. Bring your instruments and voices and get right on stage & enjoy! Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday (Feb 6th) Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday (Feb 27th)

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President What would our community be without volunteers? Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, where an individual or group provide services for no financial gain. Okanagan Falls has many volunteers working tirelessly. They are making positive contributions to our community and our world. Many people volunteer through their church, or place of work. The vast majority of volunteers believe the services they provide benefit the community, their country and the world. They do everything from helping at the local thrift shop, their local school or to humanitarian aid worldwide. Thanks to volunteers, the band shell in Centennial Park was completed and the community now has a place for its citizens and guests to come together for special events. Our volunteers assist with the school breakfast program. Lion volunteers show children a fun time at our Easter Egg Hunt. Every volunteer helps our community grow. Volunteer positions are available in most of the organizations in Okanagan Falls. You just have to take the initiative and you will be welcomed and trained for your contribution to the community. If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization, talk to a Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Douglas Harrison

It’s been a hectic month at the Royal Canadian Legion. The “New Year’ Day Get Together” was a great success! We would like to thank Don for giving a heart warming scene to remember. Don a veteran who recently lost his lower leg, fulfilled his promise to his partner, who is also a veteran, to dance with her on New Year’s Day. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. February will have a full calendar of regular Meat Draws on Friday and Saturday nights staring at 5pm. Join in on the Baron of Beef dinners on Friday nights and alternating Branch and Ladies Auxiliary dinners on Saturday nights. We will have a “Dinner & Dance” on Saturday, February 20th, with live music by Wendy Rodocker. Dinner is $8 per person, featuring Chicken Cordon Bleu, baked potato, vegetables, and dessert. Tickets are on sale at the bar until Thursday, February 18th. The monthly Pancake Breakfast happens on the following Sunday morning, February 21st, as does the Dart Playdowns. In 2012, the Legion established a national homeless Veterans program, “Leave the Streets Behind”, based on the ground breaking work of the Ontario Command. The program’s mission is to reach out to homeless Veterans, or near homeless Veterans, by providing immediate financial assistance and support when and where needed. It also connects them with the appropriate social and community services to establish a long term solution to meet their needs. To date, the Leave the Streets Behind program is operated in Ontario, British Columbia/Yukon, Alberta/North West Territories, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Commands, and was just launched in New Brunswick Command this past March. The Legion is working to make the program available through all Provincial Command. Keep the information coming to promote your events, call Doug at 778-515-0035 or email to dough2k5@shaw.ca.

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There was a very good attendance of members at the first meeting the Ladies Auxiliary for 2016, chaired by President Louise Sax. Myrt Niles was initiated into the membership of the LA Br #227 by the President. Correspondence included thank-yous for the many donations that had been made. Meat Draw were arranged for, as was the catering for various events. The LA planned the catering for the Robbie Burns Dinner on January 23rd starting at 7pm. The cost was $12 each, which included Haggis, Beef and Dessert. A thorough cleaning of the kitchen took place on January 18th, along with counting stock on hand. The members approved a donation gift of $1500 for the purchase of a portable propane gas BBQ, along with a cheque for $1000 to the Branch for the use of the Hall for the weekly LA Bingo and Meat Draws. The Ladies Auxiliary will be celebrating its 68th Anniversary on February 3rd with a dinner at the Okanagan Falls Hotel Dinning Room at Noon. Please note the regular meeting will be held at 11am on this day only. Members were reminded that to stay in good order, 2016 dues must be paid by the end of January. Winners of the meeting draws were Louise Johnston and Noreen Morrice. Early Bird draw went to Donna Mae Thompson.

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

February, dear reader, is upon us and I am hoping that the worst of Winter is behind us. Have you seen any snowdrops yet? February is truly a wonderful time with hearts surrounding, giving us an enthusiasm for planning and strategizing for the months ahead. As is our custom at this time, we discuss our donation to the Variety Club Show of Hearts Telethon, which supports BC Children’s Hospital. Did you know that this institution was formerly named “Crippled Children’s Hospital” and was actually founded by a member of a Women’s Institute when her child was seriously ill. At around the same time, the Queen Alexandra Solarium was built on Vancouver Island to care for children with severe disabilities. There were two previous campaigns to raise funds for the hospital. They were “The Gleam ‘O’ Hope” and “The March Of Dimes”, which were also started by Women’s Institute members. Information galore for you this time, dear reader. So, that’s ‘30’ for now, and I am party-planning for balloons and cake. YAY! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch The Women’s Institute meets in the Club Room of Community Centre. Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic - Okanagan Falls For Information, please phone Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.

The first twenty years in the history of Kaleden, from 1910-1930 saw huge changes in the landscape, from barren grasslands to farmland, commercial buildings and housing. The orchards bloomed and produced. But, it wasn’t just the orchards that were fruitful.

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Many families came with children, from babies to teens. Young men came from all over Canada and Europe looking for jobs and a new life. Kaleden was blossoming with new life. The Tomlins came in 1909 with sons George and John Charles and shortly thereafter arrived their third son, Gordon, the first child born in this new settlement. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatfield came with daughter Carlotta, who married Louis Block from Naramata and became Kaleden’s first bride. Their daughter Mary, arrived in 1916. Harry Corbett married Babs Veits just after the war and they raised two girls here, Charlotte and Jane, born in the early 20’s. Then, there were the Battyes, in 1913, with George, Walter and Clem. Chris and Alma Kay, married after the war, producing Fred and Frances. But, it came down to two families, the Findlays and Kings, to really put a mark on the population. JC and Margaret Findlay arrived in Kaleden in 1912 with daughter Annie in tow. Their elder daughter Margaret had married James Ritchie, the founder of Kaleden and they had purchased 15 acres here. They were also following their son Jud who had been living with James and Margaret in Summerland since 1906 and was now settled in Kaleden. Judson Findlay fell in love and married Iva Simpson (from another pioneer family in Kaleden) on September 23, 1914. Jud always claimed that while walking down the road one day a gust of wind had lifted Iva skirt high enough for him to catch a glimpse of her ankle, so he had to do the right thing and marry her. They were very fruitful and produced Alfred in 1918, Ray 1920, Shirley 1922, Evelyn 1924, Lorne 1926, Marie 1928, and Ken 1936. Meanwhile, Edwin and Ella King had immigrated from England, following their son Bill. Bill had arrived in Summerland in 1909 and had come down to Kaleden in 1910 with the crew hired by James Ritchie. He loved Kaleden and persuaded his parents to move here and bring his three sisters, Kathleen, Vera and Elsie. On June 22, 1914, Bill King married Annie Findlay and along with their blossoming orchards they produced five children, beginning with Ron in September 1915, the second child born in Kaleden. Catherine in 1917, Mary 1919, Betty 1921 and Fred in 1923. Kathleen King, the second child of Edwin and Ella, met and married George Robertson in 1915. They settled in Kaleden and promptly produced George Jr. in 1916, who was the third child born in Kaleden. In quick succession came sons Jim and John.

Vera King married Jack Swales in April 20, 1921 and they reared two boys, Ted and Leonard. It is rumoured that what spurred them on to produce such fine, strapping young men, was that when they had with Marla Wilson dropped in to see Vera’s new nephew, Fred, in June of 1923, Jack What a nice mild winter we have been experiencing. We expect snow had commented to Vera that he thought they could do a lot better than and some cool weather, and comparing it to the rest of Canada, this that. So they did. is just right. The swans on Vaseux Lake are all around the river on the north end of the lake. It isn’t easy to see them from the highway, So, Kaleden grew by leaps and bounds in those few years with the but they are there. Small herds of sheep are often grazing beside the Findlay and King families adding 17 children to the population all by highway. Mother deer and her (last year’s) twins were at the museum themselves! What a fruitful place!

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical lawn on Saturday. They make sure our cedars don’t get too big. The Heritage Society had its January meeting too late for this edition path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to of the Skaha Matters, so I’ll have to let you know what is going on the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. in the next issue. The Thrift store is busy and we have a super staff of volunteers who keep it all running smoothly. There is still a nice selection of books that were donated. The winter clothing is thinning Every Monday 1:30 - 2:30 pm out and some spring frocks may be showing up on the racks and At the Kaleden Community Church. $10/drop in. tables. Someone reported that many of the shops in the mall are already putting out “all spring” stuff. We will wait a bit longer before Sponsored by The Kaleden HUB. we do that. Keep warm!

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 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 2016 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, February 6th at 6pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Tickets: $10 adults / $5 children (12 & under). Raffle Baskets - Tickets 50 cents each. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call Les at 250-497-6323 or email newby56ca@gmail.com. If you would like additional information about the Mexico trip, please contact Les at the above number or email and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our next Book Club will start in February. Theme: “Caring for Creation”. The book selections are: 1) Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community; and 2) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. Please call or email the church for dates and more information. Prayer Gathering - Saturday, February 20th from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Church. Praying using Lectio Divina. The HUB ~ A program for knowing and responding to individual needs in the Kaleden Community is looking for volunteers to help with snow removal. If you would like to help out, please call 250.460.3387.

Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

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Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

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 at 1pm. Ash Wednesday Service ~ February 10th at 10:00 am. World Day of Prayer Service ~ March 4th at 2pm. Service prepared by the Women of Cuba. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

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Flowers to Kelsey for making the beautiful snowflakes hanging in the windows at the Kaleden Library. I walk by everyday on my way to the post office and admire them! ~ from a Kaleden Walker Flowers to Elaine Chernoff who has worked so hard towards a project geared for those in our community who want to get moving and feeling better. Thank you! ~ from a group of OK Falls Seniors Flowers to Carrie Few of Fenix Yoga for an ongoing and beautiful yoga experience, and to Kaleden and OK Falls Recreation for making that part of the schedule. I love every session. ~ from Diane of Kaleden

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with Lesley Luff of Credible Cremation Services Ltd. Flowers to Skaha Matters. I read it cover to cover every month. (Resident of Okanagan Falls) It’s a perfect source for info on everything that’s happening in my neighbourhood. Thanks so much for making it happen every month. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. was created to offer families ~ from Diane of Kaleden who are faced with the death of a loved one, the choice of a simple and reasonably priced direct cremation without the pressure of Flowers to all the kind people on New Year’s Day that helped the making important decisions at a time of extreme grief. Making those baby deer back to shore after being chased by a dog onto the ice of arrangements ahead of time only makes good sense. If not attended Skaha Lake. It was a heroic group effort! ~ from Heather of OK Falls to now, then those decisions fall upon someone else to deal with. Flowers to those that purchase tickets to the Pen High Dry Grad 2016 Decisions made in haste can often lead to emotional over-spending. Football Party Fundraiser at The Barley Mill Brew Pub on February 7th. Pre-arranging allows time for sensible choices to be made, without any Thanks for supporting Dry Grad 2016! ~ from the Dry Grad Committee pressure. All one has to do, is to pick up the phone and call Lesley, Owner and Licensed Funeral Director at 250-493-3912. Arrangements can be made in the comfort of your own home or at our facility. BEWARE!!! $ 990.00 + taxes - Penticton and area (at need or pre-need) $1190.00 + taxes - Kelowna and area (at need or pre-need) There is another teenager 24 hour personal door to door service. in town! Give your family the best gift of all. Make your final arrangements ahead of time, so they do not have to.

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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls resident.

Edmund J. Patrick (Pat) King

Edmund J. Patrick (Pat) King passed peacefully Thursday, December 24, 2015 in Penticton, BC with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Pat was born on March 17, 1940 in Kingston, Ontario to Edmund and Mabel King and was the oldest of five children. Pat grew up in Marmora, Ontario and at the age of 18 joined the military serving 28 years in the Army. Retiring from the Regular Forces in 1986 he then spent 12 years as a Civil Servant at CFB Chilliwack. After retirement, he moved to Okanagan Falls in 2000. Pat married Gail on May, 20, 1961 in London, Ontario and they were happily married for 54 years and raised three children. He enjoyed riding his Harley and was actively involved in charities and organizations with motorcycle clubs. Pat was predeceased by his parents Edmund, Mabel and brother Joe. He is survived and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Gail; children Dianne (Len), Patricia, David; sisters Lu Anne (Tim), Sharon; brother Richard; grandchildren Sarah (Brendon), Megan, Ashton; great granddaughter Layla and niece Stephanie (Ryan). The family will celebrate Pat’s life with a private gathering held at a later date. The family wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks to Dr. R. Masson, staff at Moog and Friends Hospice House, Penticton, BC and to all who have expressed their condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations to Moog and Friends Hospice House would be appreciated. Credible Cremation Services Ltd., privileged to have been entrusted with Edmund “Pat’s” final arrangements. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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

Caesar Salad

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Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Medieval Burger More than 1/2 a pound of spicy feast ....................... $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A meatless patty, dressed to please! ......................... $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon ............................................................... $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95

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All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or salad with your choice of dressing.

Grilled Cheese The BLT

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Hot Roast Beef

This sandwich has lean roast beef piled high ........ $11.95 and smothered in our own gravy

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

Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $10.95 garden salad

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $10.95 horseradish on the side

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

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

New York Steak

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

Steak & Prawns

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

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A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $20.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, baked potato or home fries and garlic toast

Chicken & Ribs

Half rack of ribs (8 oz.) and a grilled 6 oz. .................. $17.95 chicken breast, baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Rack of Ribs

A full rack of pork ribs with baked potato ............... $17.95 or home fries, garlic toast and salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, baked potato or home fries ..... $26.95 garlic toast and garden salad

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